Black Canadian 365 

Black Canadian 365 is a project by Hip-Hop Artist, Author, and Motivational speaker D.O. Gibson.  In February 2021 - Black History Month - D.O. will post content daily documenting Canadian Black History.  As a multi-disciplined artist, some of these posts will be via freestyle rap, some via long-form blog-style writing, and some via images released on Instagram.  Gibson, a fifth-generation Black Canadian, has been delivering presentations to schools centring around Black Canadian History for nearly twenty years.  The project was made possible due to funding from Canada Council. 

“Black Canadian history holds a special place with me because I grew up with my family, stressing the importance of knowing where you came from.  My father is from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, and I have fond memories of spending time with family and learning about my roots in Black Canadian history.  When I began delivering presentations at schools about BlackHistory in Toronto and southern Ontario, I was surprised that many people didn’t know about the history we have in Canada; instead, most of the focus would be on Martin Luther King Jr and Rosa Parks – Black Americans.  I chose to release this project online because my target audience is youth.  I know that they can learn a lot from watching a one minute freestyle on Instagram.  The program will also tie in with our monthly Northern Power Summit series.  Our February session is called Black 365 to highlight black excellence in Canada and abroad.  This has been a challenging year.  From Black Lives Matter to the impact of the deaths of George Floyd to Breonna Taylor, there is a need for this information.  It was inspiring to see so many people stand up for equality over the summer.  I want to be able to give more tools so that we can seize this moment in history.” 

Check out Black Canadian 365 here: 

Black Canadian 365


Re.Sound.ed - Northern Power Summit 2021 



Northern Power Summit (NPS) will deliver its 5th annual conference virtually as a 3-part series beginning on Saturday, January 23rd, 2021. Parts 2 and 3 will take place on February 20th and March 20th respectively.  Staying true to the aim of previous in-person editions, the online series will continue to provide education and tools, as well as access to individuals to help Canadian artists and industry professionals develop their careers. 

“Traditionally, our focus has been on how artists can develop their career internationally – and that is still a focus, but we want to offer support and guidance to artists that are dealing with the effects of the pandemic,” says NPS Co-founder D.O. Gibson. 

January’s session, called Re.sound.ed, will focus on mental health and the independent hustle.  Keynote speakers include Tom MacDonald and Wendy Day. MacDonald, a Canadian-born rapper currently living in Los Angeles, has used music as an outlet to address struggles with his own mental health. Working without a manager or a label, MacDonald recently hit #1 on the rap charts on iTunes in the US while garnering over 100 million views on his YouTube channel. Wendy Day is a long-time music executive that helped rapper Lil Wayne and label Cash Money Records sign their groundbreaking record deal, and was also instrumental in Eminem securing his first contract with Interscope Records. 

Re.sound.ed will also feature expert industry sessions with CEO Chuck Creekmur, The Bloom Effect’s Fiona Bloom, The Hook & Company’s Michelle Allman-Esdaille, and multi-genre producer, songwriter, and hip-hop artist Myer Clarity. 

WHEN: Saturday, January 23, 2021 
TIME: 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM EST 

Further information is available at 


A portion of all registration revenue for January's event will be donated to Unison Benevolent Fund. 

* Believe Digital Special Early Bird Rate * (available until January 16th)  By Donation 

To make this event accessible to anyone with an internet connection, we are pleased to offer advanced registration by donation of any amount. We encourage all attendees to register in advance, but for those whose basic needs are currently being met, we hope you will consider a more generous contribution. Our special "by donation" advanced registration rate has been made possible by the financial contribution of our Platinum Sponsor, Believe Digital. 

After January 16th  - $20

D.O. announces new book and blog 

D.O. is excited to announce the upcoming book "On This Grind" which will focus on life lessons learned from the music business. 

To gear up for the release, D.O. is releasing one chapter a day on his site On This 

Stay tuned for more information on the book release!



Northern Power Summit returns for 2019 


TORONTO, ON - Toronto-based management and consulting company, Northstarr Entertainment, will be bringing the 4th annual Northern Power Summit to the Artscape Sandbox and Supermarket in Toronto, ON from August 16th – 17th, 2019. This two-day urban music conference strives to provide education, tools and networking opportunities to the music community through interactive conference discussions with music industry professionals and music showcases. 

