Member Bands

Victoria’s own local blues heritage spans decades and is enhanced by your membership and support. Help preserve and promote our unique musical heritage by joining today!​

Becoming a Member Band

Do you have a professional blues band?

Do you want it to be listed on our member bands page?

If at least one your band members lives in Greater Victoria and one of you is a VBS member, we can add your band to this list. 

Contact us with the following information:

  • The name of your band

  • A square (1:1) photo of your band

  • A brief description  of the band, your music, and what folks can expect

  • The members of the band and their instruments

  • A link to your Facebook page, website, YouTube or other online presence

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Auntie Kate & the Uncles of Funk

Auntie Kate hits the stage like a barely controlled force of nature, rocking and kicking out a powerful blues routine honed in the clubs of Western Canada. Auntie Kate and the Uncles of Funk stir up a mess of blues, seasoned with good old R&B and delivered on a plateful of soul and funk.

Band Members

Auntie Kate (vocals, accordian); Tom Bowler (guitar, vocals); Todd Sacerty (bass); Joe Kovacs (drums); Bill Underwood (bass).

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Bill Johnson Blues Band

An excellent west coast blues band, Juno and Maple Blues nominated guitarist/vocalist Bill Johnson is equally good solo on National steel.

Band Members

Bill Johnson (guitar); John R Hunter (drums); George Fenn (bass)

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Charlie Fox and the Disciples of Cool

Re-imagining the Blues for the 21st century, with the some old favourites, new twists and fresh sounds. They are ready to bring a hot heaping helping of home cooked blues with dash of rock, a pinch of jazz and a whole lotta fun to the dance floors of Vancouver Island.

Band Members

Charlie Fox (keyboards, vocals); Art Tyler (drums, vocals); Bruce Davies (bass); Don Peterson (guitar, vocals);

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Curl

CURL performs a wide range of traditional blues and soul songs with a few old-school country surprises mixed in. CURL’s 2017 CD, Under the Table Wine features collaborations with Juno nominee Bill Johnson as well as saxophonist Gene Hardy. CURL has been featured at Victoria’s Blues Bash, the Nanaimo Summer Blues Festival and on Victoria television station, CHEK TV.

Band Members

Helen Davies (vocals, guitar); Susan Johnson (bass); Dee Cooper (keyboards); CURL collaborates with some of the finest local guitarists and drummers for larger shows.

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Deb Rhymer Band

Deb Rhymer struts the Blues with a sultry, uptown West Coast sound. Drawing on the classics, from the heyday of the Chicago shouters to the strong song writing women of today's North West blues scene, Deb delivers a funky, soulful and sophisticated blues brew for your listening and dancing delight.

Band Members

Deb Rhymer (vocals); Kelly Fawcett (guitar); Phil Albert (bass); Andy Graffiti (drums)

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Doctor Bones Blues Project

Playing Blues Fusion: Blues music infused with gospel, rock and a bit of funk. Dr.Bones plays bars, fairs, festivals, markets, charity events, prisons and social service agency events for Victoria’s marginalized and working poor.

Band Members

John Bones (harp, vocals); Gail Bones (vocals); Ron Willes (lead guitar); Scott McLellan (rhythm guitar) Mark Humphreys (bass); Jack Funk (drums).

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Harris Gilmore & The Mojos

With Harris Gilmore fronting and the amazing Al Sabourin on guitar, the Mojos kick out blues, originals and covers. They genre-bend, sometimes breaking into Latin beats or reagge in the middle of a blues tune. Harris has opened shows for Downchild Blues Band, Robben Ford, among others.

Band Members

Harris Gilmore (vocals); Al Sabourin (guitar); Steven Duben (bass); Malcolm Cooley (drums)

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McKiNLeY Wolf

Live vintage blues tribute to the masters – Freddie King, Howlin’ Wolf, Jimmy Reed, B.B. King, Muddy Waters, Albert King…if you love the blues McKiNLeY WoLf will stir your heart and if you love to dance they will stir your feet!

Band Members

Ian Walls (bass, vocals); Ed Bauer (drums, backup vocals); Dallas Harlen (guitar, backup vocals)

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Preston & Bonkowski

Preston & Bonkowski are a swingin’ little duo featuring Gary Preston on piano, vocals and harmonica and the lovely and talented Anita Bonkowski on upright bass and percussion. The music is always bluesy, with a touch of jazz and Latin. A full sound and … great for smaller venues.

Band Members

Gary Preston (piano, vocals, harmonica); Anita Bonkowski (upright bass, percussion)

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Renovation Blues Band

Renovation Blues Band is an ongoing project dedicated to presenting high-energy live blues music with conviction. An exciting live act, RBB brings together various upbeat blues styles to get you moving to the groove. Their music swings, funks, and shuffles its way into your soul and won’t let go. Don’t miss this great local band tear up the stage… come and let your soul be renovated! New CD release in 2017: “Swingin’ Hammers”

Band Members

Paul Gorosh (drums, vocals); Sean Kilback (guitar, vocals); Howard Mallett (bass, vocals); Darcy Phillips (piano, organ).

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Soul Shakers

The Soul Shakers have entertained Victoria area audiences for more than a decade with their own brand of funky R&B dance music. They combine superb musicianship with five strong vocalists led by lead vocalist Joyce “the voice” Allensen. There is no doubt they are one of the best dance bands on Vancouver Island!

Band Members

Joyce "the Voice" Allensen (vocals); Henning Kanstrup (bass); Paul McLellan (drums); Sean McCool (guitar); Alexander Ferguson (keyboards).

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Syzygy Blue

Playing material ranging from Ray Charles to ZZ Top, Syzygy Blue is guaranteed to fill the dance floor! This band creates music suitable for any venue.

Band Members

Blake Gasena (bass and vocals); Michael Sharp (drums); Steve Lalonde

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The Kingmixers

The KingmiXers specialize in blues, but can cover a wide range of styles. The band plays regularly across Vancouver Island and makes regular excursions to gig in Europe.

Band Members

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Trio: Gary Preston (keys, harp, vocals), David Schade (guitar, vocals), Anita Bonkowski (bass, drums)
Four Piece: Gary Preston (keys, harp, vocals), David Schade (guitar, vocals), Anita Bonkowski (drums), Rick Erickson (bass)

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True Blue Trio

The group plays blues (with touches of soul/R&B/rockabilly) from the 1920s to the 2000s. A tradition based repertoire includes songs by Big Bill Broonzy, Leroy Carr, Otis Rush, Don & Dewey, Little Walter, Wynonie Harris and TBone Walker, to name a few. Both Jack and Dave also write original blues songs and often sing duets. Dave's use of lead guitar (or fiddle) and harp simultaneously sets the group apart from the traditional trio sound.

Band Members

Dave Harris - vocals, guitar, harp and fiddle. Jack Lavin - vocals, bass and harp. Ross Hall - drums.

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