19 April 2010

Ottawa Blues This Week - 19 April 2010




A Celebration of Musical Diversity!

Bronson Centre Theatre, 211 Bronson Avenue

Saturday, April 24 @ 7 pm; tickets $25

The Brain Injury Association of the Ottawa Valley presents its first annual 
benefit show:  A Celebration of Musical Diversity!

Performers include:

Northern Voices (First Nations), Tito Medine & Amigos (Mayan/Latino), The Sarah Burnell Band (Celtic/Folk), and The Jesse Greene Band (Blues).

MC for the evening will be the wonderful Métis storyteller, Joe Maple.

Available through Ticketmaster, The Ottawa Folklore Centre, and the Brain Injury Association of the Ottawa Valley (613) 233-8303.



Ghana Beats And Eats

The Centrepointe Chamber, 100 Constellation Dr.

Saturday April 24; Ghanaian snacks reception 6:30 pm; Concert 8 pm

Tickets: Concert w/ Food Reception: $25 Adult; $20 Students & Seniors; $15 kids under 12

Concert only: $15 Adult; $10 Students & Seniors; $5 kids under 12

Baobab Tree will be presenting a reception and performance of Ghanaian food, rhythms and dance at the Chamber at Centrepointe. They will welcome special guests Keteke from Montréal, featuring Prosper Adjetey & Dominic Donkor, both former performers with the Ghana National Dance Ensemble. In addition we will be joined by guest host Rita Celli from CBC Radio.

Baobab Youth Performers range in age from 12-18, and are directed by Kathy Armstrong. They have performed numerous concerts in the Ottawa area as well as traveling to Banff, the USA and Ghana. As well, students from the Ghanaian Language and Culture Association will perform with the youth and Keteke. The GLCA offers Saturday classes to children of Ghanaian heritage to study traditional languages, and culture.

A special Ghanaian food reception will begin the evening at 6:30 pm, featuring small plates of traditional Ghanaian food. JOIN US!

BaobabTree Drum and Dance Community

for more information about classes and performances please visit www.baobabtree.org

phone (613)725-6994; email info@baobabtree.org




Johnny Winter

With special guest Samuel James

Showplace Theatre, 290 George Street, Peterborough ON

Thursday, April 22


With special guest The Sab Band

Pembroke Festival Hall, Pembroke ON

Friday, April 23

For more info - http://www.zapp-productions.com


Kingston Children’s Aid Society presents

A Night in Blue

featuring MonkeyJunk

with opening act – Mojo Shooter

Davies Hall, St. Lawrence College, Kingston ON

Saturday, April 24; $100, includes dinner & dance; $30 dance only (until April 10; limit 50 tickets)

Each year the Children’s Aid Society presents a Night In Blue. This very special night is a fund raiser to help some of Kingston’s most vulnerable kids. The money raised is used to purchase comfort packages as the children enter foster homes and for sports and recreation programs not funded by government.

Night in Blue always features one of the premiere blues bands in the country.

This year the CAS has exceeded all expectations and hired the hottest band not only in Canada but also in the USA. MonkeyJunk recently won five Maple Blues Awards (January) and the Independent Music Award for Blues (March) and are nominated for a Blues Music Award (US) and by all accounts they put on the most amazing live shows. MonkeyJunk features Tony D on guitar, Steve Marriner on harmonica and vocals and Matt Sobb on drums.

Call 613 542-7351 x 3309 Trisa McConkey for tickets or email her trisa,mcconkey@frontcas.ca

For more info, http://www.nightinblue.ca/NIght_in_Blue_4.html




Virée Blues Boréale presents

Shrimp Daddy & the Sharpshooters

with special guest Steve Marriner

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

Wednesday, April 21

With a pseudonym like “Shrimp Daddy” one conjures images of the fishing fleet of Louisiana’s’ “Bayou Delcambre,” Cajun accents, Zydeco music, washboards, accordions & fiddles. Not to be! His deep gravelly vocals, accompanied by the mesmerizing sound of his harmonica, supported by his hard playing band “The Sharpshooters” whisks you to the juke joints of Mississippi as well as the hard edge blues clubs of Chicago. The music of the “Walters”, Willie Dixon, Howlin’ Wolf & Muddy Waters augmented with the unforgettable sound of William Clarke is his forte!

