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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), Colleen Allen (Sax), Emily Burgess (Guitar), Carrie Chesnutt (Sax), Morgan Doctor (Drums), Lily Sazz (Keys).

Roy Thomson Hall and the Toronto Blues Society join forces to showcase a star-studded cast of featured artists. Dione TaylorSuzie Vinnick and Samantha Martin are the first three names to be included on our yet-to-come line-up. The night will be hosted by Shakura S’Aida. Stay tuned for the full lineup and hurry up to 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 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 VinnickSuzie Vinnick, 10X Maple Blues Award winner, 3X Juno Nomineewas aFinalist in the 2013 International Blues Challenge Solo/Duo Category inMemphis, TN. She was the winner of the 2012 CBC Saturday Night Blues Great Canadian Blues Award and the 2012 SIRIUS/XM Blues Artist of the Year has released a new album entitled Live At Bluesville, a collection of roots, blues and gospel tunes featuring Suzie and her parlour guitar, Mabel.

A little history…in 2011 Suzie sent a copy of her first solo acoustic blues album Me ‘n’ Mabel to Bill Waxand the album ended up charting for seven weeks on B. B. King’s Bluesville “Picks to Click” reaching number three. This gave Suzie exposure to wider markets and very positive feedback on Me ‘n’ Mabel from fans. In November 2011, as part of a two week tour in the US, Suzie and Mabel spent a few hours recording at the Sirius/XM Radio studio with Bill and his team. Suzie felt so good about the recording session that she wanted to share it with her fans.

Suzie’s album Me ‘n’ Mabel received a 2012 Juno Nomination and opened many doors for her including numerous US and international performances – opening for John Hammond at the Madison Square Park Conservancy inNew York City and performing in Germany at the Women in (e) Motion Festival in Bremen.

Live At Bluesville features Suzie and her parlour guitar, Mabel, and will appeal to fans of her album Me ‘n’ Mabel and her earlier, roots-music based album, Happy Here. Suzie’s music is available on her website and on iTunes.

Chloe Watkinson – Just Announced!

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.



Nicky Lawrence – Just Announced!




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!

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