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An Evening for Jack with Paul Reddick * Postponed

Notice of Postponement Due to COVID-19

Monday, March 16, 2020

Like everyone else in the world, Hugh’s Room Live is closely monitoring the situation around the COVID-19 outbreak. Based on the information currently available, we have made the painfully difficult decision to postpone all shows through to the end of April, effective immediately.
If you have tickets for a postponed show, please watch for more information about rescheduling. We will notify every ticket holder when a new date and venue are found for each the shows on our calendar. If you are unable to attend a rescheduled show, we ask everyone to please consider their ticket purchase a donation to Hugh’s Room Live instead of requesting a refund. As a non-profit registered charity, we will gladly send you a tax receipt for the equivalent amount of your purchase.

Like so many art, culture and hospitality organizations, our artists and staff are struggling greatly during this time. We encourage everyone in our audience here to continue supporting live music wherever possible until we reach the other side of this pandemic that has so devastated the arts and culture of our society. We will of course be reevaluating our decision on a daily basis as we navigate the new circumstances around the pandemic, please know that your continued support, understanding and advocacy in the interim will add much-needed sustainability to our venue and industry at large. Thank you.

Thursday, March 26, 2020 | 8:30PM

An Evening for Jack with Paul Reddick 
Advance $25 / Door $30 *

Doors: 6:00PM
Performance: 8:30PM

On November 19, 2018, my husband, Jack, died of cancer. On March 21, 2019, we celebrated his life with a concert at Hughs Room Live called “A Night for Jack with Paul Reddick”. We heard great blues, had a lot of fun, and raised over $5000 for the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation. Jack would have been absolutely thrilled. He was a huge fan of Paul’s and indeed it was Paul’s album, Ride the One, that we played as Jack died.

It’s time to do it again,

Please join me on March 26, 2020 for A Night for Jack with Paul Reddick 2.0. We won’t mess with a solid formula – the same great blues from Paul and his band, excellent a la carte dinner from the Hugh’s Room Live kitchen, some fun with a silent auction with items on offer to suit every taste and every pocketbook, and some words about the importance of cancer research.

See you soon,

Celia Chandler

* Advertised pricing excludes taxes, ticketing and sustainability fees.

* Ticket Price: $25.00
* Service Fee: $4.00
* Sustainability Fee: $5.00
* HST: $4.42

* Total Ticket Price: $38.42

BluesIn’ Toronto Presents a Tribute to Muddy + The Wolf * Postponed

Notice of Postponement Due to COVID-19

Monday, March 16, 2020

Like everyone else in the world, Hugh’s Room Live is closely monitoring the situation around the COVID-19 outbreak. Based on the information currently available, we have made the painfully difficult decision to postpone all shows through to the end of April, effective immediately.
If you have tickets for a postponed show, please watch for more information about rescheduling. We will notify every ticket holder when a new date and venue are found for each the shows on our calendar. If you are unable to attend a rescheduled show, we ask everyone to please consider their ticket purchase a donation to Hugh’s Room Live instead of requesting a refund. As a non-profit registered charity, we will gladly send you a tax receipt for the equivalent amount of your purchase.

Like so many art, culture and hospitality organizations, our artists and staff are struggling greatly during this time. We encourage everyone in our audience here to continue supporting live music wherever possible until we reach the other side of this pandemic that has so devastated the arts and culture of our society. We will of course be reevaluating our decision on a daily basis as we navigate the new circumstances around the pandemic, please know that your continued support, understanding and advocacy in the interim will add much-needed sustainability to our venue and industry at large. Thank you.

Thursday, March 19, 2020 

BluesIn’ Toronto Presents a Tribute to Muddy + The Wolf
Featuring Eric Schenkman (of the Spin Doctors), Dan McKinnon, Sean Pinchin, Dylan Wickens and Danny Marks (Host)
Advance $40 / Door $45 *

Doors: 6:00PM
Performance: 8:30PM

MUDDY WATERS wasn’t just a blues legend; he is an American icon. His time in history was before synthesizers and digital compositions, when music was raw. His music was the place a black sharecropper from the Mississippi could empty all of his pain, talent and intellect and make sure the world remembered his name.

