16 June 2010

Ottawa Blues This Week - 16 June 2010




DAWG-FM, CIDG, 101.9 is ON THE AIR! For real!

New website up and running at http://www.dawgfm.com/

Live streaming!




Blues Down on the Farm presents

Roxanne Potvin Blues Band

Stanley’s Olde Maple Lane Farm, 2452 York’s Corners Road, Edwards ON

Thursday, June 17; 6:30 - 10:30 pm; Tickets $55 (plus tax) for the dinner & show

Proceeds to the Osgoode Home Support Program www.osgoodehomesupport.ca

Fresh off a successful European tour. Roxanne can play it all, but will be focused strictly on the Blues (her first love) for this Show. A multiple year Maple Blues Award nominee for Female Vocalist of the Year and member of the prestigious Women’s Blues Revue in Toronto for several years, Roxanne plays her Telecaster just as well as she sings. Her very talented band includes 2008 Juno Award winner (for Best Traditional Jazz album) Brandi Disterheft on stand-up bass, James Robertson on guitar and Sly Juhas on drums.

Advance reservations are required. Call (613) 821-2751 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              (613) 821-2751      end_of_the_skype_highlighting
More information at www.choosetheblues.ca


Blues on the Rideau presents

Danny Marks & the Blues All Stars

The Cove Inn, Westport ON

Saturday, June 19 @ 7 pm; $44 for dinner & show (taxes & donation to charity included)

Proceeds to the David McCarthy Scholarship Fund

The final show in this Blues on the Rideau ‘set’ features Danny Marks and the Blues All Stars. Danny is the current holder of the Toronto Blues Society's Blues with a Feeling Award for lifetime achievement in music and broadcast. This iconic rocker's roots go back to the sixties as a founding member of Capitol Records' group, Edward Bear. After a span as a journey man session musician throughout the seventies, Danny settled in to the club scene, establishing a cult following as a genre bender in music and humor. A house band gig at Toronto's famed Albert's Hall led him to host his own nation-wide TV show, Stormy Monday. Through the eighties, Danny starred in CBC radio's hit series the Hum Line. Most recently, Danny Marks recorded two original music albums, “Guitarchaeology” and “True”, before paying tribute to Toronto's R&B roots with “Big Town Boy” in 2005. Danny is in his 5th year as the radio host of JAZZ.FM91's Saturday night blues show, bluz.fm.


Advance reservations required. Call the Cove (613) 273-3636

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




Al Wood & the Woodsmen

Special guest 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.





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.






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.





Barrie Jazz & Blues Festival
Barrie ON

June 10-21

Featuring Ronnie Douglas Blues Band and more.

West Island Blues Festival

Dollard-des-Ormeau QC

June 18-19

With Paul Deslauriers, Standby Blues, Late Night Blues, MonkeyJunk, Steve Strongman and more.


Aboriginal Day Live

Victoria Island, Ottawa

June 20

Featuring Juno winners Digging Roots and more.





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:

June 17 – Steve Ridgely & Chris Dyke

June 24 – Sally Robinson

July 1 – Drew Nelson


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!


Southwest Sundays

Tumbleweed (classic country featuring Steve Marriner)

OR The Dusty Drifters

Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street

Sundays, 9:30 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




Sweet & the Back Beat

D’Arcy McGee’s, Bells Corners

Friday, June 25 @ 9 pm

Sweet & the Back Beat’s sound is built around the soulful lead vocals of Larry Sweet, whose natural feel for R&B stylists like Wilson Picket, Eddie Floyd, Sam and Dave, and Otis Redding provides audiences a fresh reminder of why this music is so important. Larry is backed by a group of local veteran musicians: Tullio Granata on guitar, Ken Reynolds on drums, Tommy Rowe on bass, and Peter Krogh on keyboards.

It’s Blues and R&B theme night at D’Arcy McGees … classics from the 50s to today.



Rocket Rached & the Fat City 8

Greenfield’s Pub, Barrhaven

Friday, June 25 @ 9:30 pm

Kick Ass Blues Party as Rocket Rached and the Fat City 8 debut at Greenfield’s Pub.

Come capture the high energy show. And bring your dancing shoes, we gonna have a party!!
For more info contact rocket@fatcity8.ca


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.



Terry Gillespie

Blues on Tues

The Granary, County Road 10, Vankleek Hill ON

Tuesday, June 29 @ 7 pm

With the Stephen Barry Rhythm Section



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.





Barrie Jazz & Blues Festival
Barrie ON

June 10-21

West Island Blues Festival

Dollard-des-Ormeau QC

June 18-19


Aboriginal Day Live

Victoria Island, Ottawa

June 20


TD Toronto Jazz Festival

Toronto ON

June 25 - July 4


Montreal Jazz Festival

Montreal QC

June 25 – July 6





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

$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.





