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Where It’s At! – May 17, 2012

Published May 29, 2012 in Where It's At

In this issue…
• TBS Birthday Blues Bash
• Concert Notes
• Bringing it Back to Grossman’s
• Carey Ker – A Celebration of Life & Music
• Shakura S’Aida – Two CD Launches
• Call For New Blues Talent!
• Digital Dollars: Let’s Get Music Fans
• TBS Gladstone Series
• Summer Blues Festivals
• Mississippi Tourism: Golf & Blues Experience
• Save Money on TBS Events

TBS Birthday Blues Bash


Help Us Grow, Help Us Party. Bring a friend and help us celebrate! Help introduce new people to the blues as we celebrate twenty seven years of promoting Toronto blues.

As a TBS Member, you know the many benefits of membership. And the latest is our Thursday May 24 Birthday Party with the Morgan Davis Band at The Delta Chelsea Hotel Monarchs Pub! The show will begin at 9pm and will be emceed by Blues Doctor Julie Hill.

Admission – Free

Draw Prizes – Free*

Birthday Cake – Free

You being there – Priceless

*For anyone renewing or purchasing a new Charter membership at the event, you will be entered into a raffle to win a dinner for two at Monarchs Pub!

Concert Notes

Shakura S’Aida Electric CD Release – Revival – May 17  |  Shakura S’Aida Acoustic CD Release w/Harrison Kennedy – Hugh’s Room – May 18  |  Jay Douglas (pictured) – Glenn Gould Studio – May 18  |  BB King – Casino Rama – May 24/25  |  TBS Birthday Party w/Morgan Davis – Delta Chelsea Monarchs Pub – May 24  |  Bentroots CD Release – The Trane Studio – May 27  |  Carey Ker: A Celebration of Life & Music w/Tony SpringerMichael KeithMichael DanckertJulie SteinwallThe Shades – Delta Chelsea Monarchs Pub – May 28  |  Bonnie Raitt – Massey Hall – May 26  |  Amy Louie Grossman’s Music Scholarship Fundraiser featuring Donnie “Mr. Downchild” Walsh, Danny Marks, Jerome Godboo and more – Grossman’s Tavern – May 29  |  Kelly Joe Phelps – Hugh’s Room – June 1  |  George Thorogood & The Destroyers w/Gordie Johnson – Massey Hall – June 2  |  Soulstack CD Release – Delta Chelsea Monarchs Pub – June 2  |  Robin Bank$ – Gladstone Hotel Melody Bar – June 7  |  JW Jones CD Release w/Danny Marks – Hugh’s Room – June 7  |  Lucky Peterson w/Shawn Kellerman – Delta Chelsea Monarchs Pub – June 9  |  Sue Foley & Peter Karp CD Release – Hugh’s Room – June 10  |  Chuck Jackson CD Release – The Rex Hotel – June 15  |  Tribute to Buddy Guy & Junior Wells w/Danny Marks, David Rotundo, Dylan Wickens, Douglas Watson – Hugh’s Room – June 21  |  Tedeschi Trucks Band – Toronto Jazz Festival – June 29  |  Sonny Landreth CD Release – Hugh’s Room – July 6  |  Suzie Vinnick CD Release – Hugh’s Room – July 12  |  Danny Brooks – Hugh’s Room – July 18  |  Betty Richardson – Hugh’s Room – July 19  |  Steve Strongman – Gladstone Hotel Melody Bar – Aug 2  |  The Black Keys – Molson Amphitheatre – Aug 4  |  Fathead – Hugh’s Room – Aug 10  |  Toronto Blues Society Talent Search Finals – Nathan Phillips Square – Aug 16  |  Keb’ Mo’ – Koerner Hall – Nov 8  |  26th Toronto Blues Society Women’s Blues Revue – Massey Hall – Nov 24

Bringing it Back to Grossman’s


A benefit concert to establish the Amy Louie Grossman’s Musician Scholarship will be held at Grossman’s Tavern (379 Spadina Ave) on Tuesday May 29. Prior to her passing in 2011, Grossman’s proprietor Amy Louie had a dream  of one day establishing a fund to assist musician`s in their creative work. The scholarship will strive to provide funding on a yearly basis for a musician or music project and will reach out to other non-profit arts organizations to help determine who the recipients will be. Admission will be by donation, and there will be performances by Donnie “Mr. Downchild” Walsh (pictured), Danny Marks, Jerome Godboo, Gary Kendall, Caution Jam, Laura Hubert, The McDonald Rush Band, Alec Fraser, Bill Hedefine, Steve Grisbrook, The Swingin Blackjacks, Brian Cober, Nicola Vaughn, Shakey Dagenais, Terry Wilkinsand more.


