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October 2019

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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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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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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Coco Love Alcorn CD Release

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

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 | 8:30pm Coco Love Alcorn CD Release $25 Advance / $30 Door “Coco is the ultimate musical spark plug… an electrical connector through which the creative energy flows. In my 30 years of touring around the world, I have never seen another performer able to bring people together like Coco does.” – James Keelaghan, Artist Director, Summerfolk Coco Love Alcorn has always followed her spirit, but never so literally as with her latest album, Wonderland. The songs spring from her personal journey, but true to her nature, Coco offers a universal interpretation that invites all listeners to jump in and sing along. During a 5 year break from heavy touring to raise her daughter Ellie, Coco began working on a new album. She wanted to explore songwriting from a new perspective. Coco was curious to see what would happen if she put down her guitar and wrote with just her voice. She began a journey of layering vocals and rhythms on a 5 track looper. In the fall of 2014 she released a video of herself performing one of these first looper layered songs, ‘The River’. Something amazing and unexpected happened, the video started to spread across the internet and into the world of community choirs. These choirs started to learn Coco’s looper arrangement and perform The River in their own concerts. Coco has always loved group singing and encouraging anyone who wants to sing to do so, but this grassroots spread of ‘The River’ was a complete surprise. To date there are about 20 choirs singing ‘The River’ across Canada, the States and even in the UK. As this was happening, Coco was continuing to write and record the songs for this album. She also continued sharing songs online, performing them live and in turn let the listeners shape what this album became. As her new music was inspiring choirs to sing her songs, these choirs in turn were inspiring Coco. And as Coco traveled across Canada performing between recording and home time, these new songs became infused with the spirit of connection. Without choirs grabbing a hold of The River, and fans already connecting so deeply with her new material, this would have been a completely different album. Just like her career – which has spanned over 20 years, 10 albums, cross-canada tours, collaborations, festival appearances, award nominations and notable success in TV and film licensing – creating this album has been a journey. And it took someone with a spirit like Coco’s to navigate this path. “Throughout my career I have explored across many genres, collaborations and projects, taking a windy path to get to here. But I have loved every step of my journey and trusted my inner curiosity to take me where it wanted to go. I always thought my end game was to invent a new genre or create a brand new sound, to somehow mash it all elegantly together. It wasn’t till I took a step back and a break from touring that a new idea came. After all those years of thinking I was chasing down a sound it turns out I was searching for the right feeling. That feeling is connection; connection with the listener, the moment, the music and the spirit. * Advertised pricing excludes taxes and ticketing fees

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Shrinehouse and Stardust

October 31 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm EDT
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario

Thursday, October 31, 2019 | 8:30pm Shrinehouse and Stardust $25 Advance / $30 Door * On Halloween, you’re invited to get dressed up and pay tribute to a couple of music icons, the music of whom will haunt our stereos for generations to come. On October 31, we’re celebrating the life and music of David Bowie and Amy Winehouse. There will be a big group of people contributing to the night, and we hope to count you among them. Shrinehouse Shrinehouse is an eight-piece sonic shrine to Amy Winehouse; an artist whose undeniable contribution to music can be felt here after her death. Shrinehouse delves deep into Winehouse’s music to recreate and pay the deepest of all respects to her, her songs, and the energy and soul that drips out of each track. From Frank to Lioness, Shrinehouse lovingly presents her work as we feel Amy would have intended; intense, soulful, and real. facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shrinehouseband/ youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f33T6_czqhI David Bowie David Robert Jones was born in Brixton on January 8, 1947. At age 13, inspired by the jazz of the London West End, he picked up the saxophone and called up Ronnie Ross for lessons. Early bands he played with – The Kon-Rads, The King Bees, the Mannish Boys and the Lower Third –provided him with an introduction into the showy worlds of pop and mod, and by 1966 he was David Bowie, with long hair and aspirations of stardom rustling about his head. Kenneth Pitt signed on as his manager, and his career began with a handful of mostly forgotten singles and a head full of ideas. It was not until 1969 that the splash onto the charts would begin, with the legendary Space Oddity (which peaked at  #5 in the UK). Amidst his musical wanderings in the late ’60s, the young Bowie experimented with mixed media, cinema, mime, Tibetan Buddhism, acting and love. A first rock album, originally titled David Bowie then subsequently re-titled Man of Words, Man of Music and again as Space Oddity, paid homage to the kaleidoscopic influences of the London artistic scene, while hinting at a songwriting talent that was about to yield some of rock n roll’s finest and most distinctive work–even if it would take the rest of the world a few years to catch up. * Advertised pricing excludes taxes and ticketing fees * Costumes encouraged

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November 2019

Johnny A

November 2 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm EDT
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario

Saturday, November 2, 2019 | 8:30pm Johnny A $25 Advance / $30 Door * For nearly 20 years Johnny A. has travelled the world effortlessly gliding through, bending and blending, musical genres to deliver his own unique style of instrumental guitar music. To quote the London Free Press, Johnny is “a musician who resists easy categorization, and that’s always cool by us.”  And as JAZZIZ Magazine so perfectly stated, “Johnny A. has eclectic musical vision and the skills to realize it… A.’s music is both accessible and sophisticated.”  Never content with complacency, and always up for a challenge, Johnny again takes an adventurous musical left turn to present his distinct, instrumental guitar approach for the first time in a completely “solo” intimate atmosphere with “Just Me…And My Guitars”. With strong emphasis on melody and arrangements from the British songbook of the 60s, he will be bringing his fluid guitar style to select venues all across the United States and beyond. The evening promises to be a very special “living room experience” with some of Johnny’s favorite songs and stories all of which have molded him into the musician and person he is today. It’s no wonder that Gibson and Epiphone guitars have honored him with not one but three signature model guitars designed to his specifications. Don’t miss this rare and unique opportunity to see Grammy Nominated, Boston Music Hall of Fame Inductee and one of America’s finest instrumental guitarists, Johnny A., up close and personal. “Johnny A. has always had such a musical approach to the way he plays the guitar. He arranges his parts sort of like a symphony orchestrator, covering counterpoints and filling out harmonic structures. The tone in his fingers is always comfortable and friendly and a delight to feel. He is a thoroughly accomplished and powerfully effective guitarist”.  – Three-time Grammy Award winning Artist – Steve Vai  “Johnny A. is a light in a sea of guitar players. His unique and soulful full approach and his ‘ one man band’ chops are peerless. Melody – tone taste and a trick bag of surprises and a killer choice of material makes him a must see!” – Five-time Grammy Award winning Artist – Steve Lukather – TOTO  “Johnny A. is one of the finest guitarist’s I’ve ever had the pleasure to listen to, and I always learn something when we get together. He is a consummate musician on a world class level. I’ll put him toe to toe with anyone!”  – Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee – Elliot Easton, The Cars  “Johnny A. is one of the finest guitar players on this planet…In a league of his own to be sure!”  – Bobby Whitlock, Derek & The Dominos  “Devotion to melodies, tight dynamics and succulent tones perfectly temper Johnny’s balance of fire and ice.” – Guitar World  “ Johnny A.’s magic crosses over because, like Frisell, he doesn’t just play guitar – he plays music.” – Premiere Guitar Magazine  “Johnny A. lets his guitar speak for him with eloquence and spirit.” – Washington Post website: http://www.johnnya.com youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dped6eRaFUM&feature=youtu.be   * Advertised pricing excludes taxes and ticketing fees

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Jessica Rhaye Presents The Dylan Project

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

Sunday, November 3, 2019 | 8:30pm Jessica Rhaye Presents The Dylan Project Advance $20.00 / Door: $25.00 “Nice work with the Dylan tunes… Especially liked hearing Lay Down Your Weary Tune” – Ron Sexsmith “I like it a lot. Very cool project.” – Dr. Rob Bowman, Grammy Award-Winning Professor of Ethnomusicology Come celebrate the release of Just like a Woman – Songs of Bob Dylan Jessica Rhaye’s sixth full-length album, and first with backing band The Ramshackle Parade.  This rollicking folk-rock interpretation of Dylan’s classics and hidden gems transcends the concept of a simple tribute album. The result is a fun folk-rock album with psychedelic undertones, with folkie ballads, a conversation between rockabilly and swing, and engaging new interpretations of the Master’s works. Just Like a Woman will be an evening of professionals performing live together – – true to the recording style of Dylan’s earlier work.  Members imagined working in the style of Dylan in Woodstock, the days of the Basement Tapes. Jessica Rhaye is an award-winning singer/songwriter/graphic artist with a career spanning 20 years, and a list of accolades including a Canadian Folk Music Award nomination, multiple East Coast Music Award nominations, and Music New Brunswick awards. Jessica has graced many prestigious stages including the National Arts Centre, Stan Rogers Folk Festival, Mariposa Folk Festival, Canadian Music Café, Hotel Café, Half Moon Putney and many more. *Advertised pricing excludes taxes and ticketing fees.

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Myles Goodwyn and Friends of the Blues

