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Where It’s At! – June 30, 2011

Published July 5, 2011 in Where It's At

In this issue…
Talent Search Finalists
Gladstone Hotel First Thursday: Carlos del Junco w/Ken Whiteley
Toronto Blues Society Women’s Blues Revue
Summer Blues Festivals
Concert Notes

Talent Search Finalists

The Toronto Blues Society will host performances from the six finalists at Nathan Phillips Square on Thurs Aug 18, noon- 2pm during City of Toronto’s Tasty Thursday series. Stop by on your lunch break and catch the best in emerging blues talent. The finalists have been selected to perform before a panel of judges where one artist will win a professional development package that includes showcase opportunities at the Blues Summit Six in January 2013, the South Side Shuffle Festival and the Orangeville Blues & Jazz Festival in 2012, a photo shoot with Bill King, mentoring sessions with industry professionals, rehearsal time at Pro Rehearsal & Backline, and more. Congrats to the finalists: Nicole Christian (pictured), The Distillery, Richard Henderson, Bradleyboy MacArthur, Fraser Melvin Blues Band, and Ken Yoshioka!

Gladstone Hotel First Thursday: Carlos del Junco w/Ken Whiteley

The Toronto Blues Society presents the best in blues talent the first Thursday of each month at The Melody Bar in The Gladstone Hotel. There is no cover charge and each performance begins at 8:30pm. Arrive early to get a good table, and don’t forget to try the hotel’s tasty local food menu. The July 7 performance features Maple Blues Award winner Carlos del Junco who just released his sixth full band CD  Mongrel Mash.  He will be accompanied by veteran multi-instrumentalist Ken Whiteley. Please note that the series will be paused for August, returning in September.


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Toronto Blues Society Women’s Blues Revue

The 25th annual Toronto Blues Society Women’s Blues Revue will take place at the historic Massey Hall on Saturday November 26. This year the band will feature band leader Donna Grantis (guitar, pictured), Lily Sazz (keyboards), Brandi Disterheft (bass), Lindsay Beaver (drums), Colleen Allen (sax), Carrie Chesnutt (sax) and Rebecca Hennessy (trumpet). Watch this space each week for more lineup details!

Summer Blues Festivals

TD Toronto Jazz Festival – June 24-July 3   
Ottawa Bluesfest – July 5-17  
Porquis Blues Festival featuring FATHEAD (pictured) – July 8-10  
Thunder Bay Blues Festival – July 8-10  
Blues Mountain Ribfest – July 8-10  
London International Bluesfest – July 15-17  
Windsor International Bluesfest – July 15-17  
Frankford Island Blues Festival – July 15-17  
Beaches International Jazz Festival – July 15-24 –  
Burlington Jazz & Blues Festival – July 22-24  
Kitchener Blues Festival – August 4-7  
Limestone City Blues Festival – August 25-28  
CNE Blues Festival – August 28 
Southside Shuffle – September 9-11  

Blues Festival Season has arrived! For more information on blues, roots, and jazz festivals, check out, as well as,,  

Concert Notes

The Black Keys – Molson Amphitheatre – July 7  |  Eric Bibb – Peter’s Players – July 8  |  Oli Brown – Lee’s Palace – July 12  |  McKenna Gibson Band – Hugh’s Room – July 15 |  John Primer – Wilno Tavern – July 15  |  Matt Schofield Trio – Peter’s Players – July 15  |  Kal David – Peter’s Players – July 16  |  Urban Preacher CD Release – The Mod Club Theatre – July 16  |  The Distillery CD Release – Gladstone Hotel – July 28  |  Chris Smither – Hugh’s Room – July 31 | Jimmie Vaughan – Peter’s Players – Aug 4 & 5  |  Johnny Winter w/David Gogo – Picton Regent Theatre – Aug 5  |  Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne – Delta Chelsea Hotel Monarchs Pub – Aug 6  |  John Mayall – Peter’s Players – Aug 8 | Willie “Big Eyes” Smith – Peter’s Players – Aug 11  |  FATHEAD – Hugh’s Room – Aug 12  |  Dr. John – Rose Theatre – Aug 12  |  Kelly Joe Phelps – Hugh’s Room – Aug 16  |  John Finley & The Checkmates – Peter’s Players – Aug 17  |  Gregg Allman (pictured) – Queen Elizabeth Theatre – Sept 9  |  Rita Chiarelli – Hugh’s Room – Sept 17  |  Boubacar Traore – Hugh’s Room – Oct 3  |  Michael Jerome Browne – Gladstone Hotel Melody Bar – Nov 3

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