30 May 2011

Ottawa Blues This Week - 30 May 2011




“Do It For G” Fundraiser

Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street

Wednesday, June 1; $10


A popular voice on Ottawa airwaves who has raised more than $50,000 for charity is fighting for his life. CFRA's Greg Hébert has only a few months left to live, and he's living out the time he has left professing his love.

Linda Longchamps says:

Cindy McKenna is going to run to raise money for Greg Hebert's team on Father's Day for the ALTERNA DO IT FOR DAD event, so I thought "What can I do?" 'cause we all know Linda is not the running type...so here you have it! A fundraiser that involves a great pub and our favourite musicians!!

If you're unable to attend, please take a minute to click on one of the links & make a donation online!


Come out and enjoy some fantastic musicians who have donated their time and talent in support of a great cause!

Performances include:

  • Jeff Rogers and the All Day Daddies
  • The Jivewires
  • With special guests: The Staggering Punters, Natalia Cabrera and Montuno, Parker Estabrooks and John MacDonald

We'll also be raffling off gift certificates and prizes generously provided by local businesses.

Admission is $10.00 at the door with all proceeds going to Team GreggyBear in support of the Ottawa Cancer Foundation.


Rocket Rached & The Fat City 8

Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street
Friday, June 3

The time has come to capture the high energy show.

In support of our latest release “Seven Years Of Thursdays”.
And bring your dancing shoes … we gonna have a party!!!!!!!!!!!!




The 13th edition of Virée Blues Boréale


Kenny ‘Blues Boss’ Wayne

Le Petit Chicago, 50 Promenade du Portage, in the Old Hull sector

Wednesday, June 1 @ 8 pm

This Kenny ‘Blues Boss’ Wayne Show at Virée Blues Boréale is the world launch of his new album, “An Old Rock on a Roll”; on June 1, this new opus will become available worldwide.

Born Spokane, Washington. Raised New Orleans, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Based: Vancouver, British Columbia. Home: On the road, somewhere… Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne — resplendent in a brightly coloured, French custom-tailored stage suit — hammers out rockin’ boogie woogie, deeply felt blues, and puts a fresh coat of paint on good old-fashioned roots rock and roll. Now with a brand new album, “An Old Rock on a Roll” on the Stony Plain label, he’s on the road again.

He’s been a traveling musician almost all his life, playing in show bands and cover bands in his youth, seeing the world from Texas to Hawaii and from Peoria to Paris. Rediscovering his own blues roots long ago sent his career into overdrive, thanks to his fresh approach to old music, the drive and roaring good-time attitude of his live performances, and his smartly original self-penned songs. Deeply influenced by Fats Domino and Johnnie Johnson, Kenny Wayne’s other heroes include keyboard rockers whose names are beginning to fade into history — men such as Amos Milburn and Bill Doggett, both long overdue for rediscovery by the new generations of blues fans.

Electro-Fi's "Blues Piano-Rama" concert at the Gladstone Hotel, Toronto – ‘Something’s Going On In My Room’, Kenny ‘Blues Boss’ Wayne http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1vnG2La9pM





or on facebook under “vireebluesboreale”


Garrett Mason & Keith Hallett

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Saturday, June 4 @ 9:30 pm

Garrett Mason is a true bluesman at heart. He was raised in Truro NS by his mother, Pam and father, veteran Canadian Bluesman Dutch Mason. His quest to become a blues musician started at a very early age; being surrounded by music and especially blues music, Garrett’s favourite tapes at three years old were Canned Heat and Buddy Rich. His list of influences is long indeed and topping that list are blues legends Albert Collins and Albert King. What really sealed the deal for Garrett to become a blues guitarist was seeing a video of Stevie Ray Vaughn “Live At the El Mocambo” – he was hooked! His first CD, “I’m Just A Man”, won the 2005 Juno Award in the Blues category ... an impressive accomplishment for a debut. His 2nd CD “Love and Sound” was also Juno-nominated.


At the age of twenty-one, home-grown blues wonder Keith Hallett has already become a household name in the East Coast blues community. He won the 2007 CBC Galaxie Rising Star Award, and was nominated for Maple Blues Award for new artist of the year. He competed in the 2009 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN, and has hit the blues festival circuit hard in the last couple years, including several packed shows in past years at Harvest. He may be one of the youngest bluesmen currently on the scene, but you'd never be able to tell from listening to his howlin', growlin' and soulful vocals, and impressive guitar licks and slides. His 2008 debut album “Bear With Me” was heralded as "head and shoulders above at least half the blues discs that have come out this year by older veterans." Keith continues to build momentum, which is no surprise once you've seen what this astonishing young player can do!


