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Jan 2021 – Cindy McLeod

The Toronto Blues Society board of directors is pleased to announce Calgary’s Cindy McLeod as the winner of the
newly renamed John Valenteyn Blues Booster of the Year award, a very special Maple Blues Award honouring outstanding contribution to the Canadian blues music industry.

Money Matters: Managing Your Finances & Bookkeeping for Musicians

Toronto Blues Society presents Money Matters: Managing Your Finances & Bookkeeping for Musicians on Sunday, January 17 between 2pm-3pm EST! The free online event will cover a variety of strategies to help musicians, industry professionals, and music supporters to help manage their finances.

Dec 2020 – Beauwater

Who Works for Who is the Third release from Newfoundland based blues rockers, Beauwater and follow up to their 2017 ECMA Blues Album of the Year, Lovers, Fools and Kings.
For this release the power trio welcomed back special guests Kelly Hoppe of Big Sugar on Harmonica, Chris Harnett on Saxophone, Terry Campbell on Trumpet and Chris Kirby on Keys. This is the line-up that helped fuel the success of the previous release.   They’re back creating a more complete and textured sound on 10 original tracks of blues-soaked rock. As with their previous album, Beauwater defy being pigeonholed as one type of band or another. Their diversity, power and writing tallent is beautifully on display with this new release.

Dec 2020 – Endrick & The Sandwiches

Ten tracks – recorded live – reveal a young band intrigued with the potential of redefining barroom blues – and making them work. A closer look at their debut from ’18 portrays a band brimming with fresh ideas and original music, created by an 8-member band. Endrick & The Sandwiches is: Endrick Tremblay (lead vocals, harp, guitar, piano), Greg McEvoy (lead guitar, vocals), Simon Éthier (bass, backing vocals), Mandela Coupal Dalgleish (drums), Elyze Venne-Deshaies (sax), Anne Lauzière (baritone guitar, percussion, backing vocals), Marie-Pier Lavallée and Gabrièle Côté Lebreux (percussion, backing vocals).

Dec 2020 – Shemekia Copeland

The daughter of a bona fide Texas Twister, Johnny Copeland, Shemekia quickly carved out a name for herself with her scorching debut at age 19. With a voice like a hurricane, years spent woodshedding with her famous father gave her a considerable head start in the blues. Now, nine releases later, she continues to be a gale force wind to be reckoned with. Picking up where America’s Child left off, Uncivil War takes a critical look at the chaos we’re living in and she’s got a message to spread.

Dec 2020 – Michael Schatte

Michael Schatte demonstrates his wide-ranging artistry in his new CD, Conundrum. His expertise as a guitarist and vocalist is obvious, but Schatte also plays mandolin, tenor banjo, dulcimer, and violin on this recording. As well, he wrote all but two of the fifteen songs, and produced, engineered, and mixed the album. Backing him on bass is Ryan Spratt, and his two drummers Riley O’Connor and Chad Lewis, in addition to session musicians Randy Cassidy, Sacha Visagie, and Carson Freeman.

Dec 2020 – Steve Strongman

There’s a reason Steve Strongman is considered the Best Guitarist in the Solo/Duo category in the world, he rightfully captured the title at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis.
Following on the heels of that impressive win, Strongman has released another stunning recording to his growing catalogue, with Tired Of Talkin’, recorded in both Nashville and Hamilton and released in 2019. The album is representative of Strongman’s enormous songwriting and guitar skills, traversing from Blues-Rock to swamp and all points in between. One thing that makes Strongman so great is that there are solid melodies to satisfy the soul for a full listening experience.

Dec 2020 – Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar

Samantha Martin takes no prisoners.
It’s no coincidence that the cover of her new CD, The Reckless One, is a multi -coloured, gold-leafed representation of a hand grenade. This is, indeed, both explosive and reckless. It is also the long-awaited successor to 2015’s Send the Nightingale, which in turn was preceded by two albums and an EP going back to 2008.

Dec 2020 – Top Blues

This month’s recommended listening by Greg Torrington, programmer of Stingray’s blues channels.


Dec 2020 – Loose Blues News

Congrats to Blues Grammy Nominees, Canadian Folk Music Award Nominees

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