14 September 2009

Ottawa Blues This Week - 14 September 2009





The Ottawa Blues Society will again host ‘On the Road to Memphis’. The winner of this event will go to Memphis TN, January 20-23, 2010 to compete as the OBS representative in the Blues Foundation’s 26th International Blues Challenge.

Semi-Final Round #1 is scheduled for Wednesday, September 16 @ 7 pm at Tucson’s, 2440 Bank Street. Four bands will compete – Sweet & the Backbeat, the Jesse Greene Band, Pat Johnson & Hard Pushin' Papa and Mumbo Jumbo Voodoo Combo.

Semi-Final Round #2 is scheduled for Wednesday, September 23 @ 7 pm at Tucson’s. The four bands competing that night are Rocket Rached & the Fat City 8, Wicked Grin, Phlegm and the Drew Nelson Band.

The Finals will take place on Friday, September 25 @ 7 pm at Tucson’s. The two highest-scoring bands from each Semi-Final Round will compete.

During the local competition, bands will be judged by the same criteria used at the IBC in Memphis. Each band will provide a 25-minute performance and be judged by regional volunteers knowledgeable about The Blues. A $5.00 cover charge at the door applies and will serve as fundraising support for travel and accommodation expenses for the winning OBS representative.





The 6th annual "Hank Williams Birthday Bash"

Elmdale House Tavern, 1084 Wellington Street

Thursday, September 17; 8 pm – midnight; $8

September 17th lands on a Thursday, and there are more than a dozen local artists confirmed to sing Hank Williams songs this year, including Dave Bignell (Hammerheads), Steve Lund (Mumbo Jumbo), Melwood Cutlery, Pauli Roberto (Dusty Drifters, Pat Moore (Vinyl Frontier), Andrew Cowan (Stephen Barry Band). It's gonna be a blast.




You and Me for Memories & the University of Ottawa
An Evening to Remember
Gala Dinner and Dance

With Sweet and the Backbeat

St. Joseph’s Church Hall, 151 Laurier Avenue East (Laurier Ave. E. & Cumberland)

Saturday, September 19; doors open @ 6 pm, dinner @ 7 pm; dancing 9 pm – 1 am; $75 per person

You and Me for Memories is an Ottawa based group of dedicated volunteers that have a family member or friend afflicted with Alzheimer’s. In partnership with the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Medicine we are committed to raising much needed funds to financially support the leading edge research of Dr. Richard Bergeron and his staff at the University of Ottawa.

An Evening to Remember is our major fundraising event for the year. With great food, great music, and a group of fun-loving, dedicated volunteers, it promises to be an evening of fun. The Gala will include a catered dinner, a cash bar, a silent auction, and music and dancing to Sweet & the Backbeat.

Tickets are $75.00 each with a portion to be issued as a tax receipt by the University of Ottawa. Please help us to make the event a success by purchasing tickets and attending the event. Info on ticket purchases and donations is here http://www.youandmeformemories.ca/contact.html




The 10th edition of Virée Blues Boréale presents

The Shane Murphy Trio

Addiction, 117 Promenade du Portage in the Old Hull sector

Wednesday, September 16 @ 8 pm

You already know that the Virée Blues Boréale’s team is fond of venturing off the beaten track to help you discover some promising new Blues artists, those who will become top of the bill in future years. That is the case with our guest! We discovered this Montreal West pubs feature by chance; the quality and the simplicity of his Blues moods with folk and rock shades immediately appealed to us. Some may think that we were informed ... but no: Shane Murphy’s nomination as «discovery of the year» at this year’s Lys Blues was announced after the launching of our season’s program. A proof that our choice was once more right and shared by Quebec’s whole Blues Circuit!

Officially formed in March 2002, the Shane Murphy Trio has since played its unique and widely appealing variety of funk and blues at over 500 live shows to a collective audience of thousands. The band has a solid fan base in their hometown of Montreal as well as elsewhere in North America, thanks to powerful and original live shows.

