27 June 2011

Ottawa Blues This Week - 27 June 2011




Canada Day Blues Blowout

With Rocket Rached & the Fat City 8

Carleton Tavern, 223 Armstrong Street

Friday, July 1 @ 9:30 pm

Come celebrate our great country's birthday!





New Orleans Wish

Fat Tuesday’s, 62 York Street

Tuesday, June 28; 6-11 pm

Tickets $40, includes dinner & live entertainment

Unleash the joyous soul of Ottawa and have some fun at "New Orleans Wish", a Mardi Gras Experience, Bourbon Street style! Mark your calendars for Tuesday, June 28, 6 to 11 pm, at Fat Tuesday's, and enjoy great food, dancing, revelry, silent auction and much more! Brought to you by Algonquin College Event Management students in partnership with the Children's Wish Foundation, all proceeds from this event will go towards granting wishes for children with life threatening illnesses.

DAWG FM’s J-man will be there and it’s rumoured that some of his friends, including JW-Jones, Mathieu Gagnon & Jed Rached, will be joining him.





Andrea Ramolo

Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street

Tuesday, June 28

Andrea Ramolo and her one-man band Jason Skiendziel will cross the country for the 4th time in two years, bringing her brand new FACTOR supported release "The Shadows... and the Cracks" and her soulful live duo show to Kaffé 1870 in Wakefield.

The album demonstrates a sensitivity and strength, 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.

Musically, she’s been described as the antidote to too much Joni Mitchell, a tougher Dolly Parton a sexier Janis Joplin, but she has a soulful and sultry sound that’s all her own. There is an intimacy in her music that is both candid and unapologetic. Her beautifully woven narratives and raw delivery pull you in, force you to smile, break your heart, and mend it all over again. She’s a born performer and has been described as fearless, emotional, and confident. And you may even catch her tap dancing at one of her live shows.

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.



Jordan John & the Blues Angels

Greenfield’s Pub, 900 Greenbank Road

Thursday, June 30 @ 6:30 pm

To say that Jordan John is a more powerful and polished singer/multi-instrumentalist than many players twice his age would tell just a fraction of the story. He has already compiled a longer list of credits, and displays more assuredness and maturity, than many performers twice his age. Adept on guitar, drums, keyboards and bass, he¹s shared stages with Jeff Healey, Prince, the Guess Who, Wide Mouth Mason, Lucky Peterson, Canada's Premier Rhythm 'n Blues band The Lincolns; just some idea of the respect his drive and groove can command immediately. At only age 25, this musical dynamo is ready to take the world by storm with his own brand of soul stirring, groove infected, power driven music...... the sound that is none other than Jordan John!





Terry Gillespie and Friends

Festival Alexandria, Alexandria ON

Saturday, July 2 @ 3 pm

Terry will be playing with a 5 piece band whose next stop is the Beaches Jazz Festival in Toronto.
Accompanying Terry at Festival Alexandria will be world class musicians and touring artists: Peter Measroch on grand piano, Terry Owen on saxophone, Vitas (Titan) on standup bass, Mr Wayne Stoute on drums. This show will appeal to people of all ages and walks of life – it is music that makes you want to move, but sometimes the message is what comes across, other times it is the pure beauty of the exquisite delivery and in the end it is always about Terry’s voice and the groove. Experience it all in the beautiful rural setting of Festival Alexandria – sit in the barn, relax on the lawn or dance to the music!




The Brian Downey Big Band

Baldachin Inn, Merrickville ON

Saturday, July 2; 8 pm – midnight; $20 advance (from Brian),$25 at the door

Swing Music of the ‘40s … dance the night away to Big Band Swing!

Brian Downey is old school, old soul and rare groove, learned on the road, living in Detroit and Chicago of the ‘60s and ‘70s. As a young man, the story goes, he started drumming in his first band because the only drummer in town took off. But he had been listening to blues radio stations from the south ever since he discovered the “on” switch. In those 50 years, he never stopped learning from the greats and understated in music whom he worships for their musicality, rhythm, integrity and ease on stage to this day.

