Gospel Music

Sunday Matinee Gospel Music Series • Series Alumni • Music Recordings • Gospel Singing Workshops & Concerts • Concerts & Festival Events • Ken Whiteley’s Touring Gospel All Stars • Artist Bios

Sunday Gospel Music Series

January 19, 2020 & March 22, 2020 @ Hugh’s Room Live – special guests to be announced

Ken Whiteley’s popular Sunday afternoon gospel music series at Hugh’s Room Live will celebrate its 17th season with an amazing selection of both local and international gospel artists. Each show highlights the interaction of award winning guest vocalists and musicians sharing the stage with Ken for a joyous afternoon of uplifting musical magic. Whether you are coming for the terrific music, or to sing and clap along, or for the spiritual experience, this music series promises to be an accessible and exciting blend of musical styles that is appropriate for music lovers of all ages.

Doors open at 12:30pm. Concert starts at 2pm.  Hugh’s Room Live is located at 2261 Dundas Street West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  Tickets are $25. in advance, $30 @ the door.  For Brunch Reservations and/or Concert Tickets go to hughsroomlive.com or call (416) 533-LIVE . Hugh’s Room offers a lovely lunch menu. Please call ahead to make your lunch reservations.

Gospel Music Series Alumni

Lance Anderson, Njacko Backo, The Barrel Boys, Lonnie “Big Ben” Bennett, Bucky Berger, Karen Michelle Bergmann, Gail Berry, Salome Bey, Diana Braithwaite, Alana Bridgewater, Danny Brooks, Nikki D Brown & The Sisters of Thunder, Basia Bulat, Alphanso Burke Jr., Chuck Campbell, Rebecca Campbell, The Campbell Brothers, Linda Carvery, Aviva Chernick, Tristan Clark, Calvin& Grace Cooke, Andrew Craig, John T. Davis, Rosalyn Dennett, Melisa Devost, Kim Doolittle, Andrew Downing, Teresa Doyle, Nicole Edwards, Joan Elliott, Frank Evans, John Finley, Michael Fonfara, Galitcha (Chris MacLean & Kuljit Sodhi), Eve Goldberg, J.K. Gulley, Caitlin Hanford,Kim Harris, Reggie Harris, Mati Haskell, Ginny Hawker, Kevin Head, House of Doc, Jacob & Lily,Joe Jencks, Tabby Johnson, Rev. Robert B. Jones, Sister Bernice Jones, Hiram Joseph, George Koller, Penny Lang, Jani Lauzon, The Laws (Michele & John), The Levy Sisters, Amoy Levy, Ciceal Levy, Colin Linden, Claire Lynch, Samantha Martin, John Mays, Ellen McIllwaine, Linda McRae, Geordie Millar, Jacob Moon, Linda Morrison, Charlene Nafziger, Arnie Naiman, Helena Nash, Paul Novotny, Odetta, George Olliver, Marlene O’Neill, Ndidi Onukwulu, Original Sloth Band & The Honolulu Heartbreakers, Pat Patrick, Rhonelle Patrick, Dennis Pendrith, Fred Penner, Colina Phillips, Mighty Popo, Cheryl Prashker, Kathy Reid-Naiman, Betty Richardson, Jackie Richardson, Sharon Riley, Donné Roberts, Uncle Mike Rosteing, Mose Scarlett,Shakura S’Aida, Jane Sapp, Joel Schwartz, Joe Sealy, Jay Sewall, Jane Siberry, Tannis Slimmon, Jivaro Smith, The Sojourners (Marcus Mosely, Will Sanders, Khari McClelland), Soul Influence, Jeremiah Sparks, The Stacks (Tania Elizabeth & Andy Stack), Vicki St. Pierre, Dione Taylor, Len Udow, Suzie Vinnick, David Wall, Jackie Washington, Alastair Whitehead, Terry Wilkins, Michelle Willis, and a full compliment of Whiteleys ~ Ben, Chris, Dan, Jenny, Jesse and Ken.

Top Selling Recordings

Ken’s Incredible One-Day-Wonder Gospel Music Workshop & Concert Program

Ken loves to share his gospel singing workshop and concert program with choirs, congregations and singing groups both large and small. This program is for everyone who likes to sing and have fun.No choir experience is needed. It is for all ages, all voices. The one day workshop includes: (a) Gospel Workshop & Rehearsal with Ken and (b) Evening Concert Performance with YOU (The One-Day-Wonder Gospel Workshop Choir) and Ken. This program has run in welcoming communities of Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia. Don’t miss this fabulous opportunity to sing in Ken Whiteley’s incredible Gospel Workshop Choir. Amaze yourself, your family and friends too!

For bookings and additional information contact: shari (at) kenwhiteley (dot) com

“Ken picked us up by the spirit and got us to sing … really sing! There was a lot of smiling going on, I can tell you!”

~ The Reverend Brian E. Pearson, Saint Stephen’s Anglican Church, Calgary

“Emmanuel Howard Park United Church is always happy to welcome Ken Whiteley to our sanctuary! Whether it is the soul-stirring harmonies and uplifting gospel sound at our annual ‘Carols by Candlelight’ service on Christmas Eve, or Ken’s patient teaching and obvious knowledge and passion for gospel music at our recurring Gospel workshops and Ken’s Gospel concerts, we never fail to be reminded that “Gospel music makes US feel all right!”.