HOWLIN’ WOLF was larger life in every respect. As an entertainer, as an individual, and as a bluesman, he was outsized, unpredictable, and always his own man. He was a great blues singer who possessed that quality of egocentric self-absorption that is the mark of the true showman. To many people this may seem contradictory, but Wolf proved that to its natural audience blues is not all pain and suffering, but is instead a kind of release.

Host and fan favourite guitarist DANNY MARKS, Maple Blues winner of Blues With a Feeling Award for Lifetime Achievement, was an iconic rocker from the 60s as a founding member of Edward Bear and an esteemed session musician throughout the 70s. He developed a cult following in the 80s known for music and  humor with a house band gig at Toronto’s famed Albert’s Hall. He hosted national TV show, Stormy Monday, was a star of CBC Radio’s hit series the Hum Line and released 2 original music CDs: Guitarchaeology and True, before paying tribute to Toronto’s R&B roots with Big Town Boy in 2005. In 2012 he returned to his roots with the award winning CD “A Friend In the Blues” and a starring turn as host of HiFi ’s celebrated TV series “Cities In Blue”. Well known as host of JAZZ FM’s Saturday night radio show, bluz.fm, Danny continues to perform in to delighted fans of the blues, roots and rock ‘n’ roll.

You may have seen ERIC SCHENKMAN, onstage before thousands of fans worldwide with the Spin Doctors. He is one of the band’s not-so-secret weapons — a vital songwriter and virtuoso guitarist who crafted the ‘90s band and co-wrote all five of their Top 100 hits. He also worked with Chico Hamilton, Carly Simon, Natalie Merchant, Noel Redding, Phoebe Snow and Corky Laing, among many other notable musicians.

Singer, guitarist, songwriter, bandleader and creator of Stone Free Tribute to Jimi Hendrix.  Canadian recording artist, DYLAN WICKENS, twenty years into a career continues to reinvent and challenge himself.  Whether touring and recording with Dylan Wickens Band, his Hendrix tribute or the latest project, guitar and drums duo, Northern Social, he’s all in ; all the time. Wickens has performed with and/or opened shows for artists including Downchild Blues Band, Pat Travers, Sonny Landreth, Kevin Breit, David Wilcox, Serena Ryder, Shakura S’Aida, and the late Jeff Healey.  Having twice won the Toronto Blues Society New Talent Search, a nominee at The Maple Blues Awards, and with Nationally charted songs to his credit, he continues to create and blur the edges of the traditional blues sound; never content to rely on tradition.

Juno nominee slide-guitar-hero SEAN PINCHIN is back with eight-song blues tour-de-force: Bad Things. His 2016 breakthrough album Monkey Brain nabbed him a 2017 Juno Nomination for Blues Album of the Year and cemented his reputation as a guitar player’s guitar player. The album took his singing to a new level and turned heads with his best songs yet. One reviewer’s description summed up many people’s reaction to Sean’s killer brand of modern blues: “track after track built from masterfully infectious riffs with lyrics as smart as one might hear from a top-notch pop songsmith … power, drive and gobs of style.” (Duane Verh, Roots Music Report) Bad Things continues where Monkey Brain left off: BIG riffs, heartfelt gritty singing and songs that will be earworms for weeks after only a couple of listens. Sean puts the history of blues guitar music into a blender and it comes out all dirty and grimy, sounding at once like something you’ve never quite heard before, while remaining true to the lineage that Sean so clearly reveres. The overwhelmingly positive reaction to Monkey Brain(2016) and Sean’s increasingly compelling live show saw him graduate to many larger theatre and festival stages in the years since he released Rustbucket(2013).

