02 February 2015

Ottawa Blues This Week - 2 February 2015

Congratulations to the following, nominated for the 2015 JUNO Award for Blues:
JW-Jones: “Belmont Boulevard”
Steve Hill: “Solo Recordings Vol. 2”
Steve Strongman: “Let Me Prove It To You”
The 24th Street Wailers: “Wicked”
The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer: “A Real Fine Mess”
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.
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.
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.
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. 
The Back Beat
Hurley’s, Kanata ON
Friday, February 6 @ 9 pm

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! 
Friday, February 6
The Back Beat @ Hurley's, Kanata, 9:00 pm
Sunday, February 8
Maria Hawkins hosts the Open Blues Jam @ the Rainbow, 4-7 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: 
            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.
            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)
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    ***NO JAM IN FEBRUARY***
Thirsty Moose Pub & Eatery, Bridge Street, Carleton Place
First Tuesday of every month @ 8:30 pm
A message from the Mississippi Blues Society:
A reminder that there will be NO MBS JAM this month at the Thirsty Moose...due to smaller than normal winter crowds, it has been cancelled for the month of February only by the owner...hopefully we'll be up and running again in March.... We'll miss jamming with you all....but you know what they say..."absence makes the heart grow fonder".

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 21st Edition of Virée Blues Boréale
Featuring JW-Jones and guests Irene Torres & Jon Knight
Le Petit Chicago, 50 Promenade du Portage (Old-Hull), Gatineau QC
Wednesday, February 11 @ 8 pm; $20

Just back from a 20-show US tour, the double Maple Blues Award and Juno Award nominee this year, our good friend JW-Jones, will be with us to launch the 21st edition of Virée Blues Boréale, with, for the occasion, two other Maple Blues Award nominees of this year, Irene Torres (The Sugar Devils) and Jon Knight (Soulstack) in this very special show.  
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.
Cruise Don’t Bruise Valentine’s Day Party
Carleton Tavern, 221 Armstrong Street
Saturday, February 14 @ 9:30 pm

Fund Raiser and Mid-Winter Party Extravaganza
Bettye Lavette with the Walkervilles
Neat Coffee House, Burnstown ON
Tuesday, February 17 @ 8 pm; tickets $100
The Paul DesLauriers Band
Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street
Saturday, February 21 @ 9:30 pm; $15 

The trio is made up of virtuoso guitarist and singer Paul DesLauriers and masterful rhythm section Greg Morency on bass and Sam Harrisson on drums. The self-titled new electric album from these three pillars of the Quebec Blues scene has captured the subtlety and intensity, the unique interplay and excitement they are so well known for.

Released to unanimously excellent reviews on March 18, 2014, the album reached the #1 spot on the iTunes Canada Blues Chart within the first month. Popular on the blues festival scene, The Paul DesLauriers Band has performed for thousands of fans on the stages of Montreal International Jazz Festival, the Tremblant International Jazz Festival, The Dutch Mason Blues Festival and the Calabogie Blues & Ribfest among many others.

Undeniably part of Canada’s musical elite, all three members were nominated for the 2014 Maple Blues Awards; Paul DesLauriers for Guitarist of the Year, Sam Harrisson for Drummer of the Year and Greg Morency won the coveted award for Bassist of the Year. Paul DesLauriers is the Winner of two Maple Blues Awards in 2014, including Guitarist of the Year. Sam Harrisson is a three-time Maple Blues Award Drummer of the Year nominee. Along with Greg Morency, collectively, they have won 13 Quebec Lys Blues Awards.
Adam Karch
House Concert
1421 D’Arcy Street, Greely ON
Saturday, February 21; doors @ 7 pm, show @ 8 pm; $20 in advance

This Montreal singer/songwriter/acoustic finger-picker kicked off Studio DAWG’s fall shows last September, a great show. On his latest CD, “Blueprints”, you’ll find blues, roots and unexpected acoustic versions of pop and disco tunes, like ‘Stayin’ Alive’.
Mardi Gras Party
            with Ball & Chain and Zydeco Loco
Irene`s Pub, 885 Bank Street
Saturday, February 21
Paul Reddick In Concert
Blacksheep Inn, Wakefield QC
Saturday, February 21 @ 8:30 pm

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-provoking and rarely sentimental – and the passionate way he delivers them that best illustrate what the influential British magazine Mojo described as his “wayward brilliance”.
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!
The Nina Project
National Arts Centre 4th Stage, 53 Elgin Street
Monday, February 23; $45

The Nina Project highlights three award-winning, internationally acclaimed African-Canadian vocalists – Jackie Richardson, Kellylee Evans and Shakura S’Aida – performing the music & lyrics of Nina Simone. Few jazz vocalists have remained as relevant across generations as Nina Simone. Her music is still played in its original form, in dance/house tracks and everything in between. 
What happens when three top-ranked vocalists, whose combined musical experience equals ninety-five years on one stage, share their interpretation of Nina Simone?
Answer: The Nina Project.
Simone’s influence shows through their diverse performances. Evans recently won a Juno for her Nina tribute album, S’Aida performed a Simone tribute to a sold out audience, while Richardson’s repertoire has included her favourite Nina songs for years. 
Through three generations of Canadian Black entertainers, The Nina Project shows how timeless, classic and sophisticated Simone was, and how strongly her music prevails.
Wilno Tavern, Wilno ON
Saturday, February 28; $25 advance, $30 at the door

Dance, Party, Celebrate, Break the Winter Blues with this Party Band of expert musicians! They normally play venues much bigger than the Wilno, but EVERYONE LOVE WILNO! So because of you, the great crowds, they are coming back again!

In their relatively short 6 year existence, Ottawa, Canada-based MonkeyJunk has cultivated a unique blend of SWAMP ROOTS ROCK. Their extensive touring has helped to develop a notable fan base across Canada, the US and Europe. Tony D plays guitar; Steve Marriner sings, plays baritone guitar and harmonica; Matt Sobb plays drums.

They have been rewarded for their hard work with many awards including:
2014 Canadian Independent Music Award – Blues Artist/Group of the Year
2014 Juno Award nominee – Blues Album of the Year
2012 Juno Award winner – Blues Album of the Year
2008-2013 – 20 Maple Blues Awards
2010 Canadian Independent Music Award – Blues Artist/Group of the Year
2010 Blues Music Award (USA) – Best New Artist Debut

“The Sultans of Swamp R&B” – William Shatner

“MonkeyJunk are keeping the spirits of Muddy Waters and the other roots giants alive with their own unique brand of music. Check it out – you won’t be disappointed.” – David Wilcox

“Loved your CD, some really cool tunes – It is one I find myself listening to over and over again” – Ritchie Hayward, Little Feat

“Blues, raw and different.” – Star Trek captain/Canadian actor/musician Bruce Greenwood
The Last Waltz – a Musical Celebration of The Band LIVE
Shenkman Arts Centre, 245 Centrum Boulevard, Orleans
Wednesday, March 4 @ 8 pm

Maple Blues Award-winning producer and keyboardist Lance Anderson is bringing his critically-acclaimed show, 'The Last Waltz – a Musical Celebration of The Band Live LIVE’ to his hometown of Ottawa. This night is a celebration of the music of Canadian Hall of Famers, the Band.
In 1976, the Band performed their last concert with their friends Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Ronnie Hawkins, Van Morrison and others. Martin Scorsese’s award-winning film of the concert is considered the best concert film of the era.

Blues fans, although most of the show is 'blues based' at least 30% IS BLUES! The Hawks were a rockabilly band when they were with Ronnie Hawkins, but when they set out on their own as “Levon and the Hawks” they were strictly an R&B and Blues band. Ray Charles, Bobby Bland, Sam Cooke, Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy … were just some of the blue artists they covered at that time. They were good friends with Paul Butterfield and Muddy Waters and played on their recordings. 

