15 April 2013

Ottawa Blues This Week - 15 April 2013

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.
Guitar Pedals with Tony D
Folklore Centre, 1111 Bank Street
Saturday, April 20; 2-4 pm; $20 Folklore Centre members; non-members $25

Join award winning guitarist Tony D for an afternoon discussion of pedals and amps (but mostly pedals!). Tony has been playing for more than 30 years and has seen his share of pedals and equipment come and go. He has a pretty good idea of how to chain them together to get the sound you are looking for. Every pedal can add and/or contract your sound. Bring a notebook and a cup of coffee… So, do you stick that Dynacomp compressor before or after the delay?
Guitar Pedals with Tony D. Sat. April 20th, 2-4pm
Calabogie Blues Weekend
Calabogie Peaks Resort, Calabogie ON

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
Sunday Matinee Dance Shows with
Ball and Chain and the Wreckers
Westboro Masonic Hall, 430 Churchill Avenue
Sunday, April 21

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!
Les Brasseurs du Temps, 170 rue Montcalm, Gatineau
Sunday, April 21 @ 8 pm: $20

Les Brasseurs du Temps are proud to present Canada’s Top Touring Bluesman. JW-Jones is moving up with a boundary breaking CD. On his seventh release, aptly titled “Seventh Hour”, Jones has teamed up with multi-Juno award winning artist/producer, Steve Dawson, to mix the album. 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. While keeping one foot firmly planted in the roots he came from, this Maple Blues Award winner believes that appealing to a younger audience is the most important way to ensure the evolution of blues-based music.
Musicians who tour with Jones – Richard Janssen (drums) and Laura Greenberg (bass) – always add a powerful energy to the stage.
Friday, April 19
            The FunKtion @ the Rainbow  
Saturday, April 20
            Zydeco Loco @ the Atomic Rooster, 4 pm
            Wicked Grin @ Irene’s
Sunday, April 21
            The Steve Thomas Band hosts the Open Blues Jam @ the Rainbow
Ball and Chain and the Wreckers @ the Westboro Masonic Hall
Drew Nelson @ the Atomic Rooster, 6-9 pm
JW-Jones @ Les Brasseurs du Temps, Gatineau
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)
Blues on the Rideau presents
David Rotundo Band with Julian Fauth
The Cove Inn, Westport ON
Friday and Saturday, April 19-20, 7 to 11 pm; Dinner & Show $60
Proceeds to Westport In Bloom & Westport Library

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. 

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
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:  
            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.
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.
For more information, attend
BIG MAMA! Salon Saturday
NAC Fountain Room NAC English Theatre
Saturday, April 27 at 12:45 pm

Artistic Director Jillian Keiley invites English Theatre patrons to join her and Big Mama! Director John Cooper and CKCU’s Black and Blues host John Tackaberry, as they discuss the creation of the play and the history and influence of the Blues.
Free to the public.
John Carroll & the Epic Proportions
            with special guest Ken Voita
Black Sheep Inn, Wakefield QC
Friday, April 26 @ 8:30 pm; tickets $10 (advance), $15 at the door

It’s gonna be another rocking night with John Carroll & The Epic Proportions at Canada's music hotspot The Blacksheep Inn in Wakefield, QC. This time with special guest Ken Voita!

John Carroll's music fits comfortably into a variety of genres and time-periods, drawing heavily on traditional blues and country folk, all the while synthesizing the eclectic elements of his music into a coherent contemporary and colourful sound.  John Carroll's songs are well complimented by his band, The Epic Proportions - top-shelf Ottawa musicians Olivier Fairfield (percussion), Phil Charbonneau (bass, upright bass) & Fred Guignon (lap slide, electric guitar). John and his band stretch the limits of their genres by visually interpreting John's song-craft through sound that defies any predictability, but has its roots in blues, jazz, country folk and rock ‘n' roll. They've packed the house every time they've played The Black Sheep and they are gonna do it again! 'Robots' nearly brought the audience to their knees last show! 

