Dan Hill Live at The El Mocambo

Dan Hill Presented by Hugh’s Room Liveat The El Mocambo
In March of 2020, The Board of Hugh’s Room Live was in long time lease negotiations with the landlord of 2261 Dundas Street West. During this time, The Board anticipated an exit of their long time home and began meeting with various venues in the city of Toronto to ensure all concerts booked had an alternative location.
When COVID19 forced Hugh’s Room Live to pause programming following Ari Hoenig on March 13th, The Staff packed up operations at 2261 Dundas Street west and all concerts were postponed.

Out of this, new relationships were formed including one with The El Mocambo.
We are thrilled to announce Dan Hill will be performing on March 25th with a special VIP Green Room hosted after the show by Jully Black.

Hugh’s Room Live patrons that purchased tickets for Dan Hills concert scheduled in 2020, will have their tickets honoured for this event, with access to the VIP green room and a digital download of Dan Hills new record- On The Other Side of Here.
Buy Tickets Here

Celebrating The Music of Tina Turner

Celebrating the Music of Tina Turner
$15+ Service Fees for General Admission

$25+ Service Fees for VIP Access for an Interview with Quisha after the show!

Tina Turner is the unofficial queen of rock ‘n’ roll and one of the world’s best selling artists of all time. This winter, we are going to take you on a journey from the start of her career beginning in the mid-fifties right up into the modern era. This non-stop energetic show thrilled our audiences in January of 2020 and we are thrilled to be able to bring this production to you, in the comfort and safety of your home.

This spectacular show will feature Toronto’s R&B Vocalist Quisha Wint with special guests Toronto R&B Jazz Soul man Justin Bacchus alongside a SEVEN-piece high energy band: Shamakah Ali, Roger Williams, Joe Palawan, Duff Musiq. Background Vocalists: Selena Evangeline, Joanne Harris and Jill Zadeh.

 

COVID19 Protocol will be in place for artists and tech crew. Viewing of this event is online only.

website: https://www.qwproductions.com/

Digital Concerts

We can’t believe its been almost one year since Ari Hoeing performed on stage at 2261 Dundas Street West as part of international Drum Week.
When The Board of Hugh’s Room Live hit roadblocks in negotiating a long term lease, meetings were held with various venues in the City of Toronto to present our programming calendar- scheduled to start April 2020.
We had no clue that when we turned the lights off on March 13th and moved 20 years of history into storage that we would be writing this post one year later.

We are happy to announce our digital programming, starting with Celebrating The Music of Tina Turner. We loved having this show on stage in January of 2020, and we think you’re going to love it from the comfort of your home. Push the sofa out of the way and kick off your shoes- Quisha will have you dancing!
Show’s live March 13th at 8PM
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One of the relationships that we established with a venue, is that with The El Mocambo. Taking place March 25th, we bring you Dan Hill Live from The El Mocambo, VIP ticket includes a post show Q and A with Jully Black!

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If you had tickets to any of our postponed shows, you are eligible to cash them in for access to our digital performances- please email Mary at manager@hughsroomlive.com

Live Webcast Black Music and it’s Influence

Live Webcast Black music and its influence onNorth American Musicin partnership with Hugh’s Room Live
Our Moderator Rudy Blair will chair a panel of leading Canadian musicians in a discussion of the history of black music and the way it helped to shape North American music generally and the way it impacted their own work. Rudy will be joined by Ron Westray, Oscar Peterson, Chair at York University and renowned trombonist, who will bring is vast knowledge of black music to the discussion. Juno-award winning vocalist Molly Johnson will talk about the way black music traditions inspired her career. Grammy Award winner, Dan Hill brings his deep insights into the roots of black music and will share his perspective on the way it helped to shape his work as a singer/song writer. And Canadian Queen of R&B, Jully Black, will share her experience and the way black music traditions have played a role developing her career as a musician. Panelists Jully BlackPlatinum Selling Canadian Singer-Songwriter & Artist Dan HillGrammy Award Winning Canadian Singer-Songwriter & Artist Molly JohnsonAward-winning Canadian Jazz Vocalist Ron WestrayAmerican Jazz Trombonist, Musician, Composer & Educator ModeratorRudy BlairCEO, Founder & Interviewer, Rudy Blair Entertainment Media; Host, Vinyl Avenue with Rudy Blair
Thursday, February 25, 2021 at 12:00PMClick Here for your Complimentary Registration for this Event

