Archive for Blues

Chris Antonik

Chris Antonik
$20 Advance / $25 Door

Thursday, June 20, 2019 | 8:30PM

Toronto-based Chris Antonik was nominated for Best New Artist in 2011 at Canada’s Maple Blues Awards after the release of his debut album, and has since become one of Canada’s fastest-rising blues artists. Blending innovative, thoughtful songwriting with stunning blues guitar work, some music critics have drawn comparisons to Eric Clapton.

In its 2010 year-end review, Chris was named the “future of the blues” by Canada’s Blues Underground Network. In 2013, Chris’ sophomore album Better for You was hailed by critics as “a masterpiece” and “the best Canadian blues-rock album of 2013” and “the sound of someone taking the blues to a new place.

The album spent three weeks at #1 on DAWG FM (Canada’s only all blues FM station), attained significant airplay across Canada, the US and Europe, including on Sirius XM Bluesville, and was nominated for Best Blues Album by the German Record Critics’ Association. Oregon’s Cascade Blues Association called it “one of the finest releases from the Great White North in many a year.

Guests on Better For You included two-time Grammy award-winner Mike Mattison (The Derek Trucks Band, The Tedeschi-Trucks Band), Blues Music award-nominee Shakura S’Aida, and Steve Marriner (Monkey Junk).

Chris has performed at major blues festivals across Canada, and has toured the US extensively, including performances at Buddy Guy’s Legends in Chicago (for the 2015 Buddy Guy’s Legends Blues Festival), and Biscuits & Blues in San Francisco. In 2016, Chris returned to Buddy Guy’s Legends in Chicago, and also undertook his first UK tour. Chris released his third studio record “Monarch” in April 2017, which was nominated fro Recording of the Year (and Chris as producer) at the 2018 Maple Blues Awards. Chris was also nominated for Songwriter of the Year.

​In 2018, Chris undertook his second successful UK tour, which included a sold-out appearance at the O2 Academy in Sheffield. Chris also performed on stage with Buddy Guy at his club in Chicago. Coming up for 2019, Chris returns to his hometown with a special performance at Hugh’s Room Live for a night of blues that shouldn’t be missed. Tickets are on sale now.

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Garrett Mason

Tuesday, June 4, 2019 | 8:30PM

Garrett Mason
Advance: $20.00 / Doors: $25.00

Garrett Mason was raised in Truro, Nova Scotia by his mother Pam, and father, veteran Canadian Bluesman Dutch Mason. His path to become a blues musician started at a very early age; being surrounded by blues music, Garrett’s favorite tapes at 3 years old were Canned Heat and Buddy Rich.

His dad, Dutch Mason, stopped playing guitar before Garrett was born. Although he was not able to teach his son to play, he has certainly been able to teach Garrett the structure of the Blues and to influence him about the resulting sound. Surrounded by his father’s peers, Garrett has had the benefit of hearing and learning from a wide variety of musical talent.

The late Rick Jeffery was a great inspiration to Garrett; they would talk and play for hours together. Rick once said “Garrett is the only guitar player I know that can play Albert Collins’ style down to a T.” The combination of his father’s advice, Jeffery’s guidance and his own natural talents provide that special brew for Garrett to become the musical influence he is destined to be…


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Cootes Paradise

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Coots Paradise
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Cootes Paradise is a collective of six musicians who chose to play together based not only on their talents, but who they are as people. The business of music can be a cold and punishing enterprise, so forming a group comprising of kind, enthusiastic, collaborative individuals was the goal that founding member Lily Sazz had in mind when she began to recruit the musicians. The hope was that if these gifted individuals gelled personally, great music would follow. And she was right.

Cootes Paradise specializes in roots based music that is bluesy, funky, and filled with soul. Featuring lead vocals by the legendary Sue Leonard (k.d. lang, Bruce Willis, Bon Jovi), and Wayne Krawchuk (Sidestreet, Tight Little Island) supported by Mark Volkov (a triple threat, playing flute, sax, and violin), Lily Sazz (keyboards, vocals), Amy Di Nino (drums, vocals), and Ian Taylor (bass, vocals), the result is an infectious, groove-based sound with a mix of super cool covers and originals that easily stand up to the rest of the repertoire.

On April 28, catch their debut performance at Hugh’s Room Live. Tickets available right now.

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A Tribute to Chess Records

Thursday, April 25, 2019 | 8:30PM

Danny Marks Presents a Tribute to Chess Records
Advance $40.00 / Door $45.00 *

Chess Records
Chess was one of the premier blues labels of the 1950s and 60s, also releasing R&B, soul, jazz, gospel and rock. They released records by every major blues artist in Chicago, including John Lee Hooker, Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Elmore James, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, Little Walter and many others.

