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Loose Blues News – September 2019

Published September 1, 2019 in Loose Blues News, News

Revival Club bringing the Blues: Music Express is launching a new initiative at the Revival Club on College St. in which they will bring a series of high profile blues shows to help fill the gap from the departure of the Cadillac Lounge. The first show is Jack DeKeyzer, Paul James and Danny Marks on September 20th and on November 15th they will present Myles Goodwyn Blues Band and MonkeyJunk. 

Alleycatz is Back: Big Groove featuring Gary Kendall and Mike Fitzpatrick jumpstart  their Blues In The Alley series at Toronto`s Alleycatz on Sun. Sept.15th for a limited number of shows before heading out on the next leg of the Downchild 50th Anniversary Tour.  They will be joined by Samantha Martin & Curtis Chaffey Sept.15th, Robin Banks & Teddy Leonard Sept.22nd, Jerome Godboo & Eric Schenkman Sept.29th, Emily Burgess & Jesse Whiteley Oct.6th, Fraser Melvin & Jenie Thai Oct.13th.  While the rhythm section hosts are on the road Danny B & The Chess Pieces will take over until they return Nov.24th.  More info at  or

The 7th annual Amy Louie Grossman`s Music Scholarship Fund Raiser takes place on Tues. Sept.24th 7-11:30pm at Grossman`s Tavern, 379 Spadina Ave. Toronto.  The event will be hosted by 2018 scholarship recipients,The Swingin Blackjacks and will feature Donnie”Mr.Downchild”Walsh, The Happy Pals, Frankie Foo, Bad Luck Woman & Her Misfortunes, Jerome Godboo, Chloe Watkinson, Danny Marks and The Dan McKinnon Band.  ALGMS is an artist development bursary awarded yearly.  It is open to all who take the time to submit a valid proposal outlining how they would use the funds.  The 2019 recipient will be announced on Sept.24th and they will perform in the show.  ALGMS submissions close on Sept.13/19.  More info at

Aretha Celebration:  A Celebration of the music of Aretha Franklin will feature Cheryl Lescom, Quisha Wint and Chuckee Zehr at a fundraiser for Bereaved Families of Ontario – Durham, an organization that provides support and guidance to parents who have lost a child.  This is done through drop ins, group sessions and one-on-one counseling.  The event takes place September 14th at Simcoe Jazz & Blues , 926 Simcoe St. N. in Oshawa. Tickets are $80 each and include a 3 course dinner and the show

Blues on the Rideau kicks off a new season: Choose the Blues Productions has announced the start of the 15th Anniversary season of Blues on the Rideau at the Cove Inn, Westport – commencing September 13 with Harrison Kennedy with band. See this year’s line-up at

Daddy Cool Retires:  After being honoured with the Mel Brown Award from the Kitchener Blues Festival, DJ/archivist Dave Booth has formally announced his retirement and hung up his microphone at Whistle-FM.  Teddy Pender, who wrote the excellent retrospective of Daddy Cool in last month’s MapleBlues has written a fascinating follow up story on Mel Brown’s father, Bubba Brown.  See it here:

R.I.P Mitch Podolak: Festival founder/banjoist/disruptor Mitch Podolak has passed away on August 25.  His son Leonard posted on FaceBook, “Creating festivals was his way of starting the Revolution”. Guitar great Amos Garrett wrote, “…by literally inventing the workshop, he created the form and format of the Canadian music festival–unlike fests anywhere else in the world…In doing so, he quintupled (at least) the number of musicians that would play (and get paid!) at them. Now there’s socialism AND capitalism at the same time. I think Mitch is proud of that. RIP my friend, and thanks for the memories (and gigs).–Amos”

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