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Where It’s At! – January 10, 2013

Published April 10, 2013 in Where It's At

In this issue…
• IBC Fundraiser This Saturday Afternoon
• Soon, This Will All Be Gone – Catl.’s Last Show
• TBS Gladstone Series
• Maple Blues Award Nominees on Canada Live
• Blues Summit 6
• Maple Blues Awards
• Canada’s Biggest Blues Fan Contest
• Are You a TBS Member?
• Folk Alliance Conference in Toronto
• Richard Flohil is Writing a Book
• Toronto Blues Now CD
• Mississippi’s Got the Blues!
• Donate to TBS
• Concert Notes

IBC Fundraiser This Saturday Afternoon

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.

Soon, This Will All Be Gone – Catl.’s Last Show

2009 Toronto Blues Society Talent Search winners catl. have announced they will be going on an indefinite hiatus after an impressive career that included opening up for the likes of Alabama Shakes and The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, and performing at the Bayport Deep Blues Festival in Minnesota. The band will perform their last show on Saturday January 19 at The Horseshoe Tavern. Soon, this will all be gone, so celebrate the band one last time!

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! Rob Lutes (pictured) CD release is up next onThursday February 7.

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

Maple Blues Award Nominees on Canada Live

Check out the airing of concerts by the following Maple Blues Award nominees on CBC Radio 2 broadcast in Toronto 99.1 FM at 7pm. Check your local listings for other great Canada Live programming.

January 15 – Joe Murphy, January 16 – Treasa Levasseur, Suzie Vinnick

Blues Summit 6

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.

Registration is now $119. If you are a musician or charter member, please contact the office for the code to access the musician rate of $99. 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, Beth Ward, Brian Mortimer, Chris Bennett, Scott Honsberger, Lucie Dufault, Ed Parsons, Rick Barber, Neil Hendry, Janine Stoll, Dougal Bichan

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, pictured),Suzie Vinnick (SK/ON), Nanette Workman (QC), Harrison Kennedy (ON) 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, Sarah French, Matt Mosionier, Natalie Buckley, Desiree Andrews, Melanie Brulee, Beth Ward, Sharon Evans, Neil Hendry, Janine Stoll, Dougal Bichan

Canada’s Biggest Blues Fan Contest

Have you submitted to the Canada’s Biggest Blues Fan Contest yet? Check out this awesome submission from Sally Dollar and Brenda Zahorhak, and get yours in today.


Every Saturday we go to The Duck in St. Catharines, ON (Our local Blues Bar) to listen to live Blues artists play with The Mighty Duck Blues Band. We were having so much fun dancing to Carlos del Junco on Oct 27th, we thought, why not take 46 other Niagara Blues Fans to the Maple Blues Awards with us on a bus trip! Neither of us have ever organized anything like this before. We sold out our tickets in just over a month, met some great new friends, great artists & have 5 professional blues players booked for the ride up on our Bus! The bonus is that we were able to donate $500.00 to Autism Niagara on behalf of the Niagara Blues Lovers. We truly love the Blues – it fills our mind and hearts with true inspiration every day….We are smiling, laughing & dancing our way through our lives& living our dreams thanks to the Blues.


The winning submission will be shown during in the 16th Annual Maple Blues Awards show, January 21st at Koerner Hall in Toronto. 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

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!

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. 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:

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

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.

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

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.

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

IBC Fundraiser featuring Suzie Vinnick (pictured) & Shrimp Daddy – Delta Chelsea Hotel Monarchs Pub – Jan 12  |  Blues Summit Six – Delta Chelsea Hotel – Jan 18-21  |  catl. – Horseshoe Tavern – Jan 19  |  Maple Blues Awards – Koerner Hall – Jan 21  |  David Vest – Hugh’s Room – Jan 23  |  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  |  Anthony Gomes – Hugh’s Room – Feb 16  |  Folk Alliance International Conference Blues Showcase – Delta Chelsea Hotel – Feb 20  |  Michael Pickett – Gladstone Hotel Melody Bar – March 7  |  Jack de Keyzer – Hugh’s Room – March 9  |  Colin James – Lee’s Palace – March 20  |  John Hammond – Hugh’s Room – March 22/23  |  Suzie Vinnick – Gladstone Hotel Melody Bar – April 4  |  Shuggie Otis– Phoenix Concert Theatre – April 14  |  Buddy Guy – Massey Hall – April 20  |  Chris Antonik CD Release – Gladstone Hotel Melody Bar – May 2

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