13 September 2010

Ottawa Blues This Week - 13 September 2010




The Ottawa Blues Society hosts the annual local Blues Challenge competition for Solo/Duo and Band categories. Final winners from each category will go to Memphis, TN, February 1-5, 2011 to compete as OBS representatives in the 27th International Blues Challenge.

OBS Road to Memphis – Solo/Duo Competition

Tucson’s, 2440 Bank Street

Wednesday, September 8

Congratulations to our winners, Brandon Agnew & Benny Gutman Duo

Coming up this week … Band Qualifying Rounds #1 & #2

OBS Road to Memphis – Band Qualifying Round #1

Tucson’s, 2440 Bank Street

Tuesday, September 14 @ 7 pm; cover $5

Three Times Lucky

Fredy Carriere Band


Lil’ Al’s Combo

Money $hot

The two highest scoring bands advance to the Finals.

OBS Road to Memphis – Band Qualifying Round #2

Tucson’s, 2440 Bank Street

Wednesday, September 15 @ 7 pm; cover $5


Steve Groves & the Wit Shifters

Union Jack

Brothers Chaffey

Erth Juce

The two highest scoring bands advance to the Finals.

OBS Road to Memphis – Band Qualifying Round #3

Tucson’s, 2440 Bank Street

Wednesday, September 22 @ 7 pm; cover $5

Jeff Rogers and the All Day Daddies


Big Chill

The Braveyard Whips

Al Wood & the Woodsmen

The two highest scoring bands advance to the Finals.

OBS Road to Memphis – FINALS - Band Category

Tucson’s, 2440 Bank Street

Friday, September 24 @ 7 pm; cover $10

Six Finalists – the two highest scoring bands from each of the three Qualifying Rounds.

The Solo/Duo winner will be showcased in a short set at the Band Finals, following sets by the six band finalists (and while the final band scores are being computed).

During the local competition, Bands and Solo/Duos will be judged by the same criteria used for the IBC in Memphis. Each Band and Solo/Duo will be judged by regional volunteers knowledgeable about the Blues. Cover charges will provide fundraising support for travel expenses for the winning OBS representatives.

The Ottawa Blues Society is a volunteer organization with the mandate to “foster appreciation, promotion, preservation and enjoyment of the blues in all of its forms”.





Virée Blues Boréale’s 12th Edition presents

Two of the World’s Best Harmonica Virtuosi in a Face-off

Jim Zeller & Carl Tremblay

Le Petit Chicago, 50 Promenade du Portage, in the Old Hull sector

Wednesday, September 15 @ 8 pm

Thanks to our loyal sponsors, Virée Blues Boréale will shoot off its 12th edition on September 15. To launch this edition and present its listing, we had thought of inviting the best harmonicist in the province. As we could not determine which one that was, we decided to invite the two most “en vue”, the leaders of the pack since more than a decade. So, we will let you decide as Jim Zeller and Carl Tremblay face-off at the launching of Virée Blues Boréale’s 12th edition’s program presentation.

To most of us, B.B. King, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Albert Collin and Bob Dylan are names of artists whose CDs we own or, at best, whose shows we have seen. They are only a few of the international Greats our first guest star, Jim Zeller, closely worked with. The 2006 Lys Blues Homage recipient started his career in his early teens and has since been on World Tours for over 30 years.

Carl Tremblay, our second guest star has performed on most major stages of the world, as well as in the most remote bars; he acquired a solid experience and performed together with the likes of John Belushi, The Blues Brothers, Buddy Miles, Joe Cocker, B.B. King, and so many others. It all began when he was 13; he had left for the corner store to spend a few cents on candies, but, then at the cash, he became attracted to a small harmonica that he decided to buy instead of the selected candies. He would question his choice for a few hours only because, as soon as he tried to play this instrument, he knew that this little wind treasure would stay and live with him all through his life.

You can’t afford to miss this major opportunity: a live concert where you’ll be presented with all of Virée Blues Boréale’s 12th edition’s programming and where you’ll also be able to determine which of these two stars is top.






David Baxter

with a guest appearance by Lynne Hanson

The Elmdale House Tavern, 1084 Wellington Street

Sunday, September 19 @ 8 pm; $10 at door

The launch of Day & Age, David Baxter’s debut CD. It took David Baxter more than 30 years to make his first CD, and now he’s visiting his hometown to road test the material he’s recording for his second CD, due early next year.

Better still, he’s playing at the Elmdale and will be joined for a few songs by his friend Lynne Hanson — who has just released her new album, which Baxter produced.

Known as one of Toronto’s most in-demand electric guitarists, Baxter has been a professional player since 1975, when he earned his first break as a member of the legendary Toronto band David Wilcox and the Teddy Bears. In the late ’70s he was a member of the seminal Toronto punk new wave band The Sharks, two members of which went on to found Blue Rodeo. In the ’80s, he shared considerable success (and a Juno Award) with his then-wife Sherry Kean.

