14 February 2011

Ottawa Blues This Week - 14 February 2011




Roots Music Canada is proud to celebrate the achievements and contributions of Black Canadian musicians during Black History Month. No one is more deserving of recognition than the late, legendary

Jackie Washington.

Please check out Allison Brown's radio piece celebrating his life at





The 13th edition of Virée Blues Boréale presents

the 1st album of The Goodmen Band

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

Wednesday, February 16 @ 8 pm

The Goodmen Band is Mike Goudreau, singer and guitarist better known as leader of the Boppin Blues Band, organist Lorrie Goodman, from The Albert Failey Blues Band and from The Organization, and drum sticks virtuoso, Stéphane Jetté who performs with many bluesmen from Quebec. This new album, “Dancing Shoes” consists of 15 new songs, of which 14 are original compositions by Goodman and Goudreau. There are some grooves funky Meters/Maceo Parker style, some swing like Jimmy Smith’s, McGriff’s, McDuff’s, some Blues in the style of Albert King (while in a trio before he worked with Booker T and Stax Records), some Southern Soul/Gospel songs Al Green/Otis Redding style and some New Orleans, all of those performed the Goodmen Band’s way.

Mike Goudreau, singer-guitarist-composer was instrumental in developing the passion for the Blues of Virée Blues Boréale producer, Alexandre Petit, when leading the legendary Boppin’ Blues Band. Mike Goudreau also played a major role in the emergence of the francophone Blues, an almost unheard of genre until then.

Lorrie Goodman, organist and composer, is the oldest of the trio. He played at the mythical ''Cafe Penelope'' where artists like Junior Wells, Buddy Guy, Paul Butterfield, Joni Mitchell, Frank Zappa and Jesse Winchester were starring. At 19, he was a member of the popular Montreal Blues group, The Albert Failey Blues Band. After more than 8 years touring and performing in major clubs, he retired from the stage for 15 years to enjoy family life. He is now performing concerts and as co-founder of the Organization Trio.

Drummer Stéphane Jetté is only 30. Already a drum virtuoso with a Bachelor of Music from UQAM, he started his career at 14. He leaned toward Funk, Blues, New-Orleans, Rock and R&B. Stéphane Jetté is a regular with harmonicist-singer Carl Tremblay. He also performs with his funk /R&B band, What Is Hip and with the Blues group, Rosy Blues Band.

So it’s a rendez-vous for the launch of “Dancing Shoes”, the first album of this new group with 80 years total stage experience!




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Friday, February 18, check out Bluestone at Greenfield’s

On Saturday, February 19, The Mud Boys bring their Rock ‘n’ Roll Revue to Tucson’s, and Three Times Lucky holds a CD Release at Greenfield’s.




Blues on the Rideau presents

Johnny Max Band

The Cove Inn, Westport ON

Friday, February 18; 7-11 pm; dinner & show $55

There are still tickets available for the Johnny Max Band, appearing at Blues On The Rideau At The Cove Inn, Westport this Friday, February 18. Don't miss this great band when they're here – they don't get up this way often!

Johnny is bringing the same 5-piece band that appears on his fabulous new CD "It's A Long Road" which was just nominated for the 2011 Juno Award for Blues Album Of The Year. The JMB was also nominated for 3 Maple Blues Awards this year. Songs from "It's A Long Road" have been getting major airplay on stations across North America including Bill Wax's B.B. King Bluesville Show on XM Satellite Radio where it was named a "Pick To Click".


Proceeds from this Show are going to the Rideau Waterway Land Trust

Advance Reservations are required. No tickets at the door

Call (613) 273-3636 or 1-888-COVE-INN





Diana Braithwaite & Chris Whiteley

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

Friday, February 18 @ 9 pm; tickets $30

Maple Blues Award Winners!! Diana and Chris won Songwriter of the Year Award at the 2010 Maple Blues Awards Show. Whiteley also won Best Horn Player and Lifetime Achievement Award. Total Awards for the dynamic duo to date – 8 Maple Blues Awards, a Gemini and African-American Women in the Arts Award, a Cable Ace Award LA, six Juno nominations and a Golden Sheaf and Jazz Report Award. With southern Florida roots, Diana Braithwaite was dubbed a “national treasure” by Bluz FM radio host Danny Marks. A gifted and captivating performer, Braithwaite was chosen by Sarah McLachlan to open Lilith Fair at the Molson Amphitheatre , before 18,000 people. Her talent, and authentic blues shows have led her into the company of such stalwarts as Mel Brown, Albert Collins, John Lee Hooker and Jeff Healey. Chris Whiteley moved to Toronto as a youth where he met the great blues legend Lonnie Johnson who taught and encouraged him. During the late ‘70s Whiteley toured and recorded with Leon Redbone, appearing with him on Saturday Night Live. He also worked with a great mentor, the legendary Chicago piano player Blind John Davis. Braithwaite and Whiteley will be joined by Jesse Whiteley (keyboard), and Maple Blues Award Winners Gary Kendall (bass) and Mike Fitzpatrick (drums) of Downchild Blues Band.






