Archive for Toronto Music – Page 2

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

Coco Montoya and Ronnie Baker Brooks * 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.

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.”

* 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

A Man Called Wrycraft Presents a Tribute to Bruce Cockburn * 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.

Friday, March 20, 2020

A Man Called Wrycraft Presents a Tribute to Bruce Cockburn

Featuring Claire Lynch, Tom Wilson, Elizabeth Shepherd, Don Ross, Michael Occhipinti, Jason Fowler, Skydiggers, Countermeasures and Joel Saunders

Advance $30 / Door $35 *

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

This will be Michael Wrycraft’s 81st concert at Hugh’s Room Live!

Michael has worked with Bruce for 21 years, designing 10 albums (and working on an 11th) and his love, respect and passion for Bruce has grown every year since listening to his albums in art class in high school, so this show is a very special one for for him!

If you’ve ever been to a Wrycraft show, you know the variety, the energy, the passion and sheer curiosity which guides him when he assembles great musicians, famous or soon to be famous, for one of his rich aural circuses. Well, this exceptional line-up of performers is amongst his top artist line-ups ever.

Jason Fowler and Tom Wilson were part of the 2010 Tribute at Massey Hall. Tom has also recorded a number of Cockburn tunes and has played with Bruce in Bambi & The Dearhunters! (Blackie & The Rodeo Kings with Bruce)

Website: https://www.jasonfowler.ca/https://leeharveyosmond.com/

An International Award-winning finger style guitarist, the phenomenal Don Ross was one of the performers at Bruce’s Induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2019.

Website: https://donrossonline.com/

Michael Occhipinti has put out 2 albums of Bruce Cockburn music and Michael and Elizabeth Shepherd have a Bruce Cockburn show that they tour!

Website: https://michaelocchipintimusic.com/http://elizabethshepherd.com/home/

Claire Lynch is an American Bluegrass legend with 3 Grammy Nominations and 8 International Bluegrass Music Association Awards!

Website: https://www.clairelynch.com/

The Skydiggers, Juno Award Winning, Canadian favourite… well… nuff said!

Website: http://skydiggers.com/

International award-winning, 13-Piece A Cappella group, Countermeasure will be there to interpret Bruce in stunning vocalese!

Website: https://www.countermeasuremusic.com/

Joel Saunders is a young guitar wunderkind from Guelph, Ontario that Michael saw at a music conference and realized that he MUST be on this show!

Website: https://joelsaundersmusic.com/

* 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

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

Yamaha Presents: Lewis.Brown and Mark McLean’s Playground

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Yamaha Presents: Lewis.Brown and Mark McLean’s Playground
Featuring Larnell Lewis, Rich Brown, Mark McLean, Kelly Jefferson, Kevin Breit, Matt Giffin and Marc Rogers
Advance $20 / Door $25 *

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

Lewis.Brown brings together two of Toronto’s most sought-after musicians, Larnell Lewis (drums) and Rich Brown (bass)

Larnell Lewis describes his sound as an eclectic mix of fusion music inspired by Afro and Latin Caribbean sounds, RnB, soul and funk. He is a Toronto-born Grammy Award winning musician, composer, producer, educator and clinician. A 2019 JUNO Award nominee, Lewis has been featured on the cover of Drums Etc, and has performed with various artists ranging from Fred Hammond, Lalah Hathaway, and Lisa Fischer, to Kellylee Evans, Molly Johnson, and Snarky Puppy. Among his many accolades, including the 2004 Oscar Peterson Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music (Humber College), Larnell was named as the fourth recipient of the Toronto Arts Foundation’s Emerging Jazz Award (2017).

Website: http://www.larnelllewismusic.com/
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jd1X5JWaGgQ
Rich Brown has been an active member of Toronto’s culturally diverse music scene since 1992. He has released 3 albums as a leader, and currently tours with New York based saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa. Rich has also lead his own bands rinsethealgorithm and The Abeng and has appeared on over 60 recordings ranging from Jazz to Funk to Latin to traditional Asian and Arabic music.

Website: https://www.facebook.com/Rich-Brown-electric-bassist-298278910378211/
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-U9CCBgv_Sk

Mark McLean’s Playground

Mark McLean is a very dynamic and versatile studio and touring musician.  If you ask him about his biggest musical influences, the answer is likely to take more time than you have. Even if you ask for just the ‘main ones’ the list will go on and on.  And it is a diverse list; from Johann Sebastian Bach to James Brown (and those are only the ‘B’s). And for that reason he has been the grooving spark behind many jazz, pop and soul legends whose music and influence span multiple generations.  The late legendary producer Phil Ramone, who began hiring him for numerous sessions starting in 2003, called McLean “a tasty, sure handed drummer, a song man’s musician”- but that’s only part of the in-demand musician’s powerful story and evolving artistry.  Whether playing a sensitive ballad with Andrea Bocelli, swinging mightily with Jamie Cullum or laying down a funky backbeat for George Michael, Mark McLean is always in his element.

