Nanaimo Mayor Leonard Krog proclaimed Aug. 9 to 16, 2020 Blues Week in Nanaimo. (City of Nanaimo image)

Mayor proclaims Aug. 9 to 16 Blues Week in Nanaimo

Nanaimo Blues Society hoping to add a week’s worth of events to its Summertime Blues Festival

This year the Nanaimo Blues Society is hoping to extend its Summertime Blues Festival and bring a week’s worth of events to Nanaimo.

On March 4, Nanaimo Mayor Leonard Krog proclaimed Aug. 9 to 16, 2020 as Blues Week in Nanaimo. Nanaimo Blues Society vice-president Doug Fetherston said the regular Sunday night blues jam at the Queen’s on Aug. 9 will mark the start of blues celebrations that will continue through the Summertime Blues festival on Aug. 13 to 16.

Fetherston said he hopes to partner with downtown businesses and venues to fill out the week with more blues events. He said it’s a return to the old days of Summertime Blues when it was held at Diana Krall Plaza before moving to its current home at Maffeo Sutton Park.

“I’ve always wanted to reconnect with that…” Fetherston said of partnering with businesses in the downtown core. “I’d like to give back and also get them involved in doing something to drive more business downtown.”

Fetherston said one idea he’s considered is creating a ‘passport’ that attendees can get stamped at each event they attend, and those who fill out the passport will be eligible for a prize. He also said having a week’s worth of events would be an incentive for out-of-town visitors to stay in Nanaimo longer.

Fetherston is also open to suggestions from local businesses that are interested in hosting an event during Blues Week. Fetherston can be reached at

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Comments are closed

Just Posted

Nanaimo chef the Sensitive Vegan takes tongue-in-cheek approach to serious cooking

Jesse Rubboli creates cassava-based recipes and shares them via YouTube and on social media

Resident helps man in distress in Departure Bay in the middle of the night

Seven-foot-tall resident able to wade out far enough to help ‘frantic’ man in the water

Crash causes injuries, traffic tie-ups in downtown Nanaimo

Accident happened Friday at 12:15 p.m. at Terminal Avenue and Comox Road

Gabriola skatepark project gets $567,000 infrastructure grant

Federal and provincial governments providing money for Huxley Park amenities

B.C. Supreme Court dismisses claim against Island Corridor Foundation

Snaw-Naw-As (Nanoose) First Nation was seeking return of reserve land as railway sits unused

PHOTOS: B.C.’s top doc picks up personalized Fluevog shoes, tours mural exhibition

Murals of Gratitude exhibit includes at least one portrait of Henry alongside paintings of health-care workers

In troubled times: Independence Day in a land of confusion

Buffeted by invisible forces and just plain worn out, the United States of America celebrates its 244th birthday

Stop enforcing sex work laws during COVID-19, advocates say

There are provisions in Canada’s prostitution laws that make workers immune from prosecution, but not from arrest

Liberal party finished 2019 having spent $43 million, raised $42 million

All political parties had until midnight June 30 to submit their financial reports for last year

B.C. teacher loses licence after sexual relationships with two recently-graduated students

The teacher won’t be allowed to apply for a teaching certificate until 2035

White-throated sparrows have changed their tune, B.C. study unveils

Study marks an unprecedented development scientists say has caused them to sit up and take note

Colour and culture being painted onto plaza stairs in downtown Nanaimo

City commissions Humanity in Art muralists for ‘artistic intervention’ project

Nanaimo’s newest skatepark now open for use in Harewood

Harewood Centennial Park amenity opens on schedule

Two injured hikers airlifted from North Vancouver Island Park

Campbell River and Comox Search and Rescue hoist team rescued the injured from Cape Scott Provincial Park

Most Read