Ebonnie Rowe

President, PhemPhat Entertainment Group, Toronto, ON. Born: Montreal, QC.

Throughout her career, Ebonnie has distinguished herself as a special talent dedicated to the growth of others and the support of charitable causes. She founded and directed organizations that cater to the needs of some of society’s overlooked groups: Each One, Teach One was a mentoring program for Black youth, while PhemPhat Entertainment Group is a dynamic, all-female non-profit company that provides promotional and educational opportunities for upcoming female artists, and supports and promotes women’s charities. Ebonnie does this all, while working full-time as a legal secretary and event planner.

PhemPhat also produces the successful all-female talent showcase, Honey Jam, which celebrated its 15th anniversary earlier this year. The Honey Jams are stellar, much anticipated showcases of homegrown talent, featuring a wide variety of local DJ’s and artists representing hip hop, jazz, gospel, reggae, rock, pop, blues, r&b, dance, and spoken word. Hundreds of artists have played to hyped and capacity crowds including Nelly Furtado, Jully Black, Reema Major, Kim Davis, Anjulie, Graph Nobel, Toya Alexis, Natasha Waterman, Melanie Durrant and many more.

Ebonnie’s passion to do something in her life that “meant something”, was fuelled by the suicides of three friends, the examples of her parents Joan and Owen Rowe, and the teachings of Malcolm X who believed in looking first in the mirror for accountability and action to solve problems in our communities.

Honours: Includes listing in Who’s Who of Canadian Women; Who’s Who in Black Canada (editions 1 & 2); Special Achievement Award from the Urban Music Association of Canada; Ontario Volunteerism Award; YWCA’s “Woman of Distinction Award” for Arts & Entertainment.

Favourite book? The Autobiography of Malcolm X changed my life when I was 12 years-old. It opened my mind, inspired me, lit a fire, and motivated me to a life of community service.

Favourite quotes? 1) “When all is said and done, more should be done than said.” 2) “Don’t follow where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” 3) The heights of great men won and kept were not attained by suddent flight, but they, while their companions slept, were upwards toiling in the night.” 4) “Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside of them was superior to circumstance.”

Given the chance, what would you love to do that you haven’t done yet? Swim with dolphins, deep water diving, sky dive, visit Africa.

Who or what inspires you? Desire and passion inspire me. People who overcome adversity inspire me. The beauty of nature inspires me, and the innocence and openness of children.

Why do you do what you do? To live a healthy, happy, fulfilling and purposeful life.

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