29 September 2014

Ottawa Blues This Week - 29 September 2014

Blues Showcase Double Trouble: 
 Ross Neilsen Band and Papa Shango 
Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street
Saturday, October 4 @ 10 pm

The Ross Neilsen Band is on the the road again! Blues, Roots & Rawk!
With blues/funk/jam band Papa Shango.
MonkeyJunk, Steve Strongman & Guy Bélanger
Canadian Museum of History Theatre, Gatineau QC
Saturday, October 4 @ 8 pm; tickets $35

What happens when one combines two top JUNO-winning artists Juno and a Quebec harmonica ace? Magic! MonkeyJunk of Ottawa, Steve Strongman Band from Hamilton and Montreal’s Guy Bélanger will present a blues show spiced by their various styles and influences. An incredible opportunity to see incredible musicians at the top of their game! You will be blown away by their exceptional talent.
Bowskill and Fewings
Opening Main Street Market Band
Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street
Saturday, October 4 @ 9:30 pm; $10

Jimmy Bowskill, world-renowned as a blues rock guitar slinger/ singer with deep roots in acoustic music playing mandolin, fiddle and upright bass, teams up with Daniel Fewings, a stalwart on the Peterborough music scene; and they create stirring renditions of classics from days gone by.
watch them in action NOW!  watch video HERE and HERE

Opening the show is Ottawa world music group MAIN STREET MARKET BAND – a blend of jazz, folk, african and latin styles of music, primarily in an acoustic format.  Band members come from Brazil, Chile, Benin and Canada.
Clyde River Concert Series presents
A Blues Brunch with Al Lerman
Gatineau QC
Sunday, October 5, 1-3 pm; tickets $20
($5 discount for OBS members with valid membership card)

Multi-instrumentalist Al Lerman (harmonica, tenor saxophone, guitar and vocals), the band leader of the two-time Juno Award-winning outfit Fathead, also performs regularly as a solo acoustic artist, playing guitar and rack harmonica. Al has two solo releases: “Live @ the Acoustic Grill” (2013) and “Crowe River Blues” (2012).
Coffee, tea and light snacks will be served.
Old School Jazz Jam with Thandi Klassen
The Granary Beizli, Vankleek Hill ON
Sunday October 5; 3-6 pm; tickets $20

A gathering of musicians who love Thandi will be celebrating the last date of her final Canadian tour by presenting an ‘Old School Jazz Jam’ in an intimate country setting in Vankleek Hill, Ontario. The ‘Last Session’ will be recorded for posterity.

The band led by guitarist singer-songwriter Terry Gillespie will feature Peter Measroch on keyboards, Andre Whiteman on bass, and Wayne Stoute on drums, and has a long history of accompanying Thandi. All are joyously anticipating a very special afternoon of music and song, all jazz-infused, from African to Blues to Classic Standards – Thandi is the master.

Thandi Klaasen ranks as a defining symbol of South Africa's musical golden age, and has also contributed lastingly to the creation of authentic modern South African cultural forms ­ against the designs of the apartheid master planners.  She remains an icon and model for many other aspiring young South Africans.

Thandi Klaasen’s inspiration and strength arose as a member of the oppressed who resisted police harassment and violence in the streets of Sophiatown (Soweto townships, Jo’Burg) – experiences she evokes hauntingly in her singing. It was this strength and inspiration which infused Thandi Klaasen's performances as an artist; she has been described as 'the very embodiment of the passion of an artist'.

Over 50 years of superlative performance has garnered Klaasen numerous awards, including The Woman of Distinction Award received in Canada (1999) for her outstanding role in the political struggle. Most recently, Klaasen was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 12th MTN South African Music Awards.

She is the mother of the esteemed South African-Canadian Juno Award Winner Lorraine Klaasen. Thandi was Nelson Mandela’s favorite singer and sang at all his commemorative events including his wedding, inauguration and funeral.

