16 November 2009

Ottawa Blues This Week - 16 November 2009


13th Annual Maple Blues Awards Nominees Announced!


Nominees from across Canada have been announced for the 13th Annual Maple Blues Awards! The Maple Blues Awards is Canada’s national blues awards program. Its goal is to promote blues music across Canada, and to recognize outstanding achievement in the field. Voting is open until Sunday, December 13th at noon (EDT). Blues fans cast their votes online, at www.mapleblues.ca.

Ottawa based swamp boogie, soul R&B and bedroom funk band MonkeyJunk leads the way with six nominations! They received nods in the Entertainer of the Year, Electric Act of the Year, and Recording of the Year, for their record “Tiger In Your Tank”, categories as well as Male Vocalist of the Year and Harmonica Player of the Year for Steve Marriner and Guitar Player of the Year for Tony D.

This year's winners will be announced at the 13th Annual Maple Blues Awards Gala in Toronto, on January 18, 2010 at Koerner Hall. This very special evening is Canada's national annual celebration of homegrown blues talent. It's also a night of great music by the Maple Blues Band, comprised entirely of Maple Blues Awards winners and nominees. Koerner Hall is the newest addition to Toronto’s fine list of cultural centres and theatres. The intimate and elegant hall opened in September 2009 with 1,140 seats and features state-of-the-art acoustic treatment. Danny Marks, Host of BLUZ FM and David Gogo, Cordova Bay Recording Artist, will be hosting the Maple Blues Awards.

MonkeyJunk drummer fans please note … you can write in candidates on your ballot, so you can vote for Matt Sobb too!




Choose The Blues Productions presents

Blues On the Rideau, Season 5

Harrison Kennedy Band

The Cove Inn, Westport ON

Friday, November 20; 7 pm buffet dinner, show 8:30 – 11 pm; $55

There are still tickets available for Electro Fi recording artist Harrison Kennedy & his Band at The Cove Inn on Friday, November 20. Don’t miss him – he doesn’t get up this way often. He’s worth the price of
admission solo but with a band it is even a better deal.

Harrison has been nominated for a Juno Award in the Blues category for each one of his 3 CDs over the past 6 years and was just nominated for four 2009 Maple Blues Awards (http://www.mapleblues.ca) including Album Of The Year for his terrific new CD “One Dog Barkin’”.

A direct descendant from African slaves who escaped from the U.S. into Canada via the Underground Railway in the 1800s, Harrison has a deep connection to the blues and plays R&B, soul and roots equally well. He was the lead singer for a Detroit based soul R&B group called Chairmen Of The Board back in the ‘70s with Billboard hits like ‘Gimme Just A Little More Time’ and ‘I’m The Chairman Of The Board’. They played venues such as the Apollo in New York and appeared on American Bandstand, Soul Train and Johnny Carson. He returned to Canada and disappeared from the music scene for awhile but roared back with in the late ‘90s. He is a prolific songwriter, has a great voice full of passion and power and plays excellent guitar and harmonica. He will be backed by bass, drums and keyboards.



$55 for dinner & show (taxes & donation to charity included) - same price as the last two years!

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.




Capital Vox Christmas Concert

NAC Fourth Stage, 53 Elgin Street

Saturday, November 21 @ 7:30 pm; tickets $25

Capital Vox, Ottawa's Jazz Choir, presents an evening of standards, classic jazz, blues, pop, and rock under the direction of Elise Létourneau including selections by Dave Brubeck, Hoagy Carmichael, Bill Evans, George Gershwin, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Led Zeppelin and new music. Special guests include vocalist Judette Budden, pianist Mark Ferguson, and saxophonist Rene Lavoie.

From Cyndi Kennedy:

Some of you may know that I sing in a Jazz Choir called Capital Vox. If you would like to attend our Christmas Concert, I have 4 tickets left or you can buy them from http://www.AlcornMusicStudios.com

or The Leading Note on Elgin . All of our other shows have sold out and there are only about 20 tickets left total. We’ll be doing some awesome arrangements of songs like Led Zeppelin’s ‘The Rain Song’ and Michael Jackson’s ‘Man in the Mirror’, as well as some old favourites like a re-styled ‘Take Five’ and some Ellington pieces . For those of you that like gospel, we’ve even got a bit of that.




