Blues For Peace Fest - Toronto

- Press Release

On June 25, 2005 ten of our finest dynamic
blues and roots bands will take the stage at Mel Last Square to present
BLUES FOR PEACE - a FREE family one-day fest of great music with an
underlying tone of peace. Juno winner JACK DE KEYZER headlines a
stellar line up of great bands including Wild T and the Sprints with
TONY SPRINGER, local blues Icon DANNY MARKS, the Tulips with MAUREEN
BROWN, and more.

BLUES FOR PEACE is a musical presentation for the entertainment of our
audience. The music is the message! Enjoy a great day of blues and
roots in the square. BLUES FOR PEACE was established in Israel to honor
the roots of blues music and promote peace and the understanding that
ALL peoples have had their share of the blues. A simultaneous BLUES FOR
PEACE concert in TEL AVIV is also scheduled for June 25.

SCHEDULE: (as of May 11, 2005) Confirmed artists are 5:00 - Brian
Gladstone Band with Tony Quarrington, 5:45 - The Tulips with Maureen
Brown, 6:30 - Danny Marks, 7:15 - Roses In The Snow, 8:00 - Wild T &
the Spirits (Tony Springer Band), and 9:00 to closing is Juno award
winning Jack de Keyzer band. There are several acts yet to be named to
perform from 2:00 - 5:00.

WHEN: June 25, 2005, 2:00 - 10:00 PM, Rain or Shine!

WHERE: Mel Lastman Square - a scenic outdoor world-class concert venue
nestled quietly within the City of Toronto - on the TTC Subway. Mel
Lastman Square is located at 5100 Yonge www.toronto.ca/ttc/index.htm
Street two blocks north of Sheppard Avenue. By TTC, take the Yonge line
subway (exit North York Centre). Getting there couldn't be easier when
you ride the rocket!

ARTISTS:
(9:00) JACK DE KEYZER is an award winning blues guitarist, singer and
songwriter, including a 2003 JUNO for best blues album. JACK DE KEYZER
has four CD's under his own name and has appeared on dozens of CD's for
other artists. An exciting entertainer, electrifying guitarist and
soulful singer, Jack de Keyzer delights a vast spectrum of music lovers
wherever he performs. His latest CD, 6 String Lover, is a milestone in
the lifelong musical travels of a contemporary rhythm & blues
journeyman. Website: www.jackdekeyzer.com

(8:00) WILD T AND THE SPIRITS - TONY "Wild T" SPRINGER has hung with
the best of them. David Bowie, Jeff Healey, Bon Jovi, Deep Purple, Jay
Leno, David Letterman and Arsenio Hall are just some of the musical
acts and personalities that have been blown away by Wild T's guitar.
Moving to Toronto from Trinidad, T quickly gained a reputation on the
local club circuit. Since then he has recorded two albums (Love Crazy
1991 and Givin' Blood 1995) with his own group, Wild T and the Spirit
for Warner Brothers. He has also recorded an album (Black Tie, White
Noise) with David Bowie and has appeared with Bowie on The Tonight Show
with Jay Leno, Late Night with David Letterman and the Arsenio Hall
Show. He has toured with Bon Jovi and Deep Purple throughout North
America and has performed thousands of club shows. Recently he was
asked to portray Jimi Hendrix in the Monkee Movie for TMN. Website:
http://wildt.ca/bandbios.html

(7:15) ROSES IN THE SNOW: Canada's Newest All Women Kick-Ass Bluegrass
Band - ROSES IN THE SNOW is a fusion of four unique women performing
bluegrass, country and folk music with soaring harmonies and great
musicianship. After only one year together, the Roses are making waves
in bluegrass circles and are building a strong grassroots following.
The Roses are Marnie, Kathy Montgomery, Leslie Knowles, and Dottie
Cormier. The Roses deliver fresh and creative arrangements of
traditional tunes and they love to crossover and mix things up --
drawing from their appreciation and love for classical, country, jazz,
pop, rock and folk music. www.rosesinthesnow.ca

(6:30) DANNY MARKS: Many Canadians know DANNY MARKS as the man of a
million songs from CBC radio's the Humline, and others go all the way
back to the 60's when Danny was one third of the original blues/pop
supergroup EDWARD BEAR. Most prefer to remain in the present, as DANNY
MARKS hosts the popular bluz.fm radio program on jazz.fm91 Toronto,
every Saturday night at 8. Danny's recent albums include
Guitarchaeology, the all instrumental, and TRUE, the story of love
lost, both original works. In 2004, Danny has just released Big Town
Boy, a tribute to Toronto's Rock and Roll past. www.dannym.com

(5:45) THE TULIPS: THE TULIPS are Maureen Brown, Gayle Ackroyd,
Christine Bird and Silvia Wright - Four Rocking High Energy Blues
Chicks who put on a dynamic and energetic blues experience. Each woman
brings years of the Canadian blues experience along with. THE TULIPS
bring excitement and sensuality to the stage, driven by their raw
passion for the blues. Lead vocals by Maureen Brown with tight vocal
harmonies, THE TULIPS deliver the blues and beyond.
www.interlog.com/~puddin/mo2.htm

(5:00) BRIAN GLADSTONE: Toronto singer / songwriter / performer BRIAN
GLADSTONE is a world-class fingerstyle guitar master, a prophetic
lyricist, a philosophical story-teller and a dynamic performer. Brian's
particular way of seeing things through irony and old time approach
reminds me of great artists as John Prine, Dave Van Ronk, and
Mississippi John Hurt. He is their own true son and he continues their
great sounds. Joining Brian on stage will be master composer and guitar
player TONY QUARRINGTON. www.backtothedirt.com

(2:00 - 5:00) To Be Announced. MUSICIANS CAN APPLY TO PLAY: Details on
website. www.abetterworld.ca

ABOUT BLUES FOR PEACE INTERNATIONAL:
BLUES FOR PEACE is an independent,
non-political organization established in ISRAEL to honor the roots of
blues music and promote peace and the understanding that ALL peoples
have had their share of the blues. Blues for Peace has been recognized
by UNESCO as promoting the Culture of Peace, and has been featured in
these publications - Downbeat, USA Today, Jerusalem Post, CNN Student
News, PBS American Masters, BBC's The World, and more. A simultaneous
BLUES FOR PEACE concert in Tel Aviv is also schedule for June 25. The
Toronto BLUES FOR PEACE Fest is presented for the first time in Canada
by 'The Association of Artists for A Better World', a registered
non-profit organization to encourage 'A Better World' through artistic
expression.

Websites:
www.abetterworld.ca
www.bluesforpeace.com

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