Where It’s At! – March 1, 2012

Published March 7, 2012 in Where It's At

In this issue…
Gladstone Series: Rick Taylor & Carlos del Junco – Tonight
Guitar Workshop – This Saturday
Digital Dollars – Let’s Blog Music
Music From the Big House Screening – Tomorrow
Canadian Music Week Blues Showcase
Africa Up Close
Independent Music Awards – Blues Category Nominees
Talent Search Submissions Open
Mississippi Tourism: Golf & Blues Experience
Holger Petersen: Talking Music at Toronto Public Libraries
DAWG FM in Toronto
International Blues Challenge Wrap Up
Become a TBS Member Today!
Concert Notes

Gladstone Series: Rick Taylor & Carlos del Junco – Tonight

The Toronto Blues Society presents the best in blues talent thefirst 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 & Carlos del Junco (pictured)!

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 – This Saturday

Danny Marks (pictured) 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! The show will feature performances with an educational component and will run 1pm-4pm. $8 TBS members / $10 public at the door.

Digital Dollars – Let’s Blog Music

The third Digital Dollars seminar “Let’s Blog Music” 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), Li Robbins (CBC), 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/

Music From the Big House Screening – Tomorrow

Rita Chiarelli (pictured) will be performing and screening her award winning documentary “Music From the Big House” to kick off the Belleville International Documentary Film Festival’s opening gala at the Empire Theatre on March 2 at 7pm. www.downtowndocfest.ca

Canadian Music Week Blues Showcase

DAWG FM in association with the Toronto Blues Society presents the Canadian Music Week Blues Showcase on Friday March 23. The show will take place at the newly renovated Annex Wreckroom (794 Bathurst St), conveniently located at the Bathurst/Bloor subway station. The performing artists in order of appearance beginning at 9pm are Chris Antonik (pictured), Suzie Vinnick, Harrison Kennedy, and Shakura S’Aida. Doors at 8pm, advance tickets and member discount at the door $10.

Africa Up Close

Africa Up Close is a concert series being put on by the Batuki Music Society which takes place at the intimate NOW Lounge (189 Church St) and features not only terrific music, but also offers healthy, organic food. Blues artist Madagascar Slim performs on Friday March 2. Doors at 7pm, show at 8pm, $10 at the door. For more information, go to www.batukimusic.com

Independent Music Awards – Blues Category Nominees

The 12th Annual Independent Music Awards takes place on Saturday March 12 at The Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto, 8pm. The nominees in the blues category are David Gogo (Cordova Bay, pictured), Harry Manx & Kevin Breit (Stony Plain), MonkeyJunk (Stony Plain), Suzie Vinnick (independent), The 24th Street Wailers (independent). The full list of nominees and award categories can be found at www.indies.ca

Talent Search Submissions Open

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.

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 15-21in 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

Holger Petersen: Talking Music at Toronto Public Libraries

The founding owner of Stony Plain Records and longtime host of CBC’sSaturday 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 athttp://www.dawgfm.com/

International Blues Challenge Wrap Up

The First Great Canadian Polar Bear Blues Showcase took place at the IBC in Memphis. Check out this wrap up of the event here: http://bluesmontreal.com/canadian_showcase/canadian_showcase_results.html

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

Rick Taylor (pictured) & Carlos del Junco– Gladstone Hotel Melody Bar – March 1 | TBS Guitar Workshop– Dominion on Queen – March 3 | MonkeyJunk & JW Jones – Oakville Centre for Performing Arts – March 3 | Randy Newman Tribute featuring Treasa Levasseur, Michael Jerome Browne and more – Hugh’s Room – March 9 | 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 | BB King – Casino Rama – May 24/25 | Digging Roots CD Release – Hugh’s Room – May 25 | Bonnie Raitt – Massey Hall – May 26 | 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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