15 June 2009

Ottawa Blues This Week - 15 June 2009




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


Registration deadline June 15.


Ottawa Dragon Boat Race Festival
Mooney's Bay, Across from the Rideau Canoe Club

Friday to Sunday, June 19-21

Don’t miss the boat! If you haven’t experienced the sport of dragon boat racing, start your summer at Mooney’s Bay. 190 teams participate in corporate, government and community challenges.

Combine the excitement and competition of the races with multi-cultural food and entertainment and charitable fundraising and you have something for the whole family to enjoy. Some examples of on-site events include the following:

· Multicultural performances at the Royal Oak Main Tent featuring King Sunshine, African Guitar Summit, JW-Jones and Ashley MacIsaac

· Tim Horton’s Children’s Area featuring The Cowguys, Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo, Mad Science, Bouncy Castle and more…

· A variety of concessionaires and exhibitors representing our cross-cultural community.






Stephen Barry Band

With special guest Michael Jerome Browne

The Cove, Westport ON

Friday, June 19

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

Buffet at 7 pm, Show at 8:30 pm

Advance reservations required

Proceeds to Lucy Drysdale Memorial Scholarship

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

As of today there were still a dozen or so tickets left for the Friday, June 19 Show at Blues on the Rideau at The Cove Inn, Westport with the great Stephen Barry Band from Montreal & Special Guest Michael Jerome Browne. Don't procrastinate any longer if you've been thinking of coming to this night but haven't bought your ticket yet - pick up the phone and book now! It's the last BOTR @ The Cove Show of the season (the Series starts again next October) - and what an awesome season of great Blues it has been!

This is a seasoned, polished, excellent blues band led by Stephen on bass and vocals (2008 Maple Blues Award nominee for Bass Player Of The Year) with Andrew Cowan on guitar & vocals, Jody Golick on sax and Gordon Adamson on drums & vocals. Special Guest Michael Jerome Browne plays guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle and has a wonderful voice. He played with the SBB for many years before launching his own very successful solo career that has taken him around the world. He too was nominated for a 2008 Maple Blues Award - Acoustic Artist Of The Year - and won Solo Artist Of The Year at the 2008 Canadian Folk Music Awards.

Either one of these artists is worth the price of admission. It's a real treat to have them reunited again for this one special Show.

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.

Visit www.bluesontherideau.ca for more information

See you at The Cove!




“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 ….”



Glengarry Music Festival presents



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

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.

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

“Shout Sister!” Choir Fundraiser

Wall Street United Church, 5 Wall Street, Brockville ON

Saturday June 20 @ 8 pm (doors 7:30 pm); tickets $15

Brockville’s dynamic “Shout Sister!” choir is making a “joyful noise” for Girls Inc. Choir members are drawn from Brockville and surrounding area. Directed by multi-award winning vocalist Georgette Fry, the choir is full of enthusiasm and energy. It is infectious fun; come and catch the bug!

Shout Sister! takes an unorthodox approach to choral singing. The focus is on relaxing and having fun while singing a wide range of popular music. Audiences delight at their performance of pop and gospel tunes. Georgette performs a solo with the choir at each performance.

Demand has led to performances on the Vinyl Café Kingston show, Tom Jackson’s Christmas show, and most recently the Nylons Christmas show last November. They also perform for various fundraising events in the area.

Come enjoy a great concert and support Girls Incorporated of Upper Canada (GIUC). They are a leading provider of programs and services specifically for girls between the ages of 6-18. The organization initiated and developed several programs over the past years to mentor and teach girls throughout the community to be strong and independent in their everyday lives.

There will also be barrels for the Food Bank so bring along a food item too.

This is an all-ages show. Bring the whole family!

(Thanks to Nancy Greig for this info.)




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.

Special guests:

June 18 - Victor Nesrallah
June 25 - John Yemensky


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.





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, Dinner & Show on the Island Star


Tuesday, July 21; 6:30-9:30 pm

Proceeds to: Kingston Food Bank

From Toronto: TREASA LEVASSEUR BAND http://www.treasalevasseur.com

Nominated for three 2008 Maple Blues Awards: Female Vocalist Of The Year, Songwriter Of The Year and Recording Of The Year

Tickets: $79.50 (plus GST). Advance reservations required. Call (613) 549-5544 or order On-line at www.ktic.ca


Dinner & Show


60 Lombard St beside the Detached Lock, Rideau Canal

Friday, August 14; 7-11 pm

Proceeds to: charity TBA

From Hamilton: STEVE STRONGMAN BAND http://www.stevestrongman.com

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

Tickets: $55 (taxes included). Advance reservations required. Call (613) 283-0512


Dinner & Show


197 Water St. W overlooking the St. Lawrence

Sunday, August 23; 6-10 pm

Proceeds to: charity TBA

From Toronto: JOHNNY MAX BAND http://www.johnnymaxband.com

2008 Juno Award nominee for Blues Album Of The Year, 2008 Maple Blues Award nominee for Recording Of The Year, Songwriter Of The Year & Electric Act Of The Year

Tickets: $55 (tax included). Advance reservations required. Call (613) 925-8800

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




June 10-22, 2009

14th Barrie Jazz & Blues

Barrie ON

With The Ronnie Douglas Blues Band, Julian Fauth, Carlos del Junco, Jack de Keyzer, Michael Pickett, Steve Rowe and more.


