18 August 2014

Ottawa Blues This Week - 18 August 2014

Steve Strongman
Krystal Supper Club, 444 Boulevard de l'hôpital, Gatineau QC 
Wednesday, August 20 @ 8:30 pm; Dinner & Show: $60 (5 pm)
          Show Only:  $29 (8:30 pm)

Hamilton, Ontario based bluesman and JUNO Winner Steve Strongman is making waves internationally and at home in Canada.”A Natural Fact” was most unusual for Hamilton’s Steve Strongman and not just for winning the JUNO award. It was an acoustic album from an artist known for his electric shows. To say that news of his next disc was eagerly anticipated is a major understatement. Well, here’s the news: “Let Me Prove It To You” was released on May 13, it’s electric (mostly) and it’s great. (John Valentyn, Toronto Blues Society’s newsletter, ‘Mapleblues’)
Maria Hawkins
featuring the singers from L'Arche Arnprior Community Outreach
Stanley Park, Arnprior ON
Saturday, August 23
Saturday, August 23
Drew Nelson Band @ the Atomic Rooster, 4-8 pm
Sunday, August 24
Open Jam @ The Rainbow, 4-7 pm
The Jesse Greene Band @ the Atomic Rooster, 6-9 pm
Wicked Grin Acoustic @ 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 with Jansen on drums
 … and sometimes he invites friends to join them.
Check out the food … Al really likes the wraps!
Jeff and Shane Tuesdays in the Irish Village
Heart & Crown, Byward Market, Clarence Street
Every other Tuesday
Every other Tuesday, you can find Jeff Rogers accompanied by Shane McEwan playing at The Heart and Crown Downtown.
The Jam @ Kaffé 1870, Wakefield QC
Every Wednesday @ 9 pm, no cover
6 rotating hosts, each specializing in a different genre
John Carroll
Chateau Lafayette (The Laff), 42 York Street
Wednesdays, 10 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:  
          August 21 – Jason & Caroline
          August 28 – John Yemensky
          September 4 – Al Wood
          September 11 – Jarhead & Jerome
          September 18 – Peter Newsom
          September 25 – Luke Ambridge
Jeff Rogers
RARE Restaurant & Bar, 570 Kanata Avenue
Thursdays, 6-10 pm
Between 6 pm and 10 pm every Thursday night, you can find Jeff playing at this wonderful fine dining establishment. Make requests, enjoy MARTINI NIGHT, and on Ottawa Senators game nights enjoy half price appetizers!
Jeff Rogers
SALT, 345 Preston Street
Fridays, 9:30 pm
Friday Nights in a gorgeous Piano Lounge, find Jeff singing all kinds of music, playing a nice new grand piano, while drinking fabulous cocktails.
Jeff Rogers
RARE Restaurant & Bar, 570 Kanata Avenue
Saturdays, 6:30-10:30 pm
Come by on any Saturday night for some amazing food, a great atmosphere, super friendly staff, with some sweet soul music provided by Jeff Rogers.
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)
Open Blues Jam
Avant-Garde Bar & Restaurant, 135½ Besserer Street
First Thursday of each month @ 8 pm
Hosted by River City Junction and Robert Farrell, this is an open jam.
The Allaire Show
          with John Allaire & special guests
Quinn’s Ale House, 1070 Bank Street
Last Saturday of the month, 3-5 pm
Blues and jazz jam at GigSpace     ***ON HIATUS FOR THE SUMMER***
Alcorn Music Studios, 953 Gladstone Avenue

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.
Blues On Tues    
The Granary Beizli, 3270 County Rd 10, Vankleek Hill ON
Third Tuesday of every month@ 7 pm; $10
On June 24th, 2014 Canadian blues luminary and founding member of the popular jump-blues band The Twisters, Dave ‘Hurricane’ Hoerl, released his first solo recording, “Un-Twisted”.  Shortly before the official release of “Un-Twisted”, Dave suffered a massive stroke that left him hospitalized and fighting for his life. As with many victims of stroke, the future is uncertain. He is currently under great care in hospital and will soon be moved to a long-term care facility.

Dave ‘Hurricane’ Hoerl is a stalwart supporter of the blues music community who has helped put Canadian blues music on the map. The blues community in Canada is once again coming together to help out a friend in need.

A benefit concert is being planned for September 14 in Vancouver at Pat's Pub (details TBA) and a PayPal account has been set up where donations are being accepted to help cover the cost of Hoerl's care. 

A Facebook page has been set up for friends and fans to get information about Dave’s music, news and upcoming benefits.

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for the kindness, prayers and support shown to David and our family during this extremely difficult time. Even though we needed our privacy these past eight weeks, it has not gone un-noticed how much love has been shown for David.  Words cannot express adequately enough how much this has meant to us.  Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for caring so much for the man that means the world to us.  It helps more than you know." -Lynda & David Hoerl & Family
(Thanks to Sarah French for this information.)
Rise Again: A Hurricane Can't Hold Us Down
The Stan Rogers Folk Festival

The 2014 Stan Rogers Folk Festival, scheduled for July 4-6, was cancelled at the last minute, faced with hurricane winds and rain. At the time of the decision, weather experts predicted the hurricane would bring 100 km/h winds and torrential rains to Nova Scotia. The staff, board of directors and volunteer leaders made this tough decision in the interest of public safety. A camping-based festival simply cannot safely operate in a hurricane or tropical storm. On Saturday, July 5, the storm had made landfall in Nova Scotia and 50,000 homes had lost power. The storm went on to bring rain and 70 km/h+ winds to Canso and widespread damage to Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.

