06 December 2011

Ottawa Blues This Week - 5 December 2011




Congratulations to Suzie Vinnick for “Me ‘n’ Mabel”, this year’s Contemporary Singer of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards.

For a complete list of winners: http://folkawards.ca/past-years/results-2011/





The Toronto Blues Society will be celebrating its 15th annual Maple Blues Awards by honouring nationally- and internationally-recognized Canadian Blues artists from across the country on January 16, 2012. The nominees are recognized both for their talent as well as their contribution to the growing Canadian blues music scene.

Leading the nominations is last year’s big winner, Ottawa's MonkeyJunk, with seven nominations, followed by Toronto’s Suzie Vinnick, who originally hails from Saskatoon, and Fathead each with four. Harry Manx & Kevin Breit also have four nominations. Hamilton’s Rita Chiarelli, who won the Blues With a Feeling Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011, has three nominations, as does Harrison Kennedy, another Hamilton native. British Columbia blues artists are well represented with three nominations each for Jim Byrnes and Bill Johnson. New Brunswick’s Matt Andersen also has three nominations. Nominees for the Blues Booster of the Year Award will be announced at a later date.

Hosted by internationally recognized blues performers Treasa Levasseur and Shakura S’Aida, the 2012 Maple Blues Awards are taking place at Koerner Hall in Toronto on January 16th, 2012. Voting closes Saturday, December 10 at midnight PST. Blues fans can cast their votes online at www.mapleblues.ca

The Toronto Blues Society is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to the promotion and preservation of the Blues. The Maple Blues Awards is Canada's national blues awards program. Its goal is to promote blues music across Canada, and to recognize outstanding achievement in the field.

For more information contact:

Sarah French
Sarah French Publicity
416-566-4188 | sarah@sarahfrenchpublicity.com

Jordan Safer
Toronto Blues Society
416-538-3885 | info@torontobluessociety.com




50th Birthday Party Amnesty International

Canadian Museum of Nature, 4th Floor Gallery, 240 McLeod Street

Thursday, December 8; 5-8 pm; free admission

As part of its 50th anniversary celebration, Amnesty International will be shining a light on human rights abuses by hosting a “Write for Rights” night at the Museum of Nature in Ottawa on December 8. Members of the public are invited to attend and write a letter on behalf of the 15 individual human rights cases.

Guest Speaker: Alex Neve, Secretary General, Amnesty International

  • The lantern of the Museum of Nature will be lit-up to symbolize Amnesty International’s flame of hope.
  • Local musicians featured include Terry Gillespie, Jenny Woo, & others
  • Cash bar
  • Light dinner (as long as supplies last)
  • Kids table with lantern making




Rock&Blues "Toy Mountain" Fundraising

Greenfield’s Pub, 900 Greenbank Road

Saturday, December 10 @ 8 pm

A rock and blues fundraising night to help distribute toys to Ottawa's less fortunate children.
Lineup: Joe Gaspar Band / Wise Guys / Random Play / Union Jack / Helium


The Boogiemen and

The Band Whose Name is a Symbol

Play Frank Zappa

Irene’s, 885 Bank Street

Saturday, December 10; cover $20

Proceeds to support Prostate Cancer research.




Indie night – Singer/songwriter open mic

Special Guest: Neil Gerster

GigSpace at Alcorn Music Studios, 953 Gladstone Avenue

Thursday, December 8, 8-0:30 pm; cover $5

Indie night, hosted by indie artist Elizabeth Bruce, aims to provide a comfortable place for aspiring singer-songwriters to share their music in front of a live audience. Each month there will be a performance by a featured guest artist, followed by an open mic. Participants are strongly encouraged to sing original songs rather than covers. We supply a PA, guitar amps and a piano is available for pianists.

Guest artist this month is Neil Gerster, who released his “ukulele album”, “Hearts and Other Shipwrecks”, in 2011, containing 14 tracks of poetic lyrics, summer sounds, sea imagery, tales of online dating, mellotron accents, but especially the sounds of ukuleles and banjoleles throughout.



