01 June 2009

Ottawa Blues This Week - 1 June 2009





Benefit for Zimbabwe

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Friday, June 5 @ 9:30 pm

Back from their 6-week Western tour, MonkeyJunk is back. These guys are hot and will be spending their summer at various festivals across the country, including opening for Jeff Beck on the opening night of the Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest, Wednesday July 8th.

Don’t miss this opportunity to see them in a club.



Barrelhouse presents

The Beatles Abbey Rd: A Classic Album Live

Greenfield’s, Barrhaven

Friday, June 5 @ 9:30 pm

It is the 40th anniversary of this landmark album. Barrelhouse will perform the album tracks in sequence as their first set, to be followed by two more sets of the high-energy classic rock the band is known for. From Steely Dan to the Allmans to Jeff Beck to Yes, Barrelhouse plays all the tunes you wanted to hear, but were afraid to ask for!


Elmdale House Tavern, 1084 Wellington Street West

Friday, June 5 @ 9 pm; $10

Terry Gillespie with special guest Owen Brown from Green Island JA

From Kathy Gillespie: “Terry has been playing reggae since 1968 – he is old school. He has played his reggae sound extensively in Canada and Jamaica and is very happy with its new popularity. In the beginning (‘70s), bars wouldn’t hire reggae bands because they didn’t sell enough liquor – guess why. In the ‘70s he opened for both Jimmy Cliff and Peter Tosh. His two albums recorded then have been re-released as “Heaven’s Radio Rendezvous. They are reggae, blues and R&B all mixed up … I guess you would call it roots or world now. Look for a new world/roots CD in the fall.”



Honky Tonk Saturday Night

With Ball and Chain and the Wreckers

Elmdale House Tavern, 1084 Wellington Street

Saturday, June 6 @ 9 pm; $6 at the door

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

Special guest this month is Keith Glass, from Prairie Oyster.





REGGAE Roots and Blues at Beaus

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

Tuesday, June 2, 7-10 pm; $10

Terry Gillespie with special guest Owen Brown from Green Island JA


Memphis Meet & Greet

Loyal Blues Fellowship Inc. Annual General Meeting

Parkdale Community Centre, 119 Birch Street, Belleville ON

Friday, June 5; 7 pm ‘til the wee hours

Membership renewals at the door – Student $7, Individual $25, Household/Band $40

Live Blues, Good Food & Cold Beverages

This is a licensed event and includes food

Are you are planning on attending this year's Meet & Greet?

If possible please let us know so we can plan better for dinner. Thanks.

Ron Foxall

El Prez

Loyal Blues Fellowship Inc.





Trevor Finlay

Nepean Sailing Club

Friday, June 5

Trevor’s back in Canada for a while and will be entertaining at the Nepean Sailing Club with an acoustic performance.

Trevor says, “Next up, by popular demand, is a free acoustic show in Ottawa at the Nepean Sailing Club on Friday, June 5th. I’ll be playing some of my new stuff, some older stuff, and just about anything else I feel like playing! Fun guaranteed – if you don’t have fun, I’ll refund your cover charge! (it’s a free show.... get it?)” That Trevor, what a kidder! You know you have fun at *all* his shows!



Baobab Youth and Akpokli In Concert

St Georges Catholic Church, 415 Piccadilly Avenue

Saturday June 6 @ 7:30pm; tickets $15, $10 for children 12 & under

St. George's Parish presents Baobab Youth and Akpokli in Concert on Saturday June 6 with special guest master drummer Kwasi Dunyo.

The concert of West African drumming, dancing and singing will begin at 7:30 pm [doors open at 7 pm]. A BBQ and cash bar will be held in the parish hall from 5-7 pm.

A special studio dedication ceremony to celebrate the opening of Baobab Tree House will follow the concert in the downstairs studio. The party continues in the parish hall after the concert with door prizes for the concert patrons, music, drumming food and beverages.

Each ticket entitles the holder to a 25% discount off one workshop or class session with Baobab Tree House. Your ticket also enters you in a draw to be held after the concert.

