Blues Summit Eight FAQ

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BluesSummit8_Logo-colourV3Below are some frequently asked questions about Blues Summit. If you can’t find the information you are looking for, feel free to call the Toronto Blues Society office at 1-866-871-9457 (416-538-3885 in Toronto) or email TBS Office Manager Alice Sellwood at



Q: What is Blues Summit?
A: Blues Summit is Canada’s not-to-be-missed biennial forum for all members of the blues music community including artists, presenters, festival bookers, managers, agents, journalists, radio hosts and industry representatives of all kinds. The conference provides an opportunity for members of the community to connect as well as for artists to showcase in front of blues industry professionals.

Q: When/Where Is The Next Blues Summit?
: Blues Summit 8 will take place January 20-23, 2017 in Toronto, ON, Canada. Hotel TBA. A special conference hotel rate will be available for the dates of and surrounding Blues Summit. All Blues Summit activities will be presented inside the hotel. Blues Summit 8 will close with the 20th Annual Maple Blues Awards at the Royal Conservatory of Music’s Koerner Hall on Monday, January 23, 2017.  



Q: How/when can I register for Blues Summit Eight?
A: Registration for Blues Summit Eight is now open! Click here for more info.

Q: Can I register directly through the Toronto Blues Society?
A: No. All Blues Summit Eight registrations must be processed via Ticketpro.

Q: Is there a registration fee?
A: Yes. A fee of $3.50 CAD is added to each registration to cover the cost of Ticketpro’s service, including processing and managing all registrations before the conference, as well as being on site for the duration of Blues Summit to manage delegate badge pick-up, on-site registration, lost badges, etc.

Q: What if I can’t afford the registration costs?
A: If you would like to attend the conference but are on a tight budget, we encourage you to apply to join our great team of volunteers. Volunteers put in 10-12 hours of volunteer time over the weekend (approx. 3 hours per day) and in exchange receive a complimentary conference registration. Sign up for Blues Summit E-News to be notified when volunteer applications open (click here). 



Q: Where will Blues Summit Eight be held?
A: Blues Summit Eight will be held at the Toronto Downtown Marriott Eaton Centre Hotel, Toronto, located at 525 Bay Street, Toronto, ON. | More Info |

Q: Do Blues Summit Eight delegates receive discounted accommodation at the host hotel?
A: Yes. Blues Summit Eight delegates can take advantage of our special $129/night hotel rate. Hotel reservations must be made by January 10, 2017 to take advantage of the discount rate.

Q: How can I reserve a room at the Toronto Downtown Marriott Eaton Centre Hotel?
A: Conference attendees can access discounted room rates of $129/night for the duration of Blues Summit Eight. To access this special rate online, click the link below. If you prefer to reserve by phone, please call the Toronto Marriott Downtown at 1-800-905-0667 and let them know you will be attending Blues Summit Eight from January 20-23, 2017. For phone reservations outside North America, click here to find your local toll-free number.

Reserve Online at the Toronto Marriott Downtown Hotel

PLEASE NOTE: Hotel reservations must be made by January 10, 2017 to take advantage of the discount rate.


Q: Does my Blues Summit 8 registration include a ticket to the Maple Blues Awards?
A: No. Tickets to the 18th Annual Maple Blues Awards must be purchased separately through the Koerner Hall Box Office. Click here to purchase tickets online. | More Info



Q: What is a showcase?
A: A showcase is a condensed (approx. 25 minute) performance which allows artists to perform a short set of music for other conference delegates. 32 showcasing artists/groups will be selected to perform at Blues Summit 8. For a list of previous delegates, click here.

Q: How can I apply to showcase at Blues Summit 8?
A: Blues Summit showcase applications closed on June 17, 2016.

Q: How much does it cost to showcase?
A: A $20 showcase application fee is required in order to apply to showcase. Each artist/group will receive ONE complimentary registration to the conference and receive a small honorarium to help cover any associated costs.

Q: When will Blues Summit 8 showcases be presented?
A: Blues Summit will present a selection of artists to showcase in front of conference delegates on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening of the conference.

Q: Are showcases open to the public?
A: Yes. All showcases are open to the public. A weekend wristband is available for $30 ($25 for TBS Members).



Q: What is a drop box?
A: Drop boxes are free receptacles requested by radio hosts, journalists, artistic directors, and other industry “buyers” who are seeking new music. Those looking to book artists, write reviews or discover music for a radio show or station are encouraged to request a drop box where artists, agents, and managers will place promotional packages (ex. CD/one-sheet). Each drop box is personalized and artists/managers/agents can select

Q: What can I put in a drop box?
A: Most sellers leave a copy of a recent recording (full album, demo) accompanied by a one-sheet.

Q: Who can request a drop box?
A: Drop boxes are for industry professionals who are looking to hear music for the purposes of reviewing, booking artists or distribution. They are designed for industry professionals who are attending Blues Summit with the intent of discovering new music/talent for bookings, reviews, or radio play. Please only request a drop box if you are an artistic director, festival representative, radio host or station representative, music journalist, or other industry professional capable of helping promote the music of Canadian blues musicians.

Q: How can I request a drop box?
A: To request a drop box, please contact the office with the following information before Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at 11:59pm PT. (PLEASE NOTE: All fields are mandatory.)

  • First & Last Name
  • Description (ex. Who are you? What does your organization do? What is your radio show’s mandate?)
  • Organization/Festival/Radio Station
  • Location (City, Province/State, Country)
  • Email Address (will be made publicly available for follow-up)
  • Website

Q: Is there a deadline to request one?
A: Yes. All drop box requests must be received by Thursday, January 5, 2017 at 5:00pm. 

If you have any questions, please contact the office and we will be happy to assist you.



Q: How can I become a Blues Summit volunteer?
A: There is an application process for Blues Summit volunteers. Further volunteer details will be posted shortly.

Q: How much time/ how many shifts do I have to sign up for?
Volunteers must commit to volunteering for 12 hours (three 4-hour shifts), and to attending a mandatory orientation session before your first shift. Volunteer orientation details will be posted closer to the conference.

Q: May I attend Blues Summit events when I am not volunteering?
Yes. Volunteers have access to panels, showcases, mentor meetings and more. If there is a particular event you would like to attend, we will do our best to schedule your volunteer shifts outside the event.

Q: Can my volunteer time at Blues Summit be counted for high school volunteer hours?

Q: Do I really have to go to the volunteer orientation?
All volunteers must commit to attending an orientation session which occurs before their first scheduled shift. The orientation sessions will be offered at various times throughout the conference. The volunteer orientation will equip you with the knowledge you will need for the rest of the conference and allow you to provide better customer service.