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September 2019

A Trip Down Abbey Road

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

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 | 8:30pm A Trip Down Abbey Road $25 Advance / $30 Door Celebrating the 50th anniversary of one of your favourite records, Greg Wyard is hosting  A Trip Down Abbey Road – an evening to be shared with some of Toronto’s finest musicians paying homage to music that has been the soundtrack to our lives for half a century.  A 6-piece band will perform the Beatles Abbey Road album in its entirety, followed by a second set consisting of Beatle deep tracks and fan favourites. Greg Wyard is a renowned singer, songwriter, guitarist and bass player based in Toronto. He has released three acclaimed original solo albums, while simultaneously gaining a reputation as a master of the solo cover song, touring Canada, the US, England, New Zealand, Australia and Norway in the process. Like so many, The Beatles hold a sacred place in Greg’s musical heart. Not just for brilliant song writing and performance, but for the spectacular vocal and instrumental arrangements unique to each and every song. Greg has faithfully performed the Beatles material live in many forms over many years, most recently with Toronto’s “Ones” show, a multi-media presentation of the Beatles “1” album. This September, let’s take A Trip Down Abbey Road with a musician who knows the music best. Below is a brief introduction into the other artists and performers lined up for this incredible night. Mike Daley – Guitarist-singer Mike Daley hosts a popular Hugh’s Room Live lecture-concert series and has worked with Jeff Healey among many others. Jill Daley – violinist/pianist Jill Daley, who co-hosts the lecture-concert series alongside husband Mike, is an accomplished violinist with credits as diverse as Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, Duran Duran and Andrea Bocelli.  She is also a full-time staff pianist at Canada’s National Ballet school. Paul DeLong – renowned drummer Paul DeLong is best known for his multi-platinum success with Kim Mitchell, but has worked with the likes of Tom Scott, Lawrence Gowan and Roger Hodgson to name just a few. Allister Bradley – singer/songwriter/pianist Allister Bradley is both a solo artist and producer/engineer and has worked for a dozen years with SongStudio Songwriters’ Workshop. Mike Pellarin – Mike Pellarin has played bass for many musical theatre shows including the Mirvish Productions of We Will Rock You, Rock Of Ages and The Book of Mormon, along with the Stratford Festival productions of The Who’s Tommy and Jesus Christ Superstar. He has also performed with Tom Cochrane and Red Rider, Jeff Healey, Petula Clark, Hiram Bullock and Ronnie Hawkins and the Hawks. website: https://gregwyard.com/ youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkCS7Fp72Zc * Advertised pricing excludes taxes and ticketing fees  

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ROGUE FOLK CLUB | The Tannahill Weavers

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

As they enter their 51st year, the Tannahill Weavers are one of Scotland's premier traditional bands. Their diverse repertoire spans the centuries with fire-driven instrumentals, topical songs, and original ballads and lullabies. Their music demonstrates to old and young alike the rich and varied musical heritage of the Celtic people. These versatile musicians have received worldwide accolades consistently over the years for their exuberant performances and outstanding recording efforts that seemingly can't get better...yet continue to do just that. The Tannahills have turned their acoustic excitement loose on audiences with an electrifying effect. They have that unique combination of traditional melodies, driving rhythmic accompaniment, and rich vocals that make their performances unforgettable. As the Winnipeg Free Press noted, "The Tannahill Weavers - properly harnessed - could probably power an entire city for a year on the strength of last night's concert alone. The music may be old time Celtic, but the drive and enthusiasm are akin to straight ahead rock and roll." The Tannies first visited Canada in 1979, thousands at festivals in Vancouver, Winnipeg and Toronto screaming an approval that echoed throughout the Canadian media. The Regina Leader-Post wrote, "The Tannahill Weavers personify Celtic music, and if you are given to superlatives, you have to call their talent 'awesome'." Since their first visit to the United States in 1981, the Tannahills' unique combination of traditional melodies on pipes, flute and fiddle, driving rhythms on guitar and bouzouki, and powerful three and four part vocal harmonies have taken the musical community by storm. As Garrison Keillor, the host of Prairie Home Companion, remarked, "These guys are a bunch of heroes every time they go on tour in the States". Over the years the Tannies have been trailblazers for Scottish music, and their tight harmonies and powerful, inventive arrangements have won them fans from beyond the folk and Celtic music scenes. In 2011 the band was inducted into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame, and in 2018 they released their highly acclaimed 50th Anniversary album Òrach ("Golden" in Gaelic) on award-winning label Compass Records. As they tour their 51st year, the Tannahill Weavers are firmly established as one of the premier groups on the concert stage. From reflective ballads to foot stomping reels and jigs, the variety and range of the material they perform is matched only by their enthusiasm and lively Celtic spirits.

