We enter a new phase at Hugh’s Room. After 12 years, Holmes Hooke is stepping down from his talent booking responsibilities at Hugh’s Room. During his tenure Hugh’s Room established itself as the preeminent acoustic music room in Canada. Now Holmes has made the decision to move on and we sincerely thank him for his achievements and wish him the very best in this next chapter of his life.
Richard Carson says, “When I opened Hugh’s Room 12 years ago, I had originally asked Holmes to come on board as our emcee. I had seen him at the Eaglewood Folk Festival and thought his manner, his tone, his sense of humour, was what I was looking for from the stage at Hugh’s Room. Holmes had had some experience booking acts for The Vital Spark folk club and agreed to help me with the bookings, as well – “for 4 months”, he said. Well, 12 years later, I’ll hate to see him go and I can’t say enough about how much the extra 11 years and 8 months has given Hugh’s Room. Holmes has been a very important part of Hugh’s Room and key in the development of the club into a major player in the music community. In many ways, Holmes became the face and voice of Hugh’s Room. Holmes will be missed, not only by us here at the club, but by our patrons, artists, agents, and the promoters we deal with. I’m hoping he won’t be far away from the club. Holmes has given of himself to the club; I think we are in his blood and we will always be with him, as he will always be with us. Holmes has laid the foundation for the club, and I’m excited about the future as we continue to build and grow.”
Holmes Hooke reminisces: “So, here I am thinking about how to say goodbye after almost 12 years and close to 3500 shows; trying to count how often I’ve been awestruck by the beauty of a song or mesmerized by the brilliance of a musician. How lucky I was to have been surrounded by so many remarkable people and to have had a hand in creating Canada’s best acoustic music room. I shall miss all of this of course, but know it is the right time for me to hand it over to another.”
Holmes Hooke, booker at Hugh’s Room since it’s inception, will be a hard act to follow, but with his resignation we are delighted to welcome Amy Mangan to the Hugh’s Room family and she is currently working under Holmes’ guidance to ensure a smooth transition.