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
Suzie Vinnick - Blues Revival #6
Antikka Cafe & Records | November 21

33rd Women's Blues Revue
Roy Thomson Hall | November 29

TBS Xmas Party!
Alleycatz | December 8

23rd Maple Blues Awards
Koerner Hall | February 3, 2020

Rez Blues 25th Anniversary
Venue/Date TBA | March 2020
Help Sean Get To Memphis!
Sean Pinchin  will represent the Toronto Blues Society at The International Blues Challenge in Memphis in the Solo/Duo Category.
On October 28th, Sean Pinchin won the Toronto Contest of the International Blues Challenge for the Solo/Duo Category! For all his upcoming travel and accommodation expenses, Sean set up an online fundraising campaign to secure finances. Your contribution will help him secure the funding goal required to head down to the birthplace of the Blues this January to compete and represent Toronto! 

Road to Memphis / International Blues Challenge will take place in Memphis between   January 28-February 1, 2020.
MBA Voting Open Now!
Registration and voting for the 23rd Annual Maple Blues Awards is now open to public until  December 1st 2019  at 11:59 pm Pacific Standard Time. Make sure to visit our Maple Blues Awards website for nominees!
Suzie Vinnick at Antikka Cafe on November 21st!
The "Blues Revival" series is presented by Antikka Cafe & Records in partnership with
the Toronto Blues Society.
This month Suzie Vinnick is taking over the “Blues Revival” series on November 21st! Come and enjoy a blues evening in an intimate space surrounded by vinyl, Armenian coffee, booze, and some good yums that  Antikka – Cafe & Records  has to offer!

A Saskatoon native transplanted to the Niagara Region of Ontario, Suzie Vinnick is the proud owner of a gorgeous voice, prodigious guitar and bass chops, and an engagingly candid performance style. Suzie released her last album, a full band roots and blues extravaganza entitled " Shake The Love Around ", in 2018 and is currently on tour with Downchild Blues Band. So make sure to grab your tickets in advance to catch her while she is in town!
When:  Thursday, November 21
Where:  Antikka Cafe & Records ( 960 Queen St W , Toronto)
Time:  8pm-11pm
Tickets:  $20 in advance, $30 at door -  Click here for the tickets!
Less Than A Month Left!
Get Your Tickets Now!

Women's Blues Revu e will take place on  Friday ,  November 29  at  8pm and TBS is delighted to have all these talented musicians in this year's lineup including Tanika Charles Miss Emily ,   Angelique Francis , Raha Javanfar Taborah Johnson , Melissa McClelland Ellen McIlwaine !

With its 33rd edition, The  Women's Blues Revue  features once again some of Canada's finest musicians backed by the all-star W omen's Blues Revue Band:  Rebecca Hennessy  (Bandleader/Trumpet),  Colleen Allen  (Sax),  Elena Kapeleris  (Sax),  Emily Burgess  (Guitar),  Carrie Chesnutt  (Sax),  Morgan Doctor  (Drums),  Carlie Howell  (Bass),  Lily Sazz  (Keys). Toronto Blues Society will celebrate its annual show this year at Toronto's  Roy Thomson Hall , as Massey Hall red doors are now closed for another year.
Hurry up to catch the best available seats! Tickets are on sale   at  Roy Thomson Hall's website  for public and TBS Ch arter members in good standing.

Roy Thomson Hall : 60 Simcoe St, Toronto, ON M5J 2H5
Box Office : 416-872-4255 
Angeline Tetteh-Wayoe has now joined this year's WBR as our host! Angeline has hosted CBC Weekend Mornings  since September 2016 and can also be heard on  CBC Music Top 20 Canada Live! This is My Music  and My Playlist . She is also a regular guest host of the award-winning CBC Radio One program  As It Happens , and occasionally appears on the weekly arts and entertainment panel "q This" for CBC Radio one  q , and hosts for the CBC original podcast  Someone Knows Something .

Angeline is a voice actor, DJ, singer, an all-around creative and a mother, and we believe she will be an excellent additional spark to our WBR night! Not to miss!
TBS Charter Members:
Contact TBS Office to retrieve your promo code for 20% discounted tickets!

Special WBR '19 Playlist!

