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White Rock Blues Society
The White Rock Blues Society
Weekly Bluesletter
#354 January 9 2019
In this issue
Maple Blues Awards Gala - Monday, February 4 2019
The Hornby Island Blues Society to Receive the Blues Booster of the Year Award
Harpdog Brown New Album Coming Soon
Blues Summit 9
Links For Blues Fans
John Lee Hooker, Carlos Santana and Etta James - Full Concert Recorded Live: 7/18/1986 - Fillmore Auditorium (San Francisco, CA)
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 after party "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 after party 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 www.mapleblues.ca.

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 rcmusic.com 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 rcmusic.com/performance.

For more information and interviews, please contact:

Sarah French
Sarah French Publicity
416-566-4188 | sarah@sarahfrenchpublicity.com

Hüma Üster
Toronto Blues Society
416-538-3885 | info@torontobluessociety.com


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.
The Hornby Island Blues Society to Receive the Blues Booster of the Year Award
 
 
Great news for all the fine people responsible for making this Blues Workshop so successful over the years. I've had the pleasure of attending it twice in the last three years and highly recommend that you check it out. Hats off to the Toronto Blues Society for acknowledging their contribution to keeping the blues alive and live.
 
 
 

For Immediate Release: January 3, 2019 (Toronto, ON)

The board of directors of the Toronto Blues Society have unanimously agreed to honour the Hornby Island Blues Society the Blues Booster of the Year award, a very special Maple Blues Award honouring outstanding contribution to the Canadian blues music industry.

“Twenty years in, Hornby Island Blues Society has polished a gem with their annual workshop week”, says Toronto Blues Society President Derek Andrews. “Their dedication and community building deserves to be recognized."

The volunteer-driven organization hosts the Hornby Island Blues Week and Music Camp every May on beautiful Hornby Island, BC. Their mandate is to bring blues performers to the island to create a greater awareness of Canadian blues music and of the depth that Canadian musicians have to offer. The workshops each year aim to provide an opportunity for the enrolled student musicians to enhance their skills by learning from some of the best Canadian blues artists invited to participate each year. In addition, the organization supports blues performances on Hornby throughout the year, and also provides outreach for Blues in the Schools. Each year an average of 80 participants register for the workshops and more than 50 volunteers help to make it happen.

“It is indeed an honour to receive this recognition. Anytime we can have our name in the same room with Holger Peterson is a good day for Hornby Blues.
This award represents the work of the entire Hornby Island Community and this acknowledgment in our 20th anniversary year is very meaningful”, says Al Forrie, President of the Hornby Island Blues Society. “As a teaching camp, it has been a blast to watch the instructors who teach at our workshop inspire students like no one else can. For many of those students it’s a dream come true to work with and learn from the pros, and for Hornby Blues, it has been a privilege to keep the blues vibrant in the Canadian blues community.”

This year, May 4 through May 11, participants will be able to receive instructions from guest musicians Gary Kendall, Suzie Vinnick, Jack de Keyzer, Cecile Doo-Kingué, Rick Fines, Michael Jerome Browne, Chris Whiteley and Diana Braithwaite and more.

Visit      hornby-blues.bc.ca    for more information.


Celebrating their 20th year, The Hornby Island Blues Society will be honoured with the Blues Booster of the Year award at the 22nd annual Maple Blues Awards in Toronto on February 4, 2019.

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 rcmusic.com 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 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 rcmusic.com/performance.

For more information and interviews, please contact:

Sarah French
Sarah French Publicity
416-566-4188 | sarah@sarahfrenchpublicity.com

Hüma Üster
Toronto Blues Society
416-538-3885 | info@torontobluessociety.com


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.


Source,  Sarah French Publicity
 

 
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!
 
 
 


 
 
 
Blues Summit 9
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


The Toronto Blues Society has announced the showcasing artists and keynote speaker for the biennial Blues Summit, being held at Courtyard by Marriott Toronto Downtown February 1 – 4, 2019.

Legendary music promoter and sage live music advocate Richard Flohil will step back from his perch spanning five decades to offer comments on the state of the music industry including anecdotes from his forthcoming book. Richard will critically comment on trends in the contemporary music scene from the vantage of having promoted artists ranging from Muddy Waters to Serena Ryder and Shakura S’Aida.

Blues Summit is Canada’s not-to-be-missed biennial forum for all members of the blues music community including artists, presenters, agents, festival bookers, event organizers, radio hosts and industry representatives of all kinds. The conference provides an opportunity for members of the community to connect as well as for artists to showcase in front of blues industry professionals. This year there are 30 acts showcasing over three days, including newcomers to the blues scene as well as seasoned artists. Full list and schedule below.

