04 August 2020

Ottawa Blues This Week - 04 August 2020



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OTTAWA BLUES THIS WEEK
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Info below compiled from Facebook posts.
If you have updated info, or to share any corrections, please contact ottawablues@gmail.com
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It’s always wise to check with the venue to confirm the show!
Especially as there are many outdoor/patio shows which may be weather-dependent!
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OTTAWA PUBLIC HEALTH
Highlights from July 31 Special Statement
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Be “social wise” when you socialize

As we head into the long weekend, I hope you will be able to safely participate in some of the activities that you enjoy with those inside your social circle of the same 10 (or less) people.

I want to remind people that private gatherings (e.g. parties, get togethers) are considered a high-risk activity when doing so with those outside your social circle. If you are going to be participating in such an activity this weekend with people outside your social circle, please assess your risk and ask yourself how you can make the activity safer. This means keeping visits shorter and outdoors, wearing a mask inside and outside if you can’t physically distance, washing your hands often and avoiding touching your face. Make it a habit to carry hand sanitizer in your pocket or your purse. Avoid sharing food or drinks – bring your own. Avoid handshakes and embracing others. If you’re uncomfortable, leave. And if you’re sick, please stay home.

This continues to be a community effort. We know sustaining behaviour change isn’t easy and I want to thank everyone for their individual efforts in adapting to this new normal. I know we have what it takes to flatten the curve again.

Full text of Special Statement
July 31, 2020 – Special statement from Dr. Vera Etches
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LOCAL VENUES
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Irene’s Pub
885 Bank Street
Noon to 11 pm - Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday.
Noon to midnight – Friday, Saturday.
Live Music - Sunday nights at 8 pm! Live on our stage and streamed on our Facebook Page.

Safety procedures: Extra cleaning. Plexiglass barricade to be installed at the bar. Table service only. Reduced capacity to ensure physical distancing. Cashless transactions. Staff in PPE. Masks mandatory except when seated at tables.
www.irenespub.ca
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LIVE! On Elgin
220 Elgin Street, 2nd floor
August calendar available at www.liveonelgin.com

Safety procedures: Capacity reduced by two-thirds to 27 to ensure physical distancing. Tickets to be sold in groups of four or five to fill available tables. You must buy tickets with other members of your bubble. Cashless transactions. Masks mandatory.
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Chateau Lafayette
42 York Street
Two patios open now, 3 p.m. to close Thursday to Sunday, plus 11 a.m. to close Saturday and Sunday on the Bistro patio.
Indoor room not yet open.

Safety procedures: Staff in custom, washable masks made from old Laf T-shirts. Extra cleaning. Table service only. Reduced capacity. Masks mandatory if not seated. Adjustable Plexiglass barricade for indoor stage.
www.Facebook.com/thelaffottawa
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Brass Monkey
250A Greenbank Road
Currently booking only Fridays and Saturdays

Safety procedures: Extra cleaning. Capacity reduced to maximum of 50 to ensure physical distancing. Advance tickets strongly recommended. Staff in PPE.
https://www.facebook.com/monkeyottawa/
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Rainbow Bistro
76 Murray Street

Due to covid restrictions of 50 people, our new normal for the weekends will be a 7 pm show, and a 10:15 pm show. All the tables, chairs, bathrooms, etc. will be sanitized in between shows.

Help us get organized - if you know you're coming, let us know! Buy your tickets in advance, organize with your friends. Help us help you be as safe as can be.

Tickets may be purchased by sending an e-transfer to rainbowbluesottawa@gmail.com

Be well, hope to see you soon!
https://www.facebook.com/events/2960936617367954/
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Atomic Rooster
303 Bank Street
Open Monday – Friday, 12 pm to late
Open Saturday & Sunday – 10 am to late

Check for updates on the Atomic Rooster’s Facebook page:
www.facebook.com/267649179945257
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D’Arcy McGee’s
44 Sparks Street

Good news! Our dining rooms are now open and we're ready to serve you!
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AREA VENUES
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The Cove Inn Patio
Westport, ON
The Cove Patio is open 7 days a week!

Takeout and Hotel Rooms available as well! Moving to Stage 3 with COVID re-opening, we will be able to serve indoors again as well. Same protocols with social distancing. To guarantee a table, please make a reservation by calling us 613-273-3636 or email thecoveinnwestport@gmail.com. We look forward to seeing you very soon!

Live music has returned generally Wednesday to Sunday weekly! Stay tuned to the artists’ Facebook pages for live broadcasts on their originally booked dates.

We welcome you back but please respect public health regulations to keep us all safe and healthy. We need to be diligent with respect to keeping COVID-19 out of our town! Thanks for your continued support!
www.coveinn.com
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Juke Joint Soul Kitchen
3740 Carp Road, Carp ON

We are offering take out, indoor seating and Patio seating on back and front patios from 11:30 am-8:30 pm, Tuesday to Friday, Saturday 9 am-8:30 pm (closed Sunday and Monday). We also offer Saturday breakfast from 9 am-12 pm, check out the menu! We are CLOSED 2:30 pm-3:30 pm daily for a staff break, however we do take calls for dinner during this time. Credit card call-in available for curbside pick up, as well tap payment option inside. Kitchen and entire restaurant have been sanitized completely and all surfaces will continue to be disinfected as take-out and patio operations ramp up.
https://www.thejukejointsoulkitchen.com/
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Swan on the Rideau
2730 River Road, Ottawa (Manotick) ON
Tuesday – Sunday, 12 pm – 8 pm; closed Mondays.

The Swan team has implemented comprehensive Covid-19 safety protocols in order to keep our customers and staff safe. With this in mind, we ask that you are patient and understand that service will be slower than it was before COVID 19. We are doing the best that we can at this time and hope our customers are understanding!

PLEASE RESPECT SOCIAL DISTANCING.

Remain 6 ft from others not in your social bubble.
Remain seated at your designated table.
Wear a mask when you are unable to distance or remain seated.
Our tables are spaced accordingly and therefore they can’t be moved or grouped.

Our staff is working as a team. In order to minimize risks, there are servers and bussers. Servers will take your orders and bring you drinks and food. Bussers will clear empty glasses and plates. Servers will not bus, and bussers will not serve. This may mean your service is slower than you are accustomed to. Please be patient.

Please pick up take-out orders at the gazebo located at the entrance to the patio.
https://theswanontherideau.com/
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La Grange de la Gatineau
80 Chemin Summer, Cantley, QC

The team at La Grange de la Gatineau has been closely following government guidance on COVID-19 to determine whether we could reschedule our cancelled spring concerts in the autumn. We have come to the conclusion that social distancing requirements would not allow for the kind of intimate concert experience we love to offer. So, we have reluctantly decided not to hold an autumn concert season. We sincerely hope to re-book some of the same fabulous artists as soon as possible in 2021.

Follow us on Facebook for updates on our future concerts.
We hope to welcome you again soon to our magical 2-century-old site!
www.grange.ca
https://www.facebook.com/GrangeGatineau/
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Southminster United Church
Steinway Grand Piano Campaign
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From Roland Graham, Musical Director, Southminster United Church:

I'm excited to announce that the campaign to raise money for Southminster's new Steinway Model D grand piano (read up on that here if not in the loop) has passed a notable milestone!

Having raised just over $35,000 between donations made through Canadahelps.org and those mailed in by cheque, we have just over half the amount needed for Southminster to secure the purchase and take possession of the piano!!

If you haven't donated because you were waiting to see how things pan out, wait no further! So far only 250 people of our list of 3000 supporters have donated. That's over a quarter of the target achieved by fewer than 10% of our numbers! I find that extremely encouraging!

Visit Canadahelps.org to donate instantly online, or mail a cheque made out to Southminster United Church at 15 Aylmer Ave, K1S 3X1. All donations will be charitably receipted in time for your 2020 tax returns.

