24 October 2011

Ottawa Blues This Week - 24 October 2011




I’ve updated Ron Sweetman’s letter from last year; it is reprinted below it as it is still relevant.

Dear Blues & Jazz Fans,

CKCU-FM is a remarkable and unique institution; starting thirty-six years ago as a campus radio station, it saw and accepted the challenge of the needs of the diverse communities who live in Canada's National Capital Region, and today, as a campus/community station, it broadcasts not only in English but in a dozen foreign languages. I also believe that our quality of programming in blues, classical, country, dance, jazz and world music is unsurpassed by any other Canadian radio station.

We are listener-supported radio; this means we receive no subsidies whatsoever from any level of government and can only survive because of your contributions and our volunteers' dedication.

I am writing to ask if you would consider sponsoring one hour of alternative/community radio at CKCU-FM 93.1 in Ottawa. CKCU provides at least six unique and valuable services to the community:

(1) We present a whole range of alternative music that you'll never find on commercial radio, presented by people with passion and authority. Our jazz, blues, dance, world, country and classical music programs cover the whole history of these musics, are presented by acknowledged experts in each area, and reject the superficial fashion-conscious “Top 40” approach you’ll hear on the region’s commercial stations.

(2) We provide a voice and a community billboard for many of the communities that make up our population; we have regular Aboriginal, Asian, Caribbean, Chinese, Christian, Filipino, German, Gospel, Haitian, Indian, Jamaican, Jewish, Latin American, Muslim, Persian, Scottish, Spanish, Somali, and Vietnamese programming – to name a few!

(3) We give an independent and diverse point of view on political and community affairs. We are not owned by a large profit-oriented corporation or a government, and our volunteers and our Board reflect the diverse opinions and viewpoints of the communities they come from.

(4) We bring you the renowned BBC World news four times every weekday, respected internationally for its independence and broad coverage.

(5) We support local musicians by publicizing their gigs and airing their CDs. You don’t have to be a big name to get heard on CKCU.

(6) We keep you informed of upcoming jazz and blues concerts that you might otherwise miss, by mentioning them on our programs and playing upcoming artists.

As a former Treasurer and Chairman of the Board, I can assure you that CKCU has a bare-bones budget. Because most of us are volunteers, we are able to bring you world-class radio at a cost of a little over $40.00 per hour! We have three revenue sources:

  1. A voluntary levy paid by the students of Carleton University
  2. Income from organizations who sponsor particular programs
  3. The community of listeners and musicians [You!]

Our community Funding Drive runs this year from Friday October 21 until Sunday November 6. Our target for 2011 is $111,000. You can Dial and Donate at 613-520-3920. You can pledge via the secure site online at https://www.ckcufm.com/secure/pledge/. You can pledge by E-mail at www.ckcufm.com. However you pledge, you will receive a tax receipt for donations over $25.00, as we are a registered educational charity. When you pledge, please mention “In A Mellow Tone” if you want to support my program specifically.

Please see if you can sponsor just one hour of alternative/community radio. It's your community and your radio station and will cost you a tax-free $40.00. [Less than one dollar a week for 24/7 quality entertainment!]

With my sincere thanks for anything you can do,

Ron Sweetman (CKCU Volunteer since 1976)




Zydeco Loco

"Playing With Matches" CD release

Irene's Pub, 885 Bank Street

Friday, October 28 @ 9:30 pm; $10

Zydeco Loco is releasing brand new CD titled "Playing With Matches". A romp in the swamp is the best way to say it. It's not a rock album per se, but it rocks all the same. This music is like vintage Rock ’n’ Roll marinated in our favourite sauces from New Orleans and Southwest Louisiana and East Texas.

Zydeco Loco is four veterans of the Ottawa music scene:

Steve Lund - drums and vocals

Guido Guzzo - accordion, keys and vocals

Michael Ball - fiddle, mandolin and vocals

Don Evans - bass

This is Dance Music,of course, but there's lots of ear candy for those who are happier sitting. Irene's is a warm and welcoming local venue that has been supporting the local live music scene for many years. The food is good and the service is great. Come get a spot!


