Saturday, January 31, 2009


Thurs., Feb. 5
Monroe, Mich.
The Big Piano Gig! Blues Concert
Meyer Theater, Monroe County Comm. Coll.
w/Henry Gray, Daryl Davis, Bob Seeley, George Bedard & The Kingpins

Sat., Feb. 14
Greenville, S.C.
The Handlebar

Sat., Feb. 21
Culpeper, Va.
Daniel Center, Germanna Comm. Coll.

Sat., Feb. 28
Columbus, Ohio
Columbus Blues Alliance
Traditional Acoustic Blues Fest
Tickets: 877-725-8849,
w/Guy Davis

Thurs., Mar. 5
Brooklyn, N.Y.
Brooklyn Public Library Dweck Center

Fri., Mar. 6
Alexandria, Va.
The Birchmere

Sat., Mar. 7
Virginia Beach, Va.
The Jewish Mother

Fri., Mar. 20
Harrisonburg, Va.
Court Square Theater

Sat., Mar. 21
Philadelphia, Pa.
World Cafe

Fri., Mar. 27
Charlottesville, Va.
The Gravity Lounge

Sat., Mar. 28
Easton, Md.
Historic Avalon Theater


Hi, fans of Blues radio and DAWG FM.

I hate to ask again; I hope this is the last time. The CRTC has informed us that they want support letters to talk specifically about how the Official Language Minority Community will benefit from our station.

We have prepared a support letter at This is a new letter, so if you have sent a previous letter, please go to the site again and send this letter. Click on the "Save DAWG FM" button to send a letter of support to the CRTC. The deadline is February 12th.

This is a new letter, so we are asking everyone who has sent one previously to send another. You will get a failure letter from the CRTC, but do not worry, as we will be uploading these letters to the CRTC website and they will become public for everyone to review.

It’s even better if you go directly to the CRTC and write comments on their form. Here is the link:

You have to click on the application by Frank Torres OBCI to support DAWG FM.

If you wish to send a letter en francais, I am including some sample text below.

The applications for Ottawa will be re-heard at a public hearing at the end of March. I thank you all for the many letters you have written to support the Blues.

Please feel free to send a copy to your Member of Parliament, or anyone else at Canadian Heritage, Industry Canada, or anyone in government. Please send this to all of your address book, friends, family. Every letter counts.



Name/Nom :

Address/Adresse :

Telephone/# de téléphone :

Email/Courriel :

M. Robert Morin,

Secrétaire Général du CRTC.

Re: soutien à la demande 2007-1203-5 pour une station de radio de format Blues par Frank Torres OBCI

S'il vous plaît veuillez accepter cette lettre d'appui pour l'application 2007-1203-5 pour une licence, en vue d’obtenir une station de radio FM de format blues, à Frank Torres OBCI.

Une station de radio Blues bénéficiera aux communautés de langues minoritaires à Ottawa et Gatineau. Les artistes Blues québécois auront maintenant un lieu de diffusion puisque la programmation musicale de cette station mettra en vedette autant des artistes francophones qu’anglophones.

La requérante a également accepté de soutenir une station de radio communautaire de langue française dans le cadre de son fond de développement du contenu canadien. Le demandeur propose également d'autres moyens pour desservir la communauté minoritaire de langue française à Ottawa et Gatineau et d'être au service des personnes des deux langues officielles.

Je comprends que cette lettre sera dans le domaine public et sera affichée sur le site Web du CRTC dans le cadre de la procédure publique.


Ed Torres
General Manager
SkyWords Radio
Canada's Source for Radio Content
95 Royal Crest Court Unit 5
Markham, ON L3R 9X5

Tel: 905-470-7655 ext. 120
Fax: 905-470-1655



Topic: Epilepsy After High School:

Disability Services at Algonquin College and Carleton University

Speakers: Louise Legault, Disability Advisor and

Somi Tam, Learning Specialist

Date: Monday, 2 February 2009

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Location: Bronson Centre,

211 Bronson Avenue .

Room 212

For more information contact the Epilepsy Ottawa-Carleton office at 594-9255

Epilepsy Ottawa-Carleton is a local non-profit organization providing support and information meetings for people with epilepsy, their families, friends and the general public.


Shawn Brush Live - Feb. 14

Presented by Mount Nemo B&B Retreat in north Burlington.

Come and enjoy this valentine with someone special.

