18 October 2010

Ottawa Blues This Week - 18 October 2010


JW-JONES @ www.gibson.com


For all you gearheads and JW-Jones fans, there’s a great article about JW’s guitars and a bunch of techie stuff on Gibson’s website.





Blues On The Rideau, the popular once a month Dinner & Show Fundraiser Series - returns for its 6th 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.

Shakura S’Aida

The Cove Inn, Westport ON

Friday, October 22, 7-11 pm

$55 (plus HST) for full course buffet dinner, show & dancing.
Advance Reservations required – call (613) 273-3636 or 1-888-COVE-INN

Proceeds to the Lucy Drysdale Memorial Scholarship Fund

Although actively involved in the Toronto music scene for more than 20 years, Shakura’s 2nd place finish at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in 2008 along with her debut solo release, “Blueprint” established her on the Canadian blues scene. A multiple Maple Blues Award nominee for Best Female Vocalist and Entertainer of the Year, she released her 2nd CD this spring. Produced in Tennessee by Jim Gaines, most of the tracks on “Brown Sugar” were co-written with her bandleader and fiery lead guitarist Donna Grantis. Shakura’s band also features one of Canada’s top B3 players, Lance Anderson.


To liven things up. especially for the regulars. The Cove is introducing different "Cuisine Theme" nights to go along with their delicious traditional buffet dinner menus, starting with an Oktoberfest theme for the October 22 show.

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




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!





It’s a great weekend to catch local blues …

2009 local Road to Memphis winners and 2010 IBC finalists, the Jesse Greene Band are back where they started at Irene’s, on Friday night.

Saturday … choices, choices …

2010 Road to Memphis finalists Bluestone serve up some rockin’ blues at Tucson’s;

If you like Louisiana music, check out Zydeco Loco at Irene’s;

Barrelhouse presents an unusual repertoire of eclectic rock tunes at Greenfield’s Pub;

and for some soulful R&B, Sweet & the Back Beat are at D’Arcy McGee’s in Orleans

Don’t forget the Sunday afternoon jam at the Rainbow, hosted this week by Smokestack Lightning.




David Gogo (presented by Music By The Bay Live)

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

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


David Gogo (presented by Zapp Productions)

Wilno Tavern, Wilno ON

Friday, October 22 @ 8 pm; tickets $25 + HST


David Gogo returns to Ontario. 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.



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.




New in November:

Southside Tuesday

With Steve Marriner

Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street

Tuesdays, 9 pm – 1 am – starting Tuesday, November 2

Join multi-talented multi-instrumentalist Steve Marriner.



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:

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

With 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




Hallowe’en Weekend Double Header with Mumbo Jumbo:

Mumbo Jumbo Voodoo Combo

Wilno Tavern, Wilno ON

Friday, October 29 @ 8:30 pm; $10

4th Annual Hoodoo Hallowe’en - Best Costume

Mumbo Jumbo Voodoo Combo

The Neat Café, 1517 Calabogie Road, Burnstown ON

Saturday, October 30; $17

Hoodoo Hallowe’en - Best Costume


Experience Hendrix

National Arts Centre, Southam Hall

Friday, November 1 @ 8 pm; tickets $64.50, $79.50, $89.50 (+ surcharges)

Jimi Hendrix’s original bassist, Billy Cox, has assembled an all-star line-up to play the music of his former bandmate. The package was a hit in the U.S. last year, and they’re touring Canada for the first time this fall. This fall’s edition of Experience Hendrix features guitarists Steve Vai, Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Robert Randolph, Living Colour, Ernie Isley, Chris Layton and the Slide Brothers, with the possibility of other top players being added to the bill.



Chris Kirby & The Marquee

+ Jehan Khoorshed & His Problems

Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street

Saturday, November 6; $10

One of my favourite young blues singer/songwriters returns to Irene’s, Saturday, November 6. Chris Kirby’s music is classified by some as ‘modern pop/blues’. Whatever you label it, it’s blues-based, it’s all-original and the songwriting shows talent and promise. His 2nd CD, “Vampire Hotel” produced three #1 songs on the East Coast Countdown, a weekly, nationally-syndicated radio program that features the Top Ten hottest songs from Atlantic Canadian artists. All the songs on ‘Vampire Hotel” have catchy hooks, but Chris’ ability to craft intelligent lyrics raises his music above the pop crowd. His latest release is an all-acoustic album, “Sounds Like Wednesday”. Chosen to write the Newfoundland ‘road song’ for CBC’s Song Quest, Chris has some solo gigs on this tour, but in Ottawa he’ll be playing with his band, the Marquee.



