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Toronto Blues Society hosts a music conference called The Blues Summit, which is a not-to-be-missed forum for all blues music industry members, artists, presenters, agents, and the like. It is an opportunity for the blues community to network as well as for artists to showcase in front of blues industry members. It is held every two years in conjunction with the annual Maple Blues Awards. In 2009, Blues Summit Four was a very successful conference. (Click here to see last year’s info).

The Blues Summit Five will take place January 15-17, 2011 at The Delta Chelsea Hotel in Toronto.


The following list of delegates attended Blues Summit Five.

Lance Anderson Orillia Spring Blues Festival / Make It Real Records Orillia ON
Derek Andrews Toronto Blues Society Toronto ON
Chris Antonik Musician Toronto ON
Michael Archer Musician Toronto ON
Karen August Market Hall Peterborough ON
Norma Bailey Orangeville Blues & Jazz Festival Orangeville ON
Brent Bain FACTOR Toronto ON
Robin Banks Musician Toronto ON
David Barnard Toronto ON
Tim Bastmeyer Musician Toronto ON
Lindsay Beaver Musician Toronto ON
Bucky Berger Musician Toronto ON
Todd Bernard DAWG FM Ottawa ON
Brian Blain Musician Toronto ON
Diana Braithwaite Musician Toronto ON
Michael Jerome Browne Musician Montreal QC
Stan Budgell Saskatoon Blues Society Saskatoon SK
Catrina Bulbulian DAWG FM Ottawa ON
Michael Burke Cordova Bay Entertainment Victoria BC
Deborah Cartmer CFBU St Catharines ON
Marilyn Clarke Bruce County Blues Kincardine ON
Rick Clarke Bruce County Blues Kincardine ON
Claude Cloutier Kitchener Blues Festival Kitchener ON
Denis Coulombe Musician QC
Kat Danser Musician Edmonton AB
Wayne Deadder Musician Toronto ON
Claudio Demarchi Mississippi Tourism Nottawa ON
Christy DiFelice Toronto Arts Council Toronto ON
James Doran Choose the Blues Productions Kenmore ON
Kim Elliot DAWG FM Ottawa ON
Jennifer Ellis Ontario Council of Folk Festivals Ottawa ON
Myrrhine Faller Musician New York NY
Peter Fera SOCAN Toronto ON
Rico Ferrara Blues for a Big Town Toronto ON
Aengus Finnan Ontario Arts Council Touring Ottawa ON
Jamie Fleming Musician Toronto ON
Richard Flohil Richard Flohil & Associates Toronto ON
Sue Foley Musician Toronto ON
Angel Forrest Musician Montreal QC
Sarah French Sarah French Publicity Toronto ON
Mako Funasaka Talkin’ Blues Toronto ON
Andrew Galloway Electro Fi Records Toronto ON
Kathy Gillespie Manager Vankleek Hill ON
Terry Gillespie Musician Vankleek Hill ON
Marshal Glover Sportsman Buffalo NY
Joel Goldberg Film Director Toronto ON
Larry Graves Musician Toronto ON
Bruce Greenaway Film Maker Toronto ON
Darcy Gregoire The Agency Group Toronto ON
Aaron Griggs Musician Toronto ON
Bruce Hall Grand River Blues Society Kitchener ON
Thomas Hanes Toronto ON
Eric Hanson Market Hall Peterborough ON
Richard Henderson Musician Port Perry ON
Julie Hill CKLN Toronto ON
Tim Holek Journalist Toronto ON
Coralie Hummel SOCAN Toronto ON
Bruce Iglauer Alligator Records Chicago IL
Irene Ippersiel Montreal Blues Society Le Gardeur QC
Betty Jackson Toronto ON
J-Man DAWG FM Ottawa ON
Gareth Jones Grand River Blues Society Kitchener ON
Peter Karp Musician Nashville TN
Russell Kelley Canada Council for the Arts  — ON
Heather Kelly Koerner Hall Toronto ON
Harrison Kennedy Musician Hamilton ON
Joan Kirby Live Tour Artists Toronto ON
ShoShonah Kish Ontario Council of Folk Festivals Ottawa ON
Richard Knetchel Summerfolk Owen Sound ON
