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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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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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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

Stephen Fearing | Matt Patershuk

November 1 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm PDT
St. James Hall, 3214 W. 10th Ave.
Vancouver, British Columbia V6K 2L2 Canada
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Stephen was born in 1963 in Vancouver, but grew up in Dublin, Ireland where his schoolmates included future members of U2. In 1981, he moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota and immersed himself in the music scene, learning the fundamentals of song writing and performing, while washing dishes to stay alive. By 1984 he was back in Vancouver, determined to become a professional musician. In the years since, he's been named as one of the finest songwriters in Canada. He built a national and international audience for his music, doing it old school through countless performances at intimate venues and on the concert stages of festivals and theatres across Canada, the US, and the UK, with appearances at major events like the Reading Festival and WOMAD, to name just a few. Fearing has released ten albums as a solo artist, featuring musical guests including: Bruce Cockburn, Margo Timmons, Richard Thompson, Shawn Colvin, Sarah McLachlan, and Suzie Vinnick. As co-founder of Blackie and the Rodeo Kings he has released nine albums, and two albums as half of the duo Fearing & White. Like the guests on his albums, the many awards and nominations* that have come his way over the years speak to the respect he has earned among his peers, presenters, and critics. With a life of many relocations and countless months on the road performing, Fearing is a gifted storyteller and true musical nomad with the ability to captivate audiences of all sizes and attitudes. “Getting on stage is the fun part, especially when the adrenaline kicks in,” he says, with a broad smile. “People want to relax and be taken on a journey. I sketch out my shows so they deliver on that.” When not working behind the microphone, Fearing spends time producing records including Suzie Vinnick’s Juno Award-nominated album Happy Here. “With producing, I really enjoy collaborating with other artists. It’s a blast and, as a bonus, gives me a chance to learn and expand my skill set.” The Juno Award-winner also shares his knowledge and experience with fellow musicians through songwriting workshops (often scheduled in conjunction with festival appearances). “The classes dovetail nicely with performing,” he said. “My students are from all walks of life and I enjoy helping to coax them out of their comfort zones to create songs they might not have otherwise developed.” “Without a shadow of a doubt, one of the best songsmiths on the planet. Quality albums…stunning shows.” - BBC “Fearing (is) a king amongst minstrels.” – The Halifax Chronicle Herald “A master of the finely-turned phrase and the perfectly-pitched line.”- Maverick Magazine “Fearing’s music crackles with ideas and collaborative energy… masterful guitar work from acoustic rock rhythm to elegant finger style.” Acoustic Guitar Magazine Opening: MATT PATERSHUK Somewhere out past where the highway ends, far from the creative meccas of Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver, one of Canada’s best-kept musical secrets has been perfecting his craft. For more than a decade now, Matt Patershuk - when he’s not building bridges or chasing his family’s ever-growing herd of horses, sheep and goats around his land - has been writing and performing some of the most beautiful, endearing and true music ever created in this country. A master songwriter, it’s in the intersection between lyrics and melody that Matt Patershuk’s musical magic finds its truest expression. As someone who believes that less is often best, Matt communicates a lot more soul and range of emotions in a single verse than other artists can in a whole song. His newest album, If Wishes Were Horses, on the Black Hen Music label, communicates the huge strides Matt has made as an artist since the release of ‘Same As I Have Ever Been,’ his last release from 2017 and represents his fourth collaboration with the award winning string player and producer, Steve Dawson.

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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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The East Van Gogos Present TriVo & Kurai Mubaiwa

