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Cootes Paradise

Saturday, April 18, 2020 | 8:30 PM

Cootes Paradise
Advance $20 / Door $25*

Cootes Paradise specializes in original 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.

“Cootes Paradise”, their self-titled CD and first release, hit the airwaves in November 2017, and has enjoyed impressive reviews, has been consistently charting on the Roots Music Report charts (#11 in Canada all genres & #28 worldwide in blues), and hit #1 and #2 at a few stations throughout N. America, and helped to garner at Maple Blues Award nomination for New Artist/Group of the Year (2018). The CD is a collection of 12 songs that reflects the diverse songwriting styles in the band, and collaborative arrangements that shine a light on the quality of the music.

Join us on April 18 as we gather at Hugh’s Room Live to witness the astounding live performance of Cootes Paradise. Tickets available right now.

website: http://www.cootesparadiseband.ca/
video: https://bit.ly/32hfMfB

* Advertised pricing excludes taxes, ticketing and sustainability fees.

* Ticket Price: $20.00
* Service Fee: $4.00
* Sustainability Fee: $5.00
* HST: $3.77

* Total Ticket Price: $32.77

Marcia Ball with Tommy Castro & The Painkillers

Wednesday, April 8, 2020 | 8:30PM

Marcia Ball with Tommy Castro & The Painkillers
Advance $65 / Door $70 *

Tommy Castro and the Painkillers

“Castro’s aggressive, inspired attack on vocals and guitar is phenomenal.” –Washington Post 

 “Tommy Castro & The Painkillers showcase the power of the blues, soul and down-and-dirty rock ‘n’ roll…rousing and infectious. This is energizing, scorching, soul-shaking music….pure pleasure.” –Living Blues

Whether he’s squeezing out the deepest blues or playing the funkiest soul grooves, legendary blues and soul giant Tommy Castro knows how to ignite a crowd. Over the course of his still-unfolding career, the guitarist, vocalist and songwriter has released 15 albums ranging from horn-fueled soul and R&B to piping hot blues to fiery rock ‘n’ roll. He’s performed all over the world, earning countless fans with his legendary, sweat-drenched, exhilarating live shows. Castro’s band, The Painkillers—bassist Randy McDonald, drummer Bowen Brown and keyboardist Michael Emerson—have now been playing together over four years. After hundreds of live shows, they have coalesced into one of the telepathically tightest units Castro has ever assembled, making them one of the most in-demand live roots music acts performing today. Billboard says the band plays “irresistible contemporary blues-rock” with “street-level grit and soul.”

website: www.tommycastro.com/

Marcia Ball
Marcia Ball, the 2018 Texas State Musician Of The Year, has won worldwide fame and countless fans for her ability to ignite a full-scale roadhouse rhythm and blues party every time she takes the stage. Her rollicking Texas boogies, swampy New Orleans ballads and groove-laden Gulf Coast blues have made her a one-of-a-kind favorite with music lovers all over the world.

With Shine Bright, Ball set out to, in her words, “Make the best Marcia Ball record I could make.” In doing so, she has put together the most musically substantial, hopeful and uplifting set of songs of her five-decade career. Produced by Steve Berlin (Los Lobos) and recorded in Texas and Louisiana, Shine Bright contains twelve songs (including nine originals), ranging from the title track’s rousing appeal for public and private acts of courage to the upbeat call to action of Pots And Pans, a song inspired by renowned Texas political writer and humorist Molly Ivins. From the humorous advice of Life Of The Party to the poignantly optimistic World Full Of Love, the intensity of Ball’s conviction never wavers while, simultaneously, the fun never stops. Shine Bright is exactly the album Ball set out to make.

website: www.marciaball.com

* Advertised pricing excludes taxes, ticketing and sustainability fees.

* Ticket Price: $65.00
* Service Fee: $4.00
* Sustainability Fee: $5.00
* HST: $9.62

* Total Ticket Price: $83.62

Yamaha Presents: Lewis.Brown and Mark McLean’s Playground

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Yamaha Presents: Lewis.Brown and Mark McLean’s Playground
Featuring Larnell Lewis, Rich Brown, Mark McLean, Kelly Jefferson, Kevin Breit, Matt Giffin and Marc Rogers
Advance $20 / Door $25 *

Doors: 6:00pm
Performance: 8:00pm

Lewis.Brown brings together two of Toronto’s most sought-after musicians, Larnell Lewis (drums) and Rich Brown (bass)

Larnell Lewis describes his sound as an eclectic mix of fusion music inspired by Afro and Latin Caribbean sounds, RnB, soul and funk. He is a Toronto-born Grammy Award winning musician, composer, producer, educator and clinician. A 2019 JUNO Award nominee, Lewis has been featured on the cover of Drums Etc, and has performed with various artists ranging from Fred Hammond, Lalah Hathaway, and Lisa Fischer, to Kellylee Evans, Molly Johnson, and Snarky Puppy. Among his many accolades, including the 2004 Oscar Peterson Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music (Humber College), Larnell was named as the fourth recipient of the Toronto Arts Foundation’s Emerging Jazz Award (2017).