Larry Kurtz Orangeville Blues & Jazz Festival Orangeville ON
Philippe Lafreniere Phil Motion Quebec City QC
Frederic Lamoureux Montreal Jazz Festival Montreal QC
Johnny LaRue Musician Toronto ON
Tom Lavin Powder Blues Vancouver BC
Al Lerman Musician Toronto ON
Treasa Levasseur Musician Toronto ON
Christine MacAulay Saskatoon Blues Society Saskatoon SK
Gord MacAulay Saskatoon Blues Society Saskatoon SK
Vince Maccarone Musician Toronto ON
Jan Macdonald Downtown Kingston Kingston ON
Peter MacDonald Ontario Council of Folk Festivals Ottawa ON
Chris MacLean Ontario Council of Folk Festivals Ottawa ON
Ben Manilla BMP Audio San Francisco CA
Danny Marks Bluz FM Toronto ON
Steve Marriner Musician Ottawa ON
Johnny Max Musician Mississauga ON
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Scott McCord Musician Toronto ON
Kately Mckay Sarah French Publicity Toronto ON
Frank McNulty JBG Productions Collingwood ON
Mark Monahan Ottawa Blues Festival Ottawa ON
Pierre Montpetit Montreal Blues Society Montreal QC
Brian Mortimer Karma Productions London ON
Rodney Murphy SOCAN Toronto ON
Michael Murray Ontario Arts Council Toronto ON
Ross Neilsen Musician Fredericton NB
David Newland Roots Music Canada Toronto ON
lloyd Nishimura Outside Music Toronto ON
Jacques Noel Festiblues Montreal QC
Gary O’Connor Musician Newmarket ON
Kap Palmer Blues Nite Entertainment Winnipeg MB
Pete Panayotu Pete Otis Music Toronto ON
Denis Paquin Ottawa Blues Society Ottawa ON
Gary Paradis Ottawa Blues Society Ottawa ON
Steve Parker Media BemBem Ottawa ON
Darryl Peterson Musician Toronto ON
William Petrie Brampton ON
Louise Pickett Mother Earth Management Crystal Beach ON
Michael Pickett Musician Crystal Beach ON
Lindsay Pugh Musician Ottawa ON
Paul Reddick Musician Toronto ON
Nicole Rochefort Toronto ON
Jordan Safer Toronto Blues Society Toronto ON
Shakura S’Aida Musician Toronto ON
Paul Sanderson Sanderson Law Toronto ON
Lily Sazz Musician Toronto ON
Lucas Schuller Canada Council for the Arts Ottawa ON
Ted Seto SOCAN Toronto ON
Jay Sieleman The Blues Foundation Memphis TN
Thomas Silvani Musician Toronto ON
Alex Sinclair Musician Toronto ON
Tim Sinnett Canal Bank Shuffle Thorold ON
Brian Slack Tremblant International Blues Festival Montreal QC
Serge Sloimovits Promoter Toronto ON
Alfie Smith Musician Hamilton ON
Brent Staeben Fredericton Jazz & Blues Festival Fredericton NB
Mark Stafford Musician Toronto ON
Thom Swift Musician Halifax NS
Elizabeth Sykes Ottawa Blues Society Ottawa ON
Linda Tanaka Vancouver Folk Music Festival Vancouver BC
Rick Taylor Musician Bluewater ON
Liz Temple Kitchener Blues Festival Waterloo ON
Joane Tenguay Montreal Blues Society Montreal QC
Debra Thornington Ottawa Blues Society Ottawa ON
Art Tipaldi Blues Revue Magazine Editor Hartford CT
Ed Torres DAWG FM Ottawa ON
Frank Torres DAWG FM Ottawa ON
Jackie Torres DAWG FM Ottawa ON
Kate Torres DAWG FM Ottawa ON
Yves Trottier DAWG FM Ottawa ON
Omar Tunnoch Musician Toronto ON
Linda Turu Global Café Toronto ON
John Valenteyn Toronto Blues Society Toronto ON
Suzie Vinnick Musician Toronto ON
Beth Ward Richard Flohil & Associates Toronto ON
Bill Wax XM Radio Washington DC
Ken Whiteley Musician Toronto ON
Dylan Wickens Musician Toronto ON
Tom Wilson Musician Toronto ON
Al Wood Saskatoon Blues Society Saskatoon SK
Al Wood Musician Ottawa ON
Michael Wrycraft Graphic Artist Toronto ON
Layla Zoe Musician Montreal QC
Brent Zwicker At the Crossroads Kamloops BC


