01 November 2010

Ottawa Blues This Week - 1 November 2010




Internationally recognized Canadian Blues artists will be getting plenty of attention at the 14th Annual Maple Blues Awards on January 17, 2011. This year’s crops of nominees are not only recognized at home, but have been leading Canada's growing international reputation as a leader in the blues community. Voting is open now and closes Saturday, December 11 at midnight PST. Blues fans cast their votes online at http://www.mapleblues.ca.

Leading the nominations is Toronto’s Downchild with six; Ottawa’s Monkey Junk, who were awarded the 2009 Best New Artist Debut at the Blues Music Awards in Memphis, TN, follow with five. Toronto based singer Shakura S’Aida and Fathead each have four nominations. The first Canadian to win The International Blues Challenge award, New Brunswick’s blues giant Matt Andersen, garnered two nominations.

The 2011 Maple Blues Awards take place at Koerner Hall on January 17, wrapping up the bi-annual Blues Summit Five, a music conference which is a not-to-be-missed forum for all blues music industry members, artists, presenters, and agents.

Now in its 25th year, The Toronto Blues Society is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to the promotion and preservation of the Blues. The Maple Blues Awards is Canada’s national blues awards program. Its goal is to promote blues music across Canada, and to recognize outstanding achievement in the field.

The 14th Annual Maple Blues Awards Nominees:



Johnny Max Band

Matt Andersen

Monkey Junk

Shakura S'Aida


David Gogo


Jack de Keyzer

Jimmy Bowskill Band

Monkey Junk


Braithwaite & Whiteley

Harrison Kennedy

Harry Manx

Little Miss Higgins

Matt Andersen


Bob Walsh

Duane Blackburn

Harrison Kennedy

Jim Byrnes

John Mays (Fathead)


Dawn Tyler Watson

Erin McCallum

Robin Bank$

Shakura S’Aida

Treasa Levasseur


Arsen Shomakhov

Chris Antonik

Erin McCallum

Hupman Brothers

Mike "Shrimp Daddy" Reid


Downchild/I Need A Hat/Linus; Producer – Don Walsh

JW-Jones/Midnight Memphis Sun/NorthernBlues; Producer – JW-Jones

Mel Brown/Love, Lost and Found/Electro-Fi; Producers – Mel Brown, Alec Fraser & Andrew Galloway

Shakura S'Aida/Brown Sugar/Ruf; Producer – Jim Gaines

Various Artists/Things About Comin’ My Way-A Tribute To The Music Of The Mississippi Sheiks/Black Hen; Producer – Steve Dawson


Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Band

Duke Robillard

Janiva Magness

JJ Grey & Mofro

Mavis Staples


Garrett Mason

Jack de Keyzer

Steve Dawson

Teddy Leonard

Tony D


David Rotundo

Guy Bélanger

Paul Reddick

Roly Platt

Steve Marriner


Graham Guest

Julian Fauth

Kenny "Blue Boss" Wayne

Lance Anderson

Michael Fonfara


Al Lerman

Chris Murphy

Chris Whiteley

Johnny Johnson
Pat Carey


Bucky Berger

Chris Nordquist

Geoff Arsenault

Matt Sobb

Vince Maccarone


Alan Duffy

Alec Fraser

Brandi Disterheft

Gary Kendall

Keith Picot


Harry Manx

Jolene "Little Miss" Higgins

Paul Reddick & Colin Linden

Sue Foley & Peter Karp

Treasa Levasseur





Delta Moon

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Wednesday, November 3

The dual slide guitars of Atlanta based Delta Moon carry the listener deep into the heart of the American South, where sinuous Mississippi blues meets the gritty backwoods twang of Appalachia and winds around a rock-steady beat like kudzu on a barbwire fence. Delta Moon was formed with the idea of weaving the two slide guitars into one big sound, in the tradition of great two-guitar bands like the Rolling Stones, the Allman Brothers, and early Fleetwood Mac.

Delta Moon will be appearing LIVE at The Rainbow as part of their “Hellbound Train” CD release tour.



