06 December 2010

Ottawa Blues This Week - 6 December 2010




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)





Terry Gillespie

Irene’s, 885 Bank Street

Saturday, December 11

Everyone who comes to Irene’s on the 11th will get a Faux 45. Selling the Faux it is how the “Big Money” CD (released in September) was financed. Come and get yours at Irene’s.

Terry will be playing with the fabulous Rhythm & Roots Reunion Band! There're hot (and handsome too!) Terry won’t be back until the spring he will be touring up and down the 401 and in the studio from now until then.

Big Money” seems to be covering the globe slowly but steadily:

A podcast from Australia where they play Terry's tune ‘Jones” as a Canadian DJ from CKLN Toronto enters the studio for a visit.

In Honolulu they played Sue Foley’s and Pete Karp’s version of ‘Scared’ back-to-back with Terry’s version.




Virée Blues Boréale presents

Mike DeWay

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

Wednesday, December 8 @ 8 pm

The 12th edition of Virée Blues Boréale is coming to a close. It has been a record edition, attendance wise, which points to an impressive lucky 13th edition to come.

To open your festive season, join the Virée Blues Boréale gang and Mike DeWay & The Only Blues Band. In his francophone Blues as well as his renderings of Chicago Blues hits, Mike DeWay brings a ‘joie de vivre’, a good-natured humour, reminiscent of yesteryear's join-in folksongs. He is a highly talented warm-voiced communicator, an artistically-inspired guitarist and his renderings in french stem from the purest tradition of Chicago Blues, from the Blues, and only the Blues. This talented and colourful performer defines the Blues as “music from the heart, from the guts and from the soul” and, as they say in Quebec, “party music”.

On this occasion, he’ll be accompanied by his own group, the Only Blues Band, a group of solid performers which includes a brass section. They are Ray Cantin on bass, Charles ‘Chuck’ Gilbert on guitar, Gilles Potvin on drums, Patrick Camiré on trumpet and Sébastien Grenier on sax.





Facebook: “vireebluesboreale”


Zapp Productions presents

James Cotton

Regent Theatre, Picton ON

Friday, December 10 @ 8 pm; tickets $39.50

Box office (613) 476-8416 ext 28 or toll free (877) 411-4761

A memorable evening with an international treasure and a true Living Legend of the Blues – Grammy Award winner, James Cotton and his Chicago Blues Band play the Regent Theatre in Picton. The year 2010 is Cotton’s 66th year in the entertainment business. What an amazing adventure ‘Superharp’ is experiencing with his little harmonica.

Visit www.jamescottonsuperharp.com for an extended biography and more information.

Sponsored by County Cider and the Acoustic Grill.


Swan Song

This week – Marc Cowie

The Swan on the Rideau, 2730 River Road, Manotick ON
Saturday, December 11; 8 pm ‘til midnight

Marc Cowie has been playing guitar and singing for the best part of his life. In recent years he has taken his musical talents to a whole new and exciting high! His vocals have a unique sound that range anywhere from silky smooth to rockin’ raunchy! This young Canadian has some serious talent! Although his focus is guitar and vocals, his musical capabilities don’t stop there. He can play anything from the piano to the harmonica to bongos & djembes. His combination of vocals, various instruments and beats create a musical atmosphere that fills any room with a live concert experience. A young, talented and personable fellow he makes a good connection with his audience with old school rock and roll and original numbers

Marc has a band but will be performing solo at The Swan. He’s reminiscent of a young Bryan Adams and the young waitresses at the Swan place are gaga over him.




Just one more week to vote!


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





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 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 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
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

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, 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.




A Christmas Gospel Celebration

NAC Studio,

Friday & Saturday, December 17-18; tickets $30 (+ taxes & fees)

Just in time for Christmas – two unforgettable evenings of gospel music with Rev. Ernie Cox. Some of Ottawa’s best musicians will make up the band, along with a horn section featuring Michael Webster from New York City – he’s doing the horn arrangements, and will also be playing sax with the horn section as well as soloing. Core singers will be the London Trio Plus+, along with some additional singers, bringing the choir to about 15. Local and legendary blues/jazz singer Andrea Karam will be singing with the backup group, and she’ll solo as well.

Two evenings of grand and glorious gospel, and the addition of some uplifting and stirring Christmas gospel will surely get your hands clapping and toes tapping. Part of the evening will be devoted to some favourite carols. So come planning to sing! The ushers will be handing out booklets with words, so you can sing along to some of the carols with the band and the choir – all in soulful gospel style.

Come and bring your friends – hope to see you there!




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 12 – Christmas Blues, part 1

Next week, December 19 – Christmas Blues, part 2


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 8 – Lula Reed: A singer with a distinctive style, who came from the church, found fame with R&B bandleader Sonny Thompson, but gave it all up to return to the church. We’ll hear her recordings from 1951 to 1962 for the King and Federal labels.

Next week, December 15 – Ornette Coleman Quartet Reunion: The magnificent 1990 Italian concert by the reunited Ornette Coleman Quartet of Ornette Coleman [alto sax], Don Cherry [trumpet], Charlie Haden [bass] and Billy Higgins [drums].


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!




CBC Radio Two's Canada Live @ 7 pm Mon/Fri

Thursday, December 9
concert 1: Downchild,
recorded at Massey Hall in Toronto
The Downchild Blues band started its career in 1969. 40 years later, the band has played thousands of gigs and inspired hundreds of other Canadian blues bands, as well as being known as the band that inspired Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi to form The Blues Brothers. On their 40th Anniversary Downchild pulled out all the stops for a national tour. Canada Live caught up with them at their sold out performance at Massey Hall. The concert features Master of Ceremonies Dan Aykroyd and musical guests Colin Linden, Colin James, Jonas, and the blues legend James Cotton.

CBC Radio 1 broadcast, Fridays at 2:05 PM
Friday, December 10 on CBC Radio 1
concert 1: Downchild,
recorded at Massey Hall in Toronto
The Downchild Blues band started its career in 1969. 40 years later, the band has played thousands of gigs and inspired hundreds of other Canadian blues bands, as well as being known as the band that inspired Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi to form The Blues Brothers. On their 40th Anniversary Downchild pulled out all the stops for a national tour. Canada Live caught up with them at their sold out performance at Massey Hall. The concert features Master of Ceremonies Dan Aykroyd and musical guests Colin Linden, Colin James, Jonas, and the blues legend James Cotton.

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 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.




Tuesday, December 14

Tyler Bell Band (shooting a live music video) @ the Rainbow

Saturday, December 18

Big Chill @ Tucson’s

Sunday, December 19

Tempus Fugitives hosts the Rainbow Sunday jam

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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