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February 2020

Bohemians in Brooklyn with Tom Allen

February 19 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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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,…

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David Essig with Jerry Leger

February 20 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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Thursday, February 20, 2020 David Essig with Jerry Leger Advance $20 / Door $25 Doors: 6:00pm Performance: 8:30pm David Essig I was born in Frederick, Maryland in 1945 and spent the early part of my life in the Washington, DC area where I became immersed in two intense musical traditions: bluegrass and country blues. I had the good fortune to work at the Arlington Music Company where I learned to play the guitar and mandolin from John Duffey, founding member…

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Western Swing Authority

February 21 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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Friday, February 21, 2020 The Western Swing Authority Advance $25 / Door $30 Doors: 6:00pm Performance: 8:30pm The Western Swing Authority is Canada's most recognized and awarded authentic Western Swing group. Made up of a collection of some of the country's finest touring and studio musicians, they came together to play the timeless style of music they love. Seamlessly combining stellar musicianship and vocals with traditional country and jazz standards and their own “new vintage” originals, they have created a…

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Glendale One

February 22 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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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…

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Jim Beard and Jon Herington of Steely Dan

February 23 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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Sunday, February 23, 2020 Jim Beard and Jon Herington of Steely Dan $75 Advance / $80 Door Doors: 6:00pm Performance: 8:30pm It’s only natural that pianist Jim Beard and guitarist Jon Herington would strike the kind of special accord heard throughout this intimate duo encounter in their latest release, Chunks and Chairknobs. They’ve shared countless hours in the studio over the years playing on each other’s albums, beginning with Beard’s 1990 debut “Song of the Sun” and continuing through to…

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The Sweetest Noise: A Birthday Celebration of Justin Haynes

February 24 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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Monday, February 24, 2020 | 8:00PM The Sweetest Noise: A Birthday Celebration of Justin Haynes Suggested Donation: $20 minimum * Featuring Rebecca Campbell with Lina Allemano, Andrew Downing, Nick Fraser, Tania Gill, Thom Gill, Craig Harley, Jean Martin, David Travers-Smith, Kevin Turcotte Doors: 7:15pm Performance: 8:00pm Tickets for this fundraising event are available only by phone, email or in-person. To RSVP, please contact Hugh’s Room Live by phone at (416) 533-5483 or in-person at 2261 Dundas Street West. For email…

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Blues Party Tonight with Danny Marks

February 26 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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Wednesday, February 26, 2020 Blues Party Tonight with Danny Marks Tickets: $150 Doors: 6:00pm Performance: 8:30pm Get ready for a showcase of Toronto’s top blues talent. BLUZ.FM host Danny Marks is joined by some of Canada’s most renowned blues musicians and emerging artists for one night only at Hugh’s Room Live on Wednesday, February 26. Enjoy performances by Harrison Kennedy, Paul Reddick, Alison Young, Jenie Thai, Anwar Khurshid, Carolyn Fe, Bill and Jesse King, and many more. They’ll all be…

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Celebrating an Icon: Laura Smith

February 28 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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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…

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Miss Emily

February 29 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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Saturday, February 29, 2020 Miss Emily Advance: $25.00 / Doors: $30.00 * Doors: 6:00pm Performance: 8:30pm In the 1990’s a 12 year-old Emily Fennell was making her way around Southern Ontario, singing at county fairs and winning competition after competition. She was literally finding her voice. While the other young vocalists were dazzling crowds with standards like “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” or “I Will Always Love You,” Emily was stunning judges and audiences into silent amazement with K.D. Lang’s version…

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March 2020

Dr. Mike Daley Presents The James Taylor Story 

March 2 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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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…

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Dr. Mike Daley Presents: The James Taylor Story 

March 3 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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Tuesday, March 3, 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…

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Paul James and His Band Pay Tribute to Bob Dylan

March 7 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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Saturday, March 7, 2020 | 8:30PM Paul James and His Band Pay Tribute to Bob Dylan Advance $35 / Door $40 * It’s official. Paul James and his Band will pay tribute to the one and only Bob Dylan. At 12 years old, Paul began playing guitar and always fancied himself a Beatle, but he had curly hair atop his head so the image wasn’t quite right. Then at 15, Paul’s girlfriend introduced him to the music of Dylan, and…

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Yamaha Presents: Sarah Thawer Band

