“Hip hop is the dominant language of youth culture, and those of us who work with young people need to speak their language”

- Aya de Leon -

Courses  |  Lectures  |  Workshops


CULS 2202*18 Music and Culture (online)

CULS 2202*19 Music and Culture (online)

Upcoming at MSVU:

Winter 2021  - CULS 2202 Music and Culture (online)

Winter 2021 - CULS 3306 Rap, Resistance, & Religion (online

Upcoming Conferences:

Cape Breton University, IASPM-Canada, (POSTPONED UNTIL 2021)
An Ethnographic History of The Elements League

Past Lectures & Workshops:

Under Pressure Presents: Off the Record (2020)
Hip Hop Education, panelist.

Peace Boat, 102nd Global Voyage: New York City to Montreal (2019)

Social Justice on Planet Hip Hop

Why Quebec? A History of French Culture in Eastern Canada


University of Memphis, Balancing the Mix Conference  (2019)

Interrogating East of East: Social Justice Implications of Song Collecting and Archiving

Dalhousie University, LiveArtDance presents Gadfly & The Woods (2018)

Roundtable Discussion: Creativity in Context

Contemporary Dance as Kinetic Remix


Mount Saint Vincent University, for Dr. V. Leighteizer, Graduate Seminar (2018)

Remix: A Critical Perspective on Hip Hop Based Education

Hopscotch Festival (2018)

Roundtable Discussion


Peace Boat, 98th Global Voyage: Reykjavik to Halifax (2018)

Social Justice on Planet Hip Hop
The Culture of Canada and the Maritime Provinces


Dalhousie University, LiveArtDance presents Triptych (2015)

The Development of Hip Hop in Urban Spaces


Mount Allison University, Black History Month Speakers Series (2014)                                                 

Music as History: The Evolution of Hip Hop


Dalhousie University, for Dr. J. Warwick, The Rock & Roll Era and Beyond (2012)

Fear of a Black Planet: From NWA to Eminem


Mount Saint Vincent University, for Dr. R. Warne, Myth America (2012)

On dissent in the arts


Saint Mary’s University, for Dr. M. Beyers, Crime and Media (2012)

On depictions of race and criminality in music

Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax, NS, for Prof. C. Goulet, Creative Writing (2011)

Uses of polyphonic voice in creative writing


Mount Saint Vincent University, Cultural Studies Speakers Series (2011)

Uncovering the Underground: Journeys Through The Heart of Hip Hop


Dalhousie University, for Dr. T. McCallum, Youth Cultures in Canada (2009)

On hip hop and street culture


Mount Saint Vincent University, for Prof. C. Goulet, Creative Writing (2008)

Pages & Stages: Poetry and Spoken Word


Acadia University, Wolfville, NS, for Dr. Z. Abramson, Sociology: Social Problems (2007)                  

On hip hop and conflict resolution


Canadian Festival of Spoken Word, Halifax NS (2007)

Poetry and Activism

Tatamagouche Centre Writer’s Retreat, Tatamagouche, NS (2007)

Writing Poetry & Hip Hop

HRM YouthFest Conference, Eastern Passage, NS (2006)

Hip Hop & Social Justice

Heartwood ReGeneration Symposium, Western Shore, NS (2006)

Hip Hop & Social Justice