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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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David Newland CD Release

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

Friday, April 26, 2019 | 8:30pm David Newland CD Release Advance $25.00 / Door: $30.00 * Featuring Inuit cultural performers Siqinuip Qilauta (Sunsdrum) David Newland is a writer, musician and adventurer, and a familiar face at Hugh’s Room Live, as the longtime host and performer of the Gordon Lightfoot celebration The Way We Feel and many, many other events. David’s musical presentation, Northbound: The Northwest Passage in Story and Song has been selling out venues across Canada for 3 years. The show has been recorded as a live album and David will be releasing the CD on this special night. The Northbound! CD release will include stunning photos, video and original songs from David’s Arctic adventures. He’ll be joined by his band, Uncharted Waters (Saskia Tomkins, Sam Allison, Steafan Hannigan and Oisin Hannigan), featured performers, Siqiniup Qilauta—Sunsdrum, and special guests including Kirsten Jones, Alex Cheung, and more to perform Northbound in its entirety! In November of 2015, David was named a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, a distinction that reflects a lifelong engagement with landscape and story. David Newland’s last album, Give It A Whirl, (launched at Hugh’s Room in 2012) has been played on CBC and on roots radio shows from coast to coast. It’s an honour to help launch David Newland’s latest record and hope that the entire city can join in us in celebrating its release. * Advertised pricing excludes pricing and fees.

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Còig

April 27 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm EDT
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario

Saturday • April 27 • 2019 @ 8:30pm $25 Advance / $30 Door Còig, one of Atlantic Canada’s premiere traditional groups, is an ensemble of East Coast musicians. In one explosive coming together, what was once solo acts on stage has amalgamated into one electrifying super group, picked as Penguin Eggs magazine’s 2014 #1 New Discovery internationally. With driving tunes, haunting songs, and infectious energy, Còig is an unparalleled musical force. “…Every number is convincing and compellingly delivered. This group’s ability to back songs on piano, fiddles, cello, guitars and more gives them enormous scope, and keeps the surprises coming throughout Rove. Slow reels and strathspeys, smooth fiddle and staccato banjo, plenty of their own material as well as the best of three centuries of tradition: there seems to be no end to Còig’s talents, and I’m sure their story will continue well beyond this outstanding recording.” – Alex Monaghan, FolkWorld

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Cootes Paradise

April 28 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm EDT
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario

Sunday, April 28, 2019 Coots Paradise Advance $20 / Door $25 * Cootes Paradise is a collective of six musicians who chose to play together based not only on their talents, but who they are as people. The business of music can be a cold and punishing enterprise, so forming a group comprising of kind, enthusiastic, collaborative individuals was the goal that founding member Lily Sazz had in mind when she began to recruit the musicians. The hope was that if these gifted individuals gelled personally, great music would follow. And she was right. Cootes Paradise specializes in roots based music that is bluesy, funky, and filled with soul. Featuring lead vocals by the legendary Sue Leonard (k.d. lang, Bruce Willis, Bon Jovi), and Wayne Krawchuk (Sidestreet, Tight Little Island) supported by Mark Volkov (a triple threat, playing flute, sax, and violin), Lily Sazz (keyboards, vocals), Amy Di Nino (drums, vocals), and Ian Taylor (bass, vocals), the result is an infectious, groove-based sound with a mix of super cool covers and originals that easily stand up to the rest of the repertoire. On April 28, catch their debut performance at Hugh’s Room Live. Tickets available right now. * Advertised pricing excludes taxes and fees.

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The Simon and Garfunkel Story

April 29 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario

Monday, April 29, 2019 | 8:00pm Dr. Mike Daley Presents: The Simon and Garfunkel Story Advance: $20.00 | Doors: $25.00 Dr. Mike Daley is a musicologist and popular lecturer on music history. He is also a longtime professional musician, working with the likes of Jeff Healey and the Travellers. Simon and Garfunkel were one of the best-loved and influential acts of the 1960s. Their music, combining Paul Simon’s masterful songwriting and singing with Art Garfunkel’s ethereal harmony voice, still resonates today. Joining Mike in this presentation will be his musical and life partner, Jill Daley, and special guest singer, Will Reid. In between songs, Dr. Mike Daley will shed some light on the magic behind two of the most influential musicians on an entire generation, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel.This is the latest presentation in a new lecture/concert series that has also included well-received Leonard Cohen, Carole King and Joni Mitchell nights. * Advertised pricing excludes taxes and fees.

