During June of 1967, it’s announced that the Centennial Society of Greater Victoria is giving the city’s pop music groups a chance to battle it out for centennial awards. The society, working in tandem with the city and the local American Federation of Musicians union, creates the Centennial Battle of The Bands. Semi finals with 20 bands were done in two rounds at Memorial Arena from 12:00 noon to 4:00pm on Saturday June 17 and 24 with the finals being held July 1st at Centennial Square. The day began with local group “The Foundry Brass” featuring keyboardist David Foster and bassist Valdemar (Valdy) Horsdal being introduced by Vancouver radio personality Fred Latremoille followed up with performances by The Antics, The Motifs (Gullivers Travels pulled out of the finals and were replaced by The Motifs), The Imprints, The Marquis and eventual winners Blues X Five (pronounced Blues By Five).
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Picture was taken June 17, 1967 at the Memorial Arena during the Centennial Battle of The Bands semi-finals. The band would play in the finals July 1 at Centennial Square. more info
*Our band, The Imprints, played on Club 6 in March '67. They pre-recorded us at the CJVI studios and we lip-synched our way through a half dozen numbers. I do remember a large mob of screaming girls climbing on and trying to get into our cars when we were leaving. ..........Alas, that hasn't happened for quite a while ! *By Michael Rice more info
Blues X Five
In the photo L-R Dave MacPherson, Norm MacPherson, John Fisher, Britt Hagarty and Ed Wright more info
One of the 3 bands who was tied for votes in the 2008 Victoria Music Hall of Fame in the category of "Most Influential Group 1960-1965".
In memory of Don Crocker
The Good Young Days
Yes, we had some great times,
Then we went our separate ways
I’m not one for reminiscing
But those were the Good Young Days
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