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Martin Taylor

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 | 8:30PM

Martin Taylor
Advance $40.00 / Door $45.00 *

Award-winning guitarist, Martin Taylor, has established a unique musical career as an internationally acclaimed musician, and his inimitable style has seen him recognized as the world’s foremost exponent of solo jazz guitar playing. As well as being a true guitar innovator, he is also a master concert performer, dazzling audiences with his solo shows, which combine virtuosity, emotion, humour, with a strong stage presence. As well as his solo concerts and recordings, he has also collaborated with musicians from many different musical genre including, Stephane Grappelli, Jeff Beck, Gary Burton, Chet Atkins, Bill Wyman, George Harrison, Dionne Warwick, Diane Schuur and Jamie Cullum. He spends much of the year travelling the world, playing in concert halls in Europe, North America, Japan, Asia, and Australasia as well as presiding over the uniquely innovative Martin Taylor Guitar Academy online.

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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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Leela GIlday CD Release

Friday, May 10, 2019 | 8:30PM

Leela Gilday
Advance $15.00 / Door $20.00 *

If you’re from the North, Leela Gilday’s music is home. If you’ve never been, it will take you there. Born and raised in the Northwest Territories, she writes about the people and the land that created her. The power in her voice conveys the depth of her feelings of love and life in a rugged environment and vibrant culture, as if it comes straight from that earth. Leela’s family is from Délįne on the shore of Great Bear Lake and her rich vocals dance across the rhythmic beats of traditional Dene drumming as smoothly as a bass line onstage the largest venues in the country. And she has played them all.

Leela has toured festivals and concert halls with her four-piece band through every province and territory in Canada. She has played in the United States, Greenland, Denmark and New Zealand and this year embarked on an ambitious European tour. Her live shows are where she connects with fans who have followed her on a 20-year career and where new fans are born. She reaches into their hearts and feels the energy of every person in front of her as she guides them on a journey through song and experience. She believes music has an inexplicable effect on people. It is a place where she can share light and dark and the most vulnerable moments, with a clarity and genuine purpose that reassures her listeners through every word. She is a storyteller, and through this, reflects the world onto itself.

Five years after her last album was released—five years of growth, healing and head-down work— Leela’s fifth album will be released this year and she will be releasing it at Hugh’s Room Live in Spring 2019. It is more raw, more intimate and more Leela than anything you’ve heard from her before. Tickets on sale right now.

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Valdy with Doris Mason

Monday, May 6, 2019 | 8:30PM

Valdy with Doris Mason
Advance: $30.00 | Doors: $35.00 *

Valdy
Born Valdemar Horsdal in Ottawa, Valdy has been part of the fabric of Canadian pop and folk music for over 34 years. A man with a thousand friends, from Newfoundland to Vancouver Island to Texas to New Zealand, he’s a singer, guitarist and songwriter who catches the small but telling moments that make up life.

Remembered for Play Me a Rock and Roll Song, his bitter-sweet memory of finding himself, a relaxed and amiable story-teller, facing a rambunctious audience at the Aldergrove Rock Festival circa 1968, Valdy has sold more than half a million copies of his eighteen albums, has two Juno Awards (Folk Singer of the Year and Folk Entertainer of the Year), a total of seven Juno nominations and four Gold albums to his credit.

In 2011, Valdy was appointed the Order of Canada, one of the highest civilian honours available in Canada. Long as his career has been, Valdy continues to tour across North America, performing at various folk festivals and stages to continuing acclaim.

It is with great joy that Hugh’s Room Live welcomes Valdy back to the stage this spring. This will be a particularly special performance as he will be playing alongside fellow musician, Doris Mason, whose long list of accolades speak for themselves.

Doris Mason
This Pictou County native is a well known performer on the East Coast music scene, and has successfully juggled a busy solo career, work as Musical Director for the hit touring show “DRUM!”, and starred in Denny Doherty’s “Dream a Little Dream”- the nearly true story of the Mamas and Papas.

Doris grew up in a big musical family and was playing piano before her feet could touch the pedals. She wrote her first song at seven . Her training with the Royal Conservatory of Music garnered her many awards in Music Festivals in New Glasgow and Halifax. She formed a Pop/Jazz band and recorded a self-titled album “The Mason Chapman Band”. “Photograph” is her solo CD which garnered Doris an ECMA nomination. She was MD and Co-Producer of the Dutch Mason Blues Bash CD and Concert, honouring the “Prime Minister of the Blues” 60th Birthday. Ms. Mason has been a featured Artist with Symphony Nova Scotia as part of their Pops Concert Series along with singer/songwriters Ron Hynes, Terry Kelly, Gordie Sampson and Ian Janes. She paid tribute to Dutchy, Denny and John Allan Cameron on the 2008 ECMAs with J.P. Cormier, Charlie Acourt , George Canyon, Gordie and Shea.

