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Carmelo Miller Album Release * 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 29, 2020

Carmelo Miller Album Release
Advance $20 / Door $25 *

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

Carmelo’s musical mission is to spread joy and positivity throughout the world and stir self reflection. Combining personal life experience and smooth vocal tones, he has discovered a voice and style, which are at once soft and hard like water. It’s called Reggae & Blues.

Through this style, Carmelo explores the subjects of the mind, body and soul, which can be lost in translation from thought to feeling and feeling to words. Some of his best work has been through uncovering his own conflicts between happiness and pain and how to stay positive throughout.

Website:  http://www.carmelomiller.com/
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i4691J52Q3E

* 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

Chris Platt “Sounds of Brazil” CD Release * 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.

Monday, April 20, 2020

Chris Platt “Sounds of Brazil” CD Release
Advance $15 / Door $20 *

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

Angela Turone & Chris Platt have been creating music and performing together since 2014. Angela (vocals/piano) and Chris (guitar) met while completing their studies in the jazz performance program at the University of Toronto. There, they discovered a common love for Brazilian music and formed the Angela Turone & Chris Platt Duo.

For the past four years, the Duo has been refining their sound and building their fanbase by performing throughout the GTA and Ontario. They have performed at Toronto’s top jazz venues, including the Rex, the Jazz Bistro, Mezzetta and the Home Smith Bar in the Old Mill Toronto. In 2017 and 2018, the Duo performed in the TD Toronto Jazz Festival, and in 2017, they were also featured in a special concert hosted by the festival called Generations of Jazz. The concert featured six other notable Toronto-based ensembles, including the Terry Promane / Dave Young Octet, Carn Davidson 9 and Myriad 3.

Angela Turone & Chris Platt recorded their debut album ’Sounds of Brazil’ (produced by Gordon Sheard) in 2019 featuring Chase Sanborn (trumpet), John Nicholson (sax/flute), Andrew Downing (cello), Pat Collins (bass), Robin Claxton (drums), and Hélio Cunha (percussion). The album release concert will be at Hugh’s Room Live on April 20th, 2020.

Website: http://angelaturone.com/duoepk/
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jg9tYOClNz0

* Advertised pricing excludes taxes, ticketing and sustainability fees.

* Ticket Price: $15.00
* Service Fee: $4.00
* Sustainability Fee: $5.00
* HST: $3.12

* Total Ticket Price: $27.12

T.U. Jazz Fest Opening Night: Robi Botos Trio

Tuesday, September 3, 2019 | 8:30pm

T.U. Jazz Fest Opening Night : Robi Botos Trio and Precious Cargo
$20 Advance / $25 Door

ROBI BOTOS

Robi has been hailed as one of the most diverse multi-instrumentalists of this generation. From the hard-bop style of Bill Evans and Herbie Hancock, to the swing of Oscar Peterson and the heartfelt melodic expression of Mulgrew Miller and Cedar Walton, Robi has managed to master the technique of his idols, all while showcasing his musical expressions in a voice that is purely his own. While Robi is known for being a strong player in the traditional jazz and funk fields, he always incorporates an element of the music he grew up listening to into his playing. Says organist, trumpeter and pianist Joey Defrancesco: “Robi is one of the most swingin’, soulful, funky, world class players I’ve ever heard, and he has a technique like you can’t believe. Definitely one of my very favorite players!!!”

Born of Romani descent in Hungary, Robi taught himself first to play drums as a young child, and got his first taste of being a professional musician working throughout Budapest. When he turned 20, Robi decided to move his wife and children to Canada to further pursue the career he was born for. Now 20 years later, Robi has solidified himself as one of the most sought-after pianists in the country, and holds 2 JUNO Awards, as well as countless global prizes including the International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE) Award, and 2 nominations in the Canadian Screen Awards.

In 2018, Robi released a brand-new record that pays homage to his Hungarian upbringing, the early days of his career, and the music that he has dedicated his life to. “OLD SOUL” sees Robi not only venturing into a number of different genres (jazz, funk, soul, gospel and more!), but he also plays on a number of different instruments including the Harpejji. Robi is joined by some familiar faces such as longtime collaborators Mike Downeson bass and Larnell Lewison drums, as well as Seamus Blake on saxophone. Also joining them for the first time is Cory Henry (Snarky Puppy), Ingrid Jensen, and Lionel Loueke). Robi’s ability as a composer is (once again) highlighted on this record with a majority of the tracks being his original material. “Old Soul” pays tribute to his homeland as he takes you down memory lane with visions of his childhood neighbourhood and through some of his favourite spots in his hometown. This record makes you feel like you have a personal connection with one of the most diverse and eclectic artists of our time. Robi is the 2019 JUNO Award-winner for Jazz Album of the Year: Solo for OLD SOUL.

