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HWY 61 to Memphis Blues Challenge Announcement

The Thunder Bay Blues Society (TBBS) board of directors is proud to announce that the

TBBS HWY 61 to Memphis Blues Challenge will be back in June 2023!

For our 2023 Blues Challenge, there will be a band category (minimum 3 band members).

The winner of our local Blues Challenge will represent the Thunder Bay Blues Society

at the 2024 International Blues Challenge held in Memphis, TN

(traditionally held in the month of January).

For all you musicians out there,

this will provide plenty of time to get your band together and get ready

for the local Blues Challenge in June 2023!

More details will follow in the months to come, so stay tuned!


The Thunder Bay Blues Society (TBBS) is proud to announce the band line-up for Blues House Party 4, to be held at the Polish Hall located at 102 South Court St March 25, 2023.

7:00pm Voodoo Blue

Kicking off the 25th Anniversary Year of the Thunder Bay Blues Society will be an exciting newly formed band led by bassist Carol Pominville (formerly of Loose Cannon). This four-piece blues-rock outfit also includes well-known local musicians Kai Siltimaki (guitar), Jaime Morrison (vocals) and Stu Green (drums).  Voodoo Blue will kick things of at 7:00pm...

any fan of blues-rock will not want to miss this 45-minute set.

8:00pm The Blue Pretenders

A band featuring a triple threat of three vocalists, these “dangerous gentlemen” feature a wide range of blues from traditional to contemporary.  Led by Dave Jonasson (guitar/vocal), this unit also includes Brad Rusnak (keys/vocals), “Memphis” Mike Carson (bass/vocals) and John Stadtlander (drums). 

9:00pm James Boraski and MomentaryEvolution

This band needs no introduction to Thunder Bay blues fans, having been featured at the Thunder Bay Blues Festival in 2016 and 2019. A 2015 inductee into the American Heritage Blues Hall of Fame, this set at Blues House Party 4 will have something for everyone. Featuring a wide range of blues and the vocal stylings of band leader James Boraski, the band is also complimented by Brad Rusnak on keys/vocals, Bob Stewart on sax and a couple guests in store for us as well!!  

10:00pm The B5 Blues Band

Consisting of musicians who regularly participate in the weekly Sunday night blues jam at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 5 on Van Norman St, this band is doing more than their part to keep the blues alive in Thunder Bay. Led by veteran guitarist/vocalist Ed Mlynarksi, this band also features Ed Drotar (guitar/vocals), Gary Hare (keys/vocals) “Memphis” Mike Carson (bass/vocals) and Tyler Manning (drums).  They may even have a few “guest appearances” during the closing set at Blues House Party 4. 

Doors open at 6:30pm and music starts at 7:00pm sharp!

We hope to see you out at the opening show for the Thunder Bay Blues Society 25th Anniversary Year! 

TBBS_Poster2-Presale BHP4.pdf

Our popular reserved table option is back for Blues House Party 4!

No need to worry if you are running late on Saturday March 25 … seats at your table will be waiting for you upon your arrival!

Starting Saturday February 4 and ending Saturday February 18 the Thunder Bay Blues Society (TBBS) will be taking reserved table requests for groups of 2/4/6/8, which is exclusive to TBBS members only.

To book a reserved table for your group, e-mail TBBS President Rob Croves at rcroves@shaw.ca

no earlier than February 4 and no later than February 18. 

Please indicate 

  1. number in your group (2/4/6/8)
  2. your top 3 preferred table numbers if group of 4/6/8
  3. contact name and preferred method of communication going forward (i.e. text, phone, e-mail).  

All requests will be contacted back in order by the date and time that they were received;

confirmation of your e-mail request will be received within 12 hours.

Your confirmation e-mail will include instructions for payment and table number held for you pending payment.

Payment must be by e-transfer (preferred) or cash … no cheques or credit cards accepted.

Reservation is not final until payment is received (no holds over 48 hours).

Please keep in mind with seating multiple groups sizes this can be a complicated process.

We will try to accommodate everyone to the best of our ability.


The fine print: All sales final (no refunds unless the entire event is cancelled due to circumstances beyond our control); purchaser is responsible for all tickets purchased for their group; PURCHASER MUST BE A CURRENT MEMBER OF TBBS (if you are not currently a TBBS member, membership is quite reasonable at $15/single or $20/couple, and can be purchased at the same time as your group reservation)

Any unsold tables after February 18 will be released as “General Admission Tables” and will be designated as “rush seating” for general admission attendees.

General Admission Advance Tickets go on sale to the public Friday February 24 at locations to be announced by Tuesday February 21.

The reserved table option was very popular at our first three Blues House Party events … so be sure to act quickly to avoid missing out on this fantastic “TBBS Members Only” Option!!

Polish Hall - BHP4 - Reserved Table Layout.pdf

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