A seasoned, yet evolving, performer over decades, his pocket ties bands together from stage to stage. This great, grand drummer makes the good feel better and the lost feel found – audiences all over North-America and musicians from all over the world love him for that.





On the eve of his Western Canadian Tour, JUNO Award winning Blues Artist Julian Fauth had a very serious fall and suffered a badly broken right shoulder. The expert medical opinion is that Julian will be out of action for up to six months in order to recover fully. The Blues community of Toronto and the GTA are hosting two very special benefit performances which will help raise some badly needed funds to assist Julian in his recovery.

Julian Fauth Fundraiser #1

Hugh's Room, 2261 Dundas St. West, Toronto ON

Tuesday, June 28; 8:30-11:30 pm; tickets $20
Featuring Harrison Kennedy, Treasa Levasseur, Paul Reddick, Donne Robert, Bobby Dean Blackburn.

Advance Tickets and reservations are strongly encouraged.


Julian Fauth Fundraiser #2

Hollywood On the Queensway, 1184 The Queensway, Etobicoke ON

Wednesday, July 20; 7-10:30 pm; tickets $20

Featuring Shakura S’Aida, David Rotundo, Raoul Bhaneja and Darren Gallen, Chris Antonik

If you cannot attend, you can make a direct donation in the amount of $20, $50 or $100 via a PayPal donation at the Electro-Fi Records website http://www.electrofi.com/fauth_support.htm

You can also mail a cheque to Julian in care of

Electro-Fi Records

185 Legion Rd. N. Suite 1410

Toronto ON M8Y 0A1

Be sure to make the cheque payable to Julian Fauth.

Also all profits on the sales of Julian’s 2 CDs and the “Blues Piano-Rama” CD will go directly to Julian for the next 6 months.

For more information, please contact Sarah French Publicity sarah@sarahfrenchpublicity.com




Ottawa Jazzfest

Thursday-Sunday, June 23-July 3

Ottawa ON

Featuring Robert Plante, James Cotton, Lucky Peterson & more.


TD Toronto Jazz Festival

Toronto ON

Friday-Sunday, June 24-July 3

Featuring Aretha Franklin (Jordan John & the Blues Angels opening), Robert Cray (Digging Roots opening) and more.


Montreal Jazz Fest

Saturday-Monday, June 25-July 4
Montreal QC

With Raoul & the Big Time, MonkeyJunk, Eric Bibb, Trombone Shorty & more.




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:

June 30 – Parker Estabrooks

July 7 – Don Cummings


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



Acoustic Roots Series

Georgian House Restaurant, 146 Main St. S., Alexandria ON

First Wednesday of Every Month – starting July 6

The best Roots/Country/Americana artists will be joining Terry Gillespie for a new Acoustic Roots Series in Alexandria. Some of them will be up-coming artists and some will be household names … a different musical guest each month. All of the musician guests are very accomplished and have toured extensively. We are very privileged to be able to host them right here at home.
Terry will open each evening with a set of his music then the guest will follow with a set of their music. Each will accompany the other. Don’t miss a single one.

July 6 – Michael Ball – International Tour Artist (Fiddle)
Aug 3 – Andrew Cowan – at the top of the list of Canadian Blues Guitarists
Sept 7 - G3 (Terry Gillespie Trio)
Oct 5 – Bill Garrett & Sue Lothrop
– two voices in perfect harmony

If you desire to see a special guest, let us know. If they are on the road, we might be able to grab them.
The Georgian House special musical menu has something fresh and delicious for all budgets.





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.




Gazebo Blues

Waterfront Gazebo Bar Holiday Inn, 150 George St. N, Peterborough ON

Fridays, 6-10 pm; only a $5 cover

We have another hot line up this year as the Gazebo Blues concert series enters its 9th season.

Come cool off and enjoy Blues by the water. Come early to ensure you get a table to enjoy Dinner, Drinks & great Blues. TGIF!