Please send any questions about the campaign to SouthminsterSteinway2020@gmail.com.
Thank you for your time. Stay tuned for more news!
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WEEKLY EVENTS
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Sunday Sessions @ 8 pm
Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street
Limited seating indoors.
Sunday, August 9 – The Beeched Wailer
Sunday, August 16 – Kimberly Sunstrum
Sunday, August 23 – Riishi Von Rex

Sunday, August 30 @ 2 pm – Lynn Miles on Side Door.
Virtual tickets coming soon. Venue Tickets available.
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/lynn-miles-tickets-115296252194
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Karaoke Mondaze
Atomic Rooster, 303 Bank Street
Every Monday (10 pm-2 am)

With mandatory Karaoke rules. (see Thursday, below.)
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Al Tambay
South Branch Bistro, 15 Clothier Street, Kemptville ON
Tuesdays, 6-8 pm

All will be doing Blues on Tues concert @ the South Branch (Kemptville) every Tuesday, playing some acoustic blues and bluesy stuff, so come on out and eat have a beverage and enjoy some blues too!
https://www.southbranchbistro.com/
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Peter Newsom & Peter Brown
Waterfront Gastropub, Carleton Place ON
Wednesdays & Saturdays

The safely-socially-distancing music continues. Guitarist/singer Peter Newsom and Peter Brown on keys will be playing on the patio at The Waterfront Gastropub in Carleton Place Wednesday from 5 pm to 8 pm, playing a healthy 12 feet from the nearest patron. The Gastropub has been renovated and looks great. We'll be there on Saturdays and Wednesdays.

Please join us - from a distance.
https://thewaterfrontgastropub.ca/
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Rock Star Karaoke with Jamie
Atomic Rooster, 303 Bank Street
Every Thursday (10 pm-2 am), starting August 6

Here are some of the new mandatory rules that will have to be followed while inside restaurants/bars:
1. When entering the premise, you will be required to wear a mask. (Once you're seated at your table you may remove your mask.)
2. When leaving your table for any reason you will be required to wear your mask.
3. Drinks MUST stay at your table at ALL times. (You will not be allowed to walk around with a drink in your hand at this phase unfortunately.)
4. Remember to respect others distance while inside the premise. (Stay at least 2 meters apart)
5. It is suggested to stay within your social circle at your table. (You cannot table hop and stand around the premise at this phase unfortunately)
6. We have Hand Sanitizer available for customers. (We also sanitize everything after customer use
{Max Capacity of 50 People and will have tables spaced out for social distancing}

Rules for Karaoke:
1. Be sure to wear your mask to the stage and keep your distance from others on the way up. (When you’re behind our Plexi Glass Singing Shield you will be allowed to remove your mask to sing if you choose.)
2. We will have (No Touch) microphones provided on stands that the host will adjust to the singer’s height and will be sanitized after every use. (If you choose, you may bring your own microphone.)
3. Hand Sanitizer will also be available for you to use before you sing.
4. No Duets at this phase unfortunately. (Only the host and one singer should be on the stage.)
5. You will not be allowed on stage when a singer is singing at any given time.
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John Carroll
The Laff (Chateau Lafayette), 42 York Street
Fridays, 7 pm – 11 pm
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Jeff Rogers
Luxe Bistro, 47 York Street
Saturdays, 9 pm – 12 am

Jeff will be playing piano and singing songs at @luxe.ottawa in the Byward Market, 9 pm-12 am. Come join us on the patio!
www.luxebistro.com
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EVENTS THIS WEEK
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River City Junction
South Branch Bistro, Kemptville ON
Thursday, August 6; 7 pm – 9 pm
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Steve Marriner
The Cove Inn Patio, Westport ON
Thursday, August 6, 5 pm – 8 pm; Dinner & Show $45
Advance reservations required. Almost Sold Out.
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River City Junction
Rob Roy’s, Smiths Falls ON
Friday, August 7; 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
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RBC Bluesfest LIVE Drive-in Concert
Rue Jos-Montferrand, Gatineau, QC
Friday, August 7, 7 pm – 10:30 pm

Teamed up with #CanadaPerforms (NAC) this year’s RBC Bluesfest turns into a LIVE drive-in concert at Zibi! Drive in, park, and watch the live concert from the comfort of your vehicle. Tune into our FM station for a state-of-the-art sound experience.

Get your ticket - valid for everyone in your vehicle - turn up your radio, and enjoy the LIVE show from a safe distance

Headlining Friday, August 7
Patrick Watson with
Basia Bulat
Silla and Rise
Zaki Ibrahim
Asuquomo
Geneviève et Alain

For the safety of staff and attendees, COVID-19 safety precautions are in effect. Please read the FAQs for more information prior to purchase.

https://www.universe.com/events/rbc-bluesfest-drive-in-aug-7-7-aot-tickets-HMX7B5?utm_source=FB&utm_medium=Carousel3_EN&utm_campaign=Blues+fest&fbclid=IwAR1lf-dk2WRj0YIQcT-NyGJPPXkB6Scwf58wE5TXMskvzLpq-ihnByChBQk
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Blues Night with James Cochrane
Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street
Friday & Saturday, August 7-8; shows at 7 pm & 10:30 pm; Tickets are $10
e-transfer: rainbowbluesottawa@gmail.com or cash at the door

Jim Cochrane has been performing for over 20 years. He has played the smallest of venues, like house parties, to the biggest of venues, like opening up for big names such as April Wine. Jim is a singer/songwriter/producer releasing his first CD “Busted” in 1998 and is currently in the midst of producing a new CD.

He has played the bar circuit in Ottawa and throughout Ontario and Quebec and toured throughout Northern and Western Canada. Jim moved to Atlantic Canada and has been performing in and around Nova Scotia for the past ten years. Jim has performed over 4000 shows during his career. He has a variety of material from “Rock-A Billy 50s, 60s, 70s right up to current classic rock and country” to “Smokey Blues” as well as many originals.

He always keeps the audience entertained and is never short of their attention. With his quick wit and his confident stage presence he is a “True Entertainer” and not just a mere guitar player. He engages well with any audience and provides a personal “feel” to his show.

We highly encourage you to buy your ticket(s) in advance. We also encourage you to organize your group so that we know before you get there how many people will be at your table.
Cash is still accepted at the door.
Please e-transfer to rainbowbluesottawa@gmail.com

Include in the message:
1- The Show you'd like to see (date for two night-ers)
2- Whether you plan on attending the EARLY (7-9:30 pm) or LATE seating (10-12am).
3- Your Name
4- The number of people you expect to have in your seating area (covid social bubble, note no more than 10 ppl).
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Blues Booze Cruise with River City Junction
The 1000 Islands Boat Cruises, Brockville ON
Saturday, August 8; 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm; tickets $50

Hey Folks, we’re putting on a special Blues Booze Cruise with The 1000 Islands boat cruises in Brockville on August 8. Tickets are $50, limit of 50 tickets, so get ‘em while they’re hot!

Contact Caroline Addison for more info:
https://www.facebook.com/drummergirlcaroline/posts/10159103018395992
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EVENTS COMING UP
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Drive-In Tailgate Concert
Live Music by River City Junction
Spencerville Fairgrounds, Ryan Street, Spencerville ON
Saturday, August 15; 7 pm – 10 pm; Tickets $15/person; Gate open at 5 pm.

River City Junction is a Canadian Blues/Retro-Rock power trio, long steeped in the traditions of Blues and Rock ‘n' Roll. A rich blend of old school Chicago Blues, Motown, and Classic Rock, their music forms a very potent sonic cocktail that is raw, organic and uplifting. Leaning heavily on their roots, River City Junction's driving sound is deeply infused with elements of yesteryear yet remains distinctively their own.

Join in the Fun and Support Local! This community event is being presented by Little Sisterz Bistro & Cafe along with the Spencerville Agricultural Society in an effort to support our local food services and community fair.
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Suzie Vinnick
The Old Church Theatre, 940 Bonisteel Road,Trenton ON
Sunday, August 16; 5 pm – 7 pm

We’re happy to have Suzie Vinnick back to the Old Church and this time, outside in the fresh air and socially distanced. Reservations are required and a suggested donation of $20 will be taken at the gate. We open at 5pm for the bar and your wood fired pizza order. Show starts at 6pm.

