For 23 years, Honey Jam has fostered the development of up-and-coming female artists, resulting in successful alumni such as Nelly Furtado, Melanie Fiona, Jully Black, Jayd Ink, Kellylee Evans and many more. This year’s concert features 14 Canadian artists representing a diverse range of genres. The annual Honey Jam Canada Concert returns on Thursday August 23, 2018 at the Mod Club Theatre in Toronto, Ontario. Alumni TiKA returns as host. Honey Jam 2017 Highlights
Honey Jam 2018 at The Mod Club, 722 College Street, Toronto. Doors open 7 pm, Showtime 8 pm SHARP; Admission: $20; This is a 19+ event. Tickets available at the door or online.
Mixing sultry R&B with the energy of pop and the bounce of hip-hop, 23-year-old Kelsey Vaz is making waves with her latest single and video “Put You On.” Spotify playlists like Viral Hits Canada and New Music Friday and the Toronto Take Over show on The Move 93.5 feature her music. Being a participant in Toronto’s Remix Project Round 14.0, Vaz has dedicated 2018 to a year of growth and self-discovery in her music. In 2017 and 2018 she wrote two songs that hit the Top 100 in the CBC Searchlight competition. In 2017 she headlined a sold-out show in her hometown of Ottawa, Ontario at Ppl Nightclub. Vaz has now made her mark in Toronto having performed with Daniel Caesar’s choir during five back-to-back sold out shows. Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/kelsey-vaz “Put You On” Video:
Girl-next-door with swag. Nerd-cool. Guitar prodigy with heart. Sabrina Soares’ debut EP Plan A is a hooky, hip-swiveling nod to pop, jazz, country and the funky Brazilian rhythms that colour her unique heritage. Born to Brazilian parents in Sydney, Australia, Sabrina grew up singing Bossa Nova with her dad before starting to write her own songs at age 13. Mixing sincere and relatable diary-entry style lyrics with exceptional self-taught guitar playing, her style continues to evolve, incorporating sounds of R&B influenced by artists such as Lauryn Hill, Jhene Aiko, and Drake. Sabrina is now based in Toronto for the next stage of her career, which includes recording her next album. https://www.sabrinasoaresmusic.com/ “Plan A” Video:
20-year-old singer-songwriter Chloë Rabideau has won the title of Best Female Vocalist at the Niagara Music Awards and received funding assistance from both FACTOR and the Ontario Arts Council for her debut EP. Rabideau hit pause on that momentum in 2016 when she had to undergo vocal nodule removal surgery and has since been recovering and learning healthy vocal techniques from celebrity vocal coach Elaine Overholt and Kat Lucas of Big Voice Studios. With influences such as Daniel Caesar, Amy Winehouse, Kali Uchis, and Anderson .Paak, she is currently in the studio, excited to be finishing up a series of singles to be released later in 2018. Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/uknowchlo/quiet-drive-live-off-the-floor “Just Quit It” Video:
18-year-old RnB singer-songwriter Jasmine Kiara recently released her debut Ep, Golden Girl with the first single “Real Love.” Grammy-nominated and Juno Award Winner Eddie Bullen produced the song, which has a fun and colorful music video to accompany it. With original music inspired by the sounds of R&B, soul, and pop, Kiara has performed at music festivals such as the Irie Music Festival in Mississauga and headlined the Mirikai Fashion Show fundraiser in Toronto for Sick Kids Hospital. This versatile artist sometimes performs acoustically with her guitar or piano and other times with backing tracks, choreography & back up dancers – all with impeccable vocal range, control, and musicality. “Real Love” Video:
Singer-songwriter Emily Schultz kicked off 2018 by appearing on Much Music and 5 Gum’s mini-series On in 5, where she recorded her song “All I’ve Ever Needed” with Allie-X. Schultz began her musical journey by attending an arts k-12 school and furthering her education in music, dance, choreography, and acting. This allowed her to perform regularly around Edmonton including performing several times at the renowned Edmonton Folk Music Festival for over 25,000 people. At the age of 24, her style is that of an earthy and acoustic soul, led by a strong voice and powerfully honest lyrics. With influences such as Brandi Carlile, India Arie, Dermot Kennedy and Jarryd James, Schultz is currently writing and recording her debut EP in Toronto with Jordan Hart. Soundcloud: https://m.soundcloud.com/emily-schultz-793303245 “The Space Between” video:
Toronto based singer-songwriter & producer Denver Haylee only ventured into music professionally in 2017 after singing backup vocals for R&B singer & friend TiKA. Denver’s songs highlight instances of affection, peace, compassion, and mercy. She combines honest confessions of regret and loss with 6-string acoustic therapy in “Rewind” and describes states of bliss induced by the simplest of touch in “Body Sangin’” which is co-produced by Zlender (known for Hotline Bling, For Free). Denver’s haunting “Like Water”, provides a testimonial of love from a higher power manifested in nature throughout her time on the Islands of Honolulu and Maui. www.listentoDenver.com “Body Sangin’” video:
Avita aka Jacqueline Verellen is a Canadian pop singer/songwriter embarking on a fresh new musical direction. Classically trained in opera, Avita has performed in numerous choirs, musicals, and groups and earned over 75 vocal awards by the age of 16. After being encouraged to pursue country music, she went on to win CMTC’s Canada wide competition, which brought her to Nashville to record her original song “Home is Home” with Grammy-nominated producer Jeff Pardo. The single received Canadian radio play in heavy rotation and earned Avita the prestigious honour of placing top 15 in both the CMT and the International Songwriting Competition. Musical influences include Alicia Keys and Adele for their touch of jazz, Taylor Swift for her breathy, romantic and synthesized magic and James Bay for his soulful vibe. Avita is currently recording her debut pop album with Gordon Huxter and Joey Labute due out in 2019. https://www.iamavita.com/ “Six Feet Under” video:
