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Where It’s At! – July 14, 2011

Published July 22, 2011 in Where It's At

In this issue…
Johnny Winter Prize Pack
Talent Search Finalists
Toronto Blues Society Women’s Blues Revue
Gladstone Hotel First Thursday
Maple Blues Awards – Save the Date!
Summer Blues Festivals
Concert Notes

Johnny Winter Prize Pack

Johnny Winter is playing the Oakville Centre on Aug 3, and TBS wants you to be there! If you are a Charter Member in good standing, email the TBS office with the subject line “Johnny Winter in Oakville” for your chance to win a Johnny Winter prize pack which includes a live CD, T-shirts, a pair of tickets to his show at the Oakville Centre on Aug 3, and a chance to meet Johnny himself!

Talent Search Finalists

Congrats to the finalists:

Nicole Christian

The Distillery

Richard Henderson (pictured) –

Bradleyboy MacArthur

Fraser Melvin Blues Band

Ken Yoshioka 

Emceed by radio personality Julie Hill, The Toronto Blues Society will host performances from the six finalists at Nathan Phillips Square on Thurs Aug 18, noon- 2pm during City of Toronto’s Tasty Thursday series. Stop by on your lunch break and catch the best in emerging blues talent. The finalists have been selected to perform before a panel of judges (Julie Hill, Richard Flohil, Rico Ferrara, Paul Sanderson) where one artist will win a professional development package that includes showcase opportunities at the Blues Summit Six, the South Side Shuffle Festival and the Orangeville Blues & Jazz Festival, a photo shoot with Bill King, and more.

Toronto Blues Society Women’s Blues Revue

The 25th annual Toronto Blues Society Women’s Blues Revue will take place at the historic Massey Hall on Saturday November 26. This year the band will feature band leader Donna Grantis (guitar), Lily Sazz (keyboards), Brandi Disterheft (bass, pictured), Lindsay Beaver (drums), Colleen Allen (sax), Carrie Chesnutt (sax) and Rebecca Hennessy (trumpet). Watch this space each week for more lineup details! The TBS member pre-sale begins Aug 10; keep checking this space to find out more information.

Gladstone Hotel First Thursday


The Toronto Blues Society presents the best in blues talent the first Thursday of each month at The Melody Bar in The Gladstone Hotel. There is no cover charge and each performance begins at 8:30pm. Stay tuned for an announcement next week on August’s featured artist!

Maple Blues Awards – Save the Date!

For a third consecutive year, the Toronto Blues Society Maple Blues Awards take place in Koerner Hall on Monday, January 16, 2012. The 15th anniversary of the annual gala event celebrating Canadian blues features the finest musicians and special guests from across Canada, all backed by the Maple Blues Band. TBS member pre-sale tickets go on sale July 19; look out for a special announcement early next week. The public on sale date is July 25.

Summer Blues Festivals

Ottawa Bluesfest – July 5-17  
London International Bluesfest – July 15-17  
Windsor International Bluesfest featuring Scott Holt (pictured) – July 15-17  
Frankford Island Blues Festival – July 15-17  
Beaches International Jazz Festival – July 15-24 –  
Burlington Jazz & Blues Festival – July 22-24  
Kitchener Blues Festival – August 4-7  
Underground Railroad Music Festival – August 13
Limestone City Blues Festival – August 25-28  
CNE Blues Festival – August 28 
Southside Shuffle – September 9-11  

Blues Festival Season has arrived! For more information on blues, roots, and jazz festivals, check out, as well as,,  

Concert Notes


McKenna Gibson Band – Hugh’s Room – July 15 |  John Primer (pictured) – Wilno Tavern – July 15  |  Matt Schofield Trio – Peter’s Players – July 15  |  Kal David – Peter’s Players – July 16  |  John Primer – Tweedsmuir Hotel – July 16  |  Julian Fauth Benefit Concert – Hollywood on the Queensway – July 20  |  Little Miss Higgins – Dakota Tavern – July 22  |  The Distillery CD Release – Gladstone Hotel Melody Bar – July 28  |  Chris Smither – Hugh’s Room – July 31 | Johnny Winter – Oakville Centre – Aug 3  |  Jimmie Vaughan – Peter’s Players – Aug 4 & 5  |  Johnny Winter w/David Gogo – Picton Regent Theatre – Aug 5  |  Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne – Delta Chelsea Hotel Monarchs Pub – Aug 6  |  John Mayall – Peter’s Players – Aug 8 | Willie “Big Eyes” Smith – Peter’s Players – Aug 11  |  FATHEAD – Hugh’s Room – Aug 12  |  Dr. John – Rose Theatre – Aug 12  |  Suzie Vinnick – Mel Lastman Square – Aug 12  |  Urban Preacher CD Release – Mod Club Theatre – Aug 13  |  Kelly Joe Phelps – Hugh’s Room – Aug 16  |  John Finley & The Checkmates – Peter’s Players – Aug 17  |  Eric Sardinas – Hollywood on the Queensway – Aug 25  |  Colin Linden – Queen Elizabeth Theatre – Sept 9  |  Gregg Allman– Queen Elizabeth Theatre – Sept 9  |  Warren Haynes – Queen Elizabeth Theatre – Sept 14  |  Rita Chiarelli – Hugh’s Room – Sept 17  |  Paul James, Jack de Keyzer & Danny Marks – Hugh’s Room – Sept 28  |  Boubacar Traore – Hugh’s Room – Oct 3  |  Jeff Beck – Massey Hall – Oct 18  |  Michael Jerome Browne – Gladstone Hotel Melody Bar – Nov 3  |  Toronto Blues Society Women’s Blues Revue – Massey Hall – Nov 26  |  John Mayall w/Harrison Kennedy – Brock University Centre for the Arts – Dec 1  |  Maple Blues Awards – Koerner Hall – Jan 16  |  Mavis Staples – Koerner Hall – Jan 29  |  Sweet Honey in the Rock – Koerner Hall – Feb 10

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