07 September 2009

Ottawa Blues This Week - 7 September 2009




The Century Blues Tour

With Doc MacLean and Big Dave McLean

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Thursday, September 10 @ 9:30 pm

Century Blues Tour Guitar Workshop

Long & McQuade, 2631 Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa

Saturday, September 12; 1-2 pm

Doc MacLean and Big Dave McLean are pleased to report that their National Steel “Century” Blues Tour has grown to a record breaking 100+ back to back shows spanning 9 provinces and 2 territories.

Riding high on the roots revival, the veteran bluesmen make their second stop on this epic tour in Ottawa at the Rainbow.

The most comprehensive Canadian blues-roots tour ever mounted, and operating without arts funding, the Tour is absorbing the costs of bringing the blues to remote rural locations and the far north. Building on the “blues coming to your town!” theme, MacLean and McLean have partnered with music retailer and educator Long and McQuade to offer complimentary, blues guitar workshops and masterclasses at locations across Canada.

To commemorate the Tour, MacLean and McLean are releasing a special, live CD, “Big Road Blues.” The limited pressing, recorded and produced by Catherine McLelland for CBC’s ‘Canada Live’, will only be

available at Century Blues Tour shows.

Back by popular demand, don’t miss this opportunity to hear them interact again, up close and personal in this epic, all acoustic songs and stories presentation. Loaded with new songs and old favourites, the Century Tour promises to be a classic, "must see" event.

The Century Blues Tour. A Cool One Hundred. The lines of the horizon and the smell of barbecue. Broken strings, broken hearts, broken glass. Laughter and tears. Late nights and Cadillacs. Two of Canada’s best loved bluesmen playing vintage National Steel guitars, sharing songs and stories from Coast to Coast to Coast.

Follow the Century Tour: http://centurybluestour.blogspot.com

Big Dave McLean is a Juno winning, Stony Plain recording artist: http://www.stonyplainrecords.com based in Winnipeg. His new acoustic release “Got ‘em from the bottom” is 2009 WCMA nominated "Blues

Recording of the Year," and was Juno nominated "Blues Album of the Year." Big Dave was Maple Blues Nominated "Acoustic Artist of the Year" for the second year in a row, and this time was also nominated

for "Entertainer of the Year." Last year he won the "Lifetime Achievement Award." It's gonna be a Big year for Big Dave as the album and regional nominations keep rolling in. See why he's being called the next "Prime Minister of the Blues."

Doc MacLean was recognized as "Acoustic Blues Master" at last year's Black American Music Awards. He's got a bunch of new songs you won't want to miss. "An audio version of the movie, Sin City," said Blues Revue. "The Master of Darkness." His coast to coast fanbase will make the Century Tour a great success and a wild adventure. Doc now hangs his hats in Toronto.





Myers Brothers Band

Buster’s Bar & Grill, Lincoln Fields Shopping Centre

Friday & Saturday, September 11-12

Canada's Juke Joint Kings - the Myers Brothers Band, featuring Mike ‘Mossman’ on guitar and vocals, ‘Little Stevie’ on Fender Bass, and Mark ‘Pepe’ Tedeschini on drums, return to Buster's Bar & Grill for an evening of stripped down electric juke joint Blues and rockin' Boogie. Y'all come and rock the juke joint down!



Roots Reggae with Terry Gillespie
Elmdale House Tavern, 1084 Wellington Street West
Saturday, September 12 @ 9:30 pm; $10
Roots Reggae = World music + blues + reggae.
Terry will be accompanied by Peter Measroch (South Africa) Keys, Trevor Brewester (Barbados) guitar, Jeffery Grosvenor (Barbados) bass, Corky Kealy (Heaven's Radio) drums, and up-coming star Terry Owen on sax.





