13 August 2013

Ottawa Blues This Week - 13 August 2013

A VERY SPECIAL event being held in Toronto:

Amos Garrett Benefit
Presented by Richard Flohil
Featuring Kevin Breit, Russell deCarle, Luke Doucet, Ariana Gillis, Michael Laderoute, Ben Waters, Chris Whiteley & Diana Braithwaite
Hugh’s Room, Toronto ON
Wednesday, August 14 @ 8:30 pm
               Tickets $25 (advance), $27.50 at the door

A distinguished and varied group of Toronto area musicians are coming together to perform at a benefit concert at Hugh’s Room on Wed. August 14. They are volunteering their talent to raise money to help guitarist Amos Garrett rebuild his home in High River Alberta, severely damaged by the recent flooding.
Garrett, now 71, lost at least two guitars and many other personal possessions (including his fishing gear) when seven feet of water cascaded into the basement of his long-time home in High River. Like other affected Alberta residents, his insurance does not cover flood damage; clean-up and repairs will reach a six-figure total.

Hugh’s Room has hosted Garrett on a number of occasions in the acoustic music venue’s thirteen years. Garrett, who has several albums of his own on the Edmonton-based Stony Plain label (including the newly-released JazzBlues record) is still remembered for his ground-breaking solo on Maria Muldaur’s 70s hit, “Midnight at the Oasis”, but he has recorded with literally hundreds of other artists since.

Taking part in the benefit are:
Kevin Breit — Session and touring guitarist with numerous international artists, including Cassandra Wilson, Norah Jones, Hugh Laurie, k.d. lang and dozens more, and leader of his own group, The Sisters Euclid. His recent recordings have included three albums of duets with Harry Manx.
Russell deCarle — Lead singer, and major songwriter, of the award-winning country group Prairie Oyster, Russell has a growing solo career, accompanied by guitarist Steve Briggs and accordion player Dennis Keldie, who will perform with him at the benefit.
Luke Doucet — One half of the duo Whitehorse (which recently sold out Massey Hall), he’s a spectacular player and artistic director of the annual Toronto guitar festival. Sleepwalk — named after the song that has become, in recent years, Amos Garrett’s signature tune.
Ariana Gillis — Accompanied by David Gillis (guitar), Russ Boswell (bass) and Ben Rollo (drums), she’s a 22-year-old singer-songwriter who brings a fresh approach to her own unusual material, as well as cover songs from the likes of Dylan, Tom Waits, and The Killers. About to move to New York for a year-long residency.
Michael Laderoute — A singer-songwriter steeped in the Texas music of Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt and Ray Wylie Hubbard, Laderoute spends half the year living in Mexico, the other half singing, playing and making friends at the Cameron House, The Tranzac and other local music venues.
Ben Waters — A powerful boogie woogie/barrelhouse piano player from the UK, Waters is touring Canada, and coincidentally is in Toronto for this event. His latest CD, Boogie 4 Stu, includes appearances from Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, P.J. Harvey (his cousin), Charlie Watts, Jools Holland and Ronnie Wood.
Chris Whiteley and Diana Braithwaite — Multi-instrumentalist Chris and his partner Diana tour consistently throughout North America and Europe. Based in Toronto, they’ve won multiple Maple Blues Awards; Chris has appeared on more than 200 records, in addition his own projects with his partner.

People who cannot come to the benefit are invited to contribute in the following way:
Friday, August 16
            Drew Nelson Band @ the Rainbow, 10 pm
Saturday, August 17
            The Rockerfellas @ the Rainbow, 10 pm
Sunday, August 18
            Steve Thomas Band hosts the Open Blues Jam @ the Rainbow, 4 pm
            BD & the Bluetones @ the Atomic Rooster, 6-9 pm
MUSICwestport 2013
Westport ON
Friday & Saturday, August 16-17

Kick-off Party is Friday, August 16 at the Cove Country Inn (2 Bedford Street), 8-11 pm
Music by Zal Sissokho (West African), cover $10; all proceeds to MUSICwestport).
Saturday free outdoor music takes place on two stages:

The Cove Country Inn Stage (2 Bedford St.)

    10:00am - 12:00pm Voice of the Rideau (Amateur Singing Contest)
    12:30pm - 1:45pm Trin-Can Steel Drum Band
    2:05pm - 3:20 pm Henry Norwood & Friends
    3:40pm - 4:55pm Amanda Rheaume Band
    5:15pm - 6:30pm Beginner's Guide to Endings

Artemisia Stage (7 Spring St.)

    11:30am - 12:45pm Shaun Riley Blues Band
    1:05pm - 2:20pm Crooked Wood
    2:40pm - 3:55pm The Heavyweights Brass Band
    4:15pm - 5:30pm Kingston Jazz Composers Collective
    5:50pm - 7:05pm Foley Mountain Playboys
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
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:  
            August 15 – Peter Newsom
            August 22 – Steve Groves
            August 29 – Ian Tamblyn

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.
Class Axe Calabogie Blues & Ribfest
Calabogie Peaks Resort ON
August 16-18
With Firebelly, Paul Reddick, Johnny Winter, Three Times Lucky, Ben Racine Band, Soulstack, Steve Hill, Colin James, Peter Karp & Sue Foley, Suzie Vinnick, Joe Murphy & Carson Downey

Limestone City Blues Festival
Kingston ON
August 22-25
Featuring Sue Foley & Peter Karp, Popa Chubby, Fraser Daley, Ana Popovic, the Harpoonist & the Axe Murderer, Soul Survivors, River City Junction, Irene Torres & the Sugar Devils, Keith Hallett & Garrett Mason, Wicked Grin and more
Ross Neilsen Band
Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street
Friday, August 23 @ 9:30 pm

Blues-rawk road warrior Ross Neilsen and his band bring “Resurrection” to Irene’s in Ottawa. Neilsen’s latest studio CD was recorded in Maurice, Louisiana at Dockside Studios, produced by New Orleans’ favourite son, Anders Osborne and engineered by Grammy award-winning studio whiz, Warren Riker. This recording was funded in part by the Music Industry Development grant in New Brunswick as well as direct-to-fan funding site Pledge Music.