March 8 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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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.…

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International Women’s Day with Jully Black

March 8 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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Sunday March 8, 2020 International Women’s Day with Jully Black Advance $45 / Door $50* Doors: 6:00pm Performance: 8:30pm Right now is a great and important time in history to do everything possible to help forge a more gender-balanced world. Women have come a long way, yet there’s still more to be achieved. International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating…

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Postmodern Jukebox’s Casey Abrams

March 9 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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Monday, March 9, 2020 Postmodern Jukebox’s Casey Abrams Advance $20  / Door $25* Doors: 6:00pm Performance: 8:30pm A sweet and sometimes Wild-Ass Jazz-Bassist, Funkman, vocalist, & performer, Casey Abrams is an Internet viral sensation whose videos have been viewed by more than 60 million people  worldwide. Casey, who is also known as CaseyBassy, has toured the world many times with the  viral collective Postmodern Jukebox, is now doing a deep dive into  Jazz, the music that first made him love…

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Yamaha Presents: Jimmy Cobb

March 10 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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Tuesday, March 10, 2020 | 8:30PM Yamaha Presents: Jimmy Cobb Advance $65 / Door $70 * Born on January 20, 1929 in Washington D.C., Cobb came up working on the nation’s capital jazz scene in the early ‘50s with artists that include tenor saxophonist Buck Hill and Pearl Bailey before going on the road for the first time, at age 21, with popular saxophonist Earl Bostic’s group, where he met pianist Wynton Kelly, bassist Keter Betts and jazz diva Dinah…

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

March 11 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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Toronto, Ontario
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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…

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Yamaha Presents: TorQ

March 12 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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Thursday, March 12, 2020 Yamaha Presents: TorQ Advance $20 / Door $25 * Doors: 6:00pm Performance: 8:30pm TorQ Percussion Quartet is Canada's premiere percussion ensembles and consistently brings new vitality to percussion repertoire and performance in every situation and opportunity. Renowned for their engaging performances, Richard Burrows, Adam Campbell, Jamie Drake and Daniel Morphy are committed to making percussion music accessible to audiences that span generations and as The Toronto Star states " can stand proud among the growing throng…

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Yamaha Presents: Jeff “Tain” Watts Quintet

March 14 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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Saturday, March 14, 2020 | 8:30PM Yamaha Presents: Jeff “Tain” Watts Quintet Advance $60 / Door $70 * Jeff Watts, the drummer they call "Tain," spent his formative years with Wynton and Branford Marsalis, and his compositional skills now command equal attention, earning Watts a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2017. Jeff initially majored in classical percussion at Pittsburgh's Duquesne University, where he was primarily a timpanist, followed by enrollment at the Berklee School of Music. Jeff joined the Wynton Marsalis Quartet…

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Celebrating J.S Bach’s Birthday

March 15 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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Sunday, March 15, 2020 | 8:30 PM Celebrating J.S Bach’s Birthday Featuring Joelle Morton - Tenor Viola da Gamba, Joseph Petric - Accordion, Elinor Frey - Cello, Richard Herriott - Piano Advance $25 / Door $30* Johann Sebastian Bach was a German composer and musician of the Baroque period. He is known for instrumental compositions such as the Brandenburg Concertos and the Goldberg Variations, and for vocal music such as the St Matthew Passion and the Mass in B minor. Since…

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Dan MacDonald and North Atlantic Drift

March 16 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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Monday, March 16, 2020 | 8:30 PM Dan MacDonald and North Atlantic Drift Advance $20 / Door $25* Doors: 6:00pm Performance: 8:30pm Dan MacDonald is from a family of musicians from the small village of Ironville, Cape Breton and began playing fiddle at a very early age. His fiddle education came mostly from his father, Lloyd MacDonald, who is a well-known and respected Cape Breton fiddler, and from the surrounding musical culture of Cape Breton Island. Cape Breton Fiddler’s Association practices…

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BluesIn’ Toronto Presents a Tribute to Muddy + The Wolf

March 19 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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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…

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A Man Called Wrycraft Presents a Tribute to Bruce Cockburn

March 20 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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Friday, March 20, 2020 | 8:30PM A Man Called Wrycraft Presents a Tribute to Bruce Cockburn Featuring Claire Lynch, Tom Wilson, Elizabeth Shepherd, Don Ross, Michael Occhipinti, Jason Fowler, Andy and Josh of  Skydiggers and more TBA Advance $30 / Door $35 * 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…

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Ken Whiteley Gospel Brunch

March 22 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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Ken Whiteley Gospel Brunch $25 Advance / $30 Door * Doors: 12:30pm Brunch: 1:00pm ** Performance: 2:00pm Ken Whiteley is a prolific songwriter, a gifted and versatile instrumentalist and powerful singer, as well as very successful record producer. His regular brunch series at Hugh’s Room Live has become a cornerstone of the Hugh’s Room Live music calendar. Join us as the man himself brings together another cast of renowned gospel musicians and vocalists to rejoice in the sounds of Sunday.…

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Coco Montoya and Ronnie Baker Brooks 

March 22 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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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…

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An Evening for Jack with Paul Reddick 

March 26 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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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…

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A Thousand Kisses Deep: My Time with Leonard Cohen

March 27 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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Friday, March 27, 2020 | 8:30 PM Sharon Robinson A Thousand Kisses Deep: My Time with Sharon Robinson Advance $15 / Door $20* Doors: 6:00pm Performance: 8:30pm Sharon Robinson is a Grammy-winning songwriter, singer and record producer. While she is best known as a frequent writing collaborator with Leonard Cohen, she has also written songs for a number of chart-topping artists including The Pointer Sisters, Aaron Neville, Brenda Russell, Diana Ross, Don Henley, Michael Bolton, Randy Crawford, Patti LaBelle, Roberta…

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Dan Hill

March 28 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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Saturday, March 28, 2020 | 8:30PM Dan Hill Advance $40 / Door $45 * Nominated for a Grammy for Best Male Vocal, winner of a Grammy (as co-producer of “Seduces Me” on Celine Dion’s 30 plus million-selling “Falling Into You” album), winner of five Juno Awards and the Harold Moon Award (Canadian Lifetime Songwriting Achievement Award), Dan Hill has recorded and released multiple gold and platinum albums. His classic hits, such as “Sometimes When We Touch” (closing in on 5…

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Dr. Mike Daley Presents The Weavers’ Story

March 29 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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Sunday, March 29, 2020 Dr. Mike Daley Presents The Weavers’ Story Advance $30 / Door $35* Doors: 6:00pm Performance: 8:00pm Dr. Mike Daley and Jill Daley present another installment of their popular lecture/concert series at Hugh’s Room Live with The Weavers Story. The Weavers - Pete Seeger, Lee Hays, Fred Hellerman and Ronnie Gilbert - sparked the folk revival with their chart-topping "Goodnight Irene" in 1950. The songs that they wrote or popularized, including "Kisses Sweeter Than Wine," "Wimoweh," "Wreck…

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April 2020

Lindsey Webster

April 2 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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Thursday, April 2, 2020 | 8:30PM Lindsey Webster Advance $25 / Door $30 * The earthy, charismatic and beautiful Lindsey Webster is a surprising and welcomed anomaly in the contemporary jazz world. The sultry and soulful young singer/composer, who has scored two Billboard #1’s on the Contemporary Jazz Chart, making her the first vocalist in the format to garner a #1 since the iconic Sade, is still amazed by her own success. “It is unbelievable that it is really happening”…

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Jack de Keyzer

April 3 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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Friday, April 3, 2020 | 8:30pm Jack de Keyzer $25 Advance / $30 Door* "The finest blues guitarist in Canada.” - Jeff Healey Guitarist, Singer, Songwriter Jack de Keyzer plays the blues worldwide, from Alert, Arctic Circle to Puerto Escondido, Mexico; from Athens, Greece to Hornby Island, BC and many points between. One of Canada’s most awarded and in-demand live performers and session guitarists, Jack has released 10 CDs and 1 DVD. He has also played on hundreds of recordings…

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Tinsley Ellis

April 4 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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Saturday, April 4, 2020 | 2:00 PM Tinsley Ellis Advance $30 / Door $35* Doors: 12:30pm Brunch: 1:00pm (not included) Performance: 2:00pm "Incendiary...Scalding guitar and banshee solos. Ellis mixes soul and fire." –Premier Guitar Ever since he first hit the road 40 years ago, blues-rock guitar virtuoso, soulful vocalist and prolific songwriter Tinsley Ellis have grown his worldwide audience one scorching performance at a time. Armed with blazing, every-note-matters guitar skills and scores of instantly memorable original songs, Ellis has…

