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Blues Summit Ten took place June 17 – 20, 2022 at The Chelsea Hotel in Toronto, ON, Canada.


Rob Lutes | Pointe-Claire, QC |

A masterful fingerstyle guitarist with an unmistakable, soulful voice, Rob Lutes has steadily built a collection of moving, melodic songs that inhabit the intersection of blues, folk and Americana. His eighth album, Come Around, was released in April 2021 and garnered four 2022 Canadian Folk Music Award nominations – winning the award for Contemporary Singer of the Year – along with a Maple Blues nomination for Acoustic Act of the Year. Originally from New Brunswick, now living in Pointe-Claire, Quebec, Lutes has toured extensively in Canada, Europe, and the U.S., working solo and in duo and band formats featuring celebrated Montreal guitarist Rob MacDonald, with whom he has collaborated extensively for more than two decades.

CJ Lee | Hensall, ON |

My name is C.J.Lee and Im a singer/songwriter, slide guitarist & banjo, drum kicker and harmonica player from Australia. I’m a solo act and I play in the style of swamp & country blues, old time rock & roll and folk music. From Australia, I relocated to Canada in 2016 and have been playing the bars and blues festivals in Ontario ever since.   2020 & 2021 were great years, having been chosen to represent Bruce County Blues Society at the 35th annual International Blues Challenge in Memphis Tennessee.  In June 2021 I was nominationed for Best Blues Act by Forest City London Music Awards. Lastly, in early 2021 I released my second album “Hitchcock Sequel”.


Heather Luckhart | Toronto, ON |

Heather Luckhart brings her life experiences and endurance into every musical moment. Luckhart’s connection to the blues is one she has earned. She has a passion for her community, which is evident through her social media influencer status on Instagram [2021 People’s Choice award winner, NOW Magazine’s Best Account], host and personality at SEEROCKLIVE Magazine, her monthly blues jam at Mandy’s Bistro in Toronto, collaboration and feature focused performances, mentorship programs with at risk youth, and her genuine and welcoming approach to everyone she encounters. Heather Luckhart’s perseverance centred album Make It Through, funded by Toronto Arts Council, will be released in June of 2022.

Guy Belanger | Montreal, QC |

From 1974 on, Guy Bélanger’s musical career blossomed, starting with his long tenure with star Blues singer Bob Walsh, collaborations with more than 40 Quebec artist as a session musician (among those Celine Dion, Cirque du Soleil, Les Colocs), awarded movie soundtracks (Gaz Bar Blues the most celebrated) and a string of 6 solo recordings from 2008 to his latest, Eldorado in 2019. To date, Guy Bélanger has been awarded no less than 14 Lys Blues trophys and has won the prestigious Maple Blues Awards for Harmonica Player of the Year twice in 2016 and 2018. Guy is forging ahead! Join him on his musical adventures. Bonne Route!

Erin McCallum | Alliston, ON |

Erin McCallum’s distinct voice has been delivering her brand of Blues on stages and studio recordings exclusively for 20 years. With 5 all-original albums, an international songwriting award, 2 Maple Blues Award (Female Vocalist & Artist/Group of the Year) nominations, commercial radio airplay in 63 countries – and more – McCallum has captivated audiences and industry professionals alike with her music and authentic on-stage delivery. True to the long-standing tagline, “Big Voice. Big Sound.”, McCallum’s musical offerings are backed up on stage with some of the most notable players in Canadian Blues today.

Sandra Bouza | Toronto, ON |

A VOICE OF POWER AND PASSION. HER SONGS WILL TOUCH YOUR HEART AND FUEL YOUR SOUL. Toronto native Sandra Bouza (pronounced Bōh-zah) has a lot to offer through her music and life experience. Having spent a large part of her life in Spain, as well as travelling around the world, Sandra’s worldly vision is evident. She lets her stories breathe in songs that are deeply personal. “I’m proud of my songs. They speak to my story,” she says. Sandra returned to Toronto after a three-year stint in Morocco. She was booked at several major festivals when the pandemic hit. Sandra has since written a new full-length album. A Sound in the Dark is being produced by Juno nominated and Emmy award-winning producer, Ross Hayes Citrullo.

