10 January 2012

Ottawa Blues This Week - 9 January 2012




CONGRATULATIONS to Suzie Vinnick, whose 2011 release “Me ‘n’ Mabel” is a finalist in the Blues Foundation’s Self-Produced CD Competition, which is part of the International Blues Challenge. The original 74 submissions were cut to 30 for the second round and five finalists have now been chosen. The winner will be announced at the Orpheum Theater in Memphis TN on Saturday, February 4.




Greetings & Happy New Year,

This year’s ‘Blind Lemon Top Twenty Canadian Blues Albums’ Survey has seen several significant changes.

First and foremost, the list of eligible albums is taken from the Juno Eligible list, which was also used for the Maple Blues Eligible list, as provided by John Valentyn of the TBS (Thank you, John!) There is some overlap in the old system and this new list, which means some albums that were eligible last year, are eligible again this year. But this is the only time that should happen.

Secondly, there will be NO email voting this year. The 2011 survey will be online only, thanks to the fine people of WorldApp and http://www.keysurvey.com (Thank you James Thomas)

Lastly, we are starting later than usual. This is due to a combination of over work and ill health on my part, but also it allows us to time the release of the survey results in time with the Maples Blues Awards, giving us a much better tie in with the major blues event of the Year in Canada! The Survey is open now, and will end at 12:00 am, January 19, 2012.

PLEASE forward this message and survey link on to anyone and everyone you know who loves great Independent Canadian Music!

The Survey is VERY simple. Just select 3 albums from the main list, then rank them 1 - 2 - 3! You will help support Canadian Blues and spread the word about the amazing artists we have here at home... and the fabulous work they do!

The Survey Link is

Please vote... please forward this message... please do your bit to help support great independent music! If you don't... the Lady Gagas of the world will win!

A message from Terry Parsons, host of the Newfoundland (and internet) radio show, ‘The Blind Lemon Blues’




The Claytones – Anders Drerup, Kelly Prescott & Adam Puddington

House Concert

Sunday, January 15; 3:30 – 7 pm

Anders and Kelly are accomplished young musicians who will be representing the Ottawa Blues Society in the Solo/Duo Competition at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, January 31 - February 4, 2012. This concert is intended as a fundraiser (tickets $25) for their trip to Memphis.

All monies collected will go to the musicians. BYOB; soft drinks and light snacks will be provided. If you feel like bringing goodies to share, your contribution would be most welcome!

Kelly is a third generation musician on both sides of her family. She has performed with brother Kaylen as Prescott and recently released debut solo album "I Leave You Dreaming". DAWG fans will recognize her hit song "Jonesin'". Multi-instumentalist Anders has toured internationally and recorded with the Elmer Ferrar Band of Cuba, was lead guitarist of Silver Creek and now fronts popular new band, The Van Meters. You might recognize "Bank Street Blues" from his debut album, "Songs For The Common Man". Individually they are superb, but when they were first united for Michael Bate's critically-acclaimed theatrical concert, "Grievous Angel: The Legend of Gram Parsons" in which they play Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris, magic happened.

Share in the continuing magic by emailing Alison at alottawa@gmail.com. Please include your phone number.

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Rob Lutes

Bearcat House Concert (info: bob.ledrew@gmail.com)

Saturday, January 14

Rob Lutes is a soulful singer-songwriter from Montreal with an ever-growing collection of literate, moving meditations on life and love. His ability to encapsulate universal ideas and questions, even the subtle ones, coupled with his gritty, heartfelt delivery and world-class performance chops, have invited comparisons with several legends in the roots genre from John Hiatt, Chris Smithers to Fred Eaglesmith.

His latest release is a live album with Rob MacDonald. "This CD is the culmination of a number of years of these two extraordinary artists working together. Rob Lutes has quietly become one of the finest singer-songwriters in the country." Matt Large, Hello Darlin Productions





Indie singer/songwriter night

Featuring Abigail Lapell

GigSpac, Alcorn Music Studios, 953 Gladstone Ave.

Thursday January 12 @ 8 pm; cover $5; all ages welcome

Indie Night 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 featured artist, followed by an open mic. Participants are strongly encouraged to sing original songs rather than covers. There is a PA and keyboard available for the performers.

