July 2017

Honey Jam Concert Slated for August 24th at the Mod Club, Toronto

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Honey Jam, now in its 22nd year, completed a nation-wide search in Canada for female artists, ages 14-25, representing pop, hip hop, jazz, soca, r&b, gospel, rock, dancehall, blues, alternative, opera, country – all styles of music. Artists at the live auditions in Toronto had one minute to show their talent in front of a dozen music industry judges including the legendary Director X. "One of the most inspiring things to watch is young people going after their dreams," said Ebonnie Rowe, founder of Honey Jam.

In 1994,while running a mentoring programme called Each One, Teach One, Ebonnie Rowe approached DJX of the Power Move Show to talk about misogynist lyrics in Hip Hop at the time that were having a negative effect on the way young men were behaving towards women. He offered her an opportunity to explore these issues and she produced a 3 hour radio special Power Move show in 1994 to discuss how women were portrayed in Hip Hop lyrics and videos. As a result of being heard on the radio show by the magazine’s editors, she was asked to edit an all-female edition of the now defunct Mic Check entertainment 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.

J. Roddy Walston & The Business Reveal New Single "The Wanting"

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The hair flying rock 'n roll of J. Roddy Walston & The Business is back and the quartet has released their first new song in four years; titled "The Wanting".

The band's forthcoming record came to life in their own Richmond, VA recording studio and was co-produced by the band and Phil Ek (Fleet Foxes, Father John Misty, Built To Spill). It will be released this fall. "I personally fell in love with writing music again," Walston explained. "It took awhile but once I realized I had room to try things that I had never tried before, I became addicted to the process." He elaborated further by explaining how "The Wanting" describes the relationship of an estranged father and son: "Even though it is a dark song with a brutal ending, I find hope and beauty in the idea of these two people that had a shared sense of both regret and longing for each other."

In the fall of 2013 J. Roddy Walston & The Business's underground rock 'n roll rose to the surface with the release of the LP Essential Tremors. Essential Tremors lived on the Heatseekers chart for 6+ consecutive months with singles "Take It As It Comes" and "Heavy Bells" reaching #9 and #12 at alternative radio, respectively. Essential Tremors tracks were also utilized in TV spots for Coors Light, ESPN and Showtime's "Quarry".