Archive for Danny Marks

BluesIn’ Toronto Presents a Tribute to Muddy + The Wolf * Postponed

Notice of Postponement Due to COVID-19

Monday, March 16, 2020

Like everyone else in the world, Hugh’s Room Live is closely monitoring the situation around the COVID-19 outbreak. Based on the information currently available, we have made the painfully difficult decision to postpone all shows through to the end of April, effective immediately.
If you have tickets for a postponed show, please watch for more information about rescheduling. We will notify every ticket holder when a new date and venue are found for each the shows on our calendar. If you are unable to attend a rescheduled show, we ask everyone to please consider their ticket purchase a donation to Hugh’s Room Live instead of requesting a refund. As a non-profit registered charity, we will gladly send you a tax receipt for the equivalent amount of your purchase.

Like so many art, culture and hospitality organizations, our artists and staff are struggling greatly during this time. We encourage everyone in our audience here to continue supporting live music wherever possible until we reach the other side of this pandemic that has so devastated the arts and culture of our society. We will of course be reevaluating our decision on a daily basis as we navigate the new circumstances around the pandemic, please know that your continued support, understanding and advocacy in the interim will add much-needed sustainability to our venue and industry at large. Thank you.

Thursday, March 19, 2020 

BluesIn’ Toronto Presents a Tribute to Muddy + The Wolf
Featuring Eric Schenkman (of the Spin Doctors), Dan McKinnon, Sean Pinchin, Dylan Wickens and Danny Marks (Host)
Advance $40 / Door $45 *

Doors: 6:00PM
Performance: 8:30PM

MUDDY WATERS wasn’t just a blues legend; he is an American icon. His time in history was before synthesizers and digital compositions, when music was raw. His music was the place a black sharecropper from the Mississippi could empty all of his pain, talent and intellect and make sure the world remembered his name.

HOWLIN’ WOLF was larger life in every respect. As an entertainer, as an individual, and as a bluesman, he was outsized, unpredictable, and always his own man. He was a great blues singer who possessed that quality of egocentric self-absorption that is the mark of the true showman. To many people this may seem contradictory, but Wolf proved that to its natural audience blues is not all pain and suffering, but is instead a kind of release.

Host and fan favourite guitarist DANNY MARKS, Maple Blues winner of Blues With a Feeling Award for Lifetime Achievement, was an iconic rocker from the 60s as a founding member of Edward Bear and an esteemed session musician throughout the 70s. He developed a cult following in the 80s known for music and  humor with a house band gig at Toronto’s famed Albert’s Hall. He hosted national TV show, Stormy Monday, was a star of CBC Radio’s hit series the Hum Line and released 2 original music CDs: Guitarchaeology and True, before paying tribute to Toronto’s R&B roots with Big Town Boy in 2005. In 2012 he returned to his roots with the award winning CD “A Friend In the Blues” and a starring turn as host of HiFi ’s celebrated TV series “Cities In Blue”. Well known as host of JAZZ FM’s Saturday night radio show,, Danny continues to perform in to delighted fans of the blues, roots and rock ‘n’ roll.

You may have seen ERIC SCHENKMAN, onstage before thousands of fans worldwide with the Spin Doctors. He is one of the band’s not-so-secret weapons — a vital songwriter and virtuoso guitarist who crafted the ‘90s band and co-wrote all five of their Top 100 hits. He also worked with Chico Hamilton, Carly Simon, Natalie Merchant, Noel Redding, Phoebe Snow and Corky Laing, among many other notable musicians.

Singer, guitarist, songwriter, bandleader and creator of Stone Free Tribute to Jimi Hendrix.  Canadian recording artist, DYLAN WICKENS, twenty years into a career continues to reinvent and challenge himself.  Whether touring and recording with Dylan Wickens Band, his Hendrix tribute or the latest project, guitar and drums duo, Northern Social, he’s all in ; all the time. Wickens has performed with and/or opened shows for artists including Downchild Blues Band, Pat Travers, Sonny Landreth, Kevin Breit, David Wilcox, Serena Ryder, Shakura S’Aida, and the late Jeff Healey.  Having twice won the Toronto Blues Society New Talent Search, a nominee at The Maple Blues Awards, and with Nationally charted songs to his credit, he continues to create and blur the edges of the traditional blues sound; never content to rely on tradition.