Saturday Blues Matinée

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Saturdays, October 29, 4-8 pm; NO cover (tip jar)

The Rainbow Bistro is going back to Blues on Saturdays. On October 15, 22 & 29, the Punk Rock Matinée has been replaced by a Blues Matinée. Saturday Blues will continue on selected dates in November too!

Mathieu Gagnon, William Brennan, Vince Halfhide and Frederick Carriere will be tearing it up from 4–8 pm. What a great way to end a Saturday afternoon!


Ball And Chain and The Wreckers

Carleton Tavern, 223 Armstrong Street

Saturday, October 29; 9:45 pm - 1:45 am; NO cover

Lovers of live music for dancing - ALERT!!

It's been a while but we're back in action - our 1st public appearance with the full band since Hank Williams Birthday Bash on September 17.

Our featured player this time will be Mr. John Steele on pedal steel. He did such a great job on Hank night we just had to ask him back and, lucky for us, he was free.

The Carlton Tavern is an old style beverage room with a disarmingly friendly atmosphere. The kitchen is open ‘til all hours, so don't worry about going hungry. Dancing is encouraged at all of our shows and we do our best to supply an array of solid grooves for your listening and dancing pleasure.




Matt Andersen

With Old Man Luedecke

Centrepointe Theatre, 101 Centrepointe Drive

Friday, October 28 @ 8 pm; tickets $42

Matt’s newest album, “Coal Mining Blues”, was produced by Colin Linden (who co-wrote and plays on several tunes) and recorded at Levon Helm Studios in Woodstock, New York. Featuring the Band keyboardist Garth Hudson and Olabelle singer Amy Helm, it’s a rich vein of new songs, many addressing the trying lives of working people: There’s the self-explanatory “Work Hard for the Luxury,” and the moving title track, which rings true in mining communities from Cape Breton to Sheffield and West Virginia. But not all of “Coal Mining Blues” is about hard work, as rollicking up-tempo cuts like ‘Lay it on the Line’ and ‘Fired Up’ bear out.


On September 20 Matt sets off on the sort of tour that would kill a lesser man. He’ll be in Ottawa at the end of October. And quick note — some dates have already sold out, and tickets are going fast.

Check out his new video at http://www.eastcoastkitchenparty.net/Music_Matt_Anderson.php

Old Man Luedecke is one of Canada’s best loved and most intriguing roots singer-songwriters. His memorable melodies, poetic sense and easy charisma appeal to anyone searching for new growth from old roots … his contemporary lyrics coupled with the irresistible rhythm of the old time banjo that connect and make him so loved with his audiences.





14th edition of Virée Blues Boréale present

Jo Hell Band with special guest Sleepy T

Le Petit Chicago, 50 Promenade du Portage (Old Hull sector)

Wednesday, October 26 @ 8 pm

Top of the bill at the very beginnings of Virée Blues Boréale, he won the hearts of all the area’s Blues fans at his very first performance. Now living in Texas, he cannot visit us as often as he, and our patrons would want him to. One of the most requested by Virée Blues Boréale’s audience, he makes sure to show his gratitude on each visit. By popular request, after a three year absence and for the fifth performance at Virée Blues Boréale, The Jo Hell Band and their guest from Texas, Sleepy T.

Discovered in 2005 by Virée Blues Boréale, Jo Hell had been playing his Blues in Montreal’s bars since 1994 (since he was 16). Along the way, Jo Hell and his “Red Roosters” have played all the best Blues Festivals and the most reputed bars, increasing from 50 to 225 performances a year, then to well over 365 a year and Red Roosters’ territory never ceased expanding. Now a Power Trio with Jo Hell (guitar and vocals), Steve Hupée (drums) and Franck Courchesne (bass), they became The Jo Hell Band. Another name and another setup, but still the staggering technical prowess, the same raging feeling and a superb sound. On their last visit here, in 2008, they came to the Outaouais to launch our Virée Blues Boréale’s 8th edition. They also went to Victor Studio in Montréal to record their eponymous album which unfortunately is still unknown to most in the Outaouais. But we predict that it will become a real success here as it did in the U.S.!



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Suzie Vinnick Dinner Concert

Yellow Canoe Café, 108 St. Lawrence Street, Merrickville ON
Friday, October 28;
$65 including dinner.

