10 January 2011

Ottawa Blues This Week - 10 January 2011




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.




Ball And Chain And The Wreckers

Irene's Pub, 885 Bank Street

Saturday, January 15@ 9 pm; $8 at the door

We haven't played for a while and we wanna play real bad so come down to Irene's, grab a cool one and we'll kick it up together. John Steel will be our featured guest on pedal steel. We've got some new stuff along with your favourites and we'd love to see you.

Live music is where it's at, folks.

Thanks for reading

Michael &Jody

PS: We were interviewed for the new issue of Penguin Eggs and they also transcribed music and lyrics for the song "Open Pit Mine" from the new CD. We're happy to get a bit of press.







KG & the Shuffle Brothers

Brasseurs du Temps, 170 rue Montcalm, Gatineau QC

Monday, January 10; $5

Blues/r&b/soul with Kevin Gillespie, Nic Carey and Patrick McCann.




Carly D is broadcasting LIVE from IRENE’s

Tuesday, January 11, 6-10 pm

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:

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.




Dylan Black is broadcasting LIVE from IRENE’s, 6-10 pm

Southside Tuesday

With Steve Marriner

Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street

Tuesday, January 18

Join multi-talented multi-instrumentalist Steve Marriner for blues/country/roots music of all kinds.


OBS IBC Send-Off Party & Annual General Meeting

Tucson’s, 2440 Bank Street

January 21 @ 8:30 pm; $10

With performances by Road to Memphis winners: Al Wood & The Woodsman (Band Category) and Brandon Agnew & Benny Gutman (Solo/Duo Category)

Catch Ottawa's representatives to this year’s International Blues Challenge (IBC) in a full evening of entertainment to showcase the winning acts and to help raise funds to cover their expenses to travel to the international competition in Memphis, February 2011. All OBS members who attend will receive a free gift.

In conjunction with the “IBC Send off Party”, the OBS will host its Annual General Meeting which will include elections for President (2-year term) and two Directors (one 2-year term and one 1-year term). Information about the upcoming OBS Election was sent to all members December 6, 2010. OBS members can obtain further information (description of duties and Nomination Form): ottawabluessociety@gmail.com



Carlos Del Junco Band

The Waterfront Bistro, 590 Liverpool Rd. S., Pickering ON

Friday, January 21 @ 9 pm; Tickets: $25

Simultaneously sophisticated and raw, his playing blurs the boundaries between blues and jazz (hence the name for his band “The Blues Mongrels”). The emphasis is on blues, but Carlos and his band are not afraid to merrily traipse off in other directions delivering a seamless fusion of New Orleans second line grooves, swing, Latin, hip-hop or ska melodies, to swampy roots rock.




Bob Spelled Backwards

MERA Schoolhouse, McDonald’s Corners, ON

Saturday, January 22 @ 8 pm; $10 at the door

Bob Spelled Backwards is either a family folk music collective or a band with multiple personality disorder, depending on your point of view. A quintet of family members, Bob Spelled Backwards is also an umbrella under which a number of offshoots and scions have developed recently.

Danny Sullivan and Kathy Dorner, parents of the clan, have been writing songs and performing together for twenty-five years and were the nucleus of a Windsor-based folk-rock band called the Dharma Bums in the early 1990s. A life-threatening illness sidelined their musical career shortly after they recorded their never-released CD, “When God Was Just A Little Girl”. A life-saving transplant put Danny on the road to recovery, and they began writing again, and with the youngest three of their five children, have been performing as Bob Spelled Backwards for the past couple of years.

Their new material fuses traditional folk, country blues, ballads, mountain music, reggae and good old-fashioned train songs. Danny and Kathy continue to appear occasionally as a duo, under the moniker of The Dharma Bums. Margaret Sullivan (23) and Japhy Sullivan (14) have their own solo acts, and Noah (16) and Japhy Sullivan have recently begun to perform together as The Lonesome Brothers.

Bob Spelled Backwards - “quirky folk-country-psychedelic-blues”

Tickets are $10, available at the door or in advance from Tickets Please. They can be ordered by phone at 613-485-6434 or online at www.ticketsplease.ca. For more information, contact 613-268-2376 or email shakeyacres@hotmail.com.


Al Wood & the Woodsmen

Brasseurs du Temps, 170 rue Montcalm, Gatineau QC

Monday, January 27; $5

Blues with Al Wood, Simon Meilleur and friends.




KBS Special Series Monthly Jam

Mojo Shooter with Special Guest Tim Campbell

RCHA Club, 237 Ontario Street, Kingston ON

Saturday January 15; $3 @ door

Tim Campbell is from Belleville and he was the Loyal Blues Fellowship representative at International Blues Challenge in Memphis for 2006 where he appeared on stage for the closing night with Eden Brent. Tim is one of Belleville’s finest musicians and we are very excited to have him come to Kingston and join us for our jam.

Always one of the best nights of entertainment Kingston has to offer – come early as seating is limited.

Sponsored by the Kingston Arts Council and the City of Kingston


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





101.9 DAWG-FM, CIDG, 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 16 – Maple Blues host Raoul Bhaneja’s “Blue Midnight”


Sundays: 6-8 pm

INSIDE THE BLUES with James Doran

Inside The Blues features music and interesting backgrounder information on today’s top Blues artists with a strong focus on Canadian talent mixed in with some great Blues classics. Hour Two features an in-depth interview and music from a different artist or blues industry VIP every week - again with a strong Canadian focus.

This week, January 16 – Interview guest – Danny Brooks

Next week, January 23 – Interview guest – David Rotundo



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, January 12 – Jim Reil: Co-Host Jim Reil introduces himself, musically speaking, with a taste of what you can expect from his future shows-from vintage Basie and Ellington to last months Vandermark 5 and Mary Halverson.

Next week, January 19 – Sketches of Spain: Miles Davis and Gil Evans recorded these pieces in November 1959 and March 1960. Trumpeter Lew Soloff re-recorded five of them with Steve Richman conducting the Harmonie Ensemble New York in May 2008. We’ll compare the two recordings tune by tune.


Alternate Sunday overnights (Monday morning) from 2-7 am

Rockin' the Blues From Canada

with Diane Wells

"Robert Farrell Musical Retrospective"

Monday, January 17 @ 2 am EST

(Sunday Overnight into Monday Morning)

Robert will be on live with host Diane Wells. Those of you who are night owls will get a treat as Robert will be debuting new material as well as talking about the music he has recorded since 1996.



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!




Leading up to the Maple Blues Awards on Monday, January 17, in Toronto, Canada Live will be airing several blues concerts, including Rita Chiarelli's concert recorded at the Empress Theatre in AB – to air this Tuesday, January 11 @ 7 pm on CBC Radio 2.

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, January 18

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

Friday, January 21

Big Chill @ Bass Line Station

Saturday, January 22

Three Times Lucky @ the Rainbow, 3:30-7:30 pm

Big Soul Project & the Bombast Blues Band @ the Rainbow

King Rattler @ Tucson’s

The Indelible Shameless Blues @ the Carleton Tavern

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

Barrelhouse @ Greenfield’s

Saturday, January 29

MonkeyJunk @ the Black Sheep Inn, Wakefield QC

Sunday, January 30

MonkeyJunk @ 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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