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Raoul and The Big Time

April 4 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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Sunday, April 4, 2020 | 8:30 PM Raoul and The Big Time Advance $25 / Door $30* Raoul and The Big Time is one of the most highly regarded and awarded young blues acts in Canada having gained a Maple Blues Award for Best New Artist in 1999 and NOW Magazine's Best Toronto Blues Artist in 2007. Since forming in the summer of 1998 they have released four records to critical acclaim, have performed on the mainstages of many major…

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Albert Cummings

April 5 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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Sunday, April 5, 2020 | 8:30PM Albert Cummings Advance $30 / Door $35 * Door: 6:00PM Performance: 8:30PM It's been said that you don't seek out the blues – it seeks out you. For guitar virtuoso Albert Cummings, no words could ring more true. Cummings' masterful guitar wizardry has drawn comparisons to iconic axe legends Albert King, Freddie King, Jimi Hendrix and even his own musical inspiration, Stevie Ray Vaughan. He has graced the stage with such esteemed luminaries as…

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Marcia Ball with Tommy Castro & The Painkillers

April 8 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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Wednesday, April 8, 2020 | 8:30PM Marcia Ball with Tommy Castro & The Painkillers Advance $65 / Door $70 * Tommy Castro and the Painkillers "Castro’s aggressive, inspired attack on vocals and guitar is phenomenal." –Washington Post   "Tommy Castro & The Painkillers showcase the power of the blues, soul and down-and-dirty rock ‘n’ roll...rousing and infectious. This is energizing, scorching, soul-shaking music….pure pleasure." –Living Blues Whether he’s squeezing out the deepest blues or playing the funkiest soul grooves, legendary blues…

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Chardavoine and The Evolution

April 11 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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Saturday, April 11, 2020 Chardavoine and The Evolution Advance $25 / Door $30* Doors: 6:00pm Performance: 8:00pm Haitian born, Brooklyn bred and a master guitarist, Chardavoine is well known around New York for his association with the late Grammy Award winner Flutist “Dave Valentin”. Last year he had the privilege of playing at Aretha Franklin’s birthday bash in New York with the Tito Puente Jr Orchestra. His sophomore effort entitled “The Tribute” is dedicated to the Haitian earthquake victims and…

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Paul Deslauriers Band and Annika Chambers

April 15 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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Wednesday, April 15, 2020 Paul Deslauriers Band and Annika Chambers Advance $30 / Door $35* Doors: 6:00pm Performance: 8:30pm The Paul DesLauriers Band is led by elite guitarist and singer Paul DesLauriers and masterful drummer Sam Harrisson. Alec McElcheran rounds out this all-star crew on bass. Their powerful new release entitled Bounce kicks off an international tour that will take them to Europe, Canada and the USA. Crowned Electric Act of the Year and two-time Entertainer of the Year at Maple…

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Preston Reed

April 16 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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Thursday, April 16, 2020 | 8:30PM Preston Reed Advance $30 / Door $35 * Doors: 6:00PM Performance: 8:30PM One of the most influential and innovative guitarists of the past quarter century, Preston Reed invented integrated percussive guitar playing in the late 1980's, revolutionising the way the acoustic guitar is played and inspiring generations of musicians around the world ever since. Employing multi-voiced grooves, polyrhythmic percussion and story-telling compositions, Reed's visionary approach fully exploits the breathtaking orchestral potential of the acoustic…

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Harpdog Brown

April 17 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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Friday, April 17, 2020 | 8:30 PM Harpdog Brown Advance $25 / Door $30* Harpdog Brown has grown a solid reputation as a real-deal purveyor of classic electric blues. Think of the old Chess Records and Sun Records of the late ’40s and early ‘50s. These days he’s been touring with a new show called Harpdog Brown & the Uptown Blues Band - a vintage New Orleans Blues sound featuring slide trombone, keyboards, and often a sax and clarinet. Still…

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Cootes Paradise

April 18 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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Saturday, April 18, 2020 | 8:30 PM Cootes Paradise Advance $20 / Door $25* Cootes Paradise specializes in original roots-based music that is bluesy, funky, and filled with soul. Featuring lead vocals by the legendary Sue Leonard (k.d. lang, Bruce Willis, Bon Jovi), and Wayne Krawchuk (Sidestreet, Tight Little Island) supported by Mark Volkov (a triple threat, playing flute, sax, and violin), Lily Sazz (keyboards, vocals), Amy Di Nino (drums, vocals), and Ian Taylor (bass, vocals), the result is an…

