17 April 2017

Ottawa Blues This Week - 17 April 2017

It’s always wise to check with
the venue to confirm the show!
6th Annual Ottawa Grassroots Festival
Southminster Church, 15 Aylmer Avenue
Thursday – Sunday, April 20-23

The Grassroots Festival is a family-friendly gathering of folk music, dance and spoken word. It’s called Grassroots because it is! This organization is run entirely by volunteers and prides itself for the participatory workshops it provides, cultivating community and nurturing inclusivity in a fun and friendly way.
Daytime workshops, Kidzone, free daytime events and ticketed evening shows.
For more information and full schedule: http://ottawagrassrootsfestival.com/program-2017/
Saturday night headliner at the 6th Annual Ottawa Grassroots Festival
Ken Whiteley and the Beulah Band
Sanctuary, Southminster United Church, 15 Aylmer Avenue
Saturday, April 22 @ 8:20 pm

Deeply rooted in traditional North American folk music, Whiteley and the band have performed together for over 10 years! They will deliver songs rich in roots, blues, gospel, swing, string and jug band sounds.  The Beulah Band is comprised of great harmony singers: Ben Whiteley (Ken’s son) on string bass, banjoist, Frank Evans and fiddler, Rosalyn Dennett. Their arrangements come alive with a three-part vocal blend. Canadian folk legend, Ken Whiteley has a long and honored history on the roots music scene.  He has received Juno and Grammy Award Nominations, a Canadian Folk Music Award, a Genie Award for the Best Original Song in a Canadian movie and Lifetime Achievement Awards from Folk Music Ontario and the Mariposa Folk Festival.
Chris Antonik
            CD release “Monarch”
The Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street
Saturday, April 22 @ 9:30 pm
            This show is an OBS member-only promotion
Following up his self-titled debut in 2010 and his sophomore release “Better For You” in 2013, (named Blues-Rock Album of the Year by Canada’s Blues Underground Network), “Monarch” closes a trilogy of self-expression. Traveling from an earnest desire to give more and make things better to a destination of peace and forgiveness, “Monarch” embodies an artist moving on with newfound energy, momentum and an understanding of the past. While forgiveness is free, there are most certainly tolls to pay along the journey. The songs on “Monarch” cover every mile of that emotional terrain as they ride through a rich and varied blues landscape punctuated by Antonik's searing guitar work.
Chris will be at the Rainbow for a CD release on Saturday, April 22.
Wicked Grin
Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street
Saturday, April 22 @ 9:30 pm

Just back from a five-week tour that took them from Northern Ontario to the West Coast and back through Alberta.
Blues On The Rideau presents
Dinner & Show at The Cove Inn, Westport ON
Jerome Godboo Band
Friday, April 21; 7-11 pm; $65
            Proceeds to Westport in Bloom

Winner of the prestigious Lee Oskar Award for Harmonica Player Of The Year at the International Blues Challenge in 2014 Jerome has been writing songs, singing and blowing harp for decades. In the late ‘80s and ‘90s he and his band The Phantoms were one of the hottest acts in the GTA. After they folded he continued his solo career. Jerome has released 14 albums and toured Canada, the U.S., Europe, Ukraine and Israel over the past 30 years. His current band features two of the best guitarists in the country – Shawn Kellerman (formerly with Lucky Petersen, Mel Brown & many others) and Eric Schenkman (from the Spin Doctors) along with drummer Gary Craig (Colin Linden, Blackie & The Rodeo Kings, Bruce Cockburn). Jerome’s last CD “Sanctuary City” was superb and a new one should be out before this BOTR appearance. Can’t wait to see the wild man with the Zydeco washboard tie and the tool belt full of harps again – especially backed by these guys! It’s Jerome’s 3rd visit to BOTR @ The Cove. 

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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Suzie Vinnick & Tony D in Concert
Batstone’s Northern Ramble, 45 Railway Avenue, Renfrew ON
Saturday, April 22 @ 8 pm; tickets $25

Two legendary Canadian musicians bring their unique blend of songs to the Northen Ramble stage - a powerhouse evening of music!

Tony and Suzie met in the early 1990s in Saskatoon and performed together for a few years in Ottawa. They released an album together in 1992 entitled "Dig Deep" - every once in a while, the two friends get together and do some guitar playing.

