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President’s message: Blues Society members

Fellow Blues comrades: As president of the Thunder Bay Blues Society, I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank you all for your continuing support and participation in the Thunder Bay Blues Society. The TBBS was founded in 1998 as a “not for profit” corporation with a mandate to:

A. To work with the blues community in expanding awareness and appreciation of the blues

B. To help support local, national, and international blues artists

C. To publish a website/newsletter to inform members of upcoming events and items of blues interest

D. To expose our youth to the blues as an art form via a blues in the schools or other similar programs.

Economic conditions being as they are, means we all watch closely where we spend our dollars and look for the best return possible. Your generous support has helped us accomplish our goals and objectives over the last several years as we press on to new and exciting challenges and initiatives.

Our membership is strong, and we hope that you all find value in working with us. Your contributions, along with our corporate sponsors contributions provide us with the incentive and funding of our spring and fall shows, International Blues Competition, Educational Bursaries, and continuing support of local blues talent and music in Thunder Bay and Northwestern Ontario. Our Blues Society Tent at the Thunder Bay Blues Festival was a tremendous success. It gave us an opportunity to meet and talk up close, with blues society members and blues lovers from all over Canada and the USA.

With these initiatives does come challenges.  A low Canadian dollar, stricter border security, and our geographic location increases our costs in providing the best possible Canadian and American talent that we can provide for our members.  Periodically, issues beyond our control can sometimes hamper our best efforts, as we had to cancel our fall event last year. As disappointing and costly as it was as a result of border issues, we pressed on.

In support of local talent, our spring show at the Branch #5 Legion featured three local blues bands, one being Camden Blues Band, our 2015 IBC winner. It was a great night of blues and truly showcased the high level of local blues talent. We are also exploring working more closely with the Thunder Bay Musician’s Union in support of their members in showcasing the wide variety of talented musicians and music genres in Thunder Bay.

Our fall show coming up Nov.25th, in support of our 2017 IBC competition, promises to be a great evening of entertainment. Featuring a vivacious female singer,   “Laura Rain and The Caesar’s” from Detroit Michigan are very excited to be performing in Thunder Bay. Their variety of funk, soul, and rhythm and blues is sure to please all ages of music lovers. We are extremely excited and fortunate to be having a band of this talent performing in Thunder Bay.

I would also like to thank the board of directors of the TBBS for their hard work, dedication, and donation of time. As well , a thank you to the many TBBS members who have donated their precious time working with us at our events, and assisting in our poster promotion.

We hope you join us for an exciting evening of Blues Brotherhood and Sisterhood on Nov. 25th at the newly renovated Rockhouse (201 S. Syndicate Ave.) Once again, on behalf of the TBBS, I thank you for your generous and continuing support of the Thunder Bay Blues Society. I look forward to seeing you on Nov. 25th

Yours in the Blues,

Ray Bukovy

President, Thunder Bay Blue Society


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