Over the past few years, while maintaining a steady flow of prestigious gigs as a sideman and music director, the Toronto born, New York City based drummer/composer/producer has emerged as a popular band leader, performing numerous gigs with his own group and releasing two acclaimed solo recordings that showcase his expansive musical passions.    In an industry that often prefers pigeonholing to expansive creative expression, the multi-talented artist — whose credo is “I don’t want to be seen as a drummer, I want to be known as a musician whose instrument just happens to be drums” — breaks all the rules on his eclectic 11 track sophomore album Feel Alright, sharing his love for everything from old school soul, down and dirty blues/funk and traditional jazz to Southern folk-pop with a zydeco twist, Rat Pack-like swing, edgy pop/rock and New Orleans brass band music.  Mark believes that freedom from the burden of musical categorization enables him to fully explore his own voice.

Mark McLean – Drums
Kelly Jefferson – Saxophone
Kevin Breit – Guitar
Matt Giffin – Piano & keyboards
Marc Rogers – Bass

Website: https://www.markmclean.com/
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=51MSiAlKiEo&feature=emb_logo

* Advertised pricing excludes taxes, ticketing and sustainability fees.

* Ticket Price: $20.00
* Service Fee: $4.00
* Sustainability Fee: $5.00
* HST: $3.77

* Total Ticket Price: $32.77

Yamaha Presents: Sarah Thawer Band

Sunday March 8, 2020

Yamaha Presents: Sarah Thawer Band
Advance $20 / Door $25 *

Doors: 12:30pm
Performance: 2:00pm

Toronto’s Sarah Thawer has become one of the most in-demand drummers on the scene,  playing jazz, Latin, gospel, hip hop, funk, r&b/soul, fusion, Indian and world music.  She has backed up Jon Batiste for NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts, backed up Teegan and Sara on the Stephen Colbert Show, and been featured in numerous drumming magazines and at conferences around the globe.

She studied jazz and world music at York University and was the recipient of the Oscar Peterson Scholarship, the highest award given by the institution, in addition to graduating with the Summa Cum Laude distinction.

She has shared the stage with many popular artists including AR Rahman, Del Hartley, D’bi and the 333, Rich Brown, Re.verse, Salim-Sulaiman, Benny Dayal and Funktuation, Jane Bunnett and Maqueque, Mitch Frohman, Thompson Egbo-Egbo, Maria Mulata, Grisha Goryachev, Roger and Sam Grandinson, S S Thaman, Steve Koven, Vijay Prakash to name a few.

Sarah has also been featured on various television and radio stations such as CBC News newscast, Jazz FM 91.1, OMNI TV, Rogers Daytime, Vijay TV and various others.

Website: https://www.sarahthawer.com/
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-mPjbhEsAk

* Advertised pricing excludes taxes, ticketing and sustainability fees.

* Ticket Price: $20.00
* Service Fee: $4.00
* Sustainability Fee: $5.00
* HST: $3.77

* Total Ticket Price: $32.77

Paul James and His Band Pay Tribute to Bob Dylan

Saturday, March 7, 2020

Paul James and His Band Pay Tribute to Bob Dylan
Advance $35 / Door $40 *

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

“I have an old friend here, I tried to get him in my band a long time ago, but he had his own thing to do. He’s here backstage. I’m gonna try and get him up here to play. His name is Paul James, maybe you’ve seen him around? I know I just saw him out there a minute a ago, Hey Pau,l come on up…” – Bob Dylan

It’s official. Paul James and His Band will pay tribute to the one and only Bob Dylan.

Over the years, Paul has played Blues, 50 & 60’s Rock’n’Roll, and some Bob Dylan songs both electric and acoustic were always included in his set lists. He gained an impressive following in Canada for his authenticity and commitment to the music, winning a Juno Award and The Maple Blues Lifetime Achievement Award for Blues in Canada. As well as playing his own music Paul was asked to back up and record with many Blues Greats along the way like Bob Dylan, Bo Diddley, Lightning Hopkins, Sunnyland Slim, John Hammond, and Mink DeVille to name a few. One night in 1986, Paul jumped off the stage playing his wireless guitar and doing his stage shtick…of going to the bar and ordering a beer. He then started playing slide guitar with the beer bottle and when he looked up he was standing face to face with Bob Dylan!

To cut the story short, they met backstage after the set. Dylan asked if he could sit in with Paul’s band. Paul said he knew many of Bob’s songs as he was a big admirer…Bob said ‘I don’t want to play any of my songs.’He said, ‘I’ll just play backup guitar for you.’ Paul said,’ OK.’ Paul asked Bob if he wanted to go on with the band and Bob said,’why don’t you play a couple songs then introduce me as a HitchHiker from Vancouver.’ After the show Bob piled into Paul’s van with the rest of The Paul James Band and went to Paul’s house where they sat on the floor laughing, drinking, smoking, and playing two acoustic guitars until 10am. Bob came to a few more of Paul’s shows while in town. One where Paul opened the show and then backed up his old friend Bo Diddley. A couple years later Dylan asked Paul to open his show for him at Canada’s Wonderland. Paul, joined Bob on stage over the next 20 years about ten times in different venues and cities in Canada and the USA.

