Archive for Blair Packham

The Jitters

Saturday, September 28, 2019 | 8:30PM

The Jitters
Advance $25.00 / Door: $30.00 *

Always fun, funny, irreverent and rockin’, The Jitters return to Hugh’s Room Live after an 18-month absence. Snarky, sarcastic, the pop-rockers may not look like they did in their heyday but they deliver a great evening of laughs and catchy songs.

The Jitters (singer Blair Packham, guitarist Danny Levy and bassist Matthew Greenberg) originally formed in 1981. They recorded with super-producer Bob Ezrin, made an independent video in 1984 for the song “Take Me As I Am” and eventually got a record deal with Capitol-EMI Music of Canada. Along the way, they picked up David Quinton Steinberg on drums (who has been the driving force behind the band’s latter-day reunions). In 1986, The Jitters opened for Huey Lewis and the News at the Canadian National Exhibition, tied for third place in Q107’s Homegrown Contest with the song “Last of the Red Hot Fools.” They opened for The Kinks, The Byrds, Kim Mitchell, Rik Emmett, and in 1988, they played support for Heart on their UK tour, ending the tour with three sold-out nights at Wembley Arena. Nominated for a Juno Award that spring, the Jitters flogged their debut album across Canada, and then began writing for their second album with producer Jules Shear.

With a total of 5 Top 20 hits in Canada to their credit, the Jitters are enjoying playing together again, and looking forward to the release of the Universal Music best-of compilation which will include two new songs.


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SongStudio Gala

Thursday, July 25, 2019 | 8:00pm

SongStudio Gala
Admission: FREE *

*Please not that online ticket sales are not available for this workshop. Entry is FREE for everyone but to reserve seats close to the stage,  please call the box office at (416) 533-5483.

On Thursday, July 25, 2019, we’re hosting the annual SongStudio Gala, where participants take over the stage at Hugh’s Room Live stage for performances of the songs written or worked on during the workshop week. Up to twenty-four (24) performers will join the all-star backing band, who “wing it,” learning the songs on the fly. It makes for an exciting, unpredictable evening of music with everyone on their toes, listening all the way.
For some participants, it will be their first time performing with a professional band, and for all, it will be the first time performing with THIS veteran band, who include:
Allister Bradley / keyboards
Steve Goldberger / bass
Ryan Granville-Martin / drums
In the past, workshop co-founder Rik Emmett (Triumph) was the band’s lead guitarist, but this year Rik is opting to keep it casual, and will be present for in the judging panel if his schedule allows. Meanwhile, expect to hear from several other hotshot guitarists, but workshop organizers haven’t yet made a decision about who it will be. Admission is FREE FOR EVERYONE, and while the seats must be reserved by phone, the audience is encouraged to make dinner reservations early  as this annual event fills up quickly.

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A Tribute to Bob Dylan

Thursday, May 23, 2019 | 8:30PM

A Tribute to Bob Dylan
Featuring Paul James, Ariana Gillis, Stephen Stanley, Nefe, Andrea Ramolo, Matthew Greenberg with Paul Martin, with our host Blair Packham
Advance: $20.00 / Doors: $25.00

It’s the night before Bob Dylan’s birthday, and all through the room, singers and songwriters howl at the moon. On May 23, our friend, programmer and fellow singer/songwriter, Blair Packham, will be presenting a tribute to Bob Dylan. As your MC for the night, Blair has invited some of our city’s finest singer/songwriters to join him at Hugh’s Room Live to pay homage to one of the most original and influential voices in American popular music.

Folk rock singer-songwriter, Bob Dylan, was born Robert Allen Zimmerman on May 24, 1941, in Duluth, Minnesota. While attending college, he began performing folk and country songs, taking the name “Bob Dylan.” In 1961 Dylan signed his first recording contract, and the rest – as they say – is history. The legendary singer-songwriter has received Grammy, Academy and Golden Globe awards, as well as the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Those set to perform on stage include:

Paul James
Ariana Gillis
Stephen Stanley
Andrea Ramolo
Matthew Greenberg with Paul Martin 
Blair Packham

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