Thursday, October 27, 2011


(FILL-IN SHOW – OCT. 24/11)

Programmed and hosted by D.D. Rocker (a.k.a. Misty Blue 1955)

HOUR 1 (2:00-3:00)

Chris Murphy (Hotwired) – "Tain't No Church Song"

(w/ Teddy Leonard on guitar and Lance Anderson on organ)

Matt Andersen (Coal Mining Blues) – "Coal Mining Blues"

Eric Clapton (Journeyman) – "Old Love"

Bill Johnson (Still Blue) – "Half the Man"

Rob Moitoza (Blues State) – "Blue State Blues"

Stevie Paige (Welcome to the Big Time) – "The Best of Me"

Colin Linden (From the Water) – "From the Water"

Too Slim and the Taildraggers (Shiver) – "Workin'"

The Sidecats (Makin' Traces) – "Goin' Back to California"

J.B. Ritchie (Power Blues) – "Rocket 88"

The Kat Kings (The Winning Hand) – "Got Some Dough"

HOUR 2 (3:00 – 4:00)

Pinetop Perkins (w/ Deborah Coleman) (Ladies Man) – "Meanest Women"

Eden Brent (Mississippi Number One) – "Why Don't You Do Right?"

Aylie Sparkes (Beautiful & Deranged) – "Joanne's Reel"

Peter Karp & Sue Foley (He Said, She Said) – "Rules of Engagement"

Stacey Jones Band (Long Time Comin') – "(Your Love Lifted Me) Higher and Higher"

Tim Gibbons (Shylingo) – "Angel Red"

Alice Stuart & The Formerlys (Freedom) – "Freedom"

The Sue Orfield Band (Bonk!) – "After the Fall" (5:06)

Danny Brooks (Soulsville – Rock This House) – "Stand Up" (3:33)

Brian Brazil & Dynamics (Brian Brazil & The Dyn.) – "Hell's Kitchen"

Richie Sambora (Stranger in This Town) – "Ballad of Youth"

Nick Vigarino (Temptation Road) – "Cut Me Off"

HOUR 3 (4:00 – 5:00)

Captain Beyond (Crystal Clear) – "Night Train Calling (Crystal Clear)"

Yes (Fly from Here) – "Into the Storm"

Claudio (Liturgy of War) – "Promised Land"

Crash Diet (Generation Wild) – "Down with the Dust"

Claudia (Claudia) – "Breathe"

Elyssa Mahoney (Pull Me In) – "Melting"

The Steph Pappas Experience (Not on the Map) – "Blues/Punk"

Sister Hyde (Sister Hyde) - "Corporate Guru"

The Kingmakers (Tupelo to Memphis) – "Stuttering Cindy and Stammering Sue"

J.P. Riemens (Dirty Sunset) – "Waiting for the Boom"

David Allan Coe (w/Dimebag Darrell) (Rebel Meets Rebel) – "Nothin' to Lose"

Eric Burdon & The Animals (Classic Rock '60s) – "Monterey"

Anthony Salvatore (The Peace Within) – "What Are You Good For"

Terry Gillespie (Big Money) – "Monkey Hunger"

HOUR 4 (5:00 – 6:00)

Rita Chiarelli (Sweet Paradise) – "French Kiss"

Rick L. Blues (Back to the Roots with Friends) – "A Place to Be"

John Pippus (Wrapped Up in the Blues) – "Airplane Woman"

Robert Farrell (Freedom for My Soul) – "Church of the Electric Soul"

David Gogo (Soul-Bender) – "Please Find My Baby"

MonkeyJunk (To Behold) – "Mother's Crying" (4:37)

Coldsweat (Corporate Slave) – "Junkyard Dog"

Rounder (Rounder) – "Sleeping Like a Vampire"

JW-Jones (with Hubert Sumlin) (Midnight Memphis Sun) – "Born Operator"

The Jeff Healey Band (Live at Grossman's – 1994) – "Yer Blues"

David Rotundo (No Looking Back) – "I Don't Need Nobody"

HOUR 5 (6:00 – 7:00)

