Where It’s At! – Feb 16, 2012

Published March 7, 2012 in Where It's At

In this issue…
Talent Search Submissions
TBS Office Hours
Gladstone Series: Rick Taylor & Carlos del Junco
Guitar Workshop
Digital Dollars
Mississippi Tourism: Golf & Blues Experience
Aurora Winter Blues Festival
Holger Petersen – Talking Music at Toronto Public Libraries
DAWG FM in Toronto
Become a TBS Member Today
Concert Notes

Talent Search Submissions

Attention emerging Canadian blues artists…The Toronto Blues Society Talent Search is back! Six finalists will be chosen to perform at the finals taking place at Nathan Phillips Square during City of Toronto’s Tasty Thursdays on Thursday August 16, noon-2pm. The finalists will compete for a grand prize which includes a showcase at the Blues Summit Six, a performance at the Southside Shuffle Festival, a show at The Delta Chelsea Monarchs Pub, a photo shoot with Bill King, recording/mixing time at Revolution Studios, and consultations with industry professionals!

Submissions are open now, and close on Friday June 15 at 5pm. You may submit through Sonicbids http://www.sonicbids.com/Opportunity/OpportunityView.aspx?opportunity_id=106751 or send a physical package to the TBS office (Talent Search Submission, 910 Queen Street West, Suite B04, Toronto, ON, M6J 1G6) with a CD, one sheet, and a cheque for $15. Eligibility is limited to acts who are not on a major label, do not have a major distribution deal and have not been chosen as a finalist in a past edition of the talent search.

TBS Office Hours

Office hours over the next week will be limited due to TBS representation at the Folk Alliance Conference in Memphis. The office will be open Mon-Fri, Noon-4pm should you have any inquiries.

Gladstone Series: Rick Taylor & Carlos del Junco

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 is on Thurs March 1 and features a duo performance by Rick Taylor (pictured) & Carlos del Junco!

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

Guitar Workshop

Danny Marks will host the Guitar Workshop on Sat March 3 at Dominion on Queen (500 Queen St E). The featured guitarists are Donna Grantis, Kevin Breit, and Dylan Wickens (pictured)! The show will feature performances with an educational component and will run 1pm-4pm. $8 TBS members / $10 public at the door.

Digital Dollars

The third Digital Dollars seminar will take place at Lula Lounge (1585 Dundas St W, M6K 1T9) on Saturday March 10, 1pm-4pm. This session will feature Johan Hulqvist (Pinwheel Music, host), Dave Cool (Bandzoogle), David Newland (Roots Music Canada) and more. Check back in the coming weeks for more announcements on the guest speakers. The monthly seminar series features leading thinkers on the new digital music landscape. Check out the first two sessions at www.livestream.com/torontobluessociety. 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 and mark your calendar for the fourth session on Sat April 21. http://digitaldollars2012.com/

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

Aurora Winter Blues Festival

The inaugural Aurora Winter Blues Festival takes place at Theatre Aurora on Feb 25, and features Shawn Kellerman, Michael Pickett, and MonkeyJunk (pictured) http://www.aurorawinterbluesfestival.ca.

Holger Petersen – Talking Music at Toronto Public Libraries

The founding owner of Stony Plain Records and longtime host of CBC’s Saturday Night Blues, Petersen is one of the country’s most trusted authorities on all things blues. In this foray into print, interviews some of the world’s most important and loved artists, including Long John Baldry, Eric Burdon, Ry Cooder, Mick Fleetwood, Jeff Healey, Alan Lomax, Sam Phillips, Maria Muldaur, Bonnie Raitt, Duke Robillard and Mavis Staples. Don’t miss this rare treat to meet and quiz our national bluesologist. Holger will be speaking at S. Walter Stewart on Wed April 18 at 7pm-8:30pm, and at Cedarbrae on April 18 at 1pm-2:30pm. Both of these events are free to the public.

DAWG FM in Toronto

DAWG FM is applying for a radio license to broadcast in Toronto. As part of the process they will need letters of support written by the blues community in May. TBS will announce details in the coming weeks, but until then, check out DAWG online at http://www.dawgfm.com/

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

Sugar and Gold: Diana Braithwaite & Chris Whiteley – Gerrard/Ashdale & Downsview Libraries – Feb 23 | Treasa Levasseur (pictured) & Tanika Charles – Hugh’s Room – Feb 23 | Aurora Winter Blues Festival – Feb 25 | Al Lerman CD Release – Delta Chelsea Monarchs Pub – Feb 25 | Ken Whiteley Gospel Series – Hugh’s Room – Feb 26 | Rick Taylor & Carlos del Junco – Gladstone Hotel Melody Bar – March 1 | TBS Guitar Workshop – Dominion on Queen – March 3 | End of Winter Blues Music Festival – March 9/10 | The Black Keys – Air Canada Centre – March 14 | John Hammond – Hugh’s Room – March 23/24 | Ken Whiteley Gospel Series – Hugh’s Room – April 1 | Layla Zoe – Gladstone Hotel Melody Bar – April 5 | Guitar Mikey – Hamilton Place – April 7 | 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 – Gladstone Hotel Melody Bar – May 3 | Digging Roots CD Release – Hugh’s Room – May 25 | George Thorogood & The Destroyers – Massey Hall – June 2 | Tedeschi Trucks Band – Toronto Jazz Festival – June 29 | Toronto Blues Society Talent Search Finals – Nathan Phillips Square – Aug 16 | 26th Toronto Blues Society Women’s Blues Revue – Massey Hall – Nov 24

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