14 January 2013

Ottawa Blues This Week - 14 January 2013

Al Wood Blues Workshop @ the Circle
539 Wavell Avenue (just off Byron in the City of Ottawa Building)
Thursday January 17; 8:30 - 10:30 pm

From Al:
Everyone is welcome.  I got this gig from some cool people I met at Christmas Goose.
Bring guitars, harmonica, whatever ya want!!
Will feel it as we go....
Remembering Lance Matthews/Uncle Lance
A musical memorial celebration
Rainbow, 76 Murray Street
Friday, January 18 @ 8:00 pm

We'll be remembering and celebrating Lance's life with music and words at The Rainbow Friday, January 18. There will be a $5 cover charge to cover expenses and for a charitable donation in Lance's name.

Some of the acts that will be performing are: Frank James Band, Razor Mike, Melissa Payne, Wicked Grin and Friends, The Fenton Brothers, Big Jeezus Truck, The Mighty Popo, Scotty Doubt and a host of jammers and carrying-oners. The line-up is ever evolving.
The Krisi Allen Band with Steve Perron
GigSpace Performance Studio, 953 Gladstone Avenue
Friday, January 18 @ 8 pm; tickets $8 (advance) or $10 at the door

The Krisi Allen Band has invited Steve Perron to an intimate and personal show at the GigSpace on Friday, January 18 for a New Year’s show that is sure to leave a crowd breathless. Together, the Krisi Allen Band and Steve Perron use their adept guitar styling, powerful vocals and impressive stages presences to command attention while providing a musical experience that one won’t soon forget.

The Krisi Allen Band is led by Christina Gordon and it is born out of love for music and a distinct dedication to song writing.  With a roster of original songs about life on the street and the school of hard knocks, Christina lives and breathes music reminiscent of greats like Janis Joplin, Melissa Ethridge and Joan Armatrading. Christina’s chief collaborator on the project is Paul Allen Papp, a man who took to music like a Harley to the road.  Music consumes this artist who has a natural talent that refined by remarkable discipline. 

Steve Perron is a lightning bolt on stage. Those who have stood too close have found themselves overcome by Steve’s gravel-like vocals, complemented by the rapid-fire rhythm of the acoustic guitar.  Like Dylan, Hendrix and the Tragically Hip, this artist has no bounds. His personal connection to his audience creates a musical experience that is uniquely intimate.
Blues on the Rideau presents
Conor Gains Band
The Cove Country Inn, Westport ON
Friday, January 18; 7-11 pm;
DINNER & SHOW $60; advance reservations required 
            Proceeds to Rideau Waterway Land Trust

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.

1-888-COVE-INN or (613) 273-3636
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.
Well-priced accommodation is available at the cove and nearby B&Bs.
More information including links to artists’ websites, YOUTUBE & song samples can all be found at www.choosetheblues.ca
Carlos del Junco and the Blues Mongrels
Market Hall, Peterborough ON
Saturday, January 19 @ 8 pm;

1997 - 2011 Harmonica Player of the Year - EIGHT times out of the Canadian Maple Blues Award's FIFTEEN year history

If you liked the John Mayall concert in Peterborough last year, you'll love Carlos' unique spin and how he gets around on the harmonica. At Rick Fines Blues Review last March at the Showplace theatre, Carlos wowed the crowd with his wizardry.

Carlos is one of those players whose music is so advanced that when it comes to awards, it's either retire the category or rephrase the question "Best Harmonica Player Not Named Carlos". This includes two Gold Medals from the Hohner World Harmonica Championship in Trossingen, Germany, as well as multiple national awards in Canada.

To say he plays the harmonica is like saying "Jimi Hendrix plays guitar". He blows the blues harp through a prism -- suddenly it seems he's holding every color in the musical rainbow right there in his hands.

Simultaneously sophisticated and raw, his playing blurs the boundaries between blues and jazz (hence the name for his band “The Blues Mongrels”). The emphasis is on blues, but they are not afraid to merrily traipse off in other directions delivering a seamless fusion of New Orleans second line grooves, swing, Latin, hip-hop or ska melodies, to swampy roots rock.

Carlos and his Blues Mongrels deliver a no-holds-barred display of fun and melodic virtuosity. They will be featuring songs from the latest 2011 release: Mongrel Mash. Carlos' Blues Mongrelsare Eric St. Laurent on guitars, Henry Heillig on bass, and Jorn Andersen on drums.

