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November 23, 2005

Canadian Blues Women in Revue

Written by
cindy mcleod

The Toronto Blues Society’s 19th Annual Women’s Blues Revue takes place on Saturday, November 26th on the Massey Hall stage. The line-up features an outstanding lineup of emerging and established blues artists. CBC’s Saturday Night Blues will record the concert for future broadcast.

The impressive lineup includes:

Lee Aaron, who makes her third appearance in the Women’s Blues Revue. Aaron’s discography numbers nine albums (with a tenth on the way), and a collection of awards including eight Junos.

Salome Bey, who is considered a reigning monarch of the Blues. Her performance credits include many solo recordings, ensemble recordings with Orin Isaacs, Washington Savage, jazz pianist Horace Silver, and the Montreal Jubilation Choir. Awards include the prestigious OBIE Award as Best Actress; Grammy Award nominations, and the 1991 Toronto Arts Award.

Toronto native Suzie McNeil is a vocalist and multi instrumentalist (piano, guitar, harmonica), and has shared the stage with Canadian blues legends Alan Frew, Garth Hudson, Ronnie Hawkins and Jeff Healey. Performance credits include commercial jingle recordings, and an ongoing starring role in the musical tribute show Abba Mania. McNeil is currently working on a new album.

Guitarist/vocalist Roxanne Potvin has toured throughout Canada since 2001. Her first CD release earned her a Maple Blues Award nomination, and is nominated for a second for Female Vocalist of the Year (2005). Potvin has appeared with Kim Wilson, Alberta Adams, Little Charlie Baty, Junior Watson, Jumpin’ Johnny Sansone, Sue Foley, and Dawn Tyler Watson. She is currently recording her second album with Colin Linden producing.

Juno-nominated Shakura S’Aida has strong roots in gospel music. She was the lead singer of world music ensemble Kaleefah before breaking out on her own solo career. S’Aida been featured in concerts at the Apollo Theatre, sang back-up vocals for Rita MacNeil and the legendary Patti Labelle, and performed with jazz legends Jimmy Smith and Ruth Brown. She is nominated for a Maple Blues Award for 2005 Female Vocalist of the Year.

Dione Taylor debuted on the music scene in 2004. Her first recording earned nominations at the 2005 Juno Awards, Canadian Urban Music Awards, and Canadian National Jazz Awards, and was named one of the top recordings of 2004 by JAZZ.FM91.1. She received the Thomas Kehoe Memorial Award for outstanding vocal performance while in university, and was selected to participate in the Jazz and a New Generation competition at Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center. A second album co-produced by Doug Riley is currently in production.

All will backed by the WBR Band: Lily Sazz (keyboards, musical director), Colleen Allen (sax), Carrie Chestnutt (sax), Brandi Disterheft (bass), Michelle Josef (drums), Sarah McElcheran (trumpet) and Margaret Stowe (guitar).

This performance is co-presented by Massey Hall and The Toronto Blues Society.

for more information visit www.torontobluessociety.com

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