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Last updated: October 5, 2023

Zimbabwe born, Charmaine and her family immigrated to North America in search of a better life. Out of her tough upbringing was birthed survival and a hard work ethic that led to a confident rapper with all the accompanying strut and swagger, and a brilliant R&B vocalist able to deliver a heart-stopping ballad. 

The Zimbabwe-born Toronto rapper with a fairly "Rags to Riches" story revealed herself to the world with the release of her debut EP Hood Avant Garde in April 2021. Her break out single "Bold" landed Charmaine the 2022 Juno Award for Rap Single Of The Year, making her the first woman in history to win in that category. 

Projects & initiatives

Hip hop culture takes centre stage

Our eleven-day festival celebrates the power of words in the convergence of hip hop and theatre, featuring battle rap, spoken word, staged readings, panels, concerts and virtual events. January 31 to February 10.