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June – President’s Message

Congratulations to each and everyone of you.  Without an audience there ain’t no show. Without our volunteers, there ain’t no show. Without our musicians there ain’t no show. Without my board of directors, there ain’t no show.  But what a show we are bringing to you in 2019.

By all accounts our Summertime Blues 2019 brings the biggest and best line-up in the history of the Nanaimo Blues Society. From local to international, they are all stars in their own right. Skills honed over years of dedicated practise and a true love for the Blues. Nanaimo has stayed true to it’s mandate to produce a true Blues Festival. And we have done it right.

An eclectic selection of artisans and food vendors satiate the senses. Please support these fine folks who bring their own special talents to share with you. Adult libation is able to be consumed anywhere on our festival site giving it that European feel.

Our festival has continued to grow and evolve since it’s inception in 2011. The future has never looked brighter. We have gained a reputation of having one of the “Best” Blues Festival on the entire West Coast. And we promise to continue to foster that reputation.

The Blues Jam at the Queens every Sunday afternoon from 4:00 – 8:00 PM has developed a remarkable following of folks who love the music and who love to dance.

On a final note I would like to thank everyone for their tremendous support during the past seven years of my presidency. I have decided to spend more time with my wife and to enjoy my retirement so after this festival is over, I am stepping away. It’s been one hell of a great ride and I am so grateful for having had the privilege of serving.

Gerold Haukenfrers