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Madison Violet 

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

Thursday, September 26, 2019  | 8:30pm Madison Violet  Advance $30.00 / Doors $35.00 After 20 years together, Juno nominated singer-songwriting duo, Madison Violet, are as much wanderers as they are musicians. It is a career filled with endless roads stretching into the horizon, winding through changing landscapes, each kilometer traveled carrying with it the promise of inspiration. Perhaps that is the secret of what has made Madison Violet such an enduring band. Because with each new town, each new venue, their curiosity grows, their love of music deepens, their desire to push musical boundaries expands. It is believed that the spark that ignited Madison Violet’s irrepressible curiosity came from an unlikely source; while sitting in Brenley’s grandmother’s kitchen in Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, filled to bursting with family, friends, instruments (and maybe even a foe or two), and miles from their adopted home of Toronto, Ontario, two musicians looked at each over the flickering light of the old wood stove and knew that theirs would be an unconventional journey. Inspired by their heritage, emboldened by their vision, Lisa MacIsaac and Brenley MacEachern decided that they would create a sound that would have it’s roots in their past while continually exploring new sounds. From the beginning, the multi-instrumentalists have carried authenticity with them like a talisman, writing all of their own music and lyrics, believing that the best way to connect to their audiences was to treat them like old friends sharing a secret and a smile. As vocalists they have an innate ability to break your heart, slyly knowing that their soaring harmonies will mend it, often all in the span of one song. The shared belief in themselves and their fearlessness to follow their dreams did eventually pay off and accolades and awards soon became synonymous with Madison Violet; including a Juno nomination, a Canadian Folk Music Award for Best Vocal Group Album of the Year and a Critic’s Choice Award from Country Music People’s Magazine. Their songs have been featured in the notorious music magazine MOJO’s Top 10 Playlist, and received a mass of acclaim from outlets such as the BBC, the CBC, Maverick Magazine and NPR, and have earned the duo the Grand Prize in the Maxell John Lennon Songwriting Contest (which was voted on by a panel of distinguished artists including Elton John, Tim McGraw, Black Eyed Peas, Fergie, John Legend, Enrique Iglesias and Mary J.Blige). Madison Violet were on Germany’s WDR’s list of ‘Best Bands of All Time’ and with a bit of a departure from their rootsy sound, their single ‘These Ships’ was released in 2014 on one of the largest dance labels in the U.S., Ultra Records, garnering over 1,000,000 plays on Spotify. Madison Violet has 9 studio albums to their credit including the new Christmas classic “Sleigh Bells in the Snow” featuring their friend and collaborator Ron Sexsmith, singing on Frosty the Snowman. In early 2019, Madison Violet will release their latest album “Everything’s Shifting”. The album is a heartfelt examination of how memory can splinter a heart, how loss shapes perspective and how sometimes, no matter how hard you try, you can’t have love without regret. It is an album to be listened to on the open road, with the windows rolled down: a love letter to their fans, from two wanderers who continue to follow the melodies wherever they lead. * Advertised pricing excludes taxes and ticketing fees

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ROGUE FOLK CLUB | Martin Kerr

September 27 @ 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

Often compared to great troubadours like James Taylor and John Denver, Martin Kerr's soaring voice, storytelling and intelligent lyrics connect with hearts of all ages and backgrounds. Born and raised in England, Martin travelled to 35 countries, gathering experiences and stories that would later become the inspiration behind songs like Mr. Liao, Undiscovered Geniuses and Must Be a Million. Starting as a busker at the farmer's market, he built his following one passerby at a time, singing his way from street-corners to concert halls and arenas. “Taking my music to the people, wherever they are, has always been important to me. When I first started performing I tried to play in cafes and bars and wait for the people to come, but they never did so I went out on to the streets where I sold over 20,000 CDs and eventually built my fan base to a point where I can now sell out a 1700 seat theatre” says Kerr. He achieved independent success in Canada last May when he did just that and sold out his own show at the 1700-seat Winspear Centre. He was then invited to open for Sarah McLachlan at Rogers Place arena, and saw his new album debut at #2 on iTunes Canada (all-genre chart). Now he is building on that success with appearances at Canada’s top folk festivals. Last summer's turn at The Vancouver Folk Music Festival was one that audiences are still talking about. He's working on a new album down under in Australia with Chris Vallejo, producer of the worldwide multi-platinum hit, Let Her Go by Passenger. While travelling in China as an 18-year-old, Martin met a Canadian girl,who later became his wife and mother of their three children. The hilarious and touching story of their long-distance courtship often forms part of his live show. Now based in Canada, Martin plays for tens of thousands of people every year, at folk clubs, festivals and concert halls. Recent Honours #2 on iTunes Album Chart (July 2 2017) #5 on CIMA Album Chart (July 10 2017) #10 Music Canada Album Chart (July 10 2017) Edmonton Male Artist of the Year 2017 Kerrville New Folk Finalist 2017 Press Read an article from The Edmonton Journal here Famous Fans "Martin Kerr..what a voice! Pristine, measured and beautiful." - Sarah McLachlan "You had me in tears" - Bruce Cockburn

