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Calgary Midwinter Bluesfest










Ramada Hotel Downtown
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2018 Calgary Midwinter Bluesfest Schedule




Monday, Feb 26

Singing the Blues Vocal Camp
Workshop

Location TBA
7:00pm

The annual Singing the Blues Vocal Camp is a two-part workshop for local, amateur singers who want to learn to sing the Blues.

Vocal Camp participants will take a master class from professional voice coach & recording artist, Elsie Osborne, with accompanist & recording artist Debra Power. Learn about stage presence, breath control, mic technique, how to interact with musicians and a myriad of other tips.

Camp participants must be ages 18+

$10 registration fee

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Tuesday, Feb 27

Blues In the Schools

Bert Church High School

Tim Williams & Kevin Belzner launch CBMA's Blues In the Schools program. Bringing the history and music to life are two of Calgary's finest musicians!

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Singing the Blues Vocal Camp
Performances

Location TBA
7:00pm

Part two of the Singing the Blues Vocal Camp sees singers performing before a live audience with the Debra Power Band and a panel of music industry specialists.

Camp participants must be ages 18+

$5 cover


Wednesday, February 28

Blues At Noon

The Historic Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (604 1st St SE)
12:10pm-12:50pm
Starring: Harrison Kennedy

In honour of Black History Month, we are proud to present Electro-Fi Record's Harrison Kennedy, 2016 JUNO Award (Blues Album of the Year) and 2018 Maple Blues award (Songwriter of the Year) winner. Harrison brings his soulful mastery to the stage for a noon hour performance.
Presented in partnership with Pro Arts Society

FREE EVENT

read more Harrison Kennedy here

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A Walk Through Blues History

King Eddy at the National Music Centre (850 - 4th St SE)
7:00pm
Featured guest: Harrison Kennedy

Harrison shares stories of his impressive songwriting credits, appearances on Johnny Carson, American Bandstand and more, as well as fascinating road tales where he's appeared with legends such as B.B. King, James Brown, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder and a host of others. In honour of Black History Month.
sponsored by DeWaal Law


FREE EVENT

read more Harrison Kennedy here


Thursday, March 1

Acoustic Blues With Harrison Kennedy

Ramada Hotel - Okanagan Room
Doors at 7, show at 8

2018 Songwriter of the Year, Maple Blues Awards
2016 Juno Award Winner

The soul of a gospel singer, the fire of a blues singer and the sensibilities of roots music meld in one man, for a potent serving of juke-house joy in this Midwinter Acoustic Blues Concert. In honour of Black History Month.

ADVANCE TIX $20.00 + GST HERE

$30 AT THE DOOR

ALL EVENTS ARE FESTIVAL SEATING, NO RESERVATIONS

read more Harrison Kennedy here


Friday, March 2nd

Boogie Pianist & Blues Shouter David Vest

Heritage Park's Gasoline Alley
show at 7:30

Maple Blues Award Winner - Piano Player of the Year
2018, 2016, 2015, 2013
Boogie piano giant, blues shouter and songwriter, David Vest keeps on capturing hearts and awards for his world class performances. Vest's bio reads like the history of rock n' roll and blues. He's among a select group that includes Ronnie Hawkins and Jerry Lee Lewis. David Vest is an authentic, Southern-bred boogie-woogie piano player, blues shouter and world-class entertainer.

In a brand new partnership between Heritage Park and CBMA, we are thrilled to see David perform at one of Calgary's jewels, the beautiful Gasoline Alley at Heritage Park.

ALL EVENTS ARE FESTIVAL SEATING, NO RESERVATIONS

ADVANCE TIX $36.95

read more David Vest here


Saturday, March 3rd

Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler!
Steve Pineo's Mardi Gras Band

Kerby Centre (1133 - 7 Ave SW)
doors at 7:30, show at 8:30

One of the busiest musicians in show biz brings his inimitable style and a killer band to the stage for a dance PARTY! Steve Pineo is renowned as a songwriter, performer, arranger and a gifted guitarist/singer. His band will rock the house!

Prizes will be awarded for best Mardi Gras Mask and best costume! Join the fun! Collect some beads with a fun twist, men will need to raise their shirts and show their bellies (or whatever wear they have on under their shirts to collect beads. Whomever has the most beads at the end of the night wins a prize!

ALL EVENTS ARE FESTIVAL SEATING, NO RESERVATIONS

ADVANCE TIX $25.00 + GST HERE

$35 AT THE DOOR

read more Steve Pineo here