04 October 2011

Ottawa Blues This Week - 4 October 2011




Victor Nesrallah

Opening for Clear

NAC 4th Stage, 53 Elgin Street

Thursday, October 6 @ 7:30 pm; $15

Victor Nesrallah will be doing a Solo Acoustic opening set for the Ottawa group Clear’s CD release.

Come and celebrate the release of CLEAR’s 2nd CD, “Never Falling Again”. A night of original Jazz/Pop melodies performed in an intimate cabaret setting.



Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street

Thursday & Friday, October 6-7; advance $20, at the door (if available) $25

At the 2010 Maple Blues Awards they were nominated for 6 awards and took 5 including entertainers of the year, vocalist and guitarist. They also beat out the likes of Colin Linden and Colin James to win Blues Band of the year at the Canadian Independent Music Awards.

Paving their own way in Blues, the band is a cross between Muddy Waters, Lightnin' Hopkins, swamp R&B and soul boogie. A world class band that will keep your foot tappin' and your body movin'.





Rick Taylor and Steve Marriner

Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street

Wednesday, October 5

Rick Taylor made his first major appearance as a singer, songwriter and guitarist at the famed Mariposa Folk Festival in 1971 and went on to become a regular at many Canadian festivals and clubs. Blues, jazz, country, rock, roots, world, and contemporary music all influenced Rick's early years on the club and festival circuits.

After living 23 years in Vancouver where he performed, recorded and produced, Rick relocated to his home province of Ontario in 2007. In February 2010 he returned to his blues roots with his definitive CD release of “Lucky Room”. This solo collection of 11 songs covers the road from Mississippi to Chicago, paying homage to the blues masters from the late 1920s to the early 1950s that have helped shape Rick’s music over a 40 plus year career.


Steve Marriner needs no introduction to Ottawa area blues fans. An intensely energetic and powerful performer, whether solo on almost every instrument, or as part of the Blues Music Award winning MonkeyJunk, Steve never disappoints.





Acoustic Roots Series with Terry Gillespie

Guests: Bill Garrett & Sue Lothrop – "Two voices in perfect harmony”

Georgian House Restaurant, 146 Main St. S., Alexandria ON

Wednesday, October 5 @ 7 pm; $10

Bill Garrett is a musical triple threat: a Canadian folk legend who is also well-known as a producer and one of the founders of Toronto's Borealis Records. Well-known as a solo artist, he was also a staple on CBC Radio for 18 years, co-hosting Sylvia Tyson's folk program Touch the Earth and later producing The Entertainers and Six Days on the Road with musician-host David Essig. Since leaving the CBC in the mid-1990s, he has produced more than 65 folk, blues and jazz recordings.

Sue Lothrop started playing professionally in Montreal. She moved to the city from Quebec's Eastern Townships, where she had played in college folk groups with friends Allan Fraser and Brian Blain. Sue later went on to tour extensively throughout Canada and the U.S. both as a solo artist and with folk/rock group Rings and Things. Sue spent the better part of the 1980s and early 1990s raising her daughter Corina. Today she splits her time between doing therapeutic music animation for seniors and performing with Bill.

Since starting to perform together Bill and Sue have played clubs, concerts and festivals in Canada and the U.S. Their debut album as a duo “Red Shoes” was released in July of 2003 and has been receiving wide acclaim.

Your host is Terry Gillespie “Canada’s King of Roots Music and 2011 winner of The OBS “Road to Memphis Challenge”. Terry will introduce each set with 3 tunes then turn the remainder of the set over to Bill and Sue.





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


Irene’s Blues AllStars *** NO BLUES ALLSTARS THIS WEEK ***

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 13 – Sally Robinson

October 20 – Mathieu Gagnon

October 27 – Don Cummings


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.

Oct 5 – Bill Garrett & Sue Lothrop – two voices in perfect harmony

Nov. 2nd – Al Wood
Dec. 7th – 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.


October 21
Karen Lovely Band, from Ashland, Oregon

Powerful, fabulous singer.

