18 July 2011

Ottawa Blues This Week - 18 July 2011




Brian Downey Blues Trio

At the Underpass, Rideau & Colonel By Drive

Thursday, July 21, noon ‘til 2:30 pm; FREE

Various local bands 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 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 special guest Ross Neilsen

Tucson's, 2440 Bank Street

Friday, July 22

Fronted by brother and sister Angie Hunter and Ben Russell on guitars & vocals, Bluestone gives the audience a diverse mix of sound, stemming from a variety of blues influences. Rounding out the band are Sandy Hunter on drums & vocals and Jean Pierre (JP) Amyotte on bass & vocals. Local bluesfans will remember Bluestone’s killer show in the finals of last year’s OBS Road to Memphis local blues challenge, and Angie & Ben recently participated in this spring’s OBS R2M Solo/Duo competition, where they reached back to their roots to play some good old soul-driven acoustic blues. Bluestone’s recent video is getting rave reviews. Come out and see what all the buzz is about!


To say that Ross Neilsen is a dedicated, chronic over achiever would be an understatement. Recently, he has been honoured with a nomination for Best New Artist at The Maple Blues Awards, two Rising Star nominations from CBC and back-to-back Blues Album of the Year nominations from the East Coast Music Association. A true road warrior in every sense, Ross Neilsen has spent much of the last two years living out of his van. Two albums in six months, over 200 four-hour shows a year, and a logbook of over 80,000 km covering three national tours.

Whether telling tall tales or capturing the spirit of the blues through his own originals and unique covers in his intimate solo shows or combining clever lyrics with old school, in-your-face guitar playing with his band, he will take you on an emotional journey through the joys and pains of life, death, triumph and defeat … he will touch your heart, soul, body and mind, sending you home to sing yourself to sleep. And in the morning? You will want more, much more.



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.






La Basoche, 120, rue Principale (secteur d’Aylmer), Gatineau

Thursday, July 21 & Thursday July 28 @ 8 pm; $25

La Basoche is a wonderful venue (seats only 80) in Gatineau ... beautiful cabaret style listening room, gorgeous heritage building. These shows are the 3rd and 4th of a four-week Thursday series with MonkeyJunk. If you were at Bluesfest, you know that among the best BLUES shows there were MonkeyJunk’s set on opening night, Ray Bailey (backed by MonkeyJunk) and James Harman (backed by MonkeyJunk).

Following their IBC 3rd place finish in 2009, their Blues Music Award in 2010 and their sophomore CD “To Behold”, this band is going places and it won’t be long before you won’t be able to see them in beautiful, intimate venues like La Basoche.



24th Street Wailers

The Dobro, Peterborough ON

Thursday, July 21

O'Reilly's Pub, Perth ON

Friday, July 22





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




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.


Beauport en Blues

Beauport QC

July 21-23

With Jim Zeller, Kevin Mark, Ross Neilsen & the Suffrin’ Bastards, Ellis Hook & 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:

July 21 – Dean Dupuis

July 28 – Vince Halfhide

August 4 – Scott Amey

August 11 – Jeff Hagerman

August 18 – Caroline Addison & Jason Fryer

August 25 – Dr Dave


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

Third Tuesday of every month@ 7 pm; $10


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.


Tongue & Groove Duo

Lock 17, 646 River Road, Burritts Rapids, ON

Saturdays (July 23, July 30, August 6, August 27)




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 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




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





Beaches Jazz Festival

The Beaches, Toronto ON

July 15-24


Beauport en Blues

Beauport QC

July 21-23


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 24 – Syracuse Blues

Next week, July 31 – Ottawa Blues Scene


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 24 – Interview – Harrison Kennedy

Next week, July 31 – Rick Fines & Suzie Vinnick (rerun of April 17 Show 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, 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.

Next week, July 27: Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis: The first of two programs on his 1958 “Cookbook” sessions

with Shirley Scott, Jerome Richardson, George Duvivier & Arthur Edgehill.


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 18
concert 1: Ray Bonneville
, recorded at the 2010 Edmonton Folk Music Festival
If the term 'one man band' conjures up images of a clown with a bass drum on his back and cymbals between his knees, you need only to relish in the roots-music ensemble that is Ray Bonneville to give you a whole new appreciation. The music he creates is full of rich imagery, swampy New Orleans grooves, and an infectious rhythm that mimics a self-assured swagger on a Beale Street Saturday night. Seems like a natural progression for this immensely talented Montreal native who traveled North America, spent time at the mouth of the Mississippi, and finally settled in the nurturing roots music hotbed of Austin, Texas.

Wednesday, July 20
concert 1: Leif Vollebekk
, recorded at The Segal Centre for Performing Arts in Montreal as part of the Routes_Montreal series
Ottawa-born Leif Vollebekk studied philosophy in Reykjavik, Iceland but decided on a music career in Canada. Vollebekk's first CD, Inland, released in 2010, not only revealed a tremendously gifted songwriter but also someone with a unique voice. Apart from performing, Vollebekk is also a keen record collector. Hundreds of CD's and LPs adorn his Montreal Plateau apartment. The collection is eclectic and acknowledges songwriting heroes like Bob Dylan, Ray Charles, Miles Davis, and The Beach Boys. It gives you an idea of the sound palettes that Vollebekk is attracted to - sustained guitar chords, long bowed bass lines and chordal flourishes on a sweeping pedal steel guitar. His Icelandic heritage is also very important in his songwriting; Vollebekk connects with the contemporary Icelandic band Sigur Ros whose sound textures can be felt in new songs like Takk Someleidis and the popular Don't Go to Klaksvik. Joining him on stage at this Routes_Montreal taping are Phil Melanson on drums, Hans Bernhard on bass and Joe Grass on the pedal steel guitar.

Friday, July 22
concert 1: Shakura S'Aida
, recorded on at Revival in Toronto
Shakura S'Aida was born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in Switzerland before moving to Canada. For the past 20 years, Shakura has been a part of the Canadian music scene, performing to the jazz, blues and R&B communities. Last year, Shakura released her latest CD called "Brown Sugar". Almost all of the songs on the disc were written by Shakura and Donna Grantis, the electrifying guitarist who performs alongside Shakura in this recording, which took place at Revival in Toronto.

Canada Live podcast, released on Fridays
Friday, July 22 on the Canada Live podcast
concert 1: Ray Bonneville
, recorded at the 2010 Edmonton Folk Music Festival
If the term 'one man band' conjures up images of a clown with a bass drum on his back and cymbals between his knees, you need only to relish in the roots-music ensemble that is Ray Bonneville to give you a whole new appreciation. The music he creates is full of rich imagery, swampy New Orleans grooves, and an infectious rhythm that mimics a self-assured swagger on a Beale Street Saturday night. Seems like a natural progression for this immensely talented Montreal native who traveled North America, spent time at the mouth of the Mississippi, and finally settled in the nurturing roots music hotbed of Austin, Texas.

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





ALWAYS check local listings to confirm.

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

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.





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

Saturday, August 13

Jesse Greene Band @ Irene’s

Saturday, August 27

Steve Marriner’s Post Folk-Fest Bash @ Irene’s



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