Kinnie Starr
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.

Entries by Kinnie Starr

Kindness Takes Practice. Start Now

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2015 | 5:06 PM

It's Christmas again, a pretty stressful time for many folks, and I'm thinking again about kindness. A peer of mine suggested a while back that nobody owes anyone any kindness. This, apparently, is her working life philosophy. Her viewpoint impacted me for a few sad days. She's right, I thought,...

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Why I'm Touring With David Suzuki

(9) Comments | Posted October 1, 2014 | 1:48 PM

I'm about to hit the road in support of my seventh release, From Far Away. Making music has been my business for nearly two decades. Most people don't consider art a "job", but artists know it is. I've supported myself as an entrepreneur in a rapidly changing field since 1997....

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My Father Is an Addict and a Good Man

(1) Comments | Posted June 16, 2014 | 12:45 PM

It's right around Father's Day, and I'm thinking of dad. Some days when I'm feeling able, I wear his weight belt. It's this heavy belt that adds weight to the wearer. Dad wore it for a time, during one of his longest runs with sobriety. It builds muscle and stability...

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I'm Tired of Being a Closet Environmentalist

(1) Comments | Posted March 24, 2014 | 12:42 PM

My concern lies in the following: since I was young I've seen Lake Huron, a place my family has called home for many generations, drop by about a metre and a half. My family is not Ouendat Nation from there. We are mixed blood Canadians of Mohawk and Irish and...

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Down Under and Back Again, Please

(0) Comments | Posted February 28, 2014 | 10:49 AM

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.

It was quite an opportunity to be a fly on the wall,...

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Please View This Body Responsibly

(14) Comments | Posted October 8, 2013 | 5:37 PM

Many moons ago I wrote a blog about the fashion trend of wearing tights as pants, and how seeing so many bums and labia exposed makes me uncomfortable. This was my first foray into blogging for the Huff Po and I should have thought more clearly about what kind of...

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How Vanity Sizing Destroys a Woman's Body Image

(8) Comments | Posted March 27, 2013 | 11:35 AM

I remember the first time I saw "vanity sizing." It was around 1997. I was in the beginning phases of what I now know as a long and interesting career in music. I was in LA working for Mercury/Island/DefJam as a signed artist with Danny Goldberg, and being kindly advised...

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How "Artists" Have Turned into Fame Monsters

(1) Comments | Posted January 30, 2013 | 11:53 AM

I don't normally watch TV. Mainly, I don't have the time, but also I find TV makes me feel hopeless. The way people behave on television seems like bad medicine to me, all gossipy and manipulative, downright competitive and cruel.

Regular TV watching sort of "sanctions" the worst in...

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Can I Flaunt My Body and Be a Feminist?

(8) Comments | Posted December 14, 2012 | 4:05 PM

I recently launched an indiegogo crowdfunding campaign for the release of my upcoming album, "Kiss It." The day the campaign launched, I was struck by the familiar sense of fear I associate with being visible, or being on camera. I love my work but it is hard on...

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Is Sexism Alive at Burning Man?

(23) Comments | Posted November 21, 2012 | 8:48 AM

I've been thinking about going to Burning Man this summer, at the urging of a few friends. But I'm not sure I have the gusto to be in a week long party full of 50,000 extroverts. I can't help but wonder if BM will be a bit too much like...

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Why I Don't Want to Flaunt "It"

(10) Comments | Posted November 9, 2012 | 9:53 AM

I've been wrestling with this trend of adding leggings to every damn outfit. Don't know about that werrd shirt? Add leggings! That'll fix it. Don't know what to wear out tonight? Add shiny leggings -- that's so dressy! Don't know what to wear to your family dinner? Um ... leggings?

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