For more information, contact:
Kathy Gillespie – 613-676-0880 kathy@teka.ca
Myers Brothers Band
The Avant-Garde Bar, 135½ Besserer Street
Tuesday, September 30 @ 8 pm

Canada's Juke Joint Kings - The Myers Brothers Band performs 'Deep Blues' and house-rockin' grooves inspired by the blues & roots traditions of the Mississippi delta and Southern U.S.
Ottawa Guitar Society
Annual Fundraising Concert
University of Ottawa, Tabaret Hall, 550 Cumberland Avenue
Sunday, October 5 @ 7:30 pm; tickets $25

Please join the Ottawa Guitar Society on Sunday for its 2014 annual fundraising concert. Performances will feature some of the region's finest professional guitarists and musicians including Alain Morier, Andrew Mah, Garry Elliot, Louis Trepanier, Patrice Servant, and the Suzuki Guitar Ensemble directed by Daniel Srugo.

OGS is a volunteer-run initiative. All funds raised go towards promoting and presenting quality guitar-based concerts and community outreach in the Outaouais area.
For tickets online www.uniiverse.com/OGSfundraiser or at the door
For info: contact Andrew Mah
Tuesday, September 30
Myers Brothers Band @ the Avant-Garde Pub, 8 pm
Friday, October 3
The Split @ the Blacksheep Inn, Wakefield QC
Sunday, October 5            
Open Blues Jam hosted by Wicked Grin @ 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 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
Wednesday Jazz Club
Zen Kitchen, 634 Somerset Street West
Every Wednesday @ 7 pm
Two sets with a short break inbetween.
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:  
            October 2 –Terry Gillespie
          October 9 – Scott Amey
          October 16 – Ed Hart
          October 23 – Niel Barrington
          October 30 – Eric Walker
          November 6 – John Cormier
          November 13 – Vince Halfhide
          November 20 – Jesse Greene
          November 27 – Don Cummings
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)
Sunday Night Jazz
Zen Kitchen, 634 Somerset Street West
Every Sunday; dinner 5-10 pm; live jazz 6-9 pm
Guitarist Tim Bedner hosts a weekly session of live jazz in an intimate setting, joined each night by a special guest artist. Dinner is 5-10, music is 6-9. No cover, but please order dinner!
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
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
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 lineup below. 

Saturday October 4 - Ross Neilsen Band & Papa Shango

Saturday Oct 11 - Firebelly 

Friday October 24 - Chris Antonik

Friday November 7 - The 24th Street Wailers 

Friday November 14 - John Primer

Saturday Nov 15 – The Harpoonist & the Axe Murderer 

Saturday Nov 22 - Studebaker John & The Hawks

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
Life, Death and The Blues!
Theatre Pass Muraille, 16 Ryerson Avenue, Toronto ON
September 25 to October 19

Written and conceived by Raoul Bhaneja
A Theatre Passe Muraille Production in association with Hope and Hell Theatre Co.
Directed by Eda Holmes
Starring Raoul Bhaneja, Divine Brown & Band members: Jake Chisholm - guitar, Tom Bona - drums, Chris Banks - upright bass
With featured guests every night.
This innovative concert/theatre hybrid, created by Gemini-nominated actor and Maple Blues Award winner Raoul Bhaneja, is a performance that combines autobiography, interview, live music and multi-media to explore the power, passion and meaning of The Blues.
Under the direction of Eda Holmes, Bhaneja will be accompanied by the Juno award-winning Canadian R&B/Soul singer Divine Brown with music provided by band members - Jake Chisholm on guitar, Tom Bona on drums and Chris Banks on upright bass.
Rocket Rached's Blues Harp Blow-Off
Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street
Preliminaries – Tuesday & Wednesday, October 7 & 8 @ 9:30 pm
Finals – Saturday, October 11 @ 9:30 pm

Hosted by Ottawa's own Juno Award-winning blues band - Monkeyjunk www.monkeyjunkband.com 

Any and all harp players, including past winners, who are not signed to a major record label are eligible.

