(Vancouver Island Blues Bash - Photo by Victoria Jazz Society/Facebook)

There’s arguably no better way to end the summer than taking in a Blues concert or two right in Victoria’s Inner Harbour. 

The Vancouver Island Blues Bash will be returning to Victoria for its 26th year, between August 31st and September 2nd. Organized by the Victoria Jazz Society, this event features both free and ticketed concerts over Labour Day weekend.

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The free performances occur between noon and 5 p.m. on each day of the festival. Out of these, be sure to keep an eye out for the Blue Moon Marquee Band – a Gypsy Blues band that plays a fusion of early blues, jazz, and country music. 

Known for their unique style, the duo were nominated for the Maple Best New Artist of the Year award in 2016. Their performance will take place on Saturday, August 31st. 

The Vancouver Island Blues Bash also features a number of ticketed shows happening at venues across the city. 

One of these is the Lindsay Beaver concert, which the Blue Marquee Band will also be opening for. 

Here’s full schedule of performances:

Free afternoon performances at Ship Point, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.:

Saturday, August 31st: 

  • Mark Crissinger
  • Blue Moon Marquee Band
  • Mystery Train w. Wayne Berezan
  • Bill Johnson Blues Band 

Sunday, September 1st:

  • Checo & The Sweet Soul Choir
  • Kelly Fawcett & The Maladies
  • Little Marty & The Juke Joint
  • David Vest 

Monday, September 2nd:

  • Blue Dog Ramble
  • The R&B Kingpins
  • Brett Smith-Daniels
  • Soul Shakers

Ticketed shows:


Mike Farris & The Fortunate Few

  • When: Saturday, August 31st, 7:30 p.m.
  • Where: Ship Point

Lindsay Beaver plus Blue Moon Marquee

  • When: Saturday, August 31st, 10 p.m.
  • Where: Hermann’s Jazz Club, 753 View Street

Kevin Burt and Big Medicine

  • When: Sunday, September 1st, 7:30 p.m.
  • Where: Ship Point

Click here to purchase tickets for ticketed events.


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