Artist Opportunites

Being a part of Honey Jam is about much more than the concert, along with industry and media exposure, networking and mentoring…

All 2017 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
  • promotion on Honeyjam.com for 1 year
  • participate in a mentor cafe
  • participate in a presentation and tour of the youtube/Google offices
  • attend a presentation and tour of the Junos/Caras/Music Cares Office

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
  • 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.
  • perform at the CNE
  • perform at Canada 150 celebrations Canada Day Weekend

2017 Artists

Jana Teovano
Jana Teovano

Jana Teovano is a multi-instrumental, acoustic performer with a diverse background rooted in indie, pop and new jazz. Jana Teovano has a sultry sweet voice that perfectly marries Norah Jones’ smoothness and Amy Winehouse’s lyrical maturity and attitude.

From the bombing in Serbia, to the private luxury yachts in Greece she found her way to Toronto, Canada where she is currently residing, working and performing.
Jana Teovano has performed at venues such as: Free Times Cafe, The Supermarket, The Cavern, The Silver Dollar, The Kensington Lodge, The Smiling Buddha, The Central, Cameron House, The Performing Arts Lodge and as a special guest at Pride in London, ON.

With a catalogue of more than 30 original songs, Jana Teovano is in the process of choosing the ones that will go on her first EP.

janateovano.com

Will
Will
WILL is a singer/songwriter and multidisciplinary artist. At the age of five, WILL moved to Canada from the Caribbean island of Trinidad and Tobago, home to one of the biggest and most vibrant annual carnival celebrations in the world. It’s no surprise that with such a cultural background, WILL has music embedded into her soul. She says writing about true life experiences in her music is her way to achieve release and get closure from old chapters in her life.

In addition, to the music, WILL considers herself a multi-disciplinary artist who creates through hairstyles, fashions, painting and often directing her own videos. This passion has led her to collaborate with various people in multiple fields.

WILL is currently in the development stages of her debut EP set to release late summer 2017

keishawill.com

Capri
Capri

This 17 year old Northern girl hails from the rustic shores of Thunder Bay, Ont where she spent most of her life. At the age of 14, Capri and her supportive family took the leap of faith and moved to Toronto to attend the Etobicoke School of the Arts, where she was accepted to the challenging Musical Theatre program, as well as the dance program. Her life transformed immediately. With ESA’s National Show Choir she performed at New York’s Lincoln Centre. She also filmed 2 season’s of “Backstage” aired on the Disney & Family Channel as a continuity musician, and with guitar in hand, performed at festivals and shows across the city, while every once and a while heading home to North Western Ontario to perform.

Capri has been singing, acting, and competitively dancing since the age of 5 on stages in both Canada and the US, where she won numerous scholarships, awards and titles. One word that audiences use to describe her performances is passionate. Since the day she could climb on her living room table, she has captivated audiences with her infectious energy.

This fierce young driven teen had her life shattered at the age of 12 when she watched her mother battle aggressive breast cancer. Out of that extremely emotional time in her life, Capri started writing songs to help her deal with her emotions and heal her fears. What evolved was a touching song called “Hope” that was eventually put on Youtube and took off like wildfire. At that time, Nelly Furtado was traveling to Thunder Bay for her tour. Nelly & her tour mates were so touched by Capri’s song, that she invited Capri to surprise the audience and sing Nelly’s signature hit “I’m Like a Bird” with her. It was then, while standing next to Nelly in front of thousands of people cheering, that Capri had a real taste of her dream… Through “Hope” she also headlined a major Breast Cancer event in California, as well as at Breast Cancer events everywhere, helping raise thousands of dollars for Cancer research and awareness.

Capri is currently in the studio, writing and working with producers to launch her first EP. With a mix of pop, soul, dance and a little bit of rock, she’s ready to show you what she can do.

Tasha Angela
Tasha Angela

Toronto artist Tasha Angela is a 21 year old singer/song-writer who recently released a debut EP titled ” Out of my head”. Just starting out, Tasha has built a fan base on several social media accounts and is determined to keep growing. As a soul/r&b singer who writes her own music she hopes to bring music back to life as she writes and sings from personal experience.

