28 May 2013

Ottawa Blues This Week - 28 May 2013

Class Axe Guitars & Calabogie Blues present
Steve Strongman
Calabogie Peaks Resort, Calabogie ON
Friday, May 31

See Canada's newest Juno winner, Steve Strongman - One night only in Calabogie. Tickets only are $25 each. Room & ticket packages start at $99 includes room (double occupancy) and two tickets.
If you book a condo you and friends can stay for as little as $52 per person … lots of deals to be had. Call 1 800 669 4861 for all the details. More info:  peaks@calabogie.com
Scarlett Jane
Luneta’s Bistro, 665 Bronson Avenue
Friday, May 31 @ 9 pm

Neat Coffee Shop, Burnstown ON
Saturday, June 1 @ 8 pm

Scarlett Jane is one of the most exciting new collaborations in recent Canadian music - the marriage of the distinctive songs and beautifully haunting voices of Andrea Ramolo and Cindy Doire.

Both Andrea and Cindy are road warriors. Andrea was two records into a solo career when she joined forces to create Scarlett Jane. She’s the queen of taking music to places you may well have never heard of; she’s completed (and booked) four major national tours across Canada. She’s of Italian heritage, a sweet city woman with fire in her heart, embers in her voice, and a background that includes school teaching (yes, she has her qualifications), acting in films, and even tap dancing. Cindy calls herself a troubadour and a vagabond. She’s from Timmins, Northern Ontario, bilingual, and she’s as at home in a Paris bistro as she is hitchhiking in Cuba, busking in Spain or making her CDs in Nashville. Her voice can whisper or roar, as the song (and the lyrics) demand. She has three solo
albums, two in French, and she’s toured regularly in French Canada and Europe.

They met several years ago at a tiny Toronto music venue; their solo careers were starting to move forward, and they shared a passion for prose, poetry, theatrics and songs in minor keys. They liked blues and country, old school soul and rock ’n’ roll.

The blend of their voices stopped conversations; their musical sensibilities interweaved seemingly without effort. Soon, they began collaborating as songwriters, performing on each other’s shows and singing on each other’s solo albums.

And now, “Stranger”, their debut recording, captures their strength and their vulnerability, and a progressive roots sound which embodies the raw and candid demeanor of Lucinda Williams, the moody sensuality of Stevie Nicks and Nick Cave, and the tender playfulness of Dolly Parton.

The singers’ collaborative songwriting, sultry performance style, and full band arrangements open up windows for the duo on both the indie scene and in major markets, nationally and internationally.

Scarlett Jane: powerful and irrefutable, musically and dynamically. From the studio to the stage, this intriguing female duo is geared for great things.
Rob Lutes
CD Release for “The Bravest Birds’
with Special Guest Terry Tufts opening
Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street
Saturday, June 1

“The Bravest Birds”, the highly anticipated 6th full length CD from Rob Lutes, was released on January 31 with a launch at Montreal's La Sala Rossa. The CD is getting great reviews and lots of airplay in Canada and Europe.   

Full-band Ottawa launch of The Bravest Birds is this Saturday June 1 at Irene's in Ottawa! With Terry Tufts doing first set!
The Blazers
Rainbow, 76 Murray
Sunday, June 2 @ 4 pm; $8

Members of The Blazers have a great deal of experience travelling the King’s Highway and playing live at festivals all over Ontario and clubs in the Greater Toronto Area. Members of the band have recorded and/or shared the stage with JUNO Award, Maple Blues Award, ECMA Award, and Indie Award winners/nominees.

We had an awesome experience recording our debut album "RED HOT" with 3 JUNO award winners and appreciate all the support and guidance. We had a lot of fun in the studio and you will feel the high energy and creative spirit throughout in our music.

The Blazers own RED HOT ROCK and always tailor our set list to the venue and the crowd, mixing in well known covers and tightly arranged originals to keep the audience dancing and partying all night long.

