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Kool Krys Feminum Album Release

Kool Krys & Bix – CKCU Interview + Beat Set

Wow, what a day!!! Thanks to everyone for sharing and supporting the #AmazonHotWax #music #video (directed/produced by the creative and talented Toni Van Eeden). Special thanks to Katie & Vita for sharing the video with Hubbers at tonight’s Impact Hub Ottawa #winedown!

Much love to Daniel (Dj Duckets) & DJ 2Creamz for always holding me down! Here’s tonight’s The Mix on CKCU 93.1 FM interview about the concept behind my new album #FEMINUM + special Bix #beat set — VIDEO BELOW!



See you at our May 26 KOOL KRYS – Feminum Album Release – Kinki Patio
#rap #hiphop #femcee #Ottawa #wonderwoman

Shout out to Mique Michelle & Kalkidan Assefa who are currently painting the tallest mural in Ottawa celebrating diversity in the Vanier community. Join us June 10 at Mozaik for the mural unveil and free concert with Quartier Vanier BIA – QVBIA / House of PainT – UrbanArtFest ft. yours truly!


I’m excited to release the AMAZON HOT WAX video in advance of the KOOL KRYS FEMINUM album today!!! 

10 years after Kool Krys’ first album The Return of Diana Prince, my fourth album FEMINUM highlights Wonder Woman’s 75 year legacy in pop culture, comics and longevity, inspiring the next generation of girls.

This project is a tribute to female empowerment and Wonder Woman, aligning with the June 2nd release of the Wonder Woman movie in theatres — the first major studio film featuring a female superhero, directed by female director Patty Jenkins and starring Gal Gadot. Major shout out to Lynda Carter!

Thank you to the dynamic, talented and inspiring women who participated in the AMAZON HOT WAX video (directed and produced by Toni van Eeden). Ottawa has amazing women in hip hop celebrating and elevating culture with creative entrepreneurs who support and connect us with bigger ideas and opportunities to grow.

SPECIAL SHOUT OUT: Toni van Eeden, Manal Nemr (Beautiful Happy Reasons), Caroline “Chico” Cichelly (Chico’s Hip Hop Brunch), Dominique “Mique Michelle” Boisvenue, Galyn “Nilla” Esme, Julia Gutsik (luv2groove), Izabella Bandojo Grant and Véronique Labrosse + The Flava Factory!

Thanks to the leaders in our community who advance women and girls in business, arts and innovative projects (as seen at Tech Wall!) Katie Miller (Impact HUB Ottawa), Cat Laska, Heather Ward, Rhiana Chinapen, Corinne Blouin-Hudon, Eve Blouin-Hudon, Alexandra Staff and Carly Marie. 

Bix and I look forward to celebrating the launch of the FEMINUM album with you at Kinki in two weeks on Friday, May 26.


xo Krys



Kool Krys Empowers Women with Music Video and Wonder Woman Tribute Album: #FEMINUM

Kool Krys FEMINUM Album Cover Artwork by: Dominic Laporte | Dom Laporte Illustration

For Immediate Release

Ottawa Rap Artist Kool Krys Empowers Women with Music Video and Wonder Woman Tribute Album: #FEMINUM

OTTAWA – May 5, 2017 – Ottawa rap artist Kool Krys (Christina Devine) will be releasing her fourth album FEMINUM, produced and arranged by Juno-nominated producer and Chops Mag Creator Bix on Friday, May 26, 8pm in Ottawa at Kinki Lounge and Kitchen.

Kool Krys’ FEMINUM album is a tribute to female empowerment and Wonder Woman legacy, aligning with the June 2nd release of the Wonder Woman movie in theatres — the first major studio film featuring a female superhero, directed by female director Patty Jenkins.

Ten years after Kool Krys’ first album The Return of Diana Prince, her fourth album FEMINUM highlights Wonder Woman’s 75 year legacy in pop culture, comics and longevity, inspiring the next generation of girls.


  1. Themyscira
  2. Amazon Hot Wax
  3. Beauty on Parade
  4. Flight to Oblivion
  5. My Teenage Idol is Missing
  6. Miss Gemini 
  7. Paradise Island ft. Kimberley Victoria
  8. Nika ft. Bix
  9. Amazonite
  10. Knockout ft. NiLLa
  11. Last of the Two Dollar Bills
  12. Stolen Faces
  13. Krysia’s Disappearing Act

Kool Krys’ music video for the FEMINUM album single Amazon Hot Wax, directed and produced by Ottawa Vlogger, Blogger and Digital Marketer Toni van Eeden, showcases talented women in hip hop, arts and Ottawa’s dynamic entrepreneurial community. The official video will be released on Friday, May 12 — two weeks in advance of Kool Krys’ FEMINUM album release show at Kinki.

