23 November 2015

Ottawa Blues This Week - 23 November 2015

It’s always wise to check with
the venue to confirm the show!
Congratulations to Ottawa’s MonkeyJunk with 4 nominations and Wicked Grin’s Leigh-Anne Stanton, nominated in the Bass Player category.

Voting for this year's Maple Blues Awards is now open and Blues fans across Canada can vote online for their favourite blues musicians in the eligible categories until December 4. Check out the full list of nominees and register to vote at http://www.mapleblues.ca.
Rainbow’s 31st Anniversary Party
Hosted by Paul Reddick & Steve Marriner
Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street
Friday, November 27 @ 10 pm

Another year of hosting fantastic live music every day!!!
Come celebrate our birthday blow out with 2 of Canada's Hottest Harp Players- Paul Reddick & Steve Marriner. Behind them, one of Ottawa's best rhythm section - Tony D & Matt Sobb.
Murray Kinsley & Wicked Grin
CD Release – “Stormy Water”
Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street
Saturday, November 28 @ 9:27 pm

A party!! Our new record will be available so we're celebrating! C'mon down, have some great food, enjoy some great dancin' and blues the night away. We'll be performing the entire new record. Going to be a time.
The 22nd edition of Virée Blues Boréale presents
Whisky Legs
            CD Launch
Le Petit Chicago, 50 Promenade du Portage, Gatineau QC
Wednesday, November 25 @ 8 pm; $20
Ottawa Blues Society members - $15 with OBS card

By popular demand, Whisky Legs is back to present their first album. The warm, powerful voice of their singer and their heavy Blues with Soul-tainted groove are cause enough for their being recognized as THE New Band on the Blues scene. And indeed, they were awarded the Lys Blues 2015 for "New Group of the Year" as well as nominated for "Female Vocalist of the Year". 
Gram Parsons Birthday Bash
Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street
Wednesday, November 25 @ 8 pm; tickets $20 advance, $25 at the door

With Amanda Rheaume, Anders Drerup, Kristine St-Pierre, Neville Wells, Pauly Roberto. This is a fundraiser for the Addiction Research Foundation of CAMH.
Folkrum Showcase
21 Selkirk Street, Ottawa (Vanier)
Friday, November 27 – Sunday, November 29; free until 7 pm, tickets $20/night

Folkrum will bring together local musicians, audiences, and community groups for a 3-day musical showcase from Friday November 27 to Sunday November 29. The event will showcase a variety of local talent and activities to suit all age groups and tastes, including:
• The Split
• John Geggie and Roddy Ellias
• Big Balade
• Harea Band
• Chantal Hackett and Singhouse Studios
• Capital Strings Collective
• Suzuki Music Kids
• Jack Pine
• Kristine St. Pierre

In addition to a full range of musical programming—from pop, folk, blues and roots to jazz, world, and classical—Folkrum will also host a range of creative and participatory activities for music lovers, local youth, seniors, and other community groups.

Day time programming will be free until 7 p.m. Only 100 seats are available for evening performances. Tickets are $20 per night, available online or at the door if tickets remain. The full schedule and tickets are available at www.folkrum.com.

Location - If you're having trouble locating the venue at 21 Selkirk in Vanier on the map, you enter right beside the Beer Store from the parking lot.

FRIDAY Nov 27th - party/rock/soul
Evening Program – Doors open at 7pm – Tickets Required
- The Split
- Harea Band
- Jack Pine
Reception – 5 to 7pm – Free
- Greg Kelly & Friends
- Reception
Saturday Nov 28th - roots/folk/blues/pop
Evening Program – Doors open at 7pm – Tickets Required
- Big Balade
- Al Wood & the Woodsmen
- Kristine St. Pierre
Reception – 5 to 7pm – Free
- Special guest
- Saturnfly
- Reception
Daytime Activities – 11:30am to 5pm – Free
- Children’s performances
- Children’s performances - Singhouse Studios
- Workshops
- Community choir
- Music workshop for seniors and families
- Chris White & The Sparrows
- Instrument making for children
Sunday Nov 29th - jazz/world/classical
Evening Program – Doors open at 7pm – Tickets Required
- Alex Moxon - The Four Heavies
- René Lavoie & Miguel de Armas
- John Geggie & Roddy Ellias
Reception – 5 to 7pm – Free
- Erin Saoirse Adair
- Acacia Lyra
- Reception
Daytime Activities – 11:30am to 5pm – Free
- Suzuki children performances
- Capital Strings Collective - multi-generational community orchestra with Joan Harrison
- Ryoko Itabashi (presented by World Folk Music Ottawa)
- Circle dance and music
- Instrument making workshops
Friday & Saturday, November 27-28
Al Tambay & Jansen Richard @ Whispers
Saturday, November 28
Brothers Chaffey @ the Atomic Rooster, 4-8 pm
Wicked Grin @ Irene’s Pub, 9:30 pm
The Back Beat @ the Carleton Tavern, 9:30 pm
Sunday, November 29
River City Junction hosts the Open Blues Jam @ the Rainbow, 4 pm
Zydeco Loco @ the Atomic Rooster, 6-9 pm
Al Wood @ 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: 
            November 26 – Drew Nelson
          December 3 – Eric Walker
          December 10 – Peter Newsom
          December 17 – Ed Hart
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)
The 22nd edition of Virée Blues Boréale
at Bar Le Petit Chicago, 50 Promenade du Portage, Gatineau QC
Every second Wednesday @ 8 pm; $20
Ottawa Blues Society members - $15 with OBS card

