11 January 2010

Ottawa Blues This Week - 11 January 2010




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. The nominees are selected by a distinguished panel of blues DJs and journalists from across Canada. Members of the Nominating Panel are not eligible for any of the awards. The winners are selected by the votes of blues fans from across Canada.

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. Winner of the Blues Booster Award, DAWG FM’s Ed Torres, will also be honoured.

Danny Marks, Host of BLUZ FM and David Gogo, Cordova Bay Recording Artist, will be hosting the Maple Blues Awards. Backing the guest performers is the Maple Blues Band which includes stellar musicians Gary Kendall, Michael Fonfara, Tom Bona, Teddy Leonard, Pat Carey, Al Lerman, Chris Murphy and Chris Whiteley.

For ticket info, contact the TBS Office – 416-538-3885 or info@torontobluessociety.com. The Awards program is organized by the Toronto Blues Society, with the support of:

* Blues at the Bow
* Canada South Blues Society
* CBC Radio Saturday Night Blues
* Coastal Jazz and Blues Society
* Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival
* Hornby Island Blues Society
* Manitoba Blues Society
* Montreal Blues Society
* Ottawa Blues Society
* Saskatoon Blues Society
* Tantramarsh Blues Society
* Thunder Bay Blues Society




The Twisters

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Friday, January 15 @ 9:30 pm

On their way to the Maple Blues Awards in Toronto, the Twisters stop at the Rainbow. They’ve been nominated in 5 categories this year: Electric Act of the Year, Recording of the Year for “Come Out Swingin'”,Songwriter of the Year for Brandon Isaak, Harmonica Player of the Year for David Hoerl, and Keith Picot for Bass Player of the Year. Following the Toronto awards, they are off to compete in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis TN representing the White Rock Blues Society.





Blues on the Rideau presents

David Rotundo

The Cove Inn, Westport ON

Friday & Saturday, January 15-16; 7-11 pm; dinner & show $55

Why not kick off the new decade in style with a Blues On The Rideau At The Cove night? One of the best blues harp players in the country – David Rotundo – is coming with his band for a 2 night stand. This energetic, enigmatic and exciting entertainer combines classic and original blues tunes with excellent vocals and dynamite harmonica. He brings a tight band with him including Andrew Austin on drums, James Rasmussen on bass and Desmond Brown on guitar. This is David’s second visit to BOTR and if it’s anything like his last one the dance floor will be packed all night long and the crowd will be begging for more. He always delivers a fantastic Show. David has once again been nominated for a Maple Blues Award for Harmonica Player of The Year – an Award he has won several times in the past. The Awards take place in Toronto on January 18. Good luck David!

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
Ticket price includes a delicious full course buffet dinner plus the Show with proceeds going to support Rideau Vista and St. Edward’s Elementary Schools.  Advance reservations required.  Call (613) 273-3636 or 1-888-COVE-INN and book your tickets now!

Well-priced accommodation available at The Cove & nearby B&Bs





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:

January 14 – Dean Dupuis

January 21 – Terry Gillespie

January 28 – Jed Rached


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, 135½ 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.




Music By the Bay Live presents

David Gogo

The Waterfront Bistro, 590 Liverpool Rd. S., Pickering ON

Friday, January 22 @ 8 pm; tickets $35 (advance); $40 at the door

Whether he’s showcasing his blistering guitar licks and soulful vocals during his electric performances or drawing the crowd in with his humour and down-to-earth personality during his acoustic shows, audiences throughout North America, Europe and Scandinavia can attest to his outstanding talent. These successes have David busier than ever and happy to find acceptance as a world class blues man. This multiple Blues Music Award winner adds heart, soul and grit to the international blues scene and, oh yes… David Gogo is his real name.


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



Terry Gillespie & full band
Vankleek Hill Winter Carnival
Beau's All Natural Brewery, Terry Fox Drive, Vankleek Hill ON  
Tuesday, January 26 @ 7 pm; $10



Colin James

NAC, 53 Elgin Street

Sunday, January 31 @ 8 pm

Colin James has juggled his skills as a singer, guitarist and big-band leader so well over the years that diversity seems almost synonymous with his stellar career. He’s also been a restless voyager, traversing genres from blues and rock to pop and swing and back again. Throughout it all, Colin has always forged ahead, without regard to fads or trends, going wherever his wandering muse takes him.





