25 November 2013

Ottawa Blues This Week - 25 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.  

Montreal’s Queen of the Blues Dawn Tyler Watson and Ottawa’s JW-Jones, both accomplished and internationally recognized blues artists, are set to take command of the "blues goes uptown" not-to-be-missed night out.

Watson and Jones will both perform at the upcoming 17th annual Maple Blues Awards gala on January 20, 2014 at Koerner Hall in Toronto. The Maple Blues Awards is Canada’s national blues celebration, recognizing outstanding musical achievement and gathering blues musicians and music fans from across the country each year.

The January 20th gala event is considered to be the premier blues event of the year. Tickets for the not-to-be-missed Maple Blues Awards, held at The Royal Conservatory's Koerner Hall in Toronto, are on sale now for $35 - $65 and can be purchased at the Weston Family Box Office, located in the TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning at 273 Bloor Street West, Toronto, by phone at (416) 408-0208 or online at https://tickets.rcmusic.ca/public.

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
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.
2013 Huron Carol Concert
The Shenkman Centre, 245 Centrum Boulevard, Orleans
 Monday, December 2 @ 8 pm; tickets $55, VIP $105

Join Tom Jackson, George Canyon and friends for an unforgettable evening of music for a good cause presented by Country 101.1. Christmas is a wonderful time of peace, harmony, optimism, and good will towards others. So it is in that spirit that the annual Huron Carole concert series returns this year with its national tour to help raise funds and awareness for Canada’s hungry. With over 18 stops throughout the country and an assortment of high quality musical talent including George Canyon, One More Girl, Beverley Mahood and Shannon Gaye, founder Tom Jackson’s call to end hunger is ready to be heard once again in communities large and small, near and far.
For more information, go to www.shenkmanarts.ca/promo or call 613-580-2700.
Tickets are on sale now with proceeds going to The Ottawa Food Bank.

The 18th edition of Virée Blues Boréale presents
Blues Delight
Cafe Bar Bistro Le Troquet, 41 Laval Street, Gatineau
Wednesday, November 27 @ 8 pm; tickets $15

With individual careers totalling well over 40 years, our next guests are indeed old hands within the newcomers on the Blues scene.   In less than ten years, they recorded 3 albums, performed on the stages of Eastern Canada’s major festivals like the Montreal International Jazz Festival, Blues at Tremblant or the Edmunston Jazz and Blues Festival, and they received numerous nominations at the Lys Blues Awards (for CD of the Year, Composer of the year) and at the prestigious Maple Blues Awards as nominees for Best New Blues Band.  

Blues Delight is highly talented and seasoned bluesmen. On stage, arrangements and interpretations of the highest quality, just like on the albums, can be expected: smoky, rhythmic Blues sung with spirit and sophistication by an authentic voice, then, the strings and brass interweave in a frenzied succession that strikes a highly dynamic music, inducing an irresistible urge to move. 
After the two successful albums which gathered positive comments from the critics, “Rock Island Line” (2007), then “Open All Night” (2009), Blues Delight calls for a third celebration of upscale totally original blues where guitars, slide guitar, harmonica, saxophones and voice perfectly blend, musically and emotionally … “Working On It”, launched in May 2013. A Southbound breakthrough is also to be expected, considering the very positive comments from a Minnesota Blues radio station and then from another in Florida.  

Blues, Real Blues, original, torrid, energetic, white hot with wild swings through the whole pentatonic scale!  
Little Miss Higgins & the Winnipeg Five
Black Sheep Inn, Wakefield QC
Friday, November 29 @ 8:30 pm; tickets (advance) $12

Old-time country blues sprinkled with a little jazz and maybe a hint of folk.
From the Great Northern Plains of Western Canada, Little Miss Higgins struts and serenades her way, guitar in hand, lips blazoned red, onto any stage. As if she just drove in off the back-road of another time with gravel dust and a sunset trailing behind her, this pocket-sized powerhouse plays music brewed up in old-time country blues sprinkled with a little jazz and maybe a hint of folk. Whether it’s songs about passion or songs about panties, she writes about real things in a rooted and poetic way.

