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JB the First Lady

Discipline: Music
Homebase: Vancouver
Languages: English

Jerilynn Webster, a.k.a JB the First Lady, is a member of the Nuxalk and Onondaga nations. She is a Vancouver-based hip hop and spoken word artist, beat-boxer, cultural dancer and youth educator. With four studio albums under her belt, JB sees her songs as a way of capturing oral history, and isn't afraid to write lyrics that speak to challenging subjects like residential schools and missing and murdered indigenous women.

Performances & Workshops

Indigenous Hip Hop

Grade Suitability: K - 12
Duration: 50 mins.
Capacity: 600
Tech Requirements: 1 microphone, sound system, projector, laptop, with internet access
Fee Range: $685 - $785 (Includes ArtStarts' fee. Additional fees apply for remote districts.)

Lower Mainland
Fraser Valley & Howe Sound
Vancouver Island Lower
Vancouver Island Mid
Vancouver Island North

JB the First Lady will provide a brief history of hip hop, the four elements that make it up and how these elements reflect Indigenous culture followed by a short interactive activity teaching students how to beatbox. Then she will perform some of her songs highlighting how powerful storytelling and music can be. She will encourage each student to find out what gift or element they have and make it shine bright.

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