25 February 2013

Ottawa Blues This Week - 25 February 2013

Is winter getting to you? Apparently it’s getting to the Cooper Brothers too! They’re ‘Southbound’ …
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)
Ottawa Bluebird North 2013
Westboro Masonic Hall, 430 Churchill Avenue
Friday, March 1 @ 7 pm (doors @ 6:30 pm); tickets $15 advance, $20 at the door
            (tickets available at Ottawa Folklore Centre)

Bluebird North is an intimate, interactive musical showcase that brings together some of Canada’s most inspiring songwriters to share their songs and stories. The Bluebird show is a "songs in the round" type of concert where all the artists are on stage at the same time and take turns playing songs and telling stories.

Bluebird North: Where Writers Sing and Tell is produced by Amanda Rheaume for the Songwriters Association of Canada.

At this show, Bluebird North is presenting a diverse group of Canadian song-writing and spoken word talent in the nation’s capital. Ottawa is proud to present an amazing group of artists including: Juno award nominated Roxanne Potvin, masterful story teller and Juno award winner James Keelaghan, Ottawa-based folk/roots artist John Carroll, and multi-instrumentalist Lyndell Montgomery. Be sure not to miss the Ottawa performance in this intimate setting.
Blues in the Schools Showcase
Black Sheep Inn, Wakefield QC
Sunday, March 3 @ 4 pm; By donation: suggested minimum donation of $5
            Proceeds to RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest Blues in the Schools program

Each year the RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest Blues in the Schools (BITS) program brings together an impressive list of blues, roots, and folk artist/educators. During the two-week, popular and well-established program, BITS artists/educators turn the spotlight on the students they teach and allow them to shine.   This year’s BITS Artist showcase is an excellent opportunity to hear these high caliber musicians perform in a family-friendly environment, during one great afternoon, all to support an awesome program! We hope you can join us for the 2013 Blues in the Schools Artists Showcase!

Featuring a variety of award winning, internationally renowned blues, roots, and folk artists including: Rick Fines, TJ Wheeler, Sharon Riley, JW-Jones, Drew Nelson, Terry Gillespie Trio, Brothers Chaffey, Celtic Rathskallions, Amanda Rheaume, River City Junction, Tyler Kealey and Ana Miura.
The 17th edition of Virée Blues Boréale presents
Colin Perry & Blind
Bar Bistro Le Troquet, 41 Laval Street (Old Hull sector)
Wednesday, February 27 @ 8 pm

To follow the excess of the February 13th launch to a full Petit Chicago and to keep the 17th edition going, Virée Blues Boréale’s team now features a return to the 1930s, a travel back in time, to a period where the recording industry was not fully developed, a period when the labels that were affixed to music styles referred only to early marketing efforts, an era where musicians could still think of playing any musical style, restricted only by their own liking. Our next guests are of that spirit of the ‘30s as they perform their own compositions as well as many other tunes of varied origins that they made theirs along the years, adapting them to their own style. An infectious mix of Period Blues, of Jazz, Country, Swing and of easy listening popular songs, perfect to get a party going!

Hailing from Kentucky, our next guest, guitarist and singer Colin Perry absorbed the rich musical heritage that was around him, including Blues, bluegrass, fiddle music and jazz. He is now based in Montreal. He has performed across all of North America, including five appearances at the Montreal International Jazz festival, the Halifax Atlantic Jazz Festival, The Sackett’s Harbor Jazz Festival, the Carleton Maximum Blues Festival, The Victoriaville Blues Festival, and four appearances at Le Grand Theatre de Quebec.   When not leading “Blind”, he can be found playing guitar behind the well-known Montreal harmonicist Bharath Rajakumar, The Jamies Wood Band or The Griffintown Jug Addicts.   He has also worked with the Susie Arioli Band, with whom he collaborated on the Juno-nominated album “That’s For Me”. His guitar playing reflects the early traditions of jazz and blues guitar, when players like Teddy Bunn, Eddie Lang, Lonnie Johnson, and Dick McDonough could be found lending their personal styles to many different types of music. Performing with “Blind” among others, his strong, clear vocals carry the band across a wide spectrum of early American Music, showing the influence of Jack Teagarden, Tommy Duncan, and Big Bill Broonzy among others. He is accompanied by elite musicians: Peter Mika, on keyboard, Andrew Horton, now replacing Stephen Barry on bass and Bucky Wheaton on drums

A voyage back in time, into the culture of the bluegrass, hemp and tobacco State, birthplace of a world renowned American Whisky.  
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:  
            February 28 – Chuck Karn
            March 7 – John Steele
            March 14 – Niel Barrington
            March 21 – Tony & Natalia
            March 28 – Scott Amey

