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August 2019

Rogue Folk Club | Tri-Continental

August 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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Tri-Continental is a collaborative evolution that fuses the talents of three wonderful guitar-players, singers and songwriters from Canada. There are no musical boundaries present in this one-of-a-kind blues/folk/world music mélange. Tri-Continental present a truly unique - and critically acclaimed - sound that is a great success in terms of soulfulness and presence, intensity and atmosphere. Bill Bourne - vocals, acoustic guitars, fiddle Bill Bourne is a masterful guitar-player and improvisor blessed with an vocal charisma of great intensity. A popular solo artist and songwriter in his native Canada, his past work also features a stint with popular Scottish folk outfit Tannahill Weavers and others project with folk artists like fiddler Shannon Jackson. His Juno-nominated solo album Victory Train  was just one of his solo releases that introduced his individuality and musical integrity to the Canadian audience. Bill Bourne is quite a character - with the everpresent black top hat as his trademark. Lester Quitzau - vocals, slide guitars, acoustic and electric guitars, kalimba Lester is of Dutch/Danish descent. He plays soulful acoustic electric folk, blues and roots music. With an understated mastery and grace, the Juno award winning musician explores the space between the notes, as much as the notes themselves. Lester’s musical roots run so deep he can craft a musical cloth that quilts together ringing peals of West African-sounding guitar with the feel of free-form jazz, threaded through with unmistakable strands of gutbucket blues. Madagascar Slim - vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, valiha Totally in line with the blues tradition, this man from Antananarivo/Madagascar has chosen a moniker as his "blues name". A Toronto resident since 1979, Randriamananjara Radofa Besata Longin (that's his full name) is a good example for a truly bi-cultural artist. The musical worlds of the Africa are certainly part of Madagascar Slim's genetic make-up as well. An expert in the popular 'Salegy' dance style featuring intricate fingerpicking patterns, his life was changed forever when coming across the music of Jimi Hendrix. He has been inflicted with the blues virus ever since. Speaking of his own music, Slim likes to use the expression "Malagassy Blues". An expression right to the point, as his playing features blues riffs and African rhythms going hand in hand. His 1999 solo effort Omnisource made waves on the Canadian blues and world music scene and he received a Juno award for it. In Tri-Continental, Slim is also featured playing the valiha, a special zither from Madagascar made from bamboo. Michael Treadway - drums, percussion, vocals Michael “Barefoot” Treadway from British Columbia has been added to the performing group. “It’s all different because of working with Michael.” explains Lester Quitzau. “He can play all the different grooves that Bill, Slim and I have in our back pockets and he glues it all together. Now it feels as if there’s no limitations rhythmically as to what we can do. He’s an amazing drummer who can seem to play anything.” Bourne agrees that Treadway — who plays a drum kit and hand percussion — is a major find. “Michael is just a fabulous guy and a great drummer, and he’s in his thirties, so it’s kind of an injection of youth into the whole equation too.” Well over a decade after their last recording, a new one has finally arrived in the form of Dust Dance, an album that picks up where 2004’s Drifting left off, seemingly without missing a beat. As Tri-Continental, they create a sound that is based in blues and is greater than the sum of its parts. With a couple of songs that are closer to world music and a couple of others that lean to folk/country, the disc has plenty of variety. A synthesis of their individual talents that should make for an exciting evening!

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Shari Ulrich with Special Guest James Keelaghan  