Rick Gunn [Live Performance at CFMU in Hamilton] – "Run for Your Life"

Son Roberts (Tell That Story) – "Brakeman"

Sunday Wilde (What Man? Oh, THAT Man!) – "Trouble Coming at Me"

Louise Laurier (Out of the Blues–Sortie des Blues) – "Dream It Want It Do It"

Cee Cee James (Low Down Where the Snakes Crawl) – "I'll Ask the Questions, You Tell the Lies"

Chris Antonik (Chris Antonik) - "Roll with It"

Peter Karp (Shadows and Cracks) – "Dirty Weather"

Hotcha! (Dust Bowl Roots – Songs for the New Depression) – "Fois Gras

(Dance of the Fatted Ducks)"

Dawn Langstroth (No Mercy) – "New York"

Hip Shakin' Mama (Reclaim Your Land) – "Devious (Scheming Little Thief)"

The 24th Street Wailers (Dirty Little Young'uns) – "Dirty Little Young'uns"

Jesse Green Band (Jesse Greene Band) – "Mojo Man"

Harry Manx & Kevin Breit (Strictly Whatever) – "Hippy Trippy"

Paul James (It's Halloween EP) – "Trick or Treat"


For Immediate Release

The 15th Annual Maple Blues Awards Nominees

(October 27, 2011) Toronto, ON - The Toronto Blues Society will be celebrating its 15th annual Maple Blues Awards by honouring nationally and internationally recognized Canadian Blues artists from across the country on January 16, 2012. The nominees are recognized both for their talent as well as their contribution to the growing Canadian blues music scene.

Leading the nominations is last year’s big winner, Ottawa's MonkeyJunk, with seven nominations, followed by Toronto’s Suzie Vinnick, who originally hails from Saskatoon, and Fathead each with four. Harry Manx & Kevin Breit also have four nominations. Hamilton’s Rita Chiarelli, who won the Blues With a Feeling Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011, has three nominations, as does Harrison Kennedy, another Hamilton native. British Columbia blues artists are well represented with three nominations each for Jim Byrnes and Bill Johnson. New Brunswick’s Matt Andersen also has three nominations. Nominees for the Blues Booster of the Year Award will be announced at a later date.

Hosted by internationally recognized blues performers Treasa Levasseur and Shakura S’Aida, The 2012 Maple Blues Awards are taking place at Koerner Hall in Toronto on January 16th, 2012.

Voting opens Friday, October 28 at midnight ADT & closes Saturday, December 10 at midnight PST. Blues fans can cast their votes online at .

The Toronto Blues Society is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to the promotion and preservation of the Blues. The Maple Blues Awards is Canada's national blues awards program. Its goal is to promote blues music across Canada, and to recognize outstanding achievement in the field.

The 15th Annual Maple Blues Awards Nominees:

Entertainer Of The Year

Jim Byrnes

Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne

Matt Andersen


Shakura S'Aida

Electric Act Of The Year

Bill Johnson

David Gogo

Keith Hallett & Garrett Mason


Rita Chiarelli

Acoustic Act Of The Year

Harrison Kennedy

Harry Manx

Matt Andersen

Suzie Vinnick

Tim Williams

Male Vocalist Of The Year

Harrison Kennedy

Jim Byrnes

John Mays (Fathead)

Matt Andersen

Steve Marriner (MonkeyJunk)

Female Vocalist Of The Year

Rita Chiarelli

Robin Bank$

Shakura S'Aida

Suzie Vinnick

Treasa Levasseur

New Artist Or Group Of The Year

The 24th Street Wailers

Douglas Watson R&B Revue

Kat Danser

Sabrina Weeks & Swing Cat Bounce

Tim Vaughn

Recording Of The Year

1. Me 'n' Mabel (SV)

Suzie Vinnick

Producer - Danny Greenspoon

2. Music From The Big House (Mad Iris)

Rita Chiarelli

Producer - Rita Chiarelli

3. Still Blue (BJ)

Bill Johnson

Producers - Jody Baker & Bill Johnson

4. Strictly Whatever (Stony Plain)

Harry Manx & Kevin Breit

Producers - Harry Manx & Kevin Breit

5. To Behold (Stony Plain)


Producer - Steve Marriner & Ken Friesen

Blues With A Feeling Award

(Lifetime Achievement)

