15 October 2012

Ottawa Blues This Week - 15 October 2012

CKCU Jazz DJ Ron Sweetman explains below how important CKCU is to our community. 
Please consider offering financial support to this station if you can.

Dear Jazz Fan,
CKCU-FM is a remarkable and unique institution; starting thirty-seven years ago as a campus radio station, it saw and accepted the challenge of the needs of the diverse communities who live in Canada's National Capital Region, and today, as a campus/community station, it broadcasts not only in English but in fourteen other languages spoken in the region. I also believe that our quality of programming in blues, classical, country, dance, jazz and world music is unsurpassed by any other Canadian radio station.
We are listener-supported radio; this means we receive no subsidies whatsoever from any level of government [federal, provincial or municipal] and can only survive because of your contributions and our volunteers' dedication.
I am writing to ask if you would consider sponsoring one hour of alternative/community radio at CKCU-FM 93.1 in Ottawa. CKCU provides at least six unique and valuable services to the community:
We present a whole range of alternative music that you'll never find on commercial radio, presented by people with passion and authority. Our jazz, blues, dance, world, country and classical music programs cover the whole history of these musics, are presented by acknowledged experts in each area, and reject the superficial fashion-conscious “Top 40” approach you’ll hear on the region’s commercial stations.
We provide a voice and a community billboard for many of the communities that make up our population; we have regular Cree, Creole, Farsi, French, German, Hindi, Inuktitut, Mandarin, Pashto, Serbian, Spanish, Tagalog, Urdu & Vietnamese programming.
We give an independent and diverse point of view on political and community affairs. We are not owned by a large profit-oriented corporation or a government, and our volunteers and our Board reflect the diverse opinions and viewpoints of the communities they come from.
We bring you the renowned BBC World news four times every weekday, respected internationally for its independence and broad coverage.
We support local musicians by publicizing their gigs and airing their CDs. You don’t have to be a big name to get heard on CKCU.
We keep you informed of upcoming jazz and blues concerts that you might otherwise miss, by mentioning them on our programs and playing upcoming artists.
As a former Treasurer and Chairman of the Board, I can assure you that CKCU has a bare-bones budget. Because most of us are volunteers, we are able to bring you world-class radio at a cost of a little over $50.00 per hour!  We have three revenue sources:
     A voluntary levy paid by the students of Carleton University
     Income from organizations who sponsor particular programs
     The community of listeners and musicians [You!]
Our community Funding Drive runs this year from Friday October 19 until Sunday November 4. Our target for 2012 is $120,000. You can Dial and Donate at 613-520-3920 or 1-877-520-3920. You can complete a Pre-Pledge form. You can pledge by E-mail at www.ckcufm.com. However you pledge, you will receive a tax receipt for donations over $25.00, as we are a registered educational charity.
My show "In A Mellow Tone" airs every Wednesday from 9-11 pm in Ottawa [and around the world on the Internet at http://www.ckcufm.com]. When you pledge, please mention “In A Mellow Tone” if you want to support my program specifically.
Please see if you can sponsor just one hour of alternative/community radio. It's your community and your radio station and will cost you a tax-free $50.00. [Less than one dollar a week for 24/7 quality entertainment!].

With my sincere thanks for anything you can do,
Ron Sweetman
(CKCU Volunteer since 1976)
            opening – The Royal Condition
Rainbow, 76 Murray Street
Wednesday, October 17; opening act @ 7 pm; cover $10

Live from New York, Hugh Pool and John Ragusa, performing as Mulebone, will be in town from New York to offer an evening of unique American roots and blues music, on Wednesday, October 17. The show will start at 8 pm sharp.
Opening for Mulebone will be the Ottawa cover band, the Royal Condition, who will start their performance at 7 pm.

Mulebone is a partnership comprised of roots blues specialist and lead singer Hugh Pool, playing guitar, harmonica, boot board and vocals, and multi-instrumentalist John Ragusa who plays all manner of flutes, penny whistle, harmonica, cornet, conch shell, Jew’s harp, pocket trumpet, the didgeridoo and chimes in on harmony vocals.
Hugh has played his brand of blues in clubs and festivals in and around the New York City area for many years, and as well has toured through the United States, Canada, Europe and the Far East. John Ragusa performs an original and compelling mix of jazz, roots, blues, latin and world music, as a soloist and with a band, in New York City and around the world.
Drew Nelson Band
Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street
Friday, October 19

The Amazing Drew Nelson Band will be performing at Irene's Pub on Friday, October 19. This is a rare opportunity to observe this reclusive six piece band in their native habitat.
6th Annual Babes4Breasts Live Benefit Concert
Saint Brigid’s Centre for the Arts, 310 St. Patrick Street
Saturday, October 20 @ 8 pm (doors 7:30 pm); tickets $20 advance, $27 at the door

Featuring Ana Miura, Suzie Vinnick, Robyn Dell’Unto, Ann Vriend, Amanda Rheaume.

Babes4Breasts (B4B) is a group of like-minded recording artists who have come together to raise money and awareness for the prevention and treatment of breast cancer. 

