24 January 2016

Ottawa Blues This Week - 24 January 2016

It’s always wise to check with
the venue to confirm the show!
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.
Joe Gaspar Band
Greenfield’s Pub, 900 Greenbank Road
Friday, January 29

Founded in 2011, the Joe Gaspar Band is a power-blues-trio with solid blue-steel experience. The band plays all clubs and live venues in the Ottawa area; also 4-5 charity events per year. Let's rock the blues!
Jesse Greene Band
Atomic Rooster, 303 Bank Street
Friday, August 29 @ 9:30 pm

Buy tickets for a 50/50 draw in support of the Bruyére Foundation (rehabilitation and palliative care)!
Special guests, and live recording of new songs for their coming release!
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.
Friday, January 29
Joe Gaspar Band @ Greenfield’s
Jesse Greene Band @ the Atomic Rooster, 9:30 pm
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
(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, 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. 
Hosted by Corky Kealey and Vince Halfhide.
Special guests: 
            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
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)
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! 
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!
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
Ottawa Blues Society www.ottawabluessociety.com
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
Black History Month Launch & Opening Ceremony
Saint Paul University, main auditorium, 223 Main St, Ottawa,
Saturday, January 30, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Free Admission. Donations to Black History Ottawa encouraged and gratefully accepted.

An afternoon of inspiration and entertainment reflecting the theme "Our Canadian Story:  Celebrating Our Maritime Roots", to highlight the many contributions and achievements of Black Maritimers, as well as to promote the role of Black Maritime history in the overall Black experience in Canada. Highlights: Proclamation of 2016 Black History Month city-wide observance by the Mayor of Ottawa; unveiling of Canada Post BHM stamp; presentation of 2016 Black History Ottawa Community Builder Awards as well as the John G. Dennison Award & inaugural President's Award; announcement of the winners of the 2016 RBC Black History Month Essay Competition. 
Information: bhottawa@yahoo.ca

Children’s Stories in the Diaspora
Ottawa Public Library, Nepean Centrepointe Branch, Children's Program Room 101 Centrepointe Drive
Sunday,  February 7, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm;
Free Admission.

Listen to readers from the black community share children's stories written by black authors from the diaspora. Books from the library will be on display and a local bookseller will have books for sale on site. All are welcome to attend this family event.
A partnership between the Ottawa Public Library and Black History Ottawa.
Information:  bhottawa@yahoo.ca

Global Community Alliance Gala Night & Award Ceremony
Sheraton Ottawa Hotel, 150 Albert Street
Saturday, February 27; 6:00 pm–1:00 am (Cocktails @ 6:00 pm, dinner @ 7:00 pm)
Admission: $65 per person (with complimentary cocktails). Advance tickets only.

An annual event to highlight the diversity within the Ottawa community and recognize individuals, associations, businesses and organizations that have made a significant difference within our diverse community. Featuring a keynote speaker, award recipients, and enlightening  entertainment for the evening. Part of the proceeds to be donated to Black History Ottawa.
Information:  Yomi or Kelly Pratt   Yomipratt@hotmail.com  or  rsaborn@hotmail.com 
Fax: 613-824-6392
23rd Edition of Virée Blues Boréale
with Al Wood & the Woodsmen and special guest Dan Livingstone
Petit Chicago, 50 promenade du Portage, Gatineau QC
Wednesday, February 3 @ 8 pm

The full lineup for the 23rd edition will be announced.
Brian Downey's Southern Blue Valentine
1951 West, 1951 Robertson Road
Saturday, February 13, 8 pm-12 midnight
Heart- and chart breakers for music lovers - dancing shoes recommended.
Reservations for delicious dinner and/or dessert @ www.1951West.ca, 613 596 1611
Brian Downey.ca - drums, vocals
MissRepresentIT.net - vocals, bass
JamesOH.net - guitar
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

“Mysticssippi” bluesman Harry Manx has been called an “essential link” between the music of the East and West, creating musical short stories that wed the tradition of the Blues with the depth of classical Indian ragas. He has created a unique sound that is hard to forget and deliciously addictive to listen to.
His latest release is “20 strings and the truth”.
Ben Racine Band
La Basoche, 120 rue Principal, Gatineau
Friday, February 26 @ 8 pm

Ben’s soulful voice is reminiscent of the greatest Rhythm and Blues vocalists of the ‘50s and ‘60s. Inspired by artists such as Junior Walker, Bill Withers, Stevie Wonder and Clarence Carter, he will take you back to the days when vocals were the centre-point of music. …. His guitar playing covers a wide range of styles – pleasing blues and funk fans alike. From the moment he hits the stage, his contagious energy and charisma combine for a sound that is truly original.
Cecile Doo-Kingué
Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street
Saturday, March 5
Steve Hill & Paul Reddick
Shenkman Arts Centre, 245 Centrum Blvd, Orleans
Friday, March 11 
The Sheepdogs
Bronson Centre Theatre, 211 Bronson Avenue
Friday, March 11
Matt Andersen & the Bona Fide
NAC Southam Hall, 53 Elgin Street
Thursday, March 24 @ 8 pm
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
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
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)
Blues And Company
RCHA Club, 193 Ontario Street, Kingston ON
Friday, February 26 @ 8:30 pm; $5 @ the door
Three Times Lucky
RCHA Club, 193 Ontario Street, Kingston ON
Saturday, March 5 @ 8:30 pm; $7 @ the door
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, January 31 – OBS DAWG’ON BLUES – with Steve Lund
Next week, February 7 – OBS DAWG’ON BLUES – Black History Month 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.
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.
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. 
"Spektakel" with MissRepresentIT
Airs on Radio Tonkuhle 
Every 2nd Saturday of the month @ 11 am EST
Live stream on www.tonkuhle.de
Infos and and playlists are on her blog at www.abroadcom.net
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
Brian Downey @ 1951 West, 8 pm
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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