This was to be the 18th annual festival. It’s a major challenge for the organization to face and manage, but we are committed to working through this and staging the biggest and best festival ever in 2015. There has been an amazing show of support and endorsement for this decision by our ticket buyers, sponsors, funders, artists and dozens of festivals and organizations across the country. Many have asked how they can make donations to help with the cancellation costs. We've created a crowd funding campaign https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/aoL47 to provide a vehicle for donations to be made. Donations will be used to fund the $70 k+ in cancellation costs we are facing. [The campaign ends September 30, 2014 and has raised just under $27,000 to date.]

The Chedabucto Bay Folk Society, the festival's parent organization, is a N.S. Not for Profit Organization and Federal Charity. Charitable donation receipts can be issued for all donations. Those donating will receive regular updates on funds raised and the use of those funds.
PEI Jazz & Blues Festival
Charlottetown PEI
August 21-23
With Jack Semple, Downchild Blues Band, John Campbelljohn and more.
Limestone City Blues Festival
Kingston ON
August 21-24
With Tommy Castro & the Pain Killers, Irene Torres & the Sugar Devils, Harrison Kennedy, Kim Pollard and more.
Trois Rivieres en Blues
Trois Rivieres QC
August 21-24
Featuring Ronnie Baker Brooks, Tommy Castro & the Pain Killers, Steve Strongman Band & Guy Belanger, Dan Livingstone, Paul Deslauriers Band, Dawn Tyler Watson & the Ben Racine Band and more.
Nanaimo Summertime Blues Festival
Maffeo Sutton Park, Nanaimo BC
August 22-24
With Harpdog Brown, Bill Johnson, Jim Byrnes, Steve Kozak, Murray Porter and more.
West Coast Blues Festival
Port of Goderick (Ontario’s west coast) ON
August 29-30
Featuring the MacKenzie Blues Band, Jack de Keyzer and the Karp-Foley Blues Band.
Keith Hallett
Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street
Friday, September 19 @ 9:30 pm
Ottawa Grassroots Fundraiser
Chris Smither
NAC 4th Stage, 53 Elgin Street
Saturday, September 27 @ 7:30 pm; tickets $30.75

Chris Smither is an exceptional blues and folk artist with more than 15 albums to his credit. He receives ongoing praise for his dazzling guitar work, his distinctive voice and his profoundly beautiful songwriting. His rhythmic finger-picking style, strongly influenced by the playing of Mississippi John Hurt and Lightnin’ Hopkins, is layered over the ever-present backbeat of his tapping feet. Original from New Orleans and currently based in Boston, Chris Smither recently recorded a two-CD retrospective of his best-loved songs.
Gazebo Blues
Holiday Inn Peterborough Waterfront
150 George Street North, Peterborough ON
Fridays, 6-10 pm; $10 cover

We have another star studded line up this year as the Gazebo Blues concert series enters its 12th season!
Come cool off and enjoy Blues by the water!
Come early to ensure you get a table to enjoy Dinner, Drinks & great Blues. You may win the Molson Best Seat in the House.

Aug 22       The MacKenzie Blues Band - 2014 Maple Blues Best New Group
Aug 29        Jack is back!! Jack DeKeyzer
The Rhythm Haints
The Standeasy @ the RCHA Club, 193 Ontario Street, Kingston ON
Thursday, August 21 @ 8:30 pm; Admission with bracelet for Limestone Blues Festival
Irene Torres and The Sugar Devils
The Standeasy @ the RCHA Club, 193 Ontario Street, Kingston ON
Saturday, August 23 @ 10:00 pm; Admission with bracelet for Limestone Blues Festival
Sabrina Weeks
The Standeasy @ the RCHA Club, 193 Ontario Street, Kingston ON
Friday, September 26 @ 8:30 pm; $10 at the door
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, August 24 – OBS DAWG’ON BLUES – Festival Favourites with Larry Deszcz
Next week, August 31 – OBS DAWG’ON BLUES

Sundays, 7-8 pm: INSIDE THE BLUES
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, August 20 – Billy Strayhorn: Ron Sweetman plays chronologically the recordings of this great composer, pianist and band-leader.
Next week, August 27 – Pharoah Sanders: Co-Host Rob Bitschofsky presents the first part of a four-part retrospective study of the career of Pharoah Sanders.
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 35 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 7th year.  It can be heard throughout the Ottawa Valley and streaming on the internet at valleyheritageradio.ca.
Sunday Morning Soul
with Johnny Max
Check www.sundaymorningsoul.com for times … and you can hear the best in Brand New Blues, Roots, Soul and R&B, each and every Sunday morning.
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’, along with Mark Stenzler's ‘Blues Zeppelin’ from Switzerland … and lots more Canadian and international Blues shows. 
Sunday, August 31
River City Junction hosts the Open Jam @ The Rainbow, 4-7 pm
The Rod Williams Band @ the Atomic Rooster, 6-9 pm
Saturday, September 20
The Kingmakers @ Irene’s Pub, 9:30 pm


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