There will be a bus for those of you who'd rather drink than drive. Bus tix are $15 return.
Bus departs from Kemptville B&H @ 6 pm and picks up in Ottawa @ 6:40pm @ the Laff (42 York St.)
Email bookings@johncarrollmusic.com or message Anna Lee to reserve your seats now.
Limited seating.
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          ***VERY FEW TICKETS LEFT***
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.
Declan O’Donovan
Neat Coffee Shop, 1715 Calabogie Road, Burnstown ON
Saturday, May 11; $15

With a raw, gritty and unique voice, singer/pianist Declan O’Donovan is a master storyteller who draws his audiences in with evocative lyrics, a sense of humour just this side of dark, and a sweet melodic charm that is plain irresistible. Moving his deft fingers along the keyboard, swiftly changing from blues & roots rock to Canadiana and back again, this genre-bending singer/songwriter possesses a truly organic sound and a story (or two) to tell.
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!
Bharath & His Rythym Four with Buck Tingley
Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street
Friday, May 17 @ 9:30 pm

Montreal harp-master Bharath Rajakumar and his band team up with now-local guitar-slinger Buck Tingley.
Sunday Matinee Dance Shows with
Ball and Chain and the Wreckers
Westboro Masonic Hall, 430 Churchill Avenue
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!
Neat Coffee Shop, 1715 Calabogie Road, Burnstown ON
Thursday & Friday, May 23-24; $30

2012 JUNO AWARD winners for Best Blues Album and 15-Time Maple Blues Award winners in a short 5-year existence.
They’ll be playing songs from their first two CDs and some of the new ones from their upcoming release.
MonkeyJunk is: Steve Marriner (vocals, harmonica, keyboards, guitar); Tony D (lead guitar); Matt Sobb (drums).
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)
April 24 – Mike Goudreau Band CD release
May 29 – Carolyn Fe Blues Collective

At Le Petit Chicago, 50 promenade du Portage, Gatineau (Old Hull)
            May 8 – Jeff Rogers
            June 12 – Jim Zeller

          - 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 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
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
PLEASE NOTE – This the last show until we resume in September
Lindsay Barr Band
The Standeasy @ the RCHA Club, 193 Ontario Street, Kingston ON
Saturday, May 4 @ 8:30 pm; $3 at the door

From Peterborough … she has a gritty, raspy, charismatic stage presence and smokin’ vocals. She was a Canadian Idol Top 20 finalist. Barr has garnered opening slots at premiere events for Sam Roberts, Colin James and Our Lady Peace, as well as, showcasing at Canadian Music Week, NXNE, ECMAS, Nashville Songwriters Festival. The East Coast Music Awards (ECMA) nominee, Barr was named song writer and vocalist of the year at the “Dobro Awards” and the 2012 Female Vocalist of the Year at the Wire Awards.
Her relentless touring schedule has seen her perform 250 shows in the past two years.
Her third album is coming in the spring of 2103
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, April 21 – OBS DAWG’ON BLUES – ‘bad ass blues ballads’

Next week, April 28 – OBS DAWG’ON BLUES – Harmonica Heaven
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, April 17 – Ben Goldberg: Co-Host Jim Reil will explore the recordings of clarinetist Ben Goldberg, as a leader and with Nels Cline, Marty Ehrlich, Junk Genius, Myra Melford and Tin Hat.
Next week, April 24 – Listen Before You Buy: Ron Sweetman plays recent jazz releases by saxophonists Shirantha Beddage, Michael Blake, Ernest Dawkins, Jean Derome, Joshua Kwarsman, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Mike Murley, Dean Pallen & Dann Zinn.
On CBC Radio Two 103.3 FM
Saturdays: 6-8 pm
On CBC Radio One 91.5 FM
Saturdays: 9-11 pm
Saturday Night Blues
Host Holger Petersen has been a broadcaster, record producer, album collector, and serious blues fan for over 30 years.  His collection of blues records numbers in the thousands.  On Saturday Night Blues each week you’ll hear a mix of classic blues from the ‘Petersen Vaults’, concerts, interviews, artist features, new releases, plus anything that boogies, jumps, or swings, plus your requests from the Bluesline.
And check out SNB videos here http://www.cbc.ca/snb/video/
On CJHR 98.7 Valley Heritage Radio
Thursdays, 8-10 pm
Got The Blues
Pat Watters is your host for this blues only radio show, now in its 6th year.  It can be heard throughout the Ottawa Valley and streaming on the internet at valleyheritageradio.ca.
Canada Live - Radio Two @ 7pm, Monday to Thursday; Friday – Radio One

April 15 to 19, Canada Live looks ahead to the Juno Awards with concerts featuring Juno nominees

