11 July 2011

Ottawa Blues This Week - 11 July 2011





The Early Bird deadline for the International Songwriting Competition (ISC) is approaching soon on July 15. Entering on or before July 15 means savings on multiple entries ($30 for the first entry and $22 for each additional entry). After July 15, the entry fee is $30 per entry with no discount for additional entries. The deadline for all entries is September 21, 2011.

ISC accepts entries from amateur and professional songwriters, artists, and musicians. More than $150,000 in cash and prizes will be shared among the 68 winners, including an overall Grand Prize of $25,000 (US) cash and $20,000 in music equipment, services, and more including a scholarship to Berklee College of Music's Summer Performance Program for the winner of the Teen category. Not only does ISC give away the largest cash Grand Prize of any songwriting competition in the world, but ISC also has the most high-profile judges, the most categories, and the coolest winners. ISC has lots of great new judges for 2011, offering the opportunity for an artist to have their music heard by some of the most iconic recording artists and influential industry professionals in the world. For our Teen category ISC also offers a

ISC now offers a variety of online platforms to enter songs, including ISC's own online entry platform and the option to enter through Facebook, so entering online is now easier than ever (and of course, ISC still accepts entries through the mail).

Here is the entry link - http://www.songwritingcompetition.com/submit

2011 Categories
AAA (Adult Album Alternative), Adult Contemporary (AC), Americana, Blues, Children's Music, Comedy/Novelty, Country, Dance/Electronica, Folk/Singer-Songwriter, Gospel/Christian, Instrumental, Jazz, Latin Music, Lyrics Only, Music Video, Performance, Pop/Top 40, R&B/Hip-Hop, Rock, Teen, Unsigned Only, and World Music Entrants may submit as many songs as they wish - in the same category or in multiple categories.
For further info: http://www.songwritingcompetition.com/



Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest continues

LeBreton Flats, Ottawa ON

Tuesday, July 12 – Sunday July 17

Bluesfest kicks off tomorrow …check out Casino Lac Leamy for three sets each night featuring our local bluesy bands:

Tuesday, July 12 – Jesse Greene Band

Wednesday, July 13 – Bluestone

Thursday, July 14 – Mannie Makris & Rock ‘n’ Roll Riot

Locals also appear on the many LeBreton Flats stages: Rocket Rached & the Fat City 8, Tyler Kealey, Jesse Greene, Al Wood & the Woodsmen, Silver Creek, Maria Hawkins, Brothers Chaffey and more.

Other Canadian acts include Paul Deslauriers & Dawn Tyler Watson, the Twisters, Colin Linden, MonkeyJunk backing James Harman and more.

And there are some blues gems you shouldn’t miss … touring musicians who might not otherwise have Ottawa on their itinerary:

Andrew Jr. Boy Jones on the National Bank Stage

The Brooks Family – Lonnie, Ronnie & Wayne – on the Subway Stage

Smokin’ Joe Kubek & Bnois King, on the Subway Stage

Buddy Guy, on the Hard Rock Stage

John Primer, on the Hard Rock Stage

James Harman, on the Hard Rock Stage

Thornetta Davis, on the Hard Rock Stage

And more.




River City Junction

Presented by the Downtown Rideau BIA

At the Underpass, Rideau & Colonel By Drive

Thursday, Friday & Saturday, July 14-16, 21-23, noon ‘til 2:30 pm; FREE

River City Junction will be performing a number of free concerts in conjunction with the Downtown Rideau Business Improvement Area at the Underpass in downtown Ottawa just near the Rideau Center at the corner of Rideau & Colonel by Drive. (Sussex) Shows will run for the next two weeks every Thursday, Friday & Saturday from noon till 2:30 PM. So if you're out & about downtown, come on out & kick back for a bit & enjoy some music with us!





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.


David Gogo

Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street

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/)




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.




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 a very special benefit performance which will help raise some badly needed funds to assist Julian in his recovery.

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




Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest

Ottawa ON

July 5-17

See Local Highlights (above) for more info.


Tremblant International Bluest Festival

Mont Tremblant QC

July 8-17

Featuring Zachary Richard, Tinsley Ellis, Johnny Max Band, John Campbelljohn, Taj Mahal, MonkeyJunk, Suzie Vinnick, David Gogo, Harrison Kennedy, Kenny ‘Blues Boss’ Wayne, Eric Bibb, JW-Jones and more.


