24 March 2020

Ottawa Blues This Week - 24 March 2020


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OTTAWA BLUES THIS WEEK BLOG
is updated (usually) on Monday or Tuesday.
If you would like to subscribe to the (lengthy) email, please complete the form at http://eepurl.com/bi1E3L
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Currently-scheduled shows are cancelled.
Some April shows are not *yet* cancelled.
If you have updated info, please share to ottawablues@gmail.com
OBTW listings updated as of Tuesday evening, with the best info available.
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LOCAL VENUE INFORMATION
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Irene’s Pub – closed 16 March for two weeks.
The Rainbow Bistro – closed March 15 ‘for the next while’.
The Atomic Rooster – closed March 17 until further notice. Open March 25, for take-out and UBER Eats.
NAC – All performances and events cancelled until April 5.
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NEXT BEST THING TO LIVE MUSIC
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There are no live shows for local, national and international musicians, so they’re sharing their music via the internet.
Check out online events, including Facebook live and other live streaming options.
Most musicians offer an option to ‘tip’ for the performance … even $1 helps them pay their living expenses.

And there are lots of YOUTUBE videos to watch … and online radio shows to check out while you stay home and help to flatten the curve!
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#613FUTUREBLUES
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#613FUTUREBLUES IS BACK!
LOOKING FOR BLUES PLAYERS 12-18 YEARS OLD.

The future of blues music is very important to JW-Jones (and blues fans everywhere), so we’re producing the 4th Annual JW-JONES: #613FUTUREBLUES.

We need your help to find blues musicians between the ages of 12-18 yrs. We are looking for musicians who have knowledge and skill within the BLUES genre and are able to perform with the JW-Jones Band on Sunday, April 19 (2:00pm) at Lone Star Texas Grill - St. Laurent location (1211 Lemieux St.) Show has not been cancelled as of today.

Please spread the word as we want to introduce the city to the best up and coming talent so that blues can be carried on for future generations!

TEACHERS - Please reach out to us. This is a great opportunity to teach your voice, guitar, drums, bass, horn, piano, etc. students how to play a couple of blues songs and join a band to perform live!

TO APPLY: Please send a VIDEO link or download link (ie: wetransfer.com) in a private message at www.facebook.com/jwjonesblues. Thank you!

*This event is sponsored in part by the Ottawa Blues Society.
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LOCAL HIGHLIGHTS
(almost) EVERY WEEK
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Music Mondays with Mark Weatherbee
Sandy Hill Lounge & Grill
Mondays @ 7 pm
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Tuesday Night Jazz Jam
Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street
Tuesdays @ 9 pm
IRENE’S PUB IS CLOSED
Hosted by the Beeched Wailers
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Dr Dave Blues & Jazz
Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street
Wednesdays, 4-7 pm; no cover
THE RAINBOW IS CLOSED
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John Carroll
Chateau Lafayette (The Laff), 42 York Street
Wednesdays, 8 pm
THE LAFF IS CLOSED
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Irene’s Blues AllStars 
Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street
Thursdays, 8 pm – midnight; no cover
IRENE’S PUB IS CLOSED
  
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: 
            March 24 – CANCELLED
            April 2 – Niel Barrington
            April 9 – Al Wood
            April 16 – Jeff Hagerman
            April 23 – Jim Cochrane
            April 30 – Victor Nesrallah
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Open Blues Jam
Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street
Every Sunday, 4-7 pm; cover $3 (jammers free)
THE RAINBOW IS CLOSED
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).
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Southern Soul Sunday Brunch Buffet, @ 10 am & 2 pm
With Sherri Harding
Fatboys Southern Smokehouse, 34 Murray Street
FATBOYS SOUTHERN SMOKEHOUSE IS CLOSED
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Sunday Blues, 6-9 pm, no cover
Atomic Rooster, 303 Bank Street (at MacLaren)
THE ATOMIC ROOSTER IS CLOSED, except for take-out food.
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Sunday Sessions, 8 pm, no cover
Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street
MARCH – The Bow Street Runners
IRENE’S PUB IS CLOSED
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BLUES ON THE RIDEAU
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Blues On The Rideau at
The Cove Inn, Westport Ontario


Dinner & Show Fundraisers featuring some of Canada’s best Blues artists - nominees and winners of Juno Awards, Maple Blues Awards, West Coast Music Awards, Quebec Lys Blues Awards, East Coast Music Awards and more - performing in the intimate, friendly setting of a classic country inn. Celebrating our 15th Anniversary season in 2019/20 - making BOTR one of the longest running and best Blues Series in the country.

