21 June 2016

Ottawa Blues This Week - 21 June 2016

It’s always wise to check with
the venue to confirm the show!
Ottawa Blues This Week is a day late, following my return from a two-week vacation in the Chicago area (which is why there was NO Ottawa Blues This Week last week). If you haven’t attended the Chicago Blues Festival, I urge you to add it to your bucket list … as what I believe is the world’s largest free blues festival, it’s an annual blues pilgrimage for me and the music never disappoints!
Anthony Gomes
Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street
Thursday, June 23

#1 Billboard Blues Artist, Anthony Gomes, has been creating virtuosic, burning blues since his recorded debut in 1998. Twelve releases and numerous awards and ecstatic accolades later, the aptly-named, riff-laden “Electric Field Holler” crackles with his bare wires passion. Gomes sings and plays with integrity and deeply felt emotion, oblivious to fortune and fashion. The resulting music is a blazing cathartic experience radiating therapeutic heat for body and soul.
The Return of the Jedi of the Blues
Rocket Rached & the Fat City 8
Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street
Friday, June 24 @ 9:30 pm

Come on out to Irene’s Pub and dance the night away … some new tunes and some faves.
Stratford Blues & Ribfest
Stratford ON
June 24-26
With the Michael Schatte Band, Dylan Wickens & the Grand Naturals, Stevie T, the Bill Durst Band and more.

TD Ottawa Jazz Festival
Ottawa ON
June 22 – July 3
With Elvin Bishop & Charlie Musselwhite, Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, the 24th Street Wailers & more.

TD Toronto Jazz Festival
Toronto ON
June 24 – July 3
With Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, the Distillery, Julian Fauth Blues Band, Fraser Melvin Band, Blackburn Brothers & more.
Morgan Davis
The Valley Food & Drink Co, 729 Mill Street, Calabogie ON
Friday, June 24 @ 8 pm; $10
Dinner available from 5 – 8 pm before the show, reservations required.
Tickets are available online at Eventbrite.ca, in person at the restaurant, or can be reserved by phone 613-752-2676x311. Seating is limited so advance tickets and reservations are required. 

For 45 years Morgan Davis has been on the road travelling across Canada, the United States and Europe. His performances draw from a rich tradition of country blues, as well as his own contemporary songs infused with wit and a large dose of humour. Owner Byron Hermann says “We are so honoured to him performing on our stage. I remember his incredible playing with David Wilcox and almost everyone else in the Blues world.” Davis has established a rich career as a solo artist, and also performs with stellar lineups of musicians as a trio or full band. His most recent recording, "Drive My Blues Away on Electro-Fi records is his first solo disc. His previous recording "At Home In Nova Scotia", pays homage to Atlantic Canada where he has been a resident since 2001.

Morgan's passion for the Blues has never wavered... and he fully expects to be on the road for the rest of his life.

“The Valley Food and Drink Co.” is an Ottawa Valley destination restaurant located inside Calabogie Lodge on the shore of beautiful Calabogie Lake. The restaurant offers visitors an opportunity to experience Ottawa valley culture, heritage, music and of course food and drink. Menus have been designed to highlight the diverse cultural nature that created our Ottawa valley heritage. Recipes have been prepared using, wherever possible, the freshest ingredients the Valley has to offer, hand-picked from farms, farmer’s markets and local meat producers. The restaurant is fully licensed and also features local craft beers and Ontario wines. 
A Fundraising Concert with The Claytones
Manotick United Church, 5567 Manotick Main Street, Manotick ON
Saturday, June 25 @ 8 pm; $30

Born in the heart of the Ottawa Valley, the Claytones masterfully spin their melodic, vocal-driven Canadiana brand of country-soaked roots music with old school sensibilities.
This concert is a fundraiser in support of renovations to the Aphasia Centre of Ottawa and the Manotick United Church Outreach.
For tickets call Manotick United Church 613-692-4576 or email Terry McGovern mcgovet@rogers.com
Outdoor Concert with Ray Montford
Restaurant Les Fougeres, 783 Route 105, Chelsea QC
Sunday, June 26 @ 3 pm; tickets $20 advance,$22.50 at the door
            For tickets http://raymontford.com/index.php/concerts

