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Mary Fahl formerly of October Project

Sunday, October 20, 2019 | 8:30PM

Mary Fahl formerly of October Project
Advance: $30.00 / Doors: $35.00

Mary Fahl makes music that feels timeless, esoteric and ecumenical.“ – B.Forman, CSINDY

Sounding like no other singer of her generation” (Allmusic.com), Mary Fahl is an expressive, emotional singer/songwriter who first achieved fame as lead singer and co-founder of the mid-1990s NYC- based chamber-pop group October Project. The hallmark of their sound was Mary Fahl’s awe-inspiring power vocals over gorgeous melodies played with passion and sophistication. As a solo artist, Mary has released several compelling albums, including the fantastic re-working of Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” for V2 Records and her wonderful, original studio album “The Other Side of Time” on Sony Odyssey. She has also written and performed songs for several major motion pictures, including the lead song (“Going Home”) for the Civil War epic Gods and Generals. Her most recent album “Live at the Mauch Chunk Opera House”, winner of the Indie Acoustic “Album of the Year” award, is a collection of twenty-four tracks recorded live at one of America’s oldest vaudeville theaters that captures the soaring, soul-permeating vocals and musical breadth that makes the Mary Fahl concert experience what the Portland Press called “soul-permeating”. The show was filmed for PBS and is currently airing on PBS affiliates around the country. Fahl’s elegant, cinematic songs draw on classical and world music sources, American art song, as well as thinking man’s folk-pop which she performs with an earthy, viscerally powerful contralto that Boston Globe critic Steve Morse calls “a voice for the gods that can transport listeners to other realms”. Her music appeals to a wide range of musical enthusiasts, including a large, loyal fan base of Mary Fahl evangelists.

Fahl, who hails from Rockland County, NY, lives in an idyllic setting in eastern Pennsylvania with her husband. Their 17th century house overlooking the Delaware River – complete with waterfall and surrounded by acres of gardens and woods, inspires Mary’s ongoing songwriting.

Website: http://maryfahl.com
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Twitter: @maryfahlmusic
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Martin Simpson

Friday, October 4, 2019 | 8:30PM

Martin Simpson
Advance $25.00 / Door $30.00 *

There is no doubt that after 45 years as a professional musician Martin is, right now, better than ever. Widely acknowledged as one of the finest acoustic and slide guitar players in the world, his interpretations of traditional songs are masterpieces of storytelling. His solo shows are intense, eclectic, spellbinding and deeply moving.

There is no-one who has more successfully combined the diverse elements of British, Afro-American and old-timey music than Simpson. His 15 years living in the US were well spent. In addition his own songwriting has produced some real gems, from the truck-stop epic, “Love Never Dies” to the profoundly moving “Never Any Good” and “One Day”.

His career includes collaborations on stage and record with Richard Hawley, Richard Thompson, June Tabor, Kelly Joe Phelps, Jackson Browne, Danny Thompson, Danú, Martin Carthy, Cara Dillon, David Lindley, Roy Bailey, Martin Taylor, David Hidalgo, Steve Miller, Dick Gaughan, Dom Flemons and many more.

Martin has been nominated an astounding 27 times in the fifteen years of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards – more than any other performer – with 9 consecutive years as nominee for Musician of The Year, which he has won twice. The year 2008 saw an incredible 5 nominations for “Prodigal Son’ and 2 wins, whilst in 2010 he had an unprecedented 6 nominations for his CD, “True Stories” and a win for Best Traditional Track, “Sir Patrick Spens”. 2012’s nominations for Martin include, Best Album for ‘Purpose & Grace”, Best Traditional Track for “The Lakes Of Ponchartrain” and Best Musician. In 2014 his album, ‘Vagrant Stanzas’ was nominated for Album Of The Year, but it was a member of The Full English that he collectively took home awards that year, for Best Group and Album Of The Year. 2015 saw him working in a new trio with the wonderful Andy Cutting and Nancy Kerr and they also released an album together, ‘Murmurs’, to wide, critical acclaim. He is currently working on new material for his next solo album.

Whether playing American old-time music, blues, a Dylan song or his own material, Martin Simpson is unpredictable, individual and a guitarist of immense subtlety.

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The Jitters

Saturday, September 28, 2019 | 8:30PM

The Jitters
Advance $25.00 / Door: $30.00 *

Always fun, funny, irreverent and rockin’, The Jitters return to Hugh’s Room Live after an 18-month absence. Snarky, sarcastic, the pop-rockers may not look like they did in their heyday but they deliver a great evening of laughs and catchy songs.

The Jitters (singer Blair Packham, guitarist Danny Levy and bassist Matthew Greenberg) originally formed in 1981. They recorded with super-producer Bob Ezrin, made an independent video in 1984 for the song “Take Me As I Am” and eventually got a record deal with Capitol-EMI Music of Canada. Along the way, they picked up David Quinton Steinberg on drums (who has been the driving force behind the band’s latter-day reunions). In 1986, The Jitters opened for Huey Lewis and the News at the Canadian National Exhibition, tied for third place in Q107’s Homegrown Contest with the song “Last of the Red Hot Fools.” They opened for The Kinks, The Byrds, Kim Mitchell, Rik Emmett, and in 1988, they played support for Heart on their UK tour, ending the tour with three sold-out nights at Wembley Arena. Nominated for a Juno Award that spring, the Jitters flogged their debut album across Canada, and then began writing for their second album with producer Jules Shear.

With a total of 5 Top 20 hits in Canada to their credit, the Jitters are enjoying playing together again, and looking forward to the release of the Universal Music best-of compilation which will include two new songs.

Youtube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=-sgWpUuaDRM

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Elizabeth Shepherd + Michael Occhipinti

Monday, June 24, 2019 | 8:30PM

Elizabeth Shepherd + Michael Occhipinti
Advance: $25.00 / Doors: $30.00

Elizabeth Shepherd
Velvety-voiced pianist Elizabeth Shepherd arrived on the international scene in 2006 when her debut album Start To Move was voted one of the top jazz albums of the year by the listeners of the influential Gilles Peterson Show on BBC Radio Worldwide. Since then, the Montreal-based soul-jazz innovator has established herself as one of the most alluring and imaginative artists on the scene today. Versed in equal parts Stevie Wonder, Salvation Army brass bands and classical sonatas, it is perhaps no surprise that this globetrotting talent has developed such a distinct and unique voice.

Elizabeth has been hailed as “a jazz virtuoso blessed with a pop sensibility”, praised by critics worldwide for her arrestingly original writing and soulful delivery. 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.

The four-time JUNO nominee (Canada’s Grammy equivalent) has released four widely acclaimed records and toured extensively in North America, Europe, Japan and Mexico. She has sold out legendary clubs from Tokyo to Detroit, played major festivals like Montreal and North Sea Jazz Festivals, shared the stage with Victor Wooten, Branford Marsalis and Christian McBride, and opened for Jamie Cullum at The Hollywood Bowl. Elizabeth is also the only jazz vocalist to ever have been long listed for the Polaris Prize – Canada’s most prestigious music prize – an honour she has received twice.

On her most recent and fifth album The Signal Shepherd has teamed up with guitar genius and Herbie Hancock band member Lionel Loueke as she continues to create jazz for a new generation. Released worldwide through Linus Entertainment (eOne), The Signal has received international acclaim.

Michael Occhipinti
Michael Occhipinti is a versatile, sound-sculpting guitarist and composer/arranger, who has spent decades freely moving between jazz, chamber music, world music, r&b/funk, and anything involving modern guitar sounds.  A nine-time JUNO Award nominee, Michael leads several acclaimed groups including The Sicilian Project, Shine On: The Universe of John Lennon, The Triodes, and the 16-piece group NOJO (Neufeld-Occhipinti Jazz Orchestra).  Michael’s newest group IN ORBIT features Jeff Coffin (Dave Matthews Band) on saxophone, and Felix Pastorius on bass.

Michael’s creative guitar playing has made him the ideal compliment to a diverse range of groups, including modern jazz singer Elizabeth Shepherd, Indian fusion group Avataar, and chamber group The Gryphon Trio.  He’s as happy playing clean rhythm guitar with his funk band Grooveyard as he is creating stunning ambient sounds behind vocalists such as Italy’s Pilar.  The range of Michael’s musical experience is best illustrated in the many celebrated musicians Michael has performed with, including The Cecilia String Quartet, Divine Brown, Don Byron, Bruce Cockburn, Jeff Coffin, Joe Lovano, The Toronto Symphony, Laila Biali, The Art of Time Ensemble, Ray Anderson, Dave Douglas, Sam Rivers, Tony Allen, Andrea Bocelli,  and Kenny Wheeler. Michael Occhipinti’s touring resume includes The Umbria Jazz Festival (Italy), the Festival Cultural de Zacatecas (Mexico), the Jazz Yatra (India), The Ubuntu Project (Netherlands), Musikfest (USA), and the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival (Canada).