Neilsen’s journey to “Resurrection” was an epic one. Detouring to Macon, Georgia to visit the Allman Brothers Museum, The Big House, Neilsen gained inspiration for recording after being one of the few people on earth to be allowed to play Duane Allman’s 1957 Gold Top Les Paul. This is the legendary guitar used on the first two Allman Brothers albums as well as Eric Clapton’s “Layla” album.

Resurrection” contains ten original songs, each one a unique sonic assault that draws from Neilsen’s full palate of influences. From the dueling southern rock guitar lines between Neilsen and Osborne on “Daddy Taught Me” (Neilsen’s tribute to his late father), the poppy ear-worm hook in the rocker “Need You More”, ZZ Top-esque guitar work in “Walk on By”, or the closing ten minute opus of “Juanita” that conjures up the heavy drone of Crazy Horse, “Resurrection” explores bold new ground taking the band into dangerously beautiful new territory. The song topics are snap shots into the life the people Neilsen meets and the places he visits as he tours the great nation he so proudly calls home.

After the demise of The Sufferin’ Bastards in December 2011, Ross Neilsen has spent much of the last year rebuilding his musical foundation with a new trio, Ross Neilsen Band. Any doubt as to the impact of his return has been shattered with this latest recording. The old school, in-your-face guitar playing coupled with a thunderous, tight rhythm section has been Neilsen’s trademark for years, blurring the lines between pop, blues and rock. With “Resurrection”, Neilsen has returned with an arsenal of mature, timeless material and a fire burning hotter than ever to take this new, exciting music to the place it matters most – The People.
Shawn Dore Band
Rainbow, 76 Murray Street
Sunday, August 25 @ 9 pm; cover $5

The Shawn Dore Band is a professional 4-piece high energy band, with strong blues and rock roots and influences. With Shawn Dore (lead vocals and lead guitar), Don Dore (guitar), Sandy Sweet (bass), and Ben Mahaffy (drums), the Shawn Dore Band has played major festivals such as the Kingston Limestone City Blues Festival, the Frankford Island Blues Festival, End of Winter Blues Festival, Fenelon Falls Blues Festival, and more. The band’s full length, all original, studio album is being mixed and will be available soon.
Irene Torres & the Sugar Devils
Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street
Saturday, August 31 @ 9:30 pm

Irene Torres & The Sugar Devils' musical diversity, talent and raw energy, makes them truly unique. Drawing from all genres, they mesh the past & present to create a new generation of deep rooted music with a New Orleans flavour.

Shortly after winning the 2012 TBS award, they were nominated for a Sigy Born award and selected for a Toronto Independent Music Award. They have received rave reviews as well as critics picks for their self titled album which has ranked #1 on some college radio stations, #4 on reverbnation, top 5, top 30 and top 100 on Canadian and international music charts.

Sultry Peruvian born Irene Torres is recognized as the singer for Sol Azul, Santerias & The Sugar Devils. Her voice and lyrics can be heard on worldwide radio stations, radio commercials, television, soundtracks and fashion shows. She is a quadruple threat with a back ground in dancing, acting, broadcasting and martial arts. Her talents stretch beyond lyrics and singing, when it's time to perform she transforms you back or forward in time.

The Sugar Devils are comprised of experienced musicians from all genres, including sugar-coated Drew Austin, renowned drummer, percussionist, and clinician who has worked with award winning artists internationally. Drew's philosophy is that music is medicine, he uses drumming as vibration therapy through The Sugar Devils musical diversity. Devilish Guitarist, educator and musical director Josh ‘Yoshi’ Piche is a Brandon University Music Alumni who plays any instrument with strings. Producer and Multi instrumentalist Rob Christian is nothing short of brilliant on flute, sax, keys, and vocals, but don't let that fool you, he brings the fire. Bassist and arranger Jesse Boxer-Meyrowitz is a Humber College music alumni who is a much heavier contender on stage than in the ring, his playing is sweet as hell.
            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!
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                       
On Friday Night….The Blues is Alright!!
Riverside Grill & Gazebo, Holiday Inn Peterborough Waterfront, Peterborough ON
Fridays, 6-10 pm (weather permitting); $10 cover

Aug 16 Danny Brooks
Aug 23  Fathead
Aug 30  Jack de Keyzer
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, August 18 – OBS DAWG’ON BLUES – Recent & New
Next week, August 25 – OBS DAWG’ON BLUES
Sundays: 7-8 pm
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).  Stream and view past episodes here: http://cod.ckcufm.com/programs/94/info.html.
Ron is always happy to hear from listeners at ronsweetman@kalixo.com
This week, August 14 – Guelph Jazz Festival: An introduction to some of the many artists who will be playing at the Guelph Jazz Festival between September 5 and September 9.
Next week, August 21 – Aidian Thomas: In his introductory program, new Co-Host Aidian Thomas presents a survey of his current listening interests, including Josh Abrams, the Gabriel Alegria Afro-Peruvian Sextet, Orrin Evans and Pat Metheny's Orchestrion recording.
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.
Sunday, August 25
            River City Junction hosts the Open Blues Jam @ the Rainbow, 4 pm
            Mumbo Jumbo Voodoo Combo @ the Atomic Rooster, 6-9 pm
Wednesday, August 28
            Little Dog @ the Rainbow, 8:30 pm

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