27 February 2012

Ottawa Blues This Week - 27 February 2012




Ridgemont High School Auditorium Fundraiser
with JW-Jones and special guest Quicksand

Ridgemont High School, 2597 Alta Vista Drive

Thursday, March 1; 7:30-10:30 pm

A fundraiser featuring the esteemed Ridgemont alumnus JW-Jones with special guest Quicksand.
Tickets are as follows with all proceeds going to the revitalization of the Ridgemont Auditorium:

VIP $30; Adults $20; Students $15
Tickets can be purchased @ the school (2957 Alta Vista Dr) or by calling 613-733-4860



Fundraiser for Le Gîte Ami


With MonkeyJunk

Odyssée Hall, Maison de la Culture, 855 Gappe Blvd, Gatineau QC

Monday, March 5 @ 8 pm; tickets $55 (orchestra) and $35 balcony

Starring the queen of R’n’B in Quebec, Nadja, with Juno-nominated band MonkeyJunk opening.


All profits from this show will be given to Le Gîte Ami (a non-profit corporation), a temporary shelter for homeless people, located in Gatineau, in the Hull sector. In 2011, more than 750 beneficiaries spent more than 13,000 nights there and Le Gîte Ami also served more than 45,000 meals.

Tickets available at la Maison de la culture box office in person, by phone 819-243-2525 or by internet http://www.maisondelaculture.ca/chanson.html#nadja




Bluestone CD Release Party

With special guests Wise, Young & King and Become the Sun

Ritual Nightclub, 137 Besserer Street

Saturday, March 3 @ 8 pm; $10 advance, $15 at the door

Ottawa's Bluestone is releasing their third full length album, “Admissions”, and is backing up their release with a 5-week tour into the U.S. of A. This home-grown group already has three cross Canada tours and is now ready to break new ground. There's no greater way to celebrate this next big push than a CD release party!

Produced in most part by Steve Foley at Audio Valley, ‘Admissions’ marks the band's third full length release, and that's just a small part of the story. Three full lengths, yes, but three cross Canada tours, multiple singles circulating commercial radio, three videos, and exposure on MuchAxcess and many festival stages help paint the full picture. The band is ready to move to the international stage, touring 24 US cities in just 5 weeks.

The album also features the track ‘My Love’, produced by Ken Freisen; the band liked it so much they flew to Vancouver to film the video. The video was directed by long time collaborator, Nadav Santo, and is featured on the band's website.

Bluestone is led by one of Canada’s best female guitarists, powerful vocal harmonies, a killer rhythm section and a dynamic brother & sister front. The self-managed band has carved out a unique style of rock, blended with guitar harmonies, dueling solos and both male and female lead vocals.





Jack de Keyzer

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Friday, March 2 @ 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!



Robbie Antone’s Blues Machine

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Saturday, March 3 @ 10 pm

Formed in 1999 in London, Ontario, Robbie Antone’s Blues Machine gets its sound from the many influences of singer and harp player Robbie Antone. Antone was born on the Oneida Nation near London ON. Inspired from his collection of Chess and Sun records, Antone set out on his quest to tame the harmonica and develop his own distinctive tone and sound. Many years and 3 CDs later, consisting of original material and covers, Antone produces his latest CD “Red Road Blues”, inspired by his Native American heritage, his musical roots and his life experiences.

Making their first appearance in Ottawa, Robbie Antone’s Blues Machine will be rockin’ the Rainbow on Saturday night.



Irene’s Pub, 885 BankStreet

Saturday, March 3 @ 9:30 pm; $12

The original mandate of Swamperella, “to honour the Cajun music tradition’’, has never been compromised. The integrity of the traditional form and sentiment has always been maintained even as originals and Zydeco began seeping into the Swamperella repertoire. But there’s nothing stodgy about this band. The old time flavour stirred up in a brand new pot makes for a fabulous and rich musical experience and the Swamp-stew just keeps getting yummier.





