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September 2019

Alfie Zappacosta

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

Friday, September 6, 2019 | 8:30pm Alfie Zappacosta Advance $50.00 / Door $55.00 Alfie Zappacosta is undeniably one of Canada’s premier songwriters and performers with chart topping hits and a recording and acting career that has spanned 40 years. He continues to evolve as an artist by “doing it his way”, an effort that has been rewarded with an impressive song catalogue and a discerning loyal fan base. Alfie Zappacosta decided on a music career in his teens and set his sights upon being a guitarist. When his vocal dexterity and song writing proficiency were uncovered by a publisher while writing for his first original band “Surrender”, events would be put in motion to champion Zappacosta (dropping his first name) as a solo artist and bring him to the world’s attention. “Start Again”, “Passion”, “When I Fall in Love Again” and “Nothing Can Stand In Your Way” became staples on Canadian adult contemporary radio and Zappacosta became a personified Rock Star. In 1987, Walt Disney’s Danger Bay would bring Zappacosta an episode written specifically for him titled “Rock Star”. In the same year, he penned and sang “Overload” exclusively for the multi-platinum soundtrack “Dirty Dancing” and Loverboy would record Zappacosta’s “That’s Where The Money Goes” for their Wildside album. In 1988, he was awarded JUNOs for “Album of The Year’ and “Most Promising Artist”, an American Music Award for “Most Popular Album of The Year” and named the Canadian Publishers Music Association’s “Best Rock Star”. Zappacosta’s distinctive baritone voice did not go unnoticed by artistic directors and in 1990, he was called to deliver his greatest challenge of his career – singing Andrew Lloyd Webber. Alfie’s portrayals of Christ in Jesus Christ Superstar and Che Guevara in Evita would bring a new audience and support his efforts to delineate his pop/rock image – a moniker that never reflected his authentic personality. The release of “Innocence Ballet” in 1996 would introduce Alfie Zappacosta (taking back his first name) and give center stage to his true rich vocals, his mastery at romance, his astute take on relationships and his advanced knowledge of music. Alfie is rewarded for his efforts with numerous award nominations in the Smooth Jazz genre and a performance with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra in 2005. Zappacosta has polished his live concert performances exposing his sophisticated, intimate and intense personality. His performances deliver a blend of acoustic, jazz and pop music prompting the listener to engage soulfully. And the hits that originally brought Zappacosta to the world’s attention? – Alfie hasn’t turned his back on any of these songs. You will hear them in his program performed the way they were originally written and meant to be heard. * Advertised pricing excludes taxes and fees.

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Friends of Fiddler’s Green

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

Saturday, September 7, 2019 | 8:30pm Friends of Fiddler’s Green Advance: $25.00 / Doors: $30.00 The Toronto-based “Friends” boast six versatile musicians, four fine singers, three songwriters, a brilliant joke teller and the occasional Fiery Dragon. This totally uncategorizable collection has been together, in one form or another, for over forty years, and has played countless clubs, concerts and festivals across Canada and the northern United States. Nobody, not even the Friends themselves, can predict what might happen during one of their concerts, but it always includes humour, powerful vocal harmony, great musicianship, social commentary and an irresistible urge to dance. The Friends were recipients of the 2003 Estelle Klein Award, given by the Ontario Council of Folk Festivals for service to folk music in Ontario. * Advertised pricing excludes taxes and ticketing fees

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The Sojourners with Tonye Aganaba at The Rogue Folk Club

