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

Rez Blues 25th Anniversary
Lula Lounge | April 16

34th Women's Blues Revue
Roy Thomson Hall | November 20

Blues Summit 10
January 29-February 1, 2021
Watch this space for more upcoming news and artists to be announced next to Murray Porter , and Digging Roots who will be at Lula Lounge on April 16th for a special Rez Blues 25th Anniversary celebration concert.
Tickets will be on sale soon...
February Blues Picks!

Listen to John Valenteyn's Blues Picks for our monthly MapleBlues Magazine on Toronto Blues Society's  Spotify account .

To chase away your annual February winter blues, we feature Fuel Junkie, Rott'n Dan & Lightnin' Willy, Sussex, and Dwane Dixon.

12 songs to accompany your snowy days!
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!
Around the Corner: Winterfolk

Scheduled for February 21st, 22nd and 23rd, Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival will feature more than 100 blues, rock, jazz, country, folk, and roots artists across five stages between the Festival’s two new venues: The Tranzac Club (292 Brunswick Ave) and The Annex Hotel (296 Brunswick Ave). 

The exclusively ticketed events at the Tranzac Club will feature a bevy of multi-award winners like Ken Whiteley, Chris Whiteley, Diana Braithwaite, James Gordon, Jon Brooks, Lynn Miles, and a double daytime bill from Jack de Keyzer. Wristbands for these shows are not necessary; separately purchased tickets are required for entry. More info here .
Mel Brown Award
Goes To Mike McDonald
Congratulations to Blues guitarist Mike McDonald who gets 2020 Mel Brown Award as Kitchener Blues Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary this August. With the 2020 Mel Brown Award, McDonald joins a list that includes Buddy Guy, Jimmy Vaughn, Jackie Washington, Cheryl Lescom, Jimmy Boudreau and Shawn Kellerman. More info here .
Ticket Giveaway Alert!

Bill Durst at Music by the Bay Live in Whitby
Always an audience favourite, Bill Durst is a Canadian Blues-Rock-Roots guitarist, singer, songwriter and entertainer who has written and recorded over 125 songs on 12 albums with 7 national radio chart hits. Bill has opened for or shared the stage with Rush, Aerosmith, Yardbirds, John Mayall, George Thorogood, Jeff Healey, Sly And The Family Stone and more. In 2004 Durst proclaimed his intention to start up a “little, fuzzy, psychedelic blues band” and since then him and his co-writer Joe DeAngelis have produced 5 full length CDs. Bill Durst will be on Music by the Bay Live 's Whitby stage on February 22.

How to Win?
Sixth person to send an email to  info@torontobluessociety.com  with the subject line "Bill Durst" will win a pair of tickets. The concert is next Saturday, February 22nd at Music by the Bay Live in Whitby at 8pm .
Concert Notes
The new Blues sensation, Christone "Kingfish" Ingram , is coming to Horseshoe Tavern
on Sunday, March 8th at 7:30pm.
  • Winterfolk Blues & Roots Fest - Tranzac Club & Annex Hotel - Feb 21-23
  • Christone "Kingfish" Ingram - Horseshoe Tavern - March 8
  • Mdou Moctar - The Garrison - March 15
  • A Tribute to Muddy & The Wolf - Hugh's Room Live - March 19
  • Matt Andersen - DT Concert Series - April 1 - Paris, ON
  • Buddy Guy - Roy Thomson Hall - April 3
  • Paul DesLauriers Band with Annika Chambers - Hugh's Room Live - April 15
  • Charlie Musselwhite - Horseshoe Tavern - May 15
Live Blues Listings
Events are subject to change. Please check with the venue before heading out.
Ken Yoshioka takes the stage at Today / Tonight Bar on Queen West tomorrow,
Thursday, February 13 at 8pm.
Wednesday, February 12
· Action Sound Band w/ Leo Valvassori & Eric Schenkman (every Wed)  at  Grossman's Tavern , 10:00 PM, 379 Spadina Ave., Toronto, 416-977-7000
· Fraser/Daley (every Wed)  at Inter Steer Tavern, 8:00 PM, 361 Roncesvalles, Toronto, 416-604-3333
· Nicola Vaughan Open Jam (every Wed)  at Black Swan Tavern, 9:30 PM, 154 Danforth, Toronto, 416-469-0537
· Paul Reddick and the Ringers  at Sauce on Danforth, 8:00 PM, 1376 Danforth Ave, Toronto, 647-748-1376
· Ragwax  at Timothy's Pub, 7:00 PM, 344 Brown's Line, Etobicoke, 416-201-9515
· Southern Supper w/ Fraser Melvin & Bad Luck Woman  at  Mississippi Queen Foods , music & food ticket, 6:30 PM, 635 King St E, Hamilton, 905-526-0909


