07 December 2009

Ottawa Blues This Week - 7 December 2009






Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest Musical Instrument Drive

Monday, December 7 through Friday, December 18

Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest has been running a new program called ‘Be in the Band’, which mentors young people who have an interest in music. The Ottawa Bluesfest organization is expanding this program to include at-risk youth in various communities such as Michele Heights, Lowertown, and Russell Heights. To support this initiative, the Ottawa Bluesfest organization is in desperate need of instruments to be used by participating students.

“We’re calling on the community to donate instruments,” says Bluesfest’s executive director, Mark Monahan. “Many people have instruments at home that they’re not using. We’re hoping people will want to donate those instruments to a very worthy cause.” Ottawa residents are encouraged to drop off their out-of-use instruments at the locations below. Join the Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest organization in sharing the joy of music!

Instruments can be dropped off between 10 am and 4 pm Mondays through Fridays at Ottawa Bluesfest HQ, 265 Catherine Street (2nd floor of the Ottawa Greyhound bus station); or at Compact Music Store(s) 190 Bank Street; or 7851/2 Bank Street, during business hours.


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!




Michael Kaeshammer

Harold Shenkman Hall, 245 Centrum Boulevard, Orleans

Wednesday, December 9 @ 8 pm; $33

Some guys have all the luck. That phrase certainly comes to mind when you consider Michael Kaeshammer. When they were handing out musical talent, they made a return visit to this cat. A piano-playing prodigy as a teenager, he has matured into a singer and songwriter of real skill and creative imagination. Factor in boyish good looks, and it almost seems unfair. The 6th album of his career represents his best work yet. The bright and optimistic vibe of the record mirrors the current outlook on life of its creator.






Open Stage Fundraisers

for The Jesse Greene Band ‘On the Road to Memphis”

Saturday, December 12, 3-6 pm

The Jesse Greene Band are on their way to Memphis for the International Blues Competition. To help them out with this, we are holding 5 Open Stages to raise funds needed by the band to get there! Bring your friends, family and especially musicians for a fantastic day featuring some of the best local talent in Ottawa! There will be 50/50 draws throughout the day at all locations. The open Stages start at 3:00 pm and will run till 6:00 pm. The after party will be held at the Carleton Tavern.

The locations are as follows:

Daniel O'Connell's - 1205 Wellington Street West, Ottawa
Carleton Tavern - 223 Armstrong Street, Ottawa
The Atomic Rooster - 303 Bank Street, Ottawa
Irene's Pub - 885 Bank Street, Ottawa
The Elmdale Tavern - 1084 Wellington Street West, Ottawa





Oxfam Presents The Mighty Popo

Blacksheep Inn, Wakefield QC

Tuesday, December 8 @ 8:30 pm; $10 ($5 at the door for students, seniors, unemployed)

‘A night of music and awareness: come and celebrate Women’s Rights and initiatives to tackle violence, poverty and HIV/AIDS.




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:

               December 10 – Rob Alexander
               December 17 – Chuck Karn


Sunday Blues, 6-9 pm, no cover

Atomic Rooster, 303 Bank Street (at MacLaren)



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

2nd Sunday of each month, 4-7 pm; cover $5 (jammers free)

Hosted by Smokestack Lightning, the jam is open to all ages.



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, 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.




Jack de Keyzer

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Friday, December 18

Jack de Keyzer is a Juno and 7X Maple Blues award winning artist, blues guitarist, singer, songwriter and producer and is considered one of the finest blues guitarists working today. The British born, Canadian resident’s career has spanned three decades. De Keyzer has released 6 CDs and 1 DVD as a leader and appeared as a session guitarist on hundreds of recordings. Jack de Keyzer’s songs have also appeared in video; rock & blues radio charts; other artists; TV soundtracks and in Motion Pictures.

In 2003 Jack was awarded Canada's highest musical honour, the Juno award for Blues Album of the Year, "6 String Lover". In addition to the Juno, de Keyzer has won 7 Maple Blues Awards and in 2007 won the International Songwriting Competition's first place for the song ‘That's the Only Time’. Jack's most recent accolades came from two very Canadian institutions. First, Prime Minister Steven Harper's son Ben received a guitar lesson from Jack at the request of Ben’s mother Loreen Harper (a fan) at the Prime Minister's residence in January of 2009. Jack was also awarded Great Canadian Blues Artist of the year from a poll of CBC radio listeners in 2009.

Jack is currently mixing tracks for a soon-to-be-released live CD while in the midst of writing songs for an all new original CD slated for a 2010 release. He performs across Canada and internationally (US, Mexico, France, Portugal, Greece) over 150 shows per year. Jack de Keyzer is a masterful, electric blues guitarist, soulful singer and songwriter of the first order. Look for his new live CD "The Corktown Sessions" to be released soon on the blue star imprint.



