25 November 2020

Ottawa Blues This Week - 25 November 2020



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Highlights – Special Statement – November 24


… I want to say something about stigma. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a rise in stigma and prejudice against people who have tested positive for the virus. The pathways to infection are complex and have to do with contexts such as income, employment and housing status. OPH is seeking to foster a stigma-free environment where people are comfortable and supported to get a COVID-19 test and self-isolate as needed, and where people can easily access help if and when they need it. Everyone in Ottawa can contribute to building a culture of compassion and care.

Ottawa, we are all connected, and our collective individual actions matter. We continue to see COVID-19 transmission across the city in all neighbourhoods and in all age groups. We must all continue to make the right choices in our daily lives to keep COVID levels down.

Be kind, be safe and be well.

Full Text

November 24, 2020 – Special statement from Dr. Vera Etches




Please check with venues to determine their status.


Irene’s Pub    

885 Bank Street

Live Music streamed on our Facebook Page. 



Atomic Rooster    

303 Bank Street

Wednesday – Sunday, 4 pm – 11 pm

Check for updates on the Atomic Rooster’s Facebook page:





The Cove Inn

Westport, ON

Takeout and Hotel Rooms available as well! 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 is almost nightly. See calendar http://coveinn.com/index.php/events/

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!



Shout Sister Virtual Choir


Ottawa Afternoon

Wednesdays from 1 pm – 3 pm

Ottawa Evening

Thursdays from 7 pm – 9 pm

Directed by Jodi Benjamin

Sing with us from the comfort of your home. During this time when our choirs are unable to meet in person, virtual choir is an ideal way to come together, connect, and sing.

Shout Sister takes an unorthodox approach to choral singing. Please join us at anytime for a no obligation practice. We learn from recorded tracks so there is no reading music.

No auditions! Every singer is welcome. We sing fun, uplifting popular music.

Setup is easy and the program will work on most computers and devices. We have support to help you every step of the way.

If you are interested, please email members@shoutsisterchoir.ca

Specify which choir you are interested in joining in the subject line of your email.

For more information, please visit our website at www.shoutsisterchoir.ca




Despite 2020 being the year that really wasn’t, the Toronto Blues Society continues to support and promote Canadian Blues artists by announcing the nominees for the upcoming 24th annual Maple Blues Awards. The winners will be announced online from four cities over four nights – February 1, 8, 15, and 22. 

Leading the way in nominations is Toronto’s Jack de Keyzer, who along with his bandmates garnered seven nominations for Entertainer of the Year, Electric Act of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Recording/Producer of the Year, Guitarist of the Year, Horn Player of the Year (for Richard Thornton) and Bassist of the Year (for Alan Duffy).

Ottawa’s JW-Jones and his band(s) are nominated in five categories including Entertainer of the Year, Electric Act of the Year, New Artist of the Year (for Jones’ second project HOROJO Trio), Recording/Producer of the Year and Guitarist of the Year. Toronto’s Samantha Martin and Delta Sugar have been nominated for four Maple Blues Awards in the categories of Entertainer of the Year, Electric Act of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year and Drummer of the Year (for Dani Nash). The esteemed Blues Booster of the Year Award winner will be announced at a later date.

“The Pandemic has given us a new reason to feel the blues, but fortunately we will honour the latest body of work and artists with trophies and digital celebrations”, says Derek Andrews, President of Toronto Blues Society. “Congratulations to all the nominees."

Registration and voting for the 24th Annual Maple Blues Awards is open to the Canadian public from November 2 at 12 am Eastern Time, through to December 1, 11:59 pm Eastern Time. Blues fans can register and vote at www.mapleblues.ca.

The 24th Annual Maple Blues Awards Nominees

Entertainer of the Year

Dawn Tyler Watson


Jack de Keyzer


Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar

Electric Act of the Year

Dawn Tyler Watson & Ben Racine Band

Jack de Keyzer


Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar

Sue Foley 

Acoustic Act of the Year

Adam Karch

Harrison Kennedy

Matt Andersen

Michael Jerome Browne

Rick Fines

Male Vocalist of the Year

Chuck Jackson

Harrison Kennedy

Jack de Keyzer

Jim Byrnes

Matt Andersen 

Female Vocalist of the Year

Angel Forrest

Crystal Shawanda

Dawn Tyler Watson

Dione Taylor

Samantha Martin

New Artist of the Year

Dione Taylor

HOROJO Trio (Holmes, Rogers, Jones)

Liam Docherty

Matt Weidenger

Smoke Wagon Blues Band

Recording/Producer of the Year

Crystal Shawanda - Church House Blues / True North (Dewayne Strobel)

Durham County Poets - Hand Me Down Blues / Self (Bill Garrett)

Jack de Keyzer - Tribute / Blue Star (Jack de Keyzer)

JW-Jones - Sonic Departures / Solid Blue (Eric Eggleston)

Smoke Wagon Blues Band - Ballad of Albert Johnson / Self (Steve Sherman)

B.B. King International Artist of the Year

Christone "Kingfish" Ingram

Ghost Town Blues Band

Larkin Poe

Rick Estrin & The Nightcats

Victor Wainwright

Songwriter of the Year

Colin Linden

Crystal Shawanda/Dewayne Strobel

Dione Taylor

Kevin Harvey (Durham County Poets)

Paul Reddick

Blues with a Feeling Award (Lifetime Achievement Award)

Alec Fraser

Brent Parkin

Danny Brooks

Joe Murphy

Ken Whiteley

Michael Fonfara

Tom Lavin

Guitarist of the Year

Garrett Mason

Jack de Keyzer


Sue Foley

Tony D (MonkeyJunk)

Harmonica Player of the Year

Guy Bélanger

Harpdog Brown

Paul Reddick

Roly Platt

Steve Marriner

Piano/Keyboard of the Year

David Vest

Duane Blackburn

Jesse O’Brien

Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne

Michael Kaeshammer

Horn Player of the Year

Jerry Cook (Harpdog Brown)

Mark LeClerc (Fuel Junkie)

Gordon Aeichele (Smoke Wagon Blues Band)

Richard Thornton (Jack de Keyzer Band)

Mat “Moose” Mousseau (Ben Racine Band)

Drummer of the Year

Cory Blackburn

Dani Nash (Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar)

Gary Craig (Colin Linden, Steve Dawson)

Lindsay Beaver

Matt Sobb (MonkeyJunk)

Bassist of the Year

Alan Duffy (Jack de Keyzer)

Alec Fraser

Gary Kendall

John Dymond (Steve Dawson, Big Dave McLean)

Keith Picot

Toronto Blues Society has been receiving valuable input from the members of the Canadian blues community regarding the Maple Blues Awards procedures and voting, and as such, have been developing new policies and protocol to ensure the Maple Blues Award system is responsive and evolving, thanks to the feedback gathered from across Canada.

While getting nominated for a Maple Blues Award is a wonderful achievement and excitement, not all of the nominees are regular users of social media or some may not have the budgets to execute a successful advertising campaign to solicit votes.  In the pursuit of fairness for all of the nominees and transparency, social media advertising by the MBA nominees will now be banned during the public voting period for the 24th annual Maple Blues Awards.

For more information contact:

Sarah French

Sarah French Publicity

416-566-4188 | sarah@sarahfrenchpublicity.com

Hüma Üster

Toronto Blues Society

416-538-3885 | info@torontobluessociety.com




Please check venue websites for info.

Some venues offer live stream events.




Al Tambay

Waterfront Gastro Pub, 12 Bell Street, Carleton Place ON

Thursday, November 26; 8 pm – 11 pm


Saturday, November 28; 3 pm – 6 pm

Message from Al: “great Staff, food music and cause ....what more can you ask for ......well a million dollars would be nice but I don't want to be greedy but I'll be really disappointed and won't believe in Santa anymore if that doesn't happen....oh yeah how does he get in the house if you don't have a chimney...huh how ...right .... just sayin' ...why does he know when your sleeping huh ... that's kinda weird ... kay peace out”


Save the Legion in Greely

Drive In Concert

Mitch Owens Road, Greely ON

Friday & Saturday, November 27 & 28; gates @ 5:30 pm, music 7 pm – 10 pm

          Tickets: www.bobbybproductions.ca


James Cochrane – 7 pm

Reid & Kelsey Warren – 8 pm

Eastbound of Bytown – 8:30 pm


Reid & Kelsey Warren – 7 pm

Spencer Scharf – 7:30 pm

Rainwater Whisky – 8:30 pm

Food will be available on site.