We’re excited that Suzie can kick off our dinner concert season. Suzie's new CD "Me n' Mable" features great songs like these ones: ‘The Honey I Want’, ‘Sometimes I Think I Can Fly’, or how about great blues like ’Oreo Cookie Blues’? She's an acclaimed, Juno-nominated, Blues & Folk-roots artist who'll be perfect to see in our intimate cafe setting. This promises to be a special evening.
Look forward to great music & fabulous food. We'll serve a three-course, set-menu, dinner featuring local flavours, along with special wine & beer choices. Cost for the evening is $65 inclusive. Advance reservations & a $30 deposit are required. All our previous events have sold out.

Doors open at 6pm; we'll serve appetizers and then dinner at about 7pm. Dessert will follow the first music set.
(613) 269-2833





Sleepwalk Guitar Festival

The Great Hall, 1087 Queen Street West, Toronto ON

November 4-6, 2011

Featuring Afie Jurvanen, Amos Garrett, Andrew Dickson, Brent Mason, Christine Bougie, Colin James, Danny Michel, Duke Robillard, Gordon Lewis, Grant Siemens, Ian Blurton, J Mascis, James Robertson, Jay Nowicki, Kurt Swinghammer, Luke Doucet & The White Falcon, Melissa McClelland, Redd Volkaert, Richard Lloyd Trio, The Sadies and more to come. The festival will include full concerts, workshops, clinics and interviews.





Southside Tuesdays
Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street


Southside Tuesdays with Doug Gouthro until Steve Marriner returns in December.


John Carroll

Chateau Lafayette (The Laff), 42 York Street

Wednesdays, 10 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:

October 27 – Don Cummings

November 3 – Victor Nesrallah

November 10 – Dean Dupuis

November 17 – John Yemensky

November 24 – 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

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.

November 2 – Al Wood
December 7 – Stephen Barry

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.





Blues On The Rideau @ The Cove Inn, Westport Ontario
A Dinner & Show Fundraiser Series featuring some of North America's best Blues bands.
Proceeds to support local charities
Dinner & Show $60
Advance reservations required
Call 1-888-COVE-INN or (613) 273-3636
Blues On The Rideau Shows, and the rooms at the Inn for those nights, sell out early.


November 18 & 19
Donald Ray Johnson & Maurice John Vaughn Band, from Calgary & Chicago

Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter and one of Chicago's best Blues guitarists with band in support

Blues, soul, funk, R&B
Proceeds To Friends Of Foley Mountain & Westport Food Bank

January 20 & 21
Diana Braithwaite & Chris Whiteley Band, from Toronto
Old School Blues - smooth, beautiful and classic

Winners of 8 Maple Blues Awards & 6 Juno nominations
Proceeds To Rideau Vista & St. Edward's Elementary Schools

February 17
The Original Homewreckers with Miss Angel, from Kitchener

The late great Mel Brown's former band and singer/partner

Hip shakin', home-wreckin' Blues!
Proceeds To Rideau Waterway Land Trust

March 16 & 17
Blackburn, from Toronto
2010 Maple Blues Award Best New Artists. Blues, funk, soul & R&B

Canada's version of the Neville brothers!
Proceeds To Easter Seals Ontario & Habitat For Humanity

April 20/21
David Rotundo Band with Julian Fauth, from Toronto

A multiple Maple Blues Award winning harp player/singer matched with Juno Award winning keyboardist

Barrelhouse, rockin' Blues!
Proceeds To Westport In Bloom & Westport Library

May 18
Chris Antonik Band, from Toronto

2011 Maple Blues Award nominee for Best New Artist

Outstanding guitarist/songwriter and arranger. Smooth blues, soul, R&B
Proceeds To Rideau District Museum

More info:



See you there!
James Doran
Choose The Blues Productions




National Steel ‘Bad Boy’ Blues Tour

Doc MacLean & Big Dave McLean

The Acoustic Grill, 172 Main Street, Picton ON

Thursday, November 3

‘Bad Boy’ is the sixth annual version of the National Steel Blues Tour. Featuring songs and stories in the round and performances on vintage National guitars, the all acoustic event has long been “Canada’s biggest little blues and roots tour.” The iconic expedition routinely travels as many as 25 thousand km by land, with its motto “Bring the Blues to Your Town, no venue too big, too small, too grand or too humble.” Past performances have been featured on CBC Radio’s “Concert on Demand,” “Canada Live,” and “Saturday Night Blues.”

