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06WBR Logo 3The 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.

 

 

 


TBS’S WOMEN’S BLUES REVUE: A HISTORY


This archival video was recorded in 2014 in support of the 28th Annual Women’s Blues Revue. 


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1988 - 2nd Annual Women's Blues Revue - Enhanced1st Women’s Blues Revue (1987) | Club Rhythm
Featured Artists:
Salome Bey, Jackie Richardson, Louise Lambert, Jani Lauzon, Liz Tilden, Rita Chiarelli, Joanne Mackell, Alexis, July Brown
Musical Director/Band Leader: Gary Kendall
Band:
Martin Alex Aucoin, Maureen Brown, Michael Pickett, John Tilden

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2nd Women’s Blues Revue (1988) | The Horseshoe
Featured Artists: 
Jodie Drake, Linda Partington, Jani Lauzon, Nancy Nash, Rita Chiarelli, Alexis, Taborah Johnson, Lorraine Segato, Jackie Richardson (*Artwork update: Diana Braithwaite unable to participate)
Musical Director: Evelyne Datl
Artist: Phil Malette

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3rd Women’s Blues Revue (1989) | The Horseshoe
Featured Artists: 
Holly Cole, Jodie Drake, Molly Johnson, Jani Lauzon, Cheryl Lescomb, Barbara Lynch, Linda Partington, Jackie Richardson
Musical Director: Evelyne Datl

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4th Women’s Blues Revue (1990) | The Diamond Club
Featured Artists:
Salome Bey, Ellen McIlwaine, Jodie Drake, Diana Braithwaite, Judy Brown, Gayle Ackroyd, Doreen Smith, Amanda Marshall

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5th Women’s Blues Revue (1991) | The Opera House
Featured Artists: 
Rita Chiarelli, Kim Doolittle, Rita di Ghent, Rose Clay, Jodie Drake, Lorraine Scott, Daisy Debolt, Georgette Fry, Betty Richardson
Band: The Meteors

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6th Women’s Blues Revue (1992) | Convocation Hall, U of T
1995 - 9th Annual WBR - Artwork by Fiona Smyth
Host:
Sandra Shamas
Featured Artists:
Molly Johnson, Jackie Richardson, Sharon Lee Williams, Jani Lauzon, Jackie Gabriel, Shakura S’Aida, Shannon Maracle

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Special Edition Women’s Blues Revue (1993) | Vancouver Folk Festival, Jericho Beach, BC
Featured Artists: 
Diana Braithwaite, Rita Chiarelli, Jani Lauzon

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7th Women’s Blues Revue (1993) | Convocation Hall, U of T
Featured Artists:
Jodie Drake, Kat Dyson, Tiki Mercury-Clarke, Dawn Duvall, Molly Johnson, Saidah Matthews, Joanne Powell, Kris St Louis

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1996 - 10th Annual WBR Enhanced8th Women’s Blues Revue (1994) |
Featured Artists: 
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

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9th Women’s Blues Revue (1995) | Trinity St. Paul’s
Featured Artists:
Diana Braithwaite, Maureen Brown, Shirley Eikhard, Sue Foley, Thando Hyman, Tobi Lark, Liberty Silver
Musical Director: Evelyne Datl
Artwork: Fiona Smyth

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10th Women’s Blues Revue (1996) | Trinity St. Paul’s
Host:
Shelagh Rogers
1998 - 12th Annual WBRFeatured Artists: 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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11th Women’s Blues Revue (1997) | Trinity St. Paul’s
Featured Artists:
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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12th Women’s Blues Revue (1998) | Trinity St. Paul’s
1997 - 11th Annual WBR cropHost:
Shelagh Rogers
Featured Artists: 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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13th Women’s Blues Revue (1999) | Danforth Music Hall
Host:
Shelagh Rogers
Featured Artists: Alberta Adams, Maureen Brown, Andrea Karam, Katalin Kiss, Ellen McIlwaine, Suzie Vinnick, Lori Yates
Musical Director/Band Leader: Lily Sazz

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14th Women’s Blues Revue (2000) | Danforth Music Hall
Host: Avril Benoit
Featured Artists: Rita Chiarelli, Kristi Johnson, Sharron McLeod, Carole Pope, Oh Susanna, Tuku
05WBR Ad CroppedMusical Director/Band Leader: Lily Sazz

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15th Women’s Blues Revue (2001) | Danforth Music Hall
Host: Shelagh Rogers
Featured Artists: Susie Arioli, Alana Bridgewater, Divine Earth Essence, Sue Foley, Martina Sorbara, Nanette Workman
Musical Director/Band Leader: Lily Sazz

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16th Women’s Blues Revue (2002) | Danforth Music Hall
Host: Shelagh Rogers
Featured Artists: Lee Aaron, Diana Braithwaite, Georgette Fry, Tracy K, Serena Ryder, Dawn Tyler Watson, Anne-Marie Woods
Musical Director/Band Leader: Lily Sazz

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17th Women’s Blues Revue (2003) | Danforth Music Hall
Host: Avril Benoit
Featured Artists: Toya Alexis, Cindy Church, Amy Levy, Elaine Overholt, Roxanne Potvin, Shakura S’Aida, Almeta Speaks
Musical Director/Band Leader: Lily Sazz

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18th Women’s Blues Revue (2004) | Massey Hall
Host: Shelagh Rogers
Featured Artists: Jackie Richardson, Sue Foley, Rita Chiarelli, Dawn Tyler Watson, Serena Ryder, Ndidi Onukwulu
Musical Director/Band Leader: Lily Sazz08WBR artwork

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19th Women’s Blues Revue (2005) | Massey Hall
Host: Shelagh Rogers
Featured Artists: Salome Bey, Suzie McNeill, Lee Aaron, Roxanne Potvin, Shakura S’Aida, Dione Taylor
Musical Director/Band Leader: Lily Sazz

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20th Women’s Blues Revue (2006) | Massey Hall – live CBC broadcast
WBR Artwork 09Hosts: Shelagh Rogers & Holger Petersen
Featured Artists: 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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21st Women’s Blues Revue (2007) | Massey Hall
Featured Artists:
Shawne Jackson, Dawn Tyler Watson, Roxanne Potvin, Treasa Levasseur, Nikki Yanofsky, Layla Zoe
Musical Director/Band Leader: Suzie Vinnick

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22nd Women’s Blues Revue (2008) | Massey Hall
Featured Artists: Alana Bridgewater, Lily Frost, Little Miss Higgins, ShoShona Kish, Elizabeth Shepherd, Suzie Vinnick
Musical Director/Band Leader: Suzie Vinnick10WBRLogo

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23rd Women’s Blues Revue (2009) | Massey Hall
Host: Shelagh Rogers
Featured Artists: 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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24th Women’s Blues Revue (2010) | Massey Hall
Host:
Shelagh Rogers
Featured Artists: 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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25th Women’s Blues Revue (2011) | Massey Hall
Host:
Shelagh Rogers
Featured Artists: 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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26th Women’s Blues Revue (2012) | Massey Hall
Featured Artists:
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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27th Women’s Blues Revue (2013) | Massey Hall
Host: Mariel Borelli
Featured Artists: 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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13 WBR Artwork28th Women’s Blues Revue (2014) | Massey Hall
Host: Mariel Borelli
Featured Artists: 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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Special TBS 30th Anniversary Edition (2015) | Ontario Scene Festival, National Arts Centre, Ottawa
Host: Rebecca Makonnen
Featured Artists:
Kellylee Evans, Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar, Rita Chiarelli, Roxanne Potvin, Diana Braithwaite, Divine Brown
Musical Director/Band Leader: Rebecca Hennessy
14 WBR Art - Sharpened by Janine StollBand: Emily Burgess, Carrie Chesnutt, Morgan Doctor, Carlie Howell, Elena Kapeleris, 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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WBR2016_BKgraphic edit_300x42630th Women’s Blues Revue (2016) | Massey Hall
Featured Artists: Sue Foley, Layla Zoe, Dione Taylor, Cheryl Lescom, Irene Torres and Alanna Stuart
Musical Director/Band Leader: Rebecca Hennessy
Band: Colleen Allen, Emily Burgess, Carrie Chesnutt, Carlie Howell, Morgan Doctor, Lily Sazz, Suzie Vinnick


Artwork by Barbara Klunder unless otherwise noted.