Holger has served as the amiable host of CBC Radio’s “Saturday Night Blues” in Canada for some 30 years. He also heads up Stony Plain Records, Canada’s longest running independent record label. He’s a member of the Order of Canada & the recipient of two honorary Doctor of Letters degrees for his contributions to music. In addition, he was a founder of the world-renowned Edmonton Folk Festival and recipient of the Keeping the Blues Alive Award from The Blues Foundation.
His latest book, 'Talking Music 2: Blues & Roots Music Mavericks', includes 25 in-depth conversations with a variety of roots music artists who have made significant impacts on popular music, ranging from American artists B.B. King to Steve Miller, Wanda Jackson, Solomon Burke, Townes Van Zandt, Dan Hicks, Charlie Musselwhite, Ronnie Earl & Bill Medley of The Righteous Brothers.
Canadian artists include larger-than-life personalities David Clayton-Thomas & Ronnie Hawkins describing the early days of Toronto’s pop music scene, and influential guitarists David Wilcox & Amos Garrett (together) offering insights from their lengthy careers.
Host Roch Parisien is a longtime Ottawa music critic, broadcaster, archivist & consultant who holds the fort on music history at Roch Parisien's Rocon Communications music page.
Holger & Roch will engage in a lively discussion on the art of 'talking music', followed by a book signing.
6 pm - Blues open stage - Cover a blues tune
8 pm - Al Wood with Mike Turenne and Bruce Saunders
Suggested donation for the concert is $10. All proceeds go to support the artists and Folkrum (Folkrum)
Folkrum-Ottawa Community Music Venue-is a volunteer-based, not-for-profit organization that supports local artists and music. Folkrum is working towards the creation of a unique space where the full spectrum of activities associated with music creation, performance, and community involvement can take place seven days a week.
The Ria Reece Band is considered by many as “Soul-Rock” strongly rooted in the Blues and classic R&B. Their musical influences: Blues and R&B legends such as Etta James, Koko Taylor and Marvin Gaye, as well as modern Blues-Rock bands such as Alabama Shakes and Vintage Trouble. This Montreal-based band offers breathtaking energy and passion every single time and throughout every performance. Powerful and entrancing, Ria’s voice is the magical component in the band featuring in this show the quintet of Andre Chevarie on guitar, Sylvain Lamothe on bass, Pascal Lepage on drums and JP Bouffard on B3 and Rhodes.
Al Wood @ the Black Irish Pub, 8 pm
Friday, March 31
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A NEW monthly Dinner & Show Fundraiser Series
Blues At The Farm
The Winchelsea, 1567 County Rd 31, Winchester ON
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.
Out-of-towners who want to stay over have a choice of several excellent B&Bs in the area and a variety of hotels/motels in south end Ottawa.
Visit www.thewinchelsea.com for more details
Blues At The Farm will start with 3 Shows this Spring:
Still Winter Hills
The Ramblin' Valley Band
An extremely exciting rare event to keep your eyes/ears open for! The performance
will honour visually impaired blues artists throughout the ages, as well as blues queens from the 1940s until present. LHE has been working up a large amount of material for this one-time show, and you can expect to hear a number of tunes you've never heard them play
Seating is limited, so please book your tickets fast by contacting
Roland Graham at email@example.com
ALSO COME FEEL DA HEAVY SOULFUL VIBES!
OM street will be starting an acoustic set!
Blast from the sun's Ep release!
*This will be Blast from the suns last show before they head on a cross Canada month tour!
OM street full band to finish of the night!
Boogie Patrol has steadily built their reputation as one of Western Canada’s premier act’s and has garnered acclaim and an enthusiastic following since the group’s inception in 2007. A 5-piece group that continues to create superb original music based on their collective influences. We’re talking Blues and Rock ’n’ Soul, with a dose of funk all thrown into the melting pot to create what is Boogie Patrol. A stylistically unique group that is all about bringing loads of energy to the stage and to their music, with a goal of appealing to all walks of life.
Born in Chiang Mai Thailand, and raised outside of Edmonton, Jenie Thai is building a musical presence throughout the country. Starting at age five, she took private piano lessons for fifteen years. Graduating at seventeen, she continued her musical development, studying classical piano at Augustana University. In 2008, Jenie diversified her education attending Grant MacEwan Jazz and Contemporary Music Program as a performance major. Upon graduation, Jenie was offered a part-time teaching position at Grant MacEwan University and gained acceptance into Paul McCartney’s international music school based in Liverpool.
Jenie Thai represented Northern Alberta as a semi-finalist in the 30th International Blues Challenge held in Memphis. Most recently, she was nominated for a 2016 Maple Blues Award for "Best New Artist of The Year".
Vocally, she has been compared to Eva Cassidy, but soaks in the musical influences of Tom Waits, Bonnie Raitt, Memphis Slim, and Nina Simone. A performer, song-writer, singer, and instrumentalist, Jenie Thai combines her love of the traditional piano blues, sixties R&B, and great American songwriters to produce a unique charm as a roots and blues musician on the national and international scene.
Gomes has been creating virtuosic, burning blues since his recorded debut in 1998 and is showing no signs of stopping by releasing his most successful album to date. Electric Field Holler, riff-laden and his most rock influenced album yet, has been nominated for Blues Album of the Year and already made several ‘Best Of’ Lists.
Anthony Gomes has headlined concerts in 17 countries and has had the honor of sharing the stage with B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Robert Plant, Joe Bonamassa, Heart, Alice Cooper, Jonny Lang and Kenny Wayne Shepherd.
Not only has he shared the stage with the likes of B.B. King and Buddy Guy, he also founded the Music is the Medicine Foundation in 2010 a non-profit organization dedicated to changing the lives of others through the healing power of music. Through private donations and grants, the foundation has funded song writing scholarships, offered music education programs, and donated musical instruments to those in need. Without passion there is no music; Anthony Gomes gets it… on so many levels!
Gomes sings and plays with integrity and deeply felt emotion oblivious to fortune and fashion.