27 July 2010

Ottawa Blues This Week - 27 July 2010




The Benefit show for Irene’s Bartender/Manager Kim Anglin, held Tuesday, July 20, at Irene's Pub (885 Bank Street) was a huge success. Thanks to all who attended and contributed.

CBC coverage of the event is here (video clip starts at the 1:03 minute mark)


and the Ottawa Citizen story is here


Future fundraising events will be held and we’ll update you when we know the details.



Toronto's immensely talented gospel and blues singer Danny Brooks recently had quintuple bypass surgery last week. A benefit was held in Etobicoke ON and more fundraisers will follow.

A trust fund has been set up to help cover Danny’s expenses while he is recovering; for information, please contact Michelle Sim msim2@cogeco.ca or visit Danny’s website at http://www.dannybrooksmusic.com

If you would like to send a message to Danny, please sign the guest book at






Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Thursday, July 29, 7-10 pm ***EARLY SHOW***

Mulebone is a partnership comprised of multi-instrumentalist, John Ragusa and roots music specialist, Hugh Pool. The launching pad for their musical expression is traditional blues.

In Mulebone, John plays, conch shell, Jews harp, cornet, all manner of flutes, tin whistle, and chimes in on the harmony vocals; Hugh plays guitars, harmonica, boot board and sings, all with a mouth full of whiskey and a giant heart.

Together in Mulebone, Hugh and John play slide guitar boogies, 1 chord trance riffs à la Howlin’ Wolf, the up-tempo rags of Reverend Gary Davis and country blues of all shapes and colors. Sometimes they play close to the source, almost as if tracing the image, and at other moments, they re-examine the source, float above it, take a new look as one understanding their home from a distant land.





Three Times Lucky

Tucson’s, 2440 Bank Street

Saturday, July 31 @ 9:15 pm

Three Times Lucky plays mostly original blues-based music, along with a healthy dose of traditional and newer blues/roots music, including some classics by Sonny Boy Williamson II (Rice Miller), Muddy Waters, Hudson Whittaker (Tampa Red), Jimmy Reed and Delbert McClinton, although they are not averse to slipping into a Chuck Berry rocker, a Stones tune, a Steve Earle ballad or even adding a bit of a backbeat to a Hank William’s classic like ‘Mind Your Own Business’.





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!





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 29 – Chuck Karn

August 5 – Michael Ball & Jody Benjamin

August 12 – Mike Miron

August 19 – John McDonald

August 26 – closed for renovations


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 & 4th Sundays 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




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!



Andre & the J-Tones

D’Arcy McGee’s, 44 Sparks Street

Thursday, August 12 @ 9 pm ‘til Last Call

Rhythm & Blues, Motown, Stax, Rock, Funk, and all that great 60s and 70s music! Andre Bisson released “Rhythm & Blues Experience” in 2009. The emphasis on this CD is R&B and soul (old school, not ‘contemporary R&B’), no surprise given the title, but there’s also some blues mixed in. Andre Bisson is a relative newcomer to the blues scene. In his teens in Sault Ste Marie, he played rock ‘n’ roll, then R&B. In college, he studied jazz at Mohawk College in Hamilton, where he met the other members of the band, the J-Tones; all are professional musicians who have ‘day jobs’ teaching music.

Nine of the ten songs on the CD are originals; almost all the tracks on the CD are upbeat (‘Second Chance’ is the exception, with a smoky sax intro) and must fill the dance floor at live gigs. Come out and hear them live!



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!



Andre & the J-Tones

Perth Garlic Festival, Perth Fair Grounds, Perth ON

Sunday, August 15, 11am – 3pm

Come and hear the band performing lots of great Rhythm & Blues classics on Sunday at the festival from 11 am ‘til 3 pm. (More info on Andre & the J-Tones above)


Learn about and taste the finest Garlic from Ontario. There are tons of great health benefits and great recipes where Garlic should be included … taste Garlic dips, fudge, garlic breads, flavoured bits of garlic and more!



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





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


Ottawa Folk Festival

Britannia Park, Ottawa ON

August 13-15


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


CNE Bandshell Blues Festival

CNE Bandshell, Toronto ON

August 21


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 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 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.

Next week, August 4 - Listen Before You Buy: The cream of the crop of recent jazz and blues releases. Will be chosen from Willie Buck, Joost Buis, Mark Charig, Corey Christiansen, Elastic Jargon, Curtis Fuller, Gridmesh, I Compani, ICP Orchestra, Alexey Lapin, Mark Lomax, Thomas Marriott, Jamie Ousley, Melvyn Poore, Monica Ramey, Scenes, Matthias Schubert, John Skillman, Speak, Sultans of String, Roger Turner, Ray Vega, Carrie Wicks and Yotam.


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

Tuesday, July 27, 2010
concert 1: Women's Blues Revue, recorded at Massey Hall in Toronto
The annual Women's Blues Revue at Massey Hall always features a who's who of Canadian blues artists. Designed to showcase powerful emerging and established female vocalists and musicians, this year's show provided yet another night of sizzling musical entertainment. For its 23rd edition, the 2009 Women's Blues Revue brought performances by Sass Jordan, Rachelle van Zanten, Diana Braithwaite, Terra Hazelton, Shakura S'Aida with Donna Grantis and Saidah Baba Talibah. Once again, Canada Live was there to bring you the magic!

Friday, July 30, 2010
concert 1: Charlie A'Court, recorded at the 2009 Riverfront Music Jubilee in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia
Charlie A'Court started playing in local bars with his father before he was legally old enough to be there. A rich rhythm & blues upbringing under the influences of such luminaries as B.B. King, Bad Company, Eric Clapton, Long John Baldry and a whole world of rock & roll and blues music paved the way for his development into an emotionally charged and soul moving performer. He's now more than comfortable playing stages throughout Canada and abroad, attracting fans everywhere with gutsy vocals and his colourful yet solid guitar playing. This concert was recorded at The Riverfront Music Jubilee in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, just down the road from MacCallum Settlement, the tiny rural village where Charlie A'Court's love of music was born.

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 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.




Friday, August 6

Zydeco Loco @ Irene’s

Saturday, August 7

River City Junction @ Irene’s

Friday, August 13

Steve Thomas and Tempus Fugitives CD release @ Irene’s

Saturday, August 14

Jesse Greene Band @ the Rainbow

Ray Harris and the BSOB’s + Hard Pushin Papa @ Irene’s

Saturday, August 28

Brothers Chaffey @ Irene’s

Saturday, September 4

King Rattler @ the Rainbow

Friday, September 10

Drew Nelson Band @ Irene’s

Friday, September 17

Hank Williams’ birthday with Ball and Chain @ Irene’s

Friday, September 24

The BE Band @ Irene’s



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