Both artists are favourites of Canadian Rock mogul, Gordie Johnson, the musician and producer, former front man of Big Sugar. Keith Hallett is only 21 years old, but has been playing major festivals and earning respect since coming on the scene with a New Artist nomination at the 2008 Maple Blues Awards when he was 17. Mason is quite recognized in the industry, winning a Juno for his first album in 2005, amongst other awards, and has been nominated in multiple categories at the Maple Blues Awards every year since 2004.

This Mason-Hallett mash-up delivers a very dynamic show that moves along at a steady pace, offering lean mean grooves and funky dance tunes. The performance is characterized by Mason and Hallett's phenomenal guitar playing, with some unexpected new twists, and overall world class musicianship.

The Garrett Mason and Keith Hallett Show will perform songs from Keith Hallett's unreleased album, produced by Garrett Mason. The album is being released in September 2011 at the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival in Fredericton, NB.


Andrea Ramolo

Kaffé 1870, Wakefield QC

Saturday, June 4


Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street

Tuesday, June 28

Andrea Ramolo and her one-man band Jason Skiendziel will cross the country for the 4th time in two years, bringing her brand new FACTOR supported release "The Shadows... and the Cracks" and her soulful live duo show to Kaffé 1870 in Wakefield.

The album demonstrates a sensitivity and strength, with honest tales of love, longing, sorrow, and human relationships – many of them inspired by “the ride.” Andrea’s gritty voice — softened occasionally by the vulnerability that comes from road-weariness and the distance from friends and family — is both unique and memorable; some of the best session players in Canada provide powerful support.

Musically, she’s been described as the antidote to too much Joni Mitchell, a tougher Dolly Parton a sexier Janis Joplin, but she has a soulful and sultry sound that’s all her own. There is an intimacy in her music that is both candid and unapologetic. Her beautifully woven narratives and raw delivery pull you in, force you to smile, break your heart, and mend it all over again. She’s a born performer and has been described as fearless, emotional, and confident. And you may even catch her tap dancing at one of her live shows.

Her ‘one-man band’, Jason Skiendziel, has been a major part of the ride as accompanist, companion and alternate driver; he plays bass, mandolin and several other instruments as well.

And she’ll be back in Ottawa at Irene’s on June 28.





Blues On Tuesday with Terry Gillespie

The Granary Beizli*, 3270 County Road 10, Vankleek Hill ON

Tuesday, May 31 @ 7 pm; $10

*Swiss for pub

With a brand new Mojo Menu just for Blues On Tues and you.

Special guest - guitarist Andrew Cowan, and we are introducing Lyndell Montgomery on bass.

UPDATE: starting June 21st - Blues on Tues will be the 3rd Tuesday of the month with The Rhythm & Roots Reunion Band at The Granary, Vankleek Hill



Acoustic Roots with Terry Gillespie

The Georgian House, 146 Main Street, Alexandria ON

Wednesday, June 1 @ 7 pm; $10

NEW: Acoustic Roots the first Wednesday of every month at The Georgian House, Alexandria, Ontario - Terry with a different guest each month.
Kick-Off June 1st with G3 (Terry Gillespie, Lyndell Montgomery and Wayne Stoute)


ZAPP! Productions presents

Larry McCray

Gordon Best Theatre, 216 Hunter West, Peterborough ON

Friday, June 3 – 8-11:30 pm

Bold, brawny, often dazzling guitar lines are matched with confident, soul drenched vocals. Larry is a powerhouse performer with a band to match.

If contemporary blues has a long term future as we boldly venture into the 21st century, it's very likely that guitarist Larry McCray will play a recurring role in its ongoing development.

McCray's first influence on guitar was none other than his sister, Clara, who toured regionally around Arkansas with her own combo, the Rockets. Clara never got to record her Freddie King-styled blues for posterity -- but her little brother has at least partially made up for that omission. Larry followed Clara up to Saginaw, MI, in 1972. She turned him on to the joys of the three Kings (B.B., Freddie and Albert), Albert Collins, and Magic Sam, and Larry added superheated rock licks to his arsenal as he began playing the local circuit with his brothers Carl on bass and Steve on drums.