Stay warm in your vehicle.

All the music is broadcast right to your vehicles radio on 88.1fm.

All COVID-19 safety precautions will be in place.


Drifting Bird

Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street

Sunday, November 29 @ 8 pm




Chris Landry & Friends

Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street

Saturday, December 5 @ 7 pm; pay what you can

An evening of music with Chris Landry, Stu Rutherford and friends.


Live at the Port theatre Presents
Sly High, Tribute to Sly and the Family Stone
The Port Theatre, Cornwall ON

Saturday, December 5 @ 8 pm; $40 advance, $50 at the door

Sly High is a mighty powerhouse band that pays tribute to the timeless music of Sly & The Family Stone. The energy and talent that shines through in this collective is infectious and will leave you craving more. This is a show not to be missed.

LCBO All Ages Licensed Event


Jamieson MacKay

Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street

Sunday, December 6 @ 7 pm

An Evening of music with Jamieson MacKay. Socially distanced seating available indoors. Live streamed on Zoom, $5 tickets available at irenespub.ca


Jimmy Bowskill & Steve Marriner

The Cove Country Inn, Westport ON

Thursday & Friday, December 10 & 11; 6 pm – 10 pm

$70 + HST includes dinner

Limited capacity, book early; The Cove 613-273-3636 http://www.coveinn.com

Two of Canada's best Roots Blues guitarists/singer-songwriters together.

Steve Marriner is a dynamic and powerful performer who incorporates various styles of blues, roots and soul. While he currently dedicates most of his time to fronting the highly acclaimed Roots Blues Band MonkeyJunk, he also performs intimate solo shows and acts as a dynamic sideman. Originally renowned for his prowess on the harmonica, Steve has become a multi-instrumental force in recent years, adding bass, guitar, drums, and keys into the mix. He’s won multiple Maple Blues Awards for Harmonica Player and Male Vocalist of The Year and 2 Juno Awards with MonkeyJunk.

Jimmy Bowskill’s professional career started at age 11 when he was discovered by the late, great Jeff Healey and he's continued to grow and mature ever since. He's toured North America and Europe as the Jimmy Bowskill Band and currently plays electric guitar with the internationally famous band The Sheepdogs. He's about to release his 6th album (first solo) album on which he plays most of the instruments.

HoRoJo Trio

The Grand Hotel, 7 Bridge Street, Carleton Place ON

Saturday, December 12; dinner & show $150 + HST

The HoRoJo Trio recently won the international blues competition in Memphis, Tennessee and will be having their debut album produced by a Grammy-winning producer in Nashville.

The Grand Hotel will be hosting a 50-person event to raise money for their recording costs, as all musicians nationwide have been terribly impacted by COVID.

Tickets are $150 (+HST) per person with most going directly to the band to produce their album! We are selling quickly so please call the hotel to reserve. A credit card will be needed to book as it is first come. A beautiful 4 course dinner prepared by our awesome chef will be served and the band will play a full show.

Let's get together for this great cause and do some good.

For inquiries and to book please call Rod at 343-999-6774



Miss Emily, with full band

The Cove Country Inn, Westport ON

Thursday & Friday, December 19 & 20; 6 pm – 10 pm

$90 + HST includes dinner

Limited capacity, book early; The Cove 613-273-3636 http://www.coveinn.com

3X Maple Blues Award winner in 2020, a fabulous singer and performer whose career took off after she opened for THE TRAGICALLY HIP in 2011. She has remained close with members of that band ever since. Miss Emily just released a great new album - "Live At The Isabella". You seldom get a chance to see an artist of this caliber with her full band in an intimate setting like The Cove.
P.S. There's a nice added connection between The Cove and Miss Emily. Manager Seamus Cowan plays bass in her band. 


Check out this great YOUTUBE video of her with the band


Lynn Miles Solo

Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street

Sunday, December 20 @ 3 pm

         Tickets: www.eventbrite.ca/e/lynn-miles-winter-solo-tickets-130142057397

Lynn Miles is an award-winning singer-songwriter, record producer, teacher, writer, public speaker.