Are you curious about what this year's show is going to sound like? Take a peek at our special playlist where John Valenteyn assembles this year's musicians' songs to give you a little taste. Featuring Tanika Charles, Miss Emily, Angelique Francis, Raha Javanfar (Bad Luck Woman), Ellen McIlwaine, Whitehorse, Alison Young, Emily Burgess, Lily Sazz (Cootes Paradise), Elena Kapeleris, Colleen Allen. A killer show awaits the audience indeed!
"Bad Luck Woman" to Host
The 23rd Maple Blues Awards
Photo by Reenie Perkovic.
This year, the multi-talented musician and theatre performer  Raha Javanfar  of  Bad Luck Woman & Her Misfortunes  will be our host!

Public Tickets Are On Sale!
Tickets for the 23rd Maple Blues Awards are available through the  Koerner Hall Box Office . Grab your tickets early for the best available spot!

23rd Annual Maple Blues Awards:
Where:  RCM's Koerner Hall 
( 273 Bloor St W , Toronto)
When:  Monday, February 3, 2020
Time:  7pm


About The Maple Blues Awards
Canada’s national blues awards' goal is to promote blues music across Canada, and to recognize outstanding achievement in the field. Winners in all categories (excluding 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!
TBS Charter Members:
Contact TBS Office to retrieve your promo code for 25% discounted tickets!
Ticket Giveaway Alert for This Friday!

JW-Jones Big Band at Flato Markham Theatre
JW-Jones has toured 23 countries across four continents and released nine studio albums over his 20-year career. Along with his brand new live album, he is about check yet another major passion project off his bucket list: Introducing the JW-Jones Big Band! Jones’ big band performs a crowd-pleasing mixture of classic blues, soul, and swing. Also included; Jones’ original music, which has consistently landed him on the Billboard Top 10 Blues charts, won the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, and earned a JUNO nomination.

From the smooth vocal crooning of Sinatra to the soulful guitar stylings of B.B. King, and all points in between, this is sure a concert not-to-be-missed! Tickets are also here for this Friday's concert at the Flato Markham Theatre .

How to Win?
Third person to send an email to with the subject line "JW-Jones" will win a pair of tickets. The concert is this Friday, November 8th at Flato Markham Theatre at 8pm.
2 Album Releases From 2 Local Blues Ladies!
Latest winner of the New Artist of The Year Maple Blues Award, Emily Burgess & The Emburys will be presenting their much-anticipated new album " Never-Ending Fling " at The Dakota Tavern this Sunday, November 10th at 3pm. Tickets are $10 for this early matinee.

The 11-song album thrives on catchy hooks, killer grooves, and explosive 3-part harmony.

More info here . Tickets are here .
Join Bad Luck Woman & Her Misfortunes on Tuesday, November 12th at their regular Tuesday night residency at the Cameron House starting at 10pm - but this time, for the release and celebration of their new album " Cruel Thing "! The new album will be available to purchase at the venue as well as the band's new flavour of hot sauce!

Check out here for a sneak peek.

Click here for more info.
Concert Notes
Mavis Staples will be on stage at Koerner Hall on Saturday, November 16th at 8pm.
  • Blues Revival feat. Myles Goodwyn Blues Band & MonkeyJunk - Revival Bar - Nov 15
  • Mavis Staples - Koerner Hall - November 16
  • Celebrating Jackie Washington’s 100th Birthday - Hugh's Room Live - November 17
  • Al Lerman and Northern Bayou - Hugh's Room Live - November 21
  • Steve Strongman - Hugh's Room Live - November 27
  • JW-Jones - DT Concert Series - December 11 - Paris, ON
  • A Bluesy Christmas with Paul Deslauriers, Murray Kinsley, Erin McCallum and Ghost Town Blues Band - Hugh's Room Live - December 17
  • Julian Taylor Band with Tanika Charles - The Horseshoe Tavern - December 19
  • Kellylee Evans Wintersong - Hugh's Room Live - December 20
  • Suzie Vinnick - Hugh's Room Live - December 29
  • Matt Andersen - DT Concert Series - April 1, 2020 - Paris, ON
Live Blues Listings
Events are subject to change. Please check with the venue before heading out.
B rian Blain's Campfire Jam features Lance Anderson, Jerome Godboo, and Rick Taylor this month at the Home Smith Bar (Old Mill Toronto). Saturday, November 9th at 7:30pm.
Wednesday, November 6
· Action Sound Band w/ Leo Valvassori & Eric Schenkman  at  Grossman's Tavern , every Wed, 10:00 PM, 379 Spadina Ave., Toronto, 416-977-7000
· Blues Jam with Heather Luckhart (1st Wed monthly)  at 120 Diner, sign up by 7:30pm, 8:00 PM, 120 Church St., Toronto, 416-792-7725
· Chuck Jackson & Tyler Yarema  at Timothy's Pub, 7:00 PM, 344 Brown's Line, Etobicoke, 416-201-9515
· Erin Costelo  at  Crow Bar and Variety  , 8:00 PM, 18 Huron St, Collingwood, 705-445-0509
· Fraser/Daley  at Inter Steer Tavern, Every Wed, 8:00 PM, 361 Roncesvalles, Toronto, 416-604-3333
· Mark Crissinger  at Rhapsody Barrel Bar, 8:00 PM, 179 King St W, Kitchener
· Nicola Vaughan  at Black Swan Tavern, Open Jam Every Wed, 9:30 PM, 154 Danforth, Toronto, 416-469-0537
· Sean Pinchin  at The Local, 9:00 PM, 396 Roncesvalles, Toronto

