20 January 2016

Ottawa Blues This Week - 20 January 2016

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It’s always wise to check with
the venue to confirm the show!
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MAPLE BLUES AWARDS GALA
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Ottawa’s own Wicked Grin bassist (and Ottawa Blues Society member!) Leigh-Anne Stanton was chosen Bassist of the Year at the Maple Blues Awards on Monday, January 18.
For a full list of winners …
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SPECIAL EVENTS THIS WEEK
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Suzie Vinnick
Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street
Wednesday, January 20; tickets $12 advance, $15 at the door

Suzie Vinnick is the owner of a gorgeous, powerful voice and performs with a sweet mixture of engaging candidness and unparalleled musicianship.
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David Owen
“Livin’ Life” CD Release
Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street
Thursday, January 21, 7:30-9:30 pm; $12 advance, $15 at the door

David Owen’s “Livin’ Life” celebrates his return to recording and performing after a self-imposed hiatus. The acoustic blues musician who accompanies himself on guitar and harmonica was last heard from in 2007 after releasing his “4 On The Floor” EP, the follow up to his debut, “Red Hot Kisses”.  He’s back with “Livin’ Life”, a dynamic recording, honouring the traditional form of roots and blues using a cutting contemporary edge.

The career was building in Ottawa, Toronto and other parts of Canada, headlining his own shows and opening for blues greats Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland, Big Bill Morganfield, Sue Foley and others but, by choice, recording and performing took a back seat to family life. Songwriting continued and he honed and perfected his craft preparing the songs that have become “Livin’ Life”.

The approach to recording the new songs evolved as he planned his next career move.   Downchild’s Gary Kendall, onboard since “4 On The Floor” is back as producer, along with veteran bassist, Alec Fraser using his brush bass style to provide the bottom end and percussion. The extremely talented multi-instrumentalist Jimmy Bowskill rounds out the studio group providing violin, viola, mandolin, pedal steel and electric guitar. The result is an original and unique set of new blues and roots music guaranteed to jump start David Owen’s career and catch the attention of music fans around the world. For the Rainbow show David Owen will be perform with an acoustic trio adding mandolin and acoustic bass. 
www.davidowen.ca
www.therainbow.ca
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LOCAL HIGHLIGHTS THIS WEEK
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28th Annual RnB Fest
Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street
Friday & Saturday, January 22-23 @ 9:30 pm; cover $10

Friday January 22
Jed Rached and the Fat City 8
Saturday January 23
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AREA HIGHLIGHTS THIS WEEK
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Kingstown NEW Mississippi
Musiikki Cafe & Whiskey Bar, Penthouse Lounge, 73 Brock Street, Kingston ON
Friday, January 22, 8:00-11:00 pm

1st Party Dance of 2016!
If you don't believe the BUZZ!!! listen for yourself:
Kingstown NEW Mississippi: Rev Freddie Vendetta (vocal, rhythm guitar), DUKE (bass), Gary ZAP KING Lavallee (drums), Earl "Street Corner" Coleman (lead guitar).
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Blues on the Rideau presents
Steve Strongman Band
Friday & Saturday, January 22-23, 7-11 pm; $65 + HST
Proceeds to Rideau Waterway Land Trust & The Westport Arts Council

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!

Advance Reservations are required.
Call The Cove at 613-273-3636 or 1-888-COVEINN to reserve.
OBS members – Blues On The Rideau is offering 10% off Dinner & Show tickets to all Blues On The Rideau events at The Cove Inn in Westport ($65 cost – OBS members $58.50). For more info and conditions for the OBS discount www.ottawabluessociety.com/membership

BLUES ON THE RIDEAU is produced by Choose The Blues Productions 
www.choosetheblues.ca  in cooperation with The Cove Inn, Westport 
www.coveinn.com 
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LOCALS THIS WEEK
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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
MonkeyJunk @ the Rainbow, 10 pm
Sunday, January 24
Steve Thomas Band hosts the Open Jam @ the Rainbow, 3:30-7:30 pm
Terry Owen’s Hep Cats @ the Atomic Rooster, 6-9 pm
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LOCAL HIGHLIGHTS
(almost) EVERY WEEK
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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.
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The Jam @ Kaffé 1870, Wakefield QC
Every Wednesday @ 9 pm, no cover
6 rotating hosts, each specializing in a different genre
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John Carroll
Chateau Lafayette (The Laff), 42 York Street
Wednesdays, 8 pm
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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. 
Hosted by Corky Kealey and Vince Halfhide.
Special guests: 
            January 21 – Bill & Tonia
          January 28 – Scott Allan Amy
          February 4 – Al Wood
          February 11 – Genevieve Freynet
          February 18 – Chuck Karn
          February 25 – Jarhead & Jerome
          March 3 – Niel Barrington
          March 10 – John Yemensky
          March 17 – Peter O’Newsom
          March 24 – Rod Williams
          March 31 – Jeff Hagerman
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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.
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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.
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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!
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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).
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Sunday Blues, 6-9 pm, no cover
Atomic Rooster, 303 Bank Street (at MacLaren)
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2016 WINTER MUSIC
AT CALABOGIE PEAKS
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Calabogie Presents...The Winter MUSIC Series
January 2, 2016 - March 26, 2016
Calabogie Peaks Resort is excited to bring back the music events this winter with après ski entertainment!

