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Where It’s At! – July 9, 2014

Published July 9, 2014 in Where It's At
In this issue:
• And the Talent Search Winner is…
• TBS @ Waterfront Blues Festival
• Next Thursday: The Sinners Choir
• TBS Summer Blues Festival Guide
• Hugh’s Room Upcoming Concert Series
• 18th Annual Maple Blues Awards Tix On Sale Now!
• Blues Summit 7 Registration Open!
• Living Blues Awards Voting Now Open
• Concert Notes
• TBS Membership Benefits
• Donate To TBS
• Live Blues Listings
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And the Talent Search Winner is…

The Conor Gains Band!

Many congratulations to Conor and all the participants of this year’s Talent Search. Congratulations as well to Wicked Grin who were named this year’s Talent Search runner up. The evening was a spectacular showcase of emerging Canadian blues talent!

Many thanks as well to Angelique FrancisThe Oh Chays,Tobin Spring, and The Ria Reece Band for their spectacular performances! The night was a huge success. For band bios and links to artist websites, click here.


TBS @ Waterfront Blues Festival

The Toronto Blues Society will once again be heading into the field at this year’s Waterfront Blues Festival! Come check out our booth and renew your TBS Membership! All new and renewing TBS Members will receive a FREE copy of our Blues Now CD or a FREE Women’s Blues Revue T-Shirt!

The Waterfront Blues Festival will be held this weekend (July 11-13) at Woodbine Park. TBS will be onsite all weekend selling merchandise, distributing newsletters, and processing membership signups!  |  Festival Info  |

Click here for a complete list of TBS Member benefits. 


Next Thursday: The Sinners Choir

The Toronto Blues Society continues its monthly blues series showcasing the best in blues talent. Hosted by Dominion On Queen (500 Queen Street East), performances are FREE to the public and feature a wide spectrum of talented blues artists.

The Sinners Choir (pictured) takes the stage Thursday, July 17 at 9:30pm! Check out our event page on Facebook and let us know you’re coming!  |  More Info

Upcoming Third Thursday Shows: Thursday, August 21 – Carlos del Junco and Jimmy Bowskill


TBS Summer Blues Festival Guide

Blues festival season is almost here! Check out the TBS Summer Blues Festival Guide for a list of not-to-be-missed blues festivals and dates, as well as links to each festival’s website where you can find further details on venues and performers!  |  Blues Festival Guide  |


Hugh’s Room Upcoming Concert Series

Hugh’s Room has long been heralded as one of Toronto’s most friendly blues rooms, showcasing intimate performances of blues masters and emerging talent alike, and their upcoming concerts feature some of the best performers in blues! For more info on Hugh’s Room and upcoming concerts,click here.

Don’t miss these fantastic shows:

Morgan Davis Band (pictured) CD release “I Got My Own” with special guest Teddy Leonard – July 16
Fathead CD Release “Fatter Than Ever” – July 26
Texassippi Soul Man Danny Brooks – August 27
The MacKenzie Blues Band CD Release “Slam! Bam!” – Sept 19
Pharis and Jason Romero – September 30th
Rita Chiarelli – September 20
Chris Smither – September 26
Guy Davis – October 2
Naughty Women In Blues Featuring: Sabrina Weeks, Cheryl Lescom, Carolyn Fe, Lori Yates, Heather Katz – October 4
The Silver Hearts – Oct 25


18th Annual Maple Blues Awards Tix On Sale Now!

Tickets for the 18th Annual Maple Blues Awards, which will be held January 19, 2015, are now being sold through the Koerner Hall Box OfficeTBS Charter members can purchase the best available tickets for only $28! To take advantage of this discount, please contact the TBS Office at 416-538-3885 or to retrieve the special discount code.

The Maple Blues Awards is Canada’s national blues awards program. Its goal is to promote blues music across Canada, and to recognize outstanding achievement in the field.  |  More Info  |  Purchase Tickets



Blues Summit 7 Registration Open!

Blues Summit is the Toronto Blues Society’s not-to-be-missed biennial conference for all members of the blues music community (including artists, presenters, agents, festival bookers, event organizers, and industry representatives of all kinds). The conference provides an opportunity for members of the community to connect as well as for artists to showcase in front of blues industry professionals.

Blues Summit 7 will take place January 16-19, 2015. Use the checklist below to make sure your Blues Summit 7 experience is complete! For more info on Blues Summit 7, click here! 

1) Register for Blues Summit 7 via Ticketpro  |  Register Now!  |  More Info

2) Purchase Maple Blues Awards Tickets through Koerner Hall  |  Purchase Tickets Now!  |  More Info

3) Reserve a room at the Eaton Chelsea, Toronto  |  Book Online Now!  |  More Info



Living Blues Awards Voting Now Open

Voting for the 2014 Living Blues Awards is now open! To vote for your favourite blues artists, go to and click the “Vote” button on the right side of the home page.

Living Blues has been one of the world’s leading blues magazine since 1970. For a glimpse of some of the great articles in this month’s issue, go to

The deadline to vote is July 15, 2014.


Concert Notes

Morgan Davis – Hugh’s Room – Jul 16  |  Johnny Winter – Picton Regent Theatre – July 23  |  Fathead CD Release – Hugh’s Room – July 26  |  Soulstack – The Cadillac Lounge – July 26  |  Matt Andersen – Echo Beach – July 31  |  Texassippi Soul Man Danny Brooks – Hugh’s Room – August 27  |  Pharis and Jason Romero – Hugh’s Room – September 30th  |  The MacKenzie Blues Band CD Release – Hugh’s Room – Sept 19  |  Rita Chiarelli – Hugh’s Room – Sept 20  |  Chris Smither – Hugh’s Room – Sept 26  |  Guy Davis – Hugh’s Room – October 2  |  Naughty Women In Blues Featuring: Sabrina Weeks, Cheryl Lescom, Carolyn Fe, Lori Yates, Heather Katz – Hugh’s Room – October 4  |   The Silver Hearts – Hugh’s Room – Oct 25  |  Women’s Blues Revue – Massey Hall – Nov 22  |  18th Annual Maple Blues Awards – Koerner Hall – Jan 19, 2015  |

Pictured: Fathead release their new CD, Fatter Than Ever, at Hugh’s Room on July 26  |  More Info

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