Carey Ker – A Celebration of Life & Music

A celebration of the life and music of long time TBS member Carey Ker will take place at the Delta Chelsea Monarchs Pub on Monday May 28, 7pm-1am. Confirmed musical guests include Tony SpringerMichael KeithMichael Danckert (pictured), Julie SteinwallThe ShadesRobin Banks and more to be confirmed. Monarchs Pub opens at 5pm and delicious food is available to purchase from the menu if you’d like to arrive early. Music will commence at approximately 8pm. There will be an opportunity to speak between sets if anyone would like to share a story or say a few words.

Shakura S’Aida – Two CD Launches

Marking the release of her brand new double Electro-Fi album TimeShakura S’Aida will be performing two separate CD release concerts. The first show takes place tonight at Revival (783 College St) and will be an electric rock performance based around the first CD in the two-CD set titled Time to Rock Your Soul. Doors at 8pm, Show at 9pm. The second show takes place at Hugh’s Room tomorrow night and will be based around the blues oriented second CD in the set titled Time for the Blues. Doors at 6pm, Show at 8:30pm, Harrison Kennedy opens.

Call For New Blues Talent!

Attention emerging Canadian blues artists…The Toronto Blues Society Talent Search is back! Six finalists will be chosen to perform at the finals taking place at Nathan Phillips Square during City of Toronto’s Tasty Thursdays on Thursday August 16, noon-2pm. The finalists will compete for a grand prize which includes a showcase at the Blues Summit Six, a performance at the Southside Shuffle Festival, a show at The Delta Chelsea Monarchs Pub, a photo shoot with Bill King, recording/mixing time at Revolution Studios, and consultations with industry professionals!

Submissions are open now, and close on Friday June 15 at 5pm. You may submit through Sonicbids or send a physical package to the TBS office (Talent Search Submission, 910 Queen Street West, Suite B04, Toronto, ON, M6J 1G6) with a CD, one sheet, and a cheque for $15. Eligibility is limited to acts who are not on a major label, do not have a major distribution deal (i.e. not distributed to retail stores) and have not been chosen as a finalist in a past edition of the talent search.

Digital Dollars: Let’s Get Music Fans

The final Digital Dollars seminar “Let’s Get Music Fans” will take place at Lula Lounge (1585 Dundas St W, M6K 1T9) on Saturday May 26, 1pm-4pm. This session will feature Dmitri Vietze  (Rock Paper Scissors, Host), Johan Hultqvist (Pinwheel Music), Allison Saretsky (Luminato), Kevin LeFlar (officialCOMMUNITY) and Reginald Ray (Small World Music). The monthly seminar series features leading thinkers on the new digital music landscape. Check out the four previous sessions at The FREE ADMISSION series is being presented by the Toronto Blues Society, Batuki Music, OCFF and Lula Lounge, and is supported by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism and Culture.

TBS Gladstone Series

The Toronto Blues Society presents the best in blues talent the first Thursday of each month at the recently renovated Melody Bar in The Gladstone Hotel. Performances are free to the public and begin at 9pm. Robin Banks will play a duo show on Thursday June 7

Summer Blues Festivals

Summer is almost here! Check out these blues festivals and start planning for the warm weather!


Orangeville Blues & Jazz Festival – June 1-3
Waterfront Blues Festival – June 1-3
Orillia Spring Blues Festival – June 8-10 
Chicago Blues Festival – June 8-10
TD Toronto Jazz Festival – June 22-July 1  
Montreal Jazz Festival – June 28-July 7 featuring Harry Manx (pictured)
Ottawa Bluesfest – July 4-15
Porquis Blues Festival – July 6-8
Thunder Bay Blues Festival – July 6-8
Tremblant International Blues Festival – July 6-15
Lighthouse Blues Festival – July 13-14
London International Bluesfest – July 13-15
Windsor International Bluesfest– July 13-15
Frankford Island Blues Festival July 13-15
Brantford Blues Festival July 20-22
Beaches International Jazz Festival – July 20-29
Underground Railroad Music Festival – August 18
Donnacona Blues Festival – Aug 7-12
Kitchener Blues Festival – August 9-12
Festiblues – August 10-14
Calabogie Blues Festival – August 17-19
Limestone City Blues Festival – Aug 23-26
Edmonton Blues Festival – Aug 24-26
Wasaga Beach Blues Festival – Aug 24-26
Southside Shuffle – September 7-9
Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival – September 11-16 

Mississippi Tourism: Golf & Blues Experience

Love Golf? Love Blues? Get the best of both worlds with the Mississippi Tourism’s International Golf & Blues Experience! Hosted by Chuck Jackson, the next trip takes Oct 7-13 in Tunica, MS. To learn more, find out about TBS group rates and to book your trip, go to

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