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Officially Inducted into the “National Wall of Role Models” on June 7, 2014 ( See full list )

RENEE WYNTER 3Tell us a little bit about yourself?
I was born in Etobicoke and raised in Mississauga. My parents are Jamaican. My father is Chinese Jamaican.  I have been in the music industry for many years.


Tell us what many people may not know about you?
Something people wouldn't know about me is I have worked in the banking world for many years and I have a huge sense of humour. I also have a home studio where I record, and produce.  


What's your inspiration, how do you handle disappointments and get motivated?
I have a few inspirations.  God, my family and my life experience.  I get motivated by staying around positivity.  I have been blessed to have a lot of great people in my circle and simply listening to my favourite artists.  When I hear a great song, sermon or speech I get pumped up.


How did you get to where you are now and what more do you hope to achieve?
I started off singing in the school choir and began to do school and local talent shows. I really got my foot in the door when I met Sol Guy when he was at BMG and he offered me an opportunity to work on his street team.  That was the beginning of me truly understanding the music industry and what lead me to meet alot of people.  

I eventually got a job at an online radio station called"" and that's where I meet Glenn Lewis who eventually referred me to Macus Kane which lead to my first single "My Baby".  I then met James Bryan and we recorded a few songs.  I recorded the title track off his album "Beautiful World".  James and I performed at Honey Jam and won the prize pack.  Many great things and connections happened over the years.  Along the way I started my own company called "Wynterland Ent" and today I still record.   I am currently recording new material and writing new songs.  So expect brand new material very soon.  

What would you like to be remembered for?

I would like to be remembered for my  music and my will to stay strong for what I believed in and that I never let anyone sway me into doing things I didn't want to do.  I stayed true to me.  I'd also like to be remembered for the love I have for my family and the people around me and the fact I loved life, laughed, I lived  to the fullest and never had regrets.


How do you balance work, family, friends and leisure?
I balance my life simply.  I keep things in order, perspective and I pray.  I keep a calendar and I book appointments.  Gotta keep it organized but for me family comes first.  If my family needs me then that's t the priority.


What's your favorite food, book, music and movie?
My favourite food is Stew Peas, My favourite book is"  Chicken Soup for the soul"  the original, my favourite music is R&B, my favourite movie is "Coming to America"


What's your experience as a Black person in Canada?
My experience being black in this country has been interesting.  Growing up I feel I experienced racism from my peers.  I was called the N word and I remember being so young and not really knowing what it meant but I knew it was wrong.  I actually got into a physical altercation with the caucasian boy.  No one at my school ever called me the N word again(to my face).  I do remember as a adult people would make racist jokes and laugh but I was very outspoken and let them know I didn't think it was funny.  But I must say overall I had a great upbringing in this Country I'm very thankful for being raised here.


Are there as many opportunities for Blacks in Canada that can produce role models, influencers and institutions like Beyonce, Tyler Perry, Obama, Oprah, BET, etc.
I think the Black Community has come a long way.  I think we're doing a lot of things right.  We just need to work on sticking together more and raising our children.  The violence has got to stop.  We need more opportunities for our children.  More programs and after school programs because these idols minds get into trouble.  I truly believe the strikes and work to rule in schools have affected the community.


Should and do Blacks support / patronize black music, events and businesses?
I think Black people support the music, events and business.  I can't speak for everyone but I know I do as well as the people I associate with.  


Are there as many opportunities for Blacks in Canada that can produce role models, influencers and institutions like Beyonce, Tyler Perry, Obama, Oprah, BET, etc.

I think we can go toe to toe with the US.  The talent in Canada is amazing.  I think we are so good cause we have to work extra hard to prove ourselves.  I think we let the US know we are competition in the last 8 years.


Mention a few of your favorite Black Canadian Leaders, Artists and Role Models?
My favourite Canadian artists are:  Tamia, Deborah Cox, Glenn Lewis, Drake and Celine Dion.


What's your understanding of Black History in Canada?

My understanding of Canadian History is very good.  I know some significant things for example Harriet Tubman made 19 trips to Canada and freed over 300 slaves.  Black people invented many things but are never really recognized for it. I'm also aware of the Canadian Black Soldiers who fought in 1812 and WWII and other wars.  The black nurses in WWII.  One of my favourite stories my parents talked about the Maroons from Jamaica helping deter the attack on Canada and building the Government building. Plenty of history. Leonard Braithwaite was the first black elected to Parliament in 1963. In more recent history Michaelle Jean becoming the first black governor general.  So much more history to discuss.  It good to know Canadian contributed.

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