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Where It’s At! – May 16, 2013

Published May 28, 2013 in Where It's At

In this issue…
• TBS Blues Dance Birthday Bash
• Donate to TBS
• Orillia Spring Blues Festival
• Amy Louie Grossman’s Music Scholarship
• TBS Gladstone Series
• “Like” the new Toronto Blues Society Facebook Page
• Concert Notes
• Mississippi’s Got the Blues!
• Join the TBS
• Dan Aykroyd Wines

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 (33 Gerrard St W) on Thursday May 30, 8pm. 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! Learn more about blues dancing 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.

Orillia Spring Blues Festival

The Orillia Spring Blues Festival takes place June 7-9 and features performances by Lowrider Band, Steve Strongman (pictured), Ken Whiteley, Doc MacLean, Murray Porter 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:

Amy Louie Grossman’s Music Scholarship

A new scholarship, in memory of Amy Louie, a member of the family that have owned Grossman’s Tavern in Toronto since 1975, has been announced. Grossman’s, at the corner of Spadina Avenue and Cecil Street, has long been an “incubator” for a wide range of Toronto artists — including the late Jeff Healey, the Downchild Blues Band, Rough Trade and many more who began their careers there. The new scholarship — $1,500.00 per year — will be awarded to a group or individual from the Greater Toronto Area with a winning proposal that would advance their career. All submissions will be considered; a full explanation of the project and the need for funding will need to be included. Priority will be given to submissions from bands or individuals with a connection to the venue. Submissions may be submitted to the Amy Louie Grossman’s Music Scholarship, care of Grossman’s Tavern, 379 Spadina Avenue, Toronto ON, M5T 2G3. The winner will be chosen by a panel of music industry professionals; the submission period is Apr. 1 through June 1. The winner will receive half the scholarship funds at the beginning of the project and the remainder on its completion. The winner will also take part in the second annual fundraiser to support the scholarship, to be held at Grossman’s , Tuesday, June 18/13.

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 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).

“Like” the new Toronto Blues Society Facebook Page

The Toronto Blues Society has moved from a “group” to a “page” on Facebook! “Like” the page right away to not miss any announcements made on Facebook!

For those on Twitter, interact with the TBS @tobluessociety 

Concert Notes

Sacha Williamson (pictured) – Lula Lounge – May 23  |  Harrison Kennedy Benefit – The Riverview Room – May 25  | Festival w/Shakura S’Aida – Echo Beach – May 25  |  The Rolling Stones – Air Canada Centre – May 25/June 6  |  Thom Swift & Steve Marriner – Hugh’s Room – May 29  |  TBS Birthday Party w/Jack de Keyzer – Delta Chelsea Monarchs Pub – May 30  |  Diana Braithwaite & Chris Whiteley – Hugh’s Room – May 31  |  Madeleine Peyroux – Harbourfront Centre Enwave Theatre – May 31/June 1  |  Waterfront Blues Festival – May 31-June 2  |  Morgan Davis – Gladstone Hotel Melody Bar – June 6  |  Sonny Landreth – Peter’s Players – June 7  |  TBS Talent Search Finals – 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  |  James Hunter & Sharon Jones – 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  |  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  |  Michael Pickett – Gladstone Hotel Melody Bar – Oct 3  |  OCFF – Delta Meadowvale Resort & Conference Centre – Oct 17-20  |  Harry Manx – Peter’s Players -Oct 24  |  TBS Women’s Blues Revue – Massey Hall – Nov 30  |  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:


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.

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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