Catriona Sturton | Ottawa, ON |

Catriona Sturton is a songwriter and an innovative rack harmonica player combining guitar, violin and banjo (played like a lap steel). She’s toured the South East United States with Blues Music Award Winner, Jason Ricci, and performed in Germany, Italy and Canada. Along the way she’s taught songwriting and harmonica workshops at folk festivals, harmonica masterclasses and Blues in the Schools. This summer she is recording her debut record for New York based analogue Jazz label, J.M.I. Recordings with producer Steve Mandell (Questlove, Elvis Costello).

Campbell & Johnston | Halifax, NS |

Halifax Blues-Rock power duo, Christine Campbell & Blake Johnston have been building a name for themselves. Entertaining audiences with their soulful tone, 60’s & 70s rock style guitar riffs & bewitching vocal harmonies. Opening up for some big names, like Burton Cummings, Steve Earle & Bob Segar. 2020 was a challenging year for all musicians, but, there is always the darkest before the dawn. 2021, they released their new self-titled EP, Campbell & Johnston’s Black Market Band. This new record produced by Johnston himself, adds a touch of their old school rock influences with a modern twist on blues and soul. The record went on to be nominated for “Blues Recording of the Year” by Music Nova Scotia & East Coast Music Awards.

Lance Anderson and NOLA Parish | Toronto, ON |

Lance is a Juno award winning producer and is honoured to be nominated for the MBA ‘Keyboardist of the Year’ once more in 2022. Lance is a specialist in the N’Orleans piano style. The NOLA Parish brings the music of N’Orleans and creates a Mardis Gras atmosphere, whenever they play. Lance will be joined by a collection of some of the finest players in the country. They play their own versions of Nawlins standards made famous by Dr. John, Professor Longhair, Huey Piano Smith, the Neville Bros. James Booker etc. When Lance pulls out the accordion and plays some Zydeco favourites, the party is on! Lance has been featured on CBC Radio’s Saturday Night Blues and the Gumbo Kitchen on Toronto.

Andre Bisson | Hamilton, ON |

“When one thinks of all the great performers of soul and rhythm & blues music, one doesn’t usually associate it with a young man from Northern Ontario – until they meet André Bisson.“ Their overseas tours included successful stints at Harvest Time Rhythm & Blues and Sunflower in Ireland, Bentworth Blues in England, Beatleweek in Liverpool, Congleton Blues & Jazz, and Blues Dragon Rhythm & Blues Club in Wales. They have standing invitations to return. Bisson has received accolades from Hamilton Music Awards, the Blues Underground Network, the Hamilton Blues Lovers and the British Blues Awards, and the Maple Blues Awards. A prolific composer, Bisson delivers an authentic Rhythm & Blues experience with his five-piece, ten-piece, even 20-piece band, and can include a ten-member choir.


Charlie A’Court | Dartmouth, NS |

Planted at the crossroads of roots and soul, Charlie A’Court possesses a mighty voice, fierce guitar work and contemporary songwriting. His latest album, ‘When Country Gets The Blues”, is nominated for Country Recording of The Year at the 2022 East Coast Music Awards. Stylistically compared to mentors like Eric Clapton and Otis Redding, Charlie has always been recognized for exploring his musical horizons. As a five-time ECMA winner and eight-time Nova Scotia Music Award winner Charlie has earned awards for Blues, Pop, and R&B/Soul Recordings of the Year, and on multiple occasions been recognized as Entertainer of the Year. A’Court has also received multiple Maple Blues Award nominations including Male Vocalist and Songwriter of the Year.

Harry Manx | Salt Spring Island, BC |

Harry Manx is sometimes known as the Mysticssippi Blues man for his melding of Blues with Indian Ragas. Harry moved to Europe and Asia in the 80’s to play and study music. He spent 12 years in India as a student of Vishwa Mohan Bhatt. He studied Indian Classical music on a unique Indian slide guitar instrument known as the ‘Mohan Veena’. Returning to Canada in 2000 Harry released his first recording titled ‘Dog My Cat’. Twenty recordings later he has received six Juno nominations, seven Maple Blues Awards, Folk Artist of the Year, Blues recording of the Year and Best New Artist awards. His shows are famous for drawing the audience into what has become known as ‘the Harry zone’.

