23 January 2012

Ottawa Blues This Week - 23 January 2012




MonkeyJunk was a big winner at last week’s Maple Blues Awards, bringing home the ‘Electric Act of the Year’, ‘Drummer of the Year’ and the coveted ‘Recording of the Year’ for “To Behold”. Blues Booster of the Year was awarded to yours truly; thanks to everyone who sent messages of congratulations … I feel this award recognizes the Ottawa Blues Society and Ottawa blues fans and proves once again how good the blues is in Ottawa.

More info on the 15th Maple Blues Awards:


See also ROOTS MUSIC CANADA (below).






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.







Tucson’s, 2440 Bank Street

Friday, January 27

Bluestone has been busy putting together a new recording. It’s almost finished, and they’ll be testing out some of the songs, along with their regular repertoire – including the amazing interplay between brother and sister, Ben and Angie. They have a summer US tour in the plans too!






JJ Grey & Mofro

Opening – MonkeyJunk


Tuesday, January 24 @ 7:30 pm

Hands down the best show I saw by a touring band in 2011 was JJ Grey & Mofro at the Ottawa Folk Festival. I enjoyed their music on their three Alligator releases, “Country Ghetto”, “Orange Blossoms” and “Georgia Warhorse” but their Folk Fest show was my first opportunity to see them live. Coincidentally, their new CD had been released a bit earlier in Canada than in the US, so I enjoyed the show on Saturday night, bought the CD/DVD package, then watched the DVD on Sunday and enjoyed the show all over again. Fortunate Ottawa fans get another chance to see this band … with our own multi Maple Blues Award-winning locals, MonkeyJunk opening.






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




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:

January 26 – Chuck Karn



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.

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




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 world-class musicianship and songwriting – is his ability to connect and involve the audience in his live shows.

In 2010 Brandon was nominated for a Maple Blues Award for Songwriter of the Year. This honour recognized him as being one of Canada’s top songwriters. He was also one of 13 song writers picked to write a road song about their province / territory for the CBC’s Great Canadian Song Quest 2011. Brandon is also known as the front man and main songwriter/guitar player for the popular Canadian band, The Twisters, based in Vancouver.

Brandon has just released his first solo album entitled “Bluesman’s Plea”. Don’t let the title fool you; this is a very versatile and diverse roots album that truly reflects the music that he plays in his live performances. The songs showcase Ragtime, Delta Blues, Piedmont, Gospel as well as Swing styles.

Brandon's affinity for the rawness and spontaneity of the blues is second to none, as anyone who has had the privilege of being a part of his audience will tell you. He brings a firebrand style of guitar as well as incredibly stirring vocals that truly have to be witnessed to be appreciated! He is VERY much in the moment as he rips it up, and you'll be impressed with the calibre of showmanship in the performance of songs & stories by this great Canadian artist.




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."



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

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, January 29 – Canadians at the IBC #1

Next 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, January 25: Benny Golson: For our first Black History Month program, we’ll celebrate the 83rd birthday of saxophonist, composer, arranger and bandleader Benny Golson, by playing his recordings from 1959 to 1990.

Next week, February 1: Listen Before You Buy: Ron Sweetman reviews recent jazz and blues releases.


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
Friday, January 27 on the Canada Live podcast
Frazey Ford, recorded at Le Petit Campus in Montreal

The sixties were a time of rebellion and creative freedom for a lot of baby boomers, and it seems to have rubbed off on their children. Along with R&B singers Otis Redding, Ann Peebles, and Roberta Flack, Frazey Ford cites her free-spirited parents (her father was an American draft dodger) as key influences in shaping her music. Simple songwriting and convincing vocals were honed for 10 years as a member of the Be Good Tanyas. Now Frazey has ventured on the solo stage. Her debut CD, Obadiah, was released to much acclaim and forms the set list for tonight's concert at Let Petit Campus in Montreal. Be Good Tanya alumnus Trish Klein provides solid support on the mandolin and vocals.


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 3

JW-Jones @ the Rainbow, 10 pm

Saturday, February 4

Kinnexa Cross CD release @ the Rainbow, 7-10 pm

Ball & Chain and the Wreckers @ Irene’s, 9:30 pm

Rock ‘n’ Roll Riot @ Kaffé 1870, Wakefield

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



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