It's time to find out who is the best of the best. Entry forms will be available at the club, as well as online.
Do you know a harp player who is a must see player and needs a little exposure?
The 21st edition of Virée Blues Boréale presents
Mississippi Heat & Mike Goudreau
Le Petit Chicago, 50 Promenade du Portage, Gatineau
Wednesday, October 8 @ 8 pm; tickets $20 (OBS member discount $5 off)

10 years! Yes, already! For the last ten years, the Virée Blues Boréale team has been sharing their love for the Blues with Outaouais area fans. More than 200 shows, 100 guests and to more than 24 000 fans! Now renowned for its one-of-a-kind features bringing together on its stage the best of the Blues, the Virée Blues Boréale squad would like to celebrate with you its tenth anniversary with nothing less than a complete edition made of double-headers!

To launch this iron-clad programming at Le Petit Chicago, a flagship group of Chicago’s contemporary Blues. Our guests total over 100 years of Blues expertise, have recorded 12 albums and feature a Grande Dame of the Blues often compared to the great Etta James, Inetta Visor, and the virtuoso of the chromatic harmonica, Pierre Lacocque – with us, from Chicago, Mississippi Heat. And, their special guest, the leader of the Boppin’ Blues Band and of the Goodmen Band who was also the guitarist for the late Miss Linda “Chocolate Thunder” Rodney, Mister Mike Goudreau.
Bill Durst Band
Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street
Friday, October 10 @ 9:30 pm; $10

Bill Durst is a Canadian Blues- Rock- Roots guitarist, singer, songwriter, entertainer who has written and recorded over 115 songs on 11 albums with 7 national radio chart hits.  As a kid growing up in Wingham and then London, Ontario (which is halfway between Toronto and Detroit), Bill was heavily influenced by Motown R&B and Toronto Psychedelic Soul music as well as the British Blues Invasion and Jimi Hendrix. Bill’s entrance on the national/international stage was with his classic rock band Thundermug formed from London R&B groups in 1969. By the summer of 1972 the band had a number one hit and a fan following in Eastern Canada. The band went on to record a total of 5 albums, (3 albums in the early/mid 1970s and two CDs in the mid 1990s) releasing records in the US and Europe. Bill put out his first two solo releases in the mid eighties but it wasn’t until the early 2000s that Durst got some real career momentum.

In 2004 he proclaimed his intention to start up a “little, fuzzy, psychedelic blues band” and since then Bill and his co-writer Joe DeAngelis have produced 4 full length CDs.
Music by the Bay Live Blues Concert Series Presents
Dawn Tyler Watson & Paul Deslauriers
St. Francis Centre, 78 Church Street South, Ajax ON
Friday, October 10; Doors 7 pm, Show 8 pm; $40
Advance tickets available online

With the simple honesty of two voices and a six-string guitar, this award-winning duo has forged a solid reputation on the international Blues scene, touring regularly in North America, Europe and beyond. Together they explore a rich pallet of styles and moods, seamlessly blending the borders of the blues into roots, folk, soul and rock & roll. Delicate and fiery, subdued and electrifying, this talented duo is a study in the art of perfectly fusing these apparent contradictions. Paul Deslauriers bares a masterful acoustic guitar style all his own, complementing it with a strong and sensual voice, while Dawn Tyler Watson – renowned for her engaging stage presence – moves with incredible vocal ease from sultry elegance to raw powerhouse.
Steve Groves’ Spanish Tour Going Away Party
Fatboys Southern Smokehouse, 34 Murray Street
Saturday, October 11 @ 8 pm

Hi to all my Ottawa friends. On Saturday, October 11, I will be performing at Fatboys Smokehouse at Murray Street, with Buddy McCann on Drums & Harmonica as well as vocals, and Owen Brown on Bass, and we'll be rocking' the blues from 8 to 11 pm!

