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31st Women’s Blues Revue

The 31st Women’s Blues Revue took place on November 18, 2017 at Massey Hall in Toronto.

Celebrating thirty-one years, the Women’s Blues Revue featured the finest musicians in the business. Massey Hall and the Toronto Blues Society joined forces again to showcase a star-studded cast of featured artists which included Shakura S’Aida as the host and the guest musician of the night, as well as guitarist/singer Sue Foley, pianist/singer Jenie Thai and singers Kellylee Evans, Andria Simone, and Dawn Tyler Watson all backed up by the all-star Women’s Blues Revue BandRebecca Hennessy (Bandleader/Trumpet), Colleen Allen (Sax), Emily Burgess (Guitar), Carrie Chesnutt (Sax), Morgan Doctor (Drums), Carlie Howell (Bass), Lily Sazz (Keys).

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

Photo by James Dean


2017 featured vocalists:
Sue Foley
Kellylee Evans
Shakura S’Aida (hosting)
Andria Simone
Jenie Thai
Dawn Tyler Watson

The Women’s Blues Revue Band:
Rebecca Hennessy (Bandleader/Trumpet)
Colleen Allen (Sax)
Emily Burgess (Guitar)
Carrie Chesnutt (Sax)
Morgan Doctor (Drums)
Carlie Howell (Bass)
Lily Sazz (Keys)


Pussyhat Fundraiser for the Sistering Organization:

On November 17, during the Women’s Blues Revue, Toronto Blues Society was able to raise $1,000 for The Sistering Organization with the help of some volunteer Pussyhat knitters and donors including Lynne GriffinYarns Untangled, Linda Turu, Brenna MacCrimmon and Anonymous knitter. All of the 42 Pussyhats were sold at the event!

 The cheque was officially handed off on stage on December 8th, 2018 (TBS Christmas Party) at Hugh’s Room Live before Hogtown All-Star’s performance, to Patricia O’Connell – Executive Director of the Sistering Organization – by the President of Toronto Blues Society, Derek Andrews, along with Linda Turu, architect of the fundraising campaign.

 Sistering is a multi-service agency for at risk, socially isolated women in Toronto who are homeless or precariously housed.

The Pussyhat is a symbol of support and solidarity for women’s rights and political resistance.

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