10 February 2014

Ottawa Blues This Week - 10 February 2014


"American Promise"
Longfields Davidson Heights Secondary School, 149 Berrigan Drive
Thursday , February 13 @ 7 pm; Admission: $5 (light refreshments)
A documentary 14 years in the making, “American Promise” provides a rare look into the lives of two middle class Black families as they navigate the ups and downs of parents and educating their sons. Public Screening with Q&A to follow film.
Sponsored by ONABSE and a network of local Black educators.

Honoring and Celebrating Our Pioneers
Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive
Saturday, February 15; 6 – 8 pm; Tickets: $10
A video documentary on the journey of some Black domestic workers who migrated to Ottawa from the Caribbean, from the late 1950s to the late 1970s.
Produced by Jaku Konbit.
Information: 613-567-0600

Following the footsteps of black gospel music
University of Ottawa - Alumni Auditorium, main campus
Sunday, February 16 @ 6 pm; Admission: $18-$20
This bilingual show, that combines theatre and music, originates directly from the black American gospel repertoire. Regis Ferline, a well-known gospel singer from the national capital region, and her guest artists present a memorable evening filled with strong emotions and intended to spark the imagination of all.
Contact: Angeline Bernadin,   angeline_bernadin@hotmail.com 613 899 7078;
Ferline Reigs regis_ferline@yahoo.ca  613 808 6885
 FacebookFerline Regis 
The Underground Comedy Railroad: Ottawa

Absolute Comedy, 412 Preston (heart of Little Italy)
Monday, February 17@ 8:30 pm; Tickets: $15
Reserve your tickets by calling Absolute Comedy at 1-613-233-8000
3rd annual Underground Comedy Railroad! The tour’s lineup is steadfast, accomplished Canadian comedians who are truly outstanding homegrown celebrities, who offer a remarkable perspective which is uniquely Canadian. The Cross Canada tour includes: Victoria, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Toronto, Brampton, and finally, Montreal.
The Ottawa comedians are: Rodney Ramsey, Andrew Searles, Daniel Woodrow, Keesha Brownie, and Trixx.
Organizer contact: Andrew Searles info@andrewsearles.com
9-city tour dates & ticket info: http://undergroundcomedyrailroad.com/2014-tour-dates/
Facebook: The Underground Comedy Railroad
Twitter: @UComedyRailroad
Son of Trouble AKA Ben Sures
Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street
Thursday, February 13 @ 9:30 pm

Ben Sures has, for the most part, been a solo singer songwriter for the past twenty years and sideman to people like Rita Chiarelli, Paul Reddick, Harpdog Brown and umpteen other Blues and Roots acts. His live show is captivating, he is a great entertainer, funny, smart, musical and a gifted guitar player.  He has won and been a finalist in all the International Songwriting contests, John Lennon, International and The USA songwriting competition.

Ben has a new album – “Son of Trouble” – a Blues, African Blues, Roots record sung in English, French and Spanish. Toronto’s John Valenteyn said, “ ‘I Could Be Your Man’ has some of the most outrageous rhymes you’ll ever hear…. Sures is also the guitar player and his blues work is an absolute delight throughout.” And Bob Mersereau (The Top 100 Canadian Singles) commented, “Hearing his deconstruction of ‘See That My Grave Is Kept Clean ‘is worth the price alone.  He's someone who really knows how to breathe fresh life into a too-often staid genre."
Blind Boys of Alabama
Dominion Chalmers United Church, 355 Cooper Street
Sunday, February 16 @ 7 pm; tickets $47 & $60

The Blind Boys of Alabama are recognized worldwide as living legends of gospel music. Celebrated by The National Endowment for the Arts with a Lifetime Achievement Award, inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame and winners of five Grammy Awards, they have attained the highest levels of achievement in a career that spans over 60 years and shows no signs of slowing down.
The 19th edition of Vireé Blues Boréale presents
Carl Tremblay, Jim Zeller, Jimmy James
Le Petit Chicago, 50 Promenade du Portage, Gatineau QC
Wednesday, February 12 @ 8 pm; tickets $15

On this special occasion, for one night only, three Blues Icons who together total over 100 years in the History of the Blues will be here to celebrate with us. These guys have performed with the greatest, like B.B. King, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Albert Collins and Bob Dylan to name only a few. Two harmonicas, one guitar and three voices.
Jack de Keyzer
Music by the Bay Live at Annandale, 221 Church Street South, Ajax ON
Friday, February 14; $45 show only, $70 dinner & show

