25 March 2013

Ottawa Blues This Week - 25 March 2013

Terry Gillespie Band
NAC 4th Stage, 53 Elgin Street
Thursday, March 28 @ 7:30 pm; tickets $ 22.50
Tickets available at http://nac-cna.ca/en/community/event/4715

“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 Fabulous Thunderbirds
Centrepointe Theatre, 101 Centrepointe Drive
Saturday, March 30 @ 8 pm

For over 30 years, The Fabulous Thunderbirds have been the quintessential American band. The group’s distinctive and powerful sound, influenced by a diversity of musical styles, manifested itself into a unique musical hybrid via such barnburners as ‘Tuff Enuff’ and ‘Wrap It Up’. Co-founder Kim Wilson, the sole original member, still spearheads the group as it evolves into its newest incarnation.

The thread throughout the T-Birds career has been the respect the group commanded for its peerless musicianship and devotion to the sounds of the blues, R & B and rock 'n roll. In fact, the legendary Muddy Waters called Wilson his favourite harmonica player and vocalist.

Kim Wilson, considered to be "one of the greatest blues harmonica players and singers alive" by the New York Post, is flanked by Jay Moeller on drums, Johnny Moeller and Mike Keller on guitar, and Randy Bermudes on bass.
Sherri Harding & The Heat
Obsession Live Lounge, 1575 St Laurent Blvd (@ Belfast)
Friday, March 29; 8 pm – midnight; cover $8

Live Soul and Rockin’ R&B music!
Providing "The Heat" for this show will be: Peter Beaudoin (bandleader/drums); Ed Bimm (keyboard); Gino Scaffidi (guitar); Ken Seeley (bass); and, Bernie Maisonneuve (Featured & backing vocals).
The 17th Edition of Virée Blues Boréale presents
Bar Bistro Le Troquet, 41 Laval Street (Old Hull sector)
Wednesday, March 27 @ 8 pm

After presenting the super show to support the Blues and Motown Legend Harrison Kennedy, Virée Blues Boréale team is very busy preparing the presentation of its latest hit artist. A protege of Dawn Tyler Watson and Paul Deslauriers, our next guest has been performing for some 15 years throughout the world, but is still not well known in Canada. With her incredible charisma and her great talent, she undertook a 10 show Canadian tour in 2012.

Recently established in Granby, Québec, Mistysa (pronounced « mistaïssa ») of Chilean descent, was born in Canada and lived here until she was 11. Then, she went to live in France, in Brazil, in Argentina, in Great Britain and in Chile; she immersed herself in the culture and music of those countries.   Influenced by the likes of Aretha Franklin and Patti LaBelle, her training in music started with vocal studies in Brazil followed by singing lessons, piano and MIDI courses here in Canada, and then studies in music composition and arrangements in Chile. Her 15 years scenic experience made it possible for Mistysa to perform in Chile, France, China, the United States, Great Britain and in Canada. Her musical journey brought her to the Jireh Gospel Choir to perform as soloist in Canada and in the States, to Inti-Illimani in London and Kitchener, to perform with Angel Parra in Paris, with the North-American Bluesman Eddie C. Campbell in Santiago, and more recently with our friends Dawn Tyler Watson, Paul Deslauriers, Mike DeWay, Wang Dang Doodle and Norman Braithwaite all in Canada.

Her first album, “MACUMBA” (on which she is writer, composer, performer and producer) was recorded in England and in Chile in 2005, sold more than 5000 copies in Europe, in Chile and in 60 other countries as CDs and Vinyl (180 grams audiophile format), and should be available in Canada in mid-2013. The work carries us across many different music styles, from R&B to Soul, to Jazz, as well as Hip Hop, Brazilian tones and Cuban rhythms … sung in English, Spanish, Portuguese and French!   She is now working at the composition of her second album which, if we rely on what is rumoured, could be Blues.
Al Wood and the Woodsmen Live
The Branch Restaurant & Texas Grill, 15 Clothier Street East, Kemptville ON
Saturday, March 30 @ 9 pm; $8 for the show

We packed them in last time and hope to do it again this time. Break up the holiday weekend with a fine night of dining and blues with the Woodsmen. The lineup for the evening – Al, Marty Sobb, Lindsay Pugh  and Simon Meilleur.

