submitted by John Sobol

Ottawa’s undisputed home of the blues is Irene’s Pub, where for over 25 years guitarist Vince Halfhide and drummer Corky Kealy have hosted blues musicians from far and wide on Thursday nights. These local legends will be in Burritts Rapids on March 25, along with familiar sidekicks Sean McGee on organ, Chris Breitner on bass and saxman John Sobol, to conjure up a night of deep and soulful blues. We may even hear a special guest or two! Don’t miss it!

More about Vince Halfhide

In 1969, guitarist Vince Halfhide began a decade of playing in Heaven’s Radio, the legendary Ottawa blues and reggae band fronted by Terry Gillespie. Over the years, he also became a highly valued sideman with artists like Sneezy Waters, Missy Burgess, the Toasted Westerns and the Mighty Popo (recipient of the 2007 Canadian Folk Music Award for “Best Group – World Music”), as well as performing weekly in the All Star Blues Jam house band at Irene’s Pub. 

This will be our 3rd concert of 2023, and we have had great turnouts for our other two. These are all ages events with 14+ welcome.

The concert will take place on March 25 at 7:30 pm at the Burritts Rapids Community Hall. Tickets are $20 and are available online at or at the door.


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