When we go out in Toronto to enjoy live music, more often than not it’s to Hugh’s Room. We’ve been there for Ramblin’ Jack, for Ian Tyson, for the Carolina Chocolate Drops, for the McGarrigles back when Kate was still gracing the planet, for Stacie Earle and Mark Stuart, for John McEuen, for Valdy, for Leon Redbone – oh, and let’s not forget Tom Russell, and the Kruger Brothers and April Verch and David Bromberg and the late great Jesse Winchester – and so many more of our favourite performers.
For fans of what is now broadly called “roots music” or worse, “Americana”, it’s been the place to go for live music in Toronto for years. I get regular emails with updates on who is coming and when a show comes up we want to attend, I just call up and reserve a table for dinner. All the seats are good, the sound is fine, and unlike in the pop genre where the performer is a tiny dot on a stage in the distance, the shows at Hugh’s Room are friendly and so much more intimate.
There are a number of shows coming up that are right up our alley. The Banjo Special is February 8, Iris DeMent is coming February 27 and 28, the Kruger Brothers are returning March 8 – and it’s not up on the Hugh’s Room website yet but April Verch’s website says she is returning to town for some Ottawa Valley fiddle and step-dancing at the end of April.
We’re really fortunate here in Toronto to have many fantastic performers come through town, and to have a friendly and comfortable place to enjoy them.
UPDATE: got tickets for Iris DeMent…wahoooooo!