BEGIN:VCALENDAR VERSION:2.0 PRODID:-//Hugh's Room Live - ECPv5.1.5//NONSGML v1.0//EN CALSCALE:GREGORIAN METHOD:PUBLISH X-WR-CALNAME:Hugh's Room Live X-ORIGINAL-URL:https://hughsroomlive.com X-WR-CALDESC:Events for Hugh's Room Live BEGIN:VTIMEZONE TZID:America/Toronto BEGIN:DAYLIGHT TZOFFSETFROM:-0500 TZOFFSETTO:-0400 TZNAME:EDT DTSTART:20180311T070000 END:DAYLIGHT BEGIN:STANDARD TZOFFSETFROM:-0400 TZOFFSETTO:-0500 TZNAME:EST DTSTART:20181104T060000 END:STANDARD END:VTIMEZONE BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;TZID=America/Toronto:20180703T203000 DTEND;TZID=America/Toronto:20180703T230000 DTSTAMP:20210413T192616 CREATED:20180529T145231Z LAST-MODIFIED:20180709T201658Z UID:30348-1530649800-1530658800@hughsroomlive.com SUMMARY:Solo Piano Double with Jenie Thai & Hilario Durán DESCRIPTION:Buy 3 Get 1 Free Bundle\nOur “Solo Piano Double” series is an intriguing concept in that each artist will give a 45 minute set – they will not likely be sharing the piano stool and dueting\, although that is possible but not requested! We are offering a wonderful incentive to pick four concerts and pay for just three. It all comes down to great playing\, open minds and the spirit of discovery. \nThe first in the “Solo Piano Double” series pairs two very different and exceedingly talented artists – blues and soul\, effervescent up and comer Jenie Thai and multi-award winning Cuban-Canadian Hilario Duran who studied at the Amadeo Roldan Music Institute in Havana and is considered an unparalleled composer/arranger of the first order. \n\nJenie Thai \nBorn in Chiang Mai Thailand\, and raised outside of Edmonton\, Jenie Thai is building a musical presence throughout the country through the electric energy she displays on stage and the old soul that’s conveyed through her songwriting. Her studying of music began at age five; she took private piano lessons for fifteen years. Through her classical training she spent her early school years performing difficult repertoire at various workshops\, camps\, and yearly round festivals receiving national accolade. \nGraduating at seventeen\, she continued her musical development\, studying classical piano at Augustana University. In 2008\, Jenie diversified her education attending Grant MacEwan Jazz and Contemporary Music Program as a performance major. Upon graduation\, Jenie was offered a part-time teaching position at Grant MacEwan University and gained acceptance into Paul McCartney’s international music school based in Liverpool. \nIn 2011\, Jenie released her EP “Lady Flower”. With the titled track she received an “honourable mention” as a finalist in the International Songwriting Competition (ISC) under the performance category (a category of 13 finalists out of 16\, 000 submissions from around the globe). With the EP\, she has been heard on many festival stages including both the Edmonton Folk Music Festival (2011) and the Canmore Folk Festival (2012). \nBoth solo and with her trio\, Jenie has shared her songs across the country on festival stages\, in blues bars\, theatres\, lounges\, and living rooms. In spring of 2012\, Jenie started the “Couch Concert Series”\, a continuing project where she arrives on strangers steps to play a living room show in exchange for donations and a couch to sleep on. \nIn April 2013\, Jenie Thai released “Only The Moon” which is “a beautifully crafted nine-song album of original songs showcasing a voice that has warmth and beauty…” writes David Farrell\, writer for Toronto’s New Canadian Music. The organic and vibrant music has been unearthed through the stereos of CBC Radio 1\, 2\, and 3\, CKUA\, CJSR\, and other various stations from coast to coast and internationally being aired in states such as Flordia and New York. With the album\, Jenie was nominated for several Edmonton Music Awards (2013\, 2014) for “Artist To Watch” and “Female Artist of the Year”. \nFurthermore\, in January 2014\, Jenie Thai represented Northern Alberta as a semi-finalist in the 30th International Blues Challenge held in Memphis. Most recently\, she was nominated for a 2016 Maple Blues Award for “Best New Artist of The Year”. \nVocally\, she has been compared to Eva Cassidy\, but soaks in the musical influences of Tom Waits\, Bonnie Raitt\, Memphis Slim\, and Nina Simone. .A performer\, song-writer\, singer\, and instrumentalist: Jenie Thai combines her love of the traditional piano blues\, sixties r&b\, and