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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. 

2021 International Blues Challenge Cancelled 

We have just received word that the 2021 International Blues Challenge in Memphis has been cancelled.

Therefore, we will not be holding our local 'Road to Memphis' challenge this year.

Hopefully, we can come back strong in 2021 and be able to send representation down in 2022.


Covid BLUES Mask Project 

The OBS has been working hard on a project to design and construct a BLUES related non-medical mask for its membership. (face covering)

Based on medical reports, non-medical masks are an important part of keeping safe when social distancing is a challenge.

Non-medical masks are also great to protect someone from close talkers, pollen, sand storms and flying locusts!

Each member in good standing will receive a non-medical mask as a thank you for their ongoing support of the OBS.

Stay safe...

Peace & Blues!

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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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