Connie Kaldor and Garnet Rogers

Saturday, November 21, 2020 | 8:30pm

Connie Kaldor and Garnet Rogers
$35 Advance / $40 Door *

Garnet Rogers
Born in Hamilton, Ontario to parents of Nova Scotian descent, Garnet Rogers spent many hours in front of the old floor model radio listening to Grand Ol’ Opry broadcasts and harmonizing with his brother, the late folk legend Stan Rogers. Two years later, Garnet was playing the definitive 8-year-old’s version of “Desolation Row” on his ukulele. He soon abandoned that instrument to teach himself the flute, violin and guitar.

At 18, Garnet was on the road as a full-time working musician with brother Stan. Together they formed what has come to be accepted as one of the most influential duos in the history of North American folk music. Garnet acted as producer and arranger for his older brother from 1973 to 1983, when Stan died tragically in a plane crash.

Since then, Garnet has courageously established himself as a formidable solo artist. Hailed by the Boston Globe as a “…charismatic performer and singer — one of the major talents of our time,” they continue by saying that “Garnet’s vocal and instrumental talents are complimented by an undeniably powerful physical presence — close to six and a half feet tall — with the lungs to match.” With his “smooth, dark baritone” (Washington Post) his in- credible range and thoughtful, dramatic phrasing, Garnet is widely considered by fans and critics alike to be one of the finest singers anywhere. His music, like the man himself, is literate, passionate, highly sensitive, and deeply purposeful. Cinematic in detail, his songs give expression to the unspoken language of the heart. An opti- mist at heart, Garnet sings extraordinary songs about people who are not obvious heroes and of the small every- day victories. As memorable as his songs, his over-the-top humor and lightning-quick wit move his audiences from tears to laughter and back again.

Rogers has been the featured performer on numerous television and radio programs including Much Music, Mountain Stage, and All Things Considered. He has been a headliner at concert venues and festivals such as Wolf Trap, Lincoln Center, and Art Park; sharing the stage with performers such as Mary Chapin Carpenter, Billy Bragg, Bill Monroe, Ferron, Greg Brown, and Guy Clark. Though Garnet has enjoyed much popularity over the years, he remains resolutely independent, turning down offers from major labels to ensure that he contin- ues doing music his own way.

website: https://garnetrogers.com/
youtbe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MADHdKE032I

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“Just when you think you’ve got it all figured out, something roars in and it turns you about.”

Connie Kaldor writes this and more about the unexpected twists and turns of life and love. She could well be writing about her personal artistic complexities. Music pundits have tried to define the essence of the prairie-born acoustic performer for over two decades, but even the most eloquent have fallen short of perfection. Fact is, Connie Kaldor is a performer without borders. A contradiction in terms. She is a Juno Award-winning singer who has flourished on the folk music scene for over two decades, yet her repertoire of original material blurs musical boundaries, embracing elements of gospel, rock, country and western, folk, blue grass and adult contemporary.

She is an artist of substance without pretension, witty and urbane without condescension. She is a fearless chronicler of the human experience without the folksong angst. She has recorded nine albums, sold tens of thou- sands of copies, but has never had a commercial hit. Her live performances are legendary and her fan base broad and fiercely loyal. People come back to see her again and again because a Connie Kaldor performance is about more than just the power of music. It is also about the power of personality. What she says between songs is as intriguing as the lyrics she sings.

She has traveled prairie backroads to visit modest community centers and sold out concert halls in major cities. From Beijing to New Delhi to Saskatoon to Washington, Connie has triumphed with a mix of song and spoken word honed in pacing and tone by the many years she spent performing. Like many prairie girls in the 50s and 60s, Connie grew up singing in the church choir and listening to Patsy Cline and The Beatles on her record player. But it wasn’t until the 1980s, after four years spent performing with an avant-garde theatre company in Toronto, that Connie turned to music full time and was welcomed with open arms by the folk scene.

website: https://www.conniekaldor.com/
youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M009mhFg6wA


* Advertised pricing excludes taxes and fees.

