Honouring Our Own – Cathy Young

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Hosted by
Ken Stowar (of CIUT)

with special guests George Olliver, Betty Richardson, Debbie Fleming, Shamakah Ali, Stef Soul, Fergus Hambleton, Michael McDonald, King Fabuloso Black Latino, Pete Otis, Russ Little, Carl Harvey, Wado Brown,
Rob Kirpatrick & Jarrod Ross

Events, Uncategorized April 11th 2013

Sherman Downey and The Ambiguous Case

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The search is over!  Newfoundland folk-rock stars, Sherman Downey & the Ambiguous Case, have won the CBC Searchlight Contest with their song, “Thick as Thieves“.  The winner was revealed on Q by host, Jian Ghomeshi.

Hundreds of bands from across the country submitted songs to the national CBC challenge.  Sherman Downey & the Ambiguous Case beat out Cranbrook’s Good Ol’ Goats in the final round of intense public voting to take the prize.  The band will now be featured in a CBC Music video session, paid to perform at the CBC Music Festival in Toronto and will receive $20,000 in Yamaha Canada music equipment. They will also have the opportunity to perform at the Evolve Music Festival in Antigonish, NS.

 

Sherman Downey and The Ambiguous Case are a party folk band from Newfoundland. With an energetic live show and an obvious love of what they do, they continue to grow a devout fanbase – some even get songs stuck in their heads about muddy jackets, lost kittens and cheap suits.

In January of last year, Sherman Downey and The Ambiguous Case showcased at the Woodford Folk Festival in Australia. They toured between Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney and began to foster relationships with bands and promoters in this new (to them) and exciting market.

Upon return to Canada from Australia, the band toured BC playing from Prince George to Victoria before heading off to Memphis for an official showcase at the International Folk Alliance. They’ve been keeping busy performing at conferences and festivals like CMW,  ECMAs, Indieweek, OCFF, Blues Skies, and Stewart Park.

Sherman and the boys are currently working on their second CD. Keep your ear to the ground for their latest release, due out early this year.

Events, Uncategorized April 4th 2013

The Wonder of Elvis – A Tribute to Elvis Presley

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featuring
Johnny Max
 Sarah Butler
Robin Banks
Chuck Jackson

Band
The KFC Combo
(includes members of The Kat Kings, The Johnny Max Band & Fathead)

Events, Uncategorized April 4th 2013

The Al Lukas Band

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The Al Lukas Band will be in session at Hugh’s Room on Thursday July 4th, 2013.

These musicians have their ears on different genres of music all the time. Carson Webber and Mike Hakomaki, as well as other special guests, all have a distinct voice and a different role to play while telling a story from the Al Lukas songbook.

Blues, Soul, Acoustic, Funk, and Jazz are some of the more present tones, tied in with powerful songwriting that Lukas has come by honestly.

 From Detroit to Kapuskasing and Coast to Coast, Al Lukas sings it like it is.

WWW.LUKASPRODUCTIONS.COM

“LUKAS’ VOICE IS MESMERIZING”
–Gonzo Magazine Rock Doc Reviews – Kelowna, BC

 “THE MUSIC IS HONEST AND THE DELIVERY IS DYNAMIC”
–The Belleville Intelligencer – Belleville, ON

 “THE MOOD IS DEEP; THE VIBE IS STRONG AND LUKAS’ VOICE ROCKS”
–The Vernon Morning Star – Vernon, BC

 “ANOTHER SUPERB SINGER/SONGWRITER/GUITARIST FROM TORONTO RECORDED
WITH A TOP-NOTCH CAST OF PLAYERS”
–Tandem Magazine – Toronto, ON

Events, Uncategorized April 4th 2013

Let Laughter Grow from More to More

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Parkdale Collegiate Institute Alumni Association
invites you to a night of comedy
to raise funds for the PCI 125th anniversary reunion 

featuring
Tony Krolo
Steve Cox
Mark Walker
Simon B. Cotter 

Events, Uncategorized March 28th 2013

Double Bill – Thom Swift & Steve Marriner

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Thom Swift is a multi-award winning singer-songwriter who performs a distinctive blend of roots-blues. Swift is well known for his “sophisticated guitar-playing”, “earthy baritone voice” and “textured and truthful” lyrics.

