Holger Petersen

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Holger Petersen
Nationality Canadian
Occupation Businessman, record producer, radio broadcaster and author
Known for A founder of the Edmonton Folk Music Festival and Canadian "Ambassador of the Blues"

Holger Petersen, CM., D Litt. (born Pellworm Island, West Germany, 23 Nov 1949) is a Canadian businessman, record producer and radio broadcaster. He owns and operates the independent roots music label Stony Plain Records, founded in 1975 with partner Alvin Jahns. Recognition for the label includes Grammy Award nominations, W.C. Handy Blues Awards, Juno Awards, Canadian Country Music Awards, Maple Blues Awards and Western Canada Music Awards.

Petersen has hosted Saturday Night Blues since 1987, heard on CBC Radio One, Radio Two and SiriusXM 169 and Natch'l Blues since 1969, the longest running blues program in Canada, on the CKUA Radio Network.[1] Petersen was a founder of the Edmonton Folk Music Festival and served as the artistic director from 1986 to 1988.[2] He has served on boards of numerous industry organizations, including SOCAN, CMRRA, CARAS and CIRPA and helped found the Alberta Recording Industries Association (now Alberta Music).

His first book Talking Music: Blues Radio and Roots Music was published in 2011 by Insomniac Press. His second book Talking Music 2: Blues and Roots Music Mavericks was released in January 2017.

He has also been a drummer and was a member of Spiny Norman's Whoopee Band and Hot Cottage.

Petersen was inducted into the Order of Canada, CM, in 2003 for contributions to Canadian culture and has received Honorary Doctor of Letters Degrees from both the University of Alberta and Athabasca University. He is also the recipient of the Alberta Centennial Medal and both the Queens Golden Jubilee and Diamond Jubilee Medals. (other recognition and awards - see below)

Petersen has been contributed to more than 180 music projects since 1970.[3]

Petersen is based in Edmonton, Alberta.


Known as Canada’s “Ambassador of the Blues”, Petersen is the host of the popular radio show “Natch’l Blues”, which is broadcast every Saturday afternoon from CKUA, a radio station based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Natch’l Blues has been broadcasting for over 40 years, Canada’s longest running blues program. Petersen has also hosted Saturday Night Blues on CBC Radio One since its founding year in 1986.[4]


Maple Blues Award - Blues With A Feeling Lifetime Achievement 1987
Canadian Country Music Association - Record Company Person of the Year 1989
Edmonton Cultural Hall of Fame 1992
Maple Blues Award - Media Person of the Year 1997
Prairie Music Association - Outstanding Producer 1999
Alberta Recording Industries Association - Record Producer of the Year 1999
Canadian Country Music Association - Record Company Person of the Year 2001
American Foundation for Independent Music - Record Producer 2002
Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal 2002
Member of the Order of Canada 2003
Blues Foundation - Keeping The Blues Alive 2008
Calgary Blues Music Association - Lifetime Achievement Award 2010
Canadian Blues Museum Hall of Fame Induction 2011
NAIT Top 50 Alumni Award 2012
Western Canadian Music Award - Industry Builder Award 2013
Edmonton Blues Hall of Fame - Builder 2014

In 2012 he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Letters degree by the University of Alberta.[5]

Music festivals[edit]

Petersen was the artistic director of the Edmonton folk Music Festival for three years.[4]

Recording Company[edit]

Holger Petersen founded the Stony Plain Recording Company in 1975 with partner Alvin Jahns, and acted as its president for many years.Peterson acted as the company's president for many years.[6] The label has released about 300 titles.[4]


  1. ^ LeBlanc, Larry (January 14, 1995). "Roots Music, Country Reign At Stony Plain". Billboard Magazine. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 107 (2): 37. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved March 21, 2010. 
  2. ^ Walters, Marylu (2002). CKUA: Radio Worth Fighting For. Alberta: University of Alberta Press. p. 198. ISBN 0-88864-395-0. Retrieved March 21, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Holger Petersen | Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-12-29. 
  4. ^ a b c "Holger Petersen celebrates 40 years as host of Natch'l Blues". techlife. Retrieved 20 February 2014. 
  5. ^ Roy-Brenneis, Derek (April 30, 2012). "UAlberta honorary degrees announced". University of Alberta. 
  6. ^ Larry LeBlanc (29 January 1994). "Canadian Biz readies for MIDEM meet". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc.: 50–. ISSN 0006-2510. 

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