20 January 2015

Ottawa Blues This Week - 20 January 2015

Ottawa’s Wicked Grin topped off an exciting year of touring, radio airplay, festival gigs and local shows with the 2014 Maple Blues Award for Best New Artist or Group. 
The Ottawa Blues Society is so very proud of these hardworking musicians and so very pleased to see them recognized by the national blues community.
Montreal's Steve Hill Tops Tally With Four Wins

Blue Monday, thought to be the most depressing day of the year, was anything but last night (January 19) at Toronto’s Koerner Hall, as internationally renowned Canadian Blues Artists from coast-to-coast were honoured by their peers at the 18th Annual Maple Blues Awards gala.

Montreal’s one-man band, Steve Hill took home all of the awards he was nominated for including Entertainer of the Year, Electric Act of the Year, Recording of the Year for Solo Recordings Vol. 2, and Guitar Player of the Year. Angel Forrest won two awards including Female Vocalist of the Year and Songwriter of the Year. Also representing the thriving Quebec blues scene were Nanette Workman who won the Blues with a Feeling Lifetime Achievement Award and Greg Morency of the Paul DesLauriers Band who won Bassist of the Year. From Montreal, Guy Belanger won Harmonica Player of the Year, sharing it with Vancouver’s Harpdog Brown in the first ever Maple Blues Awards tie.

Vancouver’s Brandon Isaak won the Acoustic Act of the Year award with David Vest taking home the award for Piano/Keyboard Player of the Year. The New Artist or Group of the Year award was presented to Ottawa’s Wicked Grin. Edmonton Folk Festival producer Terry Wickham joined Stony Plain Records president Holger Petersen to present the Blues Booster of the Year Award to Edmonton’s Peter North, who was recognized for his dedication to promoting the blues as a broadcaster, talent buyer and festival Artistic Director.

An additional award was handed out last night as the winners of the first ever Cobalt Prize for Contemporary Blues Composition were announced.  The creator and benefactor of the award, musician Paul Reddick, presented Digging Roots the grand prize for their song “Hwy 17”, with Rob Lutes and Samantha Martin announced as runners up.

Hosted by renowned musician and broadcaster, Toronto’s own Danny Marks, the Maple Blues Awards included outstanding performances from Maple Blues Award nominees past and present, including the evening’s big winners Steve Hill and Angel Forrest, Joel Johnson,  Downchild, Harpdog Brown and Brandon Isaak, all backed by The Maple Blues Band.

Steve Hill
Steve Hill
Brandon Isaak
Matt Andersen
Angel Forrest
Wicked Grin
Steve Hill Solo Recordings Vol. 2 No Label Records; Producer: Steve Hill
BLUES WITH A FEELING AWARD (Lifetime Achievement)
Nanette Workman
Johnny Winter
Steve Hill
Tied: Guy Belanger and Harpdog Brown
David Vest
Jon Wong
Tom Bona
Greg Morency
Angel Forrest
Peter North

(Thanks to Sara French for the press release)
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.
Roddy Ellias, Frank Lozano & John Geggie
GigsSpace Performance Studio, 953 Gladstone Avenue
Saturday January 24 @ 7:30 pm; tickets $20

Frank Lozano – saxophnes
John Geggie – bass
Roddy Ellias – guitar
Three longtime friends play standards, free improvisations and a few original tunes.
Choose The Blues Productions presents
Blues On The Rideau 10th Anniversary
Jack de Keyzer Band
At The Cove Inn, Westport ON
Friday, January 23; $60 Dinner & Show
Advance reservations required - 1-888-COVE-INN or (613) 273-3636
Proceeds to Friends of Foley Mountain

From Toronto - Canada's King of the Blues guitar - 2X Juno Award and 7X Maple Blues Award winner. His 6th visit to The Cove!

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.
Drew Nelson Band
Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street
Saturday, January 24 @ 9:30 pm

Drew and his band are just back from a very successful visit to the ‘Big Smoke’ where they played a showcase at Blues Summit 7 and Drew and Steve Marriner played a brief set at the Montreal & Ottawa Blues Society’s hospitality suite. His latest CD, “The Other Side”, continues to get a lot of attention.
Saturday, January 24
Drew Nelson Band @ the Rainbow, 9:30 pm
Sunday, January 25
River City Junction hosts the Open Blues Jam @ the Rainbow, 4-7 pm
Brothers Chaffey @ the Atomic Rooster, 6-9 pm
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 22 – John Steele
          January 29 – Rod Williams
          February 5 – Jim Cochrane
          February 12 – Jason Fryer & Caroline Addison
          February 19 – Maria Hawkins
          February 26 – Drew Nelson
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 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
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.
Ottawa R&B Festival
Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street
Friday & Saturday, January 30-31; $10

Friday, January 30
  9:00 pm      Zydeco Loco
10:00 pm      The Rod Williams Band
11:00 pm      The Maria Hawkins Band
12:00 pm      The Jesse Greene Band

Saturday, January 31

  9:00 pm      Fine Fat Daddy, featuring Roxanne Potvin & Frank Scanga
10:00 pm      Big Blues Jam hosted by Rocket Rached & The Fat City 8 featuring guests
Drew Nelson, Tony D, and Buddy McCann
The Back Beat
D’Arcy McGee’s, Orleans ON
Saturday, January 31 @ 9 pm

Hello Everyone, Best wishes for a happy and healthy 2015!
We are very excited about the upcoming months as we start a new chapter with our group – now known as "The Back Beat."

