Hugh Oliver
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Hugh Oliver

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"And All That Crap " - June 2012



Hugh Patrick Hoblyn Oliver, nee 1929, loyal subject of the great British Empire, musician, poet, novelist and sculptor. All poor paying, yet vital professions to the cultural and intellectual development of mankind (his parents were so proud).

In the early sixties, Hugh Oliver cooperated with record producer Glyn Johns to write numerous songs, some dozen of which were recorded - by Decca, EMI, HMV, and by a Spanish label to which The Beatles contributed some of the musical backing. In 1966, Hugh emigrated to Canada to develop an illustrious career as Editor-in-Chief of OISE Press at the University of Toronto. His songwriting aspirations were put on hold, but he still met loads of birds with the line: "I'm a publisher, pet". Hugh has since retired, trading in his material pursuits to fully dedicate himself to his artistic ones. He is the published author of many books and volumes of poetry and hosts a weekly poetry reading series at Toronto's Tranzac Club, where he also performs jazz standards with his band The Foolish Things.

'HOMR', Hugh's experimental musical collaboration with Michael 'Rosie' Rosenthal (of Sunparlour Players), met with critical acclaim (their parents are so proud). Songs from their albums 'Perchance' and 'Even Kercy' as well as Hugh's subsequent solo works have been featured on film and television.

Hugh is currently working on his newest album "The Ballad of Hugh" featuring many of Toronto's finest young musical talents. The recording process is being captured by a documentary of the same name and Hugh is looking forward to a swingin' film release party with lots of chicks and balloons.

Hugh is the proud papa of four and is currently overseeing the breeding of an army of super-intelligent grandchildren with whom he plans to take over the world. A valuable contributer to Torontos literary and music scenes, Hugh is a muse to hundreds of avid followers who are inspired daily by his enormous talent, spirit, and energy.

You can purchase Hugh's music for a song on CDBaby and iTunes.
Hark! For you look upon the (in)famous, the extraordinary Sir Hugh Oliver: notorious thief of hearts, legendary pervader of soul altering verse and song, cherished muse to artists and troublemakers alike and general grand old time had by all.