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Thunder Bay Blues Society once again hosted a

TBBS “Highway 61 to Memphis” Blues Challenge



The results of the TBBS Blues Challenge held on June 9 have been tabulated

and audited by Grant Thornton.


Here are the final results:


1st place- The Roosters

2nd place- The Camden Blues Band

3rd place- Big Bad Bobby Blues


Congratulations to all three acts for a great day of music.  



The Roosters (Calum Robertson, Gary Hare, Mike Schan, Mike Carson) will be headed to Memphis, TN

to represent the Thunder Bay Blues Society in the International Blues Challenge January 22-26, 2019.  


Thanks to everyone who attended the TBBS Blues Challenge.


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Camden Blues Band

Big Bad Bobby Blues

The Roosters

The Thunder Bay Blues Society is proud to announce the winner of it’s “2018 Best Self Produced CD” category.


Loose Cannon

“Dangerous and Unpredictable”

produced by Carol Pominville with executive producer Michael McFarlane, is the winner.


Released earlier this year, the recording is taken from a live show at The Wayland during November of 2016


Producer Carol Pominville, when notified that the CD will be TBBS entry

into the “Best Self Produced CD” category in Memphis, stated

"A labour of love … Thanks to the Blues Society, The Foundry, and The Wayland. Without any of these people Loose Cannon would not have existed. Also thanks to my band mates for a great five years!”

The winner of this category is entered into the International Blues Challenge “Best Self Produced CD” category

in Memphis this coming January 22-26, 2019,

where it will be judged against other entries from Blues Societies all over the world.

Congratulations to Loose Cannon, and to Carol and Michael for their work in putting the CD release together.



NEWS UPDATE!

Michael B McFarlane has broken the news and it's BIG!!


TBBS entry into the 2019 International Blues Challenge "Best Self-Produced CD" Category Loose Cannon "Dangerous and Unpredictable"

has advanced to the semi-final round.


There were 46 entries from Blues Societies around the world,

and it is now in the final 25.


Congratulations to Producer Carol Pominville and Executive Producer Michael B McFarlane!


Follow this link for more information! https://blues.org/2019-ibc-bspcd/

The Thunder Bay Blues Society will be hosting a “Solo/Duo” Category

for its 2019 “Highway 61 to Memphis” Blues Challenge (date TBA).


The winner of this category will represent the TBBS at the 36th International Blues Challenge

in Memphis, TN in January 2020.


Funding from the TBBS for the winner will be announced at a later date,

but will be no less than $350/person.


Going forward, the TBBS will be alternating categories each year.


This will keep the category fresh each year and give musicians plenty of time to decide if they would like to enter as a band or a solo/duo.


Therefore In 2020, the TBBS will be hosting a “Band” Category.


Stay tuned for further announcements regarding our 2019 Blues Challenge

and upcoming TBBS events!

TBBS “Highway 61 to Memphis” Blues Challenge Announcement