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The TBS Blues Festival Guide collects many of Ontario and Canada’s blues festivals into one easy to navigate list. Festivals are listed in chronological order and are hot-linked to the festival’s official page.

Please note: Not all 2018 festival dates have been released yet. Festivals that have not yet released 2018 dates are labeled as TBA (To Be Announced), with the festival’s 2017 festival dates in brackets. All other dates listed are for 2018.

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2018 CANADIAN BLUES FESTIVALS


The February Blues XIX | Feb 1-4 | Barrie, ON
Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival
| Feb 16-18 | Toronto, ON
Calgary Midwinter Bluesfest | Feb 26-March 3 | Calgary, AB
Aurora Winter Blues Festival | TBA | Aurora, ON
Saskatoon Blues Festival | Feb 26-March 4 | Saskatoon, SK
Regina Blues Association’s Mid-Winter Blues Festival | Marc 1 – 3 | Regina, SK
StirCrazy Blues Festival
| TBA | Swift Current, SK
Festival Jazz & Blues de Saguenay | April 17-21 | Chicoutimi, QC
Durham West Blues Fest | TBD | Pickering, ON
Orangeville Blues & Jazz Festival | June 1-3 | Orangeville, ON
Pender Harbour Blues Festival 
| June 1-3 | Pender Harbour, BC
Barrie Jazz and Blues Festival | June 7-18 | Barrie, ON
Stratford Blues & Ribfest | TBA | Stratford, ON
Beaumont Blues and Roots Festival
 
| June 15-17 | Beaumont, AB
TD Toronto Jazz Festival | June 22-July 1 | Toronto, ON
Montreal International Jazz Festival | June 28-July 7 | Montreal, QC
Tremblant International Blues Festival | July 5-16 | Tremblant, QC
RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest | July 5-15 | Ottawa, ON
Lighthouse Blues Festival 
| July 13-15 | Kincardine, ON
Thunder Bay Blues Festival | July 6-8 | Thunder Bay, ON
Vancouver Island MusicFest
| July 13-15 | Courtenay, BC
Porquis Blues Festival | TBA | Porquis, ON

Beaches International Jazz Festival | July 6-29 | Toronto, ON
Festival de Blues de Victoriaville
 
| TBA | Victoriaville, QC
Calgary International Blues Festival | Feb 26 – Mar 3| Calgary, AB
TD Kitchener Blues Festival 
| August 9-12| Kitchener, ON
Festiblues 
| TBA | Montreal, QC
Festival Jazz etcetera Lévis
| TBD | Lac Beauport, QC
Live from the Rock Folk Festival
| August 10-12 | Red Rock, ON
Dutch Mason Blues Festival 
| TBA | Dartmouth, NS
Burnaby Blues & Roots Festival 
| Aug 11 | Burnaby, BC
Donnacona Blues Festival
 
| Aug 9 -12 | Donnacona, QC
Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival | August 16-19 | Salmon Arm, BC

Calabogie Blues Festival 
| August 18-20 | Calabogie, ON
Winnipeg BBQ and Blues Festival | Aug 11-12 | Winnipeg, MB
Limestone City Blues Festival | August 23-26 | Kingston, ON
Nanaimo Summertime Blues Festival | August 23-26 | Nanaimo, BC
PEI Jazz & Blues Festival | TBA | Charlottetown, PEI
West Coast Blues Downtown Shuffle | TBA | Goderich, ON
Vancouver Island Blues Bash | Sept 1-3 | Victoria, BC
Tim Hortons Southside Shuffle | Sept 7-9 | Port Credit, ON

Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival | Sept 11-16 | Fredericton, NB
Wasaga Beach Blues Festival | Sept 15-16 | Wasaga Beach, ON
Canal Bank Shuffle | TBA | Thorold, ON

The Klondike Roots & Blues Festival | TBA | Whitehorse, Yukon

Dates To Be Announced…
Edmundston Jazz & Blues Festival | TBA | Edmundston, NB
Mountain Man Music Festival | TBA | Calabogie, ON
Bluesfest Windsor | July 15 | Windsor, ON
Trois-Rivières en Blues | August 23-26 | Trois-Rivières, QC
Edmonton Blues Festival | August 24-26 | Edmonton, AB


USA – BORDER BLUES FESTIVALS


Chicago Blues Festival | July 8-10 | Chicago, Illinois
Buffalo BBQ & Blues Bash | June 18 | Buffalo, New York
Lake Placid Blues & Heritage Festival | TBD | Lake Placid, New York
Kalamazoo Valley Blues Festival | TBD | Kalamazoo Valley, Michigan
New York State Blues Festival | June 28-30 | Syracuse, New York
East Ports Blues Festival | TBD | Port Sanilac, Michigan
Chenango Blues Festival | Aug 17-18 | Norwich, New York
Niagara Falls Blues Festival | TBD | Niagara Falls, New York


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