We’ll be celebrating our anniversary on April 28 in true salon style, with a vibrant evening of music and spoken word. On April 28th you’ll hear familiar artists who helped establish the club as Toronto’s premiere listening cabaret, plus a glimpse of new directions. And of course, there will be birthday cake. We hope you’ll join us!
Just added! Amanda Martinez & Donné Roberts making a debut of their new collaboration and our host with the most Holmes Hooke, direct from Niagara on the Lake!
French Squeeze: Marjorie Maltais and Jacque Arsenault (duo) with special guest Sarah Hagen. Mezzo-soprano Maltais joins forces with Acadian tenor Arsenault for an appetizer size offering of their French repertoire, with Arsenault on accordian and virtuoso piano guest accompanist from BC, Sarah Hagen.
Jack de Keyzer (solo). Blistering guitar attack takes a back seat to a rare acoustic session with the JUNO Award winning journeyman known for his seamless sets of original and classic blues.
David Woodhead. The ultimate utility player on any stage, David’s Confabulation project has highlighted his creative agility as a bass player or multi-instrumentalist. One of the most frequent visitors to the HRL stage, David’s roots range all the way back to the legendary Perth County Conspiracy.
Kellylee Evans & Drew Gonzalves. Hot off his JUNO win with Kobo Town (Where The Galleons Sank – World Music) former Ottawa resident Drew Gonsalves will back up old friend and collaborator Kellylee Evans in an unprecedented public appearance. Internationally acclaimed Kellylee continues her return to form with her soulful jazz blues passion.
Sheila Carabine. Indie folk sing songwriter and one half of the CFMA winning duo Dala, splits off for a romp through her original material digging into her Irish roots as well as her gentle look at “love and loss”.
Jaron Freeman-Fox. Inheriting the mantle and fiddle of the late Oliver Schroer, Jaron sheds his “Opposite of Everything” crew for a solo set of his soaring loop layered exploration of musical parts unknown.
Joe Fiorito. West End resident and former Toronto Star community columnist and author shares a read from his just published City Poems book, a powerful, witty and oblique look at his hometown – the “art of the street’s voice”.
John Lorinc. Urban affairs commentator and journalist with a cutting eye to the corrupt or ethically challenged, John is one of the architects of the historical look back at the land surrounding Toronto City Hall aka “The Ward” (Queen to College, Yonge to University). He will read from the second book on this favourite topic chronicling settlement and survival.
Robert Priest. Poet, children’s author and singer / songwriter provides spoken word play for adults that the Toronto Star called “passionate, cocky, alternately adoring and insulting.”
Hugh’s Room Live Kitchen Band. Freshly baked and direct from the second floor, Thomas McCallum and McKinley Leonard Scott will cast off their “whites” and deliver the first ever presentation of our hidden staff talent. Mostly folk of course, and as earnest and honest as the menu they strive to serve, this finale will close the night with audience participation, no cutlery required.