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October 2019

Dr. Mike Daley Presents: The Elton John Story

October 21 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario

Monday, October 21, 2019 | 8:00pm Dr. Mike Daley Presents: The Elton John Story Advance: $25.00 / Doors: $30.00 Dr. Mike Daley and Jill Daley present another instalment of their popular lecture/concert series at Hugh’s Room Live with the Elton John Story. Mike is a musicologist and lecturer on music history as well as a longtime professional musician, working with the likes of Jeff Healey and the Travellers. Jill is a full-time pianist at Canada’s National Ballet School and Musician-In-Residence at Church of the Redeemer. Will Reid, who brought the house down with Mike and Jill’s Simon and Garfunkel show in April will be back on board singing classic Elton hits like Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Your Song, Rocket Man and many more. These performances typical SELL OUT quickly so advance tickets are STRONGLY recommended. website: https://mikedaleymusic.com/ youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AtkAfef–NU   * Advertised pricing excludes taxes and fees.

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Ravel

October 22 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm EDT
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The Al Purdy Songbook

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

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 | 8:30pm The Al Purdy Songbook $25 Advance / $30 Door * A celebration of our most famous poet, featuring a rare screening of the 2015 feature documentary Al Purdy Was Here, as well as live performances from two (2) of the artists featured in the film: Doug Paisley and Snowblink. Doug Paisley Doug Paisley is a Canadian alternative country singer and songwriter with record label No Quarter Records. He was born in Toronto. Paisley’s “What About Us?” was featured in Mojo magazine as part of a complimentary CD entitled New Harvest. Paisley has previously toured with Bonnie Prince Billy under the name Dark Hand and Lamplight with artist Shary Boyle. Boyle would illuminate her art in the background while Paisley played the guitar and sang his songs. The pairing received recognition when they were selected to showcase at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in 2008. Doug performed for ten years alongside Chuck Erlichman as a duo entitled Russian Literature and as a tribute act entitled Stanley Brothers. Paisley’s 2010 release, Constant Companion, received major accolades through reviews in major publications such as The New Yorker and Spin. His 2014 album, Strong Feelings, featured guest appearances by Mary Margaret O’Hara and Garth Hudson. It again received rave reviews from Rolling Stone and Pitchfork. His latest album, Starter Home, will be available on November 3 for the world to hear. It was also in this year that he contributed the sing “Transient” to album we are here to celebrate this evening, The Al Purdy Songbook. website: https://dougpaisley.com/ youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLpeP3KMWxE Snowblink Snowblink is an indie pop band based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Snowblink is now a duo of singer/songwriter Daniela Gesundheit and multi-instrumentalist Dan Goldman. The band has opened for Feist, Jeff Tweedy, Owen Pallett, Timber Timbre, Ohbijou, Great Lake Swimmers and The Hidden Cameras. website: http://snowblinksays.com/ youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0RZDQ0rs-o * Advertised pricing excludes taxes andf tiketing fees

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John Wort Hannam

October 23 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm EDT
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 | 8:30pm John Wort Hannam $30 Advance / $35 Door In 2001, John Wort Hannam quit his teaching job and spent 10 months depleting his savings while sat at his kitchen table, wearing a lucky hat, writing his first ten songs.  Those songs would become his first recording Pocket Full Of Holes, released in 2003. Eighteen years later, the Alberta musician has released seven full-length recordings and has a few feathers in that lucky hat.  Feathers that include a JUNO nomination, a Canadian Folk Music Award for Best Album of the Year, A CBC Galaxie Rising Star Award, a Kerrville Texas New Folk win, and numerous Western Canadian Music Award and Canadian Folk Music Award nominations. Recent years have seen a great deal of change in John’s life – becoming a Dad, turning 50, a move to the big city (Lethbridge), a marital reckoning, a long, deep bout of depression, and episodes of losing his singing voice.  But John has emerged a better songwriter, a better singer, and a better player. On Acres Of Elbow Room, John has further found his lyrical style and has landed squarely on his niche in the folk/roots world. He’s spent years learning the craft of songwriting and is taking those tools to write some of his most personal songs. He has, quite literally, found his voice. These days John Wort Hannam has a new sound, a new band, a new confidence, and a ton of new songs. And it’s coming across loud and clear in his live show. With his firecracker band – Jason Valleau on upright bass, Jon May on drums, Scott Duncan on fiddle, and Stephen Fletcher on keys – John is making waves in a new soundscape. * Advertised pricing excludes taxes and fees

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The Young’uns at The Rogue Folk Club