Karis
Karis

KARIS – 19 year old Karis is the epitome of the complete artist: a prolific songwriter, dancer/choreographer, singer, musician, budding music producer among several other talent and skills that Karis has developed. Growing up in Jamaica, Karis was exposed to a rich artistic culture that fanned the flames of a passion burning for the arts. Karis also displayed, very early on, her interest in dancing and singing and at age six, after learning a little basic theory from her grandmother, Karis began teaching herself how to play the keyboard. Karis wrote her first song at age ten and eventually began presenting her family with songs reflecting her innate talent beyond her years to sculpt a story with lyrics. Karis currently has a collection of more than fifty (50) songs written completely by her.

Karis has co-written and produced the music for the Youth Day Anthem which she performed in Dundas Square with her sister and Juno award-winner, Liberty Silver and has also performed her originals and covers for several charity and fundraising events.

Karis is very passionate about developing her amazing talent and skill. She works hard to improve as an artist and puts immense effort into seeking out and grabbing hold of every opportunity to accomplish the goal of becoming a premiere international singer-songwriter.

Website: karismusiclive.com

Jenna Bennett
Jenna Bennett

Jenna Bennett is a 22 year old singer-songwriter from Ajax, Ontario. She was inspired to pick up a guitar at a young age and has never looked back. This young artist’s open mind and unique vision gives her a special edge that sets her apart. Driven by her personal experiences and the ability to put complex feelings to paper, her songs are laced with honest lyrics and catchy melodies. Her positive “YOLO” approach to life, natural groove and relatable lyrics create a sound that makes you move, think, feel and be left wanting more.

Graduating from the Broadcasting and Film Program at Centennial College in 2016, Jenna has expanded her skills in filmmaking, editing, directing, on air experience, interviewing and more! She attained an internship with KX96 FM/94.9 The Rock and later worked at SiriusXM Canada as a technical producer. Gaining an understanding of the ‘behind the scenes’ and the technical processes that take place has been a bonus for contributing to her music career development.

Jenna has won songwriting competitions for Buffalo Music Hall of Fame and York Regional Police ‘End Youth Violence’. She also placed first in Centennial’s Got Talent in 2014, bringing her to Los Angeles for the BET Experience.

Jenna loves to perform and has done several live performances and fundraisers including opening for Mia Martina Canada Day 2014 and Alx Veliz Canada Day 2017. She performed at the Opera House in 2016 and was chosen to perform for Indie Week Canada for Earth Hour ‘Lights Out’ in 2017. In Los Angeles she has performed at Larry’s in Venice Beach and Kulak’s Woodshed in North Hollywood to mention a few. She has also done several fundraiser events associated with the Canadian Cancer Society including Relay for Life and PHS Ballin’ for Breast Cancer on a yearly basis. Jenna was also featured on the radio show “What She Said” on Toronto’s Jewel 88.5FM in 2016.

Jenna is continually writing new material and has a library of songs. She has recently recorded her 5 track EP in Malibu with producer Adrian Cota and will soon be releasing her first single.

Find out more and let the songs tell you the rest of her story:

Website: jennabennettmusic.com

Jet Lyse
Jet Lyse

The rap game is known for having a lot of male rappers but we all know the women have always made their presence felt and things haven’t changed.
Introducing Jet Lyse.

Jet Lyse was born in the East end of Toronto and raised in Regent Park and is of Scotian descent . Most people don’t want to talk about their house being the party house or society thinking they’ll be a statistic because of their environment but Jet Lyse is here to inspire young girls like herself. She wants to let them know that hard work does pay off because she did it and they can too.

Music has always been a part of her life and having that outlet gave her something positive to do. It also helped her deal with her daily struggles.

She started her own female movement “Mega City Diva Girl Gang” which consists of her younger sister Nessa and 3 of her first cousins: “It’s a family thang” are words she lives by. Not only does she rap, she writes her own lyrics, sings, dances and has been a trained boxer since the age of 6.

Recently she released her new smash hit Anthem #MCDGG “Mega City Diva Girl Gang” produced by her cousin Jor’del Downz featuring Nessa available on Youtube.

