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Angel Forrest

Double Maple Blues award winner Angel Forrest will be joining our Thursday lineup. Angel won female vocalist of the year and songwriter of the year at the 2014 Maple Blues awards!

With a career spanning 27 years, nine albums and the winner of the Maple Blues Award for Female Vocalist of the Year in 2013, 2014 and 2015, Quebec blues belter Angel Forrest releases her new album, Angel’s 11 on March 11th, 2016.

Ambitious and original, this project demonstrates the friendship shared between Angel and the 11 guitarists who are featured on this new album. Combining masterful song writing with her partner Denis Coulombe, Angel has written eleven songs imagining the guitarist who would put their own musical touch and expertise to each track. Angel Forrest offers a rich album with various sounds ranging from blues to rock to jazz.

Well known in the Canadian blues scene, Angel has been performed at major festivals in Canada and Europe (International Jazz Festival of Montreal, Tremblant Blues Festival, Blues sur Seine, Blues Festival of Edmunston, Victoriaville, of Trois-Rivières and Kuujjuaq). She also had the chance to share the stage with many artists including Jarvis Church Burton Cummings, Shawn Phillips, Thornetta Davis, Larry McCray, Eric Burdon and more.

In 1996, she began her musical career with her first album Secondhand Blues, which featured several blues classics. Forrest’s work gained positive attention from critics as well as fans. It was her tribute show to the legendary Janis Joplin that brought Angel Forrest to the public. Her spot on tribute to Janis Joplin was a no-brainer amongst festival attendees and club’s patrons, her unique signature on blues takes us a step beyond. She decided to immortalize her interpretations of the songs on an album called Angel Sings Janis Live. Then, she recorded her first album with her own compositions in English, Here For You, which has sold over 30,000 copies, followed by three other albums including her Christmas album called Wonderland, the award-winning Come Alive and Mother Tongue Blues, which won blues album of the year in Quebec and nominated for Recording of the Year at the 2014 Maple Blues Awards.

There is no question that Angel Forrest is one of the most powerful singers on the contemporary blues scene today. The strength of her performances, her distinctive voice and fiery personality has allowed her to conquer the hearts of thousands of fans around the world.

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Silver Creek

SILVER CREEK IS A COLLECTION OF OTTAWA'S FINEST AND BUSIEST MUSICIANS

The band’s sound has morphed and matured, their southern-rock roots pinnacled on 2011’s sprawling work “Princes and Kings” and moved from there into something far more unique. Today the songs are much more focused, and give more the feeling of looking forward than looking back. Working with John Chandler and Ken Friesen as producers on new material, the band still believes in and relies on local talent rather than looking beyond the Ottawa valley for the big names and hype spin of other cities.

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The Weber Brothers

To many, The Weber Brothers are the baddest band in the land.To many others, their story sits like an ancient volume in an old bookstore, dust covered, tucked away behind hundreds of newer, shinier books. Untouched. Waiting to be discovered. Regardless of what side you’re on, there’s an undeniable truth. In the rough and tumble world of rock and roll, The Weber Brothers have been around the block.

Ryan and Sam Weber left their Baltimore, MD home one night as teenagers, with the aim of meeting their idol, rockabilly legend Ronnie Hawkins, and ten hours later showed up at his doorstep. “The Hawk”, the elder statesman of rock whose former protégés (Robbie Robertson, Rick Danko, Levon Helm, et al.) went on to reshape music history as “The Band”, was duly impressed by the pair’s immense raw talent, and promptly invited them to audition for his storied backing band, The Hawks. 

By the ages of 18 and 21 they had already performed alongside Kris Kristofferson, Levon Helm, Garth Hudson, Jeff Healey and David Wilcox to name a few.

Over the past 15 years they’ve recorded 10 independent albums and toured extensively throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe. These days they are joined onstage by young hot-shot drummer Marcus Browne and his multi-instrumentalist brother Rico Browne, alongside extraordinary guitarist Emily Burgess and 3-time Canadian National Poetry Slam Champion, Prufrock Shadowrunner, creating a group dynamic that is as unique as it is powerful.

Between their renowned musical ability, high-energy, awe-inspiring performances and lessons learned first hand from rock n’ roll pioneers, a reputation as the “baddest band in the land”, “heroes of this generation” and “the future in the big shoes of the past” now precedes them.

