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
No Buddy Guy, No Rolling Stones, No New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, there is a wide world of cancellations and postponements stacking up in the blues music world. As we have now all read, there is no live music activity, nor much activity of any kind, due to the potential for serious health outcomes if we don’t slow down, unplug, stay home and play safe.

While the TBS is looking forward to celebrating our 35th anniversary later in the year, we have just pulled three events, with expectations of finding new dates as soon as we see the light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel.
No Printed Edition for the April MapleBlues:
Watch this space for news, and also watch for the digital delivery of our hard copy info bulletin, the remarkably reliable Maple Blues newsletter. The April 2020 edition of Maple Blues is unprecedented, but we are determined to deliver you the blues news, all that is fit to “print”, in digital form. Tragically, you won’t be able to pick up a copy on the bar or counter of your favourite venue or shop. Everything is closed. Stay home, stay safe and stay tuned, we are still here and working quietly in isolation.

- Derek Andrews, on behalf of the Toronto Blues Society staff and Board of Directors.
Sadly, we are postponing our March & April events due to recent developments connected with COVID-19. We are monitoring the news and hoping to reschedule the performances once further info is available. Please stay in touch and follow TBS social media for future announcements. Stay safe & healthy! Click here for our FB , TW , or IG .
Applications Open!

With New Prizes Added!
Applications for this year's Talent Search are now open! Please visit our website for more info.

This year's Grand Prize includes:

Talent Search 2020 will take place on Saturday, June 27th as part of the Toronto Jazz Festival .

Get The Best Seats Now for
Women's Blues Revue!
Women's Blues Revue  will be returning with its 34th edition on  Friday ,  November 20, 2020  at  8pm , 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 next year at Toronto's  Roy Thomson Hall  once again, as Massey Hall red doors are closed for another year. Stay tuned for full lineup and host announcements and hurry up to catch the best available seats! Public tickets are on sale at  Roy Thomson Hall's website !

Roy Thomson Hall : 60 Simcoe St, Toronto, ON M5J 2H5
Box Office : 416-872-4255 
TBS Charter Members:
Contact TBS Office to retrieve your promo code for 20% discounted tickets!
Take Time to Fill Out Music Canada Survey
Developed by CONNECT Music Licensing and Music Canada, Music Artist Impact Survey is aiming to measure the impact of COVID-19 specifically on artists where the results will be aggregated anonymously and used in an economic impact analysis that Music Canada is working on with Deloitte Canada. #ArtistImpactCanada 
Free Conference Service by Ontario Presents
Ontario Presents is making their conferencing service available free of charge to any Ontario-based artist, agent, presenter, or other arts presenting industry professional who has a need to host an online or phone meeting and does not have the means to do so. If you are interested in using this service to host a meeting, please contact
Canadian Folk Music Awards to be
Live Streamed Online!
The 2020 Canadian Folk Music Awards (CFMAs) are moving their Awards celebration online this year, and will present all 20 Awards virtually, on Saturday, April 4 at 7pm EST via their facebook page  and  website . The Awards were originally scheduled for the weekend of April 3-4 in Charlottetown, PEI, however, it is now cancelled due to COVID-19. 
Cancelled Summer Festivals & Workshops
Orangeville Blues & Jazz Festival scheduled for June 5 - 7 2020 has been cancelled cancelled this week along with Hornby Island Blues Workshop for this year that was going to take place between April 25 - May 2nd.

Musicians! In lieu of the weekly Live Music Listings, TBS is eagerly compiling live streaming/online concerts which would be of interest to our home-bound readers. Send us your scheduled live stream, social media handle/any online fundraising campaign/past performances on your Youtube:
Past Live Performances that You Can Still Watch:

  • Miss Emily's performance is on this link.

  • Brian Blain United Nation's "World Water Day" performance with new single is here

  • David Vest 's James Bay United Church performance is here.

  • Suzie Vinnick's performance is here.

  • Blues On The Rideau at The Cove Inn featuring David Gogo, here.

  • Steve Hill's performance is here.

  • Chris Whiteley & bassist Jack Lavin was live here.

  • Jim Casson's Home Isolation Social Distancing Concert is here.

  • Steve Marriner's performance is here.

  • Alfie Smith's performance is here.

  • Sean Pinchin's performance is here.

  • Jesse Whiteley live in quarantine with Clayton Yates is here.

Upcoming Live Performances:

  • Suzie Vinnick will be doing another live stream today, March 25 at 7pm.

  • Steve Hill will be doing a Facebook live stream this Friday, March 27 at 8pm.

