30 January 2012

Ottawa Blues This Week - 30 January 2012






The Ottawa and Montreal Blues Societies are pleased to announce The First Great Canadian Polar Bear Blues Showcase, a joint undertaking to showcase Canadian blues acts representing Canadian affiliates of the Blues Foundation in the upcoming 2012 International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis TN. This showcase will provide another opportunity for Canadian bands and solo/duo acts to demonstrate their talents and promote their careers. The First Great Canadian Polar Bear Blues Showcase will take place Thursday, February 2, from noon to around 3 pm, at the Kooky Canuck Restaurant (owner Shawn is from Canada) and will feature all seven bands, 5 solos and 2 duos:


Fraser Melvin Blues Band - Collingwood Jazz and Blues Society

Jimmy and the Sleepers - Edmonton Blues Society

Conor Gains Band - Grand River Blues Society

Robbie Antone’s Blues Machine - Great Lakes Blues Society

The Kim Pollard Band - Loyal Blues Fellowship

Terry Gillespie Trio - Ottawa Blues Society

The 24th Street Wailers - Toronto Blues Society


Kevin Marcus Dillon - Collingwood Jazz and Blues Society

Breezy Brian Gregg - Edmonton Blues Society

Ross Neilsen - Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival

The Roper Show - Loyal Blues Fellowship

Dawn Tyler Watson & Paul Deslauriers - Montreal Blues Society

Kelly Prescott & Anders Drerup - Ottawa Blues Society

David “Boxcar” Gates - White Rock Blues Society

We are very exciting about this event … nothing like this has ever been done before to showcase our fantastic Canadian blues talent. Canadian entries have done very well at the IBC the past few years and we are very proud of all of our Canadian blues musicians.






Music On The Couch

For those who can't make it to Memphis for the International Blues Challenge, Vinny Marini will be broadcasting all week, LIVE from upstairs at the Rum Boogie on Beale Street, Tuesday through Friday and from the Orpheum Theater on Saturday. He’ll be interviewing entrants, judges, officials and maybe even people you know! Check out the IBC page at www.musiconthecouch.com. All shows become podcasts available at my site, or free from iTunes.




Fundraiser for the Old Dogs Hockey team
With JW-Jones

Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street

Friday, February 3 @ 9:30 pm; advance tickets $15

The Old Dogs hockey team gets a percentage on advance ticket sales only. If you are interested and want to support the Dogs, please contact Hugh MacEachern by email (Hmaceach@nrcan.gc.ca) and he will arrange to get a ticket to you.





Carolyn Fe Blues Collective

Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street
Monday, January 30 @ 9:30 pm; $5 at the door

Over the Blues' Rainbow, a bit to the West … we break out of Quebec's borders and head out west to Ottawa's legendary home of the Blues, The Rainbow Bistro. For our Ottawa fans who came out to see us, we are bringing our Blues to you this time around AND with a twist!
Carolyn Fe (voice), Oisin Little (guitar), Tim Alleyne (Keys), Dan Legault (Drums)
Both CDs will be available: "100%" ($10) and "Original Sin" ($20)


Brandon Isaak


Winterlude, Confereration Park

Thursday & Friday, February 2-3 @ 2 pm

Saturday, February 4 @ 2:30 pm


D’Arcy McGees, 44 Sparks Street

Friday & Saturday, February 3-4


With Steve Marriner

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Sunday, February 5 @ 9:45 pm; $10

What separates Brandon Isaak from the rest of the pack, besides his professional musicianship and song writing, is his ability to connect and involve the audience in his live shows. He is a master storyteller with a sharp sense of humour and his affinity for the rawness and spontaneity of the blues is second to none, as anyone who has had the privilege of being in his audiences will tell you. An accomplished and versatile musician, Isaak plays a wide variety of music styles in his one-man shows, including ragtime, Delta blues, Piedmont, gospel and swing.

Isaak is best known as the front man and main songwriter /guitar player with the popular Canadian jump band, The Twisters, based out of Vancouver. In 2010 Brandon was nominated for Song Writer Of The Year at The Maple Blues Awards, was one of 13 artists selected to write songs about their home town for the CBC Great Canadian Song Quest 2011.

Over the years Brandon has had a chance to perform with some of his favourite musicians and main influences, such as Corey Harris, Guy Davis, Taj Mahal, Colin Linden, Jim Byrnes, Jeff Healey, Joe Louis Walker, Kenny Wayne, The Sojourners and more.

Isaak has just released his first solo album called “Bluesman’s Plea”, a versatile and diverse roots album featuring 14 originals based on true stories of life, love and death; where only the names have been changed to protect the innocent.

Brandon Isaak will be performing in Ottawa February 2 through February 5




Tucson’s, 2440 Bank Street

Friday, February 3

Sab has made a living and lived Rock & Roll since the tender age of thirteen. He's played all over the world as well as almost every 'watering hole' in the North. Sab's persona can hardly go unnoticed with his flare for comedy, top hat, long hair, snakeskin boots and enormous heart. His endeavours to expand the Northern music scene and develop young talent, have won him the friendship and loyalty of people in the industry.

