Blues News

HUGE 'thank-you' to Boogie Patrol and Jenie Thai, the team of EBS volunteers and all the blues fans at Nov 15 fundraiser. What a night of passionate blues music and dancing!

Next EBS event is January 17,15.

EBS Board of Directors wishes everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Thank-you for your continued support of live music and especially local musicians. See you January 17, 2015.

Music awards now accepting submissions
CBC Music Awards 
Contemporary Blues Composition Award (Cobalt Prize, a first-ever award)

at Blues City Cafe January 23, 2014

at Silky O'Sullivans on January 22, 2014

Congratulations to those advancing to the 31st International Blues Challenge in Memphis TN
* Two Blue (Robert Walsh & Karimah), Solo/Duo category
* Dylan Farrell Band, Band category
* Street Corner History by Dan Sinasac, Best Self Produced CD

Congratulations to all the Finalists and Youth Showcase acts for a great day of blues music!

Thank you to:
- all the volunteers, adjudicators, EmCee, sound tech
- the audience
for supporting this event and helping to 'grow the blues'

A taste of what's to come at the Finals

Video about EBS and Memphis Bound Blues Challenge

Semi Finals: a taste of what to hear!

4th Memphis Bound Blues Challenge
Thank-you to all musicians who entered.

We have 4 Bands and 10 Solo/Duos participating this year.
Check our Blues Challenge page for list of entrants and playing order..

Best Self Produced CD category entries, alpha order:
Blue Moon Marquee - Lonesome Ghosts
Dan Sinasac - Street Corner History
Dr Blu - Dirty Lens
Rita McDade - Train Home
Van Funk - 13

EBS uses same criteria, scoring system and guidelines as the International Blues Challenge in Memphis. Info here

Thank-you to Richard Carr for featuring tracks from several Edmonton blues artists on your CKIA-FM show from Quebec City on April 28, 2014. It's greatly appreciated!
Playlist details here

2014 City of Edmonton Mayor's Awards for the Arts
Recipients here

CONGRATULATIONS to 2014 CMBA Awards recipients!


CONGRATULATIONS to Maple Blues Awards recipients!
Special congrats on your nominations to Alberta artists:
Graham Guest, Edmonton - Piano/Keyboardist of the Year 
Ellen Mcilwain, Calgary - Blues with a Feeling (Lifetime Achievement Award)
Donald Ray Johnson, Calgary - Male Vocalist of the Year

2014 Global TV (Edmonton) Interviews
Nov 15

April 12 
February 22 
January 18 


2014 IBC in Memphis  update

Congratulations to all the 30th International Blues Challenge Winners !! 

Pictures and videos on Edmonton Blues Society Facebook page.
CKUA Radio Blog about 30th IBC

Edmonton Blues Society sends a huge "Thank-you" to
ALL Memphis Bound entrants, judges, volunteers, venues and sponsors! 



Our Next Upcoming Event :


November 15,  2014

Edmonton Blues Society


MBBC Fundraiser 

Arrive EARLY for best seats!       


Old Timer's Cabin
9430 Scona Road

7:30 pm

$20 cover


Reduced cover charge for
under 18 yrs


MMBC Fundraiser


Dan Shinnan
harmonica and vocals

Nigel Gale

Yuji I'hara

Justin McDonough

keys and vocals

help EBS reach their goal
of raising $1000/musician  
for the IBC in Memphis

Save these 2014 EBS event dates                

November 15 - double bill featuring 2013 MBBC representatives
Boogie Patrol and Jenie Thai
Doors at 7:30pm. Music at 8:00pm
Arrive early for best seats.
Old Timer's Cabin is an ALL ages venue.
Reduced cover charge for under 18 yrs old.

Boogie Patrol
This band has been pumping out their unique blend of Blues, Funk, Soul and R&B across Western Canada since 2007, captivating crowds wherever they go. "I'm HUNGRY" were the two little words that started it all one auspicious afternoon at the seminal Blues on Whyte in Edmonton, Alberta.

Hungry to play music, hungry to play the BLUES, Boogie Patrol's harmonica hound "Rott'n" Dan and accomplished guitarist Yuji Ihara quickly joined creative forces and began collaborating. They soon enlisted the help of experienced bassist Nigel Gale to hold down the low end.

With the addition of JJ's orchestration of Blues, Jazz and Funk into Afro-Cuban, Brazilian and African drumming styles, Boogie Patrol's distinctive style slowly evolved and now entices even the most hesitant dancer onto the floor. These four virtuosos of their craft unite to create a sound, an emotion, a chemistry that is incomparable, and with their mind-bending solos and tight grooves, Boogie Patrol prides itself on the ability to connect with audiences from all walks of life. 

Jenie Thai
...with her electric energy and old soul songwriting, is building a musical presence throughout the country. Solo, trio or with band, Jenie's musicianship and songwriting shine through.

Jenie studied music at Augustana University (classical) and Grant MacEwan Jazz and Contemporary Music Program, performance major. Upon graduation, Jenie was offered a part-time teaching position at Grant MacEwan University and gained acceptance into Paul McCartney’s international music school based in Liverpool. 

This young musician has started accumulating awards and international recognition already. Her 2011 EP “Lady Flower” received an “honourable mention” as a finalist in the International Songwriting Competition (ISC) and her latest recording, "Only the Moon" has been played across Canada and in Florida and New York and Jenie was nominated for several Edmonton Music Awards (2013, 2014) including “Artist To Watch” and “Female Artist of the Year”.

Both solo and with her trio, Jenie has shared her songs across the entire country on festival stages, concert halls, blues venues, lounges, and living rooms. 

In January 2014, Jenie Thai represented Northern Alberta in the Blues Foundation’s 30th International Blues Challenge held in Memphis and advanced at the international level to Semi Finals. 
Vocally, she has been compared to an early Maria Muldaur and soaks in the musical influences of Tom Waits, Bonnie Raitt, Memphis Slim, Muddy Waters, Ella Fitzgerald, and Ryan Adams. A performer, song-writer, singer, and instrumentalist: Jenie Thai combines classical technique, jazz harmonics, and a life-long appreciation for blues and folk to produce a unique charm as a singer-songwriter on the Canadian music scene.

EBS Regular monthly events welcomes All ages!

Venue - Old Timer's Cabin 9430 Scona Road (99 Street)
Doors:  7:30pm  
Music:   8:00pm
Arrive early for best seat selection.

Dates for Regular EBS events

2014 Dates
November 15 - Boogie Patrol and Jenie Thai

2015 Dates
January 17
February 14
March 14
April 11
May 23
June 13

EBS "In the News"

January 2014 - CKUA Radio Blog about 30th IBC

December 10, 2013 Edmonton Journal article about
Jenie Thai and Memphis Bound Blues Challenge

February 14, 2013 Edmonton Journal article about
Great North Blues Band, EBS and IBC in Memphis

Dec 20, 2012 Edmonton Journal article about
EBS, Boogie Patrol, Graham Guest.

Edmonton Blues Society's Media Releases: read here

Blues Dance Lessons
Blues dance, like Blues music, is soulful, expressive and rhythmic: it can be the perfect way to celebrate the end of a work week, meet new people or just groove to whatever the band is playing! Originating in the United States in the late 1800s, Blues dance has recently been embraced anew by communities across North America for its versatility and emphasis on connection between partners. More info, contact Matt Long or Jen Rush of Nova Blues dance community. No previous dance experience necessary!

eBook for blues fans:
The Language of the Blues by Debra Devi

What is "Zuvembie"? No idea? Want to learn?
Find out meanings, background and songs in this fabulous book!
Available through Devi Rock or Amazon Books



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