Thursday, November 7
· Anthony Gomes  at London Music Club, 8:30 PM, 470 Colborne St., London, 519-640-6996
· Lou Moore plus guest  at Col. Mustard's Pub & Deli, Every Thu, 9:00 PM, 16925 Yonge St, Newmarket, 905-895-6663
· Meg & Co.  at  Cameron House , 10:00 PM, 408 Queen St W, Toronto, 416-703-0811
· Mike Sedgewick  at Grossman's Tavern, 9:00 PM, 379 Spadina Ave, Toronto, 416-977-7000
· 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
· Ramble Series w/ Jesse O'Brien  at  Moonshine Cafe , 8:30 PM, 137 Kerr St., Oakville, 905-844-2655
· Southern Supper w/ Mark Crissinger  at  Mississippi Queen Foods , music & food ticket, 6:30 PM, 635 King St E, Hamilton, 905-526-0909

Friday, November 8
· Delta Stone & The Wardogs  at  Grossman's Tavern , 10:00 PM, 379 Spadina Ave, Toronto, 519-777-3010
· Donne Roberts  at Drom Taberna, 7:00 PM, 458 Queen St W, Toronto, 647-748-2099
· Emily Burgess & The Emburys CD Launch  at  Moonshine Cafe , 9:00 PM, 137 Kerr St., Oakville, 905-844-2655
· Fraser Melvin Blues Band  at  Cameron House , 10:00 PM, 408 Queen St W, Toronto, 416-703-0811
· Fraser/Daley  at Castro's Lounge, 5:30 PM, 2116 Queen E, Toronto, 416-699-8272
· JW-Jones  at Flato Markham Theatre, 8:00 PM, 171 Town Centre Blvd., Markham, 905-305-7469
· Jay Kipps Band  at  Revival 1863 , 9:00 PM, 35 Armstrong St, Orangeville, 519-307-2100
· John McKinley Band  at  Lancaster Smokehouse , Every Friday, 8:00 PM, 574 Lancaster St W, Kitchener, 519-743-4331
· Julian Fauth & Danny B  at Senator Wine Bar, 9:00 PM, 249 Victoria, Toronto, 416-364-7517
· Mark Crissinger  at  Crow Bar and Variety  , 10:00 PM, 18 Huron St, Collingwood, 705-445-0509
· 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
· Sylvia & The Boyfriends  at Kings Sports Bar, 9:30 PM, 468 Woodlawn E, Guelph

Saturday, November 9
· Brian Blain Campfire Jam w/Lance Anderson, Jerome Godboo and Rick Taylor  at  Home Smith Bar - Old Mill , Blues Campfire Jam, 7:30 PM, 9 Old Mill Rd, Toronto, 416-236-2641
· Dwayne Laforme's Boogie Blues Matinee w/ Darran Poole  at Spice's (formerly Jeffrey's), music is 2-6pm, 2:00 PM, 159 Sydenham St, Brantford
· Emily Burgess & The Emburys  at Rhapsody Barrel Bar, 9:00 PM, 179 King St W, Kitchener
· Jack de Keyzer  at Lighthouse Festival Theatre, 8:00 PM, 247 Main St, Port Dover
· Johnny Wright & Michael Fonfara  at Outrigger Tap & Table, Every Sat, 3:00 PM, 2232 Queen St E, Toronto, 416-748-2232
· Niagara Rhythm Section w/ Mark Crissinger  at  Old Winery , 9:30 PM, 2228 Niagara Stone Rd, Niagara-on-the-Lake, 905-468-8900
· Sandra Bouza  at Antikka Cafe & Records, 8:00 PM, 960 Queen St. W, Toronto
· Terry Wilkins' Uncle Bass  at The Rex, 12:00 PM, 194 Queen W, Toronto
· The Mighty Duck Blues Band w/ Mark Crissinger  at Jo Blos Rock & Wok, 2:30 PM, 155 St. Paul Crescent, St. Catharines, 905-685-8280
· The Sil Simone Band w/ guest  at  Carrigan Arms , Every Sat, 2:30 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

