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August 2012 Published by the Toronto Blues Society since 1985 [email protected] Vol 28, No 8 Sabrina Weeks ...

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August 2012

Published by the Toronto Blues Society since 1985

[email protected] Vol 28, No 8

Sabrina Weeks will be a featured vocalist at the 26th Women's Blues Revue on November 24 at Massey Hall Sabrina Weeks Pappy Johns Band John’s Blues Picks

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Mark Your Calendar! Thursday, August 16, Noon-2pm TBS Talent Search Finals , Nathan Phillips Square - Amanda Davids, Ambre McLean, Carolyn Fe Blues Collective, Irene Torres & The Sugar Devils, Robbie Antone's Blues Machine and Tim Bastmeyer will perform in front of an industry panel of judges and a public audience during the City of Toronto's "Tasty Thursdays" series. One winner will receive a prize package that includes a showcase opportunity at the Blues Summit Six, performances at the Southside Shuffle and Delta Chelsea Monarchs Pub, recording time at Revolution Recording, a photo shoot with Bill King, and mentoring sessions with industry professionals. Monday, August 20, Monarch's Pub, Delta Chelsea International Blues Challenge Showdown. No Cover, Featuring Shrimp Daddy and the Sharpshooters, Paul Reddick, Suzie Vinnick and Steve Strongman. One solo/duo and one band will be selected to represent the TBS at the IBC in Memphis Jan 29-Feb 2. more info at www.

September 16, 1-4pm Blues in the Garden at TBS HQ, 910 Queen St. W. (at Crawford) : Musical performance and BBQ in the garden (part of the Queen West Art Crawl)

November 24th, 8pm Women's Blues Revue, Massey Hall Mark your calendar for the 26th Annual Toronto Blues Society Women's Blues Revue! The event will take place at Massey Hall on Saturday November 24. The featured vocalists will be backed up by the all-female Women's Blues Revue Band. See the ad on page 6 for more info

First Thursdays Industry Showcase Opportunities Calling all artists looking to expand their touring prospects! There are three opportunities to be considered for TBS sanctioned showcases. Please send an email to [email protected] if you are interested to find out more information about each opportunity.

Steve Strongman plays a solo acoustic show on Thursday August 2 as part of the TBS "First Thursdays" at the Gladstone Hotel. The Toronto Blues Society presents the best in blues talent the first Thursday of each month at the Gladstone's Melody Bar. Performances are free to the public and begin at 9pm.

1) The Blues Summit Six is right around the corner! The bi-annual conference at the Delta Chelsea Hotel brings together blues industry from around Canada and beyond. A major component of the conference is the showcase portion which allows artists to perform in front of talent buyers. Note that artists may not showcase in consecutive Summit years. You may submit by sending a one sheet, CD, and a submission fee of $10 to the TBS office or through Sonicbids: OpportunityView.aspx?opportunity_id=107783 If you submitted for this year's talent search and would like to be considered for this opportunity, please call the office before submitting. 2) The Ontario Council of Folk Festivals Conference takes place in Mississauga October 11-14, 2012. The Toronto Blues Society will once again be presenting a blues showcase. We would like to hear from established blues artists interested in performing in front of key industry in the folk community who could help facilitate national and international touring and festival appearances. http://www. #

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Sabrina and the Swing Cat Bounce The first time Sabrina Weeks visited Toronto was for last year’s Maple Blues awards. During that visit she walked away with the award for Best New Artist. For the British Columbia born and raised girl ... her Eastern tour of Ontario this September is “like a dream come true.” “Our friend Chuck Jackson introduced us to a bunch of people. We felt welcomed and at ease right away. “ Sabrina who along with her band Swing Cat Bounce have established themselves in the West ... known for their up tempo swing/jazz/blues hybrid style of music and of course Sabrina’ voice; a sultry, smokey, commanding voice that conjures up memories of a couple of her idols ... Etta James and Koko Taylor. “I love love love

Etta James and Koko Taylor. But my earliest influences were Elvis Presley, Doris Day and Olivia Newton John. These were the artists my parents loved and they helped shape my phrasing and vibrato. I am both a self taught and schooled vocalist. What I mean is that I actually went to school at a time when there was still amazing music instruction going on. We had a music teacher that came in three times a week and taught us harmony and phrasing. She taught us how to enunciate and intonate. We also had a great choir that always had at least three-part harmony and syncopation. I was so lucky to go to school during this time. As well, I have constantly continued to teach myself new techniques and styles since then. “ Tales From Lenny’s Diner Sabrina's debut CD in 2009 hit the Roots Music Report Blues Music Charts at #1 in Canada and #12 globally, peaking at #6 on the global blues charts. The album was also rated as one of the top 100 new CD’s released in 2010/2011 according to the Real Blues “top of the charts” report. “After we recorded our first CD, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. So the entire time we were submitting the CD to radio and reviewers, I was going through surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy. I got so much support from friends, family and fans but what really kept me going was the music, the CD in particular and all the excitement that was created around it.” This August Sabrina and her band return to the studio to begin recording their follow up CD, once again produced by Jack Lavin of Powder Blues fame. “The album is going

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to be awesome! I’m so excited. We wrote 17 new songs and have chosen 12 to bring to the studio with the ultimate goal of choosing the best 10. We’ve brought a lot more heart to this CD. Don’t get me wrong there’s still some funny tongue-in-cheek stuff but there is also some really meaty stuff too. I know this will sound a little cliché and a little purple ... but I’m much more alive now than I’ve ever been, so, of course the songs reflect that change. “ Sabrina’s music may be a melting pot of genre’s but her song writing along with guitarist Mike Hilliard who she co-writes with is distinctly Canadian in flavour. “We write what we know about. I believe that is where the most power is. We are proudly Canadian ... what can I say? Our style is eclectic because we are influenced by all kinds of music and allow whatever song comes forward, to be the song that it was born to be. I have been writing songs since I was quite young ... I also took a handful of upper level poetry writing courses as part of my Bachelor’s Degree. So needless to say, for me, lyrics are important. I like it when they paint a picture, tell a story, create a mood. Mike has been instrumental in my growth as a songwriter.” In November Sabrina will return to Toronto to take part in the 26th annual Women's Blues Revue at Massey Hall on the 24th of the month joining a number of talented female artists established and new on the scene. The event which celebrates women in blues music helped launch the careers of artists such as Amanda Marshall, Holly Cole, Roxanne Potvin and Treasa Levasseur. “The Women in Blues Revue is an amazing opportunity. I am so humbled and grateful for being included in this event. This event gives women a stronger voice in a genre that is often predominately driven by male voices. I am so grateful to the Toronto Blues Society for their progressive vision and support. And ... it’s Massey Hall! I mean ... how cool is that?” Sabrina hits Ontario by storm starting September 7th in Kingston, followed by an appearance at the Southside Shuffle in Port Credit on September 8 & 9th as well as dates in Ottawa and Lavigne, Ontario. Information on Sabrina Weeks & Swing Cat Bounce as well as details on CD sales and pre-sales of her new CD and promotional material can be found at swingcatbounce. . - Christopher Darton

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We've grouped our bluesiest acts to close out the weekend. Kick back to the sweet power of Suzie Vinnick, sit tight for the snappy styling of the Julian Fauth Trio, and hang onto your hats for the youthfully invigorating 24th Street Wailers. Eaglewood provides a textured musical journey in a relaxed, natural setting. There's something for people of all ages.

