11 May 2009

Ottawa Blues This Week - 11 May 2009




The Ottawa Blues Society’s Blues Artist Directory (BAD) – in previous years a print publication – has become an on-line resource. This will allow the OBS to make timely updates to the info, which we hope will benefit musicians as well as those who make use of the BAD to obtain contact info.

The current BAD is online at http://www.ottawabluessociety.com/blues-dir.php Over the next few months, it will be revised to delete any bands/musicians no longer in the Ottawa area; we would also like to add new bands or musicians.

Inclusion criteria:
• resident of the Ottawa area (generally defined as approximately 100 km radius; please contact me if you are unsure whether you meet this criterion)
• music played is generally blues, or blues-related (again, if you are unsure whether you meet this criterion, please contact me)

Information required (all info will be posted to the website):
• Name (band or musician)
• Blues genre
• Contact name (and phone number if you wish)
• Contact email
• Website URL

For further information or to submit your information, please contact me at lizsykes@rogers.com

Liz Sykes
Ottawa Blues Society




The Toronto Blues Society invites Canadian blues acts who have not made a nationally distributed or major label recording to enter the Toronto Blues Society Talent Search. Now in its fourteenth year, this event has proved a launching pad for outstanding emerging talent - previous winners include JUNO and Maple Blues Award nominee the Rockin' Highliners, New Artist of the Year nominees Jake and the Blue Midnights, and Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards winners, the Ronnie Douglas Blues Band, CBC/Galaxie Rising Star David Rotundo, and Maple Blues Award nominees Wickens-Knight. For the 2009 edition, a screening panel will choose six acts, each of whom will perform one live showcase set in the finals.

The winning act will receive a professional development package including a performance at the Southside Shuffle in September, a showcase performance and passes to the Blues Summit V in January 2011, studio time at Euphonic Sound in Toronto, a photo shoot with Bill King, a quarter page ad in the MapleBlues Newsletter, and a Mentoring session with music industry professionals.
The finalists will perform before a panel of judges at Nathan Phillips Square on Thursday, August 13.

To enter: Send a cassette or CD with three songs (material must have been recorded within the past two years.)
Make sure the recording is clearly labeled, and include a bio (200 words max), photo and contact information, including mailing address and phone number. Enclose entry fee of $15 (cheques payable to the Toronto Blues Society. Please don't send cash), and mail to:
Toronto Blues Society Talent Search
910 Queen St. W., Suite B04
Toronto, ON M6J 1G6
Or, you can enter using Sonicbids at http://www.sonicbids.com/2009TorontoBluesSocietyTalentSearch

Deadline for submissions is 5 PM on Friday, June 19th, 2009. All entries become the property of the Toronto Blues Society and will not be returned.
For further information contact the Toronto Blues Society at (416) 538-3885,

e-mail info@torontobluessociety.com





Matt Sobb continues to blog about MonkeyJunk’s Tiger in Your Tank Tour.


(*Thanks to Drew Nelson who coined this term and allowed me to steal it!)




Wicked Grin

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Saturday, May 16 @ 9:30 pm

Formed in late 2003 around the fierce vocals and stellar guitar work of Murray Kinsley and driven by the rhythm-section-to-die-for of Leigh-Anne Stanton and Richard Wielusiewicz, and with the recent addition of veteran blues man Rob Alexander on keyboards and vocals, Wicked Grin combines blues, groove, rock and a little funk to give you ‘Blues With Bite’.





Ball and Chain
Blueberry Hill Bistro, Vankleek Hill

Tuesday, May 12, 7-10 pm - $10

Advance tickets (recommended) 613-678-2364

2 Beans Café, Main Street South, Alexandria, ON

Wednesday May 13; doors open at 5:30 pm, dinner at 6 pm; dinner & performance $30
Advance tickets (recommended) 613-525-1466.

Kasey, chief cook and owner of 2 Beans Café will be offering a special menu to complement the evening's entertainment. Proceeds of the bar will be donated to "Friends of the Barn" Home of the Glengarry Music Festival.

