15 November 2010

Ottawa Blues This Week - 15 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 your 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





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.

David Rotundo SOLD OUT

The Cove Inn, Westport ON

Friday, November 19, 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 Westport Library

Back by popular demand. Down and dirty Blues with dynamite harmonica and voice. A high energy, entertaining show guaranteed every time.


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;

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




The 12th edition of Virée Blues Boréale presents

The David Rotundo Band

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

Wednesday, November 17 @ 8 pm

After his remarkable performance during our 4th edition, it is with great pleasure that we welcome this Great Canadian Bluesman back to Virée Blues Boréale. With his charisma, his devotion and proximity, this internationally renowned harmonica virtuoso made a strong impression at Virée Blues Boréale.

David Rotundo decided to buy his first harmonica right after he heard James Cotton perform at the El Mocambo. He then assembled his group, Blue Canadians and performed in the United States, from Chicago to Austin, through Memphis and New Orleans. His CD, "Blowing for Broke" won the "Best 2001 Blues Album" of the 'Canadian Independent Artists Association and also earned him a Maple Blues Award. The following year, in 2002, the Maple Blues Awards gave him the prize for "Best New Artist of The Year". The David Rotundo Band got under way in 2003. In late 2007, David recorded and released his live album, "Live at Roc 'N Doc's" which captured the true essence of the band’s high energy live performance. In 2008 it was considered in the top twenty blues albums released that year by various community radio stations with blues format shows. As a songwriter who easily pulls inspiration from the world around him to fuel his continual writing, Rotundo choose twelve new original songs to grace his fourth album, which again featured Enrico Crivellaro on guitar as well as Jeff Healey’s keyboardist Dave Murphy. “No Looking Back” was released in March 2009 to overwhelming response from fans both new and old.




Hugh Pool & Mulebone EARLY SHOW!

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

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

Advance tickets available at Compact Music

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

And catch Fathead live interview and acoustic performance at 7 pm on 101.9 DAWG FM

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!




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”.





Tony D & Zeek Gross – together again

Elmdale House Tavern, 1084 Wellington Street

Saturday, November 20 @ 9:30 pm; $10

“Sexy Guitar Night, featuring Salacious Sax” – an evening of Instrumental Music for the passionate. Also featuring Joe Hawkins on Bass and Jack MacGregor on Drums.




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.



Chuck Karn with Ryszard Cimek

The Swan on the Rideau, 2730 River Road, Manotick ON
Saturday, November 20; 8 pm ‘til midnight

Very popular with the crowd at the Swan (this is his 4th or 5th gig there this year), Chuck Karn teams up with Ryszard Cimek to play blues, jazz … you name it.





New in November:

Southside Tuesdays

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 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.

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




Music in Merrickville

Baldachin Inn, Merrickville ON

Upcoming shows:

Saturday, December 11 – the Brothers Chaffey with Tony D Band @ 8 pm; $20

Saturday, January 22 – Lee Harvey Osmond (Tom Wilson) with Harlan Pepper

$30 includes gallery showing of Tom Wilson's paintings

Saturday, February 26 – Jack De Keyzer with TBA @ 8 pm; $20

A new music series in Merrickville kicked off on Saturday, November 13 with Silver Creek. Organizer Suzy Brickell wrote: “Silver Creek was fantastic, a great way to start Music in Merrickville and certainly well attended.”

Tickets for upcoming shows go on sale approx 3 weeks prior to show

Rooms are available at the Baldachin Inn or for other accommodation in the area, check the links at http://www.facebook.com/l/5e2bcEhuTi7RsyvZWSUzAa1I1zA;www.baldachin.com

Show is licensed with light snacks available.

Table or individual seating; no reservations required.

All tickets available at Compact Music or by calling the Baldachin Inn at 613-269-4223

Tickets will be available at the door unless sold out.