Rod Williams & JW Jones Duo - February 13, 2016
Rod Williams, affectionately as Reverend Rod, is a highly respected harmonica player and powerful vocalist. Rod has been performing at regional venues since the early 90's and has played alongside the who’s-who of local and international talent. He brings a passion for the music that is contagious and undeniable! A member of several bands, such as The Soul Shakers, Broadcast Blues Band, Lil' Al's Combo, more recently, King Rattler, Wicked Grin, and occasionally appears with international touring Canadian blues artist, JW-Jones. Entertainment and music that is perfect for the soul and makes you feel good!

Three Times Lucky - February 27, 2016
Three Times Lucky, formed in 2009, are a group of experienced Ottawa area musicians offering a combination of classic rootsy blues rock, with a healthy dose of their own original numbers to boot. So put on your favorite dancing shoes and come out to a show real soon! Yer Alternative Rockin' Blues Satisfaction Guaranteed! 

Mumbo Jumbo Voodoo Combo - March 5, 2016
Mumbo Jumbo Voodoo Combo was formed in Ottawa, Canada, July 1991, to explore the rhythms and eerie melodies of New Orleans and of the bayou's of rural Louisiana. They have transformed these Mari Gras anthems into their own, while keeping true to the genre.
Elements of Blues, Boogie, Jazz, Reggae, Calypso & Latin music can be savored in their MUMBO GUMBO. www.mumbojumbo.ca

Rocket Rached - March 12, 2016
A classic blues shouter who harkens back to the days of Jimmy Witherspoon and Big Joe Turner. The "Rocket" is a frontman extraordinaire without equal, who erupts with energy and once on stage it’s both infectious and entertaining. http://www.fatcity8.ca/jed.html

Maria Hawkins - March 19, 2016
The Maria Hawkins Band perform in clubs and for public events regularly (blues, soul, R&B, funk and rock). They have a great following in the Ottawa region and perform annually for fairs, festivals, community events and fundraisers. Maria and her band have opened for Colin James and performed with Amanda Marshall. http://mariahawkins.ca/

Three Times Lucky - March 26, 2016
Three Times Lucky, formed in 2009, are a group of experienced Ottawa area musicians offering a combination of classic rootsy blues rock, with a healthy dose of their own original numbers to boot. So put on your favorite dancing shoes and come out to a show real soon! Yer Alternative Rockin' Blues Satisfaction Guaranteed! 
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AREA HIGHLIGHTS ONCE A MONTH
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Blues On Tues         
The Granary Beizli, 3270 County Rd 10, Vankleek Hill ON
Third Tuesday of every month@ 7 pm; $10
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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
STEVE STRONGMAN BAND
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!
PROCEEDS TO THE RIDEAU WATERWAY LAND TRUST & THE WESTPORT ARTS COUNCIL

February 19
From Toronto
JACK DE KEYZER BAND
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!
PROCEEDS TO ART BY THE LAKE WESTPORT

March 25
From Montreal
ANGEL FORREST BAND
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!
PROCEEDS TO KICK IN FOR KIDS

April 22
From Montreal
RIA REECE BAND
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!
PROCEEDS TO 4-H CANADA

May 13
From Hamilton
HARRISON KENNEDY BAND
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!
PROCEEDS TO HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

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
Ottawa Blues Society www.ottawabluessociety.com
LAKE 88.1 Perth/Rideau Lakes www.lake88.ca

Please visit and LIKE us on Facebook and Twitter
www.facebook.com/ChooseTheBluesProductions    
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OTTAWA BLUES & FOLK FESTIVALS
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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
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SPECIAL EVENTS COMING UP
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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.
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Clint Everson Band
Kaffé 1870, Wakefield QC
Saturday, January 30 @ 9 pm

