09 April 2012

Ottawa Blues This Week - 9 April 2012




Swing into Spring

With Kim Kaskiw & Steve Berndt

NAC 4th Stage, 53 Elgin Street

Saturday, April 14; 7:30-10:30 pm; tickets $20

Door prize is 20% off any purchase at Celadon Spa & Salon with ticket stub!

This yearly spring event features two of Ottawa's finest jazz singers performing duets of standards and original compositions with arrangements by Steve Berndt and J.P. Allain. Kim & Steve perform this jazz and swing revue with an excellent group of Ottawa musicians: Piano: J. P. Allain; Bass: Ken Kanwisher; Drums: Don Johnson; Tenor: Brian Asselin; Trumpet: Kelly Craig. It’s always a fun & exciting show. Come and celebrate the return of spring and the joy of jazz!


Murray Kinsley Duo

The New Edinburgh Pub, 1 Beechwood Avenue

Saturday, April 14 @ 9:30 pm

A dynamic guitar and bass duo playing blues, a bit of rock and a bit of folk

Great pub, great food, great acoustic blues.






Overview of Post War Chicago Blues With Tony D

Ottawa Folklore Centre,

Saturdays, 12:30-2:30 pm; $25 Folklore Centre members; $30 non-members

Join local award winning and Juno nominated guitar legend Tony D for a practical discussion of post war blues guitar players, their influences, and a whole slew of their turnaround tricks, and signature solos. The class is a loose discussion-guitar-in-hand class based around the stylings of Hubert Sumlin, Magic Sam, Jimmy Rogers and of course, Freddie King. The whole thing will lead us post war into the evolution of R+B. Bring your guitar, a notebook and as many questions as you can muster. Not recommended for beginners.

April 14: The one and the only, Freddie King (GTD12.03I1D)





Garrett Mason & Keith Hallett

Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street

Wednesday, April 11 @ 9 pm; cover $10

Kaffé 1870

Wakefield QC

Thursday, April 12 @ 9 pm; cover $10

Music By The Bay Live Small Club Concert Series

The Waterfront, 590 Liverpool Road, Pickering ON

Friday, April 13 @ 9 pm; tickets $30



Juno Award Winner and 'Bluesabilly' guitar master, Garrett Mason has carefully selected his opponent in this battle of the axes. Nova Scotia's favourite sons Garrett Mason and New Brunswick's slide guitar freak, Keith Hallett, have teamed up to tour the Nation and battle it out on stage, letting Canada decide who shall be named Canada’s blues hero of the six string. Garrett and Keith may be friends back home in the East Coast, but when it comes to show their abilities to play, they take it very seriously!

To see and hear Mason and Hallett together on the same stage is to share a part of Canadian music history. Garrett Mason and Keith Hallett both have an extensive list of accomplishments and are well respected amongst their peers and fans across Canada and beyond. This is the 'ultimate guitar grudge match' and they are looking forward to letting their talent do the talking.

Go to www.keithhallett.ca for tour dates and more!


Chris Antonik

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Saturday, April 14 @ 10 pm

In February, Chris began work on his highly-anticipated second album, which will feature an amazing guest line-up including: Grammy award-winning vocalist Mike Mattison (The Derek Trucks Band, The Tedeschi-Trucks Band), Juno-award winner Julian Fauth, as well as Maple Blues award-winners Shakura S'Aida and Steve Marriner. Josh Williams, Chris Chiarelli and Andrew Taylor will once again form the core band. Chris also has a showcase spot during Toronto’s Canadian Music Week.

He’ll be at the Rainbow, probably road-testing some of his new material, on Saturday, April 14.



James Hunter & guests

Mavericks, 221 Rideau Street

Sunday, April 15 @ 9 pm

James Hunter‘s second U.S. album, "The Hard Way", (released on Hear Music in June 2008), was among that year‘s most eagerly anticipated new releases. In terms of both inspiration and quotation, James has taken much from the musical past – as he will be the first to admit. But it‘s his own infectious sound and inventive songwriting, blessedly free of slavish mimicry or retrograde nostalgia, that today‘s audiences are responding to.





