13 October 2008

Ottawa Blues This Week - 13 October 2008




The 8th edition of Virée Blues Boréale presents

Jerome Godboo & the Jeff Healey Band

Café Le Troquet, 41 Laval Street in the Old Hull sector

Wednesday, October 15

Often likened to Jagger or Morrison ... on first impression, Jerome Godboo has a very personal style. Born in BC, Jerome Godboo was raised and studied in Halifax and began his artistic career here in Ottawa. A Torontonian for 20 years now, his magnificent talent for the harmonica and his excellent voice for the Blues have impressed and pleased quite a few. He produced about a dozen albums, among which his last, “Humdinger” launched in 2007. Jerome is now touring with some of the members of the Jeff Healey Band -- Shawn Kellerman and Pat Rush alternating on guitar, Alec Fraser on bass and Al Cross on drums.




Paul Reddick

Black Sheep Inn, Wakefield QC

Friday, October 17, 9 pm

Paul Reddick, his website tells us, "is a singer, songwriter and harmonica player whose songs help keep the roots music tradition moving forward. His songs explore the beauties and mysteries of the blues, country and folk music. And take the road less travelled around the lost and found landscapes of longing and love."

Not all songwriters are poets, though most can make their lines rhyme when they want to. Paul Reddick is a poet -- a very good poet -- and his songs not only take the aforementioned 'road less travelled', they explore entirely new roads. His latest CD, "SugarBird", is a beautiful example. The stunning illustrations (and graphic on the disc itself) of the Mango Hummingbird are taken from the Audubom Centennnial Edition of John James Audubon's "The Birds of America". The songs, co-written with collaborator Colin Linden, are a perfect mix of up-tempo and soulful, the lyrics thougtful and thought-provoking and the overall impression -- haunting.

Paul Reddick will be at the Black Sheep this Friday, with Colin Linden, to debut "SugarBird". Don't miss this show!



Making Necrophiliac - A Musical Comedy
Arts Court Theatre, 2 Daly, Ottawa

Friday to Sunday, October 17-19 @ 8 pm (doors open at 7:30 pm)

Tickets – $25 (advance), $30 at the door

Groovin’ tunes, and a love story to die for! Making Necrophiliac is a wickedly funny bit of frippery, with house-rockin’ live music, from blues to burlesque to boogie to Broadway; a beautiful love song, a naughty little twist, and a heartwarming tale of love and hope, for everyone old enough to know better ... but young enough to dream.





R-Rated Wednesday – Rickard’s, Ribs & Rogers

Tucson’s, 2440 Bank Street

Wednesdays, October 15 & 22, 6-9 pm

Entertainment starts at 7:30 pm

Join Tucson’s for special R-Rated Wednesdays featuring:

· Rickard’s Red – Beer and Hostesses

· Ribs – Tucson’s Succulent Ribs cooked to perfection

· Rogers – Entertainment by Jeff Rogers

Lots of activities including food samples, Rickard’s Hostesses & guest musician appearances, all combined for an excellent evening of food & fun!





Blues on the Rideau presents

Curley Bridges & Chris Whiteley

The Cove Inn, Westport ON

Friday & Saturday, October 17-18; buffet@ 7 pm; show @ 8:30 pm


Friday: Rideau Vista Elementary School,

Saturday: St. Edward’s Elementary School

The popular Blues on the Rideau Dinner & Show Series at The Cove Inn, Westport Ontario begins its 4th season on October 17 & 18 with blues great piano/vocalist Curley Bridges backed by one of Canada’s most versatile and talented musicians – Chris Whiteley (guitar, harmonica, trumpet and vocals) and his excellent band – Bucky Berger or Bob Vespaziani on drums and Victor Bateman on bass.

Almost every BOTR @ The Cove Show sold out last season and no wonder – what a treat to see some of Canada’s best blues artists performing in the up close and personal, friendly atmosphere of The Cove combined with a delicious buffet dinner and dancing – all in support of local charities – for only $55 per person (dinner, show, taxes & donation to charity included). Advance reservations are required – call (613) 273-3636 or 1-888-COVE-INN. The Cove Inn is located in beautiful Westport on the shores of Rideau Lake – a 45-minute drive from Kingston, 1:15 from Ottawa. Well-priced accommodation is available at The Cove and nearby B&Bs.


