11 March 2013

Ottawa Blues This Week - 11 March 2013

About She's the One: 
The competition is open to female singer/songwriters or bands with a lead female member of any age, of any music genre, who are Canadian residents. There are two categories: Solo and Band and finalists from each category will be invited to perform at the Ottawa Bluesfest as part of the final play down. Winner of the solo category will receive a cash prize of $2,000 and winners of the band category will receive $5,000 cash prize. It is a great opportunity to support the talented female musicians from across the nation not only monetarily but also with some great exposure at one of North America's largest outdoor festivals. 

Submissions opened March 1; check out www.ottawabluesfest.ca/shestheoneinfo for more details and links to applications. 
Harrison Kennedy & Friends
Benefit & Fundraiser
Le Petit Chicago, 50 Promenade du Portage (Old Hull sector), Gatineau
Wednesday, March 13 @ 8 pm

From Virée Blues Boréale:
Just before the holidays, our dear friend, Blues and Motown legend, Harrison Kennedy (www.harrisonkennedy.ca) was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Unfortunately, the most promising treatment for him is not covered by the health Insurance program. Virée Blues Boréale, its loyal partners and many guest artists have decided to get together and offered to help Harrison with this struggle. The goal: to gather as much money as possible to cover a part of the cost required to pay for the treatment. A show featuring Harrison Kennedy with many colleagues and friends who will also perform on stage will take place at Le Petit Chicago on March 13, 2013.

Here is a preliminary list of musicians who will be participating in this event …
Mike Goudreau www.mikegoudreau.ca
Mistysa www.mistysa.com
Mathieu Gagnon & Frederick Carrière of Firebelly www.firebellyband.com
Jeff Rogers www.jeffrogers.ca
J-W Jones www.jw-jones.com

Two prize draws are planned. The first prize draw took place on Friday, March 9.  One draw for very special prizes remains and the winners’ names will be drawn at the show on March 13. More info at www.vireeblues.ca

Rocket Rached & the Fat City 8
The Carleton Tavern, 223 Armstrong Street
Friday, March 15 @ 9:45 pm

Rocket Rached and the Fat City 8 will be celebrating the Ides of March and Jed’s birthday.

Here’s a little band history ...
Way back about 15-16 years ago an idea was born out of the mind of a then young man to play some music within the Capital’s bustling blues scene. This idea was shared by another big dreamer working in the biz of promoting the local musicians through the arts rag known as The Xpress.
The Xpress was in its second year with their anniversary show looming a couple of months away. The man in charge had an idea about how to get The Rocket’s dream to fruition “get the gig, you’ll get the musicians”.
It was done – May 5, 1995 was to be our 1st gig. Now all that was needed was the musicians to make up the band!
Within a couple of weeks the band was formed and rehearsal started in the drummer’s basement. A triple bill was what was planned – the Hammerheads, the Black Boot Trio and Fat City. But we still needed another gig as a warm up to the anniversary show at Barrymore’s.
April 6, 1995 was the very first show – the listing read as “Rocket Rached & the Fat City 4… that number was never used again! That first night whatever could go wrong did. The Mighty Popo could not make the gig – he called a half hour before show time to say he was to sick to make it, but not to worry he lined up a sub, Steve Lauder played the first gig. And we ended up with 2 horns joining us that night and it was destined to never be The Fat City 4 again.
By the time the show at Barrymore’s was upon us we had 5 horns and a 6 piece string section was added we were now up to 16 musicians… since that time the band has been known as The Fat City 8 but the actual number always varies.
As for the name ‘Rocket’ Rached, well that’s long and interesting story. The moniker ‘Rocket’ has been around for many a year. Only a very few individuals through history have been given the coveted title….’Rocket’ Ishmael former Toronto Argonaut and Heisman trophy winner is one, Roger Clemens is another and the one that would be omnipresent in our minds would be ‘Rocket’ Richard, famed Montreal Canadian hockey legend.
Throughout history there have always been Rockets dating all the way back to the time of the caveman when ‘Rocket Arghh’ launched the first rock and towards a large grazing mammal which was the beginning of fast food (which was pretty slow back then). His idea became the only way to catch food and he had the best aim. So you’d hear Arghh Rock It! So over time it became ‘Rocket Arghh’ … you get the picture. There are other examples throughout history but we don’t have time to list them all, just some recent ones and the very first one.
Blues on the Rideau presents
The Jack de Keyzer Band
The Cove Inn, Westport ON
Friday and Saturday, March 15-16, 7 to 11 pm; Dinner & Show $60
Proceeds to Easter Seals Eastern Ontario & Habitat For Humanity