The 15th edition of Virée Blues Boréale presents

Adam Karch

Le Petit Chicago, 50 Promenade du Portage (Old Hull sector)

Wednesday, February 29 @ 8 pm

A native of L’Acadie, a small town in Quebec, music has always been a part of Adam Karch’s life. His long journey, deep into the world of the Blues enabled him to take in his musical influences when digging to discover the origins of some classics such as the hits of the Rolling Stones, a group that influenced his whole childhood. The research which allowed him to discover his present day idols also brought him to study eras up to the ‘30s and ‘40s, thus shaping the musically mature artist who surfs between the Blues, Rock and Rockabilly in his own style. To develop his own style, he started by studying Jeff Healey and Stevie Ray Vaughan; then, at 18, he went on tour in Germany with none other than his major model, Jeff Healey.

While his first album, “Crossroads Diary”, displayed pop accents, his next, “Cotton Fields”, is much closer to his roots as it explores an older repertoire while lying in modernity. Adam dedicates the album to an escaped slave, a woman who fought for the freedom of the American Black People, Harriet Tubman, known as the Moses of the Black People.






An Evening of Blues

With Rick Fines & Friends

Showplace Performance Centre, Peterborough ON

Friday, March 2 @ 8 pm; tickets – $25, students under 18 – $12

Rick Fines is turning 50 and celebrating his birthday with a big concert in Peterborough. Guests include world harmonica champion Carlos Del Junco, gospel singer extraordinaire Sharon Riley, and Jackson Delta. Rick, accompanied by his big band, will be featuring new songs from his upcoming CD as well as favourites from "Muskoka Moon", the new compilation of songs from his first 3 CDs.


Opening in the lounge: Cris Cuddy Acoustic Unit

The Cris Cuddy Acoustic unit delivers a clean acoustic sound rich with vocal harmonies and character.
Performing original songs written by Cris, the CCAU covers the many genres of Cris's music from Blues to Rock and Country to Bluegrass.





Wakefield Documentary Festival

Great Hall, Wakefield LaPeche Community Centre

38 Valley Road, Wakefield QC

Sundays @ 5:30 pm

Tickets $10, available at www.wakefieldfilmfestival.ca or at the door

Sunday, March 4

Sing Your Song (US, 2011)

The film about Harry Belafonte follows him from the jazz and folk clubs of Harlem and Greenwich Village to Mississippi to Africa and South Central Los Angeles.

Sunday, March 25

West Wind: The Vision of Tom Thomson (Canada, 2011)

How did an illustrator whose favourite pastime was fishing, find within himself the passion and confidence to portray Ontario's lakes, rivers, trees and skies with glorious colour and energy as no one had before? Shot in Algonguin Park, Georgian Bay, Seattle and Toronto and featuring never-before-seen paintings by this iconic Canadian artist.

Added attraction: National Gallery of Canada director Charles Hill will attend for a post-screening discussion.

Sunday, April 1

Payback (Canada, 2012)

Fresh from Sundance Film Festival, this film undertakes the ambitious task of making a movie from Payback, Margaret Atwood's book of essays about systems of wealth, justice and reparation.





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:

March 1 – Mathieu Gagnon

March 8 – Jeff Hagerman

March 15 – Don Cummings

March 23 – Ross Neilsen

March 29 – Parker Estabrooks



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





The newly launched Unsigned Only Music Competition, from the team behind the International Songwriting Competition, is fast approaching its March 5 deadline for artists to enter. Designed for solo artists, bands, and singers who are not signed to a major record label, Unsigned Only's goal is to find an outstanding, talented performing artist: a band, singer, or solo artist...a newcomer or veteran...raw or polished - the "gem" that needs to be discovered. Unsigned Only is looking for the total package. Judging criteria includes vocals, performance, songwriting, and originality.

