05 April 2010

Ottawa Blues This Week - 5 April 2010




MonkeyJunk with Andy J. Forest

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Friday & Saturday, April 9-10 @ 9:30 pm

Andy J Forest, harmonica & frattoir player, singer songwriter, has been playing harmonica and singing professionally since 1977. These recordings feature mostly Forest’s original songs. The latest CD “Real Stories: of Love Labor and Other Man Made Catastrophies” (on Slang Records) won "The Best of The Beat" Award for best Blues Cd of 2007 in New Orleans. After living in Europe for ten years he returned to his home New Orleans in 1991 where he plays in clubs yet frequently goes on tour in Europe and Canada. He has written scores of songs, one novel (Letter From Hell) and paints “outside” art, mostly of blues and jazz singers.

This weekend, Andy appears with Canada’s newest blues and roots band, MonkeyJunk. After placing 3rd in the IBC in Memphis in February 2009, they toured Canada and appeared at European festivals. In January they won five of the 6 Maple Blues Awards for which they were nominated and at the recent 10th Annual Independent Music Awards MonkeyJunk received the Indie Favourite Blues Artist/Group. They have 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!







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 8 – Victor Nesrallah

April 15 – Jesse Greene

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




Rob Lutes

Black Sheep Inn, Wakefield QC

Thursday, April 15 @ 8:30 pm

Rob Lutes is a soulful singer-songwriter from Montreal with an ever-growing collection of literate, moving meditations on life and love. His ability to encapsulate universal ideas and questions, even the subtle ones, coupled with his gritty, heartfelt delivery and world-class performance chops, have invited comparisons with several legends in the roots genre from John Hiatt to Fred Eaglesmith.

The former Kerrville New Folk song-writing winner went into the studio in September 2008 to record his much-awaited fourth CD with noted Boston-area producer David Goodrich. The result, “Truth & Fiction”, is his most confident work to date.

Widely known for his inspiring and impassioned live performances. Rob Lutes' live shows always feature extraordinary playing, some improvisational magic and Lutes' intense, soulful vocals.



Terry Gillespie – DANCE!

Tucson’s, 2440 Bank Street

Saturday, April 17 @ 9:15 pm; $12

Special Guests: Stephen Barry (bass) and Gordon Adamson (drums), courtesy of The Stephen Barry Band, Montreal. Accompanied by Vince Halfhide and Terry Owen.


Lee Oscar & David Rotundo Band Harmonica Tour

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Saturday, April 17

Lee Oskar and David Rotundo - two dynamic, renowned harmonica players team up for a high energy, electrifying performance.

Lee Oskar took the once simple and understated harmonica to uncharted and limitless heights and is regarded as one of the most innovative and prolific players of our time. A founding member of the legendary 60s band WAR, Oskar has had multiple number one hits, gold and platinum recordings which earned him international renown for over two and a half decades and includes a 2009 Rock and Roll Hall-of-Fame nomination and 'Instrumental Artist of the Year' in not one but three major industry mags: Billboard, Cashbox and Record World, as well as ASCAP Writing Awards. A renowned composer, his compositions have been featured on movie sound tracks and television commercials, and having performed internationally for over 40 years, Oskar’s electrifying live performances, show the diverse influences that make up this eclectic musical giant. Known for his unique, cross-over blend of blues/jazz, funk, latin and rock, Lee has been connecting with musical audiences throughout the world for over 40 years.

Legendary harmonica virtuoso Lee Oskar continues building his life long legacy of artistic styling and musical innovation. Driven by his unique style and demand for quality, Lee set out to make a better instrument and decided to partner with Tombo of Japan, one of the oldest and most respected harmonica manufacturers in the world. With Lee's pioneering ideas and Tombo's uncompromising manufacturing process, Lee Oskar Harmonicas has been producing the finest harps which include interchangeable parts, multiple keys and tunings for over 25 years.

Sharing the stage with Oskar is David Rotundo, considered one of the best blues harp players in the country – multiple Maple Blues award nominee and winner, winner of new artist of the year awards from CBC/Galaxie and the Canadian Independent Artist Association, this energetic, enigmatic and exciting entertainer combines classic and original blues with excellent vocals, a rock edge and dynamite harmonica. He brings a tight band with him that has been known to pack the dance floor and leave the crowd begging for more.




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


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 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              (613) 233-8303      end_of_the_skype_highlighting.



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


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


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.”




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

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.




Agent Blue

Brandees, 178 Ontario St., Kingston ON

Saturday, April 10

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, March 31 – Trumpet Extravaganza: Seven trumpeters - Ian Carey, Amy Horvey, Jim Lewis, Leo Wadada Smith, Erik Telford, John Vanore & Eric Vloeimans.

Next week, April 7 – Listen Before You Buy: Recent jazz and blues releases by Antoine Berthiaume, Big Crazy Energy New York Band, James Carney, Steve Colson, Jay D’Amico, Peggy Duquesnel, Empirical, Fred Fried, Pierre Labbe, William Parker, Nicole Ratte,Dave Sharp, Trio This and Kiya Tabassian.


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!




Canada Live

Monday, April 5, 2010
Concert 2: Michael Kaeshammer, recorded at Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto
Although classically trained in Germany, Michael Kaeshammer fell in love with boogie-woogie piano at age 13. With four recordings under his belt, Michael has become Canada's brightest triple threat combo of piano virtuosity, vocal ability and charisma. His album Lovelight has been nominated for a 2010 Juno Award in the category "Best Vocal Jazz Album Of The Year". Michael has the ability to stir, or quiet, a large crowd using his piano skills and his sense of humour. But when Kaeshammer begins to boogie - look out because the joint will start jumping! Canada Live was there to capture all of the fun at Toronto's Glenn Gould Studio.

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)




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

Monday, April 5 @ 9 pm & Tuesday, April 6 @ 1 am

An Evening with Willie Nelson and Wynton Marsalis Playing the Blues (2007)
Filmed in 2007, two iconic figures from the world of jazz and country, Wynton Marsalis and Willie Nelson come together for a one-off performance live at the Rose Theatre at Lincoln Center's House of Swing in New York City. Songs include ‘Down by the Riverside’, ‘Stardust’, ‘Georgia on My Mind’ and more.

Tuesday, April 6 @ 7:30 am – Rhythm, Roots and Soul

Blind Boys of Alabama (2007): This series profiles R&B, soul, gospel and roots musicians through their words and their music. Mako Funasaka documents a moment in time of these wonderful musicians from many different musical genres. This episode features The Blind Boys of Alabama.

Tuesday, April 6 @ 8 am – Talkin’ Blues

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




Friday, April 16

Rocket Rached & the Fat City 8 @ Tucson’s, 9:15 pm

Blurry Edge @ Lousiannie’s, 9:30 pm

Saturday, April 17

Terry Gillespie @ Tucson’s, 9:15 pm

Friday, April 23

King Rattler @ Irene’s

Sunday, April 25

River City Junction hosts the Rainbow open jam, 3-7 pm



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