Canadian Blues and Jazz Experience

Canada has a long shared border with the birthplace of the blues, the United States, there has always been collaboration and contact between Canadian blues artists and their US counterparts. Top Canadian blues artists perform at major US blues bars and festivals and travel to the US to play and record with influential US blues artists. Similarly, US blues bands routinely play in Canadian clubs and blues festivals, and perform and record with Canadian blues artists.

Our tour starts in the west in Vancouver and travels to the east taking some of the best blues and jazz events and venues on offer in Canada. Exciting times will be had in the east in places like Toronto, Montreal and Quebec City with a wonderful mix of blues and jazz to be had in the 'festival season' of July when the weather is warm.

Aboard the MS Maasadam in the sumptuous confines of the ship's auditoriums, enjoy our concerts or jams sessions. The flavour of blues and jazz will be from the Mississippi Delta with a strong New Orleans tradition to the inspirational rhythms that emanated from Clarksdale and Memphis.

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There's plenty of additonal entertainment onboard the MS Maasdam. The 249-seat Wajang Theater is used for lectures, meetings, as well as current films. Enjoy hot freshed popcorn at the movie matinees, free of charge

Featuring an interior motif that pays homage to the historical Dutch East and West India companies of the 17th through 19th centuries, the centerpiece of this elegant ship features Luciano Vistosi's "Totem," a monumental sculpture using nearly 2,000 glimmering pieces of glass.

Named for the Maas River in The Netherlands, the ms Maasdam is the fifth ship in Holland America Line's more than 130-year history to bear the name. At 720-feet, the ms Maasdam is designed to carry fewer guests while providing more space for maximum comfort.

John Howie Music Tours & Cruises are run in partnership with Australian company Travelrite International. Travelrite is Australia’s leading operator of special interest tours.

Phone Travelrite TOLLFREE on 1800 033 436 for bookings or enquiries