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

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

Annual TBS Birthday Party:
Island Cafe on Ward's Island, June 15

TBS Talent Search Finals:
OLG Stage on Cumberland Avenue, July 1
Almost There for Our Goal!

Online Donations Continue for Buie's 3 Children
The grand finale of the night. Photo by James Dean.
In memoriam of Jason Buie, a fundraiser concert was held last Friday, April 6 at Hugh's Room Live . The names contributing to our amazing line-up including Suzie Vinnick , Jenie Thai , Gary Kendall , Mark Stafford , Terry Wilkins ( Sinners Choir ) , Bucky Berger , Raha Javanfar (from Bad Luck Woman & Her Misfortunes ), Dan McKinnon , Lance Anderson , Andrew Scott , and   Brian Blain gave this heartfelt moments on stage at the big finale of the night.

You Can Still Contribute by Donating Online:
For those who can't make it to the concert, you can still contribute by online donating until the end of April .

All money collected, including online donations and the fundraiser concert, will be forwarded to Chris Buie for the Trust Fund being created for Jason’s 3 children and their future education needs. Please click below to donate online.

The Canadian blues community has saddened by the recent passing of Vancouver Island guitarist Jason Buie, winner of this year's "New Artist of the Year" Maple Blues Award. He was only 47.
Cheer for your Latest Blues Discovery!

Talent Search Finals will be back on July 1st
Each year, the Toronto Blues Society searches for Canada’s 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 Village of Yorkville as part of the TD Toronto Jazz Festival .


Are You the Next Blues Buzz Act?

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

Applications will be closed on Tuesday, May 15 at 10am.
TBS Throws a Bluesy Party on the Island!
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 . Exciting news coming soon...
Women's Blues Revue
WBR moves to Roy Thomson Hall

Tickets On Sale!
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 . Stay tuned for full lineup and host announcements 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 
Your Chance to Win a Pair of Tickets to
Little Miss Higgins
Little Miss Higgins  plays Hugh's Room Live next Thursday, April 19 at 8:30pm.
Good news TBS followers! We are giving away a pair of tickets to the Little Miss Higgins show at the Hugh's Room Live.

Little Miss Higgins is a "pocket-sized" powerhouse playing music brewed up in old-time country blues sprinkled with a little jazz and a hint of folk. She will be sharing fresh songs from her latest release " My Home, My Heart ".


How to Win?

First person to send an email to  info@torontobluessociety.com  with the subject line "Little Miss Higgins" will win a pair of tickets. The concert will take place on Thursday, April 19 at 8:30pm.
Attention Blues Musicians:
Submit Now for the FMO Awards

Songs From the Heart of Blues
The Songs From the Heart Awards , presented by Folk Music Ontario celebrate songwriters in seven categories and recognizes winners with a $100 FMO credit that can be used to cover membership fees, conference registrations, advertising with FMO, etc. The seven categories are: Children’s, Folk Music from Around the World (formerly Multicultural), Humourous, Instrumental, Political, Roots, and Blues.


Support from TBS:

Toronto Blues Society will sponsor the Blues Category winner and give one free registration to the next edition of the Blues Summit. Blues Summit 9 will take place between February 1-4, 2019.


Submission Deadline is April 30th:

Submissions for Folk Music Ontario's 2018 Awards are now open and can be made online only. Please visit FMO website for updated criteria, to learn about all the awards, and application forms.
Toronto Artists :

Learn How to Apply for Explore & Create Grant!
Canada Council for the Arts invites all artists working in Toronto for an info-session about its Explore & Create program. The attendees will have the opportunity to learn about: setting up profiles, funding programs for individuals and organizations within the grant, tips on preparing the application, completing a project grant budge, and upcoming deadlines.

The info-session will take place on Thursday, April 19 between 1pm-4pm at The Theatre Centre in Toronto ( 1115 Queen St. West ). Program Officer Matthew Tiffin will accept short individual meetings during the last hour.

To RSVP, or for more information, please send an email to: matthew.tiffin@canadacouncil.ca
Bluesy Tunes at a Second-Hand Book Store:

Blue Moon Marquee in TO
West-Coast based "gypsy blues" duo Blue Moon Marquee are coming back for their first Toronto performance this year. Nominated at 2017's Maple Blues Awards for Best New Artist, the duo offers back-alley jazz tunes, smoky vocals and blues-based original songs with a smouldering onstage chemistry. Watch out for this intimate show at a second-hand book store on Friday, April 27th. 

