16 May 2011

Ottawa Blues This Week - 16 May 2011




The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) has announced its 2010 winners. Out of more than 15,000 entries, songwriters hailing from Canada made a fantastic showing in ISC this year, coming away with four First Place wins, two Second Place wins, one Third Place win and many Honourable Mentions in various categories. This is a remarkable win for Canadians and clearly reflects the depth and diversity of talent coming out of the Canadian music scene. ISC prizes include more than $150,000 (USD) in cash and merchandise and are shared by 66 winners in 22 categories.


‘Daddy’s Little Girl’ - John McAneney, Jesse O'Brien - The Johnny Max Band (Mississauga, ON, Canada)

BLUES - Honourable Mention

‘Where's The Blues Taking Me’ - Bob Tunnoch - Fathead (Toronto, ON, Canada)

‘Roll With It’ - Chris Antonik (Toronto, ON, Canada)

‘Forgetful Baby’ - Chris Whiteley (Toronto, ON, Canada)

‘Someday’ - Layla Zoe (St. Lambert, QC, Canada)

For a list of all winners, http://www.songwritingcompetition.com/winners





Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Friday, May 20 @ 9:45 pm

Barrelhouse is a 6 piece powerhouse that's developed a reputation as a "musician's band" on the Ottawa scene. Through personnel changes, gear theft, and long drives outside of the city, this outfit has spent 11 years honing their craft and getting to the top of their game.

Crowds are never disappointed by the spectacular repertoire that includes rarely-heard tracks from the Allman Brothers, Steely Dan, Little Feat, Jeff Beck, and more. Don't expect to hear the same old top 40 here: Barrelhouse comes prepared with funky grooves, fantastic improvs and tight, professional musicianship each and every time.

Join them at the Rainbow on May 20th to see was discerning music fans across town have been keeping secret.





Blues On The Rideau presents

Treasa Levasseur

The Cove Inn, Westport ON

Friday, May 20

$55 for full course Buffet Dinner & Show

Proceeds to the Rideau District Museum

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.


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 presents


Baldachin Inn, Merrickville ON

Saturday, May 21; $15

Here's a great way to beat those rainy blues....change them into some Swamp Boogie, R&B, Bedroom funk!

Recently signed to Stony Plain Records, with their new CD “To Behold” set for release June 21, MonkeyJunk’s star is on the rise. Their two-night stand at the Rainbow, followed by a hugely successful Studio DAWG event and three sold-out shows at the Neat CafĂ© in Burnstown showcased the new tunes.

On the calendar … a summer of national & international festivals. This band is stepping up and the opportunities to see them in intimate local venues will become rare. A short drive from Ottawa to scenic Merrickville and MonkeyJunk … what are you waiting for!


Call the Baldachin at 613-269-4223 to reserve your tickets.




Dave Liebman Masterclass

Kailash Mital Theatre, Carleton University

Saturday, May 21, 1-3 pm

A "one-of-a-kind" masterclass with some of the best leading contemporary musicians around today -

Dave Liebman and his group.



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.




Southside Tuesdays
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.


John Carroll

Chateau Lafayette (The Laff), 42 York Street

Wednesdays, 10 pm


Candlelight Blues with Al Tambay & friends

Tucson’s, 2440 Bank Street

Thursdays, 7:30-11 pm


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:

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


Mississippi Blues Society Jam

Thirsty Moose Pub & Eatery, Bridge Street, Carleton Place

First Tuesday of every month @ 8:30 pm

Hosted by The Thirsty Moose Pub & Eatery & The Mississippi Blues Society, and featuring Barry Buse & Peter Brown, the MBS Blues Jam is the longest-running blues jam in the Greater Ottawa area & one of the best, attracting both musicians & fans from in & out of town.

*8:30 PM is the Estimated Start Time *There's No Cover Charge *Free Parking *Good Food *Ends Early [approx. midnight]

And - just so you know...we pack 'em in for this event, so come in early if you want a good table.




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.

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

All Shows are filmed by Ken Bowman with audio by Little Chicago Sound Company and one song from each performance is posted to YOU TUBE shortly afterwards. Go to www.choosetheblues.ca - BLUES ON THE RIDEAU 2010/11 - and take a look at some. They are great quality videos.

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




Vocal workshop with Kate Hammett-Vaughan

Alcorn Music Studios, 2nd floor – 903 Carling Avenue (at Sherwood Drive)

Saturday, May 28; 11 am – 1 pm; tickets $20 ($15 for students)

Join Juno-nominated jazz vocalist and educator Kate Hammett-Vaughan in this friendly and supportive workshop. Kate will teach the art of jazz phrasing along with vocal technique. Hand-outs will be provided.

