Blues News

President’s Message – April 2017

gerold250What an amazing line-up for this years Summertime Blues 2017. The calibre of entertainment is top notch with multiple Maple Blues Award winners, Juno winners and other honored “Blues Awards”. We are presenting the best of the best. And to top it off with a Sunday All Star Women of the Blues! Smokin’ cinders…. going to be a hot time for sure. Make sure that if you are a member of the NBS that we have sent you out a special promotion regarding early bird tickets. If you haven’t taken already taken advantage please go back to your inbox and find the email that saves you some cash. If you are currently not a member and want to take advantage of the special pricing, drop me an email and I will personally take care of your request. You must respond prior to April 30 to be able to take advantage of this special offering.

Our AGM held in March was a success. Current board members stood for a further year. Lex Dunn tendered his resignation and the board graciously accepted it and thanks Lex for his past service and contributions to the Society. Doug Fetherston became the newest board member and brings much needed skill sets to our board. Welcome Doug.

A bit of redundancy if you have read the entire newsletter to this point. I have had a discussion with the Queen’s Hotel regarding our Blues Jam. It seems that some folks are bringing in their own alcoholic beverages. This must stop immediately or we will have to implement bag checking at the door. I am sure none of us want this impediment to our fun time at the Queens. So if you are a guilty party or know of someone who is, please respect the Queens Hotel and curtail that activity immediately. Your cooperation is appreciated.

On a happy note, early bird tickets have now been sold as far away as Edmonton, Alberta, Annandale, Virginia, Whitehorse, Yukon, Chilliwack, Port Moody, Victoria, Cumberland, Comox etc. We have garnered Blues fans from all over and thank you folks for stepping up to the plate early and making your plans to attend our incredible festival.

Please do your part in promoting our festival. Like our Facebook Page and share with your friends and family. We would like Summertime Blues to be the biggest and best ever. We already have the line-up. Now we just need an audience. Thanks for all that you do.

Until the next time.


Gerold Haukenfrers

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