10 August 2015

Ottawa Blues This Week - 10 August 2015

It’s always wise to check with
the venue to confirm the show!
Calabogie Blues & Ribfest
Calabogie Peaks ON
August 14-16

Friday August 14
  5:30pm        – Angelique Francis
  7pm              – Shemekia Copeland
  9 pm             – 5th Anniversary Jam with
                           Jack De Keyzer, David Godo & Jerome Godboo
VIP After Hours Party with Jed Rached & the Fat City 8

Saturday August 15
  12pm – Drew Nelson
    2pm – Guy Belanger
    4pm – Fathead
    7pm – Steve Strongman
    9pm – Keb’ Mo'
VIP After Hours Party with Jed Rached & the Fat City 8

Sunday August 16, 2015
  12pm – Blues & Company
    2pm – Joel Johnson
    4pm – Al Wood
    6pm – Grady Champion

Ottawa Little Theatre Fundraiser
Down In The Delta
with Raoul Bhaneja, Big Dave McLean, Super Chikan & Tony D
Ottawa Little Theatre, 400 King Edward Avenue
Friday, August 14 @ 8 pm; Tickets $35 in advance, $40 at the door; Students $25

If this theatre is a rockin’, it’s because Raoul Bhaneja has returned to the stage. Raoul, an OLT alumnus, will headline the 2015 Signature Fundraiser on Aug. 14 at 8 pm, in concert with blues heavyweights Big Dave McLean of Winnipeg, and Super Chikan of Mississippi. Raoul currently fronts the Maple Blues award winning band Raoul and the Big Time, and is also an accomplished Toronto-based actor.

When Raoul plays OLT on August 14, he’ll have a pair of legends in tow. Super Chikan and Big Dave McLean will join him on stage in an ensemble Raoul put together to perform at the 2015 Pan-Am Games in Toronto. The Trio will make the trek to Ottawa especially for this performance following its debut on August 12 in Nathan Phillips Square. As an added treat for local blues fans, Raoul has invited Ottawa blues man Tony D to join the trio for a few tunes.

Jeff Jensen
Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street
Saturday, August 15

After moving to Memphis in 2011, Jeff Jensen spent two years as Brandon Santini’s guitar player and Musical Director, and performed over 250 shows with Brandon. They also recorded three albums together including “This Time Another Year” (produced by Jensen and Santini) which received two Blues Music Award nominations, and Jeff Jensen’s critically acclaimed “Road Worn and Ragged”. Jeff is now touring with his band, promoting his 2015 release, “Morose Elephant”.
Saturday, August 15
Jesse Greene Band @ the Atomic Rooster, 4 pm
Sunday, August 16
Brian Downey hosts the open jam @ the Rainbow, 3 pm
River City Junction @ the Atomic Rooster, 6-9 pm
Super Soul Sundays @ Irene’s Pub, 9:30 pm
Al Wood Acoustic @ the Atomic Rooster, 10 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: 
          August 13 – Chuck Karn
        August 20 – Genevieve Freynet
August 27 – Al Wood
September 3 – Scott Allen Amey
September 10 – Steve Groves
September 17 – Vince Halfhide
September 24 – Dave Bignell
Black & Blue Thursdays
Black Irish Pub, 15 Selkirk Street
Every other Thursday, 7 pm; no cover
The Capital's "Grand Daddy" of shuffle, Brian Downey on drums, Blue String Guitar Slinger Clint Everson on the guitar and Maren Molthan on bass. Expect some down ‘n' dirty singing from all three of them. We are stoked to watch how these three amazing artists and multi-talented "music royalty" work their concern over the eternal 12 bars - Committed to the style and feel of the original performers, with a little bit of their own flavour thrown in for good measure, this trio is guaranteed to get you movin' in all the right places. Drop in often because no two nights will be the same. Special guests will sit in regularly, making it a melting pot for great talent in this city, all of this with one purpose in mind... your total enjoyment! 
Jeff Rogers
SALT, 345 Preston Street
Fridays, 9:30 pm
Every other Saturday, 9:30 pm
Friday and alternate Saturday 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
Deacon Brodie’s, 247 Elgin Street
Every Sunday, 2-6 pm
Every Sunday afternoon, you can find Jeff playing some tunes at Deacon Brodie's on Elgin.
Downtown Ottawa, come for brunch (till 2pm) and then stay for tunes as Jeff takes requests and kicks off your Sunday Funday!
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
2015/16 LINE-UP

Blues On The Rideau – the Dinner and Show Fundraiser Series that has been running at The Cove Country Inn in Westport, Ontario for the past 10 years and is now recognized as one of the premier Blues Series in Canada – is pleased to announce its 2015/16 Line-Up. The shows start in September and run once a month through to May (December excluded). It’s another all star cast of some of Canada’s best Blues bands with a mix of popular returnees and a couple of new bands that have never played BOTR before. As in previous years every show is a fundraiser for a different local charity. To date the Series has raised over $55,000. The goal for this season is another $5K.

