24th Vancouver Island Blues Blues Bash #yyjmusic @VicJazzSociety @HarpAxe @MattSchofieldUK

The 24th annual Vancouver Island Blues Bash will be held on September 2 – 4, 2017 at Ship Point (900 block Wharf St.) in Downtown Victoria’s inner harbour!

Tickets are on sale now for what has become a Vancouver Island Tradition over the Labour Day Long Weekend. Set at the picturesque Ship Point overlooking the inner harbour, the jam packed weekend of both ticketed and free shows has always been a great way to wrap up summer in the city.

Matt Schofield – Saturday September 2, 2017

MATT SCHOFIELD has set the blues world ablaze with his fresh and passionate take on the genre.  Though he holds a British passport and is an inductee of the British Blues Hall of Fame, Schofield has been making his mark globally as one of the top players in the new class of six string wunderkinds.  He was named “Guitarist of the Year” three years running at the British Blues Awards and was named one of the “top ten British Blues guitarists of all time” by Guitar & Bass Magazine, alongside the likes of Eric Clapton and Peter Green.  Bursting onto the scene in 2004 with his first trio record, The Trio, Live, Schofield demonstrated a phenomenal connection with the classic blues sounds on the ‘60s.  Having since released five more studio albums and three live records, Schofield’s unmistakable sound blends influences from players like Robben Ford, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Albert King.  This incredibly gifted guitarist makes his Blues Bash debut with his band.

Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer Sunday September 3  with opening guests The Villanovas

THE HARPOONIST & THE AXE MURDERER are relentless touring artists known for their high-energy, sweaty, dance-floor-boogying performances.  Shawn “Harpoonist” Hall vocals/harmonica and Matthew “Axe Murderer” Rogers guitar/bass/foot percussion have just released Apocalipstick, the follow up to 2014’s widely acclaimed A Real Fine Mess, which was nominated for “Blues Album of the Year” at the 2015 Juno Awards and earned the band the win for “Blues Album of the Year” and “Alternative Album of the Year at the 2015 WCMA’s.  Famous for gritty, blues-rock grooves framed by psychedelic landscapes and world-ending jam-outs, this top Canadian blues band has shared the stage with Mother Mother, Taj Mahal, Booker T Jones, and Serena Ryder.  They return to Blues Bash as a four-piece band.

The complete line-up of ‘free’ shows which run Noon to 5PM each day (approximately):

Saturday September 2:

12:00 Renovation Blues Band
1:15    Curl
2:30   Jason Buie Band
4:00  Toasters and the Butterhorns

Sunday Setpember 3:

12:00 Maureen Washington Blues Band
1:15    Paul Black Band
2:30   Crissinger-Band
4:00   Bill Johnson Band

Monday September 4:

12:00 Shanna Dance and the Shady Blues Band
1:15    Lazy Mike and the Rockin’ Recliners
2:30   Kelly Fawcett Band
4:00  The Midnights


Save big on the ticketed evening performances with a Ticket Combo for only $45 (saving $15!). Includes one ticket to MATT SCHOFIELD and one ticket to THE HARPOONIST & THE AXE MURDERER plus THE VILLANOVAS.


Service charges may apply. All prices include taxes. No refunds or exchanges.

Blues Bash tickets go on sale Thursday, July 13.


202 – 345 Quebec St.
(Second floor of the Harbour Towers Hotel)


770 Yates St.


250-386-6121 or online at www.rmts.bc.ca
Toll Free 1-888-717-6121