Sab, "The King of the North" as Ronnie Hawkins likes to call him, has become a well-known celebrity in Northern Ontario. Whether you hear him on the radio or see a live show, that gruff laugh, cherry-whiskey stained voice and out-there personality will always stick with you.

Sab writes, co-writes, produces, promotes, endorses, consults, books talent, and plays a kick-ass live show! With Sab on the scene, it's all Rock & Roll! It's not an act. To quote the man himself, "Rock & Roll, that's who I am, through the good, the bad, and the not-so-bad. I never did anything else but play music."








Southside Tuesdays
Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street

Tuesdays @ 9 pm; no cover

Southside Tuesdays with Steve Marriner.


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:

February 2 – Jed Rached

February 9 – Luke Ambridge

February 16 – Jesse Greene

February 23 – Pat Johnson



Atomic Rooster, 303 Bank Street (at MacLaren)

2nd and 4th Saturday each month, 3-6 pm

Firebelly is Mathieu Gagnon on harmonica, Fredy Carriere on guitar, Dan Grewal on bass and Mike McNeil on drums.




Big Bill’s Blues Bash

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Saturdays, 4-8 pm

Starting January 7, (except January 14) Bill Brennan will be hosting the Big Bill’s Blues Bash every Saturday from 4-8 pm. With the tightest rhythm section around there will be a Special Guest every week. So take a load off, have a cool beverage and enjoy the blues in one of Canada's best Blues venues. See you there!!!


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


Acoustic Roots Series ** on hiatus in February; back in March **

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.

on hiatus in February

March 7 – Pat Moore

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.



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.


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 Myers Brothers Band

Fatboy's Southern Smokehouse, 34 Murray Street

Thursday, February 9; 8-11 pm

Canada's Juke Joint Kings - The Myers Brothers Band, have started 2012 with the release of their brand new album “DRIVE”, the follow-up CD to 2005's “Straight From The Woods”. The 15-track CD features all-original juke joint & boogie blues, and was recorded and mixed locally in Ottawa and the backwoods of Western Quebec. The brothers (Mike and Stevie) are also featured in the Feb/Mar '12 issue of Blues Matters, where they discuss their Ottawa blues beginnings, the recording of “DRIVE”, their Clarksdale connection, and upcoming spring and summer tours in Mississippi and the United Kingdom in support of the new album. For up-to-date band information check out the Myers Brothers Band's Reverbnation and Facebook pages.



Music By The Bay Live presents **SOLD OUT**

Loco Zydeco – Mardi Gras Party

The Waterfront, 590 Liverpool Road, Pickering ON

Friday, February 17 @ 9 pm; $25

… dancing or not, you probably won’t be standing still

Loco Zydeco is a six person high energy group. Their music is hot and smooth and always has the entire audience either moving in their seats or standing on their feet, dancing in place. Loco Zydeco is a real crowd pleaser, pushing the envelope in just the right directions. Their catchy, upbeat rhythms make toes tap, legs swing and heads nod to the traditional tunes that are quite unlike anything you’ve ever experienced live before. And yes … there will be beads!

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




Black Sheep Inn, Wakefield QC

Saturday, February 18 @ 8:30 pm

Sunday, February 19 @ 4:30 pm

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. Multi-Maple Blues Award winners, 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!



ZAPP! Productions Presents

Moreland and Arbuckle

Mackechnie House, Cobourg ON

Wednesday, February 22

Soul food and Blues show at one of the nicest mansions in Cobourg.

Phone 905-372-8231

Wilno Tavern, Wilno ON

Friday, February 24 @ 8 pm; $25 (advance), $30 (at the door)

A party waiting to happen.

Phone 613-756-2029

Dominon Tavern, Minden ON

Saturday, February 25 @ 8 pm

Phone 705-286-6954

Blues Workshop & Symposium

Wilno Tavern, Wilno ON

Sunday, February 26; tickets $12 (advance), $15 (at the door)

Bring your guitar or harmonica and come out to a work shop and symposium with Moreland and Arbuckle. Ask questions about playing or the music business and touring. The workshop will follow up with a mini show, one good set of music.

This Power Blues Trio from Kansas spent the last year opening for the likes of ZZ Top, George Thorogood, Robert Cray. Along the way they caught the attention of Music Icon Steve Cropper from Stax Records and Booker T. He wrote a song for their new album "Just a Dream" on Telarc, which was just released and has received much critical acclaim. They are touring in support of this release which is a romp through their original blend of Delta Blues, Chicago Blues and hard driving powerful garage-rock configuration of guitar, vocals, harp and drums.



Terry Gillespie & Paul Reddick

Black Sheep Inn, Wakefield QC

Friday, February 24 @ 8:30 pm

Back from Memphis, Terry hosts harmonica virtuoso and compelling songwriter Paul Reddick.




Wild T & The Spirit

Tucson’s, 2440 Bank Street

Friday, February 24 @ 9:15 pm

Wild T & the Spirit is a powerful blues-rock band from Toronto, that has released 5 CDs and currently tour all over Canada and Europe. The band has built up a strong & loyal fan base of musicians and music loving fans over the years with its powerful live show!