A Saskatoon native transplanted to the Niagara Region of Ontario, Roots and Blues singer Suzie Vinnick is a 3X Juno Nominee, CFMA Award winner, and a 10-time winner of the Maple Blues Award for songwriting, female vocalist, acoustic act and more. Suzie has a voice you’ve heard a thousand times and one you’ll never forget. It soars, it growls, it whispers and it shouts from a deep, deep well of emotion. The pure joy she exudes when she picks up that guitar is so worth the show.

Suzie has toured nationally with Downchild, Stuart McLean’s The Vinyl Café, the John McDermott Band and she performed for Canadian Peacekeepers in Bosnia and the Persian Gulf. She was also the voice of Tim Horton’s for 5 years. Her latest album is a full band roots and blues extravaganza entitled “Shake The Love Around”.
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Jack de Keyzer Duo
Hy-Hope Farm, Whitby ON
Sunday, August 16 @ noon
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Blues Night with River City Junction
Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street
Friday, August 21; shows at 7 pm & 10:30 pm

River City Junction is a Canadian Blues/Retro-Rock power trio, long steeped in the traditions of Blues and Rock ‘n' Roll. A rich blend of old school Chicago Blues, Motown, and Classic Rock, their music forms a very potent sonic cocktail that is raw, organic and uplifting. Leaning heavily on their roots, River City Junction's driving sound is deeply infused with elements of yesteryear yet remains distinctively their own.
http://rivercityjunction.com

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
Due to Covid-19 restrictions (50 customers capacity), there will be doing two separate seatings:
Early Show: Doors 6:30 pm, Show (2 sets): 7:30 pm- 8:15 pm/8:45 pm-9:30 pm

Room is emptied, and sanitized.
Late Show: Doors 10 pm: Show (1 set): 10:15 pm- 11:45 pm

Tickets for either seating are $15. Please be aware that everyone is to vacate the venue between 9:30 pm-10 pm to allow for cleaning and sanitizing to occur.

In order to maximize seating please attempt to organize your social distancing bubble in advance and buy your tickets together. Or, let us know when you buy your ticket who you plan to sit with, so that we can have your table ready.
Please note that tables cannot exceed 10 people per group.
If you are coming as an individual, please state that as well, so that we can accommodate your solo section.
Tickets may be purchased by sending an e-transfer to rainbowbluesottawa@gmail.com
Please state your name, the name of other people in the group whom you are purchasing tickets for, and how many in the group you expect in total.
Also, please let us know whether you plan on attending the early or late show.
Provided there are still tickets for the second seating, people from the first seating can pay a nominal cover fee ($ is going to the band), to stay for the second show.
Thank you!
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Clint Everson
The Royal Oak, Beechwood, 1 Beechwood Avenue
Friday, August 21; 7 pm – 11 pm

Ottawa singer-songwriter Clint Everson brings his eclectic, blues-soaked music to The Royal Oak - Beechwood on Friday August 21 at 7 pm.

Health and safety measures for COVID-19 in effect. Contact bar management for details.
https://www.facebook.com/events/290007402268547
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Al Lerman
"Missing In Action Tour"
The Old Church Theatre, 940 Bonisteel Road,Trenton ON
Saturday, August 22; 5 pm – 7 pm; $20

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 with a dry wit to boot, he is regarded among the top harmonica players in the country.

We’re happy to have Al return to the Old Church, this time we’ll be outside in the fresh air, practicing social distancing, serving wood fired pizza and having a good time. Bring your mask (or we can provide one) and be sure to let us know how many will sit at your table.

REGISTRATION is required, but you can donate ($20 suggested) at the gate. We’re open at 5pm. Music at 6 pm.
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Music By The Bay Live presents
Bill Durst and VOODOO Pawn Shop
The Pines, Uxbridge, ON – Outdoor Event
Saturday, August 22 @ 4 pm (gates 3 pm)
    $45 Advance + $3.00 Ticketing Fee (subject to HST)
    No sales accepted at the gate. BYOB + Garbage-Free Picnic.

Always an audience favourite, Bill Durst is a Canadian Blues-Rock-Roots guitarist, singer, songwriter and entertainer who has written and recorded over 125 songs on 12 albums with 7 national radio chart hits. Bill has toured across North America and in Europe and tours extensively in Canada.

As a kid growing up in Wingham and then London, Ontario, Bill was heavily influenced by Motown, R&B, Toronto Psychedelic Soul music as well as the British Blues Invasion and Jimi Hendrix.

Bill’s entrance on the national/international stage was with his classic rock band Thundermug formed from London R&B groups in 1969. By the summer of 1972, the band had a number one hit and a fan following in Eastern Canada. The band went on to record a total of 5 albums, (3 albums in the early/mid 1970s and two CDs in the mid-1990s) releasing records in the US and Europe. Bill put out his first two solo releases in the mid-1980’s but it wasn’t until the early 2000s that Durst got some real career momentum. In 2004 he proclaimed his intention to start up a “little, fuzzy, psychedelic blues band” and since then Bill and his co-writer Joe DeAngelis have produced 5 full length CDs: The Wharncliffe Sessions (’05), The Great Willy Mammoth (’09), Bill Durst Live (‘12) and Hard And Heavy (’13) Good Good Lovin (’15).

VOODOO Pawn Shop delivers ‘In Your Face Blues’ by pawning old blues standards and reassembling new blues stylings with an edge. Mirek Lalas on keys, Paul Murray on drums & backing vocals, Rafael Minassian on bass & backing vocals, Ted Wright on lead vocals & harmonica and Wolf Endlicher on lead guitar, this collaborative delivers blues-with-an-edge. Influences include Eric Clapton, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Joe Bonamassa, Buddy Guy, Cream, ZZ TOP, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan and countless others.

RAIN OR SHINE EVENT - Although we have plenty of seating, it’s a good idea to bring lawn chairs & shelter from the sun (not rain!)

This picnic is for the purpose of a Great Time. All Proceeds to Music Therapy at Sick Kids!
www.musicbythebaylive.com
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Jack de Keyzer Duo
Hy-Hope Farm, Whitby ON
Sunday, August 30 @ noon
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One Way Out
A Salute to the Allman Brothers Band
Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street
Friday & Saturday, September 11-12; shows at 7 pm & 10:30 pm
    Tickets are $15/ person: e-transfer: rainbowbluesottawa@gmail.com

Barrelhouse has reformed as One Way Out and will be returning to the storied stage of the Rainbow Bistro (hurrah)!

One Way Out is a retrospective spanning the history of the Allman Brothers from the "Duane" era through to the final version of the band featuring Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks. From Statesboro to Midnight Rider to Whipping Post, One Way Out plays all your favourite Allmans tunes.
https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Musician-Band/One-Way-Out-A-salute-to-the-Allman-Brothers-Band-300262123972801/

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
Due to Covid-19 restrictions (50 customers capacity), there will be doing two separate seatings:
Early Show: Doors 6:30 pm, Show (2 sets): 7:30 pm- 8:15 pm/8:45 pm-9:30 pm

Room is emptied, and sanitized.
Late Show: Doors 10 pm: Show (1 set): 10:15 pm- 11:45 pm

Tickets for either seating are $15. Please be aware that everyone is to vacate the venue between 9:30 pm-10 pm to allow for cleaning and sanitizing to occur.

In order to maximize seating please attempt to organize your social distancing bubble in advance and buy your tickets together. Or, let us know when you buy your ticket who you plan to sit with, so that we can have your table ready.
Please note that tables cannot exceed 10 people per group.
If you are coming as an individual, please state that as well, so that we can accommodate your solo section.
Tickets may be purchased by sending an e-transfer to rainbowbluesottawa@gmail.com
Please state your name, the name of other people in the group whom you are purchasing tickets for, and how many in the group you expect in total.
Also, please let us know whether you plan on attending the early or late show.
Provided there are still tickets for the second seating, people from the first seating can pay a nominal cover fee ($ is going to the band), to stay for the second show.

