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The Ottawa Blues Society (OBS) is an all volunteer organization committed to promoting blues music and the blues community in the Ottawa area. 

Road To Memphis Local Band Challenge - Call for Entries 

Attention - Blues Musicians

The deadline to register for this years challenge is Wednesday April 1/20 - 11:59 p.m. EST

The qualifying rounds are Wednesday April 22, 29 and the final Saturday May 9.

The entire event is being held at the Overflow Brewing Company - 2477 Kaladar Avenue, Ottawa

Send an email to obsr2m2020(at)gmail(dot)com to receive the forms


Maple Blues Awards - Sapphire Video Award 

A new edition to the Maple Blues Awards program is the inaugural Sapphire Video Award. Sapphire has one single category and both live performance and staged production/interpretive videos were excepted.

The winner of the Sapphire Video Award was Miss Emily for her video for "Hold Back The River". The runners up were Terra Hazelton for her video for "Anybody's Baby" and The Lucas Haneman Express for their video for the song "Ms. McGrim". 

The winning artist received a cash prize of $1500 while the two…

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Recap - 36th Annual International Blues Challenge, Memphis, TN 

The fog is starting to lift from a great week in Memphis where our Ottawa bands put on a great showing at the 36th Annual International Blues Challenge.

Megan Laurence and Lucas Haneman advanced to the semi finals in the Solo/Duo category and HoRoJo took 1st place in the Band category.

JW-Jones also won the award for best guitarist.

We are very proud of Megan, Lucas, JW, Jamie and Jeff on their accomplishment and the OBS and our Ottawa musicians continue to be noticed on the world stage.

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The International Blues Challenge - January 28 - Feb 01/20 - Memphis, TN 

The International Blues Challenge represents the worldwide search for those blues bands and solo/duo performers ready for the international stage, yet just needing that extra big break. Each affiliated Blues Society of The Blues Foundation has the right to send a band and solo/duo musician(s) to represent its organization at the IBC.

The IBC is judged by blues professionals from across the world who have years of experience in listening to, producing, and creating blues music. The Blues Foundation has…

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