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May 2019

The Wilkinsons

May 3 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm EDT
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario

Friday, May 3, 2019 | 8:30PM The Wilkinsons Advance $30.00 / Doors $35.00 * The Wilkinsons is a Canadian country music trio from Trenton, Ontario. Founded in 1997, the group consists of lead singer Amanda Wilkinson, her brother Tyler Wilkinson, and their father, Steve Wilkinson. The Wilkinsons achieved success late in 1998 with the hit single “26 Cents”, a Number One on the Canadian country music charts and Top 5 hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) charts. It was followed by “Fly (The Angel Song)”, also a No. 1 in Canada. A second album, Here and Now, produced the group’s last American top 40 hit in “Jimmy’s Got a Girlfriend”. Afterward, the trio recorded three more albums, one of which was not released, and of course a greatest hits package. * Advertised pricing excludes taxes and fees.

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Zoe Chilco Presents: Songs to Inspire

May 5 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm EDT
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario

Sunday, May 5, 2019 | 8:30pm Zoe Chilco Presents: Songs to Inspire Advance $25.00 / Door: $30.00 Please note that tickets to this show are available EXCLUSIVELY through our box office, either by phone or in person. To guarantee your seats, please call the box office at (416) 533-5483 and lay your claim. *** Zoe Chilco I had the idea for a benefit concert back in January, 2018, hoping to fulfill two goals. First, I wanted to help a women’s organization in the ongoing work of bringing dignity, housing, clothing, or any necessary aid to women here in Toronto. I chose to partner with “Sistering.” It’s a group that has been operating since the seventies, and has provided invaluable counselling and concrete and critical help to countless women. Secondly, I wanted to hear songs of mine that have messages of equality, social justice, self-esteem, or environmental responsibility interpreted by different vocalists. I wanted it to be informed by the power of the music, and allow for interpretations of how the words might resonate with people. The night will feature the following artists as they pay tribute to the music of Zoe Chilco. Dawn Duvall Dawn DuVall started singing professionally in 1975, playing small Toronto venues; toured Ontario and the east coast for two years with a show band, and after that, with a second band for another year, before finally returning to Toronto where she joined a pop/rock band, again touring. Later in Toronto, with pianist Lorraine Ingle, she formed a blues-based band, “The Hi-Lites”, and from that group she and Lorraine created the well-known blues and boogie duo “Blue Willow”, which, over fourteen years, performed and produced two cd’s, one of them award- winning. Dawn is currently working with her partner/piano player Tom Melville, recording a new cd of eclectic styles of music with her band “Dawnsville”. Kim Doolittle My ninth studio album “Into The Blue” is the sum of a 43 year artistic journey. (It) dropped April 8, 2017, charting on Stingray Music, The Blues Radio Network, CBC, Toronto Blues Society Charts, Blues and Routes Radio, and Folk Routes to name a few. “My….songs are reflective, and meant to create hope and optimism through strength, perseverance, trust, and spirit…. heavily influenced by blues, roots, gospel, folk, and kitchen parties courtesy of my Nova Scotian childhood.” Taborah Johnson Taborah Johnson is a Canadian singer and actress who began her career in the Toronto production of Hair as a teenager. She was subsequently a backing vocalist for Rick James from 1979 to 1982, including on James’ most famous single, “Super Freak”. She returned to Toronto, where she sang as a jazz performer and as a backing vocalist for her sister Molly’s band Infidels, and acted in occasional film and television roles. She appeared as the FLOTUS Chief of Staff, assistant to the First Lady, in her brother Clark’s feature film The Sentinel, and the 1984 HBO TV movie The Guardian with Lou Gossett and Martin Sheen. She has also been creating voices in animation. Cue Kirk Cue Kirk is the Tobagonian Canadian Poetic Empress, Dub Poet, Author, and Community Mobilizer from Toronto Canada. In 2001, Cue made her poetic debut as the feature poet at Down One Lounge in Toronto Canada, and then took the nation by storm as the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s (CBC) 2005/2007 Poetry Face-off All Star winner in Ottawa. On stage this passionate performance poet is well known for combining her Tobago talk, jazzy vocals and movement to create a sensual and captivating poetic style. These wonderful performers will be joined by a very lively and talented band of musicians.Jason Agouris – piano Paul McKeracher – guitar Rachel Melas – bass Cathy Salvatori – drums Julian Yarrow – piano Sistering Proceeds from this show will be going toward Sistering. Sistering is a multi-service agency for at-risk, socially isolated women in Toronto who are homeless or precariously housed. They provide many services, facilities, skill training courses and legal counselling and support, plus much more. For more information or to donate, please visit their website at www.sistering.org

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What On Earth is a Luthier and How Do I Get There?

May 8 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
Fish Hatchery, Haliburton, 6712 Gelert Road
Haliburton, ON K0M1S0 Canada
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$10

Grit Laskin will tell the story of a life in guitar making. He is the only musical instrument maker in Canada to receive the Bronfman Award for Excellence not to mention the Order Of Canada. Part of Mr. Laskin's talk will be a slide show of his ground-breaking Inlay Art. He will also be discussing the formation of Borealis Records and will perform a short concert. This presentation is part of Telling our Stories, a monthly speakers series presented by Yours Outdoors in the Haliburton Highlands

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Joe Charron | The Eisenhauers

May 10 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm PDT
St. James Hall, 3214 W. 10th Ave.
Vancouver, British Columbia V6K 2L2 Canada
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$24.00

Joe Charron Joe first stood on stage in front of 200 people when he was 5 years old at a Huntsville, Ontario festival . He remembers being scared to death ... but he thrill never left him. When Joe was a kid he used to sit beside the big old floor model radio with the rotary dial and listen and sing along to his parents' music... the crooners (Crosby, Clooney, Kaye), the Rat Pack, maybe some Hank Williams. Then, late one night through some freak of nature in the atmoshere he heard Movin' and a' Groovin with Cousin Brucie". It was a show on WABC New York and a wild man going by the moniker of "Cousin Brucie" was playing the Beatles. The British Invasion was on. Joe was never the same after that. Joe started writing poetry when he was a teenager. While he was at York University in Toronto he started going to The Riverboat club. He got fascinated with the singer/songwriter thing and started putting his words to music. Joe has always been a bookworm and the use of language to paint pictures is his passion. To him the challenge in songwriting has always been to tell a short story in three and a half minutes. Tom Waits' comment; "Vocabulary is my instrument" has continued to be a signpost. Joe has appeared on festival stages such as: Mariposa, South Country Fair, Islands Folk Festival, Burns Lake Bluegrass Festival and Coombs Bluegrass Festival. In the late nineties Joe co-produced and hosted a short TV intervew/performance series for Shaw Cable to honor travelling singer/songwriters called Canadian Songsmith with guests like Fred Eaglesmith, David Essig, Bill Bourne, Pat Temple, Will Millar, Joe Hall and Diamond Joe White. Every once in awhile you still see one of the segments pop up on some public channel. Joe Charron will be accompanied tonight by his band Great?Divide: Don Fraser (dobro & guitar), Michael Burnyeat (fiddle) and Stu MacDonald (bass). Guesting at various points along the way will be Wahl (mandolin) Angela James (cello) and Jane Slemon (flute). REVIEW "THIS PLACE CALLED HOME is the title of Joe Charron's fifth CD. His strong voice is the pitch perfect medium for its 13 tracks. Like old cowboys and poets, Joe packs a whole lot of meaning into just a few simple words. Those old verities, love, honour, pity, pride, sacrifice and compassion are played out in scenes where often the human heart is in conflict with itself. Here are loners, lovers, drifters, dreamers and wanderers facing life's uncertainties with as much courage as they can. Joe's keen eye and ear for iconic settings, old stone fences, a single rose on a kitchen table, deserted barns, two-lane highways, the sound of a fiddle in the next room, a blackbird on the wing... even the moon in June, all combine to evoke those places where, taking our chances, we ourselves once walked a little bit lost, a little bit lonesome, a long way from home. Yes, all that's in there and with a great band to boot, you've got yourself a CD that you can leave in permanent rotation on the player." - Don Davidson, Vancouver, BC The Eisenhauers It has been said that all Canadian writing inevitably reflects the almost impenetrable vastness of the land and the great distances that separate us. If The Road We Once Knew by the husband and wife duo of Jeremy Eisenhauer and Sheree Plett Eisenhauer, is any indication, you’d be hard pressed not to come to the same conclusion about Canadian music. Simple, spare and heartbreaking in its directness, the concepts of distance, time and the wavering arcs of separation and reunion have rarely been as compellingly explored as they are in this powerful debut album. The Road We Once Knew is, at heart, a meditation on change that explores the dynamics of escaping from the city and moving to the country. In the Eisenhauers’ case, the move involved swapping life in metropolitan Vancouver for the relative seclusion of Kaslo, an old lumber town tucked deep in Eastern British Columbia’s Purcell Wilderness Conservatory. The decision to pull up stakes was motivated by the need to find a place with enough peace and quiet to care for Sheree’s mother, who was suffering from a terminal illness.  When she passed away not long after they arrived in Kaslo, they suddenly felt cut off and quite alone, with only the ‘trees, lakes, and world around them as friends.’  When Sheree plaintively cries ‘there’s a wilderness inside of me’, on the album’s final cut, it is obvious that she knows of what she sings.  Isolation brought unexpected rewards, however, as their seclusion allowed the pair to go inward and reflect, before eventually surfacing and writing music together.  This was something that they had been unable to do while they lived in the city with all of its competition and distractions.  After twelve years of living and making music together and recording eight solo albums between them as ‘Eisenhauer’ and ‘Sheree Plett’, The Road We Once Knew is their first release under their shared family name. Realizing the significance of their decision to work together, Jeremy and Sheree wanted to ensure that their new songs got the treatment they deserved, so they bit the bullet, fundraised a handful of cash, and flew to Nashville to meet Steve Dawson and record at his legendary Henhouse Studio. The attractions of travelling to the country music capital to work with one of North America’s most renowned roots music craftsmen were obvious, but more than that, the journey offered the Eisenhauers the opportunity to focus on their music and songwriting fully, ‘without the beautiful and messy chaos’ of their busy lives to distract them.  With kids and a pile of projects awaiting them upon their return to Kaslo, they made the best of their time in Nashville and got down to work right away to record 15 songs in 5 days, with 14 of them making it onto the album. With its songs of loss, faith and the gratitude of…

