06 April 2015

Ottawa Blues This Week - 6 April 2015

Danny Brooks
Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street
Wednesday, April 8; $10

Atomic Rooster, 303 Bank Street
Saturday, April 11; 4-8 pm

Danny Brook’s latest CD, “This World Is Not Your Friend” is his first stripped down recording with his duo partner Lil Miss Debi, who happens to be his wife. The result is a ‘down home’, ‘Front porch’ style recording that bring all the conflict/resolution of Brook’s storied past merging styles and genres together with a soulful blue thread unlike any previous recordings.
Adam Karch 
Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street
Thursday, April 9, 8-10 pm

His latest release, “Bluesprints” from last May sounds much closer to his roots as he explores older repertoires in a modern style. In “Bluesprints”, Adam Karch brilliantly takes apart some of the major works from his musical world, without pretension and moving aside from modern overproduction … simply, classics without artifice, brought back to their most important basics, from Lou Reed to Leadbelly without leaving aside Springsteen and even the Bee Gees!
(Info from Virée Blues)
Clyde River Productions presents
Jenie Thai
House Concert, Aylmer QC
Friday, April 10; doors @ 7:30 pm, show @ 8 pm; advance $20
            Contact dave@clyderiverproductions.com

Back by popular demand, Edmonton singer/songwriter/ piano player Jenie Thai.
Limited tickets available - reserve now
Chamber Theatre Hintonburg presents
An Ottawa Premiere
A Comedy of Ancient and Modern Life
by Eugene O'Neill
Performances at the Carleton Tavern, 223 Armstrong Street; tickets $25
Wednesday, April 8 at 7:30 pm
Thursday, April 9 at 7:30 pm
Friday, April 10 at 6:30 pm
Saturday, April 11 at 5:00 pm
Friday, April 17 at 6:30 pm
Saturday, April 18 at 5:00 pm

PLEASE NOTE: Food and drink service available before showtime, during intermission, and post-show. Underage youth are allowed in the Carleton Tavern to see the play.

DIRECTED by Lisa Zanyk
Yank - Donnie Laflamme
Paddy - Louis Lemire
Long - Matt Smith
Mildred Douglas - Laura Hall
Her Aunt/Ensemble - Ellen Manchee
Second Engineer/Ensemble - Brent Rouleau
Secretary of an Organization/Ensemble - Kevin Reid
Ensemble - Jed Rached
Ensemble - Rebecca Laviolette
Ensemble - Madeleine Hall
Ensemble - Darren Jerome

New York City. 1922. Yank has spent his life shovelling coal on an ocean liner. Brutish, powerful and commanding, he knows where he belongs: in the stokehold. But when the daughter of a wealthy industrialist decides to slum it and see life below deck, Yank’s universe changes forever. Unable to forget the way she looked at him, Yank hits the booming streets of New York to seek revenge. With unflinching theatrical force and explosive lyricism, Eugene O’Neill explores the tragedy of a forgotten voice and the perennial human need to belong.

Stage Manager - Alain Chauvin
Musical Score - Matt Smith
Sound and Light Design - Glen Mcintosh
Costume Design - Donna Bourgeault
Properties - Kristen Saar
Box Office - Carole Johnson

Info. at http://www.chambertheatrehintonburg.ca/
Chamber Theatre Hintonburg is Hintonburg's local theatre company, dedicated to producing challenging plays in unconventional spaces in Ottawa. Our unique brand of up-close-and-personal experiential theatre has been drawing excited crowds.
Virée Blues Boréale presents
Whisky Legs        
Le Petit Chicago, 50 promenade du Portage, Gatineau (Old Hull) QC
Wednesday, April 8 @ 8 pm; Tickets $20;
Ottawa Blues Society with membership card - $15
Dinner & show package available at Galo Piri Piri Restaurant www.galopiripiri.com

The warm and powerful voice of their lead singer, their heavy pounding Blues with Soul-tinged groove sure makes them THE Blues Discovery of this year! And that’s exactly what they are, being nominated as "Revelation Band of the Year" and "Female Blues Artist of the Year" at 2015 Lys Blues Awards. 