Completely separate and distinct from ISC, Unsigned Only is a fresh and novel approach to other music competitions. Not only does it offer great prizes, recognition, exposure, and the chance to be heard by a group of judges consisting of high-profile recording artists and industry professionals, but it also takes it a step further and puts the Grand Prize winner in direct, personal contact with the influential record label executives who are the ultimate decision makers. For the first time ever, a music competition offers the Grand Prize winner the unprecedented opportunity to be mentored by a group of record company presidents, A&R reps, and more. This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance for an artist to directly network with the top echelon of record company professionals and get guidance, advice, feedback, and networking opportunities.

The Grand Prize Winner will be awarded $5,000 in cash (plus additional prizes) and one-on-one mentoring by an elite group of record company executives. First Place and Second Place winners will also be selected in each category. Entries are being accepted now until March 5, 2012. Winners will be announced in July, 2012. Categories include: AAA (Adult Album Alternative), AC (Adult Contemporary), Christian Music, Country, Folk/Singer-Songwriter, R&B/Hip-Hop, Rock, Pop/Top 40, and Vocal Performance.

All entries must be original music except for the Vocal Performance category which accepts original or cover songs. Judging criteria in the Vocal Performance category will be based solely on the quality of the vocals, thereby allowing singers who do not write their own songs the opportunity to enter.

For more information, please contact Candace Avery at 615.251.4441 or cavery@unsignedonly.com.
For entry and general information, please go to http://www.unsignedonly.com




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.

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.


March 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




Michael Jerome Browne

Open Tunings Workshop (with or without slide)

Ottawa Folklore Centre, 1111 Bank Street

Saturday, March 24; 2:30-4:30 pm

$25 OFC members; $30 non-members

An open tunings exploration with one of Canada’s finest roots-focused guitar players, Michael Jerome Browne. Whether he’s gliding a slide across his national guitar, pulling his bow over the fiddle strings to play a lively Cajun waltz, or frailing away on his gourd banjo, Michael’s passion and virtuosity always shine through. In the true tradition of folk music, his performances inspire us to see the interconnections between the many cultures and influences that gave birth to American Roots Music. Gospel, Blues, Old-Time, Country, Soul and Cajun. This one is a rare opportunity folks!






A Night of Blues

with Tim Bastmeyer, Julian Fauth, James Thomson, and Corey Richardson

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Friday, March 9

Canadian blues singer/songwriter Tim Bastmeyer started his musical career in 1986 and over the years has played and recorded with a number of different recording artists and has performed throughout North America, as well as the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Scotland and England. He is also a producer, engineer, and music teacher and has produced award-winning recordings and engineered countless recording projects (music and foley). Tim has taught hundreds of young musicians to play guitar, bass and drums.

Bastmeyer will head out on a tour of Canada and several U.S dates in 2012 to support his new self-titled release. Featuring Juno award winning blues artist Julian Fauth on piano, James Thomson on bass and Corey Richardson on drums, this release is much different than Bastmeyer's 2010 recording, a solo acoustic blues recording titled “Graveyard”. “Tim Bastmeyer” contains 11 tracks, featuring 10 originals and a cover of the blues classic 'I'm Going Down' and is a mix of blues ballads and hard blues with a rock edge.

A Night of Blues stops off at the Rainbow on Friday, March 9.

(Info from Sarah French Publicity)



End of Winter Blues Music Festival

Belleville ON

Friday & Saturday, March 9-10

On Friday March 9 and Saturday March 10 the Loyal Blues Fellowship is proud to present the 8th annual End of Winter Blues Music Festival. This year the organizers have expanded the event to a two day format! They have added a Mardi Gras Party on Friday, March 9, from 9:30 pm-2 am at Little Texas,

290 North Front Street in Belleville featuring “Loco Zydeco”, Canada's TopZydeco band, bringing some Louisiana-East Texas style-foot stomping-dancing music. This will be the band’s third appearance at the End of Winter Blues Music Festival. For more info about the band see http://www.locozydeco.com

