28 June 2010

Ottawa Blues This Week - 28 June 2010




Oscar Peterson Statue

Public Unveiling Ceremony at the corner of Elgin Street and Albert Street
Wednesday, June 30 @ 1 pm

Canada’s National Arts Centre is thrilled to welcome Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh to the public unveiling ceremony of the Oscar Peterson sculpture.

The National Arts centre in collaboration with The Oscar Peterson Sculpture National Committee has commissioned a life-sized bronze statue of the jazz pianist created by renowned artist Ruth Abernethy.

Gregory Charles will host, the Montreal Jubilation Gospel Choir will sing, and Oliver Jones will play Oscar Peterson’s ‘Hymn to Freedom’.

For more information about this unique event, click here.



Canada Day

Parliament Hill, Ottawa ON
July 1

Featuring the Montreal Jubilation Choir and a wide variety Canadian acts, representing most musical genres (with the notable, to this writer, exception of blues!)



Canada Day Party

With Mumbo Jumbo Voodoo Combo

Danby’s Patio, 2858 Munster Road, Munster ON

Thursday, July 1; 3-6:30 pm, no cover



Canada Day Evening

With Mumbo Jumbo Voodoo Combo

Gad’s Hill Place, 118 St. Lawrence Street, Merrickville ON

Thursday, July 1 @ 8:30 pm, no cover



Canada Day in Kanata

With Elyssa Mahoney & Lucas Haneman

Walter Baker Park, 100 Walter Baker Place, Kanata

Thursday, July 1; 8-10 pm



Canada Day @ Irene’s

Thursday, July 1st promises to be an interesting installment of Irene's blues night.

Drew Nelson (guest host) Kurt Walther on bass and Corky Kealy on drums.

There will be fireworks.





Rock ‘n’ Roll Riot

Irene’s, 885 Bank Street

Friday, July 2

Manny Makris and JW-Jones grew up two blocks away from each other and have shared the stage in many different lineups. In fact, Manny taught JW his first few chords and introduced him to a new world of artists.

Their last venture (in 2006) involved Jones playing Baritone guitar in Manny's band while filling in for a bass player on various shows... and a new sound that had never been heard in these parts was born.

Rock 'N' Roll Riot will knock your socks off and make you shake your money maker all night and day!
Satisfaction guaranteed.

Rock ‘n’ Roll, Bluesabilly, Old School R&B/Jump with Manny Makris (guitar/baritone/vocals), JW-Jones (guitar/baritone/vocals) & Jeff Asselin (drums)Manny Makris and JW-Jones grew up two blocks away from each other and have shared the stage in many different lineups.

In fact, Manny taught JW his first few chords and introduced him to a new world of artists.

Their last venture (in 2006) involved Jones playing Baritone guitar in Manny's band while filling in for a bass player on various shows... and a new sound that had never been heard in these parts was born.

ROCK 'N' ROLL RIOT will knock your socks off and make you shake your money... (read more)


Mixed Nuts

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Friday, July 2 @ 10 pm

Under the direction of Bernard Cloutier, Mixed Nuts has been existing for a little more than a year. Composed of eight musicians and three singers/vocalists who possess a vast experience in all types of music, the group's main objective is simply to have fun playing music.

Just as the group's name indicates, Mixed Nuts offers an eclectic array of music in order to respond to various types of events. The group members enjoy playing blues, rock, soul-funk, swing and latin to energize their audiences and bring them to the dance floor.



Doc and Woody Blues Boat for CHEO

with JW-Jones

Monday, July 5; tickets $50

All proceeds to the Doc and Woody Project for CHEO.





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.



Ross Neilson CD Release

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Saturday, July 3 @ 10 pm

To say that Ross Neilsen is a dedicated, chronic over achiever would be an understatement. Recently, he has been honoured with a nomination for Best New Artist at The Maple Blues Awards, two Rising Star nominations from CBC and back-to-back Blues Album of the Year nominations from the East Coast Music Association.

A true road warrior in every sense, Ross Neilsen has spent much of the last two years living out of his van. Two albums in six months, over 200 four-hour shows a year, and a logbook of over 80,000 km covering three national tours.

