02 February 2009

Ottawa Blues This Week - 2 February 2009




Scotty Doubt Band with Rob Pappas

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Saturday, February 7, 9:30 pm

A rare appearance by past Guitar Riff-Off winner Scotty Doubt and his band.




Alcorn Music Studios Presents

Inside the Music Hosted by Tim Bedner

Gene Burtoncini Lecture/Demo

903 Carling Ave. @ Sherwood, 2nd floor

Saturday, February 7th, 1-2:30 pm; Tickets $25 Student Ticket $15

Gene Bertoncini is one of the pre-eminent jazz guitarists active today. His fluid technique and lyricism have won him international praise and accolades as the "Segovia of jazz guitar."

For more info go to www.alcornmusicstudios.com and click on Inside the Music.

Limited seating available; please call 613-729-0693 to order tickets.



4th meeting of the Ottawa Jazz Musicians’ Co-op

Bank Hotel, 18 Eddy Street, Hull QC (near Promenade du Portage)

Sunday, February 8 @ noon

All local jazz musicians are most welcome. At this meeting,a co-op consultant, Russ Christianson, will be coming from Campbellford (near Peterborough) to help us undertake what is known as a pre-feasibility study. Come and meet Mr. Christianson and express your views about the Co-op initiative.

RSVP if you can attend.

Michel Martin,singer, Hull






Harrison Kennedy

Upstairs at the Penguin, 399 Front St., Belleville ON

Friday, February 6 @ 8 pm; tickets $20

Loyal Blues members get $5 rebate on advance tickets

Buy online, get $10 dinner coupon for dinner at the Penquin

Three time, Juno®-nominated Lead singer of 70s Detroit soul hit-makers "Chairmen of the Board" and last year's Loyal Blues Fellowship's "Blues in the School" artist, best known as the lead vocalist on the Chairmen of the Board blues classic ‘I'm the Chairman of the Board’, in 2008, Harrison Kennedy was nominated for Best Blues Recording in Canada's Juno Awards, and Best Male Vocalist in this year's Maple Blues Awards. He’s one of Canada’s hidden treasures.





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:

February 5 – Robert Farrell


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.





In 1995, the Government of Canada designated February as Black History Month (BHM), to celebrate the contribution of people of African descent to the Canadian mosaic. The theme for 2009 is “The Courage to Make a Difference,” to honour the role of Black community leaders and pioneers in the evolution of Canada as a nation. This theme will be highlighted in all BHM 2009 activities, which also serve to celebrate the pivotal role played by not-for-profit and volunteer-led community organizations, in promoting the integration of Black people into the larger society and improving the quality of their lives. All residents and visitors to our great city are welcome to join the celebrations.




"Sindimba"-Traditional Dances, Songs,
Drumming, Belly Dancing & More
Library & Archives of Canada, 395 Wellington Street
Friday, February 6 @ 8 pm; Admission: $15 (advance), $20 (door)

Organised by the African Heritage Centre.

613-845-0132, day-time & evenings.

613-612-5533, after 7:00 pm on weekdays & weekends.

Kilimanjaro Black Students Association's
Annual Black History Month Show + After Party
Alumni Auditorium, University Of Ottawa
Saturday, February 7, 7-10 pm; Admission: Advance $6 (members), $8 (non-members)

Door: $8 (members), $10 (non-members)

I Am A Part Of Black History - This night of cultural explosion will showcase the talents of young black people and they come together in music, dance, spoken word, drama, and more to celebrate Black History Month and commemorate the accomplishments of people of African and Caribbean descent. Journey to a realm of realization; experience a show that is a physical expression reconfirming we are all "part of black history".


Afro-Caribbean Rhythm &
Movement Workshop
Crichton Cultural Community Center, 200 Crichton Ave, 2nd floor, Avon Lane entrance only
Saturday, February 7, 11 am – 1 pm; Admission: $10.00

Organized by The Cultural Arts Studio School Of Afro-Caribbean Dance.





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.