Shane Murphy’s warm voice, a little like Dave Matthews’, is cleverly supported by Shian Ramjohn (bass and vocals) and by Rob Kraft (drums and vocals). Their first demo album, “What a Girl Needs”, consists of five songs recorded between February and May 2002, and it charted on college radio stations. And success may come again from their all new original full length album, "West End Plaza".

After attending a show by the Shane Murphy Trio, you will probably be left wondering why such a talented artist is not much more widely known. We could not find the answer either. So we invite you all to join us at Virée Blues Boréale to hear him and build your own assessment. www.myspace.com/shanemurphyband



JUNO award winner Ray Bonneville

The Atlantic Hotel, 36 McDougall, Alexandria ON
Saturday, September 19
@ 8 pm; $20 in Advance; $25 at the door

Ray Bonneville calls himself a North American. Born in Canada, he moved to the Boston area in his early teens where he started playing guitar and harmonica.


For info & tickets: http://www.heavensradio.ca





Date: 12 weeks beginning September 15th

Prerequisite: a basic level of music reading ability
Instructor: Elise Letourneau, B.Mus., M.Ed.
Registration Fee: $254 (includes textbook) non-refundable

Ages: 18 and up
Time: Tuesdays 7:35 - 9:05
Location: Alcorn Music Studios, 903 Carling Ave.

Singers - replace the fear of improvising with fun. By listening to recorded examples, singing jazz exercises together, and working on standard repertoire, you will learn the basic tools and vocabulary of scat singing. We will explore vocal improvisation via rhythm, melody, syllables, articulation, phrasing, recurring chord patterns, and standard music forms.

Final performance will take place at the Alcorn Music Studios adult Coffee House at Tucson's on Dec. 13th
What to Bring to Class: water, a notebook, recording device optional, and supplied textbook, "Scat" by Bob Stoloff.

Note: This is a "less scent" class please do not wear perfume, cologne or body spray.

To Register please call Alcorn Music Studios

613-729-0693 or info@alcornmusicstudios.com


Date: 12 weeks beginning Sept. 24th

Prerequisite: some singing experience

Instructor: Angie Russell B.Mus.

Registration Fee: $260 (non-refundable)

Class size: maximum of 8

Ages: 16 and up

Time: Thursdays 7:30 - 9:00 pm

Location: Alcorn Music Studios, 903 Carling Ave.

Learn to sing Rock style with instructor Angie Russell. Angie is a voice & guitar instructor at Alcorn Music Studios and lead singer and lead guitarist for Bluestone Band. During this 12 week course each student will work on a rock song. You will learn vocal technique and tips for maintaining a healthy voice, exercises to develop your sound, musical phrasing and adding ornamentation. You will receive handouts as well as taking notes. Each session will begin with warm-ups, followed by the topic of the day, masterclass style singing, ending with an overview. This course comes with a song list from which you can pick your first, second and third choices for the song you would like to work on during the course. Angie will be providing a custom recorded CD with rhythm tracks for your song choice, in your key, for practicing and using throughout the course. Final performance will take place at the Alcorn Music Studios adult Coffee House at Tucson's on Dec. 13th. Please include your song choices when registering.

What to Bring to Class: water, a notebook.

Note: This is a "less scent" class please do not wear perfume, cologne or body spray.

To Register please call Alcorn Music Studios

613-729-0693 or info@alcornmusicstudios.com




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 this month:

Sept 17: John Cormier
Sept 24: Guy Del Villano


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.





September 11-13, 2009

11th Southside Shuffle
Port Credit ON





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.




Terry Gillespie

Baker Street Café, 385 Richmond Road

Friday & Saturday, September 25 & 26; 9:30 pm – 12:30 am

“Coffee House Blues” kicks off at Baker Street Café. John Merriam’s idea is to offer a venue where people can enjoy really good Blues in an atmosphere of "just that" … people wanting to hear some good Blues. Baker Street Café is not licenses … they will be serving a very limited menu with specialty coffees and desserts. John’s roots go back to the Le Hibou days in Ottawa ... and he hopes Baker Street Café will follow the tradition of what was so great so many years ago.


Ball and Chain and the Wreckers

Carp Fair, Carp ON

Saturday, September 26; 2-3:30 pm

Ball and Chain and the Wreckers play the Carp Fair, opening for ‘Whispering Bill Anderson’.



