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Countdown is on for Blues for Food

Annual blues festival takes place downtown June 10
Jo Po (performing as Janis Joplin) and Ben Wardo (performing as Big Brother) showcase a taste of their upcoming performance at Blues for Food at a launch event May 16. The 27th annual Blues for Food festival takes place in Downtown Sudbury June 10. (Callam Rodya/

The countdown is on the 27th annual Downtown Rotary Blues for Food event, which takes place June 10.

Durham Street between Elgin and Larch will be filled with toe-tapping Sudburians enjoying some of the best blues bands around.

This year's event will showcase a lineup of local bands, including Janis Joplin & Big Brother & Holding Company, The Committed and Cold Shot.

The Children's Play Zone will again be open, featuring a variety of activities for the little ones, including Science North's “Build It Up” exhibit, which demonstrates the wonders of architecture, Jumper the Clown, free wagon rides, and more.

Jaime Panas, whose father Rick “Mr. Wonderful” Panas was a mainstay in the blues community, has taken on the role of honorary chair of this year's event.

“I have the opportunity to carry on the blues tradition in my home town as we once again show our support to the people who need it most,” Panas said in a release.

The event gets underway beginning at 11 a.m. Admission is by donation of non-perishable food items or cash. All proceeds go to the Sudbury Food Bank for distribution to their 47 member agencies and charitable food providers.

To date, the annual event has raised close to $300,000 and collected more than 66 tons of food for the Sudbury Food Bank.