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Loose Blues News – July 2016

Published July 1, 2016 in Loose Blues News, News

Vote for Mel Brown documentary! Love Lost & Found

The Story of Mel Brown has been nominated for a Living Blues Award for Best Blues DVD of 2015. To cast your vote go to to help honour Mel Brown’s legacy in our community and beyond. For more information about the film visit You can vote for this film and your other blues faves at Voting ends July 15.

International Blues Music Day

The 4th “International Blues Music Day” is Saturday August 6th and it’s being celebrated around the world. There are events from New York to California, Australia to the Phillipines. To find out more (and register your own event) go to


Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival artistic director and Maple Blues Award committee member Peter North has been inducted into the Edmonton Blues Hall of Fame in the Builders category, which is designed “to recognize individuals and organizations who have contributed to the Edmonton blues community through their work.” North’s eclectic career has included stints as a writer, journalist, radio producer, radio announcer and music promoter, as well as producing a music column for the Edmonton Sun and Journal newspapers. The induction took place May 29.

Blues for Soldiers

The 3rd annual Blues for Soldiers event takes place in Brantford on Saturday July 9. This Blues Festival is held in support of veterans who are homeless and suffer from post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD). This fundraiser will pack the Henry Street Brant Artillery Gunners Club outside parking lot and patio featuring exciting blues bands throughout the day: Spencer MacKenzie, Smoke Wagon Blues Band, Brant Parker Band, Jerome Godboo, and Jack de Keyzer.The gates will open at noon. There is limited seating so bring your own chair. There will be a parking shuttle available plus food will be catered by Strode’s of Brantford. The admission for this full day of Blues for Soldiers is ten dollars and tickets are available at the Gunner’s Club and Hip’s Cycle of Brantford. The Gunner’s Club is located at 115 Henry Street in Brantford.

The Blues Tribe

Each month The Blues Tribe profiles a different Canadian Blues artist, most recently Canadian rockabilly blues band The Kat Kings. They interview band leader Kevin McQuade who discusses writing some of the songs for his new album at the hospital bedside of his daughter, the story behind the band name, and showcases his custom guitars. Songs performed from the new album are “When I Say Jump” and “It Came from the Swamp”.

Rez Blues in Toronto

Murray Porter is coming in from Vancouver to play a solo set at The Eagles Club, 17 Elm Street in Toronto. on Friday, July 8. David Deleary will open. Rez Bluez was a showcase at Toronto’s Silver Dollar for 13 years, before it became a TV variety series on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network for 2 seasons. The show featured some of the best in Native blues and comedy. Rez Bluez was also a one hour radio documentary in Elaine Bomberry’s award-winning series ‘The Aboriginal Music Experience’. Now back to the original model of having a live music showcase at blues-friendly venues, Rez Bluez shows have popped up in Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver, over the past 6 years.

Fresh Baked Blues at Southside Shuffle

This year’s Southside Shuffle will feature a stage dedicated to artists from the TBS compilation CD, Fresh Baked Blues.

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