A Saskatoon native transplanted to the Niagara Region of Ontario, Suzie Vinnick is the proud owner of a gorgeous voice, prodigious guitar and bass chops, and an engagingly candid performance style.
Her career has seen triumph after triumph. Among her most recent successes: being nominated for a 2016 MapleBlues Award for Female Vocalist of the Year; achieving finalist status in the Solo/Duo Category at the 2013 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN; the 2012 CBC Saturday Night Blues Great Canadian Blues Award and the 2012 Sirius XM Canada Blues Artist of the Year. Suzie has won 10 Maple Blues Awards, 1 Canadian Folk Music Award for Contemporary Vocalist of the Year and is a 3X Juno Nominee.

Tony D (Diteodoro), guitarist for Juno award-winning band MonkeyJunk has been laying it down for over thirty years. MonkeyJunk has amassed twenty Maple Blues awards and a Blues Music Award, (formerly known as The Handy Awards). At the age of thirteen Tony began his musical journey on the guitar. Learning mostly in the blues, rock jazz stylings. From Muddy Waters, to Jimi Hendrix to Jimmy Page, to Albert King to Wes Montgomery and all the points in between. At the age of nineteen, Tony was given the opportunity to play rhythm guitar, for three days, for the legendary Buddy Guy. Years later, he had the prestigious opening slot for the late great Stevie Ray Vaughan at Ottawa’s NAC. In the early ‘90s having taken a trip to Europe and secured a record deal out of Holland, Tony became one of the first Canadian blue musician to tour Europe.
The Blues and anything that falls under that umbrella being his first love, Tony D has also explored various forms of music. Flamenco became another obsession and after studying the form for two years he joined a troupe which made him write pseudo flamenco and Spanish rhythm instrumentals which he still plays today in his solo shows.
From The delta to the desert it all comes from places of devotion … musical devotion. “Basically, I’m like Lightnin’ Hopkins with an electric guitar”
Music by the Bay Live presents
Tommy Castro & Mike Zito, Six Strings Down
St. Francis Centre, 78 Church Street, South Ajax ON
Saturday, April 22 @ 8 pm; advance tickets $70 + HST, at the door $80

This world premiere presentation will be a rare treat for fans of both artists and for fans of blues in general. It features two of the most accomplished and acclaimed entertainers on the blues scene today. Tommy Castro and Mike Zito have a combined eight Blues Music Award wins. DownBeat magazine gives Tommy Castro’s current album “Method To My Madness” (Alligator) four stars and raves, “The Californian’s latest album represents a high-water mark in his career.” Jazz Times proclaims about Mike Zito “His music flows into the veins and moves the body in ways that can only be described as free and wild…” The evening will feature vocal and guitar collaborations on Tommy Castro’s and Mike Zito’s favourite songs, creating something new and fresh when these acclaimed guitarists combine their individual styles of playing and singing. Backed by Tommy Castro’s band the Painkillers, this promises to be a high energy and very entertaining evening.
Advance tickets www.musicbythebaylive.com
Wednesday, April 19
Dr. Dave’s Blues & Jazz Revue @ the Rainbow, 4-7 pm
Friday, April 21
Al Tambay @ the Royal Oak, Orleans
Saturday, April 22
Wicked Grin @ Irene’s Pub, 9:30 pm
Al Tambay @ the Waterfront Gastro Pub, Carleton Place
Al Wood @ the Atomic Rooster, 10 pm
Sunday, April 23
Crunchy Flower hosts the Open Jam @ the Rainbow, 4-7 pm
Jesse Greene Band @ the Atomic Rooster, 6-9 pm
(almost) EVERY WEEK
Lucas Haneman
Brookstreet Hotel, 7-11 pm
Starting Monday, April 3 until the end of June
Red Maple Blues Blues Dances
Fleur Tea House, 287 Somerset Street East
Regularly on the 1st, 3rd & 5th Wednesdays of the month
7-10 pm; dance lesson @ 7 pm; social dancing starts at 7:45 pm
$5 cover includes dance lesson and social dancing