Shows once a month September through May.
Proceeds from each show go to support local charities.

Only $70 (plus HST) for a great buffet dinner, dancing, door prizes and chance to win 2 Grand Prizes. 
All nights run from 7-11 pm

Visit www.BluesOnTheRideau.ca for full schedule with details including artists' Bios, LINKS to their websites and You Tubes.
Visit www.coveinn.com for info about the Inn

Why not make your visit a little Staycation? Well-priced accommodation is available at The Cove, nearby B&Bs and a motel in town.
Westport is a beautiful historic town on the Rideau Waterway - a 90-minute drive from Ottawa, 45 minutes from Kingston.

Note: Most BOTR nights sell out so we recommend that you check your calendars, make your choices and RESERVE WELL IN ADVANCE to be sure you don't miss out! This is particularly true if you want to stay overnight. All the rooms at The Cove; nearby B&Bs and the Westport Station Motel usually sell out on BOTR nights. 

To reserve CALL THE COVE at 613-273-3636 or email thecoveinnwestport@gmail.com 

Blues On The Rideau
2019/20 – 15th Anniversary Year
April 17 – Miss Emily w/Band
May 8 – David Vest w/Band

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
The Black Dog Inn B&B, Westport
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Please visit and LIKE us on Facebook and Twitter
www.facebook.com/ChooseTheBluesProductions    
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MUSIC BY THE BAY LIVE
AJAX, UXBRIDGE, PORT PERRY
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Marriner Caddell & O’Brien
Avalon Lounge, Port Whitby Marina, Whitby ON
Saturday, April 18 @ 8 pm; $45 advance + fees & HST


Steve Marriner, Chris Caddell & Jesse O'Brien return to Music by the Bay Live for an unforgettable evening of blues. This high-power trio will bring down the house on Saturday April 18 at Avalon Lounge Port Whitby Marina. Be sure to bring your dancing shoes.

Steve Marriner is a dynamic and powerful performer. His incorporation of various styles of blues, roots and soul come together to form an original sound that is both deep and genuine. Steve has toured internationally and performed at prestigious festivals, concert halls and music clubs throughout Canada, The US, Europe and Australia and fronts the acclaimed roots sensation MonkeyJunk.

Who would’ve thought that Belleville, Ontario could produce a musician with the southern vibe and bluesy reverence of a Stevie Ray Vaughan or Doyle Bramhall II? Chris Caddell’s raw soulful voice and emotive guitar skills were an instant hit when the then-teen made the big move to Toronto.

Jesse O’Brien played his first gig, with his father, at the age of 12. A few years later, he was playing piano for Ronnie Hawkins, and the teenager launched into an award-winning career as a keyboardist.
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SPECIAL EVENTS COMING UP
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David Wilcox
Bronson Centre Music Theatre, 211 Bronson Avenue
Friday, April 3 @ 7 pm   SHOW POSTPONED
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Ball and Chain and the Wreckers
Atomic Rooster, 303 Bank Street
Saturday, April 4 @ 4 pm; no cover

Michael and Jody and Fred and Bob and Derek... yup, the whole crew will be playin' your faves as well as a bunch of new ones. Whaddya say folks?
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Crave Food & Wine Festival
Shaw Centre, 55 Colonel By Drive
Saturday & Sunday, April 4-5
POSTPONED TO NOVEMBER 20-22
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Michael Kaeshammer
NAC, 1 Elgin Street
Thursday, April 9 @ 7:30 pm; tickets $34-54

Internationally acclaimed musician Michael Kaeshammer has toured the world showcasing his talents as a singer, songwriter, pianist & producer. A spellbinding artist, Kaeshammer’s performances and recordings are intimate and inviting affairs, whether in a small club, large theatre or on home stereo.