The Chocolate Hot Pockets

Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street

Sunday, December 20; 8 pm – 11 pm

The Chocolate Hot Pockets will be gracing the stage for a Christmas Funk & Soul show featuring the incomparable Michael Hanna live at Irene's Pub on Sunday, December 20.

This event will be a ticketed event that can be attended in person (assuming COVID protocols allow) as well as a paid online Zoom link which will be available soon. We'll be paying tribute to great artists such as Bill Withers, Steely Dan, Mavis Staples, Blood, Sweat & Tears and many more.


Southminster United Church


Dear Patrons of Music at Southminster,
I'm writing today with some 
timely announcements about upcoming musical events at Southminster United Church, notably the DOMS Wednesday noon-hour series lineup for the month of December and the appointment of Southminster's new (musical) Artist in Residence.

But first, I want to share details of 
Southminster's first ever virtual Christmas Bazaar, which is currently underway here. Continuing in a longstanding tradition, the church is offering an array of tasty home baked goods, preserves and frozen soups, as well as craftsChristmas itemsjewellerybooks and more. There is a silent auction as well, which includes among other treasures the chance to bid on original commissions by me, as well as by another member of Southminster's music staff, the inimitable folk singer/composer Chris White. Check it out here before it's all over!

I am thrilled to announce the appointment of Matthew Larkin as Southminster United Church's first ever Artist in Residence. An internationally respected organist, conductor, teacher and composer, Matthew brings several decades of serving the Canadian choral and liturgical music communities as the Music Director (and in several cases, founding director) of numerous distinguished Canadian musical institutions, to his new post.

December 2020
  Presented by 
Southminster United Church
  Wednesdays at noon, live at Music at Southminster


A special concert coinciding with Artistic Director Roland Graham’s birthday featuring a presentation Vivaldi’s timeless Gloria for choir, soloists and orchestra. Celebrate the near conclusion of a long and arduous year with Roland and his friends in this not to be missed event.


Monumental works for the violin performed by Anna Baksheeva (violin) and Frederick Lacroix (piano): J. S. Bach’s Chaconne for solo violin, ‘Winter’ from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, and Beethoven’s 7th Sonata for Violin and Piano.

The Yves Laroche Trio - Yves Laroche (piano), Tom Denison (bass), and Steve Gallant (drums) - offers up their Yuletide Jazz Suite featuring jazz compositions by Valerie Capers, Billie Holiday and Horace Silver.

Caelis Academy Ensemble honors the season with a traditional Christmas festival of lessons and carols in the English Cathedral style. Caelis Academy Ensemble is directed by Matthew Larkin.

Support the DOMS series with a donation.
Thanks for reading and sharing,
Roland Graham, Artistic director, DOMS



Dinner & Show fundraisers for local charities
$70 (plus HST) for all shows * 7-10 pm
Two nights - Friday & Saturday - per engagement
Full COVID safety protocol in effect at all shows

Limited capacity due to COVID so book well ahead if you want to attend.
Limited number of tables for 2 available so, to help us maximize seating and for your added safety, please get together with family & friends and create your own "bubble" table.

Why not make this a nice little staycation getaway? Well-priced accommodation available at the Cove and nearby B&Bs.

613-273-3636 or email thecoveinnwestport@gmail.com

If you can't be there in person, all shows will be broadcast live on the BOTR YOUTUBE channel. https://www.youtube.com/channel/ucwljdqbzal87xbjlg9sw-CQ

Friday & Saturday,
January 15 & 16
Proceeds from these shows go to St. Edwards elementary school

No need to introduce this act to Blues On The Rideau aficionados. Canada's King of the Blues guitar, Jack and his band are the most popular group to have ever played BOTR @ The Cove. This will be his record 10th visit since the Series started. A 2X Juno Award and 7X Maple Blues Award winner, Jack's career continues to blossom. He has a new album out and has just been nominated for 5 more Maple Blues Awards this year - Best Entertainer, Electric Act, Guitarist, Male Vocalist and Recording of the Year. And Alan Duffy (bass) and Richard Thornton (saxophone) who will be accompanying Jack for these shows are both up for MBAs in their respective categories as well. Blues, Rock, Funk, Soul and R&B at its best!

