01 March 2010

Ottawa Blues This Week - 1 March 2010




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 VizzTone 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: Tullio Granata 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.



Terry Gillespie

With special guest The Mighty Popo

Elmdale House Tavern, 1084 Wellington Street

Friday, March 5 @ 9:45 pm: $10

The best blues & roots dance in Ottawa this week! Terry Gillespie, Canada’s ‘King of Roots Music’ appears at the Elmdale with his full band and special guest The Mighty Popo. Friday nights at the Elmdale are fun – they tend to be a mix of generations and a lot of dancing & laughing!






Virée Blues Boreale presents


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

Wednesday, March 3 @ 8 pm

Our next guest has just completed the recording of his 6th album “Midnight Memphis Sun” to be launched May 1st. This adventure was carried through with Hubert Sumlin, legendary Blues guitarist who has been proclaimed one of the 100 best guitarists of all times by Rolling Stone magazine, and Charlie Musselwhite, legendary harmonicist with 18 W.C. Handy Awards and 6 Grammy nominations.

Despite being present on the “Guitar Masters Volume 2” compilation CD, together with guitar legends B.B. King, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck as well as Carlos Santana, and having been on the move for 12 years now, this group remains less known in our region! This is easily understood when one checks their tour schedule of the last few years: with 6 CDs, they have given over 1200 performances in some 200 cities in 13 countries on 4 continents! Indeed JW-Jones has mostly performed on major stages in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia and Brazil.

After listening to a show by the Great B.B. King in 1995, JW-Jones immediately traded his drumming career for the guitar. His voice, developed in the style of the great vocalists of the 40s and 50s stressing the feelings and the good vibrations, allows him to go from the Chicago Blues to Rhythm ’N’ Blues and even into Jazz, on occasion. Unanimously recognized by his peers and granted the “Electric Act of the Year” title by the Maple Blues Awards, his Opus 4, “Kissing In 29 Days confirmed the writing and composing talents of JW- Jones. A real musical feast, with numerous gems, it is mostly made up of JW’s original compositions. But “Bluelisted”, released in 2008, features two of the East Coast’s most influential guitarists, Little Charlie Baty and Junior Watson, who perform together on the same track for the first time in their total of 70 years of career! And, as if that wasn’t enough, they perform with a highly renowned rhythm section: Richard Innes on drums and Larry Taylor on bass.

On stage, Wednesday, will be Martin Regimbald on bass and Jeff Asselin on drums, under the direction of JW- Jones, who is: "One of this country's top Blues guitar stars" according to the Globe and Mail.







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:

March 4 – Dean Dupuis

March 11 – Jed Rached

March 18 – John Yemensky

March 25 – Terry Gillespie


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




TNT Duo – Soul Nite
Georgian House Restaurant, Main Street, Alexandria ON

Thursday, March 11 @ 7 pm: $10

Join us for an intimate evening in the Timber Room of the Georgian House. Dave Dragone and Miki will be sitting in on hand drums.
If you wish to come for dinner, Chef Heinz prepares a special menu every Soul Nite.



Suzie Vinnick

The Waterfront Bistro; 590 Liverpool Road Pickering

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

Suzie Vinnick has the voice of a blues mama who's seen it all. She plays bass, guitar, saxophone, piano, Dobro, lap steel and mandolin. A self-taught musician, Suzie is one of the busiest session players and singers in the Canadian blues/roots music and jazz communities, having made appearances on more than a dozen recordings by other artists. She is a frequent headliner at festivals across the country and in the US, and in November shared the Massey Hall stage as musical director and featured artist in the Toronto Blues Society's annual all-star Women's Blues Revue. Multi-Maple Blues Award winner (for female vocalist, bassist and songwriter categories), 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.


Fathead – CD release party

O’Reilly’s Pub, Perth ON

Friday, March 12 @ 8 pm


Tucson’s, 2440 Bank Street

Saturday, March 13 @ 9:15 pm

The journey continues for two time Juno Award winners, Fathead, the sturdiest of Canadian bands.

Fathead, individually and collectively, has garnered numerous awards and accolades; notably two Juno Awards – Blues Recording of the Year for “Blues Weather” (1998) and “Building Full Of Blues” (2008) respectively. And now, buoyed by the return of long time member Teddy Leonard on guitar and the full integration of Bucky Berger on drums and percussion, Fathead offers up a new assortment of material on their latest release, “Where’s The Blues Taking Me”.

