08 September 2008

Ottawa Blues This Week - 8 September 2008




Treasa Levasseur

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Wednesday, September 10

Treasa has been playing and performing music from a very young age, cutting her musical teeth on church choir harmonies, classical piano and irish reels. With thoughtful, provocative lyrics and a voice that will bring down the house, Treasa fuses blues, folk, soul and country into a musical melange unlike any other. Whether playing a piano ballad, picking a quick tune on the mandolin, or rocking out on the guitar, Treasa's powerful voice and engaging stage presence will entertain and inspire listeners of all ages.

(bio from www.songwritersunite.com)




Terry Gillespie

Tucson`s, 2440 Bank Street

Saturday, September 13, 9:15 pm

Terry will be accompanied by: Jeffery Grosvenor, Vince Halfhide, Terry Owen, Wayne Stoute. MC for the evening will be: Dr. Julie Hill, The Blues Doctor from CKLN in Toronto.



Robert Farrell

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Saturday, September 13 @ 9:30 pm; cover $8 or 2 for $10

New band, hot new guitar, all-blues show.





Virée Blues Boréale presents

Glenn Gillis & the Blues Experiment

Café Le Troquet, 41 Laval Street, Old Hull sector

Wednesday, September 10

As each and every Outaouais Blues Fan is hurrying up to make sure to cast their votes in favour of Virée Blues Boréale as “Diffuseur de l’année / Producer of the Year” at the 2008 Lys Blues Award (www.lenetblues.com), the 8th edition started its engine and, for this performance, offers you a really special Blues “experiment”. We now present the debut appearance of Glenn Gillis & The Blues Experiment, more than a year after this outstanding group caught our attention.

Glenn Gillis has been based in Quebec City since 2000. His music is the meeting point of Blues Rock, Psychedelic Blues and Revival Blues, stemming from the late sixties. On top of their two albums, “The Letter D” in 2003 and “Bad Times” in 2006, this guitarist, singer and songwriter, accompanied by the Blues Experiment were nominated to Lys Blues Awards like ‘Blues Album of the Year’ and ‘Music Performance of the Year’. Completely produced and devised in Levis, Quebec, without any grant, their most recent album presents an interestingly constant progression, always marked by the musical influence and signature of Glenn Gillis. Accompanied by Normand Lacroix on guitar, René Gignac on bass and Barry Nameth on drums, Glenn Gillis & The Blues Experiment presents us with an excellent variety of styles and influences, expressed through a highly successful integration in their original compositions.

Glenn Gillis & The Blues Experiment are really no longer newcomers on the Quebec Blues scene; Glenn Gillis has been around for quite a few years now. The road was often pretty rocky for this Bluesman from Quebec’s North West who migrated toward the East. His boots hit the rocks and his hat the dust. Now, YOU can get to know this Traveler with ‘Blues-quenched seventies’ accents.






September 9-14, 2008

Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival

Fredericton NB





Blues Jam - Live with Barry Buse

and The Mississippi Blues Society

Elmdale House Tavern, 1084 Wellington Street

Every Tuesday, 8:30 pm to 12:30 am (no cover)


Irene’s Blues Jam

Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street

Thursdays, 9 – 12:30 pm

The Stellar Cast Blues Jam is a bonafide grass roots event that has grown out of the very floorboards of Irenes Pub and has become a real crowd pleaser for musicians and music lovers alike. The Stellar Cast features Mike Ktenas (bass) and Corky Kealey (drums) as the foundation, and is filled out by 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 the popularity the night has garnered over the years.

Guest hosts coming up:

Sep 11 – Dr. Dave (guitar/vocals)
Sep 18 – Vince Halfhide (guitar/vocals)
Sep 25 – Johnny Russell (keyboards/vocals)



Open Jam

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Saturdays, 4-7 pm

Every other Saturday, Mark Weatherbee and Erth Juce Blues Band host the jam. Mark would like to invite fellow blues players to come out and play with his band. It’s free! For more info, please contact Mark at mark_and_esther@yahoo.ca




Ball and Chain and the Wreckers

Elmdale House Tavern, 1084 Wellington Street

1st Saturday of the month @ 8:30 pm – midnight; $5 at the door

Ball and Chain and the Wreckers will play at the Elmdale House Tavern on the first Saturday of every month from now on. That's right … a house gig!! The event will have a name and a dedicated poster and stuff eventually but the main thing is to be there. The plan is to do it as a 4-piece core band and to have a featured guest player every month.



