24 March 2009

Ottawa Blues This Week - 24 March 2009




Virée Blues Boréale presents

Harrison Kennedy

With special guest Steve Strongman

Addiction, 117 Promenade Du Portage in the Old Hull sector

Wednesday, March 25 @ 8 pm

Virée Blues Boréale brings together the best of “Hammer Town” or, if you prefer, of Hamilton (ON) Blues. At first sight, it doesn’t sound terribly “glamourous”, but that’s until one goes there as we did and discovers the large number of talented artists there. We are presenting you with the fusion between two complementary Blues generations, a logical and chronological suite of styles, Harrison Kennedy and his guest Steve Strongman, surrounded by world renown musicians: Alec Fraser, bassist, Dave King, drummer, and Harrison’s constant associate, Keith “Nappy” Lindsay on piano, accordion and other weird instruments.

Harrison Kennedy, a one of a kind storyteller, with original bluesy blood, with a seldom heard-of talent, a voice from the depths of the soul, entrancing, sustained by soul/gospel, blues- and funk-coated accompaniments, and by the brilliant performance of an all around artist who plays the guitar, the harmonica, the washboard as well as the kazoo... with great skill! A Canadian from Hamilton, Ontario, Harrison Kennedy met success in the ‘70s with The Chairmen Of The Board, a rhythm 'n' blues group that was a hit on Detroit’s and all of North America’s Motown stages. With over one million albums sold, Harrison Kennedy started feeling disillusioned with the recording industry and the Disco fashion. With his guitar, he then came back to his roots, and to the music that he’s always been playing, the Blues. Back on the international scene in 2004, he recorded three blues albums, and we will get a preview from his upcoming album, “One Dog Barking”, to be recorded next month.

Let’s spend a moment on the future legend, Steve Strongman. He went through a similar course: beginning his professional career at 16, Steve toured the clubs of southern Ontario with many rock, country and blues groups; then, in 2007, after over 20 years of touring the US, Canada and Europe, the call of his always strong blues roots brings him back to reason. The result is his first blues album, “Honey”: a traditional sound, that of the old school, a heavy blues carried by his warm voice, by a guitar played with unbelievable technique, with emotion and with just the right amount of wild harmonica. This marvelous CD, highly praised by the critics teamed with his success at the International Blues Contest, in Memphis, TN suddenly made him the New Blues Sensation. The momentum is at its peak to launch his new album “Blues in Colour”, just a few days before his performance at Virée Blues Boréale.







‘Swing into Spring’

With Kim Kaskiw & Steve Berndt

NAC 4th Stage, 53 Elgin Street

Saturday, March 28 @ 8 pm

This Saturday Kim Kaskiw and Steve Berndt invite you to ‘Swing into Spring’, a new double bill of jazz standards, duets and original compositions. Joining Kim and Steve will be J.P. Allain on Piano, Ken Kanwisher on Bass, Mark Rehder on Drums, Fred Pachi on Trumpetand Sandi Gordon on Saxophone.

This is a great show!

Come on out and celebrate spring with us!





Mr. Something Something

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Friday, March 27 @ 9:30 pm

A little something for the body, a little something for the mind: your soundtrack to a joyful revolution. Mr. Something Something represents four years of composing, performing, risk-taking, improving and ultimately mobilizing the original vision of founding members Larry Graves [drums/percussion] and John MacLean [saxophone/voice]. Twenty years of playing, studying and traveling passed before these two childhood friends settled on the unbeatable dance rhythms of Nigeria, Senegal, Mali and Ghana as the most natural gathering place for the elements that would ultimately make up the Mr. Something Something sound.

Western instruments and concepts of improvisation are explored and layered over what used to be called Afrobeat; but the term strains to contain the innovations happening in the rhythm section at every show. It also fails to express in fiery-enough terms the imaginative solo work of respected jazz guitarist Paul MacDougall. Liam Smith dependably delivers basslines designed to induce and sustain a state of ecstatic dancing. And there is always inspiration to be drawn from mesmerizing on-stage dancer/choreographer Jennifer Dallas. The horn section strikes with power and uplifts with melody. And above it all, acting as a lightning rod, is the lyric statement of the case for change and consciousness, passionately delivered by electrifying frontman Johan Hultqvist.