Danny Marks
If there’s a popular song from 1900 to now, chances are Danny Marks has heard it, and can sing it. And maybe even put a new spin on it: Johnny Cash performing Led Zeppelin’s Whole Lotta Love, or Elvis launching into reggae. An aficionado of the great blues singers of the ’30s and ’40s, Marks was one of the first guitarists to incorporate blues roots into rock music. Now, the popular host of BLUZ FM on JAZZ FM every Saturday night is presenting the music of Chess Records alongside a beautiful cast of some of Toronto’s finest singers and musicians. Follow the links below to see just some of the confirmed performers.

Paul Deslauriers

Jesse O’ Brien

Crystal Shawanda

Cheryl Lescom

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Jack de Keyzer

Saturday, April 13, 2018 | 8:30PM

Jack de Keyzer
$25 Advance / $30 Door

From the great city of Athens, Greece to Alert far north in the Arctic Circle, renowned guitarist and singer-songwriter, Jack de Keyzer, has taken his legendary blues performance around the world and back again. Jack is one of Canada’s most awarded and celebrated live performers and session guitarists. He has released more than ten records over his illustrious career and has played on hundreds of other recordings with artists ranging from Etta James and Ronnie Hawkins to Bo Diddley and Blue Rodeo. He is an astonishing live performer, soulful vocalist and world class songwriter, critically acclaimed by music writers and fellow musicians alike.

The finest blues guitarist in Canada.” – Jeff Healey

Jack has been a Juno Award nominee five times, winning twice for Blues Album of the Year. He has won seven Maple Blues Awards, taken home first place in the International Songwriting Competition and is the proud recipient of CBC’s Great Canadian Blues Award. Today, he can be found at some of the largest jazz and blues festivals around the world, including The Montreal Jazz FestThe Ottawa Blues FestivalBlues Sur Seine and Puerto Blues. With such impeccable credentials, we are of course very pleased to welcome back Jack de Keyzer to Hugh’s Room Live on April 13, 2019.

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Stephen Fearing

Friday, March 22, 2019 | 8:30pm

Stephen Fearing
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Stephen Fearing was born in 1963 in Vancouver, British Columbia and grew up in Dublin, Ireland where his schoolmates included future members of U2. In 1981, he moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota and immersed himself in the music scene, learning the fundamentals of songwriting and performing, all while washing dishes to stay alive.

By 1984 he was back in Vancouver, determined to become a professional musician. In the years since, he’s been named one of the finest songwriters in Canada and has built a national – and international – audience for his music, doing it old school through countless performances at intimate venues and on the concert stages of festivals and theatres across Canada, the US, the UK, and Europe, with appearances at major events like the Reading Festival and WOMAD, to name just a few.

In 1996 he co-founded Blackie and the Rodeo Kings with Colin Linden and Tom Wilson. Originally intended to be a one-off collaboration to record a tribute album of songs written by Canadian folk music legend, Willie P. Bennett, the trio quickly recognized they had created something worthy of further exploration and both critics and audiences agreed. More than 22 years later, with nine albums and a JUNO award to their credit, the band has become one of the most respected names in North American roots-rock. Their musical collaborators are many, but to name a few – Emmy Lou Harris, Nick Lowe, City and Colour, Keb’ Mo’, Jason Isbell, Lucinda Williams, Bruce Cockburn, Sam Phillips, Pam Tillis, Vince Gill, Cassandra Wilson, Serena Ryder, Holy Cole, and Mary Margaret O’Hara.

This March, come celebrate a true gift to Canadian songwriting, Stephen Fearing, as he sets up for an intimate performance at Hugh’s Room Live.

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Rory Block

Sunday, March 17, 2019 | 8:30pm

Rory Block
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“Her playing is perfect, her singing otherworldly as she wrestles with ghosts, shadows and legends.” – The New York Times

Heralded as a living landmark (Berkeley Express), a national treasure (Guitar Extra), and one of the greatest living acoustic blues artists (Blues Revue), Rory Block has committed her life and her career to preserving the Delta blues tradition and bringing it to life for 21st century audiences around the world. A traditionalist and an innovator at the same time, she wields a fiery and haunting guitar and vocal style that redefines the boundaries of acoustic blues and folk. The New York Times declared, “Her playing is perfect, her singing otherworldly as she wrestles with ghosts, shadows and legends.

Rory has so much passion, soul, and depth, and she connects to an audience like only a handful of performers I’ve seen. Besides being an amazing country blues and slide guitarist, singer, and songwriter, Rory is also one of the most qualified interpreters of classic blues. There are few players with a biography as rich as Rory’s, who started her career at 14, playing and hanging around with legends such as Mississippi Fred McDowell and Son House. Her latest album is A Woman’s Soul: A Tribute to Bessie Smith.

