Smokin’ Blues Fest hitting the stage in Aylesford this weekend

Wendy Elliott
Published on July 9, 2014

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.