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White Rock Blues Society
The White Rock Blues Society
Weekly Bluesletter
#351 December 5 2018
In this issue
Uncle Wiggle's Hot Shoes Blues Band Sunday December 9 2018
Maple Blues Awards Gala - Monday, February 4 2019
Links For Blues Fans
American Blues History Part 1 & 2
Harpdog Brown New Album Coming Soon
Julian Lennon - Stand By Me
All Things Must Pass
Uncle Wiggle's Hot Shoes Blues Band Sunday December 9 2018
Maple Blues Awards Gala - Monday, February 4 2019

Sue Foley, Crystal Shawanda, Jenie Thai, Harry Manx & Steve Marriner, Earle & Coffin to perform at Maple Blues Awards
Raoul Bhaneja hosts Koerner Hall National Blues Gala February 4

Montreal’s Guy Bélanger to host lobby afterparty "Winner’s Circle Jam”

For Immediate Release: November 28, 2018
(Toronto) – The Toronto Blues Society has announced the performers who will grace the stage at Koerner Hall in Toronto for the 22nd annual Maple Blues Awards gala and concert, to be held on Monday, February 4th, 2019.

Heating up the cold February night will be performances from some the of the hottest Canadian blues artists including, Steve Marriner of MonkeyJunk with Harry Manx, guitarist/singer-songwriter Sue Foley, who is nominated in six categories, Jenie Thai, who is nominated for Piano/Keyboard Player of the Year, blues-belter and Female Vocalist of the Year nominee Crystal Shawanda and Newfoundland’s New Artist of the Year nominees Earle & Coffin.

The evening will also feature a performance from Raoul Bhaneja, actor and bandleader of Raoul & The Big Time, who will be hosting the gala for the fourth time. Providing the MBA’s musical background and theme, The Maple Blues Band also accompanies all the special guests who perform as part of that special night.
The Maple Blues Band has been a cornerstone of the annual Maple Blues Awards Ceremony in Toronto since 1999. This world-class, eight-member group includes some of Canada’s highly respected blues musicians, all of whom are multiple Maple Blues Award winners and nominees including Gary Kendall, Teddy Leonard, Lance Anderson, Chris Murphy, Al Lerman, Pat Carey, Jim Casson, and Howard Moore. Following the not-to-be-missed gala event is the popular afterparty and jam, hosted by Montreal’s Guy Bélanger.

Canadian blues fans can vote for nominees online in the eligible categories until December 1st, at 11:59 pm Pacific Standard Time. Register at

The Maple Blues Awards will be held on February 4th, 2019. The gala event is considered to be the premier blues event of the year. Tickets for the Maple Blues Awards are available online at or at the Koerner Hall box office (The Weston Family Box Office, located in The Royal Conservatory building at 273 Bloor Street West, Toronto) or by phone at (416) 408-0208. TBS Charter Members can benefit from the ongoing exclusive pre-sale and purchase best available seats for a discounted price, $35.

Koerner Hall is The Royal Conservatory’s 1,135-seat performance venue. It is beloved for its architectural beauty and architectural acoustic excellence. Since opening, it has hosted hundreds of concerts and events reaching more than one million individuals around the world. Koerner Hall is celebrating its 10th anniversary season in 2018-19. To learn more or purchase tickets, please visit

For more information and interviews, please contact:

Sarah French
Sarah French Publicity
416-566-4188 |

Hüma Üster
Toronto Blues Society
416-538-3885 |

We acknowledge the traditional lands of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, the Haudenosaunee, the Anishnaabe and the Wendat.

The Toronto Blues Society acknowledges the annual support of the Ontario Arts Council, the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council and the Department of Canadian Heritage, and project support from the Canada Council for the Arts, the SOCAN Foundation, Ontario Creates, FACTOR, the Government of Canada and of Canada’s private radio broadcasters. Nous reconnaissons l’appui financier de FACTOR, du gouvernement du Canada, et des radiodiffuseurs privés du Canada.
Links For Blues Fans

“The Blues Foundation plays an absolutely essential role in ensuring the present and future of the blues as well as celebrating this great American music tradition. With the Blues Music Awards and The Blues Hall of Fame, the Foundation honors the finest blues artists and recordings of the past and present. With the International Blues Challenge, Generation Blues Scholarships and the Foundation’s support of blues education, The Blues Foundation nurtures the great blues artists of the future.”
Bruce Iglauer, Founder and President, Alligator Records
Here is a link to a podcast that focuses on the blues produced by the Blues Foundation.

Canadian Blues History
American Blues History Part 1 & 2
Harpdog Brown New Album Coming Soon
We are so excited about this new album and we’re glad you’ve decided to join us for the experience. You’ve known Harpdog Brown as a real-deal purveyor of classic electric blues – Chicago Blues. This new band delivers a whole new sound and brings it a little closer to New Orleans Blues. Still a classic sound, just a different vintage and it’s a whole lotta fun to play and enjoy. I dare ya to sit still!
This music is too much fun to keep to ourselves so we’ve partnered with PledgeMusic as our way to invite you into the process and as a fun way of giving back for all the support you’ve shown in recent years. Let us take you behind the scenes and into the incredible Warehouse Studio in the Gastown district of Vancouver BC.
You’ll be the first to get an autographed CD before it’s released and you’ll even get a downloadable version well before that! While we’re at it we’ll show you exclusive behind-the-scenes shenanigans and updates. Wait you want more? Well, of course, we’ll have cool exclusives that you can only get by participating! You can check out the merch and memorabilia bundles in the store! The first 100 to order will also receive an exclusive downloadable track right away!
Simply by pre-ordering right here, you could help land the album on the charts. It’s true! All pre-orders count towards the release day. Wouldn’t it feel good to know that you were a part of that? So please tell all your friends to join the fun too. The more the merrier!
This world needs more love and that’s what we’re about to deliver.
Join us and we’ll reveal more details along the way!

Julian Lennon - Stand By Me
All Things Must Pass

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