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Where It’s At! – May 31, 2012

Published June 6, 2012 in Where It's At

In this issue…
• Concert Notes
• Waterfront Blues Festival
• Orangeville Blues & Jazz Festival
• Call For New Blues Talent!
• TBS Gladstone Series
• Bringing It Back To Grossman`s Fundraiser
• Digital Dollars Wrap Up
• Summer Blues Festivals
• Mississippi Tourism: Golf & Blues Experience
• Save Money on TBS Events

Concert Notes

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$ & Ken Whiteley– Gladstone Hotel Melody Bar – June 7  |  JW Jones (pictured) CD Release w/Danny Marks – Hugh’s Room – June 7  |  Lucky Peterson w/Shawn Kellerman – Delta Chelsea Monarchs Pub – June 9  |  Sue Foley & Peter KarpCD 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 LandrethCD 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  |  Buckwheat Zydeco – Hugh’s Room – July 25  |  Steve Strongman – Gladstone Hotel Melody Bar – Aug 2  |  The Black Keys – Molson Amphitheatre – Aug 4  |  Fathead – Hugh’s Room – Aug 10  |  JJ Grey & Mofro – Lee’s Palace – Aug 15  |  Toronto Blues Society Talent Search Finals – Nathan Phillips Square – Aug 16  |  Bill Bourne – Hugh’s Room – Sept 11  |  Tribute to Etta James w/Danny Marks – Hugh’s Room – Sept 13  |  Rita Chiarelli – Hugh’s Room – Sept 22  |  Paul James, Jack de Keyzer, Danny Marks – Hugh’s Room – Sept 26  |  Tribute to Sonny Boy Williamson w/Billy Boy Arnold, Raoul & The Big Time – Hugh’s Room – Oct 5  |  Carlos del Junco – Hugh’s Room – Oct 19  |  Tribute to Willie Dixon w/Danny Marks – Hugh’s Room – Oct 27  |  Ken Whiteley’s Gospel Matinee – Hugh’s Room – Oct 28  |  Susie Arioli – Hugh’s Room – Nov 1  |  Keb’ Mo’ – Koerner Hall – Nov 8  |  Tribute to Robert Johnson w/Danny Marks – Hugh’s Room – Nov 23  |  26th Toronto Blues Society Women’s Blues Revue – Massey Hall – Nov 24  |  Ken Whiteley’s Gospel Matinee – Hugh’s Room – Nov 25

Waterfront Blues Festival

The Waterfront Blues Festival returns to Woodbine Park on June 1-3 with a terrific line-up! Performing live will be Tad Robinson, John Primer (pictured), The Lionel Young Band, Eugene Hideaway Bridges, Dylan Wickens & The Grand Naturals, Shakura S’Aida, MonkeyJunk, Chris Antonik, Johnny Max, and Erin McCallum. What a way to kick off the blues festival season, eh? Drop by the TBS table to renew your membership or just to say hello!

Orangeville Blues & Jazz Festival

This year’s Orangeville Blues & Jazz Festival takes place May 31-June 3 and features David Wilcox, Dylan Wickens, Larry Kurtz, Harpdog Brown, Douglas Watson, Little G Weevil (pictured), Wendy Lands, Alan Gerber, Heather Katz, Neil Chapman, Suzie Vinnick, Heaveyweights Brass Band, Charlie D’Acourt, Dwayne Dopsie, Sam Turton, Ryan Grist, Carlos del Junco, Bill Durst, Jill Barber, ODSS Jazz Band, Sweet Adelines, Clayton Doley, OMT, Al Lerman, Patrick Lehman, Humber College Jazz, Danny Marks, The Kat Kings, The Bluestones, Bradley Boy MacArthur, Son Roberts, Charlie Cooley, Delaney, Community Band, and Dust to Dust! 

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.

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 with Ken Whiteley on Thursday June 7

Bringing It Back To Grossman`s Fundraiser

The Bringing It Back To Grossman`s fundraiser on Tuesday, May 29th brought in $3864.25 to establish The Amy Louie Grossman`s Music Scholarship. The Louie family and all the musicians involved in the event would like to thank the community for their overwhelming support.

Donations can still be made from any TD Bank and on line:
Account name: Christina Louie – in Trust.
Branch number: 1704
Bank Code: 004
Account number: 6667268
If donations are from outside of Canada, they can add the Swift code of TDOMCATTTOR

Digital Dollars Wrap Up

Starting back in January, the Digital Dollars Seminars brought together expert speakers from all over North America who shared strategies and tips on the handling of digital sales, distribution and marketing of music. They discussed various social media platforms to promote music, best practices on Facebook and Twitter, growing your mailing list, different ways to help monetize via social media and more. All the sessions were streamed live at where they are archived for future viewing.

The most recent session was called “let’s get music fans” where the panel of experts shared their experiences with new digital strategies for audience development. It featured Dmitri Vietze (Rock Paper Scissors, host), Johan Hultqvist (Pinwheel Music), Allison Saretsky (Luminato), Kevin LeFlar (Official Community), Reginald Ray (Small World Music). The April session, “Let’s Get Video” covered the popularity of videos and how they have afforded music writers, artists and managers a whole new avenue for promoting and marketing their music. Panelists were David Newland (Roots Music Canada, host) Joel Goldberg (Joel Goldberg Productions), Eric Alper (eOne), Tiffany Ferguson (MuchFACT), Mako Funasaka (Talkin’ Blues Media). On March 10 the session was “Let’s Blog Music” where the panel their experiences with a variety of blogs and the ups and downs of music blogging. Panelists were Johan Hultqvist (Pinwheel Music, host), David Newland (Roots Music Canada), Dave Cool (Bandzoogle), Li Robbins (CBC), Janine Stoll (Janine Stoll Media). The February 11 session, “Let’s Get Social” was hosted by Johan Hultqvist (Pinwheel Music) and included social-media experts Jason Loomis (Ariel Publicity, NYC), Bob Ledrew (Translucid Communications), Suzie Vinnick (Musician) and Emma Julien (Jane Harbury Publicity) The Digital Dollars Seminar was a partnership between the Toronto Blues Society, Ontario Council of Folk Festivals, Batuki Music Society and Lula Music and Arts Centre funded by the Province of Ontario Cultural Strategic Investment Fund with a lot of help from the late Billy Bryans who passed away before he could see the fruit of his labours.

Summer Blues Festivals

Summer has arrived! Check out these blues festivals and start planning for the warm weather!


Orangeville Blues & Jazz Festival – May 31-3
Waterfront Blues Festival – June 1-3
Sault Blues Festival – June 6-9 Featuring Steve Strongman (pictured) and more!
Orillia Spring Blues Festival – June 7-10 
Chicago Blues Festival – June 8-10
Stratford Blues & Ribfest – June 22-24
TD Toronto Jazz Festival – June 22-July 1  
Montreal Jazz Festival – June 28-July 7
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
Calgary International Blues Festival – July 30-August 5 
Donnacona Blues Festival – August 7-12
Kitchener Blues Festival – August 9-12
Dutch Mason Blues Festival – August 10-12
Festiblues – August 9-12
Calabogie Blues Festival – August 17-19
Winnipeg BBQ & Blues Festival – August 17-19
Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival – August 17-19
Underground Railroad Music Festival – August 18
Limestone City Blues Festival – August 23-26
Edmonton Blues Festival – August 24-26
Wasaga Beach Blues Festival – August 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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