Archive for Toronto Music

Grace Petrie

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Grace Petrie
Advance $30  / Door $35*

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

Grace Petrie (born 1987) is a folk singer-songwriter and guitarist from Leicester, UK. She was hailed in The Guardian as “a powerful new songwriting voice” in 2011.

Grace Petrie began performing in 2006 as a solo vocalist and acoustic guitarist, and self-released an eponymous album that year, followed in 2007 by second album Feeling Better. In 2010, the advent of the Conservative-led coalition government following the (UK) general election influenced Petrie, who is a socialist, feminist, and lesbian,towards an increasing emphasis on politically focused songwriting, from a left-wing perspective. She made her debut appearance on Glastonbury’s Leftfield stage at the invitation of Billy Bragg in summer 2010, and widely praised third album Tell Me A Story followed, including signature song “Farewell to Welfare”.

Petrie has made an annual appearance at Glastonbury since 2010 as well as regularly playing festivals such as Towersey, Greenbelt Festival, Latitude and others. She has toured nationally with Emmy the Great, Billy Bragg and comedian Robin Ince, and has made several appearances on BBC Radio 4’s The Now Show.

Website: https://gracepetrie.com/
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mzU7aIk1dGI

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Midsummers Night Dream with Wintergarten Orchestra

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Midsummers Night Dream with Wintergarten Orchestra
Advance $25  / Door $30*

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

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 & Wooster, Boardwalk Empire.

This big collection of seasoned Toronto musicians are coming back to Hugh’s Room Live this July with gems of early swing, cabaret, latin, and salon music. Brash horns, crooning vocals and soaring violins 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

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Benny Golson

Friday, May 1, 2020 | 8:30PM

Benny Golson
Advance $60 / Door $70 *

Jazz Icon, Benny Golson was born in Philadelphia, PA on January 25, 1929. Golson has played in the bands of Benny Goodman, Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, Earl Bostic and Art Blakey. Few musicians can claim a recording career that literally redefines the term “jazz”. Benny Golson has made major contributions to the world of jazz with such jazz standards as: Killer Joe, I Remember Clifford, Along Came Betty, Stablemates, Whisper Not, Blues March, Five Spot After Dark, Are you Real?

Benny Golson is the only living jazz artist to have written 8 standards for jazz repertoire. For more than 60 years, Golson has enjoyed an illustrious, musical career and continues to impress critics, fans and fellow musicians.

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One For The Foxes

Sunday, April 19, 2020 | 8:30PM

One For The Foxes
Advance $20 / Door $25 *

Dave Curley, Tadhg Ó Meachair & Joanna Hyde form an exciting and dynamic transatlantic trio that presents a rousing blend of Irish and American folk music, having already won over audiences on both sides of the ocean. The group is made up of Dublin’s Tadhg Ó Meachair (Goitse), Galway’s Dave Curley (SLIDE) and Denver, Colorado’s Joanna Hyde (The Hydes), and features a mix of Irish and American folk music and song – both traditional and newly- composed – presented in an energetic and engaging manner. Their performances strike a tasteful balance between the stories found in ballads across both sides of the Atlantic and the respective instrumental music traditions of these places. Award-winning instrumentalists each in their own right, Dave, Tadhg & Joanna take a unique twist on the diverse strengths of their individual backgrounds, weaving between traditional melodies, their own compositions, and songs from the broader folk canon. The results are highly personalised and thrilling in their daring and forthright grasp of the material. Through a shared deep-rooted passion for Irish traditional music, this trio highlights the vital role of Irish traditional music as an origin of many American folk musics, and explores how those styles can interact with one another in a manner both eclectic and grounded.

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Marcia Ball with Tommy Castro & The Painkillers

Wednesday, April 8, 2020 | 8:30PM

Marcia Ball with Tommy Castro & The Painkillers
Advance $65 / Door $70 *

Tommy Castro and the Painkillers

“Castro’s aggressive, inspired attack on vocals and guitar is phenomenal.” –Washington Post 

 “Tommy Castro & The Painkillers showcase the power of the blues, soul and down-and-dirty rock ‘n’ roll…rousing and infectious. This is energizing, scorching, soul-shaking music….pure pleasure.” –Living Blues

Whether he’s squeezing out the deepest blues or playing the funkiest soul grooves, legendary blues and soul giant Tommy Castro knows how to ignite a crowd. Over the course of his still-unfolding career, the guitarist, vocalist and songwriter has released 15 albums ranging from horn-fueled soul and R&B to piping hot blues to fiery rock ‘n’ roll. He’s performed all over the world, earning countless fans with his legendary, sweat-drenched, exhilarating live shows. Castro’s band, The Painkillers—bassist Randy McDonald, drummer Bowen Brown and keyboardist Michael Emerson—have now been playing together over four years. After hundreds of live shows, they have coalesced into one of the telepathically tightest units Castro has ever assembled, making them one of the most in-demand live roots music acts performing today. Billboard says the band plays “irresistible contemporary blues-rock” with “street-level grit and soul.”

