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SAULT BLUES SOCIETY PRESENTS VIRTUAL BLUES MINISERIES

SAULT BLUES SOCIETY PRESENTS VIRTUAL BLUES MINISERIES

SAULT STE MARIE, ONTARIO  ~~~~~~  December 31, 2020 (LSN)  2020 was the 10th anniversary of the Sault Blues Society. The Executive had discussed and was working with Rotary Sault Ste. Marie to present an “all blues stage night” as part of Rotaryfest 2020. We had also been in contact with 4 traveling bands that were routing through the Soo in 2020 to work out the possibility of performing for the fine blues fans of the Soo. Unfortunately, these acts were not possible due to the worldwide COVID pandemic. We hope that you enjoy our Virtual Blues Miniseries with the expectations of live performances to return to local stages in the future!!

We at the Sault Blues Society hope that you are all managing through this time of uncertainty and lack of live music. To help you with your music fix, we have during the past several months organized and recorded 5 local bands (to date) who performed live from the floor of Joe’s Garage. Multi camera recording was done by Christian Lemay from Shaw Spotlight with assistance from Adrian Vilaca of theborderline.ca and sound engineers Ron Maclean and Don Bruni.

Big Wheel and Spokes Soo Blues Society

The premier release will be on Thursday January 7th at 8pm on Shaw Spotlight Sault Ste. Marie,  the Sault Blues Society’s YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCb1odSXEJWwIi-WIDZqdLzA, and https://theborderline.ca/  all releases will be at 8pm. There will be subsequent releases on the following 4 Thursday’s, Jan. 14th, Jan. 21st, Jan. 28th and Feb. 4th all at 8pm. Repeats will also be broadcast on Shaw Spotlight Sault Ste. Marie on the Saturday at 9pm following the original release.

This miniseries was made possible with funding from the city of Sault Ste. Marie’s Cultural Financial Assistance Grant, theborderline.ca, Shaw Spotlight, Joe Della Savia, owner of Joe’s Garage, the Sault Blues Society and the 20 great local Sault Ste. Marie musicians that participated in this project.

All songs were performed live from the floor of Joe’s Garage and all are original compositions by some of our great local musicians.

Bands, members, and release dates:

Blues Shop - Thursday January 7th 8pm

  • Mike Yurich - Guitar and vocals
  • Josh Norling - Sax
  • Valerie Powley - Vocals and percussion
  • Jeff Pinnett - Drums
  • Warren Reville - Bass
  • Eugene Gassi – Keys

 

Big Wheel and the Spokes - Thursday January 14th 8pm

  • Jay Case - Guitars and vocals
  • Frank Deresti – Bass
  • Cliff Alloy – Drums

 

Cosmic Blues Band - Thursday January 21st 8pm

  • Ray Gassi - Guitar and vocals
  • Mike Yurich - Guitar and keyboard
  • Pierre Vaillancourt - Bass
  • Chris Johns – Drums

Blues Harvest - Thursday January 28th 8pm

  • Keith Conway - Guitar
  • Jake Rendell - Guitars and vocals
  • Josh Norling - Sax/Ewie
  • Michael DiSanto - Bass
  • Ken Coulter - Drums

Rusty McCarthy - Thursday February 4th 8pm

  • Rusty McCarthy – Guitar and vocals  
  • Josh Norling – Sax  
  • Lindsay Pugh – Bass  
  • Chris Johns – Drums 
  • ​​​​​ Maja Bannerman – Vocals

 

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Update Grand Marais Art Colony & COVID-19

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COOK COUNTY, MINNESOTA  March 18, 2020  (LSN)  The Grand Marais Art Colony Staff, Board, and volunteers are united in a proactive approach to mitigate the impact and spread of coronavirus in our region. As an anchor institution in the Arrowhead Region arts community, it is imperative to lead through our actions. We put the public interest ahead of our own.
 
The commitment to postpone or cancel programs is one we take seriously, with profound care and concern for the livelihood and vitality of working artists, our instructors, program participants, as well as our dedicated staff and volunteers.

 

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Some of the actions we are currently taking include stepped-up cleaning of our buildings and our staff have taken on added responsibilities for cleaning surfaces we touch frequently such as door handles, handrails, tools, equipment, counter tops, etc. with disinfectants

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THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO,  February 25, 2020  (LSN) Heritage. Ownership. Nimbyism. Environmentalism. Consumerism. Reconciliation. The wit and wisdom of playwright Drew Hayden Taylor returns to the Magnus stage with a satirical look at the contemporary cultural debate in Canada. In a story based on actual events from the recent past, wild rice is at the centre of the battle in Cottagers and Indians – a humorous dramatization of an increasingly bitter conflict in cottage country.
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Stauber Invites Students to Participate

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HERMANTOWN, MINNESOTA  February 20, 2020  (LSN) –  Congressman Pete Stauber issued an invitation to high school students who reside in Minnesota’s Eighth District to enter the 2020 Congressional Art Competition. Every year, Congress holds an art competition to highlight talented young artists throughout the nation. The winner from each Congressional district will have their artwork displayed in the United States Capitol for the following year.

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TBSO signs up Music Director

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Thunder Bay, Ontario  January 23, 2020  (LSN)   After a brief but thorough renegotiation process, TBSO President Linda Penner and TBSO Music Director Paul Haas are pleased to announce the renewal and extension of his contract with the Thunder Bay Symphony for the next four years.

TBSO Launches 2nd Dream Vacation Lottery

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Thunder Bay, Ontario  December 3, 2019  (LSN)   Get ready to pack your bags—because the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra is giving you another chance to win a fabulous Dream Vacation for two!

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MARQUETTE, MICHIGAN November 9, 2019   (LSN)  Students and faculty, Northern Michigan University from three academic disciplines are collaborating on behalf of a Marquette organization's endeavor to repurpose the deactivated Lower Harbor Ore Dock as a botanical and ecological center.

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legislators say it is a better plan to deal with the burgeoning moose population

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LANSING, MICHIGAN October 10, 2019   (LSN)  Four lawmakers from Michigan, which owns Isle Royale despite the archipelago’s proximity to Minnesota, have introduced a resolution in favor of allowing moose hunting at the National Park. The legislators say it is a better plan to deal with the burgeoning moose population than trying to reintroduce wolves, which started last year.

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THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO,  October 7, 2019  (LSN) Thunder Bay: Local Singer-Songwriter Megan Nadin has recorded a music video with the Chippewa Park Carousel operating in the background. Nadin has also started a Go-Fund-Me campaign in support of the restoration of the 104-year-old heritage designated Carousel.  The song, I Don’t Care, written by Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber is currently available on You Tube and has already received 1,000 views

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