12 January 2009

Ottawa Blues This Week - 12 January 2009




Robert Farrell Band

Elmdale House Tavern, 1084 Wellington Street

Thursday, January 15 @ 9 pm; $5 at the door

Cool blues and hot new tracks from Robert, Andrew and Steve!





Jack de Keyzer

Tucson’s, 2440 Bank Street

Friday, January 16 @ 9:15 pm

Blues, jazz, funky R&B and swing are all part of the palette that colour Jack de Keyzer’s musical portraits. The much acclaimed guitarist, singer and song writer has worked with artists as varied as King Biscuit Boy, Etta James, Blue Rodeo, Robert Gordon, Otis Rush and the Bop Cats. His guitar playing has been featured on hundreds of recordings; as a song writer he has been covered by Prairie Oyster on their hit album ‘Everyone Knows’ ; and as a singer he once sang a duet with kd lang. (Alright... it was a Budweiser commercial...) He performs internationally over 150 shows per year, and is a multiple Maple Blues Award nominee & winner (currently nominated for Electric Act of the Year), 2003 Juno winner and 2008 Juno nominee. Jack de Keyzer is a masterful, jazz infused electric blues guitarist, soulful singer and eclectic song writer of the first order.



Beau Kavanagh & the Broken Hearted

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Saturday, January 17 @ 9:30 pm

These guys seemed to have dropped out of sight but it looks like they`re back. A recent MySpace post says: “The Band has taken on quite a few changes this past year, and are currently working on a new record. Not only a new record, but a new direction musically. We plan on having it completed by the end of spring.”





Blues on Tues

With Terry Gillespie

The Atlantic, Alexandria ON

Tuesday, January 13, 7-10 pm

Put on your wheels and dance!
Glide across the floor!
The band will cry for more!

We don’t have another regular gig booked at the Atlantic after January!
So come on out and help us celebrate one full year of live dancing music in Alexandria.



Blues on the Rideau presents

Roxanne Potvin Blues Band

The Cove, Westport ON

Friday & Saturday, January 16-17;

Proceeds to Westport Area Food Bank & Lions Club Mobility Van

Roxanne Potvin is a powerful singer with great range like the legendary blues women who inspired her (Ruth Brown, Dinah Washington, Aretha Franklin, Etta James and more) and she plays excellent guitar. She is also a great songwriter and both her albums feature originals that draw from a rich mixture of styles including Quebec/Cajun roots, folk, jazz, country, soul, rock ‘n roll and of course blues – her first love – which she will focus on for her shows at The Cove. On top of it all she is beautiful with confidence, stage presence, and style beyond her years. Roxanne Potvin is a rising star on the blues scene and we are very pleased and honoured to have her play Blues On The Rideau at The Cove. www.roxannepotvin.com

DINNER & SHOW $55 (includes taxes & donation to charity)

Buffet at 7 pm, Show at 8:30

Advance reservations required

CALL THE COVE (613) 273-3636 or 1-888-COVE-INN





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.

Guests this month:

Jan 15 – Rob Alexander

Jan 22 – Rod Williams and Murray Kinsley

Jan 29 – Jed Rached and Joe Hawkins


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

First Saturday each month; $6 at the door

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





Kingston Blues Society Monthly Jam – Unplugged

With host band Mojo Shooter

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

Saturday, January 17, 9 pm ‘til midnight, $3 at the door

Come out and see Mojo Shooter (one of Kingston’s best bands) in a rare acoustic gig. For this month the musicians are going to unplug the electric and go acoustic – this will be a very special night of unplugged blues music – so come on out and enjoy this great night.


Douglas Watson R&B Revue Band

Brandees, 178 Ontario Street, Kingston ON

Saturday, January 31

The new band has been together for almost 3 years and features Mississippi Pete Temple on harmonica, Chris “Mr Sweetness” Latta on guitar and Maciej Lukasiewicz on drums. They released their first CD “Voodoo Healin’” last year. Since then gigs have been getting easier to find and they have written some catchy new tunes for a 2nd CD and now things are starting to move forward.





KBS Valentine’s Blues Show

Debbie Davies

Main Ballroom, Confederation Hotel, 237 Ontario Street, Kingston ON

Saturday, February 14, 2008; doors @ 8 pm, show 8:30 pm

Tickets – show only: $20 KBS members; $25 non-members

From Los Angeles California one of the great female blues guitarists, Debbie Davies cut her teeth playing in blues and rock ‘n’ roll bands in the San Francisco Bay area before landing the lead guitar spot in Maggie Mayall and the Cadillacs, an all-female band led by wife of British blues pioneer, John Mayall. In 1988 she was recruited by Albert Collins to join the Icebreakers, and for the next three years she was a featured guitarist performing behind one of the most innovative bluesmen of all time. Since 1993, Debbie has produced nine solo recordings and two collaborative CDs, one with guitarists Tab Benoit and Kenny Neal, and another with guitarists Anson Funderburgh and Otis Grand. She has received eight nominations for Blues Music Awards, and in 1997 won the award for Best Contemporary Female Blues Artist. She is nominated yet again in this category for 2008. A twenty-year veteran of the road, Debbie Davies is truly one of the leading lights on the contemporary blues music scene today.


Opening act will feature Ila Vann, backed by one of this area’s best young blues bands, Mojo Shooter. After an awesome performance at the KBS monthly jam, Ila and Mojo Shooter have agreed to team up once again to open this fantastic Valentine’s Show.

Dinner and Overnight packages are available:

Dinner Package – $50 members; $55 non-members

Dinner Seating Starts 5:30 till 7:30 pm (entry to show at 7:45 pm)

Dinner is an Executive Buffet featuring carved Roast Beef, Chicken Supreme, Green Salad, Pesto Pasta Salad, Rosemary Roasted Potatoes, Fresh Baked Artisan Breads, Coffee, Tea and Triple Chocolate Layer Cake with Fresh Fruit and Chocolate Sauce.

Overnight packages:

Room Only

- Executive Room with King bed $129/plus applicable taxes

- The Standard Room with 2 Double Beds $109/plus applicable taxes

Dinner & Room Package

- Executive package includes dinner for 2 and a night in one of our executive King rooms overlooking the water $185/taxes included

- Overnight package includes dinner for 2 and a night in one of our Standard rooms overlooking the water $165/taxes included


Weekly events

Georgette Fry

Brandees, 178 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





Ricky Paquette

Tucson’s, 2440 Bank Street

Saturday, January 31 @ 9:15 pm

Though only 18 years old, Ricky Paquette has been playing guitar for half of his life. His style combines his love of blues with classic rock, though he has studied classical guitar as well. His most recent CD is a live recording of his 2006 appearance at the Montreal Jazz Festival.



Elyssa Mahoney & Lucas Haneman duo

JR`s Restaurant, 385 Ottawa Street, Almonte ON

Saturday, January 31

Award winning singer, songwriter Elyssa Mahoney and national award winning guitarist Lucas Haneman have been collaborating since 2006. First performing at many local venues and events, building a reputation and following, as their success grew they realized that not only did they enjoy performing together but they also liked creating their own original songs together. Elyssa writing the lyrics while Lucas composed the music, their originals have been striking a chord with audiences everywhere. Recently, they've both been honoured with the Best Blues Award at the 2008 Ontario Independent Music Awards. Elyssa’s roots in blues/rock and Lucas's in jazz & rock, combines to create music which covers a wide range of genres from pop to rock to blues & Jazz. Their CD "Pull Me In" was released earlier this year.






This popular Dinner & Show Fundraiser Series – now in its 4th year – continues to gain momentum this season. Shows are now starting to sell out in advance again and Saturday night Shows are being added – subject to artist availability – when ticket demand warrants it. This has already been the case with Roxanne Potvin – Friday, January 16 is Sold Out and Saturday January 17 has been added. Those who have booked for the Friday night Show but would prefer Saturday night can call The Cove and let them know you want to change nights. That should open up seats for both nights. And please – when you are booking for new Shows tell us if you would prefer the Saturday night if it is added and we will contact you to offer you first choice of seats.

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


Due to high advance ticket demand – the Friday, January 16 Show is sold out and a second Show Saturday, January 17 has been added.

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

DINNER & SHOW $55 (includes taxes & donation to charity)

Buffet at 7 pm, Show at 8:30

Advance reservations required

CALL THE COVE (613) 273-3636 or 1-888-COVE-INN

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, January 14 – Meet the Cohens: Guest host Alnoor Allidina presents the music of three innovative Israeli composers & musicians: trumpeter Avishai Cohen, bassist Avishai Cohen, and saxophonist Anat Cohen.

Next week, January 21 – Ray Charles: Guest host Ian Willson plays early works by the great Ray Charles.


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.




ALWAYS check local listings to confirm.

On BRAVO – www.bravo.ca

Tuesday, January 13 @ 7:30 am – 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, January 20 @ 7:30 am & 5:30 pm – 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.

Tuesday, January 20 @ 11:30 am – Talkin’ Blues

Another Man Gone Down (2003): Series exploring the world of contemporary blues music. This episode features a profile of harmonica virtuoso Carlos del Junco, a segment on Norway's Notodden Blues Festival and a conversation with Lonnie Shields.

Friday, January 23 @ 9 am – Mae Moore and Lester Quitzau: In Their Own (2005)
Documentary examining the lives of the acclaimed folk singer and her blues-guitarist husband on British Columbia's scenic and tranquil Pender Island, through engaging interviews and performances.

Monday, January 26 @ 9 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.

Tuesday, January 27 @ 7:30 am & 5:30 pm – Rhythm, Roots and Soul

People Gonna Talk/James Hunter (2007): 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 R&B artist James Hunter.

Tuesday, January 27 @ 11:30 am – Talkin’ Blues

Hubert & Darrell (2003): Series exploring the world of contemporary blues music. This episode features an intimate conversation with guitar great Hubert Sumlin, and a music video from Darrell Nulisch.

Tuesday, January 27 @ 9 pm – 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. (also Wednesday, January 28 @ 2 am)




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



Friday, January 23

JW-Jones @ the Rainbow, 9:30 pm

Friday, January 30

Paul Fenton’s Rattle Snakin’ Daddy @ the Rainbow, 9:30 pm

Saturday, January 31

Terry Gillespie @ Elmdale House Tavern



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