Based in the heart of Quebec City’s famous St-Roch neighbourhood, Whisky Legs is immersed in a passionate surrounding, cast in an alloy of power and sensitivity. With a definite ‘60s aura adorned with a modern touch, the band amalgamates the groove and deepness of the Soul with the thrill and ease of Blues Rock. Their music displays a spirit of rebellion while steeped in a touch of mystery. Born in la Belle Province, their inspiration stems from here and elsewhere as well. 

Less than two years after their 2013 debut, Whisky Legs is on a roll. They’ve already played more than 100 shows (such as Tremblant Blues Festival and the now closed Cabaret du Capitole). They also earned the "tournée coup de coeur" award by the ROSEQ and now, two nominations to the 2015 Lys Blues 2015, gala to take place in May. Their first EP, “Have A Shot”, which sold more than 1000 copies in just a few months, leads to expectations for a great new album now in the making and expected out later this year. At the helm of the band, Maude Brochu (Lead Vocalist) forms the heart of the project in synchronicity with triple threat Pascal Denis (drums, guitar and vocals) with whom she's been collaborating for six years. The band is rounded out by old friend and guitarslinger extraordinaire Guillaume Methot (guitars and vocals) and now with the hot new comer Louis Fernandez joining (bass, guitar and vocals).
Music By The Bay Live presents
Popa Chubby
St. Francis Centre Theatre, 78 Church Street South, Ajax, ON
Friday, April 10 @ 8 pm; $50 advance, $55 at the door

Larger than life blues figure Popa Chubby has a lot of reasons to feel lucky this year. 2014 marks the 25th anniversary of his emergence as a powerful force in the venerable New York blues scene with his very own band, and his own unique brand of hard hitting, face melting, blues rock n’ funky soul.
Thursday, April 9
JW-Jones & Rod Williams @ D’Arcy McGee’s, Sparks Street, 9 pm
Saturday, April 11
JW-Jones & Rod Williams @ D’Arcy McGee’s, Sparks Street, 9 pm
PappasOff @ the Rainbow, 9:30 pm
Sunday, April 12
Ball & Chain Duo @ the Elmdale Oyster House & Tavern, 3:30 pm
Maria Hawkins hosts the Open Jam @ the Rainbow, 4-7 pm
Dan Deslauriers @ the Atomic Rooster, 6-9 pm
(almost) EVERY WEEK
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: 
          April 9 – Jeff Graham
          April 16 – Scott Amey
          April 23 – Mathieu Gagnon
          April 30 – Rob Alexander
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.
Jeff Rogers
RARE Restaurant & Bar, 570 Kanata Avenue
Saturdays, 6:30-10:30 pm
Come by every other 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)
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
Cécile Doo-Kingué and Yves Desrosiers
National Arts Centre 4th Stage, 53 Elgin Street
Wednesday, April 15 @ 7:30 pm; $20

An unprecedented encounter between blues artist Cécile Doo-Kingué and talented musical poet Yves Desrosiers who perform songs from their repertoire in a casual environment – as if sitting around a kitchen table. Together they draw the audience into the intimate world of songwriting and invite them to embark on a unique journey to the heart of musical creation.
Murray Porter
Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street
Thursday, April 16, 8-10 pm; $7

He's a "red man, singing the black man's blues, living in a white man's world!" (from his song 'Colours'). MURRAY PORTER is Mohawk from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory in southern Ontario. Through his blues he tells the Aboriginal side of history with a mixture of country, blues and humour. Murray is a self-taught, singer, songwriter and piano player, who's spent the last 30 years playing the blues throughout the world, spreading his unique style of foot-stomping, hand clapping, rockin' blues piano! Now living in North Vancouver, British Columbia, his latest CD "Songs Lived & Life Played" was released to rave reviews on September 26, 2011. On March 31, 2012, Murray won a 2012 JUNO Award for Aboriginal Album of the Year, for his latest release.
Jimmy Bowskill Solo Tour
The Granite, Bancroft ON
Thursday, April 16 @ 7 pm

