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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

New James Anthony CD: On the Edge

Burlington bluesman, James Anthony gets all soulful on his latest CD, On the Edge. This great sound suits him extremely well.

With cool female background vocals, horn section, organ, and more, James and the gang infuse the disc with incredible flavours of blues, funk, jazz, rock and soul.

Highlights include the sweet ballad, Take Your Time With Her, the hard boogieing Hound Dog Blues (featuring Les Smith of Trickbag on harmonica) and three accomplished instrumentals.

The album is available at James' high-energy live shows and as a download/physical CD on CDbaby

Below is a live performance of Hound Dog Blues.



Links: James Anthony - More James Anthony Stories

Friday, November 26, 2010

More Hamilton Music Awards Weekend You Tube Videos



Hamilton Blues Lovers | Myspace Video


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Video courtesy of mfan1992 (more footage on the site)

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Video courtesy of Racebabe

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Above videos courtesy of Mama Loves Music

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Christopher Clause @ Westside Concert Theatre (November 20, 2010)

This was part of the Hamilton Music Awards Showcase.

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Monday, November 22, 2010

Carter Lancaster @ Westside Concert Theatre (November 20, 2010)

This was part of the Hamilton Music Awards Showcase.

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Links: Carter Lancaster - More Carter Lancaster Stories

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Hamilton Music Award Winners

The 2010 Hamilton Music Awards were given out on Sunday November 21 at the McIntyre Theatre in Mohawk College.

Below is a complete list of winners. Congratulations
  • Female Artist of the Year: Sarah Harmer
  • Male Artist of the Year: Harrison Kennedy
  • Local Group of the Year by the People’s Choice: Dry Country
  • New Artist/Group of the Year: Harlan Pepper
  • Folk/Roots Recording of the Year: Harlan Pepper - Young And Old
  • Folk/Traditional Recording of the Year: Scantily Plaid - This One's For You
  • ArcelorMittal Dofasco Industry Lifetime Achievement Award – Bob Payne
  • Rock Recording of the Year: The Reason - Fools
  • Blues Recording of the Year: Harrison Kennedy - One Dog Barking
  • Alt/Country Recording of the Year: Ginger St. James and the Grinders - Spank, Sparkle & Growl
  • Jazz Recording of the Year: Diana Panton - Pink
  • ArcelorMittal Dofasco Music Lifetime Achievement Award (Posthumous) – Gene Lees
  • Country Recording of the Year: Tia McGraff - Diversity
  • Female Adult Alternative Recording of the Year: Sarah Harmer - Oh Little Fire
  • Male Adult Alternative Recording of the Year: Luke Doucet – Steel City Trawler
  • Religious Recording of the Year:Peter Tigchelaar - Gracious Window
  • ArcelorMittal Dofasco Artist Lifetime Achievement Award – Skip Prokop
  • Instrumental Recording of the Year: Carter Lancaster - Case Closed
  • Songwriter of the Year: Luke Doucet
  • Female Vocalist of the Year: Diana Panton
  • Male Vocalist of the Year: Harrison Kennedy
  • Piano/Keyboard Player of the Year: Adrean Farrugia
  • Special Instrumentalist of the Year: Carter Lancaster
  • Guitarist of the Year: Aaron Goldstein
  • Drummer of the Year: Ray Farrugia
  • Bassist of the Year: Colin Lapsley
  • Canadian Recording of the Year by People’s Choice: The Reason: Fools
  • Record of the Year: Luke Doucet - Steel City Trawler
  • Alternative/Indie Recording of the Year: Cowlick - Wires
  • Loud/Metal Recording of the Year: The Video Dead - Damn Disco
  • Punk Recording of the Year: Pull Start Rockets - Pull Start Rockets
  • Rap/Hip Hop Recording of the Year: Nilla - From The Ground Up
  • Electronic Recording of the Year: Caribou - Swim
  • Star Search Competition: Dawn and Marra
Industry Awards
  • Music Teacher of the Year (independent school) by People’s Choice: Kate Quigley
  • Music Teacher of the Year (elementary school) by People’s Choice: Tanya Sanders, W.H Ballard Public School
  • Music Teacher of the Year (secondary school) by People’s Choice: James Moore, Sir John A. Macdonald
  • Music Teacher of the Year (post-secondary school) by People’s Choice: Mike Malone, Mohawk College
  • Artist Manager of the Year: Parkside Mike Renaud
  • Instrument Retailer of the Year: Long & McQuade
  • Studio Engineer of the Year: Trevor Titian
  • Producer of the Year: Dan Achen
  • Recording Studio of the Year: Grant Avenue Studio
  • Website/Online Publication of the Year: www.hellbound.ca
  • Artist Website of the Year: www.sarahharmer.com
  • Video of the Year: LeE HARVeY OsMOND, Cuckoo's Nest – Ryan Furlong
  • Best Album Artwork: Luke Doucet, Steel City Trawler – David Collier
  • Record Label of the Year: Sonic Unyon Recording Company
  • Music Retailer of the Year: Cheapies
  • Music Director (Radio) of the Year: Sonja Maurin – Indi 101
  • Publicist of the Year: Sean Palmerston
  • Radio Show of the Year: Lou's Control – Indi 101
  • Media Person of the Year: Lou Molinaro – Indi 101
  • Radio Station of the Year: CFMU 93.3
  • Print Publication of the Year: H Magazine
  • Poster Artist of the Year: Kristie Ryder
  • Major Concert Venue of the Year: Hamilton Place
  • Live Club of the Year: This Ain’t Hollywood
  • Live Sound Engineer of the Year: Steven Foster
  • Musical Event of the Year by People’s Choice: Harlan Pepper CD release party
  • Theatre of the Year: Studio at Hamilton Place
  • Talent Buyer of the Year: Lou Molinaro — This Ain’t Hollywood
  • Booking Agent of the Year: Paquin Entertainment
  • Road Manager of the Year: Ace Piva
  • Sound and Lighting Company of the Year: Lou’s Music
  • Event Photographer of the Year: Stephanie Bell
  • Musical Event of the Year: Supercrawl
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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