Working on General Motors' assembly line occupied a great deal of Larry’s time after he finished high school. But he eventually found enough free hours to put together “Ambition”, his 1991 debut album for Pointblank, in a Detroit friend's basement studio. The stunning set was a convincing hybrid of blues, rock, and soul, combining the interrelated idioms in sizzling fashion. Suddenly, the stocky young guitarist was touring with label-mate Albert Collins. His 1993 Pointblank encore, “Delta Hurricane” was a slicker affair that he much prefers to his homemade debut.





Orangeville Blues & Jazz Festival

Thursday-Sunday, June 2-5

Orangeville ON

Featuring Downchild, Shakura S’Aida, JW-Jones & more.


Pender Harbour Blues Festival

Friday-Sunday, June 3-5
Pender Harbour BC

With Johnny Ferreira, Arsen Shomakhov, Gary Comeau & his Blues Allstars & more.

Powell River Blues Festival 2011

Friday-Sunday, June 3-5
Powell River BC

Featuring the Twisters, MonkeyJunk, Powder Blues Band, James Harman, Lloyd Jones & more.

Waterfront Blues

Friday-Sunday, June 3-5

Toronto ON

With Larry McCray, Teeny Tucker, Johnny Rawls, Curtis Salgado, Kenny ‘Blues Boss’ Wayne & more.




Southside Tuesdays
Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street


Join multi-talented multi-instrumentalist Steve Marriner for something different every week - blues/country/roots music of all kinds.


John Carroll

Chateau Lafayette (The Laff), 42 York Street

Wednesdays, 10 pm


Candlelight Blues with Al Tambay & friends

Tucson’s, 2440 Bank Street

Thursdays, 7:30-11 pm


Irene’s Blues AllStars

Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street

Thursdays, 9 pm – 1 am

A bonafide grass roots event that has grown out of the very floorboards of Irene’s Pub and has become a real crowd pleaser for musicians and music lovers alike, this weekly Thursday night jam features Corky Kealey on drums with Vince Halfhide on bass and a host of great local players who rotate according to availability. Each week the cast is topped up with a guest host who steers the song selections in whatever way they're inspired and the jamming begins. It's a great concept and the proof is in its continuing popularity.

Special guests:

June 2 – Guy Del Villano

June 9 – Pat Johnson

June 16 – Mathieu Gagnon

June 23 – Jesse Greene

June 30 – Parker Estabrooks


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





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


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 at The Cove Inn, Westport Ontario, the popular once a month Dinner & Show Fundraiser Series featuring some of Canada's best Blues artists, is now in its 6th season. It’s another superb Line-Up of artists this year with multiple Juno, Maple Blues and American Blues Award nominees/winners. Proceeds from all Shows go to support different local charities. $27,000 has been raised over the past 5 years and the goal is to raise at least $5,000 more this season. If you love good food and great Blues in a small, friendly atmosphere and you haven’t been to a BOTR @ The Cove night before then you owe it to yourself to try one. You won’t be disappointed. If you’re a regular you already know how good these nights are!

Toronto actor and Blues man who blows harp like Little Walter reincarnated. A multiple Maple Blues Award winner. Rough ‘n ready swing Blues.
www.raoulandthebigtime.com www.myspace.com/raoulandthebigtime
Proceeds to Habitat For Humanity

All Shows are filmed by Ken Bowman with audio by Little Chicago Sound Company and one song from each performance is posted to YOU TUBE shortly afterwards. Go to www.choosetheblues.ca - BLUES ON THE RIDEAU 2010/11 - and take a look at some. They are great quality videos.

The Cove Inn www.coveinn.com is located in the beautiful town of Westport, Ontario on Upper Rideau Lake - a 45 minute drive from Kingston, 1.5 hours from Ottawa, 4 from Toronto and 3.5 from Montreal. Well-priced accommodation is available at The Cove and nearby B&Bs so out-of-town blues fans can stay overnight and enjoy a great little getaway.

$55 (plus HST) for full course buffet dinner, show & dancing.
All Shows 7 to 11 pm
Advance Reservations required
CALL THE COVE (613) 273-3636 or 1-888-COVE-INN

Reserve your tickets early! Most Shows sell out weeks ahead. It’s even more important to book early if you need accommodation. There are a limited number of rooms available at The Cove and the B&Bs in town and they fill up fast.