Chris Kirby & The Marquee

Opening - 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)



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..



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.





Friday night, check out great local music: Al Wood & the Woodsmen play the 1st set at the Rainbow, on stage at 10 pm sharp; Terry Gillespie is at the Elmdale House Tavern; and Rocket Rached & the Fat City 8 are at Tucson’s.

Two Road to Memphis bands play next week: Union Jack at the Rainbow on Monday, November 8 and Soul Fat at the Elmdale House on Wednesday, November 10.




Vince Halfhide & friends
The Swan on the Rideau, 2730 River Road, Manotick ON
Saturday, November 6

You can enjoy Vince's tasty guitar, backed by the top-notch rhythm section of Ken Kanwisher on stand-up bass and Corky Kealy on drums at Manotick's Swan on the Rideau. An English style pub located beside the Hurst Marina on the Rideau River, the Swan is now featuring live music every Saturday night ... and their food gets great reviews!




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:

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




23rd Annual Ottawa R&B Festival

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Thursday to Sunday, November 11-14

The Ottawa R&B Festival began in 1988 to illustrate the bountiful talent of this city’s R&B / Blues scene. IIt had all begun decades before with the likes of Heavens Radio, T. W. Lloyd’s All-Stars, The Back-Ally John Blues Revue, Larry Mootham and D. J. Brian Murphy amongst many others … and with sporadic blues shows at The Beacon Arms, Barrymore’s, The Roxy … but The Ottawa blues scene really came to blossom in early ‘84 after the initiation of the legendary ‘Blues Tues’ Jam. It was here that Blues-based musicians got a more than a toe-hold at the defunct Downstairs Club under Mexicali Rosa’s on Rideau Street.

Along with the worldwide explosion of the blues genre (Stevie Ray Vaughan, Fabulous T-Birds, The Commitments et al) it was at this social and musical evening where connections and friendships were made, and bands formed and, with the opening of The Rainbow, The Penguin, and Tucson’s, Ottawa musicians had the venues to play the music they needed for their own soul.

It was in this atmosphere that The Ottawa R&B Festival became a grand get-together for Ottawa area musicians to show-off their talents and for the audience to soak up the vibe.

Here’s the lineup for the 23rd edition of this home-grown festival:

Thursday, November 11, $5

Roots Movement @ 9:30 pm

Friday, November 12, $10

Rudeboy @ 9:30 pm

Mumbo Jumbo Voodoo Combo @ 10:45 pm

King Rattler @ 12:15 am

Saturday, November 13, $10

Double Double @ 9:30 pm

Ken Workman & the Union @ 10:45 pm

The Mud Boys @ 12:15 am

Sunday, November 14, $3

River City Junction hosts the Rainbow open jam, 3-7 pm



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”.



Blues on Tues with Terry Gillespie

and his Rhythm & Roots Band

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

Tuesday, November 23, 7-10 pm; $10





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, November 7Maple Blues Awards 2010 – nominees for Recording of the Year and Ottawa’s 23rd Annual R&B Festival

Next week, November 14 – Maple Blues Awards 2010 – nominees for Harmonica Player of the Year 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, 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.

Next week, November 10 – Keyboards: Pianists and organists Dave Bass, Dan Berg, Greg Burk, Roger Davidson, Hilario Duran, Joe Gilman, Greg Lewis, Richard Sussman and Chucho Valdes.


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!




November 1 to 5 - Canada Live celebrates the Great Canadian Song Quest 2010 artists, with concerts and performances from the 2010 Song Quest Gala.