Valentine’s Day ‘Electric Love’ Dinner & Show with 2010 Juno Award Winner & 7 X Maple Blues Award Winner – blues guitar.
Electric Love…a rock blues album with nods to guitar influences Clapton, Hendrix and Page’… a disc of excellent new songs by a bluesman who should be considered their equal. It is also beautifully recorded, Jack’s vocals and guitar have never sounded better.”  (Maple Blues, John Valentyne)   

Dinner Option #1 New York Sirloin Angus Steak (8oz); Served with grilled onions and mushrooms, choice of rice or potato, seasonal vegetable, rolls, dessert, coffee & tea
Dinner Option #2 Stuffed Chicken Breast (4oz)
A succulent breast stuffed with roasted red peppers and cream cheese served with a mushroom and white wine sauce; Choice of rice or potato, seasonal vegetable, rolls, dessert, coffee & tea
Valentine Charity Dinner Dance
Dawn Tyler Watson & Gary Kendall Band
The Banquet Center, 1 Alhambra Square, Belleville
Friday, February 14; Cocktails: 6:30 pm, Dinner: 7:30 pm, Dance: 9 pm
Tickets: $50 Dinner & Dance (dinner by advance ticket purchase only);
$30 Dance Only (at the door after 8:30 pm)

Best of classic style Soul, Rhythm and Blues at this year’s Charity Valentine Dinner Dance. Montreal’s Queen of the Blues, Dawn Tyler Watson and Downchild’s own Gary Kendall. This is a return to the community by both artists who have appeared at End of Winter Blues, the Empire Theater and Rotary Loves Kids.
But it is not just about having a great time, dinner and dancing; we are proud to support the local charities that typically are overlooked in support of more public charities, yet represent an important part of our community.
Steve Berndt
Chelsea Pub, 238 Old Chelsea Road, Chelsea QC
Friday, February 14 @ 7 pm; no cover

Ottawa jazz singer Steve Berndt and pianist John Steele return for an evening of jazz standards and
ballads in the beautiful country setting of the Chelsea Pub. Join Steve for an evening of jazz performed on vocal and piano in the style of his recent album called “Déjà Vu”, which has received regular airplay on CBC. A second album also featuring pianist Brian Browne has been recorded and will be released this spring.
Vocal: Steve Berndt; Piano: John Steele
More info: steveberndtjazz @yahoo.com or 613 563 7080
Choose The Blues Productions presents
Steve Strongman*
Blues On The Rideau At The Cove Inn, Westport ON
Saturday, February 16; $60 Dinner & Show
Advance reservations required - 1-888-COVE-INN or (613) 273-3636
Proceeds to Easter Seals Eastern Ontario

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.

More information at www.choosetheblues.ca
Mumbo Jumbo Voodoo Combo
Valentines Mardi Gras Dinner & Dance
Almonte Old Town Hall, Almonte ON
Saturday, February 15; dinner at 7 pm, music at 8ish
advance $40 reserve by February 13), dance only $20; $25 at the door

Cajun Dinner catered by Ballygiblins, Carleton Place – Jambalaya, Chicken, Mussels, Cornbread and Tatters
Tix at Ballygiblins in Carleton Place, Almonte - MMMusicworks & Baker Bobs
Donations for The Lanark Food Bank will be collected
Free shuttle home in Almonte.
Kelly Joe Phelps
Black Sheep Inn, Wakefield QC
Saturday, February 15 @ 8:30 pm; $15

The new record Brother Sinner And The Whale is out! This record is going to be a fun one to roll along with; it’s got a lot of light streaming thru the windows, and all the doors are wide open. A dozen songs full, half of which are played on a National slide guitar, and the other half on a Martin D-35 (a black Johnny Cash model at that!), ten of ‘em sung, and a pair of instrumentals as well. Really looking forward to getting this out to you folks.
Old Man Luedecke
with Jordie Lane
Black Sheep Inn, Wakefield QC
Sunday, February 16 @ 4:20 pm; $20

Old Man Luedecke has a penchant for language. Based in Chester, Nova Scotia, the award-winning roots singer-songwriter’s latest album, “Tender Is The Night”, gives nod to F. Scott Fitzgerald’s famous novel, a title lifted from John Keats poem, ‘Ode To A Nightingale.’ With skillful precision and a storyteller’s heart, Luedecke’s narrative-driven folk songs are playful, coy, and soul warming. Rich in metaphor, heart and instrumentation, “Tender Is The Night” muses on love, art and purpose.

“Tender Is The Night” goes beyond his beloved solo, banjo-driven folk tunes. Driving a Nashville band from beginning to end with his recognizable voice, this is an artist honing his cunning lyrical flair – tenderly pushing the boundaries of his storytelling with his unique mix of folk, bluegrass and pop hooks.