Blues On The Rideau is produced by Choose The Blues Productions, Kenmore ON in cooperation with The Cove Inn, Westport Ontario
Visit www.choosetheblues.ca for more information




From the monthly e-newsletter of Toronto Councillor Peter Milczyn:

The unveiling and official naming of Jeff Healey Park (formerly Woodford Park)

(Formerly) Woodford Park, 1 Delroy Drive
Sunday, June 5, 3:30-6:30 pm

Remarks & unveiling will occur at 5:30 pm

Please join myself and my staff, in partnership with the City of Toronto, Parks and Recreation Staff, Friends of Jeff Healey Park, Enbridge, Tim Hortons and the Toronto Firefighters Association for an
exciting community event to celebrate the official naming of Jeff Healey Park (formerly Woodford Park) and to unveil the new Park Sign in honour of Jeff Healey.

This renaming by Etobicoke York Community Council in April is a special tribute to the late Jeff Healey who grew up in Etobicoke, and played in this park both as a teenager and with his young children.

The event's organizing committee has planned various children's activities, a community barbecue, Craig Douglas, Comic Juggler, live music entertainment by the Jerome Godboo and Friends, Danny Marks, and Jeff Healey's Jazz Wizards.

Joining us will be special guest speaker, Christie Healey, widow of Jeff Healey and many members of Jeff's family.

Jeff Healey, backed by his blues band, The Jeff Healey Band, was one of Canada's and the world's most celebrated rock, blues and jazz guitarists. He later toured with the Jazz Wizards, playing American jazz from the 20s, 30s and early 40s.




“Shout Sister!” Choir

Spring Concert Fundraiser

Woodroffe United Church, 207 Woodroffe Ave., Ottawa

Saturday, June 11 @ 8 pm, doors open 7:30 pm; tickets $15, children under 8 – free

This is an all-ages show. Bring the whole family!

Ottawa’s Shout Sister!” choir is making a “joyful noise” for Ottawa Soup Sisters. Directed by Jody Benjamin, the choir is full of enthusiasm and energy. It is infectious fun; come and catch the bug!

Shout Sister! takes an unorthodox and enjoyable approach to choral singing. The focus is on relaxing and having fun while singing a wide range of popular music. Audiences delight at their selection of pop tunes with lots of Canadian content. There are no auditions and new members of all ages are welcome at any time. Our members enjoy fellowship and mutual support in addition to joyful singing. Jody directs two choirs, one in Ottawa Centre and the other in Ottawa West, and they are joining forces for their first spring fundraiser. The choirs support a local charity every spring with the focus on women and children. They sing at area Seniors’ homes and welcome invitations to support local fundraisers throughout the year.

Soup Sister events are hands-on, soup-making gatherings that culminate in the provision of hundreds of nourishing bowls of soup delivered to women and children residing in the Interval House of Ottawa. They are also deeply committed to raising awareness about domestic abuse and family violence. A shelter representative addresses every Soup Sisters group, providing an overview of the many healing and prevention programs available at the shelter. Come and enjoy a great concert as we support Ottawa Soup Sisters.

Contact for Information

“Shout Sister!” Choir

Nancy Greig at 613-531-9685



Contact for Information

Ottawa Soup Sisters

Lynne Oreck-Wener, Coordinator






Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune

Mayfair Theatre, 1074 Bank Street

Tuesday, June 14 @ 7 pm; $15

The Ottawa Folk Festival presents, in conjunction with RavenLaw and the Ottawa Folklore Centre, an exclusive screening of Kenneth Bowser's documentary, Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune

As our country [USA] continues to embroil itself in foreign wars and once again pins its hopes on a new leader’s promise for change, the feature length documentary, “Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune” is a timely tribute to an unlikely American hero. Phil Ochs, a folk singing legend, who many called “the emotional heart of his generation”, loved his country and he pursued its honour, in song and action, with a ferocity that had no regard for consequences. Wielding only a battered guitar, a clear voice and a quiver of razor sharp songs, he tirelessly fought the “good fight” for peace and justice throughout his short life.

“Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune” reveals the biography of a conflicted truth seeking troubadour who, with a guitar in hand, stood up for what he believed in and challenged us all to do the same. Unyielding in his political principals and unbending in his artistic vision, Phil Ochs, though branded a traitor by his critics, was above all a fiercely patriotic American. This is his story.