The fun continues on Saturday at Loyalist College’s ‘Shark Tank Pub’. Starting at 1 pm, the festival will spotlight our area’s talented musicians by featuring the ever-popular local showcase of acts from the greater Quinte region. Then things will really heat things up with headliner “The Johnny Max Band” bringing his brand of hip-shakin’-feel good-old school Soul! Throw in a humorous front man in Johnny Max and before you know it, it’s a full blown party! For more about Johnny see his web site http://www.johnnymax.com

There will be food available from Rosie’s regular menu and also a special dinner feature, presented by the Loyalist culinary students (Saturday only). Friday & Saturday combo advance tickets ($30) are available at: Smokehouse Blues, Greek Oasis, & Red Ball Radio, Belleville; Arpeggio’s Guitar Boutique & Riverside Music, Trenton; Chesterfields, Picton; Third Stone Music, Brighton; Zap Records, Cobourg; and Marie’s Place Music Emporium, Nappanee.

Tickets are also available for Friday night only at the door $10, and Saturday at the door $25. Group discounts are also available. (Saturday is an ‘all-ages event’, under 14 free with adult, student discount available at the door)

More information is available at http://www.loyalblues.ca


The Claytones

Neat Coffee Shop,

Saturday, March 10; 7:30-10:30 pm

On the SchoolHouse Stage at Neat Coffee Shop in Burnstown.


Ticket prices are $13 and are available at http://www.neatfood.com/upcoming-shows, by dropping by the shop, or calling (613.433.3205)


Douglas Watson R&B Revue

Tucson’s, 2440 Bank Street

Friday, March 16

Douglas grew up in Chicago and was surrounded by the blues. His father Lovie Lee (Eddie Watson) played piano from 1979 until 1983, in the last Muddy Waters Band. Carey Bell, Lurrie Bell and Eddie Clearwater were close relatives who often shared the same address. Koko Taylor, who Douglas refers to as his Godmother, was a friend of the family. Douglas played bass on several recording sessions in Chicago by artists like Lovie Lee, Blyther Smith and Vance Kelly. He is also featured along with Bonnie Raitt and Stevie Ray Vaughan on A. C. Reed’s recording, “I’m in the Wrong Business”.

When Douglas moved to London Ontario in 1989, he was known primarily as a funky bass player. His first steady gig was with the house band at the Other Side of Five. The gig lasted for 3 or 4 years. During this time Douglas began to sing and he started to get noticed as both a vocalist and as an entertainer. His singing was so impressive that he started getting gigs just to sing. He has a huge smile and an even bigger voice. His vocal style combines the power of Muddy Waters with the sweetness of Marvin Gaye. The current Douglas Watson R & B Revue has been together for almost 2 years and features Mississippi Pete Temple on Harmonica, Chris “Mr Sweetness” Latta on guitar and Maciej Lukasiewicz on drums.



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


The Waterfront, 590 Liverpool Road, Pickering ON

Friday, March 16 @ 9 pm

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



The Claytones ‘Heading to Nashville’ Show

Civitan Hall, Almonte ON

Friday, March 23; 8-10 pm; $15

The Claytones (Kelly Prescott, Adam Puddington & Anders Drerup) are leaving … they’re going to Nashville. Come out and wish them luck in their new endeavour!

Special Guest Performances, Licensed event, light lunch.



The 24th Street Wailers

Wilno Tavern, Wilno, ON

Friday, March 23

Phone613-756-2029 for tickets

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Saturday, March 24 @ 10 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.

Following the success of “Dirty Little Young’uns”, they’re heading off to Halifax to record their 2nd CD in March (more about that below) and will be swinging through our area on their way home from the recording session. So they’ll have new tunes to share, not to mention the incredible high energy of these four extremely talented young musicians. This is a ‘don’t miss’ show!


