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
Farewell and R.I.P. John Valenteyn
Obituaries have been posted after the unfortunate passing of John Valenteyn on Sunday October 4 at Toronto Western Hospital after a difficult fight with a rare blood disorder HLH. Co-founder of the Toronto Blues Society in 1985, John was a pillar of the Canadian blues community broadcasting at CIUT 89.5 FM for fourteen years following a twenty year run with The Blues Hour at CJRT (now jazzfm). Read more about John Valenteyn on obituaries posted on FYI Music, and The Globe and Mail.

"His enormous collection made him a natural member of the Maple Blues Award Steering Committee and monthly Maple Blues newsletter reviewer in John’s Blues Picks," said Derek Andrews, President of TBS. "His knowledge and passion for blues recordings and artists made him the leading figure in Canada’s blues history. He will be missed."
Photo by James Dean
 Cards to Toronto Blues Society and in lieu of flowers, Brenda Valenteyn, John’s wife of 46 years, has requested donations be made to Toronto Blues Society, either online or via cheque sent to the office address: 910 Queen St. W. Suite B04, Toronto-ON M6J 1G6.
Miss Emily MBA Performance on TBS Youtube channel
Tonight! October 14 | 6pm

Rez Bluez 25th Anniversary live stream with Joel Johnson on Facebook Live
This Friday, October 16 | 8pm (EST)

Corona Blues: A Mental Health and Wellness Workshop w/ Unison Fund & special guests
Next Monday, October 19 | 7-8:30pm (EST)

Rez Bluez 25th Anniversary live stream with Josh Miller & Pappy Johns on Facebook Live
Friday, October 23 | 8pm (EST)

Miss Emily CD Premiere “Miss Emily LIVE at The Isabel”
Wednesday, October 28 | 8pm

Rez Bluez 25th Anniversary live stream with Pura Fé on Facebook Live
Friday, October 30 | 8pm (EST)

Michael Schatte CD Premiere “Conundrum”
Wednesday, November 4 | 8pm

Rez Bluez 25th Anniversary live stream with Billy Joe Green on Facebook Live
Friday, November 6 | 8pm (EST)

Michael Jerome Browne MBA Performance on TBS Youtube channel
Wednesday, November 11 | 6pm
Rez Bluez 25th Anniversary live stream with George Leach on Facebook Live
Friday, November 13 | 8pm (EST)

Sugar Brown in conversation with Adam Gussow on "Whose Blues?" w/ special guests
Saturday, November 14 | 5pm

Raha Javanfar & Regent Park School of Music Students MBA Performance on TBS Youtube channel
Wednesday, December 9 | 6pm

Maple Blues Band MBA Performance on TBS Youtube channel
Wednesday, January 13 | 6pm

Also, watch for upcoming new events from TBS including TBS Pioneer Profile Series: Watch this space for upcoming new interviews Jay Douglas and others!
Looking Back at the
23rd Maple Blues Awards Performances

Tonight! Miss Emily
Did you miss this year's awards show? Are you curious about the performances of the 23rd Maple Blues Awards guest musicians at Koerner Hall? All 6 performances will be available on TBS Youtube Channel and we kicked of this special video series with the recent JUNO Blues Album of the Year award winner Dawn Tyler Watson, Matchedash Parish, and Big Dave McLean. This month, we continue with Miss Emily and her performance will be available on TBS Youtube channel on Wednesday, October 14th at 6pm. Plus, a special short message from the artist awaits at the beginning of the video for the fans! Enjoy live music and short interviews coming up by Michael Jerome BrowneRaha Javanfar and the Regent Park School of Music students!

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Fourth Episode This Friday with Joel Johnson!
Celebrating Rez Bluez 25th Anniversary with a live stream of pre-recorded performances from Vancouver, Saskatchewan, Six Nations and Toronto every Friday (8pm ET) in September and October! With the support of Canada Council for the Arts in partnership between Elaine Bomberry, Toronto Blues Society, Indigenous Performing Arts Association and CKRZ - The Voice of the Grand!