website: www.tommycastro.com/

Marcia Ball
Marcia Ball, the 2018 Texas State Musician Of The Year, has won worldwide fame and countless fans for her ability to ignite a full-scale roadhouse rhythm and blues party every time she takes the stage. Her rollicking Texas boogies, swampy New Orleans ballads and groove-laden Gulf Coast blues have made her a one-of-a-kind favorite with music lovers all over the world.

With Shine Bright, Ball set out to, in her words, “Make the best Marcia Ball record I could make.” In doing so, she has put together the most musically substantial, hopeful and uplifting set of songs of her five-decade career. Produced by Steve Berlin (Los Lobos) and recorded in Texas and Louisiana, Shine Bright contains twelve songs (including nine originals), ranging from the title track’s rousing appeal for public and private acts of courage to the upbeat call to action of Pots And Pans, a song inspired by renowned Texas political writer and humorist Molly Ivins. From the humorous advice of Life Of The Party to the poignantly optimistic World Full Of Love, the intensity of Ball’s conviction never wavers while, simultaneously, the fun never stops. Shine Bright is exactly the album Ball set out to make.

website: www.marciaball.com

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An Evening for Jack with Paul Reddick 

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

 

 

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Coco Montoya and Ronnie Baker Brooks 

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Coco Montoya and Ronnie Baker Brooks 
Advance $40 / Door $45 *

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

Coco Montoya
Henry “Coco” Montoya was born in Santa Monica, California, on October 2, 1951, and raised in a working class family. Growing up, Coco immersed himself in his parents’ record collection. He listened to big band jazz, salsa, doo-wop and rock ‘n’ roll. His first love was drums; he acquired a kit at age 11. He got a guitar two years later. “I’m sure the Beatles had something to do with this,” Montoya recalls. “I wanted to make notes as well as beats.” But guitar was his secondary instrument. Montoya turned his love of drumming into his profession, playing in a number of area rock bands while still in his teens and eventually becoming an in-demand drummer.

Today, with his latest solo album, Coming In Hot, Coco Montoya again turns the burners to high and cooks from start to finish. Still an indefatigable road warrior, Montoya continues to tour virtually nonstop, bringing audiences to their feet from New York to New Orleans to Chicago to San Francisco. Across the globe, he’s performed in countries including Australia, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, Norway, England, Brazil, Argentina, Spain, Mexico, Ecuador, Italy, Poland, Russia, the Czech Republic and Canada. According to Living Blues, “Montoya is a show-stopper…heartfelt singing and merciless guitar with a wicked icy burn…he swings like a jazz man and stings like the Iceman, Albert Collins. He is one of the truly gifted blues artists of his generation.”

Ronnie Baker Brooks
On the first day recording Times Have Changed – the eleven-track album from Chicago bluesman Ronnie Baker Brooks that brings a sound so big it could topple a Louisiana juke joint – industry-revered album producer and drummer Steve Jordan told Brooks to put his pedalboard back in the van. For the first time in his professional life, Brooks, the son of Texas and Chicago blues legend Lonnie “Guitar Jr.” Brooks, would plug a Gibson into TKTK amp and rip it straight from there.

“Back to the basics. The pedals get in the way of your tone – your natural tone. Any distortion I had came straight out of the amp.” Brooks remembers from the Times sessions. “It was almost like going to college, or grad school. It was definitely an education.”

“My whole intention, when I started with Golddigger and up through this one, was to be authentic enough for the older generation but have something that the younger generation could latch onto,” says Brooks. “I try to be that bridge. With Take Me Witcha, I’ve got a rapper on that. On The Torch we went with Al Kapone. He’s a bridge. He’s a bridge from blues to hip-hop. With music, it all comes from the heart. It comes from the heart and from the soul. In blues, it doesn’t matter what you’re talking about, it definitely relates.

“That was my intention on this record: to build that bridge.”

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A Man Called Wrycraft Presents a Tribute to Bruce Cockburn

Friday, March 20, 2020 | 8:30PM

A Man Called Wrycraft Presents a Tribute to Bruce Cockburn
Featuring Claire Lynch, Tom Wilson, Elizabeth Shepherd, Don Ross, Michael Occhipinti, Jason Fowler, Andy and Josh of  Skydiggers and more TBA
Advance $30 / Door $35 *

Few recording artists are as creative and prolific as Bruce Cockburn. Since his self-titled debut in 1970, the Canadian singer-songwriter has issued a steady stream of acclaimed albums every couple of years. But that output suddenly ran dry in 2011 following the release of Small Source of Comfort. There were good reasons for the drought. For one thing, Cockburn became a father again with the birth of his daughter Iona. Then there was the publication of his 2014 memoir Rumours of Glory.

