11 November 2013

Ottawa Blues This Week - 11 November 2013

The Toronto Blues Society will be celebrating the 17th annual Maple Blues Awards by honouring nationally and internationally recognized Canadian blues artists from across the country on January 20, 2014. The nominees are recognized both for their talent as well as their contribution to the growing Canadian blues music scene.  

Ottawa, Ontario trio MonkeyJunk lead the way with nominations in six categories, Toronto’s The 24th Street Wailers and Yukon-based bluesman Brandon Isaak each with three. Quebec blues artists are well represented with nominations for Nanette Workman, Ben Racine, Dawn Tyler Watson, Paul Deslaurier and Guy Bélanger to name a few. British Columbia’s thriving blues scene is represented with nominations for The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer, James “Buddy” Rogers, David Vest, David Gogo and Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne.

Voting is open through midnight Pacific Standard Time on December 7, 2013. Blues fans can cast their votes online at www.mapleblues.ca.

The 17th Annual Maple Blues Awards Nominees:

Entertainer of the Year
The 24th Street Wailers
Shakura S'Aida
Steve Strongman
The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer
Electric Act of the Year
The 24th Street Wailers
Bill Durst
David Gogo

Acoustic Act of the Year
Brandon Isaak
Dawn Tyler Watson and Paul Deslauriers
Harrison Kennedy
Little Miss Higgins
Michael Jerome Browne

Male Vocalist of the Year
Bob Walsh
Charlie A'Court
Donald Ray Johnson
Harrison Kennedy
Jim Byrnes

Female Vocalist of the Year
Angel Forrest
Dawn Tyler Watson
Layla Zoe
Shakura S'aida
Treasa Levasseur

New Artist or Group of the Year
Brant Parker Blues Band                   
Declan O'Donovan
Denis Viel
James “Buddy” Rogers
The Mackenzie Blues Band                                          

Recording/Producer of the Year
All Frequencies - MonkeyJunk - Stony Plain
East Meets Vest - David Vest - Ark-O-Matic (co-produced by Gary Kendall)
Everybody Ought To Treat A Stranger Right - Julian Fauth - Electro-Fi
Mother Tongue Blues - Angel Forrest - Morningstar
One of A Kind - Ben Racine Band - Iguane

B.B. King International Artist of the Year
James Cotton
Dr. John
Mavis Staples
Tedeschi Trucks Band 
Trampled Under Foot
Guitarist of the Year
David Gogo
Kevin Breit
Paul Deslauriers
Steve Strongman
Tony D  

Harmonica Player of the Year
Carlos Del Junco
David Rotundo
Guy Belanger
Shawn Hall 
Steve Marriner

Piano/Keyboard Player of the Year
David Vest
Graham Guest
Julian Fauth
Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne
Lance Anderson

Horn Player of the Year
Al Lerman  
Chris Whiteley
Frank Thiffault  
Jon Wong   
Shirley Jackson

Drummer of the Year
Bucky Berger
Chris Nordquist
Dave King  
Sam Harrisson  
Tom Bona   

Bassist of the Year
Alec Fraser
Gary Kendall  
Keith Picot  
Omar Tunnoch   
Russell Jackson

Songwriter of the Year
Brandon Isaak
Charlie A'Court
Harrison Kennedy
Julian Fauth
MonkeyJunk - Steve Marriner, Matt Sobb and Tony Diteodoro

Blues With A Feeling Award
(Lifetime Achievement)
Alec Fraser
Michael Jerome Browne
Danny Brooks
Ellen McIlwaine
Joe Murphy
Ken Whiteley
Michael Fonfara
Stephen Barry
Tom Lavin
Brent Parkin
Bob Walsh
Jim Zeller
Nanette Workman
Theresa Malenfant
John Dickie
(exerpt from Toronto Blues Society press release – Sarah French Publicity)
Ottawa Rocks!
James Barleman Centre, Gallery 112, 100 Tallwood Drive
October 15 to December 7
Monday to Friday 9 am - 4 pm; Saturday 10 am - 5 pm; free admission

Experience the untold story of Ottawa’s rock music history by visiting the Ottawa Rocks! exhibition. This exhibit showcases the people, places and sounds that have made Ottawa one of Canada’s premier music scenes over the past six decades. Be moved by the history of Ottawa’s diverse music!
Presented by the City of Ottawa Archives
Ottawa Blues Society Fall Fundraiser
Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street
Wednesday, November 13; EARLY START – 8 pm; $10