Ross Neilsen’s latest recording, Redemption, was recorded at the famed Zebra Ranch Studio in Mississippi and it’s the first recording that bears the name of Neilsen’s long-time backing band, The Sufferin’ Bastards, with Shawn Worden on bass and Karl Gans on drums.

Whether telling tall tales or capturing the spirit of the blues through his own originals and unique covers in his intimate solo shows or combining clever lyrics with old school, in-your-face guitar playing with his band, Ross Neilsen will take you on an emotional journey through the joys and pains of life, death, triumph and defeat. Neilsen will touch your heart, soul, body and mind, sending you home to sing yourself to sleep. And in the morning? You will want more, much more.





Terry Gillespie

Blues on Tues

The Granary, County Road 10, Vankleek Hill ON

Tuesday, June 29 @ 7 pm

With the Stephen Barry Rhythm Section





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:

July 1 – Drew Nelson

July 8 – Jason Fry

July 15 – Rod Williams & Murray Kinsley

July 22 – Max Ferderber

July 29 – Chuck Karn


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




This year, as the Rainbow Bistro celebrates its 25th anniversary as the cornerstone of Blues in Ottawa, we decided that it would be appropriate to use our name and reputation to showcase the great local talent we have right here in our own backyard to all the tourists who flock to Ottawa to partake in the Ottawa Cisco Bluesfest and the afterhours party at the Rainbow Bistro.

This year’s Rainbow Stage Bluesfest Line-up for 2010:

Opening and closing the ceremonies this year- Tuesday July 6th and Sunday July 18th- The Jesse Greene Band http://thejessegreeneband.com/ Jesse has been part of the Rainbow family since she was in her early teens. We are thrilled at her recent success:

The Jesse Greene band, winners of The Ottawa Blues Society's On The Road To Memphis 2009 and were band finalists in The 26th International Blues Competition. In January 2010 the band went to Memphis TN representing Ottawa in the band category for The 26th International Blues Competition. Out of 111 bands competing, The Jesse Greene Band won the Hard Rock Café venue and was the only Canadian band which made it to the finals at the legendary Orpheum Theatre!

Wednesday July 7 - James O-L and the Villains http://www.myspace.com/jamesol

Thursday July 8 - Reggae with Roots Movement

Friday July 9 - J-W Jones http://www.jw-jones.com/

Saturday July 10 - MonkeyJunk http://www.monkeyjunkband.com/

Sunday July 11 - Mean Dog Howl http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mean-Dog-Howl/338843827389?filter=2 and Al G Wood and the Woodsmen http://www.myspace.com/alwoodmusic

Monday July 12 - Ali Sunshine, Alyssa Graham (New York) http://www.alyssagraham.com,

Tim Bastmeyer http://timbastmeyer.com/fr_home.cfm

Tuesday July 13 - The Dusty Drifters http://www.myspace.com/thedustydrifters

Wednesday July 14 - Lindsay Ferguson http://www.myspace.com/lindsaylive

Thursday July 15 - Reggae with Roots Movement

Friday July 16 - Bluesville Express http://www.bluesvilleexpress.com/ (Montreal)

Saturday July 17 - Monkey Junk with Special Guest Jumpin’ Johnny Sansone http://www.johnnysansone.com/ from New Orleans

Sunday July 18 - The Jesse Greene Band




Maria Hawkins

Mercury Lounge, 56 Byward Market Square

Friday, July 9

Maria Hawkins and Greg Szepietowski debut their new band.


BluesVille Express

Rainbow, 76 Murray

Friday, July 16 @ 10 pm

Founded in late 2001, BluesVille Express™ thrills audiences out of their seats, one big roomful at a time. Serving The Blues straight up, the band delivers a red-hot mix of music from Chicago, Texas, Montreal and the Mississippi Delta. With a repertoire that goes from Muddy Waters all the way to Louie Jordan, BluesVille Express™ flavors it up with Swing, Funk, Jazz, Jump, and a twist of Rock ‘n’ Roll. A killer rhythm section, five amazing soloists and six singers fuel the dynamic show with pure passion and the power to please.

