Thursday, January 18, 2018

Weekend Picks (January 19-21, 2018)

Friday, January 19

Steep Wade 100th Birthday

Niagara Icewine Festival

7pm: A Night of Cultural Creativity w Joe Crookston + David McPherson @ True North Gallery (Waterdown) FREE

7:30pm: Live and Local Music SeriesColour Film + In My Coma @ Burlington Performing Arts Centre $30

8pm: Talent Ablaze ft Oakville Chamber Orchestra @ Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts (Willson Auditorium) FREE

8pm: Damon Folwer @ Canadian Corps (Thorold) $15 adv/$20 door

8pm: Casablanca (Film Screening) with Live Score by KW Orchestra @ Centre in the Square (Kitchener) $19+

8pm: Amberwood @ Maxwell's Concerts (Waterloo) $10

8:30pm: Ted Gibbons @ Jazz Room (Waterloo) $16/$8 under 30

9pm: The Hi Players @ Moonshine Cafe (Oakville) $10

9pm: The Spinners @ Fallsview Casino Resort (Niagara Falls) $30

9:30pm: Katie Bulley + Guests @ Corktown (Hamilton)

7:30pm: HPOCirque Goes to the Cinema @ FirstOntario Concert Hall (Hamilton) $11+

7:30pm: Masterworks 4: Honey and Rue @ FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre (Cairns Recital Hall) (St. Catharines) $69/$64 seniors/$34 30 and under/$14 student

7:30pm: Abbamania and the British Legends @ FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre (Partridge Hall) (St. Catharines) $49/$39 seniors

8pm: Joe Crookston @ Registry Theatre (Kitchener) $22 adv/$25 door

8pm: Casablanca (Film Screening) with Live Score by KW Orchestra @ Centre in the Square (Kitchener) $19+

8pm: Lowest of the Low @ Maxwell's Concerts (Waterloo) $30

8:30pm: Benjamin Dakota Rogers @ Copper Kettle (Georgetown)

8:30pm: Dominic Mancuso @ Jazz Room (Waterloo) $20

9pm: The Amy Project @ Moonshine Cafe (Oakville) $10

9pm: The Spinners @ Fallsview Casino Resort (Niagara Falls) $30

9pm: Cheryl Lescom and The Tucson Choir Boys w Vintage Flight @ Rhapsody Barrel Bar (Kitchener)

9pm: Grand Opening Party w High Court County @ Chuck's Roadhouse (Kitchener)

9:30pm: Niagara Rhythm Section w James Anthony @ Old Winery (Niagara on the Lake)

9:30pm: Rachel Heart and the Grand + Guests @ The Brig (Port Dover) $5

2pm: Brantford Open Stage @ Best Western/Brant Park Inn $4 (Every 2 Weeks)

2pm: Banjo Mechanics @ Planet Bean (Guelph) PWYC

2pm: Brunch and Blues w Dave Pomfret @ Lou Dawg's (Waterloo)

7pm: Canadian Council for the Blind Fundraiser ft Sarah Smith + Guests @ Tracie's Place (Hamilton) $10

7pm: Frances Yip, Maria Cordero, Elisa Chan @ Fallsview Casino Resort (Niagara Falls) $85

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Cootes Paradise Debut is World Class

Pretty much everything about the self-titled debut album of Dundas band Cootes Paradise screams 'world-class'. From the beautiful look of the CD art to the phenomenal production and, of course, the astonishing music - it's all impressive.

It's no wonder since Cootes Paradise is a super-group. Members include:
Together, they've forged a collection of well-crafted songs that are bluesy, funky, soulful and more. Each and every song has its own unique flavour. They all have the talent to pull off this wondrous genre-blending with panache.

To top it all off, there's the legendary Nick Blagona doing production, mixing and mastering (as well as some percussion).  Other highlights include a visit from the remarkable Grand River Voices choir on one track and some extraordinary co-writing by Sharon Washington, Daniel CavasantTom Shea and others.

