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Monday, May 17, 2010

Art of Time's Songbook with Gregory Hoskins Next Week

Art of Time Ensemble presents

The Songbook 4 featuring Gregory Hoskins

accompanied by the Art of Time Ensemble

Tuesday May 25 and Wednesday May 26 at Harbourfront Centre's Enwave Theatre

Toronto, May 17, 2010- The acclaimed Art of Time Ensemble i presents The Songbook 4, featuring Canadian singer-songwriter Gregory Hoskins, on Tuesday May 25 and Wednesday May 26, 2010 at Harbourfront Centre's Enwave Theatre.

The exceptional Gregory Hoskins performs twelve of his favourite songs, including original material and covers of Paul Simon, Nick Cave, Gordon Lightfoot, Jane Siberry, Tom Waits, Radiohead, Leonard Cohen, and others; re-imagined for the Art of Time Ensemble by extraordinary composers from the worlds of classical, jazz and pop music.

The Art of Time Ensemble includes some of the finest classical and jazz musicians in the country including pianist and AOT Artistic Director Andrew Burashko, who performed with Joel Quarrington on the album Garden Scene (Analekta) that recently earned a 2010 Juno for Classical Album of the Year: Solo or Chamber Ensemble.

Andrew Burashko Piano
Benjamin Bowman Violin
Phil Dwyer Sax
Amy Laing Cello
Justin Abedin Guitar
Joe Phillips Bass

Bryden Baird (Feist's collaborator)
Gavin Bryars
Robert Carli
Aaron Davis
Hilario Duran
Phil Dwyer
Jonathan Goldsmith
Michael Occhipinti
Dann Parr
Cameron Wilson

Gregory Hoskins released his first recording for True North Records with his band The Stickpeople at the age of 27. Both 1991's Moon Come Up and 1993's follow-up] Raids On The Unspeakable established Hoskins as a new voice on the Canadian music scene but after a slew of singles, videos, and road work he dissolved the band in 1995 and disappeared. After a mysterious six-year withdrawal from the music business, Hoskins re-emerged in 2001 with the remarkable solo CD, The King of Good Intentions, praised by critics for its "quiet soul, haunting voice, and lyrics (that) speak of the hard lessons he has obviously learned over the last decade."

Between February 2007 and May 2008, he released 3 recordings: the studio recording The Beggar Heart featuring a searing duet with Serena Ryder on "Never A Stranger Kiss"; his first live recording and DVD Pleasure & Relief; and a "solo acoustic" compilation Alone In The Mayor's House...Almost for U.S. label Candy Rat Records.

Hoskins has opened for Sarah McLachlan, the Indigo Girls, the Neville Brothers, Bruce Cockburn, Rickie Lee Jones, Hawksley Workman and folk-legend Odetta among many others. He currently lives and works musically on Manitoulin Island in Northern Ontario.

Hoskins: "To be invited to sing...invited... is always an honour, whether it is in a concert hall or on top of a garbage pile. To be invited to sing with Art of Time Ensemble is different again. If I accept, I accept to step outside the comfort zone of my own songs, my own words, the safety of my own wonderful band mates; I accept the task of choosing material (especially difficult for me because I don't listen to much); I accept to work in the spirit of collaboration with the incredible arrangers on the project (this can trigger massive waves of control issues); I accept to come clean with said arrangers with regards to my illiteracy in the proper language of music (i can't read or write notation... i simply nod and smile when terms like rubato, klangfarbenmelodie, and scordatura are used); I accept to publicly perform some fairly iconic tunes (tough for a man who rarely does covers); and finally, I accept to share the stage with a stellar group of adventurous musicians. Pretty much a no brainer."

Previous Art of Time productions have met with high praise. J.D. Considine of The Globe and Mail notes the sold out Brasil concerts "presented a façade of effortless grace that belied how much was going on beneath the surface... ravishing." John Terauds of The Toronto Star calls the group in performance "a delicate balance between classical expression and modern sensibility... as memorable as the creativity behind them," and said of its last concert, The Kreutzer Sonata, that the "ensemble takes audience from music to pure human emotion." Art of Time provides a unique musical experience that breaks down barriers between artistic and musical disciplines, and reveals the vibrancy of classical music as a contemporary artistic expression, appealing to a range of audiences.

Art of Time Ensemble presents The Songbook 4 featuring Gregory Hoskins

Tuesday May 25 - Wednesday May 26, 2010, 8PM

Harbourfront Centre's Enwave Theatre, 231 Queens Quay West

Tickets: $19-$49; Box Office: 416-973-4000. Information:


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