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Ken’s next Sunday Gospel Brunch at Hugh’s Room Live will be “Sabbath of Songs” with vocalists Aviva Chernick, Lenka Lichtenberg and David Wall with guitarist Joel Schwartz and bassist Justin Gray on January 28. Lunch from 12noon with Music from 2pm. Tickets and table reservations available from Hugh’s Room Live or call 416-533-LIVE (5483). For more really great music go to Ken’s Gospel page.

Aurora Blues Concert… Ken Whiteley & The Freedom Blues Band (8 piece with horn section) will be performing for one night only at the Aurora Cultural Centre. Tickets for the Thursday, February 15 show are now on sale from the Centre or call call 905 713-1818.

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The Light of Christmas CD…

The Light of Christmas CD…Nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award, this recording features a marvelous collection of new Ken Whiteley originals that range from the exciting ska sounds of “The BabyLeapt In The Womb” to the heart-tugging “I Can’t Imagine Christmas Without You”. It’s a vocal rich recording that in addition to Ken’s soul stirring performances includes singers David Wall, The Fabulous Levy Sisters (Amoy & Ciceal), Hayley Gene Penner and niece Jenny Whiteley. In fact the album is brimming with fellow Whiteleys including brother Chris, son Ben, nephews Dan and Jesse, and a cover painting by Ken’s father, Ronald Whiteley. Download only available from Ken’s Store.

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Carols by Candlelight…

The annual Carols by Candlelight Service onChristmas Eve with Ken Whiteley, vocalists Amoy Levy & David Wall, bassist Terry Wilkins and the Gospel Choir led by Joanna Mills at the Roncesvalles United Church (214 Wright Avenue @ Roncesvalles Avenue, Toronto) on December 24 is a beautiful family oriented service. The last eleven years it has been standing room only, so arrive early toget a good seat. Doors open at 6:30pm. Suggested donation of $20 or PWYC. For more info, visit https://www.facebook.com/roncesvallesunitedchurch

GIVE THE GIFT OF MUSIC…

The Light of Christmas CD…Nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award in the category of Traditional Singer of the Year, this recording features a marvelous collection of new Ken Whiteley Christmas originals that range from the exciting ska sounds of “The BabyLeapt In The Womb” to the heart-tugging “I Can’t Imagine Christmas Without You”. It’s a vocal rich recording that in addition to Ken’s soul stirring performances includes singers David Wall, The Fabulous Levy Sisters (Amoy & Ciceal), Hayley Gene Penner and niece Jenny Whiteley. In fact the album is brimming with fellow Whiteleys including brother Chris, son Ben, nephews Dan and Jesse, and a cover painting by Ken’s father, Ronald Whiteley. Only available from Ken’s Store.

Aurora Blues Concert… Ken Whiteley & The Freedom Blues Band (8 piece with horn section) will be performing for one night only at the Aurora Cultural Centre. Tickets for the Thursday, February 15 show are now on sale from the Centre or call call 905 713-1818.

Ken’s next Sunday Gospel Brunch at Hugh’s Room Live will be “Sabbath of Songs” with vocalists Aviva Chernick, Lenka Lichtenberg and David Wall with guitarist Joel Schwartz and bassist Justin Gray on January 28. Lunch from 12noon with Music from 2pm. Tickets and table reservations available from Hugh’s Room Live or call 416-533-LIVE (5483). For more really great music go to Ken’s Gospel page.

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Indigenous Spirit Songs…

THIS SUNDAY AFTERNOON! Mark your calendar for the next Sunday Gospel Brunch program entitled Indigenous Spirit Songs, which will feature artists of First Nations, Métis and Inuit heritage.

“Ihave always tried to present an open ended range of musical styles and forms of spiritual expression at these Sunday afternoon gospel shows at Hugh’s Room. While all of the shows have been unique, I am particularlyexcited about our Nov. 26 show titled Indigenous Spirit Songs. It will be a wonderful celebration of Indigenous voices, conveying significant diversity of musical expression. Sadie Buck, Jani Lauzon & Twin Flames areall extremely accomplished artists in their own right and I can’t wait to participate in the exchange that happens when we are all on stage together. Come and connect to voices deeply rooted in the longest standing traditions of this country and share as we make connections to help us all move forward together.” ~ Ken Whiteley

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This Sunday’s Gospel Brunch…

Back by popular demand! Sunday Gospel Music & Brunch at Hugh’s Room! The series kicks off on October 29th with Sacred Steel guitarist Chuck Campbell (of the Campbell Brothers), The Fabulous Levy Sisters (Amoy & Ciceal), bassist George Koller (of the Shuffle Demons) and drummer Bucky Berger (of Fathead). Brunch from 1pm with Music from 2pm. Get your tickets and table reservations now from Hugh’s Room Live or call 416-533-LIVE (5483).