All BOTR shows run from 7 to 11 pm and include a delicious full course buffet dinner served by the Cove’s friendly staff. The venue is small, intimate and relaxed. After dinner you get to see and dance to world class Blues bands up close and personal – the way Blues is best enjoyed – all for a very reasonable price – $65 (plus tax). There are door prize giveaways at every show and 2 Grand Prizes drawn at the end of the season.  ADVANCE RESERVATIONS are required and it is wise to book well in advance, especially if you want to stay overnight. Rooms at The Cove and nearby B&Bs and motels frequently sell out for Blues nights. Call 613-273-3636

Note that there has been a small increase in price this year – $5 - the first in 5 years – to help cover cost increases over that time. And there is a new Reservation Policy in place this year – a credit card number is required with the reservation (although the card is not charged until the night of the show). Cancellations or changes in the reservation can be made up to a week prior to the event without penalty. After that time those than don’t show – or come with fewer than reserved for – will be charged for those seats – although a credit will be applied for a future show that season (space available) if there is a legitimate reason. The new policy has been implemented due to the number of "no-shows" over the past several years which, in many cases, has prevented others who would like to see that show from attending. 

2015/16 SEASON – our 11th year!
September 25
From Texas/Toronto
Born and raised in Toronto but now a resident of Llano, Texas singer/songwriter/guitarist/harp player Danny Brooks combines the best of Texas and Mississippi Soul Blues. A multiple Juno and Maple Blues Award nominee. Backed by his wife Debi and some of the best players in Toronto.

October 23
From Alabama/Victoria BC
Born in Alabama David now lives in Victoria, BC. He plays foot-stompin’, rock ‘n rollin’, boogie-woogie piano as good as it gets - a 2X Maple Blues Award winner for Keyboardist of the Year. The Willing Victims include the great Teddy Leonard on guitar and 2 members from Downchild.

November 20
From Peterborough & Wainfleet ON
Two of the finest singer/songwriter/guitarists in Canada – individually they’re great - together they’re magical!  Multiple Maple Blues Award winners & Suzie has won a Juno. Their 4th visit to BOTR and they’ve sold out every time so make your reservations early for this one!

January 22 & 23
From Hamilton
A fabulous guitarist, singer/songwriter and showman - Juno Award winner and Maple Blues Award winner in the categories of Best Guitarist, Songwriter, Recording, Electric Act, Acoustic Act and Entertainer. His 4th visit to The Cove and he’s become so popular we’re bringing him in for a 2 night stand this time!

February 19
From Toronto
Jeff Healey called him “the finest Blues guitarist in Canada”. A 2X Juno Award and 7X Maple Blues Award winner for Best Guitarist, Entertainer, Electric Act and Recording of the Year. One of the hardest working Bluesmen in the country with a great veteran band. This is Jack’s 7th visit to BOTR - unquestionably one of our favourites!

March 25
From Montreal
With a career spanning 26 years and 8 albums to her credit Angel is recognized as one of the best female vocalists in Quebec. Now she’s become nationally and internationally famous. Last year she won the Maple Blues Award winner for Best Female Vocalist (her second in a row) and Best Songwriter. A colourful, flamboyant performer with a voice like Janis Joplin. Her first appearance at BOTR and we’re very pleased to have her!

April 22
From Montreal
A young, beautiful up-and-coming artist with a powerful, soulful voice who sings Blues, Jazz, Soul & R&B like Etta James & Koko Taylor. 4 Quebec Lys Blues Award nominations for her first album and a finalist in the 2014 Toronto Blues Society’s Talent Search. She hasn’t played outside of Quebec that often yet but that’s about to change – come and see her before she gets famous!

