10 September 2013

Ottawa Blues This Week - 9 September 2013


Ottawa Blues Society Road to Memphis 2013

Local Blues Band Competition

The Ottawa Blues Society (OBS) will again participate in the Blues Foundation’s International Blues Challenge.  OBS will host our local Blues Band Challenge at Greenfield’s Pub, 900 Greenbank Road, Barrhaven. 

Two Qualifying rounds will be held on Wednesday, September 11 and Wednesday, September 18 at 7:30 pm.  Two bands from each Qualifying round will advance to the Finals, to be held Friday, September 20 at 7:30 pm. 

The winning band will represent the Ottawa Blues Society in the 30th International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN, January 21–25, 2014. 

Qualifying Round #1 - Wednesday, September 11 at 7:30 pm
7:30 pm            Dan Deslauriers Trio dandeslauriers.blogspot.ca
8:15 pm            BLT bltblues.com
9:00 pm            The Braveyard Whips
9:45 pm            The Joe Gaspar Band www.joegasparband.com

Qualifying Round #2 - Wednesday, September 18 at 7:30 pm
7:30 pm            Wicked Grin www.wickedgrin.ca Round #1
8:15 pm            Erth Juce http;//www.erthjuce.com
9:00 pm            Dawg Day Afternoon www.reverbnation.com/dawgdayafternoon
9:45 pm            Three Times Lucky www.reverbnation.com/#!/threetimeslucky

FINALS - Friday, September 20 at 7:30 pm
Four Finalists – the two highest scoring bands from each Qualifying Round
Bands in the local competition will be judged using the same criteria as the International Blues Challenge in Memphis.  Judges are regional volunteers knowledgeable about the Blues.  Cover charges of $5.00 for each Qualifying Round and $10 for the Finals provide fundraising support for travel expenses for the winning OBS band. 

The Ottawa Blues Society is a volunteer organization with the mandate to “foster appreciation, promotion, preservation and enjoyment of the blues in all of its forms”.
Friday & Saturday, September 13-14
            The Indelible Shameless Blues @ the Blackburn Arms Pub Restaurant, Blackburn Hamlet
Sunday, September 15
            Wicked Grin hosts the Open Blues Jam @ the Rainbow, 4 pm
The Music Scene series
ByTowne Cinema, 325 Rideau Street
Monday & Tuesday evenings; tickets $10

The Harder They Come
Monday & Tuesday, September 9-10 @ 9:10 pm
Jimmy Cliff stars as a country boy trying to make it big in the Kingston, Jamaica music scene. The story's okay, the production is charmingly rough, but oh! that soundtrack. Enter walking, leave dancing.
40th Anniversary re-issue!
(English and some Jamaican creole with English subtitles, PG)

ByTowne Cinema and CKCU are screening concert and documentary films every Monday (repeated Tuesdays on some weeks) for as long as interest continues.

Paul Reddick
Elmdale Oyster House & Tavern, 1084 Wellington Street
Thursday, September 12 @ 10 pm; $7

Paul Reddick may well be Wishbone. His music is rooted in the blues, but his new record is a portrait of a wandering musician, a lover with precious little time for sentiment. It owes its existence to the musicians he has heard for 20 years, and all the musicians he has played with over two decades and half a dozen albums. And his new CD — yes, it’s titled “Wishbone” — is, he insists, a soundtrack for dancing and sex. Self-portrait? Maybe — but it IS the most consistent, powerful statement he’s made.

Reddick has long been a part of Canada’s rich roots music scene; he is one of the best harmonica players in the country, and … his distinctive voice covers a wide emotional palette; always engaging; sometimes a shout, more often a conversationally vivid whisper. But it is Reddick’s songs — sometimes sweet, sometimes bitter, always thought-provoking and rarely sentimental — and the passionate way he delivers them that best illustrate what the influential British magazine Mojo described as his “wayward brilliance.”

In the real world, he has been nominated for Junos and Blues Music Awards and he is a seven-time Maple Blues Award winner. And he continues to tour — across Canada and the United States, with two or three trips a year to Europe — with his hard-hitting band.