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Jadea Kelly with Kennedy Road at TNMH

May 10 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm EDT
Take Note! Music House, given upon reservation (downtown Barrie, near the courthouse)
Barrie, ON L4M 1J5 Canada
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$20

The Take Note! Music House welcomes the CFMA’s 2016 “Contemporary Singer of The Year”, Jadea Kelly, (opening act Kennedy Road) on Friday, May 10 at 8:00 pm (doors open at 7:30). Requested donation is $20, with all proceeds going directly to the artists. You may reserve your seat by emailing concerts@takenotepromotion.com – address given upon reservation – downtown Barrie, near the courthouse. Jadea Kelly (www.darthjadea.com) “One of the shining jewels in the crown of Canadian songwriters. Her sound is pure Canadiana, that is, elements of prairie country, big city soul, and the sense to take just a little bit of both.” – Tom Power, CBC Radio Originally from Whitby, ON, singer-songwriter Jadea Kelly now spends her time writing and living between Toronto and Los Angeles, CA. In 2016 she was awarded 'Contemporary Singer of the Year' at the Canadian Folk Music Awards for her heartfelt 2016 release 'Love & Lust'. Its featured single 'Beauty' was placed on the Lifetime Network feature 'No One Would Tell' and the 2017 CBC Rio Paralympics, an opening montage with over 900,000 views. Set for release on May 17, 2019, the MWI soundtrack EP has already received 'Best Score & Music' accolades from the Hollywood Independent Documentary Awards. MWI is the official soundtrack for 'Met While Incarcerated the Film', airing on the Documentary Channel and CBC March 31 2019. “Comparisons have likened Jadea Kelly to the melodious dulcet tones of Iris Dement and this is a thoroughly appropriate compliment.” – Fatea Magazine, U.K. Jadea Kelly has done multiple tours across North America and Europe. Her music guides the listener on a prolific journey towards light and surrender. Kelly’s most recent album, “Love and Lust” is “a record fully engrossed in the dark truths of infidelity, human frailty, and all of the darkest corners… Kelly reveals herself in ways we’ve not yet seen from the Toronto songwriter.” Jadea will be accompanied by guitarist Brian MacMillan, bass player Bret Higgins, and vocalist Sheila Carabine (of local favourite, Dala). Kennedy Road (www.kennedyroadmusic.com) Kennedy Road is a Toronto-based Americana duo, comprised of Sheila Carabine and Brian MacMillan. He’s the tall one. Their seamless vocal blend and electric on-stage chemistry is perfectly matched by their intense and poignant songs. Sheila comes by collaboration honestly, having spent the last 16 years in the Juno-nominated folk duo Dala. Brian is a much beloved singer-songwriter and multi-insrumentalist, who has released three solo albums. He has performed with Barenaked Ladies, Wailin’ Jennys, Garth Hudson, John McDermott and Lowest Of The Low. Like their namesake North South street, Kennedy Road’s music looks back just as much as it looks ahead. With velvety vocals and dreamy guitars, Kennedy Road conjures dusk and memory, grit and grace. This is music from the heart, for the heart.