Southside Tuesdays with Steve Marriner

Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street


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


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:

February 17 – Mathieu Gagnon

February 24 – Don Cummings

March 3 – Ric Denis

March 10 – Johnny Mac

March 17 – Dr. Dave

March 24 – Jarhead & Jerome

March 31 – Rod Williams & Murray Kinsley


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)



Southwest Sundays

With The Dusty Drifters

Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street

Sundays, 9:30 pm – 1 am


The Jam @ Kaffé 1870, Wakefield QC

Every Wednesday @ 9 pm, no cover

6 rotating hosts, each specializing in a different genre





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.

February 18 – JOHNNY MAX BAND

A former Juno Award and multiple Maple Blues Award nominee. 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, 3 more Maple Blues Awards in 2011! Swamp R&B, soul boogie & bedroom funk at its best. Fresh off a European Tour with a new CD about to be released.

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, 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.




Terry Gillespie

Blues on Tues @ The Granary, County Road 10, Vankleek Hill

Tuesday, February 22

Dance, Dance, Dance to the music!
We are too early for Mardi Gras and too late for Valentines Day. So we are going to dedicate this evening to both – expect some love tunes and some music from New Orleans 2nd line parade. (The noun second line (n) is also the name of a "unique dance", performed to the beat of New Orleans' traditional Mardi Gras Music.) It drives me wild.



Duke Robillard

Tucson’s, 2440 Bank Street

Wednesday, February 23 @ 8:30 pm

Sunday, February 27 @ 4 pm

Guitarist. Bandleader. Songwriter. Singer. Producer. Session musician. And a one-man cheering section for the blues, in all its forms and permutations.

In 2007 Duke received a Grammy nomination for his "Guitar Groove-a-rama" CD and was also honoured with the prestigious Rhode Island Pell Award for "excellence in the arts" along with actress Olympia Dukakis, actor Bob Colonna, and R.I. Choreographer/Festival Ballet director Mihailo "Misha" Djuric. The Pell award is named for Senator Claiborne Pell who helped to establish the National Endowment for the Arts and Humanities in 1965.

Roomful of Blues – which still continues, forty years later – gave Duke his first exposure to a wide public, and when he left after a dozen years, he played briefly with rockabilly king Robert Gordon, then cut two albums with the Legendary Blues Band (a sterling collection of former members of Muddy Waters' band). He led his own band until 1990, and then replaced Jimmy Vaughan in the Fabulous Thunderbirds.

Still on the road, he plays as many as 250 dates a year, still proving, night after night, that his true talent is bringing people out to hear the music, appreciate the show, and dance to the blues.



Duke Robillard Blues Band

Perth Studio Theatre, Perth ON

Friday, February 25 @ 8 pm

Tickets - Tickets Please at (613) 485-6434; online at www.ticketsplease.ca

Gordon Best Theatre, 216 Hunter West, Peterborough ON

Saturday, February 26 @ 8 pm

Tickets – Bluestreak or Moondance Records; phone Showplace Box Office 705-742-SHOW (7469); online at www.showplace.org

Founder of Roomful of Blues in '67, Grammy Award Nominee and multiple Guitar Player Awards, Duke is a master with dozens of critically acclaimed releases. He has also toured extensively as lead guitarist for both Bob Dylan and Tom Waits. "Duke is one of the preeminent guitarists in the world today, bar none."...Rolling Stone

Presented by Zapp! Productions http://www.zapp-productions.com


Harry Manx

NAC Theatre, 53 Elgin Street

Saturday, February 26; tickets starting at $27

"Mysticssippi" blues man Harry Manx has been called an "essential link" between the music of East and West, creating musical short stories that wed the tradition of the Blues with the depth of classical Indian ragas. He has created a unique sound that is hard to forget and deliciously addictive to listen to.