So on March 7, 2020 Hugh’s Room Live will be hosting Paul James’ first ever ’Tribute to Bob Dylan.’ Please, join us as we celebrate the Words and Music of Bob Dylan with a man who shared his stage.

youtube: https://youtu.be/3KPkLcpvAOY
youtube: https://youtu.be/4myUIDfDb5M
website: http://www.pauljamesband.com/

* Advertised pricing excludes taxes, ticketing and sustainability fees.

* Ticket Price: $35.00
* Service Fee: $4.00
* Sustainability Fee: $5.00
* HST: $5.72

* Total Ticket Price: $49.72

Centennial College Music Night

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Centennial College Music Night
Tickets: $10.00

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

Enjoy an evening of an eclectic variety of music performed by student ensembles from Centennial College’s Music Industry Arts and Performance program. You’ll hear rock, soul, hip-hop, world fusion, and everything in between. You won’t want to miss it, folks.

Website: www.centennialmusic.ca
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CentMusic

* Tickets are only available at the door.

Bohemians in Brooklyn with Tom Allen

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Bohemians in Brooklyn with Tom Allen
$30 Advance / $35 Door

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

“Beautifully punctuated… brought the songs to vivid life.” – Now Magazine

What happens when a poet, an author, a composer, his lover, and a book-loving stripper all move into the same house in quiet, wartime Brooklyn? Arguments, indulgence, infestation, questionable relationships of every description, a murder mystery, plenty of reasons for the neighbours to bang on the walls and, just possibly, some truly wonderful art. Join singers Patricia O’Callaghan and Bryce Kulak, harpist Lori Gemmell and storyteller Tom Allen for an evening in the house that once held WH Auden, Benjamin Britten, Carson McCullers and Gypsy Rose Lee – a potent mix of cabaret, social history, very juicy gossip, glorious music and all parts fun.

Tom Allen – narration & trombone
Lori Gemmell – harp
Bryce Kulak – piano & voice
Patricia O’Callaghan – voice

website: https://www.tomtomallen.com/welcome.html
youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G00FSNNM2jM

* Advertised pricing excludes taxes and ticketing fees.

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

* Total Ticket Price: $44.07

Alfie Zappacosta

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Alfie Zappacosta
Advance $50.00 / Door $55.00

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

Alfie Zappacosta is undeniably one of Canada’s premier songwriters and performers with chart topping hits and a recording and acting career that has spanned 40 years. He continues to evolve as an artist by “doing it his way”, an effort that has been rewarded with an impressive song catalogue and a discerning loyal fan base.

Alfie Zappacosta decided on a music career in his teens and set his sights upon being a guitarist. When his vocal dexterity and song writing proficiency were uncovered by a publisher while writing for his first original band “Surrender”, events would be put in motion to champion Zappacosta (dropping his first name) as a solo artist and bring him to the world’s attention. “Start Again”, “Passion”, “When I Fall in Love Again” and “Nothing Can Stand In Your Way” became staples on Canadian adult contemporary radio and Zappacosta became a personified Rock Star.

In 1987, Walt Disney’s Danger Bay would bring Zappacosta an episode written specifically for him titled “Rock Star”. In the same year, he penned and sang “Overload” exclusively for the multi-platinum soundtrack “Dirty Dancing” and Loverboy would record Zappacosta’s “That’s Where The Money Goes” for their Wildside album. In 1988, he was awarded JUNOs for “Album of The Year’ and “Most Promising Artist”, an American Music Award for “Most Popular Album of The Year” and named the Canadian Publishers Music Association’s “Best Rock Star”.

Zappacosta’s distinctive baritone voice did not go unnoticed by artistic directors and in 1990, he was called to deliver his greatest challenge of his career – singing Andrew Lloyd Webber. Alfie’s portrayals of Christ in Jesus Christ Superstar and Che Guevara in Evita would bring a new audience and support his efforts to delineate his pop/rock image – a moniker that never reflected his authentic personality. The release of “Innocence Ballet” in 1996 would introduce Alfie Zappacosta (taking back his first name) and give center stage to his true rich vocals, his mastery at romance, his astute take on relationships and his advanced knowledge of music. Alfie is rewarded for his efforts with numerous award nominations in the Smooth Jazz genre and a performance with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra in 2005.

Zappacosta has polished his live concert performances exposing his sophisticated, intimate and intense personality. His performances deliver a blend of acoustic, jazz and pop music prompting the listener to engage soulfully.

And the hits that originally brought Zappacosta to the world’s attention? – Alfie hasn’t turned his back on any of these songs. You will hear them in his program performed the way they were originally written and meant to be heard.

website: https://zappacosta.ca/
youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWL-xpYRATM

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