July 1 Wild T & The Spirit

July 8 George Olliver

July 15 2008 Juno Winner Fathead

July 22 Howard Ross & Full Count

July 29 Chuck Jackson & The All Stars

Aug 5 The Fabulous Tonemasters w Wylie Harold

Aug 12 SAB

Aug 19 Gary Kendall with Ms Robin Bank$

Aug 26 Douglas Watson R&B Revue

Sept 2 Jack is back!! Jack DeKeyzer

Sept 3 Jack DeKeyzer – Labour Day special




Eric Tessmer

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Wednesday, July 5


Friday, July 8

Beloved by audiences throughout the world, the Eric Tessmer Band has captured the attention of fans from all ages as a result of their uncompromising musicianship and unbridled aggression. Their music is organic and natural—they’re real and every note you hear leaps from the speakers and is completely unfettered by superfluous studio trickery.

With each performance, The Eric Tessmer Band’s collaborative vibe continues to evolve, built on a career and catalogue of material that inspires and fuels the evolution of rock/blues.



David Gogo

Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street

Saturday, July 9


Friday, July 15

Gogo is touring this summer to promote his new CD, “Soul Bender”. The album features outstanding new tracks – some original and some unexpected covers – that showcase Gogo's best guitar and vocal performances ever! Those who have already heard it, all say, "it's a hit!"

The original works reflect recent changes in Gogo's life, everyone's life, as only the blues can. The covers run the gamut of sources and styles including those from Procol Harum, Elmore James and even Michael Jackson.

There are some interesting new aspects to this album's arrangements and voicing. For the first time ever, this recording includes strings! Back for more "oomph" is Rick Hopkins with his keyboard antics. As with previous albums “Soul Bender” includes horns and strong vocal backups from a variety of singers.

Monkey Junk's Steve Marriner adds some harp, soul and wonderful piano. Back for more Gogo punishment are blues stalwarts (and good music generally) Pat Steward - drums, Doug Elliott - bass, both from The Odds, Billy Hicks - drums, and Jay Stevens - bass. Having Charlie Quintana on drums on two tracks adds a new twist.

“Soul Bender” is available now from the Cordova Bay e-store , in retail stores across Canada and on Maple Music and iTunes.

Ottawa Blues Society members, watch your email box for a members-only ticket & CD promotion.



(Info above courtesy of Sarah French, Sarah French Publicity http://www.sarahfrenchpublicity.com/)


Delta Moon

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Monday, July 11

Red Parlor recording artist Delta Moon , 2011 first round Grammy nominee for Best Contemporary Blues Album , will be appearing LIVE at The Rainbow Bistro, Monday July 11, as part of their “Hellbound Train” CD release tour.

Tom Gray, Delta Moon’s founding member, was named the American Roots Music Association Blues Songwriter of the Year in 2008

Originally from Arlington, Virginia, Tom Gray has written songs recorded by Cyndi Lauper (“Money Changes Everything”), Carlene Carter, Manfred Mann, and many other artists. In the late 1980s Tom picked up a lap steel guitar and could not put it down. Soon it became his main instrument.

The dual slide guitars of Atlanta based Delta Moon carry the listener deep into the heart of the American South, where sinuous Mississippi blues meets the gritty backwoods twang of Appalachia and winds around a rock-steady beat like kudzu on a barbwire fence.

Delta Moon was formed with the idea of weaving the two slide guitars into one big sound, in the tradition of great two-guitar bands like the Rolling Stones, the Allman Brothers, and early Fleetwood Mac.


John Primer

with Geneva Red

Wilno Tavern, Wilno ON

Friday, July 15 @ 8 pm


Tweedsmuir Tavern, Tweed ON

Saturday, July 16 @ 8 pm

Grammy nominated Chicago blues man John Primer is "The Real Deal", a true Blues Journeyman. The moniker is taken from the recording that was released in 1995 which marked the beginning of his solo career. Originally from Camden, Mississippi, Primer has made Chicago his home since 1963, starting his career as part of the house band at the famous Theresa’s Lounge on the south side. It wasn’t long before this outstanding guitarist/vocalist was recruited to work in the bands of blues legends, Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters and Magic Slim. Now with numerous recordings under his belt John Primer and his band tour in support of his 2009 indie release "All Original" and the current "They Call Me John Primer" on Wolf Records. Geneva Red has a solo career of her own. She is a 6 foot tall red head equally as powerful on harp and vocals. The two together makes it like a double bill.