great American songwriters to produce a unique charm as a roots and blues musician on the national and international scene. \n\nHilario Durán \nInternationally recognised as a jazz pianist\, composer\, arranger and bandleader of the highest order\, the Cuban-Canadian Durán has been based in Toronto for the past two decades\, but his musical heart and soul have remained closely connected to the land of his birth. \nCuban born Hilario Durán grew up in Havana in a musical family surrounded by a variety of diverse musical influences on a daily basis. He began working as a professional musician in Cuba’s Los Papa Cun­-Cun Ensemble and in a variety of musical formats. Later on\, in the 70’s\, Durán was Chucho Valdés’ chosen successor in Cuba’s most modern big band\, Orquesta Cubana de Música Moderna. \nHilario Durán toured worldwide and performed with Dizzy Gillespie and Michel Legrand\, among many others\, as part of Arturo Sandoval’s band where he was pianist/keyboardist\, arranger and musical director for 9 years. \nChucho Valdés has acknowledged Hilario Durán as one of the greatest Cuban pianists of the 20th century\, calling the Grammy-nominated and multi JUNO-award winner “an unparalleled pianist\, composer and arranger of the first order”. \nAfter making his mark in Cuba\, Durán continued to hone his skills as a pianist\, composer\, arranger and musical director of remarkable virtuosity. Since arriving in Canada\, Hilario has made a name for himself\, he is a multi-Canadian Juno Award winner and nominee; an American Grammy nominee; a multi-Canadian National Jazz Award winner & nominee; and the proud recipient of the 2007 Chico O’Farrill Lifetime Achievement Award\, from Latin Jazz USA\, for his outstanding contributions to Afro-Cuban Jazz and Latin Jazz. \nCuban-Canadian jazz pianist Hilario Durán is a fixture on the Toronto music scene. Durán immigrated in 1998 to Canada and was named as One of the 10 Most Influential Hispanic Canadians in 2009; in addition\, Hilario has been named Best Artist of the Year 2013 by the Toronto Musicians’ Association and also as 2014 Best Vision Award Winner (Premio a la Trayectoria) for his work as entrepreneur as a director of his musical company\, ES MI MUSICA PRODUCTIONS. He is also an educator at Toronto’s Humber College\, acting as a piano teacher and ensemble director. \nHilario Durán has been based in Toronto for the past two decades\, but his musical heart and soul have remained closely connected to the land of his birth. He has continued to collaborate with Cuban musicians\, but he takes this to another level on Contumbao.  Last November\, Alma Records’ Peter Cardinali and award-winning engineer John ‘Beetle’ Bailey accompanied Durán to Havana\, and the team set up shop in Cuba’s famed EGREM recording studio\, the most storied such facility on the island. The cast of musical heavyweights assembled in Havana work their magic on 11 new Durán original compositions. Hilario’s mission is certainly fulfilled here\, as Contumbao has an impressive dynamic range of different tempos\, tones and moods. \n URL:https://hughsroomlive.com/event/solo-piano-double-with-jenie-thai-hilario-duran/ LOCATION:Hugh’s Room Live\, 2261 Dundas St. W.\, Toronto\, Ontario CATEGORIES:2-Upcoming,Festival,July,Solo Piano Double,Summer Festival,Upcoming Events ATTACH;FMTTYPE=image/jpeg:https://hughsroomlive.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/jenie-thai-hilario-duran-700x400-piano-series-2.jpg END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;TZID=America/Toronto:20180717T203000 DTEND;TZID=America/Toronto:20180717T230000 DTSTAMP:20210413T192616 CREATED:20180529T150648Z LAST-MODIFIED:20180530T145500Z UID:30352-1531859400-1531868400@hughsroomlive.com SUMMARY:Solo Piano Double with Suba Sankaran & Robi Botos DESCRIPTION:Buy 3 Get 1 Free Bundle\nOur “Solo Piano Double” series is an intriguing concept in that each artist will give a 45 minute set – they will not likely be sharing the piano stool and dueting\, although that is possible but not requested! We are offering a wonderful incentive to pick four concerts and pay for just three. It all comes down to great playing\, open minds and the spirit of discovery. \n\nTuesday\, July 17 we welcome another seemingly unlikely pairing – Musician\, composer\, educator and choral director Suba Sankaran who is perhaps best known as founder of Autorickshaw and Hungarian-Canadian