Don’t miss other events happening this year!

Youth Legacy Showcase

TD is proud to present the 2018 Youth Legacy Showcase. This annual program is produced jointly by Kitchener Blues Community Inc. in conjunction with the Grand River Blues Society. This program helps to develop youth talent in the blues genre and gives young artists an opportunity to grow and develop their skills and talent.


*Please note we postponed the competition date to Sunday, April 22nd, due to weather.*



  • Must be under 21 years of age as of April 15, 2018
  • Artists can perform solo or as a group. (In no more than 2 bands on the day)
  • Blues based performance set 20 – 30 minutes in length
  • Deadline for submission: Friday, April 13, 2018


The winner will be offered the opportunity to perform on the YNC Stage of the Kitchener Blues Festival on Saturday August 11, 2018.


In addition, the selected artist will have a song recorded in a studio (chosen and paid for by the Kitchener Blues Festival)with a producer (chosen and paid for by the festival)


Click here to download the application form


For more information, or to submit your application form, contact

Launch Party

Thank you to all who joined us at our Launch Party on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at Elements Nightclub! Ghost Town Blues Band gave an awesome performance. 


Grand River Blues Camp

The Grand River Blues Society continues educating future blues musicians at the wildly successful Grand River Blues Camp


For young musicians from 12-18


Instruction by and performance experience with local, working blues musicians during the days of August 7 – 10, 2018, culminating with a performance experience at the TD Kitchener Blues Festival!


Registration for the camp this year is $160 per camper, which will include lunch each day. For more information contact:


Gospel Blues Pancake Breakfast

Sunday August 12th




Downtown Kitchener BIA Stage (Crabby Joe’s Parking Lot)


Free pancakes, sausages, coffee, juice and water (while supplies last)


Brought to you by the businesses of Downtown Kitchener


Donations to the Working Center accepted and appreciated!

Blues in the Schools

KBCI Blues in the Schools is presented throughout the season by The C3 Group, and with the generous support of The Matt Osborne Musicians Trust Fund and the Grand River Blues Society.


The program aims to deliver educational experiences for young students (K-12) that will teach the heritage of the blues – the foundational musical form of rock and roll, jazz, rhythm & blues and contemporary popular music.


This musical education has been brought to thousands of students throughout the region. The program is based on an interactive experience with professional blues music educators. The program can link directly to Canadian history in the movement of the art form through African slave culture brought to Canada via the underground railway.