25 June 2013

Ottawa Blues This Week - 25 June 2013

Many of the free Luminato Festival concerts staged at David Pecaut Square in Toronto were seen via livestream and can be viewed NOW (or at your leisure). Click the link at the bottom of each of the artists. Please continue to enjoy these great performances including the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Kevin Breit, the Corey Harris Band and more. (Thanks to Derek Andrews for this info.)
Papadon Washington Trio
Rainbow, 76 Murray Street
Tuesday, June 25 @ 9 pm

Every few years, a new champion steps out of nowhere to help carry the blues traditions further into the future. Don Washington arrived right on time with the right tools for the job. Armed with powerful hands and a deep, muscular voice, Papadon is ready to shout the blues like a country preacher.

I was introduced to Don at the Chicago Blues Festival several years ago by my friend Bruce Iglauer (Alligator Records) who said: “Don Washington is an exciting young pianist and singer championing the blues piano tradition with flair, talent and soul. He can pound out a rocking boogie-woogie and get down into an intense slow blues, plus his original songs show plenty of writing talent (and a sense of humor). He’s got a strong voice and a warm and comfortable stage personality that can reach audiences easily. His performance at the 2005 Chicago Blues Festival won him a legion of new fans, and left the crowd hollering for more. I can heartily recommend him for any club or blues festival.”

And here’s what Jim O’Neal, co-founder of Living Blues said about that Chicago performance: “One of the most pleasant surprises I had at the 2005 Chicago Blues Festival was meeting and hearing Papadon Washington. It’s great to hear someone not only carrying on the blues piano tradition in such fine fashion, but knowing how to entertain an audience with it too.”
The Honeyrunners
Rainbow, 76 Murray Street
Thursday, June 27 @ 9:30 pm
opening @ 8:30 pmMubarak Farah & The Airliner Blues Band (www.facebook.com/airlinerbluesband)

The Honeyrunners have a knack for musical alchemy, melding soul-wrenching Motown Rock with the shine of ‘90s Alt-radio and the storytelling folk of the ‘60s. Their debut single, ‘Jet Set’, is featured on Bacardi's international campaign for 'Champions Party 2013'. The newest HR tune, ‘My Garage (Bang Bang Bang)’, will debut on Coca-Cola's "52 Songs of Happiness" campaign later this year. In April, The Honeyrunners performed live on national television for CTV Canada AM (watch here), followed by a slew of TV performances, radio interviews, and glowing show reviews. With 85+ Canadian tour & festival dates on the books, a debut EP (May 2013) released under Fontana North, and a live album/DVD in the works (Fall 2013 - teaser - "Hold Me"), this young Toronto band is busier than your average DIY indie outfit. The power is in the music - massive drums, funky bass, soulful rhythm keys, heavy electric guitar, a gritty voice, lush harmonies, gang-vocals, and a collective 80-odd years of obsession with music's colourful history. It amounts to a brotherhood brought together by creative ambition, itching to push modern pop music back into the land of the edgy, the soulful, the intellectual - and having a damn good time doing so.
Bill Durst
Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street
Friday, June 28 @ 9:30 pm

For Bill Durst, 2013 has already shot through the roof with the promise of exciting things ahead. In January, he showcased at the Blues Summit in Toronto, then, in February, played the Mid-Winter Blues Festival in Regina Saskatchewan, and in March played in Moose Jaw and at the Saskatoon Blues Festival. On June 22 he’ll be at the Stratford Bluesfest and on July 12 the Bruce County Bluesfest in Kincardine. He’ll also be at the Dutch Mason Bluesfest on August 10 opening for Guitar Shorty and will be touring in Western Canada in November. His 2012 live CD is still receiving attention and he’s already writing for the next CD.
Weber Brothers
            with special guests Firebelly
Black Sheep Inn, Wakefield QC
Saturday, June 29 @ 8:30 pm; $10

There are bands for which rock and roll is a lifestyle, and then there are bands for which it is life. At an age when most boys are still dreaming of rock stardom, the Weber Brothers were too busy working to care. Four sets a night, four nights a week, the brothers perfected their hard-won sound in Maryland dive bars they were often too young to frequent.

