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Where It’s At! – April 25, 2013

Published May 28, 2013 in Where It's At

In this issue…
• Trixie Whitley Ticket Giveaway
• Emerging Blues Artists – Look Here!
• TBS Gladstone Series: Chris Antonik CD Release
• TBS Blues Dance Birthday Bash
• Waterfront Blues Festival
• Paddock Tavern Live Blues Revival
• Donate to TBS
• Mississippi’s Got the Blues!
• Why You Should Join the TBS
• Contest: Perform at Festivals in Toronto and Cognac, France
• Concert Notes
• Dan Aykroyd Wines

Trixie Whitley Ticket Giveaway

Trixie Whitley burst onto the scene as lead singer of Daniel Lanois’ project Black Dub. A remarkable songwriter in her own right, Trixie has just released her latest solo recording Fourth Corner, and will be performing at The Drake Hotel this Tuesday night, doors at 8:30pm. TBS and Collective Concerts want you to hear her soulful voice in person! If you are a Charter Member in good standing, send an email to with the date of the Toronto concert in the subject line for your chance to win tickets!

Emerging Blues Artists – Look Here!

The Toronto Blues Society Talent Search is now open for submissions! All materials must be received at the TBS office by Friday May 10 at 5pm. The competition is open to emerging Canadian blues artists who have not appeared in the finals of the talent search in the past and who do not have national distribution. This year, the finals will take place at Dominion on Queen (500 Queen St E) on Friday June 7 and Saturday June 8. The prize for the winner includes a showcase slot at Blues Summit Seven in 2015, a performance at this year’s Southside Shuffle, a gig at the Delta Chelsea Hotel Monarchs Pub, a day at Revolution Recording, a performance at the Kitchener Blues Festival subject to final approval, mentoring meetings with industry professionals and more! Artists can submit by sending a CD, one sheet and $15 submission fee to the TBS office (910 Queen St W, Suite B04, Toronto, ON, M6J 1G6) or through Sonicbids.

TBS Gladstone Series: Chris Antonik CD Release

The Toronto Blues Society presents the best in blues talent the first Thursday of each month at the Melody Bar in The Gladstone Hotel. Performances are free to the public, begin at 9pm, and the Gladstone has an excellent menu if you arrive for the show early! The next show is Chris Antonik‘s CD Release on May 2!

Mark your calendars for upcoming Gladstone series shows including Morgan Davis (June 6), Fraser Daley (July 4), Danny Marks (Aug 1) and Jerome Godboo‘s CD release (Sept 5).

TBS Blues Dance Birthday Bash

Mark your calendar for the Toronto Blues Society’s 28th birthday partyfeaturing a performance by Jack de Keyzer (pictured) that will feature material off his new CD Electric Love at the Delta Chelsea Monarchs Pub (33 Gerrard St W) on Thursday May 30, 8pm. The event will be free to the public, so members are encouraged to bring a friend! Cake will be served between sets and this show will have a special focus on the art of blues dancing! Learn more about blues dancing here:

Waterfront Blues Festival

Toronto’s very own Waterfront Blues Festival takes place at Woodbine Park on May 31-June 2 and features a number of impressive blues artists including Eugene Hideaway Bridges, Deanna Bogart, Chuck Jackson, Paul Reddick, Soulstack, Fathead, Alexis P. Suter, Morgan DavisScott McCord & The Bonafide Truth (pictured), and The 24th Street Wailers. Drop by the TBS table by the side of the stage and say hi! Find out more about this FREE festival at

For a full list of summer blues festivals, check out

Paddock Tavern Live Blues Revival

Previously known as a former Toronto hang for Frank Sinatra with a weekly gig by Oscar Peterson, The Paddock Tavern is reviving its live music policy with no cover charge Friday and Saturday night blues programming. Located at 178 Bathurst Street, just south of Queen on the west side, the bar has been open since 1946 and still has much of its original wood decor. During the summer months, the stage window will open onto the street and patio. Take a good look at the bar, stocked with local and international bourbons and other whiskeys not found in the LCBO. Hours: Tues-Fri 4:30pm-2am; Sat 6pm-2am, @thepaddockTO

Donate to TBS

Make a donation to the Toronto Blues Society! The TBS is now a registered charitable organization and is able to issue tax receipts to donations made beyond membership and merchandise. Your generousity will assist the ongoing operations of the Toronto Blues Society such as the Blues in the Schools program, workshops, the Women’s Blues Revue, the Maple Blues Awards, the Maple Blues Newsletter and more. Donate here:

Charitable #: 87487 7509 RR0001

Thank you to TBS’s current donors: Noah Blackstein, Joel Goldberg, Trynie de Vries, Carol Flett, Sue Bracken, Suzie Vinnick, Sharon Evans, Jon Arnold, Gord Brown, Ed Parsons, Mike Malone and Derek Andrews.

