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How to fête the holidays in style like Jully Black
By Kerala Woods
Jully Black–Canada’s queen of R&B–has had a great year. First, she was co-host of the Canada Day celebrations at Parliament Hill (even
posing for a selfie with Prime Minister Stephen Harper), she just celebrated a birthday—“I was on stage, my favourite thing to do,”—she says,—and she’ll be ending the year on a high note, performing at the unveiling of the Swarovski Crystal Wonderland at Yorkdale this evening. “It’s not just some corporate gig,” Black explains over the phone from her hometown of Toronto. The Swarovski Crystal Wonderland reveal is held in support of The Hospital for Sick Children, a cause close to her heart. “My sister Maria, she’s a Sick Kids baby, she has arthrogryposis. It’s because of Sick Kids that she was able to have her surgery and go to regular school.”
READ MORE: 10 super luxe runway accessories to inspire your holiday look With the holiday season just getting started, Black says that she’s excited to spend time at home with her family and friends. “I have a lot of relatives out there, but [I] have a core family and not all of us here are the same blood, [so] it’s a beautiful thing.” Black describes her
personal style as “sophisticated but sexy, strong, chic [and] a little urban.” This holiday season she’ll be wearing “lot’s of lace,” favouring “things that are effortless … that I don’t have to over-accessorize.” But when she does need a little
extra sparkle for the holiday party circuit, her favourites include Canadian jewellery designer Dean Davidson—“he has this collection now, black and gold, I think it’s so regal,” she says—and of course Swarovski. “I’ve been wearing their Angelic studs for years, literally years!” When
playing hostess at her own family holiday soirée, she likes to keep things traditional. One thing that’s sure to get her in the mood for a party is a sip of her mom’s traditional Jamaican Sorrel-based cocktail, sweetened with wine, pimento seeds [and] ginger. “It’s like the best thing ever,” she gushes.
READ MORE: How to layer like a stylist this winter Of course, we had to ask her about her Christmas playlist—what makes the cut? “We like going to the classics, Motown Christmas…like some old school Boney M,” she says, adding that she tends to mix in tracks from
female all-stars like Rihanna and Beyoncé, and of course, her own tunes. Black’s next studio album,
Made in Canada, is slated for release in spring 2015. “It’s foundation soul for sure, we say if Tina Turner and Etta James were to have a baby, it’d be Jully Black.” Fans can get a first taste of her new sound tonight at Yorkdale. She’ll be performing her brand new song “Here to Love You”, as well as classic Christmas carols. “I’m excited, I’m really, really excited. I’m very honored to be a part of the fabric of this tradition… and I love that we’re doing it more intimate and interactive,” she says.
Catch Jully performing live on Wednesday November 12, 2014 at 6 p.m. at Yorkdale Centre Court (in front of Fossil & White House Black Market).
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