“Sounds of Downtown”

Bridge Street, Carleton Place

Saturday, September 12

The fourth annual Arts Carleton Place fundraiser "Sounds of Downtown" co-presented with the Carleton Place BIA, is on Saturday, September 12 on Bridge Street. The featured headliner is MonkeyJunk, a hot blues and roots band. Placing third at the International Blues Challenge, the band was nominated for a 2008 Maple Blues Award as the New Artist of the Year. Band member Steve Marriner was winner of the 2008 Maple Blues Award for Harmonica Player. Members Tony D, a blues icon in the Ottawa area, plays guitar and sings with Matt Sobb on drums, percussion and background vocals. These guys will be rocking the Town Hall Auditorium at 9 pm. There is a cash bar, 8:30-10:30 pm. There will be a dance area in front of the stage. It's going to be a great show!

Before the 9 pm concert, check out the other performers and venues. At Lux Photographic Services, 6-8 pm, listen and snap your fingers to LiPS Slam Poetry. Performances starting at 6 pm are: Gerry Griffin and Heather Houston playing folk at The Good Food Co., the Community Band at the Post Office, Victor Maltby playing fiddle at the Granary, acoustic guitar and refreshing sangria at The Mexican Emporium, Celtic jammers and poetry readings at Brush Strokes. At St. James Gate at 6:30 pm don't miss Rachelle Behrens, an amazing singer. The Carleton Heritage Inn has Open Mic Live! featuring local musicians and singers starting at 7 pm. The Thirsty Moose has acoustic blues with the Night Crawlers at 7 pm and Still Dangerous at 9:30 pm. Buskers, presented by SRC Music, will be playing along the street. Stop in at Sandy's Caribbean Delights, a new location, for some yummy sampling. The Chamber of Commerce has an Info tent for visitors to Carleton Place. Further along Bridge Street, the Mississippi Ale House has Tell Mama and Ballygiblin's is presenting the Mississippi Jug Stompers both starting at 8 pm.

For all of you late night folk, The Mississippi Ale House, Ballygiblin's, St.James Gate and The Thirsty Moose will be offering entertainment. Paddy G & the Mennie Man, terrific Celtic musicians start at 10:30 pm at St. James Gate.

Buy your passports early. The $15 passport: all venues except the MonkeyJunk concert. The $25 passport: all venues plus the 9 pm MonkeyJunk concert. All passports allow for sampling and munching appetizers. What a deal!





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.





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 10: Jed Rached
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





Honky Tonk Saturday Night

With Ball and Chain and the Wreckers

Elmdale House Tavern, 1084 Wellington Street

First Saturday each month @ 9 pm; $6 at the door

Honky Tonk Saturday Night is a monthly event happening the first Saturday of every month.



Open Blues Jam

Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street

Last Sunday of each month, 4-7 pm; cover $5 (jammers free)

Hosted by River City Junction, the jam is open to all ages. Jammers sign up on the jam sheet at the door & each jam session lasts for 3 songs. Drums & amps are provided, you only need to bring your instruments (but you can bring your amps if you want to).



Blues Jam

Avant- Garde Bar & Restaurant, 135 1/2 Besserer Street

First Tuesday of each month @ 8 pm

Hosted by River City Junction, this jam is open to guest performers, but is not an open jam’.

If you want to play, please contact River City Junction in advance to work out what instrument you play & what songs you would like to do.

Contact Jason jason@rivercityjunction.com




Roots and Blues at Beaus

Beaus All Natural Brewing Company, 10 Terry Fox Drive, Vankleek Hill ON
1st Tuesday of every month, 7-10 pm; $10

Terry Gillespie is on hiatus from Blues on Tues, but has decided to share the gig with his friends. He has always wanted to style a juke and this is pretty close. Every time we play at Beau’s it gets a little better. Steve Beauchesne our host has added xmas tree lighting - much more intimate!


Drum Church

Beaus All Natural Brewing Company, 10 Terry Fox Drive, Vankleek Hill ON

Every Sunday Starting April 4th, 10 am to noon; $5

DRUM CHURCH: Because Terry Gillespie loves music and thinks everyone should be in a band.
Drum Church has rules: No Songs and No solos!

Bring any instrument you want; electric or acoustic guitar, drums, broom stick, spoons, whatever.



