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February 2019

MOXIE

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

Monday, February 11, 2019 MOXIE Advance $15 / Door $20 * MOXIE is the music of a new era, where fluidity, cross-pollination, and innovation are the future and salvation of Irish music. -The Irish Examiner After a year of hibernation below surface in Dublin, MOXIE have crafted their intricate acoustic Irish music into a fresh Urban Style. They are now ready to present their genre defining, boundary busting Neo-Irish Music to the world. Moxie consists of five young lads with traditional backbones deliver a new brand of Irish music heavily influenced by Electro, Jazz, House, and Rock putting them at the forefront of new music from Ireland. Delivering an energetic, wild and unique live show, Moxie have been inspiring audiences and musicians with their new palette of 21st century Irish music. The band includes Cillian Doheny (tenor banjo/guitar/electric guitar), Jos Kelly (button accordion/keyboard), Darren Roche (button accordion/percussion/keyboards), Ted Kelly (tenor banjo/electric tenor guitar) and Josh Sampson (drums). Come check out this emerging style of music from an innovative new group at Hugh’s Room Live this February. It’ll be a rare performance in the City of Toronto and tickets are available right now. * Advertised pricing excludes taxes and fees.

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Wintergarten Orchestra

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

Thursday, February 14, 2019 Wintergarten Orchestra Advance $30 / Door $35 * It’s Valentine’s Day. For some, love is in the air. For others, not so much. Either way, escape the hallmark destinations and pair this crafted holiday with a night of live music. Wintergarten Orchestra is an eleven-piece ensemble that recreates the music of the twenties and thirties. It gives life to the night. If a little love seems far off, you’ll find it on the stage at Hugh’s Room Live on Thursday, February 14, 2019. Advance ticket purchase is highly recommended. Genre: 1920’s and 1930’s popular songs from the USA, Berlin and Paris Influences: Cab Calloway, Paul Whiteman, Pasadena Roof Orchestra, Palast Orchestra You’ll love this band if you’re a fan of  movies like The Great Gatsby, Some Like it Hot or television series such as Downton Abbey, Jeeves & Wooster and Boardwalk Empire. * Advertised pricing excludes taxes and fees.

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Wintergarten Orchestra

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

Thursday, February 14, 2019 | 8:30pm Wintergarten Orchestra Advance $30 / Door $35 * It’s Valentine’s Day. For some, love is in the air. For others, not so much. Either way, escape the hallmark destinations and pair this crafted holiday with a night of live music. Wintergarten Orchestra is an eleven-piece ensemble that recreates the music of the twenties and thirties. It gives life to the night. If a little love seems far off, you’ll find it on the stage at Hugh’s Room Live on Thursday, February 14, 2019. Advance ticket purchase is highly recommended. Genre: 1920’s and 1930’s popular songs from the USA, Berlin and Paris Influences: Cab Calloway, Paul Whiteman, Pasadena Roof Orchestra, Palast Orchestra You’ll love this band if you’re a fan of  movies like The Great Gatsby, Some Like it Hot or television series such as Downton Abbey, Jeeves & Wooster and Boardwalk Empire. * Advertised pricing excludes taxes and fees.

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Matthew Good Acoustic

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

Matthew Good Acoustic • The Arden Theatre • 5 St. Anne Street • 780-459-1542 • ardentheatre.com • February 15 • 7:30pm • $40 • Rock

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Alfie Zappacosta

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

Friday, February 15, 2019 Alfie Zappacosta Advance $50 / Door $55 * “You would not be amiss to compare Alfie Zappacosta to a vintage VQA wine.” – The Music Express Canadian singer/songwriter, Alfie Zappacosta, never disappoints his audience, and especially not at Hugh’s Room Live. At the first word of his appearing, this show is always nearly an instant sold-out booking, and it’s no doubt due to his ability to energize the listening room, moving his audience to their feet. After forty years of creating staples in Canadian adult contemporary radio, multiple Juno-award winning Zappacosta has created a legendary career as a pop/rock icon. With a mastery of romance, his mesmerizing baritone voice has also been recognized and rewarded on the smooth jazz scene. His blend of live acoustic, jazz and pop music captures his listeners in a soulful engagement not to be missed. * Advertised pricing excludes taxes and ticketing fees.

