22 October 2018

Ottawa Blues This Week - 22 October 2018

It’s always wise to check with
the venue to confirm the show!
The Commotions
Babylon Nightclub, 317 Bank Street
Friday, October 26; doors 7:30 pm, show 8:30 pm
          Tickets $10 online; $15 at the door
A spooky night of Motown, funk and soul.
Ottawa’s The Commotions have sidestepped the lightweight pop craze and taken the back roads straight into the hearts of their loyal followers, earning unwavering support from the true lovers of genuine, unsullied soul music. This 12-piece, sharply dressed, original throwback to the days of Motown is an evolved collection of Canada's top funk & jazz players. 
Hallowe’en Party with
Blast From The Sun & Tree
Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street
Saturday, October 27; doors @ 8 pm, music @ 9:30 pm

The Saturday night Halloween party hosted by Blast From The Sun & Tree.
Bring your Costumes and good vibes. Music, Booze and laughter.

Dirty licks, fast kicks and bold riffs are all in the mix. But for realz, we are doing what we can to keep rock alive and healthy. Even if we don’t take ourselves seriously, we don’t mess around with our blend of rock. HAIL SATAN! ;)

Originating from Canada’s Capital – Ottawa, Blast From the Sun fuses traditional blues and ‘60s inspired rock with elements with Funk, Latin, Jazz and Reggae to create an original and compelling sound. Blast From The Sun is comprised of front man/ singer/guitarist Justin Guindon, Drummer Andrew Ferderber and Bassists Harrison Singer all of whom bring their own musical expertise and influence to the original compositions.
Vibration Studios, 5488 Osgoode Main Street, Osgoode ON
Friday, October 26, 7-11 pm; $5 cover, $4 with a donation to the food bank!

Five+None brings their unique brand of rock to Osgoode!
The Dimestore Duo
The Juke Joint Soul Kitchen, 3740 Carp Road, Carp ON
Saturday, October 27 @ 7 pm

The Dimestore Playboys are sure to entertain, playing rockabilly, swing, blues, and country, with a smattering of well-penned originals.
We’re excited to have these guys in! Reservations encouraged :)
Al Lerman
Batstone’s Northern Ramble, 45 Railway Street, Renfrew ON
Saturday, October 27 @ 7 pm

Bluesman Al Lerman is a multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter. He was founder and leader of the 2X Juno Award winning band Fathead, and along the way built a solid career touring as an acoustic solo act, accompanying himself on guitar and rack harmonica. An engaging and skilled artist, his shows often feature humorous anecdotes interspersed between great blues songs. He is regarded among the top harmonica players in the country and his prowess on the instrument has earned him no less than ten Maple Blues Award nominations in that instrument category. Both his harp and wailing tenor saxophone have been heard on countless recordings and live sessions with some of the best in the blues. A full-time musician for over forty years, Al casts a magical spell on his audience wherever he goes.
Sunday Coffee House
          Featuring Clint Everson
Vibration Studios Inc, 5488 Osgoode Main Street, Osgoode ON
Sunday, October 28; noon – 2 pm

