Archive for Pop

Steven Bowers CD Release with Mary Stewart

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 | 8:30pm

Steven Bowers CD Release with Mary Stewart
Advance $15 / Door $20 *

Steven Bowers
Steven Bowers writes songs that are as hooky as they are thoughtful, with a novelist’s grasp of the human condition, and a melody junkie’s thirst for pretty sounds. Born and raised in Newfoundland and living now on Vancouver Island, Bowers has just wrapped production of his fifth full length album, forthcoming in February 2019, produced by Jason Mingo and JUNO award-winning producer Colin Stewart (Dan Mangan, Yukon Blonde, Black Mountain). His 2012 release, Beothuk Words, landed placements on TV shows such as CBC’s Heartland (Season 4, Episode 1), and in independent films such as Roaming (2013 Best Feature Film Winner, Canadian Independent Film Festival). His 2008 effort Homing received significant airplay on CBC, specialty and folk radio programs across Canada, and generated nominations for Folk Recording, Songwriter and Producer of the Year from 2008 Music Nova Scotia Awards along with a JUNO Showcase and an East Coast Music Award nomination for Folk Recording of the Year. He lives in Victoria, BC, with his wife and their daughter.

Elk Island Park was written and recorded over a 4 year span in various bedrooms and studios across Canada, with many parts recorded and e-mailed back and forth over long distance. It features backing vocals from Juno award winning songwriter Meaghan Smith on several songs (most notably on the post-apocalyptic Just You), along with appearances by Bowers long-time collaborators Dave Gunning, Jason Silverberg (Lennings), and Kev Corbett. During the time of production, Steven worked at a youth society on Treaty 6 territory in Edmonton. Several of the songs (Shelter, The Bear) were inspired by this time and recorded at the youth music studio. Title track Elk Island Park was written after a less-than-confident winter walk through the park with his newborn daughter. The final two tracks (Bad Friend, and lead single Future Ghosts) were recorded and produced by Colin Stewart, and feature Vancouver Island musicians Jaya Bremer (vocals/synth), Nick Mintenko (bass), and Andrew Pederson (drums).

Mary Stewart
Mary Stewart isn’t a singer songwriter. Well, she does sing and she likely writes more songs than anyone you’ve ever met, but if you’re picturing a sullen woman perched atop a wooden stool, playing depressing songs on her oversized acoustic, you’ve pegged her all wrong.

In fact, Mary has never sported an acoustic guitar during a live show and prefers to strum along on her Gretsch, singing clever pop songs, and sharing anecdotes about her love of baking, cats, and hopes of becoming Sidney Crosby’s wife.

My parents would bring me along to gigs because it was easier than finding a babysitter,” says Mary. She really didn’t stand a chance to fall in love with any career other than music.

At 16, Mary had her first recording experience and shared it with fellow New Glasgow native, George Canyon who has since become a long-standing supporter of Mary’s music.

Canyon isn’t the only heavyweight Mary has had the chance to work with. She’s opened for acts like Jill Barber, Wintersleep, Jenn Grant, and Blue Rodeo. A huge fan of Jim Cuddy, Mary giggles, “I almost wore a wedding dress on stage.

Among her many accolades, Mary was nominated for Music Nova Scotia’s Female Artist Recording of the year in 2009.

Mary currently uses Toronto as her stomping grounds, performing at famous venues like The Horseshoe Tavern, Hugh’s Room Live, The Drake and is rarely not on a bill somewhere. She recently played a packed show at Canadian Music Week and is gearing up for the release of her second album, Chances are I Like You.

The record is the result of a hugely successful yearlong project where Mary wrote one song each day, allowing website statistics and fan votes to dictate which of the 365 songs would make their way onto the album. Because of the unique conception, Mary says that the album doesn’t really have a conscious theme. Instead, it is a snapshot of a year – and not necessarily a good one.

The tunes have that gritty and wonderfully natural feel, but still rely heavily on Mary’s pop sensibilities that make her immediately pleasant to listen to, and we’re delighted to have her as the opening act to the CD Release of Steven Bowers here at Hugh’s Room Live in March.

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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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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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