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International Blues Challenge (IBC) | Toronto Contest


Join us on Monday, October 28 at the Dakota Tavern to experience the International Blues Challenge “Road to Memphis” competition. Cheer for your favourite artist as they battle on stage to represent Toronto at the IBC. This year Sean Pinchin and Brian Blain will compete for the Solo/Duo Category while Sandra Bouza and Jim Dan Dee will reveal their chops for the Band category at the IBC.

Tickets: $7/TBS Members, $10/Non-Members | Admission at door. Cash Only.

Blues Revival #5 Featuring Kalyna Rakel


The monthly Blues series, “Blues Revival” continues with the 2019 TBS Talent Search runner-up Kalyna Rakel on October 17! Come and enjoy a blues evening in an intimate space surrounded by vinyl, Armenian coffee, booze, and some good yums that Antikka – Cafe & Records has to offer!

October 2019 – Toronzo Cannon


Toronzo Cannon is as good a representation of Chicago blues today as you’re likely to find: born and raised in the projects on the south side near Theresa’s Lounge, playing in blues bands behind local players Tommy McCracken, Wayne Baker Brooks, L.V. Banks and Joanna Connor, the singer/guitarist formed his own band in 2003. He sees a Chicago that few people see because he’s CTA bus driver.

October 2019 – Arsen Shomakhov


Arsen Shomakhov’s last album, Dynamic, got him a nomination for New Artist in the Maple Blues Awards. For his new one, this Russian-born Vancouver resident went to one of the hottest studios in blues today, Kid Andersen’s Greaseland in San Jose CA. 

October 2019 – Jennis


The name Jennis combines Jen Gillmor and Dennis Gaumond. Gillmor is a veteran of our Indie scene and Gaumond is a veteran Guelph-based guitarist with several pre-Jennis releases in his discography.

Top Blues – October 2019


This month’s recommended listening by John Valenteyn, host of John Valenteyn’s Blues on ciut.fm, 89.5 and CD reviewer for Maple Blues.  

Loose Blues News – October 2019


John Valenteyn’s Blues on CIUT-FM has moved to a new time. It’s now broadcast Fridays from 1-2pm.  John showcases concert previews, Blues Society events, new music releases and blues news. The shows are available as podcasts at www.ciut.fm. Photo by Doug MacVicar.

October 2019 – Big Dave McLean


As our first bluesman made a member of the Order of Canada, Big Dave McLean’s new album was highly anticipated. It turns out that it is the first one devoted almost entirely to his own songs. 

October 2019 – Myles Goodwyn


Myles Goodwyn has been busy: celebrating the 50th Anniversary of his band April Wine at the Ex in August, an appearance with his blues band at the Southside Shuffle and now with the release of his second blues album. 

Blues In the Garden with Sandra Bouza


The Toronto Blues Society is back once again with Blues In The Garden and this year, we will be hosting our latest Talent Search winner Sandra Bouza on Sunday, September 22 between 1-5pm at TBS HQ (910 Queen Street West garden). Free Admission!

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