Archive for Tribute

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
Artists TBA
Advance $25 / Door $30 *

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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Dr. Mike Daley Presents The James Taylor Story 

Monday, March 2, 2020 | 8:00PM

Dr. Mike Daley Presents The James Taylor Story 
Advance $30 / Door $35 *

Dr. Mike Daley and Jill Daley present another instalment of their popular lecture/concert series at Hugh’s Room Live with The James Taylor Story. Taylor’s music embodies the art of songwriting in its most personal and universal forms. He is a master at describing specific, even autobiographical situations in a way that resonates with people everywhere. In 1971, Taylor was on the cover of Time magazine, heralded as the harbinger of the singer-songwriter era. Over four decades later, his introspective lyrics and unique guitar playing still blaze a path to which young musicians aspire. He has sold over 100 million albums throughout his career and has earned 40 gold, platinum, and multi-platinum awards, multiple Grammy Awards and has been inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the prestigious Songwriters Hall of Fame. His songs have had a profound influence on songwriters and music lovers from all walks of life.

Mike Daley is a musicologist and sought-after lecturer on popular music history and his wife Jill is a full-time pianist at Canada’s National Ballet School and Musician-In-Residence at Church of the Redeemer. Other musicians TBA.

These performances typically sell out quickly, so advance tickets are STRONGLY recommended.

website: https://mikedaleymusic.com
website: https://jilldaley.ca

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Glendale One

Saturday, February 22, 2020 | 8:30PM

Glendale One
Advance $20 / Door $25

Glendale One pays homage to the Lennon/McCartney catalogue through unique arrangements in styles ranging from Texas Swing to Jazz Rock/Fusion. Proof positive you can go anywhere with a well written song.

They are five childhood friends who met again after 30 years to spend the next 13 years, every Tuesday night, sharing their love of playing, arranging and recording music together. Their name is the phone exchange they all shared in grade school. Add the B-Town Horns, a stellar five-piece brass section, featuring trombonist-arranger George Guerrette and lead-trumpet Dave Harmsworth, and the results are exciting new arrangements captured in the band’s latest recording “Live at Asylum Artists”.

Glendale One is home grown Canadian talent giving, “jump to your feet and dance” performances to audiences throughout Ontario, at festivals and outdoor events and in Toronto at Hugh’s Room, the Cadillac Lounge and the Dominion on Queen, to name a few.

Lead vocalist & guitarist, Gordon Smith has a film career in special effects stretching from Platoon to X-Men but today explores enhanced live amplified music performance and recording environments with Asylum Artists.

Lead guitarist & vocalist, Brian Gibson, has a television career ranging from Nikita to Rookie Blue. A vintage guitar collector, his collaboration with Smith goes back to the grand old days of the Riverboat.

Rhythm guitarist & vocalist, Frank Reid, is an accomplished pianist, acoustics specialist and co-founder of Progressive Interiors, whose clients include most of the professional sound recording studios in Toronto.

Drummer & vocalist Kevin Frank, is an actor and the artistic director of Second City’s training and education program. He also lectures around the world on how improvisation applies to corporate relationships.

Bass guitarist & vocalist, Craig Ryan, is also a talented drummer, graphic artist, and a professional organizational effectiveness “guru” with clients in both the public and private sectors.

Together they are GLENDALE ONE … nothing but FUN!

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Red Zeppelin

Thursday, February 13, 2019 | 8:30PM
 
Red Zeppelin Toronto at Hugh’s Room Live
Advance $25 / Door $30
 
“You need coolin’, and baby… we’re not foolin!”
 
Red Zeppelin are BACK to rock the house at Hugh’s Room Live, humans. The day before that of Saint Valentine is indeed the Celebration Day for those who want to show All Of Their Love in the most Rock n’ Roll way possible.
 
Join Red Zeppelin for a night of some of the band’s most treasured love songs, along of course with all their well known classics and obscure favourites. Whether you’re a lifelong fan or need to experience it live for the first time, this is your show.
 
For years, Red Zeppelin have swung the hammer of the gods, wowing crowds across Canada with their passionate performances that play brilliant homage to the rock classics. Led by the fiery vocals of 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. Tickets available right now, rockers.
 
 
 
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Dr. Mike Daley Presents: The Elvis Presley Story

Monday, January 27, 2019 | 8:00pm

Dr. Mike Daley Presents: The Elvis Presley Story
Advance: $25.00 / Doors: $30.00

Elvis defined rock and roll culture in the 1950s with hit records like “Heartbreak Hotel” and “Love Me Tender” and scored hits well into the 1970s like “In The Ghetto” and “Suspicious Minds.” The King of Rock and Roll led a life filled with triumphs and tragedies and his life and music are the subject of Dr. Mike Daley’s latest lecture/concert in his popular Hugh’s Room Live series.