The Fortunate Few, Swift’s third solo recording set for release March 5, was produced by Swift, engineered by Ed Renzi and recorded at Fortress Studios in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Featuring acclaimed musicians, Geoff Arsenault, Brian Bourne, Kevin Breit, Scott Marshall, Mike Stevens, and Bill Stevenson, the CD offers ten tracks, including a cowrite with renowned Nova Scotia songwriter, Dave Gunning.

Prior to his fruitful solo career, Swift played with blues-folk trio Hot Toddy for 12 years. As a solo artist, Swift has three previous award-winning recordings to his credit: 2007’s Into The Dirt, 2010’s Blue Sky Day and a 2011 children’s recording titled, The Wood Buffalo Youth Song Project.

Swift has played in support of John Hiatt, Dolly Parton, Bill Frisell and John Mayall and has performed at countless folk and blues festivals throughout Canada, United States and Europe. He also performed shows at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, co-headlined a sold-out show with Symphony Nova Scotia and represented Atlantic Canada at the 2013 International Blues Summit in Memphis, TN.

Photo credit: Evan MacPhail

 

An intensely energetic and powerful performer, Steve Marriner’s incorporation of various styles of Blues with that of rock n’ roll, has him night after night grabbing audiences from their seats and moving them to their feet.

Widely recognized as one of Canada’s finest harp players, Steve has toured and performed at prestigious festivals, concert halls and clubs in Canada, the US, UK and Australia with acoustic bluesman Harry Manx. He’s appeared on a number of other artists’ recordings including Harry Manx, JW Jones Blues Band, Steve Dawson, and Chris Kirby to name a few. The 24-year-old’s debut album Going Up (2007) showcases his range of talents with well-crafted original songs, strong vocals, dynamic harp and kickin’ grooves.

Enthralled with the harmonica at an early age, Steve studied the great Chicago harp players while immersing himself in the music of Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson, Howlin’ Wolf, Lazy Lester and The Fabulous Thunderbirds. At age 14, he won the Ottawa Blues Harp Blow-Off and a spot on stage at the Ottawa Cisco Blues Festival, and they’ve invited him to play every year since. His notoriety as a seasoned harp player also netted him several nominations at the Maple Blues Awards. In 2004, the Ottawa native met bluesman Harry Manx who heard Steve and invited him to play on stage with him at the prestigious Chicago Blues Festival — of which he received a standing ovation.

Feedback from fans and industry insiders over the course of the world tour with Manx inspired Steve to book time in the studio and make a record of his own. Along with singing and blowing harp, he also features his guitar work on several tracks. Steve’s original tunes are delivered with passion and emotion. Rooted in the tradition of the blues while weaving elements of rock n’ roll, Steve’s role as producer allowed him to blend modern ideas with traditional sensibility to create an intensity that mirrors his own strong personality. The result is an album that touches on many of his influences while remaining as unique as its creator; diverse, energetic and dynamic.

This is sizzlin’, swelterin’ blues.

Events, Uncategorized March 27th 2013

Hugh’s Room presents Amy Sky – Alive and Awake

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An Interactive CD Release
featuring a Live Concert and Interview with Amy Sky

Come celebrate Mother’s Day up close and personal with Amy 

 

“Travelers who undertake a journey for the right reasons are always helped by invisible hands.” – Amy Sky

“ALIVE AND AWAKE

EMI and Cafe Records are proud to present ALIVE AND AWAKE the long-awaited, much-anticipated CD by Amy Sky.

ALIVE AND AWAKE is her first CD of all-new material since 2001. It’s a gorgeous and inspiring collection of 16 new songs, with a 17th bonus charity track available through iTunes. The CD is the first of a three-phase project scheduled to roll out over the next year that will include a book and a one-woman show, all connected to Amy’s remarkable life and career, and her work as an advocate and activist for mental health.

ALIVE AND AWAKE is a beautiful and cohesive collection of songs, chosen to reflect Amy’s belief that “art can be tremendously healing,” And although her songs have always reflected an artist whose lyrics have come from a deep place of observing the human condition, the focus for this CD coalesced around her work as a mental health advocate; in particular, the area of mood disorders and mood hygiene.