This will be our last performance in Canada until I return to Ottawa next A
pril, and I want to turn it into a party. The venue does not actually pay the band, other than a $100.00 bar tab, so we need to charge a cover to pay the guys in the band and help me out with my trip expenses ... however I would like to give everyone who comes a copy of my new CD "Notes From The Underground". If you already have a copy of my CD, then I'd like to buy you a drink (from the $100.00 bar tab offered by the club).

We will start at 8 pm sharp and play two sets of originals and blues standards done in our style....

I'd like to see my friends new and old. I don't get much of a chance to see you guys, so this could be a great night. We can stay and have a bit of an after party. Socializing in real time!

This has been a great summer for me and my family… the birth of my grandson Kai, the release of my music and radio play worldwide, tours in Europe and Asia, meeting so many new friends as I travel. It's really something to cherish.

I hope I will see you at the "Steve Groves Spanish Tour Going Away Party" Saturday October 11. Come early. We start at 8 sharp. 

Thanks and we'll see you soon,
Guy Davis
Greenbank Folk Music Society
Greenbank Centennial Hall, Greenbank ON (north of Whitby)
Saturday, October 11; tickets $25

Neat Coffee Shop, 1715 Calabogie Road, Burnstown ON
Sunday, October 12; tickets $35

Son of the late actors, Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis, Guy is a musician, composer, actor, director, and writer … but, most importantly, a bluesman. The blues permeates every corner of Davis' creativity. Throughout his career, he has dedicated himself to reviving the traditions of acoustic blues and bringing them to as many ears as possible through the material of the great blues masters, African American stories, and his own original songs, stories and performance pieces.

His influences are varied: Musically, he enjoyed such great blues musicians as Mississippi John Hurt and Buddy Guy. It was through Taj Mahal that he found his way to the old time blues. He also loved such diverse musicians as Fats Waller and Harry Belafonte.

Early acting roles included a lead role in the film "Beat Street" opposite Rae Dawn Chong and on television as ‘Dr. Josh Hall’ on "One Life to Live". He made his Broadway musical debut in 1991 in the Zora Neale Hurston/Langston Hughes collaboration "Mulebone",which featured the music of Taj Mahal. In 1993 he performed Off-Broadway as legendary blues player Robert Johnson in "Robert Johnson: Trick the Devil". He received rave reviews and became the 1993 winner of the Blues Foundation's "Keeping the Blues Alive Award”. More recently, Guy featured on Broadway in Million Dollar Quartet and a revival of Finian's Rainbow.
(Thanks to Greenbank Folk Music Society for this info.)
Adam Karch
Cabaret La Basoche, 120 rue Principale, Gatineau QC
Friday, October 31 @ 8 pm; tickets $30

At age 12, Montreal native Adam Karch discovered the guitar, an instrument that would become his best friend and musical partner. His 2011 release, “Cotton Fields”, revisits blues hits throughout the ages (from the 1930s to present day) and offers five original songs. The album explores the roots of the blues while paying homage to the long walk to freedom taken by so many African-Americans, as well as a dedication to Harriet Tubman, a visionary heroine who worked with the Canadian Underground Railroad in an effort to abolish slavery. On his latest CD, “Blueprints”, you’ll find blues, roots and unexpected acoustic versions of pop tunes.
An Evening of Blues with Patsy Gallant
La Grange de la Gatineau, 80 chemin Summer, Cantley QC
Friday, October 31; Friday concert tickets $30 (plus tax)
 Saturday, November 1; Saturday dinner & show tickets $65 (plus tax)

The Queen of Disco, Patsy Gallant will present beautiful standard blues and original compositions, accompanied by pianist Éric Sauvé. The show is in English and French.

