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December 2018

Songwriter Sessions | December 2018

December 12 @ 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm EST
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario

SONGWRITER SESSIONS | December 12, 2018 Piper Hayes | Kirsten Jones | Ken Yates | David Storey $20 Advance | $25 Door Hugh’s Room Live loves a good songwriter and is home to many a concert featuring Canada’s best. Our new Songwriter Sessions series explores songcraft in a round robin format with players peeling back the stories behind their work. Crossing genres and tapping into the natural Canadian gift of open, honest lyrics and tunes, we’ve invited some of our favourites to delve deeper and share their songs with you. Piper Hayes Born in New York, raised in Toronto, and now residing in Hamilton since 2015, critically acclaimed folk singer, songwriter and social activist Piper Hayes is truly authentic. On December 8, 2017, Hayes celebrates the release of her first full-length album ‘Piper & Carson’. Hayes got her start in legendary venues in Toronto including The Horseshoe Tavern, The Rivoli and The Cameron House (playing with artists including Abigail Lapell, Julian Taylor and Kevin Hearn). She has toured all over Canada and the USA, headlined three international tours (visiting Nepal, India, Holland, Scotland, Ireland, England, Iceland, Denmark, Italy, France, Spain and Greece), performed many times on VIA Rail’s national ‘Artists on board’ program and played many folk conferences. Nowadays, Hayes (who is a two-time nominee for the Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award, 2017 and 2018) performs and writes closely with her partner Carson Ritcey-Thorpe and, after a 2017 western Canada tour, many prime showcases at Folk Music Ontario, Folk Alliance International and South East Regional Folk Alliance (SERFA), they have become beloved darlings of the folk music scene.  Piper also teams up with the Canadian Mental Health Association (going into schools, conferences and outreach programs to dispel stigma around mental illness), she established a music-therapy-based class for Hamilton Adult Community Support Program and gives workshops on mental health, well-being, music and songwriting. Kirsten Jones Nominated for CCMA’s Roots Artist of the Year, Kirsten Jones’ subtly melancholic songs include warm campfire-like toe-tappers, barn burners, and personal storytellers that breathe deep from the traditions of her Americana heroes like The Jayhawks and Patty Griffin. With her heartbreakingly lovely vocals and soaring harmonies, she comfortably walks the line between country and folk. Kirsten Jones’ last release, the Juno-nominated CD The Mad Mile, was produced by alt country legend, Gary Louris (The Jayhawks, The Sadies) and includes guest appearances by Oh Susanna, Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy and Bob Egan, and pedal steel great Greg Leisz. She was a John Lennon Songwriting Award finalist in the country category and a finalist three years in a row in the International Songwriting Competition in the Americana category. You may have seen her here at Hugh’s Room as a headliner or opening for folks like Dar Williams and Bob Snider. Ken Yates Since first planting roots within the Canadian music scene in 2011, Ken Yates has steadily grown a reputation as one of the country’s brightest singer/songwriters. His sound offers the complete package—unforgettable melodies, emotionally charged storytelling, and top-notch guitar chops—all gloriously displayed on Yates’ new album, Huntsville, which received two Canadian Folk Music Awards for Songwriter of the Year and New Artist of the Year. Produced by Jim Bryson (Weakerthans, Kathleen Edwards, Oh Susanna), Yates’ second full-length effort is a major stylistic step forward, with its 11 tracks capturing his artistic evolution amid extensive touring over the past three years. Along with handling production duties, Bryson’s abilities as a multi-instrumentalist were fully deployed during sessions at North of Princess Studio in Kingston, Ontario, leading a band that included Brian Dunne on guitars/vocals, James Preston on bass, Marshall Bureau on drums, and guest vocalist Amanda Rheaume. Ken Yates is a rare example of someone who, from the beginning, had clear intentions when he embraced the troubadour life, and the combined drive and talent to make it a reality. With Huntsville, he has now closed the chapter on those early days, and is ready to open a new and exciting one, without any limits holding back his artistic ambition. David Storey After nearly 25 years of achieving excellence by applying his wit, sensitivity and artistry in the service of others in the fields of directing and production for videos and television, David Storey is coming home to his first love: music. His debut full-length release, Comin’ Home, contains all the aspects of Storey’s musical gems that fans have loved the most since he resumed composing and performing: wry wit and penetrating insights about life’s changes, characters and passions humorously and powerfully delivered. Although not strictly autobiographical in nature, the title of his debut full-length album Comin’ Home, being released this summer, is an apt summary of where he stands today. An early musical career saw him get airplay, rave reviews and award nominations for his Roots-Rock songs, which were compared to John Prine and Steve Earl. After leaving music to raise a family for 20 years, he initially helmed award-winning videos and tv specials for the likes of Tom Cochrane and Stompin’ Tom and Anne Murray. He then moved into comedy productions, eventually developing, producing and directing the hit television show and movie “Corner Gas” before going back on stage with his own songs in 2011 after the series wrapped.