Enjoy an Evening of Sitting By the fire drinking hot chocolate, coffee or tea, listening to Shawn as he sings songs from his repertoire of 12 CD's.

Bring your own bottle of spirits, wine or beer.

Tickets are $20 and include complimentary snacks and refreshments.

Doors Open at 7 pm
Shawn starts at 8 pm

There will be a short intermission at 9 pm, followed by more music.

Seating is very limited, so please call ahead (905-319-2408) to RSVP or email

Presented by Mount Nemo B&B Retreat in north Burlington.

(P.S. There is still one suite available for this event)

For Directions, visit the website

Shawn will have Cd's available at this event.

Shawn is one of those rare musicians who's able to combine highly technical musicianship with memorable and impactful songwriting. He's won two Central Canadian Bluegrass Awards and has worked alongside some of the finest people in the music industry. His music is passionate, heartfelt and has a unique ability to touch anyone listening. " radiating with vestiges of folk legends both past and
present like Woodie Guthrie, Bob Dylan and John Prine" - Bluegrass Unlimited

“ He has the pain and the sorrow and the love. He has the passion and the passion is everything ” - Fred J Eaglesmith

“ His songs have touched my heart, they resonate truth and dedication. The little dude with the big heart gets my vote. “ - Daniel Lanois

“ May be Canada’s most unique country star in the making “ - Gus Kim, Global Television

“ Strips his material right to the bone-just a strummed acoustic guitar and his own frayed-by-life voice “ - Socan



It has been an exhilarating week for the world with so much hope and positive thinking in the air. I thought it was a perfect time to bring greetings to you, my friends, family & folks. Welcome to all those I've met recently and my deep thanks for all the kind wishes sent since the Contemporary Vocalist of the Year award in November, my new license to sing!

News, briefly:

1. Big concert this weekend as guest artist with Open Voice Choir in Kingston, ON
2. Another award for 'Lucky Blue' - the Golden Porcupine Award
3. Distribution deal for 'Lucky Blue' - album now available to all Canadian music stores
4. Home Routes house concert tour in Southern Ontario
5. New links in the 'Gallery' on my website (including podcast, pictures and exciting video taken in Newfoundland) shows, glorious shows.... My website is a good source for all news, new or old.

In more detail:

1. The moments are ticking away in the lead-up to one of the most exciting concerts I've ever had as a guest vocalist with the Open Voices Choir on Saturday in Kingston. This powerful 120 voice community choir is lead by the dynamic Andy Rush. Little did we know when he and I first talked of setting a gospel feel for the concert, that it would be so appropriate for this historic week. The choir will back me up on 3 tunes, including 'There's A Lift' which Andy scored in 2004 for the 'Blue Skies Festival' choir. And I'll sing solo parts on a number of the choir's pieces such as 'Heaven Help Us All' and 'Amazing Grace'. Since seeing the movie Amazing Grace, this song has an even deeper and richer meaning for me.
Concert details are at the bottom of this message, but also available on my website's shows page.

2. Lucky Blue has been honoured again, this time by CIUT radio show host Steve Fruitman's 19th annual Porcupine Awards. I have great respect for Steve; he's one of Canada's most knowledgeable folk musicologists so I feel deeply honoured to receive The Golden Quill award for Songwriting. Recipients of all of this year's awards and Steve's interesting descriptions of why he chose them are here.


3. The time has finally come when you can walk into any music store in Canada and buy my album! Ask your dealer to contact Outside Music for 'Lucky Blue' if it's not already in the store. Outside is a very happening company, and it's great that they are distributing a folkie like myself, who has always been a bit 'outside'.

4. House concerts are one of my favourite places to perform! Anyone who has been to one will know that they are a very intimate way in which to enjoy live acoustic music. Mitch Podoluk, the founder of the Winnipeg Folk Festival, conceived Home Routes with the welfare of musicians in mind as well, by creating 'tours' of up to 12 house concerts virtually in a row. These tours have been flourishing in the Prairies, but a southern Ontario 'route' is now being developed and I'm thrilled to be doing one of the first in March....Toronto, Erin, Orangeville, Penetanguishene, Ashburn, details at the bottom, but also on my shows page. Home Routes is looking for more concert hosts in this area for the future, so if you're interested, visit their website.

5. The gallery page of my website ( has become a repository for podcasts (new!), webcasts (live show back in Nov/08), and other doodads like pictures and video of my fateful trip to Newfoundland for the Canadian Folk Music awards and a serendipitous voyage on the sea. I hope to post some footage of this weekend's choir concert there too.

