29 December 2014

Ottawa Blues This Week - 29 December 2014

Blind Lemon Top 20
Canadian Blues Albums
The Blind Lemon Top Twenty Canadian Blues Albums Poll is open and fully operational.
Here are the details: 

You can vote for your Favourite Canadian Blues Albums at the following link:

1 - Each computer can vote only once!

2 - Using the drop down menu, vote for 3 albums: one as "Album of the Year", and two as "Honorable Mentions".
Vote for three different albums. Please do not vote for the same album 3 times.
Please vote for all three categories, as points will be assigned to determine list positions, in the event of a tie break.
It is important to vote properly. Improper surveys will be disqualified.

3 - Polls close at midnight (Eastern) Sunday, January 4, 2015.

4 - Results will be released on the Blind Lemon Top Twenty Countdown show, which will broadcast on Monday, January 12, 2015, at 7:30 pm (Eastern).
You can listen live on the web at www.chmr.ca or follow the results on Facebook at www.facbook.com/blindlemonradio.

Thank you for supporting great Canadian Blues Music!
Terry Parsons, CHMR
#ottmusik – CALL TO MUSICIANS!
#ottmusik is an initiative that brings local music to the City of Ottawa's phone system. The goal is to answer calls as quickly as possible, but when a caller has to wait or in the event of a transfer, we want them to hear your music!
The music currently played on the City’s phone systems will be replaced with your music; new music created by local talent. We’re also going to feature your music on ottawa.ca/ottmusiken, so if a caller likes what they hear, they can connect with you directly.
With #ottmusik the City of Ottawa is furthering its commitment to providing new opportunities to Ottawa’s cultural community, while offering citizens an enhanced and unique experience when calling the City.  The City wants to help musicians reach a broader audience, and show our appreciation of what you do for our city.
Deadline:  Monday January 12, 2015 at 11:59pm
The Split     ***SOLD OUT***
Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street
Wednesday, December 31
New Year’s Eve Dinner & Dance with
Rocket Rached & the Fat City 8
Atomic Rooster, 303 Bank Street
Wednesday, December 31
New Year’s Eve Party with Three Times Lucky
Moose McGuire’s, 3320 McCarthy Road
Wednesday, December 31
Wicked Grin
Black Donald’s Pub, Calabogie Peaks, Calabogie ON
Wednesday, December 31
Wicked Grin will be bluesin' in the New Year at Black Donald's Pub; Murray says they will be starting up around 9:07 pm. 
New Year’s Eve with the Hornettes
Black Sheep Inn, Wakefield QC
Wednesday, December 31
Friday, January 2
Wicked Grin Friday Night Blues @ the Black Sheep Inn, Wakefield QC
Sun Crescent BBQ Stomp @ Irene’s Pub, 9:30 pm
Saturday, January 3
Chuck & the Karnivores @ Irene’s Pub, 9:30 pm
Sunday, January 4
Vince Halfhide @ Irene’s Pub, 9 pm
(almost) EVERY WEEK
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: 
          January 1 – Parker Estabrooks
          January 8 – Bill & Tonia
          January 15 – Dr. Dave
          January 22 – John Steele
          January 29 – Rod Williams
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.
The Allaire Show
            with John Allaire & special guests
Quinn’s Ale House, 1070 Bank Street
Last Saturday of the month, 3-5 pm
Songs and stories from around the world.
            January 3 – Amanda Bon
          January 10 – Shawn Tavenier
          January 17 – Jesse Greene
          January 24 – Nick Gauthier
          January 31 – Slo’ Tom
          February 7 – Brendan Flynn
          February 14 – Cooper MacLaren
          February 21 – Steve Marriner
          February 28 – Tony D
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)
Vince Halfhide
Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street
Sundays in January @ 8:30 pm; no cover

From Vince:
In January I’ll be performing every Sunday evening at Irene's Pub. I'll be playing acoustic guitar and my National Duolian, and doing most of the singing. With me will be Ann Downey on bass, banjo, vocals and Michael Ball on mandolin, fiddle, bass and vocals. We’re really looking forward to this month of Sundays together. We'll do some of my own songs, plus our interpretations of some old blues / roots / hilly and swampy Americana stuff and the odd old jazz tune. 
Our start time on Sundays is 8:30 p.m.  Good for old farts and people with jobs.  No cover!
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.
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          ***NO Blues on Tues in January & February 2015***
The Granary Beizli, 3270 County Rd 10, Vankleek Hill ON
Third Tuesday of every month@ 7 pm; $10
From Al Lerman:
We are sad and concerned to report that our friend and lead singer John Mays has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. The one bit of good news about this is that it is a very slow-growing tumour that has not spread, and can be treated with a 80-95% success rate. Surgery is confirmed for January 28, 2015. John and all concerned are optimistic that he will get through this rough patch. Meanwhile, he has been unable to work, and he receives no sick pay benefits nor health insurance. John will be laid up for a few months at least, and will need money for rent, food and bills. Your contribution big or small is greatly appreciated. We look forward to John getting better and rejoining us soon!
Donations can be made via credit card or Paypal via our web: http://fathead.biz/help-john-mays (dropdown menu under our "HOME" page). We all appreciate your support.
Blues Summit 7
Eaton Chelsea Hotel, 33 Gerrard Street West, Toronto ON
Friday – Monday, January 16-19

