International Blues Challenge (IBC)

BF-affiliate-300x233As an Affiliate of the Blues Foundation we are sending a Band and Solo/Duo act to Memphis, TN in January 2018 to compete in the International Blues Challenge.  Refer to the Blues Foundation Website for more information.

Registration for the 2017/18 Competition has not opened yet. If you are a musician or band and you’d like to be included on the notification list, please send an email to be added to the list. Be sure to identify that it is for IBC that you are interested in, otherwise you will only be added to our mail list.

International Blues Challenge Results 2017:

Solo/Duo Acts:

The Blue HeartsThe Blue Hearts

Over a combined 50-year span Mark Comerford (Guitar, Percussion, Vocals) and Hank Lionhart (Vocals) have been performing and recording the blues and were privileged to represent BC at the IBC’s in Memphis (Band Category) in 2015 with Uncle Wiggly’s Hot Shoes Blues Band. With just guitar and vocals, The Blue Hearts play original songs in a traditional style staying true to the Blues. Here’s a taste of the Blue Hearts at the semi-finals:

Thank you to Hank & Mark for representing the Fraser Valley Blues Society at the 33rd Annual IBC. They made it to the semi-finals but the competition was fierce so didn’t make it through to the finals. The audiences loved the Blue Hearts!


James Buddy RogersJames ‘Buddy’ Rogers Band

James ‘Buddy’ Rogers is a seasoned singer, songwriter and musician. Rogers has toured all over North America and parts of Europe over the last 25+ years playing shows with major blues acts.  In recent years Rogers has been nominated for multiple awards throughout North America including a JUNO Award. Rogers will be releasing his 4th album in September of 2016.


Thank you to the James “Buddy” Rogers Band for representing the Fraser Valley Blues Society at the 33rd annual IBC in Memphis, TN in January 2017. Though James was sick throughout the competition, he was a trooper and competed anyway. The band did us proud and we hope their experience overall was a good one.