Thank you!
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The Hornettes’ 10th Birthday Party
The Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street
Friday & Saturday, September 25-26;
    shows at 7:30 pm & 10:30 pm; tickets $30

This will be quite a bit different than our shows in the past due to COVID restrictions, which we fully support. Hopefully you can all keep an open mind and celebrate with us safely!

You can't all come to us at the same time, so we are bringing the show to YOU. There will be FOUR separate performances across two nights with a strict capacity of 50 at each show. Fewer than 200 tickets will be sold in total.

We are working four times harder than normal, so we will be setting the ticket price a bit higher than pre-COVID times at $30. A portion of this will be going to the Rainbow to help keep the lights on at one of Ottawa's longest-lived live music venues.

To reserve a spot, please send an e-transfer to rainbowbluesottawa@gmail.com and include the following info:
- "HBD Hornettes!"
- Date & time of show you'd like to attend
- Number of people in your party (tables of up to 8 are available)
- Your contact phone number

Thanks to all of you for the love and support over the years. We know this is a weird time, but we hope you'll come party with us.

Love, The Hornettes
RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/289774915621968
https://www.facebook.com/thehornettes/posts/3871539656195819
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BLUES ON THE RIDEAU RETURNS
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Blues On The Rideau at The Cove Inn in Westport will be announcing a revised format for a Fall Series which will meet or exceed all the COVID safety protocols.

Details to follow shortly.
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KINGSTON SPECIAL EVENTS
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All Kingston Blues Society shows through to September have been cancelled.
All future Kingston Blues Society Shows are on HOLD until further notice.

All shows listed below are pending the end of the Corona virus isolation protocols.
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Homegrown Live Festival
Saturday, October 3
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Andre Bisson Band
Saturday, October 24
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JW-Jones
Friday, November 27
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For more info, please contact Kingston Blues Society
www.kingstonbluessociety.ca
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BLUES AWARDS VOTING
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2020 Blues Blast Music Awards

In early May, a group of Blues music industry professionals including music critics, journalists, festival promoters, music venue managers, producers, musicians and other Blues music industry professionals nominated the best in Blues music in twelve categories.

The nominees are listed at the link below. Click on the artist’s name in the list below to visit their website for more information and to buy their music.
http://www.bluesblastmagazine.com/2020-blues-blast-music-award-nominees-announced

Fan voting to determine the winners begins July 20, 2020 and continues until September 5, 2020. Voting is free and open to anyone. Subscribers can only vote one time. Blues Blast Magazine is FREE and you are automatically subscribed as part of the voting process on our website.

The Blues Blast Music Awards are presented by Blues Blast Magazine, the largest FREE weekly internet Blues magazine with over 38,000 Blues fan subscribers located in all 50 states and in more than 90 countries.
www.BluesBlastMagazine.com
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Living Blues Awards

Vote for your favorite Blues Artists in the 2020 Living Blues Awards!
In the categories for recordings, only albums with a 2019 release date are eligible.
Only one ballot per person is allowed.
All ballots must be received by August 15, 2020.
Go to https://LivingBlues.com and hit the VOTE button on the right.
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MOVIES
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Bytowne Theatre
325 Rideau Street
Re-opening Friday, July 24
Ticket prices: www.bytowne.ca/ticket-prices-0

Screenings will be limited to 50 patrons per show. This is undiscovered country for the ByTowne, where our large capacity previously made it easy to waltz up to the front door with only minutes to spare before a screening. Sell-outs were rare.

To avoid disappointment, we're inviting you to book your tickets on line – but we're not ready yet. We've been working with the software people and the payment-processing people, and we're now pretty sure we can get it up and running before we open.

Nothing in the COVID era is 100% guaranteed virus-free, but I'm pretty sure that the precautions put in place at the ByTowne will make your movie experience safe, relaxing and enjoyable.

Seats are taped off so that no-one will be sitting within 2 metres of you (except the person you brought with you). Staff will wear masks, of course, and all customers will be asked to wear a mask until seated in the auditorium.

Hand sanitizer is available from several dispensers located around the lobby area, and payment at the box office can be made using the 'tap' function of a debit card.

To keep traffic circulating and well spaced out in the lobby, we won't be opening the concession stand just yet. (Bring your own snacks -- it's okay!) And we'll be slowing down the exiting process, so that patrons don't 'cluster' on their way out.

For more info and movie listings: www.bytowne.ca
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Mayfair Theatre
1074 Bank Street

Safety procedures: Capacity reduced from 325 to 50 to ensure physical distancing. More time between screenings to allow for a deep clean with a disinfectant fogger. Cashless transactions available. Staff in PPE. Masks mandatory to enter and exit, but not when you’re seated and watching the movie.

Info: Listings at www.mayfairtheatre.ca Infoline, 613-730-3403
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BLUES FESTIVALS – NEXT YEAR?
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THE 18th ANNUAL BLUES FESTIVAL GUIDE MAGAZINE
https://bluesfestivalguide.com/emag/2020/

Blues music is America’s original roots music. It is still being picked on the front porches of tar-paper shacks, but just as frequently, it is fired up loud and proud in front of a barroom (or festival) crowd.

Blues reflects hardship, trouble and strife, but also perseverance and strength of character – to know the blues is to be in touch with your true spirit and soul. The Blues Festival Guide is committed to the process of presenting blues to a wider audience, and therefore offers a weekly, electronic newsletter: Blues Festival E-Guide (free subscription) and the popular annual national print (and digital) magazine which comes out each spring.

“With so many festivals postponing or canceling, it was uncertain if we would publish it this year, but the readers kept asking,” says publisher, Kaati Gaffney. “We received countless personal calls and emails from advertisers and readers alike and have been bombarded with magazine ad and subscription orders. It seems the more we all sat at home during this pandemic, the more we thought about music and its ability to generate well-being and connection. Even though festival offerings are slimmer this year, there are still quite a few events planned for the summer and fall.”

Blues legend Bobby Rush calls the magazine: The roadmap to everything blues. Indeed, the articles offer something for everyone, all blues related, of course. This year’s engaging editorial from aficionados in the blues community includes articles from Grammy winner, Victor Wainwright, Mitch Woods, Reverend Billy C. Wirtz and Roger Stolle among others.
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BLUES ON THE RADIO
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DAWGFM.com Blues 24/7 on the internet
Streaming at http://www.dawgfm.com/
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On CKCU-FM 93.1
The Mighty 93.1
www.ckcufm.com
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.
http://www.ckcufm.com/black-and-blues
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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.

http://cod.ckcufm.com/programs/94/info.html
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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
www.cbc.ca/snb
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/
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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 13th year. It can be heard throughout the Ottawa Valley and streaming on the internet at valleyheritageradio.ca.
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NPR from Canton NY
For those who live south of the city, the National Public Radio (NPR) radio signal at 89.5 FM in Canton NY comes in pretty strong in Manotick. “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.

http://ncprmusic.org/ncpr-music-hosts/ellen-rocco/
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Unsung and On The Side
With Carolyn Fe

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.

Carolyn wrapped up Unsung and On The Side after 200 shows. Previous episodes available at carolyn-fe.com/radio Featured Artists include: Little Axe, Jon Spear, Red's Blues, Cris Jacobs, Elam McKnight, The Soul Rebels, D.L. Duncan, Sybil Gage, Z Star, CheeseFinger Brown, Sami Joensuu, Billie Williams, The Unseen Strangers, CW Ayon, Sean Poluk Music, Victor & Penny, Tom Waits, Carolyn Fe, Fruteland Jackson, Jason Robert, Jersey Swamp Cats, KROM Christopher Minko, Becky Barksdale, Bing Futch, Sideshow Tramps, Tiffany Pollack and Eric Johanson, Bobby Rush, Big Daddy Wilson, Kathy Black, Chastity Brown
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28 July 2020

Ottawa Blues This Week - 28 July 2020


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OTTAWA BLUES THIS WEEK 
has moved to an occasional blog/email frequency for the foreseeable future.
If you would like to subscribe to the email, please complete the form at http://eepurl.com/bi1E3L
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Info below compiled from Facebook posts.
If you have updated info, please share to ottawablues@gmail.com
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Highlights from July 24 Special Statement
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The increase in reported cases of COVID-19 in recent days is a stark reminder of the potential for this virus to spread if it is given the chance to do so. With the virus present in our community and the vast majority of us being susceptible to infection, we all need to continue to be COVIDWise to prevent transmission.