Old Man Luedecke is just home from a wonderful tour of Australia with the awesome Jordie Lane. Now Jordie is coming to Canada to tour with him across the country … tonnes of dates … with a fuller sound that he’s quite excited about!
Saturday, February 15
                Lynn Hansen & Band & Al Wood & the Woodsmen @ Irene’s Pub, 9:30 pm
Sunday, February 16
                Steve Thomas Band hosts the Open Jam @ the Rainbow, 4-7 pm
                Double Double @ the Atomic Rooster, 6-9 pm
                Al Wood @ the Atomic Rooster, 10 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:  
                February 13 – Corey Sullivan
                February 20 – Scott Amey
                February 27 – Parker Estabrooks
                March 6 – Buck Tingley
                March 13 – Drew Nelson
                March 20 – Peter Newsom
                March 27 – Steve Groves

Jeff Rogers
RARE Restaurant & Bar, 570 Kanata Avenue
Thursdays, 6-10 pm
The Allaire Show
                with John Allaire & special guests
Quinn’s Ale House, 1070 Bank Street
Saturdays, 3-5 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.
Matt Andersen
Empire Theatre, Belleville ON
Friday, February 21 @ 7:30 pm

Growing up in Perth-Andover, you learn a thing or two about the tough grind. The family-oriented, blue-collar community is home to singer-songwriter and guitarist Matt Andersen. While manual labour wasn’t his calling, hard work is something you pride yourself on growing up in a small-town. Having played over 200 shows in 2012, his work ethic has never been questioned.

Matt’s narrative-driven writing cuts through the soul, blending blues and folk, encompassed in total honesty. He takes listeners on a ride with his diverse musical styles, skilled guitar work and over-the-top showmanship. Matt’s intimate, high-energy performances have captivated audiences across the world, from Canada, to the US, to Australia and the UK, from small clubs to festivals.

He’s touring in support of his new CD, “Weightless” to be released in February.
Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street
Saturday, February 22 @ 9:30 pm; $12

After 15 years of partying up crowds at the Gladstone Hotel, Swamperella has deserved its acclaim as a guaranteed good time. The eclectic demographic that is attracted to Swamperella’s monthly events attests to this acclaim. If you don’t think you want to dance, just listening to the band, and watching the crowd’s energy is almost as fun. But, dancing or not, you probably won’t be standing still - the Swamperella sound won’t let you - and the scene will keep you smiling.

The original mandate of Swamperella, "to honour the Cajun music tradition", has never been compromised. The integrity of the traditional form and sentiment has always been maintained even as originals and Zydeco began seeping into the Swamperella repertoire. But there’s nothing stodgy about this band. The old time flavour stirred up in a brand new pot makes for a fabulous and rich musical experience and the Swamp-stew just keeps getting yummier. Our 2007 release – “On The Line” - is full of Sweet Cajun ballads, knock-out two steps, Creole, Zydeco, along with tasty surprises - standards such as Corrina with a New Orlean’s beat and originals such as ‘Same Old You’, ‘Katrina’ - a twin fiddle memorial to the victims of Hurricane Katrina and ‘The Frankenstein’ - a zinging Zydeco party tune (tongue in cheek reference to Zydeco King Keith Frank). “Leopard Skin Coat”, our 4th CD was released in February 2013, and features rocking Swamperella originals some classic Cajun and Creole favourites.

Swamperella can rock a festival tent with fabulous two-steps and zydeco faves, perform a riveting main stage concert and play acoustically, front porch-style, all in the same day. From Cajun twin fiddling and rustic solo accordion, to rockin’ washboard-driven Zydeco originals and traditional tunes, the Swamp experience is exciting, heartfelt and authentic.
JW-Jones & Rod Williams
House Concert @ Alison’s in Centretown, Ottawa
Sunday, February 23 @ 2 pm; $25 advance

‘Canada’s Top Touring Blues Artist’ JW-Jones teams up with harmonica player ‘Reverend’ Rod Williams for a tasty and tasteful acoustic duo.
Text or phone Alison at 613-875-1400 to reserve your ticket.
Rick Fines
Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street
Wednesday, February 26; $15

One of Canada's leading blues, roots music and slide guitarists, Rick is a captivating storyteller and songwriter. His blues history knowledge is extensive and he’s just back sharing his knowledge and music teaching Blues in the Schools in Yellowknife and Inuvik. (If you’re on Facebook, you can see some of his awesome photos from the North West Territories posted on his page.) And … Rick is recording a new album! Yay!
Rob Lutes
Salle la Bascoche, 120, rue Principale, Gatineau, QC
Friday, February 28; tickets $30

Rob Lutes is a soulful singer-songwriter from Montreal with an ever-growing collection of literate, moving meditations on life and love.