October 24 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm PDT
St. James Hall, 3214 W. 10th Ave.
Vancouver, British Columbia V6K 2L2 Canada
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Teesside's triumphant trio The Young'uns, current holders of BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards coveted "Best Group" title, 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 an act that truly takes the cliché out of the "make you laugh, make you cry" tag. Just two years after giving up their day jobs, Stockton Folk Club's star pupils have had a milestone year with the release of their third studio album Another Man's Ground, an appearance at America's Folk Alliance, collectively celebrating their 30th birthdays and racking up accolades including Best Group in the FATEA Awards, Best Live Act in the Spiral Earth Awards and listed as one of MOJO's "Best Albums" in 2015. A decade of performance around the country, national radio sessions, more than 40 festival appearances (Cambridge to Glastonbury) and increasingly acclaimed album releases has delivered a gregarious, sharply honed, pull no punches act that clinched the Best Group trophy at the 2015 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in Cardiff - a hugely popular result that saw them beating off opposition including the mighty Bellowhead. Beguiling audiences around the world, they seamlessly switch from beautiful ballads to brilliant banter, from profoundly poignant songs to infectiously irreverent humour. This, combined with their passion for storytelling and commitment to maintaining the tradition of social commentary, has led to five star reviews, live sessions on BBC Radio 2, 3 and documentaries on Radio 4 as well as countless sell out shows and main stage festival appearances throughout the UK and abroad. They are a superb live act who should not be missed! "Glorious harmonies, waspish wit, powerful songs and relentless banter.....irresistible" 5 stars - The Guardian 4 stars - The Times "...a touching British affair" - The Observer "Great singers and very, very funny" - Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2 "Epic...in Cooney, The Young'uns clearly have a songwriter of considerable talent" 4 stars - Songlines "With a rare vocal affinity usually the reserve of close blood relations ... richly melodic, lyrically elegant and wryly observant ... The Young'uns have something to say and something that demands to be listened to" - The Living Tradition "Magnificent...destined to become hailed national treasures before too long" 5 stars - Maverick

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Etta James Tribute

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

Thursday, October 24, 2019 | 8:30pm Etta James Tribute $40 Advance / $45 Door PRESENTED BY BluesIn’ Toronto HOSTED BY Danny Marks FEATURING VOCALISTS Crystal Shawanda Cheryl Lescom Quisha Wint Miss Emily Shahi Teruko Few female R&B stars enjoyed the kind of consistent acclaim Etta James received throughout a career that spanned six decades; the celebrated producer Jerry Wexler once called her “the greatest of all modern blues singers,” and she recorded a number of enduring hits, including “At Last,” “Tell Mama,” “I’d Rather Go Blind,” and “All I Could Do Was Cry.” At the same time, despite possessing one of the most powerful voices in music, James only belatedly gained the attention of the mainstream audience, appearing rarely on the pop charts despite scoring 30 R&B hits, and she lived a rough-and-tumble life that could have inspired a dozen soap operas, battling drug addiction and bad relationships while outrunning a variety of health and legal problems. * Advertised pricing excludes taxes and ticketing fees

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The French Connection

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

Friday, October 25, 2019 | 8:30pm The French Connection $25 Advance / $30 Door Some of the biggest pop tunes and American Songbook favourites of the past 50 years were originally hits in French. Who better to interpret these tunes, in French and English, than Michel Bérubé who has had songs in both languages, including his duets with musical icons Jennifer Warnes and Chrissie Hynde, played on radio stations across North America. With The French Connection, Michel and Musical Director Mark Lalama explore the origins of hits like “Beyond The Sea,” “The Good Life” and “What Now My Love” and share French Classics by Brel, Piaf, Aznavour and more.  With video clips and interesting stories proving that music is indeed the international language, Michel takes his audience on a journey into the past performing some of the greatest songs ever written. Michel Bérubé Michel Bérubé’s debut album This Christmas which included a duet with Jennifer Warnes, had six tracks added to radio stations across North America with two being selected for Christmas compilations by Universal Music and EMI. Michel’s French/English duet with Chrissie Hynde from his CD “Hymnes à l’amour” charted in Quebec and his first mainstream single, Through Your Eyes was called “brilliant” by industry insider Larry Leblanc (Billboard Magazine, Canada). In 2009, Michel’s original Christmas song, Mama’s Words was the fifth most popular Christmas song on Canadian radio charts in only its second week of release. Famed fiddler Ashley MacIsaac and Canadian Jazz icon Guido Basso have also been featured on songs recorded by Michel. Michel has performed at casinos, Jazz Festivals and concert venues in Ontario and Quebec as well as at Town Hall in NYC, sharing the stage with the likes of Louise Pitre, Jackie Richardson, Amy Sky, Steven Page, José Feliciano, and Kenny Rogers to name a few and for three years hosted a bi-weekly French music program on 99.3 County FM in Picton, Ontario. In 2012 Jennifer Warnes asked Michel to join her on her Canadian tour to sing her Grammy and Oscar winning hit “Up Where We Belong,” making Michel the only singer other than Joe Cocker to ever sing this iconic duet with Jennifer. “Exceptional range and strong, flexible voice make these varied arrangements a treat” -Toronto Star “Brilliant. I just love the sound and emotion in his voice” -Larry LeBlanc, Billboard Magazine “Michel was born to sing Brel” -Karen Gordon, CBC Radio Mark is one of Canada’s most accomplished musicians having worked with Marc Jordan, Amy Sky, John McDermott, Mariah Carey, Anne Murray, Michael MacDonald, Jon Bon Jovi, Tom Jones, Olivia Newton John and numerous other musical icons. Mark is a composer and much sought-after producer with a number of chart topping hits to his credit and was also the piano player and arranger for the long running CTV show Canadian Idol. website: http://michelberube.ca * Advertised pricing excludes taxes and ticketing fees

