Lillooet singer Sabrina Weeks will make her Massey Hall debut this November at the venerable Toronto performing arts centre.
She will be one of the headline performers in the 26th annual Women’s Blues Revue, to be held Nov. 24. The sultry, smoky-voiced Weeks will be joining a number of new and established female singers and performers.
The event, which celebrates women in blues music, helped launch the careers of artists such as Amanda Marshall, Holly Cole, Roxanne Potvin and Treasa Levasseur.
“The Women in Blues Revue is an amazing opportunity. I am so humbled and grateful for being included in this event,” Weeks told the Toronto Blues Society’s MapleBlues magazine. “This event gives women a stronger voice in a genre that is often predominately driven by male voices. I am so grateful to the Toronto Blues Society for their progressive vision and support. And ... it’s Massey Hall! I mean ... how cool is that?”
This month, Sabrina and the band Swing Cat Bounce return to the recording studio to begin making their next CD, once again produced by Jack Lavin of Powder Blues fame.
Their first CD, Tales from Lenny’s Diner, was released in 2009. It hit the Roots Music Report Blues Music Charts at #1 in Canada and #12 globally, climbing to #6 on the global blues charts. The album was also rated as one of the top 100 new CDs of 2010-2011.
Weeks says the new CD will feature more of the group’s playful, up tempo, tongue-in cheek material in addition to “really meaty stuff, too.”
Last year, Weeks and Swing Cat Bounce won the Best New Artist award at the Maple Blues Awards.