Monday, November 1
concert 1: Brandon Isaak and The Twisters, recorded at The Top Knight Pub in Yellowknife

Brandon Isaak knows the road. As a musician growing up in Whitehorse, his first road trips were along the Yukon highways to play for audiences in the territory's small communities, like Mayo, Pelly Crossing, Dawson City and Burwash Landing. Along the way, he took what he learned from his musician father and developed a swinging, jump-blues style of songwriting and guitar playing. Then he headed south to BC, and hooked up with The Twisters. But he's never lost his feel for the north and those long stretches of highway. He spends a lot of time in Whitehorse, guaranteeing that he can live up to his nickname, "Yukon Slim".

concert 2: Chris Kirby and The Marquee, recorded at the Bella Vista Club in St. John's
With the release of his sophomore CD Vampire Hotel, Chris Kirby has emerged as one hot artist to watch in Eastern Canada. The 26-year-old Newfoundlander mixes R&B, soul and blues and delivers it rock solid and saucy. On stage, Kirby tears it up each night with his groove-busting band mates Craig Follett (bass) and Mark Marshall (drums). For this concert Chris Kirby and The Marquee are joined by the "Horns of Justice."

concert 3: Leela Gilday, recorded at The Folk On The Rocks Festival in Yellowknife
The audiences at Folk On The Rocks, Yellowknife's premier music event for 30 years now, have watched Leela Gilday grow up on stage. Her first appearance, as a hesitant 9-year-old, gave way over time to performances that marked her emergence as a powerful songwriter whose music brings contemporary and Dene musical traditions together. Her lyrics reflect the realities of life in Canada's North today, and are marked with humour, great affection, and an awareness of the challenges Aboriginal people face in a changing world. Those qualities led to her being chosen as the representative for the Northwest Territories in the 2010 Great Canadian Song Quest. On stage she is, by turns, a spokesperson for her people, an unapologetic romantic and unabashedly silly. With her soaring voice and dynamic guitar playing she warms the audience with her love of her roots. This recording marks her ninth appearance at Folk On The Rocks. Her return celebrated the release of her latest album, "Calling All Warriors," in front of an enthusiastic hometown crowd.

Tuesday, November 2
concert 1: Corb Lund and the Hurtin' Albertans, recorded on the Main Stage at the Calgary Folk Music Festival

Corb Lund is a storyteller and many of his songs tell the stories of the people and places at home in Alberta. He draws on his colourful ancestors and his own background, from the rodeo to the rock band. Corb Lund has been honoured at the Junos, the Canadian Country Music Awards, the Canadian Folk Music Awards, and the Western Canadian Music Awards. He performs all over the world but he says he loves to sing his songs at home and the Calgary Folk Music Festival audience loved singing along with him!

concert 2: Jason Plumb and the Willing, recorded in TV Studio 2 at CBC Regina Broadcast Centre
Jason Plumb is a Saskatchewan musical treasure, with a history of penning well-crafted songs that speak to love, life, and living in the great prairie province. From his early days as the frontman for the Juno-award winning band The Waltons to his more recent years as a solo artist, Jason Plumb has consistently been one of Saskatchewan's biggest musical ambassadors to Canada - both as songwriter and performer. He's been an important part of the Canadian musical landscape for over 20 years. Jason's last CD release was the 2009 Wide Open Music: Songs for Saskatchewan, but in this concert we hear him and his "willing" group of bandmates perform brand new material that will be included on a forthcoming 2011 release. CBC's own Jian Ghomeshi describes Jason as "one of Canada's best singer-songwriters", and the British music magazine Q has gone so far as to say "Songwriter Jason Plumb is not only one of Canada's best tunesmiths, but possibly one of the world's". It's not surprising then that Jason was selected as Saskatchewan's 'Great Canadian Song Quest' artist this year.

Wednesday, November 3
concert 1: Coeur de Pirate, recorded at College Jean-de-Brébeuf in Montreal

Béatrice Martin, a.k.a. C¦ur de Pirate, is a Montreal-based francophone musician who, it must be said, conjures up the image of Brigitte Bardot in her heyday. Martin is now barely in her twenties and in reference to the Coeur de Pirate moniker reflects, "A pirate is someone who doesn't care about anything, and I think that's similar to musicians in general. They write about what they feel and don't expect anything in return." Martin's music was discovered on MySpace a couple of years ago by Quebec band Bonjour Brumaire. She joined the band and performed on keyboards and vocals, while honing her compositional skills. In the spring of 2008, she left the band and started a solo project of her own. As C¦ur de Pirate she released her debut album at the ripe old age of 18. That CD was nominated for Francophone Album of the Year at the 2009 Juno Awards. Tonight's concert, recorded in September at her old alma mater College Jean-de-Brébeuf in Montreal, was a benefit to raise money for arts programming at the school. It was also the last concert she will be giving in 2010, as she works on her sophomore release.

