20 September 2010

Ottawa Blues This Week - 20 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

Congratulations to finalists Bluestone and Lil’ Al’s Combo

OBS Road to Memphis – Band Qualifying Round #2

Tucson’s, 2440 Bank Street

Wednesday, September 15

Congratulations to finalists Steve Groves & the Wit Shifters and the Brothers Chaffey

OBS Road to Memphis – Band Qualifying Round #3

Tucson’s, 2440 Bank Street

Wednesday, September 22 @ 7 pm; cover $5

1. Jeff Rogers and the All Day Daddies

2. Soulfat

3. Big Chill

4. The Braveyard Whips

5. 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.

Solo/Duo winner Brandon Agnew & Benny Gutman Duo 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”.






A Free Concert

Featuring Kim Mitchell, Sass Jordan and Downchild Blues Band

Ottawa Civic Centre Theatre

Saturday, September 25 @ 8 pm

Who doesn’t love a free concert? Especially one that rocks! CUPE presents their annual ROCK FOR PUBLIC SERVICE, a free, all-ages event open to the general public featuring Kim Mitchell, Sass Jordan and the Downchild Blues Band at the Ottawa Civic Centre Theatre.

With a great new album “Ain’t Life Amazing” out, that was produced by Joe Hardy (ZZ Top, Tom Cochrane, Jeff Healey), and a history of legendary performances, Kim Mitchell is one of this countries quintessential rock icon’s. Known for such hits as “Go For A Soda”, “Patio Lanterns” and “I Am A Wild Party”, Mitchell certainly knows how to party and put on a fun and entertaining show. He’s also an incredible guitarist and singer. The Sarnia native and long time Toronto resident first came to prominence in 1973 with his band Max Webster, with such hits as “A Million Vacations”, “Let Go The Line” and “Paradise Skies.” Today he continues to tour consistently across the country to his legion of fans and is also a well respected host of the afternoon drive on Q107 in Toronto.

The Queen of Canadian rock n’ roll, Juno Award-winning artist Sass Jordan has made a living singing, performing, writing and recording music internationally for the past thirty years. She is an internationally recognized singer/songwriter who has sold over one million CDs worldwide. Winner of Billboard's Best Female Rock Vocalist award, the bilingual Montrealer has toured and/or worked with many music heavyweights, including Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, Cheap Trick, Van Halen, Carlos Santana and Joe Cocker. In 1992, Jordan performed a duet with Joe Cocker for the soundtrack of the motion picture The Bodyguard, starring Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner, which sold more than 27 million copies worldwide. Her songs have been featured on numerous television shows, including Melrose Place, Party Of Five, Baywatch and Knightrider. Her new Cd is entitled “From Dusk ‘Til Dawn” and shows Jordan returning to her roots.

The legendary Downchild Blues Band celebrated their 40th Anniversary last year in style with a cross Canada theatre tour and a brand new Cd “I Need A Hat.” The tour included three very special sold out performances at Massey Hall in Toronto, the National Arts Centre in Ottawa and Metropolis in Montreal with Mr. “Elwood Blues” himself, Dan Aykroyd. Other guests included James Cotton, Colin James, Colin Linden, Jonas and renowned trumpet player, Wayne Jackson of the Memphis Horns. The Massey Hall performance was filmed for a documentary on Downchild that is narrated by Aykroyd and will be broadcast nationally in Canada this fall. If there’s a slogan that best sums up Downchild, it would be the title of their album “Good Times Guaranteed”, something fans have come to expect at their live performances time and time again. As the inspiration for Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi’s hit film The Blues Brothers, two Downchild songs, “I Have Everything I Need (Almost)” and “Shotgun Blues” were featured on the multiplatinum selling film soundtrack “Briefcase Full of Blues.” The band is perhaps best known for their outstanding version of “Flip, Flop and Fly” that was a hit here in Canada and used by the Blues Brothers.

Don’t miss the chance to catch three great bands performing together for “one night only” at a not to be missed event!







Jesse Greene’s Birthday Bash & Jam Session

Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street

Tuesday, September 21

Come out and help Jesse celebrate her birthday.





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.





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 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




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




Terry Gillespie Local CD Launch

The Granary Beizli, 3270 County Rd 10, Vankleek Hill ON

Tuesday, September 28, 7-10 pm; $10

The Granary is fully licensed and raring to go!
Lisa @ the Granary is going to provide snacks.
If you are interested in the menu and price, give her a shout @ 613-678-0848



Mr. Something Something

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Friday, October 1 @ 10 pm

Mr. Something Something represents six years of composing, performing, risk-taking, improving and ultimately mobilizing the original vision of founding members Larry Graves [drums/percussion] and John MacLean [saxophone/voice]. Twenty years of playing, studying and traveling passed before these two childhood friends settled on the unbeatable dance rhythms of Nigeria, Senegal, Mali and Ghana as the most natural gathering place for the elements that would ultimately make up the Mr. Something Something sound.

