27 September 2010

Ottawa Blues This Week - 27 September 2010




The Ottawa Blues Society finals in the local Blues Challenge were held Friday, September 24. On the Road to Memphis to represent the OBS in February 2011 at the 27th International Blues Challenge will be:

Band – Al Wood & the Woodsmen

Solo/Duo – Brandon Agnew & Benny Gutman Duo

Congratulations to our winners, and thank you to all the bands and solo/duos who participated, our judges who worked so hard, and everyone who came out to support this event.

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”.





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.



Harpdog Brown & Graham Guest

D’Arcy McGee’s, 44 Sparks Street

Friday & Saturday, October 1-2

Edmonton’s Harpdog Brown has teamed up with piano master Graham Guest for some killer shows. Blues from the hip. Stylin' n Stridin Blues act not to be missed!


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.





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




Terry Gillespie & Terry Owen with special guest Michael Ball

Kaffe 1870, 715 Riverside Drive, Wakefield QC

Friday, October 1





Julian Fauth

House party in Carleton Place (sponsored by Heather MacTavish)

Friday, October 1

Neat Café, Burnstown ON

Saturday, October 2

Julian Fauth is an artist with an almost avant garde approach to the blues. An artist with an individualistic style that recognises and appreciates tradition but uses it as a blank canvas on which to paint his own interpretation of the genre. His Electro Fi debut CD “Songs Of Vice & Sorrow” won a Juno award and he followed with “Ramblin’ Son” … “superb piano playing, insightful lyrics splattered with almost visual imagery, and a voice that melds melancholy, anguish, joy and defiance as if they were identical quadruplets.”
(excerpted from http://www.bluesnorth.com/MoreBandInfo.php?BandID=6)




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 30 – Dr. Dave

October 7 – Parker Estabrooks

October 14 – Jed Rached & Joe Hawkins

October 21 – Vince Halfhide

October 28 – Jason Fryer & Caroline Addison

November 4 – Jarhead & Jerome


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




Terry Gillespie & Lynne Hanson

Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street

Friday, October 8

Terry Gillespie’s Rhythm and Roots Band!
And guest Lynne Hanson!


Tucson’s 20th Anniversary Celebration

Trevor Finlay Homecoming Bash

Tucson’s, 2440 Bank Street

Friday & Saturday, October 8-9

From Trevor: This year marks the 20th anniversary for Tucson's – of one of my favorite haunts! To help celebrate, I'm bringing the Hot Damn band in for a special 2 night engagement!

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!



Irene’s Pub Celebrates 25th Anniversary With Sneezy Waters Concerts & Exhibit

Sneezy Waters

Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street

Saturday, October 9 @ 9 pm

Sunday, October 10 @ 10 pm

Tickets $20 + tax

Exhibit: Moments Of Irene’s

Looking back at the last 25 years

Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street

September 1 to October 11

To mark the 25th Anniversary of Irene’s Pub there is a special exhibition of memorabilia on display at the pub as well as two concerts with the great Sneezy Waters. Irene’s is thrilled to have Sneezy Waters return to play at the pub after a sold out performance last February.

Sneezy Waters will be playing on Saturday, October 9, and again on Sunday, October 10. The Sunday concert will also feature the bluegrass group The Dusty Drifters.

Sneezy will be joined by venerable musicians; Vince Halfhide on guitar, Ann Downey on bass and Corky Kealey on drums.

The memorabilia exhibit is on display from September 1 to October 11. It is a collection of photographs, posters and many other items looking back over the last 25 years of legendary Ottawa pub which is known and loved around the world as well as being a second living room to many locals. You can always find a friend at Irene’s!



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


David Gogo

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

Thursday, October 21 @ 8:30 pm; tickets $35

Music By The Bay Live is pleased to announce the return of David Gogo and his band. His dynamic style and mesmerizing skill as a guitarist, vocalist, songwriter, and entertainer keeps him centre stage wherever he plays. Sharp in action, dress and wit, Gogo leaves his audience entertained with dazzling riffs, edgy vocals, original tunes and off-the-cuff remarks.

His performance in January SOLD OUT well in advance of the show.



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!