Sessions will be live streamed on The Toronto Blues Society Facebook page. For folks who missed the first episode in the series, the Murray Porter, and Digging Roots performance is now available to stream on TBS YouTube channel as well as Crystal Shawanda and is still re-watchable on TBS Facebook.

Oct 16: Joel Johnson - this Friday!
Oct 30: Pura Fé
Nov 6: Billy Joe Green
Nov 13: George Leach
POSTPONED to Nov 20: Josh Miller and Pappy Johns Band

Next Monday!

Corona Blues:
A Mental Health and Wellness Workshop
Toronto Blues Society presents Corona Blues: A Mental Health and Wellness Workshop on Monday, October 19 between 7pm-8:30pm! The free online event will cover a variety of strategies to help musicians, industry professionals, and music supporters to help manage their mental health during the time of COVID-19.
 
Led by moderator Pam Beatson (M.Ed in Counselling Psychology), the workshop will cover topics including mindfulness practices, establishing a daily wellness routine, and addictions. Musician and mental health professionals will also join the session to share their insights and tips, while also taking questions from any interested audience members.

Event will be live streamed on The Toronto Blues Society Facebook page as well as on Zoom. Link for Zoom will be shared closer to the event. RSVP here on the Facebook event page.
 
Speaker List
 
Participants will receive access to a comprehensive resource list of available services, including free and paid options, at the conclusion of the workshop.

Submit Your Questions Easily In Advance & Anonymously 
If you would like to submit any questions or topics to be considered in advance, please visit the link below. All responses collected are anonymous.
Missed Yesterday's Eugene Smith Interview?
Our third episode as part of the new special live interview series with Blues pioneers, TBS Pioneer Profile Series: Eugene Smith, took place yesterday, Tuesday, October 13. Canadian Icon, Eugene Smith was interviewed by Bill Munson at Duncan Garage Showroom in BC. The recording is now available for re-streaming on TBS Youtube page (or click above) as well as TBS Facebook page.
Online Public Voting for Maple Blues Awards Starts November 2nd!
Toronto Blues Society's annual national awards show Maple Blues Awards is going virtual on its next edition from 4 different cities! A bundle of awards will be announced next to some exciting performances from Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, and Vancouver each Monday of February! We are launching with a stream from Toronto on Monday, Feb 1st. Mark your calendar now for Mon, Feb 8, 15, and 22 as well. Public voting will still take place during the month of November 2020 and the winners will be announced during the online awards show in February. Stay tuned on this website for the public voting!
TD Toronto Jazz Festival Streaming Concert Series presents Sass Jordan as part of Casa Loma Sessions. The pre-recorded performance features songs from Sass Jordan's recently released first-ever blues album "Rebel Moon Blues" as well as her classic hits and will premiere on Tuesday, October 27th at noon on Toronto Star's website.

Rebel Moon Blues was released earlier this year as Sass Jordan's ninth studio album and her first release in nearly a decade. "The blues has always been a huge part of my life. It’s a big part of what I grew up with. It’s been there through my entire career,” says Jordan. 

Emily Burgess plays the opening set for the event. Repeat performances will be available at torontojazz.com.
Now with the new regulations in place and Toronto is back to a modified Stage 2, the venues are seeking help from their community to survive the pandemic and this time it's Relish Bar & Grill asking your help. Please consider donating and/or spreading the word to save live music & venues in the city following this link.
The 2021 JUNO Awards Submissions Powered by TD are now open! To be considered for nomination, national music release dates must fall between the eligibility period of September 1, 2019 and November 6, 2020. Deadline for discounted early-bird submission is October 16, 2020; 5pm ET. Deadline for all submissions is November 6, 2020; 11:59 p.m. ET. Click here for more info.
IMPORTANT UPDATE ABOUT THIS YEAR'S WOMEN'S BLUES REVUE
We are sad to announce the postponement of this year's 34th Annual Women's Blues Revue which was scheduled for Friday, November 20, 2020 at Roy Thomson Hall due to COVID-19. The new date will be announced as soon as details have been finalized. All ticket holders will be contacted directly via e-mail by Roy Thomson Hall as the ticketing is managed by the venue's box office. You will have the option to hold on to your ticket or to get a refund. Please contact Roy Thomson Hall if you have any further questions in regards to the status of your current ticket. Read the full announcement here.
More Info Coming Soon

BLUES WONDERLAND:
WHAT'S AVAILABLE ONLINE &
AT VENUES WITH REDUCED CAPACITY?

