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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

BLUES BOOSTER AWARD GOES TO THE TIM HORTONS SOUTHSIDE SHUFFLE

BLUES BOOSTER AWARD GOES TO THE TIM HORTONS SOUTHSIDE SHUFFLE

The Toronto Blues Society selects Port Credit Jazz and Blues Festival for Maple Blues Award


 
(December 16, 2013) Toronto, ON -- The Toronto Blues Society is proud to announce the recipient of the Blues Booster of the Year Award, a very special Maple Blues Award honouring outstanding contribution to the Canadian blues music industry. This year the Blues Booster of the Year Award goes Mississauga based Tim Hortons Southside Shuffle, a nationally renowned blues festival now heading in to its 16th year.

The Tim Hortons Southside Shuffle is held annually in the picturesque Port Credit area of Mississauga, just west of Toronto. Founded by Downchild vocalist and long-time Mississauga resident Chuck Jackson, The Tim Hortons Southside Shuffle has grown exponentially since its inception and boasts an impressive line-up of local, national and internationally celebrated blues artists performing on four stages and the ever popular Street Shuffle along Lakeshore Road.
 
Each year The Tim Hortons Southside Shuffle hosts 75,000 visitors over three days and, along with a small staff, Directors and Advisory Board, the festival employs the help of over 400 volunteers from the community. Recently Jackson was inducted in to Mississauga’s Legends Row in part for his contribution as founder of the festival. “We are very proud to receive the Blues Booster Award for our contribution to the blues in Canada. Since it's inception in 1999 The Tim Hortons Southside Shuffle has brought over 7,500 international and Canadian musicians to the Mississauga Delta and will continue to showcase the best of the blues from around the world”, he says.
The “Shuffle" will receive the Blues Booster of the Year Award at the 17th Annual Maple Blues Awards.
 
The January 20th gala event is considered to be the premier blues event of the year. Tickets for the not-to-be-missed Maple Blues Awards, held at The Royal Conservatory's Koerner Hall in Toronto, are on sale now for $35 - $65 and can be purchased at the Weston Family Box Office, located in the TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning at 273 Bloor Street West, Toronto, by phone at (416) 408-0208 or online at https://tickets.rcmusic.ca/public. Charter members of Toronto Blues Society can purchase tickets at a discount of $28.00.
 
Toronto Blues Society is a registered charity organization dedicated to the promotion and preservation of the Blues. The Royal Conservatory's magnificent Koerner Hall is a 1,135-seat venue designed in the tradition of the classic “shoebox” venues of Europe. Recognized as being among the world’s greatest concert halls, the Toronto Star has called it "the best concert venue in Toronto." 

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