Georgette Fry – AT LAST: A Tribute to Etta James

Georgette Fry Sings Etta JamesAT LAST! After a sold-out show at the 2013 Kingston Jazz Festival, Juno-nominated Georgette Fry, winner of the 2013 CBMA Blues Awards for Singer of the Year  will take to the stage at The Octave with her amazing “Georgette Sings Etta” concert.

Appearing with Georgette: Kevin Head, Mariko Ohtake, Anna Sudac (Vocals), Jon Stewart (Sax), James Wannamaker (Sax), Janet McRae (Trumpet), Dave Barton (Guitar), Zak Colbert (Bass), Ken Hall (Organ), Al McCain (Piano), Duncan Holt (Drums), Shout Sister! Choir (Gospel Back-up)

“I just want to say that I saw Georgette Fry’s tribute to Etta James at the Grand Theatre in Kingston last night and it was, without a doubt, the best show I’ve seen this year!

Georgette was SENSATIONAL and she received two standing ovations! This is definitely a MUST SEE show! …This show isn’t just for Etta James fans (of which I am)

but for anyone who wants to witness a spectacular night of blues, R&B, jazz, soul and gospel music.” C. Bode, Scully Love Promo

Watch Georgette sing “Something’s Got A Hold On Me” live on Vimeo, here

October 5th at 7:30 pm
The Octave Theatre (711 Dalton Ave)

Tickets $30 at Brian’s Record Option, Novel Idea, Renaissance Music, Tara Natural Food and at the door.For more information contact:

Nancy Greig at 613-453-6570

“At Last” Georgette Fry Sings Etta James and She’s SENSATIONAL!!

Georgette Fry & Shout Sister Choir

Photo from Picton Regent Theatre performance

“At Last”

Georgette Fry Sings Etta James

Brockville Arts Centre
June 22, 2013 – Showtime 7:30 pm

Market Hall, Peterborough
June 29, 2013 – Showtime 8:00 pm

Juno nominated
Georgette Fry has been described as a “powerful and expressive singer.”   She returns to the stage with a Tribute to Etta James, accompanied by an eight-piece band, three accomplished vocalists (Tabby Johnson, Mariko Ohtake and Anna Sudac), and the Shout Sister! Choir providing the gospel backups! 

Georgette’s concerts highlight the ease with which she bridges the gap between jazz and blues.  Sandy MacDonald, Halifax Daily News writes, “With her luscious singing voice, she explores the soulful grey area between blues and jazz, where artists like Etta James and Ray Charles and Bonnie Raitt have staked their careers.”  Long recognized as one Canada’s best blues vocalists, Georgette was most recently named “2013 Singer of the Year” by the Calgary Blues Music Association.

Etta James’ career spanned six decades, during which she had several top ten hits, a dozen nominations and three Grammy Awards and a Grammy “Lifetime Achievement” Award; in 2008, her first hit, “The Wallflower” (aka “Dance With Me Henry”) was also given the Grammy Hall of Fame Award.  Etta James passed away in January of 2012, leaving a lasting legacy.

Tickets for the Brockville show are $29.00 and are available at the Box Office at 613-342-7122.

Tickets for the Peterborough show are $33.00 and are available at the Box Office at 705-749-1146 or Moondance Records at 705-742-9425 (cash only).

For interviews contact: Nancy Greig, Manager – 613-453-6570


I saw Georgette Fry’s tribute to Etta James at the The Grand Theatre in Kingston on Thursday, June 20th and it was, without a doubt, the best show I’ve seen this year! Georgette was SENSATIONAL and she received two standing ovations! This is definitely a MUST SEE show. I was almost moved to tears during several songs as Georgette has put so much heart, soul and BLUES into her show. It blew me away. This show isn’t just for Etta James fans (of which I am) but for anyone who wants to witness a spectacular night of blues, R&B, jazz, soul and gospel music. Georgette’s back-up singers Tabby Johnson and Anna Sudac were excellent too. The whole show should really be filmed and made available on DVD, it’s that good!

Blues Legend In The Making: Layla Zoe and Her “All-Star Band” Turn The Confederation Place Hotel into Blues Heaven!