To purchase tickets or for more information please contact the parish office 613-728-0201 or secretary@on.aibn.com or Baobab Tree House 613-725-6994 or www.baobabtree.org


Jimmy Bowskill

Zaphod Beeblebrox, 27 York Street

Saturday, June 6 @ 8 pm

Canada’s youngest and self-taught blues star Jimmy Bowskill is scheduled to perform at Zaphod’s in support of his new live album. Check out this video, taken on the first date of his tour when he played to a sold out room in Sault Ste Marie http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ASixc-8nQOs

Inspired by the late Robert Johnson, Bowskill shared his first on stage appearance with Jeff Healey at the tender age of 11, establishing himself as an international enigma. The musical protégé’s 2007 self-titled release produced by Bowskill and Peter Prilesnik (Big Sugar, Ashley McIsaac and Sarah Harmer) features ten blues/rock originals and a reinterpretation of Peter Green’s ‘Rattle Snake Shake’.

Bowskill has received international recognition including a 2005 Juno Nomination for Blues Album Of The Year, Favourite Blues Artist at the 2004/2005 Canadian Indie Awards, Best New Artist at the 2004 Canadian Maple Blues Awards, Galaxy Rising Star at the 2004 Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Awards, and Children For Peace Leadership at the 2004 DareArts Awards.






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.


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 Street

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!


Jesse Greene Band

Irene’s, 885 Bank Street

Every Sunday night, 9 pm

Jesse Greene and band perform live at Irene's every Sunday night. Blues/jazz originals rock, funk, folk, R&B, don't miss out! This is a kick-ass band. Jesse is an amazing guitarist and songwriter. Bluesfest performances, and shows with her other two bands Jokko and Frank and Jesse James have really started to turn heads and win hearts. But this is by far the best yet!
Drums - Jason Cote; Guitar- Luke Donovan and Jesse Greene; Harp Marc Seguin; Bass - Dan Grewal.





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.




June 4-7, 2009

Orangeville Blues & Jazz

Orangeville ON

Featuring Fathead, Blackburn, Steve Strongman, Trouble & Strife, Brian Blain, Michael Jerome Browne, Charles Wilson, MonkeyJunk, Little G Weevil, Daddy Long Legs, Danny Marks, Joe & Vicki Price (thanks to Eric Thom for the latter two tips) and more.


June 5-14, 2009


Toronto ON

With Derek Trucks, Kevin Breit, Raoul & the Big Time, Taj Mahal, Harry Manx and more.





The Glengarry Music Festival takes place in 2BEANS IN A BARN, a typical country barn that has been transformed into a unique 90 seat performance Room. The performance schedule consists of 4 evening performances with an exquisite dinner in the barn and 4 luncheon performances alfresco in the sunshine. We are half way between Montreal and Ottawa. Lots of free parking and accommodations close by.



A special pre-CD-launch performance of “He Said - She Said”
Across a thousand miles, their letters became songs.
MENU 1. Paella 2. Saltimbocca 3. vegetarian meal available upon request



Latest News: Lynne will be in Kerrville, Texas as a 2009 Kerrville New Folk Finalist on May 23-24. She will be spending the Canadian Victoria Day weekend in Mansfield, MA for the Rose Garden Coffeehouse Competition where she is also a songwriting finalist. This adds to the growing number of awards she has received in the last two years. Go Lynne! See you in Alexandria in June.
MENU 1. Crispy Fried Chicken 2. BBQ short Ribs 3. vegetarian meal available upon request



Nelson Mandela's favorite singer. For Klaasen, her inspiration and strength comes from her being a member of the oppressed who resisted police harassment and violence in the streets of Sophiatown ­ experiences she evokes hauntingly in her singing. It was this strength and inspiration which infused Thandi Klaasen's performances as an artist, and which had led photographer Paul Indigo to describe her as 'the very embodiment of the passion of an artist'. Klaasen has received numerous awards garnered over more than 50 years of superlative performance. This may be Thandie's last trip abroad. We are privileged to host her at the Glengarry Music Festival.
MENU 1. Coq au Vin 2. Roast Pork Italiano 3. vegetarian meal available upon request



To usher in the Highland Games The sweetheart of Glengarry. Ashley plays traditional Scottish fiddle music with a flair. She performed with the four-time world champion Simon Fraser University Pipe Band as their fiddler on their cross Canada tour. Her career has just begun and is going far!
MENU 1. Corned Beef Brisket 2. Scottish Salmon 3. vegetarian meal available upon request



The range of her voice appears to have no limit, and her penchant for changes of rhythm and atmosphere is fascinating. The merging of two musical universes and two generations of artists, Karen Young and Éric Auclair reinvent the classic bass / voice duo and offer their personal vision of electrojazz. Felix award for Ame, Corps et Desir, best classic vocal album in 2008. Prix Hommage (career award), for the remarkable quality of her work and her contribution to Quebec's culture.
MENU 1. Onion-Braised Beef Brisket 2. Chicken Kiev 3. vegetarian meal available upon request




