Sam Taylor at Fitzray’s for one night only!
Date: May 27th, 9:00 pm - May 28th, 2:00am
Venue: Fitzrays Restaurant and Lounge 110 Dundas St.
Sam Taylor is “coming home” for one night only to Fitzray’s Restaurant and Lounge. An exceptional singer and blues guitarist as well as a prolific songwriter, Taylor brings his blues, rock and folk fusion style to London audiences.
A young Canadian talent, Taylor’s career began at a very early age. Born and raised in St. Thomas, Ontario, Taylor started singing and performing live at the tender age of seven. Think Bobby Darin or Frank Sinatra, complete with fedora….at seven! His career escalated quickly and by the age of nine he was performing with Orchestra London. At twelve he recorded his first single, Smile, and was winning local talent contests, beating out Justin Bieber two years in a row!
During his Fanshawe College years, Taylor wrote the song Loaded Gun which was picked up by the DeGrassi series. After graduating he relocated to Toronto in 2011 and hasn’t looked back. He performs his “new blues” with his Toronto band The East End Love and as a solo artist, in clubs across the Greater Toronto Area including the famed Hugh’s Room Live, Cherry Cola’s and the Hard Rock Cafe. He has also had many opportunities to perform with classic artists such as Robbie Lane and The Disciples, members of Crowbar and even the late Bobby Curtola. Taylor recently opened for Maple Blues Guitarist of The Year David Gogo and has shared a stage with Toney Springer, Jerome Godboo, Greg Godovitz, Gordon Lightfoot, David Wilcox and many others. Taylor recently attended the Folk Alliance International Conference in Kansas for the first time and accomplished in four days what normally takes a few years….your own showcase. A last minute offer by Music Ontario, Taylor had only 15 minutes to pull a band together and rehearse before taking the stage. He was a resounding success.
Taylor released his first EP, The Sound in February of 2016 and his first full-length album, What You Heard, recorded in a single day, in June 2016. A frequent live performer on Zoomer Radio 96.7AM, Taylor connects to audiences with his sense of humor and sincerity, both in person and through the airwaves. His music comes from the heart and you feel it with every note he plays.
….and yes, he still wears the fedora.
Fitzrays has become downtown London’s music hub, the place to go if you want to see first-rate, live entertainment. Sitting kitty-corner to the Budweiser Gardens, Fitz’s (as it’s affectionately called) was nominated for a Jack Richardson Award under the Live Venue category for 2017. Fitz’s media savvy publicist and resident videographer/photographer, Tara Scott, was nominated and won in the Contributor category. Owned and operated by husband and wife team Mark and Andrea McGonigale with partner Jay Bell, Fitzray’s has been a welcoming environment for musicians and music aficionados alike for almost 10 years and is dedicated to supporting live talent and up-and-coming Indie acts.