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One For The Foxes

April 19 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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Sunday, April 19, 2020 | 8:30PM One For The Foxes Advance $20 / Door $25 * Dave Curley, Tadhg Ó Meachair & Joanna Hyde form an exciting and dynamic transatlantic trio that presents a rousing blend of Irish and American folk music, having already won over audiences on both sides of the ocean. The group is made up of Dublin's Tadhg Ó Meachair (Goitse), Galway's Dave Curley (SLIDE) and Denver, Colorado's Joanna Hyde (The Hydes), and features a mix of…

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James Gordon: The Emergency Climate Musical

April 21 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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Tuesday, April 21, 2020 James Gordon: The Emergency Climate Musical Advance $20 / Door $25* Doors: 6:00pm Performance: 8:30pm James Gordon has had a remarkably diverse 40-year career in the Canadian entertainment business. As a solo singer-songwriter and with the ground-breaking trio Tamarack, he has released over forty albums and has toured relentlessly around the world. Gordon has written for symphony orchestras, musical theatre and dance works, film scores, and for more than ten years was heard on CBC radio…

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Stephen Fearing

April 22 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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Wednesday, April 22, 2020 | 8:30PM Stephen Fearing Advance $30 / Door $35 * Stephen Fearing was born in 1963 in Vancouver, British Columbia and grew up in Dublin, Ireland where his schoolmates included future members of U2. In 1981, he moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota and immersed himself in the music scene, learning the fundamentals of song writing and performing, while washing dishes to stay alive. By 1984 he was back in Vancouver, determined to become a professional musician. In…

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Pierre Bensusan

April 23 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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Thursday, April 23, 2020 Pierre Bensusan Advance $40 / Door $45* Doors: 6:00pm Performance: 8:30pm "The way the guitar would want to sound if it played itself." Winner of the Independent Music Award, in the Live Performance Album category for his latest triple live album "Encore" (2014), "Rose d'Or" of the Montreux Festival for his first album, "Près de Paris" (Switzerland, 1976), "Best World Music Guitar Player " by the readers of Guitar Player Magazine (USA, 2008), Pierre Bensusan is…

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Mia Sheard’s Songs are Like Tattoos: A Tribute to Joni Mitchell

April 24 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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Friday, April 24, 2020 | Saturday, April 25, 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…

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Mia Sheard’s Songs are Like Tattoos: A Tribute to Joni Mitchell 

April 25 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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Friday, April 24, 2020 | Saturday, April 25, 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…

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May 2020

Benny Golson

May 1 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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Friday, May 1, 2020 | 8:30PM Benny Golson Advance $60 / Door $70 * Jazz Icon, Benny Golson was born in Philadelphia, PA on January 25, 1929. Golson has played in the bands of Benny Goodman, Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, Earl Bostic and Art Blakey. Few musicians can claim a recording career that literally redefines the term "jazz". Benny Golson has made major contributions to the world of jazz with such jazz standards as: Killer Joe, I Remember Clifford, Along Came…

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Okavango African Orchestra

May 2 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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Saturday, May 2, 2020 Okavango African Orchestra Advance $20 / Door $30* Doors: 6:00pm Performance: 8:30pm “It’s obvious that Okavango respects the continent’s myriad musical traditions. It’s in the glorious mix of rhythms in their songs” – Toronto Sun Multiple instruments, ten languages, and seven countries define Okavango African Orchestra, winners of the 2017 JUNO Award for World Music Album of the Year. The Toronto orchestra takes its name from the Okavango Delta, a basin in the Kalahari Desert in Botswana,…

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The Ultimate Sam Cooke Experience with Carla Cooke

May 6 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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Wednesday, May 6, 2020 The Ultimate Sam Cooke Experience with Carla Cooke Advance $30 / Door $35* Doors: 6:00pm Performance: 8:30pm Sam Cooke was an American singer, songwriter, civil-rights activist and entrepreneur. Influential as both a singer and composer, he is commonly known as the King of Soul for his distinctive vocals and importance within popular music. His music, inspired in large part by his religion and the political climate of the time, was in itself timeless, adored by millions…