The highest calling for an artist is to share their interpretation of the human condition - whether through music or any other art form.  Babes4Breasts, is the coming together of artists to share their art form with people in an environment that raises awareness and money for the prevention and treatment of breast cancer – through traditional and non-traditional modalities.  

Anchored by the popular annual benefit concert, B4B has fundraised for a variety of Breast Cancer related charities including the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation, Queensway Carleton Hospital’s Shirley E. Greenberg Breast Imaging Suite, The Canadian Breast Cancer Society and the Canadian Cancer Society.  Over the years with the help of many talented, female musicians B4B has donated over $50,000!
The Ottawa Rock ‘n’ Roll Reunion     ***SOLD OUT***
“Chaudière” ‘Rose Room’, Château Cartier Hotel, Aylmer Road, Gatineau QC
Sunday, October 21; 3-11 pm; tickets $35 plus surcharges

Decades-old Ottawa bands rock the Rose Room!  Throughout the mid- to late-1960s, Ottawa had more regularly performing groups and artists releasing studio records per capita than any other place in Canada.  
Featured artists include: Huey Scott and his All Star Band; Jan Purcell & Pine Road; Lemon Creek Bridge & The Untamed; The Darnels; Octavian; Heaven's Radio (Terry Gillespie, Vince Halfhide, Corkey Kealey, Jody Golick, special guests); Frank Morrison of the Townsmen with special guests.

Net proceeds from Capital Rock ‘n’ Roll Reunion will go to the Max Keeping Foundation.
Blues On Tues
The Granary Beizli, 3270 County Rd 10, Vankleek Hill ON
Tuesday, October 16; 7-10 pm; $10
This week, featuring a 9 piece band... Vince Halfhide, Corky Kealey, Jody Golick, Lyndell Montgomery and Wayne Stoute....Rock n Roll / Blues on Tues!
Music By The Bay Live
Small Club BIG SHOW Concert Series presents
East Meets Vest – David Vest                           ***SOLD OUT**
The Waterfront; 590 Liverpool Road Pickering
Friday October 19; tickets $35
To get on the waiting list for this show:
Email musicbythebaylive@rogers.com including your name & phone number along with the number of tickets needed; you will be notified if tickets become available.

David Vest is the real thing, raised in Birmingham, Alabama and the juke joints all along the Gulf Coast. He`s played with Big Joe Turner in the early ‘60s, toured with Jimmie ‘T99’ Nelson, Lavalle White and co-lead the legendary Paul deLay Band.

When he moved north of the 49th parallel, he entered the Canadian blues scene like a piano falling from the sky with incendiary performances at Edmonton and Calgary blues festivals. Making his home in Victoria B.C., he was enlisted by Bill Johnson to play on the Juno and Maple Blues Award nominated recording “Still Blue”. In early 2012, he was touring Ontario as a Maple Blues Award nominee and recording his first all-Canadian album.

What came together in Toronto on Mardi Gras Day 2012 wasn’t just history, it was magic. The ‘East Meets Vest’ tour began in July at the Tremblant International Blues Festival and will continue wherever the road might lead. 
Featuring: Teddy Leonard (Fathead), Mike Fitzpatrick (Downchild), Gary Kendall (Downchild).
Night of Blues for Kid Ramos (in memory of Nick Curran) Ottawa
Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street
Monday, November 12 @ 8 pm; FREE ADMISSION

On October 6, 2012 we lost Blues giant Nick Curran (age 35) to Cancer and now it has come to our attention that another blues great, Kid Ramos, has recently been diagnosed with the disease. Cancer treatment in the U.S. is not cheap and we would like to show Kid our appreciation for his influence and talent. A benefit will be held for Kid Ramos at Irene's, Monday November 12. Many of Ottawa’s best blues players will be out sharing the stage trying to raise money for this great cause. FREE ADMISSION!

There are other events happening for the same cause on the same night across Canada. Halifax is the inspiration for this event and many other cities are beginning to follow suit. It is awesome to see Canada's supportive blues community come together and help out a VERY deserving U.S. artist!

The artist Line-up is still in the works, but we have confirmed:
J.W. Jones
Don Cummings
Scotty Doubt
Buck Tingley
The Fat City 8
… and many more to come!!
Al Wood Duo
Big Easy’s Seafood & Steakhouse, 228 Preston Street
Each week on Mondays – 7-10 pm

Live blues from 7 – 10 pm with the Al Wood Duo (Al Wood & Simon Meilleur), a new $10/item tapas menu (main menu will be limited), awesome desserts! and lots of good times.
John Carroll
Chateau Lafayette (The Laff), 42 York Street
Wednesdays, 10 pm
Groovy’s Swinging Thang on Thursdays
Groovy’s Roti Hut, 292 McArthur Avenue
Each week on Thursdays – 6-9 pm

