03 April 2017

Ottawa Blues This Week - 3 April 2017

It’s always wise to check with
the venue to confirm the show!
Jack de Keyzer
Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street
Saturday, April 8

2X Juno Winner and 7X Maple Blues Winner, blues guitarist, singer, song writer and band leader, Jack de Keyzer always fills the Rainbow when he visits Ottawa.
Ray Montford Solo Show
The Record Centre, 1099 Wellington Street
Sunday, April 9 @ 7:30 pm; $20

What more can a boy ask for than to play in a room surrounded by one his favourite things: vinyl LPs and lots of them! John (the owner) and I are excited to put this concert on for you. I'll be playing acoustic and electric tunes from my catalogue, as well as playing some new material from my forthcoming album, which I'm currently recording. Looking forward! 
Cold Capital
            CD release
Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street
Friday, April 7 @ 9 pm; $10

The day has come, folks -- Cold Capital's official album release is set for April 7 2017 at the Rainbow Bistro! We couldn't be more excited to share this project with you. We hope you can come celebrate with us.

Cold Capital
Still Winter Hills
The Ramblin' Valley Band
The Lucas Haneman Express presents Blind Boys and Blues Queens
Southminster United Church, 15 Aylmer Avenue
Saturday, April 8; doors @ 6:30 pm, show @ 7 pm; adults $20, students $5

Part of the Concerts by the Canal series, for this special event the Lucas Haneman Express is paying tribute to the men and women who built the Blues during the past century - music by visually impaired blues artists from the ‘20s, ‘30s and ‘40s, along with hits by the ‘blues queens’ of the same era, along with some originals by The Lucas Haneman Express.
Seating is limited, so please book your tickets fast by contacting
Roland Graham at rolandpianist@gmail.com
Safe Low Limit
The Record Centre, 1099 Wellington Street
Sunday, April 9; 2-3 pm; Admission: “pay what you can”

Safe Low Limit is a new jazz project that consists entirely of instruments pitched in the bass clef! An eclectic band with an eclectic repertoire of somewhat obscure standards, funk hits and original compositions, this lineup of drums, tuba, cello and trombone is truly unique.

Sitting in for Ken Kanwisher on this show is one of Ottawa's most accomplished reed players, Dave Renaud, who will be adding his bass clarinet sound to the all bass clef band. Join SLL for their repeat appearance concert at The Record Centre on April 9th!
Keith Hartshorn-Walton tuba
Dave Renaud bass clarinet
Steve Berndt trombone
Michel Delage drums
David Gogo
Neat Café, Burnstown ON
Friday, April 7, doors @ 7:30 pm, show @ 8 pm; $25

David Gogo's groove-fueled blend of blues and rock is the basis for a singular and storied music career. His songs have been featured in film and television and are regularly played on blues radio programs the world over. He has earned numerous Canadian blues accolades, including five JUNO nominations, a Western Canadian Music Award, a CBC Saturday Night Blues Award, and multiple Maple Blues Awards. He has thirty years of performing and hundreds of thousands of tour-miles under his belt. Gogo can swap road stories for as long as you can listen!
Al Wood & the Woodsmen
Valley Food & Drink Company, 729 Mill Street, Calabogie ON
Saturday, April 8 @ 8 pm; reservations 613-752-2006 x 311

Join us this Saturday for some Blues, Roots, and Western Swing with Al Wood and the Woodsmen! Where ‘Highway 17’ is more than just a song, it is a road well travelled! Al has been playing for over 20 years, since he was a young boy. Al is from Sault Ste. Marie he now resides in Ottawa. He has those heart-on-the-sleeve vocals and plays harmonica and guitar.

Dinner and Show Package is available for $35. This includes:
- Entry to the show that begins at 8pm and runs until around 11pm.
- Soup or Salad as a starter
- Entree of choice between: Italian Sausage Penne Pasta, with Marinera Sauce and Sweet Peppers; Stout Beef Stew; or Stuffed Chicken Breast with Mashed Potatoes and Veg.

