Tara Slone helps out Sistering, Brigantine Room
Think choose-your-own-pop-star shows are killing the music industry? Fed up with the glorified karaoke of American Idol, et al.? Guess what? So are the contestants.
"I would never do it again in a googolplex million years," cries ex-Joydrop belter and former Rock Star: INXS contender Tara Slone . "I was hopeful and bought their song and dance 100 per cent. I don't regret it, but I still do wonder why I put myself through it after having established myself professionally in a certain way."
As crappy as the peacock-strutting scrutiny of the show may have been, the very Zen Slone can see a silver lining: her name now registers with a generation of kids (and media folks) who've never heard of Joydrop.
Happily, that means Slone can draw attention to things of great personal importance: the release of her solo CD, produced/co-written with Blinker the Star's Jordan Zadorozny , and tonight's (Thursday, June 1) Funny Girls And Dynamic Divas benefit for Sistering at Harbourfront's Brigantine Room .
Slone knows better than even her fellow Dynamic Divas what a good cause they're rockin' for: she also volunteers for the organization, which offers support to low-income homeless and underhoused women in T.O.
"My initial motivation to help out was brought on by the amount of free time I have as a musician and the desire to do something positive with that time," she explains. "I believe in what Sistering stands for -- it's available to all women, doesn't ask any questions and provides a safe and sane environment. I've met so many people with really hard lives who still stand tall with dignity."
Tonight's bash also features host Trey Anthony , comics Kate Rigg and Elvira Kurt , musicians Ndidi Onukwulu and Amanda Martinez and other strong women. It's an eclectic femme-centric roster that does justice to Sistering's diversity and mandate.
Beyond the benefit, Slone's hoping that the reality show rumble helps her more than it hinders her.
"I'm aware there may be a stigma attached to the show, but I've made a lot of contacts. And audiences are fickle regardless; you even notice a difference depending on whether or not you've got a song on the radio. No major labels have approached me, but I'm doing it DIY. Maybe I'll even discover the show's made me some new fans."