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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 rcroves@shaw.ca.

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!!

Rob Croves


Thunder Bay Blues Society


Thunder Bay Blues Society (TBBS) is proud to announce the headline artist for our fall event

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.

Murray Armstrong

Tom Boyle

Rob Croves

Brenda Richtig

Linda Urry

Donna Wright

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:

President-Rob Croves

Vice President-Murray Armstrong

Treasurer-Tom Boyle

Secretary-Brenda Richtig

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.