The 15th edition of Virée Blues Boréale presents

Anthony Gomes

CD release “Up 2 Zero”

Bistro Le Troquet, 41 Laval Street (Old Hull sector)

Wednesday, April 11 @ 8 pm

“Up 2 Zero”, Anthony Gomes’ latest offering, bristles with that passion and personality of the blues, a testimony to the healing power of music to uplift, console, move and motivate the spirit. One of the key songs on the new CD is the searing mission statement of ‘Back To The Start’. Comments Gomes, “I wanted to begin the CD with a powerhouse shuffle to set the tone of where we are at musically. Lyrically, the song says it all. As simple as it sounds, you have to follow your heart and I had to get back to where I started. For me, it’s the blues. I can always try different things, but I always find myself going back to where the music started.”

Another track central to the album’s essence is ‘Room 414’. “A lot of folks ask me what the significance is of that room. They wonder what exactly happened behind those closed doors,” Anthony laughs, “It is actually the room number at the Gunter Hotel in San Antonio where Robert Johnson recorded all his material. It blows my mind to think that all those haunting songs were captured in a hotel room.”

The CD also includes two new versions of Gomes’ most popular songs. ‘Fly Away’, previously entitled ‘Bluebird’, is presented in a more gritty and blues-influenced fashion. ‘Darkest Before The Dawn’/’Le Soleil Se Levera’ appears in both English and French versions on the album. “My mother is from Quebec City and the French-Canadian culture is a big part of who we are. I am so proud to be able to sing this song in French. For me, it’s a highlight on this album.” stated Gomes.

“The title of “Up 2 Zero” embodies so many different things,” says Gomes, “It represents getting back to the blues – back to ground zero. It also signifies a countdown to breaking new ground and moving forward or upward. There’s a beautiful anticipation of hitting zero. Musically, most people try to look ahead for inspiration or seek out what’s cutting edge. I seem to go in the other direction and look backwards to be inspired. In a strange way, when I look to Muddy Waters or Robert Johnson I hear the future.”




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Cobourg Legion, 136 Orr Street

Friday, April 13

2012 Juno winners, Monkey Junk, one of the hottest Blues Bands in the Country, play the Cobourg Legion, 136 Orr Street, Friday April 13 (call 905-372-2210, Victoria Hall Box Office for tickets or 905-372-8231, Zap Records) and the Wilno Tavern Friday May 11 (613-756-2029 for tickets and dinner reservations for best seats).
Full details at http://www.zapp-productions.com



Al Wood & the Woodsmen

CD Launch

The Branch Restaurant & Texas Grill, 15 Clothier St. E., Kemptville ON

Saturday, April 14 @ 9 pm

Al Wood & the Woodsmen launch their new CD, “Right On Cue”, in Kemptville at The Branch.


The Branch Restaurant has become what it was probably always meant to be — The Branch Restaurant and Texas Grill. Come on out and celebrate with some real Texas BBQ, or Tex-Mex or even Cajun or Southern foods favourites. Don't worry, it’s still the same old Branch in more ways than not with local and organic foods first and a commitment to the environment and the community.





Bands for Breath!

Hélène Campbell Benefit & Organ Donor Drive

Greenfield’s Pub, 900 Greenbank Road

Sunday, April 22; 2 - 10 pm

Hosted by Woody from CHEZ 106

- Live music by 8 local bands, including Three Times Lucky
- No cover, but donations are encouraged!
- Prizes include: Autographed Ottawa Senators merchandise, 3-month memberships at The Athletic Club and gift cards for Wal-Mart and Canadian Tire

Invite all of your friends!
Please visit www.alungstory.ca for more information about Hélène and organ donation




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


Jeff Rogers and The All-Day Daddies

The Heart and Crown on Preston Street

Every Thursday @ 10 pm; Free!