Believing “that secrets only have power when they are secret,” in 2006 Amy went public with her own struggles with depression and postpartum psychosis, a severe form of postpartum depression. That same year, she agreed to become one of the faces of the Transforming Lives Public Awareness campaign sponsored by the Center for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, a decision that would prove to be transformative and pivotal for her.

As part of the campaign, giant posters of Amy were installed in bus shelters around Toronto. As Amy was absorbing the impact that her public revelation was having on her own life, a story came to her from a friend that would help cement her feelings about where she wanted to go with her career as a songwriter and performer. The friend told Amy about a woman who had been suffering from postpartum depression. As a result, her husband walked out, ending the marriage. The woman had reached such a point of despair that she had decided to take her own life. That dark day she saw Amy’s poster, and instead of harming herself, she reached out to the Center for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto and found the help she needed.

That story crystallized things for Amy. “I realized that I had a choice. I’ve been blessed with a burden. If I can choose between doing music that just gets applause, or music that saves lives, for me there’s no contest.”

From an outsider’s perspective, it seems like a natural evolution for this therapist’s daughter. Friends and colleagues can tell you that even before her own struggles with mood disorders, Amy was a nonjudgmental and deeply compassionate friend, with a canny insight into their issues. Millions of people struggle with mental health issues, but the stigma prevents them from talking about it, or from seeking help. But no one who knows her was surprised that Amy had the courage to go public and speak openly about her own story.

The campaign had an unexpected effect. Since speaking out about her experience with mood disorders, Amy had developed parallel careers: She was suddenly not just a successful singer and a go-to songwriter/arranger/producer and actor, but now people were seeking her out to speak on issues of mental health.

For years, Amy had been writing and performing material that always seemed to dig deeper than most of the standard pop fare. Songs like “I Will Take Care of You,” or her musical interpretation of Dr. Maya Angelou’s powerful poem “Phenomenal Woman,” leapt off her CDs and became hits. People would tell her that when these songs came on the radio, they would have to stop doing what they were doing. Amy was staggered by the number of people who approached her to say that they had to pull their cars off the road, because the songs touched them so deeply that they would weep when they heard them. And so while she was building a fan base through the usual channels of radio and video airplay on multiple formats — pop, rock, country – she was also building a loyal fan base of people who would write letters or come to shows and tell her how her music inspired them, or pulled them through a difficult time and uplifted them.

When it came to writing and choosing material for ALIVE AND AWAKE all of the pieces started to fit. Amy wondered, “What if I deliberately set out to enlighten with my music?” In a sense, says Amy, her ah-ha moment came when she understood that there had been a real change in what she wanted to accomplish with her songs, and “the depth of commitment to help people cope with their pain. Millions of people go through this. It steals your life and it affects the entire family circle. I chose the songs I could use to deliberately explore the emotional side of prevention and recovery from mood disorders.”

And she realized that even though it was starting with her songs, she wanted to go deeper and use her skills as a story-teller and a performer to entertain and to help people take the steps to transform. The ideas that inspired this new CD are going to be carried forward in the next year with two more projects: a candid autobiography that tells her own personal story, including her mental health journey and the highs and lows of her own remarkable career, and a one-woman show. Tying the pieces together will be an enhanced interactive website at www.amysky.com, with information and resources on mood hygiene.

“If there’s any way I can help lead people back to the life that depression and mania has taken from them, then that’s what I’m going to do. I feel like I understand it because I have been there myself, and I have the gift of being able to communicate that. Going forward in life, I feel this is my path. I want to do it beautifully through art and music.  I believe in the ability of the arts to help people heal.”

But anyone who spends five minutes in Amy’s presence quickly realizes that this warm, funny, radiant, statuesque beauty isn’t about finger wagging or “do as I do” lectures in her life or her art.

ALIVE AND AWAKE is not a bunch of “‘Take your Prozac’ songs,” she laughs, “but it did grow out of my research – as a person who has explored many modalities of healing. I believe we have to address the whole person – to function at our best we all need to correct imbalances in mind, body, heart, and spirit.”