Rocket Rached & the Fat City 8

Elmdale House Tavern, 1084 Wellington Street

Thursday & Friday, February 4-5;

Join Jed & the fellas for two nights and help them record a live CD.

Many special guests are expected. All welcome!



Julian Fauth

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Saturday, February 6

Julian Fauth’s Juno-winning CD, “Ramblin’ Son” contains 18 songs, most originals, and has received rave reviews here at home and in Britain and the US. Julian is competing in the Solo/Duo component of the International Blues Challenge in Memphis TN, representing the Grand River Blues Society.

Here’s what Electro-Fi’s Andrew Galloway says:

“He's one of a kind, Julian.... It's like he's from another time, he's such a student of the blues. He kind of takes all the pieces of the puzzle and he puts it back together in a way that's much different than anyone else…. He does something that is virtually impossible to do, which is to take old style blues traditions, and not mimic it, but to combine that with his own original voice and lyricism, and it's just magical. It's a foot in the future and a foot in the past."



Sharrie Williams

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Thursday, February 11

Born and raised in the projects of Saginaw, Michigan, Sharrie grew up surrounded by music and singing her entire childhood. She teamed up with The WiseGuys in 1997, and began appearing regularly at Chicago’s renowned Blues Clubs such as Kingston Mines and Buddy Guy’s Legends. Sharrie Williams and The Wiseguys traveled to Europe and by 2004 had toured Holland, France, Italy the Netherlands, Spain, Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Canada and Great Britain.

In April 2004 Sharrie released “Hard Drivin’ Woman” on the German label Crosscut Records. Word spread back to the US about her captivating performances and rock solid recording. She performed at US festivals including the Chicago Blues Festival and the Pocono Blues Festival soon thereafter. Her CD sales at the Pocono Blues Festival were at the top of sales records for this storied event, a major contributor in introducing her to the American blues market.

Sharrie’s unique style of ‘Rockin’ Gospel Blues’ is surrounded by strong and powerful vocals and arrangements, with songs that grab your soul, like ‘Hard Drivin’ Woman’, ‘Travellin’’ and ‘Blues Lover’. Sharrie touches souls with her talent and passion for her music, combined with her smoky, sexy and imitable style she always leaves her audience calling for one more song. She emerges with grace as a humble and rock solid professional, a talented songstress that stands on her own. In January 2007, Sharrie signed a recording contract with Electro-Fi Records and “I’m Here to Stay” was released in 2007. Sharrie and the Band have been touring extensively throughout the USA and Europe in support of this release.



The Mighty Popo

Black Sheep Inn, Wakefield, QC

Saturday, February 13

You could say that the Mighty Popo is a Rwandan/Burundian refugee/survivor whose music is steeped in African tradition, but you’d hardly be getting at the whole story of one of Canada’s greatest rising stars. As much as Popo has inherited a love of the traditional music of Rwanda and Burundi, he also has a lifelong connection with rock and roll, blues, jazz, R&B, Reggae and folk traditions. His music reflects his immersion in a world culture which he has navigated with grace, sensitivity and an enormous sense of exploration and fun. It is enriched by many traditions. It is authentically his. It is validated by its own excellence. Yes, the Mighty Popo is a Rwandan/Burundian refugee/ survivor whose music is steeped in African tradition. He is also one terrific musician and someone to watch – in Canada and around the world.




With Ball & Chain

And Swamperella

Elmdale House, 1084 Wellington Street

Saturday, February 27

Ball and Chain presents MARDI GRAS with Swamperella.

