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November 7, 2007

Blues Foundation Honours Edmonton Blues Greats

Written by
cindy mcleod

blues music news, Canada

Holger Peterson, Edmonton Labatt Blues Festival Receive Awards

The Blues Foundation in Memphis, Tennessee, will recognize individuals and organizations with the 2008 Keeping the Blues Alive Award, to be handed out in Memphis on Saturday, February 2, 2008.

Two Edmonton blues giants are to be internationally recognized with the award for their contributions to blues music.

Holger Petersen, who hosts CBC Radio One’s Saturday Night Blues, and Edmonton’s Labatt Blues Festival are recipients of the 2008 Keeping the Blues Alive Award.

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Holger Peterson

Holger Petersen is the founder of Stony Plain Records, but is being recognized for his work in public radio. For 21 years Holger Petersen has hosted Saturday Night Blues, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s only nationwide Blues radio show. Beginning in 1969, he has also presented a regional show on the CKUA Network called Natch’l Blues, which is the longest running Blues radio show in Canada. He also programs the BluesTime Channel on Galaxie, which presents 24/7 Blues via satellite and cable TV across Canada. In addition, thirty years ago Peterson also founded Stony Plain Records, one of Canada’s leading roots and Blues labels. His label includes over 330 releases by many Blues icons including current label mates Maria Muldaur, Duke Robillard, Jeff Healey, and Ronnie Earl. In addition, he helped found the Edmonton Folk Festival and served fifteen years on the board of SOCAN, the Canadian equivalent of ASCAP or BMI.

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Carrol Deen and Cam Hayden

The Edmonton Labatt Blues Festival, co-produced by husband and wife team Cam Hayden and Carrol Deen, was founded in 1999. The 10th edition of the three day event of National and International blues is scheduled for Aug. 22-24 at Hawrelak Park. Carrol Deen and Cam Hayden have been producing and promoting blues together since the mid-80’s. Carrol worked promotions for The Edmonton Folk Music Festival and was on the board of The City Media Club in its’ hey day as a blues venue in Edmonton. Cam has been programming the blues on CKUA Radio Network since 1978, has written about the blues for various publications in the Edmonton area and booked the City Media Club in the late 80’s and early 90’s. Together, they formed WingTip Productions and produced blues shows at various locations around Edmonton before forming Blues International Ltd. in 1998 with the express intention of giving Edmonton blues audiences an annual blues festival.

for more information visit www.blues.org

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