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

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 | 8:30pm Shari Ulrich with Special Guest James Keelaghan   Advance $25.00 / Door: $30.00 Shari Ulrich Singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Shari Ulrich returns to Hugh’s Room to showcase the Borealis release of her 9th solo album. Shari has entertained, moved and enchanted audiences across Canada and beyond for over four decades. Her voice, stagecraft and a musicianship has woven its way through several iconic Canadian collaborations and 25 albums with The Pied Pumkin, The Hometown Band , Ulrich Henderson Forbes (UHF), and most recently withBentall Taylor Ulrich (BTU) and the Juno nominated High Bar Gang. A consummate artist and entertainer, Ulrich continues to have it all. With 2 JUNO Awards, several JUNO nominations, an induction into the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame and the 2014 Canadian Folk Music Award for English Songwriter of the Year, her impact on the music scene is undeniable. “I can go on and on about my passion for music, how much we need it, how exhilarating it is to play it, and my perennial awe in how it makes us feel. So to have another batch of tunes out in the world makes me very happy. Ironically, after 45 years I feel like I’m still getting just started and there’s so much music to write, sing, play, and share” Shari will be joined by Kirby Barber on bass & vocals (currently living in Nashville and often touring with Aaron Pritchett), and pianist Cindy Fairbank (formerly of Madison Violet). Pals since the mid-seventies, Shari’s asked label-mate James Keelaghan to join her for this evening to share his latest batch of songs, and James, despite it landing between two festivals for which he serves at AD (Stewart Park & Owen Sound) said…. YES!  How great is that? This will be a very special evening. www.shariulrich.com James Keelaghan Called Canada’s finest singer-songwriter by one of the most respected and lauded music journalists of the last 50 years, James Keelaghan is an artist who has proven to be a man for all seasons. As the calendar pages have turned, for almost a quarter of a century now, this poet laureate of the folk and roots music world has gone about his work with a combination of passion, intent and intensity, and curiosity. Fusing his insatiable appetite for finding the next unique storyline Keelaghan also forges his pieces with brilliantly defined craftsmanship and a monogrammed artistic vision, making him one of the most distinctive and readily identifiable voices of not only the Canadian scene, but as a member of the international singer-songwriter community. Armed with a songbook that has enlightened and enthralled and been embraced by audiences around the world, Keelaghan’s life as an artist is one that is a perpetual journey on so many levels. Most importantly it’s a journey that has invited fans of literate and layered songwriting to be a part of his artistic expeditions, some that weave their way through marvelously etched stories of a historical nature with underlying universal themes, and others that mine the depths of the soul and the emotional trails of human relations.¨His masterful storytelling, over the course of nine recordings, has been part of the bedrock of his success, earning Keelaghan his share of nominations and awards, and acclaim from  Australia to Scandinavia.The necessity to write has always been a double-edged sword.” “I’ve always had the urge to write.  Some things weren’t being said in the way I wanted to say them. Then there are the different sides of what I write about. The narrative writing, the historical material, as well as the personal, where you have to take responsibility for what you are saying,” says the Calgary native who has been calling Winnipeg home for the past few years.A disciplined visionary, Keelaghan’s aces have long been a love of language, and history, as he earned a history  degree years ago, his skills as a thespian that he acquired at an early age, that explain his ability to make an immediate connection with audiences in a live setting, and an ear for a memorable melody, and harmonies that make those melodies glisten. “I’m good for 80 or so books a year, mostly history, non-fiction, but inspiration can come in many forms, I’m always on the lookout for a good story or idea. My sister told me the story that became Kiri’s Piano. It was such an image,” says Keelaghan “that visits a dark chapter in Canadian history, Japanese internment camps in the Second World War.” Not only does his deep catalogue include timeless originals like Fires of Calais, Cold Missouri Waters, Jenny Bryce, Hillcrest Mine, and Kiri’s Piano.  Keelaghan is also a possessive interpreter of outside material, a fine example being his gripping take on Gordon Lightfoot’s epic Canadian Railroad Trilogy on the Lightfoot Tribute disc Beautiful. There are a number of illustrations of his interpretive skills on his 2006 recording A Few Simple Verses. The closing tune on that spellbinding set, My Blood written with Jez Lowe, is one of many examples in Keelaghan’s career, where he has invited collaboration into his creative process. “I was at the Celtic Colors Festival in 2008 and the producers locked six of us in a house for a week, and the company included Dave Gunning, David Francey, and Rose Cousins, it was an amazing experience. We had to come up with enough material for a show at the end of it.“To go along with a lifelong accumulation of influences, there have been these opportunities to work with equals, whether it be Oliver Schroer, Hugh McMillan, or Oscar Lopez. The sparks of collaboration, batting melodies back and forth, whatever, have produced some wonderful results,” says the artist who ties it all together with a powerful voice, delivery, and a commanding presence where he finds a balance between examining the lighter and heavier sides of life. For Keelaghan staying at the top of his game comes down to a very clear rule, “never stop accumulating.” “I want my audiences to know that I am open enough to try new…

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Romani Jazz

August 7 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm EDT
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario

Wednesday, August 7, 2019 | 8:30PM Romani Jazz with Special Guest Drew Jurecka Advance $25 / Door $30 * Inspired by gypsy roots, Romani Jazz seamlessly blends the traditional folk melodies of the  “Roma” people with the musical and improvisational elements of jazz to produce a unique , fusion acoustic experience. The concept of RomaniJazz was a result of the combined imagination of an eclectic group of Canadian musicians (George Koller, Robi Botos, Jozsef Botos and Nenad Bogdanovic) who share the same passion for exploring and interpreting Roma folk melodies in an unconventional way. As musical storytellers, they are able to take their audience on a nomadic journey into uncharted territory. To join the journey, make sure to get your tickets early. Hugh’s Room Live is honoured to play host to this line-up of masters as they take the stage for the first time at Hugh’s Room Live this February. Tickets available right now. * Advertised pricing excludes taxes and fees.