Transplanted from La Belle Province, this native Montrealer now makes Toronto his home. It was there he was introduced to & captivated by the sultry sound produced by the blues harmonica. Wasting little time he secured as many tapes & CDs containing blues harp and the masters as he could, haunted the local clubs and hounded the established players for advice which they graciously provided. Practicing diligently, his hard work shows.

The official launch of his November 2009 release, “Messin' With My System” with Shrimp Daddy & the Sharpshooters and special guest Steve Marriner takes place Wednesday, April 21.





Blues on the Rideau presents

Harmonica Shah with the Jack de Keyzer Band

The Cove, Westport ON

Friday & Saturday, April 23-24


Congratulations to Jack de Keyzer on his Blues Juno win! Talk about fortuitous timing – Jack has been booked for months now to play Blues On The Rideau @ The Cove Inn this weekend along with Harmonica Shah (traveling up from Detroit), Alec Fraser and Al Cross. This is the same band that played on the Shah’s recent great CD “If All You Have Is A Hammer Everything Looks Like A Nail” on ElectroFi. What a couple of nights this is going to be! ElectroFi is recording both Shows with a view to producing a “Harmonica Shah Live From Blues On The Rideau @ The Cove” album in the future.


There are still some tickets left for the Friday show (Saturday is Sold Out).

A great Cove buffet dinner plus the Show in a cozy setting with lots of dancing - for only $55!

Proceeds to Westport In Bloom & Habitat For Humanity

Call the Cove (613) 273-3636 & book your tickets now!





Irene’s Blues AllStars

Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street

Thursdays, 9 pm – 1 am

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, this weekly Thursday night jam features Corky Kealey on drums with Vince Halfhide on bass and 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 its continuing popularity.

Special guests:

April 22 – Dr. Dave

April 29 – Scott Amey

May 6 – Chuck Karn

May 13 – Terry Gillespie

May 20 – Guy del Villano

May 27 – Peter Brown


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!


Southside Sundays

With Steve Marriner & friends

Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street

Sundays, 9 pm – 1 am




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




New Soul Cowboys featuring Anthony Gomes
Irene's Pub, 885 Bank Street
Tuesday, April 27 @ 9 pm; $10 cover

Saddle up with New Soul Cowboys as the rowdy Nashville power trio has arrived to lay down the law; to serve and uphold the virtues of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Singer/guitarist Anthony Gomes, bassist David Karns and
drummer Peter Lang have set out to leave their indelible mark on music by forging a brand all their own. The trio’s soul sonic force delivers the rough and tumble swagger of rock while having the audacity to
blend in the distinctive sounds of whiskey-soaked roadhouse Blues and southern-fried power Country. “If you haven’t heard,” Gomes proclaims, “there’s a new Sherriff in town.”

New Soul Cowboys describe their sound as Outlaw Rock ‘n’ Roll. “Anyone that is a musical badass has been an outlaw in their genre, living outside of conventional rules,” states Gomes. “We have created a sound that embodies the rebel spirit of musical outcasts like Led Zeppelin, Johnny Cash and Howlin’ Wolf. We’re here to take back Rock ‘n’ Roll,” the guitar-slinger boldly but unapologetically exclaims. “We are part of a new music revolution in rock. A place where bands know where the music came from, can really play their instruments, write their own songs and take no prisoners doing it. We couldn’t care less about American Idol, we’re here to take our music to the streets.”




