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Tribute to the Three Kings: Albert, B.B and Freddie

Hugh’s Room Forced to Move Due to Rent Hike

As many of you will now have heard, that despite months of negotiations with our landlord, we have failed to come to agreement on terms based on fair market value. As a result we will be forced to close our doors at our current location on March 31, 2020.

It is our intention to honour as many of our show bookings and tickets as possible, but it is going to take us a bit of time to secure an alternate venue. We are confident that all shows on the calendar will have a home and as soon as an alternate venue is secured, we will be notifying all ticket holders immediately. We ask patrons to kindly not reach out to our box office for updates in the interim.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Tribute to the Three Kings: Albert, B.B and Freddie
Advance $40 / Door $45 *

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

Presented by BluesIn’ Toronto
Hosted by Danny Marks

Albert King is truly a “King of the Blues,” although he doesn’t hold that title (B.B. does). Along with B.B. and Freddie King, Albert King is one of the major influences on blues and rock guitar players. Without him, modern guitar music would not sound as it does — his style has influenced both black and white blues players from Otis Rush and Robert Cray to Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan. It’s important to note that while almost all modern blues guitarists seldom play for long without falling into a B.B. King guitar cliché, Albert King never does — he’s had his own style and unique tone from the beginning.

Riley B. King known professionally as B.B. King, was an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and record producer. King introduced a sophisticated style of soloing based on fluid string bending and shimmering vibrato that influenced many later blues electric guitar players.

King was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, and is one of the most influential blues musicians of all time, earning the nickname “The King of the Blues”, and is considered one of the “Three Kings of the Blues Guitar” (along with Albert and Freddie King). King performed tirelessly throughout his musical career, appearing on average at more than 200 concerts per year into his 70s. In 1956 alone, he appeared at 342 shows.

Freddie King was an American blues guitarist and singer. He recorded several hits for Federal Records in the early 1960s. His soulful and powerful voice and distinctive guitar style inspired many musicians, particularly guitarists. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012.

Featuring Danny Marks, Jack de Keyzer, Steve Strongman and Dylan Wickens.

Danny Marks

This iconic rocker’s roots go back to the sixties as a founding member of Capitol Records’ group, Edward Bear. After a span as a journey man session musician throughout the seventies, Danny settled in to the club scene, establishing a cult following as a genre bender in music and humor.

You can now hear him as the host of BLUZ FM on JAZZ FM 91.1 every Saturday night.

Website: http://www.dannym.com/
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yEgnbwQ6V5Q

Jack de Keyzer

For 46 years or roughly a couple million miles , bluesman, guitarist, singer, song writer, Jack de Keyzer has been hitting the road, rail and air to bring his brand of guitar driven blues across Canada and around the globe. With 11 records, 1 DVD , 2 Junos and 7 Maple Blues Awards under his belt, de Keyzer delivers the goods wherever, whenever he performs.

Website: https://www.jackdekeyzer.com/
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-g2TcA_EAk

Dylan Wickens

Roots rock with a noticeable blues guitar influence, Wickens is a past Maple Blues Award Nominee and Winner of The Toronto Blues Society Talent Search. Wickens has appeared on several albums and has opened shows for artists that include Sonny Landreth, Jeff Healey, Keb’ Mo’, Downchild Blues Band and Serena Ryder. He’s a musical force to be reckoned with…

Website: https://dylanwickens.com/
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2dOrMDs2jE

* 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

Mia Sheard’s Songs are Like Tattoos: A Tribute to Joni Mitchell * 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, April 25, 2020 | Saturday, April 26, 2020

Mia Sheard’s Songs are Like Tattoos: A Tribute to Joni Mitchell 
Featuring Mia Sheard, Tony Dekker, Harmony Trowbridge, Brian MacMillan, Ryan Granville-Martin, Joel Schwartz, Chris Gartner, Robbie Grunwald
Advance $30 / Door $35*

Doors: 6:00pm
Performance: 8:30

“I wouldn’t have pursued music but for trouble,” Joni Mitchell once said. Mitchell was referring to real problems — her childhood time spent bedridden with polio and the life-shaping loss she experienced after giving her daughter up for adoption in 1965. Those events solidified the drive that pushed Mitchell forward from small-potatoes rural Canada toward the American meccas where she would prove to be the magnet shifting the needle of pop. But trouble, in all its manifestations, is also Mitchell’s muse.

