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2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
416-533-5483

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April 2017

Gala Concert & Fundraiser

April 29, 2017 @ 8:30 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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DOOR 6:30pm/ MUSIC 8:30pm • $50 advance/ $60 door - Standing Room only We are so pleased to announce that Hugh’s Room Live will hold a Gala Opening Concert/Fundraiser with an excellent and diverse line up of artists, all of whom know and care about the room, and all of whom have appeared on the former Hugh’s Room stage – some many times. We look forward to welcoming friends old and new! The line-up: JANE BUNNETT DIGGING ROOTS GATHERING SPARKS…

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May 2017

Paul Nelson Band

May 5, 2017 @ 8:30 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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DOOR 6:00pm / MUSIC 8:30pm • $25 advance/ $30 door BluesIn' Toronto/Ross Robinson  presents Paul Nelson Opening: Mike McKenna and Pat Rush Paul Nelson has toured with countless worldwide acts and performed live and or on recordings along side a list of today's top artists such as Johnny Winter, Eric Clapton, Billy Gibbons, Ben Harper, Leslie West, Robben Ford, Joe Perry, Mark Knopfler, Brian Setzer, Dr. John, Slash, Vince Gill, Warren Haynes, Sonny Landreth, Los Lobos, Kim Wilson, Elvin Bishop,…

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Carlos del Junco & Jimmy Bowskill – CD Launch

May 12, 2017 @ 8:30 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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$25 – $30

It’s not often you get an opportunity to see two immensely talented professionals sharing the stage together. Nominated for Maple Blues Awards 2016 Acoustic Act of The Year and Harmonica Player of The Year, renowned guitarist, Jimmy Bowskill,  and elite harmonica player, Carlos del Junco will be performing tracks from their first CD, Blues Etc. Come and help two generations of blues, celebrate the release of their debut CD “BLUES ETC …” - exactly a year after the CD was…

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Susan Cunningham – Opening Reception

May 13, 2017 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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This is a free event

Susan Cunningham, curator of visual art at Hugh's Room for the past fifteen plus years, presents some of her own work this spring. A selection of original prints and multi media works representing bodies of work from the past decade will be on view for May and June.

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The Shuffle Demons

May 13, 2017 @ 8:30 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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$20 – $22.50

What do you get when you cross 3 amazing saxophonists dressed in wacky clothes, a crazy dancing drummer and a killer upright bass player and have them sing songs about Buses, Roaches and Hockey and spend 1/2 their time playing in the audience? The Shuffle Demons, that's what!!! They were a band that captured the imagination of a generation with their antics and amazing no holds barred playing and stopped traffic on a regular basis. And now they're back!! The…

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Toronto Ravel

May 16, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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$15

Cash only, reservations not required Toronto Ravel is thrilled to be back at Hugh’s Room Live supporting this wonderful and important venue. We will continue our study of the amazing score for The Matrix, Adventures in Listening will include a new little featurette and we have fascinating guest speakers, Stephen Sitarski and Dr. John Chong will discuss musicians’ injuries and their treatment. This month’s guests are at the leading edge of research into the mechanics, both physical and cognitive, of…

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Kevin Fox

May 18, 2017 @ 8:30 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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$15 – $18

If you have come in contact with Canadian music at all over the last number of years, chances are you have either seen or heard the work of multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter and composer/arranger Kevin Fox. Kevin has worked in the studio and on stage with a variety of artists, from Celine Dion to Katharine McPhee to Olivia Newton John. He has spent much of the last seven years touring extensively with award-winning Canadian artists Chantal Kreviazuk and Steven Page. As a…

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Jaron Freeman-Fox and The Opposite of Everything

May 19, 2017 @ 8:30 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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$15 – $18

Bred in the mountains of Canada’s rural north-west, Jaron Freeman-Fox redefines what the violin is capable of, and gives you no choice but to take his mutant species of music on it’s own terms. Having produced or played on over 40 albums (Teresa Doyle, Jayme Stone, Autorickshaw) and toured the globe many times over as a solo artist, bandleader or collaborator with artists such as Delhi 2 Dublin, Ben Caplan, and Sam Lee, Freeman-Fox fuses his roots of fiddling and jazz with his…

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Alfie Zappacosta

May 20, 2017 @ 8:30 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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featuring: Claudio Vena (Violin & Accordian) Etric Lyons (Bass) Blake Manning (Drums) Ross Wooldridge 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. With a push from his father, Alfie Zappacosta decided on a music career…

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Betty and the Bobs

May 21, 2017 @ 8:30 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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$15 – $20

BETTY AND THE BOBS was formed as an extracurricular vehicle for a group of Toronto musicians and friends who had worked together in different combinations. The mandate is to do all the songs they have ever wanted to do, but would never get around to doing in their own bands. This includes a bunch of old tunes they grew up with -- country, blues, R&B, Beatles, gospel, old jazz, as well as some wacky original songs. BETTY AND THE BOBS…

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Don’t Think Twice

May 24, 2017 @ 8:30 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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$25 – $30

The Songs of Bob Dylan Performed by Jon Brooks, Laura Fernandez, Ariana Gillis, David Gillis, Paul James, Tabby Johnson, Bob Wiseman, Noah Zacharin, Russ Boswell - bass, Blake Howard - percussion. Hosted by Howard Gladstone Bob Dylan, the most important songwriter of our generation, has had a profound and formative influence on artists and audiences alike. Each of this evening’s performers will bring a unique interpretation of well-known and lesser-known works of Dylan. On the occasion of Bob Dylan’s 77th…

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Ernesto Holman

May 25, 2017 @ 8:30 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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$15 – $18
Ernesto Holman

Ernesto Holman (Vina del Mar, December 6, 1950) is a prominent bassist and Chilean composer. He was a member of the prestigious group of Latin American fusion, Congreso, between 1980 and 1984. He is known as one of the most important electric jazz fusion bassists and of progressive rock from Chile. Dedicated to implementing the bass as a melodic, rhythmic instrument, he proves that the bass should not necessarily be relegated to a rhythm section. He delved into the worldview…

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Tin Pan North

May 27, 2017 @ 7:30 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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$20 – $22

Tin Pan North is celebration of songs and the people who write them. “It was an idea sparked by the legendary Tin Pan South festival held each spring in Nashville, Tennessee: Intimate acoustic rounds at diverse clubs featuring those unheralded heroes, the songwriters. After sojourning to Tin Pan South Nashville for many years, NSAI Toronto coordinator Dan McVeigh and then co-coordinator Bruce Madole had the vision to bring something like it to Toronto. The shows would feature successful artists/songwriters who…

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June 2017

Don Ross & Calum Graham

June 1, 2017 @ 8:30 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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$32.50 – $35

Don Ross >> & Calum Graham >> Don Ross - The story so far... Don Ross began playing guitar virtually by accident. There was always a lot of music around the house. Don’s dad is an operatically-trained singer. So, the Ross kids heard plenty of voice exercises around their Montreal home as well as classical music on the record player growing up (not to mention the occasional blast of the bagpipes when Don’s dad felt like waking up the neighbours…

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Pee Wee Ellis and Jason Wilson

June 2, 2017 @ 8:30 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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$25 – $30

Opening Performance: The Hogtown Brass Quintet Pee Wee Ellis and Jason Wilson Legendary sax-man Pee Wee Ellis and Canadian global-roots visionary Jason Wilson are once again teaming up for a special night at Hugh's Room. Ellis was an essential part of James Brown’s band and later served as Van Morrison's bandleader. Pee Wee co-wrote ‘Cold Sweat’ with Brown, as well as several other instrumental hits. Jason Wilson is a two-time Juno-Awards nominee who fuses reggae with jazz and folk. He…

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Lemon Bucket Orkestra

June 7, 2017 @ 8:30 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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A guerilla-punk-balkan-folk-brass band massive like no other, LBO traces their genesis back about 8 years to the streets of Toronto, where a quartet of energetic busking troubadours began to amass a battalion of like-minded musical travellers, and the dozen strong Orkestra was soon born. Since then they’ve been nominated for 2 Junos and won a Canadian Folk Music award, and have been heralded as a groundbreaking, genre-bending phenomenon by media and fans alike. They’ve toured in more than a dozen…

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Kim Doolittle

Kim Doolittle (CD Release)

June 8, 2017 @ 8:30 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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 “Into the Blue” CD Release – Produced by Ken Whiteley Kim Doolittle loves to sing, write, play and tell stories about a life she had perfectly planned. Those plans went more curly than straight, teaching her that too many plans are laughable while those curves inform her Muse. Kim’s 9th studio album “Into The Blue”, produced by Ken Whiteley, is the sum of 43 years yet feels like her first. It comes straight from the heart and the songs reflect…

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A Celebration of Levon Helm

June 9, 2017 @ 8:30 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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$35 – $40

Special Guests Jerome Levon Avis (Levon Helm’s godson), Jesse O’Brien, (Colin James Band), Matt Weidinger and musical director Lance Anderson, with a nine piece band. To honour Toronto’s adopted son Levon, who with his fellow Hawks, tore up Yonge St. in the early sixties and laid the foundation of Rock n Roll and Rhythm and Blues in T.O. We have gathered an All Star cast of some of the country’s top musicians and singers, to play the music Levon sang…

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Smale’s Pace / Change of Pace Reunion Concert

June 10, 2017 @ 8:30 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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$25 – $30
Smales Pace / Change of Pace

“Remembering Those Who Have Gone Before Us –  Celebrating the music of Stan Rogers, Willie P. Bennett, Billie Hughes, Colleen Peterson, Michael Lewis, and Ken Palmer” This is the 7th Annual Smales Pace / Change of Pace Folk Reunion concert. It has become a much anticipated annual event. Each year a wonderful gathering of musicians is brought together to play in the traditional workshop setting of the folk festival and to remember the heyday of the London folk scene. This…

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Edification – Tribute to Ed Bickert (CD launch)

June 11, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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$25 – $30

(Standing Room Only) Receive a special CD price of $15 with advance ticket purchase Released By Cornerstone Records Performers: Reg Schwager Trio, Neil Swainson, Terry Clarke, Rob Piltch Trio, Neil Swainson, Davide DiRenzo, Lorne Lofsky Trio, Kieran Overs, Barry Elmes The Ed Bickert tribute recording honors the immeasurable contribution that Ed has made to music in Canada. Ed appeared on the world stage with Paul Desmond and Milt Jackson, and was an integral member of the Boss Brass and the…

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Richard Sabsay Band

June 15, 2017 @ 8:30 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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Pay what you can/ All proceeds from the door go to HRL

Tickets: Pay what you can at the door. All proceeds are in support of Hugh's Room Live. To reserve a table please call the club at 466-533-5483. Richard Sabsay is among the premier Toronto songwriters and producers. Richard's Client List is as eclectic as his approach to music. Richard has worked in various capacities with pop icons like Ariana Grande and Ashley Tisdale as well as music legends Joe Walsh and Mick Fleetwood to name just a few. Last summer, after…

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In Cash We Trust – Johnny Cash Tribute

June 16, 2017 @ 8:30 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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$25 – $30

A man called Wrycraft presents: In Cash We Trust - 5th Annual Johnny Cash Tribute Performers: Samantha Martin Wendell Ferguson Julian Taylor Harrow Fair Jon Brooks Burke Carroll & Co Scott B Sympathy Angie Gun

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Paul Reddick

June 17, 2017 @ 8:30 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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Melding poetry, mystery, darkness and light, along with an extensive knowledge of the history and traditions of blues music is what makes Paul Reddick one of the most popular figures on the blues and roots music scene today. For over 25 years he’s been writing and performing his eclectic brand of blues, bringing the art form to new frontiers with his rapacious, deep vocals, masterful harmonica playing and song writing. As the unofficial poet laureate of Canadian blues, words are…

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Beyond The Pale (CD Release)

June 22, 2017 @ 8:30 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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$15 – $20

For nearly 20 years Toronto’s Beyond the Pale has been making its distinctive brand of boundary-busting Eurofolk fusion. Inspired by Klezmer and Balkan styles but informed by everything from jazz and classical music to bluegrass and reggae, Beyond the Pale’s music traverses a vast and exotic musical landscape, bound by no particular idiom but shaped by many. Their exuberant live performances range seamlessly from raucous dance rhythms to intricate chamber-folk stylings. They are three-time Canadian Folk Music Award winners, and…