Kellylee Evans


La Grange de la Gatineau, Cantley QC

Saturday, September 26

Join Juno and Gemini awards nominee Kellylee Evans at La Grange de la Gatineau for an evening of jazz, and rhythm and blues. This dynamic artist, along with two band members, will perform favourites from her first CD, “Fight or Flight,” well as new tunes from her up and coming CD, “The Good Girl.”


About La Grange de la Gatineau:

In January, La Grange de la Gatineau launched a series of monthly winter and spring concerts combining the best in music for all tastes – from jazz to folk, crooners to Cuban - with excellent food and service in a magnificent heritage setting.

La Grange de la Gatineau was formed as a not-for-profit organisation to support the arts – a venue that appeals to music-lovers who want to enjoy their listening in a cabaret setting that marries fine food and great musical atmosphere. Live@Grange concerts offer excellent entertainment in a setting that will make your evening something special.

Service begins at 7 pm, and the show will start at 7:30 pm.

Two ticket options are offered in this cozy, rural retreat – a perfect place to spend a fall evening:

1) Show + canapés, complimentary wine, and tea/coffee: $30

2) Show + complimentary glass of wine: $20

Reservations must be made in advance. Please e-mail info@grange.ca or call 819-827-3164 to reserve or for further information. There is ample free parking.



Johhny Max Band

Beau's All Natural Brewery, 10 Terry Fox Drive, Vankleek Hill ON

Sunday, September 27 @ 7 pm; $10 (food extra, available 6:30-9 pm)

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 2007 Nominations for the Johnny Max Band.


For info & tickets: http://www.heavensradio.ca


Roots and Blues

Ball and Chain and the Wreckers

Beau's Brewery, 10 Terry Fox Drive, Vankleek Hill ON

Tuesday, October 6

Ball and Chain and the Wreckers play for a Harvest Party and fundraiser for the Vankleek Hill Food Bank. You know this has to be a good time.



Ball and Chain and the Wreckers

CD release

Elmdale House Tavern, 1084 Wellington Street

Saturday, October 10; $10

All Right!! This is the moment we’ve been anticipating for what seems like ages. "Louisiana Lovebug", our new CD will be released on October 10. Yes ... that’s right, a new CD from Ball and Chain, Ottawa’s only Classic Country Dance Band. The album was recorded in Louisiana with a great list of local players and here at home we’re proud to have our own band, The Wreckers on board to back us up. The album sounds great, and we're really proud of it. This recording is produced by Dirk Powell www.dirkpowell.org and recorded in his studio in Parks, Louisiana. Six new original songs plus seven inspired interpretations from the Classic Country and Canadian Songwriter catalogue.





Melvin Taylor & Studebaker John

Killaloe Lions Hall, 10 Lake Street, Killaloe ON

Thursday, October 1 @ 8 pm; tickets $26.50

Fundraiser for Emilie Stanley

Regent Theatre, Picton ON

Friday, October 2 @ 8 pm; tickets $26.50

First Annual One Day Blues Revue

Victoria Concert Hall, Coburg ON

Saturday, October 3; tickets $39.95

October brings a great Blues Double Header from Chicago to Eastern Ontario … guitar virtuoso Melvin Taylor with journeyman Blues guitarist Studebaker John.

Melvin Taylor is one of the most talented guitarists the planet has produced … an original virtuoso who constantly pushes his own limits. While people in Europe have been aware of Melvin’s talents for years, North America is just starting to catch on. When Melvin plays, jaws hang open as people watch him play the electric guitar in a way no one has ever imagined.

Studebaker John has played and recorded with the Yardbirds as well as the Pretty Things. The Chicago tribune says “His harmonica work recalls past masters like Little Walter and Big Walter Horton while his slide guitar is descended from Elmore James and Hound Dog Taylor (with whom he was friends). On top of that, John is a powerhouse singer and a talented songwriter.”

Backing the two sets is journeyman drummer Kenny Coleman, who has played with everyone in Chicago as well as doing work for legends like Johnny Mathis and Grammy Award winners the Clark Sisters, Koko Taylor and more.

