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Friday, May 25, 2018

News Roundup (Jane's Party, Ian Andrews, Awards, Cartoons)

Canadian Songwriting Contest Winners

Local Honourable Mention
Canadian winners listed below. Click title for full list.
Talkin' Blues Podcast

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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Weekend Picks (May 25-27, 2018)

Friday, May 25

Saturday, May 26

6:30-7am: Ensemble! TV Show ft Dana Swarbrick and Geoff Hudson, Hosted by Jamie Tennant @ Cable 14 (Hamilton)

9:30-10am: The Freewheelin' Spotlight Show Hosted by Jim Marino (24th Anniversary Special) @ 93.3 CFMU or cfmu.ca (Hamilton)

10am-1pm: Freewheelin' Folk Show (Radio Show) Hosted by Jim Marino (24th Anniversary Special) @ 93.3 CFMU or cfmu.ca (Hamilton)

11am-5pm: Eden Mills Arts Festival @ Eden Mills Community Hall

1:30pm: Scenes and Songs from Gord Carruth’s Canadian Musicals @ Pearl Company (Hamilton) $25

2pm: James Anthony Band w Jay Douglas @ 5 West (Burlington)

2:30pm: Mighty Duck Blues Band/Bill Durst @ The Bar Upstairs (St. Catharines)

8pm: Celebrating the Life of Brian @ Corktown (Hamilton) $20 or donation of your choice

8pm: Collette Savard and the Savants @ Artword Artbar (Hamilton) $15

8pm: Billy Moon and Friends @ Casbah (Hamilton) $10

8pm: Pat Robitaille @ Station 1 Coffee House (Grimsby) $25

8pm: The Maureen Brown Band @ Willie John's Big Easy (Niagara Falls)

8pm: Jackie Richardson @ Registry Theatre (Kitchener) $30

8:30pm: Whitney Ross Barris @ Jazz Room (Waterloo) $18/$10 under 30

9pm: Shoulder the Blame w Leo Dragtoe @ Brew Cafe (Hamilton)

9pm: SIANspheric + Guests @ This Ain't Hollywood (Hamilton) $12

9pm: Sweet and Lowdown w Big Lonely @ Mills Hardware (Hamilton) $10 adv/$12 door

9pm: Menace to Sobriety @ Moonshine Cafe (Oakville) $10

9pm: Neil Sedaka @ Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort $45+

9:30pm: Nervous Rebels' New Music Showcase @ Doors Pub (Hamilton) $10 adv/$15 door

9:30pm: Niagara Rhythm Section/Michael Schatte @ Old Winery (Niagara on the Lake)

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St. Catharines Singer/Songwriter Michael James Piccolo (aka Mike James) Passes

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of St. Catharines musician Michael James Piccolo (aks Mike James). He passed on Thursday, May 17, 2018. Our condolences to his family, friends and fans.

Click here for his obituary

Here are a few comments from social media:

Sarah Piccolo (daughter)
Our Dad was a talented musician, and was involved in the singing/songwriting community for many years. That was his passion, along with drumming, diving, golfing, fishing, bowling, and many other things. He never just looked out for himself, he cared for anyone who needed it. He cared for us right until the end. He could be seen strumming his guitar and singing in clubs around Niagara, always looking to jam with other musicians. He was hilarious and we could always count on him to crack a joke- appropriate or not, and he passed that humour down to Mike and I. We didn't really say goodbye, because we'll always have him in our hearts.
Thank you to everyone, especially the Benchmark Team and No Frills, who have sent condolences and support during this time. Thank you to everyone who has sent our Mom support and positive thoughts, we have been spending time together as a family.
Niagara Region Musicians' Association - Local 298
The NRMA mourns the passing of former AFM member Michael James Piccolo (aka Mike James). Mike retired in good standing from local 92, Buffalo and local 257, Nashville. Mike was the drummer for rock band Talus for many years. Later he became a successful singer songwriter, performing in the Niagara and Buffalo areas and marketing his songs far afield. His unique soulful performances will be missed by all who heard him. Our condolences go to his loving family and to his many friends.
You were a true and honest musician. Glad to have called you friend. God Speed
Jimmy Richardson (fan)
Gonna miss your beautiful songs and videos. Incredible songwriter. All the Blessings to you and your family.

Links: Mike James, Video above courtesy of Mike James

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Robert "Bumps" Blackwell 100th Birthday

Today (May 23, 2018) would have been American band leader and producer Robert "Bumps" Blackwell's 100th Birthday.

Here are some biography highlights from Wikipedia.

Links: Bumps Blackwell, Video above courtesy of GaetanoCozza

Links: Wynona Carr, Video above courtesy of NIGHT BEAT RECORDS

Links: Sam Cooke, More Sam Cooke Stories, Video above courtesy of Rarity Music Great Hits '60

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Enter to Win a Pair of Tickets to Matt Weidinger Presents the Music of Van Morrison!

On Saturday, June 2, 2018, the First Unitarian Church of Hamilton will be filled the with sounds of the legendary Van Morrison.  The incredible Matt Weidinger and his amazing band will be playing the unforgettable songs from the musical icon.

We'd like to offer our readers a chance to win a pair of tickets to this explosive show.

There are many ways to enter.
The deadline to enter is on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at midnight. The winner will be notified and be given a day to respond.  If they don't respond another will be chosen.


Here are some videos to show you how Matt will rock the place.

Links: Matt WeidingerMore Matt Weidinger Stories, Videos above courtesy of Matt Weidiger

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