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Where It’s At! – July 18, 2013

Published August 21, 2013 in Where It's At

In this issue…
• Mark Your Calendar: Blues in the Garden
• Maple Blues Awards Charter Member Discount
• Grace Potter Ticket Giveaway!
• 4479
• TBS @ Gladstone Hotel
• Join the TBS
• Owen Sound Emancipation Festival
• Donate to TBS
• Concert Notes
• International Blues Challenge Artist Call Out
• OCFF Conference Artist Call Out
• Find Your True Blues & Taste in Mississippi!
• Dan Aykroyd Wines

Mark Your Calendar: Blues in the Garden

The free annual Blues in the Garden art display and live blues performance takes place 2pm-5pm during the Queen West Art Crawl on Sunday September 22. There will be a performance by 2013 TBS Talent Search winner Sugar Brown (pictured), as well as bbq (kosher and veggie options) and beverages available for purchase, including Dan Aykroyd Wines.

Maple Blues Awards Charter Member Discount

A limited number of discount tickets for the annual Maple Blues Awards atKoerner Hall on Monday January 20 are on sale now. If you are a charter member and would like to purchase the best available tickets at the lowest discount ($28), email to retrieve the password to give to the RCM box office

Grace Potter Ticket Giveaway!

Live Nation presents Grace Potter (pictured) at The Danforth Music Hall (147 Danforth Ave) on Saturday August 24 and TBS wants you to be there! Send an email to with the name of Grace Potter’s band in the subject line for your chance to win. This offer is only open to TBS Charter Members. Not a member yet? You can win tickets and join in the same email 🙂


4479 is a campaign to position Toronto as one of the greatest music cities in the world. It recognizes Toronto’s diverse sounds, eclectic venues, many of them steeped in musical history, globally sourced audience and culturally diverse background. 4479 is being led by a growing coalition of music industry leaders, in conjunction with supporters who work in tourism, municipal government and business. Every artist, musician, music supporter and fan in Toronto is part of 4479. Modeled after similar successful efforts in Austin, Texas, the 4479 campaign aims to develop greater opportunities for live music events and better industry-city relations. An informal live music task force has met several times under the direction of City Councillor Josh Colle with the end goal of setting up a Toronto Music Office. In order to build awareness of the 4479 brand, artists, venues, festivals, promoters and tourism agencies in Toronto will be invited to tag their marketing with 4479. Tourism Toronto, which has recently put a greater emphasis on Toronto’s vibrant music scene in its publications and events, agrees that Toronto’s music scene is a good selling feature.

All artists, musicians, industry supporters and fans should should check out and link with The 4479 brand was developed in part with support from the Ontario Government.

TBS @ Gladstone Hotel

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! The next show will feature Danny Marks (pictured) onThursday August 1.

Mark your calendars for upcoming Gladstone series shows including Jerome Godboo Band (Sept 5), Michael Pickett (Oct 3) and Jimmy Bowskill solo (Nov 7).

Join the TBS

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!

Are you already a TBS charter member? Interested in brainstorming on ideas to help the community come together? Send an email to to let us know you are interested in joining the membership committee. You must be available to attend monthly meetings.

Owen Sound Emancipation Festival

The Owen Sound Emancipation Festival is the longest running emancipation festival in North America…since 1862! This celebration picnic, August 2-4, features artists like Bobby Dean Blackburn (pictured), Alana Bridgewater and more.

Check out a full list of Canadian summer blues festivals here:

