It has been a long two years since the world changed drastically with the impact
of the COVID-19 virus. Multiple lockdowns and uncertain conditions have made it very
difficult on everyone.
Prior to COVID-19, the Thunder Bay Blues Society was at a high point. Membership
was at its highest level in years. March 2019, we introduced a new event entitled
“Blues House Party” which featured multiple local blues artists in one night and
culminated in a night ending blues jam. The first event sold out right away, and
that was followed up in November 2019 with Blues House Party 2, held at a larger
venue to accommodate a growing audience. For the balance of 2019, Ray Fuller and
the Bluesrockers packed the Polish Legion in May and October had John Primer and
Ivy Ford from Chicago playing to a sold-out audience.
Unfortunately, in 2020 the Blues Society board had to postpone, then eventually cancel
an exciting indoor March mini-blues festival (Blues Blast 2020). There were also
additional shows planned in May and October with touring blues artists from Chicago
and Memphis that had to be put on the shelf. Since that time, we have been in a holding
pattern, patiently waiting for things to open up before making any announcements
on future plans. With the majority of the population now vaccinated and various
levels of government lifting restrictions, we have decided to proceed ahead with
plans for 2022 and beyond.
Below are some updates that we would like to make you aware of!
Membership Dues: Any member who had renewed their membership for 2020 will automatically
have their membership extended to December 31, 2022. If by chance you did not have
the opportunity to renew your membership prior to now, click here for a renewal form
and sincerely hope you are able to renew until December 31, 2022. We will once again
feature “TBBS Members Only” perks during 2022, and the only way to be eligible is
to be a member.
Corporate Sponsors: Any active corporate sponsor in 2020 will automatically have
their sponsorship extended to December 31, 2022. Once we announce our first live
event, each sponsor is able to receive 2 complimentary tickets to the show. If you
are not currently a corporate sponsor but are interested in becoming one, please
e-mail me at email@example.com.
2022 “Highway 61 to Memphis” Blues Challenge: The decision to hold this popular
event in 2022 will be postponed until after the summer. As of now, no dates have
been announced by The Blues Foundation for the 2023 International Blues Challenge
(IBC) in Memphis (the 2022 IBC was postponed from January to May). Once a concrete
date has been set by the Blues Foundation, the board will evaluate external circumstances
and make a decision at that time.
To close off, everyone is at various comfort levels with COVID-19 conditions right
now. We understand that and sincerely hope that you are able to join us on the journey
back to a sense of normalcy and enjoy the blues how it is best presented…LIVE!!
Thunder Bay Blues Society
SAVE THE DATE OCTOBER 22 2022
Thunder Bay Blues Society (TBBS) is proud to announce the headline artist for our
Saturday October 22…
direct from Memphis, TN…
Ghost Town Blues Band!
The TBBS board of directors will be taking a break for the summer.
More details on this show will be released closer to September!!
We hope all of our members and their families have a safe and enjoyable summer!
TBBS Board of Directors Announcement 2022/23
The Thunder Bay Blues Society (TBBS) board of directors would like to thank everyone
that came out to our Annual General Meeting Tuesday June 21. The following members
(listed alphabetically) were elected to open director positions for the 2022/23 year.
They join current directors Joan Drotar and Mariann Sawicki who have one year left
on their director term going into the 2022/23 year.
At the first meeting of the new board Tuesday June 28, the following directors were
elected to the listed positions of the Board Executive:
Vice President-Murray Armstrong
The TBBS board of directors look forward to promoting “the blues” in the year ahead
and sharing with all our members in the celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the
Thunder Bay Blues Society in 2023.