August 13, 2018


August 23-26

Maffeo Sutton Park

Tickets here


Bill (Billyboy) Lucas was the Chair of the Nanaimo Blues Society. His passion for the blues began in the late 1960’s, when in his teens he saw blues greats Buddy Guy, Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf and John Mayall. In 2007 while Lucas was watching local Maple award-winning blues artist David Gogo perform a lightbulb appeared over Lucas’ head, causing him to ask, “Why not have a blues festival?’ Bill let the idea bubble for a year or so and asked a few questions around town (no one said no) and the Nanaimo Summertime Blues Festival was born.


The vision of the Nanaimo Blues Society is expressed clearly through its goals and objectives:

Share our love of the blues by producing a music festival in beautiful Nanaimo.

Showcase Nanaimo’s rich and diverse musical community.

Celebrate Nanaimo’s image as an event and cultural centre.

Stage a music festival that will attract tourists to downtown Nanaimo.

Foster mentorship among musicians.

Generate and stimulate local economy


Picking up the pieces.In 2011 the Society managed to put on it’s first 3 day festival at Maffeo Sutton Park, moving the festivities from Dianna Krall Square. This gave opportunity to have a gated venue that allowed patrons to enjoy the music of many different blues artists, various local artisans who set up shop and food vendors to feed the masses. Plus the first ever beer garden at our festival. It was a resounding success and planted the seed for future festivals.Over the ensuing years the festival has continuously grown in audience attendance and gained an international status amongst blues lovers. The focus continues to have Nanaimo become the “Boutique Blues Festival of Choice”.


The Summertime Blues Festival is held annually in the heart of downtown beautiful Nanaimo. Bring your lawn chairs and picnic blankets to casually listen to acts that take to the open-air stage in Maffeo Sutton Park. 


To view the full lineup visit Nanaimo Blues Society


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