07 December 2015

Ottawa Blues This Week - 7 December 2015

It’s always wise to check with
the venue to confirm the show!

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
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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.
Jason Rosenblatt
CD release for “Wiseman’s Rag” 
Gigspace Performance Studio, 953 Gladstone Avenue.
Saturday, December 12 @ 7:30 pm
613-729-0693 for tickets

CD review by Mike Regenstreif http://frfb.blogspot.ca/

Jason Rosenblatt is well established as the leader of Shtreiml, the Montreal-based klezmer band, and Jump Babylon, a rock band whose songs centre on Jewish themes. But, on Wiseman’s Rag, Jason steps away from those projects to feature his own compositions, drawing on jazz, blues and roots music influences.

Jason is an innovative harmonica player who also plays piano and organ, sings, and offers some terrific playing as he surrounds himself with a tight quartet, including guitarist Joe Grass, bassist Joel Kerr and drummer Evan Tighe.

The album kicks off with the title track, an infectious swing tune on which Jason’s harmonica playfully interacts with Joe’ guitar. It’s one of several tunes in the 13-song set named for streets in the Mile End/Outremont area of Montreal. Others include “Fairmount Blues,” a jazzy blues tune that again has Jason and Joe delightfully trading licks; “Waltz Querbes,” a slower piece that features some nice work by Jason on harmonica and Joel on the bass; and “Hutchison,” a contemplative jazz tune on which each of the musicians gets time to stretch out.

Among the tracks that showcase Jason as a singer are “Cold Outside,” a jumping blues about the weather at this time of year; “You’ll Take the Highway,” a Chicago-style blues song; and the rollicking “You’ll Miss Me.”

The Jason Rosenblatt Quartet will launch Wiseman’s Rag in Ottawa on Saturday, December 12, 7:30 pm, at Gigspace Performance Studio, 953 Gladstone Avenue. Call 613-729-0693 for tickets.
The 22nd edition of Virée Blues Boréale
presents Mistysa, Guy Bélanger & Dawn Tyler Watson
Le Petit Chicago, 50 Promenade du Portage, Gatineau QC
Wednesday, December 9 @ 8 pm; $20
Ottawa Blues Society members - $15 with OBS card

We advertised an album launch ... unfortunately inspiration is not to be commanded! Steps to create a work need to progress at a certain speed ... which does not always fit the deadlines. That means that the foreseen launch becomes a pre-launch, without an actual CD ... which is still in the last steps prior to its release. But the content is all here and ready! Some of the guests featured on the CD (Guy Belanger, Dawn Tyler Watson) will be present so that this pre-launch without the actual new CD “Color Blues”, will be a major event!

Accompanied by Simon Daigle on bass, Jonathan Gendreau on guitar and Simon Galipeau on drums, Virée Blues presents Mistysa, with guests including Lys Blues, Maple Blues, Felix and Jutra much-awarded artist, Guy Bélanger and prestigious award-winning artist, Dawn Tyler Watson.
James Armstrong Blues Band
Wilno Tavern, Wilno ON
Sunday, December 13 @ 2 pm; tickets $25 advance, $30 at the door

Veteran L.A. session musician who has backed Rickie Lee Jones, Chaka Khan, Keb Mo and Jan & Dean and all the Blues Greats from Albert, Freddie and BB King to Buddy Guy.

"With a skintight band and a well-balanced combination of fire, technical proficiency, and taste, Armstrong continues on his way to the upper echelon of contemporary blues artists."...Rolling Stone
This is going to be and incredible show, James' talent as a true Fender Strat, tasty Blues Player is well known across the world. Let's fill the Tavern and show James how much we appreciate him coming all the way to Wilno, only 2 Canadian stops on this run! Time to Dance, gather together and celebrate the holiday season at the Wilno!
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
(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 
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: 
          December 10 – Peter Newsom
          December 17 – Ed Hart
          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)
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, 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
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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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
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
WAY AHEAD in 2016
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
Steve Strongman
La Basoche, 120 rue Principal, Gatineau
Friday, May 27 @ 8 pm
River City Junction
RCHA Club, 193 Ontario Street, Kingston ON
Friday, December 11 @ 8:30 pm; $5 @ the door
Featuring Caroline Addison on drums and vocals
RCHA Club, 193 Ontario Street, Kingston ON
Friday, December 18 @ 8:30 pm; $5 @ the door
Roadhouse Rock and Blues
Ryan  Lewis and Friends
RCHA Club, 193 Ontario Street, Kingston ON
Saturday, December 19 @ 8:30 pm; $5 @ the door
Soul and R&B
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
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 13 – OBS DAWG’ON BLUES – New, Grammy & Christmas Blues with Liz Sykes
Next week, December 20 – OBS DAWG’ON BLUES – Blues Santa with Sue Gahrns

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 18
Holiday Blues Bash with the Steve Marriner Band @ the Rainbow, 10 pm
Mumbo Jumbo Voodoo Combo @ Irene’s Pub
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
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
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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