24 May 2010

Ottawa Blues this Week - 24 May 2010




Drew Nelson

Gad's Hill Place, 118 St. Lawrence St., Merrickville ON

Thursday, May 27 @ 8:30 pm


Greenfield's Pub, 900 Greenbank Road

Friday, May 28 @ 9:30 pm

The Atomic Rooster, 303 Bank Street

Sunday, May 30, 6-9 pm


Three chances to catch Drew Nelson and his band this week in Ottawa and the Ottawa area.





Al Lerman and Lance Anderson

Oasis, 31 King Street East, Cobourgh ON

Wednesday, May 26 @ 7:30 pm

Fathead’s Al Lerman (vocals, guitar, harp & sax) performs in tandem with Lance Anderson (vocals & piano).



Terry Gillespie

KAFFE 1870, 715 Riverside Drive, Wakefield QC

Saturday, May 29 @ 9:30 pm

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. The highly regarded critic Tim Holek has called him Canada’s King of Roots Music. In the '60s, he cut his musical teeth playing with Blues legends Howlin Wolf, Albert Collins, John Lee Hooker, and Buddy Guy.





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





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 27 – Peter Brown

June 3 – Vince Halfhide

June 10 – Parker Estabrooks

June 17 – Steve Ridgely & Chris Dyke

June 24 – Sally Robinson


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




University Guitar Prep Course

Alcorn Music Studios, 903 Carling Avenue

6 weeks -Monday, June 7, 14, 21, 28 July 5, 12; time: 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Course Fee: $188 includes study guide (non-refundable)

Instructor: Tim Bedner

Guest instructors: Roddy Elias & Wayne Eagles

This course is designed for the guitarist who wishes to get a head start! Upgrade your music skills, sight reading and guitar technique in anticipation of applying for a University or College music program. This course is beneficial to students entering their 1st year of a college/university music program, current college/university guitar students looking to establish a practice routine, guitar teachers wanting to expand their teaching skills and is also applicable to serious guitarists interested in upgrading their skills. This course is relevant to all styles of music!

The focus of the course:
- Strengthen basic skills & fundamentals of guitar playing
- Study theory with application to harmony & improvisation
- Learn fret board organization through chords, arpeggios, scales & inversions.
- Improve your sight-reading & improvisation skills
- Gain confidence with your guitar playing
- Read charts & participate in weekly class performances
- Learn practice techniques & time management skills, to benefit your studies & music career

Visit www.alcornmusicstudios.com for more info

Call 613-729-0693 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              613-729-0693      end_of_the_skype_highlighting or email info@alcornmusicstudios.com




Singing the Blues for Ethel

3rd Annual Ethel Bruneau Tribute

Le National, 1220 Ste. Catherine E., Montreal QC

Sunday, June 6; 2 pm – 5 pm

The third annual “Singing the Blues for Ethel Show” is bigger and better! Due to the overwhelming success of the previous years, this year’s show is being held in a bigger venue, the prestigious “Le National” in the heart of the city. This will be a daytime show for all ages.

Ethel Mae Waterman Bruneau, Harlem-born professional dancer and instructor, graduated from the New York City High School of the Performing Arts. She arrived here in 1953 as part of the Cab Calloway Revue. That Montreal engagement was supposed to last three weeks, but Ethel never left. She went on to earn a Diploma in Early Childhood Studies from McGill University and became a nursery school teacher.

A Montreal legend, Ethel popularized Black Rhythm Tap, known as hoofin', in the city. She has preserved this hand-me-down dance form and is one of only two people now teaching it in Canada. She danced with Bill "Mr. Bojangles," the godfather of tap, and was among the first Black children to perform at Carnegie Hall and on the Ed Sullivan Show.

Ethel was at one time the MC at Rock-head's Paradise and also traveled with Pearl Bailey's Big Review in 1959-60. She has taught children at elementary schools in Beaconsfield and Baie D'Urfé and adults at the West Island Dance Centre, St. John the Baptist Church in Pointe Claire and the École de Ballet Nouveau Siècle. Her students range in age from 2 to 72. "You're never too young and never too old."

An example of staunch determination, Ethel mortgaged her home to fund classes for her students. "A student's lack of money has never deterred me from teaching those interested in learning to dance." In return, she asks only for their desire to dance, their undivided attention and their dancing feet. Since 1995, Mrs. Bruneau has conducted workshops that have brought Montreal such tap dance masters as Diane Walker and Van the Man Porter, who have lent their talent and expertise to children who would not otherwise have such opportunities. This was no easy feat, for Ethel has often used money from her own pocket to help fund these ventures. The most recent example was The Montreal Tap Dance Society, through which she handed out 40 student scholarships. This is not unusual, she feels. "You have to give in order to receive. It is not always about the money."

