A crowd-pleasing dining experience is the perfect warm-up act to every performance at Hugh’s Room — one of Canada’s premier live music venues. Sample a delectably diverse range of menu options in an inviting, intimate concert hall setting, while you enjoy musical act The Troubs. Hugh’s Room has hosted performances from Ron Sexsmith to Richie Havens, Judy Collins to Jesse Winchester.

SongStudio in Toronto • July 16 – 22, 2011

From Saturday July 16 through to Friday July 22, 2011, for the seventh year in a row, enjoy intimate concerts and Q&A sessions with well-known and up-and-coming songwriters, info sessions with music producers, publishers and other industry types, as well as one-on-one access to engaged and passionate faculty members, who also happen to be acclaimed songwriters.

Held on the downtown campus of Toronto’s Ryerson University, this “week-long adventure in songwriting” will be led by music industry veterans Rik Emmett and Blair Packham, along with musicians/songwriters Bill McKetrick and Allister Bradley.

As always, the week will focus on learning how to write your best songs ever. There will be many chances for performing in front of supportive, attentive audiences in a warm, nurturing environment.

SongStudio’s format is designed to help you acquire strategies and tools to help turn your ideas into real, finished songs. Good songs that speak to your audience. If you have something to express through song, we can help. Maybe you only write lyrics. At SongStudio, chances are you’ll meet someone who needs help with their words, or who only writes music. And in the meantime, we can help you make your lyrics communicate more effectively, and help you learn how to write effective, compelling melodies and chord changes.

Something else happens at our workshops. Some might call it networking. We prefer to think of it as making friends, and if the last four years are any indication, many of the friendships made at our past workshops will be for life. This is a beautiful thing. So often, songwriting is a solitary art. When the experience can be shared, a community builds.

At SongStudio you will sing, you will laugh, you will listen, you’ll “talk shop”, but most of all, you will grow as a writer and as an artist.

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Pavlo, Rik Emmett & Oscar Lopez - Live at Koerner Hall, Saturday November 20th

Pavlo’s melodic Mediterranean guitar playing, former Triumph member Rik Emmett’s brilliant riffs, and Oscar Lopez’s guitar mastery infused with Latin soul, together create a thrilling alchemy.

Do not miss this trio of passionate acoustic guitar wizardry.

Koerner Hall

Koerner Hall is an 1,135 seat venue designed in the tradition of the classic “shoebox” venues of Europe, built without compromise and with a mission to provide acoustic perfection for music of all genres.

Classical, jazz, pop, opera, and world music will all be right at home in Koerner Hall; and with its high ceiling and state-of-the-art projection and communication technology, Koerner Hall is perfect for films, lectures, and educational or corporate conferences. With its layered ribbon of wood forming a floating ceiling canopy, integrating an acoustic reflector, performance lighting and technical bridges, Koerner Hall provides a dramatic yet intimate ambience between the audience and performers. The spectacular balconies offer an extraordinary view of the city while the glass lobbies welcome guests to Koerner Hall.

“Arts lovers will reserve their biggest cheers for the long-awaited unveiling of the Royal Conservatory of Music’s splendid new concert venue, Koerner Hall, at the heart of the RCM’s new Telus Centre.”
Martin Knelman, Toronto Star