13 June 2011

Ottawa Blues This Week - 13 June 2011




Leroy Sargent & Mathieu Gagnon

Cabaret du Temps qui Brasse, 170 rue Montcalm, Hull, QC

Monday, June 13 @ 7:30-10 pm; $10

Blues/Jazz singer and rhythm guitarist, Leroy Sargent will sway you with his warm and powerful voice. Revisiting old blues tunes and some jazz standards, Leroy and his guitar will have you snapping your fingers and tapping your feet.

In the summer of 2009 Matthieu Gagnon fell in love with the sound of the harmonica and rediscovered the Blues. He immediateIy set out to buy his first official harmonica. He has not been able to put it down ever since and became "Matty Boy", one of the rare blues harmonicists in Outaouais. Along with his friends Al Wood (guitar) and Simon Meilleur (drums), he offers an evening of Roots and Blues that you will not forget!

The two will present their own material individually and collaborate for a first ever time. This is what blues and improv is all about! Only at the BDT. An unforgettable evening in store!


Terry Gillespie
Tucson’s, 2440 Bank Street
Saturday, June 18 @ 9 pm
Terry will be introducing Lyndell Montgomery on bass to Ottawa.  Vince Halfhide will also be returning to play with Terry for this gig.
Oh Man! it is gonna be fun.




Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune

Mayfair Theatre, 1074 Bank Street

Tuesday, June 14 @ 7 pm; $15

The Ottawa Folk Festival presents, in conjunction with RavenLaw and the Ottawa Folklore Centre, an exclusive screening of Kenneth Bowser's documentary, Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune

As our country [USA] continues to embroil itself in foreign wars and once again pins its hopes on a new leader’s promise for change, the feature length documentary, “Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune” is a timely tribute to an unlikely American hero. Phil Ochs, a folk singing legend, who many called “the emotional heart of his generation”, loved his country and he pursued its honour, in song and action, with a ferocity that had no regard for consequences. Wielding only a battered guitar, a clear voice and a quiver of razor sharp songs, he tirelessly fought the “good fight” for peace and justice throughout his short life.

“Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune” reveals the biography of a conflicted truth seeking troubadour who, with a guitar in hand, stood up for what he believed in and challenged us all to do the same. Unyielding in his political principals and unbending in his artistic vision, Phil Ochs, though branded a traitor by his critics, was above all a fiercely patriotic American. This is his story.


Movie Trailer – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUAH0C1NcCI

$15 tickets include admission to the film PLUS the After-Party just down the street at Patty's Pub, 1186 Bank Street!

  • a sing-along hosted by Arthur McGregor, celebrating the music of Phil Ochs
  • an informal Q & A featuring Phil Ochs' sister Sonny Ochs!!

Ticket stubs will be required for admission to the after-party on a first come, first served basis


Suzie Vinnick

CD release party for “Me ‘n’ Mabel”

Irene’s, 885 Bank Street

Wednesday, June 15; $15 advance

After winning numerous blues awards and recording three folk-roots albums, Suzie Vinnick has finally released a solo blues disc under her own name.

Listening to “Me ‘n’ Mabel”, Suzie Vinnick’s first solo blues album, is like having one of Canada’s favourite blues singers perform an intimate concert in your living room. This stripped-down acoustic 14-song collection features Suzie’s high-octane versatile voice and strong, percussive guitar playing, yet manages to travel many roads the blues can take you.





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




The KOOL FM Barrie Jazz & Blues Festival

Thursday-Monday, June 9-20
Barrie – Innisfil ON


Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival

Friday-Sunday, June 17-19

Ottawa ON

FREE concert series featuring The Trews, Steven Page, Jim Bryson, Ash Koley, San Sebastian, MonkeyJunk & 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 16 – Mathieu Gagnon

June 23 – Jesse Greene

June 30 – Parker Estabrooks


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.




Dylan Wickens and the Grand Naturals

With special guest Tortoise Blue

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Saturday, June 25 @ 9:30 pm

Dylan Wickens, Cassius Pereira and Harpo Peterson joined to make both The Grand Naturals and also the Little Naturals in 2009. The Grands are a four piece contemporary sounding version of the Little Nats, which is a more traditional blues sound delivered in trio format.
Wickens has won the Toronto Blues Society Talent Search (twice!) in his previous bands, Dylan Wickens Band and also Wickens & Knight. In 2006 he also received a nomination for New Artist of the Year at the Maple Blues Awards.