Monday, April 15
concert 1: Kathleen Edwards
, recorded at CBC Studio 211, Toronto
Kathleen Edwards has been creating buzz since before the release of her debut album Failer more than a decade ago. Early in 2011, just before the release her fourth record, Voyageur, she played an intimate, invitation-only album preview show in CBC Toronto's Studio 211. For this unique show she's joined by special guests Bahamas, Hannah Georgas, and Sarah Harmer. Kathleen Edwards is nominated for two Juno Awards: Songwriter of the year and Alternative Album of the Year for Voyageur.

concert 2: Old Man Luedecke at the Halifax Tall Ships Festival, recorded at Halifax Waterfront
Old Man Luedecke's immediate, folksy, and somehow mysterious music is only one half of the equation when you see this man live.  The other half is how he talks. His off-kilter, mildly sardonic, and totally appealing banter hooks you in, in ways that few others can. This man always has something to say, and he says it in ways you will never forget. In this set from the Tall Ships Festival in July of 2012, Old Man was alone on stage in front of thousands of people waiting for the big conclusion to a series of very popular concerts CBC presented at the Halifax waterfront. An orchestra was standing by in the wings and Old Man Luedecke was holding everyone off and letting the anticipation build. He did it with style and grace, making the audience forget that we were there for anything else. Old Man Luedecke's newest album, Tender is the Night, is nominated for a Juno in the Solo roots & traditional album of the year category.

concert 3: Royal Wood, recorded at CBC Toronto's Studio 211
Royal Wood's new album We Were Born To Glory hit shelves and e-retailers everywhere back in June of 2012. On the week of the album release we had the pleasure of having Royal Wood, his band, a string section and special guest Sarah Slean in CBC Toronto's Studio 211 for a special live-off-the-floor session that includes music from this new CD as well as one of his old favourites. We Were Born to Glory is nominated for an Alternative album of the year Juno.

Tuesday, April 16
concert 1: Cold Specks
, recorded at St. James Hall in Vancouver
She goes by the name Al Spx and she calls her band Cold Specks. Al and her band arrived in rainy Vancouver well into their North American tour to give an inspiring concert at St. James Hall. There's something about Cold Specks that puts a fresh coat of paint on the sound of gospel and blues - just when you might have thought there was nothing new to say. It could be the lyrics, which compel as they twist and turn between startling directness and intriguing mystery. It could be the attractive ebb and flow of the band's arrangements. One thing for sure is the powerful authority of Spx's voice. She and her band held the Vancouver audience close as they momentarily made time stand still with a beautiful set of music. Cold Specks is nominated for a Juno Award in the Breakthrough artist of the year category.

concert 2: Bahamas, recorded in CBC Toronto's Studio 211
Bahamas latest album, Barchords, is an intimate affair where the song and the singer are at the core. For a guy who knows how to rock, frontman Afie Jurvanen also knows the importance of space and texture. Barchords has both in spades. For this session Bahamas is made up of drummer Jason Tait of The Weakerthans fame with vocals by Carleigh Aikins and Felicity Williams, and Afie on guitar and vocals. Bahamas is nominated for two Juno Awards: Songwriter of the year and Alternative Album of the Year for Barchords.

Wednesday, April 17
concert 1: Alex Cuba
, recorded in at CBC Vancouver's Studio 1
Alex Cuba brought his band to CBC Vancouver's Studio 1, but he also brought some special guests - brother Adonis Puentes and keyboard specialist Joby Baker (who just happens to be Alex's record producer). The result? Some smokin' good Latin rhythms and melodies that speak from the heart. If you're already an Alex Cuba fan, you'll be pleased to hear the new songs that Alex unveils in this concert, from his latest album, Ruido En El Sistema (Noise in the System). If you're new to the Cuba experience, then you're in for a treat. Ruido En El Sistema is nominated for a Juno Award in the World music album of the year category.

concert 2: Johnny Reid in session,  recorded in CBC Toronto's Studio 211
Johnny Reid's latest album Fire It Up marks a big change for Johnny Reid. While his music is still deeply rooted in the themes and instrumentation that made his past albums such great country albums, this new album is closer to John Mellencamp or 1980's Bruce Springsteen than it is to Waylon Jennings. But it's clear that Fire It Up has also taken the country world by storm; Johnny and his band were nominated for a whopping ten CCMA Awards this year, and walked away with the Fans' Choice Award. Now, Johnny Reid is nominated for three Juno awards: Country album of the year, Artist of the Year, and Video of the year.