Rob Lutes is widely known for his superb songwriting, fingerstyle mastery and soulful vocals. With The Bravest Birds, he delivers an exquisite collection of songs that inhabits the intersection of blues, Americana and the contemporary singer-songwriter genres and includes the blazing instrumental Turning Point.

Since his first release, Gravity, in 2000, the Montreal-based musician who originally hails from the town of Rothesay, New Brunswick, has become widely known for his impassioned live performances, featuring extraordinary playing, a bit of improvisational magic and Lutes’ intense, gritty vocals. He is a former Kerrville winnerand Maple Blues, CFMAand Lys Blues nominee.
Matt Andersen
NAC Southam Hall , 53 Elgin Street
Friday, February 28 @ 7:30 pm

Growing up in Perth-Andover, you learn a thing or two about the tough grind. The family-oriented, blue-collar community is home to singer-songwriter and guitarist Matt Andersen. While manual labour wasn’t his calling, hard work is something you pride yourself on growing up in a small-town. Having played over 200 shows in 2012, his work ethic has never been questioned.

Matt’s narrative-driven writing cuts through the soul, blending blues and folk, encompassed in total honesty. He takes listeners on a ride with his diverse musical styles, skilled guitar work and over-the-top showmanship. Matt’s intimate, high-energy performances have captivated audiences across the world, from Canada, to the US, to Australia and the UK, from small clubs to festivals.

He’s touring in support of his new CD, “Weightless” to be released in February.
Jon Knight & Soulstack
Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street
Friday, February 28 & Saturday, March 1; 10 pm
Atomic Rooster, 303 Bank Street
Sunday, March 2, 6-9 pm

Maple Blues Award Nominees, Soulstack, will make their Ottawa live performance debut with four shows at the end of February. Soulstack’s mini city tour will find them performing at the Rainbow Bistro on February 28 & March 1, the Atomic Rooster on Sunday, March 2 and at Greenfield’s in Barrhaven for Studio DAAWG with DAWG-FM, on Monday, March 3 [8 pm].

Soulstack went head to head with Ottawa's MonkeyJunk for the Electric Act Award at the MBAs last month, and although lost out to Ottawa’s favourite band; Soulstack’s drummer, Tom Bona, acquired his 5th Award for Drummer of the Year. Bona has been seen in Ottawa many times in the past, having played drums for Sue Foley, Tony D, Hennessey, and more, and currently with Raoul and the Big Time.

Soulstack's acclaimed stage performances keep the crowds fully entertained with a their modern roots music in nouveau-retro-style, inspired by sweaty sounds and throbbing rhythms, all performed with deep intensity, wild conviction, greasy organ, sweet tremolo-soaked guitar, and heartbreaking harmonies.
Zydeco Loco
Winchester Lions Club Mardi Gras Dance, Winchester ON
Saturday, March 1; tickets $10, from any member of The Winchester Lions Club at “The Town Vintner”

Special MC Max Keeping
Join us for music, dance, tarot card reading, crown and anchor and much more. http://www.winchesterlions.com/mardi-gras/
Ball and Chain & the Wreckers
Westboro Masonic Hall, 430 Churchill Avenue
Sunday, March 9, 3-7 pm; $15 at the door, cash bar

A friendly crowd is guaranteed – no need to bring a partner.
3:15 pm Dance lesson: Learn how to 2-step and waltz – no experience necessary!
4 – 7 pm Dance
Jody’s Louisiana Style red beans and rice will be served at the break.
Pot-luck offerings are welcome.
Please bring indoor shoes for the dance floor.
Keep in mind that you need to pay for parking in the lot but there is also free parking nearby.
Cheap Trick
                with openers MonkeyJunk
NAC Southam Hall, 53 Elgin Street
Thursday, March 13 @ 8 pm; tickets starting @ $52

Cheap Trick may be one of the most covered bands of all time. Since the ‘70s they’ve been blending elements of pop, punk and even metal in a way that is instantly catchy and recognizable. With more than 5,000 performances, 20 million records sold, 29 movie soundtracks and 40 gold and platinum recording awards, the band was honoured in October 2007 by the Chicago Chapter of NARAS (National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences) for their contributions to the music industry. 

Their most current release, “The Latest”, (released on CD, vinyl and 8-track) has garnered glowing reviews worldwide and continues Cheap Trick’s reign as power-pop progenitors as they continue their legacy of over 35 years in the music industry.

