WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT WATERFRONT BLUES
The ninth annual Waterfront Blues was once again marked by an outstanding array of Blues only artists and associated performances. We usually use this space to provide a snapshot of the Festival and spotlight some of the highlights of the event.
With the upcoming historic 10th Anniversary of Waterfront Blues in 2014 we thought we’d take a different approach. We’re not going to tell you about Jon Knight & Soulstack’s stirring opening Friday night show that set the bar high for the rest of the weekend. Or how Chuck Jackson’s Big Bad Blues Band’s tribute to Big Joe Turner picked up where Knight and his band left off. Or how the youngbloods – The 24th Street Wailers – assured us with their energetic and confident performance that the future of the Blues is in good hands. Or how the Festival seemed to levitate when the Saturday segment of Alexis P. Suter / Fathead / Eugene Hideaway Bridges took the entertainment quotient to another level. Or how boogie queen Deanna Bogart’s mix of Jazz, Swing, and uptown Blues mesmerized the audience.
Instead were going to tell you what the audience had to say in their answers to our annual survey. Here’s a quick summary:
- Toronto is a Blues town – almost 80% of the attendees were Toronto or GTA residents
- Everyone found something to like about Waterfront Blues
- all respondents rated the festival as either a 3 or 4 (4 being the highest score)
- approximately 60% of respondents stated that music is what they liked most about the Festival, and the rest cited the food, the vibe, the children’s activities, and the beer and wine garden
- And the Blues and Waterfront Blues is gaining acceptance from a younger audience – while the 30-59 age range continues to account for half of our audience, an equal number of 40 year olds and 20 year olds make up the balance
All in all, the 2013 edition of Waterfront Blues was a great success!
So “meet me where they play the Blues” next year for the 10th anniversary Waterfront Blues at Woodbine Park!