11 April 2011

Ottawa Blues This Week - 11 April 2011




Fundraiser for the Ottawa Hospital Cancer Centre & Kidney Cancer Canada

Koyman Art Gallery, 1171 St. Laurent

Saturday, April 16, 7-11 pm; tickets $10 at the door

A fundraiser is being hosted in honour of JP (Jean-Pierre) Bélisle on Saturday, April 16th 2011 from 7-11 pm at Koyman Art Gallery, at 1171 St. Laurent Blvd. This will be a heart-warming event to raise funds to be equally divided between The Ottawa Hospital Cancer Centre and Kidney Cancer Canada. JP has recently been treated with the Cyber Knife machine acquired by the Ottawa Hospital Cancer Centre in 2010 (a minimally non-invasive treatment for brain tumours). Drs. Shawn Malone and Christina Canil will be in attendance to speak on the Cyber Knife and Kidney Cancer. We promise to have a wonderful night with live music including Blues, Rock, Pop and Country, a light lunch, silent auction and a 50/50 draw.

If you wish to donate an item, a service or a monetary donation or if you have any questions please call Bonnie at 613-321-1548 (bmacdonald561@gmail.com) or Roxanne at 613-834-1561.




Jazz Guitar Masterclass

With Mike Rud

Alcorn Music Studios, 903 Carling Ave

Saturday, April 16, 11 am – 1 pm; tickets - $20 Students $15

“Rud …is nothing less than a revelation. The Edmonton native, who lived in Montreal and studied with the great Jim Hall in New York, delivers fleet guitar lines that demonstrate his world-class talents.” Chris Wong - The Vancouver Courier

One of Canada’s finest jazz guitarists, the amazing Mike Rud will be providing handouts to accompany his discussion of guitar techniques, plus some stories, some playing, some question and answer and loads of inspiration!


You can catch Mike in concert Friday night, April 15 at Café Paradiso with Peter Hum (piano) and Alec Walkington (bass).




Andrea Ramolo

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Tuesday, April 12

It’s been two and a half years since Andrea Ramolo released her first indie album “Thank You for the Ride”. And it definitely HAS been a ride — Andrea has criss-crossed Canada playing more than 400 shows since that record was launched.

And now the ride is going to get faster, harder and louder with the release of her new Tim Thorney-produced CD, “The Shadows and the Cracks”, to be released April 19.

The album demonstrates both sensitivity and strength, and it’s loaded with honest tales of love, longing, sorrow, and human relationships — many of them inspired by “the ride.” Andrea’s gritty voice, softened occasionally by the vulnerability that comes from road-weariness and the distance from friends and family, is both unique and memorable. Some of the best session players in Canada provide powerful support.

Her “one-man band,” Jason Skiendziel, has been a major part of the ride as accompanist, companion and alternate driver; he plays bass, mandolin and several other instruments as well. For the record release tour, however, Andrea is also adding Josh Turnbull on drums and Sean Pinchin on guitar and harmonica; Sean will also deliver an opening set each evening.

Andrea Ramolo is on the road again.



Doug MacLeod

The Dome 836, Gatineau, QC

Friday, April 15, 8-10 pm; $15

Other shows in Eastern Ontario:

The French Cafe on English Road, 10223 English Road, Iroquois, ON

Saturday, April 16 @ 7 pm

FOR THE OSPCA @ Cogeco, 5 Wall Street, Brockville, ON

Sunday, April 17 @ 3 pm

Doug MacLeod is a singer-songwriter in the American tradition. He is a traveling artist who writes and sings original songs that are based on his own life and experiences. He learned from the old masters, lived the music, survived the life and carries forward a valuable tradition. MacLeod is known for his superb song-writing, guitar wizardry, warm soulful vocals, wit and unforgettable live performances. At the heart of this is his knack for storytelling, bringing characters-from the faceless to the legendary-to strikingly real life.

