Originating from the Algonquin reservation of Kitigan Zibi, QC, now based in Ottawa, ON Odjick went from living in a small town with very little exposure to blues or live music to teaching himself harmonica and starting his own blues band.
After playing one gig with a borrowed house band he already knew he needed to scout out some local blues musicians on the Ottawa scene to form his own band. Less than a month later "The Northern Steam'' became a solid foundation for his Chicago blues harmonica driven sound. What began as a blues cover band with a fat swinging rhythm section and a harmonica wielding front man has evolved into a high octane blues-rock band with their own foot stomping sound. Whether they're showcasing their original blues-rock material or performing a modern take on a blues classic by Muddy Waters, Lyle Odjick & The Northern Steam never cease to turn heads at every venue they play. Some recent festival appearances include RBC Ottawa Bluesfest, Calabogie Blues & Ribfest, Mont Tremblant International Bluesfest, Junofest, and Ottawa's Westfest opening for heavy hitting blues acts such as Colin James, Randy Bachman, Monkeyjunk, Paul Reddick and many more.