01 September 2014

Ottawa Blues This Week - 1 September 2014

Thank You and Full Steam Ahead!

On July 28, hundreds of folks gathered in Southminster church to celebrate and support the Ottawa Folklore Centre. Over 600 wonderful people paid $25 dollars to listen to some of the best music ever to come out of the nation’s capital. Sneezy Waters, Lynn Miles, Chris MacLean, James Keelaghan, Terry Tufts, Kathrine Briggs, Finest Kind, Bill Garrett, Doug McArthur, Paul Hornbeck, James Stephens, Rebecca Campbell and, of course, wee Rowan Meyer, our busking piper. We had a silent auction that raised thousands of dollars. Friends of the Folklore Centre donated more through buying virtual tickets and just sending in cheques.

I was, am and will always be so overwhelmed by your offerings…all of you. For the past 38 years, I have run an inclusive, open-hearted, relevant, and ethical business that offers opportunities for everyone to discover music in their lives and to share it with anyone who comes through the doors. A business that has drawn to it people with musical ability, creativity and generosity of spirit. A business that is considered a value to the community and has done so for decades. The result?
Evidently a business that,when it goes though a rocky patch, can ask for help and receive it in spades.

The Ottawa Folklore Centre's accumulation of debt over the years and particularly slow sales had put us in a position where we felt we had to reach out to the community. With the benefit concert production leadership of my friend Bill Garrett and Borealis Records, your support got us through.

So, what are our plans to maintain this wonderful energy and momentum?

We will be starting a ‘Buy a Gift of the Ottawa Folklore Centre’, asking you to buy OFC gift cards for future purchases, holiday gifts, general support. We will be instituting new membership levels that will allow you to offer ongoing support of the Folklore Centre and receive recognition in our community for the help.

Our school of music is offering more courses than ever for everything from autoharp lessons to Zambian marimba classes. We have after school clubs for kids (uke and fiddle), daytime classes for stay-at-homes and retirees (uke, singing), adult evening courses, an expanded fiddle program, new choir opportunities, and so much more.

We are expanding our on-line lessons and streamed instruction to help you fulfill your musical dreams.

We are also planning a concert series that will feature artists in support of the Ottawa Folklore Centre.

We have introduced our 'Heart Strings' program to invite you to pay lessons forward to expand our existing scholarship program.

With all this and more, we plan to remain Ottawa’s best school of music and the music store that provides the same level of service that has got us to our 38th anniversary.

- Arthur
Cécile Doo-Kingue
Café Nostalgica, 603 Cumberland Street
Tuesday, September 2 @ 8:30 pm

Considered one of Montreal’s most electrifying guitarists by local press and groove aficionados, Cécile Doo-Kingué blends blues, soul and afro-folk to create a unique sound. Born in New York City, first generation from Cameroon, she has lived in France, USA and is now an adopted Montrealer. This meeting of cultures is reflected in the eclecticism of her music. Her bewitching fretwork and deep, suave voice are no longer secret to Montreal’s night-owls. On record or on stage, Cécile Doo-Kingué takes us deep into a series of musical grooves. In June 2010, she released her self-produced debut solo album “Freedom Calling” to critical acclaim. The 12-track collection is a smooth concoction of blues, soul and afro-folk on which one can surf to the end of the world, life and love. From one song to the next, her mastery is undeniable. While she tames the blues with her sweet guitar, she opens the door to ‘60s and ‘70s soul, and afro rhythms. Lyrically, Cécile is as vulnerable , as she is socially aware, seductive or even funny. “Freedom Calling” was nominated for 3 Sounds of Blackness Awards as well as for a Lys Blues for Best Blues-Associated Album. Cécile was also awarded one of five 2010 Centre St-Ambroise Bursaries. In 2011, CBC commissioned Cécile to write a song on immigration. Regardless of subject matter or mood, Cécile captivates you with sincerity while her sound soothes body and soul.
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:  
          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    
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.)
Rainbow Bistro’s 30th Birthday in November! 
To celebrate, we have called on all sorts of blues talent for a massive Fall Blues Scene Showcase. Check out our line up below. 

