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January Blues Meltdown featuring Charlie A'Court & Friends
January Blues Meltdown Poster 

Blue Christmas 2016

Maritimes to Memphis - The Journey Continues... Holiday with the blues from East Coast Blues Society



Saturday December 10 at 9pm-1am
Mic Mac Amateur Aquatic Club
192 Prince Albert Road, Dartmouth

Doors open at 8pm
Silent Auction & 50/50 draw

All proceeds to help defray the costs of sending selected artists to Memphis and the International Blues Challenge (IBC) in 2017.

Advance $20
At the door $25
Email or call 902-456-1075


Maritimes To Memphis - Selected Artists 2016

Maritimes To Memphis - Selected Artists 2016

Solo / Duo Category:
Theresa Malenfant & Katey Day

Theresa Malenfant & Katey Day

Band Category:
Carson Downey Band

Carson Downey Band

Free concert with Michael Frank & Michael 'Hawkeye' Herman
Blues Legends Concert
Featuring Michael Frank & Michael 'Hawkeye' Herman

Halifax Central Library
Paul O'Regan hall
Tuesday October 25 at 7pm


Blues Legends Concert feat. Michael Frank & 'Hawkeye' Herman  

Honeyboy - Film screening and discussion

Film screening and discussion

When: Wednesday, October 26, 6pm
Where: Woodlawn Public Library, Dartmouth

Free of charge

Bluesman David "Honeyboy" Edwards was born in the rural American South in 1915. In this 2002 documentary, filmmaker Scott Taradash offers a look at the life and career of Edwards, from his struggles as an African-American in the early 20th century to his experiences as one of the most unsung greats in blues music. Along with Edwards, musicians such as B.B. Kin and Willie Foster appear.

Discussion led by Michael Frank, blues artist and a contributor to the film.

Honeyboy film screening 

Workshops with Michael Frank and Michael Hawkeye Herman

Workshops with Michael Frank and Michael Hawkeye Herman

Music Business & Self Promotion - Aimed at musicians and other music industry people. Oct. 24, 6-9pm, 100 Ilsley Avenue, Dartmouth.

Teaching the Teachers - How to create an in-school, "Blues in the Schools", blues music educational program. Oct. 27, 6-9pm, 100 Ilsley Avenue, Dartmouth.

For more info, contact or call 902-456-1075

Workshops with Michael Frank and Michael Hawkeye Herman 

Maritimes To Memphis - Be Part Of The Journey - 2016


Selected artists 2016:

Solo/Duo: Theresa Malenfant & Katey Day

Band: Carson Downey Band

Congratulations to the selected artists!

Good Rockin' Dan
Ben Raftus
Furlong & Smith
Katey Day & Theresa Malenfant
Ken Ward

Amanda Jackson Band
Joe Murphy & The Young'uns
The Negligents
The Matt Landry Band
Carson Downey Band

Support our East Coast Artists and see who will represent Atlantic Canada and ECBS in Memphis!

50/50 draw, silent auction, $10 cover charge.

Proceeds to help send our acts to Tennessee.

For more information, contact

Maritimes to Memphis 2016 

Michael Frank & Hawkeye Herman at the ROCA house October 21

Michael Frank & Hawkeye Herman at the ROCA House!

October 21 at 8pm, ROCA House, 147 Glasgow Rd, East Preston, NS

Read more and get tickets here!

Michael Frank and Michael Hawkeye Herman at ROCA house October 21 at 8pm 

For immediate release: Submissions Now Open for Local International Blues Challenge 2016


Submissions open for Maritimes To Memphis - Be Part Of The Journey - 2016.

Contact for more information!

Submissions open for Maritimes To Memphis - Be Part Of the Journey 

I Am The Blues - Wednesday August 17 at 6pm
I am the blues, Halifax Central Library, Wednesday 17 at 6pm 

Songs For The Unsung
Songs For The Unsung 

ECBS Presents: Acoustic Blues Jam
Acoustic Blues Jam at Staggers in Dartmouth, July 24 at 7pm 

Acoustic Blues Jam hosted by Mark Raven

Acoustic Blues Jam

East Coast Blues Society and Staggers Pub presents Acoustic Blues Jam hosted by Mark Raven

June 26 at 7pm

Staggers Pub, Dartmouth, NS

ECBS presents Acoustic Blues Jam on June 26 at 7pm at Staggers Pub in Dartmouth. Host: Mark Raven

Benefit for Ft McMurray is sold out - but you can still donate.

UPDATE: A Big Show of Support for the Mac is sold out!

You can donate to Ft McMurray using the links below.

Mention “East Coast Blues Society - A Big Show of Support" when you donate.

Donate to Alberta SPCA

Donate to Red Cross Alberta

Message from Alberta SPCA:

Hi Jim, thank you for your email. It looks like this will be a fun event and we are so grateful for all of your efforts to raise money to help with the animal reunification of owners and pets from the Fort McMurray wildfire.

To date, we have rescued 1,181 animals and reunited 943 of them. 94 animals are scheduled for reunions and we are still trying to locate 82 owners. Of all the animals rescued only 19 are deceased and 11 are being cared for in veterinary clinics - a fantastic result with the help of so many volunteers, rescue groups, veterinarians and the amazing willingness of people across the country to pitch in and support this huge undertaking. It makes me so proud to be a Canadian!

We can certainly track all donations made at your fundraiser if your donors use the comment field on the online form to indicate they are part of your event. We do have a significant backlog of online donations so it may take some time to tally up totals but I will definitely email you when we have that information.

Thank you so much to all of you who care about animals and have supported our efforts to bring a ray of sunshine to many of those who are having to go through some major life changes.

Benefit for Ft McMurray is sold out. 

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!


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 

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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