Ball and Chain choose their material from an unusual and diverse pool of music. Jody has been a fan of old‑time country for many years and has twenty years experience as a dancer and choreographer. Michael comes from the Montreal music scene and Danielle Martineau’s band, Rockabayou ... the Cajun connection! Together Michael and Jody have nurtured a growing interest in the music of Southwest Louisiana and made many trips there to study, play and dance in the music halls and houses of Cajun country. Country music and Cajun music are related ... like hillbilly cousins that look alike and finish each other’s sentences. Remember the Louisiana Hayride of the 50's? The combination of tunes and styles that become Ball and Chain;s repertoire make sense together. At any live show you could hear songs by Hank Williams next to Denis McGee next to John Hiatt or June Carter.


Swamperella is not just a musical group, it's a scene: spicy, melancholy, toe tapping, sexy, the Swamperella experience ‘'defies listeners to stay seated’. Swamperella’s expression of music is deeply rooted in Cajun tradition and the band’s original material attests to a profound understanding of and connection to the ‘Louisiana sound’.

This band has played a myriad of venues and whether the show is in a barn in Gaspé, Quebec for the 400th anniversary of Acadian history, or at Brock University performing with the Niagara Symphony Orchestra, Swamperella rocks! And people respond! The music is infectious and the Swamperella approach is to pull out all the stops. The old fashioned waltzes drive forward in pulsating rhythm, the plaintive vocal harmonies wrap the listener in a haunting reminiscence, the washboard grooves get everyone moving and those that still won't dance find themselves clapping along and hollering.

Swamperella is honest in its musical approach, its interpretation and its repartée. Swamperella is a five-piece band made up of: lead fiddler, vocalist and washboard player Soozi Schlanger; on button accordion, fiddle and vocals Peter Jellard; guitarist, Conny Nowe; bassist, Rachel Melas; and percussionist, Dave Pontello. Swamperella’s 3rd recording, “On the Line”, contains a mixture of traditional Cajun waltzes and two steps, Swamperella originals, and some upbeat zydeco numbers.



Mr. Something Something

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Saturday, February 27

A little something for the body, a little something for the mind: your soundtrack to a joyful revolution.

With their fourth album, Toronto’s Mr. Something Something continue to gain international recognition for their unique blend of Afrobeat, jazz and pop. Their irresistible rhythms and interactive live shows have long served as a vehicle for social justice & environmental activism, and in 2009, the band took audience participation to new levels with its SoundCycle - Canada’s first bicycle powered sound system. Power to the people, by the people!

Mr. Something Something represents six years of composing, performing, risk-taking, improving and ultimately mobilizing the original vision of founding members Larry Graves [drums/percussion] and John MacLean [saxophone/voice]. Twenty years of playing, studying and traveling passed before these two childhood friends settled on the unbeatable dance rhythms of Nigeria, Senegal, Mali and Ghana as the most natural gathering place for the elements that would ultimately make up the Mr. Something Something sound.

Western instruments and concepts of improvisation are explored and layered over what used to be called Afrobeat; but the term strains to contain the innovations happening in the rhythm section at every show. It also fails to express in fiery-enough terms the imaginative solo work of respected jazz guitarist Paul MacDougall. Liam Smith dependably delivers basslines designed to induce and sustain a state of ecstatic dancing. And there is always inspiration to be drawn from mesmerizing on-stage dancer/choreographer Jennifer Dallas. The horn section strikes with power and uplifts with melody. And above it all, acting as a lightning rod, is the lyric statement of the case for change and consciousness, passionately delivered by electrifying frontman Johan Hultqvist.

Aside from wildly energized and unpredictable live shows, the band is becoming increasingly well-known for its green politics and environmental activism.




Black Sheep Inn, Wakefield QC

Saturday, February 27 @ 9 pm

Sunday, February 28 @ 4 pm

Canada’s newest blues and roots band is taking the blues scene by storm. After placing 3rd in the IBC in Memphis in February 2009, they toured Canada and appeared at European festivals. They are nominated for 6 Maple Blues Awards and also received a rare, for Canadians, Blues Music Award nomination for Best New Artist Debut. Formed in late March 2008 in Ottawa, they play an original style of swamp boogie R&B, bedroom funk and love songs that will break your heart, MonkeyJunk is Tony D on guitar, slide guitar and vocals; Steve Marriner on vocals, guitar, baritone guitar and harmonica and Matt Sobb on drums, cymbals, percussion and background vocals. These three musicians apply a combined 56 years of experience in the music business to entertain in a raw and captivating manner you will not soon forget . . . see for yourself!