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Jeffery Straker

June 28, 2017 @ 8:30 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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Jeffery Straker – Dirt Road Confessional Tour Singer-songwriter-pianist Jeffery Straker is crossing Canada on tour with his new album “Dirt Road Confessional”. The 12-song recording brings a roots-inspired flavour to his piano-driven sound, while taking the listener on a journey through story ballads and uptempo grooves.  Lyrically the lens is turned inward providing insight into the vulnerabilities of a nomadic musician’s life on the road, and observations of the world he’s encountered performing 100+ shows a year.  Whether singing about…

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Humber Jazz Triple Play

June 29, 2017 @ 8:30 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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Tasha & the Sweet Talkers  ain’t your typical indie band. Fusing the grittiness of rock with the charming sensibilities of pop music, this 5-piece gang of misfits will push you headfirst into the world of alternative-pop. Performing with spunk and a whole lot of soul, Tasha & the Sweet Talkers come together to create something irresistibly tasty. Tasha & the Sweet Talkers merges the magnetism of upbeat and danceable tunes, with emotionally charged lyrics. They blend sugary and addictive melodies with overpowering walls of sound…

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Les Filles de Illighadad

June 30, 2017 @ 8:30 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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The new record of Fatou Seidi Ghali and Alamnou Akrouni – “Les Filles de Illighadad” – might be called “traditional music,” for lack of a better word. It’s that music that fills the day to day aspect, a constant familiar sound. It’s hard to talk about, because its corollarly so clearly does not exist in the industrial centers or the so-called “Western” world. It’s rural music. It’s village music. It’s music for when you don’t have electricity, immediate Youtube access…

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July 2017

Black Umfolosi

July 5, 2017 @ 8:30 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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$25 – $30

Black Umfolosi are, without a doubt, Zimbabwe’s number one acappella song and dance performing company with over 30 years of touring and stage experience. Based at the Enkundleni Cultural Centre in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, Black Umfolosi take their name from the Umfolosi River that flows through the Natal province in South Africa. Some of the fore-fathers of the Matabele tribe came from the banks of the river. The group came together by chance in 1982 as a means of entertaining themselves…

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Amanda Martinez

July 6, 2017 @ 8:30 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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$35 – $40

A special “intimate" duo performance by Amanda and Kevin Laliberte. Amanda Martinez is a Canadian based singer/songwriter whose music exultingly blends her unique Mexican and South African roots with flamenco soul. Her third and latest CD "Mañana" was helmed by GRAMMY-winning producer Javier Limón. Limón, whose production credits include acclaimed singers such as Buika, Mariza and Diego el Cigala, hails Martinez as "one of the greatest voices in the world." ‘Mañana’ and her previous solo albums have earned her three Latin…

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John Doyle

July 7, 2017 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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$20 – $25
John Doyle

Name many of the most notable recordings and/or performers in Irish music and it's a fair bet that John Doyle had something to do with them. Liz Carroll; Eileen Ivers; Karan Casey; Solas; Michael Black; Mary Black; the trio of McCusker, McGoldrick and Doyle; The Teetotalers (Martin Hayes, Kevin Crawford, John Doyle); and now Usher's Island (Andy Irvine, Donal Lunny, Mike McGoldrick, Paddy Glackin and John Doyle) - a veritable who's who of the greatest names in Irish music. These…

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The Turbans

July 13, 2017 @ 8:30 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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The Turbans is an international musical collective bringing together exciting traditional near-eastern and eastern-European styles and original compositions, to create a modern and energetic performance with reverence for its ancient roots. Growing from the intertwining paths of many talented musicians travelling the world, this extraordinary project has grown in a few years from very humble beginnings, into a progressive name on the London music scene. It's members have gathered from countries such as Turkey, Bulgaria, Israel, Iran, Italy, Greece and…

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Sue Foley

July 16, 2017 @ 8:30 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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$25 – $30
Sue Foley

Sue Foley is a multi-award winning musician and of the one of the finest blues and roots artists working today. Foley spent her early childhood in Canada, mesmerized by her father’s guitar and started her professional career at sixteen. By twenty-one, Foley was living in Austin, TX and recording for Antone’s—the esteemed blues label and historic nightclub that helped launch the career of Stevie Ray Vaughan. Her first release, Young Girl Blues, quickly rooted her unique talents as a proficient…

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Kellylee Evans

July 21, 2017 @ 8:30 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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** This show is now standing room only at the bar. For tickets call 416-533-LIVE(5483)** Returning to Toronto for her first appearance since being disabled by a lightning strike, Kellylee Evans brings her trio to Toronto for an evening of her full repertoire.  The Ottawa based Universal France recording artist and JUNO Award winning chanteuse has achieved worldwide acclaim with her successful adaptation of Nina Simone's songbook with charm, grace and full tilt passion.  We are delighted that Hugh's Room…

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SongStudio Faculty Concert

July 22, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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SongStudio is a week long songwriting workshop created by Rik Emmett (Triumph) and Blair Packham (The Jitters) as the Humber College Summer Songwriting Workshop in 2005. Now celebrating its 13th year, and based out of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, SongStudio is opening its Saturday Night Faculty Concert (normally an event for its registered participants only) to the public. Serving as the ‘kick off’ event for the workshop, this concert will feature 6 of this year’s faculty, performing…

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SongStudio Student Showcase

July 27, 2017 @ 8:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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Now in its 13th year, SongStudio is an annual one week song writing workshop held each July at the Royal Conservatory of Music, and run by well-known songwriters Rik Emmett, Blair Packham, Bill McKetrick, and Allister Bradley. Each year, the workshop attracts songwriters of all ages and musical genres from right across Canada, the U.S., and sometimes, as far away as the U.K., Taiwan, Hong Kong, Sri Lanka, Jamaica, and Australia to Toronto to study the art of song writing,…

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August 2017

Ember Swift

August 4, 2017 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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Canadian artist Ember Swift is an internationally touring musician and songwriter, and founder of the independent label Few’ll Ignite Sound. Originally from Toronto, she has spent the past few years making her home base in the magnetic city of Beijing, China. Still doing occasional touring in Canada, the US, and Australia, (and always hoping to return for her third tour in New Caledonia ~ French island in the Pacific), she and her band regulary travel around China for festivals and…

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Kobo Town

August 5, 2017 @ 8:30 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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$15 – $20