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Garnet Rogers

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

NEW DATE Saturday, February 16, 2019 | 8:30PM Advance: $30.00 | Doors: $35.00 Garnet Rogers In a darkened bedroom, lit only by the amber glow from an old floor model radio, two young brothers aged 6 and 12 lay in their beds, listening to the country music broadcasts from the Grand Ol’ Opry, and practiced their harmonies. Two years later, the youngest one was playing the definitive 8-year-old’s version of “Desolation Row” on his ukulele. He soon abandoned that instrument to teach himself the flute, violin and guitar. Within ten years, and barely out of high school, Garnet Rogers was on the road as a full-time working musician with his older brother Stan. Together they formed what has come to be accepted as one of the most influential acts in North American folk music. Since then, Garnet Rogers has established himself as ‘One of the major talents of our time”. Hailed by the Boston Globe as a “charismatic performer and singer”, Garnet is a man with a powerful physical presence – close to six and a half feet tall – with a voice to match. With his “smooth, dark baritone” (Washington Post) his incredible range, and thoughtful, dramatic phrasing, Garnet is widely considered by fans and critics alike to be one of the finest singers anywhere. His music, like the man himself, is literate, passionate, highly sensitive, and deeply purposeful. Cinematic in detail, his songs “give expression to the unspoken vocabulary of the heart” (Kitchener Waterloo Record). An optimist at heart, Garnet sings extraordinary songs about people who are not obvious heroes and of the small victories of the everyday. As memorable as his songs, his over-the-top humour and lightning-quick wit moves his audience from tears to laughter and back again. Resolutely independent, Garnet Rogers has turned down offers from major labels to do music his own way.

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Willie Nile

February 17 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm EST
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario

Sunday, February 17, 2019 | 8:30pm Willie Nile Advance $20 / Door $25 * “The unofficial poet laureate of New York City.” – Uncut “One of the most brilliant singer-songwriters of the past 30 years.” – The New Yorker “I made this album because I needed a pick-me-up from the blues that’s all around us,” Willie Nile says of his new album Children of Paradise, out on July 27th on the artist’s own River House label through Virtual Label. “The music always lifts my spirits, and that’s what these songs do for me and it’s why I wrote them. Hopefully they can lift others’ spirits as well.” With 12 bracing new originals and an immediate sound that reflects the artist’s deep affinity for rock ’n’ roll’s gritty roots, Children of Paradise ranks with Nile’s most distinctive and resonant work. Co-produced by Nile and Grammy-winner and longtime collaborator Stewart Lerman (Elvis Costello/Patti Smith/Norah Jones), the album features such timely compositions as “Seeds of a Revolution,” “All Dressed Up and No Place to Go,” “Don’t,” “Earth Blues,” and “Gettin’ Ugly Out There.” The heartfelt “Lookin’ for Someone” was co-written with longtime friend Andrew Dorff, a seasoned songwriting pro who wrote country hits for the likes of Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw, Dierks Bentley and Kenny Chesney. Dorff died unexpectedly shortly after the song was written, and Nile has dedicated Children of Paradise to him. With Nile on acoustic and electric guitars and piano, the record features Nile’s longstanding live band: guitarist Matt Hogan, bassist Johnny Pisano, and drummer Jon Weber. The sessions also featured renowned guitarist/multi-instrumentalist Steuart Smith (Eagles/Rosanne Cash/Rodney Crowell) and in-demand keyboardist Andy Burton (John Mayer/Rufus Wainwright/Ian Hunter). Nile’s enthusiasm for Children of Paradise is infectious — and impressive, considering how many records he’s made. “It’s one of my personal favorites for sure,” he states. “I thought from the time I started putting this album together that it was going to be something special. It’s full of fire and passion and spirit, and it feels like real life to me. The songs come out of the box roaring and rocking, yet there are also songs of intimacy and tenderness. It’s got all the power and promise of what I love best about rock ’n ’ roll. It’s heartfelt, pissed off, in love, on fire and out of its mind all at the same time. A perfect recipe for a good party and a great album.” The haunting photographic portraits that grace the album’s cover and booklet, Nile explains, “are of people in my Greenwich Village neighborhood, by the great Italian photographer Cristina Arrigoni. Some are homeless, some are not. They are on the outside fringes of society but they’re all the children of paradise, as are all of us. Cristina Arrigoni brings out a dignity in them that is beautiful, deep and moving.” The photographs convey the same emotional urgency that’s contained in the album’s title track, a song he wrote with Martin Briley and recorded years ago. It was inspired by the great 1943 Marcel Carné film Children of Paradise, which takes place in Paris on the Boulevard of Dreams. Nile explains, “It’s always been one of my favorite songs, and I started playing it again with my band in the past year. There’s a theme of redemption and salvation in it that always appealed to me. What I always loved most about rock ’n’ roll was that it offered light and a sense of hope in an often dark and difficult world, and that still holds true for me to this day. The song reflects that, and it also seemed relevant to the overall themes on this album, so I decided to re-record it.” The album’s topical leanings are further reflected on the ironically playful “Getting’ Ugly Out There.” “That was my reaction to the ugliness around the world that’s on TV 24 hours a day,” Niles notes, adding, “It’s so utterly disheartening to people of good will everywhere, and there comes a time to stand up and fight back. Writing these songs was my way of doing that. There are plenty of decent people everywhere, but with all the lies and distortions told by so many in power it gets confusing and it’s hard to know who to believe and which end is up. But I believe in the basic goodness of most people, and that’s where these songs come from.” About Willie… Nile’s gem-filled catalog encompasses blazing rock ’n’ roll, thoughtful folk-rock, intimate acoustic balladry and even an album of Bob Dylan covers. And while it’s hard to think of many recording artists who are doing some of their best work this far into their careers, Nile continues to seek out new creative challenges and conquer new musical territory. He’s amassed an enthusiastic international fan base along the way that includes such admirers as Bruce Springsteen, with whom he’s guested onstage on several occasions, and Pete Townshend, who personally requested him as the opening act on the Who’s historic 1980 U.S. tour. The list of avowed Nile fans also includes Bono, Lou Reed, Paul Simon, Ian Hunter, Graham Parker, Jim Jarmusch, Little Steven and Lucinda Williams, who once remarked, “Willie Nile is a great artist. If there was any justice in this world, I’d be opening up for him instead of him for me.” That kind of positive feedback, along with the loyalty of his fans, helps to keep Nile going. With more rounds of domestic and international touring planned and a feature documentary film about Nile in the works, he’s looking forward to taking his new material on the road. “Venues will have to have the fire department on hand when we come to town because we’re planning on burning every place down when we play,” he says. “I refuse to let these suckers kill my buzz. I want to bring some positive energy to the party. It’s all well and good to raise some hell when there’s good cause, but at the end of the day…

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Tim Booth’s Toronto Art Orchestra 

February 18 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm EST
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario

Monday, February 18, 2019 | 8:30PM Tim Booth’s Toronto Art Orchestra Advance $25 | Door $30 * Tim Booth’s Toronto Art Orchestra pays tribute to Maria Schneider and Bob Brookmeyer at Hugh’s Room, February 18 One of Canada’s top jazz orchestras is returning to the Toronto stage.  The 18-piece Toronto Art Orchestra (TAO) will perform for one night only at Hugh’s Room on Monday, February 18, 2019. Tickets are $25 advance; $30 at the door, and are available from Hugh’s Room Live. An all-star event TAO, led by bass trombonist and jazz educator Timothy Booth, includes many of Canada’s first-call jazz players, including Colleen Allen, Bruce Cassidy, Andrew McAnsh, and John McLeod. On February 18 the ensemble features vocalists Jessica Lalonde and Tanya Wills. TAO will present the works of two of the greatest jazz orchestra composers of all time: Maria Schneider and Bob Brookmeyer. Attend in-person or online The Toronto Art Orchestra concert will also be video-streamed with professional production values by JazzOvation.org (formerly TheJazzBox.ca) — a platform for Canadian jazz composers and performers that currently serves more than 60 artists. Be on the lookout for a growing series of upcoming JazzOvation concerts, featuring the best of Toronto’s – and Canada’s – jazz artists, as they perform at our finest jazz venues. About Tim Booth Tim Booth has been on the Canadian music scene for over 30 years, performing with a wide array of groups in the Montreal and Toronto areas. He has played with such artists as Aretha Franklin, Pavarotti, Yes, John Pizzarelli, George Burns, Chris De Burgh to name just a few. He has also played such musicals as Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Showboat, Ragtime, Miss Saigon. Lion King and Beauty and the Beast. In 2006 he created the Toronto Art Orchestra, a jazz orchestra devoted to playing the greatest jazz master’s works. For more information, contact Timothy Booth, Founder, Toronto Art Orchestra and JazzOvation.org timothybooth9@gmail.com

