Smokin’ Blues Fest and Maritime Metal festival raising funds for mental health

Published on July 16, 2017

The Kendra Gale Band will be one of the performers at this year’s Smokin’ Blues Fest, which is set for July 28-29.


WINDSOR, N.S. — The Smokin’ Blues Fest, now in its seventh year, and the Maritime Metal and Hard Rock Festival, now in its fifth, will be held on the same weekend this year.

This is the first time both shows will be happening simultaneously at different sections of the Hants County Exhibition grounds. The shows will run July 28-29, 2017.

Concert organizer Jay Chetwynd said he’s excited that a portion of the ticket sales will be going to the Canadian Mental Health Association.

“There’s such a close correlation between music and mental health and people use music as a way to get away from their illness,” Chetwynd said. “I battle with some pretty serious mental illness myself. These festivals help me; they distract focus away from my battles.”

Chetwynd said the death of famed musician Chris Cornell had a big impact on him and others in the industry — adding that there is a need for more awareness of mental health issues.

Both festivals will be spread out over two days, with camping available on site.

“New for attendees this year is the first ‘Evening with the Ladies of East Coast Blues,’ which features the best of the best female-fronted blues acts,” Chetwynd said. “All performers are East Coast and being showcased to show off the abundance of talent we are graced with in our region.”

Chetwynd said he’s hoping to bring a combined 1,000 people to the Windsor area to see the shows.

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