06 July 2009

Ottawa Blues This Week - 6 July 2009




Terry Gillespie
Roots And Blues At Beau’s,
Beaus All Natural Brewing Company
10 Terry Fox Drive Vankleek Hill ON
Tuesday, July 7, 7-10 pm; $10

Canada's King of Roots Music
Dance, dance, dance to the music! Catered by Mary's Country Kitchen; Brewer: Matt O'Hara

The trend at the moment is for smaller bands, duo and trios. Easier to move and easier to pay.
Terry will be bucking that trend when he performs at Beau's with an 8 piece band on July 7th!
He will be doin' it ole school.
Put on your wheels and dance, Glide across the floor, The band will cry for more!

On July 7, we will be introducing Terry Owen on Sax. Terry is an educated player who has traveled extensively. Prior to playing with Terry G., he was in and nominated for a Grammy with Queen Bee and The Blue Hornet Band (Pennsylvania). Though born and educated in Canada Terry Owen spent
considerable time in the States ­ now he is back and he is ours (and yours)!
http://www.myspace. com/terrygillespie






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 in the next week – 

July 8 - MonkeyJunk, Eric Lindell, Jeff Beck, John Campbelljohn, Blue King Brown

July 9 - Saffire – The Uppity Blueswomen, Sista Monica, Colin Linden, Ben Harper and Relentless 7

July 10 - Drew Nelson, Ernie Hawkins, Doyle Bramhall, Steve Earle (Blues Meets Folk Series)

July 11 - Doyle Bramhall, Hubert Sumlin, Drew Nelson, Craig Horton, Cedric Burnside & Lightning Malcolm, Diunna Greenleaf & Blue Mercy, Chris Smither, Lucas Haneman, Ernie Hawkins, David Maxwell, Brian Setzer Orchestra, Ornette Coleman

July 12 - Elyssa Mahoney & Lucas Haneman, Cedric Burnside & Lightning Malcolm, Homemade Jamz Blues Band, The Soul of John Black, Hubert Sumlin, Treasa Levasseur, Divine Brown, JW-Jones with Little Charlie Baty, Rick Fines, Chris Smither, Joe Cocker

For the complete schedule, visit http://www.ottawabluesfest.ca
The new Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest Byward begins July 9 and runs through July 13 at Ottawa's historic ByWard Market.
At Bluesfest ByWard, music fans will be dancing in the streets during FREE performances on Bluesfest’s outdoor main stage at the corner of York and Sussex Streets.  The Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest ByWard York Street Stage will feature, among others, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic (July 9); Arrested Development (July 10); Lee Scratch Perry (July 11); Broken Social Scene (July 12); and Serena Ryder (July 13). 
Then, there’s a late-night series at 11 venues featuring some great talent (see blues lineup below).  Visit www.bluesfestbyward.com for details on who is playing where, when, and how to buy tickets (in certain cases).




Bluesfest presents David Maxwell

Fat Tuesday’s, 62 York Street

Thursday, July 9 @ midnight

Multiple music-awards winner David Maxwell has amassed an enormous resume throughout the years. He has played piano with some of the greatest and most well known musicians in the blues and has established a reputation as one of the finest pianists alive. David's style encompasses elements of blues and jazz, but he is best known for his soulful virtuosity and unmatched ability to tap into the heart of Chicago Blues. In fact, he is often compared to Otis Spann thanks to his ability to resurrect the spirit and sound of the master of post-war Chicago Blues piano. But David is no mere imitation; he has his own unique style and sound.


Bluesfest presents David Gogo

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Thursday, July 9 @ midnight

Although still relatively young in "blues years", David Gogo has accomplished much in his career. So far he has three Juno nominations, was named Musician of the Year at the Western Canadian Music Awards, was twice named Guitarist of the Year at the Maple Blues Awards, and has been bestowed with the CBC Saturday Night Blues, Great Canadian Blues Award for a lifetime contribution to the blues in Canada.

Nine albums have been released under his name and he has been a guest on a number of other artist’s recordings. David has composed music for television and major motion pictures and his songs have been performed and recorded by various musicians worldwide.

Whether he’s showcasing his blistering guitar licks and soulful vocals during his electric performances or drawing the crowd in with his humour and down-to-earth personality during his acoustic shows, audiences throughout North America, Europe, and Scandinavia can attest to his outstanding talent.



Bluesfest presents Peter Voith

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Friday, July 10 @ 11 pm

Peter Voith's strongest effort to date is with his new blues/folk/rock project called The Peter Voith Trio (PV3). Peter is freshening things up with this new trio. The group features seasoned Ottawa professional musicians Dan Joseph on bass guitar—whose styling is reminiscent of Marcus Miller, Jaco Pastorius, Flea, and Victor Wooten. Ryan MacIntyre on drums is most influenced by Hip Hop, Punk, and Funk rhythms. Combined with Peter's energetic blues-rock electric guitar, infused with folk and pop songwriting sensibilities, this trio is a guaranteed eclectic crowd pleaser. For those who enjoy musical spontaneity, extended jams with strong youthful energy, and a passionate focus on song writing, this is a trio not to be missed.



