2016

  • Blues News 2016

  • Blues News 2016

  • Blues News 2016

  • Blues News 2016

  • Blues News 2016

  • Blues News 2016

  • Blues News 2016

  • Blues News 2016

  • Blues News 2016

  • Blues News 2016

  • Blues News 2016

  • Blues News 2016

  • Blues News 2016

  • Blues News 2016


Cliff Stevens

Submissions now open for third annual Cobalt Prize Contemporary Blues Composition Award
December 18 2016

The Toronto Blues Society and musician Paul Reddick announce the third annual competition for the Cobalt Prize Contemporary Blues Composition Award. The intention behind the Cobalt Prize is to promote blues music through exploration of its form.
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Cliff Stevens

Cliff Stevens: Grass Won’t Grow CD Review
December 1 2016

Having played with different groups & singers, for crowds of either 14,000 at the Montreal International Jazz Festival, 1400 at the Medley Club in Montreal, or 14 drunks in Moose Jaw...
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Rick L. Blues

Rick L. Blues Passes Away
27 November 2016

Another pillar of the Quebec Blues community is gone. Richard Leblanc, best known as harmonica player Rick L. Blues, died last Thursday at the age of 51.
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Bob Walsh

'Legendary' Quebec bluesman Bob Walsh dead at 68
November 16 2016

Bob Walsh, a Quebec City-born musician recognized as one of the province's leading blues artists, died Tuesday in Montreal. 

He was 68.
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Dawn Tyler Watson Jawbreaker

Jawbreaker! Dawn Tyler Watson
15 November 2016

On the bio page of the Dawn Tyler Watson web site, there is this quote from Geoff Chapman, of the Toronto Star:
“This utterly assured performer has you believing ...
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Maple Blues Awards

Nominees for the Maple Blues Awards Released
31 October 2016

The Toronto Blues Society unveiled the list of nominees for the 20th edition of the Maple Blues Awards. Held in Toronto every January, the awards are presented to the winners in fifteen distinct categories. Quebec artists have, in recent years, fared very well. This year could yield another bumper crop of awards heading east on the 401.
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Angel Forrest Angel's 11

Best Self-Produced CD in Quebec - Angel's 11
27 October 2016

The Montreal Blues Society has, for the third consecutive year, participated in the 2017 edition of the International Blues Challenge’s ‘Best Self-Produced CD’ category.
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Beale Street Memphis

Quebec to Memphis
23 October 2016

The grand finale of the Quebec to Memphis challenge, hosted by the Montreal Blues Society, took place Tuesday night, October 18th, at the Bistro à JoJo in Montreal.
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Montreal Blues Society

Quebec to Memphis - The Finals in Less Than 48 Hours!
16 October 2016

The final night of competition of the Quebec to Memphis challenge kicks off in less than 48 hours. The musicians will hit the stage right after 5 pm at the Bistro à JoJo on St-Denis.
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International Blues Challenge

Best Self-Produced CD Contest
28 August 2016

The Montreal Blues Society is once again proud to participate in the 2017 edition of the International Blues Challenge's 'Best Self-Produced CD' category.
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International Blues Challenge

Quebec to Memphis - Now Taking Registrations
30 July 2016

The registration period is now open for the Quebec to Memphis contest.
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Festival International de Blues de Tremblant

Festival International de Blues de Tremblant Weekend Preview
7 July 2016

The 23rd edition of the Tremblant International Blues Festival kicks off in less than 24 hours. As usual, over one hundred free shows are offered over ten days, on the 5 outdoor stages, as well as inside at the 9 participating restaurants and bars, not to mention at the Tremblant Casino.
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Paul Deslauriers Band Relentless

The Paul DesLauriers Band Releases "Relentless" on an Unsuspecting Public!
3 July 2016

Although the album is dirtier and greasier than its' predecessor, Harrisson has taken a unique approach to timekeeping and applies it in good form from start to finish, keeping the balance in check. He could have thrashed away and they would still be great songs, but his methodology allows the compositions to remain under control giving the guitarist ample opportunity to shine.
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Eric Bibb

David's Quick Picks - Eric Bibb, Paul Reddick, Sean Pinchin
22 June 2016

Singer/guitarist Eric Bibb, from New York, decided to base himself out of Europe, where he found a fan base eager to embrace his roots/blues music. While living in Helsinki, Finland, he befriended brothers Janne (drums) and Olli Haavisto (Dobro, pedal steel), who then introduced him to Petri Hakala (mandolin).
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Chris Antonik

David's Discoveries, Vol. 3: Chris Antonik
23 May 2016

Chris Antonik, a 41 year old Toronto resident, was playing locally, doing covers, when he started his songwriting career in 2010, and doors started to open up for him from that point on.
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Guy Bélanger

FestiBlues Saint-Bernard-de-Michaudville
1 May 2016

In the heart of the Monteregie, in a small welcoming town, the first edition of this blues festival is in full swing. The organizing team led by Mélanie Bouclin, is well established and everything is going smoothly… like a well-rehearsed sermon!
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George Thorogood

George Thorogood Ticket Draw
1 May 2016

The George Thorogood and the Destroyers 'Badder Than Ever' tour stops in Montreal this coming Saturday, May 7th.
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Supersonic Blues Machine

David's Discoveries, Vol. 2: Supersonic Blues Machine
11 April 2016

For the second in my series, I am doing something I did not expect to do, and that is write about something that is relatively new, not just to me, but to most folks. Since I consider myself a latecomer to the Blues scene, what I call my ‘discoveries’, and what would normally occupy this space, will be well known to a lot of folks.
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Angel Forrest Angel's 11

Angel's 11: New Album Release Party and Show at the Corona
6 March 2016

The grand finale of the Quebec to Memphis challenge, hosted by the Montreal Blues  Society, took place Tuesday night, October 18th, at the Bistro à JoJo in Montreal.
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Steve Hill Solo Recordings Vol.3

Steve Hill Launches Solo Recordings: Vol. 3
28 February 2016

Steve Hill's guitar "pusher" offered to sell him a guitar: a Gibson ES225. He wanted it but he didn't have the money for it, so they worked out a trade. A solo show in Drummondville in exchange for the guitar.
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Plattsburgh Blues and Jazz

New Blues Concert Series in Plattsburgh
20 February 2016

A new concert series has seen the light of day just across the border in Plattsburgh, NY. Less than an hour from Montreal, and only twenty minutes once you cross the border...
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The Claudettes

Introducing David's Discoveries
14 February 2016

This series is going to be about the Blues discoveries of David, which would be me. My discoveries will be not just Blues musicians and groups, but also about venues, festivals and Blues series that may not be well known to a Montreal or Quebec audience.
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Steve Hill

'Groundhog Day' : Steve Hill & Angel repeat their success!
25 January 2016

Internationally renowned Canadian Blues artists from coast to coast were honoured by their peers at the 19th Annual Maple Blues Awards gala in Toronto last night as a full house of blues lovers gathered to celebrate Canadian blues at Koerner Hall.
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Paul Deslauriers

Paul Deslauriers Band Birthday Bash and IBC Send-Off
16 January 2016

The countdown is on!
 In just over a week from now the 32nd annual International Blues Challenge will begin and the Paul DesLauriers Band will be in Memphis representing the Quebec blues scene.
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