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Where It’s At! – December 20, 2012

Published April 10, 2013 in Where It's At

In this issue…
• Give the Gift of Membership
• Donate Now for 2012 Tax Receipt!
• New Year’s Blues
• IBC Fundraiser
• Maple Blues Awards
• Canada’s Biggest Blues Fan Contest
• Blues Summit 6 – Early Bird Discount Available
• Have a Vehicle? Want to Volunteer?
• Folk Alliance Conference in Toronto
• Richard Flohil is Writing a Book
• TBS Gladstone Series
• Blues Art
• Toronto Blues Now CD
• Mississippi’s Got the Blues!
• Toronto Blues Society Members
• Concert Notes

Give the Gift of Membership

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!

Donate Now for 2012 Tax Receipt!

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. Donate before the end of the year to get your receipt in time to file your taxes for 2012 here:

Charitable #: 87487 7509 RR0001

New Year’s Blues

Ring in the new year with one of these awesome blues shows on New Year’s Eve:

Gary Kendall Band w/Diana Braithwaite & Chris Whiteley – Dominion on Queen  |  Jerome Godboo & Jack de Keyzer – The Delta Chelsea Monarchs Pub  |  Johnny Max (pictured), Chuck Jackson, Sophia Perlman, Raoul Bhaneja – The Riverview Room  |  Douglas Watson R&B Revue – Royal Canadian Legion  |  Mike McKenna & His Stink – The Black Swan  |  Suzie Vinnick – Hugh’s Room (Dec 29)

IBC Fundraiser

Suzie Vinnick (solo) and Shrimp Daddy & The Sharpshooters (band) will be representing the Toronto Blues Society at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis. On Saturday January 12, a fundraiser will be held at The Delta Chelsea Monarchs Pub to raise funds to help these artists cover the cost of travelling and showcasing in the US. The event will run 4pm-8pm and it will feature performances by both artists. There will be a cover charge of $10 at the door.

Maple Blues Awards

The Maple Blues Awards returns to beautiful Koerner Hall to honour the best in Canadian blues. Hosted by Raoul Bhaneja, the awards show will take place on Monday January 21, 7pm. This is the blues show of the year featuring live musical performances by Carlos del Junco (ON), Matt Minglewood (NS), Steve Strongman (ON), The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer (BC), Suzie Vinnick (SK/ON), Nanette Workman (QC),Harrison Kennedy (ON, pictured) and the Maple Blues Band! Stick around for the lobby party after the show featuring Chuck Jackson!

Tickets are on sale now through the RCM Koerner Hall box office! Call the TBS office for the Charter Member discount / preferred seating code. This offer is only valid while quantities last so don’t delay, call today!

Maple Blues Awards Team: Derek Andrews, David Barnard, Gary Kendall, Gabriel Dube, Jordan Safer, Matt Mosionier, Natalie Buckley, Desiree Andrews, Melanie Brulee, Sharon Evans, Neil Hendry, Janine Stoll, Dougal Bichan

Canada’s Biggest Blues Fan Contest

Do you think you just might be the biggest blues fan in Canada? We want to see why you think so! Send us a photo of what you think best represents something great about the blues. It could be a picture of a prized record collection or a favourite instrument, a snap of you and a local blues hero, the coolest local blues hang out or the best festival you’ve attended. The photo can be new or old.

The winning submission will be shown during in the 16th Annual Maple Blues Awards show, January 21st atKoerner Hall in Toronto.  And courtesy of The Toronto Blues Society, you’ll receive a most excellent prize pack: a t-shirt, CD and one-year membership

Email a 50 word description of the photo that also tells us about who you are and where you are from, in addition to your contact info, and ONE photo (max 10MB, 300DPI Resolution) per participant to:

Deadline: Midnight (PST) January 14th 2013

Check out for more details

Blues Summit 6 – Early Bird Discount Available

Register now for the most important blues conference in Canada, Blues Summit 6. This biennial event brings together artists, festival directors, media, labels, managers, agents and other blues industry with both a showcase and a conference component.

The Early Bird discount is available until New Years ($99 public / $79 musician), Regular & Walk Up ($119 public / $99 musician). If you are a musician or charter member, please contact the office to access the musician rate code. There will be a delegate hotel code to access the room rate of $99. The code will be sent out with your registration confirmation.

Registration is on sale now through / 416-645-9090. For the most up to date information, keep an eye on

Blues Summit 6 takes place at The Delta Chelsea Hotel (33 Gerrard St W) January 18-21, 2013. The keynote speaker for this edition of the conference is CBC/Stony Plain’s Holger Petersen. The weekend culminates with the Maple Blues Awards on January 21, which is ticketed separately through the Koerner Hall Box Office.

Check out the official showcasing artists here: 

If you would like to be added to the Blues Summit email list for the most up to date info, please send an email to the TBS office.

Blues Summit 6 Team: Derek Andrews, Jordan Safer, Jennifer Eisler, Thomas Silvani, Natalie Buckley, Melanie Brulee, Brian Mortimer, Chris Bennett, Scott Honsberger, Lucie Dufault, Ed Parsons, Rick Barber, Neil Hendry, Janine Stoll, Dougal Bichan

Have a Vehicle? Want to Volunteer?

The Toronto Blues Society is seeking drivers for the Blues Summit / Maple Blues Awards weekend. Please contact the office if you are available to help out!

Folk Alliance Conference in Toronto

The Delta Chelsea Hotel is host to the 25th Annual Folk Alliance International Conference February 20-24. A blues showcase will be presented by The Toronto Blues Society on Wednesday February 20, location and time TBA. To learn more about the conference and to register:

Richard Flohil is Writing a Book

Publicist Richard Flohil (pictured) is finally writing a book, highlighting his experiences in the music industry with such greats as Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, Muddy Waters, Fred McDowell, Bobby Bland, Downchild, Jeff Healey and many more. To help support Richard to take the time off necessary to work on the book, you can make a donation here:

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. Start the new year off right with The Chuck Jackson Trio (pictured) on Thursday January 3.

The new year will bring some terrific artists to the Gladstone stage including Rob Lutes CD release (Feb 7), Michael Pickett (March 7),Suzie Vinnick (April 4), Chris Antonik CD Release (May 2) and more.

Blues Art

Local visual artist Michael Titherington is displaying his oil painting portraits of local and international blues stars at The Pilot (22 Cumberland St). The opening is Monday January 7, 6:30pm-9:30pmfeaturing live music by Davi Rockit, and the paintings will be on display for the month of January.

Toronto Blues Now CD

The Toronto Blues Society has produced a compilation that serves as a snapshot of Toronto Blues Now! The CD features tracks from Paul Reddick, Downchild, David Wilcox, Jack de Keyzer, Suzie Vinnick, Harrison Kennedy, Treasa Levasseur, Fathead, Rita Chiarelli, Steve Strongman, Shakura S’Aida, Julian Fauth, Diana Braithwaite & Chris Whiteley, The 24th Street Wailers and catl. For more information on the CD and to purchase yours today, check out

Also make sure to check out this feature at Reactor Design:

Richard Flohil gives you the low down on the disc here

Mississippi’s Got the Blues!

Check out Mississippi’s authentic Juke Joints!
Ground Zero Blues Club – showcasing the best of today’s Delta Blues musicians.
Shed BBQ & Blues Joint –  the tastiest BBQ in the South with honest-to-goodness down home blues for an experience you’ll never forget!
Dockery Farms – Birthplace of the Blues?
B.B. King Museum – A must stop for any Blues enthusiast!
The Mississippi Blues Trail – Experience the Blues where they were born.

Toronto Blues Society Members

Happy holidays to all the Toronto Blues Society members (and everyone on this list!) With your help the Toronto Blues Society has been able to continue to preserve and promote blues music in Toronto. Check out the Institutional, Benefactor, New, and Renewing Members below. Also, a special thank you to those who have been among the first to donate to the Toronto Blues Society under it’s new charitable status.

Institutional Members: Aurora Winter Blues Festival, Busted Flat Records, Choose the Blues, Dan Aykroyd Wines, Dee’s Deeds, Dickenson Group, Dominion on Queen, Grand River Blues Society, Limestone City Blues Festival, Randy Macneil, Music By the Bay Live, Orangeville Blues & Jazz Festival, Ross Robinson

Benefactor Members: Rick Barber, Philip Edward Brent, Dana R. Clarence, Joel Goldberg, Brian David Johnston, Michael Malone, Scott Peaker

New Members: Rose-Marie Ker, Yannick Lambert, Michele Lundeen, Solomon Weinstock

Renewing Members: Shari Campbell, Roger Dorey, Gabriel Dube, Sally Fitzgerald, Carol Flett, Zoran Gadjanski, James Henderson, Irene Ippersiel, Angela & Randy Martin, Frank McNulty, Jo Murray, Edward Parsons, Karen Rieschi, Marcel Spidalleri, Geoffrey Virag, Ray Williams

New Honourary Members: The Cameo Blues Band, Harrison Kennedy

Concert Notes

The Chuck Jackson Trio – Gladstone Hotel Melody Bar – Jan 3  |  IBC Fundraiser featuring Suzie Vinnick & Shrimp Daddy – Delta Chelsea Hotel Monarchs Pub – Jan 12  |  Blues Summit Six – Delta Chelsea Hotel – Jan 18-21  |  Maple Blues Awards featuring performances by The Maple Blues Band (pictured) and more – Koerner Hall – Jan 21  |  Taj Mahal – Brock University – Jan 30  |  Taj Mahal – Rose Theatre Brampton – Jan 31  |  Taj Mahal – Burlington Performing Arts Centre – Feb 1  |  Rob Lutes Duo CD Release – Gladstone Hotel Melody Bar – Feb 7  |  Tribute to Etta James – Hugh’s Room – Feb 8  |  Folk Alliance International Conference Blues Showcase – Delta Chelsea Hotel – Feb 20  |  Michael Pickett – Gladstone Hotel Melody Bar – March 7    John Hammond – Hugh’s Room – March 23/24  |  Suzie Vinnick – Gladstone Hotel Melody Bar – April 4  |  Shuggie Otis – Phoenix Concert Theatre – April 14  |  Buddy Guy – Massey Hall – April 20  |  Chris AntonikCD Release – Gladstone Hotel Melody Bar – May 2

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