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Blue Monday Cure; Maple Blues Awards Gala and Blues Summit IV

Published January 14, 2009 in Press Releases

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WHO: GARVIA BAILEY Hosts w/ guests TREASA LEVASSEUR, RAY BONNEVILLE, JW-JONES, HARRISON KENNEDY, THE SOJOURNERS, SHAKURA S’AIDA, and the Maple Blues Band.

WHAT: Twelfth Annual Maple Blues Awards and Blues Summit IV (details below)
WHERE: Phoenix Concert Theatre, 410 Sherbourne St. in Toronto
WHEN: Monday, January 19th, 2009. Doors @ 7:00 pm, show @ 8:00 pm.
TICKETS: Tickets $28 for the gala are available at the TBS office 416-538-3885

info@torontobluessociety.com or through http://www.ticketpro.ca

TORONTO – WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 14, 2009 – It’s the Blue Monday cure for the blues – more blues! Monday January 19th is Blue Monday and also a very fitting date for The Twelfth AnnualMaple Blues AwardsGala. The awards ceremony as well as the three-day Blues Summit IV will honour Canada’s best in blues and delight blues fans with very special performanceshowcases, seminars and lively panel discussions. The awards gala presentation will feature live performances by some of Canada’s finest blues talentsincluding the all-star Maple Blues Band.

Radio personality GARVIA BAILEY hosts and guest performer highlights are rising star TREASA LEVASSEUR, Canada’s roaming blues poet and one-man band RAY BONNEVILLE, whose storytelling vocals, with a highly percussive guitar style keep it all real and raw. Winner of the 2005 Electric Act of the Year Award, guitar-driven JW-JONES will join the cast of guests for the gala along with the velvety-voiced Juno Award nominee HARRISON KENNEDY, who brings his 30-years-plus of performing experience and a youthful exuberance to the MBAs. Vancouver’s THE SOJOURNERS will also electrify audiences with their heartfelt gospel blues harmonies. Hot ticket and powerhouse singing sensation SHAKURA S’AIDA returns to grace the stage and is also nominated for the Female Vocalist of the Year Award once again.

BLUES SUMMIT IV

The Blues Summit is an essential Canadian blues networking event, back for its fourth edition.

This music industry conference brings together festivals, labels, media, musicians, fans and blues societies, and includes showcases, seminars, receptions and a keynote brunch. With representatives from across Canada, the United States and Europe in attendance, there are many lively panel discussions, seminars, media/Blues Society roundtables taking place throughout the course of the three days. Industry experts will be discussing topics such as blues in the schools, touring, recording the blues, the art of grant writing and blues in the digital world.

HIGHLIGHTS AT BLUES SUMMIT IV:

Saturday, January 17

3:00 pm – Campfire with Brian Blain, followed by a welcome reception and performance by Fathead

Sunday, January 18

11:00 am – brunch with inspirational Keynote Speaker Ben Manilla

5:30 pm – SOCAN Songs & Stories w/ Suzie Vinnick, Matt Andersen, Ray Bonneville, and Amos Garrett.
Monday, January 19

10:00 am – Rob Bowman, Blues Booster of the Year and music industry pioneer, in Interview with publicist Richard Flohil

Showcases will be held on Saturday and Sunday night at the Delta Chelsea Hotel’s Monarch Pub and Market Garden venues.  Performances by Raoul & the Big Time, Scott McCord and the Bonafide Truth, Steve Strongman, Carlos Del Junco, Suzie Vinnick, Monkey Junk and Mike “Shrimp Daddy” Reid.

WHAT: BLUES SUMMIT IV
WHERE: Delta Chelsea Inn (33 Gerrard St. West) in Toronto.
WHEN: January 17-19, 2009

TICKETS: $89 Musicians, $109 Standard (Summit registration includes keynote brunch, access to all seminars and showcases, Maple Blues Awards, Saturday reception, and more)

For more information on registration by phone or online, please visit http://www.torontobluessociety.com 416-538-3885 1-866-871-9457

For more information, photos, interviews, please contact:

Beverly Kreller

SPEAK Music
www.speak-music.com

bev@speak-music.com

416.922.3620

Toronto Blues Society

416.538.3885

info@torontobluessociety.com


THE TWELFTH ANNUAL MAPLE BLUES AWARDS GALA AND BLUES SUMMIT IV MARK THE DATE!! – JANUARY 17-19, 2009

August 2, 2008 – The Toronto Blues Society is proud to announce the Twelfth Annual Maple Blues Awards Gala and Blues Summit IV, which will take place from January 17-19, 2009. The Blues Summit returns for its fourth edition and will take place at the Delta Chelsea Inn (33 Gerrard St. West) in downtown Toronto.

The Blues Summit is a music industry conference bringing together festivals, labels, media, musicians, fans and blues societies. With representatives from across Canada, the United States, and Europe in attendance, there are many lively panel discussions that take place over the course of the three days. Industry experts discuss topics such as blues in the schools, professional development opportunities for artists, and blues in the digital world. Also present will be a keynote speaker reflecting on current blues industry trends and insights.

The Maple Blues Awards is a national awards program which focuses on promoting and recognizing outstanding achievement in blues music. The awards ceremony takes place on the last day of the conference and is a Canadian blues must attend event.

The Toronto Blues Society gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the Department of Canadian Heritage Arts Presentation Canada Program and Trade Routes Program, the Ontario Arts Council, and the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council.


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