12 December 2011

Ottawa Blues This Week - 12 December 2011




The Bushpilots' 8th Annual Xmas Bash for The Ottawa Food Bank

The Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Friday, December 16, 9:30 pm - 1:30 am; $10 donation at the door gets you in!

The Bushpilots' 8th Annual Xmas Bash for the Ottawa Food Bank with The Bushpilots, Good2go, The Sinners and Three Times Lucky, presented by THE Rainbow Bistro, RBC Ottawa Bluesfest, Servicemaster Ottawa And Steam Whistle Brewing.
FAB RAFFLE PRIZES including Corporate box tickets to Roger Waters/The Wall, June 25, 2012 courtesy of Servicemaster Ottawa; Pair of festival passports to RBC Ottawa Bluesfest July 4-15, 2012
The social season’s premiere rock n’ roll event! Going strong since 2004!

This Year's Lineup

THE BUSHPILOTS: The BP’s are gonna play some acoustic, some Xmas and some brand new rock n roll … a preview of what’s to come on their fourth album due out in 2012!
GOOD2GO: Also making their debut festival appearance at Ottawa Bluesfest in 2009, GOOD2GO make their fourth appearance at the BP's Xmas bash. Fronted by flamboyant show woman Miss Maureen and backed by solid veteran musicians, G2G's mix of high energy rock n roll and dirty lounge music promises to get your pulse racing and feet a-moving. GOOD2GO's fifth album was released in 2010.
THE SINNERS: A savage rhythm section combined with infectious melodically driven song-writing and superb musicianship covering numerous genres with clever originals and complimentary covers. The result is AWESOME!!!!
THREE TIMES LUCKY: Three Times Lucky, formed in 2009, are a group of experienced Ottawa area musicians offering a combination of classic rootsy blues rock, with a healthy dose of their own original numbers to boot. Yer Alternative Rockin' Blues Satisfaction is Guaranteed!

Huge thanks to John Cooke at Servicemaster Ottawa, Mark Monahan at RBC Ottawa Bluesfest and Danny Sivyer at the Rainbow, Steam Whistle Brewing and all the performers for making this event possible.




Robert Farrell & Band

Bassline Station, 2557 Baseline Road

Friday, December 16 @ 9 pm





Andrew Craig’s Gospel Christmas

With the NAC Orchestra

NAC Southam Hall, 53 Elgin Street

Friday, December 16 @ 7 pm; tickets from $25

With vocalists Jackie Richardson, Kellylee Evans, Alana Bridgewater, Christopher Lowe, Sharon Riley & Faith Chorale.





The 14th edition of Virée Blues Boréale presents

Angel Forest

With Denis Coulombe & Paul Deslauriers

Le Petit Chicago, 50 promenade du Portage (n the Old Hull sector)

Wednesday, December 14 @ 8 pm

An Angel and Two Guitar Stars to help you get festive
We would like to reassure those who fear an ordinary Christmas show filled with all the classics; don’t worry! After discussions held on “Blues On The River Cruise” of last September, inspired by the atmosphere of the Eastern Townships’ Red Room, the all new Inn owned by two of our guests, this concept show will bring together one of the Top Blues Women and two of the best guitarists in Canada. They won’t present you with the usual commercial ambience of the holidays; instead, they will bring you around to Virée Blues Boréale’s family type of party. It will be a cosy musical party, all Blues, with a perfect blend of our guests’ greatest hits and a few holiday standards but in Blues arrangements, all of that in a most suitable atmosphere!

A Grande dame of the Blues, with a more than 24-year international career in Québec, Europe, Mexico, Japan and Morocco, a Blues stream constantly flows through the life and music of this artist often compared to Janis Joplin and Melissa Etheridge. After a short two albums’ foray in pop music, Angel Forest came back strong to the Blues for her sixth album and with a complete show featuring her own compositions. Electrifying, fiery and passionate, she is an artist who sings with all her body and soul like only she knows how. More entrancing than ever with her powerful and husky voice, everybody is attracted by Angel Forrest’s charisma. Her songs charm everyone; they’ve got a Blues Roots aroma, heavy with emotions ... her unique way! Thrill to the warm lounge atmosphere of this concept show, in an acoustic version, where she’ll offer all of us an overview of all of her albums. She’ll be joined by her life and business partner who also happens to be a guitar virtuoso, Denis Coulombe and by one of the 100 world’s best guitarists, as proclaimed by Rolling Stone Magazine, Paul Deslauriers.





