Rick Roberts to join GH at Soulpepper Cabaret…and ask the tough questions.

Soulp.Annon2Award-winning actor/playwright Rick Roberts has been tapped to act as host and moderator for the Cabaret at Soulpepper (The Young Center for the Performing Arts, Distillery District, Toronto) this Saturday, May 10. While the evening will feature a healthy dose of solo performances of songs new and old, these Cabaret performances also serve as an opportunity to engage in spirited discussion a few times throughout the evening with the featured artist, a discussion led by a member or a friend of the company.  Every topic…except math…and politics…and what constitutes “art”…and religion…and sports…and fashion…will be on the table.  What’s left to talk about, you ask?  Plenty, but you’ll have to come to find out.

To get your tickets, go to Soulpepper – Cabaret Series

Just in: A reunion of The King(s) of Good Intentions

April 6.Hosk

A late-breaking opportunity came up at the venerable Toronto Club Hugh’s Room (we wish Jesse Winchester a speedy recovery!) and the idea was proposed that Gary, George, and I reconvene the trio that recorded on The King of Good Intentions and The Beggar Heart. It’s been some years since we last played together…I’m thinking maybe six…so I’m looking forward to seeing what will happen on stage.  That rhythm section was the envy of many a singer-songwriter, and I always knew how lucky I was to have them along.  If you were (are) a fan of those recordings, we hope to see you April 6, 8PM for what is sure to be a memorable night!!

To reserve your seat, go to TicketBreak Ltd. Online Tickets Canada

Two Books on a Recording Console

2 BooksTwenty seven years ago, a couple of years before the internet was conceived, a mother gifted her young songwriter son with these two books. Probably for his birthday.  Except for a brief stint in storage, these two volumes would sit front and center on every writing desk the young man ever occupied, in every dark corner, basement locker, converted chicken coop, or stifling top floor alcove.  These books do not contain the words like selfie, twerk, ringtone, biodiesel, polyamory, carjack, bromance, emoticon, or dramedy.  And this is good.  gh


It’s all non-fiction. And “troubadoury” is a word now.

Coule ReviewThis is from a music blog review.
I forget that when strangers listen, they’re not sure if the songs are fiction or not.

“Not knowing Hoskins, I can only guess at the darkness that haunts him, can only imagine the wee voices bringing substance to the visions he creates. Whether he is documenting reality, or creating a reality of imagination, Hoskins’ songs provide much to consider- even when lyrics inspire the listener to look away.”

Just to be clear:  it’s all non-fiction.

For the whole review, go to http://fervorcoulee.wordpress.com/

A Painted Providence Line

A lovely, lovely contemporary painter (who dropped by the concert in Montreal) Suzanne Caron has, from time to time, done paintings based on snippets of songs or poetry of mine.  I am a huge fan of colour, though you might not know that from the blacks and grays I wear.  Seeing this makes me happy.  The snippet (included in the painting at the bottom):  You take yours and I’ll take mine/And we’ll leave the rest all behind/Dip our memories in turpentine/Watch the colours run down Providence Line.Artwork 153_PROV

January 11, 2014. Montreal.

This is a very cool space to see music, surrounded by wood and machinery, with great sound and lighting.
From Michael Greenfield, Luthier;
“I have organized an intimate series of concerts which take place right here in my workshop! I have no interest in becoming a concert promoter, want to keep this REALLY simple and 100% of the proceeds go to the artists! As there are only 50 seats available, please RSVP at your earliest convenience to let me know how many places to reserve for you. Your cash donation will be collected at the door. As these concerts take place in my workshop, please do not bring any food or beverage.”

To get in touch with Michael for reservations, please email him at mike@greenfieldguitars.com
Saturday, January 11, 2014. 8PM. $30 Suggested Donation.

JAN 11

Singing “Pilgrim” by Steve Earle

A rehearsal for a performance a few weeks ago captured on an iPhone by reed player Rob Carli.  I don’t often sing other people’s songs…not saying that is a good thing.  It’s hard to do—for me, at any rate— but there is usually a pay off when I finally figure a way into the lyric.  What started out as a chore singing this song turned into to something quite the opposite when it came time to perform.  What a great job I have…

Piano and kalimba:  Andrew Burashko
Bass:  Andrew Downing
Cello:  Thomas Wiebe
Guitar:  Rob Piltch
Violin:  Benjamin Bowman
Dobro:  Don Rooke

Singing with The Art of Time Ensemble, Oct 25 & 26, 2013

Very excited to be singing versions of “You’re Not Alone”, a song penned by Jeff Tweedy for Mavis Staples on the record he produced for her from 2010;  “Wayfaring Stranger”, the arrangement by Gavin Bryars, based on Charlie Haden’s killer version of this plaintive spiritual/folk song; and Steve Earle’s “Pilgrim”.

I’ll be joining gospel powerhouse Jackie Richardson, preeminent contemporary choir Choir 21, along with choreographer David Earl and 5 dancers.  These evenings with The Art of Time always….always…hold a few surprises and are unlike evenings out in any other concert venue. Top notch artists and an eclectic mix of genre and style…I always learn a ton.

You oughta’ come.  Click here to go to the A.O.T page for a complete listing of artists and repertoire.