18 December 2017

Ottawa Blues This Week - 18 December 2017

It’s always wise to check with
the venue to confirm the show!
NAC Presents
Crystal Shawanda: Christmas Concert
NAC Azrieli Studio, 1 Elgin Street
Thursday, December 21 @ 8 pm; tickets $36.50

A fabulous Christmas concert from an incredible Canadian talent. A Juno-winning singer/songwriter whose soulful, rootsy sound has allowed for a nearly seamless bridging of the traditional country and blues worlds, Crystal Shawanda’s unique aboriginal cultural background has left her feeling like an outsider at times. But that search may be at an end, as the process of creating her latest album, the cathartic, bold and refreshingly authentic “Fish Out of Water” sees the talented Shawanda not just coming to terms with her unique place in the industry, but embracing and truly celebrating it. ‘Fish Out of Water” stands as an example of an artist who has truly found her voice, and it is a voice that is rich, powerful, charming and intimately real.
Tony D Band Holiday Bash
Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street
Saturday, December 23 @ 9 pm; $10 advance, $15 at the door

Tony D Band's Annual XMas Bash.
Tony D is a staple in Ottawa's blues music scene. Although these days he is kept busy touring with the JUNO winning band MonkeyJunk, when he's home, Tony D brings out his larger blues band and ROCKS the RAINBOW.
In anticipation of early shows starting in 2018, we're starting this one at 9 pm!
Wicked Grin Duo
Atomic Rooster, 303 Bank Street
Sunday, December 24; 7:15-10:30 pm

Our yearly duo show Christmas Eve at the Atomic Rooster. A bit mellower - lots of special guests. C'mon down for a bit of pre-Christmas cheer.
Danby’s Bar & Grill, 2858 Munster Road, Munster Hamlet
Friday, December 22

TIPSY EVE IX – wow, it’s been nine years already! This year we decided to kick it old school. After 9 years in Kanata at Darcy McGee's and since our friends who operated it no longer do, we wanted to change up the venue.


We held the party in Kanata each year to accommodate old friends from Richmond, Stittsville, Manotick and Munster... since most wouldn't go downtown we thought best to hold in Kanata, it being more central for everyone. Every year the party has different crowds, but it turns into a reunion of old faces that get together for some Holiday Fun!

So make a call out to all those "FORMER & CURRENT MUNSTERITES" and all our buddies from Richmond, Stittsville and Manotick to come out and show Munster an Old School Party! But this time hopefully we don't get the cop cars chasing us from the party! ;)

Crunchy Flower will play a li’l music then I will invite some other musical peeps you know ... Eric Lackey, Bill St Amand ... and others to be announced.
Friday, December 22
Tipsy Eve IX @ Danby's Bar & Grill, Munster Hamlet
Saturday, December 23
Tony D Band Holiday Bash @ the Rainbow, 9 pm
Sunday, December 24
Rocket Rached hosts the Open Jam @ the Rainbow, 4 pm
Wicked Grin Duo @ the Atomic Rooster, 7:15 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
Dr Dave Blues & Jazz
Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street
Wednesdays, 4-7 pm; no cover
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: 
            December 21 – Edward Hart
            December 28 – Steve Marriner
            January 4 – Rob Alexander
            January 11 – Corey Sullivan
            January 18 – Elyssa Mahoney
            January 25 – Vince Halfhide
Weekly jazz jam
Options Jazz Lounge, Brookstreet Hotel, Kanata
Thursdays, 7-11 pm; no cover
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)
Sunday Sessions, 9:30 pm, no cover
Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street
Virée Blues Moosehead
Le Petit Chicago, 50 promenade du Portage, Gatineau QC
Every other Wednesday @ 8 pm; $20
(Ottawa Blues Society members $15 with card)
Monthly Jazz Night
Slackoni’s Parkside Bistro
Best Western Hotel, 82 Peter Street, Perth ON
Every 3rd Thursday of the month, 6-9 pm

With Peter Brown’s piano trio.
Come on out - the food is excellent and the music will be pretty darn good (Peter promises!)
Blues On The Rideau
The Cove Inn, Westport ON
Once a month 7-11 pm; $65 (buffet dinner, dancing & door prizes included)
A Dinner & Show Fundraiser Series at a classic country Inn - now in its 12th year! - featuring some of Canada’s (and America’s) best Blues artists. Once a month September through May (December excluded). Proceeds from each show goes to support local charities.

