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Saturday, March 20, 2010

Art of Time's Songbook 4 to feature Gregory Hoskins

Art of Time Ensemble
-       Andrew Burashko, Artistic Director-
presents
The Songbook 4

Featuring Gregory Hoskins
performing an eclectic set of twelve of his favourite songs,
accompanied by the Art of Time Ensemble

Tuesday May 25 - Wednesday May 26, 2010, 8PM
Enwave Theatre | 231 Queens Quay West
Tickets: $19-$49         Box Office: 416-973-4000

Toronto, March 4, 2010- The acclaimed Art of Time Ensemble, under the Artistic Direction of Andrew Burashko, is pleased to present The Songbook 4, featuring Canadian singer Gregory Hoskins, on Tuesday May 25 and Wednesday May 26, 2010 at Harbourfront Centre's Enwave Theatre.

The Songbook 4
has Gregory Hoskins performing an eclectic set of 12 of his favourite songs including original material and covers by Paul Simon, Nick Cave, Gordon Lightfoot, Mary Margaret O'Hara, Jane Siberry, Cole Porter, Tom Waits, Radiohead, Leonard Cohen, and others in innovative new arrangements by acclaimed composers, accompanied by some of the finest classical and jazz musicians in the country.
The Musicians:
 Andrew Burashko Piano
Benjamin Bowman Violin
Phil Dwyer Sax
Rachel Mercer Cello
Rob Piltch Guitar
Joe Phillips Bass

The Arrangers:
 Bryden Baird (Feist's collaborator)
Gavin Bryars
Robert Carli
Aaron Davis
Hilario Duran
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,

Previous Art of Time productions have met with high praise. J.D. Considine of The Globe and Mail notes the recent sold out Brasil concerts "presented a fał▀ade 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."

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.

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