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Tom Jackson Presents Huron Carole

December 13 @ 7:30 pm MST
The Arden Theatre, 5 St. Anne Street
St. Albert, Alberta T8N-3Z9 Canada
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$48

Tom Jackson Presents Huron Carole • The Arden Theatre • 5 St. Anne Street • 780-459-1542 • ardentheatre.com • December 13 • 7:30pm • $48 • Folk

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Caleb Klauder & Reeb Willms

December 13 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm PST
St. James Hall, 3214 W. 10th Ave.
Vancouver, British Columbia V6K 2L2 Canada
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$24

Reeb Willms and Caleb Klauder, of the internationally acclaimed Foghorn Stringband, make a dynamic duo that has been playing and singing together since 2008, performing professionally across Europe, Scandinavia, Australia and North America. Festivals that have hosted these musicians include the Newport Folk Festival, the Tonder Music Festival in Denmark, the Bluegrass Jamboree in Germany, Jazz Fest in New Orleans, and the Portland Old Time Gathering, they also teach at traditional music camps across North America. With wonderful harmonies, strong mandolin, and solid guitar playing, Caleb and Reeb deliver a pure and classic sound that makes you want to cry out in joy and tears, both at the same time. One listener says, “You two are like the sun, radiating warmth and joy straight into my body!” “I dislike most of what I hear in modern music but I love what these two create when they get together.” - Marc Savoy Caleb grew up on Orcas Island, Washington and began playing and singing at the early age of twelve. He moved to Oregon in 2002 and has contributed to a number of influential and successful groups, namely: The Foghorn Stringband, Pig Iron, Calobo, and his own honky tonk band, the Caleb Klauder Country Band. His unique, powerful voice has captured many a heart. His recent collaboration with Jesse Lége, Joel Savoy and the Cajun Country Revival, is a combination of Caleb’s honky-tonk country band and legendary Cajun musicians Jesse Lége and Joel Savoy. Reeb was raised in Waterville, Washington by a family of wheat farmers. She grew up listening to her father and uncles, the Willms Brothers, singing country and traditional songs. Reeb began singing and player guitar in her early twenties and quickly displayed a strong vocal style that is clearly her own. She is a respected and well-loved singer and joined the Foghorn Stringband in 2010. Her love for old time fiddle tunes and old country songs roots her in a classic American musical style.

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A Bluesy Christmas

December 13 @ 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm EST
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario

A Bluesy Christmas $40 Advance / $45 Door Thursday, December 13, 2018 | 8:30PM As the leaves do fall and the wind doth blow, the colours red and green inevitably bleed into the heart of our streets, homes and sweater collection in a sometimes unflattering celebration of a large man and his captive animals, often without any protest whatsoever. This year, however, Hugh’s Room Live is here to put the blues back into Christmas. A Bluesy Christmas at Hugh’s Room Live will feature a beautiful assortment of musicians and vocalists from across the City of Toronto, including but not limited to Steve Marriner, Crystal Shawanda, DeWayne Strobel, Cheryl Lescom, Quisha Wint and Julian Fauth, all of whom welcome you into the room on Thursday, December 13, 2018 as they deliver to you their favourite songs from Christmas past, present and future. Escape the cold and warm up to the blues this holiday season. Hugh’s Room Live is here, and A Bluesy Christmas awaits…

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‘Cool Yule’ with Van Django

December 14 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm PST
St. James Hall, 3214 W. 10th Ave.
Vancouver, British Columbia V6K 2L2 Canada
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$26

A huge success when Van Djanjo presented their Christmas show at the St James Hall at Christmas in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017, the band returns to the Rogue again this year! Renowned for the quality of their musicianship and as great entertainers, the show is a festive Christmas mix of nostalgic favourites, jazz standards, pop tunes, classical elements, and sing-alongs, plus a few surprises - all delivered in swinging gypsy jazz style. Folks of all ages can celebrate the season at this fun and festive yule-time show. Joining Van Django's violinist Cameron Wilson, guitarist Budge Schachte, guitarist/cellist Finn Manniche and bassist Brent Gubbels are harmonica virtuoso Keith Bennett, and stellar vocalist L.J. Mounteney. They will come armed with copies of their Christmas CD Cool Yule for those folks wishing to take memories of the concert home with them. In addition, copies of their most recent release Hotel Europe will also be at the merch table. Van Django's music is punchy, driving and rhythmically inventive, combining a wealth of musical influences while maintaining strong roots in the gypsy jazz made famous by Django Reinhardt and the 1930's Quintet of the Hot Club of France. On stage, "they effortlessly whip the audience into a joyful frenzy. Attending a Van Django concert is the most fun you can have sitting down with your clothes on." - Nick Lehr (Djangofest). The perfect answer to the winter's chill is to come share some hot and swinging Christmas cheer with Van Django this year!

