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A Birthday Tribute to Elvis Featuring The Lustre Kings

Saturday, January 11, 2020 | 8:00PM

Cadillac Lounge Presents: A Birthday Tribute to Elvis Featuring The Lustre Kings
Advance $30.00 / Door $35.00 *

Long live the king.

With a sound and style that uniquely combined his diverse musical influences and blurred and challenged the social and racial barriers of the time, Elvis Presley ushered in a whole new era of American music and popular culture.

He starred in 33 successful films, made history with his television appearances and specials, and knew great acclaim through his many, often record-breaking, live concert performances on tour and in Las Vegas. Globally, he has sold over one billion records, more than any other artist. His American sales have earned him gold, platinum or multi-platinum awards for 150 different albums and singles, far more than any other artist. Among his many awards and accolades were 14 Grammy nominations (3 wins) from the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, which he received at age 36, and his being named One of the Ten Outstanding Young Men of the Nation for 1970 by the United States Jaycees. Without any of the special privileges his celebrity status might have afforded him, he honorably served his country in the U.S. Army.

His talent, good looks, sensuality, charisma, and good humor endeared him to millions, as did the humility and human kindness he demonstrated throughout his life. Known the world over by his first name, he is regarded as one of the most important figures of twentieth century popular culture.

This January, we pay tribute to the king with a tribute by critically-acclaimed Lustre Kings from New York. Together with a specially curated group of featured musicians and singers, we’re going to celebrate his birthday in style. TIckets available right now.

The Lustre Kings
The Lustre Kings boast a devoted international fanbase and continue to perform over 150 dates a year, including regular stops at nightspots, festivals and casinos like Tip Top Deluxe, Skinny Dennis and The Continental Club; Viva Las Vegas, Heritage Folk Festival and the Rockin 50s Fest; and the Potawamoti Hotel. Gamsjager, a Gretsch guitars endorsee who has taught for the National Guitar Workshop, has been a guest at prestigious venues ranging from Kennedy Center (Washington DC) to the Montreal Jazz Fest.

Beginning with 1995’s Mark Gamsjager Rocks & The Lustre Kings Roll, the band staked a claim to a modern take on the reverb-driven sounds of early rock, leaning also on touchstones of country, blues and R&B. Other artists, like the famed “Queen of Rock,” Wanda Jackson, hear the authenticity in The Lustre Kings. Perhaps that’s why she hired Gamsjager and the group as her backing unit for many tours. “I have worked with many bands around the world through the years,” Jackson says, “and none are better than Mark Gamsjager and The Lustre Kings. Their fine showmanship and musical ability make them the greatest in my book. They rock!!”


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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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Connie Kaldor and Garnet Rogers

Wednesday, January 8, 2019 | 8:30pm

Connie Kaldor and Garnet Rogers
$35 Advance / $40 Door *

Garnet Rogers
Born in Hamilton, Ontario to parents of Nova Scotian descent, Garnet Rogers spent many hours in front of the old floor model radio listening to Grand Ol’ Opry broadcasts and harmonizing with his brother, the late folk legend Stan Rogers. Two years later, Garnet was playing the definitive 8-year-old’s version of “Desolation Row” on his ukulele. He soon abandoned that instrument to teach himself the flute, violin and guitar.

At 18, Garnet was on the road as a full-time working musician with brother Stan. Together they formed what has come to be accepted as one of the most influential duos in the history of North American folk music. Garnet acted as producer and arranger for his older brother from 1973 to 1983, when Stan died tragically in a plane crash.

Since then, Garnet has courageously established himself as a formidable solo artist. Hailed by the Boston Globe as a “…charismatic performer and singer — one of the major talents of our time,” they continue by saying that “Garnet’s vocal and instrumental talents are complimented by an undeniably powerful physical presence — close to six and a half feet tall — with the lungs to match.” With his “smooth, dark baritone” (Washington Post) his in- credible range and thoughtful, dramatic phrasing, Garnet is widely considered by fans and critics alike to be one of the finest singers anywhere. His music, like the man himself, is literate, passionate, highly sensitive, and deeply purposeful. Cinematic in detail, his songs give expression to the unspoken language of the heart. An opti- mist at heart, Garnet sings extraordinary songs about people who are not obvious heroes and of the small every- day victories. As memorable as his songs, his over-the-top humor and lightning-quick wit move his audiences from tears to laughter and back again.

Rogers has been the featured performer on numerous television and radio programs including Much Music, Mountain Stage, and All Things Considered. He has been a headliner at concert venues and festivals such as Wolf Trap, Lincoln Center, and Art Park; sharing the stage with performers such as Mary Chapin Carpenter, Billy Bragg, Bill Monroe, Ferron, Greg Brown, and Guy Clark. Though Garnet has enjoyed much popularity over the years, he remains resolutely independent, turning down offers from major labels to ensure that he contin- ues doing music his own way.

website: https://garnetrogers.com/
youtbe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MADHdKE032I

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“Just when you think you’ve got it all figured out, something roars in and it turns you about.”

