Blues News

It is with heavy hearts that the Edmonton Blues Society Board of Directors send their deepest condolences to the family of Kathy Kirby aka: Kirby at Ramparts, on her passing September 30, 2014. 
Godspeed, Kirby! We will miss you!
Rosalynn Ruptash
President, Edmonton Blues Society

These acts are advancing to the Memphis Bound Blues Challenge Finals:
Bands - Blind Dog Blues Band; Dylan Farrell Band
Solo/Duos - Andrew & Celeigh; Two Blue (Robert Walsh & Karimah);
Graham Guest;
Charlie Jacobson

Finals - October 19
Old Timer's Cabin
Doors at Noon
Competition at 1:00pm
$15 cover. Special prices for minors.
Smokehouse BBQ food truck on-site

Big Al's House of Blues
Thank-you for being our host venue for the past 3 weeks!

A taste of what's to come on September 28

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

We have 4 Bands and 11 Solo/Duos participating this year.
Check our Blues Challenge page for list of entrants and playing order..

Still open
Best Self Produced CD category. Details on our Blues Challenge page
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
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 :


September 28,  2014

Edmonton Blues Society

Memphis Bound
Blues Challenge

Bands & Solo/Duos 

Arrive EARLY
for best seats and good eats!


Big Al's House of Blues
12402 - 118 Avenue


$10 cover

4 Bands AND 6 Solo/Duo acts

Band Qualifiers & Solo/Duo Semi Finals
for MMBC IV - Sept 28

Andrew & Celeigh
Kevin Kulchitsky
Charlie Jacobson
Graham Guest
Marv Gemmell 
Two Blue

Old Jack Tap
Blind Dog Blues Band
Dylan Farrell Band
Glenn Gray & the Blues Cowboys

Best Self Produced CD
entris close October 15, 2014
CDs must be released
November 1, 2013 - October 15, 2014
and be self-produced 

open to ALL blues musicians living in
Northern Aberta 
(Red Deer and north of Red Deer)
info here
Save these 2014 EBS event dates                

Memphis Bound Blues Challenge
Entries still open for Best Self Produced CD 
Blues CDs released November 1, 2013 - October 15, 2014 ONLY
DEADLINE to enter October 15, 2014 8:00pm SHARP!

Competition Dates
September 28 - Solo/Duo Semi Finals, Band Qualifiers at Big Al's House of Blues
October 19 - Final Rounds, both categories at Old Timer's Cabin. 

Doors at NOON. Competition at 1:00pm
Arrive early for best seats.

Old Timer's Cabin is an ALL ages venue.

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, 2014 - Boogie Patrol 

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



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

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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!

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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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