Doris has been fortunate to have a multi-faceted background of celtic, folk ,blues and jazz which has afforded her a rich and diverse career throughout Nova Scotia, Canada, Europe and the United States.

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Zoe Chilco Presents: Songs to Inspire

Sunday, May 5, 2019 | 8:30PM

Zoe Chilco Presents: Songs to Inspire
Advance $25.00 / Door: $30.00

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Zoe Chilco

I had the idea for a benefit concert back in January, 2018, hoping to fulfill two goals. First, I wanted to help a women’s organization in the ongoing work of bringing dignity, housing, clothing, or any necessary aid to women here in Toronto. I chose to partner with “Sistering.” It’s a group that has been operating since the seventies, and has provided invaluable counselling and concrete and critical help to countless women.

Secondly, I wanted to hear songs of mine that have messages of equality, social justice, self-esteem, or environmental responsibility interpreted by different vocalists. I wanted it to be informed by the power of the music, and allow for interpretations of how the words might resonate with people. The night will feature the following artists as they pay tribute to the music of Zoe Chilco.

Dawn Duvall

Dawn DuVall started singing professionally in 1975, playing small Toronto venues; toured Ontario and the east coast for two years with a show band, and after that, with a second band for another year, before finally returning to Toronto where she joined a pop/rock band, again touring.

Later in Toronto, with pianist Lorraine Ingle, she formed a blues-based band, “The Hi-Lites”, and from that group she and Lorraine created the well-known blues and boogie duo “Blue Willow”, which, over fourteen years, performed and produced two cd’s, one of them award- winning.

Dawn is currently working with her partner/piano player Tom Melville, recording a new cd of eclectic styles of music with her band “Dawnsville”.

Kim Doolittle

My ninth studio album “Into The Blue” is the sum of a 43 year artistic journey. (It) dropped April 8, 2017, charting on Stingray Music, The Blues Radio Network, CBC, Toronto Blues Society Charts, Blues and Routes Radio, and Folk Routes to name a few.

“My….songs are reflective, and meant to create hope and optimism through strength, perseverance, trust, and spirit…. heavily influenced by blues, roots, gospel, folk, and kitchen parties courtesy of my Nova Scotian childhood.”

Taborah Johnson

Taborah Johnson is a Canadian singer and actress who began her career in the Toronto production of Hair as a teenager. She was subsequently a backing vocalist for Rick James from 1979 to 1982, including on James’ most famous single, “Super Freak”. She returned to Toronto, where she sang as a jazz performer and as a backing vocalist for her sister Molly’s band Infidels, and acted in occasional film and television roles. She appeared as the FLOTUS Chief of Staff, assistant to the First Lady, in her brother Clark’s feature film The Sentinel,[2] and the 1984 HBO TV movie The Guardian with Lou Gossett and Martin Sheen. She has also been creating voices in animation.

Cue Kirk

Cue Kirk is the Tobagonian Canadian Poetic Empress, Dub Poet, Author, and Community Mobilizer from Toronto Canada. In 2001, Cue made her poetic debut as the feature poet at Down One Lounge in Toronto Canada, and then took the nation by storm as the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s (CBC) 2005/2007 Poetry Face-off All Star winner in Ottawa. On stage this passionate performance poet is well known for combining her Tobago talk, jazzy vocals and movement to create a sensual and captivating poetic style.

These wonderful performers will be joined by a very lively and talented band of musicians.Jason Agouris – piano

Paul McKeracher – guitar

Rachel Melas – bass

Cathy Salvatori – drums

Julian Yarrow – piano

Sistering

Proceeds from this show will be going toward Sistering. Sistering is a multi-service agency for at-risk, socially isolated women in Toronto who are homeless or precariously housed. They provide many services, facilities, skill training courses and legal counselling and support, plus much more. For more information or to donate, please visit their website at www.sistering.org

The Wilkinsons

Friday, May 3, 2019 | 8:30PM

The Wilkinsons
Advance $30.00 / Doors $35.00 *

The Wilkinsons is a Canadian country music trio from Trenton, Ontario. Founded in 1997, the group consists of lead singer Amanda Wilkinson, her brother Tyler Wilkinson, and their father, Steve Wilkinson. The Wilkinsons achieved success late in 1998 with the hit single “26 Cents”, a Number One on the Canadian country music charts and Top 5 hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) charts. It was followed by “Fly (The Angel Song)”, also a No. 1 in Canada. A second album, Here and Now, produced the group’s last American top 40 hit in “Jimmy’s Got a Girlfriend”. Afterward, the trio recorded three more albums, one of which was not released, and of course a greatest hits package.

