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
Emily Burgess - Blues Revival #8
Antikka Cafe & Records | January 24

23rd Maple Blues Awards
Koerner Hall | February 3

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
23 rd  Maple Blues Awards

Nominees and Performers Announced
This year, the multi-talented musician and theatre performer  Raha Javanfar  of  Bad Luck Woman & Her Misfortunes  will be our host who will also grace the audience with a performance featuring students of the Regent Park School of Music! Heating up the night of February 3 rd  for the 23 rd  annua Maple Blues Awards  will be performances from some of the hottest Canadian blues artists! Providing the MBA’s musical background and theme,  The Maple Blues Band   also accompanies all the guests who perform as part of that special night.
Tickets for the 23rd Maple Blues Awards are available through the  Koerner Hall Box Office . Grab your tickets early for the best available spot!

Check out our website for the full list of this year's nominees.
TBS Charter Members:
Contact TBS Office to retrieve your promo code for 25% discounted tickets!
Not a member yet? Click  here  to join!
23rd Annual Maple Blues Awards:
Where:  RCM's Koerner Hall ( 273 Bloor St W , Toronto)
When:  Monday, February 3, 2020
Time:  7pm
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Deadline This Friday!

Submission for Sapphire Blues Music Video Award
The deadline for submissions to "Sapphire: Canadian Blues Music Awards" is this Friday, January 10 at midnight ! The winning artist or group will receive a cash prize of $1,500 (CAD), to be announced at the Maple Blues Awards at  Koerner Hall  on Feb 3rd. Each of the two runners up will receive $250 (CAD)!
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!
SPEAK MUSIC Be Kind Festival is taking place for the first time this Jan between 17-19 at the Tranzac Club in Toronto. Artists include Samantha Martin and Delta Sugar Chloe Watkinson Lydia Persaud Johnson Crook Dr. Draw , and more! 3-day wristbands are $20 adv-$25 door & single-day wristbands are $20 (door only). All proceeds go to  The Unison Benevolent Fund. More info here.

Jamaica “Winterfest”
January 23-30

Join Peter's Players for their annual all-inclusive week at the Beautiful Sea Garden Beach Resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica, for a fun-filled week featuring fantastic all-star musicians, jams, clinics and more! Performing artists include Matt Andersen, Ana Popovic, Peter Rivera (Rare Earth), Steve Marriner, and Paul Nelson Band. Click here for more info.
Memphis Ambassadors:

Sandra & Sean Seek Your Support!
On October 28th, Sandra Bouza and Sean Pinchin won the Toronto Contest of the International Blues Challenge for the Band, and the Solo/Duo Category respectively. For all their upcoming travel and accommodation expenses, they are seeking support from all blues fans through their online fundraising campaign to secure finances. The International Blues Challenge will take place in Memphis between   January 28-February 1, 2020.

Next Friday, on January 17th at 9pm at the Old Nick Pub , our Memphis Ambassador for Band Category -  Sandra Bouza  - is doing another fundraiser to cover the band's travel and accommodation. Your contribution will help them compete and represent Toronto at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis this January. Every penny counts! 
Concert Notes
Digging Roots make a rare Toronto appearance at the Horseshoe Tavern next Wednesday, January 15th at 8:30pm as part of the Red Revue, and ANDVPA showcase.
  • Red Revue featuring Digging Roots - Horseshoe Tavern - Jan 15
  • At Last - A Tribute to Etta James - Lula Lounge - Jan 23
  • SPEAK MUSIC Be Kind Festival feat. Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar, Julian Taylor, Chloe Watkinson & more - Tranzac Club - January 17-19
  • Lifelong Learning Markham Presents: "America’s Soul: How the Blues Changed Popular Music and the Rest of our Lives" feat. Richard Flohil with a special performance by Diana Braithwaite, Chris Whiteley, Jesse Whiteley - Angus Glen Golf Club - January 19
  • Wild T & the Spirit - Dakota Tavern - Feb 1
  • Jenie Thai & Jack Semple - Hugh's Room Live - Feb 4
  • Stone Free Tribute to Jimi Hendrix - Orangeville Opera House - Feb 7
  • 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
  • Charlie Musselwhite - Horseshoe Tavern - May 15
Live Blues Listings
Events are subject to change. Please check with the venue before heading out.
Latest Talent Search runner-up Kalyna Rakel plays The Local this Saturday, January 11 at 9pm.
Wednesday, January 8
· 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, Etobicoke


