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April 2024 – Loose Blues News

What to do on April 5?  It’s great to see the live blues scene coming back to life but this month we have one of those weird convergence of blues stars all playing on the same night, Friday April 5.

March 2024 – Loose Blues News

Juno Nominees for blues were just announced: The Blackburn Brothers, Brandon Isaak, Matt Andersen, Michael Jerome Browne and Blue Moon Marquee

February 2024 – Loose Blues News

Award Season: Besides the upcoming Maple Blues Awards, more awards are being spread around in the blues community. The East Coast Music Awards still have a category for Blues Recording of the Year

 

January 2024 – Loose Blues News

Meet “The Maples”: The Maple Blues Awards backing band is changing for the first time since 1999 with an all new set of fresh faces.  Manny DeGrandis is the new  Musical Director (and Bass player).

December 2023 – Loose Blues News

Jackie Shane Documentary: The Paradise on Bloor will replay the documentary on Jackie Shane on Monday, December 18 (7:00 pm). My Name Is Jackie – Tribute to Jackie Shane is a moving tribute to Jackie Shane

November 2023 – Loose Blues News

Congratulations are in order: TBS boarder Julian Taylor was voted “Performing Artist of the Year” at this year’s Folk Music Ontario conference in London. Angelique Francis was selected Recording Artist of the Year and Shakura S’Aida’s Hold on to Love was voted Album of the Year. Blues rules at the Folk Music conference and the TBS had a big presence with a showcase that featured 6 of the top Ontario blues acts and delectable grilled-cheese sandwiches.

Meanwhile, The Canadian Folk Music Awards have announced their nominees and the list includes a few blues-friendly folks, Julian Taylor, Suzie Vinnick, Steve Dawson and Whitehorse. The CFMA 2024 Awards Weekend takes place April 4th to the 7th, 2024, in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador.

October 2023 – Loose Blues News

Saturday Night Blues New Season: Holger Petersen kicked off another season of essential blues programming with lots of Canadian Blues. Always the latest and greatest from Holger with occasional surprises. On his opening show, he played Tony Bennett (and had a great story).  Tune in on cbcmusic Saturdays at 6:05 and anytime on the CBClisten app or CBC On Demand.

September 2023 – Loose Blues News

Maple Blues Band on vinyl: The Maple Blues Band`s album Let`s Go is now available on high quality vinyl.  It can be purchased online at http://www.cordovabay.com or http://www.maplebluesband.com  The band has also taken it a step further for those aficionados who appreciate the old school record buying experience and droped it into the Kop`s Records chain at their three locations.  395 Queen St. W, Toronto, 209 Danforth Ave, Toronto, 156 Simcoe St. S. Oshawa

August 2023 – Loose Blues News

Bonnie Blues: Bonnie Raitt is making her long awaited appearance at Massey Hall on October 6, get your tickets as they’re nearly sold out!

July 2023 – Loose Blues News

Heather Luckhart starting a new residency: Heather Luckhart’s Blues Experience Series will have a Launch Party Wednesday, June 28 at My House, 7:00 pm, 2882 Dundas St. W in the Junction).

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