Founded and fronted by émigré Trinidadian songwriter Drew Gonsalves, Kobo Town’s music has been variously described as “an intoxicating blend of lilting calypsonian wit, dancehall reggae and trombone-heavy brass” (Guardian) and a “unique, transnational composite of rhythm, poetry and activist journalism.”(Exclaim!) From their home in Toronto, the JUNO-nominated group has brought their distinct calypso-inspired sound to audiences across the world, from Port-of-Spain to Paris and from Montreal to Malaysia. At once brooding and joyous, intensely poetic and highly danceable, Gonsalves' songs…

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Ann Vriend & Rooster Davis

August 11, 2017 @ 8:30 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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This high energy show is an energetic mix of original soul in the classic style, fronted by international award winning singer-songwriter Ann Vriend, and New Orleans piano-based blues, led by virtuosic piano man "Rooster Davis". The award-winning Rooster Davis Group (RDG) has been Vriend's backing band for the past 3 years - while in turn Vriend is a member of the RDG, sharing lead vocal duties with Rooster Davis, and playing a mean tambourine. Since Vriend and Rooster Davis have…

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Perspective – An Evening of Canadian Music Theatre

August 14, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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$15 – $25

Join us for an evening to celebrate Canadian Music Theatre, and the current artists who are shaping the industry, as we fund raise for a cross-cultural trip to Shanghai, China! Come along as we celebrate some of the latest and most exciting new pieces to come out of Sheridan College’s Canadian Music Theatre Project, and see just how much our perspective can grow.

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Lazer Lloyd

August 15, 2017 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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Lazer Lloyd is a singer/songwriter and virtuoso guitarist born in New York and raised in Connecticut surrounded by his Dad's love for playing and listening to music - records playing at home, family trips to festivals and concerts... "I grew up with the great North American songwriters - Willie Nelson, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell - they are all huge influences on me. I started writing songs in college and my lyrics reflect the long road of travels, days…

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Trad. Attack!

August 16, 2017 @ 8:30 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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Trad.Attack! has really turned the Estonian music scene upside down by bringing traditional music to the big stages, building modern world around its archaic sounds. It is often said that the band, with its three members, sound so big that you would think there are many more people on the stage. They take traditional songs – sometimes starting with scratchy recordings of long vanished village voices – and build pulsating rhythmic structures, creating an impressively big sound from acoustic 12-string…

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Ruthie Foster

August 17, 2017 @ 8:30 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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To purchase tickets please call our box office at 416-533-LIVE(5483) Ruthie Foster was born in the small rural town of Gause, TX. Raised in a family of gospel singers, Ruthie first learned to sing during worship services at her community church. With a chapel-bred bravado trained on the works of powerful women such as Mavis Staples and Aretha Franklin, her sound grew into an inspired blend of blues, folk and gospel. Seeking to define her own path, Ruthie left her…

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Eliana Cuevas and Brenda Navarette

August 18, 2017 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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$25 – $30

Eliana Cuevas and Brenda Navarrete ELIANA CUEVAS Golpes y Flores With her new album Golpes y Flores, Eliana Cuevas has created a beautiful musical love letter to her native land of Venezuela. The award-winning singer/songwriter has been based in Toronto since 1997, but she drew inspiration from her homeland for this, her fifth record (to be released on ALMA Records in September). Eliana explains that “Venezuelan music is very rich and I wanted to showcase some of what my country…

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Avalon’s Garden Swings for SickKids

August 23, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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$20

Featuring Avalon's Garden + Mermaid and The Bear Proceeds will go to the Mental Health Priorities Fund at SickKids Hospital For Tickets, Please E-mail megancooperv@gmail.com Dinner Reservations, Please Call Hugh's Room Live at 416-533-LIVE(5483)

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September 2017

J.P. Cormier

September 6, 2017 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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'The Chance' has been nominated for a Juno! (Traditional Roots Album of the Year) With all that has been said about J.P., the legend grows out of control. Often things that started out as rumor are now considered to be fact. His temperament and demeanor are described as everything from “sweetheart” to “volatile at best”. His shyness is often mistaken for rudeness or being standoffish. His no-nonsense way of communicating can be startling to those who are more politically correct.…

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JW-Jones

September 7, 2017 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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$35 – $38

JW-Jones: HIGH-ENERGY CROWD-PLEASER JW's got it down!So much soul, and nice material. You can't beat it. I am telling the truth. ~ Hubert Sumlin, legendary bluesman IBC Winner and JUNO Award Nominee, Canadian singer/guitarist JW-Jones tours constantly, and is known for his high-energy show that keeps getting hotter! International Blues Challenge winner (2017), JUNO Award Nominee and Billboard Top 10 Blues artist JW-Jones tours constantly, and is known for his high-energy live shows. Canada’s national newspaper, the Globe and Mail, referred…

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It’s Gonna be a Beautiful Night – Celebrating the Music of Prince

September 8, 2017 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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A Man called Wrycraft presents It's Gonna be a Beautiful Night - Celebrating the Music of Prince Featuring: Shakura S'aida Maryem Tollar & Rich Brown Kevin Fox Ariana Gillis Andrea Koziol & Kathryn Rose Retrocity Chris Rouse Don Kerr

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Friends of Fiddlers Green

September 9, 2017 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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The Toronto-based “Friends” boast six versatile musicians, four fine singers, three songwriters, a brilliant joke teller and the occasional Fiery Dragon. This totally uncategorizable collection has been together, in one form or another, for over forty years, and has played countless clubs, concerts and festivals across Canada and the northern United States. Nobody, not even the Friends themselves, can predict what might happen during one of their concerts, but it always includes humour, powerful vocal harmony, great musicianship, social commentary…

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Heather Rankin

September 10, 2017 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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$30 – $35

After over twenty-five years of performing with her siblings Heather Rankin comes into her own with A Fine Line, her Juno Award nominated debut solo record. This is Heather Rankin like you have never heard her before, breaking away from The Rankin Family’s signature sound, and forging her own musical legacy with her poetic, intimate original songs, and an eclectic mix of others. A Fine Line is an exploration of the balance between grief and joy, love and loss, and…

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Toronto Ravel

September 12, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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$20