Janna’s Gallery Café, Pembroke ON
Friday, April 17 @ 7 pm

Wilno Tavern, Wilno ON
Sunday, April 19; kids’ guitar workshop @ 2 pm and concert for all to follow

Multi Instrumentalist, Maple Blues Award Winner and Juno Nominee Jimmy Bowskill is incredible, playing any instrument at a professional level be it stringed, acoustic or electric, horns, drums, keys and he could make a career based on his "perfect pitch" vocals alone. These solo shows will feature Jim playing a variety of instruments backed by his powerful, soulful vocals. Check out these quotes from some of the biggest names in the biz. Jim has also added pedal steel and stand up bass to his list of instruments.
Limited number of tickets available – get them at the venues.
Kingstown NEW Mississippi
With special guest Des Ébauches
Avant Garde Bar, 135½ Besserer Street
Friday, April 17, 8:45 pm – midnight; Pay what you can

A report on Kingstown NEW Mississippi’s Good Friday show in Kingston:
EMERGENCY CREW called into a very popular bar in Kingston in the wee hours of Good Friday to replace the dance floor.
According to a spokesperson for the establishment, it was definitely NOT an act of vandalism. They said "absolutely! the crime was a result of enthusiastic dancing that just wore the floor into oblivion. The band Kingstown NEW Mississippi played such danceable music, the patrons (including myself) couldn't help ourselves, it was so much fun!!!!"
Asked if the bar would invite Kingstown NEW Mississippi back again after what happened? their response was: "are you kidding, yes, yes, yes, in a heartbeat."

A Blues Weekend party featuring tributes to Blues royalty performed by the best of Ontario and Quebec talent:
A Tribute To Muddy & The Wolf
A Tribute To Etta James
A Tribute To The Three Kings
Hugh’s Room, 2261 Dundas Street West, Toronto
Friday April 17, 2015 (Muddy & The Wolf) Admission: $42
Saturday April 18, 2015 (Etta James) Admission: $42
Sunday April 19, 2015 (The Three Kings) Admission: $37
Weekend Package: $110     (HST Included)
Doors @ 6:00 pm; Show @ 7:00 pm

Hosted by Danny Marks, audiences will be treated to 3 distinct themed evenings over the course of a weekend – A Tribute To Muddy & The Wolf, A Tribute To Etta James, and A Tribute To The Three Kings.

A Tribute To Muddy & The Wolf
Backed by an All-Star band Maple Blues Award winners and nominees Paul Reddick, Jerome Goodboo, and Dylan Wickens pay homage to the legendary Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf by putting their own personal stamp on enduring Chicago Blues selections. Laying the foundation for the salute will be Reddick, Godboo, and Wickens each performing their own individual set, along with Danny Marks.

A Tribute To Etta James
Backed by the Chris Whiteley / Diana Braithwaite Band, a team of multi award winners and nominees: Dawn Tyler Watson, Diana Braithwaite, Cheryl Lescom, and Erin McCallum join forces to sing the praises (literally) of the ultimate Blues Mama, Etta James. This not to be missed homage will be kicked off by the ladies in question performing their own respective sets. Of note, Dawn Tyler Watson will be backed by The Gary Kendall Band.

A Tribute To The Three Kings
Jack de Keyzer’s outstanding band will perform back–up duties for this exceptional acknowledgment of the works of B.B., Albert, and Freddie King. Putting their own spin on the Kings’ various offerings will be Jack de Keyzer, Paul Deslauriers, Jon Knight and Danny Marks. Setting the stage for this phenomenal tribute The Paul Deslauriers Band will get things started followed by Jack de Keyzer.