Movie Trailer – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUAH0C1NcCI

$15 tickets include admission to the film PLUS the After-Party just down the street at Patty's Pub, 1186 Bank Street!

  • a sing-along hosted by Arthur McGregor, celebrating the music of Phil Ochs
  • an informal Q & A featuring Phil Ochs' sister Sonny Ochs!!

Ticket stubs will be required for admission to the after-party on a first come, first served basis


Suzie Vinnick

CD release party for “Me ‘n’ Mabel”

Irene’s, 885 Bank Street

Wednesday, June 15; $15 advance

After winning numerous blues awards and recording three folk-roots albums, Suzie Vinnick has finally released a solo blues disc under her own name.

Listening to “Me ‘n’ Mabel”, Suzie Vinnick’s first solo blues album, is like having one of Canada’s favourite blues singers perform an intimate concert in your living room. This stripped-down acoustic 14-song collection features Suzie’s high-octane versatile voice and strong, percussive guitar playing, yet manages to travel many roads the blues can take you.



Jimmy Bowskill Band – Take a Ride Tour 2011 *****SOLD OUT*****

The Waterfront Bistro, 590 Liverpool Rd. S., Pickering ON

Friday, June 17 @ 9 pm; tickets $25

At 20 years of age, Jimmy Bowskill has already been recognized nationally as a Multi Award Winning Artist proving that a young man can indeed play the blues. At the tender age of 11, Bowskill was invited to join Jeff Healey onstage and has since become an International Phenomenon. The entire Canadian Blues Community was quick to realize Jimmy Bowskill was the real deal. Bowskill has been blowing audiences away worldwide, from the Ukraine to Japan, leaving them begging for more and doing his country proud. He has been selling out theatres, touring internationally and on June 17, Music By The Bay Live will rock the blues with the Jimmy Bowskill Band.


Don’t miss the final show of the 2nd season in the Small Club BIG SHOW Concert Series; upstairs at the Waterfront in Pickering.

This show is SOLD OUT, however, weather permitting, the patio will be open and limited outdoor seating will be available.

To be notified if this block of tickets are released, please email musicbythebaylive@rogers.com including your name & phone number along with the # of tickets needed & you will be notified if this block of tickets are released.

Visit www.musicbythebaylive.com for details


Terry Gillespie
Tucson’s, 2440 Bank Street
Saturday, June 18 @ 9 pm
Terry will be introducing Lyndell Montgomery on bass to Ottawa.  Vince Halfhide will also be returning to play with Terry for this gig.
Oh Man! it is gonna be fun.


Dylan Wickens and the Grand Naturals

With special guest Tortoise Blue

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Saturday, June 25 @ 9:30 pm

Dylan Wickens, Cassius Pereira and Harpo Peterson joined to make both The Grand Naturals and also the Little Naturals in 2009. The Grands are a four piece contemporary sounding version of the Little Nats, which is a more traditional blues sound delivered in trio format.
Wickens has won the Toronto Blues Society Talent Search (twice!) in his previous bands, Dylan Wickens Band and also Wickens & Knight. In 2006 he also received a nomination for New Artist of the Year at the Maple Blues Awards.

Cassius Pereira has toured the world extensively, beginning his playing career with friend Philip Sayce before moving on to occupy the drum chair with The Jeff Healey Band, George Leach, and eventually found himself playing drums for a lengthy spell with contemporary country pop artist, Johnny Reid.
Harpo Peterson has provided the bottom end for numerous artists, notably Tony Springer, Wickens & Knight, David Wilcox and Philip Sayce.
Tortoise Blue adds organ and harmonica to the band. Tortoise is a JUNO Award Winner for his work with ex-Big Daddy G, and a Maple Blues Award Winner for "Harmonica Player of the Year".





