Toronto Star

Jessica Allen’s tastes are just ‘ever-changing’

‘I’m rarely requesting anything,’ the TV host says

- IAN GORMELY SPECIAL TO THE STAR

Although she’s best known as the digital correspond­ent for CTV’s daytime talk show The Social, Jessica Allen first drew the public’s attention via her food blog Foodie and the Beast. Fittingly, the kitchen — along with the office and her car — is where Allen does most of the music listening in her “adult life,” thanks to her home DJ and partner, musician Simon Gadke.

“It’s an ever-changing soundtrack of music from around the world,” she says. “I’m rarely requesting anything.” Ladysmith Black Mambazo, “Inkanyezi Nezazi” Like most North Americans, Allen first heard South Africa’s famed choral group via Paul Simon’s Graceland, but she’s since fallen for the group’s own music. “It’s so beautiful and so rhythmic and it absolutely enchants me,” she says. “It takes you to another place.” Download the song at bit.ly/inkanyezi Sam Cooke, “Good Times” “It makes me cry and laugh and so happy,” says Allen of this soul classic. “If that comes on in the kitchen when dinner prep is happening, I have to stop whatever I’m doing and move.”

Download it at bit.ly/cooketimes Beethoven, “Piano Concerto No. 5”

“My dad played a lot of classical and jazz growing up, but the classical was almost all Bach. Besides Beethoven’s 5th, I don’t know too much about him. But that one slow movement, it’s just beautiful.

Download it at bit.ly/beetnumber­5

 ?? CTV ?? Jessica Allen offers up a playlist of classical, soul and mbube music.
CTV Jessica Allen offers up a playlist of classical, soul and mbube music.

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