2017 Summertime Blues lineup announcement!

2017 Summertime Blues lineup announcement!

August 24 – 27th ◆ Maffeo Sutton Park

Thursday August 24th

Loaves & Fishes Food Bank fundraiser!

Five regional bands each playing a set and then let the jam begin. The show will be at least twice as long as last year’s show.

All the proceeds from Thursday’s event will be donated to Nanaimo’s Loaves & Fishes Food Bank.  Suggested donation is non-perishable items and/or cash with a minimum value of ten dollars per person.

Last year we collected a whopping 191 Kgs of food and over $1600 in cash.  The Food Bank was very happy with the donation.  Hats off to our fabulous fans for being so generous. Let’s do it again!

Here’s the lineup for the fundraiser, on August 24th (in no particular order, it will be decided that night by drawing slots).

Alexander’s Bluestime Band
Lady V and the Key Krasher
Lazy Mike and the Rockin’ Recliners
Renovation Blues Band
Thor and the Thundercats

When these sets are completed The Queens Shuffle will take over. It will feature even more musicians than last year and they will play for a longer period of time.  This will be lots of fun for everyone!



President’s Message – May 2017

gerold250Behind the scenes our board of directors are working like mad fiends in bringing the best Summertime Blues Festival ever. From our hearts to yours, it is shaping up to be an amazing time for all concerned. This year is Canada’s 150th birthday and we are going to celebrate in style.

For the first time we are going to have to have a “Family Friendly Zone”. This will be an alcohol free area that is sure to be a hit with families. This one of the positive steps that the board has embarked on based on festival attendee suggestions. We hope to continue to improve as our festival grows.

The response has been fantastic with early bird tickets being sold at a fast and furious pace. Regular festival pricing is now in effect and still a fantastic bargain at only $139.00 plus tax and fees. Make sure you get your tickets early and become an ambassador for the NBS.

Posters are printed and ready to be spread throughout the Island. If you live outside of Nanaimo and can help us in distribution you may contact me and I will get in touch. Becoming an advocate for the Summertime Blues is greatly appreciated.

We will be putting out a call for volunteers in short order. Keep your eyes peeled on our FB page for upcoming details. Society members will get first dibs on volunteering. So if you aren’t a member, consider becoming one.

Don’t forget to like our Facebook Page and share with your friends and family. Thanks for reading til the very end.

Until the next time.


Gerold Haukenfrers



2017 Summertime Blues!

August 24 – 27th
Maffeo Sutton Park

An update from the Vice President:

The lineup for the 2017 Summertime Blues Festival is almost ready. I will be announcing March 1st.

This year we will be celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday by bringing the cream of the crop of the Canadian blues scene with more Maple Blues award winners and nominees than ever before.

We have some great US headliners coming in. Some legends, up and comers and crowd favourites.  This year you will get to see more acts that you have never seen here in Nanaimo before.

I’ve listened to your requests to see more new acts.

Sunday is being dedicated to the strength, magic, and diversity of women of the blues. An entire day of the festival of featuring top rank women artists from Canada, USA and Australia.

Last year we added a short show on Thursday night that showcased the wonderful talents that hosts and participates in our Sunday Jams. We are expanding on that. The Queens Shuffle Supergroup will be back but we are adding five local bands on Thursday night. Like last year Thursday will be open to all with a cash or food item donation to the Loaves and Fishes food bank.

We will also be hosting after show jams each night of the festival at the Queens Hotel. Admission to the after party is free with your festival wrist band.

It’s going to be an exciting year!

The place to be August 24, 25, 26 and 27 is Nanaimo, we hope you make plans to join us.







Our thanks to our Summertime Blues sponsors!


The Nanaimo Blues Society gratefully acknowledges the support of:

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