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

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

Blues Summit 9:
February 1-4, 2019

Maple Blues Awards:
Koerner Hall, February 4, 2019
John Valenteyn's
July Blues Picks


Listen to John Valenteyn's Blues Picks for ou r monthly MapleBlues Magazine on Spotify. You can find the playlist on Toronto Blues Society's  Spotify account  a s well.
This Sunday : Talent Search Finals!


Schedule
12:30pm - Azalyne
13:10pm - Lela Tequila Blues
13:50pm - Glenn Marais and The Mojo Train
14:30pm - Gravely James
15:10pm - Bywater
15:50pm - Gavin McLeod Trio

When : Sunday, July 1
Time : 12:30pm-4:30pm
Where : OLG Stage, Cumberland St. | Yorkville
As part of the TD Toronto Jazz Festival
Useful Info About Transportation
We would like our guests to note that this year’s Talent Search Finals will take place on Canada Day, Sunday, July 1st. Please plan ahead your transit.

If you are driving the following roads  around Queen’s Park  will be closed from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m:
  • Queen’s Park Crescent East from College Street to Wellesley Street West
  • Queen’s Park Crescent West from College Street to Hoskin Avenue
  • Grosvenor Street from Queen’s Park Crescent East to Surrey Place
  • Wellesley Street West from Queen’s Park Crescent East to Queen’s Park Crescent West
 
TTC  will operate as in Sunday Service .  
 
Cumberland Street  will be closed to vehicles from Old York Lane to Bellair Street on Sunday as part of the TD Toronto Jazz Festival.
Announcing Our 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 had 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 .
Not a member yet? Click here to join!
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 announce our hotel base for the Blues Summit 9 which will take 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 .

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

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Registrations for the Summit:
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 at the Summit:
Applications for showcasing at the upcoming Blues Summit are now open and can be placed 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 Friday, July 27th, 5pm (EST) . Selected artists will be contacted in August 2018. 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
Blues on the Patio
Roy Thomson Hall partners once again with 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 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 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. All patio shows start at 5pm.
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
Get Your Tickets Today
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 .

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 
Ticket Giveaway Alert!

Buddy Guy & Jonny Lang
Buddy Guy & Jonny Lang will perform at Budweiser Stage on Friday, July 13 at 7pm.
Two of the world's most celebrated blues musicians, veteran performer and renowned influence Buddy Guy & blues prodigy and Grammy Award-winner Jonny Lang , come to Budweiser Stage on July 13th for a truly special show.

How to Win?
First 5 people to send an email to  info@torontobluessociety.com  with the subject line "Buddy & Jonny" will win a pair of tickets. The concert will start at 7pm on Friday, July 13, at Budweiser Stage.
Congrats to Rebecca Hennessy!
Congratulations to Women's Blues Revue bandleader Rebecca Hennessy who was presented the 2018 Emerging Jazz Artist Award at the TD Toronto Jazz Festival! The $10,000 award is intended to support the pre-production, production, and/or recording of original music composed by the recipient. Photo by Randall Cook.  
Blues At Hugh's Room Live
Johnny Burgin & Sugar Brown and The People's Blues Army will perform this Thursday, June 28 at 8:30pm
as part of Summer Nights Festival.
Johnny Burgin & Sugar Brown and The People's Blues Army - June 28
Jenie Thai & Hilario Duran - July 3
Songwriter Session featuring Paul Reddick - July 10
Marilyn Lerner & Lance Anderson - July 31
David Bromberg - 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 - August 22
Doc MacLean & Albert Frost + Tim Bastmeyer - September 5
Bobby Dean Blackburn - September 21
PeeWee Ellis & Jason Wilson - 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
Last Waltz - November 24-25
Carlos del Junco CD Release - December 1
Suzie Vinnick - December 29
Concert Notes
Studebaker John & The Hawks will perform at the Blues on the Battlefield this Friday, June 29 at 8:30pm.
  • Studebaker John & The Hawks - Blues on the Battlefield - June 29 - Thorold, ON
  • George Thorogood & The Destroyers with special guest Pat Travers & more - Summertime Blues Music Fest, Kelso Beach Park, Owen Sound, ON - June 30
  • Buddy Guy & Johnny Lang - Budweiser Stage - July 13
  • Sugaray Rayford - LiUNA! Bluesfest Windsor - July 13-15 - Windsor, ON
  • Walter Trout - Music by the Bay Live - August 8 - Ajax, ON
  • Matt Andersen - Music by the Bay Live - August 16 - Ajax, 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
  • 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
Summer blues festival season is upon us! Check our guide so you don't miss out!