Come down to The Heart and Crown on Preston Street where you can catch Jeff Rogers and The All-Day Daddies, now a 6-piece band, WITH guitar. Bringing the groove to a whole new level! Playing Stevie Wonder, B.B. King, Al Green, The Funk Brothers, Jamiroquai and all things soulful, bluesy and funky. Jeff will also be introducing some titles from his soon to be released album.

"The All-Day Daddies" are: Ross Murray on Drums; Ken Seeley on Electric Bass; Jeff Devalk on Guitar; Kelly Craig on Trumpet; Brian Asselin on Sax; and, Jeff Rogers on Keyboards and Vocals.


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:

April 12 – Jody Benjamin & Michael Ball

April 19 – Vince Halfhide

April 26 – Terry Gillespie



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

Bill Brennan hosts 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

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.

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.


April 20/21
David Rotundo Band w. Special Guests Julian Fauth & Enrico Crivellaro



Multiple Maple Blues Award winning harmonica player, singer and dynamite performer David Rotundo brings two of his long time musician friends with him to The Cove for this engagement - Juno Award winning piano player/singer/songwriter Julian Fauth and Italian guitar sensation Enrico Crivellaro. Any one of these 3 artists is worth the price of admission. Together - what a troika! This will be two nights of fabulous high energy, 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




John Pizzarelli

Centrepointe Theatre, 101 Centrepointe Drive

Thursday April 19 @ 8 pm; tickets $59.50

Using performers like Nat “King” Cole, Frank Sinatra and Joao Gilberto and the songs of composers from Richard Rodgers, George Gershwin to James Taylor, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Lennon & McCartney as touchstones, John Pizzarelli has established himself as one of the prime interpreters of The Great American songbook and beyond, bringing to his work the cool jazz flavour of his brilliant guitar playing and singing. His latest recording, “Rockin’ In Rhythm”, the singer-guitarist’s first ever Duke Ellington recording, features 12 classic tracks that prove Pizzarelli – like Ellington – knows how to show off the strengths of the musicians in his band. In addition to a cut for solo guitar, four songs highlight the quartet (with pianist Larry Fuller, bassist Martin Pizzarelli and drummer Tony Tedesco) and seven include the Swing Seven horns with arrangements by Don Sebesky.

The legendary guitarist/vocalist is no stranger to Ottawa (he was last here at the 2006 Ottawa Jazz Festival), but he has never before appeared in such an intimate environment.




Music By The Bay Live presents

David Gogo ***SOLD OUT***

The Waterfront, Pickering ON

Friday, April 20 @ 9 pm

David Gogo has garnered three Juno Nominations, the Saturday Night Blues’ Great Canadian Blues Award for a lifetime contribution to the blues in Canada, WCMA Musician of the Year, and has twice been named Maple Blues Guitarist of the Year. Over the years, he has performed with blues and rock legends B.B. King, Bo Diddley, George Thorogood, ZZ Top, and numerous others – most recently touring with Johnny Winter on Canada’s west coast. David Gogo is one of Canada’s hardest working blues-rock guitarists and multiple Award Winner who adds heart, soul and grit to the international blues scene.




Jimmy Bowskill Band

Picton Regent Theatre

Friday, April 20 @ 8 pm

Wilno Tavern

Saturday, April 21 @ 8 pm

Jimmy Bowskill was discovered by Jeff Healey at 12, he is the youngest Juno Nominee ever and, at 21, has 5 critically acclaimed releases under his belt. He toured last year opening for Jeff Beck and will be touring in support of his latest release.



Reverend Ernie Cox, The London Trio Plus and Don Cummings
Manotick United Church, 5567 Manotick Main Street, Manotick

Saturday, April 21 @ 7:30 pm; doors @ 6:30 pm; tickets $20, family pack $50 (2 adults, 2 kids under 14)

The Watson's Mill Board of Directors is pleased to announce the next concert in the continuing "Raise The Roof". These concerts are part of a co-operative fundraising effort to replace the Watson's Mill's roof.

This is the 7th concert in the series of “unplugged” concerts, extending what was originally announced as the 2011 four concert Watson’s Mill Summer Concert Series (though the summer of 2011 is now long gone).