The KOOL FM Barrie Jazz & Blues Festival

Thursday-Monday, June 9-20
Barrie – Innisfil ON


Friday-Sunday, June 10-12

Westboro Village, Ottawa ON


Orillia Spring Blues Festival

Friday-Sunday, June 10-12

Orillia ON


Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival

Friday-Sunday, June 17-19

Ottawa ON


Ottawa Jazzfest

Thursday-Sunday, June 23-July 3

Ottawa ON


Stratford Blues & Rib Fest

Friday-Sunday, June 24-26
Stratford ON

TD Toronto Jazz Festival

Toronto ON

Friday-Sunday, June 24-July 3


Montreal Jazz Fest

Saturday-Monday, June 25-July 4
Montreal QC




Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest 8th Annual Golf Tournament

In support of Blues In the Schools

The Meadows Golf & Country Club, 4335 Hawthorne Road, Gloucester

Thursday, June 9

Price is $125.00 per person and includes:

2 Free Any Day Passes To Bluesfest (July5-17 2011, Not Valid for July 5)

18 Holes With Power Cart

Dinner With All The Trimmings (Dessert And Coffee/Tea Included)

Live Entertainment - Duelling Pianos with Tyler Kealy and Jeff Rogers

There Will Also Be Challenge Prizes, Door Prizes And Silent Auction

For information, call Dave @ 613-290-4840 or Jeff @ 613-673-2847
All net proceeds donated to Blues in the Schools charity.

To register:





James Doran, Choose The Blues Productions, Producer of the successful long-running Blues On The Rideau Dinner & Show Series at The Cove Inn, Westport and host of ‘Inside The Blues’, a weekly radio show broadcast Sunday evenings on 101.9 DAWG FM Ottawa, is pleased to announce the launch of two new Acoustic Blues Series this summer - Acoustic Blue Sundays at The Mill Tavern, Manotick and Acoustic Blue Mondays at The Cove Inn, Westport. Both Series will feature some of Canada's best acoustic Blues artists in classic, comfortable venues and will include a meal in the ticket price. Given the high quality and popularity of the artists who have been booked for the Series and the limited size of the venues Advance Reservations are recommended for all Shows.
Acoustic Blue Sundays
At The Mill Tavern
5544 Main Street
Manotick ON

Less than a 30 minute drive from downtown Ottawa in the beautiful town of Manotick on the Rideau

A once monthly Series - Lunch & Show – 1-5 pm
$30 with advance reservations, $35 at the door, space available
Call The Mill to reserve - (613) 692-1686

June 26

From Montreal - a multiple Maple Blues, Canadian Folk Music and Juno Award nominee/winner - singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist (guitar, lap steel, mandolin, banjo, fiddle and a bunch more) who plays a wonderful mix of roots, blues, folk, soul and jazz. Three of Michael's albums have been nominated for Junos and he has been nominated for 17 Maple Blues Awards (Acoustic Act, Male Vocalist, Guitarist, Songwriter, Producer, Recording and Entertainer Of The Year) as well as winning Real Blues Magazine and the Canadian Folk Music Awards over his career.

July 31

From Hamilton - A superb singer/songwriter/harmonica player/guitarist. Multiple Juno Award nominee and Maple Blues Award nominee (Male Vocalist, Acoustic Artist and Recording Of The Year) and Runner-up in the solo/duo category (over 80 contestants) at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis last February. Harrison's new CD "Shame The Devil" will just be released just in time for this Show!

August 28

From Toronto - Chris Antonik has been a much sought after session guitarist for years because of his diverse, tasteful and tight playing style. Last year he released his first CD showcasing not only his brilliant guitar work but also his songwriting and arranging skills. He was nominated for the Maple Blues Award for Best New Artist Of The Year in 2010 and the album received much acclaim in the U.S., the U.K. and Europe. Chris's repertoire includes classic blues, contemporary blues-rock, soul/funk and country/folk. Talented vocalist Josh Williams (who is on his debut album) joins him for this performance.

September 25

From Hamilton - Singer/songwriter/harmonica player and guitarist extraordinaire. A multiple Maple Blues Award and Hamilton Music Award nominee/winner. Recipient of the "Mel Brown Blues Award" in 2009.


Acoustic Blue Mondays
At The Cove Inn
Westport ON

Only a 45 minute drive from Kingston, 1.5 hours from Ottawa in the beautiful town of Westport on the Rideau

Summer Series - Dinner & Show – 7-11 pm
$35 with advance reservations, $40 at the door, space available
Well priced accommodation available at The Cove and nearby B&Bs
Call The Cove to reserve seats - (613) 273-3636 or 1-888-COVE-INN

July 11

From Toronto - Canada's "King Of The Blues", Jack de Keyzer - singer, songwriter and one of the best Blues guitarists on the planet kicks of this new Acoustic Series at The Cove. Jack has won 2 Juno Awards and 7 Maple Blues Awards over his illustrious 30 year career. He plays blues, funk, soul, swing and jazz equally well and is brilliant on both electric and acoustic guitar. For this Show he is joined by his long time bassist and friend - Maple Blues Award winner Alan Duffy.

