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Where It’s At! – February 14, 2013

Published April 10, 2013 in Where It's At

In this issue…
• Folk Alliance Conference in Toronto
• TBS Vocal Master Class Workshop
• Donna Grantis and Prince
• Canadian Music Week Blues Showcase
• TBS Gladstone Series
• TBS Birthday Party
• Mississippi’s Got the Blues!
• Have You Visited the TBS Website Lately?
• Toronto Blues Now CD
• Are You a TBS Member?
• Donate to TBS
• Concert Notes

Folk Alliance Conference in Toronto

The Delta Chelsea Hotel is host to the 25th Annual Folk Alliance International Conference February 20-24. An open to the public blues showcase will be presented by The Toronto Blues Society onWednesday February 20 in Monarchs Pub running 8pm-11pm featuring Harry Manx (8pm), Suzie Vinnick (8:45pm), The Sojourners (9:30pm), and The 24th Street Wailers (10:15pm). There will be a requested donation of $20 going to Folk Alliance International. To learn more about the conference:

TBS Vocal Master Class Workshop

Sacha Williamson will host a blues vocal master class workshop atDominion on Queen2pm-5pm on Saturday March 16. More details will be announced in the coming weeks, but mark your calendar!

Donna Grantis and Prince

You may be familiar with Donna Grantis as the musical director for the Women’s Blues Revue, as guitarist for Shakura S’Aida and Saidah Baba Talibah, or as the leader of her own psychedelic rock band. Donna is now the guitarist for Prince’s new band 3rd Eye Girl!

Canadian Music Week Blues Showcase

DAWG FM and the Toronto Blues Society present the blues showcase atCanadian Music Week on Friday March 22 at Monarchs Pub in the Delta Chelsea Hotel (33 Gerrard St W). Performing live will be Steve Strongman and more TBA!

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, begin at 9pm, and the Gladstone has an excellent menu if you arrive for the show early! Don’t miss Michael Pickett on Thursday March 7!

Mark your calendars for upcoming Gladstone series shows including Suzie Vinnick (April 4), Chris Antonik CD Release (May 2) and more.

TBS Birthday Party

Mark your calendar for the Toronto Blues Society’s 28th birthday partyfeaturing a performance by Jack de Keyzer (pictured) at the Delta Chelsea Monarchs Pub on Thursday May 30. The event will be free to the public, so members are encouraged to bring a friend! Cake will be served between sets!

Mississippi’s Got the Blues!

Hopson Plantation – It’s a place to hear the blues, experience the history and enjoy the Delta!

Planning a visit to Mississippi? Why not stop and visit some of the Blues Trails Markers, dotted across the state? See where Robert Johnson sold his soul to the Devil or where B.B. King was born. For more details

Po’ Monkey’s – to really experience the blues, drop by Po’ Monkey’s for an authentic Mississippi Juke Joint experience. Only open on Thursdays.

To Get More Mississippi Blues News check out the Delta Blues Museum website

If you’d like to receive more information about Mississippi, sign up for their newsletter here:

The Toronto Blues Society is planning a trip to Mississippi. Before you book your trip, contact the office to learn more!

Have You Visited the TBS Website Lately?

The Toronto Blues Society website is packed with information about what’s going on with blues in Toronto. Whether you are looking for live blues listings or John’s Blues Picks for reviews on the latest blues recordings, is your one stop visit!

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

If you are in Toronto you can pick up the CD in person at Soundscapes and L’Atelier Grigorian. There are also select retail stores across Canada that are listed on the page linked above. If you prefer, you can also purchase the CD through the TBS website directly or through CD Baby.

Are You a TBS Member?

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 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

Winterfolk – Delta Chelsea Hotel – Feb 14-17  |  Anthony Gomes – Hugh’s Room – Feb 16  |  Swamperella CD Release – Gladstone Hotel Ballroom – Feb 16  |  Folk Alliance International Conference Blues Showcase featuring Harry Manx (pictured) and more – Delta Chelsea Hotel – Feb 20  |  Ken Whiteley Gospel Series w/The Sojourners, Claire Lynch – Hugh’s Room – Feb 24  |  Aurora Winter Blues Festival – March 2  |  Michael Pickett – Gladstone Hotel Melody Bar – March 7  |  Jack de Keyzer – Hugh’s Room – March 9  |  TBS Workshop– Dominion on Queen – March 16  |  Colin James – Lee’s Palace – March 20  |  CMW Blues Showcase – Delta Chelsea Monarchs Pub – March 21  |  John Hammond – Hugh’s Room – March 22/23  |  George Thorogood – Casino Rama – March 22  |  Suzie Vinnick – Gladstone Hotel Melody Bar – April 4  |  The Three Kings of the Blues w/Danny Marks, Jack de Keyzer, Chris Antonik, Dylan Wickens – Hugh’s Room – April 12  |  Shuggie Otis – Phoenix Concert Theatre – April 14  |  Buddy Guy – Massey Hall – April 20  |  Chris Antonik CD Release – Gladstone Hotel Melody Bar – May 2  |  Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires – Phoenix Concert Theatre – May 11  |  TBS Birthday Party w/Jack de Keyzer – Delta Chelsea Monarchs Pub – May 30  |  Diana Braithwaite & Chris Whiteley – Hugh’s Room – May 31  |  Mavis Staples & Dr. John – Nathan Phillips Square – June 22  |  James Hunter & Sharon Jones – Nathan Phillips Square – June 27  |  Johnny Winter – Peter’s Players – Aug 17/18  |  Harry Manx – Peter’s Players – Oct 24

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