Nesrallah Artuso | Ottawa, ON |

Victor Nesrallah and Danny Artuso whose musical talents are well known and acclaimed for their respective achievements and musical accomplishments both in Canada and abroad . Danny is widely respected and acclaimed for his stellar guitar work and is a highly regarded session guitarist. Victor Nesrallah’s musical leanings have always been informed by the blues with over a dozen independent releases to his credit, They regard their musical collaboration as a “labour of love” ‘Wearing The Blues’ smolders with delicious surfaces of oily blues, along with viscous grimy guitars, and scrumptiously slick vocals… This release will resonant with fans of the blues…. there is no denying the talent of the players and obvious tip of the hat they are giving to countless legends….

AV & the Inner City | Edmonton, AB |

“AV & the Inner City” formed during the COVID19 pandemic and opioid crisis in the inner city of Edmonton, Alberta. The group is made up of 6 singers: band leader and multi award-winning singer-songwriter Ann Vriend; Debbie Houle; Johanna Alleyn; Crystal Eyo; Alenka Lundell; and, Jenn Dahlen. The repertoire are Ann’s soulful songs, in three part harmony, in soul/gospel style arrangements. Since then “AV &the Inner City” has been invited to perform at the Calgary International Blues Festival, the Toronto Blues Summit, the pandemic versions of the Edmonton Folk Music Festival and Jubilee Auditorium Outdoor Concert Series’, the Taste of Edmonton Festival, the Sasquatch Gathering Festival, and many other concerts around Alberta—and they are just beginning!

Jack Semple | Regina, SK |

As the youngest son, Jack got slack on responsibilities on the family farm growing up the Qu’appelle valley of Saskatchewan. He also got guitar lessons from a family friend, who taught and played flamenco technique. But Jack’s ear always heard the blues, specifically B.B. King, Albert King and later, Stevie Ray Vaughan. His lifelong passion got a kick started when he moved to Toronto in the late 80’s and joined The Lincolns! Jack came to national attention by winning Much Music’s Guitar Wars. He has released 10 albums to date, received a Juno, Dove, two Western Canadian Albums of the Year, and a Grammy ballot nomination for his latest album, “Can’t Stop This Love.”

Lyle Odjick | Ottawa, ON |

Originating from the Algonquin reservation of Kitigan Zibi, QC, now based in Ottawa, ON… What began as a blues cover band with a fat swinging rhythm section and a harmonica wielding front man, has evolved into a high octane blues-rock band with their own foot stomping sound. Whether they’re showcasing their original blues-rock material or performing a modern take on a blues classic by Muddy Waters, Lyle Odjick & The Northern Steam never cease to turn heads at every venue they play. Some recent festival appearances include: RBC Ottawa Bluesfest, Calabogie Blues & Ribfest, Mont Tremblant International Bluesfest, Kemptville Live Music Festival, Junofest, and Ottawa’s Westfest opening for heavy hitting blues acts such as Colin James, Randy Bachman, Monkeyjunk, Paul Reddick and many more.

Tony D | Ottawa, ON |

Tony began his musical journey learning guitar by studying any vinyl record he could get his hands on. By his late teens he was making a living in a band full time, playing 3 nights of rhythm guitar for Buddy Guy and opening for Stevie Ray Vaughan in Ottawa. Over his career he has recorded 7 indie solo albums as the Tony D Band. He has spent the last 14 years as the lead guitarist for the Juno and Maple Blues award winning band MonkeyJunk. In 2019 Tony released, SPEAK NO EVIL, a compilation of instrumentals that span his career. His latest project is a full length album of new material co produced by Gordie Johnson of Big Sugar, slated for release in early 2023.

Little Magic Sam | Toronto, ON |

When the world gets down on Little Magic Sam, he gets down on a Les Paul. Hailing from St.Thomas, ON, Sam Taylor is a born entertainer with a penchant for raw blues and soul music, and lyrics that bely someone much older than his age. With an enormous stage presence, it comes as no surprise that this singer/songwriter has been performing internationally since the age of 7. He has shared the stage with Chuck Leavell, Gordon Lightfoot, and Whitehorse in Canada as well as with Chicago blues legends Linsey Alexander, Claudette Miller and Mary Lane. Little Magic Sam was thrilled to get the opportunity to record what would become his debut EP, “Memphis Midnight Sun”, at the legendary Sun Studio in Memphis, TN.

Kat Danser & The Tall Tales | Edmonton, AB |

There’s a trail that runs from the dead heat of the Mississippi Delta, through the winding alleyways of Havana to the smoky confines of a cigar club in Edmonton. Kat Danser has spent most of her life trawling the backstreets of the blues and her sixth album ‘One Eye Open’ enlarges upon her decades-long conversation with the blues and is a testament to the enduring emotional power and relevance of the art form.

