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Where It’s At! – June 25, 2014

Published June 26, 2014 in Where It's At
In this issue:
• Next Saturday: TBS Talent Search Finals!
• TBS Summer Blues Festival Guide
• Living Blues Awards Voting Now Open
• TURF Ticket Giveaway and TBS Discount!
• Third Thursday: The Sinners Choir
• 18th Annual Maple Blues Awards Tix On Sale Now!
• TBS Membership Benefits
• Concert Notes
Where It’s At! (WIA) is a free weekly e-news broadcast that brings blues fans recent news from the Toronto Blues Society and community.

Next Saturday: TBS Talent Search Finals!

After months of searching, the Toronto Blues Society has selected six finalists for this year’s TBS Talent Search! The Talent Search Finals will be held at Monarchs Pub on Saturday, July 5 starting at 9pm! 

The finalists will present a jam-packed evening of music before an audience of blues lovers and industry representatives. The contest will be adjudicated by a distinguished panel of judges who will announce the winner at the end of the show.

This year’s finalists include: Angelique Francis (Pictured; Ottawa, ON), The Conor Gains Band (Cambridge, ON), The Oh Chays (Port Alma, ON), The Ria Reece Band (Montreal, QC), Tobin Spring (Huntsville, ON) and Wicked Grin(Ottawa, ON).

For more information on the artists, eligibility and prizing, click here


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  |


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.


TURF Ticket Giveaway and TBS Discount!

The Toronto Urban Roots Festival (TURF) launches July 4-6 at the Fort York Garrison Commons (100 Garrison Rd) and Toronto Blues Society & Collective Concerts are giving away two sets of tickets to the TURF Kick-Off with Black Joe Lewis on July 3, as well as two TURF Friday Passes to see Gary Clark Jr (pictured), Black Joe Lewis, The Weeksand many more!

TBS Charter Members can also take advantage of exclusive discounted TURF tickets and all-day passes! To access the TBS TURF discount, email the TBS office or call us at 416-538-3885 to retrieve the promo code.

Ticket Giveaways:

TURF Friday Pass including Gary Clark Jr (6:30, pictured), Black Joe Lewis (10pm) and The Weeks (3pm) – July 4 – Garrison Commons

Black Joe Lewis Concert – July 3 – Horseshoe Tavern

To enter, email the TBS at with “TURF!” in the subject line. Please include your contact information. Winners will be announced in next week’s Where It’s At!

Third 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

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

TBS Membership Benefits

The Toronto Blues Society is a member based not-for-profit charity. The purchase of every membership helps us fund our events throughout the community, but the rewards of membership will also be felt by your wallet! Check out our benefits list below to see the incredible savings a TBS membership gets you!

Every Charter, Family, Benefactor and Student Membership includes the following benefits:

·1st Class home delivery of our monthly Maple Blues Newsletter
·Best available tickets to the Maple Blues Awards for only $28/ticket
·20% discount on Women’s Blues Revue tickets and exclusive access to early bird member seating
·10% off every blues CD purchase from the HMV Superstore (333 Yonge St, 3rd Floor)
·TBS voting rights
·Discount tickets to all TBS events (including TBS Workshops)
·Discounts on all TBS merch purchases (including our online store)
·Exclusive access to industry discounts and giveaways

Become a TBS Member Today! Have the Maple Blues Magazine delivered right to your door each month and take advantage of all the benefits membership has to offer. Meet like-minded blues lovers and help keep the blues alive in Toronto.

Contact the TBS office today!

Concert Notes

Jazz Fest: Suzie Vinnick Quartet (pictured) with special guest Roly Platt – Nathan Phillips Square – June 26  |  Suzie Vinnick – ArkFEST – June 29  |  Blues & Roots Radio and WeeDan Music Present: Raintown – Hugh’s Room – July 3  |  Dave & Phil Alvin – Hugh’s Room – July 4  |  Gary Clark Jr. – Turf Festival – July 4  |  Harry Manx and Suzie Vinnick – Turnip the Beets Festival – July 5  | Eric Sardinas – Hugh’s Room – July 6  |  Morgan Davis – Hugh’s Room – Jul 16  |  Johnny Winter – Picton Regent Theatre – July 23  |  Fathead CD Release – Hugh’s Room – 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 InBlues Feat: 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  |

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