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

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Upcoming TBS Events


Guitar Workshop , Dakota Tavern, March 3

Women's Blues Revue , Roy Thomson Hall, Nov 16
• Women's Blues Revue •
WBR moves to Roy Thomson Hall

Tickets Now 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 .
Toronto Blues Society Guitar Workshop
Toronto Blues Society returns with a "Guitar Workshop" this year. Hosted by Dan McKinnon , the guitar workshop will be at the Dakota Tavern on Saturday, March 3 between 3:00pm - 6:00pm .

There will be more details and special guests so wait for it!
A Special Ticket Giveaway
to Get You Out of Your Winter Blues!

Winterfolk XVI | February 16-18
We are giving away two pair of tickets to the special Toronto Blues Society showcase at the upcoming Winterfolk Festival on Friday, February 16 - please find the info below. Hurry up; only the first two  people who send an e-mail to the  info@torontobluessociety.com  with " Winterfolk " on the subject line will get the tickets!


 ~ Toronto Blues Society Showcase at Winterfolk ~

The Blues of Winterfolk:

8:00pm  •  Al Lerman
8:45pm • Kim Doolittle
9:30pm • Julian Fauth
10:15pm David Essig


Friday, February 16 at the Black Swan Tavern (154 Danforth Ave, 2nd Floor).
Doors open at 7:00pm. Music Starts at 8:00pm. Come early for best seating.
$15.00 Advance, $20.00 door:
Tickets can be purchased through Winterfolk website .


Winterfolk is an all-ages, mid-winter, weatherproof event, where you’ll find the best of urban, blues, rock, jazz, country, folk and roots music, emulating a multi-stage rural summer festival. More than 150 artists will be performing at four venues and five stages over the three-day weekend. The festival will also include special tribute events, an awards ceremony, community stages and various themed musical workshops with a combination of paid and free concert stages on the Danforth .
Smoke Wagon Blues Band at the Hideout
Special Guest: Steve Sherman

Saturday, February 3 | 3pm
The Smoke Wagon Blues Band returns to town for a special matinee performance at  the Hideout  on Saturday, February 3. Toronto's  Steve Sherman  (record producer and musician extraordinaire) will be joining the band onstage to celebrate their album "Cigar Store" - winner of three 2017 Independent Blues Awards.

It's been a quite few years since Smoke Wagon's last Toronto performance, so don't miss this chance to see the band in action. Visit the band's website for more info: SmokeWagonBluesBand.com

When  Saturday 3 Feb., 3:00 pm
Where  The Hideout, 423 College St.
A Rare Toronto Show from Chris Antonik:
Dovercourt School Fundraiser

Friday, January 26 | 8pm
Three-time Maple Blues Award nominee  Chris Antonik   takes the stage in his home neighbourhood to raise funds for   Dovercourt Public School's "School Advisory Committee"  , which is made up of parents and guardians from the Dovercourt community who work with the school on many different issues and activities.

Proceeds from the event will help the Committee fund things like student achievement, renovation plans and after school events. Proceeds from all CD and merchandise sales will also go to the Committee!

Cover  :   "Pay-What-You-Can" / suggested $10.
Location    Duffy's Tavern -  1238 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Ontario M6H1N3
7th Edition of the Aurora Winter Blues Festival
is Just Around the Corner
York Region's only genuine Blues Festival where you'll experience an upfront and intimate evening of Canada's best LIVE blues acts is back this year with a killer program.

