Archive for Blues

Albert Lee

Wednesday, January 29, 2019 | 8:30pm

Albert Lee
$40 Advance / $45 Door

Albert Lee is one of the most respected and renowned guitarists in music history, having worked with The Everly Brothers, Eric Clapton, Emmylou Harris and The Cricketts over his long and illustrious career. The British-born country-rock artist started his career during the emerging rock ‘n’ roll scene of sixties London, when he swapped bands with the likes of Jimmy Page and Chris Farlowe.

“The ultimate virtuoso. His skill is extraordinary, his ear is extraordinary and he’s gifted on just about every level.” – Eric Clapton

After moving to the U.S. and assimilating himself into the country music scene, Albert quickly garnered a reputation as one of the fastest guitar players in the business. He recorded a number of solo albums, and won a Grammy in 2002 for his contribution on ‘Foggy Mountain Breakdown’. He continues to tour today, and plays his signature Ernie Ball Music Man Guitar.

“A brilliant guitar player. His sound is unmistakable – often emulated, never equalled.” – Emmylou Harris

website: http://www.albertleeofficial.com
youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2z9lg-JZvxs

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Ken Whiteley Gospel Brunch

Sunday, January 19, 2020 | 2:00pm

Ken Whiteley Gospel Brunch
$25 Advance / $30 Door *

Doors: 12:30pm
Brunch: 1:00pm
Performance: 2:00pm

Ken Whiteley is a prolific songwriter, a gifted and versatile instrumentalist and powerful singer, as well as very successful record producer. His regular brunch series at Hugh’s Room Live has become a cornerstone of the Hugh’s Room Live music calendar. Join us on January 19 as the man himself brings together another cast of renowned gospel musicians and vocalists to rejoice in the sounds of Sunday.

Artists TBA

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Luke and the Apostles

Saturday, January 4, 2020 | 8:30PM

Luke and the Apostles
Advance $20.00 / Door $25.00 *

Luke and the Apostles were a 1960s blues band known for their 1967 hit “Been Burnt.” Members included Luke Gibson, Mike McKenna, Peter Jermyn, Jim Jones, and Pat Little. They are considered to be innovators of the electric Blues. Many of the members from Luke and the Apostles would go on to form other notable Canadian bands, including McKenna Mendelson Mainline, Kensington Market, and the Modern Rock Quartet.

An iconic band from Yorkville scene in Toronto, the boys are finally back again, making a rare appearance at Hugh’s Room Live to kick off the new year in style. Tickets available right now.

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Suzie Vinnick

Friday, December 27, 2019 | 8:30pm

Suzie Vinnick
$25 Advance / $30 Door *

A Saskatoon native transplanted to the Niagara Region of Ontario, Suzie Vinnick is the proud owner of a gorgeous voice, prodigious guitar and bass chops, and an engagingly candid performance style.

Her career has seen triumph after triumph. Among her most recent successes: being awarded the 2019 Saskatchewan Jazz Festival Special Recognition Award; being nominated for a 2018 Canadian Folk Music Award for Producer of the Year with her co-producer, Mark Lalama.  Suzie achieved finalist status in the Solo/Duo Category at the 2013 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN; received the 2012 CBC Saturday Night Blues Great Canadian Blues Award and the 2012 Sirius XM Canada Blues Artist of the Year. Suzie has won 10 Maple Blues Awards (she has been nominated for 21 so far!), won the 2011 Canadian Folk Music Award for Contemporary Vocalist of the Year and is a 3X Juno Nominee.

Suzie has toured nationally with Stuart McLean’s The Vinyl Café and the John McDermott Band, and performed for Canadian Peacekeepers in Bosnia and the Persian Gulf. She was also the voice of Tim Horton’s for 5 years.

Suzie has just released her latest album, a full-band roots and blues extravaganza entitled Shake The Love Around.

“Suzie Vinnick is a unique talent; a triple threat singer/songwriter/guitarist. She is emotive, joyous and funky all in the same song. Shake the Love Around is a great evolutionary step for this thoughtful and engaging artist.”-  Blues Blast Magazine

website: http://www.suzievinnick.com
youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRmzq0i7AK

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Anthony Gomes

Sunday, December 22, 2019 | 8:30PM

Anthony Gomes
Advance $35.00 / Door $38.00 *

“A very talented guitarist… and where did that voice come from?” B.B. King

Anthony Gomes, #1 Billboard Blues Artist, is a triple threat force as a guitarist, vocalist and songwriter. This, along with his high-energy shows and dynamic stage presence, make him one of the top draws on the Rock/Blues circuit today.