Just for the Love of it! NOW IN ITS 5TH YEAR! PLEASE NOTE INCREASED ADMISSION COST Tickets: $20 Cash Only at the Door Toronto Ravel led by John Herberman plus “Adventures in Listening” and our NEW feature “Instrument of the month” (Please submit your idea to info@torontoravel.com) Tuesday September 12, 2017, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM 10:00 - 11:00 - Continental Breakfast, “Adventures in Listening” 11:00 - 12:00 - Score Study (“THE MATRIX” 2M5 cont’d.) 12:00 - 1:00 - Special…

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Ron Nigrini

September 15, 2017 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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“Rambling through his fifth decade on the music scene, Ron Nigrini still plays for the love of the music, and it shows. A singer, songwriter, guitarist, craftsman, poet and performer, he’s on a life long musical odyssey. He opened for The Mamas & The Papas in 1967, had a hit with I’m Easy in 1976, had the most played Canadian single with Baby I’m A Lot Like You in 1983 on his own Oasis Records, acted in movies and on…

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Polky Village Band + DoVira

September 17, 2017 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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While Toronto's Polish community celebrates up and down Roncy and the Ukrainians take over Bloor West, Hugh's Room Live brings the vibrancy of Eastern European together with two hot new bands, drawing on their roots. Polky Village Band Polky Village Band perform authentic energetic folk songs from various regions of Poland. Born in Katowice, Poland, ethnomusicologist and singer Ewelina Ferenc moved to Toronto in 2015. Here she met professional Polish dancer and choreographer Ala Stasiuk, originally from Zielona Gora. Together…

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Valdy

September 20, 2017 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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Valdy, born Valdemar Horsdal in Ottawa, Canada has been part of the fabric of Canadian pop and folk music for over 34 years. A man with a thousand friends, from Newfoundland to Vancouver Island to Texas to New Zealand, he's a singer, guitarist and songwriter who catches the small but telling moments that make up life. Remembered for Play Me a Rock and Roll Song, his bitter-sweet memory of finding himself, a relaxed and amiable story-teller, facing a rambunctious audience…

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Steve Strongman

September 21, 2017 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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$25 – $30

Award-winning Canadian bluesman Steve Strongman is a versatile talent, and a restless one. By constantly pushing himself in new directions, he has kept himself vital. His talent is huge and impossible to miss, and it’s matched by his staggering musical ambition — as guitar-slinger, songwriter or vocalist. The same structures and progressions that animate blues and roots music can also choke the air out of it, smothering it in caricature and cliché. But Strongman is a subtle shape-shifter who manages…

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David Vest & the Willing Victims

September 22, 2017 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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$25 – $30
David Vest

David Vest & The Willing Victims They don’t make them as real as David Vest anymore. The son of an Alabama sharecropper, the Victoria BC resident is still going strong some 50 plus years since he first stepped on stage with the likes of Roy Orbison and Big Joe Turner. Long revered as one of the great boogie-woogie piano players, Vest is a three-time winner of the Maple Blues Award for Piano Player of The Year (2013, 2015, 2016) and…

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Jack de Keyzer (CD Launch)

September 23, 2017 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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$30 – $35

One of Canada’s best guitar slingers, Jack’s back, and this promises to be another sell-out show. Please book early for this one. From the Arctic Circle to Puerto Escondido, Mexico; from Athens, Greece to Hornby Island, BC, virtuoso guitarist, Jack de Keyzer plays the blues world wide. One of Canada’s most awarded and in demand live performers and session guitarists, Jack has relased 8 CD’s and 1 DVD. He has also played on hundreds of recordings and live sessions with artists…

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Peter Asher and Albert Lee

September 26, 2017 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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As one half of Peter & Gordon, Peter Asher's voice "literally soared through Carnegie Hall" (Fox News), while Albert Lee has been called "the ultimate virtuoso" by Eric Clapton. Influenced from their earliest days as musicians and performers by great American artists like Buddy Holly and The Everly Brothers, Peter Asher and Albert Lee bring those influences to the fore in their first series of shows together as an acoustic duo. Albert Lee began his career as a touring musician in…

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Dan Bern

September 27, 2017 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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$25 – $30

Photo: Judd Irish Bradley “With his acoustic guitar and a batch of witty and insightful songs, Dan Bern is rapidly becoming the voice of a new generation of folk music.” – NPR “Dan Bern is a throwback, a singer-songwriter who marvels at life’s beauty, fragility, and complexity with a fresh, defiantly uncompromising style. In a perfect world, he’d be as beloved as Dylan or Lennon—he’s that good!” So wrote Stereophile magazine contributing editor David Sokol for that publication’s popular Records…

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Matthew Byrne

September 28, 2017 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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Born into a family of Newfoundland music makers, Matthew’s repertoire is heavily influenced by that unique musical lineage – the weaving of a great story with a beautiful melody – and he supports this tradition with powerful vocals, polished guitar work, and a presence that fills the room. His repertoire transcends time and place and his live performance reminds us how satisfying traditional songs can be when stripped down to their basic elements. Matthew Byrne’s music has traveled well beyond…

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Ariana Gillis (CD Launch)

September 29, 2017 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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“I’ve never seen an unknown performer with more power as when I saw Ariana…. I couldn’t stop talking about her. She may be the best new emerging artist anywhere.” ~ Writer - Rock Critic - Historian, Dave Marsh Hailing from just outside Toronto, Ariana Gillis started taking singing lessons at the age of six, but she was hardly thrilled. So, her father encouraged her to write her own material and learn to play the guitar. An award-winning songwriter himself, he…

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Three Kings

September 30, 2017 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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$35 – $38

Hosted by JAZZFM radio host and guitar legend Danny Marks with special guests Paul DesLauriers, Dylan Wickens, Shawn Kellerman and Jesse O'Brien. Blues guitar royalty hosts a pantheon of string benders, but the family name King resonates for many as the heart of genre. All now passed, B. B. King (Thrill is Gone), Albert King (Born Under A Bad Sign) and Freddie King (Hide Away) were soulful and powerful performers, influencing the direction of popular music and an enormous range…

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October 2017

Howard Gladstone CD Release for Hourglass

October 5, 2017 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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Band consisting of  Howard Gladstone (guitar & vocals),  Laura Fernandez (vocals), Tony Quarrington (guitars) with Russ Boswell (stand-up bass) performing his new album “Hourglass” and other songs.  Opening set by Laura Fernandez on piano and vocals. Hourglass is the fifth and strongest album by Toronto singer/songwriter Howard Gladstone.  The album consists of nine original songs performed by Howard Gladstone accompanied by an ensemble of highly talented and creative musicians, and recorded in April and May 2017. The album title, Hourglass,…

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Angel Forrest

October 6, 2017 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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$25 – $30
Angel Forrest

With a career spanning 27 years, nine albums and the winner of the Maple Blues Award for Female Vocalist of the Year in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016, Quebec blues belter Angel Forrest releases her new album, Angel’s 11 on March 11th, 2016. Ambitious and original, this project demonstrates the friendship shared between Angel and the 11 guitarists who are featured on this new album. Combining masterful song writing with her partner Denis Coulombe, Angel has written eleven songs imagining…

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Bob Bossin’s Farewell Concert. Honest.

