29 May 2017

Ottawa Blues This Week - 29 May 2017

It’s always wise to check with
the venue to confirm the show!
Bonnie Raitt 
NAC Southam Hall, 1 Elgin Street
Thursday, June 1 @ 8 pm; tickets starting at $80

Best-selling artist, respected guitarist, expressive singer, accomplished songwriter and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Bonnie Raitt is returning to the National Arts Centre with her ‘Dig in Deep Tour’! The tour celebrates Bonnie’s most recent album “Dig in Deep”, her 20th, featuring her characteristic, incomparable blend of blues, rock, R&B, pop and funk. It also features a healthy dose of the signature slide work from the woman Rolling Stone Magazine named one of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time." The 10-time Grammy Award winner, an American musical institution known for such hits as “Something to Talk About,” I Can’t Make You Love Me” and "Love Sneakin' Up on You.”

Bonnie was last at the National Artist Centre in 2013, when she enthralled an adoring, capacity audience with her virtuosity. Bonnie Raitt has been the one of the most requested artists that we have presented in recent time. We are pleased to announce, the return of the legendary Bonnie Raitt to the stage of the National Arts Centre, Thursday June 1st, 2017.  This is first date of her cross-Canada tour before she embarks on a summer tour with James Taylor for a series of dates in Classic Old American Baseball Parks, including Fenway Park and Wrigley Field.
Don Washington
          with Elise Letourneau, Tim Bedner and Marilee Townsend 
Gigspace, 953 Gladstone Avenue
Saturday, June 3; doors @ 7 pm, concert @ 7:30 pm; tickets $20

This will be an exciting concert with a wide array of styles and musical stories: Don Washington, organ/piano/vocals; Elise Letourneau, vocals/flute; Tim Bedner, guitar; and Marilee Townsend, drums.

New York jazz and blues organist-pianist-vocalist Don Washington carries on the tradition of Les McCann, Jimmy Smith, Gil Scott-Heron, and Nina Simone with powerful vocals and piano-organ playing. Don started playing the piano at the age of five. It was a rule in his father’s house that every child learns how to play an instrument and sing. Being the youngest of five children, Don was determined to stand out from the pack, and that he did! In addition to mastering the piano and organ, he learned to play drums, saxophone, tuba, bass, guitar, trumpet and harmonica. Don’s father, the late William M. Washington, groomed his children to be his personal praise and worship team at the Royal Church of God in Christ, in Kent, N.Y. It was during this time that Don learned the vocal and instrumental styles and techniques that would later make him equally comfortable playing uptown swing and down-home blues.

It wasn’t until the early 1990s that Don became interested in the blues. Like many young, black kids, he thought that this music was old, outdated, and just left over from slavery. This thought would soon be changed! In the spring of 1991, Don had a chance to see Buddy Guy perform live at the Penguin Club in Ottawa, Ontario. The performance was so powerful that Don left the show mesmerized. He realized at that moment that his gospel roots gave him the tools he needed to play and sing the blues.

When he’s not performing, Papadon teaches 7-12 vocal and instrumental music at Colton-Pierrepont Central School (Northern New York State) where he shares his passion for blues and jazz with his students.
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
Sunday, June 4
          2 pm – Voices of Praise Gospel Choir
The Back Beat
Carleton Tavern, 223 Armstrong Avenue
Saturday, June 3 @ 9:30 pm

From Tom Rowe, Bassist & Band Leader:
It has been a while since The Back Beat last played a pub gig but we are at it again on Saturday, June 3 at the mighty Carleton Tavern, 223 Armstrong Ave at Parkdale, getting underway at 9:30 pm. The band has learned a whole bunch of new tunes and we can't wait to play them for you. Join us if you can!
24th Edition of Virée Blues Moosehead
The Ramblers & Carl Tremblay 
Le Petit Chicago, 50 Promenade du Portage, Gatineau QC
Wednesday, May 31 @ 8 pm; $20
          (OBS members $15 with membership card)

They launched Viree Blues on the very first show of its very first edition. Then, they performed with Jean Millaire and Andree Dupre on a one-of-a-kind show to launch their 1st album “Bad Boys Blues” on their 10th anniversary while launching Viree Blues 10th edition. And history went on when they brought to an end the 15th edition of Viree Blues with Jim Zeller while launching their 2nd album, “Love Automatic”. And now, with another one-of-a-kind show featuring Living Legend Carl Tremblay, Eric Farran and The Ramblers, also known as “Quebec’s Rolling Stones” will be launching their 3rd opus, “Suicide Blues’.

Thus, it’s in the atmosphere of a Rolling Stones performance, but in a less than 200 capacity bar, with a new album and one of the so few Blues videoclips rotating on Musimax and on V-Tele, that The Ramblers and their famous guest, Carl Tremblay will introduce you to their 3rd album. A reviving music break in the middle of the work week!  
Saturday June 3
Barry & the Blasters @ the Black Sheep Inn
The Back Beat @ the Carleton Tavern, 9:30 pm
Slimmore and the New Soul Project @ the Rainbow Bistro, 9:30 pm
Saturday & Sunday, June 3-4
Westfest (see above)
Sunday, June 4
Steve Thomas Band hosts the Open Jam @ the Rainbow Bistro, 4-7 pm
(almost) EVERY WEEK
Lucas Haneman
Brookstreet Hotel, Options Bar, 7-11 pm
Starting Monday, April 3 until the end of June
Expect the unexpected, and come out to hear Lucas on acoustic guitar, electric guitar, vocals, and perhaps other instruments from time to time as well.
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
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: 
          June 1 – Lucas Haneman
          June 8 – John Cormier
          June 15 – Maria Hawkins
          June 22 – Niel Barrington
          June 29 – Terry Owen
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.
Metropolitan Brasserie
Live Music On the Patio (weather permitting)
Saturdays, 8-11 pm
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
June – the Bank Street Bonbons
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)
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.

