02 November 2009

Ottawa Blues This Week - 2 November 2009


13th Annual Maple Blues 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!

Check out MonkeyJunk this Friday …


Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Friday, November 6 @ 9:30 pm





CKCU-FM is a remarkable and unique institution; starting thirty-four years ago as a campus radio station, it saw and accepted the challenge of the needs of the diverse communities who live in Canada's National Capital Region, and today, as a campus/community station, it broadcasts in over twenty languages. I also believe that our quality of programming in blues, classical, country, dance, jazz and world music is unsurpassed by any other Canadian radio station.

We are listener-supported radio; this means we receive no subsidies whatsoever from any level of government and can only survive because of your contributions and our volunteers' dedication.

I am writing to ask if you would consider sponsoring one hour of alternative/community radio at CKCU-FM 93.1 in Ottawa. CKCU provides at least six unique and valuable services to the community:

1) We present a whole range of alternative music that you'll never find on commercial radio, presented by people with passion and authority. Our jazz, blues, dance, world, country and classical music programs cover the whole history of these musics, are presented by acknowledged experts in each area, and reject the superficial fashion-conscious “Top 40” approach you’ll hear on the region’s commercial stations.

2) We provide a voice and a community billboard for many of the communities that make up our population; we have regular Aboriginal, Asian, Caribbean, Chinese, Christian, Filipino, Gospel, Haitian, Indian, Jamaican, Jewish, Latin American, Muslim, Persian, Scottish, Spanish, Somali, and Vietnamese programming – to name a few!

3) We give an independent and diverse point of view on political and community affairs. We are not owned by a large profit-oriented corporation or a government, and our volunteers and our Board reflect the diverse opinions and viewpoints of the communities they come from.

4) We bring you the renowned BBC World news four times every weekday, respected internationally for its independence and broad coverage.

5) We support local musicians by publicizing their gigs and airing their CDs. You don’t have to be a big name to get heard on CKCU.

6) We keep you informed of upcoming jazz and blues concerts that you might otherwise miss, by mentioning them on our programs and in e-mailouts.

As a former Treasurer and Chairman of the Board, I can assure you that CKCU has a bare-bones budget. Because most of us are volunteers, we are able to bring you world-class radio at a cost of a little over $40.00 per hour! We have three revenue sources:

A voluntary levy paid by the students of Carleton University

Income from organizations who sponsor particular programs

The community of listeners and musicians [You!]

Our community Funding Drive runs this year from Friday October 23 until Sunday November 8. Our target for 2009 is $109,000. You can Dial and Donate at 613-520-3920 or 1-877-520-3920. You can complete a Pre-Pledge form if you've received one in the mail. You can pledge by E-mail at http://www.ckcufm.com. However you pledge, you will receive a tax receipt for donations over $25.00, as we are a registered educational charity.

For those of you with pets, In A Mellow Tone will again this year have two special categories of donor – “Cool Cats” and “Hip Hounds”, so please mention your pet’s name and type if you’re pledging on his/her behalf. When you pledge, please mention “In A Mellow Tone” if you want to support my program specifically. [You can also direct your donation in support of John Tackaberry’s ‘Black & Blues’.]

Please see if you can sponsor just one hour of alternative/community radio. It's your community and your radio station and will cost you a tax-free $40.00. [Less than $1 a week for 24/7 entertainment!].

With my sincere thanks for anything you can do,

Ron Sweetman, CKCU Volunteer since 1976


HELP NAME JW's 6th CD...


From JW-Jones:

Since we value the opinion of our family, friends, and fans so much, we're opening the door of creativity to all of you to help us out. We need to name our new CD, to be released in early 2010.

RULES (super easy!)

- The word blues cannot be in the title.

- It has to be as unique as possible = If you search for it on google like this: ["Your CD Title"] without the brackets - we need less than 200 matches.

- Please don't stop at one idea - send as many as you like.

- Even if YOU think it's terrible, it probably isn't! It might be something we can work with.

- Don't be shy.


- Winner will receive 3 signed copies of the new CD, signed poster, t-shirt, and a credit (a "thank you" to winner’s name) inside the CD.

CONTEST DEADLINE: As we need to get this sorted out ASAP, the first great idea we get might be the one we use there is no deadline time/date to this contest other than when we have a title that moves us!