Guitar Workshop – Blues, Slide & Fingerstyle
               With Al Tambay
Alcorn Music Studios, 903 Carling Ave. at Sherwood
Monday, May 10, 6:30-8:30 pm; registration fee $20
Al Tambay is a talented, professional musician, singer and songwriter 
who has been performing and touring for over thirty years.  Al was featured 
at the Kingston Limestone Blues Festival, the Toronto and Ottawa Music 
Festivals, as well as the Mont Tremblant Blues Festival.  He has toured 
Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec, opened for Omar and the Howlers (from 
Texas), Miles Goodwin (from April Wine), the Lee Aaron Band and for Ray 
Bonneville.  Al performs frequently in Ottawa and the surrounding areas. 
Al will be demonstrating and explaining the techniques he uses for blues 
slide, in the style of Robert Johnson, Johnny Winters, George Thorogood 
& Sonny Landreth. This is a hands-on workshop for beginning to intermediate 
blues, slide, & fingerstyle guitar.
Al's new CD "Back 2 Square 1" featuring blues, slide and fingerstyle guitar 
will be available fro $15.
Bring your acoustic guitar & slide.
To Register: Call 613-729-0693 OR email




JW-Jones CD Release

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Saturday, May 1

Having toured 14 countries and 4 continents, the band is ready to release album number six, "Midnight Memphis Sun" which features Hubert Sumlin and Charlie Musselwhite.

The CD release takes place at the Rainbow, Saturday May 1, with JW-Jones (guitar/vocals), Martin Regimbald (bass/backup vocals), Jeff Asselin (drums/backup vocals), special guest Jesse Whiteley on keys and, for the first time, the One Faith Gospel Singers! Be there get your CD AUTOGRAPHED!

Check out this 5-minute video, for an introduction to J-Dub, the live show, CDs, quotes, and great footage including Sun Studios recording session and the band live in Europe. The new CD “Midnight Memphis Sun” will be released in Ottawa on May 1 (in stores in July).




Kim Simmonds

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Thursday, May 6

Kim Simmonds began his solo acoustic career in 1997 with the release of the CD, “Solitaire”. An album of traditional blues, “Solitaire” was the starting point of Kim’s rediscovery of his love of the acoustic guitar. Expanding upon that traditional foundation, “Blues Like Midnight” was one of 2001’s pleasant surprises as Kim’s songwriting depth and vocals shine right along with his always stellar guitar playing. With his third release in 2004, "Struck By Lightning", Simmonds pulled out all the stops with an album again full of superb guitar playing but this time fully augmented with a powerful acoustic rhythm section. Kim's 2008 release, "Out Of The Blue", is a collection of varied material that places him in a new setting, that of the singer/songwriter. This time around the guitar playing is understated with more emphasis on the song. His baritone voice has aged well, matured perhaps and now stands out throughout the CD's eleven songs. A "bare bones" recording with just the occasional background vocal, percussion and string section, "Out Of The Blue" displays Simmonds' wider musical range that will act as a perfect introduction for first time listeners.



Michael Pickett

The Waterfront Bistro, 590 Liverpool Road, Pickering ON

Thursday, May 6 @ 8 pm; tickets $20

Music By the Bay Live presents the Small Club ~ Big Show Concert series … bringing world class blues to Pickering


Don’t miss one of Canada’s top acoustic blues artists when Michael Pickett winds up for a night of delta style blues. Pickett has played the top blues rooms, music festivals and concert halls from coast to coast. With only his rack harmonica, sweet worn Gibson 12-string and a one-of-a-kind 1931 Duolian, you’ll hear why this multi award winner and 2x Juno nominee has been called a "one-man blues Machine".


James Brand of Ajax will open the show performing a set of acoustic roots and blues. www.jamesbrand.ca


Andrew ‘Junior Boy’ Jones

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Friday May 7

Other area dates for Andrew ‘Junior Boy’ Jones

Wilno Tavern, Wilno ON - Thursday, May 6

Picton Regent Theatre, Picton ON - Saturday, May 8

The Concert Hall at Victoria Hall, Coburg ON – Sunday, May 9

Andrew ‘Junior Boy’ Jones played in Freddie King’s band (twice!) and has also played with Bobby Patterson, Johnny Taylor, Russell Jackson, Tony Coleman, Katie Webster and Charlie Musselwhite. He went solo in 1996 and has recorded for JSP, Rounder and his own label; his latest release, “Gettin’ Real” is on Canada’s Electro-Fi label.