Artist website: http://www.carlosdeljunco.com/
Tickets available at Moondance and the Market Hall Box Office - (705) 749-1146
Delta Chelsea Hotel, Toronto ON
Friday – Monday, January 18-21

The bi-annual Blues Summit 6 conference at the Delta Chelsea Hotel brings together the blues industry from around Canada and beyond. The conference includes an evening of showcases on Friday Jan 18, featuring a line-up from Electro Fi Records and additional showcasing artists in Monarchs Pub as well as the Market Garden. Saturday Jan 19 will feature an opening reception in Monarchs Pub followed by SOCAN Songs and Stories, which will precede the showcases scheduled for later that night. On Saturday and Sunday, there will be an additional acoustic showcase room on the 27th floor of the hotel (Deck 27). The keynote brunch on Sunday will feature a speech by Holger Petersen, followed by a festival speed pitch for artists to speak directly to festival directors, and then an afternoon of panels. For a complete schedule http://torontobluessociety.com/blues-summit-6/blues-summit-6-schedule/  For a listing of all showcasing artists, go to http://torontobluessociety.com/blues-summit-6/blues-summit-6-showcasing-artists/
There will be additional panels on Monday, leading up to the 16th annual Maple Blues Awards taking place at Koerner Hall at 7 pm (ticketed separately from the conference). The weekend will be an opportunity to network with the blues industry inside the walls of the Delta Chelsea Hotel in the heart of downtown Toronto.
16th Annual Maple Blues Awards
Koerner Hall, Toronto ON
Monday January 21

Host Raoul Bhaneja tells you everything you need to know about this year’s Maple Blues Awards:
The annual gala event, celebrating Canada's top blues musicians will, as always, feature the popular Maple Blues Band, along with the finest blues musicians and special guests from across Canada. This show will feature an intermission mid way and the after party will begin once the awards have been presented, right in the Koerner Hall lobby featuring Chuck Jackson. This year's show features performances by Suzie Vinnick, Carlos del Junco, Steve Strongman, Nanette Workman, Matt Minglewood, The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer, Harrison Kennedy and your host Raoul Bhaneja!

Get your tickets Now directly from the Koerner Hall box office:
Are YOU Canada’s Number One Blues Fan?
Do you think you just might be the biggest blues fanatic in Canada? The Toronto Blues Society wants to see why you think so!
Here’s what you have to do: send a photo of what you think best represents something great about the blues. It could be a picture of a prized record collection or a favourite instrument, a snap of you and a local blues hero, the coolest local blues hang out or the best festival you’ve attended. The photo can be new or old.
What do you get? The winning submission will be shown during in the 16th Annual Maple Blues Awards show, January 21 at Koerner Hall in Toronto. And courtesy of The Toronto Blues Society, you’ll receive a most excellent prize pack: a t-shirt, CD and one-year membership
Contest Information and Rules: http://torontobluessociety.com/2012/11/canadas-biggest-blues-fan/
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:  
            January 17 – Victor Nesrallah
            January 24 – Drew Nelson
            January 31 – Guy DelVillano
            February 7 – Ross Neilsen
            February 14 – Mighty Popo
            February 21 – Mathieu Gagnon
            February 28 – Chuck Karn

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

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.
Book Release Party: A Portrait of Blues in Canada
The Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street
Thursday, January 24 @ 8 pm

A Portrait of Blues in Canada is a photodocumentary by Randy MacNeil and Francine Aubrey. This limited edition hardcover book contains a hefty representation (260 pages) of the Canadian Blues scene from coast to coast in beautiful black & white pictures and words.

Interviews and tribute pages for:
Donny Walsh & Downchild; Tom Lavin & Powder Blues; Dutch Mason; Colin James; Colin Linden; David Wilcox; Harry Manx; Garrett Mason; Steve Marriner; Long John Baldry; Bob Walsh; Matt Minglewood; Nannette Workman; Keith Hallett; David Gogo; Tony D … and many, many more, including local heros from Coast to Coast.

Live performance by Johnny Russell, Billy Brennan, Buck Tingley and lots of special guests!!
Book Signing starts at 8 pm.
Johnny Winter & Magic Slim
Capitol Theatre, Port Hope ON
Friday, February 1 @ 8 pm

Regent Theatre, Oshawa ON
Saturday, February 2 @ 8 pm

February 1 and 2 - Johnny Winter, with Guest Opener Magic Slim and the Teardrops.
Double Bill Blues Legends show.
Rolling Stone Magazine calls Johnny Winter "One of the Greatest Guitarists of All Time!"  Living Blues Magazine calls Magic Slim and his band "A National Treasure". Tickets $49.50 to $61.50 on sale now!
This is the Double Blues Legends show of the year!