Wednesday, November 25 – Whisky Legs
Wednesday, December 9 – Mistysa, Guy Bélanger, Dawn Tyler Watson
Blues On Tues         
The Granary Beizli, 3270 County Rd 10, Vankleek Hill ON
Third Tuesday of every month@ 7 pm; $10

Blues On The Rideau is a Dinner and Show Fundraiser Series that has been running at The Cove Country Inn in Westport, Ontario for the past 10 years. The shows start in September and run once a month through to May (December excluded) and feature some of the best Blues bands in Canada (and a few American ones too). It has come to be recognized as one of the premier Blues Series in Canada. 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.

The Cove Inn is located in the beautiful village of Westport on Upper Rideau Lake - about a 90 minute drive from Ottawa, 45 minutes from Kingston. All BOTR shows run from 7 to 11 pm and include a delicious full course buffet dinner. The staff at The Cove are very friendly and the venue is small, intimate and relaxed. After dinner you get to see and dance to the 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 from all of the Comment Cards filled in by attendees over the year.  

ADVANCE RESERVATIONS are required and it is wise to book well ahead especially if you want to stay overnight. Rooms at The Cove and nearby B&Bs and motels frequently sell out for Blues nights. Call The Cove at 613-273-3636 or 1-888-COVEINN to reserve.

More info on the Series, including Bios, LINKS to websites and YOU TUBES of all the artists can be found at www.BluesOnTheRideau.ca 

2015/16 SEASON – our 11th year!
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.

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

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            Special Guest VOODOO Pawn Shop 
Port Restaurant, 1289 Wharf Street, Pickering ON
Wednesday, December 2 @ 7 pm

VOODOO Pawn Shop and The Pickering Professional Firefighters Association are coming together in a toy drive to give deserving children a Merry Christmas.
Please give generously by bringing a new, unwrapped toy worth $20 or more to help underprivileged children of all ages in our community.
Cash bar.  Reservations at (905) 839-7678
Molly Johnson
Shenkman Arts Centre, Harold Shenkman Hall, 245 Centrum Blvd, Orleans
Thursday, December 3 @ 8 pm; tickets $37, $48
Meet & Greet before the show @ 6:30 pm - +$10

Known as one of Canada’s greatest voices, award-winning jazz vocalist Molly Johnson is a mother, singer/songwriter, artist and philanthropist who has grown to become a Canadian icon in the jazz scene worldwide. Molly’s luscious interpretations of jazz and blues standards speak to an emotional depth that few vocalists in any genre have ever reached.
Molly will be including some holiday songs in this concert.
Andria Simone
Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street
Friday, December 4 @ 9:30 pm

Singer-songwriter Andria Simone was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. Her style can be described as “soul-flavoured”, but she is a lover of many genres. Her eclectic taste in music can be partly attributed to the various places she has lived, including Manchester, England and Lviv, Ukraine. Andria’s passion for music has never been in question — singing has been a dream of hers since she could hold a note. More a force of nature than an instrument, hers is a voice that can send shivers up your spine while tugging at your heart. Her role models are such powerhouse singers as Janis Joplin, Tina Turner, Nina Simone, Aretha Franklin, Etta James and Amy Winehouse.

She is not a conventional 12-bar blues singer, but she can certainly excel in that format. That was vividly demonstrated when she participated in the famed Women’s Blues Revue at Toronto’s historic Massey Hall, sharing the spotlight alongside such veterans as Shakura S’Aida, Divine Brown and Lori Yates. Since 2012, Andria has performed extensively with her ace young group, whom she affectionately dubs “Those Guys”. They comprise bassist Mark Wilson, guitarist Dave Kirby, saxophonist Brian Dhari, and drummer George Nikolov.
James Armstrong
Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street
Saturday, December 12 @ 9:30 pm

James Armstrong has a confident stage presence that combines grace with mischief. Few blues artists know how to play the crowd as James can, shifting dynamics from a whisper to a growl. Wherever he travels around the world, his magnetism continues to hush a noisy rabble or entire a crowd to follow him out into the street or down the length of a beach. Little wonder he’s been dubbed: The Ambassador of the Blues.