Paul Reddick

Tucson’s, 2440 Bank Street

Saturday, November 6 @ 9:15 pm

One of the most original and inventive singer-songwriters in blues today, Paul Reddick is a strong, soulful vocalist whose focus and intensity connect him to the listener with genuine intimacy. He is an intuitive, self-taught musician who is always exploring and searching to express. His work has been influenced by such poets as William Blake, and William Carlos Williams as well as the music of Sleepy John Estes. His lyrics have a close-up, whisper in your ear quality of the best songs and poetry. His harmonica playing is a blend of complex rhythmic patterns, soaring solo lines, great dynamic range, toning and phrasing.

(Info from Bluestar Productions)



Rob Lutes

Elmdale House Tavern,

Sunday, November 7 @ 7:30 pm; $10

Rob Lutes is a soulful singer-songwriter from Montreal with an ever-growing collection of literate, moving meditations on life and love. His ability to encapsulate universal ideas and questions, even the subtle ones, coupled with his gritty, heartfelt delivery and world-class performance chops, have invited comparisons with several legends in the roots genre from John Hiatt to Fred Eaglesmith. Widely known for his inspiring and impassioned live performances, Rob Lutes' live shows always feature extraordinary playing, some improvisational magic and Lutes' intense, soulful vocals.



The Cooper Brothers


Blackie & The Rodeo Kings

Capital Music Hall, 128 York Street

Saturday, November 6 @ 9 pm; tickets $35

After a playing to a packed house for their CD launch last winter, The Cooper Brothers decided it was high time for another party and invited their friends Blackie & The Rodeo Kings to town for a not to be missed performance.

After a twenty year hiatus, The Cooper Brothers went down to Nashville in September 2009 to record their brand new all-original album with Grammy nominated producer Colin Linden at Masterlink Studio. With a wealth of great songs, Dick & Brian Cooper began recording; the result is a fabulous new album called “In From The Cold”. Texas roots rock legend and former Capricorn Records label mate, Delbert McClinton also sings and plays harp on the song ‘Jukebox’, currently featured on 101.9 DAWG FM.


From humble beginnings, with a collective passion for well respected Canadian singer/songwriter Willie P. Bennett, Blackie & The Rodeo Kings came to life in 1995. Their debut CD “High or Hurtin'” was released in 1996 to critical acclaim throughout the country. Genuine friendship and a magical chemistry reunited the collectively successful solo artists in 1999 for their Juno Award winning release “Kings of Love”. The albums unique fusion of rock, roots, folk, blues and country, established the band as favourites with both fans and critics alike. Three more releases followed, to round out the decade – the 2004 Juno nominated “BARK”, “Let’s Frolic” (2006) and “Swinging From The Chains of Love” in 2009.

Blackie & The Rodeo Kings are putting the finishing touches on their highly anticipated new offering (to be released in 2011) “Kings & Queens”, an album of duets featuring some of the top female singers in the business including Emmylou Harris, Lucinda Williams, Rosanne Cash, Pam Tillis and Patti Scialfa..



Sherri Harding & the Heat

Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street

Friday, November 12; $7

Sherri Harding on lead vocals and guitar is a charismatic performer, with vocal chops to spare. Once you have heard her soulful voice live - you will not soon forget it! The Heat includes band leader Peter Beaudoin on drums & vocals, Ed Bimm on keyboards & vocals, Ken Seeley on bass, Gino Scaffidi on guitar and Bernie Maisonneuve on vocals & percussion.

An intense blend of talented musicians and songwriters whose collective experiences have placed them in front of audiences all over the world! With gigs ranging from Prime Ministers and Governors General soirees to ‘down and dirty’ blues and rock clubs, the motto of this group is “been there, done that - sold the T-shirts”.


Hugh Pool & Mulebone EARLY SHOW!

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Thursday, November 18 @ 7:30 pm; $15 advance, $20 at the door

Mulebone is John Ragusa (conch shell, Jew’s harp, cornet, all manner of flutes, tin whistle and harmony vocals) and Hugh Pool (guitars, harmonica, boot board & singing). Together they play boot-stomping traditional blues … think Taj Mahal meets Jethro Tull! Their 2nd CD, “New Morning” was released in June 2010.




