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.
Where It's At! |  TBS News
Upcoming TBS Events
Annual TBS Birthday Party:
Island Cafe on Ward's Island, June 15

TBS Talent Search Finals:
TD Toronto Jazz - OLG Stage in Yorkville, July 1

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

Blues Summit 9:
February 1-4

Maple Blues Awards:
Koerner Hall, February 4
Only a Week to Go!
Each year, the Toronto Blues Society searches for its undiscovered blues talent. Six finalists are selected to perform for a professional development package including festival gigs, mentorship meetings, studio time, graphic design and much more!

This year the competition fever will take place on Sunday, July 1 between 12:30pm-4:30pm at the OLG Stage on Cumberland Avenue in Yorkville as part of the TD Toronto Jazz Festival .


Are You the Next Blues Buzz Act?

To learn about eligibility, full list of prizes and to submit your application, please visit:

Applications will be closed on Tuesday, May 15 at 10am.
OPEN NOW!
Applications for Showcases Begin Today
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.

Please note that Blues Summit 9 will take place  February 1-4, 2019  in Toronto, ON, Canada. The Summit will close with the  22nd Annual Maple Blues Awards on February 4th at the Koerner Hall .

Applications for showcasing at the upcoming Blues Summit are now open and can be made through Toronto Blues Society's website. Blues Summit Eight showcase artists are not eligible to perform at Blues Summit Nine. Priority will be given to “market ready” artists who have developed a team to assist their touring and career development. Please include all relevant details in your application.

Submissions will be accepted until the end of July . Selected artists will be contacted in August 2018. Please visit Blues Summit 9 page for more info and to submit your application.
First Performers Announced:
Dione Taylor, Suzie Vinnick & Samantha Martin

•  Hosted By Shakura S'Aida  •

Get Your Tix Now!
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. Toronto 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 .

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. Night is hosted by Shakura S'Aida . Stay tuned for full lineup and hurry up to catch the best available seats! Tickets are on sale now 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 
Birthday Party on Ward's Island

Mark Your Calendar for June 15
TBS supporters and blues lovers, please mark your calendar for our 33rd Birthday Party on Ward's Island on Friday, June 15 .

Celebration will take place at the Island Cafe . Free Admission. Exciting news coming soon...
Want to Learn More About
How to Release + Sell Your Music Online?
Folk Alliance International is offering a special webinar to its members with its partner Bandzoogle . Join Bandzoogle team members Dave & Allison for a free webinar to find out how to choose the most suitable online platform, maximize revenues, and drive more music sales.

During this webinar you'll learn:
  • The best places to sell your music online to maximize revenue
  • Where and when you should make your music available for sale
  • Which tools to use during each phase of your album release
  • The biggest mistake artists make when releasing an album
  • Ideas and strategies to drive more sales of your music

Additional resources will be shared throughout the webinar, plus several Q&A breaks to ask any questions you have.

You can also get a replay link to watch the webinar anytime when you register for free.

Date: Wednesday, May 16
Time: 12:00pm EST
Conor Gains Launching "Compass"
2014 Talent Search winner, soulful singer/songwriter Conor Gains is having his release party for the new album "Compass" on June 2nd at The Rivoli. Toronto's very own  KC Roberts & the Live Revolution will join Conor on stage with their funky tunes to celebrate the day.

Listen to the new album "Compass" on Spotify .

Where:  The Rivoli ( 334 Queen Street West , Toronto )
When:  Saturday, June 2
Time:  Doors at 8pm, Concert at 9pm
Tickets:  $20 in advance, $25 at the door
MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM
Alana Bridgewater is playing Ma Rainey.
Toronto's biggest non profit theatre organization Soulpepper is presenting Ma Rainey's Black Bottom , the award-winning 1982 drama written by Pulitzer-winning African-American playwright August Wilson. Set in Chicago 1920s at the height of the American Blues revolution, the story follows Mother of The Blues Ma Rainey's band members where a routine music recording session becomes the front line for issues of race, power, and opportunity. Alana Bridgewater is playing Ma Rainey!