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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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Raine Hamilton + Campbell Woods

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

Thursday, May 2, 2019 | 8:30pm Raine Hamilton + Campbell Woods Advance: $20.00 / Doors: $25.00 Raine Hamilton Raine’s new album, Night Sky (March 2018), tips between the earthly and the otherworldly; it is anchored in relatable lived experience, while reaching into the space just beyond, thinning the veil between here and there, affording safe passage to the rough and beautiful places. Raine’s ethereal voice and lyrics are at the forefront of these powerful and relatable tunes, written both in English and in French. Alongside cello + double bass, and with Raine on violin or guitar, these songs have a moving string quartet feel with a cosmic reach. Raine is also a charming and funny storyteller, pairing her vulnerable tunes with engaging story intros. Raine believes that music is for everyone, and that we all have something to share. An experienced educator, Raine offers workshops in songwriting and fiddle tune writing (EN/FR). Raine also offers concerts with American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation, to help make live music and the community that comes with it accessible to the Deaf community. Raine has toured Canada extensively, driving, flying, and floating her way coast to coast. Highlights include: Performing songs with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (3 times!), playing a concert in a cave (10 stories below the earth!), playing festivals across Canada (Home County, Filberg Fest, Lilac Fest, The Works, Harvest Sun, Harvest Moon, Trout Forest), playing for her passage on Via Rail, and meeting so many amazing humans along the way. She reports a full and smiling heart <3. Campbell Woods Campbell Woods released his debut record, “Oxford Street” in the spring of April 2017. He’s been on the road ever since, performing everywhere from Vancouver to Halifax to Nashville to Austin. As a songwriter he’s been compared to Townes Van Zandt and John K. Sampson. Powerful songs, simply delivered. “Oxford Street” debuted at no. 4 on the Canadian folk radio charts and was nominated for a Toronto Independent Music Award. The last two years have brought some exciting things: a new record, an opportunity to participate in the Banff Singer-Songwriter residency, music festivals from Halifax’s In The Dead of Winter to Vancouver Island’s Vancouver Island MusicFest, and ever more touring across Canada. Campbell is looking forward to releasing a new record in 2019, recorded in Montreal at the mythic hotel2tango. “Campbell is one of the truest songwriters I’ve heard come out of Canada in a long time. His writing comes from the soul of an ancient spirit; he is a poet with a flair for haunting images. Campbell has done his homework when it comes to the craft of songwriting. His is a new, shining light!” * Advertised pricing excludes taxes and fees.

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HORNBY BLUES with Cécile Doo-Kingué, Tim Williams, Paul Pigat & Michael Jerome Browne

May 3 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm PDT
St. James Hall, 3214 W. 10th Ave.
Vancouver, British Columbia V6K 2L2 Canada
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$24.00