Connie Kaldor writes this and more about the unexpected twists and turns of life and love. She could well be writing about her personal artistic complexities. Music pundits have tried to define the essence of the prairie-born acoustic performer for over two decades, but even the most eloquent have fallen short of perfection. Fact is, Connie Kaldor is a performer without borders. A contradiction in terms. She is a Juno Award-winning singer who has flourished on the folk music scene for over two decades, yet her repertoire of original material blurs musical boundaries, embracing elements of gospel, rock, country and western, folk, blue grass and adult contemporary.

She is an artist of substance without pretension, witty and urbane without condescension. She is a fearless chronicler of the human experience without the folksong angst. She has recorded nine albums, sold tens of thou- sands of copies, but has never had a commercial hit. Her live performances are legendary and her fan base broad and fiercely loyal. People come back to see her again and again because a Connie Kaldor performance is about more than just the power of music. It is also about the power of personality. What she says between songs is as intriguing as the lyrics she sings.

She has traveled prairie backroads to visit modest community centers and sold out concert halls in major cities. From Beijing to New Delhi to Saskatoon to Washington, Connie has triumphed with a mix of song and spoken word honed in pacing and tone by the many years she spent performing. Like many prairie girls in the 50s and 60s, Connie grew up singing in the church choir and listening to Patsy Cline and The Beatles on her record player. But it wasn’t until the 1980s, after four years spent performing with an avant-garde theatre company in Toronto, that Connie turned to music full time and was welcomed with open arms by the folk scene.

website: https://www.conniekaldor.com/
youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M009mhFg6wA


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Luke and the Apostles

Saturday, January 4, 2020 | 8:30PM

Luke and the Apostles
Advance $20.00 / Door $25.00 *

Luke and the Apostles were a 1960s blues band known for their 1967 hit “Been Burnt.” Members included Luke Gibson, Mike McKenna, Peter Jermyn, Jim Jones, and Pat Little. They are considered to be innovators of the electric Blues. Many of the members from Luke and the Apostles would go on to form other notable Canadian bands, including McKenna Mendelson Mainline, Kensington Market, and the Modern Rock Quartet.

An iconic band from Yorkville scene in Toronto, the boys are finally back again, making a rare appearance at Hugh’s Room Live to kick off the new year in style. Tickets available right now.

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Wintergarten Orchestra

Monday, December 30, 2019 | 8:30pm

Wintergarten Orchestra
$30 Advance / $35 Door *

Wintergarten Orchestra is known and loved for delivering popular songs from the USA, Berlin and Paris during the roaring 1920’s and 1930’s. Their influences include Cab Calloway, Paul Whiteman, Pasadena Roof Orchestra, Palast Orchestra. Needless to say, you’ll love this band if you’re a fan of movies like The Great Gatsby, Some Like it Hot Television series: Downton Abbey, Jeeves and Wooster or Boardwalk Empire.

This big collection of seasoned Toronto musicians are coming back to celebrate 2020 New Year’s Eve… somewhere in the world. We invite everyone to skip the madness of New Year’s Eve on the usual night, and join us for a night of spectacular music to ring it in ahead of the crowd. Brash horns, crooning vocals and soaring violins will take us back nearly a hundred years to the dawn of The Jazz Age!

website: https://wintergartenorchestra.com
youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxAPBiF7Qmo&feature=youtu.be

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* Ticket price includes a glass of bubbly for an early new year’s toast

Don Ross

Saturday, December 28, 2019 | 8:30pm

Don Ross
$40 Advance / $45 Door *

One of today’s true innovators of guitar composition and technique, Don Ross has emerged as one of the most respected musicians in Canada and one of the top guitarists in the world. In September 1996, he managed to do what no other player has done: win the prestigious U.S. National Fingerstyle Guitar Championship for the second time (he first won in 1988). The competition, held yearly in Winfield, Kansas, cannot be won only with immaculate technique, but the player’s music must also display a high degree of emotion and intensity — hallmarks of Don’s style.

Don continues to do extensive touring in Europe, Canada, the United States, Asia’s Pacific Rim, China, India, Australia and South America. When he’s not on the road, Don lives with his family in Halifax on the east coast of Canada.

website: https://donrossonline.com
youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VPvV2gzZJ5c&feature=youtu.be

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Suzie Vinnick

Friday, December 27, 2019 | 8:30pm

Suzie Vinnick
$25 Advance / $30 Door *

A Saskatoon native transplanted to the Niagara Region of Ontario, Suzie Vinnick is the proud owner of a gorgeous voice, prodigious guitar and bass chops, and an engagingly candid performance style.