As always a reservation works best - please call 613-258-3737 to get a spot for dinner and the show! $8 admission for the show!
Music For Life
Heart & Crown, Preston Street
Saturday, April 6 @ 5 pm; tickets $10

Featuring sets by:
Home of Your Own, Keeping Six, Three Times Lucky, Wicked Grin & WeSurrender
Hosted by:
Sandy Sharkey & Dylan Black

After experiencing devastating losses of family and friends to cancer, founder Rose Carty wanted to do something to help those affected. She created Music for Life Fundraising Concerts as a way for others to join together with the common goal of raising funds to aid in the research for a cure for cancer, as well as to assist in patient care and the purchase of needed equipment.

50% Ovarian Cancer Patient Needs and/or Equipment
50% Testicular Cancer Patient Needs and/or Equipment
For tickets, more information or to donate to the foundation:
Al Tambay
Bassline Pub & Eatery, 2557 Baseline Road
Every Tuesday, 8-11 pm; no cover

Al plays here every Tuesday … and sometimes he invites one of his friends to join him.
Check out the food … Al really likes the wraps!
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 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.
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, renowned 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.
An Evening with Steve Strongman & Friends   ***75% SOLD***
Supporting the Music By The Bay Festival
Pickering Recreation Complex, 1867 Valley Farm Road, Pickering ON
Friday April 12; doors @ 7 pm; tickets $35

Supporting the Music By The Bay Festival
Steve Strongman won three Maple Blues Awards in Toronto in January and his latest release, “A Natural Fact” is nominated for a Juno Award.
Opening:  Cole Hermer and Caught in the Crossfire
Tickets available online www.musicbythebaylive.com
Watson’s Mill ‘Raise the Roof’ Concert Series
featuring MonkeyJunk
Manotick United Church, Manotick ON
Saturday, April 13; Tickets $25 or $60 for a family pack
            Doors open at 6:30 pm (pre-concert social hour with cash bar); show time is 7:30 pm

For our second co-production of the winter/spring season, Watson's Mill and the Manotick United Church are co-producing a concert featuring the Juno award winning (2012 Blues Album of the Year) blues trio, MonkeyJunk. We are very happy that The Mill Tavern has joined us as a concert sponsor.

Things will be a bit livelier for this show. MonkeyJunk’s music is described as “a generous helping of swamp rhythm and blues, soul boogie and bedroom funk” and there is bound to be lots of toe tapping and knee slapping in the concert hall.

Tickets are available at Manotick Office Pro, Main Street, Manotick and at Watson's Mill. If you want to make it "dinner and a show", we have discounts for concert-goers at The Mill Tavern and Burgers On Main.
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     ***SOLD OUT***
Upstairs at The Waterfront, 590 Liverpool Road, Pickering ON
Friday April 19 @ at 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.

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)
Sunday Matinee Dance Shows with
Ball and Chain and the Wreckers
Westboro Masonic Hall, 430 Churchill Avenue
Sunday, April 21
Sunday, May 19
Doors open @ 3 pm; dance lesson @ 3:15 pm; band starts @ 4 pm; dance ends @ 7 pm
Admission: $12 at the door; cash bar;
Louisiana style red beans & rice will be served; pot-luck offerings are welcome

Come out and dance to a great local dance band focused on Country, Cajun and Roots grooves of the ‘40s, ‘50s & ‘60s. Lots of room for dancing and the hall has a hardwood floor! A friendly crowd is guaranteed; no need to bring a partner. Don’t be shy … come out and enjoy a fun afternoon!
Big Mama! The Willie Mae Thornton Story
            starring Jackie Richardson
NAC Theatre, 53 Elgin Street
April 24 – May 11; 90 minute show (no intermission); tickets from $30

Produced by Belfry Theatre (Victoria, BC)
Before Elvis sang ‘Hound Dog’ and Janis Joplin belted out ‘Ball & Chain’, Willie Mae Thornton had already been there and done that. Her powerful voice, sexy songs, and larger-than-life stage presence made her a blues legend. In this musical, written for and starring Jackie Richardson – “Canada’s first lady of jazz” – you’ll be part of the scene at a ‘70s club in L.A., where Big Mama tells her story and sings the blues – which she once described as “nothing but life, good food, good times, and good sex.” Guaranteed to rock your soul.
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’.
Edgar Winter & Kim Simmonds

Brockville Arts Centre, Brockville ON
Wednesday, May 1 @ 8 pm

Capitol Theatre, Port Hope ON
Thursday, May 2 @ 8 pm

Market Hall, Peterborough ON
Friday, May 3 @ 8 pm

Regent Theatre, Oshawa ON
Saturday, May 4 @ 8 pm

Regent Theatre, Picton ON
Sunday, May 5 @ 8 pm

Edgar Winter is a powerhouse performer. His stage energy and talent is unmatched. He is a world class keyboardist, saxophonist, percussionist and vocalist.  Edgar was a child prodigy who achieved international success as a youth. By the time he was in his twenties, he was an international commercial success with the number one hit "Frankenstein" and the Rock Anthem "Free Ride".