musician and composer\, Robi Botos. Robi was the TDGrand Jazz Award recipient at the 2012 Montreal International Jazz Festival. \nSuba Sankaran\nDORA award-winning\, twice JUNO-nominated world/fusion vocalist Suba Sankaran has effortlessly combined musical worlds\, performing across North America\, Europe\, the UK\, Asia and Africa with Autorickshaw\, master drummer Trichy Sankaran\, FreePlay Duo and Retrocity (80s a cappella revue)\, to name a few. Performance highlights include performing for Peter Gabriel\, Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu\, and performing with Jane Siberry\, Lorraine Segato\, Bobby McFerrin and the Swingle Singers. \n\n\nSuba is in demand as a choral director\, arranger\, educator and composer. She has composed and produced music for theatre\, film\, radio and dance. Highlights include collaborations with Deepa Mehta and the CBC. \n–> Check out this Musicworks article (from Winter 2006\, by Tilman Lewis) on Suba Sankaran and Indo-fusion band Autorickshaw: suba-musicworks \n\n\n\nRobi Botos has been hailed as one of the most diverse multi-instrumentalists  of this generation. From the hard-bop style of Bill Evans and Herbie Hancock\, to the swing of Oscar Peterson and the heartfelt melodic expression of Mulgrew Miller and Cedar Walton\, Robi has managed to master the technique of his idols\, all while showcasing his musical expressions in a voice that is purely his own. While Robi is known for being a strong player in the traditional jazz and funk fields\, he always incorporates an element of the music he grew up listening to into his playing. Says organist\, trumpeter and pianist Joey Defrancesco: “Robi is one of the most swingin’\, soulful\, funky\, world class players I’ve ever heard\, and he has a technique like you can’t believe. Definitely one of my very favorite players!!!” \nBorn of Romani descent in Hungary\, Robi taught himself first to play drums as a young child\, and got his first taste of being a professional musician working throughout Budapest. Robi was first introduced to the piano when he was 7 years old\, and never looked back. He continued to perform throughout Hungary and when he turned 20\, decided to move his wife and children to Canada\, to further pursue the career he was born for. Now 20 years later\, Robi has solidified himself as one of the most sought-after pianists in the country. \nImmediately after coming to Canada\, Robi immersed himself into both the Canadian and international jazz scene. In 2004\, he traveled to Montreux to compete in the Montreux Jazz Festival’s solo piano competition\, where he placed first. His prize? Returning the following year to open for one of the headlining artists. That artists happened to be one of Robi’s idols – Oscar Peterson. Unknowingly to Robi\, Peterson sat in the wings as Robi performed and upon their return to Canada\, the two would form a friendship that resulted in Robi being one of OP’s final mentees. Over the next few years\, Robi would continue to participate in and win global prizes and awards including the International “Jazz Hoeilaart” band competition in Belgium\, the International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE) award in California\, and the “Martial Solal Piano Competition” in Paris. In 2006\, Robi would receive his first JUNO Award nomination for his participation in the ALMA Records release\, “One Take.” \nSince moving to Canada\, Robi has been given the chance to work with many of the greats in his industry including Al Jarreau\, Branford Marsalis\, Christian McBride\, Terri Lyne Carrington\, Joey Defrancesco\, Steve Gadd and Chaka Khan and has participated in projects with Michel Legrand\, Chick Corea\, Bill Charlap\, Benny Green\,  and Kenny Barron. Robi wasted no time laying down roots in Toronto. He has been the pianist of choice for Officer of the Order of Canada\, Molly Johnson\, for close to 15 years and has worked extensively with some of Canada’s most celebrated players including Dave Young\, Phil Dwyer\, Archie Alleyne\, Oliver Jones\, Renee Rosnes\, Sophie Milman\, Paul Novotny\, Carol Welsman and more. \nAlong with being a first-call pianist for some of the top artists around the world\, as well as leading his own groups in sold-out shows nationwide\, Robi is also a highly sought-after composer. In 2013\, Robi composed the score for a film that was deeply personal to him. Aaron Yeger’s “A People