It’s not about fancy tour buses and slick, new guitars. Out on the Blues Highway it’s a battered 1994 Lincoln Town Car with speakers mounted on the roof. It’s Doc and Big Dave driving through town to promote the show. It’s the guys hauling their gear in and setting up their own PA. And then it’s a lifetime of songs and stories delivered by two guys who have been there and done it all – ‘Bad Boy’ Blues.

For tickets, call The Acoustic Grill - (613)476-2887



Doug MacLeod

Alcorn Music Studios, 953 Gladstone Avenue
Saturday, November 5

Blues Workshop ($45/person) 2pm - 5 pm

Blues Concert ($25/person) 7:30 pm

True blues. These two words define in style and commitment the acoustic music composed and played by Doug MacLeod, a singer-songwriter in the American tradition. MacLeod has been a beacon of unquestionably honest roots-music since the 1970s. Proof enough: 18 albums, a couple of DVDs, and

thousands of gigs stateside and overseas. And in December, the announcement by the Blues Foundation of his nomination for the 2011 Blues Music Award as Acoustic Artist of the Year. Now, the release of his new album, “Brand New Eyes” on the new label Fresh! from RR, a division of the 35 year-old multi-Grammy nominated, audiophile label Reference Recordings. With liner notes by Downbeat columnist and Grove Press author Frank-John Hadley, “Brand New Eyes” offers Doug's sincere voice and lyric ease supported by his highly individual guitar stylings.

On “Brand New Eyes”, MacLeod presents 11 original songs. In a genre often reliant on old standards, he is the rare traveling artist who writes and sings original songs that are based on his own life and experiences. He learned from the old masters, lived the music, survived the life and carries forward a

valuable tradition. MacLeod is known for his superb song-writing, guitar wizardry, warm soulful vocals, wit and unforgettable live performances. At the heart of this is his knack for storytelling, bringing characters - from the faceless to the legendary - to strikingly real life.

“I see so many people walking around and they don’t see anything good in the world,” MacLeod says of the title track. “But maybe it’s not the world, maybe it’s you. To see some good in the world, put on some brand new eyes.”



Michael Jerome Browne

CD Launch and Concert

Westboro Masonic Hall, 430 Churchill Avenue North

Saturday, November 5 @ 8 pm; tickets $20

Award-winning multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter, Michael Jerome Browne is on tour to promote his latest release on Borealis Records, “The Road Is Dark”.

Long recognized as a musician’s musician and a master of traditional American roots styles, Michael Jerome Brown takes the road less travelled and leads his fans on an unforgettable acoustic blues road trip. Destination: love, death and drinking.

Michael Jerome Browne is a multi-Juno Award nominee, winner of the Maple Blues Acoustic Artist of the Year and the Canadian Folk Music Award for Best Solo Artist of the Year.



Jack de Keyzer

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Friday, November 11

Blues, jazz, funky R&B and swing are all part of the palette that colour Jack de Keyzer’s musical portraits. The much acclaimed guitarist, singer and song writer has worked with artists as varied as King Biscuit Boy, Etta James, Blue Rodeo, Robert Gordon, Otis Rush and the Bop Cats. His guitar playing has been featured on hundreds of recordings; as a song writer he has been covered by Prairie Oyster on their hit album ‘Everyone Knows’ ; and as a singer he once sang a duet with kd lang. (Alright... it was a Budweiser commercial...) He performs internationally over 150 shows per year, and is a multiple Maple Blues Award nominee & winner and two-time Juno winner.

Jack’s back … at the Rainbow!



Morgan Davis

Tucson’s, 2440 Bank Street

Sunday, November 13, 7-10 pm

For nearly four decades Morgan Davis has been on the road travelling across Canada, the United States and Europe. His performances draw from a rich tradition of country blues, as well as his own contemporary songs infused with wit and a large dose of humour.