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

Mark Stafford (pictured) CD Release – Eaton Chelsea Monarchs Pub – July 18  |  Smokin’ Joe Kubek & Bnois King – Peters Players – July 18  |  Fathead – Hugh’s Room – July 27  |  Danny Marks – Gladstone Hotel Melody Bar – Aug 1  |  Saidah Baba Talibah – Yonge Dundas Square – Aug 2  |  Rita di Ghent CD Release – deSoto’s – Aug 8  |  John Mayer – Molson Amphitheatre – Aug 14  |  Tribute to Elvis w/Johnny Max, Robin Banks, Chuck Jackson – Hugh’s Room – Aug 16  |  Johnny Winter – Peter’s Players – Aug 17/18/19  |  Grace Potter & The Nocturnals – Danforth Music Hall – Aug 24  |  Michael Pickett’s Concert For Peace V – Crystal Beach – Sept 1  |  Jerome Godboo – Gladstone Hotel Melody Bar – Sept 5  |  Danny Brooks – Hugh’s Room – Sept 12 |  Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears – Lee’s Palace – Sept 19  |  Rita Chiarelli – Hugh’s Room – Sept 21  |  TBS Blues in the Garden w/Sugar Brown -TBS Artscape Garden – Sept 22  | The Prine Shrine w/Christine Bougie – Hugh’s Room – Sept 28  |  Michael Pickett – Gladstone Hotel Melody Bar – Oct 3  |  OCFF – Delta Meadowvale Resort & Conference Centre – Oct 17-20 |  Harry Manx – Hugh’s Room – Oct 19/20  |  Harry Manx – Peter’s Players – Oct 24  |  Carlos del Junco – Hugh’s Room – Oct 25  |  Ken Whiteley Gospel Matinee – Hugh’s Room – Oct 27  |  Ken Whiteley Gospel Matinee – Hugh’s Room – Oct 27  |  Anthony Gomes – Hugh’s Room – Nov 8  | Gary Clark Jr. – Danforth Music Hall – Nov 18  |  Little Miss Higgins CD Release – Hugh’s Room – Nov 21  |  Ken Whiteley Gospel Matinee – Hugh’s Room – Nov 24  |  TBS Women’s Blues Revue – Massey Hall – Nov 30  |  Jack de Keyzer – Hugh’s Room – Nov 30  |  TBS Christmas Party – Eaton Chelsea Monarchs Pub – Dec 7  |  Charles Bradley – Kool Haus – Dec 12  |  TBS Maple Blues Awards – Koerner Hall – Jan 20

International Blues Challenge Artist Call Out

The International Blues Challenge will take place on Beale Street in MemphisJanuary 21-25, 2014. The TBS is holding a live performance competition (date and venue TBC) to determine which artists will be sanctioned by TBS to compete in Memphis. Two artists will be selected in the following categories to perform in front of industry professional judges: Band, Solo/duo, Youth (under 21). There is also an opportunity to submit a sanctioned self-released recording. Please inquire.

If you are an artist who is market-ready and financially able to incur all costs and time associated with registering and travelling to Memphis to compete, please send an inquiry email to – Particularly solo/duo artists!

OCFF Conference Artist Call Out

The Ontario Council of Folk Festivals Conference (soon to be Folk Music Ontario) takes place October 17-20 at the Delta Meadowvale Resort and Conference Centre in Mississauga. The TBS will once again be presenting a showcase featuring market-ready blues artists. If you are an artist who is ready to be touring and performing at festivals, and can undertake the necessary registration, travel and accommodation costs, please send an inquiry email to

Find Your True Blues & Taste in Mississippi!


Hopson Plantation – A place to hear the blues, experience the history and enjoy the Delta! –
Morgan Freeman’s Ground Zero Blues Club – showcasing the best of today’s Delta Blues musicians –
For the Best of the Blues in Jackson, MS visit Underground 119 –  and Hal & Mal’s
The Shed BBQ & Blues Joint – combining the tastiest BBQ in the South with honest-to-goodness downhome blues for an experience that you’ll never forget!  –
Find your True Taste in Mississippi – Introducing the “Culinary Trail” – pull up a chair, put a napkin in your lap and get ready for an unrivaled eating experience.
Need help planning your visit to Mississippi? Check out our official website to help decide when to go, where to stay and what to see!
To sign up for the Mississippi Tourism newsletter click on the following link –


Dan Aykroyd Wines

The TBS would like to welcome Dan Aykroyd Wines as the newest year round sponsor. You may be seeing their logo more often and there may even be some wine tastings at TBS events like the one that occurred at the Maple Blues Awards.

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