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Co-presented with the Toronto Blues Society
Celebrating thirty years, the Women’s Blues Revue will once again feature the finest females in the business. Massey Hall and the Toronto Blues Society join forces to showcase a star-studded cast of special guests including guitarist/singer Sue Foley and singers Layla Zoe, Dione Taylor, Alanna Stuart, Irene Torres and Cheryl Lescom, who will join forces with the Women’s Blues Revue Band for an unforgettable night.
The Women’s Blues Revue Band is:
Rebecca Hennessy (trumpet, band leader)
Suzie Vinnick (guitar)
Emily Burgess (guitar)
Carlie Howell (bass)
Morgan Doctor (drums)
Colleen Allen (sax)
Carrie Chesnutt (sax)
Lily Sazz (keyboards)
Nana aba Duncan works on many shows on Radio One and 2 and writes for CBCMusic.ca. In addition to guest-host spots on Big City, Small World, q and Metro Morning, she hosted Canada Live and is the host of music-countdown show Radio 2 Top 20. Born in Ghana, Duncan has a Master of Journalism degree from University of Western Ontario, is an award-winning journalist who has reported from Ghana, and recently launched the Media Girlfriends podcast.
Ottawa native Sue Foley is a (record-holding) seventeen-time Maple Blues Award-winner, as well as the winner of a JUNO, three Trophees de Blues de France and a multiple nominee for the International Blues Music Awards. By twenty-one, she was living in Austin and recording for Antone’s, the label and historic nightclub, and she has since worked and shared the stage with BB King, Buddy Guy, Joe Cocker and Tom Petty and many others. A professor of music, her Guitar Woman project features dozens of interviews with the world’s leading female guitarists and she is at work on her next album.
Cheryl Lescom began performing in several bands in the mid-70s, and was a back-up singer for Ronnie Hawkins and Long John Baldry, the latter of whom said she possesses “one of the best and biggest voices in Canada.” She’s released five albums, including 2015’s 1953 with the Tuscon Choir Boys, and toured and performed with the likes of Jeff Healey, Matt Minglewood, Dutch Mason, the Downchild Blues Band, Jack DeKeyser, Del Shannon, David Wilcox, Mel Brown, Paul James, Billy Durst and The Detroit Women.
Former gospel-belting musician Alanna Stuart spent her formative years moving between the Jamaican Pentecostal Church and Toronto’s indie scene, inspiring the soulful dancehall sounds of her acclaimed duo Bonjay, creators of bass-heavy future soul. In addition to working with Feist, Little Dragon, and Diplo, Stuart has supported blues and soul luminaries Etta James, John Lee Hooker Jr, and Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings.
A pastor's daughter from Saskatchewan, Dione Taylor began playing the organ at age four and at ten was the music director and organist for her Regina church. She first burst onto the music scene with her JUNO-nominated debut album Open Your Eyes, and eventually went on to perform around the world to audiences that have included the President of the United States and Queen Elizabeth II. Her 2008 performance alongside Oliver Jones at the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala earned a Gemini nomination; in 2009 she was Jones’ protégée as part of the Governor General's Performing Arts Award Mentorship Program.
Peruvian-born Irene Torres is a powerful vocalist with undeniable stage presence, known for her multi-genre abilities. Performing with the award-winning – including 2015’s Maple Blues Award for Group of the Year – Irene Torres & The Sugar Devils, as well as traditional Peruvian group Quinta, she’s also performed as part of Rock & Soul and alongside artists including Gino Vannelli, Ike Stubblefield, JW Jones, Jack DeKeyzer and more.
WATCH: Irene Torres Duo “Stormy Weather” https://youtu.be/p7VA71vd2W0
Layla Zoe has been called Canada's “darling of the blues" and is often compared to Janis Joplin for her raw and emotional performances on stage. Born in British Columbia, she started singing at an early age, getting her first onstage experience at 14, singing with her father's band. Over the course of nine albums, a book of poetry, and relentless touring, she’s earned her reputation as one of the hardest working young blues women in Canada.
Women's Blues Revue
Hosted by Nana aba Duncan
- view venue info on Massey Hall
- $25 - $65
- Sat Nov 19, 2016 8pm
- PAST EVENT - TICKETS NO LONGER AVAILABLE