Many cases are linked to multiple large indoor social gatherings involving a range of age groups. Indoor gatherings are a high-risk activity that can lead to ‘super-spreader events’ in which multiple people can become infected who can then expose others in their households, social contacts and places of employment. Transmission is not limited to these large gatherings but can occur when distancing and mask use have not been maintained. In addition, people with symptoms have gone to social gatherings or work increasing the risk of transmission.  

Please continue to be COVIDWise and assess the risk of the activities in which you engage. Practice physical distancing, wear a mask when you are not able to distance or when in an indoor public space, isolate when sick and exercise proper hand hygiene.

Be “social wise” when you socialize
Last weekend saw crowded streets in the ByWard Market. As bars and restaurants reopen, we need to be cautious of congestion that can lead to the transmission of COVID-19 by not distancing and not using masks outside in crowded areas. While being outdoors generally lowers risk of COVID-19 transmission, you still need to maintain that physical space between others.

Socializing is important for our mental health. So, it means being “social wise” when you socialize to reduce the risk of such activities. This means keeping visits with friends shorter, reducing the number of participants, meeting outdoors and maintaining a two-metre distance.If you are going out in public, please have a mask on you at all times if you find you are not able to maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from others. The City’s Temporary Mandatory Mask By-law also indicates masks are mandatory in enclosed public settings like restaurants, bars and movie theatres.

Full text of Special Statement
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LOCAL VENUES
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Irene’s Pub
885 Bank Street
Patio open, noon to 10 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday.
Indoor room expected to reopen Monday, July 20.

Safety procedures: Extra cleaning. Plexiglass barricade to be installed at the bar. Table service only. Reduced capacity to ensure physical distancing. Cashless transactions. Staff in PPE. Masks mandatory except when seated at tables.

Snag: Municipal health officials slow to confirm to pub management if singing indoors is acceptable.
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LIVE! On Elgin
220 Elgin Street, 2nd floor
Reopening: July 31

Safety procedures: Capacity reduced by two-thirds to 27 to ensure physical distancing. Tickets to be sold in groups of four or five to fill available tables. You must buy tickets with other members of your bubble. Cashless transactions. Masks mandatory.

Snag: Delay in opening due to challenges of sourcing Plexiglass and PPE and programming a lineup.
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Chateau Lafayette
42 York Street
Two patios open now, 3 p.m. to close Thursday to Sunday, plus 11 a.m. to close Saturday and Sunday on the Bistro patio.
Indoor room expected to reopen July 22.

Safety procedures: Staff in custom, washable masks made from old Laf T-shirts. Extra cleaning. Table service only. Reduced capacity. Masks mandatory if not seated. Adjustable Plexiglass barricade for indoor stage.

Snag: Extra personnel required to serve expanded patio as well as indoor room, and retraining staff who tend bar to provide table service.
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Brass Monkey
250A Greenbank Road
Reopened July 17 & 18

Safety procedures: Extra cleaning. Capacity reduced to maximum of 50 to ensure physical distancing. Advance tickets strongly recommended. Staff in PPE.

Snag: Patrons must stay seated while band plays. No dancing, no crowding the stage, no hanging out at the bar.
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Info for Irene’s, LIVE on Elgin, the Laff and the Brass Monkey courtesy of Lynn Saxberg, Ottawa Citizen, Friday, July 17, 2020
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Rainbow Bistro - UPDATE
76 Murray Street

Our covid soft-launch is nearly upon us. Friday, July 30 will be the first day we are open to the public after four and a half loooong months!

We've been patching up holes in the drywall, sanding, painting, fixing the plumbing in the bathroom (sorry not the size) and behind the bar and giving our 35-year old venue the love and attention it deserves.

Come toast our grand re-opening with us and our good friends!

Grand Re-Opening Party: Slimmoore & The New Soul Project
Due to covid restrictions of 50 people, our new normal for the weekends will be a 7 pm show, and a 10:15 pm show. All the tables, chairs, bathrooms, etc. will be sanitized in between shows.

Help us get organized - if you know you're coming, let us know! Buy your tickets in advance, organize with your friends. Help us help you be as safe as can be.
Tickets may be purchased by sending an e-transfer to rainbowbluesottawa@gmail.com
Be well, hope to see you soon!
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Atomic Rooster
303 Bank Street

Open 12 pm – 12 am
Check for updates on the Atomic Rooster’s Facebook page:
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D’Arcy McGee’s
44 Sparks Street

Good news! Our dining rooms are now open and we're ready to serve you!
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AREA VENUES
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The Cove Inn Patio
Westport, ON
The Cove Patio is open 7 days a week!

Takeout and Hotel Rooms available as well! Moving to Stage 3 with COVID re-opening, we will be able to serve indoors again as well. Same protocols with social distancing. To guarantee a table, please make a reservation by calling us 613.273.3636 or email thecoveinnwestport@gmail.com. We look forward to seeing you very soon!

Live music has returned generally Wednesday to Sunday weekly! Stay tuned to the artists’ Facebook pages for live broadcasts on their originally booked dates.

We welcome you back but please respect public health regulations to keep us all safe and healthy. We need to be diligent with respect to keeping COVID-19 out of our town! Thanks for your continued support!
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Juke Joint Soul Kitchen
3740 Carp Road, Carp ON

We are offering take out, indoor seating and Patio seating on back and front patios from 11:30 am-8:30 pm, Tuesday to Friday, Saturday 9 am-8:30 pm (closed Sunday and Monday). We also offer Saturday breakfast from 9 am-12 pm, check out the menu!  We are CLOSED 2:30 pm-3:30 pm daily for a staff break, however we do take calls for dinner during this time. Credit card call-in available for curbside pick up, as well tap payment option inside. Kitchen and entire restaurant have been sanitized completely and all surfaces will continue to be disinfected as take-out and patio operations ramp up. 
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Swan on the Rideau
2730 River Road, Ottawa (Manotick) ON

The province says YES but we say NO!
At this time we will be staying with patio seating only. For the health and safety of our staff and customers we will not be opening the inside for dining. We will be paying close attention to how things go in the upcoming weeks but for now we look forward to seeing you outdoors.
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WEEKLY EVENTS
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Al Tambay
South Branch Bistro, 15 Clothier Street, Kemptville ON
Tuesdays, 6-8 pm

All will be doing Blues on Tues concert @ the South Branch (Kemptville) every Tuesday, playing some acoustic blues and bluesy stuff, so come on out and eat have a beverage and enjoy some blues too!
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Peter Newsom & Peter Brown
Waterfront Gastropub, Carleton Place ON
Wednesdays & Saturdays

The safely-socially-distancing music continues. Guitarist/singer Peter Newsom and Peter Brown on keys will be playing on the patio at The Waterfront Gastropub in Carleton Place Wednesday from 5 pm to 8 pm, playing a healthy 12 feet from the nearest patron. The Gastropub has been renovated and looks great. We'll be there on Saturdays and Wednesdays.
Please join us - from a distance.
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Rock Star Karaoke with Jamie
Atomic Rooster, 303 Bank Street
Every Thursday (10 pm-2 am), starting August 6

Here are some of the new mandatory rules that will have to be followed while inside restaurants/bars:

