Last Sunday Gospel Matinee of this season!
I am quite excited about a very unique last show of this Sunday Gospel series. Tabby Johnson, Kim Doolittle and Njacko Backo all bring something special to the mix. Tabby Johnson has a legendary status that stretches back to when she skipped high school to audition and land a spot in the original Toronto cast of Hair! many years ago. Since then she has taken her amazing voice and incredible, creative energy to stages, studios and television shows around the world. I first became aware of Kim Doolittle when she sang with Jeff Healey for many years. She is another powerhouse singer, but also with a tender side. When I heard her version of Amazing Grace, I knew she’d be perfect for one of these events. Originally from the East Coast, she too has taken her music around the world. Njacko Backo brings a more distant part of the world to us here in Toronto. Originally from Cameroon, he is a master singer, percussionist and kalimba player (the African thumb piano). Njacko has received nominations from the Junos and the Canadian Folk Music Awards. His engaging style and positive energy have made him a favorite where ever he goes. Also making his first appearance will be Andrew Downing, a fabulous bassist, composer and arranger. He is also a neighbour of mine and we’ve worked together in the studio before but this will be our first official live collaboration. – Ken Whiteley
WHEN: Sun., March 30
GUESTS: Njacko Backo, Kim Doolittle, Tabby Johnson, Andrew Downing
MUSIC: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
WHERE: Hugh’s Room, 2261 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ONSUBWAY: a few blocks south of the Dundas Street West station
LUNCH: 1 p.m. Hugh’s Room offers a lovely lunch menu.
Advance reservations recommended by calling (416) 531-6604.
TICKETS: $20. adv / $22.50 door / $18. groups of 10+ Group tickets must be purchased at one time. Call Hugh’s Room for tickets at (416) 531-6604.
A week in British Columbia this April…
Ken Whiteley with outstanding bassist Dinah D. make a long awaited return trip to the interior of British Columbia. Ken met Dinah at the Vancouver Island Folk Festival in 2007 and they have made a number of appearances together since then. Dinah has played bass with an array of musicians including Doug Cox, Harry Manx, Be Good Tanyas, and is the leader of Contraband Swingclub and the award winning children’s act, the Kerplunks. Ken is recognized as a master slide guitarist and expert mandolinist and whether he’s drawing from his vast repertoire of blues, swing, folk and gospel or treating you to one of his own award winning songs, you will be entertained, involved and uplifted.
We hope you can make it out to one of the shows. The tour kicks off with a house concert in Salmon Arm (April 2), followed by shows at The Langham in Kaslo (April 3), Dream Cafe in Penticton (April 4), Harrsion Memorial Hall in Harrison Hot Springs (April 5) and St. Albans Hall in Ashcroft (April 6). Click on Shows for reservation and ticket information.
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