Please Support the new CD … from the 24th Street Wailers

The 24th Street Wailers are heading to Halifax in March 2012 to record our second CD. Here is a sneak peek … called "No One Needs to Know" (our only instrumental)! You can help fund the project by pre-ordering your copy online or via cheque or money order or cash when we see you! Be sure to include your correct email address and mailing address! You may also add donations aside from the purchase of the new CD on the Pay Pal website.

As an added bonus, we are having a contest for our friends and fans to NAME THE NEW CD! When you pre order your copy, you can enter your title suggestion. We will name the CD according to the winning entrant’s suggestion and the winner be thanked in the liner notes. The contest is only open to those who pre order the new CD. Please add your suggested CD title to the note to seller section in PayPal check out or if paying by cash/check send us an email with your suggested title.



Still Dangerous & MonkeyJunk

The Valley BBQ, 10470A Highway #7, Carleton Place ON

Saturday, March 24 @ 8 pm; $16 (advance), $19 (at the door)

The Ottawa Valley has been the playground of Still Dangerous for several years, now. Emerging from the Blues Jam phenomenon of the Mississippi Blues Society, Barry, Larry, Mike and Gary have managed to carve out a unique niche in the local venue as a funky and vigorous Blues and Swing band, performing at festivals, fund raisers, pubs, private bashes, questionable dives and high brow establishments throughout Eastern Ontario. This fun loving, very talented group of good friends has a chemistry that mixes originals, great dance numbers and classical Blues with a new feel to make your feet move and your spirit soar. Live Dangerously....track 'em down at a venue near you.


Swamp rhythm and blues, soul boogie and bedroom funk.




Riot & the Blues Devils

CD Release “No One To Blame But Me”

Le Petit Chicago, 50 Promenade du Portage (Old Hull sector)

Wednesday, March 28 @ 8 pm



JW-Jones CD Release Party

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Friday, March 30 @ 10 pm

On his 7th release, aptly titled “Seventh Hour”, Jones has teamed up with multi-Juno award winning artist/producer, Steve Dawson, to mix the album. After performing in 17 countries, 4 continents, and releasing 6 critically acclaimed discs, it's time for a change. No famous guests. No fancy studios. This is JW-Jones and his band doing what they do best – right at home, recorded in J-Dub’s living room. Tracked on a crisp fall weekend, this cool release is sure to stir up some discussion about where his music is going as he soars in a vibrant new direction. Shattering visual boundaries is also an integral part of this project. Mitch Lenet, 3D artist and commercial photographer, has developed a concept for this package with cutting-edge technology that is guaranteed to turn heads in the music and fashion world. While keeping one foot firmly planted in the roots he came from, this Maple Blues Award winner believes that appealing to a younger audience is the most important way to ensure the evolution of blues-based music.

Check it out at the CD release, Friday, March 30 at the Rainbow.



Al Wood & the Woodsmen CD Launch

Neat Coffee Shop, 1715 Calabogie Road, Burnstown ON

Friday March 30 @ 8 pm; tickets $13

Al Wood & the Woodsmen launch their new CD, “Right On Cue”, on the SchoolHouse Stage at Neat Coffee Shop in Burnstown.


Ticket prices are $13 and are available at http://www.neatfood.com/upcoming-shows, by dropping by the shop, or calling (613.433.3205)


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.



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.



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.



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 & The Suffrin' Bastards

Tucson’s, 2440 Bank Street

Friday, April 27 @ 9:15 pm

Two-time East Coast Music Association nominee and two time CBC Rising Star Award winner, Ross Neilsen, eats, breathes and sleeps the blues. Whether electrifying audiences with his power trio or telling tall tales in his intimate solo shows, Ross has been "out there" delivering the goods.



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





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.

March 3 – TBA

April 7 – Firebelly (Ottawa)

May 5 – Wicked Grin (Ottawa)

June 2 - TBA




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





In Performance at the White House: Red, White and Blues

The White House, Washington DC

Monday, February 27 on PBS stations

The White House is opening its doors in an invitation to the blues. Jeff Beck, Mick Jagger, B.B. King and Keb Mo are among an A-list of artists who will perform at the White House Feb. 21 to celebrate blues music and recognize Black History Month.