Welcome back!
Clint and his eclectic blues/rock style will not disappoint!
Relax and finish off the month with a great performance and a No Go Coffee! :)
Wednesday, October 24
Friday, October 26
The Commotions @ Babylon, 8:30 pm
Five + None @ Vibration Studies, Osgoode, 7 pm
Saturday, October 27
Slim Moore & the New Soul Project @ the Atomic Rooster, 4 pm
Dimestore Duo @ the Juke Joint Soul Kitchen, Carp, 7 pm
Lucas Haneman Express @ the Brookstreet Hotel Options Bar, 8 pm – midnight
Sunday, October 28
Clint Everson @ Vibration Studios, Osgoode, noon – 2 pm
River City Junction @ the Atomic Rooster, 6-9 pm
(almost) EVERY WEEK
Robert Farrell
Daniel O’Connell’s, 1211 Wellington Street
Mondays, 8:30–10 pm
Mark’s Music Mondays
Sandy Hill Lounge & Grill
Mondays @ 7 pm, starting October 15
The Jam @ Kaffé 1870, Wakefield QC
Every Wednesday @ 9 pm, no cover
6 rotating hosts, each specializing in a different genre
Dr Dave Blues & Jazz
Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street
Wednesdays, 4-7 pm; no cover
John Carroll
Chateau Lafayette (The Laff), 42 York Street
Wednesdays, 8 pm
Irene’s Blues AllStars 
Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street
Thursdays, 9 pm – 1 am; no cover
A bonafide grass roots event that has grown out of the very floorboards of Irene’s Pub and has become a real crowd pleaser for musicians and music lovers alike, this weekly Thursday night jam features Corky Kealey on drums with Vince Halfhide on bass and a host of great local players who rotate according to availability. Each week the cast is topped up with a guest host who steers the song selections in whatever way they're inspired and the jamming begins. It's a great concept and the proof is in its continuing popularity. 
Hosted by Corky Kealey and Vince Halfhide.
Special guests: 
            October 25 – Chuck Karn
            November 1 – Jed Rached
            November 8 – Jim Cochrane
            November 15 – Peter Newsom
            November 22 – Catriona Sturton
            November 29 – Guy Short
Weekly jazz jam
Options Jazz Lounge, Brookstreet Hotel, Kanata
Thursdays, 7-11 pm; no cover
Open Jam
Pocketz, 1696 Carling Avenue
Fridays @ 7:30 pm
Blues and more … bring your friends, hear some great talent & join in in the fun.
The Allaire Show
          with John Allaire & special guests
Quinn’s Ale House, 1070 Bank Street
Last Saturday of the month, 3-5 pm
Songs and stories from around the world.
Sundays at Brothers
Brothers Beer Bistro, 366 Dalhousie Street
Sundays, 11 am – 3 pm
Come and enjoy brunch prepared by Ottawa favorite Steve Mitton and enjoy the music of John Carroll. Every Sunday from 11am-3pm.
Jazz Brunch with Peter Brown
Juke Joint Soul Kitchen, Carp ON
Sundays, 11 am – 2 pm
Peter says: “Wonderful food there and our music ain’t bad either.”
Open Blues Jam
Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street
Every Sunday, 4-7 pm; cover $3 (jammers free)
The jam is open to all ages. Jammers sign up on the jam sheet at the door & each jam session lasts for 3 songs. Drums & amps are provided; you only need to bring your instruments (but you can bring your amps if you want to).
Sunday Blues, 6-9 pm, no cover
Atomic Rooster, 303 Bank Street (at MacLaren)
Sunday Sessions, 9:30 pm, no cover
Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street
Virée Blues Moosehead
Le Petit Chicago, 50 promenade du Portage, Gatineau QC
Blues On The Rideau
The Cove Inn, Westport ON
Once a month 7-11 pm; $65 (buffet dinner, dancing & door prizes included)
Advance reservations required. Call The Cove 613-273-3636

Dinner & Show Fundraisers
Once a month September through May (December excluded).
Proceeds from each show support local charities.

Visit www.coveinn.com for info about the Inn
Well-priced accommodation available at The Cove, nearby B&Bs and motel
Westport is a beautiful historic town on the Rideau Waterway - a 90-minute drive from Ottawa, 45 minutes from Kingston.

2018-19 LINE-UP:
November 16, 2018 – The Hogtown Allstars:
January 18-19, 2019 – Jack de Keyzer Band
February 15, 2019 – Dawn Tyler Watson and the Ben Racine Band
March 22, 2019 – Ria Reece Band
April 19, 2019 – Rick Fines & Suzie Vinnick Band
May 10, 2019 – Murray Kinsley & Wicked Grin

More info including artists’ Bios, links to their websites and YOU TUBE videos at www.BluesOnTheRideau.ca

BLUES ON THE RIDEAU is produced by Choose The Blues Productions www.choosetheblues.ca 
in cooperation with The Cove Inn, Westport www.coveinn.com  
Sponsored by Jacob’s Creek Wines www.jacobscreek.ca
Perth Brewery www.perthbrewery.ca
DAWG FM Ottawa www.dawgfm.com
Ottawa Blues Society www.ottawabluessociety.com
LAKE 88.1 Perth/Rideau Lakes www.lake88.ca

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Canadian Tire Centre, Kanata ON
Wednesday, October 31 @ 8 pm; tickets $95 & up
Paul DesLauriers Band
Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street
Friday, November 2 @ 9 pm; $15

Following up on the success of their self-titled album from 2014, The Paul DesLauriers Band returns with the aptly titled “Relentless”, a genuine blues-rock escapade featuring 10 new songs encompassing their most original and powerful work to date. Relentless indeed if you consider the pace at which the band has been working with touring, writing and recording. The awards they keep racking up only confirm that hard work pays off. Adding to their multiple Maple Blues and Lys Blues awards and nominations they had a number one album on the iTunes Canada Blues Chart and in January 2016 they took home 2nd Place among 119 competing bands from around the world at the 32nd annual International Blues Challenge, held by the Blues Foundation in Memphis.

