27 December 2010

Ottawa Blues This Week - 27 December 2010




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.




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!




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!



Steve Marriner’s New Year’s Hangover Party

Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street

Saturday, January 1 @ 9:30 pm; $5

Steve + many guests will cure your hangover . . .





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 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


February 18 – JOHNNY MAX BAND

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.




Li’l Blues Pill & Big Chill

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Saturday, January 15

A double-header show featuring Li’l Blues Pill, an up and coming rockin' blues trio from London, ON and Ottawa’s own Big Chill.




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, January 2 – Christmas & New Year’s Blues

Next week, January 9 – Blues Summit Showcase Preview


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

Next week, January 5 – Listen Before You Buy: Recent jazz releases. Will be chosen from Jason Adasiewicz, Alaniaris, Avishai Cohen, Tom Culver, Chris Dahlgn, Exploding Star Orchestra, Tania Gill, Brad Goode, Phil Hawkins, Darcy Hepner, Jazz Passengers, Matt Jorgensen, Dave Liebman, Mathias Lupri, Sue Richardson, Keith & Julie Tippett and Undivided.


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!




Broadcast on CBC Radio Two at 7 pm nationally...

Monday, December 27

concert 1: Back to the Coast: Chris Church and friends
recorded at the Mainstage Tent in Halifax, as part of the 2010 Halifax Jazz Festival
Chris Church is a violinist and home-grown talent who has achieved international success working with Jesse Cook, as well as recording, performing and touring his own material. His music is world in every sense, and combines strong musicianship with a wide ranging stylistic base and an immediate, accessible sound. For this one-time concert, CBC radio 2 assembled a cast of world-class musicians to join Chris Church on stage. The result is heavy on cool rhythms with lots of percussion, a variety of wind sounds, captivating vocals, and two original pieces commissioned for this concert by CBC radio 2.

Wednesday, December 29

concert 1: Frank Loesser 100th Anniversary tribute
recorded in Studio 1 at CBC Vancouver as part of the 2010 Vancouver International Jazz Festival
"Spring will be a Little Late This Year," "Heart and Soul," "Baby It's Cold Outside" -- do you recognize these song titles? They're all courtesy of Frank Loesser. Loesser wrote the words and music for two of Broadway's all time hits: "Guys and Dolls" and "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying." He wrote music prolifically for Hollywood films -- from Jack Benny comedies, to war-time weepers, to Danny Kaye's depiction of "Hans Christian Andersen." And then there are his songs, more than 800 of them. June 29, 2010 would have been Frank Loesser's 100th birthday, so CBC gathered some of Vancouver's finest jazz heavyweights to pay tribute with new arrangements. Singers Karin Plato and Adam Thomas, backed up by Bill Coon, Chris Davis, Mike Allen, Miles Black, Sean Cronin, and Julian McDonough, had the audience on their feet.

Friday, December 31
Canada Live presents a special New Year's Eve show.
From young rising stars to some of Canada's best-known artists, from intimate stages to packed arenas, from solo acts to tribute performances, we look back some of our favourite concert moments of 2010.

CBC Radio 1 broadcast, Fridays at 2:05 PM
Friday, December 31 on CBC Radio 1
Canada Live presents a special New Year's Eve show.
From young rising stars to some of Canada's best-known artists, from intimate stages to packed arenas, from solo acts to tribute performances, we look back some of our favourite concert moments of 2010.

Monday, January 3, 2011
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."

Friday, January 7, 2011
concert 1: Thom Swift
recorded at CBC Studio H in Halifax
Thom Swift had a great 2010. 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 2010 Great Canadian Song Quest: The Road Song. He 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.

CBC Radio 1 broadcast, Fridays at 2:05 PM
Friday, January 7, 2011 on CBC Radio 1
concert 1: The Great Canadian Song Quest 2010 gala concert -- part 1
recorded at Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto
The 2010 Great Canadian Song Quest, was all about 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 sang the praises of a Toronto neighbourhood street in "At the Roncies", while Hannah Georgas took 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 show 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.

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 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.

Tuesday, January 18 @ 10:30 pm Garrett Mason, Born to the Blues (2008)
Documentary featuring the JUNO award-winning son of Dutch Mason, the Prime Minister of the Blues, as he forges his own style of music and develops a dedicated fan base throughout Canada.




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

The Jesse Greene Band @ Tucson’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 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



1 comment:

D.D. Rocker (a.k.a. Misty Blue 1955) said...

Please note that my live interview with Ottawa musician Robert Farrell will take place on Monday, January 17, 2011, at 2 a.m. EST (also referred to as Sunday overnight)on CKCU 93.1 FM (streaming live online at www.ckcufm.com). It will be recorded and re-broadcast on Monday, January 31, at 6 a.m.

D.D. Rocker, Programmer/Host, "Rockin' the Blues from Canada", CKCU 93.1 FM