Sunday Blues

Maria Hawkins 1st Sunday of the month, 5-8 pm

Mumbo Jumbo Voodoo Combo 3rd Sunday of the month, 5-8 pm

Zydeco Loco 4th Sunday of the month, 5-8 pm

Atomic Rooster, 303 Bank Street (at MacLaren)

Maria Hawkins 1st Sunday of the month @ 4 pm

Maria Hawkins Trio (with 2 guitarists). 3 musicians, 3 hours 4 7 pm the first Sunday of every Month Blues, Soul, R&B, Funk and Marias original material. The volume is just right and the atmosphere is very intimate with plenty of great food on order Atomic Rooster is the place. www.mariahawkins.ca

Mumbo Jumbo Voodoo Combo 3rd Sunday of the month, 5-8 pm

Mumbo Jumbo Voodoo Combo was formed in Ottawa, Canada, July 1991, to explore the pulsating rhythms and eerie melodies of New Orleans and of the bayous of rural Louisiana. They have transformed these Mardi Gras anthems into their own, while keeping true to the genre. Over the years, Mumbo has sprinkled their New Orleans Gumbo with ideas and tunes from the lands of Caribbean Seas, Cuba, Venezuela, Jamaica, and from many other far flung sources as diverse as Desi Arnaz, John Mayall, Ronnie Lane, Clifton Chenier, Osibisa, Captain Beefheart, Ginger Baker, Nat Cole, Dr. Feelgood, Ry Cooder, Dutch Mason, Jan Garbarek, and Manfred Mann, just to name a few. During their often segued sets, elements of Blues, Boogie, Jazz, Reggae, Calypso, Mambo and Conga, have led Mumbo to develop into a World-Beat tour de force.


Zydeco Loco 4th Sunday of the month, 5-8 pm

Zydeco Loco was formed in 1996 by members of two Ottawa bands, the Suicide Kings and Mumbo Jumbo Voodoo Combo to bring their love of zydeco music to the dance floors of Ottawa.





Thursday Blues

Brandees, 178A Ontario Street, Kingston ON

Every Thursday

Georgette is back at Brandees with a new rep and great band. If you are in Kingston, stop in. Georgette sounds better than ever and her band rocks!



KBS Monthly Jam

RCHA Club (Next to Stoney’s Restaurant - Look for the big blue door)

Third Saturday of each month, 9 pm midnight; $3 at the door

Always one of the best nights of entertainment Kingston has to offer come early as seating is limited.


Live music Jazzy combo

Confederation Hotel, Kingston ON

Thursdays & Fridays, 5:30-8:30 pm


For more info on any of the above, please contact Kingston Blues Society





Max Cann

Blueberry Hill Bistro, Vankleek Hill ON

Tuesday, September 16

Max Cann is returning to Ontario for his second tour in Canada, with some 25 shows — from Toronto to Ottawa and back. With a reputation as one of the finest singer-songwriters in the southwest of England, he first came to Canada earlier this year for a handful of performances. Now, with a 25-date tour schedule of small and medium-sized club bookings, starting August 22 and ending in early October, he’s making a determined effort to build his following in Canada.

To mark the tour, Cann has released a solo acoustic record, “Opener” – written by himself and his three brothers, who often work with him in the UK. “The CD, which I recorded in a wonderful studio near Ottawa, is pretty indicative of the sort of thing I’ve been doing in Britain and Germany for many years,” he says. “Now I’m singing these songs in Canada.”

“Coming back to Ontario is a treat for me. I’m returning to some of the places I played when I was here earlier in the year, and lots of new places as well. Canada’s really becoming a second home for me.”


Sweet & the Back Beat

Louisiannie, 1518 Stittsville Main, Stittsville ON

Friday, September 19 @ 9 pm

Sweet and the Back Beat was formed in June of 2003 and is based in Fallowfield Village, just West of Ottawa. The band’s sound is built around the soulful lead vocals of Larry Sweet, whose natural feel for R&B stylists like Wilson Picket, Eddie Floyd, Sam and Dave, and Otis Redding provides audiences a fresh reminder of why this music is so important. Larry is backed by a group of local veteran musicians: Mike Belanger on guitar, Ken Reynolds on drums, Tommy Rowe on bass, and Peter Krogh on keyboards.