From Toronto - Canada's "King Of The Blues" and 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.

Advance Reservations Required     Call (613) 273-3636 or 1-888-COVE-INN
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
Paul Meyers Workshop
“Elements of Solo Guitar” – hosted by Tim Bedner
GigSpace, 953 Gladstone Avenue
Saturday, March 16; 2-4 pm; $20

Paul Meyers Solo Concert
GigSpace, 953 Gladstone Avenue
Saturday, March 16 @ 7:30 pm; $15

About the workshop “Elements of Solo Guitar”: This workshop will include some discussion, some playing, a Q&A, and take home hand-outs. You are welcome to bring your guitar and, if you have a solo piece prepared, you could ask for feedback.

Paul Meyers has gained a reputation for being one of the top jazz guitarists of our time. With an original technique on the classical guitar he has combined a deep understanding of the jazz tradition with strong influences of Brazilian, Latin and classical music to create a truly unique sound and concept.
GigSpace, 953 Gladstone Avenue
Friday, March 22 @ 7:30 pm; $15

4.0 is a collective group formed by Vince Rimbach, Garry Elliott, Tom Denison and Charles Gay.
This group plays original music written by Garry Elliott and Vince Rimbach, mixed with jazz standards.
Collectively and individually, this group has been part of the Ottawa music scene for the past 20 years, appearing at the Ottawa Jazz Festival and gigs around town at the popular venues for live music such as Vineyards, The Fourth Stage, the Black Sheep Inn and the Rainbow Bistro.
Come out and be treated to an evening of great music by some of Ottawa’s best musicians.
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:  
            March 14 – Neil Barrington
            March 21 – Tony & Natalia
            March 28 – Scott Amey
            April 4 – Al Wood
            April 11 – Jason & Caroline
            April 18 – Dean Dupuis
            April 25 – Terry Gillespie
            May 2 – Vince Halfhide
            May 9 – Don Cummings
            May 16 – Jed Rached
            May 23 – Mark Crissinger
            May 30 – Brent ‘Buck’ Tingley

Atomic Rooster, 303 Bank Street (at MacLaren)
Saturdays, once a month

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.
Maria Hawkins
Maxwell's, 340 Elgin Street
Thursday, March 21 @ 9 pm

Silky, Soulful, Smooth and Sassy – words to describe Ottawa's slues lady, Maria Hawkins. This soul sister is Funky, R&B, and sometimes Rocky and always performed with her own energetic, emotionl-filled style. Maria has a rich full voice that can growl and purr. Her songs are full of life experiences. Their honesty and emotion reach out and touch you. Sometimes vulnerable, sometimes power-filled, the music makes you feel alive!

Maria Hawkins will do 2 great sets that night.
Come on and join the fun ;)
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” is the long-awaited Blues Album by Canada’s King of Roots Music – Ottawa’s own Terry Gillespie.
The band will be previewing the entire “BLUESOUL” CD which will be released in the fall. We have delayed the release of the entire CD due to Terry’s father being very ill which makes touring a new CD impossible at this time. With every ticket sold to the NAC March 28th you get a FREE “BLUESOUL 4-Tune SAMPLER” at the door.