Saturday January 15, 2011

Monarch’s Pub, Main Floor


11:00-2:00 “Music Money”
Christy DiFelice – Toronto Arts Council
Michael Murray – Ontario Arts Council
Lucas Schuller – Canada Council for the Arts
Brent Bain – Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent On Recordings
3:00- 4:30 Brian Blain’s Blues Campfire
5:00-7:00 Welcome Reception
Scott McCord & The Bonafide Truth
 Monarch’s Pub, Main Floor  Market Garden, Main Floor
9:00-9:40 Aaron Griggs 9:30-10:10 Richard Henderson
10:00-10:40 The 24th Street Wailers 10:30-11:10 Phil Motion
11:00-11:40 Robin Banks 11:30-12:10 Terry Gillespie
12:00-12:40 Al Wood & The Woodsmen 12:30-1:10 Kat Danser


Sunday January 16, 2011

Mountbatten Room, 2nd Floor
11:00-11-2:30 Keynote Brunch with Bill Wax (XM Radio)
Introduction by Derek Andrews (Toronto Blues Society)The Maple Blues Awards Town Hall– Fair Play in a Digital Age
(Maple Blues Awards Chairmen Brent Staeben & John Valenteyn)

Seymour Room


Stevenson Room


2:45-4 State of the Blues – Record Industry (Bruce Iglauer – Alligator Records, Andrew Galloway – Electro Fi Records, Michael Burke – Cordova Bay Entertainment, Lloyd Nishimura – Outside Music) Blues Society Roundtable (Gord MacAulay – Moderator, Peter MacDonald – OCFF, Jay Sieleman – The Blues Foundation)
4:15-5:15 Radio Roundtable (Bill Wax – XM Radio, Ben Manilla – BMP Audio, Danny Marks – Bluz FM, Yves Trottier – DAWG FM, Steve Parker – BemBem Media, Moderated by Julie Hill – CKLN) Social Media (Sarah French – Sarah French Publicity, David Newland – Roots Music Canada, Ross Neilsen – Musician, Tom Wilson – Musician, Richard Flohil – Richard Flohil & Associates)
  Monarch’s Pub, Main Floor
5:30-7:00 SOCAN Songs and Stories: Thom Swift, Tom Lavin, Layla Zoe, Paul Reddick  Hosted by Rodney Murphy

Monarch’s Pub, Main Floor


Market Garden, Main Floor


9:00-9:40 Johnny Max 8:30-9:10 Alfie Smith
10:00-10:40 Layla Zoe 9:30-10:10 Michael Jerome Browne
11:00-11:40 Angel Forrest 10:30-11:10 Rick Taylor
12:00-12:40 catl 11:30-12:10 Dylan Wickens & The Grand Naturals

