Where It’s At! – Nov 3, 2011

Published November 4, 2011 in Where It's At

In this issue…
Gladstone Series: Michael Jerome Browne CD Release Tonight!
25th Annual Women’s Blues Revue
Toronto Blues Society Christmas Party and Annual General Meeting
Maple Blues Awards
Become a TBS Member Today
Fraser Finlayson Tribute
Concert Notes

Gladstone Series: Michael Jerome Browne CD Release Tonight!

The Toronto Blues Society presents the best in blues talent the first Thursday of each month at The Melody Bar in The Gladstone Hotel at 9pm. 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 Borealis recording artist Michael Jerome Browne’s (pictured) CD release tonight!
Mark your calendars for Doc MacLean on December 1! http://www.gladstonehotel.com/food

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 (pictured), Ada Lee, 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=945

http://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.

Maple Blues Awards

Leading the nominations is last year’s big winners, Ottawa’s MonkeyJunk, with seven nominations, followed by Toronto’s Suzie Vinnick,who originally hails from Saskatoon, and Fathead each with four. Harry Manx & Kevin Breit also have four nominations. Hamilton’s Rita Chiarelli, who won the Blues With a Feeling Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011, has three nominations, as does Harrison Kennedy, another Hamilton native. British Columbia blues artists are well represented with three nominations each for Jim Byrnes and Bill Johnson. New Brunswick’s Matt Andersen also has three nominations. Nominees for the Blues Booster of the Year Award will be announced at a later date.Hosted by internationally recognized blues performers Treasa Levasseur (pictured) and Shakura S’Aida, The 2012 Maple Blues Awards are taking place at Koerner Hall in Toronto 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

Check back next week for an exciting announcement about this year’s performers!

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!

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.

Concert Notes

Michael Jerome Browne – Gladstone Hotel Melody Bar – Nov 3  |  Anthony Gomes Blues Band – Hugh’s Room – Nov 3  |  Treasa Levasseur CD Release – Lula Lounge – Nov 3  |  Sleep Walk Guitar Festival – The Great Hall – Nov 4-6  |  Sam Turton CD Release – Guelph Little Theatre – Nov 4  |  Harpdog Brown (pictured) w/Graham Guest – Hugh’s Room – Nov 7  |  Sharon Robinson – Hugh’s Room – Nov 11  |  Fraser Finlayson Tribute – Hugh’s Room – Nov 15  |  Rita Chiarelli’s Music From the Big House Screening – The Projection Booth – Nov 16  |  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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