The band is in great shape. With Christie Ulicny as our new lead singer, we have a fresh line-up of songs featuring precise vocal harmonies and tight arrangements. Dance music for party people! 
The Jivewires
Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street
Saturday, January 31 @ 9:30 pm; $10

Ottawa's crazy jump blues band The Jivewires invites you to dance the night away as they return to The Rainbow for a run through the new material on their upcoming album "Drive Me Sane" as well as favourites from past recordings. In the manufacturing process now, look for cuts from "Drive Me Sane" 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 social satire, The Jivewires
will get you jumpin' like never before!
Big Sugar Acoustic
Neat Coffee Shop, Burnstown ON
Sunday & Monday, February 1-2 @ 8 pm; tickets $75

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.
The Back Beat
Hurley’s, Kanata ON
Friday, February 6 @ 9 pm

Hello Everyone, Best wishes for a happy and healthy 2015!
We are very excited about the upcoming months as we start a new chapter with our group – now known as "The Back Beat."

The band is in great shape. With Christie Ulicny as our new lead singer, we have a fresh line-up of songs featuring precise vocal harmonies and tight arrangements. Dance music for party people! 
Music By The Bay Live presents
Powder Blues Band
St. Francis Centre Theatre, 78 Church Street South, Ajax, ON
Friday, February 6 @ 8 pm; $65 advance, $75 at the door

For over three decades Powder Blues has been Canada’s leading blues band. The sound is a mix of swing, blues, jazz, rock & roll and r & b with an appeal so wide that people from seven to seventy often swing side by side at a Powder Blues concert. Over the years the band has toured non-stop through Canada, the United States and overseas, spreading a feel-good groove that makes people dance and shout.

Powder Blues debut album, ‘Uncut’, was shrugged off by the big record labels who told the band there was ‘no market for the blues’. Undiscouraged, the band sold it off stage and sent it to radio stations whose switchboards lit up with calls asking ‘who’s that?’ After selling 30,000 copies in a few weeks, the same record labels competed to distribute this ‘non-commercial’ product. To date Powder Blues albums have sold over a million copies worldwide.

Band highlights include winning Canada’s Juno, headlining the world-famous Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, winning the Blues Foundation Award in Memphis, Tennessee and touring the US and Europe with legends like Willie Dixon, John Lee Hooker, B.B. King, James Brown, Albert Collins, James Cotton and Stevie Ray Vaughn.

Leader, Tom Lavin has written many of the band’s best-known songs including ‘Doin’ It Right’ [‘On the Wrong Side of Town’] and ‘Boppin With the Blues’. Born in Chicago where he watched and worked with local bands and blues legends, Tom moved to Vancouver gigging nightly in the downtown nightclub scene. This led to work as a studio musician, song writer, band leader, record producer and film composer.

Tom has won BCMIA awards for ‘Guitarist, Singer, Songwriter and Producer of the Year’, a Juno award for ‘Best New Band’ and the American W.C. Handy award. He has over a dozen gold, and platinum records for Powder Blues, Prism, April Wine, Long John Baldry, Amos Garrett, and many others. His Blue Wave studio has gold records for Powder Blues and numerous other artists.

2014 is the band’s 36th Anniversary. Their more than dozen CD titles and DVD continue to sell world-wide makingTom Lavin & the Legendary Powder Blues one of Canada’s longest-standing musical ambassadors.
Jimi Hendrix Tribute
     with Jeff Hagerman and Tony ‘Wild T’ Springer
Irene`s Pub, 885 Bank Street
Saturday, February 7; $20

Jeff Hagerman presents a tribute to the music of the iconic Jimi Hendrix featuring Tony “WILD T” Springer and special guests, and the Dynamic Duo of Sean Burke on Bass and Geoff Ward on Drums.
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. 
Rick Fines In Concert
Blacksheep Inn, Wakefield QC
Sunday, February 8 @ 4 pm