Wild T & The Spirit

Tucson’s, 2440 Bank Street

Friday, September 26 @ 9:15 pm

Returning to the power trio format, the band now features a rhythm section with Chris Lesso on drums and Guenther Kapelle on bass. Their new CD “Fender Bender” was released in Canada & Europe in Feb 2008.



Tell Mama & The Troubadour
Carleton Heritage Inn, 7 Bridge St, Carleton Place ON
Friday, September 26, 8 pm; tickets $10

From Shelley: “Well, we haven't played in Carleton Place for over a year and now we are playing twice in one month! Franc and Cam and I will be joining Lyle Dillabough a.k.a. the Troubadour for a double bill at the Mississippi Ale House - another beautiful restoration of a Carleton Place landmark. We will back up Lyle while he does some covers and original material including a new tune which has just been produced for him by Ray Materick (`Linda Put the Coffee On`) and then we will take a set to 'represent'.”




September 15-21, 2008

Great Atlantic Blues & Beyond Festival

Halifax NS





Blues on the Rideau at The Cove Inn, Wesport ON enters its 4th season starting October 17/18 and will run on the third weekend of every month (except December) through to June 2009. The Series features some of Canada’s best blues artists performing in the friendly, cozy atmosphere of The Cove combined with a delicious buffet dinner. Westport is a 45 minute drive from Kingston, 1¼ hours from Ottawa. All Shows support different local charities – all for only $55 per person (dinner, show, taxes and donation to charity included). Dinner starts at 7 pm, 1st set begins at 8:30 pm. Advance reservations required – call The Cove at (613) 273-3636 OR 1-888-COVE-INN to book now. Last season almost every Show sold out in advance so to meet demand this year all artists will play both Friday and Saturday nights – you have two chances to see your favourites!

Accommodation at The Cove and nearby B&Bs is available at very reasonable rates. If you live out of town this is a great way to enjoy BOTR – no driving home after a few drinks, you can relax and enjoy and as an added bonus – you get to meet and talk with the artists the next day at breakfast! It’s a perfect mini-getaway. Book well in advance though – rooms fill up fast. Call The Cove and they will make the arrangements for you.

Friday proceeds to Rideau Vista Elementary School
Saturday proceeds to St. Edward’s Elementary School

November 21 & 22 – GARY KENDALL BAND w. Special Guest CHUCK JACKSON
Friday proceeds to Blues in the Schools with Mark ‘Bird’ Stafford
Saturday proceeds to David McCarthy Scholarship

Friday proceeds to Westport Area Food Bank
Saturday proceeds to Lions Club Mobility Van

February 20 & 21 – FATHEAD
Friday proceeds to Friends of Foley Mountain
Saturday proceeds to Rideau District Museum

Friday proceeds to Juvenile Diabetes Association of Ontario
Saturday proceeds to Gilda’s Club for Cancer Families

Friday proceeds to Rideau Waterway Land Trust
Saturday proceeds to Westport in Bloom

Friday proceeds to Compassion Canada Sponsor a Child
Saturday proceeds to Habitat for Humanity

June 19 & 20 – STEPHEN BARRY BAND with

Friday proceeds to Lucy Drysdale Memorial Scholarship
Saturday proceeds to Westport Library

Visit www.bluesontherideau.ca for more information
Artists may change - check the web site or call The Cove for updates

See you at The Cove!




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 run down 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. On the last Sunday of every month, the show goes “down in the delta” for a selection of acoustic blues tracks in the final half hour of the program.

Wednesdays: 3:30-4:30 pm

Iron Maidens

with Diane Wells (D.D. Rocker)

Where female musicians of steely determination dare to challenge their male peers in the wide, wonderful world of music. From roots to heavy metal, shell cover it all. To the women of the world, let your voices and instruments be heard!

Wednesdays: 9-11 pm

In A Mellow Tone

with Ron Sweetman

Jazz from every era & every style – from 1917 to 2008. Each program features an artist, group, instrument, event, city or record label.

Check out Ron’s website www.inamellowtone.com for info on upcoming shows and playlists (current show is posted several days in advance and past shows are archived). Ron is always happy to hear from listeners at ronsweetman@kalixo.com

This week, September 10 – London Bridge Is Falling Down: Mike Westbrook’s jazz opera, with Chris Biscoe, Brian Godding, Paul Nieman, Graham Russell, Kate Westbrook, Peter Whyman and Le Sinfonietta de Picardie.

