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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.

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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Jamyz Bee Winter Tiki Party

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 | 8:30pm

Jamyz Bee Winter Tiki Party
Advance $25.00 / Door: $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.

This March, you won’t find a better way to break up a Toronto winter than with this exceptional cast from The Tiki Collective and their presentation of tribute and original music that transports its audience right to the surf.

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.

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Romani Jazz

Monday, February 25, 2019 | 8:30PM

Romani Jazz
Advance $25 | Door $30 *

Inspired by gypsy roots, Romani Jazz seamlessly blends the traditional folk melodies of the  “Roma” people with the musical and improvisational elements of jazz to produce a unique , fusion acoustic experience. The concept of RomaniJazz was a result of the combined imagination of an eclectic group of Canadian musicians (George Koller, Robi Botos, Jozsef Botos and Nenad Bogdanovic) who share the same passion for exploring and interpreting Roma folk melodies in an unconventional way. As musical storytellers, they are able to take their audience on a nomadic journey into uncharted territory.

To join the journey, make sure to get your tickets early. Hugh’s Room Live is honoured to play host to this line-up of masters as they take the stage for the first time at Hugh’s Room Live this February. Tickets available right now.

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Alfie Zappacosta

Friday, February 15, 2019

Alfie Zappacosta
Advance $50 / Door $55 *

“You would not be amiss to compare Alfie Zappacosta to a vintage VQA wine.” – The Music Express

Canadian singer/songwriter, Alfie Zappacosta, never disappoints his audience, and especially not at Hugh’s Room Live. At the first word of his appearing, this show is always nearly an instant sold-out booking, and it’s no doubt due to his ability to energize the listening room, moving his audience to their feet. After forty years of creating staples in Canadian adult contemporary radio, multiple Juno-award winning Zappacosta has created a legendary career as a pop/rock icon. With a mastery of romance, his mesmerizing baritone voice has also been recognized and rewarded on the smooth jazz scene. His blend of live acoustic, jazz and pop music captures his listeners in a soulful engagement not to be missed.

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MOXIE

Monday, February 11, 2019

MOXIE
Advance $15 / Door $20 *

MOXIE is the music of a new era, where fluidity, cross-pollination, and innovation are the future and salvation of Irish music. -The Irish Examiner

After a year of hibernation below surface in Dublin, MOXIE have crafted their intricate acoustic Irish music into a fresh Urban Style. They are now ready to present their genre defining, boundary busting Neo-Irish Music to the world.

Moxie consists of five young lads with traditional backbones deliver a new brand of Irish music heavily influenced by Electro, Jazz, House, and Rock putting them at the forefront of new music from Ireland. Delivering an energetic, wild and unique live show, Moxie have been inspiring audiences and musicians with their new palette of 21st century Irish music. The band includes Cillian Doheny (tenor banjo/guitar/electric guitar), Jos Kelly (button accordion/keyboard), Darren Roche (button accordion/percussion/keyboards), Ted Kelly (tenor banjo/electric tenor guitar) and Josh Sampson (drums).

Come check out this emerging style of music from an innovative new group at Hugh’s Room Live this February. It’ll be a rare performance in the City of Toronto and tickets are available right now.

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The Ward Cabaret

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

The Ward Cabaret
Advance $25 / Door $30 *

The Ward Cabaret reimagines the vibrant sound of Toronto’s first multi-cultural neighbourhood. JUNO Award-winning musician and composer David Buchbinder is joined by a collaborative team of musicians, singers, and actors for a musical event based on the songs and sounds of Toronto’s first cross-cultural community.

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Autorickshaw

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Autorickshaw
Ticket: $20.00 *

“Seriously talented musicians who weave a tapestry of musical traditions into a unique and inspiring sonic alchemy. Absolutely beautiful.” -Dave O’Rama, CHLY FM

Autorickshaw is a genre-bending, post-fusion powerhouse world-renowned for their seamless and cool-sounding blend of Indian classical music, jazz, pop and live-looping technology. Their music lies on the cultural cutting-edge and the world has taken notice, with a recent CFMA award for World Music Group of the Year/World Album of the Year, three JUNO nominations for World Music Album of the Year and numerous awards worldwide. Their latest album, ‘Meter’, showcases the sultry, sophisticated vocals of Suba Sankaran, anchored by the rapid-fire bass-lines and beatboxing of Dylan Bell over a bed of blistering tabla grooves by Ed Hanley. The group’s progressive sound could only come from musicians with deep roots in India and the West.

Autorickshaw has toured extensively across Canada, the US, the UK, Europe, India and Nepal. On Wednesday, January 30, 2019 Hugh’s Room Live is proud to host this magnificent outfit for the first time. Tickets available right now.

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Eliana Cuevas + Jeremy Ledbetter Trio

Thursday, January 24, 2019 | 8:30PM

Eliana Cuevas + Jeremy Ledbetter Trio
Advance: $20.00 | Doors: $25.00

Through years of touring around the world, across Canada, and collaborating with Juno Award-winning performers, Eliana Cuevas has grown into an accomplished singer-songwriter and bandleader with unlimited colours in her compositional and lyrical palette. Among her honours are the National Jazz Award for Latin Jazz Artist of the Year (2009), a nomination for Best World Music Solo Artist at the Canadian Folk Music Awards (2008), a Toronto Independent Music Award for Best World Music Artist (2007), a nomination for Best Latin Song (‘Llegó from ESPEJO) at the Independent Music Awards (2014) and, most recently, an Independent Music Award for Best Latin Album for ESPEJO (2014) and another Toronto Independent Music Award for Best World Music Artist (2014).

The award-winning singer/songwriter has been based in Toronto for over a decade, but she drew inspiration from her homeland for this, her fifth record, recently released on ALMA Records. Eliana explains that, “Venezuelan music is very rich and I wanted to showcase some of wealth my country has to offer. I was keen to feature traditional Afro-Venezuelan rhythms and mix those in with what I do here in Canada.

Jeremy Ledbetter Trio

An engaging and fiery performer whose music knows no boundaries, Canadian pianist Jeremy Ledbetter has made a career from travelling the far-flung corners of the globe in search of the most fascinating and unique musical ideas out there, then seamlessly integrating them into his work as a pianist, composer, and producer. Jeremy is the driving force behind Caribbean Latin Jazz powerhouse CaneFire, and the longtime musical director and producer for calypso superstar David Rudder. Jeremy’s newest project, the Jeremy Ledbetter Trio, released their debut album “Got a Light?” in 2018.  The Trio features Ledbetter’s unique sound at the piano alongside fellow Canadian jazz heavyweights Rich Brown (rinsethealgorithm) and Larnell Lewis (Snarky Puppy).

Simply put, Eliana’s show with the Jeremy Ledbetter Trio at Hugh’s Room Live in January is more than worthy of your attention. Tickets available right now.

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