Nanaimo Blues Society
- Arts & Entertainment
The Nanaimo Blues Society (the Society) is a BC registered non-profit society and is led by a committed volunteer board with a passion for Blues music and a desire to add to the culture and vitality of Nanaimo.
The Society has organized and presented five highly successful, Summertime Blues! festivals. These outdoor Blues festivals have been held in downtown Nanaimo featuring local, provincial, national and internationally renowned Blues musicians. In 2007, the Society established the Blues Underground, a workshop venue which was instrumental in creating opportunities for education, networking, exchanging knowledge and mentorship about the Blues and Blues music. Opening the Blues Underground enabled the formation of the ''Nanaimo Blues Society All Stars'' who made their debut at the Summertime Blues! 2007 and have performed at a number of community events since then. The Blues Underground is now closed, but the Society still organizes and participates in a numerous community activities throughout the year such as dances, charity fundraisers, parades and trade shows.
The Society currently has no paid staff. Work is performed by the 8 member volunteer Board and a core of volunteers from among the Society's members.