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Musicians & Venues! Make sure to fill out the form to submit your events! Click here.

*Updates roll on top of each list and/or marked in red every week


Upcoming Live Performances:


  • Water Street Blues Band will be live streaming music and interviews with special guest Lynn Jackson tonight, Wednesday, October 14th at 9pm EST. Click here for more info.

  • Actual Live Music: Celebrating the international release of their 50th anniversary live album, recorded at last year’s Toronto Jazz Fest, Downchild Blues Band will be playing Empire Theatre in Belleville this Friday, October 16th at 8pm. Limited tickets will be sold to the actual live show, but you can also buy tickets for the live-stream. More info here.

  • Crescent City Blues and BBQ Festival will be streaming online this year with some of the best performances from past years including Kenny Neal, Samantha Fish, James Cotton, and more. Stream will broadcast on WWOZ’s website, on the festival’s FB page, and on YouTube channel this Friday, October 16th and Saturday, October 17th. Click here for more info. 

  • Actual Live Music: Part of the new Toronto Symphony Orchestra series, TSO at the Drive-In: First Ladies of Soul will take place this Saturday, October 17 at the Cityview Drive-In (20 Polson St., Toronto) for an hour long tribute to Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston and more by sensational Canadian blues vocalist Shakura S’Aida. This event is now SOLD OUT. More info here.

  • Actual Live Music: The Mighty Duck Blues Band (Dave Curry guitar/vocals, Canada Dave Torosian keyboards, Jim Casson drums, and Gary Kendall bass/vocals) is back with their Saturday afternoon music series at Jo Blo's Rock & Wok in St. Catherines (155 St. Paul Cresent). Dan McKinnon will be joining the band as the special guest this Saturday, October 17 at 2:30-6:30pm. Limited capacity. Call 289-990-1286 for reservations.

  • Terra Lightfoot will be doing an online album release for "Consider the Speed" over Side Door this Saturday, October 17th at 7pm.

  • Actual Live Music: Samantha Martin and Delta Sugar will be performing a live performance on Wednesday, October 21 from noon to 2pm. The concert will take place at Owen Sound Farmer's Market (88 8th St E., Owen Sound) as part of the Music at the Market series.

  • Canada's Great Kitchen party is happening for Toronto on Thursday, October 22 at 7:30pm as an online show featuring some of Canada's most iconic musicians including Julian Taylor, Terra Lightfoot, Whitehorse and more.

  • Actual Live Music: Samantha Martin Trio will be performing at The Cove Inn (Westport-ON) presented by Choose The Blues Productions and Blues on The Rideau, on Friday, October 23 and Saturday, October 24 at 7-10pm (dinner & show). Tickets are $70+HST including meal, show, and door prizes. Proceeds go to the Ruby Gland Foundation. Advance RSVP required. Call the Cove at 613-273-3636. Click here for more info.

  • Actual Live Music: Sean Pinchin will perform at Slabtown Breweries in Uxbridge between 5pm-7pm on Friday, October 23rd.

  • Actual Live Music: The Mighty Duck Blues Band (Dave Curry guitar/vocals, Canada Dave Torosian keyboards, Jim Casson drums, and Gary Kendall bass/vocals) is back with their Saturday afternoon music series at Jo Blo's Rock & Wok in St. Catherines (155 St. Paul Cresent). Jake Chisholm will be joining the band as the special guest on Saturday, October 24 at 2:30-6:30pm. Limited capacity. Call 289-990-1286 for reservations.

