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Calgary Midwinter Bluesfest

Ramada Hotel Downtown
Calgary Bluesfest Host Hotel
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The Blues Foundation

Blackie & the Rodeo Kings

In 1996 when Colin Linden, Stephen Fearing and Tom Wilson came together to record what was supposed to be a one-off tribute album to the great songwriter Willie P. Bennett, there was nary a thought that they would eventually become a going concern as a band.
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Carlos del Junco

Seven time winner of the Maple Blues Award and the Hohner World Champion for 1993, harmonica man Carlos del Junco is considered one of the nation's finest blues musicians. Carlos delivers a seamless fusion of blues, New Orleans second line grooves, swing, Latin, hip-hop, ska and swampy roots rock.
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David Gwynn

Now based in Madrid, Spain, David Gwynn first made his mark on the L.A. scene. The busy producer, composer, teacher and studio musician records and tours with many well-known Spanish artists and groups. David Gwynn will appear with Smiling Jack Smith for his Calgary Bluesfest mainstage performance.
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Debra Power

Newfoundland based pianist, composer and singer Debra Power brings her special brand of blues to the stage with an all-star band including Victoria's "Flame thrower" guitarist Bill Johnson.
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Ellen McIlwaine

Multi-cultural influences, her unique style of slide guitar, playing bass lines against driving rhythms and singing lead guitar lines, along with powerfully moving vocals and scatting acrobatics, have earned Ellen McIlwaine legendary cult status.
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Janiva Magness

Award-winning vocalist Janiva Magness is among the premier blues and R&B singers in the world today. Magness has been performing for almost three decades, logging thousands of miles on the road and appearing 150 nights a year at clubs, theatres and festivals all over the world.
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John Mayall

Known as Britain's 'Grandfather of the Blues', John Mayall has released 56 albums and performed/recorded with a who's who of the blues, including Eric Clapton, Mick Taylor, Mick Fleetwood, John Lee Hooker, T-Bone Walker, Otis Rush and Sonny Boy Williamson, to name just a few.
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Johnny Tornado

Johnny Tornado has traveled throughout Canada, coast to coast, playing his special brand of rockin’ blues with the likes of the late, great Dutch Mason, Big Dave McLean and numerous other Canadian blues icons.
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J.W. Jones

Guitarist, singer, and songwriter J.W. Jones and his band have a reputation in Canada as the hardest-working blues touring act. That may or may not be true, but one thing is certain: Jones has latched onto an identifiable guitar and vocal style that sets him apart from so many other modern blues acts touring the U.S. and Canada these days.
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Michael Burks

"Michael Burks is a flamethrower guitarist. He is the complete bluesman: songwriter, singer, riff-master, bandleader, and showman...Savage fury and heartfelt tenderness" –Chicago Sun-Times
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National Debonaires

Blues fans will love the traditional and jump blues sound the National Debonaires deliver. This high-energy band boasts a solid ensemble sound with standout performances by individual members.
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Papa Groove

This 13 piece blues and funk band features a smokin' horn section and powerful vocals. The Montreal based unit has torn up every venue they've played.
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Ray Manzarek

One of the most influential keyboard players in the history of rock music, Doors member Ray Manzarek has a five decade career behind him. Manzarek teams up with another music giant, guitarist Roy Rogers, for one powerhouse festival performance.
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Robben Ford

Robben Ford is one of the premier electric guitarists today, the five-time Grammy nominee has played with Joni Mitchell, Jimmy Witherspoon, Miles Davis, George Harrison, Phil Lesh, Bonnie Raitt, Claus Ogerman, Michael McDonald, Bob Dylan, John Mayall, Greg Allman and many others. "
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Rockit 88

Maple Blues Award winners Rockit 88 are known for their classic blues with a bit of New Orleans and Southern rock sprinkled liberally throughout. At the core of the band's sound is a blend of rockin' piano, heavy slide guitar, thundering bass, pounding drums and four lead singers. read more Rockit 88


Roy Rogers

Roy Rogers is one of the premier slide guitarists performing today. An internationally acclaimed producer, he's produced recordings for John Lee Hooker (4 Grammy Nominations and 2 Grammy Awards) and Ramblin' Jack Elliott (2 Grammy Nominations). Roy Rogers joins iconic bluesman Ray Manzarek for a killer festival appearance.
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B.C. Read

B.C. Read has been performing his original style of roots and blues music since the late 1970's. He's been charted by blues radio hosts all over the world. His music blends Chicago, Delta and Texas Blues over a generous helping of roots. B.C. Read and band have backed such greats as Hubert Sumlin and opened for Buddy Guy, John Hammond, and many more.
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Shawn Kellerman Band

Expressive, dynamic and technically outstanding, Shawn Kellerman continues to build on his past experiences and push the boundaries of traditional blues into modern territory by adding in some soul, funk and rock influences.
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Smiling Jack Smith

From crooner and tap-dancer in the 50s, folk-singer in the 60s in NY, folk rocker in the 70s and 80s in Vancouver, a short stint as a country artist in Florida in the early 90s and for the last 15 years a bluesman living in Spain, Smiling Jack's journey is a geographical and musical palette with many colours. Smiling Jack Smith appears with David Gwynn for his mainstage appearance. read more Smiling Jack Smith


Treasa Levasseur & the Daily Special

Blending old school rhythm and blues grooves with and impressive songwriting talent, JUNO nominee Treasa Levasseur's smart, sexy, sassy and soulful brand of music has made her mark on the Canadian blues scene.
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Trevor Finlay Band

When Trevor Finlay stepped onto The Rutledge stage in Nashville in the fall of 2008, it felt like home. The industry showcase marked the culmination of a musical journey that began in Canada over 10 years ago, and eventually brought Trevor to Music City to further pursue his career as a touring performer and songwriter.
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The Twisters

One of the finest jumpin' swing bands around, the music of Vancouver's Twisters has been dubbed "blues-a-billy". The Twisters have been rocking it up with their brand of West-Coast party blues for almost a decade.
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