Rita Chiarelli is one of Canada’s most highly acclaimed roots and blues artists. Known across Canada as the “Goddess of the Blues,” Rita is a gifted songwriter and an entertaining performer blessed with a soaring three-octave range. And it’s that remarkable voice that sets her apart from her peers, inspiring awe and often tears in her audiences, and causing one critic to gush, “It’s a voice so blue it could make the angels weep.”
Rita has won every major Canadian blues award, including from Toronto, Hamilton, and the Manitoba Blues Society. Perhaps most notably, they include CBC Radio’s Great Canadian Blues Award and, among her numerous Maple Blues honours, the prestigious Blues With A Feeling Award for Lifetime Achievement.
For over three decades, Billy Joe Green has worked as a sideman and bandleader in Winnipeg, Vancouver, San Francisco, and Edmonton. He’s rocked, reeled, boogied, tumbled, and stumbled – only to get up again and carry the blues banner one humble step further.
Marcus Trummer weaves southern soul, blues, and roots rock into a modern sound steeped in tradition. His latest release, Running on My Own, won Blues Recording of the Year at the 2022 YYC Music Awards in Calgary.
Presented by the Saskatoon Blues Society