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2023 Talent Search

Published October 5, 2021 in Uncategorized

2023 TBS Talent Search

Are you the next big blues act?

Sign up now to enter this years Talent Search

Each year, the Toronto Blues Society searches its undiscovered blues talent from across the region. Six finalists are selected to perform for a professional development package including festival gigs, mentorship meetings, studio time, graphic design and much more!

TBS Talent Search Live Finals

The 6 Finalists will perform a Free Show at the TD Toronto Jazz Fest

on Sunday, June 25 2023 (2:30pm to 5:30 pm)

TD Stage at Festival Village

Village of Yorkville Park
115 Cumberland St.


Toronto Jazz Fest Website



1995 Maureen Brown and Big Hand
1996 Robin Banks
1997 Rockin’ Highliners
1998 Jake & the Blue Midnights
1999 Ronnie Douglas Blues Band
2000 – Scotty Doubt Band
2001 – Big Mark & the Blues Express
2002 David Rotundo and the Blue Canadians
2003 Dylan Wickens Band
2004 – Bharath & the Catfish
2005 – Wickens/Knight
2006 The Undesirables
2007 – Douglas Watson
2009 catl.
2010The 24th Street Wailers
2011Bradleyboy Mac Arthur
2012Irene Torres & The Sugar Devils
2013Sugar Brown
2014The Conor Gains Band
2015Michael Schatte
2016Spencer MacKenzie
2017Dan McKinnon
2018Bywater Blues
2019Sandra Bouza
2020 – Mike Nagoda & The Spectrum Blues Band
2022Garnetta & DaGroovemasters





1. Feature in Maple Blues Newsletter

2. Showcase at Blues Summit 11 in 2024

3. Performance at the Tim Horton’s Southside Shuffle 2024

4. Performance at the Kingston Limestone City Blues Festival 2024

5. Performance at the TD Toronto Jazz Fest  2024

6. Mentorship meetings with Derek Andrews

7. Allegra Toronto North Flyer Package (1000 Full Colour, Double-Sided, 4X6 Flyers)

8. Rehearsal time at Cherry Jam Rehearsal Studios

9. Consideration to showcase at TBS’s Blues Showcase at Folk Music Ontario 2024

10. Consideration to represent TBS at the International Blues Challenge (IBC) 2024

*Prizes may change before showcase


Deadline: Wednesday, May 24, 2023 at 11:59 pm

Each artist/band may only submit ONE application.

To submit your application to the 2023 Toronto Blues Society Talent Search, complete the form below and click “Submit.” Each artist/band is may only submit ONE application.

Submitting to the TBS Talent Search is FREE for current TBS Charter/Student/Family/Benefactor Members. A $10 submission fee is required for all Non-Member applications. Payment can be processed by cheque (payable to “Toronto Blues Society”), over the phone via credit card (please call the TBS Office at 416-538-3885 to pay via phone) or online via PayPal (no account required).

To pay the $10 submission fee for Non-Members online, click “Buy Now” to pay via PayPal:




PLEASE NOTE: Your application will not be considered if you have not paid the $10 submission fee OR you are not a valid TBS Charter/Student/Family/Benefactor Member. To become a member now please click here.

If you have any questions or require assistance, please contact TBS Office Manager Glenn Smith at

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The Toronto Blues Society acknowledges the annual support of the Ontario Arts Council, the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council and the Department of Canadian Heritage, and project support from FACTOR< and the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage (Canada Music Fund) and of Canada’s Private Broadcasters, The Canada Council for the Arts, the SOCAN Foundation, SOCAN, the Ontario Media Development Corporation, and the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport.