Sunday, June 2, 2019 | 8:30pm
Leonard Cohen Koans with Jane Siberry
Advance $40.00 /Door $45.00 *
Australian vocalist Ali Hughes plays Toronto’s beloved Hugh’s Room this June, celebrating Leonard Cohen with her critically acclaimed narrative concert, LEONARD COHEN KOANS!
Buoyant and vigorous in its celebration of the music and spirit of the iconic legend, LEONARD COHEN KOANS is a must see for Cohen lovers and newcomers alike – the critically acclaimed show being hailed as
“Spine-tingling” (SX Magazine)
“… Hands down the best I’ve ever heard!” (nytheater.com).
Supported by outstanding jazz musicians, LEONARD COHEN KOANS moves from ethereal to full throttle in a heartbeat through a thoughtfully curated collection of Cohen’s famous poetry, prose and song. As well as lesser known gems such as ‘The Guests’ and ‘The Butcher’, you will hear Cohen favourites – ‘If It Be Your Will’, the magnificent ‘Chelsea Hotel #2’, and the undeniable masterpiece ‘Suzanne’ – in all new arrangements highlighting the dynamism and intimacy in his incredible musicality.
Inspiring, passionate, intimate and sincere, LEONARD COHEN KOANS gives you another chance to savour the creative spirit with which he so exquisitely courted the world.
“… Ali & the thieves majorly succeeds!!” –Amber Gallery, nytheater.com NYC
“… Sensual, enigmatic… intense warmth, startling range.” -Veronica Hanlon, SX Magazine
“… Exceptionally well-crafted…***1/2 out of ****” -Michael Giltz, Huffington Post NYC
Opening guest and moderator for Q+A at end of show: Jane Siberry
Friday, May 31, 2019 | 8:30pm
$40 Advance / $45 Door
Ali Hughes to do a sampler from her “Leonard Cohen Koans” show, followed by a performance by Jane Siberry.
Iconic and enigmatic; Jane Siberry is one of the world’s most unique and gifted singer/songwriters. Blessed with a sincere integrity and emotional depth, her work has spanned 3 decades, with the release of 14 studio albums and performances on concert stages around the world.
Her 1985 album The Speckless Sky was a huge critical and commercial success and the follow up albums The Walking, Bound By Beauty, When I Was A Boy and her signature song Calling All Angels cemented her status as one of the world’s foremost performance artists. Jane’s recent album Angels Bend Closer has been released to rapturous acclaim and she will be performing tracks from this alongside her classics some new songs as yet unrecorded. A Canadian native, Jane’s songs have been covered by numerous artists, with particular success by k.d. lang on her stunning renditions of Love is Everything and the 23rd psalm-inspired The Valley.
She is recognized as a forward-thinking artist, using her creativity both in song and in how she operates in the music business. She was one of the first to setup ‘self-determined transactions’ (otherwise known as ‘pay what you wish’) on her website. Preferring to create without grants or fundraisers (though she had a very successful one for her last recording), she continues to explore coaching, webinars, online fashion stores and passive income streams in order to ‘keep the joy up’ and remain aware that ‘it is a privilege to be a musician’. This is guaranteed to be a very special evening with Jane performing some of her most beautiful music.
She is on tour for 7 months from November 2018 until June 2019 in Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Europe and the USA performing in formal concert halls and living rooms with her style and enthusiastic aplomb.