Tucson’s, 2440 Bank Street

Friday, November 19 @ 9:15 pm

That they have been described as a Blues Tour De Force comes as no surprise. Georgia-raised lead singer John Mays has had a storied career that began in the Southern gospel tradition, crossing over into Doo-Wop, R&B and Blues, not to mention a stint with the Godfather Of Soul, James Brown. Hooking up
with band leader Al Lerman (harp and saxophone) in Toronto some years later, Fathead’s core has remained constant since 1992, offering ace musicianship, soul stirring harmonies and incendiary live performances. The writing tandem of Lerman and bassist Omar Tunnoch have produced an impressive body of work. Guitar ace Teddy Leonard is back and better than ever, along with iconic drummer Bucky Berger. Elements of funk, soul, and R&B are fused into the group's strong blues backbone, creating a fresh sound that is immediately recognizable as their own.

With two Juno awards to their credit, Fathead is truly an original band with a sound immediately recognizable as their own. They have a ball wherever they play and it shows!



Rick Taylor

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

Friday, November 19 @ 9 pm; tickets $20

Considered to be one of the finest acoustic blues artists going, with a set of vocals chords that would be the envy of any Blues Artist, young or old, Rick Taylor has no problem taking us back and accurately giving us the feel that we are sitting on a back porch, stomping our feet. He offers us the blues the way it was always meant to be, lean and clean, with a bourbon-and-gravel voice that sounds like it could be coming through the torn speaker of a 1927 Buick, and smouldering guitar work that beckons the ghosts of blues legends long gone. Close your eyes and you will find yourself sitting at a table in a juke joint, somewhere along Highway 61.



B.B. King

National Arts Centre, Southam Hall

Sunday November 21 @ 8 pm; tickets $72, $85, $95, $102

Throughout the 1990s as well as the 1980s, 1970s, and 1960s, there has been only one King of the blues – Riley B. King, affectionately known as B.B. King. Since B.B. started recording in the late 1940s, he has released over 50 albums, many of them considered blues classics, like his 1965 definitive live blues album “Live at The Regal”, and his 1976 collaboration with Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland, “Together For The First Time”.





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.


KBS Monthly Jam

Featuring Host - David Rotundo Band

Confederation Place Hotel, 237 Ontario Street, Kingston ON

Saturday November 13; KBS members $15; non members $25 (incl KBS membership)

Sponsored by the Kingston Arts Council and the City of Kingston

This event will be a jam style event featuring the David Rotundo Band – David will do a set with his band and then will have special guests come up and join him and the band.

The David Rotundo Band is a winner of the 2002 Maple Blues Award for Best New Artist and 2007 Maple Blues Award for Harmonica Player of the Year.



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/

Sundays: 8 pm

Ottawa Blues Society DAWG’ON BLUES

Each week OBS hosts keep you up to date on what’s happening on the Ottawa area blues scene, play some great blues from local bands and showcase regional and Canadian talent.

This week, October 24 – Mumbo Jumbo Voodoo Combo Hallowe’en shows in Wilno & Burnstown; Chris Kirby & the Marquee at Irene’s on Nov 6.

Next week, October 31 – Hallowe’en Blues songs and upcoming events


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, October 20 – Guitarists: Recent releases by jazz and blues guitarists Luther Allison, Grady Champion, Andy Cohen, Les Copeland, Jimmy Dawkins, Terry Gillespie,Gordon Grdina, Sean Harkness, Chris James, Tomas Janzon, JW-Jones, Steve Raegele, Stickman & Tim Woods.

Next week, October 27 – Great Lady Singers: Ron’s nominations for the six greatest lady jazz singers: Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Sheila Jordan, Anita O’Day, Sarah Vaughan and Dinah Washington.


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!




Tuesday, October 19
concert 1: Jesse Cook
, recorded at the Epcor Centre's Jack Singer Concert Hall in Calgary
Jesse Cook is a phenomenal Canadian guitarist who has traveled the world absorbing music of other cultures. All you have to do is look at the titles of some of the songs he performs in this concert to see that broad range of influence: ‘Baghdad’, ‘Havana’ and ‘Bogota by Bus’. His music has a broad appeal and you'll find his hits on smooth jazz, new age and world music charts. He's generous with his fans, even answering questions during his live shows. All he asks is for the audience to get up and dance and make it a rumba party!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010
concert 1: John Reischman and the Jaybirds
, recorded in John Lawson Park as part of West Vancouver's Harmony Arts Festival
John Reischman is considered one of the world's top mandolin players. Since moving to Vancouver from the San Francisco Bay area, John has assembled a handpicked band called the Jaybirds. This highly respected ensemble plays unpretentious, straight-ahead bluegrass that flows out of the deep current of this beloved North American roots music tradition.

