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Los Variants

Friday, June 7, 2019 | 8:30PM

Los Variants
Advance $20.00 / Door $25.00 *

Los Variants is the brainchild of Vince Maccarone. This seven-piece super multicultural collective combines elements of Jazz, AfroFunk, Cuban and Middle Eastern melodies to create a seamless mosaic of international groove. Los Variants’ personnel is made up of some of Canada’s top musicians such as Michael Occhipinti on guitar, Algerian superstar Fethi Nadjem on violin, Justin Gray on bass and bass veena, Vince Maccarone on drums and Chendy Leon on percussion and vocals. Each show also features special guest artists ranging from Lady Sol, Yeti Ajasin, Demetri Petsalakis and Andrew McAnsh. The members of Vince Maccarone’s Los Variants have won and been nominated for numerous awards, including a couple Junos and Doras over their collective and individual careers. Now, these award-winning performers will be bringing all of their rich musical history to Hugh’s Room Live on June 20, 2019. Be prepared to move and groove at a Los Variants show, folks. Tickets are on sale right now.

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Jane Siberry

Jane Siberry
$40 Advance / $45 Door

Friday, May 31, 2019 | 8:30pm
Ali Hughes to do a sampler from her “Leonard Cohen Koans” show, followed by a performance by Jane Siberry.

Saturday, June 1, 2019 | 8:30pm
Ali Hughes to do a sampler from her “Leonard Cohen Koans” show, followed by a performance by Jane Siberry.

Sunday, June 2, 2019 | 8:30pm
Jane opens the show, followed by a full performance of “Leonard Cohen Koans” and a post-show Q+A 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.

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

“Heart-stopping” (www.theatermania.com)

“Spine-tingling” (SX Magazine) 

“… Hands down the best I’ve ever heard!” (nytheater.com).

Best known in Canada for her work touring and recording as a backing vocalist for Jane Siberry, Ali is making a name for herself in music and cabaret circles with her dynamic performance, sensuous voice and captivating presence.

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

Jane Siberry

Jane Siberry
$40 Advance / $45 Door

Friday, May 31, 2019 | 8:30pm
Ali Hughes to do a sampler from her “Leonard Cohen Koans” show, followed by a performance by Jane Siberry.

Saturday, June 1, 2019 | 8:30pm
Ali Hughes to do a sampler from her “Leonard Cohen Koans” show, followed by a performance by Jane Siberry.

Sunday, June 2, 2019 | 8:30pm
Jane opens the show, followed by a full performance of “Leonard Cohen Koans” and a post-show Q+A 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.

13go CD Release with Vernon Reid

Thursday, May 30, 2019 | 8:30PM

13go CD Release with Vernon Reid
Advance $30.00 / Doors $35.00 *

This is an ambitious record with great playing!” – Terry Brown (Rush, Blue Rodeo)

13go was born of the partnership of Drummer Aubrey Dayle (James Blood Ulmer, David Murray, John Popper) and guitarist Kim Ratcliffe (David Clayton Thomas, Ron Sexsmith, Holly Cole). The two have worked together in various creative projects for over a decade in the Toronto scene. They collaborated with bassist Brad Cheeseman in a group called On Topic for two years before the formation of 13go. The winds of change hit both of them, and this new group was born. Aubrey reached out to one of Toronto’s legendary bassist Ian DeSouza (Kevin Breit, LAL, Tabla Ensemble), to join the current lineup. He also enlisted his bandmate and friend from the James Blood Ulmer and Memphis Blood group, Vernon Reid (the great guitarist from the group ‘Living Colour’) to produce and play as a guest on the Upcoming release of the band’s new album called “Domestic Tranquility

Aubrey Dayle – Drums
Kim Ratcliffe – Guitar
Ian deSouza – Bass
Vernon Reid – Guitar / Producer

AUBREY DAYLE’S musicianship began at the age of 5 when he started to study the accordion and the piano. Formally trained at McGill University and Manhattan School of Music, in classical and jazz percussion, Aubrey has performed in a variety of diverse situations. He has toured with James ‘Blood’ Ulmer, Hassan Hakmoun, God Street Wine, Sam Rivers, and Ernest Ranglin. As part of the John Popper Band, he played on both the David Letterman and the Jay Leno shows. He has also performed at Carnegie Hall with the New York Metro Mass Choir.