Bluesfest presents Mumbo Jumbo Voodoo Combo

& C.J. Chenier

Fat Tuesday’s, 62 York Street

Friday, Saturday & Sunday, 11 pm & midnight

Mumbo Jumbo Voodoo Combo was formed in Ottawa in July 1991 to explore the pulsating rhythms and melodies of New Orleans and the Bayou. Without lead guitar, they have transformed Mardi Gras anthems into their own, while keeping true to the genre. The quartet consists of four vocalists, drums, keyboards, bass guitar, and saxophones. During their non-stop sets, elements of Blues, Boogie, Jazz, Reggae, Calypso, as well as Cuban Folk music can be savoured in their MUMBO GUMBO. Everyone plays percussion during the big Mardi Gras bead-tossing rave-ups; the dance floor fills with gyrating dancers that grasp for Mardi Gras beads being tossed into the crowd. Audience members scramble onto the stage to play with the band when the washboard is given up to be sacrificed . . . You don't want to miss this party!

C.J. Chenier was literally born into the musical tradition of southwest Louisiana and Texas Zydeco-a chugging, accordion-led blend of French Creole and African-derived influences. Born the son of great Zydeco king Clifton Chenier, the first Grammy Award winning musician of his genre, C.J. was totally immersed in R&B, funk and jazz from childhood. A natural player, C.J. won a scholarship to study music at Texas Southern University and spent his college years exploring his own musical style. Coming into adulthood, C.J.'s interest in the music of his ancestors grew and after college graduation he joined his father's legendary Red Hot Louisiana Band on the road. After his father's death in 1987, C.J. assumed leadership of the band. While he continued to develop his personal accordion style, C.J. also gradually began grafting on influences from his boyhood. As C.J. explains, "I play it the way I play it. All my father really told me was to do the best I could do with my own style."


Bluesfest presents Carlos Varella

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Saturday, July 11 @ midnight

Often likened to Bob Dylan and Paul Simon, Carlos Varela is one of Cuba’s best known singer-songwriters of the nueva trova or “new song” movement. His poetic tunes, which include rock, folk, pop, and salsa influences, are often subtle, socially aware commentaries about Cuba although entirely relevant to any other part of the world. Whether he's performing a dance tune or a tender ballad, Carlos’ voice is always powerfully captivating.



Bluesfest presents Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens

Hard Rock Café, 73 York Street

Sunday July 12 @ midnight

Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens' “What Have You Done, My Brother?” just came out on Daptone Records. Naomi is originally from Alabama, where she began singing in church with her sisters at the age of six, and she later found a home in New York in the '60s. She has a rich musical history, including performing as the house singer at a club called the Night Cap on Flatbush Ave, as well as in various R&B groups throughout the '60s/'70s/'80s. It was at the Night Cap where Naomi met the legendary Cliff Driver, and later, in 1999, Naomi joined Cliff and the back-up singers he'd assembled, forming Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens (Cliff is the musical director and plays organ). Gabe Roth, co-founder of Daptone Records, first saw Naomi in 1999 when she and Cliff were doing a set in New York with James Brown bassist Fred Thomas. Roth was blown away by her voice and presence, and eventually he and Driver got together in 2005 and decided to record a full-length album. Roth says of seeing her perform for the first time: "Somewhere between the first word she sang and the next set break, I fell in love. I had never had my heart so fiercely captivated by a singer before." “What Have You Done, My Brother?” is Shelton's first full-length release.


Bluesfest presents Silver Creek + Alberta Cross

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Sunday, July 12 @ 11 pm, midnight

Silver Creek consists of Shawn Tavenier (vocals, guitar), Anders Drerup (guitar, vocals), Jeff Rogers (piano, organs, vocals), Mark Laforest (Bass), and Shane McEwan (drums). The diverse line-up combines the experience of some of Ottawa's most talented players. Their exciting and powerful live show features the strength of three vocalists, against the backdrop of a thundering rhythm section. They are sometimes soulful, twangy, driving and loud, but they never stray far from what they truly are; just a good old rock and roll band.



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!




“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







African Singing Workshop

With Kathy Armstrong

Baobab "Tree House", 415C Piccadilly Avenue

Thursday, July 9; 6:30-8:30 pm; $25 Adults & Youth

Friday Night Tree House Socials

Community Drumming and Dancing

Baobab "Tree House", 415C Piccadilly Avenue

Friday, July 10 “Bobobo”; 7:30-9:30 pm; Adults & Youth $10 per person

Drum & Dance Workshop

With Dave Bossmin & Shara Weaver

Britannia Park

Saturday, July 11; 10 am-2 pm; $50 per person

To register please call (613)725-6994





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 9 – JW-Jones
July 16 – Rob 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 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)

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 10-12, 2009

1st Frankford Island Blues Festival

Frankford, ON


July 10-12, 2009

7th Markham Ribfest & Music Festival

Markham Fairgrounds, Markham ON


July 10-12, 2009

12th Porquis Bluesfest

Porquis 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.



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.




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 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





July 16-19, 2009

Bluesfest International

Windsor 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 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





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 8 - Listen Before You Buy: Recent jazz and blues releases by Scotty Barnhart, Bipolar, Dizzy Gillespie, George Gruntz, Roberto Magris, Michel Sajrawy, South 9 Ensemble and Rob Thorsen.

Next 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.


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 9 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 7 @ 9 pm

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

Editor’s note: This is a very timely presentation; we lost Jackie Washington last week, at the age of 80.

Friday, July 10 @ 9 am & 7 pm – Montreal Jazz Festival

Funk Brothers (2004): Captivating performances from some of the acclaimed artists who appeared at the city's famed celebration of music. This episode features the architects of the Motown sound, with guests Joan Osbourne, jacksoul and Sam Moore.

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



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