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Encyclopedia > Canadian blues

"Canadian blues" refers to the blues and blues-related music performed by blues bands and performers in Canada. In Canada, there are hundreds of local and regionally-based Canadian blues bands and performers. As well, there is a smaller number of bands or performers that have achieved national or international prominence. These bands and performers are part of a broader Canadian "blues scene" that also includes city or regional blues societies, blues radio shows, and blues festivals. Blues music redirects here. ...


Nationally or Internationally-Prominent Artists

A small number of Canadian blues bands and artists have achieved national or international prominence by touring across Canada, the US, or Europe, and releasing recordings that have received critical or audience acclaim in Canada and abroad. The performers below are listed according to the decade during which they first achieved national or international prominence:


  • Ronnie Hawkins, who was born in Arkansas, was signed to Roulette Records from 1959 to 1964. Hawkins' version of 'Mary Lou' that brought him fame when the single reached #26 on the charts in 1959. He played on 'Philadelphia Bandstand', 'The Beechnut Show' and 'American Bandstand'. His 1984 LP, 'Making It Again', earned him the Canadian Juno award (the Canadian equivalent of the Grammy) for Country Male Vocalist. In 1992, Ronnie performed at Bill Clinton's inaugural party.

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  • The Downchild Blues Band is a Toronto-based blues band led by Donnie Walsh that has released fourteen albums and performed in thousands of venues over three decades of continual cross-Canada touring. The Downchild Blues Band still performs regularly.

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  • David Wilcox is a song writer, singer, and guitar player whose twenty years of performing have given him five gold albums and numerous awards. Wilcox played the college circuit in the early 1980s, then signed a recording contract with EMI Music Canada. Five of his albums with EMI achieved Gold status. His albums include Out Of The Woods (1980); My Eyes Keep Me In Trouble (1983); Bad Reputation (1984); Breakfast At The Circus (1987); The Natural Edge (1989); and in 1996, a recording entitled Thirteen Songs. David Wilcox still performs regularly.
  • Jeff Healey is a singer and blues guitarist who plays guitar with an unconventional lap-top style. Healey, who lost his sight to a form of cancer called retinoblastoma, was praised by B.B. King for “his virtuoso technique” and by Stevie Ray Vaughan, who said that Healey would “revolutionize guitar playing.” The Jeff Healey Band was formed in 1985, and released a debut album that achieved platinum sales in the US, in part due to the hit single Angel Eyes. The Jeff Healey Band a Juno Award for Canadian Entertainer of the Year and two Grammy nominations. Currently, Jeff Healey is a jazz radio host for CBC, a blues club owner, and performer (acoustic guitar and trumpet) in traditional jazz groups.
  • Jack de Keyzer is a blues guitarist, singer and song writer who has performed at many major blues festivals and is a winner of Canada’s Juno award. He still performs regularly at blues festivals and clubs.

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  • Colin James, whose full name is Colin James Munn is a vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter born August 17, 1964 in Regina, Saskatchewan. He has released nine studio albums that blend the blues, rock, and swing genres. As well, he has won six Juno Awards: 1989 - Most Promising Male Vocalist of the Year; 1991 - Single of the Year ("Just Came Back"); 1991 and 1996 - Male Vocalist of the Year; 1998 - "Best Blues Album" for National Steel; and 1999 - Best Producer.
  • Sue Foley is a blues/roots guitarist, songwriter and vocalist. She has ten studio CDs, five from Austin-based blues label Antone’s, three from the New York independent Shanachie and a live CD on Ruf Records from Germany and Justin Time in Canada. In 2000 she won a Juno Award, the Canadian equivalent to the Grammy for Best Blues Album for her CD “Love Comin’ Down”, and in 2002 she was the SOCAN songwriter of the year. In addition, she was awarded the Trophée de blues de France in 2000 (Best female Guitarist), 2001 (Best Female Guitarist), and 2003(Best Female Guitarist).

