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Where It’s At! – March 14, 2013

Published April 10, 2013 in Where It's At

In this issue…
• TBS Vocal Master Class Workshop THIS SUNDAY
• Canadian Music Week Blues Showcase
• TBS Talent Search Submissions
• TBS Gladstone Series
• Communication Survey
• TBS Blues Dance Birthday Bash
• Remembering Geoff Chapman
• MusiCounts Benefit
• Bluesaganza for Autism
• Layla Zoe Benefit
• Have You Visited the TBS Website Lately?
• Mississippi’s Got the Blues!
• Welcome Dan Aykroyd Wines!
• Are You a TBS Member?
• Concert Notes
• Donate to TBS

TBS Vocal Master Class Workshop THIS SUNDAY

NEW DATE AND TIME: Sacha Williamson will host a blues vocal master class workshop at Dominion on Queen on Sunday March 17, 12:30pm-3:30pm. There will be a cover charge of $10 ($8 for members) at the door.

Canadian Music Week Blues Showcase

DAWG FM and the Toronto Blues Society present the blues showcase atCanadian Music Week on Friday March 22 at Monarchs Pub in the Delta Chelsea Hotel (33 Gerrard St W) starting at 8pm. Performing live will be Steve Strongman, Firebelly Band, Soulstack and more TBA!

TBS Talent Search Submissions

Attention emerging blues artists! The Toronto Blues Society Talent Search will be open for submissions starting this Monday and must be received by the TBS office by Friday May 10 at 5pm. The competition is open to emerging Canadian blues artists who have not appeared in the finals of the talent search in the past and who do not have national distribution. This year, the finals will take place at Dominion on Queen (500 Queen St E) on Friday June 7 and Saturday June 8. The prize for the winner  includes a showcase slot at Blues Summit Seven in 2015, a gig at the Delta Chelsea Hotel Monarchs Pub, a day at Revolution Recording, a performance at the Kitchener Blues Festival subject to final approval, mentoring meetings with industry professionals and more! Artists can submit by sending a CD, one sheet and $15 submission fee to the TBS office (910 Queen St W, Suite B04, Toronto, ON, M6J 1G6) or through Sonicbids (link will be provided in next week’s Where It’s At!).

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! Catch Suzie Vinnick on April 4!

Mark your calendars for upcoming Gladstone series shows including Chris Antonik’s CD Release (May 2) and and Morgan Davis (June 6).

Communication Survey

Please take a few minutes to fill out this survey on TBS’s communication to help serve you better:

TBS Blues Dance Birthday Bash

Mark your calendar for the Toronto Blues Society’s 28th birthday partyfeaturing a performance by Jack de Keyzer (pictured) that will feature material off his new CD Electric Love at the Delta Chelsea Monarchs Pub on Thursday May 30. The event will be free to the public, so members are encouraged to bring a friend! Cake will be served between sets and this show will have a special focus on the art of blues dancing!

Remembering Geoff Chapman

There will be a gathering of friends and colleagues to celebrate Geoff’s life at The Pilot Tavern (22 Cumberland St) on Sunday March 24, 4pm-8pm. Music. Food. Drink.

MusiCounts Benefit

The JUNO concert series will include a night of blues, roots, and world music atLula Lounge on Wednesday March 27. Performing live will be blues artistsShakura S’Aida and Steve Strongman (pictured) alongside Jaron Freeman-Fox, Lemon Bucket Orkestra, Jaffa Road, , Jory Nash, Scarlett Jane and more. Proceeds from the event will go to MusiCounts, Canada’s music education charity associated with CARAS.

Bluesaganza for Autism


Bluesaganza for Autism takes place at CAW Hall (124 Bunting Road, St. Catherines, ON) on Saturday March 30 with proceeds going to Autism Ontario – Niagara Region Chapter! The line-up for 2013 is Shakura S’Aida (pictured),Jerome GodbooJon Knight And the Bluesangaza All-Stars (Jim Casson – drums/musical director, Mark Lalama – keyboards, Dave Curry – guitar, Garth Vogan – bass, Gord Aeichele – sax, Alistair Robertson – sax)! Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Tickets available at the CAW Hall and Autism Niagara (36 Page St. Suite 401, St. Catharines. Doors at 7pm; Show at 8pm

Layla Zoe Benefit

Layla Zoe has been off work for more than two months with a back injury. There is a special compilation CD available for purchase that includes music from Layla’s first four albums, remastered by Raines Records, called Years in the Blue Flame. Visit to download a copy and make a donation to help pay for her recent emergency back surgery and related medical costs. All of the funds collected will go to Layla. There is also a benefit concert for her on Sat March 30 at Errington Hall in Errington, BC. 

Have You Visited the TBS Website Lately?

The Toronto Blues Society website is packed with information about what’s going on with blues in Toronto. Whether you are looking for live blues listings or John’s Blues Picks for reviews on the latest blues recordings, is your one stop visit!

Mississippi’s Got the Blues!

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Planning a visit to Mississippi? Why not stop and visit some of the Blues Trails Markers, dotted across the state?

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The Toronto Blues Society is planning a trip to Mississippi. Before you book your trip, contact the office to learn more!

Welcome 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.

Are You a TBS Member?

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!

Concert Notes

Tribute to Carol King w/Paul Reddick and more – Hugh’s Room – March 15  | TBS Vocal Workshop w/Sacha Williamson – Dominion on Queen – March 17  |  Colin James (pictured) – Lee’s Palace – March 20  |  CMW Blues Showcase w/Steve Strongman, Firebelly Band and more – Delta Chelsea Monarchs Pub – March 22  |  John Hammond – Hugh’s Room – March 22/23  |  George Thorogood – Casino Rama – March 22  |  Suzie Vinnick – Gladstone Hotel Melody Bar – April 4  |  Ken Whiteley Gospel Matinee Series Finale – Hugh’s Room – April 7  |  Serena Ryder – Danforth Music Hall – April 11  |  The Three Kings of the Blues w/Danny Marks, Jack de Keyzer, Chris Antonik, Dylan Wickens – Hugh’s Room – April 12  |  Shuggie Otis – Phoenix Concert Theatre – April 14  |  Kevin Breit CD Release – Hugh’s Room – April 17  |  Buddy Guy – Massey Hall – April 20  |  Jimmie Vaughan & The Tilt-a-Whirl Band – Mohawk College, McIntyre Performing Arts Centre – April 25  |  Trixie Whiteley – Drake Hotel Underground – April 30  |  Chris Antonik CD Release – Gladstone Hotel Melody Bar – May 2  |  Edgar Winter & Kim Simmonds of Savoy Brown – Regent Theatre Oshawa – May 4  |  Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires – Phoenix Concert Theatre – May 11  |  TBS Birthday Party w/Jack de Keyzer – Delta Chelsea Monarchs Pub – May 30  |  Diana Braithwaite & Chris Whiteley – Hugh’s Room – May 31  |  Mavis Staples & Dr. John – Nathan Phillips Square – June 22  |  James Hunter & Sharon Jones – Nathan Phillips Square – June 27  |  Fathead – Hugh’s Room – July 27  |  Johnny Winter– Peter’s Players – Aug 17/18  |  Harry Manx – Peter’s Players – Oct 24

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