18 September 2017

Ottawa Blues This Week - 18 September 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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Buck Tingley
“Ladies Night” Album Release
Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street
Wednesday, September 20

Buck Tingley is a super slick east coast blues guitar monster. Hailing from Turtle Creek, New Brunswick, this young player has become a pillar of the blues scene in his adopted home of Halifax, holding weekly residencies at Economy Shoe Shop and The Local. Packing the joints each and every time out, the dynamo’s energy puts smiles on the faces of toe-tapping patrons, and is often complemented by musical guests, such as Juno Award winner Steve Marriner of Ottawa’s MonkeyJunk and Shrimp Daddy of local legends The Sharpshooters. Whether backed by The Hard Looking Tickets or The Galaxy Five-Hundreds, Tingley’s is a young band with old souls. And, while they may look a little rough around the edges with their rockabilly, Trailer Park Boys aesthetic, these players revel in classic blues, bringing the genre to life with their serious chops. (Bio courtesy of the Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival.)
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Paul Reddick
Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street
Friday, September 22

Melding poetry, mystery, darkness and light, along with an extensive knowledge of the history and traditions of blues music is what makes Paul Reddick on of the most popular figures on the blues and roots music scene today. For over 25 years he’s been writing and performing his eclectic brand of blues, bringing the art form to new frontiers with his rapacious, deep vocals, masterful harmonica playing and song writing. As the unofficial poet laureate of Canadian blues, words are his weapon of choice and when he sings, it is near impossible not to listen and get lost within the songs, right alongside him and illustrating what the influential British magazine Mojo described as his “wayward brilliance.”
http://www.paulreddick.ca
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Jim Dan Dee
          And The Bristol Hum
Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street
Saturday, September 23 @ 9 pm; $10

Affectionately known as ‘JDD’ to their fans, Jim Dan Dee continues to ride the wave created by their ferociously-sexy Blues-based sound. Since the release of the gritty EP “Five Stiff Shots” in 2015, JDD has been garnering so much attention in the Toronto music scene that they’ve been invited to share stages with bands ‘Monster Truck’, ‘Big Wreck’ and ‘The Sheepdogs’. The showmanship and musicality of their live show is an electrifying experience not to be missed. This Indie powerhouse has already been showcased in NXNE, CMW, Indie Week and many other major Canadian music festivals to a great reception. Front-man Jim sings and guitar-slings with an intensity that has been described as resembling “demonic possession”. The crack of the drums creates a fat backbeat under a cloud of Hammond organ and silky saxophone, in perfect contrast to the band’s fiercely entertaining energy on stage. With the release of their slick new video and single ‘The Silence’ (Produced by The Tea Party’s Jeff Martin) JDD’s sound has been refined but not restrained. True to their roots yet completely unique, Jim Dan Dee is set to make history with their self-styled “Bourbon Fueled Funkabilly Grunge Blues”.
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LOCAL HIGHLIGHTS THIS WEEK
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Raising the Roof for Kahe Primary School
Live Music by: Al Wood, members of Canons & MonkeyJunk
Fatboys Smokehouse, 34 Murray Street
Friday, September 22 @ 8 pm

In the spirit of ‘back to school,’ please join us for a fun night to fundraise to build a roof for Kahe Primary School in East Africa. Kahe Primary School is nestled in a poor neighbourhood of Kilimanjaro Region, Tanzania. This area is vulnerable to drought and storms. In 2013, the school lost its roof because of a storm. With your help we hope to build a strong roof, so that 125 children can attend school. We have partnered with a non-profit organization in Tanzania to help us manage the project on the ground and ensure that 100% of the funds go to Kahe Primary School.

From Al Wood: Big Fundraiser event at Fatboys on Friday September 22 with Al Wood; Marty Sobb; Matt Sobb; Mike Turenne; Simon Meilleur; more special guests TBA including Alain Tambay. A great event for a great cause - you can spend the whole evening with us, or pop by for a set and a bite. It’s for an absolutely great cause and will provide immediate direct benefit to those who need it!
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AREA HIGHTLIGHTS THIS WEEK
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The Blues On The Rideau Dinner & Show Fundraiser Series at The Cove Inn in Westport Ontario returns this month for its 13th Season. BOTR is now recognized as one of the premier Blues Series in the country.