Having driven every road, North, South, East, and West in the province of Quebec, Stephen, Andrew, and the band have also toured Brazil, France and the USA. Stephen Barry was named Best Blues Bassist in 2002 at Toronto's Maple Blues Awards and received the « Lys Blues Hommage » in 2004. His band also won Best Blues Group in Canada from The Jazz Report in 1996. Stephen and Andrew are no strangers to Alexandria, having played at The Atlantic numerous times with Terry Gillespie as members of The Granary Band.
MENU 1. Chicken Marsala 2. Santa Fe Pork 3. vegetarian meal available upon request



Bonneville is a distinctive artist, a man who cooks up a deep groove, blending a unique percussive electric guitar style, and weathered voice into provoking songs that can be believed. Honing his craft for the last 30 years, Bonneville's gritty storytelling and deep-grooving blues style has won him much critical attention. In 1999, Ray won the prestigious Juno Award for his third album “Gust of Wind”. His fourth release, “Rough Luck”, was also nominated for the coveted award
MENU 1. Roasted Lemon Chicken 2. Cider-Baked Ham 3. vegetarian meal available upon request



Johnny is a soulful singer whose respect, and passion for all types of music is evident. He is also a brilliant entertainer who has audiences thoroughly enjoying each show. 2008 Juno Award Nomination Blues Album of the year - “A Lesson I've Learned”; 3 Maple Blues Award Nominations for the Johnny Max
Band!!! 2007 Recording of the Year - “A Lesson I've Learned”; 2007 Songwriter of the Year - Martin Alex Aucoin & Johnny Max; 2007 Electric Act of the Year - Johnny Max.
MENU 1. Barbecued Pork 2. Chicken Piccata 3. vegetarian meal available upon request

Tickets now on Sale ­only seats 90 in an up-close and intimate setting – think Hugh's Room, Le Hibou, House-party!
Some of our best Canadian talent and favourite international guests.


Producer and Publicist, Kathy Gillespie ­ kathy@teka.ca
You can get info or purchase tickets directly from Kathy using mastercard or visa at: Festival hot-line: 613-678-5862 or on-line (see below).
Artistic Director, Terry Gillespie - terry@terrygillespie.ca
Chef, Kasey Rogers, 2Beans Café - kasey_rogers@yahoo.com
Menu & Venue queries should be directed to Kasey: 613-525-1466
Director of Operations, Paul Gamache - gamachepl@yahoo.com
Director of Communications & Sponsorship, Barbara Dragone ­dragones@sympatico.ca
Please call Barbara, 613-525-414, if you wish to be a sponsor for the Glengarry Music Festival. Any assistance would be appreciated to help us maintain recession-busting prices.

http://www.glengarrymusicfestival.com Tickets and info available here
http://www.terrygillespie.ca Tickets and info available here
http://www.2beanscafe.com Chef¹s Café
http://www.glengarrymusicfestival.com Artist info, menu descriptions, map, etc.




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.


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.
Jerome will be backed by an all star lineup which includes Eric Schenkman, guitarist and founding member of The Spin Doctors, Alec Fraser, bass player for the Jeff Healey Band and Vince Maccarone, from Paul Reddick and The Sideman 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