  • Actual Live Music: MonkeyJunk will be performing at Irene's Pub in Ottawa (885 Bank St) on Saturday, October 24th with two sets, one starting at 8pm, and the other at 10:15pm. Tickets are between $85-$169. Limited indoor socially distanced seating available by table.

  • Actual Live Music: Sean Pinchin will perform at Lana's Lounge in Waterloo between 5pm-7pm on Saturday, October 24th.


  • Actual Live Music: The Mighty Duck Blues Band (Dave Curry guitar/vocals, Canada Dave Torosian keyboards, Jim Casson drums, and Gary Kendall bass/vocals) is back with their Saturday afternoon music series at Jo Blo's Rock & Wok in St. Catherines (155 St. Paul Cresent). Carlos del Junco will be joining the band as the special guest on Saturday, October 31 at 2:30-6:30pm. Limited capacity. Call 289-990-1286 for reservations.

  • Kensington Market Jazz Festival will take place virtually this year between November 7-8 and the lineup includes blues-friendly names along with local heavy-weights like Colleen Allen, Heather Luckhart, Jay Douglas, Shakura S'Aida, and Jackie Richardson. RSVP here.

  • Actual Live Music: The Mighty Duck Blues Band (Dave Curry guitar/vocals, Canada Dave Torosian keyboards, Jim Casson drums, and Gary Kendall bass/vocals) is back with their Saturday afternoon music series at Jo Blo's Rock & Wok in St. Catherines (155 St. Paul Cresent). John Dickie will be joining the band as the special guest on Saturday, November 7 at 2:30-6:30pm. Limited capacity. Call 289-990-1286 for reservations.

  • Actual Live Music: Lance Anderson will bring his critically acclaimed performance of "The Last Waltz - A Musical Celebration of The BAND Live" show to Peter’s Players in Gravenhurst-ON to celebrate the 44th Anniversary of the historic concert and film in 2020 on November 13 & 14 at 8pm. This is a 28 seat, socially distanced concert with one set only (no intermission).

  • Actual Live Music: Horojo Trio featuring Jamie Holmes (drums), Jeff Rogers (keyboards & vocals), and JW-Jones (guitar & vocals) will be performing at The Cove Inn (Westport-ON) presented by Choose The Blues Productions and Blues on The Rideau, on Friday, November 13 and Saturday, November 14 at 7-10pm (dinner & show). Tickets are $70+HST including meal, show, and door prizes. Proceeds go to the Westport Food Bank. Advance RSVP required. Call the Cove at 613-273-3636. The show will also be broadcasted on the BOTR Youtube channel. Click here for more info.

  • Actual Live Music: The Mighty Duck Blues Band (Dave Curry guitar/vocals, Canada Dave Torosian keyboards, Jim Casson drums, and Gary Kendall bass/vocals) is back with their Saturday afternoon music series at Jo Blo's Rock & Wok in St. Catherines (155 St. Paul Cresent). Michael Schatte will be joining the band as the special guest on Saturday, November 14 at 2:30-6:30pm. Limited capacity. Call 289-990-1286 for reservations.

  • Actual Live Music: The Mighty Duck Blues Band (Dave Curry guitar/vocals, Canada Dave Torosian keyboards, Jim Casson drums, and Gary Kendall bass/vocals) is back with their Saturday afternoon music series at Jo Blo's Rock & Wok in St. Catherines (155 St. Paul Cresent). Dwayne Laforme will be joining the band as the special guest on Saturday, November 21 at 2:30-6:30pm. Limited capacity. Call 289-990-1286 for reservations.



Ongoing Performances:

  • Glenn Marais live streams every night at 8pm on his Facebook page.

  • Suzie Vinnick live streams on StreetJelly every Wednesday at 7pm.



  • Jenie Thai live streams on her Patreon page regularly.


  • US based Can't Stop the Blues Facebook group is featuring 1-2 blues shows each night, 9pm-11pm eastern, with fresh pre-recorded content direct from the artists’ homes.