Come one, come all to a great evening of music – the amazing gospel sounds of Reverend Ernie Cox will be accompanied by Don Cummings on organ, and the eight voices of the fabulous London Trio Plus. The Reverend Ernie Cox has been performing Black Gospel music for many years, both in Ottawa and beyond. He was the opening act for the Montreal Jubilation Gospel Choir at the Montreal Jazz Festival.

Refreshments included (beer & wine available for purchase)


(Thanks to Ottawa Folk Music Events for this info.)


The 15th edition of Virée Blues Boréale presents

Mike Goudreau & The Boppin Blues Band

Album Launch

Le Petit Chicago, 50, Promenade du Portage, Gatineau (Hull)

Wednesday, April 25 @ 8 pm

To celebrate 20 years of performing, writing and producing Blues, Mike Goudreau & The Boppin Blues Band will launch ''20 Years Of Bop & Blues'', a new CD that features 12 new original songs with Mike on vocals & guitar, Jonathan Boudreau on bass, Jean-François Bégin on drums, David Élias on tenor & baritone sax, Serge Arsenault on trombone and Maxime St-Pierre on trumpet. Swinging, Funky, New Orleans, Blues/Rock and even some Southern Soul & Gospel thrown in for good measure! The CD also features co-writer Lorrie Goodman on B3 organ and special guest Pierre Lacocque of Mississippi Heat from Chicago on harmonica!




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Ground Breaking Blues
Wrokstarz Club & Venue,75 Consumers Drive, Whitby ON
Thursday, April 26 @ 7pm
; tickets $100 (Available Online Only) http://www.musicbythebaylive.com

Music By The Bay Live and 94.9 The Rock are proud to present an evening of World Class Blues featuring The Maple Blues Revue. Also appearing will be Braithwaite & Whiteley performing their original presentation of The Underground Railroad and The Jack de Keyzer Band.
Standard Open Bar / Cocktail hors d'ouvres/ Silent Auction / Charitable Registration tax receipts
Proceeds will support the Habitat for Humanity Durham Centre Towne set to commence in May 2012, building homes in Oshawa for 24 families.
We need your help to provide a hand up … not a hand out. Habitat for Humanity; building homes, building hope.
Sponsorship Opportunities http://www.habitatdurham.com


Ross Neilsen

Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street

Friday, April 27 @ 9:30 pm; cover $10

Ross Neilsen and his new band will be playing at Irene’s on Friday, April 27. If you haven’t already seen this on Facebook, you need to check out his YOUTUBE series ‘The Great Bass Player Search’. To date, two episodes have been released … spoiler – Ross is really quite enamoured with Lips as of the end of Part Two. You’ll want to follow this on Ross’ website at http://www.rossneilsen.com to get a heads-up on who’ll be playing bass in the band Ross is bringing to Irene’s.

For those of you who don’t know Ross Neilsen … he’s been called Canada’s hardest working blues rock act. Taking strong, timeless material to the place that matters. The People. As of 2010, his totals stood at six years, over 1000 shows and half a million kilometers traveled. In a time of corporate cookie cutter music this is the return to real. Ross Neilsen is the real, old school kind of artist. Write. Tour. Record. Tour. Repeat.

He fronts his band, but also has a solo act and represented the Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival in the Solo/Duo category at the International Blues Challenge in February, putting on two great performances and advancing to the semi-final round. Then he headed to the Shack Up Inn in Clarksdale, Mississippi, where he recorded his upcoming solo CD, scheduled for release in the fall.

Whether telling tall tales or capturing the spirit of the blues through his own originals and unique covers in his intimate solo shows or combining clever lyrics with old school, in-your-face guitar playing with his band, Ross Neilsen will take you on an emotional journey through the joys and pains of life, death, triumph and defeat. Neilsen will touch your heart, soul, body and mind, sending you home to sing yourself to sleep. And in the morning? You will want more, much more.


