PRESENTED BY JIMMY WIGGINS / TBSHOWS
COMING UP NEXT
When I was about 15-years-old, I went to my very first local show. It was at 201 Syndicate (known at the time as The Millennium, next to what is now The Rockhouse). At the time, the majority of bands in the scene were punk or metal with a handful of ska-influenced acts. One band stood out immediately. They were fast, loud, raw and went by the name Speedway Detectives. They had the biggest crowd all night and the craziest mosh pit orchestrated by their singer/guitarist, a high-energy front man by the name of Camden Blues (aka Camden Tiura).
Camden Blues was introduced to music at an early age. Through piano and violin lessons/recitals as a kid, to digging through his parent’s record collection, Blues’ connection with music was clear. In grade 10, Blues picked up his first guitar and started taking private lessons as well as guitar classes in high school. “My experience in those classes and with the people from high school really shaped my outlook for music,” explained Blues. “That was the biggest thing for me.”
Eventually he would meet up with other like-minded musicians and form Speedway Detectives, a band that would dominate the punk scene for nearly a decade and become a household name among show goers at the time. The band released A Cause For Concern (2005) and Live & Unreleased 1999-2005 (2006) but would eventually go on hiatus.
From 2006 to 2008, Blues toured with the Overnight Sensations playing over 300 shows in Canada and the US, as well as opening for blues acts like The Kinsey Report and Studebaker John. Following the tour, Blues packed his bags and moved south to attend the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto where he studied privately with some of the city’s top jazz players. In 2009 he relocated to St. Catharines to study general arts and science at Niagara College.
Upon graduation in 2012, Blues returned to Thunder Bay to form the Camden Blues Band. They recorded and released several albums including To Live & Die in P.A. (2013), South (2013), Blacklisted Blues (2013) and Discussions (2014). As a solo artist, Blues has released Gourmet Coffee (2014), The Midnight Sessions Vol.1: Clean Modern Unit (2015) and Modern Antiques (2016).
Earlier this year Camden Blues won first-place in the 2016 Thunder Bay Blues Society International Blues Challenge (solo/duo category). With the title he went on to compete at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee.
From punk rock front-man to International Blues contender with more than 20 years of performing live, Camden Blues is a force to be reckoned with. His unique blend of blues, jazz, and punk rock give his audiences a new twist on a classic sound. Be sure to catch him live on stage this Friday at the 2016 Blues-fest at Marina Park.
Band: Camden Blues