Dr. Mike Daley is a musicologist and sought-after lecturer on popular music history and his wife Jill is a full-time pianist at Canada’s National Ballet School and Musician-In-Residence at Church of the Redeemer. Joining Mike and Jill this evening will be legendary Toronto bassist Alec Fraser.

These performances typically sell out quickly, so advance tickets are STRONGLY recommended.

website: https://mikedaleymusic.com
website: https://jilldaley.ca

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Celebrating the Music of Tina Turner

Saturday, January 25, 2020 | 8:30pm

Celebrating the Music of Tina Turner
$35 Advance / $40 Door *

Tina Turner is the unofficial queen of rock ‘n’ roll and one of the world’s best selling artists of all time. This winter, we are going to take you on a journey from the start of her career beginning in the mid-fifties right up into the modern era. In just ninety minutes non-stop energetic show like you’ve never seen before here at Hugh’s Room Live

This spectacular show will feature Toronto’s R&B Vocalist Quisha Wint with special guests Gospel Contemporary Recording Artist Karen Jewels, Toronto R&B Jazz Soul man Justin Bacchus alongside a SEVEN-piece high energy band: Shamakah Ali, Roger Williams, Joe Palawan, Duff Musiq. Background Vocalists: Michelle White, Joanne Harris and Jill Zadeh.

website: http://www.quishawint.com/
youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RASBg4R_BU

 

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Look Up! Celebrating the Music of Paul Quarrington

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 | 7:30PM

Look Up! Celebrating the Music of Paul Quarrington
Advance $25 / Door $30

Paul Quarrington was a noted Canadian writer. His novel Whale Music, which was loosely based on the life of the reclusive Beach Boy Brian Wilson, won a Governor General’s Award in 1989. His novel King Leary, won the Stephen Leacock Award for humour in 1988 and the CBC’s Canada Reads competition a decade later. Quarrington also won awards for his writing in film, television, and magazines.

He was also a songwriter and musician.

In the spring of 2009, Paul Quarrington received devastating news. He’d been diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. Doctors told him he might only have a year to live.

It’s the kind of shocking announcement that can lay a person low. But according to Quarrington’s close friend, Martin Worthy, the news had the opposite effect:

“He inflated his life. He blew it up to such a huge proportion. He took a death march and transformed it into a parade. And we all jumped on the floats and careened towards the precipice together.”

This January, we celebrate his life in music. Join us, folks.

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Sweet Baby James: A Tribute to James Taylor

Saturday, January 18, 2020 | 8:30PM

Sweet Baby James: A Musical Tribute to James Taylor
Advance $25.00 / Door $30.00 *

James Taylor is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. A five-time Grammy Award winner, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. He is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 100 million records worldwide.

Taylor achieved his breakthrough in 1970 with the No. 3 single “Fire and Rain” and had his first No. 1 hit in 1971 with his recording of “You’ve Got a Friend”, written by Carole King in the same year. His 1976 Greatest Hits album was certified Diamond and has sold 12 million US copies. Following his 1977 album, JT, he has retained a large audience over the decades. Every album that he released from 1977 to 2007 sold over 1 million copies. He enjoyed a resurgence in chart performance during the late 1990s and 2000s, when he recorded some of his most-awarded work (including Hourglass, October Road, and Covers). He achieved his first number-one album in the US in 2015 with his recording Before This World.

He is known for his popular covers of other people’s songs, such as “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)” and the aforementioned “You’ve Got A Friend”, as well as originals such as “Fire and Rain” and too many more to mention is an event description.

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 this amazing writer.

 

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Matt Weidinger Presents a Tribute to Van Morrison

Friday, January 17, 2019 | 8:30pm

Matt Weidinger Presents a Tribute to Van Morrison
$35 Advance / $40 Door *

… Matt Weidinger and his stellar group of musicians have put together a live music gem.” – Bob Hunt, The Blues Studio Sessions

Young Matt Weidinger is an old soul. Steeped in real-deal rhythm & blues, blues, and soul music from his earliest years, he is renowned for his blue eyed soul vocals, guitar playing, and prowess on the Hammond organ. Matt’s 2018 Registry Theatre amazing concert of the music of Van Morrison was a season highlight, with its rich, authentic take on a genuine music icon. The concert such a hit that Matt will be back next season for Van The Man Volume 2. – Lawrence McNaught,  Registry Theatre

“Matt’s interpretation of Van’s music is a deeply moving personal memoir of Celtic soul. Simply marvellous..Actually fantabulous!” – Bruce Hall,  Grand Rivers Blues Society

Born decades after Van Morrison was creating some of his most enduring music, singer-songwriter, Matt Weidinger, has a musical connection to the ’60s and ’70s, what he calls the golden age of record-making.