Gomes’ new record Peace, Love & Loud Guitars, named Best Blues Album of 2018 by Blues Rock Review and SoundGuardian Magazine, is the culmination of a life spent honoring Blues traditions while never losing sight of his own identity. The Toronto-born guitar slinger stands his ground as a creative artist and is eager to push the Blues back into the mainstream.

“My goal is to keep the Blues fresh, exciting and even dangerous,” says Gomes. “I want to bring back the thrill longtime Bluesmen created in their day. At the same time, I think it’s very important for the music to grow and evolve.”

He has performed with the likes of B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Robert Plant, Heart, Sammy Hagar, Joe Bonamassa, .38 Special, Jonny Lang, Robert Cray and Kenny Wayne Shepherd.

Gomes recalled a conversation he had years ago with one of those legends. “B.B. King told me the Blues are like the laws of the land. They need to be amended to the times we live in,” Gomes said. “As an artist, it’s very exciting to think that the Blues can be just as groundbreaking today as it ever was.”

Believing that music can inspire the human spirit, Anthony founded the Music Is the Medicine Foundation in 2010. This non-profit organization is dedicated to changing the lives of others through the healing power of music.

Anthony Gomes has nothing left to prove while leaving all his passion on the table. Nonetheless, he continues striving to not only find the legendary “lost chord,” but the ultimate combinations of words, notes and performance. Looking for an actual 21st Century guitar hero? Here he is.

You can get a free album download featuring his hit song “Come Down” and other hit songs from throughout his career at: www.freegomesalbum.com.

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BluesIn’ Toronto Presents: Another Bluesy Christmas

Tuesday, December 17, 2019 | 8:30pm

BluesIn’ Toronto Presents: Another Bluesy Christmas
Featuring Paul Deslauriers, Erin McCallum, Murray Kinsley and the Ghost Town Blues Band
$40 Advance / $45 Door *

As the leaves do fall and the wind doth blow, the colours red and green inevitably burrow under snow banks and a new season is hurried into our calendar. Winter is coming. Merry as the season may be, this year, Hugh’s Room Live is here to put the blues back into Christmas.

A Bluesy Christmas at Hugh’s Room Live will feature a beautiful cast of musicians and vocalists from around the city, including but not limited to Paul Deslauriers, Erin McCallum, Murray Kinsley and the Ghost Town Blues Band, all of whom will take the stage and deliver to you some of their favourite songs from Christmas past, present and future.

Escape the cold and warm up to the blues this holiday season. Tickets available right now.

Paul Deslauriers | https://www.pauldeslauriersband.com/
Paul DesLauriers is one of Canada’s elite guitarists  often featuring a formidable slide. Paul fronts one of the nation’s greatest blues bands which was twice crowned Entertainer of the Year and once Electric Act of the Year at Maple Blues Awards. In 2016 they also took 2nd place at the 32nd International Blues Challenge, the world’s largest gathering of blues acts held by The Blues Foundation in Memphis Tennessee.

Erin McCallum | http://www.erinmccallum.com/
“Longing for a female Blues singer who can digest the notes whole, spew them back, adding punch to the lyrics while stirring your animal instincts?  Somebody who dips way down and bends things to her liking, purring over the content one minute before serving it up like a five alarm fire? Then, welcome Erin McCallum.” – Eric Thom, Blues Review Magazine

Murray Kinsley | http://murraykinsley.com/
Reviewers have described Maple Blues Award-winning band Wicked Grin as stripped-down, hellaciously rockin’ new blues with the distinctive voice and guitar-work of Murray Kinsley…

Wicked Grin’s latest album “Murder Creek,” released October 2018, has earned widespread industry acclaim and was a semi-finalist for the 2019 IBC Best Self-Produced CD Award.

Ghost Town Blues Band | http://www.ghosttownbluesband.com/
Recently headlining the blues stage at The Montreal Jazz Festival, Beale Street’s latest success story, 5-time Blues Blast Music Award Nominee and International Blues Challenge Runner-up is Ghost Town Blues Band. Not your grandpa’s blues band, their live show has been captivating audiences in the U.S., Canada and Europe with their “second-line horn entrance,” cigar box guitars and electric push brooms to Allman Brothers style jams and even a hip-hop trombone player. The band’s stage show and energy is unparalleled and has been called the best new live blues show in the world.

Horns, harmonies and homegrown instruments combined with an energetic and roots rich festival set makes Ghost Town Blues Band one of the “must see live bands on the festival scene today.” Both Andrew McNeill behind the drums and Matt Karner on the bass guitar are a punishing rhythm section behind multi-instrumentalist/frontman Matt Isbell with raunchy cigar box guitar licks and raspy “Dr. John-like, whiskey and gravel-soaked vocals.” With the addition of Trombonist Suavo Jones, Cedric Taylor on B3 and Taylor Orr on lead guitar, the grooves go from fresh to funky as the band gains more notoriety in the blues festival and jam circuit. Ghost Town Blues Band has performed all across US and Canada at over 100+ festivals and will perform more than a half-dozen international tours in Canada and Europe in 2019.