These cats sound good, look good and are about the coolest gig you could pick on a Thursday night. C’mon over, y'all, and get your southern fix right here in Ottawa's East End, every Thursday.
With Brian Downey drums, Winston Groovy Wilson on T bone, Maren Molthan vocals, Brent Weatherall guitar/bass, Kenny Kannwisher upright bass, Sean Duhaime guitar.
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:  
            October 18 – Scott Amey
            October 25 – Eric Walker
            November 1 – Bill Barnes
            November 8 – Don Cummings
            November 15 – Geoff Johnson
            November 22 – Parker Estabrooks

Atomic Rooster, 303 Bank Street (at MacLaren)
Once a month on Saturday, 3-6 pm – next show November

Firebelly is Mathieu Gagnon on harmonica, Fredy Carriere on guitar, Dan Grewal on bass and Mike McNeil on drums.  Firebelly will be representing the Ottawa Blues Society in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis TN, January 29-February 2, 2012.
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.
Blues and jazz jam at GigSpace
Alcorn Music Studios, 953 Gladstone Avenue
4th Thursday each month @ 8 pm
            $5 donation kindly encouraged

With Tim Bedner - seven-string guitar; David Pontello – drums; Mark Alcorn - bass
A jazz and blues jam on the fourth Thursday of each month: bring your instrument and sit in on some tunes you enjoy playing, or hang out and listen!

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.
Paul Reddick
            With the Weber Brothers
Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street
Friday, October 26 @ 9:30 pm

Singer, songwriter, blues guitarist and harmonica player extraordinaire, Paul Reddick has a passion for roots music. He is amazing on his own but now plays regularly with the Weber Brothers.  This band recently won the Toronto Blues Society’s band competition and will represent the TBS at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis TN, January 29 – February 2, 2013.
Lots of great performance clips on YOUTUBE.
Firebelly Trio House Concert
Alison's home in Centretown
Sunday, October 28 @ 2 pm
Tickets are $25, payable in advance by PayPal (to alottawa@gmail.com) or other arrangement with Alison. (Log in to PayPal, click on Send Money, then Personal, then Gift.) All money collected will go to the musicians.

Firebelly will be representing Ottawa at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN, January 29-February 2, 2013. They have been gaining fans at gigs in local bars as well as performances at Calobogie Peaks Resort and Conference Centre and the Mont Tremblant International Blues Festival. This is your opportunity to see, hear and meet them in an informal and intimate setting.

Firebelly is a relatively new band dedicated to fostering Blues & Roots music into the future, while respecting its rich traditions. Its members are fueled by a collective passion to make great music. The music of these four gifted improvisers is pure, raw & spontaneous & no song is ever played exactly the same way twice. Firebelly’s fresh sound is also infused with diverse elements of Funk, Swing, Folk, Zydeco, Roots and Country, resulting in a rich & unique blend that energizes the spirit & soothes the soul!

Firebelly is: Fredy Carriere, guitar and vocals; Mathieu Gagnon, harmonica and vocals; Daniel Grewal, bass; and, Mike McNeill, drums.  This will be an acoustic event, without drums.

Soft drinks, coffee and light snacks will be provided. Contributions of snacks are welcomed, but do not feel obligated to bring anything other than yourself and any alcoholic beverages you wish to consume. Seating is limited! Music will start at 2:30 and there will be an intermission.
The 24th Street Wailers
Rainbow, 76 Murray Street
Sunday, November 4

The Wailers spent the summer on a very amazing 2 month Canada-wide tour and report “… we are happy to have met so many wonderful people!  We are also excited to have experienced so many different parts of our beautiful country!  Canada truly is an amazing place.  Thank you to everyone who came to our shows and to the new fans we have made along the way!  It was a pleasure to meet you and we will definitely see you again soon!”

They’re gearing up to record their very first LIVE record … at Halifax’s Home of The Blues, Bearly’s, in November. Pre-Sale for their Live at Bearlys recording is online!  It’s easy to contribute, with a variety of fun options and new merchandise to choose from!
Sue Foley & Peter Karp
Black Sheep Inn, Wakefield QC
Thursday, November 8 @ 8:30 pm; tickets $20 advance (plus surcharges)

On the heels of Blind Pig recording artists Peter Karp and Sue Foley's 2010 critically acclaimed and artistically daring collaboration "He Said - She Said" comes their next exciting CD: "Beyond The Crossroads." A high voltage, plank spankin', piano boogyin', slide guitar stompin' blues-rockin' CD that showcases 12 brilliantly crafted and unique original compositions that have become the trademark of these two noted singer-songwriter guitarists.

"Beyond The Crossroads" is a loud celebration of triumph over tragedy, optimism over despair and faith over hopelessness. It delivers on the promise of their groundbreaking, critically acclaimed 2010 song-cycle, "He Said - She Said": an inspired and compelling anthology of original songs, adapted from long distance letters and e-mails the two shared over a particularly difficult and dark period in their lives.

"Beyond The Crossroads" marks the newest chapter in the Karp-Foley collaboration. Recorded in the US and Canada it features their road band, Mike Catapano on drums and Niles Terrat on bass, as well as some old friends and bandmates.

"Beyond The Crossroads is a natural extension of what we started with "He Said - She Said" but it's not based on a concept or correspondence. This time around around we were just focused on writing great songs with common themes. Positivity, renewal, absolution." says Foley.