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Celebrate 90: A Night of Music

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

Saturday, October 26, 2019 | 8:30pm Celebrate 90 Featuring Sheila Jordan, Jane Bunnett, Larry Cramer, Teri Roiger, John Menegon, Michael Menegon $25 Advance / $30 Door * The New York Times says that, “Sheila Jordan’s ballad performances are simply beyond the emotional and expressive capabilities of most other vocalist“. Her iconic position within the world of Jazz singers is undisputed and ” she is one the Jazz world’s best kept secrets” – Blue Note. Sheila Jordan will help celebrate her friend Al Menegon’s 90th birthday along with the Menegon Brothers and Teri Roiger (vocals), Jane Bunnett (sax/flute) and Larry Cramer (trumpet).   Website: https://www.somsoundofmovement.com/ Facebook: SOM Sound of Movement Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2KOlZSn9eJ4&feature=youtu.be   Sheila Jordan | http://www.sheilajordanjazz.com/ Jane Bunnett | http://www.janebunnett.com/ Larry Cramer | http://www.canadianjazzarchive.org/en/musicians/larry-cramer.html Teri Roiger | https://www.teriroiger.com/ John Menegon | https://www.johnmenegon.com/ Michael Menegon | https://www.michaelmenegon.com/   * Advertised pricing excludes taxes and ticketing fees

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Russell DeCarle with Paul Pigat and Steve Briggs

October 27 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm EDT
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario

Sunday, October 27, 2019 | 7:30pm Russell DeCarle with Paul Pigat and Steve Briggs $30 Advance / $35 Door * It’s late, and the bar is crowded. The music is loud, and people are dancing. The bartender needs a smoke, and you could use a smile, a conversation, a moment of recognition… But you are alone in this crowd, along with the singer Russell deCarle. Like him – and his music – you are holding it together with equal measures of heartbreak and hope. So join Russell; sink into his third album of songs that touch the heart, celebrate the truth, and provide warmth and company in the noise of the crowd. Alone in this Crowd is the title of Russell deCarle’s third album; it feels like the soundtrack of a movie in the days just before they invented Technicolor. And, even more than his two previous albums, it may surprise those who remember deCarle as the lead vocalist and bassist of the iconic Canadian country roots band Prairie Oyster. He is no stranger to awards and accolades — his “Oyster years” were rewarded with six Juno Awards, more than a dozen Canadian Country Music Awards and enough gold and platinum records and #1 singles to fill a living room wall. The truth is, though, that Prairie Oyster was always more than a “country” band, and deCarle’s warm, burnished and intimate voice has always honoured an eclectic range of songs. True to form, Alone in this Crowd offers a fluent collection of songs that mix southern soul and restrained balladry, with obvious touches of jazz, blues, old-school country, and western swing. For some artists, the urge to make solo records asserts itself almost as soon as they start to gain attention as part of a successful band. Not so for deCarle: “For decades people were asking for a solo record,” he says, “but I never thought I was ready and the band always satisfied the musical part of my life.” But that was then and this is now. This third record is a perfect example of what you get when you hear this artist live – in a club, in a concert hall, or at a festival. “I want people to be emotionally invested in these songs, whether I wrote them or whether they were created by others,” he says. “If they touched audiences in some way – well, that would be the best thing that could happen.” It’s his personal objective whenever he performs. “I’m a music lover first and foremost — a product of all the stuff I’ve ever listened to – and my tastes are very broad.” “To me, this is a torchy, bluesy record more than anything else. And I know in my heart that it’s something that people who hear it will understand immediately….” – Richard Flohil website: https://russelldecarle.com/ youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lsTCBRby834   Paul Pugat “I think it is unlikely that I’ll review a better CD than “Jukin’” this year. It’s simply terrific and virtually every track is a highlight. Pigat is a ballsy, confident vocalist, at home equally with the forceful rockabilly that accounts for half of the CD, a trio of more laid back Western Swing tunes, a couple of unusual covers and the collection’s only slow ballad, “Louisa”. His lead guitar is stunning and the generous breaks bristle with invention and at times are lightning fast.” – Harry Dodds, Now Dig This magazine (UK) “Cousin Harley plays a mean guitar” – Michael Kissinger, Pier magazine “This collection could fit into any of Quentin Tarantino’s films… if you get a chance to hear Cousin Harley, you will dig it!” – Monte Nordstrom, Cosmic Debris   * Advertised pricing excludes taxes and fees

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