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Eaglewood’s 2012 Line up . Jaffa Road . Ridley Bent . The Strumbellas . Jack Grunsky . Gordie Tentrees . Mariposa Youth . David Newland . Mark Reeves . Luke Michielsen . Suzie Vinnick . Kajakas . Terra Hazelton . Nichol Robertson . The Bombadils . Scarlett Jane

Danny Michel Julian Fauth Keith and Renee 24th St Wailers Binaeshee Couchie Steve Poltz Leon Knight and the Neon Lights d by:



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Jordan John breaking out: Jordan John has a busy summer schedule whether it be a regular gig on Monday’s at Toronto’s Wilson 96 or opening for country legends Roy Clark and Charlie McCoy at the Burlington Country and Blues Festival ... playing solo or with his band The Blues Angels which includes drummer Al Cross (Big Sugar, Great Big Sea) and his father Prakash on bass. Prakash is a rock and roll hall-of-famer (George Clinton, Parliament Funkadelic, Lou Reed and Alice Cooper) ... Jordan is paving his own path on the Canadian music scene becoming well known as a multi-instrumentalist ... as well as for his silky-smooth voice.

At the tender age of 25 Jordan has had the honour of opening for a plethora of music royalty from the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin to Ray Charles, Johnny Winter to Prince as well as sharing the stage with the likes of Canadian legends Jeff Healey and Burton Cummings. Jordan can be found playing all over the Toronto area through the month of August as well as on the festival circuit. Information on Jordan can be found at

The Elmo Redux: Toronto’s legendary El Mocambo has been purchased by Cadillac Lounge owner Sam Grosso. The downtown landmark, built in 1850 will be renovated by Grosso and partner Marco Petrucci who vowed to restored the Elmo to what they described as "...its glorious past as one of Toronto’s best live music venues." Artists who have performed at the El Mocambo include legendary acts such as: Jimi Hendrix, Steve Ray Vaughn, Charles Mingus and The Rolling Stones. 150th Anniversary Emancipation Festival: Owen Sound will be celebrating black history in Canada with a three day event commemorating cultural history, music, art, multiculturalism, heritage and integration. The 150th annual Emancipation Festival is the longest running emancipation picnic celebration in NorthAmerica. This year’s theme, The Ties That Bind takes place from August 3 – 5, 2012 at Harrison Park and Kelso Beach in Owen Sound, Ontario.

The three day event features a speaker’s forum, picnic, blues music, a gospel celebration, art exhibit as well as fun and games for children. Individuals interested in history, family, culture and community have been gathering everyAugust 1st weekend in Owen Sound since 1862. The area represents the Northern most retreat of the Underground railroad journey in Canada. This year’s blues celebration takes place on August 4th with artists such as Blackburn featuring Brooke, Duane and Cory Blackburn, Liberty Silver & Eddy Bullen, Bobby Dean Blackburn

Jordan John and the Blues Angels play the Etobicoke Mardi Gras Festival Friday, August 3rd, Lake Affect in Mississauga on Saturday, August 4th & 10th, Hendrie Park in Hamilton (w/ Harrison Kennedy) on Wednesday, August 8th, Festival of Friends in Hamilton on Sunday, August 12th and every Monday at The Wilson 96, 615 College St in Toronto. Watch for news of an upcoming record deal and the release of his debut album

A Rolling Stone Gathers No Moss: July 12, 2012 marked the 50th anniversary of the first appearance of the Rolling Stones who performed at London’s Marquee Club on July 12, 1962. The Stones whose early music consisted of covers of many of the day’s most talented black artists like Chuck Berry, Bobby Womack, Bo Diddley and Little Richard chose their name from an early Muddy Waters tune "Rollin’ Stone".

and Michael Dunston & Soul Stew scheduled to perform. The following day August 5th ... a non-denominational Gospel Fest takes place featuring performances by Madeleine Courtney and the Renee Rowe Group “Soul in Praise.” Information on the event can be found at www.

Underground Railroad Festival: On Saturday August 18, 2012 Centennial Park in Drayton, Ontario will be hosting a day of world class music and food celebrating a region of Ontario that was a main terminus for the Underground Railroad.

The Stones went onto to cover and help popularize many classic blues artists such Howling Wolf, Robert Johnson, Willie Dixon and of course Muddy Waters with young British and American audiences.

Musical genres ranging from gospel to blues; folk to jazz and bluegrass will be represented ... performed by a talented group of musicians. This year’s line-up includes: Blackburn, Harrison Kennedy, Curley Bridges, Miss Angel, Jenny Whitely, Donovan Locke and Diana Braithwaite & Chris Whiteley.

The Rolling Stones have gone on to record 29 Studio albums and14 live albums as well as releasing 30 compilation albums, 3 EP’s and 107 singles in their 50 year career.

As part of the Anniversary celebration a commemorative hard covered book titled 50 has been released. Rumours of a new tour to help celebrate the anniversary are being spoken about but aren’t slated to start until late 2012 or possibly not until 2013. The Rolling Stones were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989.

Information on the event and ticket pricing can be found at or email [email protected] or call (416) 857-4951. Jazz in Motion: The Beaches International Jazz Festival included a Photo Pavilion for a juried photographic exhibition at two different locations during the ten day celebration. The theme of the competition is images that best defined the essence of jazz music, jazz musicians and the audience that supports the music.

Taj Mahal in Canada: The legendary Taj Mahal graces Canadian soil with his presence with appearances at western festivals and a play at the Kitchener Blues Festival August 12 and the next night, August 13, performs at Peter’s Players in Gravehurst, Ontario.

Taj Mahal is a multi-instrumentalist who fuses many different styles and genres from around the world including West African, Hawaiian, Caribbean, European and Latin American. He’s recorded everything from country to movie soundtracks, the blues to children’s albums.

Jurors for this year’s competition are Peter Sramek (Chair of Photography OCAD University, Bill King, Kris King (Award winning Jazz Photographer), Igor Vidyashev (award winning concert photographer), Robert Saxe (first place winner of the Jazz in Motion Exhibition 2011) and Simon Glass (Associate Dean Faculty of Art at OCAD University.

