CULTURE EVENTS

Honey Jam

Words by: DJ Grumps

Photo by: Donovan

Honey Jam flyers

1995- Present

Honey Jam is an annual female artist showcase in Toronto, born after the success of an all-female issue of Mic Check magazine edited by founder Ebonnie Rowe . When it started in 1995 (shout outs to Jemeni and D’nise Harrison who were also part of the team that first year), Hip Hop acts represented a large portion of the artists. At that time Hip Hop events were dominated by men which can often be an intimidating situation for nervous young female MCs who were thrilled to find a safe haven at Honey Jam. Michie Mee, Motion, Tara Chase, Eternia and many other Emcees all rocked the mic on the Honey Jam stage. In the 15 years since its inception, Honey Jam has attracted women from all genres from Hip Hop to Country to Gospel to Opera along with dance crews and dj’s such as MelBoogie who has played at every Honey Jam for 15 years! Many alumni such as Nelly Furtado and Jully Black have gone on to huge careers in the music business and garnered international critical acclaim. Honey Jam continues to be an important avenue not only to showcase talent, but also for artist development. Their longevity is a testament to the dedication of founder Ebonnie Rowe and the scores of artists, volunteers, sponsors and fans who have supported their efforts.

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