You've gotta get your hands on this album so pick it up at one of the group's unforgettable live shows. Stores carrying the CD include Dr. Disc in Hamilton and Ellënoire in Dundas. It's also available through their website, cdbaby and itunes.

Links: Cootes ParadiseMore Cootes Paradise StoriesVideos above courtesy of Cootes Paradise

Previous (Local Maple Blues Award Winners)

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

CONGRATS! Local 2018 Maple Blues Award Winners

Shortly after being nominated for a pair of  Blues Music Awards, Hamilton Blues veteran Harrison Kennedy has brought a Maple Blues Award for Songwriter of the Year to Steeltown!  It all happened on January 15, 2018 at Koerner Hall.

Click here for the Spectator story on Harrison's win.

Links: Harrison KennedyMore Harrison Kennedy StoriesVideo above courtesy of Luther Blues

Colin James' latest album Blue Highways (ft Hamilton's Steve Pelletier and Jesse O'Brien) won for Recording/Producer of the Year. Colin is also the only multiple winner, having earned the top spot in the Guitarist of the Year category.

Links: Colin JamesMore Colin James StoriesSteve PelletierMore Steve Peletier StoriesJesse O'BrienMore Jesse O'Brien StoriesVideo above courtesy of BelAxeBluesFlames

Cambridge Bluesman Conor Gains was a runner up for the coveted Cobalt Music Prize. Thanks to his song Walking Alone, he earned a $250 dollar payout.

Here's a complete list of winners.

Monday, January 15, 2018

GOOD LUCK! Hamilton's Harrison Kennedy Nominated for 2018 Blues Music Awards

Hamilton Blues Legend Harrison Kennedy is once again up for Blues Music Awards this year (the only Canadian nominated).  He's in the running for two awards: Acoustic Album of the Year and Acoustic Artist of the Year.  Hopefully, he'll be bringing home the hardware at the May 10, 2018 ceremony in Memphis.

Links: Harrison KennedyMore Harrison Kennedy StoriesVideo above courtesy of Luther Blues


San Francisco Bluesman Rick Estrin landed the most nominations (8) with Taj Mahal and Don Bryant in second with 5 nods apiece.

Here's a complete list of nominees.

Acoustic Album 
Acoustic Artist
Emerging Artist Album
Contemporary Blues Album
Contemporary Blues Female Artist
Contemporary Blues Male Artist
Historical Album of the Year
Piano Player
Koko Taylor Award (Traditional Blues Female)
Rock Blues Album
Rock Blues Artist
Soul Blues Album
Soul Blues Female Artist
Soul Blues Male Artist
Traditional Blues Album
Traditional Blues Female Artist
Traditional Blues Male Artist

Previous (Logan Staats is 1st Winner of CTV's The Launch) - - - Next (Local Maple Blues Award Winners)

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Weekday Picks (January 15-18, 2018)

Thursday, January 18

8:30pm: SUBzero Winter Fest @ Maxwell's Concerts (Waterloo) $11.30

9pm: This Mad Desire (Video Screening Premiere) @ This Ain't Hollywood (Hamilton) $15

From their site: Hope for People-Fodivha Inc, is a Canadian Non-Profit Organization partnering with Fodivha Orphanage and School in Thomaseau, Haiti. We work to fund the building of the infrastructure necessary to give children a safe, nurturing environment to live and learn in. Funding also supports a nutritious feeding programme. Currently, 35 orphaned children live at Fodivha and another 300 come to school everyday. It is the only free school in the area, servicing the most marginalized and needy, in this very poor area of Haiti.

100% of your donation to Hope for People – Fodivha goes directly to support the ongoing construction projects at the orphanage and school and to the purchase of food for the children.

The Hamilton Blues Lovers (HBL) want to showcase a deserving local charity every week.  HBL is not affiliated with these charities nor does it fund raise for them.