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Where It’s At! – November 8, 2012

Published November 14, 2012 in Where It's At

In this issue…
• Women’s Blues Revue
• Maple Blues Awards – Vote Today!
• Maple Blues Awards
• Blues Summit 6
• JUNO Submission Final Deadline This Week
• Toronto Blues Now CD
• Christmas Party & AGM
• TBS Gladstone Series
• Concert Notes
• Members Save Money on TBS Events
• Mississippi Blues News

Women’s Blues Revue

The 26th Annual Toronto Blues Society Women’s Blues Revue features Saidah Baba TalibahTanika CharlesKellylee Evans (pictured), Angel Forrest, Sabrina Weeks, and Sacha Williamson! The event will take place at Massey Hall on Saturday November 24. The vocalists will be backed up by the all-female Women’s Blues Revue Band featuring Donna Grantis (Musical Director, Guitar), Suzie Vinnick (Guitar), Lily Sazz (Keys), Brandi Disterheft (Upright Bass), Lindsay Beaver (Drums), Colleen Allen (Sax), Carrie Chesnutt (Sax), and Rebecca Hennessy (Trumpet).

Tickets are on sale now through the Massey Hall Box Office! The Charter Member only discount is on right now, call the office to get the code! Public tickets can be purchased here.

Just announced, the host this year will be none other than CBC’s Garvia Bailey!

November is Guitar month on CBC Radio Two! There will be one show this month featuring Women’s Blues Revue musicians Donna Grantis and Suzie Vinnick as well as Christine Bougie. Canada Live will air the seven song session on Wednesday November 28, and the session will be put up on for an intimate and up close look at the players in action.

Maple Blues Awards – Vote Today!

Check out the nominee list for the 16th Annual Maple Blues Awards here

Make sure to cast your vote for the public voting categories (non-instrument) today!

Voting is open right now & closes Saturday, December 8 at midnight PST at

The nominees for the Maple Blues Awards are selected by a distinguished panel of 47 blues experts headed by the steering committee consisting of Deborah Cartmer (CFBU, St. Catherines), Yves Trottier (DAWG FM, Ottawa), Paul Norton (CFRO / CITR, Vancouver), and Gord MacAulay (Canadian Blues Alliance, Saskatoon). The panel includes radio hosts, journalists, and festival organizers regionally distributed across Canada.

Maple Blues Awards

The Maple Blues Awards returns to beautiful Koerner Hall to honour the best in Canadian blues. Hosted by Raoul Bhaneja, the awards show will take place on Monday January 21, 7pm. This is the blues show of the year featuring live musical performances by Carlos del Junco (ON, pictured)), Matt Minglewood(NS), Steve Strongman (ON), The Harpoonist & the Axe Murderer (BC),Suzie Vinnick (SK/ON), Nanette Workman (QC) and the Maple Blues Band!

Tickets are on sale now through the RCM Koerner Hall box office! Call the TBS office for the Charter Member discount / preferred seating code. This offer is only valid while quantities last so don’t delay, call today!

Blues Summit 6

Register now for the most important blues conference in Canada, Blues Summit 6. This biennial event brings together artists, festival directors, media, labels, managers, agents and other blues industry with both a showcase and a conference component.

Blues Summit 6 takes place at The Delta Chelsea Hotel (33 Gerrard St W)January 18-21, 2013. The keynote speaker for this edition of the conference is CBC/Stony Plain’s Holger Petersen. The weekend culminates with the Maple Blues Awards on January 21, which is ticketed separately through the Koerner Hall Box Office.

Showcasing artists include TBS Talent Search winners Irene Torres & The Sugar Devils, Jon Knight & SoulstackBill DurstSabrina Weeks & Swing Cat BounceCarolyn Fe Blues CollectiveThe Harpoonist & the Axe MurdererJoe MurphySteve StrongmanNicole Christian, Donald Ray Johnson, Boogie Patrol and more.

There are several price points for conference registration: Deep Dish Discount – Before Dec 1 ($89 public / $69 musician), Early Bird – Before Jan 1 ($99 public / $79 musician), Regular & Walk Up ($119 public / $99 musician). If you are a musician or charter member, please contact the office to access the musician rate code. There will be a delegate hotel code to access the room rate of $99. The code will be sent out with your registration confirmation.

Registration is on sale now through / 416-645-9090. For the most up to date information, keep an eye on

If you would like to be added to the Blues Summit email list for the most up to date info, please send an email to the TBS office.

JUNO Submission Final Deadline This Week

To be considered for a JUNO nomination in the blues category, you must submit to Submission forms are available online now, the final deadline is November 13. The 42nd JUNO Awards Show will take place on Sunday April 21 at The Brandt Centre in Regina, SK and will be broadcast live on CTV.

Toronto Blues Now CD

The Toronto Blues Society has produced a compilation that serves as a snapshot of Toronto Blues Now! The CD features tracks from Paul Reddick, Downchild, David Wilcox, Jack de Keyzer, Suzie Vinnick, Harrison Kennedy, Treasa Levasseur, Fathead, Rita Chiarelli, Steve Strongman, Shakura S’Aida, Julian Fauth, Diana Braithwaite & Chris Whiteley, The 24th Street Wailersand catl. For more information on the CD and to purchase yours today, check out

Also make sure to check out this feature at Reactor Design:

Christmas Party & AGM

The TBS Christmas Party will take place this year on Saturday December 8 at the Delta Chelsea Monarchs Pub. Don’t miss a thunderous performance by theCameo Blues Band at 9pm. The Annual General Meeting is open to all Toronto Blues Society members and will be held prior to the party in The Gerrard Room in the hotel at 7pm.

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 and begin at 9pm.

Concert Notes

Keb’ Mo’ – Koerner Hall – Nov 8  |  Robert Randolph – Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts – Nov 13  |  Joe Bonamassa – Roy Thompson Hall – Nov 17  |  Jully Black – Hugh’s Room – Nov 23  |  26th Toronto Blues Society Women’s Blues Revue featuring Angel Forrest (pictured) and more! – Massey Hall – Nov 24  |  Treasa Levasseur – Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts – Nov 24  |  Ken Whiteley’s Gospel Matinee Christmas CD Release w/The Levy Sisters – Hugh’s Room – Nov 25  |  Leon Redbone – Hugh’s Room – Dec 4/5  | TBS AGM & Christmas Party featuring the Cameo Blues Band – Delta Chelsea Hotel – Dec 8  |  Have A Bluesy Christmas – Hugh’s Room – Dec 18  |  Blues Summit Six – Delta Chelsea Hotel – Jan 18-21  |  Maple Blues Awards – Koerner Hall – Jan 21  |  Taj Mahal – Brock University – Jan 30  |  Taj Mahal – Rose Theatre Brampton – Jan 31  |  Taj Mahal – Burlington Performing Arts Centre – Feb 1  |  Tribute to Etta James – Hugh’s Room – Feb 8  |  John Hammond – Hugh’s Room – March 23/24  |  Buddy Guy – Massey Hall – April 20

Members Save Money on TBS Events

The Toronto Blues Society is now a charitable organization, so you can be issued a tax receipt for any donations made beyond membership!

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!

Mississippi Blues News

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If you are a Charter Member in good standing, email the TBS office with the name of the guitar festival Colin just performed at in Toronto last weekend in the subject line for your chance to win a copy of his new CD “Still Live”!

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