27 October 2014

Ottawa Blues This Week - 27 October 2014

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Virée Blues Boréale presents
Angel Forrest & Jean Millaire
Le Petit Chicago, 50 promenade du Portage, Gatineau QC
Wednesday, October 29 @ 8 pm; tickets $20 (OBS discounted price $15)

This show will bring together on stage for the first time two beloved couples of the Canadian Blues scene. Two "Grandes Dames" of the Blues, great performers and party girls, with their Partners, which will bring this show to a total of three of the best guitarists on the Canadian Blues scene – an intimate party in Blues with Angel Forrest & Denis Coulombe and Andree Dupree & Jean Millaire, with very special guest, Ricky Paquette.

Angel Forrest – A "Grande Dame" of the Blues, recipient of seven Lys Blues Awards, including Female Blues Artist of the Year ... 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014, and also a Maple Blues Award for Female Vocalist of the Year 2013. With a 30-year international career in Canada, Europe, Mexico, Japan and Morocco, often compared to Janis Joplin and Melissa Etheridge, Angel always has the Blues running through her life and her music. Her seventh album “Mother Tongue Blues” proclaimed Best Blues Album of the Year at the 2014 Lys Blues and a nominee at the Maple Blues Awards 2013 as well as her opus 8th, "LIVE LOVE at the palace”, were both acclaimed by the critics as well as by Blues fans. Angel will be performing with her partner, Denis Coulombe, a virtuoso on the six-string, with a perfectly complementary voice; he may stay a little in the background but he’s very impressive, even in that role!   A major element of every recording as well as every show of the past 15 years, he was awarded the Lys Blues for “Best Musical Performance for 2014".

Ricky Paquette, now also performing as Ricky Laurent, has left the Blues aside to concentrate more on rock projects but he is returning to the Blues, to his previous identity, especially for this occasion … coming back to his roots, to the public of his early years, to celebrate Virée Blues Boréale’s 10th anniversary with old friends! He is coming back on the blues stage, for one night only with the high spirit, the energy, the emotion and the exceptional performances on guitar that he’s known for.

Our other guest, Jean Millaire is one of those artists who has been a mainstay on the Blues scene, on Canada’s music scene and on the francophone music scene. From his beginnings in 1968 with Expedition, he went on to a two-year American tour with the Shakey Al Band (William Allen Werneken) together with a young harmonicist named Jim Zeller, and they shared the limelight with Junior Wells, Buddy Guy, Willie Dixon, Muddy Watters, John Lee Hooker and Luther Allison. He has worked with Jim Zeller, Nanette Workman and Carl Tremblay on stage and on their respective albums, and in 2005 began his collaboration with Andree Dupree; they decided to team up their talents and tour the Canadian Blues roads. Andree Dupree discovered the Blues at 25. This stage pro performs with energy.   You will fall for this rockin’ Blues performer right from her first song!
Tom Lavin & the Legendary Powder Blues
            Opening act – Paul Reddick
Centrepointe Mainstage Theatre, 101 Centrepointe Drive
Saturday, November 1 @ 8 pm; tickets $45

According to Canadian blues legend Tom Lavin, the blues is like a violin: “It’s easy to play it badly and very hard to get right”. But anyone who has ever seen Tom Lavin & the Legendary Powder Blues play live knows that this band gets it right every time. Their signature sound blends swing, blues, jazz, rock & roll, and R&B with an appeal so wide that people from seven to seventy-seven often swing side-by-side at a Powder Blues concert. Their live shows are electrifying and the band could keep the crowd on their feet all night long.

For over three decades Powder Blues has been Canada’s leading blues band. Formed in 1978 by Tom Lavin, the band was originally a house band in Vancouver’s Gastown. Their debut album, Uncut was certified double platinum and sky rocketed their career through 13 albums.

To date, Powder Blues albums have sold over a million copies worldwide.  Over the years the band has toured non-stop through Canada, the US and overseas, including headlining the world-famous Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland.  Their CDs and DVDs continue to sell worldwide making them one of Canada’s longest-standing music ambassadors.

Leader Tom Lavin has written many of the band’s best-known songs including ‘Doin’ It Right [On the Wrong Side of Town]’, ‘Thirsty Ears’ and ‘Boppin’ With the Blues’. Over the 40-plus years Tom has won awards such as the BCMIA award for Guitarist, Singer, Songwriter, and Producer of the Year and the American W.C Handy award. He has more than a dozen gold and platinum records for Powder Blues, Prism, April Wine, Long John Baldry, Amos Garrett and many others. He has also recorded music for countless products, movies and TV shows.