When purchasing the dinner and show package you must call the restaurant to make a dinner reservation. Please also keep in mind that there is no gratuity included in the dinner and show package. Any dessert, or drinks will be a separate purchase.
Lynne Hanson & River City Junction
Black Sheep Inn, Wakefield QC
Saturday, April 8 @ 8:30 pm

We all carry a little bit of weight on our shoulders, but being compelled toward songwriting is a welcome burden for Lynne Hanson. At first listen, her warm, gritty, boot stompin’ music leads you through the southern USA, though Hanson hails from Ottawa, Canada. Her sound is born honestly through a lifetime of experience and influence, expressed through the rock, blues and roots that bleeds from her very being.
In her latest “Uneven Ground” (April 2017), produced by Winnipeg’s Scott Nolan, Hanson explores the realm of giving sound advice through songwriting, and fighting back against the devil within us. Permeating the recording is a restrained intensity, elevated with a finger-picked beat, beautiful piano accompaniments, dobro and wind instruments. The title track ‘Uneven Ground’ is a full-on blues assault, conjuring images a glamorous chanteuse stretched out in front of a baby grand in a smoky nightclub. All together, “Uneven Ground” is an authentic expression of Hanson’s rustic style, brimming over with imagery and cleverly penned lyrics, and a crystal-clear production. It steps proudly into the next generation of roots and blues music, while still respecting traditions.   

River City Junction is a Canadian Blues/Retro-Rock power trio, long steeped in the traditions of Blues and Rock ‘n' Roll. A rich blend of old school Chicago Blues, Motown, and Classic Rock, their music forms a very potent sonic cocktail that is raw, organic and uplifting. Leaning heavily on their roots, River City Junction's driving sound is deeply infused with elements of yesteryear yet remains distinctively their own.
Music by the Bay Live Presents
Danny Brooks & Lil Miss Debi
with Dennis Pinhorn and Papa John King
Avalon Lounge Port Whitby Marina, Ajax
Saturday, April 8 @ 8 pm

Texassippi Soul Man Danny Brooks & Lil Miss Debi with Dennis Pinhorn and Papa John King, take the listener on a journey through Southern Soul, Blues, Rock ‘n’ Roll and Gospel, encompassing the sounds of the genre’s origins from the legendary studios in Muscle Shoals, Memphis, Jackson MS and Macon GA. Brooks chronicles his life in his songs and takes you on a journey of a hard road travelled relating the conflict and resolution. Danny Brooks has been nominated for a Juno and multiple Maple Blues Awards over his 45-year career.
Advance tickets www.musicbythebaylive.com
Tuesday, April 4
After Funk + the Hornettes @ the Rainbow, 8:30 pm
Wednesday, April 5
Dr. Dave’s Blues & Jazz Revue @ the Rainbow, 4-7 pm
Jimmy Cochrane Show @ the Rainbow, 8:30 pm
Friday, April 7
Lucas Haneman Express @ the Brookstreet Hotel Options Bar, 8 pm – midnight
Cold Capital CD release @ the Rainbow, 9 pm
Saturday, April 8
Terry Gillespie @ the Atomic Rooster, 4-8 pm
Lucas Haneman Express @ Southminster Church, 7 pm
Al Wood & the Woodsmen @ the Valley Food & Drink Co., Calabogie, 8 pm
Sunday, April 9
Safe Low Limit @ the Record Centre, 2 pm
The Clint Everson Band hosts the Open Jam @ the Rainbow, 4-7 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 6 – Peter Newsom
          April 13 – Rod Williams
          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)
12 avril 2017
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
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
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

Please visit and LIKE us on Facebook and Twitter
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
Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar
Black Sheep Inn, Wakefield QC
Friday, April 14 @ 8:30 pm

Soul meets blues – Samantha Martin and Delta Sugar return to the Black Sheep.
OM Street & Blast From The Sun
EP release party
LIVE on Elgin, 220 Elgin Street
Friday, April 14 2 8:30 pm; tickets $5 online or $7 at the door

JOIN US! On this lovely night, we jump into early spring!

