21 July 2009

Ottawa Blues This Week - 21 July 2009




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



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

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




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





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 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.




Tyler Kealey

With special guest Kevin Hearn.

Blacksheep Inn, Wakefield QC

Friday, July 31; tickets 9 pm

Talented blues/jazz/pop pianist



Andre & the J-Tones

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Sunday, August 9 @ 9 pm

Andre Bisson is a relative newcomer to the blues scene. In his teens in Sault Ste Marie, he played rock ‘n’ roll, then R&B. In college, he studied jazz at Mohawk College in Hamilton, where he met the other members of the band, the J-Tones; all are professional musicians who have ‘day jobs’ teaching music. He’s just released his first CD, “Rhythm & Blues Experience”. Andre’s voice has been compared to some of the soul greats, but I hear a greater similarity to the sound of Joe Cocker. Almost all the tracks (nine of the ten are originals) are upbeat (‘Second Chance’ is the exception, with a smoky sax intro) and must fill the dance floor at live gigs. You can find out at the Rainbow on Sunday, August 9.



Eddy ‘The Chief’ Clearwater

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Friday, August 14 @ 9:30 pm

Ottawa blues fans are fortunate – Eddy ‘The Chief’ Clearwater will be making a rare appearance in Ottawa, stopping off on his way to his gig at the Donnaconna Blues Festival in Quebec. .

Eddy’s 2008 release “West Side Strut”, on the Alligator label, was nominated for a Blues Music Award in the Traditional Blues Recording category. Produced by Ronnie Baker Brooks, it features Lonnie Brooks, Jimmy Johnson, Billy Branch, Otis Clay and Ronnie and is described as “an energized mix of West Side blues and old school rock injected with a tough, up-to-the-minute contemporary edge”.



Blues Cruise

With Bryan Lee & Jack DeKeyzer

Ottawa River Queen dock

Sunday, August 16; 2-6 pm; $50

Bryan played at the Old Absinthe Bar, on Bourbon Street in New Orleans, for 15 years during the 80s and 90s. This was a gig that went a long way to establish New Orleans as a blues town as well as the granddaddy of jazz. Guitarist and leader of the Jump Street Five Band at the time, Bryan Lee was faithful to his loyal fans and the music. Today Bryan Lee is still going strong, touring across the US, Canada and Europe playing the blues with the Blues Power Band.

Blues, jazz, funky r&b and swing are all part of the palette that colour Jack de Keyzer’s musical portraits. The much acclaimed guitarist, singer and song writer has worked with artists as varied as King Biscuit Boy, Etta James, Blue Rodeo, Robert Gordon, Otis Rush and the Bop Cats. His guitar playing has been featured on hundreds of recordings. He performs internationally over 150 shows per year, most recently at Blues Sur Seine in France. 8X Maple Blues and 2003 Juno Award winning artist Jack de Keyzer is a masterful, jazz infused electric blues guitarist, soulful singer and eclectic song writer of the first order.

The boat is located just in front of the Saint François-de-Sales church at the "Quai des Artistes" near Gréber blvd. and Jacques-Cartier in Gatineau Québec.

For further info and ticket outlets, please visit the website at




Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Friday, August 21 @ 9:30 pm

Playing their original style of swamp boogie R&B, bedroom funk and love songs that will break your heart, MonkeyJunk is Tony D on guitar, slide guitar and vocals; Steve Marriner on vocals, guitar, baritone guitar and harmonica and Matt Sobb on drums, cymbals, percussion and background vocals. These three musicians apply a combined 56 years of experience in the music business to entertain in a raw and captivating manner you will not soon forget . . . see for yourself!


Check out the new MonkeyJunk website at http://www.monkeyjunkband.com


Jumpin’ Johnny Sansone

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Friday & Saturday, August 28-29 @ 9:30 pm

Johnny’s most recent release, “Poor Man's Paradise” was nominated for Song of the Year at the 2008 Blues Music Awards. He has also been busy with music for movies and television. As a member of the Voice of the Wetlands All-Stars, he performed at both the Democratic and Republican National Conventions last year. Rumour has it a new release is in the works. Johnny’s visits to Ottawa have become less frequent, so you need to take this opportunity to see him at the Rainbow during the last weekend in August.






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.

Kingston Blues Cruise – CANCELLED

Sunset Blues Cruise, Dinner & Show, Tuesday, July 21

Kingston Blues Cruise – CANCELLED


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 17-26, 2009

21st Beaches International Jazzfest

Toronto ON


July 23-26, 2009

Calgary Folk Festival

Prince’s Island Park, Calgary AB





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.



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 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 31-August 2, 2009

6th Annual Riverside Jam

Riverside Park, Carleton Place ON


July 31-August 2, 2009

147th Emancipation Celebration Festival

Owen Sound 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




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 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.

Next week, July 29 – Reed Masters: Clarinets and saxophones as played by Garvin Bushell, Benny Carter, Richard Hadlock, Stan Harrison, Red Holloway, Jon Irabagon, Rozanne Levine, Jason Robinson, Ben Webster, Frank Wess and Phil Woods.


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, 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




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)

Friday, August 7

River City Junction @ Tucson’s, 9:15 pm

Friday, August 14

Mumbo Jumbo Voodoo Combo CD release @ Tucson’s, 9:15 pm

Saturday, August 15

Quicksand @ Tucson’s, 9:15 pm

Friday, August 21

Tempus Fugitives @ Tucson’s, 9:15 pm

Saturday, August 22

Al Tambay & friends @ Tucson’s, 9:15 pm



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