Ultimate Storyteller, Showman and Bluesman
Born & raised in Montreal, Charlie Robertson spent the War years (WW II) with his father’s relatives in North Carolina. It was there, at an early age that Charlie was absorbed by the Blues, a lifelong affair. Subsequent visits to his cousin John Peden’s famous club, “The Sidetrack” over the years saw Charlie playing with legendary players such as Doc & Merle Watson, Son House, Bobby Blue Bland and Otis Redding. As a schoolboy in Montreal during the 50’s, Charlie spent many hours at the Esquire Show Bar, Rockhead’s & the Harlem Paradise where he was welcomed by acoustic and electric jazz & bluesmen, Howlin’ Wolf, Frank Motley & his Motley Crew, Dizzy Gillespie & Bo Diddley.
During the 60’s & 70’s Charlie performed the blues and ran coffeehouses in BC and Ontario where he worked with Richie Havens, Joni Mitchell, Elvin Bishop, Big Joe Williams, Bukka White, Paul Butterfield, Mississippi Fred McDowell and Tom Rush. He hosted university concerts with Buddy Guy, Little Walter, James Cotton and their bands.
His academic career saw him teaching classes in Popular Culture and Creative Writing. He developed the first post-secondary Canadian Literature Class. He also worked in the communications field and helped develop the College of Integrated Studies at the University of Waterloo.