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Celtara

February 19 @ 2:00 pm MST
St. Albert Community Hall, 17 Perron Street
St. Albert, Alberta T8N-1E5 Canada
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$15

Celtara • St. Albert Community Hall • 17 Perron Street • 780-459-1542 • ardentheatre.com • February 19 • 2:00pm • $15 • Celtic/Roots

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Rogue Folk Club | Danny Michel

February 20 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm EST
St. James Hall, 3214 W. 10th Ave.
Vancouver, British Columbia V6K 2L2 Canada
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$20

With nominations for three Junos, the Polaris Prize, The CBC Heart Of Gold Award and a pile of albums under his belt, Danny Michel is unquestionably one of Canada’s finest songwriters. His thoughtful lyrics & earnest performances have earned him a devoted fan base. A musical chameleon, able to slip into many genres with ease. An adventurous & fearless artist. A master at striking the right balance between unpredictability and meeting expectations, leaving you wanting more as soon as it’s over. In 2011 he relocated to Belize. There he founded the Danny Michel Ocean Academy Fund to help raise scholarships for small non-profit community high school. To date he's raised over $70,000.00 for the school and volunteers there when he can. Later he tracked down one of his favorite bands; The Garifuna Collective, a unique Afro-Amerindian cultural group and convinced them they should make an album together. That album (“Black Birds Are Dancing Over Me”) was quoted as “One of the finest musical works of our time” by Larry Leblanc. The album landed him a 3rd Juno nomination (this time in the world music category) and a sold out summer tour of North America with The Garifuna Collective as his band. Past critics have praised Danny’s lyrics for having “something to say" without coming off preachy. Topics range from the environment (“Feather, Fur & Fin") to big questions ("If God's on your side, then who's on mine?"). Others ask “Who’s Gonna Miss You When You’re Gone?” a song which explores karma asking “Did you live it right? / Did you live it wrong?”. What's Been Said ... “Poetic gold.” - The Hamilton Spectator “When you need to restore your faith in humanity, just go to a Danny Michel show. Who else gets you to sing along to a song about what your meaningful purpose is on this earth? - Sticky Magazine, Toronto In this remarkable collection of songs to give voice to the beautiful and the mundane, to the real and the ideal. Matadora is vital and should be required listening for anyone in need of a bit of hope - Exclaim Magazine 9/10 Criminally overlooked” - The Winnipeg Sun By this point, singer/songwriter Danny Michel must be a bit weary of being ranked as one of this country's undiscovered musical treasures. But it's true" - The Toronto Star Michel is too old now to care about being cool, and more power to him. Not an ounce of his talent or curiosity or songwriting has faded in the least.- The Kitchener-Waterloo Record  Mr. Michel’s phrasing is raw and raspy; the rhythm of his lyric is greatly dramatized by this. He sings with a burnished glow inflecting the odd, emphasised word; his lines—featuring inner rhymes—are long and loping, always underscoring the epic nature of the story he is telling. - The World Music Report.com "Danny Michel has reached a point where his musical vocabulary is so broad, his songwriting/arranging chops so sharp, his guitar playing so distinctive and his taste for the right sonic touch so impeccable that he can do whatever he wants and make it compelling" - Eye Magazine 5/5 Stars “The maracas are a beautiful thing, out of nowhere they come and the backup voices are really moving and intimate. This is a good, good cover - David Bowie (speaking of Danny’s cover of Young Americans) "I really fell in love with his records." - Alejandro Escovedo - Harp Magazine "Just fabulous. He's kind of like Paul Simon in the Rhymin' Simon days." - Stuart Mclean, CBC Radio 'Vinyl Cafe'

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