Atomic Rooster, 303 Bank Street (at MacLaren)
Saturday, February 23, 4 pm

Firebelly is Mathieu Gagnon on harmonica, Fredy Carriere on guitar, Dan Grewal on bass and Mike McNeil on drums.  Firebelly recently represented 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.
Harry Manx' World Affairs
featuring Yeshe, Kiran Ahluwalia, Clayton Doley and Steve Marriner
NAC Studio, 54 Elgin Street
Wednesday & Thursday, March 6-7 @ 8 pm; tickets from $45

Harry Manx has been dubbed an “essential link” between the music of East and West, creating musical short stories that wed the tradition of the Blues with the depth of classical Indian ragas. His unique sound is bewitching and deliciously addictive to listen to.

A successful touring performer, Manx has brought his breathtaking solo shows across Canada and into the USA, Australia, and Europe. He has appeared at many prestigious festivals, world-class theatres, concert halls and infamous Blues clubs around the globe. Playing the Mohan Veena, lap steel, harmonica, stomp box, and banjo, Manx quickly envelops the audience into what has been dubbed “the Harry Zone” with his warm vocals and the hauntingly beautiful melodies of his original songs.

Manx is a prolific artist, releasing nine albums in a eight-year span with no signs of stopping. He has received seven Maple Blues Awards and his mantel shelf also holds honours from the Canadian Folk Music Awards, Vancouver magazine Georgia Straight, and the South Australia Blues Society. He received CBC Radio’s Great Canadian Blues Awards for 2007 and his albums have garnered five Juno nominations.

Blend Indian folk melodies with slide guitar blues, add a sprinkle of gospel and some compelling grooves and you’ll get Manx’s unique “mysticssippi” flavour. It’s hard to resist, easy to digest and keeps audiences coming back for more.
Chris Antonik                           *** SOLD OUT ***
Upstairs at The Waterfront, 590 Liverpool Road, Pickering ON
Friday, March 8, 2013 @ 9 pm; Tickets $35
To be placed on the waiting list for tickets, email musicbythebay@rogers.com with your name & phone number along with the # of tickets needed & you will be notified if tickets become available.

Featuring Julian Fauth (keyboards), Andrew Taylor (bass), Chris Chiarelli (drums)

After thrilling audiences in clubs as a sideman, in 2010, Toronto blues guitarist, songwriter and singer Chris Antonik stepped out on his own to deliver a self-titled debut album that took the Canadian and international blues communities by surprise. It was met with widespread critical acclaim and significant radio play, debuting at #4 on the Roots Music Report for Canadian roots music radio play, and at #35 for international blues radio play. It remained in the top 100 on these airplay charts for over a year.

The album garnered Antonik a nomination for “Best New Artist of the Year” at the 2011 Maple Blues Awards, which are Canada’s national awards for achievement and excellence in blues music. The album was also ranked in numerous “Best Blues Albums of 2010” lists from radio DJs and reviewers in Canada and the US.

Chris is currently working on his highly-anticipated follow-up album, which will feature two-time Grammy award-winning vocalist Mike Mattison (The Derek Trucks Band, Tedeschi-Trucks Band), and multiple blues award-winners Shakura S’Aida and Steve Marriner (Monkeyjunk) among others. The Pickering audience will get a privileged sneak peak at the album before it is released in April 2013.
John Hammond
Victoria Concert Hall, Cobourg ON
Thursday, March 21 @ 8 pm

With a career that spans over three decades, John Hammond is one of a handful of white blues musicians who was on the scene at the beginning of the first blues renaissance of the mid-'60s. That revival, brought on by renewed interest in folk music around the U.S., brought about career boosts for many of the great classic blues players, including Mississippi John Hurt, Rev. Gary Davis, and Skip James. Some critics have described Hammond as a white Robert Johnson, and Hammond does justice to classic blues by combining powerful guitar and harmonica playing with expressive vocals and a dignified stage presence.

