07 February 2011

Ottawa Blues This Week - 7 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





Shrimp Daddy & the Sharpshooters

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Friday, February 11

Winner of this year’s Maple Blues Award for ‘New Artist or Group of the Year’, Michael “Shrimp Daddy” Reid is a journeyman harp player and front man who originally hails from Montreal. Michael moved to Toronto in 1999 and currently resides in Milton. In 2001 he heard Toronto blues harpist Ken Yoshioka at Toronto's St. Louis Bar and Grill and was instantly hooked. For his 2001 New Year’s resolution Michael promised himself to learn to play blues harp. Over the next two years he focused on learning his instrument, prior to focusing on developing his skills as a dynamic and highly entertaining front man. For a guy who took but a few lesson from harmonica legends Michael Pickett and Carlos del Junco, Michael rapidly developed into a driving force in vocalizing, interpreting and writing Chicago and West Coast jump and swing blues.
In 2009 Shrimp knew it was time to record his own material and sought out one of Canada’s finest young multi-award winning bluesmen, Steve Marriner of MonkeyJunk fame to produce it. The result was Shrimp Daddy’s seminal recording, “Messin’ With My System”. Inspired in equal measure by the sounds of Little Walter and William Clarke, “Messin’ With My System” is a must have for any blues aficionado’s library. Shrimp’s powerful baritone voice, rich harp tone and tasty phrasing will carry the listener through tunes filled with both irony and good humour.





On Friday, February 11, a double-header – The Mud Boys & King Rattler @ Irene’s

Saturday, February 12, get funky with The FunKtion @ Tucson’s, or bluesy with The Jesse Greene Band @ the Rainbow.




Robert Cray Blues Band

Capitol Theatre, Port Hope ON

Sunday, February 13 @ 8 pm

Robert has been one of the biggest names in Blues for the last 30 years, having won no less than 5 Grammy Awards. In 2006 he released a double live CD. Robert is on tour in 2011 in support of his latest release "This Time". For this release, he has teamed up with band members from his classic albums "Strong Persuader" and "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark".

Jimmy Bowskill opens with a special solo set.

Tickets available - Capitol Theatre Box Office, 20 Queen Street, Port Hope; phone 905-885-1071; toll free 1-800-434-5092; on line at www.capitoltheatre.com





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 10 – Sally Robinson

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.




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.



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.



Anthony Gomes

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Saturday, February 26

Singer-guitarist Anthony Gomes lives by the credo of truth as an artist, constantly challenging himself to expand his explorations of heart and sound. His latest release, “Blues Medicine”, is a career ‘best of’ retrospective that celebrates his blues-based rock, soul and R&B.





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 performs 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

Get on your dancing shoes and join us March 12 at the Elmdale House Tavern for the CD Release PARTY featuring the New CD "Seven Years of Thursdays" recorded live at The Elmdale Tavern House in February 2010!



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



“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.





Layla Zoe and her All-Star Band

Confederation Place Hotel

Saturday, February 12; doors 7 pm; show 8 pm

One of the best young female blues artists in the country, she has been compared to Janis Joplin and was recently up for the part in a Janis Joplin bio pick coming out in 2013. Layla has an incredible voice and she will be backed by an all star band including Drew Austin on drums and James Rasmussen on bass (both from David Rotundo’s band).

Layla has a phenomenal voice and a stage presence that will captivate you – she has quickly become the “darling of Canadian blues” and she has appeared with nearly every great blues musician in this country. In Europe, she is in huge demand and has taken that continent by storm; everyone who has seen raves about her performances. She has five independently released CDs (she has released one every year).

http://www.layla.ca or on YouTube

Opening the show will be Tore Down – finalists in the Road to Memphis competition for the Loyal Blues Society in Belleville.

Advance Tickets for the show only - $20 KBS members; $25 non members

Advance Dinner Package $50 (includes show and dinner) KBS members; $55 non members

Call now to reserve your tickets 613-384-8168


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 13 – Valentine’s Day – Favourite Blues Love Songs

Next week, February 20 – Duke Robillard


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 – Mike Goudreau

Next week, February 20 – Interview guest – Diana Braithwaite & Chris Whiteley



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 9 – 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 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.


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!




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

Tuesday, February 8, 2011
concert 1: Keb' Mo', recorded at Koerner Hall in Toronto
Keb' Mo' has developed his own blues style; sometimes his songs have a relaxed approach, a la James Taylor, and other times he mixes the grit and funk with socially conscious lyrics. Keb' Mo' has been influenced heavily by country blues and his unique interpretation of the genre has won him multiple Grammy Awards. He was the first blues act to be booked into Toronto's new Koerner Hall and Canada Live was there to capture the magic from this singer, songwriter and guitarist as he gave the Koerner Hall acoustics a workout.

Did you miss the 24th Annual Women’s Blues Revue at Massey Hall this past November? Want to relive the experience? Tune in to CBC Radio 2 on Feb 17 at 7 pm, or CBC Radio 1 on Feb 18 at 2 pm to hear the performances from that night in full.

For frequencies across Canada: http://www.cbc.ca/frequency/

To stream the concert: http://www.cbc.ca/radio2/cod/concerts/20101127women

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





Friday, February 18

Bluestone @ Greenfield’s

Saturday, February 19

The Mud Boys Rock ‘n’ Roll Revue @ Tucson’s

Three Times Lucky CD Release @ Greenfield’s

Sunday, February 20

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

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



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