Musically speaking, ALIVE AND AWAKE brings Amy full circle. The CD was produced and arranged by Amy and recorded in Nashville at Starstruck studios and various studios in Toronto. Starstruck is owned by country superstar Reba McEntire, the first person to cover one of Amy’s songs. Amy worked with Ed Seay, the renowned Nashville-based engineer who was one of the pros who welcomed the young Amy Sky as a singer-songwriter learning the ropes when she moved to Nashville in the early ’80s.

For ALIVE AND AWAKE, Seay handpicked a crack team of legendary Nashville session players that Amy dubbed “the Nashville Picker-Uppers.”  This group includes Dan Dugmore (James Taylor, Stevie Nicks, Neil Diamond) on pedal steel, who spent years working with one of Amy’s heroes, Linda Rondstat. The other members of the Nashville Picker-Uppers — all storied veterans of the music industry — are Biff Watson on acoustic guitar (Martina McBride, Dolly Parton, Willie nelson); Kenny Greenberg on electric guitar (Taylor Swift, Brooks & Dunn, Gretchen Wilson); Mike Rojhas on keyboards (Dave Stewart, Joss Stone, Stevie Nicks); and Paul Leim on drums and percussion (Tom Jones, Randy Travis, London Symphony Orchestra).

To record the vocal tracks in Toronto, Amy enlisted the aid of Juno award-winning engineer John Bailey, and the legendary producer Kevin Hunter (Natalie Cole, Peter Paul and Mary). Background vocals were done with with husband Marc Jordan and her daughter, up-and-coming singer-songwriter Zoe Sky Jordan. To complete the family circle, son Ezra Jordan plays piano on the song “Serenity.”

Amy Sky was born and raised in Toronto, and graduated university with a degree in classical theory and composition from the University of Toronto, while writing music and performing in various bands around Southern Ontario. Not long after graduating, she was recruited as a backup singer for the touring band of the legendary Ronnie Hawkins. On that tour, Amy caught the ear of an entertainment lawyer in Nashville who paired her with established writing partners who could help mentor her. Amy moved to Music City. She relocated to Los Angeles in 1986 for a decade, built a reputation as a go-to songwriter. In the same time period, she was signed as an artist to several major record deals. But none of the labels were able to figure out how to market the successful songwriter with the rich, soulful voice, and she ultimately gave up her dreams of having a career as a singer to focus on songwriting.

In that same decade, Amy met and married Marc Jordan, a fellow award-winning Toronto expat singer-songwriter who had also moved to Los Angeles and made a name for himself there as a “writer’s writer.” In the mid ’90s, with a toddler and a baby on the way, the couple decided to return home to Toronto to raise their children.

What Amy found when she settled in Toronto was a very healthy indie scene where artists across a range of genres were recording and releasing their own music. For an artist who had been through the rollercoaster of being signed and dropped by major labels that were attracted to her talent but couldn’t figure out how to market her – other than suggesting she “sex up her image,” this was energizing. Free from pressure to conform to someone else’s ideals, Amy decided she’d put out the record that she’d always wanted to make.

In 1996, Amy released her debut CD COOL RAIN. Ironically, the musical style – a unique mix of pop and country with a tinge of gospel – that had confounded record company marketing teams for a decade was instantly embraced. COOL RAIN achieved Gold status in Canada for record sales and spawned four hit singles, including “I Will Take Care Of You,” a song that is, more than 15 years later, still one of the most-played songs on Adult Contemporary radio. She had a number-one video with “Till You Love Somebody.” She was nominated for a 1997 Juno Award for Songwriter of the Year, and a 1998 Juno in the Best New Artist Category. In the same time period, she won two SOCAN (Society of Composers, Authors, and Music Publishers of Canada) awards for “Till You Love Somebody” and “Deliver Me,” co-written by Roch Vosine for his own album.

In the same year, Amy found her career taking an unexpected turn when she won one of the female leads for the Toronto premiere of the UK hit musical BLOOD BROTHERS, co-starring with David Cassidy and Michael Burgess in a major run at Toronto’s legendary Royal Alexandra Theatre.