A more than worthy successor to “Building”, “Where’s The Blues Taking Me” takes it to a new level with the band’s most fully realized recording to date. With production handled by B-3 master Lance Anderson, the CD boasts a number of different sounds via always eloquent stories weaved into song, (courtesy of the band’s long time song writing team of Al Lerman and Omar Tunnoch), soul bearing vocals, sterling musicianship, and superior production values. The release demonstrates that the Fathead sound is constantly evolving and provides a generous supply of everything within Fathead’s wide musical sphere including straight up Blues, R&B, 50s framed Rock & Roll, Funk, Gospel, and even some cabaret Soul/Blues. All selections are delivered with the warmth and accessibility listeners have come to identify with the band.

The subject matter brings to light all things common and uncommon in everyday life and generally displays a courage to keep on moving forward despite life’s unpredictability. As evidence look no further than the title song:

“I nearly met my maker once or twice,
But I’m still here, I guess the time wasn’t right
I wake up every day with a smile on my face
Still the clock keeps ticking and I just can’t stop thinking
Where’s the blues taking me”

As an added bonus, Fathead closes the disc by dispatching a rare cover of Jackie Wilson’s ‘Lonely Teardrops’. The number, that the band has been performing regularly live, features a convincing John Mays vocal, an infectious Rhumba beat accentuated by Bucky Berger’s percussion, and a great ‘Say You Will’ vocal ride out. ‘Teardrops’ is a soul satisfying conclusion to an offering that effectively adds to the Fathead legacy.



Souljazz Orchestra

Le Petit Chicago, 50 Promenade du Portage, Hull

Saturday, March 13

Just wanted to let you know that the Souljazz Orchestra’s new album, “Rising Sun”, is finally out on Strut Records. We’ll be kicking off our two-month album release tour with a dates in Ontario and Quebec in March. After that, we cross the Atlantic for a tour of Europe, hitting the UK, France, Holland, Switzerland, Norway, and maybe Germany (we’re still finalizing the dates), collaborating along the way with our boys from Hypnotic Brass Ensemble and Fanga.

Without getting into long descriptions, let’s just say that we really put all of our hearts and souls into this album, have a listen:


Rick Fines & Suzie Vinnick

Studio Theatre 63 Gore St E, Perth, ON
Saturday, March 13 @ 8 pm; tickets $21.50 advance, $25 at the door

Rick & Suzie released their “Nothing Halfway” CD in 2006, and their collaboration was recognized with a Maple Blues Award for Songwriter of the Year in 2007. They toured extensively following the award. They still perform together, perhaps less often, and will be appearing this summer at the 50th Anniversary of the Mariposa Folk Festival, the 25th Anniversary of the Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival in Lunenburg, NS and the 20th Anniversary of the Stewart Park Festival in Perth ON. They’ll also be in Perth in March; don’t miss this opportunity to see arguably the best acoustic duo in Canadian roots/blues music.


Tickets: Shadowfax, 67 Foster St, Perth or call 1-800-518-2729


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 bandleader. 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 at Delmark 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 Roosters Blues in Clarksdale MS. The Wolf Gang usually features Shaw’s son, Eddie ‘Vaan’ Shaw on guitar.



The Jesse Greene Band

International Blues Challenge finalists

Tucson’s, 2440 Bank Street

Friday, March 19 @ 9:15 pm


Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Saturday, March 20 @ 9:30 pm

The Ottawa Blues Society is very proud of our representative at the Blues Foundation’s International Blues Challenge in Memphis TN. The Jesse Greene Band travelled to Memphis TN in January to represent the OBS in the Band Competition of the IBC. One hundred and eleven bands, representing blues organizations from a dozen countries, including seven from Canada, were entered. Each band played the same venue Thursday, January 21 and Friday January 22 and one band from each venue advanced to the Saturday evening finals at the Orpheum Theatre. The Jesse Greene Band was the only Canadian band of the 11 bands in the finals.

Join us on Friday, March 19 at Tucson’s and Saturday, March 20 at the Rainbow to congratulate the Jesse Greene Band on their fantastic showing at the IBC.

The Jesse Greene Band is Jesse Greene, guitar; Marc Seguin, harmonica, Luke Donovan, guitar; Dan Grewal, bass and Jason Coté, drums.




