Toronto-based musician Melissa Lauren charmingly sits on the fence between the musical worlds of jazz and pop. Whether covering a classic or elevating an original, Lauren never fails to locate a song’s emotional core.
Throughout 2022, the singer has released two captivating singles, her own original "The Day We Stopped" and a stunning cover of Jann Arden's iconic tune "Insenstive". On September 9, she will release her third full-length album My Voice followed by an album release party at Paradise Theatre on Saturday, September 10.
Recently, we were able to chat with Lauren about her favourite spots for food and in her home base of Toronto. From a family-friendly breakfast to a cozy wine bar, here are her suggestions.
I love going out for a nice dinner and the longer you can sit and luxuriate, the better.
Le Paradis on Avenue is a favourite of mine and my parents—nothing like french dining. Succulent meat dishes and amazing appetizers. They have a beef bourguignon that is heaven and invokes “droolish" muscles.