Featured artists are blues all stars and multiple MBA and JUNO Award winners. Including The Weber Brothers, Jimmy Bowskill, Johnny Max and Ottawa's own Steve Mariner (Monkey Junk) with Jerome Levon Avis (Levon Helm's godson) on vocals and drums. 9 piece band, w 4 horns and TUBA, fiddle, mandolin, accordion.
It's the music of THE BAND played from the heart, by musicians who love it.
The Last Waltz – a Musical Celebration of The Band LIVE
Regent Theatre, Picton ON
Friday, March 6
JazzN.ca Gala Fundraiser
with The Steve Berndt Band
plus Tim Bedner & Elise Letourneau
& local high school student performers

Mississippi Golf Club, 341 Wilson Street (Appleton), RR#3 Almonte ON 

Saturday, March 7 @ 6:30 pm; $80

The Gala Fundraiser will raise money for the JazzN.ca Bursary to provide financial assistance to local high school students who wish to attend Carleton University’s 2015 Jazz Camp (CU Jazz Camp). The CU Jazz Camp currently costs just over $700 for tuition and in-residence accommodation. JazzN.ca’s goal is to raise enough money to provide financial assistance for three local students to attend the CU Jazz Camp.

All in all, then, the March 7th Gala Fundraiser, Dinner and Dance is not only expected to start a Spring tradition in re-enacting a community commitment to youth, but also to shake the winter doldrums with a fun-filled evening of dining and dancing! Information about the JazzN.ca Bursary Gala Fundraiser, as well as information about the JazzN.ca Bursary Program, is available on the website at www.jazzN.ca.
Ross Neilsen
The Branch Restaurant, Kemptville ON
Saturday, March 7 @ 9 pm; $10
JUNO Nomination Celebration
Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street
Sunday, March 8 @ 3 pm; $15

JW-Jones will perform 2 sets starting at 3 pm with Jamie Holmes (drums) and Laura Greenberg (bass).

So honoured to be nominated... Belmont Boulevard is up for Blues Album of the Year! 

"The road that led JW-Jones to Nashville to record with Grammy-winning producer Tom Hambridge (Buddy Guy, George Thorogood, Susan Tedeschi) for the legendary Blind Pig Records was challenging, and the result is Belmont Boulevard — his most intimate and explosive album yet. Each song plays like a round in a heavyweight title fight and Jones emerges a winner, playing with fire hotter than those that burned him. These songs contain powerful, personal stories (“Cocaine Boy,” “Thank You”) that capture the edge and energy of his live shows, filled with snarling, screaming guitars (“Magic West Side Boogie”) and grit and groove (“What’s Inside Of You”). Belmont Boulevard is the story of a battle-tested artist not only absorbing the punches but fighting back, towering above his troubles, ready to hit the road to take on whatever comes next." —Josh Hathaway, BlindedBySound.com

The Last Waltz – a Musical Celebration of The Band LIVE
Violet’s Venue, Barrie ON
Friday, March 13
Music By The Bay Live presents
The Last Waltz - The Music of The Band
St. Francis Centre Theatre, 78 Church Street South, Ajax, ON
Saturday, March 14 @ 8 pm; $55 advance, $65 at the door

This is an all-star line-up, featuring Chuck Jackson (lead singer of the Downchild Blues Band), Maple Blues Lifetime Achievement award winner Paul James, Jerome Levon Avis (Levon Helm’s godson) the multi-talented Jimmy Bowskill and other special guest singers. The performance will recreate the atmosphere of The Band’s final concert, which was captured in Martin Scorcese's award-winning concert film, The Last Waltz.  In this homage to The Last Waltz, Anderson’s special guests will perform the songs played and sung by these artists at the memorable 1976 concert.

Backed by a 9-piece band that includes Jerome Levon Avis on drums and vocals, Terry Blersh on guitar, Dennis Pinhorn (The Hawks) on bass, Rob Gusevs (Blood, Sweat and Tears) on organ and Anderson (Shakura S'Aida) on piano and vocals, this is a group of seasoned veterans who love the music. Anderson’s band also features a stellar four-piece horn section including David Dunlop (Boss Brass) on trumpet, Gord Meyers (Blood, Sweat and Tears) on trombone and tuba, Chris Murphy (Maple Blues Band) on Tenor sax, and Simon Wallis (Lighthouse) on Baritone sax.
The Split
NAC 4th Stage, 53 Elgin Street
Wednesday, March 25 @ 7:30 pm; $20

Wednesday March 25th the Split brings their brand of soul music to the N.A.C.'s Fourth Stage.