Big Chill

Tucson’s, 2440 Bank Street

Saturday, December 10 @ 9 pm

Want a great way to usher in your holiday season? How about joining Big Chill at Tucson's (Bank and Hunt Club) for some fine food and finer music?

We'll be introducing some new material, so come on down and party with us. It'll be a blast!


Big Soul Project ***completely sold out***

Dominion Chalmers Church

Saturday, December 10

You can still hear Big Soul Project at their dress rehearsal, Monday, December 5 @ 7 pm at Fourth Avenue Baptist Church, Fourth & Bank in the Glebe.





Eddie Shaw & the Wolf Gang

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Friday, December 9 @ 10 pm

As his Mississippi Blues Trail marker reads:

Blues saxophonist extraordinaire Eddie Shaw was born on a Stringtown plantation on March 20, 1937. He learned music at school in Greenville and performed in various local bands before moving to Chicago to join the Muddy Waters band. Shaw served as bandleader for Howlin’ Wolf for several years and launched his own busy touring career after Wolf’s death in 1976. His hard-hitting horn work won him Instrumentalist of the Year honours in the 2006 and 2007 Blues Music Awards.



Ross Neilsen & the Suffrin’ Bastards

Irene’s, 885 Bank Street

Friday, December 9 @ 10 pm

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.



Peter Karp & Sue Foley

He Said – She Said

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.






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.

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.





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 8 – John Steel

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




The Soul Shakers

Mubarak Farah & the Airliner Blues Band

Gin & Juice

Elmdale House Tavern, 1084 Wellington Street

Wednesday, December 14 @ 9 pm; cover $5

An evening of Soul, R&B, Funk and Blues: Opening the evening at 9:00 PM is Ottawa's newest Soul, R&B and Blues sensation, The Soul Shakers, followed by Mubarak Farah & the Airliner Blues Band. Closing the night is the acoustic/electric duo Gin & Juice. Three great bands for only $5 cover at the door. Donations to the Ottawa Snowsuit Fund can be made at the event..



Singers Night – Singers Open Mic

GigSpace at Alcorn Music Studios, 953 Gladstone Avenue

Thursdays, December 15, 8-9:30 pm; cover $5

Join host, vocalist & pianist, Elise Letourneau for a fun evening of singing. Do you love to sing? Standard/classic pop, rock, Motown, blues, folk, or show tunes? Bring along lyric sheets or sheet music of your favourite classic,WELL-KNOWN songs and we'll play them in your best key. We'll have a microphone set up. You can sing with or without it. Sing solo, or duet with a friend, or lead the gang in a sing-along of a well-known tune. We'll cheer you on! And we'll start each time with a group sing-in and a selection from Elise, so the ice will already be broken for you. We also have fake books you can review; even if we don't know a song well, we can read it from the sheet music.

Come sing and meet others who love to sing. It's not like choir, and it's not like a voice lesson, but you'll have a chance to sing with a live pianist hear lots of songs – it’s a low-key supportive atmosphere and it's in-the-moment and edgy and it's fun!!! And it's okay if you just want to come and listen too!



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.



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

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!





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


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




Dan Summerville

RCHA Club, 193 Ontario Street, Kingston ON

Saturday, December 10, 9 pm ‘til midnight





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 11 – MapleBlues nominees for Male & Female Vocalists of the Year

Next week, December 18 – Christmas Blues #1


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 7: Listen Before You Buy: Ron Sweetman plays recent instrumental jazz releases. Will be chosen from Ernesto Cervini, Claudia Quintet, Neil Cowley, Benoit Delbecq, Mike Essoudry, Robert Fontaine, Francois Houle, Ernie Krivda, Russ Little, Steven Lugener, Delfeayo Marsalis, Van Kemenade, Tommy Vig and Cuong Vu.

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


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!




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







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





Sunday, December 18

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

Erth Juce @ the Atomic Rooster, 6-9 pm

Friday, December 23

Brothers Chaffey @ Irene’s

Saturday, December 24

Wicked Grin Acoustic @ the Atomic Rooster @ 8 pm



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