Over the last five years the band has toured relentlessly in Canada, playing more than 500 shows, including appearances at many folk festivals and most major jazz festivals from coast to coast. Aside from wildly energized and unpredictable live shows, the band is becoming increasingly well-known for its green politics and environmental activism. The group did a number of “eco-dates” in 2007, playing a wind-powered show and performing in such unconventional venues as organic farms and food co-ops to highlight communities that are trying to minimize their ecological footprints.



Terry Gillespie & Terry Owen with special guest Michael Ball

Kaffe 1870, 715 Riverside Drive, Wakefield QC

Friday, October 1



Whiteboy Slim

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Saturday, October 2 @ 10 pm

Whiteboy Slim, (Maurice Richard Libby), carries the blues tradition. His raw, authoritative delivery is obviously born of his respect for the music. He bows to the sounds that have traditionally portrayed American troubles, laying them under today's influences to create genuinely modern music.

The new CD "I'm Still Here" is the first Whiteboy Slim recording that contains acoustic tracks, but it also contains the eclectic electric stuff that everyone has come to expect. The rhythm tracks on this one were recorded live off-the-floor, giving it a very live feel. The instrumentation is stripped down to guitars, harp and vocals, with no keys or horns this time round. It continues the balance of tradition and experimentation you have come to expect.

"Hey Little Girl" from the new CD has just won Honourable Mention in the Billboard International Song Contest.



Trevor Finlay Homecoming Bash

Tucson’s, 2440 Bank Street

Friday & Saturday, October 8-9

Ex-pat Ottawan, now Nashville resident, Trevor Finlay brings his band home to Tucson’s to promote this new EP … you’ve been hearing ‘3 Chord RockNRoll’ from the new EP on DAWG FM.

Multi-faceted guitarist/singer-songwriter Trevor Finlay has stormed stages around the world from his native Canada to Australia and France, wowing audiences and winning fans everywhere. He is now setting his sights again on his audience with an exciting new tour and "Live" Bootleg Album. On March 12, 2010, Trevor and his band did a show at Norm's River Roadhouse in Nashville, TN. As luck would have it, the tape was rolling and seven songs were chosen for release on what will be Trevor's newest CD in 5 years! The EP is called “BOOTLEG” and it's Trevor Finlay in his purest form!



Jack de Keyzer

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Friday, October 15

This year, Jack added a 2nd Juno Award to his trophy case. "Corktown Sessions” “... is the regular touring show and it cooks. The auspicious evening was at the CorktownTavern in Hamilton last May 1st with DaveMcMorrow, keyboards, Alan Duffy, bass and Danny Lockwood, drums. The songs, as many of you will know firsthand, are excellent. Your favourites: ‘Blues Thing’, ‘Soul Lover’, ‘King Of The Blues’. ‘Engine Trouble’ are what bring fans to the shows. He also adds a few that keep the dance floor full, like ‘Signed Sealed Delivered’ and ‘Hold On I’m Coming’. Robert Johnson’s ‘When You Got A Good Friend’, in a new arrangement by Jack, is also a highlight. You may have purchased the studio CDs that feature these songs but with this CD you can have Jack’s show in your music room or your car whenever you want." John Valentyne/Maple Blues Magazine



David Gogo

Tucson’s, 2440 Bank Street

Friday & Saturday, October 15-16

Although still relatively young in ’blues years’, David Gogo has accomplished much in his career. So far he has three Juno nominations, was named Musician of the Year at the Western Canadian Music Awards, was twice named Guitarist of the Year at the Maple Blues Awards, and has been bestowed with the CBC Saturday Night Blues, Great Canadian Blues Award for a lifetime contribution to the blues in Canada. Most recently, he’s been nominated for the Western Canadian Music Award’s Blues Recording of the Year.



Harmony Haven House Concerts presents

Suzie Vinnick

1763 Heron Road

Sunday, October 17 @ 7 pm

Meet and socialize: 6:45 p.m. (Bring a beverage or snack to share if you like).
Tickets: $20 – please pay in advance - contact Jeannie: jeanniepage@bell.net

Hosts: Jeannie and Iain Page, Harmony Haven House Concerts

We are very pleased to announce that our next house concert will feature Recipient of the 2009 Canadian Maple Blues Award for Female Vocalist of the Year and 2009 Juno nominee in the roots/traditional album of the year category, Suzie Vinnick.