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Canadian Blues Labels

Canadian blues recording labels include:

  • Stony Plain is a record company based in Edmonton, Alberta, that specializes in what founder Holger Petersen calls “roots” music. Established in 1976, the label has released over 300 albums of blues, classic R&B, folk, country, bluegrass, rock and roll. Jerry Wexler, one of the founders of Atlantic Records, states that “Stony Plain, as an independent company, is an endangered species in a dangerous world – and a source of wonderful music.” For more information, see: http://stonyplainrecords.com/Web/about_us.asp

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Canadian Blues Societies

Canadian blues societies help to promote the appreciation and performance of blues music. Blues societies are often involved in the organization or promotion of local blues festivals and educational activities (e.g., on blues history).

Some blues societies organize awards for blues musicians. For example, the Toronto Blues Society has organized the Maple Blues Awards, an awards show with an annual gala.

Canadian blues societies include:

  • Barrie Blues & Jazz Festival
  • Blues at the Bow Live, Alberta
  • Blues Underground Network, Prince George Chapter
  • Canada South Blues Society
  • Coastal (B.C.) Jazz & Blues Society
  • East Coast Blues Society
  • Hornby Island B.C. Blues Society
  • Kingston Blues Society
  • Kingston Jazz Society
  • Manitoba Blues Society
  • Mississippi Blues Society, Ottawa Valley
  • Montreal Blues Society
  • Niagara Blues and Jazz Society
  • Ottawa Blues Society
  • Saskatoon Blues Society
  • Tantramarsh Blues Society, New Brunswick
  • Toronto Blues Society
  • Vancouver Delta Blues Society

Canadian Blues Venues

Blues Festivals

Canada has a number of blues festivals, ranging from small, community-based festivals that feature mostly local performers to major corporate-sponsored festivals that draw nationally- and internationally-prominent blues bands and huge crowds.

Canadian blues festivals include:


  • Atomic Blues Fest - Lindsay, Ontario
  • Burlington Jazz & Blues Festival
  • Canal Bank Shuffle - October, Thorold, Ontario
  • Coal Flats Blues Festival - Port Burwell, Ontario
  • Limestone City Blues Festival - Kingston, Ontario
  • Mudcat Blues Fest - August, Dunnville, Ontario
  • Orangeville Blues and Jazz Festival
  • Orillia Spring Blues Festival
  • Ottawa Bluesfest - held every July in Ottawa, Ontario
  • Porquis Blues Festival - Porquis, Ontario
  • Port Credit Blues and Jazz Festival(also called the "Southside Shuffle"), Port Credit, Ontario
  • Stratford Jazz and Blues Festival - April
  • Thunder Bay Blues Festival - July
  • Twisted Pines Blues Festival - Midland/Penetanguishene area
  • Windsor/London Blues Festival International

British Columbia

  • Hornby Island Blues Workshop - May in British Columbia
  • Nanaimo Blues Festival
  • Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival - August in British Columbia's interior

East Coast

Other Regions

The Edmontons Labatt Blues Festival (or Edmonton Labatt Blues Fest) is an annual blues music festival in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada first held in 1999. ...

Other Blues Venues

  • Bearly's - Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • Blues at the Bow Live - Alberta
  • Healey's - Jeff Healey's club in Toronto
  • Lil' House of Blues - Whitby, Ontario
  • Live at City Hall - Stratford, Ontario
  • The Musicians' Ball - January, Hamilton, Ontario
  • Paris Plains Church Concert Series - occasional features blues
  • Readers Cafe - Dunnville, Ontario
  • The Silver Dollar Room - Toronto's blues club
  • The Rainbow Bistro - Ottawa, Ontario
  • Tango Coffee Bistro - Stratford, Ontario
  • Tulky's Sports Bar and Grill - St. Catharines/Welland area
  • Tuscon's - Ottawa, Ontario
  • Whistler's - Toronto club offering live blues on Tuesdays
  • The Yale - Vancouver

Blues Radio Shows

A number of Canadian radio stations, including public, commercial, and community/campus stations, have blues radio shows. Some Canadian blues radio shows include:

  • CBC Radio One's Saturday Night Blues, with Holger Petersen
  • Toronto's JAZZ.FM (91.1) has a blues show entitled Bluz FM
  • CKUA radio network (throughout Alberta on AM and FM and is available in the internet at www.ckua.org/) has two blues programs: The Friday Night Blues Party hosted by Cam Hayden on Friday nights from 9:00 to midnight and Natch'l Blues has been hosted by Holger Petersen for over 30 years and plays Saturdays from 3:30 to 5:30.

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