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
Women's Blues Revue:
Roy Thomson Hall | Friday, November 16

TBS Christmas Party:
Cadillac Lounge | Saturday, December 15

Blues Summit 9:
Marriott Courtyard Downtown Toronto | February 1-4, 2019

Maple Blues Awards:
Koerner Hall | February 4, 2019
Nominees Announced!
Registration and voting for the 22nd Annual Maple Blues Awards is now open to public until  December 1st , 2018 at 11:59 pm Pacific Standard Time.

Click on the button to see the complete list of nominees.
9 Days To Go!
The 32nd edition is around the corner, featuring some of Canada's finest musicians backed by the all-star Women's Blues Revue Band: Rebecca Hennessy  (Bandleader/Trumpet), Elena Kapeleris  (Sax), Emily Burgess  (Guitar), Carrie Chesnutt  (Sax), Morgan Doctor  (Drums), Lily Sazz  (Keys), Anna Ruddick (bass).

The Women's Blues Revue will take place at Roy Thomson Hall on  Friday ,   November 16   at  8pm . Alana Bridgewater , Dione Taylor , Suzie Vinnick , Samantha Martin , Nicky Lawrence , and Chloe Watkinson are part of our star-studded lineup. The night is hosted by Shakura S'Aida .

Tickets are on sale at  Roy Thomson Hall's website .

TBS Charter Members  can contact   the TBS Office at 416-538-3885 or via to retrieve their promo code and access to 20% discount .

Roy Thomson Hall : 60 Simcoe St, Toronto, ON M5J 2H5
Box Office : 416-872-4255 
Artist Corner: Anna Ruddick
In her young career, Anna has performed on more than thirty albums spanning across many genres. Her most notable collaborations in the Blues genre include Randy Bachman’s power trio album ‘Heavy Blues’ (2015) and Paul Reddick’s 2017 Juno Award winning album ‘Ride The One’ (2016).

In addition to her session work, Anna has performed live with a who’s-who of Canadian artists (including Randy Bachman and Paul Reddick) most recently or currently Ben Caplan, Erin Costelo, Fefe Dobson, Tom Wilson (Lee Harvey Osmond), The Strumbellas, Ian Blurton, Kaia Kater and Sarah MacDougall.

See more info about Anna on our website !
New Single from
Chloe Watkinson

Women's Blues Revue guest musician , Chloe Watkinson, has just released a new single: " Stonewalling ". Tameside Radio in the UK dubbed the tune " Heart-wrenching blues for the 21st century " so you better check it out to have a sneak peek of what to expect at the upcoming Women's Blues Revue show on November 16th!
A Special Meet Up with Joe Bonamassa
Last Friday, November 2nd, Joe Bonamassa blew the roof off of Sony Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto. He was handed his "International Artist of the Year Award" from the past Maple Blues Awards by Spencer MacKenzie , one of Canada's up-and-coming blues musicians, before the show at a special meet & greet. Congrats Joe Bonamassa again for his win and thank you to Spencer for presenting the award on behalf of TBS!
Deadline is Tomorrow!

 Help Jack de Keyzer Get to Memphis
Jack de Keyzer will be heading to Memphis to represent Toronto Blues Society at the  International Blues Challenge .

Though an honour to partake in this adventure, Jack will be covering flights, accommodation, car rental and meals for 6 (band + road manager) for 9 days. Therefore, a fundraising campaign has been set up aiming to secure finances by  November 8 . Your contribution will help the Jack de Keyzer Band head down to the birthplace of the blues this January to compete and represent Toronto! He already reached $3,000 out of $4,000 which is his goal!

International Blues Challenge will take place in Memphis between January 22-26 2019.
Rest in Peace Janet Zopfi

The Toronto Blues Society would like to pass its sincere condolences to Janet Zopfi's friends and family. Janet has always been a great supporter of our organisation as well as Blues music in town.

