06 September 2010

Ottawa Blues This Week - 6 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 @ 7 pm; cover $5

1. Keith Shaw

2. Brandon Agnew Duo

3. Bobby Tibodo

4. Tyler Bell Band

5. Greg Pilon

6. Purple Soul Duo

7. Willis Pride

The highest scoring act from the seven contestants will be chosen to be the OBS entry in the IBC Solo/Duo Competition in Memphis TN, February 1-5, 2011.

OBS Road to Memphis – Band Qualifying Round #1

Tucson’s, 2440 Bank Street

Tuesday, September 14 @ 7 pm; cover $5

1. Three Times Lucky

2. Fredy Carriere Band

3. Bluestone

4. Lil’ Al’s Combo

5. 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

1. Powergoats

2. Steve Groves & the Wit Shifters

3. Union Jack

4. Brothers Chaffey

5. 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

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.

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”.





Myers Brothers Band

With special guest Mark Cole

Buster’s Bar & Grill, 2525 Carling Avenue

Friday, September 10 @ 9:30 pm

Canada's Juke Joint Kings - the Myers Brothers Band, are performing in Ottawa on Friday, September 10th (one night only) at Buster's Bar & Grill - 9:30pm, with special guest U.K. bluesman Mark Cole (Sons of the Delta). This 'transatlantic' blues & boogie show reunites the Myers Brothers Band and Mark Cole who performed together in 2005 at the Juke Joint Festival in Clarksdale Mississippi. Schooled in Mississippi deep blues, The Myers Brothers play a raw, energetic, hard-edged electric, juke joint and rocking boogie styled blues, and Mark Cole is one of Britain's most in-demand blues harp players. If y'all want to boogie real low, put your dancing shoes on and come to the show!!



Follow U.K. bluesman Mark Cole's Blog as he makes his first ever trip to the Great White North. He'll be blogging about his blues experience travelling to Canada, as well he's writing a piece for Britain's blues magazine Blues Matters about his trip...



Chris Kirby & Charlie A’Court

Acoustic Souls Tour

Blacksheep Inn, 753 Riverside Drive, Wakefield QC
Sunday, September 12 @ 4 pm; tickets $7 advance

Chris Kirby is teaming up with the award-winning Charlie A'Court for a 3-week tour of Atlantic Canada, Quebec and Ontario. For their Blacksheep show, these two soul men will be on their own, armed with nothing but acoustic guitars and their songs.






Drew Nelson

Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street

Friday, September 10

Capon Recording Artist the fabulous Drew Nelson Band with special guests from Montreal The Underground Divas featuring Rick Murrin, Jesse Anger and Elisheva Goud.

We all know and love the Drew Nelson Band. Here's a bit about the Underground Divas:
"Judging by the beauty of tracks like "Baby Doll,” "Oh Me! Oh You! Oh My!" and "Am I your Man?" the Underground Divas are certainly a band to watch." Exclaim! Magazine
Read more: http://www.myspace.com/theundergrounddivas#ixzz0xUP5bnPT




Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Friday, September 10

Announcing the MonkeyJunk End Of Summer/Back to School/fill in for a cancelled band show in Ottawa at The Rainbow on Friday September 10 - there may not be another show in Ottawa this year!

Playing their original style of swamp boogie R&B, bedroom funk and love songs that will break your heart, MonkeyJunk is Tony D on guitar, slide guitar and vocals; Steve Marriner on vocals, guitar, baritone guitar and harmonica and Matt Sobb on drums, cymbals, percussion and background vocals. These 3 musicians apply a combined 56 years of experience in the music business to entertain in a raw and captivating manner you will not soon forget . . . see for yourself!





Terry Gillespie’s “Big Money” CD Release

With special guest The Mighty Popo

Blacksheep Inn, 753 Riverside Drive, Wakefield QC
Saturday, September 11 @ 8:30 pm; tickets $10 advance

Big Money consists of ten original tunes and ‘Scared’, which was composed by Peter Karp & Sue Foley, who accompany him on this lovely interpretation of their song. Bonus live track ‘You don’t Love Me” by Willie Hobbs, features the guitar work of Vince Halfhide. Three of the tunes: ‘Soul on Fire’, ‘Blood on You’ and ‘Jones’ are contemporary protest songs. The title song, ‘Big Money’, is a light hearted spoof at the music industry. Infectious grooves are in Terry’s DNA, ergo, “Big Money” is a groovy CD!

Fourteen musicians joined in the making of “Big Money”, another international stew of musicians that Terry is so famous for putting together. (Biographies of the players are on Terry’s website.)

The cigar you see Terry smoking in the artwork is handmade from tobacco he grew at home, cured and rolled especially for the cover shot – all organic, all homegrown.

Playing with Terry at the Blacksheep will be: The Mighty Popo on guitar, shaker; Terry Owen on sax; Peter Measroch on keys; Vitas on bass and Mr Wayne Stoute on drums!




Johnny Winter and Jimmy Bowskill

Brockville Arts Centre, 235 King Street, Brockville ON
Saturday September 11; 8-11 pm
; $41.50 plus s/c and hst

The legendary Johnny Winter, getting better and better, with special guest opener Jimmy Bowskill. Two world class rockin' blues acts in one night, performing at one of the nicest theatres in Ontario.





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 9 – Scott Amey

September 16 – Dean Dupuis

September 23 – Corey Sullivan

September 30 – Dr. Dave


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




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).



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




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.



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)




Richmond Fair

Richmond ON

Thursday to Sunday, September 16-19

The arena show on Friday, September 17 features David Wilcox and Daisy Train.



Carp Fair

Carp ON

Thursday to Sunday, September 23-26

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





Southside Shuffle Blues & Jazz Festival

Port Credit ON

September 10-12


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





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

Sept 3 2010 Juno winner, Jack De Keyzer





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





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 8 – Jacques Emond: The host of “Swing Is In The Air” [Sundays from 4-5:30 pm] will present an Homage to Willem Breuker and play music by six alto saxophonists: Lou Donaldson, Herb Geller, Jackie McLean, Charlie Parker, Art Pepper & Bobby Watson.

Next 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.


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 7 @ 7:30 am – Rhythm, Roots & Soul

Nothing Halfway, Rick Fines & Susie Vinnick (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 Rick Fines and Suzie Vinnick.

Tuesday, September 14 @ 7:30 am – Rhythm, Roots & Soul

Long Walk to Nowhere, Broken Joe (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 the members of Broken Joe -- Joe Toole, Jerome Godboo and Alec Fraser.

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.




Friday, September 17

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

Saturday, September 18

The Priorities @ Tucson’s

Friday, September 24

The BE Band @ Irene’s

Saturday, September 25

The FunKtion @ Tucson’s

JW-Jones @ the Rainbow



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