- Christopher Darton

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Profile - Redman’s Bluez

For over 30 years bass player Don Powless and drummer Oren Doxtator have shared a connection as a rhythm section ... and eventually family. Starting with bands like The Bar Road Band, Roadhouse and Painted Pony, Don and Oren have shared the stage together ... creating some of the tightest rhythm work in Canadian blues. Eventually they became brothers-in-law ... family in the group sense took on a different meaning. Many band members came and went over the years ... as bands do ... but Don and Oren held that bond and love of the music and stuck together. Eventually they hooked up with Chris “Pappy” Johns, Lorne Greene and Faron Johns and formed the Pappy Johns Band ... a formidable blues outfit that garnered commercial and critical accolades with the CD Blame It on Monday and as the house-band on APTN’s Rez Bluez. The Pappy Johns Band went on to win Best Group, Best Male Artist (Faron Johns), Best Song/Songwriter for Blame It On Monday as well the album won Best Producer/Engineer (Alec Fraser) at the 2002 Aboriginal Music Award.

In 2004 Oren and Donny continued the band’s rise on the blues scene with a new CD titled Full Circle ... this time with a new set of sidemen. Faron Johns and Lorne Greene departed the band but guitarist Joe Mafoud and singer songwriter Murray Porter stepped in. The results were a seamless transition and whole new set of honours including a Juno nomination for Aboriginal Recording of the Year. Eventually Joe Mafoud was replaced by guitar wiz and vocalist Joshua Arden Miller and Murray Porter left the band and moved to BC ... with piano virtuoso and vocalist John Lee stepping in to fill Murray’s shoes. In 2009, that line-up recorded Havin’ a Good Time Now which went on to win Best Blues Album at the 2009 Aboriginal Music Awards.

Constantly working ... and beating the pavement out on the road The Pappy Johns Band’s talents have been wide spread ... world wide. They’ve performed at venues as far as France’s Blues Sur Seine in Mantes la Jolie France to Chicago’s annual Blues Fest ... The Smithsonian Institution’s grand opening of the National Museum of the American Indian to The Montreal International Jazz Festival. This summer The Pappy Johns Band will be performing at Seneca Niagara Casino on August 10th, the Kitchener Blues Festival on the main stage on August 11th, Trailblazers in Ridgeway, Ontario August 18th and Swinefest at Six Nations August 25th amongst others venues. As well, Joshua Arden Miller will be appearing in Toronto at the August 17th Harbourfront Tribute to Robbie Robertson with special guest Derek Miller. The Pappy Johns Band is in the process of writing and trying out new music and plans on entering the studio sometime in September to record their new material. - Christopher Darton

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Erin McCallum Complicated Woman Self

Danny Marks A Friend In The Blues Self Danny Marks’ announcement last year that he was going to record a tribute to Lonnie Johnson was greeted with much anticipation. He performed the song at the Maple Blues Awards and again at the launch of Mark Miller’s book about Lonnie in Toronto, ‘Way Down That Lonesome Road’. The final recorded version of “Blues For Lonnie Johnson” is here now for all of us to enjoy. And it’s only a part of the longtime Bluz FM’s host and Blues With A Feeling Award winner’s blues-filled A Friend In The Blues. His career in our musical community goes back to those Yorkville days where he met Lonnie as he informs us in the first line of the song. Musically, Danny gives us a seamless blend of trademark Lonnie riffs as only he can while he reminisces and fills us in on Lonnie’s place in the blues pantheon. Opening the disc is another highlight, “Caretaker”, a masterwork slow blues about a man whose livelihood is about to disappear as the building he works in faces demolition. “Uncle John” continues the tribute theme, reminiscing about John Hurt, perhaps from his appearances at the Gate of Cleve in those golden Yorkville days - again, with flawless guitar picking, on acoustic this time of course. “Back To The Blues” and the title song deal with the fact that blues is not the only music Danny plays, as any visit to his live shows will prove. Some of the songs here introduce an old-time music, even rockabilly influence that keeps the disc truer to his performing style. The blues sentiment is there but the changes are different. “Mixed Up Girl”, with its driving slide guitar part could be on a Fraser/Daley disc, aided no doubt by the presence of bassist & co-producer Alec Fraser. Check out Bluz FM on Saturday nights and go to

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On Complicated Woman, Erin McCallum’s husky vocals are more relaxed and with that producer Jack de Keyzer has moved the markers. She has never sounded better and “Complicated Woman (with a Confiscated Life)” is a very good song – with a melody that could be from the Percy Sledge songbook, McCallum’s cry for independence rings true. She continues to write songs for and about working people, with “Roll With The Punches”, “Overtime” and “10 Cent Raise” all guaranteed to resonate with audiences everywhere. “Lost in Memphis, TN” can be added to the list of songs written during trips to the IBCs and with the added Stax-like horns, it’s a worthy addition. “Hero” concludes the disc and deserves special mention as well: with a stripped down backing she sings a moving tribute to the average person. De Keyzer lends his instantly recognizable guitar to a several of the songs and David McMorrow adds keys. John Dougall is on guitars now, joining Ronald Lombard on bass and Joe Pace on drums. The web site is

The Jimmy Zee Band Ride Warner Music I rather liked Devil Take Me Down, the first disc by Vancouver singer/songwriter, Jimmy Zee primarily because it introduced us to a natural entertainer and there aren’t a lot of those around. He also writes good songs, a skill that

hasn’t left him here. Warner Music obviously noticed as well, making this one available across the country. Ride is more stylistically unified, often reminding me of the Omar & The Howlers brand of roadhouse blues. The title track opens the CD and it’s a good one: a grinding road song with atmospheric harp and guitars. “Devil Woman” is the obvious link to the previous album and it’s built on a killer groove. There are more ear-catching songs: “Feels Alright To Me” is a great slab of funk, “Working Man” is the song by Rush and it feels like Zee wrote it. “Get More” has a catchy hook played on acoustic slide. The highlights keep coming, with “Friend Of Mine”, “I Want To Live” & “Shot Of Whiskey” maintaining that all-important momentum. Guitars, keyboards, bass & drums provide the sterling accompaniment, with Harp Dog Brown and a horn section helping out on occasion. shows a date this month in Newmarket at Casey’s Bar & Grill on the 14th on his way to Montreal. Check the listings for more dates.

Clayton Doley Desperate Times Doley Desperate Times is Australian B3 wiz Clayton Doley’s new, locally recorded CD – his last one was done down under before his move here. The sometime Harry Manx accompanist has Davide Di Renzo on drums and "Champagne" James Robertson on guitar this time out and they’ve served up several excellent originals and couple of curious covers. “Dealing With The Devil” is a list of the things we as a society are doing wrong and the consequences and “Seventh Son” takes its cue from the Mose Allison hit, but “Desperate Times” is an uptempo highlight: beginning with a Ray Charles lick, Doley sings of a sequence of bad breaks that require a desperate solution. “Friday the 13th” is a slower song on much the same theme, with a soaring solo from Robertson. Troubles like these shouldn’t happen to anyone. “Crooked Crawl” & “Chester Drawers” are instrumentals that should provide all the evidence you need that this organ trio knows what it’s doing – fine playing all around. “Chicken Shack/How Blue Can You Get” is the other odd choice, I’m not sure we needed another version of either, fine

playing notwithstanding. The disc closes with another Doley original, “Permanent Holiday”, which is a pop tune, but a memorable one. I gather he’s about to go on a long tour with Mr. Manx, so I don’t know when you’ll get to see him play next but you can find out at www.