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Ori Dagan’s The Rat Pack Tribute Show

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

Thursday, August 8, 2019 | 8:30pm Ori Dagan’s The Rat Pack Tribute Show Advance $25.00 / Door: $30.00 Inspired by the music of Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr. and Dean Martin, Ori Dagan’s Tribute to The Rat Pack features special guest vocalists Steven Taetz and Donovan Locke, backed by an all-star jazz trio of Mark Eisenman on piano, Jordan O’Connor on bass and Richard Brisco on drums. Award-winning jazz singer, songwriter and recording artist Ori Dagan is taking jazz to new and exciting places. His rich baritone voice and impressive abilities as an improviser produce an instantly recognizable sound. In live performance, he surrounds himself with Canada’s finest musicians, performing an engaging mix of material which is always fresh and in the moment. Dagan’s latest recording and visual album “Nathaniel: A Tribute to Nat King Cole” has taken him to festivals across the world including an official showcase at SXSW in Austin Texas, headlining the TanJazz festival in Tangier, Morocco and a performance at the inaugural Public Diplomacy Week in Seoul, South Korea. Vintage pop, swing, and jazz singer and composer/lyricist Steven Taetz is based in Toronto.  He has performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall, The Bitter End and Rockwood Music Hall (NY), The Rogers Centre (Toronto), Blue Room (Korea), Capital Pride (Wash DC), Hotel Café (LA), World Pride, House of Jazz (Montreal), Ironwood (Calgary), and Toronto landmark venues including Jazz Bistro, The Rex Jazz & Blues Bar, Hugh’s Room, Koerner Hall Galleria for Sinatra’s 100th, and leading music festivals.  As a lyricist and composer, Steven Taetz has written for many internationally renowned artists, attracting the attention of Big Management NYC, and resulted in a co-publishing deal through Universal (Europe) and Shapiro Bernstein (US). Having started singing in church at a very early age, Donovan Locke is a multi-talented vocalist based in Toronto. He joined the Toronto All-Star Big Band in his teens, with whom he’s performed across Ontario and also in the USA. Donovan received his Bachelor’s Degree in Arts from Wilfrid Laurier University and went on to finish his Bachelor of Education from Nipissing University. Performing a variety of music regularly across the GTA, Donovan has had the honour of singing with Cleo Laine, John Dankworth and Jackie Richardson among many others. In addition to performing and teaching music privately, Donovan is also a teacher with the Peel District School Board. Don’t miss the debut of this brand new show, set to echo the swing and swagger of “the coolest cats of all time.” * Advertised pricing excludes taxes and ticketing fees

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Al Qahwa CD Release

August 10 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm EDT
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario

Saturday, August 10, 2019 | 8:30pm Al Qahwa CD Release Advance: $20.00 / Doors: $25.00 Al Qahwa Ensemble is Maryem Tollar on vocals, riqq (Arabic tambourine) and qanun (Arabic table harp); Ernie Tollar on wind instruments; Demetri Petsalakis on oud and Naghmeh Fahrahmand on percussion. They perform original compositions, as well as popular traditional Arabic repertoire – from Sufi Devotional Love songs from the Arab World to popular folk songs, to classic Egyptian songs made famous by the stars of Egypt (the Hollywood of the Middle East). They will be joined for this CD release concert by Toronto musicians Waleed Abdul Hamid, Fethi Nadjem; as well as Alfred Gamil all the way from Egypt. Oh, and EVERY ticket buyer gets a free CD with the purchase of their ticket, to be collected on the day of the perfrmance. *Advertised pricing excludes taxes and ticketing fees.

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Rogue Folk Club | Sarah Jane Scouten & John Smith

