07 May 2013

Ottawa Blues This Week - 7 May 2013

FINAL WEEK … this is a ‘don’t miss’ event!

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.

Check out Mike Regenstreif’s review of Big Mama!  http://frfb.blogspot.com/
Chris Antonik
            CD Release “Better For You”
Rainbow, 76 Murray Street
Saturday, May 11

In 2010, Canadian blues guitarist, singer and songwriter Chris Antonik arrived onto the National and International blues scene with his self-titled debut album which received widespread critical acclaim, placed in the Roots Music Report Top 100 charts for over a year, and garnered Antonik a nomination for Best New Artist of the Year at Canada’s national Maple Blues Awards.  After extensive touring and major blues festival appearances in Canada in 2011 and 2012, Chris now returns with his highly anticipated follow-up “Better For You”. “Better For You” is a highly personal and reflective album for Antonik, dealing with rebuilding relationships, learning to put others first, and developing a positive moral code in a world full of blues. 
With Antonik on the majority of lead vocals, guest vocalists include: two-time Grammy award-winner Mike Mattison (The Derek Trucks Band, The Tedeschi-Trucks Band), 2013 American Blues Music award-nominee Shakura S’Aida, and the incredibly soulful Josh Williams (The Fat Cats), who also features on keyboards throughout the album.  The electrifying and eternally funky Chris Chiarelli (drums) and Andrew Taylor (bass) once again hold down the rhythm section.  Other guest artists include: blues Juno award-winners Steve Marriner (MonkeyJunk) and Julian Fauth, as well as Canadian music veterans Suzie Vinnick, and Richard Underhill, who arranged all the horns on the album. Co-produced by Antonik and Ted Onyszczak, the album was recorded by Grammy award-winning engineer Jeremy Darby (U2, Mick Jagger, Colin Linden) at Toronto’s Canterbury Studios, and includes 10 original songs written and co-written by Antonik, and one cover song.
Blind Dog Willy
Maxwell’s, 340 Elgin, Street
Thursday, May 9 @ 9 pm

Blind Dog Willy is a power trio that came together in the spring of 2007. Although this is a relatively new ensemble, each member brings over 20 years of music experience to the table. Featuring solid vocals, masterful guitar work and a kick-ass rhythm section, Blind Dog Willy really rocks the house!!
Blind Dog Willy, will do 2 great sets that night.
Come on and join the fun ;)
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)
Thursday, May 9
            Blind Dog Willy @ Maxwell’s, 9 pm
Friday, May 10 
            The Kingmakers @ Irene’s Pub
            Capital B & Terry Owen (The Lying Bastards Duo) @ O’Connell’s Pub, 9 pm
            The Indelible Shameless Blues @ the Blackburn Arms, Blackburn Hamlet, 9 pm
Saturday, May 11
            Buck Tingley & the Hard Lookin Tickets @ the Atomic Rooster
            Sweet & the Back Beat @ D’Arcy McGee’s, Orleans, 9 pm
            The Indelible Shameless Blues @ the Carleton Tavern, 9:30 pm
Sunday, May 12
            Wicked Grin hosts the Open Blues Jam @ the Rainbow
            River City Junction @ the Atomic Rooster, 6-9 pm
The 17th edition of Virée Blues Boréale present
The Jeff Rogers Band
Le Petit Chicago, 50 Promenade du Portage, Gatineau
Wednesday, May 8 @ 8 pm

After a 4-year delay, this virtuoso of the piano, with a deep warm Soul voice, an artist who left a strong impression on us on his first visit is coming back in a slightly different set-up. The brass section has been put aside for a while to allow for two new members, one on guitar and another on a B3 organ to help improve the groove of an already funky main section, so as to sound like New Orleans style Soul and Funk. All the original compositions, a whole bunch of new covers and a new BIG sound;   Meet the new Jeff Rogers Band.