Anyone who’s seen him perform would agree with the “old soul” label, so it’s particularly fitting that he’s taking on the songs of an old soul master with his latest tribute to the music of Van Morrison.

It’ll be something of a retrospective of Van the Man’s extensive song catalogue, with a particular focus on the early stuff that was Weidinger’s introduction to Morrison’s brand of Celtic soul.

“I started listening to Van Morrison in high school, with Astral Weeks … and then Moondance,” he says, soon uncovering a treasure trove of musical offerings. “He’s got a huge catalogue. With Van Morrison, there’s just so much to see, so much to discover.”

Morrison has been prolific, with dozens of albums to his credit since 1967’s Blowin’ Your Mind! Fifty years on, in fact, he’s currently touring 2017’s Versatile, a collection of jazz standards and originals.

For Saturday night’s show, Weidinger’s put together a seven-piece band, including two horns to reflect the sound for which Morrison is known.

Weidinger’s own influences stem from the ’60s, as can be heard in both his vocals and his choice of music. Like Morrison, he began performing as a teen. For a relatively young performer, he’s already got more than a decade of experience under his belt that has earned him a solid following. In addition to singing and writing songs, he’s a multi-instrumentalist, equally at home on the piano, organ, guitar, bass and mandolin.

In preparation for the show, he’s had to dig deeper into Morrison’s music, developing an even greater appreciation for it … and banking some songs for future performances.

“Any time I can learn songs that I can put in my repertoire, add to the list, it’s great,” says Weidinger, adding such exercises help his own songwriting, providing a way to see words and music from a different perspective.

website: http://mattweidinger.com/
youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HB0vCB6QHEg


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A Birthday Tribute to Elvis Featuring The Lustre Kings

Saturday, January 11, 2020 | 8:00PM

Cadillac Lounge Presents: A Birthday Tribute to Elvis Featuring The Lustre Kings
Advance $30.00 / Door $35.00 *

Long live the king.

With a sound and style that uniquely combined his diverse musical influences and blurred and challenged the social and racial barriers of the time, Elvis Presley ushered in a whole new era of American music and popular culture.

He starred in 33 successful films, made history with his television appearances and specials, and knew great acclaim through his many, often record-breaking, live concert performances on tour and in Las Vegas. Globally, he has sold over one billion records, more than any other artist. His American sales have earned him gold, platinum or multi-platinum awards for 150 different albums and singles, far more than any other artist. Among his many awards and accolades were 14 Grammy nominations (3 wins) from the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, which he received at age 36, and his being named One of the Ten Outstanding Young Men of the Nation for 1970 by the United States Jaycees. Without any of the special privileges his celebrity status might have afforded him, he honorably served his country in the U.S. Army.

His talent, good looks, sensuality, charisma, and good humor endeared him to millions, as did the humility and human kindness he demonstrated throughout his life. Known the world over by his first name, he is regarded as one of the most important figures of twentieth century popular culture.

This January, we pay tribute to the king with a tribute by critically-acclaimed Lustre Kings from New York. Together with a specially curated group of featured musicians and singers, we’re going to celebrate his birthday in style. TIckets available right now.

The Lustre Kings
The Lustre Kings boast a devoted international fanbase and continue to perform over 150 dates a year, including regular stops at nightspots, festivals and casinos like Tip Top Deluxe, Skinny Dennis and The Continental Club; Viva Las Vegas, Heritage Folk Festival and the Rockin 50s Fest; and the Potawamoti Hotel. Gamsjager, a Gretsch guitars endorsee who has taught for the National Guitar Workshop, has been a guest at prestigious venues ranging from Kennedy Center (Washington DC) to the Montreal Jazz Fest.

Beginning with 1995’s Mark Gamsjager Rocks & The Lustre Kings Roll, the band staked a claim to a modern take on the reverb-driven sounds of early rock, leaning also on touchstones of country, blues and R&B. Other artists, like the famed “Queen of Rock,” Wanda Jackson, hear the authenticity in The Lustre Kings. Perhaps that’s why she hired Gamsjager and the group as her backing unit for many tours. “I have worked with many bands around the world through the years,” Jackson says, “and none are better than Mark Gamsjager and The Lustre Kings. Their fine showmanship and musical ability make them the greatest in my book. They rock!!”


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