Hyland Cinema Pivots To Live Music For Sunfest Holiday Show


Juno award-winning jazz singer Kellylee Evans comes to London for a Christmas performance at the city’s newest concert hall.

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Juno award-winning jazz singer Kellylee Evans comes to London for a Christmas performance at the city’s newest concert hall.

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Evans and his band will perform at the 400-seat Hyland Cinema on Friday, presented by TD Sunfest.

“It’s important for us to bring concerts to new neighborhoods, not just downtown,” said Sunfest founder Alfredo Caxaj.

“I think it’s crucial for us to explore new opportunities. There is a lack of concert halls in London, although we have some very good ones like Aeolian Hall and London Music Hall. But the acoustics are good, the seats are comfortable.

The Hyland gained attention in the summer of 2020 when, unable to show movies indoors due to the pandemic, it turned its large parking lot into a drive-in drive-in.

With the number of new arthouse and foreign language films still limited due to the impact of the pandemic on the industry, owners Ali and Moira Adlan decided to try another change.

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“Sunfest needed a place and we are helping them,” said Moira Adlan.

“It should be interesting. It might be the start of something new for us. There aren’t that many movies out there right now, so you need to find other ways to grow your business. But I think it will be a good evening. She is a wonderful singer.

Evans, who won a Juno in 2011 for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year for Nina, her tribute to jazz and blues greats Nina Simone, will perform a variety of traditional holiday numbers made famous by artists such as Simone, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra.

Evans was also nominated in 2018 for the vocal jazz album Juno for Come On and in 2007 for Fight or Flight?

“His music is a mix of jazz, soul, R&B, a little funk, but it’s specifically Christmas music and his voice is just magical,” Caxaj said.

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A liquor license will allow serving wine and beer from the London Brewing Co-op, he said.

“It’s a new business and it may take a while to establish itself, but it’s a perfect venue,” said Caxaj, who hopes to book more acts at the Hyland. He has already planned to host Ladysmith Black Mambazo (February 4) and Five Alarm Funk (March 11) at London Music Hall.

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IF YOU ARE GOING TO

What : Kellylee Evans and her band

When: Friday, 8 p.m.

Or : Hyland Cinema, 240 Wharncliffe Road. S.

Tickets : $ 28 in advance, $ 33 at the door available online at sunfest.on.ca and hylandcinema.com , The Village Idiot, 135 Wortley Rd., And at the box office.

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