Where: Michael Young Theatre, Young Centre for the Performing Arts
(50 Tank House Lane, Toronto)
When: May 4 - June 2, 2018
RunningTime: 2 hours & 15 minutes. Intermission: 20min.
Purchase tickets online or call  416 866 8666  
Special Discount Just for TBS Charter Members (or Equivalents)
Exciting news! Save up to 40% on Monday-Friday shows from May 4 - May 25 for A+, A and B level seating. TBS Charter Members or equivalents  can contact  the TBS Office at 416-538-3885 or via info@torontobluessociety.com to retrieve their promo code .
Blues At Hugh's Room Live
Harry Manx will be on stage at Hugh's Room Live for 2 nights this weekend,
backed by multi-genre string quartet  Dévah . Friday, May 11 and Saturday, May 12 at 8:30pm.
Harry Manx - May 11 & May 12
Chris Smither CD Launch - May 19
David Rotundo - May 25
Jordan Officer - June 7
Albert Lee and Band - June 8
David Bromberg - August 9
Robert Gordon + Chris Spedding - August 11
Tri-Continental with Madagascar Slim, Bill Bourne and Lester Quitau - August 18
Doc MacLean & Albert Frost + Tim Bastmeyer - September 9
Etta James Tribute - September 29
Jack de Keyzer - October 19
Raoul and the Big Time - November 3
Carlos del Junco CD Release - December 1
Suzie Vinnick - December 29
Concert Notes
Raoul & The Big Time will celebrate their 20th Anniversary at, where it all began, The Rex Hotel.
This Friday, May 11 at 9:30pm.
  • Raoul & The Big Time 20th Anniversary Concert - The Rex Hotel - May 11
  • Rhiannon Giddens - The Danforth Music Hall - May 15
  • Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite - Mod Club - May 28, 29 & 30
  • Carvin Jones Band - Adelaide Hall - June 19
  • Bettye LaVette & Danny Marks feat. Diana Braithwaite, Crystal Shawanda and Raoul Bhaneja - Toronto Jazz Festival - Koerner Hall - June 25
  • George Thorogood & The Destroyers with special guest Pat Travers & more - Summertime Blues Music Fest, Kelso Beach Park, Owen Sound, ON - June 30
  • Joe Bonamassa - Sony Centre for the Performing Arts - November 2 & 3
Countdown for the summer has started and blues festivals from coast to coast are announcing exciting lineups! Mark your calendars for these upcoming Ontario blues festivals: 

June
Orangeville Blues and Jazz Festiva l | June 1-3 | Downtown Orangeville, ON
Paisley Blues Festival | June 1-3 | Paisley, ON
Stratford Blues & Ribfest   | June 22-24 | Stratford, ON - lineup TBA
Summertime Blues   | June 29-30 | Owen Sound, ON
TD Toronto Jazz Festival  | June 22-July 1 | Toronto, ON

July
RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest  | July 5-15 | LeBreton Flats, Ottawa, ON
Beaches Jazz Festival | July 6-29 | Toronto, ON
Tremblant International Blues Festival | July 6-15 | Mont-Tremblant, QC
Lighthouse Blues Festival  | July 13-15 | Kincardine, ON
Thunder Bay Blues Festival   | July 6-8 | Thunder Bay, ON
Beaches International Jazz Festival   | July 6-29 | Toronto, ON
Bluesfest Windsor  | July 12-15 | Windsor, ON
Porquis Blues Festival  | July 20-22 | Porquis, ON - lineup TBA

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
Meg & Dave will share some delta blues, folk & soul classiscs tonight, May 9
at the Art Square Gallery & Cafe starting at 8pm.
Wednesday, May 9
· Fraser/Daley  at Inter Steer Tavern, Every Wed, 8:00 PM, 361 Roncesvalles, Toronto, 416-604-3333
· Matt Weidinger  at  Lancaster Smokehouse , Every Wed, 6:00 PM, 574 Lancaster St W, Kitchener, 519-743-4331
· Meg and Dave  at Art Square Gallery, 8:00 PM, 334 Dundas W, Toronto, 416-595-5222
· 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
· Paul Reddick and Guest  at Sauce on Danforth, 8:00 PM, 1376 Danforth Ave, Toronto, 647-748-1376

