08 February 2010

Ottawa Blues This Week - 8 February 2010




I was remiss last week in not celebrating the Lifetime Grammy presented to David ‘Honeyboy’ Edwards. As Bob Corritore reminded us in his newsletter, “Honeyboy Edwards made the blues world proud with his special merit Grammy for lifetime achievement! Honeyboy is now 94 years old and has recorded in every decade since the 1940s! He had a direct connection with Robert Johnson, brought Little Walter to Chicago in his travels, and remains a worldwide touring phenomenon.”


Other winners were:

Best Traditional Blues Album - Ramblin' Jack Elliott – “A Stranger Here”
Best Contemporary Blues Album - Derek Trucks Band – “Already Free”
Best Cajun/Zydeco Album - Buckwheat Zydeco – “Lay Your Burden Down”
Best Historic Reissue - Little Walter “The Complete Chess Masters" box




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.





Debuting February 12 @ Irene’s


Terry Gillespie & Terry O. are TNT Duo
Accompanied by the TNT Drummers

Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street

Friday, February 12 @ 9:45 pm; $10

The TNT Act originates from Terry practicing and performing solo shows which took him away from large stage settings to more intimate venues. Liking the intimacy but missing the rhythm and eager to
follow up on this new approach to performing he quickly engaged a group of musicians who could express the rhythms Terry needed while allowing him to develop a different approach to performing.

Roots Music with a full different band and the debut of the TNT Drummers! Terry Gillespie accompanied by Terry Owen and featuring the TNT Drummers! The TNT Drummers are Master Drummers, Wayne Stoute and Jeffery Grosvenor accompanied by Jacthin Boucher. No traps all hand-drums! The music will reach right back to the delta, next, it blows right in the now – a dynamic instrumentation under Terry’s soulful voice. Come out and see something completely unique & totally enjoyable in roots music.

Terry now has a Faux-45 … a 2-tune wonder which is available at all of his shows.

These are $5.00 each and you get a $2.50 rebate on any other CD you buy at shows or on Terry’s website for the next year, including upcoming releases.




The 11th edition of Virée Blues Boreale presents

Carte Blanche to Ricky Paquette

Le Petit Chicago, 50 Promenade du Portage (in the Old Hull sector)

Wednesday, February 10 @ 8 pm

As some may have heard, we are launching the 11th edition of Virée Blues Boreale with a concept-type show featuring Ricky Paquette and guests. Dawn Tyler Watson, Ricky’s first guest also won lots of prestigious prizes recognizing her magnificent talent. She is recognized as one of Quebec’s Jazz and Blues inspiration. Born in England, this Quebecer pursues an international career. Her voice is reminiscent of the Jazz and Blues ‘Grandes dames’. The marvelous Dawn Tyler Watson, always versatile, will offer a program of Blues performances together with some more jazzy surprise pieces which always seduce her fans since her debut album, “Ten Dollar Dress”.

Ricky’s second guest has been around for very long and has acquired a solid experience accompanying over 50 different artists from Quebec and from other French speaking countries, including a certain Bob Walsh. Guy Belanger is kind of Quebec’s official harmonicist. If you own some albums by Quebec musicians, chances are that Guy Belanger is part of the performances. This marvelous mood designer became famous because of the great soundtrack of the movie ‘Gaz Bar Blues’ and because of his ongoing association with the unique Bob Walsh. He has recently made a solo album which was highly acclaimed by his fans as well as by the critics.

As we are writing this communique, rumor has it that other guests might join in for this show.


The big news is where will this 11th edition take place? You all remember that since Le Troquet and the 2008 events, Virée Blues Boreale was left a wanderer. As requested by the new owners of Le Petit Chicago as well as discussions with our partners at Club Addiction, we all agreed to keep Virée Blues Boreale on the road; so Virée Blues Boreale will keep on changing venue for its various editions, among places that will show interest in greeting you and Virée Blues Boreale. This is but a minor realignment within our partnership with Club Addiction, a major venue of the Old Hull sector, renowned for its comedy shows and we expect to return there for some of our future special events.

The cosy and warm rustic atmosphere of Le Petit Chicago falls within one of Virée Blues Boreale’s major goals which is to revive the most positive elements of “Le Petit Chicago of Yesteryear” style, this hardly told part of our town’s history, the history of a very lively downtown, of international renown (even if sometimes for the wrong reasons) and where prestigious artists such as Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, today’s legends, came to perform.


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.