Singer, songwriter, blues guitarist and harmonica player extraordinaire … lots of great performance clips on YOUTUBE.
Bharath & His Rhythm Four
Rainbow, 76 Murray Street
Saturday, September 14 @ 10 pm

Faithful disciples of Muddy Waters, Little Walter and other Chicago bluesmen of that time, this band manages to keep the tradition alive without resorting to mere mimicry. Winner of the Toronto Blues Society 2007 Talent Search, Bharath Rajakumar with his harmonica, his Rhythm Four and his style, inspired by the ‘50s Chicago and Arkansas Blues history, is a band solidly rooted in traditional Blues. It’s all there: the sound, the voice and the musical instruments. Alternately menacing and celebratory, brooding and boastful, Bharath & His Rhythm Four band gaze in the past not with nostalgia but with stunning passion. A perfect refinement, the distillation of their forefathers, Bharath & His Rhythm Four with their unfailing energy never fail to make an impression.
Launch of the 18th edition of Virée Blues Boréale
with Firebelly, Chris Antonik, Rick L. Blues & Al Wood
Le Petit Chicago, 50 Promenade du Portage, Gatineau (in the Old Hull sector)
Wednesday, September 11 @ 8 pm

Just out of a very busy summer, our team is ready to present you with the 18th edition of Virée Blues Boréale … and what a program!   Our “carte blanche” formula seemed most appropriate to launch this new edition. To do so, none other than Firebelly, winners of the the “Road To Memphis 2012" competition and their guests will present you with the very best of the Outaouais, Ontario and Quebec’s Blues scenes, nothing less! Firebelly invited many guests including Chris Antonik, Rick L Blues, Al Wood and Matt Sobb (of MonkeyJunk) who we are very proud to feature.

Together since only 2012, Firebelly, with Mathieu Gagnon, vocals and harmonica, Fredy Carrière on guitar, Dan Grewal on bass and, on this occasion, Matt Sobb on drums (to replace Mike McNeil) will present us with a present-day but true-blue to the pure tradition of the Blues. This new band succeeded in carving its niche on the Canadian Blues Scene in less than three years. A very successful first album, numerous performances as well as shows together with top performers of the Canadian Blues Scene point to a very promising future for this all new local band.

Their first guest, from Toronto, Chris Antonik collects awards of all kind since his emergence, in 2010.   Be it in rave reviews, by the list of nominations at the Maple Blues Awards and by the many prizes he was awarded, Chris Antonik’s name now stands among Canadian Blues scene’s Greats.

A native of Hawksbury ON who grew up in Quebec, their next guest, a true “harmonica legend” has been at Virée Blues Boréale before, as he has long been part of the Canadian Blues scene. Rick L Blues, renowned mood maker, has been touring the Canadian and European Blues scenes for almost 20 years. As featured on his 5 albums, he will be performing his famous Chicago Blues of the ‘50s-inspired music with his warm and vivid voice and his harmonica playing which brings it all together. Always well-dressed, a real showman, Rick L. Blues will present you with astonishing performances, always with class.

The third guest is an author, composer, performer and multi-instrumentalist from Ottawa. Al Wood is well known as “an authentic Bluesman”. He demonstrates a deep respect for the traditional Blues and for the roots of the Blues on his two albums – in his compositions, his interpretations, his guitar playing, as well as his harmonica playing. A native of Sault Ste-Marie (“The Soo”), in Ontario, that is where Al Wood started out, playing with Blues, Punk and even alternative Rock bands. This whole host of experiences gave him a strong stage presence; and he gives himself body and soul when on stage, be it for a crowd of five or five thousand.

At the moment of publishing this press release, the guest list was not yet closed to newcomers! This “carte blanche” seems promising for the discovery of new shows and for the discovery of the program of the 18th edition of Virée Blues Boréale.

The Claytones
Neat Coffee House,
Saturday, September 14; $15

Born in the heart of the Ottawa Valley, The Claytones masterfully spin their melodic, vocal driven, Canadiana brand of roots music with old school sensibilities. A true collaborative project, Kelly Prescott, Anders Drerup, Adam Puddington and newcomer Pat McLaughlin write and arrange their songs together, effectively making The Claytones sound the sum of its parts. Combining their ranging influences, they have created a unique blend of original and interpreted songs performed with tight, three-part harmonies and a warm stage presence.

With an impressive list of individual accolades this young band released their debut album in July 2012 “Lake in the Night.” They have released over 8 full-length recordings of original music under the names of Kelly Prescott, Prescott, Anders Drerup and Adam Puddington. The National Post listed them as one of the top 5 Canadian Acts to watch in 2012. They are the recipient of the Ottawa Folk Festival’s 2013 Galaxie Rising Star Award.
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:  
            September 12 – Mathieu Gagnon
            September 19 – Steve Lauder
            September 26 – Robbie Alexander
            October 3 – Buck Tingley
            October 10 – John Zemensky
            October 17 – Jarhead & Jerome
            October 24 – Mark Crissinger
            October 31 – Vince Halfhide

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, 2013.
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.
Music By The Bay Live presents
Up Close & Personal Blues Revue
221 Church Street South, Ajax ON
Friday, September 27; tickets $50 including hors d’oeuvres & appetizers

Music by the Bay Live Small Club BIG SHOW Concert Series presents an intimate, up close and personal Blues Revue featuring Juno & Maple Blues Award Winners.
All tickets includes Hors d’oeuvres & Assorted Appetizers ● Reserved Seating ● Large Dance Floor ● Barrier-Free Accessibility ● Free Parking

For the 5th Season launch, an Intimate & Interactive Blues Revue with performances by Al Lerman (solo), Jake Chisholm (trio) and the Gary Kendall Band.

