Where It’s At! – December 29, 2011

Published December 30, 2011 in Where It's At

In this issue…
New Years Eve Blues
Gladstone Series: Bradleyboy Mac Arthur – Jan 5
25th Annual Women’s Blues Revue on CBC
Digital Dollars – Let’s Get Physical – Jan 14
Maple Blues Awards
Mississippi Tourism: Golf & Blues Experience
Guitar Workshop
Become a TBS Member Today
Concert Notes

New Years Eve Blues

Ring in the new year with one of these great blues shows in Toronto: Johnny Max, Chuck Jackson, Shakura S’Aida, Suzie Vinnick and John Mays at The Riverview Room at Port Credit Legion, Gary Kendall Band at Dominion on Queen, Jerome Godboo (pictured) & Jack de Keyzer at The Delta Chelsea Monarchs Pub, catl. at The Dakota Tavern, or Mark Stafford at Ristorante Roma.

Gladstone Series: Bradleyboy Mac Arthur – Jan 5

The Toronto Blues Society presents the best in blues talent the first Thursday of each month at the recently renovated Melody Bar in The Gladstone Hotel. Performances are free to the public and begin at 9pm. The next show in the series is on January 5, and features a performance by TBS Talent Search winner Bradleyboy Mac Arthur! Check out this video of Bradleyboy at the Exclaim! Office: http://exclaim.ca/MusicVideo/ExclaimTV/bradleyboy_performs_locomotive_dream

Check back soon to find out about upcoming performances including Julian Fauth & Paul Reddick (Feb 2), Layla Zoe (April 5), and Morgan Davis (May 3)   http://www.gladstonehotel.com

25th Annual Women’s Blues Revue on CBC

Highlights from the 25th Annual Toronto Blues Society Women’s Blues Revue at Massey Hall are streaming right now on CBC Radio 2’s Concerts on Demand: http://www.cbc.ca/radio2/cod/concerts/20111126women! Relive this historic night featuring performances by Kat Danser, Ada Lee, Emma-Lee, Treasa Levasseur, Shakura S’Aida, and Suzie Vinnick! Tune in for the radio broadcasts – January 12 at 7pm on CBC Radio 2 (94.1 FM), and January 13 at 2pm on CBC Radio 1 (99.1 FM).

Digital Dollars – Let’s Get Physical – Jan 14

The first Digital Dollars seminar “Let’s Get Physical” will take place at Lula Lounge (1585 Dundas St W, M6K 1T9) on January 14, 1pm-4pm. The featured speakers are Johan Hulqvist (Pinwheel Music, host), Lloyd Nishimura (Outside Distribution), Jack Schuller (Festival Record Distribution), Shelley Stein-Sacks (Music Think Tank), and David Travers-Smith (producer). The monthly seminar series features leading thinkers on the new digital music landscape. The FREE ADMISSION series is being presented by the Toronto Blues Society, Batuki Music, OCFF and Lula Lounge, and is supported by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism and Culture. Please check back in the coming weeks for more details about this exciting series. http://digitaldollars2012.com/

Maple Blues Awards

Have you got your tickets? The Koerner Hall box office reopens from holidays on January 2. Purchase tickets by visiting http://performance.rcmusic.ca/event/toronto-blues-society-maple-blues-awards or by calling 416-408-0208 after January 2. If you are a Charter member in good standing, please contact the TBS office before calling Koerner Hall to obtain a special discount code.
In addition to this year’s hosts Treasa Levasseur and Shakura S’Aida, the performers at the 15th annual Maple Blues Awards are Rita Chiarelli (pictured), Fathead, Bill Johnson, MonkeyJunk, and Joe Murphy all backed by The Maple Blues Band! Stick around after the show for a high energy after party with The 24th Street Wailers in the lobby!

The national awards show takes place at beautiful Koerner Hall on January 16th, 2012.

The Maple Blues Band features musical director Gary Kendall (Bass), Tom Bona (Drums), Michael Fonfara (Keys), Teddy Leonard (Guitar), Chris Whiteley (Trumpet, Harmonica, Guitar), Al Lerman (Harmonica, Tenor Sax), Pat Carey (Tenor Sax), and Chris Murphy (Baritone Sax).

Mississippi Tourism: Golf & Blues Experience

Love Golf? Love Blues? Get the best of both worlds with the Mississippi Tourism’s International Golf & Blues Experience! Hosted by Chuck Jackson, upcoming trips take place April 15-21 in Biloxi, MS and Oct 7-13 in Tunica, MS. To learn more, find out about TBS group rates and to book your trip, go to http://www.golfandblues.net/?refid=torontobluessociety

Guitar Workshop

Mark the date! Danny Marks (pictured) will host the Guitar Workshop on Sat March 3. Check back next week for information on the venue and featured guests.

Become a TBS Member Today

Enjoy the benefits of discounted tickets to TBS events. Have the Maple Blues Magazine delivered right to your door each month. Meet like-minded blues lovers and help keep the blues alive in Toronto. The Toronto Blues Society offers several different membership options:CHARTER MEMBERSHIP – $50/year – Monthly Maple Blues Newsletter, membership card, discounts to TBS Events, exclusive access to special TBS events, other discounts, and voting rights.

FAMILY MEMBERSHIP – $70/year – Same privileges as Charter membership for a maximum of two adults and two children under 19.

INSTITUTIONAL or BENEFACTOR MEMBERSHIP – $125/year – Same privileges as Charter membership, plus more – Please inquire.

GENERAL MEMBERSHIP – $35/year – Monthly Maple Blues Newsletter sent in fourth class mail

STUDENT MEMBERSHIP – $20/year – Same benefits as CHARTER membership (please include student card number)

Contact the TBS office today!

Concert Notes

Suzie Vinnick – Hugh’s Room – Dec 30  |  Johnny Max, Chuck Jackson, Shakura S’Aida, Suzie Vinnick, John Mays (pictured) – Port Credit Legion Riverview Room – Dec 31  |  The Gary Kendall Band NYE – Dominion on Queen – Dec 31  |  Jerome Godboo & Jack de Keyzer NYE – Delta Chelsea Monarchs Pub – Dec 31  |  Bradleyboy Mac Arthur – Gladstone Hotel Melody Bar  – Jan 5  |  Paul James Birthday Show – Sound Academy – Jan 14  |  15th Maple Blues Awards – Koerner Hall – Jan 16  |  JJ Grey & Mofro w/MonkeyJunk – Horseshoe Tavern – Jan 22  |  Mavis Staples – Brock University Centre for the Arts – Jan 25 |  Mavis Staples – Koerner Hall – Jan 29  |  Barrie February Blues Festival – Feb 2-5  |  Julian Fauth & Paul Reddick – Gladstone Hotel Melody Bar – Feb 2  |  Au Tour de la Guitare – Alliance Francaise de Toronto – Feb 10  |  Sweet Honey in the Rock – Koerner Hall – Feb 10  |  Aurora Winter Blues Festival – Feb 25  |  Brandi Disterheft – Glenn Gould Studio – Feb 21  |  TBS Guitar Workshop – March 3  |  The Black Keys – Air Canada Centre – March 14  |  John Hammond – Hugh’s Room – March 23/24  |  Layla Zoe – Gladstone Hotel Melody Bar – April 5  |  Buddy Guy – Massey Hall – April 13  |  Colin James – Massey Hall – April 20  |  Lee Oskar, David Rotundo, Enrico Crivellaro – Hugh’s Room – April 25  |  Kellylee Evans – Glenn Gould Studio – April 27  |  Morgan Davis (pictured) – Gladstone Hotel Melody Bar – May 3  |  Digging Roots CD Release – Hugh’s Room – May 25  |  George Thorogood & The Destroyers – Massey Hall – June 2

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