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Hugh’s Room…

CHANGES TO THE SUNDAY GOSPEL SERIES SHOWS @ HUGH’s ROOM! Sadly the Sunday, March 26th Gospel Matinee at Hugh’s Room has been cancelled. We will start them up again in the Fall (mark Oct. 29th on your calendar) with the hope that the new Hugh’s Room for the Performing Arts is up and running by then.

For updates regarding the re-opening of Hugh’s Room go to hughsroom.ca. To make a donation to Hugh’s Room go to gofundme.com/hughsroomor donate by: cheque – payable to Iler Campbell in Trust, mailed to: Iler Campbell LLP, 150 John St., Toronto M5V 3E3, or e-transfer to: tpereira@ilercampbell.com – provide Brian Iler with the security answervia email: biler@ilercampbell.com

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Gospel Matinee @ Hugh’s Room…

CHANGES TO THE SUNDAY GOSPEL SERIES SHOWS @ HUGH’s ROOM! Sadly the Sunday, March 26th Gospel Matinee at Hugh’s Room has been cancelled. We will start them up again in the Fall (mark Oct. 29th on your calendar) with the hope that the new Hugh’s Room for the PerformingArts is up and running by then.

For updates regarding the re-opening of Hugh’s Room go to hughsroom.ca. To make a donation to Hugh’s Room go to gofundme.com/hughsroomor donate by: cheque – payable to Iler Campbell in Trust, mailed to: Iler Campbell LLP, 150 John St., Toronto M5V 3E3, or e-transfer to: tpereira@ilercampbell.com – provide Brian Iler with the security answervia email: biler@ilercampbell.com

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Jackie Washington Day…

JACKIE WASHINGTON DAY in Hamilton! Celebrate Black History month by joining us for an afternoon honouring Jackie Washington through music, videos, historical photographs and archival materials presented by Rick Stapleton, Archivesand Research Collections Librarian from Mills Memorial Library at McMaster University. Concert 12noon to 1:30pm featuring performances by Mose Scarlett and Ken Whiteley with guitarist Margaret Stowe and much more at the Hamilton Central Library. This event is now SOLD OUT! Contact the library for more information.

CHANGES TO THE SUNDAY GOSPEL SERIES SHOWS @ HUGH’s ROOM! Sadly boththe Jan. 29 with The Marigolds & Joe Jencks and the Feb. 26 show with Coco Love Alcorn & the O’Pears have been cancelled. We will try to schedule them back next year. However, this season’s closer on Sunday, March 26 should still go ahead under the aegis of a new committee that has been formed to revive the wonderful venue. That show will feature series favourites The Fabulous Levy Sisters (Amoy & Ciceal),Yukon singer/songwriter Nicole Edwards, and the mountain & hammered dulcimer and guitar landscapes of Steve Eulberg from California. For additional gospel music information go to Ken’s gospel music page.

For updates regarding the re-opening of Hugh’s Room go to hughsroom.com. To make a donation to Hugh’s Room go to gofundme.com/hughsroomor donate by: cheque – payable to Iler Campbell in Trust, mailed to: Iler Campbell LLP, 150 John St., Toronto M5V 3E3, or e-transfer to: tpereira@ilercampbell.com – provide Brian Iler with the security answervia email: biler@ilercampbell.com

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Maple Blues Summit & more…

Ken & Freedom Blues had a great showcase at the Toronto Maple Blues Summit on Sunday, January 22. Thanks to everyone there and congrats to Stephen Barry for winning the Blues With a Feeling Award.

“In Freedom Blues Canadianroots music icon Ken Whiteley has crafted a timeless set of songs that address both contemporary and historical struggles for the freedom endemic to a healthy, progressive society. Deftly drawing on a wide range of musical sources including blues, gospel and, for lack of a better word, folk, Freedom Blues is a landmark album in Whiteley’s career and Canadian roots music in general.” ~ Grammy Award winnning musicologist, Rob Bowman

We’re excited to put this video “Ken Whiteley on Freedom Blues” out here right now. What better time to start a discussion on “freedom”. Ken describes the philosophy and some of the process behind thecreation of his recording, “Freedom Blues” and lots of live clips give you a musical taste. This is uplifting blues for anyone who wants to dig a little deeper. We hope you also enjoy the first two music videos “Bring It All Right Down”and “Give Your Hands To Struggle” from the Freedom Blues CD release concert in Toronto. Thanks to Riddle Films and specifically Liam Romalis and Mako Funasakafor 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. Tell your friends to check this out.

***THE SUNDAY GOSPEL SERIES SHOWS AT HUGH’s ROOM CHANGES!

pending notification from the venue so please check with Hugh’s Room for updates.***

The Sunday’s Gospel Matinee on January 29 at Hugh’s Room with The Marigolds and Joe Jencks has been cancelled. So has the show Feb. 26 with Coco Love Alcorn and the O’Pears. However our season closer on March 26 should still go ahead under the aegis of a new committee that has been formed to revive the wonderful venue. That show will feature series favourites The Fabulous Levy Sisters (Amoy & Ciceal) and is scheduled to also have songwriters Nicole Edwards (from the Yukon) and Steve Eulberg (from California). Additional gospel music info on Ken’s gospel music page. To make a donation to Hugh’s Room go to : www.gofundme.com/hughsroom or donate by: cheque – payable to Iler Campbell in Trust, mailed to: Iler Campbell LLP, 150 John St., Toronto M5V 3E3, or e-transfer to: tpereira@ilercampbell.com – provide Brian Iler with the security answer via email: biler@ilercampbell.com

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Happy New Year!…

My next Sunday’s Gospel Matinee at Hugh’s Room is on January 29. I’m super pleased to announce that Juno & CFMA nominated The Marigolds (Caitlin Hanford, Gwen Swick, Suzie Vinnick), American folk singer songwriter Joe Jencks (of Brother Sun) and bassist Ben Whiteley will be featured guests. Contact Hugh’s Room for tickets and lunch reservations. For more gospel show info visit Ken’s gospel music page.

NEW CD: “In Freedom Blues Canadianroots music icon Ken Whiteley has crafted a timeless set of songs that address both contemporary and historical struggles for the freedom endemic to a healthy, progressive society. Deftly drawing on a wide range of musical sources including blues, gospel and, for lack of a better word, folk, Freedom Blues is a landmark album in Whiteley’s career and Canadian roots music in general.” ~ Grammy Award winnning musicologist, Rob Bowman

I hope you enjoy the first two YouTube videos “Bring It All Right Down” and “Give Your Hands To Struggle” from the Freedom Blues CD release concert in Toronto. Thanks to Riddle Films and specifically Liam Romalis and Mako Funasakafor 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. Tell your friends to check this out.