Alexandra Hawse
Alexandra Hawse

Raised in British Columbia, Alexandra is a fearless artist with a vocal range almost as wide as her incredibly eclectic taste in music. The 18-year-old with a deep background in classical music and love for the sounds of the British Invasion, has blossomed into a truly unique singer and burgeoning songwriter. Majoring on the violin, Alexandra passes on her knowledge of and passion for music by teaching 36 students per week at Arcadia Academy of Music in Bolton, Ontario; her students take lessons in Vocals, Piano and Violin.

Alexandra performs, writes, and collaborates with other local artists all over the GTA. She has appeared at venues small and large ranging from the Free Times Café to the Toronto Centre for the Arts where she opened for Tyler Shaw.

Studying privately under the direction of Michelle Newman, she believes in taking risks with your heart and your music. She accepts all challenges of a life in music with the passion to be fearless. Alexandra plans to tour the world as an international superstar or open a cat shelter in New York City.

She is currently working with Award Winning Producer Murray Daigle as well as the writing team of Roseanne Baker-Thornley and North Easton to experiment with her sound and create some unique material.

Alexandra loves to perform and plays as often as she can. She is currently booking shows in the GTA, Ottawa and Montreal.

Her debut singles, Count Me Out and Quite Like Me, are available on Spotify, iTunes and many other streaming platforms.

To see where Alexandra is performing and to hear more of her music, please visit her website www.alexandrahawse.com.

Jazzy Monika
Jazzy Monika

Jazzy Monika is a 20 year old singer-songwriter. Her main genre is R&B but she also branches off into different categories like soul, reggae, and hip hop. Her love and passion for music has always been shown. At the age 16 she was able to travel to Atlanta to visit her aunt who at the time was married to a member of the hit 80’s group “The Force MD’s”, Shawn Morpheus. During her stay, she wrote and recorded 10 songs with Shawn, which helped her confirm that music was what she truly wanted to do. After high school she decided to stop playing basketball (dropping her university scholarships offered) and move to Atlanta to explore the music scene. She went to a various open mics, and met a number of producers who gravitated towards her powerful voice and true r&b vibes, including producer Cicero who is now signed to 808 Mafia. Cicero and Jazzy have collaborated on several songs, including her song “ F.O.E” (family over everything) featuring Pressa, who is one of Toronto’s hottest rappers.

Jazzy Monika’s drive and commitment cannot be denied as she pushes to turn her dreams into reality and hopes to one day inspire young people to chase their dreams, no matter what people say. She is currently apart of the Toronto Remix Project and is working on her Debut EP ‘ Mixed Emotions Chpt 1 ‘ which will be released on her 21st birthday, September 27th, 2017.

Raelene Bailey
Raelene Bailey

Raelene Bailey is a 24 year old vocalist, poet and spoken word artist. This sultry sister commands the stage and creates an intimate experience with her audience. She speaks of Blackness – love, pain, the struggle and the legacy – using her art forms as an impetus for healing and change. “My style? Soulful, unapologetic, revolutionary Black music.” Jill Scott, her greatest inspiration, is who taught her how to just be – to tap into the gift and channel the ancestral power that lies within the voice of the Black Woman.

Raelene’s craft has evolved over a span of 10 years, starting from high school and at open mics. She’s frequented the stages of Lambadina Lounge, Trane Studio, Harlem Restaurant and quite a few others. She’s also performed at showcases, private and community events.

In November of 2015, Raelene collaborated with two amazing producers, Muxubo “OBUXUM” Mohamed and Adam “JustVibe” Favours, and released her first EP entitled Renaissance 23. Some of her best works include her single “Mama Knows,” along with another favourite, “Working for The Man” which was featured on the Neo2Soul INNAGROOVE Mixtape in the UK. After a 2 year artistic pause, this emerging independent artist is ready to get back into her element. Raelene is here to take The People on a journey; she is here for those of us yearning to be moved.

“Nina Simone said that the artists’ duty is to reflect the times. So, I’m an artist; singing, writing, speaking, story-telling, loving, fighting and being. This is my contribution to the revolution.”

