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April 2019

Tim Booth’s Toronto Art Orchestra 

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

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 | 8:30pm Tim Booth’s Toronto Art Orchestra Advance $20.00 / Door $25.00 * One of Canada’s top jazz orchestras is returning to the Toronto stage in what will truly be an all-star event. Toronto Art Orchestra (TAO), led by bass trombonist and jazz educator Timothy Booth, includes many of Canada’s first-call jazz players, including Colleen Allen, Bruce Cassidy, Andrew McAnsh, and John McLeod. The ensemble features vocalists Jessica Lalonde and Tanya Wills. TAO will present the works of two of the greatest jazz orchestra composers of all time: Maria Schneider and Bob Brookmeyer. Attend in-person or online The Toronto Art Orchestra concert will also be video-streamed with professional production values by JazzOvation.org (formerly TheJazzBox.ca) — a platform for Canadian jazz composers and performers that currently serves more than 60 artists. Be on the lookout for a growing series of upcoming JazzOvation concerts, featuring the best of Toronto’s – and Canada’s – jazz artists, as they perform at our finest jazz venues. About Tim Booth Tim Booth has been on the Canadian music scene for over 30 years, performing with a wide array of groups in the Montreal and Toronto areas. He has played with such artists as Aretha Franklin, Pavarotti, Yes, John Pizzarelli, George Burns, Chris De Burgh to name just a few. He has also played such musicals as Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Showboat, Ragtime, Miss Saigon. Lion King and Beauty and the Beast. In 2006 he created the Toronto Art Orchestra, a jazz orchestra devoted to playing the greatest jazz master’s works. For more information, contact Timothy Booth, Founder, Toronto Art Orchestra and JazzOvation.org timothybooth9@gmail.com

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A Tribute to Chess Records

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

Thursday, April 25, 2019 | 8:30PM Danny Marks Presents a Tribute to Chess Records Advance $40.00 / Door $45.00 * Chess Records Chess was one of the premier blues labels of the 1950s and 60s, also releasing R&B, soul, jazz, gospel and rock. They released records by every major blues artist in Chicago, including John Lee Hooker, Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Elmore James, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, Little Walter and many others. Danny Marks If there’s a popular song from 1900 to now, chances are Danny Marks has heard it, and can sing it. And maybe even put a new spin on it: Johnny Cash performing Led Zeppelin’s Whole Lotta Love, or Elvis launching into reggae. An aficionado of the great blues singers of the ’30s and ’40s, Marks was one of the first guitarists to incorporate blues roots into rock music. Now, the popular host of BLUZ FM on JAZZ FM every Saturday night is presenting the music of Chess Records alongside a beautiful cast of some of Toronto’s finest singers and musicians. Follow the links below to see just some of the confirmed performers. Paul Deslauriers Jesse O’ Brien Crystal Shawanda Cheryl Lescom * Advertised pricing excludes taxes and ticketing fees.

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APRIL IN PARIS – A Festival of Django Jazz

April 26 @ 8:00 pm - April 28 @ 10:30 pm PDT
St. James Hall, 3214 W. 10th Ave.
Vancouver, British Columbia V6K 2L2 Canada
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$28 – $33

