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 2019 to compete in the International Blues Challenge.  Refer to the Blues Foundation Website for more information.

The 2018 FVBS International Blues Challenge Competition is being held on:

Solo/Duo Contenders Noah Poirier & the Blue Hearts (Hank & Mark)

Sunday, July 22nd from 10 am – 4 pm
Aldergrove Fair Days, 
26770 29th Ave., Aldergrove

The finals consist of two (2) Solo/Duo acts:
Blue Hearts Duo & Noah Poirier Music


3 Bands:
Hell’s Gate Blues BandJames Thorhaug Band & James ‘Buddy’ Rogers.

The Band’s are duking it out for the 2018 IBC’s contest

On the main stage to win the opportunity to go to Memphis, TN to compete and play at the 35th Annual International Blues Challenge (IBC).

Please invite friends, family and musicians to come and cheer on the contenders! It will be a fun day at the fair, which has food trucks, midway rides, a chili cook-off and many other activities to keep you entertained. And of course, there will be great music for the day as well.

This is an exciting opportunity for BC musicians to share in the limelight and excitement of Memphis, TN. While in Memphis you get to meet other musicians and fans, from all over the world. It is an experience you will NEVER forget!

Important: For those competing: Read the Rules and Regulations.

We need volunteers to help us with this event both for organizing and during the event. Please consider helping us out. We need dependable, organized individuals who have that love of music.



In 2017 we sent two acts to Memphis:

Solo/Duo Act: The Blue HeartsThe Blue Hearts

The Blue Hearts playing the “Canuck Showcase” in Memphis, TN – February 2017

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!

Bands: James Buddy RogersJames ‘Buddy’ Rogers Band

The James ‘Buddy’ Rogers Band went to Memphis in 2017 as the Fraser Valley Blues Society’s band entry.

As a seasoned artist James Rogers has been playing the Blues for most of his life. He’s toured extensively, played with many of the greats and has released 4 albums to date.

James Buddy Rogers playing BB Kings on Beale St., Memphis, TN January 2017