Wicked Grin will represent the Ottawa Blues Society at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis TN, January 21-25, 2014.  Our Fall Fundraiser is our last fundraising event of the year and proceeds from cover charges and the B.B. King signed album raffle will help raise funds to cover the band’s expenses for travel & accommodation.  Please mark the date and time on your calendar - it's an early show - and join us for good times with good friends and good blues! 
ZZ Top
Canadian Tire Centre, Kanata ON
Monday, November 11; tickets $60.50 and up
                Opening Autumn’s Cannon
ZZ Top lay undisputed claim to being the longest running major rock band with original personnel intact and in 2004 the Texas trio was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. With the release of each of their albums the band has explored new ground in terms of both their sonic approach and the material they’ve recorded. Evidence of that consistency and adaptability is found in “La Futura”, their first studio album in nine years, which was released in September of 2012. Produced by Rick Rubin and Gibbons, it reflects the solid blues inspiration that has powered the band since the very beginning with a contemporary approach that underscores the group’s inclination to experiment and explore new sonic vistas. The album includes ten new tracks including the widely lauded ‘I Gotsta Get Paid’ that has become both a video and in-concert sensation.
Bonnie Raitt
                with special guest Marc Cohn
NAC Southam Hall, 53 Elgin Street
Friday, November 15 @ 8 pm; tickets start at $82

The long awaited return of the legendary Bonnie Raitt to the stage of the National Arts Centre with a very special guest: Marc Cohn. Well into her International Tour for her Grammy Award Winning 19th album “Slipstream”, this will be Bonnie’s first Ottawa appearance in over 6 years. The album got its start by Bonnie’s initial collaborations with longtime admirer, producer Joe Henry. Though many songs were actually recorded at that time, 4 have been included on “Slipstream”, with the remainder to be released on later recordings. The balance of the album comes from subsequent sessions with her much-lauded touring band including George Marinelli (guitar), James ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson (bass), Ricky Fataar (drums) and longtime friend Mike Finnegan (keyboards). Expect to hear a number of the new songs from “Slipstream” featured, along with many favourite songs from Bonnie’s catalogue of recordings from the last 40 years.
The Legendary Downchild Blues Band
Centrepointe Theatre, 101 Centrepointe Drive, Nepean
 Saturday, November 16 @ 8 pm; Tickets $45 & $55

Downchild is a Canadian blues institution with an international reputation. They have shared the stage with blues icons B.B. King, Buddy Guy and John Lee Hooker to name a few and have been rewarded with an array of awards from both the media and the music industry, including a 1991 Juno Award for ‘Best Roots and Traditional Album’ and ‘Entertainers of The Year’ at the Maple Blues Awards. 

The band’s brand new album ”Can You Hear The Music”, Downchild’s 17th album, is set for release on October 29, 2013 on True North Records and features classic Downchild jump-blues such as ‘Don't Wait Up for Me’, ‘Fasten Your Seatbelt’ and the title track ‘Can You Hear the Music’. ‘One In A Million’ has a hypnotic, Southern gospel feel, while ‘I Need A Woman’ is steeped in New Orleans vibe and Chuck Jackson's ‘My Mississippi Queen’ takes us on a steamy road trip through the deep south. Listen to “Can You Hear The Music” at http://www.truenorthrecords.com/Albums.php?album_id=828

The artwork for “Can You Hear The Music” was inspired by the infamous neon sign above ‘Sam The Record Man’, the landmark Toronto- based record store on Yonge Street, and the fact that, over the years, owner Sam Sniderman provided a gazillion music lovers with all their wants and needs.“When I went to Sam's store and asked him if he would carry our first record, his immediate reply was ‘Absolutely and we will put it in the front window’, I’ll never forget what he did, and that his support for Downchild and all our future releases never faltered," says Donnie Walsh. 

Downchild celebrated their 40th anniversary in style in 2009 with a national tour and a SOLD OUT headline performance at Massey Hall in Toronto that was filmed as part of a documentary on the band entitled “Flip Flop & Fly – 40 Years Of The Downchild Blues Band”. The documentary was narrated by and featured Dan Aykroyd and was broadcast constantly over a two year period on TMN and HBO Canada as one of their most popular shows ever. The documentary and concert have both been released on DVD to great response around the world from the band’s loyal fans.

A constant throughout, Donnie ‘Mr. Downchild’ Walsh, the leader and founding member of the band, has kept the music live and alive in the world of blues today. Downchild band members include some of the most well respected musicians in the country, who have performed together for over 15 years.  This includes silky smooth singer and harmonica player Chuck Jackson, tenor sax player Pat Carey, Mike Fitzpatrick on drums, rhythm captain Gary Kendall on bass, and former American super-group rocker Michael Fonfara (of Rhinoceros fame) on keyboards.
 (info courtesy of Todd Littlefield, Diesel Management)
The 18th edition of Virée Blues Boréale presents
Kenny Dupree & the Sound Brigade
                with special guest James Green
Le Petit Chicago, 50 Promenade du Portage, Gatineau QC
Wednesday, November 13 @ 8 pm; $15

Kenny Dupree, third artist to have performed on the very first edition of Virée Blues Boréale, in 2005, a pioneer since called a Canadian James Brown, is coming back strong for a fifth visit but this time, with a new guy who might soon be called a Canadian Jimmy Hendrix who will sure come out as impressive! A fusion of Blues, of Rock, of Funk, of R&B and of Soul, Kenny Dupree and his famous band, The Sound Brigade with their guest, James Green come to Virée Blues Boréale.

