15 October 2009

Ottawa Blues This Week - 12 October 2009

Sorry for the delay in getting this blog posted …

I was in Japan and blogspot thought I was spamming.

All sorted out now!




Toronto Blues Society presents

The Blues Now Showcase

OCFF Conference, Lobby Bar, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Ottawa
Thursday, October 15m 9 pm – 1 am; $10


9:00-9:45 – Suzie Vinnick
10:00-10:45 – Ken Whiteley
11:00-11:45 – DiggingRoots
12:00-12:45 – Melissa Bel

Suzie Vinnick is a force to be reckoned with. She has won the 2008 Maple Blues Award for `Female Vocalist of the Year', the 2006 Maple Blues Awards for `Female Vocalist of the Year', `Bassist of the Year' and shared `Songwriter of the Year' with Rick Fines for their 2006 release, Nothing Halfway. Suzie's latest CD, Happy Here, was released in the fall of 2008 and was produced by Juno Award winning singer/songwriter Stephen Fearing.

Ken Whiteley is one of Canada's most respected roots musicians, songwriters and record producers. His musical journey has taken him from jug band, folk and swing to blues, gospel and children's music. Over the years, Ken has performed with a diverse group of musical legends including Pete Seeger, Odetta, and Lonnie Johnson. He has recorded with John Hammond Jr., Tom Paxton, Guy Davis, The Campbell Brothers, Blind John Davis, Stan Rogers, and countless others.

Building on the success of their first album, Seeds, which garnered a staggering 17 award nominations, DiggingRoots have just released We Are. Somewhere between the lines of roots, rock, hip hop, and blues lies vocalist ShoShona Kish, guitarist Raven Kanatakta and a booming rhythm section creating their truly undefinable sound.

Melissa Bel's voice is rich, smoky, impassioned and powerful, a rarity in the present-day pop world, especially for someone who's only 20 years old. Named `Artist of the Year' at the 2008 Toronto Exclusive Magazine Awards, Melissa has just released Brave, a collection of stories she started writing when she was only 16 years old.

(Thanks to Tim Des Islets, Toronto Blues Society for this info@torontobluessociety.com)


Mason Rack Band

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Friday, October 16

The Mason Rack Band is now on their third tour of Canada! The band has recently been tearing up the international scene and has leaped into the higher performing spectrum of live blues rock. Their success is due to Mason’s huge stage presence and creative performance. There is a great drum duel where Mason walks out into the audience playing anything he can find, only to challenge the drummer (Joel Purkess in Canada; Jay Conway in Australia) to fight back. The show leaves the audience gob-smacked and craving more; they have never seen anything like it before! Some try to imitate it and that only goes to show the new ground breaking ideas Mason is bringing to the live stage. Now with their new bassist (Markus Engal in Canada; Ray Goddard in Australia) the band is truly making their mark.



Treasa Levasseur

With Special Guest Noelie McDonnell

Black Sheep Inn, Wakefield QC

Friday October 16@ 9 pm; $10

Treasa: Soul / Blues / Roots Music
Noelie: Folk Rock / Acoustic / Folk





Tucson’s, 2440 Bank Street

Friday, October 16

That they have been described as a Blues Tour De Force comes as no surprise. Georgia-raised lead singer John May has had a storied career that began in the Southern gospel tradition, crossing over into Doo-Wop, R&B and Blues, not to mention a stint with the Godfather Of Soul, James Brown. Hooking up
with band leader Al Lerman (harp and saxophone) in Toronto some years later, Fathead’s core has remained constant since 1992, offering ace musicianship, soul stirring harmonies and incendiary live performances. The writing tandem of Lerman and bassist Omar Tunnoch have produced an impressive body of work. Guitar ace Teddy Leonard is back and better than ever, along with iconic drummer Bucky Berger. Elements of funk, soul, and R&B are fused into the group's strong blues backbone, creating a fresh sound that is immediately recognizable as their own.

Fathead is currently recording their seventh disc which will be produced by Juno Award winning musician/producer Lance Anderson and will be released by Electro-Fi Records in January 2010. With two Juno awards to their credit, Fathead is truly an original band with a sound immediately recognizable as their own. They have a ball wherever they play and it shows!



Sweet Beaver Suite

Glue Pot Pub, 340 Queen St

Friday & Saturday, October 16-17, 9:30 pm – 2 am; $6

The Ontario Council of Folk Festivals meets once a year in Ottawa – a crowded event with seminars, galas, official showcases, and 700 delegates. It’s the annual highlight of the Canadian folk music scene (however you define that).

Alas, the general public can’t be invited; this is a business event with representatives from dozens of festivals across the country, talent buyers, bookers, agents, managers, record companies — and hundreds of artists who want to be seen, want to be heard, want to be noticed.

However, the Sweet Beaver Suite is a major showcase event held concurrently with the convention — and is one of the very few that’s open to the public.

The suite, organized by artist manager Shauna Cooper and publicist Richard Flohil, has been a special part of folk music gatherings in Austin, London, Memphis, Kingston, and other cities where the ‘folk business’ gathers. Why: Because folk need to hear the new folk, now.

The Ottawa event is happening at the Glue Pot Pub at Queen St., and will feature a total of 22 artists over two nights. The public is invited: Cover charge is $6.00 per night.

Friday, October 16:

Singing hosts, Arlene Bishop, one of the best songwriters in Canada, with some of the darkest material – and a quick, joyful and humorous host. Jay Aymar, based in Toronto via the Sault, will sing songs from his new album – accessible county-folk that sticks in your mind.

Shelly O’Brien: A quirky songwriter who recently represented Canada at the 2nd Annual Helsinki International Ukulele Festival.

Kaia Kater-Hurst: Just 16, she’s the youngest performer at the Beaver Suite. Plays excellent banjo, and her repertoire is made up of old Old Timey American country music.

Lynne Hanson: Ottawa singer-songwriter with a growing international audience in Europe.

Gordie Tentrees: Direct from the Yukon (he’s on a cross-Canada tour), he’s just released this third CD. As well-known in Europe as he is here.

Jadea Kelly: Country/folk singer with a sweet voice, a big heart, and a killer band.

Katherine Wheatley: Just released her first album in 10 years – the stunning “Landed” – Wheatley plays close to 150 shows a year in Canada and the US.

Andrea Ramolo: She’s been described as the antidote to too much Joni Mitchell. Tough, edgy and vulnerable, all at once. Think Janis Joplin without the histrionics.

Billy Manzic: The pride of Thunder Bay, here’s a singer-songwriter who offers nods to Steve Earle and other rootsy troubadours.

Nudie & The Turks: Bluegrass/country with attitude, laughter and balls from Prince Edward Island— people will be dancing.

Saturday, October 17:

Singing hosts, Ben Sures is smart, spunky, funny, and a ‘born MC’; from Winnipeg, he’s also an award winning songwriter with fine songs and an open heart. Alan Rhody is an ‘honourary Canadian’ based in Nashville where he creates songs for supergroups, hangs with John Prine, and drives back and forth to Canada.

Samantha Martin: A singer with a voice that’ll remind you of k.d. lang when she was country, and a key figure in the success of Toronto’s hippest club, The Dakota.

Kate Reid: A queer with a sense of humour – who else could write a song like “The Only Dyke at the Open Mic.” She can make you cry as well as double over with mirth.

Special Guest: Well, we know who she is, but we can’t tell you.

Alejandra Ribera: People just cannot resist this taste of world music, jazz, and folk wrapped up with a voice that sounds like Tom Waits crossed with Edith Piaf. Or imagine an Argentinian-Scottish Lhasa.

Ariana Gillis: Young people who are just 18 years old shouldn’t be clear-eyed, smart and sassy and as brilliant as this woman. This one is a star in the making.

The Undesirables: Sean Cotton and Corin Raymond have the songs, the attitude, and the showmanship to pull off that rarity in the folk world: The boy duo.

The Good Lovelies: This three-woman trio have the best and most accurate name in the business. They tour non-stop, write excellent songs, tell hilarious true stories and charm everyone within earshot.

David Baxter: Veteran producer, songwriter, music publisher, session player, guitar virtuoso and all-purpose sideman has finally made his first solo record, after 30 years in the business. Slow-burning country folk with heart and smarts.

Treasa Levasseur: Folk, blues, Memphis soul and passion. A truly original artist.

(Thanks to Richard Flohil for this info.)


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.




Jeff Hagerman

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Thursday, October 15

A rare appearance by local guitarist Jeff Hagerman.



The Mud Boys Rock ‘n’ Roll Revue

Tucson’s, 2440 Bank Street

Saturday, October 17

This is something you gotta hear.
This is something you gotta dance.
Guaranteed to loosen every stick in the mud!