On bass, the master Felton Crews who spent a few years playing with jazz icon Miles Davis! In the Blues world, Felton has played with everyone from Otis Rush to Bonnie Raitt, including a few years with Charlie Musselwhite.

This is a stellar line-up that is going to thrill Blues and music lovers to the soul. Each guitarist will do his own set and then jam they will together at the end.

The First Annual One Day Blues Revue in Cobourg will feature Canadian blues during the afternoon (2-5:45 pm) with the Double Bill at night starting at 8:15 pm until midnight.

Dave Mowat, Blues Harmonica great spent 9 years out west making his living playing Blues, playing with Canadian Blues great Big Dave McLean and Ben Sures. Dave was also featured on a CBC-produced showcase called Wang Dang Doodle in Winnipeg. His performance is exceptional; his sound on harp is a nod to classic players like Little Walter and Walter Horton, while his strong vocals are more like Howlin' Wolf.

The Fabulous Tonemasters are aptly named; they pay attention to their sound. These guys have been playing Blues for years and guitarist Gerry spent a number of years playing with Marty and the Mojos.

Rick Fines is a veteran of the folk and blues circuits in North America. In October 2005 Rick he took first place in the Sweetgum Bottom Acoustic Blues Competition. His song ‘Riley Wants His Life Back’ won first place in the blues category of 2003 International Songwriting Competition, with B.B. King one of the judges! He has won MapleBlues Awards for Songwriter of the Year and Acoustic Act Of The Year twice and has received eight additional nominations. His work with Jackson Delta (for 15 years) brought nominations for both Juno and Handy Awards.

Tickets available at the venues, at Zap Records in Cobourg and through www.zapp-productions.com




Ottawa Bluesfest presents

Keb’ Mo’

Bronson Centre, 211 Bronson Avenue

Saturday, October 17 @ 9 pm

Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest organizers announced a return engagement by three-time Grammy winner, Keb’ Mo’, who wowed Bluesfest fans with a stellar set at the ‘fest in 2008. Keb’ Mo’ will be performing with a full band at Ottawa’s Bronson Centre on Saturday, October 17.

Proceeds are in support of Bluesfest’s Blues in the Schools program.


Downchild Blues Band

40th Anniversary Live Concert Celebration

Southam Hall, National Arts Centre, 53 Elgin Street

Friday, November 13 @ 8 pm

It’s hard to believe that 40 years have flown by since Donnie ‘Mr. Downchild’ Walsh and his late brother, Hock formed the renowned group that would be the inspiration behind the blues in Canada and, in particular, the world famous Blues Brothers. Downchild Blues Band is celebrating this very special anniversary with an amazing group of very special friends including movie icon Dan Aykroyd AKA Elwood Blues, Colin Linden, James Cotton, Wayne Jackson of the Memphis Horns, Local Guitar Virtuoso, Ricky Paquette, and more surprise guests to be announced.

The Downchild Blues Band is a Canadian blues institution with an international reputation. They have been rewarded with an array of awards from both the media and the music industry, including a 1991 Juno Award for Best Roots and Traditional Album and ‘Entertainers of The Year’ at the 2007 Maple Blues Awards. A constant throughout, Donnie ‘Mr. Downchild’ Walsh, the leader and founding member of the band, has kept the music alive and relevant in the world of blues today. Downchild band members include some of the most well respected musicians in the country, who have performed together for over 15 years. This includes silky smooth singer and harmonica player Chuck Jackson, tenor sax player Pat Carey, Mike Fitzpatrick on drums, rhythm captain Gary Kendall on bass, and former American super-group rocker Michael Fonfara (of Rhinoceros fame) on keyboards.

Downchild has always been a band with loyal fans and in 1970 Dan Aykroyd was one of their biggest supporters, recording two Downchild songs, ‘I Got Everything I Need (Almost)’ and ‘Shotgun Blues’ for the multi-platinum selling Blues Brothers album "Briefcase Full of Blues". Dan Aykroyd will be appearing with Downchild for three extraordinary performances in Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto.