Harmonicist-singer Kenny Dupree has been building a reputation most everywhere in Canada since quite a few years. Having started very young, he’s soon to be found in various bars as well as at Jonquiere and at Carleton Blues Festivals. Kenny Dupree & The Sound Brigade perform in the present set-up since 1996. A five times nominee for the Lys Blues, he was awarded the title in 2009 and in 2010 in the «Cabaret» category. His warm and powerful voice, his vigorous presence creates memorable performances every time. Constantly improving, his original compositions now alternate with influential standards by the likes of Otis Redding, B.B. King, Paul Rodger and Buddy Guy. With his legendary charisma and his unbounded zest, he feels at home when on stage and brings his audience into his universe in less than two musical bars. Supported by seasoned musicians like Franky James on guitar, Domenic Romanelli on bass and J-P Levesques on drums, be it on CD or in performance on stage, they bring out a fusion of originals with musical arrangements swaying from the Blues to Soul Blues, to Blues Rock, to R’n’B through Funk and Chicago Blues that cover every shade of the Blues.

From Chicago to Asia, James Green has been hypnotizing his audiences the world over since 1979. A native from Montreal, he can be found on local as well as international Blues stages like the Montreal International Jazz Festival and the Chicago Music-Fest where he caused some surprise with his electrifying performances. Founding member of the cult band The Blusing Brides from 1979 to 1981, he then meets David Bowie’s guitarist, Mick Ronson and they put together the The Perfect Affair band in 1983. Two albums later, he joins the Reggae band dub U-5, of New York group Kinky Foxx and become the Fusion Three with Freddie James in the ‘90s. Those projects were, for James Green, the revelation of his true passion, the Blues. So, that’s when he decided to join Smokestack Lightning to then put together The Killing Floor Blues, while also accompanying with his guitar, James Cotton, Edgar Winter, the Dixon Brothers, Big Jack Johnson, Russell Jackson, Frank Marino and more recently, Slim Williams to name only those. In 2004 The Killing Floor Blues became James Green & The Blues Electric, recipients of the Lys Blues «Cabaret» in 2012 and 2013. Stones, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Hendrix and  Prince fans shall be very happy!
Blues On The Rideau presents
The Cove Country Inn, Westport ON
Friday, November 15; $60 DINNER & SHOW

Four young musicians from Toronto who have taken the Canadian and international Blues scene by storm over the past few years. Semi-finalists at the 2012 International Blues Challenge in Memphis. Fun, gritty & funky - they bring a breath of fresh air to the Blues. Sax player Jon Wong won the 2012 Maple Blues Award for Horn Player Of The Year.

More information at www.choosetheblues.ca
Peter Karp & Sue Foley
Music by the Bay Live at Annandale, 221 Church Street South, Ajax ON
Friday, November 15 @ 9 pm; advance tickets $40
original tickets for October 18 show are still good
Sue Foley is considered to be one of the finest blues and roots artists working today. Born to a working class family, Sue spent her early childhood moving from Canadian town to town with her mother. At sixteen, she embarked on her professional career. By twenty-one, she was living in Austin TX and recording for the legendary blues label, Antone’s Records. Her first release, “Young Girl Blues”, quickly established her unique talents as a blues guitarist and songwriter. Throughout the ‘90s she took to the road with her paisley Telecaster and honed her craft, working and sharing the stage with such artists as BB King, Buddy Guy, Lucinda Williams and Tom Petty. After moving back to Canada, Sue won the prestigious Juno Award for her critically acclaimed CD “Love Coming Down” as well as seventeen Maple Blues Awards.

Gifted singer-songwriter, guitarist, pianist and American troubadour, Peter Karp, is a master songsmith with an art for spinning true-to-life emotions, humor, and candor. With an upbringing that was equal parts southern Alabama and the swamps of New Jersey, Karp’s music is fueled by the Yankee-Rebel connection. He first caught national attention with help from Rolling Stone guitarist Mick Taylor who recorded and toured with Karp on his first label release “The Turning Point”. Karp further established himself on the national scene as a critically acclaimed songwriter, and accomplished guitarist and pianist with the release of his Blind Pig debut entitled “Shadows and Cracks”. On the road across the U.S. and Canada, Karp repeatedly transfixes his live audiences. Critics compare his songwriting to John Hiatt and John Prine, with impressive guitar and slide licks infused by his love of Freddie King and Elmore James.

“…red-hot guitar fretwork and pristine vocals …. stomping keyboards and raspy voice; mesh like well-oiled gears …. the duo’s creative chemistry shimmers in every note…. ”
The 26th Annual R&B Festival
Mucho Blues and Mega Rhythm 
Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street
Friday & Saturday, November 15-16

Come one and all... see what Ottawa has been cookin' up for 26 years.
Friday, November 15
9:45 pm – Mumbo Jumbo Voodoo Combo
11 pm – Zydeco Loco
12:15 am – Double  Double
Saturday, November 16
9:45 pm – Big Honkin' Blues Jam with Rocket Rached & The Fat City 8
with guests Maria Hawkins and Jeff Hagerman 
plus extra blues jammin' Fat City's Vince Halfhide, Steve Lauder, Frank Scanga and Steve Lund 
Wednesday, November 13
                OBS Fall Fundraiser with Wicked Grin @ Irene’s, 8 pm
                The Pick Brothers; The Airliner Blues Band @ the Rainbow, 8 pm
Sunday, November 17
                The Steve Thomas Band host the Open Jam @ the Rainbow, 4-7 pm
                The Rod Williams Band @ the Atomic Rooster, 6-9 pm
Roddy Elias Trio
Gigspace, Alcorn Music Studios, 953 Gladstone Avenue
Saturday, November 16 @ 7:30 pm; tickets $20

Roddy Ellias – guitar; Adrian Vedady – bass; Thom Gossage – drums
I hope you can come on down and hear us as we prepare to record two weeks later in Montreal!
Tickets are $20 and there are a limited number of student price tickets available (first come first serve) for $15. You can also pre-order the recording on CD or vinyl!
Bryn Roberts
GigSpace, Alcorn Music Studios, 953 Gladstone Avenue
Thursday, November 21 @ 8 pm; tickets $20

Bryn Roberts Quartet.  Seamus Blake – saxophones, Matt Penman – bass, Jochen Rueckert – drum,  Bryn Roberts – piano. New York composer and pianist Bryn Roberts is on tour with their CD release “Fables”.
Jamie Baum Quintet
GigSpace, Alcorn Music Studios, 953 Gladstone Avenue
Saturday, November 30; two shows 7 pm and 9 pm; tickets $20

The Jamie Baum Quintet with special guest and Canadian treasure, Jane Bunnett, come to The GigSpace as part of a tour to celebrate the release of her 5th CD (Sunnyside Records). Two shows 7:00 & 9:00 PM.  $20 Advance purchase highly recommended!
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
Solo Piano Wednesdays with Jeff Rogers
Fat Tuesdays, 62 York Street
Wednesdays, 7 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:  
                November 14 – Ball & Chain (Michael & Jody)
                November 21 – Luke Ambridge
                November 28 – Jason & Caroline
                December 5 – Terry Gillespie
                December 12 – Al Wood
                December 19 – Jeff Hagerman
                December 26 – Chuck Karn

Jeff Rogers
RARE Restaurant & Bar, 570 Kanata Avenue
Thursdays, 6-10 pm
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. 
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.
DAWG FM, Class Axe Guitars &
Calabogie Peaks Resort present
November Blues Weekend at
Calabogie Peaks Resort, 30 Barrett Chute Road,  Calabogie ON
Advance tickets only $25
Packages starting from $99/night, includes hotel room and 2 tickets.
Additional tickets may be purchased with hotel reservation.
Call 1-800-669-4861 or email peaks@calabogie.com to book today!

Jack de Keyzer
Saturday, November 23
Jack de Keyzer is a 2 X Juno (Canada's Grammy) and 7X Maple Blues award winning artist, blues guitarist, singer, song writer and producer and one of the finest blues guitarists on the scene  today.   The British born, Canadian resident’s career has spanned over three decades. De Keyzer has released 7 CDs and 1 DVD as a leader and appeared as a session guitarist on hundreds of recordings. As a session guitarist he has appeared with many artists including Etta James, Otis Rush, John Hammond Jr., Ronnie Hawkins, Duke Robillard, Robert Gordon, Willy Big Eyes Smith, Bo Diddley & Blue Rodeo. Jack de Keyzer’s songs have also appeared in video; rock & blues radio charts; other artists CDs (Prairie Oyster's Platinum CD Everyone Knows); TV soundtracks and in Motion Pictures.
In 2010  and 2003 de Keyzer was awarded Canada's highest musical honour  the Juno award for  Blues Album of the Year,  for "The Corktown Sessions" (2010) and  "6 String Lover" (2003).  In addition to the Juno, de Keyzer has won 7 Maple Blues Awards and in 2007 won the International Songwriting Competition's first place for the song "That's the Only Time".   Jack's most recent accolades came from two very Canadian institutions. First, Prime Minister Stephen Harper's son Ben received a guitar lesson from Jack at the request of Canada's first lady Laureen Harper at the Prime Minister's residence in January of 2009. Jack was also awarded Great Canadian Blues Artist of the year from a poll of CBC radio listeners in 2009. 
Jack de Keyzer's latest CDElectric Love” was nominated for the 2013 Juno Blues Recording of the Year.  Performing across Canada and internationally over 180 shows per year, Jack de Keyzer is a masterful, electric blues guitarist, soulful singer and song writer of the first order. 
NAC Studio, 53 Elgin Street
Tuesday, November 12 to Saturday, November 23

You’ve never seen Hamlet quite like this! Shakespeare’s tragedy is performed by award-winning actor Raoul Bhaneja, playing all 17 roles himself. This sparse, focused production – a hit in the UK and New York – brings out all the majesty and meaning in the language and the complexity of the play. HAMLET (solo) is a dynamic and stunning virtuoso performance. Pure and potent, clear and contemporary... it’s utterly thought-provoking theatre!

The Blues connection: Yes, this is the very same harmonica and guitar playing, singing, songwriting Raoul Bhaneja who fronts Raoul & the Big Time.
Ray Bonneville
Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street
Wednesday, November 20 @ 8 pm; tickets $20

Cabaret la Basoche, 120 rue Principale, Gatineau
Thursday, November 21 @ 8 pm; tickets $30

Many of those familiar with Red House recording artist Ray Bonneville know that he is a hard driving, blues influenced, song and groove man who often writes about people who live on the fringe of society. Ray’s vibe is loose and soulful. With a greasy guitar style, horn-like harmonica phrasing, smoky vocal style and pulsing foot percussion he immediately rivets audiences. His solo performance fills a concert hall with all the sound layering and drama of a full band.  The consummate, driven professional, Ray plays more than one hundred and fifty shows a year across the US, Canada and Europe.  He has a loyal, enthusiastic fan base wherever he goes.
Songwriters for the Community
Peace, Love & Understanding
Mayfair Theatre, 1074 Bank Street
Thursday, November 21 @ 9 pm; tickets $25

John Allaire, international award-winning singer songwriter collaborates with gifted artists including Shawn Tavenier (Silver Creek), Ken Workman, Shannon Rose, Lynne Hanson, Jill Zmud, Al Wood, John Carroll, Jeff Tanguay, Terry McLeish, Andrea Simms-Karp.
Join us for an extraordinary night of original music and stories, from our hearts to yours.
In support of the University of Ottawa Heart Institute Foundation
Ottawa Blues Dance Workshop Weekend
                with Dexter Santos
Friday to Sunday, Saturday, November 22-24

This is the first in a series of events and classes specifically designed to bring your blues dancing to new heights. The goal is to take you and the Ottawa blues scene and put it firmly on the North American map where it belongs! For that, we are bringing in one of blues biggest and best teachers - Dexter Santos!  http://www.dextersantos.com/

Friday night: Optional dance at the Rainbow Bistro. JW Jones will be playing. $10 for event participants if ticket purchased through us, otherwise, $15 at the door.
Saturday classes – 11-4:30 (with lunch break)
Ottawa dancers, these are designed for you! Our experienced Helpers will be there just for you!
Saturday night dance: intimate dance 9pm-1am
Sunday classes – 11:45am-4:15pm (with lunch break)
Helpers, these classes will be just for you. A tasty grab bag hand picked by Dexter to say thank you.

Registration is open at
House Concert / Wine & Cheese
                with Jim Henman
Aylmer QC
Saturday, November 23 @ 7:30 pm; $25
For details please contact Dave Brennan at elwood66@videotron.ca

Somewhere between the rhymthic yodeling of “The Singing Brakeman”, Jimmie Rodgers and the flavourful grooves of ragtime guitarist/singer, Blind Blake lies the roots of Jim Henman’s musical beginnings. Writing his first tune, at age 12, Jim spent much of his youth strumming a Stella acoustic guitar on the sandy shores of Clam Harbour, Nova Scotia. By the mid-‘60s, Jim, with high school friends Myles Goodwyn, Greg Stephen, Dave Dodsworth & Doug Grace started the top 40 band, “Woodies Termites”. Jim and Myles went on to co-found the Canadian rock band, April Wine, in the fall of 1969 with Jim’s cousins, David and Ritchie Henman.  Jim, David and Ritchie, along with George Mack , had formed the   band Prism from late 1968 until summer 1969.  April Wine moved to Montréal in 1970, signing with Aquarius Records.

Shortly after the release of their debut album in 1971, Jim decided to leave the band, moving back to the East Coast to start a family and pursue a career in Medical Technology. While his career as a professional musician may have been put on hiatus, Jim remained connected to the musical community in Halifax, continuing to write music and performing locally. Jim officially re-emerged onto the East Coast music scene in the ‘90s.
BLUESOUL Tour Continues
Terry Gillespie
                CD release
Blacksheep Inn, Wakefield QC
Sunday, November 24 @ 4 pm; cover $10

The show will feature the full band: Terry Gillespie (vocals, guitar and harmonica), Peter Measroch (piano and organ), Lyndell Montgomery (bass and fiddle) and Wayne Stoute (drums and percussion).
Dancing strongly encouraged.

“BLUESOUL”, featuring Peter Measroch on piano and organ, was released Sept 2, currently has coast-to-coast airplay across Canada and is making inroads into the USA and Europe.
Canada Roots Radio Airplay Chart - #8 For the Week of September 27, 2013
Roots Radio Airplay Chart  USA - #26 this week - #47  last week
Steve Strongman
Music by the Bay Live at Annandale, 221 Church Street South, Ajax ON
Friday, November 29; tickets $45

JUNO Winner Steve Strongman “…. an electrifying performer whose stage presence is second to none, a fantastic vocalist, and a guitarist of awesome technique and artistry.”
David Gogo
Rainbow, 76 Murray Street
Saturday, November 30

As one of Canada's hardest working and most prolific blues guitar virtuosos, David Gogo has amassed a worldwide fanbase and an impressive list of accomplishments. He has earned four JUNO nominations, the 2012 Western Canadian Music Award for Blues Recording of the Year, the CBC Saturday Night Blues' Great Canadian Blues Award for a lifetime contribution to the blues in Canada, and has twice been named Maple Blues Guitarist of the Year. In March 2013, he performed as the supporting act for blues legend B.B. King for the third time in his career, this time at the Port Theatre in Gogo's hometown of Nanaimo, BC.

Before writing and recording his latest album, “Come On Down”, Gogo took a pilgrimage along the Blues Trail starting in Memphis and traveling through Mississippi, Arkansas and Alabama. Highlights of his southern adventure included sitting in with local musicians at The Shack Up Inn, Ground Zero, and Red's in Clarksdale, Mississippi. He appeared as a guest on Sonny Payne's renowned ‘King Biscuit Radio Hour’, and toured the legendary Fame, Sun, Stax, and Willie Mitchell's Royal Studios. Gogo also traveled to towns mentioned in Robert Johnson songs, poured bourbon on Johnson's grave, and even went down to Rosedale with his rider by his side, as those famous ‘Crossroads’ lyrics proclaim.

Inspired by his journey through the birthplace of the blues, Gogo wrote six original tunes and combined them with six reinvented yet classic covers to create a new album that not only honours traditional blues but also gets you dancing with some good old gritty rock and roll. “Come On Down” takes you to a place where Robert Johnson meets the Rolling Stones and Fleetwood Mac meets Ray Charles. It's a wild ride that Gogo navigates with ease, ingenuity and style.
Leon Redbone
Shenkman Arts Centre, 245 Centrum Boulevard, Orleans
Wednesday, December 4 @ 8 pm; tickets $41.25

Back by popular demand! Leon Redbone first performed at Shenkman Arts Centre in late 2011 to a hall that sold out practically overnight. No surprise there, since he has for decades remained so musically resonant and personally elusive. Don’t miss this show!

Redbone’s career first gained momentum in the early ‘70s when Bob Dylan sought him out at the Mariposa Folk Festival. In a Rolling Stone interview, Dylan mentioned that if he ever started a label, Redbone would be the first artist he wanted to record. Most folks were introduced to the man during his network debut on Saturday Night Live in 1976, where he showcased his indelible version of “Walkin’ Stick.” In a year typified by amplified arena rock, Redbone’s intimate, low-key delivery proved to be a jolting antonym. Since then he’s played numerous talk shows, and functioned as a favorite guest of Johnny Carson.

If there is one common element to Redbone’s diverse music it’s his mastery of his acoustic guitar. It is easy to get lost in his stage exploits (which often gravitate between vaudeville and performance art) and overlook what a truly fine player he is – finger picking with a ragtime bounce of jumping between chords with the grace of a hurdler. (Maybe the analogy should be with the grace of a card shark, because he makes it look so effortless it can often be deceiving.)
Steve Hill
NAC Fourth Stage, 53 Elgin Street
Thursday, December 5 @ 7:30 pm

Steve Hill got an early start as a professional guitar player at the age of 16.  By the time he was 20 he was already doing more than 200 gigs a year, which lead to the success of his first album in 1997.  The album was voted Best Canadian Debut Recording by Vancouver’s Real Blues magazine who also proclaimed Hill to be the best young Blues guitar player in North America!

In 2012, Hill revisits the blues with the album “Solo Recordings Volume 1. Probably his rawest album ever, it features Hill not only on guitar and vocals, but also on bass drum, hi-hat, shakers and whatever he can do with his feet at the same time that he plays guitar and sings! Recorded live in the studio (with NO overdubs), it’s the sound of a man that has lived through a lot. 15 years after his first album, you can hear and feel a maturity that can only exist out of experience. Steve Hill “Solo Recordings Volume 1” proves once and for all that Hill is one of the best guitar players in North America, and a great singer-songwriter as well.
4th Annual Christmas Gospel Celebration
                with Rev. Ernie Cox
NAC Fourth Stage, 53 Elgin Street
Friday & Saturday, December 13-14 @ 7:30 pm; tickets $35 (HST included)

Rev. Ernie Cox comes back to the NAC’s 4th stage for two nights of fabulous gospel music on Friday, December 13, and Saturday, December 14 at 7:30.
We're taking advantage of the more intimate 4th stage for our annual December gospel celebration. We have Ernie on piano & vocals, along with some of Ottawa’s best musicians on drums, bass and guitar, including Don Cummings on the Hammond B3. As well, we welcome the return of NYC-based sax player and arranger Michael Webster, and the sweet & soulful sounds of the London Trio Plus — seven singers, renowned as Ottawa’s best gospel vocal group. And again, we’re thrilled to have Iyono Ede with us as special soloist, who delights every crowd with her bluesy and soulful gospel renditions. Bring your friends and get a table together — it's going to be another unforgettable evening.
Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Dominion-Chalmers United Church, 355 Cooper Street
Tuesday, December 17 @ 7 pm
Victoria Hall, Cobourg ON
Friday, December 20 @ 8 pm
A special 10th anniversary presentation of the holiday favourite "Creole Christmas".
  • Mark Braud – trumpet
  • Charlie Gabriel – clarinet/alto sax
  • Clint Maedgen – tenor sax
  • Freddie Lonzo – trombone
  • Rickie Monie – piano
  • Joe Lastie – drums
  • Ronell Johnson – tuba
  • Ben Jaffe – tuba
An annual must-see holiday production for families in the Crescent City since 2005, the boys from St. Peter Street bring their infectious holiday spirit to Ottawa for the first time! The band will perform seasonal favorites such as "Blue Christmas," "Swinging In A Winter Wonderland" and "Bells Will Be Ringing" in their much-loved New Orleans traditional jazz style.
The 9th year for what has become one of the most popular Blues Series in Canada, the first BOTR show takes place October 25, then one show a month (December excluded) right through to May. As in the past all BOTR Shows are fundraisers for different Westport charities. To date over $45,000 has been raised and the goal this year is to hit another $5,000.

For the third season in a row, despite higher costs and inflation, the price for these nights is staying the same - $60 (plus HST) which includes a delicious all-you-can-eat buffet served up by The Cove, the Show, dancing and a donation to charity. Being able to hold the price is due in part to the support of our new Sponsor – Dan Aykroyd Wines
DanAykroydWines.com – for which we are very grateful and we welcome them on board. 101.9 DAWG FM Ottawa www.dawgfm.com also continues as a Sponsor and again, we are very grateful for their support.

November 15
4 young musicians from Toronto who have taken the Canadian and international Blues scene by storm over the past few years. Semi-finalists at the 2012 International Blues Challenge in Memphis. Fun, gritty & funky - they bring a breath of fresh air to the Blues. Sax player Jon Wong won the 2012 Maple Blues Award for Horn Player Of The Year.

January 10
Musical friends for over 20 years, fabulous songwriters (they’ve both won International Songwriting Awards), great singers (Suzie has won the Maple Blues Award for Best Female Vocalist 6 of the past 10 years!) and excellent guitarists.  Either one of these artists is worth the price of admission - together they’re dynamite!  Their 4th visit to The Cove.

February 15
Led by singer/harp player Rott’n Dan (who sounds a lot like Joe Cocker) and guitarist Yuji Ihara this young band from Edmonton has been blowing audiences away in western Canada for years with their high energy blend of Blues, Soul, Funk and R&B. Maple Blues Award nominees for Best New Band in 2012. It’s their first tour of eastern Canada.

March 14
Ottawa singer, songwriter and one of the best contemporary Blues guitarists in the world today. 11 Maple Blues Award nominations! - JW has played with artists like Kim Wilson, David “Fathead” Newman, Little Charlie Baty, Hubert Sumlin & Junior Watson performing in 19 countries on 4 continents. Dan Aykroyd calls them “one amazing Blues band”. They are.

April 18
All stars indeed! 6 veteran players from two of Canada’s most famous Blues bands - Downchild and Fathead. Chuck Jackson vocals & harp, Teddy Leonard guitar, Michael Fonfara keyboards, Pat Carey sax, Gary Kendall bass and Mike Fitzpatrick drums. All of them have won Junos and/or Maple Blues Awards. High grade, big time Blues!

May 9 & 10 – *2 night stand*
David blows harp as if possessed by the ghosts of Sonny Boy Williamson, Little Walter and George Harmonica Smith. Combined with his great voice, mesmerizing stage performance and tight band this is the most popular act to ever play BOTR @ The Cove and that’s why they’re back again for 2 nights. Get your tickets early for this one.

Book ahead – most shows sell out in advance
1-888-COVE-INN or (613) 273-3636
Well-priced accommodation available at the Cove and nearby B&Bs

More information including bios, YOUTUBE & song samples of the artists at
Ray Bonneville
The Standeasy @ the RCHA Club, 193 Ontario Street, Kingston ON
Saturday, November 23 @ 9:00 pm; tickets $20
Advance tickets by calling 613 384-8168

Honing his songwriting craft for the last 35 years, "Bonneville's raw, tell-it-like-it-is storytelling style has won him critical acclaim" Bonneville has been nominated for three Juno awards, winning the 2000 Best Blues Album for his third album Gust of Wind (1999). His fourth release Rough Luck was also nominated, as was his 2004 Red House debut Roll It Down, which made his name in the US, garnering rave reviews from DownBeat and No Depression.[9] Since then, his star has been on the rise, with his award-winning release Goin’ By Feel,[10] his folk-charting cover of Bob Dylan’s song "It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry" (featured on A Nod to Bob 2: An Artists Tribute to Bob Dylan on His 70th Birthday) and receiving the 2009 Folk Alliance International Song of the Year for I Am the Big Easy, featuring post-Katrina New Orleans.[4][11]
Bonneville has "shared the stage with blues heavyweights B.B. King, Muddy Waters, J.J. Cale, and Robert Cray and many more.
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                 December 7                       Shawn Dore Band (Toronto)
Saturday      January 4                        TBA
Saturday      February 1                      River City Junction
Saturday                 March 1                                The Indelible Shameless Blues Band
Saturday      April 5                                               Wicked Grin
                Saturday              May 3                                    Double Double
Saturday                 June 6                   Redneck Limousine        
Sabrina Weeks
The Standeasy @ the RCHA Club, 193 Ontario Street, Kingston ON
Thursday, December 12 @ 8 pm, $10.00 @ door
Wicked Grin – CD Release
The Standeasy @ the RCHA Club – 193 Ontario Street, Kingston ON
Saturday, December 14
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
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, November 17 – OBS DAWG’ON BLUES – New Blues
Next week, November 24 – 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, November 13 – Benny Carter: Co-Host Jim Reil will do a show on Benny Carter, spanning much of his long career.
Next week, November 20 – November 20: Co-Host Ron Steeds has selected jazz and blues recordings recorded on November 20.
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.
Streaming great Blues, Roots, Soul, R&B, Folk, East Coast and Celtic music across Canada and around the world 24/7/365.
Check out their Canadian Blues shows and hosts including James Doran’s ‘Inside The Blues’, Brant Zwicker’s ‘At The Crossroads’, Johnny Max’s ‘Sunday Morning Soul’, along with Mark Stenzler's ‘Blues Zeppelin’ from Switzerland … and lots more Canadian and international Blues shows. 
Thursday, November 21
Dan Deslauriers @ the Mill Street Brew Pub, 8-11 pm
Friday, November 22
                JW-Jones @ the Rainbow, 10 pm
                John Carroll & the Epic Proportions @ the Black Sheep Inn, Wakefield
Saturday, November 23
                Zydeco Loco @ the Atomic Rooster, 4-8 pm
Sunday, November 24
                River City Junction host the Open Jam @ the Rainbow, 4-7 pm
                The Drew Nelson Band @ the Atomic Rooster, 6-9 pm
                Terry Gillespie CD Release @ the Black Sheep Inn, Wakefield
                Firebelly @ Les Brasseurs du Temps, Gatineau
Friday, November 29
                Little Miss Higgins @ the Black Sheep Inn, Wakefield
Saturday, November 30
                Victor Nesrallah @ the Atomic Rooster, 10 pm
Sunday, December 1
                Three Times Lucky @ the Black Sheep Inn, 4 pm
                Maria Hawkins host the Open Jam @ the Rainbow, 4-7 pm
Saturday, December 7
                Wicked Grin CD Release @ Irene’s, 9:30 pm
Saturday, December 14
                Dan Deslauriers @ the Atomic Rooster, 4-8 pm
Sunday, December 15
                Double Double @ the Atomic Rooster, 6-9 pm
Saturday, December 28
                Rocket Rached & the Fat City 8 @ Irene’s, 9:30 pm

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