2016 Blues In The Schools

2016BITS

The Saskatoon Blues Society is pleased to announce the SaskTel Blues in the Schools program for 2016, during the week of February 22-27.

Our presentations are suitable for all grade levels, with our experienced presenters adjusting their presentation to fit the needs of your school. We prefer to target middle year (grades 5-8) and high school levels in order to maintain the historical and social content that can be presented.


Murray Porter

Murray Porter

JUNO Award Winner Murray Porter is Mohawk from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory in southern Ontario. Through his blues he tells the Aboriginal side of history with a mixture of country, blues and humour. Murray is a self-taught, singer, songwriter and piano player, who's spent the last 30 years playing the blues throughout the world, spreading his unique style of foot-stomping, hand clapping, NATIVE BLUES PIANO!! He has been compared to the likes of Dr. John, Joe Cocker, Leon Russell, Elton John and Delbert McClinton. Murray started playing music as a teenager, in bars and nightclubs throughout Ontario and Western New York he now lives in North Vancouver, British Columbia.


Web sites: Murray Porter | CBC Music


Tim Williams

Tim Williams

Tim Williams' career began in the coffee houses of Southern California in the mid-1960s and continues today around the world from his home base on the Canadian Prairies. Tim has played festivals, folk clubs, concert halls and roadhouses from Rabat, Morocco, to Melbourne, Australia, and from Dawson City, Yukon Territory to Zihuatanejo, Mexico, all to huge acclaim. A string of Maple Blues Award nominations, three JUNO award nominations, five Betty Mitchell Awards for composition/musical direction in theatre. Tim's win at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, as Best Solo or Duo, and Best Guitarist (solo or duo), are just the latest accolades in a career entering its fifth decade and attest to the high caliber of his work.


Web sites: Tim Williams | CBC News



Our presentations are suitable for all grade levels, with our experienced presenters adjusting their presentation to fit the needs of your school. We prefer to target middle year (grades 5-8) and high school levels in order to maintain the historical and social content that can be presented.

This year marks the Saskatoon Blues Society's (SBS) 14th annual Blues Festival, a testament to the hard work of a lot of dedicated Toon Town blues lovers. However, 2016 also marks the 14th anniversary of what's likely a slightly less-known SBS program - but one that's no less important in terms of both keeping the blues alive in Saskatoon, and opening some minds to the wider world. It's the Blues In The Schools program (BITS), and along with acting as a vehicle to get local students interested in the blues, it's also an extremely effective way of providing students with valuable education regarding racism, class conflict and music history, in an accessible and interesting format.

Blues In The Schools is an international youth outreach program dedicated to teaching school-age kids about blues and blues history. Though the program has existed in various incarnations for thirty years, it was only in 2002 that the SBS first began their own BITS program.