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TBS Pioneer Profile Series: Elaine Bomberry

  Toronto Blues Society continues to celebrate 25 years of Rez Blues, highlighting the best Indigenous Blues talent Canada has to offer. The Pioneer Profile Series returns with longtime Rez Blues producer Elaine Bomberry, in conversation with TBS co-founder Derek Andrews. Join us for an intimate conversation, with an opportunity to answer your questions in the Q&A! 8pm EST LIVE…   

Mental Health Resources – Oct 2020

TBS – MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCE LIST – Updated October 14, 2020 GOVERNMENT OF CANADA & PROVINCIAL/TERRITORIAL LINKS Taking care of your mental and physical health during the COVID-19 pandemic A general tips and resource page provided by the Government of Canada, with additional resource links provided by province. MUSICIAN/ARTIST SPECIFIC RESOURCES Musicians’ Clinic of Canada Founded in 1985, the Musicians’…   

Corona Blues: A Mental Health and Wellness Workshop

Toronto Blues Society presents Corona Blues: A Mental Health and Wellness Workshop on Monday, October 19 between 7pm-8:30pm! The free online event will cover a variety of strategies to help musicians, industry professionals, and music supporters to help manage their mental health during the time of COVID-19. Led by moderator Pam Beatson (M.Ed in Counselling Psychology), the workshop will cover…   

Oct 2020 – William Shatner

Guest Reviewer: Brad Wheeler, music writer for the Globe and Mail William Shatner The Blues Cleopatra Stratford festival, Star Trek and now Smokestack Lightnin’.  Is there nothing William Shatner will not try? With an all-star cast of guitarists including Albert Lee, Brad Paisley, Steve Cropper, Ritchie Blackmore, Sonny Landreth, Jeff “Skunk” Baxter and Pat Travers, the shame-free Montreal-born thespian butchers blues standards with gusto…   

Oct 2020 – New Moon Jelly Roll Freedom Rockers 

Guest Reviewer: Brad Wheeler, music writer for the Globe and Mail New Moon Jelly Roll Freedom Rockers Volume 1 Stony Plain The best news I heard all month was that singer-harpist Charlie Musselwhite, singer-songwriter Alvin Youngblood Hart, Squirrel Nut Zipper founder Jimbo Mathus, and drummer Cody Dickinson and guitarist Luther Dickinson of the North Mississippi Allstars and their late father Jim Dickinson…   

Oct 2020 – Bill Bourne

Guest Reviewer: Brad Wheeler, music writer for the Globe and Mail Bill Bourne A Love Fandango Twelve Point Records I’d like to say the Edmontonian Bill Bourne sounds like he has a hell hound on his trail, but he deserves better than a blues cliché. Still, he sounds like he has a hell hound on his trail. Released in September,…   

Oct 2020 – Danny Brooks & Lil Miss Debi

Guest Reviewer: Brad Wheeler, music writer for the Globe and Mail Danny Brooks & Lil Miss Debi Are You Ready? The Mississippi Sessions AVA Entertainment Danny Brooks opens up his new record the same way Jack de Keyzer does, with a song called Are You Ready. Brooks’ doesn’t end in a question mark. Must be rhetorical. With road gravel in his epiglottis and promise in…   

Oct 2020 – Miss Emily

Guest Reviewer: Brad Wheeler, music writer for the Globe and Mail Miss Emily Live at the Isabel Independent Suddenly Miss Emily (Kingston’s Emily Fennell) is a veteran on the scene. When did that happen? She has sung her heart out, loud, for years, and yet she has snuck up on us. Perhaps her potent new album, recorded at the Isabel Bader Centre…   

Oct 2020 – Loose Blues News

Save the Moonshine: The Moonshine Cafe in Oakville is an excellent venue for live music, and deserves some extra support during these tough times. Check out their GoFundMe campaign.We need live music venues to survive, run by people who love music and support musicians. Steve Strongman joins Linus: Linus Entertainment will be representing Steve’s music publishing catalog, and the distribution…   

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