Let's Paint the Town Blues
Thousands of fans from across Canada and the U.S. and dozens of musicians rocked the
Stonebridge Town Centre at the Fifth Annual Stonebridge Town Centre, raising our town to
What a wonderful week of blues in Wasaga Beach; everything from honouring the great B.B. King at our film festival to introducing school children to the history of the blues at two schools. The town and visitors from near and far got involved in one or more of these events as well attending the Blues Pub Crawl, the Boogie Woogie Blues Banquet and of course the two-day free festival. In conjunction with the Wasaga Beach Chamber of Commerce, many businesses got into the spirit and “Painted The Town Blues.”
Fans enjoyed powerful performances during the Stonebridge Boulevard Street Shuffle (All Night Mule, The Blus Bros, The Groove Project, Jake Chisholm, Tommy Fyfe and the Whiskey River Blues Band, Tamica Herod, The Lisa Hutchinson Band, The MacKenzie Blues Band, The Oh Chays, and The Sensations). Not to mention, performers that braved out the weather and brought in record attendance. We had The Tonkas, Cheryl Lescom and the Tucson Choir Boys, David Rotundo Band and Canned Heat’s 50th Anniversary Tour on Saturday.
On Sunday, we had more children involved during Mark ‘Bird’ Stafford’s Junior Jam, A Boy From Tupelo A Tribute to Elvis, MonkeyJunk, The Legendary Downchild Blues Band. Many area restaurants also hosted live music.
Our sponsors and an amazing committee made this the pivotal year to really ensconce the Blues in Wasaga Beach. We already have sponsorship commitments for next year and a strong core of dedicated volunteers to grow this event to renowned proportions.
Wasaga Beach Blues prospered due in part to the tireless contribution of our fabulous volunteer team, the Blues Crew. Our volunteers generously gave their time, humour, positivity, and good spirits (especially in the tornado like weather). It was hard work and they did an outstanding job. We are delighted to have met some amazing people and made some new friends, all with a passion for community growth. Please let me thank my dream team committee, our amazing line up of blues musicians, the support of our town and its residents, tiredness volunteers, our sponsors and vendors, the province of Ontario for generous grants and you the fans that make us want to do this all over again.
The Blues has a new home in Wasaga Beach.