Ball and Chain:

Jody Benjamin is a lead singer in the Toasted Westerns, Ottawa's favourite singing sandwich. Together since 1988, they recorded their album “Out to Lunch” in 1995 and are still going strong. Her driving Cajun triangle can be heard on several recordings, including albums by Keith Glass
(Prairie Oyster), Jennifer Noxon, Zydeco Loco and Shelley Posen. She sings harmony and plays guitar and triangle on Michael Jerome Browne's 2004 album released on Borealis Records.

Michael Ball's first exposure to Cajun and Zydeco music was when he joined Danielle Martineau's band, Rockabayou in 1992. The band toured Europe, Canada and the U.S. and recorded three albums between 1992 and 1997. Visiting Louisiana since 1996, Michael has been learning from such great
players as David Greely, Edward Poulard and Mitchell Reed to name just a few. He was picked up by Prairie Oyster for the summer of 2003 and continues to play and record with such artists as Jennifer Noxon, Keith Glass and Finest Kind.



Blues on the Rideau presents

Danny Brooks & The Memphis Brothers

The Cove, Westport ON

Friday & Saturday, May 15-16

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

Buffet at 7 pm, Show at 8:30; Advance reservations required

Tickets still available – a few for Saturday and about 20 for Friday.

Don't miss this great artist and his band. He sings from the heart with a gravely, powerful voice full of soul. His last visit in September 2007 blew everyone away. Danny on vocals, harmonica & guitar is backed by an excellent, veteran band: Bucky Berger on drums, Dennis Pinhorn on bass, Teddy Leonard on guitar and Ed Zankowski on sax. Come to Memphis north – The Cove in Westport!

Proceeds to Compassion Canada Sponsor A Child and Habitat For Humanity.

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

Visit www.bluesontherideau.ca for more information




Cajun and Zydeco Dance Lessons
Elmdale House Tavern, 1084 Wellington Street

Sundays, 7-9 pm, April 19 through May 17


What a great idea! Cajun and Zydeco dance lessons. Something new we're trying. Tell your friends... What the heck, tell the neighbours too.

Jody Benjamin and Michael Ball will guide you through the Basics and Beyond in Three Classic Dances that are staples in clubs throughout SW Louisiana and now very popular in the New England States. It is a session of 5 consecutive Sundays starting April 19 and ending May 17. Classes are $10 each, pay as you go.

There will be instruction from 7-8 pm and supervised Free Dance from 8-9 pm. Singles are welcome. Our goal is to teach men and women how to lead and follow and leave you all with a dancing vocabulary that will stand you in good stead with a cool head in many dancing situations. The focus will be Cajun and Zydeco but keep in mind these dances work with other styles of music as well.

Dancing is a social activity by definition. This is not dancing for performance or competition. This is an inclusive activity that will help you be at ease in social settings where dancing would be a fun option. The Elmdale is an ideal setting for this activity with its old school charm and, not least, because the dancer will inevitably benefit from his/her proximity to the delicious tasting, high quality beverages available there.

Jody and Michael will provide music from their collection of recordings gathered over their many trips to SW Louisiana and to various festivals in the North East US.

These dances will culminate with a special event: On May 23rd Our friend and hero Jesse Lege', direct from Lake Charles Louisiana, is coming to play a Cajun Dance Party at the Knights of Columbus Hall (260 McArthur Ave) here in Ottawa.

We'll keep you posted.
Michael Ball





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:

May 14 – Rob Alexander
May 21 – Victor Nesrallah
May 28 – Murray Kinsley & Rod Williams


Sunday Blues, 6-9 pm, no cover

Atomic Rooster, 303 Bank Street (at MacLaren)

Bands & dates to be confirmed; check out their new website



Open Blues/Rock jam

Le Petit Chicago in Hull Centre-Town, 50 Portage St.