THE BILLS – Friday, April 26 - 8pm With two previous JUNO nominations and multiple Western Canadian Music Awards under their belts, The Bills truly are a Canadian acoustic music super-group, and their combined creative studio talent and explosive live shows have made them legendary folk/roots entertainers. Whether spinning on your recorded playlist, entertaining an intimate theatre audience or rocking a festival crowd of 10,000, these five gifted multi-instrumentalists are masters at somehow leaving listeners breathless and revitalized all at once. For this very special April in Paris show, The Bills will showcase their deep and renowned arrangements and compositions in the European/Romany (Gypsy) jazz realm.  Featuring players and soloists like Richard Moody on the violin and Marc Atkinson on the guitar, listeners will be enchanted and uplifted by the romance and deep swing conjured up by this quintet of passionate players. You may think you know them for other acoustic styles, but when The Bills tap into their delight for the sounds of traditional Eastern European and Gypsy jazz sounds, you are guaranteed to be moved to tears of joy and pleasure! www.thebills.ca www.roguefolk.bc.ca/concerts/ev19042620 THE HOT CLUB OF MARS / THE LAWLESS FIRM – Saturday, April 27 - 8pm The Hot Club of Mars has become a tradition at this festival, appearing every year since the very beginning! It is Vancouver’s most eclectic gypsy swing ensemble. Travel back in time to the early acoustic swing era of the 1920s & 30s and experience one of Vancouver’s most eclectic gypsy-jazz ensembles. Chanteuse Deanna Knight shares sassy and sultry vocals alongside the driving rhythms and hot solos of the band. Rooted deeply in the rhythms of Django Reinhardt, this unique ensemble adds to a traditional sound with melody, charm and loads of fun. You will enjoy a clever repertoire, spanning a full century from historical tangos written in the early 1900s to contemporary songs of today. http://deannaknight.ca/site/hot-club-of-mars www.roguefolk.bc.ca/concerts/ev19031220 The Lawless Firm is the new Gypsy jazz group on the block, made up of several musicians from disparate bands. Guitarist Michael Dunn has been a fixture in the Gypsy jazz world in Vancouver from its beginnings in the late sixties. Chanteuse Eleanore Dunn, whose repertoire encompasses music from the American songbook, has what people have described as an “old fashioned voice” ideally suited to the music of the time. The group will feature some original Django pieces seldom heard as well as some surprises. www.lawlessfirm.ca www.roguefolk.bc.ca/concerts/ev19031220  VAN DJANGO – Sunday, April 28 - 8pm Van Django is an acoustic string ensemble made up of four of Canada's most talented and eclectic musicians; violinist Cameron Wilson, guitarist Budge Schachte, guitarist/cellist Finn Manniche and bassist Brent Gubbels. Van Django's music is well-rooted in the gypsy jazz of 1930's Paris France, but beyond that it's all pure blue-skying; flights of dazzling fancy, driving rhythms and boundless creativity featuring original compositions and arrangements including humorous mash-ups that showcase their eclectic influences in full regalia. Nick Lehr, director of Djangofest Northwest, said: "In an increasingly crowded niche, Van Django is a standout act. Attending a Van Django concert is the most fun you can have sitting down with your clothes on." www.vandjango.com www.roguefolk.bc.ca/concerts/ev19042820

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May 2019

Martha Chaves May Day Madness

May 1 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm EDT
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario

*** NEW DATE  *** Wednesday, May 1, 2019 | 8:30pm Martha Chaves May Day Madness Advance $25.00 / Door $30.00 * “The Grande Dame of Canadian Comedy is without a doubt – Martha Chaves. Her wit is infectious, her style is delightful and when you work with her – you are assured professionalism. Martha has always made me laugh out loud and she is a genuine asset to Canadian Comedy.” ~Tracy Rideout, Producer CBC Radio Laugh Out Loud.” Martha Chaves is a seasoned comic and a veteran of multiple Montreal’s Just For Laughs Comedy Festival, and of all the other major comedy festivals in Canada, like the Winnipeg, Halifax, Edmonton, and Vancouver Comedy Festivals. She has also performed in Boston and New York Comedy Festivals, in Toronto’s SheDot Festival and in Colombia’s Festival Del Humour. Martha’s infectious, candid style, and her natural ability to relate to any audience has made her a very popular headliner comedian at clubs, colleges, festivals, fundraisers, and corporate functions. Her versatility has granted her to do shows all over the world and to entertain a wide range of audiences. For example, she performed for the Canadian troops in Alert, Egypt, Israel, and Afghanistan and also for a delegation of women, led by Nobel Peace Prize recipients, in Mexico and Central America. In 2015, she performed at the opening ceremonies of the Toronto Pan Am Games, at the Rogers Centre in front of 45.000 people and in 2016 she hosted the ACTRA awards. Her Stand-Up TV credits include her two national comedy specials: Comics! On the CBC, and There’s Something about Martha on CTV and The Comedy Network; plus her multiple TV appearances in Montreal’s Just For Laughs Festival and many others. You often hear Martha on Laugh Out Loud on CBC Radio and on The Debaters, also on CBC radio.In her film and TV career she has worked with Whoopi Goldberg (Strong Medicine), Chris Rock, (Down To Earth) and even had scenes with Denzel Washington in “John Q”. Her One-Woman show, “In Times of Trouble”, was the opening show of Aluna Theatre’s CAMINOS Festival in November 2015. Martha performs mostly in English, but also in Spanish, French, and Italian. Winner of the 2017 Canadian Comedy Award for Best Standup Comic, Martha Chaves, returns to Hugh’s Room Live for a night of laughs with a couple of her friends to celebrate April Fools with a few other comedians to be announced closer to the event date. * Advertised pricing excludes pricing and fees.