Al Lerman (Solo)
Multi-instrumentalist Al Lerman (harmonica, tenor saxophone, guitar and vocals) is the band leader of the 2x Juno Award winning blues/roots outfit FATHEAD. He also performs regularly as a solo acoustic artist playing guitar & rack harmonica, and often works as a guest sideman with a myriad of top-notch bands, touring internationally.

Jake Chisholm (Trio)
There is sincerity in Jake Chisholm’s music that is immediately identifiable. Whether his compelling vocal, his memorable guitar hooks, or his thoughtful lyrics ; he excels in all areas, providing the listener with the feelings of both familiarity and being privy to something cutting edge ; both at once. No fancy bells and whistles here, just a deep and full sound that is a fresh take on blues and adding rock ‘n’ roll elements. Inspired by classic blues, soul and rock n roll, Chisholm’s tasteful yet intricate guitar work and song writing evokes vivid and shameless tales of love, lust, and lessons learned.

Gary Kendall Band
Everyone knows Gary Kendall as oft-elected Maple Blues’ Bassist of the Year, blues man about town and keeper of the bottom end for Downchild. But Gary’s alter ego is found in his much beloved Gary Kendall Band – a band in which each carefully selected player is equal and accountable. Formed in 2005, Gary reached out to some of Toronto’s best musicians to create a turn-on-a-dime squad of blues marauders to build a loyal following for their own brand of music –and for doing exactly what they like to on any given night – play the blues. The chemistry found between Gary Kendall (bass/lead vocals/songwriter), Tyler Burgess (drums), Darran Poole (guitar/vocals) and Wayne “Shakey” Dagenais (piano/organ/percussion/vocals) is beyond formidable. This spirited foursome plays together relentlessly and has so much fun at it, one’s never entirely sure what to expect – and that live spontaneity is exactly what the blues has needed for a long time.
            2013 SEASON
This famous Dinner & Show fundraiser Series features some of Canada's premier acoustic artists - "sit-and-listen" Blues as good as it gets -  in  the intimate, air-conditioned comfort of The Cove Dining Room. The Cove is a classic 137 year old country inn located in one of the most beautiful small towns in eastern Ontario on the shores of the scenic Rideau Waterway (a UNESCO World Heritage site). The Inn is famous for its excellent food and drink, friendly staff, comfortable accommodation and fabulous LIVE music and 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. Proceeds from all the Shows go to support local Westport cultural events.

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                       
The Standeasy @ the RCHA Club, 193 Ontario Street, Kingston ON
Saturdays (see below) @ 8:30 pm; $3.00 @ door

This extremely successful series presents blues bands from all across Ontario. These are some of the very best bands in the province; most of them have had incredible success in their own cities but have yet to crack the national scene. This is a great opportunity to see some high quality blues bands that you would not normally get to see - and for just $3 - you just can't find a better way to spend the first Saturday of each month - hope to see you there.

The Fall Line-up for the Blues Bands Ontario Series
Saturday, October 5         Lil Blues Pill (Toronto)
Saturday, November 2     Three Times Lucky (Ottawa)
Saturday, December 7     Shawn Dore Band (Toronto)
More shows coming in the new year.

Kingston Blues Society
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, September 15 – OBS DAWG’ON BLUES – Road To Memphis Bands
Next week, September 22 – OBS DAWG’ON BLUES – MonkeyJunk “All Frequencies”
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, September 11 – September 11: Jazz and blues recordings made over the years on September 11, selected by Co-Host Ron Steeds.
Next week, September 18 – Don Byas: Co-Host Jim Reil has prepared a show featuring the great tenor Don Byas in recordings from the 1940s and 1950s, as a leader and with the Count Basie Orchestra.
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.
Saturday, September 21
            Wicked Grin @ the Atomic Rooster, 4-8 pm
            Mumbo Jumbo Voodoo Combo @ Irene’s
Sweet and the Back Beat @ the Carleton Tavern, 9:30 pm
            JW-Jones @ the Rainbow, 10 pm
Friday, September 27
            The Jivewires @ the Rainbow, 10 pm
Sunday, September 22
            The Steve Thomas Band hosts the Open Blues Jam @ the Rainbow, 4 pm
Sunday, September 29
River City Junction hosts the Open Blues Jam @ the Rainbow, 4 pm
            MonkeyJunk CD release @ the Black Sheep Inn, Wakefield, 4:20 pm

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