21 December 2015

Ottawa Blues This Week - 21 December 2015

It’s always wise to check with
the venue to confirm the show!
Calabogie Blues & Ribfest – Tickets now on sale – 30% off until December 31. https://secure3.ticket-ops.com/Calbogie_Blues_and_Ribfest/eDirect
Alligator Records – Until January 1, 2016, use the coupon code BLUES15 to get 20% off the total purchase price of your order. Free shipping in the US. www.alligator.com/store/
Black Hen Records – Free shipping in December. www.blackhenmusic.com/store
CD Baby – Until December 24, $0.01 shipping on all orders. www.cdbaby.com
Electro-Fi Records – Annual Holiday Special – any 5 CDs for $50 plus tax, no shipping costs for North America. Additional bonus – “Santa’s Got Mojo 2”. www.electrofi.com
Fat Possum Records – 25% off until December 31. store.fatpossum.com/?mc_cid=f64713eb5c&mc_eid=0fa60862a4
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The Toronto Blues Society and musician Paul Reddick announce the second annual competition for the Cobalt Prize Contemporary Blues Composition Award.
Deadline: January 8, 2016 by 5:00pm
The intention behind the Cobalt Prize is to promote blues music through exploration of its form. The winning composition will be judged on its ability to creatively utilize blues traditions within the broad contemporary musical landscape. The successful song will explore and refresh blues as an art form. For more info: http://torontobluessociety.com/cobalt-prize/
John Carroll Live Album Release
The Blacksheep Inn, Wakefield QC
Sunday, December 27 @ 4:20 pm; $12 advance, $15 at the door

"Live at the Acoustic Grill" is John's fourth full length release, and his first live album. This album includes new versions of his older tunes, brand new songs and a couple of great covers, all recorded live on The Acoustic Grill's stage. 

The album was produced in conjunction with Steve Purtelle, proprietor of The Acoustic Grill in Picton, ON. Steve is known across Canada by all great touring musicians worth their salt, and his venue has become a staple on the Ontario live music circuit. In 2009, Steve and his partner Jenny Leigh started their own record label, Acoustic Jams so they could produce "live only" albums of their favorite musicians. John's new album will be Acoustic Jam's eighth live release! 

For his matinee release at The Blacksheep Inn, John will be joined by Fred Guignon (lap steel) and Phil Charbonneau (bass), two top shelf Ottawa musicians and long time members of John Carroll's Epic Proportions.
Thursday, December 24
Wicked Grin Duo @ the Atomic Rooster, 7:30 pm
Saturday, December 26
Steve Thomas Band @ the Atomic Rooster, 4 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
Luke Ambridge Band @ the Atomic Rooster, 6-9 pm
Bumpin’ Binary @ Irene’s Pub, 9:30 pm
(almost) EVERY WEEK
Steve Marriner & Pauly Roberto
Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street
Tuesdays in December, starting December 8; 9:30 pm, no cover
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, 8 pm
Irene’s Blues AllStars  ***on hiatus until January 7***
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. 
Hosted by Corky Kealey and Vince Halfhide.
Special guests: 
          January 7 – Jed Rached
          January 14 – Conor Gains
          January 21 – Bill & Tonia
          January 28 – Scott Allan Amy
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)
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
The Cove Inn, Westport ON
Dinner & Show Fundraisers
Once a month 7-11 pm; $65

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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Ottawa Artist Submissions

RBC Bluesfest and CityFolk Festival are now accepting submissions from local artists for 2016.
All Ottawa-region artists are invited to submit to play RBC Bluesfest in July and/or CityFolk Festival (Marvest) in September. The deadline for submissions is midnight, January 31, 2016
The 24th Street Wailers
Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street
Friday, January 8 @ 9 pm

Experienced, road-tested and tougher than a two by four, The 24th Street Wailers are five musicians who originally met in music school. Their major influence? The sounds from the freewheeling period in the ‘40s and ‘50s when the Blues gave birth to Rock and Roll in black communities in major American cities. When showmanship mattered. When the sax player, not the guitarist, got the girls.

Led by Lindsay Beaver. A wild and crazy front woman and singing drummer. This band is filled out by Michael Archer on Upright Bass, Marc Doucet on Guitar, Jesse Whiteley on Piano, and Jonny Wong on wailing Sax. This band has been winning over the masses with their unbeatable live performances and a sense of showmanship from a time gone by, something many consider lost in modern day music.
Music by the Bay Live presents
An Evening with Colin Linden
St. Francis Centre, 73 Church Street South, Ajax ON
Saturday, January 16 @ 8 pm; tickets $45 advance

Combine the head-turning guitar skills with expressive vocals you get the whole picture – an artist following his heart, making that emotional connection.  Be part of that connection with Colin Linden as Music by the Bay Live celebrates its 60th show at St. Francis Centre in Ajax. 

