Where It’s At! – Nov 10, 2011

Published November 22, 2011 in Where It's At

In this issue…
Maple Blues Awards – Performers Announcement
Rita Chiarelli’s Music From the Big House Ticket Giveaway!
25th Annual Women’s Blues Revue
Toronto Blues Society Christmas Party and Annual General Meeting
Gladstone Series: Doc MacLean – Thurs Dec 1
Fraser Finlayson Tribute
Become a TBS Member Today
Concert Notes

Maple Blues Awards – Performers Announcement

Do you have your tickets yet? 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, Fathead (pictured), Bill Johnson, MonkeyJunk, and Joe Murphy! 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.

Voting is now open, closing Saturday December 10 at midnight PST, so get your votes in today! For more information on voting, visit http://torontobluessociety.com/2011-maple-blues-awards-nominees/

Tickets are on sale now! If you are a Charter Member in good standing, please call the TBS office to obtain the special discount code. If you are not a member, purchase tickets at http://performance.rcmusic.ca/event/toronto-blues-society-maple-blues-awards

Rita Chiarelli’s Music From the Big House Ticket Giveaway!

On Wednesday November 16, a special screening of Rita Chiarelli’s critically acclaimed film Music From the Big House will be shown at The Projections Booth followed by a performance by Rita herself! If you are a Charter Member in good standing, send an email to info@torontobluessociety.com with the subject line “Big House Blues” for your chance to win a pair of tickets! Click here for more information about the screening.

25th Annual 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. Hosted once again by CBC host Shelagh Rogers, the featured artists are: Kat Danser, Ada Lee (pictured), Emma-Lee, Treasa Levasseur, Shakura S’Aida, and Suzie Vinnick!

The band will feature band leader Donna Grantis (guitar), Lily Sazz (keyboards), Brandi Disterheft (bass), Lindsay Beaver (drums), Colleen Allen (sax), Carrie Chesnutt (sax) and Rebecca Hennessy (trumpet).

Tickets are on sale now! If you are a Charter Member in good standing, call the TBS office to get the member presale / discount code. If you are not a member, purchase tickets at http://www.masseyhall.com/eventdetail?eventId=945http://www.katdanser.com/, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ada_Lee, http://www.emma-lee.com/, http://www.treasalevasseur.com/, http://www.shakurasaida.com/, http://www.suzievinnick.com/

Toronto Blues Society Christmas Party and Annual General Meeting

This year’s Toronto Blues Society Christmas Party will take place at The Delta Chelsea Hotel Monarchs Pub on Saturday December 10, and will feature a performance by Maple Blues Award winner Robin Banks (pictured)!

The Annual General Meeting will take place earlier in the evening on the 27th floor of The Delta Chelsea Hotel. More details will be announced soon, and all members are encouraged to attend.

Gladstone Series: Doc MacLean – Thurs Dec 1

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 tasty food service is offered in the recently renovated Melody Bar http://www.gladstonehotel.com/food/melody-bar. Don’t miss a rare Toronto appearance by Doc MacLean (pictured) during his impressive 50+ date tour on Thursday December 1 at 9pm!  http://www.gladstonehotel.com/food

Fraser Finlayson Tribute

Fans, friends, family, and musicians will celebrate the life of Fraser Finlayson (pictured) at Hugh’s Room on Tues Nov 15. The event is in support of the Finlayson Library at the Vancouver National Centre, and will feature performances by FATHEAD, Morgan Davis, Carlos del Junco, Ray Harrison, and The Mr. Hot Pants Band. Doors at 6pm; Show at 8:30pm.

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. Check out a complimentary online version of the November issue here. 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

Sam Turton CD Release – London Music Club – Nov 11  |  Fraser Finlayson Tribute – Hugh’s Room – Nov 15  |  Rita Chiarelli’s Music From the Big House Screening – The Projection Booth – Nov 16  |  The Tommy Castro Band – Music Hall – Nov 18  |  25th Toronto Blues Society Women’s Blues Revue – Massey Hall – Nov 26  |  John Mayall w/Harrison Kennedy – Brock University Centre for the Arts – Dec 1  |  Doc MacLean – Gladstone Hotel Melody Bar – Dec 1  |  Leon Redbone w/Paul Asaro – Hugh’s Room – Dec 2  |  Johnny Sansone CD Release – Hugh’s Room – Dec 10  |  Have a Bluesy Christmas – Hugh’s Room – Dec 19/20  |  Suzie Vinnick – Hugh’s Room – Dec 30  |  15th Maple Blues Awards – Koerner Hall – Jan 16  |  Mavis Staples – Brock University Centre for the Arts – Jan 25 |  Mavis Staples – Koerner Hall – Jan 29  |  Sweet Honey in the Rock – Koerner Hall – Feb 10  |  Brandi Disterheft – Glenn Gould Studio – Feb 21  |  Buddy Guy – Massey Hall – April 13  |  Colin James – Massey Hall – April 20  |  Kellylee Evans – Glenn Gould Studio – April 27  |  George Thorogood & The Destroyers – Massey Hall – June 2

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