His last album, “Something New”, is a new musical adventure. Produced by Michael himself, it features 10 original songs about love, life, travel and politics.
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Harpdog Brown
Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street
Friday, April 10 @ 9:30 pm
SHOW CANCELLED
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Jackson Delta
Market Hall Performing Arts Centre, 11 Charlotte Street, Peterborough ON
Saturday, April 11 @ 8 pm; general admission $34, table seating $54

Award winning acoustic blues trio Jackson Delta return to their Peterborough roots to perform an evening of old favorites and new collaborations. Expect an evening of stories, laughs and, as always, their stripped down, late night kitchen blues. 
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Decades of Bond
NAC 4th Stage, 1 Elgin Street
Thursday, April 16

The debut of 'Decades of Bond' is the latest show coming your way. A fantastic 9-piece band pays tribute to the iconic soundtracks of the James Bond films. Featuring the incredible Michael Curtis Hanna and Rebecca Noelle on vocals with an all-star band behind them.
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JW-Jones
Neat Coffee Shop, 1715 Calabogie Road, Burnstown ON
Saturday, April 18 @ 8 pm; $35

Another show for all our blues fans, we are excited to welcome JW-Jones back again April 18th! JW was through last year for a sold-out show and rocked the old school house out for another epic show at Neat! Tickets on sale now, limited dinner reservations are available before the show!
Check him out!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xLTG6P8iAPY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8LQtimNycDI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0tI7nUFODt8
JW-Jones
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Ottawa Blues Society
Road To Memphis Local Blues Challenge
Entry deadline – 1 April 2020
POSTPONED TO SEPTEMBER
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Ben Racine Band
La Grange de la Gatineau, 80 chemin Summer, Cantley, QC
Friday, May 8; 8-10 pm; dinner & concert $72.55 + taxes, concert only $30 + taxes

The Ben Racine Band has been one of Montreal’s most critically acclaimed blues acts. His first record, “One Of A Kind”, was nominated at the Maple Blues Awards in 2013 and the recognition has not stopped since.

The sound of the band originates from an incredibly tight rhythm section, screaming horns and a razor-sharp telecaster guitar. A signature groove that lead them to backing-up several major blues artists like Kenny Blues Boss Wayne, Andria Simone, Shakura S’Aida, Curtis Salgado, Thornetta Davis and Dawn Tyler Watson.

As Dawn Tyler Watson’s band they won the 2017 International Blues Challenge in Memphis where Ben was crowned guitar player of the year winning the Albert King Award. A must see for any blues fan that enjoys truly original songwriting infused with horn-driven soul and the golden days of R&B.
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Rick Fines
Marble Arts Centre, 13 Bridgewater Road, Tweed ON
Saturday, May 9; doors 6:30 pm, show 7 pm – 9 pm; $20
          Tickets available on Eventbrite

Steeped in roots music, Rick Fines crafts a unique blend of warm-hearted blues, juke joint folk, and dockside soul that both embraces and defies the genres that influence him. As a veteran of the North American blues and folk circuits, he engages audiences with captivating songs, diverse guitar styling and his signature vocal growl. Rick’s storied career has seen him working in stellar collaboration and as a successful solo act. First gaining attention as part of the legendary Jackson Delta, he’s since released four solo albums, another with his own Rick Fines trio, and a critically acclaimed disc with fellow troubadour, Suzie Vinnick. Along the way he has racked up both awards and accolades. His 15-year stint with Jackson Delta received both Juno and Handy award nominations. His partnership with Suzie garnered a Maple Blues Songwriter of the Year Award. On his own, he’s pulled in two more Maple Blues Awards (for Solo Act of the Year), as well as an astonishing eight other nominations. While his songwriting chops won him a 2003 International Songwriting Competition, he’s equally proficient on guitar – having played for legendary blues piano player Pinetop Perkins, songstress Colleen Peterson, folk icon Penny Lang, and many others.

Equally at home alone at the microphone or leading a stage of fellow players, Rick has performed everywhere from the National Gallery and Governor General’s Garden Party to Montreal Jazz, Ottawa BluesFest, the Edmonton Folk Festival, and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. International tour highlights include visits to France, Italy, Scotland, Newfoundland, BC’s Gulf Islands, and the Northern Arctic.

Rick believes in the transformative power of music. When not performing, he can be found teaching and sharing with students across Canada – including work with the Blues In The Schools programs in Tweed, Ottawa, Saskatoon, Toronto, and Yellowknife. He’s also participated in the Ontario Arts Council’s Artists in Education program.

His newest album, “Driving Home”, is his most eclectic and electric to date.