Edgar is a prolific writer. Over the years he has kept busy working and appearing in film, television and releasing original material. He has toured regularly with his own band as well as The Ringo Starr Allstar Band. Edgar brings a band with him that matches his talent and energy.

This is a special tour. Edgar and Kim are friends. They are both at their peak and they are both very personable down to earth people. When you come to this show, you will get a chance to meet the artists and get an autograph.

Kim Simmonds of Savoy Brown....legendary... a Blues/rock institution... true innovators. These are just a few of the ways Savoy Brown has been described over the past forty years by music critics and fans.

One of the earliest of British Blues Bands, Savoy Brown, with founder guitarist Kim Simmonds at the helm, helped launch the 1967 UK blues boom movement that brought blues music back to the USA invigorating the style forever. In the process, the band became part of the framework that launched the rock and roll music of the 1970s.

In the fall Kim played at the Blues Rock Festival in Toronto with Johnny Winter, Edgar Winter and Rick Derringer (Edgar's top notch band will be backing Kim on his set, much to Kim's delight). He is a legend whose exceptional guitar playing has gotten better over the years. Kim Simmonds of Savoy Brown's set includes all the classic songs that you want to hear, played better than ever.
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                                                                           

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.
Hogtown Allstars – Encore Performance          ***60% SOLD***
Upstairs at The Waterfront, 590 Liverpool Road, Pickering ON
Friday, May 10 @ at 9 pm; Tickets $45

Get ready for some BIG TIME BLUES!
A supergroup made up of six players from two of Canada's most famous Blues bands: Downchild and Fathead. Featuring Chuck Jackson - lead vocals and harp; Michael Fonfara – keyboards; Pat Carey – sax; Gary Kendall – bass and Mike Fitzpatrick – drums, all from Downchild, plus Teddy Leonard on guitar from Fathead.
Buck Tingley & The Hard Lookin Tickets
The Atomic Rooster, 303 Bank Street
Saturday, May 11; 9:30-10 pm start

A new project led by Buck Tingley … early Rock 'n’ Roll and anything that sounds sexy.
Buck Tingley (Vocals/guitar)
Peter ‘Kid’ Rioux (Hammond organ)
Bill Brennan (Drums)
Frank Scanga (Barritone Sax)
Terry Owen (Tenor Sax)
Dan Grewal (Bass)
Dawg Day Afternoon & The Joe Gaspar Band
The Brass Monkey, 250A Greenbank Road
Friday, May 17 @ 8 pm; $5 cover

Double bill, double the fun, double the blues that bruise!!
Dawg Day Afternoon is at it again, and this time it's with Joe Gaspar and his awesome crew!
Sunday Matinee Dance Shows with
Ball and Chain and the Wreckers
Westboro Masonic Hall, 430 Churchill Avenue
Sunday, April 21
Sunday, May 19
Doors open @ 3 pm; dance lesson @ 3:15 pm; band starts @ 4 pm; dance ends @ 7 pm
Admission: $12 at the door; cash bar;
Louisiana style red beans & rice will be served; pot-luck offerings are welcome

Come out and dance to a great local dance band focused on Country, Cajun and Roots grooves of the ‘40s, ‘50s & ‘60s. Lots of room for dancing and the hall has a hardwood floor! A friendly crowd is guaranteed; no need to bring a partner. Don’t be shy … come out and enjoy a fun afternoon!
Save the Date - 4th Season Finale
Upstairs at The Waterfront, 590 Liverpool Road, Pickering ON
Thursday, May 30 @ at 9 pm

A night of New Orleanian Blues with a full band and lots of room for dancing.
More info coming soon.
At Le Troquet, 41 Laval, Gatineau (Old Hull)
March 27 – Mistysa
April 24 – Mike Goudreau Band CD release
May 29 – Carolyn Fe Blues Collective

At Le Petit Chicago, 50 promenade du Portage, Gatineau (Old Hull)
            April 10 – Bharath & His Rhythm Four
            May 8 – Jeff Rogers
            June 12 – Jim Zeller

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.

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
The Roosevelts and Sam Hopkins & his band
In support for "Blues For Martha"
The Mansion (The Living Room), Kingston ON
Friday, April 5 @ 9 pm (‘til late); $10 at the door

The Roosevelts and Sam Hopkins will be entertaining you all with an all blues revue.
This is our third annual benefit gig to raise money for Martha's Table
Shaun Riley Band
CD Release Party
The Standeasy @ the RCHA Club, 193 Ontario Street, Kingston ON
Saturday, April 6, 8:30 pm – midnight

One of Kingston’s very own is having their initial CD release party.