Ball And Chain And The Wreckers

Le Hibou, 757 Chemin Riverside, Wakefield QC

Saturday, May 8 @ 9 pm; $5

Ball And Chain And The Wreckers - featuring Pat MgLaughlin on guitar. Dinner and Dance - Honky Tonk style. Hey, why not folks! Michael and Jody bring their delicious grooves and delectably hurtin’ hillbilly sounds to one of Wakefield’s Best New Restaurants, Le Hibou, where you can fill your belly, soothe your soul and drown your sorrows all in one stop. If you ask nice we’ll even Yodel for you. Pat MgLaughlin will be our featured guest on electric guitar and what a pleasure it’ll be. Pat, who hails from Venosta is as versatile and tasty a player as the Valley has to offer and he’s got that extra little "Spank" in his playing that hurts so good. Come get a spot... We won’t let ya down.



Chris Kirby & the Marquee

Irene’s, 885 Bank Street

Friday, May 7


Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Monday, May 10

He's a witty, spitey, pasty white kid from the woods whose style is simply addictive. With his new record, “Vampire Hotel”, Chris Kirby gets down to bidness playing funky piano, saucy guitar, and singing as if the fate of his own mother hangs on every word. “Vampire Hotel” is heavily influenced by New Orleans Rhythm & Blues and Motown Soul, but rooted in the rich Newfoundland tradition of storytelling, and offers a unique and refreshing brand of music from a truly original artist. With the release of "Chris Kirby on Rum & Religion" in 2006, Chris emerged as a solo artist and a captivating songwriter and performer. Just four weeks after its chart debut, the title track from “Rum & Religion” hit number 1 on the nationally-syndicated East Coast Countdown.

Chris is joined by his A-list rhythm section, known as the Marquee. The Marquee includes bassist Craig Follett and drummer Mark Marshall. Mark is a talented young musician who recently showcased at the Cape Breton International Drum Festival, where he received praise from some of the industry's renowned players. Craig is a past MUSICNL nominee ("side musician of the year"), and regularly performs with many of Newfoundland's finest musicians and groups.

Chris Kirby and the Marquee have earned a solid reputation as an energetic and inspiring act, delivering a unique and unforgettable show every time. They’re touring Ontario and we’re fortunate they’re playing two shows in Ottawa.




Morgan Davis

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Thursday, May 13

For nearly four decades Morgan Davis has been on the road travelling across Canada, the United States and Europe. His performances draw from a rich tradition of country blues, as well as his own contemporary songs infused with wit and a large dose of humour.

Originally from Detroit, he grew up listening to a prolific mix of rhythm and blues. The music of Jimmy Reed, Ike and Tina Turner, Chuck Berry and Fats Domino was in the air. While living in Rochdale College, Toronto's mecca for the subculture of the late 1960s, he immersed himself in the study of Delta Blues, especially the music of Robert Johnson. He hit the road with the Rhythm Rockets, and other bands, eventually forming his own trio.

Morgan's first solo recording "Blues Medicine", on Electro-Fi records, garnered critical acclaim as well as awards for songwriting and production. His multi- award winning release "Painkiller" won an impressive four awards at the 2004 Maple Blues Awards and not long after took home Canada's top music prize...the Juno for Blues Album of the Year.

Morgan Davis has established a rich career as a solo artist, and also performs with stellar lineups of musicians as a trio or full band. His most recent recording, "At Home In Nova Scotia", pays homage to Atlantic Canada where he has been a resident since 2001. His passion for the Blues has never wavered ... and he fully expects to be on the road for the rest of his life.



Ball And Chain And The Wreckers

The Atomic Rooster, 383 Bank Street

Sunday May 16 @ 6 pm; no cover

Yes, indeed! Back by popular demand. The Atomic Rooster has very good food and beverages and great service. Jody and Michael and the Wreckers are set for another evening of Country Blues and Roots Music from the 40s through to the present. A perfect way to spend a Sunday evening and still be home in time for the news. Come on!!!



Jack de Keyzer

Tucson’s, 2440 Bank Street

Friday, May 28

Jack has just added a 2nd Juno Award to his trophy case. Congratulations!