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Van Django’s ‘Cool Yule’

December 14 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm PST
St. James Hall, 3214 W. 10th Ave.
Vancouver, British Columbia V6K 2L2 Canada
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$26

A huge success when Van Djanjo presented their Christmas show at the St James Hall at Christmas in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017, the band returns to the Rogue again this year! Renowned for the quality of their musicianship and as great entertainers, the show is a festive Christmas mix of nostalgic favourites, jazz standards, pop tunes, classical elements, and sing-alongs, plus a few surprises - all delivered in swinging gypsy jazz style. Folks of all ages can celebrate the season at this fun and festive yule-time show. Joining Van Django's violinist Cameron Wilson, guitarist Budge Schachte, guitarist/cellist Finn Manniche and bassist Brent Gubbels are harmonica virtuoso Keith Bennett, and stellar vocalist L.J. Mounteney. They will come armed with copies of their Christmas CD Cool Yule for those folks wishing to take memories of the concert home with them. In addition, copies of their most recent release Hotel Europe will also be at the merch table. Van Django's music is punchy, driving and rhythmically inventive, combining a wealth of musical influences while maintaining strong roots in the gypsy jazz made famous by Django Reinhardt and the 1930's Quintet of the Hot Club of France. On stage, "they effortlessly whip the audience into a joyful frenzy. Attending a Van Django concert is the most fun you can have sitting down with your clothes on." - Nick Lehr (Djangofest). The perfect answer to the winter's chill is to come share some hot and swinging Christmas cheer with Van Django this year!

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John Sheard’s British Invasion

December 14 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm EST
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
$30 – $35

John Sheard presents The British Invasion! Friday, December 14, 2018 | 8:30PM From The Beatles, The Hollies, The Stones and The Kinks to Petula, Donovan, The Animals and The Bee Gees, John Sheard invites you to take a musical ride down memory lane… on a double-decker bus with this killer six-piece band coming to Hugh’s Room Live on December 14, 2018.

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Jerry Granelli Trio

December 15 @ 7:30 pm MST
The Arden Theatre, 5 St. Anne Street
St. Albert, Alberta T8N-3Z9 Canada
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$40

Jerry Granelli Trio• The Arden Theatre • 5 St. Anne Street • 780-459-1542 • ardentheatre.com • December 15 • 7:30pm • $40 • Jazz

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Ha-Ha Happy Holidays with Martha Chaves + Friends

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

Ha-Ha-Happy Holidays with Martha Chaves + Friends $25 Advance / $30 Door Saturday, December 15, 2018 | 8:30PM 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 this December. To check out the friends coming to the stage, check out their profiles below: — Lianne Malaudin (JFL 42 – the Mary Janes of Comedy) will MC the evening. John Mostyn (JFL 42 a Edimbourough Festival) will be opening for Martha Chaves. Paul Hutchenson ( JFL 42, We are Funny that Way, Fringe Festival) will be opening for Martha Chaves. — Martha 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 at home in Canada and abroad. 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. “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, CBC Radio What better to warm up this winter than with a belly full of laughter? Get your tickets now, folks. Winter is coming…

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The Ault Sisters

December 16 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm EST
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario

Sunday, December 16, 2018 | 1:00PM The Ault Sisters $30 Advance / $35 Door *** Please note that a technical error may display an incorrect performance time during ticket checkout. To be clear, this is a matinee performance with doors opening at 12:00pm and the performance beginning at 1:00pm. All tickets will be valid on entry. We apologize for any confusion. *** The Ault Sisters are a Toronto-based vocal jazz trio composed of 3 sisters – Amanda, Alicia, and Alanna Ault. They are known for their signature close harmonies, reminiscent of such past vocal groups as The Manhattan Transfer, The Andrew Sisters and The McGuire Sisters. They are extremely versatile singers, with a genre-defying repertoire that draws from jazz, pop, r&b, blues, funk, folk, and even classic rock. A show by The Ault Sisters show is normally comprised of a mix of standards and original tunes, carefully chosen to cater to the tastes of the venue and audience where they will be performing. This vocal trio has been producing music together for over a decade. On disc and in performance, different sisters take the lead on different tracks, adding to the vocal variety, while their intricately interwoven harmonies form a central part of the songs which they perform. In 2010, The Ault Sisters began working with Toronto producer, Greg Kavanagh, and released their second CD, Butterflies, which contained a mix of jazz and pop songs, reimagined to feature the girls’ three-part close harmonies. This was followed up by their most recent CD, Timeless, again produced by Kavanagh and released in 2014, which included the girls’ take on such classics as Boy From New York City, When I Fall In Love, Moondance and For Once In My Life. Hugh’s Room Live is thrilled to present this exceptionally talented young trio on stage at 1:00PM this upcoming Sunday, December 16, 2018. Spend an afternoon in the comfort of jazz and the arts.

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