A native of Bathurst New Brunswick, in 1980, Jeff Rogers soon moved to Ottawa where he now lives.   Attracted to the piano around age 4 and encouraged by his parents, he became the keyboard player of a first group at 10. At the Nepean School of Music, he began moving toward jazz on the alto saxophone, leaving the piano aside. This is when he joined the Nepean All-City Jazz Band, at 17. This shift led to success as Jeff then earned the position of first alto sax in an 18 piece band, chosen among over 6000 Canadian musicians, at the MusicFest National All-Star Band in Vancouver, in 1999. After his studies, Jeff decided to learn two new instruments: the voice by singing and the guitar by playing it (sure!); he rehearsed in the region’s open-mic parties. This allowed him to develop the incredible voice that we can now hear as well as improve his stage presence. During that period of time, he started experimenting with various music styles that were new to him, from Funk to Punk and Rock and Pop, for sure, but always keeping his fondness for the Salsa, the Jazz, the Swing and, for sure, the Blues.A member of the famous Southern Rock group The Cooper Brothers, and of Silver Creek, those many eclectic projects led to defining the now very popular group that performs in a hundred or so shows a year across the river and all over Canada, The Jeff Rogers Band.

After their eponymous first CD, launched in April 2007, in which the group offered a Blues Funk sound with a hint of Rock, with keyboard and sax front row but always supported by the warm deep sound of Jeff’s voice, we began hearing The Jeff Rogers Band in lots of festivals as well as opening for celebs like Taj Mahal, Colin Linden, Sonny Landreth and The Downchild Blues Band. In 2012, we hear a definitely Soul / R & B Jeff Rogers on his second album “Let It Show”. We also can perceive traces of Jeff’s major influences, B.B. King, Stevie Wonder, Jamiroquai, Prince, Donny Hathaway, Ray Charles, John Mayer and Ben Harper.

The eagerly expected return of a superb voice who, like so many of the Blues and of the Soul Greats, hides a major mastery of instruments behind a relaxed look: Jeff Rogers - vocals and keyboards, with James Burmeister - Bass, Ross Murray - Drums, Jeff Devalk & Anders Drerup - Electric Guitar and Don Cummings - Hammond Organ.  

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

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.
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 9 – Don Cummings
            May 16 – Jed Rached
            May 23 – Mark Crissinger
            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.
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).
Ross Neilsen & Conor Gains
Rainbow, 76 Murray Street
Friday, May 24 @ 9 pm

Canada’s hardest working blues rock musician, Ross Neilsen, does it right. He’s taking strong, timeless material to the place that matters: The People. Proving hard work pays off Neilsen has been honoured with a nomination for Best New Artist at The Maple Blues Awards in 2010, two Rising Star nominations from CBC, back to back Blues Album of the Year nominations from the East Coast Music Association, a win for Best Blues Recording for Redemption at the 2010 MusicNB awards and in 2012 Neilsen was a semi finalist in the solo/duo category at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN. He is a real, old-school kind of artist. Write. Tour. Record. Tour. Repeat.

Songwriter and blues guitarist extraordinaire, Conor Gains has performed with the BB King All stars, in Nashville and Memphis, and was invited by the late Les Paul to join him on stage at New York’s Iridium Jazz Club – all before his 16th birthday!   Now, still 18 years of age, Gains has been collaborating with fellow Cambridge, Ontario musicians Vic Freitas (Drums) and Jeremy Patey (Bass) for the past two years. The results have been staggering. The Conor Gains Band won the Grand River Blues Society’s ‘Road to Memphis’ competition and represented the region in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis January 31st – February 4th, 2012. The band made an enormous impression there receiving invitations across North America.   As a songwriter Gains is blossoming and gradually introducing more of his original songs into the band’s setlist. Two years ago he also had the privilege of writing a song with Grammy Award winner Dan Hill who said of the young man ” I swear he’s brilliant.”   The band’s debut album “The Junction Sessions” was released January 28th, 2012 and features eleven Conor Gains original songs with special guest Shakura S’Aida, the 2011 Maple Blues Award Winning vocalist, appearing on two tracks.
Thom Swift with Steve Marriner
Black Sheep Inn, Wakefield QC
Sunday, May 26 @ 4:20 pm; tickets $15 advance