The Marble Arts Centre is an accessible, licenced venue with comfortable theatre seating that hosts many performances each year in an historic hall with wonderful acoustics.
https://www.rickfines.ca/ www.tweedartscouncil.ca
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KINGSTON SPECIAL EVENTS
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Angelique Francis
RCHA Club, 193 Ontario Street, Kingston ON
Saturday, April 4
SHOW CANCELLED

Angelique Francis is a versatile and exceptionally gifted musician with talent that is way beyond her years. This multi-talented, multi-instrumentalist, multi-genre singer song writer and composer has wowed audiences across the globe with her electrifying performances, instrumental abilities and powerful textured vocals. She is known for her eclectic mix of various musical genres including Blues, Soul, Folk, Jazz, Gospel and Rock. Her diversity, passion and love of music can be heard in all of her original compositions.
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Tony Vani and the Holy Blues Band
Cafe San Souci, 240 Front Street, Belleville ON
Thursday, April 9; 7-9 pm; $15 online at Universe.Cafe; $20 at the door
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Sweet Pete and The Heat
The Toucan, 76 Princess Street, Kingston ON
Saturday, April 11; 10 pm - 2:00 am; no cover
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Jerome Godboo & Godboogie
Monika Slack Blues in the Schools Fundraiser
RCHA Club, 193 Ontario Street, Kingston ON
Friday, April 24; tickets $25
          Reserve by email bruce@kingstonbluessociety.ca

Godboogie featuring Jerome Godboo and his All-Star Band will be doing a Monika Slack Blues in the Schools Fundraiser show on April 24. Jerome and his band will be spending the day at Mother Teresa elementary school where they will be educating and instructing the students about the blues and playing the harmonica.

Then, in the evening, Jerome and Godboogie will be hosting our Monika Slack Blues in the Schools Fundraiser. Opening the show will be the Paula Wood Band.
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Morgan Davis
Thursday, May 7
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Big Mo and the Blues Mission
Friday, May 15
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Wicked Grin
Friday, May 22
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Jack de Keyzer
Saturday, June 13
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Andre Bisson Band
Saturday, October 24
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JW-Jones
Friday, November 27
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KINGSTON & AREA
REGULAR EVENTS
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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.
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For more info, please contact Kingston Blues Society
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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
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. 
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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 and international Blues shows. 
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LOCALS LOOK AHEAD
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To be updated when venues re-open and dates are confirmed.
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16 March 2020

Ottawa Blues This Week - 16 March 2020


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OTTAWA BLUES THIS WEEK BLOG
is updated (usually) on Monday or Tuesday.
If you would like to subscribe to the (lengthy) email, please complete the form at http://eepurl.com/bi1E3L
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OBTW current listings are updated as of Tuesday morning, with the best info available.  
TUESDAY UPDATE: Ontario State of Emergency - all bars & restaurants closed except take-out.
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#613FUTUREBLUES
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#613FUTUREBLUES IS BACK!
LOOKING FOR BLUES PLAYERS 12-18 YEARS OLD.

The future of blues music is very important to JW-Jones (and blues fans everywhere), so we’re producing the 4th Annual JW-JONES: #613FUTUREBLUES.

We need your help to find blues musicians between the ages of 12-18 yrs old. We are looking for musicians who have knowledge and skill within the BLUES genre and are able to perform with the JW-Jones Band on Sunday, April 19 (2:00pm) at Lone Star Texas Grill - St. Laurent location (1211 Lemieux St.) Show is still on the schedule as of today.

Please spread the word as we want to introduce the city to the best up and coming talent so that blues can be carried on for future generations!

TEACHERS - Please reach out to us. This is a great opportunity to teach your voice, guitar, drums, bass, horn, piano, etc. students how to play a couple of blues songs and join a band to perform live!

TO APPLY: Please send a VIDEO link or download link (ie: wetransfer.com) in a private message at www.facebook.com/jwjonesblues. Thank you!