Colin Linden is known as a musician’s musician, thanks to his work as a guitarist, singer and producer with a diverse range of artists that includes Gregg Allman, Bruce Cockburn, Diana Krall, Cassandra Wilson, Keb’ Mo’ and Rhiannon Giddens.  Colin Linden’s storied music career is nothing short of incredible. Producer (100 albums to his credit), songwriter (eight Juno Awards), multi-instrumentalist (check out his current musical residency on the TV show Nashville), collaborator (sideman to Emmylou Harris, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, he’s also part of the Canadian roots supergroup Blackie and the Rodeo Kings) — Linden is a man who lives and breathes music. 
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.musicbythebaylive.com
The Harpoonist & the Axe Murderer
Black Sheep Inn, Wakefield QC
Friday, January 29 @ 8:30 pm

In reality, Shawn ‘The Harpoonist’ Hall and Matthew ‘The Axe Murderer’ Rogers evoke much more than just grisly nautical imagery. Armed with an arsenal of harmonicas, a mess of foot percussion, and a road-worn Telecaster, the duo kick out raw and primal blues in the tradition of a ‘decades-deep blues style’ (Scott Brown, What’s up Yukon), while infusing the genre with a jolt of renewed energy.

Their influences range from the iconic songwriting of Willie Dixon to the boundary pushing of Jack White and Danger Mouse but their sound is distinctly their own, smothered in greasy, gritty soul and imbued with funk. Shawn Hall provides the rousing, rugged vocals and blues harmonica, while Matthew Rogers rips on the guitar and pounds the skins with his feet. Their music is unapologetic. It slaps you in the face and makes you sweat like it’s a sticky, summer night. It cuts you to the core. It’s the blues played the way it was meant to be played.
Clint Everson Band
Kaffé 1870, Wakefield QC
Saturday, January 30 @ 9 pm

The Clint Everson Band featuring Brian Downey and MissRepresentIT will be performing at Kaffe 1870 on January 30th, 2016. at 9pm. Come soothe the savage winter blues with this soulful trio playing originals and covers all night long.
Harry Manx
Salle Odyssée, Maison de la Culture de Gatineau
     855 Blvd. de la Gappe, Gatineau QC
Wednesday, February 24; doors @ 8 pm; tickets $39
Ben Racine Band
La Basoche, 120 rue Principal, Gatineau
Friday, February 26 @ 8 pm
Steve Hill & Paul Reddick
Shenkman Arts Centre, 245 Centrum Blvd, Orleans
Friday, March 11 
Matt Andersen
NAC Southam Hall, 53 Elgin Street
Thursday, March 24
Jerome Godboo
La Basoche, 120 rue Principal, Gatineau
Friday, March 25 @ 8 pm
Colin James 
NAC Southam Hall, 53 Elgin Street
Saturday, April 2
Michael Kaeshammer
NAC Theatre, 53 Elgin Street
Saturday, April 23
George Thorogood & the Destroyers
            Opening – JW Jones
National Arts Centre, 53 Elgin Street
Monday, May 9 @ 8 pm
Steve Strongman
La Basoche, 120 rue Principal, Gatineau
Friday, May 27 @ 8 pm
Spencer Evans and his Funky Friends
RCHA Club, 193 Ontario Street, Kingston ON
Saturday, December 26 @ 8:30 pm; $5 @ the door
Funk, Soul & R&B
Kingstown NEW Mississippi
Musiikki Whiskey Bar & Café, 73 Brock Street, Kingston ON
Thursday, December 31, 9 pm until 12:30 am; no cover

Don't get the party blues on NEW YEARS EVE!!!
Kingstown NEW Mississippi are playing at Musiikki Whiskey Bar & Cafe, 73 Brock Street, Kingston on Thursday, December 31st.  Music goes from 9:00pm til 12:30am. (no cover)
If your New Year's resolution is to dance the night way, Kingstown NEW Mississippi is the band for you
Tas Cru
RCHA Club, 193 Ontario Street, Kingston ON
Friday, January 15 @ 8:30 pm; $10 in advance
reserve by calling 613 384-8168 or
From NY – Smokin Hot Blues
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, December 27 – OBS DAWG’ON BLUES – Preview of The 28th Ottawa Rhythm & Blues Fest Jan 22 & 23 2016 at Irene's with Steve Lund
Next week, January 3 – OBS DAWG’ON BLUES – with Larry Deszcz

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
            Best of 2015 – December 26/27
            Arlen Roth – January 2/3
          MonkeyJunk – January 9/10
          Billy Gibbons – January 16/17
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. 
Thursday, December 31
New Year’s Eve Bash with Wicked Grin @ Irene’s Pub
The Split New Year’s Eve Bash @ LIVE on Elgin
New Year’s Eve Bash with Bluestone & the Memphis Moonshine @ the Atomic Rooster
Saturday, January 2
Gary Slim Moore and the New Soul Project @ Black Sheep Inn, 8:30 pm
Saturday, January 9
Jesse Greene Band @ Irene’s Pub, 9:30 pm
Sunday, January 10
Rod Williams Band @ the Atomic Rooster, 6-9 pm
Friday, January 15
Three Times Lucky & Melwood Cutlery @ the Black Sheep Inn, 8:30 pm
Friday, January 22
28th Annual R&B Fest, Part 1 @ Irene’s Pub, 9:30 pm
Saturday, January 23
28th Annual R&B Fest, Part 2 @ Irene’s Pub, 9:30 pm


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