Toronto Blues Society is a not-for-profit charity dedicated to the
promotion and preservation of blues music in Canada. 

Where It’s At!  (WIA) is a free weekly e-newsletter that brings blues fans recent news from the  Toronto Blues Society  and community.
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Upcoming TBS Events
Dione Taylor - Live on the Patio:
Patio at Roy Thomson Hall | August 22

Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar - Live on the Patio:
Patio at Roy Thomson Hall | August 23

Dan McKinnon - Play the Parks:
College Park Courtyard | September 13

Blues in the Garden:
910 Queen St. W. Garden | September 22

Women's Blues Revue:
Roy Thomson Hall | Friday, November 16

Blues Summit 9:
Marriott Courtyard Downtown Toronto | February 1-4, 2019

Maple Blues Awards:
Koerner Hall | February 4, 2019
Have You Read Our
August Issue Yet?


MapleBlues is well known throughout the international blues community and features monthly columns such as John's Blues Picks, Top Blues, monthly event listings, and Loose Blues News.

This month we feature Dione Taylor, one of our upcoming Women's Blues Revue guest musicians (as well as a Live on the Patio performer in August!), the 2018 Talent Search winner Bywater Blues and much more !
Blues on the Patio
The two free shows are presented in partnership with the Toronto Blues Society.
Roy Thomson Hall partners once again with the Toronto Blues Society for its Live on the Patio series over the summer from early July to end of August. Events will be free, open to the public and will take place on the patio of Roy Thomson Hall.

Blues lovers will be able to listen to some top musicians as part of the program. Two of the headliners announced for the upcoming the Women's Blues Revue - Dione Taylor and Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar - will be on the patio on Wednesday, August 22 and Thursday, August 23 respectively. Doors are open at 5pm, music starts at 6pm.
Dione Taylor | Wednesday, August 22 - 5pm
Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar | Thursday, August 23 - 5pm
Where: Patio at Roy Thomson Hall ( 60 Simcoe Street , Toronto)
Admission: Free
Maple Blues Awards Host: Raoul Bhaneja
An audience favourite, Raoul Bhaneja will charm and entertain attending blues fans through the night.
Humour, sharp wit and a few surprises are anticipated at The 22nd Maple Blues Awards as actor and musician Raoul Bhaneja returns to Koerner Hall to host the night! A winner and six-time Maple Blues Award nominee, Raoul competed at the semi-finals of the 2018 International Blues Challenge in Memphis with his band, The Big Time.

Public tickets are on sale now, so grab yours while it lasts and get ready for a star-studded lineup of performers! Tickets are available through the  Koerner Hall Box Office .

TBS Charter Members and Equivalents are eligible to purchase the best available seats at a discounted price, for only  $35/ticket ! Contact the TBS Office at 416-538-3885 or via info@torontobluessociety.com to retrieve your promo code .
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22nd Annual Maple Blues Awards:
Where:  RCM's  Koerner Hall ( 273 Bloor St W , Toronto )
When:  Monday, February 4, 2019
Time: 7pm
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About the Maple Blues Awards
The Maple Blues Awards is Canada’s national blues awards program. Its goal is to promote blues music across Canada, and to recognize outstanding achievement in the field. Winners in all categories (excluding the instrumental categories) are decided by blues fans across Canada. Voting occurs online each November.
You can now watch the show, highlights and the performances from the past MBAs on our Youtube channel .
Blues Summit 9 at the Marriott Courtyard

February 1-4, 2019
Produced by Toronto Blues Society bi-annually, the Blues Summit  is Canada’s not-to-be-missed forum for all members of the blues music community including artists, presenters, agents, festival bookers, event organizers, radio hosts and industry representatives of all kinds. The conference provides an opportunity for members of the community to connect as well as for artists to showcase in front of blues industry professionals.

We are delighted to work with Marriott Courtyard as our host hotel for the Blues Summit 9 which takes place in February 1-4 . All the Blues Summit events and panels will be at the Marriott Courtyard in downtown Toronto. Guests who would like to benefit from the special TBS room rates starting at $139 for their stay during the Summit, can contact the TBS Office at info@torontobluessociety.com until Friday, January 18, 2019 .

The Summit will close with the  22nd Annual Maple Blues Awards on February 4th at the Koerner Hall . Please note that tickets for the MBAs should be purchased separately .

Blues Summit 9
Where: Courtyard by Marriott Toronto Downtown   ( 475 Yonge Street ,  Toronto)
When: February 1-4, 2019

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Registrations:
Register today to take advantage of early bird pricing! Prices include HST and fees.