Mike Nagoda and the Spectrum Blues Band | Toronto, ON |

Mike Nagoda is a queer and disabled blues and roots musician based in Toronto. Born with Cerebral Palsy, Mike struggled to play guitar in the conventional manner until he discovered legendary Toronto Bluesman Brian Cober, who invented the art of double slide guitar in 1971. Mr. Cober became Mike’s close friend and mentor until his passing in 2016. Nagoda is the winner of the 2020 Toronto Blues Society Talent Search and is proudly carrying on Mr. Cober’s legacy to a new generation with the double slide guitar in 2022 and beyond. His newest independent release, Outside The Box, was co produced with award winning producer Chris Birkett (Sinead O’Connor, Buffy Sainte-Marie, and Mike is now ready to bring his soulful, queer Blues to audiences everywhere.

Adam Karch | Montreal, QC |

Although Adam Karch is from Montreal, his music embodies the spirit of Americana like a scenic ride across the country. He plays a hybrid acoustic blues that consists of precise fingerpicking that recalls players such as Chet Atkins and Kelly Joe Phelps, along with an innovative percussive technique that is thoroughly modern, while somehow primal and anchored in tradition.

Blue Moon Marquee | Duncan, BC |

Scream Holler & Howl (to be released September 2022)is inspired by artists with a native lineage – like Charlie Patton, Link Ray, T-Bone Walker, Mildred Bailey and others – who have connected their Indigenous heritage with the Jazz, Blues and Swing tradition. Blue Moon Marquee has created their personal voice within this genre. Blue Moon Marquee is an authentic band born of the wild rose foothills of Alberta. They currently make their home in an island shack on the coast of the Salish Sea, British Columbia. A.W. Cardinal (vocals/guitar) and Jasmine Colette (vocals/bass/drums) write and perform original compositions. Artists such as Lonnie Johnson, Louis Armstrong, Charley Patton, Howlin’ Wolf, Tom Waits, Memphis Minnie, and Django Reinhardt are deeply infused in the soul of their music.

Durham County Poets| Montreal, QC |

Durham County Poets are a “BAND” in the truest sense! Each member writes and arranges and brings something unique to the table. You’ll hear a variety of genres and a broad range of styles. Be it Blues, Soul, Folk, R&B or Gospel, it all weaves seamlessly together to create a truly authentic contemporary Canadiana sound. Their fourth album, Hand Me Down Blues, would remain on Roots Music Report’s top 50 charts in Canada for more than 12 months. Nominated for a JUNO AWARD for (Best Blues album of the year 2020) So now what? A brand new album! OUT OF THE WOODS coming out May 20th. You’ll hear original, uplifting compositions from the Blues, R&B, Soul, Gospel genres that reach deep into the soul.

Endrick and the Sandwiches | Montreal, QC |

Endrick is a guitar & harmonica player and a singer with energy to burn. He knew only one way to survive the motionlessness of a pandemic, write joyous songs. Sunny Soul is the latest madness that he recorded with his five Sandwiches. A naively idealistic sermon supported by a party mix with a blues, pop, soul, r & b and alternative flavor. Between Lou Bega and Lou Reed, the party is a cure for the storm, and Sunny Soul leads the parade.

Marcus Trummer | Calgary, AB |

Dubbed “a precocious guitarist whose vocals possess a wise-beyond-his-years weariness” by the Calgary Herald, Marcus Trummer’s eclectic sound rooted in blues, soul, and rock ‘n’ roll, is a modern yet familiar take on the sounds of past decades. The 21-year-old songwriter and performer from Calgary, Alberta has shared stages with the likes of MonkeyJunk and Jim Byrnes. In 2019, Trummer was the recipient of the Calgary International Blues Festival’s Randy Ouston Scholarship and was recognized with the Prophets of Music Emerging Artist Award at Calgary’s YYC Music Awards.