  • Adam Ndaro Solomon is doing a live stream blending blues and world music from his apartment nearly every day. Check out his Facebook account to catch one of the videos and keep in touch.


Education:

  • Wavelength Music Series will present a free online panel discussion on "How to release an album during a pandemic" on Wednesday, October 14 at 6pm EDT with Harrison Bennett (DeadBeats Records), DijahSB (independent artist), Dina Young (Royal Mountain Records), with moderator Jesse Ohtake (Manifesto, The Academy Presents). Clcik here to RSVP.

  • Folk Music Ontario presents "Live Events & The New Normal: Adapting to a Physically Distant Dancefloor" on Thursday, October 29 at 2pm EST via Zoom. Moderator is Heather Gibson (Executive Producer, National Arts Centre), and the panelists are Erin Benjamin (President & CEO, Canadian Live Music Association), Tracy Jenkins (Executive and Co-Artistic Director, Lula Music and Arts Centre), and Max Merrifield (Artistic Director, Northern Lights Festival Boréal). The panel is free but RSVP is required. Please send a note to office@folkmusicontario.ca!


  • Interested in learning slide guitar? Bottleneck or Lap Style? Open Tunings? Finger picking? Sean Pinchin is now booking online lessons on his website.

  • Dubbed as Blues prodigy from Niagara, Spencer MacKenzie is offering lessons on his website with his band mates Miles Evans-Branagh, and Matt Burns. Click here to get started with your customized learning experience.

  • Take a virtual Muddy Waters tour at the Delta Blues Museum. You can also participate on an interactive journey about John Lee Hooker, Charlie Musselwhite or more on the website.

  • Rebecca Hennessy is currently taking new online students for all levels of trumpet, music theory and songwriting. Courses available over FaceTime, Facebook messenger video or Zoom. Email to: rebecca@rebeccahennessy.com



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

  • 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:

  • Ontario Live is a new portal by Destination Ontario, a virtual marketplace that brings Ontario together to help support local artists, operators, attractions and businesses throughout the province. Coming soon, you’ll be able to buy, donate to, or experience the best Ontario has to offer all in one place.


  • “An Air B&B for shows”, Vancouver-based Side Door is now featuring ticketed shows on Zoom during the pandemic. Click here for the upcoming shows and more info.

  • "Almost Live" live blues music series by Canal Bank Shuffle is on Youtube and donations to the music series are accepted through here.


  • MusicTogether upcoming live stream schedule is here. Thanks to music funders including Arts & Crafts, Slaight Music, and the Ministry of Heritage.


  • You can stream select past performances including the latest Maple Blues Awards on Koerner Hall's online archive.

  • Montreux Jazz Festival released over 50 full sets for free including Johnny Cash, Nina Simone, Marvin Gaye, and more.
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External Emergency Funding Initiatives Announced To Date:

  • CERB (Canada Emergency Response Benefit) - extended for an additional four weeks to a maximum of 28 weeks. The Government will be transitioning to a simplified Employment Insurance (EI) program, effective September 27 to provide income support to those who remain unable to work and are eligible.

  • SOCAN's new program Encore! is paying musicians for live online concerts on Facebook and Instagram.

  • MusicTogether is open to Ontario musicians only. Apply here for a paid performance opportunity.




  • The AFC - Emergency financial aid for entertainment pros







Resources & News:

  • Bandcamp Fridays will continue happening on the first Friday of every month until the end of the year. Click here for a more detailed calendar.

  • Artists can submit their upcoming gigs to Ontario Live, a new portal by Destination Ontario.

  • The City of Toronto's ShopHERE helps Toronto businesses and artists build and promote their own Shopify online stores.

  • Spotify launched a feature that will enable artists to fundraise directly.

  • TuneCore is offering all of their subscribers a 50% discount that you can use for your next single or album release. A one-time discount offer available at checkout.


  • ACTRA has extended the date for paying dues.

  • City of Toronto's Music Office's thorough document to help musicians and venues/organizations survive.


  • 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.

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


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