*This event is sponsored in part by the Ottawa Blues Society.
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LOCAL HIGHLIGHTS THIS WEEK
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The Uninvited Guests
Overflow Brewing Co., 2477 Kaladar Avenue
CANCELLED
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Ottawa Coffee Fest
Horticulture Building, 1525 Princess Patricia Way
POSTPONED - If you would like to be notified about the future date, please send an email to info@ottawacoffeefest.ca.
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Meltdown: The Hornettes Spring Kickoff
Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street
IRENE’S PUB IS CLOSED FOR TWO WEEKS
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AREA HIGHLIGHTS THIS WEEK
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Blues on the Rideau presents
David Gogo
The Cove Country Inn, Westport ON
CANCELLED
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Tony D Band
Neat Coffee Shop, 1715 Calabogie Road, Burnstown ON
CANCELLED/POSTPONED
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Festival des Arts de la scène Val-Gatinois
Lac Sainte-Marie, QC
CANCELLED
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LOCALS THIS WEEK
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Saturday, March 21
Jesse Greene Band @ the Atomic Rooster, 4-8 pm CANCELLED
Tony D Band @ the Neat Coffee Shop, 9 pm CANCELLED/POSTPONED
Sunday, March 22
Fugly Dawgz hosts the Rainbow Open Blues Jam, 3-7 pm THE RAINBOW IS CLOSED
The Low Profiles @ the Atomic Rooster, 6-9 pm CURRENTLY ON AS SCHEDULED
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LOCAL HIGHLIGHTS
(almost) EVERY WEEK
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Music Mondays with Mark Weatherbee
Sandy Hill Lounge & Grill
Mondays @ 7 pm, starting October 15
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Tuesday Night Jazz Jam
Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street
Tuesdays @ 9 pm
IRENE’S PUB IS CLOSED FOR TWO WEEKS
Hosted by the Beeched Wailers
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Dr Dave Blues & Jazz
Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street
Wednesdays, 4-7 pm; no cover
THE RAINBOW IS CLOSED
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John Carroll
Chateau Lafayette (The Laff), 42 York Street
Wednesdays, 8 pm
THE LAFF IS CLOSED
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Irene’s Blues AllStars 
Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street
Thursdays, 8 pm – midnight; no cover
IRENE’S PUB IS CLOSED FOR TWO WEEKS
  
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: 
            March 17 – Ivy Denza & Chris McGuire CANCELLED
            March 24 – ‘Halifax’ Steve Laude CANCELLED
            April 2 – Niel Barrington
            April 9 – Al Wood
            April 16 – Jeff Hagerman
            April 23 – Jim Cochrane
            April 30 – Victor Nesrallah
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Weekly jazz jam
Options Jazz Lounge, Brookstreet Hotel, Kanata
Thursdays, 7-11 pm; no cover
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Open Blues Jam
Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street
Every Sunday, 4-7 pm; cover $3 (jammers free)
THE RAINBOW IS CLOSED
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).
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Southern Soul Sunday Brunch Buffet, @ 10 am & 2 pm
With Sherri Harding
Fatboys Southern Smokehouse, 34 Murray Street
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Sunday Blues, 6-9 pm, no cover
Atomic Rooster, 303 Bank Street (at MacLaren)
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Sunday Sessions, 8 pm, no cover
Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street
MARCH – The Bow Street Runners
IRENE’S PUB IS CLOSED FOR TWO WEEKS
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BLUES ON THE RIDEAU
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Blues On The Rideau at
The Cove Inn, Westport Ontario


Dinner & Show Fundraisers featuring some of Canada’s best Blues artists - nominees and winners of Juno Awards, Maple Blues Awards, West Coast Music Awards, Quebec Lys Blues Awards, East Coast Music Awards and more - performing in the intimate, friendly setting of a classic country inn. Celebrating our 15th Anniversary season in 2019/20 - making BOTR one of the longest running and best Blues Series in the country.

Shows once a month September through May.
Proceeds from each show go to support local charities.

Only $70 (plus HST) for a great buffet dinner, dancing, door prizes and chance to win 2 Grand Prizes. 
All nights run from 7-11 pm

Visit www.BluesOnTheRideau.ca for full schedule with details including artists' Bios, LINKS to their websites and You Tubes.
Visit www.coveinn.com for info about the Inn

Why not make your visit a little Staycation? Well-priced accommodation is available at The Cove, nearby B&Bs and a motel in town.
Westport is a beautiful historic town on the Rideau Waterway - a 90-minute drive from Ottawa, 45 minutes from Kingston.

Note: Most BOTR nights sell out so we recommend that you check your calendars, make your choices and RESERVE WELL IN ADVANCE to be sure you don't miss out! This is particularly true if you want to stay overnight. All the rooms at The Cove; nearby B&Bs and the Westport Station Motel usually sell out on BOTR nights. 

To reserve CALL THE COVE at 613-273-3636 or email thecoveinnwestport@gmail.com 

Blues On The Rideau
2019/20 – 15th Anniversary Year
March 20 – David Gogo Band - CANCELLED
April 17 – Miss Emily w/Band
May 8 – David Vest w/Band

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
The Black Dog Inn B&B, Westport
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Please visit and LIKE us on Facebook and Twitter
www.facebook.com/ChooseTheBluesProductions    
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MUSIC BY THE BAY LIVE
AJAX, UXBRIDGE, PORT PERRY
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Marriner Caddell & O’Brien
Avalon Lounge, Port Whitby Marina, Whitby ON
Saturday, April 18 @ 8 pm; $45 advance + fees & HST


Steve Marriner, Chris Caddell & Jesse O'Brien return to Music by the Bay Live for an unforgettable evening of blues. This high-power trio will bring down the house on Saturday April 18 at Avalon Lounge Port Whitby Marina. Be sure to bring your dancing shoes.

Steve Marriner is a dynamic and powerful performer. His incorporation of various styles of blues, roots and soul come together to form an original sound that is both deep and genuine. Steve has toured internationally and performed at prestigious festivals, concert halls and music clubs throughout Canada, The US, Europe and Australia and fronts the acclaimed roots sensation MonkeyJunk.

Who would’ve thought that Belleville, Ontario could produce a musician with the southern vibe and bluesy reverence of a Stevie Ray Vaughan or Doyle Bramhall II? Chris Caddell’s raw soulful voice and emotive guitar skills were an instant hit when the then-teen made the big move to Toronto.

Jesse O’Brien played his first gig, with his father, at the age of 12. A few years later, he was playing piano for Ronnie Hawkins, and the teenager launched into an award-winning career as a keyboardist.
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SPECIAL EVENTS COMING UP
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David Wilcox
Bronson Centre Music Theatre, 211 Bronson Avenue
Friday, April 3 @ 7 pm

David Wilcox is a brilliant song writer, a great singer, and one of the hottest guitar players in the world.
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Ball and Chain and the Wreckers
Atomic Rooster, 303 Bank Street
Saturday, April 4 @ 4 pm; no cover

Michael and Jody and Fred and Bob and Derek... yup, the whole crew will be playin' your faves as well as a bunch of new ones. Whaddya say folks?
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Crave Food & Wine Festival
Shaw Centre, 55 Colonel By Drive
Saturday & Sunday, April 4-5; $20-30

Satisfy your craving for Ottawa’s best food, drinks, and company! Partake in this two-day event that will feature masterclasses, professional speakers, tastings, and entertainment that will leave you craving the next one. 

With thousands of guests and tons of exhibitors expected to attend, this weekend will undoubtedly be one of the most phenomenal gastronomic experiences. Not only will you be able to sample food from Ottawa’s top restaurants, but you’ll also have the opportunity to partake in different activities and enjoy awesome live performances. With professional chef speakers, cooking masterclasses and competitions, you’ll leave this festival as a culinary pro — all while enjoying drinks from the province’s top breweries and bars! 

In addition to the great drinks, and fun entertainment, this will also be a weekend where you can give back. Partnered with the Eastern Ontario chapter of Make-A-Wish, a portion of proceeds from the CRAVE Food & Wine Festival presented by Richcraft will contribute to enriching the lives of children with medical conditions. Enjoy a couple of drinks, guilt-free, as you give back to society and let your foodie fantasies run wild!
Round up your friends, family, and colleagues and satisfy your insatiable craving to indulge in Ottawa’s best food and wine. Prepare yourself and work up that appetite for an unforgettable culinary experience!
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Michael Kaeshammer
NAC, 1 Elgin Street
Thursday, April 9 @ 7:30 pm; tickets $34-54

Internationally acclaimed musician Michael Kaeshammer has toured the world showcasing his talents as a singer, songwriter, pianist & producer. A spellbinding artist, Kaeshammer’s performances and recordings are intimate and inviting affairs, whether in a small club, large theatre or on home stereo.

His last album, “Something New”, is a new musical adventure. Produced by Michael himself, it features 10 original songs about love, life, travel and politics.
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Harpdog Brown
Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street
Friday, April 10 @ 9:30 pm; $20 at the door

Get ready for Harpdog Brown & The Uptown Blues Band! Canada’s Classic Bluesman, Harpdog Brown has a brand-new album out. It’s called “For Love & Money” and it’s unlike anything you’ve heard from Dog! It’s a little bit Chicago and a lotta New Orleans and it’s guaranteed to move ya!