Blues Summit is a not-to-be-missed, biennial forum for all members of the blues music community including artists, presenters, agents, festival bookers, event organizers, and industry representatives of all kinds. The conference provides an opportunity for members of the community to connect as well as for artists to showcase in front of blues industry professionals. Showcases will present 36 acts, Friday, Saturday & Sunday evenings.
For more info and registration: http://torontobluessociety.com/blues-summit-7/
18th Annual Maple Blues Awards
Royal Conservatory of Music’s Koerner Hall, Toronto ON
Monday, January 19 @ 7 pm; tickets starting @ $28

The Maple Blues Awards is Canada’s national blues awards program. Its goal is to promote blues music across Canada, and to recognize outstanding achievement in the field. The annual celebration of Canada’s blues music, an all-star concert, awards event, and after party, will feature the finest guest musicians from across Canada representing the most current blues music on the scene, all backed by the renowned Maple Blues Band.
Ridin' Shotgun
Greenfields Pub, 900 Greenbank Road, Barrhaven
Friday, January 9 @ 9:30 pm

Ridin' Shotgun delivers dance-floor friendly new and traditional country. The stellar vocal pairing of Terry McLelland and Danika Ellson are backed by a kickin' 4-piece band featuring a freshly re-invigorated rhythm section. Greenfields is one of Ottawa's best live entertainment venues with excellent sight-lines and production values, plus a full menu and lots of libations to choose from.
The Snyders
D’Arcy McGee’s, 44 Spark Street
Saturday, January 10 @ 9 pm

The Snyders, formed In the summer of 2011 in MontrĂ©al, is a family based Chicago blues and 'roots' band that dig deeply from many styles of music varying from Blues to Jazz, Rock, and even Manouche (Gypsy Jazz). 
The family unit is comprised of Denny Snyder - vocalist/lead guitarist (aka blues artist Southside Denny), his daughter Lorrie Snyder on Vocals/Bass (17 years old) and his son Phil Snyder on the drums (13 years of age). 
Michael Jerome Browne
               CD release
Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street
Wednesday, January 21 @ 9:30 pm

Michael’s new CD, “Sliding Delta” will be out on January 15. It’s a collection of ‘20s and ‘30s rural blues that inspired Michael to start playing in his youth – Mississippi John Hurt, Fred McDowell, Skip James, Memphis Minnie, Charlie Patton, Blind Willie McTell, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Barbecue Bob. He’ll be playing these songs and more, including his originals, at Irene’s on January 21.
Music By The Bay Live presents
Big Sugar Acoustic
St. Francis Centre Theatre, 78 Church Street South, Ajax, ON
Sunday, January 25; $65 advance, $75 at the door

Big Sugar have always been known for their powerful, high volume live performances but on January 25, the Music by the Bay Live audience will get a rare chance to see Gordie Johnson and the entire Big Sugar family in an intimate and entirely acoustic setting.  The Acoustical Sounds of Big Sugar show will be about creating an unguarded atmosphere where the audience gets a chance to hear the heartbeat of Big Sugar in the most profoundly honest way. 

In the opinion of one of Canada’s most prolific and gifted practitioners of the art, music has always been about impacting one’s heart, soul, and spirit. That’s the guiding principle behind every note strummed, penned and sung by Gordie Johnson ever since his days as a teenaged bass prodigy in Windsor, Ontario in the late 1970s and continues to shape his path well into the 21st century.
The Acoustical Sounds of Big Sugar
Shenkman Arts Centre, 245 Centrum Blvd (Orleans)
Friday, January 30 @ 8 pm; tickets $45-$50

Just home from a rockin’ European tour, Gordie Johnson, Mr Chill and the rest of Big Sugar are set to start their Canadian tour in January. Big Sugar’s new tour is all reggae and relaxation. It’s in support of their latest album, “Yardstyle”, an unplugged mix of favourites and new tunes. The show’s set-list will run the gamut from classics like ‘Turn the Lights On’ to brand new cuts ‘Calling All the Youth’ and ‘Police Bway the Vampire’. In Gordie Johnson’s own words, “It’s like the sound of Negril at night.” Ah, that sounds perfect for a cold winter’s night in Ottawa.
Powder Blues Band
PDCI Auditorium, Perth ON
Saturday, February 7

Tom Lavin and the legendary Powder Blues Band from Vancouver are coming to Perth. The concert is a fundraiser for the Great War Memorial Foundation for the Perth Hospital. This is the second year that Burns Jewellers has presented a great Canadian Blues band to fundraise for a worthy local charity. Last February, it was Downchild for the Perth Splash Pad which was an awesome concert. This year’s event promises to be just as good!