For her newest release, “Bison Ranch Recording Sessions”, Little Miss Higgins teamed up with a very talented quintet of musicians from Manitoba. She calls them the Winnipeg Five—Jimmie James McKee on trumpet, Eric Lemoine on banjo and pedal steel, Blake Thomson on guitar, Patrick Alexandre Leclerc on upright bass, Evan Friesen on drums and all five of them sing harmonies. As they play music in a similar vein as Higgins, it was a fitting alliance both onstage and in the studio...well, not quite a typical recording studio. With new songs waiting on the sidelines, the six of them decided to record in a barn, a barn on a bison ranch in rural Manitoba. 
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.”
Fatboys Turns 2 – 2nd Anniversary Party
Fatboys Southern Smokehouse, 34 Murray Street
Thursday, November 28, 6-10 pm

Join us between 6-8 pm for some of our famous BBQ treats & sample our NEW Bourbon Society cocktails.
In support of Toy Mountain, bring a toy & join in the BBQ fun!
Featuring: The Wild Vines Band
Three Times Lucky
                with special guest Melwood Cutlery
Black Sheep Inn, Wakefield QC
Sunday, December 1 @ 4:30 pm; tickets: $7 (advance), $10 at the door

Three Times Lucky, formed in 2009, are a group of experienced Ottawa area musicians who play original blues-based rock music, along with a healthy dose of traditional and newer blues/roots music, including some classics by Sonny Boy Williamson II (Rice Miller), Muddy Waters, Hudson Whittaker (Tampa Red), Jimmy Reed and Delbert McClinton, although they are not averse to slipping into a Chuck Berry rocker, a Stones tune, a Steve Earle ballad or even adding a bit of a backbeat to a Hank William’s classic like ‘Mind Your Own Business’.

MISSION STATEMENT: To write, record and perform our original Canadian Rockin' Blues Roots music, hoping to entertain listeners at live venues and on digital media, while maybe at the same time have our music connect and resonate with people and their own individual life experiences. To relay our own heartfelt and sometimes humorous observations on current and past socio-political issues of Pan-Canadian and Trans-Global concern.
OR... maybe just have a good time playing the Blues. Simple!

In short, THREE TIMES LUCKY just might be that Rootsy/Folk Rockn'/Blues Alternative band you've been looking for all your life.

Opener Melwood Cutlery is an underground Canadian roots performer who playfully describes his rock and roll inspired music as “Top Forty Folk”.  This is a rare performance by an original blacksheep … one of Canada’s best singer/songwriters.
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
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 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.
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.)
Gospel Christmas
                Ernie Cox and the London Trio
Knox Presbyterian Church, 227 Elgin Street
Thursday, December 5 @ 3 pm; tickets $10, children $5

To benefit the Out of the Cold program.  Out of the Cold guests are invited to attend at no cost.
Steve Hill
NAC Fourth Stage, 53 Elgin Street
Thursday, December 5 @ 7:30 pm; tickets $25

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.
Carlos del Junco and The Blues Mongrels
Regent Theatre, 224 Main St, Picton ON
Saturday December 7 @ 8 pm; tickets $33 (including HST)
         available online at: https://pw438md972.boxpro.net/c78bownet.asp
         or by phoning the box office at 613.476.8416 ext 28

Carlos is one of those players whose music is so advanced that when it comes to awards, it's either retire the category or rephrase the question to "Best Harmonica Player Not Named Carlos". This includes two Gold Medals from the Hohner World Harmonica Championship in Trossingen, Germany, as well as multiple national awards in Canada which includes Carlos’ eight time Harmonica Player of The Year wins out of fifteen years of the Maple Leaf Blues Awards.

To say he plays the harmonica is like saying "Jimi Hendrix plays guitar". He blows the blues harp through a prism – suddenly it seems he's holding every colour in the musical rainbow right there in his hands. Simultaneously sophisticated and raw, his playing blurs the boundaries between blues and jazz (hence the name for his band The Blues Mongrels). The emphasis is on blues, but they are not afraid to merrily traipse off in other directions delivering a seamless fusion of New Orleans second line grooves, swing, Latin, hip-hop or ska melodies, to swampy roots rock.

The Blues Mongrels are: bassist Henry Heillig (founded the nine piece Latin band Manteca), guitarist Eric St. Laurent, and Mark Mariash on drums. Get ready to trash all you thought you knew about the harmonica. The Blues Mongrels deliver a no-holds-barred display of fun and melodic virtuosity.
Mike Stevens & Okaidja Afroso (Canadafrica)
                CD launch “Where’s The One”
With special guest Michael Jerome Browne
NAC Fourth Stage, 53 Elgin Street
Tuesday, December 10 @ 7:30 pm; tickets $25.00

CanadAfrica is the meeting and collaboration of two passionate and award-winning musicians: Canadian Mike Stevens and Ghanian Okaidja Afroso. On their debt CD together, “Where’s The One”, these two master musicians (Stevens – harmonica and vocal; Afroso – guitar, cajon, gyil, gourd and vocal) have created a place for the complex interlocking rhythms of West Africa to meet with the soulful and rich melodies of North American blues and country. The melding of these two musical cultures has created new music that is truly stunning and not to be missed.