Harpdog Brown has grown a reputation as a real-deal purveyor of classic electric blues. Think of the old Chess Records and Sun Records of the late ’40s and early ‘50s. These days he’s been touring more and more as Harpdog Brown & the Uptown Blues Band - a vintage New Orleans Blues sound that's piano driven and features incredible horn players. Still a vintage vibe, just a different vintage! This music will move you! They perform mostly originals yet they often include great songs of the masters from that era. Think Louis Jordan, Satchmo, Sonny Boy Williamson, Wynonie Harris, even Duke Ellington. Audiences are raving about this new show!

“For Love and Money” entered the Living Blues Radio Charts at #6 and #1 in Canada on the Roots Music Report and is still charting very well! You can pick up your copy on Deluxe CD or limited-edition Green Vinyl!
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Jackson Delta
Market Hall Performing Arts Centre, 11 Charlotte Street, Peterborough ON
Saturday, April 11 @ 8 pm; general admission $34, table seating $54

Award winning acoustic blues trio Jackson Delta return to their Peterborough roots to perform an evening of old favorites and new collaborations. Expect an evening of stories, laughs and, as always, their stripped down, late night kitchen blues. 
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Decades of Bond
NAC 4th Stage, 1 Elgin Street
Thursday, April 16

The debut of 'Decades of Bond' is the latest show coming your way. A fantastic 9-piece band pays tribute to the iconic soundtracks of the James Bond films. Featuring the incredible Michael Curtis Hanna and Rebecca Noelle on vocals with an all-star band behind them.
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JW-Jones
Neat Coffee Shop, 1715 Calabogie Road, Burnstown ON
Saturday, April 18 @ 8 pm; $35

Another show for all our blues fans, we are excited to welcome JW-Jones back again April 18th! JW was through last year for a sold-out show and rocked the old school house out for another epic show at Neat! Tickets on sale now, limited dinner reservations are available before the show!
Check him out!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xLTG6P8iAPY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8LQtimNycDI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0tI7nUFODt8
JW-Jones
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Ottawa Blues Society
Road To Memphis Local Blues Challenge
Entry deadline – 1 April 2020
POSTPONED
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Ben Racine Band
La Grange de la Gatineau, 80 chemin Summer, Cantley, QC
Friday, May 8; 8-10 pm; dinner & concert $72.55 + taxes, concert only $30 + taxes

The Ben Racine Band has been one of Montreal’s most critically acclaimed blues acts. His first record, “One Of A Kind”, was nominated at the Maple Blues Awards in 2013 and the recognition has not stopped since.

The sound of the band originates from an incredibly tight rhythm section, screaming horns and a razor-sharp telecaster guitar. A signature groove that lead them to backing-up several major blues artists like Kenny Blues Boss Wayne, Andria Simone, Shakura S’Aida, Curtis Salgado, Thornetta Davis and Dawn Tyler Watson.

As Dawn Tyler Watson’s band they won the 2017 International Blues Challenge in Memphis where Ben was crowned guitar player of the year winning the Albert King Award. A must see for any blues fan that enjoys truly original songwriting infused with horn-driven soul and the golden days of R&B.
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Rick Fines
Marble Arts Centre, 13 Bridgewater Road, Tweed ON
Saturday, May 9; doors 6:30 pm, show 7 pm – 9 pm; $20
          Tickets available on Eventbrite

Steeped in roots music, Rick Fines crafts a unique blend of warm-hearted blues, juke joint folk, and dockside soul that both embraces and defies the genres that influence him. As a veteran of the North American blues and folk circuits, he engages audiences with captivating songs, diverse guitar styling and his signature vocal growl. Rick’s storied career has seen him working in stellar collaboration and as a successful solo act. First gaining attention as part of the legendary Jackson Delta, he’s since released four solo albums, another with his own Rick Fines trio, and a critically acclaimed disc with fellow troubadour, Suzie Vinnick. Along the way he has racked up both awards and accolades. His 15-year stint with Jackson Delta received both Juno and Handy award nominations. His partnership with Suzie garnered a Maple Blues Songwriter of the Year Award. On his own, he’s pulled in two more Maple Blues Awards (for Solo Act of the Year), as well as an astonishing eight other nominations. While his songwriting chops won him a 2003 International Songwriting Competition, he’s equally proficient on guitar – having played for legendary blues piano player Pinetop Perkins, songstress Colleen Peterson, folk icon Penny Lang, and many others.