Blues Summit 9
Where: Courtyard by Marriott Toronto Downtown (475 Yonge Street, Toronto)
When: February 1-4, 2019

Accommodation
Toronto Blues Society is delighted to have Marriott Courtyard as its host hotel for the Blues Summit 9 which will take place in February 1-4, 2019. All the Blues Summit events and panels will be at the Marriott Courtyard in downtown Toronto. Guests who would like to benefit from the special TBS room rates starting at $139 for their stay during the Summit, can have access to the special rates via htts:/p/goo.gl/vRSxxT until Friday, January 18, 2019. For guests who would like to reserve by phoning in to the hotel should give the code "NBC" when booking.

Registration
The early-bird registration for Blues Summit 9 has been extended to December 17. To register now and reserve your spot at Canada’s Blues Summit 9 conference visit torontobluessociety.com/blues-summit-9/registration. Please note that the Blues Summit 9 registrations do NOT include a ticket to the 22nd Annual Maple Blues Awards and therefore must be purchased separately. Musicians and TBS Charter Members are eligible for a discount code to be retrieved by contacting TBS office at 416-538-3885 or via info@torontobluessociety.com

Maple Blues Awards
Blues Summit 9 will culminate with the 22nd Annual Maple Blues Awards on February 4th, 7pm at the Koerner Hall. The gala event is considered to be the premier blues event of the year. Tickets for the Maple Blues Awards are available online at rcmusic.com 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 purchase best available seats for a discounted price of $35.

Showcase Artists and Schedule
* in order of appearance

Friday, February 1, 2019
Brian Blain, Earle & Coffin, Sugar Brown, Judy Brown, Suzie Vinnick, Miss Emily, Dan McKinnon, Bywater Blues, Wes Mackey, Myles Goodwyn
Saturday, February 2, 2019
Kat Danser & The Tall Tales, Skyliners, Jenie Thai, Tri-Continental, Angelique Francis, Michael Jerome Browne, Lindsay Beaver, Raoul & The Big Time, Dawn Tyler Watson, Soulstack

Sunday, February 3, 2019
Cootes Paradise, Al Lerman, Steve Marriner, Gavin McLeod, Bad Luck Woman & Her Misfortunes, Miche Love & Blues Dynamite, Glenn Marais, Terry Blersh, Sue Foley, Matchedash Parish

For more information please contact:

Sarah French
Sarah French Publicity
416-566-4188 | sarah@sarahfrenchpublicity.com

Hüma Üster
Toronto Blues Society
416-538-3885 | info@torontobluessociety.com


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
 
 
 
 
BLUES BLAST MAGAZINE
 


 
 
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“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
 
LISTEN TO BLUES FOUNDATION PODCAST
Here is a link to a podcast that focuses on the blues produced by the Blues Foundation.
 


 
 
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Canadian Blues History
 
 
 
John Lee Hooker, Carlos Santana and Etta James - Full Concert Recorded Live: 7/18/1986 - Fillmore Auditorium (San Francisco, CA)
 
 
Excellent footage of some iconic blues artists. Do you recognize the harp player?

 
Here is an intro that was written Jan 25 2017 for the video by Andy Kahn
 
Source:


 
 
Five years ago legendary vocalist Etta James passed away on January 20, five days before what would have been her 74th birthday. A member of the Rock And Roll Hall Fame, the woman born Jamesetta Hawkins on January 25, 1938 had a standout singing style that was comfortable within rock, R&B, gospel, blues, soul, jazz and nearly any other genre thrown her way. James had a way of owning whatever song she was singing and whichever stage she was performing on.
James reached global notoriety on the basis of such classics as “I’d Rather Go Blind” and “At Last,” which were issued by an imprint of the famed Chicago-based record label Chess Records. Two other hits for James were “Something’s Got A Hold On Me,” which she co-wrote with Leroy Kirkland and Pearl Woods, and “Tell Mama,” which appeared on her 1968 LP of the same name issued by the Cadet label.
 
Throughout her career James shared the stage with many other talented musicians, including one night in 1986 in San Francisco. Guitarists Carlos Santana and Elvin Bishop, and legendary blues pioneer John Lee Hooker performed together at a concert produced by famed Bay Area promoter Bill Graham. James took center stage for “Something’s Got A Hold On Me” and “Tell Mama,” the latter featuring the assistance of John Lee Hooker.

 
 
 


 
 
 
 
 


 
 
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