Being a part of Honey Jam is about much more than the concert, along with industry and media exposure, networking and mentoring…
All 2016 artists will receive the following:
- attend a free music industry workshop at Harris Institute
- receive one-on-one vocal and performance coaching from celebrity coach Elaine Overholt of Big Voice Studios
- have their original songs played on Radio
- receive 1 hour A&R consultation from Universal Music
- promotion on Honeyjam.com for 1 year
- attend the OVO Music Summit
Some artists will be chosen to receive these additional opportunities:
- $6500 in equipment from Yamaha Canada
- attend Canada’s Walk of Fame Awards
- a chance to travel to and perform in Barbados
- an opportunity to perform at TD’s Union Summer Series
- song demo sessions at Slaight Music Studios
- the opportunity to take part in the Artist Entrepreneur program offered by Canada’s Music Incubator (CMI) at CoalitionMusic. It is a 10-week professional development program that delivers high-level, customized music industry mentorship for emerging artists of all genres.
2017 lineup to be announced in July
21 year old Canadian EDM Soul Queen Fridaee, has been performing since the age of 8. Attending Rosedale Heights School of the Arts and Ashley Ingram School of Music (AISM) (where she also trained and taught), enhanced her musical obsession. Since 2013, Fridaee has been performing alongside EDM crossover band Sound Empijah. She was also a member of the Toronto Children’s Concert Choir & Performing Arts Company (TC3) for 10 years, an Alto Section Leader, soloist and a member of the African, Contemporary and Hip Hop dance teams. This opportunity allowed her to perform with TC3 across Canada, The United States, and England. The talented singer also trained with the Nathaniel Dett Chorale Training Choir workshop and was chosento perform in the TDSB Martin Luther King Day concert at the Roy Thompson Hall.
In, 2015, Fridaee blessed the Sound Academy stages by opening up for Donell Jones and SWV in an “I Love the 90’s” series. In 2016, she performed at Canadian Music Week. Today, Fridaee is focused on writing and recording original songs with producers ‘Kill Them With Colour’ and ‘JBest’. Fridaee has released two singles ‘Rain’ and ‘Breakout’ with Spotify and Apple Music. Her contagious, electrifying sound that accompanies her show stopping performances bodes well for colourful and successful future.
Sanae began singing and dancing at the age of 3. An ambitious and multi-talented artist, she has won the 2014 JamDay Idol Talent Competition, earned herself a spot in the Etobicoke School of the Arts’ Musical Theatre (“Triple Threat”) Program, and she’s performed across multiple cities in over 40 events including: Talent Nation Industry Showcases, Carivibe Beach and Food Festival, The Ottawa Latin Festival, Trinbago Day, JamDay, Kwesi Johnson’s Holiday Soiree, The International Black Summit, The National Heroes Awards Gala, and The 2016 KUUMBA and R.I.S.E. Edutainment’s BHM Event.
Sanae’s goal is to become a successful recording artist who travels around the world performing and sharing her love for the arts with others. The young, vibrant, soulful “phenom” continues to work hard towards this dream and promises a great performance at her first time gracing the Honey Jam stage.
Female empowerment has never been stronger! Proving time and time again that lyrical ability isn’t a gender or age restricted art, 23 year old Toronto-born Haviah Mighty is recklessly edging her way into music as a new face in Hip Hop and R&B. With her hands in several pots – vocal, rap, production and DJ – she’s making it clear you should know the name. Haviah has released 4 projects in total and has acquired radio play (on several college stations) and iTunes sales for her latest release “Bass Loud.” Bass Loud has charted on the top 10 Hip-Hop earshot charts many times and, in February, Bass Loud went #1! Over the past few years, she has performed across the city, participating in many festivals and events, most notably Honey Jam, Manifesto and CMW. Over the past few months, she has been working on a new album, releasing covers, and was recently featured in a TeamBackPack cypher that got her over 2 million views (and counting). Making sure to stay active, Haviah was recently the first place winner of the ‘So You Think You Can Rap Canada’ competition and had an incredible show at the Speak Your Peace festival. She ripped the mic at the TeamBackPack Muny event in New York this summer and look for her on the main stage at Yonge and Dundas in September. A natural born talent, Haviah Mighty has big plans for 2016 and onward!
Brooke Pastuch is 14 years old and is very excited about attending Mayfield Secondary School’s Regional Arts Program in the fall of 2016. Brooke has been singing from the age of 4, and since then, has focussed on honing her talent to become a professional performer. She has released a number of videos on her YouTube Channel at Brooke20202, and just recently released a cover video on YouTube DreamWorksTV of “Dangerous Woman” by Ariana Grande. Brooke likes to cover many different genres and artists so as to learn various styles and draws from them in an effort to create her own style. She loves to perform live and strives to bring her passion to the stage during her performances. Feel free to check out Brooke on YouTube and lend some support as she strives to reach her life long dream of being a professional performer. Brooke would like to thank everyone at Honey Jam 2016 for the opportunity to be a part of this amazing event, and hope you all will enjoy her performance and all the other amazing artists performances as well.