While he developed his rich, soulful voice MacLeod also worked out a unique, unorthodox and powerfully rhythmic acoustic guitar style. His distinct style of playing was a by-product of pent-up rage from his turbulent childhood and the segregation drama in his new home of St. Louis. The rage of his youth was eventually channelled through his guitar, using his relentless right hand to pound out an insistent, churning beat to complement his intricate bottleneck and finger-style technique.

MacLeod signed with FRESH a subsidiary of Reference Recordings in 2010. His new album "Brand New Eyes" was released in March of 2011. In every note he performs and records, MacLeod subscribes to the rule-of-thumb learned from country bluesman Ernest Banks who instilled in him to "Never play a note you don't believe", and "Never write or sing about what you don't know about."

Like the old masters who taught him, MacLeod's music expresses life and times via an intangible, elusive quality that may simply be a keen sense of what matters most. There is a philosophic and healing side to MacLeod's music and his stories that has helped others overcome the hardships of their lives.

As Pee Wee Crayton's widow Esther once told Doug, "You have a message and you'll send that message mainly to the people who don't go to church." Amen.




O’Reilly’s, Perth ON

Friday, April 15


Tucson’s, 2440 Bank Street

Saturday, April 16

That they have been described as a Blues Tour De Force comes as no surprise. Georgia-raised lead singer John Mays has had a storied career that began in the Southern gospel tradition, crossing over into Doo-Wop, R&B and Blues, not to mention a stint with the Godfather Of Soul, James Brown. Hooking up with band leader Al Lerman (harp and saxophone) in Toronto some years later, Fathead’s core has remained constant since 1992, offering ace musicianship, soul stirring harmonies and incendiary live performances. The writing tandem of Lerman and bassist Omar Tunnoch has produced an impressive body of work. Guitar ace Teddy Leonard is back and better than ever, along with iconic drummer Bucky Berger. Elements of funk, soul, and R&B are fused into the group's strong blues backbone, creating a fresh sound that is immediately recognizable as their own.

With two Juno awards to their credit, Fathead is truly an original band with a sound immediately recognizable as their own. They have a ball wherever they play and it shows!



Ginger St. James

Capital Tease Spring Fling Burlesque

Mavericks Bar and Grill, 221 Rideau, 1st floor

Saturday, April 16, 9 pm – 2 am; tickets $15

Featuring a musical performance by Ginger St. James & Capital Tease Burlesque

In 2002, Ginger St. James first appeared on the Toronto scene as a member of Les Coquettes as a sultry singer; her affection for good old rock ‘n’ roll and the lure of footlights led her to Broadway songs. And Les Coquettes, one of the first burlesque troupes in Canada to revive the old vaudeville tradition, led her to form her own group in her hometown, the Steeltown Sirens. St. James also toured the variety circuit with famed Canadian mentalist Mysterion the Mind Reader and a host of other macabre performers.

Eighty shows later, St. James had emerged as a singer as well as a saucy soubrette with slithery moves, legs to die for and a smile to melt the ice in your gin and tonic. Along the way, she worked as an artists’ model, took the femme fatale role in Lucky 7, an indie film feature (and she’s currently involved in two other independent movie productions) and performed as a guest with many well known Hamilton bands.





Tanya Janca & Al Wood

Umi Café, 610 Somerset West

Saturday, April 16 @ 7-10 pm

A unique double bill!





Brian Blain

with Terry Gillespie & Wayne Stoute

Georgian House, 146 Main Street S, Alexandria ON

Tuesday, April 12

Brian will be playing songs from my new CD, “New Folk Blues”, in Vankleek Hill with Terry Gillespie and Wayne Stoute – two formidable musicians.


Blues On The Rideau presents

Paul Reddick

The Cove Inn, Westport ON

Friday, April 15

$55 for full course Buffet Dinner & Show

Proceeds to Westport in Bloom

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.


