BLUES SOURCE # 7
By Ken Wallis, Blues & Roots Radio
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Ontario Arts Council
A recent Ontario Arts Council (OAC) study shows that Ontario residents recognize the important contribution of the arts to vibrant, livable communities.
The survey found that a large majority of Ontarians agree that the arts contribute to the various elements of quality of life and community well-being. The research also shows how strongly these views are held by Ontarians.
• 90% agree that an active local arts scene helps make a community a better place to live.
• 82% of Ontarians agree that helping make the arts available to people in Ontario is an important government investment.
• 79% agree that government should spend public dollars to invest in the arts.
This is a strong endorsement of the arts, which obviously includes the music industry.
There's a famous quote by Winston Churchill that, when asked to cut arts funding in favour of the war effort, he replied: “Then what are we fighting for?”
This just goes to show that the arts, including the music scene is important to communities. So jump off your couch and go see some live music. Especially live blues!
It’s becoming an integral part of the music business - latest users include Suzie Vinnick and Samantha Martin and Delta Sugar. Many others have taken this route. How does it work? If you support the crowd funding, you pay for a cd in advance, or select ‘advanced options’ or special rewards such as an autographed cd, attending concerts, or even being in the studio when the cd is recorded.
It’s a unique way to help support and finance your favourite artists and at the same time, help the music industry. Your contribution helps artists deal with the expensive costs of cd production and distribution.
Suzie Vinnick is an accomplished Canadian Roots & Blues Musician who’s won 10 Canadian Maple Blues Awards and has been nominated for a Juno award 3 times.
This will be her sixth album. Her previous albums have been solo albums but she’s turning it up a notch or two with a full band and she’ll be singing up a storm and also playing electric & acoustic guitars, lap steel and electric bass.
Check out Suzie Vinnick’s crowdfunding at https://www.gofundme.com/suzievinnick
Samantha Martin and Delta Sugar are in the process of putting together their new cd after “Send The Nightingale” was released a few years ago to rave reviews.
For her new cd, Samantha has added more band members and as she states “it’s is going to be a very big sounding record, with a very awesome band.”. “Sam Cooke, Al Green, Charles Bradley, Sharon Jones, Stax, and Muscle Shoals are just a few of the words being thrown around to describe the style and vibes...” And as usual, Delta Sugar adds their outstanding voices to the cd. Take a gander at Samantha Martin’s crowdfunding at
Gary Kendall Band
Veteran Canadian bassist, vocalist, songwriter, band leader, member of The Downchild Blues Band, and leader of the Mighty Duck Blues Band, Gary Kendall brings his band to the Moonshine Cafe in Oakville on Satuday August 26th. It’s a mere $10 cover charge for an evening of great blues.
The band came into being in 2005 when Gary recruited some of Toronto's best musicians to put together a group of blues pros that can rock the blues with the best of them.
And while you’re at the Moonshine Café check out what’s coming up. The Moonshine Café features all kinds of great music.
Also of note, get set for a new cd release. Gary Kendall and the Mighty Duck Blues Band will have a release ready for late August or September.
The Grand River Blues Society
There are many hard working, dedicated Blues Societies out there and the Grand River Blues Society is one of the best. They’re seeking new members so if you live in the area, consider joining this well-organized blues society.
Joel Johnson says "Join the Grand River Blues Society, Today!"
Benefits of membership include:
• a bi-monthly newsletter with detailed calendar of blues events
• discounts to various blues events throughout the year
• a bi-monthly chance (membership draw) for CDs, tickets, or other reward
• the opportunity to meet other blues lovers and musicians in the region
• helping us to promote blues music and venues in the region.
To join, fill out the form on their web site at http://www.grandriverblues.org/join
I’m going to turn the blues spotlight on at least one blues artist every blog. There are so many to choose from, but for this blog, I’m going to highlight Mike Goudreau who I saw recently at Mont Tremblant.
Mike is comfortable playing the blues in a variety of ways,
He can keep you mesmerized with an acoustic solo set.
But he really shines when he takes the stage with his full band, Mike Goudreau And the Boppin Blues Band. I’d lay my last dollar, or should I say loonie, down that you can’t catch this band and not want to get up and shake your bootie. This swinging band lays down some tunes that make your dancing shoes twitch.
Mike had an English mother and a French-Canadian father, and picked up at a guitar at age 14. The guitar is now fused to him. His music has been heard on hundreds of network TV shows. Mike has toured Europe on several occasions, but it’s with his Boppin Blues Band that he’s gained notoriety. When I saw this band perform at Mont Tremblant, I was knocked on my butt. What a happy-go-lucky up tempo sound they deliver.
And it really comes to the forefront on their newest cd, Sweet Blues, which certainly is an apt title.
There are so many solid tunes on this cd, that it’s difficult to pick favourites. Which basically means that you can go through this cd with a joy that matches the performances. Get ready to bop till you drop as the tunes are a solid mix of swing, jump and shuffle that make you want to play this cd over and over again.
Goudreau did most of the writing in hotel rooms and on a tour bus in France.
This is the 6th cd with this band, and Mike’s 18th since 1993. The cd celebrates Mike’s 25-year music career.
Mike says “I love the blues for its energy, soul and milking its three-chord structure. I enjoy playing rock 'n roll too. But no matter what music I play it has to SWING!"
One quick last note - we featured the Black Swan and the Darran Poole Band at the Black Swan in last week’s blog. They’ve decided to take a summer hiatus but Rootbone will be there Friday August 25th 9-1 with the 5 piece band.
Next week – more blues information and news on this blog. But in the meantime, make sure to stay tuned to Blues and Roots Radio Essential and Discover.