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Where It’s At! – May 2, 2013

Published May 28, 2013 in Where It's At

In this issue…
• Win Tickets to see Coco Montoya
• Emerging Blues Artists – Look Here!
• TBS Gladstone Series: Chris Antonik CD Release TONIGHT
• Amie Louie Grossman’s Music Scholarship
• TBS Blues Dance Birthday Bash
• Orangeville Blues & Jazz Festival
• Donate to TBS
• Mississippi’s Got the Blues!
• Join the TBS
• Concert Notes
• Dan Aykroyd Wines

Win Tickets to see Coco Montoya

Coco Montoya has played in some legendary bands, but for the past many number of years he has held a steady solo career in his own right. Richard Flohil and Gary Kendall present Coco Montoya live at El Mocambo (464 Spadina) onTuesday May 14, 8pm with special guest Jake Chisholm performing an opening set. If you are a Charter Member in good standing, send an email to[email protected] with the name of one of the legendary bands in which Coco Montoya has been a member of in the subject line for your chance to win a pair of tickets!

Emerging Blues Artists – Look Here!

The Toronto Blues Society Talent Search is now open for submissions! All materials must be received at the TBS office by Friday May 10 at 5pm (That’s next Friday!). 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 performance at this year’s Southside Shuffle, 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.

TBS Gladstone Series: Chris Antonik CD Release 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! Come on out tonight for Chris Antonik‘s CD Release!

Mark your calendars for upcoming Gladstone series shows including Morgan Davis (June 6), Fraser Daley (July 4), Danny Marks (Aug 1) and Jerome Godboo‘s CD release (Sept 5).

Amie 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 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:

Orangeville Blues & Jazz Festival

The Orangeville Blues & Jazz Festival takes place May 30-June 2 and features performances by Ben Racine, Danny Marks, Harrison Kennedy, Chris Whiteley & Diana Braithwaite, Chris Antonik, Doc MacLean, Soulstack, Jordan John & The Blues Angels, Shrimp Daddy, Raoul Bhaneja, Harry Manx, Steve Strongman, Irene Torres (pictured), Andre & The J-Tones, Bentroots, McKenzie Blues Band, Kevin McQuade and more. Find out more about this festival at

For a full list of summer blues festivals, check out

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.

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 [email protected] to let us know you are interested in joining the membership committee. You must be available to attend monthly meetings.

Concert Notes

Chris Antonik CD Release – Gladstone Hotel Melody Bar – Tonight  |  Edgar Winter (pictured) & Kim Simmonds of Savoy Brown – Regent Theatre Oshawa – May 4  |  Tania Joy CD Release – Gladstone Hotel – May 5  |  Joe Bonamassa– Casino Rama – May 6  |  Bentroots CD Release – Revival – May 7  |  Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires – Phoenix Concert Theatre – May 11  |  Coco Montoya w/Jake Chisholm – El Mocambo – May 14  | 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  |  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  |  Andria Simone – Hugh’s Room – July 12  |  Americanarama Festival – Molson Amphitheatre – July 15  |  Fathead – Hugh’s Room – July 27  |  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  |  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

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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