Curley Bridges was born in North Carolina in 1934 and started his career in the 1950s inspired by blues greats Louis Jordan, Big Joe Turner and Billie Holiday (with whom he had a close friendship). His high-energy piano and deep, powerful voice made him a very popular entertainer. In the ‘50s he hooked up with red-hot blues trumpeter Frank Motley & His Crew touring throughout the US and Canada for over two decades. In 1966 he moved to Toronto and started his own band, The Rounders, playing around Ontario until 1981 when he moved to Barrie and largely disappeared from the music scene. Andrew Galloway from ElectroFi Records re-discovered him in 1998 and got him to record a new CD – “Keys To The Blues” followed by “Mr. Rock ‘n Soul” in 2001. Both feature some of the best blues piano and singing you will hear anywhere. Since then Curley has come out of retirement to play select festivals and clubs. We are very pleased and honoured to have them back – Curley and Chris were the first act to play Blues On The Rideau at The Cove in January 2006.


Chris Whiteley has backed Curley since appearing on his CDs. A member of the famous Whiteley musical family (brother Ken, daughter Jenni, sons Dan & Jesse) – Chris is one of Canada’s most versatile and talented blues/jazz/roots musicians – singer, songwriter, producer, guitarist, harmonica, trumpet player & more. He has played on 150 different albums over his 25+ year career with artists as diverse as Stompin’ Tom Connors, John Hammond, Prairie Oyster and David Wilcox, as well as recording several of his own. His most recent collaboration was with Canadian blues diva Diana Braithwaite: “Morning Sun” – a delightful tribute to the Bluebird label songs of the ‘30s & ‘40s. (Note: Chris & Diana played here in March 2007). A 6-time Juno Award nominee, multiple Maple Blues Award and Jazz Report Award winner – Chris and his great band are worth the price of admission on their own – having them play with Curley is a double treat!


Visit www.bluesontherideau.ca for more details.




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 16 - JW-Jones (guitar/vocals)
Oct 23 - Pat Johnson (guitar/vocals)
Oct 30 - Chuck Karn (guitar/vocals)





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

Bookstore Café, 2558 Camden Rd. in Camden East

Friday, October 17 @ 8 pm

Catch Georgette as she performs in this intimate setting.



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.



Weekly events

Georgette Fry

Brandees, 178A Ontario Street, Kingston

Every Thursday night at 8:30 pm (new start time)

The Ones

Monte’s in the Prince George Hotel, 200 Ontario Street, Kingston

Every Thursday night at 9 pm


For more, please contact Kingston Blues Society





Submissions are now open to apply for a showcase at the Blues Summit IV in downtown Toronto from January 17th-19th, 2009.

This conference is a valuable opportunity for Canadian artists to showcase their material for Blues Societies, festivals, promoters, labels, artists, and DJs from around Canada and the world!

Successful Canadian showcase applicants should be market ready and able to tour internationally or nationally with all promotional tools in place to support festival and other engagements.

Participants in 2007’s Blues Summit III are ineligible as priority is given to artists who have not previously showcased.

To enter: please send your most recent CD and identify three songs to listen to, a bio (200 words max), photo and contact information, including mailing address and phone number.

Please enclose entry fee of $10 (cheques payable to the Toronto Blues Society. Please don’t send cash), and mail to:

Toronto Blues Society

Blues Summit Submission

910 Queen St. W., Suite B04

Toronto, ON M6J 1G6

OR visit http://www.sonicbids.com/BluesSummitIVShowcase to apply online.

Deadline for submissions is Friday, November 14th at 5pm. All entries become the property of the Toronto Blues Society and will not be returned.

For further information contact the Toronto Blues Society at (416) 538-3885, e-mail info@torontobluessociety.com, web site www.torontobluessociety.com




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


The 21st Annual R&B Festival

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Friday to Sunday, October 24-26, 9 pm – 2 am

Friday, October 24

  • Zydeco Loco
  • Mumbo Jumbo Voodoo Combo
  • The FunKtion

Saturday, October 25

  • Double Double
  • The Mud Boys
  • Wicked Grin

Sunday, October 26

Open Jam with River City Junction, starting at 3 pm



Women in the Round

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Wednesday, October 29

The poster description for this three-woman tour says it all: “A rollicking, estrogen-injected evening of powerhouse women in folk music from the Canadian West.” It’ll take them from Gabriola Island to Montreal, where the 22-date tour ends on October 31.

