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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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Avataar + Surefire Sweat

Thursday, March 14, 2019 | 8:30pm

Avataar + Surefire Sweat
Advance: $20.00 | Doors: $25.00

Avataar

Avataar’s music has drawn comparison to Mahavishnu Orchestra, Keith Jarrett with Jan Garbarek, late Coltrane, and Oregon. The resulting confluence is a mesmerizing blend of rhythmic hypnotism, sonic landscapes and soaring melody that marries ancient and modern musical sounds. Cleverly layered and cinematic in scope, the music drives and swirls through a vast sonic palette. The album is questing in nature – the concepts of impermanence and universal consciousness feature in many of the compositions, as do first-rate musical interpretations and improvisations highlighting guitar, saxophone and vocals.

Surefire Sweat

Surefire Sweat is made up of a diverse and multi-generational roster of Toronto-based artists. The music, composed by Juno-nominated drummer, Larry Graves, is original drawing on an amalgam of Funk, Jazz, Brass Band, Blues and Afrobeat. Inventive arrangements act as a vehicle for the all-star cast of musicians to engage listeners through improvisational explorations and danceable arrangements.

 

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Cynthia Tauro CD Release

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 | 8:30pm

Cynthia Tauro CD Release
Advance $15.00 / Door $20.00 *

Cynthia Tauro is a Toronto-based vocalist, pianist and composer who performs in a wide range of solo and collaborative projects. Born into a musical family, she has performed alongside jazz icons including Guido Basso, Terry Clarke, Bernie Senensky, and Robi Botos. Classically trained, Cynthia began to specialize in jazz in early years, and then branched out to Latin Jazz at Carleton University.

She was the first female leader of a host band in Le Petit Chicago’s 12-year history and continues to wow audiences with her original songs and creative covers at venues across the country.
In addition to her solo and quartet work, Cynthia is the keyboardist and backup vocalist of Harea Band, a six-piece pop-soul group based out of Ottawa. She also performs frequently with indie-pop outfit Little Scream (Dine Alone Records).  In 2016, Cynthia was the backup vocalist for ‘Comfortably Numb’,the only Canadian Pink Floyd Cover band to be recognized by Pink Floyd.  Cynthia also played keyboard for Orpheus Musical Theatre’s production of Mamma Mia in the summer of 2018.

She has entertained at a number of Canadian music festivals, including RBC Ottawa Bluesfest, CityFolk, TD Ottawa Jazz Festival, Canada 150’s Inspiration Village, and Riverfest Elora. Cynthia is ready and excited to release her upcoming album, March 1st 2019.  Recorded  Number 9 Audio Group in Toronto, some of  Canada’s finest musicians are featured on Cynthia’s album, ‘Moments’, produced by George Koller.

Cynthia feels as though each song on the album represents a part of her life. Made up of Cynthia’s jazz infused pop originals and jazz / latin standards, she feels as though this album represents where she is exactly at this point in time.

This March, Cynthia has chosen Hugh’s Room Live to unveil her latest album to the City of Toronto. Tickets available right now so don’t miss the chance to catch Cynthia in her debut performance on our stage.

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Jamyz Bee Winter Tiki Party

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 | 8:00pm

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

 

“A major international talent that’s on its way”

– THE TORONTO STAR

 

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, two Toronto Independent Music Awards for Best World Music Artist , an Independent Music Award for Best Latin Album, and a Canadian Folk Music Award for World Solo Artist of the Year. Eliana has released 5 albums of original Latin music to this date: Cohesión (2001), Ventura (2004) Vidas (2007),  Espejo (2013), and Golpes y Flores (2017).  With her latest album Golpes y Flores, Eliana has created a beautiful musical love letter to her native land of Venezuela that integrates Afro-Venezuelan rhythms with Eliana’s very own Latin Jazz approach featuring a sound that is both timeless and freshly contemporary.

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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