Tuesday, March 30, 2010


gatineau (qc), 28 Mars, 2010 -- Alloyed, un groupe rock de l’Outaouais formé de Daniel Labrecque (guitare électrique et voix), Louis Riel (batterie) et Frédéric Barrette-Simard (basse), vous invite au lancement de son album le 1er mai 2010 au centre culturel du vieux-Aylmer – le Cabaret la Basoche.

Alloyed s’est formé en 2003. Venant de tendances musicales différentes, ils ont su trouver en eux l’unique son qu’est Alloyed. Dynamique et décapant, le rock d’Alloyed a une base musicale forte, originale et énergisante, un rock solide qui déménage. www.myspace.com/Alloyed01

Les portes de La Basoche ouvriront à 18h30 pour un cocktail au foyer. La salle de spectacle ouvrira ses portes à 19h30 et le spectacle débutera à 20h00. Tous sont les bienvenus et l’entrée est gratuite.

120 places disponibles seulement.


Pour plus de détails et confirmer votre présence, veuillez communiquer avec Frédéric Barrette-Simard au 819-712-2841 ou par courriel au All0yed@hotmail.com. Les membres d’Alloyed seront disponibles pour des entrevues avant et après le spectacle.


Wednesday, March 17, 2010


Note: The Webb Sisters are currently on hiatus from the Leonard Cohen Tour, and are recording their new album with multiple Grammy Award winning producer Peter Asher. View this Video (including intro by Leonard Cohen) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q0mSUmlDjXg

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Thursday April 1/ 2010, Doors 8:00pm

Zaphod Beeblebrox
27 York Street, Ottawa, Canada.
Age 19+/ General Admission

Advance Tickets: $17.50 (tax included/ service charges extra)
by phone at 613-755-1111 and at www.ticketmaster.ca

On Sale Now

Who’s hot in 2010 according to the New York Post?


Born into a family of musicians in Kent, England, Charley and Hattie are The Webb Sisters.....Beguiling, dynamic performers with hugely expressive voices and plangent harmonies, they are highly skilled multi-instrumentalists and songwriters of originality and intelligence. Ingénues yet thinkers, the sisters' youthful energy and musical training combine in adventurous, lyrical and emotionally enthralling performances.

Their singing and playing (harp, guitar, mandolin and more) draw from the folk and pop traditions of Britain and the United States. The Webb Sisters have recorded two albums, building a following in the UK and achieving album and record of the week on iTunes and BBC Radio Two. The Webb Sisters represented the UK at America's 400th Anniversary celebrations, contributed songs to several major TV shows (most recently "Cane" on CBS), recorded a new song for a Judy Collins tribute album alongside the likes of Dolly Parton and Rufus Wainwright, and have performed on major concert tours with artists such as Jamie Cullum, James Morrison and Jason Mraz.


Charley Webb (born 1979) and Hattie Webb (born 1981) were born in Kent, UK, to a hairdresser father and a tennis coach mother. They also have two brothers, who are both drummers. According to Charley, music often blared from all of the house. Although Charley became briefly interested with being an ambulance driver, the sisters had early on decided on a career in music. Hattie played the harp, and Charley the piano. When they were teenagers, the pair began to give recitals all over the country, and played at, among others, charity functions, end-of-year parties, and played twice for Princess Anne and once for Queen Elizabeth.

They met Johnny Pierce, a record producer who invited them to Nashville, where they recorded their debut album, A Piece of Mind. After six months, they went to California, selling the album between performances at various recitals. They were soon found and offered a publishing deal, and shortly after, a record deal, and they began to create the album, Daylight Crossing. Two years later they returned to the UK, where they were discovered by Mercury Records, and they recorded Daylight Crossing. The album was released in June 2006. In May 2007 they represented Britain at Americas’ 400th Anniversary Celebrations in Jamestown, Virginia, which aired on NBC. They have recently collaborated with Angelo Petraglia (Kings of Leon) and Nashville's own Craig Wiseman, and are currently writing and recording new material. In May 2008, the Webb Sisters joined Sharon Robinson as back-up singers on Leonard Cohen's first tour in 14 years. The worldwide tour has played 175 concerts to date, in front of well over 1.5 million exuberant fans.


Produced by Dennis Ruffo and Rubin Fogel Productions


Friday, March 12, 2010


This will most likely be the ONLY time that you will ever get to see these two POWERHOUSE blues bands in the intimacy of a club show:

Who: Becki Sue & her Big Rockin' Daddies! w/special guest The Karen Lovely Band

When: This Saturday, March 13 @ 9pm

Where: The Highway 99 Blues Club http://highway99blues.com/

Come and see one of Becki Sue & her Big Rockin' Daddies! last shows before we leave for the San Felipe Blues Festival on Mexico's Baja Peninsula where we'll be the only Pacific NW band to ever play this prestigious event.