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



Jenny MacDonald

With special acoustic performance by “Loon Choir”

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Wednesday, December 1

Nova Scotia songstress, Jenny MacDonald will stop in Ottawa as part of her multi-province Canadian tour. Fresh from the studio, MacDonald will offer a sneak peak of her soon-to-be-released material from her new album, "Bye, Bye, Mr. Bluesman" which will hit the streets and radio waves in early 2011. Recorded by East Coast Music Award recipient Scott Hupman (2009 Blues Album of the Year - The Hupman Brothers), the album features a number of talented east coast and Canadian musicians including: Scott and Ryan Hupman (The Hupman Brothers), Ian Sherwood, Matt Myer (Gypsophelia), Rob Crowell (The Mellotones/Deer Tick), and more!
Aesthetically, the album takes the listener through a dreamy collection of 15 blues-inspired songs, tales of hellos, goodbyes, frustrations, and butterflies. A small, but mighty force, Jenny MacDonald offers a performance that is at once bold and brassy, delicate and fragile, and quirky enough to leave you smiling, laughing, and crying. With a personality as generous as her talent comes a charismatic performance - fulfilling from start to finish.



Old Man Luedecke

Black Sheep Inn, Wakefield QC

Friday, December 3

Old Man Luedecke is one of Canada’s best loved and most intriguing roots singer-songwriters. His memorable melodies, poetic sense and easy charisma appeal to anyone searching for new growth from old roots. Born in Toronto, he has made his home for years in the music rich maritime province of Nova Scotia, on the east coast of Canada. There his music has been wholeheartedly adopted and is becoming representative for its traditional storytelling folk elements. It speaks to a new generation of people craving such meaning in their music. Luedecke is a young man with an old soul who doesn’t sugar coat his fears and this lets his songs breathe with a fresh breeze of bittersweet hopefulness.



Wild T & the Spirit

Tucson’s, 2440 Bank Street

Friday, December 3

Wild T is building a reputation for himself as the next premier guitarist to emerge from the Canadian music scene! Wild T ranks up there with Jeff Healey and Colin James as one of the finest guitarists Canada has produced. Be sure to catch this Canadian Guitar Sensation!



Ross Neilsen & the Suffrin’ Bastards

With Papa Shango

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Saturday, December 4

Whether telling tall tales or capturing the spirit of the blues through his own originals and unique covers in his intimate solo shows or combining clever lyrics with old school, in-your-face guitar playing with his band, Ross Neilsen will take you on an emotional journey through the joys and pains of life, death, triumph and defeat. Neilsen will touch your heart, soul, body and mind, sending you home to sing yourself to sleep. And in the morning? You will want more, much more.

(edited from info by Sarah French)



Brandon Agnew

Avant-Garde Bar, 135½ Besserer Street

Saturday, December 4 @ 8 pm

Brandon Agnew & The Pocket 4’s – Blues/Roots/Jazz
Old Whiskey Road (Ottawa, ON) – Folk/Country/Roots
Huntley Slim & The Suburban Cowboys (Carp, ON) – Bluegrass/Country/Roots


Treasa Levasseur

Black Sheep Inn, Wakefield QC

Friday, December 10

Born in Winnipeg, raised in North Bay, and long-time resident in Toronto, Treasa Levasseur’s roots spread far and dig deep. She goes “home” several times a year, and when she played in Toronto’s famed Massey Hall as part of the Women’s Blues Revue, her mother came to see her perform — for the first time.

Levasseur plays piano, accordion, guitar, mandolin, and anything else she can get her hands on. In May of 2008, she won CBC Radio’s ‘Ultimate Sideman Showdown’ with her trusty accordion and charming presence. Heavily influenced by such soul artists as Mavis Staples, Carole King and Annie Lennox, she remains musically versatile and has played everything from heavy metal to hiphop, country, sugary pop and thoughtful folk music.

Above all, Levasseur has a passion for making music. She simply wants to PLAY — and, in addition to her own career, she cheerfully makes the time to play with at least three other bands on a regular basis. The fact is that she has now created a new family in the big city— a wide-ranging group of musicians and music fans who have learned to love her passionate commitment, unerring harmony singing and instrumental prowess.