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




Southside Tuesdays with Steve Marriner

NOTE … Steve is away this week, Tuesday April 12

… sitting in for him will be Chuck Karn & Ryszard Cimek

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:

April 14 – Jed Rached

April 21– Terry Gillespie

April 28 – Jeff Hagerman

May 5 – Chuck Karn

May 12 – Natalia Cabrera & Tony Cook

May 19 – Scott Amey

May 26 – Victor Nesrallah


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.

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. It’s 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




Inside the Music hosted by Tim Bedner presents

Master Guitarist Charlie Hunter with drummer Terence Higgins

Alcorn Music Studios, 903 Carling Ave

Friday, April 22, 5-6:30 pm; tickets - $20

"Charlie’s melodic, groove-oriented style is best described as fluid yet thick, and he's able to coax notes out of his custom, 7-string axe beyond the reach of conventional musicians."

A huge thanks to Tim Bedner! Due to his persistence Charlie Hunter and his drummer Terence Higgins will be stopping by the intimate space at Alcorn Music Studios for a lecture/demo. The duo hosted by Tim Bedner will play music, discuss their background, tell stories, answer questions, all up close and personal.

Master guitarist Charlie Hunter has worked with everyone from Michael Franti, Dave Ellis, Jay Lane, Les Claypool, Norah Jones, Stanton Moore, Skerik, Bobby Previte, Christian McBride, D'Angelo, and John Mayer. He plays rhythm, bass, and lead all on his own, all at the same time using a custom 7 string guitar. Joining Charlie is drummer Terence Higgins from the Dirty Dozen Brass Band. Charlie Hunter has a great website with lots of video clips


Terence Higgins, internationally known as the drummer for the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, is as well versed in the churning New Orleans funk style as any man can be. Born and raised in NOLA, Higgins has performed with everyone from Widespread Panic to Dr. John to Norah Jones, and has even gained his own set of peers in other drummers such as Brian Blade, Russell Batiste Jr., and Stanton Moore. Higgins appears on dozens of albums, but with his first solo CD, “In The Bywater”, his own ideas have become a force to be reckoned with.


You can catch Charlie Hunter and Terence Higgins in concert Friday night, April 21 at the Elmdale House Tavern.


For more info:







Blues on Tuesday

With Terry Gillespie

The Granary Beizli, 3270 County Road 10, Vankleek Hill

Tuesday, April 19 @ 7 pm; $10

A dancing gig! in the European style....



The 13th edition of Virée Blues Boréale


Harrison Kennedy

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

Wednesday, April 20 @ 8 pm

Harrison Kennedy’s 2nd place finish this year in the Solo/Duo category at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in February came as no surprise to those of us who have been following his blues career over the past few years. National Capital area fans have an opportunity to hear him in April.

Here’s what you’ll hear … his latest CD, “One Dog Barkin’” (on the Electro-fi label) was reviewed in the Winter Ottawa Blues Society newsletter:

“This acoustic CD is all original and the themes are topical –saving the planet, ‘90s trends, economic woes, homelessness – but Harrison has not neglected the tried and true blues themes – bad whiskey, my woman’s got someone new. He also pays homage to Jimmy Reed, Charlie Patton, Huddie (Leadbelly), Mel Brown and that ‘crazy’ is for Snooky Pryor! He offers hope, and a world tour of sorts, in ‘The Healing Power of the Blues’. Backed up on some tracks by Keith ‘Nappy’ Lindsay on keyboards and Justin Dunlop on bass, Harrison plays guitar, harp, mandolin, banjo and percussion, some on the spoons! But it’s his powerful vocals that impress the most. On the final track, ‘I Can Feel You Leaving’, the guitar is so sparse the song is virtually a capella and the lyrics and his vocals are heart-rending.”





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The Lansdowne Blues

featuring MonkeyJunk

Glebe Community Centre, 175 Third Avenue

Thursday, April 21; doors open at 7 pm; tickets $30

Go ahead, reach for your calendar right now and circle Thursday, April 21. You simply cannot pass up the chance to see homegrown talent like this. MonkeyJunk, featuring the Glebe neighbourhood’s own Steve Marriner, is quickly becoming one of the most decorated blues bands in Canada, if not the entire continent. Marriner, a stop-you-in-your-tracks harmonica player, just took home Canada’s National Blues Music Award for male vocalist and harmonica player of the year. They’ve played Bluesfest here in Ottawa, and recently performed for blues legends Buddy Guy and Bonnie Raitt in the finale concert of the Blues Music Award ceremonies in Memphis. And now you can see this band, and support our campaign to protect Lansdowne Park all at the same time. There’s a cash bar, a dance floor for you to boogie on, and free parking across the street. Tickets are $30 and available at the Glebe Community Centre, Compact Music, and the Ottawa Folklore Centre.



Alcorn David Duo

Molto Kitchen, 131 Promenade du Portage, Gatineau

Saturday, April 23

Treat yourself to the soul satisfying duo of Eric David voice and Mark Alcorn jazz guitar. Their songbook contains music arranged for voice and guitar covering fine jazz, unique pop classics, and the best blues songs. Presented in their signature laid-back, deep groovin’ style.




Johnny Max

Irene’s, 885 Bank Street

Friday, April 29

FINALLY … it’s certainly been a long road, but now everyone in Ottawa gets a chance to enjoy a Johnny Max Band show!

Johnny is a soulful singer whose respect and passion for all types of music is evident. He is also a brilliant entertainer who has audiences thoroughly enjoying each show. Johnny Max has built up a solid reputation as one of those guys who gives 110% and is one of the most action-packed and satisfying entertainers around. Johnny takes to performing like a fish to water, a perpetual motion machine, galvanizing his spicy blend of Stax/Volt, Atlantic, Funk, and Blues into frenzied heights, often propelling himself into the audience’s eager arms.

To listen to Johnny Max tell it, and to watch Johnny Max present it, you understand very quickly that there’s more to creating great music than simply performing a first-rate piece of music well. It’s much more all encompassing than that.

Max’s take includes engaging the audience, making his show accessible. He wants to more than simply feed off the audience, he looks to make them part of the experience. And he does so with his good natured wit.

Using humour to get your point across is always risky because there’s a fine line between entertaining and being the comic. To his credit Johnny Max knows how to tread that line because the music always comes first.

Max’s music doesn’t always follow conventional Blues lines. Rather than be confined to the traditional 12 bar influenced forms, this veteran of the musical wars favours substance rather than convention.

While his first three releases firmly established Max in the Blues idiom, it was on his fourth, the Juno nominated “A Lesson I’ve Learned” that Johnny added to his Blues sensibilities, and found his groove. And that groove had more to do with Southern Soul than straight up Blues. Of note, check the title track whose chorus might have been lifted from the Dan Penn songbook.

Max’s new disc “It’s A Long Road” picks up where “Lesson” left off – with a wallop! Partnering with a brand new band, Johnny lays down a dozen tracks with a heavy dosage of Gumbo R&B, nods to Rock’em Sock’em Soul, and hints of all-out Boogie work-outs and Tom Waits styled tonalities. Along the way, Johnny relates his most deeply personal stories to date.

You would think that all of the above would be enough to keep anyone busy but Max also finds time to host a radio show: “Sunday Morning Soul” on The HAZE FM, www.thehazefm.ca, Canada’s only commercial web radio station Sunday mornings at 11AM and Wednesdays at 10PM, and co-program the CNE Bandshell BluesFest, (with Rico Ferrara), among other ventures.

It’s all in days work for Max. And he and his fans wouldn’t have it any other way.



