Blues Summit Eight Schedule

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All events will be held in the Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel except the Maple Blues Awards, which will be held at Koerner Hall (273 Bloor St W). 

Friday, January 20

Time Location Details
10am-8pm Lower Level Registration Open
6:00pm-7:30pm MusicOntario Room (Adelaide Rm Main Level) Opening reception. Performances by Jenie Thai & Suzie Vinnick
7:45pm-1:00am Grand Ballroom (Lower Level) Showcases: 8pm Mark Crissinger / 8:30pm Cecile Doo-Kingue / 9pm Justin Saladino Band / 9:30pm Spencer MacKenzie / 10pm Sons of Rhythm / 10:30pm Blackburn / 11pm Tim Williams / 11:30pm Sunday Wilde / Midnight Jennis / 12:30am Adam Karch

Saturday, January 21

Time Location Details
10am-8pm Lower Level Registration Open
11am-Noon Grand Ballroom AB Roundtable: It's A Man's World Part 2. Women in the industry discuss the struggles and strategies surrounding gender. Moderated by Lorraine Segato.
11am-Noon Grand Ballroom CD Presentation: Everything You Need To Know About SOCAN and MROC. Presentation by Andreas Rizek (SOCAN) & Andrea Kessler (MROC)
1pm-2pm Grand Ballroom AB Forum: Canadian Blues Societies. Blues Society representatives discuss their relationships with each other and how they serve their communities. Panelists: Barbara Newman (The Blues Foundation / moderator) Liz Sykes (Ottawa Blues Society) Phil Brisse (Montreal Blues Society) Lucie Dufault (Toronto Blues Society)
1pm-2pm Grand Ballroom CD Panel: Expanding The Blues Idiom / World Blues. A discussion around the evolution of blues songwriting and performance in regards to world music. Panelists: Doug Cox (artist/Vancouver Island MusicFest) Adam Solomon (artist) Raven Kanatakta (artist) Sugar Brown (artist)
2:30pm-4:30pm Grand Ballroom Speed Pitch. Artist one-on-one's with Blues Summit talent buyers (FULL)
4:30-6:30pm MusicOntario Room (Adelaide) Celebration: Join Electro-Fi Records as they celebrate their 20th Anniversary. Performance Schedule: Julian Fauth (4:30-5:00pm) / Brooke Blackburn (5:15-5:45pm) / Shakura S'Aida (6:00-6:30pm)
7:15pm-1:00am Grand Ballroom Showcases. 7:30pm Digging Roots / 8pm Debra Power / 8:30pm Doug Cox & Sam Hurrie / 9pm Dione Taylor & The Backsliderz / 9:30pm Bill Johnson / 10pm Rooster Davis / 10:30pm The Distillery / 11pm Harpdog Brown & The Travelin' Blues Show / 11:30pm Diana Braithwaite & Chris Whiteley / Midnight Paul Reddick

Sunday, January 22

Time Location Details
10am-8pm Lower Level Registration Open
10:30am-12:30pm Grand Ballroom Keynote Brunch with Barbara Newman. Join The Blues Foundation's Barbara Newman for the Blues Summit Eight Keynote
1pm-3pm Grand Ballroom Speed Pitch. Artist one-on-one's with Blues Summit talent buyers (FULL)
3pm-4pm Salon 5 MMF Manager's Huddle. The Music Manager's Forum Canada "Managers' Huddle" is a creative series stimulating conversation on ideas in music management. Tim Potocic (Sonic Unyon) & Steve Strongman (artist) discuss the artist-manager relationship and (in particular) the initial steps towards working together. Refreshments and snacks will be served. Space is limited. Please RSVP in advance to
3:30pm-4:30pm Grand Ballroom CD Panel: Blues Education. A discussion addressing community initiatives and educational support for the next generation of blues artists. Panelists: Dennis Cuomo (Grand River Blues Society) Jamie MacDonald (Aurora Winter Blues Festival) Mark Stafford (artist) Spencer MacKenzie (artist)
7:15pm-1:00am Grand Ballroom (Basement) Showcases. 7:30pm Jesse Roper / 8pm Ken Whiteley & Freedom Blues / 8:30pm John Campbelljohn / 9pm Angel Forrest / 9:30pm JW-Jones / 10pm Khari Wendell McClelland / 10:30pm Michael Schatte / 11pm Steve Strongman / 11:30pm MonkeyJunk / Midnight Jack de Keyzer

Monday, January 23

Time Location Details
10am-2pm Lower Level Registration Open
10am-11am Grand Ballroom CD Panel: Digital Strategies. Eric Alper (That Eric Alper) leads a discussion on best practices for artists and presenters surrounding a performance and profile building; the essentials of social media with Sarah French (publicist) and David Gogo (artist).
11am-Noon Salon 2 Interview with Holger Petersen – "Talking Music 2: Blues and Roots Mavericks" – Stony Plain/CKUA/CBC Radio triple threat and pillar of the community Holger Petersen is interviewed about his book by Grammy award-winning professor Rob Bowman. Followed by a book signing.
11:30am-12:30pm Grand Ballroom CD Panel: Sync Rights. Michael Burke (Cordova Bay) moderates a conversation about sync opportunities for placements in film/TV and beyond with David Hayman (Supergroup) and Kyle Merkley (ARPIX).
1:30pm-3:00pm York AB Mentorship One-on-One's (Advanced Sign-up Required. Coming soon!) Mentors include Charlie Andrews (SOCAN Foundation) – Derek Andrews (Global Cafe) – Maya Bedwell (Ontario Arts Council) – Sarah French (Sarah French Publicity) – Cam Hayden (Edmonton Blues Festival) – David Hayman (Supergroup) – Bill King (Beaches International Jazz Festival / Musician) – Kyle Merkley (ARPIX) – Andreas Rizek (SOCAN) – Andrea Kessler (MROC) – Noah Gruneir and Lia Kyranis (OMDC) – Eryka MacLean (FACTOR) – Stephen Barry (artist) – Liz Temple (Accounting Services) – Nicole Rochefort (AIM) and more. **Note: This it not a pitch. Please read mentor bio info (coming soon) and prepare for your session by researching each mentor further. |  MENTOR BIOS |
3:30pm-4:30pm Grand Ballroom ABCD Panel: Music Money. A panel addressing funding opportunities for artists and organizers. Panelists include Maya Bedwell (Ontario Arts Council) – Christy DiFelice (Toronto Arts Council) Charlie Andrews (SOCAN Foundation) Geoff Stairs (FACTOR) Moderated by Suzie Vinnick (artist).
7pm-10pm Koerner Hall (273 Bloor St W) The 20th Annual Maple Blues Awards. Performers: Host Steve Marriner (from MonkeyJunk) – Michael Kaeshammer – Shakura S'Aida – Tim Williams – Sugar Brown – Paul DesLauriers Band – The Maple Blues Band – After party nominee jam with Jerome Godboo | Tickets |