1. When entering the premise, you will be required to wear a mask. (Once you're seated at your table you may remove your mask.)
2. When leaving your table for any reason you will be required to wear your mask.
3. Drinks MUST stay at your table at ALL times. (You will not be allowed to walk around with a drink in your hand at this phase unfortunately.)
4. Remember to respect others distance while inside the premise. (Stay at least 2 meters apart)
5. It is suggested to stay within your social circle at your table. (You cannot table hop and stand around the premise at this phase unfortunately)
6. We have Hand Sanitizer available for customers. (We also sanitize everything after customer use
{Max Capacity of 50 People and will have tables spaced out for social distancing}

Rules for Karaoke:

1. Be sure to wear your mask to the stage and keep your distance from others on the way up. (When you’re behind our Plexi Glass Singing Shield you will be allowed to remove your mask to sing if you choose.)
2. We will have (No Touch) microphones provided on stands that the host will adjust to the singer’s height and will be sanitized after every use. (If you choose, you may bring your own microphone.)
3. Hand Sanitizer will also be available for you to use before you sing.
4. No Duets at this phase unfortunately. (Only the host and one singer should be on the stage.)
5. You will not be allowed on stage when a singer is singing at any given time.
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Jeff Rogers
Luxe Bistro, 47 York Street
Saturdays, 9 pm – 12 am

Jeff will be playing piano and singing songs at @luxe.ottawa in the Byward Market, 9 pm-12 am.
Come join us on the patio! 
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EVENTS COMING UP
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Sean Pinchin
The Cove Inn Patio, Westport
Thursday, July 30; Advance Reservations Required – Call The Cove 613-273-3636
NO COVER CHARGE for this show but there will be a Tip Jar, and donations for the artist will be greatly appreciated.
Suggested amount $20 pp - or whatever you can afford.

Sean Pinchin is an incredible guitarist (acoustic, electric and steel) with a unique voice and a superb repertoire of original songs mixed with excellent versions of Blues classics.  He's also an entertaining and fun performer. Born in Etobicoke and raised in Mississauga, Sean began his musical journey in the '90s playing lead guitar in a number of different rock bands, until he discovered his true calling - the Blues. From that point on, he worked on perfecting his finger-picking slide guitar style, vocals and songwriting. He has 7 albums to his credit including "Monkey Brain" in 2016 which earned him a JUNO nomination and his most recent - an 8 song Tour de Force called "Bad Things". He's also a multiple Maple Blues Award nominee. This will be a guaranteed great show!

Strict COVID precautions are in place at The Cove. Please bring a mask and follow all safety procedures. Masks are now required for EVERYONE for all indoor events.

You can order food off the menu and there is a shawarma spiced chicken leg special for $25.

This Show is RAIN or SHINE - on the Patio if it's nice, inside if it isn't.
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Slim Moore’s 2 Day Reggae Blues Rally
With Slim Moore and the Newsoul Project
Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street
Friday & Saturday, July 31 – August 1; shows at 7 pm & 10:30 pm
          Tickets are $15/ person: e-transfer: rainbowbluesottawa@gmail.com

First Live show since outbreak, and we are excited to be first on the roster.
2 nights back to back.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
Due to Covid-19 restrictions (50 customers capacity), there will be doing two separate seatings:
Early Show: Doors 6:30 pm, Show (2 sets): 7:30 pm- 8:15 pm/8:45 pm-9:30 pm
Room is emptied, and sanitized.
Late Show: Doors 10 pm: Show (1 set): 10:15 pm- 11:45 pm

Tickets for either seating are $15. Please be aware that everyone is to vacate the venue between 9:30 pm-10 pm to allow for cleaning and sanitizing to occur.

In order to maximize seating please attempt to organize your social distancing bubble in advance and buy your tickets together. Or, let us know when you buy your ticket who you plan to sit with, so that we can have your table ready.
Please note that tables cannot exceed 10 people per group.
If you are coming as an individual, please state that as well, so that we can accommodate your solo section.
Tickets may be purchased by sending an e-transfer to rainbowbluesottawa@gmail.com
Please state your name, the name of other people in the group whom you are purchasing tickets for, and how many in the group you expect in total.
Also, please let us know whether you plan on attending the early or late show.
Provided there are still tickets for the second seating, people from the first seating can pay a nominal cover fee ($ is going to the band), to stay for the second show. 
Thank you!
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The Lake Sessions
With The Tony D Trio
Bass Lake, Dock B8
Saturday, August 1 @ 7:30 pm, weather permitting
          Fireworks to follow.

Saturday, August 1 is Tony’s birthday, and the Tony D Trio, featuring Sister Mary Gellner, ‘Hey Joe’ Hawkins and Tony, will be giving a FB streaming concert in the beautiful setting and backdrop of Bass Lake  at Mary’s Disco cottage.  

This August long weekend, get your live music fix with a concert at the cottage. Join us in person by boat or live stream from wherever you are kicking back. Anyone attending live and in person will not be permitted to de-boat and come onto the property. Social distancing protocol must be adhered to.
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Steve Marriner
The Cove Inn Patio, Westport
Thursday, August 6, 5 pm – 8 pm; Dinner & Show $45  
Advance reservations required. Almost Sold Out. 
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RBC Bluesfest LIVE Drive-in Concert
Rue Jos-Montferrand, Gatineau, QC
Friday, August 7, 7 pm – 10:30 pm

Teamed up with #CanadaPerforms (NAC) this year’s RBC Bluesfest turns into a LIVE drive-in concert at Zibi!

Drive in, park, and watch the live concert from the comfort of your vehicle. Tune into our FM station for a state-of-the-art sound experience.

Get your ticket - valid for everyone in your vehicle - turn up your radio, and enjoy the LIVE show from a safe distance

Headlining Friday, August 7
Patrick Watson with
Basia Bulat
Silla and Rise
Zaki Ibrahim
Asuquomo
Geneviève et Alain

Don’t miss this fun summer event!

For the safety of staff and attendees, COVID-19 safety precautions are in effect. Please read the FAQs for more information prior to purchase.
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Blues Night with James Cochrane
Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street
Friday & Saturday, August 7-8; shows at 7 pm & 10:30 pm; Tickets are $10
e-transfer: rainbowbluesottawa@gmail.com or cash at the door

Jim Cochrane has been performing for over 20 years. He has played the smallest of venues, like house parties, to the biggest of venues, like opening up for big names such as April Wine. Jim is a singer/songwriter/producer releasing his first CD “Busted” in 1998 and is currently in the midst of producing a new CD.

He has played the bar circuit in Ottawa and throughout Ontario and Quebec and toured throughout Northern and Western Canada. Jim moved to Atlantic Canada and has been performing in and around Nova Scotia for the past ten years. Jim has performed over 4000 shows during his career. He has a variety of material from “Rock-A Billy 50s, 60s, 70s right up to current classic rock and country” to “Smokey Blues” as well as many originals.

He always keeps the audience entertained and is never short of their attention. With his quick wit and his confident stage presence he is a “True Entertainer” and not just a mere guitar player. He engages well with any audience and provides a personal “feel” to his show.

We highly encourage you to buy your ticket(s) in advance. We also encourage you to organize your group so that we know before you get there how many people will be at your table.
Cash is still accepted at the door.
Please e-transfer to rainbowbluesottawa@gmail.com

Include in the message:
1- The Show you'd like to see (date for two night-ers)
2- Whether you plan on attending the EARLY (7-9:30 pm) or LATE seating (10-12am).
3- Your Name
4- The number of people you expect to have in your seating area (covid social bubble, note no more than 10 ppl).
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Blues Booze Cruise with River City Junction
The 1000 Islands Boat Cruises, Brockville ON
Saturday, August 8; 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm; tickets $50

Hey Folks, we’re putting on a special Blues Booze Cruise with The 1000 Islands boat cruises in Brockville on August 8. Tickets are $50, limit of 50 tickets, so get ‘em while they’re hot!

Contact Caroline Addison for more info:
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Drive-In Tailgate Concert
Live Music by River City Junction
Spencerville Fairgrounds, Ryan Street, Spencerville ON
Saturday, August 15; 7 pm – 10 pm; Tickets $15/person; Gate open at 5 pm.