Live Performance Review
Show: Layla Zoe
Venue: Confederation Place Hotel
Where: Kingston, Ontario
When: February 12, 2011
Stars: 5.0

Last night, on February 12, 2011, I, along with about 120 other blessed people (who didn’t attend the Heart concert at Kingston’s KROCK Centre) were treated to a vocal performance that none of us will likely ever forget! Only once in a generation is a voice born with the musical power possessed by Ms Layla Zoe, and as she told us last night, “I was born to sing.”

The Kingston Blues Society presented opening band Tore Down (Belleville, ON) who were also very good and pulled people to the dance floor from the beginning of their set, followed by Canada’s “Darling of the Blues”, Layla Zoe and her “All-Star Band.” Layla’s band hadn’t actually played together as a unit before – as keyboard player Wayne “Shakey” Dagenais told me – but you wouldn’t have known it, because they were nothing short of superb! Dagenais (whose keyboard solos were particularly riveting), guitarist Pete Schmidt, bassist James Rasmussen and drummer Drew Austin all allowed their instrumental prowess to shine in the brightest light and they enticed everyone to the dance floor and kept them there all night. They are seasoned professionals as Dagenais also plays for the Gary Kendall Band and Rasmussen and Austin with the David Rotundo Band while Schmidt has played with both, among countless others.

From the moment she sang her first notes, Layla proved that she’s a blues legend in the making. While she’s been called the reincarnate of Janis Joplin because she sounds just like her and has her whole vibe down pat to the point that it’s surreal, young Ms Zoe, didn’t perform any Joplin songs last night but stuck to her own originals, along with blues & roots classics by the likes of Bob Marley (“No Woman No Cry”) B.B. King (“The Thrill Is Gone”), Etta James (“I’d Rather Go Blind” – my personal favourite rendition of the evening which left my jaw gaping to the floor!) and Muddy Waters (“Hoochie Coochie Man”) in which she interwove her own lyrics throughout the songs, personalizing them to fit her like a glove.

Layla’s spirit is incandescent and her motive is true. Dressed in a paisley, turquoise, orange & white hippy-style sun dress that matched her tattoos – you couldn’t tell where the dress ended and the tattoos began – sporting magnificent 4-inch turquoise pumps, with that long strawberry blond hair cascading down her shoulders, Layla looks and moves the part (why she didn’t get the role of Janis Joplin in the upcoming biopic, I don’t know! She would have been perfect for it!), but above all, it’s her glorious voice and original renditions of blues standards that are 100% convincing. When I wasn’t on the dance floor, I closed my eyes and listened to her sing and felt as if I’d transcended the space I was in to a place called Blues Heaven. I’d look over at the other women sitting at my table and the look on their faces told me that I wasn’t dreaming…Layla Zoe is absolutely extraordinary!!

Layla, who was born in Victoria, British Columbia, now makes Montreal her home. She teaches Blues in the School programs around the country and has five independent releases to date: You Will (EP – 2004), Shades of Blue (2006), Hoochie Coochie Woman (2007), Live at Errington Hall (2008) and The Firegirl (2009), several of which are available through her website at or CDBaby.

“Layla Zoe has performed with the late great Jeff Healey, the Downchild Blues Band, Danny Marks, Henrik Freischlader and countless others, who have sung high praises of Layla’s ability to channel her strong emotions into her performances.” She has signed with Cable Car Records and will be releasing her 6th album in the fall of 2011.

If you are a blues fan or enjoy dynamic female vocalists, DO NOT MISS an opportunity to see Layla Zoe perform live! I have never heard a woman’s voice THIS awesome, live in concert, EVER!!

Set List (in no particular order)

Hound Dog
You Won’t Call (original)
Rock Me Baby
Rock and Roll Guitar Man (original)
Voodoo Woman
Good Morning Little School Boy
Walking Blues
Sweet Home Chicago
The Thrill Is Gone
Leave You For Good (original)
No Woman No Cry
Hey Bartender
Bad Sign
Hoochie Coochie Woman
I’d Rather Go Blind