New Burnin' Ethyl CD: Pop the Hood

Hamilton band Burnin' Ethyl have unleashed a new CD, Pop the Hood. The disc shows a group that can go beyond the typical rockabilly sound and add a few new twists and turns.

The album's like taking a '57 Chevy and adding a modern engine. It has the cool retro feel but is extremely revved up.

The boys have injected catchy pop (Girls Like You, Outta Nothing), country (Won't Take Long, You're There), and some hard rock (Let Me Down, the aptly titled Fast As You Can) to the music. There are even two raw, acoustic bonus tracks to end the disc (Shuttin' Er Down, High Octane).

The CD is currently available at their killer live shows.

Below is the video for Won't Take Long.



Links: Burnin' Ethyl - More Burnin' Ethyl Stories

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Banned From Heaven @ Coach and Lantern (November 13, 2010) Part 2

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Carol Greene (vocals) on Son of a Preacher Man and Motorcycle Mama













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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Local Musician Bernie Moffatt Passes

Local veteran musician Bernie Moffatt passed away on Monday, November 15, 2010 at Hamilton’s General Hospital from heart-related issues. Bernie was a regular at the Hamilton Guitar Association and the Hamilton Folk Club. As well, the singer/guitarist attended a number of jams in the Golden Horseshoe area.

Not only was Bernie a first-class musician but he also worked as an actor for a number of years. This included bit parts in movies and being a stand-in for legendary comedian George Carlin on a few projects.

To his friends, he will always be known as a very friendly, funny guy with tons of interesting stories. He’ll be greatly missed.

A personal message from Lou, our blogger:
I had the honour of getting to know Bernie in recent months and was proud to call him a friend. He had many interesting jokes, stories and songs to share. My main regret is that I didn’t get a chance to get to know him better – the guy was quite a character. I’ll miss you Bernie. My condolences to his family and friends.




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Banned From Heaven @ Coach and Lantern (November 13, 2010) Part 1

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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

New Scantily Plaid CD: This One's For You

Recently, local Celtic trio (Ruth Sutherland, Bob Worrall, Doug Feaver) Scantily Plaid, released their latest disc, This One's for You.

This album is not your typical Celtic collection. It has more than your usual fiddles and bagpipes. Many of the tunes can be quite funky (Maui Medley, Big Jigs), and the tracks that Doug sings have a great folky feel to them (Ride the Wild Horses plus a cover of George Harrison's Here Comes The Sun).

Ruth's harp playing and angelic voice along with Bob's talented instrumentation and vocals add a wonderful flavour to whole collection as well. Highlights include Caledonia, Tha mi sgith (ha me ski), and a few traditional Celtic instrumentals.

The CD is available at their shows, Doug's solo shows, and through mail order.

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Below are a few live performances of the songs from the CD.







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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

New Pete Van Dyk and the Second Hand Band CD + Videos

The new self-titled CD from local musicians, Pete Van Dyk and the Second Hand Band, is very hard to categorize. Luckily, the band deftly handles all of the musical moods with energy and skill.

Throughout the disc, one of the main constants is Pete's superb edgy voice (think a punkier Keith Richards). It adds a definite raw/emotional feel to the entire recording.

Country, folk, punk, rockabilly and more are explored by the boys with great panache. Highlights include the lead track Canadian Boy (it just oozes attitude), the catchy, mid-tempo Evangeline, and the extra-raw, infectious Cigarettes and Gasoline.
The CD is available at their show and also a download on bandcamp.com.

Below are a few video performance of the album tracks.





Links: Pete Van Dyk - More Pete Van Dyk Stories

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Monday, November 1, 2010

David Celia and His Chums @ Staircase Cafe (October 27, 2010) Part 2

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Left to right: Joan Besen (Prairie Oyster) (keys, guitar on Afraid to Change), David Celia (vocals, guitar, keys on on Afraid to Change), Tim Jackson (bass), Cleave Anderson (Blue Rodeo) (drums)









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