Southern Cultures, the award-winning quarterly from UNC's Center for the Study of the American South, would like to announce their new Special Music Issue and free CD, which draws in part on rare archival histories and recordings and which has a strong blues emphasis this year.

This issue includes:
275 MUSICIANS in articles, interviews, and features;
4 TOP TEN LISTS of All-Time Blues, Jazz, Country, and Rock 'n' Roll Greats;

and a massive free CD, featuring B.B. King, Son Thomas, Pura Fé, Whistlin' Britches, Captain Luke,

Macavine Hayes, George Jones, Pete Seeger, Charlie Louvin, the Rosebuds, gems from the archives of UNC's Southern Folklife Collection, and and much more in a 65-minute brew of old and new tracks. The Track List and Liner Notes for COOL-WATER MUSIC, the blues-heavy FREE CD that comes with the Southern Cultures Special Music Issue, are now available. You can check out the Track List and Liner Notes at: http://www.southerncultures.org/content/coming_soon/the_music_issue/free_cd/

You can read all about the Special Music Issue and free CD at www.SouthernCultures.org




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.




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 Glengarry Music Festival is cancelled and the performances have been relocated to the following venues:

1. Stephen Barry & Andrew Cowan - Blueberry Hill Bistro, Vankleek Hill & The Georgian House Alexandria (November)

2. Ray Bonneville - The Atlantic Hotel, Alexandria (Sept 19)

3. Johnny Max Band - Beaus' Brewery, Vankleek Hill (Sept 27).

We apologize most sincerely for the confusion and cancellation, and hope that we haven't inconvenienced you too badly. Below is a list of the new venues, times, prices and other information.

As always, feel free to call me: Kathy 613-678-5862.

FOR INFO & Tickets:

Saturday, September 19
The Atlantic Hotel
RAY BONNEVILLE – JUNO Award Winner - 8 pm
36 McDougall, Alexandria ON

Price: $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. ..
. http://www.raybonneville.com

Sunday, September 27
Beau's All Natural Brewery – 7 pm

Catered by Mary’s Country Kitchen- 613-678-3984
NOW a bigger selection including vegetarian options.
Food will be available between 6:30 and 9 pm.
Price: $10.00 – food extra.
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





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




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,

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




Big Dave McLean and Doc MacLean

Century Blues Tour


Saturday, September 12 @ 8 pm; $25 (limited advance tickets @ $20 for KBS members)

KBS is very proud to announce that once again we will be hosting the Century Blues Tour. This year’s tour features Juno winning Big Dave McLean joined by critically acclaimed Delta songster Doc MacLean to play this epic tour.

[More info in ‘Special Events Coming Soon’ above.]



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 9 – Hiromi: Guest host Jean Thibault has chosen cuts from four CDs by Japanese pianist Hiromi: Brain (2004), Time Control (2007), Beyond Standard (2008) and Duet with Chick Corea (2008).

Next 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.


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 8 @ 7:30 am – Rhythm, Roots & Soul

Nothing Halfway, Rick Fines & Susie Vinnick (2008): This series profiles R&B, soul, gospel and roots musicians through their words and music. Mako Funasaka documents a moment in time of these wonderful musicians from many different musical genres. This episode features Rick Fines and Suzie Vinnick.

Tuesday, September 8 @ 8 am – Talkin’ Blues

Sonny Landreth (2005): Series exploring the world of contemporary blues music. This episode features a profile of soulful Louisiana vocalist and slide-guitar virtuoso Sonny Landreth.




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, September 18

JW-Jones @ the Rainbow, 9:30 pm

Saturday, September 26

Moetown @ the Rainbow, 9:30 pm

Wicked Grin @ Tucson’s, 9:15 pm



1 comment:

D.S. Williamson said...

The National Steel "Century" Blues Tour is a commendable undertaking for Doc MacLean and Big Dave McLean. 100 back to back shows in rural areas is an outstanding idea. Kudo's to them for the undertaking. Best of luck with the spread of the blues.
D.S. Williamson