2010 International Blues Challenge Runner-Up, 3X Blues Music Awards nominee in 2011
Proceeds To Lucy Drysdale Memorial Scholarship Fund

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




Larry Garner Blues Band

Gordon Best Theatre, Peterborough ON

Thursday, October 13

Regent Theatre, Picton ON

Friday, October 14

Perth Studio Theatre

Saturday, October 15

From Louisiana, Larry Garner is one of the most important blues players alive today. His contemporary writing matched with his extraordinary guitar work and top notch Louisiana Blues Band have been thrilling audiences around the world for over 20 years. Larry Garner and The Boogaloo Blues Band won the 5th Annual International Blues Challenge back in 1988 and Larry has toured extensively since. He was inducted into the Louisiana Blues Hall of Fame in 2002; the BBC honoured Larry as its Bluesman of the Year and Blues Songwriter of the Year three times; Larry was twice named Bluesman of the Year by Real Blues Magazine. Another evening of Great World Class Blues by one of the best players and writers on the planet!


More info on these shows at www.zapp-productions.com


Myers Brothers Blues Band

With Special Guest Mark Cole

Bassline Station, 2557 Baseline Road

Saturday, October 15 @ 9:30 pm

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Sunday, October 16 @ 9:30 pm

Canada’s ‘Juke Joint Kings’, the Myers Brothers are joined by special guest UK harmonica & slide guitar player, Mark Cole. Transatlanic boogie 2 … blues & boogie not to be missed!

Mike and Stevie Myers met UK's Mark Cole (Sons of the Delta, Maxwell Street Blues Band) back in 2005 at the infamous crossroads in Clarksdale Mississippi. The Ottawa brothers/blues musicians immediately felt a 'deep blues' connection with the British singer, harp & slide player. Since their chance meeting at the crossroads, Stevie and Mike, along with Mark have toured the Mississippi delta juke joints and clubs, most recently this past April where the Myers Brothers Band and Mark's band Sons of the Delta performed at the Juke Joint Festival - 100th anniversary Robert Johnson edition. While in Canada, Mark and the Myers Brothers Band will complete a studio CD recorded at MMOB & Pine Woods Studios. Come on out Sunday night and give Mark a big Ottawa welcome at the Rainbow!



Jeff Beck

Southam Hall, NAC, 53 Elgin Street

Sunday, October 16 @ 8 pm

Eight-time Grammy Award winner Jeff Beck is one of the UK’s leading artists and one of the most influential lead guitarists in rock history. His playing style continues to break new ground and reflect the eclectic musical mix that is his trademark. His live shows and virtuoso solos have become something of legend and the list of musicians he plays with similarly reflects his commitment to the best of the best.

Jeff Beck will be on stage with his band composed of Jason Rebello, Rhonda Smith and Narada Michael Walden.



Chris Antonik

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Saturday, October 22 @ 10 pm

The debut solo album from Toronto guitarist Chris Antonik is a diverse, soulful and tightly executed blend of classic guitar blues and original, innovative, contemporary blues-rock. After thrilling audiences in Toronto blues clubs as a sideman, Antonik has stepped out on his own to deliver this self-produced collection of original material and two classic blues covers.

The album “Chris Antonik” is a portrait of a maturing blues guitarist and songwriter who fully grasps the importance of song over solo - while still leaving plenty for guitar fans to enjoy. The songs deal with repairing relationships and giving back to those around you, as well as classic blues themes delivered in modern vehicles. Using the guitarist–as–front man approach and a variety of guest vocalists, the record is a solid collection of soulful, strong and smart blues.

Chris and his band make their Ottawa debut at the Rainbow, Saturday, October 22. This is a ‘don’t miss’ show!



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.







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 9 – Ottawa Locals

Next week, October 16 – Vintage Ottawa Blues


Sundays: 6-8 pm

INSIDE THE BLUES with James Doran

INSIDE THE BLUES featuring the music of, and in depth interviews with, some of the best Blues artists and industry VIPs on the scene today – with a strong focus on Canadian talent. All Shows are archived on www.insidetheblues.ca after broadcast and can be listened to there at any time.

This week, October 9 – Best of the New, Part 3

Next week, October 16 – James’ Faves with a focus on Karen Lovely



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 5: Listen Before You Buy: Recent jazz piano releases, by Frank Carlberg,

Duke Ellington, Satoko Fujii, Jesse Gelber, Sir Roland Hanna, Silvano Monasterios, Keith Tippett, Nancy Walker, Kenny Wayne and Skip Wilkins.

