~A Portrait of Blues in Canada~
by Randy MacNeil & Francine Aubrey

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Savoir Faire Canadiana is proud to announce the release of their exquisite book, A Portrait of Blues in Canada - a Photographic Documentary by Randy MacNeil & Francine Aubrey. Over 5 years ago, Randy started working on a Canadian Bluesbook project. What began as a photobook became a stunning and insightful photographic documentary featuring Randy MacNeil's rich black and white (film) portraiture of Canadian Blues artists from coast to coast, accompanied by the artists' answers to the following questions:

  • Who do you think most influenced the Canadian blues music scene or, in other words, who put blues on the map in Canada?

  • What impact effect has playing the blues in Canada had on your family and/or personal life? Have you had to make many sacrifices to persevere in the blues?

Their answers and only their answers accompany the photographs. With the story told by the artists themselves, the reader is led through a rich and intimate view into the Canadian blues music scene and its history. Of course people were missed, but the amazing thing about this record is how few actually were.

Who's in the book?

Dutch Mason, Donnie Walsh and the Downchild Blues Band, Powder Blues Band, Colin Linden, Colin James, David Wilcox, Long John Baldry, David Gogo, Bob Walsh, Nanette Workman, Steve Hill, Steve Strongman and many more. You can get a complete listing of the musicians in the book by clicking this link: Table of content

A first of its kind, A Portrait of Blues in Canada is a 260 page, hard cover, limited edition high end coffee table book is "a must have" addition to any serious music library.

To purchase the book, click here.


"This is an amazing and very important book. It is an important part of Canadian Blues history."
-- Holger Petersen, Stony Plain Records, Saturday Night Blues (CBC) and Natch'l Blues (CKUA)

"Loved your book. Thought it was great and informative.… Terrific pictures."
-- Bernie Finkelstein, Music Executive, The Finkelstein Management Company, Founder of True North Records

"No one has ever documented Canadian Blues music like this... until now... You did it! What an extraordinary book. The photographs are stunning, and combined with the artists' insight, it's magnificient... Mazel tov!!!"
-- Mitch Podolak, Executive Producer of Home Routes, Founder of the Winnipeg, Vancouver, Stan Rogers, Owen Sound Folk Festivals and the Winnipeg West End Cultural Center.

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