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Calgary Midwinter Bluesfest

Ramada Hotel Downtown
*special festival rates
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The Blues Foundation

Road to Memphis Blues Challenge

Calgary Blues Music Association (CBMA) is pleased to be hosting its local Road to Memphis Blues Challenge to select Southern Alberta's top blues acts, who will go on to participate in the Blues Foundation's 33rd annual International Blues Challenge (IBC), to be held January 31 to February 4, 2017 in Memphis, Tennessee. Qualifying rounds are slated to take place October 30 & November 6, with the semi-final round November 13.

Come out and support your local musicians through the process. Proceeds go toward defraying travel costs for those selected to go on to Memphis.


Alberta Blues Musicians from Red Deer south were invited to submit for the chance to represent Southern Alberta and CBMA in Memphis. Two categories will be represented in Memphis, Solo/Duo and Band. Acts that have submitted for this year are:

Sunday, October 30 at 4pm
Ramada Hotel (708 - 8th Ave SW)

Bluesland Horn Band
Mike Watson & 6L6s
Black Cherry Perry
Ron Burke & Alittle Voodoo
Camie Laird Band
Chet DeFreese Band
Peter Fisher Band

Sunday, November 6 at 4pm
Ramada Hotel (708 - 8th Ave SW)

Debra Power
Tim Williams
Bryan Strand
Howard Chapman & Brian McCullough
John Rutherford
Jay Coda Walker

Sunday, November 13 at 4pm
Ramada Hotel (708 - 8th Ave SW)


Come cheer on your favourite acts and see them participate for a chance to head to Memphis for the International Blues Challenge. Buy tix for all three dates and support local musicians!


Musicians are juried by an impartial panel of local music industry specialists, using the rules set out by the International Blues Challenge in Memphis.

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Proceeds from ticket sales go toward defraying travel costs for the top acts.

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Artist Submissions for 2017

Artist submissions for Calgary International Blues Festival will be held September 15 through December 15. Please submit your biography, an image, digital sound tracks, video and contact information, or you will not be considered.

Packages can be submitted digitally click here to submit or by hard copy as detailed below.

For those that wish to have potential airplay, please send your complete artist package including your CDs (only hard copies will be considered for airplay) to:

Calgary Blues Music Association
#188, A6433 Bowness Road NW
Calgary, AB

Please note that due to the large volume of submissions, only successful applicants will be contacted.