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July 2021 – Loose Blues News

The Women’s Blues Revue at Roy Thomson Hall has been rescheduled to Friday, November 26, 2021 and boy are we happy to share that news. Check out the new artwork from Barbara Klunder on page 2. Tickets purchased for the original date will be honoured at the rescheduled event.

June 2021 – Loose Blues News

Festival Update: It’s the June issue and this is the time we’d be talking up all the great summer blues festivals but aside from a couple of events in Quebec (still tentative) there  are no festivals to talk about and instead we mourn the passing of festival founder Tim Sinnett, whose Canal Bank Shuffle was usually the last on the blues festival calendar and always provided a fitting end to the season.

May 2021 – Loose Blues News

Shuffling Along: The Southside Shuffle has been challenged like all festivals but will be proceeding with a slightly downsized event on September 9,10 and 11 with an all-Canadian line-up due to restrictions getting acts from US and Europe. Meanwhile, Artistic Director Chuck Jackson has programmed a series of livestream concerts to be aired on consecutive Sundays in July starting with “Ramble on the Rez” with Mark Laforme and Joel Johnson, followed by “Ladies Sing the Blues” with Suzie Vinnick and Miss Emily, “Pianorama – Remembering Michael Fonfara,” with Lance Anderson and Jenie Thai and finishing off with”Mannish Boys” with Jimmy Bowskill & Steve Marriner. The shows will be recorded at the Moonshine Café in late June and will include a short chat with Chuck. This will be a fundraising initiative for the festival, though fans can donate anytime at www.southsideshuffle.com

April 2021 – Loose Blues News

CIUT FM Honours the Legacy of Late John Valenteyn: After the upsetting passing of John Valenteyn last year, CIUT FM is preparing to honour his legacy with Andrew Galloway, Brooke Blackburn, Dr. Julie Hill, and Sugar Brown (aka Ken Kawashima) hosting the show on a rotating schedule and keeping Valenteyn’s and Blues spirit glowing up at the station. More details to be announced by CIUT FM.

March 2021 – Loose Blues News

Juno Awards: Nominees for the 2021 JUNO Awards will be announced at 11 AM on Tuesday March 9. Winners will be revealed on the 50th Annual JUNO Awards Broadcast (CBC) on Sunday, May 16.

February 2021 – Loose Blues News

Winter Blues: Toronto roots music fans have enjoyed the annual appearance of Winterfolk and last year, a new February festival appeared on the scene, the “Be Kind” festival. Both were based out of the Tranzac last year but this time they’ll be online, like everybody else. Winterfolk is happening February 19 & 20 and has plenty of blues content: Donne Roberts, Ken Whiteley, Jack de Keyzer, Suzie Vinnick, Diana Braithwaite & Chris Whiteley and Julian Taylor among other blues-friendly roots artists.

Jan 2021 – Loose Blues News

The annual Blues Booster Award determined by the TBS Board of Directors has been renamed in honour of John Valenteyn the late co-founder of the organization. John’s untimely passing in October continues to reverberate in the community as he left a huge legacy. As you can see in this publication we have recruited a pool or scribes to cover off his monthly “John’s Picks” review column, a group that includes Richard Flohil, Sandra Tooze, Eric Thom, Terry Parson and others including the recipient of the the booster, Cindy McLeod.

Dec 2020 – Loose Blues News

Congrats to Blues Grammy Nominees, Canadian Folk Music Award Nominees

Nov 2020 – Loose Blues News

Introducing the Calgary Bluesfest Channel: The Calgary Bluesfest folks have launched their new Calgary Bluesfest Channel on Public Place Network! They will be offering live streams of their events and a library of blues videos from their festivals. The Calgary Bluesfest Channel offers hours of viewing and listening joy! Subscribe for an entire year for $60 ($5/mo.) or select as many songs as you like and create your own Bluesfest in your own home!. More info at www.calgarybluesfest.com

Oct 2020 – Loose Blues News

Save the Moonshine: The Moonshine Cafe in Oakville is an excellent venue for live music, and deserves some extra support during these tough times. Check out their GoFundMe campaign.We need live music venues to survive, run by people who love music and support musicians.

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