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Dan Hill

Friday, January 18, 2019 | 8:30PM

Dan Hill
Advance: $40.00 | Doors: $45.00

How does one describe the creative force driving Dan Hill? Nominated for a Grammy for Best Male Vocal, winner of a Grammy (as co-producer of “Seduces Me” on Celine Dion’s thirty million-selling “Falling Into You” album), winner of five Juno Awards and the Harold Moon Award (Canadian Lifetime Songwriting Achievement Award), Dan has recorded and released multiple gold and platinum albums. His classic hits, such as “Sometimes When We Touch” (closing in on 5 million spins in America alone, and covered by hundreds of artists around the world), “Can’t We Try” (#1 Billboard AC Record of the Year), and “Never Thought (That I could Love)”, another #1 AC record, all remain staples of AC radio stations around the world.

Dan has also enjoyed consistent success as a ‘behind the scenes’ songwriter, with his compositions recorded by artists spanning so many musical genres that it’s, well, incredible. To name just a few, Celine Dion, Britney Spears, 98 Degrees, The Backstreet Boys, Rod Stewart, Donny Osmond, Jennifer Rush and Michael Bolton, R&B singers Tina Turner, George Benson, and Jeffrey Osborne and country singers Tammy Wynette, Sammy Kershaw, Mark Wills, Reba, Alan Jackson, and Lorrie Morgan.

David Buchbinder’s Odessa/Havana

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

David Buchbinder’s Odessa/Havana
Advance $20 / Door $25 *

Award-winning trumpeter and composer, David Buch­binder, teams up with a crew of top jazz and world musicians to present this exhilirating, unprecedented project of musical discovery: the Jewish-Cuban connec­tion. David Buchbinder’s Odessa/Havana presents “deli­cately textured and dazzlingly tuneful music, with power­ful, swinging and lyrical playing“, that is “passionate, dancing and completely irresistable.” Arising out of the musical ferment of the most diverse city on the planet­Toronto-this truly original sound is a collaboration between the writing of Buchbinder and Grammy­nominated Cuban piano master Hilario Duran, and the band of killer musicians. Together, these forces take audiences on a journey of cross-cultural discovery, that consistenlty engages, challenges and delights.

While the cities and cultures of Odessa and Havana might seem many miles apart, their musical associations are many-faceted, multi-layered and rich indeed; rooted in their common ancestry in medieval Andalusia and sharing Arabic, Roma (Gypsy), Sephardic and North African forbearers. The two musics already share haunting minor modalities, improvi­satory flourishes, a strong rhythmic drive and deeply spiritual underpinnings. And both musical traditions have long since proven their suitability for creative adaptation, serving as a kind of “raw material” for musical development (Latin jazz, modern klezmer/”Radical Jewish Culture”). Buchbinder and Duran’s compositions explore these commonalities as they break new ground, and the recent inclusion of their special arrangements of Sephardic songs have taken the music to a new level of richness. Without a doubt, Odessa/Havana’s compelling and powerful performances will bring your audience a peak musical experience, guaranteed!

Odessa/Havana’s two CDs have been beautifully received, hailed as outstanding in both the World Music and Jazz realms. Walk to the Sea was recently honoured with a JUNO Award (Canadian Grammy) and the group’s self-titled debut CD nabbed a Canadian Folk Music Award, while the two recordings (released internationally on the Tzadik label), have received well over 100 rave reviews. The band has toured across North America, playing to sold-out houses in every venue, and was at the core of David Buchbinder’s multi-disciplinary creation Andalusia to Toronto, commissioned by one of Canada’s greatest venues, Koerner Hall at the Royal Conservatory of Music. Now, on the heels of the release of their sophomore CD, they are ready to take on touring the world, and Hugh’s Room Live is happy to play host to this one-of-a-kind performance to help kick off the live music calendar in 2019.

* Advertised pricing excludes taxes and fees.

A Very Tiki Christmas

The Tiki Collective
$25 Advance / $30 Door

Saturday, December 22, 2018 | 8:30PM

This event will be a Benefit for the Unison Benevolent Fund starring The Tiki Collective with over a dozen guest singers and musicians. “… Jaymz Bee has assembled a conflagration of noted musicians and chirps that could rival Joe Cocker’s Mad Dogs and Englishmen tour.” – Lesley Mitchell-Clarke, The Whole Note

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

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

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.

Produced by Jaymz Bee and Jono Grant with executive producer, Lorenzo DiGianFelice.

The Ault Sisters

Sunday, December 16, 2018 | 1:00PM

The Ault Sisters
$30 Advance / $35 Door

*** Please note that a technical error may display an incorrect performance time during ticket checkout. To be clear, this is a matinee performance with doors opening at 12:00pm and the performance beginning at 1:00pm. All tickets will be valid on entry. We apologize for any confusion. ***

The Ault Sisters are a Toronto-based vocal jazz trio composed of 3 sisters – Amanda, Alicia, and Alanna Ault. They are known for their signature close harmonies, reminiscent of such past vocal groups as The Manhattan Transfer, The Andrew Sisters and The McGuire Sisters. They are extremely versatile singers, with a genre-defying repertoire that draws from jazz, pop, r&b, blues, funk, folk, and even classic rock. A show by The Ault Sisters show is normally comprised of a mix of standards and original tunes, carefully chosen to cater to the tastes of the venue and audience where they will be performing.

This vocal trio has been producing music together for over a decade. On disc and in performance, different sisters take the lead on different tracks, adding to the vocal variety, while their intricately interwoven harmonies form a central part of the songs which they perform. In 2010, The Ault Sisters began working with Toronto producer, Greg Kavanagh, and released their second CD, Butterflies, which contained a mix of jazz and pop songs, reimagined to feature the girls’ three-part close harmonies. This was followed up by their most recent CD, Timeless, again produced by Kavanagh and released in 2014, which included the girls’ take on such classics as Boy From New York City, When I Fall In Love, Moondance and For Once In My Life.

Hugh’s Room Live is thrilled to present this exceptionally talented young trio on stage at 1:00PM this upcoming Sunday, December 16, 2018. Spend an afternoon in the comfort of jazz and the arts.