Wine, Brews and Blues Festival
May 4, 2024
at the Maritime Heritage Centre

Charitable fundraiser since 2010

Over 150 Varities of Beer, Wine, and Cider

Appetizers Include:

  • BBQ salmon
  • Mini sliders
  • Local crafted cheese
  • Sushi
  • Pizza
  • Rocky Mountain Chocolate

8 Awesome Musical Artists


SATURDAY MAY 4, 2024 | 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM - Maritime Heritage Centre

TICKET PRICE: $75 (plus taxes)

The 14th Annual Grazing the Place event welcomes a community of food and drink. The evening includes canapes by local chefs and island purveyors, paired with a variety of tasting choices offered by both International and BC wines & island microbrews. Add to that our special guests to entertain and fill the building with soulful blues.

Indoor/Outdoor event – Rain or Shine
No Minors Permitted

   Tickets on sale March 15, 2024
Dr. Lindsay Mitchell, Juno Winner & Co-founder of Prism

Born in North London, England he emigrated with his family to Canada and settled in Vancouver where he developed his guitar skills emulating instrumental surf music bands such as the Shadows, the Ventures, and British Invasion artists like the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and the Yardbirds.

In 1974 he joined Bruce Fairbairn’s rhythm and blues band to help transform their sound from jazz fusion into blues rock. 1980 saw Prism win Juno Awards for Group of the Year while Fairbairn took Producer of the Year where Mitchell conceived the title song “Armageddon” in 1978 and earning multi-platinum status. Mitchell and Prism performed on the first anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death.

More recently, Mitchell was a regular performer on the Vancouver Blues scene, notably with British blues legend Long John Baldry and with St. Louis-born actor/musician Jim Byrnes.

Sue Medley, Juno Award winning Vocalist/Guitarist

A native of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, Sue Medley was signed to PolyGram Records Canada in 1989 and released a self-titled debut CD in 1990. The album was co-produced by Medley and John Mellencamp producer Michael Wanchic and featured strong performances by John Hiatt's band The Goners. In Canada Medley's first single, "Dangerous Times" not only pushed her debut album to gold status within a few weeks of release, but was #1 on MuchMusic for two weeks, #1 on the Pop Adult charts for 12 weeks, in the Top 3 of the national album rock chart for six weeks, and earned her a SOCAN Songwriter of the Year Award for most airplay.

On the heels of the singles "Dangerous Times", "Maybe the Next Time", "That’s Life", and "Love Thing", she toured North America the rest of the year opening for Bob Dylan and other high-profile artists. Her second album, Inside Out, was once again co-produced by Medley and Wanchic and was aided by the musical help of slide guitarist Sonny Landreth and drummer Kenny Aronoff.

The album, released in 1992, continued her radio success with a handful of additional singles and national tours with such artists as Tom Cochrane, Kim Mitchell and 54.40, keeping her in the spotlight. The first single "When the Stars Fall" became a hit on album radio and reached #2 on The Record's chart (being locked out of #1 only by U2).

In October 1992 she was invited by John Mellencamp to participate in the Bob Dylan Tribute at Madison Square Gardens in New York City, and performed a duet with Mellencamp on the classic Dylan track "Like a Rolling Stone". Later that month she received a SOCAN award for her song "Maybe the Next Time", which was one of the most played songs on Canadian radio in 1991.

Tom Keenlyside, Sax & Flautist

Keenlyside began playing professionally at bars and clubs. He continued this work while attending the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. For six years he was a member of Sunshyne, a progressive rock band, and played in R&B bands. He heard jazz musicians when the performed at clubs in Vancouver. In the 1970s as a freelance musician he worked with Natalie Cole, Dizzy Gillespie, and Mel Torme. He played for conductor Don Costa and in the house band for a Tom Jones television series. He was also played table tennis often with his friends. When jazz trumpeter Chet Baker was in town, they played a doubles match with Baker.

He became a member of the band Skywalk after it was started by Graeme Coleman and Rene Worst in 1979. The band wanted to blend pop music with more complex harmonies, modeling themselves on the jazz fusion band Weather Report. After appearing at the Detroit-Montreux Jazz Festival, they recorded the album Silent Witness and toured the U.S. After Coleman left the band, Miles Black and Don Powrie became members and the band moved in a jazzier direction.

In the 1980s, Keenlyside also toured Canada with the Tom Keenlyside Quintet. He arranged tracks, collaborated, and recorded with Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Mötley Crüe, INXS, David Lee Roth, and Van Halen.