Blues on the Rideau, a Dinner & Show Fundraiser Series at The Cove Inn, Westport featuring some of Canada’s best blues artists, takes place once month from October to June in the friendly, intimate setting of a cozy country Inn.  Includes a delicious full course buffet dinner plus the Show with proceeds going to support different local charities – all for only $55 tax in.  Advance reservations required.  Shows frequently sell out in advance so book early.
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 – One show only – JEROME GODBOO BAND   http://www.jeromegodboo.com
From Toronto - A potent mix of voice, harmonica & electricity – 2009 Maple Blues Harmonica Player of the Year nominee
Proceeds to the Rideau Waterway Land Trust & Friends of Foley Mountain
March 19 – One show only – 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
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 – To be announced
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
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) 
7 pm buffet dinner, Show 8:30 pm to 11 pm
Well-priced accommodation available at The Cove & nearby B&Bs
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




Blind Lemon Top 20 Canadian Blues Albums


The Blind Lemon Top Twenty Canadian Blues Albums of 2009 Special will broadcast Live on the Web, on Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 7:30 pm, Eastern Time, as part of our Maple Blues programming.
To listen, just visit http://www.chmr.ca

The Blind Lemon Top Twenty Canadian Blues of 2009 is a Blind Lemon Radio project, produced through the facilities of CHMR FM in St. Johns Newfoundland, and is open to all Canadian Residents.

Many Thanks,
Terry Parsons, CHMR FM



Canada Live’s Got the Blues This Week


Canada Live is heard week nights at 7:00 p.m. (7:30 in Nfld) on CBC
Radio 2, and Fridays at 2:00 p.m. on CBC Radio 1.

Monday, January 11, 2010
Concert 1: The Hornby Island Blues Odyssey

recorded at the Sid Williams Theatre in Courtenay, B.C.
including Rick Fines, Doug Cox, Suzie Vinnick, Big Dave McLean, Chris Whiteley and Diana Braithwaite

Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Harry Manx
recorded at the Rotary Centre for the Arts in Kelowna, BC

Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Concert 1: Julian Fauth
recorded at the Dakota Tavern in Toronto
Concert 2: Jim Byrnes
recorded at Richard's on Richards in Vancouver

Thursday, January 14, 2010
Concert 1: Colin James
recorded at Studio 1, CBC radio in Vancouver

Friday, January 15, 2010
Concert 1: David Gogo
recorded at Edmonton Labatt blues festival
Concert 2: Little Miss Higgins
recorded at the Regina Performing Arts Centre

Friday, January 15, 2010 on CBC Radio 1 @ 2:05 pm

Colin James

Canada Live podcast, released on Fridays
Friday, January 15, 2010 on the Canada Live podcast - Colin James



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, January 13 – Listen Before You Buy: Recent jazz and blues releases [with an emphasis on saxes, pianists and blues] by American Music Project, Chelsea Baratz, John Beasley, Keith Bennett, Sharel Cassity, Crepuscule Trio, Jon Gordon, Chris Green, Jimmy Heath, Komeda Project, Mike Longo, Chris Potter, Pulse, Q’d Up, Art Sherrod, Rossano Sportiello, Victor Wainwright, Joe Louis Walker and James Weidman.

Next week, January 20 – Monk’s Casino Part 1: Alexander von Schlippenbach [piano], Axel Dorner [trumpet], Rudi Mahall [bass clarinet], Jan Roder [bass] and Uli Jennessen [drums] play every published Thelonious Monk composition. An amazing achievement.


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).




American Masters

Sam Cooke - Crossing Over

Debuts on Monday, January 11 @ 9 pm; (check local listings)

Sam Cooke put the spirit of the Black church into popular music, creating a new American sound and setting into motion a chain of events that forever altered the course of popular music and race relations in America. With ‘You Send Me’ in 1957, Cooke became the first African American artist to reach #1 on both the R&B and the pop charts. It was risky for this young gospel performer to alienate his fans by embracing ‘the devil’s music’ – but he proved, with his pop/gospel hybrid, that it was, indeed, possible to win over white teenage listeners and keep his faithful church followers intact.

