03 June 2013

Ottawa Blues This Week - 3 June 2013

RBC Bluesfest organizers announced the finalists for their third annual ‘She's the One’ Emerging Female Artist Competition, sponsored by Ottawa's boom 99.7. The competition is a cross-Canada talent search for the best in emerging Canadian female music talent. With the help of boom 99.7, the festival welcomed submissions from more than 200 Canadian female musicians. The competition includes a solo and band category.

This year's finalists in the Solo Category are Ann Vriend, Suzie Vinnick, and Ottawa’s own Tara Holloway. Finalists in the Band Category are Saidah Baba Talibah, Danielle Duval and Alejandra Ribera. Sample their music by clicking here or going to the RBC Bluesfest website and visiting She’s the One, on the ‘PERFORMERS’ list.

These six finalists will have a 20-minute slot to perform at the RBC Bluesfest in front of professional jury, on Saturday, July 6. One winner will be chosen from each category. Judging will be based upon various criteria, including performance, stage presence/showmanship, originality, musicality, audience reaction, and the ever-important ‘It’ factor.
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.
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
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
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).
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:  
            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)

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.
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. 
Myers Brothers Band
Bass Line Station, 2557 Baseline Road
Friday, June 14 @ 9 pm

The Myers Brothers Band return to Bass Line Station with their house-rocking boogie grooves and 'Deep Blues' inspired by the Mississippi delta's urban and hill country juke joints on a hot Saturday night! Friday June 14, 9 pm - Midnight. Special Guest on harmonica and sax is David "Walk-the-Line" Walker from Wales, UK who has performed with the Brothers in England and USA. 

“Shout Sister!” Choir

Fundraiser Concert for St. Joe’s Women’s Centre
St. Paul’s Catholic High School, 2675 Draper Avenue

Saturday, June 15 @ 8 pm; Doors open 7:30 pm; tickets $15, children under 8 years free

Ottawa’s “Shout Sister!” choir is making a “joyful noise” for St. Joe’s Women’s Centre. Jody Benjamin directs two choirs, one in Ottawa Centre and the other in Ottawa West, and they are joining forces as we continue our tradition of giving back to our community.

We dedicate our annual fundraiser to helping our communities.  We are also found throughout the year performing at other fundraisers and at seniors’ homes.  Our performances are joyful occasions and our audiences respond with delight to our enthusiasm and energy.

There are 15 Chapters of Shout Sister! Choir in Ontario now. Our Ottawa Sisters were featured in the April issue of Walrus Magazine and this coming November they will be opening for the Nylons at the Shenkman Arts Centre.  The word is out – Shout Sister rocks!

St. Joe’s Women’s Centre is a day program that is dedicated to the needs of women, in a supportive and safe environment. Social and educational programs are offered to promote empowerment, autonomy, and dignity in a non-judgmental atmosphere. St. Joe’s Women’s Centre was founded in May 1984 to provide daytime shelter for Ottawa’s homeless women. Today, St. Joe’s Women’s Centre continues to play a significant role in the lives of many women and their children. A warm, safe, caring place to spend the day makes a real difference in one’s life.
This is an all-ages show. Bring the whole family!

Tickets - Ottawa Folklore Centre, 1111 Bank Street, or from Choir Members or at the Door.

Contact for Information - “Shout Sister!” Choir

Nancy Greig manager@shoutsisterchoir.ca

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.
“At Last”
Georgette Fry Sings Etta James
Brockville Arts Centre, Brockville ON
Saturday, June 22 @ 7:30 pm; tickets $29

Juno nominated Georgette Fry is an accomplished singer/songwriter from Kingston, Ontario. A veteran of the concert and festival circuit, she receives rave reviews for her live performances. Georgette has been described as a “powerful and expressive singer.” She returns to the stage with a Tribute to Etta James, accompanied by an eight-piece band, three accomplished vocalists (Tabby Johnson, Mariko Ohtake and Anna Sudac), and the Shout Sister! Choir providing the gospel backups!

Georgette’s concerts highlight the ease with which she bridges the gap between jazz and blues.  Long recognized as one Canada’s best blues vocalists, Georgette was most recently named “2013 Singer of the Year” by the Calgary Blues Music Association.

Etta James' career spanned six decades, during which she had several top ten hits, a dozen nominations and three Grammy Awards and a Grammy "Lifetime Achievement" Award; in 2008, her first hit, "The Wallflower" (aka "Dance With Me Henry") was also given the Grammy Hall of Fame Award. Etta James passed away in January of 2012, leaving one helluva legacy.

Tickets available at the Box Office at 613-342-7122.

Georgette is also performing the show at Picton Regent Theatre on June 8th, Kingston Grand Theatre on June 20th and Peterborough Market Hall on June 29th.
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                       
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 9 – OBS DAWG’ON BLUES – Blues By The River
Next week, June 16 – 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, 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

Wednesday, June 5
concert 1: Jarvis Church, recorded as part of the CBCMusic.ca Festival at Echo Beach in Toronto
Jarvis Church has worn many different hats over his varied and highly successful musical career. As Gerald Eaton, he first came to prominence as the frontman for The Philosopher Kings, the ground-breaking R&B-rooted pop group that broke the soul barrier on Canadian pop radio. He was then instrumental in Nelly Furtado's rise to international stardom as half of the production and songwriting team Track and Field. He continues to write and produce for a wide range of artists, as well as recording and performing as Jarvis Church. And that is how we hear him as he performs as part of the CBCMusic.ca Festival. For this performance Jarvis Church concentrates on his latest project, Soul Station, and the music of his idol Sam Cooke.

concert 2: Shakura S'Aida, recorded as part of the CBCMusic.ca Festival at Echo Beach in Toronto
Born in Brooklyn, New York. Raised in Switzerland. A long-time Canadian who lives in Toronto. That's Shakura S'Aida, a truly international artist whose involvement in the Canadian music scene has been ongoing for almost 25 years. Along the way, she has enriched the jazz, blues and classic R&B communities with her soulful voice, enthusiastic personality and commitment to her deep soul music. CBC Music has been a long-time fan of S'Aida's so it is no wonder that she was chosen to kick off the festivities on the main stage at the CBCMusic.ca Festival.

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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