This social evening is run by an amazing group of people for experienced blues dancers and novice dancers at heart alike. Get together to "move and groove" to the blues music you like and share your passion for blues music. You'll hear familiar favourites along with new-to-you songs that you'll be sure to love! Everyone is invited and encouraged to join in on the fun, so invite your friends!  
Be sure to "like" Red Maple Blues on Facebook to find out about our upcoming events! 
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: 
          April 20 – Jeff Hagerman
          April 27 – Elyssa Mahoney
          May 4 – Dean Dupuis
          May 11 – Vince Halfhide
          May 18 – Scott Amey
          May 25 – Shannon Eddy
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
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 Moosehead
Le Petit Chicago, 50 promenade du Portage, Gatineau QC
Every other Wednesday @ 8 pm; $20
(Ottawa Blues Society members $15 with card)
26 avril 2017
10 mai 2017
31 mai 2017
14 juin 2017
Blues On Tues         
The Granary Beizli, 3270 County Rd 10, Vankleek Hill ON
Third Tuesday of every month@ 7 pm; $10
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.

Blues on the Rideau 2016-17 Lineup
April 21 - From Toronto - JEROME GODBOO BAND 
May 12 - From Vankleek Hill, ON - TERRY GILLESPIE 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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Choose The Blues Productions in cooperation with The Winchelsea
is pleased to announce

A NEW monthly Dinner & Show Fundraiser Series
Blues At The Farm
The Winchelsea, 1567 County Rd 31, Winchester ON
Once a month, Fridays, 7-11 pm
Dinner & Show - $65 + GST
www.BluesAtTheFarm.ca      www.thewinchelsea.com

The Winchelsea is less than a 30-minute drive from Ottawa South Keys, Kemptville, Manotick, Casselman and Morrisburg. Patterned after the successful Blues On The Rideau Series at The Cove Inn in Westport ON that has been running for the past 12 years www.BluesOnTheRideau.ca Blues At The Farm At The Winchelsea will feature a delicious dinner, door prizes and dancing to some of the best Blues bands in Canada. Proceeds go to support different local charities. 

Situated on a beautiful country farm just north of Winchester at 1567 County Rd 31 (across from the Cloverdale Links Golf Club) The Winchelsea features two dining rooms and a dance floor in a fully renovated, converted barn. They've been providing catering - both on-site and off-site - for the past 6 years and have become one of the most popular venues in the region for weddings, private parties, community Pub nights, holiday brunches and special themed cuisine evenings. They’re famous for their delicious food.

Out-of-towners who want to stay over have a choice of several excellent B&Bs in the area and a variety of hotels/motels in south end Ottawa.
Visit www.thewinchelsea.com for more details

Blues At The Farm will start with 3 Shows this Spring:
Friday, April 28 – Angelique Francis & family
Friday, May 26 – Jack de Keyzer Band
Friday, June 23 – Mike Goudreau & the Boppin’ Blues Band
The Cooper Brothers
            CD Release “Radio Silence”
Centrepointe Theatre, 101 Centrepointe Drive
Friday, April 28 @ 8 pm

“Radio Silence” was recorded in Ottawa at Audio Valley studios and is the perfect blend of their beautiful signature harmonies and the classic Cooper Brothers sound. The album features twelve new, original songs written by Dick Cooper, including ‘Smuggler’s Moon’, ‘Straight Outta No Where’, ‘Gone Are The Days’ and is self-produced by the Cooper Brothers. The title track and ‘Straight Out Of Nowhere’ feature Blue Rodeo guitarist and the band’s previous producer, Colin Cripps (Jim Cuddy/Kathleen Edwards) and East Coast Music Award winner and sideman to the stars, Ray Legere (The Band/Rita McNeil) plays fiddle and mandolin on the album, including ‘End Of The Day’. Jeff Rogers, the band’s multi-instrumentalist since their reincarnation a few years back, shares lead vocals duties on four of the twelve songs, alongside the band’s co-founder, bassist and lead vocalist, Brian Cooper.
Dinner & Show with
Jenie Thai
Wilno Tavern Restaurant, Wilno ON
Friday, April 28; $10, dinner reservations required
Phone the Wilno Tavern at 613-756-2029

Born in Chiang Mai Thailand, and raised outside of Edmonton, Jenie Thai is building a musical presence throughout the country. Starting at age five, she took private piano lessons for fifteen years. Graduating at seventeen, she continued her musical development, studying classical piano at Augustana University. In 2008, Jenie diversified her education attending Grant MacEwan Jazz and Contemporary Music Program as a performance major. Upon graduation, Jenie was offered a part-time teaching position at Grant MacEwan University and gained acceptance into Paul McCartney’s international music school based in Liverpool.

Jenie Thai represented Northern Alberta as a semi-finalist in the 30th International Blues Challenge held in Memphis. Most recently, she was nominated for a 2016 Maple Blues Award for "Best New Artist of The Year".

Vocally, she has been compared to Eva Cassidy, but soaks in the musical influences of Tom Waits, Bonnie Raitt, Memphis Slim, and Nina Simone. A performer, song-writer, singer, and instrumentalist, Jenie Thai combines her love of the traditional piano blues, sixties R&B, and great American songwriters to produce a unique charm as a roots and blues musician on the national and international scene.
GigSpace Jazz Microfest
953 Gladstone Avenue
Friday to Sunday, April 28-30; $10 per concert or Early Bird Special for the day

GigSpace celebrates Ottawa's stellar jazz community with a three day MicroFest, with performances by 38 local musicians in 15 shows, the music will range from well-known and not-so-standard jazz standards, to groove based compositions, to folk and roots-inspired cabaret music, to lyrical modern jazz originals. Each set is 40 minutes.

7:00 pm: Karen Oxorn Trio
8:00 pm: Garry Elliott & Rachel Beausoleil Quartet
9:00 pm: Modasaurus
10:00 pm: Chocolate Hot Pockets

6:00 pm: Adam Saikaley Trio
7:00 pm: Brian Browne & Steve Berndt
8:00 pm: The Juliet Singers
9:00 pm: JP Allain & Vince Rimbach
10:00 pm: Roddy Ellias & John Geggie

3:00 pm: Doreen Smith & Tim Bedner
4:00 pm: Rob Frayne Trio
5:00 pm: Crooked Jazz Trio
6:00 pm: Together Ensemble
7:00 pm: Mark Ferguson & Norm Glaude
8:00 pm: Caroline Gibson & Marcie Campbell Quartet
Raoul and The Big Time
Down in the Delta
Koerner Hall, Toronto ON
Saturday, April 29 2 8 pm; tickets start from $35
Exclusive 15% Ticket Discount when using code BLUESY15.

This concert, specially created for Koerner Hall, goes deep into the soul of the Mississippi delta with 14 musicians celebrating the origins of blues. Joining Raoul and The Big Time will be Mississippi blues masters: Blues Music award winner Super Chikan; Rising international blues star "Big A" Anthony Sherrod; Maple Blues Award winner and Canadian blues legend Big Dave McLean; Juno award winner Divine Brown; and more to be announced!

To purchase ticket, click here or call the Weston Family Box Office on 416.408.0208

Terms and conditions: This ticket offer is applicable to all seating locations, pending availability.
Special offers expire 24 hours before the show time.
Valid for up to two (2) tickets per person.
Not valid on the day of the show.
Not valid for previously purchased tickets.
Cannot be combined with other special offers or discounts.
Matinee Concert with The Split
Black Sheep Inn, Wakefield QC
Sunday, April 30 @ 4 pm; $10

The Split return to the storied Blacksheep for a rare afternoon performance. New material, 7-piece band and it's all ages. Buy advanced tickets and arrive early for seating.
Al Wood & the Woodsmen
            CD Release “Hooka Train”
Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street
Saturday, May 6 @ 9:30 pm; $10

The time is finally here! Al Wood and the Woodsmen drop their new album "Hooka Train" at the legendary Irene's Pub on Saturday May 6th. Admission is $10 and we ask that you please show up early to secure a great vantage point and take the opportunity to catch up with us before we hit the stage. CDs, t-shirts and surprises will be on hand! The Woodsmen will be the big five-piece lineup of Al Wood, Lindsay Pugh, Marty Sobb, Frank Deresti and Simon Meilleur. 
Doc Yates & the Kings Evil
Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street
Saturday, May 6 @ 8 pm

