David Gogo spends Christmas With The Blues

David Gogo is spending part of his holiday season playing two shows in Cowichan. - Peter W. Rusland/file
David Gogo is spending part of his holiday season playing two shows in Cowichan.
— image credit: Peter W. Rusland/file

Bluesman David Gogo spends Christmas With The Blues in Duncan, then rings in 2013 at the Crofton Pub.

The award-winning Juno nominee plays the Duncan Garage Showroom Dec. 8 to unwrap his fresh yuletide CD while tuning for his New Year's bash in Crofton where Gogo and his band will perform seasonal songs plus material from his acclaimed Soul Bender disc.

The Nanaimo guitar veteran said 2012 started with a couple of Maple Blues Award nominations, plus a Juno nod for Soul Bender.

"Then the album was nominated for a SiriusXM Indie Award and it won Blues Recording of the Year at the Western Canadian Music Awards.

"I had the pleasure of touring all over Canada, including performances at JunoFest in Toronto and BreakOut West in Regina, and I took two trips across the pond to tour Europe with my Dutch band," Gogo says on his website.

"And to top the year off, I've just recently received a nomination for Guitarist of the Year at next year's MBAs."

The Toronto Blues Society fetes its 16th-annual Maple Blues Awards honouring nationally and internationally recognized Canadian artists Jan. 21 in Toronto.

Gogo's up for Guitarist Of The Year with fellow nominees Garett Mason, Kevin Breit, Steve Strongman, and Teddy Leonard.

Meanwhile, he applauds fan support in person and on social media.

"I always enjoy coming back to favourite venues to play, but I have especially enjoyed breaking into new areas and meeting new people over the last year," he wrote from Mississippi.

"I sure hope that you enjoy Christmas With The Blues. I hope it is as fun to listen to as it was to make."


Your ticket

What: David Gogo and band

When: Dec. 8, 8 p.m, Dec. 31, 9 p.m.

Where: Duncan Garage Showroom Dec. 8; Crofton Pub New Year's Eve

Tickets: $23 advance, $25 door at the Showroom; $20 advance, $25 door in Crofton.

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