Powder Blues started in Vancouver in 1978 when the Lavin brothers, Tom and Jack, brought their unique mix of Blues, Swing and R&B with them from Chicago when they moved there and formed the band.  Their first album “Uncut” sold over 30,000 copies within a matter of weeks – unheard of for a Canadian Blues band. Over the next decade Powder Blues toured the world, headlined the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, won a Juno Award and an American W.C. Handy Award. Now, 36 years later, they’re still going strong with over a million records sold worldwide delivering “good times guaranteed” every time they perform.

The Feb 7 evening starts with a Pre-Show party from 6-8 pm in the Auditorium foyer followed by the concert from 8-10:30 pm and the After-Party from 10:30 pm to midnight where fans get to meet the band, buy CDs and get them signed. Some lucky attendee will also win a prize from Burns Jewellers when their ticket stub is pulled. The cheque presentation to the GWM Foundation will also take place then. Wine, beer & refreshments will be served by the Perth Civitan Club.

Tickets go from $35 Balcony to $65 VIP Front (plus HST) and they’re ON SALE NOW at Burns Jewellers, 66 Foster St., Perth, by phone (613) 267-4466 and online at www.burnsjewellers.com and make a great Christmas gift! RESERVED SEATING; book early for the best seats. 
2014/15 LINE-UP
Blues On The Rideau is a Dinner & Show Fundraiser Series featuring some of Canada's best Blues artists performing in the cozy, intimate setting of The Cove Country Inn in Westport, Ontario - once a month from October through May (December excluded). 2014/15 is their 10th Anniversary season.

The Cove Inn is 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.

Despite cost increases, the price for these nights remains at $60 per person (the same as the past 3 years). That 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 is produced by Choose The Blues Productions www.choosetheblues.ca in co-operation with The Cove Inn www.coveinn.com and 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


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 and harp player and an excellent performer. Arguably the most popular band 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
Well priced accommodation is available at The Cove and nearby B&Bs
Book early - most BOTR nights sell out in advance!
CALL 1-888-COVE-INN or (613) 273-3636
New Year’s Eve
Kingstown NEW Mississippi
Musiikki, 73 Brock Street, Kingston ON
Wednesday, December 31, 10 pm – 1 am; cover $5

Original music CERTIFIED very, very danceable
You can shake n bake
You can give n take
You can have your cake and eat it too!
You can make n break your New Year's resolutions
And still have a great time.
Invite your very best friends, it's the social thing to do!!!
River City Junction
The Standeasy @ the RCHA Club, 193 Ontario Street, Kingston ON
Saturday, January 3 @ 8:30 pm

River City Junction is a Canadian Blues/Retro-Rock power trio, long steeped in the traditions of Blues and Rock ‘n’ Roll. A rich blend of old school Chicago Blues, Motown and Classic Rock, their music forms a very potent sonic cocktail that is raw, organic and uplifting. Leaning heavily on their roots, River City Junction’s driving sound is deeply infused with elements of yesteryear, yet remains distinctively their own.
Daddy Mack Blues Band
The Standeasy @ the RCHA Club, 193 Ontario Street, Kingston ON
Friday, January 30 @ 8:30 pm; $20.00 advance
Call 613 384-8168 or email bruce@kingstonbluessociety.ca to reserve tickets

Supporting their new album “Blues Central”, this five-piece band, led by singer/guitarist Mack Orr, has enough grit, sweat, and passion to get any crowd on its feet to boogie. Characterized as the best band around for cuttin' loose on a Saturday night, their raw approach is considered one of the most authentic urban blues bands since the 1970s. 

Mack developed his talents sitting in with the Fieldstones at Green's Lounge, one of the most popular juke joints in Memphis, TN.  Over the last 15 years he has brought his deep, soulful sound to the world and shared the stage with other notable musicians, including admirers Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood. Teaming up with brothers Harold and James Bonner, drummer William Faulkner, and keyboardist Charlie Wood, Daddy Mack has created a mix of original music with classic tunes that is a testimony to the down-home traditional blues sound.
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, January 4 – OBS DAWG’ON BLUES – Maple Blues nominees – New Artist and International Artist categories with Liz Sykes
Next week, January 11 – OBS DAWG’ON BLUES – Maple Blues nominees – Recording and Songwriter categories with Debrablues

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, December 31 – Sonny Greenwich: Ron Sweetman follows the musical career of this iconic but reclusive Canadian guitar legend, playing some of his recordings made between June 1979 and October 2002.
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. 
Friday, January 9
Ridin’ Shotgun @ Greenfield’s Pub, 9:30 pm
Saturday, January 10
Terry Gillespie, Bella Cat Blues @ the Black Sheep Inn, Wakefield QC
Sunday, January 11
Vince Halfhide @ Irene’s Pub, 9 pm
Sunday, January 18
Vince Halfhide @ Irene’s Pub, 9 pm
Sunday, January 25
Vince Halfhide @ Irene’s Pub, 9 pm
Friday & Saturday, January 30-31
Ottawa R&B Festival @ Irene’s Pub


No comments: