Kitchener songbird Cheryl Lescom, Miss Angel (a longtime singer with Mel Brown), guitarist David Wilcox, Jack De Keyser, and John Campbell each were new to my ears, and I think that is what a great blues festival does: it introduces fans to blues talent that may be new to them. Each of these Canadian blues artists put on a top-notch show, and I especially enjoyed rediscovering Moreland and Arbuckle, Paul Reddick and the young blues band Monkeyjunk, and acts like Delta Moon. The weekend also features local Blues in the Schools performances, and many songs are archived on the festival’s web site.
jerk chicken at Ellison’s. Proprietor Elvis Ellison (yes, I saw Elvis in Kitchener!) serves up some of the best Caribbean food I’ve ever tasted, and I look forward to returning to his restaurant.
While I thought I took in much of the four-day festival, I missed a lot, including the“12 Bar Blues,” where festival artists play in one of 12 blues bars until late in the night. There’s also a gospel brunch hosted by the Kitchener businesses (Note to self: try to get to each one next year!).