Visit www.zapp-productions.com for more details.


24th Street Wailers

The Dobro, Peterborough ON

Thursday, July 21

O'Reilly's Pub, Perth ON

Friday, July 22

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Saturday, July 23

Meet The 24th Street Wailers. Out of their house and into yours. Twenty-two on 24. That’s the address. Five bedrooms. Floors slightly slanted and most of the members of the band paying less than $300 a month each. Oh, and a dog named after Ella Fitzgerald.

Don’t call the Wailers a blues band — they’re more than that: High-energy, good times, deep soul funk and lots of drive and — most of them — live in the music-filled house in a suburb of Toronto called Etobicoke (a name that most people can’t pronounce — try “Eat-owe-be-coe”).

Driven by Lindsay (Linz) Beaver, lead singer and powerhouse drummer, the band is two years into a career that’s seen them play most of the joints in Toronto. If you know the town, you’ll know the list: Grossman’s, the Silver Dollar, the Rex, the Blue Goose in Mimico, Hugh’s Room and assorted pubs and bars. Then there have been other, more prestigious venues: The South Side Shuffle, The Barrie Jazz and Blues Festival, The Orangeville Jazz and Blues Festival, and the Toronto Blues Society’s 25th anniversary party.

The Wailers rehearse in the house on 24th Street; they hang, they eat, they drink, and get silly within its walls. While three of the band members — Linz, bassist Mike Archer, sax player Jonathon Wong — live there, Only guitarist Emily Burgess commutes to the house, from her home 15 minutes away (or from her boyfriend’s, who’s a block away). Another resident at 24th street is Siobhan Martin, a keyboard player who sits in with the band from time to time.

They’re all out of Humber College — a music school that was hardly sympathetic to a blues band. Academically, everyone reads music, they know music theory better than most of their peers, and they know the intricacies of jazz and classical music — and prefer to play with the emotional depth of the “basic” blues.

Just how good was the band becoming? They were crowned 2010 winners of the Toronto Blues Society’s annual New Talent Search — which earned them a recording session at Phase One, one of the best recording studios in Toronto. A year before, the band had made a five-song EP — now a collectors’ item, since every one of the 160 copies have been sold — but they prefer to forget about it. Now the band has had the opportunity to make a much better, much more representative recording.

And so they did. “Dirty Little Young’uns” was recorded live off the floor in two ten-hour sessions; with Lindsay Beaver’s powerhouse drumming and on-the-money vocals, strong guitar work from Emily Burgess, and Mike Archer’s bottom-solid bass playing, the band rocks while Jonathan Wong’s gutsy sax playing meshes perfectly with the classic Hammond B3 and piano performance provided by special guest Lance Anderson.

It’s a roaring, hilarious, power-packed, 13-track outing comprised of original material from each member — and one that begins with a raunchy shuffle in “Dirty Little Young’uns” and ends with an acoustic song, “Turn To You,” that provides an emotional ending to a special, house-wrecking record. Tough though the record is, the dirty little young ‘uns from 24th street are even more fluid and funky at their live shows.

Now they’re out of their house, and about to come into yours. With this recording as a calling card — and a souvenir at their live gigs — the 24th Street Wailers are ready, set for a long career, and they’re gonna make you wanna dance.



Matt Andersen

Black Sheep Inn, Wakefield QC

Monday, August 1; tickets $25 + tax

Matt Andersen has a larger than life showmanship that has been earning him a fervent and steadfast audience wherever he graces the stage. Matt's sprawling blues, roots and rock musical hybrid with his sorrowing and soulful voice and astonishing guitar-playing has sparked a phenomenal buzz on Canada's East Coast and that grass roots word of mouth cannot be contained any longer!