Over the many years, Ethel has received numerous awards and acknowledgements, including the Rosetti Lifetime Achievement Award and the Martin Luther King Award in Dance Sounds of Blackness. She has been featured in local newspapers and has made numerous radio and television appearances.

From the beginning this has been about helping Ethel raise money to continue exposing underprivileged children to music and dance. This year you will actually be able to watch the children that Ethel helps, as well as bringing your own children to meet the tap dancing legend.

Another great addition to the show this year is a blues band from the Fine Arts Core Education (F.A.C.E) School. Apart from the highly acclaimed FACE Blues Band this year’s lineup will include the jazzy, bluesy, sexy sounds of Carolyn-Fe and her band, the hard rocking blues of “Ain’t Done Yet”, dance numbers by the students of the “Ethel Bruneau School of Dance” and of course the lady herself, Ethel Bruneau, backed by “The Miss Swing Band”

Despite suffering a heart attack that lead to double bypass surgery, Ethel says she would perform at this year’s show “even if they have to wheel me up there in a wheelchair!”

Tickets/Reservations/Information: Ken Gaucher ken.gaucher@gmail.com




Rita Chiarelli

The Waterfront Bistro, 590 Liverpool Road, Pickering ON

Thursday, June 3 @ 8 pm; tickets $25

Music By The Bay Live Presents the Small Club ~ Big Show Concert Series.... bringing world class blues to Pickering.

On June 3rd, you’ll hear why Rita Chiarelli has been called "The Canadian Goddess of the Blues". With her powerful three octave voice and phenomenal guitar playing, it will be a spine-tingling experience when she delivers a night of straight ahead and raw blues.

This multi award winner and 5-time Juno nominee has played the top blues rooms, music festivals and concert halls around the world and it will be rare indeed for a Pickering audience to be treated to this level of soul.



Terry Gillespie

Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street

Friday, June 4 @ 9:30 pm

Terry Gillespie will be joined by guests The Mighty Popo on guitar and a very special guest, a man Terry hasn’t played with for 20 years, up from New Orleans – on bass, Vitus Paukstaitis!



Elyssa Mahoney & Lucas Haneman

Lombardy Fairgrounds, Lombardy ON

Friday & Saturday, June 11-12

The band entertains for the 4th year in a row at the Cancer Relay For Life. Time to be announced but you’ll find Elyssa, Lucas and the rest of their team, Darcy’s Dazzling Dozen, doing the relay through the night in memory of those who have succumbed to cancer, and in support of those who are fighting it.



Lucky Peterson

Northside Grill, Cobourg ON

Saturday, June 10

Wilno Tavern, Wilno ON

Sunday, June 11

Tweedsmuir Tavern, Tweed ON

Tuesday, June 13

One of the best contemporary Blues players and, at 46, already a veteran, recording at the age of 5 and appearing on the tonight show and touring the world several times over. Equally talented on guitar and keyboard. A rare performance by one of the most talented Blues Artists on the planet!

Appearing as part of Zapp Productions’ Texas Blues Series.

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


Elyssa Mahoney & Lucas Haneman

Brasseurs du Temps Inc., 170 rue Montcalm, Gatineau (Québec)

Tuesday, June 15; 8:30-11:30 pm

Join Elyssa and Lucas with Alex Mastronardi on bass and Tristan Boucher on drums at this unique venue.




Al Wood & the Woodsmen

Opening act Big Wheel & the Spokes

Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street

Friday, June 18 @ 9:30 pm

Al Wood is a multi-talented performer and songwriter with a deep reverence for the blues and traditionally-based roots music. Born in Sault Ste. Marie ON, Al’s father first taught him how to pick out old country tunes on the harmonica. Now a virtuoso harmonica player, talented guitar stylist, and golden-throated singer, Al lives in Ottawa and Highway 17 is more than a song; it’s a road well-traveled.

Al Wood’s heart-on-the-sleeve vocals, harmonica-playing and guitar work create a powerful potion on stage and in the studio. Backed by the talented Woodsmen, the new and original “Mood Swingin’ Blues” is an emotional Ferris wheel ride where everything goes, everything grooves and even the “hurtin’ songs” make you feel good. Thirteen full-band songs, all penned by Al Wood, span the highest and the lowest ranges of human emotion, weaving together diverse forms of blues and related styles with a unique originality that defies cliché and elevates the soul the way only music can. Also lyrically rich and full of imagery, Wood’s songs take us down shiny neon-lit streets, into a hot crowded jazz club, or on an enchanted jaunt through a fairytale countryside.