Please contact TBS Office to access the promo code.

Join TBS  today for special member pricing!

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Showcasing:
We thank all applicants who submitted for showcasing at the upcoming Blues Summit 9. Applications are now closed and successful artists will be contacted during the month of August . Please visit Blues Summit 9 page for more info and to submit your application.

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Do you have panel suggestions? Let us know your thoughts!
info@torontobluessociety.com
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The Women's Blues Revue   returns with its 32nd edition, featuring some of Canada's finest musicians backed by the all-star Women's Blues Revue Band: Rebecca Hennessy  (Bandleader/Trumpet), Colleen Allen  (Sax), Emily Burgess  (Guitar), Carrie Chesnutt  (Sax), Morgan Doctor  (Drums), Carlie Howell  (Bass), Lily Sazz  (Keys). T oronto Blues Society will celebrate its annual show this year at Toronto's  Roy Thomson Hall , as Massey Hall temporarily closes its red doors for a 2-year   revitalization .

The Women's Blues Revue will take place on  Friday ,   November 16   at  8pm . Dione Taylor , Suzie Vinnick and Samantha Martin are the first three names to be included on our yet-to-come line-up. The night is hosted by Shakura S'Aida . Stay tuned for the full lineup and hurry up to catch the best available seats! Tickets are on sale at  Roy Thomson Hall's website .


TBS Charter Members  can contact   the TBS Office at 416-538-3885 or via info@torontobluessociety.com to retrieve their promo code and access to 20% discount .


Roy Thomson Hall : 60 Simcoe St, Toronto, ON M5J 2H5
Box Office : 416-872-4255 
Free Online Course For Musicians!
Bandzoogle is partnering with online music school Soundfly to launch a free course “ How to Create a Killer Musician Website ”. Led by creative director and musician Delaney Gibson , this 1-hour-course is specifically created for independent musicians and artists who are looking to create a more professional online presence. Musicians will learn the importance of having a website, the elements of an effective website, how to build their site, and how it fits into their overall marketing strategy.

Musicians can sign up free through  Soundfly to take the online course.
This Year in Montreal:

Folk Alliance International Showcases
FAI holds the early member registration rate for any artist that applies for an official showcase. 
Apply now to perform for hundreds of festivals, venue bookers, agents, managers, media, and music industry representatives at the world's largest gathering of the folk music industry and community with 2800 attendees from 35 countries - this year in Montreal! The deadline to apply is Aug. 15 due by 5pm CST ! C omplete information can be found here .  

Deadline / Fees:
June 1, 2018 - July 31, 2018
FAI members $20, non-members $40

August 1, 2018 - August 15, 2018
FAI members $25, non-members $50

Scholarships available for artists and industry that are applying for the first time.
Blues At Hugh's Room Live
David Bromberg Quintet will be on stage next Thursday on August 9 at 8:30pm.
David Bromberg Quintet - August 9
Robert Gordon + Chris Spedding - August 11
Treasa Levasseur & Jesse Whiteley - August 13
Tri-Continental with Madagascar Slim, Bill Bourne and Lester Quitzau - August 18
Sarah Hagen & Tyler Yarema - August 21
Primary Colours with Doug Cox, Linda McRae, Kim Richey - August 22
Doc MacLean & Albert Frost + Tim Bastmeyer - September 5
Samantha Martin - September 11
Bobby Dean Blackburn - September 21
Jenie Thai - September 29
PeeWee Ellis - October 6
Jack de Keyzer - October 12
MonkeyJunk - October 19
Raoul and the Big Time - November 3
Gospel Brunch - November 4
Jordan Officer - November 8
Morgan David Band - November 21
Carlos del Junco CD Release - December 1
Suzie Vinnick - December 29
Concert Notes
Gary Clark Jr.  will be on stage at the Danforth Music Hall next Monday and Tuesday, August 6-7 at 7pm.
  • Gary Clark Jr. - Danforth Music Hall - August 6-7
  • Son of Dave + T.C. Folkpunk - Club Db "Duggan's Brewery" - August 11
  • Africa All-Stars w/ guitarists Alpha Yaya Diallo, Madagascar Slim and Donne Roberts, percussionist Kofi Ackah, bassist Ebenezer Agyekum, dancer Mabinty Sylla - Habari Africa Festival - Harbourfront Centre Concert Stage - August 11
  • Matt Andersen - Music by the Bay Live - August 16 - Ajax, ON
  • Joe Louis Walker - Peter's Players - August 18 - Gravenhurst, ON
  • Rik Emmett - Music by the Bay Live - September 15 - Ajax, ON
  • The Myles Goodwyn Band - Music by the Bay Live - September 28 - Ajax, ON
  • Alastair Greene - Music by the Bay Live - October 6 - Ajax, ON
  • Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears - The Horseshoe Tavern, October 10
  • Sue Foley - Music by the Bay Live - October 12 - Whitby , ON
  • Les Stroud - Music by the Bay Live - October 26 - Ajax, ON
  • The Fabulous Thunderbirds - Music by the Bay Live - November 30 - Uxbridge, ON
  • Joe Bonamassa - Sony Centre for the Performing Arts - November 2 & 3
  • Devin Cuddy - Music by the Bay Live - November 3 - Whitby, ON
  • Tom Wilson: A Literary Recital - Music by the Bay Live - November 10 - Ajax, ON
  • Colin Linden - Music by the Bay Live #100 Show - January 26 - Ajax, ON
We are at the height of Summer Blues Season! Check these listings below & don't miss out!

August
TD Kitchener Blues Festival  | August 9-12 | Kitchener, ON
Live from the Rock Folk Festival  | August 10-12 | Red Rock, ON
Calabogie Blues Festival   | August 17-19 | Calabogie, ON
Markham Jazz Festival | August 17-19 | Markham, ON
Limestone City Blues Festival | August 23-26 | Kingston, ON
London Blues Festival | August 23-26 | London, ON
Live Blues Listings
Julian Fauth & Raoul Bhaneja will join forces for a a special acoustic blues set at the Senator Winebar.
This Friday, August 3rd at 9pm.
Wednesday, August 1
· Fraser/Daley  at Inter Steer Tavern, Every Wed, 8:00 PM, 361 Roncesvalles, Toronto, 416-604-3333
· Joel Johnson  at The Station (Museum), Collingwood Jazz & Blues, 6:00 PM, 45 St. Paul St., Collingwood
· Matt Weidinger  at  Etwell Concert Series , 6:30 PM, 2012 Etwell Rd, Huntsville, 705-789-2972
· Midtown Blues Jam hosted by Voodoo Walters  at  Alleycatz Restaurant Lounge , PWYC every Wed, 7:00 PM, 2409 Yonge St, Toronto, 416-481-6865
· Nicola Vaughan  at Black Swan Tavern, Open Jam Every Wed, 9:30 PM, 154 Danforth, Toronto, 416-469-0537

Thursday, August 2
· James Anthony Band  at  5 West Brewpub , Every Thu 7-11pm, 7:00 PM, 3600 Dundas St, Burlington, 905-315-8782
· Lou Moore plus guest  at Col. Mustard's Pub & Deli, Every Thu, 9:00 PM, 16925 Yonge St, Newmarket, 905-895-6663
· Nothin' But The Blues  at N'Awlins Bar, Dynamic blues trio led by drummer Joe Bowden, 8:00 PM, 299 King St. W, Toronto, 416-595-1958
· Tim Bastmeyer  at Briars Resort and Spa, 8:00 PM, Jackson's Point, 1-800-465-2376

Friday, August 3
· After Work Friday Series: Tich Maredza Band  at  Lula Lounge , 6:30 PM, 1585 Dundas St. West, Toronto, 416-588-0307
· John McKinley Band  at  Lancaster Smokehouse , Every Friday, 8:00 PM, 574 Lancaster St W, Kitchener, 519-743-4331
· Julian Fauth & Raoul Bhaneja  at   Senator Wine Bar , 9:00 PM, 249 Victoria St, Toronto, 416-364-7517
· Mac Arnold and a Plate Full O' Blues  at Simcoe Street Theatre, Presented by Violet's, 8:15 PM, 65 Simcoe St., Collingwood, 705-238-9282
· Mike Sedgewick's Friday Night Blues Jam  at Salty Dog Bar & Grill, Every Friday, 9:30 PM, 1980 Queen St. E, Toronto, 416-849-5064
· Miller & The Other Sinners  at Donnelly's Pub, 8:00 PM, 54 Front St., Thorold, 705-238-9282
· Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar  at Sawdust City Music Festival, 6:00 PM, , Gravenhurst, 705-238-9282
· The Swingin' Blackjacks  at  Lynn River Music & Arts Festival , Hi Octane Rockabilly & Roadhouse Blues, 9:00 PM, 50 Bonnie Dr, Simcoe, 519-583-1314
· Tim Bastmeyer  at Kenzington Burger Bar, South Location, 9:00 PM, , Barrie, 705-881-9954