Close to a sellout at the Capitol in Port Hope and well on its way at the Regent Theatre in Oshawa.
24th Street Wailers

Upstairs at The Waterfront, 590 Liverpool Road, Pickering ON
Friday, February 8 @ 9 pm; tickets $35

CD release – “Live From Bearly’s”
Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street
Saturday, February 9 @ 9:30 pm

Seven months after its release, their studio album "Unshakeable" is still making noise in the blues industry –
- Last month the "Unshakeable" reached #4 on the very popular BB King's Bluesville! (XMSirius Satellite Radio)
- Named one of the best Canadian Blues Albums of 2012 by CBC's Saturday Night Blues! “Unshakeable" is #8!
- The American based site, Blues411.com put "Unshakeable" up for the 2012 International Release of The Year!

Don't miss your chance to see "the new face of blues"!
They’ve recorded their very first LIVE record … at Halifax’s Home of The Blues, Bearly’s, on November 9-10 and pre-sale continues online!  It’s easy to contribute, with a variety of fun options and new merchandise to choose from!
Myers Brothers Band
Bass Line Station
Saturday, February 9 

The Myers Brothers Band returns to Bass Line Station on February 9 for a night of "deep blues" and boogie "not to be missed"!

Having fine-tuned their craft on their many road trips to the Mississippi delta, the band's music is inspired by the rhythmic grooves you'll hear in any urban or country juke joint on a hot Saturday night. You'd better bring your dancing shoes as you will want to let your hair down and party to the hypnotic sound of the Myers Brothers Band.

Their latest release, “Drive”, recorded in Ottawa late last year, features Mike Myers, Stevie Myers, Pepe Lopez Jr., and guest Mark Cole on harmonica.
Anthony Gomes
Rainbow, 76 Murray Street
Friday, February 15

Singer-guitarist Anthony Gomes lives by that credo of truth as an artist, constantly challenging himself to expand his explorations of heart and sound. The release of his latest album “Up 2 Zero” represents a full-circle return to his love of high energy, guitar-driven blues rock. The new collection of songs combines straight ahead power blues compositions with tracks that incorporate soul-injected melodic moments. “This album is the most honest representation of who I am,” Anthony says. “When I started playing, all I wanted to do was dig deep and play the blues. I wanted to capture that reckless blues power of my earlier catalogue on this recording. I also have a love of melody that you can hear in soul and gospel music, and this CD has those elements as well. Even on the songs that stray away from the traditional 12-bar blues format, you still can hear plenty of B.B. King or Buddy Guy in there.” 
“Up 2 Zero” was included on many ‘Best of 2012’ lists and Anthony Gomes was nominated for Electric Act of the Year at this year’s Maple Blues Awards.  He’ll be at the Rainbow on Friday, February 15.
Black History Month Tribute Concert
Black Sheep Inn, Wakefield QC
Saturday, February 23 @ 8:30 pm

Come celebrate the music of Africa, The Caribbean and The Delta, Reggae, Afrobeat, Ska, Blues
Terry Gillespie, Canada's King Of Roots Music,
Owen Brown (Jamaica),
Trevor Brewster (Barbados)
Wayne Stoute (Trinidad)
Special Guests: Peter Measroch (South Africa), K-Man (Montreal)
Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street
Saturday, February 23 @ 9:30 pm

After 15 years of partying up crowds at the Gladstone Hotel, Swamperella has deserved its acclaim as a guaranteed good time. The eclectic demographic that is attracted to Swamperella’s monthly events attests to this acclaim. If you don’t think you want to dance, just listening to the band and watching the crowd is almost as fun. But, dancing or not, you probably won’t be standing still - the Swamperella sound won’t let you and the scene will keep you smiling.

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.

Swamperella is back in the studio, recording our 4th CD featuring current cajun faves and some rockin' home brewed zydeco.
JW-Jones & Rod Williams                    ***POSTPONED TO FEBRUARY 24, 2013***
Acoustic Duo House Concert
Sunday, February 24 @ 2 pm; tickets $25

Known as Canada's Top Touring Bluesman, JW-Jones has performed in 19 countries, 4 continents, and has released 7 critically acclaimed CDs, including the new 'Seventh Hour'.  Guitar World Magazine featured a CD called ‘Guitar Masters Vol. 2’ that put Jones alongside guitar stars B.B. King, Jimmy Page, and Carlos Santana among others, which led him to an endorsement deal with Gibson guitars.  His last few CDs have hit #1 on B.B. King's Bluesville on Sirius-XM Radio in the U.S.A., and Jones continues to win over audiences across the globe with his high-energy live performances.

