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Red Zeppelin

Friday, August 16, 2019 | 8:30pm

Red Zeppelin
Advance $25.00 / Door: $30.00

Dancing days are, indeed, here again. Experience the power and fury of a Led Zeppelin live show through the artistry of Red Zeppelin as they shine a light on classic hits. For years, Red Zeppelin have swung the hammer of the gods, wowing crowds across Ontario by selling out the likes of the Great Hall, the Mod Club, and Q107’s Canada Day festival. Featuring fiery vocals from Joan Smith (Serena Ryder, Little Foot Long Foot, Joan Smith & the Jane Does), Red Zeppelin delivers an electrifying experience. While the look may be a little different, the swagger and the song remains the same.

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Ori Dagan’s The Rat Pack Tribute Show

Thursday, August 8, 2019 | 8:30pm

Ori Dagan’s The Rat Pack Tribute Show
Advance $25.00 / Door: $30.00

Award-winning jazz singer, songwriter and recording artist Ori Dagan is taking jazz to new and exciting places. His rich baritone voice and impressive abilities as an improviser produce an instantly recognizable sound. In live performance, he surrounds himself with Canada’s finest musicians, performing an engaging mix of material which is always fresh and in the moment. Dagan’s latest recording and visual album “Nathaniel: A Tribute to Nat King Cole” has taken him to festivals across the world including an official showcase at SXSW in Austin Texas, headlining the TanJazz festival in Tangier, Morocco and a performance at the inaugural Public Diplomacy Week in Seoul, South Korea.

Vintage pop, swing, and jazz singer and composer/lyricist Steven Taetz is based in Toronto.  He has performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall, The Bitter End and Rockwood Music Hall (NY), The Rogers Centre (Toronto), Blue Room (Korea), Capital Pride (Wash DC), Hotel Café (LA), World Pride, House of Jazz (Montreal), Ironwood (Calgary), and Toronto landmark venues including Jazz Bistro, The Rex Jazz & Blues Bar, Hugh’s Room, Koerner Hall Galleria for Sinatra’s 100th, and leading music festivals.  As a lyricist and composer, Steven Taetz has written for many internationally renowned artists, attracting the attention of Big Management NYC, and resulted in a co-publishing deal through Universal (Europe) and Shapiro Bernstein (US).

Having started singing in church at a very early age, Donovan Locke is a multi-talented vocalist based in Toronto. He joined the Toronto All-Star Big Band in his teens, with whom he’s performed across Ontario and also in the USA. Donovan received his Bachelor’s Degree in Arts from Wilfrid Laurier University and went on to finish his Bachelor of Education from Nipissing University. Performing a variety of music regularly across the GTA, Donovan has had the honour of singing with Cleo Laine, John Dankworth and Jackie Richardson among many others. In addition to performing and teaching music privately, Donovan is also a teacher with the Peel District School Board.

Don’t miss the debut of this brand new show, set to echo the swing and swagger of “the coolest cats of all time.”

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Cabana Room Electric Reunion

Sunday, June 16, 2019 | 8:00PM

Cabana Room Electric Reunion
Advance: $25.00 / Doors: $30.00

Welcome to the second night of an all-acoustic two-night reunion featuring the regulars from a legendary music room in the heart of Toronto. The Cabana Room (atop the Spadina Hotel) was the incubator of the original Toronto music scene, and Jimmy Scopes was our seemingly curmudgeonly host. He’s not here to hear it but we’re gathering to pay musical tribute. Thank you, Jimmy Scopes!

Night two of the muso-travaganza cotinues on Sunday, June 16 with an 8pm downbeat. The mostly (but not exclusively) electric shenanigans are hosted by Arlene Bishop and feature some of Jimmy’s favourite music: Steve Ellis, Steve Ranger, and Bob Vezpaziani (API), Tony Malone (Drastic Measures, Basketcase), Blair Packham (The Jitters), Dave Dysart (The Supreme Bagg Team), The Dave Howard Singers, Garage Baby, Fergus Hambleton (The Basics, The Sattalites), Gord Cumming (The Lawn, The Woods are Full of Cuckoos), Gordon Shawcross (Monkey Trial), and Mr! Mouray (Jaimie Vernon w/ Simon Bedford-James). Fans from three decades of great pop, folk, funk, and punk will recognize the attitude and latitude of Jimmy Scopes that helped to form the Toronto Queen West music scene.