June 17-20, 2009

Edmonston Jazz and Blues Festival

Place de l’Hôtel de Ville Park, Edmonston NB

Featuring Blues Delight, Mike Goudreau & friends, Andrée Dupré & Jim Zeller, Garrett Mason, Theresa Malenfant, Jack de Keyzer, Clio & the Blues Highway, Rita Chiarelli, Angel Forrest & 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.




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.



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, June 20 with special guest Sonny Slide Maddams

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.


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 10-22, 2009

14th Barrie Jazz & Blues

Barrie ON


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





Blues Night

With Sweet & the Back Beat

D’Arcy McGee’s, 360 Moodie Drive, Bells Corners

Saturday, June 27 @ 9:15 pm

Hey Blues Fans, D'Arcy McGee's has been experimenting with various music themes and we are pleased to be the band selected for Blues Night. We will showcase tunes by BB King, Freddie King, Coco Montoya, Billy Preston, Delbert McLinton, Dr. John, Jimmy Smith, Tyrone Davis, Al Green, The Meters, Sly Stone, Robben Ford – you get the idea. We would be pleased to see you and we hope to show the staff at D'Arcy's that the blues is alive and well in Ottawa. To quote the late, great Little Milton, "Hey, hey, the blues is all right!"

Check us out at www.sweetandthebackbeat.com




“Blues Piano and Improv”

Ottawa Folklore Centre, 1111 Bank Street

Saturday, July 11; 1:30-3:00 pm, $20 members, $25 non-members

Join David for an informal examination of Blues piano styles, accompaniment, and improv.

David Maxwell has amassed an enormous resume throughout the years playing piano with some of the greatest and best-known musicians in the blues. David plays many styles of blues, jazz and improvised music, but he is best known for his soulful virtuosity and unmatched ability to reach the heart of post-war Chicago Blues. He has played with many of the greats including tours with Freddie King, Bonnie Raitt, James Cotton, Otis Rush, Buddy Guy, Hubert Sumlin, Jimmy Rodgers, Charley Musselwhite, Johnny Adams and Ronnie Earl; and gigs with Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Levon Helm, Jimmy Witherspoon, Lowell Fulsom, Junior Wells and many others.

He has been involved in well over fifty recording sessions and can be found playing keys on many blues albums that have been released over the last 25 years. David backed up Keith Richards and Eric Clapton for Hubert Sumlin's CD, "About Them Shoes" released in 2005. David's music was used in the movie "Fried Green Tomatoes" and in the TV series "Touched By An Angel". He has performed on "Late Night With Conan O' Brien" and is on several videos playing with Freddie King in the early 70s (Rounder). David's first CD as a leader "Maximum Blues Piano"(1997, Tonecool) received high critical acclaim. His new album, "Max Attack" (2005 95North Records), features guests James Cotton, Kim Wilson, Ronnie Earl, Duke Robillard, Hubert Sumlin and Pinetop Perkins

For more info, or to register, please contact Alan Marsden, OFC School Co-ordinator


613-730-2887 ext 819






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 17 – Voices: The voices of Emile-Claude Barlow, Alison Burns, Teresa Doyle, Madeline Eastman, Liane Carroll, Aretha Franklin, Nicole Herzog, Mahalia Jackson, Shirley Johnson, Nancy Kelly, Diane Marino, Paul Robeson, Lisa Sokolov, Helen Schneider and Deanna Witkowski.

Next week, June 24 – - Ottawa Bluesfest: Blues expert Steven Neale introduces some of the artists who will be appearing at this year’s Ottawa Bluesfest between July 8 and July 19. Will include King Sunny Ade, Ornette Coleman, Bob Corritore, Sharon Jones, Daddy Mack, Louisiana Red, Hubert Sumlin, Toots & Maytals and Joe Louis Walker.


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.

NOTE: Beginning July 4, Saturday Night Blues will be broadcast twice on Saturday – once on CBC 2 103.3 from 6-8 pm and then later on CBC 1 (91.5 in Ottawa) from 19 pm to midnight.

(Thanks to Jim Roy for this info.)


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, June 16 @ 7:30 am – Rhythm, Roots and Soul

Long Walk to Nowhere, Broken Joe (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 the members of Broken Joe -- Joe Toole, Jerome Godboo and Alec Fraser.

Monday, June 22 @ 9 pm & Tuesday, June 23 @ 9 am

Long John Baldry: In the Shadow of the Blues (2006): The life and legacy of guitarist and singer Long John Baldry is examined in this one-hour documentary. Baldry played a key role in the growth of the British rhythm and blues movement, and led bands in the mid-1960s that featured Rod Stewart and Elton John, both of whom are interviewed in the documentary. In the ‘80s, Baldry emigrated to Canada, living first in Toronto and then in Vancouver, where he died in 2005.

Tuesday, June 23 @ 7:30 am – Rhythm, Roots and Soul

In Good We trust, Harry Manx & Kevin Breit (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 Harry Manx and Kevin Breit.

Tuesday, June 20 @ 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.




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 27

Loudlove @ Tucson’s, 9:15 pm

Saturday, July 4

Big Soul Project + The Bombast Blues Band @ The Rainbow, 9:30 pm



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