In 1998, Amy released her follow-up BURNT BY THE SUN, and had four more hit singles with “Waterfall” “Heaven” “Ordinary Miracles” and “Love, Pain and the Whole Damn Thing.” She was nominated for a Songwriter of the Year Juno, and the song “Love, Pain and The Whole Damn Thing” won her a SOCAN Award. She also reprised the lead role of Mrs. Johnstone in BLOOD BROTHERS at Artpark, N.Y.

In 1999, Amy was featured in two hour-long network specials for two different national networks:  CTV’s “Amy Sky — Songs of the Heart” and Bravo! Productions’ “An Evening with Amy Sky and Marc Jordan.”

2001 saw the release of PHENONMENAL WOMAN.  The lead track featured the anthemic poem by Dr. Maya Angelou that Amy set to music (with Angelou’s blessing). That song became a hit, along with “Touch” and “I Believe in Us.”

In 2001, Amy returned to the stage, this time co-starring with Margot Kidder and Maggie Casella in the extended run of THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES in Toronto.

In 2003, Amy released WITH THIS KISS: A ROMANCE COLLECTION, which spawned the award-winning duet with Marc Jordan, “Everything Love Is.”

That was followed by the 2007 release AMY SKY — LIFE LESSONS: THE BEST OF AMY SKY, which included her hits along with three new tracks, including the AC smash “Do You Dance.”

At the same time, Amy took on another career as a television host, for three seasons of parenting shows on Rogers TV, titled “The Toddler Years with Amy Sky.”

In that same era, Amy broadened her career, producing CDs for other artists. She reunited with her friend and songwriting partner Olivia Newton-John, co-writing, arranging, and producing five CDs for the music superstar: 2005’s STRONGER THAN BEFORE: GRACE AND GRATITUDE (2006): CHRISTMAS WISH (2007): A CELEBRATION IN SONG (2008), a fundraising CD for the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre; as well as the songs for Olivia’s character in the series “Sordid Lives” (2008). Songs from GRACE AND GRATITUDE were included in the soundtrack for Deepak Chopra’s DVD “The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success.” Amy also produced “La Voce” for pop-classical tenor Mark Masri, and several children’s records for Fisher-Price.

In 2008, Amy released a Christmas CD THE LIGHTS OF DECEMBER, which has spawned four radio holiday favorites: “Let It Shine” “Angels in the Snow” “That’s What Christmas Means” and “(Your Love) The Greatest Gift,”, a duet with Mark Masri and American piano sensation Jim Brickman.

As a multi-Juno nominee and multi-SOCAN winner, Amy has had her songs recorded by international artists like Reba McEntire, Diana Ross, Olivia Newton-John, Heart, Sheena Easton, Marie Osmond, Anne Murray, Natalie McMaster, Melissa Manchester, The Rankin Family, and dozens of others.

Amy is not only active in the Toronto, Nashville, and Los Angeles music communities, she has also lent her support to many charities, including The Parkinson’s Foundation, Princess Margaret Hospital, National Ovarian Cancer Association, The Hospital for Sick Children (for whom she has also served as an on-air ambassador), Easter Seals, MADD, Gilda’s Club, Casey House, Covenant House, Ontario Child Abuse Prevention and Zareinu. She was awarded the first-ever CRIA Applause Award, for her work testifying in Ottawa on behalf of artists’ rights, which aided in the establishment of the historic Neighbouring Rights Royalty.

Photo credit: Greg Hoxsie

Events, Uncategorized March 27th 2013

Regeneration Community Services Benefit Concert

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Regeneration Community Services is a registered charity which has been providing housing and support services to people recovering from mental health and addiction issues in Toronto since 1977. We help our members to engage in the community and part of our support for their recovery is promoting their involvement in music and the arts. Our members think of us as their family.

 The Toronto All-Star Big Band is one of the hottest big band groups around. They revive the spirit, style and sound of 1930’s and 40’s – that golden age of the big bands. Armed with brilliant programming, slick choreography and witty cultural nostalgia, this vibrant cast of awesome young talent has earned its position at the top of the list of presenters around North America.

