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Ostwelve / Press

“Coast Salish hip-hop artist Ostwelve (Ron Dean Harris) has crafted a new song, "Stand For You", which has been inspired by the Idle No More movement. Check it out.”

"Fuck the pipelines, stop Kinder Morgan, and while we're at it, fuck Stephen Harper." A Tribe Called Red's mixing of First Nations singing and drumming with wildly subsonic dubstep is what brought music fans out in droves to the Salish Coast LIVE Winter Gathering at the Commodore on Friday night. But it was the between-sets mission statements from show host Ostwelve that made it clear the night wasn’t just about the music. The crowd not only had a blast, but also rallied behind the messages at the environmentally, politically, and socially conscious get-together.

“Beat Nation Live is hip hop singer Kinnie Starr, MC and rapper Ostwelve, electronic cellist and loopmeister Cris Derksen, video mash-up artist Jackson 2bears, performance artist and singer Skeena Reece, Haida artist Corey Bulpitt and storyteller and digital innovator Archer Pechawis. The supergroup performs together for the first time in Vancouver at CBC Studio 700 June 15 and 16. Its seven members fly to Paris the following week to perform at the Futur en Seine Festival of Digital Life and Creativity. It's the second installation of the biennial festival that draws people from around the world to indoor and outdoor venues in the centre of the city of light. Read more: http://www.vancourier.com/entertainment/First+Nations+supergroup+keep+beat+Paris/4912003/story.html#ixzz1QGXewRIb”

"Personal sovereignty as an artist and a human being is very important to me,'' said the performer, known off-stage as Ron Dean Harris, 30. "That's why I had to say 'No' to some of these things. I don't want to be told what I can and can't say.'' Harris' reluctance speaks to a greater culture clash between freewheeling artists - eking out a living in an era of massive government funding cuts - and their wealthy Olympic patron.

“Os12 (a.k.a. Ron Harris) moved into Vancouver from Maple Ridge and quickly began getting involved with the blossoming hip hop scene. Today, he's well-known for his recurring role as Red on APTN's Moccasin Flats as well as multiple releases.”

“The evening will focus on hip hop and rap with DJ Krisp, OStwelve, Manik1derful and Warparty, followed by headliner Litefoot -- one of the first North American aboriginal performers to gain success as a rapper.”

“In its 25th season, Native Earth Performing Arts stays true to its legacy of breaking ground with a project featuring Aboriginal urban recording artists selected from across Canada for their synthesis of skills and values.”

“Ostwelve is very ambitious in all things that he chooses to do. He has recently been acting, film making and rapping, exploring all sides of the entertainment industry and giving him the chance to expand all horizons.”