With dynamic and enchanting vocals, 23-year-old African soul artist Preyé has a soothing poetic songwriting style. Inspired by a wide array of artists such as Yanni, Louis Armstrong, Enya, Lauryn Hill and Stevie Wonder, her music shows mature and soulful attributes evident in her original songs “Mortia” and “Pieces of Me,” engineered by Nigerian Teen Choice winning artist and producer, Tay Iwar. Preyé’s latest single “Vanity” is an inspired collaboration with Nigerian Teen Choice Award winner Davina Oriakhi, whom she credits as helping improve in her songwriting. Preyé’s upcoming single “Cookies” is produced by Benny Que and mixed and mastered by Iwar. Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/preyeitams
Montreal singer-songwriter Cinzia is blending pop with alternative rock with her new band Cinzia & The Eclipse. The group has been entertaining crowds with their intriguing chemistry, killer guitar solos, and catchy hooks. Cinzia’s passion for music began at a young age and soon she was writing songs, learning guitar and performing. With influences including legends Janis Joplin, Debbie Harry and Etta James to current artists such as Jessie Reyez, James Bay, and Dua Lipa. Cinzia and The Eclipse has an upcoming single entitled “Out of Love” that will be available before the end of the year. Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/cinzia-abbate/tracks “I Don’t Know You Anymore” lyric video:
Jazz pianist, vocalist, and composer Wolfgang Gray’s original musical repertoire feature a mix of R&B, jazz, and neo-soul vibes. Currently studying Jazz Piano at Humber College, she cites inspiration from Elton John to Nina Simone, to Charles Mingus and Radiohead. Starting her journey with the piano at the age of 13, Gray has played numerous shows in support of women and girls at risk, which makes a clear statement that her art is for those who need inspiration and enlightenment.
Courtney Taylor is a singer/songwriter hailing from Markham, Ontario who started writing songs at the age of 14. In 2011, she graduated round six of The Remix Project (a creative arts program that fosters young artists by building their platform) and has since performed in various locations in the downtown core. She has collaborated with Canadian singer/songwriter Jocelyn Alice and performed alongside Jully Black. Her major influences include Sade, Amy Winehouse, John Mayer and Lianne La Havas. Courtney is currently working towards recording her original music and plans to release an EP in the near future.
21-year-old pop and jazz artist Alisa Kanda Kovac performs with the Toronto All-Star Band reviving the style and sound of the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s – that golden age of the big bands. The group has provided background vocals for the great Jackie Richardson and Billie Newton Davis. Kovac’s creativity was evident at a young age learning to play the trumpet, violin, and piano, writing her own songs and performing in school plays. In 2017, she performed as part of the University of Toronto’s award-winning Acapella group, Tunes. Beats. Awesome. Kovac is currently studying music at Humber College and improvisational comedy at the Second City. With influences ranging from Peggy Lee and Ella Fitzgerald to Demi Lovato and Meagan Trainor, Kovac fuses pop and jazz sounds in her own music and engages audiences of all ages. Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/alisakandakovac
Malaika Khadijaa is a 15 years old French Immersion 10th-grade student from Whitby, Ontario. Currently taking both vocal and piano lessons, she loves to sing, play piano and guitar. She has performed at events like the Planet Africa Excellence awards, Black History month events, Whitby Idol, a Durham College basketball game, OVJF, churches, school events, recitals, and cafes and libraries around Whitby. Her inspirations are artists like Daniel Caesar, Jorja Smith, and Nai Palm. “Say It First” Sam Smith cover
RETURNING HONEY JAM ALUMNI
Singer-songwriter Lu’s unique approach to pop music lead her to co-write a song with DVSN and Stephen Kozmeniuk that appeared on Jennifer Hudson’s third studio album in 2013. Since then, Lu has worked tirelessly at building her career as an artist. Her distinct sound, inventive songwriting, and vivacity have landed her in rooms with industry vets such as BabyFace.
2018 has been one of Lu’s busiest years yet with being featured in AfroPunk magazine, placing in the top 3 for the It’s Your Shot Canada-wide talent competition, performing at TD Celebrates the Junos and attending a writing workshop with BabyFace, James Fauntleroy, and MarcLo. This summer Lu will be releasing her debut single titled “Don’t Count Me Out.” She expresses her vulnerabilities in a way that resonates with listeners. It’s a song that demonstrates her musical ability, and solidifies her presence among those to watch in 2018. “Fool For Love” video:
TiKA is an artist, DJ, creator, cultural producer, TV/Online personality, activist, and advocate for the empowerment of female artists and creators. TiKA’s love and passion for culture and music has led to the release of 2 EP’s, Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid + Carry On. With features in Complex, Noisey, MILK, Afropunk, Saint Heron, The Fader, CBC, The Source, among others, TiKA is receiving critical acclaim for her voice, her energy, her love. Her music. She has opened for major R&B heavyweights like John Legend + NAO and an incredible performance artist + visual hypnotist. Complex Magazine listed TiKA as “One of the most prolific creatives in Toronto.” TiKA’s debut full album + short film titled Anywhere But Here, was produced by musical phenomenon Casey MQ. The vulnerable 8-track album is more of a score, with Casey MQ providing a rollercoaster ride of sounds cleverly mixed with TiKA’s raspy emotional vocals. https://www.tikathecreator.com “All Day All Night” video: