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November 2018 – Jack Semple


Guitarist/singer/songwriter Jack Semple mostly stays out west, he lives in Regina, which may be one reason he’s not so well known in these parts. He has released some ten albums and has won awards for his television and movie soundtrack work. As he says on his web site, he ‘plays modern blues without forgetting where he came from’. It’s not a bad description of this album either.

November 2018 – Anthony Gomes


With this release Anthony Gomes wants to bill himself as a 21st Century guitar hero although, with a master’s degree from U of T, he knows the blues is much more than that. He showcased his deep knowledge of the blues on his Electric Field Holler in 2015. For album #13, he has written some very fine songs indeed. As you might tell from the album title, this is a blues rock extravaganza.

November 2018 – Kat Danser


Edmonton’s Kat Danser is now Dr. Kat Danser with her PhD in Ethnomusicology, taking her study of blues music to its highest level – she has spent more time in Mississippi than she has at home. She is also a tireless performer, now releasing her fifth album, produced by Juno-award winning Steve Dawson.

November 2018 – David Gogo


Multiple MBA and JUNO Award winner David Gogo wanted to stretch the boundaries a little for album #15. He wanted to cover both his electric side & his acoustic side and he wanted to show that he listens to quite a lot of different music. I think you’ll find though that the blues is not far away.

November 2018 – Loose Blues News


Blues legend Otis Rush died September 29 and the blues world mourns. He made a big impression wherever he played and long-time blues fans in Toronto can remember every time he came to town. Born in Philadelphia, Mississippi, Otis Rush moved to Chicago in the late 1940s and quickly began to make a name for himself playing in South and West side clubs. He helped define a distinctive West Side Chicago sound with his unique left-handed technique which allowed him to bend notes in ways few other bluesmen did.He won a Grammy for Best Traditional Blues Recording in 1999 for “Any Place I’m Going,” and he was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame in 1984. Otis Rush continued to play and tour throughout the 1990s and into early 2000. But he suffered a serious stroke in 2003 and never took the stage again.

Top Blues – November 2018


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.

October 2018 – Loose Blues News


Top Talent coming to The Women’s Blues Revue: Alana Bridgewater is the final featured vocalist to be added to the Women’s Blues Revue lineup at Roy Thomson Hall on November 16. The show will be hosted by Shakura S’Aida and feature Samantha Martin, Dione Taylor, Suzie Vinnick, Nicky Lawrence, and Chloe Watkinson backed by the all-star Women’s Blues Revue Band: Rebecca Hennessy (Bandleader/Trumpet), Elena Kapeleris (Sax), Anna Ruddick (Bass), Emily Burgess (Guitar), Carrie Chesnutt (Sax), Morgan Doctor (Drums), Lily Sazz (Keys).

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 “Road to Memphis” contest blaze. Cheer for your favourite artist as they battle on stage to represent Toronto at the IBC. This year, musicians to compete are: Bywater Blues Band, Jack de Keyzer. Gavin McLeod will open the night with his acoustic solo performance.

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


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

September 2018 – Terry Blersh


Terry Blersh handles accounting for many in the music community here. He is also a much sought after guitarist on the club scene. For the second time now and ten years later, he has decided to release some original songs he’s recorded with a most amazing guest list of players to help out.

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