Events, Uncategorized March 21st 2013

Jane Harbury presents Discoveries

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Now in its ninth year DISCOVERIES owes a great deal to Hugh’s Room which continues to partner with us as we showcase yet another very eclectic group of artists, most of whom are just beginning their creative journeys.  The concept is a simple one, (none of these artists is yet able to fill the room on their own, although we have confidence that each one will get to that point) bring four talents together, give each 30 minutes on stage and have each one bring out their fans, family and friends.  Suddenly you have a full room and everyone present cheers on their artist and in the process discovers new talent to support in the future.

 

MELANIE BRULÉE “A delightful, slightly twisted cabaret-pop solo debut…written through the lens of a woman who knows who she is and perhaps even knows what she wants.” New Canadian Music.

Melanie Brulée sounds like Edith Piaf and Eartha Kitt walking down a cobblestone road in Paris in high heels while Stevie Nicks and Serena Ryder ride past on vintage bicycles.

Her debut solo release, Sucré/Salé, is a 5-track EP which includes lyrics in French and in English and has been described as “quirky and inventive…with instrumentation that adds Euro flair.”  ‘Wonder’, was chosen as a theme song for a play- “Mister Baxter” (Quickening Theatre)- in which Melanie performed original music at Theatre Passe Muraille.

Two of Melanie’s tracks are on the just-released  Ladies In Waiting  compilation album “Lovesick”. She is one of the founding members of the collective group whose mandate is to inspire, support, and present new independent musical creations and to provide other musicians and artists with a platform where they too can do the same. www.melaniebrulee.com

Melanie Brulée started late but is making up for lost time — she didn’t pick up a guitar until she was 21.  Her teachers were fellow travelers and nomads, lending her their guitars and helping tune the strings while busking on the streets of small Australian towns.  She has carried these roots with her ever since, and she now exudes a confidence onstage that can only come from being exposed to elements and variables that buskers have to live with.  ”I grew up as an only child for my formative years and I think that made me more at ease in  public spaces,” she says now. “Really, who am I kidding? ‘Hey, look at me!’ were probably my first words,” she’ll tell you matter-of-factly.   After turning 21 she spent the better part of the next seven years between her hometown of Cornwall, Ontario and the rainforests outside of Byron Bay, Australia where she formed folk-pop-rock trio General Electryk, as lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist.

Back and forth between Canada and Australia, the reformed General Electryk featured Melanie with Australian drummer and producer Angus Donnelly, Ontario bass player Jason Ryan, Cornwall-born lead guitarist Marc D. Muir and Moroccan percussionist Noureddine Ismag. The band supported  Chantal Kreviazuk at Cornwall’s Lift Off Festival in 2010 — and  a year later Melanie earned the award for “Musician of the Year” honours in Cornwall.  General Electryk’s  debut album “Petty Little Things,”  produced by Glenn Forrester (Sarah Slean, Barstool Prophets, Enter the Haggis) was released in October 2010 – later most of the tracks were reissued  on 12” vinyl in February 2012.

 

AUGUSTA CAMPOLI was born in Toronto, Ontario in 1999.  Like most children, Augusta began singing and dancing at a very early age around the house to various children’s television programs such as Barney.  At the age of six, her parents recognized her love for singing and dancing and signed her up for lessons.

In 2006, Augusta auditioned and was accepted to the Upper Canada Chorus.  In a CBC competition held in 2007, the Upper Canada Chorus placed first in Ontario and was rated among the top five Choirs in Canada. During her two year tenure with the Upper Canada Chorus she had the privilege of performing with the cast members of Cats, Mama Mia, Dirty Dancing and on three separate occasions at the Toronto Centre for the Performing Arts.

Augusta at this very young age then ventured into taking on different roles in musical theatre such as Beauty and the Beast, High School Musical and Guys and Dolls. At the age of 12 Augusta entered the American Protégé Competition and placed first where she was awarded the opportunity to sing at Carnegie Hall in New York City not once, but on 2 occasions.

Although it appeared that Augusta was well on her way to a successful career in classical and theatre music, it seemed that every time she picked up her guitar and began playing her heart sang out a different style of music.  It seems that Augusta fell in love with the story telling characteristic of Country Music.  Augusta’s love for country music has not stopped at just singing.  Combined with her love for storey writing, she has taken pen to paper and has been involved in writing and co-writing a few songs which she plans to record in the near future. Some of Augusta’s musical influences are Shania Twain, Leann Rimes & Rascal Flatts.