 "These times are trying - in the heart and in the streets. Restless winds are blowing. It's personal not business. Now is the time to fire up the amps and blow heat." quips Karp.
ZZ Top
NAC, Southam Hall, 53 Elgin Street
Thursday, November 8; tickets $69.50 to $99.50 plus service charges

The greatest beards in rock ‘n’ roll, otherwise known as ZZ Top, will be in Ottawa on November 8.  The Texas trio of Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill and the appropriately-named Frank Beard, all members of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame, will play Southam Hall in the NAC.  ZZ Top are touring In support of their first album in 9 years, “La Futura”. 
NAC Presents
Blackie & the Rodeo Kings
Kings & Queens
          with Special Appearances by Matt Andersen, Amy Helm, Mary Margaret O'Hara
          with guests Harlan Pepper
NAC, Southam Hall, 53 Elgin Street
Friday, November 9 @ 8 pm; tickets from $37

Blackie and The Rodeo Kings has organically evolved into one of the finest roots-oriented bands in North America, having released six CDs and evolved a feeling of brotherhood manifested in a sense of groove, timbral blend and melodic and rhythmic play that is distinctive, mystical, energizing and constantly evocative.  Blackie and the Rodeo Kings remain one of Canada’s greatest musical treasures.

The Kings & Queens concert pairs the band with some of their favourite female singers and friends. The idea for Kings & Queens was hatched in a rental van at the end of a Rodeo Kings tour. Late one night, on a long drive between Somewhere and Somewhere-else, the band began talking about the various female artists they have had the privilege of working with over the years. What began with a page torn out of a notebook and a lot of interjections like “Hey, what about…” and “Wouldn’t it be great to work with …” has transformed into a whole album featuring these legendary and iconic female voices; one on each of 14 stellar tracks.
Calabogie Blues & Ribfest Present
“Class Axe Guitars Calabogie Blues Weekend”
Calabogie Peaks Resort, Calabogie ON
Friday & Saturday, November 9 & 10

With such overwhelming response from the 2012 Class Axe Guitars Calabogie Blues & Ribfest, the team at 101.9 DAWG FM and Calabogie Peaks Resort are proud to present “Calabogie Blues Weekend”.  On November 10th, 2012, blues fans and bands alike will gather at Calabogie Peaks Resort for a night of good music, good food, and good times.
Playing on the night of November 10, Calabogie Blues Weekend welcomes Dawn Tyler Watson & Paul Deslauriers.  Watson is a multiple nominee of Canadian Maple Blues Awards in numerous categories including Best New Artist and Entertainer of the Year.  Deslauriers is also a nominee of a prestigious Maple Blues Award, and winner of the Lys Blues Award for Best Artistic Performance in 2011.
Frank Torres, President of 101.9 DAWG FM says, “This will be the first in a series of blues events at Calabogie Peaks, which include a stay at the resort, an intimate blues performance and much more.  The series will culminate with our annual blues and ribfest in August.  Out festival goers told us they wanted more blues, so that’s what they get!”
After building a solid partnership at the 2011 and 2012 Blues & Ribfests, the Calabogie Blues Weekend welcomes Class Axe Guitars as the title sponsor of the event.  And in following tradition of the summer festival, Steam Whistle Pilsner is proudly joining as beer sponsor of the November 10th Calabogie Blues Weekend.

FOR TICKETS, PLEASE CALL 1-800-669-4861 OR VISIT calabogieblues.com
Three Times Lucky
CD Release “Down To Texas”
Black Sheep Inn, Wakefield, QC
Sunday, November 11 @ 4 pm; $10; all ages show, kids 12 & under free

Three Times Lucky, formed in 2009, are a group of experienced Ottawa area musicians who play original blues-based rock music, along with a healthy dose of traditional and newer blues/roots music, including some classics by Sonny Boy Williamson II (Rice Miller), Muddy Waters, Hudson Whittaker (Tampa Red), Jimmy Reed and Delbert McClinton, although they are not averse to slipping into a Chuck Berry rocker, a Stones tune, a Steve Earle ballad or even adding a bit of a backbeat to a Hank William’s classic like ‘Mind Your Own Business’.

To write, record and perform our original Canadian Rockin' Blues Roots music, hoping to entertain listeners at live venues and on digital media, while maybe at the same time having our music connect and resonate with people and their own individual life experiences.
To relay our own heartfelt and sometimes humorous observations on current and past socio-political issues of Pan-Canadian and Trans-Global concern.
OR... maybe just have a good time playing the Blues.
River City Junction
            CD release
Opening – The Damn Truth
Rainbow, 76 Murray Street
Friday, November 16

River City Junction is a Canadian Blues-Rock power trio steeped long in the tradition of Blues & Classic Rock. A rich blend of old school Chicago Blues, Funk, Motown & Classic Rock, their music forms a very potent sonic cocktail that is raw, organic & uplifting.