Inspired by their intense love of Scorcese’s classic concert film “The Last Waltz,” Ryan and Sam sent off a self-recorded demo tape to the legendary Ronnie Hawkins, the elder statesman of rock whose former protégés (Robbie Robertson, Rick Danko, et al.) went on to reshape the music history as The Band. Duly impressed by the pair's immense raw talent, Hawkins promptly invited them to audition for his storied backing band, The Hawks. One quick decision and one long van ride later, they arrived at Hawkins’ rural Ontario home, and after surviving the intense musical apprenticeship of his fabled “Rock ‘n’ Roll Bootcamp,” they were in: full-blooded Hawks.

Ten years and six self-released albums later, the Webers have spread their wings, shared the stage with icons like Garth Hudson, Levon Helm, Leon Russell, Derek Trucks and Kris Kristofferson, and toured extensively throughout the US, Canada, and Europe.

“Left Right Left Right,” their seventh release, is nothing less than a rebirth of The Weber Brothers sound. A double album of 26 original songs, it fuses the stomping country rock learned at Hawkins’ knee with the brothers' own love of pop music in all its splendor, from gorgeous “Pet Sounds”/ “White Album” vocal harmonies to blacktop-burning 50’s rockabilly, full-throated Crazy Horse anthems to classic corner group doo-wop. Tightly focused in execution yet epic in scope, “Left Right Left Right” is the Weber Brothers at their finest.

Firebelly is a modern Canadian blues outfit, formed in 2012, driven by a collective passion to create fresh blues music, while respecting its rich & timeless traditions. Lead singer & harp player, front man Mathieu Gagnon, is a captivating storyteller, with the rare ability to make you live through the song, with his sweet powerful voice, & electrifying harp playing. The smooth & funky bass guitar of Dan Grewal, combine with the lively drums of Mike McNeil and the poignant & fearlessly tasteful guitar playing of Fredy Carrière, to create a stripped down Blues sound that is “just right” In a less than a year, they have already garnered major festival, television & national commercial radio airplay. Firebelly represented the Ottawa Blues Society at the 2013 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee in January.
Steve Groves
Richelieu Park, 300 des Pères-Blancs Avenue
               directions – 300 des Pères-Blancs Avenue, off Marier Ave. which runs off Beechwood
Thursday, June 27 @ 6 pm

From Steve Groves:
This Thursday I am having a milestone birthday, I'm not saying which one, but I am playing a concert and would like to invite you all to join me and the band at Richelieu Park in Vanier. Owen Brown on bass and Jorge Reyes on drums, we start at 6 pm. We've had a great run of concerts lately and the band is hot! I hope to see you there!
Up & Up Music Presents
Slim Moore & The Mar-Kays
Mercury Lounge, 56 Byward Street
Thursday, June 27 @ 9 pm; $10

An unforgettable night of pure, unadulterated, bona fide, tear-jerking, gut-wrenching, stone-bad soul music, featuring legendary bassist donovan “freight train” willis and the entire line-up of the souljazz orchestra with the exceptional, uncompromisable Resident DJ Trevor Walker.

Thursday, June 27
            Steve Groves @ Richelieu Park, 6 pm
            Slim Moore & the the Mar-Kays @ Mercury Lounge, 9 pm
Saturday, June 29
            Big Chill @ the Atomic Rooster, 4-8 pm
            Firebelly opening for the Weber Brothers @ the Black Sheep, 8:30 pm
Sunday, June 30
            River City Junction hosts the Open Blues Jam @ the Rainbow
            Wicked Grin @ the Atomic Rooster, 6-9 pm
Ottawa Jazzfest
Confederation Park
June 20 – July 1
Including Dr. John (June 20 @ 9:30 pm); Willie Nelson & family (June 21 @ 8:30 pm); Mavis Staples (June 23 @ 6:30 pm); Doobie Brothers (Jun 26 @ 9 pm); Boz Scaggs (June 27 @ 8:30 pm), and more.

Music By The Bay Festival
    Canada's only festival for musicians under 21
Millenium Square, Liverpool Road South, Pickering ON
July 1 – FREE
40 Charlotte Street, rough ON
 “At Last”
Georgette Fry Sings Etta James
Peterborough Market Hall, 140 Charlotte Street, Peterborough ON
Saturday, June 29 @ 8 pm; tickets $33

Juno nominated Georgette Fry is an accomplished singer/songwriter from Kingston, Ontario. A veteran of the concert and festival circuit, she receives rave reviews for her live performances. Georgette has been described as a “powerful and expressive singer.” She returns to the stage with a Tribute to Etta James, accompanied by an eight-piece band, three accomplished vocalists (Tabby Johnson, Mariko Ohtake and Anna Sudac), and the Shout Sister! Choir providing the gospel backups!

