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

President’s Message – October 2016 

gerold250Hard to believe that it’s already a month since the end of the “Summertime Blues” 2016. I’m sure that everyone that attended have enduring memories of the superb venue, the incredible musicians and the fantastic music that was delivered during the entire 4 day event. However we can’t rest on our laurels. Plans are well underfoot for “Summertime Blues” 2017. Maffeo Sutton Park is already reserved for August 24th, 25th, 26th & the 27th.

According to our artistic director Grant Payne, we already have almost 70 submissions to perform for next year. Musicians from far and wide now realize what an incredible intimate venue that we bring to both the musicians and the audience. In comparing our festival to others, none match our beautiful location. On the waterfront in a beautiful park with access to the downtown in just a few minutes walking… well there is not much more to say.

If you were fortunate enough to attend “Summertime Blues” 2016 I personally invite you to become an ambassador for the Nanaimo Blues Society. Become a member to take advantage of special pricing for Blues Society members. Spread the word about the incredible time that was had by all. Invite your out of town friends and family to attend our festival in 2017. Share the word and let’s make 2017 an even better success. With your input “Summertime Blues” will become the destination festival for folks from far and wide who truly appreciate the blues.

Last but not least the Nanaimo Blues Society will be hosting a Volunteer Appreciation Party in the very near future. Watch your inbox for details to be announced shortly.


Gerold Haukenfrers

Summertime Blues 2016
Thursday, August 25

Gates open – 6:00pm

Music from 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Entry by donation benefiting the
Loaves & Fishes Food Bank
Friday, August 26

2:00pm – Gates open
3:00pm – Summer & The Sinners
4:00pm – Lazy Mike & The Rockin Recliners
5:00pm – The Harpoonist and The Axe Murderer
6:15pm – Sue Foley
7:30pm – Shakura S’Aida
8:45pm – Tommy Castro & The Painkillers
Saturday, August 27

11:00am – Gates open
Noon – Preston McCool
1:00pm – Renovation Blues Band
2:00pm – Gerry Barnum & Bill Johnson
3:15pm – The Crissinger Band
4:30pm – David Vest
5:45pm – Rick Vito & The Lucky Devils
7:15pm – Jack Semple
8:30pm – Kim Simmonds & Savoy Brown

Sunday, August 28

10:00am – Gates open
11:00am – Big Pacific
Noon – Blue Moon Marquee
1:15pm – Steve Kozak
2:30pm – The Kirby Sewell Band
3:45pm – David Gogo
5:00pm – Brandon Isaak
6:15pm – Rick Estrin & The Nightcats




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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