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Where It’s At! – December 6, 2012

Published April 10, 2013 in Where It's At

In this issue…
• TBS Gladstone Series – Harrison Kennedy Tonight
• Christmas Party with the Cameo Blues Band – This Saturday Night
• Annual General Meeting
• Maple Blues Awards – Last Chance to Vote!
• Maple Blues Awards
• Canada’s Biggest Blues Fan Contest
• Blues Summit 6 – Early Bird Discount Available Now!
• Have a Vehicle? Want to Volunteer?
• New Year’s Blues
• Toronto Blues Now CD
• Concert Notes
• Richard Flohil is Writing a Book
• Members Save Money on TBS Events
• Mississippi’s Got the Blues!

TBS Gladstone Series – Harrison Kennedy Tonight

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. Stop on by for an intimate solo acoustic performance from Harrison Kennedy (pictured) on Thursday December 6. Note that this show will begin at9:30pm.

The new year will bring some terrific artists to the Gladstone stage including The Chuck Jackson Trio (Jan 3), Rob Lutes CD release (Feb 7), Michael Pickett (March 7), Suzie Vinnick (April 4),Chris Antonik CD Release (May 2) and more.

Christmas Party with the Cameo Blues Band – This Saturday Night

The TBS Christmas Party will take place this year on Saturday December 8 atthe Delta Chelsea Monarchs Pub (33 Gerrard Street West). Don’t miss a thunderous performance by the Cameo Blues Band at 9pm. Your emcee for the evening will be Blues Doctor Julie Hill!

Annual General Meeting

The Toronto Blues Society Annual General Meeting will take place in the Gerrard Room (next to Monarchs Pub on the main floor) at The Delta Chelsea Hotel (33 Gerrard Street West) at 7pm on Saturday December 8, before the Christmas Party festivities. All Toronto Blues Society members are encouraged to attend. Following the meeting, there will be a volunteer appreciation event in Monarchs Pub before the Christmas party begins.

Maple Blues Awards – Last Chance to Vote!

Check out the nominee list for the 16th Annual Maple Blues Awards here

Make sure to cast your vote for the public voting categories (non-instrument) today!

Voting is open right now & closes Saturday, December 8 at midnight PSTat

The nominees for the Maple Blues Awards are selected by a distinguished panel of 47 blues experts headed by the steering committee consisting of Deborah Cartmer (CFBU, St. Catharines), Yves Trottier (DAWG FM, Ottawa), Paul Norton (CFRO / CITR, Vancouver), and Gord MacAulay (Canadian Blues Alliance, Saskatoon). The panel includes radio hosts, journalists, and festival organizers regionally distributed across Canada.

Maple Blues Awards

Just announced: Harrison Kennedy will be performing at the Maple Blues Awards, and the lobby party following the show will feature Chuck Jackson!

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, pictured), Nanette Workman (QC), Harrison Kennedy (ON) and theMaple 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!

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 at Koerner 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 Now!

Register now for the most important blues conference in Canada, Blues Summit6. 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.

Showcasing artists include TBS Talent Search winners Irene Torres & The Sugar Devils, Jon Knight & SoulstackBill DurstSabrina Weeks & Swing Cat BounceCarolyn Fe Blues CollectiveThe Harpoonist & the Axe MurdererJoe MurphySteve StrongmanNicole Christian, Donald Ray Johnson, Boogie Patrol, Ben Racine, Urban Preacher, JW Jones, David Vest, Dawn Tyler Watson & Paul Deslauriers, Bill Johnson,an Electro-Fi Records Showcase featuring Curley Bridges, Julian Fauth, Diana Braithwaite & Chris Whiteley, Shakura S’Aida & Donna Grantis, Morgan Davis, Fraser Daley and Harrison Kennedy and more.

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.

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!

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 (pictured) – Dominion on Queen  |  Jerome Godboo & Jack de Keyzer – The Delta Chelsea Monarchs Pub  |  Johnny Max, Chuck Jackson, Sophia Perlman, Raoul Bhaneja – The Riverview Room  |  Douglas Watson R&B Revue – Royal Canadian Legion  |  Mike McKenna & His Stink – The Black Swan

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 Wailersand 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:

Concert Notes

Blind Boys of Alabama (pictured) – Roy Thomson Hall – Dec 7  |  TBS AGM & Christmas Party featuring the Cameo Blues Band – Delta Chelsea Hotel – Dec 8  |  Have A Bluesy Christmas – Hugh’s Room – Dec 18  |  Suzie Vinnick – Hugh’s Room – Dec 29  |  Blues Summit Six – Delta Chelsea Hotel – Jan 18-21  |  Maple Blues Awards – 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  |  Tribute to Etta James – Hugh’s Room – Feb 8  |  Folk Alliance International Conference Blues Showcase – Delta Chelsea Hotel – Feb 20  |  John Hammond– Hugh’s Room – March 23/24  |  Shuggie Otis – Phoenix Concert Theatre – April 14  |  Buddy Guy – Massey Hall – April 20

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:

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’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 BBG & 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.

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