Drawing on their individual experiences, the Shaun Riley Band blends the past and present to create funky, up-beat, original blues music. The band produced their first self-titled CD of original blues songs (all written by Shaun Riley) in 2012. Shaun Riley opened as a solo act for Coco Montoya and the Shaun Riley Band recently opened for MonkeyJunk.

The band consists of Shaun Riley - electric guitar and vocals, Wayne Riley - bass guitar, harmonicas Craig Tousignant - keyboards Reg Watson – drums
The Roosevelts, The Calamity Janes, The Shout Sister Choir,
Sarah Hamilton & David, and more!
The Firehall Theatre, Gananoque ON
Saturday, April 6
Noon ‘til 11:00 pm at The Stonewater Pub,
5-11 pm at The Firehall Theatre.

Fundraiser for Gilda's Club of Southeastern Ontario who are opening a clubhouse in Kingston.
Music all day by fabulous women performers – 3 venues, Prize draws and loads of fun all for a good cause. Look for Wristbands to go on sale after March 11, for $10.00 at Stonewater Pub and Muskie Jakes or, in Kingston, at the Gilda's Club Southeastern Office and at the Kingston Brew Pub!
Please help us spread the word.
High Spirit Blues
with Peter Karp & Sue Foley & their band  
Chalmers United Church, 212 Barrie Street, Kingston ON 
Sunday, May 5; 8-10 pm; advance tickets $20

On the heels of their 2nd CD release “Beyond the Crossroads” and 9 months on tour which brought them across the US, Canada and Europe Peter Karp and Sue Foley along with their band will present a new show called High Spirit Blues.
The High Spirit Blues show will be featured in Churches, Town Halls and Festivals across America and will bring together elements of Blues and Roots Music with high energy Spirituals.
“Our aim is to uplift people” says Foley, “We want everyone walking out feeling better than when they came in.”
“We're writing songs with themes in mind. Positivity, renewal, absolution."  Karp added, "These times are trying - in the heart and in the streets. Time to fire up the amps and blow heat."

Peter Karp is a gifted, award winning singer/songwriter and American troubadour. He’s a master songsmith, an accomplished guitarist and pianist who repeatedly transfixes audiences across the US, Canada and Europe. Critics compare his songwriting to John Hiatt and John Prine with impressive guitar and slide licks infused by his love of Albert King and Elmore James. Peter Karp personifies the amorphous Americana sound, seamlessly blending roots music with a high sense of entertainment.
Sue Foley from Ottawa, Canada is considered to be one of the finest blues/roots artists working today. At 16 she embarked on her professional career. By 21 she was living in Austin TX and recording for legendary blues label Antone’s Records. Throughout the ‘90s she took to the road with her paisley Telecaster and honed her craft working/sharing the stage with such artists as BB King, Buddy Guy, Lucinda Williams and Tom Petty. In 2000, after moving back to Canada Sue won the prestigious Juno award and a record breaking 17 Maple Blues Awards.
Deanne Bogart
560 Legion Hall, 734 Montreal Street, Kingston ON
Saturday, June 1; 8 pm – midnight; advance tickets $20

Deanna Bogart is pianist, and saxophone player and a 3 times winner of the American Blues Award for Horn player; she is nominated this year for the Pinetop Perkins award as best keyboard player. Deanna has played and shared the stage with such artists as BB King, Buddy Guy, James Brown, Koko Taylor, Ray Charles and countless other greats.
Advance tickets are $20 for each show and can be reserved now by calling 613-384-8168
These shows will sell out – so reserve your tickets early.
For more info, contact the Kingston Blues Society at info@kingstonbluessociety.ca
KBS Monthly Jam
The Standeasy
RCHA Club, 193 Ontario Street, Kingston ON
Third Saturday each month @ 8:30 pm, $3 at the door

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 31 – OBS DAWG’ON BLUES – Blues with a Gospel/Roots Feel
Next week, April 7 – 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, March 27 – Jazz & Blues Birthdays: Ron Sweetman plays recordings by jazz and blues artists who share his birthday, including Harold Ashby, Leroy Carr, Johnny Copeland, Robert Junior Lockwood, Pee-Wee Russell, Sarah Vaughan and Ben Webster.
Next week, April 3 – Listen Before You Buy: Recent jazz releases, with an emphasis on pianists, presented 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.
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

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