Blues On The Rideau presents
Angel Forrest
The Cove Inn, Westport ON
Friday, September 22; 7-11 pm; dinner & show $65 plus HST
          Proceeds to the Ruby Gland Charity

Kicking off the 2017-18 season: 4X Maple Blues Award winner for Best Female Vocalist in Canada, the dynamic Angel Forrest and her great band from Quebec’s Eastern Townships. One of the more powerful singers on the Blues/Rock scene today Angel’s voice has been described as a cross between Janis Joplin and Etta James. This is her second visit to The Cove. She tore the house down the first time around and we expect the same for this show.
Blues On The Rideau is produced by Choose The Blues Productions www.choosetheblues.ca in co-operation with The Cove Inn www.coveinn.com 
Sponsored by Perth Brewerywww.perthbrewery.ca, Jacob’s Creek Wines www.jacobscreek.com, DAWG FM Ottawa www.dawgfm.com, LAKE 88 Perth www.lake88.ca and the Ottawa Blues Societywww.ottawabluessociety.com
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Buck Tingley
“Ladies Night” Album Release
Wilno Tavern, Wilno ON
Friday, September 22 @ 8 pm

Buck Tingley is a super slick east coast blues guitar monster. Hailing from Turtle Creek, New Brunswick, this young player has become a pillar of the blues scene in his adopted home of Halifax, holding weekly residencies at Economy Shoe Shop and The Local. Packing the joints each and every time out, the dynamo’s energy puts smiles on the faces of toe-tapping patrons, and is often complemented by musical guests, such as Juno Award winner Steve Marriner of Ottawa’s MonkeyJunk and Shrimp Daddy of local legends The Sharpshooters. Whether backed by The Hard Looking Tickets or The Galaxy Five-Hundreds, Tingley’s is a young band with old souls. And, while they may look a little rough around the edges with their rockabilly, Trailer Park Boys aesthetic, these players revel in classic blues, bringing the genre to life with their serious chops. (Bio courtesy of the Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival.)
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LOCALS THIS WEEK
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Saturday, September 23
Le Meow @ the Atomic Rooster, 8 pm
Sunday, September 24
River City Junction hosts the Open Jam @ the Rainbow, 3:30 pm
Mud Boys @ 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
1st, 3rd & 5th Wednesdays of each 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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Dr Dave Blues & Jazz
Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street
Wednesdays, 4-7 pm; no cover
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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: 
          September 21 – Genevieve Freynet
          September 28 – Jed Rached
          October 5 – John Yemensky
          October 12 – Shannon Eddy
          October 19 – Clint Everson
          October 26 – Jeff Hagerman
          November 2 – Scott Amey
          November 9 – Niel Barrington
          November 16 – Chuck Karn
          November 23 – Murray Kinsley & Leigh-Anne Stanton
          November 30 – Bill, Tonia, Tim & Paul
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Weekly jazz jam
Options Jazz Lounge, Brookstreet Hotel, Kanata
Thursdays, 7-11 pm; no cover
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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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Metropolitan Brasserie
Live Music On the Patio (weather permitting)
Saturdays, 8-11 pm
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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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Sunday Sessions, 9:30 pm, no cover
Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street
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VIRÉE BLUES MOOSEHEAD
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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)
          25th Edition begins in September
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AREA HIGHLIGHTS MONTHLY
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Blues On Tues       
The Granary Beizli, 3270 County Rd 10, Vankleek Hill ON
Last show on Tuesday, October 31 @ 7 pm; $10
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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!)
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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.

2017-18 lineup:
September 22 – Angel Forrest Band
October 27 – Blackburn
November 24 – Tas Cru & Wicked Grin
January 19 & 20 – Jack de Keyzer
February 16 – Harpdog Brown with Sugar Brown
March 16 – Sean Pinchin Band
April 20 – Boogie Patrol
May 11 & 12 – David Rotundo 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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FALL FESTIVALS
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Canal Bank Shuffle
Thorold ON
October 16-18
With Dawn Tyler Watson and more.
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SPECIAL EVENTS COMING SOON
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Backdrop Live Thursdays with
Al Wood & the Woodsmen
Backdrop Food & Drink, 160 Metcalfe Street
Thursday, September 30, 7-10 pm; no cover


Al Wood is a blues musician known for high energy shows and cool throwback original tunes as frontman for Al Wood and the Woodsmen.