As a touring player, he’s constantly on the road with Justin Rutledge, Lori Yates and Treasa Levasseur, and he’s toured Europe as a duo with harmonica player/singer Paul Reddick. Closer to home in Toronto, his guitar is heard every week on the soundtrack to the CTV series, Degrassi: The Next Generation, and he’s played on dozens of recording sessions as a sideman.

Apart from Lynne Hanson, he’s recently produced new CDs for Justin Rutledge, Jadea Kelly, Catherine MacLellan, Jack Marks and Joshua Cockerill.





Music By The Bay Live Presents

the Small Club ~ Big Show Concert Series

Jack de Keyzer

The Waterfront Bistro, 590 Liverpool Rd. S., Pickering ON

Friday, September 17 @ 9 pm; tickets $30

Don’t miss your chance to hear why Jack de Keyzer has been called “The Finest Blues Guitarist in Canada”. De Keyzer is a 2x Juno and 7x Maple Blues Award winning artist, blues guitarist, singer, songwriter and producer who “plays guitar like a man with his pants on fire”. The British born, Canadian resident’s career has spanned over three decades. He performs 160 shows every year around the world and will bring the blues to the Waterfront Bistro in Pickering on September 17.





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:

September 16 – Dean Dupuis

September 23 – Corey Sullivan

September 30 – Dr. Dave


Open Blues Jam

Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street

Every Sunday, 4-7 pm; cover $3 (jammers free)

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).



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

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




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




Singing R&B and Blues Course

Alcorn Music Studios, 903 Carling Ave. @ Sherwood Dr. (Dow’s Lake/Little Italy area)

12 week course beginning Sept. 14 to Nov. 30

Tuesdays 7:00 pm - 8:45 pm
Instructor: Elise Letourneau, B.Mus., M.Ed.

Sing classic Blues, Soul & Motown favourites. This course will focus on the stylistic considerations of the R&B and Blues genres. You will receive handouts created specifically for this class. You will learn vocal techniques for breath support, phrasing, flexibility, range, judicious use of vibrato, diction, how to “belt” responsibly, lyric interpretation. You will explore the art of backing vocals and all participants will be singing lead and back-up. You will have the opportunity to perform with a band and participate in the Alcorn Music Studios afternoon Coffee House, November 28 at Tucson's.

For full details please visit www.alcornmusicstudios.com

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




Blues On The Rideau at The Cove Inn, Westport Ontario – the popular once a month Dinner & Show Fundraiser Series - returns for its 6th season starting October 22. It’s another superb Line-Up of artists this year with multiple Juno, Maple Blues and American Blues Award nominees/winners. Proceeds from all Shows go to support different local charities. $27,000 has been raised over the past 5 years and the goal is to raise at least $5,000 more this season. If you love good food and great Blues in a small, friendly atmosphere and you haven’t been to a BOTR @ The Cove night before then you owe it to yourself to try one. You won’t be disappointed. If you’re a regular you already know how good these nights are! Welcome back. Summer withdrawal is over. See you for the first show on October 22 with SHAKURA S’AIDA!

2010/11 LINE-UP
All artists appear with their bands
Visit artists’ web sites and MySpace sites for more information, audio and video clips.

October 22 – SHAKURA S’AIDA
Born in NY, raised in Switzerland, now living in Toronto – a beautiful woman with great stage presence and a passionate, powerful voice. Jazz, Blues and R&B as good as it gets. Hot new CD.
www.shakurasaida.com www.myspace.com/shakurasaida
Proceeds to the Lucy Drysdale Memorial Scholarship Fund

November 19 – DAVID ROTUNDO
Back by popular demand. Down and dirty Blues with dynamite harmonica and voice. A high energy, entertaining show guaranteed every time.
www.davidrotundo.com www.myspace.com/davidrotundo
Proceeds to the Westport Library

January 21/22 (*2 night stand) - JACK DE KEYZER
Singer/songwriter and the King of Canadian blues guitar Jack de Keyzer returns to BOTR for a 4th time. 2010 Juno Award winner for Best Blues CD (his 2nd Juno – he also won in 2003) & and a 7X Maple Blues Award winner his reputation speaks for itself.
www.jackdekeyzer.com www.myspace.com/jackdekeyzer
Proceeds to Rideau Vista & St. Edwards’ Elementary Schools

A rising new star from Quebec with a beautiful voice. Nominated for Best New Artist Of The Year Lys Award and Best Female Vocalist Maple Blues Award last year. Swing style, jazzy, smoky Blues.
Proceeds to the Rideau Waterway Land Trust

March 18 & 19 (*2 night stand) - MONKEY JUNK
Ottawa’s own and a very HOT band these days. Winners of the Blues Music Award for Best New Band Debut and 6 Maple Blues Awards in 2010! Swamp R&B, soul boogie & bedroom funk.
www.monkeyjunkband.com www.myspace.com/monkeyjunkottawa
Proceeds to the Friends of Foley Mountain

Canada’s poet of the Blues with his superb harmonica and voice returns to BOTR for a 3rd visit. A multiple Maple Blues Award winner with a great new album.
www.paulreddick.ca www.myspace.com/paulreddick1
Proceeds to Westport In Bloom

