Jenocide, Kool Krys, and Jas Nasty do Girl Party [PSA]
Ottawa, ON – Halifax indie-electro artist Jenocide (Jen Clarke), local hip hop artist Kool Krys (Christina Stefanski), and local DJ Jas Nasty (Jasmine Courneya), will perform at Zaphod Beeblebrox in Ottawa on Thursday, March 18, 2010, in a show entitled Girl Party geared towards empowering women.
Jenocide is an indie-electro act which plays upbeat dance music with themes geared towards women’s empowerment. Her live show is a spectacle: Jenocide works her way into the audience for an interactive concert experience to push the crowd into a spontaneous party atmosphere inspired by queercore, and artists such as Madonna, Peaches, and Le Tigre.
Jenocide is also Jen Clarke (keyboards, vocals) of former dance-pop band HOTSHOTROBOT and current member of local synth-pop band Windom Earle. Jenocide’s songs are based on living in the world from a woman’s perspective, to inspire and empower regarding issues such as relationships, employment equity, body image, and sexuality.
Jenocide played her first show in December of 2008 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Soon after, she released an EP entitled bikerides.barrettes.bruises, a series of edgy thrash tracks, launched as part of the 2009 Atlantic Jazz Fest program alongside Ruby Jean and the Thoughtful Bees and Room Doom (Halifax – July 2009), and most recently an album entitled Machines to Make Us Wet (Halifax, September 2009). This release was chosen as one of the best releases of 2009 by The Coast Weekly (Halifax, NS) and has been featured on blogs such as Gunshy, Baby Sue, Spinner, Singing Lamb and Snob’s Music and xtra.ca. Machines peaked on the national earshot charts at #7 after just two weeks.
Kool Krys is a rap artist with lyrics that communicate building healthy relationships and confidence among her audiences. Her music inspires self-motivation in front of an impressive backdrop of production by highly-acclaimed Canadian hip hop producer Bix. While completing her university studies in Halifax, Kool Krys was a youth mentor and dance instructor, demonstrating her commitment to being a positive role model for young women. Kool Krys shared her passion for hip hop through performing in numerous shows and benefits and she co-hosted the radio show “Wax Museum” on Dalhousie University’s CKCU 88.1 FM. Also a writer for her university newspaper, Kool Krys interviewed local and international hip hop artists to inform her community about their music and performances. She released her first LP album The Return of Diana Prince in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 2007.
In 2007, Kool Krys returned to her hometown Ottawa to pursue her studies in public relations. While developing her communications skills, Kool Krys wrote and recorded her second LP album Perfume, which she released in Ottawa on Feb. 20, 2010. Perfume features Canadian hip hop artists Eternia, Ghettosocks, and Jesse Dangerously and American hip hop/indie artist Sontiago.
Kool Krys has recently been interviewed and featured on several radio programs, including CBC Radio’s Bandwidth (Ottawa, ON), Concordia University’s Grrls Groove and the Phantastiq Cypha (Montreal, QC), The Urban Renewal Project (Vancouver, BC), and Carleton University’s Tha New Journey (Ottawa, ON). Kool Krys has also been featured on several hip hop blogs and websites, including Ghettosocks.com, the knwldg blog, and PR before her eyes.
Jas Nasty is an eclectic DJ driven by heavy bass and her sound spans from reggae, dubstep, 2-step, and Baltimore club, to retro, electro, hip-hop, house, and beyond. Jas’ DJ adventures began in 2001 at Trent Radio, where she hosted and produced various music shows. This led to DJ-ing parties and bars in Peterborough, and to Montreal to DJ for circus cabarets and loft parties. Jas founded Women on Wax Montreal DJ Collective in 2005, contributing greatly to raising the profile of a number of talented female DJ’s from Montreal and abroad. In Ottawa in 2008, Jas helped throw the Ladies in the House Ottawa event for International Women’s Day, which brought together women artists of all trades.
Girl Party will be a night of femme-fuelled hip hop, electro-thrash and more! The show will take place at Zaphod Beeblebrox, 27 York Street in Ottawa on Thursday, March 18, 2010. Doors open at 8 p.m. $6 cover. 19 +.
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