The program, called “In Performance at the White House: Red, White and Blues,” will be live streamed on the White House Web site, http://www.whitehouse.gov/live. It will also be broadcast at 9 p.m. Feb. 27 on PBS stations.

President Barack Obama will deliver remarks at the event.




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, March 4 – Barrelhouse Blues

Next week, March 11 – Blues in Ottawa this month


On CKCU-FM 93.1

The Mighty 93.1


Community Radio serving the Ottawa Carleton Region

Sundays: 9-11 pm

Black and Blues

with John Tackaberry

The show features a heavy dose of electric blues and rhythm and blues, with the occasional selection of sixties soul. The first hour is dedicated to artist profiles and reviews of recordings on particular labels. In the second hour there is a blues calendar, a rundown of events in Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa, and interviews with “new and reissued blues and rhythm and blues tracks on wax”, alternating with “live blues and R&B for a Sunday night” in the last half hour of the show. On the last Sunday of every month, the show goes “down in the delta” for a selection of acoustic blues tracks in the final half hour of the program.


Wednesdays: 9-11 pm

In A Mellow Tone

with Ron Sweetman

Jazz from every era & every style – from 1917 to 2011. Each program features an artist, group, instrument, event, city or record label. Check out Ron’s website www.inamellowtone.com for info on upcoming shows and playlists (current show is posted several days in advance and past shows are archived). Ron is always happy to hear from listeners at ronsweetman@kalixo.com

This week, February 29: Jazzcraft: In our fifth and final Black History Month program, we hear the 1978 and 1979 recordings made for the Danish Jazzcraft label by black bebop pioneers Benny Bailey, Teddy Edwards and Howard McGhee.

Next week, March 7: Listen Before You Buy: Ron Sweetman plays recent jazz releases, including trumpeters Guido Basso, Jimmy Owens & Craig Pedersen and saxophonists Harry Allen, Brian Landrus, Doug Martin, Gary Smulyan, John Surman, Talking Cows, Jasper Thilo & Jason Yarde.


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!




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





Thursday, March 8

Dan Summerville Band @ Fatboys Southern Smokehouse, 8 pm

Saturday, March 10

Rocket Rached & the Fat City 8 @ Tucson`s, 9:15 pm

John Carroll & the Epic Proportions @ the Elmdale House Tavern, 9:30 pm

Sunday, March 11

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

Wednesday, March 14

Robert Farrell @ the Elmdale House Tavern, 9 pm

Thursday, March 15

River City Junction @ Fatboys Southern Smokehouse, 8 pm

Friday & Saturday, March 16-17

Rocket Rached & the Fat City 8 @ Fatboys Southern Smokehouse, 9:30 pm

Sunday, March 18

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

Thursday, March 22

Mathieu Gagnon Blues Trio @ Fatboys Southern Smokehouse, 8 pm

Friday & Saturday, March 23-24

Wicked Grin @ Fatboys Southern Smokehouse, 9:30 pm

Saturday, March 24

Three Times Lucky @ Tucson’s, 9:15 pm

Sunday, March 25

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

Thursday, March 29

Firebelly @ Fatboys Southern Smokehouse, 8 pm

Friday, March 30

The Powergoats @ Tucson’s, 9:15 pm

JW-Jones CD Release Party @ the Rainbow, 10 pm

Thursday, April 5

River City Junction @ Fatboys Southern Smokehouse, 8 pm

Saturday, April 7

Brothers Chaffey @ the Elmdale House Tavern, 9:30 pm

Friday & Saturday, April 13-14

Ball & Chain @ Fatboys Southern Smokehouse, 9:30 pm

Saturday, April 28

Mud Boys Rock ‘n’ Roll Revue @ Tucson’s, 9:15 pm