Facebook page www.facebook.com/Vireeblues




Southside Tuesdays
Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street

Tuesdays @ 9 pm; no cover

Southside Tuesdays with Doug Gouthro until Steve Marriner returns, December 20.


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; no cover

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:

December 15 – Al Wood

December 22 – Chris Breitner

December 29 – Steve Marriner


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; no cover

You bet yer ass – it’s bluegrass!


The Jam @ Kaffé 1870, Wakefield QC

Every Wednesday @ 9 pm, no cover

6 rotating hosts, each specializing in a different genre





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.


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




13th Annual Christmas Eve Acoustic Afternoon

with Al Tambay and maybe some special friends
Tucson’s, 2440 Bank Street

Saturday, December 24 @ 1-5 pm

It's a fantastic, merry, jolly day where new friends are made and old friendships are rekindled. Drop by for a few minutes or stay the afternoon. This is one tradition that just keeps getting better and better!!
Doors open at 11:00 am. Music starts at 1:00 and continues throughout the afternoon.


Wicked Grin Acoustic

Atomic Rooster, 303 Bank Street

Saturday, December 24 @ 8 pm

Murray and Leigh-Anne bring their Duo to the Atomic Rooster for a little Christmas Eve Acoustic Blues.



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, 10 pm – 2 am

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!



Sweet and the Back Beat

D'Arcy McGee's, 360 Moodie Drive, Bells Corners

Saturday, December 31 @ 9 pm; tickets $25

Formed in November, 2004, Sweet and the Back Beat is entering its 8th year of successful entertaining in the Ottawa area, delivering dance friendly Classic Rock and Classic R&B tunes. This is our third year in a row for New Years Eve at D'Arcy's in Bells Corners. The previous two events sold out in advance and were big hits, so we hope you can join us for this one.

Out with the old, in with the new – come spend your final hours of 2011 and your first hours of 2012 at D’Arcy McGee’s. Sweet and the Back Beat will be playing nothing but the best dancing music all night and there is no better band in Ottawa to bring in the New Year. Tickets are $25.00 and are available at the door or in advance with a reservation. Tickets include Champagne at midnight, Party Favors, Sandwich buffet after midnight and Live Entertainment.

Further info and tickets: http://nepean.darcymcgees.com/home 613-596-4226

Further information on the band: www.sweetandthebackbeat.com


New Years Eve Party with QuickSand!
Tucson’s, 2440 Bank Street

Saturday, December 31, 9:30 pm -12:30 am

A high energy show consisting of a fiery blend of rock, blues, and original tunes; playing the sounds of Santana, Van Morrison, The Doors, Steppenwolfe, Lynyrd Skynyrd and more for a high energy ‘70s style rock show!




Music By The Bay Live Small Club BIG SHOW Concert Series presents

MonkeyJunk ***SOLD OUT***

The Waterfront, 590 Liverpool Road, Pickering ON

Friday, January 30 @ 9 pm

Paving their own way in blues, MonkeyJunk is a cross between Muddy Waters, Lightnin’ Hopkins, swamp R&B and soul boogie that will keep your foot tappin’ and your body movin’.

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

Guitars, keys, drums, harp and vocals are their sound, no bass- but they say Hound Dog Taylor didn’t have a bass player, and Little Walter often didn’t use one either.

Upon being asked about his passion for his music, delta blues legend Son House said “I’m talkin’ ‘bout the blues, I ain’t talkin’ ‘bout monkey junk”. And thus was born the quirky name of the equally quirky contemporary blues band MonkeyJunk. Blending delta blues, soul boogie, and country with modern presentation, MonkeyJunk boasts an innovative and creative approach to the blues. Steve Marriner, Tony D, and Matt Sobb, play well off of each other, seamlessly creating an upbeat, catchy sound that has really started to be noticed on the blues scene in Europe and the States.

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




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, December 18 – Christmas Blues #1

Next week, December 23 – Christmas Blues #2


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, December 14: December 14: Co-Host Ron Steeds provides us with a chronological survey of jazz and blues recordings recorded on December 14.

Next week, December 21: An Indo-Jazz Update: Co-Host Jim Reil will explore some recent fruits of a particularly fertile tree - jazz influenced by the music of India.


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 is your host for this blues only radio show, now in its 5th year. It can be heard throughout the Ottawa Valley and streaming on the internet at valleyheritageradio.ca so Ottawa folks now listen!