 

PRECIOUS CARGO

Based in Toronto, Precious Cargo is lead by vocalist Genna Cole and made up of students in their fourth year of the Bachelor of Music program at Humber College. Specializing in a wide range of genres, including pop, folk, and indie jazz, the band taking inspiration from artists such as Florence and the Machine and Becca Stevens to blend creative originals music with re-imagined covers as the members each bring their own unique voice and style to the group. Cargo is excited to be performing in and around the Greater Toronto Area and eagerly look forward to sharing their sound with fellow musicians and music lovers.

 

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Tim Booth’s Toronto Art Orchestra 

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 | 8:30pm

Tim Booth’s Toronto Art Orchestra
Advance $20.00 / Door $25.00 *

One of Canada’s top jazz orchestras is returning to the Toronto stage in what will truly be an all-star event.

Toronto Art Orchestra (TAO), led by bass trombonist and jazz educator Timothy Booth, includes many of Canada’s first-call jazz players, including Colleen Allen, Bruce Cassidy, Andrew McAnsh, and John McLeod.

The ensemble features vocalists Jessica Lalonde and Tanya Wills. TAO will present the works of two of the greatest jazz orchestra composers of all time: Maria Schneider and Bob Brookmeyer.

Attend in-person or online

The Toronto Art Orchestra concert will also be video-streamed with professional production values by JazzOvation.org (formerly TheJazzBox.ca) — a platform for Canadian jazz composers and performers that currently serves more than 60 artists. Be on the lookout for a growing series of upcoming JazzOvation concerts, featuring the best of Toronto’s – and Canada’s – jazz artists, as they perform at our finest jazz venues.

About Tim Booth

Tim Booth has been on the Canadian music scene for over 30 years, performing with a wide array of groups in the Montreal and Toronto areas. He has played with such artists as Aretha Franklin, Pavarotti, Yes, John Pizzarelli, George Burns, Chris De Burgh to name just a few. He has also played such musicals as Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Showboat, Ragtime, Miss Saigon. Lion King and Beauty and the Beast. In 2006 he created the Toronto Art Orchestra, a jazz orchestra devoted to playing the greatest jazz master’s works.

For more information, contact

Timothy Booth,
Founder, Toronto Art Orchestra and JazzOvation.org
timothybooth9@gmail.com

Danielle Knibbe CD Release

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 | 8:30PM

Danielle Knibbe
Advance $15.00 / Door $20.00 *

Blending folk, roots, and country sensibilities, Danielle Knibbe’s songs win, and then all too often, break your heart. There’s an intimacy and familiarity to her music; her stories may not be about you, but you’ll think they are.

Tackling topics like mental illness, loss, heartbreak, estrangement, and countless others, Danielle Knibbe has developed a following by being as genuine and open in her songwriting as she is onstage. Her songs invite the listener into what feels like an intimate conversation between friends. Her knack for penning insightful yet straightforward lyrics has already gained her recognition, earning her a spot at the Banff Centre for the Arts inaugural Singer-Songwriter Residency. Although she was one of the youngest songwriters in the program, she was given the nickname “The Lyric Doctor” due to her natural instinct for getting to the heart of a song.

Her new album The Ribcage & The Heart is full of examples of Danielle’s lyrical skill,with three of the songs having been selected for print in American Songwriter’s monthly lyric contest. This new album, mixed by Howard Bilerman (Arcade Fire, Basia Bulat) and featuring Fats Kaplin (John Prine, Jack White), showcases the depth, insight, passion, and potential of this up-and-coming songwriter.

Get your tickets immediately to the special CD release party by Danielle Knibbe.

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Avataar + Surefire Sweat

Thursday, March 14, 2019 | 8:30pm

Avataar + Surefire Sweat
Advance: $20.00 | Doors: $25.00

Avataar

Avataar’s music has drawn comparison to Mahavishnu Orchestra, Keith Jarrett with Jan Garbarek, late Coltrane, and Oregon. The resulting confluence is a mesmerizing blend of rhythmic hypnotism, sonic landscapes and soaring melody that marries ancient and modern musical sounds. Cleverly layered and cinematic in scope, the music drives and swirls through a vast sonic palette. The album is questing in nature – the concepts of impermanence and universal consciousness feature in many of the compositions, as do first-rate musical interpretations and improvisations highlighting guitar, saxophone and vocals.

Surefire Sweat

Surefire Sweat is made up of a diverse and multi-generational roster of Toronto-based artists. The music, composed by Juno-nominated drummer, Larry Graves, is original drawing on an amalgam of Funk, Jazz, Brass Band, Blues and Afrobeat. Inventive arrangements act as a vehicle for the all-star cast of musicians to engage listeners through improvisational explorations and danceable arrangements.