This year sees an incredible roster of conference speakers who will be sharing their music industry expertise with delegates of the two-day event. The inspiring keynote sessions will feature GRAMMY Award-winning rapper Michael "Mike" Wansley (better known as Wanz) and entertainment lawyer to some of music’s biggest stars, Sander Shalinsky. The hands-on conference will also include industry experts Christopher “Deep” Henderson, Towa Beer, Nicolas Bouchard, David “Click” Cox, Fresh Kils, Kathryn Hummel, Kaya Pino, Phoenix Pagliacci, John Walberg, Charlie Wall-Andrews, Aisha Wickham, Petey Paragon and Marlon "Arlo Maverick" Wilson. Keynote speaker, Michael "Mike" Wansley, (aka. Wanz) is an American singer, songwriter and rapper who was featured on the Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' hit single "Thrift Shop", receiving two GRAMMY Awards for "Best Rap Performance" and "Best Rap Song". Wanz also hosted a Ted Talk conference event talking about his career in the music industry. 

Sander Shalilnsky will also be a keynote speaker over the weekend, bringing a wealth of knowledge as one of North America’s leading entertainment lawyers for almost two decades. He has worked with every form of music client from major record labels to recording artists, managers, digital distributors and investors and is best known for having built CP Records (Massari, Belly, Mia Martina, Danny Fernandes) XO and The Weeknd, both from the ground up. 

“We are really excited to bring Northern Power Summit back for the fourth time. I’ve been to conferences for years and I was always disappointed at hearing the same generic messages. At Northern Power Summit, we pride ourselves in knowing that our conference gives artists the tools to succeed,” Duane D.O. Gibson, the co-creator of Northern Power Summit explains. “I’m excited this year by the diversity of panellists and artists coming in from across the Country. I can’t wait to see the collaborations and moves that the artists make after attending.” 

The showcase component to Northern Power Summit and its dedicated networking opportunities provide delegates with the ability to connect face-to-face with these music industry professionals, giving a tangible experience for everyone evolved. 

Showcase artists include Ammoye, DijahSB, ethemadassasin, M.O. Littles, Lola, Marlon "Arlo Maverick" Wilson, John Muirhead, JENNA Nation, NightStillYoung, OXALA, Mighty Rhino and Taigenz. 

All information on conference speakers, showcasing artists, registration and event schedule is available at Early bird registration ($30) is available now. Conference programming will run from 12pm – 6pm each day. 

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About Northstarr Entertainment 

Northstarr Entertainment is on the forefront of Urban music in Canada as the leading management and consulting company focused on Hip-Hop. The style of music features a broad range of smooth, soulful, conscious, and melodic Rap music. With a solid track record of success, including consistent charting on national College Radio Charts, regular national commercial radio and video play, and tens of thousands of views on YouTube, Northstarr Entertainment is rapidly building buzz on an international scale.

Northern Hospitality returns to Amsterdam! 

Once again it's on! 

On Monday, May 20th we will be doing our annual boat cruise and showcase in Amsterdam. 

Please confirm a time - either the 6pm or 7pm boat cruise. 

Due to demand - and only limited space - this RSVP is for only one person and is not transferrable. 

If there is enough room we can accommodate extra guests but priority is for RSVPS. 

The boat cruise leaves from in front of DoubleTree hotel in Amsterdam near Central Station. 

Click below to RSVP or on flyer:


Northern Power Summit 17: A success! 

On August 19th, Northstarr Entertainment presented the second edition of the Northern Power Summit. 

It was a success with over 200 attendees coming and mixing with international delegates. 

Looking forward to NPS18! 

For more info on Northern Power Summit visit

Northern Power Summit 2016  

Jointly presented by Northstarr Entertainment and Letting Artists Make Art, the Northern Power Summit is a one-day conference to be held on August 13th in Toronto. 

Our primary objective is to provide the education and tools, as well as access to individuals to help Canadian artists and industry professionals develop their careers internationally. 

The event will feature short TED-style talks, panels, artist showcases, and networking sessions. 

For more information please visit: