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Ontario Blues Forum

Meet Key Organizers in the Canadian Blues Community

As part of the 21st Maple Blues Awards, the Ontario Blues Forum will be held between January 15-16, 2018.

Five panels, led by special guest speakers, will specifically address the career development needs of musicians and organizers. All panels will take place throughout the day, January 15th and 16th, ending with a Meet and Greet at the hotel bar Tuesday early evening.







Location and Accommodation:

The Ontario Blues Forum will take place in the Yorkville Room at the Holiday Inn Toronto Downtown Centre Hotel – a remarkable location in the heart of Downtown Toronto with an all-day restaurant an indoor pool and a block away from the College Subway line.

For guests who would like to benefit from the special TBS room rates starting at $135 for their stay during the Forum, please contact TBS Office at until January 10.


Ontario Blues Forum – Full Schedule:

Monday, January 15

Tuesday, January 16

Participating Festivals Include:

– AIM: Artists In Motion / Nicole Rochefort

– Beaches Jazz Festival / Bill King

– Harbourfront Centre / Steven Tetz

– Home County Music & Art Festival / Darin J. Addison

– Kitchener Blues Festival / Rob Barkshire

– Limestone City Blues Festival / Jan MacDonald

– Mariposa Folk Festival / Liz Scott

– Montreal Jazz Festival / Frédéric Lamoureux

– Orangeville Blues & Jazz Festival / Larry Kurtz

– Peter’s Players / Peter Swanek

– SouthSide Shuffle / Brian Mortimer (Talent Buyer)

– Tremblant International Blues Festival / Brian Slack

– Windsor Bluesfest / Mike McCann

– Winnipeg BBQ & Blues Festival / Rick Fenton

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