Saturday, August 4
· James Anthony Band  at  5 West Brewpub , Every Sat aft., 2:00 PM, 3600 Dundas St, Burlington, 905-315-8782
· Johnny Wright & Michael Fonfara  at Outrigger Tap & Table, Every Sat, 3:00 PM, 2232 Queen St E, Toronto, 416-748-2232
· Josh Gordon Band  at  Lavigne Tavern , 9:00 PM, 10521 ON-64, Lavigne, ON P0H 1R0, Lavigne, (705) 594-2301
· Lance Anderson's "Oscar Peterson - The Jazz Legend and the Man I Knew"  at Algonquin Theatre, 8:00 PM, 37 Main St. E., Huntsville, 705-789-4975
· Niagara Rhythm Section with guests  at   Old Winery , Every Sat, 9:00 PM, 2288 Niagara Stone Rd, Niagara-on-the-Lake, 905-468-8900
· Saturday Blues: Swingin' Blackjacks, Paul Reddick, Vaudevillian, Spencer MacKenzie, Jesse Murphy and more  at Lynn River Music & Arts Festival, 11:00 AM, Wellington Park, Simcoe, 705-789-4975
· Sinners Choir  at  Rex Hotel , Every Sat, 12:00 PM, 194 Queen St W, Toronto, 416-598-2475
· Steve Payne w/ Paul Hobday  at  Moonshine Cafe , 8:30 PM, 137 Kerr St., Oakville, 905-844-2655
· The Sil Simone Band with guest  at  Carrigan Arms , Every Sat, 2:00 PM, 2025 Upper Middle Rd, Burlington, 905-332-6131
· The Swingin' Blackjacks  at Dora Keogh Irish Pub, Hi-Octane Rockabilly & Roadhouse Blues, 9:30 PM, 141 Danforth Ave, Toronto ON, 416 778 1804
· Tyler Yarema and His Rhythm  at   Reservoir Lounge , Every Sat, 9:45 PM, 52 Wellington St E, Toronto, 416-955-0887
· Whitey and the Roulettes  at  Blue Goose Tavern , Every Sat, 3:00 PM, 1 Blue Goose St., Toronto(Mimico), 416-255-2442

Sunday, August 5
· Chris Murphy Band  at  Wortley Roadhouse , Sunday set is 4-8:00pm, 4:00 PM, 190 Wortley Rd, London, 519-438-5141
· Chuck Jackson & The All Stars  at  Roc 'N Doc's , Every Sun, 4:30 PM, 105 Lakeshore Rd E, Mississauga, 905-891-1754
· Danny Marks  at  Etwell Concert Series , 3:00 PM, 2012 Etwell Rd, Huntsville, 7057892972
· Jack de Keyzer  at  Hy Hope Farm , 12:00 PM, 5450 Lakeridge Rd., Ashburn, 905-655-4123
· James Anthony Band  at  Abbey Arms Restaurant , Every Sun 3:30-7pm, 3:30 PM, 481 North Service Rd W, Oakville, 905-825-1109
· Jerome Tucker  at  Linsmore Tavern , 7:00 PM, 1298 Danforth Ave, Toronto, 416-466-5130
· McKenna Moonah Blues Duo  at  Olde Stone Cottage Pub , "Brunch & The Blues" series, 1:00 PM, 3750 Kingston Rd, Scarborough, Toronto, 416-265-7932
· Sunday Night Jam with Bill Hedefine  at  Grossman's Tavern , Every Sun, drums and amp provided, 10:00 PM, 379 Spadina Ave., Toronto, 416-977-7000
· The Devon Allman Project with Special Guest Duane Betts  at  St. Francis Centre , Music by the Bay Live Presents, 8:00 PM, 78 Church Street South, Ajax, 905-903-8661

Monday, August 6
· Jordan John  at  Orbit Room , Every Mon, 10:00 PM, 580A College St, Toronto, 416-535-0613
· Sebastian Agnello  at Black Swan Tavern, Acoustic, every Mon, 9:30 PM, 154 Danforth, Toronto, 416-469-0537

Tuesday, August 7
· Julian Fauth  at Sauce on Danforth, Every Tue, 6:00 PM, 1376 Danforth, Toronto, 647-748-1376
· Marc Jordan & Friends  at  Peter's Muskoka , 8:00 PM, 830 Muskoka Rd S., Gravenhurst, 705-687-2117
· Open Jam with Chris Brown and Trevor Cobb  at Brando's on Market, Every Tue, 10:00 PM, 135 Market St, Brantford, 519-720-6758
· The Devon Allman Project with Special Guest Duane Betts  at  St. Francis Centre , Music by the Bay Live, 8:00 PM, 78 Church Street South, Ajax, 905-903-8661
· The Ernest Lee Band  at  Grossman's Tavern , Rockin' blues, classic rock, country & swing, 8:00 PM, 379 Spadina Ave., Toronto, 416-977-7000
· Tyler Yarema and His Rhythm  at  Reservoir Lounge , Every Tue, 8:45 PM, 52 Wellington St E, Toronto, 416-955-0887