Cassius Pereira has toured the world extensively, beginning his playing career with friend Philip Sayce before moving on to occupy the drum chair with The Jeff Healey Band, George Leach, and eventually found himself playing drums for a lengthy spell with contemporary country pop artist, Johnny Reid.
Harpo Peterson has provided the bottom end for numerous artists, notably Tony Springer, Wickens & Knight, David Wilcox and Philip Sayce.
Tortoise Blue adds organ and harmonica to the band. Tortoise is a JUNO Award Winner for his work with ex-Big Daddy G, and a Maple Blues Award Winner for "Harmonica Player of the Year".





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

June 26

From Montreal - a multiple Maple Blues, Canadian Folk Music and Juno Award nominee/winner - singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist (guitar, lap steel, mandolin, banjo, fiddle and a bunch more) who plays a wonderful mix of roots, blues, folk, soul and jazz. Three of Michael's albums have been nominated for Junos and he has been nominated for 17 Maple Blues Awards (Acoustic Act, Male Vocalist, Guitarist, Songwriter, Producer, Recording and Entertainer Of The Year) as well as winning Real Blues Magazine and the Canadian Folk Music Awards over his career.

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 have 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 www.choosetheblues.ca for more information on both Series




Ottawa Jazzfest

Thursday-Sunday, June 23-July 3

Ottawa ON


Stratford Blues & Rib Fest

Friday-Sunday, June 24-26
Stratford ON

TD Toronto Jazz Festival

Toronto ON

Friday-Sunday, June 24-July 3


Montreal Jazz Fest

Saturday-Monday, June 25-July 4
Montreal QC






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, June 19 – Papa Blues on Father’s Days

Next week, June 26 – MonkeyJunk “To Behold”


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, June 19 – Interview – Michael Jerome Browne

Next week, June 26 – Interview – Holger Petersen



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 15: Listen Before You Buy: Recent jazz and blues releases, with an emphasis on guitarists and big bands.

Next week, June 22: Rex Stewart: The great Ellingtonian trumpeter in non-Ellington recordings made in 1939, 1940, 1947 and 1966 with sidemen Barney Bigard, Lawrence Brown, Henri Chaix, Cozy Cole, Billy Kyle and Django Reinhardt


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!




Monday, June 13
concert 1: The Chet Baker Songbook
, recorded at CBC Vancouver Studio 1
Chet Baker is one of the legends of jazz, with his vulnerable and affecting voice, and subtle trumpet playing. Mike Allen leads an ensemble of fine jazz musicians who love Chet Baker's music. Adam Thomas sings with an uncanny feel for Baker's voice, while Brad Turner resonates in a beautiful way with Baker's trumpet sound. If you love the music of Chet Baker this tribute concert will make you smile; if you don't know Baker's music, this is a wonderful opportunity to discover something truly special.

Wednesday, June 15
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.

CBC Radio 1 broadcast, Fridays at 2:05 pm
Friday, June 17 on CBC Radio 1
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


And, because hockey season is still not over!

Folks, Whether you're a hockey fan or not, we hope you're cheering for the Canucks in the Stanley Cup Finals. We've put together a playlist of suggested listening for the occasion.


Like the local pond many of us learned to skate on, the list is surprisingly deep beneath its slick surface ;-)

Gordy the Moose



Roots Music Canada







ALWAYS check local listings to confirm.

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.


On BRAVO – http://www.bravo.ca

Tuesday, June 21 @ 10 pm

Long John Baldry: In the Shadow of the Blues (2006)
The life and legacy of guitarist and singer Long John Baldry is examined in this one-hour documentary. Baldry played a key role in the growth of the British rhythm and blues movement, and led bands in the mid-1960s that featured Rod Stewart and Elton John, both of whom are interviewed in the documentary. In the ‘80s, Baldry emigrated to Canada, living first in Toronto and then in Vancouver, where he died in 2005.




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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