Bilingual program and event.

To inspire the development of Ottawa's talented young artists, the Afro Black Cultural Centre launches its bilingual arts mentorship concept called, "OTTAWA TALENT SHOWCASE".

The goal of the initiative is to create a creative, dynamic and inspiring space where talented young people in the capital region can find tools to strengthen their self-confidence, to develop their talent and artistic expression.

The OTTAWA TALENT SHOWCASE is a bilingual program, the two mentors who will work with the talents will be: Wise Atangana (Francophone Mentor) and Jamaal Jackson Rogers (Anglophone Mentor). The role of the mentors is to provide practical knowledge about performance and career development to young people who wish to become professional artists.

The program will be held in two sessions:

  • 3:30 – 5pm: Mentoring session 
  • 5:30 – 8:30pm: Talent showcase 

To register for the mentoring session, email:

The program is aimed at talented young Ottawa artists in general, with a focus on providing opportunities to underprivileged youth (Immigrant youth, Black youth, or youth who are unhoused).

This event is presented as part of the Neighbourhood Arts Ottawa Symposium: Blueprints for a hopeful future, with pop-up community arts events and artworks happening online and across Ottawa August 3 – 29, 2021. For more information, click here.  

Neighbourhood Arts Ottawa is a community-engaged arts program by Arts Network Ottawa / Réseau des arts d'Ottawa and is made possible through the generous financial support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation and Ottawa Community Foundation

Original print used in graphic by Melanie Yugo (Possible Worlds). 

Arts Network Ottawa acknowledges that the land on which we gather is unceded and unsurrendered Algonquin territory.

Wise Atangana, Francophone Mentor: 

Winner of the Impact Award at the 2nd Annual Capital music Awards 2021, Wise Atangana is a Canadian artist born and raised in Cameroon, Central Africa. He has performed over 200 workshops and shows (K-12 and campus) in schools and campuses in Ontario and Quebec between 2015 and 2020, and is invited to perform at several major festivals in Canada each year. Wise Atangana describes his musical style as "Afro beat hip-hop fusion" and through his music, he replicates what his grandparents did: he inspires, motivates and empowers youth and souls to excel; Wise Atangana also shares his stories, beliefs and experiences of systemic oppression as a Black man, Cameroonian, African and New Canadian.


Jamaal Jackson Rogers, Anglophone Mentor:

Stage name JustJamaal ThePoet, is a nationally recognized independent artist, creative entrepreneur and arts educator. He is the recently appointed Ottawa English Poet Laureate, a position that has not been occupied in the city of Ottawa for the past 27 years, and has been awarded the outstanding Artist Educator Award by the Ontario Arts Foundation. He has also received national recognition from TVO and CBC respectively for his appearances on Canadian documentaries “4 Kids” and “In Their Words” directed by award winning film maker Randy Kelly and was the first place recipient for best new poem at the Body Electric Poetry Film Festival for his cinepoem “Husniyah”. In 2016, he was a finalist in the Emerging Artist Award presented by RBC.




  • Saturday Aug 28 2021, 3:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Afro Black Cultural Centre / Centre Culturel Afro Noir
    365 Bank St
    Ottawa, Ontario