Clio & the Blues Highway

La Basoche, 120, rue Principale (secteur d’Aylmer), Gatineau

Friday, April 29 @ 8 pm; tickets $25

Quebec City’s Clio and the Blues Highway released “My First Blues” in 2009. Definitely under the radar in our area, Clio fronts a crack band, she’s a talented vocalist and shows real promise in her songwriting. A rising new star from Quebec with a beautiful voice … nominated for both Lys Blues Award (Quebec) and Maple Blues Awards.


Roxanne Potvin

CD release “Play”

Black Sheep Inn, Wakefield QC

Saturday, April 30 @ 8:30 pm; tickets $15

“Play” – A little piece of Heaven from Roxanne Potvin

For fans of Roxanne Potvin, the Juno award nominated Montreal based singer-songwriter, two years might seem like an unbearably long time between albums, but just one spin through the songs on “Play” will be more than enough to convince them that it’s been worth the wait.

With “Play” Roxanne Potvin has achieved something that few artists ever succeed in doing – she’s expanded her style and grown as an artist while still keeping the grit and authenticity that is so appealing about her music. Hear for yourself: just press “Play”.





From April 26 to May 8, Canada’s National Arts Centre will present Prairie Scene, the fifth in a series of national Scene festivals celebrating and showcasing our country’s finest established and emerging artists.

Prairie Scene will invite more than 500 Saskatchewan and Manitoba artists to take over the nation’s capital. Musicians, actors, choreographers, visual and media artists, filmmakers, writers and master chefs will be bringing their unique talents to audiences in concert halls, theatres, galleries, bars, clubs, museums and restaurants throughout the region – a virtual Prairie invasion!

Prairie Scene will also offer a chance for 70 national and international presenters to discover the best of Prairie culture, creating new performance opportunities for Prairie artists across the country and around the world.

Prairie Scene will present a vast living portrait of the region – combining rural and urban, traditional and contemporary, shaking stereotypes and celebrating new voices. Don’t miss it!


Prairie Scene bluesy offerings include:

Colin James Acoustic Duo

NAC Theatre, 53 Elgin Street
Wednesday, April 27, 7:30 pm
; tickets $39.00

Get up close and personal with Colin James as he brings his acoustic duo show to Prairie Scene. In a career spanning two decades, Colin (who was mentored by the legendary Stevie Ray Vaughan) has flourished into a multi-platinum artist many times over. His self-titled album debuted worldwide in 1989, garnering him two hit singles (‘Voodoo Thing’ and ‘Five Long Years’) as well as the first of many JUNO Awards. The emergence of The Little Big Band in the early 90s saw Colin’s career soar to new heights, and he remains one of the country’s most revered musicians.

2009 saw him release his 12th CD, “Rooftops and Satellites”, featuring rock radio hit ‘Man’s Gotta Be a Stone’. His greatest hits, “Take it From the Top”, released on March 15 with EMI, features bonus tracks recorded with legendary producer Bob Rock, bringing Colin full circle back to his original label. Today he captivates audiences everywhere with his seductive vocals and lush guitar playing in an exceptionally intimate acoustic duo with guest guitarist Chris Caddell.

Saskatchewan songstress sisters Jen and Megan Lane with noted guitarist John Antoniuk (aka Smokekiller) open the show.





Prairie Guitar

Bob Evans, Joel Fafard, Greg Lowe, Jack Semple

NAC 4th Stage, 53 Elgin Street

Thursday, April 28 @ 7:30 pm; $15

These four talented guys are some of the best guitar players you will ever hear and they’ll be on stage doing what they do best in a very special evening dedicated to the seductive six-string. From the wailin’ licks of Jack Semple’s blues to the clean, cool jazz of Greg Lowe, from Joël Fafard’s hot country/folk/roots playing to Bob Evans eclectic mix of finger-style guitar and traditional roots music – there is nothing these boys can’t play, and nothing they haven’t!

If you love the guitar, or if you just love good music, this is an evening of virtuoso technique, musical camaraderie,and plain good fun that you don’t want to miss.






Wide Mouth Mason

The Sheepdogs

Mavericks, 221 Rideau Street

Saturday, April 30 @ 9 pm; $15

With a soulful and hard-hitting sound, Wide Mouth Mason is a band to be reckoned with. These guys pop the lid on convention with their aggressive fusion of blues, rock, jazz and pop. Best known for their funky chart-topping hit single “Change” and its catchy predecessor “Smile”, the multi-JUNO Award winning band from the Canadian heartland has a unique raw and sexy style. This powerful live show promises a few brand new tunes and hits from their extensive catalogue.

The Sheepdogs are an old-school rock and roll revival. With big guitars, stacked harmonies, vintage organ, well crafted tunes, and a dynamite live show, it’s easy to see why these guys were nominated for Artist of the Year on XM Radio’s The Verge.



Prairie Scene Women's Blues Night

With Suzie Vinnick, Little Miss Higgins, Romi Mayes & Megan Lane
Library & Archives Canada Auditorium, 395 Wellington

Friday, May 6 @ 8 pm; $18

These four powerhouse prairie singer-songstresses can outplay and outsing just about anyone, and that’s just what they’re going to do at Prairie Scene. Saskatchewan’s Suzie Vinnick is a four-time Canadian Maple Blues Awards winner as vocalist of the year, with a voice described as “spun gold”. Little Miss Higgins is a Western Canadian Music Award (WCMA) winner for Outstanding Blues Recording, with a down-home raw talent that makes you sit up and pay attention.

2009 WCMA Songwriter of the Year, Manitoba’s Romi Mayes is a whisky-drinking straight shooter whose heart-on-your-sleeve lyrics and serious badass guitar playing have made her a favourite in venues from coast to coast; and Megan Lane’s distinctive voice and intense stage presence bridge the gap between blues, jazz, rock, and soul with a fierce passion.






Smokin' Joe Kubek and B'nois King

Perth Studio Theatre, Perth ON

Thursday, May 12

Regent Theatre, Picton ON

Friday, May 13

Legion Hall, Orr Street, Cobourg ON

Saturday, May 14

With Texas Blues Legends Smokin' Joe Kubek and B'nois King, it's like getting 2 greats for the price of one and as the name says, Joe is a Smokin' guitar player. Over the years they have gigged regularly with Stevie Ray Vaughan, Albert King, Freddie King, B. B. King among others. This will be an evening of smokin' Texas Road House Blues. Be prepared to dance in the aisles!




Bill Bourne & String Bone

Westboro House Concerts

Saturday, May 21 @ 8 pm; $20

To reserve, email westborohouseconcerts@gmail.com

A multiple Canadian Juno Award winner, Bill has received international acclaim for his recordings and live performances. A mainstay on the international roots scene, life on the road is reflected in Bill's music – powerful rhythms and soulful songs, steeped in World Beat, Blues, Cajun, Celtic, Folk, Flamenco, Funk, Poetry and more.

His latest release, “Bluesland” is an intense collection of rock, folk and country, soaked with an electric blues sound that gets deep into your pores. Recorded 'live off the floor' in 3 days in April 2010 at Beta Sound Recorders in Edmonton, and marks a milestone in Bourne's career, collaborating with his son Pat Bourne, who plays electric lead guitar, and his daughter Emily Bourne, who painted some of the original artwork for the album. In addition to Bill's acoustic guitar and vocals, and his son's lead, The Free Radio Band features Pa Joe on electric smooth jazz guitar (African Guitar Summit), Moses Gregg on bass (The Swiftys) and Miguel Ferrer on drums (Santiago, Chile).


Americana best describes the music of String Bone, a project born of the songwriting talents of Stratford resident Barry James Payne. A mix of all of the North American roots music that has been so prominent since the turn of the century (last century that is) ... Payne is a seasoned writer and story teller. He paints portraits with his words, and the various musicians involved help Payne change the colour of his pallet from emotional folk and country ballads to uptempo country-rock and bluesy, smoky, jazzy grooves.






