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July 2024 – Loose Blues News

Phoenix Closing: One of Toronto’s longest running concert venues is closing early next year. This landmark concert venue, which hosted the Maple Blues Awards this year will go dark effective on Jan. 15, 2025 making room for a new residential housing development. The concert hall has a long history in the city as an entertainment venue. In 1984, it was re-branded as The Diamond.

June 2024 – Loose Blues News

The Blues Music Awards: Canadian and Canada-based blues artists Sue Foley and Kenny ‘Blues Boss’ Wayne had a big night in Memphis at the Blues Music Awards.

May 2024 – Loose Blues News

Al Duffy Benefit:  Our dear friend and fellow musician needs our help. There will be a fundraiser for Al, who is suffering from cancer and no longer able to work. The concert will be held at the Redwood Theatre, 1300 Gerrard St. E. on Sunday June 9, 3-6pm

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.

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