Friday September 12- 
Jack de Keyzer

Saturday September 27- 
JW Jones

Sunday September 28- The Distillery 

Saturday October 4- Ross Neilsen Band & Papa Shango

Friday October 24- Chris Antonik

Friday November 7- The 24th Street Wailers 

Friday November 14- John Primer

Friday November 28- David Gogo

More to be confirmed!!!
Also, for this occasion, we've decided to create 30th Anniversary Passes. Still tweaking the details, but ought to be available by September 1st.

Rainbow Bistro
76 Murray Street
Music By The Bay Live presents
Coco Montoya
St. Francis Centre, 78 Church Street S., Ajax ON
Friday, September 12 @ 8 pm (doors 7 pm); tickets $45 (advance)

From his early days as a drummer to his current status as one of the top-drawing guitarists and vocalists on the blues-rock scene, Coco Montoya earned his status through years of hard work and constant touring. It all started with a chance meeting in the mid-1970s with legendary bluesman Albert Collins, who offered Montoya a gig as his drummer. Five years later, British blues icon John Mayall happened to catch Montoya at a jam session and was blown away. Mayall recruited him as his guitarist in the legendary Bluesbreakers, and Montoya spent the next 10 years touring non-stop, proving him to be a world-class guitar master in one of the most renowned blues bands in existence. The rest is History!
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.
Sabrina Weeks and Mike Hilliard (4 piece)
Atomic Rooster, 303 Bank Street
Saturday, September 27, 4-8 pm; no cover

Sabrina Weeks and Mike Hilliard Duo
Vanier House Concerts, Ottawa
Sunday, September 28; tickets $15
          For more info or tickets, contact Sabrina

Sabrina Weeks and Mike Hilliard have a new live CD coming out in September and will be appearing in Ottawa twice … at the Atomic Rooster in a band conformation and at a house concert as a duo.

“Sabrina Weeks and Mike Hilliard, a sizzling, scintillating, swinging, soulful duo,  deliver a first-class show wherever they appear – original and fresh with a new twist to the blues and a dance beat that just won’t quit. Their show is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser and this gal can REALLY sing!” Jack Lavin, Powder Blues
Southside Shuffle
Memorial Park, Port Credit ON
September 5-7
With Coco Montoya, Johnny Max Band, Janiva Magness, David Gogo, Jack de Keyzer, Steve Strongman, Fathead, Angel Forrest, Watermelon Slim, Jarekus Singleton, Rip Lee Pryor, Michael Pickett, Sean Pinchin and more.
Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival
Fredericton NB
September 9-14
Featuring Matt Andersen & the Mellotones, Dr. John, Buckwheat Zydeco, the Harpoonist & the Axe Murderer, John Hammond, Ruthie Foster and more.
Wasaga Beach Blues Festival
Wasaga Beach ON
September 12-14
With Steve Hill, Danny Brooks, Carlos del Junco & the Blues Mongrels, Steve Strongman, Downchild and more.
Merrickville Jazz Festival
Merrickville ON
October 16-19
Featuring Peter Woods and Brian Browne, Nicole Ratté and Tim Bedner, Caridad Cruz & Miguel De Armas, Peter Brown Quartet and more.
Canal Bank Shuffle
Thorold ON
October 16-18
Featuring Bob Margolin, Maria Muldaur, Sugar Ray & the Bluetones, Jarekus Singleton, Alexis P. Suter, Harrison Kennedy, Chris Antonik, Brian Blaine & more.
Blues On The Rideau - the famous Dinner & Show Fundraiser Series featuring some of Canada's best Blues artists which takes place once a month every year from October through May (excluding December) at The Cove Country Inn & Spa in Westport, Ontario has  announced the 2014/15 Line-Up.

Despite cost increases, the price for these nights remains at $60 per person this year (the same as the past 3 years). The price includes a delicious full course buffet dinner, the show and dancing. Proceeds from all BOTR nights go to support different local Westport charities. The Series has raised over $50,000 for the community over the past 9 years and the goal is to hit another $5K this season.

