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Where It’s At! – June 6, 2013

Published June 10, 2013 in Where It's At

In this issue…
• TBS Gladstone Series: Morgan Davis – Tonight
• Maple Blues Awards Charter Member Presale
• TBS Talent Search Finals THIS WEEKEND
• Happy 20th Birthday to Rez Bluez!
• Orillia Spring Blues Festival
• Donate to TBS
• A Memorial Tribute / Celebration for Greg Quill
• International Blues Challenge Artist Call Out
• OCFF Conference Artist Call Out
• Win James Cotton Tickets!
• Join the TBS
• Concert Notes
• Mississippi’s Got the Blues!
• Dan Aykroyd Wines

TBS Gladstone Series: Morgan Davis – 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, begin at 9pm, and the Gladstone has an excellent menu if you arrive for the show early! The next show will feature Canadian blues icon Morgan Davis on Thurs June 6.

Mark your calendars for upcoming Gladstone series shows including Fraser Daley (July 4), Danny Marks (Aug 1), Jerome Godboo‘s CD release (Sept 5), and Michael Pickett (Oct 3).

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

TBS Talent Search Finals THIS WEEKEND

We are pleased to announce the finalists for the TBS Talent Search taking place at Dominion on Queen starting at 9pm! Performing Friday June 7Chris FieldLindsay BarrSugar Brown. Performing Saturday June 8Big Crush(pictured), The Don River Blues BandRich and the Poor Boys.

Congrats to the finalists!

The winner 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.

Don’t miss these two great nights of music hosted by Blues Doctor Julie Hill. $6 public / FREE for TBS members

Find out more about each of the artists here

Happy 20th Birthday to Rez Bluez!

On April 3, 1993, hosted by TBS and three radio stations at the Edgewater Hotel in Toronto, the very first `Rez Bluez’ showcase happened. For the next 13 years, it continued as an on-going showcase organized by Elaine Bombarry, primarily at Toronto’s Silver Dollar Room. Eventually ‘Rez Bluez’ became a television show with Native blues and comedy on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, for 2 seasons. On Friday, June 7th, at the Orillia Spring Blues Festival, the Main stage kicks off with “The Rez Blues All-Starz”, with Robbie Antone, Ronnie Douglas Blues Band, and Murray Porter & The Pappy Johns Band, at Couchiching Park, Orillia, Ontario.

For more info, please contact Elaine Bomberry, 778.338.3814

Orillia Spring Blues Festival

The Orillia Spring Blues Festival takes place this weekend June 7-9 and features performances by Lowrider Band, Steve Strongman, Ken Whiteley, Doc MacLean, Murray Porter (pictured) w/The Pappy John’s Band, Shrimp Daddy, Robbie Antone, Soulstack, Irene Torres & The Sugar Devils, Ronnie Douglas Band and The Sensations. Find out more about this festival at

Check out all 41 Canadian summer blues festivals here:

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.

A Memorial Tribute / Celebration for Greg Quill

Greg Quill’s contribution to folk, blues and roots music — as a songwriter, singer and a long-time writer for the Toronto Star — were incalculable. There’s a memorial event this Sunday, June 9, 7:00pm-10:00pm at the Gladstone Hotel Ballroom, and everyone whose lives were touched by Greg and his family are warmly invited to be there. There will be lots of music by his friends, children are invited, memories and laughter will be shared. And as Ellen, his wife, pointed out, “Like Greg this will definitely not be stodgy!”

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

Win James Cotton Tickets!

Harp legend James Cotton is performing at the Horseshoe Tavern on Sunday June 23 as part of the TD Toronto Jazz Festival! As a benefit of being a TBS Charter Member, a pair of tickets is on offer by emailing James Cotton’s nickname in the subject line to

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.

Concert Notes

Morgan Davis – Gladstone Hotel Melody Bar – June 6  |  The Rolling Stones – Air Canada Centre – June 6  |  Sonny Landreth – Peter’s Players – June 7  |  TBS Talent Search Finals w/The Don River Blues Band (pictured) – Dominion on Queen – June 7/8  |  B.B. King – Caesars Windsor Colosseum – June 9/13  |  Al Lerman CD Release – Dominion on Queen – June 15  |  The Corey Harris Band & Carolina Chocolate Drops – David Pecaut Square – June 17 |  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  |  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  |  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

Mississippi’s Got the Blues!

Shack Up Inn – Make your visit to Mississippi unforgettable by spending a night at the Shack Up Inn!
Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale Mississippi – Located in the land where Blues began!
Why not visit the birthplace of Elvis Presley? Located in the town of Tupelo, Mississippi — see where it all began.
Need help planning your visit to Mississippi? Check out our official to help decide when to go, where to stay and what to see! To sign up for our 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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