When we first started playing so many years ago, we were all enamoured with the idea of being musicians – being in a band. Although we couldn't have known then how far it would go or where we would end up, I'm not sure any of us understood what it is to be a musician as we do now. Music brings us great joy and we've realized over the years that it does so for all of us. It brings us together and dispels the illusion of differences, leaving behind only commonality and unity. It heals, it inspires. It instils hope and faith. It can & has lead many of us through the darkest of times and delivered us up to the light. These realizations have come to mean more than anything to us. We've come to realize that our legacy is not just how many songs or records we leave behind, but how many smiles as well. We've come to realize that our part is only a small one in a much bigger picture. We've come to realize that making someone happy even if just for a short time makes life better for all of us. We've come to realize that we do what we do because we love life, and we love music. And because making you happy makes us happy.
Music By The Bay Live
Small Club BIG SHOW Concert Series
Colin Linden
Upstairs at The Waterfront; 590 Liverpool Road, Pickering
Friday, November 16 @ 9 pm; Tickets: $45, available at The Waterfront or online

Music By The Bay Live 30th show celebration with the man who started it all!
He was eleven years old when he met blues legend Howlin' Wolf from Chicago. The massive fellow took lovingly care of the kid and told him to listen to the music of Charlie Patton and Son House, if he wanted to play the blues himself.  Many years later, in 1999, the Linden-produced “Tribute To Howlin' Wolf“ album was nominated for a Grammy award. On his new CrossCut album, “Still Live“ Colin dedicates a song to the man who had an important effect on him.

Colin Linden is a larger-than-life blues and roots personality, particularly in Canada. A couple of years ago, the Toronto-born artist moved to Nashville, Tennessee, where he's feeling on top of the world because he can hear great roots music at every street corner.

Along with Joe Henry and T-Bone Burnett, Colin Linden must be regarded one of today's prominent roots and blues producers. Colin has produced round about 100 albums, projects for The Band, Colin James, Janiva Magness, Bruce Cockburn and others.  Most of all, he's an accomplished, stylish slide guitar virtuoso, playing on more than three hundred releases. He played some of the music in the Coen Brothers film 'O Brother, Where Art Thou'.

He's a musician's musician, performing in a class of his own, often compared with contemporaries like Ry Cooder or David Lindley. Colin is a talented songwriter and a first-rate slide guitar player with a deep, mellow tone. His picking technique is exceptional and sophisticated with unexpected twists and tunings and considered one of the finest slide guitar players, worldwide!

Lori & Paul Murray
Music By The Bay Live
Savoy Brown featuring Kim Simmonds
Cobourg Legion, 136 Orr Street, Cobourg ON
Friday, November 16; tickets $45

British Blues Legends Savoy Brown featuring Kim Simmonds.
David Gogo
Neat Coffee Shop, 1715 Calabogie Road, Burnstown, ON
Friday, November 16; tickets $25

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street
Saturday, November 17 @ 10 pm

David Gogo is one of Canada's hardest working blues-rock guitarists, and he has a string of remarkable accomplishments to show for it. 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.  His 11th release, “Soul Bender”, is adding even more acclaim to an already impressive list and in September picked up the Western Canadian Music Award for Blues Album of the Year.

Soul Bender features outstanding new tracks; some Gogo originals and a few covers that run the gamut of sources and styles (Procol Harum, Elmore James, The Doors, Michael Jackson) but infused with a Gogo twist.  The album was recorded by Rick Salt at Lois Lane Studios, where five of Gogo's previous albums have been recorded.  Every effort was made to capture the feel of Gogo's incredible live shows, and the result showcases Gogo's best guitar and vocal performances ever!  Soul Bender is a sizzling, hard-rocking blues album that is filled with heavy grooves, grit and emotion.

Gogo continues to tour relentlessly, bringing his cutthroat wit and virtuosic blues guitar playing to festivals and headline performances across Canada and the US this summer.  He will continue his blistering tour schedule across Canada and the Europe in the second half of 2012.
Kim Simmonds & Savoy Brown
            Opening – The 24th Street Wailers
Constance Bay Community Centre, Constance Bay ON
Saturday, November 17; doors @ 7 pm, show starts @ 8 pm; tickets $70

Cash bar, food available. 
For tickets, please contact Mike Oatway mikeoatway@hotmail.com
NAC Presents
NAC 4th Stage, 53 Elgin Street
Thursday, November 22 @ 7:30 pm

Dirty. Sweaty. Fun. catl is a Toronto-based, super high energy, rhythm and blues trio who’s main motive is to get you movin’ and grindin’ on the dance floor.

Influenced by Mississippi Delta blues musicians such as Fred McDowell, Charlie Patton and Son House, catl's sound is pure floor-stomping juke-joint blues.

For over three years catl has packed the Dakota Tavern (Toronto) each month, with loyal fans lining up outside for the chance to wriggle and shake on the dance floor. From their humble beginnings as a house-party band, catl went on to win the 2009 Toronto Blues Society Talent Search, paving the way for them to play other festivals such as the South Side Shuffle, the Kitchener Blues Fest and a prime spot on an outdoor main-stage at the Montreal International Jazz Festival in 2011.