Frankford Island Blues Festival
Quinte West ON

July 15-17

Featuring Best Blues of the Bay of Quinte, Women of the Blues and Gospel in the Park.

Bluesfest International

Windsor ON

July 15-17

With Scott Holt, Smokin’ Joe Kubek & Bnois King, Girls with Guitars, Rusty Wright Band & more.


Bluesfest International

London ON

July 15-17

Featuring Brooks Family Reunion, Rev. Payton’s Big Damn Band, Homemade Jamz Band, Johnny Max, Detroit Blues Revue with Mac Rice & more.


Beaches Jazz Festival

The Beaches, Toronto ON

Woodbine Park, July 15-17 featuring Braithwaite & Whiteley, Raoul & the Big Time, Terry Gillespie, Kal David & more.

Streetfest, July 21-23 with Erin McCallum, David Rotundo, Fathead, Johnny Max Band, Chris Antonik, Paul Reddick, Robin Bank$, Michael Pickett & more.

Kew Gardens, July 23-25 with Duke Robillard Band, Rockit 88 Band & Lionel Young Band.





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:

July 14 – Chris Breitner & Jerome Jeffrey

July 21 – Dean Dupuis

July 28 – Vince Halfhide


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.

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




Blues On Tues

The Granary Beizli, 3270 County Rd 10, Vankleek Hill ON

Tuesday, July 19 @ 7 pm; $10

Blues on Tues the 3rd Tuesday of every month.


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 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




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.




Blues Cruise 2011

With Nanette Workman, the Alligator Playboys

Saturday, August 13; 8 pm – midnight; tickets $60





Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest

Ottawa ON

July 5-17


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


Festival de Blues de Victoriaville

Victoriaville QC

July 28-31


Sky High Blues Festival
Rock Creek BC

July 30-31

For the latest info on blues festivals, check the online version of the 9th Annual Blues Festival Guide www.bluesfestivalguide.com




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 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 17 – Festivals in the Area

Next week, July 24 –


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 17 – Interview – Robin Bank$

Next week, July 24 – Interview – Harrison Kennedy



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, July 13: Professor Longhair: The epitome of good-times New Orleans music; the piano and vocals of Henry Roeland Byrd, better known as Professor Longhair, in recordings from 1949 to 1978.

Next week, July 20: Nels Cline: Co-Host Jim Riel will present an overview of the diverse and exciting improvisation-focused recordings of guitarist Nels Cline, who is better known for his work with Wilco.


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!




7 pm on Radio Two...

Monday, July 11
concert 1: The Dardanelles
, recorded at the Fishermen's Landing Inn in Rocky Harbour, Newfoundland
The Dardanelles honour the heritage and legacy of Newfoundland folk music. But they also drive the tradition relentlessly forward, making the old tunes sound as fresh and vital as if they were written yesterday, and that's why they've been bringing audiences to their feet across Canada. This is traditional music as a living, thriving tradition. Without opting for "contemporary" arrangements - no electric guitars or drums here - the band captures the joy and fire within the classic tunes. That infectious devotion to the music has helped make them one of the hottest young trad acts in the country.

concert 2: Bassekou Kouyate, recorded at the Vancouver Folk Festival, Jericho Beach, Vancouver
Bassekou Kouyate and his band feature an instrument from Mali called the ngoni. Some call it the grandfather of the banjo; some call it the grandfather of the guitar. Over an intricate weave of Bassekou Kouyate's ngoni rhythms, the band's singer spins her melodies. It held the Vancouver Folk Festival audience spellbound. Contemporary African music at its best.

Tuesday, July 12
concert 1: Danny Michel
, recorded in Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto
Danny Michel has gained a reputation for his honest lyrics, humourous stage banter and energetic live performances. The result has been a devoted global fan base and two Juno nominations. He has six solo albums to his credit, and the latest one, "Sunset Sea," was recorded partially in Belize and Costa Rica with American Grammy-nominated producer, Mark Stockert. As a result, the album is infused with the warmth and rhythms of the Caribbean. Canada Live caught up with this hard-working performer when he played at CBC's Glenn Gould Studio.