October 7, 2017 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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$25 – $30

STANDING ROOM ONLY - Call the box office at 416-533-5483 With Marie-Lynn Hammond, Ben Mink, Anne Lederman, Allan Soberman and other musical friends. After a half-century of performing, Bob Bossin is hanging up the banjo. Over 50 years, Bob founded Stringband, authored Davy the Punk, manufactured Bossin’s Home Remedy for Nuclear War and made the videos Sulphur Passage and Only one bear in a hundred bites but they don’t come in order. Now Bob is giving up the road, or…

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Moulettes

October 10, 2017 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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$25 – $30

"The best thing I saw over the weekend at the Winnipeg Folk Festival" - Tom Power, CBC Radio One's host of q. Moulettes are an English eclectic Art Rock band that combines elements of Rock, Prog, Folk and Pop. The band was formed in 2002 in Glastonbury, England by Hannah Miller, Ruth Skipper, Robert Skipper, Oliver Austin and Ted Dwane. BAND MEMBERS: Hannah Miller – 5 String Cello, Cellola, Vocals, Guitar, Synths, and Autoharp Raevennan Husbandes – Electric Guitar, Vocals,…

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Reckless Daughter – A Portrait of Joni Mitchell

October 12, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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Pages UnBound and HarperCollins Canada present: David Yaffe reading from his new book, Reckless Daughter: A Portrait of Joni Mitchell + an interview with Karen Bliss + musical performance by Mia Sheard with Joel Schwartz Tickets: $10 For tickets, priority seating and dinner reservations, please call 416-533-5483. Receive a $5 rebate with book purchase. Event concludes with a special Joni Mitchell tribute performance by Mia Sheard with multi-instrumentalist Joel Schwartz Join Pages UnBound and HarperCollins Canada in a special tribute…

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A Tribute to Etta James

October 13, 2017 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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$35 – $38

Standing Room Only - Please call the box office for tickets Hosted by Danny Marks Ask a woman blues singer who they admire, who influenced them the most, who is their favourite? Etta James is the answer. No other female blues singer strikes such a unanimous and resounding response. "Tell Mama", "I'd Rather Go Blind", "At Last" were some of her signature songs in a career that began at the age of 14 and spanned decades until her death in…

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Enrico Galante

October 22, 2017 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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Up Close and Personal Sound that comes from the Soul Tickets can only be purchased by calling 416-518-7426 or 416-533-5483 For Dinner Reservations call Hugh's Room Live at 416-533-LIVE (5483)  

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MomenTO: Sounds like Toronto

October 24, 2017 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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FREE

FREE Admission | Call Box Office at 416-533-5483 advance tickets and dinner reservation Program Curator & Host: Nicholas Jennings, with remarks by Derek Andrews Featuring Sylvia Tyson, Liam Russell, Jennifer Castle and Doug Paisley Singer-songwriters are one of Canada’s richest natural resources—and Toronto has contributed some of the best, dating back to the Yorkville era of the 1960s. It was in Yorkville’s coffeehouses that artists initially put their poetic reflections to song. But before any of them had penned their…

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John Hammond

October 27, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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John Hammond "…a blues legend with a voice like Robert Johnson's and a demeanor that belies his tear-it-up might before an audience…" The New York Times John Hammond was honored with two awards at the Blues Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Awards in Memphis, on May 7, 2015, for Best Acoustic Blues Album for "Timeless" and Best Acoustic Blues Artist! The Blues Music Awards are universally recognized as the highest accolade afforded blues music performers. The annual Blues Music…

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John Hammond

October 28, 2017 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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$55 – $60

John Hammond "…a blues legend with a voice like Robert Johnson's and a demeanor that belies his tear-it-up might before an audience…" The New York Times John Hammond was honored with two awards at the Blues Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Awards in Memphis, on May 7, 2015, for Best Acoustic Blues Album for "Timeless" and Best Acoustic Blues Artist! The Blues Music Awards are universally recognized as the highest accolade afforded blues music performers. The annual Blues Music…

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Ken Whiteley’s Sunday Gospel Matinée

October 29, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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$25 – $30

The 15th series kicks off with Sacred Steel guitarist Chuck Campbell (of the Campbell Brothers), vocal harmonies & percussion of The Fabulous Levy Sisters (Amoy & Ciceal), bassist George Koller (of the Shuffle Demons) and drummer Bucky Berger (of Fathead).   For those of you not familiar with "Sacred Steel", it is one of the most exciting musical forms on the planet and Chuck is one of its greatest exponents. Ken first met the award winning pedal steel guitarist Chuck…

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Guy Davis

October 30, 2017 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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Guy Davis: An Ambassador Of The Blues Guy Davis once said, “I like antiques and old things, old places, that still have the dust of those who’ve gone before us lying upon them.” Blowing that dust off just enough to see its beauty is something Guy has excelled at for over twenty years of songwriting and performing. It’s no wonder his reverence for the music of the Blues Masters who’ve gone before him has been evident in every album he’s…

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Betty and the Bobs – Halloween Bash

October 31, 2017 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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$20 – $25

BETTY AND THE BOBS was formed as an extracurricular vehicle for a group of Toronto musicians and friends who had worked together in different combinations. The mandate is to do all the songs they have ever wanted to do, but would never get around to doing in their own bands. This includes a bunch of old tunes they grew up with -- country, blues, R&B, Beatles, gospel, old jazz, as well as some wacky original songs. BETTY AND THE BOBS…

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November 2017

Private Event

November 1, 2017 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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Private Event

