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Where It’s At! – August 1, 2013

Published August 21, 2013 in Where It's At

In this issue…
• TBS @ Gladstone Hotel Tonight w/ Danny Marks
• Maple Blues Awards Charter Member Discount
• 27th Annual Women’s Blues Revue – Band Member Update
• Join the TBS
• Blues in the Garden
• 4479
• Calabogie Blues & Ribfest
• Donate to TBS
• Concert Notes
• International Blues Challenge Artist Call Out
• Find Your True Blues & Taste in Mississippi!
• Dan Aykroyd Wines

TBS @ Gladstone Hotel Tonight w/ Danny Marks

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!

Danny Marks (pictured) kicks off the Gladstone Hotel’s August Summertime Blues series tonight! Check out some other great blues happening at the Melody Bar throughout August including The Don River Blues Band (Aug 10), The Distillery (Aug 22), Blues & Troubles w/Ronnie Hayward (Aug 24) and more!

Mark your calendars for upcoming TBS Gladstone series shows including Jerome Godboo Band (Sept 5), Michael Pickett (Oct 3) and Jimmy Bowskill solo (Nov 7).

Maple Blues Awards Charter Member Discount

A limited number of discount tickets for the annual Maple Blues Awards atKoerner Hall on Monday January 20 are on sale now. If you are a charter member and would like to purchase the best available tickets at the lowest discount ($28), email to retrieve the password to give to the RCM box office

27th Annual Women’s Blues Revue – Band Member Update

The 27th annual Women’s Blues Revue returns to historic Massey Hall onSaturday November 30 featuring six top female vocalists backed by new bandleader Rebecca Hennessy (trumpet, pictured here at her recent wedding!),Morgan Doctor (drums), and Christine Bougie (guitar), who join Brandi Disterheft (bass), Suzie Vinnick (guitar), Lily Sazz (keys), Colleen Allen(sax), and Carrie Chesnutt (sax).

The charter member 20% discount begins Wed Aug 14. Check here next week for information on acquiring the password. The public on sale date is Mon Aug 19.

The featured vocalists will be announced in the coming weeks.

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.

Blues in the Garden

The free annual Blues in the Garden art display and live blues performance takes place 2pm-5pm during the Queen West Art Crawl on Sunday September 22. There will be a performance by 2013 TBS Talent Search winner Sugar Brown (pictured), as well as bbq (dietary options available) and beverages available for purchase, including Dan Aykroyd Wines.


Thanks to the 4479 campaign, Toronto City Council has unanimously passed a motion to establish a music city alliance with Austin, Texas. The alliance is intended to drive economic and cultural development opportunities in both Toronto and Austin by sharing best practices, developing new trade and tourism initiatives, and fostering expanded collaboration between the two cities’ respective music communities. Council has directed City staff to report back to the city’s Economic Development Committee on the alliance’s terms and structure. The motion at Toronto City Hall follows the June 27, 2013 passage of a similar motion in Austin.

All artists, musicians, industry supporters and fans should should check out and link with The 4479 brand was developed in part with support from the Ontario Government.

Calabogie Blues & Ribfest

The Calabogie Blues & Ribfest, produced by DAWG FM, features a healthy mix of veterans, emerging and local artists including Johnny Winter, Firebelly(pictured), Paul Reddick, Ben Racine, Soulstack, Steve Hill, Colin James, Peter Karp & Sue Foley, Suzie Vinnick and Joe Murphy.

Check out a full list of Canadian summer blues festivals here:

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

Concert Notes

Danny Marks – Gladstone Hotel Melody Bar – Aug 1  |  Saidah Baba Talibah(pictured) – Yonge Dundas Square – Aug 2  |  Tommy Castro & The Painkillers– Peter’s Players – Aug 3  |  Rita di Ghent CD Release – deSoto’s – Aug 8  |  Sit Down, Servant! – Peter’s Players – Aug 9  |  Powder Blues – Peter’s Players – Aug 10  |  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  |  Grace Potter & The Nocturnals – Danforth Music Hall – Aug 24  |  Michael Pickett’s Concert For Peace V – Crystal Beach – Sept 1  |  Jerome Godboo – Gladstone Hotel Melody Bar – Sept 5  |  Danny Brooks – Hugh’s Room – Sept 12  |  Peter Karp & Sue Foley – Dominion on Queen – Sept 14  |  Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears – Lee’s Palace – Sept 19  |  Rita Chiarelli – Hugh’s Room – Sept 21  |  TBS Blues in the Garden w/Sugar Brown -TBS Artscape Garden – Sept 22  | The Prine Shrine w/Christine Bougie – Hugh’s Room – Sept 28  |  Michael Pickett – Gladstone Hotel Melody Bar – Oct 3  |  OCFF – Delta Meadowvale Resort & Conference Centre – Oct 17-20  |  Harry Manx – Hugh’s Room – Oct 19/20  |  Harry Manx – Peter’s Players – Oct 24  |  Carlos del Junco – Hugh’s Room -Oct 25  |  Ken Whiteley Gospel Matinee – Hugh’s Room – Oct 27  |  Ken Whiteley Gospel Matinee – Hugh’s Room – Oct 27  |  Anthony Gomes – Hugh’s Room – Nov 8  | Gary Clark Jr. – Danforth Music Hall – Nov 18  |  Little Miss Higgins CD Release – Hugh’s Room – Nov 21  |  Ken Whiteley Gospel Matinee – Hugh’s Room – Nov 24  |  TBS Women’s Blues Revue – Massey Hall – Nov 30  |  Jack de Keyzer – Hugh’s Room – Nov 30  |  TBS Christmas Party – Eaton Chelsea Monarchs Pub – Dec 7  |  Charles Bradley – Kool Haus – Dec 12  |  TBS Maple Blues Awards – Koerner Hall – Jan 20

International Blues Challenge Artist Call Out

The International Blues Challenge will take place on Beale Street in MemphisJanuary 21-25, 2014. The TBS is holding a live performance competition (date and venue TBC) to determine which artists will be sanctioned by TBS to compete in Memphis. Two artists will be selected in the following categories to perform in front of industry professional judges: Band, Solo/duo, Youth (under 21). There is also an opportunity to submit a sanctioned self-released recording. Please inquire.

If you are an artist who is market-ready and financially able to incur all costs and time associated with registering and travelling to Memphis to compete, please send an inquiry email to – Particularly solo/duo artists!

Find Your True Blues & Taste in Mississippi!


Hopson Plantation – A place to hear the blues, experience the history and enjoy the Delta! –
Morgan Freeman’s Ground Zero Blues Club – showcasing the best of today’s Delta Blues musicians –
For the Best of the Blues in Jackson, MS visit Underground 119 –  and Hal & Mal’s
The Shed BBQ & Blues Joint – combining the tastiest BBQ in the South with honest-to-goodness downhome blues for an experience that you’ll never forget!  –
Find your True Taste in Mississippi – Introducing the “Culinary Trail” – pull up a chair, put a napkin in your lap and get ready for an unrivaled eating experience.
Need help planning your visit to Mississippi? Check out our official website to help decide when to go, where to stay and what to see!
To sign up for the Mississippi Tourism newsletter click on the following link –


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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