Alfie Zappacosta

Hugh’s Room Forced to Move Due to Rent Hike

As many of you will now have heard, that despite months of negotiations with our landlord, we have failed to come to agreement on terms based on fair market value. As a result we will be forced to close our doors at our current location on March 31, 2020.

It is our intention to honour as many of our show bookings and tickets as possible, but it is going to take us a bit of time to secure an alternate venue. We are confident that all shows on the calendar will have a home and as soon as an alternate venue is secured, we will be notifying all ticket holders immediately. We ask patrons to kindly not reach out to our box office for updates in the interim.

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Alfie Zappacosta
Advance $50.00 / Door $55.00

Doors: 6:00pm
Performance: 8:30pm

Alfie Zappacosta is undeniably one of Canada’s premier songwriters and performers with chart topping hits and a recording and acting career that has spanned 40 years. He continues to evolve as an artist by “doing it his way”, an effort that has been rewarded with an impressive song catalogue and a discerning loyal fan base.

Alfie Zappacosta decided on a music career in his teens and set his sights upon being a guitarist. When his vocal dexterity and song writing proficiency were uncovered by a publisher while writing for his first original band “Surrender”, events would be put in motion to champion Zappacosta (dropping his first name) as a solo artist and bring him to the world’s attention. “Start Again”, “Passion”, “When I Fall in Love Again” and “Nothing Can Stand In Your Way” became staples on Canadian adult contemporary radio and Zappacosta became a personified Rock Star.

In 1987, Walt Disney’s Danger Bay would bring Zappacosta an episode written specifically for him titled “Rock Star”. In the same year, he penned and sang “Overload” exclusively for the multi-platinum soundtrack “Dirty Dancing” and Loverboy would record Zappacosta’s “That’s Where The Money Goes” for their Wildside album. In 1988, he was awarded JUNOs for “Album of The Year’ and “Most Promising Artist”, an American Music Award for “Most Popular Album of The Year” and named the Canadian Publishers Music Association’s “Best Rock Star”.

Zappacosta’s distinctive baritone voice did not go unnoticed by artistic directors and in 1990, he was called to deliver his greatest challenge of his career – singing Andrew Lloyd Webber. Alfie’s portrayals of Christ in Jesus Christ Superstar and Che Guevara in Evita would bring a new audience and support his efforts to delineate his pop/rock image – a moniker that never reflected his authentic personality. The release of “Innocence Ballet” in 1996 would introduce Alfie Zappacosta (taking back his first name) and give center stage to his true rich vocals, his mastery at romance, his astute take on relationships and his advanced knowledge of music. Alfie is rewarded for his efforts with numerous award nominations in the Smooth Jazz genre and a performance with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra in 2005.

Zappacosta has polished his live concert performances exposing his sophisticated, intimate and intense personality. His performances deliver a blend of acoustic, jazz and pop music prompting the listener to engage soulfully.

And the hits that originally brought Zappacosta to the world’s attention? – Alfie hasn’t turned his back on any of these songs. You will hear them in his program performed the way they were originally written and meant to be heard.

website: https://zappacosta.ca/
youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWL-xpYRATM



* Advertised pricing excludes taxes, ticketing and sustainability fees.

* Ticket Price: $50.00
* Service Fee: $4.00
* Sustainability Fee: $5.00
* HST: $7.67

* Total Ticket Price: $66.67

Jim Beard and Jon Herington of Steely Dan

Hugh’s Room Forced to Move Due to Rent Hike

As many of you will now have heard, that despite months of negotiations with our landlord, we have failed to come to agreement on terms based on fair market value. As a result we will be forced to close our doors at our current location on March 31, 2020.

It is our intention to honour as many of our show bookings and tickets as possible, but it is going to take us a bit of time to secure an alternate venue. We are confident that all shows on the calendar will have a home and as soon as an alternate venue is secured, we will be notifying all ticket holders immediately. We ask patrons to kindly not reach out to our box office for updates in the interim.