Dinner & Show Fundraisers once a month featuring some of Canada’s best blues artists in the scenic setting of a beautiful country farm less than a 30 minute drive from downtown Ottawa – Stanley’s Olde Maple Lane Farm, 2452 York’s Corners Road, Edwards (near Metcalfe/Russell) www.stanleysfarm.com

All Shows are on Thursday evenings from 6:30 - 10:30 pm. During the summer these take place in the Southlawn Tent (hard roof, open sides, capacity 170 – the perfect size for enjoying 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
Fresh off a successful European tour. Roxanne can play it all, but will be focused strictly on the Blues (her first love) for this Show. A multiple year Maple Blues Award nominee for Female Vocalist of the Year and member of the prestigious Women’s Blues Revue in Toronto for several years, Roxanne plays her Telecaster just as well as she sings. Her very talented band includes 2008 Juno Award winner (for Best Traditional Jazz album) Brandi Disterheft on stand-up bass, James Robertson on guitar and Sly Juhas on drums.

Proceeds to the Osgoode Home Support Program www.osgoodehomesupport.ca

Tickets $55 pp (plus tax) for the dinner & show. Advance reservations are required. Call (613) 821-2751 Reserve now, these Shows will sell out.

Out-of-towners who want to make a mini-holiday out of this night the luxurious Chimo Hotel in Ottawa is offering a special overnight rate. http://www.chimohotel.com

Those staying at the Chimo Hotel or Ottawa residents who don’t want to drive can travel in style to and from the Farm with Greg Young Limousines www.gregyounglimousines.ca $40 pp, tax incl. 6 pm departure, 11 pm return to the Hotel http://www.gregyounglimousines.ca

Ask about both these options when booking tickets with The Farm.

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




Coors Light Blues Series

On Friday Night….The Blues is Alright!!

Riverside Grill & Gazebo, Holiday Inn, Peterborough Waterfront

Every Friday until Labour Day (weather permitting)

6-10 pm, cover charge $5

June 25 2010 Juno winner, Jack DeKeyzer

July 2 Erin McCallum

July 9 Johnny Max

July 16 Dylan Wickens

July 23 Jerome Godboo

July 30 Fathead

Aug 6 John Campbelljohn

Aug 13 SAB

Aug 20 Howard Ross & Full Count

Aug 27 Gary Kendall with Chuck Jackson

Sept 3 2010 Juno winner, Jack DeKeyzer





Kingston Blues Society Jam

Larock’s 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. 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





Over the next 13 weeks, Inside the Music will broadcast a highly regarded series on the Blues called The Blues: The Radio Series. It was first broadcast on Public Radio International and hosted by blues great Keb’ Mo’.

A fourteenth "Made-in-Canada" episode, hosted by Canada's Jackie Richardson explores the lively blues scene in this country.

Episode 1: "The Birth of the Blues"
The series opens with a celebration and definition of blues music. Interviewees include Carlos Santana, Mick Jagger, Chuck D, Martin Scorsese, B.B. King, Bonnie Raitt, and many more. Though the blues is an American music form, its origins are undoubtedly African. The Blues begins with a journey through the music's roots in West Africa, where slaves were loaded onto ships bound for America.

Inside The Music is heard Sundays at 3 pm ET, 3:30 pm in NL and on Radio One Sundays at 9 pm in Ontario, Quebec, Central, Mountain and Pacific; 10 pm in Maritimes; 10:30 pm in NL as well as Sirius Radio Saturdays at 4 am ET and Sundays at 6 am ET




DAWG-FM, CIDG, 101.9 is ON THE AIR! Blues 24/7

Live streaming on the website at http://www.dawgfm.com/


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

June 23 – Sonny Rollins & Don Cherry in Copenhagen: The 1963 Copenhagen concert by the Rollins/Cherry Quartet, with Henry Grimes and Billy Higgins.

June 30 – Ottawa Bluesfest: CKCU’s blues guru John Tackaberry will give us an introduction to the blues and gospel artists who will be appearing at this year’s Ottawa Bluesfest from July 6 to July 18.


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 … http://www.cbc.ca/radio2/cod/concerts/20091114downc

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, June 22 @ 7:30 – Rhythm, Roots and Soul

In Good We trust, Harry Manx & Kevin Breit (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 Harry Manx and Kevin Breit.

Tuesday, June 22 @ 8 am – Talkin’ Blues

Heritage Blues Festival (2005): This episode features an interview with Bruce Wheeler of West Virginia's Heritage Blues Festival, a conversation with Journey's Neal Schon and a performance by Montreal's Dawn Tyler Watson.

Tuesday, June 29 @ 7:30 – Rhythm, Roots and Soul

Keep on Believing/Lou Pride (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 Chicago R&B soul musician, Lou Pride.

Tuesday, June 29 @ 8 am – Talkin’ Blues

Blues Cruise (2005): This episode features an interview with Roger Naber, promoter of the Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise, as well as artists and fans who took part in the 2005 event; also, the music of David Maxwell and Zac Harmon.




Friday, June 25

King Rattler @ Tucson’s, 9:15 pm

Sweet & the Back Beat @ D’Arcy McGee’s, Bells Corners

Kiss Ass Blues Party with Rocket Rached & the Fat City 8 @ Greenfield’s, 9:30 pm

Saturday, June 26

Bluestone @ Irene’s, 9:30 pm

Quick Sand @ Tucson’s, 9:15 pm

Sunday, June 27

Double Double @ New Edinburgh Pub, 6-10 pm



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