10 May 2010

Ottawa Blues This Week - 10 May 2010




In case you missed the results:

2010 is the year of the Tiger AND the Monkey!!!
After sweeping the Maple Blues Awards in January and winning the Best Blues Artist at the Canadian Independant Music Awards ,MonkeyJunk is truly honoured and incredibly proud as representatives of Ottawa and Canada to announce that WE WON FOR BEST NEW ARTIST DEBUT for "Tiger In Your Tank" at the 2010 Blues Music Awards in Memphis, TN. MonkeyJunk is the second ever Canadian act in 30 years to win a Blues Music Award (second only to Jeff Healey who won an award last year). We were in the presence of greatness on this night. Buddy Guy, Bonnie Raitt, Pinetop Perkins and many other blues legends were present and we feel very lucky to be recognized in such highly esteemed company. Huge thanks to Jay Sieleman, Joe Whitmer all the staff and volunteers at the Blues Foundation for putting on a first class show. More huge thanks to all of our fans, friends and family that support us in this, our dream, to play our music. We share this award with Jason Jaknunas & Marty Sobb - the engineers that recorded the record and Scotty Doubt who did the layout and design for "Tiger".
Thanks again . . .
Matt, Tony and Steve

And Canada’s Stony Plain Records was represented among the winners of the 2010 Blues Music Awards. The winners for Album of the Year: “Between a Rock and the Blues”, Joe Louis Walker and Traditional Blues Male Artist of the Year: Duke Robillard, both record on the Stony Plain label.





Congratulations to our Canadian winners in the 2009 International Songwriting Competition:

Blues: First Place - Suzie Vinnick & Dan Kershaw (Toronto) – ‘Sometimes I Think I Can Fly’

Instrumental: First Place - Chris McKhool & Kevin Laliberte (Sultans Of String, Toronto) – ‘Yall Yalla!’

Gospel: Third Place - Dan Bremnes (Salmon Arm, BC) – ‘You Are’

Blues: Honourable Mentions -
‘Crack In The Pavement’ - Dale Boyle (Montreal)
‘Trouble’ - Alannah Myles, Gary Nicholson, Marshall Chapman (Toronto)

For a complete list of winners in all categories





Papa Shango

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Friday, May 14 @ 9 pm

Papa Shango is an Ottawa-based blues band that came together early 2008. What started out as a few old friends jamming out some tunes has evolved into an 8-piece full-sounding blues/funk/jam band with a wide range of influences. Over half of the members in the band have know each other since childhood and their days at Bell High, while the other half have come together through more recent friendships and affiliations at work.

Come check out local blues band Papa Shango tear up the stage from 9-11 pm at the Rainbow Bistro in the Byward Market. They will be covering some classic blues favourites and performing a few of their soulful originals. Influenced by the likes of Muddy Waters, Freddie King, and The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Papa Shango is sure to please, so come down to the Rainbow Bistro and get ready to melt the dance floor!




Shameless Blues

Tucson’s, 2440 Bank Street

Friday, May 14 @ 9:15 pm

The Indelible - Shameless Blues plays one of the premiere blues clubs in Ottawa – Tucson's, Bank St at Hunt Club. But you already know we have more than just the blues... we got the ‘Blues with Groove’ and some classic rock, ‘50s, the best in R&B. Beside our incredible regular players Larry Church on Guitar, Grant Tomkinson on Bass, Tom Martel on Drums and Blair ‘Gardog’ Gardiner on lead vocals and blues harp, we'll have Peter Brown with us on keys to go for that big sound for this special occasion.
This is one you won't want to miss.



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!!!





This month, Kelp Records and Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company celebrate 16 years of independent music with two days of concerts at the Mayfair Theatre, 1074 Bank Street.

Thursday, May 13; doors @ 7 pm, music @ 8 pm
Performances by Jim Bryson and Chris Page
$20 advance tickets available at Compact Music

Friday, May 14; doors @ 9 pm, music @ 9:30 pm
Performances by Bill Fox, Andrew Vincent and Leif Vollebekk
$12 advance tickets available at Compact Music

Stream/download Kelp's 16th anniversary sampler here: http://bit.ly/kelp16
These events are licensed for alcohol!

We’re serving Beau’s Lugtread Lager; all drink proceeds benefit Company of Fools.




Blues on the Rideau presents


The Cove, Westport ON

Friday, May 14

Blackburn is three brothers – Duane on B3, piano & vocals, Brooke on guitar & vocals and Cory on drums – with Mark Ayee on bass & vocals. They’ve been referred to as ‘Toronto’s first family of funk and soul’, not surprising given that their father is keyboard-player Bobby Dean Blackburn, well-known in Toronto’s blues/R&B scene in the ‘60s. Talented as the entire band is on their respective instruments (and they’re very good), their voices are even better. This band won Best New Artist at this year’s Maple Blues Awards and performed at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, where they caught the ear of Rolling Stone’s editor David Fricke, who gave them an enthusiastic recommendation.


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

Proceeds to David McCarthy Scholarship Fund

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



The Granary Grand Opening

Terry Gillespie – TRIO

The Granary Grand Opening, County Road 10, Vankleek Hill ON

Saturday, May 15

Terry Gillespie, singer, songwriter and founder of Ottawa’s renowned Heaven’s Radio is best known for his love of rhythm, his musical intensity and his unique soulful voice. He is considered one of the forefathers of the cultural dissemination of American music into Canada. Though raised in England, he was born in Edmonton, but it was in Detroit, in the '60s, that he cut his musical teeth, playing with Blues legends Howlin' Wolf, Albert Collins, John Lee Hooker, and Buddy Guy. Today his voice is frequently compared to Van Morrison and Bob Dylan while his guitar is reminiscent of Mark Knopfler. Terry will be performing with 2 very accomplished musicians: Terry Owen of the Grammy-nominated Queen Bee and the Blue Hornet Band and Jeffery Grosvenor master African drummer!