July 25

From Toronto via Texas, Chicago and Jamaica. A great blues, jazz, R&B, soul and reggae singer/songwriter with powerhouse vocals and a rich musical past. Bold and brassy, classy and sassy! She's performed with hundreds of famous artists over her career including Sam Myers, Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, Chuck Mangione, Junior Watson, Jack de Keyzer and many, many more. Former winner of Maple Blues Award for Best New Artist Of The Year and nominee for Female Vocalist Of The Year. Robin will be accompanied by guitarist Mitchell Lewis for this Show.

August 8

From Peterborough and Toronto - What a fabulous double bill! Two of Canada's best known and best loved Blues artists. Each of them have their own successful solo careers as singers/songwriters/guitarists but together they achieve a magical chemistry. Suzie has been nominated for a Juno and won multiple Maple Blues Awards (Female Vocalist, Bassist and Songwriter Of The Year) as well as 1st place at the International Songwriting Competition. Rick is a multiple Maple Blues Award nominee and has won Songwriter Of The Year as well as taking 1st place at the International Songwriting Competition.

August 22

Saskatchewan born, Gatineau raised and now living in Montreal Roxanne Potvin is one of Canada's most dynamic young singer/songwriter/guitarists. She plays classic blues, jazz, rock, folk, country and pop - and makes it all sound deliciously enjoyable. A former Juno Award and multiple Maple Blues Award nominee her new album "Play" is eclectic and diverse and getting a lot of attention. Roxanne is accompanied by one of Canada's most versatile and in demand session guitarists (regular and lap steel) - from Toronto - Christine Bougie.

Visit www.choosetheblues.ca for more information on both Series




Garrett Mason & Keith Hallett

Zappa’s Lounge, 178 Ontario Street, Kingston ON

Friday June 3

Both artists are favourites of Canadian Rock mogul, Gordie Johnson, the musician and producer, former front man of Big Sugar. Keith Hallett is only 21 years old, but has been playing major festivals and earning respect since coming on the scene with a New Artist nomination at the 2008 Maple Blues Awards when he was 17. Mason is quite recognized in the industry, winning a Juno for his first album in 2005, amongst other awards, and has been nominated in multiple categories at the Maple Blues Awards every year since 2004.

This Mason-Hallett mash-up delivers a very dynamic show that moves along at a steady pace, offering lean mean grooves and funky dance tunes. The performance is characterized by Mason and Hallett's phenomenal guitar playing, with some unexpected new twists, and overall world class musicianship.

The Garrett Mason and Keith Hallett Show will perform songs from Keith Hallett's unreleased album, produced by Garrett Mason. The album is being released in September 2011 at the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival in Fredericton, NB.



See SPECIAL EVENTS THIS WEEK (above) for more bio on Garrett & Keith.




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, June 5 – Dog-themed Songs to celebrate DAWG FM’s 1st Birthday

Next week, June 12 – OBS blues selections


Sundays: 6-8 pm

INSIDE THE BLUES with James Doran

Inside The Blues features music and interesting backgrounder information on today’s top Blues artists with a strong focus on Canadian talent mixed in with some great Blues classics. Hour Two features an in-depth interview and music from a different artist or blues industry VIP every week. All Shows are archived on www.insidetheblues.ca after broadcast and can be listened to there at any time.

This week, June 5 – Interview – Raoul Bhaneja

Next week, June 12 – Interview – Donald Ray Johnson



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, June 1: Listen Before You Buy: Recent jazz and blues releases, with an emphasis on pianists.

Next week, June 8: Ottawa International Jazz Festival: Ron’s choice of the many artists appearing between June 23 and July 3. Will include Darcy James Argue, Atomic, Chick Corea, James Cotton, Kelly Craig, Chet Doxas, Kurt Elling, Gord Grdina, Mats Gustafsson, Jon Irabagon, Vijay Iyer, Christian McBride, Brad Mehldau, Myra Melford, Lucky Peterson, Nicole Ratte, Joshua Redman, The Thing, Marianne Trudel, Erik Truffaz and Kenny Wheeler.