Georgette’s concerts highlight the ease with which she bridges the gap between jazz and blues.  Long recognized as one Canada’s best blues vocalists, Georgette was most recently named “2013 Singer of the Year” by the Calgary Blues Music Association.

Etta James' career spanned six decades, during which she had several top ten hits, a dozen nominations and three Grammy Awards and a Grammy "Lifetime Achievement" Award; in 2008, her first hit, "The Wallflower" (aka "Dance With Me Henry") was also given the Grammy Hall of Fame Award. Etta James passed away in January of 2012, leaving one helluva legacy.
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
Groovy’s Swinging Thang on Thursdays
Groovy’s Roti Hut, 292 McArthur Avenue
Each week on Thursdays – 6-9 pm

These cats sound good, look good and are about the coolest gig you could pick on a Thursday night. C’mon over, y'all, and get your southern fix right here in Ottawa's East End, every Thursday.
With Brian Downey drums, Winston Groovy Wilson on T bone, Maren Molthan vocals, Brent Weatherall guitar/bass, Kenny Kannwisher upright bass, Sean Duhaime guitar.
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:  
            June 27 – Peter Brown
            July 4 – Chuck Karn
            July 11 – Drew Nelson
            July 18 – Parker Estabrooks
            July 25 – Murray Kinsley
Atomic Rooster, 303 Bank Street (at MacLaren)
Saturdays, once a month

Firebelly is Mathieu Gagnon on harmonica, Fredy Carriere on guitar, Dan Grewal on bass and Mike McNeil on drums.  Firebelly recently represented the Ottawa Blues Society in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis TN, January 29-February 2, 2012.
Open Blues Jam
Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street
Every Sunday, 4-7 pm; cover $3 (jammers free)

The jam is open to all ages.  Jammers sign up on the jam sheet at the door & each jam session lasts for 3 songs.  Drums & amps are provided, you only need to bring your instruments (but you can bring your amps if you want to).
Sunday Blues, 6-9 pm, no cover
Atomic Rooster, 303 Bank Street (at MacLaren)

The Jam @ Kaffé 1870, Wakefield QC
Every Wednesday @ 9 pm, no cover

6 rotating hosts, each specializing in a different genre
Blues Jam
Avant-Garde Bar & Restaurant, 135½ Besserer Street
First Wednesday of each month @ 8 pm

Hosted by River City Junction, this jam is open to guest performers, but is not an open jam’. 
If you want to play, please contact River City Junction in advance to work out what instrument you play & what songs you would like to do.
Blues and jazz jam at GigSpace
Alcorn Music Studios, 953 Gladstone Avenue
4th Thursday each month @ 8 pm
            $5 donation kindly encouraged

With Tim Bedner - seven-string guitar; David Pontello – drums; Mark Alcorn - bass
A jazz and blues jam on the fourth Thursday of each month: bring your instrument and sit in on some tunes you enjoy playing, or hang out and listen!

Blues On Tues
The Granary Beizli, 3270 County Rd 10, Vankleek Hill ON
Third Tuesday of every month@ 7 pm; $10
Acoustic Roots Series     
Georgian House Restaurant, 146 Main St. S., Alexandria ON
First Wednesday of Every Month

The best Roots/Country/Americana artists will be joining Terry Gillespie for a new Acoustic Roots Series in Alexandria.  Some of them will be up-coming artists and some will be household names … a different musical guest each month.  All of the musician guests are very accomplished and have toured extensively.  We are very privileged to be able to host them right here at home.
Terry will open each evening with a set of his music then the guest will follow with a set of their music.  Each will accompany the other.  Don’t miss a single one.

If you desire to see a special guest, let us know. If they are on the road, we might be able to grab them.
The Georgian House special musical menu has something fresh and delicious for all budgets.
Mississippi Blues Society Jam
Thirsty Moose Pub & Eatery, Bridge Street, Carleton Place
First Tuesday of every month @ 8:30 pm

Hosted by The Thirsty Moose Pub & Eatery & The Mississippi Blues Society, and featuring Barry Buse & Peter Brown, the MBS Blues Jam is the longest-running blues jam in the Greater Ottawa area & one of the best, attracting both musicians & fans from in & out of town.

