13 July 2009

Ottawa Blues This Week - 13 July 2009




Rocket Rached & the Fat City 8

Elmdale House Tavern, 1084 Wellington Street West

Friday, July 17 @ 9 pm; $7 cover

A rare chance to see this local ‘big band’ fronted by blues shouter,

Jed ‘Rocket’ Rached.

Here’s a note from Jed:

Well it’s been a long time coming but Fat City is back into the groove.  On
the 17th of July the band and I will perform live for the 1st time in about 4 
years.  With all that we have done over the years getting back on stage 
will be like coming home.  The boys and I are hot to play and it’s been a 
long time.  We’re going to have a lot of special guests by way of players 
who have graced the stage with us over the past dozen years or so.  It 
will be a night to be remembered.  As an added bonus we are planning to 
record the evening for a release later this year.
On the 17th we’ll be at the Elmdale House Tavern, which is great 
sounding room with our host Nat and her crew bringing music in on 
regular basis.  Every new venue is a good thing, especially for the local 
music scene.  As many of you who know my love for the music is a very 
big part of my life so getting the band back together to play is a great joy 
and we hope that you all come down after the Bluesfest and bring your 
dancing shoes and your party hats cause “we’re gonna burn the house 




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.



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

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
http://www.glengarrymusicfestival.com Tickets and info available here
http://www.terrygillespie.ca Tickets and info available here



The Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest celebrates 2009 with a spectacular explosion of blues, gospel, roots, world and popular music. Beginning this Wednesday, July 8, the festival lasts 12 days and features multiple stages in a number of locations at LeBreton Flats Park and the Canadian War Museum – two main stages on the NCC grounds in front of the Canadian War Museum, with three other outdoor stages bordered by the Ottawa River and the War Museum. Additional performances will also be staged in the Barney Danson Theatre inside the War Museum.

Blues picks this week – 
July 14 – Joe Louis Walker, Matt Anderson
July 15 – Roomful of Blues
July 16 – Zac Harmon, Shemekia Copeland, Steve Marriner
July 17 – Sugar Blue, Larry Garner, T.J.Wheeler, Bob Corritore & the 
Rhythm Room All-Stars, Murray Kinsley Duo
July 18 – Bob Corritore & the Rhythm Room All-Stars, Louisiana Red,
Paul Reddick, Otis Taylor, Rev. Billy Wirtz, Moreland & Arbuckle, Jeff 
Lang, Henry Butler
July 19 – Larry McCray, Eden Brent, Daddy Mack Blues Band, 
Buckwheat Zydeco, Freddie Roulette, Peter Voith Trio, Jeff Rogers, 
Moreland & Arbuckle, Pappy Johns Band, C.R. Avery with the 
Sojourners, Louisiana Red, Blues in the Schools
For the complete schedule, visit http://www.ottawabluesfest.ca



Bluesfest presents L’il Ed & the Blues Imperials

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Monday, July 13 9 @ midnight

From smoking slide guitar boogies to raw-boned Chicago shuffles to the deepest slow blues, guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Lil’ Ed Williams is an awe-inspiring master bluesman. He and his blistering, road-tested band, The Blues Imperials—guitarist Mike Garrett, bassist James “Pookie” Young, drummer Kelly Littleton—are celebrating 20 amazing years together. Live, Lil’ Ed And The Blues Imperials simply can’t be beat as Ed breaks out the deepest back-bends, the highest toe-walks, and the most authentic electric slide-guitar blues being played today. Not since the heyday of Hound Dog Taylor & The HouseRockers has a Chicago blues band made such a consistently joyous, rollicking noise.



Bluesfest presents Mumbo Jumbo Voodoo Combo

& L’il Brian and the Travellers

Fat Tuesday’s, 62 York Street

Monday, July 13 @ 11 pm & midnight

Lil Brian & The Travelers are living up to their reputation as the most innovative and musically accomplished young Zydeco band on the scene today. Lil Brian's latest release, Funky Nation, is the band's boldest statement yet that Zydeco can be a cutting edge sound as vital to a new generation of fans as it has been for long-time buffs. Brilliantly drawing upon contemporary urban black sounds while remaining respectful and true to their Zydeco roots, Lil Brian & The Travelers have created an incredibly exciting modern form of Zydeco music that is both rhythmically and lyrically sophisticated and just plain unbelievably funky!




Shawn Kellerman

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Wednesday, July 15 @ 9:30 pm

Shawn spent 5 years in Mississippi and Washington D.C., living, playing and touring with such notable blues artists as Mel Brown, Deborah Coleman, and Bobby Rush. Shawn was a regular on topdraw blues stages playing the Chitlin' Circuit and the Five-Star Touring Scene and has performed hundreds of international gigs in over 20 countries. These years on the road gave birth to Shawn's trademark live stage presence, an unforgettable high-energy assault on the audience that is as much felt as heard.