November 3 @ 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm PST
St. James Hall, 3214 W. 10th Ave.
Vancouver, British Columbia V6K 2L2 Canada
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THE EAST VAN GOGOS Present 'Small Change For Big Change'! All proceeds from this concert will go to the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign of the Stephen Lewis Foundation, which supports grandmothers ("Gogos" in Zulu) raising a generation of children orphaned by the AIDS pandemic in 15 African countries. Grandmothers in Africa have risen above their grief to put their grandchildren through school while leading the way by rebuilding communities and advocating for change in their societies. Canadians have raised more than $27 million for the campaign, which supports community-based organizations that provide necessities such as school fees and uniforms, counselling for grandmothers and orphaned children, and micro-credit loans. The East Van Gogos is one of more than 250 such groups across Canada. The Grandmothers Campaign movement, founded in 2006, is growing, with groups now in Australia, Great Britain and the U.S. For more information, please email eastvangogos@gmail.com. Join the East Van Gogos for this musical event in partnership with the Rogue Folk Club. The evening includes the always-inspiring vocal harmonies of TriVo, as well as uplifting songs by Kurai Mubaiwa from Zimbabwe. Come ready to parlay your “small change” into big change by participating in the raucous live Loonie Auction, where every auction item will cost you only a loonie! TRIVO TriVo is Brian Tate, Dawn Pemberton and Karla Mundy. An award-winning composer, as well as an accomplished and versatile musician, choir director, and educator, Brian Tate attributes the success of his multifaceted career to a love of working with people and a passion for the arts. As a vocalist, Brian performs with his jazz quartet at festivals, clubs, and in concert. In 2010, Brian founded Vancouver's 100+ voice City Soul Choir. He is known internationally for his lively choir workshops, excellent conducting skills, gift for bringing out the best in choirs, and for his exhilarating and inspiring choral compositions / arrangements. Vancouver soul dynamo Dawn Pemberton has a deep musical foundation rooted in tradition. Dawn spent her formative years surrounded by a family of multi-instrumentalists and developed a true love of music as a young girl. In addition to regularly collaborating on the projects of her peers and having an educated background in jazz voice and piano, Dawn is a talented and passionate songwriter in her own right. A staple of the West Coast music scene, Dawn can be found tearing it up as a vocalist, arranger, and go-to for live performances and studio sessions. Karla Mundy is a vibrant, soulful and diverse vocalist, pianist, arranger and choir leader. Karla directs five Vancouver community choirs including the City Soul Choir, co-conducts the Island Soul Choir on Vancouver Island, leads harmony singing workshops and performs extensively throughout BC and Alberta. Karla specializes in world vocal traditions and rhythms and is passionate about ‘getting the music off the page’ and learning to embody the rhythm of the music. Together, these talented folks make up TriVo ... a dynamic and versatile vocal trio that brings to life music from many cultures and traditions around the globe. From the music of West Africa to Southern Bluegrass, Bach to Bebop, Cuban chants to Gospel shouts, the vocal artistry of Trivo thrills and delights audiences of all ages. KURAI MUBAIWA Kurai Blessing Mubaiwa was born in 1976 in the village of Mutimbanyoka, in Murewa district, Zimbabwe. With an exceptional interest as a young child he began playing mbira at the age of six. This keen learner watched while his father, uncles and other village elders played mbira in traditional ceremonies and soon he began his journey as a young child singing, dancing, playing mbira and drums in traditional ceremonies and other village gatherings. In 1994 Kurai moved to the city of Harare where he joined the cultural group Savannah Arts where he learned to play marimba and trained as an actor. Here he facilitated and coordinated the Streets Ahead programme which focused on teaching street youth to play marimba. In 1995 he participated in The Youth Forum and taught cultural arts in Copenhagen and Arhus in Denmark. In 1998 Kurai toured West Africa and Europe with Chiwoniso Maraire and opened for Cesaria Evora. In 2000 he joined Theatre Talipot in Reunion Island performing in the production, Passage, which also toured South Africa, France and Scotland. Kurai immigrated to Vancouver in 2002 where he began his Canadian musical journey. Here he began teaching at the Britannia World Music Program facilitating and instructing children, youth and adults marimba classes until 2010. He continues to facilitate and instruct marimba, singing, mbira and drumming workshops in Vancouver, Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands, across Canada, and into North America and Europe. Kurai also continues to perform as the lead musician with the group ZimbaMoto and Zhambai Trio.  As a solo act, Kurai also tours the world performing and teaching, singing, marimba and mbira at festivals as WOMAD, ZimFest and Montreal Jazz Festival.

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