Aubrey continues to work with James ‘Blood’ Ulmer in a trio, The Music Revelation Ensemble, and with his Memphis Blood Blues band that features guitarist Vernon Reid. In ‘Blood’ Ulmer’s own remarks: “I play off his beat, his beat runs up and down my spine.”  “My id: Featuring Aubrey Dayle” has included Vernon Reid as a special guest both in this 2004 release and in “My id: Jewel” (2012). “Live Revival: Aubrey Dayle’s My id with Vernon Reid” (2008) features both artists as well as Robi Botos, Rich Brown, and Michael Stuart. His latest work is On Topic (2017).

In 2012 Aubrey Dayle became gravely ill because of acute kidney failure. Early in 2013, he received a kidney transplant from his wife, Julie. A documentary on their experience with this process, Stay Aubrey! premiered at TIFF in 2014. Aubrey is once again at full strength.

KIM RATCLIFFE is thrilled to be playing with Ian, Aubrey and Vernon!  Many paths meeting in a new place! When the band gets out on tour, things are going to be smoking on that stage!  He’s also very happy to be part of the Come From Away band at the Elgin Theater, drummer Paul Delong’s One Word, the Walrus Guitar Quartet (chamber music with David Occhipinti, Ted Quinlan and Roddy Elias), and spontaneous improv with Bruce Cassidy.  He’s been a member of the genre bending new music ensemble Hemispheres, and avant funk band Gotham City. He studied and performed with composers David Mott and James Tenney. There was ‘musical’ work such as ‘Chicago,’ ‘Hairspray’ in some grand theatres, and teaching in the music departments of Humber and Mohawk College.  He has two jazz/rock albums with Aubrey Dayle, with bassist Brad Cheeseman as On Topic and bassist Calvin Jones in 3 Fold. All three band members have original compositions on these recordings.

IAN DE SOUZA became a professional musician 35 years ago, by his own estimate. He was born in Kampala, Uganda into a musical family and has traveled widely as a touring musician. Ian has composed, arranged and produced music for and with bands that include Sisters Euclid and the electronic duo, LAL. He has also produced music for theatre, notably for Anita Majumdar’s play, Misfit, where he was nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore award. His compositions include music for his wife, dancer Joanna de Souza’s Chhandam Dance Company, and also for film, as in Vikram Dasgupta’s award-winning short, Calcutta Taxi.

VERNON REID was born in London and emigrated to Brooklyn with his family while he was still a child. He is the founder of Grammy Award winning group Living Colour (1983) and together with journalist Greg Tate, he formed the Black Rock Coalition; the latter continues to work at opening doors and guiding black musicians into possibilities beyond that of rapper or crooner. Reid is celebrated for his eclecticism. One of Living Colour’s big breaks happened when Mick Jagger invited them to perform on his Primitive Cool release, produced a demo and even helped in getting them signed by Epic. Living Colour’s latest recording is Shade (2017). Vernon Reid is the producer of domestic tranquility and performs on several tracks including “How Much Longer?” and “Bloodlines.”

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Manuel Valera Trio

Sunday, May 26, 2019 | 8:30PM

Manuel Valera Trio
Advance $25.00 / Door: $30.00 *

Born and raised in Havana, Grammy nominated pianist and composer, Manuel Valera, since arriving in NYC has become well-known in the modern jazz scene, garnering national reviews and lending his talents as a pianist and composer to such notable artists as Arturo Sandoval, Paquito D’Rivera, Brian Lynch, Dafnis Prieto, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Chris Potter, Dave Binney, Adam Rogers, Mark Turner, John Benitez, Samuel Torres, Joel Frahm, Yosvany Terry and Pedro Martinez and classical violinist and composer Joshua Bell among many others. This dynamic and prolific artist has recorded 12 cds as a bandleader with touring projects ranging from his Grammy nominated group New Cuban Express to his modern contemporary trio to solo piano.

Valera is the recipient of many composition grants — most notably Chamber Music America’s New Jazz Works, the Dranoff International 2 Piano Foundation and the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award. He has travelled the world performing in more than thirty countries at some of the biggest international venues and festivals in the world.

This latest trio is exceptional and is comprised of the following musicians.