Hot on the heels of that win they returned to Montreal to complete writing and recording “Relentless” and the result captures the very essence of The Paul DesLauriers Band. A true collaborative effort on every front, singer-guitarist Paul DesLauriers, bassist Greg Morency and drummer Sam Harrisson approached this recording the same way they have in the past, three men playing together in the same room, capturing performances live off the floor; and this time they applied that philosophy to the whole creative process, writing and arranging all the music together from the ground up. Lyrics were penned by DesLauriers and long-time collaborator Alec McElcheran. Through every track, the personalities shine through, but what is most striking is the unity and the maturity radiating from this trio at the top of their game. If the last album, 2014’s award-winning self-titled release, solidified the bands stance in the Canadian blues scene, this album as well as their remarkable achievements over the last two years cements their position as one of the top Canadian blues-rock acts and will maximize their influence on the international stage.
Amanda Rheaume
Bar Robo, 692 Somerset Street West
Friday, November 2 @ 9 pm; $25

The Robo Artist Series continues with the incomparable Amanda Rheaume.
From Amanda: "I’m in the middle of recording with award winning music producer Colin Cripps (of Blue Rodeo acclaim) at the legendary Bathouse Recording Studio (Tragically Hip’s studio). We’ve got a handful of songs already recorded and I'd love your support!
I can't thank you enough for continually supporting me. I truly could not follow this dream and passion without you.
xo Amanda"
Safe Low Limit
Gigspace Performance, 953 Gladstone Avenue
Saturday, November 3, 7:30 - 9:30 pm

Safe Low Limit is a new jazz-oriented group made of instruments pitched in the bass clef. This eclectic lineup of tuba, trombone, cello and drums creates a unique sound and performs a variety of original compositions, obscure standards and funk hits in a wide variety of jazz and pop styles, leaving the audience wondering what the heck will they do next!

Having made a splash with their first concert performed at the bottom of a drained swimming pool in Vanier in May 2017, Safe Low Limit has since appeared in several concerts as well as The Ottawa International Jazz Festival. Getting ready to record a first demo, this concert at Gigspace will feature new original songs as well as some favorite and new unexpected covers!

Tuba: Dr. Keith Hartshorn-Walton
Cello: Ken Kanwisher
Drums: Michel Delage
Trombone/Vocal: Steve Berndt
Tornado Benefit Concert
Hosted by the Lucas Haneman Express
Greenfields’ Gastro Pub, 900 Greenbank Road
Sunday, November 4; 1 pm – 6 pm; $10 at the door

Come on out to Greenfield’s Gastro Pub to help raise money for the victims of Ottawa’s tornado.

The Express will be joined by Maples Blues Award-winning band Wicked Grin and Juno Award-winning Matt Sobb’s other group The Dimestore Playboys. It will be an incredible afternoon of blues music and rockabilly. Our emcee for the festivities will be none other than J-man!

Tickets will be $10 at the door and there will be a silent auction. All proceeds raised will go to The Red Cross.

Megan and Lucas’s neighbourhood was directly affected by the tornado and while, luckily, their house was not hit, others in their area were not so lucky. Over the last few weeks the neighbourhood has begun to repair, but there is still a lot of repairing to be done. We hope you will join us in this event and help give back to those most affected. 
John Hiatt
The Eclipse Sessions Tour
Meridian @ Centrepointe Mainstage, 101 Centrepointe Drive
Tuesday, November 6 @ 8 pm; $59.50 - $69.50

John Hiatt is no stranger to Ottawa music aficionados especially those who have seen him with his friend Lyle Lovett, in a two man show, just them, their acoustic guitars some humorous stories and great tunes.  Well John is bringing that style to his Solo Tour.

Hiatt’s songs have been recorded by artists as diverse as Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, Iggy Pop, Rosanne Cash, the Jeff Healey Band, and even the cartoon bear band of Disney’s film, The Country Bears. He earned a Grammy nomination for “Crossing Muddy Waters”, while B.B. King and Eric Clapton shared a Grammy for their album “Riding With The King”, the title track from which was a Hiatt composition. Hiatt has received his own star on Nashville’s Walk of Fame, the Americana Music Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting, has been inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and was saluted at the Indiana Governor’s Arts Awards.
Jesse Roper
Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street
Wednesday, November 7

“Access To Infinity” Tour.
Sean Pinchin
Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street
Thursday, November 8