Her 2nd CD, “Low Fidelity” may well be a collection of personal songs and stories, but it is never mawkish or sentimental. And her descriptions of romantic entanglements and love (sometimes lust) lost and found resonate with everyone. Everyone, after all, has been there, done that, and lived to identify with the way Levasseur tells the tale.

As always, she has plenty to say, and she will continue to say it with sincerity and sass and a powerful voice that cannot be ignored or denied.

(edited from bio by Richard Flohil & Jadea Kelly)



Maria Hawkins Band

Annual Pre-New Year's Party

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Wednesday, December 29

Maria's vocal skills, backed by an ensemble of some of Ottawa's best musicians and her own bottomless energy, combine on stage for an exhilarating musical experience that leaves participants breathless.

She isn't just about the blues. Maria's voice creates a rich palette of colours and textures in virtually any musical styling: Motown, R&B, soulful soul and funky funk. Don't Miss The Maria Hawkins Experience!





Kingston Blues Society Jam

RCHA Club 193 Ontario Street

3rd Saturday of each month, $3 at the door

Host Band: Mojo Shooter, plus many of Kingston’s best musicians. Always one of the best nights of entertainment Kingston has to offer – come early as seating is limited. Come out and see Mojo Shooter, Dan and some of Kingston's best musicians get together and jam the night away.


Georgette Fry

Brandees, 178 Ontario Street, Kingston ON

Every Thursday night at 8:30 pm (new start time)

The Ones

Monte’s in the Prince George Hotel, 200 Ontario Street, Kingston ON

Every Thursday night @ 9 pm

Sam Hopkins and Spencer Evans

Upstairs @ the Brew Pub

Every Second Sunday 2-4 PM


For more, please contact Kingston Blues Society





DAWG-FM, CIDG, 101.9 is ON THE AIR! Blues 24/7

Live streaming on the website at http://www.dawgfm.com/

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 21 – Extended show – Maple Blues Awards 2010 – nominees for Female & Male Vocalist of the Year

Next week, November 28 – Maple Blues Awards 201 – nominees for Entertainer of the Year and Electric Act of the Year


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 17 – Larkin’s Jazz: A Proper box containing the favourite recordings of English poet/critic Philip Larkin offers us the opportunity to enjoy some rarely-heard vintage jazz and blues recordings.

Next week, November 24 – Seasonal Suggestions: Recent jazz and blues releases, with an emphasis on vocal performances.


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, November 15
concert 1: Ray Bonneville
, recorded at the 2010 Edmonton Folk Music Festival
The music Ray Bonneville creates is full of rich imagery, swampy New Orleans grooves, and an infectious rhythm that mimics a self-assured swagger on a Beale Street Saturday night. Seems like a natural progression for this immensely talented Montreal native who traveled North America, spent time at the mouth of the Mississippi, and finally settled in the nurturing roots music hotbed of Austin, Texas. If the term 'one man band' conjures up images of a clown with a bass drum on his back and cymbals between his knees, you need only to relish in the roots-music ensemble that is Ray Bonneville to give you a whole new appreciation.

concert 2: Mighty Popo, recorded in a house in Vancouver
Growing up a Rwandan refugee in Burundi, Mighty Popo taught himself to play guitar - one without a full set of strings. He almost enrolled to fight for Nelson Mandela and considers himself lucky to have come to Canada, although getting established was not easy. He became immersed in the Ottawa blues scene as that style is very close to the traditional Rwandan music he heard from his grandparents. Now a Canadian citizen, he's played and recorded with many bands, toured Europe, and just released his fifth CD, “Gakondo”. CBC Radio caught up with Mighty Popo at an intimate house concert in Vancouver where he was suffering from a spring cold, but that didn't deter this enthralling entertainer.

