Blues Festival Guide


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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 2015 festival dates have been released yet. Festivals that have not yet released 2015 dates are labeled as TBA (To Be Announced), with the festival’s 2014 festival dates in brackets. All other dates listed are for 2015.

To submit a festival for review, please contact the Toronto Blues Society.

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2016 CANADIAN BLUES FESTIVALS


The February Blues XIX | Feb 4-7 | Barrie, ON
Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival
| Feb 12-14 | Toronto, ON
Calgary Midwinter Bluesfest | Feb 22-28 | Calgary, AB
Aurora Winter Blues Festival | March 5, 11, 12 | Aurora, ON
Saskatoon Blues Festival | Feb 22-28 | Saskatoon, SK
Regina Blues Association’s Mid-Winter Blues Festival | Feb 25-27 | Regina, SK
StirCrazy Blues Festival
| Feb 27 | Swift Current, SK
Festival Jazz & Blues de Saguenay | April 11-16 | Chicoutimi, QC
Durham West Blues Fest | May 28 | Pickering, ON
Orangeville Blues & Jazz Festival | June 2-5 | Orangeville, ON
Pender Harbour Blues Festival 
| June 3-5 | Pender Harbour, BC
Barrie Jazz and Blues Festival | June 9-20 | Barrie, ON
Stratford Blues & Ribfest | June 24-26 | Stratford, ON
Beaumont Blues and Roots Festival
 
| June 17-19 | Beaumont, AB
TD Toronto Jazz Festival | June 24-July 3 | Toronto, ON
Montreal International Jazz Festival | June 29-July 9 | Montreal, QC
Tremblant International Blues Festival | July 8-17 | Tremblant, QC
RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest | July 7-17 | Ottawa, ON
Lighthouse Blues Festival 
| July 8-10 | Kincardine, ON
Thunder Bay Blues Festival | July 8-10 | Thunder Bay, ON
Vancouver Island MusicFest
| July 8-10 | Courtenay, BC
Porquis Blues Festival | July 8-10 | Porquis, ON

Beaches International Jazz Festival | July 8-24 | Toronto, ON
Festival de Blues de Victoriaville
 
| TBA | Victoriaville, QC
Calgary International Blues Festival | TBA | Calgary, AB
TD Kitchener Blues Festival 
| August 4-7 | Kitchener, ON
Festiblues 
| TBA | Montreal, QC
Festival Jazz etcetera Lévis
| August 11-14 | Lac Beauport, QC
Live from the Rock Folk Festival
| August 5-7 | Red Rock, ON
Dutch Mason Blues Festival 
| TBA | Dartmouth, NS
Burnaby Blues & Roots Festival 
| TBA | Burnaby, BC
Donnacona Blues Festival
 
| TBA | Donnacona, QC
Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival | August 19-21 | Salmon Arm, BC

Calabogie Blues Festival 
| August 12-14 | Calabogie, ON
Winnipeg BBQ and Blues Festival | TBA | Winnipeg, MB
Limestone City Blues Festival | August 25-28 | Kingston, ON
Nanaimo Summertime Blues Festival | TBA | Nanaimo, BC
PEI Jazz & Blues Festival | TBA | Charlottetown, PEI
West Coast Blues Downtown Shuffle | TBA | Goderich, ON
Vancouver Island Blues Bash | TBA | Victoria, BC
Tim Hortons Southside Shuffle | Sept 9-11 | Port Credit, ON

Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival | Sept 13-18 | Fredericton, NB
Wasaga Beach Blues Festival | Sept 17-18 | Wasaga Beach, ON
Canal Bank Shuffle | Oct 13-16 | Thorold, ON

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

Dates To Be Announced…

Hammer Bluesfest | TBA (2014: Nov 1) | Hamilton, ON
All Canadian Roots and Blues Festival | TBA (2015: June 19-20) | Picton, ON
Edmundston Jazz & Blues Festival | TBA (2015: June 19-20) | Edmundston, NB
Mountain Man Music Festival | TBA (2015: June 26-28) | Calabogie, ON
Smokin’ Blues Fest | TBA (2015: July 10-11) | Windsor, NS
Bluesfest Windsor | TBA (2015: July 10-12) | Windsor, ON
Red, White & The Blues Festival | (Sept 2015)| Prince Edward County, ON
Trois-Rivières en Blues | TBA | Trois-Rivières, QC
Edmonton Blues Festival | TBA | Edmonton, AB


2015 USA – BORDER BLUES FESTIVALS


Chicago Blues Festival | June 12-14, 2015 | Chicago, Illinois
Buffalo BBQ & Blues Bash | June 19, 2015 | Buffalo, New York
Lake Placid Blues & Heritage Festival | June 19-21, 2015 | Lake Placid, New York
Kalamazoo Valley Blues Festival | July 9-11, 2015 | Kalamazoo Valley, Michigan
New York State Blues Festival | July 10-11, 2015 | Syracuse, New York
East Ports Blues Festival | July 31-Aug 1, 2015 | Port Sanilac, Michigan
Chenango Blues Festival | Aug 21-22, 2015 | Norwich, New York
Niagara Falls Blues Festival | Sept 10-13, 2015 | Niagara Falls, New York


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