Similar tributes have taken place at one time or another. What sets this presentation apart is that it provides the opportunity to experience selections that have shaped the Blues performed by top musicians on the scene on one weekend under one roof.

Three specific tributes, great songs, dazzling performances delivered by outstanding musicians. ‘Nuff said.

Rico Ferrara
Blues For A Big Town
"Blues to soothe your Soul"
The Paul James Band
Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street
Saturday, April 18

One of the most exciting and energetic Toronto-based Canadian musicians ... past, present and future, Paul James is a Canadian cultural icon. A veteran entertainer, this player has seen all that this crazy music business has to offer. His talents as a guitarist, vocalist, band leader, stage acrobatic, and songwriter have allowed James to produce the music he loves for over three decades.

In 2012, Paul James received 'The Maple Blues (Lifetime Achievement Award for Blues Music in Canada), and at the 'Firehall Reunion' in London, Paul received the first, ' Jimmy Lewis Memorial, Lifetime in the Blues Award.

Paul James is a Juno winner (Canadian music industry award) in the Best Roots and Traditional Music category... not surprizing! And Paul has received two Toronto Music awards for Best Club Band and Best Blues Artist.

A rare Ottawa appearance … this is a ‘don’t miss’ show!
Ottawa Grassroots Festival
Royal Canadian Legion, Montgomery Branch, 330 Kent Street
Thursday to Sunday, April 23-26

The Ottawa Grassroots Festival is a family-friendly gathering of folk music, dance and spoken word. Grassroots is a unique experience, accessible and indoors with FREE daytime activities designed to appeal to all ages, featuring workshops, sing-along, special kids’ activities, an instrument petting zoo, jam sessions, a Festival Choir, folk dancing, instrument building and much more.
Evening performances will be ticketed. Follow the latest line-up and performer news on the OGF website, Facebook and Twitter.
It’s called Grassroots because it is! This not-for-profit organization is run entirely by volunteers. 

Lucas Haneman Express
            with the Chocolate Hot Pockets
Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street
Friday, April 24

Lucas Haneman is an expressive and soulful guitarist with a sound that reaches beyond genres. A deeply passionate performer and improviser who has been playing since the age of 6, and a strong unique musical force wherever he is present, Haneman always places the listener’s enjoyment as his top priority.
Check out his YOUTUBE video promoting his Indiegogo campaign for his new CD:
Up Close & Personal
with Jimmy Bowskill & Carlos del Junco
Cobourg Legion, Branch 133, 136 Orr Street, Cobourg ON
Friday, April 24 @ 8 pm; $26
            Tickets available from Bryan Marjoram by email

A fundraising concert for a Local Soup Kitchen, featuring Juno-nominated Jimmy Bowskill, playing 2 sets with 8-time Canadian Maple blues award-winning harmonica player, Carlos del Junco. It promises to be an exceptional night of first-class entertainment.
Wicked Grin
Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street
Saturday, April 25

‘No rest for the wicked’ as they say! Certainly no rest for Wicked Grin … they are not content to rest on their recent Best New Artist Maple Blues Award laurels. Leaving home in mid-February, they hit the road to tour Northern Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia and back through Northern Ontario again. They’ll probably be glad to be home, and Ottawa blues fans will be glad to see them again at their first local gig, at Irene’s Pub.
Buddy Guy
Centrepointe Theatre, 101 Centrepointe Drive
Monday & Tuesday, April 27-28@ 8 pm; tickets $86.75
One dollar has been included in the ticket fees at the request of the promoter. For every ticket sold, $1.00 will be donated to the Ottawa Citizen Literacy Foundation by Centrepointe Theatres on behalf of the promoter.

