Honey Jam provides mentors, education, networking and performance opportunities for emerging female musicians. Despite the popularity of cut-throat, competitive music competitions, Honey Jam is no Canadian Idol. As Ebonnie describes, ‘the women like the idea that it’s not a competition. It’s developmental, warm, welcoming, supportive. They become a family; many of the girls become friends and end up co-writing for each other.’
Prospective singers have one minute to audition in front of a panel of 10 judges, which includes vocal coaches, label executives and producers. Judges rate the performers on a 1-10 scale; anyone with an 8 or higher is shortlisted, while judges ensure a variety of genres and styles are represented. Honey Jam provides a platform for women to ‘grow, shine, and develop’ as musicians; ‘it’s a sisterhood, a sorority.’
After the musicians pass auditions, they are put into workshops with producers, vocal coaches and other successful musicians, including Cardinal Offishall, Michie Mee, Jully Black, or Jasmin Denham. All of this preparation culminates with the Showcase.
Honey Jam’s 2015 Showcase is set to take place on Thursday, August 13th. Just what exactly should Torontonians expect from the talent? Ebonnie insists she has no favorites; artists from different genres, cultures and styles will be performing, and ‘everyone’s amazing.’ Expect music to range from alternative to country; hip hop to opera; and even an acoustic guitar beatboxer.
Ebonnie thanks everyone for their 20 years of support; from the sponsors to media and audience, Torontonians continue to embrace and support Canada’s emerging female musical talent.
Honey Jam’s 2015 Showcase: Thursday, August 13th at the Mod Club, 722 College Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, +1 416 588 4663.
Doors open 7 P.M., Showtime 8 P.M. Admission is $20, and this is a 19+ event.
By Culture Trip Toronto
Interview By Candice Ng