Rick Fines is a veteran of the folk and blues circuits in North America. He is an engaging storyteller and songwriter. He won MapleBlues Awards for Songwriter of the Year and Acoustic Act of the Year (twice), and has received eight additional nominations. His song “Riley Wants His Life Back” won first place in the blues category of 2003 International Songwriting Competition, with B.B. King one of the judges! His work with Jackson Delta (for 15 years) brought nominations from both the JUNO and the W.C. Handy Awards. He has played for legendary blues piano player Pinetop Perkins, songstress Colleen Peterson, folk icon Penny Lang and many others. He toured from Newfoundland to B.C. to the Arctic last year alone, bringing his understanding of blues, finger-style and bottleneck guitar.
Rick has just released "Driving home" - All original, upbeat and optimistic, this is a more electric, bigger production featuring his best writing to date.
Steve Berndt & Brian Browne
La Grange de la Gatineau, Cantley QC
Friday, February 13 @ 8 pm; Show - $20; Dinner & show - $50

La Grange de la Gatineau invites you to an intimate evening of jazz ballads with
singer Steve Berndt featuring Brian Browne. La Grange de la Gatineau offers a candle-lit, cabaret style setting. Bar service is available through the evening. Reservations are required, and can be booked online: www.grange.ca

Ottawa native singer, trombonist, composer, producer and arranger Steve Berndt is a professional musician. Steve has produced five albums of original music with his band The Jivewires and co-produced two more as a member of Rudeboy. A fixture on the Ottawa jazz scene as a solo act and with The Steve Berndt Quartet, Steve has played concerts and festivals with The Jivewires and Rudeboy across Canada and the UK and throughout the northeastern United States. Steve also produces concerts in the Ottawa area, principally at the National Arts Center Fourth Stage and the Ottawa Jazz Festival.

A Canadian jazz pianist extraordinaire, Brian Browne has a unique natural gift for music that is manifested through a highly individual sense of musical. With a musical career that spans over fifty years, he has gained a reputation as a true Canadian jazz legend. Brian Browne has produced seven recordings that have come to be treasured by those who possess them. "The Letter", issued by Capital Recordings was a recognized hit. It featured the composition "Morning Noon and Night-time Too", for which Browne won the coveted BMI Composition of the Year award in 1974. He moved to New York City, where he spent several years actively in the music scene. With his return to Ottawa, long-time fans of Browne's soulful, swinging piano sound are once again delighted by his local appearances.

La Grange de la Gatineau is an events and cultural centre, infused with the history of a pioneer log barn and the warmth and elegance of a stately home. It is nestled in the tranquil beauty of forests on the banks of the Gatineau River in Cantley, a short 20-minute drive from downtown Ottawa/Gatineau. As a not-for-profit organization, we open our doors for concerts, art exhibits and a host of cultural offerings. As an event centre, La Grange de la Gatineau provides a perfect setting for retreats and meetings, makes a magical mood for weddings, and creates a festive atmosphere for parties.
Bill Durst
Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street
Friday, February 13; $10

Bill Durst is a Canadian Blues-Rock-Roots guitarist, singer, songwriter and entertainer who has written and recorded over 115 songs on 11 albums with 7 national radio chart hits. 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.
Bettye Lavette with the Walkervilles
Neat Coffee House, Burnstown ON
Tuesday, February 17 @ 8 pm; tickets $100
Mardi Gras Party
            with Ball & Chain and Zydeco Loco
Irene`s Pub, 885 Bank Street
Saturday, February 21
Terry Gillespie Presents
2014 Juno Award Winner Lorraine Klaasen
The Granary Beizli, 3270 County Road 10, Vankleek Hill ON
Sunday, February 22; 3-6 pm; $25 - General Admission (Arrive early to ensure a seat)

Lorraine Klaasen, the daughter of legendary South African Jazz singer Thandie Klaasen, is one of the few South African artists who have preserved the classic sound of Township Music, which continues to be the most distinctive sound to come out of South Africa. Born and raised in Soweto, Lorraine has electrified audiences worldwide with her dynamic stage presence and showmanship. Lorraine was influenced by South Africa's musical giants of the 1950's and 1960's, such as Miriam Makeba (who was a close friend of Lorraine and Thandie) as well as Dolly Rathebe, Dorothy Masuka, Sophie Mgcina and Busi Mhlongo who frequented her mother's home.

Lorraine won the 2013 JUNO World Music award and the 2014 Hagood Hardy Award for World Music! Lorraine and Terry will be performing together and playing the music of
Africa and Blues and Roots Music. Dancing Encouraged!
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
Kingstown New Mississippi
Musiikki Café (licensed), 73 Brock Street, Kingston ON
Saturday, January 24, 8-11 pm; Pay what you can

Original Blues & Roots Music - Very, very danceable!
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 25 – OBS DAWG’ON BLUES – with Blues Bud Brent
Next week, February 1 – OBS DAWG’ON BLUES – Music from the IBC with Liz Sykes

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 2015. 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
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, January 30-31
Ottawa R&B Festival @ Irene’s Pub
Saturday, January 31
The Back Beat @ D'Arcy McGee's, Orleans, 9:00 pm
The Jivewires @ the Rainbow, 9:30 pm
Friday, February 6
The Back Beat @ Hurley's, Kanata, 9:00 pm


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