*8:30 PM is the Estimated Start Time *There's No Cover Charge *Free Parking *Good Food *Ends Early [approx. midnight]

And - just so you know...we pack 'em in for this event, so come in early if you want a good table.
Royal Bank Bluesfest
LeBreton Flats, Ottawa ON
July 4 – 14

Stewart Park Festival
Stewart Park, Perth ON
July 19 – 21
Tim Bastmeyer & Jerome Tucker
Rainbow, 76 Murray Street
Saturday, July 6

Blues Guitarist Tim Bastmeyer teams up with seasoned bassist Jerome Tucker for a new CD and show that is sure to get you up and moving on the dance floor. Set for release in Summer 2013, the new CD will feature the duo of Tim Bastmeyer on guitar and vocals and Jerome Tucker on bass and vocals, along with Corey Richardson on the drums, Scott Daniels on keys, and guest appearances from Jerome Godboo on harmonica, and Richard Thornton (Jack De Keyzer Band) on sax.   reverbnation.com/jerometuckertimbastmeyer

Jerome Tucker grew up in Philadelphia and started playing the electric bass at age 10. By the age of 16 he was performing in clubs in the Philly area. During his time in the US Navy he had the opportunity to perform with Aaron and Ivan Neville throughout Alabama, New Orleans and the Southern USA. Tucker moved to Chicago in 1996, sharing the stage with artists such as Chico Banks, Lurrie Bell, John Primer, Lonnie Brooks, Son Seals, Koko Taylor, Larry McCray, Buddy Guy and more. Prior to relocating to Canada, Tucker toured extensively throughout USA and Europe when he joined the Larry McCray Band.

Tim Bastmeyer is a Canadian blues singer/songwriter. He has performed throughout North America, as well as the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Scotland and England. Bastmeyer’s most recent self-titled recording was released in late 2011 (produced and engineered by Bastmeyer) and received significant airplay and reviews, reaching #34 on The Roots Report. Featuring Juno award winning blues artist Julian Fauth on piano, James Thomson on bass and Corey Richardson on drums, this release is much different than Bastmeyer’s 2010 solo acoustic blues recording, titled “Graveyard:. There are 11 tracks on the CD, featuring 10 originals and a cover of the blues classic ‘I’m Going Down’. When not on tour Bastmeyer can be found at his recording studio in the Toronto area.   www.timbastmeyer.com
Paul Reddick
Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street
Saturday, July 6

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

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

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

Singer, songwriter, blues guitarist and harmonica player extraordinaire … lots of great performance clips on YOUTUBE.
            2013 SEASON
ACOUSTIC BLUE MONDAYS at THE COVE INN in Westport, Ontario launches its 3rd season in June.  This famous Dinner & Show fundraiser Series features some of Canada's premier acoustic artists - "sit-and-listen" Blues as good as it gets. Proceeds go to support local Westport cultural events. There will be 4 Shows this summer – all in the intimate, air-conditioned comfort of The Cove Dining Room. The Cove is a classic 137 year old country inn with a Day Spa right next door. It's located in one of the most beautiful small towns in eastern Ontario - Westport - on the shores of scenic Upper Rideau Lake, part of the Rideau Waterway (a UNESCO World Heritage site). It's a wonderful area to visit any time of year but especially in the summer. The Cove is famous for its excellent food and drink, friendly staff, comfortable accommodation and fabulous LIVE music. It's only a 45 minute drive from Kingston, 1.5 hours from Ottawa, 2.5 from Syracuse NY, 3 from Montreal and 4 from Toronto - or you can come by boat!
July 15
From Toronto
FRASER/DALEY www.fraserdaley.com
Alec Fraser on upright bass, percussion and back up vocals and Mike Daley on guitar and lead vocals combine old time blues a la Blind Lemon Jefferson with great original songs in the country blues style. They met in 2007 after a Jeff Healey concert (Alec played bass in Jeff's band for years and is also an award winning producer), started playing together and haven't stopped since. "Fraser plays the upright bass so well, he needs no percussionist. And Daley is a magician on guitar" - The Hamilton Spectator
YOU TUBE "The Hellhole That I Call Home" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_7Tm9L-qXQ