We mourn the passing of her, who was loved dearly as a member of our Blues community.
Blues Summit 9 at the Marriott Courtyard

February 1-4, 2019
Produced by Toronto Blues Society bi-annually, the Blues Summit  is Canada’s not-to-be-missed forum for all members of the blues music community including artists, presenters, agents, festival bookers, event organizers, radio hosts and industry representatives of all kinds. The conference provides an opportunity for members of the community to connect as well as for artists to showcase in front of blues industry professionals.

We are delighted to work with Marriott Courtyard as our host hotel for the Blues Summit 9 which takes place in February 1-4 . All the Blues Summit events and panels will be at the Marriott Courtyard in downtown Toronto. Guests who would like to benefit from the special TBS room rates starting at $139 for their stay during the Summit, can contact the TBS Office at until Friday, January 18, 2019 .

The Summit will close with the  22nd Annual Maple Blues Awards on February 4th at the Koerner Hall . Please note that tickets to the Awards gala must be purchased separately .

Blues Summit 9
Where: Courtyard by Marriott Toronto Downtown   ( 475 Yonge Street ,  Toronto)
When: February 1-4, 2019


Register today to take advantage of early bird pricing! Prices include HST and fees.

Please contact TBS Office to access the promo code.

Join TBS  today for special member pricing!
Maple Blues Awards Host: Raoul Bhaneja
An audience favourite, Raoul Bhaneja will charm and entertain attending blues fans through the night.
Humour, sharp wit and a few surprises are anticipated at The 22nd Maple Blues Awards as actor and musician Raoul Bhaneja returns to Koerner Hall to host the night! A winner and six-time Maple Blues Award nominee, Raoul competed at the semi-finals of the 2018 International Blues Challenge in Memphis with his band, The Big Time.

Public tickets are on sale now, so grab yours while it lasts and get ready for a star-studded lineup of performers! Tickets are available through the  Koerner Hall Box Office .

TBS Charter Members and Equivalents are eligible to purchase the best available seats at a discounted price, for only  $35/ticket ! Contact the TBS Office at 416-538-3885 or via to retrieve your promo code .
Not a member yet? Click here to join!
22nd Annual Maple Blues Awards:
Where:  RCM's  Koerner Hall ( 273 Bloor St W , Toronto )
When:  Monday, February 4, 2019
Time: 7pm
About the Maple Blues Awards
The Maple Blues Awards is Canada’s national blues awards program. Its goal is to promote blues music across Canada, and to recognize outstanding achievement in the field. Winners in all categories (excluding the 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 .
Concert Notes
Jordan Officer will be playing Hugh's Room Live tomorrow, Thursday, November 8th at 8:30pm.
  • Jordan Officer - Hugh's Room Live - November 8
  • Morgan Davis with Al Duffy - Hugh's Room Live - November 21
  • Carlos del Junco CD Release - Hugh's Room Live - December 1
  • Michael Kaeshammer - Koerner Hall - December 14
  • Suzie Vinnick - Hugh's Room Live - December 29
  • Diana Braithwaite & Chris Whiteley - Hugh's Room Live - December 31
  • Colin Linden - Music by the Bay Live #100 Show - January 26 - Ajax, ON
  • John Primer & The Real Deal Blues Band - Music by the Bay Live - February 28 - Port Perry, ON
  • Duke Robillard - Music by the Bay Live - March 9 - Ajax, ON
  • The Fabulous Thunderbirds - Music by the Bay Live - March 15 - Uxbridge, ON
  • Colin James - Sony Centre for the Performing Arts - April 6
  • Buddy Guy - Roy Thomson Hall - April 26
We thank Waterloo Brewing for their year-round sponsorhip with Toronto Blues Society.
Live Blues Listings
Events are subject to change. Please check with the venue before heading out.
Last year’s COBALT prize recipient at the Maple Blues Awards, Joe Nolan , has just released a CD and will be playing the Dakota Tavern in Toronto on Nov. 13 at 7pm. Ariana Gillis opens the night.
Wednesday, November 7
· Fraser/Daley  at Inter Steer Tavern, Every Wed, 8:00 PM, 361 Roncesvalles, Toronto, 416-604-3333
· Lenore Elaine CD release  at  The Piston , w/Nick Teehan, Ken Whiteley & Collin Carnegie, 9:00 PM, 937 Bloor St W, Toronto, 416-532-3989
· Matt Weidinger  at  Lancaster Smokehouse , Every Wed, 6:00 PM, 574 Lancaster St W, Kitchener, 519-743-4331
· Midtown Blues Jam hosted by Voodoo Walters  at  Alleycatz Restaurant Lounge , PWYC every Wed, 7:00 PM, 2409 Yonge St, Toronto, 416-481-6865
· Nicola Vaughan  at Black Swan Tavern, Open Jam Every Wed, 9:30 PM, 154 Danforth, Toronto, 416-469-0537