Alternate Sunday overnights (Monday morning) from 2-7 am

Rockin' the Blues From Canada

with Diane Wells


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.


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!




CBC Radio Two @ 7 pm

Friday, June 3
concert 1: Roxanne Potvin

Solo is a cross-cultural music project which showcases talented artists from the Ottawa region, Ontario and Quebec. Tonight, we're inside the theatre of La Nouvelle Scène in downtown Ottawa where we welcome artist Roxanne Potvin, a talented Quebec-based singer, songwriter and vocalist. Roxanne started playing gigs at the age of 19, playing mostly blues clubs in Ottawa and eventually playing blues events and festivals in Quebec and the Toronto area. Now 28, Roxanne has been busy compiling her own musical vocabulary. The passion and heart of the blues remain an integral part of her music. She is now embarking in a different direction with her music; her latest album, No Love for the Poisonous, includes funky New Orleans grooves to alternative pop styles. The band is a small cast of stellar musicians and good friends: Roxanne Potvin on vocals and guitar, Christine Bougie on guitar and lap steel, Roger Travassos on drums and Mark McIntyre on bass. Together, they create an intimate setting for the songs to soar.

concert 2: Rick Taylor
Rick Taylor is a fine blues-based singer-songwriter currently revving up his solo performing career in Ontario after many years on the west coast. His musical accomplishments go a lot farther back than that, though: his first significant solo gig was at the Mariposa Festival in 1971; he went on to be Willie P. Bennett's guitarist for some time, and was a sideman for a host of other artists including Stan Rogers and Colleen Peterson. Rick's guitar playing was an early source of inspiration for the likes of Colin Linden, and for Tom Wilson of Blackie and The Rodeo Kings. And now his inspired songwriting is showcased in a pair of solo albums: The Wonky Years (2008) and Lucky Room (2010). For this concert, recorded at Fenian Films in Hamilton, ON, Rick is joined by the latest incarnation of the Rick Taylor Band, anchored by the legendary Toronto-based rhythm section of Terry Wilkins on bass and Bucky Berger on drums.

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





Roots Music Canada interviews Fraser Daley

Check out three new Fraser Daly videos and an interview by David Newland for Roots Music Canada. One microphone "live". Andy Frank recorded this. Well done! http://www.rootsmusic.ca/2011/05/26/party-music-jeff-healey-bandmates-fraserdaley/

Roots Music Canada







ALWAYS check local listings to confirm.

On HBO Canada - http://www.hbocanada.com/

Friday, July 1, 6:25 pm & Monday, July 11, 6:15 pm

Flip, Flop & Fly: 40 Years of the Downchild Blues Band

A documentary celebrating 40 years of the Downchild Blues Band, Flip Flop and Fly is narrated by Dan Aykroyd, who credits Downchild as his inspiration for The Blues Brothers, revealing their impact on Canadian and American blues scenes.


On BRAVO – http://www.bravo.ca

Friday, June 10 @ 9 pm

Saturday, June 11 @ 9:05 am & 2:10 pm

The Blues Brothers (1980)
John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd are a couple of musicians who are on a "mission from God". With James Brown, Ray Charles, Cab Calloway, Aretha Franklin, Carrie Fisher, and many more.

Tuesday, June 21 @ 10 pm

Long John Baldry: In the Shadow of the Blues (2006)
The life and legacy of guitarist and singer Long John Baldry is examined in this one-hour documentary. Baldry played a key role in the growth of the British rhythm and blues movement, and led bands in the mid-1960s that featured Rod Stewart and Elton John, both of whom are interviewed in the documentary. In the ‘80s, Baldry emigrated to Canada, living first in Toronto and then in Vancouver, where he died in 2005.




Wednesday, June 8

Al Tambay @ the Elmdale House Tavern, 9 pm

Friday, June 10

Al Wood & the Woodsmen & Al Tambay @ Irene’s

Barrelhouse @ Tucson’s

Sunday, June 12

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

Saturday, June 18

The Brothers Chaffey @ Irene’s

Terry Gillespie @ Tucson’s

Sunday, June 19

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

Friday, June 24

Kelly Prescott @ Irene’s

Maria Hawkins @ the Rainbow, 9:30 pm

Big Chill @ Tucson’s

Sunday, June 26

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