Tuesday, August 22, 2017

CONGRATS! Waterloo's Rob Deyman (Waterstreet, Silvia Dee and the Boyfriend) Wins Mel Brown Award

On August 12, 2017 during the Kitchener Blues Fest, Waterloo's Rob Deyman (of Waterstreet Blues Band plus Silvia Dee and the Boyfriend) received this year's Mel Brown Award.  The prize is named after the late, legendary Kitchener Bluesman.  It's given to individuals who make a difference in the Blues community. Deymen is also the co-founder and recently retired Executive Director of that popular festival.


Click here for the Waterloo Record Story

Links: Waterstreet Blues Band, More Waterstreet Stories

Links: Silvia Dee and the Boyfriend, More Silvia Dee Stories, Videos above courtesy of waterstreetbandMore Mel Brown Award Stories

Blast from the Past: Last Year's Winner

Previous (Local Independent Blues Award Winners)

Monday, August 21, 2017

CONGRATS! Local 2017 Independent Blues Award Winners

GREAT NEWS! All the local musicians nominated for 2017 Independent Blues Awards won this year! Results were unveiled on August 13, 2017.

Hamilton's Smoke Wagon Blues Band earned 3 awards: Best Modern Roots CD (for Cigar Store), Best New Artist, and Best RnB/Soul Song (for Set Me Free). They were nominated for 5.

Frontman Corey Lueck had this to say:
"We know there's big awards like Grammys and Junos but being independent artists for our whole career and knowing the struggle, we are especially proud of theses awards and so honored to be listed among such great musicians and songwriters. We are ecstatic that "Cigar Store" has been so well received, thanks so much to blues fans and the the Independent Blues Awards - it means the world to us that folks are listening."

Links: Smoke Wagon Blues BandMore Smoke Wagon Blues Band StoriesVideo above courtesy of SoundofBlues (Alessandra)

The Best Blues Rock CD category went to Colin JamesBlue Highways (featuring work by Hamilton's own Steve Pelletier and Jesse O'Brien).

Links: Colin JamesMore Colin James StoriesSteve Pelletier, More Steve Peletier StoriesJesse O'Brien, More Jesse O'Brien StoriesVideo above courtesy of Blues Rock

The big winner of the year was Joe Bonamassa, with 5 awards, followed by Smoke Wagon and Bobby Rush with 3,


Here's a complete list of winners

Blast from the Past: Our Review of Smoke Wagon's Nominated Album

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Weekday Picks (August 21-24, 2017)

Tuesday, August 22

12pm: The George Arnone Big Band @ Gore Park (Hamilton)

4-6pm: Blues Blast w Ken Wallis @ 101.5 FM or 1015thehawk.ca

6pm: Annette Haas @ Rousseau House (Ancaster)

11:30pm-12am: Ensemble! TV Show ft Spencer Mackenzie + Brant Parker, Hosted by Jamie Tennant @ Cable 14 (Hamilton)

Wednesday, August 23

5:30pm: Rockin' The Waterfront w Elvis Tribute @ Pier 4 Park (Hamilton) FREE

6:30pm: Carol Welsman @ Royal Botanical Gardens (Burlington) $16/$13 youth+student+senior/FREE for RBG members

7pm: Dundas Music Club (Open Mic) @ Oddfellows Hall (Dundas)

8pm: Alex Whorms + Guests @ This Ain't Hollywood (Hamilton) $7

8:30pm: Interactive Music Night w Judy and the Noteworthies @ Coach and Lantern (Ancaster)

9pm: Catlos Mallia Hosts: Augustus da Funkus II @ Moonshine Cafe (Oakville) $10

Thursday August 24

Waterloo Busker Carnival @ City Hall

Woodstock Fair @ Woodstock Fairgrounds $10

12pm: Nick Pacheco @ Gore Park (Hamilton)

3pm: Forever Plaid @ Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort $30+

5-11pm: Guelph Ribfest @ Riverside Park

7pm: Generation Train @ Firemen's Park (Niagara Falls)

7:30pm: Lori Yates Creative Genius Songwriting Workshop @ Hamilton (email info@loriyates.com)

8pm: Candy and The Wrappers (Premiere) @ The Boathouse (Kitchener) $15

8:30pm: Forever Plaid @ Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort $30+

9-9:30pm: Ensemble! TV Show ft Ian Andrews + Jay Pollmann, Hosted by Jamie Tennant @ Cable 14 (Hamilton)

11:30pm-12am: Ensemble! TV Show ft Spencer Mackenzie + Brant Parker, Hosted by Jamie Tennant @ Cable 14 (Hamilton)

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