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Submissions for Submissions for "Maritimes to Memphis - Be Part of the Journey" Local IBC Challege Are Now Open


Submissions are now open for the 2014 edition of the East Coast Blues Society "Maritimes to Memphis - Be Part of the Journey" IBC competition.

Full details can be found here or if you are ready to apply now download the checklist and application form here to submit your band or solo/duo act to compete.

All Blues bands from The Maritimes are eligible to compete.

Is your band ready? Know a band that is ready to take their career to the next level?


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Mell Kirkland Named 2014 IBC Event Coordinator


For Immediate Release - August 4th, 2014

The Board of the East Coast Blues Society is pleased to announce that ECBS member Mell Kirkland has accepted the position of International Blues Challenge Event Coordinator for this years edition of the Maritimes area IBC, to be held in September and October 2014 at Monte's Showbar & Grill in Dartmouth, NS.

Mell will play a key role in organizing and coordinating this years event.

Mell is a tireless volunteer and supporter of arts and culture events around town. In addition to running the very busy Arts and Culture HRM Meetup group she brings a wealth of volunteer experience to the table from the Halifax Jazz Festival, Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival and many others she probably hasn’t even told us about.


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Shrimp Daddy and The Sharp Shooters make a big noise!


The East Coast Blues Society and Split Crow Pub, Bedford, proudly hosted the first Bedford Boogie Woogie Blues Revue, a recurring matinee, this past Saturday, March 15.

Mike ‘Shrimp Daddy’ Reid  (vocals and blues harp), and The Sharp Shooters, alumni of the Dutch Mason Blues Band, Carter Chaplin ( guitar), Ainsley Jardine (drums), and Barry Cooke (keys and vocals), had the house packed and the dance floor hopping.


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East Coast Blues Society Announces New Weekly Saturday Afternoon Blues Matinee


In partnership with the Bedford location of the storied Split Crow Pub, the ECBS is excited to announce HRM's newest Saturday afternoon Blues matinee.

Starting Saturday March 15, just in time for the always popular St Paddy's Day celebrations, the Split Crow will be boppin' to the sounds of Shrimp Daddy and the Sharpshooters. Every Saturday from 3-7PM these guys will be laying down some of the best Maritime Blues around with their "Bedford Boogie Woogie Blues Review".

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ECBS Announces 2013 Maritimes to Memphis IBC Band and Solo/Duo Winners


October 3rd, 2013

The inaugural edition of the East Coast Blues Society 'Maritimes to Memphis' International Blues Challenge was held last night at Monte's Showbar and Grill.


In the Band category, we are excited to announce that Dan Doiron will represent the ECBS in Memphis in January 2014. In the Solo/Duo category  Leeboy emerged as the winner on the previous night of the challenge.

It turned out to be a very close race in the Band and Solo/Duo categories, again showing just how much high quality Blues talent we have in The Maritimes. Each and every artist provided some great entertainment and the ECBS is grateful to everyone who helped make their inaugural event a lot of fun, including judges, performers, volunteers and attendees.


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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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