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MONTREAL, DECEMBER 2, 2015 – From DJing to graffiti, break dancing and rapping, students at James Lyng High School (5440 Notre Dame) in St. Henri have organized a hip hop festival for Friday, December 4 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Dubbed “JL Up Next,” the festival will feature a mix of workshops and performances with a number of local performers from Montreal’s vibrant hip-hop scene. Set to participate are rapper Full Course; members of hip hop super group Nomadic Massive; DJ Cosmo; graffiti artists Turtle Caps and Jimmy Baptiste; and break-dancer Johnny Skywalker.

The event was organized as part of an entrepreneurship class at the school. “It has been wonderful to watch the excitement and engagement on the part of the students as they prepare for this big day,” said teacher Nathan Gage. “The students have worked tremendously hard and this will help celebrate their passions.”
JL Up Next is another event highlighting James Lyng High School’s innovative focus on the urban arts. With support from McGill University’s Department of Integrated Studies in Education, students are offered specialized instruction in song-writing, rapping, music production, instrumental music and graffiti arts. In addition, visual arts and music are being integrated into more traditional academic subjects, such as French and Math.

“Having urban arts in our school means that we have the opportunity to learn how to express ourselves differently, in a way that we feel comfortable doing,” added student Kassity Jack.

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Michael J. Cohen
Communications and Marketing Specialist
English Montreal School Board
Tel: (514) 483-7200 ext. 7243
Fax: (514) 483-7213