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Leonard Cohen Tribute

November 2, 2017 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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We lost legendary Montreal iconic creative force Leonard Cohen November 7, 2016 and Hugh’s Room Live plans to celebrate his life with a revue of singers rendering some of his enormous body of work over two nights, November 2nd and November 3rd. Join us as pianist Aaron Davis and guitarist Rob Piltch accompany Lori Cullen, Brenna MacCrimmon, Mélanie Brûlée, Suba Sankaran, David Sereda, Howard Gladstone & Clela Errington, Andrea Koziol and Anne Michaels. A sample of the songs our singers…

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Leonard Cohen Tribute

November 3, 2017 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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$25 – $30

We lost legendary Montreal iconic creative force Leonard Cohen November 7, 2016 and Hugh’s Room Live plans to celebrate his life with a revue of singers rendering some of his enormous body of work over two nights, November 2nd and November 3rd. Join us as pianist Aaron Davis and guitarist Rob Piltch accompany Lori Cullen, Brenna MacCrimmon, Mélanie Brûlée, Suba Sankaran, David Sereda, Howard Gladstone & Clela Errington, Andrea Koziol and Anne Michaels. A sample of the songs our singers…

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Quique Escamilla – Day of the Dead

November 4, 2017 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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$25 – $30

"Day of the Dead" - A Mexican Night to Remember! - with The Quique Escamilla Band Mexican multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Quique Escamilla comes to Hugh's Room Live to deliver a unique performance of diverse Latin American styles of music from his new album titled "500 Years of Night". This curated "one-night-only" show will include theatrical elements, captivating story-telling and special decorations in the venue supporting the evening’s theme. Quique and his band – through an entertaining yet introspective narrative – will…

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Kat Goldman (CD Launch)

November 5, 2017 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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$20 – $25

With Glen Hornblast She’s been called one of Canada’s best songwriters. Kat Goldman gained a local cult following in Toronto back in 2002, when she released her debut The Great Disappearing Act. The record, produced by Juno Award winner Gavin Brown, so impressed New York City manager Ron Fierstein (Suzanne Vega, Shawn Colvin, Dar Williams), that he flew up to one of her shows and signed her on the spot. Kat’s songs have been covered by an array of artists…

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Catherine MacLellan

November 8, 2017 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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$25 – $30

Catherine MacLellan has become one of Canada’s finest and favourite singer-songwriters on her own merits. She’s kept away from the media circus and celebrity scene, preferring to live at home in rural P.E.I. She’s worked diligently at her craft, releasing a series of remarkable, creative albums, culminating in the Juno Award-winning The Raven’s Sun from 2014, to go along with multiple East Coast Music Awards, Canadian Folk Music Awards, and Music PEI Awards. Most impressively, she has chosen to carve…

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Avery Raquel

November 9, 2017 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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Hamilton native, Avery Raquel, started in the entertainment industry at a young age, having appeared on television, in commercials, radio ads, for a Disney animated television series, and even a number of professional stage productions across Canada. Her passion for singing quickly grew, and has led to an impressive list of career accomplishments on her musical resume. She has earned audience acclaim, critical kudos and peer respect as a vocalist of rare talent, and has recently entered into an exciting…

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A Stan Rogers Tribute

November 10, 2017 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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$30 – $35

Featuring Paul Mills Laura Smith Bill Craig Ariel Rogers Doug McArthur Beth Rogers Trevor Mills Band Tom Leighton David Woodhead Andrew Bryan Paul Mills For over forty years Paul has been well-known as an award-winning producer of folk music recordings. He has produced over 200 records by various folk artists including Stan Rogers. All but one of Stan’s records were produced by Paul. He has also worked with other well-known artists such as Sharon, Lois and Bram, Natalie McMaster, Ron…

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A Stan Rogers Tribute

November 11, 2017 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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$30 – $35

Featuring Paul Mills Laura Smith Bill Craig Ariel Rogers Doug McArthur Beth Rogers Trevor Mills Band Tom Leighton David Woodhead Andrew Bryan Paul Mills For over forty years Paul has been well-known as an award-winning producer of folk music recordings. He has produced over 200 records by various folk artists including Stan Rogers. All but one of Stan’s records were produced by Paul. He has also worked with other well-known artists such as Sharon, Lois and Bram, Natalie McMaster, Ron…

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Toronto Ravel

November 14, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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Just for the Love of it! NOW IN ITS 5TH YEAR! PLEASE NOTE INCREASED ADMISSION COST Tickets: $20 Cash Only at the Door Toronto Ravel led by John Herberman plus “Adventures in Listening” and our NEW feature “Instrument of the month” (Please submit your idea to info@torontoravel.com) Tuesday, November 14, 2017, 10:00am - 1:00pm 10:00 - 11:00 - Continental Breakfast, “Adventures in Listening”, “Further Adventures in Listening” (see John’s Blog for details) 11:00 - 12:00 - Score Study 12:00 - 1:00…

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Arlene Bishop (CD Launch) & Fraser Anderson

November 14, 2017 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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$25 – $30
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Arlene Bishop & The Spirit of Adventure Together Tonight, live album release Arlene Bishop is a critically acclaimed songwriter loved for her performances combining dark songs and funny between-song observations. Easily identified by her powerful voice, memorable melodies, and unique songwriting sensibilities, fans around the world call Arlene Bishop their best kept secret. Together Tonight will be Arlene Bishop's fifth album and her first live concert album recording. Previous independent releases are Pinky, Snarky Girlpop, Cut a Man's Heart Out,…

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The Kruger Brothers

November 16, 2017 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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$35 – $40

Born and raised in Europe, brothers Jens and Uwe Kruger started singing and playing instruments at a very young age. Growing up in a family where music was an important part of life, they were exposed to a wide diversity of musical influences. The brothers were performing regularly by the time they were eleven and twelve years old, and they began their professional career in 1979. Jens’ and Uwe’s first public performances were as a duo, and in just a…

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Kellylee Evans

November 17, 2017 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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$35 – $40

Kellylee Evans gives us a repertory of jazz, soul and groove on the album Come On, all with generosity and talent. Kellylee Evans, winner of the second prize at the Thelonious Monk Competition in 2004 and a Juno Award in her native Canada in 2011, is emerging as a true voice of her generation. This album tells the story of this woman struck by lightning, who in surviving decides to take her life back in hand and affirm strongly her…

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Séan McCann (CD Launch)

November 18, 2017 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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$30 – $35

