KEVIN BOURNE

aka "KB The Boss"

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MEDIA PERSONALITY, ENTREPRENEUR AND SPEAKER

Kevin Bourne, also known as "KB The Boss" or simply "KB", is a Toronto-based arts and culture journalist, media personality, and branding and marketing strategist. As CEO and Creative Director of the PR, content marketing and branding firm SHIFTER Agency Inc., KB has worked with everyone from New Balance to CBC.

The former political staffer is quickly becoming a staple in Canada's cultural landscape as both a commentator and freelancer, writing and commenting on music, film/television, fashion, and politics. He has appeared nationally on CBC News Network and on CBC Music as one of the hosts of the national Polaris Prize radio series "The Ten", and locally on CTV, CBC Radio, CityNews, Newstalk 1010 and ByBlacks.com. He has also appeared as a TV commentator in the United States on Fox's Black digital TV network, Fox Soul.

 

Doubling as editor-in-chief of the online magazine SHIFTER, Kevin has covered some of Canada's top red carpet events, from the Juno Awards to the Canadian Screen Awards and has interviewed everyone from Kevin Hart and Fast and the Furious star Tyrese Gibson to Orange Is The New Black star Dascha Polanco.

 

During his time in Ottawa, he was the host of CBC's digital series In The Loop, a former music columnist on CBC Radio One, the co-producer of the SHIFTER x CBC mini-doc series OT Rising, writer for the Ottawa Citizen and Ottawa Business Journal, and a part-time TV Broadcasting professor at Algonquin College. His work as a journalist and community leader eventually landed on Ottawa Life Magazine's 2020 Best of Ottawa: Activists and Changemakers list and then as a TEDx speaker in 2021.

 

Now back home in Toronto, KB is poised to continue to be a champion for Black entertainment and culture alongside his wife and business partner, Koliah.

ABOUT KB

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  • Prism Prize Juror (2022)

  • TEDx speaker (2021)

  • Former host/producer of the hip-hop morning show The Morning Shift on CHUO 89.1FM

  • Media topics: Music, Film/TV, Fashion, Sports, Business/entrepreneurship, Politics

  • Speaking topics: Personal branding, Entrepreneurship, Ownership, Faith & Culture, Black business

  • Bilingual (English-French)

  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (York University)

  • Bilingual Certificate in Public Administration & Public Policy (York University)

  • Available for speaking and media opportunities in Canada, United States, U.K., Caribbean

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RECENT TALKS

  • When to Rebuild or Retool in Life and Business (TED Talk)

  • Dear Black King

  • Creative Mornings Ottawa (Insecurity, Creativity and Inclusion panel)

  • Thrive (Faith and business)

  • The Academy of Recording Arts (Personal branding and marketing for producers)

  • Artpreneur Conference 2019 (The space between community and commercial)

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ARTICLES

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TV/VIDEO

KB has appeared nationally on CBC News Network and CBC Music, as well as on CTV and SHIFTER. Check out KB's TV reel below.

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