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

Monday, November 4, 2019 | 8:30pm Myles Goodwyn and Friends of the Blues $50 Advance / $55 Door * Myles Goodwyn, singer, guitarist, writer, producer and leader of the multi-Platinum selling rock band April Wine, has shaped and directed the group from its earliest beginnings. April Wine has sold over 20 million recordings worldwide. Goodwyn grew up poor and is the classic “small-town kid makes good” success story. As a young teenager Goodwyn honed his skills playing in cover bands and began writing original material as soon as he could play the guitar.  One of April Wine`s biggest hits, “You Won`t Dance With Me”, was written when he was a teenager. Myles Goodwyn’s voice is as distinctive and immediately recognizable as his songwriting skills are prolific. Myles and the other members of April Wine were inducted into the Canadian Music Hall Of Fame in 2010. Goodwyn received the prestigious East Coast Music Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008 and the SOCAN National Achievement Award in 2002. In 2016 he released his memoir named, Just Between You and Me, which became an instant seller on the Globe and Mail`s Non-Fiction List. His second book, Elvis and Tiger – this time a fictional was published in 2018 and was well received. The Myles Goodwyn and Friends Of The Blues recording earned him international acclaim and Juno Nomination for Blues Recording of the Year 2019. The recording won the ECMA award for Blues Recording of the Year 2019. Not a bad start to a blues career and his first blues recording effort at age 70 or at any age. Goodwyn was committed to making his follow up recording, Myles Goodwyn Friends of the Blues 2, using the same logic as his blues debut release; “I wanted to write some good blues tunes and sing these tunes as best I could. I really appreciate great blues material because it is timeless, it is vital and its passionate, even heartbreakingly so,” says Goodwyn. His decision to use only “real blues players” was again, deliberate; “ I wanted the real deal when it came to the performances.” Some of the featured artists on Friends II are; Jack de Keyzer, Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne, Warren Robert, Ross Billard, Bruce Dixon, JR Smith, Matt Andersen, Mike “Shrimp Daddy” Reed, Jack Semple, Sherman “Tank” Doucette, Joe Murphy, Bill Stevenson, Will Van Hansolo, Steve Segal and more. A real feature on Blues 2 is a duet with 6 time winner for Female Blues Singer of the Year at the Toronto Blues Society Awards, Angel Forrest. The result of these collaborations is testament to the care that went into Myles Goodwyn and Friends of the Blues II and it will surely show, yet again, that Myles Goodwyn is not only a gifted blues singer/songwriter musician and a real blues man at heart. website: https://mylesgoodwyn.com youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-u3iwCIsCI * Advertised pricing excludes taxes and ticketing fees

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Diane Roblin CD Launch

November 5 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm EST
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario

Tuesday, November 5, 2019 | 8:00pm Diane Roblin “Life Force” CD Launch $20 Advance / $25 Door All ticket holders receive a FREE copy of the new CD, Life Force, upon entry. Performer, pianist, composer and band leader Diane Roblin takes the stage to celebrate her latest CD “LIFE FORCE.” She will be surrounded by some of Toronto’s most celebrated players: bassist and producer George Koller, EVI artist Bruce Cassidy, trumpeter/flugelhorn player Kevin Turcotte, Jeff LaRochelle on tenor/bass clarinet, and Ben Riley on drums. This is the electrifying band that also joined her in the studio for the album. Throughout the years Diane has lead and played with many diverse groups from Rough Trade, to renowned avant-garde improviser Charles Gayle. Influenced by McCoy Tyner, Herbie Hancock, and her time at Ornette Coleman-Karl Berger workshops, Dutch Improv Academy and her exploration of world music, Diane’s original compositions are groove oriented and encourage enthusiastic improvising across the ensemble, creating as much fun as possible for both the musicians and the audience. Toronto DJ, Jaymze Bee’s honoured Diane’s debut CD “Reconnect” on his top 3 list . It was top of the charts domestically and internationally in Asia and Europe. She has performed throughout Europe, Mexico and USA …from Ronnie Scott’s, London to Antibes-Juan les Pins, France. This CD release party is guaranteed to be a night of original exciting music, great improvisers, reflective duos and a room full of joy.  Diane Roblin plays high energy music from the heart. “She is a facile and deeply emotional keyboardist who establishes her musical territory with muscular performance and technical skill.” Leslie Mitchell-Clarke, The Whole Note “Roblin’s piano work dazzles.” – www.canadianmusic.ca  Diane Roblin : Composer, Piano George Koller: Producer, Bass Bruce Cassidy: EVI Jeff LaRochelle: Tenor Sax, Bass Clarinet Kevin Turcotte: Trumpet, Flugelhorn Ben Riley: drums website: www.dianeroblin.com youtube: https://vimeo.com/217417273 * Advertised pricing excludes taxes and ticketing fees

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Fergus Hambleton

November 6 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm EST
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 | 8:30pm Fergus Hambleton $20 Advance / $25 Door * Pleased to announce the release of my brand new album NEIGHBOURHOODS, a tour through some musical neighbourhoods… ones I’ve known and ones I can only imagine. We’ll be celebrating with a special concert at Hugh’s Room on November 6, with a wonderful band, including many of the outstanding musicians that are appearing on the album. I’m especially “chuffed” to announce that I’ll be manufacturing vinyl as well as CDs to do justice to the awesome artwork by Barbara Klunder! It’s been a labour of love and I want to especially thank Vezi Tayyeb who captured everything so beautifully and George Koller for his awesome vibe and encouragement. Fergus Hambleton is a versatile singer, songwriter, composer and multi-instrumentalist who, during his illustrious career, has been a leading performer and songwriter in the folk, pop and reggae music arenas, fronting the Juno Award winning reggae outfit, The Sattalites and enjoying a successful solo career. Neighbourhoods is a new collection of original songs …featureing a number of wonderful musicians including George Koller on bass, Davide DeRenzo on drums, Eric St Laurent and Tim Bovaconti on guitar…with French horn, strings and some beautiful vocals… Opening Act: Wood and Water website: https://www.fergushambleton.com youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8uZD50WWeg8 * Advertised pricing excludes taxes and ticketing fees

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