Paul Reddick

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Friday, April 27 @ 10 pm

Since the early days of Charlie Patton, every generation of blues artists has added their special contribution to the art form. Paul Reddick is no exception. The innovative Reddick calls his music "Hard blues for modern times." Reddick is a superior harmonica player and a superb songwriter, often referred to as “Canada’s blues poet laureate”,



1st Annual Ottawa Grassroots Mini-Folk Festival

Royal Canadian (Montgomery) Legion, 330 Kent Street

Saturday, April 28; noon to 11 pm; tickets $25 advance, $30 at the door

The OGF festival will be an annual family-oriented celebration of folk music, dance and other participatory arts. The 1st Annual OGF has announced the following headliners and programming for its community-oriented celebration of music and dance: Rick Fines, Katherine Wheatley, Missy Burgess and many more.

The one-day festival will consist of a number of different components which will take place in various parts of the building. In the afternoon, the downstairs area will offer a diverse range of participatory activities, including a ukulele sing-along, contra dancing, yoga and a "playback" theatre performance.

At the same time, the hall upstairs will feature several respected and talented performers, including the wonderful singer-songwriter Ana Miura, along with Open Stage performance opportunities for children as well as adults. The Open Stage is a Spirit of Rasputin’s (SoR) presentation. All afternoon activities are FREE, with donations accepted for CKCU FM, Ottawa's long-running community radio station.

The evening concert will feature Ottawa's own Missy Burgess as the opener, celebrating her latest CD, "Play Me Sweet" followed by the award-winning, ever-popular singer-songwriters Rick Fines and
Katherine Wheatley.

Tickets for the Ottawa Grassroots Festival are on sale now at the Ottawa Folklore Centre (1111 Bank Street), and are also available through PayPal on the Ottawa Grassroots Festival website



Paul Deslauriers & Steve Strongman

Guitar Explosion

Cabaret La Basoche, 120 Principale Street, Gatineau

Saturday, April 28 @ 8 pm; Tickets: Adults $28, Seniors $25, Students $23

Guitar Explosion hits us hard! It's an acoustic concept born out of the electric version which has been most well received in every festival.

Guitar Explosion at the Montreal International Jazz Festival - YouTube





Music By the Bay Live presents

Paul James *** SOLD OUT ***

The Waterfront, Pickering ON

Friday, May 11

Paul James is a Canadian cultural icon and veteran entertainer. His talents as a guitarist, vocalist, band leader, stage acrobatic, and songwriter have allowed him to produce the music he loves for over three decades. Paul James is the recipient of two Toronto Music awards for Best Club Band & Best Blues Artist and in 1992 won the Juno Award for Best Roots and Traditional Music. In January 2012 Paul James was presented the lifetime achievement – Blues With A Feeling Award.

Show is SOLD OUT. Email Lori Murray at musicbythebaylive@rogers.com with your name & phone number along with the # of tickets needed & you will be notified if tickets become available.


Jack de Keyzer

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Saturday, May 12 @ 10 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 the Rainbow!



The 24th Street Wailers

Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street

Friday, May 25 @ 9:30 pm

Sponsored by the Toronto Blues Society, this band made a real impression at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, February 1-4. Their first performance on Wednesday at Wet Willie’s initiated a buzz that resulted in a full house for their second performance on Thursday; they closed out the First Great Canadian Polar Bear Blues Showcase in fine style on Thursday afternoon; they filled their venue to capacity for their appearance in the semi-finals on Friday night; and they were the only Canadian band asked to participate in the Kings of Beale Street competition on Saturday night. And they sold a whole lot of CDs.

Their 2011 release "Dirty Little Young’uns" debuted at number three in Canada and number eight overall on the Roots Music Report and was on the DAWG FM Top 20 charts for several months. It was the

featured “Blues Breaker of the Week” on Dan Aykroyd’s House of Blues Radio Hour. "This is just great, gritty, fun, live stuff!"...Dan Aykroyd

Following the success of “Dirty Little Young’uns”, they were in Halifax in early March to record their 2nd CD and on May 27 they’ll be at Irene’s for CD release party for their sophomore release, “Unshakeable”.