So far we have "Sumlinizin'" which is not bad! But we want to test the waters to see if something better comes up. Using Hubert or Sumlin in the name would be excellent. One word would be even better than excellent! It doesn't have to be a real word. Make one up!

Thanks again, look forward to the ideas... please post them on JW-Jones Facebook group, or send a message to info@jw-jones.com



The Duke Robillard Band

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Tuesday, November 3 @ 9:30 pm; cover $15

Victoria Concert Hall, Coburg ON

Friday, November 6 @ 8 pm; tickets $26.50

Licensed LLBO Event, cabaret style, tables and chairs, great comfort, great site lines and great sound in an historic setting. www.zapp-productions.com

Inspired by blues legends like T-Bone Walker, Charlie Patton and Big Joe Turner, Duke Robillard's guitar work has seamlessly spanned the worlds of jazz, blues, and swing since he founded the renowned big band, Roomful of Blues, in 1967.

Since 1980, Duke has recorded 20 acclaimed solo albums and toured the world both with his own band and also as Jimmie Vaughan's replacement in The Fabulous Thunderbirds. Most recently Duke played guitar and toured with music legend Tom Waits. Called "one of the great players" by the legendary B.B. King, Duke's upbeat live performance, accented by a swinging horn section, is a tasteful display of a wide variety of blues styles.

The Blues Music Awards (formerly W.C.Handy Awards) have named Duke Robillard "Best Blues Guitarist" four years out of five (2000, 2001, 2003, 2004) making him the second most honoured guitarist for that award! He was also nominated in that category in 2005, 2007 and again this year of 2008. In 2007 Duke received a Grammy nomination for his "Guitar Groove-a-rama" CD.

Other awards over the last decade include three Canadian Maple Blues Awards in 2001, 2002, and 2003 for "Best International Blues Artist," The Blues Foundation's "Producer of the Year" award in 2004, The French Blues Association "Album of the Year" award in 2002 (”Living with the Blues”) and "Guitarist of the Year" awards in 1999 and 2002.

As a solo artist, he has released eleven CDs on the Stony Plain label, plus one with label mate Ronnie Earl and one with The New Guitar Summit. Duke's latest CD "Stomp the Blues Tonight” (on Stony Plain) adds horns and digs deep into the riotous, raunchy, rockin' '40s and '50s R&B that helped launch rock and roll.





Drew Nelson Band

Gad's Hill Place, Merrickville ON

Thursday, November 5 @ 8:30 pm

Elmdale House Tavern, 1084 Wellington Street

Friday, November 6 @ 9:30 pm

After a couple of years in self-imposed semi-retirement, Drew has decided to lunge back into the music world in a much more active fashion. The newly re-configured band consists of Drew Nelson, Scott Amey on guitar and vocals, Steve Trecarten on sax and keyboards, Matt Wood on drums and vocals, as well as Andy Gorham on keyboards. The return of Drew's original bass player and arranger, Kurt Walther has provided an extra spark. Kurt recently has recovered from a severed tendon in his hand as well as a bad case of being a financial advisor. The band is pumped and ready for action.



Myers Brothers Blues Band

Buster’s Bar & Grill, Lincoln Fields Shopping Centre

Friday & Saturday, November 6-7; 9:30 pm – 12:30 am

The Myers Brothers Blues Band return to Buster's Bar & Grill (Lincoln Fields Shopping Centre), Friday & and Saturday November 6-7, 9:30pm - 12:30am for an evening of stripped-down electric juke-joint blues and rockin' boogie. Known for their high energy, real-deal juke joint blues, the trio's repertoire includes eclectic numbers ranging from Big Jack Johnson, Willie King, Slim Harpo, Roscoe Gordon, R.L. Burnside to name but a few, along with blues & blues rock covers (and originals from their “Straight From the Woods” CD, with the late delta drummer Sam Carr, and upcoming “Juke Joint Party” CD). Sunshine’ Sonny Payne of KFFA's King Biscuit Times radio program says of the brothers "...great bass playing, drumming, guitar and vocals... ...these brothers are real nice people and we'll be looking for them..." Come on out and help them "Rock the Juke Joint Down"!




Jesse Greene Band

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Saturday, November 7 @ 9:30 pm

Fundraiser to help cover expenses for their trip to Memphis in January 2010:

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. Winner of the Ottawa Blues Society’s ‘On the Road to Memphis’ local blues challenge in September, this band has really started to turn heads and win hearts.

