19 July 2010

Ottawa Blues This Week - 19 July 2010




Ottawa Blues This Week encourages your support for this benefit, either by attending and contributing or by dropping some $$ in the tip jar when you're in the area.

Thank you.

Benefit for Kim

Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street

Tuesday, July 20 @ 8:30 pm

A Benefit show will be held Tuesday, July 20, at Irene's Pub (885 Bank Street) for the one and only Kim (bartending manager) who was badly mauled recently while trying to stop a fight (although there have been very few incidences of fighting in the 25-year history of Irene’s).

Kim is recovering but will be off work for a lengthy period.

Kim has been a longtime friend to the Ottawa music scene.

Lots of great music and the musicians participating guarantee a “production second to none”.

There is also a ‘tip jar’ at Irene’s with Kim’s name on it.

For more info, contact Drew Nelson or Irene’s Pub.





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.



Terry Gillespie

Tucson’s, 2440 Bank Street

Friday, July 23

Some things you might not know about Terry Gillespie:

  • Terry has been playing the blues in Ottawa since the late 60s.
  • He was the house band at Le Hibou.
  • He started the original Blues on Tues (1st blues jam in Ottawa, 2nd in Canada).
  • He had harp lessons and was a friend of Howlin’ Wolf.
  • John Lee Hooker wanted him to tour.
  • His ‘Brother of the Blues’ was on Holger Petersen's Best Picks for 5 months.
  • He has a new CD coming out in September, to be launched at the Black Sheep in Wakefield and Hugh's Room in Toronto.





Elyssa Mahoney & Lucas Haneman

Brasseurs du Temps Inc., 170, rue Montcalm, Gatineau QC

Monday, July 26, 8:30-11 pm; $10

Join Elyssa and Lucas at this unique micro brewery.






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 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




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)



Miss Robin Bank$

With Special Guest JW-Jones

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Friday, August 6

Following her re-location to Dallas Texas in 1999, vocalist/songwriter Robin spent seven years there, then moved to Jamaica. Now back in Canada, Robin is currently touring (mostly internationally) to promote her latest CD “Livin’ Life”. The CD features Texas-based Christian Dozzler on keys. She’ll be backed in Ottawa by JW-Jones and she guarantees it will be a “spectacular Robin Bank$ show”. Don’t miss this opportunity to see her!



Jesse Greene Band

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Saturday, August 14

Jesse has been part of the Rainbow family since she was in her early teens. The Rainbow is thrilled at her recent success – winning The Ottawa Blues Society's On The Road To Memphis 2009 and reaching the finals of The 26th International Blues Competition in January 2010 in Memphis TN. 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!

Catch this rising star at the Rainbow!



King Rattler

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Saturday, September 4

Swing-a-Billy Mayhem from the Nation's Capital
The members of King Rattler came together in the Summer of 2008 with the sole purpose of doing something different but still wanting to re-create much of the music they all love. The resulting sound is a cool mix of Rockabilly, Surf, 50s Rock ‘n’ Roll, Blues and Swing – all executed with a seriously hard-edged attitude, razor-sharp guitar licks, wailing harmonica and an underlying jungle-beat that will get any audience up on their feet!
Catch King Rattler on YouTube – http://www.youtube.com/user/ottawarattlers





Sky High Blues Festival
Rock Creek BC

July 31-August 1


Festival International Maximum Blues

Carleton QC

August 4-8


La Viree Blues Sorel-Tracy

Sorel-Tracy QC

August 5-7


Kitchener Blues Festival
Kitchener ON

August 5-8

Calgary International Blues Festival

Calgary AB

August 5-8


Festiblues International de Montreal

Montreal QC

August 11-15


Donnacona au Rhythme du Blues

Donnacona QC

August 11-15


Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival

Salmon Arm BC

August 13-15


Maple Ridge Jazz & Blues Festival

Maple Ridge BC

August 14


Burnaby Blues & Roots Festival

Burnaby BC

August 14


L’Ile en Blues

St-Laurent-de-l'Île-d'Orléans QC

August 20-21


Festival de Blues de Victoriaville

Victoriaville QC

August 20-22


Edmonton Labatt Blues Festival

Edmonton AB

August 20-22


Wasaga Beach Blues Festival

Wasaga Beach ON

August 26-27


Limestone City Blues Festival

Kingston ON

August 26-29


Trois-Rivieres en Blues

Trois-Rivieres QC

August 26-29


Lachute en Blues

Lachute QC

August 27-29


For the latest info on blues festivals in Canada, North America and Europe,

check the online version of the 8th Annual Blues Festival Guide





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 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