Julian Fauth

Barley Room @ the Waring House, Picton ON

Friday, October 22; 6:30 – 10:30 pm

Julian Fauth is an artist with an almost avant garde approach to the blues. An artist with an individualistic style that recognises and appreciates tradition but uses it as a blank canvas on which to paint his own interpretation of the genre. His Electro Fi debut CD “Songs Of Vice & Sorrow” won a Juno award and he followed with “Ramblin’ Son” … “superb piano playing, insightful lyrics splattered with almost visual imagery, and a voice that melds melancholy, anguish, joy and defiance as if they were identical quadruplets.”
(excerpted from http://www.bluesnorth.com/MoreBandInfo.php?BandID=6)

The Waring House presents a lineup of regional musicians, showcasing the area’s talented entertainers, while also welcoming artists and groups from around the country and the rest of the world.




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 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].

Next week, October 6 - Listen Before You Buy: The cream of the crop of recent jazz and blues releases by Dave Bass, Sylvia Brooks, Greg Burk, Michael Dease, Livia Devereux, Xu Fengxia, Gunda Gottschalk, Chie Imaizumi, Darrell Katz, Klezwoods, Vicente Lebron, Greg Lewis and Jacob Melchior.


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, September 28
concert 1: Shakura S'Aida, recorded on at Revival in Toronto
Shakura S'Aida was born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in Switzerland before moving to Canada. For the past 20 years, Shakura has been a part of the Canadian music scene, performing to the jazz, blues and R&B communities. This spring Shakura released her latest CD called "Brown Sugar". Almost all of the songs on the disc were written by Shakura and Donna Grantis, the electrifying guitarist who performs alongside Shakura in this recording, which took place at Revival in Toronto.

Thursday, September 30
concert 1: Molly Johnson, recorded at the Burton Cummings Theatre in Winnipeg
Molly Johnson is renowned as one of the country's greatest jazz vocalists. From nightclubs and bars across Canada, to leading theatres and concert halls around the world, her luscious voice continues to wow audiences. After creating much original music, she turned her attention to jazz standards on her most recent album, Lucky. It won the 2009 Juno for Best Vocal Jazz Album and also received the 2009 National Jazz Award for Best Female Vocalist. Molly is also, of course, the weekend host of CBC's "Radio 2 Morning".

CBC Radio 1 broadcast, Fridays at 2:05 PM
Friday, October 1 on CBC Radio 1
concert 1: Molly Johnson, recorded at the Burton Cummings Theatre in Winnipeg

Molly Johnson is renowned as one of the country's greatest jazz vocalists. From nightclubs and bars across Canada, to leading theatres and concert halls around the world, her luscious voice continues to wow audiences. After creating much original music, she turned her attention to jazz standards on her most recent album, Lucky. It won the 2009 Juno for Best Vocal Jazz Album and also received the 2009 National Jazz Award for Best Female Vocalist. Molly is also, of course, the weekend host of CBC's "Radio 2 Morning".

Canada Live podcast, released on Fridays
Friday, October 1 on the Canada Live podcast
Little Miss Higgins, recorded in CBC Regina's TV Studio 2

Described as a "pocketsize powerhouse," Little Miss Higgins - known to her friends as Jolene - is an engaging, playful, and sassy performer. Her music takes inspiration from the country-blues of the 1920s and 30s, but she definitely brings a contemporary 'prairie' sensibility to the table. Her background in musical theatre is hard to ignore, and it can partly explain the reason for Jolene's 'Little Miss' tag. But chance played a big part in it, too. Jolene recalls, "When I moved to Saskatchewan I made friends with this crazy Greek guy. He started calling me that and it just stuck." This special concert was co-presented by CBC Radio & Television at the CBC Broadcast Centre in Regina. It was the first live concert performance that featured songs from her new album 'Across the Plains'. Playing along with Little Miss Higgins are a stellar band of gents featuring guitar player Foy Taylor, Joey Lorer on upright bass, Cédric Blary on clarinet and saxophone, and "Jimmie" James McKee on trumpet and euphonium.

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

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 8

Terry Gillespie with Lynne Hanson @ Irene’s Pub

Thursday, October 14

Al Wood & the Woodsmen @ the Elmdale House

Friday, October 22

Jesse Greene Band @ Irene’s Pub

Saturday, October 23

Bluestone @ Tucson’s

Zydeco Loco @ Irene’s Pub

Friday, October 29

The Yohawks @ Tucson’s

The Avenues & the Brothers Chaffey @ Irene’s Pub

Saturday, October 30

Quicksand @ Tucson’s



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