Juno nominee slide-guitar-hero SEAN PINCHIN is back with eight-song blues tour-de-force: Bad Things. His 2016 breakthrough album Monkey Brain nabbed him a 2017 Juno Nomination for Blues Album of the Year and cemented his reputation as a guitar player’s guitar player. The album took his singing to a new level and turned heads with his best songs yet. One reviewer’s description summed up many people’s reaction to Sean’s killer brand of modern blues: “track after track built from masterfully infectious riffs with lyrics as smart as one might hear from a top-notch pop songsmith … power, drive and gobs of style.” (Duane Verh, Roots Music Report) Bad Things continues where Monkey Brain left off: BIG riffs, heartfelt gritty singing and songs that will be earworms for weeks after only a couple of listens. Sean puts the history of blues guitar music into a blender and it comes out all dirty and grimy, sounding at once like something you’ve never quite heard before, while remaining true to the lineage that Sean so clearly reveres. The overwhelmingly positive reaction to Monkey Brain(2016) and Sean’s increasingly compelling live show saw him graduate to many larger theatre and festival stages in the years since he released Rustbucket(2013).

Toronto-based blues/rock guitarist DAN McKINNON has been working hard to establish himself as a Canadian Blues artist on the rise. Following the success of his debut full-length album As Sharp As Possible (2013 Canadian Blues Debut of the Year from the Blues Underground Network) and a year where he won the 2017 Toronto Blues Society’s Talent Search and the Amy Louie Grossman’s Music Scholarship, he is back with a brand new album The Cleaner, a ten-song collection of raucous, hard-hitting blues/rock that has pays homage to the music’s greats, all while keeping an eye on where blues can go in the years to come. Esteemed music blog Blues Rock Review once wrote, “With one great lick, a genre can don a new face, a new energy and excitement. Enter Toronto native Dan McKinnon…from the slow and soulful to the edgy solos that really bite, the road ahead knows no limits.”

* 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

Blues Party Tonight with Danny Marks

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Blues Party Tonight with Danny Marks
Tickets: $150

Doors: 6:00pm
Performance: 7:30pm

Get ready for a showcase of Toronto’s top blues talent.

BLUZ.FM host Danny Marks is joined by some of Canada’s most renowned blues musicians and emerging artists for one night only at Hugh’s Room Live on Wednesday, February 26.

Enjoy performances by Harrison Kennedy, Paul Reddick, Alison Young, Jenie Thai, Anwar Khurshid, Carolyn Fe, Bill and Jesse King, and many more. They’ll all be backed by the house band featuring keyboardist Jesse O’Brien, drummer Matt Burns and bassist Justine “the Bass Machine” Fischer.20 *

Juno Award winner Harrison Kennedy is a music legend all around the world, having taken his homespun, globetrotting blues to Europe and back. His origins with the group Chairmen of the Board give him that lasting Motown cred.

Paul Reddick, known as “Canada’s poet of the blues,” has many awards under his harmonica belt and brings a profound lyricism to every note he sings and plays.

Bill and Jesse King are the celebrated co-hosts of Soul Nation on JAZZ.FM91. Bill King’s music legacy is legendary, while his son Jesse is an award-winning musician on the cutting edge of mixing modern and timeless funk.

Montreal-based actress, singer, songwriter, broadcaster and activist Carolyn Fe brings a touch of Mae West to her stage show. She likes her blues on the edge and off-centre.

The sensational Alison Young is on every band leader’s list as the first call for support. This time, the sassy saxophonist steps into the spotlight and will dazzle with her soulful diversity.

Rising star Jenie Thai is an accomplished singer-songwriter and pianist who is capturing hearts across Canada and beyond. Her composition Now Is All You Have is a JAZZ.FM91 fave.

Anwar Khurshid is a genre-bending sitar master who will lend an exotic touch to the proceedings. His experience in both blues and classical music will come to the fore.

Matt Burns and Justine “the Bass Machine” Fischer make up a fine young rhythm section well known as the heartbeat of Hamilton. The two will bring their deep groove over to Toronto to back up all the features in Blues Party Tonight.

And last but not least, Danny Marks is our congenial master of ceremonies, well known to JAZZ.FM91 listeners as Saturday night’s host of BLUZ.FM. He promises a night of spontaneous combustion in music and spirit, featuring all the many colours of the blues.

For tickets, head to Jazz FM.

Etta James Tribute

Thursday, October 24, 2019 | 8:30pm

Etta James Tribute
$40 Advance / $45 Door

BluesIn’ Toronto

Danny Marks

Crystal Shawanda
Cheryl Lescom
Quisha Wint
Miss Emily
Shahi Teruko

Few female R&B stars enjoyed the kind of consistent acclaim Etta James received throughout a career that spanned six decades; the celebrated producer Jerry Wexler once called her “the greatest of all modern blues singers,” and she recorded a number of enduring hits, including “At Last,” “Tell Mama,” “I’d Rather Go Blind,” and “All I Could Do Was Cry.” At the same time, despite possessing one of the most powerful voices in music, James only belatedly gained the attention of the mainstream audience, appearing rarely on the pop charts despite scoring 30 R&B hits, and she lived a rough-and-tumble life that could have inspired a dozen soap operas, battling drug addiction and bad relationships while outrunning a variety of health and legal problems.

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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

* Advertised pricing excludes taxes and ticketing fees.