Hailing from the Algonquin reservation of Kitigan Zibi, Quebec to the city of Ottawa, Ontario, Odjick went from small town living with very little exposure to blues or live music to teaching himself harmonica and starting his own blues band.
What started as a hunch to enter a blues harmonica competition in Ottawa, ON turned into lifelong path in music. Having never sang, never played in a venue, on stage, or even with a band, Lyle Odjick decided to enter a blues harmonica playing competition where he was expected to front man Juno Award winning blues band Monkeyjunk for 4-5 songs. All it took was 1 song for his first ever time on stage and the crowd erupted onto their feet in applause and joy. Odjick went on to finish the rest of the set and though he did not win the competition, a new found path was placed in front of him.
After playing one show with a borrowed house band, he decided to scout out some local blues musicians on the Ottawa scene to establish “The Northern Steam” as a solid foundation for his Chicago blues harmonica driven sound. With a fat swinging rhythm section, a blistering harmonica and drawing heavy influence from Muddy Waters, Little Walter and Howlin Wolf, Lyle Odjick & The Northern Steam jumped from a few club shows on the Ottawa circuit to the festival stages of Calabogie Blues & Ribfest within 1 year and 3 years later returned to win the very competition that kick started his career.
Since launching his band Lyle Odjick & The Northern Steam have gone on to perform at festivals such as Calabogie Blues & Ribfest (2016/2017), RBC Ottawa Bluesfest, Mont Tremblant International Bluesfest, Junofest, as well as Ottawa’s Westfest and have opened for heavy hitting blues acts such as Colin James, Randy Bachman, Monkeyjunk, Paul Reddick and many more.