We'll also be doing a night in San Diego's Gaslamp District @ Patricks II before we return. Watch for our NEW DISC to be released in the US & Europe on Tim "Too Slim" & Nancy Langford's Underworld Records label in June.
Ashland, Oregon's Karen Lovely Band recently returned from Memphis, Tennessee, where they performed in the finals of the International Blues Challenge at the fabulous Orpheum Theater. After an outstanding performance, they finished 2nd out of 110 bands!


Thursday, March 11, 2010


Turtle Shell Music


Seb Agnello


Mike Van Steinburg (Drums)


Doug Platt (Bass)

Sat., Mar. 13

9:30 P.M. to 2:00 A.M.


Grossman's Tavern
379 Spadina Ave.
Toronto, ON


Tuesday, March 09, 2010


There's no place like home. We've all heard that one before. And that's exactly what Ottawa's sultry bilingual accordionist Marie-Josée Houle will be saying once she hits the stage at the Black Sheep Inn (Wakefield, QC) on Sunday, March 28, 8 p.m. Backed by a full band, she promises two sets of old favourites sprinkled with a few new songs she will record in the fall with Bob Wiseman at the helm as producer.

This show will be Marie-Josée's first public performance in the Ottawa area since playing Ottawa Bluesfest in July 2009 after which she focused a lot of her touring on Alberta and BC exposing the great Canadian West to her own brand of French Café/Gypsy Jazz/Dark Cabaret. She's seen a lot of highway, met a ton of people, saw breath-taking sights and had a lot of fun, but it's time to go home to reconnect with her friends, her Ottawa arts community and her band (Derek Loewen on drums, Chris Breitner on string bass and Steve Tippet on piano) before taking a few trips to Europe and heading into studio. There is no place like home, indeed!

Born in Val d‘Or, Quebec, and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, Marie-Josée Houle celebrates her dual cultural roots through music. Singing and writing in both English and French, she brings the Townships to the Prairies and beyond. No polkas or foxtrots for this accordion diva; instead, she combines her classical, punk rock, and French cabaret sensibilities into one sultry stew of sound.

Her musical history is as varied as her hair colour. Classically trained on the accordion at age five, she chose other instruments as the medium to first deliver music to the masses. In 2000, she took up the electric bass and saxophone in order to form two very eclectic projects in Edmonton. Her reconnection with the accordion coincided with a move to Ottawa in 2003 and culminated in the world music collaboration whose success served as a springboard for her solo work.

Her solo debut, Our Lady of Broken Souls (2007), and her sophomore album, Monsters (2008), received much critical acclaim, including nominations for Best Folk Album of 2007 and of 2008 by the Ottawa Xpress. Both albums charted and received solid airplay on local college and community radio stations across the country.

Two-thousand-and-seven saw her play the main stage of festivals in Canada, a few European dates, embark on her first successful cross-country tour and share a stage with other celebrated female artists for a CBC Radio 1 broadcast. In 2008, Marie-Josée Houle continued to journey across Canada and to Europe.

Two-thousand-and-nine proved to be another great year with multiple tours and festivals in Canada and Europe including the 10th Annual Accordion Festival in Vienna (for which she played with local musicians), NXNE, la Fete de l'été in Toronto and the prestigious Ottawa Bluesfest.

For Houle, 2010 looks like another promising year as she is currently working on a new CD to be recorded in the fall, will embark on a tour of BC in March, as well as a couple of European tours in May and October, and will be seen on the Canadian festival circuit over the summer months.

Marie-Josée Houle Homecoming Show

Sunday, March 28, 8pm start

Black Sheep Inn, Wakefield, QC

Tickets $7 advance / $10 door

Contact: marie-josee@uglysocks.com





Local Hair Salons Support Epilepsy Ottawa-Carleton

OTTAWA – Epilepsy Ottawa-Carleton (EOC), in partnership with the Professional Paramedics Association of Ottawa (PPAO) is hosting its fifth annual ‘Scissors for Seizures’ fundraiser on Sunday, March 28th, 2009, from noon to 4 p.m. Sponsored by local hair salons, this event provides (by donation) haircuts to members of the general public and all money raised is donated to EOC. No appointments are necessary - simply join us at one of the following locations on the afternoon of March 28:

Elite Image Hair and Spa: 4 Lorry Greenberg Drive, Unit 4


Hair Junkies: 200 Laurier Ave West

The ‘Scissors for Seizures’ concept was developed by Ann and Khoder Abdel-Hussein of Elite Image Hair and Spa. Ann and Khoder understand the struggles associated with epilepsy. Sadly, they lost their son Mousa, aged 18, to Sudden Unexplained Death in Epilepsy Patients (SUDEP) in June 2004, just before his high school graduation. Since then, Ann and Khoder have been actively involved in raising money and awareness to support families who live with the challenges of epilepsy everyday.

Once again, along with their staff at Elite Image Hair and Spa and Fadi Assad and his staff at Hair Junkie, Ann and Khoder are donating their time and services to help raise money for Epilepsy Ottawa-Carleton. “The generosity of my staff, our friends at Hair Junkies, our customers, families and friends in the community is truly inspirational and very much appreciated. It’s so great to see this event grow each year,” says Ann. All proceeds from this event go directly to raising awareness and to support the services of Epilepsy Ottawa-Carleton, including the Mousa Abdel-Hussein Memorial Scholarship Award.

