06 October 2008

Ottawa Blues This Week - 6 October 2008




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


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




Introducing Elana Hart with Tell Mama

O’Reilly’s Pub, 43 Gore Street East, Perth ON

Friday, October 10 @ 8:30 pm

Elana recently booked Tell Mama to play in Toronto at Slack's Restaurant and Bar and we enjoyed her so much we decided to bring her home to meet the family. Elana is an upbeat singer-songwriter, she is a strong vocalist and knows how to swing an axe. Join us Friday, October 10th as we introduce Elana to Perth, the small town with big culture.






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 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




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





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

CD release with Colin Linden



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.


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


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 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.

Next 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.


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, 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




Saturday, October 18

Bluestone @ Tucson’s, 9:15 pm

Friday, October 24

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

Thursday to Sunday, October 23-26

The 21st Annual R&B Festival @ the Rainbow

Friday, October 31

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



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