29 September 2008

Ottawa Blues This Week - 29 September 2008




“On the Road to Memphis”

Ottawa Blues Society - Blues Challenge

The Ottawa Blues Society is proud to announce our upcoming participation in The Blues Foundation’s “International Blues Challenge”. OBS will host a local “Blues Challenge” competition for “Band” category with the winner going to Memphis, TN in February 2009 to compete as our representative in the 25th International Blues Challenge.


Round #2

Wed., October 1, 7:00 p.m.

Tuscon’s, 2440 Bank St., Ottawa

1. Phlegm

2. Tell Mama

3. Monkey Junk


Thursday, October 2, 7:00 p.m.

Tuscon’s, 2440 Bank St., Ottawa

Four Finalists – the two highest scoring bands from each Semi-Final Round

During the local competition, bands will be judged by the same criteria used for the International Competition in Memphis. Each band will provide a 25-minute performance and be judged by regional volunteers knowledgeable about The Blues. A $5.00 cover charge at the door applies and will serve as fundraising support for travel and accommodation expenses for the winning OBS representative.

For further info:






10th Anniversary Show

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Friday, October 3 @ 9:30 am

Even though they had done a few performances and won a ‘battle-of-the-bands’ before their first ‘real’ gig on November 27, 1998 opening for UK band ‘The Hoax’ at Perfect Strangers in Ottawa, Jones considers this the beginning. Neither the club nor the headline act is in existence today, but the young blues band is alive and well. It’s hard to believe it’s already been 10 years, but after 5 releases, countless guest appearances, 13 countries, 4 continents, over 200 cities and 800 performances, the math certainly adds up. Help the band celebrate at the JW-Jones 10th Anniversary show on Friday October 3 with Jesse Whiteley and surprise guests.





Virée Blues Boréale presents

Jack de Keyzer

Café Le Troquet, 41 Laval Street, Old Hull Sector

Wednesday, October 1

First rate composer and performer in Canada, he will present his all new album “Blues Thing” which he launched last fall. A professional guitarist since age 18, Jack de Keyzer’s Blues carries accents of jazz, funk, R&B and swing. Since 1985, with his group, he averages some 150 shows a year, from sea to sea and even abroad. From Toronto’s Molson amphitheater to Virée Blues Boréale in Gatineau, from Montreal International Jazz Festival to Vancouver International Jazz Festival, from Blues sur Seine in France to Puerto Blues Festival in Mexico, Jack DeKeyser with Michael Fonfara on piano, Allan Duffy on bass and David Colter on drums always deliver top rate shows.

Jack DeKeyser’s dare to the effect that you won’t be able to refrain from dancing on your chair, on top of your chair, is yours to take up. It’s a rendez-vous with Canadian Blues at its very best,





Mr. Something Something

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Saturday, October 4 @ 9:30 pm

“A little something for the body. A little something for the mind. Mr. Something Something formed in 2003 and are already performing several times a month in clubs and at festivals. Bookings continue to roll in as people, at first curious, make a point of approaching the band after shows to say they’ve never heard anything like it, what is it, and when’s the next show? The grooves have West African roots, with breaks and basslines designed to induce and sustain a state of ecstatic dancing. The horn section strikes with power and uplifts with melody, leading the dancers through extended forms. Above it all, acting as a lightning-rod for the combined energies of a Mr. Something Something event is the lyric statement of the case for change and consciousness. And dance.”





Tribute to Bluebird Records

With Chris Whiteley & Diana Braithwaite

Upstairs at Penquin, 399 Front Street, Belleville ON

Thursday, October 3; doors open at 7 pm

Canada’s Premier Pre-War Blues & Jazz duo.

Opening ... IBC competitors Uncle Jim and Steve ‘Boag’ O’Grady.

