25 October 2010

Ottawa Blues This Week - 25 October 2010




Virée Blues Boréale’s 12th edition presents

Steve Rowe

with guest Brian Cober

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

Wednesday, October 27 @ 8 pm

A participant in the very first Virée Blues Boréale show in 2005, with The Ramblers, our guest really won over all of our audiences, on both of his visits, given the depth of his compositions where Classic Blues cleverly mixes with today’s ‘Power Blues’; pure Blues with a foot on the international doorstep. For this occasion, this prolific Canadian Blues composer and performer will be accompanied by a distinguished guest, the creator of the impressive ‘double slide’ guitar technique. The technique has been copied, but its creator’s mastery has yet to be matched.

A master of the Blues guitar, Steve Rowe acquired a solid reputation as a guitarist with a unique sound. Presented as a ‘Guitar Hero’ by The Montreal Gazette and by Voir newspaper, his reputation spread beyond our continent’s frontiers. In 2000, “Driving the Blues Away” was selected for Best CD by Mr. Big Al Watts, an authority with the Brisbane Blues Society of Australia and “Front Rowe Center” was acclaimed by Belgian, Norwegian and German critics. His soundtracks for movies and TV series have earned him nominations and awards throughout his career. He was brilliant in performances at the Montreal International Jazz Festival, at Festiblues, at Sutton en Blues, at Blues de Tremblant, at Virée Blues Boréale, as well as in collaboration with legends like Bryan Lee, Colin James, Smokey Wilson, Hubert Sumlin and Buddy Guy. .

With his long time associate Alec McElcheran on bass, Steve Rowe and his guest, Brian Cober will have le Petit Chicago rocking with Blues of the ‘50s, jazz and Swing Bop Shuffle.





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.





It’s a great weekend to catch local blues …

Friday night, the The Yohawks @ Tucson’s; Sweet & the Back Beat @ the Heart & Crowne on Preston; and The Avenues & the Brothers Chaffey in a double bill @ Irene’s Pub

Saturday, Sweet & the Back Beat wind up their weekend @ the Heart & Crowne; Quicksand @ Tucson’s; and the Jivewires ‘50s Vegas Masquerade Bash @ the Rainbow

Don’t forget the Sunday Jam at the Rainbow, hosted by River City Junction.




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




Please read Ron Sweetman’s letter below and support CKCU.

Dear Blues & Jazz Fans,

CKCU-FM is a remarkable and unique institution; starting thirty-five years ago as a campus radio station, it saw and accepted the challenge of the needs of the diverse communities who live in Canada's National Capital Region, and today, as a campus/community station, it broadcasts not only in English but in a dozen foreign languages. I also believe that our quality of programming in blues, classical, country, dance, jazz and world music is unsurpassed by any other Canadian radio station.

We are listener-supported radio; this means we receive no subsidies whatsoever from any level of government and can only survive because of your contributions and our volunteers' dedication.

I am writing to ask if you would consider sponsoring one hour of alternative/community radio at CKCU-FM 93.1 in Ottawa. CKCU provides at least six unique and valuable services to the community:

(1) We present a whole range of alternative music that you'll never find on commercial radio, presented by people with passion and authority. Our jazz, blues, dance, world, country and classical music programs cover the whole history of these musics, are presented by acknowledged experts in each area, and reject the superficial fashion-conscious “Top 40” approach you’ll hear on the region’s commercial stations.

(2) We provide a voice and a community billboard for many of the communities that make up our population; we have regular Aboriginal, Asian, Caribbean, Chinese, Christian, Filipino, German, Gospel, Haitian, Indian, Jamaican, Jewish, Latin American, Muslim, Persian, Scottish, Spanish, Somali, and Vietnamese programming – to name a few!

(3) We give an independent and diverse point of view on political and community affairs. We are not owned by a large profit-oriented corporation or a government, and our volunteers and our Board reflect the diverse opinions and viewpoints of the communities they come from.

(4) We bring you the renowned BBC World news four times every weekday, respected internationally for its independence and broad coverage.

(5) We support local musicians by publicizing their gigs and airing their CDs. You don’t have to be a big name to get heard on CKCU.

(6) We keep you informed of upcoming jazz and blues concerts that you might otherwise miss, by mentioning them on our programs and playing upcoming artists.

As a former Treasurer and Chairman of the Board, I can assure you that CKCU has a bare-bones budget. Because most of us are volunteers, we are able to bring you world-class radio at a cost of a little over $40.00 per hour! We have three revenue sources:

A voluntary levy paid by the students of Carleton University

Income from organizations who sponsor particular programs

The community of listeners and musicians [You!]

Our community Funding Drive runs this year from Friday October 22 until Sunday November 7. Our target for 2010 is $110,000. You can Dial and Donate at 613-520-3920 or 1-877-520-3920. You can complete a Pre-Pledge form. You can pledge by E-mail at www.ckcufm.com. However you pledge, you will receive a tax receipt for donations over $25.00, as we are a registered educational charity. When you pledge, please mention “In A Mellow Tone” if you want to support my program specifically.

