Odds and sods from the Toronto blues community and beyond.


Loose Blues News – November 2017

TBS Talent Search Winner Dan McKinnon was just awarded the $2000 Amy Louie Grossman Music Scholarship at the 6th annual fund raiser on September 26.  His winning proposal outlined plans to support a new recording that will be released in 2018. He is pictured with Grossman`s owner Christina Louie and 2016 ALGMS recipient Raha Javanfar (Bad Luck Woman & Her Misfortunes) who hosted the evening which featured performances by The Happy Pals, Frankie Foo, The Porch Dog Choir, Robert Priest & The Great Big Face Band, Chloe Watkinson & Park Eddy, Jerome Godboo & Eric Schenkman, Neil Chapman w/ David Hines & Rob Grenway and 2017 ALGMS recipient, Dan McKinnon. $1400.00 was raised for the ALGMS fund. Photo by David Goldberg.

Loose Blues News – October 2017

Western Canadian Music Awards: Congratulations to Winnipeg bluesman Big Dave McLean who picked up the Blues Artist of the Year.award at this year’s Western Canadian Music Awards (WCMA) in Edmonton. Celebrating the accomplishments of some of Western Canada’s best and brightest, the envelopes were opened at a concert on September 14 that kicked off a professional development-focused conference and export development showcase festival and also drew a protest by several established artists who wanted to bring attention to the fact that the only people who weren’t being paid were the musicians.

Loose Blues News – September 2017

Blues at Kensington Jazz: The new kid on the block on Toronto’s jazz festival circuit, Kensington Market Jazz Festival debuted in style in 2016 when over 200 musicians performed over 3 days to packed houses, enthusiastic crowds and a buzzing neighbourhood. The second annual KMJF is back September 15, 16 and 17 with the addition of a big band stage and a new series of curated busking within popular Kensington Market businesses.

Loose Blues News – August 2017

Congratulations to Canada’s “Sweetheart of Swing,” Alex Pangman (pictured with hubby/bandmate Tom Parker), who has been inducted into the The Mississauga Music Walk of Fame. A fellow Women’s Blues Revue alumna, Liberty Silver and Canadian Music Industry pioneer Randy Lennox were also honoured at a reception at Port Credit Memorial Park. The event has traditionally been part of the Southside Shuffle weekend, and this is the first time it took place outside the Port Credit music festival weekend. The Juno-nominated Pangman has released more than a half-dozen albums throughout her career.

Loose Blues News – June 2017

Multi-award winning recording artist and renowned blues diva Angel Forrest takes the stage with her band at The Opera House on Saturday June 10th at 9pm with special guest roots/blues singer/songwriter Rob Lutes who
will be joined by longtime accompanist, acclaimed Quebec guitarist Rob MacDonald.

Loose Blues News – May 2017

Paul Reddick is riding high as his album Ride The One won this year’s JUNO for Blues Album of the Year. He’ll be on festival stages all summer with several plays in this area, the Kitchener Blues Festival, Orangeville Blues and Jazz and the Lighthouse Blues Festival. For Oakvillians, he’ll be at the Moonshine Café on May 27 and locally, he’ll be guesting with Big Groove at the Blue Goose on Sunday afternoon, May 14. Photo by Scott Doubt

Loose Blues News – April 2017

Paul Nelson, bandmate, producer and protegé of Johnny Winter (and many would say the man who resurrected Johnny Winter’s career) will bring his own band to the newly resurrected Hugh’s Room Live on May 5

Loose Blues News – March 2017

New Blues Show in Haliburton: There’s a new blues radio show that airs on Canoe FM 100.9 in Haliburton/Muskoka area. Buckslide Blues Cruise is hosted by Patrick Monaghan. He plays recordings from his own collection.

Loose Blues News – February 2017

An Ontario Superior Court of Justice approved an application to place HMV Canada Inc. into receivership on January 27.HMV owes nearly $39 million to HUK 10 Ltd and would require between $2 million and $5 million annually in cash to stay open, according to court filings, and the company was losing $100,000 a day as customers turned towards online media in recent years.

Loose Blues News – January 2017

Following a difficult month with the loss of several favourite blues-friendly icons like Mose Alison and Leon Russell, the local blues community has been hit hard with the passing of two beloved bluesmen, John Mays and Brian Cober. Social media has been blowing up with loving tributes to two of the most humble and dedicated musicians and all-around great human beings that ever surfaced on the Toronto blues scene.

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