Archive for Live Music

Ken Whiteley Gospel Brunch

Ken Whiteley Gospel Brunch
$25 Advance / $30 Door *

Doors: 12:30pm
Brunch: 1:00pm **
Performance: 2:00pm

Ken Whiteley is a prolific songwriter, a gifted and versatile instrumentalist and powerful singer, as well as very successful record producer. His regular brunch series at Hugh’s Room Live has become a cornerstone of the Hugh’s Room Live music calendar. Join us as the man himself brings together another cast of renowned gospel musicians and vocalists to rejoice in the sounds of Sunday.

Ken will be joined this Sunday by one dubbed the Jimi Hendrix of Sacred Steel, the irreplaceable Nikki D and the Sisters of Thunder! They are back by popular demand having played our stage in the winter of 2019. We couldn’t be happier to have this fabulous cast of musicians as we celebrate the music of Sacred Steel.

 

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** All-you-can-eat brunch ($25) not included in ticket price

Miss Emily

Saturday, February 29, 2020 | 8:30PM

Miss Emily
Advance: $25.00 / Doors: $30.00 *

In the 1990’s a 12 year-old Emily Fennell was making her way around Southern Ontario, singing at county fairs and winning competition after competition. She was literally finding her voice. While the other young vocalists were dazzling crowds with standards like “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” or “I Will Always Love You,” Emily was stunning judges and audiences into silent amazement with K.D. Lang’s version of the Patsy Cline song “3 Cigarettes and an Ashtray”. That song choice and her spellbinding performance of it, says almost all you need to know about the woman who would become Miss Emily. She is never predictable and always willing to take a risk.

Her music spans genres, crosses barriers and creates bridges. Her voice soars to emotional heights and reaches down into the grittiness of the soul. Her performances are foot-stomping, heart-wrenching adventures in rhythm, blues, jazz and rock and roll. For 15 years Miss Emily has captivated listeners across Canada, the US and the United Kingdom with her unique combination of passion and talent.

That passion and talent was cultivated by an unparalleled work ethic. It began with playing night after night after night in bars and nightclubs where she learned her trade and gained a loyal following. Later, she graduated to regional theatres and starred in several Broadway-style shows. This willingness to step outside her comfort zone and learn new techniques paid off by giving her opportunities to become a regular at large outdoor venues like Ottawa Bluesfest. Then, in 2011 in front of 25,000 people outside the tiny town of Bobcaygeon she opened for The Tragically Hip and began a relationship that would change the direction of her career.

Miss Emily’s new record takes the listener on a tour of her experiences and musical influences under the guidance of The Hip’s Gord Sinclair as producer/co-writer/bass player and bandmate Rob Baker as lead guitarist/co-writer.

In Between featuring Gord Sinclair and Rob Baker is the fifth album from Miss Emily. It’s a record that beckons the listener to walk with her as she soulfully strolls the humid streets of Memphis, wanders across the jazz-cool avenues of New York City or dances through raucous and funky block parties in Motown.

One listen and you’ll be compelled to join Miss Emily, Gord Sinclair and Rob Baker on a journey that reveals the vast emotions of love, loss, joyful redemption and everything In Between.

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Alfie Zappacosta

Saturday, February 15, 2020 | 8:30pm

Alfie Zappacosta
Advance $50.00 / Door $55.00

Alfie Zappacosta is undeniably one of Canada’s premier songwriters and performers with chart topping hits and a recording and acting career that has spanned 40 years. He continues to evolve as an artist by “doing it his way”, an effort that has been rewarded with an impressive song catalogue and a discerning loyal fan base.

Alfie Zappacosta decided on a music career in his teens and set his sights upon being a guitarist. When his vocal dexterity and song writing proficiency were uncovered by a publisher while writing for his first original band “Surrender”, events would be put in motion to champion Zappacosta (dropping his first name) as a solo artist and bring him to the world’s attention. “Start Again”, “Passion”, “When I Fall in Love Again” and “Nothing Can Stand In Your Way” became staples on Canadian adult contemporary radio and Zappacosta became a personified Rock Star.

In 1987, Walt Disney’s Danger Bay would bring Zappacosta an episode written specifically for him titled “Rock Star”. In the same year, he penned and sang “Overload” exclusively for the multi-platinum soundtrack “Dirty Dancing” and Loverboy would record Zappacosta’s “That’s Where The Money Goes” for their Wildside album. In 1988, he was awarded JUNOs for “Album of The Year’ and “Most Promising Artist”, an American Music Award for “Most Popular Album of The Year” and named the Canadian Publishers Music Association’s “Best Rock Star”.

Zappacosta’s distinctive baritone voice did not go unnoticed by artistic directors and in 1990, he was called to deliver his greatest challenge of his career – singing Andrew Lloyd Webber. Alfie’s portrayals of Christ in Jesus Christ Superstar and Che Guevara in Evita would bring a new audience and support his efforts to delineate his pop/rock image – a moniker that never reflected his authentic personality. The release of “Innocence Ballet” in 1996 would introduce Alfie Zappacosta (taking back his first name) and give center stage to his true rich vocals, his mastery at romance, his astute take on relationships and his advanced knowledge of music. Alfie is rewarded for his efforts with numerous award nominations in the Smooth Jazz genre and a performance with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra in 2005.

Zappacosta has polished his live concert performances exposing his sophisticated, intimate and intense personality. His performances deliver a blend of acoustic, jazz and pop music prompting the listener to engage soulfully.

And the hits that originally brought Zappacosta to the world’s attention? – Alfie hasn’t turned his back on any of these songs. You will hear them in his program performed the way they were originally written and meant to be heard.

website: https://zappacosta.ca/
youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWL-xpYRATM

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Craig Cardiff

Saturday, February 15, 2019 | 1:00pm

Craig Cardiff
$20 Advance / $25 Door *

Craig Cardiff is a Canadian singer-songwriter. Known throughout Canada, Craig is developing a following throughout North America and into Europe. With guitar in hand, Craig can turn any setting into an intimate affair. Infusing his music and lyrics with an uncompromising humanism rarely seen in today’s production-heavy climate.

Songwriter, troubadour, Craig Cardiff builds landscapes of sound using live digital loops, bringing the room to a hush. Edged, folk, beautiful, melancholy and left leaning, one song breaks your heart, and the next one puts it back together.

Craig makes it a point to keep the relationship with his fans personal, inviting and accepting any opportunity to make his audience as much a part of the performance as he is. Don’t be surprised if one day you find yourself enjoying one of Craig’s renowned performances from the comfort of your own living room.

website: http://www.craigcardiff.ca/
youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5yl6tXdJIE&feature=youtu.be

 

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Red Zeppelin

Thursday, February 13, 2019 | 8:30PM
 
Red Zeppelin Toronto at Hugh’s Room Live
Advance $25 / Door $30
 
“You need coolin’, and baby… we’re not foolin!”
 
Red Zeppelin are BACK to rock the house at Hugh’s Room Live, humans. The day before that of Saint Valentine is indeed the Celebration Day for those who want to show All Of Their Love in the most Rock n’ Roll way possible.
 
Join Red Zeppelin for a night of some of the band’s most treasured love songs, along of course with all their well known classics and obscure favourites. Whether you’re a lifelong fan or need to experience it live for the first time, this is your show.
 
For years, Red Zeppelin have swung the hammer of the gods, wowing crowds across Canada with their passionate performances that play brilliant homage to the rock classics. Led by the fiery vocals of Joan Smith (Serena Ryder, Little Foot Long Foot, Joan Smith & the Jane Does), Red Zeppelin delivers an electrifying experience.
 
While the look may be a little different, the swagger and the song remains the same. Tickets available right now, rockers.
 
 
 
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Sweet Baby James: A Tribute to James Taylor

Saturday, January 18, 2020 | 8:30PM

Sweet Baby James: A Musical Tribute to James Taylor
Advance $25.00 / Door $30.00 *

James Taylor is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. A five-time Grammy Award winner, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. He is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 100 million records worldwide.

Taylor achieved his breakthrough in 1970 with the No. 3 single “Fire and Rain” and had his first No. 1 hit in 1971 with his recording of “You’ve Got a Friend”, written by Carole King in the same year. His 1976 Greatest Hits album was certified Diamond and has sold 12 million US copies. Following his 1977 album, JT, he has retained a large audience over the decades. Every album that he released from 1977 to 2007 sold over 1 million copies. He enjoyed a resurgence in chart performance during the late 1990s and 2000s, when he recorded some of his most-awarded work (including Hourglass, October Road, and Covers). He achieved his first number-one album in the US in 2015 with his recording Before This World.

He is known for his popular covers of other people’s songs, such as “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)” and the aforementioned “You’ve Got A Friend”, as well as originals such as “Fire and Rain” and too many more to mention is an event description.

Michael Wrycraft is a Juno-Award Winning graphic designer / art director / photographer who specializes in music. Join us for a night sharing songs and stories behind this amazing writer.

 

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Homeward Bound: The Music of Simon and Garfunkel

Friday, January 10, 2019 | 8:30pm

Homeward Bound The Music of Simon and Garfunkel Presented by John Sheard
Featuring Jory Nash, David Celia, John Sheard

$30 Advance / $35 Door *

One of the best-selling music groups of the 1960s. Their biggest hits reached the number one on singles charts worldwide. Simon & Garfunkel won 10 Grammy Awards and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990. Their final album together, Bridge over Troubled Water, is ranked at number 51 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Richie Unterberger described them as “the most successful folk-rock duo of the 1960s” and one of the most popular artists from the decade. They are among the best-selling music artists, having sold more than 100 million records.