Murray Porter Songs Lived & Life Played. The winners will be announced on September 30th in Regina.

about someone to go to when you’re looking for trouble. “Leave You In The Morning” is an excellent blues on what will happen if you don’t get home tonight. And “All You Got” features a very nice slide guitar accompanying a direct request for just such company. ‘Side B’ has songs dealing with the straight & narrow and he’s no less adept at writing those, including a charming toe-tapper “I’m Your Man” which features some attractive sax work from Chris Harnett. "Wonderizer" should be a radio hit, all the parts fit so well. The Marquee back him very tastefully, with some very good horn charts where needed as well as backup vocals. All these forces are artfully arranged to showcase his high tenor voice. shows he’s in the Maritimes for a while but if he comes your way you should definitely make a point of seeing him.

Chris Kirby Wonderizer Self

The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer Checkered Past HAM Shawn “The Harpoonist” Hall and Matthew “The Axe Murderer” Rogers are both veteran studio engineers and producers in Vancouver who have chosen to play some lowdown blues on ‘a sack full of harmonicas, a mess of foot percussion, and a very greasy Telecaster’. That they do this rather well has led to Checkered Past being nominated for a West Coast Music Award. What they describe as ‘foot percussion’ often resembles a full drum kit and is prominently recorded, giving them a sound more like the Black Keys than Sonny & Brownie. The songs also have rather a lot of extras: keyboards, multi-tracking and all the FX a modern studio can provide. They end up making quite a racket for just two guys. “Get Out” is a highlight, with a rather traditional take on a failed relationship lyrically but with staccato bursts of electric guitar and Sonny Terry harp over some slide. It reminds me a bit of the Montreal DJ Champion’s song “No Heaven” and perhaps there are some (uncredited) laptops at work here too. “Be My Woman” features unison vocals over a National Steel and harp and although rather short shows what they can do without the studio trickery. They do some covers their own way too: “Mellow Down Easy” & “Chevrolet” get a stripped down treatment, with lots of echo and relatively few other FX. All the busyness in the sound takes some getting used to but it is worth it – if you’re at all interested in what the blues would sound like in this setting you should check this one out. The web site is By the way, the other nominees in this category for the WCMAs are: Brandon Isaak Bluesman’s Plea, David Gogo Soul Bender, Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne An Old Rock On A Roll &

-John Valenteyn

Chris Kirby is a hard working, keyboard playing, singer/songwriter from St. Johns who knows how to spread the word beyond the Rock. Wonderizer is a delightful slice of R&B divided into two halves: Greasy & Honey. Not surprisingly, I rather like the bluesy, greasy side more and Mr. Kirby has supplied a couple of highlights among his uniformly well-written new songs. “Greasy Individual” is a funky number

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SEPTEMBER 7-8-9, 2012

Over 150 Canadian and International Acts

$5 per day • $10 Weekend • Free Saturday Street Shuffle

Downchild Blues Band • Stacy Mitchhart • Cheryl Lescom

Fathead • Shakura S’Aida • Cameo Blues Band • Jimmy Bowskill • Joe Murphy Scott Holt Band • Jack DeKeyzer • Sabrina Weeks and Swing Cat Bounce The Triodes • Rick Taylor Band • 24th Street Wailers • Michael Pickett Al Lerman • Paul James • Dexter Allen • D’mar + Gill • Derek Holts .....and more

Four Stages in the Park • Great Food • Molson Beer Gardens • Vendor Village

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Saturday August 11th - 8 pm

At The Riverview Room, 35 Front St. N, Port Credit Tickets $25 / $20 for MBRA members Tickets can be purchased via paypal at or by calling 416-902-9801 SNS Promotions presents in association with

New Orleans legend Allen Toussaint plays the Oakville Jazz Festival on Saturday, August 11 at 8pm. John Hammond plays at 10pm and Magic Slim and the Teardrops play on Sunday afternoon






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This month’s recommended listening by Brad Wheeler, music writer for the Globe and Mail ( and Twitter: bwheelerglobe) Ry Cooder Election Special (Nonesuch) Bobby Womack The Bravest Man in the Universe (XL) Rockin' Johnny Band Grim Reaper (Delmark) Suzie Vinnick Live At Bluesville (independent)* Tedeschi Trucks Band Everybody’s Talkin’ (Sony) Debbie Davies After the Fall (MC) Memphis Boys The Story of American Studios (Ace) Dr. John Locked Down (Nonesuch) Guy Davis The Adventures of Fishy Waters: In Bed with the Blues(Smokeydoke) JW-Jones Seventh Hour (Solid Blues) * Rick Estrin & the Nightcats One Wrong Turn (Alligator) Willis Earl Beal Acousmatic Sorcery (XL) Cameo Blues 10,000 Hours (Make It Real) * Blodwyn Pig and Mick Abrahams' Band Radio Sessions 69 to 71(Secret Records) Roosevelt Sykes Live At Webster College 1974 (Document Records) Donny Hathaway Live (Shout) Quintus McCormick Still Called The Blues (Delmark) Andre Williams & Sadies Night & Day (Outside) Colin James Stone Faith (EMI) * Paul Reddick Wishbone (independent)* Cold Specks I Predict a Graceful Expulsion (Arts & Crafts)* Alabama Shakes Boys & Girls (ATO) catl Soon This Will All Be Gone (Weewerk) * Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials Jump Start (Alligator) * = Canadian

CBC Radio One (99.1) "Saturday Night Blues", w/ Holger Petersen (national) Saturday 9:05pm-11:00pm (on Radio 2 Saturday at 6:05pm), JAZZ-FM (91.1) "Bluz FM" w/ Danny Marks Saturday 8:00 pm-midnight

CIUT-FM (89.5) "John Valenteyn's Blues" w/ John Valenteyn Thursday 4-5pm CHRY-FM (105.5) "Everyday I Have the Blues", w/ Vince Vitacco Monday 9-11pm, The Haze FM "Sunday Morning Soul "w/Johnny Max Sundays at 11AM-1PM "At The Crossroads" w/Brant Zwicker Sundays at 1PM "Southern Crossroads" w/Patrick Le Blanc Sundays 2-4PM "Dawg Howlin’Blues Show" Mon-Fri 10 pm – Midnight Radio Regent, Toronto "Blue Remedy" w/ Blues Doctor Julie Hill, Wednesdays 8-10 pm ET, at CKWR (98.5 FM) “Old Chicago Blues" w/ Willy A, Friday 10:30 pm-midnight (Waterloo) CIOI-FM (101.5 FM) "Thursday Night Blues Revue", with Little Willie Thursday 6-9pm (Hamilton) CJLX (91.3 FM) "Saturday Night Blues Review", with George Vaughan. Saturday 6-7pm (Belleville) CFRU (93.3 FM) "The Thrill is Back" with Andy and Andrew Mondays 1 to 3pm "The Wacky World of Waldo Fourtunes" with Mo' Kauffey Monday 8-9pm "The Blues Review", with Roopen Majithia Tuesday 9.00 pm (Guelph) CFBU (103.7 FM) "Eclectic Blues" with Deborah Cartmer Tuesday 7-9 pm (St. Catharines) CKCU(93.1 FM) "Rockin The Blues from Canada" w/ Diane Wells (aka Misty Blue) Every Saturday 2-7 am (Ottawa) CKMS (100.3 FM) "Poor Folk Blues" w/ Bruce Hall (aka Brewski) Monday 7:30-9 pm (Waterloo)