Although he's a multi-dimensional artist, one thing Hammond has never professed to be is a songwriter. In the early years of his career, it was more important to him that he bring the art form to a wider audience by performing classic - in some cases forgotten - songs. Now, more than 30 years later, Hammond continues to do this, touring all over the U.S., Canada, and Europe from his base in northern New Jersey. Whether it's with a band or by himself, Hammond can do it all. Seeing him perform live, one still gets the sense that some of the best is still to come from this energetic bluesman.
Terry Gillespie
NAC 4th Stage, 53 Elgin Street
Thursday, March 28 @ 7:30 pm; tickets $ 22.50

BLUESOUL:  The long-awaited Blues Album by Canada’s King of Roots Music – Ottawa’s own Terry Gillespie.
Terry will be accompanied by seasoned musicians Lyndell Montgomery and Wayne Stoute, with special guest Peter Measroch (formerly of the Luther Allison band) on piano. The Toasted Westerns (Jody Benjamin, Ann Downey and Sally Robinson) will be singing harmony.
MC: J-man from 101.9 DAWG FM
Sarah Cripps
Zaphod Beeblebrox, 27 York Street
Friday, March 29; doors @ 8 pm; advance tickets $7

The legendary blues vocalist Etta James once revealed to the Los Angeles Times that she thought “country music is like the blues, but it’s something very hip and – I don’t want to say commercial – but it’s very worldly and good listening.”  Admittedly, James wasn’t talking about the music of Sarah Cripps specifically, but the eloquence of her words lend themselves well to defining the allure of Sarah’s debut album, “Change”.

While Sarah Cripps is seemingly coming out of nowhere – armed with a formidable debut record that is poised to give the country music world a healthy dose of old-fashioned grit that it’s been missing – don’t be mistaken; even though she’s barely entered her 20s, it’s been a nearly a decade-long journey to get where she is today. When she was just 13, the Brighton-reared singer-songwriter played one of her first breakthrough shows at the Legendary Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto where her enormous, soulful voice and unique musicality made the collective music industry’s jaw drop.

Worried that pressure from major record labels would rush her into completing an album that didn’t represent who she was, Sarah made the difficult decision to walk away from the industry in order to dedicate herself to becoming a completely independent artist; putting out her music on her own terms.
If the risks were big, the musical reward has been equally huge. “Change” offers a massive dose of country that’s enriched with clever nods to her pop and rock influences to defy the constraints of standard genres. ‘Ghost of A Man’ is an opener that lets the power of Sarah’s voice reverberate through a rich and edgy country texture: a brilliant portent to what lays ahead in the collection of 11 exceptional songs that are laced with raw emotion and true grit. Tracks like ‘Off the Love’ and ‘Stole the Summer’ brim with a toe-tapping groove, while ‘Can’t See Me Here’ downshifts into a pensive ballad that showcases Sarah’s razor-sharp ability to pen an intensely emotional so free of any platitudes of the typical love song.

All good things come in time. The honest integrity of an album like “Change” – and an artist like Sarah Cripps – has definitely been worth the wait.
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: 

DoubleDouble - March 1

DoubleDouble puts a fresh spin on your blues and R&B favourites. The fundamentals of the blues come through loud and clear as DoubleDouble presents something old, something new and - most definitely - something blue. Formed in Ottawa in 2006, DoubleDouble performs at major venues in the city and surrounding area. With guest Zeek Gross on saxophone, DoubleDouble gives you a whole lotta rhythm and a double shot of blues!

Al Wood - March 2
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.

Jesse Greene - 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 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.

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
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

Saturday, March 2 – Three Times Lucky (Ottawa)
Saturday, April 6 – Shaun Riley and the Chrome Hearts CD Release Party
Saturday, May 4 – Lindsay Barr Band (Peterborough)
Saturday, June 1 – Wicked Grinn (Ottawa)
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, March 3 – Virée Blues 17th Edition Line-up
Next week, March 10 – OBS DAWG’ON BLUES
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, February 27 – Dudu Pukwana: For our fourth and final Black History Month program, Ron Sweetman will take us through the recording career of the amazing South African alto saxophonist Dudu Pukwana.
Next week, March 6 – Carla Bley: Our International Women's Day program honours this great pianist, organist, composer and band-leader, hosted by Ron Sweetman.
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 6th year.  It can be heard throughout the Ottawa Valley and streaming on the internet at valleyheritageradio.ca.
Canada Live - Radio Two @ 7pm, Monday to Thursday; Friday – Radio One

