Loose Blues News

Christmas is Coming: Ken Whiteley is in the recording studio mixing his new CD, entitled The Light of Christmas, which will be released in November. This fabulous new recording contains over half original Ken Whiteley material and does not include a bunch of “old chestnuts” – hopefully to the pleasure of more than just some people. The CD release is set for the last Sunday afternoon in November (25th) at Hugh’s Room in Toronto. Joining Ken for the afternoon will be The Levy Sisters (Amoy & Ciceal), David Wall, Ben Whiteley and Bucky Berger, all of whom performed on the recording. This concert will be in support of the Daily Bread Food Bank; 10% of all CD sales will go to support their important work in Toronto and across the GTA. All are welcome to bring non-perishable food items for the donation bin too.
Folk Awards: A couple of our favourite blues performers have been nominated in the “Solo Artist” category of the Canadian Folk Music Awards. Congratulations to Matt Andersen “Coal Mining Blues” and Michael Jerome Browne “The Road Is Dark.” The Folk Awards will be presented on November 17 at the Imperial Theatre in Saint John, New Brunswick. Matt Andersen will be performing with Mike Stevens at the gala. The Awards and Reception will be preceded by a week-end of nominee showcases, films & discussion. www.folkawards.ca
JUNO Submission Deadlines: To be considered for a JUNO nomination in the blues category, you must submit to http://www.junoawards.ca. Submission forms are available online now. The early bird deadline in October 22, and the final deadline is November 13. Artists should submit now to save money on their submissions. The 42nd JUNO Awards Show will take place on Sunday April 21 at The Brandt Centre in Regina, SK and will be broadcast live on CTV
Sleepwalk Guitar Festival: The Sleepwalk Guitar Festival returns for a second edition November 2-4 at The Great Hall (1087 Queen St W). Once again curated by Luke Doucet, the festival features performances and workshops by Colin Linden, Colin Cripps (pictured), Cindy Cashdollar, Kevin Breit, Nels Cline, Burke Carroll, the curator himself and many more. For a full schedule, go to http://sleepwalkguitar.com/. If you’re a guitarist, make sure to also check out the Guitar Talk section of the website for informative videos from Sleepwalk alumni Duke Robillard, Christine Bougie, Amos Garrett and more.