$5 member’s rebate at the door; $10 coupon off dinner for two downstairs at the Penguin when purchased on-line at www.loyalblues.ca




Blues Jam – live with Barry Buse

and the Mississippi Blues Society

Elmdale House Tavern, 1084 Wellington Street

Every Tuesday, 8:30 pm – 12:30 am; no cover



Irene’s Blues Jam

Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street

Thursdays, 9 pm – 12:30 am

The Stellar Cast Blues Jam is 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. 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:

Oct 2 - Victor Nesrallah (guitar/vocals)
Oct 9 - Dean Dupuis (harmonica/vocals)
Oct 16 - JW-Jones (guitar/vocals)
Oct 23 - Pat Johnson (guitar/vocals)
Oct 30 - Chuck Karn (guitar/vocals)



Open Jam

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Every other Saturday, 4-7 pm

For more info, please contact Mark at mark_and_esther@yahoo.ca




Ball and Chain and the Wreckers

Honky Tonk Saturday Night

Elmdale House Tavern, 1084 Wellington Street



Sunday Blues, 5-8 pm

Atomic Rooster, 303 Bank Street (at MacLaren)

1st Sunday – Maria Hawkins www.mariahawkins.ca

3rd Sunday – Mumbo Jumbo Voodoo Combo www.mumbojumbo.ca

4th Sunday – Zydeco Loco www.zydecoloco.ca




Georgette Fry

Brandees, 178A Ontario Street

Thursday, October 2 @ 9:30 pm


National Steel Blues Tour

With Michael Pickett & Doc MacLean

RCHA Club, 193 Ontario Street, Kingston ON

Saturday, October 4; KBS members $15; non members $20

Limited number of tickets available

The National Steel Blues Tour – hard as nails, tough as steel, but with a warm silver glow stretching from coast to coast. Join two of Canada’s most uncompromising, most travelled and most storied acoustic blues artists as they bring the real deal to your town. Feel the heat from two vintage National Steel guitars, up close and personal. Experience the hard edge and share the inspirations of these veteran artists, together for this unique tour. The Ammo's in the Icebox, and there's a raw steak on a plate, cut like a valentine. So be ready.



Maria Muldaur

Sydenham Street United Church, 82 Sydenham Street, Kingston ON

Wednesday, October 8 @ 8 pm

Tickets $25 (advance); $30 (at the door) if available

Legendary American blues artist Maria Muldaur, best known for her 1973 hit ‘Midnight at the Oasis’ has had a storied career during which time she has released 36 albums, including the hugely influential “Waitress in a Donut Shop” and “Richland Woman’s Blues”. She received Grammy nominations in 2001 and 2005 and is now touring in support of her newest project, the CD “Yes We Can!”, a boldly political album which was released just a few weeks ago. She will be accompanied by The Free Radicals, her dynamic four-piece band that moves as effortlessly as Muldaur from blues to jazz, gospel, and rock.



Thanksgiving Blues Jam

RCHA Club, 193 Ontario St. (big blue door)

Saturday, October 11, 9 pm – midnight; $3 at the door

Come out and see host band, Mojo Shooter (one of Kingston`s best bands) rev it up. Then watch and dance as Mojo Shooter and some of Kingston`s best musicians get together and jam the night away. Always one of the best nights of entertainment Kingston has to offer – come early as seating is limited.


David Rotundo

BarNone, Division & Princess St, Kingston ON

Saturday, October 18, 9 pm; $6 cover

The newly opened BarNone is bringing some of the biggest names in the music industry into Kingston, including David Rotundo.



For more, please contact Kingston Blues Society





Paul Reddick

Black Sheep Inn, Wakefield QC

Friday, October 17, 9 pm

CD release with Colin Linden



James Cotton

and his Chicago Blues Band

Victoria Hall Concert Hall, 55 King Street West, Cobourg ON

Thursday, October 23

One of the hottest bands in blues ... the legendary, Grammy award-winning James Cotton and his Chicago Blues Band return to Cobourg on Thursday October 23rd after their sold-out performance in the spring.

www.zapp-productions .com




Blues on the Rideau at The Cove Inn, Westport 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 – STEVE STRONGMAN BAND

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

Artists may change - check the web site or call The Cove for updates.

Visit www.bluesontherideau.ca for more information

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 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. 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, she’ll 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, October 1 – Listen Before You Buy: Recent jazz and blues releases by Big Bent Braam, Georg Breinschmid, Jamie Davis, Kate Hammett-Vaughan, Chris Harper, Sandy Mosse, Cy Touff, Way Out West and Corey Wilkes.

Next week, October 8 – Sonny Rollins & Don Cherry: The unlikely but successful partnership of Sonny Rollins and Don Cherry in 1962 and 1963 gave rise to seven studio or concert recordings. We’ll sample four of these sessions.


Monthly, every 4th Saturday, 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.