More info including artists’ Bios, links to their websites and YOU TUBE videos at www.BluesOnTheRideau.ca
Visit www.coveinn.com for info about the Inn
Well priced accommodation available at The Cove, nearby B&Bs and motel
Westport is a beautiful historic town on the Rideau Waterway - a 90-minute drive from Ottawa, 45 minutes from Kingston.

2017-18 lineup:
January 19 & 20 – Jack de Keyzer
February 16 – Harpdog Brown with Sugar Brown
March 16 – Sean Pinchin Band
April 20 – Boogie Patrol
May 11 & 12 – David Rotundo Band

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 Jacob’s Creek Wines www.jacobscreek.ca
Perth Brewery www.perthbrewery.ca
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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Hillbilly Playboys
Atomic Rooster, 303 Bank Street
Saturday, December 30

A combination of Hillbilly Hepcats and Dmestore Playboys is sure to please and get you ready for New Years.
Great tunes with attitude and style.
Come on down and shake it with us.
Jeff Rogers Live!
Aperativo, 655 Kanata Ave, Unit L2, Kanata
Sunday, December 31 @ 7 pm; tickets $120+ taxes per person

An evening of fabulous food and drink, great friends and live music.
Join us to ring in the New Year at Aperitivo!
The best little party in Kanata will include:
Welcome Cocktail, Bubbles at the Bells, great food throughout the evening, and...
Tickets available now!
John Carroll & the Epic Proportions
Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street
Sunday, December 31 @ 9 pm

John Carroll, Fred Guignon, Phillipe Charboneau, Olivier Fairfield play songs; Curtis Chaffey and Matt Chaffey play songs. Everyone has fun.
Atomic Rooster, 303 Bank Street
Sunday, December 31 @ 10 pm; no cover, no reservations

Get ready to shake your tail feather into the New Year with the Soulcasters at the Atomic Rooster! Party Favours and NO COVER. Get there early folks, no reservations!!!!
Fundraiser for the Road To Memphis
With the Angelina Hunter Trio and Wicked Grin
Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street
Saturday, January 6; 8-11 pm

The Angelina Hunter Trio is proud to announce that we have been chosen to represent Ottawa in the 2018 International Blues Challenge in Memphis TN (Jan 16-20). We will be performing at numerous showcase events as well as competing against many of the best blues acts in the world!

This Fundraiser will help the band finance their trip to this prestigious event and will also go towards funding their debut album release.

We are thrilled and honored to share the stage with 2014 Road to Memphis winners Wicked Grin. This will be an amazing night of blues you will not want to miss!

If you are out of town and would still like to contribute but can't make the show, you can send us some coin via our Go Fund Me page:

All contributions will go a long way to help us share our music internationally.
We really appreciate your continued support and look forward to an awesome night of screamin' guitar blues!
JW Jones
LIVE on Elgin, 220 Elgin Street
Saturday, January 13 @ 8 pm; $17.70 in advance; $20.00 at the door
NOMINATED FOR TWO MAPLE BLUES AWARDS! Recording of the Year (“High Temperature”) and Laura Greenberg for Bass Player of the Year (Results Jan. 15, 2018)!

This is one of the most intimate live venues in Ottawa, and Jones' FIRST time performing at LIVE on Elgin!

‘High Temperature’ has won the Blues Foundation’s International Blues Challenge in Memphis for “Best Self-Produced CD”, nominated for a Maple Blues Award, and hit the Billboard Top 10.
Don't forget, the ticket price goes directly to the band at this venue. SUPPORT LIVE MUSIC!
Music by the Bay Live Presents
Colin James – Up Close and Personal
Town Hall 1873 Centre for the Performing Arts, 302 Queen Street, Port Perry ON
Wednesday, January 17 @ 8 pm

From the prairies of Saskatchewan to the stages of the world, sharing his talent with some of the greatest and most influential musicians of all time, Colin James has quietly and steadily established himself as one of Canada's greatest musicians. 

For his 18th album, “Blue Highways”, Colin pays tribute to some of his long-time blues idols including Howlin’ Wolf, Jimmy Reed, Freddie King, Jr. Wells & Buddy Guy, Peter Green, Robert Johnson and William Bell, to name a few. In the spring of 2015 after wrapping up his Hearts on Fire Tour, Colin was loving playing with his band and very happy with the sound they had created on stage. What better time to make a record! Especially the record Colin had been itching to make for years – a collection of some of his favourite blues tracks. In less than a week Colin was recording in The Warehouse Studios in Vancouver and in just two days, “Blue Highways” was born.