Marley Edwards (aka Aria Royal) is a 20 year old R&B vocalist and songwriter from Pickering, Ontario. Starting from the young age of 6, Aria was involved in the Malvern Methodist Children’s Choir where she first found her passion for music. As she got older, Aria continued in her journey by joining the intermediate jazz choir from grade 10 at Pine Ridge Secondary School. This lead her to many other opportunities such as playing lead roles in two of her high school musicals (Hairspray and In the Heights), winning a local vocal competition in 2012 (Pickering Stars), and singing at the Mayor of Pickering’s annual Ball. As a result of winning the local competition, Aria had the honor of opening for Canadian hip hop artist, Kardinal Offishall. In January of 2015 Aria performed at her biggest musical accomplishment yet; opening for Canadian pop singer Shawn Mendes in a benefit concert.
In 2015, she performed in the Honey Jam showcase with the former girl group Keys and now that she has branched out as a solo artist, was inspired to come back because of the amazing experience she had and to show her own individual style and talent. Continuing on in her music career, Aria is determined to chase her dreams of making and performing positive music that will impact the people she reaches out to.
Hailing from Fergus, Ontario, Madison Galloway is a driven and talented multi-instrumentalist with a unique approach to her blend of pop, rock, and folk. Although usually strumming her guitar, Madison is also a trained pianist, as well as a proficient player on the harmonica, ukulele, banjo, violin, among others.
The 16-year-old songstress set out to translate her youthfulness and energy into fresh hooks and appealing melodies. Her EP, “Who Knows Where”, features 5 of her original songs that flirt with country influences, while retaining Madison’s signature style and direct attitude. As a live performer, Madison takes the stage with guitar, harmonica, and ukulele. She recently opened for 54-40 and The Sadies and performs regularly in Southern Ontario. Madison captures the ears and hearts of her audience with an upbeat, emotionally exhilarating performance.
Find out more and let the songs tell you the rest of her story:
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Vanessa Lu is a Toronto native, but if you ask her, the stage is the first place she calls home. She thrives off of creating real music, in real-¬time and with a real audience. “I love an honest reaction. I love seeing a crowd’s genuine response. Every time I am on a stage, I fall in love with music all over again.”
Vanessa Lu had performed at many venues in the Toronto scene, such as The Mod Club, Wrongbar, Revival Bar, and the list goes on. She also had the opportunity to have a writing session with Jarvis Church in Los Angeles, which helped her explore her sound a little more. She was asked to be a part of many writing sessions, one resulted in writing a song “Dangerous” which was placed in Jennifer Hudson’s new album. Along with that placement, Vanessa co-wrote some songs for other Canadian artist’s, one being Nefe (a Honey Jam Alum) who is signed to Universal Records.
After a 2 year hiatus, taking the time to develop herself better as an Artist, Vanessa Lu performed at the Rivoli in march of 2016, and is now working on new material with a new Producer & songwriter who have worked with many known names in the industry such as Toronto’s own grammy winning singer/songwriter Melanie Fiona (another Honey Jam alum), and more. Vanessa Lu leads a new generation of artists by fusing multiple forms of music and creating unique sounds that are impossible to ignore. She is an extremely talented singer and songwriter; her songs exude a realness that everyone can relate to her song-writing, unique style, lively personality and unyielding drive to be influential ensures that her journey has only just begun. This is a star on the rise to greatness, and definitely a talent to watch for. This is Vanessa Lu.
Half Syrian and half Lebanese, Canadian born from Edmonton, ESMA blurs the lines of genres and borders; her sound is infectious and has an international feel. Her music is a combination of genres with a touch of Middle Eastern sounds that make up who ESMA is as a singer, songwriter, rapper and dancer. After watching a Michael Jackson video, at the early age of 4 years old, ESMA instantly knew her calling. There has been many obstacles and sacrifices ESMA has had to overcome in order to pursue her passion, but her determination and perseverance never falters. “Being raised by parents that both escaped war to come to this country, my goals seem a little more manageable”. ESMA’s online presence has been organically growing with her new found talent for writing and performing original rap along side her singing.
