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Stephen Fearing * 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.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020 | 8:30PM

Stephen Fearing
Advance $30 / Door $35 *

Stephen Fearing was born in 1963 in Vancouver, British Columbia and grew up in Dublin, Ireland where his schoolmates included future members of U2. In 1981, he moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota and immersed himself in the music scene, learning the fundamentals of song writing and performing, while washing dishes to stay alive.

By 1984 he was back in Vancouver, determined to become a professional musician. In the years since, he’s been named as one of the finest songwriters in Canada and has built a national – and international – audience for his music, doing it old school through countless performances at intimate venues and on the concert stages of festivals and theatres across Canada, the US, the UK, and Europe, with appearances at major events like the Reading Festival and WOMAD, to name just a few.

In 1996 he co-founded Blackie and the Rodeo Kings with Colin Linden and Tom Wilson. Originally intended to be a one-off collaboration to record a tribute album of songs written by Canadian folk music legend Willie P. Bennett, the trio quickly recognized they had created something worthy of further exploration and both critics and audiences agreed. More than 22 years later, with nine albums and a JUNO award to their credit, the band has become one of the most respected names in North American roots-rock. Their musical collaborators are many, but to name a few – Emmylou Harris, Nick Lowe, City and Colour, Keb’ Mo’, Jason Isbell, Lucinda Williams, Bruce Cockburn, Sam Phillips, Pam Tillis, Vince Gill, Cassandra Wilson, Serena Ryder, Holly Cole, and Mary Margaret O’Hara.

In 1998, Stephen Fearing met Andy White backstage at the Winnipeg Folk Festival and a fast friendship was formed. In addition to his own work, White is known for his collaborations with Van Morrison, Peter Gabriel, and Sinead O’Connor. As the duo Fearing & White they have released two critically-acclaimed albums and toured throughout Canada and the UK.

Fearing has released ten albums as a solo artist, featuring musical guests including: Bruce Cockburn, Margo Timmons, Rose Cousins, Richard Thompson, Shawn Colvin, and Sarah McLachlan. When not working behind the microphone, he spends time producing records including Suzie Vinnick’s JUNO Award-nominated album Happy Here. “I really enjoy collaborating with other artists. It’s a blast and, as a bonus, gives me a chance to learn and expand my skill set.”

“Fearing’s music crackles with ideas and collaborative energy… masterful guitar work from acoustic rock rhythm to elegant finger style.” – Acoustic Guitar Magazine

He also shares his knowledge and experience with fellow musicians through songwriting workshops. “The classes dovetail nicely with performing,” Fearing said. “My students are from all walks of life and I enjoy helping to coax them out of their comfort zones to create songs they might not have otherwise found.”

Like the guests on his albums, the many awards and nominations that have come his way over the years speak to the respect he has earned among his peers, presenters, and critics. His abiding love for his craft and ability to delight audiences are further reflected in multiple JUNO and Canadian Folk Music Awards nominations and awards and an ever-expanding touring circuit throughout North America, the UK, and Europe. For his album Every Soul’s a Sailor he was awarded the 2017 Worldwide Album of the Year by Blues & Roots Radio and named 2017 Contemporary Singer of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards.

“A master of the finely-turned phrase and the perfectly-pitched line.” – Maverick Magazine

Through a life of many relocations and countless months on the road performing, Fearing has become a gifted storyteller and true musical nomad with the ability to enthrall audiences of all sizes and attitudes. “Getting on stage is the fun part, especially when the adrenaline kicks in,” he says, with a broad smile. “People want to escape and be taken on a journey. I build my shows so they do just that.”


* Advertised pricing excludes taxes, ticketing and sustainability fees.