Tuesday, November 16
concert 1: Po' Girl
, recorded at The Black Sheep Inn in Wakefield, Quebec
Canadian urban roots band Po'Girl is getting proactive! Alli Russell, Awna Teixeira, Benny Sidelinger, and Mikey "Lightning" August took the new show on the road in the U.S.A. and Canada for the "No Shame Tour." Part of the proceeds from their merchandise sales went to charities that assist abused children. Alli was a victim of child abuse, suffered at the hands of her stepfather, so it's a subject close to her heart. This compelling tale would be reason enough to open your ears to this band, but it also happens they are like a modern-day Kate & Anna McGarrigle with their high-low harmonies and sheer musicality. Po'Girl showcases a wide array of instruments, from gutbucket bass, accordion, clarinet, banjo, dobro, guitar, to electric bass, glockenspiel, piano, harmonica, bicycle bells, and drums.

Thursday, November 18
concert 1: Nikki Yanofsky
, recorded at the Pantages Theatre in Winnipeg as part of the Jazz Winnipeg Festival
Since breaking onto the music scene four years ago at the tender age of 12, Montreal's Nikki Yanofsky has established herself as a stunningly vibrant singer. When she was 13, Nikki became the youngest artist ever to record for Verve Records with her version of "Airmail Special" for a CD dedicated to Ella Fitzgerald. Her first album "Ella.Of Thee I Swing" came out in 2008 and picked up two Juno nominations. Since than, Nikki has worked with a who's who of songwriters and performers. Her profile took a huge leap when she performed during the recent Olympics in Vancouver to a global television audience. Her
concert at the historic Pantages Theatre, where Ella Fitzgerald once performed, was much anticipated, and very well received. Nikki possesses a wonderful tone, exacting intonation and an innate ability to swing. You could almost feel the spirit of Ella Fitzgerald watching over Nikki's exciting performance that night.

Friday, November 19
concert 1: Madagascar Slim
, recorded at the Silver Dollar in Toronto
Although he came to Canada to study accounting, Madagascar Slim has instead found a life here using a different set of numbers - the musical kind. This world and blues guitarist has performed with such bands as Tri-Continental and African Guitar Summit. He is also a three-time Juno Award winner. Canada Live caught up with Madagascar Slim in December, when he was performing with his own band at the Silver Dollar.

CBC Radio 1 broadcast, Fridays at 2:05 PM
Friday, November 19
concert 1: Nikki Yanofsky

(for details, see Thursday, November 18 concert 1 above)

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




ALWAYS check local listings to confirm.

On BRAVO – http://www.bravo.ca

Monday, November 15 @ 9 pm

An Evening with Willie Nelson and Wynton Marsalis Playing the Blues (2007)
Filmed in 2007, two iconic figures from the world of jazz and country, Wynton Marsalis and Willie Nelson come together for a one-off performance live at the Rose Theatre at Lincoln Center's House of Swing in New York City. Songs include "Down by the Riverside," "Stardust," "Georgia on My Mind," and more.

Tuesday, November 16 @ 7:30 am – Rhythm, Roots & Soul

Diamond Days/Eric Bibb (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 musician Eric Bibb.

Tuesday, November 23 @ 7:30 am – Rhythm, Roots & Soul

The Phenomenal Ruthie Foster (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 performer Ruthie Foster.

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

Salty Sessions/Hot Toddy (2008)
This series profiles R&B, soul, gospel and roots musicians through their words and music. Mako Funasaka documents a moment in time of these wonderful musicians from many different musical genres. This episode features the band Hot Toddy.

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

Nothing Halfway, Rick Fines & Susie Vinnick (2008)
This series profiles R&B, soul, gospel and roots musicians through their words and music. Mako Funasaka documents a moment in time of these wonderful musicians from many different musical genres. This episode features Rick Fines and Suzie Vinnick.




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

Friday, December 3

Barrelhouse @ the Rainbow

Thursday, December 9

John Carroll @ the Elmdale Tavern

Friday, December 10

Wicked Grin @ Tucson’s

Saturday, December 11

Terry Gillespie @ Irene’s

Quicksand @ Tucson’s

Sunday, December 12

River City Junction hosts the Rainbow Sunday jam

Saturday, December 18

Big Chill @ Tucson’s

Sunday, December 26

Boxing Day Open Jam with Dr. Dave @ the Rainbow

Wednesday, December 29

Maria Hawkins Annual Pre-New Year’s Bash @ the Rainbow



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