The Amanda Jackson Trio (comprised of the songwriters from the Amanda Jackson Band) is all about connecting — with their lyrics, the audience, the planet and with each other. Whether it’s an upbeat song about living life to the fullest or a thoughtful and reflective song inspired by events around them, Amanda’s powerful and soulful voice, along with the accompaniment of Dale McKie (guitar, harmonica), Todd MacLean (guitar, piano, sax), creates an intimate listening experience that leaves the audience feeling as if they have had the chance to peer into the soul of the band. Their debut studio album, “Fire in the Blue”, was released in July 2017 and won the 2018 Urban Music PEI Recording of the Year. Most recently the band received national attention as one of the top 10 finalists for the 2018 CBC Searchlight new talent contest, earning their spot as one of the top five chosen by voters across the country for their song ‘Dance Into the Light’. They were also featured as one of the standouts from the Top 100.
From the bright, candy-striped grooves that lure us in at the outset of “For Dreaming”, to the darkling lavender hues of mélancolie that infiltrate the album like stiff spirits in our pink lemonade, Roxanne Potvin reminds us that, not only will she always carry a stash of R&B to hit us up with, but she also has a few other tricks up her sleeve.
Roxanne's music career grew out of an early love of classic blues and R&B, and she received her first significant attention with her 2006 Colin Linden-produced album “The Way It Feels”, which earned a JUNO nomination for Blues Album of the Year. Not to be typecast, Potvin experimented with new sounds on her subsequent albums “No Love For The Poisonous”, produced by Dave MacKinnon of alt-folk outfit FemBots, and “Play”, recorded in Vancouver with folk/roots producer Steve Dawson.
“For Dreaming” opened a new chapter for Potvin as a singer/songwriter with pop smarts, undeniable soul, and a ceaseless drive to keep pushing herself in uncharted directions. She's now finished work on the follow-up EP titled “All it Was”, to be released in 2018.
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Angelique Francis is a versatile and exceptionally gifted young musician with talent that is way beyond her years. This multi-talented, multi-instrumentalist, singer song writer and composer has played some of the biggest venues across Canada and the USA. Angelique first took to the stage at age 7 and made her American national television debut at age 13 on the Oprah Network, for writing and composing an original theme song for the Gayle King show. She has an insatiable appetite for many different kinds of music, and has wowed audiences across the globe with her stage presence, instrumentals, song writing abilities and her deep textured vocals. She is known for her eclectic mix of various musical genres including Blues, Soul, folk, Jazz and Rock. Her diversity, passion and love of music can be heard in all of her original compositions.
Not only is this talented musician known as one of Canada’s top emerging blues artists, she is also recognized for her volunteer work with various charities and youth mentorship programs. Over the past few years Angelique has received the following recognition for her volunteer efforts: An Ontario Leading Women Building Communities Award (This award honours women who have made a significant difference in their communities in the province of Ontario), A Global Alliance Community Builder Award (For giving back to the community through music), and an Art Child Award (youth making a difference through art).
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Jamieson is known for his style, class and a voice that hearkens back to the times of Bob Dylan, Towns Van Zandt, Neil Young. Put that with his mindfully-crafted lyrics and poetic undertones and you have a night of music that will wrap you up and hold you close!
But that's not all! Once a season we invite an away team to come join the show and this month features the wonderful Emily Burgess! She's got a musical pedigree that will make a seasoned pro blush but her success is purely driven by her down home feel, sweet vocals and stellar band!
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Dennis continues to work hard to achieve the next level of musical success. Increased touring and greater exposure to new fans will undoubtedly make this band a household name. If you need some Blues You Can Rock To, then it’s time to check out Dennis Jones Band.
Woodshed Slim will warm up the room with the traditional sounds from the Deep South. Authentic guitar and vocals to bring you back to the roots.
Gonna be a gooder!!
John Primer has undisputedly helped build the sound and style of Chicago blues as we know it today. The echos of tradition bellowing from the birthplaces he played such as: Maxwell Street, Theresa's, Checkerboard and Rosa's Lounges, pulse from every chord in his fingers today. John Primer is a Chicago Blues Living Legend.
John has played with such blues originators as: Sammy Lawhorn, Junior Wells, Buddy Guy, Smokey Smothers, Lonnie Brooks, Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters and Magic Slim before venturing out on his own in 1995. Since that time, he’s released or been recorded on over a dozen albums and toured extensively all over the world. A master storyteller and songwriter, his catalog of songs is endless. Some of the awards attached to him include: 2 Grammy nominations and 2 Living Legend honors as well as a Blues Music Award for Best Traditional Blues Artist from the National Blues Foundation and many more.
The depth of history and tradition that runs in John's blood from decades of master blues classes he took from all the Blues Godfathers builds his music catalog and unique style. John Primer is still at the top of his game. With his strong traditionalist blues phrasing, seasoned rhythm and blues vocals and lightning-fast slide guitar techniques, few artists can match him and none have his vast, real deal, blues history. There are very few fans, critics or musicians who will deny the fact that John Primer is the real deal.
Cooder's solo work draws upon many genres. Few musical artists of the past half century have introduced us to so many great songs; from so many rich musical traditions as has Ry Cooder. Whether they are choice nuggets from the early American blues catalogue, or gems from the birthing years of Rock & Roll or Rhythm & Blues; or Tex-Mex classics, African Blues or pre-Castro Cuban Music (Buena Vista Social Club), Ry Cooder has provided us with the most heartfelt and virtuosic of performances.
While many got to see Ry Cooder perform in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, it has been a rare occurrence to see him since. His 1981 shows at U of T’s Convocation Hall were voted “the best concerts of the year” by all three Toronto newspapers, the Star, the Globe & Mail and the Toronto Sun. This is the only time all three papers would agree on their choice.
Cooder performed at Centrepointe Theatres in 2016 with Ricky Skaggs and Sharon White, with two sold-out shows but this will be the first time he brings us an evening of essential Ry Cooder music to Ottawa. On June 27th, Ry Cooder and his Band play Centrepointe Theatres to celebrate much of his greatest musical work plus songs from his much-anticipated new recording “The Prodigal Son”, to be released in early May of this year.