* Ticket Price: $30.00
* Service Fee: $4.00
* Sustainability Fee: $5.00
* HST: $5.07

* Total Ticket Price: $44.07

Trumpet Rhapsody: Luca Seccafieno and Fabrizio Viti

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 | 8:30PM

Trumpet Rhapsody: Luca Seccafieno and Fabrizio Viti Present An Evening of Stellar Chamber Music 
Advance $25 / Door $30 *

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

Luca Seccafieno and Fabrizio Viti present a program focused on rhapsodic style. The first part is dedicated to Arutiunian’s Armenia and the elegance of Charlier. The second part is a tribute to the city of New York, the energy of West Side Story, and the magic of Rhapsody in Blue.

This performance will feature the B-flat, C, and E-flat trumpets as well as the flugelhorn and piano.

Luca Seccafieno, 1st trumpet of the Venice Chamber Orchestra from 2004 to 2011, has produced several recordings for Sony and Universal and has worked with numerous film productions. Seccafieno is signed with an international literary agency as a writer and screenwriter: this year, a new novel is expected to be released as well as a movie inspired by the same book of which he is author and screenwriter. He has published several methods for trumpet exported throughout Europe, United States, Asia and Oceania with publishing companies Albatros and Raitrade. Luca Seccafieno is a brand ambassador for Paul Picot.

Luca is an endorser of Schilke and trumpet teacher at the communal music school in Viterbo. He holds masterclasses regularly in the prestigious conservatories of Venice, Padua, Riva Del Garda, Trento, l’Aquila, Cagliari, Bari, Benevento, Avellino, Alexandria as well as the Miranda de Ebro University of Burgos in Spain. His experience as a musician led him to collaborate with prestigious institutions such as Parco della Musica of Rome, Carnegie Hall in new York, Sydney Opera House, CBSO Center in Birmingham, St John’s Smith Square in London, Konzerthaus Berlin, Konzerthalle Freiburg, Liederhalle Stuttgart, Alte Oper Frankfurt, Musikhalle Hamburg, Konzerthalle Klagenfurt, Thailand Cultural Centre in Bangkok.

Fabrizio Viti was born in Viterbo in 1971. At a very young age, he began an intense performing activity, playing both as a soloist and in chamber formations. Viti has played for several music institutions such as Associazione Filarmonica Umbra, Festival Barocco in Viterbo and A.GI.MUS (Youth Association Music) of Rome; he has also performed in important music halls such as La Fenice (Venice), St. Cecilia Conservatory and Auditorium della Conciliazione in Rome. Viti has collaborated with world-famous musicians such as baritone Giuseppe Taddei, with whom he reinterpreted Falstaff by G. Verdi, and Franco Petracchi, under whose direction he played The Emperor, Beethoven’s 5th Concert for piano and orchestra. For many years, Fabrizio Viti has collaborated as piano accompanist at the vocal chamber music masterclass held by tenor Degl’Innocenti at Teatro dell’Unione (Viterbo). He has also studied Lied literature in German, French, Italian, Russian and English. Currently he works with soprano Lucia Napoli, tenor Baltazar Zúñiga and violinist Gianluca Saggini. Viti has won many piano competitions thanks to his technique and attention to sound details. At a very young age he won a national competition qualifying for the position of piano professor. Fabrizio Viti is the youngest Piano Principal Professor at national level; currently he teaches at Conservatory “G. Pergolesi” in Fermo.

He graduated at the F. Morlacchi Conservatory in Perugia with full marks and honours. At the International Music Academy in Novara, he attended masterclasses held by Lazar Berman and Sergio Perticaroli, who selected Viti to attend the Mozarteum University in Salzburg and the “Josè Iturbi” piano masterclass in Valencia. He also received a diploma after having attended a three-year masterclass at the National Academy of Santa Cecilia in Rome, a class reserved to a shortlist of 12 pianists from all over the world. He has attended several masterclasses held by world-renowned pianists such as F. J. Thiollier, J. Demus, B. Petrushansky, A. Lonquich, R. Vlad, P. Camicia and R. Laganà.

* Advertised pricing excludes taxes, ticketing and sustainability fees