Aside from wildly energized and unpredictable live shows, the band is becoming increasingly well-known for its green politics and environmental activism. The group did a number of “eco-dates” in 2007, playing a wind-powered show and performing in such unconventional venues as organic farms and food co-ops to highlight communities that are trying to minimize their ecological footprints.

The fresh sound and powerful message of the band’s second album “The Edge” led to a nomination for a 2007 Juno Award for World Music Album of the Year. Over the last three years the band has toured relentlessly in Canada, playing more than 300 shows, including appearances at most major jazz festivals and many folk festivals from coast to coast.




Tucson`s, 2440 Bank Street

Saturday, March 28 @ 9:15 pm

Fathead convincingly combine elements of Soul, R&B, Gospel, and “straight-down-the-line” Blues. Their distinctive musical imprint is characterized by solid grooves, soul-drenched melodies, ace musicianship, and compelling true-to-life songwriting. (Rico Ferrara)





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 this month:

March 26 – Dean Dupuis


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





Festival Jazz et Blues Du Saguenay

March 24-29, 2009


Featuring Harry Manx, Émilie-Claire Barlow, Angel Forrest, Roland Tchakounté, Steve Marriner, Harrison Kennedy, Steve Strongman, Ricky Paquette, Rob Lutes, Colin Perry & The House Sereneders, Kitchen Shakers and more.

Tickets & Full schedule: http://www.jazzetblues.com/billets.html




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.



Open Blues Jam

Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street

Last Sunday of each month, 4-7 pm; cover $5 (jammers free)

Hosted by River City Junction, the jam is open to all ages. Jammers sign up on the jam sheet at the door & each jam session lasts for 3 songs. Drums & amps are provided, you only need to bring your instruments (but you can bring your amps if you want to).



Blues Jam

Avant- Garde Bar & Restaurant, 135 1/2 Besserer Street

First Tuesday of each month @ 8 pm;

Hosted by River City Junction, this jam is open to guest performers, but is not an open jam’.

If you want to plan, please contact River City Junction in advance to work out what instrument you play & what songs you would like to do.

Contact Jason jason@rivercityjunction.com




Roots and Blues at Beaus

Beaus All Natural Brewing Company, 10 Terry Fox Drive, Vankleek Hill ON
1st Tuesday of every month, 7-10 pm; $10

Terry Gillespie is on hiatus from Blues on Tues, but has decided to share the gig with his friends. He has always wanted to style a juke and this is pretty close. Every time we play at Beau’s it gets a little better. Steve Beauchesne our host has added xmas tree lighting - much more intimate!

Tuesday, March 3rd features an obvious first choice, our friends: Stephen Barry, Gord Adamson, Andrew Cowan and Jody Golick, AKA the Stephen Barry Band.

The Stephen Barry Band plays a whole range of styles - some bluesy, some that swing - songs performed with such outstanding musicianship you can't imagine them done any better." Montreal International Jazz Festival


Drum Church

Beaus All Natural Brewing Company, 10 Terry Fox Drive, Vankleek Hill ON

Every Sunday Starting April 4th, 10 am to noon; $5

DRUM CHURCH: Because Terry Gillespie loves music and thinks everyone should be in a band.
Drum Church has rules: No Songs and No solos!

Bring any instrument you want; electric or acoustic guitar, drums, broom stick, spoons, whatever.




Johnny Winter

The Ale House, Kingston ON

Saturday, April 11

Advance tickets $35.00 for KBS members, $45.00 at door

Presented by Zapp Productions, The Ale House and the Kingston Blues Society, the double-bill Rockin’ Blues show of the year! Blues legend Johnny Winter and his Blues Band with Jimmy Bowskill and his band opening!

Visit www.zapp-productions.com for up to date details and tickets.


“Night in Blues 3”

Featuring Erin McCallum

Davies Hall, St. Lawrence College, Kingston ON

Saturday, April 25; 6 pm until 11:30 pm

The Frontenac Children’s Aid Society presents “Night in Blue 3”, an evening of cocktails, dinner and dancing featuring blues artist Erin McCallum, big voice, big sound - one of the hottest new acts on the blues scene.

