Patsy Cline: Toronto Singers Keep The Country Star's Legacy Alive
All-star roots music lineup celebrates singer’s 90th birthday, September 8 at Lula Lounge
After a two-year break, one of Toronto’s longest-running music events — the annual tribute to singer Patsy Cline — is returning to Lula Lounge on Thursday Sept. 8.
Hosted and curated by Heather Morgan, this will be the 15th time that the event’s been held to commemorate Cline’s legacy; the all-star concert is being held on what would have been Cline’s 90th birthday.
Only 30 when she died in a plane crash in 1963, Cline’s influence on generations of singers is as strong than ever. One of the best remembered artists from country music's golden age, the songs she was associated with are interpreted today by artists in many different genres.
Artists at the Lula Lounge concert include jazz singers Julie Michels and Sophia Perlman, blues-based artists Ginger St. James and Danny Marks, the Daniel-Raum trio led by classical violinist Erica Raum, trombonist-singer Charlotte McAfee-Brunner, pop/cabaret singers Sonya Coté and Samantha Windover as well as country artists Russell deCarle, Kathryn Rose and Helen Stewart. (Full list added below.)
What: The 15th annual celebration of the music of country singer Patsy Cline
Who: 13 different artists perform their favourite Patsy Cline songs
Where: Lula Lounge Toronto, 1585 Dundas Street West
When: Thursday, Sept. 8, 2022
Showtime: Doors at 7:00 p.m.; show 8:30 p.m sharp (note early start)
Tickets: $25 advance, $35 at the door
Dinner reservations guarantee seating: call (416) 588-0307, or visit online @ www.lulalounge.ca
More details @ Facebook page: m.facebook.com/events
WHO’S TAKING PART
Performers for this year's show include:
Sonya Jezebel Coté (chanteuse, actor, author)
Russell deCarle (now solo; once lead singer with Prairie Oyster)
Laura Hubert (formerly with the late-lamented Leslie Spit Trio) Danny Marks (blues guitarist/singer, busiest player in town))
Charlotte McAfee-Brunner (old-school jazz trombonist and singer)
Julie Michels (Toronto-based jazz singer)
Heather Morgan (founder of the annual Patsy Cline events)
Sophia Perlman (jazz singer with soul)
Kathryn Rose (singer-songwriter, international road warrior)
Ginger St James (Hamilton-based blues rocker) Helen Stewart (veteran old-school country singer)
The Daniel-Raum Trio (a classical group’s take on Patsy Cline) Samantha Windover (a regular at this show since she was 14)
The artists will be accompanied by a band led by guitarist Steve Briggs including Dennis Pendrith (bass), Teddy Hawkins (drums/harmony vocals), and Dennis Keldie (keys, accordion) and Burke Carroll (pedal steel).
The concert will support Artscan Circle, an organization that helps youth, providing musical instruments and sending touring artists to remote Indigenous communities.