concert 3: Colin James in Session, recorded at Studio 211, Toronto
When Colin James first hit the scene a quarter century ago, he became an instant rock guitar hero, mentored by the legendary Stevie Ray Vaughan. Since then, this iconic Canadian has topped the charts as a pop vocalist, recorded an acclaimed blues album and led the swing revival with his Little Big Band, which he both fronted and produced. This six-time Juno Award winner has come full circle with his latest album, aptly titled Fifteen.  On the verge of 25 years since the release of his debut, this is Colin's 15th release and it takes this Saskatchewan artist back to his full-blooded rock roots. For this CBC studio session we invited Colin James and his band to perform songs from Fifteen, which is nominated for a Juno award in the Blues album of the year category.

Thursday, April 18
concert 1: Metric
, recorded in Studio Q at CBC Toronto
Multiple Juno-winning band Metric has led the charge on Canada's indie-rock scene for the past decade. The band performed three songs from their latest album, Synthetica, in Studio Q. Metric is nominated for three Juno awards: Juno fan choice award, Group of the year, and Alternative album of the year (for Synthetica).

concert 2: Serena Ryder, recorded at the Mod Club in Toronto
On November 20, one week before the release of her brand new album Harmony, singer-songwriter Serena Ryder performed a sold-out show at the Mod Club in Toronto. The special, intimate concert saw Serena premiering her new songs for an adoring crowd of fans. Serena Ryder is now nominated for two Juno awards: Single of the year for "Stompa" and Adult alternative album of the year for Harmony.

Canada Live podcast, released on Thursdays
Thursday, April 18 on the Canada Live podcast
The Wilderness of Manitoba
, recorded at Trinity St. Paul's United Church, Toronto
Think back to the days when Crosby, Stills and Nash and Joni Mitchell ruled the airwaves, then add a modern twist and a love for the banjo and you've got The Wilderness of Manitoba. The band recently released their latest CD, Island of Echoes, and the CD release show was perhaps the biggest show of the band's career. An army of attentive Wilderness of Manitoba fans filled Trinity St. Paul church in Toronto's Annex neighbourhood; at times they were so quiet that you may wonder if they were there at all. A beautiful band in a beautiful venue with a crowd on the edge of their seats.

CBC Radio 1 broadcast, Fridays at 2:05 pm
Friday, April 19 on CBC Radio 1
concert 1: Serena Ryder
, recorded at the Mod Club in Toronto
On November 20, one week before the release of her brand new album Harmony, singer-songwriter Serena Ryder performed a sold-out show at the Mod Club in Toronto. The special, intimate concert saw Serena premiering her new songs for an adoring crowd of fans. Serena Ryder is now nominated for two Juno awards: Single of the year for "Stompa" and Adult alternative album of the year for Harmony.

Monday, April 22
            Firebelly @ Les Brasseurs du Temps, Gatineau
Friday, April 26
            John Carroll & the Epic Proportions @ the Black Sheep Inn, Wakefield QC
            Double Bill – Sweet & the Back Beat & the Moondogs @ Greenfield’s Pub
Saturday, April 27
            Three Times Lucky @ the Atomic Rooster, 4 pm
            Tony D Band with Zeek Gross & Rob Pappas @ the Rainbow
Sunday, April 28
            River City Junction hosts the Open Blues Jam @ the Rainbow
            Firebelly @ the Atomic Rooster, 6-9 pm
Saturday, May 4
            Melting Pot All Star Blues Jam @ the Rainbow, 4 pm
Friday, May 10 
            The Kingmakers @ Irene’s Pub
Saturday, May 11
            Buck Tingley & the Hard Lookin Tickets @ the Atomic Rooster
Friday, May 17
            The Split @ the Black Sheep Inn, Wakefield, 8:30 pm
            Dawg Day Afternoon & the Joe Gaspar Band @ the Brass Monkey
Sunday, May 19
Ball and Chain and the Wreckers @ the Westboro Masonic Hall
Three Times Lucky @ the Black Sheep Inn, Wakefield, 4:20 pm
Monday, May 27
Victor Nesrallah @ Les Brasseurs du Temps, Gatineau

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