Hammett-Vaughan will also offer private lessons before and after the workshop at $50 per hour or $35 for 30 minutes.


Alcorn Music Studios 613-729-0693


'Music for Mose'

Market Hall Performing Arts Centre, George & Hunter Streets, Peterborough ON

Saturday, May 28; tickets $20

The cream of Peterborough's roots & blues acts appear at Market Hall Performing Arts Centre in support of musician Mose Scarlett and his partner Tina Cohen. Both have been sidelined with serious health issues and Peterborough’s musical community has rallied to their needs.

The evening’s line-up includes Jackson Delta, the Alan Black Band, Pat Temple & Pineapple Frank,

Catfish Willie & the Buckle Busters and Tiny Davis. The affair will be MC'd by Magoo.

Advance Tickets are available online http://pw0710gy574.boxpro.net

or at http://markethall.org/tickets.shtml

or by phone noon to 5pm Monday-Friday at 705-749-1146


Blues On Tuesday with Terry Gillespie

The Granary, 3270 County Road 10, Vankleek Hill ON

Tuesday, May 31 @ 7 pm; $10

With a brand new Mojo Menu just for Blues On Tues and you.

UPDATE: starting June 21st - Blues on Tues will be the 3rd Tuesday of the month with The Rhythm & Roots Reunion Band at The Granary, Vankleek Hill



Acoustic Roots with Terry Gillespie

The Georgian House, 146 Main Street, Alexandria ON

Wednesday, June 1 @ 7 pm; $10

NEW: Acoustic Roots the first Wednesday of every month at The Georgian House, Alexandria, Ontario - Terry with a different guest each month.
Kick-Off June 1st with G3 (Terry Gillespie, Lyndell Montgomery and Wayne Stoute)


Garrett Mason & Keith Hallett

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Saturday, June 4 @ 9:30 pm



Jimmy Bowskill Band – Take a Ride Tour 2011 *****SOLD OUT*****

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

Friday, June 17 @ 9 pm; tickets $25

At 20 years of age, Jimmy Bowskill has already been recognized nationally as a Multi Award Winning Artist proving that a young man can indeed play the blues. At the tender age of 11, Bowskill was invited to join Jeff Healey onstage and has since become an International Phenomenon. The entire Canadian Blues Community was quick to realize Jimmy Bowskill was the real deal. Bowskill has been blowing audiences away worldwide, from the Ukraine to Japan, leaving them begging for more and doing his country proud. He has been selling out theatres, touring internationally and on June 17, Music By The Bay Live will rock the blues with the Jimmy Bowskill Band.


Don’t miss the final show of the 2nd season in the Small Club BIG SHOW Concert Series; upstairs at the Waterfront in Pickering.

This show is SOLD OUT, however, weather permitting, the patio will be open and limited outdoor seating will be available.

To be notified if this block of tickets are released, please email musicbythebaylive@rogers.com including your name & phone number along with the # of tickets needed & you will be notified if this block of tickets are released.

Visit www.musicbythebaylive.com for details


Dylan Wickens and the Grand Naturals W/S/G Tortoise Blue

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street,

Saturday, June 25 @ 9:30 pm





Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest 8th Annual Golf Tournament

In support of Blues In the Schools

The Meadows Golf & Country Club, 4335 Hawthorne Road, Gloucester

Thursday, June 9

Price is $125.00 per person and includes:

2 Free Any Day Passes To Bluesfest (July5-17 2011, Not Valid for July 5)

18 Holes With Power Cart

Dinner With All The Trimmings (Dessert And Coffee/Tea Included)

Live Entertainment - Duelling Pianos with Tyler Kealy and Jeff Rogers

There Will Also Be Challenge Prizes, Door Prizes And Silent Auction

For information, call Dave @ 613-290-4840 or Jeff @ 613-673-2847
All net proceeds donated to Blues in the Schools charity.

To register:







KBS Monthly Jam – the May jam was held last Saturday – one week early

The Standeasy

RCHA Club, 193 Ontario Street, Kingston ON

Third Saturday of the month @ 8:30 pm, $3 at the door

Come out and see Mojo Shooter with special guests.