For those of you not familiar with “Sacred Steel”, it is one of the most exciting musical forms on the planet and Chuck Campbell is one of its greatest exponents. “I first met the award winning pedal steel guitarist on a Memphis elevator. Even before I heard the African-American Sacred Steel Superstar band The Campbell Brothers perform, I sensed that here were musicians I’d love to make music with. The next day after I heard them play, the deal was sealed. Chuck has since played on 2 of my cds – Listening and Another Day’s Journey.”~Ken Whiteley

With the Campbell Brothers, Chuck has been featured from Toronto’s Luminato, the Hummingbird Centre and Dundas Square to New York’s Kennedy Centre to LA’s Hollywood Bowl.The last time Chuck appeared on Ken’s Sunday Gospel Brunch, it was standing room only so we suggest you get your tickets early. And check out the music video below.

Also mark your calendar for the November 26th Sunday Gospel Brunch’s program entitled Indigenous Spirit Songs which will feature artists of First Nations, Métis and Inuit heritage. “I have always tried to present an open ended range of musical styles and forms of spiritual expression at these Sunday afternoon gospel shows at Hugh’s Room. While all of the shows have been unique, I am particularly excited about our Nov. 26 show titled Indigenous Spirit Songs. It will be a wonderful celebration of Indigenous voices, conveying significant diversity of musical expression. Sadie Buck, Jani Lauzon & Twin Flames are all extremely accomplished artists in their own right and I can’t wait to participate in the exchange that happens when we are all on stage together. Come and connect to voices deeply rooted in the longest standing traditions of this country and share as make connections to help us all move forward together.” ~ Ken Whiteley

GOSPEL MUSIC MAKES ME FEEL ALRIGHT… For more really great music go to Ken’s Gospel page.

What better time to start a discussion on “freedom”. Ken describes the philosophy and some of the process behind the creation of his recording, “Freedom Blues” and lots of live clips give you a musical taste (in the first video below). This is uplifting blues for anyone who wants to dig a little deeper. We hope you also enjoy the first three music videos “Bring It All Right Down” and “Omar Khadr’s Blues” from the Freedom Blues CD release concert in Toronto. Thanks to Riddle Films and specifically Liam Romalis and Mako Funasaka for the video production and all the incredible musicians including Amoy Levy, Ciceal Levy, Bucky Berger, Ewan Divitt, Richard Underhill, Perry White, Alastair Whitehead and Denis Keldie. Please tell your friends to check these videos out.

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FMO & Sunday Gospel Brunch…

Next Up: Folk Music Ontario conference for industry buyers and artists. Check Shows tab for Ken’s showcase schedule.

Back by popular demand! Sunday Gospel Music & Brunch at Hugh’s Room! Theseries kicks off on October 29th with Sacred Steel guitarist Chuck Campbell (of the Campbell Brothers), The Fabulous Levy Sisters (Amoy & Ciceal), bassist George Koller (of the Shuffle Demons) and drummerBucky Berger (of Fathead). Brunch from 1pm with Music from 2pm. Get your tickets and table reservations now from Hugh’s Room Live or call 416-533-LIVE (5483).

For those of you not familiar with “Sacred Steel”, it is one of the mostexciting musical forms on the planet and Chuck Campbell is one ofits greatest exponents. “I first met the award winning pedal steel guitarist on a Memphis elevator. Even before I heard the African-American Sacred Steel Superstar band The Campbell Brothers perform, I sensed that here were musicians I’d love to make music with. The next day after I heard them play, the deal was sealed. Chuck has since played on 2 of my cds – Listening and Another Day’s Journey.”~Ken Whiteley

With the Campbell Brothers, Chuck has been featured from Toronto’s Luminato, the Hummingbird Centre and Dundas Square to New York’s Kennedy Centre to LA’s Hollywood Bowl.The last time Chuck appeared on Ken’s Sunday Gospel Brunch, it was standing room only so we suggest you get your tickets early.

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Carrol Cafe & CMN keynote…

Next up in the States: Ken and fellow songwriter/storyteller Reggie Harris return for one show only to the Carroll Cafeat the Seeker’s Church in Washington, DC on October 13th. Then the next day, Ken will be giving the keynote address at the 30th annual Children’s Music Network Conference in Hyannis, MA.

Back by popular demand! Sunday Gospel Music & Brunch at Hugh’s Room! Theseries kicks off on October 29th with Sacred Steel guitarist Chuck Campbell (of the Campbell Brothers), The Fabulous Levy Sisters (Amoy & Ciceal), bassist George Koller (of the Shuffle Demons) and drummerBucky Berger (of Fathead). Brunch from 1pm with Music from 2pm. Get your tickets and table reservations now from Hugh’s Room Live or call 416-533-LIVE (5483).

