08 August 2011

Ottawa Blues This Week - 8 August 2011




If you’re in the Drayton ON area:

The Underground Railroad Music Festival

Centennial Park - 10 Main St. E, Drayton, ON, N0G 1P0

Saturday, August 13; noon to 7 pm

Tickets - $30.00 Adults, $10 youths (14 - 17), kids under 12 are free when accompanied by an adult.

Tickets are available for purchase by going to

http://www.braithwaiteandwhiteley.com/music-festival.html or www.ticketscene.ca

Celebrating Canada's early Black settlers, the UR Music Society presents the Underground Railroad Music Festival on August 13 in Drayton, Ontario. Now in its third year, the Underground Railroad Music Festival is held in Wellington County near Kitchener, which was a main terminus for the Underground Railroad, the routes used by 19th century black slaves to escape to free states and to Canada.

The only one of its kind in North America, The Underground Railroad Music Festival will feature a stellar line-up of blues and gospel music including award-winning acoustic blues artist Harrison Kennedy, legendary R&B piano player Curley Bridges, Juno award-winning folk singer and guitarist Kevin Breit, Chris Whiteley & Jesse Whiteley's Big 40s Swing Band, festival organizer Diana Braithwaite's Gospel Revue, Miss Angel, Douglas Watson, special guest speaker - Pastor Bailey - The Long Road, The

Mississippi Gospel singers and more.

Visitors to the festival will also learn about the Underground Railroad and history about the settlement of

early Black pioneers in the area. Delicious barbecue and food vendors on site.

(Thanks to Sarah French for this info.)




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





Brandon Agnew & The Pocket 4's

The Branch Organic Restaurant, 15 Clothier Street, Kemptville ON

Saturday, August 13 @ 9:30 pm; $5

Let's go for dinner then dance ...

Top of Form

Bottom of Form

From The Branch Newsletter:
“And next Saturday, speaking of heroic mad people, Brandon Agnew, Branch favourite and one of Ottawa’s most exciting hidden treasures, is back—Brandon brings a bit of New Orleans grit to a unique, honest lyric-driven style that ranges from folk to indie to a kind of outsider jazz—He is a character, a storyteller, and an excellent way to spend a Saturday night!”




House Concert Series 2011

Doug MacLeod

French Café On English Road, Iroquois ON

Friday, August 12 @ 7 pm; $40

Blues Workshop, Sunday August 14 @ 1 pm

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.






Donnacona au Rhythme du Blues

Donnacona QC

August 9-14

Featuring Ross Neilsen & the Suffrin’ Bastards, Angel Forrest, Steve Strongman, Pat the White, Shakura S’Aida, Keith Hallett, MonkeyJunk, Willie ‘Big Eyes’ Smith, Bob Margolin, Bob Stroger & more.


Festiblues International de Montreal

Montreal QC

August 10-14

With the 24th Street Wailers, Joanne Shaw Taylor & more.


Calabogie Blues & Ribfest

Calabogie ON

August 12-14

Featuring OBS Road to Memphis Solo/Duo Winners Kelly Prescott & Anders Drerup, Johnny Max Band, Al Tambay, Chris Antonik, Wild T & the Spirit, David Gogo, Guitar Explosion, Shameless Blues, Al Wood & the Woodsmen, Jesse Greene Band & MonkeyJunk.


Underground Railroad Music Festival

Drayton ON

August 13

See info above.


Burnaby Blues & Roots Festival

Burnaby BC

August 13

With John Mayall, k.d. lang, Matt Andersen & 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:

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.

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!

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




Kelly Joe Phelps & Corinne West

Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street

Friday, August 19

Traveling for years the same well-worn roads of the touring musician (crossing paths constantly, missing one another by a day here or a week there), it wasn’t until the end of 2009 that Corinne West and Kelly Joe Phelps found the opportunity to play music together. Performing alongside Corinne on a series of CD release shows for her most recent record “The Promise”, Kelly Joe discovered that he’d met a true musical partner, and she the same. The next thought was simultaneous and obvious – forge their respective solo careers into one as a duo.

The fundamental layer of Corinne and Kelly Joe’s new partnership is mutual admiration and respect both for the ideal of honest, inspired, poignant art, and each other’s own creativity and musical vision. They also share an undeniably ravenous passion for the acoustic guitar. From this foundation these two are creating beautiful, exceptional music. Intricate, dense and lush harmony vocals wrap themselves around layers of interlacing, weaving guitar parts. Alongside this rise lyrics rich in imagery and testament, held aloft by melodies soaring in tandem with two voices seemingly born to sing together. This new duo will delight and amaze fans already familiar with the work of either artist, and those discovering Corinne and Kelly Joe for the first time will marvel.

Corinne West, a fourth generation Californian and musician who performs upwards of 200 shows each year, has a voice that simply soars. Using her powerfully eloquent voice, coupled with beautifully-crafted songs - memorable both lyrically and melodically - she has fashioned a unique identity within American music’s acoustic/roots scene. Her latest record, “The Promise”, confirms West’s place among

the finest young singer-songwriters. Described as "elegant new sexy acoustic jazz-rock-folk", and "west coast acoustic soul music", this is a work of deep feeling and deep inspiration, roads traveled and

roads less traveled, songs insightful and resonant about matters of the heart, soul and existence. In concert, Corinne brings a special grace and fire to the stage. Her songwriting strength coupled with

magnetic stage presence create a captivating performance, winning rave reviews at home and abroad. Corinne has toured extensively throughout the US, Canada, Europe and the U.K., and has been featured on national radio in these regions.