Sunday, September 5, 2020

Jim Beard and Jon Herington of Steely Dan
$75 Advance / $80 Door

Doors: 6:00pm
Performance: 8:30pm

It’s only natural that pianist Jim Beard and guitarist Jon Herington would strike the kind of special accord heard throughout this intimate duo encounter in their latest release, Chunks and Chairknobs. They’ve shared countless hours in the studio over the years playing on each other’s albums, beginning with Beard’s 1990 debut “Song of the Sun” and continuing through to Herington’s 2016 album “Adult Entertainment”. They’ve worked together as sidemen on recordings by bassist Victor Bailey, saxophonists Bill Evans and Bob Berg, drummer Dennis Chambers and brothers Michael and Randy Brecker. And they’ve shared the bandstand on tour with Steely Dan for the past several years — 20 for Herington, 11 for Beard. “There are many, many records and gigs and times of our lives,” said Herington, reflecting back on their musical partnership. “Not only that, we’ve been sharing a studio ever since we got to New York, which is probably since 1987.”

At the time of this latest recording, Beard and Herington had just come off a three week residency with Steely Dan at the Venetian in Las Vegas, so their Dan chops were polished to a bright sheen. But they were also basking in the after-glow of having recently recorded this superb duet album. And though guitar and piano are not generally regarded as ideal mates in a duo setting, the two kindred spirits found a way to seamlessly blend in the studio, divvying up duties on eight tunes, easily alternating roles, comping for each other while delivering melodic gems and brilliant solos along the way.

“Not all of that happened right away spontaneously,” Beard pointed out. “We did have to think about who could do what where, because it’s not the most natural duo instrumentation. It’s so much different than if it were piano and bass or guitar and bass, piano and saxophone or guitar and saxophone. Because the two instruments are so similar in the way they function and behave in a group, particularly the chordal aspect of it. So it did take a little bit of think-time to figure out what would be best.”

“It’s two instruments that do not necessarily cooperate too well,” added Herington. “And because the role of each instrument is similar, it kind of presents a real problem — Who’s going to play the bass part? Who’s going to keep time? So we had to hunt for different tunes and figure out what we could do to them to make them work. And it took quite a while.”

At Hugh’s Room Live, Jim Beard and Jon Herington of Steely Dan presents an eclectic evening of instrumental music performed on guitar and piano in celebration of their latest release, Chunks and Chairknobs. Join us for the magic. Tickets available right now.

website: http://www.jonherington.com/
youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=euklbIfq414

* Advertised pricing excludes taxes, ticketing and sustainability fees.

* Ticket Price: $75.00
* Service Fee: $4.00
* Sustainability Fee: $5.00
* HST: $10.92

* Total Ticket Price: $94.92

Grace Petrie – POSTPONED

 

DUE TO COVID19 Please stay tuned for this new date.

Hugh’s Room Forced to Move Due to Rent Hike

As many of you will now have heard, that despite months of negotiations with our landlord, we have failed to come to agreement on terms based on fair market value. As a result we will be forced to close our doors at our current location on March 31, 2020.

It is our intention to honour as many of our show bookings and tickets as possible, but it is going to take us a bit of time to secure an alternate venue. We are confident that all shows on the calendar will have a home and as soon as an alternate venue is secured, we will be notifying all ticket holders immediately. We ask patrons to kindly not reach out to our box office for updates in the interim.

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Grace Petrie
Advance $30  / Door $35*

Doors: 6:00pm
Performance: 8:30pm

Grace Petrie (born 1987) is a folk singer-songwriter and guitarist from Leicester, UK. She was hailed in The Guardian as “a powerful new songwriting voice” in 2011.

Grace Petrie began performing in 2006 as a solo vocalist and acoustic guitarist, and self-released an eponymous album that year, followed in 2007 by second album Feeling Better. In 2010, the advent of the Conservative-led coalition government following the (UK) general election influenced Petrie, who is a socialist, feminist, and lesbian,towards an increasing emphasis on politically focused songwriting, from a left-wing perspective. She made her debut appearance on Glastonbury’s Leftfield stage at the invitation of Billy Bragg in summer 2010, and widely praised third album Tell Me A Story followed, including signature song “Farewell to Welfare”.

Petrie has made an annual appearance at Glastonbury since 2010 as well as regularly playing festivals such as Towersey, Greenbelt Festival, Latitude and others. She has toured nationally with Emmy the Great, Billy Bragg and comedian Robin Ince, and has made several appearances on BBC Radio 4’s The Now Show.