ESMA has worked with LA based marketing company A&R Worldwide (Adele, Avril Lavigne). ESMA has performed internationally and opened for artists such as Jadakiss, Karl Wolf, Jay Sean, Dru Hill, SisQo, LMFAO Party Rock Crew, Danny Fernandes, JRDN, Kos and Dirty Radio. ESMA trains with celebrity vocal coach Elaine Overholt (Shawn Mendes, Majid Jordan) and has trained with Ron Anderson (Alicia Keys, Janet Jackson). ESMA has also had her music placed on American reality shows with millions of viewers after landing a sync deal with Emmy Award winning company Bunim/Murray, who produces such shows as Keeping Up With The Kardashians. ESMA has collaborated with producers such as Fingazz (Snoop Dogg), Marcus Kane (So So Def) & Juno award winner Rich Kidd (Drake, SonReal). Rich Kidd is featured on ESMA’s single Soul Trigga, which was added to rotation on hit Toronto station G98.7 FM. ESMA has now teamed up with Toronto based Producer/DJ, KAGE, becoming a pretty powerful female duo. ESMA and KAGE have created their upcoming debut project called ESMA UNKAGED. “Put quite simply we are the female Macklemore and Ryan Lewis… but seriously the music is authentic and raw and we don’t believe in limits or boundaries when it comes to specific genres and sounds”.
For more on ESMA visit: esmarhythm.com
Reeny Smith is a talented, 24 year-old R&B/Pop artist from North Preston, Nova Scotia who has been singing and playing the piano since the age of five. She credits her inspiration for music from time spent with family and friends at her local Baptist church, where she plays piano and is a member of three choirs.
Her roots in music stem from an incredible gene pool of musicians. Both Reeny’s father and grandfather, Wallace Smith Sr. and Jr., are former members of one of Canada’s Premier Gospel bands, The Gospel Heirs. Her father is also the director of the award-winning Hallelujah Praise Choir and is the leader and founder of The Sanctified Brothers. Her uncles Carson and Murray Downey of the Carson Downey Blues Band are also testaments to the great musical legacy.
Reeny was selected for the Portia White Award for Excellence in Vocal Performance, along with a scholarship from the Nova Scotia Talent Trust recognizing her outstanding musical attributes. She has shared the stage with the incredible Dinuk Wijeratne at the Music Room as part of the Prismatic International Arts Festival and sang for the incoming Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia at his induction ceremony. Also in 2011, Reeny won the African Nova Scotia Music Association Up and Coming Artist Award, the Black Cultural Centre President’s Award, and was selected to represent Nova Scotia at the Canada Winter Games as part of the national artist performing program..
In 2012, Reeny won the ANSMA Rising Star Award and enrolled in St. FX University’s prestigious music arts program, majoring in jazz vocals. After hearing Reeny’s demo CD, Laura (Lulu) Healy, Artistic Director of the Halifax Jazz Festival, stated that her vocals were “incredible” and selected Reeny to perform a showcase that year.
In February of 2015 she opened for Grammy Award Winner Lisa Fischer and received a standing ovation at the sold out concert. Reeny won Artist of the Year at the 2015 ANSMA Awards and was selected to attend a songwriters camp put on by Grammy Award winner Gordie Sampson where her single “Last Call” was created. She then went on to win the 2015 Casino Nova Scotia Artist in Residence competition and the Music Nova Scotia 2015 African Nova Scotian Artist of The Year. Also in 2015 Reeny was chosen to perform a tribute to both Portia White and Rita MacNeil for their induction into the Nova Scotia Music Hall of Fame where she once again blew the audience away and received three standing ovations! Reeny’s big powerful voice and contemporary R&B/Pop leave audiences wanting more after they experience seeing and hearing her and her killer band live!
Tika Simone is an artist, creator, cultural producer, T.V/Online personality, activist, and advocate for the empowerment of female artists and creators. Tika makes an impression on everyone she encounters and her joy is infectious.
Tika is a classically trained musician and performance artist who has been a part of the music/art landscape in Toronto/NYC for well over a decade. She is widely known for her work in a diverse range of projects, from her breakthrough role in Trey Anthony’s “Da Kink in My Hair”, to frequent appearances on MTV’s “The Aftershow”, to Tika’s own “Intimate & Interactive/The Known Unknown”, a interactive music showcase that introduced many of Canada’s current and upcoming talents to music/art industry and influencers. Tika is also the force behind #Baregyal/Gyalcast (listed in The Fader as the #1 Canadian DIY Media Collective You Should Know), the movement that is giving both space and voice to women of colour, specifically Black women, to discuss, explore, care for and celebrate their lives and experiences, in an environment of safety, non-judgment and positivity. Then there are the parties she throws….
Now Tika’s love and passion for culture and music has led to the release of her first EP “Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid”. With features in Complex, Afropunk, The Fader, CBC, Artistic Manifesto, among others, Tika is receiving critical acclaim for her voice, her energy, her love, Her music.
This fall will see the re-launch of the Tika’s Known Unknown, as a multi-disciplinary digital agency for young creatives.
