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TBS Talent Search 2020



Each year, the Toronto Blues Society searches its undiscovered blues talent from across the region. Six finalists are selected to perform for a professional development package including festival gigs, mentorship meetings, studio time, graphic design and much more!

*Important Info Regarding COVID19:

As the Toronto Jazz Festival is postponed to a later date, TBS will be holding the judging virtually. Please note that submission of a live performance video within the application is now mandatory and will be crucial at this stage. The new date for the Finals of the Talent Search will be announced later on.


Deadline for the Applications Is Extended to May 31st!


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. Please note maximum band capacity is sextet. Successful selected musicians should be available to perform on the rescheduled date and time that will be announced in future and be performing with essentially the same band as their submitted work.

SUBMISSION: Musicians need to fill out the form below. Please note that you can’t edit the form once you submit your application. Applicants will be contacted within the month of June.

SUBMISSION FEE: In order to complete the application process Non-TBS-Members need to pay the application fee ($10). Application is free for TBS Charter Members (or equivalents). Submission fee can be paid by clicking the PayPal button below, or over the phone by Credit Card (TBS Office: 416 538 38 85), or by sending a cheque to Toronto Blues Society (910 Queen St. W. Suite B04, Toronto-ON M6J 1G6).

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1995 Maureen Brown and Big Hand
1996 Robin Banks
1997 Rockin’ Highliners
1998 Jake & the Blue Midnights
1999 Ronnie Douglas Blues Band
2000 – Scotty Doubt Band
2001 – Big Mark & the Blues Express
2002 David Rotundo and the Blue Canadians
2003 Dylan Wickens Band
2004 – Bharath & the Catfish
2005 – Wickens/Knight
2006 The Undesirables
2007 – Douglas Watson R&B Revue
2009 catl.
2010The 24th Street Wailers
2011Bradleyboy Mac Arthur
2012Irene Torres & The Sugar Devils
2013Sugar Brown
2014The Conor Gains Band
2015Michael Schatte
2016Spencer MacKenzie
2017Dan McKinnon
2018Bywater Blues
2019 – Sandra Bouza

2020 GRAND PRIZE – *Please note the updates to the prize package due to COVID19


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The Toronto Blues Society acknowledges the annual support of the Ontario Arts Council, the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council and the Department of Canadian Heritage, and project support from FACTOR< and the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage (Canada Music Fund) and of Canada’s Private Broadcasters, The Canada Council for the Arts, the SOCAN Foundation, SOCAN, the Ontario Media Development Corporation, and the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport.