01 September 2008

Ottawa Blues This Week - 1 September 2008




Ottawa is getting a new radio station -- all blues, all the time! Finally, Blues artists and fans in Canada and across the world have a radio station that they can call their own. On Tuesday, August 26, the CRTC announced the approval of a new radio station in the Ottawa market – Dawg FM will broadcast on the FM dial at 101.9 MhZ and will represent the best of the Canadian and international blues worlds. Well-known Blues artists like Norah Jones, Eric Clapton and Jeff Healey will be featured. At the same time, DAWG will be the promoter of home-grown Canadian blues artists including Jack DeKeyzer, Downchild Blues Band, Sue Foley and Harry Manx. Finally there will be a Blues station that will bring this previously-underserved genre to the masses on mainstream FM radio.
DAWG FM will be young, energetic and will bring new ideas to radio. DAWG representatives claimed at the CRTC presentations, "We aren't the Big Dog on the block, but we have attitude. Our radio station will have a brand and it will have a feel, and the feel is the blues."
"We are ecstatic!" says Frank Torres, "The Commission made a bold decision today that will not only add a new, diverse voice to Canadian radio but will also provide exposure to hundreds of Canadian artists that previously had no commercial voice."
DAWG FM will be owned by Frank and Ed Torres, Robyn Metcalfe and Todd Bernard; the senior management group at Skywords Traffic Network. Skywords is a leading Canadian radio content provider. Skywords produces and distributes a wide range of radio programming to radio stations across Canada from offices throughout the country. Skywords has been part of the Ottawa community since 1994.




Honky Tonk Saturday Night

The Elmdale House Tavern, 1087 Wellington Street

Saturday, September 6, 9 pm; cover - $5 at the door

Well everyone! It's time for Honky Tonk Saturday Night again! Come on down to the Elmdale House Tavern on Saturday, September 6th for another night of Hillbilly Honky Tonk with Ball and Chain and the Wreckers. This month we are featuring our good friend from Montreal, Andrew Cowan on guitar. Show starts around 9 PM. Wear your dancing shoes and bring your partner for a night of partying and dancing.




Tell Mama

Mississippi Ale House, 142 Bridge St, Carleton Place ON

Saturday, September 6, 7 pm

Shelley writes: “We are looking forward to this gig, we haven't played in Carleton Place in a while so this will be a treat. The venue is the Mississippi Ale House which used to be the Queen's Hotel (I went in there once to play some pool - I didn't stay long cause it made me just a little nervous) but from what I can see, there is not much resemblance to its previous embodiment. Come on out and join us at this new, old Carleton Place landmark!”





September 5-7, 2008

Southside Shuffle
Port Credit ON





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 04 – JW-Jones (guitar/vocals)
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.





The Loyal Blues Fellowship is calling all blues musicians to participate in its upcoming blues challenge to select its nominee for the solo/duo & youth category to the International Blues Challenge held in Memphis in February 2009.

The finalists will perform at a public performance in Belleville in where a select panel of judges will input in selecting of the finalist who will go to Memphis. The Fellowship will assist in fund-raising to help participants attend the competition in Memphis. To qualify for the International competition, musicians must have the approval of an affiliated blues organization like the Loyal Blues Fellowship Inc.

The IBC represents an international search by The Blues Foundation and its Affiliated Organizations (mostly blues societies) for the Blues Band and Solo/Duo Blues Act ready to perform on a national stage, who just need that extra break.

Anyone interested in auditioning for the competition should register go to www.loyalblues.ca and complete the application.

Registration ends Sept. 2008, only six spots open.

Ron Foxall, President

Loyal Blues Fellowship Inc.





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





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.



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.”


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'.”


National Steel Blues Tour

With Michael Pickett & Doc MacLean

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Tuesday, September 30 @ 9:30 pm

Hard as nails, tough as steel, but with a warm silver glow stretching from coast to coast. Join Doc MacLean and Michael Pickett, two of Canada’s most uncompromising, most travelled and most storied acoustic blues artists as they bring the real deal to Ottawa. Feel the heat from two vintage National Steel guitars, up close and personal. Experience true blues on the edge and share the inspirations of these veteran artists, together only 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.

Michael Pickett's past achievements as a bandleader, singer and harmonica player are legendary. With his bands Whiskey Howl, Wooden Teeth, and the Michael Pickett Band he received numerous awards and nominations and inspired a new generation of harmonica players. Emerging more recently as a solo, acoustic blues performer, Michael Pickett has achieved international acclaim with his intense, riveting performances and compositions.

Doc MacLean is a bit of a vagabond Delta songster, as likely to be playing the streets of Memphis or Atlanta as opening a show for BB King. In 1972 he formed a duo with Colin Linden and became a popular opener for Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee and Muddy Waters. Mentored by Son House, Doc toured with Peg Leg Sam the Medicine Show Man, Blind John Davis, Sam Chatmon, and many others. Bare fingers, dead strings and broken glass on an old National. His emotional remapping of Delta-rooted music has won him a fan club that includes a who's who of the blues world.







September 9-14, 2008

Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival

Fredericton NB


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 3 – Listen Before You Buy: Guest host Alnoor Allidina will review recent jazz and blues releases by Blues Experience, Lloyd Garber, Joel Haynes, Todd Herbert, Stevie Holland, Homemade Jamz, Gary Morgan, Alphonse Mouzon, New Guitar Summit, Carola Rappazzo, Wadada Leo Smith, Torben Waldorf, Wolfman Washington and Cory Weeds.

Next 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.

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 2 @ 7 am & 5:30 pm Talkin Blues

Downhome Sophisticate (2003): Series exploring the world of contemporary blues music. This episode features the words and music of American singer/songwriter and guitarist Corey Harris.

Tuesday, September 2 @ 8:30 am Rez Bluez

Series showcasing Native blues musicians and comedians. This episode features performances by Brock Stonefish, Dave Mowat, Wes Mackey and Murray Sylvester.

Friday, September 5 @ 7 pm and Saturday, September 6 @ 1 am Rhythm, Roots & Soul

Salty Sessions/Hot Toddy (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 band Hot Toddy.

Saturday, September 6 @ 10:30 pm – Garrett Mason, Born to the Blues (2008)
Documentary featuring the JUNO award-winning son of Dutchy Mason, the Prime Minister of the Blues, as he forges his own style of music and develops a dedicated fan base throughout Canada.

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.




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 6

Shakin’ Eddy & the Jukes @ Tucson’s, 9:15 pm

Barrelhouse @ the Rainbow, 9:30 pm




Saturday, September 13

Terry Gillespie @ Tucson’s, 9:15 pm

Robert Farrell Band @ the Rainbow, 9:30 pm

Saturday, September 20

The FunKtion @ Tucson’s, 9:15 pm


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