Come out this week for live music on Thursday and Friday! It's Thursday night dinner music with Diane Ross + Jim Mattson (7pm, tip jar). Playing as a duo, their specialty is blues, jazz and pop ballads with a bit of country too. These musical collaborators met in 2014 while playing in an ad hoc jazz band during jazz Masterclasses. Diane is a classically trained vocalist who's unique style enhances the beautiful melodies and tempos of jazz, blues and Popular music. Jim started playing guitar as a twelve year old, and has performed in a number of bands over the years. His talent for jazz was developed and enhanced while studying with a prominent local Ottawa jazz guitarist.
Friday night, enjoy the piano stylings of Tyler Kealey (8pm, tip jar). Tyler is a versatile singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. With influences like Elton John and Supertramp, his energy, talent, and story-telling ability have made him a favourite within the Ottawa music scene.
In addition to performing for a loyal fan base as part of Ottawa's popular duelling pianos show, Tyler's original music is another step forward, crafting meaningful and emotional songs while still injecting energy into every performance.
A few performance highlights include a six city tour of China, opening for Metric at the Ottawa Bluesfest in 2011, and playing at the Cornwall Lift-off Festival in 2012. More recently Tyler has played shows in venues ranging from the Black Sheep Inn in Wakefield, Quebec, the Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto, Ontario, to the Neat Cafe in Burnstown, Ontario, and he recently opened a sold out show for the Barstool Prophets in Ottawa.
His latest album, And Somehow I Fell Upon This Place, is a journey from the dark to the light, a story dipping into emotion and intensity that’s both haunting and hopeful. Recorded at Operation Northwoods with renowned producer Darryl Neudorf, the songs range from gritty to smooth and incorporate pop piano with an indie rock sound.
“Tyler is the real deal. A triple-threat who can sing, play and write. Just a super talent.”
- Dick Cooper, The Cooper Brothers
“Tyler gained acclaim throughout Canada, the United States, and even China, as an exceptional musician and is a perennial audience favourite at the Ottawa Bluesfest. His song-writing ability, vocal prowess, and astonishing mastery of the piano, along with his genius regarding all things musical, are incredibly inspiring to the students who participate in the Blues In The Schools program and to all music fans that witness his performances. ”
- Mark Monahan, Executive Director, Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest
“Tyler’s songwriting has a great knack for taking everyday items and happenings and making them seem extraordinary through his melody and delivery. I’ve never heard a voice quite like his.”
- Graham Greer, Barstool Prophets
“Kealey’s a talented singer and piano player with a voice and a story-to-tell not unlike Billy Joel.”
- Denis Armstrong, "Local Artists are what makes a scene," 24 hours Ottawa
“He is fluent in so many ways: jazz, rock, blues, celtic folk, and pop. His commands of melody, harmony, rhythm and improvisation have always impressed greatly. I was happy to book Kevin Hearn of the Barenaked Ladies as an opening act for Tyler’s CD release at the Black Sheep Inn in 2009. Tyler brought in a great crowd and sold out the place, playing an unforgettable show, as well as selling dozens of his latest CD.”
- Paul Symes, owner, Black Sheep Inn
Thanks for eating, drinking, and being local.
~ the folks at the Branch
Wednesday & Thursday:
Join us this and every Wednesday and Thursday between 5pm and 8pm for a Burg-o-rama! We chargrill a big pile of burgers over real hardwood on the Big Black Smoker, serve them (with all the usual fixings, including lettuce, tomatoes, onions, roasted potato wedges and housemade pickles, mustard and tomato-garlic aioli...) It's all for just $11.99, with any of our add-ons (cheese, bacon, blue cheese, onions, mushrooms, even a fried egg!) for just 99 cents each!
Dine in or take it home, but remember, the special price is only on Wednesdays and Thursdays between 5 and 8pm… (as always, gluten free, paleo and vegetarian versions are also available…).
Wednesday through Saturday:
Family Takeout Dinner, $49.99: Designed to feed a family of four, our takeout dinner comes with an herb-roasted half chicken, 3/4 pound of our famous 100% hardwood smoked beef brisket, a side of seasonal veggies, a tub each of black beans, herb-roasted potato wedges and coleslaw, our own zippy BBQ sauce and cornbread… The full dinner is hot and ready for pickup between 4 and 6pm,Wednesday through Saturday, if you call before 3pm. Add some Pasta n’ Cheese for the kiddos for just $4.99.
We are open from 5-9pm on Wednesday through Saturday; and 2-8pm on Sunday.
Reservations are always welcome, and strongly encouraged, especially on Friday and Saturday - call us at 613.258.3737!