Women’s Blues Revue Archive

The Toronto Blues Society’s annual Women’s Blues Revue has wowed Canadian audiences with performances from some of the most accomplished women in Canadian blues. Since its inception in 1987, The Women’s Blues Revue has grown from a local event to a national showcase of many of Canada’s greatest blues musicians.

Held annually at Toronto’s historic Massey Hall, the Women’s Blues Revue is a not-to-be-missed show. Witness the event that has helped launch the careers of Serena Ryder, Amanda Marshall, Donna Grantis, Alana Bridgewater, Ndidi Onukwulu, Layla Zoe, Roxanne Potvin and many more.

Artwork by Barbara Klunder unless otherwise noted.


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30th Women’s Blues Revue (2016) | Massey Hall

Featured Artists: Sue Foley, Dione Taylor, Dawn Tyler Watson, Layla Zoe, Cheryl Lescom, Alanna Stuart
Musical Director/Band Leader: Rebecca Hennessy
Band: Rebecca Hennessy, Suzie Vinnick, Colleen Allen, Emily Burgess, Carrie Chesnutt, Morgan Doctor, Carlie Howell, Lily Sazz

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29th Women’s Blues Revue (2015) | Massey Hall

Featured Artists: Angelique Francis, Cecile Doo-Kingue, Rita Chiarelli, Terra Lightfoot, Crystal Shawanda, Suzie Vinnick
Musical Director/Band Leader: Rebecca Hennessy
Band: Colleen Allen, Emily Burgess, Carrie Chesnutt, Carlie Howell, Morgan Doctor, Lily Sazz, Suzie Vinnick

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Special TBS 30th Anniversary Edition (2015) | Ontario Scene Festival, National Arts Centre, Ottawa

Host: Rebecca Makonnen
Featured Vocalists: Kellylee Evans, Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar, Rita Chiarelli, Roxanne Potvin, Diana Braithwaite, Divine Brown
Musical Director/Band Leader: Rebecca Hennessy
Band: Emily Burgess, Carrie Chesnutt, Morgan Doctor, Carlie Howell, Elena Kapeleris, Lily Sazz

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28th Women’s Blues Revue (2014) | Massey Hall

Host: Mariel Borelli
Featured Vocalists: Shakura S’Aida, Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar, Andria Simone, Lori Yates, Diana Braithwaite, Divine Brown
Musical Director/Band Leader: Rebecca Hennessy
Band: Colleen Allen, Emily Burgess, Carrie Chesnutt, Brandi Disterheft, Morgan Doctor, Lily Sazz, Suzie Vinnick

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27th Women’s Blues Revue (2013) | Massey Hall

Host: Mariel Borelli
Featured Vocalists: Selena Evangeline, Roxanne Potvin, Betty Richardson, Kim Richardson, Layla Zoe, Rachelle van Zanten, Dawn Tyler Watson
Musical Director/Band Leader: Rebecca Hennessy
Band: Colleen Allen, Christine Bougie, Carrie Chesnutt, Brandi Disterheft, Morgan Doctor, Lily Sazz, Suzie Vinnick

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26th Women’s Blues Revue (2012) | Massey Hall

Featured Vocalists: Saidah Baba Talibah, Tanika Charles, Sabrina Weeks, Kellylee Evans, Sacha Williamson, Angel Forrest
Musical Director/Band Leader: Donna Grantis
Band: Colleen Allen, Lindsay Beaver, Carrie Chesnutt, Brandi Disterheft, Rebecca Hennessy, Lily Sazz, Suzie Vinnick

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25th Women’s Blues Revue (2011) | Massey Hall

Host: Shelagh Rogers
Featured Vocalists: Ada Lee, Emma Lee, Kat Danser, Treasa Levasseur, Suzie Vinnick, Shakura S’Aida
Musical Director/Band Leader: Donna Grantis
Band: Colleen Allen, Lindsay Beaver, Carrie Chesnutt, Brandi Disterheft, Rebecca Hennessy, Lily Sazz, Suzie Vinnick

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24th Women’s Blues Revue (2010) | Massey Hall