River City Junction is a Canadian Blues/Retro-Rock power trio, long steeped in the traditions of Blues and Rock ‘n' Roll. A rich blend of old school Chicago Blues, Motown, and Classic Rock, their music forms a very potent sonic cocktail that is raw, organic and uplifting. Leaning heavily on their roots, River City Junction's driving sound is deeply infused with elements of yesteryear yet remains distinctively their own.

Join in the Fun and Support Local! This community event is being presented by Little Sisterz Bistro & Cafe along with the Spencerville Agricultural Society in an effort to support our local food services and community fair.
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Suzie Vinnick
The Old Church Theatre, 940 Bonisteel Road,Trenton ON
Sunday, August 16; 5 pm – 7 pm

We’re happy to have Suzie Vinnick back to the Old Church and this time, outside in the fresh air and socially distanced. Reservations are required and a suggested donation of $20 will be taken at the gate. We open at 5pm for the bar and your wood fired pizza order.  Show starts at 6pm.

A Saskatoon native transplanted to the Niagara Region of Ontario, Roots and Blues singer Suzie Vinnick is a 3X Juno Nominee, CFMA Award winner, and a 10-time winner of the Maple Blues Award for songwriting, female vocalist, acoustic act and more. Suzie has a voice you’ve heard a thousand times and one you’ll never forget. It soars, it growls, it whispers and it shouts from a deep, deep well of emotion. The pure joy she exudes when she picks up that guitar is so worth the show.

Suzie has toured nationally with Downchild, Stuart McLean’s The Vinyl Café, the John McDermott Band and she performed for Canadian Peacekeepers in Bosnia and the Persian Gulf. She was also the voice of Tim Horton’s for 5 years. Her latest album is a full band roots and blues extravaganza entitled “Shake The Love Around”.
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Blues Night with River City Junction
Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street
Friday, August 21; shows at 7 pm & 10:30 pm
         
River City Junction is a Canadian Blues/Retro-Rock power trio, long steeped in the traditions of Blues and Rock ‘n' Roll. A rich blend of old school Chicago Blues, Motown, and Classic Rock, their music forms a very potent sonic cocktail that is raw, organic and uplifting. Leaning heavily on their roots, River City Junction's driving sound is deeply infused with elements of yesteryear yet remains distinctively their own.
http://rivercityjunction.com

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
Due to Covid-19 restrictions (50 customers capacity), there will be doing two separate seatings:
Early Show: Doors 6:30 pm, Show (2 sets): 7:30 pm- 8:15 pm/8:45 pm-9:30 pm
Room is emptied, and sanitized.
Late Show: Doors 10 pm: Show (1 set): 10:15 pm- 11:45 pm

Tickets for either seating are $15. Please be aware that everyone is to vacate the venue between 9:30 pm-10 pm to allow for cleaning and sanitizing to occur.

In order to maximize seating please attempt to organize your social distancing bubble in advance and buy your tickets together. Or, let us know when you buy your ticket who you plan to sit with, so that we can have your table ready.
Please note that tables cannot exceed 10 people per group.
If you are coming as an individual, please state that as well, so that we can accommodate your solo section.
Tickets may be purchased by sending an e-transfer to rainbowbluesottawa@gmail.com
Please state your name, the name of other people in the group whom you are purchasing tickets for, and how many in the group you expect in total.
Also, please let us know whether you plan on attending the early or late show.
Provided there are still tickets for the second seating, people from the first seating can pay a nominal cover fee ($ is going to the band), to stay for the second show. 
Thank you!
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Al Lerman
"Missing In Action Tour"
The Old Church Theatre, 940 Bonisteel Road,Trenton ON
Saturday, August 22; 5 pm – 7 pm; $20

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 with a dry wit to boot, he is regarded among the top harmonica players in the country.

We’re happy to have Al return to the Old Church, this time we’ll be outside in the fresh air, practicing social distancing, serving wood fired pizza and having a good time. Bring your mask (or we can provide one) and be sure to let us know how many will sit at your table.
REGISTRATION is required, but you can donate ($20 suggested) at the gate.  We’re open at 5pm.  Music at 6pm.
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Music By The Bay Live presents
Bill Durst and VOODOO Pawn Shop
The Pines, Uxbridge, ON – Outdoor Event
Saturday, August 22 @ 4 pm (gates 3 pm)
$45 Advance + $3.00 Ticketing Fee (subject to HST)
No sales accepted at the gate. BYOB + Garbage-Free Picnic.

Always an audience favourite, Bill Durst is a Canadian Blues-Rock-Roots guitarist, singer, songwriter and entertainer who has written and recorded over 125 songs on 12 albums with 7 national radio chart hits. Bill has toured across North America and in Europe and tours extensively in Canada.

As a kid growing up in Wingham and then London, Ontario, Bill was heavily influenced by Motown, R&B, Toronto Psychedelic Soul music as well as the British Blues Invasion and Jimi Hendrix.

Bill’s entrance on the national/international stage was with his classic rock band Thundermug formed from London R&B groups in 1969. By the summer of 1972, the band had a number one hit and a fan following in Eastern Canada. The band went on to record a total of 5 albums, (3 albums in the early/mid 1970s and two CDs in the mid-1990s) releasing records in the US and Europe. Bill put out his first two solo releases in the mid-1980’s but it wasn’t until the early 2000s that Durst got some real career momentum. In 2004 he proclaimed his intention to start up a “little, fuzzy, psychedelic blues band” and since then Bill and his co-writer Joe DeAngelis have produced 5 full length CDs: The Wharncliffe Sessions (’05), The Great Willy Mammoth (’09), Bill Durst Live (‘12) and Hard And Heavy (’13) Good Good Lovin (’15).

VOODOO Pawn Shop delivers ‘In Your Face Blues’ by pawning old blues standards and reassembling new blues stylings with an edge. Mirek Lalas on keys, Paul Murray on drums & backing vocals, Rafael Minassian on bass & backing vocals, Ted Wright on lead vocals & harmonica and Wolf Endlicher on lead guitar, this collaborative delivers blues-with-an-edge. Influences include Eric Clapton, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Joe Bonamassa, Buddy Guy, Cream, ZZ TOP, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan and countless others.

RAIN OR SHINE EVENT - Although we have plenty of seating, it’s a good idea to bring lawn chairs & shelter from the sun (not rain!)

This picnic is for the purpose of a Great Time. All Proceeds to Music Therapy at Sick Kids!
www.musicbythebaylive.com
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One Way Out
A Salute to the Allman Brothers Band
Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street
Friday & Saturday, September 11-12; shows at 7 pm & 10:30 pm
          Tickets are $15/ person: e-transfer: rainbowbluesottawa@gmail.com

Barrelhouse has reformed as One Way Out and will be returning to the storied stage of the Rainbow Bistro (hurrah)!

One Way Out is a retrospective spanning the history of the Allman Brothers from the "Duane" era through to the final version of the band featuring Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks. From Statesboro to Midnight Rider to Whipping Post, One Way Out plays all your favourite Allmans tunes.
https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Musician-Band/One-Way-Out-A-salute-to-the-Allman-Brothers-Band-300262123972801/

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
Due to Covid-19 restrictions (50 customers capacity), there will be doing two separate seatings:
Early Show: Doors 6:30 pm, Show (2 sets): 7:30 pm- 8:15 pm/8:45 pm-9:30 pm
Room is emptied, and sanitized.
Late Show: Doors 10 pm: Show (1 set): 10:15 pm- 11:45 pm

Tickets for either seating are $15. Please be aware that everyone is to vacate the venue between 9:30 pm-10 pm to allow for cleaning and sanitizing to occur.

