January 28

Rik Emmett at Hugh’s Room – January 26 & 27, 2019

By Sally Warburton

Sunday, January 27 was the 2nd of two nights when Rik Emmett and Dave Dunlop performed at Hugh’s Room Live, Toronto.  Musician, songwriter, record producer, instructor at Humber College’s Business Music program, Rik Emmett is best known for his time with the group Triumph. A proficient and versatile bass guitarist, Emmett is also a vocalist, synthesizer and piano player.  

The sold out show filled the venue with Triumph fans – Rik Emmett’s band from the 70’s and 80’s.  Not a word was heard once Emmett and Dunlop started playing. This was a focussed fan filled audience. Music fans were there to remember the music and to hear the new releases by both Emmett and Dunlop.  Between songs Emmett reminisced about growing up in the local area near Hugh’s Room…telling interesting stories and facts about his youth and his schools. The audience reminisced along with them both… 

At the front entry across from the welcoming bar, was the merchandise table with Rik Emmett and Dave Dunlop’s collaborative CD Troubs and Dave Dunlop’s solo CD Monarch Girl – both pre-autographed.  A bright red manual -Triumph the Book – an Intimate Look at One of Rock’s Greatest Spectacles by Philip Kamin and Peter Goddard was for sale…and selling fast!   Hugh’s Room is an interesting venue with photos of past performers ….just like Massey Hall had….  Guests can arrive early to have dinner and then enjoy drinks during the shows.  Rik Emmett and Dave Dunlop’s music was beautiful. The atmosphere relaxing. The music fans were there to hear the music….and they weren’t disappointed.  It was a beautiful evening of music at a wonderful, intimate venue. A very fine evening.

We would like to thanks Jane Harbury for the invitation to this event/