Drums - Jason Cote; Guitar - Luke Donovan & Jesse Greene; Harp - Marc Seguin; Bass - Dan Grewal.





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


Blues Open Stage

Branch Restaurant, 15 Clothier St E, Kemptville ON

Sunday, November 8, 3-6 pm

George Buys is hosting a Blues open stage at the Branch restaurant in Kemptville ON Sunday, November 8, from 3-6 pm. George says “It is kind of Acoustic but arrangements could be made.” All are welcome!




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 5 – Jeff Hagerman
               November 12 – Dean Dupuis
               November 19 – Terry Gillespie
               November 26 – Jed Rached


Sunday Blues, 6-9 pm, no cover

Atomic Rooster, 303 Bank Street (at MacLaren)

November 8 – Brian Downey Blues Band

November 15 – Double Double

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.




Anthony Gomes & the New Soul Cowboys

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Tuesday, November 10 @ 8 pm; cover $10

Saddle up with New Soul Cowboys as the rowdy Nashville power trio has arrived to lay down the law; to serve and uphold the virtues of Rock ‘N’ Roll. Singer/guitarist Anthony Gomes, bassist David Karns and drummer Peter Lang have set out to leave their indelible mark on music by forging a brand all their own. The trio’s soul sonic force delivers the rough and tumble swagger of rock while having the audacity to blend in the distinctive sounds of whiskey-soaked roadhouse Blues and southern-fried power Country. “If you haven’t heard,” Gomes proclaims, “there’s a new Sherriff in town.”

New Soul Cowboys describe their sound as Outlaw Rock ‘N’ Roll. “Anyone that is a musical badass has been an outlaw in their genre, living outside of conventional rules,” states Gomes. “We have created a sound that embodies the rebel spirit of musical outcasts like Led Zeppelin, Johnny Cash and Howlin’ Wolf. We’re here to take back Rock ‘N’ Roll,” the guitar-slinger boldly but unapologetically exclaims. “We are part of a new music revolution in rock. A place where bands know where the music came from, can really play their instruments, write their own songs and take no prisoners doing it. We couldn’t care less about American Idol, we’re here to take our music to the streets.”




Remembrance Day Ceremonies

Nepean Centrepointe, 101 Centrepointe Drive

Wednesday, November 11 @ 11 am

Join Elyssa Mahoney and hundreds more. The Ceremony and parade begins at 11 am. Elyssa has been invited once again to perform her original composition ‘Champs des Flandres’, a song she wrote when she was 11 to commemorate our Veterans. Proceeds from this single go towards Veteran's programs such as ‘Celebrating Canada’s Best - Honouring Canada’s Veterans’, a nationally recognized program which presents our veterans with a lovely poppy plaque which they can display with pride in their homes.



Elyssa Mahoney & Lucas Haneman

Chelsea Pub, 238, Old Chelsea Road, Chelsea QC

Thursday, Nov 12; 6-9 pm

Elyssa & Lucas are bringing their duo act to the Chelsea Pub once again. Dubbed the favourites of the summer season, they’ll perform some of their favourite jazz and blues selections and of course, their own originals. The Chelsea Pub is situated at the foot of the Gatineau Hills, 15 minutes from downtown Ottawa. Take a left from exit 12 off Route 5 N. It’s usually a full house, so make your reservations!






Tucson’s, 2440 Bank Street

Friday, November 13 @ 9:15 pm

Barrelhouse will close the night by performing the Beatles “Abbey Road” album in its entirety and in sequence.  Don't miss this salute to the 40th anniversary of one of rock's most influential albums.



Jadea Kelly & Dave Borins band

With Lindsay Ferguson and Phlegm
Rainbow, 76 Murray Street
Saturday, November 14 @ 9:30 pm

Sharing a van and a band, Toronto based Dave Borins & Jadea Kelly have teamed up for a two week tour to the east coast. East Side Ride 09’ will travel through Kingston, Ottawa, Montreal, Fredericton, Moncton, Sackville, Hampton and Halifax – lined with a plethora of house concerts, taverns and cafés.
Both Dave and Jadea have been awarded Toronto Independent Music Awards, Jadea taking ‘Best Country’ and Dave nominated for ‘Best Live Acoustic Performer’ and ‘Best Folk Artist’ of 2008.

