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White Rock Blues Society
The White Rock Blues Society
Weekly Bluesletter
#387 November4 2019
In this issue
Chris Noël This Coming Friday Night Nvember 9
Maple Blues Award Nominees 2019
Music Humour
Blues Songs For Christmas - Saturday December 14, 2019
randy oxford's 2nd international blues show
Links For Blues Fans
Chris Noël This Coming Friday Night Nvember 9
Chris Noël Band and newly released CD “Blues Shouter”
Chris has had a long and interesting career doing what makes him happiest and that is simply singing and playing swing and blues.

Now that Chris calls Vancouver Island home, it's time to introduce him to anyone who hasn't already had the pleasure of enjoying what he and his band do so well.
Chris Noël and his Band are reminiscent of the jump blues bands from the 40's and keep up the legacy of notable Blues Characters of the early - mid 20th century, making it impossible for most of us to stay off the dance floor.

Blues Foundation Annual Competition

Victoria Blues Society had four CD’s submitted for the 2019 Best Self Produced CD competition. A panel of four independent judges reviewed the CD’s. The judges scoring mirrors the criteria used by the Blues Foundation. The scores have been tallied and were very close. Based on the highest total points awarded the CD that won is Chris Noel's "Blues Shouter". Chris's CD has been submitted by the Victoria Blues Society to the Blues Foundation for consideration in their competition. The finalists will be announced prior to International Blues Challenge  with the winner revealed during the IBC Finals on Saturday, February 1, 2020. Vancouver Island has many excellent blues artists as reflected by the caliber of the CD’s submitted. Kudos and thank you goes out to each participant.   - from the Victoria Blues Society newsletter


Chris Noël
Played string bass in the Vancouver Junior Symphony Orchestra in high school.
Started playing in blues bands in his late 20’s.
Has opened shows for Johnny Winter, George Thorogood, Stevie Ray Vaughan and many others.
Chris has also played with Pee Wee Crayton, Tom Lavin (Powder Blues), Donnie Walsh (Down Child Blues), Colin James, Dave McLean, Joe Duskin to name just a few.
Currently Chris has a band that features a three-piece horn section that plays the music of Big Joe Turner, Wynonie Harris, Roy Brown, Howlin’ Wolf, Little Walter and more.

Here's a shot of Jason Buie and Chris Noel during the days of the WRBS
Maple Blues Award Nominees 2019
Great news for the ladies and all the great Canadian blues musicians out there creating and performing across this great country and abroad.
Now it's our turn to give back.
Take the time to register, only seconds to do, and support the blues talent out there.
If you are not familiar with many of the players maybe you could Google them and check out websites or YouTube.
As you know if you subscribe to Spotify or any other steaming services it's a snap finding and listening to their albums.
The fact that all of these nominees have been selected from hundreds of talented musicians from across the country is a good indicator you are in for a treat.


Maple Blues Award Nominations Continue to Celebrate Women
Sue Foley, Dawn Tyler Watson, Miss Emily, and Samantha Martin Earn Multiple Nominations
For Immediate Release

October 31st, 2019 (Toronto) - Talented blues artists from coast-to-coast will gather in Toronto on February 3rd, 2019 to celebrate the 23rd annual Maple Blues Awards. The nominees include several newcomers and first-time nominees, as well as several Canadian blues women throughout the categories.

Leading the way for nominations is Sue Foley who has been nominated for Entertainer of the Year, Electric Act of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, Guitarist of the Year and Drummer of the Year for Tom Bona. Dawn Tyler Watson received four nominations including Entertainer of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year, while Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar are nominated for Entertainer of the Year, Electric Act of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year. A first-time nominee, Miss Emily has been nominated for Entertainer of the Year and New Artist of the Year.

Other newcomers and first-time nominees include Vancouver’s Robert Connely Farr who was nominated for New Artist of the Year and Songwriter of the Year. Ontario-based supergoup Matchedash Parish has been nominated in the categories of New Artist of the Year and Recording/Producer of the Year, Bywater Call and Durham County Poets for New Artist of the Year, and Loretta Hale and Kaven Jalbert for Horn Player of the Year.

Nominees for the 23rd Annual Maple Blues Awards

Entertainer of the Year
Dawn Tyler Watson
Downchild Blues Band
Miss Emily
Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar
Sue Foley

Electric Act of the Year
Colin James
Jack de Keyzer
Paul DesLauriers Band
Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar
Sue Foley

Acoustic Act of the Year
Big Dave McLean
Harry Manx
Manx Marriner Mainline
Matt Andersen
Michael Jerome Browne

Male Vocalist of the Year
Harpdog Brown
Harrison Kennedy
Matt Andersen
Steve Marriner
Steve Strongman

Female Vocalist of the Year
Angel Forrest
Dawn Tyler Watson
Miss Emily
Samantha Martin
Shakura S'Aida

New Artist of the Year
Bywater Call
Durham County Poets
Matchedash Parish
Miss Emily
Robert Connely Farr

