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Represent Atlantic Canada at the International Blues Challenge 2021

The East Coast Blues Society is looking for East Coast Blues Artists to represent Atlantic Canada at the International Blues Challenge (IBC). This year the IBC’s will happen between January 19 - January 23, 2021 date TBA. East Coast Blues Artists can apply to qualify for the "band" or "solo/duo" categories. 

The Blues Foundation is still closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and has not yet determined whether to produce the traditional in person challenge in Memphis or run the IBC’s on an online platform. The IBC’s are continuing to accept submissions from affiliate Blues Societies for the time being. The East Coast Blues Society will be following the social guidelines set out by the Atlantic Provinces and will hold the Atlantic regional event via video submissions or at an actual venue with showcasing musicians and judges only, as per the IBC’s new guidelines found here: new IBC guidelines.

The ECBS deadline for submission of interest in participating in the regional event is midnight Friday August 14. If you are interested, please send an email to Please put “IBC” in the subject line. Artists expressing interest to perform at the regional event live or virtual will be contacted following the deadline with more details about the International Blues Challenge process.

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