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Where It’s At! – June 2, 2011

Published June 6, 2011 in Where It's At

In this issue…
Tonight: Gladstone Hotel First Thursday – Morgan Davis CD Release
Is Downchild the best band in Toronto EVER?
Talent Search Submissions
Toronto Blues Society Women’s Blues Revue
Summer Blues Festivals
Volunteer With TBS!
Become a TBS Member Today
Concert Notes

Tonight: Gladstone Hotel First Thursday – Morgan Davis CD Release

The Toronto Blues Society presents the best in blues talent the first Thursday of each month at The Melody Bar in The Gladstone Hotel. There is no cover charge and each performance begins at 8:30pm. Arrive early to get a good table, and don’t forget to try the hotel’s tasty local food menu. Tonight’s performance features a solo performance by blues veteran Morgan Davis! This will be the CD release for his first album in seven years titled “Drive My Blues Away”.

Is Downchild the best band in Toronto EVER?

Downchild is now in round two of The Toronto Star’s “Best Band in Toronto Ever” contest. Vote for them by sending an email to with “Downchild” as the subject line tomorrow (Fri June 3).

Talent Search Submissions

If you are a local blues musician/band submit to become one of six performing finalists for the Toronto Blues Society Talent Search through either Sonicbids ( OR by mailing a one sheet bio, photo, CD and cheque for $15 to the TBS office. Submissions will be accepted until June 17. Prizes include showcase opportunities, industry consultation and more! The date for the finals is set for noon on August 18 at Nathan Phillips Square!

“Winning the TBS talent search gave us the ability to get our music recorded and heard by a warm and welcoming musical community, it was a fantastic first step in our career.” Lindsay Beaver, drummer for 2010 Talent Search Winner The 24th Street Wailers (pictured)

Toronto Blues Society Women’s Blues Revue

The 25th annual Toronto Blues Society Women’s Blues Revue will take place at the historic Massey Hall on Saturday November 26. Watch this space each week for exciting announcements!

Summer Blues Festivals

Orangeville Blues & Jazz Festival – June 2-5
Waterfront Blues Festival – June 3-5
Orillia Spring Blues Festival – June 10-12
TD Toronto Jazz Festival – June 24-July 3
Ottawa Bluesfest featuring – July 5-17
Porquis Blues Festival – July 8-10
Thunder Bay Blues Festival – July 8-10
Blues Mountain Ribfest – July 8-10
London International Bluesfest featuring Johnny Max (pictured) – July 15-17
Windsor International Bluesfest – July 15-17
Beaches International Jazz Festival – July 15-24 –
Burlington Jazz & Blues Festival – July 22-24
Kitchener Blues Festival – August 4-7
CNE Blues Festival – August 28  
Southside Shuffle – September 9-11

Blues Festival Season has arrived! For more information about blues, folk and jazz festivals, check out, as well as,,

Volunteer With TBS!

Do you have a vehicle? Do you want to volunteer with the Toronto Blues Society? The TBS is currently looking for a volunteer to distribute newsletters to clubs once per month.

The TBS is always looking for volunteers to help with data entry, events, and much more. If you are interested in volunteering with the Toronto Blues Society, please contact Jordan at the office: 416-538-3885/

Become a TBS Member Today

Enjoy the benefits of discounted tickets to TBS events. 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 – $45/year – Monthly Maple Blues Newsletter, membership card, discounts to TBS Events, exclusive access to special TBS events, other discounts, and voting rights.
FAMILY MEMBERSHIP – $65/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 – $30/year – Monthly Maple Blues Newsletter
STUDENT MEMBERSHIP – $20/year – Same benefits as CHARTER membership (please include student card number)

Contact the TBS office today!

Concert Notes

Douglas Watson – Hugh’s Room – June 2 |  Magic Slim & The Teardrops w/Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne – Music Hall – June 3  |  Sisters Euclid (pictured) CD Release – Hugh’s Room – June 10 | Carlos Del Junco CD Release – Hugh’s Room – June 11 | Robert Cray w/Digging Roots – Metro Square – June 28  |  Julian Fauth Benefit – Hugh’s Room – June 28  |  The Black Keys – Molson Amphitheatre – July 7 | McKenna Gibson Band – Hugh’s Room – July 15 | Urban Preacher CD Release – The Mod Club Theatre – July 16 | The Distillery CD Release – Gladstone Hotel – July 28 | Chris Smither – Hugh’s Room – July 31 | Jimmie Vaughan – Peter’s Players – Aug 4 & 5 | John Mayall – Peter’s Players – Aug 8 | Willie “Big Eyes” Smith – Peter’s Players – Aug 11 | FATHEAD – Hugh’s Room – Aug 12  |  Rita Chiarelli – Hugh’s Room – Sept 17  |  Boubacar Traore – Hugh’s Room – Oct 3

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