Blues on the Rideau Presents

The Mike Goudreau Band

The Cove, Westport ON

Friday, October 16

Boppin', swingin' joie de vivre blues from Quebec's Eastern Townships. Their 2nd visit to BOTR @ The Cove – back by popular demand. Mike’s strong vocals and tasteful guitar combined with a solid, talented backline – bass, drums and two horns for this Show – guarantees a great performance every time. A prolific songwriter, arranger and producer Mike has recorded 10 CDs in the past 15 years (as Mike Goudreau and as The Boppin' Blues Band) including his new one "Blues Etcetera", which is getting lots of airplay across Canada and in the U.S. He plays jazz, rock and blues equally well but this Show will be all blues. Recently many of his songs have been picked up by a Los Angeles music library that specializes in TV and film sound tracks and have played on popular Shows like ‘Everybody Hates Chris’ and ‘Dirty Sexy Money’. Mike plays club gigs and major festivals like the Festival International de Jazz Montreal and Tremblant Blues Festival throughout Quebec regularly where he has a big fan base, but he doesn't
venture outside his home province often so don't miss this chance to see him when he's here.


PROCEEDS TO the Lucy Drysdale Memorial Scholarship Fund

$55 Buffet dinner & Show (tax & donation to charity included)
Dinner 7 pm, Show 8:30-11 pm * Advance reservations required
Call (613) 273-3636 or 1-888-COVE-INN
Well priced accommodation at the Inn and nearby B&Bs
Westport is a 1.5 hour drive from Ottawa, 45 minutes from Kingston

Visit http://www.choosetheblues.ca for more info & updates




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:

Oct 15 – JW-Jones

Oct 22 - Chuck Karn
Oct 29 – Rob Alexander


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.





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 R&B Trio
Georgian House Restaurant & Day Spa,
146 Main Street South, Alexandria ON

Wednesday, October 21, 7-10 pm; $10


Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest & Ottawa Folk Fest present

Folk Festival Fundraiser Concert

The Guthrie Family Rides Again

Featuring Arlo Guthrie & the Family

(with Abe, Cathy, Annie, Sarah Lee Guthrie, Johnny Irion ... and the Kids)

Dominion Chalmers United Church, 355 Cooper Street

Wednesday, October 28 @ 8 pm; Concert only tickets $50

After concert Meet & Greet + concert - $75

With a spirit of sharing timeless stories and unforgettable classic songs, Arlo Guthrie brings together four generations of voices. Performing Arlo’s standards such as ‘Alice’s Restaurant’ along with songs written by each member of the family, they also add a new twist — a selection of unpublished Woody Guthrie lyrics set to music by friends and family. “The Guthries are the first family of American folk. They practice what Woody preached.” — Vanity Fair



David Rotundo

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Friday, October 30 @ 9:30 pm

Toronto blues harpist David Rotundo bought his first harmonica after seeing James Cotton perform at the El Mocambo in 1991: "He blew one note on the harmonica that hypnotized me and I've been playing the blues ever since."

Every Gig Rocks! The David Rotundo band always delivers. When you see the band live, you are instantly struck by the fact that David lives for what he does.



The Temptations

Centrepointe Theatre, 101 Centrepointe Drive

Saturday, October 31 @ 8:30 pm; tickets $65, $75

One of the most iconic bands in the history of American music, 2009 marks the 45th Anniversary of the Temptations first #1 hit. Founding member Otis Williams originated the band in 1961 and the Temptations had their first #1 hit & tour in 1964-1965.

Since then, the Temptations have become an institution noted for their precise choreography and blend of R&B vocal sensibilities. A continuous line up of 5 highly talented male singers working together as a vocal powerhouse has propelled the Temptations thru out their 45-year history. With a focus on the vocal ensemble, rather than a lead singer, many singers have come and gone, yet (founding original member) Otis Williams has continued to keep the Temptations sound alive and at the top of the charts. As members of the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame and listed as one of the top 50 bands of all time in Rolling Stone Magazine, The Temptations have 4 Grammy Awards, 18- #1 Billboard singles, 23 top ten singles and 10 top ten albums.

With great songs, and a 15 -piece band, the live stage show is an experience that continues to ‘wow’ audiences around the world. The Temptations constantly enlist new fans as they continue to deliver the Motown vocal sound that made them famous. “Get ready, cause here they come”.

“A History of American Pop Music in one band- The Temptations”


Bi-Annual Montreal/Ottawa Record Convention
Carleton University, Fenn Lounge, 1125 Colonel By Drive
Sunday, November 1; 10 am – 4 pm; $2 (10 am) & $8 (9am - early bird admission)

Should be lots of great vinyl and CDs … come out and see.


Clarence-Rockland RnB Fest

Rockland, ON

Wednesday to Sunday, November 5-8

The 2nd Clarence-Rockland RnB Fest will be held from November 5-8. The festival started last year with only one night of Rhythm N Blues music and the event was a success. This year continues the blues festival committee's mandate to assist local youth. Net profits from the festival will help support programs to encourage youth in the arts, support local performing arts and also this year le Centre de santé communautaire de l'Estrie and the Roberts/Smart Centre will receive a share of the net proceeds to support their youth counselling and mental health programs in the Clarence-Rockland area.