EP on Bandcamp: raelene.bandcamp.com/releases

Lindsay Misiner
Lindsay Misiner

With intense, relatable and truthful lyrics, there is no mistaking the passion that Misiner holds within the palm of her hand. Hailing from Nova Scotia, her honesty and devotion to an intelligent lyric, in pair with her painfully pure moaning vocal is what makes her style so undeniably different.

The artistry that Lindsay embodies goes deeper than just her songwriting, as her live performances have a captivating nature and an element of vulnerability. Full of soul, feeling, and electrifying vocals, Misiner will leave you feeling as if she has always known your life story. Originality is the most important aspect of her music and there are no comparisons when it comes to Misiner. As an artist, she stands on her own as a glorified soul creation of the past, present, and future.

lindsaymisiner.ga

Milla Sanchez
Milla Sanchez

Growing up with a family of artists, Milla Sanchez demonstrated an intense interest in the arts early on in life. With a unique vocal sound, Milla creates and performs music that is both soulful and poetic. At sixteen, she currently attends the special arts program at her Toronto high school, where she performs at any oppurtunity given. Milla is always sure to make time for writing, composing, and practising her music. She has recently started learning guitar, and has been teaching herself how to play piano as of last year. With her abounding number of songs, Milla has been planning on releasing an EP/ album soon.

millasanchez.strikingly.com

Divine Lightbody
Divine Lightbody

Divine Lightbody is a 16 year old vocalist currently attending St. Roch Catholic Secondary School in the Arts Program. She has had the opportunity to perform at various settings such as The Rose Theater and in Nashville and Chicago and closer to home sings regularly in the City of Brampton including having the opportunity to sing for the mayor. Divine also participates in African drumming and dancing (Ngoma) and musical theatre (Broadway Bound).

Tyra Jutai
Tyra Jutai

Vocalist, Composer & Performer, Montreal’s Tyra has performed for audiences on both local and international stages. Having performed for over fifteen years as a classical soloist, and three years as a professional singer, she is at home on stage. Her focus as of late has been to develop and record her original compositions, which blend soulful vocals and storytelling. Tyra is a continuously evolving musician, with great enthusiasm for experimentation.

Classically trained in piano, flute, and voice, she has a solid grounding in music fundamentals. After teaching herself a few guitar chords, she enrolled in lessons and began writing songs in her early teens. She has built upon this training by opening herself up to new styles of music, new techniques and through collaboration with musicians across genres. Her versatility and discipline has enabled her to extend her training to incorporate jazz, blues, rock, electronic, and folk influences into her original work and improvisations. In addition to her original compositions, Tyra works on the local Montreal scene, revisiting jazz standards and expanding her repertoire, developing her technique including improvisation in the oral tradition of jazz music. Follow her at www.tyrajutai.com, on Facebook or Instagram by searching Tyra Jutai… you will only find one!

tyrajutai.com

Julia Gartha
Julia Gartha

Julia Gartha is a 21-year-old singer/songwriter/pianist who is studying Contemporary Writing and Production at the Berklee College of Music. Hailing from Markham, she has released her first original music video “The Wall” in December 2016, which has reached over 14,000 views on Facebook. Julia was a reluctant piano student at first, but she soon came to realize that the instrument was the perfect way to express her thoughts and feelings. She began experimenting with contemporary music and combined her piano skills with her newly discovered voice. Julia quickly became interested in arranging covers and composing original music.
Julia has performed at The Cameron House, The Opera House, The Central etc and she will be performing at the SuperMarket on Friday July 7th, with her duet “Jules” featuring her writing partner Nate Daviau. Julia has been awarded a grant for her performance in Celebration of the Arts and she is currently on scholarship at Berklee. Julia recently was awarded 1st place in the City of Markham’s “Star Search”. Julia has also sung the Canadian and American National Anthem at several Blue Jays games at the Rogers Center. She just released a brand new album on iTunes and Spotify called “Complexion” with her award winning Acappella group Pitch Slapped, and she is currently recording her debut EP that will be released in 2018.

juliagartha.com

Tika Simone - Host
Tika Simone - Host

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!

Website: tikathecreator.com