Paul DesLauriers Band feat. Annika Chambers

Blues-Rocker Paul DesLauriers and Soul-Blues singer Annika Chambers are a true match made in heaven on and off the stage! DesLauriers is a 6-time Maple Blues Award winner for Entertainer of the Year, Electric Act of the Year, Guitarist of the Year and Acoustic Act of the Year. In 2016 he took 2nd Place at the 32nd International Blues Challenge. 2019’s “Bounce” debuted at #1 on Canada’s Roots Music Report and held the top spot for several weeks. Annika Chambers is the 2019 Blues Music Award winner for Soul-Blues Female Artist of the Year. Her third release entitled “Kiss My Sass” debuted at #4 on the Billboard Blues Chart and won the 2020 Living Blues Award for Best Southern Soul album.

Shakey Trill | Saugeen Shores, ON |

Shakey Trill is an original, gutsy and raw blues/folk duo from Saugeen Shores, Ontario, Canada. Shakey was a nickname given to guitarist/vocalist Mike MacDonald because of his jittery hands. Trill, by definition is the sound of two notes being played rapidly back and forth. In January 2019 the duo participated at the 35th International Blues Challenge in Memphis Tennessee representing the Bruce County Blues Society. The challenge was a week long event with performances up and down the famous Beale Street. They were part of the solo/duo category which included over 80 different acts from around the globe. Shakey Trill made it into the final round, top 8 spots which earned them the privilege to play at the historic Orpheum Theatre in Memphis.

Spencer Mackenzie | Hamilton, ON |

“His guitar playing delivers some down-to-the bone licks, he’s got the blues power in his soul.” Blues Blast Magazine. His latest album earned praises from festivals, reviews and consistently hit the Blues Charts. His new up album will captivate blues audiences while crossing the barriers to inspire the blues-rock, soul and roots fans! Spencer is thankful for FACTOR’s support for the recording, release and tour support as he plans his 2022/23 season! Spencer’s accomplishments include Independent Blues Music Nominations, Niagara Music Awards Blues Artist of the Year, Maple Blues New Artist of the Year and 3rd place in the International Songwriting Competition Blues Category. “With an eye towards the future, he’ll be the one taking the blues there with him.” Rock Blues Muse.

Zoom with Shawn Kellerman | Kitchener, ON |

Shawn has been touring with his own band plus blues greats like Bobby Rush, Sherman Robertson and 8 years with Lucky Peterson as the musical director and producer. Shawn has toured in over 40 countries in his 2 1/2 decade career. Shawn constructs his music from his past experiences, pushing the boundaries of traditional blues into modern territory by adding in some soul, funk and rock influences. Now you can witness Shawn’s HIGH ENERGY guitar with ZOOM’s vocal POWER and DRIVE, that will take a ferocious ride of infectious funk and blues grooves. This will SHAKE it’s listeners TO THEIR CORE…AND LEAVE THEM BEGGING FOR MORE!

Justin Saladino | Montreal, QC |

Homegrown Montrealer, Justin Saladino leads a guitar-driven contemporary blues group with influences of roots, funk, and rock. The Justin Saladino Band (JSB) is an unforgettable group that impresses audiences with powerful guitar playing, sultry vocals, and Justin’s signature genre-bending compositions. JSB has brought their much-acclaimed albums “No Worries,” “A Fool’s Heart,” and “JSB Live” to stages across Eastern Canada and the United States. Most recently, they were invited to be a part of Joe Bonamassa’s Keeping the Blues Alive At Sea VII cruise. Through the turbulence of the pandemic, Justin unearthed some remarkable songs exploring fresh territory for JSB. This second and upcoming full-length studio album – “Honest Lies” was produced by Ariel Posen at Tone Bender Studio in Montreal with an all-star team.



Friday June 17

8:00pm Rob Lutes
8:30pm CJ Lee
9:00pm  Heather Luckhart
9:30pm  Guy Belanger
10:00pm Erin McCallum
10:30pm Sandra Bouza
11:00pm Catriona Sturton
11:30pm Campbell & Johnston
Midnight Lance Anderson and NOLA Parish
12:30pm  Andre Bisson


Saturday June 18

8:00pm Charlie A’Court
8:30pm Harry Manx
9:00pm Nesrallah Artuso
9:30pm AV & the Inner City
10:00pm Jack Semple
10:30pm Lyle Odjick
11:00pm Tony D  
11:30pm Little Magic Sam
Midnight Kat Danser & The Tall Tales
12:30pm Mike Nagoda and the Spectrum Blues Band