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Caribou Run / Mike T. Kerr / Mike Brunelle at The Cameron House

May 17 @ 10:00 pm - May 18 @ 10:00 pm EDT
The Cameron House, 408 Queen Street West
Toronto, Ontario M5V 2A7 Canada
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$10

Caribou Run is a Nova Scotian band with their feet firmly rooted in South Shore sand. A bluesy folk band with a full sound, including keys, brass and slide are knock outs with organically rich songs that will dance you outside all the genres they draw from. Special guests: Mike Kerr is a wild flatpicker and ambitious country songwriter of Canadian heritage and American citizenship. During his time at Berklee College of Music in Boston and in over 10 years of performing, he's lived his life through many historical and contemporary musical styles. $10 at the door.

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The Nell & Jim Band

May 23 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm PDT
St. James Hall, 3214 W. 10th Ave.
Vancouver, British Columbia V6K 2L2 Canada
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$20.00

Listen to the music of the Nell & Jim Band, and you will be transported back to a time when artists freely spoke of their thoughts and beliefs. Steel, their brand-new album, continues the time-honored tradition of musical activism that made such acts as Janis Ian or Peter, Paul and Mary so unforgettable. Whether it be the title cut (an ode to Jim Nunally’s former life as a welder) or “Speed Limit,” a song about the fact that life doesn’t have to end at 40, the Nell & Jim Band own their story by continuing to release original and thought-provoking music. Nell Robinson has been described as a “modern day Patsy Cline” and “one of the freshest voices in roots music.” Jim Nunally is a San Francisco Bay Area native, a musician, composer, record producer, and teacher. Jim was a guitarist and vocalist with the David Grisman Bluegrass Experience for over 13 years. He also performed for many years with John Reischman & The Jaybirds. He is one of the finest interpreters and performers of bluegrass and traditional music. Jim is a recipient of two Grammy and IBMA Awards and is a two-time Western Open Flatpicking Guitar champion. An all-star band backs Nell and Jim with harmonies and virtuoso instrumentals. Jim Kerwin, on bass fiddle, is recognized by fans of musicians ranging from Jerry Garcia to Yo-Yo Ma (and he’s performed with both artists). As David Grisman’s go-to bass player for over 30 years, Kerwin can be heard on the iconic recordings Garcia and Grisman did for their band Old & In The Way. In addition to Ma, Kerwin has backed some of the finest fiddlers in the world, including Stefan Grappeli. Jon Arkin plays percussion and never fails to please; his steady beat and sonic creativity have drawn world jazz talents – including Gene Perla and Lee Konitz – to hire him. New to the ensemble this year is Rob Reich on accordion and keys. Reich’s broad appeal as a composer, arranger, and performer keeps him busy with everything from Circus Bella, to acoustic chamber ensemble Tin Hat, to his new album of originals Swing Left. "Nell & Jim Band’s Steel delivers sparkling harmonies, clever songwriting, rapturous and rollicking instrumentals, carrying us through the ambiguities and promises of life, love, and hope." - Folk Alley "The album’s title track conjures up memories of Bob Dylan covering hoe-down in compact reedy timbres...guitars infuse the music with buoyant accents. Nunally goes a cappella on 'Meditation Blues,' accompanied only by ticking clocks. This tune delivers the mood and feel of Janis Joplin’s 'Mercedes Benz'" - Rawckus Magazine Steel is tantalizingly excellent, delivering delicious down-home country flavors, creamy rhythms, and marvelous melodies. - Thrive Global

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T. Nile

May 30 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm PDT
St. James Hall, 3214 W. 10th Ave.
Vancouver, British Columbia V6K 2L2 Canada
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$20.00