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:

February 11 – Vince Halfhide

February 18 – Terry Gillespie

February 25 – Dr. Dave


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




Music By the Bay Live presents

Mardi Gras Party

With Loco Zydeco

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

Thursday, February 18 @ 8 pm; tickets $20

Loco Zydeco is a 6-person, high energy, Canadian Zydeco band, based in Toronto. Loco Zydeco has created a unique take on Louisiana's most exciting musical export – the accordion and rub-board driven, get the crowd movin’ and groovin’ straight out of the steamy Creole bayou music called Zydeco. In all its toe-tapping, hip-shaking glory, only a very few bands in Canada perform Zydeco.

Formed in 2002, Loco Zydeco has earned a reputation for pumping up a crowd of any age, getting them moving in their seats or onto the dance floor and joining them on stage to try their hand at the rub-board during their energetic live performances.


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



King Rattler & the Mud Boys

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Friday, February 19

Cousins Rod Williams and Dean Dupuis bring their bands together for a Double-Bill at The Rainbow in the Byward Market Ottawa!




Rev. Ernie Cox and Band

CD Release

NAC Fourth Stage, 53 Elgin Street

Friday & Saturday, February 19-20; tickets $25

The Rev. Ernie Cox and his 5 piece band, along with the London Family singers, present two evenings of soulful Blues and black Gospel music. This is a special CD release concert for Ernie's brand new Blues and Gospel disc, recorded in Montreal Studio Victor.



Matt Anderson

& Wil

Centrepointe Theatre,

Thursday, February 25 @ 8 pm; tickets $35

Matt Andersen is a well-known and established part of the East Coast music landscape, a favourite live performer at clubs and festivals, who won Blues and Male Solo Recording of the Year at the 2009 East Coast Music Awards and recently won the Solo/Duo Competition at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis TN. His sprawling acoustic blues, roots and rock musical hybrid and his soulful voice has sparked a phenomenal buzz. Wil delivers intense live shows with his expansive roots-rock sound and world-weary lyrics.




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.



Debbie Davies

Victoria Hall Concert Hall, Coburg ON

Saturday, February 27 @ 8 pm; tickets $26.50 advance, $32 at the door

A twenty-year veteran of the road, Debbie Davies is truly one of the leading lights on the contemporary blues music scene today. She’s a former guitarist for Albert Collins and John Mayall and her latest Vizz Tone release “Holdin’ Court’ is high on the National Roots Radio Charts (blues). “Holdin’ Court” is all-instrumentals (5 covers, 6 originals), reminiscent of the blues instrumental albums released in the 1960s. Debbie Davis is nominated for a 2010 Blues Music Award for Best Traditional Blues Artist/electric/female.





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!






Black History Ottawa is a registered non-profit Canadian charity led by a dedicated group of volunteers. Since 1986, it has coordinated and promoted Black History Month in Ottawa to celebrate the contribution of Black people to the Canadian mosaic. In addition, the organisation supports aspiring local artists, designers, writers and innovators. It also organises child and youth-centred mentorship and leadership programs during the year. In 2009, Black History Ottawa was the proud recipient of the Community Partner award from the Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa. This award is given annually to an organisation which has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to making a difference to the lives of children, youth or families, while working in partnership with the Society. Black History Ottawa is a member of the Council of Heritage Organisations in Ottawa.

Below is a list of some of the music-related Black History month events.

For the full list of events, go to http://www.blackhistoryottawa.org/welcome.php?pid=117&lang=en


Hip-Hop DeTox

St Paul's University Auditorium, 223 Main Street

Saturday, February 13, 6-9 pm

The Muhammad Study Group Ottawa Presents "Hip-Hop DeTox" featuring, dance, spoken word, poetry, rap and more.

For more info: Sister Alex 613-608-2947


Nigerian Panorama
Library & Archives of Canada, 395 Wellington Street
Saturday, February 20, 2-5 pm; a
dmission: $5
Art exhibit, music, dance, fashion and culture from Nigeria.

Come and experience the sights and sounds of Africa’s most populous and vibrant nation.
Information: Brenda Obaseki,
BRENDA.OBASEKI@forces.gc.ca, 613.737.7401


16 Bars Hip Hop Symposium

Location: TBA (check the website)

Saturday, February 27, 10 am – 2 pm; students $10; adults $20

Presented by 3 Dreads and a Baldhead in collaboration with Hip Hop Loves Foundation.
"Serving to educate and inspire marginalized populations through the power of Hip Hop and Hip Hop Culture".