Morgan's first solo recording "Blues Medicine", on Electro-Fi records, garnered critical acclaim as well as awards for song-writing and production. His multi- award winning release "Painkiller" won an impressive four awards at the 2004 Maple Blues Awards and not long after took home Canada's top music prize...the Juno for Blues Album of the Year.


Coco Montoya

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Thursday, November 17

Averaging over 150 tour dates a year, guitarist and vocalist Coco Montoya’s explosive guitar playing and soul-driven voice have propelled him to the upper reaches of the blues-rock world. From his early days as a drummer to his current status as one of the top-drawing guitarists and vocalists on the blues-rock scene, Montoya has forged his reputation through years of hard work and constant touring. And it all started with a chance meeting in the mid-1970s with legendary bluesman Albert Collins, who offered Montoya a gig as his drummer. Albert took an immediate liking to Montoya, becoming his mentor and teaching his new protégé secrets of the Collins ‘icy hot’ style of blues guitar. Five years later, John Mayall happened to catch Montoya at a jam session and was blown away. This led to Montoya’s touring the world for ten years with the legendary Bluesbreakers. Since stepping out as a bandleader in 1993, Montoya has released solo albums and has performed non-stop at clubs, concert halls and major festivals all over the world. At every show, fans’ jaws drop, and critics rave about Montoya’s mind-bending guitar licks and impassioned vocals.



Douglas Watson R&B Revue

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Friday, November 18

Raised in Chicago Illinois by Claudia and Eddie ‘Lovie Lee’ Watson, Douglas Watson was born to sing the Blues. Early in his life his first love was the church, where he learned to cherish the soulful sounds of Gospel Music. He later branched out into the world of Blues & R&B Soul, encouraged and inspired by his father and his step brother, the late Carey Bell.

From an early age Douglas learned to love music and performing from his father. Lovie played piano with Howlin’ Wolf, John Lee Hooker, B.B. King and The Muddy Waters Band. Douglas recalls his early years as a youngster listening to his dad’s rehearsals in the house they lived in Chicago. This mentoring from the best, combined with years of performing has moulded Watson into a superb singer and bass guitarist.

Early in his career Douglas worked as a session musician. He played with various Chicago artists including, Koko Taylor, Albert Collins, BB King, John Lee Hooker, Lonnie Brooks, and toured with A.C. Reed and The Sparkplugs for nine years.

Moving his talent north, after several years in London, Ontario, Douglas settled in Kitchener, Ontario where he met Mississippi Pete Temple and their partnership formed The Douglas Watson R&B Revue. The band consists of Chris ‘Mr. Sweetness’ Latta on guitar, Maciej ‘Mr. Magic’ Lukasiewicz on drums and partner ‘Mississippi Pete Temple’ on Harmonica. The band has been together six years and in 2007 won the Toronto Blues Society New Talent Search. In that same year they were recorded live on CKMS Radio. This gave fans and critics an inkling of the band’s potential.

Douglas Watson has been noted for his ‘full throated vocal style… that is matched by few’. His range and style have brought him much acclaim from some of the most respected R&B vocalists in the industry, including the late James Brown. It has recently been written that Douglas Watson “Is one of the finest vocalists and front man on the Canadian scene”. This record shows why.



Treasa Levasseur

CD Release “Broad”

Black Sheep Inn

Sunday, November 20 @ 4 pm; $10

News in a note from Treasa:

hello to one, hello to all

so happy to report that the new album is ready! hooray! it's a collaborative 12 track effort, and i played with many amazing artists on different tunes, including monkeyjunk, raoul and the big time, the wroxton allstars and of course, my own sweet band the daily special. i'm pretty proud of it, alright - and hoping to get it out into the world as soon as i can!

it's for sale officially on november 1st in canada in stores and online, but you can buy it direct from me, if you'd like, off the website, which is brand new - a big thanks to janine stoll for making that happen, to emma-lee for taking such wonderful photos, and to brian kobayakawa, for the magnificent design work on the record. you can find the site here, and even listen to a couple of sample tracks at


the big party is November 3rd at the Lula Lounge in Toronto, with doors at 7 pm and the show starting at 8 pm sharp. We will play one long set first, and then Raoul and the Big TIme will help us party into the night.

have a few more cool shows in november - namely the release of the CD at the black sheep in on november 20th at 4 pm, and at massey hall as part of the women's blues revue, on november 26th. hope to see you there if you can make it.


