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Where It’s At! – July 5, 2012

Published July 10, 2012 in Where It's At

In this issue…
• TBS Gladstone Series – Raoul Bhaneja & Paul James TONIGHT
• Mariposa Folk Festival Ticket Giveaway!
• 2nd Annual Brampton Global Jazz & Blues Festival
• Blues in the Schools
• Summer Blues Festivals
• TBS Talent Search Finalists
• Concert Notes
• Three Industry Showcase Opportunities
• Mississippi Tourism: Golf & Blues Experience
• Save Money on TBS Events

TBS Gladstone Series – Raoul Bhaneja & Paul James TONIGHT

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. Tonight, the series features a performance by Raoul Bhaneja & Paul James (pictured)!

Mark your calendar for Steve Strongman‘s solo acoustic show on Thursday August 2

Mariposa Folk Festival Ticket Giveaway!

The Mariposa Folk Festival features some great blues artists this weekend and TBS wants you to be there! If you are a Charter Member in good standing, send an email to before noon tomorrow with the subject line “Mariposa Blues” for your chance to win a pair of weekend passes! Don’t miss performances and workshops featuring Fathead, Treasa Levasseur, Julian Fauth, Russ Kelley, and many more!

2nd Annual Brampton Global Jazz & Blues Festival

This year’s Brampton Global Jazz & Blues Festival boasts outstanding blues and cool jazz shows. Taking place at various venues August 9-12, featured performances include Shemekia Copeland (pictured), Charlie Musselwhite, Joe Louis Walker, Shakura S’Aida and many more. Some shows are free to the public and some are ticketed. Please check the website for more details

Blues in the Schools

The Blues in the Schools program has wrapped up for this year and was a great success once again! Gary Kendall (pictured), Michael PickettAl Lerman, Mark StaffordSuzie Vinnick, Diana Braithwaite, Chris WhiteleyBrian Blain, and Ken Whiteley went into Regent ParkOakwood Collegiate, Africentric SchoolRose Avenue and Cummer Valley Middle School to teach blues music and history to the students. The artists worked closely with the teachers on developing a session(s) that is integrated with the school’s curriculum. If you are interested in bringing this program to your school, please contact the office as we are currently planning for the 2012-2013 round of appearances.

Summer Blues Festivals

Check out upcoming blues festivals right on the TBS website!

TBS Talent Search Finalists

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

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.

Concert Notes

Sonny Landreth CD Release – Hugh’s Room – July 6  |  Sacha Williamson – Hugh’s Room  July 11  |  Suzie Vinnick (pictured) CD Release – Hugh’s Room – July 12  |  Danny Brooks – Hugh’s Room – July 18  |  Betty Richardson – Hugh’s Room – July 19  |  Buckwheat Zydeco – Hugh’s Room – July 25  |  Steve Strongman – Gladstone Hotel Melody Bar – Aug 2  |  The Black Keys – Molson Amphitheatre – Aug 4  |  Cold Specks – Great Hall – Aug 8  |  Fathead – Hugh’s Room – Aug 10  |  JJ Grey & Mofro – Lee’s Palace – Aug 15  |  Toronto Blues Society Talent Search Finals – Nathan Phillips Square – Aug 16  |  Bill Bourne – Hugh’s Room – Sept 11  |  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  |  26th Toronto Blues Society Women’s Blues Revue – Massey Hall – Nov 24  |  Ken Whiteley’s Gospel Matinee – Hugh’s Room – Nov 25

Three Industry Showcase Opportunities

Calling all artists looking to expand their touring prospects! There are three 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.

3) The International Blues Challenge take place in Memphis Jan 29-Feb 2. In August the Toronto Blues Society will be hosting a competition to select artists to showcase and is fielding inquiries from market ready blues performers. Please click through the event website to learn more about The Blues Foundation and the event –

Mississippi Tourism: Golf & Blues Experience

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

Save Money on TBS Events

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)


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