"Corktown Sessions”...is the regular touring show and it cooks. The auspicious evening was at the CorktownTavern in Hamilton last May 1st with DaveMcMorrow, keyboards, Alan Duffy, bass and Danny Lockwood, drums. The songs, as many of you will know firsthand, are excellent. Your favourites: ‘Blues Thing’, ‘Soul Lover’, ‘King Of The Blues’. ‘Engine Trouble’ are what bring fans to the shows. He also adds a few that keep the dance floor full, like ‘Signed Sealed Delivered’ and ‘Hold On I’m Coming’. Robert Johnson’s ‘When You Got A Good Friend’, in a new arrangement by Jack, is also a highlight. You may have purchased the studio CDs that feature these songs but with this CD you can have Jack’s show in your music room or your car whenever you want." John Valentyne/Maple Blues Magazine





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.


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.  ELECTROFI Records is recording both Shows for a possible future Harmonica Shah “Live From Blues On The Rideau At The Cove” CD.

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 & book your tickets now!

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





Choose The Blues Productions of Kenmore, Ontario www.choosetheblues.ca is pleased to announce that a new Series of Blues Dinner & Show Fundraisers – “Blues Down On The Farm” – is starting May 20th at Stanley’s Olde Maple Lane Farm, 2452 Yorks Corners Rd, Edwards, Ontario www.stanleysfarm.com – only 25 minutes from Parliament Hill.

Patterned after the same formula as the successful Blues On The Rideau Series at The Cove Inn, Westport that has been running for the past five years Blues Down On The Farm will include a full dinner, show and dancing featuring some of Canada’s best blues artists (and possibly some US acts in the future) in the scenic setting of a beautiful country farm. The Shows take place once a month on Thursday nights from 6:30 to 10:30 pm with proceeds going to help support different charities.

Stanley’s Olde Maple Lane Farm is over 150 years old with maple sugarbush, country gardens, and horse-drawn wagon rides. It is also one of the National Capital Region's premier destinations for wedding receptions, company retreats and group functions with three separate reception facilities all fully licensed. The Blues Dinner & Shows will be taking place in the Southlawn Tent (capacity 170 – the perfect size for hearing great Blues up close and personal) http://stanleysfarm.com/virtual-tour/the-southlawn-tent.html

First Show:
May 20 ­ FATHEAD http://www.myspace.com/fatheadfanpage
2X Juno Award and multiple Maple Blues Award winners Fathead kick off the Series.  One of Canada's favourite blues bands – smokin`, original, infectious, funky, soulful, fun and full of energy.

Proceeds to ALZHEIMER SOCIETY OF OTTAWA AND RENFREW COUNTY www.alzheimer-ottawa.rc.org which does such good work in supporting individuals with this devastating disease, as well as their families and caregivers.

Second Show:
June 17 ­ ROXANNE POTVIN BLUES BAND http://www.myspace.com/roxannepotvin
Muliple Maple Blues Award nominee for Female Vocalist of the Year.  Talented, beautiful and a rising star, Roxanne grew up in Gatineau. A great singer songwriter and guitarist she can play it all, but will be focused strictly on the Blues (her first love) for this Show. Her excellent band includes Jazz Juno Award winner Brandi Disterheft on stand-up bass.

Tickets are only $55 pp (plus tax) for the dinner & show. You can spend that much on dinner alone on a night out! Advance reservations are required. Book on-line at www.stanleysfarm.com or call (613) 821-2751 Reserve now, these Shows will sell out.

If there is a good turnout for these nights it is the intention to keep them going once a month – so if you want first class LIVE Blues in a beautiful setting so close to Ottawa – please spread the word and come out and support it!

More information at www.choosetheblues.ca




Douglas Watson Blues Band

Brandees, 178 Ontario St., Kingston ON

Friday, April 23


Kingston Blues Society APRIL Jam

Larocks Bar and Grill at 35 Rideau St.

3rd Saturday of each month, 9 pm – midnight; $3 at the door

Host Band: Mojo Shooter, plus many of Kingston’s best musicians. This month’s Special Guest is guitarist Dan Summerville.