Doc Fingers

Doc Fingers

Doc “Fingers” Gallagher

It was in the early ‘70’s Doc “Fingers” while working with the Ronnie Hawkins band, when the handle “Fingers” was acquired. When it comes time for that therapeutic, good time, boogie woogie blues, jazz and rock and roll, there’s no one that can tickle the keys quite like the Doctor.

“Doc” has played with musical greats such as Chuck Berry, John Lee Hooker, Rita Coolidge, Kris Kristofferson, Frank Zappa, David Clayton-Thomas (Blood Sweat and Tears), Bo Diddley, Jim Byrnes and many others.

“Rockin’ Saxman” Johnny Ferreira

Born in Portugal and growing up in Vancouver some of Ferreira’s primary influences were early rock and roll saxophonists King Curtis, Edgar Winter, Sam Taylor and later Bruce Springsteen and Supertramp. Later, he collaborated with guitarist and singer-songwriter Colin James, both playing in clubs and joining the Colin James Band. The band toured with Steve Winwood, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Robert Plat, ZZ Top, The Rolling Stones, Bonnie Raitt and Keith Richards. In 1990 the band released their second album going from gold to platinum. And, in the late 1990’s Ferreira form his own band “Johnny Ferreira and The Swing Machine” touring most of Europe.

Luke will be performing for the WBB After Party, 9-Midnight at the Anchor Inn – bring your wrist bands!

Luke Blu Guthrie
Luke Blu Guthrie

Luke Blu Guthrie is an Independent Rhythm and Blues artist who electrifies acoustic instruments with an Alternative Roots style. This style is built around a large sound that relies heavily on slide guitar, finger picking, strong vocals and a unique foot percussion setup.

Armed with acoustic & electric guitars and plenty of rhythmic slaps and yowls, Guthrie has lived and worked in the Western Canadian music scene for over twenty years.


Festival Schedule Overview

Saturday, May 4, 2024 | 7:00PM | Maritime Heritage Centre
MAIN EVENT “Grazing the Place” & CONCERT

Saturday, May 4, 2024 | 9:30PM | Anchor Inn — After Party
LUKE “BLU” GUTHRIE performing in the lounge.


Maritime Heritage Centre
621 Island Highway
Campbell River BC V9W 5C1
Contact (250) 286-3161

Performance Notes

If you like discovering a good wine or brew join us for an evening of some whites, reds and blues! Again, this year we have we added a selection of brews from island breweries. You are almost guaranteed to find just the wine and/or brew that matches your palate at the 14th annual Campbell River DayBreak Rotary Wine, Brews and Blues Fest by the Sea this year at the picturesque waterfront Maritime Heritage Centre!

Saturday is the Main Event, an evening of whites, reds, and blues on the west coast with the Campbell River Wine, Brews and Blues Festival. Grazing the Place, with some of the finest international and BC wines and BC brews, is a showcase of local culinary talent combining some great music all set on the majestic Campbell River Waterfront. Grazing the Place is a chance to mingle with locals, meet regional winemakers and brew masters, enjoy first class music and more, complemented with edible treats and bevvies. A gorgeous setting on the ocean provides for a west coast ambiance with pleasant surprises. It is truly a memorable event, and a wonderful way to experience the west coast.

Since 2010, the Wine, Brews and Blues Festival has supported the Campbell River Day Break Rotary organization as a fundraiser to support initiatives including Student Scholarships, Campbell River Arts Council, Second Chance Recovery House, Campbell River Museum, Childrens Water Park, Campbell River Cadets, MARS Wildlife Rescue, Christian Day Care, Head Injury Society, Habitat for Humanity and the Campbell River Hospital Foundation.


Saturday Main Event $75

Campbell River, the salmon fishing capital of the world, and named one of the top five quality of life destinations in North America by Foreign Direct Investment Magazine. Surrounded by nature with the waters of Discovery Passage at our shoreline and majestic mountains as a backdrop, Campbell River is located at the 50th parallel on the east coast of northern Vancouver Island. We are the third largest city on the island, with a population of more than 37,500, and the urban service centre and hub community for approximately 60,000 people living and working in our region.

Campbell River is located midway along Vancouver Island’s eastern shore. Natural beauty and community amenities here offer an unparalleled lifestyle that gives residents, businesses and visitors room to grow and space to breathe.

From eco-adventures and internationally renowned salmon fishing to skiing at Mount Washington, safe streets to cultural treasures, fine dining to golfing, boutique shopping to advanced educational opportunities, community festivals to parks and trails for all ages and abilities.

As the thriving central hub of the northern Vancouver Island and central coast region, Campbell River is a city with friendly small-town character.

There are a number of ways of getting to Campbell River.