Tom Lavin and the band have played as many as 322 shows and as few as 25 shows a year. Even though they’ve slowed down their touring schedule, they still make time to play some of the most profiled festivals and venues around the world.
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
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
(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
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 30 – Eric Walker
          November 6 – John Cormier
          November 13 – Vince Halfhide
          November 20 – Jesse Greene
          November 27 – Don Cummings
          December 4 – Terry Gillespie
          December 11 – Mark Crissinger
          December 18 – Elyssa Mahoney
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
To celebrate, we have called on all sorts of blues talent for a massive Fall Blues Scene Showcase. Check out our lineup below. 

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

Rainbow Bistro
76 Murray Street
Blues on Beale Street: Memoirs of the International Blues Challenge is a photo book accompanied by a series of personal experiences, short stories, song lyrics and quotes collected from a vast variety of IBC attendees. 

Photographer Jenn Ocken was inspired through eleven years of returning and documenting the International Blues Challenge to create a photo book. Together with writer Greg ‘Slim Lively’ Johnson, she reached out to hundreds of IBC attendees, including but not limited to band members, judges, producers, winners, and fans, and collected their own personal IBC stories to use as a way to archive the happenings at the largest gathering of blues bands in the world. The result – a photo book filled with emotionally rich images and personal experiences that show just how unique this event really is to the blues genre and the blues community.

20% of the book’s pre-order sales will be donated to the Blues Foundation’s Generation Blues fund! 
Harpdog Brown & J Edmonds
D’Arcy McGee’s, Sparks Street
Friday & Saturday, November 7-8 @ 9 pm; no cover

Traditional and Acoustic Blues from one of Canada’s most respected harmonica players Harpdog Brown (who always wows when he comes to town!) and guitar slinger J Edmonds! Stripped down and raw – guitar, harp and vocals – this is the real deal, folks – don’t miss out on an intimate night of pure blues happiness!
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.
The Jivewires
Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street
Saturday, November 8 @ 9:30 pm; $10

Ottawa's crazy ass original jump blues act The Jivewires come into The Rainbow Bistro for a run through of all the new material on their upcoming album "Drive Me Sane" as well as favorites from past recordings. "Drive Me Sane" is mastered and ready to manufacture.  Look for cuts from the album on Reverbnation and Soundcloud! 

The Jives put on a high energy show of original songs inspired by the great "jump blues" artists of the late ‘40s and early ‘50s like Louis Jordan and wild swing masters like Cab Calloway. With an emphasis on groove, improvisation and satire, The Jivewires will get you jumpin' like never before!
Jully Black
Dominion Chalmers United Church, 355 Cooper Street
Saturday, November 8 @ 7:30 pm: $40 (incl HST) + service charge

A force to be reckoned with, this Canadian-born, triple threat (singer/ songwriter/ performer) loves to share her talents and has an enthusiasm for music that is unparalleled. There is no question as to how she has achieved the status of “Canada’s Queen of R&B”, a title given to her by her fans and peers. Her fourth highly anticipated album, entitled “Made In Canada” has been described as ‘The New Motown Sound’. Traditionally, Jully is from the school of R&B, with influences like Etta James and Tina Turner. She has combined these sounds with the rhythmic and eclectic musical stylings of the album’s sole producer YoungPete Alexander from Atlanta, GA. The songs that reside on this album span the music genre spectrum, incorporating elements of Soul, R&B and Pop. Collectively known as “The Officials”, the two have been able to create a musical masterpiece of which the world can relate.
Music by the Bay Live Blues Concert Series Presentation
Blackie & the Rodeo Kings
St. Francis Centre, 78 Church Street South, Ajax ON
Sunday, November 9; Doors 7 pm, Show 8 pm;
Tickets $65 advance, $75 at the door

In 1996, three of Canada’s most prolific musicians got together and created the rockin’ roots sound of Blackie and the Rodeo Kings; Colin Linden, Stephen Fearing & Tom Wilson.  Together as Blackie and the Rodeo Kings they create a sound so uniquely their own it could never be duplicated.
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.
Victor Wainwright
Cabaret La Basoche, 120 rue Principale, Gatineau QC
Friday, November 21 @ 8 pm, tickets $30

Composer, producer, vocalist, entertainer and award-winning piano player, Victor Wainwright is a raucous, high-octane, dynamic performer and crowd-pleaser with soul to spare.
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.
Blackie & the Rodeo Kings
Neat Coffee House, Burnstown ON
Friday, November 21; tickets $75

Now into their second decade and with one JUNO award and several JUNO nominations under their belts, Black and the Rodeo Kings has organically evolved into one of the finest roots-oriented bands in North America. They have released seven CDs and gradually developed a feeling of brotherhood manifested in a sense of groove, timberal blend and melodic and rhythmic play that is distinctive, mystical, energizing and constantly evocative. Blackie and the Rodeo Kings remains one of Canada’s greatest musical treasures.
Michael Kaeshammer
Neat Coffee House, Burnstown ON
Wednesday, November 26; tickets $60

