25 July 2011

Ottawa Blues This Week - 25 July 2011


SHOUT BROTHER! Choir comes to Ottawa



Information Meeting

Clocktower Brew Pub, 575 Bank Street (just south of the Queensway)

Thursday, July 28 @ 7 pm

Love to sing but can’t read music? Shout Brother! Choir is for you.

Chris White is starting a chapter of Georgette Fry’s men’s community choir in Ottawa. Shout Brother! takes an unorthodox approach to choral singing. Auditions are not required, no one reads music. This choir fills a need for inexperienced singers. Being allowed to sing with a choir for the first time is very powerful and joyful. Experienced singers find the relaxed atmosphere and repertoire of popular music a welcome change.

Reserve your spot by email: choiradmin@georgettefry.ca

Please use Ottawa Brother as the subject line in your email.

Contact for Further Information

Nancy Greig, 613-531-9685

Chris White, 613-327-9621

If you would like to know more, please visit our website: http://shoutsister.georgettefry.ca




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/





Robin Bank$ with Teddy Leonard

The Cove Inn, Westport ON

Monday, July 25; 7-11 pm; dinner & show $35 advance reservations, $40 at the door, space available

Robin Bank$ is a fabulous singer who only recently returned to Toronto after a 10 year hiatus that took her to Texas (where she played with many of the greats there including the late Sam Myers) and then Jamaica. She sings Blues, Jazz, Soul, R&B and Reggae all equally well - either with a full band or as a duo. Robin has won 2 Maple Blues Awards (Best New Artist and Best Female Vocalist) in the past and her most recent CD with Austrian born/Texas trained singer/songwriter/pianist Christian Dozzler called "Livin' Life" is getting a lot of accolades.

Robin will be accompanied by Fathead guitarist Teddy Leonard – one of the best. He's won two Junos with that band, been nominated multiple times for the Maple Blues Guitarist Of The Year Award and won it, been part of the famous Maple Blues Band for years and played with many of the best in Canada including the Johnny Max Band, Paul Reddick, Colin Linden, Morgan Davis and more. He's been accompanying Robin for some time now.

For more information on Robin Bank$ and to listen to some of her great music visit
And check out these great YOUTUBE Videos of her:
The Whiskey Song - with a collage of photos from her Texas days
Song For Mickey Hill - recorded LIVE in Jamaica
Are You A Cocktail Or Are You A Beer? - great tune from her most recent CD with Christian Dozzler

www.coveinn.com Reservations 1-888-COVEINN

For more info: http://www.choosetheblues.ca



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

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.




Harrison Kennedy

The Mill Tavern, 5544 Main Street, Manotick ON

Sunday, July 31; lunch & show 1-5 pm; $30 advance, $35 at the door

Harrison is a superb singer/songwriter/harmonica player/ guitarist from Hamilton ON, 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. His new CD "Shame The Devil" will just be released just in time for this Show!


www.themilltavern.ca Reservations 613-692-1686

For more info: http://www.choosetheblues.ca




Sherri Harding & the Heat

Maxwell’s, 340 Elgin Street

Thursday, July 28; 9:15 pm to midnight; $7


Café Mexicana, 129, rue Principal, Gatineau QC

Sunday, Jly 31; 6-9 pm (Rain date: August 14); no cover

It’s summer and time to PARTY!

Providing ‘The Heat’ for these shows will be:

Peter Beaudoin (bandleader/drums);

Ed Bimm (keyboard);

Gino Scaffidi (guitar);

Joe Hincke (bass); and,

Bernie Maisonneuve (backing vocals).

Hope to see you there!

YouTube link: http://youtu.be/SWnmK7_-ZNw




Festival de Blues de Victoriaville

Victoriaville QC

July 28-31

Featuring Jimmy James, David Rotundo, Blackburn with special guest Shakura S’Aida, Layla Zoe and more.


Sky High Blues Festival
Rock Creek BC

July 30-31




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 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 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




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.




Andre & the J-Tones

D’Arcy McGee’s, 44 Sparks Street

Thursday, August 11 @ 9 pm

Rhythm & Blues, Motown, Rock, Funk, Swing and Soul, come on down and hear Andre & The J-Tones Rhythm & Blues Experience! One day only!


Blues Cruise 2011

With Nanette Workman, the Alligator Playboys

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



Ross Neilsen & the Suffrin’ Bastards

Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street

Friday, August 26

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.