Come soothe the savage winter blues with this soulful trio playing originals and covers all night long.
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EVENTS WAY AHEAD in 2016
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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
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Cecile Doo-Kingué
Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street
Saturday, March 5
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Steve Hill & Paul Reddick
Shenkman Arts Centre, 245 Centrum Blvd, Orleans
Friday, March 11 
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The Sheepdogs
Bronson Centre Theatre, 211 Bronson Avenue
Friday, March 11
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Matt Andersen & the Bona Fide
NAC Southam Hall, 53 Elgin Street
Thursday, March 24
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Jerome Godboo
La Basoche, 120 rue Principal, Gatineau
Friday, March 25 @ 8 pm
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Colin James 
NAC Southam Hall, 53 Elgin Street
Saturday, April 2
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Michael Kaeshammer
NAC Theatre, 53 Elgin Street
Saturday, April 23
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George Thorogood & the Destroyers
            Opening – JW Jones
National Arts Centre, 53 Elgin Street
Monday, May 9 @ 8 pm
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Steve Strongman
La Basoche, 120 rue Principal, Gatineau
Friday, May 27 @ 8 pm
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KINGSTON SPECIAL EVENTS
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Riley & Riley - CD Release Party
With Shaker Down
RCHA Club, 193 Ontario Street, Kingston ON
Friday, February 5, 9 pm – midnight; $5

Featuring Shaun Riley, Gregg Duncan (Dunk), Craig Tousignant and Wayne Riley
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Jerome Godboo
RCHA Club, 193 Ontario Street, Kingston ON
Friday, February 19 @ 8:30 pm; $15 in advance
reserve by calling 613 384-8168 or

Back by popular demand … World’s best harp player and his smoking hot band (Eric Shenkman and Shawn Kellerman)
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Blues And Company
RCHA Club, 193 Ontario Street, Kingston ON
Friday, February 26 @ 8:30 pm; $5 @ the door
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Three Times Lucky
RCHA Club, 193 Ontario Street, Kingston ON
Saturday, March 5 @ 8:30 pm; $7 @ the door
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KINGSTON REGULAR EVENTS
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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.
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For more, please contact Kingston Blues Society
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BLUES ON THE RADIO
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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, January 24 – OBS DAWG’ON BLUES – Canadians at the International Blues Challenge with Debrablues
Next week, January 31 – OBS DAWG’ON BLUES – with Steve Lund

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. 
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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.
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Wednesdays: 9-11 pm
In A Mellow Tone
Hosted by Bernard Stepien, Ron Steeds, Allan Wigney, Jean-Michel Labatut and Aidian Thomas, ‘In A Mellow Tone’ introduces listeners to the entire history of jazz, from its beginnings to the latest innovations. Every program has a focus; on a musician, a city, a festival, an instrument, a record label or on recent releases. The hosts draw on their large personal CD and LP collections to supplement CKCU's extensive resources.
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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/
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The Bluesmobile with Elwood Blues, CHEZ FM 106.1
Sundays 6-7 pm; Wednesdays 11 pm – midnight
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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.
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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.
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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. 
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LOCALS LOOK AHEAD
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Friday, January 29
Joe Gaspar Band @ Greenfield’s
Saturday, January 30
The Powergoats @ the Atomic Rooster, 4-8 pm
Sunday, January 31
River City Junction hosts the Open Jam @ the Rainbow, 3:30-7:30 pm
Saturday, February 6
Lucas Haneman Express & Stephen Thomas Band @ the Rainbow, 9:30 pm
Sunday, February 7
Brian Downey hosts the Open Jam @ the Rainbow, 3:30-7:30 pm
Saturday, February 13
Ball and Chain & the Wreckers Mardi Gras Party @ Irene’s Pub, 9:30 pm
Sunday, February 14
Clint Everson Band hosts the Open Jam @ the Rainbow, 3:30-7:30 pm
Saturday, February 20
Fonograph @ the Rainbow, 4-8 pm
The Tony D Band @ the Rainbow, 10 pm
Sunday, February 21
Steve Thomas Band hosts the Open Jam @ the Rainbow, 3:30-7:30 pm
Wednesday, February 24
Tom Waits Tribute – Songs From A Drunken Piano @ Irene’s Pub, 8 pm
Friday, February 26
Bella Cat Blues @ The Black Sheep Inn, Wakefield, 8:30 pm
The Kingmakers @ Irene’s Pub, 9:30 pm
Sunday, February 28
River City Junction hosts the Open Jam @ the Rainbow, 3:30-7:30 pm
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