Wednesday, August 8
· Beauwater  at  Live on Elgin , With Lloyd Smiley Band, 8:00 PM, 220 Elgin St., Ottawa, 613-695-5483
· Crystal Shawanda  at  Royal Botanical Gardens - Hendrie Park , 6:30 PM, 680 Plains Rd W, Burlington, 1-800-694-4769
· Mad Dogs & Englishmen feat. Matt Weidinger, Chuck Jackson, Quisha Wint, Michelle White & Cheryl Lescom  at Algonquin Theatre, 8:00 PM, 37 Main St. E., Huntsville, 705-789-4975
· Piano Series: Laura Fernandez & Bob Wiseman  at  Hugh's Room Live , 8:30 PM, 2261 Dundas St. W., Toronto, 416-533-5483
· Ruthie Foster (solo)  at  Peter's Muskoka , 8:00 PM, 830 Muskoka Rd S., Gravenhurst, 705-687-2117
· Steve Strongman  at  Etwell Concert Series , 6:30 PM, 2012 Etwell Rd, Huntsville, 705-789-2972
· Suzie Vinnick Band  at Old Town Hall, 7:00 PM, 3080 Hilton Rd, Hilton Beach St. Joseph Island, 705-251-6842
· Walter Trout  at  St. Francis Centre , Music by the Bay Live, 8:00 PM, 78 Church Street South, Ajax, 905-903-8661
· Fraser/Daley  at Inter Steer Tavern, Every Wed, 8:00 PM, 361 Roncesvalles, Toronto, 416-604-3333
· Midtown Blues Jam hosted by Voodoo Walters  at  Alleycatz Restaurant Lounge , PWYC every Wed, 7:00 PM, 2409 Yonge St, Toronto, 416-481-6865
· Nicola Vaughan  at Black Swan Tavern, Open Jam Every Wed, 9:30 PM, 154 Danforth, Toronto, 416-469-0537

Thursday, August 9
· Brisco's Blues Review w/ Paul Reddick  at This Ain't Hollywood, 8:00 PM, 345 James St. N, Hamilton, 905-903-8661
· Bywater Blues w/ Beauwater (Newfoundland)  at  Painted Lady , 9:00 PM, 218 Ossington Ave, Toronto
· David Bromberg  at  Hugh's Room Live , 8:30 PM, 2261 Dundas St. W., Toronto, 416-533-5483
· Jerome Tucker  at Play The Parks Festival (at noon), 12:00 PM, College Park (Yonge/College), Toronto, 416-533-5483
· Kitchener Blues Fundraiser w/ Jonny Lang, Rik Emmett  at OLG Clocktower Stage, Fundraiser show helps keep the festival weekend free, 7:00 PM, Jubilee Dr, Kitchener, 416-533-5483
· Ramble Series w/ Conor Gains  at  Moonshine Cafe , 8:30 PM, 137 Kerr St., Oakville, 905-844-2655
· Tim Bastmeyer  at Briars Resort and Spa, 8:00 PM, Jackson's Point, 1-800-465-2376
· Walter Trout  at  Peter's Muskoka , 8:00 PM, 830 Muskoka Rd S., Gravenhurst, 705-687-2117
· James Anthony Band  at  5 West Brewpub , Every Thu 7-11pm, 7:00 PM, 3600 Dundas St, Burlington, 905-315-8782
· Lou Moore plus guest  at Col. Mustard's Pub & Deli, Every Thu, 9:00 PM, 16925 Yonge St, Newmarket, 905-895-6663
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  • 1st Class home delivery of our monthly Maple Blues Newsletter
  • Best available tickets to the Maple Blues Awards for only $35/ticket & exclusive early bird ticket access
  • 20% discount on Women’s Blues Revue tickets & exclusive early bird ticket access
  • 10% off every purchase from the Dead Dog Records, Toronto (1209 Bloor St. West &  1696 Queen St. West)
  • TBS voting rights
  • Discount tickets to all TBS events (including TBS Workshops)
  • Discounts on TBS merchandise purchases at TBS events
  • Exclusive access to industry discounts, ticket giveaways, and more!
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