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Toronto Blues Society Celebrates 23rd Anniversary

Toronto Blues Society

The Toronto Blues Society will celebrate its 23rd birthday on Wednesday, May 21, with a noon-hour concert and celebration featuring singer Shakura S’Aida. The event will take place at Young Dundas Square in Toronto.

Born in Brooklyn, Shakura S’Aida has been spending her time between Toronto and Switzerland since her family moved from the U.S. when she was eight years old. A prized member of the Canadian music scene for the past 20 years, the multi-lingual artist is a busy musician and actress, appearing on dozens of stages throughout the nation and abroad.

The Toronto Blues Society (TBS) was formed in 1985 by Derek Andrews, David Barnard and John Valenteyn, who wanted to ensure that blues music, an indigenous North American art form, was guaranteed a continued presence in Toronto. The TBS programs a diverse array of activities that includes workshops, a Blues in the Schools program, the Annual Women's Blues Revue, concerts, showcases and community outreach events, provides consultation to musicians and the music industry, and advocacy on behalf of the blues community. As the Toronto Blues community grows, the TBS continues to find new ways to promote this music that is so deeply connected to the North American spirit.

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