Bluesfest Sees Continued Success

Bluesfest Windsor 2015 motorcycles

Just a smattering of the motorbikes lining the riverfront at Bluesfest Windsor. Members from the Bad Examples Riding Club were on hand promoting their charity ride to benefit Kiwanis.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Header-image-Karalee-ThorupBy Karalee Thorup

(WINDSOR, ON) – If you were looking for a fun outing this past weekend, you might have been one of the many people who flocked down to the riverfront for some good food, drinks, and music.

Bluesfest Windsor is North America’s 9th largest blues festival and is the original starting point for blues fests dating back to 1995. I can’t say that I had the privilege of seeing the festival from the beginning but, if it was anything like this weekend’s, I can see why it has had continued growth and success.

Bluesfest Windsor 2015 Miss Robin Banks

Chatham’s Miss Robin Banks belted out a jazz-inspired song list during her set on stage at Bluesfest Windsor.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Walking up to the venue, you are greeted with rows upon rows of motorcycles, predominantly from The Bad Examples Riders Club. They attended the festival not only to enjoy the music but to represent their charity ride for the Kiwanis Sunshine Point Camp for underprivileged kids.

You could also find booths for Unconquered Sun, Hogans T-shirt printing, Windsor Express basketball and, of course, a delicious selection of food venders, as well.

After grabbing a fresh slice of pizza and a cold beer you could sit back and enjoy the sounds of Miss Robin Banks. Her deep and soulful jazzy tunes led to her being twice nominated for a Maple Blues award, for female vocalist of the year. Robin has continued to build on an already impressive career and graced us with her bold and classic sound.

Bluesfest Windsor 2015 Smashed Apple food truck

A number of food trucks were on hand throughout Bluesfest Windsor. They provided everything from the traditional hamburgers, fries, and pizza to gourmet crispy shrimp tacos and BBQ ribs.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Other impressive acts were that of Christian Vegh, who was in the youngest band to ever win the Long and McQuades Battle of the Bands, and Kip and Lily Cecile, a brother sister act that wowed the crowd with their acoustic vocal duo.


No discussion of Bluesfest Windsor 2015 would be complete without commenting on the great weather for the full three days. Sitting in the sun and listening to blues; what better way to spend a weekend?
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Although the sun was beating down with no relief, on the hot tarmac, the music offered the cool down that everyone needed on the hot days by the river. If you missed it this year, it is definitely a festival to hit up in the future.

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Ian Shalapata
Ian Shalapata is the owner and publisher of Square Media Group. He covers politics, the police beat, community events, the arts, sports, and everything in between. His imagery and freelance contributions have appeared in select publications and for organizations in Canada and the United States. Contact Ian with story ideas.
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