Summertime Blues Festival

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 over 20 acts that take to the open-air stage in Maffeo Sutton Park.

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Community: Nanaimo
Province: British Columbia
Festival Type: Music

Get ready to groove to some great blues in downtown Nanaimo this summer.

That old song had it all wrong when it said, "There ain't no cure for the summertime blues." They hadn't heard of the Summertime Blues Festival held annually in Nanaimo. All you need to enjoy a fantastic lineup of bands is to bring your lawn chairs, blankets, perhaps a picnic basket of goodies, and kick back and listen to more than 20 acts on the open-air stage in Maffeo Sutton Park. On Sunday get ready for an all-women tribute to blues that you won't want to miss!

You could be there in 20 minutes on a quick and easy flight from Vancouver. Check out other ways to access Nanaimo here.

The weekend kicks off on Friday night with Curl, Renovation Blues Band, The Narrows and other artists. By the time things wrap up on Sunday afternoon, you’ll have heard an incredible bunch of blues artists in a perfect summer setting. 

Be sure to bring a swimsuit so you can check out the local lakes and rivers. But don’t forget what you came for - some fine musical cures for whatever ails you - mixed in with a sprinkling of ocean-front activities.

Read Megan Kennedy's preview of the Summertime Blues Festival here.

Featured Artists 


CURL, from Victoria, B.C., is Helen Davies (vocals, guitar), Susan Johnson (bass), Dee Cooper (keyboards), as well as featured guitarist Jazz Fouladianpour and drummer Andy Okell. Get ready for jazz grooves that mash up with the sweet sounds of blues. 

David Gogo

David Gogo's groove-fueled blend of blues and rock is the basis for a singular and storied music career. His songs have been featured in film and television and are regularly played on blues radio programs the world over. He has earned numerous Canadian blues accolades, including five JUNO nominations, a Western Canadian Music Award, a CBC Saturday Night Blues Award, and multiple Maple Blues Awards.

Full line-up

Thursday August 11

  • Curl
  • Renovation Blues Band
  • Aresen Shomakhov
  • The Narrows


Friday August 12

  • Summertime New Blues Showcase (feat James Vickers)
  • Deb Rhymer Band
  • Mark Crissinger
  • Jeff Plankenhorn
  • Jimmy D. Lane
  • Steve Kozak
  • Crystal Shawanda


Sunday August 14

  • Sunday Soul and Gospel Hour
  • Incognito Band w/ Nadine States
  • Big Pacific 
  • Angel Forrest & Denis Columbus
  • The Kingpins
  • David Vest
  • Jim Brynes


Three Day Tickets: $140

Single Day Tickets: $565

Get tickets here.

If You Go

Make sure to pack your swimsuit while checking out the Summertime Blues Festival! Did you know Nanaimo is home to some of the world's best snorkeling and incredible kayaking?  

Heading to Nanaimo to catch some soulful blues? Check out these places to stay while visiting.

Make sure to trek along the BC Ale Trail in Nanaimo featuring a wide array of delicious craft breweries.

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