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
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
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
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 Bluesby 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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