Thursday, February 13
· Don River Blues Band  at Grossmans Tavern, 9:45 PM, 379 Spadina Ave., Toronto
· Emily Gilbart  at  Revival 1863 , 8:00 PM, 35 Armstrong Street, Orangeville, 519-307-2100
· Ken Yoshioka  at  Today / Tonight Bar , 8:00 PM, 1704 Queen St W., Toronto, 416-537-3262
· Lou Moore plus guest (every Thu)  at Col. Mustard's Pub & Deli, 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, February 14
· Fraser/Daley  at Castro's Lounge, 5:30 PM, 2116 Queen E, Toronto, 416-699-8272
· Jimmy's Juke Joint Blues Party  at Peter Pipers, Jim Casson w/ Darran Poole & Shane Scott, 9:00 PM, 111 Hwy 20 E, Fonthill, 905-892-0782
· John McKinley Band (every Fri)  at  Lancaster Smokehouse , 8:00 PM, 574 Lancaster St W, Kitchener, 519-743-4331
· Jordan John & His All Star Band  at  Busholme Inn , 8:00 PM, 156 Main St., Erin, 519-315-0315
· Julian Fauth & Faith Amour  at  Senator Wine Bar , 8:30 PM, 249 Victoria St, Toronto, 416-364-7517
· Mike Sedgewick's Friday Night Blues Jam  at Salty Dog Bar & Grill, 9:30 PM, 1980 Queen St. E, Toronto, 416-849-5064
· Southern Supper w/ The Vaudevillian  at  Mississippi Queen Foods , music & food ticket, 6:30 PM, 635 King St E, Hamilton, 905-526-0909
· Weber Brothers Duo  at  Moonshine Cafe , 8:30 PM, 137 Kerr St., Oakville, 905-844-2655


Saturday, February 15
· Buck Tingley w/ S.Marriner and J.Bowskill (matinee & evening shows)  at The Garnet, 9:00 PM, Peterborough
· Danny Marks Combo  at Relish Bar, 1:00 PM, 511 Danforth, Toronto, 416-425-4664
· Gail Gunnis & The Dirty Roosters  at  Corners Bar , 8:00 PM, 10593 Yonge St, Richmond Hill, 416-875-4922
· Glenn Marais and The Mojo Train  at  Old Town Hall Newmarket , w/ Jerome Godboo, Dan McKinnon, George St Kitts, Randy Brethour, Ryan Ainsworth, The Wranglers and Erin Blackstock, 8:00 PM, 460 Botsford St, Newmarket, 905-751-7238
· James Anthony feat: Tamica Herod  at Uptown Social House, 2:30 PM, 1900 Walkers Line, Burlington, 905-331-4700
· Johnny Wright & Michael Fonfara (every Sat)  at Outrigger Tap & Table, 3:00 PM, 2232 Queen St E, Toronto, 416-748-2232
· Sandra Bouza  at  Cameron House , 8:00 PM, 408 Queen St W, Toronto, 416-703-0811
· The Mighty Duck Blues Band w/ John Dickie & Ray Harrison  at Jo Blos Rock & Wok, Mardi Gras Party, 2:30 PM, 155 St. Paul Crescent, St. Catharines, 905-685-8280
· The Sil Simone Band w/ guest (every Sat)  at  Carrigan Arms , 2:30 PM, 2025 Upper Middle Rd, Burlington, 905-332-6131
· Tyler Yarema and His Rhythm (every Sat)  at  Reservoir Lounge , 9:45 PM, 52 Wellington St E, Toronto, 416-955-0887
· Weber Brothers (full band)  at  Moonshine Cafe , 8:30 PM, 137 Kerr St., Oakville, 905-844-2655