June
Summertime Blues   | June 29-30 | Owen Sound, ON - this weekend!
Blues on the Battlefield | June 29-30 | Thorold, ON
TD Toronto Jazz Festival  | June 22-July 1 | Toronto, ON

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

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
The first in the “Solo Piano Double” series pairs blues and soul, effervescent up and comer  Jenie Thai  and multi-award winning Cuban-Canadian  Hilario Duran . Hugh's Room Live | Tuesday, July 3 | 8:30pm. 
Wednesday, June 27
· Bad Luck Woman & Her Misfortunes w/ Fraser Melvin  at The Station (Museum), Collingwood Jazz & Blues, 6:00 PM, 45 St. Paul St., Collingwood
· Fraser/Daley  at Inter Steer Tavern, Every Wed, 8:00 PM, 361 Roncesvalles, Toronto, 416-604-3333
· Joshua Q & The Trade Offs (Nunavut)  at Dakota Tavern, 7:00 PM, 249 Ossington Ave, Toronto, 416-850-4579
· 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
· Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar  at  Royal Botanical Gardens - Hendrie Park , 6:30 PM, 680 Plains Rd W, Burlington, 1-800-694-4769

Thursday, June 28
· James Anthony Band  at  5 West Brewpub , Every Thu 7-11pm, 7:00 PM, 3600 Dundas St, Burlington, 905-315-8782
· Johnny Burgin & Sugar Brown and the People's Blues Army  at  Hugh's Room Live , 8:30 PM, 2261 Dundas St. W., Toronto, 416-533-5483
· Lisa Hutchinson Band  at Harbour Street Fish Bar, 7:00 PM, Collingwood, 705-293-3474
· 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, June 29
· Blues On The Battlefield  at  Battle of Beaverdams Park , 10 bands June 29 and 30, 4:00 PM, 3 Sullivan Ave., Thorold, 905-246-3615
· 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

Saturday, June 30
· Beat Heathens  at  Moonshine Cafe , 8:30 PM, 137 Kerr St., Oakville, 905-844-2655
· Blues On The Battlefield  at  Battle of Beaverdams Park , 10 bands June 29 and 30, 4:00 PM, 3 Sullivan Ave., Thorold, 905-246-3615
· George Thorogood & The Destroyers, Pat Travers and more...  at Kelso Beach, Summertime Blues 2018, 5:00 PM, 2nd Ave. W, Owen Sound, 905-246-3615
· 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
· Lachy Doley Group  at  Peter's Muskoka , 8:00 PM, 830 Muskoka Rd S., Gravenhurst, 705-687-2117
· Matt Allen  at Griffin Gastropub, Solo Rockabilly, Blues & Honkytonk, 8:00 PM, 9 Chancery Lane, Bracebridge, 705-646-0438
· 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 Reddick  at  Rex Hotel , 3:30 PM, 194 Queen St W, Toronto, 416-598-2475
· Sinners Choir  at  Rex Hotel , Every Sat, 12:00 PM, 194 Queen St W, Toronto, 416-598-2475
· Sugar Brown  at  Castro's Lounge , 9:00 PM, 2116 Queen St E, Toronto, 416-699-8272
· The Sil Simone Band with guest  at  Carrigan Arms , Every Sat, 2:00 PM, 2025 Upper Middle Rd, Burlington, 905-332-6131
· 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, July 1
· 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
· Jack de Keyzer  at Canada Day Whitby, 8:00 PM, Whitby Harbour, Whitby, 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
· Paul Reddick  at  Etwell Concert Series , 3:00 PM, 2012 Etwell Rd, Huntsville, 705-789-2972
· Smoke Wagon Blues Band  at  Oh Canada Ribfest , 8:30 PM, 266 Main St N, Waterdown
· 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
· TBS Talent Search Finals  at OLG Stage, 12:00 PM, Cumberland Ave, Toronto

Monday, July 2
· 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, July 3
· Julian Fauth  at Sauce on Danforth, Every Tue, 6:00 PM, 1376 Danforth, Toronto, 647-748-1376
· 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
· Piano Series: Jenie Thai & Hilario Duran  at  Hugh's Room Live , 8:30 PM, 2261 Dundas St. W., Toronto, 416-533-5483
· Tyler Yarema and His Rhythm  at  Reservoir Lounge , Every Tue, 8:45 PM, 52 Wellington St E, Toronto, 416-955-0887

Wednesday, July 4
· Bywater Blues  at  The Local , 9:00 PM, 396 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto, 416-535-6225
· Godboogie  at  Etwell Concert Series , 6:30 PM, 2012 Etwell Rd, Huntsville, 705-789-2972
· Joshua Q & The Trade Offs (Nunavut)  at Dakota Tavern, 7:00 PM, 249 Ossington Ave, Toronto, 416-850-4579
· 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, July 5
· Gary Cain Band  at The Hideout, 10:30 PM, 423 College St, Toronto, 647-539-5712
· Paul Reddick  at Simcoe Street Theatre, Peak to Shore Fest, 8:00 PM, 65 Simcoe St., Collingwood
· Tim Bastmeyer  at Briars Resort and Spa, 8:00 PM, Jackson's Point, 1-800-465-2376
· 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
BECOME A CHARTER MEMBER TODAY
With a Toronto Blues Society membership, not only do you help support TBS and all the events we produce, you also receive these great benefits:

  • 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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