Archive for Sylvia Tyson

Quartette

Sunday, December 8, 2019 | 8:30pm

Quartette
$50 Advance / $55 Door

Since their debut in 1993, the four members of Quartette have been both publicly and critically acclaimed for their lush harmonies and delightfully diverse repertoire. Cindy Church, Caitlin Hanford, Gwen Swick, and Sylvia Tyson are seasoned singer/songwriters whose influences range from blues and gospel to folk and country to jazz and pop.

The group’s first appearance, a showcase of Canadian women songwriters, took place at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre. What began as a “songwriter in the round” concert of musical friends grew into an inspired collaboration. This initial performance generated an appearance on CBC Radio’s Morningside with host Peter Gzowski. The phones began to ring with requests for a recording, and seven months later in April of 1994, the self-titled album, “Quartette,” was released to rave reviews. This was followed by coast-to-coast tours of theatres, folk festivals, performances with symphony orchestras, and live appearances on radio, including two appearances on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion.

In 1995 a second album, “Work of the Heart ,” was released and, following this, CBC’s Adrienne Clarkson Presents profiled the group in an hour-long special.

With the untimely death of original member, Colleen Peterson, in 1996, Quartette elected to continue performing, and welcomed another musical friend, Gwen Swick, to the group. Gwen’s skills as a songwriter and vocal arranger carried the group to a new level as they prepared to record once again, and the result was “In The Beauty Of The Day,” released in 1998.

Quartette has received several Juno nominations, won a Canadian Country Music Award for best vocal collaboration, performed with major symphony orchestras across Canada, and recorded the CMT-TV special, “A Quartette Christmas.” They have also released two Christmas CDs, “It’s Christmas!” in 1996, and “I See A Star” in 2002, both of which are collections of traditional and original Christmas songs, and their Christmas shows have become a tradition with audiences across the country.

Quartette continues to tour and record. In October of 2007, they released their sixth recording, “Down At The Fair,” produced by legendary guitarist, arranger and producer Colin Linden.

An evening with Quartette is always a magical musical journey.

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Sylvia Tyson

Tuesday, July 9, 2019 | 8:30PM

Sylvia Tyson  
Advance: $40.00 / Doors: $45.00

Sylvia Tyson started performing professionally in 1959 as one-half of the internationally acclaimed folk duo, Ian and Sylvia. She wrote her first song, “You Were On My Mind”, in 1962, and three years later it reached #3 on the Billboard chart for a group called We Five, subsequently hitting the British charts as a hit for Crispian St Peter.

Through the sixties and early seventies, Ian and Sylvia produced thirteen popular albums and toured extensively in North America and Europe, sharing their manager, Albert Grossman, with such luminaries as Bob Dylan, Peter Paul and Mary, The Band, and Janis Joplin. The duo went their separate ways in 1977.

Sylvia has continued to have a long and successful solo career. She has recorded ten albums, written over two hundred songs and has for the last twenty years also recorded and performed with three other well-known Canadian female singer-songwriters in a group called Quartette. As well, she has had a long and distinguished radio and television career, both in music and in documentaries.

Sylvia is an emeritus member of the boards of CARAS (Canadian music awards) of FACTOR (funding body for Canadian artists), and she is one of the founders and past president of The Canadian Songwriters’ Hall of Fame.
She is also a member of the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, The Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame, and has received Canada’s highest civilian honour, The Order of Canada.

In 1985 she co-edited with Tom Russell a songwriter book entitled And Then I Wrote – The Songwriter Speaks, a collection of quotes from songwriters about their craft (from Stephen Foster to Stevie Wonder).

Her first book, Joyner’s Dream, a work of fiction was published in March of 2011, and a CD of music was released under the same title.

She continues to perform as a solo artist, and as a member of Quartette. She is presently working on her second novel.

 

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Sweet Jane

Thursday, April 11, 2019 | 8:30PM

A Night for Sweet Jane
$50.00 Advance / $55.00 Door *

Sylvia Tyson
Marc Jordan
Amy Sky
Ian Thomas
Brent Titcomb
Dala
Ault Sisters
Liam Russell-Titcomb
The Good Brothers
And more…
Hosted by: Nicholas Jennings

Jane Harbury has been committed to the Canadian music industry for over fifty years. Her career as a publicist began after tackling multiple entertainment business roles in the late ’60s – from managing the Riverboat, an infamous Yorkville coffee house, to working as personal assistant to record producer Brian Ahern, and booking Eastern Sound, the leading Toronto recording studio of the day.

She is the founder of Jane Harbury Publicity (JHP), which has handled publicity for numerous music festivals, productions and venues, one of which is Hugh’s Room Live. While this unrivalled ambassador of Canadian music has received numerous awards for her contributions to the industry, we at Hugh’s Room Live would like to dedicate an entire evening of music to show just some of our appreciation.

With roots running so deeply into music history, Jane Harbury has made immeasurable contributions to Canadian music, championing innumerable artists along the road, and we’ve invited them all to come share in the celebration.

Throughout the night, some will perform and some will simply listen. Everyone, however, is here for just one reason. Her name is Jane Harbury, a woman to whom all of us at Hugh’s Room Life feel eternally indebted and to so many others across the the music industry, feel increasingly fortunate to know. Please join us in this musical celebration for one of the most caring and passionate undercover icons in Canadian music, Jane Harbury.

With others still to come and more we simply can’t announce, we are overjoyed that the following artists are confirmed to perform in our Night for Sweet Jane.

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