Blues News

Make your voice heard!
Vote for CBC Music Awards here 

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

Next EBS event is January 17, 2015
featuring Rita McDade & Fusion Blues Band

New Year's Eve Gala with Paula Perro
Cocktails 6pm  4-course dinner - 7pm
Live music - 9pm by Paula Perro & the Project
Tickets: $75 each 780-919-2810  or  780-468-4322

This is not an Edmonton Blues Society event.

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.

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 :


January 17,  2015

Edmonton Blues Society

Rita McDade & the
Fusion Blues Band

Arrive EARLY for best seats!       


Old Timer's Cabin
9430 Scona Road

7:30 pm

$10 members
$15 guests


Reduced cover charge for
under 18 yrs

a taste of January 17th band here

January 17, 2015

Rita McDade & the
Fusion Blues Band

2015 lineup coming soon

Merry Christmas
Edmonton Blues Society
Board of Directors

Save these 2015 EBS event dates                

January 17 - Rita McDade & the Fusion Blues Band
February 14
March 14  - from Ottawa, Wicked Grin  
April 11  
May 23 - from Kamloops, Sabrina Weeks 
June 13 
Doors at 7:00pm. 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.

EBS Regular monthly events welcomes All ages!

Venue - Old Timer's Cabin 9430 Scona Road (99 Street)
Doors:  7:00pm  
Music:   8:00pm

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



Has your EBS membership expired?
Want to become a member? Only $25 per person for 12 months.
Help us "Grow the Blues" in Alberta

Save time at the door when attending one of our events!

Have you considered volunteering with us?
The Edmonton Blues Society operates with the enthusiastic support and efforts of blues lovers just like you!

Volunteer at one of our events! Sit on a committee!
How? Speak to any board member, one of our volunteers, or email

Check EBS Events for more upcoming events!

Purchasing an EBS annual membership shows your support for
live blues music in Edmonton  -  and you save on your ticket prices!

Thank you for supporting the local Edmonton live blues community.


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