Keith Hallett with Garrett Mason

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Wednesday, November 23

Keith Hallett is a young East Coast guitarist, vocalist & songwriter, nominated for a Maple Blues Award at 17 years old, the same year he made an impressive debut with his power trio at the 2008 International Blues Challenge in Memphis. He’s just released his sophomore recording “I Just Lost My Mind”, produced by Garrett Mason who also plays baritone guitar on the disk. Stripped down, raw … the liner notes tell us ‘No Computers Were Use in the Recording and Mixing of This Album’. Check out Keith Hallett & Garrett Mason at the Rainbow, Wednesday, November 23.




David Gogo

Tucson’s, 2440 Bank Street

Friday & Saturday, November 25-26

Coming off a recent tour opening for Johnny Winter, David Gogo continues to tour in support of his latest release, “Soul Bender”, a sizzling, hard rocking blues album that is filled with heavy grooves, grit and emotion. Opening with Elmore James’ classic blues shuffle ‘Please Find My Baby’ and closing with Procol Harum’s ‘Whiskey Train’, “Soul Bender” features five original songs, and five covers, all benefiting from David’s unique interpretation. He’s in Ottawa for a weekend, November 25-26, at Tucson’s.



Music By The Bay presents
Paul Reddick

The Waterfront Bistro, 590 Liverpool Road South, Pickering ON

Friday, November 25 @ 9 pm; tickets $30 (incl HST)

Since the early days of Charlie Patton, every generation of blues artists has added their special contribution to the art form. Paul Reddick is no exception. The innovative Reddick calls his music "Hard blues for modern times." Reddick is a superior harmonica player and a blues belter of the first order who receives solid support every step of the way from the seasoned players that comprise his band. They are not blues purists but their sound will move mountains.

The Paul Reddick Band is Jody Brummel on drums, Greg Marshak on bass and Kyle Ferguson on guitar. Their sound is “big, gutsy, and mean and has, at times, a raw energy that whips across the room like a downed power line on wet highway.”


Tickets and info www.musicbythebaylive.com or 905-831-8661


John Mayall and His Blues Band

Victoria Hall, Cobourg ON

Sunday, November 27 @ 8 pm; tickets $61+HST

Market Hall, 140 Charlotte Street, Peterborough ON

Monday, November 28 @ 8 pm; tickets $61+HST

As always, John has picked the cream of the crop to play in his band. Current band members have toured and recorded with Jimmy Page, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, Freddie King, Robbie Robertson, Joe Walsh and even Al Jarreau.

A succession of great musicians defined their artistic roots under John's leadership . He became known for discovering the best talent in Blues including Eric Clapton, Peter Green, John McVie and Mick Fleetwood who later became Fleetwood Mac, Andy Fraser who formed Free and Mick Taylor who joined the Rolling Stones.

As Clapton has stated, "John Mayall has actually run an incredibly great school for musicians."

Special intimate shows with an absolute Music Legend, each theatre with less than 350 tickets available.

Special Guest opener Julian Fauth and David Rotundo



Leon Redbone

Shenkman Arts Centre, 245 Centrum Boulevard, Orleans ON

Thursday, December 1; tickets $41.25

Leon Redbone — a master guitarist, dry comedian, and a warm and witty singer who recreates the classic jazz, blues and pop music of the ’20s and ’30s — will make his first appearance in Ottawa since, as he put it “I can’t remember when.”

In fact, he probably does know when he was last in Ottawa, but he has always cultivated an aura of mystery about his background, in part because he wants the emphasis to be placed on the music, rather than the “personality” behind it.

He does, however, claim to have been born in 1929 (on the date of the stock market crash), but later told interviewers he was born in Bombay during a monsoon to violinist Niccolo Paganini and Swedish soprano Jenny Lind. (It should be noted that Paganini died in 1840, and Lind in 1887).