In the past few years, Matt has released an introductory EP along with two critically-acclaimed live fans' favourites, the full length studio release "Second time around", "Something In-between" which garnered two East Coast Music awards for Matt (Male Solo Artist of the Year and Blues Recording of the Year), "Piggyback" with harmonica virtuoso Mike Stevens and "Live at the Phoenix Theatre". Along with a very busy touring schedule as a headliner at major festivals, clubs and theatres throughout North America and the UK, Matt has also shared the stage and toured with David ‘Honeyboy’ Edwards, America, Randy Bachman, the late Bo Diddley, Little Feat and a host of others.

On Jan 24, 2010 Matt won the 26th edition of the 2010 International Blues Challenge (IBC) in the birthplace of Rock ‘n' Roll and home of the blues, Memphis, TN. Matt was sponsored for this event by the Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival in Fredericton, NB in the solo/duo category. Blues musicians from all over the world including 39 states, 12 countries and 5 continents were chosen by their respected Blues societies to compete in venues on the world-famous Beale Street. Matt is the 1st Canadian ever to win the IBC in its 26 years. For more information on the IBC go to www.blues.org. And he began 2011 on a high garnering Entertainer of the Year and Acoustic Artist of the Year honours at Canada’s Maple Blues Awards.

Matt Andersen is a very real, rare, raw talent and career artist -- vital to our musical landscape. For more info on Matt and his music catalogue go to www.bustedflatrecords.com or http://www.stubbyfingers.ca/


House Concert Series 2011

Doug MacLeod

French Café On English Road, Iroquois ON

Saturday, August 6 @ 7 pm; $20

Blues Workshop, Sunday August 7

From Lomita CA, the renowned, extremely talented and friendly Doug MacLeod, ‘Master of Original Acoustic Blues’ is an author, composer and performer who presents blues with his unique style, in stories and original songs touching all of us.

An acoustic concert in the purest tradition of the blues sound.

Doug MacLeod is a veteran, who plays over 300 concerts a year and has directed and produced 18 albums and 2 DVDs teaching blues. In March, 2011, his latest CD, “Brand New Eyes” was released worldwide by Fresh Reference Recordings.







Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest

Ottawa ON

July 5-17


Porquis Blues Festival

Porquis Junction ON

July 8-10


Thunder Bay Blues Festival

Marina Park, Thunder Bay ON

July 8-10


Blue Mountains Chili Ribfest

Cedar Run, Clarksburg ON

July 8-10


Tremblant International Bluest Festival

Mont Tremblant QC

July 8-17


Frankford Island Blues Festival
Quinte West ON

July 15-17

Bluesfest International

Windsor ON

July 15-17


Bluesfest International

London ON

July 15-17


Beaches Jazz Festival

The Beaches, Toronto ON

July 15-24


Beauport en Blues

Beauport QC

July 21-23


Burlington Jazz & Blues Festival

Burlington ON

July 22-24


Sky High Blues Festival
Rock Creek BC

July 30-31




James Doran, Choose The Blues Productions, Producer of the successful long-running Blues On The Rideau Dinner & Show Series at The Cove Inn, Westport and host of ‘Inside The Blues’, a weekly radio show broadcast Sunday evenings on 101.9 DAWG FM Ottawa, is pleased to announce the launch of two new Acoustic Blues Series this summer - Acoustic Blue Sundays at The Mill Tavern, Manotick and Acoustic Blue Mondays at The Cove Inn, Westport. Both Series will feature some of Canada's best acoustic Blues artists in classic, comfortable venues and will include a meal in the ticket price. Given the high quality and popularity of the artists who have been booked for the Series and the limited size of the venues Advance Reservations are recommended for all Shows.
Acoustic Blue Sundays
At The Mill Tavern
5544 Main Street
Manotick ON

Less than a 30 minute drive from downtown Ottawa in the beautiful town of Manotick on the Rideau

A once monthly Series - Lunch & Show – 1-5 pm
$30 with advance reservations, $35 at the door, space available
Call The Mill to reserve - (613) 692-1686

July 31

From Hamilton - A superb singer/songwriter/harmonica player/guitarist. Multiple Juno Award nominee and Maple Blues Award nominee (Male Vocalist, Acoustic Artist and Recording Of The Year) and Runner-up in the solo/duo category (over 80 contestants) at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis last February. Harrison's new CD "Shame The Devil" will just be released just in time for this Show!