January 17th will be an amazing night of music with a Canadian legend and Chris Caddell, one of Canada’s treasured up and coming singer-songwriters who are both considered two of Canada’s finest guitarists. Be part of the experience with Colin James - Up Close and Personal in Port Perry!

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.musicbythebaylive.com, email MBBL.blues@gmail.com or call 905-903-8661
River City Junction
South Branch Bistro, Kemptville ON
Friday, January 19 @ 8:30 pm

Music by the Bay Live presents
Shakura S’Aida
Avalon Lounge Port Whitby Marina; 301 Watson Street West, Whitby ON
Saturday, January 20 @ 8 pm; $45 advance

LOOK OUT WHITBY ... Shakura is coming!

You may have spotted Brooklyn-born, Swiss-raised and Canadian-based Shakura S’Aida-pronounce her name “Shack-ooo-ra Sigh-ee-da”— performing at Festivals in Dubai, Europe, Australia, Rwanda or Russia, on the Legendary Blues Cruise; with her new symphony orchestra concert, “Blues in G Minor: 4 Women”, featuring the blues music of Etta James, Billie Holiday and Nina Simone, in her 4 woman tribute to Nina Simone, “The Nina Project” or acting in TV shows such as Lost Girl, Schitt’s Creek or Flashpoint. From her beginnings as the world music band Kaleefah’s lead singer, this versatile vocalist and consummate entertainer has blown audiences away with her scorching vocal style, uncanny ability to deliver powerful original songs and to get deep into the guts of the most venerable standard. Shakura’s long-simmering career initially moved into high gear in 2008 with a triumph at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, when she earned the runner-up position, competing against more than 100 bands from more than 20 different countries.

Shakura S’Aida has consistently been thrilling audiences with her powerful pipes for years, most recently as a guest host on CBC Radio 2’s Weekend Morning. As a veteran of the international music scene, she’s performed both as a featured artist with musicians like Jimmy Smith, Lee Oskar (WAR), Bettye LaVette and Keb Mo’, as well as an award winning solo artist.

This will be a formidable performance and tickets for this show would make a perfect Christmas Gift! Give the gift of live music this holiday season! Advance Tickets www.musicbythebaylive.com
Paul Reddick
Black Sheep Inn, Wakefield QC
Friday, January 26 @ 8:30 pm

Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street
Saturday, January 27 @ 9:30 pm

Melding poetry, mystery, darkness and light, along with an extensive knowledge of the history and traditions of blues music is what makes Paul Reddick on of the most popular figures on the blues and roots music scene today. For over 25 years he’s been writing and performing his eclectic brand of blues, bringing the art form to new frontiers with his rapacious, deep vocals, masterful harmonica playing and song writing. As the unofficial poet laureate of Canadian blues, words are his weapon of choice and when he sings, it is near impossible not to listen and get lost within the songs, right alongside him and illustrating what the influential British magazine Mojo described as his “wayward brilliance.”
NAC presents
Michael Kaeshammer
NAC Babs Asper Theatre, 1 Elgin Street
Thursday, February 8 @ 7:30 pm

“No Filter” is the 11th album from Michael Kaeshammer. This is the sound of an artist following his muse completely unhindered by thoughts of commercial imperatives or genre constraints. The prolific Vancouver Island-based singer/songwriter/pianist/producer has earned a loyal international following as a triple threat. He’s a piano virtuoso with a technical mastery of many different styles, an eloquent singer/songwriter, and a charming and engaging performer. On “No Filter”, Michael mixes his well-crafted and melodic original songs with a couple of evocative piano instrumentals, and the result is a delightfully varied collection.

Kaeshammer has won West Coast Music Awards as Musician of the Year and Entertainer of the Year, while seven JUNO Award nominations have netted him two wins. With his recording career now spanning two full decades, Michael Kaeshammer has emerged as a truly original artist at the very top of his game and one in love with the creative process.
Valerie June
The 27 Club, 27 York Street
Friday, February 10 @ 8:30 pm; $25

"Understanding the order of time is important to anyone hoping to manifest a dream," says Valerie June. "There is a time to push, and a time to gently tend the garden."
Since the release of her 2013 breakout “Pushin' Against A Stone”, June has been patiently at work in the garden of song, nurturing seedlings with love and care into the lush bloom that is her stunning new album, “The Order Of Time”. Some songs grew from seeds planted more than a decade ago, others blossomed overnight when she least expected them to, but every track bears the influence of time. Thankfully for us, June was ready when time told her to harvest these songs. In the garden, as in life, there is a time for everything and the moment has finally arrived to enjoy the fruits of all her labor. With “The Order Of Time”, Valerie June has prepared a bountiful feast, and there's a seat at the table for everyone.
NAC presents
Sue Foley
NAC Azrieli Theatre, 1 Elgin Street
Thursday, February 22 @ 8 pm