Peterborough Summer Blues Series

Holiday Inn, Gazebo Patio, 150 George St, Peterborough ON

Every Friday @ 6 pm; $5.00

June 19- Shrimp Daddy & the Sharpshooters

June 26- The Gary Kendall Band with special guest Chuck Jackson

July 3- Jake & the Fundamentals

July 10- Howard Ross & the Ptbo All-Stars

July 17- Jack deKeyzer

July 24- Deanna Bogart

July 31- Steve Strongman

Aug 7- Johnny Max Band

Aug 14- Erin McCallum

Aug 21- The Fabulous Tonemasters

Aug 28- Treasa Levasseur

Sept 4- Jack deKeyzer

For info or tickets, contact www.holidayinn.com/waterfront

705-743-1144 or 1-866-258-5181




June 4-7, 2009

Orangeville Blues & Jazz

Orangeville ON


June 5-14, 2009


Toronto ON


June 12-14, 2009

5th Waterfront Blues

Woodbine Park, Toronto ON


June 10-22, 2009

14th Barrie Jazz & Blues

Barrie ON


June 13, 2009

6th West Island Blues Festival

Dollard-des-Ormeaux Park, Dollard-des-Ormeaux QC


June 17-20, 2009

Edmonston Jazz and Blues Festival

Place de l’Hôtel de Ville Park, Edmonston NB


June 25-July 5, 2009

Ottawa International Jazz Festival

Ottawa ON


June 26-July 5, 2009

Sasktel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival

Saskatoon SK


June 27-28, 2009

4th Wasaga Beachfest

Wasaga Beach ON


June 30-July 12, 2009

30th Montreal International Jazz Festival

Montreal QC





Paul Quarrington and Pork Belly Futures

Black Sheep Inn, Wakefield QC

Wednesday, June 10 @ 8:30 pm; $10

It's a little bit bluesy. It has some heavy country influences. There's also a lot of rhythm'n'blues, Motown, Stax, a combination that the boys (who have an inordinate fondness for gin-and-tonics) call "Red-Eyed Soul."

Lynne Hanson opening – Americana / Roots Music / Folk ~ porch music with a little Texas red dirt


The Agnostic Mountain Gospel Choir

Black Sheep Inn, Wakefield QC

Thursday, June 11 @ 8:30 pm; $10

Blues / Alternative / Bluegrass ... "A gospel for the unbeliever".
Twilight opening – 2009 Juno Nominee For Roots / Traditional Album Of The Year; 2008 Winner: Roots Album (duo/group) Western Canada Music Awards


Colin Linden
Black Sheep Inn, Wakefield QC

Friday, June 12 @ 8:30 pm; $20

Colin Linden wears more hats than you’d find at a Royal wedding, and we’re not just talking about the trademark big black hat he favours on and offstage. This musical renaissance man is indeed a multiple threat – as a singer, songwriter, guitarist, and producer. He is in major demand by artists wanting him to produce, write for, and/or play on their records (he has played on 300 and produced 60 albums), yet somehow finds time to both pursue a prolific solo career and play a key role in Canadian roots-rock “supergroup,” Blackie and the Rodeo Kings.

Colin has two recent releases – this year’s “From the Water”, dedicated to the late Richard Bell “This record could not have been dedicated to anyone else except our beloved brother, Richard Bell. You are in every note always, and we will forever try and conjure your spirit.”, and last fall’s “Early Years”, a 4-Cd re-release of earlier CDs from 1988 through 1997.



Mayor’s Breakfast

“The Impact of Festivals in the Community” - Guest Speaker, Mark Monahan

Friday, June 19; registration 7:15 am; Buffet breakfast 7:30 am; Presentation 8-8:45 am

Tickets $30 + GST

Mark Monahan is the executive and artistic director of the Ottawa Bluesfest. In 1999, Mark spearheaded an artist-in-residence program as a response to arts cutbacks in Ontario schools. The program has become tremendously successful under the ongoing leadership of Mr. Monahan. Another example of Mark's leadership qualities and vision is his conceptualization of Ottawa's Festival Network. He has championed local festivals and events, positioning them as growing and viable businesses in Ottawa. In 2000, Mark was voted Tourism Person of the Year by the OTCA and, in October of 2003, he received a national tourism award for 'Best New Business of the Year' for successfully staging the inaugural Toronto Bluesfest. Over the past fifteen years, the Bluesfest organization has garnered many awards, due in large part to the exceptional leadership provided by Mark. In 2002, Bluesfest was recognized as Best Event by the OTCA and, in 2003, received the prestigious Keeping the Blues Alive award for arts education. In past years, Mark has served as committee member for the Ontario Tourism and Marketing Partnership (OTMP). More recently, Mark was recognized by Meeting Professionals International (MPI Ottawa) with their Annual Influence Award, which acknowledges a person or organization in the community who has made a difference to the meetings industry. Mark Monahan's many accomplishments within the arts community and his entrepreneurial spirit have lead to the exceptional growth and development of the Ottawa Bluesfest organization.

Registration form is available at http://www.ottawabusinessjournal.com/www/mayors_breakfast_form.pdf

Registration deadline, June 15.


“He Said-She Said”

Featuring Sue Foley and Peter Karp

The Studio Theatre, 63 Gore St East, Perth ON
Friday, June 19; tickets $25

Critically acclaimed Americana singer/songwriter Peter Karp and Juno Award winner Sue Foley

go toe to toe and heart to heart with songs about life and love … 1 part folk – 2 parts fire … the whole truth and nothing but.