Having opened for acts such as The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Heavy Trash, Andre Williams, The Sadies, and Detroit garage-rockers The Gories – catl still jump at the chance to play their stripped-down sound at house parties and parking lots, doing what they love most: having fun and making people dance.  In April of 2012, catl released their 3rd full length record, "Soon this will all be gone" to critical acclaim.
Ross Neilsen Band
Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street
Friday, November 30 @ 9:30 pm

On September 20, inveterate touring musician, Ross Neilsen headed out on another cross-Canada road trip with his band – something of a fall tradition with Ross.  This trip will introduce new bass player, Jamie Guitar. 
Ross’ new solo CD, “The Shack Up Sessions” is now available. This album was recorded in a shack just outside Clarksdale MS over a couple days in February 2012.
          - 2012/13 SEASON LINE-UP
Celebrating its 8th year BOTR has become one of the premier Blues Series in the country. The combination of a delicious buffet dinner and dancing to some of Canada’s best blues bands in the friendly, intimate setting of The Cove has proven to be a real winner. Proceeds from every show go to support different local charities. $38,000 has been raised since the Series started and another $7,000 is expected this year.

It’s another great Line-Up for 2012/13 – a combination of the most popular acts who’ve played the Series previously and some exciting new talent.  The 2012/13 Season starts October 26 and will continue once a month until May (excluding December). There will be a total of 11 shows this year – two-night stands (Friday & Saturday) and singles (Friday only). Most occur on the third weekend of the month. Times are the same for all shows – 7 to 11 pm. Despite increased costs the ticket price will remain the same as last year - $60 which includes a full course buffet dinner, dancing and a donation to the charity.

From Vankleek Hill, ON - a very talented singer/songwriter/guitarist Terry learned the Blues growing up in Detroit watching greats like Howlin' Wolf, Buddy Guy and John Lee Hooker perform. He moved to Ottawa in 1968 and helped establish the Blues scene there with his great band “Heaven’s Radio”. His hot trio now consists of him on guitar and vocals with Wayne Stoute on drums and Lyndell Montgomery on bass - they were semi-finalists at the 2012 Memphis International Blues Challenge. Keyboardist Peter Measroch will join them for this show.
Proceeds to The Lucy Drysdale Memorial Scholarship Fund

November 16 & 17 - FATHEAD
From Toronto - one of Canada's best loved Blues bands for over 20 years led by harmonica/sax player/singer Al Lerman and the great John Mays on lead vocals with Teddy Leonard on guitar, Omar Tunnoch on bass, and Bucky Berger on drums. This band has won 2 Juno Awards & multiple Maple Blues Awards over its career and every player has won a Maple Blues Award in their instrument category at least once. A superb blend of blues R&B, funk and soul.
Proceeds to Friends Of Foley Mountain & Westport Food Bank

From Cambridge, ON - an incredible young guitarist/singer/songwriter (only 19 years old!) with a very tight band who has already played prestigious events like the Montreal International Festival de Jazz and the International Blues Challenge in Memphis to standing ovations. He has a great new album out full of original songs. A rising young star on the Canadian Blues scene. It’s his first visit to BOTR at The Cove.
Proceeds to Rideau Waterway Land Trust

February 15 & 16 - THE HOGTOWN ALLSTARS
From Toronto - 6 players from two of Canada's most famous Blues bands – DOWNCHILD & FATHEAD - wow! Chuck Jackson (vocals & harp), Teddy Leonard (guitar), Michael Fonfara (keyboards), Pat Carey (sax), Gary Kendall (bass) and Mike Fitzpatrick (drums). Both bands have won Junos and everyone in the band has won a Maple Blues Award in their instrument category at last once. Are you ready for some Big Time Blues?
Proceeds to Rideau Vista & St. Edwards Elementary Schools

March 15 & 16 - JACK DE KEYZER BAND
From Toronto - Canada's "King Of The Blues" - singer/songwriter and guitarist extraordinaire.  A 2X Juno Award & 7X Maple Blues Award winner. "The finest Blues guitarist in Canada" according to the late, great Jeff Healey. This is Jack’s 4th visit to The Cove and he always rips it up. One of the most popular acts to ever play the Series.
Proceeds to Easter Seals Eastern Ontario & Habitat For Humanity

From Toronto - A Blues Superduo with multiple Maple Blues Award winning singer/songwriter and harp player David Rotundo along with Juno award winning singer/songwriter piano player Julian Fauth. Their show at BOTR last April was so good we just had to have them back! High energy “tear the house down” Blues from two of the best. 
Proceeds to Westport In Bloom & Westport Library

From Toronto - a dynamite vocalist and 3X Maple Blues Award nominee Robin sings Blues, Soul and R&B equally well with passion, power and clarity. Over the years she’s lived in Chicago, Memphis and Texas playing alongside Blues greats like Sam Myers, Willie ‘Big Eyes’ Smith and Junior Watson. Now she’s back in Toronto and about to do a new album produced by Duke Robillard who has stated that "Robin Banks has got soul, class and most of all, good taste".
Proceeds to Rideau District Museum

