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ECBS Presents A Big Show Of Support For Ft Mac

A Big Show Of Support For Mac with special guests The Mellotones
Matt Andersen
Joe Murphy
Charlie A'Court
Garrett Mason
John Campbelljohn
Dan Doiron
Friday June 17th at 8pm (doors open at 7:30)
Mic Mac Amateur Aquatic Club
192 Prince Albert Rd, Dartmouth

The First 'Acoustic Blues Jam' in Metro


The East Coast Blues Society Presents Johnny Max & His So Called Friends
Johnny Max & His So Called Friends, Sunday May1 at 3:30-7:30pm

Polar Bear Blues Showcase 2016

Message from Gary Paradis:


As the saying goes “time flies when you’re having fun” and, with that in mind, the Ottawa Blues Society (OBS) was proud to present the fifth Great Canadian Polar Bear Blues Showcase on January 28, 2016 as part of the International Blues Challenge (IBC) festivities in Memphis, Tennessee.

This annual get-together of the Canadian crowd, as well as blues fans from all around the world, was once again held at the Kooky Canuck on South 2nd Street. Our thanks go to owner Shawn Danko, general manager Terry Trim and the entire staff, for making this event possible and for making everyone feel at home. My favourite this year was the Maple Bacon Burger so, if you are in Memphis, make sure to check it out.

The purpose of the showcase is to provide the Canadian entries in the IBC with another opportunity to play and gain additional exposure while in Memphis, and to show the world blues community the level of talent coming from Canada. It also serves as a great opportunity for all the Canadians attending the IBC, musicians and fans alike, to get together in one venue.

The line-up included 17 Canadian entrants in the IBC consisting of 10 bands and 6 solo/duo acts as well as 1 youth act representing 12 Canadian blues societies and affiliate organizations as follows:

  • 519 Band – Canada South Blues Society
  • Kim Doolittle & the Wolfgang Brothers – Loyal Blues Fellowship
  • Michael Schatte – Toronto Blues Society
  • Mark Greene Band / Charlie A’Court – East Coast Blues Society
  • Arsen Shomakhov Band / Jesse Roper – White Rock Blues Society
  • Rooster Davis Group – Edmonton Blues Society
  • Lucas Haneman Express – Ottawa Blues Society
  • Steve Pineo Band / Debra Power – Calgary Blues Music Association
  • Paul Deslauriers Band – Montreal Blues Society
  • Johnny Max Band / Wayne Holden & Mike Ethelston – Great Lakes Blues Society
  • Corey Lueck & the Smoke Wagon Band / Jay Pollmann – Grand River Blues Society
  • Spencer MacKenzie – Canal Bank Shuffle

This was an exceptional year for the Canadian entries with 9 acts advancing to the semi-finals and especially for Montreal’s Paul Deslauriers Band who went to the finals where they were awarded second place honours in the band category.

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The International Blues Challenge in Memphis 2016
International Blues Challenge


The International Blues Challenge is going on right now as i'm writing this. You can read all about it online in the IBC 2016 program at

If you check the schedule, you will find that Charlie A'Court is playing at Orpheum Juke on Wednesday January 27 at 8:00pm and Thursday January 28 at 7:00pm, and Mark Green Band plays at Wet Willie's on Wednesday January 27 at 9:40pm and Thursday January 28 at 6:10pm.

We wish them the best of luck!


Mike Campbell Needs Our Help At The Carleton Bar & Grill | FYIMusicNewsMike Campbell Needs Our Help At The Carleton Bar & Grill | FYIMusicNews

The Carleton Needs Our Help

Extraordinary circumstances have led Halifax showcase club The Carleton Music Bar & Grill to turn to crowd-funding in the hopes that supporters of live music help out the venue before it runs out of cash.

With at least a 30 percent dip in business thanks to low foot traffic and months of Nova Centre construction with a year left to go, co-owner Mike Campbell launched the campaign Wednesday in the hopes of raising funds and reminding Haligonians how much talent is drawn through The Carleton's doors.

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East Coast Blues Society Annual General Meeting 2016

Welcome to all members, new and old, and potentially new board members, to the

East Coast Blues Society Annual General Meeting.

When: Saturday, January 16 at 6 PM

Where: Mic Mac AAC, 192 Prince Albert Road, Dartmouth, NS

Join the Facebook event!

Right after the event our Beat The Winter Blues starts featuring The Mellotones, Joe Murphy, Charlie A'Court, and The Mark Green Band.

Meeting begins at 6 PM followed by music at 9PM!


Beat The Winter Blues
Beat The Winter Blues Poster 

Blue Christmas - Holiday with the Blues and ECBS
Blue Christmas poster 

Maritimes to Memphis - Be part of the journey

International Blues Challenge

It is time to choose artists to represent Atlantic Canada and ECBS in Memphis, TN. Come and give them your support!

Download the poster here

Note: We are starting 1 hour earlier than planned due to the large number of submissions.


The International Blues Challenge

Submissions Are Open For the ECBS 2015 Edition of the Local International Blues Challenge

This is the third time ECBS arranges the Maritimes to Memphis - Be Part of the Journey local blues challenge. It will be split into two categories: the Solo/Duo Challenge and the Band Challenge.

The event will take place Sunday September 27th, 2015 at Monte's Showbar and Grill starting at 4PM. The winners in each category will travel to Memphis TN to represent the Maritimes in the International Blues Challenge to be held Tuesday January 26th to Saturday January 30th, 2016.

Send in your application today!

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Sneak Peak at Dan Doiron's new music video

Music Video: Killing Each Other Trying To Get Into Heaven

The East Coast Blues Society is proud to present a sneak peek of Dan Doiron's new music video Killing Each Other Trying To Get Into Heaven. >>>


East Coast Blues Society Jam on Hiatus


The East Coast Blues Society Sunday jam is going to be taking a little break. The Board is currently on the hunt for a suitable venue to move the jam to.

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East Coast Blues Society Presents Matt Minglewood With an Honorary Lifetime ECBS MembershipEast Coast Blues Society Presents Matt Minglewood With an Honorary Lifetime ECBS Membership


In recognition of his immeasurable impact on the Blues and music scene in the Maritimes and across Canada, the East Coast Blues Society presented Matt Minglewood with an Honorary Lifetime Membership in the East Coast Blues Society. The presentation was made Friday evening at the 9th annual edition of the Dutch Mason Blues Festival held in Truro, Nova Scotia from August 9th-11th, after a particularly spirited and emotional set by Minglewood.


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