The project is made up of songs based around letters the Sue and Peter exchanged over a 2-year period. In Sue’s words, “It started as a simple email and letter correspondence that took on a life of its own. The letters turned into songs and before we knew it we had composed enough material for a CD (we actually have more than enough). The music is intimate and simple, played with acoustic instruments, piano, nylon string guitar, dobro …. It tells the story...the only story anyone really wants to hear from the perspective of a man … then a woman ….”





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.

Due to unforeseen circumstances the Saturday, June 20 Dinner & Show for the Stephen Barry Band with Special Guest Michael Jerome Browne at Blues On The Rideau at The Cove Inn, Westport has been CANCELLED. There is now ONE Dinner & Show Only – Friday, June 19. Most of the people who were booked for the Saturday night have moved over but there are still a few seats left. If you want to be there call The Cove Inn, Westport, at (613) 273-3636 ASAP and book before the last ones go. Don't miss this great finale to the 2008/09 BOTR @ The Cove season.

These guys deserve a packed house with all their talent! Stephen & his band have been playing together for decades and they are great. Known as the "pere du blues du Quebec". Stephen was nominated for 2008 Maple Blues Award for Bass Player Of The Year (again!). Special Guest Michael Jerome Browne is worth the price of admission on his own. Great roots/blues/folk/soul/R&B troubadour, he played with SBB for years before branching out on his own career so it is special to have them reunited again for this Show. Michael won Solo Artist Of The Year at the 2008 Canadian Folk Music Awards and was nominated for the 2008 Maple Blues Award for Acoustic Artist Of The Year. His new CD "This Beautiful Mess" is getting rave reviews.


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 this Show.

Proceeds to Lucy Drysdale Memorial Scholarship

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!





An exciting new Summer Blues Series is being launched this July and August at 3 great waterfront venues in the beautiful, historic Rideau/St. Lawrence region of eastern Ontario – now a UNESCO World Heritage Site unesco.org/en/list All are Dinner, Show & Dance Fundraisers featuring some of Canada’s best blues artists performing LIVE – the same formula used for the successful Blues On The Rideau Series @ The Cove Inn, Westport for the past 4 years that has raised over $23,000 for local charities. The goal is to raise $2,500 for local charities from these 3 shows this summer.


Sunset Blues Cruise on the Island Star

With the Treasa Levasseur Band

Tuesday, July 21; 6:30-9:30 pm; $79.50 (plus GST)

From Toronto: nominated for three 2008 Maple Blues Awards: Female Vocalist Of The Year, Songwriter Of The Year and Recording Of The Year.



Steve Strongman Band

Angelo’s Restaurant,

Friday, August 14; 7-11 pm; $55 (tax included)

From Hamilton: 2008 Maple Blues Award nominee for Guitarist Of The Year, 2007 nominee for Best New Artist Of The Year – one of the fasting rising stars on the Canadian Blues scene.



Johnny Max Band

The Red George Public House

Sunday, August 23; 6-10 pm; $55 (tax included)

From Toronto: 2008 Juno Award nominee for Blues Album Of The Year, 3 time Maple Blues Award nominee in 2008: Recording Of The Year, Songwriter Of The Year & Electric Act Of The Year


For more info, contact James Doran, Choose the Blues Productions http://www.choosetheblues.ca/




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, June 3 – Listen Before You Buy: Recent jazz and blues releases by Roger Davidson, Emma Lee, Dennis Gonzales, Azar Lawrence, Joelle Leandre, Kelly Joe Phelps, Quartet San Francisco, Lenore Raphael and Dave Siebels.

Next week, Jun 10 – Ottawa International Jazz Festival: Ron introduces some of the amazing talent which will make this year’s Jazz Festival an unforgettable experience. Will include Toshiko Akiyoshi, Patricia Barber, Brian Blade, Chris Botti, Michiel Braam, Jane Bunnett, Gary Burton, Benoit Delbecq, Dave Douglas, Al Green, Gypsophilia, Charles Lloyd, Pat Metheny, Amina Claudina Myers, Lenore Raphael, Enrico Rava, Maria Schneider, Wayne Shorter, Esperanza Spalding, John Stetch, Trio M, Chucho Valdes and Alexander von Schlippenbach.


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 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

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

Sundays: Jesse Greene Band @ Irene’s, 9 pm




Saturday, June 13

King Rattler & the MudBoys @ the Rainbow, 9:30 pm

J.P. Ranger CD release @ Tucson’s, 9:15 pm

Saturday, June 20

Quicksand @ Tucson’s, 9:15 pm

Saturday, June 27

Loudlove @ Tucson’s, 9:15 pm



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