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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 or  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).

June 2023 – Loose Blues News

Shuffle Honoured: The Southside Shuffle has just received the 2023 Creative City Business Award from the Mississauga Board of Trade. Nice to see that kind of community support for a blues festival.

May 2023 – Loose Blues News

Radio News: CIUT has just opened a Podcasting Studio, a space to train University of  Toronto students and community members in creating podcasts.  This is the latest effort by the station to update and upgrade their facilities to support the changing demands in how people create and consume audio content. CIUT-FM is about to launch their own Podcast network with about 10+ programs, making everything available on-demand on your favorite podcasting platforms. The station has also launched a new “Music Committee” to help with the programming.

April 2023 – Loose Blues News

Festival Season: The Blues Festival Guide is now up on the website and TBS staff is keeping busy updating it as hardly a day passes without a festival announcement.  Two new festivals just appeared at the front end of the festival season:

March 2023 – Loose Blues News

And the Winner is…  This year’s Grammy for Best Traditional Blues Album was Taj Mahal & Ry Cooder – Get on Board and Best Contemporary Blues Album was Edgar Winter for  Brother Johnny.

February 2023 – Loose Blues News

MonkeyJunk 15th Anniversary Video Series! MonkeyJunk is celebrating 15 years as a band in 2023. To commemorate this milestone, they are releasing 15 live videos throughout the year. Future videos will include guest artists – people the band has collaborated with and/or has been inspired by over their 15 years as a band! 

January 2023 – Loose Blues News

Goin’ to Memphis: On Sunday January 15 at 8pm at the Function Bar, 2291 Yonge Street, the TBS presents the IBC “Road To Memphis” Fundraiser Concert with Heather Luckhart, Garnetta & Dagroovmasters and special guest Kenny ‘Blues Boss” Wayne. Tickets are $15 ($10 – TBS Members).

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