Alec Fraser

Danny Brooks

Ellen McIlwaine

Joe Murphy

Ken Whiteley

Michael Fonfara

Paul James

Stephen Barry

Tom Lavin

B.B. King International Artist Of The Year

Bettye LaVette

Duke Robillard

Greg Allman

JJ Grey & Mofro

Tedeschi Trucks Band

Guitar Player Of The Year

David Gogo

Garrett Mason

Jack de Keyzer

Kevin Breit

Steve Strongman

Harmonica Player Of The Year

Carlos del Junco

David "Hurricane" Hoerl (The Twisters)

David Rotundo

Roly Platt

Steve Marriner (MonkeyJunk)

Piano/Keyboard Player Of The Year

Curley Bridges

David Vest

John Lee Sanders

Julian Fauth

Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne

Horn Player Of The Year

Al Lerman (Fathead)

Chris Murphy

Chris Whiteley

Pat Carey (Downchild)

Neil Braithwaite (Blackburn)

Drummer Of The Year

Al Cross (Jerome Godboo)

Bucky Berger (Fathead)

Geoff Arsenault (Morgan Davis)

Matt Sobb (MonkeyJunk)

Vince Maccarone (Johnny Max)

Bassist Of The Year

Alan Duffy (Jack de Keyzer)

Alec Fraser (Fraser/Daley)

Gary Kendall (Downchild)

Keith Picot (The Twisters)

Omar Tunnoch (Fathead)

Songwriter Of The Year

Bill Johnson

Diteodoro/Marriner/Sobb (MonkeyJunk)

Harrison Kennedy

Harry Manx

Suzie Vinnick

For more information contact:

Sarah French
Sarah French Publicity
416-566-4188 |

Jordan Safer
Toronto Blues Society
416-538-3885 |


Thursday, October 20, 2011



Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet School has High Hopes for Ottawa

Winnipeg, Manitoba (October 20, 2011) Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet School Professional Division is heading to Ottawa on October 21 to search for the next stars of the ballet world; and it’s a location that in the past has not disappointed. No one knows better than Ontario’s Sarah Davey what it takes to make it as a professional dancer at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Before the audition that changed her life, Sarah began dancing at the age of three and graduated from the RWB School Professional Division in 2007. She trained in the School’s Aspirant Program until 2009, when she joined the RWB as an apprentice. Sarah was promoted to the corps de ballet in the 2001/12 season. Sarah has performed in various ballets including Moulin Rouge – The Ballet®, Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Wonderland, Val Caniparoli’s A Cinderella Story, Dracula and The Ecstasy of Rita Joe. Sarah Davey will be in Ottawa from January 26-28 in the RWB’s stunning new ballet Svengali.

Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet School Professional Division is a globally renowned school providing the highest calibre of classical training to both dancers and dance educators. In the next several months, the RWB School faculty will visit 16 cities across North America on its 2011/12 International Audition Tour. It is expected that hundreds of hopeful ballet dancers and teachers will audition to obtain a coveted spot in the RWB School Professional Division Summer Session.

Each year the Audition Tour allows the RWBS faculty an opportunity to discover the best young dancers on the continent. During the tour hundreds of promising dancers will audition for a place in the RWB School Professional Division Summer Session - the second-phase in the audition process for full-time acceptance. The successful young people who are accepted will have the opportunity to be nurtured as artists while working towards careers as dancers or dance teachers.

“The young talent we discover on the tour will have the opportunity to train with other exceptional young people who share their goal of pursuing professional dance careers,” says RWB School Director Arlene Minkhorst. “Working alongside others who share the same commitment and focus can be invaluable to a developing artist and lead to even greater success. This is evidenced by the many graduates of the Professional Division who have gone on, not only to work with the distinguished Royal Winnipeg Ballet, but with many other respected dance companies the world over.”

On October 21, 2011 at 9:00am the RWB School’s 2011/12 International Audition Tour will kick off in Ottawa, Ontario. The Royal Winnipeg Ballet has been fortunate to have attracted many talented dancers from Ontario over the years.

Anyone interested in attending auditions is encouraged to visit the RWB School website at or call the School office at 1-204-957-3467. All candidates are asked to pre-register for audition classes. Individuals who are unable to attend in person may submit an audition DVD to Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet School at 380 Graham Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3C 4K2.

During the course of the audition tour, master classes will also be offered giving dancers an additional opportunity to work with the renowned RWBS faculty.

Dancers as young as 10 years old are invited to audition and attend the master classes. Interested individuals should contact the RWB School at 1-204-957-3467 or visit

Since 1971, the RWB School Professional Division has graduated more than 400 dance artists and educators. Countless graduates have gone on to become renowned dancers, among them RWB Principal Dancer Vanessa Lawson and former RWB prima ballerina Evelyn Hart. Many have also become internationally recognized choreographers, including Peter Quanz, Mark Godden and Jorden Morris. Many more are leaders within the international dance community as artistic directors, ballet masters, and dance teachers. And more still have gone on to successful careers with renowned companies around the world, including the Stuttgart Ballet, The National Ballet of Canada, Nederlans Dans Theater, Alberta Ballet, LaLaLa Human Steps and others.

The RWB School is grateful for the support of Investors Group through the Investors Group National Scholarship program in conjunction with the 2011/12 International Audition Tour.


For more information contact:

Cole Leinburd
International Audition Tour Promotions
Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet
380 Graham Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R3C 4K2
(204) 510-4350


Wednesday, October 19, 2011


In support of the radio station's annual fundraiser, D.D. Rocker (a.k.a. Misty Blue 1955) will revive her "Rockin' the Blues from Canada" show on CKCU 93.1 FM in Ottawa, ON (streaming live online at on Mon., Oct. 24, 2-7 AM E.S.T. (a.k.a. Sunday overnight), immediately following "The Night Watch" (Sun., 11 PM - Mon., 2 AM).

Please give generously to campus/community radio in Ottawa and around the world - it's YOUR voice!

D.D. Rocker/Misty Blue 1955


Saturday, October 15, 2011


Media information / For immediate release
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Ottawa concert at Centrepointe Theatre set for Friday, October 28, as the singer/guitarist heads east midway through his 40-date tour…

Matt Andersen, the acclaimed singer-songwriter and guitarist from New Brunswick, has had the busiest year of his career. It’s included a six-day blues cruise around the Caribbean, two shows at Britain’s massive Glastonbury Festival, and 14 major Canadian folk, jazz or blues festivals. He played nearly 100 other shows from the Maritimes to Vancouver Island, and two tours supporting the CBC’s Stuart McLean’s Vinyl Café concerts. He also toured American cities with the Old Crow Medicine Show.

And now, in support of a brand new CD that was released September 20, he’s in the midst of a tour that’ll take him to nine provinces. So far, 40 concerts have been confirmed and almost all the shows in Western Canada were sold out in advance.

An Ottawa-area show for Matt Andersen, with Old Man Luedecke as special guest, has been set for Friday, October 28, at the Centrepointe Theatre (off Baseline Road, between Woodroofe and Greenbank Road).


WHO: Brilliant guitarist, singer and songwriter MATT ANDERSEN with special guest OLD MAN LUEDECKE

WHY: Andersen’s the talk of the town; Old Man Luedecke, who also hails from the Maritimes, is a banjo wizard

WHEN: Friday, Oct. 28, 8.00 p.m. (doors 7.30 p.m.)

WHERE: Centrepointe Theatre, 101 Centrepointe Dr.

TICKETS: $42.00

Presented by Shantero Productions

New CD expected to be major seller

Andersen’s career is expected to move upward with the release of his latest CD. Coal Mining Blues was recorded at drummer Levon Helm’s Woodstock NY studios. Produced by Nashville-based Canadian guitarist Colin Linden, the record includes performances by Garth Hudson, the former keyboard player with The Band and singer Amy Helm. The CD is on Ontario-based Busted Flat Records, distributed by F.A.B.

