08 November 2010

Ottawa Blues This Week - 8 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 BĂ©langer

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





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”.




The Swan on the Rideau, 2730 River Road, Manotick ON
Saturday, November 13; 8 pm ‘til midnight

Clear is Sue Johnson and Christian Patterson; they put their own special spin on a variety of musical genres plus original material. Ken Kanwisher will be joining them on bass. 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!





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 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




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.



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.


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 14 – Maple Blues Awards 2010 – nominees for Harmonica Player of the Year and upcoming events

Next week, November 21


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

Next 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.


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!




Saturday, November 20

Sweet & the Back Beat @ 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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