Downchild Blues Band

Grand Theatre, 218 Princess Street, Kingston ON

Saturday, April 16 @ 8 pm; $40.00 + applicable extras

Forty years and sixteen albums on, the legendary Downchild Blues Band is a thread of gold in the fabric of Canadian music history. Led by founding member Donnie ‘Mr Downchild’ Walsh, they remain our premiere purveyors of jump and Chicago-style blues, the dues-payers for everyone who has followed them since they came together in Toronto in 1969.


Tickets available at Grand Theatre box office (613-530-2050)


Information: morningstar@bell.net (613-378-2736)


Kingston Blues Society 5 Year Anniversary Show

Jack De Keyzer

Opening - Al Wood and The Woodsmen (winners of The Ottawa Blues Society Road to Memphis 2010 and band semi-finalists in the 26th International Blues Competition)

Confederation Place Hotel, Kingston ON

Saturday, May 7

Featuring Jack de Keyzer, the legend that started it all for the Kingston Blues Society.

Watch for announcement of a third band – making it the first KBS triple band show!

(more details coming soon)




KBS Monthly Jam

The Standeasy

RCHA Club, 193 Ontario Street, Kingston ON

Saturday, April 16 @ 8:30 pm, $3 at the door

Come out and see Mojo Shooter with special guest Saxman Len Zacharoff.
Len is considered by his peers as one of the Ottawa area’s best sax players; he has played and or recorded with David Rotundo, Layla Zoe, Wicked Grin and many other great Canadian blues bands. We are very excited to have him 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

Brandee’s, 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, April 17 – Earth Day Blues

Next week, April 24 – Hot New Blues Releases from Blues WOMEN!


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, April 17 – Interview – Rick Fines & Suzie Vinnick

Next week, April 24 – Interview – Morgan Davis



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, April 13 – Ellington at the Blue Note: An intimate session by the Ellington Orchestra at the Blue Note in Chicago [one of the Duke’s favourite venues] in August of 1959. The band included soloists Cat Anderson, Shorty Baker, Harry Carney, Paul Gonsalves, Jimmy Hamilton, Johnny Hodges, Quentin Jackson, Ray Nance, Russell Procope, Billy Strayhorn, Clark Terry, Sam Woodyard and of course the Duke himself.

Next week, April 20: Co-Host Ron Steeds surveys jazz and blues recorded on April 20 between 1926 and 2000. You will hear Lovie Austin, Jelly-Roll Morton, Blind Willie Johnson, Billie Holiday, Johnny Hodges, Buddy DeFranco, Eddie Lockjaw Davis, Gil Melle, Horace Parlan, Sun Ra, Wes Montgomery and Elvin Jones, among others.


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!




CBC Radio Two @ 7 pm

Thursday, April 14
concert 1: Jesse Cook
, recorded at the Epcor Centre's Jack Singer Concert Hall in Calgary
Jesse Cook is a phenomenal Canadian guitarist who has traveled the world absorbing music of other cultures. All you have to do is look at the titles of some of the songs he performs in this concert to see that broad range of influence: "Baghdad," "Havana," and "Bogota by Bus." His music has a broad appeal and you'll find his hits on smooth jazz, new age and world music charts. He's generous with his fans, even answering questions during his live shows. All he asks is for the audience to get up and dance and make it a rumba party!

Friday, April 15

concert 1: Danny Michel, recorded in Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto
Danny Michel has gained a reputation for his honest lyrics, humourous stage banter and energetic live performances. The result has been a devoted global fan base and two Juno nominations. He has six solo albums to his credit, and the latest one, "Sunset Sea," was recorded partially in Belize and Costa Rica with American Grammy-nominated producer, Mark Stockert. As a result, the album is infused with the warmth and rhythms of the Caribbean. Canada Live caught up with this hard-working performer when he played at CBC's Glenn Gould Studio.