Promoting the release of his new album, “The Fortunate Few”, multi award-winning, roots-blues musician, Thom Swift will take the stage at The Blacksheep Inn in Wakefield on Sunday, May 26 at 4:20 p.m. The show is a double bill with Ottawa-based, roots-blues musician and Monkey Junk member, Steve Marriner.
Based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Swift is well known for his “sophisticated guitar-playing”, “earthy baritone voice” and “textured and truthful” lyrics. 

“The Fortunate Few” (Independent), released March 5, is Swift’s third solo recording. Produced by Swift, the CD offers ten tracks and features acclaimed musicians, Geoff Arsenault, Brian Bourne, Kevin Breit, Scott Marshall, Mike Stevens, and Bill Stevenson. 

Prior to his fruitful solo career, Swift played with blues-folk trio Hot Toddy for 12 years. As a solo artist, Swift has three previous award-winning recordings to his credit: 2007’s “Into The Dirt” (Independent), 2010’s “Blue Sky Day” (Groundswell/Warner) and a 2011 children’s recording titled, “The Wood Buffalo Youth Song Project” (Independent). 

Victor Nesrallah
Les Brasseurs du Temps, Gatineau QC
Monday, May 27: 7:30-9:30pm; $10

Victor will be performing solo acoustic, with two 45 minute sets. Les Brasseurs du Temps is a great venue and brew pub with Quebecois cuisine.
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.
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!"
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!

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.
At Le Troquet, 41 Laval, Gatineau (Old Hull)
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
            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

James Doran                                                   
Choose The Blues Productions                       
Kenmore, Ontario                                
(613) 574-0086                                      
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 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
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, May 12 – OBS DAWG’ON BLUES – Mother’s Day 
Next week, May 19 – 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 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, May 8 – Keith Jarrett: New Co-Host Rob Bitschofsky surveys the career of fabled pianist Keith Jarrett, who celebrates his 68th birthday today.
Next week, May 15 – Sidney Bechet: Join Ron Sweetman in celebrating the 116th anniversary of the great clarinetist and soprano saxophonist's birthday with a program featuring his recordings for the King Jazz label, made between July 1945 and December 1947 with Danny Barker, Wellman Braud, Big Sid Catlett, Baby Dodds, Pops Foster, Kaiser Marshall, Mezz Mezzrow, Hot Lips Page and Sammy Price.
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

Tuesday, May 7
concert 1: Sarah Slean with Symphony Nova Scotia
recorded at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium in Halifax
Sarah Slean is a pop diva pianist, vocalist, and arranger with an incredible imagination and one of the most loyal followings in the country. Christos Hatzis is a wide ranging master of classical composition. Together they teamed up to create one of the most moving, exhilarating and sophisticated pop/classical collaborations of the decade. Christos Hatzis tries his arranging chops with Sarah's tune "Parasol" and then together they dig into a three-movement song cycle, "Lamento," that draws upon the classic rock techniques of Led Zeppelin and the Eagles. A true meeting of the minds. For this performance, Sarah Slean is backed up by Symphony Nova Scotia, directed by Bernhard Gueller.

concert 2: Mundo Montreal, Recorded at the Lion D'or in Montreal on Feb 24, 2013
CBC Music's Mundo Montreal in co-operation with the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Montreal put together 1 moment Together with Paul Kunigis and a cast that included special guests Mamselle and Christine Tassan. Paul Kunigis' first 2 records, the 1997 Pamietan and the Juno Award winning 2003 Balagan were both surprising hits with Quebecers. His newest release entitled 1 moment! promises to repeat that success across Canada. It continues his fascination with a spirited cross over style that combines both Polish and Quebecois folk elements. The Lion D'or in Montreal was jam packed to see Kunigis and his group party with friends - the Mexican-born singer songwriter Mamselle and gypsy swing guitarist and singer Christine Tassan.