Always one of the best nights of entertainment Kingston has to offer – come early as seating is limited. Come out and see Mojo Shooter, Dan 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

Sam Hopkins and Spencer Evans

Upstairs @ the Brew Pub

Every Second Sunday 2-4 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, April 21 – Henry Grimes: An update on this great bassist’s recording activities. We’ll play CDs that Henry has made in 2003, 2004, 2007 and 2008, solo and with Rashied Ali, Roy Campbell, Andrew Cyrille, Hamid Drake, Paul Dunmall, Dennis Gonzalez, David Murray, Marc Ribot and Chad Taylor.

Next week, April 28 – FIMAV: An introduction to the many artists appearing at the Festival International de Musique Actuelle in Victoriaville between May 20 and May 23.


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, and now streaming on the internet at valleyheritageradio.ca so Ottawa folks can now listen!




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)




From Andy Frank andy_frank55@yahoo.com

Hello! Many of you are aware of Roots Music Canada; we began operations in November of 2009, and currently exist as a blog that aims to put into context what (and who) is truly worth knowing about in Canadian roots music.

In this, we include some blues, some jazz, some rock; anything where roots/folk intersects with another genre is fair game for us.

You may be interested in seeing some of our HD interview and performance videos. It's free, so why not? Here are some direct links to blues-related pieces we've produced. And if you like it, I encourage you to become a Facebook Fan at our page, http://facebook. com/rootsmusicca nada

Roxanne Potvin
http://www.rootsmus ic.ca/2010/ 03/08/roxanne- potvin-no- love-for- the-poisonous/
http://www.rootsmus ic.ca/2010/ 02/13/juno- winners-fathead- release-7th- cd/
Matt Andersen
http://www.rootsmus ic.ca/2010/ 03/04/matt- andersens- fabulous- winter-of- 2010/
Maple Blues Awards
http://www.rootsmus ic.ca/2010/ 01/24/13th- annual-maple- blues-awards/
Harrison Kennedy
http://www.rootsmus ic.ca/2010/ 01/13/maple- blues-series- harrison- kennedy/
Chris Whiteley and Diana Braithwaite with Danny Marks
http://www.rootsmus ic.ca/2010/ 01/09/maple- blues-series- whiteley- braithwaite- and-marks/
Julian Fauth
http://www.rootsmus ic.ca/2010/ 01/07/maple- blues-awards- series-julian- fauth/




ALWAYS check local listings to confirm.

On BRAVO – http://www.bravo.ca

Tuesday, April 20 @ 7:30 am - Rhythm, Roots and Soul

Waterloo Tennessee (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 all female bluegrass band Uncle Earl.

Tuesday, April 20 @ 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.

Monday, April 26 @ 7 pm – 2010 Juno Awards

Bravo! celebrates Canadian music with an encore presentation of THE 2010 JUNO AWARDS. Held at the Mile One Centre in St. John’s, Newfoundland, THE 2010 JUNO AWARDS features musical performances by Billy Talent, Blue Rodeo, Classified, Drake, Great Lake Swimmers, Johnny Reid, Justin Bieber, K’NAAN, Metric and Michael Bublé. Plus, special appearances by Barenaked Ladies, Jully Black, Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games gold medallists Alexandre Bilodeau and Jon Montgomery, and more!

Tuesday, April 27 @ 7:30 am – Rhythm, Roots and 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, April 27 @ 7:30 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.




Sunday, May 2

Spirit of Rasputin’s Sunday Series @ the Elmdale House

presents: Terry Gillespie with Terry Owen, 7 pm

Saturday, May 8

The FunKtion @ Tucson’s, 9:15 pm

Friday, May 14

Shameless Blues @ Tucson’s, 9:15 pm

Jed Rached & the Fat City 8 @ the Elmdale House, 9:30 pm

Friday, May 21

Barrelhouse @ the Rainbow, 9:30 pm

Saturday, May 22

The BE Band @ Tucson’s, 9:15 pm

Loudlove @ the Rainbow, 9:30 pm

Saturday, May 29

The Mud Boys Rock ‘n’ Roll Revue @ Tucson’s, 9:15 pm

The Kingmakers with King Rattler @ the Elmdale House, 9:30 pm



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