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February 2022 – Loose Blues News

Talkin’ Blues: Mako Funasaka has posted the 300th episode of the Talkin’ Blues Podcast featuring an interview with American guitarist, composer, singer, songwriter and producer Steve Vai

January 2022 – Loose Blues News

Pioneering Canadian blueswomen honoured: On December 17, Canada’s “First Lady of the Blues,” Salome Bey was posthumously inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame. Jackie Richardson, who was chosen to honour Salome was herself just invested into the Order of Canada for “…distinguished service in or to a particular community, group or field of activity.”  Both women have been an inspiration to a whole new generation of young female singers who are making their mark on the Canadian (and international) blues scene.

December 2021 – Loose Blues News

Grammy Nominations: Congratulations to the nominees

November 2021 – Loose Blues News

Raoul and the Show Time:  The multi-talented harpmeister Raoul Bhaneja is part of one of the hottest new shows on TV, Lost Symbol, one of the biggest releases of the year. It is an American TV series that comes under the adventure and mystery genre. Its story has been adapted from the novel named The Lost Symbol, which Dan Brown wrote. Brown is the author of the acclaimed Da Vinci Code franchise. Raoul plays a janitor/hit-man and puts on a rather sinister persona. As they say in showbiz, he killed it.  Showing now Monday nights on Showcase.


October 2021 – Loose Blues

Silver Dollar Room rises from the ashes (twice): The Dollar is back at its original location, meticulously restored, but not yet open  to the public. A privileged few have received a guided tour of the revived bar that was demolished along with the adjoining Waverly Hotel in 2018 to make way for a new residential property.

September 2021 – Loose Blues News

Julian Faiths house gigs, International Blues Challenge, Canadian expat Layla has new T-shirts for sale, Arhoolie unveils archives and some new cancellations.

August 2021 – Loose Blues News

Saturday Night Blues with Holger Peterson is leaving CBC Radio One. Sue Foley postpones Ontario Tour and New Orleans Jazzfest Cancelled

34th Women's Blues Revue

July 2021 – Loose Blues News

The Women’s Blues Revue at Roy Thomson Hall has been rescheduled to Friday, November 26, 2021.  Live music is coming back!  A list of upcoming shows and festivals. Find out who Downchild’s new members are?

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

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