Super Special Guest panel to be announced!
Information: www.3dreads.com or email 3dreads@gmail.com; 613-818-8954
Early Registration Deadline is February 15, 2010


A celebration of African and Caribbean Culture
Library & Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street
Sunday, February 28, 1-5 pm; free admission
An afternoon of inspiration and entertainment celebrating the different cultures of Africa and the Caribbean.
African and Caribbean food, singers, slam poetry, African Traditional dances and an Art Exhibition made by recently arrived children.
Information: www.cic.ca




Debbie Davies

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Tuesday, March 2 @ 9:30 pm

A twenty-year veteran of the road, Debbie Davies is truly one of the leading lights on the contemporary blues music scene today. She’s a former guitarist for Albert Collins and John Mayall and her latest Vizz Tone release “Holdin’ Court’ is high on the National Roots Radio Charts (blues). “Holdin’ Court” is all-instrumentals (5 covers, 6 originals), reminiscent of the blues instrumental albums released in the 1960s. Debbie Davis is nominated for a 2010 Blues Music Award for Best Traditional Blues Artist/electric/female.



Sweet & the Back Beat

D’Arcy McGee’s, Bells Corners

Friday, March 5 @ 9 pm

Sweet & the Back Beat’s sound is built around the soulful lead vocals of Larry Sweet, whose natural feel for R&B stylists like Wilson Picket, Eddie Floyd, Sam and Dave, and Otis Redding provides audiences a fresh reminder of why this music is so important. Larry is backed by a group of local veteran musicians: Mike Belanger on guitar, Ken Reynolds on drums, Tommy Rowe on bass, and Peter Krogh on keyboards.

It’s Blues and R&B theme night at D’Arcy McGees … classics from the 50s to today.



Suzie Vinnick

The Waterfront Bistro; 590 Liverpool Road Pickering

Thursday March 11 @ 8 pm; tickets $20 advance / $25 door

Multi-Maple Blues Award winner (for female vocalist, bassist and songwriter categories), Saskatoon native living in Toronto, Suzie Vinnick is the owner of a gorgeous, powerful voice and performs with a sweet mixture of engaging candidness and unparalleled musicianship. Suzie was nominated for a 2009 JUNO for her 3rd album, “Happy Here”, produced by Juno-Award winning singer/songwriter Stephen Fearing, and for two 2009 Canadian Folk Music Awards (CFMAs).

“Possessed of a distinctively alluring voice – once described as being "spun of gold " – she has the power and grace to project it through finely-crafted (and increasingly self-penned) songs that make you sit up and wish you knew her better.” (Eric Thom)


Opening for Suzie is Jill Jambor, an emerging artist from Barrie ON. Jambor released her debut album "To Give You an Idea" in 2009. Her songs have been praised as fresh, deliberate and emotionally authentic.


Eddie Shaw & the Wolf Gang

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Friday, March 19 @ 9:30 pm

Eddie Shaw, on tenor & alto saxes and harmonica, is a very talented singer, songwriter, musician, arranger and band leader. Howlin' Wolf's personal manager for five years, Eddie is one of the most respected blues musicians alive today. He composes, arranges, and writes music. He worked the Delmark studios managing weekly sessions for the label with fellow studio fixture Jimmy Dawkins in the '60s. In the '90s he recorded for European and Japanese labels, as well as for Rooster Blues in Clarksdale MS. The Wolf Gang usually features Shaw’s son, Eddie ‘Vaan’ Shaw, on guitar.





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.
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




Sharrie Williams

and her awesome band, The Wiseguys

Confederation Place Hotel

Friday February 12; doors open 8 pm; show starts at 8:30 pm; tickets $25

From Detroit (Saginaw) Michigan, the Princess of Rockin’ Gospel Blues, Sharrie Williams has been nominated twice for the Blues Music Award’s ‘Female Artist of the Year’.



Regular events

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.


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 2010. 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, February 10 – Unusual: Unusual instruments and unusual instrumentation. Will include Abbatoir, Artvark Saxophone Quartet, Svend Asmussen, Carlo Actis Dato, Brian Groder, Darryl Harper, Pierre-Yves Martel, Bill McBirnie, Not the Wind Not the Flag,Nous Percons les Oreilles, Tom Reese, Daniel Smith and Eldad Tarmu.

Next week, February 17 – Herbie Nichols: To complement Mark Miller’s recent book on pianist Herbie Nichols, we’ll play Herbie’s quartet recordings from March 1952 and his trio recordings from May 1955, August 1955, April 1956 and November 1957.


Every other Monday, 2-7 am – starting Monday, January 18

Rockin’ the Blues from Canada

with Diane Wells

Every other early Monday morning Diane plays a mix of Rock (classic and new) and Blues (traditional, contemporary, fusions).


