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Where It’s At! – August 9, 2012

Published August 27, 2012 in Where It's At

In this issue…
• TBS Talent Search Finals
• TBS IBC Showdown
• Women’s Blues Revue
• Concert Notes
• TBS Gladstone Series
• Members Save Money on TBS Events
• Mississippi Tourism: Golf & Blues Experience
• Summer Blues Festivals
• Industry Showcase Opportunities

TBS Talent Search Finals

Congratulations to the finalists: Amanda Davids, Ambre McLean, Carolyn Fe Blues Collective (pictured), Irene Torres & The Sugar Devils, Robbie Antone’s Blues Machine, and Tim Bastmeyer.

These six artists will each perform in front of an industry panel judges and a public audience at Nathan Phillips Square during City of Toronto’s “Tasty Thursdays” series on Thurs August 16, Noon-2pm. One winner will receive a prize package that includes a showcase opportunity at theBlues Summit Six, performances at the Southside Shuffle and Delta Chelsea Monarchs Pub, recording time at Revolution Recording, a photo shoot with Bill King, and mentoring sessions with industry professionals.

TBS IBC Showdown

The International Blues Challenge takes place in Memphis January29-February 2, 2013 and the Toronto Blues Society is hosting a competition to see who will represent Toronto blues at the event. There are two categories that can be represented: solo/duo and band. Judging will take place during a free to the public event at the Delta Chelsea Monarchs Pub on Monday August 20, 9pm. The competing performers are Suzie Vinnick (solo, pictured), Steve Strongman (solo), Shrimp Daddy (band) and Paul Reddick (band).

Women’s Blues Revue

The Charter Member only presale discount begins on Aug 16 at 10am, call the office to get the code! Tickets will be available for the public on Aug 20 through the Massey Hall box office.

The 26th Annual Toronto Blues Society Women’s Blues Revuefeatures Saidah Baba Talibah, Tanika Charles (pictured), Kellylee Evans, Angel Forrest, Sabrina Weeks, and Sacha Williamson! The event will take place at Massey Hall on Saturday November 24. The vocalists will be backed up by the all-female Women’s Blues Revue Band featuring Donna Grantis (Musical Director, Guitar), Suzie Vinnick (Guitar), Lily Sazz (Keys), Brandi Disterheft (Upright Bass), Lindsay Beaver (Drums), Colleen Allen (Sax), Carrie Chesnutt (Sax), and Rebecca Hennessy (Trumpet).

Concert Notes

Fathead – Hugh’s Room – Aug 10  |  Taj Mahal – Peter’s Players – Aug 13  |  JJ Grey & Mofro – Lee’s Palace – Aug 15  |  Toronto Blues Society Talent Search Finals – Nathan Phillips Square – Aug 16  | TBS IBC Showdown featuring Paul Reddick (pictured) and more – Delta Chelsea Monarchs Pub – Aug 20  |  Eric Sardinas & Big Motor w/David Rotundo – Hugh’s Room – Aug 25  |  Robbie Antone’s Blues Machine – Hugh’s Room – Aug 30  |  Bill Bourne – Hugh’s Room – Sept 11  |  Buddy Guy w/Jonny Lang – Casino Rama – Sept 13  |  TBS Blues in the Garden – Sept 16  |  Rita Chiarelli – Hugh’s Room – Sept 22  | Carolina Chocolate Drops – Hugh’s Room – Sept 25  |  Paul James, Jack de Keyzer, Danny Marks – Hugh’s Room – Sept 26  |  Carlos del Junco – Hugh’s Room – Oct 19  |  Ken Whiteley’s Gospel Matinee – Hugh’s Room – Oct 28  |  Susie Arioli – Hugh’s Room – Nov 1  |  Peter Karp & Sue Foley – Hugh’s Room – Nov 6  |  Keb’ Mo’ – Koerner Hall – Nov 8  |  Robert Randolph – Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts – Nov 13  |  Joe Bonamassa – Roy Thompson Hall – Nov 17  |  26th Toronto Blues Society Women’s Blues Revue – Massey Hall – Nov 24  |  Ken Whiteley’s Gospel Matinee – Hugh’s Room – Nov 25  |  Leon Redbone – Hugh’s Room – Dec 4

TBS Gladstone Series

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 and begin at 9pm.

Members Save Money on TBS Events

The Toronto Blues Society is now a charitable organization, so you can be issued a tax receipt for any donations made beyond membership!

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!

Mississippi Tourism: Golf & Blues Experience

Take this quick survey and tell us what you are looking for in a blues vacation:

Love Golf? Love Blues? Get the best of both worlds with the Mississippi Tourism’s International Golf & Blues Experience! Hosted by Chuck Jackson, the next trip takes Oct 7-13 in Tunica, MS. To learn more, find out about TBS group rates and to book your trip, go to

Summer Blues Festivals

Check out upcoming blues festivals right on the TBS website!

Industry Showcase Opportunities

Calling all artists looking to expand their touring prospects! See below for opportunities to be considered for TBS sanctioned showcases. Please send an email to if you are interested to find out more information about each opportunity.

1) The Blues Summit Six is right around the corner! The bi-annual conference at the Delta Chelsea Hotel brings together blues industry from around Canada and beyond. A major component of the conference is the showcase portion which allows artists to perform in front of talent buyers. Note that artists may not showcase in consecutive Summit years. You may submit by sending a one sheet, CD, and a submission fee of $10 to the TBS office or through Sonicbids: If you submitted for this year’s talent search and would like to be considered for this opportunity, please call the office before submitting.

2) The Ontario Council of Folk Festivals Conference takes place in Mississauga October 11-14, 2012. The Toronto Blues Society will once again be presenting a blues showcase. We would like to hear from established blues artists interested in performing in front of key industry in the folk community who could help facilitate national and international touring and festival appearances.

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