Thursday, November 8
· Jordan Officer  at  Hugh's Room Live , 8:30 PM, 2261 Dundas St. W., Toronto, 416-533-5483
· Lou Moore plus guest  at Col. Mustard's Pub & Deli, Every Thu, 9:00 PM, 16925 Yonge St, Newmarket, 905-895-6663
· Meg & Co. (Bywater Blues)  at  The Local , 9:00 PM, 396 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto, 416-535-6225
· 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
· The Ramble feat. Mike Branton  at  Moonshine Cafe , 8:30 PM, 137 Kerr St., Oakville, 905-844-2655

Friday, November 9
· Ariana Gillis  at  Aiolio , Dinner and a Song, 6:00 PM, 2496 Kingston Rd, Scarborough, 647-748-0064
· Fraser/Daley  at Castro's Lounge, 5:30 PM, Toronto, 647-748-0064
· Jack de Keyzer  at Roc n Docs, 10:00 PM, Mississauga, 647-748-0064
· John Dickie  at Warmingtons Bistro, 8:00 PM, 42 George St, Brantford, 519-755-7030
· John McKinley Band  at  Lancaster Smokehouse , Every Friday, 8:00 PM, 574 Lancaster St W, Kitchener, 519-743-4331
· Johnny Max Band  at  Moonshine Cafe , 8:30 PM, 137 Kerr St., Oakville, 905-844-2655
· Julian Fauth & Mark "Bird" Stafford  at Senator Wine Bar, 9:00 PM, 249 Victoria St, Toronto, 416-364-7517
· 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
· Paul DesLauriers Band  at Donnelly's Pub, 8:30 PM, 54 Front St. S, Thorold, 416-364-7517
· Rita Chiarelli & Thunderbay Symphony  at Thunder Bay Auditorium, two nights, 7:30 PM, Thunder Bay, 416-364-7517

Saturday, November 10
· Brian B lain Campfire Jam w/Ken Whiteley, Alec Fraser, Casey Van Gorkom (Turbo Street Funk) & m ore  at  Home Smith Bar - Old Mill , Brian's Blues Campfire Jam, 7:30 PM, 21 Old Mill Rd, Toronto, 416-236-2641
· Cootes Paradise  at  Acoustic Blend Café , 8:00 PM, 86 Homewood Ave, Hamilton, 416-565-9490
· Gail Gunnis & The Dirty Roosters  at  The Tara Inn , CD release, 2:00 PM, 2365 Kingston Rd, Toronto, 416-266-6200
· Jack de Keyzer  at Busholme Inn, 8:00 PM, 156 Main St., Erin, 416-266-6200
· Johnny Wright & Michael Fonfara  at Outrigger Tap & Table, Every Sat, 3:00 PM, 2232 Queen St E, Toronto, 416-748-2232
· Josh Gordon Band  at Colonel Mustard's, 9:00 PM, 16925 Yonge St, Newmarket, 905-895-6663
· Niagara Rhythm Section with guests  at  Old Winery , Every Sat, 9:00 PM, 2288 Niagara Stone Rd, Niagara-on-the-Lake, 905-468-8900
· Sinners Choir  at  Rex Hotel , Every Sat, 12:00 PM, 194 Queen St W, Toronto, 416-598-2475
· Steve Strongman & Carlos del Junco  at Cobourg Legion Hall, 8:00 PM, 136 Orr St., Cobourg, 905-895-6663
· The Mighty Duck Blues Band w/ Paul Reddick  at Bar Upstairs, Blues Matinee, 2:30 PM, 16 Melbourne St. (Ball Hockey Complex), St. Catharines, 905-684-7688 x 4
· The Sil Simone Band with guest  at  Carrigan Arms , Every Sat, 2:00 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
· Whitey and the Roulettes  at  Blue Goose Tavern , Every Sat, 3:00 PM, 1 Blue Goose St., Toronto(Mimico), 416-255-2442