50 years of Sticky History –

The Big Brian Downey Bash

Irene's Pub, 885 Bank Street
Saturday, September 3

Howya all doin, friends?!
I'd be just thrilled to have you attend my big anniversary show. I can't believe, it's been 50 years since my first paid gig - thank you very much to the coolest neighborhood bar for hosting my show. We'll have at least four very different sets, because I'd like to show you all the bands who seem to appreciate my sticks, e.g. we're counting on Dean, Mike and Brent from The Mudboys, Maren and Vincent from my Lounge Trio, possibly Peter Newsom from The Lap Band, horns from my big band and whomever else I can dig up from this long trajectory that is my past and present as a professional drummer.
Don't miss out on this one, it will be SO MUCH FUN - and that goes with a BIG THANK YOU to all the people who made this experience make me smile whenever my thoughts travel back!
Love, Brian

50 years – sticky biography of a national treasure
Brian Downey is old school, old soul and rare groove, that he learned on the road, living in Detroit + Chicago of the ‘60s & ‘70s. Brian Downey, born in Schreiber, ON, drummed for the original Drifters, shared the stage with Chuck Berry, who actually pointed at him, having heard him play, demanding: "I want THAT drummer!", Harry Connick Sr., Herb Ellis, Matt Guitar Murphy, John Lee Hooker, Jim Galloway, Charlie Biddle Sr. and played a series of concerts with Chet Baker at The Chateau Laurier in Ottawa in the ‘80s (see photos @ www.briandowney.ca), to name just a few.

As a young man, the story goes, he started drumming in his first band because the only drummer in town took off. But Brian Downey had been listening to blues radio stations from the south ever since he discovered the “on”-switch. Since those 50 years ago, he never stopped learning from the greats and understated in music whom he worships for their musicality, rhythm, integrity and ease on stage to this day.

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




Calgary International Blues Festival

Calgary AB

August 1-7


Festival International Maximum Blues

Carleton QC

August 4-7


Kitchener Blues Festival
Kitchener ON

August 4-7

Stonebridge Blues

Wasaga Beach ON

August 6


Donnacona au Rhythme du Blues

Donnacona QC

August 9-14


Festiblues International de Montreal

Montreal QC

August 10-14


Calabogie Blues & Ribfest

Calabogie ON

August 12-14


Underground Railroad Music Festival

Drayton ON

August 13


Burnaby Blues & Roots Festival

Burnaby BC

August 13


Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival

Salmon Arm BC

August 19-21


Edmonton Labatt Blues Festival

Edmonton AB

August 19-21


Limestone City Blues Festival

Kingston ON

August 25-28


Trois-Rivieres en Blues

Trois-Rivieres QC

August 25-28


Lachute en Blues

Lachute QC

August 26-27


CNE Bandshell Bluesfest

Toronto ON

August 28


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 31 – Blues at Bluesfest?

Next week, August 7 – Calabogie Blues & Ribfest Preview


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 31 – Rick Fines & Suzie Vinnick (rerun of April 17 Show with updates)

Next week, August 7 – Interview with Terry Gillespie



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

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

Next week, August 3: Listen Before You Buy: Recent jazz and blues releases, with an emphasis on jazz saxophonists and blues performers. Will include saxophonists Ernest Dawkins, Jean Derome, Steven Lugerner, Ken Peplowski, Jim Snidero & Walt Weiskopf and blues artists Rory Block, Rita Chiarelli, Clarence Johnson & Grana Louise.


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, August 1
concert 1: John Prine
, recorded at the 2010 Edmonton Folk Music Festival
Elvis Costello calls him a living legend; Bob Dylan calls him one of his favourite songwriters. "His is just extra-ordinarily eloquent music," says Roger Waters of Pink Floyd. John Prine is an artist who can paint the most vivid picture with a few simple words. He seems to literally get under the skin of the characters in his songs, allowing the listener to experience life through someone else's eyes, regardless of their
circumstance John Prine's concert was the closer for the 2010 Edmonton Folk Music Festival.

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





Our own Woodshed Sessions host, David Newland has a busy summer hosting festivals. He's compiled a few tips for any others who might foolishly wander into that line of work.


Naturally he hopes the competition remains few and far between...

Roots Music Canada

290 Shuter Street, Toronto, ON M5A 1W7, 416-206-0007







Thursday, August 4

Tongue & Groove @ Maxwell’s Bistro, 8 pm

Sunday, August 7

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

Saturday, August 13

Jesse Greene Band @ Irene’s

Sunday, August 14

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

Saturday, August 20

Tongue & Groove @ Kaffé 1870 Wakefield QC

Sunday, August 21

Wicked Grin hosts the Sunday afternoon jam @ the Rainbow, 4-7:30 pm

Sunday, August 21

Tongue & Groove @ the Atomic Rooster, 6-9 pm

Thursday, August 25

Big Chill @ the Elmdale House Tavern, 9 pm

Saturday, August 27

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

Sunday, August 28

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

Friday, September 2

The Brothers Chaffey @ the Elmdale House Tavern, 9:30 pm

The Jesse Greene Band @ the Rainbow, 10 pm

Saturday, September 3

Brian Downey’s 50th Anniversary @ Irene’s



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