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
There are new videos posted to Terry¹s YouTube Channel:
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 Douglas Watson Rhythm & Blues Revue
Rainbow, 76 Murray Street
Friday, April 5

Raised in Chicago Illinois by Claudia and Eddie “Lovie Lee” Watson, Douglas Watson was born to sing R&B, Soul, Gospel, Funk, Motown & Blues. His first love was the Church where he learned to cherish the soulful sounds of Gospel music. He later branched out into the world of Rhythm and Blues encouraged and inspired by his father. His step-brother, the late Carey Bell also provided inspiration.
At an early age, Douglas learned the love of music and performing from Lovie Lee, who throughout his career, played with Howlin’ Wolf, John Lee Hooker, B.B. King, and the Muddy Waters band. This mentoring from the best, combined with years of performing, has also made Douglas a superb, seasoned bass guitarist.

After moving to Kitchener, Douglas put together the hottest backup band he has worked with to date. Besides his original material, Douglas covers Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye, Wilson Pickett & Al Green just to name a few. Douglas has been noted for his "full throated vocal style...that is matched by few”. His full range and style have brought him much acclaim from some of the most respected R&B vocalists in the industry.
Ottawa Blues Blast
SD Studio, 151 Chapel Street
Friday to Sunday, April 5-7

Ottawa Blues Blast is a dance weekend that celebrates the Blues. It is running the April 5-7 weekend and its going to be great! There is a full weekend of activities planned. Classes with 6 teachers, 4 of whom are coming from far away, 2 are local. All are amazing at what they do.
The Paul Deslauriers Band
Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street
Saturday April 6; $10

Paul Deslauriers has built a really impressive musical career. Proclaimed a member of Rolling Stone magazine’s list of 100 All Times Best Guitarists, this supported by a whole host of prestigious prizes, this former leader of Kind of Blue, of Black Cat Bone and now of the Paul Deslauriers Band has also been asked all along his career to accompany artists like France D'Amour, Amanda Marshall, Nicolas Ciccone and Garou.
Jack de Keyzer
Rainbow, 76 Murray Street
Saturday April 6

““Electric Love”…a rock blues album with nods to guitar influences Clapton, Hendrix and Page’… a disc of excellent new songs by a bluesman who should be considered their equal. It is also beautifully recorded, Jack’s vocals and guitar have never sounded better.”  (Maple Blues, John Valentyne)   
The follow up  2010 Juno winner, "The Corktown Sessions", “Electric Love” is musical powerhouse of Blues, Rock, and Soul and has recently been nominated for a Juno award.
Irene Torres & The Sugar Devils
Rainbow, 76 Murray Street
Friday, April 12

Irene Torres & The Sugar Devils' musical diversity, talent and raw energy, makes them truly unique. Drawing from all genres, they mesh the past & present to create a new generation of deep rooted music with a New Orleans flavour.

Shortly after winning the 2012 TBS award, they were nominated for a Sigy Born award and selected for a Toronto Independent Music Award. They have received rave reviews as well as critics picks for their self titled album which has ranked #1 on some college radio stations, #4 on reverbnation, top 5, top 30 and top 100 on Canadian and international music charts.

Sultry Peruvian born Irene Torres is recognized as the singer for Sol Azul, Santerias & The Sugar Devils. Her voice and lyrics can be heard on worldwide radio stations, radio commercials, television, soundtracks and fashion shows. She is a quadruple threat with a back ground in dancing, acting, broadcasting and martial arts. Her talents stretch beyond lyrics and singing, when it's time to perform she transforms you back or forward in time.

The Sugar Devils are comprised of experienced musicians from all genres, including sugar-coated Drew Austin, renown drummer, percussionist, and clinician who has worked with award winning artists internationally. Drew's philosophy is that music is medicine, he uses drumming as vibration therapy through The Sugar Devils musical diversity. Devilish Guitarist, educator and musical director Josh ‘Yoshi’ Piche is a Brandon University Music Alumni who plays any instrument with strings. Producer and Multi instrumentalist Rob Christian is nothing short of brilliant on flute, sax, keys, and vocals, but don't let that fool you, he brings the fire. Bassist and arranger Jesse Boxer-Meyrowitz is a Humber College music alumni who is a much heavier contender on stage than in the ring, his playing is sweet as hell.