Sunday, November 11
· Chris Murphy Band  at  Wortley Roadhouse , Sunday set is 4-8:00pm, 4:00 PM, 190 Wortley Rd, London, 519-438-5141
· Chuck Jackson & The All Stars  at  Roc 'N Doc's , Every Sun, 4:30 PM, 105 Lakeshore Rd E, Mississauga, 905-891-1754
· Danny Marks  at  Castro's Lounge , 4:00 PM, 2116 Queen St E, Toronto, 416-699-8272
· James Anthony Band  at  Abbey Arms Restaurant , Every Sun 3:30-7pm, 3:30 PM, 481 North Service Rd W, Oakville, 905-825-1109
· Kevin Hamilton, Robert Davis, Jay Pollmann  at  Shared Harvest Community Farm , Blues Matinee, 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 12
· 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

Tuesday, November 13
· Joe Nolan album release  at Dakota Tavern, 7:00 PM, Toronto, 905-701-7255
· Julian Fauth  at Sauce on Danforth, Every Tue, 6:00 PM, 1376 Danforth, Toronto, 647-748-1376
· Lucinda Williams & Buick 6 Band  at Danforth Music Hall, 7:00 PM, , Toronto, 905-701-7255
· Open Jam with Chris Brown and Trevor Cobb  at Brando's on Market, Every Tue, 10:00 PM, 135 Market St, Brantford, 519-720-6758
· Tyler Yarema and His Rhythm  at  Reservoir Lounge , Every Tue, 8:45 PM, 52 Wellington St E, Toronto, 416-955-0887

Wednesday, November 14
· Action Sound Band  at Grossman's Tavern, 10:00 PM, 379 Spadina, Toronto, 905-701-7255
· Lucinda Williams & Buick 6 Band  at Phoenix Concert Theatre, 7:00 PM, Toronto, 905-701-7255
· Fraser/Daley  at Inter Steer Tavern, Every Wed, 8:00 PM, 361 Roncesvalles, Toronto, 416-604-3333
· Matt Weidinger  at  Lancaster Smokehouse , Every Wed, 6:00 PM, 574 Lancaster St W, Kitchener, 519-743-4331
· Midtown Blues Jam hosted by Voodoo Walters  at  Alleycatz Restaurant Lounge , PWYC every Wed, 7:00 PM, 2409 Yonge St, Toronto, 416-481-6865
· Nicola Vaughan  at Black Swan Tavern, Open Jam Every Wed, 9:30 PM, 154 Danforth, Toronto, 416-469-0537

Thursday, November 15
· Bad Luck Woman & Her Misfortunes  at  The Local , 9:00 PM, 396 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto, 416-535-6225
· Bywater  at Cameron House, 10:00 PM, Toronto, 416
· Devin Cuddy Band  at Dominion Telegraph Building, 7:30 PM, 97 Grand River St N, Paris, 416
· Southern Supper w/ Music From Big Muddy  at  Mississippi Queen Foods , music & food ticket, 6:30 PM, 635 King Street East, Hamilton, 905-526-0909
· Steve Strongman  at  Baby Grand Theatre , 7:30 PM, 218 Princess Street, Kingston ON K7L 1B2, Kingston, 613-530-2050
· The Muddy York Blues Machine  at  Paddock Tavern , Debut Performance! Jim Stefanuk (Jim Dan Dee) opens, 8:00 PM, 178 Bathurst St, Toronto, 6472337283
· 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
  • Best available tickets to the Maple Blues Awards for only $35/ticket & 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)
  • 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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