Thanks for listening and all the best for 2009!...Tannis. myspace page

Shows, glorious shows, showcases and workshops (2009):
(More details always available on the shows page of my website; feel free to pass the word along to friends in any of these locations)
Jan 24 - Kingston, with Open Voices Choir, McArthur Hall at Queen's University
Jan 30 - Orillia, Orillia Folk Society's Fridayfolk, Swanmore Hall in Stephen Leacock's home
Feb 14 - Tottenham, House concert
Feb 19-22 - Memphis, TN, North American Folk Alliance conference showcase
Feb 28 - Toronto, Canadian Folk Music Awards benefit, 290 Shuter St. above Borealis Records
March 7 - Orangeville, with the Pomelos, Broadway Music
March 8 - Port Elgin, with the Pomelos,
March 14 - Toronto, Home Routes house concert
15 - Home Routes house concert
March 16 - Erin, Home Routes house concert
March 17
- Orangeville, Home Routes house concert
March 19
- Penetanguishene, Home Routes house concert
March 20
- Ashburn, Home Routes house concert
March 28 - Newmarket, with Katherine Wheatley, Old Town Hall
April 4 - Georgetown, with the Up-lifters, John Elliott Theatre
April 16 - Harriston, with the Pomelos, Harriston Town Hall Theatre
May 9 - Guelph, 'Exploring Vocal Harmony' workshop
Aug 6-9 - Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival
More details on concerts.


Greetings, OBS Members!

Heads up ....

Ottawa's own Monkey Junk (Steve Marriner, Tony D, Matt Sobb) are scheduled to appear at Irene's Pub on Feb. 1 for a "Send Off to Memphis" Party. C'mon out and support the Ottawa Blues Society's representative to the "International Blues Challenge" competitions, February 4-7, 2009, in Memphis, TN. Good luck to Monkey Junk!


Tony D, Matt Sobb & Steve Marriner (winner of 2009 Maple Blues Award for "Harmonica Player of the Year")

Irene's Pub, 885 Bank Street, Ottawa, ON

Sunday, February 1, 9:00 - 11:00 p.m.



Hi, Everyone.

Come celebrate the end of January with me. I am performing at the Gate 403 in Toronto this Sunday Feb 1st ~12 pm - 3 pm. 'hope you can come out !

The Gate 403 is a neighbourhood restaurant in the west end of the city that features live music, good food and a warm atmosphere. Street parking is available on Roncesvalles, and the Dundas West subway stop is a ten-minute walk from the club.

Sunday Brunch
- 12 - 3 pm
Gate 403
403 Roncesvalles Ave. (across from the Review Theatre)
Toronto, ON, M6R 2N1

pay what you can

Enjoy the music at the following links:

Jazz Dispute ~


George Olliver is celebrating his 50 something birthday .....................................
Thurs. Feb. 5 from 8:30 to 11:30pm. in what may well be one of his last downtown Toronto appearances. The party will take place at the fabulous....
2261 Dundas Street West
Toronto, ON M6R 1X6
(416) 531-6604
Get directions

This cozy comfortable concert/restaurant is the most popular venue in Toronto these days for vetrin recording artists and performers. For ticket info phone - (416) 531-6604
Not only is this George's birthday but he is also celebrating more than 31/2 decades of being a professional in the music business. He'll be joined by a stellar version of his band Gangbuster - Tony Padalino ((keys - Mike Bullard TV fame) Peter Mueller (guitar - Canadian Idol) Charlie Coolie (drums - Long Jon Baldry) and (ace bass - Eli Isenburg) George will also be joined by other notable vocalists he has worked with at his former club The Bluenote and from his gospel band Caught Away.
The longtime soulster will be serving up all your favorite classic r&b, some MANDALA as well as some tunes off George's new award winning gospel CD "Look Up". He's still pretty agile and will be doing some mean moves (if his back and knees hold out).
SO make your plans to BE THERE!!!! so you won't miss this event.......... THURS. FEB. 5TH, 8:30-12mid AT THE HUGHS RM. FOR THE GEORGE OLLIVER BIRTHDAY PARTY with GEO.OLLIVER & GANGBUSTER.
Ron Dawe
Hunter-Hughes Productions
Whitby, On



Benefit Concert - March 1, 2009

The Atlanta School of Performing Arts (Sean Costello's high school) will host a benefit concert to raise funds for the Sean Costello Memorial Fund for Bi Polar Research on March 1st, 2009, in Atlanta, GA.