Abigail Lapell is a folk-noir singer-songwriter from Toronto. Her debut album, “Great Survivor”, showcases a rare talent for evocative songwriting and addictive melodies – along with a crowd-hushing voice, rich in emotional colour. Drawing from folk, indie and traditional influences, Abigail has won over audiences of all stripes with her precise, crystal-and-smoke vocals and sparse-plucked electric guitar.


A Night of Blues

with South Southwest, Three Times Lucky and The Runes

Greenfield's Pub, 900 Greenbank Road, Barrhaven

Friday, January 13 @ 9 pm

If you love the Blues, then come join us on Friday January 13th for a fun night of all blues. Three bands will take the stage to entertain you and provide a fanciful winter blues fix, just what you need after a hectic and frenzied holiday.

South Southwest, Ottawa’s newest blues collaborative will bring their very eclectic collection of melodies to the party – fun, fun, fun.

Ottawa’s very own recording artists and Bluesfest beloveds, Three Times Lucky will be in the house bringing their rootsy home grown good time joint jukin' musical flavors with them. How fun is that!!!

Get ready for the return of The Runes to the Greenfield’s stage. Bringing a straight up in your face power blues experience, The Runes will deliver a blues fix that will make you forget all about those midwinter doldrums.

If you like the blues, love the blues, have a need to sing the blues or simply need a pleasurable distraction, please come and join us for – A Night of Blues.



Victor Nesrallah

Tucson’s, 2440 Bank Street

Saturday, January 14 @ 9:30 pm

From Victor: Wishing everyone a Happy New Year and a big thanks for going out and supporting live music in 2011. Just to let you know of my first show of 2012 – Tucson’s (Bank and Hunt Club), Saturday, January 14 @ 9:30 pm with Keith Snider (fiddle, banjo) Ken Kanwisher (bass, cello), Bruce Wittet (drums). Thanks again for your continued support and hope to see you on the 14th.





Terry Gillespie

The Waring House, Picton ON
Thursday, January 12 @ 6 pm

Solo-Acoustic Roots music from Terry at The Waring House, where rural hospitality meets modern convenience, in the heart of Ontario's newest wine and culinary hot spot, Prince Edward County.
The Waring House is located at the junction of Hwy 33 (Loyalist Parkway) and County Rd. 1, 1.5 km west of Picton.
"the blues is the root, the rest is the fruit." Willie Dixon



John Carroll CD Release

Black Sheep Inn, Wakefield QC

Saturday, January 14 @ 8:30 pm; $10

John Carroll is a singer, songwriter, performer and recording artist who has explored music as his mode of expression for over 25 years. Influenced by musicians Rev. Gary Davis, Missippi John Hurt, Tom Waits, Fred McDowell, John Prine and Lyle Lovette, John’s mixture of country blues, folk, roots and rock n’ roll provide an intricate landscape for his mindfully crafted lyrics. His first two full length solo albums, “The True Confessions of an Infamous Liar,” (2003) and “Lost Radio” (2008) were well received and sold to audiences all over Canada, the U.S and parts of Europe.


The Claytones

MERA Schoolhouse, McDonald’s Corners ON

Saturday, January 14 @ 8 pm; $17

The Claytones are – Anders Drerup, Kelly Prescott & Adam Puddington.




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 12 – Drew Nelson

January 19 – Jason & Caroline

January 26 – Chuck Karn



Atomic Rooster, 303 Bank Street (at MacLaren)

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

Starting Saturday, January 14.

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




Big Bill’s Blues Bash ** NO BIG BILL’s BLUES BASH THIS WEEK **

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.


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




Jack de Keyzer

Tucson’s, 2440 Bank Street

Saturday, January 21 @ 9:15 pm

Blues, jazz, funky R&B and swing are all part of the palette that colour Jack de Keyzer’s musical portraits. The much acclaimed guitarist, singer and song writer has worked with artists as varied as King Biscuit Boy, Etta James, Blue Rodeo, Robert Gordon, Otis Rush and the Bop Cats. His guitar playing has been featured on hundreds of recordings; as a song writer he has been covered by Prairie Oyster on their hit album ‘Everyone Knows’ ; and as a singer he once sang a duet with kd lang. (Alright... it was a Budweiser commercial...) He performs internationally over 150 shows per year, and is a multiple Maple Blues Award nominee & winner and two-time Juno winner.

