18 July 2016

Ottawa Blues This Week - 18 July 2016

It’s always wise to check with
the venue to confirm the show!
Steve Strongman
Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street
Saturday, July 23 @ 9:30 pm

Hamilton, Ontario based bluesman and JUNO Winner Steve Strongman is making waves internationally and at home in Canada. His breakthrough 2012 release “A Natural Fact” is being recognized as a standout blues & roots record with a whopping Three 2012 Maple Blues Awards (Recording, Songwriter & Guitarist Of The Year) of the six for which it was nominated.
Listening to him is guitar paradise and it is this mastery of the instrument, along with dynamic songwriting, vocal and potent performance styles that set him apart. Having established himself as a musical force to be reckoned with, Strongman has quickly moved into the top ranks of Canadian Blues music, and is undeniably one of the most compelling young bluesmen in the scene today.
The Nellotones
Brennan’s Hill Restaurant & Bar, 133 Highway 105, Low QC
Saturday, July 23

The Nellotones is a blues/jazz Ottawa-based combo.  
The band will play before and after a screening of Past Redemption, a character-driven webseries about a corrupt town where the only choices are crime or poverty – see http://pastredemptionseries.com/webseries/ which also has a link to the band's YouTube video of Sinnerman
Kemptville Live! Music Festival
Kemptville College grounds, 830 Prescott Street, Kemptville ON
July 22-24
With Colin James, Crystal Shawanda, Tom Lavin & Powder Blues, the Drew Nelson Band and more.
Beaches International Jazz Festival
Toronto ON
Last weekend – to July 24
With Paul James, Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar, David Vest, Johnny Rawls, Blackburn, Ghost Town Blues Band and more.
The Woodlawn Inn, 420 Division Street, Cobourg, ON
Friday, July 22 @ 6 pm

The 2008 birth of the Ottawa-based band MonkeyJunk came along just when music fans needed them the most. They brought an accessible and refreshing blend of swamp-rock roots and blues to the table and haven’t looked back. In the relatively short time they’ve been performing and recording together, the members of MonkeyJunk have won a collective 20 Maple Blues Awards, two Canadian Independent Music Awards, a Blues Music Award (USA), and have been nominated twice for a JUNO Award, taking home the coveted hardware in 2012. As one of Canada’s heaviest bands since Big Sugar, their music is passionate and edgy with unfettered delivery.

Dinner and Show. Fantastic food with world class Blues. Tickets are $65 plus HST for dinner and show. Only 67 tickets are sold to these events and they sell out.  Contact the Woodlawn for tickets and reservations.
Friday, July 22
Al Tambay & Jansen Richard @ the Royal Oak, Orleans, 9 pm
Saturday, July 23
Joe Gaspar Band, Crunchy Flower & Fugly Dawgz @ Moose McGuire’s, 4 pm
Sunday, July 24
The Clint Everson Band hosts the Open Blues Jam @ the Rainbow, 3:30 pm
River City Junction @ the Atomic Rooster, 6 pm
(almost) EVERY WEEK
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: 
            July 21 – Jesse Greene
          July 28 – Ed Hart
          August 4 – Jeff Hagerman
          August 11 – Steve Groves
          August 18 – Russell Levia
          August 25 – Carolyn Addison & Jason Fryer
          September 1 – James Cochrane
          September 8 – Niel Barrington
          September 15 – Jamieson McKay
          September 22 – Shannon Eddy
          September 29 – Dean Dupuis
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.
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.
Gazebo Blues
Riverside Grill & Gazebo, Holiday Inn, Peterborough ON
Fridays, 6-10 pm; cover charge $10

Friday night ‘The Blues Is Alright’! (weather permitting)
July 22 – Miss Robin Banks
July 29 – JW-Jones
August 5 – Chris Antonik
August 12 – Bill Durst
August 19 – Chris Murphy featuring Cheryl Lescom
August 26 – Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar
September 2 – Jack de Keyzer
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
Full Bios, links to artists’ websites and YOU TUBE videos at www.BluesOnTheRideau.ca  
Visit www.coveinn.com for info about the Inn

Blues on the Rideau 2016-17 Lineup
Sept 23 – From Ridgeway ON - SPENCER MACKENZIE BAND
Oct 21 - From Detroit - LAURA RAIN & THE CAESARS
Nov 18  - From Oregon - KAREN LOVELY BAND 
Jan 20 - From Toronto/Austin, Texas - THE 24th STREET
Feb 17 - From Toronto - THE HOGTOWN ALLSTARS 
April 21 - From Toronto - JEROME GODBOO BAND 
May 12 - From Vankleek Hill, ON - TERRY GILLESPIE BAND 
(More info coming next week)

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
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Steve Payne and Paul Hobday 
Irene's Pub, 885 Bank Street
Wednesday, July 27 @ 8 pm; $15

Also appearing at:
Georgian House, Alexandria
Friday, July 29 @ 7 pm

Hudson Music Festival
The Mew Concert Square, Hudson QC
Sunday, July 31 @ 6 pm

UK’s Steve Payne is back: It’s been 3 years since he’s graced us this side of the pond, when his star shone bright at the Mariposa Festival. 
Now he’s returned until the end of August, bringing Wales guitar mate Paul Hobday for his July performances.
A powerful roots / blues / boogie duo, performing original compositions in folk / blues clubs and festivals throughout Europe and the UK. 

