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
Swingin' Blackjacks CD Premiere “Four Hot Tracks!!”
Tonight! November 18 | 8pm (EST)

Rez Bluez 25th Anniversary live stream with Josh Miller & Pappy Johns on Facebook Live
This Friday, November 20 | 8pm (EST)

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

TBS Annual General Meeting on Zoom
Sunday, December 15 | Time TBA
Special Early-Access Tonight!
We continue our album Premieres with The Swingin' Blackjacks' "Four Hot Tracks!!" tonight! TBS is offering a special early-access to its community before the album becomes available to the public tomorrow, Thurs, November 19th. An early-access link will be sent to your inbox tonight, on November 18th at 8pm EST.
Josh Miller & The Pappy Johns Band!
This Friday is our final episode celebrating the Rez Bluez 25th Anniversary! We have been airing pre-recorded performances every Friday since September from across Canada including Vancouver, Saskatchewan, Six Nations and Toronto, and it has been an amazing journey!

Sessions are live streamed on The Toronto Blues Society Facebook page. For folks who missed the previous episodes in the series, Murray Porter, Digging Roots, Crystal Shawanda, Joel Johnson, Pura Fé, and Billy Joe Green performances are now available to stream on TBS YouTube channel as well as George Leach - and are still re-watchable on TBS Facebook.

We thank our supporters Canada Council for the Arts, Elaine Bomberry, Indigenous Performing Arts Association and CKRZ - The Voice of the Grand!

Missed the "Whose Blues?" Live Stream?
This past Saturday, musician and professor Adam Gussow (of blues duo Satan and Adam) and Toronto-based blues musician (guitarist & harmonica player), and professor Sugar Brown aka Ken Kawashima got together virtually to discuss the blues for the new millennium around the newly published book, "Whose Blues? Facing Up to Race and the Future of the Music". Toronto-based journalist and radio producer Norman Otis Richmondlong-time Rez Bluez producer Elaine Bomberry, and musician Julian Taylor joined the conversation as special guests!

Event originally live streamed on Zoom and TBS Facebook Page on November 14 and now available for replay on TBS Youtube page (or click above) as well as TBS Facebook page.
Public Voting Is Open
Until December 2, 11:59pm EST!
Public voting for the 24th Maple Blues Awards is open until Monday, December 2nd at 11:59pm EST! Click here to vote now! Check out the full list of this year's nominees from here.

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.
Deadline is This Sunday for Applications!
The RBC Launchpad Music Entrepreneurship Program aims to support local emerging artists, music creators, & entrepreneurs through an educational and networking platform that will deepen their understanding of how to develop initiatives in a sustainable & profitable way. All individuals w/ little to no publication in mainstream media, between the ages of 18-35, a practicing artist, music creator, or entrepreneur eager to hone their craft are welcome to apply until Nov 22nd. The 4-month program is free and begins Jan 2021. Learn more here.
Celebrating Jackie Washington's 101st Birthday
Home County Music and Arts Festival has put together a show/workshop last week on November 12th in memory of Jackie Washington, which would have been his 101st birthday. The show is now available to watch on YouTube (or click above) and features a handful of family and friends including Ken, Ben, and Jesse Whiteley, Cathy Fink, Marcy Marxer, Colin Linden, and Caitlin Hanford.
CIUT 89.5 FM is hosting an online 2020 Fall Fundraising Drive. Help them reach their goal of $100,000.00 to keep the sound and news of your city a vital community service!
Limited Quantities Available Online Only!

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

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Live Blues Listings Is Back on Our Website!
Musicians & Venues! Make sure to fill out the form to submit your events! Click here.
Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar are celebrating the release of their new album this Friday at 8pm in Belleville-ON at the Empire Theatre. The show will also be live-streamed.

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


Upcoming Live Performances:

  • Action Sound Band (feat. Leo Valvassori on bass and Eric Schenkman on guitar) will take over the Grossman’s Tavern tonight, Wednesday, November 18th at 8pm to live stream. The show could be watched outside, in-person, at the venue's patio as well, subject to availability and weather-permitting. 

  • Actual Live Music: Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar will be celebrating the release of their new album “The Reckless One”, this Friday, November 20th at 8pm in Belleville-ON at the Empire Theatre. Limited seating and tickets are at $94.91. The show will also be live-streamed. Click here for more info.

  • David Gogo Band will go live from Hermann’s Jazz Club in Victoria-BC this Saturday, November 21st at 10:30pm EST. 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). Dwayne Laforme will be joining the band as the special guest this Saturday, November 21 at 2:30-6:30pm. Limited capacity. Call 289-990-1286 for reservations.

  • Danielle Miraglia & Suzie Vinnick will be live streaming courtesy of “Me & Thee Coffeehouse”, an acoustic live music venue near Boston on Friday, November 27th at 8pm EST. Suggested donation is $2o via PayPal. Click here for more info.

  • Austin-based charity HOME (Housing Opportunities for Musicians and Entertainers), is doing an online fundraiser on Friday, November 27th between 8-10pm EST with a stellar lineup including Marcia Ball, Sue Foley, Ruthie Foster, John Mayall, Jimmie Vaughan, Lucinda Williams, and more. 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). Robin Banks will be joining the band as the special guest on Saturday, November 28 at 2:30-6:30pm. Limited capacity. Call 289-990-1286 for reservations.

  • Actual Live Music: Mississippi Queen Foods, Southern Supper is hosting Chuck Jackson & Tyler Yarema on Saturday, November 28 between 7pm-9pm at Casbah (306 King St W, Hamilton-ON). Tickets start at $65 and include food, music, and gratuity, for the food service. 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). Little Magic Sam and Maia Van Raes will be joining the band as the special guest on Saturday, December 5 at 2:30-6:30pm. Limited capacity. Call 289-990-1286 for reservations.



  • Matt Andersen is streaming live from the Sonic Temple Recording Studio on Saturday, December 12 between 7pm-9pm EST with special guests Reeny Smith, Erin Costello, and David Myles. Tickets are at $20 in advance and $25 day of show. 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). Steve Marriner will be joining the band as the special guest on Saturday, December 12 at 2:30-6:30pm. Limited capacity. Call 289-990-1286 for reservations.

  • Actual Live Music: Jim Dan Dee performs at the Stonewalls Restaurant in Hamilton on Sunday, December 13 between 3pm-6pm EST for a Christmas holiday matinee. Tickets are at $22.23. Advance tix can be purchased through here or by calling (905) 577-0808 with credit card. 

  • Actual Live Music: Jesse Whiteley will be playing the new Ganaraska Recording Company (500 Ball St, Cobourg-ON) for a very intimate Christmas on December 18,19 and 20. Only 12 tickets available per show. On sale soon - email zappromotions@gmail.com to get on the list.

  • 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). Meghan Parnell & Dave Barnes (Bywater Call) will be joining the band as the special guest on Saturday, December 19 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). Chuck Jackson will be joining the band as the special guest on Saturday, December 26 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). Johnny Max will be joining the band as the special guest on Saturday, January 1 at 2:30-6:30pm. Limited capacity. Call 289-990-1286 for reservations.


Ongoing Performances:

  • The Calgary Bluesfest has a new channel on Public Place Network and they are offering live streams of their events and a library of blues videos from their festivals. Subscription for one year is $60 ($5/mo.). Click here for more info.

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

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



  • Lil’ Ed Williams of “Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials” live-streams on his Facebook page every Thursday at 8pm EST. 


  • Dave Murphy is playing the Timothy’s Pub every Friday between 6-9pm. Cover is $5 and the patio is heated.


  • 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:

  • Delta Blues Museum's new virtual tours, "The Land Where Blues Began", feature Clarksdale musicians Lee Williams, Terry "Big T" Williams, and James "Super Chikan" Johnson as your personal tour guides through the gallery, telling stories of the Blues artists that influenced these local musicians personally and shaped their professional careers. Tours are free and available here.

  • Contact Rick Washbrook at 289 926 1938 for Blues & Jazz Guitar Lessons on Zoom. Over 40 years of dedication study, teaching, live performance and studio work.


  • 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 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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WHAT IS AVAILABLE FOR MUSICIANS
PLUS RESOURCES
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External Emergency Funding Initiatives Announced To Date:


  • 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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  • 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)
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  • Discount tickets to all TBS events (including TBS Workshops)
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