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Blues Summit 9

Blues Summit is Canada’s not-to-be-missed biennial forum for all members of the blues music community including artists, presenters, agents, festival bookers, event organizers, 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.

Blues Summit Nine will take place February 1-4, 2019 in Toronto, ON, Canada at the Marriott Courtyard Toronto Downtown (475 Yonge Street, Toronto). Guests who would like to benefit from the special TBS room rates starting at $139 for their stay during the Summit, can contact the TBS Office at until January 18, 2019.

Blues Summit 9 will close with the 22nd Annual Maple Blues Awards on the night of Monday, February 4 at Koerner Hall. Tickets are on sale now!




Learn more about this unique blues community event from musicians, community members and the organizers who bring everything together.


    Delegate List: Before Friday, review the delegate list on the TBS website. Go through the list to identify key contacts. It is important to know who is coming and who you would like to meet. Research key delegates beforehand so you know who they are and what they do before you meet them. The delegate list is updated frequently so be sure to check back.

    CDs: It is beneficial to have something to give to radio hosts, festival directors, etc that showcases your musical sound. This can be a CD, demo disc, flash drive, whatever you’ve got. Artists are encouraged to distribute their CDs to key delegates using the conference’s Drop Box system.

    Drop Boxes: Media reps, festival directors and other VIPs can request personalized drop boxes (literally a cardboard box) with their name/info on it for artists to place CDs into. There will be a dedicated Drop Box area.

    Business Cards: Make sure you come prepared with your promotional package and business cards. Whenever you hand off promo materials or a CD, ask for a business card. In fact, ask for a card even in casual conversations. Write notes about the person on the back of his or her card (or in a notebook) so you can follow up after the conference. This is about building relationships and community, so following up after the conference is very important.

    Showcases: Take time to check out the showcases and connect with other musicians. Many artists there will have a wealth of experience, tips, ideas and recommendations to share about the conference and the community. Blues Summit is a great opportunity to bond with other musicians and build relationships for future planning and (of course) future music making.

    Food: The music conference experience can be invaluable, but it can also be expensive. If you will be sleeping at the hotel during the conference, it’s a great idea to hit a local grocery store to stock up on some healthy snacks and drinks beforehand to keep on your person or in your hotel room.

    Seminars/Panels/Workshops: Attend as many sessions and seminars as you can. The conference offers a broad range of discussion topics. The hotel restaurant is a great place for relaxed networking.


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    Key delegates (artistic directors, media representatives, radio hosts, journalists, etc) can request a dedicated “drop box” that will be used to collect CD submissions from musicians, managers and agents throughout Blues Summit 8. Drop boxes can be accessed through the Registration Office for the duration of the conference. Musicians and showcasing artists are invited to place a CD in the boxes of any key delegates who they would like to share their music with.

    If you are an artistic director, radio host, journalist, etc and would like a dedicated drop box, please contact the office by Thursday, January 18, 2019 at 5:00pm with the following information and we will prepare one for you:

    • 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
    • Website

    For more information on drop boxes, check out our Blues Summit FAQ

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The Toronto Blues Society acknowledges the annual support of the Ontario Arts Council, the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council and the Department of Canadian Heritage, and project support from FACTOR< and the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage (Canada Music Fund) and of Canada’s Private Broadcasters, The Canada Council for the Arts, the SOCAN Foundation, SOCAN, the Ontario Media Development Corporation, and the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport.