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32nd Women’s Blues Revue

The Toronto Blues Society & Roy Thomson Hall present…
32nd Women’s Blues Revue
November 16, 2018 | 8:00pm

Celebrating thirty-two years, the Women’s Blues Revue will once again feature the finest musicians in the business,  backed by the all-star Women’s Blues Revue BandRebecca Hennessy (Bandleader/Trumpet), Elena Kapeleris (Sax), Emily Burgess (Guitar), Carrie Chesnutt (Sax), Morgan Doctor (Drums), Lily Sazz (Keys), Anna Ruddick (Bass)

Roy Thomson Hall and the Toronto Blues Society join forces to showcase a star-studded cast of featured artists. Alana Bridgewater (JUST ANNOUNCED!)Dione TaylorSuzie VinnickSamantha Martin, Nicky Lawrence, and Chloe Watkinson are amongst our star-studded lineup (stay tuned for the last name yet to be added!) . The night is hosted by Shakura S’Aida. This one will be an experience that you wouldn’t want to miss out so hurry up and catch the best available seats! Tickets are on sale at Roy Thomson Hall’s website.

TBS Charter Members and equivalents can contact the TBS Office at 416-538-3885 or via info@torontobluessociety.com to retrieve the required promo code access to 20% discount.

Roy Thomson Hall: 60 Simcoe St, Toronto, ON M5J 2H5
Box Office: 416-872-4255

Shakura S’Aida (Host)

“I am truly blessed by all the incredible opportunities I have had,” says Canadian vocal powerhouse Shakura S’Aida. “My life has been filled with amazing adventures and I can’t wait to see what happens next!” Such is the story of this free spirited, multi-award winning entertainer’s ascension into one of this country’s most beloved and in demand vocal performers.

Shakura’s long-simmering career first moved into high gear in 2008, after a triumphant trip to the International Blues Challenge in Memphis. Competing against more than 100 other artists from around the world, she earned the runner-up title and put the world on notice, that there was a new voice in town. Ever since, she has been moving from strength to strength, releasing three critically acclaimed albums, and racking up a wide array of awards and accolades.

Wherever she performs, Shakura truly owns the stage. Her warm and welcoming personality, dazzling visual style, and truly remarkable voice, take audiences on a sublime and soulful journey that lingers on, long after the lights have dimmed. Having toured extensively throughout North America and across Europe, she’s an artist who never stops exploring her muse. Ever searching for the next great song, and the next audience to sing it to.

 

 

Samantha Martin

2018 has all the signs of being the break out year for Samantha Martin and Delta Sugar. The group’s latest recording, entitled Run to Me, was released April 27, 2018. Produced by Darcy Yates, the album is a massive step forward for both Martin and Delta Sugar. Over the course of the project’s ten tracks, every song written by Martin solo or in tandem with Curtis Chaffey or Suzie Vinnick, the album explores the full range of the vicissitudes of love: desire, betrayal and, at times, emotional and sexual satisfaction. As a collective, the songs reflect remarkable growth on Martin’s part as a songwriter. The lyrics are incisive, the melodies are constantly arresting and the harmonies and arrangements call up the best of the soul sounds of Stax Records and such contemporary artists as Leon Bridges, Sharon Jones, and Lee Fields.

 

Dione Taylor

Music has always been an important and integral part of Dione Taylor’s life. A pastor’s daughter from Saskatchewan, she was born and raised in a family she describes as “really connected to the gift of song. My whole family sings and plays instruments in church,” praises Ms. Taylor, who began playing the organ at age four and by ten was the music director and organist at The Shiloh Assembly Apostolic Church in Regina.

 

 

 


Suzie Vinnick

Suzie VinnickA Saskatoon native transplanted to the Niagara Region of Ontario, Suzie Vinnick is the proud owner of a gorgeous voice, prodigious guitar and bass chops, and an engagingly candid performance style.

 

Her career has seen triumph after triumph. Among her most recent successes: being nominated for a 2016 MapleBlues Award for Female Vocalist of the Year; achieving finalist status in the Solo/Duo Category at the 2013 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN; the 2012 CBC Saturday Night Blues Great Canadian Blues Award and the 2012 Sirius XM Canada Blues Artist of the Year. Suzie has won 10 Maple Blues Awards, 1 Canadian Folk Music Award for Contemporary Vocalist of the Year and is a 3X Juno Nominee.

 

Suzie has toured nationally with Stuart McLean’s The Vinyl Café and the John McDermott Band, and performed for Canadian Peacekeepers in Bosnia and the Persian Gulf. She was also the voice of Tim Horton’s for 5 years. How cool is that?

 

Suzie has just released her latest album, a full band roots and blues extravaganza entitled Shake The Love Around.
Tune your ears to one of Canada’s music greats, with “…a voice of spun gold and honey (Access Magazine)

 


Chloe Watkinson

Chloe Watkinson has spent her entire life surrounded by the workings of “show biz.” She’s the daughter of Terry Watkinson – keyboard player of legendary Canadian rock band Max Webster, and Carla Jensen, who sang the original theme song to the famous African Lion Safari TV commercial. Despite the challenges this unique position can bring, Watkinson has managed to carve out her own style, voice and fan base.

Her new single “Crystal Pistol” (Aporia Records) is a bluesy, hard-rock anthem with surging electric guitars, tribal drumming, some well-placed group shouts, and a super-powerful vocal, urging the water-protector protesters at Standing Rock to “stand up, push back”. It’ll make you want to jump and shout along.

Chloe has performed, recorded and toured with bands such as Amy Louie Scholarship winners Park Eddy, who held a 10-year residency at Grossman’s Tavern, and Toronto Independent Music Award winners The Distillery – whose music was featured on the Toronto Blues Society’s Fresh Baked Blues compilation. Watkinson’s accomplishments include recording with Jill Barber (2014’s Fool’s Gold, and a performance at Massey Hall) and Terry Watkinson (1995’s Teratology and 2016’s Ask), as well as performing at festivals such as Fireworks Over Central New York, CanAm Festival (NY), the Mont Tremblant International Blues Festival (QC), the TD Toronto Jazz Festival and many more.

In Toronto, Chloe recently headlined shows at The Opera House and Yonge-Dundas Square at Chevrolet’s prestigious Indie Friday series, and is making her New York and Montreal debuts in summer 2018. chloelovesme.com

 

 

Nicky Lawrence

 The blues are a biography themselves. The women who sing these remarkable songs have stories which parallel my own; ups and downs, the long lonely nights and the reminder that their worth may not be equal to that of a man. Gutsy yet tender, independent yet vulnerable, exploited but not resentful, the performances of these songs by the woman who sang them reshaped modern music known today. Within myself each of their voices created my own and they spirits reign supreme. At the pinnacle of their  success lies deeply seeded pain which no one person should have to face alone. Yet as often is in the case of black women, here we are left with a lexicon of choices made and incidents occurred due to the colour of ones skin. Love lost and gained, then lost again, the feelings of inadequacy one has when they think “Will I ever be good enough?”. When asked for a biography I have often said “look to the choices I have made in song.” In each bar you will hear the account of my life and the journey written by someone else. You will find my memoirs in the half and sixteenth notes, swelling next to whole notes that cry out  in vain. You  will find my performing experience in the long riffs that run down your spine and grab your guts with a force only a woman scorned could create. Therein lies an authorized version of events that will guide and inform you on my choices as a black woman living now in this time. I could map out my achievements, I could tell you all about myself in gracious language….but I won’t. Instead I ask that you join me in listening to me tell a story through these remarkable women, whose dream it was to watch me walk through any door I please.

 

Please Follow: @THENICKYLAWRENCE on Instagram

 

 

Alana Bridgewater (JUST ANNOUNED!)

Alana Bridgewater (born Newmarket, Ontario) was raised in ScarboroughOntario and discovered her love for performing at an early age. She was a member of The Canadian Children’s Opera Chorus, The Toronto Mendelssohn Youth Choir and founding member of The Nathaniel Dett Chorale. She attended The University of Windsor, studying with Steven Henrickson and Richard Householder. In 2007 Alana was nominated for a Gemini Award for her contribution to The Gospel Christmas Project (CBC). Alana has appeared in Hannibal (NBC), Dino Dan (Nick Jr.) and the upcoming Mysticons. She is best known for her turn as ‘Killer Queen’ in the Toronto production of We Will Rock You. Highlights of her career include performing for Quincy Jones, Peter Gabriel, Nelson Mandela, Margaret Atwood,Norman Jewison to name a few. Backup vocalist for Angelique Kidjo, Johnny Reid, The Arkells and Carvin Winans. Theatre & AnimationAs well as being an accomplished singer Alana is also a Theatre performer. She is pleased to be working with Soulpepper for it 2017/18 Season. Highlights include Idomeneus and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. She will also be a yet to be introduced character on Mysticons (Nickelodeon)


Check out the Women’s Blues Revue Archive for a list of past featured artists.

Click here to see a gallery of last year’s magical event!

Photo by James Dean

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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