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Where It’s At! – May 9, 2013

Published May 28, 2013 in Where It's At

In this issue…
• Orillia Spring Blues Festival
• Talent Search Submission Deadline Tomorrow
• Scrap Metal Blues Ticket & CD Giveaway
• “Like” the new Toronto Blues Society Facebook Page
• TBS Blues Dance Birthday Bash
• Donate to TBS
• Emancipation Festival; Calling Visual Artists & Photographers
• TBS Gladstone Series
• Mississippi’s Got the Blues!
• Concert Notes
• Join the TBS
• Dan Aykroyd Wines

Orillia Spring Blues Festival

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

Talent Search Submission Deadline Tomorrow

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 tomorrow). 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.

Scrap Metal Blues Ticket & CD Giveaway

Diana Braithwaite & Chris Whiteley launch their new CD “Scrap Metal Blues” at Hugh’s Room on Friday May 31 and the TBS wants you to be there and get the new CD! If you are a charter member in good standing, send an email with the name of the TBS commissioned work through the Canada Council for the Arts that Diana and Chris presented at the Glenn Gould Studio last fall as the subject line for your chance to win tickets and the new CD!

“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 

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.

Emancipation Festival; Calling Visual Artists & Photographers

The O.S.E.F. in partnership with Grey Roots Museum & Archives is pleased to announce that we will once again be hosting an Art Exhibit of Black Historic subject matter on July 27th at the Grey Roots facility. 2013 is a year full of historic anniversaries; the 150th of the Declaration of Independence, 50 years since Martin Luther King’s ” I Have a Dream” speech and 45 since his assassination, 100 years since the death of Harriet Tubman and the birth of Rosa Parks, 220 years since the “Canadian Anti-Slavery Act” and the 35th Anniversary of the Ontario Black History society.  Artists of all mediums are encouraged to take this opportunity to exhibit their talents with an eye towards at least one of their submissions recognizing an important moment in our “Black History”. The capturing of these moments in artistic form will be represented by this year’s theme “SNAPSHOTS – Moments in our History”. For more details visit, send an e-mail to or contact the event co-ordinator Lisa McAllister at 519-376-7173. Deadline for submissions – June 22nd, 2013

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).

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:


Concert Notes

Charles Bradley (pictured) & His Extraordinaires – Phoenix Concert Theatre – May 11  |  Coco Montoya w/Jake Chisholm – El Mocambo – May 14  |  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  |  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

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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