Sundays, 8-11 pm, starting March 29

We provide drums and amps, just bring your instrument. One musician at a time can play, with the band for improvisation, or as a standalone, for 15/20 minutes. You can register your name on a list at the door, choosing at what time you'd like to play. We suggest that you know how to communicate in terms of chords and rhythms, to make the improvisation easier and more convenient for the other musicians. You're more than welcome to come and play with us, and bring your friends! Le Petit Chicago is a very nice bar and we hope to see a lot of people. Spread the word!




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 play, 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!


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.




Bluesfest is proud to present

The 6th Annual Golf tournament

In support of the Blues in the Schools program

The Meadows Golf and Country Club, 4335 Hawthorne Road

Thursday, June 11th 2009; 12:30 pm Shotgun start

Price is $125.00 per person and includes:

2 free any day passes to Bluesfest (july 9-19 2009)

18 holes with power cart

Roasted ½ chicken dinner

Live entertainment

There will also be challenge prizes, door prizes and silent auction

Information, call Dave @ 290-4840 or Jeff @ 673-2847

All net proceeds donated to Blues in the Schools charity


Ottawa International Jazz Festival schedule





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

This month – Saturday, May 23

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.


Jerome Godboo

KBS 3rd Anniversary Show

Opening – Big Mo and the Blues Mission

Confederation Place Hotel

Saturday, June 13; tickets $20 advance KBS members; $25 door & non-members

Anyone who has seen Jerome live has the image seared in their mind. There's the machismo and the mischievous grin, the low-slung leather belt of harmonicas, and there's a tenderness and vulnerability as well. Based purely on first impressions, it's easy to make comparisons to Jagger and Morrison, but Jerome imitates no one. If the respect of his peers is anything to go by, Jerome Godboo is a giant on the music scene in Canada. All in all, it's a potent mix, one that combines the still vibrant musical legacy of more than a century of the blues with a passion and urgency that constantly renews itself.

Jerome Godboo is a singer, songwriter and harp player extraordinaire. He has released twelve albums over twenty years. He's recorded and toured and played with Prince, Pinetop Perkins, James Cotton, the Tragically Hip, Levon Helm, Billy Ray Cyrus, The Phantoms, Alannah Myles, Dutch Mason, Jeff Healey, Ronnie Hawkins, Jack de Keyzer, Jimmy Bowskill and Suzie McNeil and many more. Jerome has performed on stages across Canada, the U.S., France, Finland, Portugal, Ukraine, Israel and beyond.

Jerome's current band includes Pat Rush on guitar, Alec Fraser on bass and Al Cross on drums.



Regular 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

Agent Blue

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

First Saturday of each month; early start 8 pm


For more, please contact Kingston Blues Society





Elyssa Mahoney & Lucas Haneman

The Chelsea Pub, 238 Old Chelsea Road, Chelsea QC

Thursday, May 21, 7-10 pm

Elyssa Mahoney & Lucas Haneman are bringing their duo act to the Chelsea Pub where they’ll perform some of their favourite jazz and blues selections and, of course, their own originals. The Chelsea Pub is situated at the foot of the Gatineau Hills, 15 minutes from downtown Ottawa. Take a left from exit 12 off Route 5 N. It was a full house last time so make your reservations early!



Jack de Keyzer

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Saturday, May 23 @ 10 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, 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.



Blues Open Stage

Branch Restaurant, 15 Clothier St E, Kemptville ON

Sunday, May 24, 3-6 pm

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


Out of the Blues

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Sunday, May 24 @ 9:30 pm

Montreal blues-rockers Out of the Blues make their first appearance in Ottawa.



The 2nd Annual Singin' the Blues for Ethel

Bourbon Street West, 1866 boul. des Source, Dorval QC

Sunday, May 31 @ 7 pm; $15 in advance or $20 at the door

Bourbon Street West is proud to present the second annual benefit concert in support of the thel Bruneau Dance School. For the second year, a host of musicians and dancers come together raising funds for the legendary Ethel Bruneau, aiding her on her quest to provide children with a means to realize their dreams.

