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White Rock Blues Society
The White Rock Blues Society
Weekly Bluesletter
#307 November 8 2017
In this issue
Hurricane Irma Disaster Benefit Sunday November 12
Maple Blues Awards - Vote on line
Blue Frog Studios
New Years Eve Blues Bash #7
Club 240
Hurricane Irma Disaster Benefit Sunday November 12
Maple Blues Awards - Vote on line


Proudly presented by

Toronto Blues Society

Koerner Hall, January 15th, 2018


Canada’s National Blues Awards Program - Promoting blues music across Canada, and recognizing outstanding achievement in the field.
Nominees for the Maple Blues Awards are selected by a distinguished panel of some 50 blues experts. Co-Chaired by the steering committee consisting of John Valenteyn, Yanick Theriault, Terry Parsons, and Brant Zwicker, the panel includes radio hosts, journalists, and festival organizers regionally distributed across Canada. Members of the Nominating Panel are not eligible for any of the awards.
Winners in instrumental categories — guitar, harmonica, piano/keyboards, horn, drum, and bass — will be determined by the Nominating Panel. Winners in all other categories will be selected by blues fans across the country!
Online voting is open from November 1st, 2017
at 12:01 am Newfoundland Daylight Time,
through December 1st, 2017 at 11:59 pm Pacific Standard Time.
Start by going to the Maple Blues Award Website using the following link
At the top of the site select the Registration Tab
Once you register you will be sent a password and a link to go to the voting page.
It takes only a few minutes to have your voice heard.
Support the artists you have seen or heard and show your appreciation of their talents and dedication to the music they create.
Blue Frog Studios
Check out their website
Harpdog Brown Coming to Blue Frog Studios
Friday Nov. 24th
He's been called a blues evangelist and that is a very fitting moniker. "I speak the blues like it's the truth, and it is" he was recently quoted. "I do feel like I'm a servant of the people. And I do believe that music can heal people, especially blues music, if they pay attention to the good messages in the songs we perform."
He delivers those messages in the traditional sound of early electric blues. Think of the old Chess Records and Sun Records of the late 40's and early 50's. Harpdog says "Blues has a
healing power. It's a beautiful celebration of our perfectly flawed lives. We help people forget about their issues for a moment and then they realize that we all have our issues,
and that it's ok."

Vancouver-based Harpdog Brown was born in Edmonton in 1962, an adopted child who has felt somewhat detached his whole life - "a lifelong battle of not feeling like I belonged. I think I was born for the circus, you know, born to travel. The blues tapped me on the shoulder years ago and said 'this is where you belong, son'. So the blues became my circus and there's no better way to travel than with a classic blues band!"

They love the traditional early electric blues sound and they perform that style with authenticity. Some call it a Chicago Blues sound. Harpdog calls it Classic Blues. Think late 40's and early 50's vintage electric blues. They perform mostly originals yet they often include great songs of the masters from that era. Think Howlin' Wolf, Sonny Boy Williamson, Little Walter, Jimmy Reed and of course, Muddy Waters. Audiences say that they love hearing that lo-fi vinyl sound live on stage. They often do it all while using vintage gear as well.

Harpdog Brown is a gifted vocalist and an imaginative harmonica player. He is a three time Maple Blues Award Winner (2014/2015/2016), Fraser Valley Music Award Winner, three-time Western Canadian Music Awards Nominee, Juno Nominee and the only Canadian to win the coveted Muddy Award. In 2016 he was nominated for 3 Maple Blues Awards (Harmonica Player, Male Vocalist and Album of the Year) for his latest release Travelin’ With The Blues. The album features a duet with Charlie Musselwhite and was produced by the Beale Street Blues Bopper himself, Little Victor with guest appearances from Kid Andersen, Big Jon Atkinson and other heavy hitters in the American blues scene.

Holger Peterson, CKUA, CBC and SiriusXM broadcaster, exalted that "this band could play anywhere in the world, in any venue, and blues fans of all stripes would love this show. Canada’s premier ‘old school’ harp wizard has never sounded better. Supported by mature, understated players, Harpdog’s effortless vocal delivery is a rare and natural

Charlie Musselwhite, who sat in for a duet on his latest release says "Harpdog's got a smokin' band playin' and he's singing the real-deal old-school blues just like you want to hear. I love the killer guitar playing too!”

“If somebody asks you “what do the blues sound like?”, this is the disc you need to
play for them” says John the Rock Doctor of
New Years Eve Blues Bash #7

It's that time of year again when you start to plan for your New Years Eve Celebration. We have a great suggestion for blues fans right here in town. Mouth Watering Southern BBQ Delights from Pacific Inn Resort Chef Darin along with all the bells and whistles you'd expect, party favours, Champagne at midnight and dancing blues.
We have  a North American blues artist who currently has a new album on the top of the blues charts.

White Rock Blues Society, 7th Annual New Years Eve at Pacific Inn Hotel Rhumba Room. Now owned by Hilton Hotels.

Location, 1160 King George Blvd., South Surrey
Doors Open: 7:30pm
Mouth Watering Southern BBQ Buffet - 8:30 pm
Show follows dinner
Party Favours
Champagne at Midnight
Large Dance Floor
Reduced Hotel Guest Room Rates, Contact Hotel (604) 535-1432
Cash Bar
Free Parking
Only 120 tickets to be sold.

This event sells out every year so get your tickets early.
Tickets $79.00 Each. Available from Brown Paper Tickets.


Inquires call Rod's Cell Phone 604 723 3905.
Jason Buie has been playing electrifying guitar for over 30 years and his latest Album "Driftin' Heart" is climbing the blues charts across North America.
Vancouver Island based guitarist, singer-songwriter Jason Buie has been performing around Canada, USA, Europe, and Japan for the last 20 years. Along the way he has played and opened for blues legends Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal, Mick Taylor, Jeff Healey, John Mayall, Robert Cray, The Powder Blues Band, Trooper, Jerry Doucette and others.
Jasons music is a well-seasoned gumbo of blues, funk, rock and soul. His heart felt vocals, fiery guitar and charismatic stage presence captures the attention of critics and blues fans everywhere. His profile continues to grow since the debut release of his critically acclaimed 2002 Urban Blues and the 2009 "Live at The Blue Gator" cds. Both still get regular play on blues radio programs. In 2017 he is proud to release his third cd Driftin Heart consisting of 11 blues rockers of which 7 are originals.
Jason's passion for the Blues has led him to other projects too. He is a Co-Founder and Artistic Director for The White Rock Blues Society. And he promotes and produces many blues shows on Vancouver Island and in the Vancouver area.
Seating Plan
Club 240
Club 240 is located at the Crescent Beach Legion 2643 128th Street, South Surrey  Phone (604) 535-1043

All tickets are $20 and are available at the Legion box office daily from 3pm-9pm, online at or at the door.

Doors open for all shows at 7pm Showtime 8pm

For for information on this or any future shows, please go to our website at
White Rock Blues Society  •  15798 38A Ave  •  South Surrey  •  BC  •  V3S 0K9

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