Uncounted” tells the story of the rich culture and history of the Romani people (commonly refered to as ‘Gypsies’) in Europe. The film specifically focuses on the mistreatment and devastation of the Romani people during the Holocaust. This moving project was nominated for a Producer’s Guild Award in 2014. Since then\, Robi’s music can also be heard on Stella Meghie’s 2016 film “Jean of the Joneses\,” which received 2 nominations at the Canadian Screen Awards. Robi also contributed to the soundtrack of the 2013 Richard Gere and Susan Sarandon film “Arbitrage”. \nIn 2015\, Robi released his highly anticipated sophomore album for A440 Entertainment\, “Movin’ Forward”\, which brought him a 2016 JUNO Award win for Solo Jazz Album of the Year. This would be Robi’s 5th nomination and 2nd win for Canada’s highest award in music. “Movin’ Forward” featured Seamus Blake on tenor saxophone\, Robert Hurst on bass\, and Jeff “Tain” Watts on drums. After rave reviews and countless sold-out shows in support of this record\, Robi went back into the studio in summer\, 2016 to record his next album. \nIn 2018\, Robi is back with a brand-new record that pays homage to his Hungarian upbringing\, the early days of his career\, and the music that he has dedicated his life to. “OLD SOUL” sees Robi not only venturing into a number of different genres (jazz\, funk\, soul\, gospel and more!)\, but he also plays on a number of different instruments including the Harpejji\, which he was inspired to learn and incorporate into his sound by Stevie Wonder. Robi is joined by some familiar faces such as longtime collaborators Mike Downes on bass and Larnell Lewis on drums\, as well as Seamus Blake on saxophone. Also joining them for the first time is Cory Henry (Snarky Puppy\, Bruce Springsteen\, Kenny Garrett) on the Hammond B3\, Ingrid Jensen (Clark Terry\, Maria Schneider\, Dr. Lonnie Smith\, Billy Taylor) on trumpet\, and Lionel Loueke (Chick Corea\, Herbie Hancock\, Roy Hargrove\, Wayne Shorter) on guitar. Robi’s ability as a composer is once again highlighted on this record\, with a majority of the tracks being his original material. “Old Soul” pays tribute to his homeland as he takes you down memory lane with visions of his childhood neighbourhood and through some of his favourite spots in his hometown. This record makes you feel like you have a personal connection with one of the most diverse and eclectic artists of our time. \nOLD SOUL is released on A440 Entertainment/Universal Music Canada on February 2nd\, 2018. \n URL:https://hughsroomlive.com/event/solo-piano-double-with-suba-sankaran-robi-botos/ LOCATION:Hugh’s Room Live\, 2261 Dundas St. W.\, Toronto\, Ontario CATEGORIES:2-Upcoming,Festival,July,Solo Piano Double,Summer Festival ATTACH;FMTTYPE=image/jpeg:https://hughsroomlive.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/suba-sankaran-robi-botos-700x400-piano-series-1.jpg END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;TZID=America/Toronto:20180720T203000 DTEND;TZID=America/Toronto:20180720T230000 DTSTAMP:20210413T192616 CREATED:20180329T133922Z LAST-MODIFIED:20180709T202022Z UID:29701-1532118600-1532127600@hughsroomlive.com SUMMARY:Alfie Zappacosta DESCRIPTION:Canadian singer/songwriter Alfie Zappacosta never disappoints his audience\, and especially not at Hugh’s Room Live. At the first word of his appearing\, this show is always nearly an instant sold-out booking\, and it’s no doubt due to his ability to energize the listening room\, moving his audience to their feet. After 40 years of creating staples in Canadian adult contemporary radio\, multiple Juno-award winning Zappacosta has created a legendary career as a pop/rock icon. With a mastery of romance\, his mesmerizing baritone voice has also been recognized and rewarded on the smooth jazz scene. His blend of live acoustic\, jazz and pop music captures his listeners in a soulful engagement not to be missed! \n URL:https://hughsroomlive.com/event/alfie-zappacosta-july-20-2018/ LOCATION:Hugh’s Room Live\, 2261 Dundas St. W.\, Toronto\, Ontario CATEGORIES:2-Upcoming,Festival,July,Solo Piano Double,Upcoming Events ATTACH;FMTTYPE=image/jpeg:https://hughsroomlive.