August 28

From Toronto - Chris Antonik has been a much sought after session guitarist for years because of his diverse, tasteful and tight playing style. Last year he released his first CD showcasing not only his brilliant guitar work but also his songwriting and arranging skills. He was nominated for the Maple Blues Award for Best New Artist Of The Year in 2010 and the album received much acclaim in the U.S., the U.K. and Europe. Chris's repertoire includes classic blues, contemporary blues-rock, soul/funk and country/folk. Talented vocalist Josh Williams (who is on his debut album) joins him for this performance.

September 25


From Hamilton - Singer/songwriter/harmonica player and guitarist extraordinaire. A multiple Maple Blues Award and Hamilton Music Award nominee/winner. Recipient of the "Mel Brown Blues Award" in 2009.


Acoustic Blue Mondays
At The Cove Inn
Westport ON

Only a 45 minute drive from Kingston, 1.5 hours from Ottawa in the beautiful town of Westport on the Rideau

Summer Series - Dinner & Show – 7-11 pm
$35 with advance reservations, $40 at the door, space available
Well priced accommodation available at The Cove and nearby B&Bs
Call The Cove to reserve seats - (613) 273-3636 or 1-888-COVE-INN

July 11

From Toronto - Canada's "King Of The Blues", Jack de Keyzer - singer, songwriter and one of the best Blues guitarists on the planet kicks of this new Acoustic Series at The Cove. Jack has won 2 Juno Awards and 7 Maple Blues Awards over his illustrious 30 year career. He plays blues, funk, soul, swing and jazz equally well and is brilliant on both electric and acoustic guitar. For this Show he is joined by his long time bassist and friend - Maple Blues Award winner Alan Duffy.

July 25

From Toronto via Texas, Chicago and Jamaica. A great blues, jazz, R&B, soul and reggae singer/ songwriter with powerhouse vocals and a rich musical past. Bold and brassy, classy and sassy! She's performed with hundreds of famous artists over her career including Sam Myers, Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, Chuck Mangione, Junior Watson, Jack de Keyzer and many, many more. Former winner of Maple Blues Award for Best New Artist Of The Year and nominee for Female Vocalist Of The Year. Robin will be accompanied by guitarist Mitchell Lewis for this Show.

August 8

From Peterborough and Toronto - What a fabulous double bill! Two of Canada's best known and best loved Blues artists. Each of them has their own successful solo careers as singers/songwriters/ guitarists but together they achieve a magical chemistry. Suzie has been nominated for a Juno and won multiple Maple Blues Awards (Female Vocalist, Bassist and Songwriter Of The Year) as well as 1st place at the International Songwriting Competition. Rick is a multiple Maple Blues Award nominee and has won Songwriter Of The Year as well as taking 1st place at the International Songwriting Competition.

August 22

Saskatchewan born, Gatineau raised and now living in Montreal Roxanne Potvin is one of Canada's most dynamic young singer/songwriter/guitarists. She plays classic blues, jazz, rock, folk, country and pop - and makes it all sound deliciously enjoyable. A former Juno Award and multiple Maple Blues Award nominee her new album "Play" is eclectic and diverse and getting a lot of attention. Roxanne is accompanied by one of Canada's most versatile and in demand session guitarists (regular and lap steel) - from Toronto - Christine Bougie.

Visit http://www.choosetheblues.ca for more information on both Series






KBS Monthly Jam

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, July 3 – Stony Plain 35th Anniversary – part 1

Next week, July 10 – Stony Plain 35th Anniversary – part 2


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, July 3 – Interview – Jack de Keyzer (repeated with updates)

Next week, July 10 – Best of the New, Part 2



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, June 29: Bluesfest: CKCU’s blues guru John Tackaberry introduces the blues artists who will be playing at this year’s Bluesfest [July 5 to July 17].

Next week, July 6: Listen Before You Buy: Recent jazz releases with an emphasis on exploratory musicians and groups such as Ambush Party, Eastern Boundary, New Tricks, Paw Music, The Rent, Premier Roeies, Toca Loca, and Vertical Squirrels.