Preshow will feature our favorite blues sax man – Mike Butler. Opening the night will be Mojo Shooter (watch for their special guest announcement)

All proceeds benefit The Children’s Fund.

Visit http://www.nightinblue.ca for more information.



Kingston Blues Society Monthly Jam

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

3rd Saturday of each month, 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 a special guest each month. 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, 178 Ontario Street, Kingston ON

Every Thursday night at 8:30 pm (new start time)

The Ones

Monte’s in the Prince George Hotel, 200 Ontario Street, Kingston ON

Every Thursday night @ 9 pm


For more, please contact Kingston Blues Society





A Musical Tribute to Al Kirkcaldy
Market Hall, 336 George St. N., Peterborough, 705-749-1146 (parking available nearby)
Sunday April 5; Two Shows: 2-6 pm and 7-11 pm; doors 1 pm

$20 for one show; $35 for both shows

Al Kirkcaldy, a friend to all things Blues, passed on February 12th due to complications resulting from his battle with cancer. Al championed the Blues whether it was introducing a new local artist or promoting an established international star – and he did both with equal verve. For Al, all roads led to the Blues.

Al hosted "blue in the face" on CFFF (92.7 FM) in Peterborough, wrote a regular Blues column in The Examiner, booked the Peterborough Holiday Inn Summer Blues Series, and was on the nominating committee for both the Blues Music Awards and the Maple Blues Awards. He had impeccable musical taste and his engaging manner when conducting interviews provided an opportunity to display the wit that characterized him.

Two time W.C. Handy / Blues Music Award nominee Darrell Nulisch will be joining the All-Star line-up of artists scheduled to perform in celebration of Al Kirkcaldy’s life on Sunday April 5th at Market Hall, Peterborough.

Nulisch, one of the most soulful singers and harp players in the business, will be joining an outstanding list of performers including: Jack de Keyzer, Paul Reddick, Rick Fines, John Mays, Omar Tunnoch and Bucky Berger of Fathead, Roxanne Potvin, and many more.

In addition to the music, there will also be draws for an array of exceptional prizes:

- A definitive “caught in the moment” 11 X 14 photo of Chicago Blues legend Byther Smith donated by Eddy Brake

- two Electro-Fi prize packages courtesy of Andrew Galloway

- a 10 CD prize package courtesy of Johnny Max and “Sunday Night Soul”

- two passes for each of the 2009 Holiday Inn Gazebo Friday Night Blues concert series, (12 shows), courtesy of The Holiday Inn

- 100 complimentary 8 X 11 ½ colour copies courtesy of Package Plus

And there will be a onetime screening of a DVD highlighting Al’s unique role in the Blues world by Mako Funasaka of talkin’ blues.

Tickets available at Showplace, 290 George St. N., Peterborough, 705-742-7469 and Moondance Records, 425 George St. N., Peterborough, 705-742-9425. There will be limited tickets available at the door.

Proceeds will be donated in support of Blues In The Schools programs.

For more information please contact Rico Ferrara at Blues For A Big Town; 416-423-2224, ricoferrara@rogers.com




The Perpetrators

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Thursday, April 2

Following the recent departure of Ryan Menard, the Perpetrators are now a duo – J Nowicki and Chris Carmichael. One of Canada’s rockin-est blues bands. Check them out in their new conformation.



MonkeyJunk - CD Release Party

Black Sheep Inn, 420 Riverside, Wakefield QC

Saturday, April 4 @ 9 pm

Sunday, April 5 @ 4 pm

Tickets $10 (advance); $13 at the door

Canada’s hottest blues and roots band is releasing their debut CD “Tiger In Your Tank” while celebrating their first anniversary at The Black Sheep Inn.

Their first year has been an eventful one. In early October 2008, MonkeyJunk won a local contest to represent Ottawa at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN in February 2009.In February 2009, MonkeyJunk represented Ottawa at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis TN. Out of 100 bands from around the world, MonkeyJunk placed THIRD! Also of note, MonkeyJunk was nominated for a 2008 Maple Blues award as ‘New Artist of the Year’ and Steve Marriner won the 2008 Maple Blues Award for ‘Harmonica Player of the Year’.

