09 November 2009

Ottawa Blues This Week - 9 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!

Check out MonkeyJunk this Friday …


Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Friday, November 6 @ 9:30 pm



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




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.”




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.






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.




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.





10th edition of Virée Blues Boréale

Henry Breton & Rick L Blues

Addiction, 117 Promenade du Portage (Old Hull sector)

Wednesday, November 11 @ 8 pm

Our two guest stars have been playing the Blues together for over 15 years.

Having recently launched “Sources”, his 1st solo album in his 30-year career, Henry Breton combines his numerous influences into Blues with shades of Rock and R&B. His repertoire, which leans more towards the pure tradition of the Blues, is enhanced by highly impressive original compositions

Rick L. Blues is launching his 4th album “Back to the Roots With Friends”. Having been expertly directing his group for some 15 years, he delivers his Chicago Blues of the 50s inspired music with a warm but vivid voice and harmonica performances that bring together a lively swinging style. Always well dressed, Rick L. Blues offers a strong stage presence and always provides strong, classy performances.

Rick L. Blues & Henry Breton: Mood artists. The secret of their success stems from a careful mix of tradition and personal interpretations of the Blues classics as well as their own compositions. Their respect for tradition shows even in their stage suits. Those dedicated artists will spare no efforts to offer you a show of international standards.





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!







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 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 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.




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

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

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.



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.




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 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.

Next 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.


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 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 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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