To Art Garfunkel and Paul Simonl, however, the years they spent together, and the music they made together, are now merely an early chapter in their continuing personal sagas, with their attendant triumphs and disappointments. For those of us who lived through those times, though, hearing their songs never fails to bring back certain moments in our own lives – and with startling vividness.

In January, the much-celebrated band leader, John Sheard will bring to Hugh’s Room Live the music by Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel. Joining him on stage includes a handful of the city’s finest musicians to pay tribute to the duo that became the voice of a generation.

website: http://www.johnsheardmusic.com

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New Year’s Eve 2020 with Oakland Stroke

Tuesday, December 31, 2019 | 9:00pm

New Year’s Eve 2020
Oakland Stroke: A Tribute to Tower of Power
Advance $55.00 / Door $60.00 *

Experience the sound and soul of Tower of Power and the GREATEST horn hits of the 70s!

Oakland Stroke faithfully recreates the music of fabled Bay area soul band Tower of Power. The funk, the excitement and the soul. Based in Toronto, Canada, the band is led by Lou Pomanti and Tony Carlucci. Audiences can expect to hear the biggest and baddest hits from the decade, including songs by Blood, Sweat & Tears (Lou is a former member), Earth, Wind & Fire, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations and MORE!

Let’s ring in the new year with good music, good food, good company and a big brass section. Tickets in advance highly recommended.

Introducing, Oakland Stroke! Members include:

Lou Pomanti – keys
Jivaro Smith – lead vocals
Tony Carlucci – trumpet
Chris Howells – trumpet
John Johnson – sax
John Panchyshyn – sax
Simon Wallis – bari sax
Lou Bartolomucci – guitar
Marc Rogers – bass
Steve Heathcote – drums

* All tickets include  midnight toast
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The Arrogant Worms

Thursday, December 19, 2019 | 8:30pm

The Arrogant Worms
$40 Advance / $45 Door *

The year was 1991.  Presumably, some significant world events occurred.  The world truly changed in the fall however, when something truly magnificent happened in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. A beacon of hope was lit and has shone brightly ever since – The Arrogant Worms. The Arrogant Worms began as a comedy troupe performing songs and sketches on campus radio. The early feedback on the live shows was clear:  lose the sketches. So the songs endured and they all remain because the band hates to throw anything out.

The songs were written to make fun of a big dumb world. Luckily, the world is still dumb and The Arrogant Worms (Mike McCormick, Chris Patterson and Trevor Strong) still have plenty to sing about. The shows are fast, furious and family friendly. The wit is quick, the satire is biting and the musicianship is second to none. Their appeal has earned them fans from kids to parents to grandparents to Princess Leia.

The Arrogant Worms have sold more than 160,000 copies of their 13 albums.  Their most recent offering is SPACE, a collection of 16 new songs released in 2014 that bravely tackles the hard issues like Local Politicians, Yoga Pants and Uncomfortable Chairs.  The band has played on three continents to crowds as large as 100,000 and were recognized in 2003 as the Touring Act of the Year by the Canadian Arts Presenters Association. The Worms have entertained at corporate functions, sung anthems at sporting events and emceed at major festivals. Their songs are in school lesson plans, in textbooks and even played on the Space Shuttle. On earth or in space, everyone digs these Worms.

The Arrogant Worms are as comfortable on the radio or on camera as they are on stage. Their energy and showmanship were captured on the DVD of their concert with the renowned Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. The DVD also features appearances by Worm pals figure skating champion Kurt Browning, astronaut Chris Hadfield and actors Tom Cavanaugh (Ed, Love Monkey) and Nathan Fillion (Castle, Firefly).

In recent years the Worms have been pleased to donate their time and talent to the cause of literacy in Canada through Frontier College and were twice awarded the Peter Gzowski Award for their efforts.

So nearly a quarter century after they began, The Arrogant Worms continue to provide tuneful and silly escapism for everyone who needs it. And if you think you don’t need it, well you’re wrong. You do. The Arrogant Worms know what’s best for you and what’s best for you is The Arrogant Worms.

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The Mistletones

Wednesday, December 18, 2019 | 8:30pm

The Mistletones
$25 Advance / $30 Door *

Kick off the holiday season with The Mistletones, a 9-member a cappella group formed by John McDermott and other choristers in 1980. After years of singing together on a daily basis at St. Michael’s Choir School in Toronto, this group of alumni came together, with their love of song and unique vocal blend, to continue making music.

The all-male voiced group combine a rich blend of concise and complex vocal harmonics to form a unique and well-developed vocal style. A combination of choral and jazz, they perform a mix of a few sacred songs along with some popular Christmas favourites, but not your typical Christmas carols.

The Mistletones have performed in such esteemed places as Roy Thomson Hall, Koerner Hall, the Princess of Wales Theatre and Massey Hall.

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