09 December 2013

Ottawa Blues This Week - 9 December 2013

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/
The 18th edition of Virée Blues Boréale presents
Dan Livingstone, Dawn Tyler Watson & Paul Deslauriers
Le Petit Chicago, 50 Promenade du Portage, Gatineau QC
Wednesday, December 11 @ 8 pm; $15

On stage just before the now-famous duo of the Queen of the Canadian Blues Dawn Tyler Watson together with the excellent guitarist-composer-performer Paul Deslauriers, you will first enjoy Dan Livingstone, acclaimed as one of the very top “finger-style” type Blues guitarists. 

Seemingly out of another era, our first guest, Dan Livingstone (guitar, dobro and lyrics) is often accompanied by The Griffintown Jug Addicts and their washboards, their  “washtub bass” (that’s a hand-made one-string bass made of a string on a stick tied to a basin), their jugs, their cigar-box guitars and their five string violin;  he draws inspiration from Jug bands of the 30s and 40s, a Blues style that is played mixing with ragtime, swing and folk. A native of Western Canada, Dan Livingstone is now living in Montreal where he regularly performs in various bars and major events accompanied by various band set-ups. During the last decade he also could be found in Europe, performing in music halls and bars in Norway, Germany, France and Belgium. He also performed in China, Ireland, Greece, in the United States and in Canada, from the Maritimes to the Western provinces through the Prairies and Quebec. Recreating the ambience of this past musical era where simple fun prevailed in musical creations which seemed quite simple in nature and themes but carried with complex polyphony and rhythms that served as direct basis for the Swing and later for rock ’n’ roll, Dan is contributing a major historical section to our event proceeding from the Blues tradition of the Piedmont, then of the Delta then of Texas and, you never know, to a more modern Blues.

Dawn Tyler Watson & Paul Deslauriers: intricate and ardent, acoustic and electrifying. That’s it for the contradictions of the duo as their great skill and the collaboration that brings them together on stage is undivided! With prestigious awards recognizing her major talent, Dawn Tyler Watson certainly deserves the title of Muse of Jazz and Blues. Born in England, this Quebecker by adoption is pursuing an international career. Her remarkable voice is reminiscent of the Grandes Dames of Blues and Jazz. The marvellous Dawn Tyler Watson, always so versatile, shall stage a performance with lots of Blues and with maybe a few surprises more into Jazz that appeal to and thrill an already won over audience, since her very first album, “Ten Dollar Dress”.

More often referred to as the regular associate of the Grande Dame of the Blues, since 2006, Paul Deslauriers has a most impressive musical career path … acclaimed as part of the 100 world top guitarists of all times by Rolling Stone magazine, also recipient of numerous very prestigious awards, the former leader of Kind of Blue, Black Cat Bone and now of the ‘Paul Deslauriers Band.
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.
Thursday, December 12
Tony D & Jeff Hagerman @ Darcy McGee's, Sparks Street, 9pm
Saturday, December 14
                Dan Deslauriers @ the Atomic Rooster, 4-8 pm
                Sweet and the Back Beat @ D'Arcy McGee's - Orleans, 9 pm
                MonkeyJunk @ the Rainbow Bistro, 9:30 pm
Sunday, December 15
                The Steve Thomas Band hosts the Open Jam @ the Rainbow, 4-7 pm
                Al Wood & the Woodsmen @ the Atomic Rooster, 6-9 pm
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:  
                December 12 – Al Wood
                December 19 – Jeff Hagerman
                December 26 – Chuck Karn
                January 2 – Eric Walker
                January 9 – Russell Levia
                January 16 – Niel Barrington
                January 23 – John Cormier
                January 30 – Ross Neilsen

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.
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
New Year’s Eve Gala
                    With the Indelible Shameless Blues
Orchard View Wedding & Conference Centre, 6346 Deermeadow Drive
Tuesday, December 31

Looking for something special to do on New Year’s Eve? Join the Indelible Shameless Blues at Orchard View. The Indelible Shameless Blues will have the full big band, including keyboard and saxophone for this special occasion.
It’s a great deal: 5 course meal, full open bar, a DJ, midnight buffet, wine, champagne, party favours and, if you wish, you can get a package with a room at the Southway Inn and transportation to and from the event included.
Groove Junkies
Greenfield’s Pub, 900 Greenbank Road
Tuesday, December 31; $100/general admission $40

Join us at Greenfields to welcome in the New Year. This year we are super excited to have the Groove Junkies for your entertainment.
Complimentary cocktail hour 6pm-7pm (2 drinks per person, your choice)
Prime Rib Buffet with complimentary wine and all the fixings
Midnight Buffet and complimentary Champagne
Door prizes and lots of fun
After 9pm, we are offering a General Admission ticket for $40 which will include show, midnight buffet, complimentary champagne and door prizes.
Reserve you tickets by calling Maurice @ 613-867-8785 or emailing directly to maurice.stronge@live.com
Ball and Chain & the Wreckers
Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street
Tuesday, December 31 @ 9:30 pm; $20 advance
Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street
Tuesday, December 31 @ 9 pm
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.
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
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 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
With Mike Hillard
The Standeasy @ the RCHA Club, 193 Ontario Street, Kingston ON
Thursday, December 12 @ 8 pm; $10 at the door

2012 Maple Blues Award Winner – best new blues artist
Sabrina Weeks has been playing music professionally for over 2½ decades. An award winning vocalist known throughout Canada for her deeply expressive, powerful voice, Sabrina brings an extraordinary vocal and emotional range to her music. A composer since the age of 10, her original songs are known for their thoughtful yet quirky lyrics, catchy vocal lines and strong grooves. Sabrina is often featured in such prestigious concerts as the TBS Women in Blues Revue at Massey Hall and the Etta James Tribute at Hugh's Room.
Wicked Grin
                CD Release
The Standeasy @ the RCHA Club, 193 Ontario Street, Kingston ON
Saturday, December 14

Winners of OBS Road to Memphis Blues Challenge
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 15 – OBS DAWG’ON BLUES Christmas blues
Next week, December 22 – OBS DAWG’ON BLUES – More Christmas 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, December 11 – SOS: This amazing British trio of top tenor saxophonist Alan Skidmore, top alto saxophonist Mike Osborne and top baritone saxophonist John Surman was formed in April 1973. We will hear the trio's recordings from July 1974, late 1974 and September 1975.
Next week, December 18 – December 18: Co-Host Ron Steeds plays jazz and blues recordings made over the years on December 18.
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 21
                Bluestone @ the Atomic Rooster, 4-8 pm
Sunday, December 22
                Wicked Grin hosts the Open Jam @ the Rainbow, 4-7 pm
                Sherri Harding & the Heat @ the Atomic Rooster
Monday, December 23
                Bluegrass ‘Gospel Christmas’ @ Pressed, 8 pm
Tuesday, December 24
                Wicked Grin ‘unplugged’ & friends @ 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
                The Rod Williams Band @ the Atomic Rooster, 4-8 pm
                Rocket Rached & the Fat City 8 @ Irene’s, 9:30 pm
                The Tony D Band @ the Rainbow, 10 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, 9 pm – 1 am
                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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