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Wednesday, October 14, 2020

CONGRATS! Toronto Blues Society Talent Search Winners (Fergus' Madison Galloway Was 2nd Runner Up)

The 2020 Toronto Blues Society Talent Search took place on October 4, 2020 and after a wonderful event, a winner and two runner's up were chosen.

Mike Nagoda and the Spectrum Blues Band took home the main prize.


Josh Ritchie was 1st Runner Up.

Links: Josh Ritchie, More Josh Ritchie Stories, Video above courtesy of Josh Ritchie Music


Madison Galloway from Fergus was 2nd Runner Up.

Links: Madison GallowayMore Madison Galloway StoriesVideo above courtesy of Madison Galloway


From the news release

October 5, 2020 - The Toronto Blues Society (TBS) is extremely excited to announce that Mike Nagoda and The Spectrum Blues Band is the winner of this year’s edition of the annual Talent Search.

After narrowing the field to six finalists who showcased on Sunday, October 4th, and after careful deliberations, the jury selected Mike Nagoda and The Spectrum Blues Band as the champion, with Josh Ritchie as the first runner-up, and Madison Galloway as the second runner-up.

The judges for the 25th edition of the TBS Talent Search were Sarah Kim Turnbull (Artistic Director of Markham Jazz Festival), Diana Webley (Harbourfront Centre Senior Producer), Josh Grossman (Toronto Jazz Festival Artistic Director), and Kris Kane (Southside Shuffle Festival Chair) .

"Six solid and diverse performers graced the stage at Bar Twelve 16 in Etobicoke but the judges managed to select Mike Nagoda as the deserving talent on this rainy Sunday!", said TBS President Derek Andrews. "The new venue was forced to move the show indoors due to cold weather and a strong TBS team delivered a rare live event for the physically distanced gathering. We look forward to supporting Mike with his package bounty!"

"This year’s 6 finalists of the TBS talent search were all of fine caliber. Each one delivering unique Blues performances that had the fans & judges smiling in delight & tapping their toes. It was not an easy task for the judges to select a winner but their unanimous selection was made", said TBS Vice President Lucie Dufault. "Congratulations to Mike Nagoda & The Spectrum Blues Band, the winner of the 2020 Toronto Blues Society Talent Search." 

Mike Nagoda and The Spectrum Blues Band takes home a professional development package that includes:

The six finalists were (in alphabetical order):


Blast from the Past: Last Year's Winner

Links: More TBS Talent Search Stories

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