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This profile was last updated on 2/19/15  and contains information from public web pages.

Talent Buyer

Local Address:  Edmonton , Alberta , Canada
Blues at the Bow

Employment History

  • Producer
    Blues at the Bow
  • Producer and Owner
    Edmonton Labatt Blues Festival
  • Partner
    Blues International Ltd.
  • Producer
    Blues International Ltd.
  • Announcer and Producer
  • Host
    The Friday Night Blues Party

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Founder
    Edmonton Labatt Blues Festival
  • Founding Member
    Blues International Ltd.


  • Television , Stage and Radio Arts program
49 Total References
Web References
CBMA 2012 Hall of Fame Survey, 9 Sept 2012 [cached]
Cam Hayden
Born in Brooks and raised in Edmonton, Cam eventually moved to Calgary, where he started and ran his high-school radio station for three years before hosting programs on CJSW at the University of Calgary. Cam enrolled in the Television, Stage and Radio Arts program at SAIT, graduating in 1978. He then answered an ad that led him to CKUA.
During his time at CKUA, Cam has been a classical music announcer, hosted the morning show in the early 1980s, and in the mid-1990s, the Alberta Morning show. He's now known as the host of the ever-popular Friday Night Blues Party, bringing the blues to audiences for over 30 years.
During the 1980's Cam was president and talent buyer for Edmonton's City Media Club. He's also written about the blues scene for Culture Shock, Vue and See magazines, and run his own production company, presenting shows during the '90s.
In 1999, Cam co-founded Edmonton's Labatt Blues Festival, which has become a premier event in the blues world.
About Blues International Ltd., 18 Mar 2015 [cached]
Cam Hayden has had a lifelong love of music. After graduating the Television Stage and Radio Arts program at SAIT in 1978 he headed back home to Edmonton to begin working as a full time announcer and producer at Canada's oldest public broadcaster, The CKUA Radio Network. He worked there full time until the fall of 2001, doing every shift imaginable, programming all kinds of music and producing documentaries. He continues to host the Friday Night Blues Party, a three hour blues extravaganza now in its 25th year. (Check it out every Friday, 9 to midnight, MDT at )
Cam was heavily involved in running Edmonton's legendary City Media Club, (a vital venue for blues and beyond) serving as talent booker, president, volunteer bartender, and occasional door person. In the early 90's he began putting on shows through Wingtip Productions and in 1998 was a founding member of Blues International, the production company that started The Edmonton Blues Festival, and put on the first event, in 1999.
In 2008, the festival was the first Canadian blues festival to receive a "Keeping the Blues Alive" award from the Blues Foundation, based in Memphis. Cam was recently honoured by the Calgary Blues Music Association in 2012 with a lifetime achievement award.
Cam has helped create this vibrant community for blues lovers but it takes 250 volunteers, our sponsors and YOU, the Blues Hounds to make it happen. Be it your first time here, 17th, or somehwere in between, we thank you for your support and pledge to make each year a true slice of "Blues Heaven".
"It's all about the music" says Cam, "and I feel so fortunate to have been able to share my love of music with so many people and be part of this incredible musical community. Keep diggin' the Blues!"
Vue Weekly, 26 Dec 2003 [cached]
Cam Hayden hosts the Friday Night Blues Party from 9 p.m. to midnight on the CKUA Radio Network, 580 AM and 94.9 FM.He is also a partner in Blues International Ltd., producers of Edmonton's Labatt Blues Festival.
Cam Hayden Announcer/Producer ..., 13 Aug 2015 [cached]
Cam Hayden Announcer/Producer
Directory of Staff, 15 Aug 2014 [cached]
Cam Hayden Announcer/Producer
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