August 13 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm PDT
St. James Hall, 3214 W. 10th Ave.
Vancouver, British Columbia V6K 2L2 Canada
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SARAH JANE SCOUTEN Three-time Canadian Folk Music Award nominee, Sarah Jane Scouten's music delivers a signature mix of vintage folk and country, with modern sounds and subjects. Sarah Jane is steeped in North American and British folk music from years of finding folk music at its source, from the folklorists of Vancouver Island to all-night jams in West Virginia, Sacred Harp singing in Kentucky, the song craft of Nashville, two-stepping in Louisiana and her Glasgow roots. Touring throughout North America and Europe, this seasoned performer boasts a top-notch live band and considerable acclaim for her last three full length albums. Raised in a musical family on Bowen Island BC, where harmony singing was as common as watching television, Sarah Jane commits to her roots, using her warbling voice and knack for storytelling to captivate and transport her audiences. Her songs run the emotional gamut, creating a world of characters who come alive in her often haunting, and equally whimsical ballads. Like any songwriter worthy of the name, she explores love with a fine-toothed comb, but isn't limited to romantic love. Love of a place, a time, the natural world and all its inhabitants tug at her sleeve, which she handles with equal power to delight and break a heart. Sarah Jane's upcoming fourth album Confessions, recorded in Toronto with veteran producer Andre Wahl, out soon on Light Organ Records, is a further exploration of Americana sounds and song forms. It is a collection of revelatory songs -- a series of confessions -- which valorize, condemn and eulogize the most important relationships of her life to new harrowing heights. Quotes: "Sarah Jane Scouten showcases a major talent and a whole lot of versatility." - No Depression "An agile voice, ruminative songwriting, and love for classic country, indie pop, and everything in between." - American Songwriter "Drawing upon traditional melodies that almost biologically are instantly singable, but combining them with emotions, sentiments and stories that are relatable even now. Stan Rogers was able to do it, Ron Hynes was able to do it, Kate McGarrigle was able to do it, and Sarah Jane Scouten is able to do it." - Tom Power, CBC q JOHN SMITH John Smith has built a reputation as one of the UK’s finest guitarists and songwriters. Born in Essex, raised by the Devon seaside, and making his bones in the bars and clubs of Liverpool, John has released five albums with over 10 million Spotify streams.  He has played to audiences all over the world in living rooms, festival tents and sold-out concert halls. He is a genuine folksinger, an inquisitive truth-seeker, devoted song interpreter and enchanting writer. Steeped in the lineage of British folk, taking his cue from Richard Thompson and John Martyn, Smith has evolved a transatlantic blend of fingerstyle and slide guitar techniques. John’s intimate takes on love, loss and the journey we make, combined with his innovative guitar work, have won him a loyal following.  His honey-on-gravel voice and mesmerizing fingerstyle guitar are undeniable. Sometimes using a slide, sometimes with guitar on his lap, sometimes detuning mid-song, Smith’s obsession with the instrument has made a master of him. Whether by way of album or concert, he leads the listener, enthralled in his presence, on a viscerally emotional journey. A contributor and collaborator, John quickly and effortlessly earns the esteem of his comrades and heroes.  He has opened for folk greats including John Martyn, Davy Graham and John Renbourn, who called John Smith “the future of folk music.”  On the contemporary side, he has also opened for Iron and Wine, Tinariwen, and Ben Howard. He has guested with artists such as Jackson Browne, Martin Carthy, Richard Hawley, Jarvis Cocker, Jerry Douglas, Glen Hansard and Rodney Crowell; and in his occasional role as sideman, he has played guitar for artists such as David Gray, Lisa Hannigan, Lianne La Havas, Joe Henry and Joan Baez. He has released five records - his most recent “Headlong” (2017) reached #15 in the Indie Breakers chart, #1 on iTunes’ Singer-Songwriter chart, and amassed over 10 million Spotify streams. Quotes: “The future of Folk Music” - John Renbourn “You’re smiling even as tears catch in your throat.” -Mojo “Far from the connotations his name brings, John Smith is one of a kind.” -Wonderland“Refreshing openness and honesty.” -Total Guitar “I believe in John Smith; his motivations are pure, his vision is straight, his music is honest and true.” -Kelly Joe Phelps “A guitar genius…He sounds as though he arrived 60 years ago but looks startlingly young, perched on a chair, quietly confident, charming and instantly engaging.” -The Sun “Staggeringly good.” -Acoustic Magazine

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Welcome Members Night

August 14 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT

Attention Hugh’s Room Live Members! We are excited to host you on August 14th from 6pm for light snacks and refreshments, get to know our Board Members and Management as well as fellow Hugh’s Room Live Members. Music starts at 8pm by Arlene Bishop and Donne Roberts. Call the box office to reserve.  