The concert features Lurrie Bell, the Wood Brothers, King Johnson, Felix Reyes and the Cats with Jon Liebman, and the Soul Shakers. Tickets are $30.00. The fund is a 501 C3 IRS approved Charity.

There will be a silent auction of donated items from Delta Groove Music, Levon Helms, and other blues memorabilia. To donate to the cause or volunteer, call 770 422-0100.

For tickets and further information CLICK HERE.

[Message reposted from Blues Blast Magazine newsletter -]


Friday, January 30, 2009


Howdy, Folks.

Mandrake Root, with special guest John Griffiths, will be performing live at the New Bayou at 1077 Bank Street, Ottawa, ON, on Friday, Feb. 6. Doors open at 9 and the music starts around 9:30 p.m. $5 at the door.

For more info, email


Hello! I hope you're all well despite the January weather. On my end, I'm kept warm by the mounting excitement for my upcoming trip to Austria where I will be playing the Vienna International Accordion Festival!

Before I leave, however, I'm inviting you to join me on Saturday, February 7, 2009, for a two set pre-Valentine's Day show at the Avant-Garde Bar, where my backing band and I will be sure to melt the ice in your vodkas and cure your cabin fever.

Come early and allow venue owner Alex to fill your bellies with an array of lovely Russian fare, vodkas and Baltica beer. The show will start at 9:30 p.m.

Marie-Josée Houle & full band

Saturday, February 7, 2009 - 9:30 p.m.

Avant-Garde Bar

135 1/2 Besserer St.
Ottawa, ON

$8 cover

I look forward to seeing there!



Wednesday, January 28, 2009


January 25, 2009

Research Study on Women With Epilepsy


I am a 2nd year medical student at the University of Toronto . I am doing a research project on adult women with epilepsy in collaboration with Epilepsy Ontario and the Executive Direction Ms. Dianna Findlay. The study also has ethics approval from the University of Toronto Research Ethics Board . I have been receiving responses from all over Ontario , but none so far from the Ottawa region, which is quite upsetting to me (as I am originally from Manotick). I was wondering if you were interested in participating in our study. I have been recruiting participants through an advertisement, it can be viewed on Epilepsy Ontario 's main page ( I will be sharing the data with all epilepsy organizations that are interested, and all the data on participants will be kept completely confidential and private. Dr. Taufik Valiante a neurosurgeon at Toronto Western Hospital is also co-supervising the project and he has donated an iPod to the study which will be used in a draw for all participants.

Please let me know if you are interested.


Tarek Abd El Halim, Hon. B.Sc.
MD Candidate 2011
University of Toronto
Cell: (647)-669-6243


[Message forwarded from]


Gigs with The Gary Kendall Band

Saturday, Feb. 14 - 9:30 p.m.

Sticky Fingers - 199 Essa Rd, Barrie ON, 705-721-8793

Saturday, Mar.21st - 10 p.m.

Grossman`s Tavern - 379 Spadina Ave., Toronto ON, 416-977-7000

Wed., Apr.15 - 7:30 p.m.

The Steeped In Music Concert Series
Trinity United Church
100 Main St., Grimsby, ON

SUNDAY BLUES MATINEE - 4:30-9:00 p.m. - Every week with special guests

Hollywood on the Queensway
1184 The Queensway (between Islington & Kipling)
Toronto, ON

Special Guest Line-Up

Jan 25 - Chris Whiteley & Diana Braithwaite
Feb 1 - pre-empted for Super Bowl
Feb 8 - Layla Zoe
Feb 22 - Danny Brooks


Tuesday, January 27, 2009


ROUTLIFFE, Phyllis (nee McDermott) Passed away peacefully, Saturday, January 24th, 2009, at the age of 80. Beloved wife of the late Earl. Loving mother of Sharon (Chris), Barry (Anne), Michael (Mary), Diane and David. Dear grandmother of Tara (Shawn), Colleen, Paul, Jordan, Angus, Zak and Marika. Dear Great-grandmother of Makayla, Ryan and Nicholas. Survived by her brother Kenneth (Dolores). She will be missed by many nieces and nephews. Friends may pay respects at the Kelly Funeral Home, 1255 Walkley Rd. (1 block East of Bank St.) on Tuesday, January 27th, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral Wednesday at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 1758 Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa, ON, at 10 a.m. Interment Notre Dame Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, in memoriam donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
[Obituary Notice from Ottawa Citizen, January 26, 2009]

