April 11 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday, April 11, 2019 | 8:30PM
A Night for Sweet Jane
$50.00 Advance / $55.00 Door *
The Good Brothers
Jane Harbury has been committed to the Canadian music industry for over fifty years. Her career as a publicist began after tackling multiple entertainment business roles in the late ’60s – from managing the Riverboat, an infamous Yorkville coffee house, to working as personal assistant to record producer Brian Ahern, and booking Eastern Sound, the leading Toronto recording studio of the day.
She is the founder of Jane Harbury Publicity (JHP), which has handled publicity for numerous music festivals, productions and venues, one of which is Hugh’s Room Live. While this unrivalled ambassador of Canadian music has received numerous awards for her contributions to the industry, we at Hugh’s Room Live would like to dedicate an entire evening of music to show just some of our appreciation.
With roots running so deeply into music history, Jane Harbury has made immeasurable contributions to Canadian music, championing innumerable artists along the road, and we’ve invited them all to come share in the celebration.
Throughout the night, some will perform and some will simply listen. Everyone, however, is here for just one reason. Her name is Jane Harbury, a woman to whom all of us at Hugh’s Room Life feel eternally indebted and to so many others across the the music industry, feel increasingly fortunate to know. Please join us in this musical celebration for one of the most caring and passionate undercover icons in Canadian music, Jane Harbury.
With others still to come and more we simply can’t announce, we are overjoyed that the following artists are confirmed to perform in our Night for Sweet Jane.
Sylvia Tyson has remained an active touring musician for her entire adult life, serving as a mentor to successive generations of songwriters and a beloved solo artist and band member in her own right. She co-founded the legendary folk duo Ian & Sylvia, which introduced such classics as “Four Strong Winds,” “Someday Soon,” and her own composition “You Were On My Mind,” Sylvia is a member of the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and a recipient of the Order of Canada.
Sylvia is an emeritus member of the boards of CARAS (Canadian music awards) of FACTOR (funding body for Canadian artists), and she is one of the founders and past president of The Canadian Songwriters’ Hall of Fame.
She is also a member of the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, The Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame, and has received Canada’s highest civilian honour, The Order of Canada.
She is presently working on her second novel and continues to perform as a solo artist, and as a member of Quartette.
Ian first hit internationally in 1973 with “Painted Ladies”. Over the years he has acquired a Juno award, four SOCAN classic awards for Painted Ladies, Right Before Your Eyes, Hold On and Pilot, a UNICEF Danny Kaye Humanitarian award, Juno and Gemini nominations,15 albums and nearly as many top twenty records. Ian’s lyrics have been utilized in English textbooks while his songs have found international success with many artists such as Santana, America, Manfred Man, Chicago, Bette Midler and Ann Murray. Ian founded the internationally acclaimed group The Boomers (1990-2000) that produced four acclaimed albums and two European concert tours. Ian has also added author to the mix with two novels, Bequest (Manor House 2006) and The Lost Chord (Manor House 2008). When he isn’t performing his own shows, he also records (four albums to date) and tours the country regularly with good friends Murray McLauchlan, Marc Jordan, and Cindy Church in a band called Lunch At Allen’s.
This past year saw the release of a long awaited new solo album (Little Dreams) to strong reviews in both Canada and the USA. A new novel, autobiography and album are in the works.
Marc was born in Brooklyn NY the son of singer Charles Jordan and grew up in Toronto Canada. In 1978 Marc was signed to Warner Music in Burbank California by Steely Dan Producer Gary Katz and signed as a staff writer for Irving Almo pub. , Geffen Pub. and Warner Chappell Music in Hollywood.
Jordan spent 16 years in LA writing song for and with Diana Ross, Chicago, Kansas, Manhattan Transfer, Kenny Loggins, Amanda Marshal, Amy Sky, Bette Midler, Natalie Cole, Roch Voisin, Canadian Tenors, Shawn Colvin, Olivia Newton-John, Joe Cocker, Bonnie Raitt, Josh Groban, Cher and Rod Stewart including the worldwide #1 hit Rhythm Of My Heart.