Equally at home alone at the microphone or leading a stage of fellow players, Rick has performed everywhere from the National Gallery and Governor General’s Garden Party to Montreal Jazz, Ottawa BluesFest, the Edmonton Folk Festival, and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. International tour highlights include visits to France, Italy, Scotland, Newfoundland, BC’s Gulf Islands, and the Northern Arctic.

Rick believes in the transformative power of music. When not performing, he can be found teaching and sharing with students across Canada – including work with the Blues In The Schools programs in Tweed, Ottawa, Saskatoon, Toronto, and Yellowknife. He’s also participated in the Ontario Arts Council’s Artists in Education program.

His newest album, “Driving Home”, is his most eclectic and electric to date.

The Marble Arts Centre is an accessible, licenced venue with comfortable theatre seating that hosts many performances each year in an historic hall with wonderful acoustics.
https://www.rickfines.ca/ www.tweedartscouncil.ca
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KINGSTON SPECIAL EVENTS
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Kingstown New Mississippi
The 116 Bistro, 116 Pinnacle Street, Belleville ON
Friday, March 20; 6 pm – 9 pm; no cover
CANCELLED 
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Angelique Francis
RCHA Club, 193 Ontario Street, Kingston ON
Saturday, April 4

Angelique Francis is a versatile and exceptionally gifted musician with talent that is way beyond her years. This multi-talented, multi-instrumentalist, multi-genre singer song writer and composer has wowed audiences across the globe with her electrifying performances, instrumental abilities and powerful textured vocals. She is known for her eclectic mix of various musical genres including Blues, Soul, Folk, Jazz, Gospel and Rock. Her diversity, passion and love of music can be heard in all of her original compositions.
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Tony Vani and the Holy Blues Band
Cafe San Souci, 240 Front Street, Belleville ON
Thursday, April 9; 7-9 pm; $15 online at Universe.Cafe; $20 at the door
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Sweet Pete and The Heat
The Toucan, 76 Princess Street, Kingston ON
Saturday, April 11; 10 pm - 2:00 am; no cover
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Jerome Godboo & Godboogie
Monika Slack Blues in the Schools Fundraiser
RCHA Club, 193 Ontario Street, Kingston ON
Friday, April 24; tickets $25
          Reserve by email bruce@kingstonbluessociety.ca

Godboogie featuring Jerome Godboo and his All-Star Band will be doing a Monika Slack Blues in the Schools Fundraiser show on April 24. Jerome and his band will be spending the day at Mother Teresa elementary school where they will be educating and instructing the students about the blues and playing the harmonica.

Then, in the evening, Jerome and Godboogie will be hosting our Monika Slack Blues in the Schools Fundraiser. Opening the show will be the Paula Wood Band.
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Morgan Davis
Thursday, May 7
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Big Mo and the Blues Mission
Friday, May 15
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Wicked Grin
Friday, May 22
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Jack de Keyzer
Saturday, June 13
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Andre Bisson Band
Saturday, October 24
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JW-Jones
Friday, November 27
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KINGSTON & AREA
REGULAR EVENTS
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Up Jumped The Blues
The Toucan, 76 Princess Street, Kingston ON
Every Monday in March@ 9 pm; no cover
CANCELLED 
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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.
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For more info, please contact Kingston Blues Society
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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
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. 
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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 and international Blues shows. 
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LOCALS LOOK AHEAD
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Sunday, March 29
River City Junction hosts the Rainbow Open Blues Jam, 3-7 pm - PROBABLY CANCELLED
Blues and Company @ the Atomic Rooster, 6-9 pm - PROBABLY CANCELLED
Monday, March 30
Lucas Haneman Solo @ Brookstreet Options Bar, 7-11 pm
Saturday, April 4
Ball and Chain and the Wreckers @ the Atomic Rooster, 4 pm
The Back Beat @ Barley Mow, Merivale, 9 pm
Sunday, April 5
Jimmy Cochrane hosts the Rainbow Open Blues Jam, 3-7 pm
Sunday, April 12
The Radicals host the Rainbow Open Blues Jam, 3-7 pm
Sunday, April 19
Crunchy Flower hosts the Rainbow Open Blues Jam, 3-7 pm
Sunday, April 26
River City Junction hosts the Rainbow Open Blues Jam, 3-7 pm
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