Mississippi’s Got the Blues!

Shack Up Inn – Make your visit to Mississippi unforgettable by spending a night at the Shack Up Inn!
Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale Mississippi – Located in the land where Blues began!
Why not visit the birthplace of Elvis Presley? Located in the town of Tupelo, Mississippi — see where it all began.
Need help planning your visit to Mississippi? Check out our official to help decide when to go, where to stay and what to see! To sign up for our newsletter click on the following link:


Why You Should Join the TBS

TBS Members save money to TBS events and have access to discounts and giveaways! Give the gift of membership to the Toronto Blues Society and you will be giving all year long!

Become a TBS Member Today! Have the Maple Blues Magazine delivered right to your door each month. Meet like-minded blues lovers and help keep the blues alive in Toronto. The Toronto Blues Society offers several different membership options:

CHARTER MEMBERSHIP – $50/year – Monthly Maple Blues Newsletter, membership card, DISCOUNTS to TBS Events, exclusive access to special TBS events, other discounts, and voting rights.

FAMILY MEMBERSHIP – $70/year – Same privileges as Charter membership for a maximum of two adults and two children under 19.

INSTITUTIONAL or BENEFACTOR MEMBERSHIP – $125/year – Same privileges as Charter membership, plus more – Please inquire.

GENERAL MEMBERSHIP – $35/year – Monthly Maple Blues Newsletter sent in fourth class mail

STUDENT MEMBERSHIP – $20/year – Same benefits as CHARTER membership (please include student card number)


Contact the TBS office today!

Are you already a TBS charter member? Interested in brainstorming on ideas to help the community come together? Send an email to to let us know you are interested in joining the membership committee. You must be available to attend monthly meetings.

Contest: Perform at Festivals in Toronto and Cognac, France

In partnership with Hennessy Cognac, the Beaches Jazz Festival has launched a contest, whereby one lucky performer can have the chance to not only win a spot playing StreetFest this year but also be entered into an international competition to play the Blues Passions Festival in Cognac, France.

It’s a simple, two-step process to enter.  First, visit and provide a link to a YouTube video showcasing an original piece of music.  Next, visit and upload the same link.

Concert Notes

Jimmie Vaughan (pictured) & The Tilt-a-Whirl Band – Mohawk College, McIntyre Performing Arts Centre – April 25  |  Tribute to Levon Helm – Hugh’s Room – April 26  |  Trixie Whitley – Drake Hotel Underground – April 30  |  Chris Antonik CD Release – Gladstone Hotel Melody Bar – May 2  |  Edgar Winter & Kim Simmonds of Savoy Brown – Regent Theatre Oshawa – May 4  |  Tania Joy CD Release – Gladstone Hotel – May 5  |  Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires – Phoenix Concert Theatre – May 11  |  Coco Montoya w/Jake Chisholm – El Mocambo – May 14  |  The Rolling Stones – Air Canada Centre – May 25/June 6  |  Thom Swift & Steve Marriner – Hugh’s Room – May 29  |  TBS Birthday Party w/Jack de Keyzer – Delta Chelsea Monarchs Pub – May 30  |  Diana Braithwaite & Chris Whiteley – Hugh’s Room – May 31  |  Madeleine Peyroux – Harbourfront Centre Enwave Theatre – May 31/June 1  |  Waterfront Blues Festival – May 31-June 2  |  Morgan Davis – Gladstone Hotel Melody Bar – June 6  |  TBS Talent Search Finals – Dominion on Queen – June 7/8  |  B.B. King – Caesars Windsor Colosseum – June 9/13  |  The Corey Harris Band & Carolina Chocolate Drops – David Pecaut Square – June 17 |  The Heavy – Phoenix Concert Theatre – June 19  |  Alabama Shakes – Echo Beach – June 20  |  Mavis Staples & Dr. John – Nathan Phillips Square – June 22  |  James Cotton – Horseshoe Tavern – June 23  |  James Hunter & Sharon Jones – Nathan Phillips Square – June 27  |  Fraser Daley – Gladstone Hotel Melody Bar – July 4  |  Fathead – Hugh’s Room – July 27  |  John Mayer – Molson Amphitheatre – Aug 14  |  Tribute to Elvis w/Johnny Max, Robin Banks, Chuck Jackson – Hugh’s Room – Aug 16  |  Johnny Winter – Peter’s Players – Aug 17/18/19  |  Harry Manx – Peter’s Players – Oct 24  |  TBS Women’s Blues Revue – Massey Hall – Nov 30  |  TBS Maple Blues Awards – Koerner Hall – Jan 20

Dan Aykroyd Wines

The TBS would like to welcome Dan Aykroyd Wines as the newest year round sponsor. You may be seeing their logo more often and there may even be some wine tastings at TBS events like the one that occurred at the Maple Blues Awards.

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