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July 2017

SongStudio Student Showcase

July 27 @ 8:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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Now in its 13th year, SongStudio is an annual one week song writing workshop held each July at the Royal Conservatory of Music, and run by well-known songwriters Rik Emmett, Blair Packham, Bill McKetrick, and Allister Bradley. Each year, the workshop attracts songwriters of all ages and musical genres from right across Canada, the U.S., and sometimes, as far away as the U.K., Taiwan, Hong Kong, Sri Lanka, Jamaica, and Australia to Toronto to study the art of song writing,…

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August 2017
$20 - $25

Ember Swift

August 4 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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Canadian artist Ember Swift is an internationally touring musician and songwriter, and founder of the independent label Few’ll Ignite Sound. Originally from Toronto, she has spent the past few years making her home base in the magnetic city of Beijing, China. Still doing occasional touring in Canada, the US, and Australia, (and always hoping to return for her third tour in New Caledonia ~ French island in the Pacific), she and her band regulary travel around China for festivals and…

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$15 - $20

Kobo Town

August 5 @ 8:30 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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Founded and fronted by émigré Trinidadian songwriter Drew Gonsalves, Kobo Town’s music has been variously described as “an intoxicating blend of lilting calypsonian wit, dancehall reggae and trombone-heavy brass” (Guardian) and a “unique, transnational composite of rhythm, poetry and activist journalism.”(Exclaim!) From their home in Toronto, the JUNO-nominated group has brought their distinct calypso-inspired sound to audiences across the world, from Port-of-Spain to Paris and from Montreal to Malaysia. At once brooding and joyous, intensely poetic and highly danceable, Gonsalves' songs…

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$20 - $25

Jory Nash

August 10 @ 8:30 pm

With Special Guest Lori Cullen Hugh's Room Live welcomes the return of Jory Nash, one of the mainstays of the folk roots programming calendar. The concert will feature accompaniment from super in-demand guitarist Jason Fowler, stolen briefly from John McDermott, where Jason is music director. A multi-instrumentalist, Jory has received four Canadian Folk Music Award nominations and has won a prestigious Songs From The Heart songwriting award. The concert will feature a preview of new tunes from his forthcoming 9th CD release. Jory Nash is a past…

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$20 - $25

Ann Vriend & Rooster Davis

August 11 @ 8:30 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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This high energy show is an energetic mix of original soul in the classic style, fronted by international award winning singer-songwriter Ann Vriend, and New Orleans piano-based blues, led by virtuosic piano man "Rooster Davis". The award-winning Rooster Davis Group (RDG) has been Vriend's backing band for the past 3 years - while in turn Vriend is a member of the RDG, sharing lead vocal duties with Rooster Davis, and playing a mean tambourine. Since Vriend and Rooster Davis have…

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$20 - $25

Lazer Lloyd

August 15 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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Lazer Lloyd is a singer/songwriter and virtuoso guitarist born in New York and raised in Connecticut surrounded by his Dad's love for playing and listening to music - records playing at home, family trips to festivals and concerts... "I grew up with the great North American songwriters - Willie Nelson, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell - they are all huge influences on me. I started writing songs in college and my lyrics reflect the long road of travels, days…

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$20 - $30

Trad. Attack!

August 16 @ 8:30 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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Trad.Attack! has really turned the Estonian music scene upside down by bringing traditional music to the big stages, building modern world around its archaic sounds. It is often said that the band, with its three members, sound so big that you would think there are many more people on the stage. They take traditional songs – sometimes starting with scratchy recordings of long vanished village voices – and build pulsating rhythmic structures, creating an impressively big sound from acoustic 12-string…

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$40 - $45

Ruthie Foster

August 17 @ 8:30 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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To purchase tickets please call our box office at 416-533-LIVE(5483) Ruthie Foster was born in the small rural town of Gause, TX. Raised in a family of gospel singers, Ruthie first learned to sing during worship services at her community church. With a chapel-bred bravado trained on the works of powerful women such as Mavis Staples and Aretha Franklin, her sound grew into an inspired blend of blues, folk and gospel. Seeking to define her own path, Ruthie left her…

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$25 - $30

Eliana Cuevas CD Launch

August 18 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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With special guest Brenda Navarrete ELIANA CUEVAS Golpes y Flores With her new album Golpes y Flores, Eliana Cuevas has created a beautiful musical love letter to her native land of Venezuela. The award-winning singer/songwriter has been based in Toronto since 1997, but she drew inspiration from her homeland for this, her fifth record (to be released on ALMA Records in September). Eliana explains that “Venezuelan music is very rich and I wanted to showcase some of what my country…

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September 2017
$35 - $38

JW-Jones

September 7 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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IBC Winner and JUNO Award Nominee and Billboard Top 10 Blues artist JW-Jones tours constantly, and is known for his high-energy live shows. International Blues Challenge winner (2017), JUNO Award Nominee and Billboard Top 10 Blues artist JW-Jones tours constantly, and is known for his high-energy live shows. Jones has released nine albums, and performed in twenty-three countries and four continents. In 2015/2016, JW played over 100 shows per year, including being invited five times to perform alongside Buddy Guy,…

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