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Great Show


We were able to add $6,600 to the White Rock Fire Victims account that Sources Community Services are managing.

Everyone had a great time.

It was a great venue, offering both indoor and outdoor seating, Bar and BBQ that we plan to use for upcoming shows.

The next one will be Sunday July 24th.

The Blues Challenge will be conducted to determine the solo/duo and band act that will be representing the White Rock Blues Society in Memphis this coming January at the International Blues Challenge.





 Sunday Schedule*

11:00 AM Doors open, seating is first come first served
12:00 PM Martini Guitars
12:40 PM Dalannah & Owen
1:30 PM  Brandon & Chip
3:00 PM Ocean Park  Wailers
4:00 PM James Buddy Rogers
5:00 PM Glen Pearson
6:00 PM Harpdog Brown
* These times can vary so come early
if you want to be sure of catching a particular artist.


The 33rd International Blues Challenge (IBC 20

Press Release

White Rock Blues Society Presents

2016 Blues Challenge Event

Sunday July 24th

Pacific Inn Resort, Costa Brava Ballroom & Garden


Once again for the seventh year the White Rock Blues Society will be conducting a Blues Challenge Event to determine who will represent the White Rock Blues Society in Memphis at the 2017 International Blues Challenge. Both a solo/duo act and a band will be chosen by a panel of judges, using the same criteria used in Memphis at the Blues Foundation’s International Blues Challenge.

Past Participants Who Went to Memphis

  1.      2010 - The Twisters, Band
  2.      2011 - Mud Dog, Duo
  3.      2012 - Poppa Dog
  4.      2013 - David “Boxcar” Gates
  5.      2014 - Arsen Shomakhov Blues Band & Brandon Isaak
  6.      2015 - Uncle Wiggly’s Hot Shoes Blues Band, Dalannah Gail Bowen & Owen Owen Owen, Duo
  7.      2016 - Arsen Shomakhov Blues Band, Jesse Roper, solo

The IBC will be held from January 31 – February 4, 2017 in downtown Memphis, TN taking place in the Historic Beale Street Entertainment District. - See more at:


IBC has evolved into the nation’s biggest and most respected showcase for Blues musicians ready to take their act to the national stage. The IBC is a judged “Battle of the Bands” in which competitors take the stage and play a short set for a panel of judges. The acts are judged based on an established set of criteria.

The International Blues Challenge represents an international search by The Blues Foundation and its Affiliated Organizations (mostly blues societies) for the Blues Band and Solo/Duo Blues Act ready to perform on a national stage, but just need that extra break. Each Affiliate of The Blues Foundation has the right to send a band and solo/duo act to represent the organization at the IBC Semi-Finals on Beale Street in Memphis, TN.

Affiliates are required to stage a regional preliminary IBC competition, with the winner of that competition representing the organization in the Memphis international competition. Usually, these preliminary rounds are held in clubs as part of a fundraiser or simply an excitement-building event. Each organization is free to structure the preliminary round as it sees fit, as long as a single band and/or solo/duo act is identified. However, since The Blues Foundation scoring criteria will determine the ultimate winner, we strongly encourage our Affiliates to use the same system in the preliminary competitions.  “Source” Blues Foundation Website

This year the event will be held on Sunday July 24th at the Pacific Inn Resort, 1030 King George Blvd. South Surrey in the Costa Brava Ballroom and Adjacent Garden Area.

Our Artistic Director, Jason Buie is putting together the line up of bands and Solo/Duo acts for the event.

Interested acts can contact Jason Buie, our Artistic Director at

The event will start at 11:00 AM and end at approximately 7:00 PM.

There will be a cash bar and BBQ buffet available on site.






 Tickets for the Blues Challenge are only available on line using PayPal link below


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Check out the tickets page
Now accepting PayPal


Or on the day of the event at the hotel

Pacific Inn Resort
1060 King George Blvd.

Also ask about the reduced Guest Room Rates
for WRBS event attendees.

604 535 1432
Toll Free: 1-800-667-2248



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If Nobody Knows

Nobody Goes"

Poppa Dawg


Rodney Dranfield (President WRBS) 


Its had been six years since our first local IBC Event was held at the Rhumba Room to identify a solo/duo act to a attend the annual International Blues Challenge put on by the Blues Foundation in Memphis. 

That was 2010 and Vancouver duo Mud Dog was selected. The following year it was held at the West Beach Bar and Grill and solo artist David "Boxcar" Gates went to Memphis. In 2012 we held the event at the Princeton Pub downtown and Pappa Dawg's Band was selected. Last year the event was held on Granville Street at the FANCLUB. Brandon "Yukon Slim" Isaak was chosen from the solo/duo category and Arsen Shomakhov Band from the band category. 

We had 10 acts performing 25 minute sets with judges using the same criteria employed in Memphis

to determine who will be sponsored to attend the January 2015 event on the famed Beale Street.
The two acts that went to Memphis are:

Uncle Wiggly's Hot Shoes Blues Band


Dalannah Gail Bowen & Owen Owen Owen

On Sunday July 26 2015 we conducted another Blues Challenge Event at the Semiahmoo First Nation's Semiahmoo Park Spirit Stage to determine the solo/duo act and band to represent the WRBS in Memphis in January 2016.

Jesse Ropper was selected for the solo category

the Arsen Shomakhov Blues Band was selected for the band category.