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).




The 40th anniversary Downchild show featuring Dan Aykroyd, Colin Linden, Colin James and James Cotton from Toronto is now available in the concerts on demand section of the CBC website:
Lots more available (you can filter by blues and you’ll get 71 hits!), including:
Nova Scotia Gospel Choir and Jackie Richardson – Martin Luther King Tribute concert in Halifax
MonkeyJunk at the 2009 Ottawa Bluesfest
Matt Anderson at the 2009 Vancouver Folk Festival

Harrison Kennedy at Koerner Hall


Chris Kirby & The Marquee live at Bella Vista Club

Colin James live in Vancouver
Blackburn live at the Silver Dollar
(Thanks to Ian Tomlinson for this info)


Not yet broadcast, but also available on the site, the November and December live recordings of Madagscar Slim and the Women's Blues Revue.
(Thanks to Derek Andrews for this info)




ALWAYS check local listings to confirm.

On BRAVO – http://www.bravo.ca

Tuesday, February 9 @ 7:30 am – Rhythm, Roots and Soul

Heart & Soul/Johnny Rawls (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 musician Johnny Rawls.

Tuesday, February 9 @ 8 am – Talkin’ Blues

Hands Across the Table (2005): Series exploring the world of contemporary blues music. In this episode, artist Dania Madera-Lerman discusses her paintings that capture the blues and its musicians; a video from Sugar Ray and the Bluetones; a profile of Zac Harmon.

Tuesday, February 9 @ 9 am – The Jackie Washington Story (2005)
Documentary examining the fascinating life, rich musical history and passionate spirit of the Canadian jazz/swing/blues/folk singer, guitarist and storyteller. This grandson of slaves has an impressive repertoire of 1300 songs.

Tuesday, February 16 @ 7:30 am – Rhythm, Roots and Soul

Diamond Days/Eric Bibb (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 musician Eric Bibb.

Tuesday, February 16 @ 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.

Tuesday, February 23 @ 7:30 am – Rhythm, Roots and Soul

The Phenomenal Ruthie Foster (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 performer Ruthie Foster.

Tuesday, February 23 @ 8 am – Talkin’ Blues

Tribute (2005): Series exploring the world of contemporary blues music. This episode features Chicago-based singer/guitarist Nick Moss, a conversation with Mel Brown about his health, a video from Morgan Davis and a salute to late Canadian musician Domenic Troiano.

Tuesday, March 2 @ 7:30 am – Rhythm, Roots and Soul

Salty Sessions/Hot Toddy (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 the band Hot Toddy.

Tuesday, March 2 @ 8 am – Talkin’ Blues

Little Charlie & the Night Cats (2005): Series exploring the world of contemporary blues music. This episode features a performance and interview from the California-based band lead by Rick Estrin and Charlie Baty, who have worked together for over 30 years.

Thursday, March 4 @ 8 pm & Friday, March 5 @ 7 am

Innovators In Music EP: 04 Dave Stewart (2009): This documentary series profiles six dynamic musicians from a variety of genres, backgrounds and disciplines and explores how the creative impulse extends beyond music making and into other realms of artistic pursuit. In this episode, former Eurythmics member Dave Stewart showcases his photography exhibit at the Morrison Hotel Gallery in New York's Bowery district. Dave discusses his humble origins in Sunderland, his early love for blues music and Bob Dylan, his creative output with The Eurythmics, his lifelong pursuit to capture art's vanishing "tinkerbell", his photography, and his passion for artistic collaboration.




Friday, February 19

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

Mumbo Jumbo Voodoo Combo @ Louisiannie’s Mardi Gras Party, 9 pm

Friday & Saturday, February 19-20

JW-Jones @ D’Arcy McGee’s downtown

Saturday, February 20

The Priorities @ Tucson’s, 9:15 pm

Loudlove @ the Rainbow, 9:30 pm

Friday, February 26

BlueZinc @ Tucson’s, 9:15 pm

Saturday, February 27

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

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

Capital Vox Auction & Dance Party @ Tucson’s, 9 pm

Friday, March 5

Terry Gillespie @ the Elmdale House Tavern

Sweet & the Back Beat @ D’Arcy McGee’s, Bells Corners, 9 pm

Saturday, March 6

Barrelhouse @ Tucson’s, 9:15 pm

Friday, March 12

Drew Nelson Band @ Irene’s

Friday, March 26

Ball & Chain and the Wreckers @ the Elmdale House Tavern



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