In order to maximize seating please attempt to organize your social distancing bubble in advance and buy your tickets together. Or, let us know when you buy your ticket who you plan to sit with, so that we can have your table ready.
Please note that tables cannot exceed 10 people per group.
If you are coming as an individual, please state that as well, so that we can accommodate your solo section.
Tickets may be purchased by sending an e-transfer to rainbowbluesottawa@gmail.com
Please state your name, the name of other people in the group whom you are purchasing tickets for, and how many in the group you expect in total.
Also, please let us know whether you plan on attending the early or late show.
Provided there are still tickets for the second seating, people from the first seating can pay a nominal cover fee ($ is going to the band), to stay for the second show. 
Thank you!
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BLUES ON THE RIDEAU RETURNS
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Blues On The Rideau at The Cove returns! Fall 2020 Season. Revised COVID-fighter format. Great sit-and-listen Blues. Duos & Trios.  Following strict COVID safety protocol. Indoors - half capacity - 50 people maximum, 2 metre distancing between all tables. No dancing. Masks required for entry. Full course plated dinners served to the tables instead of buffet. Friday night Dinner & Show with a possible second performance added Saturday Matinee Lunch & Show (1 to 4 pm) - if there is enough advance demand. All shows will continue to support local charities. Door prizes at all shows. 

First show September 18 - RICK FINES & SUZIE VINNICK
7 to 10 pm
Dinner & Show $70 plus HST. 
* Possible 2nd performance Saturday Matinee Sept 19 - 1 to 4 pm - Lunch & Show $70 plus HST - if there is sufficient advance demand. 

October 23 - TBA
November 13 - HOROJO TRIO (JW-Jones, Jamie Holmes, Jeff Rogers)
December 11 - TBA

Advance Reservations required. Call The Cove 613-273-3636
Accommodation available at The Cove and nearby B&Bs.

ADDED BONUS - for those who can’t attend these shows in person: 
The Friday night shows will be broadcast LIVE on Blues On The Rideau YouTube channel. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwljdQBzal87XBJLg9sW-CQ
8 pm to 9:30 pm ET
High quality HD video and Sound Board audio. 
There will be a Donations button on the site and all donations (Virtual Cover Charge) will be gratefully received to help out the artists, The Cove, and Choose The Blues Productions during these difficult times.  

More details and full Line-Up to follow. We’re committed to the Fall Series then we’ll reassess re: Winter and Spring Series. 

* All shows subject to cancellation or rescheduling due to COVID pandemic situation - or other unforeseen circumstances. Check with The Cove closer to show time to confirm * 
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KINGSTON SPECIAL EVENTS
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All Kingston Blues Society shows through to September have been cancelled.
All future Kingston Blues Society Shows are on HOLD until further notice.

All shows listed below are pending the end of the Corona virus isolation protocols.
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Homegrown Live Festival
Saturday, October 3
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Andre Bisson Band
Saturday, October 24
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JW-Jones
Friday, November 27
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For more info, please contact Kingston Blues Society
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BLUES AWARDS VOTING
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2020 Blues Blast Music Awards

In early May, a group of Blues music industry professionals including music critics, journalists, festival promoters, music venue managers, producers, musicians and other Blues music industry professionals nominated the best in Blues music in twelve categories.

The nominees are listed at the link below. Click on the artist’s name in the list below to visit their website for more information and to buy their music. 

Fan voting to determine the winners begins July 20, 2020 and continues until September 5, 2020. Voting is free and open to anyone. Subscribers can only vote one time. Blues Blast Magazine is FREE and you are automatically subscribed as part of the voting process on our website.

The Blues Blast Music Awards are presented by Blues Blast Magazine, the largest FREE weekly internet Blues magazine with over 38,000 Blues fan subscribers located in all 50 states and in more than 90 countries.
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Living Blues Awards

Vote for your favorite Blues Artists in the 2020 Living Blues Awards!
In the categories for recordings, only albums with a 2019 release date are eligible.
Only one ballot per person is allowed.
All ballots must be received by August 15, 2020.
Go to https://LivingBlues.com and hit the VOTE button on the right.
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MOVIES
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Bytowne Theatre
325 Rideau Street
Re-opening Friday, July 24

Screenings will be limited to 50 patrons per show. This is undiscovered country for the ByTowne, where our large capacity previously made it easy to waltz up to the front door with only minutes to spare before a screening. Sell-outs were rare.

To avoid disappointment, we're inviting you to book your tickets on line – but we're not ready yet. We've been working with the software people and the payment-processing people, and we're now pretty sure we can get it up and running before we open.
Nothing in the COVID era is 100% guaranteed virus-free, but I'm pretty sure that the precautions put in place at the ByTowne will make your movie experience safe, relaxing and enjoyable.

Seats are taped off so that no-one will be sitting within 2 metres of you (except the person you brought with you). Staff will wear masks, of course, and all customers will be asked to wear a mask until seated in the auditorium.

Hand sanitizer is available from several dispensers located around the lobby area, and payment at the box office can be made using the 'tap' function of a debit card.
To keep traffic circulating and well spaced out in the lobby, we won't be opening the concession stand just yet. (Bring your own snacks -- it's okay!) And we'll be slowing down the exiting process, so that patrons don't 'cluster' on their way out.

For more info and movie listings: www.bytowne.ca
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Mayfair Theatre
1074 Bank Street

Safety procedures: Capacity reduced from 325 to 50 to ensure physical distancing. More time between screenings to allow for a deep clean with a disinfectant fogger. Cashless transactions available. Staff in PPE. Masks mandatory to enter and exit, but not when you’re seated and watching the movie.
Snag: Advance ticket sales not yet available. First come, first served.
Info: Listings at www.mayfairtheatre.ca Infoline, 613-730-3403
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BLUES FESTIVALS – NEXT YEAR?
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THE 18th ANNUAL BLUES FESTIVAL GUIDE MAGAZINE

Blues music is America’s original roots music. It is still being picked on the front porches of tar-paper shacks, but just as frequently, it is fired up loud and proud in front of a barroom (or festival) crowd.

Blues reflects hardship, trouble and strife, but also perseverance and strength of character – to know the blues is to be in touch with your true spirit and soul. The Blues Festival Guide is committed to the process of presenting blues to a wider audience, and therefore offers a weekly, electronic newsletter: 
Blues Festival E-Guide (free subscription) and the popular annual national print (and digital) magazine which comes out each spring.

“With so many festivals postponing or canceling, it was uncertain if we would publish it this year, but the readers kept asking,” says publisher, Kaati Gaffney. “We received countless personal calls and emails from advertisers and readers alike and have been bombarded with magazine ad and subscription orders. It seems the more we all sat at home during this pandemic, the more we thought about music and its ability to generate well-being and connection. Even though festival offerings are slimmer this year, there are still quite a few events planned for the summer and fall.”

Blues legend Bobby Rush calls the magazine: The roadmap to everything blues. Indeed, the articles offer something for everyone, all blues related, of course. This year’s engaging editorial from aficionados in the blues community includes articles from Grammy winner, Victor Wainwright, Mitch Woods, Reverend Billy C. Wirtz and Roger Stolle among others.
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BLUES ON THE RADIO
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DAWGFM.com Blues 24/7 on the internet
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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.
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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.
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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/
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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 13th year.  It can be heard throughout the Ottawa Valley and streaming on the internet at valleyheritageradio.ca.
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NPR from Canton NY
For those who live south of the city, the National Public Radio (NPR) radio signal at 89.5 FM in Canton NY comes in pretty strong in Manotick. “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.
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Unsung and On The Side
With Carolyn Fe

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. 

Carolyn wrapped up Unsung and On The Side after 200 shows. Previous episodes available at carolyn-fe.com/radio Featured Artists include: Little Axe, Jon Spear, Red's Blues, Cris Jacobs, Elam McKnight, The Soul Rebels, D.L. Duncan, Sybil Gage, Z Star, CheeseFinger Brown, Sami Joensuu, Billie Williams, The Unseen Strangers, CW Ayon, Sean Poluk Music, Victor & Penny, Tom Waits, Carolyn Fe, Fruteland Jackson, Jason Robert, Jersey Swamp Cats, KROM Christopher Minko, Becky Barksdale, Bing Futch, Sideshow Tramps, Tiffany Pollack and Eric Johanson, Bobby Rush, Big Daddy Wilson, Kathy Black, Chastity Brown
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