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Toronto Blues Society Celebrates 25 Years of Rez Bluez

Toronto Blue Society is celebrating 25 years of Rez Bluez with a new pre-recorded live stream series taking place Friday nights at 8pm ET from September 25th throughout the fall. The events will air for free from Vancouver, Saskatchewan, Six Nations and Toronto on the TBS Facebook page. The Rez Bluez pre-recorded live stream event series is presented with the…   

Sept 2020 – Elvin Bishop and Charlie Musselwhite

Guest Reviewer: Brad Wheeler, music writer for the Globe and Mail Elvin Bishop and Charlie Musselwhite 100 Years of Blues Alligator Records Nobody should look to veteran guitarist Elvin Bishop and old-timer harmonica blower Charlie Musselwhite for political blues music, nor should they. What they present on 100 Years of Blues, set to drop Sept. 25, is reliable entertainment of…   

Sept 2020 – Fantastic Negrito

Guest Reviewer: Brad Wheeler, music writer for the Globe and Mail Fantastic Negrito Have You Lost Your Mind Yet? Cooking Vinyl/Warner Though the title of the Oakland-bred bluesman Fantastic Negrito’s third album ends in a question mark, it’s more a reasonable suggestion than a question looking for an answer. Because if you’re not out of your mind these days, you’re…   

Sept 2020 – Brian Blain

Guest Reviewer: Brad Wheeler, music writer for the Globe and Mail Brian Blain I’m Not Fifty Anymore Independent Brian Blain was born Sept. 11, 1946. I’ll let the mathematics enthusiasts figure out his age, but Blain is old enough to know that there’s no sense putting out an album if one doesn’t have something worthwhile to say. With I’m Not…   

Sept 2020 – David Rotundo Band

Guest Reviewer: Brad Wheeler, music writer for the Globe and Mail David Rotundo Band So Much Trouble Dreams We Share The harp-blowing Canadian singer David Rotundo is associated with a happy kind of blues. His music jumps and jives, shakes and rattles, and almost always rolls. Maybe his smiled mood has something to do with wintering in Mexico, which is…   

Sept 2020 – Dione Taylor

Guest Reviewer: Brad Wheeler, music writer for the Globe and Mail Dione Taylor Spirits in the Water Matay Records On an album of shimmering gospel and swampy Americana sounds, the chanteuse Dione Taylor has got those restless dropped-G blues. Take, for example, the existential questioning of Where I Belong, in which the Regina-born, church-raised singer is runnin’ and searchin’ and…   

Sept 2020 – Top Blues

1 Wide Mouth Mason I Wanna Go With You We Are Busy Bodies 2 Lisa Mills The Triangle Melody Place/BMG 3 Durham County Poets Hand Me Down Blues Borealis 4 Tami Neilson Chickaboom! Outside Music 5 Big Dave McLean Pocket Full Of Nothin’ Black Hen 6 The Paul DesLauriers Band Bounce Disques Bros Records 7 Dwane Dixon Betting on a…   

Sept 2020 – Loose Blues News

Something in the Water? What do Dione Taylor, Brian Blain and Michael Schatte have in common? They’re all releasing new CDs this month and all three of them have a strong focus on water. Dione Taylor’s new album is called Spirits in the Water, Brian Blain’s first single from his new album is “The Water Song” and “Water In the…   

TBS Harmonica Workshop with Sugar Brown

The Toronto Blues Society’s virtual workshop series is back with a Harmonica Workshop this month! The workshop is hosted by guitarist & harmonica player Sugar Brown aka Ken Kawashima. Harmonica masters joining Sugar Brown at the workshop are Bharath Rajakumar, Dave Mowat, and Ken Yoshioka! Workshop was live streamed on The Toronto Blues Society Facebook page and followed by a…   

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