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Cadillac Lounge 1300 Queen St. W. 416-536-7717 Aug-17 Robin Bank$ 10pm Sep-15 24th Street Wailers 9:00pm/$10

Aug-10 Fathead 8.30 pm $18/$20.00 (inc. HST). Aug-25 Eric Sardinas & Big Motor 8.30 pm $20/$25.00 (inc. HST) Aug-30 Robbie Antone's Blues Machine 8.30 pm $20/$22.50, featuring Brian Cober double slide guitar Sep-11 Bill Bourne 8.30 pm $20.00/$25.00

Empire Sandy Spadina Quay 416-364-3244 Aug-17 Blue Room 7.00 to 11.30 pm (a blues cruise)

Lee's Palace 529 Bloor St. W. 416-532-1598 Aug-15 JJ Grey and Mofro $17.50 adv.

Gate 403 403 Roncesvalles 416-588-2930 Aug-3 Fraser Melvin Blues Band 9.00 to 1.00 am Aug-7 Julian Fauth 9.00 pm with James Thomson, Tim Hamel, Shawn Nykvist and Paul Brennan Aug-12 Robin Bank$ 9.00 pm Aug-14 Julian Fauth 9.00 pm with James Thomson, Tim Hamel, Shawn Nykvist and Paul Brennan Aug-16 Mr. Rick & The Biscuits 9.00 to 12.00 pm Aug-17 Sweet Derrick Blues Band 9.00 to 1.00 am Aug-21 Julian Fauth 9.00 pm with James Thomson, Tim Hamel, Shawn Nykvist and Paul Brennan Aug-28 Julian Fauth 9.00 pm with James Thomson, Tim Hamel, Shawn Nykvist and Paul Brennan Aug-31 The Fried Angels 9.00 pm to 1.00 am Aug-31 The Fried Angels 9.00 to 1.00 am Sep-2 Terry Gillespie 9.00 to 12.00 pm Canada's King of Roots Music Sep-9 Robin Banks Jazz Band 9.00 to 12.00 pm Sep-14 Fraser Melvin Blues Band 9.00 to 1.00 am

Lou Dawg's 589 King St. W. 647-229-9200 Aug-7,14,21,28 Irene Torres & The Sugar Devils 8.00 to 11.00 pm, no cover


Gladstone Hotel Melody Bar 1214 Queen St. W 416-531-4635 Aug-2 Steve Strongman 9pm Hugh's Room 2261 Dundas St. W. 416-531-6604

Monarchs Pub - Delta Chelsea Hotel 33 Gerrard St. W. 416-585-4352 Aug-1 Robin Bank$ 9.00 pm Aug-9 Harpdog Brown with the Swinging Blackjacks 9.00 pm Aug-16 Thorbjorn Risager Aug-20 TBS International Blues Challenge Showcase w/ Paul Reddick, Suzie Vinnick, Shrimp Daddy and Steve Strongman Aug 23 Frank Cosentino Aug 30 Jack de Keyzer Sep-15 Sabrina Weeks & Swing Cat Bounce 4.00 pm Nathan Phillips Square Toronto City Hall 416-5383885 Aug-16 TBS Talent Search Finals w/ Robbie Antone's Blues Machine, Carolyn Fe Blues Collective, Ambre McLean, Amanada Davids, Irene Torres & The Sugar Devils, Tim Bastmeyer 12.00 to 2.00 pm The CNE Midway Stage Exhibition Grounds 416-3936300/416-263-3800 Aug-31 Johnny Max & His So Called Friends 3.00 pm The Dominion on Queen 500 Queen St. E. 416-368-6893 Aug-4 Kat Kings 9pm $7.00

The legendary Bobby "Blue" Bland will be appearing on the main stage at the Kitchener Blues Festival on Sunday, August 12th at 3:10pm (only a few minutes before Taj Mahal plays at the Clock Tower Stage - blues fans will have some hard choices to make) Aug-11 Jordana Talsky 9.00 pm $10.00 Aug-16 Delta Moon 9.00 pm $10.00 (Atlanta band exclusive Toronto gig, Sean Pinchin opens) Aug-30 Don River Blues Band 9.00 pm $5.00 The Gallery Studio Cafe 2877 Lakeshore Blvd. W. 416253-0285 Sep-8 Jordana Talsky 8.30 to 11.00 pm $10.00

905 & BEYOND Acoustic Grill 172 Main St. 613-476-2887 Picton Sep-1 Tim Bastmeyer 7.00 pm with Julian Fauth,James Thomson & Corey Richardson

The Great Hall 1087 Queen St. W. 416-537-0803 Aug-8 Cold Specks 8.00 pm $15/$18.00 with Snowblink

Augusta House Gastropub 17 Augusta St. 905-552-5111 Hamilton Aug-4 Andre & the J-Tones 10.00 pm Motown Night

The Rex Hotel 198 Queen St W 416-598-2475 Aug-19 Doctor Nick & The Rollercoasters 3:30 - 6:30 pm Sep-16 Doctor Nick & The Rollercoasters 3:30 - 6:30 pm

Barrie Masonic Temple 750 Morrow Rd. 905-721-1663 Barrie Sep-8 Michael Pickett 7.00 pm Cash Bar

The Riverview Room 35 Front St N 416 902 9801 Port Credit Aug-11 The Twisters 8.00 pm Aug-25 Paul McKenna Band 8.00 pm $25.00 advance

Best Western Governor's Inn 791 Durham St. 519-3969716 Kincardine Aug-7 Robin Banks, Carlos del Junco and Rick Taylor 7.30 pm Part of Kincardine Summer Music Festival

Where the Music Begins Sales / Rentals / Repairs / Print Music / Lessons / In-Store Financing 8 locations in the GTA, including 925 Bloor St. W. Toronto, 416.588.7886

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Timothy's Pub 344 Brown's Line 416-201-9515 Etobicoke Aug-18 The Stevie Ray Vaughan Experience 9.30 pm

Burlington Music in The Park Central Park 905-7411837 Burlington Aug-1 Andre & the J-Tones 7.30 to 9.00 pm

Every Friday

Burlington Ribfest Spencer Smith Park 905-332-3513 Burlington Aug-31 Groove Corporation 7.30 - 9.00 pm Canada's Largest Ribfest Sep-2 The Downchild Blues Band 9.30 pm Fllip Flop and Fly Tour 2012