Well, now that he's got our attention he's made his mind up to make good use of it.  “Monkey Brain” is a guitar tour de force, a gritty mash of the history of roots guitar music torn down and built back up again. The title track is a grimy ode to our inner, more base impulses:  "When life gets to me. My head starts to change. I give in to my Monkey Brain". On the swampy ‘Charity Case’, Sean pleads with his lover: "Why do you treat me like some charity case? It's not your business if I'm sober or straight"... we've all been there. ‘Hard Luck’ is a 21st-century gospel dirge that has Sean's searing lead guitar crescendo with a one-note Neil Young-style squeal into its signature riff with layered gospel harmonies pleading wordlessly over deep piano drones. ‘Living In The Past’ eases us in with Sean's falsetto before the album's engine room Adam Warner (drums) & Mark McIntyre (bass) launch into its signature groove.  Sean's guitar weaves in and out and Emma-Lee's backing vocals push the whole thing over the top. The album takes a turn with ‘Goin' Hobo’'s junk-yard percussion and tongue-in-cheek lyrics about being sick of the grind and packing it all in for the hobo life cowritten with Juno winner Steve Strongman. The album closes with the duo of ‘Monsters’, an acoustic stomper keeping with the theme of fighting one's own demons and ‘Get Burned’, yet more evidence of Sean's guitar prowess, pivoting effortlessly between clean sinewy playing and ultra-dirty riff-mongering. Throughout, Sean delivers stories of personal struggle and triumph after living with depression for many years. Realizing that his grief could be put to constructive use, he began writing about everything that caused him pain, fear and heartache. “Monkey Brain” is his blues and he comes by it honestly.  
Bad Luck Woman & Her Misfortunes
Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street
Friday, November 9 @ 9 pm

Bad Luck Woman & Her Misfortunes are hitting the road to bring Ottawa the best of their blues/R&B/rock'n'roll combo. Three sets of drinking/dancing music all night long! Come on out, Ottawa!

Bad Luck Woman is:
Raha Javanfar on bass and vocals
Her Misfortunes are:
Fraser Melvin on guitar
Andrew Moljgun on sax
Jonathan Hyde on drums
Andrea Ramolo
Neat Coffee Shop, 1715 Calabogie Road, Burnstown ON
Friday, November 9 @ 8 pm; $25

Andrea Ramolo is a multiple Canadian Folk Music Award nominee and one-half of the acclaimed folk/pop duo Scarlett Jane. Her third solo album “NUDA”, produced by Michael Timmins (Cowboy Junkies) was mentioned on the 2017 Polaris Prize longer list.

We are pleased to announce Andrea Ramolo will be joining us at Neat Coffee Shop on November 9! Andrea was through before our time with duo Scarlett Jane and we are excited to have her back, an evening of music celebrating the release of Andrea Ramolo's newest studio album "Homage", an album honouring songs by Leonard Cohen. Two sets of music featuring songs by Cohen and Ramolo. This will be an amazing night to experience the beautiful voice of Andrea in an intimate room! Limited dinner reservations available before the show.
Jordan Officer
NAC 4th Stage, 1 Elgin Street
Saturday, November 10 @ 8:30 pm

Originally making his mark in the Susie Arioli Band, Jordan Officer has left an indelible mark in Canadian jazz and blues guitar landscape. An alchemist of vintage styles, Officer radiates passion for rock n’ roll’s great legacy, while putting his own coins in the jukebox. Jazz, blues and classic 50’s rock n’ roll all find a home in the hands of this modern master!
Jesse Roper
Neat Coffee Shop, 1715 Calabogie Road, Burnstown ON
Saturday, November 10 @ 8 pm; $25

We are super stoked to bring Jesse Roper, the king of rock/funk/blues, back to the intimate Neat stage November 10! Jesse rolled through Burnstown last year and had the crowd rocking with his amazing guitar licks and his rock star presence! This will be another amazing night at Neat!! Limited dinner reservations available before the show.
Check him out!