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Patricia Cano + Louis Simão Featuring Carlos Bernardo

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

Friday, September 27, 2019 | 8:30pm Patricia Cano + Louis Simao Featuring Carlos Bernardo $20 Advance / $25 Door Patricia Cano Patricia Cano was born in Sudbury, where she began her career on stage as a young dancer, and later, as a community theatre player. After studies in Theater and Spanish Literature at the University of Toronto, she embraced the career of traveling artist, first with Tomson Highway, the Cree writer and composer, then with le Théâtre du Soleil website: http://www.patriciacano.com youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXCjpYaZZZE Louis Simão Award winning, Toronto-based musician Louis Simão has been composing, performing and recording as a multi-instrumentalist in a variety of genres for twenty years. 2016 marked the release of his much-anticipated solo album, “A LUZ” (The Light) – a collection of Simão’s own compositions and arrangements. Joined by the best cross-genre musicians Toronto has to offer, Simão takes the listener on a journey through the sounds of the Portuguese-speaking world as experienced through the life of this first-generation Canadian son of Portuguese immigrants. His cultural background combined with his jazz sensibility and chamber music compositional style come together to create a voice that is at once universal while remaining deeply personal. Co-produced by Luis (Luisito) Orbegoso and recorded by John Bailey at The Drive Shed, Simão’s music easily flows from samba to folkloric Portuguese music, to funk-based grooves and lush string and woodwind arrangements. Accompanying Simão on stage for this new solo project will be Luis (Luisito) Orbegoso, David French, Rich Brown, Bill McBirnie & Marito Marques. website: http://www.simaomusic.com youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OhmP1C84EIM * Advertised pricing excludes taxes and ticketing fees

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The Jitters

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

Saturday, September 28, 2019 | 8:30PM The Jitters Advance $25.00 / Door: $30.00 * Always fun, funny, irreverent and rockin’, The Jitters return to Hugh’s Room Live after an 18-month absence. Snarky, sarcastic, the pop-rockers may not look like they did in their heyday but they deliver a great evening of laughs and catchy songs. The Jitters (singer Blair Packham, guitarist Danny Levy and bassist Matthew Greenberg) originally formed in 1981. They recorded with super-producer Bob Ezrin, made an independent video in 1984 for the song “Take Me As I Am” and eventually got a record deal with Capitol-EMI Music of Canada. Along the way, they picked up David Quinton Steinberg on drums (who has been the driving force behind the band’s latter-day reunions). In 1986, The Jitters opened for Huey Lewis and the News at the Canadian National Exhibition, tied for third place in Q107’s Homegrown Contest with the song “Last of the Red Hot Fools.” They opened for The Kinks, The Byrds, Kim Mitchell, Rik Emmett, and in 1988, they played support for Heart on their UK tour, ending the tour with three sold-out nights at Wembley Arena. Nominated for a Juno Award that spring, the Jitters flogged their debut album across Canada, and then began writing for their second album with producer Jules Shear. With a total of 5 Top 20 hits in Canada to their credit, the Jitters are enjoying playing together again, and looking forward to the release of the Universal Music best-of compilation which will include two new songs. Youtube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=-sgWpUuaDRM * Advertised pricing excludes pricing and fees

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ROGUE FOLK CLUB | Christine Tassan et les Imposteures

September 29 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm PDT
Performance Works, 1218 Cartwright Street - Granville Island
Vancouver, British Columbia V6H 3R9 Canada
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$30