Next week, September 17 – Lester Bowie: A tribute to the great trumpeter/composer/bandleader, concentrating on his work away from the Art Ensemble of Chicago.

Monthly, every 4th Saturday, starting June 21 at 9-9:30 am:

Honky Tonk Saturday Morning

with Ball and Chain

This 12-part series features Michael Ball and Jody Benjamin performing live on radio. Each month will have a different theme like classic country, bluegrass, old time, drinking, cheating and yodelling.

On CBC Radio One 91.5 FM

Saturdays: 10 pm – midnight

Saturday Night Blues


Host Holger Petersen has been a broadcaster, record producer, album collector, and serious blues fan for over 30 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.


Sundays: 6-7 pm

House of Blues Hour

The House of Blues Radio hour, hosted by Dan Aykroyd aka Elwood Blues, features an hour of rockin’ blues from a wide variety of performers ranging from traditional to contemporary. The show is the most widely syndicated radio program dedicated to the blues in North America, and has been running on stations across the continent for over ten years.




ALWAYS check local listings to confirm.

On BRAVO – www.bravo.ca

Tuesday, September 9 @ 7 am & 5:30 pm – Talkin’ Blues

Curtis Salgado (2005): Series exploring the world of contemporary blues music. This episode features words and music from blues/soul singer Curtis Salgado, who served as the inspiration for John Belushi's Blues Brothers character.

Tuesday, September 9 @ 7:30 am – Rhythm, Roots & Soul

Nothing Halfway, Rick Fines & Susie Vinnick (2008): This series profiles R&B, soul, gospel and roots musicians through their words and music. Mako Funasaka documents a moment in time of these wonderful musicians from many different musical genres. This episode features Rick Fines and Suzie Vinnick.

Tuesday, September 9 @ 11 am – Asa Nisi Masa (2007)

This musical group showcases the melding of South-Indian rhythms, jazz improvisation and elements of folk and blues, with instruments such as harmonica, multiple percussions, electric guitar, sousaphone and electronics.

Tuesday, September 16 @ 7 am Talkin Blues

Sonny Landreth (2005): Series exploring the world of contemporary blues music. This episode features a profile of soulful Louisiana vocalist and slide-guitar virtuoso Sonny Landreth.

Tuesday, September 16 @ 7:30 am – Rhythm, Roots & Soul

Long Walk to Nowhere, Broken Joe (E) 2008
This series profiles R&B, soul, gospel and roots musicians through their words and music. Mako Funasaka documents a moment in time of these wonderful musicians from many different musical genres. This episode features the members of Broken Joe -- Joe Toole, Jerome Godboo and Alec Fraser.

Monday, September 22 @ 11 am - Mae Moore and Lester Quitzau: In Their Own (2005)
Documentary examining the lives of the acclaimed folk singer and her blues-guitarist husband on British Columbia's scenic and tranquil Pender Island, through engaging interviews and performances.




Tuesdays: Open Jam at the Rainbow, 9 pm – 1 am

Tuesdays: Jam hosted by Barry Buse or Al Tambay @ Elmdale House, 8:30-11:30 pm

Wednesdays: Dr Dave Revue @ the Rainbow, 5-8 pm

Wednesdays: Brian Downey @ The Avant-Garde Bar, 8:30 pm

Wednesdays: Acoustic music with Jeff Rogers @ Tucson’s, 7:30-11 pm

Wednesdays: New Blues Jam @ the New Bayou, 9 pm

Thursdays: Acoustic blues with Al Tambay & friends @ Tucson’s, 7:30-11 pm

Thursdays: Mike Ktenas hosts the Blues Jam @ Irene’s, 9 pm to closing

Saturday afternoons: Blues jam @ the Rainbow, 4-7 pm

Saturday evenings: Ball and Chain @ the Elmdale

Sunday afternoons: Blues jam @ the Rainbow, 3-7 pm

Sunday afternoons: Guy del Villano @ Royal Oak, Gloucester




Saturday, September 13

Terry Gillespie @ Tucson’s, 9:15 pm

Robert Farrell Band @ the Rainbow, 9:30 pm




Friday, September 19

Sweet & the Back Beat @ Louisiannies, 9 pm

Saturday, September 20

The FunKtion @ Tucson’s, 9:15 pm



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