Blind Lemon Blues will be doing a Canadian Spotlight this fall season. The idea is to spotlight music from a Canadian blues player on each episode and give away a copy of the artist`s latest CD as a prize on that episode. Then, at the end of the series, the Grand Prize will be a complete set of the featured CDs from the series.

I am calling out to artists interested in supporting this programming idea! I need 2-3 copies of your latest CD (signed if possible) for airplay and giveaway. I also need a short bio to use on air – some artist facts, that sort of thing. Anyone interested in supporting this program, please email Terry Parsons at drcosmic@hotmail.com Time is of the essence, so please contact me ASAP.

Many thanks

Terry Parsons






Effective immediately, Talkin’Blues Media Inc. is piloting a series of “Talkin’Blues video podcasts” which will be available – absolutely free of charge – through the iTunes Store and http://talkinblues.podbean.com . To subscribe to these podcasts, go to the iTunes store, click on video podcasts and search “Talkin’Blues podcasts” or go to www.talkinblues.com and select the “podcast” option.

“The goal of these podcasts is simple: to provide more blues/roots music content on the iTunes network. Each will consist of one or two songs, together with a short interview with the featured artist. Each podcast will be a condensed, slightly simplified version of the Talkin’Blues television series. I am hoping to produce a number of episodes to monitor interest in the project, with decisions to continue based on the outcome”, says series producer, Mako Funasaka.

The first video podcast features Billy Boy Arnold performing “Squeeze Me Tight” from his latest Electro-Fi CD release, “Billy Boy sings Sonny Boy”. This video also features Mel Brown, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, Bob Stroger and Billy Flynn. Several other podcasts have been completed and will be published every 3 – 5 weeks. Future podcasts will include The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Ruthie Foster, Gary Clark Jr., Julian Fauth and Watermelon Slim – to name a few.

In addition to producing these video podcasts, Mako Funasaka and his wife, Patti recently spent a week in Notodden, Norway to document interviews, workshops and performances at the Notodden Blues Festival for the future European Blues Senter (Center). The European Blues Senter is scheduled to be built in Notodden, Norway over the next few years.

“It’s truly an honour to be working with Jostein Forsberg and everyone at the European Blues Senter in Norway on this project”, says Funasaka. “It’s a compliment that they would include our work in presenting the Blues to their audiences. To be able to get in on the ground floor with such an exciting project is a wonderful opportunity for us and we’re absolutely thrilled about it.”

For more information, please go to www.talkinblues.com or email Mako at makofunasaka@rogers.com




ALWAYS check local listings to confirm.

On BRAVO – www.bravo.ca

Tuesday, September 30 @ 7 am – Talkin’ Blues

Blues Cruise (2005): This episode features an interview with Roger Naber, promoter of the Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise, as well as artists and fans who took part in the 2005 event; also, the music of David Maxwell and Zac Harmon.

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

Keep on Believing/Lou Pride (2007): This series profiles R&B, soul, gospel and roots musicians through their words and their music. Mako Funasaka documents a moment in time of these wonderful musicians from many different musical genres. This episode features Chicago R&B soul musician, Lou Pride.

Sunday, October 5 @ 6 am & Monday, October 6 @ 5 am

Long John Baldry: In the Shadow of the Blues (2006)
The life and legacy of guitarist and singer Long John Baldry is examined in this one-hour documentary. Baldry played a key role in the growth of the British rhythm and blues movement, and led bands in the mid-1960s that featured Rod Stewart and Elton John, both of whom are interviewed in the documentary. In the `80s, Baldry emigrated to Canada, living first in Toronto and then in Vancouver, where he died in 2005.

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

Julian Fauth (2005): Series exploring the world of contemporary blues music. This episode features multi-talented artist Julian Fauth, who shares his thoughts on the blues.

Tuesday, October 7 @ 7:30 am – Rhythm, Roots and Soul

Blind Boys of Alabama (2007): This series profiles R&B, soul, gospel and roots musicians through their words and their music. Mako Funasaka documents a moment in time of these wonderful musicians from many different musical genres. This episode features The Blind Boys of Alabama.




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

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

Sunday afternoons: Guy del Villano @ Royal Oak, Gloucester




Thursday to Sunday, October 23-26

The 21st Annual R&B Festival @ the Rainbow



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