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/alfie-zappacosta-700x400-SNF.jpg END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;TZID=America/Toronto:20180724T203000 DTEND;TZID=America/Toronto:20180724T230000 DTSTAMP:20210413T192616 CREATED:20180529T150928Z LAST-MODIFIED:20180531T165734Z UID:30360-1532464200-1532473200@hughsroomlive.com SUMMARY:Solo Piano Double - Elizabeth Shepherd & Aaron Davis DESCRIPTION:Buy 3 Get 1 Free Bundle\nOur “Solo Piano Double” series is an intriguing concept in that each artist will give a 45 minute set – they will not likely be sharing the piano stool and dueting\, although that is possible but not requested! We are offering a wonderful incentive to pick four concerts and pay for just three. It all comes down to great playing\, open minds and the spirit of discovery. \n\nTuesday\, July 24 we welcome another amazing pair of artists\, Elizabeth Shepherd\, whose debut album Start To Move was voted one of the best jazz CDs of the year by the listeners of highly regarded BBC Radio Worldwide’s Gilles Peterson Show. She is a jazz virtuoso with pop sensibilities & Aaron Davis. Aaron is an eclectic\, first call composer/arranger and keyboardist in this country. He is a founding member of the Holly Cole Trio… \nElizabeth Shepherd \n\nVelvety-voiced pianist Elizabeth Shepherd arrived on the international scene in 2006 when her debut album Start To Move was voted one of the top jazz albums of the year by the listeners of the influential Gilles Peterson Show on BBC Radio Worldwide. Since then\, the Montreal-based soul-jazz innovator has established herself as one of the most alluring and imaginative artists on the scene today. Versed in equal parts Stevie Wonder\, Salvation Army brass bands and classical sonatas\, it is perhaps no surprise that this globetrotting talent has developed such a distinct and unique voice. \nElizabeth has been hailed as “a jazz virtuoso blessed with a pop sensibility”\, praised by critics worldwide for her arrestingly original writing and soulful delivery. Along with artists like Esperanza Spalding\, Robert Glasper\, and Jose James she is seen as part of a wave of jazz musicians bringing the art form to a new generation of music fans. \nThe four-time JUNO nominee (Canada’s Grammy equivalent) has released five widely acclaimed records and toured extensively in North America\, Europe\, Japan and Mexico. She has sold out legendary clubs from Tokyo to Detroit\, played major festivals like Montreal and North Sea Jazz Festivals\, and opened for Jamie Cullum at The Hollywood Bowl. Elizabeth is also the only jazz vocalist to ever have been long listed for the Polaris Prize – Canada’s most prestigious music prize – an honour she has received twice. \n\nHer much-awaited new multi-media project\, MONtreal\, is an ode to her hometown and its deep-seated jazz roots. The album will be released in Canada and the US in October 2018\, and in Europe in March 2019.\n\n—\n\nPraise for Elizabeth Shepherd‘s 2015 JUNO-nominated The Signal \, featuring Lionel Loueke: \n\n\n\n\n“A soul-groove masterpiece” Radio Koln (DE)\n\n“Top 10 Soul/R&B Album of 2014” EXCLAIM\n\n\n“The Best Jazz of 2014” PopMatters (US)\n\n\n“An important work” The Evening Standard (UK)\n\n\n“5 stars” Blues & Soul (UK)\n\n\n“Superior sixth album” MOJO (UK)\n\n\n“Best of 2014” All About Jazz (US)\n\n\n“The most important vocal jazz record to be released all year.” Something Else (US)\n\n\n“One of the coolest records of 2014” Winnipeg Free Press\n\n\n“One of the best jazz albums of the year” ICI\n\n\n“Arrestingly soulful….irresistibly hip” Montreal Gazette\n\n“Sublime” CBC Radio One\n“Best of 2014” All Music Guide (US)\n\n\n\n  \n\nAaron Davis \nAaron Davis is an eclectic composer\, arranger and keyboardist based in Toronto\, Canada\, who is perhaps best known as a founding member of the Holly Cole Trio and as a composer of music for film.\nIn 1979 he helped found world beat-jazz band Manteca\, for whom he wrote and played keyboards from 1979 until 1991 and then again in 2008. In 1983 Aaron released his own album\, “NOUVELLE AFRIQUE”. Davis’s second album\, “NEON BLUE” was released in 1988\, with Molly Johnson singing the title track.\nIn the late eighties Davis and bassist David Piltch formed a group with singer Holly Cole. As well as being a co-arranger of the Holly Cole repertoire\, and writing some of her songs\, Davis has done all of her orchestral arrangements\, which have been performed by symphonies across Canada\, the U.S. and Japan. He has also done orchestral & choral arrangements for other artists\, including Alison Krauss\, Natalie McMaster\, David Clayton Thomas\, Eliana Cuevas\, Leahy\, the Ennis Sisters\, Eleanor McCain\, the Canadian Brass\, Quartetto Gelato\, Sophie Milman\, Kevin Breit and the Iseler Singers.