The atmosphere at Hugh’s Room Live in Toronto, ON was warm and cozy for the first ever Storytellers, a songwriters showcase presented by Dave Woods. His monthly songwriter series, Stories, Songs & Six Strings has been so popular, as the Moonshine Cafe is usually at capacity show after show, that Woods decided to expand and bring even more artists to a bigger location. This tiny series has blossomed into a hot-ticket item that fans can’t wait to get their hands on!
“I had the idea for doing a songwriters showcase for a while at Hugh’s Room Live.”, Woods explains. ” It’s such an amazing listening room, serves great meals and holds up to 200 people. The name Storytellers came to me one day and seemed to fit what it’s all about. I really wanted to create a night of magic with some of the best artists, writers and voices around. All of them are Ontario artists except Don Amero who flew in from Manitoba to take part in the show. We managed to almost fill the place and the night couldn’t have gone better. I loved seeing other artists and industry members in the audience. Right now, I’m working on more of these bigger shows including a repeat event at Hugh’s Room Live in 2020. Of course, my ongoing monthly songwriters series at The Moonshine Cafe in Oakville will continue to be something I treasure and look forward to.”
The first ever Storytellers featured an all-star lineup of musicians, who were divided into two groups of performances. Each round the artists took turns sharing songs, both new and old, from their catalogues, and the stories behind them. There were opportunities for fans to mingle with the artists after the performances for a photo op and an autograph. The performers were Genevieve Fisher, Don Amero, Kelly Prescott, Stacey Lee Guse, Jamie Warren, Leah Daniels, Kansas Stone and Josh David.
Highlights of the night including hearing Genevieve Fisher sing an emotional performance of “1943” in honour of her dear grandmother, the beautiful harmonies of Don Amero and Kelly Prescott and the on-stage chemistry of Stacey Lee Guse and her accompaniment, husband Shane Guse.
If you are craving a different musical experience, one that provides you with an up-close and intimate experience with today’s hottest talent in country music, interviews with a seasoned veteran, as Woods also plays host to a podcast called In the Country with Dave Woods, and a delicious meal, then be sure to get a ticket to the next Storytellers in 2020!
Stacey Lee Guse
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I’m Nicole, a biology teacher by day, but my life revolves around music. I’m that girl that you will always find with the concert t-shirt on and ear buds in. It is rare that you find me without some type of music playing in the background. I connect all of my life experiences to music. It truly has its own language in my heart. There is nothing more exciting than taking in all that a concert has to offer. I love to support local Canadian acts and attend as many shows that I can.