Recording/Producer of the Year
Colin Linden & Luther Dickinson - Amour / Stony Plain (Colin Linden)
Dawn Tyler Watson - Mad Love / Self (François Thiffault & Dawn Tyler Watson)
Harpdog Brown - For Love & Money / Dog House (Steve Dawson)
Matchedash Parish - Saturday Night / Make It Real (Lance Anderson)
Matt Andersen - Halfway Home By Morning / True North (Steve Dawson)

B.B. King International Artist of the Year
Buddy Guy
Christone "Kingfish" Ingram
Ghost Town Blues Band
Larkin Poe
Mavis Staples

Songwriter of the Year
Big Dave McLean
Colin Linden
Dawn Tyler Watson
Robert Connely Farr
Sue Foley

Blues with a Feeling Award (Lifetime Achievement Award)
Alec Fraser
Brent Parkin
Danny Brooks
Joe Murphy
Ken Whiteley
Michael Fonfara
Michael Jerome Browne
Tom Lavin

Guitarist of the Year
Anthony Gomes
Garrett Mason
Jack de Keyzer
Paul DesLauriers
Sue Foley

Harmonica Player of the Year
Al Lerman
Harpdog Brown
Jim Zeller
Roly Platt
Steve Marriner

Piano/Keyboard of the Year
David Vest
Duane Blackburn
Jenie Thai
Jesse O’Brien
Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne

Horn Player of the Year
Chris Whiteley
Kaven Jalbert (Ben Racine Band)
Loretta Hale (Andre Bisson Band)
Mat “Moose” Mousseau (Ben Racine Band)
Richard Thornton (Jack de Keyzer Band)

Drummer of the Year
Chris Nordquist (Steve Kozak, Cannery Row)
Gary Craig (Colin Linden, Steve Dawson)
Lindsay Beaver
Sam Harrisson (Paul DesLauriers Band)
Tom Bona (Sue Foley)

Bassist of the Year
Alec Fraser
Alec McElcheran (Paul DesLauriers Band)
Gary Kendall
Keith Picot
Leigh-Anne Stanton (Wicked Grin)

Registration and voting for the 23rd Annual Maple Blues Awards will be open to the Canadian public from November 1st, 2019 at 12:01 am Newfoundland Daylight Time, through December 1st, 2019 at 11:59 pm Pacific Standard Time.

Register at

The 23rd annual Maple Blues Awards will be hosted by Raha Javanfar and will be held on February 3, 2020. 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.
Public tickets are on sale and TBS Charter Members can get the best available seats to the show for 25% discounted tickets anywhere in the hall. Tickets start at only $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 contact:

Sarah French
Sarah French Publicity
416-566-4188 |

Hüma Üster
Toronto Blues Society
416-538-3885 |
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Music Humour

Blues Songs For Christmas - Saturday December 14, 2019
randy oxford's 2nd international blues show

randy oxford's 2nd international blues show

 November 16, 2019
​★ DOORS 6:00 PM    SHOW 7:00 PM - (SOLD OUT)
Washington state Entertainer of the Year Randy Oxford rolls back into Blue Frog for his 2nd annual International Blues Show. His all-star band has been honoured with over 25 prestigious music awards in their 15-year history. This year Randy is featuring 9 musicians from 4 different countries including:
Randy Oxford-Trombone (Chicago/Seattle,)
Miranda Kitchpanich-Vocals-Bass (Tacoma, WA.)
Rafael Tranquilino-Guitar-Vocals (Mexico City/Seattle)
Arsen Shomakhov-Guitar-Vocals (Russia/Vancouver)
Jim Widdifield-Keys  (Surrey, BC)
Jon Gale-Guitar-Vocals  (Surrey, BC)
Chip Hart- Drums (Seattle/Abbotsford,BC)
"Tambelena"- Percussion  (Surrey, BC)
Bruce O'Neill- Bass-Vocals (Vancouver, BC)

Oxford is known for his unique approach to the Trombone and his ability to ignite an audience’s enthusiasm wherever he plays. He has also been a regular host and performer on the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise for the past 13 years and he plays in the highly acclaimed Bender Brass Band at the Big Blues Bender in Las Vegas.He surrounds himself with some of the most talented vocalists and instrumentalists that the pacific NW region has to offer.
This highly entertaining group has toured Canada, the U.S. and central America including appearances at major Blues festivals in Canada such as the Calgary International Blues festival and the Festival International du Blues de Tremblant in Mont-Tremblant.

In the U.S. they have appeared at major festivals  including the San Diego Blues festival, the North Atlantic Blues festival, the Mt. Baker blues festival, the Winthrop Rhythm and Blues festival, the Sunbanks music festival, Jazz in the Valley, the Kalamazoo blues festival, the Omaha playing with fire festival and dozens more from Seattle to Memphis to Panama and beyond.

When the Randy Oxford BLUES-All-Star Slam comes to town you can also expect guest appearances from some of the top talent that British Columbia has to offer. Oxford always brings his regular 6-piece ensemble with him and then adds in local special guests from any area he is playing in. You will get a big bang for your buck with this international show that will feature at least 9 stellar musicians coming together for a show like non other.
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
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