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Jane Harbury presents Discoveries

April 15, 2014 @ 8:30 pm

$15 – $17

Denielle Bassels
J.F. Robitaille
Mira Meikle
Tessa Romanow 

 Now in its tenth year DISCOVERIES owes a great deal to Hugh’s Room which continues to partner with us as we showcase yet another very eclectic group of artists, most of whom are just beginning their creative journeys.  The concept is a simple one, (none of these artists is yet able to fill the room on their own, although we have confidence that each one will get to that point) bring four talents together, give each 30 minutes on stage and have each one bring out their fans, family and friends. Suddenly you have a full room and everyone present cheers on their artist and in the process discovers new talent to support in the future.


DENIELLE BASSELS merges the swinging carefree sounds of ‘20s ‘30s gypsy swing with blues, neo-soul and hip hop to create a warm, bright and sassy palette, as she paints a fresh & funky listening experience.

Denielle’s voice has been compared to ‘Julie London meets Amy Winehouse’, Adele and Norah Jones, yet the sound remains her own, romantic, modern and easy to listen to.

Farley Flex of Canadian Idol describes Denielle as “unique and fresh!”

The repertoire of her Quintet is a creative mix of popular tunes and old standards as well as original compositions by Denielle. Comprised of some of the best musicians in the GTA, Denielle plays with a dynamic group of players; Brian Dhari on tenor sax, Jacob Gorzhaltsan on Clarinet, Andy Mac on guitar, Scott Hunter on upright bass, Joe Ryan on drums and Denielle’s stellar vocals. This talent has arranged it all to get you up on your feet!

“Each time I play a song, the music takes me somewhere as well. Music is more than just singing notes on pitch, it’s about discovery, reaching out and connecting to people”

Recently Denielle released her first CD to fans at Revival in Toronto in conjunction with Electro-Swing Club Toronto. Her original songs can be heard on Jazz FM 91.1, CBC radio and Bandcamp. Currently she can be seen performing in jazz clubs like Gate 403, The Rivoli, Cameron House, Revival, and Lula Lounge.


J.F. ROBITAILLE is a born storyteller.  But ask any of the canonized – Dylan, Kerouac, Scorsese – and they’ll tell you the same thing: storytelling and human experience are inseparable.  And that, perhaps, is why Rival Hearts’ narratives feel so vividly authentic – his folk songs are painted with uncut globs of humanity.  He released his acclaimed album, Calendar in 2011 and it firmly established Robitaille as one of Canada’s best songwriters.  He has spent much of the past few years on the road performing high-profile gigs at, amongst others, CMJ, NXNE, Pop Montreal and the Halifax Pop Explosion.  He has shared the stage with many ‘heavyweights’, including St. Vincent, Jonathan Richman and Sean Lennon, to name a few.  His travels have taken him to England, New York and Toronto.  During his time in New York he was ‘discovered’ by Labelle member Nona Hendryx who went on to release his 2006 debut, The Blood in My Body on herWarner-affiliated label Rhythmbank.  J.F. Robitaille has an A-list of artists on his Sparks Music album, Rival Hearts.  He enlisted producer Andy Magoffin (The Constantines, Great Lake Swimmers), drummer Marshall Bureau (Jim Guthrie), bassist Tavez Diez de Bonilla (Jenn Grant) and multi-instrumentalist, J.J.Ipsen (Octoberman) and the result is the beautiful Rival Hearts.

MIRA MEIKLE is a young singer/songwriter with a very bright future.  She writes and sings with startling maturity.  She has been compared to Josienne Clarke and Diane Birch.

In May 2012 Mira was nominated and won the “Young Performer” category in the Cogeco “Stars Among Us” competition, put on by the Oakville Arts Council.  Her song “Solar Activated” won first in the CFMTA/FCAPM National Student composer competition.

Mira played the Sirens stage at the Festival of Friends in August 2013.  She has also opened for David Bradstreet and Dave Gunning at the Acoustic Harvest and performed at the 2014 Winterfolk Festival in Toronto.


TESSA ROMANOW has an Old Soul. At least, one that belies her fifteen short years. Her songs are at the same time insightful and wistful, profound and young. She would fit in well as an opener for Regina Spektor, Ingrid Michaelson or Feist.

In 2009, Tessa licensed her song, “Miracles,” to the City of Mississauga as the theme song for the city’s promotional materials.

In 2010, she won First Place in the Ontario songwriting category for the Ontario Registered Music Teachers’ Association (ORMTA) and went on to win First Place in the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers’ Associations (CFMTA). In 2014, she has just received funding through the Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent on Recordings [FACTOR].

Wanting to bring songs to life, she’s been performing in multiple venues around downtown Toronto.

No stranger to the recording studio [her father is well-respected producer/writer/engineer Douglas Romanow], Tessa just released her debut self-titled EP in January.


April 15, 2014
8:30 pm
$15 – $17
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