Call it her craving for innovation, or her refusal to rest in comforting clichés; call it the essence that makes her a secret sharer for millions of listeners’ and most musicians’ daunting standard-bearer. Trouble is Mitchell’s jazz, the blasted-open space that can feel like a void but is also the real ground of possibility. It rings through her famous open guitar tunings and surfaces in the way her foot worries a piano pedal. It’s in the impossible careening of her young soprano and the cracked resonance of the lower tones that came later. To become preoccupied with Joni Mitchell’s music, whether as a fellow musician or as a serious fan, is to welcome trouble as a friend, as the challenge that animates life. Her songs ask us to live within trouble, to see the mirrors embedded in its cracks: the trouble we make, the trouble that waylays us, that makes a nest that we then fill with more trouble because we are made of it, too.

Perhaps one reason Mitchell’s music is so often the subject of tributes is its open-ended quality. It makes room for others to take risks; in fact, it demands that they do. Join us on May 8 as we gather at Hugh’s Room Live to experience a roster of outstanding musicians as they put their own twist on the songs by Joni you know and love. Due to popular demand, a second night has been added on Saturday, April 26. Tickets for both shows available right now.

* 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

Mia Sheard’s Songs are Like Tattoos: A Tribute to Joni Mitchell * 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, April 25, 2020 | Saturday, April 26, 2020

Mia Sheard’s Songs are Like Tattoos: A Tribute to Joni Mitchell 
Featuring Mia Sheard, Tony Dekker, Harmony Trowbridge, Brian MacMillan, Ryan Granville-Martin, Joel Schwartz, Chris Gartner, Robbie Grunwald
Advance $30 / Door $35*

Doors: 6:00pm
Performance: 8:30

“I wouldn’t have pursued music but for trouble,” Joni Mitchell once said. Mitchell was referring to real problems — her childhood time spent bedridden with polio and the life-shaping loss she experienced after giving her daughter up for adoption in 1965. Those events solidified the drive that pushed Mitchell forward from small-potatoes rural Canada toward the American meccas where she would prove to be the magnet shifting the needle of pop. But trouble, in all its manifestations, is also Mitchell’s muse.

Call it her craving for innovation, or her refusal to rest in comforting clichés; call it the essence that makes her a secret sharer for millions of listeners’ and most musicians’ daunting standard-bearer. Trouble is Mitchell’s jazz, the blasted-open space that can feel like a void but is also the real ground of possibility. It rings through her famous open guitar tunings and surfaces in the way her foot worries a piano pedal. It’s in the impossible careening of her young soprano and the cracked resonance of the lower tones that came later. To become preoccupied with Joni Mitchell’s music, whether as a fellow musician or as a serious fan, is to welcome trouble as a friend, as the challenge that animates life. Her songs ask us to live within trouble, to see the mirrors embedded in its cracks: the trouble we make, the trouble that waylays us, that makes a nest that we then fill with more trouble because we are made of it, too.

Perhaps one reason Mitchell’s music is so often the subject of tributes is its open-ended quality. It makes room for others to take risks; in fact, it demands that they do. Join us on May 8 as we gather at Hugh’s Room Live to experience a roster of outstanding musicians as they put their own twist on the songs by Joni you know and love. Due to popular demand, a second night has been added on Saturday, April 26. Tickets for both shows available right now.

* 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

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

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

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 installment 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. Mike and Jill will be joined by Will Reid for the evening on vocals.

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

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

* 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

Celebrating an Icon: Laura Smith

Friday, February 28, 2020 

Celebrating an Icon: Laura Smith
Featuring Paul Mills, Tony McManus, Grit Laskin, Tannis Slimmon, Allison Lupton, Eve Goldberg, David Woodhead, John Sheard, Lenny & Wendy Solomon
Advance $30 / Door $35 *

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

Laura Smith has shared her music, stories and gifts with the nation.

Now, as Laura faces ongoing health challenges with a recent incurable cancer diagnosis, artists who have worked with her or who have been inspired by her life and music are coming together to perform at this fundraiser to help Laura out. They will be performing their own music and maybe one or two of Laura’s wonderful songs as well.

* 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

Glendale One

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Glendale One
Advance $20 / Door $25

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

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!

website: https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Musician-Band/Glendale-One-195112543867845/
video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hrFhD_b6Nas

* Advertised pricing excludes taxes and ticketing fees.

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

* Total Ticket Price: $32.77

Red Zeppelin

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Red Zeppelin
Advance $25 / Door $30

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

“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.

website: www.redzeppelintoronto.com
youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DuHccMsCPBA

 

*Advertised pricing excludes taxes and ticketing fees.

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

* Advertised pricing excludes taxes and fees.