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Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street

EMMA Talks with Andrea Warner and Kinnie Starr

February 28, 2017



When: Tue, February 28, 2017. 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Where: Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St.

Additional Info: Co-presented by SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement and EMMA Talks

Please join us for the sixth EMMA Talks with writer, music critic, and author Andrea Warner and genre-defying artist Kinnie Starr!

The core purpose of EMMA Talks is to bring important stories by women identified* writers, activists, thinkers, storytellers, makers and doers, from the periphery to the public. Together their stories will build a powerful and engaging collection of talks, celebrating and building on the conversations, imaginings, and hard work of so many individuals, communities and movements, which will lead to a creative cross-pollination of ideas.

The evening starts at 6:00 PM with a pre-talk living room style reception, where there will be free light snacks, a cash bar, and interactive art-making facilitated by the Tin Can Studio Folks! The Talks will begin at 7:00 PM sharp, and will be proceeded by a 30 minute social gathering (come for 6:00 PM to meet everyone!)

Both social gatherings will be in place of a Q & A and will allow for folks to meet one another, to converse and share thoughts from the talks.

*including two spirited, trans* and gender non-conforming folks.

Speaker Bios

Andrea Warner is a writer, music critic, and author of the acclaimed book, We Oughta Know: How Four Women Ruled the '90s and Changed Canadian Music. She is an associate producer at CBC Music and co-hosts the weekly pop culture podcast, Pop This!. Bylines include PitchforkExclaim!, the Georgia Straight, and the Globe and Mail. Pop culture, art, and feminism make her happy. Hang out with her on Twitter @_AndreaWarner.

Kinnie Starr is a genre-defying artist blazing her own influential trail. Entirely self-trained, Starr moves from hip hop to art-pop, folk to spoken word to EDM with eclectic grace. Her music is fearless, intuitive, politically charged and melodic, challenging listeners while making them bounce and nod. In 2000, after leaving Mercury/Island/DefJam, she was one of the first beatmakers to mix pow wow and hip-hop/EDM. on her trilingual underground classic Red % X which featured Ulali. Starr produces her own music, making her one of the 5% of female producers worldwide — a growing populus she spearheads by example. She investigates the complex conversation around the gender gap in music production and authorship with her 2016 feature length documentary, Play Your Gender, directed by Stephanie Clattenburg in collaboration with Starr, produced by Sahar Yousefi, and co-written by all three women

​Starr's career has taken her around the world — across Canada, the U.S., Europe and Asia, but she is first and foremost an artist and activist. Her activism began before her career in music as a visual artist, and her current visual work continues to touch on her areas of interest: race, home, family and humanity. Starr was featured in 2013 at Vancouver's Bill Reid Gallery as part of "Rezerect", a six-month showing of modern indigenous erotic art. In 2014, Starr showcased indigenous law and water activist Caleb Behn in her video Dream Bigger — an anthem of sorts that we can all do better. She also collaborated with Haida Raid in 2015 to make a humorous yet powerful animated video about the urgent need to protect our water, which won Best Music Video at Toronto’s prestigious ImagineNative festival.

Kinnie Starr is a published author and illustrator (How I Learned to Run, 2008, House Of Parlance). She has worked in youth arts activism and mentorship since 2006 as a founding staff member for Amp Camp through the Manitoba Audio Recording Industry Association (MARIA), and a part-time presenter for Canadian School Presenters Online and Artstarts In Schools. Starr teaches a playful self-esteem boosting "Auntie Kinnie’s Rap Skool"; a literacy-focused, rhythm-based, and uplifting hip hop program aimed at helping LGBT and First Nations youth - and ALL kids - find their voice and power.

Calgary-born of French, German, Irish and Mohawk bloodlines, the trilingual (English, French and Spanish) Starr has a BA in Race and Gender Studies from Queen’s University, Ontario. Raised in Calgary and university educated in Ontario, she now calls Sechelt, BC home and shares her life with partner, Gwaai Edenshaw, a renowned carver and the son of Guujaaw.


  • The route to the second floor World Art Centre is accessible with elevators and wide corridors. 
  • The bathrooms will be gender neutral
  • These events are for all ages. We are unable to host a childcare option on these premises
  • We will have our own hospitality ushers meeting folks on Hastings.
  • There will be a sign language interpreter on stage. 
  • EMMA Talks will be professionally digitally produced, accessible monologues that will be up on our website

Please contact us with any access needs at

This EMMA Talk will be videotaped and shared on the EMMA Talks website. If you do not wish to be filmed and/or recorded, please sit in the designated “no-filming” areas in the space. Otherwise, look for your smiling face on in a couple weeks! Please take a moment to read the filming disclaimer.

Find out more about the work of our partners & join the online discussion in SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement Facebook group!



When: Tue, February 28, 2017. 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Where: Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St.

Additional Info: Co-presented by SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement and EMMA Talks

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