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34th Women’s Blues Revue

The Women’s Blues Revue returns for its 34th year. Friday November 26, 2021 Live at Roy Thomson Hall. Bringing blues lovers together for an evening honouring the contributions to the genre with some of Canada’s finest musicians.

 

 

Tickets

 

OFFICIAL LINE UP

 

Hosted by Tabby Johnson who will be also be performing

Tabby Johnson is a Canadian singer and actress. She is the sister of actor Clark Johnson and rock and jazz singer Molly Johnson.

She began her career in the Toronto production of Hair as a teenager.

She was subsequently a backing vocalist for Rick James from 1979 to 1982, including on James’ most famous single, “Super Freak”.

She subsequently returned to Toronto, where she sang as a jazz performer and as a backing vocalist for her sister Molly’s band Infidels, and acted in occasional film and television roles, including appearances on Cagney and Lacey, Airwaves, E.N.G., and Clark’s Homicide: Life on the Street, and regular roles in the children’s series Polka Dot Door, The Big Comfy Couch as Auntie Macassar from 1992 to 1996, and Noddy, as well as the film A Holiday Romance. She appeared as the FLOTUS’ Chief of Staff, assistant to the First Lady, in her brother Clark’s feature film The Sentineland the 1984 HBO TV movie The Guardian with Lou Gossett and Martin Sheen.


FEATURED VOCALISTS

 

Elise LeGrow

With a thunderous rasp, spellbinding style and elegant, dynamic mystique, Elise LeGrow is the Canadian powerhouse defying pop culture chronology — wowing Questlove, Betty Wright and a crew of R&B legends along the way. She melds fiery passion and sophistication with just a hint of sandpaper grit in a voice that could only belong to a star, no matter the era or genre. 

LeGrow’s debut Playing Chess is drawn entirely from the catalog of Chicago’s iconic Chess label, home to pioneers like Muddy Waters, Etta James, Bo Diddley, and Chuck Berry. A mix of beloved classics and obscure rarities, the album showcases LeGrow’s stunning performances and wildly inventive arrangements. 

Having toured extensively, with stops including “Later… With Jools Holland” (BBC UK), “Arte Concert” (Germany), “The Untitled Action Bronson Show” (Viceland US), and the 2018 TED Conference (Canada) LeGrow’s star quality has earned accolades across Europe and North America. 

2020 saw the release of debut single “Evan” as well as a feature with dance icon Vintage Culture on “It Is What It Is”— now at over 12 million Spotify streams. LeGrow’s sophomore album, Grateful, was just released November 5, and features exclusively her original song writing, combining classic soul with her own modern style. Grateful is already making waves, earning several high-profile Spotify and Apple Music playlist features.


Meghan Parnell

 

Meghan is a Toronto-based singer/songwriter. She is best known as the front person, co-leader and co-writer for Maple Blues and Independent Blues Award nominated band Bywater Call; a 7-piece, internationally touring outfit based in blues, southern soul and roots rock. Bywater Call is currently working on their second studio album, set to be released early 2022.

“Canadian Bywater Call are a solid, top down, cruising towards a distant horizon Blues Soul Band. Meghan Parnell’s voice is infused with the velvet growl of Joan Osborne, Janis Joplin and Joe Cocker.” – Marc Higgins, FATEA, UK

 

 

 

 

 

 


Reeny Smith

 

Reeny is a powerhouse on the stage and in the studio. A songwriter, musician and producer, Reeny delivers magic every time she hits the stage. Her extraordinary vocals, confident presence and energetic live show make for a truly unforgettable, entertainment experience.

Reeny is a multi-ECMA and Music Nova Scotia award winner. She was named to the Top 10 of CBC’s national Searchlight in 2020.

Her first full-length album, WWIII: Strength Courage Love was released in 2018 and her songwriting took her to Germany and Japan.

 

She’s collaborated with artists like Quake Matthews and performed on-stage with Anderson Paak, but through it all, Smith says the thing she’s the proudest of is developing her craft as a songwriter and being recognized for the hard work she’s put into the depth and realism of her work.

Reeny recently released a new single “Love Trumps Money”. This year she appeared in Neptune Theatre’s live performance series, hosted the Chamber of Commerce Business Awards, in Halifax was featured, along with sister Mahalia, in Symphony Nova Scotia’s Fusion series and headlined festival shows in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. This December Reeny will be seen on tour with Matt Andersen culminating in a show at the National Arts Centre on December 18.

Reeny has always been inspired and nurtured by her extensive musical family and friends growing up in the community of North Preston, Nova Scotia


Quisha Wint

 

Quisha is the co-founder and president of QW Productions whose mission is to provide outstanding and professional entertainment in a classy and nostalgic atmosphere, while providing a platform for artists and musicians to showcase their awesome gift in music. She aims to educate both the public and upcoming artists on the importance of keeping the music from the past alive, music that touches our hearts.

Quisha was born to sing and entertain. She grew up in a Jamaican/Canadian home listening to Reggae, Motown, Gospel, R&B, then entered the jazz program at Humber College in the mid ’90s. From there she embarked upon her dream of performing with well-known musicians, which took her to exciting overseas hotel engagements. Since then, Quisha has sung in many parts of Asia, Europe, North America, and Caribbean.

With a bright personality and strong emotive vocal abilities, Quisha is one of Toronto’s most sought-after session vocalists. She also performs regularly at corporate gigs. Currently living in the GTA, Quisha is well established in the tight-knit music industry. She is a phenomenal and expressive vocalist who also inspires others to live out their dreams.

Not only is she an entrepreneur, producer, director, songwriter, arranger, worship director and a mother, Quisha just began her journey into speaking at corporate events to empower and enrich corporation employees.

Quisha released her 1st EP entitled My Life in 2021 with rave reviews. Her 1st single Black Shoes, off her grassroots project recently hit #1 on the Indie Music Artists charts.

Quisha is an inspiration to many, and her hope is to live out her life knowing that many lives have been transformed positively through her works.


Dawn Tyler Watson

 

Multiple award-winning, Montreal based Singer/Songwriter Dawn Tyler Watson has earned her place among the International Blues elite.

Her fiery stage presence and soul-stirring performances have garnered her national and world-wide recognition. With two recent Maple Blues Awards; Songwriter of the Year, and Best Album/Producer, she was also nominated by the Blues Foundation in Memphis for a 2020 Blues Music Award for Vocalist of the Year alongside greats like Curtis Salgado & Mavis Staples. Her latest record “Mad Love,” has just won the 2020 JUNO award for Blues Album of the Year!

Add this to the three MBA’s she already has, the nine Quebec Lys Blues Awards, and a Screaming Jay Hawkins Award for Live Performance, a Blues Blast Music Award for Female Vocalist of the year, and you’ve got a decorated and consummate performer.

Since hooking up with a 7-piece killer band fronted by award-winning guitarist Ben Racine, Watson’s star has been on the rise. Taking home the coveted first-place prize at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in 2017, she’s been spinning magical moments on stage and sharing her expressive voice across four continents with shows that truly move the spirit.

With a sound that’s infused with Jazz, Soul, Rock, and Gospel, Watson pushes the boundaries of traditional Blues into a whole new dimension.

 


Here are the FAQs that will be helpful in advance:

– Will my tickets still work on the new event date?
Yes. Your tickets purchased for the original date will be honoured at the rescheduled event.
– If I cannot attend the new date, can I get a refund?
Yes. We hope you can attend the new date, but in the event that you cannot, you may request a gift certificate or a refund.
If you have an online account on Roy Thomson Hall website, please log in and request a return. Alternatively you can email Roy Thomson Hall with your request.
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