In decades gone by, reggae music lovers in Canada, particularly those in Toronto, have had to rely on entertainers from abroad, especially those from Jamaica, to entertain them with crowd-pleasing performances.
But that is no longer the case, as several homegrown entertainers have been dominating the world stage with stellar performances, both in Canada and in several countries overseas.
Those who attended a recent oldies dinner and dance can attest to that as many found themselves mesmerized by the performances of three homegrown entertainers, Jay Davis, Junior Whisper and Jimmy Reid. The audience roared with delight from the moment they took to the stage.
The night opened with a duet by Davis and Whisper who thrilled the crowd with their rendition of “Somewhere Out There”, which was made popular in the mid-80s by Linda Ronstadt and James Ingram.
Davis has been delivering excellent performances across the city and gaining well-deserved respect in the entertainment industry.
Fans and entertainers alike have called Whisper Toronto’s answer to the late Luther Vandross. Performing many of Vandross’ hits, Whisper’s most notable performances of the night included “Dance with My Father” and “The Power of Love”, as well as the Lionel Richie hit, “All Night Long”.
Davis soon took centre stage alone and it was not long before she had the audience weak with her rendition of the late Etta James’ song, “I’d Rather Go Blind”.
Headlining the night was veteran entertainer, Jimmy Reid. With a number of hits to his credit, Reid has graced the stage with many of the Jamaican-based entertainers who have performed here in Toronto.
His current single, “Nah Give Up”, is riding high on the top 20 charts in Toronto and Jamaica.
Reid treated the audience to a host of his popular songs including “Open the Door”, “Unchained Melody”, “African Beauty” and “Memories”.
By EDDIE J. GRANT