The Saskatoon Blues Society is pleased to announce the United Group - Blues in the Schools program for 2018, during the week of February 26th - March 2nd.
Our presentations are suitable for all grade levels, with our experienced presenters adjusting their presentation to fit the needs of your school. We prefer to target middle year (grades 5-8) and high school levels in order to maintain the historical and social content that can be presented.
Juno award winner and 4 times Maple Blues Award winner Canadian bluesman Steve Strongman is a versatile talent, and a restless one. By constantly pushing himself in new directions, he has kept himself vital. His talent is huge and impossible to miss, and it's matched by his staggering musical ambition - as guitar-slinger, songwriter or vocalist. The same structures and progressions that animate blues and roots music can also choke the air out of it, smothering it in caricature and cliché. But Strongman is a subtle shape-shifter who manages to slip that trap without betraying the music he loves. Throughout, he never sounds an inauthentic note or loses touch with the essence of the blues.
Web site: Steve Strongman
Steve Strongman is available Monday to Friday
This year marks the Saskatoon Blues Society's (SBS) 16th annual Blues Festival, a testament to the hard work of a lot of dedicated Toon Town blues lovers. However, 2018 also marks the 16th anniversary of what's likely a slightly less-known SBS program - but one that's no less important in terms of both keeping the blues alive in Saskatoon, and opening some minds to the wider world. It's the Blues In The Schools program (BITS), and along with acting as a vehicle to get local students interested in the blues, it's also an extremely effective way of providing students with valuable education regarding racism, class conflict and music history, in an accessible and interesting format.
Blues In The Schools is an international youth outreach program dedicated to teaching school-age kids about blues and blues history. Though the program has existed in various incarnations for thirty years, it was only in 2002 that the SBS first began their own BITS program.