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Calgary Midwinter Bluesfest

Ramada Hotel Downtown
Calgary Bluesfest Host Hotel
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The Blues Foundation

All events are general seating.

Advance ticket holders are given preference on seats provided they arrive more than 1/2 hour early for all shows.


Singing the Blues Vocal Camp - Workshop

this event has been moved to Kit's on 16th (downstairs)
* class is full, registrations are no longer being accepted


Singing the Blues Vocal Camp - Performances

Vocal camp participants will perform their song selections backed by Bill Dowey & the Blues Devils before a live audience. A panel of industry experts including David Ward of CKUA Radio, blues singer Kelly Kavanaugh and jazz vocalist Cindy McLeod will provide critiques of their performances. An audience vote will be taken to determine which singer will go on to perform on Mainstage at the 2008 Calgary International Blues Festival.

Ironwood Stage (1429 - 9 Ave SE)
doors 7 pm, show 8 pm
Tix $10

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Emerging Artist Workshop

with John Rutherford

Blues musician, former radio host, and Director of Music Programming at the Epcor Centre for Performing Arts, John will share tips on marketing and development for the emerging blues artist.

Kits on 16th - Downstairs (720 - 16 Ave NW)
3-6 pm
Registration $20

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Twilight Blues Jam & CBMA Blues Hall of Fame Ceremony

Join in a red-hot jam session hosted by Bill Dowey & the Blues Devils along with some of the finest players in the city. During the evening, a special ceremony will be held to honour local musicians as they're inducted into the newly-founded CBMA Blues Hall of Fame.

Kits on 16th (720 - 16 Ave NW)
8 pm
no cover

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Acoustic in the Round

starring Ellen McIlwaine - Bill Johnson - Jack Semple

Three headline guitarists perform in an up-close and intimate acoustic setting, backed by Eh Team members.

Mikey's Juke Joint & Eatery (1901 - 10 Ave SW)
doors 7 pm, show 8 pm
$15 adv. SOLD OUT - $20 at the door (standing room only - after 7:30)


Guitar Workshop

with Jack Semple

Juno award-winning guitarist Jack Semple shares his expertise in guitar technique, performance tips, and music skills.

Kits on 16th - Downstairs (720 - 16 Ave NW)
3-6 pm
Registration $20

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Guitarmania lX

starring Hubert Sumlin
Russell Broom - Bill Johnson - Ellen McIlwaine - Jack Semple

Five mighty guitarists in one incredible showcase, with the incredible Eh Team backing their performances. MacEwan Hall Ballroom has seating at tables for over 500, be sure to get there early to get yours...and bring your dancing shoes!

MacEwan Ballroom (University of Calgary)
doors 7 pm, show 8 pm
Advance Tix $28 - at the door $35


Mid-Winter Bluesfest Headline Concert

starring Hubert Sumlin

Chicago blues legend Hubert Sumlin is backed by the Eh Team band for a night of some of the greatest blues on the planet! Mr. Sumlin makes a rare appearance in Calgary to take part in the Calgary Midwinter Bluesfest, starring in the Guitarmania lX show at MacEwan Ballroom on Friday and in an up-close performance on Saturday.

Note: advance tickets are sold out for this show, ticket-holders will receive preference for seating provided they arrive more than 1/2 hour before the show.

Kits on 16th (720 - 16 Ave NW)
tix at the door $25 (after 7:30)

Tickets at Megatunes and online at Calgary Bluesfest Store
(Guitarmania lX tickets also at Ticketmaster)