One of 10 children, Patsy Gallant, born in New-Brunswick, started singing at the age of 5 with her sisters and their band, The Gallant Sisters. Her solo career took off in 1970 when she signed a contract with Columbia Records, releasing albums in both French and English. A tiny, vivacious performer with a strong voice, Gallant became one of the few Canadian artists to become a star during the disco era. After hosting a TV show for two seasons and doing more recordings, she re-emerged in musical theatre in 1988, performing in many productions. In 1997, she played Stella Spotlight in Starmania for eight years. In 2005, after returning from her long run in Starmania, she released a career retrospective, Tout va trop vite, which included early recordings and a remake of “Sugar Daddy”. She released her new album “Coeur de velours” in 2013, in collaboration with DJ Mario Léonard. Her latest shows are: “Patsy Gallant lâche son fou”, “Patsy Gallant chante Piaf” and “Patsy Gallant, Madame chante le Blues”.

La Grange de la Gatineau offers a candle-lit, cabaret style setting. Tickets for the show are available at $30 (plus tax) for the Friday (concert only) and at $65 (plus tax) for the Saturday (dinner & show). Bar service is available through the evening. Reservations are required, and can be booked online at www.grange.ca
The Elite Blues Series presents
Coco Montoya
with Special Guest Victor Wainwright
Showplace Performance Centre, 290 George Street North, Peterborough ON
Friday, November 7 @ 8 pm; tickets $32 (at the box office or online)

Coco Montoya from Texas is one of the most renowned guitar players out there. Guitar One Magazine called him “the hottest southpaw in the Blues. Smoldering blues and southern fried rock and roll with a master touch and killer soloing”. All that and he has a great voice. Billboard said “an astounding guitar virtuoso and a forceful singer”. The Village Voice called him “awe inspiring”.
Check out the link below and see for yourself!

Victor Wainwright returns to us from Memphis for a second time. He brought down the house last time in our theatre. He is the 2013 & 2014 BMA Pinetop Perkins Player of the Year. Chicago Blues Guide 2013 says “Victor is all about boogie-woogie piano, deep soul and a voice that recalls Dr. John at his best. He is a rising blues star, a tremendous player”.
Check Victor out in the link below.
Tim Williams
Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street
Wednesday, November 12

Tim Williams is a blues-based singer / songwriter / multi – instrumentalist. He is a 40 year veteran of the ‘Roots’ music scene in North America, roots which stretch back to the coffee-house scene of his native California in the mid 60′s.
Settling in Canada in 1970, Tim is a studio musician, producer, and a performer in constant demand. He has played Folk / Blues / Jazz festivals and concert halls and clubs from Halifax, to Vancouver Island, to the Yukon.
Inspired by the Hillbilly and Western Swing music he heard as a child, Tim absorbed late Fifties Rhythm & Blues and Rock & Roll, Hawaiian and Mexican music, early Sixties Folk, and Bluegrass “like a sponge” before discovering a passion for traditional blues styles which was fueled by seeing many first generation blues musicians live during the “Blues Boom” of the mid and late Sixties.”
Roselawn Centre Blues Series
Michael Pickett & Mike Brandon with the Mighty Duck Blues Band
Roselawn Theatre, 296 Fielden Ave., Port Colborne, ON
Friday, November 14 @ 8 pm; Tickets: $25 Adult $20 Senior/Student

Roselawn Centre for the Arts is excited to present the first of a three part series of blues beginning Friday, November 14.

Multi award winning JUNO nominee Michael Pickett established himself as a musically ground-breaking, electrifying singer/songwriter/harmonica player in the ‘70s, ‘80s, and ‘90s (Whiskey Howl, Wooden Teeth, Michael Pickett Band. Mike Branton made a name for himself as a young guitar prodigy evolving into a triple threat: inventive improvisational soloist, original singer, and songwriter. Together they are a powerhouse and this night they will be supported by The Mighty Duck Blues Band, a collective of award winning veteran players.
Paul Reddick
Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street
Friday, November 21