Mr. Redbone is a laid-back singer, a dry story-teller, and an archivist with wide musical tastes — as long as the music is more than 70 years old. His concerts will likely include forgotten old pop songs, classic ragtime, blues from the likes of Lonnie Johnson or Blind Blake, and jazz standards by Fats Waller or Dixieland jazz pioneer Nick La Rocca.

He began his career in Toronto in 1970 and in his early days, he could be found in the pool hall that used to exist in the entrance to a downtown subway station; if you asked for Mr. Grunt, he would, guardedly, answer the telephone. A fixture in local folk clubs, he also had an acoustic duo, called Little Sonny, with David Wilcox.

Since then he has gone on to make numerous television performances (he was a regular for many years on the Johnny Carson Show, as well as on Saturday Night Live), and he has recorded some 15 albums, the first in 1975. He has toured around the world, appeared in numerous television commercials, and was even featured in a Far Side cartoon. He recently recorded material for the television series Boardwalk Empire.

A superb acoustic guitarist, Mr. Redbone is also a skilled pool player and is dangerous with a deck of cards; people are advised not to engage him in either pursuit.




Peter Karp & Sue Foley

He Said – She Said

Showplace Performance Centre, 290 George Street N, Peterborough ON

Friday, December 2 @ 8 pm; tickets $37; Box Office: 705-742-7469

Grand Theatre, 218 Princess Street, Kingston ON

Saturday, December 3 @ 8 pm; tickets $37; Box Office: 613- 530-2050

Capitol Theatre, 20 Queen Street, Port Hope ON

Sunday, December 4 @ 8 pm; tickets $37; Box Office: 905-885-1071 or 800-434-5092

Centrepointe Theatre, 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa ON

Saturday, December 10 @ 8 pm; tickets $40; Box Office: 613-580-2700 or 866-752-5231

It started as a casual exchange of emails and letters between two performers on the road ... Peter Karp & Sue Foley ... it evolved into “He Said – She Said”, a powerful musical collaboration chronicling the hopes, dreams and fears inherent in a budding and developing relationship. What sets this project aside, however, is synergistic charisma ... not only the interweaving ideas and emotions, smiles and eye contact, but the extraordinary interplay between the instruments, the complimentary yet so different vocals. Folk, jazz, flamenco and blues, moving between nylon acoustic guitar, dobro, piano and electric guitars ... an event that is moving, literate, romantic, rocking and exciting!

Peter Karp, who critics liken favourably to John Hiatt and John Prine, is a master songsmith with an art for spinning true-to-life emotions, humour, and candour into tunes that hit their mark with an economy of words. Ottawa native Sue Foley, having shared the stage with blues legends such as B.B. King, Buddy Guy, and John Lee Hooker earlier in her 27-plus-year career, is now considered one of the finest blues/roots artists working today, an idea well-supported by her dozen and more Maple Blues Awards.

It's not a concept you see every day - two artists chronicling their growing relationship in song. Make those artists as gifted as Peter Karp and Sue Foley, and the results are as compelling as they are candid.




Eddie Shaw

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Friday, December 9


Ross Neilsen & the Suffrin’ Bastards

Irene’s, 885 Bank Street

Friday, December 9

To say that Ross Neilsen is a dedicated, chronic over achiever would be an understatement. He’s on the road constantly, criss-crossing the country. He’ll be taking his solo show south to the International Blues Challenge in 2012, representing the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival.

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.



Maria Hawkins pre-NYE bash

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Friday, December 30

Maria hosts her annual pre-New Year’s Eve bash.






Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Saturday, December 31

Formed in late March 2008 in Ottawa, they play an original style of swamp boogie R&B, bedroom funk and love songs that will break your heart. MonkeyJunk is Tony D on guitar, slide guitar and vocals; Steve Marriner on vocals, guitar, baritone guitar, B3 and harmonica and Matt Sobb on drums, cymbals, percussion and background vocals. These three musicians apply a combined 56 years of experience in the music business to entertain in a raw and captivating manner you will not soon forget . . . see for yourself!







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, October 30 – Hallowe’en Blues

Next week, November 6 – OBS DAWG’ON BLUES


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, October 26: Funding Drive Program: Animated by Co-Hosts Alnoor Allidina, Ron Steeds & Anna Williams.

