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
TBS is moving virtual!

Watch this space & TBS website as well as social media about more announcements on professional development series, workshops, talks and live streams for the upcoming weeks!

Stay safe & stay with the Blues!
Sadly, we are postponing our events due to recent developments connected with COVID-19. We are monitoring the news and hoping to reschedule the performances once further info is available. Please stay in touch and follow TBS social media for future announcements. Stay safe & healthy! Click here for our FB , TW , or IG .
Toronto Blues Society Partners With The City
TBS is proud to be partnering with the City of Toronto for their new "City Hall Live" live stream series on Facebook. First up is a former year's Maple Blues Awards host, Raoul Bhaneja on Thursday, June 4 th at noon. Live Stream will be available to watch on both TBS Facebook page and the City Hall Live 's page.

"City Hall Live" will raise money for Unison Benevolent Fund , while creating more paid opportunities for local musicians.
When:  Thursday, June 4
Time:  12:00-12:30pm
RSVP at Facebook event page .  
Only 10 Days Left to Apply!
Applications for this year's Talent Search are extended to May 31st! Please visit our website for more info and to check out the updated Grand Prize. As the Toronto Jazz Festival is cancelled, TBS will be holding the judging virtually. Please note that submission of live performance videos within the application is now mandatory and will be crucial at this stage. Stay tuned to the TBS website or here.
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!
 Good News From SOCAN for Paid Live Shows!
Last Thursday, May 14th, SOCAN announced their new program called Encore! , which aims to pay musicians for live online concerts on Facebook and Instagram (and hopefully more platforms added to this list).

A total of $200,000 will be available each quarter for this program for the duration of lockdown. Each concert will be eligible for a $150 payment, with shares of royalties going to all rights holders of the music performed. Musicians are allowed to apply more than once pending each live event they host meets all the requirements including performing 10 songs or for 30 min and to have at least 100 people tuning in to the live performance. For full list of criteria and further info please read the press release here .
Folk Music Ontario Cancels This Year's Conference
With the current health and safety challenges of large public gatherings, travel concerns, and based on direction from healthcare professionals and government officials, Folk Music Ontario announced the cancellation of their 2020 conference. FMO is currently working on how to best provide opportunities for their showcasing artists to support their career growth and to help share their music. Details will come soon so stay tuned on FMO's website or social media channels.
Farewell to
Lucky Peterson

We are saddened by the sudden death of American bluesman Lucky Peterson on Sunday, May 17th. Guitarist, organist and singer, Lucky Peterson's latest album "50 Just Warming Up!" was released in 2019. TBS sends condolences to the musician's family & friends.


[Updates Added to the Top of Each List]
Musicians! In lieu of the weekly Live Music Listings, TBS is eagerly compiling live streaming/online concerts which would be of interest to our home-bound readers. Send us your scheduled live stream, social media handle/any online fundraising campaign/past performances on your Youtube:

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

Upcoming Live Performances:

  • African Blues guitarist, Adam Solomon will be performing as part of City Hall Live series this Friday, May 22nd at noon.

  • Raha Javanfar hosts May Toronto Fiddle Collective as a live online Zoom workshop followed by a concert and jam with a touch of blues tomorrow, Thursday, May 21st at 7pm. Tickets at $35.

  • Swamp-blues pianist & singer Marcia Ball will go live on BandsInTown this Friday, May 22nd at 9pm.

  • Women's Blues Revue band leader Rebecca Hennessy will be performing live with Michael Herring this Saturday, May 23rd at 8pm as part of Jazz in Toronto.

  • Chicago bluesman Toronzo Cannon will be playing on “Can’t Stop the Blues” Facebook page next Friday, May 29th at 10pm.

  • Raoul Bhaneja will be performing as part of City Hall Live series on Thursday, June 4th at noon. Co-presented with the Toronto Blues Society.

  • Bad Luck Woman & Fraser Melvin will be doing a living room show on Saturday, June 6th at 8pm on Facebook and Instagram accounts, donations will go to Parkdale Food Bank

  • Digging Roots will be performing as part of City Hall Live series on Monday, June 8th at noon. Co-presented with Futuro Libre.