Manx is a prolific artist, releasing nine albums in an eight-year span with no signs of stopping. He has received seven Maple Blues Awards, five Juno nominations, the Canadian Folk Music Award in 2005 for Best Solo Artist and won CBC Radio’s "Great Canadian Blues Award" in 2007.

His latest CD, "Bread and Buddha", is another melange of blues, roots, world and folk sounds. Harry spent almost two years carefully preparing the songs and uses full instrumentation including piano, organ, drums, base, and scored strings. The CD is a poignant exploration of the ephemeral nature of the human experience

Blend Indian folk melodies with slide guitar blues; add a sprinkle of gospel and some compelling grooves and you’ll get a sound that goes down easy and leaves you hungry for more.





Ball & Chain’s Annual Mardi Gras Party

Featuring Swamperella

Elmdale House Tavern, 1084 Wellington Street

Saturday, March 5 @ 9:30 pm; $10




Terry Gillespie

Guesting with John Allaire
Quinn's Ale House, 1070 Bank Street

Saturday, March 5



2nd Annual Mardi Gras Party

With Loco Zydeco

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

Thursday, March 10 @ 8:30 pm; tickets $20

Don’t miss the 2nd Annual Mardi Gras Party as Loco Zydeco perform their own high octane, energetic take on Louisiana’s most exciting musical export. In all of Canada, only a few bands perform this incredibly infectious music straight out of the steamy creole bayou. Loco Zydeco has earned a reputation for pumping up a crowd of any age, getting them moving in their seats or onto the dance floor and joining them on stage to try their hand at the rub board.



Rocket Rached & the Fat City 8

CD Release Party “Seven Years of Thursdays”

Elmdale House Tavern, 1084 Wellington Street

Saturday, March 12 @ 9:30 pm; $10

Rocket Rached & the Fat City 8 rocked a packed house for two nights back in February 2010 with a few friends on board for the ride at the Elmdale House Tavern. It was a great couple of night with some magical moments. The CD is ready and set for release.

Over the years, almost all of Ottawa’s blues luminaries have played with Fat City … Tony D, Trevor Finlay, Sue Foley and Steve Marriner, as well as players from Canada’s blues community, David Gogo and the late Jeff Healey to name a few. International stars on that list include Otis Grand and members of Roomful of Blues.

Rocket Rached & the Fat City 8 have played across the country and played the Ottawa Bluesfest for 8 years straight, as well as other festivals. They have also opened for Duke Robillard, Junior Wells, Roomful of Blues and the highlight was opening for Ray Charles.

The ‘rocket man’ Jed Rached is a passionate bluesman, a founder of the Ottawa Blues Society, as well as one of 2 hosts of “The Midweek Blues”, a weekly blues radio show on CHUO 89.1 fm for 21 years. His devotion to the music and its players is well known; many local musicians have benefited from his help and guidance.

The time has come to capture the high energy show! We want to invite everyone down to be part of this CD release party.



Three Times Lucky

“Mojo Offa Muddy” CD Release Party

Elmdale House Tavern, 1084 Wellington Street

Friday, March 18 @ 9:30 pm; $6

Originally formed in early 2009, with a common appreciation of music, decades of friendship and live music experience, and a commitment to making uncompromised musical statements, Three Times Lucky always bring their top game to any live music venue, studio or festival stage near you.

Our Mission Statement: Write, record and perform live, our own home-grown brand of Canadian Blues/Roots music, that we hope will entertain people, and resonate with their own lives and individual experiences. We also hope to relay our own heartfelt and sometimes humourous observations on current and past socio-political issues of Pan-Canadian and Trans-Global concern. Or maybe just have a good time playing our music. In short, Three Times Lucky just might be that Rootsy/Folk Rockn'/Blues Alternative Band you've been looking for all your life.

Opener Rock Snake



Rita Chiarelli

Black Sheep Inn, Wakefield C

Friday, March 18

“These past few years, I took long and lonely journeys to Mississippi and Louisiana... the songs you will hear are the bluesy swampy rootsy experiences I had... they are real and they are from the heart”


David Gogo

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Friday & Saturday, March 18-19

Although still relatively young in "blues years", David Gogo has accomplished much in his career. So far he has three Juno nominations, was named Musician of the Year at the Western Canadian Music Awards, was twice named Guitarist of the Year at the Maple Blues Awards, and has been bestowed with the CBC Saturday Night Blues, Great Canadian Blues Award for a lifetime contribution to the blues in Canada.



