Blues News

Advancing to the Semi Finals on Beale Street in Memphis TN at the 31st International Blues Challenge representing Edmonton Blues Society and Northern Alberta is TWO BLUE in Solo/Duo category. Congratulations! Two Blue competes at 12-Bar (upstairs, Jerry Lee Lewis) at 8:40pm at 31st International Blues Challenge on Beale Street.
Complete Semi Finals here

Congrats to Dylan Farrell Band who played 2 really strong, tight and well delivered sets this week. You did did proud!

Congratulations to other fellow Canadians advancing to the Semi Finals on Beale Street on Fri Jan 23 are:
Solo/Duos - John Campbelljohn, Vaudevillian, Tim Williams, Dalannah & Owen (and Two Blue)
Bands - Bill Stevenson Nine Steps, Michael Schatte, Rae Gordon
8 Canadian acts in total, 5 Solo/Duos and 3 Bands. All the best to them!

Congratulations to ALL the acts from around the globe who are advancing! Complete list, by venue, here
Venues and playing times will be able at Noon on Fri. 

Congratulations to Edmonton's Peter North on receiving 2015 Maple Blues Award for Blues Booster for the Year! Well deserved!

Citadel Theatre's Edmonton Youth Blues Challenge
open to blues musicians 25 yrs old and younger living in Red Deer of north of Red Deer.
Submission deadline: extended to January 23, 2015. Info here


All the best to our Northern Alberta representatives:
Two Blue - Solo/Duo category
Dylan Farrell Band - Band category
while they compete next week January 21-24 at 31st International Blues Challenge in Memphis.
Do us proud!

Regular updates on EBS Facebook page and our website
Live coverage and interviews at 


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 :


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

Rita McDade
lead vocals

Kevin McDade
guitar, vocals

Scott Alexander
piano, keys, vocals

Murray Schneider
organ, keys, vocals

Rollie LaMarche

Greg Russell
Rita McDade & the Fusion Blues Band

Rita McDade has been a local icon female vocalist since 1975 and a vocal instructor for 38 years. This Grant MacEwan graduate has appeared on local TV and radio specials with several others such as Tommy Banks. Her past bands have included Sundog, The Committee, Hidden Faces and 12:09.  

Rita has great depth of vocal styles ranging from worship choir to blues and has performed in major local venues and productions including the Winspear Centre, Festival Place, house concerts, the Singing Christmas Tree and everything in between.

Her influences include many vocal greats like Bonnie Rait, Bonnie Bramlett, Aretha Franklin, Carole King, Linda Ronstadt and Janiva Magness.

Kevin McDade has been slinging a guitar since age 12. He started playing professional at age 15 when his first band "Jonah" toured Saskatchewan and Alberta for 11 years. He passion for the blues kick-started in 2006 with his wife, Rita. A lifelong musician, educator and music specialist, Kevin is a 46-year music veteran. He doesn't like to play....he LIVES to play!

Rollie LaMarche is the newest addition to the Fusion Blues Band. He brings many years experience and an eclectic style of bass from pop to jazz, funk to blues. His love for playing bass can be heard as he holds down the groove and infuses the bottom end making you want to dance!

Murray Schneider has been playing professionally since the early 1970's. He joined Rita in 2006 forming Hip Pocket. Keys of all shapes and sizes have graced his multi-talented hands! ....and he blows a mean harmonica too!

Scott Alexander was a regular entertainer at Edmonton's finest piano lounges. Following a 30-year hiatus performing live, he joined Rita with The Grey Cats Blues Band in 2011 and hasn't looked back! 

Greg Russell has a music career in Alberta spanning decades. Based out of Calgary, he freelanced full-time playing for Bobby Stewart and the Sky Blues Band, hard rock group Steeler and Darcy West Band to name a few. Greg has been with The Fusion Blues Band since 2012.

Save these 2015 EBS event dates                

January 17 - Rita McDade & the Fusion Blues Band
February 14 - Great North Blues Band
March 14  - from Ottawa, Wicked Grin  
April 11  - Charlie Jacobson Electric Band
May 23 - from Kamloops, Sabrina Weeks 
June 13 - Overdue Blues Band
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



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