Paul Reddick has long been a part of Canada’s rich roots music scene; he is one of the best harmonica players in the country…. His distinctive voice covers a wide emotional palette; always engaging; sometimes a shout, more often a conversationally vivid whisper. But it is Reddick’s songs – sometimes sweet, sometimes bitter, always thought-provking and rarely sentimental – and the passionate way he delivers them that best illustrate what the influential British magazine ‘Mojo’ described as his “wayward brilliance”. … he has been nominated for Junos and a Blues Music Award and he is a seven-time Maple Blues Award winner. And he continues to tour – across Canada and the United State, with two or three trips a year to Europe – with his hard-hitting band.
Bloodshot Bill
Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street
Friday, November 28

Bloodshot Bill started playing in his hometown of Montreal, around 1998, with just a guitar and a stomp board. Since then, he has had over 30 releases throughout Europe, USA and Canada – and still tours all these places frequently. He was banned from entering the States for 5 years (2006-2011) and made his first “(wel)comeback” show in USA at the Norton Records 25th Anniversary Weekend, performing alongside such legendary (and killer!) acts such as Andre Williams, The Sonics, 5678s, Mighty Hannibal and The South Bay Surfers. Since 2003 his hair has been slicked with his own brand of grease, “Nice ‘n’ Greasy”, and he plays his guitar through his custom made one-of-a-kind Richtone Amp.  Usually travels alone as a one man band and absolutely wows the crowds everywhere he plays!
Carolyn Fe Blues Collective
Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street
Saturday, November 29

Carolyn Fe Blues Collective offers up the Blues in all its shades …. A highly versatile, well-rounded performer, Carolyn Fe possesses the deep soul of an artist who has lived on the fringe for most of her life, and made the most of it as the true innovator she is, giving her music and lyrics an insight and depth that cannot be imitated and must be heard. She produces original material that contains lyrics with highly charged emotions that only the Blues can surrender – from extreme loss and anger to love-gone-bad or the languid sexiness of a hot summer night.
Backed by veteran musicians … the band’s delivery has phrasing that at evokes deep sensations from the begging for love, the hard-core-in-your-face of truth denied or the dreamy allure of pure seduction. (Exerpted from a review by Sandy Graham in Cashbox)
The Carolyn Fe Blues Collective is touring in support of their 3rd release, "Bad Taboo".
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 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


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 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
Dan Deslauriers Band
The Standeasy @ the RCHA Club, 193 Ontario Street, Kingston ON
Friday, October 3 @ 8:30 pm; $5 at the door

Guitarist and vocalist Dan Deslauriers has long been a fixture in the Ottawa music scene, both as a side and front man of various genres of bands. Although his skill set and talent have extraordinary range, his passion is the blues—and it shows. He is renowned for the fire and honesty that he expresses with his voice and a guitar, as well as his technical skill and the unique ways in which his extensive musical knowledge seeps into the blues. In both his original music and his interpretations of classics, he draws on diverse influences such as country, jazz, roots, and rock. A versatile and creative guitarist, Deslauriers frequently combines playing styles not always found in the blues, creating new and exciting interpretations.

Deslauriers, bass player Cory Shvets, and drummer Ken Reynolds frequently play in and around Ottawa, and are regularly invited to play in Kingston. The trio was a finalist in the 2013 Ottawa Blues Society Road to Memphis band competition. Prior to that, Deslauriers traded electric for acoustic and earned himself a berth in the finals for the 2011 Ottawa Blues Society Road to Memphis solo/duo competition. In April 2014, Deslauriers released “City Fever”, an exciting new blues CD that showcases ten of his many original blues songs.

Although a trio, the Dan Deslauriers band’s sound fills the room like a six-piece band, and they get the audience dancing and cheering. Come out to a Dan Deslauriers show and experience a group of seasoned musicians not just performing, but evolving the blues!
Chris Antonik
The Standeasy @ the RCHA Club, 193 Ontario Street, Kingston ON
Saturday, November 1 @ 8:30 pm; $15 by reservation

In 2010, Toronto-based blues guitarist, singer and songwriter Chris Antonik arrived onto the National and International blues scene with his self-titled debut album which received widespread critical acclaim, placed in the Roots Music Report Top 100 charts for over a year, and garnered Antonik a nomination for Best New Artist of the Year at Canada’s national Maple Blues Awards. In 2010, in its year-end review, British Columbia’s Blues Underground Network deemed Chris ‘The Future of the Blues.’ 

