04 March 2014

Ottawa Blues This Week - 4 March 2014

Three Times Lucky
Live CD recording
Greenfield’s Pub,
Sunday, March 9; 3-6 pm; no cover

Three Times Lucky cordially invite you to attend the recording of tracks for our upcoming ‘Live’ CD. We will be performing many of our more rockin’ original tunes and some ol’ blues classics live on the Greenfield’s stage in Barrhaven on Sunday the 9th of March between 3:00PM to 5:30PM. There is NO COVER charge for this event, and we would just love to have you come out for a few hours and be part of it and help us make this recording session killer! We hope to see you there, it's gonna be a great time... and don't forget your dancin’ shoes...and your rowdy friends...Cheers!
River City Junction
The Standeasy @ the RCHA Club, 193 Ontario Street, Kingston ON
Saturday, March 7 @ 8:30 pm; $5.00 @ door

Back by Popular Demand – River City Junction is fronted by the very talented and captivating Caroline Addison on drums and vocals, River City Junction is becoming one of the most requested bands Kingston Blues Society history. The band plays old Chicago style blues, along with some Motown and classic rock as well of some of their own compositions, their music forms a very potent sonic cocktail that is raw, organic and uplifting.
 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.
Friday, March 7
                The B-Sides @ Irene’s Pub, 9:30 pm
Saturday, March 8
                Double Double @ Moose McGuires, 9 pm
Sunday, March 9
                Ball and Chain & the Wreckers @ Westboro Masonic Hall, 3-7 pm
                Maria Hawkins hosts the Open Jam @ the Rainbow, 4-7 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:  
                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.
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”.
Pre JUNO Party
                with MonkeyJunk
Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street
Friday & Saturday, March 21-22, 10 pm

MonkeyJunk are “nominated for Blues Album of the Year for All Frequencies!!  This is a massive honour and we are very excited to be going to Winnipeg on the last weekend of March to attend the awards and all of the other related festivities.”
March 22 is MonkeyJunk Day in Ottawa.
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.
Ethan Russell: The Best Seat in the House
Shenkman Arts Centre, 245 Centrum Boulevard
Saturday, March 29 @ 8 pm; $36.25 

Go on the road with The Rolling Stones, see Janis Joplin at The Royal Albert Hall, Jim Morrison in London’s Roundhouse, witness the taking of the “Who’s Next” cover, travel the road with Santana, see John Lennon falling in love, The Beatles filming “Let It Be,” The Stones touring “Exile on Main Street,” The Eagles, Linda Ronstadt, and more.

No one else has had quite the same, remarkable journey as multi-Grammy nominated author and photographer Ethan Russell. In 1967 he was a young American with a Nikon camera living alone in a small London apartment, aspiring to become a writer. Just a few years later he was known as one of the foremost rock photographers in the world. He would go on to photograph The Who’s “Quadrophenia,” The Beatles’ last photo session, and many others including Jerry Lee Lewis, The Moody Blues, Eric Clapton and Cream, Traffic, Linda Ronstadt, Rickie Lee Jones, The Eagles, and more.

Ethan’s lifetime involvement with the singer-songwriter motivated his development of a new kind of short, music based film, the inspiration for what later became known as “music video.” He directed the last film of John Lennon and Yoko Ono in Central Park. He directed videos with Joni Mitchell, Rickie Lee Jones, Emmylou Harris, Paul Simon, Rosanne Cash, Hank Williams Jr. and more. “It was a quite a ride,” says Russell.

Ethan has written three books exploring these years but with the live show he now focuses on his “ride,” what it really was like to be there.

