09 March 2009

Ottawa Blues This Week - 9 March 2009




Cadillac Records

Bytowne Cinema, 325 Rideau Street

Tuesday, March 10 at 4:40 pm


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.

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".





Introduction to Cajun and Zydeco Dancing

School gym at Jack Purcell Community Centre, 320 Jack Purcell Lane
Sundays, March 15th to April 5th; 7-9 pm

$40 per person, singles welcome

Dance Lesson from 7-8 pm
Free Dance from 8-9 pm

Music from South West Louisiana is the inspiration for this kind of social dancing. This is party music and so, makes for a lively inspiration for true social dancing. Michael Ball and Jody Benjamin will be teaching the basics of Cajun Two Step, Waltz and Zydeco dancing. These dances leave lots of room for loose interpretation. Mostly people work the floor trading partners often and learning to lead and follow with numerous partners. The basic foot pattern is easy to learn and fun to do especially when there's good music to dance to.

For the free dance, Michael and Jody will provide recorded music from their selection of music collected over many visits to the Cajun part of the world. This could be the start of something great for Ottawa dance floors!

Register on line at http://www.jpra.ca/workshops_detail.php?id_workshop=9





Scotty Doubt Band

Elmdale House Tavern, 1084 Wellington Street

Friday, March 13 @ 9 pm

All you triskaidekaphobics are probably planning to stay home on Friday night. Come on … it can only be good luck to head down to the Elmdale House Tavern to catch a rare performance by one of Ottawa’s finest blues guitarists. Scotty Doubt won the Blues Guitar Riff-Off back in 1996 and an earlier incarnation of his band won the Toronto Blues Society’s New Talent competition in 2000 but passed up the opportunity to go to the International Blues Challenge in Memphis TN as the TBS entry because of family and school obligations. Scotty’s day job keeps him busy (check out some of his amazing photos here http://photo.net/photodb/member-photos?user_id=2101729), and that’s why we don’t get to hear his tasty guitar as often as we’d like. So make this Friday the 13th a lucky night and enjoy Scotty’s band at the Elmdale House.




Blues in the Schools Artists Showcase

With Reverend Billy C. Wirtz, T.J. Wheeler, Rick Fines, Sharon Riley, Michael Jerome Browne, Tony D, Steve Marriner, John Allaire, Ana Muira and other special guests from the faculty of the Ottawa Bluesfest ‘Blues in the Schools’ program

Bronson Centre Auditorium, 211 Bronson Avenue

Wednesday, March 11 @ 7 pm

Last year, the Ottawa Bluesfest showcased their fabulous BITS faculty at the Bronson Centre. It was such a success that we booked the auditorium again this year. It's an opportunity for parents, students, teachers and member of the community to witness the incredible talent that is recruited to deliver Bluesfest’s annual two-week music education program. TJ Wheeler will host the evening, and many of the 29 BITS artists will be pitching in. Just show up – it’s FREE, courtesy of the Ottawa Bluesfest!





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 12 – Rob Alexander

March 19 – Pat Johnson

March 26 – JW-Jones


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.



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.




Agent Blue

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

Saturday, March 14


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

Saturday, March 21 will feature special guest, keyboardist Craig Tousignant

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





Max Cann
Blueberry Hill Bistro,
16 High, Vankleek Hill ON

Tuesday, March 17, 7-10 pm; $10

2 Beans Café. Main Street South, Alexandria ON
Wednesday, March 18, 7-10 pm; $10

There’s humour in Max Cann’s live presentations, as well as thoughtfulness, and sentiment (not much sentimentality, though). Most of all, there’s variety and Cann is proof that if you’re still doing music after 35 years, you’re certain to be very good at it.

Those of you who attended the Max Cann gig at Blueberry Hill will remember what an enjoyable evening it was. Max was visiting here last year from Torquay, England and decided to record at Terry Gillespie’s Heaven’s Radio Studio in Vankleek Hill, returning later in the year to introduce the public to his new CD “Opener”. Well, MAX IS BACK! Terry will be accompanying Max on guitar.

The Broken Hearted

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Saturday, March 21 @ 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 is 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.”



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)



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.





Demand for these great Dinner & Show fundraiser nights, featuring some of Canada's best blues artists in the intimate friendly setting of The Cove Inn in Westport, is growing and they are once again selling out well in advance. 2nd Shows on Saturday nights are being added. Watch for updates on www.bluesontherideau.ca

Remaining 2008/09 Season Schedule

March 20 - RICK FINES & SUZIE VINNICK BAND (Almost Sold Out but there are often cancellations so get on the Waiting List)
2009 Maple Blues Female Vocalist of the Year partnered with one of the best singer/songwriters/guitarists in the business and a fine band.

"Tasty guitars, heartfelt vocals & original lyrics - from moody and soulful to rockin' blues"

Proceeds to Juvenile Diabetes Association of Ontario

March 21 - MONKEY JUNK *New Show just added - already half Sold Out
Ottawa's own with legendary Tony D on guitar & vocals, Steve Marriner on harp, guitar & vocals (2009 Maple Blues Award Harmonica Player of the Year) and Matt Sobb on drums. Just finished 3rd out of over 100 bands at the International Blues Competition in Memphis!

"Swamp boogie, R&B, bedroom funk & lethal love songs"

Proceeds to Gilda's Club for Cancer Families


Proceeds to Rideau Waterway Land Trust & Westport in Bloom

April 18 – JW-JONES BLUES BAND – just added


Proceeds to Compassion Canada Sponsor a Child & Habitat for Humanity


* 2nd night just added

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. Even if the nights are Sold Out, be sure to get on the Waiting List. There are frequently last minute cancellations.

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, March 11 – Blues Queens of the ‘Twenties: As our contribution to International Women’s Day, we feature three of the first women to record blues in the early ‘twenties. We’ll hear MARY STAFFORD in 1921 and 1926. According to my research, Mary Stafford was the third woman to record the blues [after Mamie Smith and Lucille Hegamin]. Unfortunately the sound quality of these early recordings poses a challenge to today's listener. EDITH WILSON was the tenth woman to record when she made her recording debut in September 1921. We'll hear her recordings from 1924, 1929, 1930, 1973 & 1975, which have better sound quality. Finally VICTORIA SPIVEY didn't start recording until May 1926, but her recording career survived the Depression and she was still going strong when I saw her at the Ann Arbor Jazz & Blues Festival in 1973. We'll listen to Victoria's recordings from 1929, 1937 and 1961 with some great jazz accompaniments.

This is the real McCoy; you won't hear this anywhere else!

Next week, March 18 – Ron Miles: Introducing a contemporary trumpeter from Denver with a very personal style, who has recorded with Ginger Baker, Bill Frisell, Fred Hess and Wayne Horvitz as well as making several recordings as a leader.


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).




Cadillac Records

Bytowne Cinema, 325 Rideau Street

Tuesday, March 10 at 4:40 pm


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.

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, March 10 @ 7:30 am –Rhythm, Roots and Soul

Nothing Halfway, Rick Fines & Susie Vinnick (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 Rick Fines and Suzie Vinnick.




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, March 20

The Jivewires @ the Rainbow, 9:30 pm

Robert Farrell @ Greenfield’s Pub, 9:30 pm

Saturday, March 28

JW-Jones @ the Rainbow, 9:30 pm



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