2018 Blues Camp

  February 20th - 23rd, 2018
Blues Camp Application and Payment   


The Saskatoon Blues Society's Blues Camp is a positive way to inspire creative development and emotional expression for youth through musical instruction, peer collaboration and historical reflection of Blues music. Blues Camp has been nurturing musical knowledge and growth through quality instruction since 2011. This program is a mixture of hands on instruction blended with history and basic music theory for youth 12-17.

Participants will learn to play blues music on their instruments, using their voice and writing original songs. Teamwork and functional learning during breakout sessions for specific instruments help solidify new musical knowledge and skills. Instructors are local, skilled professionals or semi-professionals prepared to build basic technique for a range of blues and musical styles and encourage improvisational creativity. Emphasis will be on providing the participants skills and confidence to play music with other musicians culminating with stage times at Buds on Broadway's Saturday Afternoon Jam Feb 24, 2018 and March 3, 2018. Family and children are welcome and encouraged at the jams.


Ross Neilsen
2018 Blues Camp Musical Director

Ross Neilsen

Ross Neilsen has been performing professionally since 2007. He has released ten albums and toured more than one million kilometers from Canada to Mexico. His peers have recognized him with nominations from The Maple Blues awards including Songwriter of the Year in 2017, East Coast Music Awards, Music NB Awards and CBC Rising Star. In 2012 Neilsen was a semi finalist in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis Tennessee. Ross Neilsen, originally from New Brunswick now lives in Saskatoon where he is raising his family and still performing.


Dates: 4 days - Tuesday, February 20th to Friday, February 23rd
Times: 9:30am - 3:00pm. Lunch break - noon to 1pm
Rehearsal: Friday, February 23rd - 9:30am to 3:00pm, Mount Royal Collegiate.
Performance: Buds on Broadway, the afternoon of February 24th and March 3rd
  • All of the above to be held at Mount Royal Collegiate.
  • Beverages, snacks and lunch will be provided on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
  • Students will be selected based on their application. An attempt will be made to include a manageable number of students for each instrument. Space is limited.
  • The entire program, including lunch and snacks, is available for a limited number of students for a fee of $100.00.
  • Blues Camp is a program presented for the 6th time by the Saskatoon Blues Society as part of the events of the Saskatoon Blues Festival.