Kaeshammer’s fiery style incorporates elements of his early influences – the New Orleans sound of Fats Waller, Art Tatum and James Booker – on tracks like ‘Kisses In Zanzibar’ and the high-energy, boogie fuelled romp, ‘Rendezvous’, he also takes his cue from one of his own all-time favourite records, Robert Palmer’s Sneakin’ Sally Through the Alley, recorded in New Orleans with influential local funk outfit, The Meters, in 1974. In short, it’s the musical equivalent of Gumbo
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".
Suzie Vinnick
Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street
Wednesday, December 3 @ 8 pm

Composer, producer, vocalist, entertainer and award-winning piano player, Victor Wainwright is a raucous, high-octane, dynamic performer and crowd-pleaser with soul to spare.
Music By The Bay Live presents
Bluesy Christmas Party
Diana Braithwaite & Chris Whiteley
            with special guest Chuck Jackson
St. Francis Centre, 78 Church Street South, Ajax ON
Friday, December 5; Doors 7 pm, Show 8 pm;
            Tickets $40 advance, $45 at the door

We’re rolling back the seats so “Put on your red shoes and dance the blues….”
Their first CD collaboration in 2005, “Morning Sun”, garnered rave reviews, extensive air play, and led to multiple Canadian Maple Blues Award nominations, including Album of the year, and Acoustic Act of the year. Their second album, also recorded for the Electro-Fi label, “Night Bird Blues” was extremely well received, with great reviews and airplay internationally. It led to them being awarded 3 Maple Blues Awards in January 2010, including being recognized as Songwriters Of The Year. Their third Electro-Fi release, “DeltaPhonic”, led to more Maple Blues Awards, and reached number 1 on B.B. Kings Bluesville XM Sirius satellite radio network. Collectively they have been awarded 9 Maple Blues Awards and 6 JUNO Nominations.
JW-Jones & Rod Williams
D’Arcy McGee’s, Sparks Street
Thursday, December 18 @ 9 pm

One of the hottest guitar slingers in Canada and a mean rumbling harp player to entertain you with some sweet acoustic blues – sit back and relax and enjoy the show!
To celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Virée Blues Boréale, every show is a double-header.

October 29 – Angel Forrest & Jean Millaire
November 12 – Riot & the Blue Devils & Ben Racine Band
November 26 – Dan Livingston & the Griffintown Jug Adicts & David Gogo
December 10 – Guy Belanger & Adam Karch

Le Petit Chicago, 50 promenade du Portage, Gatineau QC
All shows start at 8 pm, but arrive early to get a good seat.
Tickets $20; season pass (5 shows) $75

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


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
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

Studebaker John Grimaldi was born in an Italian-American section of Chicago and started playing harmonica at age 7. Under the spell of music he heard on Maxwell Street, Chicago’s famed blues melting pot, John began performing as Studebaker John and the Hawks in the ‘70s. The band name referenced the Studebaker Hawk, a car he still owns today, and was also intended as a tribute to this friend, J.B. Hutto and the Hawks. John began playing guitar after a life-changing experience of seeing Hound Dog Taylor and the Houserockers perform. As a songwriter and musician, Studebaker John has emerged as a major creative form in the world of the blues today. Ahead of the pack, with vision and foresight, creating a new standard and landscape for this music’s future … with John at the wheel, the future is now!
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, November 2 – OBS DAWG’ON BLUES – with Debrablues
Next week, November 9 – OBS DAWG’ON BLUES – with Blues Bud Brent

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 29 – Funding Drive Program #1: The first of two programs dedicated to raising funds for CKCU-FM's diverse non-commercial radio programming. We'll be playing Contemporary Big Bands from around the world. Co-Hosted by Rob Bitschofsky and Ron Sweetman. Dial & Donate at 613-520-3920!
Next week, November 5 – Funding Drive Program #2: The second of two programs dedicated to raising funds for CKCU's diverse non-commercial radio programming. We'll be playing the music of South African pianist, composer and band-leader Chris McGregor. Co-Hosted by Rob Bitschofsky and Ron Sweetman. Dial & Donate at 613-520-3920!
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 & 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
Sweet and the Back Beat @ D'Arcy McGee's - Orleans, 9 pm
The Jivewires @ the Rainbow, 9:30 pm
Wednesday, November 19
OBS Fall Fundraiser with Al Wood, Marty Sobb & friends @ Irene’s, 8 pm
Saturday, November 22
Sweet and the Back Beat @ The Atomic Rooster, 4-8 pm
Friday, December 5
John Carroll & the Epic Proportions @ the Black Sheep, Wakefield, 8:30 pm
Drew Nelson Band @ Irene’s Pub, 9:30 pm
Friday & Saturday, December 5-6
MonkeyJunk @ the Neat Coffee House, Burnstown ON
Saturday, December 20
Jesse Greene Band @ Irene’s, 9:30 pm