The RED HOT Blazers - "Rockin' Rhythm & Blues with infectiously Funky grooves that straddle the line where Red Hot Rock meets Rhythm & Blues with exuberance that's impossible to resist!"
The Hunger Show – pour la Faim
Wakefield Community Centre, 38 Valley Road, Wakefield QC
Friday, May 31 @ 8 pm; tickets 819-775-0695
            Proceeds to Moisson Outaouais

With J.D. Slim, MonkeyJunk and Jack de Keyzer.
Wicked Grin
Rainbow, 76 Murray Street
Friday, May 31 @ 9:30 pm

Hey there GGrriinneerrss – A reminder that we will be at the Rainbow this Friday, May 31, with Express and Company featuring Melissa Payne. Check them out at http://expressandcompany.com/. They're great. We'll be starting up around 9:30 and doing one long show.

On Saturday we'll be in Kingston opening for Deanna Bogart - this is worth the drive! The show is at The Legion, 734 Montreal St. Check out Deanna Bogart at http://www.deannabogart.com/

See ya'll there and then.

Wicked Grin
Blues with Bite
Virée Blues Boréale presents
Carolyn Fe Blues Collective
Cafe Bar Bistro Le Troquet, 41 Laval Street (Old Hull sector), Gatineau QC
Wednesday, May 29 @ 8 pm

Born in the Philippines in a highly entrepreneurial family, which clearly influenced her career, Carolyn Fe immigrated to Canada during a time when cultural diversity was not really very popular! The only family of Asian origins in a majorly white French-speaking families sector, the strong-natured Carolyn quickly learned to take her place. A multi disciplinary artist in dance, theatre, television, movies and music, there again, the entrepreneurial fibre inherited from her parents soon resurfaced. An internationally renowned professional choreographer and contemporary dancer, although only in her 20s, she started her own dancing school. She then left the artistic domain aside slightly to open her own consulting office for human resources; but she was quick to return to her previous domain, this time in music and acting on TV and movies. Whether in French, English or Tagalog, the accuracy of her acting soon lead her to larger scale productions like “Funkytown”, “Les Boys” and  “Just for laugh / the gags”.

Musically speaking, her group, the Carolyn Fe Blues Collective performs according to the Blues culture and is respectful of the Blues classic models but enriches these with an eclectic selection of varied music styles, through roots from overseas together with some inventiveness, all delivered in an energetic way by a powerful voice in theatrical performances; a highly innovative and progressive formula, quite far from the ordinary band! Her compositions, loaded with emotion, with lyrics that evoke deep sensations from the begging for love, the hard-core-in-your-face of truth denied or the dreamy allure of pure seduction are delivered by a solid group of seasoned musicians composed of  Dan Legault on drums, Rami Cassab on guitar, Tim Alleyne on keyboards and Oisin Little on bass. Their first album, “100%”, recorded in 2009 as well as their second, “Original Sin” in 2011 were fast to climb the charts of many FM and web radio stations throughout the world and continue to be positively reviewed, while a third album is being prepared for a launch this fall (2013). Numerous awards and nominations confirm the success of their presentations.
Music By the Bay Live 4th Season Finale
            with the Johnny Max Band
Upstairs at The Waterfront, 590 Liverpool Road, Pickering ON
Thursday, May 30 @ at 9 pm; $40

Johnny is a soulful singer whose respect and passion for all types of music is evident. He is also a brilliant entertainer who has audiences thoroughly enjoying each show. Johnny Max has built up a solid reputation as one of those guys who gives 110% and is one of the most action-packed and satisfying entertainers around.

To listen to Johnny Max tell it, and to watch Johnny Max present it, you understand very quickly that there’s more to creating great music than simply performing a first-rate piece of music well. It’s much more all-encompassing than that.  Max’s take includes engaging the audience, making his show accessible.  He wants to more than simply feed off the audience, he looks to make them part of the experience.  And he and his fans wouldn’t have it any other way.
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:  
            May 30 – Brent ‘Buck’ Tingley
            June 6 – Luke Ambridge
            June 13 – Jarhead & Jerome
            June 20 – Derek Downham
            June 27 – Peter Brown

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.
Deanna Bogart
Showplace Performance Centre Lounge, Peterborough ON
Tuesday, June 4 @ 8 pm; Tickets $32 at box office or on line www.showplace.org