Website: https://gracepetrie.com/
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mzU7aIk1dGI

* Advertised pricing excludes taxes, ticketing and sustainability fees.

* Ticket Price: $30.00
* Service Fee: $4.00
* Sustainability Fee: $5.00
* HST: $5.07

* Total Ticket Price: $44.07

– POSTPONED – Night Dream with Wintergarten Orchestra

 

DUE TO COVID19 Please stay tuned for this new date.

Hugh’s Room Forced to Move Due to Rent Hike

As many of you will now have heard, that despite months of negotiations with our landlord, we have failed to come to agreement on terms based on fair market value. As a result we will be forced to close our doors at our current location on March 31, 2020.

It is our intention to honour as many of our show bookings and tickets as possible, but it is going to take us a bit of time to secure an alternate venue. We are confident that all shows on the calendar will have a home and as soon as an alternate venue is secured, we will be notifying all ticket holders immediately. We ask patrons to kindly not reach out to our box office for updates in the interim.

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Midsummers Night Dream with Wintergarten Orchestra
Advance $25  / Door $30*

Doors: 6:00pm
Performance: 8:30pm

Wintergarten Orchestra is known and loved for delivering popular songs from the USA, Berlin and Paris during the roaring 1920’s and 1930’s. Their influences include Cab Calloway, Paul Whiteman, Pasadena Roof Orchestra, Palast Orchestra.

Needless to say, you’ll love this band if you’re a fan of  movies like: The Great Gatsby, Some Like it Hot Television series: Downton Abbey, Jeeves & Wooster, Boardwalk Empire.

This big collection of seasoned Toronto musicians are coming back to Hugh’s Room Live this July with gems of early swing, cabaret, latin, and salon music. Brash horns, crooning vocals and soaring violins take us back nearly a hundred years to the dawn of The Jazz Age!

Website: https://wintergartenorchestra.com/
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxAPBiF7Qmo

* Advertised pricing excludes taxes, ticketing and sustainability fees.

* Ticket Price: $25.00
* Service Fee: $4.00
* Sustainability Fee: $5.00
* HST: $4.42

* Total Ticket Price: $38.42

POSTPONED- Oysterband

 

DUE TO COVID19 Please stay tuned for this new date.

Hugh’s Room Forced to Move Due to Rent Hike

As many of you will now have heard, that despite months of negotiations with our landlord, we have failed to come to agreement on terms based on fair market value. As a result we will be forced to close our doors at our current location on March 31, 2020.

It is our intention to honour as many of our show bookings and tickets as possible, but it is going to take us a bit of time to secure an alternate venue. We are confident that all shows on the calendar will have a home and as soon as an alternate venue is secured, we will be notifying all ticket holders immediately. We ask patrons to kindly not reach out to our box office for updates in the interim.

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Oysterband
Advance $40 / Door $45*

Doors: 6:00pm
Performance: 8:30pm

Currently Oysterband consists of founder members John Jones (vocal, melodeon), Alan Prosser (guitars, vocal), and Ian Telfer (violin, keyboard, vocal) with Dil Davies (drums), Al Scott (bass guitar, mandolin, vocal), and Adrian Oxaal (cello, guitar, vocal).

At first – around 1978 – purely a dance band (“The Oyster Ceilidh Band”), we soon started experimenting with radical arrangements of traditional songs and with home recording, and even put out 4 albums in the early 80s. These sound harmless enough now, but at the time their home-made, try-anything attitude was controversial. We were determined that traditional music should not be just a branch of the heritage industry.

Oysterband makes modern, folk-based British music, acoustic at heart, sometimes intense, sometimes rocking. Since 1978 they’ve toured in 35 countries – festivals, concerts, bars, rallies, jails, bring ’em on! – won 5 BBC Folk Awards and made 13 studio albums and one DVD.

Website: http://www.oysterband.co.uk/
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTquGKINbds

* Advertised pricing excludes taxes, ticketing and sustainability fees.

* Ticket Price: $40.00
* Service Fee: $4.00
* Sustainability Fee: $5.00
* HST: $6.37

* Total Ticket Price: $55.37