Next week, October 12: October 12: Co-Host Ron Steeds surveys jazz and blues recorded on October 12 between 1927 and 1996. You’ll hear Red Nichols, Cab Calloway, John Kirby, Art Hodes’ Hot Five, Gene Ammons, Sonny Criss, Zoot Sims, Willie Dixon, Houston Person, Tony Scott, Eric Watson & John Lindberg, Keith Jarrett Standards Trio, Odean Pope, Guido Mansuardi, among others.


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!




Wednesday, October 5

concert 1: Stolen from a Hockey Card, recorded at the Yukon Arts Centre in Whitehorse
With the launch of the 2011 Hockey Night in Canada season right around the corner (on Thursday, October 6), Canada Live presents a special evening of music celebrating the sport of hockey. The concert features commissioned songs and performances by Sarah Harmer, Kim Barlow, Buck 65, Geoff Berner, Dave Bidini and Bidiniband, CR Avery and John K Samson of the Weakerthans.

Thursday, October 6
concert 1: Colin James
, recorded at the Studio in Hamilton Place, Hamilton, ON
Tonight on Canada Live, an acoustic performance by Colin James that was recorded in the intimate setting of the Studio in Hamilton Place. As well as some of his hit songs, you'll hear Colin perform some classic blues tunes. Special guest Tom Wilson (from Blackie and the Rodeo Kings) joins Colin on stage for a couple of songs.

Friday, October 7
concert 1: Jim Byrnes
, recorded at CBC Studio 40
Hot off European and Western Canadian tours, Jim Byrnes was in fine form for this CD release show in his hometown of Vancouver. Vancouver loves its blues and the hometown audience on this night showed their love for their favorite bluesman, Jim Byrnes. On "Everywhere West," his fourth CD on Black Hen Records, Jim digs deeper into a dirtier, grittier blues than on any previous recording. He covers songs by Jimmy Reed and Lowell Fulsom, two lifelong favorites. And he channels the roots of gospel through the music of bluesman and preacher, Rev. Thomas A. Dorsey. As ever, Jim wraps the music in stories from the well traveled but endlessly fascinating blues highway. Everywhere West won the 2011 Juno Award for Blues Album of the Year. This is Jim Byrnes' third win in the category.

concert 2: Dawn Tyler Watson and Paul Deslauriers
Montreal's own "Queen of the Blues", Dawn Tyler Watson, has teamed up with guitarist/singer/songwriter extraordinaire Paul Deslauriers to create a very unique partnership. Formed out of a love of performing together, the duo has been captivating audiences with their own brand of feel-good, back porch style entertainment since they joined forces in 2004. Known for his blistering electric work, Paul strips down and bares a masterful acoustic style all his own, while Dawn, renowned for her powerful stage presence and ability to front any big band with authority, shows a more delicate side. With the simple honesty of two voices and a six-string guitar, they have been creating a buzz on both the national and international Folk and Blues scenes, touring across Canada, France, and into the US. Their debut album, en duo, explores a rich palette of styles and moods, seamlessly bending the borders of the Blues from Roots to Soul, and on into Folk and Rock & Roll. In this Routes_Montreal performance at The Segal Centre for Performing Arts, Dawn and Paul leave the crowd wanting more.

CBC Radio 1 broadcast, Fridays at 2:05 pm
Friday, October 7 on CBC Radio 1
concert 1: Colin James
, recorded at the Studio in Hamilton Place, Hamilton, ON
Tonight on Canada Live, an acoustic performance by Colin James that was recorded in the intimate setting of the Studio in Hamilton Place. As well as some of his hit songs, you'll hear Colin perform some classic blues tunes. Special guest Tom Wilson (from Blackie and the Rodeo Kings) joins Colin on stage for a couple of songs.

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





Sunday, October 16

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

Saturday, October 22

Mumbo Jumbo Voodoo Combo 20th Anniversary Party @ Irene’s

Sunday, October 23

Tempus Fugitives hosts the Sunday afternoon jam @ the Rainbow, 4-7:30 pm

Friday, October 28

Zydeco Loco CD release @ Irene’s

Sunday, October 30

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



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