Currently on tour in the US, they’ll be back in Canada in early April and you can catch their show at the Rainbow, April 12.
Cameron Wallis
            CD Release “Calling Dexter”
Gig Space, 953 Gladstone Avenue
Sunday, April 14 @ 7:30 pm; tickets $15

“Calling Dexter” is a highly melodic, and swinging bebop album, reminiscent of classic recordings by Dexter Gordon, Sonny Rollins, and Sonny Stitt. The album boasts the Canadian All-Star rhythm section of Andre White on piano, Alec Walkington on bass, and Dave Laing on Drums. This in-demand trio has played together for over 20 years, backing up a veritable who’s who of jazz icons, including Benny Golson, Jimmy Heath, and Slide Hampton, and lends their tight, cohesive support to Wallis.

The 10 tracks on the album include 5 Wallis originals and 5 timeless standards. Recorded on September 16th & 18th, 2011, by Montreal impresario George Doxas, the album was captured ʻdirect to tapeʼ. No post-production editing or corrections were done to ensure an authentic and honest jazz sound.

Wallis fearlessly attacks the 10 tracks on 5 different saxophones, a diverse collection of vintage horns that he takes pride in. Most notably, the closing track “Blowing Sunshine” showcases a rarely heard C-Melody saxophone, an instrument that hasnʼt been manufactured in over 80 years! Again, the goal here is not perfection, but rather, humility and depth of character.

Blues fans! Cameron assures me there are three blues tunes on this disc!
Morgan Davis
Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street
Wednesday, April 17; $12

For nearly four decades Morgan Davis has been on the road travelling across Canada, the United States and Europe. His performances draw from a rich tradition of country blues, as well as his own contemporary songs infused with wit and a large dose of humour.
Davis has established a rich career as a solo artist, and also performs with stellar line-ups of musicians as a trio or full band.
Morgan's passion for the Blues has never wavered... and he fully expects to be on the road for the rest of his life.
Cheryl Lescom & The Tucson Choir Boys     ***Tickets 88% SOLD***
Upstairs at The Waterfront, 590 Liverpool Road, Pickering ON
Friday April 19 @ at 9 pm; Tickets $35 available at The Waterfront and online

Cheryl Lescom has been part of the Canadian Blues Scene for over 30 years. Starting off as a back-up singer for Ronnie Hawkins and Long John Baldry, Cheryl has recorded, toured and performed with the likes of Jeff Healy, Matt Minglewood, Dutch Mason the Downchild Blues Band and more. After an absence to raise a family, Cheryl recorded two independent CDs before taking some time off to recover from a bout with cancer.  Her “High Heeled Blues” CD features 14 songs including ‘Queen Bee’ written by Juno Award winner (and the CDs producer and guitarist) Jack De Keyzer, ‘I Can’t Stand It’ written by Mr. Downchild, Donnie Walsh (who guests on the CD) and ‘Beg Borrow Steal’ written by Matt Minglewood. The first single ‘Heartache’ features additional vocals by the Detroit Women and piano from Juno nominee Julian Fauth.
When Cheryl teamed up with the Tucson Choir Boys (“Sameday” Ray Walsh and Dave The Cat) for an appearance at the Grapejam Acoustic Blues Festival, the response was phenomenal.  After doing a few more gigs together the decision was made to start writing some original material.  After a year of touring and recording, the Cheryl Lescom & The Tuscon Choir Boys CD was released, garnering airplay on blues, pop and roots radio across Canada.
Band Members: Cheryl Lescom (vocals), Ray Walsh (guitar), Dave The Cat (guitar), Jimmy Bourdreau (drums), Les Graham (bass), Kris "K.K." Walsh (percussion)
Northern Scene
National Arts Centre and other local venues
From April 25 to May 4

From April 25 to May 4, Canada’s National Arts Centre will present Northern Scene, the sixth in a series of national Scene festivals celebrating and showcasing our country’s finest established and emerging artists. Northern Scene will feature more than 250 artists from Yukon, the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Nunavik and Nunatsiavut to take over the nation’s capital. Musicians, actors, dancers, writers, visual and media artists, filmmakers, storytellers, and chefs will bring their unique talents to audiences throughout the region – a virtual Northern invasion!
Northern Scene will present a vast living portrait of this unique region – combining traditional and contemporary, shaking stereotypes and celebrating new voices.

