Category Archives: Femcees

Kool Krys interviews Michie Mee

As a She Does the City contributor, I had the opportunity to meet Canada’s Hip Hop Queen at Manifesto 2012. Here is an excerpt from my interview with Michie with a link below to the full interview on SDTC.

Michie Mee, “Canada’s Hip Hop Queen,” Inspires the Future of Women in Music

Michie Mee (Michelle McCullock), also known as “Canada’s Hip Hop Queen,” is a multi-JUNO-nominated hip hop artist, actress, and dedicated mother. The first Canadian rap artist in history to sign with a major record label in the US (First Priority/Atlantic Records) in 1988, she continues to be an inspiration to musicians across the nation.

Music lovers know Michie for her distinct rap style, combining reggae & dancehall with hip hop. Throughout her career, Michie has demonstrated her skills as a versatile musician, performing with notable artists including Will Smith, Salt-N-Pepa and LL Cool J, and touring with Queen Latifah, Sinead O’Connor, and hip hop power group Public Enemy.

Beyond her musical talents, Michie is also co-host of Canada’s legendary rap radio show, “The Power Move Show,” on CKLN Radio in Toronto, and a personality who has appeared in various programs and films, including “La Femme Nikita” (CTV), “Soul Food”, and “In Too Deep” with Omar Epps.

Outside of her career achievements, Michie is a mother advocating the importance of education. She continually contributes to youth development and is often invited to host events due to her vibrant persona. One such recent event was the sixth annual Toronto Manifesto Festival of Community & Culture,
where She Does The City had the opportunity to chat with Michie about the future of women in hip hop.

Read full SDTC interview with Michie Mee here

Kool Krys interviews pHoenix Pagliacci & JellyTooFly

As a She Does the City Contributor, I had the opportunity to attend Manifesto 2012. Here is an excerpt from interview Toronto-based rap artists pHoenix Pagliacci and JellyTooFly.

Ladies Show Love by Every Means Necessary at 6th Annual Manifesto Festival of Community and Culture on Sept. 23

On Friday, Sept. 21, the Manifesto Festival of Community & Culture will launch its 6th Annual Year in Toronto. Manifesto Community Projects is a non-profit grassroots organization working to energize, support, and celebrate Toronto’s diverse music and arts community.

Uniting various art forms – art exhibitions, dance competitions, workshops, free outdoor concerts, film screenings, networking opportunities, seminars, and more – Manifesto creates powerful and engaging experiences offering opportunities for young artists to grow.

Two such artists are Toronto-based pHoenix Pagliacci and JellyTooFly, who both performed last year at Manifesto’s massive free outdoor concert at Yonge & Dundas Square. Both artists have returned this year as two prominent female performers set to throw down on Sunday, Sept. 23 at Manifesto’s Live at the Square.

She Does the City had the chance to connect with both artists and here’s what they had to say about their experiences with Manifesto.

Read full SDTC article here

Kool Krys interviews Shi Wisdom

As a She Does The City contributor, I recently had the chance to catch a rising star in the making Shi Wisdom.

Below is an excerpt of my interview with Shi, including a link to the full article on SDTC.

Shi Wisdom Speaks Love to Toronto Eaton Centre at Urban Mic

Toronto Eaton Centre’s Urban Mic kicked off on a high note Sept. 6 with Toronto’s electrifying emerging R&B artist Renee “Shi” Wisdom.

“If you can’t speak in love then I can’t understand what you’re saying,” sang Shi to the Urban Eatery from her first single “LoveSpeak” on her recent EP “LVSPK”.

Shi’s message of love is already speaking volumes to audiences around the world. Having begun her music career just two years ago, Shi is making lasting impressions as she blazes her own trail. Experimenting with a combination of jazz, soul, R&B and hip hop, the Toronto-based songstress has created a new version of soul, giving new life to nostalgia in music.

With influences including musical legends Prince, Stevie Wonder, and Billie Holiday, it’s clear that Shi’s creative approach to her music appeals to people of all ages.

“My music is about connecting with the audience through honesty in my lyrics,” says Shi. “It’s about being true so people can relate.”

And relate they did. With her bright eyes beaming behind trademark oversized eyeglass frames, Shi belted out her bold lyrics to spectators. Once she finished her riveting performance, Shi was immediately swarmed by adoring fans, including kids, teens, and parents who were dining at the Urban Eatery. Shi’s supportive family was also in the house to cheer for their beloved rising star.

I had a chance to speak with Shi after she blew everyone away as the first performer to rock TEC’s Urban Mic stage. The first thing she told me is that she is a passionate songwriter, which is evident in the mature subjects addressed in her lyrics. A level 8 classically-trained pianist from the Royal Conservatory of Music, Shi’s songwriting compliments her deep understanding of classical music…

Read full SDTC article here

Third Friday, 3030 Dundas W, August 17: Kool Krys, DJ So Nice, Ghettosocks

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Herstory 101: Girls Rock Camp Mississauga 2012

In 2001 the first Rock N’ Roll Camp for Girls was held in Portland, Oregon. 10 years later camps exist all over North America and Europe… with the movement growing in Toronto this August.

I am honoured to be invited to lead a hip hop lyric writing workshop at Girls Rock Camp Mississauga (GRCM). Twenty-five aspiring young female musicians will learn from an array of inspiring female artists to form 5 bands over 5 days (Aug. 13-17). As a member of the international Girls Rock Camp Alliance, GRCM will participate in a global mandate to empower girls and women through music education fostering self-esteem and confidence.

Girls aged 8-16 will participate in workshops covering key aspects of the music business: instrument instruction in guitar, bass, keys or drums; songwriting; band t-shirt design; stage presence; and media awareness. The rocker girls will write original songs to be performed at the Girls Rock Camp Showcase on the final night of camp, Friday, Aug. 17 (details below) and a second showcase the following week, Amphitheatre Unplugged: Girls Who Rock on Wednesday, Aug. 22 (details below).

Upcoming GRCM Concerts

Friday, August 17: Girls Rock Camp Showcase
Clarke Memorial Hall
161 Lakeshore Road, Port Credit
Doors: 6:30 pm
Showtime: 7 pm – 8 pm
Suggested donation at door: $3 each person, $1 children under 8

Wednesday, August 22: Amphitheatre Unplugged: Girls Who Rock
Mississauga Celebration Square
300 City Centre Drive, Mississauga
Showtime: 7:30 pm – 9 pm
Free!
Featuring: Girls Rock Camp Mississauga bands, pop-rock duo Hayley Stark, singer/songwriter Danielle Beaudin & yours truly Kool Krys

Click here to learn more about Girls Rock Camp Mississauga.

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