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Kinnie Starr

Discipline: Interdisciplinary
Homebase: Sechelt
Languages: English, French, Spanish

Kinnie Starr is one of Canada's most critically acclaimed underground musicians. She relies on her authentic voice, raw talent, solid groove and love for wordplay, whether performing folky hip hop, heartfelt guitar songs or spoken word. A Juno award-winning producer and Juno nominated artist, Kinnie has performed all over the world. She was recognized as a pioneer in hip hop in 2011 by Manifesto Hip Hop Summit, Toronto. She has worked with youth in more than 65 schools through ArtStarts to promote literacy, creativity, self-confidence and authentic expression through hip hop and poetry.


The pride Kinnie Starr demonstrated in her intelligence, creativity and culture was incredibly empowering for our Aboriginal youth at Carson Graham. Because they thought she was amazing, as a strong and creative Aboriginal woman, they too felt proud of who they are and where they come from. Jennifer Tieche, Carson Graham Secondary, North Vancouver
Edgy and enchanting. The New Yorker
A sensual, spiritual, self-possessed original blazing her own influential trail. The Philadelphia Record

Performances & Workshops

Only Availible until June 30th

Self-Expression, Creativity, Confidence, Poetry/Writing

Grade Suitability: K - 12
Duration: 45 - 50 mins.
Capacity: 600+ students
Tech Requirements: table, AC power, mic stands and PA system
Fee Range: $895 - $1,295 (Includes ArtStarts' fee. Additional fees apply for remote districts.)

This program is engaging, culturally relevant, contemporary and dynamic. Content ranges from spoken word poetry to upbeat rap and singing, and includes stories and personal anecdotes which are personal and kind-spirited, exploring love, family, environment, race, identity, dreams and more. Students of all ages benefit - and will be encouraged to have fun and be expressive - through poetry, rap, beatboxing, basic dance and movement. Each presentation includes a Q&A period about art, creativity, culture, beatmaking and poetry.

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