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Brock Zeman

Over the course of 11 albums, Ottawa area singer songwriter Brock Zeman has built a reputation as a writer of great depth and passion, through his thoughtful, often personal songs. But he’s got a rough, rockin’ side as well. Joined on relentless tours across Western Canada and down to Texas and back by his ever present collaborator, Blair Hogan, and often drummer Dylan Roberts, Zeman and crew can put on a powerful show that has attendees rocking as much as feeling the stories that he tells in song. He could easily be the bastard son of Lucinda Williams and Steve Earle, with a gravelly Tom Waits voice. 

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Liona Boyd

Five time Juno award winner, Liona Boyd, ”The First Lady of the Classical Guitar", has enthralled millions with her romantic and unique brand of classical, folk and world music. She has performed solo and orchestral concerts around the world, had her own television specials, and recorded twenty-seven albums, many of which have gone Gold and Platinum. Her total views on YouTube are over four million. A new album of original songs will be released later in 2017 by Universal Music.

Liona has played for dozens of world leaders including the British Royal Family and the US president. She has recorded with Sir Andrew Davis and the English Chamber Orchestra, Yo Yo Ma and Georges Zamfir, and breaking with classical tradition has toured with Gordon Lightfoot and Tracy Chapman as well as recorded with Chet Atkins, Eric Clapton, David Gilmour, and Roger Whittaker. Liona has been a special guest on dozens of American television shows including The Tonight Show, Today Show, Boston Pops and Entertainment Tonight. With her talents and role in Canadian culture, Liona has been given five Honorary Doctorates, The Order of Canada, The Order of Ontario and the Diamond Jubilee Medal. She is a five-time winner of the Guitar Player Magazine poll for best classical guitar musician and has been inducted into their ‘Gallery of Greats’. Liona has composed and arranged hundreds of pieces for the guitar and also written a best-selling autobiography, ‘In My Own Key... My Life in Love and Music’. She is currently working on a sequel to the book, and an audiobook, both to be released in 2017. 

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Three Times Lucky

Hailing from Canada's capital, popular Ottawa based Blues band, THREE TIMES LUCKY are at your service, offering up a tantalizing combination of live vintage and classic Blues, R&B, Country and Soul, along with a very healthy shot of Rockin' Blues from their own arsenal of original material, all influenced and inspired by a myriad variety of classic artist and genres from the 20th and 21st centuries.

Their 2011 debut  'MOJO OFF'A MUDDY', and the follow up album ‘DOWN TO TEXAS’ were both released to good reviews, and several tunes on both albums have garnered local and national radio airplay in Canada, making the Top 20 albums on DAWG 101.9 FM. ‘Down To Texas, featuring the fabulous TEXAS HORNS, has been well received by the local blues community in the Ottawa Valley, and is enjoyed immensely by all who hear it, or those lucky enough to catch Three Times Lucky live at festivals and their club shows. They are currently recording their third album, slated to be released in late 2017.

THREE TIMES LUCKY might be that dance-hall, Roots Rockin' Blues alternative you've been looking for all your life!

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Crystal Shawanda

Crystal's latest album is a modern take on the blues,but is obviously deep rooted,with heart wrenching laments,and wild rump shakers. It's where the north meets the south,and captures the resilience of the human spirit,much like the way Crystal does.

Crystal Shawanda is a soulful little powerhouse,and she will make you feel every word. With a voice that's reminiscent of a time gone by,and yet not like anyone you've ever heard,it's pure and precise,yet gritty and raspy at the same time.  

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Sue Foley

Sue Foley is a multi-award winning musician with local Kemptville roots and is one of the finest blues and roots artists working today. Foley spent her early childhood in Canada, mesmerized by her father’s guitar and started her professional career at sixteen. By twenty-one, Foley was living in Austin, TX and recording for Antone’s—the esteemed blues label and historic nightclub that helped launch the career of Stevie Ray Vaughan. Her first release, Young Girl Blues, quickly rooted her unique talents as a proficient blues guitarist, inspired songwriter and captivating vocalist. Foley has toured steadily with her band, toting her signature pink paisley Fender Telecaster—working and sharing the stage with greats such as BB King, Buddy Guy, Lucinda Williams and Tom Petty. In 2001, she won the prestigious Juno Award (Canadian equivalent of the Grammy) for her CD, Love Coming Down. Foley also holds the record for the most Maple Blues Awards (seventeen) and has earned three Trophees de Blues de France. She has also garnered several nominations at the International Blues Music Awards in Memphis, TN. 

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