Sunday, November 10
· Blues In The Alley presents Danny B & The Chess Pieces  at  Alleycatz , 4:00 PM, 2409 Yonge St., Toronto, 647-361-5817
· Blues for the Soldiers feat. John Dickie, Ray Harrison & John Gibbard (Crowbar)  at Brantford Gunner's Club, 2:00 PM, 115 Henry St., Brantford
· Chuck Jackson & The All Stars  at  Roc 'N Doc's , Every Sun, 4:30 PM, 105 Lakeshore Rd E, Mississauga, 905-891-1754
· Emily Burgess & The Emburys CD Launch (matinee)  at Dakota Tavern, 3:00 PM, 249 Ossington, Toronto
· Ernest Lee: Celebration of Life  at Royal Canadian Legion, legendary blues artist who passed away 09/2019, 2:00 PM, 1240 Woodbine Ave., Toronto, 416-425-1714
· James Anthony Band  at  Abbey Arms Restaurant , Every Sun 3:30-7pm, 3:30 PM, 481 North Service Rd W, Oakville, 905-825-1109
· Legendary Castaways  at  Linsmore Tavern , Blues Sundays, 7:00 PM, 1298 Danforth Ave, Toronto, 416-466-5130
· River Arts Festival Blues Matinee  at Shared Harvest Farm, 1:00 PM, 834 North Shore Dr., Dunnville, 905-701-7255
· 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

Monday, November 11
· 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
· Skyliners  at Skyline Restaurant, Every Mon, 10:00 PM, 1246 Queen W, Toronto

Tuesday, November 12
· Bad Luck Woman & Her Misfortunes - CD Release  at Cameron House, 10:00 PM, 408 Queen St W, Toronto, 416-703-0811
· Julian Fauth  at Sauce on Danforth, Every Tue, 6:00 PM, 1376 Danforth, Toronto, 647-748-1376
· Linda Carone Vintage Jazz & Blues  at  Jazz Bistro , Repertoire of lesser known women/pioneers in the roots of jazz, blues and swing, 8:00 PM, 251 Victoria St, Toronto, 416-363-5299
· Sean Pinchin  at  Cameron House , 6:00 PM, 408 Queen St W, Toronto, 416-703-0811
· Tyler Yarema and His Rhythm  at  Reservoir Lounge , Every Tue, 8:45 PM, 52 Wellington St E, Toronto, 416-955-0887

Wednesday, November 13
· Ragwax  at Timothy's Pub, 7:00 PM, 344 Brown's Line, Etobicoke, 416-201-9515
· Action Sound Band w/ Leo Valvassori & Eric Schenkman  at  Grossman's Tavern , every Wed, 10:00 PM, 379 Spadina Ave., Toronto, 416-977-7000
· Fraser/Daley  at Inter Steer Tavern, Every Wed, 8:00 PM, 361 Roncesvalles, Toronto, 416-604-3333
· Nicola Vaughan  at Black Swan Tavern, Open Jam Every Wed, 9:30 PM, 154 Danforth, Toronto, 416-469-0537

Thursday, November 14
· Don River Blues Band  at Grossman's Tavern, 10:00 PM, 379 Spadina Ave, Toronto
· Robert Davis w/ Colin Bradley  at  Bond Pub , 2nd Thurs of the month w/guests, 7:30 PM, 2340 Dundas St. W, Toronto, 416-535-0547
· Suzie Vinnick  at Higher Ground Cafe, 7:30 PM, 17277 Old Main St., Belfountain
· Treasa Levasseur  at  Cameron House , 6:00 PM, 408 Queen St W, Toronto, 416-703-0811
· Lou Moore plus guest  at Col. Mustard's Pub & Deli, Every Thu, 9:00 PM, 16925 Yonge St, Newmarket, 905-895-6663
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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