From Lynn Morris:
Deanna Bogart is an American Blues singer, pianist and saxophone player who has won three American Blues Awards for Horn Instrumentalist of the year in 2008, 2009 and 2010, but what stands out most for me is her keyboard skills for which she was nominated for the 2013 BMA in the Pinetop Perkins Piano category. Deanna played on the patio at the Peterborough Holiday Inn in 2009; it was a great night for the fans at the Gazebo patio. The next day, she was the headliner at the Beaches Jazzfest but the weather was so bad that they had to shut down the stage. Deanna was so disappointed, as were all the fans at Kew Gardens (Rico Ferrara said it was the only time in over 20 yrs that they had to shut things down).
Maria Hawkins
Maxwell's, 340 Elgin Street
Thursday, June 6 @ 9 pm

Silky, Soulful, Smooth and Sassy - words to describe Ottawa's blues lady, Maria Hawkins. This soul sister is Funky, R&B, and sometimes Rocky and always performed with her own energetic emotional-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 at Maxwell’s on June 6.  Come on and join the fun!

Cooper Brothers
            CD Release “Southbound”
Ukranian Hall, 1000 Byron Avenue
Thursday, June 6; 8-11 pm; tickets $20

Canada’s premiere country-rock band from the seventies through to the mid ‘80s, the Cooper Brothers first gained international attention when they  signed a major recording contract with Capricorn Records (famous for several of the most popular southern-rock acts of the time including: The Allman Brothers, Marshall Tucker, Delbert McClinton and Elvin Bishop). The Cooper Brothers, Brian and Richard, released two albums under the Capricorn label, the self-titled, “Cooper Brothers” and “Pitfalls of the Ballroom”. Both albums sold extremely well and the singles ‘The Dream Never Dies’, ‘Rock and Roll Cowboys’, ‘Show Some Emotion’ and ‘I’ll Know Her When I See Her’ all charted on The Billboard Hot 100.

Among their many critical accolades, the Cooper Brothers were voted Best New Group in 1978, Best MOR Group in 1979 and Best Overall Group in 1980 by Canadian Contemporary Music Programmers. In 1980, ‘The Dream Never Dies’ also earned an A.S.C.A.P Award as one of the most performed songs on U.S radio.

At the height of their career, the band toured throughout North America, sharing the stage with such artists as: The Doobie Brothers, Black Oak Arkansas, Joe Cocker, Charlie Daniels, Atlanta Rhythm Section, McGuinn, Clark and Hillman, AC/DC  and Seals and Crofts. In addition, the band worked with some of the most prolific musicians of the day including Chuck Leavell – keyboardist for The Rolling Stones – who played on a popular Cooper Brothers’ track ‘Riding High’. After Capricorn Records folded, the brothers released two more albums before disbanding in the mid eighties.

In September 2009, the brothers went to Masterlink Studio in Nashville and in February 2010 a new Cooper Brothers album entitled “In From The Cold” was released, featuring 12 brand new songs. Their latest release, “Southbound” hit the airwaves in February and is now available. Produced by Colin Cripps from Blue Rodeo, the recording of “Southbound” began about a year ago at the Tragically Hip’s studio near Kingston (Nyles Spencer engineering). Additional recording was done in Ottawa at Audio Valley recording (Jason Fee engineering) and at Blue Rodeo’s studio in Toronto.

Check out the video for the title track https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Mk2xtmajdA
Harmonica Night
Rainbow, 76 Murray Street
Saturday, June 8 @ 10 pm

Steve Mariner (of MonkeyJunk)  http://www.myspace.com/stevemarriner
Raoul Bhaneja (of Raoul and the Big Time) http://www.myspace.com/raoulandthebigtime
Mathieu Gagnon (Firebelly) http://www.firebellyband.com/

If you are a fan of blues harmonica, you won’t want to miss this night.
Morgan Davis
            with the Jeff Hagerman Band
Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street
Wednesday, June 12 @ 9:30 pm

Canadian blues icon Morgan Davis with Sean Burke on bass, Jeff Hagerman on guitar and vocals and Joff Ward on drums. 
Zaphod Beeblebrox presents
The Legendary Southern Renegade Provocateur
Tav Falco
Zaphod Beeblebrox, 27 York Street
Thursday, June 20; Doors @ 8pm; advance tickets (limited time) $15

From Paris, France via Memphis, Tennessee, Acclaimed and revered by his musical peers and critics alike, here is your chance to see the indie rock legend. Falco has said his main artistic purpose is "to stir up the dark waters of the unconscious."

