Canal Street (Arendal, Norway)

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Canal Street
Status Active
Genre Blues/Jazz Festival
Date(s) July
Begins 22 July 2015 (2015-07-22)
Ends 25 July 2015 (2015-07-25)
Frequency Annually
Location(s) Arendal, Aust-Agder
Country Norway
Years active 1996 - present
Inaugurated Founded 1995
Founder Mats Aronsen

Canal Street (was first presented in 1996 as Arendal Jazz & Blues Festival) is a yearly jazz and blues festival in Arendal, Aust-Agder, Norway.[1][2]


The festival is known for its use of unusual venues where interesting surroundings go hand in hand with musical experiences. Jazz at the Lighthouse at lille Torungen fyr, bathing blues & swimming jazz in Merdø Uthavn, bohemian jazz at Kolbjørnsvik and ”Føling på fyllinga” at the local waste dump, Heftingsdalen, are some of the examples.[1]

Canal Street is one of few Norwegian festivals that feature both jazz and blues as main genres. This gives a great opportunity to show two genres that historically are closely connected, and thereby you can enjoy all the excitement from featuring the two genres. And, we also include rock and world music.[1][3]

Festival program features[edit]

Canal Street's strategy is to offer the best of the Norwegian and international jazz and blues scene as well as related world music and rock. Both the new and unknown and the traditional expressions can be found.[1]


At one time, Arendal was a town of canals. However, what was once seen as "progress" required that these canals be filled in, and they disappeared. One of the remains from the canal era is Canal Place, now one of the main venues of the festival.[3]

Environmental profile[edit]

Canal Street was certified as a "Green venue" in 2006 as one of the first festivals in Norway. Canal Street has joined the UN's Carbon Neutral Network and is supporting this year's Earth Hour 2009.[4]

Bands and artists (in selection)[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Arendal - Canal Street" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2015-04-24. 
  2. ^ "Canal Street: Arendal jazz og blues" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2015-04-24. 
  3. ^ a b "Canal Street Blues Festival - Festivaler: Jazz og Blues i Arendal" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2015-04-24. 
  4. ^ "FN-byen Arendal" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2015-04-24. 

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