“I didn’t write any songs until after the book was published because all my creative energy had gone into three years of writing it,” Cockburn explains, from his home in San Francisco. “There was simply nothing left to write songs with. As soon as the book was put to bed, I started asking myself whether I was ever going to be a songwriter again.”

Such doubt was new to the man who’s rarely been at a loss for words as he’s distilled political views, spiritual revelations and personal experiences into some of popular music’s most compelling songs. What spurred Cockburn back into songwriting was an invitation to contribute a song to a documentary film about the late, seminal Canadian poet Al Purdy and he was off to the races.

Bone On Bone, Cockburn’s 33rd album, arrives with 11 new songs, including “3 Al Purdys,” a brilliant, six-minute epic that pays tribute to Purdy’s poetry. Cockburn explains its genesis: “I went out and got Purdy’s collected works, which is an incredible book. Then I had this vision of a homeless guy who is obsessed with Purdy’s poetry, and he’s ranting it on the street. The song is written in the voice of that character. The chorus goes, ‘I’ll give you three Al Purdys for a twenty dollar bill.’ Here’s this grey-haired dude, coat tails flapping in the wind, being mistaken for the sort of addled ranters you run into on the street—except he’s not really ranting, he’s reciting Al Purdy. The spoken word parts of the track are excerpts from Purdy’s poems. After that, once the ice was broken, the songs just started coming.”

Cockburn, who won the inaugural People’s Voice Award at the Folk Alliance International conference in February 2019 and will be inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame in September, continues to find inspiration in the world around him and channel those ideas into songs. “My job is to try and trap the spirits of things in the scratches of pen on paper and the pulling of notes out of metal,” he once noted. More than forty years after embarking on his singer-songwriting career, Cockburn keeps kicking at the darkness so that it might bleed daylight.

Michael Wrycraft is a Juno-Award Winning graphic designer / art director / photographer who specializes in music. Join us for a night sharing songs and stories behind the irreplaceable Bruce Cockburn.

 

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BluesIn’ Toronto Presents a Tribute to Muddy + The Wolf

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.”

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Yamaha Presents: TorQ

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Yamaha Presents: TorQ
Advance $20 / Door $25 *

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

TorQ Percussion Quartet is Canada’s premiere percussion ensembles and consistently brings new vitality to percussion repertoire and performance in every situation and opportunity. Renowned for their engaging performances, Richard Burrows, Adam Campbell, Jamie Drake and Daniel Morphy are committed to making percussion music accessible to audiences that span generations and as The Toronto Star states “[TorQ] can stand proud among the growing throng of chamber percussion ensembles around the world.”

Since coming together in 2004, they have performed across Canada and have seen major inroads into the United States with extensive tours in Alaska, Washington, Idaho and residencies in Ohio and Michigan. In 2016, TorQ had its first American symphonic collaboration with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. They have collaborated with both the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. Their program, Together on the Beat!/Ensemble, à tout coup! designed in collaboration with OSM, won the 2018 Prix Opus award for Young Audience Concert. Some other international highlights include the International Percussion Quartet Festival (Luxembourg), Percussive Arts Society International Convention-PASIC (San Antonio and Indianapolis) and with the Stuttgart Chamber Choir. At home, TorQ has made appearances at the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, PEI’s Indian River Festival, MusicFest Canada (Vancouver), Toronto’s Soundstreams, Elora Festival, and Kitchener’s Open Ears Contemporary Music Festival. They have been Selected by Canadian touring organisations, Jeunesses Musicales Canada, Prairie Debut and Debut Atlantic. As collaborative artists, TorQ has performed with the Larkin Singers, Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Elora Festival Singers, and the Hamilton Children’s Choir.

TorQ has presented many Canadian and world premieres including percussion quartet concerti by Canadian Composers Dinuk Wijeratne, Monica Pearce, and premiering in 2019 with Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, a work by Nicole Lizée. Their discography consists of four recordings on Bedoint Records.

TorQ is actively involved in music education initiatives and performs approximately 80 school shows per year. During summers, TorQ hosts their annual TorQ Percussion Seminar (TPS), a five-day percussion event. TPS has partnered with Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance in Nova Scotia and Stratford Summer Music in Ontario.

Website: http://www.torqpercussion.ca/
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBlSlR9P5mg&feature=emb_logo

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