A Saskatoon Native living in Toronto, Suzie has a gorgeous, powerful voice and performs with a sweet mixture of engaging candidness and unparalleled musicianship. Suzie has been featured on CBC radio’s Vinyl Café with Stuart McLean; she has performed across North America and also entertained Canadian Peacemakers in Bosnia and the Persian Gulf.

To read more about Suzie and her music http://www.suzievinnick.com


John Primer

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Friday, October 22

The Real Deal Chicago Blues!

Winner of this year’s Living Blues Critic’s Poll Male Blues Artist of the Year!





Kingston Blues Society Jam

RCHA Club 193 Ontario Street

3rd Saturday of each month, $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





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 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].

Next week, September 29 – Commitment: The 1981-1983 recordings of the pioneering group Commitment with Will Connell Jr. [flutes, alto sax, bass clarinet], Jason Kao Hwang [violin, viola & bird calls], William Parker [bass] and Zen Matsuura [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

Monday, September 20
concert 1: "Jelly Roll Morton: Making Vancouver"
- recorded at Pat's Pub in Vancouver
The legendary New Orleans jazz composer and pianist Jelly Roll Morton arrived in Vancouver in 1919 for a visit that turned into an eighteen-month stay. The story goes that he answered an invitation to play Bill Bowman's new Vancouver nightspot, the Patricia Café, located on the early Vancouver entertainment strip known as East Hastings Street. It's a minor miracle that Jelly Roll made it up to Vancouver at all. He slept with a loaded revolver under his pillow, consorted with prostitutes and criminals, racked up gambling debts and he even survived a voodoo curse-at least for a while. And that all happened while he was still a teenager. He was 29 when he arrived in Vancouver and must have been quite a sight. His favorite habit when rolling into a new town was to don one of his many perfectly tailored suits, stroll down the main drag, return to his room, change suits, go for another stroll, and repeat the whole ritual over again. It was his way of making the scene. He definitely made the scene in Vancouver. And it was only one long life span ago that the incomparable Ferdinand "Jelly Roll" Morton made Vancouver his home. This concert, held in the actual location where he lived and performed all those years ago, commemorates the ninetieth anniversary of Jelly Roll's stay in "Terminal City," and features performances by Ndidi Onukwulu, The James Danderfer Trio, C.R. Avery, and Henry Butler.

Tuesday, September 21
Concert 2: Aboulaye Koné and Bolo Kan
- recorded at the Club Balattou [bal-ah-TWO] in Montreal, 23 January 2010
Born in Côte d'Ivoire, Aboulaye Koné is the son of a griot, or musical storyteller. Burkina Faso, the country where he grew up, is where he learned the rudiments of music and where he learned the guitar - he was soon noticed by his peers, and he accompanied some of the great names in African music. In the early 2000s, he came to Montreal to pursue his career. A multi-instrumentalist, he has been a drummer with jazz pianist François Bourassa and a guitarist with master kora player Zal Idrissa Sissokho. In 2004, he founded the group Bolo Kan, two words meaning "hand" and "sound", "message" or "signature". This group brings together several variants of Mandinko music, from acoustic to electric and from traditional to modern. Through his original compositions and interpretations of sometimes century-old pieces, Aboulaye Koné brings this precious heritage to Canada. This concert brought some welcome heat to a cold January night in Montreal.

Wednesday, September 22
concert 1: Rita Chiarelli
- recorded at the Empress Theatre in Fort Macleod, Alberta
Rita Chiarelli uses her amazing three-octave voice to belt, to croon and to tell stories. She's won Maple Blues awards, a Juno and in 2002 she won the CBC's Great Canadian Blues Award. Rita is constantly touring and at this show at the historic Empress Theatre in Fort Macleod she 'road tested' some songs from her latest CD Sweet Paradise.

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:

As the summer winds down, we present the first in a final flurry of summer folk/roots festival reports.

Stewart Park Festival in Perth ON featuring music by rising star Jadea Kelly & David Baxter.

HUGE thanks to Susan Tennant for the footage, text and photos.


Lots of other great videos at the Roots Music site:





ALWAYS check local listings to confirm.

On BRAVO – http://www.bravo.ca

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.




Friday, October 1

The Mud Boys Rock ‘n’ Roll Revue @ Tucson’s

Friday, October 8

Terry Gillespie with Lynne Hanson @ Irene’s Pub

Thursday, October 14

Al Wood & the Woodsmen @ the Elmdale House

Saturday, October 23

Bluestone @ Tucson’s

Friday, October 29

The Yohawks @ Tucson’s

Saturday, October 30

Quicksand @ Tucson’s



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