Thursday, January 22, 2009


A Celebration for Harold A. Duckett

Saturday, January 24, 2009 - 4 – 11 PM

On behalf of his family and friends we invite you to take part in this celebration at:

The Factory: Hamilton Media Arts Centre (Production Studio Entrance)
126 James St. North
Hamilton, ON

We will be featuring Harold’s art, productions and accomplishments. Harold wished to be celebrated instead of mourned. It was his wish that we have a party instead of a wake.
Please bring your favourite dish. Light refreshments will be provided. BYOB.

You may view his website here:

Message from Hamilton Media Arts -


The David Henman Band will perform a live webcast from the Rose Theatre in Brampton, ON. Guitarist Rick Gunn will join them for a few songs.

You can log on to at 7:30 pm on Monday evening (Jan. 26). There will be one other band/artist t.b.a., and DHB begins the show at 8 p.m.

For those who would like to attend the concert, tickets are $17.50 at the door, $10.00 in advance (online). More details are available at David Henman's website - DHB.


Friday, January 16, 2009


We here at The Factory: Hamilton Media Arts Centre regretfully announce the passing of Harold A. Duckett, a founding member and important contributor to the Factory. We offer our sincere sorrow and condolences to Harold’s family and friends. We will miss him dearly at The Factory.

A media artist whose animation and caricatures were featured at The Factory during February 2008, Harold was an active member of the Programming committee and curator for a number of Factory Works Screening Series events.

Harold went out of his way as an annual contributor to The Factory: Hamilton Media Arts Centre’s annual media arts festival, Hamilton Film Week. In 2008 Harold participated as an adjudicator for the 2008 NAKED VISION Gala Finale – short film and video art exhibition. In addition, Harold facilitated a popular introductory animation and cartooning workshop during Hamilton Film Week.

Harold developed and taught the “Beyond the Mind’s Eye” HDV Bootcamp Series workshop – Storyboarding and animation. Harold also taught a number of different workshops at The Factory over the last few years.

Harold A. Duckett, a Sheridan College Classical Animation Graduate, has been an Independent director, animator, cartoonist, caricature artist, and teacher with over 25 years of professional experience. He has experience on over 20 network and 3 feature animation productions, receiving credit as an animator, assistant animator, designer, storyboard artist, and layout pose artist, presentation artist and has been a successful freelance cartoon illustrator working in media/ advertising /commercial art fields.

Harold drew over 50,000 caricatures in the public eye. He facilitated and taught basic drawing, animation and cartooning at the college, secondary, public school levels.

Harold acquired a 3-year college diploma from Sheridan College’s Classical Animation Program as well as completing Sheridan’s Independent Film Studies Program, Harold had completed University credits towards a college teaching certificate. Harold also had a computer desk – top publishing.

Harold, an Independent Animation Director, provided his other creative services through his website and company Cartoon Monster.

You may view his website here:

You may view his Video Portfolio and bio here:

You may view his Live Caricatures 2008: Film Project

Members who wish to offer their condolences may do so by sending their messages at the link below, to to be posted on The Factory website.

Visitation and funeral and remembrance details will be announced as they become available.

Message from Diane Wells (a.k.a. D.D. Rocker, etc...):

Harold Duckett was a very dear friend of mine for several years during my residence in Hamilton, Ontario. He was the funniest, kindest, gentlest, most considerate man I have ever known.

In addition to his talents as an illustrator, he was also a songwriter ("Celebrity Blues", "War Cries", etc.) and lead singer. He loved all kinds of music and liked to spend time watching sports on TV, especially football, with his buddy or two or three (Mark, Jade, Ruth-Ann, Brefany), or jamming with Czintar, Jean-Marc, Ziggy, etc. He was always there to help out his less fortunate friends, even when he could not afford to share what little he had for himself.

Harold will always hold a special place in my heart. May he rock the blues in heaven.



Wednesday, January 07, 2009


Jan 8 – Guy Delvillano and Lee Atkinson

Jan 15 – Rob Alexander

Jan 22 – Rod Williams and Murray Kinsley

Jan 29 – Jed Rached and Joe Hawkins