Jack’s back … at Tucson’s!



Anders Drerup

With special guests Kelly Prescott & Adam Puddington

Masonic Hall, 430 Churchill Avenue North

Saturday, January 21 @ 8 pm; $20

The Spirit of Rasputin’s Concert Series presents Anders Drerup with Kelly Prescott & Adam Puddington.

The Masonic Hall in Westboro is really an amazing place for concerts - with tremendous acoustics, comfortable intimate seating, a neat funky bar and great food and drink.


Terry Gillespie Trio

La Grange de la Gatineau, 80 chemin Summer, Cantley QC

Saturday, January 21 @ 8 pm; concert only - $20 / $15 student (includes beverage)

Dinner available $30 (with wine)

Enjoy a lovely dinner before the show, prepared by La Grange de la Gatineau’s Cordon Bleu chef.




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


Brandon Isaak

With Steve Marriner

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Sunday, February 5 @ 9:45 pm

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.

Brandon is also appearing as part of Ottawa’s Winterlude celebrations, February 2-4.



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.






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)

March 3 – TBA

April 7 – TBA

May 5 – Wicked Grin (Ottawa)

June 2 - TBA


The Kim Pollard Band

Opening – Agent Blue

Brandees, 178 Ontario Street, Kingston ON

Friday, January 20 @ 8 pm

Come out and help support this excellent band as they work their way to Memphis to compete in the International Blues Challenge. Small Cover at the Door.

Check out the Kim Pollard Band out on YouTube


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 15 – Maple Blues Awards nominees for International Artist of the Year


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 11: Listen Before You Buy: Ron Sweetman plays recent jazz releases, with an emphasis on flutes and big bands. Will include Cecilia Coleman, Deep Blue Organ Trio, Carlos Franzetti, Knut Haugsoen, Mr. Ho, Mark Alban Lotz, Nicole Mitchell and Richard Nelson.

Next week, January 18: Jason Kao Hwang: We’ll follow the recording career of this brilliant

Chinese-American violinist from 1980 to 2010, as a sideman and a leader. Hear him with Taylor Ho Bynum, Dominic Duval, Ken Filiano, Dom Minasi, William Parker and Tomas Ulrich.


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!




What do RIM CEO Jim Balsillie, former Canadian Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson and Juno nominees Serena Ryder, Jimmy Bowskill and Rick Fines have in common?

They’re all alumni of a Peterborough ON public high school that specializes in arts education – and that is slated to close at the end of this school year.

Not, however, if two enterprising young musicians have their way...


Gordy says, listen and share!


Roots Music Canada

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







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 …





Thursday, January 13

Spare Change Duo @ Fatboys Southern Smokehouse

Saturday, January 14

Victor Nesrallah @ Tucson’s, 9:15 pm

John Carroll CD Release @ the Black Sheep Inn, 8:30 pm

Sunday, January 15

House Concert with Anders Drerup, Kelly Prescott & Adam Puddington

(email alottawa@gmail.com for details)

Dr. Dave hosts the Jam @ the Rainbow, 3-7 pm

Al Wood & the Woodsmen @ the Atomic Rooster, 6-9 pm




Thursday, January 19

Robert Farrell @ Fatboys Southern Smokehouse

Friday, January 20

Rocket Rached & the Fat City 8 @ Irene’s, 9:30 pm

Saturday, January 21

Terry Gillespie Trio @ La Grange de la Gatineau, 8 pm

Back Talk Organ Trio @ Irene’s, 9:30 pm

Sunday, January 22

Al Wood Trio hosts the Jam @ the Rainbow, 3-7 pm

Joe Gaspar Band @ The Rainbow, 9:45 pm

Thursday, January 26

Shameless Blues @ Fatboys Southern Smokehouse

Friday, January 27

Bluestone @ Tucson’s, 9:15 pm

Sunday, January 29

River City Junction hosts the Jam @ the Rainbow, 3-7 pm

Phoenix @ the Atomic Rooster, 6-9 pm

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

Friday, February 10

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



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