Victoria BC's Jesse Roper is magnetic. With an explosive live show, the quality and charisma of his versatile blues sound rooted in soul, rock and country is as approachable as his charm. With much anticipation, Jesse’s newest album Access to Infinity is due out fall of 2017. The nostalgic may appreciate his throw back vibe akin to Stevie Ray Vaughan and vintage Texas blue. Jesse Roper's music remains current while his youthful energy captivates audiences while his knock out live performance blows them away. Incapable of holding back, Jesse always delivers the show of his life.
Dueling Pianos
Centrepointe Studio Theatre, 101 Centrepointe Drive
Friday, November 16 @ 8 pm

True-blue Ottawans already know: the Dueling Pianos are Tyler Kealey and Dave Kalil on two sets of ivory keys, with guitarist Todd Huckabone and the audience acting as referee. Each unique show features an endless series of classic hits spanning decades of music. Playing a blend of requests from the audience, blistering guitar and piano solos, three-part harmonies, and random impromptu comedic moments, their show has won over the crowds for which they perform time after time. The group gained a legion of loyal fans as a regular Saturday act at Sens House in the Byward Market.

Dave has been entertaining audiences across Canada since 1976 as a solo piano player and singer but has had the most fun this past decade playing with – or against – singer-songwriter and fellow pianist Tyler. The two claim influences from musicians like Supertramp and the Eagles, from Billy Joel to the Beatles. In the intimate setting and beautiful acoustics of Centrepointe’s Studio theatre, the Dueling Pianos’ effortless skill and energy will delight newcomers and long-time fans alike!
Jack De Keyzer
Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street
Friday, November 16 @ 9 pm

Guitarist, Singer, Song Writer Jack de Keyzer plays the blues world wide, from Alert, Arctic Circle to Puerto Escondido, Mexico; from Athens, Greece to Hornby Island, BC and many points between. One of Canada’s most awarded and in-demand live performers and session guitarists, Jack has released 10 CD’s and 1 DVD. He has also played on hundreds of recordings and live sessions with artists ranging from Etta James to Ronnie Hawkins and Bo Diddley to Blue Rodeo. He is an exciting live performer, soulful vocalist and world class song writer and performs an average of 120 shows per year. De Keyzer has brought audiences to their feet at many major Jazz and Blues Festivals including the Montreal Jazz Fest, Blues Sur Seine (France) The Ottawa Blues Festival and Puerto Blues, (Mexico). A much-celebrated musician, de Keyzer has been nominated for the Juno (Blues Album of the Year) 5 times and won the Juno twice, in 2003 and 2010. He has won 7 Maple Blues Awards (Canada’s national blues awards), first place in the International Songwriting Competition and won CBC’s Great Canadian Blues Award from a poll of radio listeners. Always touring with an incredible band, Jack will have you rocking in your seat and swaying to his hot blues, soulful R&B and cool soul jazz. World class. 
The Village Quartet
Kaffé 1870, 715 Riverside Drive, Wakefield QC
Friday, November 16 @ 9 pm; $10

After their wildly successful debut performance at Kaffé 1870 this summer, The Village Quartet return to Kaffé 1870 on November 16 for another night of hot swinging music.
Christian Rey-Coquais - Guitar
Andre Ferraton - Drums
Marc Decho - Bass
Greg Paul Stone - Guitar/Vocals
With Special Guest Roxanne Potvin
Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street
Saturday, November 17 @ 9 pm

Alternately menacing and celebratory, brooding and boastful, Bharath and his Rhythm Four gaze into the past not with nostalgia, but with stunning passion. With Bharath Rajakumar as its charismatic core, the Rhythm Four create an ensemble sound that heightens “deep blues” traditionalism with punch and urgency. Colin Perry’s unobtrusive yet ever ready guitar playing sympathetically supports Bharath’s mercurial harp playing and stunning vocals, while the firm pulse of Costa Zafiropoulos’ bass rest upon Ben Caissie’s assertive drum beats. A perfect refinement and distillation of their forefathers, Bharath and his Rhythm Four’s relentless drive never fails to make an impression.

On her new five-song EP All It Was, JUNO Award-nominated singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer Roxanne Potvin goes deeper into her personal journey, adding more elements to an ever-expanding sound.
The Vanier Playboys
CD release
Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street
Sunday, November 18, 3-6 pm

Hey Y'all - The Vanier Playboys are Ottawa's own Zydeco Band. We release our 1st CD at a Sunday Matinee on November 18, at Irene's Pub in the Glebe. We'll play 2 full sets of Zydeco Dancefloor favorites and we'd love it if you would be there to help us celebrate. We love our band and you will too.
Rainbow Anniversary Party
With The Commotions
76 Murray Street
Friday, November 30 @ 9 pm; $12