Blues On The Rideau at The Cove Inn is sponsored by 101.9 DAWG FM in Ottawa www.dawgfm.com, LAKE 88.1 in Perth/Rideau Lakes www.lake88.ca and DAN AYKROYD WINES www.danaykroydwines.com

The Cove Inn www.coveinn.com was originally built in 1876 and has been run by the Cowan family for the past 25 years. It's known for its friendly service, relaxed atmosphere, good food and drink, comfortable accommodation, excellent LIVE music and for its beautiful location on Rideau Lake in one of the most scenic small towns in eastern Ontario. Westport is just a 45 minute drive from Kingston, 1.5 hours from Ottawa. All 15 rooms at the Inn have been renovated and some include Jacuzzi tubs and fireplaces. The Cove Inn was recently awarded the Certificate Of Excellence by TripAdvisor.com - the most prestigious travel website in the world.


October 24 - HARPDOG BROWN   www.harpdogbrown.com
From Vancouver - A great harp player & singer/songwriter. A Juno Award nominee and Muddy Award winner. Joined by 2 members from Downchild!

November 21 - FATHEAD   www.fathead.biz
From Toronto - 2X Juno Award and multiple Maple Blues Award winners over their 21+ year career. Their 4th visit to BOTR. Funky, soulful and fun!

January 23 - JACK DE KEYZER BAND   www.jackdekeyzer.com 
From Toronto - Canada's King of the Blues guitar - 2X Juno Award and 7X Maple Blues Award winner. His 6th visit to The Cove!

February 20 & 21 - THE HOGTOWN ALLSTARS
From Toronto - All stars indeed! - 5 members from Downchild plus Teddy Leonard on guitar - all Juno and/or Maple Blues Award winners!

March 20 - PAUL REDDICK BAND   www.paulreddick.ca 
From Toronto - 7X Maple Blues Award winner and a Juno & American Blues Music Award nominee. A wonderfully talented singer/songwriter & harp player.

April 17 - PAUL JAMES BAND   www.pauljamesband.com
From Toronto - A singer/songwriter/guitarist with a 40+ year career and a great veteran band who plays Blues, R&B and Rockabilly as good as it gets.

May 8 & 9   - DAVID ROTUNDO BAND   www.davidrotundo.com 
From Toronto - A superb singer/songwriter/performer who blows harp like a man possessed. One of the most popular bands to every play BOTR - his 7th visit!

More information including downloadable Schedule, links to band websites, sample songs and YOU TUBE videos can be found at www.bluesontherideau.ca

7 to 11 pm for all shows
Book early. Most BOTR nights sell out in advance.
CALL 1-888-COVE-INN or (613) 273-3636

Well priced accommodation is available at The Cove and nearby B&Bs but book early. Rooms for Blues nights always sell out.

For more information contact:
James Doran
Choose The Blues Productions
Kenmore, Ontario
(613) 574-0086
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, September 7 – OBS DAWG’ON BLUES – The Cosmic Blues of Captain Beefheart with Steve Lund
Next week, September 14 – OBS DAWG’ON BLUES – More New Blues with Liz

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, September 3 – Listen Before You Buy: Ron Sweetman plays CD releases by international jazz saxophonists Emanuele Cisi, Christina Dahl, Mike DiRubbo, Charles Evans, Sigurdur Flosason, B. J. Jansen, Jackiem Joyner, Steve Kaldestad, Dave Liebman, Shawn Maxwell, Mike Murley, David "Fathead" Newman, Bob Rockwell, Felipe Salles, Adam Schroeder & Cory Weeds.
Next week, September 10 – Dollar Brand/Abdullah Ibrahim: Co-Host Jean-Michel Labatut reviews the career of this unique South African pianist, composer and band-leader.
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, September 7
Brian Downey hosts the Rainbow Open Jam @ 4 pm
Saturday, September 20
The Kingmakers @ Irene’s Pub, 9:30 pm
Saturday, September 27
JW-Jones CD release @ the Rainbow, 10 pm


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