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As an Affiliate of the Blues Foundation we can sponsor a Band and Solo/Duo act in Memphis, TN for the January  International Blues Challenge (IBC).  Refer to the Blues Foundation Website for more information.  The 2024 IBCs in Memphis, TN, take place from January 16 – 20, 2024.

The FVBS is pleased to announce our 2023 BC Blues Challenge winners:

Band:   The Jason Lane Band (Vancouver)

Unfortunately The Jason Lane Band are unable to make the trip to Memphis, so runner up

The Bad Pennies  

will be taking their place at the January 2024 International Blues Challenge. Thanks Bad Pennies for taking up the Challenge!  

Read the bios of these artists on our band page.

They’re in the news! Click to read the Vancouver Sun article.

Strong Bow & Wry

Solo/Duo Act:

Strong Bow & Wry (Mission) 

Youth Act:

James Vickers from Nanaimo

Thank you to our amazing judges (James Buddy Rogers, Grant Payne & Jason Lawrence) for helping us make the selection based on the criteria set out by the Blues Foundation.

In January 2020, we sponsored a youth act – Natalie Giesbrecht. Her father and sister joined her and enjoyed participating in the Women in Blues showcase, the opening International Stage and other stages while in Memphis. Meeting so many other musicians was a highlight for Natalie. 

The 2018 FVBS International Blues Challenge Competition winners were:

Duo Act:  Blue Hearts Duo
Band:  James ‘Buddy’ Rogers
Youth Act:  Noah Poirier Music

These BC Acts will be going to Memphis, TN to compete and play at the 35th Annual International Blues Challenge (IBC).

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, fans, Blues Societies, promoters and others from the music industry, from all over the world. It is an experience you will NEVER forget!