Find us on Google Maps

The simplest is to fly directly from either Vancouver or Seattle to Campbell River's regional airport (CYBL). Flying time from Vancouver to Campbell River is approx 45 minutes.

BY AIR From Vancouver

  • Pacific Coastal Airlines runs numerous daily flights to Campbell River (800) 663-2872 or (604) 273-8666 (in Vancouver).
  • Central Mountain Air has daily flights to Campbell River(888) 865-8585 or (250) 847-5000.
  • Air Canada acts as a booking agent for Pacific Coastal Airlines and Central Mountain Air if an Air Canada ticket has been purchased to a connecting airport (ie. Vancouver) (800) 247-2262 (in Canada) or (800) 776-3000 (in USA).

From Seattle

From Calgary or Edmonton, Alberta

  • West Jet runs daily flights to Comox (a town 45 minutes south of Campbell River by road) (888) 937-8538.


Other ways include the combination of either car and ferry or bus and ferry. Ferry crossing time from Vancouver to Vancouver Island is approx. 2 hours. Driving time from Nanaimo to Campbell River is 1.5 hours, or from Victoria to Campbell River is 3.5 hours.
Routes include: North Vancouver (Horseshoe Bay) to Nanaimo (Departure Bay), South Vancouver (Tsawwassen) to South Nanaimo (Duke Point) and South Vancouver (Tsawwassen) to Swartz Bay (near Victoria) (888) 223-3779 or outside B.C. (250) 386-3431.

From Washington State

  • M.V. Coho has vehicle and passenger service from Port Angeles WA to downtown Victoria B.C.
  • Victoria Clipper has passenger-only ferry service from downtown Seattle to downtown Victoria B.C. (800) 888-2535.

BUS SERVICES Vancouver Island Area


Your ticket to Grazing at the Place main event is your admission to an evening of food, wine, brews, music set in the beautiful waterfront Maritime Heritage Centre in Campbell River, BC.

You will receive a festival wine glass to use during the evening and a cedar tray for use and as a keepsake. Live entertainment includes Doc Fingers and special guests. We will also have on hand the very talented local artist Luke Blu Guthrie.

Gourmet canapes are provided by local chefs and purveyors; representing local restaurants showcasing culinary delights paired with both International and British Columbia wines, craft brews and cider.

Unfortunately the event is only for those of legal age 19+. For liquor licensing reasons, the safety of the little ones and optimum enjoyment for our guests, we do not allow children to this event.

Unfortunately, while we love our furry friends, the event does not allow dogs or pets to attend.

Yes there will be parking available at the Maritime Heritage Centre. As a courtesy to you for the nite, we have arranged a ride home program. Call numbers will be posted in front of the Maritime Heritage Centre.

Main Event Tickets are available thru the Tidemark Theatre.

Yes, there are a number of ways to volunteer for Grazing at the Place. If you are interested in volunteering, please send an email to info@crrotarywinefest.ca

Grazing the Place is an indoor and outdoor event. Some of the event, such as music and some food vendors will be on outside balconies. Prepare for rain, with umbrellas, and hope for the best. Most of the event is indoors such as the wineries and breweries. You will want to walk cruise throughout the different areas.

Tickets to the event are non-refundable.

There will be a ride home program by donation.

Partners & Sponsors

Our success is measured by the company we keep. Our partners, many of who have been with us from the beginning, are the foundation of this event.

Daybreak Rotary Club of Campbell River
Co-op Mid Island Liquor
CIBC Wood Gundy
Campbell River Toyota

Alitis Investment Council
Thrifty Foods
Willow Point Dental Clinic
Campbell River Mirror
99.7 FM The River

West Urban Development
River City Logging
Berwick by the Sea, Retirement Community
The UPS Store
Riptide Marine Pub
Thong's Jewellery

Campbell River Health and Drugstore
Chan Nowosad Boates
Longstone Law
A Cut Above
Boston Pizza
Natural Pastures Cheese
Mark Eikeland - Certified General Accountant
T-Mar Industries
Associated Tire & Auto
Rocky Mountain Chocolate

Are you interested in getting involved in our events while promoting your business? We would love to work with you. Take a look at the different event sponsorship levels and let us know what you may be interested in.

We look forward to working with you!


We are very excited about the Campbell River Wine, Brews and Blues Festival. We look forward to bringing a well-rounded and exciting representation of international wines and local craft brews and food offerings together for the Vancouver Island community to explore. If you are interested in participating and show casing your products, please email us and tell us about yourself. Thank you for your interest!

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  • On-site sales
  • Direct brand exposure
  • Proven consumer brand retention