Year two plans to be even more eventful as the band will tour Canada from coast to coast including many large festivals along the way promoting their CD and unique brand of swamp R&B, soul boogie and bedroom funk.

MonkeyJunk is Tony D on guitar, slide guitar and vocals; Steve Marriner on vocals, harmonica, guitar, baritone guitar, and Hammond organ; and Matt Sobb on drums, percussion and background vocals.



Morgan Davis

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Thursday, April 9 @ 9:30 pm

In a recent post on his website (http://www.morgandavis.com/04History/04Hist08.html), Morgan celebrated the HALF-a-MILLION "K" mark on his Astro van. He says:
“Well now folks here's how it all come to be .... I bought the Astro van back in '98. I was then driving the second of my Suburbans, and gas prices were climbing. The Suburban got about 11 MPG (with the wind behind it), so I had to go economy ... bought the Astro because you sit up high, (so good visibility), and it had a 6 instead of the big 350 V-8. Well now, all these kilometres, over 11 years, comes to about 43,000 kms (or about 25,000 miles) a year! ... that would be the circumference of this earth! So each year, I drive the equivalent of once around the world. I change the oil every 5000 kms (3000 miles), keep the tire pressure right, and listen close when it's talkin' to you. Hey General Motors!!... I'm ready for sponsorship!”

For 33 years, Morgan Davis has played the blues in Canada from Victoria, BC to St. John’s, Newfoundland, as well as Europe and the US. Morgan writes the songs, drives the truck, sets up the gear and performs traditional and original blues. His venues range from 30 seat coffee houses in the BC interior and Annapolis Valley to huge folk and blues festivals, performing for crowds of thousands. Playing with a band for the first 25 years of his career, recent years have seen Davis make a successful transition to performing as a solo artist. During his years on the road, Morgan perfected his repertoire of Blues classics, songs that figure prominently in his performances today. His style is taut and tough, and relies on intensity rather than speed and pyrotechnics to make its point. Morgan Davis’ passion for the Blues has never wavered ... and he fully expects to be on the road for the rest of his life. Blues ‘road-warrior’ Morgan Davis will be in Ottawa on Thursday, April 9.



David Rotundo

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Saturday, April 11 @ 9:30 pm

David Rotundo returns to Ottawa to spread some heat with his brand of rockin' blues celebrating the release of his fourth album "No Looking Back".

Rotundo, who first appeared on the Canadian Blues scene in 1997 has performed with numerous respected musicians, garnered a loyal following and earned many nominations and awards which has led him to be described as "one of the top ten blues performers in Canada". David has become known for his high energy and engaging live performances.

Recorded at east Toronto's Bassline Studio, "No Looking Back" features twelve tracks produced by Shane Scott and David Rotundo. R eleased by Stone Pillar Productions, this highly anticipated
album follows up to "Live at Roc `N Doc's", on the same label (2007).





BC Scene in Ottawa/Gatineau

Various venues

April 21 to May 3, 2009

Fusion! It’s in the air in British Columbia. From food to music, via theatre, visual and media arts, dance and literature, B.C. artists are collaborating to present a new kind of artistic experience. In spring 2009, Canada’s National Arts Centre will present 600 artists from all disciplines on the stages of the nation’s capital, and you’re invited.

BC Scene will celebrate a dynamic culture that is the fusion of traditional and contemporary, East and West and established and emerging artists from all parts of the province. Musicians, actors, dancers, visual and media artists, writers and master chefs will be bringing their magic to concert halls, theatres, galleries, bars, clubs, museums and restaurants in the national spotlight. While showcasing B.C. artists to diverse audiences, the Scene will also offer a chance for 80 national and international presenters to discover the best of contemporary B.C. talent. With over 90 events, BC Scene will present a vast living portrait of the province, capturing its edgy creativity and palpable energy – one represented by artists from every discipline, fusing history, modernity, cultural diversity and art to create something entirely new.

Blues-related events:

Ndidi Onukwulu

Library & Archives Canada Auditorium, 395 Wellington Street

Thursday, April 23; $15

With a sound as unique as her name, Vancouver native Ndidi Onukwulu is steeped in the blues, and talented enough to make you feel it. She has proven she can wrap her silky voice around anything from country blues to her own rootsy salon sound.