The Nathaniel Dett Chorale

Centrepointe Theatre, 101 Centrepointe Drive, Nepean

Friday, December 18 @ 7:30 pm; tickets $40, $45

An Indigo Christmas.... In Silent Night
The Nathaniel Dett Chorale will warm your cool winter nights with intimate and joyful settings of traditional and contemporary holiday music. One of Canada’s ‘national treasures’, The Nathaniel Dett Chorale has worked hard to bring Afrocentric music to people at home and abroad. Named for the celebrated African-Canadian composer, the Nathaniel Dett Chorale is Canada's first professional choral group dedicated to Afrocentric music of all styles, including classical, spiritual, gospel, jazz, folk and blues. The Chorale is comprised of 21 classically trained, multi-talented vocalists whose work stretches beyond the traditional repertoire of a classical chamber choir, challenging audiences to broaden their vision to include all genres of music appropriate to the traditions of the African Diaspora.




Ottawa Blues Society Christmas Party & Annual General Meeting

With the Jesse Greene Band

Jesse Greene, Marc Seguin, Dan Grewal, Jason Cote and Luke Donovan

Tucson’s, 2440 Bank Street,

Saturday, December 19, 2009 @ 9:15 pm

Catch Ottawa's representative to this year’s International Blues Challenge in a full evening of entertainment to showcase the winning act and to help raise funds to cover their expenses to travel to the international competition in Memphis Tennessee, January 2010. All OBS members who attend will receive a gift CD. Additional details will be available soon at www.ottawabluessociety.com

In conjunction with the OBS Christmas Party, Saturday, December 19 at Tucson's, the Ottawa Blues Society will host an Annual General Meeting which will include elections for two Directors.



Tell Mama hosts

The Annual Night Before The Night Before Christmas Fundraiser

Celebrate the season and support your local food bank!

Royal Canadian Legion Hall, 26 Beckwith Street, Perth ON

Saturday, December 19 @ 7:30 pm, $25 ($20 + a food bank donation)

The 18th version of this popular annual tradition features great local entertainment and is a must-attend holiday event for music lovers and supporters of the Perth and District Food Bank. Hosted this year by well-known local band Tell Mama and managed by local businesses Strategic Media Solutions and Linden Financial Planning, the theme of this year's dance is "Local Flavour-Local Sustainability", underscoring the importance of buying local products and supporting local producers.

Last year's event was the Perth and District Food Bank's largest independent fundraising initiative in 2008, raising $6,500. Shelley Montreuil, Strategic Media Solutions principal and Tell Mama's front woman, hopes the event will be an even bigger success this year.

To make it easier to support the Food Bank, Montreuil donated the design and development of an e-commerce website (www.perthfoodbank.com) to the organization in 2007, permitting online donations.

This year, event-goers are being encouraged to commit to a regular monthly gift to the Food Bank. A pledge of $10 or more a month will give the donor free access to this year's dance (a $20 value). Regular monthly giving allows the food bank to budget to meet the community's needs in a more reliable and consistent fashion.

Event host Tell Mama was named Festivals and Events Ontario Best Original Act for 2009, received an Honourable Mention in the Billboard Song Contest and was a runner-up in the International Songwriter's Competition's jazz category. Jeremiah Sutherland wrote in the March 7, 2009 Bullfrog Music Reviews that Tell Mama's debut album is, "Definitely Juno material with not a weak song on the CD. Buy this one while you can."

Joining Tell Mama onstage this year is local rock band The Commuters and possibly a few surprise guests. For updates on who is appearing, visit www.thenightbeforethenightbeforexmas.com.

Tickets are available at Shadowfax in Perth. If you can't attend the event but would like to help, tickets and other sponsorship opportunities can be arranged by contacting Linden Financial Services at dorothy@lindenfinancialplanning.ca or at (613) 264-2761.


Maria Hawkins Annual Pre-New Year’s Eve Bash

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Wednesday, December 30

Maria’s annual celebration of the upcoming year. Beat the traffic and the New Year’s Eve chaos and celebrate one day early!





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

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, December 9 – Dutch Treat: Recent recordings issued on Dutch labels by Abbatoir, Sean Bergin, James Carter, Gianni Lenoci, Pablo Montague, New Nicks and Wolter Wierbos.

Next week, December 16 – Contemporary Big Bands: Make the acquaintance of The Aggregation, Fred Hess Big Band, Knoxville Jazz Orchestra, Palermo Big Band, Barry Romberg Ensemble and Southland Big Band.


Mondays, 2-7 am

Rockin’ the Blues

with Diane Wells

Every early Monday morning Diane plays … 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, 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.




Saturday, December 19

OBS AGM & Christmas Party with the Jesse Greene Band @ Tucson’s, 9:15 pm

Thursday, December 24

Trevor Finlay’s Annual Christmas Eve Acoustic Afternoon @ Tucson’s, 1-5 pm

Saturday, December 26

Loudlove @ the Rainbow, 9:30 pm

Sunday, December 27

Jam with River City Junction @ the Rainbow, 4-7 pm

Wednesday, December 30

Maria Hawkins Annual Pre-New Year’s Eve Bash @ the Rainbow, 9:30 pm

Thursday, December 31

New Year’s Eve Party with Quicksand @ Tucson’s, 9:15 pm



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