The only blues museum in Canada was a partnership between the Canada South Blues Society and the Francophone community’s Place Concorde. The CSBS transformed the Oasis Pub, which was located inside Place Concorde, into a live performance blues museum. The walls were adorned with over 120 world-renowned artists, all of whom have played for us in Canada South.
Recently, the Oasis Pub changed hands and CSBS is currently in limbo as we search for a new venue to host our shows. Until then we will be taking our upcoming shows on the road, to various venues, until a permanent place is landed by the CSBS board members.
What makes the museum and live shows so special is that the artist is inducted into the museum, and then proceeds to the stage for the live show. Each induction is more than just an evening of great blues. Blues fans are witnessing a piece of Canadian blues history first hand, as the artist is inducted into our hall of fame!
The first inductee into the museum was the legendary Johnnie Johnson, inducted on his 80th birthday. Other inductees include Eric Burdon, Jeff Healey, David Honeyboy Edwards, Bobby Rush, Kim Wilson, Sir Mac Rice, Sherman Robertson, Powder Blues Band, Matt Minglewood, to name a few.
The Canada South Blues Society presents 8 – 10 shows per year, September through June, primarily on Friday or Saturday nights. Show times are 7:30-11:30pm. Ticket prices for induction shows are generally $20 for CSBS members, $25 for non-members. Shows sell out quickly, so keep an eye on our website, or become a member for monthly email newsletters and discount prices.
1. Uniting the blues community in the Canada South area and giving it a central voice.
2. Expanding the overall awareness of the blues in the general population.
3. Exposing our youth to the art form via Blues programs in our schools.
4. Helping to support Blues artists in Canada and abroad.
5. Create an exciting social setting for blues lovers to meet.
The Canada South Blues Museum is funded through generous donations from many local sponsors, Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Martin Scorsese’s Blues Music Foundation.
Purchase a $25.00 membership and receive:
- Discount on show tickets.
- First notice and availability for CSBS shows.
- The lowest price for Bluesfest tickets.
CSBS membership applications are available at all CanadaSouth Blues Society events, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.