Lucky Peterson and Jason Ricci guest on Shawn’s recently-released 2nd CD, “Blues Without A Home”, featuring all original material. His new compositions are based in the blues and draw from elements of rock, soul, jazz and even hip hop to create a crossover sound that has resounding appeal across many traditional boundaries. On CD and on stage, Shawn's music is an experience that lingers in the memory long after the last note has been played.


Paul Deslauriers Band

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Friday, July 17 @ 9:30 pm

Paul first gained acclaim in the 1990s as a founding member of Black Cat Bone. With nearly two decades of experience in the music industry, 5 albums under his belt and a list of fans that extends into Europe and the USA, Paul Deslauriers is a man who has mastered his art and has embarked on his newest adventure yet, showing his rock colors and his true blues roots. He is part of Canada’s guitar elite and considered one of the Quebec’s overall best. His voice is intense and his guitar playing is moving. His songs leave you wanting more.





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:

July 16 – Robbie Alexander
July 23 – Chuck Karn
July 30 – Jed Rached


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 & 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)

CANCELLED Sunday, July 26

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 in a big tent adjacent to the restaurant


60 Lombard St beside the Detached Lock, Rideau Canal

Friday, August 14; 7-11 pm

Proceeds to: Smiths Falls Food Bank

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 in a big tent in front of the Pub


197 Water St. W overlooking the St. Lawrence

Sunday, August 23; 6-10 pm

Proceeds to: St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival

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






July 8-19, 2009

Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest

Lebreton Flats, Ottawa ON


July 10-19, 2008

16th Festival International du Blues de Tremblant

Mont Tremblant QC


July 16-19, 2009

Bluesfest International

Windsor ON


July 17-19, 2009

Stewart Park Festival

Perth ON


July 17-19, 2009

Bluesfest International

London ON


July 17-19, 2009

6th Burlington Jazz ‘N Blues Festival

Spencer Smith Park, Burlington ON


July 17-19, 2009

Mississauga Rotary Ribfest

Mississauga ON


July 17-26, 2009

21st Beaches International Jazzfest

Toronto ON


July 31-August 2, 2009

147th Emancipation Celebration Festival

Owen Sound ON




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.



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.




Limestone City Blues Festival

Opening Night Concert

K-Rock Centre, Kingston ON

Thursday, August 27; tickets $35

For the first time ever, an opening night concert for the Limestone City Blues Festival will be held at the K-Rock Centre, Thursday August 27; it will feature Blues & guitar legend Robert Cray with special guest star, blues & gospel legend Mavis Staples.

Robert Cray has won five Grammys and been nominated for 11 more; “Showdown”, his 1985 collaboration with Albert Collins and Johnny Copeland is considered to be one of the greatest blues albums of all time. In 1986 Cray won six W.C. Handy Awards ( the American Blues awards), 1987 saw his album release “Strong Persuader” reach #13 in the U.S. Billboard 200 chart.

For over fifty years, Mavis Staples has been an American treasure, working her vocal magic on the highways and byways of gospel, folk and soul music, with both her family group, the Staple Singers, and as a solo artist in her own right

For info, www.kingstonblues.com


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.


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

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





July 23-26, 2009

Calgary Folk Festival

Prince’s Island Park, Calgary AB


July 31-August 2, 2009

6th Annual Riverside Jam

Riverside Park, Carleton Place ON



August 3-9, 2009

Calgary Blues Festival

Calgary AB


August 5-9, 2009

Maximum Blues

Carleton QC


August 6-9, 2009

14th Great Woods Music Festival

Great Woods Park, Beausejour MB


August 6-9, 2009

Oshawa Jazz and Blues Festival
Oshawa ON

August 6-9, 2009

Kitchener Blues Festival

Downtown, Kitchener ON


August 7-9, 2009

5th Dutch Mason Blues Festival

Truro Raceway & Exhibition


August 8, 2008

13th Maple Ridge Jazz & Blues Festival

Memorial Peace Park, Maple Ridge BC


August 9, 2009

10th Burnaby Blues & Roots Festival

Deer Lake Park, Burnaby BC


August 12-16, 2009

12th FestiBlues Internationale de Montréal

Parc Ahuntsic, Montreal QC


August 13-16 2009

4th Donnacona au Rhythme du Blues

Donnacona QC


August 14-16, 2009

Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival

Salmon Arm BC


August 20-23, 2009

Summertime Blues

Diana Krall Plaza, Nanaimo BC


August 21-23, 2009

11th Edmonton Labatt Blues Festival

Hawrelak Park, Edmonton AB


August 27-29, 2009

Lachute en Blues

Lachute QC


August 27-30, 2009

13th Limestone Blues Festival
Kingston ON




Moreland and Arbuckle

North Side Grill, Cobourg ON

Thursday, July 16 @ 9:15 pm


Wilno Tavern, Highway 60 between Barry’s Bay & Killaloe ON

Friday, July 17 @ 8 pm

When this tight Mississippi Hill Country Blues influenced 3-piece came through Cobourg to a private show in March, they brought the house down, playing 3 and a half hours of cranked up Mississippi Blues à la RL Burnside and Junior Kimbrough, blended in with their own ideas and old souls.