Back for a 2nd visit. The slim lady with the BIG voice. A 2010 Juno Award nominee & multiple Maple Blues Award nominee. Delicious Blues, soul, funk & R&B.
www.treasalevasseur.com www.myspace.com/treasalevasseur
Proceeds to the Rideau District Museum

Toronto actor and Blues man who blows harp like Little Walter reincarnated. A multiple Maple Blues Award winner. Rough ‘n ready swing Blues.
www.raoulandthebigtime.com www.myspace.com/raoulandthebigtime
Proceeds to Habitat For Humanity

* If there is enough advance ticket demand on single show weekends a Saturday night show may be added - so BOOK EARLY!
* All Shows are filmed by Ken Bowman with audio by Little Chicago Sound Company and one song is posted to YOU TUBE soon after the performance. Visit www.choosetheblues.ca for examples from last year.
* Artists and dates subject to change. Visit www.choosetheblues.ca or call The Cove closer to each show for updates.

The Cove Inn www.coveinn.com is located in the beautiful town of Westport, Ontario on Upper Rideau Lake - a 45 minute drive from Kingston, 1.5 hours from Ottawa, 4 from Toronto and 3.5 from Montreal. Well-priced accommodation is available at The Cove and nearby B&B’s so out-of-town blues fans can stay overnight and enjoy a great little getaway.

$55 (plus HST) for full course buffet dinner, show & dancing.
All Shows 7 to 11 pm
Advance Reservations required
CALL THE COVE (613) 273-3636 or 1-888-COVE-INN

Blues On The Rideau is produced by Choose The Blues Productions, Kenmore Ontario in cooperation with The Cove Inn, Westport Ontario
Visit www.choosetheblues.ca for more information

P.S. While not a CTB Production there is an excellent JAZZ night coming up this
Friday, SEPTEMBER 17 at The Cove that deserves a big plug.
Talented musician Innkeepers Jeff and Seamus Cowan are being joined by
Chet and Jimmy Doxas along with legendary guitarist John Abercombie
and bassist John Menegon from Montreal for a very special night of Jazz.
Show is $15; 8-11pm Reservations are recommended.
Call The Cove at 613.273-3636 or 1.888.268.3466




Little Miss Higgins
Blacksheep Inn, 753 Riverside Drive, Wakefield QC
Thursday, September 23 @ 8:30 pm; tickets $10 advance

Described as a "pocketsize powerhouse or as a blues/folk/roots singer with the soul of flapper" Little Miss Higgins – known to her friends as Jolene - is an engaging, playful, and sassy performer. It's that winning combination that allows Little Miss to get away with performing an entire song about her love-affair with bargain shop panties. She's not afraid to put her heart on her sleeve though with a tender love song and even a lament for Louis Riel. Her music takes inspiration from the country-blues of the 1920s and 30s, but she definitely brings a contemporary "prairie" sensibility to the table.

(CBC Radio 2)




Carp Fair

Carp ON

Thursday to Sunday, September 23-26

Gail Gavan in concert on September 23 and Colin James performs September 24.





Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival

Fredericton NB

September 14-19


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

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





Kingston Blues Society Jam

RCHA Club 193 Ontario Street

3rd Saturday of each month, $3 at the door

Saturday, September 18 @ 8:30 pm

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.

This month’s special guest – Spencer Evans


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





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, September 15 – Europe Calling: Recent releases recorded in Europe by Sevket Akinci, Michiel Braam, Joost Buis, Mark Charig, Elastic Jargon, Gridmesh, Nico Huijbregts, I Compani, ICP Orchestra, Alexey Lapin, Roberto Magris, Evan Parker, Kate Westbrook and Mike Westbrook.

Next week, September 22 – Mingus in Amsterdam: The April 10, 1964 concert with Johnny Coles [trumpet], Eric Dolphy [alto sax, flute and bass clarinet], Clifford Jordan [tenor sax], Jaki Byard [piano] and Dannie Richmond [drums].


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/




From Andy Frank:

We continue our summer folk/roots festival coverage with "Raise The Roof Women's Music Festival". Directed by Kristin Sweetland, and hosted by Kirsten Jones and Karyn Ellis, featuring Layah Jane and more.


Lots of other great videos at the Roots Music site:





ALWAYS check local listings to confirm.

On BRAVO – http://www.bravo.ca

Tuesday, September 21 @ 7:30 am – Rhythm, Roots & 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, September 28 @ 7:30 am – Rhythm, Roots & 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.

Thursday, September 30 @ 9 pm

Friday, October 1 @ 8 am & 6 pm

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.

Saturday, October 2 @ 9 pm

Sunday, October 3 @ 2:15 am & 2:30 pm

The Blues Brothers (PG – 1980)

John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd are a couple of musicians who are on a "mission from God". With James Brown, Ray Charles, Cab Calloway, Aretha Franklin, Carrie Fisher, and many more.




Monday, September 20

Soul Fat @ the Rainbow

Friday, September 24

The BE Band @ Irene’s

Saturday, September 25

The FunKtion @ Tucson’s

JW-Jones @ the Rainbow



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