Grammy nominee, Colin Linden has played on and produced hundreds of albums for such luminaries as Lucinda Williams, Colin James, Bruce Cockburn and David Wilcox to name a few. Linden is touring in support of his new album entitled "From The Water" on True North Records/Universal. Special guests for Toronto and Ottawa include James Cotton and Wayne Jackson. James Cotton is a legendary blues harmonica player who grew up in the South playing with Muddy Waters and is now celebrating 65 years in the entertainment business! The one and only Wayne Jackson of the Memphis Horns, has played on 52 Number One records and over 80 Gold and Platinum records and toured the world and recorded with such stars as Elvis, Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, Al Green, Neil Young, U2 and Peter Gabriel.

Downchild are currently recording their 40th Anniversary album “I Need A Hat” with some very special guests.

For more information visit: http://www.downchild.com

Tickets on sale now.




Choose The Blues Productions is very pleased to announce the 2009/10 Line-Up (our 5th season) for Blues On The Rideau at The Cove. More details on artists will be posted on http://www.choosetheblues.ca shortly.

Blues On The Rideau
At The Cove Inn, Westport ON
Dinner & Show Fundraiser Series

2009/10 LINE-UP - our 5th Season

October 16 * MIKE GOUDREAU BAND http://www.mikegoudreau.com
Boppin’, swingin’ joie de vivre blues from Quebec’s Eastern Townships
Proceeds to the Lucy Drysdale Memorial Scholarship Fund

November 20 * HARRISON KENNEDY BAND http://www.harrisonkennedy.ca
>From Hamilton - Detroit R&B, country blues & juke joint fun - 2008 Maple Blues Male Vocalist of the Year nominee
Proceeds to the Westport Library

December 18 * JOHNNY MAX BAND http://www.johnnymaxband.com
>From Toronto - 2008 Juno Award nominee & 3X Maple Blues Award nominee – sweaty blues, R&B, funk & soul
Proceeds to the Westport Area Food Bank

January 15/16 - DAVID ROTUNDO BAND http://www.davidrotundo.com
>From Toronto - Multiple Maple Blues Award nominee & winner of Harmonica Player of the Year – high energy, dancin’ blues!
Proceeds to Westport’s Rideau Vista & St. Edward’s Elementary Schools

February 19/20 - JEROME GODBOO BAND http://www.jeromegodboo.com
>From Toronto - A potent mix of voice, harmonica & electricity – 2008 Maple Blues Harmonica Player of the Year nominee
Proceeds to the Rideau Waterway Land Trust & Friends of Foley Mountain

March 19/20 - JOHN CAMPBELLJOHN BAND http://www.campbelljohn.ca
>From Cape Breton, NS - Sizzling slide guitar rockin’ blues all the way from Cape Breton – a multiple Maple Blues Award nominee
Proceeds to the Westport Lions Club Mobility Van & Compassion Canada Sponsor-A-Child

April 23/24 - HARMONICA SHAH w. JACK DE KEYZER & BAND http://www.electrofi.com and http://www.jackdekeyzer.com
>From Detroit & Toronto - The Shah of Detroit blues harp & voice with a hot Toronto band featuring the great Jack de Keyzer on guitar
Proceeds to Westport In Bloom & Habitat For Humanity

May 14/15 - TREASA LEVASSEUR BAND http://www.treasalevasseur.com
>From Toronto - Think Etta James, Joni Mitchell, & Dusty Springfield soul, blues, R&B – 3X 2008 Maple Blues Award nominee
Proceeds to Rideau District Museum & Gilda’s Club for Cancer Families

June 19 * DANNY MARKS & THE BLUES ALL STARS http://www.dannym.com
>From Toronto - A child prodigy now one of Canada’s best blues guitarist/singer/entertainers backed by an All Star band
Proceeds to the David McCarthy Scholarship Fund

* indicates 2nd night Show may be added depending on advance ticket sales
Artists & dates may change. Check the web site or call The Cove as the Show date draws closer.