Like the human spirit, Ray Montford’s melodic original tunes are fuelled by a wild and raw beauty, inspiring haunting sonic canvasses that are equally rich in imagery, as they are powerful.  Whether playing finger style acoustic or electric reminiscent of blues/rock masters, Ray is a soulful player who lets his instrument sing, wringing emotion from every note and with a  textured sound all his own.  He recently released his sixth studio album, “Vintage Is Now”, an evocative collection of originals steeped in a seamless mix of jazz, blues and rock.
Friday, June 24
Rocket Rached & the Fat City 8 @ Irene’s, 9:30 pm
Saturday, June 25
The Back Beat @ La Piazza Courtyard, Manotick, 9 pm
Sunday, June 26
River City Junction hosts the Open Blues Jam @ the Rainbow, 3:30 pm
Morgan Davis @ the Atomic Rooster, 6-9 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: 
            June 23 – John Cormier
          June 30 – Inesperado
          July 7 – Terry Gillespie
          July 14 – Drew Nelson
          July 21 – Jesse Greene
          July 28 – Ed Hart
Weekly jazz jam
Options Jazz Lounge, Brookstreet Hotel, Kanata
Thursdays, 7-11 pm; no cover
“… February 11, was the third anniversary of weekly jazz jams at the Brookstreet Hotel's Options Jazz Lounge in Kanata – and the HML Trio will be keeping the music going, as they have from the beginning.
There are not many jams that last without a break for that long, and with the same host band. But the Ottawa jazz trio – Jamie Holmes on drums, Alex Moxon on guitar, and J.P. Lapensée on electric bass – has built a steady following for the Thursday jam, week in and week out.”
Check out the full article on this jam at
Roddy Ellias
Caveau Mediterranean, 1638 Bank Street
Every Saturday night
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)
24th Edition of Virée Blues Boréale
Coming in September 2016.
Fifty Five Twenty-Five Festival
Watson’s Mill, 5525 Dickinson Street, Manotick ON

World class music performances at the very heart of Manotick.
Watson's Mill is a visually stunning performance space and has great acoustics.

          Tuesday, August 16 – Tyler Kealey
          Wednesday, August 17 – K.E.W.T. Kathryn Briggs & Terry Tufts
          Thursday, August 18 – Suzie Vinnick

Tickets can be purchased through Watson’s Mill 614-692-6455
Adult – single show - $30; pick 3 - $80; all 6 - $150
Family – single show - $80; pick 3 - $225; all 6 - $400
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

Stay tuned for the 2016-17 lineup.
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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I AM THE BLUES documentary
Bytowne Theatre, 325 Rideau Street
Three showings:
            Sunday, June 26 @ 4:15 pm
            Monday, June 27 @ 6:55 pm
            Tuesday, June 28 @ 9:05 pm
Tickets - $12 for non-members; $8 for Bytowne members (with Bytowne membership card); ticket prices include HST, cash only; Bytowne membership $12; seniors & students $6 with ID; (valid for one year from date of purchase)

I AM THE BLUES is a beautiful feature documentary about to go into national theatrical release. The film was made by Emmy-winning Montreal director Daniel Cross. It follows a number of remaining blues greats, most in their 80s, in Mississippi and Louisiana. It's an incredibly intimate and touching look at these artists and a disappearing generation in the blues. 

I AM THE BLUES takes the audience on a musical journey through the swamps of the Louisiana Bayou, the juke joints of the Mississippi Delta and Moonshine soaked BBQs in the North Mississippi Hill Country. Visit the last original blues devils, many in their 80s, still living in the American deep south and touring the Chitlin’ Circuit. Let Bobby Rush, Barbara Lynn, Henry Gray, Carol Fran, Little Freddie King, Lazy Lester, Bilbo Walker, Jimmy “Duck” Holmes, RL Boyce, LC Ulmer, Lil’ Buck Sinegal and their friends awaken the blues in all of us.

I AM THE BLUES - Trailer 


Ottawa Gatineau Blues Cruise with Carolyn Fe Trio
Quai des Artistes, 895 Jacques Cartier, Gatineau QC
Thursday, July 14, 7-10 pm; $40

ALL ABOARD! Take a Blues Cruise on the Ottawa River with Carolyn Fe Blues Collective Trio. Sip a drink, tap your toes or just get up and dance while you soak in the sights of the boat cruise.
Boarding: 18h30 at Quai des Artistes, 895 rue Jacques Cartier, Gatineau, QC. Boat leaves at 19h00 sharp.

RSVP: 819-264-3855 or 613-724-8408
Tickets available at Croisieres Outaouais: 892 rue Jacques Cartier, Gatineau, QC
Stratford Blues & Ribfest
Stratford ON
June 24-26
With the Michael Schatte Band, Dylan Wickens & the Grand Naturals, Stevie T, the Bill Durst Band and more.

TD Ottawa Jazz Festival
Ottawa ON
June 22 – July 3
With Elvin Bishop & Charlie Musselwhite, Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, the 24th Street Wailers & more.

TD Toronto Jazz Festival
Toronto ON
June 24 – July 3
With Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, the Distillery, Julian Fauth Blues Band, Fraser Melvin Band, Blackburn Brothers & more.

Montreal International Jazz Festival
Montreal QC
June 29 – July 9
With Guy Belanger, the Montreal Jubilation Gospel Choir, Paul DesLauriers, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Taj Mahal and more.

Mountain Man Music Festival
Calabogie ON
June 30 – July 1
With Paul DesLauriers Band, Bill Durst, Al Lerman, Zydeco Loco and more.
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, June 26 – OBS DAWG’ON BLUES – Mt. Tremblant Blues Festival 2016  with Debrablues
Next week, July 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.
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
June 4-5 – Ana Popovic
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
Sunday, July 3
Brian Downey hosts the Open Blues Jam @ the Rainbow, 3:30 pm

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