Memories of Louis Jannetta and the Imperial Room

Showtime: Friday, March 23, 2018

Location: RBC Theatre

This evening’s concert is a musical journey from the 50’s to the 90’s. Patti Jannetta will share warm stories of her father Louis Jannetta and his life among the stars as show business Maitre D’ at the iconic Royal York Hotel Imperial Ballroom. Memorable music will have guests travelling down the ‘historical steps of musical time’

A teen actress in the Canadian production of the Las Vegas and LA theater version of Jesus Christ Superstar, Patti’s performed across Canada, the US, Europe and Asia. She’s released three albums, 2 music videos and starred in her own CTV national special A Family Christmas with Patti Jannetta. Patti wrote and toured with Bo Diddley, and shared the stage with artists from Michael Buble and Burton Cummings to Jackie Richardson and Michael Burgess. A Juno Award nominee, Patti received a Diamond Record for the Much Music Dance hit Tell Me You Love Me and received the Canadian Recording Legacy Award. Patti’s in constant demand as a performer, host and MC.

Based on true stories and her own experiences from her father Louis Jannetta’s book, King of the Maître’d’s, My Life Among the Stars, Patti is thrilled to bring her self-written production Memories of Louis Jannetta and The Imperial Room to life!

Jackie Richardson is an electrifying, award-winning, world-class performer and one of Canada’s foremost singers of gospel, blues and jazz whose career includes performances in concert, radio, television and recordings. She has performed across Canada and in countries around the world. Jackie has received the NAACP, Juno, Betty, Dora, Jesse, Gemini, South African Women for Women Awards and Nominations.

Jackie was also presented with Lifetime Achievement Awards from The Toronto Blues Society, The Canadian Black Achievement Awards, The Ken Page Memorial Trust and The Canadian Equity Association. She holds a number of additional awards and honours that have been bestowed on her and most recently was honoured by PAL Canada Foundation.

High on Jackie’s list are community and global concerns, and some of her most vital areas of support is for The Regent Park community, The Steven Lewis Foundation’s Grandmother’s Campaign (HIV/AIDS project), and The Princess Margaret Hospital. Jackie is known to be very passionate about the need to bring more focus and support to children and women’s issues.

Lastly, to quote Jackie "Don’t let nobody take your joy!"

Adrian Luces was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad, and emigrated to Canada at the age of nine, and was quickly recruited into a specialized music focused school in Toronto for his primary and secondary education. Adrian further pursued his music studies by attending the renowned jazz and pop school, Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. He later received a degree in Vocal Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston.

A versatile singer, Adrian has participated in performances on television, and on stage, ranging from classical, opera and Broadway, to jazz, pop and rock, however his favourite songs to sing are inspirational pop, and love ballads. He’s also a songwriter, concert producer and an Executive Voice coach instructing executives and professionals on how to enhance their overall image through their voice.

Alex Samaras is recognized as one of North America’s leading singers in the jazz and new music idioms. He has performed with Meredith Monk, Brent Carver, Jackie Richardson, Zac Brown Band and a number of other notable performing artists. Alex leads his own vocal group GREX, exploring the extremes of the human voice in the context of ancient music and his own original compositions.

He performs in well- known Canadian groups such as A Sondheim Jazz Project and Twin WithinBoth bands have released records to critical acclaim and you can find more about them at their websites. He is also a regular performer in New York City in jazz and experimental music projects.

Tap Dancer. Performer. Choreographer. Speaker. Believer. Montreal native Travis Knights is realizing his dreams, pounding rhythms on wood floors all over the world. His career started in 2000, cast as a principal dancer in the motion picture biography of Bill 'Bojangles' Robinson, choreographed by the legendary Henry LeTang. In 2007 and 2008, Travis participated extensively as a Tap Dance consultant for Cirque du Soleil and has since performed in Tandem Act Productions' Diary of a Tap Dancer at the Apollo Theatre, and Wonderland: A Tap Tribute to Stevie Wonder, created by Ayodele Casel and Sarah Savelli.

As a principal dancer with Tapestry Dance Company in Austin, Texas, Travis was awarded the Austin Critic's Table Award for best dance artist in 2011 and 2013. He currently lives in Brampton, Ontario and hosts a podcast (The Tap Love Tour Podcast) featuring interviews with inspiring artists. His latest focus is developing an original full length work commissioned by Soulpepper Theater Company.

Join us early and complete your Living Arts Centre experience with our Pre-Show Dinner Buffet at LIVE Restaurant! LIVE Restaurant offers you an enjoyable experience with great food and great ambience.
Doors open at 5:00pm
For reservations, please call 905-306-6116