Variously described as one of the UK's most unique and versatile guitarists, Steve Payne is also feted as a talented and unpredictable singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, wordsmith and story-teller whose compositions cross the musical boundaries from Blues to Folk to Contemporary Roots. 

One of Britain's best — and most widely travelled — blues, country and roots guitarists and songwriters, Payne has toured Europe with Loudon Wainwright, and performed regularly at the famous (or notorious) Glastonbury Festival, as well as with legends including B.B. King and Dr. John, among others. 

Starting in the early ‘70s, blues, R&B, rock, and even punk was on his musical menu; Now his music is quieter and more thoughtful, and he's made several acoustic albums in recent years, mixing blues and country into an intriguing stew of roots influences. 

Paul Hobday has enjoyed a lifetime as an in-demand session musician, both a live and in-studio guitarist for a wide variety of artists. 

From his first band as a teenager with Tom Bailey (who later formed the ‘80s chart-topping Thompson Twins), to his current role as sidekick to Steve Payne, and work with BillyBoy Miskimmin (Yardbirds / Nine Below Zero), Paul has never stopped playing. 

In the interim years, he’s worked with Bristol’s top soul band Souled Out, The Ronnies with Ron Rogers (T’Pau), and Ian Rowley (Debbie Bonham), and played on numerous recording sessions. 

Paul’s fluid and distinctive style evolves from influences as diverse as Ry Cooder, Albert Lee, Chuck Berry, and Richard Thompson. 

In recent years, Paul has returned to his roots, playing blues and R&B with Steve Payne, touring in Europe, playing Festivals and clubs to great acclaim. They are currently working on a second album following the success of their 2015 debut “Raise a Glass”. 
Al Wood & the Woodsmen
Otty Lake Blues Cruise, Otty Lake ON
Sunday, July 31

Otty Lake Blues Cruise outdoor all day event! Several Live bands, great food and people all at the Lake. Come on out and be entertained!
Lloyd Spiegel Solo
House Concert 
Saturday, August 6 @ 7:30 pm (appetizers)
Sunday, August 7 @ 5:30 pm (pot-luck style for dinner)

With 8 albums, a sway of accolades to his name and 25 years performing, writing and recording, Lloyd Spiegel has certainly squeezed more into 35 years than many do in a lifetime. It’s that unique experience combined with a relentless touring schedule and stage presence well beyond his years that has seen him become a driving force in Australian blues and one of the most respected guitarists in the country.
Two house concerts are planned with Australian Blues Guitarist Lloyd Spiegel. Lloyd has been compared to Matt Andersen and J.P. Cormier. This will be his first tour in Canada. He will play 2 x 45 minute sets with an intermission (and more if the crowd wishes!)
50 tickets are available, at $20 each. Reserve tickets in advance by email: sarah@portertalent.ca
Andre Bisson
D’Arcy McGee’s, Sparks Street
Friday, August 12 @ 9 pm

Come hear originals and covers by Andre Bisson in that Blues, Soul and Rhythm & Blues style with his heavy horn and rhythm section.

Andre Bisson (Vocals/Guitar)
Loretta Hale (Trumpet)
Richard Page (Tenor Sax)
Kevin Beeby (Bass)
Glenn Paul (Drums)

"“Left With The Blues” veers from soulful ballads to jumpy blues numbers that ignite sparks like metal on flint. This is a robust blues album that leaves an impression.” Invisible Ink

"With a title like “Left With The Blues” that’s what I was expecting to pull from this batch of songs, but there is so much going on here I was delighted as each track grabbed me and took on some really cool, unexpected side trips. This is a perfect album". - Written by John The Rock Doctor Kereiff

"Packed with enough soul and energy to fill a couple of albums, Andre and his big band will satisfy all your musical cravings". - Hamilton Blues
Gina Sicilia
The Rainbow, 76 Murray Street
Monday, August 15 @ 8:30 pm

Considered a true rising star in the blues world ever since her debut album, “Allow Me to Confess”, brought her world-wide acclaim in 2007, Gina manages to raise the bar even further with “The Alabama Sessions”, which she recorded and produced in legendary Muscle Shoals, Alabama, and where she throws down a music gauntlet of soul, power, grit and energy for others to follow. Her songs and performances gracefully cross genres on the new album, too, with echoes of soul, rock and even Americana woven throughout the tapestry of sound she’s created on the new disc, bringing Gina’s music to an even wider audience. 
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
Family – single show - $80; pick 3 - $225
Music By The Bay Live presents
Philip Sayce
St. Francis Centre, Ajax ON
Saturday, August 27
            Advance tickets www.musicbythebaylive.com