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A Tribute to Bob Dylan

Thursday, May 23, 2019 | 8:30PM

A Tribute to Bob Dylan
Featuring Paul James, Ariana Gillis, Stephen Stanley, Nefe, Andrea Ramolo, Matthew Greenberg with Paul Martin, with our host Blair Packham
Advance: $20.00 / Doors: $25.00

It’s the night before Bob Dylan’s birthday, and all through the room, singers and songwriters howl at the moon. On May 23, our friend, programmer and fellow singer/songwriter, Blair Packham, will be presenting a tribute to Bob Dylan. As your MC for the night, Blair has invited some of our city’s finest singer/songwriters to join him at Hugh’s Room Live to pay homage to one of the most original and influential voices in American popular music.

Folk rock singer-songwriter, Bob Dylan, was born Robert Allen Zimmerman on May 24, 1941, in Duluth, Minnesota. While attending college, he began performing folk and country songs, taking the name “Bob Dylan.” In 1961 Dylan signed his first recording contract, and the rest – as they say – is history. The legendary singer-songwriter has received Grammy, Academy and Golden Globe awards, as well as the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Those set to perform on stage include:

Paul James
Ariana Gillis
Stephen Stanley
Nefe
Andrea Ramolo
Matthew Greenberg with Paul Martin 
Blair Packham

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A Tribute to Chess Records

Thursday, April 25, 2019 | 8:30PM

Danny Marks Presents a Tribute to Chess Records
Advance $40.00 / Door $45.00 *

Chess Records
Chess was one of the premier blues labels of the 1950s and 60s, also releasing R&B, soul, jazz, gospel and rock. They released records by every major blues artist in Chicago, including John Lee Hooker, Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Elmore James, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, Little Walter and many others.

Danny Marks
If there’s a popular song from 1900 to now, chances are Danny Marks has heard it, and can sing it. And maybe even put a new spin on it: Johnny Cash performing Led Zeppelin’s Whole Lotta Love, or Elvis launching into reggae. An aficionado of the great blues singers of the ’30s and ’40s, Marks was one of the first guitarists to incorporate blues roots into rock music. Now, the popular host of BLUZ FM on JAZZ FM every Saturday night is presenting the music of Chess Records alongside a beautiful cast of some of Toronto’s finest singers and musicians. Follow the links below to see just some of the confirmed performers.

Paul Deslauriers

Jesse O’ Brien

Crystal Shawanda

Cheryl Lescom

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Talent and Soul: 100 Years of Nat King Cole

Saturday, April 20, 2019 | 8:30PM

Talent and Soul: 100 Years of Nat King Cole

Advance $20.00 / Door $25.00 *

Toronto jazz singer-songwriter Ori Dagan’s acclaimed multi-media project “Nathaniel: A Tribute to Nat King Cole” was released as both an audio recording and a collection of music videos – the first “visual album” in the jazz genre. Since launching the project in Toronto in late 2017, Dagan has toured it around the world, including an official showcase in Austin Texas at SXSW 2018, headlining the TanJazz festival in Tangier, Morocco and performing at the inaugural Public Diplomacy Week in Seoul, Korea.

Musically the project is a unique homage to the jazz giant and pop star, balancing refreshing covers (“Nature Boy”, “Unforgettable”) with obscure gems (“Lillette”, “El Bodeguero”) and 5 original songs inspired by Cole’s life, music and legacy. The recording and music videos feature exceptional rhythm section Mark Kieswetter on piano, Ross MacIntyre on bass and Nathan Hiltz on guitar, with notable guest appearances by bebop legend and NEA Jazz Master, Sheila Jordan, 5-time JUNO winner Jane Bunnett and “Canada’s Sweetheart of Swing,” Alex Pangman.

Just added to the ticket is the 2019 Juno Nominee, Alison Young!

To celebrate the centenary of Nat King Cole (March 17, 1919 – February 15, 1965) at Hugh’s Room Live, Ori Dagan will be joined by an all-star group of Toronto jazz treasures including “Canada’s Sweetheart of Swing,” Alex Pangman.