Monday January 17, 2011


Seymour Room


Stevenson Room


10:00-11:15 Blues in the Schools (Ken Whiteley – Musician, Suzie Vinnick – Musician, Mark Stafford – Musician, Alex Sinclair – Musician, Diana Braithwaite – Musician) Blues Promoters (Brian Mortimer – Karma Productions, Brian Slack – Tremblant International Blues Festival)
11:30-12:45  Film Screening: Flip, Flop & Fly – 40 Years of The Downchild Blues Band (Introduction by Producer Joel Goldberg) Booking & Domestic Touring (Joan Kirby – Live Tour Artists, Frederic Lamoureaux – Montreal Jazz Festival, Darcy Gregoire – The Agency Group, Aengus Finnan – OAC, Steve Butler – Paquin Entertainment)
2:00-3:15 Marketing (Bruce Iglauer – Alligator Records, Ben Manilla – BMP Audio, Rico Ferrara – Blues For A Big Town, Heather Kelly – RCM) Recording (Steve Marriner – Musician, Lance Anderson – Make It Real Records, Malcolm Gould – CBC, Alec Fraser – Moderator)
3:30 Public Interview (Bruce Iglauer – Alligator Records is interviewed by Richard Flohil – Richard Flohil & Associates & Bill Wax – XM Radio) International Markets (Shakura S’Aida – Musician, Harrison Kennedy – Musician, Jay Sieleman – Blues Foundation, Louise Pickett – Agent, Larry Graves – Musician)
7pm The 14th Annual Maple Blues Awards at Koerner Hall

Conference Schedule Highlights


3-4:30pm – Campfire, Monarchs (Delta Chelsea Hotel – main floor)

5-7pm – Welcome Reception, Monarchs (Delta Chelsea Hotel – main floor)
The Toronto Blues Society cordially invite you to the Blues Summit IV Welcome Reception. Come meet your fellow Blues Summit IV delegates. Performance by Fathead.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 18th, 2009

11-2:00 – Keynote Brunch with BEN MANILLA: Radio producer Ben Manilla has been invited to give the Keynote Address at Blues Summit IV, being held at the Delta Chelsea in Toronto on January 17-19. Ben has been a pioneer in promoting blues music to the mainstream radio audience through his collaboration with “Blues Brother” Dan Aykroyd on The House of Blues Radio Hour syndicated around the world but regretfully no longer in the Toronto market. His company Ben Manilla Productions, Inc. is a recognized leader in programming for commercial and public radio stations and also produces Drew Carey’s Hi Fi Club and has developed several public radio series including “The Blues hosted by Keb’ Mo'”, “Philosophy Talk” with Stanford University, and the award winning “The Sounds of American Culture” with the Library of Congress. Ben teaches radio journalism and the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. His clients have included all the major radio networks in the U.S. (ABC, CBS, Westwood One, etc.) and a host of international broadcasters (BBC, CBC, Radio Tokyo, etc.).

2:15-3:30 – Media Roundtable: Publicist Richard Flohil (Flohil & Associates) hosts Chip Eagle (Blues Revue), Ben Manilla (Ben Manilla Productions, Inc.), Danny Marks (Bluz.FM), Errol Nazareth (Toronto Sun / CBC Radio), Eric Thom (Blues Revue), and Ed Torres (DAWG.FM) discuss the State of Blues media and how mass or niche media reflect blues music. Does the blues have an identity problem? Is there anything more credible than blues music? Can Richard Flohil herd these cats? Seymour Room, 2nd Floor

3:45-5:00 – Digital Blues, Selling Songs. What is the Download on Downloads? How significant are digital and MP3 sales in the blues market, and how much is changing? Hear about Amazon, iTunes, Puretracks, Rhapsody, CDBaby, ioda (independent online distribution alliance) and the new sales tools. Your pay pals are Brian Blain (Musician) Mark Stafford (Musician), Trevor Mills (Top Quark Productions), James Pew (Euphonic Sound), and Rodney Muphy (SOCAN). Seymour Room, 2nd Floor

3:45-5:00 – Throwing the Sink at Sync Rights: How do you place your songs in film, television, commercials and ringtones? Get some tips from Velma Barkwell (East End Music), David Baxter (Musician), Andrea Higgins (Arpix Media Inc.), and Suzie Vinnick (Musician). Stevenson Room, 2nd Floor

5:30-7:00 – SOCAN Songs & Stories: SOCAN Education and Outreach Manager Rodney Murphy introduces a high pedigree song swap featuring Matt Andersen (New Brunswick), Ray Bonneville (Montreal / Austin), Amos Garrett (Edmonton), and host Suzie Vinnick (Toronto). Monarchs Pub, Main Floor


