Ebonnie Rowe is the founder and director of PhemPhat Entertainment Group and producer of the Honey Jam concert and programme for young female artists of all cultures and musical genres. They provide promotional, mentoring, networking, educational and performance opportunities. The initiative started in 1995 and they celebrated their 25 year milestone in 2020.
Artists such as Grammy Award winners Nelly Furtado and Melanie Fiona, along with Juno winners Kellylee Evans, Jully Black and Savannah Re, and Polaris winner Haviah Mighty and many others performed early in their careers. Rowe has organized impactful experiences for the artists such as songwriting camps, industry workshops, mentor cafe’s, tickets to major artist concerts, opportunities to attend the Polaris, Juno and Grammy Awards, and sessions to learn from major artists such as Jessie Reyez, Estelle, Fefe Dobson, Marsha Ambrosius, LeToya Luckett, Elle Varner, Erykah Badu, Janelle Monae and more. The programme creates a welcoming, supportive sisterhood and a safe space for young women to be vulnerable, to learn, to build self esteem and long-lasting relationships.
Ebonnie has participated in or moderated panels for CMWS, Collision, RPSM Talks, Indie Week and more. Her work with Honey Jam has been profiled on CBC, e-talk, Global TV, Canada AM, Muchmusic, ET Canada, MacLeans, The Toronto Star, National Post, Globe & Mail and many other publications and media outlets. She has been featured in books such as “Canada 150 Women – Conversations with Leaders, Champions, and Luminaries” and “Put Your Dreams First, Handle Your Entertainment Business” and also received many awards including the prestigious Roy Thompson Award of Recognition and CIMA’s Trailblazer Award.