“GTBB shows what can happen when the past is distilled through young sensibilities, voices, and instruments. This is 21st century blues at its best.”   -Living Blues Magazine

2019 B.B. King International Entertainer of the Year Nominee – Maple Blues Awards (Canada)
2018- #4 Billboard Blues Chart
2018 Tennessee Music Award Winner “Best Blues Band”
2018 3-Time Blues Blast Music Award Nominee

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Jack de Keyzer

Saturday, December 14, 2019 | 8:30pm

Jack de Keyzer
$25 Advance / $30 Door

* Now nominated for Best Electric Act of the Year for the 2020 Maple Blues Awards

“The finest blues guitarist in Canada.” – Jeff Healey

Guitarist, Singer, Songwriter Jack de Keyzer plays the blues world wide, from Alert, Arctic Circle to Puerto Escondido, Mexico; from Athens, Greece to Hornby Island, BC and many points between. One of Canada’s most awarded and  in demand live performers and session guitarists, Jack has released 10 CD’s and 1 DVD. He has also played on hundreds of recordings and live sessions with artists ranging from Etta James to Ronnie Hawkins and Bo Diddley to Blue Rodeo.  He is an exciting live performer, soulful vocalist and world class song writer and performs an average of 120 shows per year. De Keyzer has brought audiences to their feet at many major Jazz and Blues Festivals including the Montreal Jazz Fest, Blues Sur Seine (France) The Ottawa Blues Festival and Puerto Blues, (Mexico).  A much celebrated musician, de Keyzer has been nominated for the Juno (Blues Album of the Year) 5 times and won the Juno twice in 2003 and 2010. He has won 7 Maple Blues Awards (Canada’s national blues awards) , first place in the International Songwriting Competition and won CBC’s Great Canadian Blues Award from a poll of radio listeners. Always touring with an incredible band, Jack will have you rocking in your seat and swaying to his hot  blues, soulful r&b and cool soul jazz. World class.

 “If Jack de Keyzer was from Chicago, New York or LA, he’d be famous.” Bob Dylan

“Electric Love…a rock blues album with nods to guitar influences Clapton, Hendrix and Page… a disc of excellent new songs by a bluesman who should be considered their equal.” (Maple Blues) 

Two-Time Juno Award Winner 
Seven-Time Maple Blues Award Winner

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Carlos del Junco

Saturday, December 7, 2019 | 8:30pm

Carlos del Junco
$30 Advance / $35 Door *

Carlos del Junco: harmonica / vocals
Eric St. Laurent: guitars
Henry Heillig: bass
Danny Lockwood: drums

It’s probably a good thing Carlos wasn’t there when the harmonica appeared in North America in the 1860s. Neil Young and Bob Dylan can probably roll with it when he says they are very mediocre harmonica players. Aspiring harmonica players Wyatt Earp and Billy the Kid might have overreacted and pulled out their pistols…

To say that Carlos is just a harmonica player is like saying Jimi Hendrix was just a guitar player. He blows the blues harp through a prism — suddenly it seems he’s holding every color in the musical rainbow right there in his hands.

Simultaneously sophisticated and raw, his playing blurs the boundaries between blues and jazz (hence the name for his band “The Blues Mongrels”). The emphasis is on blues, but Carlos and his band are not afraid to merrily traipse off in other directions delivering a seamless fusion of New Orleans second line grooves, swing, Latin, hip-hop or ska melodies, to swampy roots rock.

Born in Havana, Cuba, del Junco (loosely translated “of the reeds”) immigrated with his family at the age of one. He bent his first note on a harmonica when he was fourteen, making his debut with his high school math teacher at a student talent night. In his early 20’s del Junco was immersed in a visual arts career; he graduated with honours from a four year programme, majoring in sculpture (click here to see photos) at the Ontario College of Art. Sculpture has definitely had an influence on his outlook on music: “Music is just a different way of creating textures and shapes.”