The 2016-17 season is complete … STAY TUNED for Blues on the Rideau 2017-18 lineup.

BLUES ON THE RIDEAU is produced by Choose The Blues Productions www.choosetheblues.ca 
in cooperation with The Cove Inn, Westport www.coveinn.com  
Sponsored by 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 this Spring:
Friday, June 23 – Mike Goudreau & the Boppin’ Blues Band
Gatineau Beerfest
Canadian Museum of History, 100 Laurier Street, Gatineau QC
June 8-10; Tickets – save 25% on purchases before June 4

The first edition of the Gatineau Beerfest was held at Leamy Lake in summer 2011, and attracted some 11,000 beer lovers eager to discover what local and regional microbreweries had to offer. A few years later, the Beerfest welcomed more than 35,000 festivalgoers to the Canadian Museum of History. The event is now held twice a year, in summer and in winter.
In a nutshell, the Gatineau Beerfest is the perfect opportunity to discover the latest brewing trends and developments in Quebec and across Canada. With more than two dozen exhibitors, more than 350 craft beers, and a dozen food trucks and vendors offering local products and flavours, the Gatineau Beerfest stands out for its family-friendly atmosphere. Young and old alike are invited to enjoy a lively program of entertainment, presentations, various activities, and live music.
Grab a beer and enjoy the dozens of activities that are part of the Gatineau Beerfest weekend. From live music and strolling entertainers to tasting workshops and food trucks, there’s something for everyone. Rain or shine, the Gatineau Beerfest is one event you won’t want to miss!
Morgan Davis
Kaffé 1870, Wakefield QC
Thursday, June 15

For 45 years Morgan Davis has been on the road travelling across Canada, the United States and Europe. His performances draw from a rich tradition of country blues, as well as his own contemporary songs infused with wit and a large dose of humour. Morgan's passion for the Blues has never wavered... and he fully expects to be on the road for the rest of his life.
Music By The Bay Live presents
Devon Allman
St. Francis Centre, 78 Church Street, South Ajax
Saturday, June 24; doors @ 7 pm, show @ 8 pm;
Tickets - advance $60 + HST, at the door $70

Devon Allman "whose voice is reminiscent of his father, Gregg, and whose guitar playing calls to mind other six-string gods, has been honing his skills since his early teens." He returns to Music by the Bay Live and the Season 8 Finale on Saturday June 24.
Canada Scene at the NAC
1 Elgin Street
Tuesday, July 18 – Suzie Vinnick @ the NAC Atrium, free
Blue Monday
RCHA Club, 193 Ontario Street, Kingston
Friday & Saturday, June 9 & 10; 9 pm – midnight; tickets $20
Available only at the RCHA Club or by calling 613 542-8152
Once a year reunion gig
RCHA Club, 193 Ontario Street, Kingston ON
Friday, June 16; $20
Reserve by email bruce@kingstonbluessociety.ca or
by calling 613 384-8168 or at the RCHA Club

Soulstack is undoubtedly one of the best bands that we have ever had perform for us here at KBS. Multiple Maple Blues Awards nominees and award winners including best Electric Act. Featuring Jonathan Knight on lead and vocals with Tom Bona (multi-Maple Blues Drummer of the Year, and past drummer for Sue Foley and David Wilcox), Darryl ‘Harpo’ Peterson on bass, Mark Wessenger on keyboards and Chris Latta on a variety of baritone guitars and other instruments, this band is smoking hot and incredibly tight. Whether singing inspirational Gospel, soaring soul or hard driving blues this bands will have you dancing and singing all night long and will leave you astonished at just how good a band can really be. We have had many great artists and bands that featured great artists but Soulstack is definitely one of, if not the best, all round bands that we have ever presented.
Their last show sold out – so reserve your tickets today. This is a definite must see show.
Only 40 tickets left for this show
Coming events:
June 30 – Clint Everson Band
July 8 – Lucas Haneman Express
July 21 – Jennis
August 4 – Northern Voodoo
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, May 28 – OBS DAWG’ON BLUES – 7th European Blues Challenge with Liz Sykes
Next week, June 4 – OBS DAWG’ON BLUES – with Steve Lund

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, June 7
Ed Lister’s Prime Rib Band @ Irene’s Pub, 8 pm
Friday, June 9
Al Wood @ Kaffé 1870, Wakefield QC
Lucas Haneman Express Dueling Guitars @ the Rainbow Bistro, 10:00 pm
Saturday, June 10
Cold Capital @ Irene’s Pub, 9:30 pm
Sunday, June 11
The Clint Everson Band hosts the Open Jam @ the Rainbow Bistro, 4-7 pm
Thursday, June 15
Little Dog @ The Backdrop Food & Drink, 7 pm
Friday, June 16
Matt Chaffey @ Irene’s, 9:30 pm
Sunday, June 18
Jimmy Cochrane hosts the Open Jam @ the Rainbow Bistro, 4-7 pm
Friday, June 23
JW-Jones @ the Rainbow Bistro, 9:30 pm
River City Junction @ Irene’s Pub, 9:30 pm
Saturday, June 24
Jesse Greene Band @ Irene’s Pub, 9:30 pm
The Hornettes @ the Rainbow Bistro, 9:30 pm
Sunday, June 25
River City Junction hosts the Open Jam @ the Rainbow Bistro, 4-7 pm

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