May 13
From Hamilton
One of the best Soul/Blues/R&B singers this country has ever produced - period. Lead singer in the Detroit supergroup “Chairmen Of The Board” in the 1960s Harrison semi-retired when the band broke up, took a “real job” and only played Blues on the side for a few decades. He re-emerged full time in the early 2000s and since then he’s released 7 albums (4 of which earned Juno nominations), been nominated 15X for Maple Blues Awards and an American Blues Music Award. Harrison has been here twice before - now you get to see him with his full R&B band behind him. I guarantee this will be a night to remember. Reserve early!

Bands and dates are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances. Check the website or call The Cove closer to the shows to confirm.

Visit www.BluesOnTheRideau.ca for more details on the bands including LINKS to their websites, Facebook pages and You Tube videos

BLUES ON THE RIDEAU is produced by Choose The Blues Productions www.choosetheblues.ca  in cooperation with The Cove Inn, Westport www.coveinn.com  Sponsored by Dan Aykroyd Wines www.danaykroydwines.com Perth Brewery www.perthbrewery.ca 101.9 DAWG FM Ottawa www.dawgfm.com and LAKE 88.1 Perth/Rideau Lakes www.lake88.ca

Please visit and LIKE us on Facebook and Twitter
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It’s August and Violet’s Venue is still bringing the heat …
… with sizzling shows matching the heat of the summer!
The shows are presented in an intimate, comfortable, acoustically sound 92 seat theatre.
Violet’s is located just 5 minutes from HWY 400 and there’s free parking for up to 45 vehicles.
It all adds up to Ontario’s premier Blues experience!
Follow the links for further info.

Tues. Aug. 18th – Sean Chambers
A guitarist adept at a number of styles: Texas Shuffle, Swing, Delta Slide, and old school Chicago. All of them refracted through the prism of Chambers’ forceful quick hit leads.
For more information please visit http://www.seanchambers.com/
Ticket Price: $45.00
Donnacona Blues Festival
Donnacona QC
August 13-16
With Steve Hill, Ross Neilsen, Doyle Bramhall II, Rick Estrin & the Nightcats, Shemekia Copeland, Guy Belanger and more.
Calabogie Blues & Ribfest
Calabogie Peaks ON
August 14-16
With Shemekia Copeland, Keb’ Mo’, Fathead, Al Wood, Grady Champion, 5-year Anniversary Allstar Jam and more.
Trois-Rivières en Blues
Trois-Rivières QC
August 20-23
With Keb’ Mo, ZZ Top, Alvin Youngblood Hart, John Németh, Tinsley Ellis, Angel Forrest, Roomful of Blues and more.
Blues Bourbon & Barbecue
Cosmodome de Laval, Laval QC
August 22-23
With Adam Karch, Angel Forrest & Denis Coulombe, Bob Walsh & friends, Jim Zeller, Steve Rowe and more.
Limestone City Blues Festival
Kingston ON
August 27-29
With JW-Jones, Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar, Steve Hill, Joe Louis Walker.
Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival
Salmon Arm BC
August 14-16
With Amos Garrett, Canned Heat, Kat Danser, Rockin’ Highliners, Royal Southern Brotherhood, Sherman Doucette and more.
Winnipeg BBQ and Blues Festival
Winnipeg MB
August 21-22
Edmonton Blues Festival
Edmonton AB
August 21-23
With Shawn Holt & the Teardrops, Elvin Bishop, Diana Braithwaite & Chris Whiteley, Mr. Sipp, Sugar Ray Rayford Big Band, Janiva Magness, Canned Heat and more.
PEI Jazz & Blues Festival
Charlottetown PEI
August 27-30
With Matt Minglewood & Sam Moon, Rock Island Blues Band Reunion, David Wilcox and more.
Nanaimo Summertime Blues Festival
Nanaimo BC
August 28-30
With Marcia Ball, Elvin Bishop, C.J. Chenier, Jack Semple, Harpdog Brown and Poppa Dawg.
     and SEPTEMBER
Mudcat Blues Workshop & Concert
with Rita Chiarelli, Robin Banks and Suzie Vinnick
Shared Harvest Community Farm, Dunnville, ON
August 21-23; workshop $450; concert $25

Three blues powerhouses of the Canadian music scene will come together for two nights and two days of teaching along with a Saturday night blues concert. Workshops will consist of Blues Guitar with Suzie Vinnick, Songwriting with Rita Chiarelli and veteran blues vocalist Robin Banks will teach vocal training. The concert will be $25 for non workshop attendees.