The Festival hosts " Journeymen Blues " night on Friday, February 23 featuring Steve Strongman , Jack de Keyzer and Michael Schatte as well as Mad Dogs and Englishmen paying tribute to the music of Joe Cocker and Leon Russell plus special guests The Dan McKinnon Band on Saturday, February 24 .
Don't Let the Cold Weather Get You Down:
Cold Weather Blues Fest 3 | February 23-24
Coldweather Blues Fest is a community organized showcase featuring more than a dozen live authentic blues acts in more than a dozen Toronto Beaches bars for two great nights of pure blues. This year the third edition of the festival will take place during February 23-24 , between 6pm-11pm each day. No cover/no tickets required!
Blues At Hugh's Room Live
Ken Whiteley's Gospel Brunch will take place this Sunday, January 28 at 2pm.
Ken Whiteley’s Kosher Gospel Brunch w/ Dave Wall, Aviva Chernick, Lenka Lichtenberg - January 28
Diana Braithwaite & Chris Whiteley CD launch - February 22
Ken Whiteley’s Gospel Brunch: Sing for Joy w/ Coco Love Alcorn, Pat Patrick, Ali Matthews - February 25
Jack de Keyzer - March 24
Ken Whiteley’s Gospel Brunch: Season Finale w/ The Marigolds (Suzie Vinnick, Gwen Swick, Caitlin Hanford), Andrew Craig - March 25
Little Miss Higgins CD release - April 19
Levon Helm Tribute - April 22
Harry Manx - May 11 & May 12
Chris Smither - May 19
Concert Notes
Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters will be at the Massey Hall on February 17,
with their special guest Seth Lakeman .
  • Robert Plant - Massey Hall - February 17, 2018
  • Dione Taylor and Digging Roots - Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts - February 24
  • The Sheepdogs - Massey Hall - March 2, 2018
  • Buddy Guy - Massey Hall - April 14, 2018
  • George Thorogood and the Destroyers - Massey Hall - April 26, 2018
Live Blues Listings
Bad Luck Woman & Her Misfortunes will be celebrating Etta James at the Dakota Tavern
on January 25 at 9:30pm with their special guests: Dani Nash, Alana Bridgewater,
Samantha Martin, Nicky Lawrence & SATE.
Wednesday, January 24
· 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
· Southern Supper w/ Big Rude Jake  at Mississippi Queen Foods, music & supper ticket, 6:30 PM, 635 King St E, Hamilton, 905-526-0909

Thursday, January 25
· Bad Luck Woman & Her Misfortunes w/ Samantha Martin, Alana Bridgewater and more (Etta James Tribute)  at Dakota Tavern, 9:30 PM, 249 Ossington, Toronto, 416-850-4579
· 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
· Rootdown Trio  at  Gate 403 , 9:00 PM, 403 Roncesvalles, Toronto, 416-588-2930
· Tamica Herod & the Harbour Street Band  at  Harbour Street Fish Bar , Every Thu, w/ bi-weekly guests, check www.tamicaherod.com, 7:00 PM, 10 Keith Ave, Collingwood, 705-293-3474

Friday, January 26
· Cheryl Lescom & Tucson Choir Boys  at Moonshine Cafe, 8:30 PM, 137 Kerr St, Oakville, 905-844-2655
· Dwayne Laforme Boogie Blues Band  at Stonewalls Restaurant, 9:00 PM, 339 York Blvd., Hamilton, 905-557-0808
· Dylan Wickens  at Warmington's Bistro, 8:00 PM, 42 George St., Brantford, 519-755-7030
· Full Bore Blues  at Basso Blues Room, 9:00 PM, 320 Queen St. E, Toronto, 647-348-3200
· Jive Bombers  at  Rex Hotel , 6:30 PM, 194 Queen St W, Toronto, 416-598-2475
· John McKinley Band  at  Lancaster Smokehouse , Every Friday, 8:00 PM, 574 Lancaster St W, Kitchener, 519-743-4331
· Sue Foley  at  Cadillac Lounge , 8:00 PM, 1296 Queen St W, Toronto, 416-536-7717
· Sweet Derrick Blues Band  at  Gate 403 , 9:00 PM, 403 Roncesvalles, Toronto, 416-588-2930
· Tim Bastmeyer  at The Locker, 8:00 PM, Cannington, 705-432-3200