Al Wood is a multi-talented performer and songwriter with a deep reverence for the blues and traditionally based roots music. As a virtuoso harmonica player, talented guitar stylist with a golden-throated voice spanning a career over 20 years, Al Wood's artistry and musicianship are starkly revealed. Wood's versatility delivers a personal flare by capturing the Chicago style blues traditions and merging a journey of hard core real country, melodic jazz with a diverse array of other influences.
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Solly's Bar 6th Anniversary Celebration Party!
With Three Times Lucky
Solly’s Bar, 126 Ottawa Street, Limoges ON
Saturday, September 30, 8 pm – midnight; $5

Come on out to Limoges ON and help celebrate the 6th Anniversary of Solly's Bar!
Party Music provided by Three Times Lucky.
Admission is $5.00, and only 100 tickets will be made available for this party, so get them now! Tickets are available at the bar, or from Three Times Lucky.
And...as always... Don't forget your dancin' shoes 'cause we'll be packin' some real Back-Beat Rhythm & Blues for this show!
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The Back Beat
Atomic Rooster, 303 Bank Street
Saturday, October 14; 4-8 pm

From Tom Rowe:
I wanted to provide advance notice concerning a special gig The Back Beat has coming up on Saturday, October 14 at the Atomic Rooster, 303 Bank Street.  We have a "matinee" time slot, which runs from 4 pm to 8 pm.  Many of our supporters have expressed interest in seeing the band when we aren't playing really late, so this matinee offers a nice alternative.

If you have never been to the Atomic Rooster, it is an excellent venue with a good sound man who knows how to match a band's tone to the room.  The Rooster has an interesting menu and plenty of draft beer options.  In addition, the room provides a full display of very cool paintings by local artists.  When I'm not gigging, the Rooster is my favourite place to go for live music in Ottawa.  More info here:  http://www.atomicrooster.ca/

The Back Beat has been adding songs to our repertoire over the summer and we'll be pulling out some new tunes for the Oct 14 gig.   We hope this date might work for you.
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The Kinsey Report
Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street
Saturday, October 14

The Kinsey brothers, vocalist/guitarist Donald, drummer/vocalist Ralph, and bassist/vocalist Kenneth, enjoyed enormous success throughout the ‘80s and ‘90s recording, and touring first with their late father, Lester “Big Daddy” Kinsey, as Big Daddy Kinsey and the Kinsey Report, and then on their own. The Kinseys arrived on the blues scene in 1985 with a winning formula, joining forces with their father to create a signature sound that mixed the traditional with the contemporary. Big Daddy’s rich baritone vocals, slide guitar and harmonica playing reflected his Mississippi Delta roots, while the younger Kinseys added reggae, rock, gospel and soul to the mix. Driven by Donald’s soulful vocals and impassioned guitar playing, and the tight, in-sync rhythm section of Ralph and Kenneth, the Kinsey Report created a singular sound that caught the attention of blues fans worldwide.

The frantic pace of those years, coupled with the loss of beloved family members, came to a head with Big Daddy’s passing in 2001. Although music was still in their lives, making music became less of a priority as the brothers entered a time of healing and reflection, a time of “trying to get life right,” as brother Ralph says. According to Donald, “we needed time to see where we were individually first, then as a family and as a group.”

Life’s lessons seem to have strengthened the family bond and the resolve to move forward both spiritually and musically. Musically, according to Kenneth, the timing is right. “I am very happy and pleased that we’re gonna be part of the blues landscape that is out there. It is a different landscape now, ever evolving and moving forward.” The Kinsey’s planted the progressive seeds for this landscape over some twenty years ago. How fitting is it that they are back, and again leading the way.