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.

And check out SNB videos here http://www.cbc.ca/snb/video/


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!




7pm on Radio Two...

Monday, June 27
concert 1: Mississippi Sheiks Tribute Project
, recorded at the 2010 Edmonton Folk Music Festival
From the late 1920's to 1935, the Mississippi Sheiks were the most popular and influential string bands in America. The group authored many country blues songs that have become standards today. Vancouver multi-instrumentalist Steve Dawson produced a star-studded tribute album to the Sheiks called “Things About Comin' My Way”. The project was so popular, it has spawned a touring group and DVD, and the CD is nominated for Recording of the Year at the 2011 Maple Blues Awards. The concert at Edmonton's Folk Festival included Dawson's crack rhythm section and legendary guests Van Dyke Parks, Geoff Muldaur and John Hammond.

Tuesday, June 28

concert 1: The Sheepdogs, recorded at Louis Pub on the University of Saskatchewan campus, Saskatoon Dubbed ‘Saskatoon's Freedom Rockers’ by CBC Radio 3 host Grant Lawrence, The Sheepdogs unabashedly take inspiration from the southern rock of the 1970s. With their shaggy locks and scruffy beards these four guys create music that manages to be fresh and contemporary while remaining faithful to its old style roots. And what better motto for a 70s inspired band than "Get It On!"? They most certainly do. With Ewan Currie's powerful lead vocals, tight harmonies from the rest of the band, and great ensemble playing, it's not surprising The Sheepdogs are one of the two finalists competing in Rolling Stone magazine's "So You Wanna Be a Rock & Roll Star" contest. Their retro outfits – complete with leather vests and headbands – don’t hurt either. This concert was part of 'On a Cold Road', a showcase of some of Saskatoon's best and brightest bands, and a co-presentation between CBC Radio and SaskMusic.

concert 1: Jim Byrnes, recorded at the Rogue Folk Club in Vancouver
Hot off European and Western Canadian tours, Jim Byrnes was in fine form for this CD release show in his hometown of Vancouver. Vancouver loves its blues and the hometown audience on this night showed their love for their favorite bluesman, Jim Byrnes. On "Everywhere West," his fourth CD on Black Hen Records, Jim digs deeper into a dirtier, grittier blues than on any previous recording. He covers songs by Jimmy Reed and Lowell Fulsom, two lifelong favorites. And he channels the roots of gospel through the music of bluesman and preacher, Rev. Thomas A. Dorsey. As ever, Jim wraps the music in stories from the well traveled but endlessly fascinating blues highway. “Everywhere West” won Blues Album of the Year at the 2011 Juno Awards.

Wednesday, June 29

concert 1: Kermit Ruffins and the BBQ Swingers, recorded at the 2010 Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival in Fredericton, NB
Kermit Ruffins represents the best of the new generation of musicians from New Orleans. He plays with an authentic nod to the past but is still very much a contemporary artist. He plays the trumpet and as a group leader, he carries on the musical traditions set by Louis Armstrong. When he was still in high school, he co-founded the Re-birth Brass Band, and then went on to form his own group: the BBQ Swingers. He last played the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival in Fredericton, New Brunswick in 2001 -- the weekend just after 9-11. He arrived in the city with almost nothing but his instruments and the city took him in. This concert in 2010 was his first visit since then and he was in a celebratory mood. He was ready for a Saturday night party, and that's what he gave the packed tent as he drew on a diverse repertoire of tunes. It's rollicking, lively, and ultimately moving New Orleans jazz.

Thursday, June 30
concert 1
: Bruce Cockburn, recorded at the Eric Harvey Theatre at the Banff Centre in Banff, AB
Bruce Cockburn's latest release, Small Source of Comfort, is number 31 for him. And on the subject of numbers, Bruce Cockburn is the recipient of 13 Juno awards, the Order of Canada, a Governor General's Performing Arts award, and 7 honorary doctorates. We recorded him in Banff on tour with two of his collaborators from the new album: violinist Jenny Scheinman and percussionist Gary Craig. They add a fresh sound to some of Bruce Cockburn's most enduring hits.

