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
Blues Camp.

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:
http://www.hornby-blues.bc.ca/

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
travel/accommodation costs).

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: victoriabluessociety@gmail.com

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!! 

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UPCOMING VBS EVENTS

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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

ONGOING

Sunday Blues Service Jam – @ V-Lounge in the Red Lion. 3:00-7:30 pm  

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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.


2018

 

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)

LAST CALL

Hank Shreve Band – Feb 3

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 LINKS

VBS BLUES CALENDAR

VANCOUVER BLUES AROUND TOWN

NANAIMO BLUES SOCIETY & FESTIVAL

WHITE ROCK BLUES SOCIETY

FRASER VALLEY BLUES SOCIETY

BLUES FESTIVAL GUIDE 

BLUES BLAST MAGAZINE

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