Check out this video for more on the new CD … http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i7FAGQGzs5Y&feature=plcp&context=C43ea970VDvjVQa1PpcFPgQXdqhhUVj01_Jz

The young musicians in this band all studied music at college so they know their stuff, but they also know how to entertain and can appeal to the younger demographic that is needed in our blues audience. The 24th Street Wailers will be delivering their patented incredible high energy and fun blues … this is a ‘DON’T MISS’ show!



Studebaker John

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Friday, May 25 @ 10 pm

Studebaker John Grimaldi was born in an Italian-American section of Chicago and started playing harmonica at age 7. Under the spell of music he heard on Maxwell Street, Chicago’s famed blues melting pot, Grimaldi began performing as Studebaker John and the Hawks in the ‘70s. The band name referenced the Studebaker Hawk, a car Grimaldi still owns today, and was also intended as a tribute to his friend, J.B. Hutto and the Hawks. John began playing guitar after a life-changing experience of seeing Hound Dog Taylor and the Houserockers perform. “…Hound Dog started playing, hitting notes that sent chills up and down my spine. He was versatile and powerful and would play rhythm as well as leads. I left there knowing what I wanted to do. I had to play slide guitar.”

As a songwriter and musician, Studebaker John has emerged as a major creative force in the world of the blues today. Ahead of the pack, with vision and foresight, creating a new standard and landscape for this music’s future… with John at the wheel, the future is now!



Tad Robinson

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Friday, June 1 @ 10 pm

If you were fortunate to witness 7-time W.C. Handy/Blues Music Award nominee Tad Robinson’s performance at the 2011 Blues Music Awards, you’d understand why Tad stands shoulder to shoulder with the best Soul / Blues vocalists on the planet. Backed by the Severn House Band, and displaying grit and just the right amount of tenderness, Tad wrung all the emotion possible out of three numbers including a moving tribute to the late Solomon Burke, (‘I’m Leavin’’ from Burke’s last release “Nothing’s Impossible”), and heart-stopping rendition of the BMA nominated ‘Rained All Night’ (Song of the Year).

If you missed his performance at the Blues Music Awards, you can make up for it – Tad Robinson will be at the Rainbow on Friday, June 1, on his way to headline the Waterfront Blues Festival in Toronto the following day. This is a ‘DON’T MISS’ show!

For more information please visit Tad’s website, http://www.tadrobinson.com.

(Thanks to Rico Ferrara for the info!)


Victor Nesrallah & Mark Crissinger

Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street

Friday, June 1 @ 9:30 pm

A major part of the Ottawa music scene for many years, musician, composer and producer Victor Nesrallah has been active as a performing songwriter, appearing at festivals, concert stages and club venues throughout eastern Canada. An award winning songwriter, his compositions have been acclaimed as “finely tuned songs”, praised for their originality and hard-hitting message. A multi-instrumentalist with a fluid and resonant vocal style, Victor draws from the roots to inspire his engaging and energy packed live performances.

In 2011, singer-songwriter-guitarist Mark Crissinger played over a hundred shows on Vancouver Island.
He has been playing in pubs and clubs festivals and fairs since 1987 and continues to tour BC, Alberta, Ontario & Quebec each year. His one-man show combines acoustic & electric guitars with soulful vocals and harmonica solos. He performs music from his original CDs plus plenty of folk-rock, blues and pub favourites. A few road stories and 25 years of showmanship make for a fun, upbeat & dynamic night of music.





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. For $3, you just can’t beat it.

May 5 – Wicked Grin (Ottawa)

June 2 – Firebelly (Ottawa)


Miss Emily

Spring Residency

Brandee's, 178 Ontario Street, Kingston ON

Fridays - April 6, 13 & 27; May 4 & 11

All shows are no cover, start at 10 pm and feature special opening guests:


Blues Night at the RCHA

The Standeasy @ the RCHA Club, 193 Ontario Street

Thursdays in April @ 8:30 pm; No Cover

April 5 Richard Burgman and Lisa V.