When: Friday, April 27th

Time: Doors 7pm, Show 8pm

Where: Sellers & Newel (672 College St, Toronto)

Tickets: $20. Available at the store / 647-778 6345 / sellers@sellersandnewel.com

Note: The capacity at the store is limited to 40 people.
Blues At Hugh's Room Live
A Tribute to Levon Helm features: Lance Anderson, Jerome Levon Avis, Terry Blersh, Dave Dunlop, Rob Gusevs, Chris Murphy, Gord Myers, Dennis Pinhorn, and Simon Wallis.
 The 5th Anniversary Celebration will take place on Sunday, April 22 at 8:30pm.
Little Miss Higgins CD Release - April 19
Levon Helm Tribute - April 22
Soulsville - The Music of STAX. George Oliver, John Finley, Jay Douglas
and Cheryl Lescom - May 5
Harry Manx - May 11 & May 12
Chris Smither CD Launch - May 19
David Rotundo - May 25
Albert Lee and Band - June 8
David Bromberg - August 9
Tri-Continental with Madagascar Slim, Bill Bourne and Lester Quitau - August 18
Carlos del Junco CD Release - December 1
Concert Notes
Downchild Blues Band will be showcasing some new songs from their 2018 Juno-nominated album "Something I've Done" at The Regent Theatre in Oshawa, on April 21.
  • Buddy Guy - Massey Hall - April 14
  • Light Of Day Toronto Feat: “Southside” Johnny Lyon - Adelaide Hall - April 14
  • Victor Wainwright with Jenie Thai - Thorold Canadian Corps. - April 18
  • Downchild - The Regent Theatre, Oshawa ON - April 21
  • George Thorogood and the Destroyers - Massey Hall - April 26
  • Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band - Cadillac Lounge - April 27
  • Blue Moon Marquee - Sellers & Newel - April 27
  • Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar - Horseshoe Tavern - April 28
  • Rhiannon Giddens - The Danforth Music Hall - May 15
  • Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite - Mod Club - May 28, 29 & 30
  • Bettye LaVette & Danny Marks - 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
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
Lighthouse Blues Festival  | July 13-15 | Kincardine, ON - lineup TBA
Thunder Bay Blues Festival   | July 6-8 | Thunder Bay, ON
Beaches International Jazz Festival   | July -29 | Toronto, ON
Bluesfest Windsor  | July 12-15 | Windsor, ON
Porquis Blues Festival  | July 21-23 | Porquis, ON - lineup TBA

August
TD Kitchener Blues Festival  | August 9-12 | Kitchener, ON
Live from the Rock Folk Festival  | Aug 10-12 | Red Rock, ON - lineup TBA
Calabogie Blues Festival   | Aug 17-19 | Calabogie, ON - lineup TBA
Limestone City Blues Festival | Aug 24-27 | Kingston, ON
Live Blues Listings
Jenie Thai and her 8 -piece band will be playing The Dakota Tavern this Friday, April 13 at 7pm.
Special guests are The Fraser Melvin Band Roxanne Potvin Paul Reddick  and  Shakura S'Aida .
Wednesday, April 11
· Andre Ethier, Sunshine, Blue Moon  at  Grossman's Tavern , 10:00 PM, 379 Spadina Ave., Toronto, 416-977-7000
· Blues Night with the Gatekeepers  at  Gate 403 , Every Wed, 9:00 PM, 403 Roncesvalles, Toronto, 416-588-2930
· 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
· Son of Dave  at This Ain't Hollywood, 8:00 PM, 354 James St N, Hamilton, 289-396-3911

Thursday, April 12
· Harpdog Brown & Jordie Edmonds  at  Castro's Lounge , Low Down Classic Blues, 8:30 PM, 2116 Queen St E, Toronto, 416-699-8272
· 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
· Raoul & The Big Time  at London Music Club, 8:30 PM, 470 Colborne St., London, 519-640-6996
· Son of Dave (opening for John Cooper Clarke)  at Lee's Palace, 8:00 PM, 529 Bloor W, Toronto, 416
· Southern Supper w/ Fraser Melvin & Bad Luck Woman  at  Mississippi Queen Foods , Dinner & Show, 6:30 PM, 635 King St. E., Hamilton, 905-526-0909
· Steve Strongman solo  at  Moonshine Cafe , 8:30 PM, 137 Kerr St., Oakville, 905-844-2655

