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Where It’s At! – July 26, 2012

Published July 30, 2012 in Where It's At

In this issue…
• Women’s Blues Revue
• TBS Gladstone Series – Steve Strongman
• Oakville Jazz Festival
• Concert Notes
• TBS Talent Search Finalists
• Mississippi Tourism: Golf & Blues Experience
• Summer Blues Festivals
• Members Save Money on TBS Events
• Industry Showcase Opportunities

Women’s Blues Revue

Mark your calendar for the 26th Annual Toronto Blues Society Women’s Blues Revue! The event will take place at Massey Hallon Saturday November 24. The Charter Member only presale discount will begin on Aug 16 at 10am. The code will be available soon through the TBS office. The vocalists will be backed up by the all-female Women’s Blues Revue Band featuring Donna Grantis (Musical Director, Guitar), Suzie Vinnick (Guitar), Lily Sazz (Keys), Brandi Disterheft (Upright Bass), Lindsay Beaver (Drums), Colleen Allen (Sax), Carrie Chesnutt (Sax), and Rebecca Hennessy (Trumpet). Check back here next week to find out about the featured vocalists!

TBS Gladstone Series – Steve Strongman

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 and begin at 9pm. Steve Strongman plays a solo acoustic show on Thursday August 2

Oakville Jazz Festival

The Oakville Jazz Festival is drenched in blues! Taking place Aug 10-12, the festival includes performances by artists such asJohn Hammond, Magic Slim (pictured), Allen Toussaint, TBS Talent Search finalist Amanda Davids, Johnny Max, Fathead, Paul James, Swamperella, Ginger St. James, Margaret Stowe, The Bluesers and more!

Concert Notes

George Thorogood & The Destroyers w/Downchild Blues Band – Empire Theatre – July 26  |  Steve Strongman – Gladstone Hotel Melody Bar – Aug 2  |  Bobby “Blue” Bland – Peter’s Players – Aug 3  |  The Black Keys – Molson Amphitheatre – Aug 4  |  Cold Specks – Great Hall – Aug 8  |  Fathead (pictured) – Hugh’s Room – Aug 10  |  JJ Grey & Mofro – Lee’s Palace – Aug 15  |  Toronto Blues Society Talent Search Finals – Nathan Phillips Square – Aug 16  |  TBS IBC Showdown – Delta Chelsea Monarchs Pub – Aug 20  |  Eric Sardinas & Big Motor – Hugh’s Room – Aug 25  |  Robbie Antone’s Blues Machine – Hugh’s Room – Aug 30  |  Bill Bourne– Hugh’s Room – Sept 11  |  Buddy Guy w/Jonny Lang – Casino Rama – Sept 13  |  TBS Blues in the Garden – Sept 16  |  Rita Chiarelli – Hugh’s Room – Sept 22  |  Carolina Chocolate Drops – Hugh’s Room – Sept 25  |  Paul James, Jack de Keyzer, Danny Marks – Hugh’s Room – Sept 26  |  Carlos del Junco – Hugh’s Room – Oct 19  |  Ken Whiteley’s Gospel Matinee – Hugh’s Room – Oct 28  |  Susie Arioli – Hugh’s Room – Nov 1  |  Keb’ Mo’ – Koerner Hall – Nov 8  |  Robert Randolph – Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts – Nov 13  |  Joe Bonamassa – Roy Thompson Hall – Nov 17  |  26th Toronto Blues Society Women’s Blues Revue – Massey Hall – Nov 24  |  Ken Whiteley’s Gospel Matinee – Hugh’s Room – Nov 25

TBS Talent Search Finalists

Congratulations to the finalists: Amanda Davids, Ambre McLean, Carolyn Fe Blues Collective, Irene Torres & The Sugar Devils, Robbie Antone’s Blues Machine, and Tim Bastmeyer (pictured).

These six artists will each perform in front of an industry panel judges and a public audience at Nathan Phillips Square during City of Toronto’s “Tasty Thursdays” series on Thurs August 16, Noon-2pm. One winner will receive a prize package that includes a showcase opportunity at the Blues Summit Six, performances at the Southside Shuffle and Delta Chelsea Monarchs Pub, recording time at Revolution Recording, a photo shoot with Bill King, and mentoring sessions with industry professionals.

Mississippi Tourism: Golf & Blues Experience

Take this quick survey and tell us what you are looking for in a blues vacation:

Love Golf? Love Blues? Get the best of both worlds with the Mississippi Tourism’s International Golf & Blues Experience! Hosted by Chuck Jackson, the next trip takes Oct 7-13 in Tunica, MS. To learn more, find out about TBS group rates and to book your trip, go to

Summer Blues Festivals

Check out upcoming blues festivals right on the TBS website!

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!

Industry Showcase Opportunities

Calling all artists looking to expand their touring prospects! See below for opportunities to be considered for TBS sanctioned showcases. Please send an email to if you are interested to find out more information about each opportunity.

1) The Blues Summit Six is right around the corner! The bi-annual conference at the Delta Chelsea Hotel brings together blues industry from around Canada and beyond. A major component of the conference is the showcase portion which allows artists to perform in front of talent buyers. Note that artists may not showcase in consecutive Summit years. You may submit by sending a one sheet, CD, and a submission fee of $10 to the TBS office or through Sonicbids: If you submitted for this year’s talent search and would like to be considered for this opportunity, please call the office before submitting.

2) The Ontario Council of Folk Festivals Conference takes place in Mississauga October 11-14, 2012. The Toronto Blues Society will once again be presenting a blues showcase. We would like to hear from established blues artists interested in performing in front of key industry in the folk community who could help facilitate national and international touring and festival appearances.

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