Jordan has won numerous ASCAP, Juno, Socan and Smooth Jazz awards over the years. His songs have been on 35 million CD’s and he has recorded 14 CD’s of his own material on various labels including Warner Bros., Atlantic. RCA, and Blue Note. Jordan has numerous film credits and is the chair of the song writing dept at Norman Jewison’s Canadian Film Center. Marc starred himself opposite Olivia Newton-John in the film SCORE A HOCKEY MUSICAL which opened the Toronto Film Festival. Jordan is currently writing with Rod Stewart for Rods upcoming CD and is on the advisory board of Humber College. At the request of his estate, Marc has been writing songs using unpublished works of Oscar Peterson and hopes to be finished the new works this year..Marc continues to tour himself and with the writers group Lunch At Allens.
Brent began his career in Vancouver in 1963, combining traditional folk material with the flair for comedy that has remained an integral element of his performances. He was a founder and, 1964-8, member of Three’s A Crowd, then pursued a solo career as a folk singer, appearing over the next 20 years in clubs and at festivals in Canada (including the Festival of Friends, Hamilton, Ont, annually beginning in 1976), the USA and, in 1983, Mexico. He also performed thrice in the 1970s with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra.
Titcomb’s early songs, which date to the late 1960s, included ‘Sing High, Sing Low’ and ‘I Wish the Very Best for You,’ both recorded by Anne Murray, the former a country music hit in 1971. His songs have also been recorded by Murray with Glen Campbell (‘Bring Back the Love’), Ed Bruce, Lyn Dee, Tommy Graham, Bill Hughes, and Karen Jones. Titcomb himself has made the contemporary folk LP May All Beings Be Happy (1977, Manohar MR 100) and the pop album Time Traveller (1982, Stony Plain 1039) and has sung and/or played (percussion, harmonica, guitar) on albums by Murray (as a member of her touring band, Richard), John Allan Cameron, Bruce Cockburn, George Hamilton IV, Noel Harrison, Gene MacLellan, and others.
Titcomb began working occasionally in the mid-1970s as an actor in radio and TV dramas and commercials, and has also done ‘voice-overs’ for commercials and for such Canadian children’s animated TV series in the 1980s as ‘Clifford the Dog’ and ‘The Care Bears’. In 1989 he invented the character Bumble Bill for a children’s concert series at Roy Thomson Hall. His interest in the voice has led him, as of the early 1980s, to offer workshops in ‘toning’ – ie, the therapeutic use of the voice for the purpose of self-healing.
At 30, Liam Russell has been writing and performing for more than half his life. His childhood was spent backstage at folk festivals with his dad (singer-songwriter Brent Titcomb) where he was deeply influenced by the commitment to craftsmanship and the dedicated way his father’s generation lived and breathed their art.
Liam signed to a major label at age 15, touring and performing steadily thereafter. After a decade on the road honing his live skills and trying to satisfy the competing demands of a label, management, and fans, he realized he was in danger of losing sight of the reason he had chosen to be a musician in the first place. In need of a change, he moved to Nashville to focus on writing for others. As time went on though, the desire to make another recording of his own slowly asserted itself.
Five years later the result is No Contest, an EP where for the first time Liam didn’t work with the “right” writers, producers or team. No Contest is a collection of simple, heartfelt songs about people and ideas that inspired him to break free of his own expectations. To mark this new chapter and in honor of his grandfather, Mel Russell who passed away in 2016, he changed his last name to Russell.
The self-produced EP was recorded live off the floor at a cottage in the Ontario winter wilderness with 5 of his best friends and musical collaborators. Their only obligation was to do what felt right in the moment, and the result is an honest batch of songs drawn from real-life events. No Contest reveals itself through stories of loss, reconnection to one’s spirit, love in long term-relationships and the inspiration of the #MeToo movement.
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