In 2010, Augusta ventured to North Bay Ontario to compete in the Northern Ontario Country Singing Competition.  She placed 8th overall and the judges suggested that she should maybe consider classical and theatre music and certainly not Country.  Augusta considered the judges’ comments, however, her love for country music drove her to work even harder at establishing her country sound.  The following year in 2011, Augusta returned to North Bay and competed in the competition again.  Only this time she place 1st overall.

Augusta is mature and well beyond her years, especially when she hits the stage. You can immediately tell that this is where she is meant to be.  Augusta at the age of thirteen demonstrates soaring energy and a glowing personality who truly is a rising star in country music. Now with much confidence, Augusta continues to pursue her brand of Country Music and is currently working with producer Zack Werner, former Canadian Idol Judge

 

 

BRAD FILLATRE
“Draw a line in the sand and promise yourself that if you cross that line there will be no turning back.“

For singer/songwriter Brad Fillatre,crossing that line was symbolic of a promise he kept to never give up. The result: a collection of songs reflecting his truth, life, love and loss from years spent tirelessly pursuing his craft.

Brad was born in the small town of Corner Brook, Newfoundland.  Made up of endless forests, dark mountain terrain and a rugged North Atlantic coastline,it was these intense landscapes that ingrained themselves into the fabric of Brad’s creative consciousness.With much of his early life spent traveling the province alongside his mother and father as they tended to their funeral business, the significance of the west coast of Newfoundland on Brad’s music was monumental, “The mountains, ocean, vast emptiness and harsh climate affect you,” Fillatre reflects, “that environment is magical, and foreboding. It casts energy that I’ve never experienced anywhere else.” From an early age, Brad gravitated toward music.  Whether it was the old piano in his grandmother’s house or a guitar on display, his unwavering curiositypersuadedthe purchase ofhis first guitar by his mother. It was from this moment on that Brad would take over the small shed nestled within the trees of his backyard and begin to nurture his abilities. First on the agenda, a mastering of Metallica songs! However, not having much luck as a technical guitar virtuoso, Brad turned his focus to coming up with his own material.  “I always looked at the guitar as a means to express myself.  Initially there was some interest in learning other people’s material but it soon became an obsession to createmy own music and to hone the skills of being a great songwriter. My dream became this, and this only.”The shed would become a significant space for Brad.  A place of solace, it was where he began timidly writing his first songs, jamming with friends, and where he formed his first bands.

The Evelyn Room was molded from these very sessions with close friends and musical peers.  A band whose sound developed out of a heightened interest in instrumental andatmospheric music, The Evelyn Room drew comparisons to bands such as Iceland’s Sigur Ros’ and Radiohead.The Evelyn Roomwas the playground for Brad’s maturing talents, as he uncovered sounds and styles of music that would greatly influence his writing in years to come. This was also Brad’s first attempt at being the singer in a band.  “I don’t think I would have defined myself as a “singer” at the time but I was definitely learning, putting myself out there and trying …even if my talent hadnot caught up to my ambition. I had also gained enough experience by then and wasbeginning to understand that relying on others to realize my own aspirations might bedoubtful.”The Evelyn Roomplayed shows in Corner Brook,and on occasion made the eight-hour drive toSt. John’s, performing to small yet surprisingly receptive crowds. Most notably, one of these shows came in the form of an invitation to play at the International Sound Symposium. The event offeredBrad a new sense of encouragement and remainsa highlightof his early carrier in Newfoundland.

It was perhaps this new sense of confidence that facilitated Brad’s decision torelocate to Toronto during the summer of 2005.  It was time to focus allof his energy on a potential musical career, despite apprehension or distance.With a collection of songs already written, Brad banded together some othernewly relocated Newfoundlanders and formedthe second incarnation of The Evelyn Room.He then recorded an independently released self-titledEPin 2008.