While singing a capella on New York City’s open mic circuit, Ndidi started jamming with some of the most accomplished hip hop and blues players on the scene. After leaving New York for Toronto, she sang in a rock band, and then in an electronic one. It was great training for her voice, but Ndidi ultimately stood by the blues music that first inspired her and developed a style that “demands to be listened to.”

Expect some amazing chemistry when Ndidi is joined onstage at BC Scene by guitarist Dave Sikula, violinist and mandolin player Jesse Zubot, drummer Skye Brooks and bassist Roey Shemesh.


Gospel and Blues Revue

Library & Archives Canada Auditorium, 395 Wellington Street

Friday, April 24; $15

Famous for his evocative, smoky vocals, Jim Byrnes has been on the blues highway since his first professional gig in 1964, and has appeared on stage with a virtual who’s who of musical history including Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Robert Cray, and Ray Charles. Multi-instrumentalist, producer and multi-award winner Steve Dawson is constantly striving for unique sounds and approaches to acoustic music. His instrumental abilities have landed him on stages with artists as diverse as Gil Scott-Heron, Long John Baldry, Justin Rutledge, and Oh Susanna, to name just a few.

Jim hosts this special evening, which also includes the talents of up-and-coming gospel trio The Sojourners (seasoned vocalists Will Sanders, Ron Small and Marcus Mosely) who originally came together to provide background vocals for Jim’s 2006 album “House of Refuge.” He was so pleased with the trio’s contribution to his CD that he christened them “The Sojourners” and it stuck.

Now the veterans and the up-and-comers get together on stage for a one-of-a-kind evening of soulful blues and gospel music.


Kenny ‘Blues Boss’ Wayne

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Saturday, May 2; $10

High energy boogie-woogie that makes you want to get up and dance – that’s what Kenny ‘Blues Boss’ Wayne delivers, with an original sound that plays tribute to the greats of Rock ‘n’ Roll and the Blues. Think Fats Waller and Johnnie Johnson and you have an idea of what’s in store when you spend an evening with Canada’s premier purveyor of red-hot contemporary blues piano.

A Juno Award-winning keyboardist/singer/songwriter, Kenny is famous for his energizing boogie-woogie piano, rolling New Orleans blues and jazz, improv-heavy Kansas City swing, and vibrant West Coast jump. His smooth-as-silk singing voice, along with his sartorial flair, have made him a favourite with audiences and musicians from coast to coast.

With his supercharged new album entitled “Can’t Stop Now”, Kenny ‘Blues Boss’ Wayne clinches his reputation as Canada’s foremost king of swing.


B.C. Music Legends

Centrepointe Theatre, 1 Centrepointe Drive

Friday, May 1; tickets $34.50

B.C. Music Legends is hosted by the most beloved folk musician on the West Coast, the inimitable Valdy, joined on stage by lyrical singer-songwriter Barney Bentall of Legendary Hearts fame; veteran blues singer Leon Bibb; folk legend Ferron; much loved singer-songwriter Roy Forbes; Will Millar, former lead singer of the popular Irish Rovers; and Shari Ulrich of celebrated ‘70s band, Pied Pumkin. This is a rare chance to catch these music heroes together on the same stage! Rejuvenate your musical soul with an evening of great songs, great performers, and a couple of trips down memory lane with some of the West Coast’s best musicians – you’ll be happy and humming all the way home.


New this festival, the BC Scene music pass (Available only at the NAC Box Office) is your superb value ticket to any 6 of 30 exciting performances for only $50! Buy before April 1 and save an extra $5. Three of the shows listed above (Ndiddi Onukwulu, Gospel & Blues Revue and Kenny ‘Blues Boss’ Wayne) are among the 30 eligible peformances. (B.C. Music Legends is not.) Single ticket prices for these three events total $40. To see which other music events are eligible for this pass, go to http://www.bcscene.ca/en/tickets/

For a full listing of all music events and links, check out http://www.bcscene.ca/en/events/byDiscipline.asp?dID=22




These great Dinner & Show fundraiser nights, featuring some of Canada's best blues artists in the intimate friendly setting of The Cove Inn, Westport continue to attract full houses - many coming from out of town and staying overnight at the Inn or nearby B&B's along with over 50% at each Show who are multiple time attendees. Treat yourself to a wonderful night of dinner, blues and dancing for only $55. You can spend that much on a dinner alone at many restaurants. Rooms are in the $100 to $130 range based on double occupancy, accommodation and breakfast for two included! Great value during these recessionary times.