Buddy Guy is a genuine American treasure and one of the final surviving connections to an historic era in the country’s musical evolution. And still, as one glorious track on “Rhythm & Blues” puts it, he claims that “All That Makes Me Happy is the Blues”. Buddy recently received a Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award.
Martin Hury  **EARLY SHOW**
Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street
Thursday, April 30, 8-10 pm

Born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Martin first picked up the guitar at 15 and gravitated immediately to blues. As the years passed, he began incorporating jazz and rockabilly into his playing, creating his own unique style. 
Martin was an important sideman in several blues bands up until 2006, when he decided to step out and lead his own project. With a solid command of the guitar and the stage, Martin quickly established himself as a strong leader.
Influenced by such greats as Freddie King, Albert King, Brian Setzer, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimmie Vaughan and Duke Robillard – to name a few.
The Jivewires
Centrepointe Theatre Studio, 101 Centrepointe Drive
Friday, May 1 @ 8:00 pm; tickets $25.70

Ottawa's jump blues masters The Jivewires invite you to the CD release of "Drive Me Sane", their 5th album of original music. Billed as "The missing link between swing & rock 'n roll", this seven piece horn-fueled band has placed two of the songs from this new release in a locally-produced movie that has been picked up by Castlerock in LA. We appear in the movie and have produced two videos to correspond with the CD release.

The Jives put on a high energy show of original songs inspired by the great R&B 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 you've never jumped before!  

Come drive yourself sane on May 1st at Centrepointe with The Jivewires!
Molly Johnson sings Billie Holiday
National Arts Centre Theatre, 53 Elgin Street
Friday, May 1 @ 7:30 pm; tickets starting @ $29

Ask her about the frequent comparisons to Billie Holiday, and Molly Johnson will tell you: she’s not like Billie Holiday, she is because of Billie Holiday and the hard-won battles of an earlier generation of women and men. Molly’s most recent album, “Because of Billie”, is her tribute to Holiday’s heartbreaking childhood, and a portion of the CD’s revenues have gone to benefit Boys and Girls Clubs across Canada.

An award-winning and internationally acclaimed singer, and tireless philanthropist, Molly debuted at the tender age of four in Ed Mirvish’s Porgy and Bess and has continued to make her mark in theatre, rock, funk, disco, jazz, broadcasting, and charity work. Joined by Robi Botos (piano) and Terry Clarke (drums), Molly’s smoky voice brings her own brand of sweetness and desire to Holiday’s songs, while never failing to invoke pure Holiday like no one else.
Scott Shea, Mike Edel, Thom Swift
Blacksheep Inn, Wakefield QC
Sunday, May 3 @ 4:30 pm

Scott Shea is a honed singer songwriter living on Canada’s west coast, the son of legendary guitarist Red Shea—known for his distinctive pick work and memorable leads for Gordon Lightfoot. Shea's debut solo album, “Let it Storm” (2014), distils the richness of his own particular musical background. The songs were recorded in Austin, Texas, and produced by Gordie Johnson (Big Sugar) featuring Willie's sister Bobbie Nelson on keyboard.
Women’s Blues Revue
National Arts Centre Theatre, 53 Elgin Street
Friday, May 8 @ 7:30 pm; tickets starting @ $29

Six outstanding blues singers, backed by an all-star female band made up of the province’s hottest musicians, come together on stage for the hugely popular Women’s Blues Revue.

With her five-octave range, Divine Brown is clearly one of Canada’s top R&B artists, and Ottawa favourite Kellylee Evans moves effortlessly through jazz, soul, pop, and hip-hop. JUNO Award-winner Rita Chiarelli is known across Canada as “Goddess of the Blues.” Rising star Samantha Martin conjures up the power of Mavis Staples, while Roxanne Potvin is equally at home singing gritty blues or elegant pop. And Diana Braithwaite channels Nina Simone and Esther Phillips to create the classic blues experience.