Joanna Chapman-Smith grew up in a musical family with roots in New Zealand, Italy and Brazil. She’s a multi-instrumentalist with a powerful voice that melts audience hearts, and her style cuts across a variety of musical genres.


Sarah MacDougall, a Swedish-born songwriter and storyteller with a haunting voice, is building a reputation as one of the best emerging singer-songwriters in the West. There’s a slight touch of country in her basic folk style.


Kate Reid is tough, funny and feisty and blessed with an irreverent sense of humour. Her sung/spoken songs are long on wordplay, social-political commentary, and reflections on identity, love, and life in the queer community; the between-songs banter triggers both tears of recognition and spontaneous laughter.


The three singers have all built strong careers in British Columbia, and they all have new recordings to their name. They have been friends for a long time; the lengthy tour is the first time that the trio has created a show to take across the country.

(Thanks to Richard Flohil for this info.)


Jimbo Mathus

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Thursday, October 30

Frontman for the Squirrel Nut Zippers, Mathus' solo career, bubbling under the surface for the past five years, has recently exploded in a volley of deep, hardcore blues with his sophomore album National Antiseptic.

“Jimbo Mathus is a link in what I call the 'crazy Mississippi white-boy' chain of music that goes all the way back through Elvis Presley to Jimmie Rogers – white musicians playing black music and influencing people in both cultures.” Luther Dickinson, North Mississippi All-Stars







Harmonica Workshop with Steve Marriner

November 1, 1-3pm

$20 members, $25 non-members ($20 for OBS members)

Steve is back from touring and ready for a fall harmonica workshop. Good for beginners to advanced students, Steve will break some new ground for harp enthusiasts of all ages.

To register, please call 613-730-2887.





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 15 – Guitar Special: The guitar sounds of Steve Dawson, Scott Ellison, Moonchild Haddix, Samuel James, Chris James, Liz Mandeville, Big Dave McLean, Watermelon Slim, Byther Smith and Stickman.

Next week, October 22 – Firsts: A double-header featuring guitarist Rene Thomas’ first recordings as a leader, and pianist Duke Jordan’s first Blue Note session.


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.




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, October 14 @ 7 am – Talkin’ Blues

Renee Austin (2005): Series exploring the world of contemporary blues music. This episode spotlights W.C. Handy Award nominee Renee Austin, an outstanding singer/songwriter who has been compared to Janis Joplin and Tina Turner.

Saturday, October 18 @ 9 pm – Willie Nelson Sings the Blues – with Wynton Marsalis
Filmed in 2007, two iconic figures from the world of jazz and country, Wynton Marsalis and Willie Nelson come together for a one-off performance live at the Rose Theatre at Lincoln Center's House of Swing in New York City. Songs include ‘Down by the Riverside’, ‘Stardust’, ‘Georgia on My Mind’ and more.

Monday, October 20 @ 5:30 pm – Rhythm, Roots and Soul

Beach Full of Shells (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 singer-songwriter Al Stewart.

Tuesday, October 21 @ 7 am – Talkin’ Blues

Finis Tasby (2005): Series exploring the world of contemporary blues music. This episode features words and music from singer/songwriter Finis Tasby, who talks about his art and the loss of his daughter; also, a performance by Steve Payne and Michael Pickett.

Tuesday, October 21 @ 7:30 am – Rhythm, Roots and Soul

Waterloo Tennessee (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 all female bluegrass band Uncle Earl.

Friday, October 24 @ 11 am – J.P. Cormier: The Man and his Music (2004)

An electrifying performance from the veteran singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist at the 2003 Celtic Colours Festival in Cape Breton. Also features commentary from Cormier, who is influenced by jazz and bluegrass.




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 afternoons: Guy del Villano @ Royal Oak, Bank Street, 2-6 pm

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




Friday, October 24

Mud Boys Rock ‘n’ Roll Revue @ Tucson’s, 9:15 pm

Thursday to Sunday, October 24-26

The 21st Annual R&B Festival @ the Rainbow

Friday, October 31

Quicksand Hallowe’en Bash @ Tucson’s, 9:15 pm



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