04 January 2010

Ottawa Blues This Week - 4 January 2010



River City Junction

Avant- Garde Bar & Restaurant, 135½ Besserer Street

Wednesday, January 6 @ 8 pm

River City Junction is a band whose roots tap deep into the history from which modern music flows. Playing a mixture of originals & covers, they span the styles of Blues, Jazz, Motown, Funk & Classic Rock. They bring to music their own unique perspective & approach, making both original & cover tunes blend seamlessly with one another, providing their audience with an inspiring listening experience. They have just finished recording their long-awaited debut CD entitled "Convergence". They’ll have copies available at this show (or find a copy at HMV, Chapters/Indigo, or online).


Terry Gillespie
Georgian House Restaurant, Main Street, Alexandria ON
Thursday, January 7 @ 7 pm; cover $10
King of Roots Music - DUO with Terry Owen 
This is what happened the last time he was there!




Tucson’s Customer Appreciation Weekend

Tucson’s, 2440 Bank Street

Friday & Saturday, January 8-9 @ 9:15 pm

Tucson’s annual Customer Appreciation Weekend is a mini music festival! Past years have seen capacity crowds for the performances by some of Ottawa’s best musicians, with a few international guest appearances as well.





Miss Robin Bank$

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Saturday, January 9 @ 9:30 pm

Following her re-location to Dallas Texas in 1999, vocalist/songwriter Robin spent seven years there, then moved to Jamaica. Now she is back in Canada, though she’ll be appearing at the Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival in late January (can I come along?) Robin is currently touring (mostly internationally) to promote her latest CD “Livin’ Life”. The CD features Texas-based Christian Dozzler on keys. She’ll be backed in Ottawa by some of our first-class local musicians and she guarantees it will be a “spectacular Robin Bank$ show”. Don’t miss this opportunity to see her!





Learn to Sing Party Songs

Music Studios, 903 Carling Ave. at Sherwood

10 weeks, January 7 to March 11

Thursdays 7:30 to 9:00 pm

Instructor: Ben Russell

Maximum class: size eight students

Ages: Adult

Registration Fee: $210 (non-refundable)

To Register call 613-729-0693 or email info@alcornmusicstudios.com

This has been our most requested course and it is designed for the adult beginner with little or no singing experience. Instructor Ben Russell brings a wealth of real life experience to help you learn to relax, become a confident singer, and have fun! Ben is the lead singer/songwriter, guitarist of the wildly fun & popular Ottawa-based Bluestone Band.

During this 10-week course you will learn the basis of good vocal technique and vocal warm up exercises, work within a group and individually on the most popular party songs. Learn how to "lead" the song, add vocal harmonies, how to blend with a group. Ben has over 600 songs to choose from!

Throughout the class Ben will be giving tips on singing with confidence so at the next party you will have the skills to join in the music, drop in a harmony or lead the singing! The final class will be an "open house."





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 7 – Vince Halfhide

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.




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.



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.





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 19/20 – 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 19/20 – 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
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
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 Poll


The email voting portion of the Blind Lemon Top Twenty Canadian Blues Albums of 2009 is now CLOSED. No more email votes will be accepted. Thank you to all who voted!

You still have a few days to vote in the online portion of the Poll. To do so please bear in mind the following rules:
1 - Each IP Address can vote only once. Any attempted votes beyond the first will be stopped.
2 - Make three selections – your favourite album, plus 2 honourable mentions. Anything more or less will be disqualified.
3 - Select from the List of Eligible Albums. If you feel someone has been overlooked, e-mail me immediately (drcosmic@hotmail.com)
4 - Voting closes at Midnight, Eastern Time, January 6, 2010.

To vote online, go to http://www.yourfreepoll.com/otlbcxumsp.html

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




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 6 – Listen Before You Buy: Recent jazz and blues releases [with an emphasis on vocals, trombones and guitars] by Charito, Steve Davis, Graham Dechter, Angela Hagenbach, Jeff Hamilton, Al Henderson, Rachelle House, Kristina, Nick La Riviere, Pamela Luss, Joe Martin, Dom Minasi, Antoinette Montague, Oslandarly Sextet, Edward Ratliffe, Massimo Sammi, Ben Sidran, Kelley Suttenfield, and Wayne Wallace.

Next 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.


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, January 5 @ 7:30 am – Rhythm, Roots and Soul

Blind Boys of Alabama (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 The Blind Boys of Alabama.

Tuesday, January 5 @ 8 am – Talkin’ Blues

Julian Fauth (2005): Series exploring the world of contemporary blues music. This episode features multi-talented artist Julian Fauth, who shares his thoughts on the blues.

Thursday, January 7 @ 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.




Wednesday, January 13

Tempus Fugitives @ the Rainbow, 9:30 pm

Saturday, January 16

Loudlove @ the Rainbow, 9:30 pm

Sunday, January 24

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

Friday, January 29

Ball & Chain @ Irene’s, 9:30 pm



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