A cross-reference to the first overnight radio show (CKCU 93.1 FM) placing a heavy emphasis on Canadian blues and fusions of same (2007-2012). From 2012-2014, "Rockin' the Blues from Canada" was broadcast on CHMR 93.5 FM (where it originated in 2005 as "Patchwork Blues"). This 'blog' was born in 2004 as a promotional tool for arts-related news when Geocites reclaimed its free websites.
Friday, April 04, 2014
JOHN OTWAY @ ZAPHOD BEEBLEBROX (OTTAWA, ON) - MAY 26/14
On July 25, 2009 Therese and I
wandered into the Magdalen Arms pub in Oxford, England, with nothing more in
mind than a nice dinner.It was quickly
apparent that something special was happening, a 60th birthday party
for local musician Pete Fryer.
After being there for an hour the stage
lights came on and a musician named John Otway appeared on stage to
perform.We had never heard of John
Otway before this.His unique and
incredibly entertaining act was completely beyond belief.I was so impressed that I decided then and
there that it was my mission to have him come to Canada for a tour, not really expecting anything to happen.
Upon returning to Ottawa I started my
lobbying campaign by sending emails to John.To my complete surprise I soon learned that he
was very familiar with Ottawa, having spent a lot of time in our fair city
during the early 1980s.
since 2009 I have sent John an email asking/urging him to launch a Canadian
tour.It was very exciting for me to
receive a telephone call late in January 2014 saying that John would be
doing gigs in Hamilton and Toronto in May and asking me to organize an
Zaphods was the first club that I contacted
as a potential venue. I was amazed to learn from Eugene Haslam (owner of Zaphods) that John Otway
was one of his favorite acts in the 1980s at The Underground on Rideau Street, the
predecessor to Zaphods.Eugene has terrific memories of John and was
ecstatic to learn that he was returning to Ottawa..... he offered every
assistance to have the show at Zaphods.
I’m hoping that you might help me welcome John Otway
back to Ottawa on Monday, May 26, 2014.
The tickets are now on sale as indicated in the
accompanying poster.I am certain that
this will be one show that you will never forget.
The photographs in the poster are my images from John's performance in Oxford in 2009.
Below are links
to samples of John’s performances: