Honey Jam Barbados Directors

Ebonnie Rowe, CEO, Honey Jam (Barbados) Inc.

Throughout her career, Barbadian-Canadian Ebonnie Rowe has distinguished herself as someone dedicated to the growth of others and the support of charitable causes. She credits the values taught to her by her parents and her teachers at Merrivale and Queen’s College with instilling in her the values she has carried through her life. Ebonnie has founded and directed organizations that cater to the needs of some of society’s overlooked groups – In Canada she started the Each One, Teach One mentoring program for Black Youth and PhemPhat Entertainment Group, a dynamic, all-female non- profit company that provides promotional and educational opportunities for upcoming female artists and to support and promote women’s charities. In Barbados she worked for years producing the Fun Run for Auntie Olga’s Needy Children’s Fund. Listed in the Who’s Who of Canadian Women, Ebonnie’s work has earned her many awards, including a Special Achievement Award from the Urban Music Association of Canada, an Ontario Volunteerism Award and the prestigious YWCA's Women of Distinction Award for Arts & Entertainment.

While Ebonnie was studying English literature at the University of Toronto, a friend of hers committed suicide. The loss was devastating; it made her realize the shortness of life, the silent despair suffered by many, and fuelled her need to do something that meant something and would leave a significant legacy. Determined to have a constructive influence on the lives of others, she left University to co-found and direct a mentorship program, Each One Teach One, which matched black youth with black professionals.

Honey Jam Canada came into existence after she produced a radio special on Canada’s largest Hip Hop radio show in 1994 to discuss how women were portrayed in Hip Hop lyrics and videos after complaints from her female Each One Teach One mentees. As a result, she was asked to edit an all-female edition of Mic Check magazine. The celebration party for that issue in 1995, intended to be a one-off show, was called “Honey Jam.” The success of the show pointed to a void in the artistic community and over the last 18 years Honey Jam Canada has grown to become a much-anticipated annual multicultural showcase of upcoming artists in all genres of music, where talents such as Nelly Furtado were discovered. Ebonnie introduced the concept to Barbados in 2011 and is excited to continue providing performance, promotion, mentoring and educational opportunities to female artists and charitable causes on the island.

AWARDS

  • Manifesto Toronto Arts Festival Pioneer Award, 2011

  • Nominated for Chatelaine’s Woman of the Year, 2011

  • Canadian Black Business & Professional Association Woman of Honour Award, 2011

  • Recipient of Black Pearls Cultured Pearl Award for Community Involvement, 2009

  • "Mille Femmes 2008” - 1 of 1000 women photographed by Parisian photographer Pierre Maraval from allartistic fields. Co-produced by Luminato and Lancôme, the exhibit captured inspirational women who embody the passion, heritage & inspiration behind Toronto's artistic community.

  • University of Toronto, Black Alumni Association Award for Arts and Culture, 2005

  • YWCA Woman of Distinction Award, 2005

  • Nominated for Best Promoter by Urban Music Association of Canada, 2001, 2002, 2003

  • Special Achievement Award, Urban Music Association of Canada, 2000

  • Volunteerism Award, Province of Ontario 1997

  • Phenomenal Woman Award from Exclusive Entertainment, 1997

  • Community Service Award, Ryerson African Canadian Organization, 1996

  • Listed in Who's Who of Canadian Women since 1996, also listed in Who’s Who of Black Canada

  • Toronto Sun Woman on the Move Award, November, 1995