Ottawa’s The Commotions have sidestepped the lightweight pop craze and taken the back roads straight into the hearts of their loyal followers, earning unwavering support from the true lovers of genuine, unsullied soul music. This 12-piece, sharply dressed, original throwback to the days of Motown is an evolved collection of Canada's top funk & jazz players. This band originally united to provide a Canadian contingent to Funk Brother's (Motown Records) lead vocalist Delbert Nelson as "Delbert & The Commotions". The band's Musical Director, Brian Asselin honed his skills performing with acts such as The Funk Brothers, and his original music has been featured on HBO’s Looking and ABC’s The Fosters in the U.S. The band features vocalists Jeff Rogers (Silver Creek and The Cooper Brothers) and Rebecca Noelle (The PepTides, Rumours, La Voix and David Gogo.) With a sonically monumental performance and an energizing visual display, The Commotions command every room they play, drawing in audiences with their sizzling brass section, thumping backbeat, and sensitive ballads.
Cecile Doo-Kingue
NAC 4th Stage, 1 Elgin Street
Saturday, December 1 @ 8:30 pm

An exceptional stage presence, guitarist/singer-songwriter Cécile Doo-Kingué blends blues, afro-roots and soul to create a unique sound. Born and raised in New York City, first generation from Cameroon, she has lived in the US, France, and now resides in Montreal.
An award-winning guitarist-singer-songwriter, considered one of Canada's most electrifying and versatile guitarists, Cécile plays an average of 150 shows per year. She is quickly earning a stellar reputation and a place alongside Canada’s current roster of great guitarists. Powerful and raw with an exceptional stage presence, she is a force of nature whose lyrics and sound make for an enthralling and intimate experience.

She has released four albums to critical acclaim, been commissioned by the Canadian Broadcast Corporation (Home, a song on immigration) and was awarded the 2013 SPACQ Foundation Edith Butler Award for Excellence in French Songwriting for Gris (2012). She’s been nominated for five Maple Blues Awards in the last two years.
Jack de Keyzer
Neat Coffee Shop, 1715 Calabogie Road, Burnstown ON
Saturday, December 1, 8-11 pm; $35

Blues fans unite!! This will be a killer show, multiple Juno winner Jack de Keyzer, in a rare solo and duo appearance with Alan Duffy on bass, will hit the intimate stage at Neat Coffee Shop on December 1st to warm us all up!! Tickets on sale, limited dinner reservations will be available before the show. Call (613) 433-9960 for info/ tickets 
Neat Coffee Shop, 1715 Calabogie Road, Burnstown ON
Thursday, December 6, 8-11 pm; $40

We are stoked to announce MonkeyJunk will hit the intimate stage at Neat Coffee Shop December 6 for the first time since we got Neat rolling again. Come check out the amazing blues rock from these Juno winners! Tickets on sale, limited dinner reservations available before the show.
Check them out!

By almost any ordinary metric, like a marriage or a job, 10 years is a respectable milestone. For a hard-touring and recording band, however, a decade is a sweat-soaked, anecdote-amassing feat. Appropriately, the corresponding anniversary gift is way better something made of tin.

Winner of 2018’s Blues Album of the Year Juno Award (their second overall), the latest and fifth release from singer/guitarist and harp player Steve Marriner, drummer Matt Sobb, and guitarist Tony D is precisely the kind of corker you’d expect from a trio of musical veterans who, between them, have boosted luminaries from Fabulous Thunderbird Kim Wilson to Buddy Guy, the late Jeff Healey to the lamented Stevie Ray Vaughan.

Launched in Ottawa in 2008, MonkeyJunk —handle inspired by delta blues great Son House, who once intoned, “I’m talking about the blues, I ain’t talking ’bout no monkeyjunk!” — have consistently updated contemporary blues with a blistering mix of chops, soul, grit, humour and harmony.

MonkeyJunk plays for keeps, as evidenced by the 10 electrifying tracks on their latest album, their first ever to feature bass guitar. “We wanted to push ourselves to work hard and to work efficiently and focused — to see what we could come up with in a shorter period of time,” drummer Sobb explains of “Time To Roll”. “The result is a brash, groovy-as-always collection of songs that show where the band has been and where we have arrived in many years of writing, recording, and touring.”

In addition to the above-mentioned pair of Juno Award wins (out of three nominations), MonkeyJunk has also netted an impressive 21 Maple Blues Awards, two Canadian Independent Music Awards, and a Blues Music Award (USA) for Best New Artist, for 2009’s sizzling “Tiger In Your Tank”. And while that recognition is swell, all band members agree that the real thrill of playing in MonkeyJunk is just that — playing, especially live, where the music’s ecstatic sway on crowds is right there to behold.
Texas Mac
Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street
Saturday, December 8; 9 pm - midnight

The Texas Music Appreciation Club are back at Irene's for another great night of Texas music. This outfit was formed by brothers Curtis and Matthew Chaffey to celebrate any and all styles of music from the great state of Texas.
Rob Lutes
Old Church Theatre, 940 Bonisteel Road, Trenton ON
Saturday, December 8 @ 7:30 pm; tickets $21

On his seventh album, acclaimed Canadian songwriter Rob Lutes does what he has done for years: kicks up a little dust, wades into some deep waters and tackles the realities of the world with depth, humour and a unique musical style.