DINNER & SHOW $60; advance reservations required 
1-888-COVE-INN or (613) 273-3636
Well-priced accommodation is available at the cove and nearby B&Bs.
More information including links to artists’ websites, YOUTUBE & song samples from each of them can all be found at www.choosetheblues.ca
Johnny Max Band
Wednesday, October 31 @ Le Petit Chicago

Ria Reece Band
Wednesday, November 14 @ Le Troquet

Rocket Rached & the Fat City &
Wednesday, November 28 @ Le Petit Chicago

Michael Jerome Browne
Wednesday, December 12 @ Le Troquet
Canal Bank Shuffle
Thorold ON
October 18-20
Featuring Lucky Peterson, the Nighthawks, David Vest, Jack de Keyser, Harrison Kennedy, Jerome Godboo and more.
Sleepwalk Guitar Festival
The Great Hall, 1087 Queen Street W., Toronto ON
November 2-4
Featuring Albert Lee, Colin Linden, Junior Brown, Kevin Breit and more.
The Standeasy @ the RCHA Club, 193 Ontario Street
1ST Saturday of each month – 8:30 pm; $3.00 @ door
Shawn Dore Band
The Standeasy @ the RCHA Club, 193 Ontario Street
Saturday, November 3; 8:30 pm start

From Belleville, hot new band with former members of The Bloodshot Blues Band.
Derek Miller
Lions Club Hall, Kingston ON
Saturday, November 10; tickets $25 (or $20 advance – 613 384-8168)

Guitarist and singer/songwriter Derek Miller is a journeyman musician with eclectic taste and a knack for roots-inflected rock.  Born on the Six Nations of the Grand River, Mohawk Territory, in Canada, Miller became interested in music in his early teens and by the late ‘90s had not only toured with iconic Canadian vocalist Buffy Sainte-Marie, but also garnered Juno Awards for both his debut album, “Music Is The Medicine” and his sophomore album, “The Dirty Looks”, in 2008.

Derek’s latest album, “Derek Miller with Double Trouble” takes us to the heart of Native Americana romanticism.  It uses vintage tones and aesthetics of ‘50s rock ‘n’ roll with a modern twist, telling the story of a mythical man who has a blind moment of insanity and the events that got him to that point.  The development in his newest recordings describes, in a metaphoric way, the trials and tribulations of the artist. 

Derek Miller is a dynamic performer; whether you catch him live or are listening to his studio albums, you can get a real sense of an artist striving for the pursuit of perfection in his work and life.
KBS Monthly Jam       
The Standeasy
RCHA Club, 193 Ontario Street, Kingston ON
Third Saturday each month @ 8:30 pm, $3 at the door

This month: Saturday, October 20 @ 8:30 pm
Host Band – Mojo Shooter with special guest Sam Hopkins

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 

Shaun Riley and the Chrome Hearts
Host a regular open jam every Thursday, 9:30 pm – 1 am
at Tir Nan Og, 200 Ontario Street

Sam Hopkins and Spencer Evans
Upstairs @ the Brew Pub
Every Second Sunday 2-4 PM

Shaun Riley and the Chrome Hearts
Host a regular open jam every Sunday, 8-11 pm
Rhea's Bar and Grill, 493 Princess St. (at University Ave.)
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: 8-9 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, October 21 – Blues Labels – 1st Releases
Next week, October 28 –
Sundays: 7-8 pm
INSIDE THE BLUES with James Doran
Inside The Blues features music and interesting backgrounder information on today’s top Blues artists with a strong focus on Canadian talent mixed in with some great Blues classics. All Shows are archived on www.insidetheblues.ca after broadcast and can be listened to there at any time. 
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 2012. 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, October 17 – Louis Armstrong & His All Stars: We follow the recording history of Louis Armstrong’s last band, his All Stars, from June 19, 1947 to July 25, 1967. At various times during this period the All Stars included cornetist Bobby Hackett, trombonists Jack Teagarden, Trummy Young & Tyree Glenn, clarinetists Peanuts Hucko, Barney Bigard, Edmond Hall, Joe Darensbourg & Joe Muranyi, pianists Dick Cary, Earl Hines, Billy Kyle & Marty Napoleon, drummers Big Sid Catlett, George Wettling, Barrett Deems, Kenny John & Danny Barcelona, and vocalists Velma Middleton & Jewel Brown.
Next week, October 24 – United Nations Day: To celebrate United Nations Day, Ron Sweetman and Co-Host Jim Reil offer you jazz recordings made by musicians from around the world: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Cuba, Denmark, England, Germany, Holland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Manchuria, New Zealand, Palestine, Philippines, Russia, South Africa, Switzerland and USA. This is also our first Funding Drive program, so please phone in your pledge tonight at 613-520-3920 – we’re counting on you!
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 @ 7pm

Monday, October 15
concert 1: Colleen Brown, recorded at the Arden Theatre in St. Albert, Alberta
Indie pop darling Colleen Brown pulls out all the stops when it comes to launching a CD. Past shows have included poetry and dancers to create a musical event. With the release of DIRT Colleen brought the full complement of players who helped define the sound of her latest creation. Horns, strings, back-up singers, the whole shebang.

concert 2: Royal Wood, recorded at CBC Toronto's Studio 211
Royal Wood's new album We Were Born To Glory and it hit shelves and e-retailers everywhere back in June. On the week of the album release we had the pleasure of having Royal Wood, his band, a string section and special guest Sarah Slean in CBC Toronto's Studio 211 for a special live-off-the-floor session that includes music from this new CD as well as one of his old favourites.