Manuel Valera – Piano
Roberto Occhipinti – Bass
Mark Whitfield Jr. – Drums

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Rob Tardik

Friday, May 17, 2019 | 8:30PM

Rob Tardik

$25.00 Advance / $30.00 Door *

In a career spanning over two decades, Canadian artist Rob Tardik has established himself as a multi-award winning guitarist and contemporary jazz/world instrumental music artist. He has performed at venues across North America, including the prestigious Glenn Gould Theatre in Toronto. Rob enjoyed a stellar release with his 2011/12 3rd CD release Balance, Energy, Laughter, Love (B.E.L.L.) which spawned 3 U.S Billboard singles two of which went Top 10. Rob was featured on the cover story for the Oct/Nov 2012 issue of Smooth Jazz News Magazine and his single “Christmas Morning” was Billboard’s most added holiday track in 2012. B.E.L.L. also made the top 50 list of 2012 on SmoothJazz.com coming in at #15 and was a top 10 album (#6) in Smooth Jazz News Magazine, 2011. Café Jazz Radio named Rob the #1 Canadian Smooth Jazz Artist for 2011 and B.E.L.L. its #1 CD for 2011 and “East Meets Wes” the #1 single of the year.

Rob recently placed first overall in the instrumental category in the prestigious 2017 IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards), for his acoustic fingerstyle song titled “Voyageur” off his Moments album. His latest album, SYNERGY, is now available, with the first title track debuting as the #1 added track on the Billboard contemporary jazz charts. His 2016 holiday track “Christmas Moments” and his sultry fall romantic single, “Eros” (Passion) both debuted as one of the most added tracks on the Billboard U.S Smooth Jazz charts, from his 5th Album “Moments” released in November 2015. His earlier two singles in 2016, “Right of Passage” and “Hang Time” were the #1 most added new tracks on the Billboard Smooth Jazz charts. Rob released his 4th studio CD “Limitless” at the end of summer 2013. His first single “One World” went to #1 on the charts for 3 weeks in summer/fall 2013. In 2010, Rob won the prestigious Canadian Smooth Jazz Guitarist of the Year; and held the #1 spot on the U.S.-based, Music Choice Contemporary Jazz charts for 4 weeks in Sept/Oct 2010. Rob is currently on the guitar faculty at Centennial College, Metal Works Institute, and the Merriam School of Music and studied music at York University in Toronto. He has worked for Roland Canada as a guitar product specialist. Rob also holds diplomas in Recording Engineering from TRW and in Media Arts from Humber College. Rob has also been honoured, being named Mississauga’s 2007 “Established Performer of the Year”, and nominated again in 2016, and 2017. This award was previously won by Oscar Peterson and Rik Emmett. Rob is currently endorsed by Godin Guitars, Roland Canada and D’Addario Music.

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Mother’s Day Jazz Brunch

Sunday, May 12, 2019 | 2:00PM

Jaymz Bee Presents The Tiki Collective: Mother’s Day Jazz Brunch
Advance $25.00 / Doors $30.00

To all the mothers on earth and beyond, you’re beautiful.

On Mother’s Day, Jaymz Bee presents a very special jazz brunch with The Tiki Collective for an afternoon of beautiful food and beautiful music in celebration of motherhood past, present and future. Join the musicians in bringing mama bear somewhere special this year.  If possible, rejoice in the look on your siblings’ faces as they show up up with predictable bouquets as you lay down tickets to an elegant jazz brunch for everyone.

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 is big and includes:

Vocalists
Genevieve Marentette, Joanna Majoko, Heather Luckhart, Lily Frost, Tyra Jutai, Melissa Lauren, The Willows (Krista Deady, Andrea Gregorio, Lauren Pedersen), Jessica Lalonde, Paget Biscayne, Irene Torres, Jocelyn Barth, Mingjia Chen, Avery Raquel, Denielle Bassels

Instrumentalists
Eric St-Laurent, George Koller, Great Bob Scott, Michael Davidson, Attila Fias, Ernie Tollar, and guests Drew Jurecka, Bill McBirnie, Carlos Del Junco, Tom Walsh, John MacMurchy, William Sperandei, Jono Grant.

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

Doors: 12:30PM
Performance: 2:00PM
Brunch: $30.00

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Talent and Soul: 100 Years of Nat King Cole

Saturday, April 20, 2019 | 8:30PM

Talent and Soul: 100 Years of Nat King Cole

Advance $20.00 / Door $25.00 *

Toronto jazz singer-songwriter Ori Dagan’s acclaimed multi-media project “Nathaniel: A Tribute to Nat King Cole” was released as both an audio recording and a collection of music videos – the first “visual album” in the jazz genre. Since launching the project in Toronto in late 2017, Dagan has toured it around the world, including an official showcase in Austin Texas at SXSW 2018, headlining the TanJazz festival in Tangier, Morocco and performing at the inaugural Public Diplomacy Week in Seoul, Korea.

