2013 BITS program


Blues In The Schools


19 schools and 3,700 students







The Saskatoon Blues Society is pleased to announce the SaskTel Blues in the Schools program for the 2013 Blues Festival celebrations will feature currently 6 time nominee for Maple Blues Award, Canadian artist Steve Strongman and long time educator Steve James from Austin, Texas. Both are also performing as main stage artists at this years Blues Festival as well. When you visit their websites below you will find they both have traveled the world extensively and we consider ourselves very fortunate to have them visiting our local schools.


Blues in the Schools Week is Monday February 25th - Friday March 1st. We are now booking their presentations that include blues history, broad music education, and playing Blues music.


Steve Strongman    Steve James


More infomation on our primary presenters can be found by following the links to their respective websites Steve Strongman and Steve James.


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) 11th annual Blues Festival, a testament to the hard work of a lot of dedicated Toon Town blues lovers. However, 2013 also marks the 11th 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.