20 December 2010

Ottawa Blues This Week - 20 December 2010




Sherri Harding & the Heat

Maxwell’s Bistro, 340 Elgin (upstairs)

Thursday, December 23 @ 9:15 pm to midnight; cover $7

A great evening of LIVE Soul and R&B music with Sherri Harding & the Heat. Providing "The Heat" for this show will be: Peter Beaudoin (bandleader/drums); Ed Bimm (keyboard); Gino Scaffidi (guitar); Tom McMahon (bass); and, Bernie Maisonneuve (backing vocals).

Because you probably don’t have to work the next day & you deserve a night out! Hope you can make it out to our upcoming show to help us celebrate a Cool Yule!


Acoustic Christmas Eve

With Al Tambay

Tucson’s, 2440 Bank Street

Friday, December 24, 1-5 pm

The Annual Al Tambay Acoustic Christmas Eve, with a relaxing candlelight atmosphere and good food & friends makes for an enjoyable afternoon as part of the holiday season.



Soirée True Blues

Blues On Tues with Terry Gillespie

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

Tuesday, December 21; 7-10 pm; cover $10

Terry will be playing with the fabulous Rhythm & Roots Reunion!

This baby is going to be a blast! (Bring your dancing shoes -k)

Seeded with little R&B

Jived up with some jazz

And a dash of reggae.

That is what is being served up on

As payback to everyone for all the good things that come our way; we are giving gifts to thems that come to Terry's gigs between now and Christmas – a 2-Tune Faux 45, for your listening pleasure - it is cool.





New Year’s Eve

With Jeff Rogers & the All-Day Daddies

Heart & Crown, 353B Preston Street

Friday, December 31



New Year’s Party

With Sweet and the Back Beat

D'Arcy McGee's, 360 Moodie Drive & Robertson Road, Bells Corners

Friday, December 31 @ 8:30 pm; tickets $30

Come bring in the New Year with us at Darcy McGee's and make it the perfect end to 2010 and the perfect start to 2011. We will be featuring Sweet and the Back Beat, who are so good we just had to book them again this year. They know how to continually jam out the songs that will keep you off your seat and up on your feet. Tickets are $30 and include champagne at midnight, a sandwich buffet and party favours. Please come in (or call 613-596-4226) to reserve your table in advance before they are all gone. Last year’s event sold out.




The Murray Kinsley Duo

Atomic Rooster, 303 Bank Street

Friday, December 24; 7-10 pm

We'll be playing a few tunes and hopefully being joined by as many friends as are about. There will be some percussion and amps and good cheer. C'mon out for some Christmas Eve fun.


New Years Eve Party

with Conspiracy

Tucson’s, 2440 Bank Street

Friday, December 31; Tickets - $25.00 reserved seating, $20.00 general admission

Bring in the New Year at Tucson's with Conspiracy a fun-loving band that plays the best of classic rock and R&B mixed with some of today's best tunes.

Special New Year's Eve Menu as well as our regular menu for your dining pleasure as well as a Champagne Toast at Midnight and Celebratory Party Favours to celebrate the arrival of 2011 in style!

Seating times are: 6:30, 7:30 or 8:00 pm. Entertainment starts at 10 pm


New Year's Eve

with The Hammerheads

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Friday, December 31; doors @ 8 pm; band starts @ 10 pm

Champagne Toast at Midnight; $25.00 per person

The Hammerheads music pays homage to the grandmasters of ‘70s funk (P-funk, Cameo, Chic, the JBs, Kool & the Gang, Rick James, Ohio Players, BT Express, SOS Band, etc).

The HHs are known for their cosmically theatrical, full-on, over the top live performances that have earned them the award of Ottawa’s favourite live band act 5 years in a row - as voted by readers of Ottawa Xpress magazine.



New Year’s Eve Dance

Almonte Civitan Hall, Almonte ON

Friday, January 31; doors open at 8:30 pm

A night of music from Brothers Chaffey, Kelly Prescott, Adam Puddington & many more special guests! This is one party you won't wanna miss. Throw on your dancing shoes and ring in the New Year Almonte style with great music & friends! Tickets are $15 and will be available soon!




New in November:

Southside Tuesdays

With Steve Marriner

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

Tuesdays, 9 pm – 1 am

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:

December 23 – Vince Halfhide

December 30 – Peter Brown

January 6 – Scott Amey

January 13 – John Yemensky

January 20 – John Steele

January 27 – Jesse Greene


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 Wednesday 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 featuring some of Canada's best Blues artists, is now in its 6th season. 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!