His latest CD “Guitar Angels” was released on Catfood Records. In 2014 it was awarded “Best Traditional Release” by Blues411.
The Paul Deslauriers Band
Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street
Saturday, December 19 @ 9:30 pm

The Paul DesLauriers Band is thrilled to announce that we have WON the Quebec to Memphis Contest held by the Montreal Blues Society! This means that we have been chosen to represent the entire province of Quebec at the prestigious International Blues Challenge held annually in Memphis Tennessee and hosted by The Blues Foundation
RCHA Club, 193 Ontario Street, Kingston ON
Saturday, December 5 @ 8:30 pm

Like a beat up old Dodge burning down the highway with a brand new set of rims and a candy metallic paint job, Soulstack carves out their modern roots music in nouveau-retro-style, inspired by sweaty sounds and throbbing rhythms, all performed with deep intensity, wild conviction, greasy organ, sweet tremolo-soaked guitar, and heartbreaking harmonies.

These young Soulstack men stand by their beat-up vintage instruments and bleed every ounce of emotion from them – taking the listener on a rhythmic and melodic journey from the swamps of Louisiana to the exhaust-tinged fuzz of Detroit with award winning engineer Jeremy Darby (Smokey Robinson, Keith Richards, Prince.)

Soulstack was formed in 2011 by frontman Jonathan Knight and keyboardist Mark Wessenger. The band consists of Maple Blues Award-winning drummer Tom Bona, bass Darryl ‘Harpo’ Peterson and baritone guitarist Chris Latta.
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 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.
For more, please contact Kingston Blues Society
101.9 DAWG-FM, CIDG, is ON THE AIR!  Blues 24/7
Live streaming on the website at http://www.dawgfm.com/

Sundays, 8-9 pm: Ottawa Blues Society DAWG’ON BLUES
Each week OBS hosts keep you up to date on what’s happening on the Ottawa area blues scene, play some great blues from local bands and showcase regional and Canadian talent.
This week, November 29 – OBS DAWG’ON BLUES – New Blues with Liz Sykes
Next week, December 6 – OBS DAWG’ON BLUES – with Blues Bud Brent

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

Sundays: 9-11 pm
Black and Blues
with John Tackaberry
The show features a heavy dose of electric blues and rhythm and blues, with the occasional selection of sixties soul.  The first hour is dedicated to artist profiles and reviews of recordings on particular labels.  In the second hour there is a blues calendar, a rundown of events in Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa, and interviews with “new and reissued blues and rhythm and blues tracks on wax”, alternating with “live blues and R&B for a Sunday night” in the last half hour of the show. On the last Sunday of every month, the show goes “down in the delta” for a selection of acoustic blues tracks in the final half hour of the program.
Wednesdays: 9-11 pm
In A Mellow Tone
with Ron Sweetman
Jazz from every era & every style – from 1917 to 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/
The Bluesmobile with Elwood Blues, CHEZ FM 106.1
Sundays 6-7 pm; Wednesdays 11 pm – midnight
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, December 4      
Blues and Company @ TNT Smokehouse, 8 pm
Saturday, December 5
Terry Gillespie Band @ the Atomic Rooster, 9 pm
Blues and Company @ Lock 17, Burritt’s Rapids
Sunday, December 6
Brian Downey hosts the Open Blues Jam @ the Rainbow, 4 pm
Bumpin’ Binary @ Irene’s Pub, 9:30 pm
Friday & Saturday, December 11-12
MonkeyJunk @ the Black Sheep Inn, 8:30 pm
Saturday, December 12
Ball and Chain & the Wreckers @ Irene’s Pub
Sunday, December 13
Steve Thomas Band hosts the Open Blues Jam @ the Rainbow, 4 pm
Blues and Company @ the Atomic Rooster, 6-9 pm
Bumpin’ Binary @ Irene’s Pub, 9:30 pm
Friday, December 18
Holiday Blues Bash with the Steve Marriner Band @ the Rainbow, 10 pm
Blues and Company @ O’Reilly’s, Perth
Sunday, December 20
Wicked Grin hosts the Open Blues Jam (Benefit for the Food Bank) @ the Rainbow, 4 pm
Bumpin’ Binary @ Irene’s Pub, 9:30 pm
Sunday, December 27
River City Junction hosts the Open Blues Jam @ the Rainbow, 4 pm
John Carroll & the Epic Proportions @ the Black Sheep Inn, 4:20 pm
Bumpin’ Binary @ Irene’s Pub, 9:30 pm
Thursday, December 31
New Year’s Eve Bash with Wicked Grin @ Irene’s Pub


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