The Loyal Blues Fellowship presents

End of Winter Blues VI

Saturday, March 20; $20

We had a little set back with the possible strike at the community colleges but we are now on track with an all-day event featuring Jimmy Bowskill as headliner.



Blues on Tues

With Terry Gillespie

The Atlantic, Alexandria ON

Tuesday, March 30, 7-10 pm

March 30th is a Tuesday, it is a Full Moon and it is Terry’s birthday – we are going to celebrate.
It is Jody Golick’s (sax) birthday also. Blues on Tues at the Granary with dueling saxes.





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 a 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 included. Advance reservations required. Shows frequently sell out in advance, so book early.

March 19 – JOHN CAMPBELLJOHN BAND http://www.campbelljohn.ca

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 – BLACKBURN http://www.myspace.com/blackburnbrothers

4 great blues, funk, R&B soul brothers form Toronto. 2009 Maple Blues Award winners as Best New Group of the Year

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 website or call the Cove as the show date draws closer.

$55 for dinner & Show (taxes and donation to charity included)

7 pm buffet dinner, Show 8:30 – 11 pm

Well—priced accommodation available at the Cove and 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 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              (613) 273-3636      end_of_the_skype_highlighting & book your tickets now!

Visit http://www.choosetheblues.ca for more info & updates.




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, March 3 – Listen Before You Buy: Recent jazz and blues releases in more adventurous styles by Jason Adasiewicz, Charlie Apicella, Ryan Blotnick, Phil Brown, James Carney, Empirical, Charles Evans, Lori Freedman, Von Freeman, Gordon Grdina, Amy Horvey, Klaxon Gueule, Billy Lavender, Dana Reason, Aram Shelton and Leo Wadada Smith.

Next week, March 10 – Japanese Women Pianists: Our contribution to International Women’s Day will be a survey of Japanese Women Pianists, including Toshiko Akiyoshi, Satoko Fujii, Hiromi, Keiko Matsui, Junko Onishi, Aki Takase and Eri Yamamoto.


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).




Canada Live

Monday, March 1 - Concert 1: Canada Raves on Motown
Recorded at Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto
It was 50 years ago when an upstart songwriter named Berry Gordy borrowed $800 for his family to start what he called "The Sound of Young America, Motown Records". Come join musical director Lou Pomanti, his band, and some of Canada's best R&B singers including Denzel Sinclaire, Jarvis Church, Dione Taylor and Lori Nuic as they celebrate this great musical legacy.

Wednesday, March 3 - Concert 2: Kellylee Evans
recorded at Saint Brigid's Cultural Centre, Ottawa
Ottawa's most powerful set of crooning pipes since Paul Anka left town, Kellylee Evans writes incredibly uplifting songs that are sure to be future classics. At this pre-CD release concert held in the deconsecrated cathedral Saint Brigid's, Kellylee previewed all the songs from her upcoming CD, finally released in 2010! This concert features her great band: Kevin Barrett - guitar, Henry Heilig - bass, Dave Thompson - guitar, and Adam Bowman - drums.

Canada Live broadcasts are on traditional radio, Monday to Friday, at 7-8 pm (eastern). Broadcasts can also be streamed live in every time zone from the Radio 2 website – http://www.cbc.ca/radio2




The 40th anniversary Downchild show featuring Dan Aykroyd, Colin Linden, 
Colin James & 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 & 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)


Canada Live broadcasts are on traditional radio, Monday to Friday, at 7-8 pm (eastern). Broadcasts can also be streamed live in every time zone from the Radio 2 website – http://www.cbc.ca/radio2 – and each of the concerts (there are about 700 online) is archived for On-demand streaming on the Concerts on Demand part of the website for 1 year at http://www.cbc.ca/radio2/cod/

(Thanks to Ann MacKeigan for this info)




ALWAYS check local listings to confirm.

On BRAVO – http://www.bravo.ca

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, 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

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, March 12

Drew Nelson Band @ Irene’s

Friday, March 19

Jesse Greene Band @ Tucson’s, 9:15 pm

Saturday, March 20

Jesse Greene Band @ the Rainbow, 9:30 pm

Moetown @ Tucson’s, 9:15 pm

Friday, March 26

Ball & Chain and the Wreckers @ the Elmdale House Tavern

Saturday, March 27

Sweet & the Back Beat @ Tucson’s, 9:15 pm



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