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Classic Lightfoot Live

May 8 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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Friday, May 8, 2020 Classic Lightfoot Live Advance $40 / Door $45* Doors: 6:00pm Performance: 8:30pm Classic Lightfoot Live celebrates the music and the long time folk-rock legend's career and his stories from the early 60s, through his 1970s fame, up to his last studio recording in 2002. Gordon Lightfoot is credited with helping to define the folk-pop sound of the 1960s and 1970s. Take a trip down memory lane with Classic Lightfoot Live! The performance features John Stinson, a…

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Jazz Goes to the Movies with Anne Hampton Callaway and Brett Steele

May 12 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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Tuesday, May 12, 2020 Jazz Goes to the Movies with Anne Hampton Callaway and Brett Steele Advance $40 / Door $45* Doors: 6:00pm Performance: 8:30pm Jazz Goes to the Movies is an album by American jazz arranger and conductor Manny Albam recorded in 1962 for Impulse! This May, celebrated jazz vocalist, Anne Hampton Callaway, joins Brett Steele on stage to deliver that music live. Anne Hampton Callaway is one of America's most gifted and prolific artists. A leading champion of the…

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Brad Sucks

May 16 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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Saturday, May 16, 2020 Brad Sucks Advance $20 / Door $25* Doors: 6:30pm Performance: 8:00pm Brad Sucks was making music and giving it away on the Internet before everybody was doing that. Brad self-recorded and produced three records: I Don’t Know What I’m Doing (2003), Out of It (2008) and Guess Who’s a Mess (2012). He also did some music and vocals on the Frederator series Bee & PuppyCat. Over the years, the man, in spite of his name, has proven…

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Willie Nile

May 28 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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Thursday, May 28, 2020 Willie Nile Advance $25 / Door $30* Openers: Stephen Stanley and Chris Bennet Doors: 6:00pm Performance: 8:30pm The New York Times called Willie Nile “one of the most gifted singer-songwriters to emerge from the New York scene in years.” His album Streets Of New York was hailed as “a platter for the ages” by UNCUT magazine. Rolling Stone listed The Innocent Ones as one of the “Top Ten Best Under-The-Radar Albums of 2011” and BBC Radio called it “THE rock ‘n’ roll…

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June 2020

Kaki King

June 3 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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Wednesday, June 3, 2020 Kaki King Advance $45 / Door $50* Doors: 6:00pm Performance: 8:30pm Kaki King is an American guitarist and composer. King is known for her percussive and jazz-tinged melodies, energetic live shows, use of multiple tunings on acoustic and lap steel guitar, and her diverse range in different genres. In February 2006, Rolling Stone released a list of "The New Guitar Gods", on which King was the sole woman and youngest artist (beating Derek Trucks in age…

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David Francey Screen Door Anniversary Performance

June 11 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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Thursday, June 11, 2020 David Francey Screen Door Anniversary Performance Advance $40 / Door $45* Doors: 6:00pm Performance: 8:30pm "Francey's clear, simple songs speak volumes to his followers. After a decade in music, David Francey is known as one of Canada's finest tunesmiths and a champion of the Everyman, admired for his less-is-more approach to writing. It's amazing how he manages to address deep stuff with such spare ingredients"- The Edmonton Journal David Francey is a Scottish-born Canadian carpenter-turned-songwriter, who…

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David Rotundo

June 13 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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Saturday, June 13, 2020 David Rotundo Advance $40 / Door $45* Doors: 6:00pm Performance: 8:30pm Toronto blues harpist David Rotundo heard James Cotton perform at the El Mocambo in 1991. “He blew one note on the harmonica that hypnotized me…” The next day, Rotundo went out and bought a harmonica. “…and I’ve been playing the blues ever since.” Obsession with the blues led Rotundo on a diesel-fuelled roots tour of blues epicenters of the United States including – New Orleans,…

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Kevin Prater Band

June 22 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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Monday, June 22, 2020 Kevin Prater Band Advance $20 / Door $25* Doors: 6:00pm Performance: 8:30pm Situated in the hills of Eastern Kentucky, there is a small town of Belcher.  Listen closely and you might hear what is first thought to be the angels singing.  It is the sweet, crystal clear, high tenor voice of Belcher’s own multi-talented son of Bluegrass. Add in his powerful and precise Mandolin, a few licks of his Guitar, Banjo, Bass and Dobro, you have…