Rod Williams, affectionately as Reverend Rod, is a master Harp player and powerful vocalist. Rod has been performing at local venues since the early ‘90s and has played alongside the who’s-who of local and international talent. He brings a passion for the music that is contagious and undeniable! A member of many local bands, including The Soul Shakers, Broadcast Blues Band, Lil' Al's Combo, more recently, King Rattler, Wicked Grin, and an acoustic duo, with Ottawa's own guitar master, JW-Jones.

For the last couple of years, J-Dub and Rod Williams have been enjoying the laid-back and intimate vibe of playing together, stripped down, cool blues and roots music.
Manitoba Hal
Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street
Wednesday, February 27 @ 9:30 pm

Manitoba Hal is an accomplished guitarist and songwriter, but he is best known for his ukulele chops. Hal proves that the uke can be small but mighty as he pulls out powerful blues riffs and melodies.

Hal uses a looping technology to produce a one-man-band experience, adding subtle but important background beats to his extraordinary ukulele strumming and riffing. Many wouldn’t associate the ukulele as a blues instrument, but Hal takes out all the hula, leaving only room for deep blues to prevail. After his grandfather gave him a uke in ’95, Hal found that it transferred easily from his blues guitar style, complimenting his combination of finger picking and strumming, and gospel vocal style.

A tireless live performer, ambassador for the uke, and all-round great musician.
(Excerpted from article by Peter Hodgson Mix Magazine May 2012)
The Winter Blues Series
Calabogie Peaks Resort
Calabogie Peaks Resort is excited to bring back the Blues this winter with après ski entertainment!

Winter Blues Series Performers: 
Rocket Rached - January 12, February 23 and March 2
A classic blues shouter who harkens back to the days of Jimmy Witherspoon and Big Joe Turner and he has a growl that will make women wet. The "Rocket" is a frontman extraordinaire without equal, who erupts with energy and once on stage it’s both infectious and entertaining.

Jesse Greene - January 19, February 9 and March 9
The Jesse Greene Band, winners of The Ottawa Blues Society's On The Road To Memphis 2009 and band finalists in The 26th International Blues Competition. 30 year-old blues sensation Jesse Greene, lead guitarist and songwriter, fronts her band with deadly guitar chops, a soulful voice, and songs from the heart.

Al Wood - January 26, February 16 and March 1
Al Wood’s heart-on-the-sleeve vocals, harmonica-playing and guitar work create a powerful potion on stage and in the studio. Backed by the talented Woodsmen, the new and original Mood Swingin’ Blues is an emotional Ferris wheel ride where everything goes, everything grooves and even the “hurtin’ songs” make you feel good.

River City Junction - February 2
River City Junction is a Canadian Blues-Rock band 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.

Three Times Lucky - February 17
Three Times Lucky, formed in 2009, are a group of experienced Ottawa area musicians offering a combination of classic rootsy blues rock, with a healthy dose of their own original numbers to boot. So put on your favorite dancing shoes and come out to a show real soon! Yer Alternative Rockin' Blues Satisfaction Guaranteed!

Al Tambay - March 16
Alain Tambay is a talented, professional musician, singer and songwriter who has been performing and touring for over thirty years. Al performs and teaches in the style of blues artists such as Robert Johnson, Elmore James, Johnny Winter, George Thorogood, Keb' Mo', & Ray Bonneville. Al is also proficient in the styles of Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan.
          - 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 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

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 Super-duo 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
Irene Torres and The Sugar Devils
The Standeasy @ the RCHA Club, 193 Ontario Street, Kingston ON
Friday, January 18; tickets $15

Only 30 tickets left for the Irene Torres and The Sugar Devils show on Friday January 18 – this show will feature Ike Stubblefield a multiple Grammy and People’s Choice Award winning musician who has played keyboards for The Four Tops, Martha Reeves, The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Rare Earth, George Benson, B.B. King, Ike and Tina Turner, Curtis Mayfield, Al Green, Eric Clapton, Rod Stewart, The Jerry Garcia Band, Boz Scaggs, The Pointer Sisters and that’s  just to name a few!  Also joining Irene and Ike will be Cornell Williams, bass player for Antoine Batiste and his Soul Apostles on the hit TV series TREME and one of the most highly regarded musicians in New Orleans.