  • Avery Raquel will be doing a live stream this Saturday, March 28th at 4pm EST from her Facebook and Instagram page.

  • Brian Blain streams Episode 2 of his Self-Isolated Socially-Distanced Basement Blaincast this Sunday, March 29 at 2pm.

  • Blues On The Rideau at The Cove Inn featuring Miss Emily will be online on artist's Facebook page on April 17.

  • Blues On The Rideau at The Cove Inn featuring David Vest will be online on artist's Facebook page on May 8.


  • JW-Jones just started doing "30 Riffs in 30 Days" on his Facebook page. Every day at 9am EST, a new riff will be ready for the followers.

  • Jesse Whiteley is currently offering video lessons from home via Skype/FaceTime/Zoom and you can reach him on his Lessons page.

  • SaskMusic Presents: Managing Pandemic Anxiety in the Arts led by Cara Taylor. This free webinar will take place on Monday, March 30 at 7pm and is open to everyone. Register here.

  • Canadian Music Incubator is offering online mentorship sessions available to purchase at $150+HST for a bundle of three 60-minute meetings.

New Initiatives, Online Archives, Ongoing Performances:
  • Glenn Marais will be live streaming every night at 8pm on his Facebook page.

  • A new initiative came out during the time of COVID-19 from Toronto. URGNT was initially aiming to put live streamed concerts from empty venues, however, due to latest orders from the city related to the pandemic, they switched to holding the live streams on each musician's home alone. You can get more info and donate to their GoFundMe campaign here.

  • Created by Ottawa guitarist Jeff de Valk to promote the growing number of Ottawa-area musicians live streaming performances, music lovers in general can follow this Facebook page to capture the scene in the capital: Ottawa Live Music Streams!

  • Neil Young will be live streaming from his home dubbed “Fireside Sessions” through his Neil Young Archives website amid COVID-19.

  • This is a nice time to go back and check out our friend Koerner Hall's online archive. You can stream select past performances including the latest Maple Blues Awards!
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Heather Kitching wrote about " Five ways fans can help artists in the face of COVID-19 cancellations " on Roots Music Canada and we are loving it! Here are some ideas built up on Heather's suggestions:

  • Purchase album downloads from their websites, iTunes or Bandcamp (Bandcamp will be passing 100% of the revenue to the artists this weekend!).

  • Purchase artist merch!

  • Donate to funds that support artists in need.

  • Offer your tech, promotion, graphic design, social media expertise!

  • Boost their numbers on social media!

  • If you had a ticket to a performance at a live music venue: refrain from asking for ticket refunds and hold on to your tickets until next show. Or, can consider this a donation to your favourite venue!

To read the full article, click here .
External Emergency Funding Initiatives Announced To Date:

  • The AFC - Emergency financial aid for entertainment pros

  • Unison - financial aid for musicians

Resources & News:

  • Trudeau unveiled $27-billion in aid, $55-billion of tax deferrals in coronavirus response. Musicians can have more info here to see any of the announced benefits, measures or programs are applicable to them.

  • ACTRA has extended the date for paying dues.

  • FACTOR has announced that artists who received funding to travel for shows that have been cancelled can keep the money.

  • Canada Council for the Arts: Information about CCA's cancellation policy can be found here.

  • Toronto Musicians Association's resources for financial assistance and bill payment relief here.

  • Music Managers Forum Canada's constantly updated resource page is here.

  • Airline Cancellation Policies: A comprehensive guide by Forbes can be found here.

  • Nightly 60-second clip of tips by music publicist Eric Alper during pandemic will be available here.


  • Track impact! Any potential compensation to be released following the crisis period will require documentation of impact; consider spending the time now to track and document revenue loss.

  • If you are using Facebook, we highly recommend joining the group "I Lost My Gig" for immediate updates and as a platform for sharing.

  • Fill out the Music Artist Impact Survey by CONNECT Music Licensing and Music Canada which will measure the economic impact of COVID-19 specifically on artists - #ArtistImpactCanada. 
We Are Closed: Live Blues Listings
We are hoping to get back on to our Live Blues Listings when further info is available. See you outside post-pandemic! Until then stay safe & healthy!

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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
  • 25% discount on  Maple Blues Awards tickets & exclusive early bird ticket access
  • 20% discount on Women’s Blues Revue tickets & exclusive early bird ticket access
  • Savings on Advance Tickets to shows at Music by the Bay Live (Ajax and Whitby venues)
  • 10% off every purchase from the Dead Dog Records, Toronto (1209 Bloor St. West &  1696 Queen St. West)
  • 10% off every purchase from the Kops Records, Toronto (229 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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