Friday, July 1
Canada Rocks the Capita – a three-hour live broadcast,
starting at 19:00, 20:00 Atlantic, 20:30 NL
live-to-air from Parliament Hill in OttawaJoin CBC Radio 2 for Canada Rocks the Capital! Take in the
excitement of our national birthday in Ottawa -- right from the comfort of your radio. About two dozen acts will hit the stage on Parliament Hill, representing Canada from coast to coast to coast and touching on all genres of music -- from Great Big Sea's catchy east coast to Corb Lund's country licks to Florence K's sultry Latin vibe. The evening also includes performances by Dan Mangan, Elisapie Isaac, Jenn Grant, Pierre Lapointe, Sam Roberts, and many more.

CBC Radio 1 broadcast, Fridays at 2:05 PM
Friday, July 1 on CBC Radio 1
concert 1: Bruce Cockburn
, recorded at the Eric Harvey Theatre at the Banff Centre in Banff, AB
Bruce Cockburn's latest release, Small Source of Comfort, is number 31 for him. And on the subject of numbers, Bruce Cockburn is the recipient of 13 Juno awards, the Order of Canada, a Governor General's Performing Arts award, and 7 honorary doctorates. We recorded him in Banff on tour with two of his collaborators from the new album: violinist Jenny Scheinman and percussionist Gary Craig. They add a fresh sound to some of Bruce Cockburn's most enduring hits.

Canada Live podcast, released on Fridays
Friday, July 1 on the Canada Live podcast
concert 1: Harry Manx and David Lindley
, recorded at the Vogue Theatre in Vancouver
Harry Manx is called an ‘essential link’ between the music of East and West, creating musical short stories that cross the traditions of the blues with the depth of classical Indian ragas, and beyond. It's
hard to resist, easy to digest and deliciously addictive to listen to. David Lindley has been smashing musical barriers and fusing idioms from his earliest days. Probably best known for his solo on Jackson Browne's ‘Runnin' on Empty’, Lindley has cut a singular and eccentric path through more than three decades playing music as a coveted sideman and a world class performer in his own right. Together, they create an incredibly full sound for just two guys. Harry Manx and David Lindley joined forces at Vancouver's Vogue Theatre on a rainy night in April; the audience was so mesmerized and enchanted by their performance that you could have heard a pin drop.

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





From Roots Music Canada:

This is Woodshed Session #25, and fittingly, we recorded this one in front of a live web audience.

But Suzie Vinnick could dazzle the dead!


Great new material from “Me & Mabel”, and all the warmth and wizardry we've come to know and love from Suzie.

A perfect way to mark a number we're rather pleased about.


Gordy the Moose


Roots Music Canada







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On HBO Canada - http://www.hbocanada.com/

Friday, July 1, 6:25 pm & Monday, July 11, 6:15 pm

Flip, Flop & Fly: 40 Years of the Downchild Blues Band

A documentary celebrating 40 years of the Downchild Blues Band, Flip Flop and Fly is narrated by Dan Aykroyd, who credits Downchild as his inspiration for The Blues Brothers, revealing their impact on Canadian and American blues scenes.





Saturday, July 9

The Mud Boys @ Obsession Lounge Patio Grill, St. Laurent Blvd. 9 pm

Sunday, July 10

Dr Dave hosts the Sunday afternoon jam @ the Rainbow 4-7:30 pm

Friday, July 15

The Yohawks @ Irene’s

Sunday July 17

River City Junction hosts the Sunday afternoon jam @ the Rainbow 4-7:30 pm

Wednesday, July 20

Anders Drerup & the Van Meters @ the Rainbow

Friday, July 22

Barrelhouse @ the Rainbow

Bluestone with Special Guests @ Tucson’s

Sunday July 24

Al Wood Trio hosts the Sunday afternoon jam @ the Rainbow 4-7:30 pm

Friday, July 29

Three Times Lucky @ Irene’s

Sunday July 31

Green Tambourine hosts the Sunday afternoon jam @ the Rainbow 4-7:30 pm