Category Archives: club

November 08

Myles Goodwyn@Hugh’s Room Live-Mon.,Nov.4th,2019

By Wayne Baggs Oh, what a night. When a band warms up the tubes doing SRV’s Scuttle Buttin they have my attention, because you’ve got to have chops to pull that off. The guitar work of Warren Robert’s was just amazing as was the keyboard artistry of Ross Ballard. Combine that with the tight rhythm […]

October 13

Dar Williams@Hugh’s Room Live -Fri.,Oct.11th,2019

By Wayne Baggs On a stage alone with just an acoustic guitar is about as vulnerable as a musician can get. Personal songs that represent her thoughts on not only her own life but those of the broader forces in the world, Dar writes songs that matter. Like all great songwriters, Dar is more than […]

September 29

Madison Violet@Hugh’s Room Live-Thursday, September 26, 2019

By Wayne Baggs Madison Violet’s music and performance will give you goose bumps. The depth of the lyric content combined with the emotionally stunning harmonizing can bring tears if you’re not careful. I observed a few. Hugh’s Room Live setting only enhances that feeling. This isn’t the sugary boohoo broken heart sap. There is a […]

September 27

CANDYRAT GUITAR NIGHT WITH LUCA STRICAGNOLI AND GARETH PEARSON @HUGH’S ROOM LIVE-Sat.,Sept.21st,2019

By Wayne Baggs If you’re unfamiliar with the names Gareth Pearson or Luca Stricagnoli, then where have you been? Millions of YouTube views to their credit, I know you know them. Both own offensively tasteful chord inversions and innovative styles. Lead guitar mesmerisingly winding its way effortlessly from Chet to Django and Lenny Breau, they […]

August 01

Honey Jam 2019-The Launch and Meet the Producers-July25th&29th,2019

By Sally Warburton Two of the events leading up to the 2019 Honey Jam were the Honey Jam Launch on July 25th and Meet the Producers on July 29 To start here’s the history. Honey Jam 2019 is the 24th Year of Honey Jam. Founder Ebonnie Rowe proudly compared the 24th year of Honey Jam […]

July 30

Bonds of Mara@Lee’s Palace-Thurs.,July 25th,2019

By Wayne Baggs Bonds of Mara, I was ready for some great high energy, loud rock. I got it in spades. These guys came out tight and ready to go, loud and proud right from start to finish. The sum is greater than the parts with this made in Canada band. The pieces are pretty […]

July 18

Guitar Week With Colin Linden@Hugh’s Room-Mon.,July 15th, 2019

By Wayne Baggs One of Toronto’s most significant music exports comes home for a one-off gig at Hugh’s Room Live as part of guitar week. Joined by his old buddies John Dymond on bass and drummer Gary Craig, Colin does what Colin always does. A great setlist of music spanning decades and honouring pieces of […]

July 17

Fingerstyle Guitarists: Antoine Dufour, Trevor Gordon Hall, Van Larkins@Hugh’s Room-Sat.,July 13th,2019

By Wayne Baggs I was supposed to be at the Roxodus Fest watching Kid Rock and Alice Cooper. Instead, I found myself at Hugh’s Room Live for the first night of Guitar Week. Sometimes you end up with something the total opposite, leaving a lasting impression. Instead of loud rock and thousands of screaming fans, […]

July 07

Drive-By Truckers@Lee’s Palace-Wed.,July 3rd,2019

By Wayne Baggs Lots and lots of touring, the right old fashion way of becoming one of the best live rock bands out there today. Since the formation of The Drive-By Truckers in 1996 only two original members remain. Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley are sharing lead vocal and guitar duties. They are also the […]

July 01

TORONTO JAZZ FESTIVAL-JUNE 21st-JUNE 30th,2019

By Wayne Baggs Great Venues, great weather, and top jazz players from locally and around the world. What a great way to spend the week. The options for free outdoor shows were plenty. The venues, being located within a comfortable walking distance of each other, made planning a day of great outdoor music easy. The […]

June 07

The 50th Anniversary of McKenna Mendelson Mainline Album-“STINK”Performed By Slidewinder @The Hughs Room Live-Thursday, June 6th

By Wayne Baggs What kind of blues player has the licks to take on Gary Moore’s, Still Got The Blues? Mike Mckenna! His band Slidewinder did just that Thursday, June 6th at The Hughs Room Live. Mike’s playing is so smooth and musical.  I could listen to him play all night. He is only reinforcing what […]

June 02

13GO WITH VERNON REID @HUGH’S ROOM-Thurs.,May 30th,2019

By Wayne Baggs Once in a while, a live music fan happens to be at the right place at the right time. The date of the first Raptors game was it for me. From the first note, 13go at the Hughs Room Live gave us a pretty good idea that something special was about to […]

May 16

Canadian Music Week Highlights-Lemonheads, Tokyo Police Club, Linda Perry, Poo Bear, Nile Rodgers, Dave Stewart, Jermaine Dupri and The Live Music Industry Awards @Toronto- Mon.,May 6th-Sunday,May 12th,2019

Straight ahead Indie radio pop hooks from start to finish. Tokyo Police Club started with DLTFWYH, from the latest album, and never let up. The Phoenix was jumping until the last beat. The crowd was feeding off the live energy of a band that was feeding off the power of a pumped sold-out crowd. A […]

May 08

TELEVISION@THE PHOENIX CONCERT THEATRE-Mon.,May 6th,2019

PHOTOGRAPHY BY FRANKLIN LAU & REVIEW BY WAYNE BAGGS It’s 1977, a radio station in Brampton with reception so weak it was hardly receivable in the GTA, is broadcasting Talking Heads – Talking Heads 77, Television – Marquee Moon, Iggy Pop – The Idiot, The Clash – The Clash, The Stranglers – Rattus Norvegicus and […]

May 03

Six Hits On Eight Picks Playing CMW(Canadian Music Week)May,6th-12th, 2019

Six Hits On Eight Picks Playing CMW Indie Rock/Pop’s LITTLE COYOTE, RIME SALMI, MAX PARKER, PTERODACTYL PROBLEMS & KUTCH Folk/Electro Duo IN THE CITY, Jazz Hero ORI DAGAN & RnB/Soul Supergroup THE COMMOTIONS LITTLE COYOTE Toronto-based indie rock / alt. pop artist whose vocals have been called “soul singing,” “elegant,” “impressive,” “stunning” and “satisfying” New […]