Thursday, May 10
· Al Lerman solo  at  Waring House , 6:00 PM, 395 Sandy Hook Rd., Picton, 800-621-4956
· Bad Luck Woman & Her Misfortunes  at Grossman's Tavern, 9:00 PM, 379 Spadina, Toronto, 416-977-7000
· Bentley Collective feat. Brooke Blackburn  at Poetry Jazz Cafe, 9:00 PM, 224 Augusta Ave, Toronto, 416-977-7000
· Eddie "The Chief" Clearwater  at London Music Club, 8:30 PM, 470 Colborne St., London, 519-640-6996
· 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

Friday, May 11
· Blues Hearts  at Cadillac Lounge, 8:30 PM, 1296 Queen St. W, Toronto, 416-456-8136
· Chris Antonik  at Gunners Club, 8:30 PM, 115 Henry St., Brantford, 519-771-0474
· David Rotundo Band  at  Blues On The Rideau at The Cove Inn , Dinner & Show Fundraiser, 7:00 PM, 2 Bedford St, Westport, 613-273-3636
· Fraser Melvin Blues Band  at Cameron House, 10:00 PM, 408 Queen W, Toronto, 416-703-0811
· Harry Manx (2 nights)  at  Hugh's Room Live , 8:30 PM, 2261 Dundas St. W., Toronto, 416-533-5483
· Jerome Godboo Band  at Grossmans, with Shawn Kellerman, Gary Craig & JK, 10:00 PM, 379 Spadina Ave., Toronto, 416-977-7000
· John McKinley Band  at  Lancaster Smokehouse , Every Friday, 8:00 PM, 574 Lancaster St W, Kitchener, 519-743-4331
· 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
· Raoul and The Bigger Time  at  Rex Hotel , 9:45 PM, 194 Queen St. W, Toronto, 416-598-2475
· Ryan & Sam Weber Duo (of the Weber Brothers)  at  Moonshine Cafe , 8:30 PM, 137 Kerr St., Oakville, 905-844-2655
· Sass Jordan  at Mavricks Music Hall, 8:00 PM, 46 Dunlop St W, Barrie, 905-844-2655
· Southern Supper w/ Sugar Brown  at  Mississippi Queen Foods , Dinner & Show, 6:00 PM, 635 King St. E., Hamilton, 905-526-0909
· Tim Bastmeyer  at Ernie's Roadhouse, 7:00 PM, Hespeler, 519-658-9562

Saturday, May 12
· Brian Blain Mother's Day Campfire Jam w/Chris Caddell, Jesse O'Brien & Michelle Josef at  Home Smith Bar - Old Mill , Brian's Blues Campfire Jam, 7:30 PM, 21 Old Mill Rd, Toronto, 416-236-2641
· Carlos del Junco CD Release  at Port Hope United Church, 8:00 PM, 34 South St., Port Hope, 416-236-2641
· Charlie Jacobson  at  AlchemyTO Food &Drink , 11:00 PM, 890 College St, Toronto, 416-530-4082
· David Rotundo & Seamus Cowan  at  Blues On The Rideau at The Cove Inn , Acoustic Lunch, 12:00 PM, 2 Bedford St, Westport, 613-273-3636
· David Rotundo Band  at  Blues On The Rideau at The Cove Inn , Dinner & Show Fundraiser, 7:00 PM, 2 Bedford St, Westport, 613-273-3636
· Eddie "The Chief" Clearwater  at Simcoe Street Theatre, Presented by Violet's, 8:00 PM, 65 Simcoe St., Collingwood, 705-238-9282
· Harry Manx (2 nights)  at  Hugh's Room Live , 8:30 PM, 2261 Dundas St. W., Toronto, 416-533-5483
· 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
· Kellylee Evans  at Aeolian Hall, TD Sunfest, 8:00 PM, London, 519-672-7950
· Mighty Duck Blues Band w/ Mark LaForme  at Bar Upstairs, Saturday Blues Matinee, 2:30 PM, 16 Melbourne St. (Ball Hockey Complex), St. Catharines, 905-684-7688 x 4
· Niagara Rhythm Section with guests  at  Old Winery , Every Sat, 9:00 PM, 2288 Niagara Stone Rd, Niagara-on-the-Lake, 905-468-8900
· Paul James  at  Avalon Lounge Port Whitby Marina , Music by the Bay Live Presents, 8:00 PM, 301 Watson Street W, Whitby, 905-903-8661
· Sinners Choir  at  Rex Hotel , Every Sat, 12:00 PM, 194 Queen St W, Toronto, 416-598-2475
· Spencer MacKenzie  at Donnelly's Pub, 8:00 PM, 54 Front St., Thorold, 905-227-1947
· Suzie Vinnick CD Launch  at Flyers Cafe, 8:30 PM, Dunnville, 905-227-1947
· The Sil Simone Band with guest  at  Carrigan Arms , Every Sat, 2:00 PM, 2025 Upper Middle Rd, Burlington, 905-332-6131
· Tim Bastmeyer  at Wixan's Bridge, 9:00 PM, Uxbridge, 905-852-1222
· Tyler Yarema and His Rhythm  at  Reservoir Lounge , Every Sat, 9:45 PM, 52 Wellington St E, Toronto, 416-955-0887
· Wasaga Beach Blues Spring Fling Fundraiser  at The Beacon, 7:30 PM, 146 45th St. N, Wasaga Beach, 705-429-4433
· Whitey and the Roulettes  at  Blue Goose Tavern , Every Sat, 3:00 PM, 1 Blue Goose St., Toronto(Mimico), 416-255-2442

Sunday, May 13
· Big Groove w/ Robin Banks & Darran Poole  at  Blue Goose Tavern , 4:00 PM, 1 Blue Goose St. (Royal York & Cavell), Toronto (Mimico), 416-255-2442
· Brant Parker Sunday Blues Matinee w/ Guest  at Corktown Pub, 2:00 PM, 175 Young St., Hamilton, 905-572-9242
· Charlie Jacobson  at  Cadillac Lounge , 8:00 PM, 1296 Queen St W, Toronto, 416-536-7717
· 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
· Fraser & Daley  at  Castro's Lounge , Sunday Matinee, 4:00 PM, 2116 Queen St E, Toronto, 416-699-8272
· James Anthony Band  at  Abbey Arms Restaurant , Every Sun 3:30-7pm, 3:30 PM, 481 North Service Rd W, Oakville, 905-825-1109
· Legendary Castaways  at  Linsmore Tavern , 7:00 PM, 1298 Danforth Ave, Toronto, 416-466-5130
· Southern Mother's Day Brunch w/ Jenie Thai  at  Mississippi Queen Foods , 12:00 PM, 635 King St. E., Hamilton, 905-526-0909
· 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

Monday, May 14
· 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, May 15
· Matt Weidinger  at Cameron House, 6:00 PM, 408 Queen W, Toronto, 416-703-0811
· Rhiannon Giddens  at Danforth Music Hall, 7:00 PM, 147 Danforth, Toronto, 416-703-0811
· Sinners Choir  at Cameron House, 10:00 PM, 408 Queen W, Toronto, 416-703-0811

Wednesday, May 16
· Fraser Melvin Band  at  The Local , 9:00 PM, 396 Roncesvalles Ave., Toronto, 905-767-3484
· Paul Reddick and Guest  at Sauce on Danforth, 8:00 PM, 1376 Danforth Ave, Toronto, 647-748-1376
· Steve Strongman w/ Carlos del Junco  at The Casbah, 7:00 PM, 306 King St W, Hamilton, 647-748-1376
· Fraser/Daley  at Inter Steer Tavern, Every Wed, 8:00 PM, 361 Roncesvalles, Toronto, 416-604-3333
· Matt Weidinger  at  Lancaster Smokehouse , Every Wed, 6:00 PM, 574 Lancaster St W, Kitchener, 519-743-4331
· 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, May 17
· Beat Heathens feat. Eric Schenkman  at  Moonshine Cafe , 8:30 PM, 137 Kerr St., Oakville, 905-844-2655
· Glenn Marais Band  at Father's Moustache, 7:00 PM, 15570 Yonge St, Aurora, 905-727-4414
· Lisa Hutchinson Band  at Harbour Street Fish Bar, 7:00 PM, 10 Keith Ave., Collingwood, 705-293-3474
· Peter Case & Paul Luc  at  Dakota Tavern , 7:00 PM, 249 Ossington Ave, Toronto, 416-850-4579
· Steve Strongman w/ Carlos del Junco  at London Music Club, 8:30 PM, 470 Colborne St., London, 519-640-6996
· 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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