Host: Shelagh Rogers
Featured Vocalists: Rita Chiarelli, Alana Bridgewater, Little Miss Higgins, Robin Banks, Alejandra Ribera, Kellylee Evans
Musical Director/Band Leader: Donna Grantis
Band: Colleen Allen, Lindsay Beaver, Carrie Chesnutt, Brandi Disterheft, Rebecca Hennessy, Lily Sazz

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23rd Women’s Blues Revue (2009) | Massey Hall

Host: Shelagh Rogers
Featured Vocalists: Rachelle van Zanten, Sass Jordan, Shakura S’Aida w/ Donna Grantis, Terra Hazelton, Saidah Baba Talibah, Diana Braithwaite
Musical Director/Band Leader: Suzie Vinnick


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22nd Women’s Blues Revue (2008) | Massey Hall

Featured Vocalists: Alana Bridgewater, Lily Frost, Little Miss Higgins, ShoShona Kish, Elizabeth Shepherd, Suzie Vinnick
Musical Director/Band Leader: Suzie Vinnick


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21st Women’s Blues Revue (2007) | Massey Hall

Featured Vocalists: Shawne Jackson, Dawn Tyler Watson, Roxanne Potvin, Treasa Levasseur, Nikki Yanofsky, Layla Zoe
Musical Director/Band Leader: Suzie Vinnick


20th Women’s Blues Revue (2006) | Massey Hall | Live CBC broadcast

Hosts: Shelagh Rogers & Holger Petersen
Featured Vocalists: Jackie Richardson, Sue Foley, Rita Chiarelli, Ellen McIlwaine, Diana Braithwaite, Saida Baba Talibah, Kim Richardson
Musical Director/Band Leader: Lily Sazz


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19th Women’s Blues Revue (2005) | Massey Hall

Host: Shelagh Rogers
Featured Vocalists: Salome Bey, Suzie McNeill, Lee Aaron, Roxanne Potvin, Shakura S’Aida, Dione Taylor
Musical Director/Band Leader: Lily Sazz


18th Women’s Blues Revue (2004) | Massey Hall

Host: Shelagh Rogers
Featured Vocalists: Jackie Richardson, Sue Foley, Rita Chiarelli, Dawn Tyler Watson, Serena Ryder, Ndidi Onukwulu
Musical Director/Band Leader: Lily Sazz


17th Women’s Blues Revue (2003) | Danforth Music Hall

Host: Avril Benoit
Featured Vocalists: Toya Alexis, Cindy Church, Amy Levy, Elaine Overholt, Roxanne Potvin, Shakura S’Aida, Almeta Speaks
Musical Director/Band Leader: Lily Sazz


16th Women’s Blues Revue (2002) | Danforth Music Hall

Host: Shelagh Rogers
Featured Vocalists: Lee Aaron, Diana Braithwaite, Georgette Fry, Tracy K, Serena Ryder, Dawn Tyler Watson, Anne-Marie Woods
Musical Director/Band Leader: Lily Sazz


15th Women’s Blues Revue (2001) | Danforth Music Hall

Host: Shelagh Rogers
Featured Vocalists: Susie Arioli, Alana Bridgewater, Divine Earth Essence, Sue Foley, Martina Sorbara, Nanette Workman
Musical Director/Band Leader: Lily Sazz


14th Women’s Blues Revue (2000) | Danforth Music Hall

Host: Avril Benoit
Featured Vocalists: Rita Chiarelli, Kristi Johnson, Sharron McLeod, Carole Pope, Oh Susanna, Tuku
Musical Director/Band Leader: Lily Sazz


13th Women’s Blues Revue (1999) | Danforth Music Hall

Host: Shelagh Rogers
Featured Vocalists: Alberta Adams, Maureen Brown, Andrea Karam, Katalin Kiss, Ellen McIlwaine, Suzie Vinnick, Lori Yates
Musical Director/Band Leader: Lily Sazz


1998 - 12th Annual WBR

12th Women’s Blues Revue (1998) | Trinity St. Paul’s

Host: Shelagh Rogers
Featured Vocalists: Alana Bridgewater, Sue Foley, Penny Lang, Denise Pelley, Jackie Richardson, Lorraine Segato, Dawn Tyler Watson
Musical Director/Band Leader: Lily Sazz
Artwork by: Fiona Smyth

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1997 - 11th Annual WBR crop

11th Women’s Blues Revue (1997) | Trinity St. Paul’s

Featured Vocalists: Rory Block, Daisy DeBolt, Molly Johnson, Cheryl Lescom, Alex Pangman, Petergail Williams
Musical Director/Band Leader: Lily Sazz
Band: Maureen Brown, Suzie Vinnick, Margaret Stowe, Lina Allemano, Jane Bunnett, Pat Wheeler

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1996 - 10th Annual WBR Enhanced

10th Women’s Blues Revue (1996) | Trinity St. Paul’s

Host: Shelagh Rogers
Featured Vocalists: Lee Aaron, Chris Armstrong, Robin Banks, Dianne Brooks, Georgette Fry, Melanie Jean, Andrea Koziol, Jani Lauzon
Musical Director/Band Leader: Lily Sazz
Band: Kris St Louis, Suzie Vinnick, Maureen Brown, Sarah McElcheran, Colleen Allen, Carrie Chesnutt

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1995 - 9th Annual WBR - Artwork by Fiona Smyth

9th Women’s Blues Revue (1995) | Trinity St. Paul’s

Featured Vocalists: Diana Braithwaite, Maureen Brown, Shirley Eikhard, Sue Foley, Thando Hyman, Tobi Lark, Liberty Silver
Artwork: Fiona Smyth

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8th Women’s Blues Revue (1994) | Trinity St. Paul’s

Featured Vocalists: Chris Armstrong, Rita Chiarelli, Laura Hubert, Jackie Johnson, Jacintha Tuku Matthews, Suzie Vinnick, Zoom
Band: Lorraine Ingle, Kris St Louis, Sarah McElcheran, Colleen Allen, Carrie Chesnutt, Paul DeLong, Omar Tunnoch


7th Women’s Blues Revue (1993) | Trinity St. Paul’s

Featured Artists: Jodie Drake, Kat Dyson, Tiki Mercury-Clarke, Dawn Duvall, Molly Johnson, Saidah Matthews, Joanne Powell, Kris St Louis


Special Edition Women’s Blues Revue (1993) | Vancouver Folk Festival, Jericho Beach, BC

Featured Vocalists: Diana Braithwaite, Rita Chiarelli, Jani Lauzon


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6th Women’s Blues Revue (1992) | Convocation Hall, U of T

Host: Sandra Shamas
Featured Vocalists: Molly Johnson, Jackie Richardson, Sharon Lee Williams, Jani Lauzon, Jackie Gabriel, Shakura S’Aida, Shannon Maracle


5th Women’s Blues Revue (1991) | The Opera House

Featured Vocalists: Rita Chiarelli, Kim Doolittle, Rita di Ghent, Rose Clay, Jodie Drake, Lorraine Scott, Daisy Debolt, Georgette Fry, Betty Richardson
Band: The Meteors


4th Women’s Blues Revue (1990) | The Diamond Club

Featured Vocalists: Salome Bey, Ellen McIlwaine, Jodie Drake, Diana Braithwaite, Judy Brown, Gayle Ackroyd, Doreen Smith, Amanda Marshall


3rd Women’s Blues Revue (1989) | The Horseshoe Tavern

Featured Vocalists: Holly Cole, Jodie Drake, Molly Johnson, Jani Lauzon, Cheryl Lescomb, Barbara Lynch, Linda Partington, Jackie Richardson


1988 - 2nd Annual Women's Blues Revue - Enhanced

2nd Women’s Blues Revue (1988) | The Horseshoe Tavern

Featured Vocalists: Jodie Drake, Linda Partington, Jani Lauzon, Nancy Nash, Rita Chiarelli, Alexis, Taborah Johnson, Lorraine Segato, Jackie Richardson (*Artwork update: Diana Braithwaite unable to participate)
Artist: Phil Malette


1st Women’s Blues Revue (1987) Club Rhythm

Featured Vocalists: Salome Bey, Jackie Richardson, Louise Lambert, Jani Lauzon, Liz Tilden, Rita Chiarelli, Joanne Mackell, Alexis, July Brown
Musical Director/Band Leader: Gary Kendall
Band: John Tilden, Michael Pickett, Maureen Brown

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