"That's The Stuff", the LIVE CD from BluesVille Express™ delivers memorable high-energy performances! Recorded live in Montreal showcasing the tight-as-a-drum arrangements, spontaneous solos, riveting rhythms, soaring saxes, kinetic keyboards, high-flying harp, gritty guitar and raw thrills!
Featuring Miller-penned originals including audience favourites, ‘My Take Home Pay Won't Take Me Home’ and ‘That's The Stuff’, and the band's own take on great classics by Louie Jordan, BB King, Little Charlie & The Nightcats, James Cotton, Roomful of Blues & more.




With special guest Jumpin’ Johnny Sansone

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Saturday, July 17 @ 10 pm


Mumbo Jumbo Voodoo Combo

Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street

Friday, July 23 @ 9:30 pm

Mumbo celebrates its 19th Birthday & CD release Party for our Box Set “Voodoo-ezyed’’, containing all our 4 CDs.



Hugh Pool

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Thursday, July 29 @ 9:45 pm

Hugh Pool is a free spirit whose life is dictated by his passion for real music. He has never signed a record contract and has never entered into any management deals, but he’s survived 20 years in the New York music scene, playing what he calls “jacked-up Delta blues and Rust Belt roots rock.” Hugh Pool keeps it real. His music reaches deep within, pushing the envelope and shortening the distance between Blind Lemon Jefferson and Z Z Top to a whippoorwill’s whisker, and he makes it his own. He cuts through today’s noise that passes for rock with a dexterity, dimension and depth that puts him in the same game as little appreciated legends like Roy Buchanan or Joe Ely. He’s not so much a blues rocker as he is a blues man who rocks. He brings the largeness of rock to the emotions of blues, but he’s not larger than life. He’s life lived large.
(from bio by Don Wilcock)





Cisco Systems Ottawa Bluesfest

Ottawa ON

July 7-18


Porquis Blues Festival

Porquis Junction ON

July 9-11


Thunder Bay Blues Festival

Marina Park, Thunder Bay ON

July 9-11


Festival International du Blues de Tremblant

Mont Tremblant QC

July 9-18


Canal Railway & Chocolate Festival

Smiths Falls ON

July 16-18


Frankford Island Blues Festival
Quinte West ON

July 16-18

Bluesfest International

Windsor ON

July 16-18


Home County Folk Festival

Victoria Park, London ON

July 16-18


Bluesfest International

London ON

July 16-18


Beaches Jazz Festival

The Beaches, Toronto ON

July 16-25


Beauport en Blues

Beauport QC

July 22-24


Sky High Blues Festival
Rock Creek BC

July 31-August 1




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

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 De Keyzer





Kingston Blues Society presents

Bryan Lee

Confederation Place Hotel, 237 Ontario Street, Kingston ON

Saturday, July 31; doors 7 pm, show 8 pm; Tickets advance KBS members $20; non members $25

Bryan Lee plays with so much emotion that the listener can't help but be pulled into the music. If you love the blues - this New Orleans sensation will blow you away. From his incredible riffs to his gut wrenching vocals Bryan Lee truly is.... the blues!



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.

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 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.

July 7 – Listen Before You Buy: Ron reviews recent jazz and blues releases, including Beegie Adair, Dither, Tom Graf, Rocky Jackson, Mendelson Joe, Roberto Magris, One For All, Karin Plato, David Liebman, Odean Pope, Project Trio, Taeko and Tomas Ulrich.


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 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.




Tuesday, July 6

Jesse Greene Band @ the Rainbow, 10 pm

Friday, July 9

JW-Jones @ the Rainbow, 10 pm

Maria Hawkins @ the Mercury Lounge

Saturday, July 10

MonkeyJunk @ the Rainbow, 10 pm

JW-Jones @ the Chelsea Pub, Chelsea QC

Sunday, July 11

Mean Dog Howl and Al Wood & the Woodsmen @ the Rainbow, 10 pm

Friday, July 16

Barrelhouse @ Tucson’s, 9:30 pm

Sunday, July 18

Jesse Greene Band @ the Rainbow, 10 pm

Friday, July 23

Mumbo Jumbo Voodoo Combo @ Irene’s

Terry Gillespie @ Tucson’s, 9:30 pm

Saturday, July 31

Three Times Lucky @ Tucson’s, 9:30 pm



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