Wild T is building a reputation for himself as the next premier guitarist to emerge from the Canadian music scene! Be sure to catch this Canadian Guitar Sensation!



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


The Waterfront, 590 Liverpool Road, Pickering ON

Friday, March 19 @ 9 pm

JW-Jones has one of the most energetic and exciting live shows on the scene. In 2009, Guitar World Magazine featured a CD called “Guitar Masters Vol. 2” that put JW-Jones alongside guitar stars B.B. King, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Carlos Santana and more. Some of the biggest names in blues today, including The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Little Charlie & The Nightcats, Rod Piazza, Anson Funderburgh with Sam Myers, The Mannish Boys and the legendary Hubert Sumlin have invited him to join them on stage.





The Kingston Blues Society announces a new series of blues shows – BLUES BANDS OF ONTARIO – which will take place the first Saturday of each month.

Many of the bands showcased in this new series have produced CDs; some have been playing together for many years and some are new and upcoming.

February 4 – Lil’ Al’s Combo (Ottawa)

They have opened for Omar and the Howlers (from Texas), Miles Goodwin (from April Wine), the Lee Aaron Band and for Ray Bonneville.

From Ottawa, this band plays blues fast and fun – they will make it impossible for you to sit in your chair. They have made it to the finals the last 2 years in the Ottawa Blues Society’s Road To Memphis Competition, they have been together for over 10 years and have released 3 CDs – they perform every year at the Ottawa Blues Fest. For $3, you just can’t beat it.

March 3 – TBA

April 7 – TBA

May 5 – Wicked Grin (Ottawa)

June 2 - TBA


Shirley Johnson

Confederation Place Hotel

Saturday, February 11

"Raised in the church but born to sing the blues”, Delmark Recording Artist, Shirley Johnson has opened for Aretha Franklin. She resides in Chicago and has been the female voice of the Chicago blues scene for the last 20 plus years.


Optional Dinner Buffett (details TBA)

Call 613 384-8168 now to reserve your tickets (February Shows for the last 3 years have sold out)




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, February 5 – Canadians at the IBC #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 2011. 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, February 1: Listen Before You Buy: Ron Sweetman reviews recent jazz and blues releases.

Next week, February 8: Black History Month A Musical Celebration: For our second Black History Month program, Co-Host Susan Galvin plays recordings of some of her favourite black jazz artists.


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!





Eric Thom has done his usual pro job writing up the 15th annual Maple Blues awards gala.


Great shots, great words, and a complete list of winners.



Roots Music Canada

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







Canada Live podcast, released on Fridays
Monday, January 30
concert 1: John Prine
, recorded as part of the Edmonton Folk Music Festival
Elvis Costello calls him a living legend; Bob Dylan calls him one of his favourite songwriters. "His is just extra-ordinarily eloquent music," says Roger Waters of Pink Floyd. John Prine is an artist who can paint the most vivid picture with a few simple words. He seems to literally get under the skin of the characters in his songs, allowing the listener to experience life through someone else's eyes, regardless of their circumstance.

Thursday, February 2
concert 1: Bachman Turner
, recorded at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg
This concert was a classic arena rock show. The Winnipeg crowd was more than ready to roll on down the highway for a set that combined classic BTO hits, with new songs cut from the same cloth. Randy Bachman is one of the founding fathers of world class rock & roll in Canada. His work with The Guess Who helped establish the Canadian music scene at a time when the music industry was dominated by the United States and Britain. In 1971, Bachman was looking for a new singer for his band Brave Belt and former Winnipegger Neil Young suggested he call Fred (CF) Turner. It was this group that eventually became BTO or Bachman Turner Overdrive. In 1977, Bachman left after a string of monumental hits including "Takin' Care of Business" and "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet." Fast forward many years to when Bachman was working on a new solo album in 2009. He invited the recently retired Turner to add some vocals. Bachman was so inspired with the results he put aside his solo project and invited Turner to pool his new songs with his. The result? Bachman Turner! When they revealed the music of the new band for the first time, it was almost as if BTO had taken a six month holiday in 1977 and then gone back into the studio. This hometown concert was recorded at the MTS Centre in front of an adoring and exuberant crowd. The song "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet" features a guest appearance by a young guitarist named Kyle who won a local radio contest to appear with Bachman & Turner and nailed the solo.


Highlights from the 25th Annual Toronto Blues Society Women’s Blues Revue at Massey Hall are streaming right now on CBC Radio 2’s Concerts on Demand http://www.cbc.ca/radio2/cod/concerts/20111126women

Relive this historic night featuring performances by Kat Danser, Ada Lee, Emma-Lee, Treasa Levasseur, Shakura S’Aida, and Suzie Vinnick!

Tune in for the radio broadcasts – January 12 at 7pm on CBC Radio 2 and January 13 at 2pm on CBC Radio 1.


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





Friday, February 10

Sexy Guitar Night featuring Salacious Sax @ Irene’s, 9:30 pm

Saturday, February 11

The FunKtion @ Tucson’s, 9:15 pm

Friday, February 17

The Priorities @ Tucson’s, 9:15 pm

Back-Talk Organ Trio @ Kaffé 1870, Wakefield