T. Nile is a Canadian performing songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist who mixes genres; gritty western guitars,soulful harmonies, future synth arpeggios, dark beats, and electro-pop accents. This is quite a long way from her early days in a Galiano Island cabin on the wild coast of British Columbia, Canada, “Like her music, T. Nile is a radiant and multi-layered complexity; inspiring and inspired; accessible yet luminous; leaving you wanting more.” - Jeffrey Morgan, Creem “Working with both acoustic and electronic instruments gives me a sense of unlimited musical possibility” she says, comparing the capabilities to a field of wildflowers versus a vase of flowers.On her upcoming release 'Beachfires' it’s a sentiment you’ll hear come alive throughout the album. Nile was groomed for an unconventional life. Her father performed as 'Dan The Man, The One Man Band', following in the footsteps of his inspiration and mentor Jesse Fuller, a street performer turned influential blues musician who famously penned 'San Francisco Bay Blues' and inspired Bob Dylan to pick up the harmonica. From the age of six until her teenage years Nile accompanied her father as they toured the West Coast and Australia in an RV. T. Nile has toured North America and Europe, won awards, including Best New/Emerging Artist at the Canadian Folk Music Awards and played major festivals. She has released three albums and two EPs. In 2018, she spent a good part of the year writing and recording 'Beachfires' which debuts in April 2019.

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Searson

May 31 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm PDT
St. James Hall, 3214 W. 10th Ave.
Vancouver, British Columbia V6K 2L2 Canada
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$20.00

Searson has toured for well over a decade and have the confidence and drive to continue with their musical careers more than ever before. Sisters, Erin and Colleen Searson have developed their own original style of high energy fiddling, passionate vocals and step dancing. The sisters perform on a variety of instruments throughout their live show which includes Colleen on fiddle, vocals and Ottawa Valley Step Dancing while Erin performs on piano, vocals, Ottawa Valley Step Dancing and tenor guitar. Rounding out the live show is bass/guitar player Fraser Gauthier, who has studied at Humber College and Capilano University, gradually gravitating towards roots music. Dave MacDougall is a drummer and percussionist who brings creativity and groove to a variety of styles of music. In May 2015, Searson did a National Television taping for a brand new series with CBC called 'Still Standing'. Searson will be featured representing the history and culture of The Ottawa Valley Fiddling & Step Dancing. In the episode, the host Johnny Harris (Murdoch Mysteries) speaks with Searson about their new release 'Stars Above The Farm' and showcases Searson's raw talent In the past 10 years, Searson has toured throughout Canada, the United States, Germany, Denmark, Portugal, Switzerland and the Caribbean. They have brought hundreds of fans with them on various bus tours while performing throughout Ireland. Growing up in the Ottawa Valley, Ontario, Canada these sisters began to study music at a very young age, performing locally and competing at Step Dance & Fiddle Contests. Since the age of 4, Erin has been classically trained through the Royal Conservatory of music in piano. Colleen has been studying violin and fiddle methods from all styles around the world since age 9 while both began step dance lessons before the age of 9. This prepared the sisters to grow and expand as they became accomplished performers and musicians and increasingly began to tour across borders and overseas. A love of incorporating the Ottawa Valley style music with Celtic, East Coast, Scottish and various other styles can be heard throughout the live show. The most satisfying part of performing live is seeing our fans singing along to songs that we’ve written and requesting fiddle tunes that we wrote.” Erin says, “There’s nothing better than seeing the audience emotionally involved in your live show.”

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June 2019

Parallel Independence: A Musical Journey From The Seventies To The Present

June 12 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
Fish Hatchery, Haliburton, 6712 Gelert Road
Haliburton, ON K0M1S0 Canada
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$10

"We felt we were the lucky ones, doing the right thing in a brand new way, and being individually and collectively self-defining without the jury of a Canadian Idol to judge us. Just peer feedback, advice, and collaboration. In spite of all the ups and downs, successes and failures, there's still a thankfulness, pride and gratitude to have been part of a parallel and independent world". Being one of the few with a camera at some of these tours, coffeehouses, festivals and farmhouses, and having kept the negatives and many recordings, David Woodhead is the perfect person to vividly describe some of this history, telling the stories and connecting them right through to our lives today. Ever the explorer of wide musical territories, David has performed and recorded with many influential artists including Perth County Conspiracy, Garnet and Stan Rogers, Don Ross, Oliver Schroer, Brent Titcomb, Loreena McKennitt, Valdy, Gil Scott-Heron and David Sanborn. With an unusually expressive touch on the electric bass, he also has developed a unique voice on guitar, piano, mandolin, and fingerstyle ukulele. Recently he has been busy composing and recording music with his own Confabulation project and gigging with Malagasy guitarist Donné Roberts, Nordic classical-folk fusion band Ensemble Polaris and fearless fiddler Anne Lindsay, as well as touring the UK and Australia with master songwriter James Keelaghan.

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