Edmonton Has The Blues … And That’s A Good Thing!

Featuring some of the best talent in the world, the 19th annual Edmonton Blues Festival is finally here. This year, Colin Linden, Fabulous Thunderbirds with Kim Wilson and Anthony Geraci are take center stage.


Cam Hayden is the director of the festival and he also runs a Friday Night Blues Party blues show, which can be heard on CKUA radio. For these reasons, he was named Blues Booster of the Year by the Toronto Blues Society at the 20th Maple Blues Awards last year. This year, he is particularly proud to host incredible talents from across North America, with an emphasis on Canadian talent, on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of Confederation.

Billy Boy Arnold, who comes from the 50s of Chicago (81), Billy Flynn on guitar (61 years) and Californian Big Bob Atkinson, Is not thirty years old!

Cam Hayden, festival director and radio host

Holger Petersen-Cam Hayden Photo: Steve Kozak
Holger Petersen-Cam Hayden Photo: Steve Kozak


The blues music and its festival come from a long tradition attached to this style of music.

Thanks to CKUA radio and CBC radio, there were hours of passionate enthusiasts. Additionally, according to Cam Hayden, “the last blues room, the Blues on Whyte, which offers six evenings of shows a week, which would be unique in the country,” he added.

The provincial capital also saw the birth of Stony Plain Records, a record label that was founded more than 40 years ago. Its founder, Holger Petersen, is also a host on CBC’s national radio station at Saturday Night Blues , as well as hosting Natch’l Blues heard on CKUA Provincial Radio since 1969. Respected male in the ” Universe of the blues, it boasts the qualities of the Edmonton festival.

It was a feat that was fueled by the support of other festivals, such as jazz and folk music, which in turn attracted the great of the musical genre. The success of the event is also supported by the spirit of volunteerism in Edmonton.

Edmonton has a very great spirit for volunteering … there was so much enthusiasm, and here we have eclectic tastes and the blues plays an important role.

Holger Petersen

The Edmonton Blues Festival takes place August 25-27 at Hawrelak Park on the shores of the North Saskatchewan River.

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About the Author: Trey Nelson

Trey Nelson has over six years experience as a teacher, ecologist, zoologist and botanist. She has a B.S. from Cornell University, and a Ph.D. in biology from Harvard University Graduate School. His professional expertise in environmental health empacts has been recognized since 1973, when she testified at a New York DEC public hearing in Utica on ground truthing aerial photo wetland mapping by wetland community type. He taught (HS) Physics, Geology, Oceanography, Chemistry and photography from 1970-1980 at Palfrey Street School, Watertown, MA. Aproject: National Cooperative Highway Research Program.

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