The Toronto Blues Society brings this special edition of its annual blockbuster to Ottawa as part of its 30th anniversary celebration.
SAY AHH! Fundraiser for
the Ottawa Hospital Ear, Nose, Throat Cancer Clinic
Greenfield's Pub, 900 Greenbank Road, Barrhaven
Saturday, May 9 @ 7 pm; $ 20.00 (cash only)

Featuring the music of:
Terry Gillespie and The Granary Blues Band with Brian Monty on guitar, Stephen Barry on bass, Jody Golick on sax, Martin Boodman on harmonica, Ted Gerow on keys and Gordon Adamson on drums
The Phoenix Big Band (Ottawa) http://www.thephoenixbigband.com
Seven seasoned musicians hailing from Barbados, England, Silesia, and across Canada with an abiding love for traditional blues and R&B, leavened with touches of jazz and reggae have been professional part-time players from their youths.
MTL (Montreal) - Blending Rock, Pop and R&B styles with tight harmonies, MTL brings out the best with their interpretation of classics from the 70's 80's and 90's. MTL’s 8 member ensemble has been performing together for over 7 years, and they are dedicated to giving back to the community through music, playing at benefits, charity fundraisers and other special events.

Brian Monty, a guitar maker as well as a musician (guitar player as well as singer), was diagnosed in 2010 with Stage IV Laryngeal cancer caused by the HPV virus. On April 6, 2011 he underwent a total laryngectomy and neck dissection, leaving him without vocal cords and a total neck breather, followed by 6 weeks of radiation. Thanks to the excellent care he received from Dr. Andre Lamothe, Dr. Berndt Esche and the wonderful team of nurses, speech pathologists, physiotherapists etc. etc. at the Ottawa General Hospital he is now back making his guitars (www.montyguitars.com) and playing music.

He decided that it was time to give back to the Ear, Nose, and Throat Cancer Clinic of Dr. Lamothe by using his music connections and do a fundraiser for them. The first Say Ahh fundraiser was held April 6, 2014 and $ 5,000.00 was raised which was 100% donated to the Ear, Nose, Throat Cancer Clinic of the Ottawa Hospital.

Brian decided to make this an annual event; May 9, 2015 will be another evening of celebration of life through singing and music. We hope again to be able to make a difference for the Ear, Nose, and Throat Cancer Clinic.

Special Custom Made Guitar Event
International renowned luthier Brian Monty has designed a very special and unique guitar to raffle-off as another way to raise funds for this event. It is a semi-hollow electric guitar with unique colouring utilizing the symbolic colours of the ‘Head and Neck Cancer’ logo with the cancer ribbon decorating the headstock. Tickets for the raffle will cost $10 and will be available at the event. The raffle will take place at 10 pm and you have to be present to win.
Information: Erica Monty; montyguitars@gmail.com 613-861-0199
If you cannot attend and wish to make a donation - click here: http://shar.es/1gaOji
Guitar Heroes
With Kevin Breit, Madagascar Slim, Tony D, Don Rooke and Emily Burgess
National Arts Centre 4th Stage, 53 Elgin Street
Saturday, May 9 @ 7:30 pm; $25

For one night only, five of Canada’s most accomplished and exciting guitarists share the stage for an unforgettable evening of blues, jazz, fusion, and everything in between.

Kevin Breit has recorded with a long list of superstars, including Norah Jones, Rosanne Cash, k.d. lang, and Hugh Laurie, and won a 2012 JUNO for best instrumental recording for his work with Stretch Orchestra. Madagascar Slim perfects the fusion of African Malagasy music with electric Chicago blues as he pursues contemporary interpretations of time-honoured sounds. Local blues legend (and guitarist for multiple Maple Blues Award-winning MonkeyJunk) Tony D is the master of blistering riffs and scorching licks. Acoustic and electric lap steel guitarist Don Rooke is easily among the best in the world, and has led the band The Henrys for over 20 years. And Emily Burgess has shared the stage with greats like Jimmie Vaughan. She formerly played with Toronto’s 24th Street Wailers.
Ken Whiteley Gospel Show with the Levy Sisters, Sharon Riley, Mike Stevens, Samantha Martin
National Arts Centre 4th Stage, 53 Elgin Street
Sunday, May 10 @ 2 pm; $20

