As you read this there are less than two weeks to go to the 17th edition of the Porquis Blues Festival.
As usual we’ll be mixing some of our past favourites with a number of new (to us and likely you) acts. We have artists coming from Alberta, Manitoba, Quebec and of course, from right across Ontario, including performers from Toronto, Ottawa, Sudbury, North Bay and Timmins.
As some of you may know, the Porquis Blues Festival has been struggling over the past few years and we are doing our best to overcome some of the hurdles.
Mother Nature can either make or break any outdoor event in Northern Ontario. She can be a real challenge, even at the best of times. 2013 was the worst year in the festival’s history in terms of audience turnout due to poor weather conditions. However, we do have an awesome venue that helps protect our fans and performers from the elements. Our festival grounds and facilities are second to none.
The Blues Society recognizes how important it is to have events such as the Porquis Blues Festival. There are so few opportunities to see live music in these parts, played by some of the best entertainers in the Canadian music industry. Our little festival is always great value for money and most people who have been around recognize that our pricing policies are actually very reasonable.
This year we felt we had to change the dates of our festival in order to avoid much of the competition we were seeing on our traditional weekend, being the weekend following Canada Day. As it turns out, our festival will coincide with events being put on by the Iroquois Falls Festivals and Events Committee which begin on July 18th and run through to July 26th. So now there are even more reasons to come and enjoy all the festivities.
The Porquis Blues Society is made up of a group of dedicated volunteers. If any profit is made, it is used to help maintain the Porquis Community Center and serves as seed money for the following years’ festivals. No one gets paid for their efforts.
We appreciate all the support we have received over the years from our sponsors and our fans. We are hoping for the best in 2014. If you like what we are doing, please come out and show your support.
Volunteer Executive Director
July 6th, 2014