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Behind the Scenes with Natasha Sebastian

natasha 002.jpgNatasha Sebastian very well may be the "typical" Montreal high school student-- except that she's also a rising star in the music world.  

Natasha's dad is Sri Lankan, and her mom is Italian.

She went to elementary school in English, secondary school and college in French, and she also speaks Italian and Spanish.  

She's playing a concert at the Cabaret Juste Pour Rire to benefit the Addington House treatment facility for people with substance abuse problems.

Homerun's Tanya Birkbeck sat down with her outside the studio.

What did you do to get ready for the big show?

Six practices with the band, a big rehearsal in a giant room. It's so exciting! I also got my nails done last Friday. And today I've been on voice rest all day. This is my first time talking!

We've just heard that the Cabaret Juste Pour Rire will be closing on on January 1, 2010. What do you think about that?

I'm just glad I'm going to be able to play before it closes. 

What pop star would do you consider to be a role model?

This is going to surprise you, but Hilary Duff. Ever since I was eight she is my idol. She is such a strong, powerful woman. She has an amazing reputation that has not been tarnished. She carries herself well.

Unlike some other pop artists...

Yeah, a lot of people glamourize drugs. It's not all glamour. It can bring you to a certain point where you can't look back.

You were talking to Sue on the air about your experiences with bullying. Recently, there has been the "It Gets Better" campaign in the United States about bullying against gay and lesbian teens. The Canadian version was launched this week. Have you seen it? What do you think?

I've watched a couple. I'm so glad people speak out. I'm so glad artists have taken time to do that. It's taken so many lives lately. I've seen it first hand in a class of mine. A friend said, "You are so gay!" as a joke. But you have to know, it shouldn't be a word that is used as a bad thing. Being gay, it's just being human.

The way you are dressed, you look urban, and cat-like. How would you describe your style?

(Laughs) That's probably because of my eye make-up. And I'm obsessed with black. You walk in my closet and that's all you see.

$1000 to spend on clothes, where do you go?

My sister works at Smart Set. You could buy a lot there for $1000. There's a lot of nice stuff there.

What's on your iPod right now?

Linkin Park. My sister just bought the album. And Paramount. It's a year now and I'm still obsessed.

You are going to Collège André-Grasset. What are you studying?

Health sciences. I want to be a coroner. I think I have pretty steady hands!