Let’s just start off by saying one word- phenomenal.
Last month we were lucky enough to experience the launch of the inTo series from sceneopolis, which is a new series that brings together the best cultural elements that Toronto has to offer; great food, fantastic music and some really amazing people. Last night marked the second chapter of the 12 month series, creatively titled “Ah Sey One”. Unlike the last event, this night elaborated on Toronto’s ever stimulating West Indian influences through food and music. The event was held at Harlem Restaurant in the core of Downtown Toronto. Harlem is known for having some amazing food in general, but they really stand out with their Caribbean dishes, like the chicken roti and coconut shrimp that the crowd got to sample throughout the night.
The start of the night was the perfect opportunity for mingling and conversing with a lot of great, interesting and eclectic people. Even before heading up to the second floor for the show, we already had a great vibe about the crowd and the night itself. The upper level had a small stage where the crowd could sit in front of and get really close and intimate with the music. Not too long into the night we were introduced to Cameron Bailey, the artistic director of TIFF (the Toronto International Film Festival). The night was headlined by Sattalites, a two time Juno Award winning band, and also Canada’s longest standing reggae group. Brendan Canning from Broken Social Scene and his newer project Cookie Duster, also spun tracks before and after the show, which got everyone into the right mood at the right time. The night was set up almost as a learning experience, where Cameron was able to interact with Sattalites, and teach us all about the history of Reggae music and even clarified a few terms like “irie” “riddems” and “pull up”. We were able to enjoy the show, but also learn about musical influences of Reggae such as from the Ska and Rocksteady genres, and have them explained in an entertaining way. The crowd was encouraged to ask questions and sing along to classic tunes, and just to relax and have a good time.
We definitely enjoyed ourselves at this event, and can’t wait to experience the next one! A little birdie we met even told us that they liked this event much more than the last one too, so hopefully they just keep getting better and better as well. Everyone we talked to enjoyed the show, the food and just the overall cultural experience of the night. A big thanks goes out to sceneopolis and their sponsors for bringing such a fabulous event to Toronto!
Also, congratulations again to @aplusadvantage for being the winner of our ”Ah Sey One” contest, who received 2 passes to the event. We hope you had a great time! For more contest opportunities from BestFan, stay tuned to our contest page!