Northern Blues
Rainbow, 76 Murray Street
Saturday, May 4 @ 10 pm; tickets $10

Brandon Isaak, aka Yukon Slim, is a blues balladeer with a monster guitar technique and a soulful, kicked-back voice. He effortlessly channels oldstyle blues, infusing them with just a hint of country. His most recent album, “Bluesman’s Plea”, picked up a nomination for Blues Recording of the Year at the 2012 Western Canadian Music Awards.
With his lonesome bluesman drawl, a baritone that comes from deep within his soul, and fingers that seem to caress the frets of his guitar, Ryan McNally transports you straight to the sultry backrooms of a Louisiana bar, and you are so glad you came! Ryan’s band features some of Yukon’s top musicians, including Declan O’Donovan, Lonnie Powell, and ‘Harmonica’ George McConkey.
Whether sharing the stage with JUNO Award-winner Leela Gilday or gettin’ down with Paul Reddick, blueswoman Grey Gritt brings a little bit of soul mixed with a handful of blues, with a hefty serving of metaphors and a dash of tattoos!
2nd Annual Ottawa Grassroots Folk Festival
Royal Canadian (Montgomery) Legion, 330 Kent St. Ottawa (corner of MacLaren Street)
Saturday & Sunday, April 27-28; daytime events are free
Tickets for evening shows $25 or $35 weekend pass

An annual family-oriented celebration of folk music, dance, and spoken word.
DAWG FM presents
Chris Whiteley & Diana Braithwaite
            CD release “Scrap Metal Blues”
Rainbow, 76 Murray Street
Sunday, April 28

Diana Braithwaite and Chris Whiteley have been called "blues icons" by the Toronto Star, and their list of accomplishments certainly back that up. Their list of awards includes 8 Maple Blues Awards, Gemini Award, Cable Ace Award, Golden Sheaf Award (Songwriting) and 6 Juno nominations. They recently performed their original works commissioned by the Toronto Blues Society and the Canada Council called The Blues Suite at the Glenn Gould Theater in Toronto. They will be in Ottawa to promote their latest Electro-Fi release, ‘Scrap Metal Blues’.
Guitar Now! Conference
Carleton University
Friday to Sunday, May 3-5
Three-Day comprehensive tuition and concert pass: $160
Individual one-day tuition and single concert pass: $65
Single concert ticket: $35
Three-day concert pass (only): $80
All prices 10% lower if purchased by March 15                                                       

Guitar Now! brings together some of Canada's (and the world's!) finest guitarists for a 3-day series of workshops and concerts. Guitar students aged 14 and older will learn their craft from the masters in a series of explorations, workshops and concerts.
Jazz, Classical, country and fingerstyle guitarists will be participating.
The Winter Blues Series
Calabogie Peaks Resort
Calabogie Peaks Resort is excited to bring back the Blues this winter with après ski entertainment!

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.
Calabogie Blues Weekend
Calabogie Peaks Resort, Calabogie ON

Bill Durst
Saturday, April 6
When you see Bill play or listen to his CDs, you are in for a treat. Co-writing with friend and former Thundermug band mate Joe DeAngelis has resulted in a wonderful synthesis of fun and exiting blues, roots and rock music, featuring the full mature onslaught of a true artistic gem / world class guitar player / singer, songwriter/entertainer named Bill Durst.