After extensive touring and major blues festival appearances in Canada in 2011 and 2012, Chris returned with his highly anticipated and critically-acclaimed follow-up “Better For You” in March 2013, which solidified Chris’ reputation as one of Canada's hottest young blues artists.

To live up to the accolades on stage, Chris delivers an unbridled and passionate live performance that gives audiences more than their money’s worth and leaves them wanting more. An exceptional guitarist who has been compared to Clapton, a soulful singer and an inventive songwriter, Chris is the real deal.
Ginger St. James
The Standeasy @ the RCHA Club, 193 Ontario Street, Kingston ON
Saturday, November 15, @ 8:30 pm; $10 at the door

Ginger St. James never disappoints and the country-roots infused music that she writes turns heads like the girl herself.  Many roads travelled and many lessons learned add up to provide the tales she tells with the sweetest voice, or petulant growl depending on the number.  Her life in song is a refreshing array of sock hop greasers, classic country and touching insights to a very real story.  In a world where everything is freeze dried and wrapped in plastic, Ginger St. James is very much like the farmers market – full of friendly, hard-working folk proudly offering the fruits of their labour, colours and aromas embracing all who approach.  You would be forgiven in assuming such a diminutive lass would struggle in the hardscrabble music business, but her charm talent and tenacity is as infectious as the grooves and rhythms that make those finely crafted lyrics come to life with so much energy.  Music lovers know a good thing when they hear it, and Ginger St. James has the package that’s flying off the shelves.
Chicago Blues Legend Studebaker John and The Hawks
The Standeasy @ the RCHA Club, 193 Ontario Street, Kingston ON
Friday, November 21 @ 8:30 pm; tickets $20 in advance
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, October 5 – OBS DAWG’ON BLUES – Rainbow 30th Anniversary with Blues Bud Brent
Next week, October 12 – OBS DAWG’ON BLUES – with Larry Deszcz

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, October 1 – Listen Before You Buy: Recent releases by international jazz pianists Adolfo Antonio, Carsten Dahl, Duke Ellington, Michael Fleiner, Larry Fuller, Yves Leveille, Roberto Magris, Mads Pagsberg, Gabriele Pezzoli and Michel Reis, presented by Ron Sweetman.
Next week, October 8 – Art Hodes meets Bessie Smith: The piano blues of Art Hodes meet the vocal blues of the "Empress of the Blues" - Bessie Smith: presented by Ron Sweetman.
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. 
Tuesday & Wednesday, October 7-8
Blues Harp Blow-Off Preliminaries @ Irene’s Pub, 9:30 pm
Saturday, October 11
Blues Harp Blow-Off Finals @ Irene’s Pub, 9:30 pm
Sunday, October 12          
Open Blues Jam hosted by Maria Hawkins @ the Rainbow, 4-7 pm
Sunday, October 19          
Open Blues Jam hosted by Brian Downey @ the Rainbow, 4-7 pm
Friday, October 24
The Mud Boys @ Irene’s Pub, 9:30 pm
Sunday, October 26          
Open Blues Jam hosted by River City Junction @ the Rainbow, 4-7 pm
Friday & Saturday, October 31-November 1
MonkeyJunk in Concert @ the Blacksheep Inn, Wakefield QC
Saturday, November 1
Ball & Chain and the Wreckers CD release @ Irene’s Pub, 9:30 pm
Joe Gaspar Band @ Moose McGuire’s
Saturday, November 8
Wicked Grin @ Irene’s Pub, 9:30 pm
Friday, December 5
Drew Nelson Band @ Irene’s Pub, 9:30 pm
Friday & Saturday, December 5-6
MonkeyJunk @ the Neat Coffee House, Burnstown