The ’90s was arguably one of the best periods for contemporary R&B music. Toronto-based company Urban and Interactive aims to showcase this with the “I Love the ’90s” concert series.

The latest edition of the series featured none other than the smooth and seductive Donell Jones and powerhouse girl group SWV, while previous editions have brought acts like Faith Evans, Horace Brown and Total to Toronto’s Sound Academy stage.

SWV performs at Toronto's Sound Academy. // Photo By. Chantal “Rose” Gregory © Urbanology Magazine
SWV performs at Toronto’s Sound Academy. // Photo By. Chantal “Rose” Gregory © Urbanology Magazine

The recent instalment of the series also featured performances from G 98.7 FM’s I Love the ’90s singing competition finalists including crowd favourite 21-year-old Frideaa who serenaded the crowd with an acapella rendition of “His Eye is on the Sparrow”.

When it was time for the headlining acts, to the fans’ surprise, Jones’ mother took centre stage to introduce and applaud her son. Accompanied by G 98.7 FM Steps After Dark radio host Kerry Lee Crawford, the R&B singer’s mom kept her introduction short and sweet, praising her platinum selling son.

Immediately following the heart-warming introduction, Donell appeared on stage. Looking physically in shape, he was decked out in all black attire accented by rhinestone sleeves, matching belt and his signature fedora hat and sunglasses. The crowd roared.

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Performing both new and old hits, Jones proved to the crowd that he still has the spark and groove that got him his record deal two decades ago. He didn’t miss a beat.

When it came to performing his timeless hit, “Where I Wanna Be”, the crowd took over, singing along word for word.

Next up, SWV brought the house down.

Black attire also ruled their wardrobe as all three sisters wore leather leggings and wedge sneakers – perhaps to be able to move in unison.

SWV incorporated a lot of crowd interaction into the set, which made for a positive and lively end to the night.

Performing hits “I’m So Into You” and “Weak”, SWV incorporated a lot of crowd interaction into the set, which made for a positive and lively end to the night.

Although Coko, LeLee and Taj – who are currently making waves with their television series on the WE TV, “SWV Reunited” – stuck to performing their classic hits, they did take time to promote their new music.

The trio encouraged audience members to buy their new song “Ain’t No Man” on iTunes. If the crowd reaction to the ladies of SWV was any indication, their new music should be met with open arms.

Photos By. Chantal “Rose” Gregory © Urbanology Magazine

Aliecia Brissett is a creative and fun writer from Toronto, who loves dance, fashion and getting to know her city. Having come from a single parent home, she was constantly involved in activities to keep her busy; such as her years of professional dance training in ballet, hip-hop and jazz, and her love for fashion and drawing that transcended into her becoming a stylist and overall visionary. Having always been a storyteller, and overall chatter box, Aliecia, who joined Urbanology Magazine in 2012 as a journalist and stylist, loves to speak with the movers and shakers of the industry to get a gist of her next story.

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