Tucson’s, 2440 Bank Street

Saturday, June 19 @ 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”.

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.



Tell Mama

Kiwi Gardens – Art in the Garden Festival, Perth ON

Saturday & Sunday, June 19-20

Art in the Garden marks its fourteenth anniversary in 2010! Set to be a celebration, the show and sale showcases creative work in diverse mediums to compliment and accent the garden. With over 30 artists set up throughout the gardens, Art in the Garden is a big show, typically attended by over 3000. The live jazz and blues infused folk-funk of Tell Mama will accompany your stroll through the gardens and woods.


Tell Mama plays jazz & blues infused folk-funk weaving insightful lyrics with sincere vocals and killer guitar riffs. Take a handful of Kathleen Edwards, add a smidgeon of Norah Jones and stir in some Peggy Lee and Jann Arden and you are starting to get an idea of the Tell Mama style. With recognition from the International Songwriting Competition and the Portland Songwriter’s Association Annual Song Contest, Tell Mama is establishing themselves as songwriters with merit.



Jim Suhler & Monkeybeat

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Saturday, June 26 @ 10 pm

Other area shows: Sunday, June 27 @ Bent Anchor, Combermere ON

Monday, June 28 @ Northside Grill, Cobourg ON

Jim Suhler and Monkey Beat have been on the music scene since 1993, and have built a fan base worldwide. They are well known for their no-holds-barred approach to blues-inspired rock ‘n’ roll and roots music. They have shown an amazing depth of songwriting and playing, and their constant touring in both the USA and Europe has garnered many admirers.

Along with Suhler on guitar and lead vocals, the band includes bassist Carlton Powell, keyboardist Shawn Phares and drummer Jimmy Morgan. Together, they've been terrorizing clubs, theaters and festivals alike with their flamethrower brand of blues/rock with a major side order of the Texas border mythology added to keep it spicy.

The band released its latest CD, “Tijuana Bible” last year, which features 16 songs – twelve Suhler originals and notable covers of Elvin Bishop's ‘Drunken Hearted Boy’ and Rory Gallagher's ‘I Could've Had Religion’. Produced by Jim Suhler & Tom Hambridge, guest artists include vocalist Jimmy Hall (Wet Willie, Jeff Beck), Elvin Bishop and Joe Bonamassa.



Hard Pushin’ Papa

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Tuesday, June 29 @ 9:45 pm

Imagine Blind Lemon Jefferson met up with John Philip Sousa on his way to the Blue Note. Save yourself the trip to New Orleans, come out and enjoy the most unique musical experience Eastern Ontario has to offer. Down home toe tapping acoustic roots and blues music performed on tuba, mandolin, slide guitar and drums.

Hard Pushin’ Papa is Pat Johnson on vocals, guitar and mandolin, Matthew Wilson on tuba and Glen Crotty on drums. Good old down-home funky acoustic blues.



Coco Montoya

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Wednesday, June 30 @ 9:45 pm

Over the course of his 30-year career, guitarist and vocalist Coco Montoya's explosive guitar playing and soul-driven voice have propelled him to the upper reaches of the blues-rock world. From his early days as a drummer to his current status as one of the top-drawing guitarists and vocalists on the blues-rock scene, Montoya has forged his reputation through years of hard work and constant touring. And it all started with a chance meeting in the mid-1970s with legendary bluesman Albert Collins, who offered Montoya a gig as his drummer. Albert took an immediate liking to Montoya, becoming his mentor and teaching his new protégé secrets of the Collins "icy hot" style of blues guitar. Five years later, John Mayall happened to catch Montoya at a jam session and was blown away. This led to Montoya's touring the world for ten years with the legendary Bluesbreakers. Since stepping out as a bandleader in 1993, Montoya has released four solo albums and has performed non-stop at clubs, concert halls and major festivals all over the world. At every show, fans' jaws dropped, and critics raved about Montoya's mind-bending guitar licks and impassioned vocals.

No stranger to Ottawa blues fans, Coco tours and plays over 200 shows a year. He’ll be at the Rainbow in support of his latest release, “I Want It All Back” on Ruf Records.





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 Saturday 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.

