01 December 2008

Ottawa Blues This Week - 1 December 2008




Ottawa Blues Society AGM and Christmas Party

Tucson’s, 2440 Bank Street

Saturday, December 6, 2008 @ 8:00 pm

Join Ottawa Blues Society members and friends at our annual pre-holiday get-together. We’ll start off the evening with a short meeting, including a summary of OBS activities, brief updates from Board members and Committee Chairs and a look-ahead to 2009. Following nominations from the floor (if any), OBS members in good standing will vote to elect a President and 2-4 Directors for 2009-10. OBS members and friends are welcome ... but only OBS members in good standing can vote.

Then it’s time to PARTY! Entertainment will be provided by MonkeyJunk, winners of ‘On the Road to Memphis’! Steve Marriner, Tony D and Matt Sobb (collectively MonkeyJunk) will be our OBS representative at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis TN February 4-7, 2009! A cover charge of $10 and other funds raised at this party will help offset the band’s expenses ‘On the Road to Memphis’. Show your OBS card and receive a free gift CD & 20% discount on your food order. There will be raffles and, of course, OBS merchandise & memberships will be available ... you can do your last-minute Christmas shopping!

Hope you’ll join us at Tucson’s!





Big Soul Project

Dominion Chalmers Church, 355 Cooper Street

Saturday, December 6 @ 7:30 pm; tickets $12

Big Soul Project is a community choir with the objective of bringing people together in song to promote a sense of connection and empowerment within its membership and in turn enliven the community at large through the gift of music. Big Soul Project brings great positive energy and delivers fresh, upbeat interpretations of traditional Gospel music. The Dominion-Chalmers performance will also give the audience lots of opportunities to get into the Christmas spirit, with singalong carols and a narrative performance by CBC's Adrian Harewood. The choir is also delighted to welcome Mallory Elstone, a talented young Ottawa singer, as guest soloist. Of course there will be lots of great music from the choir itself. They aim to entertain and inspire with songs of joy, hope and peace. They perform all this great music with a soulful beat thanks to our talented R&B Band. Dancing in the aisles is always welcomed!





Jimmy Bowskill

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Tuesday, December 2 @ 9:30 pm

Jimmy was discovered playing guitar in front of Jeff Healey’s Club in Toronto at age 11 and was invited to the stage that night for the first time by Healey. He went on to record his 1st CD shortly after, strongly supported by the Toronto Blues community. His second release a year later got the nod for a Juno nomination.



Paul Deslauriers Band

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Saturday, December 6 @ 9:30 pm; cover $8

Paul first gained acclaim in the 1990s as a founding member of Black Cat Bone, deemed by many critics at the time to be “one of Canada’s hottest blues-rock bands”. With nearly two decades of experience in the music industry (Paul’s music career began in his early teens!) 5 albums under his belt and a list of fans that extends into Europe and the USA, Paul Deslauriers is a man who has mastered his art and has embarked on his newest adventure yet, showing his rock colors and his true blues roots. He is part of Canada’s guitar elite and considered one of the Quebec’s overall best. His voice is intense and his guitar playing is moving. His songs leave you wanting more. The Paul Deslauriers Bands makes a rare appearance at the Rainbow on Saturday night.




Virée Blues Boréale presents


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

Wednesday, December 3 @ 8 pm

With 5 CDs, they have given over 800 performances in some 20 cities in 13 countries on 4 continents! Indeed JW-Jones has performed on major stages in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia and Brazil. This allowed the group to rub shoulders with the likes of Junior Watson, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Little Charlie & The Nightcats, Rusty Zinn, Rick Holmstrom, Rod Piazza & The Mighty Flyers, Anson Funderburgh & The Rockets and with the legendary Hubert Sumlin ... among others.

On stage, the group goes for full performance with Martin Régimbald on bass, Jeff Asselin on drums, Brian James on sax and they’re all under the direction of JW-Jones, who is: "One of this country's top Blues guitar stars" according to the Globe and Mail. So come on and be part of this fascinating and highly varied musical voyage to better understand the energy that qualifies JW-Jones Blues Band.




Jump, Jive and Swing Dance Party

With The Big Easy 7 Swing Band

Park Ballroom Ramada Inn, Belleville ON

Friday, December 5, 7:30-11:30 pm; $30 single, $50 couple

Includes Late night buffet.

Tickets on-line at www.loyalblues.ca

Proceed go to support interactive-live music programming in the Quinte regions public and separate school boards. Presented by Hospitality Management Class of 2009, Loyalist College, Loyal Blues Fellowship Inc. Swing dance instruction and demonstrations provided by Queen’s Swing Club.





Irene’s Blues Jam

Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street

Thursdays, 9 pm – 1 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:

December 4 – Terry Gillespie (vocals/guitar)
December 11 – John Steele
December 18 – Victor Nesrallah (vocals/guitar)


Sunday Blues, 5-8 pm

Atomic Rooster, 303 Bank Street (at MacLaren)

November 9 & December 21, 2008; February 1, 2009

Zydeco Loco www.zydecoloco.ca

December 7, 2008; January 18th & March 1, 2009

Mumbo Jumbo Voodoo Combo www.mumbojumbo.ca

Other bands & dates to be confirmed; check out their new website





Ball and Chain and the Wreckers

Honky Tonk Saturday Night

Elmdale House Tavern, 1084 Wellington Street

Saturday, December 6 @ 9 pm; $5 at the door

This month's featured guest will be: Pat McLaughlin (Pat Moore, the Vinyl Fronteer) on guitar
Bring your friends along for some top quality Hillbilly Honky Tonk! Arrive thirsty!

Honky Tonk Saturday Night is a monthly event happening the first Saturday of every month.





Kingston Blues Society Monthly Jam

With host band Mojo Shooter

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

From 3rd Saturday of month

Come out and see 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.


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





Downchild Blues Band

Tucson’s, 2440 Bank Street

Friday & Saturday, December 12-13, 9:15 pm;

Canada's premier and most durable Blues band, Downchild is one of those musical rarities for which there's virtually no difference between the studio recording experience and the live event. The Toronto blues band, now in its fourth decade, has always been a no-tricks outfit.

After 38 years on the Canadian blues scene, a constant in Canadian music, numerous music awards and nominations, Downchild remains one of the best roadhouse bands around and Walsh is one of the genre's best writers. Walsh, singer Chuck Jackson, pianist Michael Fonfara, Pat Carey, Gary Kendall, Mike Fitzpatrick and their tight rhythm and horn sections tear up the joint with an energy level that never lets go.



“She's Right”

Tell Mama CD Release Party
O'Reilly's Pub, 43 Gore Street, Perth ON

Saturday, December 13, 8:30 pm; tickets $10

It's been a long time coming but it's finally here – we have the tracks in hand and the mastering and duplication is underway. So come and help us to celebrate the arrival of our new baby, ``She's Right`` – Tell Mama's first CD!

Festivities will begin at O'Reilly's Pub in Perth on December 13th at 8:30pm with Alana Kurtis opening for us. Tell Mama Family Members receive complimentary access to the event and preferred seating at the head table.

Hope to see you there!



Soweto Gospel Choir

Dominion Chalmers United Church, 355 Cooper Street
Friday, December 19 @ 8 pm

The Soweto Gospel Choir’s 26-strong ensemble of superbly talented musicians draws on the long history of powerful and beautiful a capella vocal traditions of this church-based South African choir. Their uniqueness lies in its blend of African gospel and Negro spirituals with reggae and American popular music. Earthy rhythms are combined with heavenly harmonies to uplift the soul and express all the colours of South Africa. This mixture of rural and urban energies creates a new and exciting synergy that celebrates all facets of life, leaving its audience profoundly moved. The choir includes a four-piece band and astounding drummers and dancers in the best African tradition, where music is an indistinguishable part of life and faith. The choir is dedicated to sharing the joy of faith through music with audiences around the world.



The Night Before The Night Before Christmas
Food Bank Fundraiser
with Tell Mama

Royal Canadian Legion, 26 Beckwith St. E, Perth ON

Saturday, December 20, 7:30 pm; tickets $20 plus a donation of food

This is our third year hosting this event and it just keeps on getting better and better! Last year Sue Foley, Christine Graves, Pat Moore and Freshly Squeezed all shared the stage with us. This year, Keith Glass is back in for the ride, Eddie Ashton's blues/rock band Push and Dave Balfour, Guthrie House, are all planning to attend. Second City alumnus, Deborah Kimmett, will be MC'ing the evening.

Last year we raised $3,250 for the Perth and District Food Bank - this year we hope to do even better.



The Annual Trevor Finlay Acoustic Christmas Eve

Tucson’s, 2440 Bank Street

Wednesday, December 24, 1-5 pm

Trevor Finlay's Annual Acoustic Christmas Eve with a relaxing candle light atmosphere and good food & friends makes for an enjoyable afternoon as part of the holiday season.



Raoul & the Big Time

Annual Christmas Show/Homecoming

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Saturday, December 27 @ 9:30 pm

Raoul hails from Ottawa where he attended Canterbury High School. He’ll be making his Christmas pilgrimage back home and, with the band, playing their regular holiday season gig at the Rainbow. We don’t get to see this band often, so don’t miss them!



New Year’s Eve with Trevor Finlay

Tucson’s, 2440 Bank Street

Wednesday, December 31 @ 9:15 pm

Recently relocated to Nashville, Trevor returns to bring in the New Year! His demand as a performer and songwriter has enabled him to work with some of the top recording artists and songwriters in North America. Come send Trevor off in style and celebrate this achievement for this great Canadian Artist.



Choose The Blues Productions and The Cove Inn, Westport have decided to revert to Friday Night Only Shows for the remainder of the 2008/09 Season of Blues on the Rideau @ the Cove, instead of the double Friday & Saturday Shows as originally planned. A second Show on Saturday will only be added if advance demand warrants it and will be subject to the artists’ availability. Please check www.bluesontherideau.ca and watch for Email Blasts as we get closer to each Show for updates.

Reason for the change? Advance ticket sales this year, although good, are not as much as we had hoped for. The current economic climate – far different from what it was when we planned the Series last spring – is no doubt a factor and, with hindsight, we were probably overly ambitious in moving from single to double Shows for every weekend all in one year. In addition ticket purchases to date are more or less evenly split between the two nights which means – with double the expenses – that we are at risk of having two half-full Shows instead of one full one. If that were to happen over time the losses would be substantial and the Series would be at risk of not continuing. Nobody wants that!

We ask that if you have booked for a Saturday Show this season please contact The Cove at (613) 273-3636 or 1-888-COVE-INN and let them know whether you want to move to the Friday or cancel. When you book would you also please tell us if you would prefer the Saturday night *if it is added* and we will contact you to offer first choice of seats if that occurs.

Our sincere apologies to those who have booked for the Saturday nights – and to the artists – for the inconvenience this change may have caused.

The revised 2008/09 Schedule for Blues on the Rideau @ The Cove:


Proceeds to Westport Area Food Bank & Lions Club Mobility Van

February 20 – FATHEAD

Proceeds to Friends of Foley Mountain & Rideau District Museum


Proceeds to Juvenile Diabetes Association of Ontario & Gilda’s Club for Cancer Families


Proceeds to Rideau Waterway Land Trust & Westport in Bloom


Proceeds to Compassion Canada Sponsor a Child & Habitat for Humanity



Proceeds to Lucy Drysdale Memorial Scholarship & Westport Library

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.

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, December 3 – Shopping List – Instrumentals: Some jazz instrumental gift suggestions. Will be chosen from Leonardo Cioglia, Anat Cohen, Carlo Actis Dato, Marty Grosz, Hank Jones, Ron Kalina, Roger Kellaway, James Moody, Organissimo, Ovale Trio, Dave Pietro, Ramsdell, Matana Roberts, Paul Seaforth, Jim Self, Tim Warfield & Pete Zimmer.

Next week, December 10 – Shopping List – Vocals: Some vocal jazz and blues gift suggestions. Will be chosen from Rory Block, Charmaine Clamor, Denise Donatelli, Cynthia Felton, Julia Fordham, Cynthia Hilts, Kristin Korb, Ava Logan, Elaine Lucia, Robin McKelle, Terre Roche, Joe Louis Walker & Xenia Zampieri.


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.


On CHMR 93.5 FM (St. John’s, Newfoundland) – www.chmr.ca

Blind Lemon Top Twenty Canadian Blues Albums of 2008

Official Rules:

1 - Each E-mail Address can only vote once. Any votes beyond the first will be ignored.

2 - Votes can be sent to drcosmic@hotmail.com with "Blind Lemon Top 20 VOTE" in the subject line. If you do not use this in the Subject Line, the Spam Filter could eat your e-mail and your vote will be lost!

3 - When you vote, select one Album as "Canadian Blues CD of the Year", plus 2 "Honourable Mentions". You must include Artist Name, Album Title and Recording Label!

4 - Eligible albums are any blues or roots recordings recorded by a Canadian Artist (Independent or otherwise) that would qualify for Canadian Content Status as per the MAPL regulations, and released between December 1, 2006 and November 30, 2008,

5 - Voting closes Tuesday, December 23, 2008 at midnight ET.

The Blind Lemon Top Twenty Canadian Blues Albums of 2008 Special will broadcast live on the web, on Monday, January 5, 2009 @ 7:30 pm, ET. To listen, just visit www.chmr.ca The Blind Lemon Top Twenty Canadian Blues of 2008 is produced through the facilities of CHMR FM in St. Johns Newfoundland, and is open to all Canadian Residents. Please show support for your favourite artists by voting, and forwarding this e-mail on to anyone you think might be interested in voting!

Many Thanks,

Terry Parsons, CHMR FM




There are TWO new movies about Chess Records! Opening across North America on Friday, December 5, the Sony Pictures film "Cadillac Records" follows the rise and fall of Chess Records, which launched the careers of such greats as Muddy Waters, Etta James and Chuck Berry. Leonard Chess, who co-founded the label with his brother Phil, was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.

While "Cadillac Records" tackles the rise of James and Berry, the parallel indie feature "Who Do You Love" comes at the tale by more closely showing the relationship between label co-founders and brothers Leonard and Phil, and how the duo developed the label. We’re unlikely to see this one in theatres, especially in Canada … it will likely go direct to DVD.

Check out YOUTUBE for trailers for both films. . "Cadillac Records" omits Phil from its story while "Who Do You Love" omits James and Berry, so these are not for you if historical inaccuracy bothers you (but when have movies ever been historically accurate!)




ALWAYS check local listings to confirm.

On BRAVO – www.bravo.ca

Tuesday, December 2 @ 7 am – Talkin’ Blues

Little Charlie & the Night Cats (E) 2005
Series exploring the world of contemporary blues music. This episode features a performance and interview from the California-based band lead by Rick Estrin and Charlie Baty, who have worked together for over 30 years.

Tuesday, December 2 @ 10:30 am – 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, December 2 @ 7:30 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.




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: Open 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: Guy del Villano @ Royal Oak, 318 Bank Street, 2-6 pm

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




Saturday, December 20

Bluestone @ Tucson’s, 9:15 pm

Saturday, December 26

Quicksand @ Tucson’s, 9:15 pm

Tuesday, December 30

Annual Pre-New Year Show with Maria Hawkins @ the Rainbow, 9:30 pm



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