Monday, February 25
concert 1: Chris Whiteley and Diana Braithwaite's Blues Suite, recorded at Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto
In 2010, Chris Whiteley and Diana Braithwaite were awarded Songwriter of the Year at the Maple Blues Awards. They were then commissioned by the Toronto Blues Society to compose a series of blues songs. After two years of work, the duo premiered their Blues Suite project at CBC's Glenn Gould Studio, and Canada Live was on hand to capture the unveiling.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013
concert 1: "Just Bidin' My Time" - The Songs of Gene MacLellan, recorded at Zion Presbyterian Church in Charlottetown, PEI
Gene MacLellan's musical legacy is huge. The Prince Edward Island songwriter's music has sold over 80 million records and has been performed by over 100 artists in more than 25 countries. Gene wrote Anne Murray's first hit, "Snowbird," which sold over a million copies. It was also recorded by Elvis Presley, Chet Atkins, and many others. "Put Your Hand In The Hand" also had major success with such recording artists as Elvis, Anne Murray, Bing Crosby, Loretta Lynn, and Donnie Hathaway. The late songwriter's legacy lives on with his daughter Catherine MacLellan, who has a very successful career as a singer-songwriter in her own right. Catherine hosts this very special tribute to her father, and the music created by the man, performed by Ron Hynes, Lennie Gallant, Dennis Ellsworth and the Haunted Hearts, Meaghan Blanchard, and of course, Catherine MacLellan herself.

Wednesday, February 27
concert 1: Oumou Sangaré, recorded at the Festival Nuits d'Afrique in Montreal
One of Africa's most vocal advocates for the rights of women can also boast of having a fairytale rags-to-riches story. Singer and songwriter Oumou Sangaré was born into a poor and destitute family in Bamako, Mali. She was forced to work as a young child, but her life was changed when she entered a singing competition at age 14 as a dare from her friends. Today, she is one of the world's most recognizable performers and a spokesperson for many charitable organizations. For the last 20 years, she has become a recognized major force in African feminism; her lyrics often tackle women's issues such as marriage, motherhood, and the challenges of living in a patriarchal society. In this performance at the Festival Nuits d'Afrique in Montreal, Sangaré and her band of Malian performers show why she is revered as the 'Songbird of Wassoulou'.

Thursday, February 28
concert 1: Great Big Sea, recorded at the Danforth Music Hall in Toronto
A Great Big Sea concert is always a rollicking good time, with the audience dancing and singing along. Last year, Newfoundland's most popular band celebrated their 20th anniversary with an intimate concert at Toronto's Danforth Music Hall in November. CBC's Canada Live was on hand to record the party and now you can enjoy all of the fun!

Canada Live podcast, released on Thursdays
Thursday, February 28 on the Canada Live podcast
Amelia Curran, recorded at the Arts and Culture Centre in St. John's, Newfoundland
Amelia Curran launched the long awaited and highly anticipated encore to her 2009 Juno award winning CD Hunter Hunter with a sold out concert at the St. John's Arts and Culture Centre. She brought with her a brand new band complete with horns and strings and a bag of great new songs. Her new album Spectators marks the growth of this exceptional singer-songwriter whose precise poetic sharpness and tuneful rhythms set her apart from most of her contemporaries. The new material continues to explore the hope and despair of relationships and the search for a better ending - every word considered and confidently delivered within an air of vulnerability. On this, the opening night of a Canadian tour, Amelia and the band waltzed the home town audience through the heart of her new material with a just enough attention paid to her past catalogue to satisfy the faithful.

CBC Radio 1 broadcast, Fridays at 2:05 pm
Friday, March 1 on CBC Radio 1
concert 1: Great Big Sea, recorded at the Danforth Music Hall in Toronto
A Great Big Sea concert is always a rollicking good time, with the audience dancing and singing along. Last year, Newfoundland's most popular band celebrated their 20th anniversary with an intimate concert at Toronto's Danforth Music Hall in November. CBC's Canada Live was on hand to record the party and now you can enjoy all of the fun!

Friday, March 8
            The Tony D Band @ the Rainbow
            tongue & groove @ Burgers On Main, Somerset Street
Saturday, March 9
            Ball & Chain and the Wreckers @ Irene’s
            Slim Moore & the Mar-Kays @ the Black Sheep
            Bluestone @ the Rainbow
            Jeff Rogers @ the Neat Coffee Shop
Sunday, March 10
Wicked Grin hosts the Open Blues Jam @ the Rainbow
Friday, March 15
            Bearshark @ the Rainbow
            Dan Deslauriers @ the Mill Street Brew Pub, 9 pm
Saturday, March 16
            John Carroll & the Epic Proportions & Birdie Whyte @ Irene’s
Sunday, March 17
The Gatineau Streamers hosts the Open Blues Jam @ the Rainbow
Saturday, March 23
tongue & groove @ Burgers On Main, Somerset Street
Sunday, March 24
Steve Thomas Band hosts the Open Blues Jam @ the Rainbow
Thursday, March 28
            Dan Deslauriers @ the Mill Street Brew Pub, 6-10 pm
Friday, March 29
            JW-Jones @ the Rainbow
Sunday, March 31
River City Junction hosts the Open Blues Jam @ the Rainbow