Edmonton Blues Festival is the best and largest blues event in Western Canada, featuring some of the greatest blues acts from all over the continent. The three-day weekend event is usually held in mid-August at the melodiously perfect Heritage Amphitheatre in Hawrelak Park. Diverse lineups include blues legends, veterans, newcomers, and award winners.
Past performers included Roy Rogers and Charlie Musselwhite, Mark Hummel, Magic Slim, Debra Power, Albert Cummings, Victor Wainwright, and the Wildroots, Bob Corritore, Oscar Wilson, Charlie Jacobson, The Perpetrators, E G Kight, 24th Street Wailers, James Harman’s Bamboo Porch Revue, Jennie Thai, Boogie Patrol, Nathan, and the Rhythm Scratchers, and Colin Linden Trio. The festival also features various types of parties, hangouts, and special events.
The Edmonton Blues Festival was first held in 1999. One of its founders Cam Hayden, a radio host and producer, continues to work at the festival. In 2008, the festival got the 'Keeping The Blues Alive Award' from the Blues Foundation.