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Raine Hamilton + Campbell Woods

Thursday, May 2, 2019 | 8:30PM

Raine Hamilton + Campbell Woods
Advance: $20.00 | Doors: $25.00

Raine Hamilton
Raine’s new album, Night Sky (March 2018), tips between the earthly and the otherworldly; it is anchored in relatable lived experience, while reaching into the space just beyond, thinning the veil between here and there, affording safe passage to the rough and beautiful places.

Raine’s ethereal voice and lyrics are at the forefront of these powerful and relatable tunes, written both in English and in French. Alongside cello + double bass, and with Raine on violin or guitar, these songs have a moving string quartet feel with a cosmic reach.

Raine is also a charming and funny storyteller, pairing her vulnerable tunes with engaging story intros. Raine believes that music is for everyone, and that we all have something to share. An experienced educator, Raine offers workshops in songwriting and fiddle tune writing (EN/FR). Raine also offers concerts with American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation, to help make live music and the community that comes with it accessible to the Deaf community.

Raine has toured Canada extensively, driving, flying, and floating her way coast to coast. Highlights include: Performing songs with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (3 times!), playing a concert in a cave (10 stories below the earth!), playing festivals across Canada (Home County, Filberg Fest, Lilac Fest, The Works, Harvest Sun, Harvest Moon, Trout Forest), playing for her passage on Via Rail, and meeting so many amazing humans along the way. She reports a full and smiling heart <3.

Campbell Woods
Campbell Woods released his debut record, “Oxford Street” in the spring of April 2017. He’s been on the road ever since, performing everywhere from Vancouver to Halifax to Nashville to Austin. As a songwriter he’s been compared to Townes Van Zandt and John K. Sampson. Powerful songs, simply delivered. “Oxford Street” debuted at no. 4 on the Canadian folk radio charts and was nominated for a Toronto Independent Music Award.

The last two years have brought some exciting things: a new record, an opportunity to participate in the Banff Singer-Songwriter residency, music festivals from Halifax’s In The Dead of Winter to Vancouver Island’s Vancouver Island MusicFest, and ever more touring across Canada. Campbell is looking forward to releasing a new record in 2019, recorded in Montreal at the mythic hotel2tango.

“Campbell is one of the truest songwriters I’ve heard come out of Canada in a long time. His writing comes from the soul of an ancient spirit; he is a poet with a flair for haunting images. Campbell has done his homework when it comes to the craft of songwriting. His is a new, shining light!”

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The Simon and Garfunkel Story

Monday, April 29, 2019 | 8:30PM

Dr. Mike Daley Presents: The Simon and Garfunkel Story
Advance: $20.00 | Doors: $25.00

Dr. Mike Daley is a musicologist and sought-after lecturer known for his encyclopedic knowledge of musical history. He is also a longtime professional musician, working with the likes of Jeff Healey and the Travellers. In this new discussion and concert series, Mike details the story of Simon and Garfunkel. one of the bestselling music groups of the sixties. The duo became counterculture icons of the decade’s social revolution, alongside artists such as the Beatles, the Beach Boys, and Bob Dylan.

The night will feature the music of Simon and Garfunkel by Dr. Mike Daley and another pair of artists TBD. In between songs, Dr. Mike Daley will shed some light on the magic behind two of the most influential musicians on an entire generation, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel.

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David Newland CD Release

Friday, April 26, 2019 | 8:30pm

David Newland CD Release
Advance $25.00 / Door: $30.00 *

Featuring Inuit cultural performers Siqinuip Qilauta (Sunsdrum)

David Newland is a writer, musician and adventurer, and a familiar face at Hugh’s Room Live, as the longtime host and performer of the Gordon Lightfoot celebration The Way We Feel and many, many other events.

David’s musical presentation, Northbound: The Northwest Passage in Story and Song has been selling out venues across Canada for 3 years. The show has been recorded as a live album and David will be releasing the CD on this special night.

The Northbound! CD release will include stunning photos, video and original songs from David’s Arctic adventures. He’ll be joined by his band, Uncharted Waters (Saskia Tomkins, Sam Allison, Steafan Hannigan and Oisin Hannigan), featured performers, Siqiniup Qilauta—Sunsdrum, and special guests including Kirsten Jones, Alex Cheung, and more to perform Northbound in its entirety!

In November of 2015, David was named a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, a distinction that reflects a lifelong engagement with landscape and story. David Newland’s last album, Give It A Whirl, (launched at Hugh’s Room in 2012) has been played on CBC and on roots radio shows from coast to coast.

It’s an honour to help launch David Newland’s latest record and hope that the entire city can join in us in celebrating its release.


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