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ROGUE FOLK CLUB | Chris Frye & the Analog Ghosts CD Release

August 15 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm PDT
St. James Hall, 3214 W. 10th Ave.
Vancouver, British Columbia V6K 2L2 Canada
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Exclusive New Music Debut - Two Sides of Canadiana  Chris Frye spreads his wings again - over a decade since his last solo release, the lead singer/guitarist and songwriter with Canadian folk-roots heroes The Bills has teamed up with some of the country’s most soulful musicians to create an energized, intelligent, soulful, fun and funky new record of his latest original compositions: Two Sides of Canadiana. Featuring an eight-piece band, including horn section, the new material is indeed separated into two sides of musical pleasure: The Heat (full-blown, good-time roots/soul), and The Chill (folksy, acoustic-based Canadiana). All with a deep focus on themes and topics that Chris sees defining this nation and his place in it. The Analog Ghosts is Chris’ umbrella name for whichever incredible musicians and singers he recruits to help him realize his latest musical vision. In this case, it’s all about Canada’s (and its southern neighbour’s) somewhat painful growth into the third decade of the 21st century. From his draft-dodging, peace-loving fiddler father to his mother’s family’s three centuries in what is now Quebec, Ontario and B.C., Chris draws upon stories and themes both old and arrestingly current to conjure up a grooving, pulsating and poetic ode to the nation he loves so dearly. This concert will be the debut of Chris’ new music, and the band will be frightfully special, including: Miguelito Valdes on trumpet: having emigrated from Cuba after touring the world with members of the Buena Vista Social Club and the Afro Cuban All-Stars, Miguelito is true super star. A mind-blowing, world class player. Brooke Maxwell on keyboards and saxophone - the composer of music for one of Canada’s best known, off-Broadway musical theatre pieces, Ride the Cyclone, Brooke is one of Chris’ dearest friends and a constant musical collaborator. Peter Dowse on bass - one of the funkiest Canadians to ever pick up a four-stringed instrument, Peter recorded for years in New York and Montreal, playing on hundreds of classic R&B, soul and funk albums. You have to hear him live to believe his soul and groove. And the list of amazing Analog Ghosts goes on. Expect a fantastic, fun, and deeply Canadian musical journey as Chris Frye and the Analog Ghosts provide an old-fashioned, light-it-up, good time, thought-provoking evening of Rogue summer magic. There will even be a few Canadian classics by other songwriters thrown into the show for good measure!

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Lachy Doley

August 15 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm EDT
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario

Thursday, August 15, 2019 | 8:30pm Lachy Doley  $15 Advance / $20 Door Dubbed the Jimi Hendrix of the Hammond Organ, Lachy Doley is Australia’s most celebrated Blues Soul Rock Organ Player in the world today. A player who can pump, pamper and occasionally pound the most unbelievable sounds from a keyboard: sounds that are intense, ferocious and sometimes transcendent. Recently going viral on Facebook with videos clocking up millions of views. His version of the Bill Wither’s classic Use Me is now sitting at 4 million Facebook views alone. Lachy Doley has seen much of the world, recording and touring with acts as diverse as Powderfinger, Glenn Hughes, Steve Vai, Jimmy Barnes, The Beautiful Girls – more recently recording on a new album of Joe Bonamassa’s which came out in early 2015. It was 2010 though, that saw the birth of The Lachy Dooley Group and they have been heavily recording and touring ever since. The group’s latest album Make or Break (May 2019) is on track to surpass their previous album by debuting at #40 on the Australian National Charts the ARIAS. Their previous album Conviction reached #5 on the UK Blues Broadcasters Charts, #1 on the Australian iTunes Blues Charts and #1 on the Australian Blues & Roots Airplay Charts. Along with their third tour of Europe and the UK plus their tour of Canada, 2017 is set to be a big year for the group. * Advertised pricing excludes taxes and fees

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Red Zeppelin

August 16 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm EDT
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario

Friday, August 16, 2019 | 8:30pm Red Zeppelin Advance $25.00 / Door: $30.00 It’s 1969 and it’s the second day of the to-be-ubiquitous Woodstock music festival. So many of the era’s musical legends are there, from The Grateful Dead to The Who to Janis Joplin. However, one band’s unique sound and presence is distinctly absent – Led Zeppelin, fresh off their release of “Led Zeppelin”, has fallen under the axe of their manager and is performing 150 miles away at Asbury Park. And lo, over 100,000 festival visitors never have the chance to shiver along to “Whole Lotta Love”, sway to the bittersweet melody of “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You” or leave it all on the muddy dance floor with “Ramble On”. 50 years later, Toronto’s own Red Zeppelin is bringing the “Woodstock-Set-That-Never-Was” to Hugh’s Room Live on Friday August 16, starting at 8:30PM (2 sets)   ABOUT RED ZEPPELIN For years, Red Zeppelin have swung the hammer of the gods, wowing crowds across Canada with their passionate performances that play homage to the rock classics. Featuring fiery vocals from Joan Smith (Serena Ryder, Little Foot Long Foot, Joan Smith & the Jane Does), Red Zeppelin delivers an electrifying experience. While the look may be a little different, the swagger and the song remains the same.   Visit www.redzeppelintoronto.com for more information * Advertised pricing excludes taxes and ticketing fees

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