About Us

The Management Team Performs:
HUGH’S ROOM LIVE has built a high performance management team.

Mary Stewart Manages HRL

Formerly manager of the acclaimed Lynn Crawford restaurant Ruby Watchco, Mary delivers a great food and beverage experience. As a musician, she has performed at HRL, and knows the music community.
She oversees all aspects of HRL’s operation, including programming.

Adrian Watson is our Chef.
He knows great food preparation.
Adrian has a solid background, most recently as sous‑chef at The Chase.
Here’s a recent profile of Adrain, from our website.

Michael Occhipinti is a music programmer for HRL.

Michael is an accomplished guitarist and composer/arranger, who freely moves between jazz, chamber music, world music, r&b/funk.
He is a nine-time JUNO Award nominee.
Michael leads several acclaimed groups including The Sicilian Project, Shine On: The Universe of John Lennon, The Triodes and a 16-piece group Neufeld-Occhipinti Jazz Orchestra
Here are some of Michael’s recent thoughts on programming HRL.

Brad Ariss is our Communications Master and Assistant Manager

Brad is founder of Neon Cactus Collective, a full service branding and graphic design firm based out of The GTA.
Imperative in the Re-Brand of Barnstormer Brewery and Symphony in The Gardens.
Winner of 2017  Barrie Tourism Champion Award.
Music Lover.


The Board Performs:

Jennifer Collins (Vice‑Chair)
Arts administrator, former executive director, Pax Christi Chorale, resident of the High Park neighbourhood.

Howard Gladstone
CEO of Torus Power and musician, with five CDs released to date.
Rolling Stone published his 1969 interview with Robbie Robertson.

Brian Iler (Chair)
Lawyer, co‑founder of Iler Campbell LLP, active in many community organizations, co‑founder of the Northwind Folk Festival.

Barbara Jesson
Founder, Jesson Communications, past president of the Empire Club of Canada, Director of the Theatre Museum Canada.

David de Launay
Musician and former Ontario Deputy Minister of Indigenous Affairs and of Northern Development and Mines.

Brian Litvin (Treasurer)
Accountant and musician, founder of Brian Litvin and Jabulani

Rob Young
Marketing professional, Senior Vice‑President, PHD Media, musician.

Past Board Members

Judith Laskin co-founder of the Canadian Folk Music Awards (CFMA)

Grit Laskin guitar maker, musician, co‑founder of Friends of Fiddlers’ Green, co-founder of Borealis Records as well as the CFMAs, member of the Order of Canada

Ross Robinson music promoter, founder, Bluesin’ Toronto


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