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Tom Russell

June 26 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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Friday, June 26, 2020 Tom Russell Advance $25 / Door $30* Doors: 6:00pm Performance: 8:30pm Tom Russell songs have been recorded by such icons as Johnny Cash, Dave Van Ronk, Jerry Jeff Walker, Doug Sahm, Joe Ely, Nanci Griffith, Iris Dement, and Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, among others. No less than Lawrence Ferlinghetti, the legendary poet, has said that he shares “a great affinity with Tom Russell’s songs, for he is writing out of the wounded heart of America.” Tom’s 52…

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The Bad Plus

June 28 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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Sunday, June 28, 2020 The Bad Plus Advance $25 / Door $35* Doors: 6:00pm Performance: 8:30pm The Bad Plus are the ultimate originals. A democratic unit with a clear vision and a refusal to conform to convention. For the past two decades they have played with spirit and adventure, made their own rules and done so with a bold sense of creativity and intent. In 2018 they announced a change of line-up that shook the jazz world, bringing the astonishing…

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July 2020

Jason Wilber

July 6 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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Monday, July 6, 2020 Jason Wilber Advance $20 / Door $25* Doors: 6:00pm Performance: 8:30pm Jason Wilber is an American singer, guitar player, songwriter, and recording artist. In addition to his work as a solo recording artist, he is also known as the long time lead guitar player for singer-songwriter John Prine. Other artists Jason has accompanied live or in the studio include Iris Dement, Greg Brown, Tom Russell, Sheryl Crow, Mary Gauthier, Todd Snider, Simrit, Hal Ketchum, Tim Grimm,…

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Oysterband

July 9 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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Thursday, July 9, 2020 Oysterband Advance $40 / Door $45* Doors: 6:00pm Performance: 8:30pm Currently Oysterband consists of founder members John Jones (vocal, melodeon), Alan Prosser (guitars, vocal), and Ian Telfer (violin, keyboard, vocal) with Dil Davies (drums), Al Scott (bass guitar, mandolin, vocal), and Adrian Oxaal (cello, guitar, vocal). At first - around 1978 - purely a dance band ("The Oyster Ceilidh Band"), we soon started experimenting with radical arrangements of traditional songs and with home recording, and even…

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Midsummers Night Dream with Wintergarten Orchestra

July 11 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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Saturday, July 11, 2020 Midsummers Night Dream with Wintergarten Orchestra Advance $25  / Door $30* Doors: 6:00pm Performance: 8:30pm Wintergarten Orchestra is known and loved for delivering popular songs from the USA, Berlin and Paris during the roaring 1920’s and 1930’s. Their influences include Cab Calloway, Paul Whiteman, Pasadena Roof Orchestra, Palast Orchestra. Needless to say, you’ll love this band if you’re a fan of movies like: The Great Gatsby, Some Like it Hot Television series: Downton Abbey, Jeeves &…

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August 2020

Grace Petrie

August 19 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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Wednesday, August 19, 2020 Grace Petrie Advance $30  / Door $35* Doors: 6:00pm Performance: 8:30pm Grace Petrie (born 1987) is a folk singer-songwriter and guitarist from Leicester, UK. She was hailed in The Guardian as “a powerful new songwriting voice” in 2011. Grace Petrie began performing in 2006 as a solo vocalist and acoustic guitarist, and self-released an eponymous album that year, followed in 2007 by second album Feeling Better. In 2010, the advent of the Conservative-led coalition government following…

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September 2020

ALFIE ZAPPACOSTA

September 19 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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Saturday, September 19, 2020 Alfie Zappacosta Advance $50  / Door $55* 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…

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November 2020

Connie Kaldor and Garnet Rogers

November 21 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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Saturday, November 21, 2020 | 8:30pm Connie Kaldor and Garnet Rogers $35 Advance / $40 Door * Garnet Rogers Born in Hamilton, Ontario to parents of Nova Scotian descent, Garnet Rogers spent many hours in front of the old floor model radio listening to Grand Ol' Opry broadcasts and harmonizing with his brother, the late folk legend Stan Rogers. Two years later, Garnet was playing the definitive 8-year-old's version of "Desolation Row" on his ukulele. He soon abandoned that instrument…

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