The Hornby Island Blues Workshop takes place every spring on Hornby Island. Each year they invite a dozen or so of the finest Canadian blues and roots musicians around to share their knowledge and inspiration with some lucky students. We thought - why not catch some of these great players, singers and all-round entertainers, and get them to do a show for us on the way through Vancouver? One of our own teams up with three of the best from the rest of Canada. It's a simple but foolproof formula! This is the third year that we have presented this delightful showcase. As if this concert wasn't special enough, three of the four musicians will be bringing along freshly released CDs with them. Tim, Michael and Paul all have put out new material in the past few months. Cécile Doo-Kingué An exceptional stage presence, guitarist / singer-songwriter Cécile blends blues, afro-roots and soul to create a unique sound. Born and raised in New York City, first generation from Cameroon, she has lived in the USA, France, and is now an adopted Montrealer. Considered one of Canada’s most electrifying and versatile guitarists, she has explored blues, roots and life in their myriad of aspects, earning her accolades and multiple Maple Blues Award nominations for her exceptional guitar playing, soulful vocals, and powerful songwriting. Cécile Doo-Kingué is quickly earning a stellar reputation and a place alongside Canada’s current roster of great guitarists. Powerful and raw, Cécile Doo-Kingué’s guitar prowess, lyrics, and sound make for enthralling and intimate communion. "Full of sophisticated musicianship and striking lyricism." - Living Blues Magazine. Read an article here written by Alexander Varty about Cécile in the Georgia Straight. Tim Williams Tim Williams is a blues-based singer / songwriter / multi - instrumentalist. He is a 40 year veteran of the roots music scene in North America, roots which stretch back to the coffee-house scene of his native California in the mid 60's. Imagine, if you can, a front porch where Robert Johnson, Hank Williams, Hula Hattie, Flaco Jimenez and Bob Marley meet often and discover just how much they have in common.  Tim's music would fit right in. Settling in Canada in 1970, Tim is a studio musician, producer, and a performer in constant demand. He has played Folk / Blues / Jazz festivals and concert halls and clubs from Halifax, to Vancouver Island, to the Yukon. Inspired by the Hillbilly and Western Swing music he heard as a child, Tim absorbed late Fifties Rhythm & Blues and Rock & Roll, Hawaiian and Mexican music, early Sixties Folk, and Bluegrass “like a sponge” before discovering a passion for traditional blues styles which was fueled by seeing many first generation blues musicians live during the Blues Boom of the mid and late Sixties. NEW RELEASE: 'Corazones Y Murrallas'. Paul Pigat What kind of music do you want Paul to play? Blues? Jazz? Gospel? Bluegrass? Punk? Classical? Metal? Rockabilly? Western Swing? Something unique, say Mel Torme meets AC/DC? He could do it, and he could it well, he's that kind of guy. Paul Pigat can play just about every style and technique imaginable, with a modern twist that is both fluid and precise, and is without fail exhilarating in its intensity. Diversity in a musician is always a bonus, but of course at a blues concert Paul will narrow the scope for sure, to focus on his brand of country meets bebop blues and traditional delta finger style. With his rockabilly heart and his hobo soul this self admitted guitaraholic is like a pitbull on a bone when it comes to practicing his craft. “Hot enough to raise sweat on a chunk of granite!” - Monday Magazine. "His lead guitar is stunning and the generous breaks bristle with invention and at times are lightning fast.” - Now Dig This (UK). NEW RELEASE: Boxcar Campfire - 'The Game'. Michael Jerome Browne MJB is a three-time Canadian Folk Music Award winner, Maple Blues Award winner (32 nominations since 1999), Kerrville (Texas) New Folk Finalist, four-time Juno Award nominee in both the Roots/Traditional and Blues categories. He's a multi-instrumentalist, a songwriter, and a living encyclopedia of American roots music. Whether he's gliding a slide across his national guitar, pulling his bow over the fiddle strings to play a lively Cajun waltz, or frailing away on his gourd banjo, Michael's passion and virtuosity always shine through. In the true tradition of folk music, his performances inspire us to see the interconnections between the many cultures and influences that gave birth to American roots music, gospel, blues, old-time, country, soul and Cajun, expect to hear all of this and more from a performer who's been called a street-smart archivist and an absolute treasure. A musician's musician, when he isn't performing his own material he is in demand backing up and recording with other artists, most notably Eric Bibb, whose Grammy nominated CD “Migration Blues” he co-produced and played on. "Arguably the finest acoustic blues artist in this country.” - The Globe and Mail. NEW RELEASE: 'That's Where It's At!' PLEASE NOTE that we have no connection with the Hornby Island Blues Workshop. For more information about it, please see their web site here. They are celebrating their 20th Anniversary this year, and have just been given the 'Blues Booster of the Year' award by the folks at Maple Blues.

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