Friday, November 8, 2019 | 8:30pm
The Songs of Nick Drake
$40 Advance / $45 Door *
The Songs of Nick Drake has been Luke Jackson’s labour of love project for the last fifteen years. Luke was friends with Nick’s string arranger Robert Kirby, working together on one of Luke’s albums before Kirby’s untimely death in 2009. Luke performed at Kirby’s memorial concert in London and has been one of a handful of people to be entrusted with his legendary string arrangements for the songs from Nick’s albums Five Leaves Left and Bryter Layter.
The show toured Ontario and Quebec in 2012, garnering ecstatic reviews everywhere it went, and it has played over the years in Toronto at Trinity St. Paul’s, The Bathurst Street Theatre and The Church Of The Holy Trinity. After the show sold out at Hugh’s Room Live last fall it has been fortunately expanded to two nights.
Featured performers include Patricia O’Callaghan, David Celia, Elizabeth Shepherd, Marla, Mitch Girio, Lisa Boudreau (Lost and Profound) and more to be confirmed. The rhythm section is the superlative pairing of drummer Mark Mariash and bassist Maury Lafoy. The string quartet includes well known Toronto players Sahra Featherstone, Wendy Solomon, Johann Lotter and Alex Cheung.
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Monday, June 24, 2019 | 8:30PM
Elizabeth Shepherd + Michael Occhipinti
Advance: $25.00 / Doors: $30.00
Featuring Marc Nelson (drums) and Remi-Jean LeBlanc (bass)
Blending jazz with soul, funk, and her own boundless creativity, Elizabeth Shepherd’s voice has been called “Arrestingly soulful….irresistibly hip” and she has been hailed as “a jazz virtuoso blessed with a pop sensibility”. 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.
Michael Occhipinti‘s chameleon-like guitar playing has been called “magical” with a sound and approach that is distinctly his own. A nine-time JUNO Award nominee, Michael Occhipinti’s many musical projects showcase both his own genre-crossing original music , and his brilliance at interpreting everything from Sicilian Music to iconic songwriters.
Elizabeth Shepherd and Michael Occhipinti have been featured in each other’s projects for almost a decade, with Elizabeth at the centre of Michael Occhipinti & Shine On: The Universe of John Lennon, and Michael touring as a member of Elizabeth’s group, including a May European tour promoting her brilliant last album MONTRÉAL. As co-leaders, they mix their respective repertoires, as well as paying tribute to songwriters they love such Canadian luminaries Bruce Cockburn and Gordon Lightfoot. Elizabeth Shepherd and Michael Occhipinti will be recording their first duo record of new material in June 2019, centred around poets nominated for the famed Griffen Poetry Prize
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