August 26
From Vancouver
THE HARPOONIST & THE AXE MURDERER  www.harpoonistaxemurderer.com
This duo with the unusual name is - Shawn Hall on vocals and harp (the Harpoonist) and Matt Rogers on guitar, stomp board, bass, keyboards and back-up vocals (the Axe Murderer). They make a lot of sound for just two guys and bring a fresh take to roots blues with their contemporary lyrics and unique arrangements - yet they remain true to the old blues traditions. It's blues for a changing world - or as one of their fans put it - "blues that gets you in the crotch". Maple Blues Award nominee for Best New Artists Of The Year in 2012.
YOU TUBE "Roll With The Punches" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lar6_rwOChA

September 16
From Wainfleet ON
SUZIE VINNICK  www.suzievinnick.com
Suzie was born and raised in Saskatoon, spent years in Ottawa and Toronto and now resides in rural southern Ontario. She is one of the best-known folk blues singer/songwriter/guitarists in Canada with a voice that has been described as "spun gold and honey". Over the past 10 years she's won the Maple Blues Award for Best Female Vocalist a record 6 times, was nominated for a Juno last year and was a finalist in the Solo/Duo category at the 2013 International Blues Challenge in Memphis last January. "Warm, rich and emotional, Vinnick's gorgeous vocals ring with confidence..." Ottawa Citizen
YOU TUBE "Crazy 'Bout Lovin' Me" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4hS6Z8BrTXo

All shows - 6 to 10 pm
Call (613) 273-3636 or 1-888-COVE-INN
Well-priced accommodation is available at The Cove and nearby B&Bs but book ahead, rooms sell out early for these nights.
For more information visit www.choosetheblues.ca  

ACOUSTIC BLUE MONDAYS is produced by CHOOSE THE BLUES PRODUCTIONS Kenmore, Ontario www.choosetheblues.ca in co-operation with THE COVE INN www.coveinn.com  Sponsored by 101.9 DAWG FM Ottawa www.dawgfm.com & DAN AYKROYD WINES www.danaykroydwines.com

Choose The Blues Productions                       
KBS Monthly Jam
The Standeasy
RCHA Club, 193 Ontario Street, Kingston ON
Third Saturday each month @ 8:30 pm, $3 at the door

The KBS monthly jam is now in its 6th year. The house is always full and both the musicians and the audience always have a great time. Always one of the best nights of entertainment Kingston has to offer – come early as seating is limited. Sponsored by the Kingston Arts Council and the City of Kingston
Georgette Fry
Brandee’s, 178 Ontario Street, Kingston ON
Every Thursday night at 8:30 pm (new start time)

The Ones
Monte’s in the Prince George Hotel, 200 Ontario Street, Kingston ON
Every Thursday night @ 9 pm 

Shaun Riley and the Chrome Hearts
Host a regular open jam every Thursday, 9:30 pm – 1 am
at Tir Nan Og, 200 Ontario Street

Sam Hopkins and Spencer Evans
Upstairs @ the Brew Pub
Every Second Sunday 2-4 PM

Shaun Riley and the Chrome Hearts
Host a regular open jam every Sunday, 8-11 pm
Rhea's Bar and Grill, 493 Princess St. (at University Ave.)
For more, please contact Kingston Blues Society
101.9 DAWG-FM, CIDG, is ON THE AIR!  Blues 24/7
Live streaming on the website at http://www.dawgfm.com/

Sundays: 8-9 pm
Ottawa Blues Society DAWG’ON BLUES
Each week OBS hosts keep you up to date on what’s happening on the Ottawa area blues scene, play some great blues from local bands and showcase regional and Canadian talent.
This week, June 30 – OBS DAWG’ON BLUES – Hot & Cold
Next week, July 7 – OBS DAWG’ON BLUES – The King of the 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).  Ron is always happy to hear from listeners at ronsweetman@kalixo.com
This week, June 26 – Don Byas: Co-Host Jim Reil has prepared a show featuring the great tenor Don Byas in recordings from the 1940s and 1950s, as a leader and with the Count Basie Orchestra.
Next week, July 3 – Canada Day Special: Recent releases by Canadian jazz and blues artists, selected 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.
Canada Live - Radio Two @ 7pm, Monday to Thursday; Friday – Radio One