10:00-11:15 – Rob Bowman, Blues Booster of the Year in Interview with Richard Flohil: The professor of rock and roll has a long history and deep knowledge of blues. A pioneer of popular music teaching, now tenured at York University, Rob cut his teeth giving eager customers of Records on Wheels (Yonge Street) solid blues selection info. A renowned writer in print media, but prolific in the liner notes department, Rob won the Grammy award in 1996 for one of his many Stax Record projects. His book Soulsville USA – The Story of Stax Records is the definitive history of the Memphis based label, the times, and a point of view that comes with all the enthusiasm that has become his trademark. Seymour Room, 2nd Floor

10:00-11:15 – International Touring, Getting Your Blues Out of Canada: Derek Andrews (Global Café) hosts booking agent Darcy Gregoire (The Agency Group), Jean Guillermo (Blues sur Seine, Paris France), Jostein Forsberg (Nottoden Bluesfest, Norway), and Carlos Del Junco (Musician) discuss the challenges, rewards, and tactics of touring into Europe and the United States. Stevenson Room, 2nd Floor

11:30-12:45 – Digital Blues, Promotion: Is The Press Kit Dead? How do artists get gigs and build audience with digital tools such as Websites, Sonicbids, YouTube, Facebook and Myspace as marketing tools. With Sarah French (Publicist), ShoShona Kish (Musician), James Pew (Euphonic Sound), and Lily Sazz (Musician). Seymour Room, 2nd Floor

11:30-12:45 – Blues Societies Roundtable: A gathering of organizations and blues societies from across Canada hosted by Gord MacAulay (Saskatoon Blues Society). Stevenson Room, 2nd Floor

2:00-3:15 – Festival Roundtable: Blues Festivals are showing up all over. Small towns, big cities, blended with jazz and folk, pure as the driven snow and all over the musical map. This is a gathering of music and blues festivals from across the country, continent, and world who will discuss the state of festivals and their importance to the future of blues performance. Hosted by Brian Slack (Tremblant International Blues Festival) and Mark Monahan (Ottawa Bluesfest) with Jeff Davis (Playing With Fire – Omaha), Jostein Forsberg (Nottoden Bluesfest – Norway), Bruce Forth (Southside Shuffle – Port Credit), Jean Guillermo (Blues sur Seine – France), Chuck Jackson (Southside Shuffle – Port Credit), Larry Kurtz (Orangeville Jazz & Blues Fest), Chris Murphy (Red, White, and Blues Fest – London), Jacques Noel (FestiBlues International de Montreal), Paul Northcott (Twisted Pines Music and Arts – Penetanguishene), and Garret Zack (Cowpie Blues Festival). Seymour Room, 2nd Floor

2:00-3:15 – Recording for Blues. Five master producers assembled in one room. Recording veterans David Baxter (Treasa Levasseur), Michael Jerome Browne, Alec Fraser (Jeff Healey), David Travers-Smith (Harry Manx & Kevin Breit), and Ken Whiteley (Lonnie Johnson) share studio advice and techniques of recording and producing. Stevenson Room, 2nd Floor

3:30-4:45 – Blues In The Schools: Carrying on the blues tradition by reaching out to the young and impressionable has become an essential ingredient in today’s blues scene. Join Deb Brown (Stellula Music in Schools), Ken Whiteley and Mark Stafford (moderator) as they share their experiences developing programs with young blues fans. Seymour Room, 2nd Floor

3:30-4:45 – Grants – Art of the Grant: What Funds are Available for Your Career Development? How do you translate the sometimes intimidating language of grant applications? How are the blues doing in the arts funding landscape? Catharine Bird (Cat Bird Grant Writing Service), Karen Doyle (Department of Canadian Heritage, Arts Presentation Canada), Krista Culp (FACTOR), and Michael Murray (Music Officer, Ontario Arts Council). Stevenson Room, 2nd Floor

Maple Blues Awards

Phoenix Concert Theatre
Monday, January 19, 2009 (doors at 7pm, show at 8pm)
Garvia Bailey, host, with musical performances from Ray Bonneville, J-W Jones, Harrison Kennedy, The Sojourners, Treasa Levasseur, Shakura S’Aida and the Maple Blues Band



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