Blues News

THANK-YOU to all the EBS volunteers, Great North Blues Band,
sound tech Keith and the audience for another successful event on February 14! 

Next EBS event
March 14 with Maple Blues Award recipients, Best New Artist of the Year, from Ottawa,
Wicked Grin with guest Dave 'Crawdad' Cantera

Line up:
Murray Kinsley, Leigh-Anne Stanton, Liam Melville
and Edmonton's own Dave 'Crawdad' Cantera

Wicked Grin video here


Citadel Theatre's Edmonton Youth Blues Challenge winners
are performing intermission sets during Life Death and the Blues Feb 11 - Mar 1 at The Citadel Theatre.
Local and regional blues legends are performing during each show, same dates.
Check here for more details.

Winter Roots & Blues RoundUp VI
Feb 26 - Mar 1 
More details here

at Blues City Cafe January 23, 2014

at Silky O'Sullivans on January 22, 2014


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!


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 nominees!

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 :

March 14,  2015

Edmonton Blues Society

Wicked Grin

from Ottawa and Maple Blues Award recipients
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


Wicked Grin video here

March 14, 2015

Wicked Grin with guest
Dave 'Crawdad' Cantera

Murray Kinsley
guitar, vocals

Dave 'Crawdad' Cantera
harmonica, vocals

Leigh-Anne Stanton

Liam Melville
Wicked Grin

Winners of the 2014 Maple Blues Award for New Artist or Group of the Year (presented in January 2015), Murray Kinsley and Wicked Grin have been rockin’ festivals and clubs throughout Ontario and Western Canada with their distinctive hard-driving, in-your-face performances: full-tilt blues with a groove that just won’t quit.

2014 was a stellar year in which Wicked Grin represented the Ottawa Blues Society at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in January, played the Ottawa Bluesfest, Kitchener Bluesfest, Calabogie Blues & Ribfest and Kingston Blues Festival, toured Western Canada and was runner-up in the Toronto Blues Society’s 2014 Talent Search.

Several tunes from Wicked Grin’s latest album “Shame On Me” are getting widespread airplay, including on DAWG-FM and on Sirius/XM’s B.B. King’s Bluesville channel. The album was chosen by Blues Underground Network as Best Canadian Blues Rock Album of 2014.

2015 will be a busy year for the band, with a Western Canada tour for March and April, an Eastern Canada tour for October/November and several summer festivals. Wicked Grin are working on their next CD, due to be released in late 2015.

Blues with Bite!

Wicked Grin band members:
Murray Kinsley - guitar and vocals
Leigh-Anne Stanton - bass
Liam Melville - drums
Dave 'Crawdad' Cantera - harmonica and vocals

A taste of Wicked Grin


Save these 2015 EBS event dates                

March 14  - from Ottawa, Wicked Grin, 2015 Maple Blues Award  
April 11  - Charlie Jacobson Electric Band; opener: Bucket
May 23 - from Kamloops, Sabrina Weeks 
June 13 - Overdue Blues Band
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.

EBS Regular monthly events welcomes All ages!

Venue - Old Timer's Cabin 9430 Scona Road (99 Street)
Doors:  7:30pm  
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



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