A night with Toronto’s next pop sen­sa­tion

Toronto Life - - Culture - mu­sic | Jessie Reyez Dec. 3 and 4, The Dan­forth

The pop heiress to Justin Bieber and Shawn Men­des is Jessie Reyez, a 27-year-old from Toronto. She has all the right cre­den­tials: last year, she was at the top of Rolling Stone’s list of “artists you need to know right now,” and in March, she won a Juno for Break­through Mu­si­cian of the Year. It took 10 years of backup danc­ing, busk­ing and bar­tend­ing be­fore she ended up on the charts, but her voice, which sounds like a cross be­tween Amy Wine­house and Macy Gray, is an un­de­ni­able force in pop mu­sic. As a song­writer, Reyez has never shied away from shar­ing in­ti­mate de­tails from her life with fans. Her 2017 sin­gle, “Gate­keeper,” chron­i­cles the sex­ism she’s faced work­ing in the in­dus­try, and her new EP, Be­ing Hu­man in Pub­lic, is as close to a con­fes­sional booth as an al­bum can get, mak­ing her mu­sic feel both hon­est and au­then­tic.

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