VBS Blues Calendar – Feb 16, 2018
Part of the Victoria Blues Society’s mission and mandate is to promote and
preserve the blues. In 2017, the Victoria Blues Society established the John
Fisher Memorial Legacy to fund opportunities to support and mentor musicians
in the blues genre. To this end, VBS is thrilled to announce that we will be
offering a blues grant to support two musicians to attend Hornby Island
Hornby Island Blues Camp is Canada’s premier blues camp, providing unique
workshops where a dozen of Canada’s finest blues and roots musicians share
their knowledge and inspiration with 70 students.
Workshops cover a variety of instruments and blues playing styles and with
small class sizes, students get a hands-on instruction that is at the heart
of all successful learning. This year’s teachers include many award winning
blues musicians including Jack de Keyzer, JW Jones, Paul Pigat, David Vest,
Samantha Martin and more!! More information can be found at:
This opportunity is open to any individual wishing to attend Hornby Island
Blues Camp from May 6-12th, 2018.
VBS will provide $1,000 ($625.00 paid directly for tuition and balance of
$375.00 to be provided directly to the student to be used towards
Here is some additional criteria:
* Applicant must be a resident of the Greater Victoria area and age 19 or over.
* Applicant must be an aspiring blues singer, writer or musician.
* Applicant must submit in writing, one page describing their
interest/experience in the blues genre, and why they would like to be
supported with this funding.
* Application must include the name, phone number and email address of
local musician/teacher/music professional who knows the applicant and
supports the application.
* Applicant agrees to use the funding only for the purpose awarded and
is responsible for any costs incurred over and above the funding provided.
Deadline for application: February 18th, 2018.
Submit application to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please include applicant name, address, telephone number and email address.
Applications will be adjudicated by a panel and the applicant will be
advised by email of the award.
Congratulations to the winners of the 21st Annual Maple Blues Awards in Toronto
Entertainer of the Year – Paul DesLauriers Band
Electric Act of the Year – Colin James
Acoustic Act of the Year – Big Dave McLean
Male Vocalist of the Year – Matt Andersen
Female Vocalist of the Year – Angel Forrest
New Artist of the Year – Jason Buie
Recording/Producer of the Year – Colin James – Blue Highways (True North); Producers: Colin James & Dave Meszaros
B.B. King International Artist of the Year – Joe Bonamassa
Songwriter of the Year – Harrison Kennedy
Blues with a Feeling Award (Lifetime Achievement Award) – Diana Braithwaite
Guitarist of the Year – Colin James
Harmonica Player of the Year – Guy Bélanger
Piano/Keyboard of the Year – David Vest
Horn Player of the Year – Jon Wong
Drummer of the Year – Matt Sobb (MonkeyJunk)
Bassist of the Year – Laura Greenberg (JW-Jones)
Blues Booster of the Year – Rob Bowman
Congratulations to Jason Buie for being selected in the top 5 finalists in the Best Self Produced CD at the International Blues Challenge!!
UPCOMING VBS EVENTS
Sat April 7 – Bluestravaganza @ V-Lounge. Show 6 pm. 6 bands TBA. Tickets at the door $10.00 VBS members, $15.00 non-members.
Sat May 5 – Jack de Keyzer @ -Lounge – Show at 8 pm. Tickets at Lyle’s Place and Red Lion Front Desk. $16.00 in advance or for VJS/VBS members, $20.00 at the door.
BLUES CALENDAR 2017
Sunday Blues Service Jam – @ V-Lounge in the Red Lion. 3:00-7:30 pm
The Loft – Thursday Night Jam 8-11 pm – all genres
LangVegas Jam – Langford Legion – Friday evenings – some blues
Nanaimo Blues Society Sunday Jam – Queens Hotel 4-8 pm Various host bands.
Thur Feb 22
Bill Johnson – Mary’s Bleue Moon
Fri – Mar 2
Blue City Drive – The Loft 8pm
Sat – Mar 3
McKinley Wolf – The Loft
David Vest – Hermann’s
Thur – Mar 8
Lazy & Slim – Ross Bay
Fri Mar 9
Harpdog Brown & The Travelin’ Blues Show – Hermanns
Jason Buie – Oak Bay Rec Center
Sat – Mar 10
Old Tin Shack and the Mark Comerford Blues Project – Gorgeuos coffee.8-10
Thur Mar 22
Rhymer and Wells – Mary’s Bleue Moon Cafe
Comerford Blues Project – Ross Bay 6-9
Fri Mar 23
Carlos Del Junco – Upstair’s Lounge (Oak Bay Rec)
Sat Mar 24
Jason Buie / Steve Kozak – Beban Park Center, Nanaimo
Rhymer and Wells – Christies
Thur – Mar 29
JJ Thames – Hermann’s
Rhymer & Wells – Mary’s Bleue Moon
Thur – Mar 30
Rhymer and Wells – Esquimalt Legion 8 pm $5.00
Fri – Apr 6
Uncle Wiggly’s Birthday Bash – Hermann’s
Thur – Apr 12
Mark Crissinger – Ross Bay
Fri Apr 20
Ken Hamm – Upstair’s Lounge (Oak Bay Rec)
Sat Apr 21
Comerford Blues Project – Christies 745-11
Sat May 12
Nanaimo Blues Invasion (Crissinger/Mallon/Renovation) V-Lounge
The Odds/ Jason Buie – Upstairs Lounge (Harpos)
Hank Shreve Band – Feb 3
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