Tav Falco - The master of a raw and shambolic fusion of rockabilly, blues, and fractured noise, Tav Falco was, along with the Cramps, one of the earliest purveyors of what would come to be known as psychobilly, and he anticipated the fractured but hard-hitting blues wailing of the Gories and the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion by close to a decade.

Falco put together the first version of his band the Panther Burns (named for a famous Tennessee plantation), a group whose revolving membership included Alex Chilton and James Luther Dickinson in its early incarnations. Falco then relocated to New York City, where he brought his frenetic roots music to the Big Apple's then-thriving no wave scene, which led to Falco's major-label release, “Blow Your Top”, a 1982 EP issued by Chris Stein's (Blondie) Animal label. Throughout the 1980s and '90s, Falco began dividing his time between Europe and the United States, and released a slow but steady stream of recordings with shifting Panther Burns lineups while holding down another career as an actor.

His latest CD Live In London At The 100 Club, was released in 2012.
The Gladstone presents One Night Only!
Sam Korosi and Move On! presented by the Joe Gaspar Band
The Gladstone, 910 Gladstone Avenue
Friday, June 21 @ 7:30 pm; tickets $15 at the door

One Night Only! is a series of performances by local artists who will appear for one night only on The Gladstone stage. The series runs every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night from June 20 to August 24. Every show starts at 7:30 and every show is $15. Performances include music, theatre, improv and variety acts. The Gladstone is proud and very excited to provide Ottawa with the best in local live entertainment. 


Sam Korosi

Sam Korosi is a solo, multi-instrument musician, currently studying Popular Music and residing in Liverpool England. Sam's musical style is heavily influenced by Brit-pop, classic rock, alternative and folk music; entertaining audiences with familiar and influential hits ranging from Mumford and Sons to The Beatles. Sam is a familiar face to the city as a street performer in the Byward Market and musical act around Ottawa and Liverpool. An hour-long show filled with different instruments and light-hearted musicality and lots of Beatles. "A splendid time is guaranteed for all."
For more information visit the Facebook event page.


“Move On!” presented by Joe Gaspar Band

The band will present at this show their last album "MOVE ON!" plus some new songs and a few surprise covers.
Joe Gaspar is a multi-talented musician arrived in Canada from the European scenes; blues was always his guidance. He was a founder of the Romanian power-trio Quo Vadis, playing bass guitar and doing lead vocals for over 12 years. He is constantly researching the ways of music; due to his outstanding vocal abilities he is invited to join groups of different genre, singing in rock operas, playing keyboards, guitar, bass or even conducting choirs. 2010 found Joe on stage at the prestigious Ottawa Blues Fest.
Joe Gaspar Band was created in September 2011 to give life to his original ideas. The power-blues-trio include Joe on bass and vocals, Steve Dupont on drums and Jamie Young on guitar. Both Steve and Jamie are seasoned musician from the Ottawa music scene with solid blue-steel experience.
Let's rock the blues!
Keith Hallett
Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street
Friday, June 21 @ 9:30 pm

Keith Hallett brings his raw and gritty blues from the East Coast to Irene’s Pub.
Dr. John & the Nite Trippers
Victoria Hall Concert Hall, Cobourg ON
Monday, June 24 @ 8 pm; tickets $67.50 (general admission, theatre-style seating)

Multiple Grammy Award winner and Legend Dr. John, with his band The Nite Trippers, play a special intimate show at Victoria Hall in Cobourg on Monday June 24th. Featuring: Dr. John – vocals, keyboards, guitar; Bobby Floyd – keyboards; Joel Johnson – guitar; Sarah Morrow – trombone; Dwight Bailey – bass; and, Reggie Jackson – drums.

Dr. John, or Mac Rebennack as known to friends and family, is universally celebrated as the living embodiment of the rich musical heritage exclusive to New Orleans. His very colourful musical career began in the 1950s when he wrote and played guitar on some of the greatest records to come out of the Crescent City, including recordings by Professor Longhair, Art Neville, Joe Tex and Frankie Ford.

A notorious gun incident forced the artist to give up the guitar and concentrate on organ and piano. Further trouble at home sent Dr. John west in the 1960s, where he continued to be in demand as a session musician, playing on records by Sonny and Cher, Van Morrison, Aretha Franklin and The Rolling Stones' infamous Exile On Main St. to name a few.

