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Where It’s At! – June 13, 2013

Published July 8, 2013 in Where It's At

In this issue…
• TBS Talent Search Winner: Sugar Brown
• Maple Blues Awards Charter Member Presale
• Rick Battiston
• Toronto Music Campaign Launches at NXNE
• Charter Members can win tickets to see Buckwheat Zydeco
• Join the TBS
• TBS Gladstone Series
• Donate to TBS
• Luminato
• The Blues Music Awards Nomination Procedure
• International Blues Challenge Artist Call Out
• OCFF Conference Artist Call Out
• Concert Notes
• Find Your True Blues & Taste in Mississippi!
• Dan Aykroyd Wines

TBS Talent Search Winner: Sugar Brown

Congratulations to the Toronto Blues Society 2013 Talent Search winner Sugar Brown!


Sugar Brown will receive a prize package that includes a showcase slot at Blues Summit Seven in 2015, a gig at the Chelsea Monarchs Pub, a day at Revolution Recording, a performance at the Southside Shuffle, a performance at the Kitchener Blues Festival (subject to final approval), and mentoring meetings with industry professionals.

Find out more about each of the finalists here

Maple Blues Awards Charter Member Presale

Presale/discount tickets for the annual Maple Blues Awards at Koerner Hallon Monday January 20 are on sale now (public onsale June 13th). 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

Rick Battiston

With great sadness, we have to inform you that our friend and long-time, dedicated TBS volunteer Rick Battiston passed away on Thursday afternoon at the age of 71, surrounded by his family. One of his proudest moments was being presented with the Maple Blues Award for his contribution to the Toronto Blues Society for his many years of volunteer service (see photo). Details on a memorial to celebrate his life are forthcoming.

Rest in peace, Rick.

Toronto Music Campaign Launches at NXNE

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.

With today’s launch, 4479 is offering new followers a chance to win free swag and concert tickets by showcasing Toronto’s music scene on social media. All artists, musicians, industry supporters and fans should sign up The 4479 brand was developed in part with support from the Ontario Government.

For more information: Amy Terrill –  647-963-6044

Charter Members can win tickets to see Buckwheat Zydeco

Buckwheat Zydeco performs at Hugh’s Room on Wed July 3 and TBS wants you to be there! If you are a charter member in good standing, with Buckwheat Zydeco’s real name in the subject line for your chance to win a pair of tickets!

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.

TBS Gladstone Series

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 Fraser / Daley on Thurs July 4.

Mark your calendars for upcoming Gladstone series shows including Danny Marks (Aug 1), Jerome Godboo‘s CD release (Sept 5), Michael Pickett (Oct 3) and Jimmy Bowskill solo (Nov 7).

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

Thank you to TBS’s current donors: Noah Blackstein, Joel Goldberg, Trynie de Vries, Carol Flett, Sue Bracken, Suzie Vinnick, Sharon Evans, Jon Arnold, Gord Brown, Ed Parsons, Mike Malone and Derek Andrews.


Luminato takes place June 14-23 and features free performances by Corey Harris (pictured), Carolina Chocolate DropsSerena Ryder, and Kid Koala atDavid Pecaut Square. Find out more about this festival at

Check out all 41 Canadian summer blues festivals here:

The Blues Music Awards Nomination Procedure

Organized by The Blues Foundation, The Blues Music Awards honour those professional artists and recordings that stand out within the eligibility period, which runs from November 1 through October 31 of each year. In addition to the awards for the past year’s top recordings, additional categories honour individual, actively touring artists for their overall excellence and accomplishment in that year. To find out more go here.

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).

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

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

Concert Notes

B.B. King – Caesars Windsor Colosseum – June 13  |  Al Lerman (pictured) CD Release – Dominion on Queen – June 15  |  The Corey Harris Band & Carolina Chocolate Drops – David Pecaut Square – June 17 |   Amy Louie Grossman’s Music Scholarship Fundraiser – June 18 – Grossman’s Tavern  |  Alabama Shakes – Echo Beach – June 20  |  Johnny Cash Tribute w/Paul Reddick, Ginger St. James and more – Hugh’s Room – June 21  |  Mavis Staples & Dr. John – Nathan Phillips Square – June 22  |  Dennis Coffey – Dominion on Queen – June 22  |  James Cotton – Horseshoe Tavern – June 23  |  Bettye Lavette & James Hunter – Nathan Phillips Square – June 27  |  Buckwheat Zydeco – Hugh’s Room – July 3  |  Fraser Daley – Gladstone Hotel Melody Bar – July 4  |  The Slide Brothers – Horseshoe Tavern – July 11  |  JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound – Horseshoe Tavern – July 12  |  Americanarama Festival – Molson Amphitheatre – July 15 |  David Gogo CD Release – Hugh’s Room – July 15  |  Mark Stafford CD Release – Eaton Chelsea Monarchs Pub – July 18  |  Fathead – Hugh’s Room – July 27  |  Danny Marks – Gladstone Hotel Melody Bar – Aug 1  |  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  |  Jerome Godboo CD Release – Gladstone Hotel Melody Bar – Sept 5  |  Danny Brooks – Hugh’s Room – Sept 12  |  Rita Chiarelli – Hugh’s Room -Sept 21  |  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  |  Little Miss Higgins CD Release – Hugh’s Room – Nov 21  |  Ken Whiteley Gospel Matinee – Hugh’s Room – Oct 27  |  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  |  TBS Maple Blues Awards – Koerner Hall – Jan 20

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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