Wild T & the Spirit
Saturday, April 20
‘Wild T & the Spirit’ is a power trio from Toronto, Canada that just plain rocks! Mixing the styles of blues, rock, funk & reggae, the band has thrilled & captivated audiences all over North America & Europe for the past 20 years! Over the years the band has performed thousands of club and festival shows and continues to rock everywhere they go!

Hotel packages start at $139 (room & taxes).
Call for info or to book: 1-800-669-4861
          - 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
Soul Survivors
Zorba’s, Bath Road, Kingston ON
Friday,March 15, 8:30 pm - 12:30 am; $10 advance, $15 at the door

Soul Survivors had a seven-year run in the late 1990s and early 2000s, playing at special events in Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Kingston. They were known as a high-powered dance band legendary for belting out everything from funk and disco, to blues and ballads.

The band features Sandy Singers and Rick Flanagan and are “thrilled” to be joined by Janet MacRae on trumpet, Alec Barkin on bass, Ilena Culleton on sax, Mike Sakell on drums and newcomers Alain McCann on keyboards and Matt Ray on guitar.
KBS Monthly Jam
The Standeasy
RCHA Club, 193 Ontario Street, Kingston ON
Third Saturday each month @ 8:30 pm, $3 at the door

March 16 – Special Guest Emily Fennell
Emily continues to gain national fame as one of our countries top independent artists. Emily has opened for the likes of The Jim Cuddy Band, Sarah Harmer, The Wilkinsons, Tom Wilson, Jann Arden, Chantal Kreviazuk, Sass Jordan, Steppenwolf and Buffy Saint-Marie

The KBS monthly jam is now in its 6th year. The house is always full and both the musicians and the audience always have a great time. 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, 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 17 – OBS DAWG’ON BLUES – New Canadian blues
Next week, March 24 – OBS DAWG’ON BLUES – Get Your Dancin’ Boots On…Canucks under the influence of Zydeco & Cajun Music
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, March 13 – Listen Before You Buy: Recent jazz and blues releases chosen by Ron Sweetman. Will include guitarists Ken Aldcroft, Ken Hatfield & Dom Minasi,organists Back Talk and Organissimo, drummers Nick Fraser, Mack Longpre, Lewis Nash, Alex Riel & Barry Altschul, blues singers Willie Buck, Mississippi Heat & Mike Wheeler, and trombonist Jay Vonada.
Next week, March 20 – March 20: Co-Host Ron Steeds presents jazz and blues recorded March 20 between 1929 and 2002. Expect to hear Mary Dixon, Hudson-DeLange Orchestra, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Tampa Red, Sarah Vaughan, Mal Waldron, Miles Davis, Charles Lloyd, Elvin Jones, Joanne Brackeen, Borah Bergman, Ralph Peterson Jr., Marcus Belgrave, Fred Hersch, Michele Rosewoman, and Dave Liebman & Marc Copland, among others.
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.
Thursday, March 21
            Maria Hawkins @ Maxwell’s
Friday, March 22
            robert farrell band@ OBSESSION Live Lounge, 9:30 pm
Saturday, March 23
tongue & groove @ Burgers On Main, Somerset Street
Sunday, March 24
Steve Thomas Band hosts the Open Blues Jam @ the Rainbow, 4-7 pm
Erth Juce @ the Atomic Rooster, 6-9 pm
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, 4-7 pm
Boogiemen @ the Atomic Rooster, 6-9 pm
Thursday, April 4
            Dan Deslauriers @ the Mill Street Brew Pub, 6-10 pm
Sunday, April 7
            Jeff Rogers Band @ the Black Sheep Inn, Wakefield QC
Saturday, April 20
            Wicked Grin @ Irene’s
Friday, April 26
            John Carroll & the Epic Proportions @ the Black Sheep Inn, Wakefield QC

1 comment:

ashnewall said...

FYI, Red Hot Chicks Sing the Blues Open Mic (feat. Jesse Greene & Tara Holloway) is going on Wed., March 20th @ the Lunenburg Pub off Rideau St. Here's the FB event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/543395299027759/?ref=22