Named “People to Watch in 2015,” by the Ottawa Citizen and a featured act on the CBC, The Split is a neo-soul band that grew out of Canada’s national capital duo the Brothers Chaffey. Their first EP released in 2014 will get you shaking at a higher velocity. Their show makes people actually want to dance. No — not dance. The Split makes you want to Doo Wop.

With a full album slated for release and a tour across the United States and Europe, 2015 promises to be a big year for this band. Members Matthew and Curtis Chaffey, Dan and Michael Grewal, Matt Aston and Terry Owen, burn it up on stage the way Bobby Womack did it. With soul dressed up to groove to a younger beat. Watch out for them this year. 

Tickets are available at the NAC box office, both Compact music locations, the Record Centre and the Ottawa Folklore Centre.
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


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
Shawn Dore Band
The Standeasy @ the RCHA Club, 193 Ontario Street, Kingston ON
Saturday, February 7 @ 8:30 pm; $5 @ the door

Loyal Blues Fellowship Road To Memphis Winners
Jerome Godboo
The Standeasy @ the RCHA Club, 193 Ontario Street, Kingston ON
Friday, February 13 @ 8:30 pm; $15 Advance
613 384-8168 or by email – bruce@kingstonbluessociety.ca to reserve tickets

International Blues Challenge 2014 Harp Player of the Year
Kingstown NEW Mississippi
Royal Tap Room, Kingston ON
Saturday, February 14, 2-5 pm

YOU CAN’T DRINK ROSES! and chocolates are just a sugar fix
BEER! The sentimental choice of true lovers.

This VALENTINE’S DAY (Saturday, February 14th) take your sweetheart to the Royal Tap Room  between 2:00-5:00pm, have a beer(s) and enjoy the original blues and roots music of Kingstown NEW Mississippi.

Maybe you will even dance! 

Show that special someone, you still have the magic.
Al Wood And The Woodsmen
The Standeasy @ the RCHA Club, 193 Ontario Street, Kingston ON
Saturday March 7 @ 8:30 pm; $10 Advance
613 384-8168 or by email – bruce@kingstonbluessociety.ca to reserve tickets
Jack de Keyzer
The Standeasy @ the RCHA Club, 193 Ontario Street, Kingston ON
Friday, March 20 @ 8:30 pm; $20 Advance
613 384-8168 or by email – bruce@kingstonbluessociety.ca to reserve tickets

Juno Award Winner
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, February 8 – OBS DAWG’ON BLUES – New Blues – Blues Summit 7 & more with Liz Sykes
Next week, February 15 – OBS DAWG’ON BLUES – with Steve Lund

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. 
Tuesdays: Al Tambay @ Bassline Pub & Eatery, 7-11 pm
Wednesdays: Dr Dave Revue @ the Rainbow, 5-8 pm
Wednesdays: John Carroll @ The Laff, 10 pm
Thursdays: Irene’s Blues All Stars @ Irene’s, 9 pm to closing
Thursdays: Thursdays with Jeff Rogers @ RARE Restaurant & Bar, Kanata
Sunday afternoons: Blues jam @ the Rainbow, 3-7 pm
Saturday, February 14
Cruise Don’t Bruise Fundraiser @ the Carleton Tavern, 9:30 pm
Sunday, February 15
The Feel hosts the Open Blues Jam @ the Rainbow, 4-7 pm
Friday, February 20
Tony D’s Tribute to Hendrix @ the Rainbow, 9:30 pm
Saturday, February 21
Mardi Gras Party with Ball & Chain and Zydeco Loco @ Irene’s
Sunday, February 22
River City Junction hosts the Open Blues Jam @ the Rainbow, 4-7 pm
Sunday, March 8
JW-Jones JUNO Nom Celebration @ Irene’s, 3 pm


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