Her career has seen triumph after triumph. Among her most recent successes: being awarded the 2019 Saskatchewan Jazz Festival Special Recognition Award; being nominated for a 2018 Canadian Folk Music Award for Producer of the Year with her co-producer, Mark Lalama.  Suzie achieved finalist status in the Solo/Duo Category at the 2013 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN; received the 2012 CBC Saturday Night Blues Great Canadian Blues Award and the 2012 Sirius XM Canada Blues Artist of the Year. Suzie has won 10 Maple Blues Awards (she has been nominated for 21 so far!), won the 2011 Canadian Folk Music Award for Contemporary Vocalist of the Year and is a 3X Juno Nominee.

Suzie has toured nationally with Stuart McLean’s The Vinyl Café and the John McDermott Band, and performed for Canadian Peacekeepers in Bosnia and the Persian Gulf. She was also the voice of Tim Horton’s for 5 years.

Suzie has just released her latest album, a full-band roots and blues extravaganza entitled Shake The Love Around.

“Suzie Vinnick is a unique talent; a triple threat singer/songwriter/guitarist. She is emotive, joyous and funky all in the same song. Shake the Love Around is a great evolutionary step for this thoughtful and engaging artist.”-  Blues Blast Magazine

website: http://www.suzievinnick.com
youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRmzq0i7AK

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Anthony Gomes

Sunday, December 22, 2019 | 8:30PM

Anthony Gomes
Advance $35.00 / Door $38.00 *

“A very talented guitarist… and where did that voice come from?” B.B. King

Anthony Gomes, #1 Billboard Blues Artist, is a triple threat force as a guitarist, vocalist and songwriter. This, along with his high-energy shows and dynamic stage presence, make him one of the top draws on the Rock/Blues circuit today.

Gomes’ new record Peace, Love & Loud Guitars, named Best Blues Album of 2018 by Blues Rock Review and SoundGuardian Magazine, is the culmination of a life spent honoring Blues traditions while never losing sight of his own identity. The Toronto-born guitar slinger stands his ground as a creative artist and is eager to push the Blues back into the mainstream.

“My goal is to keep the Blues fresh, exciting and even dangerous,” says Gomes. “I want to bring back the thrill longtime Bluesmen created in their day. At the same time, I think it’s very important for the music to grow and evolve.”

He has performed with the likes of B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Robert Plant, Heart, Sammy Hagar, Joe Bonamassa, .38 Special, Jonny Lang, Robert Cray and Kenny Wayne Shepherd.

Gomes recalled a conversation he had years ago with one of those legends. “B.B. King told me the Blues are like the laws of the land. They need to be amended to the times we live in,” Gomes said. “As an artist, it’s very exciting to think that the Blues can be just as groundbreaking today as it ever was.”

Believing that music can inspire the human spirit, Anthony founded the Music Is the Medicine Foundation in 2010. This non-profit organization is dedicated to changing the lives of others through the healing power of music.

Anthony Gomes has nothing left to prove while leaving all his passion on the table. Nonetheless, he continues striving to not only find the legendary “lost chord,” but the ultimate combinations of words, notes and performance. Looking for an actual 21st Century guitar hero? Here he is.

You can get a free album download featuring his hit song “Come Down” and other hit songs from throughout his career at: www.freegomesalbum.com.

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Kellylee Evans: Winter Song

Friday, December 20, 2019 | 8:30pm

Kellylee Evans Winter Song
$35 Advance / $40 Door *

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JUNO Award-winning jazz vocalist Kellylee Evans warms up the Azrieli Studio just in time for the season with Winter Song: an enchanting night of holiday classics, new standards, and Kellylee’s own gems.

Six albums deep, Kellylee Evans is still shaking it up on Come On, her latest Decca album.

The stylistic connoisseur has tackled everything from jazz to R&B and pop in such previous tasty classics fight or flight?, Nina – her Juno-winning tribute to the legendary Nina Simone – and I Remember When.

Praised by the Latin Jazz Network for a “gorgeous voice (that) rises to the heavens in rapturous wonder as if in consanguinity with a chorus of angels” and by the Yukon Arts Centre for “a stunning crystalline voice, both powerful and emotive,” Evans now pushes her muse firmly into the soulful pop territory with Come On: a wonderfully refreshing album about love and life that comes on the heels of two nearly career-ending accidents: a freak lightning strike in her Ottawa kitchen and further effects of a concussion suffered during a fall at her home.

However, Evans is nothing if not resilient: the runner-up of the 2004 Thelonious Monk Competition offers views on love and loss in an alluringly rhythmic approach that has touches of psychedelic pop, resonating soul groove and that je ne sais quoi that is strictly Kellylee and forged by her jazz discipline.

From the stirring soul-stomper “Come On” – which combines an effervescent Motown feel with traces of psychedelia – and the funky groove-a-liciousness of “Hands Up” to the string-and-horn-spiced magnetism of “Know His Worth,” the 10 songs of Come On find Kellylee at her most magically potent.

website: http://www.kellyleeevans.com/
youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPzjtRKRa8A

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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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