April 12 The Torres Project

April 19 Taras and Vermette

April 26 Sonny Slide Maddams


Kingston Blues Society 6th Anniversary Show

with MonkeyJunk

2012 Juno Award Winners – the Hottest Blues Band in this country and everywhere else

Call now to reserve your tickets at the special advance price ($20 only for KBS members and only until May 12; after that date ticket price will be $25)

613 384-8168 for tickets and details

Notice to all KBS members – this is the hottest band anywhere right now – their schedule is packed for the next year or more – the only reason we were able to get them in for a show was because they are friends of ours and had promised to do a show for us in the future – well the future is Friday June 8th.

Call and reserve your tickets now – yes, you can call and reserve the tickets – in fact - it is the only way you will get them at the special price of $20 – so call now and make sure you don’t miss this band and what is sure to be one of the best shows we have ever presented.

For more info, please contact Kingston Blues Society





KBS Monthly Jam

The Standeasy

RCHA Club, 193 Ontario Street, Kingston ON

Saturday, April 21 @ 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, April 15 – Upcoming Blues in Ottawa

Next week, April 22 – More New Blues


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, April 11: Blue Notes’ European Tour: Recordings from the Blue Notes’ European tour of 1979, made in Belgium and Holland. Musicians include Johnny Dyani, Chris McGregor, Louis Moholo-Moholo, Dudu Pukwana and Frank Wright.

Next week, April 18: Ken Colyer: English trumpeter Ken Colyer was born on this day in 1928, and died just before his sixtieth birthday. We’ll listen to a number of his influential New Orleans style recordings made between 1953 and 1972.


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!




Canada Live, Radio Two, Monday to Friday, 7pm
Friday, April 13
concert 1: Matt Andersen and Del Barber
, recorded at the Maurice Young Millennium Place in Whistler, B.C
Matt Andersen and Del Barber are singers, songwriters, and musicians, but most of all they are entertainers. Both attract loyal audiences across the country, and both are nice guys! Last fall, they decided to join forces and tour together, and what came of it was a fabulous, lively and highly entertaining night of music and storytelling. This sold out show at Whistler's Maurice Young Millennium Place proves that Matt Andersen and Del Barber are both absolutely the real thing and not to be missed.

Thanks to Derek Andrews for posting Canada Live listings every week. Derek says, “Enjoy it while we still have a Radio Two and this show. With $115 million cut from the CBC budget, some things will surely be changed....”

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





Friday, April 20

The FunKtion @ the Rainbow, 10 pm

Saturday, April 21

River City Junction @ Fatboys Southern Smokehouse, 9:30 pm

Sunday, April 22

Wicked Grin hosts the Open Jam @ the Rainbow, 3-7 pm

Sherri Harding & the Heat @ the Atomic Rooster, 6-9 pm

Sunday, April 29

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

Big Chill @ the Atomic Rooster, 6-9 pm

Friday, May 4

Jesse Greene Band @ Irene’s, 9:30 pm

Saturday, May 5

Swing ‘n’ Soul with Rocket Rached & the Fat City 8 and Soul Obsession @ Greenfield’s Pub

Loudlove @ the Rainbow, 10 pm

Sunday, May 6

Firebelly hosts the Open Jam @ the Rainbow, 3-7 pm

Sunday, May 13

Maria Hawkins hosts the Open Jam @ the Rainbow, 3-7 pm

Sunday, May 20

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

Friday, May 25

The Kingmakers @ the Elmdale House, 9:30 pm

Sunday, May 27

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

Friday, June 1

Victor Nesrallah & Mark Crissinger @ Irene’s, 9:30 pm

Sunday, June 3

Wicked Grin hosts the Open Jam @ the Rainbow, 3-7 pm

Friday, June 8

JW-Jones @ the Rainbow, 10 pm

Saturday, June 9

Slim Moore & The Mar-Kays & The Marlow Beat Kings @ the Elmdale House, 9:30 pm

Sunday, June 10

Maria Hawkins hosts the Open Jam @ the Rainbow, 3-7 pm

Friday, June 15

The Terry Gillespie Trio @ Irene’s, 9:30 pm

Sunday, June 17

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

Sunday, June 24

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



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