Ken Whiteley is a Canadian roots music legend. With over 140 credits as producer, Ken’s myriad recording projects have sold over 8 million copies worldwide. For this glorious Ontario Scene show, Ken Whiteley And The Beulah Band gather a group of the province’s top singers and instrumentalists for a joyful evening of uplifting gospel music that will get you on your feet.
The Levy Sisters are Toronto favourites who have appeared with the likes of Pete Seeger and Celine Dion. Gospel luminary Sharon Riley will have you out of your seat and clapping your hands before you can shout Hallelujah!
Equal parts Mavis Staples and Sharon Jones, Samantha Martin delivers goosebump-inducing vocals infused with soul and blues. And Sarnia native Mike Stevens has been burning down the house ever since he picked up a harmonica as a young boy.
Jerome Godboo
Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street
Friday, May 22 @ 9:30 pm; $10

An accomplished and exceptional bluesman, Jerome Godboo’s bending harp skills have been sought by everyone from Ronnie Hawkins to the late Jeff Healey and he continues to mesmerize all who witness him onstage including the judges at the 2014 International Blues Challenge held in Memphis, where Jerome took home the Lee Oskar Best Harmonica Player award.
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


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
Virée Blues Boréale
Le Petit Chicago, 50 promenade du Portage, Gatineau (Old Hull) QC
Tickets $20; Ottawa Blues Society with membership card - $15
April 8 – Whisky Legs
April 29 – Martin Hury Blues Combo
May 13 – Stephen Barry Band
May 27 – The Soul Clappers
June 10 – Bob Walsh
John Primer
RCHA Club, 193 Ontario Street, Kingston ON
Saturday, April 11; advance tickets $25

John is a Living Legend and has been giving the Lifetime Achievement Award many times. He is a Grammy Nominated Blues Artist and is one of the last Traditional Blues Artists with original Mississippi roots. He was taught by our founding fathers of the Blues, the old way (some say, “the right way”). We need to cherish his history and celebrate his amazing music!
Jenie Thai
The Standeasy @ the RCHA Club, 193 Ontario Street, Kingston ON
Saturday, April 18 @ 8:30 pm;$7 @ the door

Edmonton Music Awards (2013, 2014) for “Artist To Watch” and “Female Artist of the Year
Wicked Grin
The Standeasy @ the RCHA Club, 193 Ontario Street, Kingston ON
Saturday, May 2@ 8:30 pm; $10 Advance
613 384-8168 or email bruce@kingstonbluessociety.ca to reserve

2014 Maple Blues Winners for Best New Group, Wicked Grin have been on the road for the past two months … leaving home in mid-February, they hit the road to tour Northern Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia and back through Northern Ontario again. They’re back at the Standeasy on May 2.
The Vaudevillian
The Standeasy @ the RCHA Club, 193 Ontario Street, Kingston ON
Friday, May 8

Brendan J. Stephens and Willow Walker are 1920s blues singers in the flesh. Hitchhiking between raucous house shows, rowdy bars and busking everywhere inbetween, they have crafted a way of singing both their own material and songs near one hundred years old ina way entirely their own.
The Standeasy @ the RCHA Club, 193 Ontario Street, Kingston ON
Saturday, May 23

Deep, inescapable grooves, swampy tremolo-soaked guitars, gritty-voiced harmonies… That is the soul tradition, those are the footprints that Soulstack follows in...
Soulstack was formed in 2011 by frontman Jonathan Knight (Wickens-Knight) and keyboardist Mark Wessenger. The band consists of drummer Tom Bona, and bassists Darryl ‘Harpo’ Peterson and Josh Knight baritone Guitarist Chris Latta.

