Smokin’ Blues Fest hitting the stage in Aylesford this weekend

Wendy Elliott
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Matt Minglewood, who is celebrating his 50th year in the music business, will headline Smokin’ Blues Fest this weekend. – Submitted

Smokin' Blues Fest isn’t just the same old, same old music scene.

According to organizer Jay Chetwynd, the family-friendly event will bring 15 acts to the Valley and features Canadian legend Matt Minglewood and his band, Celtic bluesman John Campbelljohn and many more East Coast acts.

“It's truly a gem of a festival and it's happening right in our own backyard, Fox Mountain Camping Park in Aylesford,” he said. 

The festival, now in its fourth year, is growing in leaps and bounds, says Chetwynd.

“This will be the best year yet. It's a high-quality, affordable ‘stay-cation’ for Valley people, while at the same time drawing folks from as far away as California and BC last year.”

He points out that the festival has also had a positive impact on the local economy.

“Music lovers get sick of the same old, same old and this is a breath of fresh air for the local music scene."

Not only is the lineup of bands amazing, the atmosphere makes this whole weekend a true festival experience, he added.

A key feature of this year’s Smokin' Blues Fest is the fact that Minglewood will be celebrating his 50th year in the music business.

“Minglewood has travelled all over the world performing his music and making Nova Scotians proud. The fact he is gracing the stage at Smokin' Blues Fest is a true honour for everyone involved,” said Chetwynd.

“Anyone in the Canadian blues scene knows who Matt Minglewood is, so for the other bands, it's a chance to say they have shared a stage with a true icon of Canadian music.” 

Along with music, he promises there will be belly dancers, comedians, cigar box guitar demos and a ton of vendors selling crafts, foods and other unique products.

Camping is available and young attendees can take part in the ‘Dance Away the Blues’ contest, where each kid under 12 will receive a free pass for themselves and a friend under 12 to Oaklawn Farm Zoo.

“Considering kids 12 and under get free admission to the festival as well, it's a great way to get the kids involved and loving music from an early age,” he said. 

Weekend, day and evening passes for the event are available at, toll free 1-877-451-1221 or at New Minas Superstore. Camping reservations can be made by calling 847-3747. 


Organizations: Oaklawn Farm Zoo

Geographic location: California, Aylesford, East Coast Fox Mountain Camping Park Nova Scotians

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  • Deanna Drew
    July 13, 2014 - 21:38

    I would just like to say that my husband,our 3 boys and I have been to every Smokin Blues festival and it just keeps getting bigger and better! The first year we could sit at our camper and look across the field and see the stage and now we can't see a darn thing because the field is packed! This festival really is for everyone. My sons are 8, 6 and 6 and they ask we all the time, "when are we going to fox mountain?" because they love it so much. Jay, you keep on doing what ever it is that you do to make this thing bigger and better every year! And p.s, Jayde wanted me to ask you if you could get Matt Minglewood again next year because I was in charge of getting him to sign Jayde's guitar and I failed . And just to everyone out there who thinks this fest isn't for them because they don't drink and party, well it is for you! I had the best time and all I drank was 4 pepsi max, 1 beer and 30 bottles of water! If you come you won't regret it! We look forward to it every year! Cheers!