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Calgary Midwinter Bluesfest

Ramada Hotel Downtown
Calgary Bluesfest Host Hotel
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The Blues Foundation


Monday, Feb 22

Singing the Blues Vocal Camp
Workshop & Performance
Auburn Saloon
163-115 9 Ave SW
6:30pm workshop, 8:00pm performance
free event

The 4th annual Singing the Blues Vocal Camp is a two-part workshop for local blues singers of all skill levels. Vocal Camp participants will take a master class from professional vocal coach Deanna Dubbin from 6:30-7:30. Learn about stage presence, vocal technique, and how to interact with musicians. Following the master class, participants will perform on stage and will be accompanied by the Randy O Band. A panel formed by professional vocalists Deanna Dubbin, Elsie Osborn and Cindy McLeod will offer constructive advice for singers. Performances begin at 8:00. Bring your family and friends to cheer you on! NOTE: workshop open to participants only, performance open to public

Tuesday, Feb 23

Acoustic Blues in Two Languages
Workshop & Performance (anglophone/francophone)
Alliance Francaise
1221 - 2nd St SW
6:30pm workshop, 8:00pm performance
free event

In a collaboration with Alliance Francaise, Hills & Lemelin (harmonica, guitar) host the first CBMA acoustic blues workshop in both English and French. Admission is free and the workshop is designed for beginner through intermediate skill levels. All ages.

Wednesday, Feb 24

CBMA Blues Hall of Fame Awards Ceremony
Twilight Blues Jam
Hosted by Bill Dowey & the Blues Devils
Shamrock Hotel
free event

The annual CBMA Blues Hall of Fame Award winners are honoured in a special ceremony. Winners are selected by the public in an online vote set to begin January 1, 2010.

Followed by the Midwinter Bluesfest Twilight Blues Jam featuring Bill Dowey & the Blues Devils.

Thursday, Feb 25

Midwinter Acoustic Concert
Alvin Youngblood Hart
Opening Act Tim Williams
Ramada Hotel Ballroom
doors at 7pm, show at 8pm
tix $30
available at Megatunes (932 - 17 Ave SW)
or online HERE

With a Grammy, 2 W.C. Handy awards and many more accolades under his belt, this "Cosmic American Love Child Of Howlin Wolf and Link Wray" performs in an up-close and intimate setting.

Friday, Feb 26

Maritime Blues Dance Party
Keith Hallett Band opens for the Carson Downey Band
Ramada Hotel Ballroom
doors at 7pm, show at 8pm
tix $30
available at Megatunes (932 - 17 Ave SW)
or online HERE

Our east coast brethren rock our town in a double-header dance party!

New Brunswick's Keith Hallett, winner of the 2007 CBC Galaxie Rising Star Award will open for multiple award winning Carson Downey band from Nova Scotia.

Saturday, Feb 27

Midwinter Bluesfest Dance Party
Sonny Landreth Band
Opening Act - Hills & Lemelin
Ramada Hotel Ballroom
doors at 7pm, show at 8pm

Slide guitar giant Sonny Landreth stars in a night of blues, zydeco and funky rhythms of the south. Considered a virtuoso of his instrument, the musician and his band will perform a Midwinter Bluesfest dance party to remember for all time!

Opening for the Sonny Landreth Band are Hills & Lemelin, two of Canada's finest blues performers.