concert 2: Hopeful Monster, recorded at Bread & Circus in Toronto
Hopeful Monster is the main musical project of Jason Ball. He describes the sound as psychedelic chamber pop, and listeners can hear the influences of the Beatles, Beck, Beach Boys and the Kinks. Hopeful Monster began at Jason's studio in 2001 but he then became involved with touring and other projects, so it took seven years for Hopeful Monster's second CD to be released. But now Jason Ball is readying Hopeful Monster's third disc and Canada Live was on hand to offer you a taste of what's coming. Joining Jason (piano & vocals) on stage at Bread & Circus in Toronto was Jose Contreras on guitar & backing vocals, Alex McMaster on cello and Randy Lee on violin.
This Canada Live program will also feature performances by Madeleine Allakariallak and Two Hours Traffic, recorded at the 2010 Great Canadian Song Quest Gala Concert

Thursday, November 4
concert 1: Jully Black, recorded on the John Street stage at CBC Toronto

Jully Black has had quite the year. She played at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, performed in London, England on Canada Day to 15,000 people, and opened for Kanye West in Singapore. All of this would be enough, but she continues to write songs and release albums. Jully's rightfully earning the title "Canada's queen of R&B." Hear her amazing pipes in this blistering set, recorded during this year's FIFA World Cup, as part of a special Soccer Nation concert in Toronto.

concert 2: Hannah Georgas, recorded at the Rio Theatre, Vancouver, Oct. 9, 2010
With Hannah Georgas it's hard to know where to begin. Where does it begin? The voice? - a voice that instantly draws you into her hopes, heartache and lust. Or is it the songs? - so full of blood and guts. Or is it the band she brings with her to the show? - in turns, punchy, sensitive and rocked out. Hannah brought her best to the Rio Theatre on a rainy Vancouver night in October.

Friday, November 5
concert 1: Thom Swift, recorded at CBC Studio H in Halifax

Thom Swift is having a very good year. Last winter the blues and folk singer/guitarist released his latest CD, Blue Sky Day, to great acclaim. He spent the summer touring to very appreciative audiences, even opening some shows for John Hiatt. And he was picked to represent New Brunswick in CBC Radio Two's Great Canadian Song Quest 2010: The Road Song. He recently brought his band - The El Caminos - to the legendary Studio H in CBC Halifax for an intimate concert before a very enthusiastic audience. It was roots music at its very best.

concert 2: Keri Latimer, recorded at the Folk Exchange in Winnipeg
Keri Latimer is best known as the lead singer and songwriter of the Juno award-winning band Nathan. Her captivating lyrical voice is immediately recognizable as are her poetic songs. Keri has been stretching her musical wings and her film score collaboration for the movie "Frozen River" was nominated for two Oscar Awards. In addition, over the last two years, Keri has been working on new material that showcases her in a solo setting. She's hoping to include the new songs on an album she'll call "Confessions of a Housewife." This concert was recorded at a very intimate venue called the Folk Exchange that seats only 50 people. During the first Great Canadian Song Quest in 2009, Keri's band Nathan was in the running to compose a song about a place in Manitoba. Although they didn't make the final vote, Keri Latimer was invited to come in as a guest on Winnipeg's CBC drive home show, take suggestions from the listening audience for place names and than compose a song within an hour on the program. Her performance helped her clinch the artist position for the latest Song Quest about road songs.

CBC Radio 1 broadcast, Fridays at 2:05 PM
Friday, November 5 on CBC Radio 1
concert 1: The Great Canadian Song Quest 2010 gala concert -- part 2
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.





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On BRAVO – http://www.bravo.ca

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.




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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