Tika is a Honey Jam Canada alum who performed in 2008. We are thrilled to have her return as host!
Ramy Zhang is a 15-year-old singer from Toronto. She began to sing at the age of 6 as a soloist for the Toronto Angel Choir. Since then, she has performed in a wide array of concerts and events across the Greater Toronto Area. She has received 1st place in the Respon Spark Star competition, 1st place in the CANasian Youth singing competition, 3rd place for the Golden Got Talent competition, Top 10 for Hidden Talent Canada, and more.
In April 2016, she had the opportunity to compete in an international competition hosted by China’s popular Hunan TV program, SuperGirl (超级女声), much like The Voice but for female artists only. She placed 1st in Canada and flew to China, where she advanced into Global Top 100 out of 600 000 total contestants worldwide. There, she trained and went on tour with other fellow Top 100 contestants around Southeast China for one month. Ramy enjoys singing power ballads, jazz, pop, and musical theatre, and has a very versatile repertoire. In the future, she looks forward to expand her range of musical genres, and study more about music composition and arrangement.
Chanda T. Holmes is an artist, songwriter, dancer and performer. For the Montreal born artist, music is not only her passion, it’s a way of life. “Music has saved my life on many occasions, my goal is to inspire, affect and move others through song the way music has done for me. My way of giving thanks!”
Chanda T. Holmes’ voice creates a sense of yearning for the return of classic R&B to the Pop arena. A natural performer, Chanda electrifies the audience from the second she sets foot on stage. The charm, charisma and love that she gives hark from an era that brought us some of the greatest performers of the modern era; Chanda moves like Janet Jackson with the voice of Mary J Blige
Stella Rio is a 21 year old artist from Toronto, Canada who identifies herself as a singer/songwriter. Stella began her musical journey at an early age. She describes her music as pop infused with soulful jazz elements. She draws inspiration from every aspect of her life and is influenced from artists from a variety of genres. Corrine Bailey Rae, Etta James, Adele, and Sam Smith are just some of the artists that have inspired Stella as an artist. This year she has been collaborating with local and internationally known artists and is currently writing music for a near future release. Stella recently signed with Kuya Productions, a multi-platinum Grammy and Juno nominated Canadian production team from Toronto. Kuya developed Alessia Cara and wrote the hit single “HERE” which hit # 1 on the Billboard Pop charts in the US. They wrote and produced half the songs on her debut album KNOW IT ALL. When asked what her musical goal is she replies: “My goal is not to be famous, but to be great.
Jessie Bower and Taylor Adams are 18/19 year old Singer / Songwriters living in Toronto at Humber College. Both are vocal majors in the Bachelor of Music program.
Jessie being from Hamilton and Taylor from Pickering, they just met this school year at Humber and became fast friends. Both girls have performed as solo acts and just recently started performing as a country duo.
Jess and Tay perform country music with excellent harmonies. They have recently started writing songs together and have a chemistry that comes out in their original songs.
Amber J, a 22 year old singer-songwriter from Vancouver has been performing for as long as she could talk. Typically found with her guitar, Amber J’s evolving sound is a unique blend of R&B, Pop and Folk music. She has played at many charity events in her home town of Trail, BC. She was runner up in the 2010 for Showcase World Wide in Toronto, and came 3rd in Dalhousie’s Got Talent in 2014. Her original song “You Scare Me” was featured in a Polyscope Production film, The Takeaway. Today Amber J is focused on expanding her brand, as her fan base grows daily, while they wait in anticipation for the release of her all-original EP, “While You Were Sleeping.”
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Keisha Booker is a Winnipeg-born R & B and soul singer/songwriter with a passion for music and a contagious voice. Booker is inspired wholeheartedly by legendary talents like Nina Simone, Lauryn Hill, Erykah Badu and Sade. These vocal muses are continually exposed through her stage presence, sultry tone and powerhouse vocals.
Keisha is widely known for her involvement in; Winnipeg Fashion for a Cure and the Afropeg U Of M Student Union Showcase. In 2011, she was invited to grace the stage of the Centennial Concert Hall to perform back-up vocals for local talent Flo, who opened up for recording artist Lauryn Hill. That same year, she became a member of the Juss Jazz house band. In June of 2014, Keisha headlined two successful events with her band entitled, Souled Out and EVE: Hosted by the Metropolitan Entertainment Centre, a New Years’ Eve gala. In 2015 she continued on to host four more installments of the event Souled Out, which is now a quarterly annual event. Currently she runs Soul Supreme; a weekly R&B Soul night in her hometown.
Keisha believes that songs are a time capsule, captured from a period in time. A very private person, she writes from an emotional place—sorting out every type of feeling through her music. This raw demeanor and effortless mind-set is exposed profoundly through every verse.