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





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


Kingston Blues Society Monthly Jam

February’s Special Guest Performer Danielle Lennon

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

Saturday, February 21, 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.
Come out and see Mojo Shooter (one of Kingston's best bands) and Kingston Symphony violinist Danielle Lennon. Then watch and dance as Mojo Shooter, Danielle and some of Kingston's best musicians get together and jam the night away.




Blues Open Stage

Branch Restaurant, 15 Clothier St E, Kemptville ON

Sunday, February 15, 3-5 pm

Sunday May 24, 3-6 pm

George Buys is hosting a Blues open stage at the Branch restaurant in Kemptville ON Feb.15 and May24, Sundays from 3-6pm. All are welcome!


Wild T & the Spirit

Tucson’, 244 Bank Street

Friday, February 20

Once again the band is hitting the road from Feb - May 09. They’ll be playing a few shows in Ontario in February, then a Canadian tour will take the band across the country, through Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia, finishing up at the end of March in Saint John, NB. A few more shows in London & Windsor ON follow, then back over to Europe for a European tour, performing concerts in Germany, Poland, Switzerland, Austria and Holland.

John Vermilyea (Blues Underground Network) has picked Wild T & the Spirit’s "Fender Bender" CD as his best blues/rock album of 2008.



Mardi Gras @ the Dale

Elmdale House Tavern

Saturday, February 28, $10 cover

Ball and Chain present the band Swamperella (Authentic Cajun music and Louisiana -style dance band). Cover includes a scrumptious taste of Cajun food just for the occasion!






This popular Dinner & Show Fundraiser Series – now in its 4th year – continues to gain momentum this season. Shows are selling out in advance again and Saturday night Shows are being added – subject to artist availability – when ticket demand warrants it.

Remaining 2008/09 Season Schedule

February 20 – FATHEAD

Fathead Friday Feb 20 Show almost Sold Out and new Show Saturday Feb 21 just announced is already 60% Sold Out as of Jan 26!

2008 Juno Award Winners

Lead Singer John Mays winner of 2008 Maple Blues Award for Male Vocalist Of The Year

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: 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 28 – Delmark @ 55: We celebrate fifty-five years of great jazz and blues on the Delmark label. Could include Eric Alexander, John Burnett, King Curtis, Sleepy John Estes, Francine Griffin, Kalaparush, Sun Ra, Ted Sirota, Roosevelt Sykes, Malachi Thompson and Junior Wells.

Next week February 4 – Listen Before You Buy: The cream of the crop of recent jazz issues by Leonisa Ardizzone, Rebecca Cline, Darunam/Milan, Chris Davis, David Egan, Carol Fredette, Larry Gelb, Fred Hess, Barbara King, No Square, Hilary Noble, Organ X, Willy Torres, Marlene VerPlanck and Skip Wilkins.


Last Saturday of the month, 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, February 3 @ 7:30 pm – Rhythm, Roots and Soul

Broken Down, But Not Out/Reba Russell (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 singer Reba Russell.

Tuesday, February 3 @ 8 pm & Wednesday, February 4 @ 9 am

Divine Brown at the Concert Hall

Canadian soulstress Divine Brown shows off her stunning five-octave range in Divine Brown at the Concert Hall. Brown takes to the iconic Masonic Temple stage in Toronto, performing hits from her self-titled album and her sophomore release The Love Chronicles. The Concert Hall series fuses exciting live performances with insightful interviews featuring today’s most urbane musical artists.

Monday, February 9 @ 9 pm – An Evening with Willie Nelson and Wynton Marsalis Playing the Blues
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, February 9 @ 10:30 pm & Tuesday, February 10 @ 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, February 10 @ 7:30 am – Rhythm, Roots and Soul

Heart & Soul/Johnny Rawls (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 musician Johnny Rawls.




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, February 13

Moetown @ Tucson’s, 9:15 pm

Saturday, February 21

MonkeyJunk @ Tucson’s, 9:15 pm

Friday, February 27

The Mighty Popo @ the Rainbow, 9:30 pm

Saturday, February 28

Quicksand @ Tucson’s, 9:15 pm



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