Tuesday, June 25
concert 1: Christine Tassan et les Imposteures, recorded at the Broadway Theatre in Saskatoon
The story of Christine Tassan & les Imposteures is fascinating. Christine emigrated from her native France to Montreal in 1994, bringing her love of the great French standards (Brel, Piaf, etc.) and jazz manouche. She eventually teamed up with traditional and classical violinist extraordinaire Martine Gaumond [go-MOND], jazz guitarist Lise-Anne Ross and bassist Blanche Baillargeon [bye-are-ZHON]. The name "Imposteures" is a not-so-subtle jab at the long-standing tradition of gypsy jazz as a male-only domain. Brushing aside this taboo, these four talented women were so smitten by this infectious acoustic jazz music they dove into the genre head-first and formed Canada's only female gypsy jazz ensemble. They arrange and play gypsy jazz classics in their own unique way but they also have a beautiful repertoire of French vocal standards that they perform marvelously, often in four-part harmony. Their stage act is full of spirit, humour and camaraderie.

concert 2: Julie Lamontagne with Elyzabeth Diaga, recorded at L'Astral in Montreal
Tiempos Locos reunites the Spanish-Quebecois vocal colourings of Elyzabeth Diaga with Montreal jazz pianist Julie Lamontagne. Bound by their sensitivity and musical intuition, this new collaboration presents music that is both touching and surprising, all in Spanish. Accompanied by violin, bass and percussion, Diaga and Lamontagne offer us an intimate concert that is both sensual and full of life where the respective styles of each meet in a new musical universe of rhythmic and harmonic wealth. Passion, sensitivity, passion and tenderness are what Tiempos Locos is all about.

Wednesday, June 26
concert 1: Great Big Sea, recorded at the Danforth Music Hall in Toronto
A Great Big Sea concert is always a rollicking good time, with the audience dancing and singing along. Last year, Newfoundland's most popular band celebrated their 20th anniversary with an intimate concert at Toronto's Danforth Music Hall in November. CBC's Canada Live was on hand to record the party and now you can enjoy all of the fun!

Thursday, June 27
concert 1: Metric, recorded in Studio Q at CBC Toronto
Multiple-Juno-winning band Metric has led the charge on Canada's indie-rock scene for the past decade. The band performed three songs from their latest album, Synthetica, in Studio Q.

concert 2: Serena Ryder, recorded at the Mod Club in Toronto
On November 20, one week before the release of her brand new album Harmony, singer-songwriter Serena Ryder performed a sold-out show at the Mod Club in Toronto. The special, intimate concert saw Serena premiering her new songs for an adoring crowd of fans.

Canada Live podcast, released on Thursdays
Thursday, June 27 on the Canada Live podcast
Amanda Martinez, recorded at Koerner Hall, Toronto
Amanda Martinez's appearance at Koerner Hall was a long time in the making. The date was originally booked for spring of 2012 but she had to postpone it until the winter after receiving news she was carrying twins to be delivered days from the show. Eight months after her little girl and boy were born she came back to the stage on December 1st. By the time December arrived, Amanda was well on her way to completing her newest recording Mañana. This concert is a preview to that album which will be released later this year. Amanda was joined on stage by her all-star band and Mañana’s producer, the famed Grammy winning producer and guitarist Javier Limon.

CBC Radio 1 broadcast, Fridays at 2:05 pm
Friday, June 28 on CBC Radio 1
concert 1: Great Big Sea, recorded at the Danforth Music Hall in Toronto
A Great Big Sea concert is always a rollicking good time, with the audience dancing and singing along. Last year, Newfoundland's most popular band celebrated their 20th anniversary with an intimate concert at Toronto's Danforth Music Hall in November. CBC's Canada Live was on hand to record the party and now you can enjoy all of the fun!

Friday, July 5
            Rocket Rached & the Fat City 8 @ Irene’s
Friday, July 12
            Back Talk Organ Trio @ Irene’s
Saturday, July 13
            Jesse Greene Band @ Irene’s
            Joe Gaspar Band – Bluesfest After Party @ the Atomic Rooster, 10:30 pm
Friday, July 26
            Zydeco Loco @ Irene’s
Friday, August 9
            Drew Nelson Band @ Irene’s