“He Said – She Said”

Peter Karp & Sue Foley

National Arts Centre Studio

Saturday, March 19 @ 8 pm; tickets $30

"He Said - She Said" is the new inspired show featuring a collaboration of original songs by Peter Karp and Sue Foley. The project is based around a correspondence the two shared through letters that were written over a year period. These letters started as a casual exchange between two committed performers sharing their common bond of the loneliness of the road, the pain of separation from family and home and above all, the drive to make music. But as time went on the letters they shared became more poignant, more revealing. Those letters became their songs.

The result is "He Said - She Said." The show features songs of two artists in development, sharing artistic purpose and spiritual kinship in a meeting of hearts and minds. Whether they're performing as an acoustic duo or with their electric band the music encompasses elements of folk, jazz, flamenco, and blues resulting in a show that is moving, literate, romantic, rocking and exciting.




Morningstar Productions presents

Rita Chiarelli

Octave Theatre, Kingston ON

Saturday, March 19

MUSIC FROM THE BIG HOUSE...the amazing documentary chronicling her visit to the Louisiana maximum security prison in Angola...will be debuting in Toronto just two days later on March 21. This show promises to be unforgettable.


Rita is going to be thoroughly stoked and the Octave is going to be one cosy little room full of rock & blues thunderbolts.



Terry Gillespie

The Granary Beizli, 3270 County Road 10, Vankleek Hill

Tuesday, March 22; $10

With Jody Golick, Peter Measroch, Stephen Barry and Gordon Adamson, Jody Golick and Terry’s Annual Birthday Party.



Terry Gillespie & Lynne Hanson Birthday Bash

Blacksheep Inn, Wakefield QC

Friday, March 25 @ 8:30 pm




Guitar Workshop with Rick Fines

Wintergreen, 9780 Canoe Lake Road, South Frontenac ON

Friday – Sunday, March 25-27

Celebrate spring on the early side with a weekend of guitar with Rick Fines. The workshop will begin with a scrumptious gourmet dinner at the lodge on Friday evening. Later in the evening, you will enjoy the first informal session of music making.

On Saturday and Sunday, there will be a series of workshops on various styles of acoustic blues guitar playing. Workshops will help you develop your skills in rhythm, soloing, slide and fingerstyle blues. Bring an audio recorder if you like, to capture the parts you’ll want to work on later (no video recording please). Each student will receive Rick’s “Fingerstyle Blues” DVD with 75 minutes of instruction on Delta style guitar.

When you’re not working on your guitar playing, you will be able to enjoy the many trails on our hundreds of acres of land, or relax in our wood-fired sauna.

Saturday evening will feature a public concert by Rick Fines (free to workshop participants) – see info below. Late night jamming after the concert is a strong possibility!

After another morning of guitar playing and instruction, lunch will be served. The workshop will close after lunch on Sunday.


Tuition: $195 (20% discount on tuition if you come with a friend - $310 for two). HST extra.

Accommodation and meals for the duration of the workshop: $220 (bunks p.p.), $260 (shared rooms or cabins, p.p.), $300 (double bed, single occupancy), $395 (double bed, shared). Facilities and meals only (for registrants staying off-site): $150. HST extra.


Dinner & Concert with Rick Fines

Wintergreen, 9780 Canoe Lake Road, South Frontenac ON

Saturday, March 26; dinner @ 6 pm, concert @ 7:30 pm; tickets $30

Reserve by email (info@wintergreenstudios.com) or by phone (613 273 8745)

Rick Fines is one of Canada’s leading blues, roots music, and slide guitarists, and he returns to Wintergreen for a second year, offering both a guitar workshop and a concert for the public. Recipient of Songwriter of the Year along with Suzie Vinnick, Rick’s work with Jackson Delta brought nominations from both the Juno and the Handy awards. He has played for legendary blues piano player Pinetop Perkins, songstress Colleen Peterson, and folk icon Penny Lang, among others. He tours from the Gulf of Mexico to the Arctic, from BC to NYC. Rick is also a gifted instructor. For the past quarter century, he has worked both with young students and adults – as an instructor at Sir Sanford Fleming College and at Trent University, as a featured artist in the Blues in the Schools program, as a youth mentor in the Winnipeg Folk Festival, and as a private instructor in Peterborough, Kerrville Texas, and on Hornby Island.