September 9 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT
St. James Hall, 3214 W. 10th Ave.
Vancouver, British Columbia V6K 2L2 Canada
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You probably have heard how The Sojourners got their start. When Canadian blues icon Jim Byrnes called Vancouver based gospel singer Marcus Mosely on the phone back in 2006 to ask if he could round up a few friends to record some back up vocals for a new album, no one could have guessed what would happen next. From the moment Mosely and his pals stepped up to the microphone and began singing, they realized that they had something very special going on. When Byrnes dubbed the trio The Sojourners the name stuck and – as they say – the rest is history. Formative years spent singing in the churches of Marcus Mosely, Will Sanders and Khari McClelland, (from Ralls, Texas, Alexandria, Louisiana and Detroit, Michigan respectively) give The Sojourners' sound an authentic edge that only comes with experience. This is real gospel ... blessed with a soul that can't be faked. Hot on the tail of their session with Byrnes, the Sojourners went into the studio with roots music whiz Steve Dawson to record 'Hold On', their first solo album in 2007. The trio had definite ideas of how they wanted their record to sound, and one listen through the songs they've captured here shows that they've succeeded beyond their wildest expectations. This is not music that strives to be polite. In The Sojourners' universe, echoes of doo wop, R&B, country and blues weave together to create a unique sound that has all but vanished from today's world. This is gospel music that can take a punch and remain standing. Singing praise music with their own special 'stank', the Vancouver based Sojourners sound just as at home in a road house bar as they do in a revival tent. Highlights of the group's time together include a definitive show with the Dixie Hummingbirds, opening spots with Jim Byrnes at the Vancouver Jazz Festival for both Dr. John and the Blind Boys of Alabama and featured stages at most of the major Canadian folk and roots festivals. 'Eyes on the Prize' from 'Hold On' was selected for inclusion in 'Let Freedom Sing', a Time-Life compilation box set celebrating the music of the American civil rights era. The Sojourners were also pleased to participate in both the CD and DVD of the award-winning 'Things About Coming My Way: A Tribute to the Music of the Mississippi Sheiks'. Their second, self titled album came out on Black Hen Music in 2010. “The much-anticipated eponymous follow-up to their 2007 debut album 'Hold On' ... our boys have recorded a slide-guitar-soaked 11-track Hammond B-3 organ-driven throwback to the old-time jubilation-style gospel vocals of the Blind Boys Of Alabama. By God, this is a great album." - The Ottawa Express. Their third release 'Sing and Never Get Tired' came out on Paul Pigat's Little Pig Records label in 2013. It was produced by Paul, too. "The Sojourners new album is just plain good listening. But more importantly it shouts for social justice by reinforcing those inseparable links between the early spirituals, gospel, and activist folk music which all arise from hope, faith and courage in the face of adversity. Listen and you shall be released." - Marc Lindy, Gospel Train, CFRO 100.5 Vancouver. They receive a steady stream of invitations to contribute to the recordings and live performances of a diverse range of artists, spanning several genres, from the outer reaches of jazz to beat box / street poetry. Marcus and Will became Canadian citizens in the summer of 2008. The band was invited to perform on Parliament Hill on Canada Day that year, where they sang the national anthem. The Sojourners are a rock solid unit and proof positive that faith can move mountains. But, don't let that scare you away. Sinner or saved - wherever you are on your own personal journey, you should listen to The Sojourners. You'll feel better for it. The new CD is called 'Freedom Never Dies'. Here's an EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW from the new EP, a track simply called 'Harry Moore'. Harry Tyson Moore was an African-American educator, a pioneer leader of the civil rights movement, founder of the first branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in Brevard County, Florida, and president of the state chapter of the NAACP. Click here to listen! We have been waiting a long time for a new release from this talented trio. Based on their past work, we just know it's going to be a good one! The concert promises to be a memorable night. Featuring: Tonye Aganaba Tonye Aganaba is a dynamic and sultry singer-songwriter born in the United Kingdom, and raised in Canada. Now based in beautiful Vancouver B.C, she has lent her voice to an ever increasing collection of music spanning all genres. Tonye is a multidisciplinary artist, musician, and arts facilitator residing on the unceded territories of the Squamish, Musqueam & Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. The new album ‘Something Comfortable’ is an intentional and devotional endeavour inspired by a battle with Multiple Sclerosis. The album serves as the score to ‘AfroScience’ an immersive performance and workshop series fusing live music, dance, visual art/digital media and storytelling to stimulate conversation and action around identity, addiction, healing, and expression. Tonye’s shows, workshops, and classes are connected and intimate experiences, and evoke a kind of vulnerability that we all hunger for.