The 4 tunes on Standing (I’ll Be) bring the Kinseys firmly into the present. “Standing (I’ll Be)” the EP’s title track, is an original tune written by the brothers about triumph over adversity. For Donald, it is a song about “overcoming difficult obstacles with faith and the determination to move forward.” For Ralph, it is a song of victory. For the listener, it is an up tempo groove, a cautionary tale about succumbing to everyday temptation. “That’s It,” is a funky blues-rocker about a mean, mistreating woman, that the Kinseys have had percolating in the catalog since their Smoke and Steel Days, (their last recording on Alligator Records). “Nobody’s Fault,” is a traditional gospel tune, featuring Ralph on vocals, and Donald on Dobro and slide guitar. The Kinsey’s grandfather, Lester Kinsey, Sr. was the pastor of Gary's Chase Street Church of God in Christ for many years. Ralph, who was deeply moved by his grandmother’s love of spirituals, was enthusiastic about recording this song. He was inspired by the Nina Simone and Sister Rosetta Tharpe versions, and wanted to bring his interpretation to this classic gospel song. And then there is the track, “Boogie Diddlin’ an inspired instrumental that combines signature Bo Diddley and John Lee Hooker licks while also hearkening back to the brothers’ gospel roots, and to Big Daddy’s influence. The power chords on the bridge of the song come from gospel. As Donald explains, “Dad used to play the heavy bridge. That comes out of the sanctified church.”
http://www.kinseyreportband.com/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KcGhOltCY0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZC-HKJlT6UQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xkmfS64-1hc
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James Armstrong
Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street
Saturday, October 21

Guitarist, singer and songwriter James Armstrong was born to play the blues. His mother was a blues singer. His father played jazz guitar. He formed his first band in the 7th grade and by the age of 17 he was touring the country. In his twenties, James was the youngest guitar player to play in Smokey Wilson’s legendary band. In the early ‘90s he was signed by HighTone Records. Just as he was about to tour with his critically acclaimed 1st album “Sleeping With A Stranger”, tragedy struck. The events surrounding a home invasion left Armstrong without the use of his left hand and arm, including permanent nerve damage which threatened to end his career forever. But thanks to the support of friends, fans and the blues community, Armstrong came back two years later with a second album, “Dark Night”.

What Armstrong lost in the tragedy he gained in “a whole new respect for the music itself, the power in slow blues, how the silences between the notes are as important as the notes”. Armstrong also turned his efforts to perfecting his songwriting, vocal and slide guitar skills, all the while developing his gift for turning hardship into song. The results were “Got It Goin’ On” and the CD garnered two WC Handy award nominations for best blues guitarist and for best song of the year with ‘Pennies and Picks’. With its new grooves and surprises, the CD was praised by critics for its part in redefining the blues and keeping the genre alive. In 2014, “Guitar Angels”, released on Catfood Records, was awarded “Best Traditional Release” by Blues411.

Today he travels the world and continues to infuse his voice and guitar playing with his unique personality and seasoned skills. Seen live, he has a confident stage presence that combines grace with mischief. Few blues artists know how to play the crowd as James can, shifting dynamics from a whisper to a growl. James is currently touring in support of his latest release on Catfood Records, “Blues Been Good To Me”.
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Rob Lutes
With Very Special Guest Michael Jerome Browne
LIVE on Elgin, 220 Elgin Street
Wednesday, October 25 @ 7:30 pm

A night of award-winning Montreal Roots Music Featuring Rob Lutes (album launch – “Walk in the Dark”) and very special guest Michael Jerome Browne.

Rob Lutes is a soulful singer-songwriter from Montreal with an ever-growing collection of literate, moving meditations on life and love. On his seventh album, just released, acclaimed songwriter Rob Lutes does what he has done for years: kicks up a little dust, wades into some deep waters and tackles the realities of the world with wisdom and some mean guitar work.

Three-time Canadian Folk Music Award winner (Traditional Singer, 2015; Solo Artist, 2012 & 2008), Maple Blues Award Winner, Kerrville (Texas) New Folk Finalist, four-time Juno Award Nominee in both the Roots/Traditional and Blues categories, Michael Jerome Browne is a multi-instrumentalist, a songwriter, and a living encyclopedia of American Roots music.
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The Powergoats
          With Malak
Black Sheep Inn, Wakefield QC
Friday, October 27 @ 8 pm; $10

The Powergoats return to The Black Sheep Inn kicking off Halloween Weekend in beautiful Wakefield, Quebec. Opening the show will be the amazing soulful singer-songwriter Malak!
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NAC Presents
Kelly Prescott
National Arts Centre Azrieli Studio, 1 Elgin Street
October 28 @ 8 pm; $29.50

Kelly Prescott is a third-generation singer/songwriter, hailing from two musically renowned family lines. She has naturally inherited the foundation to follow her musical heart, drawing inspiration from her great Canadian roots.

When her voice is blended with steel guitars and fiddles, country music lovers from way-back-when hear a kindred soul. When she spins the dial forward a few decades, it’s clear she’s part of a new generation that’s making new sounds and big waves.

Kelly has released four albums and a new EP featuring Jim Cuddy and Buddy Miller. Her past endeavours with former group, The Claytones, garnered a nomination for Americana Album of the Year at the Independent Music Awards in 2015. They were in the top Folk/Roots albums of 2014 on Stingray Music and won the Galaxie Rising Star Award at the 2013 Ottawa Folk Festival.
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NAC Presents
Erin Costello
National Arts Centre 4th Stage, 1 Elgin Street
October 28 @ 8:30 pm; $25

East Coast Music Award winner, Erin Costeloʼs latest album ”Down Below, The Status Quo” is a reflection of her (and our) complicated world, expressed through a voice unlike any other in Canada. Having paid tribute to her vintage soul music influences on her previous album, “We Can Get Over”, Erinʼs musical evolution has taken its next natural step on Down Below, The Status Quo by channeling those themes into 10 new deeply personal tracks that display her gifts as a producer, songwriter and arranger.

“Down Below, The Status Quo” follows on the heels of “We Can Get Over” being named R&B/Soul Recording of the Year at the 2014 East Coast Music Awards. In the wake of that triumph, she shared stages with Mavis Staples, Dr. John, and Bettye LaVette, as well as appearing on Joel Plaskettʼs 2015 release, “The Park Avenue Sobriety Test”, and joining him for his performance throughout Canada including a performance with the National Arts Centre Orchestra. She has collaborated with some of Canada's most talented artists including Stephen Fearing, Rose Cousins, Amelia Curran, and Al Tuck.
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NAC Presents
Blackie & the Rodeo Kings
National Arts Centre Southam Hall, 1 Elgin Street
Saturday, November 4 @ 8 pm $39.50 - $73.50

Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, the Canadian music “supergroup” made up of celebrated veteran blues, roots, rock and folk musicians Stephen Fearing, Colin Linden and Tom Wilson, bring us the companion piece to their 2011 collaboration album “Kings And Queens”. “Kings And Kings” features some of the band’s best ‘guy’ friends from the world of roots, blues and country. Each one of the guest artists is an accomplished ‘king’ in their realm of creative endeavors and in many cases absolute ‘king’ legends in the entertainment industry.

Blackie and the Rodeo Kings originally formed in 1996 when Colin Linden, Stephen Fearing and Tom Wilson came together to record what was supposed to be a one-off tribute album to the great Canadian songwriter Willie P. Bennett. 

Now into their second decade and with one JUNO award and several JUNO nominations under their belts, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings has evolved into one of the finest roots-oriented bands in North America and remains one of Canada’s greatest musical treasures.

Matt Andersen is one of Canada’s greatest blues performers, building fans with consistent worldwide touring, and winner of multiple Maple Blues Awards, two European Blues Awards, and a JUNO nomination for Roots & Traditional Album. Sam Palladio plays "Gunner Scott" on the hit TV show Nashville. He appears on the new Blackie and the Rodeo Kings album Kings and Kings. 
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NAC Presents
Andrea Ramolo
National Arts Centre, 1 Elgin Street
Thursday, November 9 @ 8:30 pm; $25

Andrea Ramolo, one half of acclaimed Canadian folk-pop duo Scarlett Jane, has a new solo album, “Nuda” (Italian for naked). The album emerged out of a deep depression following a romantic breakup and a shift in her artistic path; but brought about a hugely positive metamorphosis, personally and creatively
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Born in Toronto to Italian immigrants Andrea began her artistic life as a dancer and actress, but picked up the guitar in 2003 when her mom was going through breast cancer treatment “to heal myself and do something productive.” The rudimentary country-folk tracks ended up on her 2008 debut, “Thank You For The Ride”. She followed it up in 2011 with the Tim Thorney-produced “The Shadows and the Cracks”, which earned her a nomination at the Canadian Folk Music Awards.

She then formed Scarlett Jane with Cindy Doire and spent five years extensively touring behind two albums, 2012’s Stranger and 2015’s eponymous offering, earning accolades from press and fellow musicians across the country and two more CFMA nominations.
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Ghost Town Blues Band
La Basoche, 120 rue Principale, Gatineau
Friday, November 10 @ 8 pm; $34.50

GTBB a fait un malheur entre autres sur Beale Street à Memphis et s’est vu remettre de nombreux prix prestigieux dans d’innombrables galas et festivals. Le spectacle que propose la formation, captive tous les publics autant aux États-Unis qu’au Canada. Section de cuivre, trombone hip-hop, guitare cigar box et guitare balai électrique, proposent un jam unique. Un spectacle à voir!
Only a few tickets left:
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NAC Presents
Shakura S’Aida
NA Azrieli Studio, 1 Elgin Street
Friday, November 10 @ 8 pm; $36.50

Shakura S’Aida’s performing career first really kicked into high gear back in 2008, when she made a triumphant trip to the International Blues Challenge in Memphis. Competing against more than 100 other artists from around the world, she earned penultimate honours and put the music world on notice that there was a new rising new star to reckon with. Ever since, she has been moving from strength to strength, releasing three critically acclaimed albums, touring widely, and racking up an impressive array of awards and accolades along the way.

Whether it’s in a nightclub or a concert hall, Shakura always makes the stage her own. With a warm and welcoming personality, stunning visual style, and an unforgettable voice, she takes audiences on a sublime and soulful journey that lingers on long after the lights have come up. She’s an artist who never stops exploring her muse - ever searching for the next great song, and the next audience to sing it to.
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NAC Presents
Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar
National Arts Centre 4th Stage, 1 Elgin Street
Saturday, November 18 @ 8 pm; $25

Bubbling up from the cauldron of roots Americana music, Samantha Martin is an artist of extraordinary power, gravitas and deep-seated emotion. On first listen, one is immediately struck by the awesome presence and sheer magnitude of her other worldly voice.
As a vocalist, her roots lie squarely within the wellspring of powerful, strong woman’s voices embodied by such forbears as Marion Williams, Mavis Staples, Etta James, Tina Turner, Bettye LaVette, Lucinda Williams and, perhaps most closely, Bonnie Bramlett. As a songwriter, she draws on black gospel and southern soul with a hint of roots country and sixties pop while her lyrics suggest an old soul with wisdom beyond her years.

Her success is a combination of rare talent and hard work. Martin’s past includes a solo album (2008) and full-length roots-rock album with then-band ‘The Haggard’ (2012) as well as four Maple Blues Award nominations in 2016. Few artists are able to incorporate such broad genres successfully and present a cohesive sound all their own.
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Rainbow’s 33rd Anniversary Party
Hosted by David Gogo
Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street
Friday, November 24

Celebrate the Rainbow’s 33rd Anniversary with David Gogo, 2017 Maple Blues Awards Guitarist of the Year!

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. He's played on stage with Johnny Winter, B.B. King, Otis Rush, Albert Collins and Bo Diddley. He has opened for George Thorogood, ZZ Top, The Tragically Hip, Buddy Guy, Charles Bradley, Robert Cray, and Jimmy Vaughan among many others. Gogo can swap road stories for as long as you can listen!
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NAC Presents
Cecile Doo-Kingue Trio
National Arts Centre 4th Stage, 1 Elgin Street
Saturday, November 25 @ 8:30 pm; $25

An exceptional stage presence, guitarist/singer-songwriter Cécile Doo-Kingué blends blues, afro-roots and soul to create a unique sound. Born and raised in New York City, first generation from Cameroon, she has lived in the US, France, and now resides in Montreal.

An award-winning guitarist-singer-songwriter, considered one of Canada's most electrifying and versatile guitarists, Cécile plays an average of 150 shows per year. She is quickly earning a stellar reputation and a place alongside Canada’s current roster of great guitarists. Powerful and raw with an exceptional stage presence, she is a force of nature whose lyrics and sound make for an enthralling and intimate experience.

She has released four albums to critical acclaim, been commissioned by the Canadian Broadcast Corporation (Home, a song on immigration) and was awarded the 2013 SPACQ Foundation Edith Butler Award for Excellence in French Songwriting for Gris (2012). She’s been nominated for five Maple Blues Awards in the last two years.
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JW-Jones “High Temperature” Tour
La Basoche, 120 Rue Principale, Gatineau QC
Friday, December 15; $34.50

Natif d’Ottawa, JW-Jones s’est d’abord intéressé à la batterie et au rock avant de choisir la guitare et le blues… tout cela grâce à B. B. King qu’il a vu en spectacle. En quelques années, il adopte les styles de musiciens légendaires comme Albert King, T-Bone Walker et Jimmie Vaughan notamment. JW-Jones compte huit albums à son répertoire et s’est produit dans 19 pays sur quatre continents. Au programme: son nouvel album, “High Temperature”.
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KINGSTON & AREA SPECIAL EVENTS
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Big Phat Horn Band
RCHA Club, 193 Ontario Street, Kingston ON
Saturday, September 30 @ 9 pm; $15 at the door
If you haven’t seen this band – they are a must see – a do not miss show!
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Jack de Keyzer
RCHA Club, 193 Ontario Street, Kingston ON
Friday & Saturday, October 6-7 @ 9 pm; $20 advance
@ the RCHA Club
or reserve by email bruce@kingstonbluessociety.ca 
or call 613 384-8168
Reserve your tickets early – or you will be disappointed.
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Al Wood and The Woodsmen
RCHA Club, 193 Ontario Street, Kingston ON
Saturday, October 21 @ 9 pm; $10 advance
@ the RCHA Club
or reserve by email bruce@kingstonbluessociety.ca 
or call 613 384-8168
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KINGSTON & AREA
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, September 24 – OBS DAWG’ON BLUES – Post Summer Blues with Debrablues
Next week, October 1 – OBS DAWG’ON BLUES – with Sue Gahrns

Sundays, 7-8 pm: INSIDE THE BLUES
(Repeated Tuesdays, 8-9 am & Fridays 2-3 pm)
with James Doran
Inside The Blues features music and interesting backgrounder information on today’s top Blues artists with a strong focus on Canadian talent mixed in with some great Blues classics. All Shows are archived on www.insidetheblues.ca after broadcast and can be listened to there at any time. 
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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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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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BluesMobile Radio Archives
With Elwood Blues
From Elwood Blues:
Good news Blues Brethren and Soul Sisters! We've decided to make selected episodes from our vast archives of The BluesMobile Radio Hour available for your listening pleasure! And in order to appease the music licensing powers that be, we are moving to Mixcloud to host our archival releases.
(You may have to copy & paste this link if it defaults to mixcloud.com when you click it!)
Our first archival release is a celebration of Eric Clapton. This episode first aired in March 2015 on his 70th birthday. But do we really need an excuse? There is a lifetime of music to sample, from Cream to Blind Faith to Derek and the Dominoes, and more. Plus exclusive and rare Clapton sound bites from our interview archives!
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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, September 29
The Tony D Band @ the Rainbow, 10 pm
Saturday, September 30
The Back Beat @ the Carleton Tavern, 9:30 pm
Sunday, October 1
Erth Juce hosts the Open Jam @ the Rainbow, 3:30 pm
Wednesday, October 4
The Prime Rib Big Band @ Irene’s, 8 pm
Sunday, October 8
Steve Thomas Band hosts the Open Jam @ the Rainbow, 3:30 pm
Sunday, October 15
Clint Everson Band hosts the Open Jam @ the Rainbow, 3:30 pm
Friday, October 20
Barry & the Blasters @ the Rainbow, 9:30 pm
Sunday, October 22
Jimmy Cochrane hosts the Open Jam @ the Rainbow, 3:30 pm
Sunday, October 29
River City Junction hosts the Open Jam @ the Rainbow, 3:30 pm
Sunday, November 5
Erth Juce hosts the Open Jam @ the Rainbow, 3:30 pm
Friday, November 10
JW Jones @ the Rainbow, 9:30 pm
Friday, November 17
MonkeyJunk @ the Rainbow, 9:30 pm
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