Tremblant celebrates 15 years of pure Blues



    Johnny Winter, Keb'Mo, Los Lobos et Nanette Workman will be performing in
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    Tremblant International Blues Festival from July 4 to 13
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    MONT-TREMBLANT, QC, June 4 /CNW Telbec/ - The festival is celebrating its
15th birthday with a rich, varied program that will delight fans of pure
blues. Over the years, thousands of people have attended the event and enjoyed
an eclectic line-up of blues, rock, folk, world beat and more in the beautiful
setting of Tremblant. This year, expect another 10 days of free outdoor
concerts, as well as evening shows at indoor venues Big name blues artists
from around the world, with an emphasis on the United Kingdom, Europe and the
United States, will play shoulder to shoulder with our own blues artists such
as Guy Bélanger, Carl Tremblay, Angel Forrest and of course, Nanette Workman.

    Don't miss...

    Johnny Winter, July 5
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    The legendary Texan blues guitarist with the unrivalled slide technique
sets the tone for the event with his first appearance at our festival. The
grand old man of hard-rocking blues has outlived musical trends and fashions
for more than 40 years. We've lost count of the number of albums he's made,
produced or participated in that have been nominated for, or winners of,
Grammy Awards!

    Keb'Mo, July 6
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    Author-composer, interpreter and guitarist Keb'Mo has more than one trick
up his sleeve. Whether with his band or solo, he has travelled widely and
spread his music - which reflects multiple periods and genres including pop,
folk rock and jazz - all along the way. Although he was born in Los Angeles in
1951, his Afro-American roots are evident in his music. His most recent album,
"Suitcase", was released in June 2006. Keb'Mo has won three Grammy Awards for
best contemporary blues album and nearly 2 million albums.

    Los Lobos, July 9
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    The California group with its American and Mexican influences has been
going at it now for more than 30 years. One of its distinctive features is
clearly its ability to appropriate almost any other musical genre while
staying true to typically Mexican music. On the impressive list of artists
they've play with or contributed to, you'll find Buddy Holly, Bruce
Springsteen, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, the Clash, Elvis Costello, Dave
Matthews, ZZ Top, The Eagles, Santana, Lou Reed, U2 and others. The quartet,
which is a three-time Grammy Award winner, will undoubtedly dazzle its
audience!

    Great moments in blues coming up

    Sony Landreth, July 6
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    After his triumphant performance in 2007 at the Chicago Crossroads Guitar
Festival organized by Eric Clapton, the slide guitarist from Lafayette,
Louisiana will make a first appearance at the festival accompanied by his
trio. Landreth, whose diverse influences include Clifton Chénier and Duane
Allman, recently put out a new album featuring guests such as Clapton himself,
Robben Ford, Mark Knopfler and Dr. John.

    Les Grandes Dames du Blues, July 11
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    The 2008 edition of the Grandes Dames du Blues is the ninth since the
show's inception. Four fantastic female singers on a single stage, singing
successively and in various pairings, build up to an explosive finale with all
four on deck. Dawn Tyler Watson, Shakura S'Aida, Angel Forrest and Nanette
Workman are expecting you for one of the festival's focal points.

    Ana Popovic, July 9
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    A recipient of the W.C. Handy Award, this R&B singer and guitarist from
Serbia saw her last album, Still Making History, work its way up to fourth
position on the Billboard charts in December 2007. Produced by none other than
John Porter (Bonnie Raitt, Keb' Mo', Buddy Guy), it places her among the new
blues artists to watch out for. Nothing short of a revelation.

    Roomful of Blues, July 9
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    This group of seven from Rhode Island has won its spurs in jump-swing,
soul and R&B over a period of 37 years, during which their albums have been
nominated a number of times for Grammy Awards. A virtual brass party machine,
the ROB presents its new album, Raisin' a Ruckus, and its new singer, Dave
Howard.

    Pinetop Perkins, July 12
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    He moved through the last century revolutionizing piano blues, and his
celebrated work with Muddy Waters and Sonny Boy Williamson confirmed him as an
outstanding performer. At the age of 95, he won a "Best Blues Album" Grammy
for his most recent album, Pinetop Perkins & Friends, having previously
received the prestigious "Lifetime Achievement Award". His birthday will be
celebrated during the festival.

