Calgary International Blues Festival (2017)
Growing up in French Quebec, as a young girl Ginette Tremblay sang along with English records and radio, even though she says she couldn't understand a word being sung.
Moving to Alberta at 19 to learn English, Ginette discovered the King Eddy, where she first got hooked on the Blues and the many greats that performed at the legendary club.
Living in Edmonton in the late 80's, Ginette worked at a blues club and further developed a love for the music. She also became involved in theatre, where she did some singing and dancing.
In 2002 she moved to Winnipeg with a new beau, where she was introduced to the music of greats including Jimmy Reed, Slim Harpo, Hound Dog Taylor and a long list of others. Her sweetheart encouraged her to sing and to learn repertoire by listening to blues singers such as Lou Ann Barton and Angela Strehli. Over time Ginette became friends with some of Winnipeg's greats, such as Big Dave McLean, Brent Parkin, and the Perpetrators, who occasionally invited her to sit in.
Now making Calgary her home, Ginette currently works for Westjet Vacations and is a partner in Calgary's brand new live music venue, Mikey's on 12th Avenue.
In spring of 2017, Ginette joined the the "Singing the Blues Vocal Camp," during the Calgary Midwinter Bluesfest. She says, " I was very nervous and unsure about signing up, but I thought what do I have to lose? Plus it's a great occasion for me to practice with amazing musicians, meet new people, have fun and receive some valuable feedback! In referring to the vocal coaches for the event, Ginette says, "Cindy McLeod and Elsie Osborne made this experience very enjoyable for me and they tell it like it is!" As a result of her great performances at the vocal camp, Ginette was selected to go on to perform at Calgary International Blues Festival 2017.