This week, July 21 – Lester Young: Rare recordings from clubs and concerts, made between 1951 & 1956 with sidemen Miles Davis, Jesse Drakes, Gus Johnson, Jo Jones, Connie Kay, John Lewis, Gene Ramey, Horace Silver, Earl Swope, Idrees Sulieman & Rene Utreger.

Next week, July 28 – Albert Ayler at La Fondation Maeght: We celebrate the fortieth anniversary of this famous concert in St Paul de Vence on July 27, 1970 by Albert Ayler, Allen Blairman, Call Cobbs, Mary Maria Parks and Steve Tintweiss.


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, July 20 @ 7:30 am – Rhythm, Roots and Soul

Waterloo Tennessee (2007): This series profiles R&B, soul, gospel and roots musicians through their words and their music. Mako Funasaka documents a moment in time of these wonderful musicians from many different musical genres. This episode features the all female bluegrass band Uncle Earl.

Tuesday, July 20 @ 8 am – Talkin’ Blues

Finis Tasby (2005): Series exploring the world of contemporary blues music. This episode features words and music from singer/songwriter Finis Tasby, who talks about his art and the loss of his daughter; also, a performance by Steve Payne and Michael Pickett.

Tuesday, July 20 @ 9 pm

Wednesday, July 21 @ 2 am

Johnny Cash: Behind Prison Walls (PG) 1977
In this one of only two of Johnny Cash's prison concerts that were filmed for broadcast, ‘"Johnny Cash: Behind Prison Walls" features the ten-time Grammy Award winner performing at the Tennessee State Penitentiary in Nashville in 1976. Special guests Linda Ronstadt and Roy Clark perform a selection of Cash's biggest hits, including ‘Folsom Prison Blues’, ‘Orange Blossom Special’, ‘A Boy Named Sue’ and Ronstadt's version of the Eagles' ‘Desperado’.

Tuesday, July 27 @ 7:30 am – Rhythm, Roots and Soul

People Gonna Talk/James Hunter (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 R&B artist James Hunter.

Tuesday, July 27 @ 8 am – Talkin’ Blues

Downchild Blues Band (2005): Series exploring the world of contemporary blues music. This episode features words and music from award-winning Canadian veterans Downchild Blues Band and their leader, Donnie Walsh.

Tuesday, July 27 @ 9 am

Tuesday, July 27 @ 7 pm

Wednesday, July 28 @ 2 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, July 27 @ 10 pm

Wednesday, July 28 @ 1 am

Wednesday, July 28 @ 9 am

Friday, July 30 @ 7 pm

At the Concert Hall: Motown
Bravo! celebrates the Motown era and sound as various Canadian artists take to the stage as part of Bravo!'s original AT THE CONCERT HALL series. JUNO Award-winning singer-songwriter Colin James, R&B/soul queen Divine Brown, rock star Suzie McNeil, singer-songwriter/guitarist Justin Nozuka, jazz crooner Matt Dusk, and chart-topping soloist Justin Hines perform renditions of classic hits from the artists who were instrumental in creating the essential Motown sound.

Tuesday, August 3 @ 7:30 am – Rhythm, Roots and Soul

Broken Down, But Not Out/Reba Russell (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 singer Reba Russell.

Tuesday, August 3 @ 8 am – Talkin’ Blues

WC Handy Awards (2005): Series exploring the world of contemporary blues music. This episode, shot in Memphis, offers an overview of the 26th Awards, a performance from Watermelon Slim and a profile of Michael Powers - both 2005 nominees.




Saturday, July 31

Three Times Lucky @ Tucson’s, 9:30 pm



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