Doc Yates and the Kings Evil is an Ottawa based band to keep an eye on. Playing a blend of swampy soul country to a gritty bluesy rock, the band recently released their first album "Sweat It Out" and it is getting excellent reviews in college radio across Canada. Now, just a few months later, they are about to release a new single called ‘Hometown’, a bluesy country tune about Doc's hometown Woodstock, Ontario and the recent struggles, job cuts and teen suicides that have been occurring there. All online sales of the single are being donated to the Ingamo House (Family Shelter) in Woodstock.
Come on out to the Rainbow on May 6th, for a rockin' good time with Doc Yates & the Kings Evil!
Music by the Bay Live presents
Cheryl Lescom & The Tucson Choir Boys
Avalon Lounge at Port Whitby Marina, 301 Watson St W, Whitby, ON
Friday, May 12 @ 8 pm; advance tickets $35, at the door $40

Cheryl Lescom has been part of the Canadian Blues Scene for over 30 years. Starting off as a back-up singer for Ronnie Hawkins and Long John Baldry, Cheryl has recorded, toured and performed with the likes of Jeff Healy, Matt Minglewood, Dutch Mason the Downchild Blues Band and more. After an absence to raise a family, Cheryl recorded two independent CDs before taking some time off to recover from a bout with Cancer. Her “High Heeled Blues” CD features 14 songs including ‘Queen Bee’ written by Juno Award winner (and the CD’s producer and guitarist) Jack De Keyzer, ‘I Can’t Stand It’ written by Mr. Downchild, Donnie Walsh (who guests on the CD) and ‘Beg Borrow Steal’ written by Matt Minglewood. The first single ‘Heartache’ features additional vocals by the Detroit Women and piano from JUNO nominee Julian Fauth.

When Cheryl teamed up with the Tucson Choir Boys (‘Sameday’ Ray Walsh and Dave The Cat) for an appearance at the Grapejam Acoustic Blues Festival, the response was phenomenal. After doing a few more gigs together the decision was made to start writing some original material. After a year of touring and recording, the “Cheryl Lescom & The Tucson Choir Boys” CD was released, garnering airplay on blues, pop and roots radio across Canada.
Band Members: Cheryl Lescom (vocals), Ray Walsh (guitar), Dave The Cat (guitar), Jimmy Boudreau (drums), Les Graham (bass), Kris ‘K.K.’ Walsh (percussion)
Advance tickets www.musicbythebaylive.com
FOLKRUM--Ottawa Community Music Venue Presents:
An Evening of Soul with Rebecca Noelle
            With special guest: The Commotions
Greenfield’s Gastro Public House, 900 Greenbank Road
Friday, May 19 @ 8 pm; Dinner from 5 pm, Show starts at 8 pm
Reserved seating for dinner and show Tickets $10-$25, in advance at: 

This show includes two sets. Opening with The Commotions, and headlined by Rebecca Noelle:
"I’m really excited to be performing where I grew up. Many of my songs were born, arranged and rehearsed in Barrhaven, but we’ve never performed there. "A Homecoming", if you will. It will be a night to remember in an elegant and comfortable setting. I hope you will be part of this rare double-header. This show will be filmed--striving for the “ultimate take,” all stories will be told, all risks will be taken, and all moments will be magical! " 

The Commotions have sidestepped the lightweight pop craze and taken the backroads straight into the hearts of their loyal followers, earning unwavering support from the true lovers of genuine, unsullied soul music. This 12-piece, sharply dressed, original throwback to the days of Motown is an evolved collection of Canada's top funk & jazz players. This band originally united to provide a Canadian contingent to Funk Brother's (Motown Records) lead vocalist Delbert Nelson as "Delbert & The Commotions". The band's Musical Director, Brian Asselin honed his skills playing with acts such as The Four Tops and The Temptations, and his original music has been featured on HBO and ABC in the U.S. The Commotions are currently working with Canadian soul hero Jarvis Church of The Philosopher Kings, Juno Award winner Steve Marriner of Monkey Junk, Steve Berndt of the Jivewires, Juno-Nominated saxophonist Petr Cancura, and jazz hero Mark Ferguson. The band features vocalists Jeff Rogers (Silver Creek and The Cooper Brothers) and Rebecca Noelle (The PepTides, Rumours, and David Gogo.) With a sonically monumental performance and an energizing visual display, The Commotions command every room they play, drawing in audiences with their sizzling brass section, thumping backbeat, and sensitive ballads.
Paul Reddick
Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street
Friday, May 19 @ 9:30 pm