Hailing from New Brunswick, Andersen is known for his larger-than-life showmanship that has earned him a fervent and steadfast fan base. His sprawling blues, roots and rock music hybrid has gained him multiple East Coast Music Awards and an international reputation.

The moment this tour ends on November 24 in Glasgow, Nova Scotia, Andersen sets off on a month-long tour in Australia — his first trip down under.


For more media information, interview arrangements, and new high-res photography, please contact:

Richard Flohil, Richard Flohil & Associates
416 351-1323


Sunday, October 09, 2011


Harvest Colours poster

Harvest Colours Artisan Marketplace

The Second Annual Harvest Colours Artisan Marketplace
is presented by the Appleby College Parents' Association.
Saturday, October 22nd from 9:30am to 4:30pm.

$25 ticket (includes lunch and tea room) $15 general admission (includes tea room)

Enjoy a variety of unique gifts at the second annual Harvest Colours artisan marketplace.
Shop over 40 vendors; enjoy lunch served to you in the Harvest Café
as well as a warm drink and treat at the Harvest Tea Room.

You can also pick up some goodies at the famous ACPA Bake Sale
and Farmers Market sponsored by Longo's.
A portion of the proceeds to go to Oakville Galleries
and Art House, in support of youth art programs.

More info at

Appleby College
549 Lakeshore Road West Oakville, Ont. L6K 3P1


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Celebrate Halloween a little early with Chris Grabenstein
and THE BLACK HEART CRYPT at Books of Wonder in New York City.
Thrills, chills and tiny candy bars will be served.

Black Heart Crypt

Books of Wonder
18 West 18th Street
New York, NY 10011
(212) 989-3270

Chris Grabenstein: THE BLACK HEART CRYPT

If you can't make the event but would like an autographed copy of THE BLACK HEART CRYPT, click on this link.

Books of Wonder logo

Black Heart Crypt

"Gruesome, hilarious, and truly scary... a great read-aloud for Halloween. The story is set in contemporary New England... but the horror is timeless. Caught up in the fast-paced action, kids will want to share the irreverent commentary, including the occasional gross-out rhyme: 'There's one little worm that's very shy / Crawls in your stomach and out your eye.'"

IndieBound | Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Random House

Kindle | Nook

Riley Mack and the Other Known Troublemakers

Riley Mack

What do you get when you add up:

1 middle-school bully
2 bank robbers
57 dogs in peril
4,000 missing dollars
5 daring troublemakers
led by the 1 and only
Riley Mack?


IndieBound | Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Books-A-Million | HarperCollins Children's

"When a stand-up comedian sits down to write a book, you can bet it will be funny. And Riley Mack is funny."
Ted Bell, New York Times bestselling author of The Time Pirate

"Riley Mack is my new best friend! Chris Grabenstein writes with humor and heart, and I found myself glued to the pages!"
Wendy Mass, award-winning author of A Mango-Shaped Space

Thanks again for all your support!

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Popa Chubby releasing Back To New York City! New CD drops October 26th.

Popa Chubby Productions is extending its preorder package.

Order a signed copy of Back To New York City and receive a Mike Hind T-Shirt
or a Popa Chubby playing card T-shirt for only $25.00 plus shipping!!!

Popa Chubby Productions is happy to offer Back To New York City on collectors'
grade vinyl! This is a limited edition and will be signed to you by Popa for
only $25.00!!! Gig Dates:

10/7 - Black Eyed Sally's - Hartford Ct.
10/8 - The Town Crier - Pauling N.Y.
10/8 - Water Street Music Hall - Rochester N.Y.
10/9 - BB King's - Times Square N.Y. CD RELEASE SHOW!!!!!


Like a Man - out now!


I'm excited to let you know my new album, Like A Man, is now available in stores on CD and download.

This album is very special for me - I’d never worked so fast, so boldly, so excitedly in a studio. I almost feel now as though I’d been hypnotized and charmed into a new way of working that was painless and joyous, where before it had been rather stressful. The result is an album that’s honest and true. I reached a personal target; this album is a benchmark for me, and I hope you enjoy it.

You can buy your copy today at the following retailers:

UK - Amazon | iTunes | Play | hmv
Canada - Amazon | iTunes | hmv | Chapters Indigo
World - iTunes | Cooking Vinyl

Album sampler on YouTube

You can check out a sample of every track on the album on my YouTube channel. Head over to AdamCohenTV now and let me know what your favourite track is in the comments, on my Facebook profile, or via Twitter - I'd love to know what you think!

UK Press on Like A Man

The UK press have been raving about Like A Man - here are a few choice quotes:

Like A Man is a little beauty, a perfectly turned collection of measured, poetic, introspective, funny, philosophical and deeply romantic songs exploring what it means to be a man in love” - DAILY TELEGRAPH

“The understated acoustic-based album has that confessional vibe of Len’s early classics…and dad has even described "What Other Guy" and the title track as world-class love songs. Who am I to disagree?” - THE SUN

“Cohen Junior’s best work to date.” - MOJO

Tour now on sale!

I'm hitting the road in the next few months, from Toronto to Tel Aviv and many places in between! Check out my website or Facebook page to see if I'm heading to your town.

Till next time,


Sony Music Entertainment Canada Inc., 150 Ferrand Drive, Ste. 300, Toronto, ON, M3C 3E5.

Copyright © 2011 Sony Music Entertainment Canada Inc. All rights reserved.


JADEA KELLY with an all-star Ottawa based band and special guests each week.

Country-edged original "Canadiana" material by a rising young performer. Think Patty Griffin, Emmylou Harris and Iris DeMent

One of Canada's brightest young songwriters continues an October Residency at the Elmdale Tavern

The next three Tuesdays in October (October 11/18/25) 8-10PM

The Elmdale House Tavern, 1084 Wellington St. Ottawa ON. 613 728-2848

It's been a little less than two years since Jadea Kelly gave up her day job to be a full-time musician. Since then she’s played over a dozen times at Wakefield’s Black Sheep with the likes of Luke Doucet, Justin Rutledge and Melissa McLelland, and recorded by CBC Radio at the 2010 Stewart Park Folk Festival.

She's also toured in Europe, played for audiences in the Maritimes three times and western Canada twice, was nominated as best new emerging artist at the Canadian Folk Music Awards, and held down a three-month residency at Toronto's Cameron House, a legendary launching pad for up-and-coming artists.

With the success of the Toronto residency under her belt, Jadea is already a week into a month-long residency at the Elmdale House Tavern in Ottawa.

She’s accompanied by an all-star line up of Ottawa musicians, including David Baxter, Peter Von Althen, Ken Kanwisher, Cindy Doire, Lynne Hanson, and Lynn Miles. Baxter is Jadea’s special guest this Tuesday (October 11), with Cindy Doire set for October 18, and Lynne Hanson on the 25th.


NOTE: Kelly's first name is pronounced "Jay-da" — the extra E in her name (courtesy of her mother!) sometimes confuses radio folk, who pronounce it, wrongly, as "Jay-dEE-a"

Media information, high-res photographs, interview arrangements, contact:

Richard Flohil, Richard Flohil & Associates/ 416 351-1323


Friday, October 07, 2011



Streaming live online at


Thursday, October 06, 2011




OTTAWA – WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2011 – The Canadian Folk Music Awards (CFMAs) announced details today for a brand new award category, UNSUNG HERO. Submissions are open to the public from now to the end of October. The award will be presented during the SEVENTH ANNUAL CFMAs at the Isabel Bader Theatre, Victoria College, University of Toronto on Sunday, December 4th. For more information please visit

The annual Unsung Hero award will recognize the exceptional contribution of an individual, group, or organization to any aspect of the Canadian folk, roots and world music scene, such as performance, promotion and presentation. Nominations from the public will be accepted for this category from now until October 31st. The recipient will be selected by a five-member jury, from the region where the awards will take place – in this case, for 2011, Central Canada (which includes Ontario, Quebec and Nunavut).

