Tuesday, October 13, 2009


Gatineau, QC
October 12, 2009
The celebration goes on with Festive Classic Blues at the 10th edition of "Virée Blues Boréale". To follow the all-out performance by Steve Hill & The Majestiks with their guests, Ricky Paquette and JF No of JunkYard Dogs, the celebration keeps going on at the 10th edition of Virée Blues Boréale. And, all reasons being worth partying, we will also celebrate our hostess’s birthday.
For three years now, the beautiful Katrina has been the muse, the inspiration to your Virée Blues Boréale’s producer. For this occasion, she was asked to choose one of her favorite artists, one to celebrate with. As the selection proved very difficult, there might also be some surprise guests ...!
The Blues: the musical expression of the tortured soul, of the guts, and in all its different color shades! For sure, it’s the complaint of a tormented soul, but often it’s a celebration of the small joys that sprinkle life’s hardship! Our guest, one of Canada’s great Bluesmen, excels in that spectrum of the Blues. He means to emphasize all that through an unforgettable Swing Blues party. Kevin Mark combines a strong stage presence with boisterous rhythms and inspiration by the top artists of the Blues, of R&B, as well as of Rock 'n' Roll of the ’50s and ’60s. A classic retro sound and original compositions likely to become tomorrow's classics.
After his 1998 debut as Blues singer and guitarist, he went on to open the shows of highly distinguished stars like Lonnie Brooks, Bryan Lee, Toni Lynn Washington, Junior Watson, Jack de Keyzer, Big Jack Johnson and Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials. His booming voice, a strong rhythmic section, and blasting saxophones make it easy to understand why this group won the "Show of the Year" award at the Lys Blues Gala for FOUR YEARS since 2004.
Actually, the Kevin Mark Blues Band has been awarded over 30 prizes and nominations since 1998. Since his performance at the 5th edition of Virée Blues Boréale, he added a third opus to his discography. Recorded at Kevin Mark’s own Hideaway Studio in Montreal, Cuttin’ Loose comprises 14 works that carry the listener from the West Coast of the United States to Chicago through New Orleans, still retaining Kevin Mark’s unique writing and sound. The album was mixed in California by West Coast Blues producer Jerry Hall, who worked with, among others, Little Charlie & The Nightcats, James Harman, Junior Watson and Kid Ramos. In France, the CD held the top of the Blues radio station's chart for 2 full months and is still very much heard. It also received rave reviews from all over the world. You can expect to feel like snapping fingers and tapping your feet, as all is set to party the traditional Blues way.
Not yet convinced? ... or wish to be part of such a festive occasion?... Just drop by. But you’ve got to be ready!
It will be very festive at Virée Blues Boréale, on Wednesday, October 21, 2009, at 8h00 p.m, at Addiction, 117 Promenade du Portage, in the Old Hull sector of Gatineau, QC (just across the bridge from Ottawa, ON).
For inquiries or interview requests, please contact Alexandre Petit at vireeblues@gmail.com.
You can find further information on our guest artist at:
You should also visit our website for links to all our guests’ websites and lots of other very interesting information at:

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