Their 2012 Debut release “Big Red” garnered outstanding critical reviews. The band received 2014 Maple Blues Award nominations for Electric Act of the Year and Drummer of the Year and was nominated for an Independent Music Award (IMA) for 2013. “Five Finger Discount” is Soulstack’s sophomore album, combining poignant lyricism and sweet vocal harmony with the rhythm and grit of traditional blues. Self-produced, it tracks the organic evolution of the band as it continues growing in musical breadth and depth. http://www.soulstackmusic.com/
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, April 12 – OBS DAWG’ON BLUES – Remembering Richard Innes with Liz Sykes
Next week, April 19 – OBS DAWG’ON BLUES – New On My Radar Canadian Blues with Debrablues

Sundays, 7-8 pm: INSIDE THE BLUES
with James Doran
Inside The Blues features music and interesting backgrounder information on today’s top Blues artists with a strong focus on Canadian talent mixed in with some great Blues classics. All Shows are archived on www.insidetheblues.ca after broadcast and can be listened to there at any time. 
On CKCU-FM 93.1
The Mighty 93.1
Community Radio serving the Ottawa Carleton Region

Sundays: 9-11 pm
Black and Blues
with John Tackaberry
The show features a heavy dose of electric blues and rhythm and blues, with the occasional selection of sixties soul.  The first hour is dedicated to artist profiles and reviews of recordings on particular labels.  In the second hour there is a blues calendar, a rundown of events in Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa, and interviews with “new and reissued blues and rhythm and blues tracks on wax”, alternating with “live blues and R&B for a Sunday night” in the last half hour of the show. On the last Sunday of every month, the show goes “down in the delta” for a selection of acoustic blues tracks in the final half hour of the program.
Wednesdays: 9-11 pm
In A Mellow Tone
with Ron Sweetman
Jazz from every era & every style – from 1917 to 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, April 17
John Carroll & the Epic Proportions @ Irene’, 9:30 pm
Saturday, April 18
Firebelly @ the Atomic Rooster, 4-8 pm
Sunday, April 19
The Steve Thomas Band hosts the Open Jam @ the Rainbow, 4-7 pm
Friday, April 24
Lucas Haneman Express & the Chocolate Hot Pockets @ Irene’s, 9:30 pm
Saturday, April 25
Brothers Chaffey @ the Atomic Rooster, 4-8 pm
Wicked Grin @ Irene’s, 9:30 pm
Slim Moore and the Marquees @ the Rainbow, 9:00 pm
Sunday, April 26
Ball & Chain Duo @ the Elmdale Oyster House & Tavern, 3:30 pm
River City Junction hosts the Open Jam @ the Rainbow, 4-7 pm
Sherri Harding & the Heat @ the Atomic Rooster, 6-9 pm
Friday, May 1
The Jivewires @ Centrepointe Theatre, 8 pm
Saturday, May 2
The Back Beat @ D'Arcy McGee's, Orleans, 9:00 pm
Sunday, May 3
Sun Crescent BBQ Stompers @ Irene’s, 9:30 pm
Sunday, May 10
Sun Crescent BBQ Stompers @ Irene’s, 9:30 pm
Thursday, May 14
JW-Jones & Rod Williams @ D’Arcy McGee’s, Sparks Street, 9 pm
Saturday, May 16
Three Times Lucky @ Moose McGuire’s (Ottawa), 9:30 pm
Firebelly & Bella Cat Blues @ Irene’s, 9:30 pm
Sunday, May 17
Sun Crescent BBQ Stompers @ Irene’s, 9:30 pm
Saturday, May 23
Three Times Lucky @ Moose McGuire’s (Almonte), 9:30 pm
Sunday, May 24
Sun Crescent BBQ Stompers @ Irene’s, 9:30 pm
Sunday, May 31
Sun Crescent BBQ Stompers @ Irene’s, 9:30 pm


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