The following is Séan McCann’s description of his transition and discovery through personal changes. When I finally gained my independence from alcohol, a very strange thing happened: I began to actually feel everything. After leaning for decades on a very reliable anesthetic, I was now forced to face my pain sober and alone. I knew this was an essential first step in my recovery but my inner catholic wasn't doing me any favours and quite foolishly I decided to quit…

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An Evening With Rebecca Codas

November 19, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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$15 – $25

Who is Rebecca Codas? Singer-actress-activist-dog enthusiast.. even she doesn’t quite know! It’s been 22 years, and she’s still figuring it out. Join her on a journey of self-discovery in her cabaret-debut! She’s excited (terrified) to share some of her favourite songs, from her favourite artists & shows, with some of her favourite people. Some career highlights include being a Top 20 Finalist in CBC’s OVER THE RAINBOW and creating/producing a workshop & concert with Oscar and Tony winning composers Benj…

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Jazz.FM91: President’s Choice Concert Series – Special Featured Performer

November 22, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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$55

Jazz.FM91 Presents: Our President's Choice Concert Series with a very special Featured Performer Once you've purchased your tickets please call our box office at 416-533-LIVE to make your dinner reservations.

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The Last Waltz – A Musical Celebration of The Band

November 23, 2017 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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$45 – $50

Standing Room only for this performance Lance Anderson Presents The Last Waltz – A Musical Celebration of The Band The players are; Jerome Levon Avis - drums (Levon Helm’s godson) Dennis Pinhorn - bass (ex- Hawk) Terry Blersh - guitar Rob Gusevs - Hammond B3 organ Lance Anderson - piano/musical director Simon Wallis - baritone sax (Lighthouse) Gord Myers - trombone and Tuba Chris Murphy - tenor sax (Maple Blues Band) Dave Dunlop - trumpet Guest vocalists Matt Weidinger -…

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The Last Waltz – A Musical Celebration of The Band

November 24, 2017 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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$45 – $50

(Standing Room Only) Lance Anderson Presents The Last Waltz – A Musical Celebration of The Band The players are; Jerome Levon Avis - drums (Levon Helm’s godson) Dennis Pinhorn - bass (ex- Hawk) Terry Blersh - guitar Rob Gusevs - Hammond B3 organ Lance Anderson - piano/musical director Simon Wallis - baritone sax (Lighthouse) Gord Myers - trombone and Tuba Chris Murphy - tenor sax (Maple Blues Band) Dave Dunlop - trumpet Guest vocalists Matt Weidinger - guitar, mandolin Chuck…

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Tom Waits Tribute

November 25, 2017 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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$25 – $30

A Man called Wrycraft presents The 12th Annual Heart of Saturday Night Tom Waits Tribute Featuring: Barbara Lynch with Soozi Schlanger Arthur Renwick Chloe Charles Freeman Dre Burke Carroll & Ted Hawkins Chris Bottomley Tyra Jutai Ronley Teper Plus a mystery emcee!!

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Ken Whiteley’s Sunday Gospel Matinée

November 26, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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$25 – $30

Indigenous Spirit Songs I have always tried to present an open ended range of musical styles and forms of spiritual expression at these Sunday afternoon gospel shows at Hugh’s Room.  While all of the shows have been unique, I am particularly excited about our Nov. 26 show titled Indigenous Spirit Songs.  It will be a wonderful celebration of Indigenous voices, conveying significant diversity of musical expression.  Sadie Buck, Jani Lauzon and Twin Flames are all extremely accomplished artists in their…

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MUSIC: The Voice of The Soul

November 26, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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$25 – $30

Live Concert with some of Toronto’s new and upcoming artists.

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The Young’uns

November 27, 2017 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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$25 – $30

The Young’uns have proved themselves a unique proposition – writing and performing a cappella or subtly accompanied songs that tell it how it is alongside traditional songs from their native North-East and further afield – songs of conscience, songs of warmth and wit, songs to provoke, songs to inspire. Renowned for their pitch perfect harmonies and rapid fire humour, their live show undeniably has the human touch. Always engaging, frequently heart-warming, they have built an enviable audience rapport. They are…

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The Achromatics (CD Launch)

November 29, 2017 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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$20 – $25

Earth, Wind & Fire meets Enrique Iglesias. The Supremes meet Carlos Santana. What happens when you combine a powerful female horn section, Motown‐style vocals, a Latin‐influenced rhythm section and a Top‐40‐calibre stage show? The Achromatics: Music to be appreciated by the mind and body. The Achromatics are a nine‐person superband creating a new sensation in music ‐ driven by soulful melody, Latin rhythm, and ferocious showmanship. They have been dazzling audiences throughout Ontario including stops at The Beaches International Jazz…

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The Arrogant Worms

November 30, 2017 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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$35 – $40

The year was 1991. Presumably, some significant world events occurred.  The world truly changed in the fall however, when something truly magnificent happened in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. A beacon of hope was lit and has shone brightly ever since – The Arrogant Worms. The Arrogant Worms began as a comedy troupe performing songs and sketches on campus radio. The early feedback on the live shows was clear:  lose the sketches.  So the songs endured and they all remain because the…

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December 2017

John Sheard Vinyl Café Tribute

December 1, 2017 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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$30 – $35

Vinyl Café Music Director - John Sheard Presents - 'A Tribute to Stuart McLean - 20 Years on the Road with the Vinyl Cafe' With Guest Artists: David Celia, Sheila Carabine and Amanda Walther (Dala) and Violin Virtuoso Drew Jurecka. Backstage Stories, Tour Bus Tales, Music and Madness from 20 Years on the road with Stuart McLean and the Vinyl Cafe Throughout his thirty-odd years as pianist, producer and arranger, John Sheard has recorded and performed with many North American…

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A Tribute to Muddy Waters & Howlin’ Wolf

December 2, 2017 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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$35 – $38

Hosted by Danny Marks Featuring Paul DesLauriers, Julian Fauth, Dylan Wickens, Guy Belanger and Jack de Keyzer. Electric blues came up the Mississippi and found a home in Chicago, on the south side, in the bars and in the robust working class evolution of America's second city. The reigning king of that scene was McKinley Morganfield aka Muddy Waters, his rival was the enormous and powerful Chester Burnett aka Howlin' Wolf. Together they made blues the essential influencer to everyone…

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