~ Joanna Mills, Gospel Choir Director, Emmanuel Howard Park United Church, Toronto

“Our congregation loves Ken Whiteley. The words to his songs express the faith that we live. The music is accomplished, lively and passionate, with a great blend of instruments and voices from his fellow musicians and friends. We always leave wanting more of his songs in church.”

~ The Reverend Gary van der Meer, St. John’s Anglican Church, West Toronto

“I hardly ever make these kind of introductions unless there is good reason to do so. Ken is a gifted performer and a wonderful person. He can hold a sacred space and is comfortable in a religious UU context. He is very good at helping the congregation sing together and is more than willing to work with others to develop music for the service. He is fun to work with too.”

~ The Reverend Wayne Walder, Neighbourhood Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Toronto

Gospel Music Concerts & Festival Events

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Ken Whiteley & The Fabulous Levy Sisters

Ken Whiteley & The Fabulous Levy Sisters with a bassist (Ben Whiteley, George Koller, Dennis Pendrith, Daniel Koulack) are available for smaller concerts, house concerts, workshops and music festivals. George Koller is pictured in above right photo and Ben Whiteley is in the above left photo.

Ken Whiteley’s Gospel All-Stars

Ken Whiteley’s Gospel All-Stars features Ken with up to 4 additional vocalists (Amoy Levy, Ciceal Levy, Pat Patrick, David Wall), bassist (Ben Whiteley, George Koller, Dennis Pendrith, Daniel Koulack) and drummer (Bucky Berger). Horns and keys may also be added.

To book Ken Whiteley & The Fabulous Levy Sisters or Ken Whiteley’s Gospel All-Stars contact: shari (at) kenwhiteley (dot) com

A bit more about Ken’s Touring Gospel All-Stars

Ken Whiteley is the founder and host of the Toronto Sunday Gospel music series at Hugh’s Room. He is a prolific songwriter, a gifted and versatile guitarist and mandolinist, and a powerful singer. His musical peers affectionately refer to him as a “playing encyclopedia” for his depth and range of styles, covering everything from folk to blues, gospel and swing. Nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award, his newest recording Another Day’s Journey covers a lot of ground, old and new, with depth, soul and originality. Ken is the proud recipient of the Estelle Klein Lifetime Achievement Award, Mariposa Folk Hall of Fame and has been nominated for numerous Juno and Maple Blues Awards. Gospel Makes Me Feel Alright! which is a live recording from the very first gospel series in 2003, continues to be a best seller at the concerts and online.

The Fabulous Levy Sisters (Amoy & Ciceal) are respected for their groundbreaking work within the gospel community in Toronto. They have been singing with Ken for over 15 years and have also performed with people as diverse as Pete Seeger, Celine Dion and Kirk Franklin. Amoy’s gorgeous soprano and Ciceal’s rich alto have graced many of Ken’s recordings and they are always audience favourites wherever they sing.

David Wall is a composer, lyricist, singer and vocal coach. As lead vocalist of the much revered rhythm and blues band the Bourbon Tabernacle Choir, David toured Canada Extensively, appearing regularly on television and radio. He has performed and recorded with an impressive cross-section of artists including Big Sugar, The Barenaked Ladies, Lorraine Segato and Ken Whiteley. His most recent musical journey as a singer had been into the world of Jewish tradition where he has achieved success recording and touring internationally as lead voice of Toronto’s Flying Bulgar Klezmer Band and Winnipeg’s From Both Ends of the Earth.

Pat Patrick is “one of Toronto’s, and possibly the country’s, deepest bass vocalists.” He has an incredibly rich bass voice, which is infused with sincerity and musical skills. Whether singing harmonies or a solo, Pat is always an engaging performer and an audience favourite. He is a member of Ken Whiteley’s touring Gospel Revue band and can be heard singing on many of Ken’s cds, including Thank You Lord!, Gospel Makes Me Feel Alright! and One World Dance.

Bucky Berger is the drummer for the Juno Award winning Blues ensemble Fathead.Originally from Montreal, Bucky emerged on the Toronto music scene in the seventies and has played and recorded with Chilliwack, Rough Trade, Mr. Dressup, Danny Brooks, The Whiteley Brothers, Maria Muldaur and many others. Ken is always delighted to have Bucky join him on the gospel shows.

Ben Whiteley is a highly sought after bassist who plays with Basia Bulat, Old Man Luedecke, The Good Lovelies, The Weather Station, to name only a few. After a number of years of stellar work holding down the “bottom end”, Ben now brings his winning stage presence and superb musicianship to what has become a somewhat infrequent treat of seeing father and son perform together.

Named National Jazz Awards Bassist of the Year 2007, few people know that George Koller also plays a variety of instruments including cello, sitar, sarode, mandolin, diruba; many featured on his award-winning solo CD, Music for Plants, Animals, and Humans. He has also accumulated hundreds of widely diverse performing and recording credits in his expansive musical career working with The Shuffle Demons, Phil Woods, Peter Gabriel, Loreena McKennitt, Bruce Cockburn, Holly Cole, Ian Tyson, Joe Sealy, and many, many others. George has shared many a stage with Ken across the country. He also co-produced Ken’s Listening CD and he has played on many of Ken’s recordings including Gospel Music Makes Me Feel Alright!