\nOrchestral writing of different sorts has also played a part in Davis’ film writing. Since 1985 he has scored more than 100 films. Aaron has been nominated for three Genie awards\, and four Gemini awards. Aaron and co-writer John Lang won a Gemini in 1996 for scoring “No Price Too High”\, won in 1997 for “Ebola: Inside An Outbreak”\, and won a 2006 Gemini for “Every Day Einstein”. They were also nominated for Genie awards for Clement Virgo’s “Rude” (1995) and “Love Come Down” (2000).\nIn the fall of 1996 Aaron & bassist David Piltch released an instrumental CD entitled “Feast. Since 2006 Davis has worked as music director\, pianist\, arranger and composer with singer Measha Brueggergosman\, most recently on the 2015 Rhombus performance film of Afro-American spirituals\, “Songs Of Freedom”. In 2016 Davis also arranged and performed orchestral versions of some those pieces with the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra. Davis has been music director on 2 CDs with Measha: “I’ve Got A Crush On You”\, and “Christmas”. Aaron has co-written songs with various songwriters\, including Mary Margaret O’Hara\, Ron Sexsmith\, Carole Pope and Marc Jordan. Aaron also wrote 4 tunes and played keyboards on “Onward”\, the 2008 Juno-nominated CD by Manteca. Aaron has contributed many arrangements to the Art Of Time Ensemble\, performed with guest artists such as Madeline Peyroux\, Sarah Slean\, Gregory Hoskins\, Liam Titcomb\, Jessica Mitchell and Steven Page.\nOther artists that Aaron has worked with include: Molly Johnson\, John Alcorn\, David Myles\, Sarah Slean\, Steven Page\, Ed Robertson\, Selena Ryder\, Hawksley Workman\, Angelique Kidjo\, the Parachute Club and Rose Cousins\, Jane Siberry.
 Since 2011 Aaron has been working on multi-media interactive art installations with\, visual artist Candida Girling. They created “Marcovaldo’s Bench”\, an installation which was part of Toronto’s “Nuit Blanche” festival in Oct 2011. Other installations include “Simply Breathing”\, “A City Slice of Sky” and “A City Slice of Green” in Toronto and Buffalo\, NY.\nDavis continues to work with Holly Cole and Measha Brueggergosman\, and over the last couple of years has recorded new CDs with Buffy St. Marie\, Amelia Curran and Rose Cousins. He has also worked as a mentor at the Banff Centre for The Performing Arts and put together a Leonard Cohen Tribute with resident musicians there. \n URL:https://hughsroomlive.com/event/solo-piano-double-elizabeth-shepherd-aaron-davis/ LOCATION:Hugh’s Room Live\, 2261 Dundas St. W.\, Toronto\, Ontario CATEGORIES:2-Upcoming,Festival,July,Solo Piano Double,Summer Festival,Upcoming Events ATTACH;FMTTYPE=image/jpeg:https://hughsroomlive.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Elizabeth-Shepherd-Aaron-Davis-700x400-piano-series.-SNF.jpg END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;TZID=America/Toronto:20180813T203000 DTEND;TZID=America/Toronto:20180813T230000 DTSTAMP:20210413T192616 CREATED:20180529T152102Z LAST-MODIFIED:20180628T155519Z UID:30371-1534192200-1534201200@hughsroomlive.com SUMMARY:Solo Piano Double with Treasa Levasseur & Jesse Whiteley DESCRIPTION:Buy 3 Get 1 Free Bundle\nOur “Solo Piano Double” series is an intriguing concept in that each artist will give a 45 minute set – they will not likely be sharing the piano stool and dueting\, although that is possible but not requested! We are offering a wonderful incentive to pick four concerts and pay for just three. It all comes down to great playing\, open minds and the spirit of discovery. \n\nMonday\, August 13 will feature two of the most creative songwriters from the songwriter-blues world – Winnipeg-born North Bay raised\, Treasa Levasseur\, who has a wonderful way of instilling the love for music to very young souls and is known and loved as a pianist/songwriter in the blues\, country and folk worlds\, and Jesse Whiteley who comes from one of this country’s most successful musical families and is known and admired as a pianist\, composer and singer in blues/jazz/swing and beyond… \nTreasa Levasseur \nEverything about Treasa Levasseur\, and the songs she writes\, is as true as a carpenter’s rule. There are plenty of singers who plumb the depths of personal experience\, but few have Levasseur’s sense of humour\, or