This past Monday, I was fortunate enough to see Juno Award-winning artist, Sean Jones bring back his popular “Soul In The City” series to Casa Loma. Guests were allowed to wander through the castle and gardens all night, with a $1 from each ticket sold being donated to Kids Help Phone.
Backed by a seven-piece band, including saxophones (which I loved), Jones performed amazing renditions of a variety of songs from various artists and eras, including “Superstition,” “Soul Man,” “It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over,” “Something In The Way She Moves,” and “Love Man.” However, it was Micheal Jackson’s “The Way You Make Me Feel” and Prince‘s “Kiss” during the 2nd half of the show that had guests dancing in the aisles under the glass pavilion and all throughout the garden.
Special guests included TV personality/singer/songwriter Jacelyn Holmes, who did a soulful version of “Ring Of Fire” and Toronto’s own Vanessa Legacy, who gave us the chance to hear her powerful vocals while performing “Change Of Heart” and Tanika Charles who also brought the house down with an invigorating, passionate performance.
This is the second time I’ve gone to this event, and I love it. There’s just something about wandering around the castle grounds all lit up at night with soulful music that’s magical. Not to mention the great food and drinks. I can’t wait to return.
Soul In The City starring Sean Jones runs every Monday evening at 7:30 pm from now until August 29th, 2016.
Photos by Tiffany Shum