Narrated by Danny Glover, the film features archival footage and interviews with Cooke’s family and intimates including Muhammad Ali, Lou Adler, Herb Albert, James Brown, Jimmy Carter, Mel Carter, Dick Clark, Sam Moore, Earl Palmer, Billy Preston, Lou Rawls, Smokey Robinson, Jerry Wexler, Bobby Womack and more.

Trailer available on YOUTUBE at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yWNdoVK4vaY or at





ALWAYS check local listings to confirm.

On BRAVO – http://www.bravo.ca

Tuesday, January 12 @ 7:30 am – Rhythm Roots & Soul

Beach Full of Shells (2007): This series profiles R&B, soul, gospel and roots musicians through their words and their music. Mako Funasaka documents a moment in time of these wonderful musicians from many different musical genres. This episode features singer-songwriter Al Stewart.

Tuesday, January 12 @ 8 am – Talkin’ Blues

Renee Austin (2005): Series exploring the world of contemporary blues music. This episode spotlights W.C. Handy Award nominee Renee Austin, an outstanding singer/songwriter who has been compared to Janis Joplin and Tina Turner.

Tuesday, January 19 @ 7:30 am – Rhythm Roots & Soul

Waterloo Tennessee (200): This series profiles R&B, soul, gospel and roots musicians through their words and their music. Mako Funasaka documents a moment in time of these wonderful musicians from many different musical genres. This episode features the all female bluegrass band Uncle Earl.

Tuesday, January 19 @ 8 am – Talkin’ Blues

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

Tuesday, January 19 @ 7 pm – Long John Baldry: In the Shadow of the Blues (2006)
The life and legacy of guitarist and singer Long John Baldry is examined in this one-hour documentary. Baldry played a key role in the growth of the British rhythm and blues movement, and led bands in the mid-1960s that featured Rod Stewart and Elton John, both of whom are interviewed in the documentary. In the ‘80s, Baldry emigrated to Canada, living first in Toronto and then in Vancouver, where he died in 2005.

Tuesday, January 26 @ 7:30 am – Rhythm Roots & Soul

People Gonna Talk/James Hunter (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 R&B artist James Hunter.

Tuesday, January 26 @ 8 am – Talkin’ Blues

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

Friday, January 29 @ 9 am - Long John Baldry: In the Shadow of the Blues (2006)
The life and legacy of guitarist and singer Long John Baldry is examined in this one-hour documentary. Baldry played a key role in the growth of the British rhythm and blues movement, and led bands in the mid-1960s that featured Rod Stewart and Elton John, both of whom are interviewed in the documentary. In the ‘80s, Baldry emigrated to Canada, living first in Toronto and then in Vancouver, where he died in 2005.

Tuesday, February 2 @ 7:30 am – Rhythm Roots & Soul

Broken Down, But Not Out/Reba Russell (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 singer Reba Russell.

Tuesday, February 2 @ 8 am – Talkin Blues

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




Saturday, January 23

Barrelhouse @ Greenfield’s, Barrhaven

Sunday, January 24

Smokestack Lightning hosts the Open Jam @ the Rainbow, 3-7 pm

Friday, January 29

Ball & Chain @ Irene’s, 9:30 pm

Thursday & Friday, February 4-5

Rocket Rached & the Fat City 8 live CD recording at the Elmdale House, 9:30 pm

Saturday, February 13

Barrelhouse @ the Rainbow, 9:30 pm

Mighty Popo @ the Black Sheep Inn, Wakefield QC, 9:30 pm

Friday, February 19

The Mud Boys & King Rattler @ the Rainbow, 9:30 pm

Saturday, February 20

Loudlove @ the Rainbow, 9:30 pm

Saturday, February 27

MonkeyJunk @ the Black Sheep Inn, Wakefield QC, 9:30 pm

Ball & Chain @ the Elmdale House, 9:30 pm



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