Artist submissions for the 2017 Summertime Blues Festival are now open! 
Deadline for submissions will be November 30, 2016. Read more …

President’s Message – November 2016 

gerold250This coming Saturday, the Nanaimo Blues Society is pleased to honour our many volunteers who devoted countless hours in making Summertime Blues 2016 a real success. Volunteers handled everything from front gate to back gate. Ticket sales, membership desk, merchandise table, beer gardens, green room, security, cleanup, setup and take down. Did I leave anyone out? If I did it wasn’t intentional. A special thank you to our two new volunteer coordinators who stepped up to the plate with little or no preparation time and managed to do a stellar job in organizing all our wonderful volunteers. I would be remiss if I once again didn’t thank our incredible team of directors that volunteer to serve on our board. Incredible commitment from both the board members and the volunteers made for a fun weekend for all our wonderful supporters who came and enjoyed the Summertime Blues.

Plans are well underway for 2017 and our board is committed to bringing you an even bigger and better festival. Artist submissions are welcomed until November 30th. Here is where you can find out more information: Artist Submission Summertime Blues 2017

The Blues Jam at the Queen’s Hotel continues to draw record crowds. It pays to come early to get a good seat. But if you can’t get a seat, it doesn’t matter because you’ll be up dancing all night long anyway. Music always starts at 4:00 pm with a $5 cover. We have a 50/50 raffle with a secondary prize of a gift basket filled with all kinds of goodies. Great food and drink specials as well. So come early, stay late and bring a friend or two.

This may be a good time to either renew or become a member of the Nanaimo Blues Society. Your membership is valued and is an indication of your support. Check out our membership page and sign up or renew now at: MEMBERSHIP


Gerold Haukenfrers





Summertime Blues 2016 Line-Up. Wow!

Summertime Blues 2016 Line Up.
One word: WOW!

This year’s international, national and local blues artists represent the best line-up of artists we had ever had!

From the British Blues/Rock legends Savoy Brown to American southern blues masters Tommy Castro & The Painkillers, along with local favourites Lazy Mike & The Rockin’ Recliners and Blue Moon Marquee. Three amazing days of blues are on their way!



Our thanks to our Summertime Blues sponsors!


The Nanaimo Blues Society gratefully acknowledges the support of:

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