Celebrating the Blues in The Beach

There is a lot to celebrate with the upcoming 7th Annual Stonebridge Wasaga Beach Blues Festival scheduled from September 14th to September 17th, with the Stonebridge Town Centre returning as the main title sponsor. “Stonebridge Town Centre has been our title sponsor since the beginning and we want to thank them,” said Harold Bickerstaff, Emcee. “Returning this year on Thursday, September 14th is the “Blues Crawl” sponsored by Century 21 Millennium where great performers will be featured in our community bars and restaurants. This is a safe driving prelude for our Stonebridge Wasaga Beach Blues Festival.” Wasaga Beach transit will pick-up and deliver blues fans from door to door of each of the participating Wasaga Beach licensed establishments where live performances are taking
place.

Some of the changes transpiring at this year’s blues festival include the Wasaga Beach Brewing Company as an official sponsor with the beer of choice for 2017 Stonebridge Blues Festival and the Canadian Tire Delta Lane. “The Canadian Tire Delta Lane will replace what was previously known as the Street Shuffle. The concept is to include more performers. In the past we had as many as ten acts trying to overplay each other. So we are going to be spreading them out a little to include more blues, roots slightly different from just the blues – a little more on the acoustic side. We are very pleased to have Canadian Tire as a sponsor,” Bickerstaff
said.

Once again workshops will be scheduled during the event. “Canada’s Harmonica Wizard, Roly Platt will be hosting the Blues Harp workshop and one of the few Canadian musicians to be inducted to the American Blues Hall of Fame, Burlington, Ontario’s James Anthony who will spearhead our Blues Guitar Workshop. These workshops will take place on the morning of Saturday, September 16th,” said Wayne Buttery, Executive Director. Wayne Buttery from the Groove Project has been chosen as this year’s artistic director for the
Stonebridge Wasaga Beach Blues Festival.

New to the event are two stages to be set up: the main stage and the sponsored stage. “Our main stage will present all of our featured and headline acts, while our sponsored stage will provide a home for our local acts. We are very proud of our local artists in providing this opportunity to showcase their talent. This will also take place between our main stage headline acts, providing festival fans with a non-stop live music experience,” expressed Buttery.

Kick-starting the blues is the social event of the season… the Boogie Woogie Blues Bash on Friday, September 15th at the Wasaga Beach RecPlex with the main attraction being the “Cameo Blues Band” along with special guests Gayle Ackroyd and Sophia Radisch.

Headlining is the exceptional Shakura S’Aida who will be at Main Stage 1 on Saturday, September 16th. Shakura, an international star who calls Canada home, is a three-time Maple Blues Award nominee. For more information visit
wasagabeachblues.com. Beach BOOSTER Media Group is a proud sponsor of this great blues festival.

This article appeared in the August 13, 2017 issue of the Beach Booster.

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