2010/11 LINE-UP
All artists appear with their bands
Visit artists’ web sites and MySpace sites for more information, audio and video clips.

January 21/22 (*2 night stand) – JACK DE KEYZER **SATURDAY NIGHT SOLD OUT**
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

CLIO & THE BLUES HIGHWAY have unfortunately had to cancel their February 18 BLUES ON THE RIDEAU @ THE COVE INN, Westport Show but good news! - we were able to secure one of Canada's best loved and hottest groups to fill the spot - the JOHNNY MAX BAND from Toronto.

February 18 – JOHNNY MAX BAND

Johnny is no stranger to BOTR @ The Cove - this will be his third visit and he is definitely one of the crowd favourites. A former Juno Award and multiple Maple Blues Award nominee Johnny and his band are up for another 3 MBAs this year. Led by Johnny's powerful vocals and entertaining showmanship and backed by a very tight group of veteran players this band serves up a superb smorgasbord of Blues, Stax-style Soul, R&B, Rock & Jazz that overflows the plate. Their new CD "It's A Long Road" is getting major airplay and praise on Blues stations across North America and no wonder - it's great!


Proceeds to the Rideau Waterway Land Trust

March 18 & 19 (*2 night stand) – MONKEYJUNK
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

Reserve your tickets early! Most Shows sell out weeks ahead. Even more important to book early if you need accommodation. There are a limited number of rooms available at The Cove and the B&B's in town and they fill up fast.

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, 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.




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, December 26 – Christmas Blues, part 3

Next week, January 2 – Christmas & New Year’s Blues


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, December 22 – Teddy Wilson: This elegant pianist in solo, trio, quartet, sextet and big band performances recorded between 1939 and 1983.

Next week, December 29 – The Best of 2010: Rons choice of the best jazz and blues recordings that he acquired during 2010.


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!




Lots of blues available in the concerts on demand section of the CBC Website …


Most of this year’s 24th Annual Women’s Blues Revue from Massey Hall, Saturday November 27 is available here:


And check out Dougal Bichan’s photos of the WBR here:





ALWAYS check local listings to confirm.

On BRAVO – http://www.bravo.ca

Tuesday, December 21 @ 7:30 am – Rhythm, Roots & Soul

In Good We trust, Harry Manx & Kevin Breit (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 Harry Manx and Kevin Breit.

Tuesday, December 28 @ 7:30 am – Rhythm, Roots & Soul

Keep on Believing/Lou Pride (2007) – This series profiles R&B, soul, gospel and roots musicians through their words and their music. Mako Funasaka documents a moment in time of these wonderful musicians from many different musical genres. This episode features Chicago R&B soul musician, Lou Pride.




Wednesday, December 29

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

Saturday, January 1

Steve Marriner’s New Years Hangover Party @ Irene’s

Sunday, January 2

River City Junction host the Sunday afternoon Blues Jam @ the Rainbow, 4-7:30 pm

Friday & Saturday, January 7-8

Tucson’s Customer Appreciation Weekend

Sunday, January 9

Dr. Dave hosts the Sunday afternoon Blues Jam @ the Rainbow, 4-7:30 pm

Tuesday, January 11

DAWG FM live broadcast – Southside Tuesday with Steve Marriner @ Irene’s

Friday, January 14

The Jivewires @ Irene’s

Saturday, January 15

Ball & Chain and the Wreckers @ Irene’s

The FunKtion @ the Elmdale House Tavern

Brothers Chaffey @ the Black Sheep Inn, Wakefield QC

Sunday, January 16

Wicked Grin host the Sunday afternoon Blues Jam @ the Rainbow, 4-7:30 pm

Friday, January 21

Big Chill @ Bass Line Station

Saturday, January 22

Big Soul Project & the Bombast Blues Band @ the Rainbow

Sunday, January 23

Al Wood & the Woodsmen host the Sunday afternoon Blues Jam @ the Rainbow, 4-7:30 pm

Friday, January 28

JW-Jones @ the Rainbow

Saturday, January 29

Monkey Junk @ the Black Sheep Inn, Wakefield QC

Sunday, January 30

Monkey Junk @ the Black Sheep Inn, Wakefield QC @ 4 pm

River City Junction host the Sunday afternoon Blues Jam @ the Rainbow, 4-7:30 pm



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