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

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




KBS 4th Anniversary Show featuring

Lil’ Ed and the Blues Imperials

Opening KBS Jam Revue Band

Portuguese Cultural Centre, 959 Division Street, Kingston ON

Friday, June 4; doors @ 7 pm; show @ 8 pm

Advance tickets: KBS members $20; non members $25

Lil’ Ed Williams is a true giant of the blues, and among the very last authentic West Side Chicago bluesmen. From smoking slide guitar boogies to raw-boned Chicago shuffles to the deepest slow blues, Lil’ Ed Williams is a master bluesman. A gifted guitarist and a remarkably gritty and soulful vocalist, Williams, along with his blistering, road-tested band, The Blues Imperials, have been tearing up clubs and festival stages all over the world for almost 25 years. Lil Ed and the Blues Imperials have headlined at every major blues festival including the Chicago Blues Festival. The members of this band have played together for over 20 years without any changes to the band members – they are an exceptional and amazingly tight band.



Kingston Blues Society 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 26 – Mamie Smith: This star of the stage, the recording studio and the silver screen was born 127 years ago today. She made history as the first Afro-American woman to record the blues. We will trace her recording and film career from 1920 to 1940.


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!




Lots of blues available in the concerts on demand section of the CBC

Website … filter by blues & you’ll get 71 hits!


Monday, May 24
concert 2: Big Dave McLean with Ken Hamm
recorded at Times Change(d) High and Lonesome Club in Winnipeg
Winnipeg's Big Dave McLean has reached hero status in his hometown, and across Canada, for his soulful playing and the way his deep gravelly voice gets to the heart of the blues. Almost every Sunday of the year, for over two decades, Big Dave has taken the stage at a tiny club in downtown Winnipeg, the Times Change(d) High and Lonesome Club. That's where CBC recorded Big Dave, along with blues man Ken Hamm. They both move easily between acoustic and slide guitars, and Big Dave shows off his slick harmonica playing too.

Tuesday, May 25
concert 1: Madagascar Slim
recorded at the Silver Dollar in Toronto
Although he came to Canada to study accounting, Madagascar Slim has instead found a life here using a different set of numbers - the musical kind. This world and blues guitarist has performed with such bands as Tri-Continental and African Guitar Summit. He is also a three-time Juno Award winner. Canada Live caught up with Madagascar Slim in December, when he was performing with his own band at the Silver Dollar.

Wednesday, May 26 - anniversary of the birth of Miles Davis
concert 1: Jimmy Cobb's So What Band performs "Kind of Blue", recorded at the Centre for the Performing Arts in Vancouver, as part of the 2009 Vancouver International Jazz Festival
1959 may have been the best year ever for jazz on account of 3 seminal recordings released that year: Ornette Coleman's "The Shape of Jazz to Come", John Coltrane's "Giant Steps" and "Kind of Blue" by Miles Davis. It's the last one that has had the greatest impact outside of jazz and continues its reputation as the best selling jazz recording in history. Rolling Stone ranked it as No.12 on their list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, right after Elvis Presley's Sun Sessions. As a celebration of the Aug 17, 1959 Columbia records release, original drummer and last surviving member Jimmy Cobb leads a group called the So What Band through a recreation of the 5 tracks of Kind of Blue. With Cobb at the drum kit and Miles Davis protege Wallace Roney on trumpet, the band is fleshed out with Javon Jackson on tenor sax, Vincent Herring on alto sax, Larry Willis on piano and John Webber on bass.

Thursday, May 27

CBC Radio 1 broadcast, Fridays at 2:05 PM
Friday, May 28 on CBC Radio 1
Friday, May 28, 2010 on the Canada Live podcast

concert 1: Canada Raves on the Blues, recorded at Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto
In Canada, when you say "the blues," Colin Linden is generally one of the first people to come to mind. So, when CBC Radio 2 decided to celebrate the history of the blues, Colin got the call. Join him, as well as Roxanne Potvin, Sue Foley, Jimmy Bowskill, Garrett Mason, Curly Bridges and some of the best blues performers in Canada as they celebrate the blues.

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 –concerts are archived for On-demand streaming on the Concerts on Demand part of the website for 1 year at http://www.cbc.ca/radio2/cod/




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 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.




Friday, June 4

Terry Gillespie @ Irene’s, 9:45 pm

Bluestone @ Tucson’s, 9:15 pm

Saturday, June 5

Barrelhouse @ the Rainbow, 10 pm

Saturday, June 12

The Priorities @ Tucson’s, 9:15 pm

Friday, June 18

The Jesse Greene Band @ the Rainbow, 10 pm

Friday, June 25

King Rattler @ Tucson’s, 9:15 pm

Saturday, June 26

Bluestone @ Irene’s, 9:30 pm

Quick Sand @ Tucson’s, 9:15 pm


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