Toronto-based blues/rock guitarist DAN McKINNON has been working hard to establish himself as a Canadian Blues artist on the rise. Following the success of his debut full-length album As Sharp As Possible (2013 Canadian Blues Debut of the Year from the Blues Underground Network) and a year where he won the 2017 Toronto Blues Society’s Talent Search and the Amy Louie Grossman’s Music Scholarship, he is back with a brand new album The Cleaner, a ten-song collection of raucous, hard-hitting blues/rock that has pays homage to the music’s greats, all while keeping an eye on where blues can go in the years to come. Esteemed music blog Blues Rock Review once wrote, “With one great lick, a genre can don a new face, a new energy and excitement. Enter Toronto native Dan McKinnon…from the slow and soulful to the edgy solos that really bite, the road ahead knows no limits.”

* Advertised pricing excludes taxes, ticketing and sustainability fees.

* Ticket Price: $40.00
* Service Fee: $4.00
* Sustainability Fee: $5.00
* HST: $6.37

* Total Ticket Price: $55.37

Miss Emily

Saturday, February 29, 2020

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

Doors: 6:00pm
Performance: 8:30pm

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.

website: https://themissemily.com/
video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E61WxdPFlqg

* Advertised pricing excludes taxes and ticketing fees.

* Ticket Price: $25.00
* Service Fee: $4.00
* Sustainability Fee: $5.00
* HST: $4.42

* Total Ticket Price: $38.42

Blues Party Tonight with Danny Marks

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Blues Party Tonight with Danny Marks
Tickets: $150

Doors: 6:00pm
Performance: 7:30pm

Get ready for a showcase of Toronto’s top blues talent.

BLUZ.FM host Danny Marks is joined by some of Canada’s most renowned blues musicians and emerging artists for one night only at Hugh’s Room Live on Wednesday, February 26.

Enjoy performances by Harrison Kennedy, Paul Reddick, Alison Young, Jenie Thai, Anwar Khurshid, Carolyn Fe, Bill and Jesse King, and many more. They’ll all be backed by the house band featuring keyboardist Jesse O’Brien, drummer Matt Burns and bassist Justine “the Bass Machine” Fischer.20 *

Juno Award winner Harrison Kennedy is a music legend all around the world, having taken his homespun, globetrotting blues to Europe and back. His origins with the group Chairmen of the Board give him that lasting Motown cred.

Paul Reddick, known as “Canada’s poet of the blues,” has many awards under his harmonica belt and brings a profound lyricism to every note he sings and plays.

Bill and Jesse King are the celebrated co-hosts of Soul Nation on JAZZ.FM91. Bill King’s music legacy is legendary, while his son Jesse is an award-winning musician on the cutting edge of mixing modern and timeless funk.

Montreal-based actress, singer, songwriter, broadcaster and activist Carolyn Fe brings a touch of Mae West to her stage show. She likes her blues on the edge and off-centre.

The sensational Alison Young is on every band leader’s list as the first call for support. This time, the sassy saxophonist steps into the spotlight and will dazzle with her soulful diversity.

Rising star Jenie Thai is an accomplished singer-songwriter and pianist who is capturing hearts across Canada and beyond. Her composition Now Is All You Have is a JAZZ.FM91 fave.

Anwar Khurshid is a genre-bending sitar master who will lend an exotic touch to the proceedings. His experience in both blues and classical music will come to the fore.

Matt Burns and Justine “the Bass Machine” Fischer make up a fine young rhythm section well known as the heartbeat of Hamilton. The two will bring their deep groove over to Toronto to back up all the features in Blues Party Tonight.

And last but not least, Danny Marks is our congenial master of ceremonies, well known to JAZZ.FM91 listeners as Saturday night’s host of BLUZ.FM. He promises a night of spontaneous combustion in music and spirit, featuring all the many colours of the blues.

For tickets, head to Jazz FM.