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Kinnie Starr

Hip Hop Artist

Alida Kinnie Starr is one of Canada’s most adored and critically acclaimed underground musicians. Widely known in hip hop circles as an artist with a strikingly authentic voice, Starr has been blazing trails since 1996 with her beat slamming recordings, outspoken race and gender politics, intelligent and edgy visual art and striking looks.

Starr is about to release her 6th album, "Kiss it," in 2013; an entirely self produced, EDM concept album based on sparse, fresh, electro hip hop beats programmed by Starr. Since hip hop tends to cater exclusively to homogenized male sexuality, Starr has chosen to base her 6th album on positive female sexuality. A sense of enquiry about what 'home' is dominates the album content as a reflection of our globally minded thinking. And of course, Starr's sensual, singspeak rap style is the backbone of production.

In 2010 Starr won a Juno for her production on Digging Roots' second album, "We Are", and she was nominated at the APCMA's for her video, "It's All You," produced by Big Soul Productions. She also played the Olympics in Vancouver, BC with The Borealis String Quartet. In 2011 she was recognized as a pioneer in hip hop alongside Michee Mee by Toronto's Manifesto Festival.
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Kindness Takes Practice. Start Now

If we break apart the word kindness, at its root is the word kin -- meaning we are all connected. To think of ourselves as connected encourages the idea that we do in fact owe each other kindness, simply because every positive intention can have a similar output in an interconnected world.
12/17/2015 06:06 EST
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Why I'm Touring With David Suzuki

I'm booked to play part of the David Suzuki Blue Dot Tour initiative. The Blue Dot Tour is a call to action from the stage. As a musician with a conscience, concern for people, for our planet and for the well-being of my loved ones and of those I do not know as well, I am really looking forward to it.
10/01/2014 01:48 EDT
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My Father Is an Addict and a Good Man

Dad's recent bout with sobriety was four or five years ago, and lasted over a year. During that time, he was very good to his family. Dad's wellness certainly did not last long though, and within just over a year, he had determined he 'didn't need help anymore' and was back inside the cycle of pills and alcohol. At this point in my life, my father is still an alcoholic and an addict, and he has survived tremendous odds. He is a good man. Addiction is nasty company.
06/16/2014 12:45 EDT
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I'm Tired of Being a Closet Environmentalist

I'm tired of being ashamed of being an environmentalist. Why is the conversation of global warming, and water rights, so "boring"? Personally, I'd rather be perceived as a so-called "boring" environmentalist and communicate about the importance of water.
03/24/2014 12:42 EDT
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Down Under and Back Again, Please

I recently had the good fortune of travelling to Australia to perform at the Woodford Folk Festival, near Brisbane. My flight left Vancouver on December 22, 2013 and arrived in Australia December 24, the day before Christmas.
02/28/2014 12:24 EST
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Please View This Body Responsibly

Let's look at our world in 2013 in a nutshell, where rape and the assumptions that women 'want it' are made constantly. And yes, women are showing their bodies... we know that. Assuming women are being looked at, and knowing full well that the fashion and entertainment, porn and social media industries are a big part of all our lives in developed nations, I think it follows that it is more effective to educate men about their privilege as 'watchers' than to shame women for revealing our bodies. Maybe women's bodies are also for swimming, being good people, playing, walking, being strong, being free?
10/08/2013 05:49 EDT

How Vanity Sizing Destroys a Woman's Body Image

One day in LA, my co-producer and I went into The Gap and a number of other stores. Instead of being my usual 6/8, I had somehow become a 2/4, numbers which I had never seen before on clothing tags. What was it that prompted designers to change their sizing codes in North America?
03/27/2013 12:10 EDT
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How "Artists" Have Turned into Fame Monsters

TV programs like The X Factor offer zero insight into the real work ethic behind being a professional artist, all the while encouraging people to think of music as some vain pursuit of splashy fame, setting potentially talented kids and adults up for a permanent sense of dissatisfaction in the arts "unless they become famous."
01/30/2013 12:10 EST
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Can I Flaunt My Body and Be a Feminist?

It's always been a big question to me where my comfort lies in the area of revealing my body. Am I am doing the world any good when I show off my frame? Am I building self-confidence or feeding the machine that tells us women should be seen, not heard. And better yet, women should be nearly naked, and perpetually on display in 2012?
12/14/2012 05:32 EST
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Is Sexism Alive at Burning Man?

I can't help but wonder if Burning Man will be a bit too much like the rainbow batherings I checked in the early 90s where I realized quickly that urban mentalities like sexism also permeate counter-culture. The young women at the Rainbow Gatherings danced topless around the drum jams while the men drummed and ogled them
11/21/2012 11:24 EST
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Why I Don't Want to Flaunt "It"

The pressure to flaunt my figure as a rapper and performer and modern woman is HUGE. I have been told countless times that I should "show it off" more, and that I am "hiding" my body. I don't love the look of leggings, because I'm not sold on women baring our asses for the viewing pleasure of strangers.
11/09/2012 12:17 EST