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Kool Krys interviews Pastel Supernova

I have recently been contributing to She Does The City as a hip hop and arts writer. I was personally invited to the Love Letters Cabaret at Lula Lounge and saw it as a great opportunity for SDTC…

SDTC gets seduced by Love Letters Cabaret “The Bacchanal” and interviews Pastel Supernova about “Care Bear Stares from Naughty Bits”

She Does the City recently had the pleasure of attending the ultra-sexy Love Letters Cabaret “The Bacchanal” at Lula Lounge presented by Pastel Supernova Enterprises.

As soon as I arrived, I was entranced by characters from The Bacchanal ensemble, who mingled and flirted with guests. Paying homage to Bacchus/Dionysus – the Greek God of wine, theatre, and revelry – the stunning cast of talented dancers and musicians relived the riotous festivity of the ancient, mythical Bacchanal through sensual dancing, live singing, and nostalgic instrumental interludes in fabulous burlesque getups.

Who is the powerhouse behind Pastel Supernova Enterprises’ Love Letters Cabaret?

Recognized by Flare Magazine as one of Canada’s 30 most influential women, Pastel fills various roles, including dancer, model, choreographer, and actress. Classically trained in ballet and modern dance, Pastel entered the commercial entertainment industry by touring international stages with Nelly Furtado.

Pastel’s love for pin-ups inspired her to launch Pastel Supernova Enterprises, promoting and producing artistic projects created for lovers of the “ultra-feminine.” Through her company, Pastel provides consultations on style and poise, including Heels@Home – a lesson in confidence through what she calls “the art of walking in high heels.”

I had the opportunity to chat with Pastel to learn about the meaning behind her work and the Love Letters Cabaret…

Read full She Does the City interview with Pastel Supernova here

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 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