Paul Reddick has been creating his own, compelling version of the blues for over 25 years, bringing the art form to new frontiers with his poetic lyrics, spirited vocals, masterful harmonica playing, and hypnotic live performances. Rooted in a deep knowledge of blues music history and nourished by a poet’s sensibility, his “wayward brilliance,” as the influential British magazine Mojo puts it, makes Paul Reddick one of the most popular figures, and the unofficial poet laureate, of the Canadian blues and roots music scene. His debut release on Stony Plain Records, “Ride The One” won the JUNO Award for Blues.
Keith Hallett
Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street
Wednesday, May 24 @ 8 pm; $10

Old school, raw blues from one of the East Coast’s finest guitarists and songwriters.
Paul DesLauriers Band
Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street
Friday, May 26 @ 9:30 pm

Sometimes you just have to do what you love, and the Paul DesLauriers Band has been very busy doing just that. The trio is made up of virtuoso guitarist and singer Paul DesLauriers and masterful rhythm section Greg Morency on bass and Sam Harrisson on drums. At this year’s Maple Blues Awards, the members of the rhythm section each picked up awards as Bassist and Drummer of the Year. It was Morency’s second win in three years, while Harrisson got the nod for the first time. The band also took home trophies in the Electric Act of the Year as well as Entertainer of the Year categories. The band has been riding a growing wave of success since the fall of 2015 when it clinched a win at the Montreal Blues Society hosted Quebec to Memphis contest. This secured them a slot at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in 2016, where they impressed, finishing 2nd worldwide out of a field of 119 competing bands.

Following up on the success of their self-titled album from 2014, The Paul DesLauriers Band’s latest release “Relentless” is “a genuine blues-rock escapade featuring 10 new songs encompassing their most original and powerful work to date”.
Anthony Gomes
Salle La Basoche, 120 Principale, Gatineau QC
Friday, May 26 @ 8 pm; $34.50

Anthony Gomes, #1 Billboard Blues Artist, is a triple threat force as a guitarist, vocalist and songwriter. This, along with his high-energy shows and dynamic stage presence, make him one of the top draws on the Rock/Blues circuit today.

Gomes has been creating virtuosic, burning blues since his recorded debut in 1998 and is showing no signs of stopping by releasing his most successful album to date. Electric Field Holler, riff-laden and his most rock influenced album yet, has been nominated for Blues Album of the Year and already made several ‘Best Of’ Lists.

Anthony Gomes has headlined concerts in 17 countries and has had the honor of sharing the stage with B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Robert Plant, Joe Bonamassa, Heart, Alice Cooper, Jonny Lang and Kenny Wayne Shepherd.

Not only has he shared the stage with the likes of B.B. King and Buddy Guy, he also founded the Music is the Medicine Foundation in 2010 a non-profit organization dedicated to changing the lives of others through the healing power of music. Through private donations and grants, the foundation has funded song writing scholarships, offered music education programs, and donated musical instruments to those in need. Without passion there is no music; Anthony Gomes gets it… on so many levels!

Gomes sings and plays with integrity and deeply felt emotion oblivious to fortune and fashion.
14th Annual Westfest
Larouche Park, Mechanicsville
Saturday, June 3, 11 am – 11 pm

4 pm – Lucas Haneman Express
5 pm – Clint Everson Band
6 pm – Lyle Odjick & the Northern Steam
7 pm – Jesse Greene Band
8 pm – River City Junction
9:30 pm - MonkeyJunk
Raoul and The Big Time
RCHA Club, 193 Ontario Street, Kingston ON
Friday, April 21; 9:00 pm – midnight; Tickets $20 each with special pricing 2 for $35
Reserve by email bruce@kingstonbluessociety.ca 
or call 613 384-8168 or at the RCHA Club

