06 February 2013

Ottawa Blues This Week - 6 February 2013

Last week I was in Memphis TN at the International Blues Challenge. I planned to send out Ottawa Blues This Week but with travel delays and then the inevitable blues-overload of shows, there wasn’t time to put it together. Travel delays on the return trip contributed to this week’s tardiness.

But I’m sure you’re interested in what happened in Memphis, so here’s the scoop:
Of the 10 Canadian bands entered, three – The MacKenzie Blues Band representing the Bruce County Blues Society, Shrimp Daddy & the Sharpshooters representing the Toronto Blues Society and Poppa Dawg representing the White Rock Blues Society – made the semi-finals. Unfortunately no Canadian bands advanced to the finals.  In the Solo/Duo, of the five Canadian solo artists entered, four made the semi-finals – Graham Guest from the Edmonton Blues Society, Brendan J Stephens from the Grand River Blues Society, Thom Swift from the Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival and Suzie Vinnick from the Toronto Blues Society. Graham and Suzie advanced to the finals and their performances were top-notch, but neither finished in the Top 2.

Montreal Blues Society’s submission of Steve Hill’s “Solo Recordings Volume 1” was chosen as the Best Self-Produced CD.

The Ottawa and Montreal Blues Societies again presented the Great Canadian Polar Bear Blues Showcase, on Thursday, January 31, from 11:30 am to 4 pm, at the Kooky Canuck Restaurant (owner Shawn is from Canada). The showcase featured nine of the ten bands and all five solo acts sponsored by Canadian affiliates of the Blues Foundation. Nearly 200 gift bags (and a complimentary Canadian ‘beverage’) were given out to our guests. Judith Costello, Political & Economic Relations Officer, Consulate General of Canada in Atlanta, Georgia, was in attendance to enjoy the festivities.  The Consulate General is one of many co-sponsors of the events.  Other co-sponsors included the Kooky Canuck, Government of Canada, Budweiser of Memphis, Bruce County Blues Society, Edmonton Blues Society, Grand River Blues Society, Great Lakes Blues Society, Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival, Loyal Blues Fellowship, Montreal Blues Society, Ottawa Blues Society, Thunder Bay Blues Society, Toronto Blues Society, White Rock Blues Society, 101.9 DAWG FM in Ottawa,Bill Wax, Sirius XM Radio B.B. King’s Bluesville, Irene’s Pub & Restaurant, NorthernBlues Music, Electro-Fi Records, Stony Plain Records, Tribute Audio Designs, along with many organizations and musicians who contributed Canadian ‘swag’ for the gift bags.
24th Street Wailers
CD release – “Live In Halifax”
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!
And now, a new LIVE release …
recorded at Halifax’s Home of The Blues, Bearly’s, on November 9-10. Here's a video preview of the recording! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3rA9ioo-sCI
Don't miss your chance to see "the new face of blues"!
Rainbow, 76 Murray Street
Friday & Saturday, February 8-9

Recently returned from the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise, MonkeyJunk is promising a new CD later this year and will, no doubt, be previewing some of the new material at their weekend gig.  Check out the Winterlude events downtown in the afternoon, then hit the Rainbow for MonkeyJunk.
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.
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 7 – Ross Neilsen
            February 14 – Mighty Popo
            February 21 – Mathieu Gagnon
            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.
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.
Victor Wainright & the WildRoots
Showplace Performance Centre, 290 George Street North, Peterborough ON
Friday, February 15 @ 8 pm; tickets $32

Power-house blues, Memphis soul, and roots rock ’n’ roll. Featuring the high-octane boogie piano and big soul sounds of vocalist and blues man Victor Wainwright, backed by one of the tightest smokin’ bands on the scene, the WildRoots.

Victor, along with producer/bassist/co-writer Stephen Dees have teamed up once again to deliver a blues and American roots ‘tour de force’. In short, they have scored another musical Bull’s Eye! On the heals of their critically acclaimed debut release “Beale Street to the Bayou”; their latest CD “Lit Up” is poised to ignite blues fans with a freshness and flair that’s infectious and impossible to ignore.  “Lit Up” Pure dynamite, set to explode, highly combustible, and ready to roll! Get Lit Up !
Mardi Gras with Mumbo Jumbo Voodoo Combo
Richcraft Theatre, Shenkman Arts Centre, 245 Centrum Boulevard, Orleans
Saturday, February 16; dinner @ 6 pm; show @ 7:30 pm; tickets $40 for dinner & show
            Presented by: Shenkman Arts Centre in partnership with Winterlude

Mumbo Jumbo Voodoo Combo goes to ‘Our’ Orleans for Mardi Gras 
Join the Mardi Gras in ‘New’ Orléans! Home-cooked jambalaya and dancing all evening to Cajun tunes!
Mumbo performs a mélange of original tunes, New Orleans R&B grooves while "making the dead get up and dance".

Mardi Gras Menu
Orange Blossom Carrot Salad
Classic New Orléans Jambalaya with Corn Bread
Chicken, shrimp, chorizos sausages and vegetables in a white rice pilaf.
Louisiana-Style King Cake
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   
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)
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.
Chris Antonik
Upstairs at The Waterfront, 590 Liverpool Road, Pickering ON
Friday, March 8, 2013 @ 9 pm; Tickets $35 available at The Waterfront and online

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
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 - 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 - 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 - 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.

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 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
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        NOTE: There will be NO JAM in February.
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

March 2            Three Times Lucky
April 6   Wicked Grin (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, February 10 – A Mardi Gras Ramble and Canucks under the influence
Next week, February 17 – 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 6 – John Kirby: For our first Black History Month program, co-host Jim Reil reviews the recording career of bassist and bandleader John Kirby.
Next week, February 13 – Co-host Ron Steeds celebrates Black History Month with jazz and blues recorded by many of the most outstanding Black jazz and blues artists on February 13 between 1933 and 2004. We'll hear music from sessions led by Earl Hines, Una Mae Carlisle, Lester Young, Ruth Brown, Roy Eldridge, Ella Fitzgerald, Ike Quebec, Sonny Rollins, Sadik Hakim, Duke Jordan, Miles Davis, Albert Ayler, Sam Rivers, Jimmy Lyons & Andrew Cyrille, Hamiet Bluiett, Charles Brackeen, Geri Allen, and Jaleel Shaw. All in all, what a great way to celebrate week two of Black History Month!
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!
Tuesday, February 12
            Zydeco Loco Mardi Gras @ the Royal Oak on Bank
Saturday, February 16
Sweet and the Back Beat @ the Carleton Tavern
Mardi Gras with Mumbo Jumbo Voodoo Combo @ Shenkman Arts Centre
Sunday, February 17
            BD & the Bluetones @ the Atomic Rooster, 6-9 pm
Sunday, February 24
River City Junction hosts the Open Blues Jam @ the Rainbow
Wicked Grin @ the Atomic Rooster, 6-9 pm
Saturday, March 9
            Ball & Chain and the Wreckers @ Irene’s
            Slim Moore & the Mar-Kays @ the Black Sheep
            Bluestone @ the Rainbow
Friday, March 15
            Bearshark @ the Rainbow
Saturday, March 16
            John Carroll & the Epic Proportions & Birdie Whyte @ Irene’s
Friday, March 29
            JW-Jones @ the Rainbow

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