Blues News

More "shake-a-leg" room on the dance floor for tonight!
EBS is rearranging the tables and chairs to make a larger dance floor just for you. 
Come on out and celebrate the longest day of the year!

Next Edmonton Blues Society event

Summer Solstice Celebration
June 21, 2014 at Newcastle Pub with 
The Collective featuring Lynne Chwyl
Doors - 7:00pm
Music - 8:00pm until Midnight

Cover - $5 Members  $10 Guests
Arrive early for best seat selection.


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

May 1, 2014
Ticket sales start for Edmonton Blues Festival...get them early!
Festival lineup and details here

2014 City of Edmonton Mayor's Awards for the Arts
Recipients here

CONGRATULATIONS to 2014 CMBA Awards recipients!
Announced February 27, 2014 by Calgary Blues Music Association

CBMA Hall of Fame Induction & Lifetime Achievement Award Winner:
Tim Williams.

CBMA Award Winners:
Steve Pineo / Guitar Player of the Year
Bryan Czarnecki / Bass Player of the Year
Kenny Chalmers / Drummer of the Year
Debra Marie Powers / Keyboard Player of the Year
Ethan "Shorty" Askey / Harmonica Player of the Year
Pat Belliveau / Saxophone Player of the Year
Mike Watson / Singer Of the Year

Singing the Blues Vocal Camp Winner:
Johnny Juke.

CONGRATULATIONS to this year's Maple Blues Awards nominees!
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 :


June 21,  2014

Edmonton Blues Society

The Collective
featuring Lynne Chwyl

doors at 7:00pm
arrive early for best seats


Newcastle Pub
8170 - 50 Street



Cover Charge

$5 Members
$10 Guests 

All ages event
Music by 

The Collective
Lynne Chwyl

Joey Dimarco

Bryan Czarnecki

Don Muir

Paul Finn

Lynne Chwyl 

Food truck: 

Save these 2014 EBS event dates                
June 21 - Summer Solstice Celebration

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 and a bite to eat

The Collective featuring Lynn Chwyl - June 21, 2014

It's the longest day of the year and we're celebrating it! Summer Solstice Celebration with The Collective featuring Lynne Chwyl
The Collective - is tight and very skilled with a varied and complex selection of R&B, Soul, Funk, and blues tunes.  

Blues fans in Edmonton and Calgary may be familiar with Lynne’s vocal ability and The Collective illuminates and showcases her voice in a way that no one has quite yet heard. It’s challenging material―fresh and exciting! Add to this the cumulative or “collective” talent of these monster players, and this band is hotter than a lava bed!

Don Muir - originally from Nova Scotia and former Dutch Mason Band keyboard player. Don is a renowned pianist, Hammond Organ player, and songwriter. He began performing professionally as a teenager and has played with multiple award-winning Canadian artists. Don is highly regarded on the rock scene in the Maritimes as a member of popular bands like Soma, Ram, and The Lincolns, with his true niche seems to be R&B and the Blues. In 1979, he started playing and recording with Order of Canada honoree, Dutch Mason. He later worked with Dutch's son and 2004 Juno recipient for Best Blues Album,  Garrett Mason. Muir spent four years in Kelowna, BC where he played regularly with Sherman 'The Tank' Doucette and Rick 'Poppa Dawg' Halishef. Now a Calgarian, Don plays mostly in Alberta.

Bryan "The Czar" Czarnecki - bassist and 2014 Calgary Blues Music Award, Bass Player of the Year recipient. A 40-year veteran of the music industry, Bryan’s career began in Winnipeg. He studied music at Grant MacEwan University in Edmonton and Humber College in Toronto. Bryan began freelancing with local bands like Detroit Sax Players Choker Campbell & The Supersounds and King Herbert. Bryan returned to Winnipeg in the 1980s and did session work with Ron Haldorson and gigging with The Deluxe Chance Band and Juno award winning harmonica player, Gerald Laroche. In 1997, Bryan moved to Amsterdam, Holland. After freelancing and playing a few years in Holland and the Montreux Jazz Festival, he returned to Canada and settled in Calgary. 

Joey Dimarco - drums. Joey is the local drummer of choice for Studebaker John, Bruce Conte, Rockin’ Jake and more. As a seasoned drummer that knows his way around a drum kit, Joey sports a long list of industry names that he has performed with. His first recording band was in 1971 - a record that made #30 on Billboard Magazine. He then joined “The Magic Bubble” with the brother and sister team of Frank and Rita Rondell, the well-known Rita Chiarelli. The Bubble had a hit called I'm Alive on the Columbia label. Joey later played in various bands and different genres, developing a solid groove-oriented style of playing that Amos Garret calls “Detroit Shuffle”. Over the years, Joey graced many stages, working with the likes of The Bellaires, Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne, Jack Semple, Johnny V, Big Dave McLean, Amos Garrett, Kelly Jay, George Taylor, Russell Jackson, Donald Ray Johnson, and many other great musicians. He continues to back-up various local, national, and international headliners at Blues on Whyte as drummer of choice. He now works with a seasoned group of Alberta musicians in his own band, The Collective.

Paul Finn - lead guitar. Paul set out on the road three decades ago to play a fiery brand of guitar steeped heavily in the blues. Tim Williams, guitarist/producer, 2014 IBC Solo/Duo winner and Best Guitarist, refers to Paul as a fantastic guitarist. Paul's shoot-from-the-hip style can be heard on the last live recording at the famous King Eddy in Calgary. Paul has shared stages with many greats including Bill Dowey, Matt "Guitar" Murphy, Roy Hytower, Amos Garret, Tim Williams, Kelly Jay, Donald Ray Johnson, Russell Jackson, Cleveland Fats, and many more. Paul has toured coast-to-coast in Canada and parts of Europe playing festivals, clubs and radio shows. With periods spent fronting his own band, you will always get a no-nonsense fantastic guitar experience from Paul.

Lynne Chwyl - lead vocals. This Beaumont woman, has made guest appearances with Kelly Jay, Bruce Conte of Tower of Power, Studebaker John, Monkeyjunk and more. Lynne's vocal talent formed secretly in her adult life as a “closet singer” and she emerged as a late-comer singer to enjoy many successes in country vocal competitions including being a semi-finalist on the CMT national network reality program “Karaoke Star”, and the 2nd place finisher in the Western Canadian Women’s Vocal Finals held in Calgary in 2004. She has performed multiple times at Big Valley, Camrose, the Ponoka Stampede, and the Athabasca River Rats Festival.
Her love for the blues grew as a guest performer with local band Red House. After hearing Lynne sing locally, Joey Dimarco began working with her. In 2013, Kelly Jay of Crowbar invited Lynne to perform at his fall charity benefit. She was the only female singer on the 2-night bill. Last year, Lynne was selected as the top singer from the Calgary Blues Festival Vocal Camp which earned her a performance at the summer 2013 Calgary International Blues Festival. Lynne performed at the 2013 Flood Relief Benefit Concert for blues icon, Amos Garrett, following the Southern Alberta floods.
She is thrilled to featured by The Collective to perform for Edmonton Blues Society patrons!
The Collective featuring Lynne Chwyl will have you shakin' and groovin' on the Summer Solstice from 8:00pm till midnight at Old Timers Cabin. Come out and join the EDMONTON BLUES SOCIETY and The Collective with Lynne Chwyl for an evening of dancing, fun and keeping live blues music alive in Edmonton!

Food truck will be on-site. Food costs extra.
June 21 - The Collective featuring Lynne Chwyl

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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