Raoul and the Big Time return to Kingston – after last year’s knockout performance
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1IyoVT_JqNA – another great video release
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=akCoVy2byFk – live doing Hoochie Coochie Man
The Last Saturday Night (of the month) to DANCE
RHEA's Bar ‘n’ Grill, 62 Concession Street, Kingston ON
Saturday, April 29; 8-11 pm; no cover, donations appreciated

For Those Who Love to Plan Ahead.
Big Phat Horn Band
RCHA Club, 193 Ontario Street, Kingston ON
Saturday, April 29 @ 9 pm; $15 @ the RCHA Club and @ the door (if not sold out)

If you haven’t seen this band – they are a must see – a do not miss show!
Chris Antonik
CD Release Party
RCHA Club, 193 Ontario Street, Kingston ON
Friday, May 5; 9 pm – midnight; $15
          Reserve by email bruce@kingstonbluessociety.ca or
by calling 613 384-8168 or at the RCHA Club

If you want to see/hear some of the best in blues guitar – this is the show.
Nominated for Best New Artist in 2011 at Canada's Maple Blues
One of Canada’s most acclaimed blues artists
Music critics have drawn comparisons to Eric Clapton.
Hailed by critics as “a masterpiece his 2013 release – “Better for You” received lots of accolades and many awards as the best blues album of the year”
Tours extensively through USA and Europe playing major festivals including multiple stops at Buddy Guys Legends in Chicago.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NGHK32Y5ohA  - some real blues – amazing guitar work
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RuY1-Ah-XX4 – covering some Stevie Ray
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

Sundays, 8-9 pm: Ottawa Blues Society DAWG’ON BLUES
(Repeated Mondays, 2-3 pm and Thursdays, 9-10 am)
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, Canadian talent and international blues talent.
This week, April 23 – OBS DAWG’ON BLUES – New Releases with Liz Sykes
Next week, April 30 – OBS DAWG’ON BLUES – Eastern Canadian Harp Performers with Sue Gahrns

Sundays, 7-8 pm: INSIDE THE BLUES
(Repeated Tuesdays, 8-9 am & Fridays 2-3 pm)
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 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/
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 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.
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.
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. 
"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
Wednesday, April 26
Dr. Dave’s Blues & Jazz Revue @ the Rainbow, 4-7 pm
Saturday, April 29
Destiny @ the Rainbow, 9:30 pm
Sunday, April 30
River City Junction hosts the Open Jam @ the Rainbow, 4-7 pm
Rod Williams Band @ the Atomic Rooster, 6-9 pm
Saturday, May 6
Joe Gaspar Band @ Moose McGuire’s, 9 pm
Doc Yates & the Kings Evil @ the Rainbow, 9:30 pm
Al Wood & the Woodsmen CD Release @ Irene’s Pub, 9:30 pm
Sunday, May 7
Crunchy Flower hosts the Open Jam @ the Rainbow, 4-7 pm
Friday, May 12
Lucas Haneman Express with special guest Three Times Lucky @ the Black Sheep Inn, Wakefield QC
Sunday, May 14
The Clint Everson Band hosts the Open Jam @ the Rainbow, 4-7 pm
Friday, May 19
The Carleton Collective featuring: Dylan Phillips, Kelsey Hays, Alex Harea Band, Rommel Ribeira, Emily Shepherd and Angelique Francis @ Irene’s Pub, 9:30 pm
Sunday, May 21
Jimmy Cochrane hosts the Open Jam @ the Rainbow, 4-7 pm
Saturday, May 27
The Tony D Band @ the Rainbow Bistro, 9:30 pm
She's Listening - A Benefit for Ovarian Cancer Research with Danielle Allard, Kristine St-Pierre, Angelique Francis, Eniid Goodman, Renée Landry and Rebecca Noelle @ Irene’s Pub 
Sunday, May 28
River City Junction hosts the Open Jam @ the Rainbow, 4-7 pm
Saturday June 3
Barry & the Blasters @ the Black Sheep Inn
Sunday, June 4
Steve Thomas Band hosts the Open Jam @ the Rainbow, 4-7 pm
Friday, June 9
Lucas Haneman Express @ the Rainbow Bistro, 9:30 pm

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