Opening for Mike and Okaidja is Montreal’s Michael Jerome Browne. Another master musician, Sing Out magazine calls him “one of today’s most accomplished interpreters of traditional musical styles.”
Okaidja Afroso http://www.okaidja.com/
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
One of the most important bands of our time, for nearly fifty years, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band has been travelling the globe, bringing the joy of traditional New Orleans Jazz to music fans around the world. Whether performing at prestigious centres like Symphony Hall in Boston, contemporary music festivals like Austin City Limits, or private engagements for Presidents and Kings, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band of New Orleans never fails to bring their audiences dancing into the aisles.
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.
Bluegrass ‘Gospel Christmas’ Special
Pressed Urban Gourmet Sandwich Bar, 750 Gladstone Avenue
Monday, December 23 @ 8 pm; $7
                Proceeds to charity

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.

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
Unquestionably one of Canada’s best Blues singer/songwriter/harp players/guitarists. Won the Juno last year for best Blues album plus 3 Maple Blues Awards - Guitarist , Recording & Songwriter of the Year. Nominated for 2 more this year. Always delivers a great show. His 3rd visit to The Cove. 
*Replaces Boogie Patrol who were originally booked & unable to make it.

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
Ila Vann with The Fade Kings
Active Arts Studio, 116 Barley Road, Rednersville (between Trenton & Belleville/south shore of the Bay of Quinte)
Saturday, November 30 @ 8 pm; $20

This is a great opportunity to see and hear legendary R&B artist Ila Vann backed by the Fade Kings and saxophonist Ian Kojima after their impressive performances at this year’s Limestone Blues Festival. It’s a fabulous venue and the show is being recorded for possible release.
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, December 1– OBS DAWG’ON BLUES
Next week, December 8 – 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 27 – Recent Releases: Co-Host Aidian Thomas will feature recent releases from alto saxophonist Matana Roberts, guitarist Pat Metheny, Montreal based group---Esmerine, Canadian cellist Rufus Cappadocia and Norwegian Collective, Jazzmob.
Next week, December 4 – Listen Before You Buy: Recent jazz releases by vibraphonists Gary Burton & Warren Wolf, and by big bands Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Colorado Conservatory, I Compani, Mack Avenue Superband, Mark Masters Ensemble & Chris McGregor's Brotherhood of Breath, presented by Ron Sweetman.
On CBC Radio Two 103.3 FM
Saturdays: 6-8 pm
On CBC Radio One 91.5 FM
Saturdays: 9-11 pm
Saturday Night Blues
Host Holger Petersen has been a broadcaster, record producer, album collector, and serious blues fan for over 30 years.  His collection of blues records numbers in the thousands.  On Saturday Night Blues each week you’ll hear a mix of classic blues from the ‘Petersen Vaults’, concerts, interviews, artist features, new releases, plus anything that boogies, jumps, or swings, plus your requests from the Bluesline.
And check out SNB videos here http://www.cbc.ca/snb/video/
On CJHR 98.7 Valley Heritage Radio
Thursdays, 8-10 pm
Got The Blues
Pat Watters is your host for this blues only radio show, now in its 6th year.  It can be heard throughout the Ottawa Valley and streaming on the internet at valleyheritageradio.ca.
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. 
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
                The Steve Thomas Band hosts the Open Jam @ the Rainbow, 4-7 pm
                Double Double @ the Atomic Rooster, 6-9 pm
Sunday, December 22
                Wicked Grin hosts the Open Jam @ the Rainbow, 4-7 pm
Monday, December 23
                Bluegrass ‘Gospel Christmas’ @ Pressed, 8 pm
Tuesday, December 24
                Wicked Grin ‘unplugged’ @ the Atomic Rooster, 8 pm
Thursday, December 26
                Wicked Grin @ Calabogie Peaks, 2-6 pm
Friday, December 27
                Three Times Lucky & Wicked Grin IBC Fundraiser @ Greenfield’s
Saturday, December 28
                Rocket Rached & the Fat City 8 @ Irene’s, 9:30 pm
Sunday, December 29
                River City Junction hosts the Open Jam @ the Rainbow, 4-7 pm
Tuesday, December 31 – NEW YEAR’S EVE
                Wicked Grin @ Calabogie Peaks, 2-6 pm
                Ball & Chain and the Wreckers @ Irene’s, 9:30 pm
                The Hornettes New Year’s Eve Party @ the Black Sheep Inn, 8:30 pm

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