For those of you not familiar with “Sacred Steel”, it is one of the mostexciting musical forms on the planet and Chuck Campbell is one ofits greatest exponents. Ken first met the award winning pedal steel guitarist on a Memphis elevator. Even before he heard the African-American Sacred Steel Superstar band The Campbell Brothers perform, Ken sensed that here were musicians he’d love to make music with. The next day after he heard them play, the deal was sealed. Chuck has since played on 2 of Ken’s cds – Listening and Another Day’s Journey. With the Campbell Brothers, Chuck has been featured from Toronto’s Luminato, the Hummingbird Centre and Dundas Square to New York’s Kennedy Centre to LA’s Hollywood Bowl.The last time Chuck appeared on Ken’s Sunday Gospel Brunch, it was standing room only so we suggest you get your tickets early. And check out the music video below.

GOSPEL MUSIC MAKES ME FEEL ALRIGHT… For more really great music go to Ken’s Gospel page.

What better time to start a discussion on “freedom”. Ken describes the philosophy and some of the process behind the creation of his recording, “Freedom Blues” and lots of live clips give you a musical taste (in the first video below). This is uplifting blues for anyone who wants to diga little deeper. We hope you also enjoy the first three music videos “Bring It All Right Down” and “Omar Khadr’s Blues” from the Freedom Blues CD release concert in Toronto. Thanks to Riddle Films and specifically Liam Romalis and Mako Funasaka for the video production and all the incredible musicians including Amoy Levy, Ciceal Levy, Bucky Berger, Ewan Divitt, Richard Underhill, Perry White, Alastair Whitehead and Denis Keldie. Please tell your friends to check these videos out.

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Drew Marshall Show, Carroll Cafe Concert & Children’s Music Network Keynote…

The Drew Marshall Show: Ken is honoured to be invited back as a featured guest this coming Saturday, October 7th from 1pm to 2pm. Drew’s show reaches over 6 million across 100 countries, and is Canada’smost listened to spiritual talk show. You can expect a hear Ken share a few songs and stories. Listen live at drewmarshall.ca Here’s a picture of Drew with Ken and Amoy and Ciceal (The Fabulous Levy Sisters) after a sold out Sunday Gospel Brunch at Hugh’s Room.

Next up in the States: Ken and fellow songwriter/storyteller Reggie Harris return for one show only to the Carroll Cafe at the Seeker’s Church in Washington, DC on October 13th. Then the next day, Ken will be giving the keynote address at the 30th annual Children’s Music Network Conference in Hyannis, MA.

Back by popular demand! Sunday Gospel Music & Brunch at Hugh’s Room! Theseries kicks off on October 29th with Sacred Steel guitarist Chuck Campbell (of the Campbell Brothers), The Fabulous Levy Sisters (Amoy & Ciceal), bassist George Koller (of the Shuffle Demons) and drummerBucky Berger (of Fathead). Brunch from 1pm with Music from 2pm. Get your tickets and table reservations now from Hugh’s Room Live or call 416-533-LIVE (5483).

For those of you not familiar with “Sacred Steel”, it is one of the mostexciting musical forms on the planet and Chuck Campbell is one ofits greatest exponents. Ken first met the award winning pedal steel guitarist on a Memphis elevator. Even before he heard the African-American Sacred Steel Superstar band The Campbell Brothers perform, Ken sensed that here were musicians he’d love to make music with. The next day after he heard them play, the deal was sealed. Chuck has since played on 2 of Ken’s cds – Listening and Another Day’s Journey. With the Campbell Brothers, Chuck has been featured from Toronto’s Luminato, the Hummingbird Centre and Dundas Square to New York’s Kennedy Centre to LA’s Hollywood Bowl.The last time Chuck appeared on Ken’s Sunday Gospel Brunch, it was standing room only so we suggest you get your tickets early. And check out the music video below.

GOSPEL MUSIC MAKES ME FEEL ALRIGHT… For more really great music go to Ken’s Gospel page.

What better time to start a discussion on “freedom”. Ken describes the philosophy and some of the process behind the creation of his recording, “Freedom Blues” and lots of live clips give you a musical taste (in the first video below). This is uplifting blues for anyone who wants to diga little deeper. We hope you also enjoy the first three music videos “Bring It All Right Down” and “Omar Khadr’s Blues” from the Freedom Blues CD release concert in Toronto. Thanks to Riddle Films and specifically Liam Romalis and Mako Funasaka for the video production and all the incredible musicians including Amoy Levy, Ciceal Levy, Bucky Berger, Ewan Divitt, Richard Underhill, Perry White, Alastair Whitehead and Denis Keldie. Please tell your friends to check these videos out.