Reverb (651 Queen West), Sunday (June 3). Doors open 7 pm, showtime 8 pm sharp. $10/advance, $15/door. 416-504-0744. Rating: NNNNN
Honey Jam Talent Showcase & PhemPhat's sixth Anniversary Party hosted by MichIe Mee at Reverb (651 Queen West), Sunday (June 3). Doors open 7 pm, showtime 8 pm sharp. $10/advance, $15/door. 416-504-0744.
When the rules won't let you win, change the game. When traditional boys' clubs dismiss sisters as bitches and hos, change teams. And when you're getting dicked by music's misogyny, change positions. That's the philosophy that sparked Ebonnie Rowe to found PhemPhat Productions in 1995.
One of Rowe's first activist actions was to organize Honey Jam, an all-female showcase that, in its eight shows, has featured over 70 performers including Nelly Furtado, vocal sensation Jully Black, dancehall Queen Chatta, soul sister Alana Bridgewater and Canada's rap matriarch, Michie Mee.
Mee hosts PhemPhat's sixth-anniversary party Sunday (June 3), which also features the sweet opera of Giovanna Carini, powerful poetics from Maria Cruz and the explosive dance agency Blaze. Look out, too, for the fierce lyrical delivery of Mizza, aka Oma Fumé.
"I can roll with the best of them," Mizza says confidently, keeping to the lyrical challenge of Battle Me, the single that recently premiered on MuchMusic to promote her forthcoming debut release.
Rowe echoes Mizza's do-it-yourself sentiments. "After recognizing the need to expose and promote local female performers, and seeing the lack of female representation on the business side of Canadian urban music, we decided against just kickin' sad raps about Too bad it's like that.'"
Proceeds from Honey Jam go to local charities like Voices of Positive Women, an organization benefiting women living with HIV/AIDS.