Sixteen years have passed since Christine Tassan et les Imposteures started tending their craft in the gypsy jazz milieu, and there is no doubt that they are definitely here to stay. Pioneers in a domain usually reserved for men and precursors of the gypsy wave that swept across Québec, this all-woman quartet continues to reinvent this timeless music while integrating new ideas and influences with an originality and flair we have become familiar with. From standards to original compositions, the Imposteures’ musical arrangements innovate, rejuvenate and leave room for unbridled creativity from four talented and accomplished young women. Since the group's inception in 2003 they have solidified their reputation with more than 400 concerts in various venues and festivals, including numerous appearances in major events and tours across Canada and France. They have performed at the Montreal International Jazz Festival, the Lévis Festival de Jazz, the Festival des guitares in Rouyn-Noranda, April in Paris in Vancouver, and in St-Pierre et Miquelon. Over the years, the band has shared the stage with illustrious gypsy swing musicians, including John Jorgenson, Tchavolo Schmit, Angelo Debarre, Rodolphe Raffalli and David Reindhart. Christine Tassan et les Imposteures were the recipient of an Opus award for Entre Félix & Django - "Album of the Year (Jazz and World Music) in 2016. On stage, we bear witness to four musicians who have mastered their talents. They improvise with ease, interpret their repertoire with dynamism, and blend their voices together in refined harmonies. But it’s their communicative energy and the personal bond between them that hits home the most. Christine Tassan et les Imposteures, are first and foremost four friends who have harnessed their energies and their voices to give rise to, year after year, the fruit of their creativity. Their latest album Django Belles was released in Novermber of 2018. It is about the joys of winter. Pieces that are original, with refined arrangements and elaborate vocal harmonies, punctuated with musical "impostures" and propelled by a new sound that contrasts with everything the band has done so far. So, we'll celebrate the upcoming winter in September, with this special show at Performance Works! It will be a combination of material from the band's last three albums.

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Dr. Mike Daley Presents: The Bob Dylan Story

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

Monday, September 30, 2019 | 8:00pm Dr. Mike Daley Presents: The Bob Dylan Story Advance: $25.00 / Doors: $30.00 Dr. Mike Daley and Jill Daley resume their popular lecture/concert series at Hugh’s Room Live with the Bob Dylan 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. Mike’s research on Dylan was awarded the York Thesis Prize and he led a well-received course on Dylan at Bloor Hot Docs last year. This will be a memorable evening of iconic Dylan songs interspersed with fascinating stories and history.   * Advertised pricing excludes taxes and ticketing fees

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October 2019

Dr. Mike Daley Presents: The Bob Dylan Story

October 1 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario

Tuesday, October 1, 2019 | 8:00pm Dr. Mike Daley Presents: The Bob Dylan Story Advance: $25.00 / Doors: $30.00 Dr. Mike Daley and Jill Daley resume their popular lecture/concert series at Hugh’s Room Live with the Bob Dylan 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. Mike’s research on Dylan was awarded the York Thesis Prize and he led a well-received course on Dylan at Bloor Hot Docs last year. This will be a memorable evening of iconic Dylan songs interspersed with fascinating stories and history.   * Advertised pricing excludes taxes and ticketing fees

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Yamaha Presents: Bobby Shew

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

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 | 8:30pm Yamaha Presents: Bobby Shew Tickets: FREE Started guitar at age eight but switched to trumpet at age ten. At age twelve, asked to play in a local “dance band” for weddings and dance gigs. Discovered improvisation at first rehearsal. The rest is history! Spent summers after high school in New York City listening to the great jazz masters. Attended the first two years of Stan Kenton Summer Jazz Clinics in Bloomington , IND. Able to study under Don Jacoby, Conte Candoli, Johnny Richards, John LaPorta, Shelly Manne, etc. Attended UNM for two years studying Architecture and Commercial Art. Drafted into Army, assigned as jazz soloist to NORAD BAND in Colorado Springs. After service, moved to NYC and joined Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, rooming and playing with legendary Charlie Shavers. After Dorsey, went to Woody Herman, Buddy Rich, Maynard Ferguson, Si Zentner, Benny Goodman. Settled in Las Vegas for 7 years playing top show bands in casinos. 1972 moved to Los Angeles and became a first-call studio musician as well as continuing to play on big bands of Bill Holman, Bob Florence, Louie Bellson, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Ed Shaughnessy, Bill Berry, and Nat Pierce-Frank Capp Juggernaut. Designer / developer of SHEW model Yamaha 6310Z & 8310Z trumpets and 6310Z & 8310Z flugelhorns. Designer of SOLOIST mute, Yamaha SHEW series trumpet and flugelhorn mouthpieces as well as SHEW series mouthpieces for the Marcinkiewicz Company and for Kelly Mouthpieces (Lexan mouthpieces). Author of “ETUDES AND EXERCISES FOR JAZZ AND CLASSICAL PLAYER” & “BASIC STUDY GUIDE FOR TRUMPET”. Former Chairman for IAJE and ITG. Former Assoc. Professor of Trpt at USC ( Los Angeles – 10 years ) , Cal. State Northridge-18 years ) Calif. Institute Of The Arts ( 3 years ) . Numerous Artist-in-Residencies world-wide in Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Japan, Canada, Austria. Elected into New Mexico Music Hall Of Fame. Numerous Grammy nominations and 1982 Received Jazz Album Of The Year award. * For reservations, please call the box office at 416-533-5483.

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