Sunday, February 16
· Bill Hedefine's Sunday Night Jam  at  Grossman's Tavern , drums and amp provided, 10:00 PM, 379 Spadina Ave., Toronto, 416-977-7000
· Blues In The Alley feat: Big Groove w/ John Dickie & Ray Harrison  at  Alleycatz , 3:00 PM, 2409 Yonge St., Toronto, 647-361-5817
· Blues for the Soldiers feat. Steve Marriner & Jesse O'Brien  at Brantford Gunner's Club, 2:00 PM, 115 Henry St., Brantford
· Chuck Jackson & The All Stars (every Sun.)  at  Roc 'N Doc's , 4:30 PM, 105 Lakeshore Rd E, Mississauga, 905-891-1754
· Dr. Nick & The Rollercoasters  at Rex Hotel, 3:30 PM, 194 Queen St W, Toronto
· James Anthony Band  at  Abbey Arms Restaurant , Every Sun 3:30-7pm, 3:30 PM, 481 North Service Rd W, Oakville, 905-825-1109
· Little Magic Sam  at Sauce on Danforth, 4:00 PM, 1376 Danforth Ave, Toronto, 647-748-1376
· Michael Theodore & The Sunday Sinners  at Timothy's Pub, 5:00 PM, 344 Brown's Line, Etobicoke, 416-201-9515
· Mike Sedgewick Blues Revue & Jam  at  Linsmore Tavern , Blues Sundays, 7:00 PM, 1298 Danforth Ave, Toronto, 416-466-5130


Monday, February 17
· Jordan John  at  Orbit Room , 10:00 PM, 580A College St, Toronto, 416-535-0613
· Sebastian Agnello (every Mon)  at Black Swan Tavern, 9:30 PM, 154 Danforth, Toronto, 416-469-0537
· Skyliners (every Mon)  at Skyline Restaurant, 10:00 PM, 1246 Queen W, Toronto


Tuesday, February 18
· Bad Luck Woman & Her Misfortunes  at  Cameron House , 10:00 PM, 408 Queen St W, Toronto, 416-703-0811
· Julian Fauth (every Tue)  at Sauce on Danforth, 6:00 PM, 1376 Danforth, Toronto, 647-748-1376
· Tyler Yarema and His Rhythm (every Tue)  at  Reservoir Lounge , 8:45 PM, 52 Wellington St E, Toronto, 416-955-0887


Wednesday, February 19
· Paul Reddick and the Ringers  at Sauce on Danforth, 8:00 PM, 1376 Danforth Ave, Toronto, 647-748-1376
· Action Sound Band w/ Leo Valvassori & Eric Schenkman (every Wed)  at  Grossman's Tavern , 10:00 PM, 379 Spadina Ave., Toronto, 416-977-7000
· Fraser/Daley (every Wed)  at Inter Steer Tavern, 8:00 PM, 361 Roncesvalles, Toronto, 416-604-3333
· Nicola Vaughan Open Jam (every Wed)  at Black Swan Tavern, 9:30 PM, 154 Danforth, Toronto, 416-469-0537


Thursday, February 20
· David Essig  at  Hugh's Room Live , 8:30 PM, 2261 Dundas St. W, Toronto, 416-533-5483
· Lou Moore plus guest (every Thu)  at Col. Mustard's Pub & Deli, 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
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
  • 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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