Check out the Line-up for the rest of this season, pick your favourite and CALL THE COVE ASAP at (613) 273-3636 or 1-888-COVE-INN before all the seats are gone. As of this date there are still tickets available for all Shows.

Remaining 2008/09 Season Schedule


2009 Maple Blues Award Winner Songwriter Of The Year, nominated for Harmonica Player Of The Year. A poet of song with tremendous presence and delivery on stage.

Proceeds to Rideau Waterway Land Trust


Another one of Ottawa's great young blues artists. JW has garnered praise everywhere he has played and that includes 13 countries on 4 continents. Straight up rockin', jump blues as good as it gets. Nominated for two 2009 Maple Blues Awards - Guitarist & Electric Act Of The Year.

Proceeds to Westport in Bloom


You will think you are driving into Memphis listening to the radio when you hear Danny & his band. This is his second visit to BOTR at The Cove and if his Show is anywhere near as good as the last one (and it will be) you are in for a wonderful and memorable night.

Proceeds to Compassion Canada Sponsor a Child & Habitat for Humanity


Montreal based Stephen Barry and his band have been playing their great style of blues for so long he is known as "the father of Quebec blues". For years Michael Jerome Browne was a key member of the band as the lead singer playing guitarist, mandolin and fiddle before he branched out to a very successful solo career as an acoustic roots/blues artist. Either one of them is worth the price of admission. What a special treat to have them reunited and playing together for these two Shows.

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

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 CBC Radio Two

Saturday, March 28 @ noon

On CBC Radio One

Sunday March 29 @ 8 pm

First Time I met the Blues: The Buddy Guy Story
A look at legendary blues musician Buddy Guy, an artist whose dynamic guitar playing helped to define the sound of Chicago’s Chess Records. While he was on that label, Guy played with Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf and Sonny Boy Williamson.

“First Time I Met the Blues: The Buddy Guy Story” is hosted by Dan Aykroyd, the Canadian actor who was one-half of The Blues Brothers. You’ll hear how deeply influential Guy has been, especially with English rock musicians who grew up worshipping his work. In addition to an extensive interview with the blues master himself, the program features comments from his long-time partner Junior Wells, Robert Plant, Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana and Mick Fleetwood.

(Thanks to Pat Hertel for this info.)




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, March 25 – Piano Special: Six superb pianists share the spotlight tonight: Achmin Kaufmann, Livia Minafra, John Stetch, Michael Jefry Stevens, Ross Taggart and Amanda Tosoff; one American, one German, one Italian and three Canadians.

Next week, April 1 – Listen Before You Buy: The cream of the crop of recent jazz and blues releases by Frank Carlberg, Vinny Cutro, Eddie Daniels, Steve Elson, Charles Evans, Roger Kellaway, Colleen McNabb, Tony Monaco, Jaimee Paul, Denise Perrier, Yank Rachell, Mark Sweetman and Jay Vonada.


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.


On CJHR 98.7 Valley Heritage Radio

Thursdays, 8-10 pm

Got The Blues

Pat Watters has been hosting this blues only radio show for the last 2+ years. It can be heard throughout the Ottawa Valley (except downtown Ottawa).




ALWAYS check local listings to confirm.

On BRAVO – www.bravo.ca

Tuesday, March 31 @ 7:30 am – Rhythm, Roots and Soul

Keep on Believing/Lou Pride (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 Chicago R&B soul musician, Lou Pride.

Tuesday, April 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.




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, April 3

Bluestone @ Tucson’s, 9:15 pm

Saturday, April 11

Barrelhouse @ Tucson’s, 9:15 pm

Friday, April 17

Sweet & the Back Beat @ Tucson’s, 9:15 pm

Saturday, April 18

Wicked Grin @ Tucson’s, 9:15 pm

Saturday, April 25

Quicksand @ Tucson’s, 9:15 pm



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