Friday, April 13
· Andre Bisson Band  at  Moonshine Cafe , 9:00 PM, 137 Kerr Street, Oakville, 905-844-2655 
· Fraser Melvin Band  at Cameron House, 10:00 PM, 408 Queen W, Toronto, 416-703-0811
· Harpdog Brown & the Travelin' Blues Show w/ Sugar Brown  at  Stonewalls Restaurant , 8:00 PM, 339 York Blvd, Hamilton, 905-577-0808 
· Jack Broadbent  at  St. Francis Centre , 8:00 PM, 78 Church St S, Ajax, 905-903-8661
· Jack de Keyzer Band  at  Busholme Inn , 8:00 PM, 156 Main St., Erin, 519-315-0315
· Jenie Thai w/ Paul Reddick, Shakura S'Aida, Roxanne Potvin & Fraser Melvin  at  Dakota Tavern , 7:00 PM, 249 Ossington Ave, Toronto, 416-850-4579
· Jerome Godboo, Steve Grisbrook, Steve Beach, Tom Wells  at Warmingtons Bistro, 8:00 PM, 42 George St, Brantford, 519-770-4941
· John McKinley Band  at  Lancaster Smokehouse , Every Friday, 8:00 PM, 574 Lancaster St W, Kitchener, 519-743-4331
· Johnny Max & The Heart Attacks  at  Mulligans Pub , 9:00 PM, 2458 Dundas St W, Mississauga, 905-855-7584
· Michael Schatte (live recording session)  at Old Church Theatre, 7:30 PM, 940 Bonisteel Rd., Trenton, 905-855-7584
· N'Awlins All Star Band  at N'Awlins Bar, 8:30 PM, 299 King St. W, Toronto, 416-595-1958
· Son Of Dave  at  London Music Club , 8:00 PM, 470 Colborne St, London, 519-640-6996

Saturday, April 14
· Bad Luck Woman & Her Misfortunes 7" & Hot Sauce Release  at  Dakota Tavern , 10:00 PM, 249 Ossington Ave, Toronto, 416-850-4579
· Bill Durst & Joe DeAngelis  at London Music Hall, 8:00 PM, 185 Queens Ave., London, 519-432-1107
· Bill Heffernan and guests  at  Gate 403 , Every Sat, 5:00 PM, 403 Roncesvalles, Toronto, 416-588-2930
· Brian Blain's Campfire Jam w/ Harpdog Brown, Jesse O'Brien & Jordie Edmonds  at  Home Smith Bar - Old Mill , Brian's Blues Campfire Jam, 7:30 PM, 21 Old Mill Rd, Toronto, 416-236-2641
· Buddy Guy  at Massey Hall, 8:00 PM, 178 Victoria St., Toronto, 416-872-4255
· Danny Marks  at  Cadillac Lounge , Every Sat, 12:00 PM, 1296 Queen St W, Toronto, 416-536-7717
· Jack de Keyzer Band  at Stonewalls Restaurant, 9:00 PM, 339 York Blvd., Hamilton, 905-557-0808
· 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
· Julian Fauth Blues Night  at  Gate 403 , 9:00 PM, 403 Roncesvalles, Toronto, 416-588-2930
· Larry Kurtz & The Lawbreakers  at  King Heritage and Cultural Center , Blues & Brews by ArtsSocietyKing, 7:30 PM, 2920 King Rd, King City, 905-833-2331
· Niagara Rhythm Section with guests  at  Old Winery , Every Sat, 9:00 PM, 2288 Niagara Stone Rd, Niagara-on-the-Lake, 905-468-8900
· Sinners Choir  at  Rex Hotel , Every Sat, 12:00 PM, 194 Queen St W, Toronto, 416-598-2475
· Skyliners  at Cameron House, 10:00 PM, 408 Queen W, Toronto, 416-703-0811
· Southside Johnny Lyon & The Asbury Jukes  at  Adelaide Hall , 8:00 PM, 250 Adelaide St W, Toronto, 647-344-1234
· Steve Strongman  at Rhapsody Barrel Bar, 9:00 PM, 179 King St. W, Kitchener, 226-647-3996
· The Mighty Duck Blues Band w/ Tobin Spring  at Bar Upstairs, Saturday Blues Matinee, 2:30 PM, 16 Melbourne St. (Ball Hockey Complex), St. Catharines, 905-684-7688 x 4
· 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 Wooly Pub, 9:30 PM, Guelph, 519-836-2875
· 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, April 15
· Big Groove w/ Maria Aurigema & Michael Fonfara  at  Blue Goose Tavern , 4:00 PM, 1 Blue Goose St. (Royal York & Cavell), Toronto (Mimico), 416-255-2442
· 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
· Emily Burgess Band  at Burdock Music Hall, 9:00 PM, 1184 Bloor St. W, Toronto, 647-520-0169
· Harpdog Brown & Jordie Edmonds  at  Acoustic Grill , Classic Chicago Blues, 6:00 PM, 172 Main St, Suite 107, Picton, 613-476-2887
· James Anthony Band  at  Abbey Arms Restaurant , Every Sun 3:30-7pm, 3:30 PM, 481 North Service Rd W, Oakville, 905-825-1109
· Mr. Rick's Cafe Americana  at  The Local , 9:00 PM, 396 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto, 905-767-3484
· Sam Taylor & The East End Love  at Linsmore Tavern, Blues Sunday, 7:00 PM, 1298 Danforth, Toronto, 416-466-5130
· 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, April 16
· Bywater Band  at  Cameron House , Mondays in April, 10:00 PM, 408 Queen St. W, Toronto, 905-767-3484
· 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
· Sue Foley  at  Cadillac Lounge , 8:00 PM, 1296 Queen St. W, Toronto, 416-536-7717
· The Skyliners  at Skyline Restaurant, 10:00 PM, 1426 Queen St, Toronto, 416-536-3682