Currently, he’s on tour with Elizabeth Shepherd and we’re delighted he has decided to bring their act to Hugh’s Room Live this June. Tickets available right now.

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Andrea Koziol and Bill Brennan CD Release

Sunday, June 23, 2019 | 8:30PM

Andrea Koziol and Bill Brennan CD Release
Advance $25.00 / Door $30.00 *

Vocalist Andrea Koziol and pianist Bill Brennan met a very long time ago at a most illustrious birthday party for a one year old Newfoundlander. Early into their very first conversation they realized that they were a jazz match made in heaven. It wasn’t long before they were booking gigs together in Toronto’s finest jazz concert venues, roots and jazz festivals across the country, and making regular live appearances on the CBC. They gathered a loyal fan base, made a critically acclaimed independent CD, collaborated with some of the city’s finest players, toured in borrowed cars, slept in bathtubs, wrote and arranged music together till all hours of the morning, and generally lived like kings. Eventually, their own musical careers carried them in different bright and beautiful directions, but despite their physical distance they continued to collaborate on projects whenever possible.

In 2018 they joined forces once again on a jazz recording project celebrating everything that brought them together in the first place. It’s a collection of music that spans almost 100 years of fantastic songwriting, performed by musicians who are not afraid to explore and improvise and jump from any cliff they can find. It’s a spirited conversation full of flat 13s between the best of friends…and they hope you enjoy eavesdropping.

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Cabana Room Acoustic Reunion II

Sunday, June 16, 2019 | 8:00PM

Cabana Room Acoustic Reunion II
Advance: $25.00 / Doors: $30.00

Welcome to the second night of an all-acoustic two-night reunion featuring the regulars from a legendary music room in the heart of Toronto. The Cabana Room (atop the Spadina Hotel) was the incubator of the original Toronto music scene, and Jimmy Scopes was our seemingly curmudgeonly host. He’s not here to hear it but we’re gathering to pay musical tribute. Thank you, Jimmy Scopes!

Night two of the muso-travaganza cotinues on Sunday, June 16 with an 8pm downbeat. The mostly (but not exclusively) electric shenanigans are hosted by Arlene Bishop and feature some of Jimmy’s favourite music: Steve Ellis, Steve Ranger, and Bob Vezpaziani (API), Tony Malone (Drastic Measures, Basketcase), Blair Packham (The Jitters), Dave Dysart (The Supreme Bagg Team), The Dave Howard Singers, Garage Baby, Fergus Hambleton (The Basics, The Sattalites), Gord Cumming (The Lawn, The Woods are Full of Cuckoos), Gordon Shawcross (Monkey Trial), and Mr! Mouray (Jaimie Vernon w/ Simon Bedford-James). Fans from three decades of great pop, folk, funk, and punk will recognize the attitude and latitude of Jimmy Scopes that helped to form the Toronto Queen West music scene.

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The Tiki Collective Jazz Brunch

Sunday, June 16, 2019 | 2:00PM

The Tiki Collective Jazz Brunch
Advance $25.00 / Doors $30.00

The Tiki Collective is a group of individuals who make music that is a blend of Exotica (Polynesian), Pop, Classical, Surf and Jazz. The Tiki Collective members are based in Toronto, Canada and have been performing together live since 2016. Their debut CD, Muse, has just been released and is available for listening and purchase now at http://smarturl.it/tcmuse. It’ll be perfect over eggs and bubbles. The band this month will feature:

Vocalists
Heather Luckhart, Lily Frost, Jocelyn Barth, Denielle Bassels

Instrumentalists
Eric St-Laurent, George Koller, Great Bob Scott, Michael Davidson and Bill McBirnie

The Tiki Collective CD “MUSE” is produced by Jaymz Bee and Jono Grant with executive producer, Lorenzo DiGianFelice. It will be available at the show and is available on-line!

The Tiki Collective is produced by Jaymz Bee and Jono Grant with executive producer, Lorenzo DiGianFelice.