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS is MONDAY, OCTOBER 31ST, 2011. All submissions must be e-mailed to For more details and complete criteria information, please visit


The mission of the Canadian Folk Music Awards is to celebrate and promote Canadian Folk Music in all its forms. Until their creation in 2005, there existed no awards to celebrate the breadth and depth of folk music in Canada. Awards such as the Junos, East Coast Music Awards or the Western Canadian Music Awards include a few categories that apply to folk and roots music, but without as broad a view of the genre. The judging process is similar to that of the two-stage elimination model used by the Junos via a randomly selected jury drawn from the folk music community.


For more information, photos, interviews, please contact:

Media Contact: Beverly Kreller



Canadian Folk Music Awards

1111 Bank Street

Ottawa, Ontario K1S 3X4



Wednesday, October 05, 2011


Tantramarsh Blues Society (TBS) Presents Grammy Award Winning

Sugar Blue and His Band

Saturday, Oct. 15, 9 PM

George’s Roadhouse

Sackville, NB

Advance Tickets are $12 (@ Ducky’s 536 1344) & $15 at the door
Special student tickets at the door only (ID required): $8

Grammy Award-winning harmonica virtuoso Sugar Blue is not your typical bluesman...
Born James Whiting - he was raised in Harlem, New York, where his mother was a singer and dancer at the fabled Apollo Theatre. He spent his childhood among the musicians and show people who knew his mother, including the great Billie Holiday, and decided that he wanted to be a performer.

Blue received his first harmonica from his aunt, and proceeded to hone his chops by wailing along with Bob Dylan and Stevie Wonder songs on the radio. He was soon to be influenced by the jazz greats such as Dexter Gordon and Lester Young. Sugar Blue has used this background to his advantage, though, creating an ultra-modern blues style and sound that is instantly recognizable as his own.

Blue began his career as a street musician and made his first recordings in 1975 with legendary blues figures Brownie McGhee and Roosevelt Sykes. The following year, he contributed to recordings by Victoria Spivey and Johnny Shines before pulling up stakes and moving to Paris on the advice of pioneer blues pianist Memphis Slim.

While in France, Blue hooked up with members of the Rolling Stones, who instantly fell in love with his sound. The Stones invited Blue to join them in the studio. Besides his work on their Some Girls album, he can be heard on Emotional Rescue and Tattoo You. He appeared live with the group on numerous occasions and was offered the session spot indefinitely, but he turned it down, opting instead to return to the States and put his own band together rather than became a full-time sideman. Before returning to the U.S. in 1982, Blue cut a pair of albums, Crossroads and From Paris to Chicago.

Blue's decision to return home, despite his growing renown as a session player, was spurred by his desire to work with and learn from the masters of blues harmonica. Thus he came to Chicago and proceeded to sit in with the likes of Big Walter Horton, Carey Bell, James Cotton and Junior Wells. Blue went on to spend two years touring with his friend and mentor, Willie Dixon, as part of the Chicago Blues All Stars before putting his own band together in 1983.

With his own band, Blue's star continued to rise. He received the 1985 Grammy Award for his work on the Atlantic album, Blues Explosion, recorded live at the Montreux Jazz Festival.

He recorded on Dixon's Grammy-winning Hidden Charms album in 1989, has performed on festival stages with classic artists like Muddy Waters, B.B. King , Art Blakey and Lionel Hampton and has also set his sights on television and the big screen. He sat in with Fats Domino, Ray Charles, and Jerry Lee Lewis for the Cinemax special, "Fats Domino and Friends", and has appeared on screen and in the musical score of Alan Parker's acclaimed 1987 thriller, "Angel Heart", starring Robert De Niro. He is perhaps best known for his signature riff and solo on the Rolling Stones' hit, "Miss You", from their Some Girls album. Blue performs his own version of the song on his 1993 Alligator debut, BLUE BLAZES. With his second release, IN YOUR EYES, Sugar Blue emerges as a singular, profound songwriter as well as a harmonica wizard.