Headlining this year's festival on Saturday, November 7, is Ricky Paquette. In addition to his regular evening concert during the festival, Ricky also headlines an afternoon youth concert and joining him will be the winner of a Bandarama competition this coming October for local youth bands and singer/performers. The singer/songwriter awards will take place on Sunday, November 8 as part of the festival. The festival's lineup also includes Jake Thomas, The Coggs, Silver Creek, Lydie, Jérémie Séguin, Willis Pride and Monday Rebel.

For info www.RnBFest.ca




Aretha Franklin

Southam Hall, National Arts Centre, 53 Elgin Street

Sunday, November 8 @ 8 pm

Aretha Louise Franklin is an American singer, songwriter and pianist commonly referred to as "The Queen of Soul". Although renowned for her soul recordings, Franklin is also adept at jazz, rock, blues, pop, R&B, and Gospel music. She is one of the most honoured Grammy artists (20 to date), including

the Living Legend Grammy and the Lifetime Achievement Grammy. She has scored a total of 20 #1 singles on the Billboard R&B Singles Chart and 45 ‘Top 40’ hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. ‘Respect’ was #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1967. In 1987, Aretha Franklin became the first female artist to be entered into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.


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




Annual General Meeting of the Kingston Blues Society

RCHA Club, 193 Ontario St. (big blue door), Kingston ON

Saturday, October 17, 6-8 pm

All members are invited to attend.

Come on out and give us your thoughts on what we are doing right or wrong and what you would like to see us do in the future.

Come on out and join the executive board.

Come on out and volunteer for one of the many volunteer spots in – promotions – membership management, web site maintenance and event planning.


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.

This month's jam, Saturday, October 17, is unplugged, featuring guest Roger Dorey.


Pat Johnson with Hard Pushin’ Papa

Muskie Jake's, 550 Stone Street South, Gananoque ON
Friday & Saturday, October 16-17 2009
@ 9 pm

Gananoque Jazz Festival- "Jammin' in the Islands"


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





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, October 14 – Brass Shout: The thrilling sounds of brass instruments, as demonstrated by the Canadian Brass, Etienne Charles, Dave Douglas, Dizzy Gillespie, Andy Martin, Rod McGaha, Chris Pasin, Claudio Roditi and Clark Terry.

Next week, October 21 – Made In Europe: American jazz artists recorded in Europe; tenor saxophonist Johnny Griffin, pianist Duke Jordan, tenor saxophonist Warne Marsh, bassist Red Mitchell and pianist Ralph Sutton.


Mondays, 2-7 am

Rockin’ the Blues

with Diane Wells

Diane has a new show, and she’ll be playing … what else, rockin’ blues!


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, October 13 @ 8 am – Talkin’ Blues

Finis Tasby (2005): Series exploring the world of contemporary blues music. This episode features words and music from singer/songwriter Finis Tasby, who talks about his art and the loss of his daughter; also, a performance by Steve Payne and Michael Pickett.

Tuesday, October 20 @ 7:30 am – Rhythm, Roots & 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, October 20 @ 8 am – Talkin’ Blues

Downchild Blues Band (2005): Series exploring the world of contemporary blues music. This episode features words and music from award-winning Canadian veterans Downchild Blues Band and their leader, Donnie Walsh.

Tuesday, October 27 @ 8 am – Talkin’ Blues

WC Handy Awards (2005): Series exploring the world of contemporary blues music. This episode, shot in Memphis, offers an overview of the 26th Awards, a performance from Watermelon Slim and a profile of Michael Powers - both 2005 nominees.

Tuesday, November 3 @ 8 am – Talkin’ Blues

Hands Across the Table (2005): Series exploring the world of contemporary blues music. In this episode, artist Dania Madera-Lerman discusses her paintings that capture the blues and its musicians; a video from Sugar Ray and the Bluetones; a profile of Zac Harmon.

Tuesday, November 10 @ 8 am – Talkin’ Blues

Dis, Dat or D'Udda (2005): Series exploring the world of contemporary blues music. This episode features the legendary Dr. John, the singer/songwriter whose blend of African, American-Indian and Creole influences has made him one of New Orleans's most distinctive voices.




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, October 23

Terry Gillespie @ Tucson’s, 9:15 pm

Saturday, October 24

Wicked Grin w/FM Hi Low@ the Rainbow, 9:30 pm

Saturday, October 31

Hallowe’en Bash with FunKtion @ Tucson’s, 9:15 pm



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