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Kinnie Starr (Vancouver)

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Kinnie Starr has made her presence known with edgy visual art, graffiti, rhymes, outspoken race and gender politics, decidedly unorthodox performances and envelope-pushing, beat-slamming, tri-lingual recordings. This combination earned her a devoted fan base, and a  record contract with Mercury/Island/DefJam (1996-1999). In 2003 she sang and cat walked in Las Vegas for Cirque Du Soleil’s sexy X-rated show, Zumanity, and that same year was nominated for a Juno as Best New Artist.  Since then she has played the National Aboriginal Achievement Awards twice and written music for Zellers, the L-Word and the feature movie Thirteen.  Starr mentors through ‘Artstarts in Schools’ (BC), and teaches songwriting with the Manitoba Audio Recording Industry Association. She is also the co-founder of Vancouver’s Aboriginal Music Lab, a weeklong intensive for emerging Native artists seeking international level performance and recording skills.  After four albums and a decade of successful international touring, this is Starr’s first book of poetry and drawings; a contemplative look at love, history, sex and the complexities of being part Mohawk in a Canadian family that has yet to come to terms with its indigenous roots.




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