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2 days of jazz and blues to celebrate 3 years

Wednesday, February 20, 2013   by: SooToday.com Staff

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SAULT BLUES SOCIETY

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Sault Blues Society to celebrate 3rd anniversary with two days of jazz and blues

SAULT STE. MARIE - In celebration of its 3rd anniversary, the Sault Blues Society presents renowned award-winning blues and jazz artist Dawn Tyler Watson March 15 and 16, 2013.

Sault Blues Society President, Jim Traveson proudly announces that international artist Dawn Tyler Watson will not only be performing on two consecutive nights, but will also conduct a master vocal class for aspiring local musicians.

“I am thrilled that the Sault Blues Society has been able to partner with local businesses in order to bring these great opportunities to the community,” says Traveson.

  • Friday March 15 at 8 p.m. - Dawn Tyler Watson performs jazz and blues in the Water Tower Pub at Algoma’s Water Tower Inn and Suites. Tickets to this event are on sale at Algoma’s Water Tower Inn and Suites desk and Case’s Music. Cost is $20 ($15 for Blues Society members).
  • Saturday afternoon March 16 at 1:30 p.m. - Dawn presents a master class in vocal performance and improvisation at Algoma University Auditorium. Registration is $20 ($10 for Algoma University students) at Case’s Music.
  • Saturday March 16 at 8:30 p.m. - This unique performance includes various special guests at the Canadian Night Club. Tickets to this event are on sale at the Canadian Hotel front desk and Case’s Music. Cost is $20 ($15 for Blues Society members).

Among numerous awards, Traveson notes that Dawn Tyler Watson has twice been named Female Vocalist of the Year.

As a vocalist, actor, songwriter, Dawn has secured a place among Canada’s blues and jazz elite.

She has been touring and performing internationally for nearly two decades and her powerful stage presence has earned her numerous national and international awards.

A graduate of Concordia University’s Jazz Studies Program with a minor in Theatre, she also works as a musical animator with different age groups and cognitive levels.

She has been invited to give master classes and various workshops on vocal performance and improvisation in Canada, the US and France.

Dawn has recently finished her third album which is set for release this spring on Justin Time Records.

Dawn is also a six-time consecutive winner of the Quebec Lys Blues Award for Best Female Artist, and her last recording effort entitled En Duo with guitarist extraordinaire, Paul Deslauriers, took home the 2009 Album of the Year Award.

She is also a multiple nominee of the prestigious Canadian Maple Blues Award in numerous categories, including Best New Artist, Entertainer of the Year, and Acoustic Album of the Year, twice earning herself the title of Female Vocalist of the Year. 

Last year, she received a Canadian Folk Music Award nod for Best Contemporary Vocalist and, on the international front, a Screaming Jay Hawkins Award for Live Performance, and a Trophées France Blues for International Female Artist of the Year.

In 2004, in addition to numerous theatre, television and screen credits, Dawn earned herself the lead role in the movie Jack Paradise, starring opposite famed Quebec heartthrob Roy Dupuis.

Her big-screen debut and the film’s Jutra-nominated soundtrack received as much critical acclaim as her stage performances.

Watson gave a memorable performance at Sault Ste. Marie’s Shadows of the Mind Film Festival which featured the film.

Dawn continues to tour extensively with upcoming concerts and festivals in Moscow and France.

When not on the road, she has been honing her jazz chops back home in Montreal working towards yet another recording project which is set to begin later this year.

The Sault Blues Society was formed in March 2010 and is a registered not-for-profit organization.

The Society is supported by close to 100 members, local musicians and a number of sponsors.

While the Sault Blues Society has enjoyed many successes since its inauguration three years ago, Traveson admits that the Society is at a crossroads.

“We need the community’s support in order to continue our efforts to bring world-class entertainment to Sault Ste. Marie,” says Traveson.

"Watson, in a nutshell, smokes. She has a kit bag full of smooth moves and a personality that lifts off the page." - Blues Review Magazine.

The Blues Society’s website is www.saultblues.com. Also Like us on Facebook.

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