Playing a ten hole diatonic harmonica, Carlos has developed the unique ability to play chromatically by using a recently developed “overblow” technique taught to him by jazz virtuoso Howard Levy. Overall, this approach to the diatonic harmonica, although much more difficult to achieve, is in many ways more expressive and communicative than the mechanized tone produced by the chromatic harmonica . Carlos is one of the few pioneers of this overblow method, bringing musical credibility to what has still been considered by many in the music industry – a fringe folk instrument. The sophisticated sound produced by del Junco is at once sensitive, soulful, and sexy while never forgetting the rawness inherent in blues music.

website: https://www.carlosdeljunco.com
youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9PP3Fv4aBs

 

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Al Lerman and Northern Bayou

Thursday, November 21, 2019 | 8:30pm

Al Lerman and Northern Bayou
$20 Advance / $25 Door *

Celebrated multi-instrumentalist bluesman Al Lerman is considered among the top harmonica players in the country, and he has been heard on countless recordings and live sessions. His prowess on the harmonica has earned him ten Maple Blues Award nominations, while his engaging and dry wit has earned him a loyal following, building a solid career touring as an acoustic solo act.  Al was the founder and leader of the much-loved band FATHEAD, and worked with them from 1992 to 2016, garnering two Juno Awards along the way. In 2016, his standout “Slow Burn” disc made the esteemed world-wide list of Top 100 Blues Albums Of The Year. That same year he also garnered a Maple Blues Award nomination for “Acoustic Act Of The Year”. In 2017 he received a Recognition Award for “Leadership In Arts & Culture” from the County of Peterborough.  His newest album “Northern Bayou” was released on April 12, 2019.

The blues bug bit at a young age when Al was taken to hear the famed duo of Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee at Toronto’s Riverboat coffeehouse. His interest in the music immediately skyrocketed, and over the years he saw the duo no less than forty times. He discovered many blues greats that were regularly touring through the city. Moving into his twenties while playing in local Toronto blues bands, Al sought out many of his musical heroes, seeking both advice and inspiration. He considers himself fortunate to have sat in with blues giants such as Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, Koko Taylor, Sunnyland Slim and many more. A long friendship ensued with Chicago harmonica player Carey Bell who mentored him on the instrument. Hearing him now, there’s no doubt he has learned his lessons well.

Al offers up a tasty acoustic/electric mix of finely crafted blues songs on his third studio album, Northern Bayou. Produced by Alec Fraser and engineered by Grammy Award winner Peter J. Moore, this mostly “live-off-the-floor” recording captures the bluesified spirit created when a bunch of seasoned pros, who also happen to be very good friends, get together to play. It’s a sure-fire winner.

website: https://www.allermanmusic.com/

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Bywater Call CD Release

FILMING NOTICE:
This event will be filmed for promotional use by Hugh’s Room Live.

 

Sunday, November 17, 2019 | 8:30pm

Bywater Call CD Release
$15 Advance / $20 Door *

* Now Nominated for Best New Artist at the 2020 Maple Blues Awards

* Please note that cameras will be on-site for the performance to record the event for promotional purposes. If you wish not to be on camera, please let the host know up entry. Apologies for any inconvenience, folks. 

Born out of a love for southern soul, blues and roots music and a passion to create a powerful and moving experience for listeners, Toronto band Bywater Call was formed by singer Meghan Parnell and guitar player Dave Barnes in 2017 along with Bruce McCarthy on drums, Mike Meusel on Bass and Alan Zemaitis on Keys. In 2018, a 2-piece horn section was added in the form of Stephen Dyte on Trumpet and Julian Nalli on Tenor Sax.

In the short time since, the band has made waves in the Toronto Blues scene and the Festival Circuit, playing Main Stages at the Tremblant International Blues Festival, Donnacona Blues Festival, The TD Toronto Jazz Festival, the Toronto Beaches Jazz Festival and the Markham Jazz Festival, to name a few.

“My favourite thing from this year’s festival … what a beautiful discovery.” – Nathalie Leblond, Poprock

In early 2020 Bywater Call will tour Europe through 9 countries in 45 days.

A true testament to the band’s strong, stirring and inspiring live performance is that this has all come about before the recording and release of their self-titled album, set to debut on Nov 22, 2019.

With elements of jam band, traditional blues, soul and rock and roll, with touches of New Orleans, Alabama and small town Ontario, with influences from The Band to Duane Allman to Aretha Franklin to Otis Redding to Elmore James, with solid musicianship based in jazz, and with gritty, raw and emotional vocals, Bywater Call seeks to strike to the core of all who listen.

“Meghan has a superb voice with just that slight rasp.” – Larry Vidal Hayes FM 91.8 FM – Hayes, UK

“Beauty in simplicity: the real deal.” – John Corcelli CBC National Radio – Music Library / Toronto

“Great voice! Great music” – Kurt Gabriel ECMA-Radio – Austria

In 2019, lead singer Meghan Parnell collaborated with Bill King (Artistic Director Beaches Jazz Fest and former musical director for Janis Joplin and Linda Rondstat), including the recording of a cover of Faye Adams’ SHAKE A HAND which was picked up by over 140 international blues and jazz radio stations and by CBC syndication for morning shows across Canada.

website: http://www.bywatercall.com

youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2tGPWL2LZ6c&feature=youtu.be

 

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