Tuesday, October 16
concert 1: Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, recorded at the Bessborough Gardens in Saskatoon as part of the 2011 Saskatchewan Jazz Festival
It's not often a musician is referred to as the "premier performer in the world" of their chosen instrument. That's a tall order. Think of all the brilliant guitar players, pianists, and violinists you've heard. It would be hard for everyone to agree on who is the best on the planet. But when it comes to banjoists there's a clear leader - Béla Fleck. Fleck is a master of musical eclecticism. He plays everything from blue grass to bebop, traditional African music to rock. He even won a Grammy for Best Classical Crossover album in 2001. Fleck joined forces with his Flecktones in 1988. There's even a Canadian connection to their beginning since he met pianist and harmonica player Howard Levy at the Winnipeg Folk Festival. After hearing Victor Lemonte Wooten play some bass licks over the phone Fleck recruited him. Victor's brother Roy Wooten, otherwise known as "Futureman", rounds out the quartet. Last summer these four masterful musicians reconvened for a reunion tour. As always all manners of genres come into play and the result is a meeting of musical minds that remains, as ever, utterly indescribable. We were able to catch up with the band at the Bessborough Gardens in Saskatoon when they were featured performers at the Saskatchewan Jazz Festival.

Wednesday, October 17
concert 1: Serena Ryder and the Beauties, recorded at the Shaw Amphitheatre at the Banff Centre, Banff, Alberta
Serena Ryder and the Beauties christen the beautiful new Shaw Amphitheatre set in the Rocky Mountains at the Banff Centre. They play a great set of Serena's greatest hits, some familiar covers and some brand new songs.

Thursday, October 18
concert 1: Big Sugar
, recorded at Vancouver's Commodore Ballroom, October 22nd, 2011
Big Sugar is back! And they're getting back on the Canadian music map in a big way, touring for the first time since 2003 and releasing a new album, Revolution Per Minute. Big Sugar's front man Gordie Johnson and the well-seasoned band were limber and the creative juices were flowing. Mixing reggae, blues, rock, folk, and funk, Big Sugar delivered the goods to the sold out audience. The new tunes are also loose, as groovy as Big Sugar has ever sounded. Gordie and the band were obviously having a good time -- and so was the audience.

Canada Live podcast, released on Thursdays
Thursday, October 18
on the Canada Live podcast
Mo Kenney with special guest Joel Plaskett, recorded in CBC Toronto's Studio 211
Mo Kenney's self-titled album has just been released and it is a stunning debut for the Halifax singer-songwriter. Mo Kenny dropped by the CBC Music studio with album producer Joel Plaskett and together, they perform a few acoustic versions of songs from the album. And as a special treat Mo plays her favourite Joel Plaskett song for us as well.

CBC Radio 1 broadcast, Fridays at 2:05 pm
Friday, October 19 on CBC Radio 1

concert 1: Serena Ryder and the Beauties, recorded at the Shaw Amphitheatre at the Banff Centre, Banff, Alberta
Serena Ryder and the Beauties christen the beautiful new Shaw Amphitheatre set in the Rocky Mountains at the Banff Centre. They play a great set of Serena's greatest hits, some familiar covers and some brand new songs.

Lots of blues available in the concerts on demand section of the CBC Website …
Sunday, October 28
            Open Jam with River City Junction @ the Rainbow, 3-7 pm
            The Sinners @ the Atomic Rooster, 6-9 pm
Saturday, November 3
             Sweet and the Back Beat @ D'Arcy McGee's, Orleans
Sunday, November 4
            Open Jam with Wicked Grin @ the Rainbow, 3-7 pm
Saturday, November 10
            The Mud Boys @ Irene’s, 8:30 pm
            The Mighty Popo @ the Black Sheep Inn, Wakefield QC, 8:30 pm
Sunday, November 11
            Open Jam with Maria Hawkins @ the Rainbow, 3-7 pm
Saturday, November 17
          Sweet and the Back Beat @ Obsession Lounge
Sunday, November 18
            Open Jam with Firebelly @ the Rainbow, 3-7 pm
Wednesday, November 21
            Capital B & the Lying Bastards @ the Elmdale House Tavern, 9 pm
Friday, November 23
            JW-Jones @ the Rainbow, 10 pm
Friday & Saturday, November 23-24
            MonkeyJunk @ the Black Sheep Inn, Wakefield QC, 8:30 pm
Sunday, November 25
            Open Jam with River City Junction @ the Rainbow, 3-7 pm

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