Jadea is to release her highly anticipated second album “Eastbound Platform”, with producer David Baxter in January ‘09. This disc includes songs featured/co-written by Justin Rutledge, David Baxter and Lori Yates. The maturity of her vocals borders on the harder, and much more passionate, mixes of Loretta Lynn’s ‘Feelings’ and Neko Case’s rockin ‘Kansas City’. The Jadea Kelly band has crafted what they like to call ‘spooky country’.

Dave Borins is quite possibly one of Toronto’s most energetic acoustic soul players and performers. This may be attributed to the following successes: a sold out show at the prestigious Hugh's Room, an independently-booked cross Canada tour, sold-out shows in New York City, and house concert bookings throughout Southern Ontario. Like many of his peers, Borins works hard to construct a life based purely on performing music. When he’s off the road he works as a backcountry guide – trekking all over the world from Himalayan Mountains to Ancient Incan trails, lugging his guitar from place to place. From this you begin to understand where he draws his inspiration from. Some of his title tracks, like ‘Oh River’ or ‘Poison Tree’, borrow on much of Canada's old-fashioned, roots-based music, but it is Borins who applies an engaging lyrical intensity. He has two records, “Songs of Sense and Colour” (2007) and “The Lucky Ones” (EP 2009).

Independent Artist/Musician, Lindsay Ferguson released her first ever full-length album "Sound" in September 2007 with a record-breaking attendance at her CD Release Party at The Black Sheep in Wakefield QC. The album was critically acclaimed as Canada's 2nd Best album of 2007 (after Feist’s "Reminder") by the Ottawa Citizen. Lindsay got her start singing at the young age of two; nearly three decades later, Lindsay has been honing her voice & song-writing by researching life tales through living & singing in various places: Bermuda, Ontario, Newfoundland, Ireland, Peru, Quebec, California, Switzerland and now Toronto.


Blues-rock band Phlegm includes the Watters Brothers (Mud & Dan) along with two other family members, David Ranger and Dad Pat Watters. The band was a finalist, both last year and this year, in the Ottawa Blues Society's local blues challenge, 'On the Road to Memphis'. Amanda Putz, one of the judges, loved this band's sound, their name not so much! The band defines their name, ‘Phlegm’, and themselves, using the Oxford Dictionary's definition …"coolness and calmness of disposition"!


The Maureen Leeson Band

With Elyssa Mahoney & Lucas Haneman

Ben Franklin Place, The Chambers, 101 Centrepointe Drive

Saturday, November 14 @ 7:30 pm; $20 & two non perishable food items

The Maureen Leeson Band makes an exclusive appearance in Ottawa! In support of the Ottawa Food Bank, this one time only appearance is sure to make a mark!! Enjoy your favourite hits from your favourite artists … Alannah, Aretha, Janis, Melissa, Sass … The Beatles, Black Crows, Heart, Santana, U2 … originals … and a whole lot more!

Special guest appearance of two of Ottawa’s most talented and accomplished young musicians, vocalist Elyssa Mahoney and guitarist Lucas Haneman.




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.


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.





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

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 4 – Listen Before You Buy: Recent jazz and blues releases by Joachim Badenhorst, Joe Beck, Frank Caruso, Ben Dowling, the Forgas Band, Amanda Martinez, Jim Massoth, Mikkel Ploug, Sissel Vera Pettersen, Ian Shaw, Fred Simon, Ted Sirota, Laura Theodore and the Watike Seven.

Next week, November 11 – Hoagy Carmichael: We celebrate the 110th birthday of this talented composer, pianist and singer with a variety of jazz artists [including Hoagy] performing his songs.


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, 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.




Thursday, November 12

Drew Nelson Band @ Gad's Hill Place, Merrickville ON @ 8:30 pm

Friday, November 13

Barrelhouse @ Tucson’s, 9:15 pm

Saturday, November 14

Moetown @ Tucson’s, 9:15 pm

Thursday, November 19

Drew Nelson Band @ Gad's Hill Place, Merrickville ON @ 8:30 pm

Friday, November 20

JW-Jones @ the Rainbow, 9:30 pm

Quicksand @ Tucson’s, 9:15 pm

Sunday, November 22

Smokestack Lightning hosts the Rainbow Jam, 4 pm

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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