Thursday, January 9
· Emily Gilbart  at  Revival 1863 , 8:00 PM, 35 Armstrong Street, Orangeville, 519-307-2100
· 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
· Paul Reddick  at  Cameron House , 10:00 PM, 408 Queen St W, Toronto, 416-703-0811
· Ramble Series w/ Jerome Godboo  at  Moonshine Cafe , 8:30 PM, 137 Kerr St., Oakville, 905-844-2655



Friday, January 10
· Danny Marks  at Castro's Lounge, 5:30 PM, 2116 Queen E, Toronto, 416-699-8272
· GRBS Road To Memphis Fundraiser: Ginger St James & Slim, Fog Blues & Brass  at  Stonewalls Restaurant , 8:00 PM, 339 York Blvd, Hamilton, 905-577-0808
· John McKinley Band (every Fri)  at  Lancaster Smokehouse , 8:00 PM, 574 Lancaster St W, Kitchener, 519-743-4331
· Julian Fauth & Josh Piche  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
· Sean Pinchin  at The Local, 5:00 PM, 396 Roncesvalles, Toronto


Saturday, January 11
· Alfie Smith & Sean Pinchin  at  Moonshine Cafe , 8:30 PM, 137 Kerr St., Oakville, 905-844-2655
· Brian Blain Campfire Jam w special guests Terry Wilkins, Geoff Daye, Mike Daley  at  Home Smith Bar - Old Mill , Blues Campfire Jam, 7:30 PM, 9 Old Mill Rd, Toronto, 416-236-2641
· Emily Gilbart  at  Fan/Joy Restaurant , 7:00 PM, 100 Trafalgar Rd N., Hillsburgh, 519-308-0900
· Jack Broadbent  at  St. Francis Centre , Music by the Bay Live Presents, 8:00 PM, 78 Church Street South, Ajax, 905-803-8661
· Jacques Russell Trio  at The Dock on Queen, 2:00 PM, 932 Queen E, Leslieville
· Johnny Wright & Michael Fonfara (every Sat)  at Outrigger Tap & Table, 3:00 PM, 2232 Queen St E, Toronto, 416-748-2232
· Kalyna Rakel  at The Local, 9:00 PM, 396 Roncesvalles, Toronto
· Niagara Rhythm Section w/ Chuck Jackson & Pat Carey  at  Old Winery , 9:30 PM, 2228 Niagara Stone Rd, Niagara-on-the-Lake, 905-468-8900
· The Mighty Duck Blues Band w/ special guest Rick Fines  at Jo Blos Rock & Wok, 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


Sunday, January 12
· 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/ special guests Sugar Brown & Jake Chisholm  at  Alleycatz , 4:00 PM, 2409 Yonge St., Toronto, 647-361-5817
· Blues for the Soldiers feat. Miles Evans Band  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
· 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
· Red Hot Ramble  at Rex Hotel, 3:30 PM, 194 Queen St W, Toronto
· Sweet Pete & The Heat  at  Muziikki Cafe , 8:00 PM, 73 Brock Street, Kingston, 613-542-2233


Monday, January 13
· 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, January 14
· 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, January 15
· Paul Reddick and the Ringers  at Sauce on Danforth, 8:00 PM, 1376 Danforth Ave, Toronto, 647-748-1376
· Red Revue feat. Digging Roots  at Horseshoe Tavern, 8:30 PM, 370 Queen St W., Toronto
· 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, January 16
· Fraser Melvin  at  Cameron House , 10:00 PM, 408 Queen St W, Toronto, 416-703-0811
· 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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