Cobourg, North Side Grill – special southern menu, call for details and tickets at 905-377-9709

The Cobourg dinner and show portion is sold out for Moreland and Arbuckle, very few tickets left (15 maybe) for just the show. We are considering adding another date in Cobourg on the July 15. If interested, please contact zappromotions@gmail.com.

Wilno Tavern – phone 613-756-2029 for tickets and info.

Tickets for both shows available at Zap Records, 20 King Street East, Cobourg

Phone 905-372-8231 for tickets and details or toll free at 1-877-562-2222.



Julian Fauth

O’Reilly’s Pub, 43 Gore Street East, Perth ON

Friday, July 24 @ 8:30 pm; $10

(contact Sue Tennant at tennants@sympatico.ca for advance tickets)

O'Reillys serves great "pub style" food, so come early, grab a table, enjoy great food, & enjoy Julian.

Neat Café, 1715 Calabogie Road, Burnstown ON

Saturday, July 25 @ 8 pm; $20

(email www.neatfood.com for tickets & info)

This is a rather new, beautiful, fair trade coffee house nestled in Downtown Burnstown - about an hr. drive from Ottawa. Go West on the Queensway & then left on County Rd. 508. The neat Café is licensed for all musical events, & boasts wonderful coffee, teas, and a great menu of "home made" food.

The Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Sunday, July 26 @ 3:30 pm

You’ll have three chances to see this year’s Juno award winner in the Ottawa area. His Juno-winning CD, “Ramblin’ Son” contains 18 songs, most originals, and has received rave reviews here at home and in Britain and the US.

Here’s what Electro-Fi’s Andrew Galloway says:

“He's one of a kind, Julian.... It's like he's from another time, he's such a student of the blues. He kind of takes all the pieces of the puzzle and he puts it back together in a way that's much different than anyone else…. He does something that is virtually impossible to do, which is to take old style blues traditions, and not mimic it, but to combine that with his own original voice and lyricism, and it's just magical. It's a foot in the future and a foot in the past."

(Andrew Galloway interviewed by Eric Thom. Read the full interview at http://www.citynews.ca/news/news_32796.aspx)


Chris Kirby, Steve Marriner & Mary Milne

Blacksheep Inn, Wakefield QC

Sunday, July 26 @ 4 pm; tickets $10

Chris: Blues Pop and Soul from ‘the ROCK’

Steve: Blues / rock music / soul

Mary: Indie Folk



Tyler Kealey

With special guest Kevin Hearn.

Blacksheep Inn, Wakefield QC

Friday, July 31; tickets 9 pm

Talented blues/jazz/pop pianist





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, July 15 – Keyboards International: An evening featuring international pianists and organists such as Alberto Braida, Michiel Braam, Dave Brubeck, Joey DeFrancesco, Nico Huijbregts, Hank Jones, Helge Lien, Roberto Magris, Misha Mengelberg and Frank van Bommel.

Next week, July 22 – Don Cherry: The historic live recordings made in March 1966 at the Café Montmartre in Copenhagen by Don Cherry, Gato Barbieri, Karl Berger Aldo Romano and Bo Stief.


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 10 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, July 14 @ 7:30 am – Rhythm, Roots and Soul

Beach Full of Shells (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 singer-songwriter Al Stewart.

Tuesday, July 21 @ 7:30 am – Rhythm, Roots and Soul

Waterloo Tennessee (2007): This series profiles R&B, soul, gospel and roots musicians through their words and their music. Mako Funasaka documents a moment in time of these wonderful musicians from many different musical genres. This episode features the all female bluegrass band Uncle Earl.

Tuesday, July 21 @ 9 am

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, August 4 @ 7:30 am – Rhythm, Roots and Soul

People Gonna Talk/James Hunter (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 R&B artist James Hunter.




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, July 25

King Rattler @ Tucson’s, 9:15 pm

Moetown @ the Rainbow, 9:30 pm

Sunday, July 26

Steve Marriner @ the Black Sheep Inn, Wakefield QC, 4 pm

Friday, July 31

Tyler Kealey @ the Black Sheep Inn, Wakefield QC, 9 pm

Tuesday, August 4

Guy del Villano @ the Elmdale House Tavern, 9 pm (no cover)



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