Please see if you can sponsor just one hour of alternative/community radio. It's your community and your radio station and will cost you a tax-free $40.00. [Less than one dollar a week for 24/7 quality entertainment!]

With my sincere thanks for anything you can do,

Ron Sweetman (CKCU Volunteer since 1976)




New in November:

Southside Tuesday

With Steve Marriner

Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street @ 9 pm SHARP; no cover

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

Join multi-talented multi-instrumentalist Steve Marriner for something different every week - blues/country/roots music of all kinds.
Music starts at 9 pm SHARP - NO COVER - CHECK IT OUT!



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

November 11 – Victor Nesrallah

November 18 – Anders Drerup

November 25 – Chris Swain

December 2 – Rob Alexander

December 9 – Chuck Karn

December 16 – Lonesome Paul

December 23 – Vince Halfhide

December 30 – Peter Brown


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.

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




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 & the Heat serve up live soul and R&B music at Irene’s. 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, Ed Bimm on keyboards, Gino Scaffidi on guitar, Joe Hincke on bass, and Bernie Maisonneuve on backing vocals.

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 has 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 31 – Bluesy Hallowe’eny songs and music from upcoming shows with Paul Reddick and Rob Lutes.

Next week, November 7 – Upcoming events including Ottawa’s 23rd Annual R&B Festival


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 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.

Next week, November 3 – Listen Before You Buy: Recent jazz and blues releases by Gabriel Alegria, Georg Breinschmid, Black Butterflies, Charmaine Clamor, Cookers, Cynthia Felton, Fond of Tigers, Kellylee Evans, Christian Howes, Paul Jaurena, Dave Liebman, Charles Lloyd, Elisabeth Lohninger, Dudu Pukwana, Dolores Scozzesi, Sarah Wilson and Julian Yeo.


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!




Monday, October 25
Breakout West/Western Canada Music Awards
– guest hosted by CBC Radio 3's Grant Lawrence
recorded at multiple venues over the weekend in Kelowna BC
From October 21-24, up and coming bands and musical veterans from all over the west are gathering in Kelowna for the BreakOut West Festival and the Western Canadian Music Awards. From club concerts downtown to the awards gala on Sunday night, Canada Live will bring you the best of the festival weekend in a special broadcast on Monday evening. Up for awards - and appearing on the gala stage - are Corb Lund, Bif Naked, Shane Yellowbird, Doc Walker, and more. Catch it all on Canada Live, while the applause is still echoing around the Okanagan Valley.

Wednesday, October 27
concert 1: He Said She Said, recorded at Times Change(d) High and Lonesome Club as part of the 2010 TD International Jazz Winnipeg Festival
Musicians Sue Foley and Peter Karp first met at the Ottawa Blues Festival. They went their separate ways for the next year, performing with their own bands, all the while writing each other letters, sharing their thoughts and feelings about touring, about writing, about music, and about each other. Then they met again and decided to turn their correspondence into song. The result is a very special and intimate body of work, covering all aspects of their relationship, making for a show that is rich, romantic, unique and moving.

Friday, October 29
concert 1: Keith Hallett, recorded at the Joan Harriss Cruise Pavilion in Sydney, Nova Scotia during the 2010 East Coast Music Awards showcase
Keith is a young blues guitarist with a very bright future ahead. He's been playing since he was a teen but now at the ripe old age of 20 - he's ready to take off. He's been influenced by all the great blues players and is already carving out his own distinctive and exciting style. This concert was recorded as part of the 2010 ECMA showcases in Sydney Nova Scotia - sort of like a cattle call with each act getting 30 minutes to impress the audience and music buyers. In Keith's case, he won the crowd over right away!

CBC Radio 1 broadcast, Fridays at 2:05 pm
Friday, October 29 on CBC Radio 1

concert 1: The Great Canadian Song Quest 2010 gala concert -- part 1 (note: part 2 to air on Friday, November 5), recorded at Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto
This year, the Great Canadian Song Quest focused on the road song. Canadians chose the roads, the 13 Song Quest artists from across the country wrote the new songs and everyone was brought together for an evening at Toronto's Glenn Gould Studio to celebrate the Canadian Road Song. Jully Black sings the praises of a Toronto neighbourhood street in "At the Roncies", while Hannah Georgas takes her inspiration from a steep stretch of British Columbia highway in her new song called "Drive." Corb Lund, Keri Latimer, Jason Plumb and Chris Kirby all perform their own new songs, plus give us their take on some Canadian road classics like "Long May You Run" and "Carefree Highway." Rounding out the evening are Song Quest artists Coeur de Pirate, Thom Swift, Brandon Isaak, Leela Gilday, Madeleine Allakariallak, Two Hours Traffic, and Hopeful Monster. The Great Canadian Song Quest gala concert: for one night, all roads meet in Toronto.

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




Great videos at the Roots Music site including a film which introduces 2010 Estelle Klein Award recipient Grit Laskin at the OCFF banquet.





ALWAYS check local listings to confirm.

On BRAVO – http://www.bravo.ca

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, 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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