At 21 Philip Sayce caught the attention of Jeff Healey, and spent the next 4 years as second guitar alongside the guitar master.  Following the lead of a number of talented Canadian artists, Sayce chose to move to the U.S. all the while staying true to his personal quest of following what moves him. Primary among his various L.A. ventures was joining multi Grammy Award winner Melissa Etheridge’s band in 2003. He went on to tour and record with Etheridge over the course of the next five years while continuing to perform and record with his own band. 

Combine the head turning guitar skills with expressive vocals delivering on a variety musical style and you get the whole picture – an artist following his heart, making that emotional connection.  
Studebaker John & the Hawks
The Woodlawn Inn, 420 Division Street, Cobourg, ON
Friday, September 16 @ 6 pm

Studebaker John Grimaldi was born in Chicago in 1952 and heard the blues firsthand from Big Walter Horton, "One-Armed" John Wrencher, Johnny Littlejohn and other regulars on Maxwell Street. "I can remember a time when you could see Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, he'd play in his own club, Hound Dog Taylor would always be around Maxwell Street. J.B. Hutto, too. Being able to see them perform live was breathtaking. I'm basically self-taught and I'd pick things up by just watching them."

Dinner and Show. Fantastic food with world class Blues. Tickets are $65 plus HST for dinner and show. Only 67 tickets are sold to these events and they sell out.  Contact the Woodlawn for tickets and reservations.
Beaches International Jazz Festival
Toronto ON
July 8-24
With Paul James, Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar, David Vest, Johnny Rawls, Blackburn, Ghost Town Blues Band and more.

Kemptville Live! Music Festival
Kemptville College grounds, 830 Prescott Street, Kemptville ON
July 22-24
With Colin James, Crystal Shawanda, Tom Lavin & Powder Blues, the Drew Nelson Band and more.

Festival de Blues de Victoriaville
Victoriaville QC
July 28-30
With Dawn Tyler Watson, Angel Forrest, Jack de Keyzer, Paul DesLauriers Band and more.

Calgary International Blues Festival
Calgary AB
July 25-31
With the 24th Street Wailers, Slam Allen, Conor Gains, Harrison Kennedy, MonkeyJunk, Paul Reddick, Roomful of Blues and more.
Nate Crockett Band   - Saturday, July 16
Northern Voodoo – Saturday, August 6
Raoul and the Big Time – Saturday, September 10
Studebaker John – Saturday, September 17
Jennis – Friday, September 23
Jack de Keyzer – Friday & Saturday, September 30-October 1
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 info, 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, July 24 – OBS DAWG’ON BLUES – The Film “I Am The Blues” with Sue Gahrns
Next week, July 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. 
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
            July 23-24 – Stony Plain 40th Anniversary
            July 30-31 – Buddy Guy’s 80th Birthday
          August 6-7 – Harmonica Masters
          August 13-14 – Blues Duos with C.C. Rider
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
Friday, July 29
Al Wood & the Woodsmen @ Kaffé 1870, Wakefield, 9:30 pm
Saturday, July 30
Al Wood & the Woodsmen @ Bistro l’Alambic, Gatineau
The Clint Everson Band @ Kaffé 1870, Wakefield, 9:30 pm
Chocolate Hot Pockets @ the Atomic Rooster, 10 pm
Sunday, July 31
The Clint Everson Band hosts the Open Blues Jam @ the Rainbow, 3:30 pm
Al Wood & the Woodsmen @ Otty Lake Blues Cruise
Wednesday, August 3
Lyle Odjick and Northern Stream @ the Rainbow, 9 pm
Saturday, August 6
Al Wood & the Woodsmen @ the Atomic Rooster, 4 pm
Sunday, August 7
Jimmy Cochrane hosts the Open Blues Jam @ the Rainbow, 3:30 pm
Friday, August 12
SlimMoore & The New Soul Project + Mercy Please! @ the Rainbow, 9:30 pm
Saturday, August 13
Jesse Greene Band @ Irene’s, 9:30 pm
Sunday, August 14
The Clint Everson Band hosts the Open Blues Jam @ the Rainbow, 3:30 pm
Friday, August 19
Destiny @ Irene’s Pub, 9:30 pm
Saturday, August 20
The Yohawks @ Irene’s, 9:30 pm
Sunday, August 21
Steve Thomas hosts the Open Blues Jam @ the Rainbow, 3:30 pm
Sunday, August 28
River City Junction hosts the Open Blues Jam @ the Rainbow, 3:30 pm

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