During that time he also launched his solo career, developing the charismatic persona of Dr. John, The Nite Tripper. Adorned with voodoo charms and regalia, a legend was born with his breakthrough 1968 album “Gris-gris”, which established his unique blend of voodoo mysticism, funk, rhythm & blues, psychedelic rock and Creole roots.

After Hurricane Katrina and government bungles bashed New Orleans in 2005, Dr. John immediately stepped up to the plate with both generous relief fund-raising concerts and recordings and angry public words of protest. In 2008 he released “City That Care Forgot,” an album winning him a Grammy for Best Contemporary Blues Album. In 2013, Dr. John won a Grammy for his latest release "Locked Down", produced by one of the biggest bands on the planet, The Black Keys.
For tickets - 905-372-2210 or from Zap Records in downtown Cobourg 
Papadon Washington Trio
Rainbow, 76 Murray Street
Tuesday, June 25 @ 9 pm

Every few years, a new champion steps out of nowhere to help carry the blues traditions further into the future. Don Washington arrived right on time with the right tools for the job. Armed with powerful hands and a deep, muscular voice, Papadon is ready to shout the blues like a country preacher.

I was introduced to Don at the Chicago Blues Festival several years ago by my friend Bruce Iglauer (Alligator Records) who said: “Don Washington is an exciting young pianist and singer championing the blues piano tradition with flair, talent and soul. He can pound out a rocking boogie-woogie and get down into an intense slow blues, plus his original songs show plenty of writing talent (and a sense of humor). He’s got a strong voice and a warm and comfortable stage personality that can reach audiences easily. His performance at the 2005 Chicago Blues Festival won him a legion of new fans, and left the crowd hollering for more. I can heartily recommend him for any club or blues festival.”

And here’s what Jim O’Neal, co-founder of Living Blues said about that Chicago performance: “One of the most pleasant surprises I had at the 2005 Chicago Blues Festival was meeting and hearing Papadon Washington. It’s great to hear someone not only carrying on the blues piano tradition in such fine fashion, but knowing how to entertain an audience with it too.”
Bill Durst
Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street
Friday, June 28 @ 9:30 pm

For Bill Durst, 2013 has already shot through the roof with the promise of exciting things ahead. In January, he showcased at the Blues Summit in Toronto, then, in February, played the Mid-Winter Blues Festival in Regina Saskatchewan, and in March played in Moose Jaw and at the Saskatoon Blues Festival. On June 22 he’ll be at the Stratford Bluesfest and on July 12 the Bruce County Bluesfest in Kincardine. He’ll also be at the Dutch Mason Bluesfest on August 10 opening for Guitar Shorty and will be touring in Western Canada in November. His 2012 live CD is still receiving attention and he’s already writing for the next CD.
Weber Brothers
            with special guests Firebelly
Black Sheep Inn, Wakefield QC
Saturday, June 29 @ 8:30 pm; $10

There are bands for which rock and roll is a lifestyle, and then there are bands for which it is life. At an age when most boys are still dreaming of rock stardom, the Weber Brothers were too busy working to care. Four sets a night, four nights a week, the brothers perfected their hard-won sound in Maryland dive bars they were often too young to frequent.

Inspired by their intense love of Scorcese’s classic concert film “The Last Waltz,” Ryan and Sam sent off a self-recorded demo tape to the legendary Ronnie Hawkins, the elder statesman of rock whose former protégés (Robbie Robertson, Rick Danko, et al.) went on to reshape the music history as The Band. Duly impressed by the pair's immense raw talent, Hawkins promptly invited them to audition for his storied backing band, The Hawks. One quick decision and one long van ride later, they arrived at Hawkins’ rural Ontario home, and after surviving the intense musical apprenticeship of his fabled “Rock ‘n’ Roll Bootcamp,” they were in: full-blooded Hawks.

Ten years and six self-released albums later, the Webers have spread their wings, shared the stage with icons like Garth Hudson, Levon Helm, Leon Russell, Derek Trucks and Kris Kristofferson, and toured extensively throughout the US, Canada, and Europe.