Situated at the intersection of the blues, folk, Americana and contemporary singer-songwriter genres, “Walk in the Dark” is an exquisite collection of songs that highlight Lutes’ unmistakable voice and literary writing style. Co-produced with celebrated Montreal producer and Cirque de Soleil collaborator Rob Heaney, the album features a group of Canada's finest roots and blues players, including guitarist Rob MacDonald and keyboardist Bob Stagg along with noted artists Ian Kelly, Guy Bélanger and Joe Grass. It finds Lutes, a Kerrville New Folk winner, Maple Blues and Canadian Folk Music Awards nominee, exploring a wide range of subjects and paying homage to some heroes: James Cotton (on ‘There's No Way to Tell You That Tonight’) and guitarist Joseph Spence (on the instrumental ‘Spence’). Recorded mainly over three days in late January in a small studio in Montreal's Notre Dame de Grace borough, the recording captures the essence of Lutes' soulful voice and rhythmic guitar style, enveloped by a group of players who are no stranger to his groove. Featuring 12 new originals, including two co-writes with award-winning Americana songwriter Dale Boyle, and the forgotten John Prine gem ‘Rocky Mountain Time’, the album digs deep into the roots of Canadian and American music and delivers another strong statement. "This album, of all of them, was a journey into the unknown, which is why I like the title so much," Lutes says. "With a great co-producer, and a group of phenomenal players and friends, I went in to the studio to find these songs. And I really feel like we did that."
JW Jones and Friends: Home for the Holidays
Centrepointe Theatre, 101 Centrepointe Drive
Thursday, December 13 @ 8 pm

Featuring Amanda Rheaume, Jeff Rogers, Rebecca Noelle, and Matthew Chaffey.

Kick off the holiday season with a high-energy live experience! One of the top blues artists in the country, the multi-award winning JW Jones is a Billboard Top 10 Blues artist, having released nine albums and performed in twenty-three countries across four continents.

The featured Ottawa artists joining JW on stage are handpicked by the man himself. JW Jones and his band will back these amazing local performers and will play crowd favourites from their own repertoire.

Get ready for a winter treat that’ll have you partying into the holiday season!
Matt Anderson Christmas Show
NAC Southam Hall, 1 Elgin Street
Thursday, December 20 @ 8 pm

Blessed with titanic pipes and monumental spirit, Matt Anderson is without a doubt Canada’s crowned-prince of soul-infused blues-rock. Anderson lights up Southam Hall this season in support of his incendiary new album “Honest Man”.
The Festival of Small Halls and NAC Presents are thrilled to co-present Christmas with Matt Anderson.
120 Principale Street, Gatineau QC

Jack de Keyzer
Friday, October 26 - SOLD OUT

Dawn Tyler Watson
Friday, November 30
Saturday, December 1
Jack de Keyzer
RCHA Club, 193 Ontario Street, Kingston ON
Friday, November 23
KBS Monthly Jam
The Standeasy
RCHA Club, 193 Ontario Street, Kingston ON
Third Saturday each month @ 8:30 pm, $3 at the door

The KBS monthly jam is always full and both the musicians and the audience always have a great time. Always one of the best nights of entertainment Kingston has to offer – come early as seating is limited. Sponsored by the Kingston Arts Council and the City of Kingston.
For more info, please contact Kingston Blues Society
DAWGFM.com Blues 24/7 on the internet
On CKCU-FM 93.1
The Mighty 93.1
Community Radio serving the Ottawa Carleton Region