 

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Romani Jazz

Monday, February 25, 2019 | 8:30PM

Romani Jazz
Advance $25 | Door $30 *

Inspired by gypsy roots, Romani Jazz seamlessly blends the traditional folk melodies of the  “Roma” people with the musical and improvisational elements of jazz to produce a unique , fusion acoustic experience. The concept of RomaniJazz was a result of the combined imagination of an eclectic group of Canadian musicians (George Koller, Robi Botos, Jozsef Botos and Nenad Bogdanovic) who share the same passion for exploring and interpreting Roma folk melodies in an unconventional way. As musical storytellers, they are able to take their audience on a nomadic journey into uncharted territory.

To join the journey, make sure to get your tickets early. Hugh’s Room Live is honoured to play host to this line-up of masters as they take the stage for the first time at Hugh’s Room Live this February. Tickets available right now.

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Don Ross: Louder Than Usual

Sunday, February 24, 2019 | 8:30PM

Don Ross: Louder Than Usual
Advance $45.00 / Door: $50.00

Canadian guitar legend, Don Ross, has been touring internationally for the last 30 years, bringing his trademark groove-based style to audiences in Canada, the USA, Europe, China, Japan, Korea, Russia, India and Australia in the process. His new project, Don Ross: Louder Than Usual, is a new collaborative unit that Don has started to achieve some of the arrangements of many of his tunes that, though they work well in the solo context, were actually conceived as working well with a full band.

The core of the band is a quartet consisting of Andrew Craig on keyboards, Jordan O’Connor on bass, Marito Marques on drums and Don Ross on guitar and vocals. The band got its start in 2018 when Don was invited to perform in ensemble at the Ottawa Jazz Festival. Their sold out show was very well received, and made the band eager to showcase further.

Don Ross was born and raised in Montreal to an Indigenous Canadian mother and a Scottish immigrant father. His bilingual, multicultural upbringing was, perhaps, one of the most quintessentially Canadian experiences one could hope for! He eventually graduated with a Music degree from Toronto’s York University, and then embarked on an award-winning solo composing, recording and performing career that has taken him to dozens of countries over the course of 18 CD releases. In addition to guitar, Don plays about a dozen other instruments, but is certainly well-known primarily for his groundbreaking work as a solo “fingerstyle” guitarist. His music shows affinity for the music that influenced him along the way, including the traditions of urban music (jazz, funk, R&B, soul), traditional music, world music, and 20th and 21st century composers, such as Steve Reich, Keith Jarrett and Pat Metheny.

Don Ross: Louder Than Usual is a quartet that can grow to a larger group with the inclusion of a four-piece horn section, led by luminary wind player and bandleader, Colleen Allen. The band consists primarily of Toronto-based musicians. Despite living on Canada’s East Coast, Don still considers Toronto (where he lived for many years) as his musical home, and from whose awesome talent pool he often chooses his collaborators. Given the realities and expenses of touring however, Don plans to form regional versions of Louder Than Usual in order to open up performance possibilities in other parts of the world.

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MOXIE

Monday, February 11, 2019

MOXIE
Advance $15 / Door $20 *

MOXIE is the music of a new era, where fluidity, cross-pollination, and innovation are the future and salvation of Irish music. -The Irish Examiner

After a year of hibernation below surface in Dublin, MOXIE have crafted their intricate acoustic Irish music into a fresh Urban Style. They are now ready to present their genre defining, boundary busting Neo-Irish Music to the world.

Moxie consists of five young lads with traditional backbones deliver a new brand of Irish music heavily influenced by Electro, Jazz, House, and Rock putting them at the forefront of new music from Ireland. Delivering an energetic, wild and unique live show, Moxie have been inspiring audiences and musicians with their new palette of 21st century Irish music. The band includes Cillian Doheny (tenor banjo/guitar/electric guitar), Jos Kelly (button accordion/keyboard), Darren Roche (button accordion/percussion/keyboards), Ted Kelly (tenor banjo/electric tenor guitar) and Josh Sampson (drums).

Come check out this emerging style of music from an innovative new group at Hugh’s Room Live this February. It’ll be a rare performance in the City of Toronto and tickets are available right now.

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The Ward Cabaret

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

The Ward Cabaret
Advance $25 / Door $30 *

The Ward Cabaret reimagines the vibrant sound of Toronto’s first multi-cultural neighbourhood. JUNO Award-winning musician and composer David Buchbinder is joined by a collaborative team of musicians, singers, and actors for a musical event based on the songs and sounds of Toronto’s first cross-cultural community.

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