Sue Foley returns to her roots for “The Ice Queen”, her first solo album in 10 years! Recorded old-school ‘live and in the room’, “The Ice Queen” is Sue Foley’s 11th solo release, featuring all new original songs and showcasing her singular guitar style.
An Evening with Digging Roots and Dione Taylor & The Backsliderz
Shenkman Arts Centre, 245 Centrum Boulevard
Thursday, March 1 @ 8 pm; tickets $40

Prepare for a night of genre-blending R&B, folk and jazz uniting two of Canada’s most versatile and captivating performers. Filled with soul-stirring storytelling, new rhythms and exhilarating emotion, Digging Roots and Dione Taylor’s performances re-make musical traditions, creating a powerfully Canadian experience that is contemporary, passionate and audacious.

Juno-winning First Nations power couple Shoshona Kish and Raven Kanatakta have built their sound on a unique musical marriage of unvarnished truth and unconditional love. Their five-piece band turns out tunes that don’t fit in boxes: indie-folk, global-soul, roots-rock, hip-hop and blues-infused, Digging Roots is overall politically-engaged and poetically-enamoured.

Jazz, blues and gospel collide in this artist’s deep love for music, influenced by her past as a pastor's daughter from Saskatchewan — Taylor was raised in a family completely connected to song. The soulful singer’s Juno-nominated debut album catapulted her career across the continents, seeing her perform for audiences that have included the President of the United States and HM Queen Elizabeth II.
NAC Presents
Ray Bonneville
NAC Azrieli Theatre, 1 Elgin Street
Tuesday, March 20 @ 8 pm

Every now and then, you run across someone with a library's worth of stories to tell. But unlike the raconteurs who regale friends with well-embellished versions of their exploits, these storytellers have lived so much, they reveal chapters of their hard-won wisdom slowly, carefully, like layers peeled from an onion.

Ray Bonneville didn't even open his storybook until his early 40s, some 20 years after he started performing. But with a style that sometimes draws comparisons to JJ Cale and Daniel Lanois, this blues-influenced, New Orleans-inspired "song and groove man," as he's been so aptly described, luckily found his rightful calling.

On his fourth Red House Records album, “Easy Gone”, Bonneville delivers 10 reasons why patience pays off. In each, his guitarwork shimmers like stars emerging at dusk. His voice carries the rich, natural timbre of time, though underneath that pearl-like smoothness, one hears its gritty core. His harmonica rhythms add even more texture to his sound.
Bands 4 BIN
Fundraiser for Bullies in Need
Sonny’s Bar and Grill, 1119 Baxter Road
Saturday, March 24 @ 8 pm-midnight; $10

Join us to help 3 bands from the Ottawa area raise money for the Pit Bull rescue, Bullies In Need. Bullies In Need (BIN) is a rescue dedicated to the “pit bull type” dogs in Ontario who face euthanasia daily in Ontario’s shelters. They aim to educate the public about these breeds, their history and their temperament. Bullies In Need seeks out foster and adoptive homes which are able to facilitate exceptional care and training. 

So, come on down to Sonny's, behind the Ikea in Ottawa, and help SoundScape, Restless Soul, and Little Dog raise some money to support their incredible and selfless endeavours.
Mark your calendars!
Ana Popovic
The Brass Money, 250 Greenbank Road
Saturday, April 21 @ 7 pm

The Brass Monkey in Conjunction with Clyde River Productions is pleased to present blues guitar sensation Ana Popovic and her band Friday April 21/18

L.A. based, Belgrade born guitar-player and singer Ana Popovic is back on the road promoting her new triple album “Trilogy” - her most ambitious project yet.

With “Trilogy” Ana releases three albums in one! Twenty-three funk, rock/blues and jazz tunes produced by Grammy Award winner Warren Riker (Lauryn Hill, Carlos Santana), Grammy Award winner Tom Hambridge (Buddy Guy) and Delfeayo Marsalis, one of the top trombonists, composers and producers in jazz today. Guest appearances include Joe Bonamassa, Robert Randolph and many others.

Ana, born in Serbia (formerly Yugoslavia), grew up in a family where music was very important. All throughout her youth, her father would invite friends over for nightly jam sessions. In this atmosphere, she quickly learned her father’s impressive blues and soul record collection, grabbed his guitar and started playing at the age of fifteen. Since then, Ana has developed into an phenomenal guitarist/vocalist with a growing legion of fans throughout the world.

Ana and her powerful band are tirelessly touring, playing major blues, jazz and rock festivals.
Music By The Bay Live presents
Amy Helm
76 Church Street South, Ajax ON
Saturday, April 7, 8-11 pm; advance $75+HST; at the door $85

Although the personally charged, organically soulful “Didn’t It Rain” is her first release under her own name, Amy Helm has been making music for most of her life. She’s already won widespread praise as a singer, songwriter and live performer, first as a member of the celebrated alt­country collective Ollabelle and subsequently for her extensive work with her father, musical icon Levon Helm, who passed away in 2012.

Blessed with a commanding, deeply expressive voice and an uncanny songwriting skill that instinctively draws upon a deep well of American musical traditions, Amy Helm delivers a timelessly powerful statement with “Didn’t It Rain”.
120 Principale Street, Gatineau QC

Angel Forrest “Angel’s 11”
Saturday, February 24 … only a few tickets left

Kenny ‘Blues Boss’ Wayne & Ben Racine Band
Friday, March 30 … a few single tickets only

Victor Wainwright
Friday, April 13 … nearly sold out
Saturday, April 14 … nearly sold out

Paul DesLauriers Band
Friday, May 25 … nearly sold out
Clint Everson Band
RCHA Club, 193 Ontario Street, Kingston ON
Saturday, January 13 @ 9 pm; $10 advance
Purchase by Calling: RCHA Club 613-542-8152 (after 3PM) or drop by the club to purchase.
Or reserve by email – bruce@kingstonbluessociety.ca
JW Jones
RCHA Club, 193 Ontario Street, Kingston ON
Saturday, March 3 @ 9 pm; $20 advance
Purchase by Calling: RCHA Club 613-542-8152 (after 3PM) or drop by the club to purchase.
Or reserve by email – bruce@kingstonbluessociety.ca
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
DAWGFM.com Blues 24/7 on the internet
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 40 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/
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 8th year.  It can be heard throughout the Ottawa Valley and streaming on the internet at valleyheritageradio.ca.
NPR from Canton NY
For those who live south of the city, OBS member Bob Cavan notes that the National Public Radio (NPR) radio signal at 89.5 FM in Canton NY comes in pretty strong in Manotick. Bob recommends two shows in particular. Bob says “The Blue Note” Tuesdays 3 pm-5 pm, and “The Radio Bob Show” Wednesdays 3 pm-5 pm are both excellent shows – blues, ‘50s & ‘60s, rock & roll, R&B.
Unsung and On The Side
With Carolyn Fe
Tuesdays, 7-9 pm
Re-broadcast Saturday 10 am – noon & Sunday 2-4 pm (all times EST)
It’s all about the Blues, Jazz and its derivatives from around the globe and just around the corner. Songs rarely heard, from the very first recordings all the way to indie artists who consciously push the envelope to the next generation sounds of the genre; some older releases will be spun - just because the album in old, doesn't mean it's forgotten, thus the "On The Side" part of the show's title. 
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 29
The Split’s Holiday Soul Show @ the Rainbow, 10 pm
Saturday, December 30
John Carroll & the Epic Proportions with Matt & Curtis Chaffey @ Irene’s Pub, 9:30 pm
Hillbilly Playboys @ the Atomic Rooster
Sunday, December 31
Maria Hawkins hosts the Open Jam @ the Rainbow, 4 pm
Jeff Rogers @ Aperativo, Kanata, 7 pm
New Year’s Party with the Harea Band & special guest Grace Marr @ the Rainbow, 8 pm
New Year’s Party with the Hilotrons @ Irene’s Pub, 9:30 pm
Soulcasters @ the Atomic Rooster, 10 pm
Wednesday, January 3
The Prime Rib Big Band @ Irene’s Pub, 8 pm
Saturday, January 6
Angelina Hunter Trio Road To Memphis Fundraiser @ the Rainbow, 8-11 pm
Rockabilly with the Dimestore Playboys @ the Atomic Rooster, 10 pm
Sunday, January 7
River City Junction @ the Atomic Rooster, 6-9 pm
Friday, January 12
Jesse Greene Rock ‘n’ Roll Rainbow @ the Rainbow, 9 pm
Saturday, January 13
JW Jones @ LIVE on Elgin, 8 pm
Saturday, January 20
Drew Nelson @ Kaffé 1870, Wakefield QC, 9 pm
Saturday, February 10
Clint Everson Band @ the Atomic Rooster, 4-8 pm