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.





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:

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




Elyssa Mahoney & Lucas Haneman

The Chelsea Pub, 238 Old Chelsea Road, Chelsea QC

Thursday, May 20; 7-10 pm

Elyssa & Lucas are returning to the Chelsea Pub. They’ll perform some of their favourite jazz and blues selections and of course, their own originals. The Chelsea Pub is situated at the foot of the Gatineau Hills, 15 minutes from downtown Ottawa.



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



Big James & the Chicago Playboys

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Friday, May 28, 8-10:30 pm NOTE – EARLY SHOW!

Blues often suffers from too much of the same old sound. But Big James Montogomery is different from today's blues re-hash.

Big James got his first taste of the blues when as a young teenager he would stand outside a club on the southside of Chicago and listen to B.B. ‘Big Voice’ Odum sing with Billy Branch and the Sons of Blues. Eventually, he was allowed to sit in with the band and as the old saying goes, "The rest was history."

The Chicago-based singer, songwriter, producer and trombone player was heavily influenced by the late Little Milton Campbell. Big James' voice is as big as his girth. He combines blues, soul, R&B & funk in his horn-drenched music. Big James is a 3-time winner of the Living Blues Magazine's Critic's Choice Award for Most Outstanding Horn Player in the Blues Industry! He was recently nominated for a Blues Music Award formerly (W.C. Handy Award. Big James's music is delivered with a passion & conviction that cannot be faked! Check out the genius of Chicago's own Big James!





Dandelion Festival

Downtown Kemptville ON

May 28-30; free with a donation to the Foodbank

The Dandelion Festival includes local musicians, artisans, crafters, art displays and sales, sidewalk sales,

historical walks, displays of quilts and miniatures, street performers, dancers, entertainment for children, games, food vendors, and fun for all. Activities are planned over three days, May 28, 29 & 30, and take place in the Old Town Kempville. This is a green street festival so bring your sun screen, umbrella, and water bottle. Veg Stock, the musical and culinary launch of the Kemptville Farmers Market, takes place the same weekend in the Old Town.

Friday evening music is youth-oriented (could be loud).

Saturday afternoon, 1 pm and on – John Carroll and George Buys have consecutive slots on the main "vegstock" stage.

Later on Sat are local indie and rock acts culminating in a series of slots with Barn, Roxilla and Eddie and the Sting Rays celebrating 30 yrs of rockin' the valley and beyond.




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.

May 14 – BLACKBURN http://www.myspace.com/blackburnbrothers

4 brothers (actually 3 plus a best friend) from Toronto who blasted on to the scene last year with their fabulous first CD “Brotherhood” – a hot mix of blues, soul, funk and R&B – sort of New Orleans meets Toronto. Blackburn’s Blues DNA goes all the way back to their ancestors who brought the music with them to Canada on the Underground Railroad in the 1800s. 2010 Maple Blues Award winners for New Group Of The Year. Wowed them at the International Blues Competition in Memphis last January. Don’t miss this opportunity to see this great band when they are in this part of the world. They don’t make it up this way often.

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.

Proceeds to Osgoode Home Support Program

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




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, May 12 – Origin & Porter: A sampling of the recordings issued by these two innovative record companies, whose artists include Rashied Ali, Curt Berg, Henry Grimes, Dana Hall, Khan Jamal, Phil Kelly, John Moulder, Marcus Nordal, Nu Band, Old Dog, Odean Pope, Tom Tallitsch & Matt Vashlishan.

Next wee, May 19 – Satoko Fujii & Natsuki Tamura: Recent recordings by this highly-talented couple, pianist Satoko Fujii and trumpeter Natsuki Tamura.


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!




New Video Post: Shakura S'Aida makes a triumphant return to her hometown of Toronto to celebrate the release of “Brown Sugar” – she performs live from Revival


Lots of other great videos at the Roots Music site:




ALWAYS check local listings to confirm.

On BRAVO – http://www.bravo.ca

Tuesday, May 11 @ 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, May 11 @ 8 am – Talkin’ Blues

Hands Across the Table (2005): 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.

Thursday, May 13 @ 9 am – Long John Baldry: In the Shadow of the Blues (2006)
The life and legacy of guitarist and singer Long John Baldry is examined in this one-hour documentary. Baldry played a key role in the growth of the British rhythm and blues movement, and led bands in the mid-1960s that featured Rod Stewart and Elton John, both of whom are interviewed in the documentary. In the ‘80s, Baldry emigrated to Canada, living first in Toronto and then in Vancouver, where he died in 2005.

Tuesday, May 18 @ 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, May 18 @ 8 am – Talkin’ Blues

Dis, Dat or D'Udda (2005): 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, May 25 @ 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, May 25 @ 8 am – Talkin’ Blues

Tribute (2005): 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, May 25 @ 9:30 pm – Garrett Mason, Born to the Blues (2008)
Documentary featuring the JUNO award-winning son of Dutchy Mason, the Prime Minister of the Blues, as he forges his own style of music and develops a dedicated fan base throughout Canada.




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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