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Welcome Reception Artists



Paul Reddick


Singer, songwriter and harmonica player Paul Reddick has been performing his critically acclaimed original songs on stages across Canada, the USA and Europe for over 30 years.

He has recorded and written with Colin Linden, Tom Wilson (Lee Harvey Osmond) and Monkeyjunk among others, and recorded 10 albums of his own. His most recent recording, Ride the One (Stony Plain Records), received the 2016 Juno Award for Best Blues Album.

Often referred to as the Poet Laureate of the Blues, he has been exploring and pushing the boundaries of the blues artform his entire career. His dedication to “The Beautiful Blues Landscape”, as he calls it, led him to create the annual Cobalt Prize for Contemporary Blues Composition in 2014 which encourages the growth and vitality of blues music.

Renowned for his intense, hypnotic performances, Paul Reddick has developed a loyal following amongst both his fans and musical peers and continues to be one of the most rewarding performers on the Canadian music scene.



Emily Burgess


Emily Burgess graduated with honours from Humber College’s prestigious music program at twenty-two years old, majoring in guitar. Direct from the hallways to the roadways, Emily began touring Canada and the U.S with the JUNO nominated 24th Street Wailers. 8 years and hundreds of shows later, she fronting her own band, The Emburys, and playing guitar with many different acts across Canada. Emily has shared the stage and traded riffs with guitar greats Jimmie Vaughan, John Primer, Garrett Mason, Suzie Vinnick, Sue Foley, and Sam Weber, among others. Burgess wrote two songs and took guitar duties for 2015’s JUNO nominated album “Wicked” by The 24th Street Wailers.

Since 2014, Emily has toured year-round with ‘The Baddest Band in the Land’, The Weber Brothers, bringing her constantly evolving approach and style to the band.
As a guitarist for the Women’s Blues Revue Band since 2014, Emily has had the opportunity to take her place alongside many of Canada’s top musicians at Toronto’s legendary Massey Hall every November.

In November 2017, Burgess released her debut solo album ‘Are We In Love?’, produced by The Weber Brothers. CBC music journalist Bob Mersereau calls the album “Empowering” and “A Big Winner”. John Valenteyn of The Maple Blues Newsletter writes “…she has a knack for writing attractive tunes that feature her biting lead guitar…a combination not often heard”. He adds that the album is “Gorgeously produced”. Joined by the dynamic combination of brothers Rico and Marcus Browne on bass and drums respectively, Emily Burgess and The Emburys are currently performing in support of the new album.


*Welcome reception is open to all delegates showing their Blues Summit 9 badges. Please join us on Friday, February 1st at 6pm where we will have complemantary beer provided by our sponsor Waterloo Brewery along with some other beverages and snacks!

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