her sharp eye for detail. Treasa plays almost any style imaginable from folk\, blues and country to sunshine pop\, heavy metal and hip-hop\, and she is a multi-instrumentalist as well\, playing piano\, accordion\, guitar and mandolin. \nAn in-demand musician and versatile session vocalist\, Treasa has worked with such varied acts as the Robber Who Robbed the Town\, Rhymestone\, Pan Con Queso\, House of Velvet\, and Lab Cap and the Monkey Mob\, among others. Under the alias Slim\, she released an EP\, Me and the Boys\, in 2002. She went with her own name for the self-released Not a Straight Line. \nThe passion and fire of her first album\, Not a Straight Line\, has been applied to even better songs on her second and latest recording\, Low Fidelity. The sophomore album is a collection of personal songs and stories\, but it’s never mawkish or sentimental. \nLevasseur plays piano\, accordion\, guitar and mandolin. In May 2008\, she won CBC Radio’s “Ultimate Sideman Showdown” with her trusty accordion and charming stage presence. Heavily influenced by such soulful artists as Mavis Staples\, Carole King and Annie Lennox\, she remains musically versatile and has played everything from heavy metal to hip-hop\, country\, sugary pop\, and thoughtful folk music. Since first visiting the South in 2006\, she’s begun to draw more of her inspiration from classic old-school soul. \nAbove all\, Levasseur has a passion for making music. She simply wants to play — and\, in addition to her own career\, she makes the time to play with at least three other bands regularly in her longtime hometown of Toronto. In the summer of 2008\, she played festivals across the country almost every single weekend as a member of Claire Jenkins’ band. You\ncan find her most Thursdays playing with singer songwriter Corin Raymond at the Cameron House. And she’ll pop up at tiny bars in the city’s Parkdale neighbourhood\, singing backup or squeezing the accordion for whoever’s onstage. \nShe’s also been a welcome player at recording sessions for more than a dozen other distinctive musicians\, including Raymond\, The Undesirables\, Evalyn Parry\, Justin Rutledge\, Madison Violet\, David Baxter and many others. \n\n Jesse Whiteley \n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nToronto native Jesse Whiteley is a young and passionate multi-talented pianist/keyboardist\, singer\, composer\, arranger\, and bandleader.  He comes from a third generation of one of Canada’s most renowned musical families\, the Whiteley family. Throughout his diverse musical life\, Jesse has performed the gamut of musical genres from blues\, jazz\, swing\, boogie woogie\, rhythm and blues\, to roots\, and country.Jesse began working professionally at age 17 with the Toronto All-Star Big Band. Throughout his years with the Big Band\, he has worked as both a pianist and conductor and has been a featured performer with such luminaries from the blues and jazz world as Clark Terry\, Jackie Richardson\, Oliver Jones\, Cleo Laine and John Dankworth\, and Doc Serverinsen.From 2014 to 2017\, Jesse toured and recorded as a member of The 24th Street Wailers\, playing across Canada and The United States. He has also recorded and toured throughout Canada\, The United States\, and Europe with Ottawa’s JW-Jones. He has appeared on recordings with legendary blues musicians Curley Bridges\, Little Charlie Baty\, Charlie Musselwhite\, dad\, Chris Whiteley and uncle\, Ken Whiteley.After graduating with honours from the Contemporary Music Program at Toronto’s Humber College\, Jesse completed a Masters Degree at York University in Music Composition.Jesse has worked as Musical Director and pianist for Etta James Tribute Shows and a Three Kings (B.B\, Freddie\, and Albert) Tribute show at Toronto’s Hugh’s Room. He continues to work in Toronto as an in demand sideman and is broadening his horizons with a solo career.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n URL:https://hughsroomlive.com/event/solo-piano-double-with-treasa-levasseur-jesse-whiteley/ LOCATION:Hugh’s Room Live\, 2261 Dundas St. W.\, Toronto\, Ontario CATEGORIES:2-Upcoming,August,Festival,Solo Piano Double,Summer Festival,Upcoming,Upcoming Events ATTACH;FMTTYPE=image/jpeg:https://hughsroomlive.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Treasa-Levasseur-Jesse-Whiteley-700x400-piano-series-SNF.jpg END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR