13 February 2017

Ottawa Blues This Week - 13 February 2017

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It’s always wise to check with
the venue to confirm the show!
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SPECIAL EVENTS THIS WEEK
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Jordan Officer
NAC Studio, 1 Elgin Street
Thursday, February 16 @ 8 pm; $33
            (OBS member-only promotion – winner Ken Lewis)

Jordan Officer keeps seducing the audience on both sides of the Atlantic, accompanied by two musicians. His album “Blue Skies” presents the sum total of everything that defines this artist, both intellectually and instinctively. According to Jordan, “This album expresses all the shades of all the colours that inhabit my soul. Blues for sure, but also the jazz of my roots, country music, rock ’n’ roll. My instrument and my voice – nothing is taken for granted. Everything is there. This was not my original plan, but “Blue Skies” is everything that I am. For the first time ever.”
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Paul DesLauriers Band
Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street
Friday, February 17

Following up on the success of their self-titled album from 2014, the Paul DesLauriers Band returns with the aptly titled “Relentless”, a genuine blues-rock escapade featuring 10 new songs encompassing their most original and powerful work to date. Relentless indeed if you consider the pace at which the band has been working for the last two years with touring, writing and recording. The awards they keep racking up only confirm that hard work pays off. Adding to their multiple Maple Blues and Lys Blues awards and nominations they had a number one album on the iTunes Canada Blues Chart and in January 2016 they took home 2nd Place among 119 competing bands from around the world at the 32nd annual International Blues Challenge, held by the Blues Foundation in Memphis. Hot on the heels of that win they returned to Montreal to complete writing and recording Relentless and the result captures the very essence of The Paul DesLauriers Band.

A true collaborative effort on every front, singer-guitarist Paul DesLauriers, bassist Greg Morency and drummer Sam Harrisson approached this recording the same way they have in the past, three men playing together in the same room, capturing performances live off the floor; and this time they applied that philosophy to the whole creative process, writing and arranging all the music together from the ground up. Lyrics were penned by DesLauriers and long-time collaborator Alec McElcheran. Each member a virtuoso in his own right, what sets this power trio apart is their chemistry and uncanny musical interaction. Through the driving riffs on “Stewtro Rock (Just Got Back)” and “Ten Feet Tall”, the swampy grooves of “I’m Your Man” and “Still Under My Skin” and the heavy blues of “If I Still Had You”, you sense the power, the intention and most of all the unique sound these three have created. Heaviness is interspersed with funk, fun and cheeky double-entendre in tracks like “Gonna Make You Move (Part 1)” and “We Just Might”, the complexities of relationships and a life of chasing the muse are discussed candidly in numbers such as “Wipes Away Your Sin” and “Up In The Air”. Through every track, the personalities shine through, but what is most striking is the unity and the maturity radiating from this trio at the top of their game.
If the last album, 2014’s award-winning self-titled release, solidified the band’s stance in the Canadian blues scene, this album as well as their remarkable achievements over the last two years cements their position as one of the top Canadian blues-rock acts and will maximize their influence on the international stage.
http://www.pauldeslauriersband.com/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNiyEWaqSPw

Tix here: 
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Harry Manx
NAC Theatre, 1 Elgin Street
Saturday, February 18 @ 7:30 pm; $39
            (OBS member-only promotion – winner Dave Brennan)

“Mysticssippi” blues man Harry Manx has been called an “essential link” between the music of East and West, creating musical short stories that wed the tradition of the Blues with the depth of classical Indian ragas. He has created a unique sound that is hard to forget and deliciously addictive to listen to. Harry forged his distinctive style by studying at the feet of the masters, first as a sound man in the blues clubs of Toronto during his formative years and then under a rigorous tutelage with Vishwa Mohan Bhatt in India. Bhatt is the inventor of the 20-stringed Mohan Veena, which has become Harry’s signature instrument.

Manx is a prolific artist, releasing 12 albums in a 12-year span with no signs of stopping. He has received seven Maple Blues Awards, six Juno nominations, the Canadian Folk Music Award in 2005 for Best Solo Artist and won CBC Radio’s “Great Canadian Blues Award” in 2007.
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LOCAL HIGHLIGHTS THIS WEEK
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Odyssey Showcase Presents
The Gift of Jazz
            A Tribute to Black History Month
Algonquin Commons, 1385 Woodroffe Avenue
Saturday, February 18; doors 7:30 pm, show 8 pm; $25

From the cotton fields to the early roots of Gospel music to the contemporary jazz sounds of today, The Gift of Jazz celebrates the courage, determination, grace and unrelenting spirit of men and women who overcame incredible challenges and reflects the history, impact and contributions of these performers on the world of Jazz.
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AREA HIGHLIGHTS THIS WEEK
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Dinner & Show at The Cove Inn, Westport ON
with
The Hogtown Allstars
Friday, February 17; 7-11 pm; $65
            Proceeds to Friends of Foley Mountain

Back by popular demand, The Hogtown Allstars are just that - 5 members of Canada’s legendary Downchild Blues Band - Chuck Jackson on lead vocals & harp, Michael Fonfara keyboards, Pat Carey sax, Gary Kendall bass and Mike Fitzpatrick on drums - plus Teddy Leonard on guitar (formerly with Fathead).  All of them have won JUNOs and/or Maple Blues Awards over their careers. These guys deliver Big Time, Big Band Blues at its best! This is the Hoggies’ 4th visit to BOTR and they’ve Sold Out every time so get your tickets early for this show. It’s close enough to Valentine’s Day to make it a perfect date for you and your loved one.

BLUES ON THE RIDEAU is produced by Choose The Blues Productions www.choosetheblues.ca in cooperation with The Cove Inn, Westport www.coveinn.com  

Please visit and LIKE us on Facebook and Twitter
www.facebook.com/ChooseTheBluesProductions    
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Conor Gains Band
Wilno Tavern, Wilno ON
Friday, February 17 @ 8 pm; $15

Conor is a great mix of Rock, Blues, Pop, Soul and Reggae. Fantastic and original!
"One of Canada's most talented musicians. Conor is an exceptional player, singer and writers. Not to be missed!" Toronto Star
"Conor is one of my favourites. I never miss a chance to see him or gig with him when I am in town." Jimmy Bowskill
http://www.conorgainsmusic.com/

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LOCALS THIS WEEK
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Saturday, February 18
The Jesse Greene Band @ the Atomic Rooster, 4-8 pm
Al Tambay @ the Mill Restaurant, Manotick
John Carroll @ the Atomic Rooster, 10 pm
Sunday, February 19
Jimmy Cochrane hosts the Rainbow Open Jam, 3:30-7 pm
Firebelly @ the Atomic Rooster, 6-9 pm
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LOCAL HIGHLIGHTS
(almost) EVERY WEEK
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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! 
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The Jam @ Kaffé 1870, Wakefield QC
Every Wednesday @ 9 pm, no cover
6 rotating hosts, each specializing in a different genre
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John Carroll
Chateau Lafayette (The Laff), 42 York Street
Wednesdays, 8 pm
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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: 
          February 16 – Drew Nelson
          February 23 – Jim Cochrane
          March 2 – Lyle Odjick
          March 9 – Jed Rached
          March 16 – Jason & Caroline
          March 23 – Dave Bignall
          March 30 – Edward Hart
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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
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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.
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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).
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Sunday Blues, 6-9 pm, no cover
Atomic Rooster, 303 Bank Street (at MacLaren)
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VIRÉE BLUES BORÉALE
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24th Edition of Virée Blues Boréale **CANCELLED**
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AREA HIGHLIGHTS MONTHLY
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Blues On Tues         
The Granary Beizli, 3270 County Rd 10, Vankleek Hill ON
Third Tuesday of every month@ 7 pm; $10
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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
Feb 17 - From Toronto - THE HOGTOWN ALLSTARS
March 24 - From Texas & Toronto - DANNY BROOKS w. LIL’ MISS DEBI & THE MEMPHIS BROTHERS
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
www.facebook.com/ChooseTheBluesProductions    
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SPECIAL EVENTS COMING SOON
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Harpoonist & the Axe Murderer & MonkeyJunk
Shenkman Arts Centre, 245 Centrum Boulevard, Orleans
Wednesday, February 22 @ 8 pm
            (This show is an OBS member-only promotion;
              Deadline – Friday, February 17 @ 6 pm, Ottawa time)

First off on this double bill, a blues band for true blues fans who appreciate raw riffs, rough soul and deep roots. Matthew Rogers on drums and guitar (the “axe”) and Shawn Hall on vocals and harmonica (the mouth “harp”) are behind the gritty sound that’s steeped in the electric groove blues of the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer has been nominated for multiple Maple Blues Awards and won Blues Act of the Year at the SiriusXM Indies. The duo has toured the major festival circuit including SXSW, and Folk Fests, Blues Fests, and Jazz Fests across the country, impressing crowds with their signature fervor.

Rounding out the night is Ottawa-based band MonkeyJunk with a bluesy blend of swampy roots-rock. Each an established musician in his own right, the MonkeyJunk trio has won a collective 20 Maple Blues Awards, two Canadian Independent Music Awards, a Blues Music Award (USA), a Juno, and a passionate following of fans designated “MonkeyJunkies”.

This show will have audiences stompin’ and howlin’ for more. 
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Rocket Rached & the Fat City 8
Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street
Friday, February 24 @ 9:30 pm

Rocket Rached and Fat City 8 is a 9-piece band consisting of a kick ass horn section, wicked guitar, keyboard, killer rhythm section and a lead Blues man that brings everyone to the dance floor on the first song. This band is comprised of Juno award winners that have played with some of the best blues musicians in the world.

Rocket Rached and Fat City 8 have been together since 1995 and toured across the country performing at large dance halls to hay barn parties. Numerous nights have seen such famous guests sit in such as: Jeff Healey, Sue Foley, Otis Grand, Chuck Jackson and good pals, Roomful of Blues! Career highlights were opening for Blues legends: Duke Robillard, Junior Wells and Ray Charles.

Jed ‘Rocket’ Rached, the front man for Fat City 8, is described as a classic blues shouter. Rocket Rached is colour! This dynamic personality has an exuberance that is infectious. With his passion for the Blues, the Rocket brings the band to another level when he sets foot on stage, and everyone feels it! This talented group, perform original tunes, blues classics and swing with the heart and soul of the old masters.
https://www.reverbnation.com/rocketrachedthefatcity8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gmyh6wv7YOg
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Winter Songwriter Guitar Pull
Kaffé 1870, 715 Riverside Drive, Wakefield QC
Friday, February 24 @ 9:30 pm

A good old songwriter circle/guitar pull thing, hosted by Ray Harris w/guests Al Wood, Chris Landry & KJ Thomas... + Steve Donnelly on upright bass!
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Jerome Godboo
Moose McGuire’s, 3320 McCarthy Road
Saturday, February 25

Winner of Lee Oskar Best Harmonica Player Award at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis 2014, Jerome Godboo is a singer, songwriter and harp player shouldering a Canadian Blues legacy with an urgency to renew it.
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Rock ‘n’ Bowl
Perth Civitan, Perth ON
Saturday, February 25; 11 Am – 5 pm

With the Heat, Blues & Company, and more.
Bowl for kids, eh? A change of shoes can change a life.
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Fête INDÉO
Fête de la musique indépendante en outaouais
Brasseurs du temps, 170 Montcalm, Gatineau QC
Friday, March 3 to Sunday, March 5

Pass $ 28 for 9 shows in 3 days guarantees seat. Only 100 available.
With Gilbert Troutet, Roxanne Potvin, Pays d’abondance, Al Wood, Billy Love Band, Zebulon, Nicole Ratté, Rebecca Noelle, Rachelle Berhens.
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2nd Annual Westfest ‘All Star’ Fundraiser
Orange Art Gallery, 290 City Centre
Sunday, March 5; 2-7 pm; tickets $100 + $6.60 event fee

The 2nd Annual Westfest ‘All Star’ Fundraiser, hosted by Councillor Jeff Lieper & local music icon Jim Bryson, promises to be another unique event that you'll not soon forget. As a thrilling roster of Elaina Martin’s strongest supporters come together yet again for an afternoon in support of Westfest, you can expect jam-packed live entertainment, craft beer, craft wine, local fair-trade coffee, delicious food, and non-alcoholic drinks! (Food and drinks are included with ticket purchase.)
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/westfest-all-star-fundraiser-live-music-dj-craft-beer-wine-delicious-food-tickets-31322696027
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The Weber Brothers
            & Fathers of Modern Rocketry
Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street
Saturday, March 11; $15

Between their renowned musical ability, high-energy, awe-inspiring performances and lessons learned first-hand from rock ‘n’ roll pioneers, a reputation as the “baddest band in the land”, “heroes of this generation” and “the future in the big shoes of the past” now precedes them.
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Doug MacLeod
Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street
Wednesday, March 15 @ 7:45 pm; tickets $15 advance, $20 at the door

WINNER OF THE 2016 BLUES MUSIC AWARD FOR ACOUSTIC ARTIST OF THE YEAR and nominated again in 2017.
"Like all great blues men, MacLeod lives his music, and the songs are not just on the tips of his fingers and tongue, they are one with his being.
- Blues Music Magazine

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FcDjRdpqgo4
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Paul Reddick
Black Sheep Inn, Wakefield QC
Friday, March 17

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” has been nominated for a JUNO Award this year.
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Steve Hill
NAC Studio, 1 Elgin Street
Saturday, March 18 @ 8 pm 

When it comes to one-man bands, guitarist and singer extraordinaire Steve Hill has no limits. The truest definition of a one-man band; Hill performs standing up while singing and playing guitar, his feet playing bass drum, snare drum, hi-hats and with a drum stick fused to the head of his trusty guitar, any other percussion within reach. An overnight sensation 20 years in the making, Steve Hill is an ambitious and raucous force to be reckoned with on the Canadian and international blues-rock scene. 

Currently on tour in Europe, Steve will be back in Canada next Monday and appears at the NAC in Ottawa on March 18.
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The Weber Brothers
Wilno Tavern, Wilno ON
Friday, March 24 @ 8 pm; $15

By the ages of 18 and 21 they had already performed alongside Kris Kristofferson, Levon Helm, Garth Hudson, Jeff Healey and David Wilcox to name a few. In October 2012 the brothers were invited to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame American Music Masters Tribute to Chuck Berry in Cleveland where they shared the stage with Merle Haggard, Lemmy Kilmister, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, Rick Derringer, Joe Bonamassa, Earl Slick, Steve Jordan and the father of Rock and Roll himself, Chuck Berry.
http://weberbrothers.com/
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Music by the Bay Live Presents
Quinn Sullivan
St. Francis Centre, Ajax
Saturday, March 25 @ 8 pm

Quinn Sullivan has been a music professional for more than 75 percent of his life. He’s shared the stage with Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton, Los Lobos, The Roots, Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi and Joe Bonamassa, and he opened for B.B. King, who later invited him to play his treasured “Lucille” guitar. He has performed on concert and festival dates throughout the United States – including at storied venues like Hollywood Bowl, RFK Stadium and Madison Square Garden – traveled overseas – performing at both the Montreux Jazz Festival and India’s Mahindra Blues Festival – and played several editions of the Experience Hendrix Tour, backed by Jimi’s original bassist Billy Cox. He’s also appeared on national TV, with guest appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Oprah, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Conan and twice on The Ellen DeGeneres show. 
Advance tickets www.musicbythebaylive.com
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JUNOfest
Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street
Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street
Friday, March 31 & Saturday, April 1

More info to come.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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Boogie Patrol
Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street
Saturday, April 15

A unique 4-piece band
seamlessly blending Funk, Soul and R&B to entice even the most hesitant dancer out onto the floor, Boogie Patrol has steadily built their reputation as one of Western Canada’s premier Funk, Soul & Blues Rock bands. A featured act on some of the West’s finest roots music festivals, the band has garnered acclaim and an enthusiastic following on the strength of their high-energy live shows and their dedication to excellent musicianship and charming stage presence. While charismatic vocalist Dan Shinnan’s blazing harmonica punctuates Yuji Ihara’s savvy compositions, and anchored by the thick, head-bopping bass of Nigel Gale, Boogie Patrol creates a grooving, propulsive pocket that fills dance floors to capacity and beckons even the most sensible of patrons to join in the enthusiasm.
http://boogiepatrol.com/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s14mYRlUV_A
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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.
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KINGSTON & AREA SPECIAL EVENTS
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Blues & Company
RCHA Club, 193 Ontario Street
Saturday, February 18; 9 pm – midnight; 2 for $15

Just back from Memphis where they competed in the International Blues Challenge
One of Ottawa's hottest bands
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MonkeyJunk
            With Opening Act Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer
The Grand Theatre, 218 Princess Street
Thursday, February 23

A blues band for true blues fans who appreciate raw riffs, rough soul and deep roots. Matthew Rogers on drums and guitar (the “axe”) and Shawn Hall on vocals and harmonica (the mouth “harp”) are behind the gritty sound that’s steeped in the electric groove blues of the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer has been nominated for multiple Maple Blues Awards and won Blues Act of the Year at the SiriusXM Indies. The duo has toured the major festival circuit including SXSW, and Folk Fests, Blues Fests, and Jazz Fests across the country, impressing crowds with their signature fervor.

Then Ottawa-based band MonkeyJunk with a bluesy blend of swampy roots-rock. Each an established musician in his own right, the MonkeyJunk trio has won a collective 20 Maple Blues Awards, two Canadian Independent Music Awards, a Blues Music Award (USA), a Juno, and a passionate following of fans designated “MonkeyJunkies”.
http://kingstongrand.ca/node/2050
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KINGSTON REGULAR EVENTS
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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.
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For more info, please contact Kingston Blues Society
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BLUES ON THE RADIO
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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, February 19 – OBS DAWG’ON BLUES with Debrablues
Next week, February 26 – 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. 
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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.
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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.
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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/
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The Bluesmobile with Elwood Blues, CHEZ FM 106.1
Sundays 6-7 pm; Wednesdays 11 pm – midnight
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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. 
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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. 
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"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
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LOCALS LOOK AHEAD
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Friday, February 24
Al Tambay @ The Royal Oak, Orleans
Rocket Rached & the Fat City 8 @ the Rainbow, 9:30 pm
Saturday, February 25
Al Tambay @ the Neighbourhood Pub
Mardi Gras Party with Ball and Chain & the Wreckers and the Vanier Playboys @ Irene’s
The Back Beat @ D’Arcy McGee’s, Orleans, 9 pm
Sunday, February 26
River City Junction hosts the Rainbow Open Jam, 3:30-7 pm
Friday, March 3
Anders Drerup Band @ the Black Sheep Inn, Wakefield, 8:30 pm
Saturday, March 4
Grievous Angel Band @ the Black Sheep Inn, Wakefield, 8:30 pm
Sunday, March 5
Crunchy Flower hosts the Rainbow Open Jam, 3:30-7 pm
Sunday, March 12
Clint Everson Band hosts the Rainbow Open Jam, 3:30-7 pm
Saturday, March 18
The Tony D Band @ the Rainbow, 9:30 pm
Sunday, March 19
Jimmy Cochrane hosts the Rainbow Open Jam, 3:30-7 pm
Saturday, March 25
JW-Jones @ the Rainbow, 9:30 pm
Sunday, March 26
Crunchy Flower hosts the Rainbow Open Jam, 3:30-7 pm
Friday, April 14
Little Dog Blues Band @ the Carleton Tavern, 9:45 pm
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