Off the strength of the EP and their intensely charismatic live show,The Evelyn Room went on to showcase at NXNE in 2009 and made the short list of top 60 bands to watch for that year. In addition, 2009 brought the band several nominations at the XM Radio Verge Awards, which resulted in radio play for both live and recorded performances. This drew far-reaching sales from places likeCalifornia, the UK, South America, and even Australia proving the music itself could draw fans worldwide.  That same year, Brad had begun to amass a collection of songs that didn’t quite fit the mold of The Evelyn Room’s heavier rock sound. Unsure about going out on his own he began to collaborate with others, trying to make sense of what to do next. Then finally in 2011 he decided it was time to try something new, to record an album on his own.

In February 2011 Brad began to record and produce the songs to be featured on his first solo effort  For Your Weakness at Orchard Studio in Huttonville, Ontario. He enlisted the help of Adam Ferri to engineer and mix. With a lifetime of influences including; Radiohead, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Ryan Adams, Jeff Buckley, and U2, For Your Weakness provides listeners with a unique emotive auditory experience.  Remaining true to his core, Brad’s songwriting resonates a raw emotion, a blending of sounds that bring his east coast upbringing into the mix. Spectral vocal reverberations are layered with swooping electric guitar, thumping percussive displays echo alongside the subtleties of a refreshing vocal tone and lyrically honest perspective. For Your Weakness is not only heartfelt but also heartbreakingly beautiful and rings hopeful in its delivery. Brad is unsure of the response his debut solo effort will garner, but he is excited to send these songs off into the world and begin this new chapter.The six song EP was released last fall on Sparks Music and Universal Music Canada.

 

ZOE SKY JORDAN  is a Toronto based indie pop singer-songwriter. Deeply informed by Rickie Lee Jones and Joni Mitchell, Sky Jordan often draws comparisons to Emily Haines and Regina Spektor. Her debut solo release ‘Restless, Unfocused’ features textured, haunting vocals with inventive yet accessible hooks. Zoe’s introspective and photographic lyrics, display a maturity and confidence beyond her 22 years. Her songs have been placed in shows such as Degrassi: TNG, HBO’s Less than Kind and Lost Girl. In addition to her solo work, Zoe co-fronts a band with singer-songwriter Colleen Dauncey called ‘Petty Victories’. The girls have become known for their intertwining melodies, rich harmonies and dynamic live shows. Their first full-length album ‘Wait it out’ slated for released in early 2013.

Events, Uncategorized March 21st 2013

Elton Rohn Band at DRJINGLES Birthday Bash

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with
Elton Rohn
Billy Johl
Tyler Ellis and The Eddy Line
Lawrie Ingles
and special guests

A musical celebration featuring: The critically acclaimed tribute “Elton Rohn Band”, “and the debut of Billy Johl” , “Tyler Ellis and The Eddy Line” (Stompin’ Tom meets The Guess Who), a few  special guest appearances and, of course, the man himself, Lawrie Ingles, the birthday boy. 

Lawrie  is a member of the  critically acclaimed  Elton Rohn Band”,  featuring Ron Camilleri, which is hands down one of the greatest tributes to the music of Elton John going. 

Lawrie will make his debut as “Billy Johl” (plastic surgery is healing nicely).  Although  Lawrie has played the piano in support of Billy Joel tributes before, this will be the first time he sings them as well .  

Lawrie is also a member of Tyler Ellis’ band, The Eddy Line.  Ellis is a Canadian gem of a songwriter who’s fantastic new album, Northern Bliss includes the best song about hockey ever written (sorry Tom) called “My Brother’s In the NHL”.  

If you are a follower of the independent live music scene in Toronto, chances are you already know Lawrie Ingles.  A multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter,  Lawrie will perform a few of his own songs that will be on his debut CD, Everything is Pocket Size if Your Ass Is Big Enough, Including MAPLE LEAF GARDENS, the second best song about hockey ever written.  (sorry Tom).   

It is Lawrie’s party and he will cry if he wants to, but if you are a fan of wonderful musicianship and really great songs this is one party you do not want to miss.

 

Elton Rohn 
www.EltonRohn.com
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s19InCn_bpc 

Tyler Ellis and the Eddy Line
www.tylerellis.ca
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oqtHjZzOm2w&list=HL1363801064

DRJINGLES  (aka Lawrie Ingles) from his last appearance at Hugh’s Room
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OArrXJA1h1A

Events, Uncategorized March 21st 2013