Wednesday, July 13
concert 1: 25th Anniversary of The Club Balattou in Montreal
, recorded at Club Balattou in Montreal
This taping celebrates the 25th Anniversary of Club Balattou - the first Montreal music venue dedicated to African music. Over the years the Balattou has been a welcoming home for world musicians of every stripe and has been synonymous with world music performance. For a quarter of a century Club Balattou has been one of the main venues of the annual Festival Nuits d'Afrique. As a matter of fact, it is one of the most important pieces of cultural real estate in Montreal. In the spirit of musical and inter-cultural collaboration, something Balattou is known for, CBC commissioned six of Montreal's most respected world performers to compose original works. These are musicians who had their first performances at The Balattou and have contributed a lasting presence on the Montreal music scene. They first perform in duo formations - mixing musical styles and cultures to honour the essence of the Balattou. Later in the show local Carib heroes Jab Jab join the fray with the entire cast on the Balattou stage.

Thursday, July 14

concert 1: Sarah Harmer, recorded at Massey Hall in Toronto
Oh Little Fire is Sarah Harmer's first new album in five years and it's full of the same hooky melodies, insightful lyrics and lovely plaintive singing which attracted so many fans to Sarah Harmer's music. It marks a return to the accessible pop/rock sound of her acclaimed album, You Were Here, as well as highlighting a bit of her folk/country side. Sarah Harmer performs songs from Oh Little Fire as well as some fan favourites, at this concert recorded at Toronto's Massey Hall.

Friday, July 15
concert 1: The Deep Dark Woods
, recorded at the 2010 Ness Creek Music Festival in northern Saskatchewan
With about 2500 people camping in them, the woods at the Ness Creek Music Festival are anything but deep and dark, yet Saskatchewan's northern boreal forest seems the perfect venue for this fantastic Saskatoon band. Lead singer Ryan Boldt pens much of the material. While he's often inspired by shadowy stories from bygone days, the energy and warmth the band exudes from stage often stands in stark contrast to the lyrical content. And the country has really started to pay attention to these Saskatoon lads. Followers of CBC Radio 2's 2009 Great Canadian Song Quest will remember them as Saskatchewan's worthy representatives.

concert 2: The Beauties, recorded at the Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto
The Beauties were formed in 2006 at The Dakota Tavern in the west end of Toronto. A Sunday night residency soon blossomed into sold-out shows, week after week. A four-song, self-titled EP quickly established The Beauties as a band to watch out for. Three years later, they continue to remind the crowds of the tightly-knit seams that stem from rock and roll. Darin McConnell and Shawn Creamer share guitar and vocal duties, Jud Ruhl streams the lead guitar while Paul Phisterer and Derek Downham keep time as the unapologetically stoic rhythm section. On this night, Radio 2 caught up with The Beauties at the second of two sold out nights at Toronto's Horseshoe Tavern; it seems they've outgrown the Dakota.

CBC Radio 1 broadcast, Fridays at 2:05 PM
Friday, July 15 on CBC Radio 1
concert 1: Sarah Harmer
, recorded at Massey Hall in Toronto
Oh Little Fire is Sarah Harmer's first new album in five years and it's full of the same hooky melodies, insightful lyrics and lovely plaintive singing which attracted so many fans to Sarah Harmer's music. It marks a return to the accessible pop/rock sound of her acclaimed album, You Were Here, as well as highlighting a bit of her folk/country side. Sarah Harmer performs songs from Oh Little Fire as well as some fan favourites, at this concert recorded at Toronto's Massey Hall.

Canada Live podcast, released on Fridays
Friday, July 15 on the Canada Live podcast
concert 1: Laila Biali Trio
, recorded at Festival Place in Sherwood Park, Alberta
Laila Biali brings a world class flair to the stage. Her time spent as a backup singer with pop icon Sting might have something to do with it. Born in Vancouver, Laila has been performing professionally as a jazz singer and piano player since she was 19. Her manner on stage is friendly and casual, but musically, she is in absolute control of her voice and piano work. The members of Laila's trio were equal to her form and expressive abilities: Vancouver bassist Adam Thomas and Toronto area drummer Larnell Lewis. Festival Place in Sherwood Park, Alberta created an intimate club vibe for this performance. The receptive audience was in tune with Laila Biali's ability to personify and jazzify a repertoire of pop tunes and cool standards. Her latest release, 'Tracing Light' was nominated for a JUNO this year for Vocal jazz Album.

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





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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.





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

River City Junction @ the Atomic Rooster, 6-9 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

Wicked Grin @ the Atomic Rooster, 6-9 pm



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