Ottawa’s own MonkeyJunk will be opening 3 shows for Cheap Trick in Ontario in March 2014 … playing shows with these rock ‘n’ roll legends in Hamilton, Toronto and Ottawa in some legendary venues! A great opportunity to get some more exposure for their latest release, “All Frequencies”.
The Mojo Stars
Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street
Thursday, March 13

Formed in 2006, The Mojo Stars have wasted no time in establishing themselves as a force to be reckoned with. With deep roots in the blues and soul combined with a rock driven edge, this multitalented band has been collecting a large following starting from their debut performance at one of the closing nights of Vancouver's 2006 Jazz Festival to their summer outdoor festival shows of 2013.

Started by singer and front man extraordinaire Randy Clarke and ace guitarist Mark Rankin, and later including local heavyweights, drummer Shawn Soucy and bassist Rob Marr, the band’s first year saw them playing at local clubs, pubs, casinos and private events. In 2009, they recorded their first CD, “Devil’s Advocate”, a collection of ten original songs penned by Clarke and Rankin. The CD received massive airplay being featured on blues programs in Canada, the US and Europe, including being the new spotlight artist on Canadian Brent Zwicker's show, ‘At The Crossroads’. The disc was also in regular rotation on the US's Tony Steidler Dennison's podcast, ‘The Roadhouse’, which has a listenership of over 10,000. The CD has also received the highest rating possible from John Vermilyea's famed blues website, Blues Underground Network. Locally, the band had four songs featured in the Vancouver Province’s Playlist section in 2009/2010, which with an online/print weekly readership of 920,000, enabled them to reach an even greater audience.

The end of 2010 saw group co-founder Randy Clarke forced to confront an American marijuana charge and spend two years in a US jail. Upon his return, the band was invigorated, adding new members, B3 player Kenny Boychuck (long time Jerry Doucette collaborator) and sax man JT Platt (So Tight band) to the lineup. Playing their return gig at the newly-opened Columbia in New Westminster, The Mojo Stars sold out the 300-seat-room and treated both old and new fans to freshly written material.

The Mojo Stars are once again back on track and ready to share their tunes with fans of good music, wherever they may be.
Jack de Keyzer
Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street
Friday, March 14 @ 10 pm

Electric Love…a rock blues album with nods to guitar influences Clapton, Hendrix and Page’… a disc of excellent new songs by a bluesman who should be considered their equal. It is also beautifully recorded, Jack’s vocals and guitar have never sounded better.”  (Maple Blues, John Valentyne)   
The Sheepdogs
Algonquin College
Friday, March 14 @ 8 pm; lobby opens @ 7 pm, doors @ 7:30 pm

The Algonquin College Students’ Association proudly welcomes back Canada’s hottest rock band, The Sheepdogs! Don’t miss your chance to see the multi-platinum, Juno award winning band live at the Algonquin Commons Theatre.

Tickets … Floor level standing: $35.00 – Algonquin Students, $45.00 – General Public; Main Level: n$30.00 – Algonquin Students, $40.00 – General Public
Tickets available in person at the Algonquin Commons Theatre Box Office in E104, (no service charges applicable). Tickets are also available online through Ticketfly or  Facebook, (tickets are plus service charges when purchased online).
Home Routes House Concert
                with Charlie A’Court
Ottawa ON – Saturday, March 15
Navan ON – Monday, March 17
For further info/tickets, please contact Home Routes at info@homeroutes.ca or 1-866-925-6889 X207

Fuelled by emotion and a desire for delivering powerful music, Charlie A’Court is undoubtedly one of Canada’s new generation of fresh singer/songwriters, attracting fans internationally with gutsy vocals and his colourful yet solid guitar playing.
To close out 2013, Galaxie Radio released their list of the top 50, most played albums of the year on Galaxie channel, The Blues (Canada). Charlie A’Court’s “Triumph & Disaster”, which garnered him two 2013 East Coast Music Awards, ranks number 18 on the list including a mix of other Canadian and international artists.
Charlie was invited to perform at the Maple Blues Awards ceremony in Toronto, January 20 and, thanks to Kimberly Mallett, here’s a video of that performance. (Check out his back-up singers!) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJ7ZwnGOUrs
Paul Deslauriers CD Release
                with special guest Steve Marriner
Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street
Saturday, March 15 @ 10 pm