Set at picturesque Shared Harvest Farm in Canada’s deep south (Dunnville, Ontario) the week-end will consist of 10 hours of workshops with two group sessions. Participants will enjoy 5 fresh gourmet organic meals plus snacks from our 30 acres of certified organic vegetable fields. Some accommodations will be indoors on farm, with on-site camping available and billeted rooms (first come first serve). Don’t miss this chance to learn from 3 of the top female Canadian professional blues artists!
For more info:
Voyage LaBelle Vie invites you to its
1st Blues Cruise on the Ottawa River
Quai des Artistes, Gatineau QC
Saturday, August 22; 7:30 – 11:30 pm; $45 per person

Music by Jim Zeller Circus
Voyage LaBelle Vie, 819 332-1851
Jesse Roper              *****EARLY SHOW*****
Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street
Wednesday, August 26 @ 8 pm
With an explosive live show, the genuine quality and charisma of his versatile blues rooted soul, rock and country funk is as approachable as his charm. Quickly gaining momentum, the wheels on Jesse's faithful van keep turning, chronicling a year of extensive touring and success of becoming a major festival draw. 
The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer
Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street
Friday, September 11; $15 advance, $20 at the door

Shawn and Matthew have received considerable recognition in the last few years. They have been nominated for ‘Blues Album of the Year’ at the Junos in 2014, for multiple Maple Blues Awards and won ‘Blues Act of the Year’ at the SiriusXM Indies in 2013. 

The duo has no plans to slow down during their hectic summer of festival-hopping. They’re on a continuing journey, constantly finding inspiration from musicians they meet or collaborate with. These encounters challenge them to deepen their songwriting and to keep performing with their trademark fervour and honesty. Vancouver’s funk and soul dynamo, singer Dawn Pemberton, joined them in their recent appearance at the Calgary International Blues Festival.
Irene’s Dirty Thirty Extravaganza
Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street
Friday & Saturday, September 11-12

No details yet, but I’m sure it will be memorable!
Jonas & The Massive Attraction
Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street
Friday, September 25; $20 advance, $25 at the door

Jonas & The Massive Attraction took Parliament Hill by storm on July 1st as part of ‘Canada Day In The Capital’, bringing some edge to the nation’s big party. The sun came bursting through the clouds as the band took the stage for the noon show to perform their hit single, ‘Respire/Breathing’, broadcast from coast to coast on CBC television. For the evening show, the band turned up the heat a few notches and rocked the hill, much to the excitement of over 50,000 in attendance. Watch the Canada Day live performance of ‘Je Crie Ton Nom’ here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FVDFLT1xEDY

If you missed Jonas & The Massive Attraction on the Hill on Canada Day, you can see and hear them at the Rainbow on Friday, September 25.
The Snyders
The Standeasy @ the RCHA Club, 193 Ontario Street, Kingston ON
Saturday, August 15

The Snyders feature “Southside Denny” who was a regular player at Buddy Guy’s Legends in Chicago where he performed with greats such as Luther Allison, Sugar Blue, Pinetop Perkins and opened for Ray Charles, Albert Collins and many others. Denny also has performed with some big name rock acts such as John Fogarty, BTO, Edgar Winter and Styxx.
The Snyders are a family band that features Denny’s daughter on bass and his son on drums; they have a great reputation as one of Quebec’s best blues acts.
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, August 16 – OBS DAWG’ON BLUES – Lighthouse Blues Festival Highlights with Liz Sykes
Next week, August 23 – OBS DAWG’ON BLUES – Calgary International Blues Festival Highlights 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, August 21
Bella Cat @ the Rainbow, 9:45 pm
Saturday, August 22
Joe Gaspar Band @ the Rainbow, 9:30 pm
Sunday, August 23
Jimmy Cochrane hosts the open jam @ the Rainbow, 3 pm
Brothers Chaffey @ the Atomic Rooster, 6-9 pm
Super Soul Sundays @ Irene’s Pub, 9:30 pm
Saturday, August 29
Lucas Haneman Express @ the Black Sheep Inn, 8:30 pm
Maria Hawkins Band @ Irene’s, 9:30 pm
Sunday, August 30
River City Junction hosts the open jam @ the Rainbow, 3 pm
Steve Groves @ the Atomic Rooster, 6-9 pm
Super Soul Sundays @ Irene’s Pub, 9:30 pm
Wicked Grin Acoustic @ the Atomic Rooster, 10 pm


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