Updated Festival List + Happy Hour Meet & Greet

As part of the 21st Maple Blues Awards, the 
Ontario Blues Forum  will be held between 
January 15-16, 2018 .
 
We've got an exciting list of confirmed participants attending our many sessions this coming Monday and Tuesday. Come meet key organizers in the Canadian Blues Music Scene, including:


  • AIM: Artists In Motion / Nicole Rochefort
  • Beaches Jazz Festival / Bill King
  • Folk Music Canada / Canada Sutherland
  • Harbourfront Centre / Steven Tetz
  • Home County Music and Art Festival / Darin J. Addison
  • Kitchener Blues Festival / Rob Barkshire
  • Limestone City Blues Festival / Jan MacDonald
  • Limestone City Blues Festival / Michele Langlois
  • London Bluesfest / Ron Schroeyens
  • Mariposa Folk Festival / Liz Scott
  • Montreal Jazz Festival / Frédéric Lamoureux
  • Orangeville Blues & Jazz Festival / Larry Kurtz
  • Paisley Blues Festival / Ken Cormack
  • Peter's Players / Peter Swanek
  • Sault Blues Society / Johnnie Tibbles
  • SouthSide Shuffle / Brian Mortimer (Talent Buyer)
  • Saskatoon Blues Society / Gord MacAulay
  • Tremblant International Blues Festival / Brian Slack
  • Windsor Bluesfest / Mike McCann
  • Winnipeg BBQ & Blues Festival / Rick Fenton



HAPPY HOUR MEET AND GREET
Tuesday January 16th, 5:00pm-7:00pm

Reminder to wind up your Maple Blues weekend with a Happy Hour toast to the best in Canadian Blues at the Thirty Bar at the Holiday Inn Toronto Downtown Centre Hotel (30 Carlton Street). Hospitality provided.



FULL SCHEDULE : MONDAY JANUARY 15

10:00am-11:00am | Tips on Booking & Touring: How to get a gig

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1:30pm-2:30pm | Women in Blues: Gender parity and other issues in today's music industry - Hosted by Samantha Slattery (Women in Music)

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3:00pm-4:00pm | Blues Booster Interview: An Interview with the professor of rock'n roll: Rob Bowman.

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SCHEDULE : TUESDAY JANUARY 16

2:30pm-3:30pm | Music Money: Advice and details on government and other grants available to develop your career hosted by Mark Watts (OMDC), Derek Wilson (FACTOR), Barbara Isherwood (Freelance grant writer).


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4:00pm-5:00pm | Socialism: Get up-to-date with social media strategies and essential steps for your profile development. Hosted by Eric Alper (Publicist), Sarah French (Publicist), Amanda Rheaume (Social Media & Digital Media Content Manager)

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The forum will be open to public and free to attend. Stay tuned for more specific schedule information.
 

Location & Accommodation:
The Ontario Blues Forum will take place at the  Holiday Inn Toronto Downtown Centre Hotel – a remarkable location in the heart of Downtown Toronto with an all-day restaurant an indoor pool and a block away from the College Subway line.