This year EOC is honoured to have the Professional Paramedics Association of Ottawa, PPAO on board as a partner for our event, helping us to raise awareness about seizure management and proper first aid procedures for seizures. We expect to have some Ottawa paramedics out getting their hair cut at the salons and as an added bonus, the public are welcome to take a guided tour of an ambulance as well!

Epilepsy is a chronic neurological disorder which presents serious challenges to health, safety and self-esteem, especially in children, teens, and in all those with seriously disabling seizure disorders. Approximately 15,500 children, youth, adults and seniors in Ottawa and the rural areas served by EOC have epilepsy. Epilepsy also deeply affects the lives of their more than 30,000 family members in the region. Support, understanding and awareness for those living with the disorder are so important. Please join us in raising awareness of seizure safety and in fighting stigma – together we will make the Ottawa region a safe and supportive home for people with epilepsy and their families.

For over 23 years, Epilepsy Ottawa-Carleton has been providing information, referral, peer support and social opportunities for those living with epilepsy in the Ottawa region. As well, we work to educate the public and to raise awareness about epilepsy.

For more information on epilepsy and/or Scissors for Seizures, please contact Epilepsy Ottawa-Carleton:

T: (613) 594-9255

E-mail: info@epilepsyottawa.ca



Monday, March 01, 2010


Hosted by D.D. Rocker/Misty Blue 1955

The playlists are now being posted on CKCU's website - http://www.ckcufm.com/node/41.

Swinging March Break w/ J-W Jones @ 11th edition of Viree Blues Boreale

Right back from the famous Sun Studios in Memphis, TN, our next guest has just completed the recording of his 6th album “Midnight Memphis Sun” that will be launched next May 1st. This adventure was carried through with Hubert Sumlin, legendary Blues guitarist who has been proclaimed one of the 100 best guitarists of all times by Rolling Stone magazine, and Charlie Musselwhite, legendary harmonicist with 18 W.C. Awards and 6 Grammy nominations. And it’s here with you, for March Break, that they’ll make a return to our region to cut their teeth on this all new material, before the highly expected launch. As we at Viree Blues Boreale already often demonstrated, talent can come very early; this young 29 year old Bluesman, twice nominated at the Mapple Blues Awards, in 2008 and 2009 in the “Electric Artist of the Year” and “Guitarist of the Year” categories will prove it this time, right here with his all new show, inspired from his soon to be released album.

Despite being present on the Guitar Masters vol 2 compilation, together with guitar legends B.B.King, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck as well as Carlos Santana, and having been on the move for 12 years now, this group remains less known in our region! This is easily understood when one checks their tour schedule of the last few years: With 6 CDs, they have given over 1200 performances in some 200 cities in 13 countries on 4 continents! Indeed JW-Jones have mostly performed on major stages in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia and Brazil. This allowed the group to rub shoulders with the likes of Junior Watson, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Little Charlie & The Nightcats, Rusty Zinn, Rick Holmstrom, Rod Piazza & The Mighty Flyers, Anson Funderburgh & The Rockets and with the legendary Hubert Sumlin ... among others. And now, they, themselves have been labeled “Amazing Blues Band” by famous Blues Brother Dan Aykroyd. After listening to a show by the Great B.B. King in 1995, JW-Jones immediately traded his drumming career for the guitar. His voice that he developed in the style of the great vocalists of the 40's and 50's, stressing the feelings and the good vibrations, allows him to go from the Chicago Blues to the Rhythm’N’ Blues and even into Jazz, on occasions. Unanimously recognized by his peers and granted the “Electric Act of the Year” title by the Mapple Blues Awards, his Opus 4, « Kissing In 29 Days » confirms the writing and composing talents of JW- Jones. A real musical feast, with numerous gems, it is mostly made of JW’s original compositions. But in 2008, JW-Jones shows up even better with an album already considered “historic”. Bluelist, features two of the East Coast’s most influential guitarists: Little Charlie Baty and Junior Watson who perform together on the same track for the first time in their total of 70 years of career! And, as if it wasn’t enough, they perform with a highly renown rhythm section: Richard Innes on drums and Larry Taylor on bass.

On stage, the group goes for full performance with Martin Regimbald on bass, Jeff Asselin on drums, all under the direction of JW- Jones, who is: "One of this country's top Blues guitar stars" according to the Globe and Mail. So it’s a rendez-vous to celebrate March Break energetically which qualifies the JW-Jones Blues Band since it’s very beginnings. They will be on stage on Wednesday, March 3, 2010, at 8h00 p.m. at Le Petit Chicago, 50 Promenade du Portage, in the Old Hull sector. For inquiries or interviews, please contact Alexandre Petit at: vireeblues@gmail.com.

You can find more information on the artist at: www.jw-jones.com.

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