Sunday June 19

8:00pm  Adam Karch
8:30pm Blue Moon Marquee
9:00pm Durham County Poets
9:30pm  Endrick and the Sandwiches
10:00pm  Marcus Trummer  
10:30pm Paul DesLauriers Band feat. Annika Chambers
11:00pm Shakey Trill
11:30pm Spencer Mackenzie
Midnight Zoom with Shawn Kellerman
12:30pm Justin Saladino

                              FULL SCHEDULE


                              Friday June 17


10am-8pm Registration desk open (Bb33 Main Room)


Opening Reception Performance by  Harrison Kennedy and Miss Emily

5pm-7:30pm.  Bb33 Bistro


                              SHOWCASES – CHURCHILL BALLROOM


8:00 PM Rob Lutes 8:30 PM CJ Lee
9:00 PM Heather Luckhart 9:30 PM Guy Belanger
10:00 PM Erin McCallum 10:30 PM Sandra Bouza
11:00 PM Catriona Sturton 11:30 PM Campbell & Johnston
Midnight Lance Anderson & NOLA Parish 12:30 PM Andre Bisson


                            Saturday June 18


10am-8pm Registration desk open (Bb33 Main Room)



Scott Room



11am-Noon Carlyle Room Panel
12:30pm-1:30pm Scott Room Panel
12:30pm-1:30pm Carlyle Room Panel
2:30pm-5pm Churchill Ballroom Speed Pitch Invitation Required

                              SHOWCASES – CHURCHILL BALLROOM


8:00 PM Charlie A’Court 8:30 PM Harry Manx
9:00 PM Nesrallah Artuso 9:30 PM AV & the Inner City
10:00 PM Jack Semple 10:30 PM Lyle Odjick
11:00 PM Tony D 11:30 PM Little Magic Sam
Midnight Kat Danser & The Tall Tales 12:30 PM Mike Nagoda and the Spectrum Blues Band


                          Sunday June 19





Registration desk open (Bb33 Main Room)


10:30am-12:30pm Churchhill Ballroom B
Keynote Brunch with Diana Braithwaite





1pm-2pm Scott Room Panel
1pm-2pm Carlyle Room Panel
2:30pm-5pm Churchill Ballroom Speed Pitch Invitation Required

                         SHOWCASES – CHURCHILL BALLROOM


8:00 PM Adam Karch 8:30 PM Blue Moon Marquee
9:00 PM Durham County Poets 9:30 PM Endrick and the Sandwiches
10:00 PM Marcus Trummer 10:30 PM Paul DesLauriers Band feat. Annika Chambers
11:00 PM Shakey Trill 11:30 PM Spencer Mackenzie
Midnight Zoom with Shawn Kellerman 12:30 PM Justin Saladino


                       Monday June 20


10am-2pm Registration desk open (Bb33 Main Room)



Scott Room



11am-noon Carlyle Room Interview
11:30am-12:30pm Scott Room Panel
12:30pm-1:30pm Carlyle Room Panel Festival Rendezvous
2:30pm-4pm Bb33 Bistro Mentorship One-on-One’s
7-11pm Koerner Hall  Maple Blues Awards

Schedule At a Glance

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday June 17, 2022  5pm  BB33 Bistro

KEYNOTE BRUNCH:  Sunday June 19  10:30am-12:30pm Churchill Ballroom

B2B SPEED PITCH: Showcase artist one-on-one’s with Blues Summit talent buyers. Appointments are based on availability. Sat June 18 & Sun June 19  2:3p0m-5:30pm. These will take place in The Churchill Ballroom. Preregister is mandatory

FORUM | FESTIVALS RENDEZVOUS:  Mon June 20,  12:30pm-1:30pm.

MENTORSHIP ONE-ON-ONE’S: An opportunity to register for face-time with industry professionals to get advice and guidance. Sessions are limited to 10 minutes and sign-ups will take place in advance at the Registration Desk only. *Note: This is not a pitch. Please prepare in advance by researching each mentor and reading their bios. Mon Feb 1,  2:30pm-4pm.


Coming Soon



Drop boxes are free receptacles requested by radio hosts, journalists, artistic directors, and other industry “buyers” who are seeking new music. Those looking to book artists, write reviews or discover music for a radio show or station are encouraged to request a drop box where artists, agents, and managers will place promotional packages (ex. CD/one-sheet). Each drop box is personalized and artists/managers/agents can select.