Born in Harlem, Ethel Mae Waterman Bruneau arrived in Montreal in 1953 with the Cab Calloway Orchestra. What was supposed to be a three week engagement turned into over 50 years of teaching the art of 'hoofin'. Along the way she has amassed quite a few awards and acknowledgements for doing what she loves to do, the most recent being the 'Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Achievement Award'. As much as she has received, she has given out far more. A recent example took place at the Montreal Tap Dance Society Awards, where she handed out 40 student scholarships. This money will help students, who would otherwise not have the opportunity, start on a path towards following their dreams.

This year’s show will include the harder edge sounds of the band 'Trouble Is', an acoustic set from bluesy trio '22nd Avenue' as well the thrilling, soulful voice of Carolyn-Fe supporting her latest release. Dance performances will showcase the dazzling 'Dance Trance' with a special performance by one of Ethel's protégés Justin Jackson (as seen on Canada's "So You Think You Can Dance").

The evening will end with a not-to-be-missed musical performance by the legend herself, Montreal's own Queen of Tap, Ethel Bruneau, with special guest on guitar, her son JP Bruneau.


Ken Gaucher 514-436-7104 ken.gaucher@gmail.com

Karen Abrams 514-919-1866




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&Bs 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


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 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, May 13 – Blues Box: The Danish Storyville label has put out a 7-CD set appropriately called “The Blues Box”. The box contains recordings made in Denmark and Switzerland in the ‘50s, ‘60s & ‘70s by 29 visiting American blues artists, generally of the pre-Chicago generation, including Big Bill Broonzy, Champion Jack Dupree, Sleepy John Estes, Cousin Joe, Lonnie Johnson, Robert Lockwood Junior, Jay McShann, Little Brother Montgomery, Memphis Slim, Sunnyland Slim, Otis Spann, Roosevelt Sykes, Sippie Wallace, Big Joe Williams and Sonny Boy Williamson. Of the nineteen artists featured tonight, two play harmonica, seven are guitarists, and ten are pianists; all of them sing. Ron has chosen cuts where these artists perform their own compositions, and preferably lesser-known compositions, although in the blues, ‘composition’ is a pretty fluid concept.

Next week, May 20 – Chris McGregor Discoveries: Two previously unreleased Chris McGregor sessions have been discovered and have recently appeared on CD. They are “Our Prayer” by the Chris McGregor Trio [Chris, Barre Phillips & Louis Moholo] from 1968/69 and “Up To Earth” by the Chris McGregor Septet [Chris, Mongezi Feza, Louis Moholo, Evan Parker, Dudu Pukwana, John Surman and Danny Thompson] from 1968.


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, May 12 @ 7:30 am – Rhythm, Roots & 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.

Tuesday, May 19 @ 7:30 am – Rhythm, Roots & Soul

Diamond Days/Eric Bibb (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 Eric Bibb.

Tuesday, May 19 @ 7 pm – The Jackie Washington Story (2005)
Documentary examining the fascinating life, rich musical history and passionate spirit of the Canadian jazz/swing/blues/folk singer, guitarist and storyteller. This grandson of slaves has an impressive repertoire of 1300 songs.

Tuesday, May 19 @ 10:30 pm

Wednesday, May 20 @ 11:30 am & 5:30 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.

Friday, May 22 @ 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.

Tuesday, May 26 @ 7:30 am – Rhythm, Roots & Soul

The Phenomenal Ruthie Foster (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 performer Ruthie Foster.




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

Sunday afternoons: Blues jam @ the Rainbow, 3-7 pm




Saturday, May 23

The FunKtion @ Tucson’s, 9:15 pm

Sunday, May 24

Smokestack Lighting hosts the Jam @ the Rainbow, 3-7 pm

Friday, May 29

JW-Jones @ the Rainbow, 9:30 pm

Saturday, May 30

The Liquid Edge & the Lee Bowie Band @ the Elmdale House Tavern, 9 pm



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