Victoria Blues Society Blues Calendar –  Jan 17, 2017

We want to advise everyone that new memberships, renewals and contact information changes can now be  easily accomplished online. See our Membership page.

Effective immediately the VBS will offer VBS and VJS members a 20% discount at the door on event tickets $15 or more.  Members must present their membership card to participate. Advanced ticket purchasers regardless if members also enjoy a 20% discount on tickets $15 or more. Advanced tickets are sold at Lyle’s and Tally Ho Sports Bar.


March 11 – Steve Kozak’s West Coast Allstars from Vancouver – Tally Ho $20

April 1 – Blues Extravaganza  – 6 Local Bands –  Tally Ho $15

May 6 – Jack DeKeyzer Band  from Toronto – Tally Ho $20

Blues Summit 8 and Maple Blues Awards  happen in Toronto Jan 20-23.

Local BC Artists performing include: Doug Cox & Sam Hurrie,  Bill Johnson Blues Band, Jesse Roper, and Harpdog Brown. Look next week for the winners of Maple Blues Awards.

Hornby Island Blues Society would like to invite your members to consider applying for the scholarship or either of the two bursaries for our Blues Workshop held in May each year.  For 17 years, it has been our mandate to create greater awareness of Canadian Blues Music by bringing to beautiful Hornby Island music instructors who are equally talented in performance and teaching.  The students who attend the workshop can register for classes in keyboards, harmonica, drums, vocals, songwriting and of course, the dominant instrument in blues music, the guitar.

Blues camp is very much a community function.  The islanders provide a warm welcome by opening up their homes and volunteering many hours. It is a week filled with camaraderie for both students and teachers alike. For complete information, please see  On our site you will also find a record of the world class instructors who have participated, descriptions of the classes offered and a wealth of other Hornby Island workshop information.



Sunday Blues Service Jam (Deb Rhymer) – Tally Ho in The Hideaway Sundays 3-7:30pm


V Lounge Jam – Red Lion Inn – Saturday afternoon – some blues

Nanaimo Blues Society Sunday Jam – Queens Hotel 4-8 pm Various host bands.

Jan 19

Blue Hearts  Memphis show fundraiser – Ross Bay Pub 6pm


Jan 20

Daddy Buffalo – My Bar, 8:30 pm, $5


Jan 21

West Coast Blues Doctors – Christie’s

The Kingmixers Classic – Pro Pat Gorge Legion 8;30pm

Blue City Drive – The Hideaway

Jan 26

Bill Johnson Blues Band – The Hideaway – 7:30 pm


Jan 27

McKiNLeY WoLf – My Bar 8:30 pm

Jan 28

Rhymer and Wells-  Christies Pub 730 pm

Jan 31

Elmore’s Bar & Grill – Hermann’s

Feb 2

Bill Johnson Blues Band – The Hideaway – 7:30 pm

Gary Preston – Ross Bay

Feb 4

Dave Harris & the Deuces – Christies Pub

McKinley Wolf – The Loft

Feb 9

Bill Johnson Blues Band – The Hideaway – 7:30 pm

Feb 10

Soul Shakers – Sidney Club #403 (ANAF), 7:30pm

Blue City Drive – The Loft

Feb 16

Bill Johnson Blues Band – The Hideaway – 7:30 pm

West Coast Blues Doctors – Ross Bay

Feb 18

Lazy Mike & Rockin’ Recliners – Hideaway

Daddy Buffalo – The Loft, 8:30, $5

Feb 23

Bill Johnson Blues Band – The Hideaway – 7:30 pm

David Vest – Hermann’s 8pm

Paul Black – Ross Bay

Feb 25

Soul Shakers – Bart’s 9pm

Blue City Drive – The Hideaway

Mar 7

Colin James – Royal Theatre


Bill Johnson at The Hideaway


Photos by Rob Edwards

The Toasters at My Bar w/ Edmonton guitarist Jimmy Guiboche


Photo by Dave Harris







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