Sundays: 9-11 pm
Black and Blues
with John Tackaberry
The show features a heavy dose of electric blues and rhythm and blues, with the occasional selection of sixties soul. The first hour is dedicated to artist profiles and reviews of recordings on particular labels. In the second hour there is a blues calendar, a rundown of events in Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa, and interviews with “new and reissued blues and rhythm and blues tracks on wax”, alternating with “live blues and R&B for a Sunday night” in the last half hour of the show.
Wednesdays: 9-11 pm
In A Mellow Tone
Hosted by Bernard Stepien, Ron Steeds, Allan Wigney, Jean-Michel Labatut and Aidian Thomas, ‘In A Mellow Tone’ introduces listeners to the entire history of jazz, from its beginnings to the latest innovations. Every program has a focus; on a musician, a city, a festival, an instrument, a record label or on recent releases. The hosts draw on their large personal CD and LP collections to supplement CKCU's extensive resources.
On CBC Radio Two 103.3 FM
Saturdays: 6-8 pm
On CBC Radio One 91.5 FM
Saturdays: 9-11 pm
Saturday Night Blues
Host Holger Petersen has been a broadcaster, record producer, album collector, and serious blues fan for over 40 years.  His collection of blues records numbers in the thousands.  On Saturday Night Blues each week you’ll hear a mix of classic blues from the ‘Petersen Vaults’, concerts, interviews, artist features, new releases, plus anything that boogies, jumps, or swings, plus your requests from the Bluesline.
And check out SNB videos here http://www.cbc.ca/snb/video/
On CJHR 98.7 Valley Heritage Radio
Thursdays, 8-10 pm
Got The Blues
Pat Watters is your host for this blues only radio show, now in its 9th year.  It can be heard throughout the Ottawa Valley and streaming on the internet at valleyheritageradio.ca.
NPR from Canton NY
For those who live south of the city, OBS member Bob Cavan notes that the National Public Radio (NPR) radio signal at 89.5 FM in Canton NY comes in pretty strong in Manotick. Bob recommends two shows in particular. Bob says “The Blue Note” Tuesdays 3 pm-5 pm, and “The Radio Bob Show” Wednesdays 3 pm-5 pm are both excellent shows – blues, ‘50s & ‘60s, rock & roll, R&B.
Unsung and On The Side
With Carolyn Fe
Tuesdays, 7-9 pm
Re-broadcast Saturday 10 am – noon & Sunday 2-4 pm (all times EST)
It’s all about the Blues, Jazz and its derivatives from around the globe and just around the corner. Songs rarely heard, from the very first recordings all the way to indie artists who consciously push the envelope to the next generation sounds of the genre; some older releases will be spun - just because the album in old, doesn't mean it's forgotten, thus the "On The Side" part of the show's title. 
Streaming great Blues, Roots, Soul, R&B, Folk, East Coast and Celtic music across Canada and around the world 24/7/365.
Check out their Canadian Blues shows and hosts, including James Doran’s ‘Inside The Blues’, Brant Zwicker’s ‘At The Crossroads’, along with Mark Stenzler's ‘Blues Zeppelin’ from Switzerland … and lots more Canadian and international Blues shows. 
Tuesday, October 30
Beats’n Keys @ Heart & Crown, Byward Market, 9:30 pm
Wednesday, October 31
Jeff Rogers Solo @ Social Restaurant & Lounge, 7 pm
Friday, November 2
Megan Laurence & Lucas Haneman acoustic duo @ Nepean Sailing Club, 8 pm
Saturday, November 3
The Back Beat @ the Atomic Rooster, 4-8 pm
Al Wood @ the South Branch Bistro, Kemptville, 8:30 pm
Sunday, November 4
Phoenix Foodbank Benefit @ the Atomic Rooster, 6-9 pm
Wednesday, November 7
The Prime Rib Big Band @ Irene’s, 8 pm
Wednesday, November 14
Steve Marriner @ Irene’s, 8 pm
Friday, November 16
Duelling Pianos with Tyler Kealey & Dave Kalil @ Centrepointe Studio Theatre, 8 pm
Sunday, November 18
Ray Harris solo acoustic @ Vibration Studios, Osgoode, noon – 2 pm
Monday, November 19
Lucas Haneman solo acoustic @ Brookstreet Hotel Options Bar, 7 pm
Friday, November 23
Al Tambay @ the South Branch Bistro, Kemptville, 9 pm
Friday, November 30
Lucas Haneman Express @ the Brookstreet Hotel Options Bar, 8 pm
Rainbow Anniversary Party with the Commotions, 9 pm
Sunday, December 2
Megan Laurence & Lucas Haneman acoustic duo @ the Brookstreet Hotel Options Bar, 7 pm
Thursday, December 6
MonkeyJunk @ Neat Coffee Shop, Burnstown, 8 pm
Saturday, December 8
Texas Mac @ Irene’s, 9 pm   
Thursday, December 13
JW-Jones & Friends @ Centrepointe Theatre, 8 pm