Saturday, January 27
· Bill Heffernan and guests  at  Gate 403 , Every Sat, 5:00 PM, 403 Roncesvalles, Toronto, 416-588-2930
· Boys Do Girls: Danny Marks, Big Rude Jake, Matty Simpson, Tim Gibbons - Songs by Females, YWCA Fundraiser  at This Ain't Hollywood, 9:00 PM, 345 James St N., Hamilton, 289-396-3911
· Danny Marks  at  Cadillac Lounge , Every Sat, 12:00 PM, 1296 Queen St W, Toronto, 416-536-7717
· Dylan Wickens  at Ethel's Lounge, 9:00 PM, 114 King St N., Waterloo, 519-725-2361
· Elliott and the Audio Kings  at Lou Dawgs Waterloo, 9:00 PM, 80 King St S., Waterloo, 519-208-3294
· 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
· Niagara Rhythm Section with guests  at  Old Winery , Every Sat, 9:00 PM, 2288 Niagara Stone Rd, Niagara-on-the-Lake, 905-468-8900
· Night of Blues  at London Music Club, 8:00 PM, 470 Colborne St., London, 226-980-7247
· Rick Fines & Suzie Vinnick  at Station 1 Coffee House, 8:00 PM, 28 Main St E, Grimsby, 905-309-4000
· Sinners Choir  at  Rex Hotel , Every Sat, 12:00 PM, 194 Queen St W, Toronto, 416-598-2475
· The Mighty Duck Blues Band w/ Jack Civiletto  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 Different Strokes, 9:00 PM, Grimsby, 905-945-6599
· Trick Bag w/ Jesse O'Brien  at Corktown Pub, 3:00 PM, 175 Young St., Hamilton, 905-572-9242
· 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, January 28
· Big Groove w/ Sugar Brown & Jonnie Wong  at  Blue Goose Tavern , Featuring Downchild`s Gary Kendall & Mike Fitzpatrick, 4:00 PM, 1 Blue Goose St. (Royal York & Cavall), Toronto (Mimico), 416-255-2442
· Brant Parker & Corktown Blues Band w/ Matt Weidinger  at Corktown Pub, 2:00 PM, 175 Young St., Hamilton, 905-572-9242
· 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
· James Anthony Band  at  Abbey Arms Restaurant , Every Sun 3:30-7pm, 3:30 PM, 481 North Service Rd W, Oakville, 905-825-1109
· Josh Gordon Band  at  Linsmore Tavern , 7:00 PM, 1298 Danforth Ave, Toronto, 416-466-5130
· Ken Whiteley’s Kosher Gospel Brunch  at  Hugh's Room Live , w/ Dave Wall, Aviva Chernick, Lenka Lichtenberg, 12:00 PM, 2261 Dundas St. W., Toronto, 416-533-5483
· 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
· Tim Bastmeyer  at 33 1/3 Records, Pop up show - Aurora Winter Blues, 1:30 PM, Aurora, 905-717-7494

Monday, January 29
· Jon Brooks  at Cameron House, 6:00 PM, 408 Queen W., Toronto, 416-703-0811
· 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
· The Skyliners  at Skyline Restaurant, 10:00 PM, 1426 Queen W., Toronto, 416-536-3682
· Tinsley Ellis w/ Al Lerman opening  at  Cadillac Lounge , 7:00 PM, 1296 Queen St. W., Toronto, 416-536-7717

Tuesday, January 30
· 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
· Tyler Yarema and His Rhythm  at  Reservoir Lounge , Every Tue, 8:45 PM, 52 Wellington St E, Toronto, 416-955-0887

Wednesday, January 31
· Action Sound Band w/ Leo Valvassori  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

Thursday, February 1
· Tim Bastmeyer  at The 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
· Tamica Herod & the Harbour Street Band  at  Harbour Street Fish Bar , Every Thu, w/ bi-weekly guests, check www.tamicaherod.com, 7:00 PM, 10 Keith Ave, Collingwood, 705-293-3474
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