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, May 22 – Blues Music Awards 2011: Historical Album of the Year – Bob Corritore & friends

Next week, May 29 – Hot Shows in the Capital


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, May 22 – Interview – Karen Lovely

Next week, May 29 – Interview – Raoul Bhaneja



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, May 18: CTI, Moonjune and Songlines: Profiles of three unique record labels. Artists will include Ron Carter, Copernicus, Benoit Delbecq, Paul Desmond, Robin Holcomb, Milt Jackson, Marbin and Boris Savoldelli

Next week, May 25: Mingus at Birdland: We’ll hear selections from seven broadcasts from Birdland between between October 21, 1961 and October 26, 1962. Sidemen change between broadcasts and include Pepper Adams, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Don Butterfield, Jaki Byard, Booker Ervin, Henry Grimes, Roland Kirk, Jimmy Knepper, Yusef Lateef, Charles McPherson and Dannie Richmond.


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

Tuesday, May 17

Next! 2011, part 6 of 11 (from The Maritimes), recorded at CBC Radio Studio H in Halifax and at The ECMAs in Charlottetown
Tonight, Next! originates in Maritime Canada. The East Coast music scene is as diverse in its musical forms as anywhere in this country and tonight we'll bring you performers that have been getting a lot of notice over the past year or so, both at home and across the country. You'll hear from the Americana-infused country songs of Laura Merrimen to the old time honky-tonk and tear stained whiskey ballads of the Haunted Hearts. Also on the bill is Molly Thomason, a soul-pop rocker who just turned 16, and Andy Brown, a contemporary folk rocker with a great boyish charm and a style all his own.

Thursday, May 19
concert 1: Canada Raves on the Blues
, recorded at Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto
In Canada, when you say "the blues," Colin Linden is generally one of the first people to come to mind. So, when CBC Radio 2 decided to celebrate the history of the blues, Colin got the call. Join him, as well as Roxanne Potvin, Sue Foley, Jimmy Bowskill, Garrett Mason, Curly Bridges and some of the best blues performers in Canada as they celebrate the blues.

CBC Radio 1 broadcast, Fridays at 2:05 pm
Friday, May 20 on CBC Radio 1
concert 1: Canada Raves on the Blue
s, recorded at Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto
In Canada, when you say "the blues," Colin Linden is generally one of the first people to come to mind. So, when CBC Radio 2 decided to celebrate the history of the blues, Colin got the call. Join him, as well as Roxanne Potvin, Sue Foley, Jimmy Bowskill, Garrett Mason, Curly Bridges and some of the best blues performers in Canada as they celebrate the blues.

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





We've said before that Rita Chiarelli's new film, Music From the Big House, is brilliant: a glimpse behind prison walls and inside the human heart.

Rita was just as compelling in conversation as she is on stage, or on the big screen. Her journey down Highway 61 to Angola Prison taught us more about the blues than we might have learned in a lifetime.


A must-watch, if we do say so ourselves...

Roots Music Canada







ALWAYS check local listings to confirm.

On the CBC Documentary Channel - http://www.cbc.ca/documentarychannel/

Sunday, May 22 at 8pm ET / 9pm PT

Music From The Big House – World Broadcast Premiere

From acclaimed director Bruce McDonald, teaming with an Emmy- and Oscar-nominated documentary producer, comes a rare and exclusive musical journey. Rita Chiarelli, an award-winning recording artist, has decided to take a pilgrimage to the birthplace of the blues--Louisiana State Maximum Security Penitentiary aka Angola Prison. She never imagined that her love of the blues would lead her to play with inmates serving life sentences for murder, rape and armed robbery.

In what was once the bloodiest prison in America, inmates relatives will be invited to listen alongside other prisoners, to hear remarkable voices singing stories of hope and redemption. Let yourself be swept away by one of Blues' most soulful pilgrim daughters who is finding out if music really is an escape.



On BRAVO – http://www.bravo.ca

Tuesday, May 24 @ 9:30 pm

An Evening with Willie Nelson and Wynton Marsalis Playing the Blues (2007)
Filmed in 2007, two iconic figures from the world of jazz and country, Wynton Marsalis and Willie Nelson come together for a one-off performance live at the Rose Theatre at Lincoln Center's House of Swing in New York City. Songs include "Down by the Riverside," "Stardust," "Georgia on My Mind," and more.




Friday, May 27

Ross Neilson & Bluestone & Papa Shango @ the Rainbow

Saturday, May 28

The FunKtion @ Tucson’s, 9:30 pm

Sunday, May 29

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

Double Double @ the Atomic Rooster, 6-9 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

Wednesday, June 8

Al Tambay @ the Elmdale House Tavern, 9 pm

Friday, June 10

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

Barrelhouse @ Tucson’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

Terry Gillespie @ Tucson’s

Sunday, June 19

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

Friday, June 24

Kelly Prescott @ Irene’s

Maria Hawkins @ the Rainbow, 9:30 pm

Big Chill @ Tucson’s

Sunday, June 26

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



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