In 2008 following the release of CODE BLUE, Sugar Blue received two nominations as Best instrumentalist - Harmonica at the Blues Awards and as Outstanding Performer at the Junior Wells Harp Award in Memphis.

Blue came back in 2010 with his newest recording effort, THRESHOLD, of which Blue says,

"I believe that the greatest threshold of all is love because it is the fount from which all human life springs. Life echoes the sounds of our interactions: joy, sadness, heartache, passion, loneliness, intimacy, celebration or solemn occasion. We have tried to give voice to these feelings in this musical offering."

Sugar Blue incorporates what he has learned into his visionary and singular style, technically dazzling yet wholly soulful. He bends, shakes, spills flurries of notes with simultaneous precision and abandon, combining dazzling technique with smoldering expressiveness and gives off enough energy to light up several city square blocks... And sings too! His distinctive throat tends to be overlooked in the face of his instrumental virtuosity - he's got a rich, sensual voice with a whisper of huskiness which by itself would be something out of the ordinary. 
But oh, there's that harmonica again... !!

The Buzz

" extravagantly lyrical
harmonica player"
- New York Times

"Sugar Blue is going to be a superstar"
- Village Voice

[N.B. Sugar Blue is also performing at the Whitetail Pub and Grill in Westville, NS, on Oct. 13, and at Le Club Social de Clare in Little Brook, NS, on Oct. 14.]



Spread their wings for select US Dates!!!!

Benedictum & DesDemon team up for the Path of the Valkyries tour to promote their recent studio releases.

Benedictum reign from Arizona, fronted by the diabolical mistress “V” Veronica Freeman. The band is known more in European markets and will finally showcase their talent in the U.S. with their current release “Dominion” via Frontiers Records. Previous releases include “Seasons of Tragedy” and “Uncreation”.

DesDemon hail from New York, fronted by new vixen Chelsea Knaack. Finally released their debut “Through the Gates” via Radtone Music Japan and will soon be available in all retail and on-line markets. DesDemon have been described as a new force in female fronted symphonic metal!!!!

See Benedictum and DesDemon on their Path of the Valkyries in the following cities.

November 10th - The Haven – Orlando/Altamonte Springs , FL

November 11th - The Pathfinder Metalfest 3 - Marietta, GA

November 12th - Volume 11 - Raleigh, NC

November 17th - Metal Thursday @ Ralf's Diner - Worcester, MA (with Joe Stump)

November 18th - Dublin Pub - New Hyde Park, NY (with HolyHell)

November 19th - Flight of the Valkyries Festival - Sonar - Baltimore, Maryland

DesDemon “Through the Gates” transcends you through dark majestic symphonic metal passages with supreme musicianship. “Through the Gates” has an impressive list of guests musicians from Tim “Ripper” Owens (ex-Judas Priest, ex- Iced Earth, Yngwie Malmsteen, Beyond Fear, Charred Walls of the Damned, Hell Yeah!), Amanda Somerville (Trillium, Avantasia, Somerville / Kiske, HDK, Epica), Sander Gommans (Trillium, After Forever, HDK) & Joe Stump (Holyhell, world renowned guitar virtuoso).

Benedictum recently selected as the pick of the week on VH1 Classics “That Metal Show. “Dominion” is an exciting musical episode building upon their great foundation by adding Grammy Award winning producer Ryan Greene (Megadeth, F5, NOFX) and are firing on all cylinders. From the onslaught of the opening track Dominion to the epic Epsilon and the heartfelt acoustic track Sanctuary, this album has it all. Adding to the already explosive sound of “Dominion” are guest appearances by Jeff Pilson (Dokken, Dio, Foreigner), Craig Goldy (Rough Cutt, Dio, Giuffria) and Rudy Sarzo (Ozzy Osbourne, Quite Riot, Whitesnake).

DesDemon and Benedictum individually have shared the stage with the likes of many international artists like Doro, Primal Fear, Tyr, Korpiklaani, Rotting Christ, Epicurean, Mantic Ritual, Paul DiAnno, Icarus Witch, and have graced the stage of several festivals throughout Europe.

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Dustin Hardman, Press Promotions