20 June 2011

Ottawa Blues This Week - 20 June 2011





CD release “To Behold”

With special guests Kelly Prescott and Anders Drerup

Barrymore’s Music Hall, 323 Bank Street

Wednesday, June22 @ 8 pm (doors open @ 7 pm); $20 advance, $25 at the door

MonkeyJunk, the Ottawa-based practitioners of swamp R&B, soul boogie and bedroom funk will release their new album “To Behold” on Stony Plain Records on Tuesday,June 21 followed by the CD release show on Wednesday June 22 at Barrymore's Music Hall.

Born out of a casual Sunday night gig at Irene's Pub starting in March 2008, this trio of Tony D, Steve Marriner and Matt Sobb have already collectively won nine Maple Blues Awards and a Canadian Independent Music Award. They are only the second Canadian act in over 30 years to win a Blues Music Award (formerly known as the W.C. Handy Awards, awarded in the US).

MonkeyJunk released their debut album “Tiger In Your Tank” independently in April 2009 and has since toured extensively across Canada and has traveled twice to Europe to play shows.

“To Behold” will be released on the stalwart roots music label Stony Plain Records in North America and DixieFrog records in Europe. Recorded at Signal Path Studios in Almonte, Ontario, “To Behold” is a continuation of the fresh swamp R&B, soul boogie and bedroom funk sound created by their unique instrumentation and approach. “To Behold” was co-produced by Ken Friesen who has worked with the likes of The Tragically Hip, Blue Rodeo, Great Big Sea and Blackie and the Rodeo Kings.





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".





Acoustic Blue Sundays
featuring Michael Jerome Browne

The Mill Tavern, 5544 Main Street, Manotick ON
Sunday, June 26 @ 1 pm

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.

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

Visit http://www.choosetheblues.ca for more information




Ottawa Jazzfest

Thursday-Sunday, June 23-July 3

Ottawa ON

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


Stratford Blues & Rib Fest

Friday-Sunday, June 24-26
Stratford ON

With Jordan John & the Blues Angels, Shrimp Daddy, Michael Pickett Band, Danny Brooks, Rick Taylor, Jack de Keyzer, Bill Durst & 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 23 – Jesse Greene

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





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!

June 24 2010 Juno Winner Jack DeKeyzer

June 25 Jack DeKeyzer-Saturday Night special

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 – the 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

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

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/




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 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, June 26 – MonkeyJunk “To Behold”

Next week, July 3 – Ottawa Blues Society


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 26 – Interview – Holger Petersen

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



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 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.

Next 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].


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 20
concert 1: highlights from the CBC Radio 2 NXNE showcase
, recorded June 16 at the Rivoli in Toronto
North By Northeast (NXNE) is one of Canada's premier live music festivals and Radio 2 thought it only right to celebrate that festival with a showcase of some of our favourite bands. The CBC Radio 2 NXNE showcase takes place Thursday June 16th at The Rivoli in Toronto and features performances by Bobby Bazini, Peter Elkas, Sweet Thing, Bruce Peninsula and Imaginary Cities. Tonight, Canada Live brings the best of this showcase to you.

Tuesday, June 21 - National Aboriginal Day
concert 1: Buffy Saint-Marie
, recorded at the Forks in Winnipeg
A year ago, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Indian Residential Schools gathered in Winnipeg for a week of events. Survivors and their families came from all over Canada to tell their stories, to heal and to enjoy a series of special concerts. The headliner was Buffy Sainte-Marie, an icon on the international music scene and a leading voice in Aboriginal issues. She appeared at the historic Forks in Winnipeg with her regular band made up of Winnipeg musicians. The audience was made up of thousands of people from across the country. Buffy felt honoured to be a participant during this important event and spoke eloquently about her feelings on the issue of residential schools. Her performance included many of her best-known songs as well as newer music appropriate for the occasion. The band includes Jesse Green on lead guitar, Donald Ducharme on bass and Mike Bruyere on drums.

Wednesday, June 22 -- Next! 2011, part 11 of 11 (from Ottawa)
concert 1: Souljazz Orchestra
, recorded at Barrymore's Music Hall in Ottawa
The Souljazz Orchestra is Ottawa's favourite hometown Afrobeat band, and the past few years this sextet has received attention from across the pond. Their latest album Rising Sun was picked up by a label in the UK, making their music known on an international level. Hot off a European tour, the Souljazz Orchestra returned home to Ottawa in May, performing for a room full of dancers grooving to their beat under the iconic chandelier at the legendary Barrymore's Music Hall.

Canada Live podcast, released on Fridays
Friday, June 24 on the Canada Live podcast
note that in conjunction with the NXNE broadcast on Monday, Canada Live will be releasing podcasts by all five of the showcase performers, one each day, starting on Tuesday June 21 and ending on Saturday June 25. The release order is:
Bobby Bazini
Imaginary Cities
Sweet Thing
Peter Elkas
Bruce Peninsula

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







ALWAYS check local listings to confirm.

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.

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.





Sunday July 3

Maria Hawkins hosts the Sunday afternoon jam @ the Rainbow 4-7:30 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

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



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