09 February 2009

Ottawa Blues This Week - 9 February 2009




Ottawa’s own MonkeyJunk (the only Canadian band to reach the finals) placed 3rd at the International Blues Challenge, held in the Orpheum Theatre in Memphis TN on Saturday afternoon, February 7, 2009. Approximately 100 bands competed in the semi-final rounds at ten Beale Street venues and and ten, one from each club, advanced to the finals.

Twelve bands not advancing to the finals were chosen by their venues to compete in the Beale Street Blues Kings competition at the New Daisy Theatre Saturday night. Toronto’s Johnny Max Band was one of four winners in this event.





Best Traditional Blues Album
B. B. King, “One Kind Favor”

Best Contemporary Blues Album
Dr. John & The Lower 911, “City That Care Forgot”

Full results at http://www.grammy.com/grammy_awards/51st_show/list.aspx




“Get Way Back: A Tribute to Percy Mayfield” – Amos Garrett (Stony Plain)
“Acoustic Blues: Got ‘em From the Bottom” – Big Dave McLean (Stony Plain)
“Mess of Blues” – Jeff Healey (Stony Plain)

“Love & Sound” – Garrett Mason (Independent)

“Ramblin’ Son” – Julian Fauth (Electro-Fi)

More info at http://www.junoawards.ca/PDF/2009-nominees.pdf




CBC Radio 3 has just announced the Top 50 clubs in its Searchlight competition, which is looking for The Best Live Music Club in Canada.

Ottawa's Zaphod Beeblebrox, Vancouver’s Commodore Ballroom and The Marquee Club in Halifax survived the first round of voting, which cut the list from over 100 nominees to 50 quarter finalists. Now it’s up to voters to decide who will win the top title. The second round of voting has begun at
www.cbcradio3.com, and runs until next Tuesday, February 10 at 7 p.m. ET. People are allowed to vote once per day.





Sweet and the Back Beat

Louisiannie's, 1518 Main Street, Stittsville on

Friday, February 13 @ 9 pm

3 sets of potent rock'n'roll: great dance music.

If you have never been to Louisiannie's, this is a good opportunity to check it out. They have excellent food, lots of cajun/creole stuff and plenty of beers on tap. It's a wonderful down-home locally-owned restaurant/bar and a nice alternative to the chain outlets. We hope you can join us. If you reserve for dinner, please mention the band – it makes us look good!





Blues Open Stage

Branch Restaurant, 15 Clothier St E, Kemptville ON

Sunday, February 15, 3-5 pm

George Buys is hosting a Blues open stage at the Branch restaurant in Kemptville ON Feb.15 and May 24, Sundays from 3-6pm. All are welcome!




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 12 – JW-Jones

February 19 – Dr. Dave

February 26 – Victor Nesrallah


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





Honky Tonk Saturday Night

With Ball and Chain and the Wreckers

Elmdale House Tavern, 1084 Wellington Street

First Saturday each month @ 9 pm; $6 at the door

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

Saturday, March 7 will feature Al Bragg on Fender Lap Steel.





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.





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.


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.


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





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.




Black Sheep Inn, Wakefield QC

Saturday, February 21 @ 8 pm; tickets – advance $15; $20 at the door


Almonte Town Hall, Almonte ON

Sunday, February 22 @ 7:300 pm; tickets $20

Doug Cox, Tony McManus, April Verch and Cody Walters are collectively known as Strung. Strung is back in Canada after performing at Scotland's Celtic Connections festival, and set to release their debut CD "Band of Gypsies" and bring their contemporary acoustic roots music live to the Black Sheep Inn on Saturday February 21 and the Almonte Town Hall on Sunday February 22.

Strung is a new project, but it's no "baby band". Doug Cox is described by the Boston Globe as "one of the worlds most expressive Dobro players" and the Globe and Mail wrote "Doug Cox is known as the Canadian ambassador of the Dobro resonator guitar." BBC Radio described Tony McManus as "The finest guitarist Scotland has ever produced." And Sing Out! Magazine said "April Verch...is a marvel to behold," and the Ottawa Citizen detailed, "Her voice...swings easily from contemporary country to traditional gospel...her fiddling at once articulate, crisp and spunky - is an endless delight."

The Almonte concert is in support of Almonte's Celtfest 2009, a celebration of the music, song and dance of the Ottawa Valley, scheduled for July 10-12.

Songs from the new CD, Band of Gypsies, can be heard online at


(Info courtesy of Heather Kelly, HKC Marketing: heather@hkcmarketing.com)


Mardi Gras @ the Dale

Elmdale House Tavern

Saturday, February 28 @ 9 pm; $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!

7:30 PM - Dance Lesson with Jody Benjamin and Michael Ball.




Lucie Idlout

+ Tara Holloway

Zaphod Beeblebrox, 27 York Street, Ottawa ON

Saturday, February 28; doors open @ 8 pm

With the recent resurrection of vintage rock, one of the most interesting arrivals on the scene is singer/ songwriter Lucie Idlout. Her music is hard hitting, raw and to the point. She has a voice that at times echoes the crooning of the likes of Etta James, and is as provocative and unique as Marianne Faithful. Though she comes from the newest territory, Nunavut, in Canada's Arctic, she is not the typical stereotype associated musically with Aboriginal people.

Lucie's commanding style takes you on an emotional journey drawing on themes that are common to us all; heartwreck, lust and rage. She has toured clubs and rock festivals extensively across Canada and Europe, garnering rave revues wherever she travels. She was host to the top rated Entertainment Magazine, Buffalo Tracks, on APTN, and has acted in a score of theatre pieces, but music has always proven to be home.

She was awarded Best Female Artist at the 2003 Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards and has been nominated for Best Rock Album at both the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards and the Indian Summer Music Awards in Milwaukee, WI. Her follow-up album, Swagger, is slated for release in February 2009.






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, 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.

Next week, February 11 – The Blue Notes: The British Ogun label has put out an exciting five-CD box of Chris McGregor’s Blue Notes. These CDs start with a concert in Cape Town in 1964, followed by recordings in England from December 1975, April 1977 and August 1987.


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.




Cadillac Records

Bytowne Cinema, 325 Rideau Street

Friday, March 6 – Tuesday, March 10 (times TBA)

Good news from Bruce @ the Bytowne ... Sony has imported a print of "Cadillac Records" (www.cadillacrecordsmovie.com) into Canada; the Bytowne has scheduled screenings for March 6-10. CKCU-FM will have ticket giveaways on blues-related programs.

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, however Cadillac Records omits Phil from its story, so this movie may not be for you if historical inaccuracy bothers you (but when have movies ever been historically accurate!) Check out YOUTUBE for the trailer for "Cadillac Records".





ALWAYS check local listings to confirm.

On BRAVO – www.bravo.ca

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




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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