Joe Bonamassa

Ottawa Civic Centre

Friday, April 1; $63.70-$86.30 + sc

Touring in support of his soon-to-be-released album “Dust Bowl”, his 11th full-length solo release and 9th studio album, Joe Bonamassa will be playing the Ottawa Civic Centre, one night only.

A child prodigy, Bonamassa opened shows at age 12 for blues legend B.B. King, who said after first seeing him play, “This kid's potential is unbelievable…He's one of a kind.” His recording career began in the early ’90s with Bloodline, a rock-blues group also featuring Robby Krieger’s son Waylon and Miles Davis’ son Erin. His solo debut was in 2000 with the Tom Dowd-produced “A New Day Yesterday”.

Bonamassa tours constantly and averages 200 shows every year, almost always playing to sold-out crowds and ever-larger houses, and with each gig, he comes more into his own as a virtuoso and a vocalist. As he heads back to the road in support of his new album, he remains infinitely passionate about playing live, connecting with his audiences and making new fans along the way.





Mojo Shooter and The Jesse Greene Band

Mardi Gras Celebration

Brandees Restaurant & Lounge, 178 Ontario Street, Kingston, ON

Friday, February 18 @ 9 pm

The Jesse Greene band, winners of The Ottawa Blues Society's On The Road To Memphis 2009 and band finalists in The 26th International Blues Competition.
In January 2010 the band went to Memphis TN representing Ottawa in the band category for The 26th International Blues Competition. Out of 111 bands competing, The Jesse Greene Band won the Hard Rock Café venue and was the only Canadian band which made it to the finals at the legendary Orpheum Theater!


KBS Monthly Jam

Mojo Shooter with Special Guest Emily Fennell

RCHA Club, 193 Ontario Street, Kingston ON

Saturday, February 19; $3 at the door

Emily has performed on the main stage at the Limestone Blues Festival and is one of Kingston’s finest musicians and we are very excited to have her 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


Michael Pickett

The Standeasy - RCHA Club, 193 Ontario Street, Kingston ON

Saturday, March 12

Limited number of tickets available; call 613 384-8168 to reserve

Pickett's unique fusion of sensibilities, driven by his thumping delta guitar rhythms, muscular harmonica and gravel and chains voice is, at once, traditional and relevant. Never content to merely be a musical archivist, Pickett effectively deconstructs and reconstructs those seminal blues, born on the delta, to serve his own singular purpose; writing songs that are authentic both in substance and performance.

After 30 years, Michael Pickett is at a place in his career which he arrived at honestly. An acknowledged harmonica virtuoso, Pickett has led, and performed with, roots/blues bands clearly recognized for their significant contribution to a venerable musical art-form. But that was never enough for Michael. He has a voice. A voice that, without the adornment of a band, ought to be heard. Raw. Honest. And dripping with sly insights. Accompanied only by his guitar, rack harmonica and sensual expression, Michael Pickett is a performer who has stripped away the frills, to arrive at a place that belongs entirely to him.



KBS Monthly Jam

Mojo Shooter with Special Guest

RCHA Club, 193 Ontario Street, Kingston ON

Third Saturday of the month

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, February 20 – Duke Robillard

Next week, February 27 – New music from Blues Summit 5


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. All Shows are archived on www.insidetheblues.ca after broadcast and can be listened to there at any time.

This week, February 13 – Interview guest – Diana Braithwaite & Chris Whiteley

Next week, February 20 – Interview guest – Liz Sykes



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, February 16 – Frederick Douglass and Martin Luther King: In our first Black History Month program, we’ll feature musical and verbal tributes to writer Frederick Douglass and activist Martin Luther King.

Next week, February 23 – Black Canadian Musicians: In our third Black History Month program, Co-Host Anna Williams plays recordings by black Canadian instrumentalists and singers.


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

Rockin' the Blues From Canada

with Diane Wells


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!




IndieCan Radio is your source for the best Canadian Music you've never heard (and maybe some you have). IndieCan Radio once again covered Canada's Maple Blues awards and interspersed coverage through three episodes over satellite and terrestrial radio which can now be accessed through their website. (A couple links are exclusive access here, as they've just aired 216 on XM this week, the link will be accessible to all next Tuesday)

Kick-off intro: http://www.indiecan.com/213IndieCanRadio.m3u features Julian Fauth and Monkey Junk

Part one of the award coverage:
http://www.indiecan.com/215IndieCanRadio.m3u has some back story, Matt Andersen audio drop, CATL, David Rotundo Band, Julian Fauth Interview and track, and Ginger St. James

Part two (bulk of coverage):
http://www.indiecan.com/216IndieCanRadio.m3u features Layla Zoe, Dylan Wickens and The Grand Naturals, Raoul and the Big Time, interview with Raoul Bhaneja, Mike Shrimp Daddy Reid, Dawn Tyler Watson and Paul Deslauriers, David Rotundo Band, Ross Neilsen and the Sufferin Bastards, and Anthony Gomes, with more commentary from the host Joe Chisholm.