The Presentation:
Seventy minutes of Ethan Russell’s behind-the scenes stories with over 375 photographs and music.
After the presentation, Ethan takes questions from the audience for thirty minutes or more.
 Finally: Meet Ethan Russell
Those that wish to remain even longer are able to meet with Ethan, look at (and purchase from) a selection of 30-40 matted, fine art prints available at special prices for the evening.
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; ***MONDAY SHOW SOLD OUT***
The John St. Pub, Arnprior ON
Friday, April 11 @ 9 pm
David Gogo
Calabogie Peaks Resort, Calabogie ON
Saturday, April 12
Bill Durst
Irene’s, Pub, 885 Bank Street
Saturday, April 19
3rd Annual Ottawa Grassroots Festival
Royal Canadian Legion, Montgomery Branch, 330 Kent Street
Friday to Sunday, April 25-27
Salle La Basoche, Gatineau QC
Friday, April 25 @ 8 pm
Be A Hero Cancer Benefit Concert
                with Friends of Emmet, Wicked Grin, Nothing (the band)
Centrepointe Theatre, 101 Centrepointe Drive
Saturday, April 26 @ 7 pm; tickets $26.25
Dawn Tyler Watson & Paul Deslauriers
Calabogie Peaks Resort, Calabogie ON
Saturday, April 26
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
                opening Trampled Under Foot
National Arts Centre Southam Hall, 53 Elgin Street
Friday, May 16 @ 8 pm
Morgan Davis
Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street
Wednesday, May 21
The 24th Street Wailers
Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street
Saturday, May 24
Steve Strongman
Salle La Basoche, Gatineau QC
Friday, May 30 @ 8 pm
Ross Neilsen
Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street
Saturday, May 31
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.

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
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.

Rocket Rached - 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.
The 19th edition of Virée Blues Boréale presents

March 12  @  Petit Chicago
         Carson Downey Band

March 26 @ Gainsbourg
            Kelly Richey (Cincinnati, Ohio)

April 9 @ Petit Chicago
            Brian Lee with Wayne Sharp & The Sharp Shooter Band (New Orleans)

April 30 @ Gainsbourg
             Album Launch of the Paul Deslauriers Band

May 14 @ Petit Chicago
         Jerome Godboo

May 28 @ Gainsbourg
         Kevin Mark Blues Band

June 11 @ Petit Chicago
         The Soul Brothers

The Gainsbourg Bistro, 9 Aubry Street, Gatineau (Old Hull sector) QC
Le Petit Chicago, 50 Promenade Du Portage, Gatineau (Old Hull sector) QC
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              April 5   Wicked Grin
Saturday              May 3                    Double Double
Saturday              June 6   Redneck Limousine        

Kingston Blues Society
The Soul Motivators
The Mansion, 506 Princess Street, Kingston ON
Saturday, March 15 @ 9 pm |
(9-piece funk-powerhouse band)
Pre-sale tickets available at
Sonny Slide Maddams
The Standeasy @ the RCHA Club, 193 Ontario Street, Kingston ON
Saturday, March 27 @ 8:30 pm; $3.00 @ door

Sonny Slide Maddams is a gifted slide guitarist, specializing in Roots and Blues music. He plays the classics of the Blues masters, such as Robert Johnson, Blind Willie McTell, Bukka White, and Sleepy John Estes. His repertoire also includes contemporary blues as well as many originals. Sonny favours playing his music on National Resophonic guitars and his Banjitar.
Rough Mix
                Hosts the KBS Monthly Jam
The Standeasy @ the RCHA Club, 193 Ontario Street, Kingston ON
Saturday, April 19 @ 8:30 pm; $3.00 @ door

Rough Mix have been hosting weekly jams in Kingston for close to 2 years now  the band  is Mark Taras on Guitar & Vocals, Rene Vermette on Blues harp & Vocals, Mike Pacey on Bass & Vocals, Gary LaVallee on the Skins.
Al Wood and The Woodsmen
The Standeasy @ the RCHA Club, 193 Ontario Street, Kingston ON
Saturday, April 25 @ 8:30 pm; $5.00 @ door

Al Wood and the Woodsmen deliver four on the floor double barreled blues with a reverence to the tradition of the masters. The Woodsmen avoid the cliches while tipping their hats to simpler times and classic grooves. The Woodsmen won the Ottawa Blues Society "Road to Memphis Challenge"  in 2013 and represented Ottawa in Memphis, TN 
Brandon Powers
Backed by Jerome Goodboo Band with Eric Shenkman
The Standeasy @ the RCHA Club, 193 Ontario Street, Kingston ON
Saturday, May 3 @ 8:30 pm; $20.00
reserve by email to bruce@kingstonbluessociety.ca

"International Harmonica Player of the Year 2011/12"
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, March 9 – OBS DAWG’ON BLUES – 24th Street Wailers are “WICKED”
Next week, March 16 – OBS DAWG’ON BLUES