Rex Hotel 194 Queen St. W. 416-598-2475 Danny Marks & Friends 12 Noon Brunch Matinee Carrigan Arms 2025 Upper Middle Road 905-332-6131 Burlington The Sil Simone Band with special guest 2.00 pm Black Swan 4040 Palladium Way 905-336-1200 Burlington James Anthony Band 2.00 to 6.00 pm Special guests each week Arnold's Sports Bar & Entertainment 485 Moren Rd. 905-844-2613 Oakville David van Duzen 2.30 pm to 6.30 pm Romby's Tavern & Smokehouse 488 Lake St. 905-937-0331 St. Catharines Kenny B and Company 3.00 pm to 6.30 pm The Street Tap & Eatery 547 Ontario St. 905-937-1218 St. Catharines Terra Firma with guests 3.30 to 6.30 pm Blues Matinee Shakers Tap and Grill 580 Kerr St. 289-837-1353 Oakville Mike Branton 4.00 pm to 7.00 pm Jonathan's 14845 Yonge St. 905-841-1807 Aurora Blues Club North with Straight Razor 4.00 pm to 7.00 pm Dominion on Queen 500 Queen St. E. 416-588-4633 Toronto Ronnie Hayward & His Trio 4.00 pm to 7.30 pm Timothy's Pub 344 Brown's Line 416-201-9515 Etobicoke The Meteors 4.00 pm to 8.00 pm The Local Pub 396 Roncesvalles Ave. 416-535-6225 Arthur Renwick 5.00 pm Rex Hotel 194 Queen St. W. 416-598-2475 Justin Bacchus - Soul, R & B Classics, Funk 7.00 pm Frankie's Ristorante 1 Main St. 905-852-1011 Uxbridge Tim Bastmeyer 7.00 pm The Niagara 4683 Chrysler Av. 905-354-7474 Niagara Falls Rich & The Poor Boys 7.30 pm to 11.30 pm Ristorante Roma 1090 Bloor St. W. 416-536-2186 Mark "Bird" Stafford with a Special Guest 8.00-10.30 pm The Old Winery 2288 Niagara Stone Rd 905-468-8900 Niagara on the Lake Niagara Rhythm Section with guests 9.30 pm Axis 3048 Dundas St. W. 416-604-3333 Julian Fauth Noon to 3.00 pm Snug Harbour Seafood Bar & Grill 14 Stavebank Rd. 905-274-5000 Pt. Credit Jay Douglas  

Calabogie Peaks Resort 30 Barrett Chute Rd. 800-6694861 Calabogie Aug-17 Terry Gillespie, Shakura S'Aida, The Downchild Blues Band 5.00 pm Camping, RV's and other accommodations Aug-18 Rocket Rached & The Fat City 8, Bill Durst, Bob Walsh, Jack de Keyser, Powder Blues Band 2.00 pm Camping, RV's and other accommodations Aug-19 Jeff Rogers, Trevor Finlay, JW-Jones, David Rotundo 12 noon Camping, RV's and other accommodations California's Restaurant 1077 North Service Road 905-8977742 Mississauga Aug-10 Big Bob Hammond & The Dundas Blues Band 8:00 pm with Mark "bird" Stafford, Fabio Paroval, and Paul Cassidy Casino Rama 5899 Rama Rd. 705-329-3325 Rama Sep-13 Buddy Guy with Jonny Lang 8.00 pm tickets start at $40.00 Charles W. Stockey Centre 2 Bay St. 877-746-4466 Parry Sound Aug-16 Downchild Blues Band 8.00 pm Delicious in Renfrew 17 Renfrew Ave West 613-4326899 Barry's Bay Aug-10 The 24th Street Wailers 8:00pm Sep-15 Andrew "Jr. Boy" Jones 8:00pm

Augusta House Gastropub 17 Augusta St. 905-522-5111 Hamilton Every Friday Live Blues Night 10.00 pm Local Refuge and Eatery 4155 Fairview St. 905-633-9464 Burlington James Anthony live acoustic blues 5.00 pm to 8.30 pm Highway 61 BBQ 1620 Bayview Ave. 416-489-7427 The Little Naturals with Blues guest 8.00 pm

Every Saturday

Every Sunday

Cachet Restaurant & Bar 500 Water St. 905-836-5007 Newmarket Tim Bastmeyer 1.00 to 5.00 pm Busholme Inn 156 Main St. 519-833-9119 Jerry Staples Blues Jam 2.00 pm to 6.00 pm The Niagara 4683 Crysler Ave. 905-930-8731 Niagara Falls Rich and The Poor Boys with Paul Sonier 3.00 pm to 6.00 pm Blue Goose Tavern 1 Blue Goose Way 416-255-2442 Mimico with The Pie Guys plus special guest 3.00 pm to 7.00 pm Beach Sports Bar 290 Glendale Ave. 905-680-0625 St. Catharines Penny Skolski with the Kenny B Band 4.00 pm to 7.00 pm Stonewalls 339 York Blvd. 905-577-0808 Hamilton Jack de Keyzer Band with special guest 4.00 pm to 8.00 pm Roc 'N Docs 105 Lakeshore Rd. E. 905-891-1754 Mississauga Chuck Jackson & The All Stars 4.30 pm to 8.30 pm [email protected] 347 Keele St. just south of Dundas W. 416-761-7474 Every Sun Junction Jam w/ New Mynah Birds 4.30 to 7.30 pm Mulligan's Pub 2428 Dundas St. W. 905-855-7584 Mississauga Mulligan's Stew 5.00 pm to 8.30 pm Lake Effect 1 Port St. E. 905-274-8223 Port Credit The Meteors 8.00 pm to 12 midnight Alleycatz 2409 Yonge St. 647-977-4194 CC Ryder Blues 8.30 pm Grossman's Tavern 379 Spadina Ave. 416-977-7000 Blues Jam hosted by The Nationals (Brian Cober & Bill Hedefine) 9.30 pm to 1.00 am Duffy's Tavern 1238 Bloor St. W. 416-628-0330 Ken Yoshioka 9:30pm Axis 3048 Dundas St. W. 416-604-3333 Julian Fauth Noon to 3.00 pm

Every Monday

Highway 61 BBQ 1620 Bayview Ave. 416-489-7427 Chris Chambers 7.00 pm Glow Fresh Grill Shops at Don Mills 416-384-1133 Johnny James & The Sharks 7.00 to 9.00 pm The Wilson 96 615 College St. 416-516-3237 Jordan John 9.00 pm with Prakash John and Al Cross

Every Tuesday

Joe Mamas 317 King St. W. 416-340-6469 Toronto Jordan John & The Blue Angels 8.00 pm to 12.00 pm Gate 403 403 Roncesvalles 416-588-2930 Toronto Julian Fauth 9.00 pm

Every Wednesday

Graffiti's 170 Baldwin St. 416-506-6699 Julian Fauth Gate 403 403 Roncesvalles Ave. 416-588-2930 Brian Cober and Aslan Gotov Blues Duo 5.00 pm Joe Balognee's 541 Colborne St. 519-756-9782 Terry Edmunds 7.00 pm to 11.00 pm Trane Studio 964 Bathurst St. 416-913-8197 Liberty Wednesdays with Noah Zacharian 8.00 pm Intersteer Tavern 361 Roncesvalles Ave. 416-588-8054 Fraser Daley 8.00 pm to 11.00 pm Alleycatz 2409 Yonge St. 416-481-6865 The Graceful Daddies 8.30 pm Beacon Restaurant 146-45th St. 705-429-4433 Wasaga Beach Wayne Buttery Band, jam 9.00 pm Grossman’s Tavern, 379 Spadina Ave., 416-977-7000, Bruce Domoney, 9.30 pm.

