President’s Message – March 2017

gerold250I can only say “WOW”. Grant, you’ve put together an amazing lineup for Summertime Blues 2017 this upcoming August. Over 480 applicants narrowed down to an outstanding cast of entertainers. This show will be the envy of the Pacific Northwest. So watch for early bird tickets coming on sale shortly. Keep checking Facebook for updates.

We always have a bit of housekeeping to do in March and that means our Annual General Meeting. The AGM is scheduled for March 22, 2017 at 7:00 PM at the Harewood Legion. Everyone is welcome to attend. This is the time when we present our financial statements, recap the previous years activities, announce upcoming events and elect board members. Only paid up members are permitted to vote. So please renew your membership either online or at the AGM. If you don’t have a membership but would like to become a member, your support would be greatly appreciated. Current membership will receive a separate email reminder regarding the AGM. So mark your calendar.

2017 is Canada’s 150th anniversary and we plan to party with the best during our “Summertime Blues”. We have a number of events coming up in the near future. April, May and June will bring some very talented musicians to the Queens. These events are all fund raisers so make sure you plan to participate.

Til 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.