Next week, November 2: Funding Drive Program: Animated by Co-Hosts Susan Galvin, Jim Reil & Ron Steeds.


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!




Monday, October 24
concert 1: Breakout West
special, recorded on Oct. 21, 22, 23 @ various locations in Whitehorse

This year, the moveable musical feast known as BreakOut West settled into Whitehorse, Yukon for three days of great music making. The festival features concerts and showcases of the best of western Canadian music, culminating in the Western Canadian Music Awards. This panoramic view of the festival includes performances by The Liptonians, Kat Danser, Raphael Freynet, Kin, Leela Gilday and Oh My Darling.

Wednesday, October 26
concert 1: Harry Manx and David Lindley
, recorded at the Vogue Theatre in Vancouver
Harry Manx is called an "essential link" between the music of East and West, creating musical short stories that cross the traditions of the blues with the depth of classical Indian ragas, and beyond. It's hard to resist, easy to digest and deliciously addictive to listen to. David Lindley has been smashing musical barriers and fusing idioms from his earliest days. Probably best known for his solo on Jackson Browne's "Runnin' on Empty," Lindley has cut a singular and eccentric path through more than three decades playing music as a coveted sideman and a world class performer in his own right. Together, they create an incredibly full sound for just two guys. Harry Manx and David Lindley joined forces at Vancouver's Vogue Theatre on a rainy night in April; the audience was so mesmerized and enchanted by their performance that you could have heard a pin drop.

Thursday, October 27
concert 1: Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings
, recorded at The Garrick Centre in Winnipeg
Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings played to a sold out audience at Winnipeg's Garrick Centre. This was the New York soul band's second appearance in Winnipeg. Besides Sharon's soulful singing and the band's great arrangements, The Dap Kings replicate the era of the mid 1960's by dressing and acting the part. They pay special attention to the authenticity of their clothes, the vintage microphones used on the stage and the band's instruments. The Dap Kings' show is presented as an old school music revue rooted in the soul shows of the late 1950's and '60's. The Winnipeg fans loved every minute of it.

CBC Radio 1 broadcast, Fridays at 2:05 pm
Friday, October 28 on CBC Radio 1
concert 1: Harry Manx and David Lindley
, recorded at the Vogue Theatre in Vancouver
Harry Manx is called an "essential link" between the music of East and West, creating musical short stories that cross the traditions of the blues with the depth of classical Indian ragas, and beyond. It's hard to resist, easy to digest and deliciously addictive to listen to. David Lindley has been smashing musical barriers and fusing idioms from his earliest days. Probably best known for his solo on Jackson Browne's "Runnin' on Empty," Lindley has cut a singular and eccentric path through more than three decades playing music as a coveted sideman and a world class performer in his own right. Together, they create an incredibly full sound for just two guys. Harry Manx and David Lindley joined forces at Vancouver's Vogue Theatre on a rainy night in April; the audience was so mesmerized and enchanted by their performance that you could have heard a pin drop.

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





Saturday, November 5

Wicked Grin @ the Rainbow, 10 pm

Kelly Prescott & Lou Cannon @ Irene’s

Sunday, November 6

Rob Lutes @ the Elmdale House Tavern, 3 pm

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

Thursday, November 10

Al Wood @ Tucson’s

Friday, November 11

Brandon Agnew & the Pocket 4’s opening for Thread @ the Elmdale House Tavern, 9:30 pm

Saturday, November 12

The Hornettes & Bluestone @ Irene’s

Sunday, November 13

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

Friday, November 18

Drew Nelson Band @ Irene’s

Saturday, November 19

The FunKtion @ Tucson’s, 9:30 pm

Sunday, November 20

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

Friday November 25

Blues Tues Jam Reunion with Barry Buse, Mike Lush, Bill Serson & friends @ the Elmdale House Tavern

Rainbow’s 27th Anniversary – JW-Jones @ the Rainbow, 10 pm

Saturday, November 26

Rainbow’s 27th Anniversary

Sunday, November 27

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

Sunday, December 4

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

Sunday, December 11

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

Sunday, December 18

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

Friday, December 23

Brothers Chaffey @ Irene’s



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