 

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Get Lost Jack Frost Blues Night

Thursday, February 28, 2019 | 8:30PM

The Muddy York Blues Machine + Jim Dan Dee Present: Get Lost Jack Frost Blues Night
Advance $25.00 / Door: $30.00

The Muddy York Blues Machine
The Muddy York Blues Machine is a “new blues” band based in Toronto, Canada. With diverse musical backgrounds and influences, the Machine promises its music will be emotionally powerful, well performed, and always played with passion. From the muddy streets of old Toronto to the sky-scraping metropolis it has become, long live the blues.

Jim Dan Dee
The name Jim Dan Dee comes from the expression “Everything is just Jim Dandy”, an old cliché often used with expletives inserted. Toronto-based Jim Dan Dee (affectionately known as ‘J.D.D.’ by their fans) is not only a blues band, but also a character; an idea that embodies the spirit of the music and Jim Stefanuk’s frontman persona. On stage Jim’s intensity is like a man possessed, his soulful baritone voice juxtaposed against cutting vintage guitar tones. Tying the melodies together is the silky-smooth saxophone of Bobby Sewerynek, veteran horn player and former big-band sessionist. The backbeat is solidly held down by Brian McCarthy’s growling bass lines and Shawn Royal’s unmistakably solid meter and slick groove. When you see Jim Dan Dee, you get it, and their electric energy on-stage will leave you craving more. Jim Dan Dee’s self-titled inaugural album was released on October 19 2018. This collection of songs clearly portrays the evolution of JDD’s signature sound, featuring 11 gritty, bluesy and soulful tracks that walk the line between classic blues and modern blues-rock. This album gives you their signature “bourbon fueled motown blues” sound from start to finish.

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Jeff Lang

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Jeff Lang
Advance $30 / Door $35 *

“Australian guitarist Jeff Lang weaves remarkably skilled blues guitar around his songs, effortlessly playing complicated parts but never at the expense of the songs themselves.”
The Onion

“Lang’s only reference point is himself, a unique singer-songwriter-guitarist who follows his own path”
Le Soleil, Quebec

Australian guitarist-songwriter-vocalist-producer, Jeff Lang has built a reputation for making startling music that is accomplished, intricate, gutsy, melodic and loaded with soul. Often taking unexpected turns, he has consistently inspired his audiences by creating a stylistically diverse catalog of over 25 albums.

As legions of journalists have written, Jeff is not one to be easily pegged, though in a general sense it’s fair to say he largely trades in roots-oriented rock; wider reaching in collaborations with the likes of roving guitar anthropologist Bob Brozman, American blues-rocker Chris Whitley, India’s desert-dwellers Maru Tarang and world music virtuosos Bobby Singh and Mamadou Diabate. Jeff’s work with the latter won the 2010 ARIA (Australia’s Grammy) for Best World Music Album, while he and Brozman took one home for Best Blues and Roots Music Album in 2002. Jeff received that same award on his own in 2012.

Jeff has mischievously called his music ‘Disturbed Folk.’ One writer referred to him as a “quiet achiever.” But the overall impression one has from observing Jeff’s lengthy career is that of a driven man who keeps his head down, playing and recording music as if his very life depends on it.

Outside of his homeland, Jeff has toured the UK, Europe, Japan, India, China, South Africa, New Zealand and Canada as well as concentrated work in the U.S., where he has played upwards of 300 shows, living there for 6 months at a time. He has appeared on prestigious American radio programs A Prairie Home Companion, Mountain Stage and Acoustic Café.
Jeff has shared stages with Bob Dylan, Dr. John, Richard Thompson, Bonnie Raitt, Ani Di Franco, Chris Whitley, Albert Collins, Loudon Wainwright III, Greg Brown, John Butler, AR Rahman and Bob Geldolf, among many others.

Jeff has delivered show-stopping performances at festivals all across the globe: The Dublin Blues Festival, Philadelphia Folk Festival, Quebec City Music Festival, Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, Winterhawk Bluegrass Festival, Fuji Rock, Glastonbury, Echo Park China, Ottawa BluesFest as well as on his home turf at Port Fairy, Woodford, Bluesfest Byron Bay and Womadelaide.

Jeff Lang’s unique musical vision easily finds a home in myriad settings, from large festival stages to the intimate, long-running Ann Arbor, Michigan club The Ark to the Sydney Opera House. Most importantly, Jeff Lang has achieved what is a rarity in the cluttered world of contemporary sounds: his own voice.

“Jeff Lang is, in my humble opinion, a national treasure, a truly gifted songwriter and an outstanding guitarist. He has been inspiration to countless Australian and internationally renowned roots artists and surely has a place in history as one of this generation’s finest. He has really touched me and musically, I had a kind of revelation…” –John Butler, John Butler Trio

Jeff will be coming to Hugh’s Room Live this February to showcase the strength of his new record and from across his career. Tickets available right now.

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Alfie Zappacosta

Friday, February 15, 2019

Alfie Zappacosta
Advance $50 / Door $55 *

“You would not be amiss to compare Alfie Zappacosta to a vintage VQA wine.” – The Music Express

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 forty 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.

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