    Concept Shows

    Acoustic Summit, July 7
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    This is the second chapter of an impressive acoustic blues event that was
hugely successful last year. On this year's menu, the virtuoso New Brunswick
guitarist Ryan Leblanc; the dazzling guitar-voice duo of Paul Deslauriers and
Dawn Tyler Watson; the matchless harmonica player Guy Bélanger and his trio;
the three members of Hot Toddy, from Fredericton; the talented Steve Mariner
and the Guitar Explosion trio in acoustic mode.

    Jeff Healey Blues Band, July 8
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    With special permission from Cristie, wife of the deceased, the Jeff
Healey Blues Band - the band that backed the artist on his tours and at the
Toronto club that bore his name - invites artists to join a performance that
pays homage to the virtuoso, who died at 41 following a battle with cancer.
The musician, originally from Toronto, passed through many musical stages
during his career, including jazz, blues and rock. He is said to have been an
extraordinary artist able to fuse the various styles with disconcerting
talent. The four members of JHBB invite artists to join the party. In the
course of his career Jeff collaborated with many musical greats such as B.B
King, Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jeff Beck, Duke
Robillard, Colin James and Randy Bachman.

    An intimate blues experience

    L'AIRE DU BLUES is back again this year. This special, more intimate
venue is devoted to blues culture. Here, the public gets a chance to meet
artists and hear their musings on inspiration, secrets, philosophies... listen
to up-close performances... attend conferences and workshops... participate in
discussions. A place where audiophiles will find treasures such as classic
blues recordings courtesy of Archambault Records, the official Festival
boutique (featuring Festival clothing and gear), and much more. The workshops
will take place every day at 1 p.m. except on July 4.

    Prix Etoiles Galaxie de Radio-Canada

    Thanks to the cooperation of Radio-Canada and its Galaxie network, which
has an excellent Blues channel, we will be presenting, on Sunday, July 13, the
very best of the next Blues generation. In fact, with an eye (and ear) to
renewing and refreshing the Blues genre, a cross-Canada competition will be
held to find remarkable young blues artists. The general public is invited to
see performances by these aspiring musicians, who ask only for a stage and an
enthusiastic crowd in order to convey their talent. Artists are encouraged to
send in a demo before June 20 and a professional panel will select three
candidates to take part in the finals on the Molson Stage. For registration
details, visit www.tremblant.ca.

    The Festival takes a green turn

    The organising committee of the Tremblant International Blues Festival
acknowledges the need to respect the environment. This year, a many actions
are taken to reduce the event's impact on the environment. For example, all
the official documents were printed on recycled paper and back-to-back, same
thing for the program leaflet distributed in the village. Also, the plastic
cups used to serve beer are entirely recyclable. Moreover, instead of using
bottled water, the volunteers and artists of the Festival will receive a
reusable bottle that they can refilled throughout the event. The Festival's
organisation also concentrates to decrease its use of products that are not -
or hardly recyclable.

    Thanks to Festival partners

    The Tremblant International Blues Festival has been made possible thanks
to the help of many key collaborators. The Festival thanks its renowned
partners for their generous support of the blues scene, which has made such an
event possible. The Tremblant International Blues Festival is presented by
Volkswagen, in collaboration with Molson Ex. Ville de Mont-Tremblant, Galaxie,
Archambault and Tourisme Québec are proud partners in the event.
    The Tremblant International Blues Festival has been powered by Volkswagen
since 1999. Again this year, Volkswagen's contribution to the festival is
invaluable with owner privileges during the festival as well as a promotion
that will be unveiled at a later date.
    A partner in the Festival international du Blues de Tremblant since the
very beginning, Molson Export is back this summer with its three happy
hour-events with blues artists performing live. The three evenings are
scheduled on July 5, 11 and 12, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Visit the festival's
website for more details on this opportunity to participate in a great
experience.

    For more information or to book your stay online, visit tremblant.ca

    
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For further information:

For further information: Annick Marseille, Station Mont Tremblant, (819)
681-3000 ext. 46694, amarseille@intrawest.com

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