Doors: 12:30PM
Performance: 2:00PM
Brunch: $25.00

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Miss Emily

Saturday, June 15, 2019 | 8:30PM

Miss Emily
Advance: $25.00 / Doors: $30.00

In the 1990’s a 12 year-old Emily Fennell was making her way around Southern Ontario, singing at county fairs and winning competition after competition. She was literally finding her voice. While the other young vocalists were dazzling crowds with standards like “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” or “I Will Always Love You,” Emily was stunning judges and audiences into silent amazement with K.D. Lang’s version of the Patsy Cline song “3 Cigarettes and an Ashtray”. That song choice and her spellbinding performance of it, says almost all you need to know about the woman who would become Miss Emily. She is never predictable and always willing to take a risk.

Her music spans genres, crosses barriers and creates bridges. Her voice soars to emotional heights and reaches down into the grittiness of the soul. Her performances are foot-stomping, heart-wrenching adventures in rhythm, blues, jazz and rock and roll. For 15 years Miss Emily has captivated listeners across Canada, the US and the United Kingdom with her unique combination of passion and talent.

That passion and talent was cultivated by an unparalleled work ethic. It began with playing night after night after night in bars and nightclubs where she learned her trade and gained a loyal following. Later, she graduated to regional theatres and starred in several Broadway-style shows. This willingness to step outside her comfort zone and learn new techniques paid off by giving her opportunities to become a regular at large outdoor venues like Ottawa Bluesfest. Then, in 2011 in front of 25,000 people outside the tiny town of Bobcaygeon she opened for The Tragically Hip and began a relationship that would change the direction of her career.

Miss Emily’s new record takes the listener on a tour of her experiences and musical influences under the guidance of The Hip’s Gord Sinclair as producer/co-writer/bass player and bandmate Rob Baker as lead guitarist/co-writer.

In Between featuring Gord Sinclair and Rob Baker is the fifth album from Miss Emily. It’s a record that beckons the listener to walk with her as she soulfully strolls the humid streets of Memphis, wanders across the jazz-cool avenues of New York City or dances through raucous and funky block parties in Motown.

One listen and you’ll be compelled to join Miss Emily, Gord Sinclair and Rob Baker on a journey that reveals the vast emotions of love, loss, joyful redemption and everything In Between.

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A Man Called Wrycraft Presents a Tribute to Elvis Costello

Friday, June 14, 2019 | 8:30PM

A Man Called Wrycraft Presents a Tribute to Elvis Costello
Advance: $25.00 / Doors: $30.00

He began his career as part of London’s pub rock scene in the early 1970s and later became associated with the first wave of the British punk and new wave movement that emerged in the mid-to-late 1970s.[7][8] His critically acclaimed debut album, My Aim Is True, was released in 1977. Shortly after recording it, he formed the Attractions as his backing band. His second album, This Year’s Model, was released in 1978, and was ranked number 11 by Rolling Stone on its list of the best albums from 1967–1987. His third album, Armed Forces, was released in 1979, and features his highest-charting single “Oliver’s Army” (number 2 in the UK). His first three albums all appeared on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

This June, A Man Called Wrycraft Presents a tribute to the music of Elvis Costello.

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Cabana Room Acoustic Reunion

Thursday, June 13, 2019 | 8:00PM

Cabana Room Acoustic Reunion
Advance: $25.00 / Doors: $30.00

Welcome to the first of an all-acoustic two-night reunion featuring the cast from a legendary folk room in the heart of Toronto. The Cabana Room (atop the Spadina Hotel) was the incubator of the original Toronto music scene, and Jimmy Scopes was our seemingly curmudgeonly host. He’s not here to hear it but we’re gathering to pay musical tribute. Thank you, Jimmy Scopes!

This June, the Thursday performance is a muso-travaganza of solo and duo (mostly) acoustic performances starting at 8pm. Hosted by Arlene Bishop and featuring a star-studded line-up of musicians who got their start at the Cabana Room: Andrew Cash (L’Etranger), Jason Collett (Lazy Grace, Bird, Broken Social Scene), Jaymz Bee (Look People), Josh Finlayson and Andy Maize (The Skydiggers), Kathryn Rose (Wind May Do Damage & Lazy Grace), Lori Yates (The Last Resorts), Lisa Boudreau and Terry Tomkins (Lost and Profound), Michelle Rumball (Grievous Angels), Noah Mintz (Head), Stephen Stanley (ex-The Lowest of the Low) w/ Chris Bennett, Tom Southcott (Healthy Libido), and Tam and Tash Amabile (The Fatales). Fans from three decades of great pop, folk, funk, and punk will recognize the attitude and latitude of Jimmy Scopes that helped shape the Toronto Queen West music scene.

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