ABOUT REX SMALLBOY

Rex Smallboy is a proud, sober, Cree, father, DJ, rap artist, producer and motivational speaker originally from Maskwacis, Alberta (Hobbema) and is now based out of Vancouver, BC. Rex holds considerable history when it comes to the native rap music scene in Canada as one of the founding members of  War Party (era 1995 - 2005) Rex helped make music history when War Party became the first native rap group to have a music video (I’m Feelin’ Reserved) featured on Much Music.

With his community addictions training from the Nechi Institute (Poundmakers Lodge Treatment Centre) Rex also has over 20 years experience in creating political and socially conscious native rap music geared towards making positive change in mainstream society.

With songs that address systemic oppression, cultural genocide, residential schools, substance abuse, domestic violence and suicide Rex has been featured on the Aboriginal People’s Television Network, (APTN) the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, (CBC) Much Music Canada, in Now Magazine, Alberta Report, See Magazine, Exclaim Magazine and in the Understandings of Globalization Canadian school textbook.

As executive producer Rex independently released War Party albums The Reign, Exclusive Rez Cutz, The Greatest Natives from the North and The Resistance gaining him national recognition for his music winning 3 Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards. Rex was also given the great honor to collaborate with rap music legend Chuck D from Public Enemy on the introduction for War Party The Resistance.

Rex received international exposure when War Party was chosen as one of the acts to represent Canada to perform at the World Expo in Nagoya, Japan and for a performance at the Smithsonian Museum for the First Americans Festival.

Rex’s music has been featured in films Adventures of Power, Dreamkeeper, Stryker and the television series Blackstone.

In 2009 Rex was contracted by the Southern Ontario Aboriginal Diabetes Initiative (SOADI) to produce a youth rap album to help prevent diabetes.

In 2013 Rex was asked to return to the stage for a War Party reunion for the Aboriginal Day Live celebration on APTN.

Rex is currently working as a nightclub DJ in Vancouver, shot a music video for his song “I Got Heart” from his (unreleased) first solo album.


AWARDS
2001 Canadian Aboriginal Music Award for Best Rap or Hip-Hop Album
2002 Canadian Aboriginal Music Award for Best Rap or Hip-Hop Album
2002 Canadian Aboriginal Music Award for Best Video

FILM & TELEVISION MUSIC FEATURES
This Land Was Ourz (remix) ADVENTURES OF POWER
This Land Was Ourz, DREAMKEEPER
Stress Filled Days (unreleased)
BLACKSTONE
I’m Feelin’ Reserved (remix) STRYKER
I’m Feelin’ Reserved (remix) A Windigo Tale

FESTIVAL PERFORMANCES
The 2005 World Expo, Nagoya, Japan
The 2005 United Nations Indigenous Language Conference Nagoya, Japan
The First American Festival at the Smithsonian Museum Washington, DC
Telus World Ski & Snowboard Festival, Whistler, BC
Vancouver Music Folk Music Festival, Vancouver, BC
Vancouver Island Music Festival, Comox Valley
Folk On The Rocks, Yellowknife, NWT
North Country Fair, Driftpile, Alberta
Dreamspeakers Festival, Edmonton, Alberta
Midway Lake Music Festival, NWT

RADIO AND TELEVISION APPEARANCES
APTN Aboriginal Day Live 2013, Winnipeg, Manitoba
APTN First Music & the Arts, Toronto
APTN First Tracks, Winnipeg, Manitoba
APTN Contact Music Special, Winnipeg, Manitoba
The Sharing Circle First Nation Invasion, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Much Music Rap City, Toronto, Ontario
CBC Radio Prairie Music Awards Broadcast, Winnipeg, Manitoba
CBC Radio Broadcast Special, Prince Alberta, Saskatchewan

INDUSTRY EVENT PERFORMANCES
2001 Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards, Toronto, Ontario
2002 Prairie Music Awards, Winnipeg, Manitoba

CONFERENCE PERFORMANCES
Vision Quest Conference, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Fire Keepers Youth Conference, Calgary, Alberta
Saddle Lake First Nations Education Conference, Saddle Lake,Alberta
Confederacy of Treaty 6 First Nations Youth Conference, Edmonton, Alberta
National Indian Education Association Convention, Billings, Montana

GAMES PERFORMANCES
North American Indigenous Games, Minnesota
North American Indigenous Games, Victoria
North American Indigenous Games, Winnipeg
Saskatchewan Indian Summer Games