A virtuoso on both electric and acoustic guitars, Paul Deslauriers is part of Canada’s guitar elite and is considered one of Quebec’s overall best guitarists; but it doesn’t stop there, he’s also a powerful and expressive singer. Winner of the Lys Blues Award for Best Artistic Performance in 2011, Album of the Year in 2008 (“En Duo”), and Best Musical Performance in 2005, he was also nominated at the Maple Blues Awards in 2008 for Acoustic Act of the Year along with Dawn Tyler Watson for their album "En Duo". In 2010 Deslauriers was musical director, producer, and performer on the “Nos Stars Chantent Le Blues à Montréal” CD for L’équipe Spectra and the Montreal International Jazz Festival. Paul's 2006 solo release “Ripping Into Red” garnered rave reviews in the April 2007 issue of Guitar Player Magazine. Editor in Chief Michael Molenda had this to say about him: "Deslauriers really knows how to grab your ears from note one... He's also a gifted songwriter and vocalist, and his solos, especially the slide lines, are short, but thrilling!"

Since 1997 he has fronted the Paul Deslauriers Band, and proudly showing his rock colors and his true to the blues roots. With over two decades of experience in the music industry (began his career in his early teens!), seven albums under his belt, and a list of fans that extends into Europe and the US, this guitarist/singer/songwriter/producer has truly mastered his art!
Triple Bill:
Matt Andersen (New Brunswick), Steve Hill (Montreal) & Kim Churchill (Australia)
Museum of Civilization, Gatineau QC
Saturday, March 15; tickets $40, 60+ $37, students $35

Matt Andersen’s narrative-driven writing cuts through the soul, blending blues and folk, encompassed in total honesty. He takes listeners on a ride with his diverse musical styles, skilled guitar work and over-the-top showmanship. Matt’s intimate, high-energy performances have captivated audiences across the world, from Canada, to the US, to Australia and the UK, from small clubs to festivals. He’s touring in support of his new CD, “Weightless”.

Steve Hill’s recent emphasis has been on his solo show, and in 2012, he released “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. Submitted by the Montreal Blues Society, “Solo Recordings Volume 1” was chosen at the Best Self-Produced CD at the 2013 International Blues Challenge in Memphis TN. “Solo Recordings Volume 1.5” followed and “Solo Recordings Volume 2” is in the works.

It's the soothing sound of Kim Churchill who plays a guitar with the busiest of fingers and the rhythm of a master, and who sings lyrics too enigmatic to believe they came from someone so young. He's a true blue Aussie; a surfer with a connection to the sea that spills out in his performances, even when he's a long, long way from the beach. And he's a reminder to us all that choosing what's in your heart is better than choosing what's in your head.

Kim doesn't just show up and play his music. He takes the time to explain his songs, he takes the time to thank the crowd and he pauses to inhale the manifestation of his dream. In an age full of self-centered performers who consider fanfare a right and not a privilege, Kim is a breath of fresh air. Will he grow cold from the gig and start to play his songs just for the money? Who knows, but the greatest reason for hope that Kim won't follow a long list of burnt out performers is his connection to the sea, which he can use like an ace up the sleeve. It's that union with nature that will ground him, it's a bond that may protect him from the vultures, prevent him from following and instead give him the confidence to lead.
Cooper Brothers 40th Anniversary Celebration
Centrepointe Theatre, 101 Centrepointe Drive
Friday, March 21 @ 8 pm; tickets $45

In 1974, a young Ottawa band named The Cooper Brothers, lead by brothers Dick and Brian Cooper, hit the airwaves with a song called ‘Finally with You!’ and the music world took note of their catchy songs and intricate vocal sound.

By 1978 they had scored an international record deal with legendary Georgia-based Capricorn Records and a string of hits followed including ‘The Dream Never Dies’, ‘Rock 'n Roll Cowboys’, ‘Know Her When I See Her’ and ‘Show Some Emotion’ hitting the charts both in Canada the U.S. At the height of their career the band toured extensively throughout North America, performing with such diverse artists as The Doobie Brothers, James Taylor, Joe Cocker, Charlie Daniels, Atlanta Rhythm Section, McGuinn, Clark and Hillman and AC/DC.

2014 marks the 40th Anniversary of the band and The Cooper Brothers are celebrating in style. They will be inviting musical friends from near and far to join them onstage for a special, not-to-be-missed performance, which will include past favourites and songs from their latest albums, “In From the Cold” and “Southbound”.
ZAPP Productions
Johnny Winter and Jimmy Bowskill Double Bill
Uxbridge Music Hall
Friday, March 21
Lindsay Academy Theatre
Saturday, March 22

A dynamite double bill – Johnny Winter and Jimmy Bowskill.