concert 2: Kenosee Lake Kitchen Party, recorded at Kenosee Lake in southern Saskatchewan
Welcome to the Kenosee Lake Kitchen Party! This annual summer event invites everyone to come enjoy the fun, conversation, traditional music and dance, whether it's a jig, reel, waltz or new tune. The Kenosee Lake Kitchen Party's main objective is "Music as Fun for Life!' The goal is to imitate any kitchen party where musicians, friends and family gather to share a song - only this time it's a little bigger. The idyllic camp setting is in Moose Mountain Provincial Park nestled in the southeast corner of Saskatchewan. The music making simply never stops from the crack of dawn until late into the night. During the day there are workshops and non-stop jamming sessions with musicians of all ages. The evenings are topped off with outdoor public concerts performed by master fiddlers, guitarists, banjo, bass and keyboardists from across Canada. They perform in a variety of traditions, including Irish, old time, Métis, French-Canadian, and down east styles, among others. This show includes fiddle performances by Nova Scotia's Gordon Stobbe and Mairi Rankin, Quebec's Stephanie Labbé, Donna Turk from Calgary, and Karrnnel from Saskatchewan. Other artists include Saskatchewan guitarist Ray Bell and Winnipeg's Daniel Koulack on banjo & bass. Pull out your lawn chair, put on your sunglasses, turn up your radio and let the party begin

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/

Lots of blues available in the concerts on demand section of the CBC Website … http://www.cbc.ca/radio2/cod/concerts/20091114downc




Owen Sound, Ontario, seems like an unlikely place for a major folk festival, but for the past 35 years the Summerfolk Music and Crafts Festival has become the place to be over the third weekend in August.

Great videos at the Roots Music site:





ALWAYS check local listings to confirm.

On BRAVO – http://www.bravo.ca

Tuesday, October 19 @ 7:30 am – Rhythm, Roots and Soul

Waterloo Tennessee (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 the all female bluegrass band Uncle Earl.

Monday, October 25 @ 11 am –Serena Ryder Spotlight (2009)
If you haven't heard of Serena Ryder, you're missing out! This young songbird’s vocals are soulful and strong - it's no surprise she won the 2008 Juno Award for New Artist of the year. This episode, we sit down with this former small town girl to discuss career highs and how being true to herself is the closest thing to her heart. Our playlist includes the hit song ‘Weak in the Knees’ and the saucy ‘A little bit of Red’.

Tuesday, October 26 @ 7:30 am – Rhythm, Roots and Soul

People Gonna Talk/James Hunter (2007) – 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 R&B artist James Hunter.

Tuesday, November 2 @ 7:30 am – Rhythm, Roots and Soul

Broken Down, But Not Out/Reba Russell (2008) – This series profiles R&B, soul, gospel and roots musicians through their words and music. Mako Funasaka documents a moment in time of these wonderful musicians from many different musical genres. This episode features singer Reba Russell.




Friday, October 29

The Yohawks @ Tucson’s

The Avenues & the Brothers Chaffey @ Irene’s Pub

Friday & Saturday, October 29-30

Sweet & the Back Beat @ the Heart & Crowne, Preston Street

Saturday, October 30

Quicksand @ Tucson’s

The Jivewires @ the Rainbow

Sunday, October 31

River City Junction hosts the Rainbow Sunday jam

Friday, November 5

Mean Dog Howl & Al Wood & the Woodsmen @ the Rainbow

Terry Gillespie @ the Elmdale House Tavern

Rocket Rached & the Fat City 8 @ Tucson’s

Monday, November 8

Union Jack @ the Rainbow

Wednesday, November 10

Soul Fat @ the Elmdale House Tavern

Friday, November 12

Rocket Rached & the Fat City 7 @ the Elmdale House Tavern

Friday & Saturday, November 12-13

Ottawa’s 23rd Annual R&B Festival @ the Rainbow

Saturday, November 13

The FunKtion @ Tucson’s

Sunday, November 14

River City Junction hosts the Rainbow Sunday jam

Saturday, November 20

Moetown @ Tucson’s

Friday, November 26

The Mud Boys & the Fredy Carriere Band @ the Rainbow

Terry Gillespie @ Tucson’s

Saturday, November 27

JW-Jones @ the Rainbow

Barrelhouse @ Tucson’s

Sunday, November 28

River City Junction hosts the Rainbow Sunday jam



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