Tuesday, April 17
· Blues Hearts  at Cadillac Lounge, 8:30 PM, 1296 Queen St. W, Toronto, 416-456-8136
· Cosmic Blues Jam w/ Harpdog Brown  at Gladstone Hotel, 8:00 PM, 1214 Queen St W, Toronto, 416-531-4635
· Julian Fauth  at Sauce on Danforth, Every Tue, 6:00 PM, 1376 Danforth, Toronto, 647-748-1376
· Matt Weidinger  at Cameron House, 6:00 PM, 408 Queen W, Toronto, 416-703-0811
· 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
· Sinners Choir  at Cameron House, 10:00 PM, 408 Queen W, Toronto, 416-703-0811
· Tyler Yarema and His Rhythm  at  Reservoir Lounge , Every Tue, 8:45 PM, 52 Wellington St E, Toronto, 416-955-0887

Wednesday, April 18
· Caution Jam  at  Grossman's Tavern , 10:00 PM, 379 Spadina Ave., Toronto, 416-977-7000
· Matt Allen  at Oar & Paddle, Solo Rockabilly, Blues & Honkytonk, 6:00 PM, 530 Muskoka Rd N, Gravenhurst, 705-687-8618
· Sue Foley  at  Cadillac Lounge , 8:00 PM, 1296 Queen St. W, Toronto, 416-536-7717
· Victor Wainwright w/ Jenie Thai  at Thorold Canadian Corps., 7:00 PM, 7 Clairmont St., Thorold, 905-227-3161
· Blues Night with the Gatekeepers  at  Gate 403 , Every Wed, 9:00 PM, 403 Roncesvalles, Toronto, 416-588-2930
· 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, April 19
· Dave Gunning & JP Cormier  at  Peter's Players , 8:00 PM, 830 Muskoka Rd S., Gravenhurst, 705-687-2117
· Lisa Hutchinson Band  at Harbour Street Fish Bar, 7:00 PM, 10 Keith Ave., Collingwood, 705-293-3474
· Little Miss Higgins CD Release  at  Hugh's Room Live , 8:30 PM, 2261 Dundas St. W., Toronto, 416-533-5483
· Matt Weidinger & Jenie Thai  at London Music Club, 8:30 PM, 470 Colborne St., London, 519-640-6996
· Southern Supper w/ Al Lerman  at  Mississippi Queen Foods , Dinner & Show, 6:30 PM, 635 King St. E., Hamilton, 905-526-0909
· The Ramble w/ guest Kevin Breit  at  Moonshine Cafe , 8:30 PM, 137 Kerr St., Oakville, 905-844-2655
· 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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