Sundays: 7-8 pm
with James Doran
Inside The Blues features music and interesting backgrounder information on today’s top Blues artists with a strong focus on Canadian talent mixed in with some great Blues classics. All Shows are archived on www.insidetheblues.ca after broadcast and can be listened to there at any time. 
On CKCU-FM 93.1
The Mighty 93.1
Community Radio serving the Ottawa Carleton Region

Sundays: 9-11 pm
Black and Blues
with John Tackaberry
The show features a heavy dose of electric blues and rhythm and blues, with the occasional selection of sixties soul.  The first hour is dedicated to artist profiles and reviews of recordings on particular labels.  In the second hour there is a blues calendar, a rundown of events in Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa, and interviews with “new and reissued blues and rhythm and blues tracks on wax”, alternating with “live blues and R&B for a Sunday night” in the last half hour of the show. On the last Sunday of every month, the show goes “down in the delta” for a selection of acoustic blues tracks in the final half hour of the program.
Wednesdays: 9-11 pm
In A Mellow Tone
with Ron Sweetman
Jazz from every era & every style – from 1917 to 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, March 5 – Listen Before You Buy: Theme/Collection CDs presented by Ron Sweetman. You'll hear James Carter, Bill Coleman, Elton Dean, Mike Essoudry, Kellylee Evans, Willy Girard, Sonny Greenwich, Joe Harriott, Jeff Healey, Lou Hooper, Ellen McIlwaine, Bubber Miley, Mike Osborne, Craig Pedersen, Duke Robillard, Billy Robinson, Cecil Scott, Joe Sealey and the Souljazz Orchestra among others.
Next week, March 12 – Louis Sclavis: Co-Host Jean-Michel Labatut has prepared a program on the internationally-renowned French clarinetist/composer/band leader Louis Sclavis.
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. 
‘Cities In Blue’ takes you to the heart of the blues on the scenic route, with stories and song. Blues is the DNA of 21st century music. Jazz, folk, rock and roll, hip hop - everything - spun out of the music that emerged across America following the end of the Civil War.

The blues was not one homogenous 12 bar stomp - it developed differently in different regions, flavoured with the soul and the sounds of the people who lived there. Cities In Blue is an 8-part television series that explores what the sounds are and how they developed in Chicago, Kansas City, Mississippi, Memphis, New Orleans, Texas, New York City and the Piedmont region.

Each episode has been written, filmed, directed & edited by talented hands right here in Canada, hosted by award-winning musician/broadcaster Danny Marks. Along with some of Canada’s most talented blues artists, songs and stories honouring each locale were filmed in Revolution Studio and Peter J Moore's incredible enclave.

Toronto guitarist, songwriter and media personality Danny Marks’ musical roots go back to the sixties as a founding member of Capitol Records' group, Edward Bear.  He is also a recipient of the Toronto Blues Society's Blues With a Feeling Award for lifetime achievement in music and broadcast.

"After two years of hard work and love, Cities in Blue brings you the past, present and future of the blues, in a fresh new way", says Marks. "I am excited about the program and proud to be a part of a great team".  

Schedule started December 3 at 8 pm EST
Episode 1 - Chicago
Episode 2 - Mississippi
Episode 3 - New Orleans
Episode 4 - Piedmont
Episode 5 - Kansas
Episode 6 - Memphis
Episode 7 - Austin
Episode 8 - New York

Featuring Alec Fraser, Al Cross, Buckey Berger, Diana Braithwaite, Julian Fauth, Chris & Ken Whiteley and David Rotundo.
Call your local service provider to order HIFI. 
 Cities In Blue on YouTube
Saturday, March 15
                The Split @ the Black Sheep Inn, Wakefield QC, 8:30 pm
                Wicked Grin @ Moose McGuire’s, 9 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
Saturday, March 22
                Rod Williams Band @ the Atomic Rooster, 4-8 pm
Sunday, March 23
                Al Wood hosts the Open Jam @ the Rainbow, 4-7 pm
Friday, March 28
                JW-Jones @ the Rainbow, 10 pm
Saturday, March 29
                Firebelly @ Moose McGuire’s, 9 pm
Sunday, March 30
                River City Junction hosts the Open Jam @ the Rainbow, 4-7 pm
Saturday, April 12
                Wicked Grin @ Irene’s, 9:30 pm
Friday, April 25
                Jivewires @ Irene’s Pub, 9:30 pm

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