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The Toronto Blues Society’s yearly programming includes the annual Women’s Blues Revue, Maple Blues Awards, Hump Day Blues Series, TBS Talent Search, the biennial Blues Summit blues conference, and many other workshops and collaborative events.

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International Blues Challenge (IBC) | Toronto Contest

Join us on Tuesday, October 9 at the Dakota Tavern between 10pm-1am to experience the International Blues Challenge contest blaze. Cheer up for your favourite contestant as they battle on stage to represent Toronto at the IBC. This year, musicians to compete are: Bywater Blues Band, Jack de Keyzer, Dione Taylor

Tickets: $7/TBS Members and $10/Non-Members. Admission at door. Cash Only.  Support the winning band by buying tickets!

Blues In the Garden with Gavin McLeod

Saturday, September 22

Toronto Blues Society HQ

Blues In the Garden | Sat, Sept 22 | 1-6pm | FREE

Blues on Roy Thomson Hall Patio

August 22 & 23, 2018

Roy Thomson Hall Patio

Blues Summit 9 Will Take Place at the Marriott Courtyard Toronto Downtown

Blues Summit 9 Will Take Place at the Marriott Courtyard Between February 1-4, 2019.

Exclusive Pre-Sale for 22nd Maple Blues Awards

Monday, February 4, 2019

Koerner Hall

TBS Charter Members and Equivalents are eligible to benefit from the exclusive pre-sale for the upcoming MBAs in 2019!

TBS Birthday Party

Friday, June 15, 2018

Island Cafe

Mark your calendar for TBS 33rd Birthday Party on Ward’s Island on Friday, June 15. Come celebrate with us!

Jason Buie Fundraiser Concert

Friday, April 6 | 8:30pm

Hugh's Room Live

On March 22 the Canadian blues community has learned the sad news about the passing of Vancouver Island guitarist Jason Buie when he was only 47. In memoriam of Jason Buie, a fundraiser concert will be held on Friday, April 6 at Hugh’s Room Live including names like Suzie Vinnick, Jenie Thai, Gary Kendall, Mark Stafford, Terry Wilkins (Sinners Choir), Bucky Berger, Raha Javanfar (from Bad Luck Woman & Her Misfortunes), Dan McKinnon, Lance Anderson, Andrew Scott, and Brian Blain. Doors are at 6pm, concert will start at 8:30pm. Advance tickets are $25, tickets at the door are $30.

TBS Talent Search 2018

Sunday, July 1

OLG Stage on Cumberland Avenue

Each year, the Toronto Blues Society searches for its undiscovered blues talent. Six finalists are selected to perform for a professional development package including festival gigs, mentorship meetings, studio time, graphic design and much more! 2018 Talent Search winner is the Bywater Blues Band!

TBS Guitar Workshop w/ Dan McKinnon

Saturday March 3rd 2018

Dakota Tavern

The Toronto Blues Society’s popular Guitar Workshop is back and hits The Dakota Tavern (249 Ossington Ave) on Saturday, March 3 from 3:00-6:00pm. This year’s workshop will be hosted by Dan McKinnon. Featured guests include Kevin Breit, Brooke Blackburn and Mike Daley.

31st Women’s Blues Revue

The 31st Women’s Blues Revue took place on November 18, 2017 at Massey Hall in Toronto.

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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.

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