Every Thursday

Grossman’s Tavern, 379 Spadina Ave., 416-977-7000, Robin Harp & The Straw Dogs, 9.30 pm. Black Swan 4040 Palladium Way 905-336-1200 Burlington Every Thursday with James Anthony 7.30 pm to 11.30 pm  Jam and Open Mike Rubbs Barbecue Bistro 18 Bridge St. 705-632-0227 Campbellford Al Lerman 8.00 pm Greyfriars Pub & Restaurant 231 Oak Park Blvd. 905-257-3620 Oakville Steve Strongman 8.30 pm Joe Mamas 317 King St. W. 416-340-6469 Blackburn 8.30 pm to 12.30 am White Swan 836 Danforth Ave. 416-955-6472 Section 8 Blues Jam 9.00 pm Lola Pub 40 Kensington Ave. 416-348-8645 Brian Cober 9.30 pm Sticky Fingers 199 Essa Rd. 705-721-8793 Barrie Carey Worrod 9.30 pm

Downtown Oakville Jazz Festival Downtown Oakville 905-815-2046 Oakville Aug-10 The Johnny Max Bigger Band 6.00 pm

Browse to and click on "Live Blues" and enter your event into the form provided. From there it will be promoted in this newsletter, on our website and in our weekly e-mail blasts. Please keep the gig listings within reasonable driving distance of Toronto. If you're having trouble send a note to Roz at [email protected]

Flato Markham Theater 171 Town Centre Blvd. 905-3057469 Markham Aug-16 Fathead, Harrison Kennedy, Monkey Junk, Shakura S'Aida, Treasa Levaseur 8.00 pm $55.00

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Gage Park Gage Street 905741-1837 Hamilton Aug-26 Andre & the J-Tones 7.00 to 9.00 pm Summer Music Concert Series Hillebrand Blues Festival 1249 Niagara Stone Rd. 800582-8412 Niagara on the Lake Aug-11 Al Lerman with Lance Anderson 4.00 pm Main Stage at Hillebrand Winery

Liquid Lounge 159 Sydenham St. 519-756-3939 Brantford Aug-4 Dwayne LaForme Band Saturday Matinee 3 to 6pm Aug-18 Delta Moon Saturday Matinee 3 to 6pm

Holiday Inn 150 George St. N. 705-743-1144 Peterborough Aug-3 Robin Bank$ 7.00 pm Aug-24 Johnny Max & His So Called Friends 6.00 pm

Madawaska Mountain Ski Lounge 41430A Combermere Road 613-756-2233 Barry's Bay Aug-4 Al Wood and The Woodsmen 8:00pm-Tickets at Bay Cafe-Barry's Bay Aug-11 The 24th Street Wailers 8:00pm-Tickets at Bay Cafe-Barry's Bay

Jordan House 3751 Main St. 905-562-9591 Jordan Aug-24 Andre & the J-Tones 9.00 pm No cover

Molson Ampitheatre Ontario Place 877-686-5366 Toronto Aug-4 The Black Keys 8.15 pm starting at $65.00

Kitchener Blues Festival Victoria Park 519-721-2555 Kitchener Aug-9 Colin James and Los Lobos 6.00 pm $40.00 to $140.00 fundraising event, OLG Clocktower Stage Aug-10 David Rotundo, Alan Gerber, Chuckee & The Crawdaddies, Lumberjunk, Miss Angel & The Homewreckers, Delta Moon, Robben Ford, Jon Finley,The Twisters, Douglas Watson 1.00 pm Start, various stages and other performers Aug-11 Colin White, Harpdog Brown & Graham Guest, Treassa Levaseur, Harry Manx, Marcia Ball & Sylvia Dee, Ken Whiteley, Ian Taylor, Pappy Johns, Paul Oscher, Carlos del Junco, Conor Gains, Ellis Hooks, Joe Louis Walker, Too Slim & The Tail Draggers, Manzarek-Rogers, 12.00 pm Start, various stages and other performers Aug-12 Ken Whiteley, The Haret, Cheryl Lescom, James Anthony Smokin' Joe Kubek & Bnois King, Paul Oscher, John McKinley, Curley Bridges, Julian Fauth, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Taj Mahal 10.45 am Gospel Breakfast, various stages and other performers Lavigne's Tavern 10521 Hwy 64 705-594-1052 Lavigne Aug-31 Irene Torres & The Sugar Devils 9.00 pm Sep-14 Sabrina Weeks & Swing Cat Bounce 9.00 pm Leathertown Festival 20 Mill St. 519-853-9555 Acton Aug-12 Chuck Jackson & The All Stars 1.30 to 3.00 pm

Napoca Restaurant 66 Lakeshore Rd. E. 905-2712615 Mississauga Aug-10 Julian Fauth with Bob Vespaziani 7.00 pm Northumberland (Cobourg) Ribfest Victoria Bandshell 905-373-4959 Cobourg Aug-19 The Lou DeAdder Band 2.00 to 4.00 pm Oakville Jazz Festival Navy & Lakeshore 905-815-2046 Oakville Aug-12 Fathead 3.45 pm Centennial Stagel Orleans 17380 Yonge St. 905-836-5299 Newmarket Aug-3 Eddy Blues Band 9.30 pm Blues with Eddy G. Aug-4 Julian Fauth with Bob Vespaziani 9.00 pm Peter's Players 830 Muskoka Rd. S. 705-687-2117 Gravenhurst Aug-2 Bryan Lee and the Blues Power Band 8.00 pm Aug-3 Bobby "Blue" Bland 8.00 pm $200.00 Aug-9 Robben Ford & The Ford Blues Band 8.00 pm $150.00 Aug-10 The Manzarek-Rogers Band 8.00 pm $135.00 Aug-13 Taj Mahal 8.00 pm $240.00 Aug-24 Ruthie Foster 8.00 pm $105.00 Riverview Room 35 Front St. N. 905-271-9449 Port Credit Sep-6 Chuck Jackson & The Johnny Max Bigger Band with Special guests 7.00 pm

Rose Theatre Theatre Lane 905-874-2800 Brampton Aug-10 Shemekia Copeland 8.00 pm $30/$40.00 Brampton Blues Festival Slye Fox 4057 New Street 905-639-3900 Burlington Sep-8 Root Magic 9.30 pm Southside Shuffle South Mississippi Stage 905-2719449 Port Credit Sep-7 Chuck Jackson's Big Bad Blues Band a tribute to Big Joe Turner 11.00 pm A Cup of Joe Tour Sep-8 The Gary Kendall Band, Al Lerman - solo, Fathead, Sabrina Weeks & Swing Cat Bounce, plus many others Sep-9 Downchild Blues, Sabrina Weeks & Swing Cat Bounce plus many others 6.00 pm Flip Flop and Fly Tour St. Catharines Rotary Ribfest Montebello Park 905741-1837 St. Catharines Aug-6 Andre & the J-Tones 2:15-4:15 p.m. Sticky Fingers 199 Essa Rd. 705-721-8793 Barrie Aug-31 Chuck Jackson & The All Stars 9.30 pm Summerfolk Music & Crafts Festival Kelso Beach Park 888-665-9090 Own Sound Aug-17,18,19 Suzie Vinnick, Matt Andersen, The Claytones and others 6.00 pm Main Stage starts The Casbah 18 Huron St. 705-293-0483 Collingwood Aug-15 Delta Moon Swamp Blues 8.00 to 11.00 pm The Cove Inn 2 Bedford St 888-COVE-INN Westport Aug-12 Paul Reddick w. The Weber Brothers 6 to 10 pm Dinner & Show $45 - Acoustic Blue Sunday Series Aug-26 Michael Jerome Browne w. John McColgan 6 to 10 pm - Dinner & Show $45 - Acoustic Blue Sunday Series Sep-9 Treasa Levasseur w. David Baxter 6 to 10 pm Dinner & Show $45 - Acoustic Blue Sunday Series The Gazebo Near Lock 32 705-731-9661 Bobcaygeon Aug-23 Fathead 6.30 pm The Huron Club 94 Pine St. 705-293-0483 Collingwood Sep-1 Al Lerman with Lance Anderson 8.00 pm

Thorbjorn Risager and his 7-piece blues band from Denmark are touring Canada for the first time and play Monarchs Pub in Toronto on August 16 as well as The Rainbow in Ottawa on August 14 & 15, Donnaconna Blues on August 10, Festiblues in Montreal on August 11 and Farnham Blues Festival on August 17. Sep-2 Al Lerman - solo acoustic 12.00 pm Brunch starts at 11.00 am The Old Winery 2228 Niagara Stone Road 805-4688900 Niagara on the Lake Aug-17 Root Magic 9.00 pm The Slye Fox 4057 New Street 905-639-3900 Burlington Sep-8 Root Magic 9.00 pm The Standeasy (RCHA Club) 193 Ontario St. 613-542-8152 Kingston Sep-7 Sabrina Weeks & Swing Cat Bounce 8.30 pm Varley Art Gallery Patio 216 Main St. 905-477-9511 Unionville Aug-18 Michael Pickett 12.30l Wasaga Beach Blues Stonebridge Town Centre 1 Sandy Coast Cres. 705-4220880/877-420-0880 Wasaga Beach Aug-24 Chuck Jackson & Michael Fonfara 8.00 pm Aug-25 24th St. Wailers, Fathead, The Johnny Max Band, Downchild Blues Band Aug-25 Al Lerman - solo acoustic 7.00 pm Aug-26 Dinny's Dixieland, Loco Zydeco with Cheryl Lescom, The Maple Blues Revue featuring Dawn Tyler Watson, John Mays & Chuck Jackson 4.00 to 5.30 pm West Coast Blues Festival 35 South St 519-524-6590 Goderich Sep-1 The Johnny Max Bigger Band 6.00 pm

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80 Carlauren Road Unit 23 Woodbridge Ontario L4L 7Z5 t: 416.36EDSON(33766) 905.856.3770 f: 905.856.3703

New Members: Tomasz Kniat, Ian Anderson, Mackenzie Music Studio, Bob Walton, Christine Hindle, Gary Scoffield, Sam Briggs, Jason Crawford, Roger Ellis, Jerry Kucheran


[email protected]

Renewing Members: Kafaye Rose, Malcolm Glassford, Kenneth Wilson, Howard Krieger, Valerie Lamb, Paul Denyes, Rick Battiston, Marc Stevens, Colin Fletcher, Ernst & Doreen Hofmann, Brian Sillers, Claus & Jacqueline Jorgensen, Lee & Paul McKinlay, Eli Marcus, Wayne Wolfstadt, Don Duffy, James Vella, Donald Ray Johnson Institutional/Benefactor Members: Dominion on Queen, Busted Flat Records, Philip Edward Brent, Rick Barber, Canal Bank Shuffle Inc., Cindy Rennie , Dana R. Clarence, Dee's Deeds, Dickenson Group, Dr. Scott Peaker, Joel Goldberg , Brian David Johnston, Michael Malone, Mississippi Tourism, Music By The Bay Live, Myron J. Wolfe, Orangeville Blues & Jazz Festival, Radio Ryerson, Stony Plain Records,Toronto Blues, Honorary Members (Honorary Membership is assigned to musicians in the past year who have participated in a TBS event): Paul James, Raoul Bhaneja, Chris Antonik, Kevin Breit, Mark Stafford, Pat Carey, Joe Murphy, Bill Johnson, Steve Marriner, Tony D, Matt Sobb, Robin Banks, Omar Tunnoch, Teddy Leonard, John Mays, Paul Reddick, Dylan Wickens, Julian Fauth, Harrison Kennedy, Johnny Max, Kat Danser, Al Lerman, Richard Henderson, Myrrhine Faller, Neil Hendry, Eugene Smith, Rebecca Hennessy, Carrie Chesnutt, Colleen Allen, Lindsay Beaver, Jonathan Wong, Emily Burgess, Fraser Melvin, Michael Archer, Brandi Disterheft, Shakura S'Aida, Treasa Levasseur, Emma-Lee, Ada Lee, Donna Grantis, MattAndersen,Angel Forrest, Nicole Christian, Bradleyboy MacArthur, Ken Yoshioka, Brooke Blackburn, Michael Jerome Browne, Suzie Vinnick, Tracy K, Doc MacLean, Layla Zoe Lifetime Members (Blues Boosters are Maple Blues Award recipients for their good work in the national blues community): Liz Sykes, Gord MacAuley, Ed Torres, Rob Bowman, Brad Wheeler, Mako Funasaka, Richard Flohil, Brian Slack, Elaine Bomberry, Andrew Galloway, Fred Litwin, Ralph Strodeur, Brent Staeben, Mark Monahan, Holger Petersen Lifetime Members (Blues With A Feeling Award members are the Maple Blues Award lifetime achievement recipients): Paul James, Rita Chiarelli, Chris Whiteley, Amos Garrett, Big Dave McLean, Colin Linden, Danny Marks, Jackie Richardson, Mel Brown, Chuck Jackson, Jack de Keyzer, Michael Pickett, Long John Baldry, Morgan Davis, Gary Kendall, Donnie 'Mr. Downchild' Walsh, Dave 'Daddy Cool' Booth, B.B. King, Holger Petersen, Bruce Iglauer Special Thanks to Christopher Darton for gathering Loose Blues News and to Roz for helping out with the listings.

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