Musically the project is a unique homage to the jazz giant and pop star, balancing refreshing covers (“Nature Boy”, “Unforgettable”) with obscure gems (“Lillette”, “El Bodeguero”) and 5 original songs inspired by Cole’s life, music and legacy. The recording and music videos feature exceptional rhythm section Mark Kieswetter on piano, Ross MacIntyre on bass and Nathan Hiltz on guitar, with notable guest appearances by bebop legend and NEA Jazz Master Sheila Jordan, 5-time JUNO winner Jane Bunnett and “Canada’s Sweetheart of Swing,” Alex Pangman.

To celebrate the centenary of Nat King Cole (March 17, 1919 – February 15, 1965) at Hugh’s Room Live, Ori Dagan will be joined by an all-star group of Toronto jazz treasures including “Canada’s Sweetheart of Swing,” Alex Pangman.

Ori Dagan – vocals
Mark Eisenman – piano
Nathan Hiltz – guitar
Ross MacIntyre – bass
with special guest:
Alex Pangman – vocals

Website: https://www.oridagan.com
Youtube: https://youtu.be/gK1_4sjgrxM

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Jack de Keyzer

Saturday, April 13, 2018 | 8:30PM

Jack de Keyzer
$25 Advance / $30 Door

From the great city of Athens, Greece to Alert far north in the Arctic Circle, renowned guitarist and singer-songwriter, Jack de Keyzer, has taken his legendary blues performance around the world and back again. Jack is one of Canada’s most awarded and celebrated live performers and session guitarists. He has released more than ten records over his illustrious career and has played on hundreds of other recordings with artists ranging from Etta James and Ronnie Hawkins to Bo Diddley and Blue Rodeo. He is an astonishing live performer, soulful vocalist and world class songwriter, critically acclaimed by music writers and fellow musicians alike.

The finest blues guitarist in Canada.” – Jeff Healey

Jack has been a Juno Award nominee five times, winning twice for Blues Album of the Year. He has won seven Maple Blues Awards, taken home first place in the International Songwriting Competition and is the proud recipient of CBC’s Great Canadian Blues Award. Today, he can be found at some of the largest jazz and blues festivals around the world, including The Montreal Jazz FestThe Ottawa Blues FestivalBlues Sur Seine and Puerto Blues. With such impeccable credentials, we are of course very pleased to welcome back Jack de Keyzer to Hugh’s Room Live on April 13, 2019.

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Don Stevenson Presents the Music of Moby Grape

Sunday, March 24, 2019 | 8:30pm

Don Stevenson Presents the Music of Moby Grape
Advance $25.00 / Door $30.00 *

Before co-founding Moby Grape, the legendary rock group from the 60’s, Don Stevenson and Jerry Miller were band mates in the Seattle group called  “The Frantics” which enjoyed local fame and records produced by Dolton. In 1966, virtually at the very beginning of the San Francisco music scene, Don and Jerry relocated to San Francisco and, with the addition of Bob Mosley, Skip Pence and Peter Lewis, formed what would become “Moby Grape”. Don Stevenson held the beat on the drums and Jerry Miller was the lead guitarist in the four-guitar band. All five band members sang, wrote and played their own original music which was a new and innovative combination of rock, blues, jazz and country according to the Rolling Stone.  The group was dubbed the “Beatles of San Francisco”.

The Grape signed with Columbia and recorded four albums released between 1967 and 1969. During this period, Stevenson co-wrote three of Moby Grape’s best known songs, “Hey Grandma” and “8.05”, both from the self-titled Moby Grape album (1967) and “Murder In My Heart for The Judge”, from the Wow album (1968). The latter song was covered by both Three Dog Night and Lee Michaels.  Robert Plant covered “8:05” and The Move played “Hey Grandma”. Don’s solo composition of “Can’t Be So Bad” was recorded by Joe Cocker.

Fifty years later Don Stevenson continues as a relevant artist, songwriter and performer in the international music scene. He’s recorded and released multiple solo albums. In 2018 Sireena Records of Hamburg, Germany released Don’s latest, “Buskin in the Subway” which is now available in North America. 

For this performance Don teams up with veteran Toronto musicians to present “The Music of Moby Grape” and more.  Don’t miss this rare evening of Country Rock, Blues and good old Rock and Roll played by this legendary artist and his band.

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