Roots Music’s Andy Frank did an in-depth interview with Holger Petersen to celebrate 35 years of Stony Plain.


If you love the blues, folk, the Canadian scene, or have enjoyed the incredible accomplishments of Mr. Petersen, this is not to be missed!


Roots Music Canada

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







Tuesday, December 13
concert 1: The Chet Baker Songbook,
recorded at CBC Vancouver Studio 1
Chet Baker is one of the legends of jazz, with his vulnerable and affecting voice, and subtle trumpet playing. Mike Allen leads an ensemble of fine jazz musicians who love Chet Baker's music. Adam Thomas sings with an uncanny feel for Baker's voice, while Brad Turner resonates in a beautiful way with Baker's trumpet sound. If you love the music of Chet Baker this tribute concert will make you smile; if you don't know Baker's music, this is a wonderful opportunity to discover something truly special.

Thursday, December 15
concert 1: k.d. lang and the Siss Boom Bang!
recorded as part of the 2011 Edmonton Folk Festival
Hearing k.d. lang perform at the Edmonton Folk Music Festival reveals an inspired artist having the time of her life. Songs from her new album 'Sing it Loud' literally vibrate with energy, and her new band invigorate songs from k.d.'s back catalogue. k.d. lang first appeared on the music scene in 1983, playing the local Edmonton community halls, pubs and bars. She immediately garnered a huge following, and less than 2 short years later, was to walk in front of her biggest crowd at this very festival. Her talent is undeniable, her career has gone global, but for one night, k.d. came home to sing, and dance, and celebrate with the old gang. This concert wrapped up the 2011 Edmonton Folk Music Festival, and it was truly a k.d. lang love fest.

Friday, December 16
concert 1: Sojourners Gospel Christmas,
recorded at Festival Place in Sherwood Park, Alberta
Nothing speaks to the holidays like the deep rich sound of gospel music, and Vancouver-based vocal group The Sojourners is among the best. Will Sanders, Ron Small and Marcus Mosely each have almost 50 years of singing and sharing music under their belts, and their voices blend beautifully in three-part gospel harmonies. This concert by a Canadian musical treasure will lift your soul.

concert 2: Jazzy Christmas with PJ Perry
Swing into the holiday season with a spirited and delightful show of jazzy jingles by JUNO-winning Edmonton saxophonist PJ Perry. PJ Perry is joined by piano master and arranger Bill Mays, bassist Neil Swainson and drummer Terry Clarke to create a chamber-styled jazz quartet popping with melody and swing.

CBC Radio 1 broadcast, Fridays at 2:05 pm
Friday, December 16 on CBC Radio 1
concert 1: k.d. lang and the Siss Boom Bang!
recorded as part of the 2011 Edmonton Folk Festival
Hearing k.d. lang perform at the Edmonton Folk Music Festival reveals an inspired artist having the time of her life. Songs from her new album 'Sing it Loud' literally vibrate with energy, and her new band invigorate songs from k.d.'s back catalogue. k.d. lang first appeared on the music scene in 1983, playing the local Edmonton community halls, pubs and bars. She immediately garnered a huge following, and less than 2 short years later, was to walk in front of her biggest crowd at this very festival. Her talent is undeniable, her career has gone global, but for one night, k.d. came home to sing, and dance, and celebrate with the old gang. This concert wrapped up the 2011 Edmonton Folk Music Festival, and it was truly a k.d. lang love fest.

Canada Live podcast, released on Fridays
Friday, December 16 on the Canada Live podcast
Blackie and the Rodeo Kings,
recorded at the 2011 Edmonton Folk Music Festival
Earlier in 2011, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings released their 7th album Kings and Queens. This ambitious project saw the group performing with some of their favourite female musical friends, including Emmylou Harris, Lucinda Williams, Holly Cole, Cassandra Wilson and others. At this year's Edmonton Folk Music Festival, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings were featured on the Sunday afternoon concert on the festival's Main Stage. Thanks to good fortune and insightful booking by the festival producer, two of the 'Queens', blues artist Janiva Magness and Canadian chanteuse Serena Ryder, were also performing on the weekend, and joined them during their set.

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





Friday, December 23

Brothers Chaffey @ Irene’s

Saturday, December 24

Wicked Grin Acoustic @ the Atomic Rooster @ 8 pm



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