“Behind every successful woman is inspiration from other successful women,” says Christina Devine. “My passion is connecting female artists, entrepreneurs and businesses with each other to amplify opportunities for career and personal development.”  



Born and raised in Ottawa, Kool Krys (Christina Devine) moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia in 2003 to pursue her Bachelor’s in Sociology and Contemporary Studies at the University of King’s College. While in Halifax, she established herself as a prominent member of the local hip hop scene. As a youth mentor with the Girls Empowerment Mentoring Program (GEM), dance instructor and radio co-host of the show Wax Museum on Dalhousie University’s CKDU 88.1 FM, Kool Krys demonstrated her commitment early on as a positive role model for young women.

Kool Krys has since been featured on national radio and TV programs, including CBC Radio’s Bandwidth, Ottawa Morning and All in a Day, college radio, international music blogs and The Polish Review on Rogers Television.

Kool Krys performed on CBC Radio One’s All In a Day with Alan Neal during CBC Ottawa’s Share Central 2011 Holiday Fundraiser, which raised over $25K in support of Operation Come Home. In 2012, Kool Krys and Bix toured with Buck 65 on his 20 Odd Years Tour across Canadian cities, performing at sold-out concerts. Kool Krys and Bix also performed in the 2012 JUNOFest rap showcase in Ottawa at Babylon Nightclub.

While living in Toronto for a few years and contributing to local music blogs, Kool Krys mentored teenage girls by teaching songwriting with Girls Rock Camp Mississauga, which provides a positive environment designed to nurture self-esteem and self-expression in girls.

In 2015, Kool Krys performed at Ottawa’s House of PainT Festival of Arts & Culture and Montreal’s Under Pressure Graffiti Festival in 2016. Christina currently works as a publicist in the local arts community supporting communications and community engagement for House of PainT’s annual festival that draws 10,000 attendees each year and features more than 200 national artists at Dunbar Bridge near Carleton University, celebrating and elevating urban art and expression in our nation’s capital.

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AOE Arts Council – Young Arts Professional Mentorship Program – May 2017 Workshops

May 2017 Workshops
Career Development in the Arts

Start your career in the arts with this new series of workshops that deal with the fundamentals.

Calling young artists, fine arts students and arts professionals! Join us for the May 2017 workshop series, presented by the Ontario Arts Council’s AOE Arts Council Mentoring Program for Young Arts Professionals and funded by Ontario150, will help you progress, whether you are in the early stages of your career.

These 3 workshops are open to all and they will help you prepare your application for the mentoring program. Click here to submit your application, deadline is May 15, 2o17. Additional workshops will be presented as part of this series in fall of 2017.

These workshops are FREE for AOE Arts Council Members Under 30 years of age and OSA Diploma Fine Arts Students. $10 registration fee for non-members and AOE Arts Council Members ages 30+.

May 2: Arts Career Management 101 | Artistic Career Management 101

Career Management in the Arts 101

We will review the basics of developing a career plan. Practical exercises will allow you to clearly define your career goals over a 5-year period and the steps to follow to achieve these goals. You will learn how to establish your personal vision and mission. You will discover ways to express simply what you are trying to accomplish.

May 9: Proposal Writing Basics | Basics of Writing an Application 

The Basics of Writing an Application

If you want your application to be accepted, it is not enough to have good ideas. Learn how to write thoughtful proposals and get tips on how to successfully write grants and cover letters. Write your letter of intent for the AOE Arts Council’s Youth Arts Professional Mentorship Program.

May 16: Elevator Pitch and Networking | Flash Argument and Networking

Develop the perfect flash! Learn the components of a convincing argument. Through hands-on exercises and group exercises, you can offer a memorable answer when asked: “What are you doing in life? “You’ll get tips on how to network at the next event, so you can transform your meetings to make new contacts.


Christina Devine (Kool Krys)

Christina Devine is an Amplifier offering Communications and Marketing support to arts, non-profit organizations and professionals in developing successful community engagement strategies. She brings 10 years of experience working in public relations, publicity and amplification with notable brands and organizations including House of PainT Festival of Arts and Culture, Art Gallery of Ontario, Sony, IBM and Make-A-Wish® Eastern Ontario.

With an education in Sociology and Public Relations combined with 10 years of experience as hip hop recording artist and performer “Kool Krys,” Christina helps organizations stand out in their community to build strong collaborations and meaningful partnerships.

Christina collaborates with the local arts community on communications supporting Ottawa’s largest urban arts organization House of PainT Festival of Arts and Culture, which attracts 10,000 attendees and features more than 200 national artists each year at Brewer Park, celebrating and elevating urban art and expression. | |

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Victoria Steele

Victoria Steele is the Executive Director of the AOE Arts Council and has over 35 years of experience in the management of local and national arts organizations, including 19 years at the National Arts Centre. Ms. Steele is also an independent arts management consultant and teaches theatre management and career management, part-time at the University of Ottawa.