Papes House Party 2019 Recap

Shay Forrester
May 27, 2019

Celebrating safe and healthy interactions with cannabis amongst youth in the arts communities, Papes threw our first headlining event on April 20, 2019.

In collaboration with Ottawa Ravers (@ottawaravers), Swoon Studios (@swoonottawa), Girls+ Skate 613 (@girlsskate613) & Happy Goat (@happygoatcoffee), we threw our first official event on the evening of 420.

Celebrating safe and healthy interactions with cannabis amongst youth, particularly within the arts communities, local creatives, skaters, friends and smokers came together to celebrate the first year of Canadian legalization. The event featured local favourite EDM artists Ohai (@ohaimusic) and Kirakuna (@kirakuna_), featuring headliner Temple Bodies (@TempleBodies) from Toronto, ON.

Meshing sounds from House, Funk, and Jazz, Ohai kicked off the night with ease. The natural theme carried throughout the space with decorative plants bordering the turntables and every inch of wall they could hang. Posters lined the walls and stoners chilled in the seating area next to the plant wall. With kombucha and beer on tap, coupled with an incredible light setup by Audioform (@audioformofficial), the night was lit from beginning to end.

One member of the duo came down with an illness last-minute, so Temple Bodies took the stage as Temple Body. Nevertheless, attendees got a stellar performance from the out-of-town headliner of the night. Dancing continued into the night with the closing act Kirakuna, a 26-year-old local Byward regular who carried us home with a classic house set that kept everyone on their feet until the raffle prizes were announced.

Fighting for the spotlight of the performers, Robbie Lariviere from @FallDownGallery. A highly successful travelling street art company, Robbie’s collective makes ordinary objects like walls, mini basketball nets, Juul wraps and more with his one-of-a-kind designs and creative artistry. Throughout the evening, Robbie painted a mural decked out with Papes logo and other graphics to celebrate the evening. One lucky winner got to take the mural home at the end of the night! Local artist Brooklyn Marok @bk.marok provided a collection of pieces that filled the gallery wall and complemented Robbie’s live piece.

Thanks to ticket sales and generous donations the event helped raise cash for Girls+ Skate 613, a not-for-profit organization focused on encouraging young girls to learn and participate in skateboarding. Their organization seeks to provide a safe space for individuals to grow and learn in a predominantly male-dominated sport. Below the bar was lined with boards as the skateboarding community graciously showed up to show support and join the festivities.

Papes has previously been apart of various Unity events thrown in collaboration withSwoon Studios, and collaborated with Ottawa Ravers to sponsor their SPCA fundraiser in July 2018. Coming off the high from Palooza and Valhalla 2018, Papes first headlining event will most definitely not be the last!

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