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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. She is about to release her 6th album, "Kiss it", in 2013; a self produced concept album based on sparse, fresh, EDM electro hip hop beats programmed by Starr. The themes on this 6th album focus on positive female sexuality (since hip hop tends to cater exclusively to homogenized male sexuality), a sense of enquiry about what home is, and of course, Starr's signature, sensual, singspeak rap style.

In 2003 Starr sung and cat walked in Las Vegas for Cirque Du Soleils’s naughty X-rated show, “Zumanity”. That same year she was nominated for a Juno as Best New Artist (she lost to crooner Michael Bublé).

In 2004 and 2006, Starr played the National Aboriginal Achievement Awards, and has had her music featured prominently in The LWord, Zellers, and Catherine Hardwicke's feature film, "Thirteen".

In 2009, she released a book of poetry, photos and drawings entitled, "How I learned To Run" (2009) - a contemplative look at sexuality, love, history, and the complexities of being part Mohawk in a Canadian family that is only just coming to terms with self-identity as mixed blood people in Canada. Big ideas, small book.

In 2010 Starr won a Juno for her production on Digging Roots' second album, "We Are". She was also nominated at the APCMA's for her video, "It's All You", produced by Big Soul Productions. She also played the Olympics in vancouver with The Borealis String Quartet

In 2011 she was recognized as a pioneer in hip hop by Toronto's Manifesto Festival, alongside legendary Michee Mee

In 2012, she went to Paris, France with the hip hop new media collective, Beat Nation. She also began a collaboration with Connie Littlefield and the NFB for a Kinnie Starr documentary that will look at the over sexualized state of music video culture and the culture of fashion.

In 2013 she will be scoring the new Tracey Deer film and attending the prestigious MIDEM conference in France.

The New Yorker describes Starr as "edgy and enchanting". Japan Times writes, "never didactic, always intelligent". Canada's own Globe and Mail describes Starr as a "raw and feral talent".

Having sidestepped the machinery of fame by squeezing out of a record deal with Mercury/Island/DefJam in 1999, Starr chose instead to forge a slow burning, multi faceted career. Since 1999, she has worked for Lakeshore Records (USA), Maple Music Canada, and is currently signed to the illustrious Ole Music Publishing as a songwriter.

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