In response to the gender-lopsided local scene (particularly in urban music) PhemPhat Entertainment Group was born in 1995 with the goal of fostering and supporting female talent across every lane of the biz. In their words: "to establish a presence in areas which have traditionally been ‘boyz clubs,' not only as artists, but also djs, producers, engineers, managers, label owners and promoters."
For the past two decades, they've hosted Honey Jam - a multi-genre talent show for artists from across Canada. Proof of their success? A couple of powerhouses you may have heard of named Nelly Furtado and Jully Black.
PhemPhat auditions hundreds of hopefuls each year. Among the standouts of this year's 15 finalists is Mckenzie Small, a Toronto singer who made waves after she filmed a Pretty Hurts cover video with her cousin Haley and received a huge co-sign: Beyoncé posted it on her Facebook page.
Honey Jam Canada Showcase at Virgin Mobile Mod Club (722 College), Thursday (August 14), doors 7 pm. $20. PDR, TW. honeyjam.com
Horseshoe (370 Queen West), Thursday (August 14)
FEAST IN THE EAST 40
w/ Fiver, Wyrd Visions, Tasseomancy, Black Walls
Jam Factory Co (2 Matilda), Thursday (August 14)
All-ages music, food and installation party.
Living Arts Centre RBC Theatre (4141 Living Arts Drive, Mississauga), Thursday (August 14)
Local Jazz-hip-hop fusionists.
YOUNG DRONES - A GRAPHIC NOVEL ROCK OPERA W/ THE BICYCLES
Lower Ossington Theatre Mainspace (100A Ossington), Thursday-Sunday (August 14-17)
BLUE RODEO, DEEP DARK WOODS
Molson Amphitheatre (909 Lake Shore West), Friday (August 15)
Country rock double whammy.
MAD DECENT BLOCK PARTY
w/ Diplo, Flosstradamus, Grand Theft, Zeds Dead, Keys N Krates, Thugli and others
Fort York Garrison Common (250 Fort York), Friday (August 15)
Diplo's record label throws a bash.
WAVELENGTH'S ENDLESS SUMMER
w/ Blue Hawaii, Comet Control, Mexican Slang, Steve Shiffman & the Land of No, JFM, New Horizzzons, Alpha Strategy, Hiawatha and Delta Will
Vintage & Flea Outdoor Market (1251 Dundas West), Saturday (August 16)
See Blue Hawaii preview.
w/ Moby (DJ set), Cajmere, Wolf & Lamb, No Regular Play, Thievery Corporation, Lee Foss & Anabel Englund, Cyril Hahn, Thomas Jack, Jeff Button
Hanlan's Point (Toronto Islands), Saturday (August 16)
Outdoor electronic music fest.
FROG EYES, PS I LOVE YOU
Drake Hotel (1150 Queen West), Tuesday (August 19)
Intense indie rock double bill.
Wrongbar (1279 Queen West), Wednesday (August 20)
British producer's four-hour DJ set.