$55 for dinner & show (taxes & donation to charity included) - same price as the last two years!
7 pm buffet dinner, Show 8:30 pm to 11 pm – all nights
Well-priced accommodation available at The Cove & nearby B&Bs – stay overnight and enjoy a mini-vacation.
The historic Cove Inn is located in the beautiful town of Westport on Upper Rideau Lake - a 1.5 hour drive from Ottawa, 45 minutes from Kingston. http://www.coveinn.com

Advance reservations required. CALL THE COVE (613) 273-3636 & book your tickets now!
Visit http://www.choosetheblues.ca for more info & updates




The Johnny Max Band

Confederation Place Hotel, 237 Ontario Street, Kingston ON

Saturday, September 26, 8 pm-midnight; $25 (KBS members advance $15 until Sep 21)

The hardest working rockin’ boogie band that has been a fixture of the Southern Ontario Festival, Blues & R&B scene for over 12 years, the Johnny Max Band features the one & only Teddy Leonard (guitar), Nashville veteran Martin Alex Aucoin (piano) and a rhythm section that includes Wayne ‘Shifty’ Deadder and Vince Maccarone … with Johnny on vocals, of course. There is no better place to be than at a Johnny Max Band show.



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





September 15-20, 2009

Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival

Fredericton NB





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, September 16 – The Mode Label: This mainly classical label has put out four exquisite jazz recordings, by Anthony Braxton, Roland Dahinden, John Heward, Steve Lacy, Joe McPhee and the Respect Sextet. We’ll sample all four.

Next week, September 23 – Piano Special: More than a handful of piano-led groups, including As If Trio, John Beasley, Bill Cunliffe, Mike Garson, Gene Harris, Lawrence Hobgood, Dick Hyman, Jermaine Landsberger, Marilyn Lerner and Michael Jefry Stevens.


On CBC Radio Two 103.3 FM

Saturdays: 6-8 pm

On CBC Radio One 91.5 FM

Saturdays: 9-11 pm

Saturday Night Blues


Host Holger Petersen has been a broadcaster, record producer, album collector, and serious blues fan for over 30 years. His collection of blues records numbers in the thousands. On Saturday Night Blues each week you’ll hear a mix of classic blues from the ‘Petersen Vaults’, concerts, interviews, artist features, new releases, plus anything that boogies, jumps, or swings, plus your requests from the Bluesline.


On CJHR 98.7 Valley Heritage Radio

Thursdays, 8-10 pm

Got The Blues

Pat Watters has been hosting this blues only radio show for the last 2+ years. It can be heard throughout the Ottawa Valley (except downtown Ottawa).




ALWAYS check local listings to confirm.

On BRAVO – www.bravo.ca

Tuesday, September 15 @ 8 am – Talkin’ Blues

Heritage Blues Festival (2005): Series exploring the world of contemporary blues music. This episode features an interview with Bruce Wheeler of West Virginia's Heritage Blues Festival, a conversation with Journey's Neal Schon and a performance by Montreal's Dawn Tyler Watson.

Tuesday, September 15 @ 10 pm – Garrett Mason, Born to the Blues (2008)

Documentary featuring the JUNO award-winning son of Dutch Mason, the Prime Minister of the Blues, as he forges his own style of music and develops a dedicated fan base throughout Canada.

Tuesday, September 22 @ 8 am – Talkin’ Blues

Blues Cruise (2005): Series exploring the world of contemporary blues music. This episode features an interview with Roger Naber, promoter of the Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise, as well as artists and fans who took part in the 2005 event; also, the music of David Maxwell and Zac Harmon.

Tuesday, September 29 @ 8 am – Talkin’ Blues

Julian Fauth (2005): Series exploring the world of contemporary blues music. This episode features multi-talented artist Julian Fauth, who shares his thoughts on the blues.

Tuesday, September 29 @ 10 pm – 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, October 6 @ 8 am – Talkin’ Blues

Renee Austin (2005): Series exploring the world of contemporary blues music. This episode spotlights W.C. Handy Award nominee Renee Austin, an outstanding singer/songwriter who has been compared to Janis Joplin and Tina Turner.

Friday, October 9 @ 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.




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, September 26

Moetown @ the Rainbow, 9:30 pm

Wicked Grin @ Tucson’s, 9:15 pm



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