Ongoing Performances:

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

  • Miss Emily Mondays can be found here.

  • Jesse Whiteley goes live with Clayton Yates on Tuesdays and for his requests weekend here (dates may change/vary).

  • Sue Foley is performing every Wednesday until at least May 20 on her Facebook page with Mike Flanigin. Dubbed as "Texas Blues Party!", they will be playing songs and telling stories about a different Texas blues legend each week.

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

  • Steve Hill live streams every Friday at 8pm (dates may change/vary).

  • Whitehorse is live-streaming every Friday at 5pm on Bands in Town.

  • Brian Blain streams his weekly Basement Blaincast every Sunday at 2pm on Facebook.

  • Jenie Thai live streams on her Patreon page regularly.

Past Live Performances that You Can Still Watch:

  • Blues On The Rideau at The Cove Inn featuring David Gogohere.

  • Chris Whiteley & bassist Jack Lavin was live here.

  • Jim Casson's Home Isolation Social Distancing Concert is here.

  • Steve Marriner's performance is here.

  • Alfie Smith's performance is here.

  • Sean Pinchin's performance is here.

  • Avery Raquel's performance is here.

  • Manitoba Hal's performance is here.

  • JW-Jones' performance is here.

  • Sandra Bouza's performance is here.

  • Jack de Keyzer's performance is here and his NAC live performance is here.

  • Steve Strongman's performance is here.

  • Ken Whiteley's earlier performance is here. Click here to watch his special Easter live performance this past Sunday.

  • MonkeyJunk's performance is here.

  • Cadillac Lounge fundraiser for the Parkdale Community Food Bank featuring Danny Marks, Chris Staig, Kevin Jolimore, Jake Mathison, & Jamie Oliver is here.

  • Broke Fuse performance is here.

  • David Vest's recent performance from empty Hermann's Jazz Club is here & here.

  • Digging Roots' live performance as part of the URGNT series is here (Digging Roots start at 27:00).

  • Mark Lalama's FirstOntario PAC performance is here.

  • Whitehorse performance is here.

  • Lance Anderson's performance as part of Niagara Jazz Festival live streaming is here.

  • Little Magic Sam's performance is here.

  • Durham County Poets's NAC performance is here.

  • Bywater Call Telde Cultura performance is here.


  • Carlos del Junco is back with his Webinar #2 on harmonica. He will be talking about "Transcribing to Memory or Learning To Play Well by Ear" on Saturday, May 30th at noon EST. Tickets are $27.50 and can be purchased on Carlos del Junco website.

  • Google is offering free certificates from Digital Marketing to Leadership Skills, Coding, Online Behaviours, Machine Learning. A good time to polish your skills or develop some new ones!

  • 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:

  • “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, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries as a component of the Ontario Live Initiative.

  • Oslo World created map featuring various music festivals around the globe. Each festival prepared their own playlist including Toronto Jazz Fest, Mariposa, Summerfolk, Hillside Fest, and Beaches Jazz Fest.

  • A new initiative came out during the time of COVID-19 from Toronto. URGNT is still holding live streams. More info here.

  • This is a nice time to go back and check out our friend Koerner Hall's online archive. You can stream select past performances including the latest Maple Blues Awards!

  • Created by Ottawa guitarist Jeff de Valk to promote the growing number of Ottawa-area musicians live streaming performances, music lovers in general can follow this Facebook page to capture the scene in the capital: Ottawa Live Music Streams!


  • US based Can't Stop the Blues Facebook group is currently featuring 1-2 blues shows each night, 9pm-11pm eastern, with fresh pre-recorded content direct from the artists’ homes, occasionally interspersed with video of previously recorded live performances with the full band. Join the group here to follow daily streams.

  • "Texassippi Soul Man" Danny Brooks & Lil Miss Debi host Saturday Nite Alive / Hunkered Down House Concert every Saturday. Click here for the link.

  • Live Nation keeps track of artists' daily live stream here.

  • Tedeschi Trucks Band is free streaming their full concerts as part of their Swamp TV event every Thursday at 8pm.

  • 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:

  • Canada Council for the Arts's Digital Strategy Fund is inviting eligible applicants to submit proposals for short term activities that will: implement digital solutions, demonstrate concrete and immediate benefits to the arts community, and show elements of openness and potential for growth as a long-term strategy. Applicants can apply anytime until July 31 for requests up to $50,000 for single-phase initiatives.

  • Canada Council for the Arts's new digital initiative, Digital Originals, will support Canadian artists and arts organizations through $5,000 micro-innovation grants. Applications open from mid-May through June 15, 2020.

  • Latest news on CERB (Canada Emergency Response Benefit) is here. Click here to apply and for more info on government's website.

  • MusicTogether where musicians can earn $1K, perform songs, sell merch, and receive a $100 Facebook ad credit. Open to Ontario musicians only. Apply to perform here. Thanks to music funders including Arts & Crafts, Slaight Music, and the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries as a component of the Ontario Live Initiative.

  • FACTOR has announced that artists who received funding to travel for shows that have been cancelled can keep the money. More updates can be read here.

  • National Arts Centre - artists can apply for a $1,000 grant to support a 45- to 60-minute live stream performance on the NAC’s Facebook page.

  • SOCAN is providing financial assistance to members struggling as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. Contact 1-866-307-6226, or to apply.

  • The AFC - Emergency financial aid for entertainment pros

  • Unison - financial aid for musicians

Resources & News:

  • The City of Toronto has launched ShopHERE to to help Toronto businesses and artists build and promote their very own Shopify online stores in a matter of days. Artists living in Toronto, or arts organizations that has fewer than 10 employees can apply.

  • Facebook announced plans to add a payment option to its livestream feature in support of artists and creators who have been displaced by COVID-19. More details will be shared once available.

  • Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy update: The federal government has just announced that the program is being extended beyond June, which may allow organizations with summer programming to apply. A calculator is here to help to determine eligibility.

  • $500 million fund to the Department of Canadian Heritage update: The federal government has announced last Friday, the next steps to support the industry. You can find the press release here. The fund will help organizations that can’t qualify for CEWS because of the irregular nature of their revenues as well as to cover contract workers.

  • Bandcamp is waiving their revenue share for all sales on their website, on June 5, and July 3 (the first Friday of each month), from midnight to midnight PDT on each day.

  • Ontario Arts Council (OAC) is developing a COVID-19 Response Initiative, to help Ontario artists and arts organizations. Details will be announced in the coming weeks.

  • 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.

  • Canada Council for the Arts announced plans to provide approximately $60 million in advance funding. By May 4, Council will issue advances to core funded organizations. Click here for more info.

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

  • Grace period is in effect for bills & late payment penalties for properties dated as of March 16 in City of Toronto.

  • A dandy guide on how to host virtual events with Zoom.

  • ACTRA has extended the date for paying dues.

  • 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.

  • Airline Cancellation Policies: A comprehensive guide by Forbes can be found here.

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


  • Track impact! Any potential compensation to be released following the crisis period will require documentation of impact; consider spending the time now to track and document revenue loss - Here is an example to help you keep track.

  • If you are using Facebook, we highly recommend joining the group "I Lost My Gig" for immediate updates and as a platform for sharing.
Heather Kitching wrote about " Five ways fans can help artists in the face of COVID-19 cancellations " on Roots Music Canada and we are loving it! Here are some ideas built up on Heather's suggestions:

  • Purchase album downloads from their websites, iTunes or Bandcamp (Bandcamp will be passing 100% of the revenue to the artists this weekend!).

  • Purchase artist merch!

  • Donate to funds that support artists in need.

  • Offer your tech, promotion, graphic design, social media expertise!

  • Boost their numbers on social media!

  • If you had a ticket to a performance at a live music venue: refrain from asking for ticket refunds and hold on to your tickets until next show. Or, can consider this a donation to your favourite venue!

To read the full article, click here .
We Are Closed: Live Blues Listings
We are hoping to get back on to our Live Blues Listings when further info is available. See you outside post-pandemic! Until then stay safe & healthy!

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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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