Since 1987, The Toronto Blues Society’s Women’s Blues Revue has wowed Toronto audiences with performances from some of the most accomplished women in Canadian blues. The featured vocalists of this year’s Women’s Blues Revue include Rita Chiarelli, Cécile Doo-Kingué, Terra Lightfoot, Crystal Shawanda and Suzie Vinnick. Check out the Women’s Blues Revue Archive for a list of past featured artists.
Rebecca Hennessy (trumpet, band leader), Suzie Vinnick (guitar), Emily Burgess (guitar), Carlie Howell (bass), Morgan Doctor (drums), Colleen Allen (sax), Carrie Chesnutt (sax) and Lily Sazz (keyboards) return to form this year’s all-star Women’s Blues Revue Band.
Join the Toronto Blues Society at this year’s Women’s Blues Revue as we celebrate 30 years of promoting Canadian blues!
FOG is a New Orleans Brass Band party with the intricacies of a modern jazz sextet. This band features a brassy frontline of tuba, trombone and trumpet that will have your toe tapping and your body grooving alongside energetic electric guitar, rich piano harmonies and deep drum beats that will take you through sounds inspired by funky blues, old country, Balkan and high-energy modern jazz.
Maya Killtron is a powerhouse vocalist, writer, violinist and DJ who quickly gained national attention for her provocative, tongue and cheek debut record – Hipster/Gangster EP. Her single, Magnum Force was nominated for Who’s Got It Next at the Stylus Awards – Canada’s National DJ awards. She was quickly snapped up as a featured performer and DJ at festivals across Canada and the U.S. including Winter Music Conference in Miami FL, Pride Toronto and NYC’s CMJ Music Festival.
This collaboration between FOG and Maya Killtron will be an unforgettable night with FOG Brass Band as Maya Killtron’s backing band to perform her produced tracks live at Burdock Music Hall.
Way North CD Release Tour
Way North is the best kind of musical collaboration – one born out of the joy of playing together. Formed by two Brooklynites, JUNO nominated saxophonist Petr Cancura (Down Home) and drummer Richie Barshay (Herbie Hancock/Chick Corea) and two Torontonians, bassist Michael Herring (Peripheral Vision) and trumpeter Rebecca Hennessy (Women’s Blues Revue bandleader/Hobson’s Choice), the band brings together four musicians who love to use jazz and improvisation as a means of exploring folk and world music. They will be performing in Southern Ontario, May 2015, to launch their new disk, Kings County. You can hear the influences of a wide range of folk genres, including the blues, old-time, Balkan, Brazilian and Calypso.
Recorded in one day at Tedesco in New Jeresy, Kings County finds Way North at its spontaneous best. A collaboration of two Toronto musicians, and two Brooklyn musicians, Way North uses improvisation to explore the influences of folk musics on modern jazz.
Mixing at the Farm with Jean Martin and Softy!
Come join us at the Tranzac Club on Sunday April 19th. Music starts at 10pm. 292 Brunswick Ave, Toronto
Way North is a new collective band using jazz and improvisation to explore the blues and folk music. You can hear the influence of the Balkans, New Orleans, and Americana. Way North brings together two Toronto musicians (Michael Herring – bass, and Rebecca Hennessy – trumpet) with two Brooklyn musicians (Petr Cancura – saxophone, clarinet, and Richie Barshay – drums)
The official CD release is at the Rex on May 27th and 28th. In the meantime, take a listen below!