January 20, 2017

Hugh’s Room regrets that, due to its current restructuring, we are going to have to cancel or reschedule, all shows in February.

A committee has been meeting regularly to determine the best path forward. Much progress has been made and it is the goal of that committee to reopen Hugh’s Room in March.

We are continuing to work through the present difficulties and ensure that the entire Hugh’s Room community is considered in any plans to move forward.

January 12, 2017

 A committee has been struck and yesterday met to explore ways to restructure and make Hugh’s Room work in the future.

The focus is squarely on several priorities:

  • Re-opening the doors as soon as possible
  • Developing a business plan to ensure Hugh’s Room is successful going forward


  • making sure that the three communities: Staff, Artists and Audience members –  who are the backbone of Hugh’s Room’s success over the past 16 years – are fairly treated


There are plans for Hugh’s Room to move forward under proposed community-ownership structure and the will is strong to make that happen sooner than later.

Spokesperson for this committee is Grit Laskin, Member of the Order of Canada, who has been one of Hugh’s Room’s strongest supporters through the years. 

We will continue to inform everyone as further decisions and progress are made.

January 11, 2017:  Jan Kudelka presents Janis Joplin’s Birthday Bash has changed venues

The Janis Joplin Birthday Bash will be held at the TRANZAC, 292 Brunswick Avenue on January 18.  All tickets purchased through Hugh’s Room will be honoured at the TRANZAC. $25 to $35  According to Means and Satisfaction. Cash at the Door.

January 9, 2017: We have received a tremendous amount of good will and support over the past few days and we’re working on finding ways where we may be able to garner that support. It certainly has given us some encouragement that we may be able to move forward and continue in the ways where many people – performers, audience, and staff – have been touched by the room over the past 17 years.  


January 8, 2017: To all our supporters – performers, audience, and staff – I am sincerely sorry to have to say that Hugh’s Room has reached a point of insolvency. More information will be available over the next few days as to how we can proceed from here, but at this time we are closing our doors until we can see what options are available to us.



A crowd-pleasing dining experience is the perfect warm-up act to every performance at Hugh’s Room — one of Canada’s premier live music venues.  Sample a delectably diverse range of menu options in an inviting, intimate concert hall setting, while you enjoy musical acts from Ron Sexsmith to Alan Doyle, Judy Collins to Midge Ure.

“…a Canadian version of Austin City Limits…”  – Toronto Life

“…one of the best venues in Canada to see live music.” – BlogTo.com

“…Hugh’s Room is a hidden gem.”  – Toronto.com

“…1 of 20 best live music venues in Canada.”  CBC Radio 3

“You dream of finding a place on the planet like Hugh’s Room to play in”
– Alan Doyle (of Great Big Sea)

“This is the best room in the whole country. There’s no room like it.” –  J.P. Cormier

“I love this club. It’s like all my favorite clubs in Europe, all rolled into one.”  – Ian Shaw

“Hugh’s Room is the best concert club in Canada.” – Micah Barnes

Hugh’s is one of my favorite venues in the world to play. The crowds are amazing and the energy in the room and feeling of acceptance in the room is unbelievable. I love that venue.” – Jimmy Webb


Photo Credit of top image of Midge Ure performing at Hugh’s Room by Barry McIntyre