“Left Right Left Right,” their seventh release, is nothing less than a rebirth of The Weber Brothers sound. A double album of 26 original songs, it fuses the stomping country rock learned at Hawkins’ knee with the brothers' own love of pop music in all its splendor, from gorgeous “Pet Sounds”/ “White Album” vocal harmonies to blacktop-burning 50’s rockabilly, full-throated Crazy Horse anthems to classic corner group doo-wop. Tightly focused in execution yet epic in scope, “Left Right Left Right” is the Weber Brothers at their finest.

Firebelly is a modern Canadian blues outfit, formed in 2012, driven by a collective passion to create fresh blues music, while respecting its rich & timeless traditions. Lead singer & harp player, front man Mathieu Gagnon, is a captivating storyteller, with the rare ability to make you live through the song, with his sweet powerful voice, & electrifying harp playing. The smooth & funky bass guitar of Dan Grewal, combine with the lively drums of Mike McNeil and the poignant & fearlessly tasteful guitar playing of Fredy Carrière, to create a stripped down Blues sound that is “just right” In a less than a year, they have already garnered major festival, television & national commercial radio airplay. Firebelly represented the Ottawa Blues Society at the 2013 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee in January.
At Le Petit Chicago, 50 promenade du Portage, Gatineau (Old Hull)
            June 12 – Jim Zeller

            2013 SEASON
ACOUSTIC BLUE MONDAYS at THE COVE INN in Westport, Ontario launches its 3rd season in June.  This famous Dinner & Show fundraiser Series features some of Canada's premier acoustic artists - "sit-and-listen" Blues as good as it gets. Proceeds go to support local Westport cultural events. There will be 4 Shows this summer – all in the intimate, air-conditioned comfort of The Cove Dining Room. The Cove is a classic 137 year old country inn with a Day Spa right next door. It's located in one of the most beautiful small towns in eastern Ontario - Westport - on the shores of scenic Upper Rideau Lake, part of the Rideau Waterway (a UNESCO World Heritage site). It's a wonderful area to visit any time of year but especially in the summer. The Cove is famous for its excellent food and drink, friendly staff, comfortable accommodation and fabulous LIVE music. It's only a 45 minute drive from Kingston, 1.5 hours from Ottawa, 2.5 from Syracuse NY, 3 from Montreal and 4 from Toronto - or you can come by boat!
June 17
From Deep Cove NS
MORGAN DAVIS www.morgandavis.com
A wonderfully talented singer, songwriter & guitarist who plays both original and traditional blues. Originally from Detroit via Los Angeles via Toronto Morgan now lives in Deep Cove, Nova Scotia. Over his long career he's won a Juno and 9 Maple Blues Awards as Songwriter, Recording, Producer, Male Vocalist and Acoustic Artist Of The Year. He's performed with legendary artists like Bukka White, Johnny Shines, Sunnyland Slim, Snooky Pryor, Hubert Sumlin, John Hammond and King Biscuit Boy. Anyone who appreciates straight-up blues delivered with talent, intensity and a good dose of humour will love Morgan Davis.
YOU TUBE "When You've Got A Good Friend" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JR8-q8ChaPo

July 15
From Toronto
FRASER/DALEY www.fraserdaley.com
Alec Fraser on upright bass, percussion and back up vocals and Mike Daley on guitar and lead vocals combine old time blues a la Blind Lemon Jefferson with great original songs in the country blues style. They met in 2007 after a Jeff Healey concert (Alec played bass in Jeff's band for years and is also an award winning producer), started playing together and haven't stopped since. "Fraser plays the upright bass so well, he needs no percussionist. And Daley is a magician on guitar" - The Hamilton Spectator
YOU TUBE "The Hellhole That I Call Home" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_7Tm9L-qXQ

August 26
From Vancouver
THE HARPOONIST & THE AXE MURDERER  www.harpoonistaxemurderer.com
This duo with the unusual name is - Shawn Hall on vocals and harp (the Harpoonist) and Matt Rogers on guitar, stomp board, bass, keyboards and back-up vocals (the Axe Murderer). They make a lot of sound for just two guys and bring a fresh take to roots blues with their contemporary lyrics and unique arrangements - yet they remain true to the old blues traditions. It's blues for a changing world - or as one of their fans put it - "blues that gets you in the crotch". Maple Blues Award nominee for Best New Artists Of The Year in 2012.
YOU TUBE "Roll With The Punches" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lar6_rwOChA