Ori Dagan – vocals
Mark Eisenman – piano
Nathan Hiltz – guitar
Ross MacIntyre – bass
with special guest:
Alex Pangman – vocals

 

Website: https://www.oridagan.com
Youtube: https://youtu.be/gK1_4sjgrxM

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Byrds Byrds Byrds

Thursday, April 18, 2019 | 8:30PM

Byrds Byrds Byrds
Advance $25.00 / Door: $30.00 *

Byrds Byrds Byrds is a fantastic evening of the songs of The Byrds, California’s psychedelic, folk rock pioneers. More than a tribute band, this is a visceral evocation of an era. The songs remain classic; from the folk rock of Mr Tambourine Man, Turn Turn Turn and Bells of Rhymney, the freewheeling sonic attack of Eight Miles High, through to the relaxed country rock, that they basically invented. In essence, Byrds Byrds Byrds recreates the halcyon days of the sixties. It features:

Tim Bovaconti – guitar / vocals
Andy Maize – vocals
Fergus Hambleton – guitar / vocals
Bob McKitrick – bass
Cleave Anderson – drums

Youtube
Mr. Tambourine Man
She Don’t Care About Time

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A Tribute to Levon Helm

Sunday, April 14, 2019 | 8:30PM

A Tribute to Levon Helm
Advance $40.00 / Door $45.00 *

This show is a celebration in honour of Toronto’s adopted son, Levon Helm, who with his fellow Hawks tore up Yonge Street in the early sixties and laid the foundation of rock, roll, rhythm and blues in the city. In that memory, we have gathered again for the sixth year in an all-star cast of some of country’s top musicians and singers to perform the music of this iconic drummer, singer/songwriter from his time in The Band, The Barnburners, Levon and the Hawks, and Levon Helm and the RCO All-Stars.

Levon was one of the world’s most unique drummers. The fact that he also had a voice that could charm the coldest heart and could sing at the same time made him even more incredible.

A Tribute to Levon Helm, the 6th Anniversary Celebration will feature Jerome Levon Avis (Levon’s godson) with Musical Director, Lance Anderson, alongside Terry Blersh, Dave Dunlop, Rob Gusevs, Chris Murphy, Gord Myers, Dennis Pinhorn and Simon Wallis.

On April 14, join us at Hugh’s Room Live for a very special evening of amazing performances and heartfelt tributes. Now in its sixth year, this show has sold out year after year. Avoid the disappointment and get your tickets right now.

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Oakland Stroke: A Tribute to Tower of Power

Sunday, April 7, 2019 | 7:30PM

Oakland Stroke: A Tribute to Tower of Power
Advance $25.00 / Door $30.00 *

Experience the sound and soul of Tower Power along with their greatest horn hits of the 1970s as local supergroup, Oakland Stroke, takes the stage at Hugh’s Room Live April 7, 2019.

Based in Toronto, Canada, Oakland Stroke faithfully recreates the music of fabled Bay-Area soul band, Tower of Power. The ten-piece band is led by Lou Pomanti and Tony Carlucci. Expect to hear not only the biggest jams from Tower of Power, but other funky icons from that era, including Blood, Sweat and Tears, Stevie Wonder and Earth, Wind and Fire.

Oakland Stroke is…

Lou Pomanti (organ)
Tony Carlucci (trumpet)
George St. Kitts/Jivaro Smith (vocals)
John Johnson tenor (sax)
Marc Rogers/Steve Lucas (bass)
John Findlay /Lou Bartolomucci (guitar)
Steve McDade/Chris Howells (trumpet)
John Panchyshyn (tenor sax, vocals)
Pol Coussee/Simon Wallis (baritone sax)
Steve Heathcote/Bryan Humphreys (drums)
Bernie Sandor (sound)

The Life and Music of Joni Mitchell

Monday, March 25, 2019 | 8:30pm

The Life and Music of Joni Mitchell
Advance: $20.00 / Doors: $25.00

Dr. Mike Daley is a musicologist and sought-after lecturer known for his encyclopedic knowledge of musical history. He is also a longtime professional musician, working with the likes of Jeff Healey and the Travellers. In this new discussion and concert series, Mike discusses the life and music of Joni Mitchell, Canada’s own legendary singer-songwriter. Mia Sheard, known for her popular Joni Mitchell Tribute at Hugh’s Room Live, will join Mike and Jill Daley to perform several of Joni’s most iconic songs.

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