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Where It’s At! – August 15, 2013

Published August 21, 2013 in Where It's At

In this issue…
• 27th Annual Women’s Blues Revue – Featured Vocalists Announcement
• Calabogie Blues & Ribfest
• Donations for Amos Garrett
• Seydel Session Steel Summer Edition Blues Harmonica
• TBS @ Gladstone Hotel
• Congrats to the Ontario Arts Council on 50 years!
• Maple Blues Awards Charter Member Discount
• Blues in the Garden
• Join the TBS
• Donate to TBS
• Concert Notes
• Find Your True Blues & Taste in Mississippi!
• Dan Aykroyd Wines

27th Annual Women’s Blues Revue – Featured Vocalists Announcement

The featured vocalists for the 27th annual Toronto Blues Society Women’s Blues Revue at Massey Hall on Saturday November 30 are Rachelle van Zanten, Layla Zoe, Kim Richardson, Betty Richardson, and more to be announced in the coming weeks!

These featured vocalists will be backed by Morgan Doctor (drums, pictured), andChristine Bougie (guitar), who join new bandleader Rebecca Hennessy(trumpet), Brandi Disterheft (bass), Suzie Vinnick (guitar), Lily Sazz (keys),Colleen Allen (sax), and Carrie Chesnutt (sax).

To get the Charter Member 20% discount code, send an email Purchase your tickets ASAP to get the best available seats! It pays to be a member!

The public on sale date is this Monday August 19 at 10am.

Get your tickets through the Massey Hall box office: / 416-872-4255

Calabogie Blues & Ribfest

Produced by DAWG FM, the Calabogie Blues & Ribfest features top notch blues artists including Johnny Winter, Colin James, Sue Foley & Peter Karp, Firebelly, Paul Reddick, Ben Racine, Soulstack, Steve Hill (pictured), Suzie Vinnick, and Joe Murphy.

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

Donations for Amos Garrett

Amos Garrett’s house was majorly damaged in the recent Alberta flood and donations are now being accepted to help him out. Please consider sending a cheque made out to “Amos Garrett” sent to 30 McGill St, Toronto, ON, M5B 1H2 or clicking DONATE .

Seydel Session Steel Summer Edition Blues Harmonica

With corrosion-free stainless steel reeds, ergonomic covers and plastic comb, the special edition of the SESSION STEEL model is presented with a bold new look and superior technical reliability, excellent playability and a fantastic sound. Features include: Ergonomic cover plates made of matted stainless steel, completely rounded at the mouthpiece, ABS comb with German Silver reedplates, rivets and screws made of stainless steel, lips and beard friendly design, minimal air consumption achieved by fine cut reed plates, optimized flatness and extremely small tolerances between reed and reedplate, stainless steel reeds provide the best clear and full sound just like on the 1847 model, up to 5 times longer playing life compared to models with brass reeds, includes convenient real leather pouch and microfiber cleaning cloth. Buy the Session Steel Summer Edition Harmonica Here

TBS @ Gladstone Hotel

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! TBS is turning the volume up for the next show with theJerome Godboo Band (pictured) on Sept 5!

Mark your calendars for upcoming TBS Gladstone series shows including Michael Pickett (Oct 3) and Jimmy Bowskill solo (Nov 7), Jake Chisholm (Dec 5).

Congrats to the Ontario Arts Council on 50 years!

Since 1992, the Ontario Arts Council has contributed significant funds to help support operations and projects for the Toronto Blues Society. Public funding is ever so important to allow organizations like ours to exist and develop. Congratulations on 50 years, OAC! Check out their 50th anniversary video, titled “Live Love Art” here.

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 / 416-408-0208

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.

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.

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

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  |  Tribute to The Rolling Stones w/Scott McCord & The Bonafide Truth and Roxanne Potvin – Sept 7  |  Danny Brooks (pictured) – Hugh’s Room – Sept 12  |  Peter Karp & Sue Foley – Dominion on Queen – Sept 14  |  Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears – Lee’s Palace – Sept 19  |  Serena Ryder – Massey Hall – Sept 20  |  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  |  Autism is a Pain in the Aspergers w/Shakura S’Aida – Hugh’s Room – Oct 6  |  BB King – Massey Hall – Oct 10  |  The Music of Ray Charles – Hugh’s Room – Oct 10  |  Joe Satriani w/Sit Down, Servant! featuring Gordie Johnson – Massey Hall – Oct 11  |  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  |  Mavis Staples – Koerner Hall – Feb 7  |  Matt Andersen – Massey Hall – March 1 |  Buddy Guy – Massey Hall – April 4  |  George Thorogood & The Destroyers – Massey Hall – May 15

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.

Donate Join TBS Volunteer

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