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The Wilkinsons

May 3 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm EDT
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario

Friday, May 3, 2019 | 8:30PM The Wilkinsons Advance $30.00 / Doors $35.00 * The Wilkinsons is a Canadian country music trio from Trenton, Ontario. Founded in 1997, the group consists of lead singer Amanda Wilkinson, her brother Tyler Wilkinson, and their father, Steve Wilkinson. The Wilkinsons achieved success late in 1998 with the hit single “26 Cents”, a Number One on the Canadian country music charts and Top 5 hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) charts. It was followed by “Fly (The Angel Song)”, also a No. 1 in Canada. A second album, Here and Now, produced the group’s last American top 40 hit in “Jimmy’s Got a Girlfriend”. Afterward, the trio recorded three more albums, one of which was not released, and of course a greatest hits package. * Advertised pricing excludes taxes and fees.

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What On Earth is a Luthier and How Do I Get There?

May 8 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
Fish Hatchery, Haliburton, 6712 Gelert Road
Haliburton, ON K0M1S0 Canada
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$10

Grit Laskin will tell the story of a life in guitar making. He is the only musical instrument maker in Canada to receive the Bronfman Award for Excellence not to mention the Order Of Canada. Part of Mr. Laskin's talk will be a slide show of his ground-breaking Inlay Art. He will also be discussing the formation of Borealis Records and will perform a short concert. This presentation is part of Telling our Stories, a monthly speakers series presented by Yours Outdoors in the Haliburton Highlands

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June 2019

Parallel Independence: A Musical Journey From The Seventies To The Present

June 12 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
Fish Hatchery, Haliburton, 6712 Gelert Road
Haliburton, ON K0M1S0 Canada
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$10

"We felt we were the lucky ones, doing the right thing in a brand new way, and being individually and collectively self-defining without the jury of a Canadian Idol to judge us. Just peer feedback, advice, and collaboration. In spite of all the ups and downs, successes and failures, there's still a thankfulness, pride and gratitude to have been part of a parallel and independent world". Being one of the few with a camera at some of these tours, coffeehouses, festivals and farmhouses, and having kept the negatives and many recordings, David Woodhead is the perfect person to vividly describe some of this history, telling the stories and connecting them right through to our lives today. Ever the explorer of wide musical territories, David has performed and recorded with many influential artists including Perth County Conspiracy, Garnet and Stan Rogers, Don Ross, Oliver Schroer, Brent Titcomb, Loreena McKennitt, Valdy, Gil Scott-Heron and David Sanborn. With an unusually expressive touch on the electric bass, he also has developed a unique voice on guitar, piano, mandolin, and fingerstyle ukulele. Recently he has been busy composing and recording music with his own Confabulation project and gigging with Malagasy guitarist Donné Roberts, Nordic classical-folk fusion band Ensemble Polaris and fearless fiddler Anne Lindsay, as well as touring the UK and Australia with master songwriter James Keelaghan.

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