OM street will be starting an acoustic set!
Blast from the sun's Ep release!
*This will be Blast from the suns last show before they head on a cross Canada month tour!
OM street full band to finish of the night!
Boogie Patrol
Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street
Saturday, April 15
            (This show is an OBS member-only promotion;
              Deadline – Friday, April 10 @ 6 pm, Ottawa time)

Boogie Patrol has steadily built their reputation as one of Western Canada’s premier act’s and has garnered acclaim and an enthusiastic following since the group’s inception in 2007.  A 5-piece group that continues to create superb original music based on their collective influences. We’re talking Blues and Rock ’n’ Soul, with a dose of funk all thrown into the melting pot to create what is Boogie Patrol. A stylistically unique group that is all about bringing loads of energy to the stage and to their music, with a goal of appealing to all walks of life.

Boogie Patrol boasts a frontman influenced by the grit gravel greats of music past and is backed by a cast of some of the most unique and well-versed musicians you’ll find most anywhere. Some of them even hailing from Japan to New York to of course home bred Canadian talent! Keep a look out for the band’s much awaited new studio album, “Man On Fire”, just released.
Valley Food & Drink Company, 729 Mill Street, Calabogie ON
Saturday, April 15 @ 8 pm; reservations 613-752-2006 x 311

For over eight years, the name MonkeyJunk has been synonymous with the emergence of a new kind of blues on the Canadian and international scenes. Continually pushing boundaries and blurring genre lines, the Ottawa Ontario-based trio has added an edge to their music by incorporating swampy blues & rock with thoughtful and intelligent lyrics. Their fifth Stony Plain Records release, “Time To Roll” is unique in that it incorporates elements of all four of their previous recordings with added maturity in songwriting and instrumentation, cementing MonkeyJunk’s originality and sound as its own.
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;
              Deadline – Friday, April 17 @ 6 pm, Ottawa time)

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.
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”
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
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 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.
Laura Rain and The Caesars
RCHA Club, 193 Ontario Street, Kingston ON
Saturday, April 8, 9 pm – midnight; tickets $20 each or special pricing 2/$35
          Reserve by email bruce@kingstonbluessociety.ca or by calling 613 384-8168

Laura Rain and the Caesars are reclaiming the storied soul music legacy from the ravages of time and neglect. Laura and the Caesars are veterans of the motor city sound and they are injecting the blues, R&B and a few other genres into the “NEW” Motown sound.
Laura herself is a classically trained singer whose wondrous voice has been described as an instrument of infinite shadings that effortlessly glides between registers. She often gets compared to a young Aretha Franklin but her fire, feeling and expressiveness is all her own. She has performed with everyone from Buddy Guy to Betty Lavette. It has been said that her stage performance has enough energy to light a small town and ignite a fire under the entire crowd (bring your dancing shoes).

Her band is world class: George Friend – guitar for Robert Gordon, The Sun Messengers and Janiva Magness; Phil Hale – keyboards for George Clinton, Stanley Jordan, Betty Lavette and Martha Reeves; Ron Pangborn – original drummer for super group Was (Not Was).
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
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!!!!!!
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 9 – OBS DAWG’ON BLUES – with Steve Lund
Next week, April 16 – OBS DAWG’ON BLUES – with Larry Deszcz  

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 12
Dr. Dave’s Blues & Jazz Revue @ the Rainbow, 4-7 pm
The Prime Rib Big Band @ Irene’s, 8 pm
Jimmy Cochrane Show @ the Rainbow, 8:30 pm
Friday, April 14
Little Dog Blues Band @ the Carleton Tavern, 9:45 pm
MonkeyJunk @ the Rainbow Bistro, 9:30 pm
Sunday, April 16
Jimmy Cochrane hosts the Open Jam @ the Rainbow, 4-7 pm
Wednesday, April 19
Dr. Dave’s Blues & Jazz Revue @ the Rainbow, 4-7 pm
Saturday, April 22
Wicked Grin @ Irene’s Pub, 9:30 pm
Sunday, April 23
Crunchy Flower hosts the Open Jam @ the Rainbow, 4-7 pm
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
Friday, May 12
Lucas Haneman Express with special guest Three Times Lucky @ the Black Sheep Inn, Wakefield QC

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