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July 03, 2015 11:31 ET

Tremblant International Blues Festival Kicks Off Its 22nd Edition

Over 100 Free Shows July 3 - 12

MONT-TREMBLANT, QC--(Marketwired - July 03, 2015) - Today the 22nd edition of the Tremblant International Blues Festival kicks off at 7:15pm with Torontonian Andria Simone and her nine musicians launching the festivities on the Place St-Bernard Casino Stage. Under the spotlights at 9:00 pm are The Porn Flakes with Sébastien Plante & Lulu Hugues. Periscope users can follow, comment, connect and view videos shared by @MontTremblant on Twitter, live from the Festival, including the Friday July 3 launch and other key moments on July 4, 5, 10, 11 & 12.

Official photos available here, ©Tremblant.

First Weekend's Must-Attend Shows:

Saturday July 4:

  • 2:30 pm: Blues'Araoke - Public auditions begin, leading to 10 finalists who will perform with band Wang Dang Doodle, at July 12's Grand Finale. The winner takes home a guitar autographed by TIBF artists, gifted by Éthier Musique.
  • 7:15 pm: Blackburn returns to TIBF with its funky, R & B and soul blend of blues, performed on a Hammond B-3. The Toronto trio walked away with the Best New Artist award at the 2010 Maple Blues Gala. With two musicians as backup, their latest album has earned a wink from Rolling Stone Magazine critics. For sensuous dance music lovers.
  • 8:30 pm: Blues Dance Party with the Ben Racine Band. Festivalgoers are invited to compete in a friendly costumed dance competition under the starlight. Prizes will be awarded to the Best Dancers and the Flashiest Costumes.
  • 9:00 pm: France D'Amour is a force to be reckoned with as she presents a rich string of hits from her early days until today, and stellar blues tunes too. Accompanied by Québec's top musicians, she knows just how to drive the crowd, turning every show into an unforgettable moment in time.

Sunday July 5:

  • 7:15 pm: Danielle Nicole returns to TIBF, this time with her four Kansas City band mates, after two previous visits with Trampled Under Foot. Winner of the 2014 Blues Instrumentalist-Bassist Award, this talented vocalist is taking off in a new blues-rock-soul direction.
  • 9:00 pm: The Pimps of Joytime - Marking their first TIBF appearance, this soul, funk n' groove quintet was formed in 2007 by Brooklyn and New-Orleans musicians. With a powerful mix of 70s funk and electronic dance (EDM), three harmony singers, percussion and the charisma of Brian J., the show has all the makings for a highly enjoyable evening of blues.

Early-Week Must-Attend Performances:

Monday July 6:

  • 7:15 pm: Angel Forrest, two-time winner at the 2015 Maple Blues Awards, in the Best New Artist of the Year and Composer of the Year categories. For over 25 years, her deep, gravelly voice has inhabited and enveloped. With her trio, she best delivers where she exults: on stage.
  • 9:00 pm: Tribute to CCR with Dawn Tyler Watson and Paul Deslauriers leading a unique Acoustic Summit group performance. With Sam Harrisson on drums and Greg Morency on bass, the spotlight is shared by Steve Marriner, Paul Reddick, Angel Forrest, Denis Coulombe, Carlos Del Junco, Jimmy Bowskill, Trevor Finlay and Dan Livingstone.

Tuesday July 7:

  • 7:15 pm: The Brothers Landreth is a quartet that weaves from blues to rock to Americana. Raising the bar with tight harmonies and rich, round notes on keyboard, their first release won a 2015 Juno for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year.
  • 9:00 pm: Ronnie Baker Brooks proudly carries on in his father Lonnie's footsteps. The fiery Chicago blues guitarist, a past member of The Legendary Rythm'n Blues Revue, shows serious blues chops that have won him honours and distinctions at every turn.

Wednesday July 8:

  • 7:15 pm: Rick Vito & The Lucky Devils with Reese Wynans, a TIBF exclusive. Fleetwood Mac guitarist John Mayall, Bonnie Raitt and Bob Seger share the stage with legendary organ player Reese Wynans who made a name for himself with his Double Trouble bandmates and Stevie Ray Vaughan. On their playlist: early Fleetwood Mac, a tribute to Vaughan and good ole' blues classics.
  • 8:30 pm: Blues Dance Party with The Hellbound Hepcats, a Montreal trio who finds inspiration in the rockabilly energy of the 50s, and guest guitarist Riot. Best dancers and best costumes from rock'n'roll's early days will be rewarded by a panel of judges.
  • 9:00 pm: Bobby Bazini grew up nearby, in Mont-Laurier. Early on, he impresses industry bigwigs and meets with success everywhere he goes, across Canada. After launching two albums, he joins Universal Music Canada in 2013. 2014's top selling Canadian artist, fans discover him through his travels and contacts, his life and music, and his dreams.

Please go to tremblant.ca/blues for detailed TIBF programme.

Also on the Programme until July 12:

July 9:

July 10:

July 11:

July 12:

Thank You to Our Partners
The 22nd edition of the Tremblant International Blues Festival is presented in collaboration with Casino de Mont-Tremblant and with the generous support of Ville de Mont-Tremblant, and La Fabrique culturelle.

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is a top four-season resort destination owing to the excellence of its guest experience both at the mountain, and in its pedestrian village. Its views of the Laurentians, the diversity of its offer and its highly acclaimed major events -- of which IRONMAN Mont-Tremblant, 24h of Tremblant, Wanderlust and the Tremblant International Blues Festival -- have earned it a place among the World's 25 Best Ski Towns in 2014 according to National Geographic, and the title of #1 Ski Resort in Eastern North America for a 17th time by SKI Magazine readers. With your sweetheart, friends, family or group, Tremblant welcomes vacationers on direct flights from Toronto with Porter Airlines, to enjoy 1,900 lodging units fanned out across 13 hotel establishments including 5 renowned banners, over 75 restaurants, boutiques and a Casino, all at nature's doorstep.

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Passes & Pressroom
Media representatives must acquire a pass to gain access to restricted media areas. The pressroom, located in the Convention Centre's Salle Boréal II at the foot of the pedestrian village, can be reached via Place des Voyageurs. Open 9:00 am - 9:00 pm from July 3 to 12, the pressroom provides Internet access. An LBN link can be made available with a minimum of 48 hours' advance notice, but news transmitters (Dejero or similar) are recommended. An image bank is also available.

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