You can read producer and host - Joe Chisholm's review here:
and check out the photos of the evening here:

And while there's great music from other Canadian independent artists, for those of you who may be a little ADD to listen through to the "non blues" material, you can access the cue sheets to skip through here: http://www.indiecan.com/downloads.htm

IndieCan Radio is broadcast on: The Verge - Channel 87 on XM Satellite Canada; CKMS FM, 100.3 in Kitchener/Waterloo; CKLU FM, 96.7 in Sudbury; CILU FM, 102.7 in Thunder Bay; Durham College's Riot Radio; KICK FM, 92.9 in Winnipeg; CVUE FM 105.9 on the Sunshine Coast of BC; CJMP FM 90.1 in Powell River, BC; CFBX FM, 92.5 in Kamloops, BC; ErrorFM.com and 400,000 listeners in over 126 countries access podcasts that are permanently archived on www.indiecan.com http://www.indiecan.com




Selections from this week's Canada Live broadcasts at 7 pm nationwide on CBC Radio Two...

Tuesday, February 15
From the TransCanada Alberta Music Series, a mini-festival of Alberta singer songwriters in all genres from roots to rock, recorded at the Epcor Centre's Engineered Air Theatre in Calgary
concert 3: Agnostic Mountain Gospel Choir with Jackson Phibes
The Agnostic Mountain Gospel Choir has been part of the Calgary Music scene for years with their mix of traditional blues, Appalachian folk and ragged gospel.
For this show they have a new front man -- Tom Bagley, a.k.a. Jackson Phibes, leader of Calgary's longest running garage-punk band Forbidden Dimension.

Thursday, February 17
concert 1: Women's Blues Revue
, recorded at Massey Hall in Toronto
Year after year, the Women's Blues Revue delivers the most eclectic and excellent mix of the best female blues vocalists, musicians and special guests. This year's revue features the always-great Alana Bridgewater, Kellylee Evans, Little Miss Higgins, Robin Banks, Rita Chiarelli, Alejandra Ribera and a fabulous house band led by Donna Grantis.

Friday, February 18
concert 1: Lurrie Bell
, recorded at the Halifax Jazz Festival
It may be said that Lurrie Bell grew up with royalty -- blues royalty that is. The son of Chicago blues harmonica legend Carey Bell, Lurrie was constantly surrounded by the great musicians in that genre. He taught himself to play guitar and began playing along during the frequent rehearsals at home. By the age of 14, he was performing at South Side bars. Bell has a spiritual connection to the blues; knowledgeable and soulful that keeps him connected to his roots while moving the blues forward with time.

CBC Radio 1 broadcast, Fridays at 2:05 PM
Friday, February 18 on CBC Radio 1
concert 1: Women's Blues Revue
, recorded at Massey Hall in Toronto
Year after year, the Women's Blues Revue delivers the most eclectic and excellent mix of the best female blues vocalists, musicians and special guests. This year's revue features the always-great Alana Bridgewater, Kellylee Evans, Little Miss Higgins, Robin Banks, Rita Chiarelli, Alejandra Ribera and a fabulous house band led by Donna Grantis.

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





Saturday, February 26

Ball & Chain & the Wreckers @ the Carleton Tavern

Sunday, February 27

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

Friday, March 4

JW-Jones @ the Rainbow

Mighty Popo @ the Black Sheep Inn, Wakefield QC

Saturday, March 5

Wicked Grin CD release @ the Rainbow

Ball & Chain @ the Elmdale House

Friday, March 11

Barrelhouse @ Tucson’s

Saturday, March 12

Rocket Rached & the Fat City 8 CD release @ the Elmdale House

Jesse Greene Band @ Irene’s

Friday, March 18

Three Times Lucky CD release @ the Elmdale House

Friday, April 1

Drew Nelson Band @ Irene’s

Friday, April 8

Sherri Harding & the Heat @ Irene’s



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