Wednesday, May 8
concert 1: Rose Cousins, recorded at the Ironwood Stage in Calgary
There's great music, a lot of laughs and some pretty impressive whistling in this show from the Ironwood Stage in Calgary. Rose Cousins is blessed with a gorgeous voice and a gift for songwriting. Those qualities have been recognized with multiple awards. Rose has toured extensively with her latest album, We Have Made A Spark, which was recorded in Boston with producer Zachariah Hickman. He joins her on bass in this Calgary show along with Austin Nevins on guitar.

Thursday, May 9
concert 1: Corb Lund and the Hurtin' Albertans, recorded at the Arden Theatre in St. Albert, Alberta
Country-roots musician Corb Lund is the product of four generations of Canadian ranchers and cowboys. He grew up in rural southern Alberta riding horseback, chasing cattle, and rodeoing. Corb Lund released his seventh disc, Cabin Fever, in the summer of 2012. A few months before the release of the album, Lund and his band, the Hurtin' Albertans, played a sneak peek show for an intimate audience at the Arden Theatre in St. Albert, Alberta. They performed tunes from the album, in both electric and acoustic versions.

Canada Live podcast, released on Thursdays
Thursday, May 9 on the Canada Live podcast
Jill Barber croons vintage country and steps out with Hank Williams, recorded at CBC Vancouver's Studio One
90 years since he was born in Alabama and 60 years since his passing, Hank Williams remains one of the most important country music artists of all time, and a man who knew how to write about the heart, good and bad. Jill Barber is a confident, sultry-voiced chanteuse, a Canadian sweetheart, loved by audiences wherever she tours. Barber's original songs transport us to a golden age we thought ended with the 40's and 50's, when popular music was filled with romance, style and was undeniably cool. Vintage country music fits right in! Jill stepped out of her well coiffed and crafted music and sound. She didn't put on gingham and fringe, although the boots were nice, but she definitely went old country and paid homage to Hank and other great songwriters of the day. We were treated to a great night of country crooning. Jill Barber was joined onstage by the fabulous Steve Dawson and the Black Hens for a mostly acoustic evening of tunes by Hank Williams and other vintage classics.

CBC Radio 1 broadcast, Fridays at 2:05 pm
Friday, May 10 on CBC Radio 1
concert 1: Rose Cousins, recorded at the Ironwood Stage in Calgary
There's great music, a lot of laughs and some pretty impressive whistling in this show from the Ironwood Stage in Calgary. Rose Cousins is blessed with a gorgeous voice and a gift for songwriting. Those qualities have been recognized with multiple awards. Rose has toured extensively with her latest album, We Have Made A Spark, which was recorded in Boston with producer Zachariah Hickman. He joins her on bass in this Calgary show along with Austin Nevins on guitar.

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
            Doreen Smith hosts the Open Blues Jam @ the Rainbow
The Sinners @ the Atomic Rooster, 6-9 pm
Sunday, May 26
            River City Junction hosts the Open Blues Jam @ the Rainbow
Jed Rached & the Fat City 8 @ the Atomic Rooster, 6-9 pm
Monday, May 27
Victor Nesrallah @ Les Brasseurs du Temps, Gatineau
Friday, May 31
            Wicked Grin (+ Express Company w/ Melissa Payne) @ the Rainbow, 10 pm
Thursday, June 6
            Joe Gaspar Band @ the Lunenburg Pub for Beerfest ‘Battle of the Bands’ ($2 beer!)
            Maria Hawkins @ Maxwell’s, 9 pm
Sunday, June 9
Maria Hawkins hosts the Open Blues Jam @ the Rainbow
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
Sunday, June 30
            River City Junction hosts the Open Blues Jam @ the Rainbow

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