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The Paul McKenna Band at The Rogue Folk Club

September 9 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm PDT
St. James Hall, 3214 W. 10th Ave.
Vancouver, British Columbia V6K 2L2 Canada
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Since being awarded the title of “Best Up and Coming Artist of 2009? at the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards, The Paul McKenna Band has gone from strength to strength touring extensively throughout Canada, the USA and Europe. In 2012 Paul was named “Scots Singer of the Year” and the band was nominated for “Folk Band of the Year” at the same awards ceremony. Combining their love for folk and traditional music, as well as original songs and tunes; The Paul McKenna Band has been captivating audiences with live performances of their potent original compositions and arrangements at both home and abroad. Concert highlights include performances at The Vancouver Folk Music Festival (2017), The Edmonton Folk Festival, Celtic Connections in Glasgow and the Fylde Folk Festival in England. The exciting sound of The Paul McKenna Band is created through outstanding vocals, driving guitar and bouzouki, intense fiddle playing, a warm pairing of flute and whistles and dynamic bodhrán and percussion. With a contemporary approach to songs, although not straying too far from their roots, their arrangements are both fresh and innovative. “The best folk band to have come out of Scotland in the last twenty years” - The New York Times “The best band of their generation” - The Living Tradition “A band with the potential to dominate the Scottish/Irish traditional scene for the next twenty years” - Fatea Magazine

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Sue Foley

September 9 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm EDT
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario

Monday, September 9, 2019 | 8:30pm BluesIn’ Toronto with  Cadillac Productions Present: Sue Foley $34.50 Advance / $40.00 Door * Sue Foley is a multi-award-winning musician and of the one of the finest blues and roots artists working today. She is a veritable triple-threat of musical talent as a guitarist, songwriter and vocalist. As with many blues women of the past, Foley has a long history of defying convention, and being a positive role model for aspiring, young female musicians. The Canadian has been working professionally since the age of 16, and by the age of 21, Foley had relocated to Austin, TX and began recording for Antone’s—the esteemed blues label and historic nightclub that helped launch the career of Stevie Ray Vaughan and many others. In the two decades that have followed, Sue Foley has been busy touring and recording steadily, all while toting her signature pink paisley Fender Telecaster. In 2001, she won the prestigious Juno Award (Canadian equivalent of the Grammy) and also holds the record for the most Maple Blues Awards and has earned three Trophees de Blues de France. She has also garnered several nominations at the Blues Music Awards in Memphis, TN. With 11 recordings under her own name, an instructional DVD and book, as well as various compilations and projects, Foley is set to release her new album, The Ice Queen (March 2, 2018) on Stony Plain Records. “I’m extremely excited to be working with Holger Petersen and Stony Plain Records. Holger is one of the most knowledgeable “real music” people in the business”, says Foley. “Stony Plain is known to put out great music and I know The Ice Queen has found her home.” Recorded throughout 2017, The Ice Queen represents Foley’s full circle journey – her return to the roots of her career in Austin with producer Mike Flanigin. The album was recorded with her long-time friends and collaborators Jimmie Vaughan and Billy F Gibbons (ZZ Top) as well Chris ‘Whipper’ Layton from Double Trouble, Charlie Sexton, and members of the Tedeschi Trucks and Gary Clark Jr bands. “When I was a teenager I idolized Jimmie Vaughan and Billy F Gibbons,” Foley says. “They’re both legends now so this feels like an historical event (at least it does for me). And I grew up sitting at the feet of players like George ‘Big Beat’ Rains, Derek O’Brien and The Texas Horns. I spent many nights watching Charlie Sexton and the Arc Angels with Chris Layton. I learned and grew more musically in my years in Austin than at any point in my life. The fact that all these mega talented musicians have graced my album is beyond anything I hoped for. I am still pinching myself.” A flood of inspiration and themes can be found on each of the tracks – ranging from lost love, anguish, and struggle to release, forgiveness and rebirth. Mostly recorded live-off-the-floor, Foley’s emotional vocal delivery, conviction, accessible yet inspired lyrics and intrepid guitar playing are all laid out, bare and raw for the songs to reveal. Opening with the radio friendly and funky “Come to Me”, The Ice Queen also features upbeat and rollicking tracks “Run”, “The Lucky ones” (a duet with Jimmie Vaughan) and “Gaslight”. There are several bluesy and soulful tracks including “81”, “The Ice Queen”, “Fool’s Gold” (featuring Billy F Gibbons on vocals and harmonica)”, “If I Have Forsaken You”, and a cheeky, guitar-heavy cover of Bessie Smith’s “Send Me To The ‘Lectric Chair”. Foley also provides some more mellow and unexpected songs on The Ice Queen with the jazzy “Death of a Dream”, the flamenco-blues hybrid “The Dance” and a beautiful cover of the Carter Family’s “Cannonball Blues”. The Ice Queen represents Sue Foley’s indefatigable commitment to her craft, and her transparency with the journey that birthed her, further proving that you can’t keep a good blueswoman down, particularly when she is The Ice Queen. * Advertised pricing excludes taxes and fees

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She’s Listening for Ovarian Cancer Research

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

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 | 8:30pm She’s Listening for Ovarian Cancer Research $15 Advance / $20 Door This will prove to be an amazing evening of music in support of Ovarian Cancer Canada on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 right here at Hugh’s Room Live. There will be a beautiful cast of vocalists and musicians including Saffron A, Sarah Siddiqui, Mikalyn Hay, Brooklyn Doran, Hadley McCall Thackston and Madison Galloway as well as a few more TBA. For great music toward a great cause, join us at Hugh’s Room Live. She’s Listening She’s Listening began as a fundraising concert December 7, 2012 at Bassline Station in Ottawa with the Four Winds and Kelly Sloan. The Winds and Kelly took up the cause, and the Winds became a driving force behind keeping the momentum going and turning a single benefit into an ongoing series of concerts and CD.  A second concert took place April 21 at Luneta Bistro with Angie and Louise Arsenault, Kristine St-Pierre, Sophia Radisch and Meg La Grand. It was here that the CD project was born and the first CD produced with tracks from Andrea Ramolo, Angela Saini, Angie Arsenault, Jenny MacDonald, and mofre. She’s Listening will become a crucial weapon in the arsenal of the battle against ovarian cancer. Funds raised will go to Ovarian Cancer Canada. * Advertised pricing excludes taxes and fees

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Indo Canadian Slide Project

September 12 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm EDT
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario

Thursday, September 12 ,2019 | 8:30pm Indo Canadian Slide Project Featuring Don Ross, Sean Pinchin, Dan Walsh, Rhitom Sarkar, Michael Oesch $35 Advance / $40 Door The Indo Canadian Slide Project is a melding of Indian and North American slide guitar styles featuring Hindustani slide musician Rhitom Sarkar and an assortment of Canada’s top slide guitarists including, Don Ross two time finger-style guitar champion, Sean Pinchin Juno nominated Blues artist, Dan Walsh slide master formerly of the “Flying Squirrels”, Guy Westbrook of the “Kil’ Billys”  Michael Oesch walking troubadour on lap steel guitar, and songstress Sarah Siddiqui. They’re are touring their recent release Delta Raga. “If you enjoy instrumental music that paints large and complex soundscapes, and draws outside the lines, Delta Raga has fifteen tracks, all beautifully performed and many of them are quite unique, and completely mesmerizing.” Don Ross | https://donrossonline.com/ Sean Pinchin | https://seanpinchin.ca/ Dan Walsh | https://www.bentbeard.com/ Rhitom Sarkar | http://www.rhitomsarkar.com/ Michael Oesch | https://www.facebook.com/BeachDigital www.wallofsound.ca * Advertised pricing excludes taxes and fees.

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Soulsville: The Music of Stax Records

September 13 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm EDT
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario

Friday, September 13, 2019 | 8:30PM Soulsville: The Music of Stax Records Advance $40.00 / Door $45.00 * Stax Records is synonymous with Southern soul music. Originally known as Satellite, the Memphis company was founded in 1957 by Jim Stewart and his sister, Estelle Axton, and took its new name in 1961 from the first two letters of their last names. Among the many artists who scored hits on Stax and its Volt subsidiary during the Sixties were Rufus and Carla Thomas, Booker T. & the MGs (an interracial instrumental quartet that also served as the company’s rhythm section), Sam and Dave, Johnnie Taylor, Albert King, and Otis Redding. Under the direction of Juno Award winning producer and musical director, Lance Anderson, the September appearance at Hugh’s Room Live will also bring together three legends of the ‘Toronto Sound’, The Blue-eyed Prince of Soul, George Olliver, (Mandala) the irrepressible John Finley (Checkmates, and the supergroup Rhinoceros) and Jay Douglas (The Cougars). These wonderful soul veterans, all grew up on this music. They are the real deal! Add extraordinary singers Cheryl Lescom and Kitchener phenomenon, Matt Weidinger, and you have a show not to be missed. The show will feature Memphis-born Shamakah Ali (The Bar-Kays, Al Green) on drums laying down that fat southern backbeat; Collin Barrett on bass; Toronto veteran Terry Blersh (Danny Brooks, The Royals) on guitar; Simon Wallis (Lighthouse) on the saxophone; Dave Dunlop (The Boss Brass) playing trumpet; and musical director, Lance Anderson (Joint Chiefs of Soul, Shakura S’Aida) on piano and Hammond B3 organ. This is truly an all-star line-up. Stax Records was a breeding ground for the Soul music explosion of the mid sixties to late seventies. With The MG’s as the house band and Booker T. and Steve Cropper (amongst others) as songwriters and producers, they created a string of hits that continue to influence R&B music today. The hits kept coming, and ‘Soulsville’ will feature them all, like: Hold On I’m Coming, Soul Man, Sitting on the Dock of the Bay, Knock on Wood, In The Midnight Hour, and instrumentals like Green Onions and Time is Tight by Booker T. and Soul Finger by the Bar Kays. This infectious music will soothe your soul and have you dancin’ in the aisles. And when you hear Cheryl Lescom sing ‘I’ve Been Lovin’ You too Long’, you will think you have died and gone to heaven. Anderson says, “These singers and players are some of the best that Canada has to offer. The music is a combination of Gospel and Blues that was born on the Mississippi at Memphis but was ground out in the clubs across Canada. This is not the slick soul of Detroit’s Motown, but the gritty Yonge St. soul that captured Canada’s bar scene and turned Toronto and Kitchener into soul towns.” This will be the fourth in a series of concerts that Anderson has brought to the Hugh’s Room Live. Previous concerts include: The Last Waltz: A Musical Celebration of The Band Mad Dogs and Englishmen: The Music of Joe Cocker and Leon Russell Genius and Soul: The Music of Ray Charles * Advertised pricing excludes taxes and ticketing fees.

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Ron Nigrini’s Farewell Performance

September 14 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm EDT
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario

Saturday, September 14, 2019 | 8:30PM Ron Nigrini’s Farewell Performance Advance: $25.00 / Doors: $30.00 * Tickets for this final performance are only available through our box office by phone or in-person. The illustrious career of Ron Nigrini is sadly coming to an end. Fortunately, we can all get together for one last farewell as he returns to Hugh’s Room Live for final his performance. For those unfamiliar, go and read below. We also highly recommend touring his catalogue to understand the significance of this man’s music. This is our last time to catch the real thing and we couldn’t be happier that Ron has chosen our venue to bid a final farewell to his audience. Tickets available right now. “Rambling through his fifth decade on the music scene, Ron Nigrini still plays for the love of the music, and it shows. A singer, songwriter, guitarist, craftsman, poet and performer, he’s on a life long musical odyssey. He opened for The Mamas & The Papas in 1967, had a hit with I’m Easy in 1976, had the most played Canadian single with Baby I’m A Lot Like You in 1983 on his own Oasis Records, acted in movies and on TV and entertained in countless coffee houses, bars, auditoriums and music festivals across Canada, the United States and Europe. The sweet style of this “worker in song” is reminiscent of Jim Croce and Harry Chapin but, in the end, it’s his own beautiful melodies and poetic lyrics that create a unique artistic voice. His new CD, “Directions Home” explores where we are and how we are in this increasingly fractured and troubled world.” * Advertised pricing excludes taxes and ticketing fees.

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Martha Chaves Comedy Brunch

September 15 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario

Sunday, September 15, 2019 | 2:00PM Martha Chaves Comedy Brunch $25 Advance / $30 Door * Doors / Brunch: 1:00pm Performance: 2:00pm   SPECIAL GUESTS: ALI HASSAN host of CBC LAUGH OUT LOUD JUDY CROOM Author, Comedy Motivational Speaker, Just For Laughs JULIANA RODRIGUES (JFL 42) ANNE FENN (New York Marshall. Women of Comedy Festival) Martha Chaves is a veteran of multiple Montreal’s Just For Laughs Comedy Festival, and of all the other major comedy festivals in Canada, including 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.   *Not suited for Kids. website: http://marthachaves.com youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jfyf2bFXfNI * Advertised pricing excludes taxes and fees * All-You-Can-Eat Brunch ($20) not included in ticket price

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