Kelly Joe Phelps has, over the course of eight CDs and fifteen years of touring the world, established himself as a guitarist, singer, and songwriter with singular vision and fearless purpose. His mix of folk,

blues and jazz has won him praise from the likes of Bill Frisell, Steve Earl, and Cameron Crowe. Kelly Joe has been featured on NPR’s ‘All Things Considered’ and ‘Prairie Home Companion’ as well as

numerous BBC and other national radio shows throughout Europe, Australia and Japan. He’s recorded with Townes Van Zandt, Greg Brown, Martin Simpson, Jay Farrar, and a host of others. A brilliant

improviser, Phelps is known for his ability to put a new spin on a song every time he plays, inventive and imaginative enough to be able to take multiple styles of music and merge them with his own artistic

voice, creating a unique sound both original and universal.



(Info posted to Maplepost by Emma Julien)


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.




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



Acoustic Blue Sundays
At The Mill Tavern
5544 Main Street
Manotick ON

Due to insufficient attendance at the first two Acoustic Blue Sunday Shows at The Mill Tavern, Manotick the remaining two Shows planned for this summer/fall:

September 25 – STEVE STRONGMAN

have, regrettably, been CANCELLED


Acoustic Blue Mondays at The Cove Inn, Westport will continue as scheduled. There are still tickets available for both these Shows.

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

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 ******************************************************





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, August 14 – Blues Instrumentals

Next week, August 21 – More Blues Women


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, August 14 – Interview with Roxanne Potvin

Next week, August 21 – Interview with Chris Antonik



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, August 10: Guelph Jazz Festival: A preview of the artists appearing at this unique jazz event between September 7 and September 11. Artists will include Jane Bunnett, Nicolas Caloia, Christine Duncan, Gerry Hemingway, Kidd Jordan, William Parker, Paul Plimley, The Rent, Henry Threadgill, Marianne Trudel, Trevor Watts and Veryan Weston.

Next week, August 17: Don Ellis: This brilliant trumpeter, composer and arranger achieved a lot in his short life [July 25, 1934 – December 17, 1978]. We’ll hear his recordings from 1960, 1961, 1966, 1967 and 1977.


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, selected bluesy offerings …

Wednesday, August 10
concert 2: Kim Dunn
, recorded at CBC Radio Studio H, Halifax
Over a thirty-year career, Kim Dunn has become known as a musician's musician, a consummate keyboard sideman who has recorded and toured with a who's who of East coast artists, including Rita MacNeil, Bruce Guthro, Matt Minglewood, Jimmy Rankin, Lennie Gallant, David Myles, Jill Barber, Dave Gunning, and George Canyon. But there's another side to Kim Dunn -- that of a songwriter and vocalist. After playing on countless recordings of other artists, Kim finally brought his songwriting and singing to the foreground with the release of his first solo project, 'Take This Hammer'. Kim Dunn, along with bassist Tom Easly and percussionist Geoff Arsenault, dropped by our CBC Radio Studio H in Halifax for a rare intimate sampling of some his own material.

Thursday, August 11
concert 1: Women's Blues Revue
, recorded at Massey Hall in Toronto
Year after year, the Women's Blues Revue delivers the most eclectic and excellent mix of the best female blues vocalists, musicians and special guests. The latest revue features the always-great Alana Bridgewater, Kellylee Evans, Little Miss Higgins, Robin Banks, Rita Chiarelli, Alejandra Ribera and a fabulous house band led by Donna Grantis.

CBC Radio 1 broadcast, Fridays at 2:05 pm
Friday, August 12 on CBC Radio 1
concert 1: Women's Blues Revue
, recorded at Massey Hall in Toronto
Year after year, the Women's Blues Revue delivers the most eclectic and excellent mix of the best female blues vocalists, musicians and special guests. This year's revue features the always-great Alana Bridgewater, Kellylee Evans, Little Miss Higgins, Robin Banks, Rita Chiarelli, Alejandra Ribera and a fabulous house band led by Donna Grantis.

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





Rodney Brown is a remarkable musician and a gifted storyteller in song. He travels the country with tales of voyageurs and a haunting Northern Ontario sound.

We talked with Rodney about exploration and song in this week's Woodshed Session.


Gordy the Moose loves voyageur songs!

Roots Music Canada

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







Thursday, August 18

The Illegible Bachelors @ Café Les 4 Jeudis in old Hull, 5-7 pm

Friday, August 19

Rocket Rached & the Fat City 8 @ Carleton Tavern

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

Friday, August 26

Three Times Lucky @ the Black Sheep, Wakefield QC, 8:30-11 pm

The Priorities @ Tucson’s

Saturday, August 27

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

Sunday, August 28

Mathieu Gagnon 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

Rocket Rached & the Fat City 7 @ Tucson’s

Saturday, September 3

Brian Downey’s 50th Anniversary @ Irene’s



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