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Where It’s At! – December 19, 2013

Published December 19, 2013 in Where It's At

In this issue…
• The Toronto Blues Society Selects Port Credit Jazz and Blues Festival for Maple Blues Award
• TBS Launches Thursday Night Series at Dominion On Queen
• Maple Blues Awards Charter Member Discount
• TBS Mississippi Trip April 6-13, 2014!
• New Blues Festival for Durham Region Launches June 2014
• JPEC Jazz Series
• Donate to TBS
• Concert Notes
• Dan Aykroyd Wines

The Toronto Blues Society Selects Port Credit Jazz and Blues Festival for Maple Blues Award

The Toronto Blues Society is proud to announce the recipient of the Blues Booster of the Year award, a very special Maple Blues Award honouring outstanding contribution to the Canadian blues music industry. This year the Blues Booster of the Year Award goes to Mississauga based Tim Hortons Southside Shuffle. Held annually in the picturesque Port Credit area of Mississauga, the Tim Hortons Southside Shuffle is a nationally renowned blues festival now heading in to its 16th year. Congratulations to everyone on the THSS Team for their years of hard work and dedication!

TBS Launches Thursday Night Series at Dominion On Queen

Beginning January 2014, the Toronto Blues Society presents its new monthly blues series showcasing the best in blues talent. Hosted by Dominion On Queen, performances will be free to the public and feature a wide spectrum of talented blues artists. Don’t miss the fantastic Chris Antonik (pictured) who launches the series Thursday, January 162014!

Maple Blues Awards Charter Member Discount

A limited number of discount tickets for the annual Maple Blues Awards at Koerner 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

TBS Mississippi Trip April 6-13, 2014!

The Toronto Blues Society is planning a blues trip to MississippiApril 6-13, 2014! Insight Travel (TICO insured) is helping produce an irresistible package for those who always wanted to visit the Deep South. The trip will be hosted by Mark “Bird” Stafford(pictured) and will feature total immersion in Mississippi culture. Highlights of the trip will include the Juke Joint Festival, the Civil Rights Museum and a visit to the Blues Foundationheadquarters in Memphis, TN!

$200 deposits are now being accepted for the Mississippi Blues Trip 2014! To process your deposit and guarantee your seat, please contact TBS head office and they will be able to assist you further.

Thank you to everyone who has expressed interest. The itinerary is almost complete and will be made available shortly.

Departs: April 6-13, 2014

Price: $1895 per person (Air travel not included)

New Blues Festival for Durham Region Launches June 2014

Durham West Blues Fest is making its debut this coming June. The festival is going to be a family event over 3 days with the amalgamation of music inspired art and live blues. The festivities start off with a double bill show on Friday June 13, workshops for guitar and harmonica on June 14, as well as a quadruple bill show in the arena and on June 16, a wrap up blues jam. The whole event is under one roof at the Annandale Country Club. Check out their Facebook  for upcoming details. The event is co-produced by the good folks at Music By the Bay Live.

JPEC Jazz Series

Coming this January, Jazz Performance Education Centre (JPEC) will offer a Series of six unique performances at Paint Box Bistro feat. both international and local Jazz artists.

January 11 – Randy Weston “African Rhythms” (pictured), 8-10pm

January 18 – Kelly Jefferson and Kelsley Grant Sextet, 8-10:45pm
January 25 – Diana Panton, 8-10:45pm
February 1 – Maria Farinha, 8-10:45pm
February 8 – Brubeck Braid, 8-10:45pm
February 15 – Luis Mario Ochoa Quintet, 8-10:45pm

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

Charles Bradley – Kool Haus – Dec 12  |  Steve Strongman(pictured) – Roselawn Centre – Dec 12  |  Have a Bluesy XMas w/Etta James featuring Shakura S’Aida, Jesse Whiteley, Danny Marks, Sabrina Weeks, Carolyn Fe, Cheryl Lescom – Hugh’s Room – Dec 16/17  |  Suzie Vinnick – Hugh’s Room – Dec 28  |  TBS Maple Blues Awards – Koerner Hall – Jan 20  |  Blackie & The Rodeo Kings – Annandale Country Club – Jan 22  |  Mavis Staples – Koerner Hall – Feb 7  |  Jack de Keyzer – Annandale Country Club – Feb 14  |  Matt Andersen – Massey Hall – March 1  |  David Wilcox – Hugh’s Room – March 22  |  Rik Emmett – Annandale Country Club – Mar 28  |  Buddy Guy – Massey Hall – April 4  |  David Gogo – Annandale Country Club – Apr 25  | George Thorogood & The Destroyers – Massey Hall – May 15

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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