September 16
From Wainfleet ON
SUZIE VINNICK  www.suzievinnick.com
Suzie was born and raised in Saskatoon, spent years in Ottawa and Toronto and now resides in rural southern Ontario. She is one of the best-known folk blues singer/songwriter/guitarists in Canada with a voice that has been described as "spun gold and honey". Over the past 10 years she's won the Maple Blues Award for Best Female Vocalist a record 6 times, was nominated for a Juno last year and was a finalist in the Solo/Duo category at the 2013 International Blues Challenge in Memphis last January. "Warm, rich and emotional, Vinnick's gorgeous vocals ring with confidence..." Ottawa Citizen
YOU TUBE "Crazy 'Bout Lovin' Me" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4hS6Z8BrTXo

All shows - 6 to 10 pm
Call (613) 273-3636 or 1-888-COVE-INN
Well-priced accommodation is available at The Cove and nearby B&Bs but book ahead, rooms sell out early for these nights.
For more information visit www.choosetheblues.ca  

ACOUSTIC BLUE MONDAYS is produced by CHOOSE THE BLUES PRODUCTIONS Kenmore, Ontario www.choosetheblues.ca in co-operation with THE COVE INN www.coveinn.com  Sponsored by 101.9 DAWG FM Ottawa www.dawgfm.com & DAN AYKROYD WINES www.danaykroydwines.com

Choose The Blues Productions                       
Deanna 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 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
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, June 2 – OBS DAWG’ON BLUES – Cooking, Shoes and More New Blues
Next week, June 9 – OBS DAWG’ON BLUES – Blues By The River
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 2013. 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, June 5 – Ottawa International Jazz Festival: The first of two programs featuring the many fine artists who will be appearing at the Ottawa International Jazz Festival, between Thursday June 20 and Monday July 1, introduced by Ron Sweetman.
Next week, June 12 – Ottawa International Jazz Festival: The second of two programs featuring the many fine artists who will be appearing at the Ottawa International Jazz Festival, between Thursday June 20 and Monday July 1, introduced by Ron Sweetman.
On CBC Radio Two 103.3 FM
Saturdays: 6-8 pm
On CBC Radio One 91.5 FM
Saturdays: 9-11 pm
Saturday Night Blues
Host Holger Petersen has been a broadcaster, record producer, album collector, and serious blues fan for over 30 years.  His collection of blues records numbers in the thousands.  On Saturday Night Blues each week you’ll hear a mix of classic blues from the ‘Petersen Vaults’, concerts, interviews, artist features, new releases, plus anything that boogies, jumps, or swings, plus your requests from the Bluesline.
And check out SNB videos here http://www.cbc.ca/snb/video/
On CJHR 98.7 Valley Heritage Radio
Thursdays, 8-10 pm
Got The Blues
Pat Watters is your host for this blues only radio show, now in its 6th year.  It can be heard throughout the Ottawa Valley and streaming on the internet at valleyheritageradio.ca.
Canada Live - Radio Two @ 7pm, Monday to Thursday; Friday – Radio One

Thursday, June 6
            Joe Gaspar Band @ the Lunenburg Pub for Beerfest ‘Battle of the Bands’ ($2 beer!)
            Maria Hawkins @ Maxwell’s, 9 pm
            Cooper Brothers CD release @ the Ukranian Hall, 8 pm
Sunday, June 9
Maria Hawkins hosts the Open Blues Jam @ the Rainbow
JW-Jones @ Les Brasseurs du Temps, 8 pm
Friday, June 14
            Victor Nesrallah @ Irene’s
            Myers Brothers Band with s/g David Walker @ Bass Line Station, 9:15 pm
            MonkeyJunk @ the Rainbow, 10 pm
Saturday, June 15
            JW-Jones Band @ the Rainbow, 10 pm
Monday, June 17
            Airliner Blues Band @ the Rainbow, 8:30 pm
Friday, June 21
            Joe Gaspar Band @ Gladstone Theatre Summer Series
Sunday, June 23
            Steve Thomas Band hosts the Open Blues Jam @ the Rainbow
Saturday, June 29
            Firebelly opening for the Weber Brothers @ the Black Sheep, 8:30 pm
Sunday, June 30
            River City Junction hosts the Open Blues Jam @ the Rainbow

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