This just in – COGECOTV will be filming and airing the Jan 18 show @ RCHA Club with The Sugar Devils featuring Irene & Ike. They will do interviews prior to the show or in the set break. The show will be broadcast for 2 weeks in Ontario through their TV and on their Video on Demand.

People have asked me how can this band bring in such high quality musicians to play with them – the answer comes from Irene’s early days when she was an extremely popular and award winning Latin and Jazz singer. During that time period (and continuing on to this day) she has performed and recorded with many of the world’s finest musicians – the fact that she wants to bring them to Kingston and perform for us is a special treat indeed. Don’t miss this chance to see some of the very best musicians to ever come and play in the Kingston area. Call now to reserve your tickets – 613 384-8168.
Victor Wainwright and the Wildroots
24th Street Wailers
Lions Club Hall, Kingston ON
Saturday, February 16; tickets $20 (advance)

Victor Wainwright, backed by one of the tightest smokin’ bands on the scene, the WildRoots. 
Victor Wainwright, the twenty something singer, pianist, “hepcat” … a raucous high-octane dynamic performer and crowd pleaser with soul to spare
Back by popular demand – after their incredible performance at the RCHA Club in June
Nominated for 2012 American Blues Music Award for Pine Top Perkins Piano Player of the Year,
From Memphis, Tennessee, Victor Wainwright and the Wildroots are being called the best live blues band in United States.

All who saw Victor at the RCHA Club this past summer were so amazed by his performance that they demanded we bring him back for another show.
From Sam Anderson – one of our members who has been listening/watching blues music for over 20 years (including some time in new Orleans) – here is just a bit of her summary of Victor’s show at the RCHA Club: “The energy and music that just pours out of this man and his band is mesmerizing, riveting, addictive, entertaining, unbelievable.  I have never been so riveted to a musician as I was that night”


The 24th Street Wailers
Seven months after its release, their studio album "Unshakeable" is still making noise in the blues industry – Last month the "Unshakeable" reached #4 on the very popular BB King's Bluesville! (XMSirius Satellite Radio); Named one of the best Canadian Blues Albums of 2012 by CBC's Saturday Night Blues! “Unshakeable" is #8!; The American based site, Blues411.com put "Unshakeable" up for the 2012 International Release of The Year!
And now, a new LIVE release …
recorded at Halifax’s Home of The Blues, Bearly’s, on November 9-10.
Don't miss your chance to see "the new face of blues"!

Call now to reserve tickets – 613 384-8168
This show is already 35% sold – so don’t wait or you will miss out.
KBS Monthly Jam       
The Standeasy
RCHA Club, 193 Ontario Street, Kingston ON
Third Saturday each month @ 8:30 pm, $3 at the door

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
The Standeasy @ the RCHA Club, 193 Ontario Street, Kingston ON
1ST Saturday of each month @ 8:30 pm; $3.00 @ door

February 2        Dan DesLauriers (Ottawa)
March 2            TBA
April 6   Wicked Grinn (Ottawa)
May 4               Lindsay Barr Band (Peterborough)
June 1  TBA
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, January 20 – MapleBlues Award nominees for Male Vocalist & Guitar Player
Next week, January 27 – Canadians entered in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis #1
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, January 16 – Ivo Perelman: Ron Sweetman samples three recent releases [recorded in December 2011, June 2012 and July 2012] by this dynamic tenor saxophonist.
Next week, January 23 – Django Reinhardt: Join Ron Sweetman as we celebrate the hundred and third anniversary of this influential Belgian guitarist/composer's birthday.
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!
Friday, January 25
            Al Wood @ Annie & Clyde’s, 9-11 pm
Saturday, January 26
            Jesse Greene Band @ Irene’s, 9:30 pm
            Jeff Rogers & The Patrick Lehman Band @ the Rainbow, 10 pm
Sunday, January 27
            River City Junction hosts the Open Blues Jam @ the Rainbow
            Phoenix @ the Atomic Rooster, 6-9 pm
Saturday, February 2
            Rocket Rached & the Fat City 8 @ Irene’s, 9:30 pm
            Victor Nesrallah @ Annie Clyde’s, 9-11 pm
Friday, February 8
Sweet and the Back Beat @ the Obsession Lounge
Friday & Saturday, February 8-9
            MonkeyJunk @ the Rainbow, 10 pm
Sunday, February 10
            Maria Hawkins hosts the Open Blues Jam @ the Rainbow
Saturday, February 16
Sweet and the Back Beat @ the Carleton Tavern
Sunday, February 24
River City Junction hosts the Open Blues Jam @ the Rainbow

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