Friday & Saturday,
February 19 & 20
Proceeds from these shows go to Rideau Vista elementary school

Another BOTR favourite - Chuck has played here with The Hogtown Allstars multiple times and is of course is famous as the lead singer and harp player in the legendary Downchild Blues Band. He lists his major influences as Big Joe Turner, Otis Redding and Junior Wells and you can hear a lot of each of them in his music - he has an unmistakable powerful, soulful Blues Shouter style. He's also an accomplished songwriter nd is the founder and Director of the famous Southside Shuffle Blues Festival in Port Credit, Ontario. Chuck has won 2 Juno Awards and 5 Maple Blues Awards with Downchild over his career and has been nominated 6X for the MBA for Best Male Vocalist - and won it 3X. He's up for another one this year. Joining Chuck for this performance is long time friend (and a former member of Downchild) Tyler Yarema on keyboards and Pat Carey on sax (another Downchild member) who has won the MBA for Horn Player of the Year an amazing 7X. 


Friday & Saturday,
March 19 & 20
Proceeds from these shows go to P.A.W.S (Prevent Another Westport Stray)

A wonderfully talented singer, songwriter and harmonica player, Paul has been performing his critically-acclaimed original material on stages across Canada, the USA and Europe for over 30 years. He has 10 albums to his credit and has recorded and written with Colin Linden, Tom Wilson and MonkeyJunk, among others. His most recent album "Ride The One" won him a Juno in 2016. Paul will be appearing with long time friend and collaborator Kyle Ferguson (from The Sidemen days) and Steve Marriner from MonkeyJunk (who is fast becoming a regular at The Cove) - both on guitars. 

NOTE: All shows are subject to postponement depending on the COVID situation at the timeWatch for email updates, visit the BOTR website www.bluesontherideau.ca or the Cove website www.coveinn.com or call the Cove 613-273-3636 for updates
as the show dates approach. 



For more info, please contact Kingston Blues Society





ByTowne Cinema    

325 Rideau Street

Ticket prices: www.bytowne.ca/ticket-prices-0

The ByTowne has re-opened, subject to the safety protocols that you were familiar with during August & September.


Mayfair Theatre    

1074 Bank Street




DAWGFM.com Blues 24/7 on the internet

Streaming at http://www.dawgfm.com/


On CKCU-FM 93.1

The Mighty 93.1


Community Radio serving the Ottawa Carleton Region

Sundays: 9-11 pm

Black and Blues

with John Tackaberry

The show features a heavy dose of electric blues and rhythm and blues, with the occasional selection of sixties soul. The first hour is dedicated to artist profiles and reviews of recordings on particular labels. In the second hour there is a blues calendar, a rundown of events in Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa, and interviews with “new and reissued blues and rhythm and blues tracks on wax”, alternating with “live blues and R&B for a Sunday night” in the last half hour of the show.



Wednesdays: 9-11 pm

In A Mellow Tone

Hosted by Bernard Stepien, Ron Steeds, Allan Wigney, Jean-Michel Labatut and Aidian Thomas, ‘In A Mellow Tone’ introduces listeners to the entire history of jazz, from its beginnings to the latest innovations. Every program has a focus: on a musician, a city, a festival, an instrument, a record label or on recent releases. The hosts draw on their large personal CD and LP collections to supplement CKCU's extensive resources.



On CBC Radio Two 103.3 FM

Saturdays: 6-8 pm

On CBC Radio One 91.5 FM

Saturdays: 9-11 pm

Saturday Night Blues


Host Holger Petersen has been a broadcaster, record producer, album collector, and serious blues fan for over 40 years.  His collection of blues records numbers in the thousands.  On Saturday Night Blues each week you’ll hear a mix of classic blues from the ‘Petersen Vaults’, concerts, interviews, artist features, new releases, plus anything that boogies, jumps, or swings, plus your requests from the Bluesline.

And check out SNB videos here http://www.cbc.ca/snb/video/


On CJHR 98.7 Valley Heritage Radio

Thursdays, 8-10 pm

Got The Blues

Pat Watters is your host for this blues only radio show, now in its 13th year.  It can be heard throughout the Ottawa Valley and streaming on the internet at valleyheritageradio.ca.


NPR from Canton NY

For those who live south of the city, 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.



Unsung and On The Side

With Carolyn Fe

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