HONEY JAM CELEBRATES 25 YEARS WITH 2020 SHOWCASE LIVESTREAMED FREE FROM THE EL MOCAMBO IN TORONTO ON OCTOBER 1
RENOWNED TORONTO-BASED NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION CELEBRATES MENTORSHIP THROUGH THE POWER OF MUSIC ON STAGE WITH PERFORMANCES BY BLUE WILL, NEFE PHOENIX PAGLIACCI, LOLA BUNZ, I.P. THE POET AND MORE
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HONEY JAM RECIPIENT OF PRESTIGIOUS
ROY THOMPSON AWARD OF RECOGNITION
HONEY JAM + ROOTS CANADA APPLE MUSIC PLAYLIST
LAUNCHES SEPTEMBER 27
BILLBOARD HONOURING ANNIVERSARY
DEBUTS AT YONGE-DUNDAS SQUARE STARTING SEPTEMBER 28
Toronto, ON – September 25, 2020 – Honey Jam – the Toronto-based non-profit organization and artist development program fostering young female artists – is celebrating a milestone year. It has been 25 years since Founder, Ebonnie Rowe, first welcomed emerging artists to the stage of the now-defunct Ultrasound venue in Toronto’s Queen West neighbourhood, for the first Honey Jam concert. On Thursday, October 1, Honey Jam will celebrate mentorship through music at the legendary El Mocambo with an incredible local lineup performing signature covers of songs by iconic artists from around the globe. The livestream event will kick off at 8:00 p.m. ET –audiences can tune in to the free concert here,and find all details below.
The October 1 concert will be hosted by a recognized and distinguished voice of Canadian Radio, Angeline Tetteh-Wayoe(CBC Music’s Weekend Mornings), featuring performances of an array of styles, including Pop, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Gospel, Opera, Country, R&B, Rock, Soul, Dancehall and beyond. Honey Jam alumni and new mentees on the mic will include: Jaclyn Kenyon, Chatta, Nefe, duo Jess and Tay, Elise Mariah, Joy Lapps, Christina Smith, pHoenix Pagliacci, BLUE WILL, Tyra Jutai, Alisa Sakako, Malaika Khadijaa, Kelsey Vaz, Chloe Rabideau, Divine Lightbody, Jäjé, Emily Schultz, Jet Lyse, Rosie Monday, Lola Bunz, and I.P. The Poet. Learn more about the artists through their official bios and photos below.
Yesterday (Thursday, September 24), Ebonnie and Honey Jam received The Roy Thomson Hall Award of Recognition, a prestigious honour by Toronto Arts Foundation. The award is a $10,000 cash prize presented to an individual, ensemble or organization to recognize creative, performing, administrative, volunteer or philanthropic contributions to Toronto's musical life.
Roots Canada has been a supporter of Honey Jam for many years, and since the two brands align as long-time Canadian traditions, it was perfect to launch a collab to honour Honey Jam's 25th anniversary and curate their September Apple Music playlist. While rocking iconic Roots hoodies, four artists on the concert lineup will be featured in a video medley performing songs they will deliver live at the October 1 celebration, redirecting to an Apple Music playlist featuring 25 songs by Honey Jam artists. The campaign launches on the Roots Instagram page on September 27.
Roots Canada Director Of Culture, Raymond Perkins, says: "Roots salutes Honey Jam and its leading light, Ebonnie Rowe, for 25 years of supporting and promoting Canada's emerging female artists and encouraging more women to develop careers in the music industry.”
In addition, a billboard at downtown Toronto’s Yonge-Dundas Square highlighting Honey Jam’s 25th Anniversary and the upcoming concert will debut on Monday, September 28.
Honey Jam is an annual program that offers mentoring, education, performance and networking opportunities for female artists, culminating with a stellar showcase to highlight their growth. Yearly programming includes Honey Jam artists and alumni engaging in workshops, artist talks, songwriting camps, performance and development opportunities, as well as collaborations and travel experiences for the artists to expand their network and fan base outside of Canada. Watch a video from alumni sharing insight from their experiences here.
The Honey Jam 2020 season is sponsored by: TD Ready Commitment, Slaight Music, Ontario Creates, Factor, CBC Music, Music Canada, SOCAN Foundation, Canadian Musician, Music Managers Forum, YAMAHA, The City of Toronto, CHFI, KISS925, Factor, The Post Office Sound, iHeart Radio Canada, Music Publishers Canada, Woodbine Mall, Goldman Group, Madison Liverpool Limited, and El Mocambo.
Honey Jam 25th Anniversary Concert
Thursday, October 1 – Livestreamed from The El Mocambo – 8:00 p.m. EST – Tune In
If you wish to attend the concert, obtain media accreditation or request interviews, please reach out to Ola Mazzuca, firstname.lastname@example.org by September 28.
DOWNLOAD – Honey Jam 25th Anniversary Concert Poster
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