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Kinnie Starr

Discipline: Interdisciplinary
Homebase: Sechelt
Languages: English, French

Kinnie Starr was one of the first female rappers to emerge from Canada onto the international music scene. She is a social icon and pioneer in hip hop. First and foremost an activist, Starr has written 8 albums of original content, and more recently released a feature-length film, Play Your Gender, a documentary which looks at gender inequity in the music industry. Entirely self-trained, Starr writes her own beats and songs and leads by example, inspiring kids to reach for their own unique places in society.


A sensual, spiritual, self-possessed original blazing her own influential trail. The Philadelphia Record
Edgy and enchanting. The New Yorker

Performances & Workshops

Available in the 2020-21 School Year

Creativity, self expression and literacy though hip hop and rhythm

Grade Suitability: K - 12
Duration: 45 -60 mins.
Capacity: 600+ students
Tech Requirements: table, AC power, mic stands and PA system
Fee Range: $895 (Includes ArtStarts' fee. Additional fees apply for remote districts.)

Lower Mainland
Fraser Valley & Howe Sound
Vancouver Island Lower
Vancouver Island Mid
Vancouver Island North

This program is engaging, culturally relevant, interactive and contemporary. Content ranges from simple body movements, upbeat rap and fun counting exercises to freestyle moments when applicable. Born and raised in Calgary, Starr uses personal stories that range from horseback riding to touring the world as a way to put forward a kind-spirited look at place/family, environment, race, identity, athleticism in the arts, and entrepreneurialism. Students of all ages benefit and will be encouraged to have fun and be expressive through poetry, rap, counting practices, beatboxing, and basic self-empowerment movements. Each presentation includes a Q&A period about music, creativity, culture, and being true to yourself.

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