Stephen Barry and Andrew Cowan

The Premier Bluesmen of Montreal

Blueberry Hill Bistro, High Street, Vankleek Hill ON

Tuesday, November 17, 7-10 pm; $10 (advance tickets recommended)

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

Wednesday, November 18, 7-10 pm; $10

Wrapping up 2009 with Stephen Barry and Andrew Cowan - Montréal's Premier Bluesmen.

Their reputation as one of the best blues and folk-blues ensembles in Canada has long been established. Over the past twenty five -plus years Stephen Barry has had the privilege of playing with such blues legends as John Lee Hooker, Bo Diddley, Big Moose Walker, Pinetop Perkins, Buddy Guy, Hubert Sumlin, Magic Slim, Eddie Kirkland, Nappy Brown, John Hammond Jr., and Big Mama Thornton, whom they toured with for three plus years.

Plus they are fun, entertaining and make you laugh. Come on out and make their trip here worthwhile. You won’t be disappointed. You will go home with a smile on your face – guaranteed. Oh! and the stand up bass......what a treat.

Advance tickets are recommended for the Blueberry Hill show as it is a very small venue. Tickets available at Blueberry Hill 613-678-2364 and TEKA 613-678-3333.
If you have never been to a show at the Georgian House, you can see 2 videos taken last month when Terry Gillespie played there http://www.youtube.com/TerryGillespie Video 1: Two Trains Running and Video 2. Louisiana Blues




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:

               November 19 – Terry Gillespie
               November 26 – Jed Rached


Sunday Blues, 6-9 pm, no cover

Atomic Rooster, 303 Bank Street (at MacLaren)

November 22 – Mumbo Jumbo Voodoo Combo

November 29 – BD and the Blu-Tones



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.




Music By The Bay Live Concert Series Presents

Stephen Fearing

The Waterfront Bistro; 590 Liverpool Road, Pickering ON

Thursday, November 26 @ 8 pm; tickets $25 (advance), $30 at the door

Multiple Juno Award winner, Stephen Fearing is one of the foremost performing singer-songwriters in
Canada. The consistent quality of his work produced over his two decades plus career has earned him a West Coast Music Award for Best Folk Music Recording and five Juno Award nominations as a solo artist. Mixing powerful lyrics, creative arrangements and brilliant guitar playing, Fearing has built up a loyal and dedicated international audience with a wide range of songs – from his 1988 release “Out to Sea”, to his last Juno winning album “Yellowjacket”.

The Waterfront Bistro provides seating for everyone to enjoy the performance in this intimate 100-seat venue where free parking is available. Enjoy dinner before the show and receive a 10% discount on your meal (food only); reservations @ 905-420-2020.

Tickets available at The Waterfront Bistro, Legend Music, Wilson & Lee Music Store, Durham School of Music and http://www.musicbythebaylive.com or by calling 905-831-8661.


22nd Ottawa R&B Fest 2009

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Thursday to Sunday, November 26-29

Once again we come to celebrate Ottawa area R&B talent in conjunction with the 25th Anniversary of The Rainbow. R&B, Blues, Rock ‘n’ Roll, Reggae, Surf, Swing, Rock-a-billy and Ska are all covered ... once again giving an ‘all shades of blue’ variety to this year’s festival. Come on and dance to the beat of the Blues.

Thursday, November 26, $5

9:30 pm Roots Movement

Friday, November 27, $10

9:30 pm Double Double

10:45 pm Pipeline

12:15 am The FunKtion

Saturday, November 28. $10

9:30 pm King Rattler

10:40 pm Mudboys

11:50 pm Ken Workman and The Union

1 am The Jesse Greene Band

Sunday, November 29

3-7 pm River City Junction $3

9:30 pm Ska Fest $5


Ricky Paquette

Tucson’s, 2440 Bank Street

Saturday, November 28 @ 9:15 pm

Ricky Paquette has been playing guitar for half of his life. His style combines his love of blues with classic rock, though he has studied classical guitar as well. In September Ricky was in Afghanistan with Bruce Cockburn and Finger Eleven, entertaining the Canadian Forces men & women posted there. In October he picked up two Lys Blues Awards (Quebec Blues Awards) for Performance Artistique and Spectacle de l'Année.




Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Tuesday, November 30 @ 9:30 pm

After two successful albums "30 Pieces of Silver" and self-titled "bluessmyth", "Sola Gratia" has just been released. This riveting and introspective recording from the Canadian trio includes powerful tracks written about Hurricane Katrina and deep human experiences such as reaching out in despair, soul searching, and finding redemption.

In essence, bluessmyth creates beyond the confines of a single genre. The name of the group melds together "blues" and "smyth" (or smith) as the symbolic forging and fusion of the roots of blues music with heavy metallic overtones, and gospel & soul influences. The dynamic of bluessmyth has evolved with the addition of drummer Celene Yohemas. Seamlessly matched with the solid, definitive bass lines of Jason Yaholkoski, and supporting soulful singer and guitarist Chris Yaholkoski, the new dynamic is a recipe for international success.



Coco Montoya

Tucson’s, 2440 Bank Street

Thursday, December 5 @ 9:15 pm

The former drummer turned guitarist for Albert Collins paved the way for a stellar career in his own right after building a big time reputation as guitarist for British blues legend John Mayall as part of the Bluesbreakers, with whom he toured for 10 years.

In 1993 Coco Montoya released his first solo record and the rest as they say is history! Known not only for the stinging licks that he learned from the Ice Man, Montoya is also an incredibly soulful singer and songwriter.




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

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




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





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, November 18 – George Russell: We bid a sad farewell to innovative jazz composer, pianist, theorist, arranger and band leader George Russell, who died on July 27 of this year. We’ll be playing his recordings from 1947, 1956, 1960, 1964 and 1982.

Next week, November 26 – Gift List – International: Suggestions of seasonal gifts by international jazz and blues performers, including Terence Blanchard, Cyrus Chestnut, Alex Cline, Andrew Drury, Denis Gonzales, Heath Brothers, Samuel James, Scott LaFaro, Joelle Leandre, Manhattan Transfer, James Moody and Maria Muldaur.


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 – http://www.bravo.ca

Tuesday, November 17 @ 7:30 am – Rhythm, Roots and Soul

Diamond Days/Eric Bibb (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 musician Eric Bibb.

Tuesday, November 17 @ 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.

Tuesday, November 24 @ 7:30 am – Rhythm, Roots and Soul

The Phenomenal Ruthie Foster (2007): This series profiles R&B, soul, gospel and roots musicians through their words and music. Mako Funasaka documents a moment in time of these wonderful musicians from many different musical genres. This episode features performer Ruthie Foster.

Tuesday, November 24 @ 8 am – Talkin' Blues

Tribute (2005): Series exploring the world of contemporary blues music. This episode features Chicago-based singer/guitarist Nick Moss, a conversation with Mel Brown about his health, a video from Morgan Davis and a salute to late Canadian musician Domenic Troiano.

Monday, November 30 @ 10:30 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, December 1 @ 7:30 am – Rhythm, Roots and Soul

Salty Sessions/Hot Toddy (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 the band Hot Toddy.

Tuesday, December 1 @ 8 am – Talkin' Blues

Little Charlie & the Night Cats (2005): Series exploring the world of contemporary blues music. This episode features a performance and interview from the California-based band lead by Rick Estrin and Charlie Baty, who have worked together for over 30 years.

Tuesday, December 8 @ 7:30 am – Rhythm, Roots and 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, December 8 @ 8 am – Talkin' Blues

Curtis Salgado (2005): Series exploring the world of contemporary blues music. This episode features words and music from blues/soul singer Curtis Salgado, who served as the inspiration for John Belushi's Blues Brothers character.




Thursday to Sunday, November 26-29

22nd Annual R&B Festival @ the Rainbow

Friday, November 27

Drew Nelson Band @ Irene’s, 9 pm



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