Website: http://www.larnelllewismusic.com/
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jd1X5JWaGgQ
Rich Brown has been an active member of Toronto’s culturally diverse music scene since 1992. He has released 3 albums as a leader, and currently tours with New York based saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa. Rich has also lead his own bands rinsethealgorithm and The Abeng and has appeared on over 60 recordings ranging from Jazz to Funk to Latin to traditional Asian and Arabic music.

Website: https://www.facebook.com/Rich-Brown-electric-bassist-298278910378211/
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-U9CCBgv_Sk

Mark McLean’s Playground

Mark McLean is a very dynamic and versatile studio and touring musician.  If you ask him about his biggest musical influences, the answer is likely to take more time than you have. Even if you ask for just the ‘main ones’ the list will go on and on.  And it is a diverse list; from Johann Sebastian Bach to James Brown (and those are only the ‘B’s). And for that reason he has been the grooving spark behind many jazz, pop and soul legends whose music and influence span multiple generations.  The late legendary producer Phil Ramone, who began hiring him for numerous sessions starting in 2003, called McLean “a tasty, sure handed drummer, a song man’s musician”- but that’s only part of the in-demand musician’s powerful story and evolving artistry.  Whether playing a sensitive ballad with Andrea Bocelli, swinging mightily with Jamie Cullum or laying down a funky backbeat for George Michael, Mark McLean is always in his element.

Over the past few years, while maintaining a steady flow of prestigious gigs as a sideman and music director, the Toronto born, New York City based drummer/composer/producer has emerged as a popular band leader, performing numerous gigs with his own group and releasing two acclaimed solo recordings that showcase his expansive musical passions.    In an industry that often prefers pigeonholing to expansive creative expression, the multi-talented artist — whose credo is “I don’t want to be seen as a drummer, I want to be known as a musician whose instrument just happens to be drums” — breaks all the rules on his eclectic 11 track sophomore album Feel Alright, sharing his love for everything from old school soul, down and dirty blues/funk and traditional jazz to Southern folk-pop with a zydeco twist, Rat Pack-like swing, edgy pop/rock and New Orleans brass band music.  Mark believes that freedom from the burden of musical categorization enables him to fully explore his own voice.

Mark McLean – Drums
Kelly Jefferson – Saxophone
Kevin Breit – Guitar
Matt Giffin – Piano & keyboards
Marc Rogers – Bass

Website: https://www.markmclean.com/
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=51MSiAlKiEo&feature=emb_logo

* Advertised pricing excludes taxes, ticketing and sustainability fees.

* Ticket Price: $20.00
* Service Fee: $4.00
* Sustainability Fee: $5.00
* HST: $3.77

* Total Ticket Price: $32.77

Postmodern Jukebox’s Casey Abrams

Monday, March 9, 2020

Postmodern Jukebox’s Casey Abrams
Advance $20  / Door $25*

Doors: 6:00pm
Performance: 8:30pm

A sweet and sometimes Wild-Ass Jazz-Bassist, Funkman, vocalist, & performer, Casey Abrams is an Internet viral sensation whose videos have been viewed by more than 60 million people  worldwide. Casey, who is also known as CaseyBassy, has toured the world many times with the  viral collective Postmodern Jukebox, is now doing a deep dive into  Jazz, the music that first made him love music. His latest CD, “JAZZ,” recently hit Billboard ‘s No. 2 Jazz Spot. It is his first full jazz standards record, and was released in 2019 by audiophile recording label Chesky Records. His 2018 Chesky album, “Put A Spell on You,” displays an eclectic mix of Casey’s new music with some favorites from his landmark 2011 AMERICAN IDOL appearances.

Casey is more than fulfilling his goal, which he announced during  American Idol, to be a welcoming bridge to jazz for a television audience of millions as American Idol’s first upright jazz bass Finalist. Old and new fans are discovering what it’s like to be at close range to this unique, quirky singer/bassist who tailors his set lists to the feeling of each individual audience. Casey always honors the true meaning of jazz, by playing with his gut and his heart, re-inventing his arrangements on stage to send out to his audiences, floating on a fresh musical breeze.

Featuring
Quinton Zigler – Keyboards / Trombone
Matt Parker – Saxophone
Jeremy Viner – Saxophone and Clarinet

website: https://caseybassy.comhttps://postmodernjukebox.com/
youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IUlRavyDP6o

* Advertised pricing excludes taxes, ticketing and sustainability fees.

* Ticket Price: $20.00
* Service Fee: $4.00
* Sustainability Fee: $5.00
* HST: $3.77

* Total Ticket Price: $32.77

New Year’s Eve 2020 with Oakland Stroke

Tuesday, December 31, 2019 | 9:00pm

New Year’s Eve 2020
Oakland Stroke: A Tribute to Tower of Power
Advance $55.00 / Door $60.00 *

Experience the sound and soul of Tower of Power and the GREATEST horn hits of the 70s!

Oakland Stroke faithfully recreates the music of fabled Bay area soul band Tower of Power. The funk, the excitement and the soul. Based in Toronto, Canada, the band is led by Lou Pomanti and Tony Carlucci. Audiences can expect to hear the biggest and baddest hits from the decade, including songs by Blood, Sweat & Tears (Lou is a former member), Earth, Wind & Fire, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations and MORE!

Let’s ring in the new year with good music, good food, good company and a big brass section. Tickets in advance highly recommended.

Introducing, Oakland Stroke! Members include:

Lou Pomanti – keys
Jivaro Smith – lead vocals
Tony Carlucci – trumpet
Chris Howells – trumpet
John Johnson – sax
John Panchyshyn – sax
Simon Wallis – bari sax
Lou Bartolomucci – guitar
Marc Rogers – bass
Steve Heathcote – drums

* All tickets include  midnight toast
* Advertised pricing excludes taxes and fees.

Cootes Paradise

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Coots Paradise
Advance $20 / Door $25 *

2019 Maple Blues Award Nominees, 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.

* Advertised pricing excludes taxes and fees.

Brian Auger

Tuesday, April 23, 2019 | 8:30pm

Brian Auger
Advance: $30.00 / Doors: $35.00

The legendary Brian Auger’s Oblivion Express has returned. The famed B3 and keyboard player, has created a distinct voice that combines jazz, rock, soul and funk, that is clearly recognizable to his millions of fans. With over 20 albums to his name and lengthy stints on the RCA and Warner Bros. labels, Brian Auger has accumulated Grammy Nominations, 10 albums charting in Billboards Hot 100, a #1 single, and the title of “The Godfather of Acid Jazz”. Brian’s bands over the years have featured Rod Stewart, Long John Baldry, Julie Driscoll and even Jimi Hendrix. In addition, Brian has recorded with great luminaries as The Yardbirds, Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, Eric Burdon and Down To The Bone. The latest incarnation of the Oblivion Express is a family affair featuring Karma Auger on drums and Ali Auger on vocals, who live up to the Auger name and make the Oblivion Express smoke. Rave reviews and demands for return engagements follow this artist wherever he goes…

Don’t miss this one, folks. Tickets available right now until they’re gone.

* Advertised pricing excludes taxes and fees.

Oakland Stroke: A Tribute to Tower of Power

Sunday, April 7, 2019 | 7:30PM

Oakland Stroke: A Tribute to Tower of Power
Advance $25.00 / Door $30.00 *

Experience the sound and soul of Tower Power along with their greatest horn hits of the 1970s as local supergroup, Oakland Stroke, takes the stage at Hugh’s Room Live April 7, 2019.

Based in Toronto, Canada, Oakland Stroke faithfully recreates the music of fabled Bay-Area soul band, Tower of Power. The ten-piece band is led by Lou Pomanti and Tony Carlucci. Expect to hear not only the biggest jams from Tower of Power, but other funky icons from that era, including Blood, Sweat and Tears, Stevie Wonder and Earth, Wind and Fire.

Oakland Stroke is…

Lou Pomanti (organ)
Tony Carlucci (trumpet)
George St. Kitts/Jivaro Smith (vocals)
John Johnson tenor (sax)
Marc Rogers/Steve Lucas (bass)
John Findlay /Lou Bartolomucci (guitar)
Steve McDade/Chris Howells (trumpet)
John Panchyshyn (tenor sax, vocals)
Pol Coussee/Simon Wallis (baritone sax)
Steve Heathcote/Bryan Humphreys (drums)
Bernie Sandor (sound)

The Shuffle Demons

Thursday, January 31, 2019

The Shuffle Demons
Advance $25 / Door $30 *

What do you get when you cross 3 amazing saxophonists dressed in wacky clothes, a crazy dancing drummer and a killer upright bass player and have them sing songs about Buses, Roaches and Hockey and spend 1/2 their time playing in the audience? The Shuffle Demons, that’s what! They were a band that captured the imagination of a generation with their antics and amazing no holds barred playing and stopped traffic on a regular basis. And now they’re back…

The Shuffle Demons are a high-energy Canadian band that blends virtuosic jazz and funk playing with eye-catching costumes and over the top stage antics to produce an incredible show. A hit at festivals all over the world, the Shuffle Demons are a crowd pleasing, full-on musical group that backs up wild stage antics with phenomenal playing by a few of Canada’s most talented musicians.

To experience the full might of this uniquely powerful outfit, fans and critics alike demand you witness it firsthand. On the final night of January 2019, come by Hugh’s Room Live and catch The Shuffle Demons in full force. Tickets available now.

* Advertised pricing excludes taxes and fees.