CBC Radio 1 broadcast, Fridays at 2:05 pm
Friday, April 15 on CBC Radio 1
concert 1: Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala -- part 2

recorded at George Westin Recital Hall in the Toronto Centre for the Arts in Toronto, ON
The Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame 7th Annual Gala features an outstanding roster of talent paying tribute to this year's inductees, which include Robbie Robertson and Luc Plamondon. The gala concert includes performances by Daniel Lanois, Wintersleep, Divine Brown, Pierre Lapointe, Antoine Gratton, Figgy Duff, Sébastien Plante, Coral Egan, and Russell deCarle.

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





ALWAYS check local listings to confirm.

On BRAVO – http://www.bravo.ca

Tuesday, April 12 @ 8 pm – Divine Brown at the Concert Hall (2008)
Canadian soulstress Divine Brown shows off her stunning five-octave range in Divine Brown at the Concert Hall. Brown takes to the iconic Masonic Temple stage in Toronto, performing hits from her self-titled album and her sophomore release The Love Chronicles. The Concert Hall series fuses exciting live performances with insightful interviews featuring today’s most urbane musical artists.

Tuesday, April 19 @ 8 pm – Motown at the Concert Hall
Bravo! celebrates the Motown era and sound as various Canadian artists take to the stage as part of Bravo!'s original AT THE CONCERT HALL series. JUNO Award-winning singer-songwriter Colin James, R&B/soul queen Divine Brown, rock star Suzie McNeil, singer-songwriter/guitarist Justin Nozuka, jazz crooner Matt Dusk, and chart-topping soloist Justin Hines perform renditions of classic hits from the artists who were instrumental in creating the essential Motown sound.




Wednesday, April 20

Bluestone @ the Rainbow

Sunday, April 24

River City Junction hosts the Sunday afternoon Blues Jam @ the Rainbow, 4-7:30 pm

Friday, April 29

Sweet & the Back Beat @ Greenfield’s, 9:30 pm

Saturday, April 30

MonkeyJunk @ the Rainbow

Wicked Grin @ Tucson’s

Sunday, May 1

Al Wood Trio hosts the Sunday afternoon Blues Jam @ the Rainbow, 4-7:30 pm

Tuesday & Wednesday, May 3-4

OBS Road to Memphis Solo/Duo Qualifying Rounds @ the Atomic Rooster

Saturday, May 7

Anders Drerup & the Grievous Angel Band @ the Elmdale House Tavern, 9:30 pm

Robert Farrell, the Chaffey Brothers, & Gerry Wall @ the Rainbow

Sunday, May 8

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

Wednesday, May 11

OBS Road to Memphis, Solo/Duo Finals @ Irene’s

Friday, May 13

JW-Jones @ the Rainbow

Sunday, May 15

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

Friday, May 20

The Brothers Chaffey @ the Elmdale House Tavern, 9:30 pm

Sunday, May 23

Maria Hawkins hosts the Sunday afternoon Blues Jam @ the Rainbow, 4-7:30 pm

Sunday, May 30

River City Junction hosts the Sunday afternoon Blues Jam @ the Rainbow, 4-7:30 pm

Friday, June 3

Rocket Rached & the Fat City 8 @ Irene’s

Sunday, June 5

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

Friday, June 10

Al Wood & the Woodsmen & Al Tambay @ Irene’s

Sunday, June 12

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

Saturday, June 18

The Brothers Chaffey @ Irene’s

Sunday, June 19

Maria Hawkins hosts the Sunday afternoon Blues Jam @ the Rainbow, 4-7:30 pm

Friday, June 24

Maria Hawkins @ the Rainbow, 9:30 pm

Sunday, June 26

River City Junction hosts the Sunday afternoon Blues Jam @ the Rainbow, 4-7:30 pm



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