Key delegates (artistic directors, media representatives, radio hosts, journalists, etc) can request a dedicated “drop box” that will be used to collect CD submissions from musicians, managers and agents throughout Blues Summit 10. Drop boxes can be accessed through the Registration Office (BB33 Bistro) for the duration of the conference. Musicians and showcasing artists are invited to place a CD in the boxes of any key delegates who they would like to share their music with.



                                                                                                                                                                                                           When Diana Braithwaite sings, you hear passion, with sultry stories of life beautifully expressed through music. Born in Toronto, Braithwaite is a descendant of the Wellington County pioneers in Canada. With roots in the southern United States her ancestors escaped slavery through the Underground Railroad and lived for four generations in Wellington County, the first African-Canadian pioneer settlement in Ontario. Dubbed “a national treasure” by BLUZ-FM’s Radio host Danny Marks, Diana Braithwaite combines elements from Dinah Washington,  Koko Taylor, Esther Phillips and others to create her own unique appealing and expressive blues style.


Keynote brunch will take place on Sunday morning, June 19, between 10:30am-12:30pm. 


Gerhard Lindner BluesFest Eutin Eutin Germany
Rita Lindner BluesFest Eutin Eutin Germany
Trond Johnsen TJ Concerts Oslo Norway
Bartek Szopinski Blues Festival Express Warsaw Poland
Jeff Davis Playing With Fire Omaha NE USA
Vanessa Bauer Playing With Fire Omaha NE USA
Emily Burgess Playing With Fire Omaha NE USA
Maggie Ebert Playing With Fire Omaha NE USA
Brad Hunt The WNS Group Lyndonville NY USA
Cindy McLeod Calgary Blues Festival Calgary AB Canada
Cam Hayden Edmonton Blues Festival Edmonton AB Canada
Marcus Trummer Marcus Trummer Calgary/Toronto AB Canada
Kat Danser Kat Danser & The Tall Tales Edmonton AB Canada
Doug Cox Vancouver Island Musicfest Comox BC Canada
Andre Bisson Andre Bisson Delta BC Canada
Ann Vriend AV and The Inner City Edmonton BC Canada
Jackie Moisan Nanaimo Blues Festival Nanaimo BC Canada
Kevin Tobin Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Salmon Arm BC Canada
Harry Manx Harry Manx Salt Spring BC Canada
Ken Simms Think Tank Delta BC Canada
Blake Johnston Campbell & Johnston Halifax NB Canada
Christine Campbell Campbell & Johnston Halifax NB Canada
Catriona Sturton Catriona Sturton Lunenburg NS Canada
Charlie A’Court Charlie A’Court Dartmouth NS Canada
Derek Andrews Toronto Blues Society Toronto ON Canada
Manny DeGrandis Toronto Blues Society Toronto ON Canada
Glenn Smith Toronto Blues Society Toronto ON Canada
Lucie Dufault Toronto Blues Society Toronto ON Canada
Jordan Safer Toronto Blues Society Toronto ON Canada
Ayse Barut Toronto Blues Society Toronto ON Canada
Amadeus Wheesk Toronto Blues Society Toronto ON Canada
Mike Smith Toronto Blues Society Toronto ON Canada
Brenna MacCrimmon Toronto Blues Society Toronto ON Canada
Sandra Bouza Sandra Bouza Toronto ON Canada
Larry Kurtz Orangeville Blues & Jazz Festival Orangeville ON Canada
Norma Bailey Orangeville Blues & Jazz Festival Orangeville ON Canada
Rick Clarke Lighthouse Blues Fest Kincardine ON Canada
Marilyn Clarke Lighthouse Blues Fest Kincardine ON Canada
Claude Cloutier Kitchener Blues Festival Kitchener ON Canada
Sarah Kim Turnbull Markham Jazz Festival Markham ON Canada
Jan Macdonald Limestone City Blues Festival Kingston ON Canada
Dan Mistrada North Bay Blues Festival North Bay ON Canada
Bill Gibbons West Coast Blues Festival Goderich ON Canada
Mike McCann Canada South Blues Society Windsor ON Canada
Chuck Jackson Southside Shuffle Port Credit ON Canada
Kathy Mulgrew Wasaga Beach Blues Festival Wasaga Beach ON Canada
Gabor Szepesi Wasaga Beach Blues Festival Wasaga Beach ON Canada
Bill King Beaches Jazz Festival Toronto ON Canada
Steven Taetz Harbourfront Centre Toronto ON Canada
Diana Webley Harbourfront Centre Toronto ON Canada
Heather Luckhart Heather Luckhart Toronto ON Canada
Rodrigo Fritz Massey / Roy Thomson Hall Toronto ON Canada
Shakey Trill Shakey Trill Saugeen Shores ON Canada
Shawn Kellerman Zoom with Shawn Kellerman Kitchener ON Canada
Spencer Mackenzie Spencer Mackenzie Ridgeway ON Canada
Tony D Tony D Band Ottawa ON Canada
Trish Walker Tony D Band Ottawa ON Canada
Lance Anderson Lance Anderson and NOLA Parish Toronto ON Canada
Johnnie Tibbles Sault Ste. Marie Blues Society Sault Ste. Marie ON Canada
Jim Jones Zapp Productions Killaloe ON Canada
Lori Murray Music By The Bay Uxbridge ON Canada
Peter North Dead Ends Festival Edmonton ON Canada
C.J.Lee C.J.Lee Exeter ON Canada
Erin McCallum Erin McCallum GTA ON Canada
Sam Taylor Little Magic Sam Toronto ON Canada
Lyle Odjick Lyle Odjick Ottawa ON Canada
Mike Nagoda Mike Nagoda & the Spectrum Blues Band Toronto ON Canada
Suzie Vinnick Suzie Vinnick Toronto ON Canada
Nesrallah Artuso Nesrallah Artuso Ottawa ON Canada
Meghan Parnell Bywater Call Toronto ON Canada
Dan McKinnon Dan McKinnon Toronto ON Canada
Adena Stocker Treasure Molly House of Music Toronto ON Canada
Miss Emily Miss Emily Amherstview ON Canada
Margie Bailey Phieffer Miss Emily Amherstview ON Canada
Bonnie Baker St. Catherines ON Canada
Jan MacDonald Limestone City Blues Festival Kingston ON Canada
Esther Fairbairn Sanderson Entertainment Law Toronto ON Canada
George Braumann The Blues Miners Toronto ON Canada
Jay Moonah Broke Fuse Toronto ON Canada
Dan Popadiuk Horojo Trio Ottawa ON Canada
Nicole Rochefort Artists in Motion Toronto ON Canada
Sarah Porter Porter Music Mgmt Ottawa ON Canada
Peggy Voigt Peggy Voigt Carryibg Place ON Canada
Thomas Hanes TLH Concerts Toronto ON Canada
Julie Hill CIUT Toronto ON Canada
Michael McCann Canada South Blues Society Windsor ON Canada
Mort Goss Ktown Music Kenora ON Canada
Lisa Szepaniak 265 Waterloo ON Canada
Kathy Mulgrew Stonebridge Wasaga Beach Festival Wasaga Beach ON Canada
Jason Sewerynek Jim Dan Dee Brampton ON Canada
Denis Paquin Ottawa Blues Society Ottawa ON Canada
Debra Thorington Ottawa Blues Society Gatineau QC Canada
Dave Brennan Ottawa Blues Society Gatineau QC Canada
Michael Jerome Browne Michael Jerome Browne Montreal QC Canada
Gabriele Cote-Lebreux Endrick and The Sandwiches Montreal QC Canada
Adam Karsch Adam Karsch Montreal QC Canada
Yannick Lambert Donnacona Blues Festival Quebec City QC Canada
Stephanie Dube Donnacona Blues Festival Quebec City QC Canada
Kevin Harvey Durham County Poets Ormstown QC Canada
Endrick Tremblay Endrick & the Sandwiches Montreal QC Canada
Brian Slack Tremblant Intl Blues/Trois Rivieres Mont Tremblant QC Canada
Guy Belanger Guy Belanger Montreal QC Canada
Justin Saladino Justin Saladino Band Montreal QC Canada
Paul Delauriers Paul DesLauriers Band feat. Annika Chambers Montreal QC Canada
David McCabe St-Urbain Premier QC Canada
Greg Torrington Stingray Muisc Montreal QC Canada
Annika Chambers Paul DesLauriers Band feat. Annika Chambers Montreal QC Canada
Rob Lutes Rob Lutes Montreal QC Canada
Jack Semple Jack Semple Regina SK Canada
Stan Budgell Saskatoon Blues Festival Saskatoon SK Canada
Al Wood Saskatoon Blues Society Saskatoon SK Canada


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