New Johnny Winter iPad App on iTunes! Learn all about the life and music of Johnny Winter through an illustrated mini-book and audio clips of Johnny sharing thoughts and experiences. Then learn some of Winter’s blues licks, riffs, turnarounds, and solos played by the master himself.

Jimmy Bowskill has been impressing his musical elders for a full decade now. At age 11, he attracted the attention of late great bluesman Jeff Healey by busking outside his Toronto club. Healey and the local blues community quickly sensed Bowskill's passion and potential, helping him record his 2003 debut album, the fittingly named “Old Soul”. The following year, Jimmy's second album, “Soap Bars & Dog Ears”, was nominated for a Juno Award, making him the youngest ever Juno nominee. Since then, he has worked tirelessly on his craft. The fruits of those labours can now be heard on his 5th release, “Back Number”, one you definitely won't want to forget.
David Gogo in Concert
Black Sheep Inn, Wakefield QC
Sunday, March 23 @ 4 pm

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.
Frank's Pasta & Grill, 426 King Street East, Cobourg ON
Friday, April 4 @ 9 pm
Gordon Best Theatre, Peterborough ON
Saturday, April 5 @ 8 pm
Wilno Tavern, Wilno ON
Sunday, April 6 @ 2 pm
Buddy Guy
Centrepointe Theatre, 101 Centrepointe Drive
Sunday & Monday, April 6-7; ***BOTH SHOWS SOLD OUT***
The John St. Pub, Arnprior ON
Friday, April 11 @ 9 pm
Salle La Basoche, Gatineau QC
Friday, April 25 @ 8 pm
Jimmie Vaughan (with Lou Ann Barton)
Regent Theatre, Oshawa ON
Thursday, May 8
Capital Theatre, Port Hope ON
Friday, May 9
Lazy Lester
                with Bharath & his Rhythm Four
Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street
Friday, May 9
Terry Gillespie Band
Manotick United Church, Manotick ON
Saturday, May 10 @ 7:30 pm
George Thorogood & the Destroyers
National Arts Centre Southam Hall, 53 Elgin Street
Friday, May 15 @ 8 pm
Steve Strongman
Salle La Basoche, Gatineau QC
Friday, May 30 @ 8 pm
Jonny Lang
Regent Theatre, Picton ON
Sunday, June 1
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.

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
Wicked Grin - February 15
Wicked Grin performed at the Ottawa International BluesFest 2006 and 2011, appeared as a duo at the Ottawa International BluesFest 2008, 2009 and 2010 and performed at the Kingston Blues Festival 2008 and 2009 and 2011. They were finalists in the Ottawa Blues Society "Road to Memphis" competition 2008 and 2009. Their cd "Down To The Corner" was released in March of 2011 to rave reviews and airplay. The disc features 12 tunes six of which are original. The CD can be found on iTunes and CDBaby. Formed in late 2003 around the fierce vocals and stellar guitar work of Murray Kinsley, driven by the rhythm section to die for of Leigh-Anne Stanton and Liam Melville, and with the addition of veteran blues man Rod Williams on harp and vocals Wicked Grin combines blues, groove, rock and a little funk to give you "Blues With Bite".

Rocket Rached - February 16 and March 15
A classic blues shouter who harkens back to the days of Jimmy Witherspoon and Big Joe Turner. The "Rocket" is a frontman extraordinaire without equal, who erupts with energy and once on stage it’s both infectious and entertaining.

Jesse Greene - February 22
The Jesse Greene Band, winners of The Ottawa Blues Society's On The Road To Memphis 2009 and band finalists in The 26th International Blues Competition. 30 year-old blues sensation Jesse Greene, lead guitarist and songwriter, fronts her band with deadly guitar chops, a soulful voice, and songs from the heart.

Mumbo Jumbo Voodoo Combo - February 23
Mumbo Jumbo Voodoo Combo was formed in Ottawa, Canada, July 1991, to explore the rhythms and eerie melodies of New Orleans and of the bayou's of rural Louisiana. They have transformed these Mari Gras anthems into their own, while keeping true to the genre.
Elements of Blues, Boogie, Jazz, Reggae, Calypso & Latin music can be savored in their MUMBO GUMBO.

Rod Williams Duo - March 1
Rod Williams, affectionately as Reverend Rod, is a highly respected harmonica player and powerful vocalist. Rod has been performing at regional venues since the early 90's and has played alongside the who’s-who of local and international talent. He brings a passion for the music that is contagious and undeniable! A member of several bands, such as The Soul Shakers, Broadcast Blues Band, Lil' Al's Combo, more recently, King Rattler, Wicked Grin, and occasionally appears with international touring Canadian blues artist, JW-Jones. Entertainment and music that is perfect for the soul and makes you feel good!

