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TBS Guitar Workshop with Jack de Keyzer


The Toronto Blues Society’s popular Guitar Workshop is back…virtually! The workshop is hosted by guitarist Jack de Keyzer.
This year’s guitar masters are: Suzie Vinnick Music, Madagascar Slim, and Fraser Melvin. Workshop was live streamed on The Toronto Blues Society Facebook page and followed by a 30min live Q&A.
RSVP page here.
Event can be re-watched on both TBS Facebook from here and TBS Youtube Channel from here.
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Jack de Keyzer

Two-Time Juno Award Winner, Seven-Time Maple Blues Award Winner; guitarist, singer, songwriter Jack de Keyzer plays the blues worldwide. Jack has released 10 CDs, 1 DVD, and played on hundreds of recordings and live sessions with artists ranging from Etta James to Ronnie Hawkins and Bo Diddley to Blue Rodeo. Jack has brought audiences to their feet at much major Jazz and Blues Festivals including the Montreal Jazz Fest, Blues Sur Seine (France) The Ottawa Blues Festival and Puerto Blues, (Mexico). “The finest blues guitarist in Canada.” – Jeff Healey

Suzie Vinnick Music

A Saskatoon native transplanted to the Niagara Region of Ontario, Roots and Blues singer Suzie Vinnick is a 3X Juno Nominee, CFMA Award winner, and a 10-time winner of the Maple Blues Award for songwriting, female vocalist, acoustic act and more. Suzie has a voice you’ve heard a thousand times and one you’ll never forget. It soars, it growls, it whispers and it shouts from a deep, deep well of emotion. The pure joy she exudes when she picks up that guitar is so worth the show. Suzie released her latest album, a full band roots and blues extravaganza entitled Shake The Love Around last year.

Madagascar Slim
As equally inspired by B.B. King and Jimi Hendrix as the music of his homeland, Slim has created his own distinct sound as the Toronto Star praised him for his “unique playing style”. Slim’s first Malagasy-inspired public appearance followed at the Bamboo Club playing totally acoustic repertoire squeezed between The Downchild Blues Band and The Afronubians. He opened up for Ali Farka Toure in a full-on afro-blues band in front of five thousand people in 1995. The new fusion work was captured in the World Music Juno Award for OmniSource in 1998 and was followed with Juno Awards for his collaboration with Bill Bourne and Lester Quitzau (aka TriContinental) and CBC Records’ African Guitar Summit.
Fraser Melvin
Guitarist, vocalist, and bandleader Fraser Melvin is best known as part of Bad Luck Woman & Her Misfortunes but also performing with The Fraser Melvin Band, The Melvin-Colacino Band, BF Soul. An old soul in a young man’s body, this musician sounds three times his age and much larger than he looks. Fraser commands a room with a voice and takes aim with his guitar. With a significant collection of songs spanning the decades, ranging from the early blues of the 20s, to the tin pan alley tunes of the 30s, the swing and jump tunes of the 40s, to the Jazz and Blues standards of the 50s – Fraser brings together his love of music and passion for performance with his knowledge of music and its history to provide an entertaining, interesting, and nostalgic performance for listeners young and old.
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