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May 31, 2017 – The Toronto Blues Society is extremely excited to announce the six finalists in this year’s edition of the annual Talent Search.

The finalists are:

Bad Luck Woman & Her Misfortunes

Catriona Sturton

Dan McKinnon

Meagan De Lima

Jim Dan Dee

Sulfur City

Finalists will appear as part of this year’s TD Toronto Jazz Festival in a showcase on the OLG Stage on Cumberland St. on Saturday, June 24 from noon-4pm.


Talent Search Winner Archive Photos - Strip for Website with names V_02Each year, the Toronto Blues Society searches for Canada’s 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!

Eligibility. The TBS Talent Search is open to emerging Canadian blues artists who have not appeared in the finals of the talent search in the past, who do not have national distribution and would be considered an “undiscovered” or “rising” artist by their peers. Applicants must reside in the province of Ontario and within 500 KM of Toronto.

Submission Fee. Submissions for the TBS Talent Search are FREE for TBS Charter Members. If you are not a TBS Charter Member, please ensure you have paid the $10 submission fee before you submit your application, payable via the TBS Store at http://torontobluessociety.com/store/.

If you have any questions or require assistance, please contact TBS GM Alice Sellwood at info@torontobluessociety.com or 416-538-3885 / Toll Free: 1-866-871-9457.


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1996 – Robin Banks

1997 – Rockin’ Highliners

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2000 – Scotty Doubt Band

2001 – Big Mark & the Blues Express

2002 – David Rotundo and the Blue Canadians

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