Al Wood - March 2
Al Wood’s heart-on-the-sleeve vocals, harmonica-playing and guitar work create a powerful potion on stage and in the studio. Backed by the talented Woodsmen, the new and original Mood Swingin’ Blues is an emotional Ferris wheel ride where everything goes, everything grooves and even the “hurtin’ songs” make you feel good.

Maria Hawkins - March 8
The Maria Hawkins Band perform in clubs and for public events regularly (blues, soul, R&B, funk and rock). They have a great following in the Ottawa region and perform annually for fairs, festivals, community events and fundraisers. Maria and her band have opened for Colin James and performed with Amanda Marshall.

The Working Class - March 9
Growing up in the heart of the Ottawa Valley in Arnprior, Ontario, brothers Alex and Joey Patrois joined forces with brothers Chris and Mike McComb to start a band in 2003. Starting out in the Patrois’ basement, the young musicians explored their creative boundaries. Over the years, the band moved in and out of musical genres as their talents evolved and their influences expanded. http://www.theworkingclass.ca

River City Junction - March 14
River City Junction is a Canadian Blues-Rock band steeped long in the tradition of Blues & Classic Rock. A rich blend of old school Chicago Blues, Funk, Motown & Classic Rock, their music forms a very potent sonic cocktail that is raw, organic & uplifting.
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 March 1                                The Indelible Shameless Blues Band
Saturday April 5                   Wicked Grin
                Saturday              May 3                                    Double Double
Saturday June 6                   Redneck Limousine        

Kingston Blues Society
Sue Foley And Peter Karp Band
The Standeasy @ the RCHA Club, 193 Ontario Street, Kingston ON
Friday, February 21 – 8 pm to midnight; $15

Sue Foley is a Juno Award winner: Best Blues Album for her CD "Love Comin’ Down". She has received a record-setting 17 Maple Blues Awards, and 3 Trophées de blues in France . Sue also received a nomination for the prestigious W.C. Handy Award for best contemporary female artist in 2002.
Peter Karp has performed and worked with with Stevie Ray Vaughan, Motorhead, REM, John Lee Hooker and Junior Wells, Tony Randall, The Spin Doctors, Tim Hutton, Ashford and Simpson, Bon Jovi, The Jacksons, Yes, Hall and Oates, Captain Beef Heart, Don Henley and Patty LaBelle. When Mick Taylor left the Rolling Stones he joined Peter and his band for several years.

FOR TICKETS: Email bruce@kingstonbluessociety.ca with your name and the number of tickets you want; you will receive a confirmation email and the tickets will be at the door for you on the night of the show.
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, February 16 – OBS DAWG’ON BLUES – IBC new & more
Next week, February 23 – 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.
Saturday, February 16, 9-11 pm – Ron Sweetman sits in for John and presents "Blues recorded on the Mercury label" on Black and Blues.
Wednesdays: 9-11 pm
In A Mellow Tone
with Ron Sweetman
Jazz from every era & every style – from 1917 to 2014. 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, February 12 – Johnny Hodges: For our second Black History Month program, Co-Host Jim Reil has chosen alto saxophonist, composer and band-leader Johnny Hodges.
Next week, February 19 – February 19: For our third Black History Month program, Co-Host Ron Steeds will play recordings by black jazz and blues artists recorded on February 19.
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. 
Sunday, February 23
                River City Junction hosts the Open Jam @ the Rainbow, 4-7 pm
                Al Wood & the Woodsmen @ the Atomic Rooster, 6-9 pm
Sunday, March 2
                Wicked Grin hosts the Open Jam @ the Rainbow, 4-7 pm
Sunday, March 9
                Ball and Chain & the Wreckers @ Westboro Masonic Hall, 3-7 pm
Sunday, March 9
                Maria Hawkins hosts the Open Jam @ the Rainbow, 4-7 pm
Saturday, March 15
                The Split @ the Black Sheep Inn, Wakefield QC, 8:30 pm
Sunday, March 16
                Brian Downey hosts the Open Jam @ the Rainbow, 4-7 pm
Sunday, March 16
                Zydeco Loco @ the Atomic Rooster, 6-9 pm
Friday & Saturday, March 21-22
                MonkeyJunk @ the Rainbow, 10 pm
Sunday, March 23
                Al Wood hosts the Open Jam @ the Rainbow, 4-7 pm
Friday, March 28
                JW-Jones @ the Rainbow, 10 pm
Sunday, March 30
                River City Junction hosts the Open Jam @ the Rainbow, 4-7 pm

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