Friday, July 21, 2017

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Weekend Picks (July 21-23, 2017)

Friday, July 21

12:30-1am: Ensemble! TV Show ft Darran Poole + Bobbi Richards (Rootbone), Hosted by Jamie Tennant @ Cable 14 (Hamilton)

1:30-2am: Ensemble! TV Show ft Dana Swarbrick + Geoff Hudson, Hosted by Jamie Tennant @ Cable 14 (Hamilton)

10:30am: The Brenda Lewis + Gayle Ackroyd Harmony Duo w Donna McCaw, Storyteller @ Riverside Park (Guelph )

Saturday, July 22

10am-10pm: Grand River 'Champion of Champions' Pow-Wow @ Ohsweken $10/$15 weekend pass/$2 children

11am-11pm: Welland Ribfest @ Niagara Regional Exhibition Grounds

11am-2am: Livestock Niagara @ Niagara Falls

12-11pm: Uptown Waterloo Jazz Festival

3pm-1am: Hamilton World Music Festival @ Lincoln Alexander Centre

3pm-12am: Hagersville Rocks @ Grant Kett Memorial Ball Park $44.50+/29.50 early bird/$69.50 VIP/54.40 Early Bird VIP

5-11pm: Rock and Rumble Motorcycle Show @ Carl Zehr Square (Kitchener)

8pm: Whitehorse @ Jackson Triggs Amphitheatre (Niagara on the Lake) $65/$177 w dinner

8pm: Relic City's Final Show + Guests @ Maxwell's Concerts (Waterloo) $10

9-9:30pm: Ensemble! TV Show ft Maggie Hamilton + Song, Hosted by Jamie Tennant @ Cable 14 (Hamilton)

9pm: Jesse James Medicine Show w Janicii + Red Electric @ This Ain't Hollywood (Hamilton) $5

9pm: Big Rude Jake Trio @ Moonshine Cafe (Oakville) $10

9pm: Busted Flat Garage Party @ The Boathouse (Kitchener) $10

9:30-10pm: Ensemble! TV Show ft Ian Andrews + Jay Pollmann, Hosted by Jamie Tennant @ Cable 14 (Hamilton)

11:30pm-12am: Ensemble! TV Show ft Greg Moverley + Will Gillespie, Hosted by Jamie Tennant @ Cable 14 (Hamilton)

Sunday, July 23

Lou (Hamilton Blues Lovers) Birthday

1:30-2am: Ensemble! TV Show ft Jitterbug James (Vaudevillian) + Famous Framus, Hosted by Jamie Tennant @ Cable 14 (Hamilton)

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Lunch Time Music @ Gore Park in August

Every summer, Gore Park in Hamilton is host to some incredible music. Tuesday - Fridays in August from 12-2pm there will be some amazing talent performing in the open air!

Here's the complete schedule
Tue Aug 1, 2017: Hardwood (ft Troy Harmer and Steve Tomalty)

Links: Troy HarmerMore Troy Harmer StoriesVideo above courtesy of Troy Harmer Live In Concert At Your Place, More Bowie Covers/Stories

Wed Aug 2, 2017: Kyle Pacey Trio
Thu Aug 3, 2017: Escapade
Fri Aug 4, 2017: Further the Lion 
Tue Aug 8, 2017:  Brenda Brown Trio
Wed Aug 9, 2017: Monterey Jack
Thu Aug 10, 2017: Em and Joce

Links: Emily KempVideo above courtesy of Emily Kemp

Fri Aug 11, 2017:  Sloppy Jalopy
Tue Aug 15, 2017:  Alfie Smith
Wed Aug 16, 2017: Roberts and Shea
Thu Aug 17, 2017:  Cowboy Quartet (ft Tiny Bill Cody, Mimi Shaw, Jeffrey Griffiths, Orange McFarland)
Fri Aug 18, 2017:  Delta Overdrive Band 

Links: Delta Overdrive Band, Video above courtesy of the Delta Overdrive Band
Tue Aug 22, 2017: The George Arnone Big Band
Wed Aug 23, 2017: Lip Sync Battles
Thu Aug 24, 2017: Nick Pacheco

Links: Nick Pacheco, Video above courtesy of Nick Pacheco

Fri Aug 25, 2017: Knee Deep
Tue Aug 29, 2017: Aubrey Wilson Quartet

Links: Aubrey Wilson, More Aubrey Wilson Stories, Video above courtesy of aubreywilsonquartet

Wed Aug 30, 2017: Dulamon
Thu Aug 31, 2017: The Kirkendolls
Have fun! 

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Hamilton's Jacob Moon and Niagara's Joel Parisien (The Commissionaires) Team Up for Electrifying, Soulful Album

Hamilton's Jacob Moon and Niagara's Joel Parisien have combined their considerable talents in an amazing new project: The Commissionaires.  Shelter Me, their electrifying debut album, is the result of this incredible melding.

Packed full of spiritual and soulful cover songs, the recording proves without a doubt that they make a superb duo. With unbelievable harmonies, good old-fashioned rock and some gospel thrown in, Shelter Me is a wondrous musical showcase. The two do justice to songs originally performed by Buddy and Julie Miller, Ben Harper, Ray Charles, Stevie WonderJonny Lang and more.

They have an amazing team behind them as well: Richard Moore (bass), Mark McIntyre (bass), Lyle Mozan (drums), Joey Landreth (slide guitar, backing vocals), Chantal Williams (vocals), Quisha Wint (backing vocals) and Robyn Pauhl (backing vocals).

You can grab a copy of the CD at any of their solo/group live shows. It's also available through Jacob's online shop, the band's online shop or cdbaby.

More Stevie Wonder Covers/Stories

More Buddy Miller Covers/Stories

Blast from the Past: Great Jacob Moon Compilation Album

Links: CommissionairesJacob MoonMore Jacob Moon StoriesJoel Parisien, More Joel Parisien Stories, Videos above courtesy of Jacob MoonMore Releases

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Please Support Local Charities

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.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

GOOD LUCK! Local 2017 Canadian Country Music Association Award Nominations

This year's Canadian Country Music Award Association Award nominees were recently announced and it once again boasted a number of area musicians in the mix.

St. Catharines country boy, Tim Hicks can't seem to stop being nominated and winning awards and he's continued on here.  Tim's up for 3 categories (Male Artist of the Year, Interactive Artist or Group of the Year and Recording Package of the Year)

Links:  Tim HicksMore Tim Hicks Stories,  Video above courtesy of TimHicks

Cambridge songstress, Shae Dupuy is running against Tim for Interactive Artist or Group of the Year as well. Also from that city is Rich DaSilva (Drummer of the Year).

Links: Shae DupuyMore Shae Dupuy StoriesVideo above courtesy of Shae Dupuy

The Waterloo area is also teeming with nominees thanks to Shane Guse (Fiddle Player of the Year, Special Instrument Player of the Year) and Jimmy Boudreau (Drummer of the Year). Both are from the group, Western Swing Authority . Barrytone Studios (also from the Waterloo region) received a nod for Recording Studio of the Year.

Links: Western Swing AuthorityMore WSA StoriesVideo above courtesy of TJ Social

Brett KisselDean Brody and the James Barker Band lead the pack with 6 nominations each.

We'll be keeping our fingers crossed for them on September 10, 2017 during the awards ceremony at the SaskTel Centre.


Male Artist
Interactive Artist or Group
Fans' Choice Award
Female Artist
Group or Duo
Roots Artist or Group
Rising Star
Bass Player
Guitar Player
Keyboard Player
Steel Guitar Player
Music Director (Large Market)
Music Director (Medium/Small Market)
Booking Agency
Country Club
Country Festival, Fair or Exhibition
Country Music Program or Special
Management Company
Music Publishing Company
Record Company
Record Company Person
Record Producer(s) 
Talent Buyer or Promoter
Video Director
Links: Canadian Country Music AssociationMore CCMA Stories

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    Friday, July 14, 2017

    News Roundup (Top Canadian Jazz, Rough Trade, John Blackwell Jr)



    Thursday, July 13, 2017

    Tuesday, July 11, 2017

    Burlington's Melissa Bel Creates Soulful, Powerful Pop on Latest Album

    Burlington songstress Melissa Bel embraces her inner pop diva on her latest album, In the Light.  Unlike other similar artists, she's not sacrificing soul and melody to do so.  It's an amazing, tasty blend of modern sounds with old-fashioned goodness stirred in.

    Her voice takes charge of every single song and imbues it with soul, power, fragility or whatever else it needs.  Melissa takes on many vocal roles and does an incredible job with all of them.  The result is a fabulous album with a surprise on every track.

    You can pick the CD up at her rare live shows (she spend a lot of time in the UK now) or via her online shop. It can also be downloaded through iTunes and eMusic.

    Blast From the Past: Melissa Bel Album - Don't Forget to Breathe

    Links: Melissa BelMore Melissa Bel StoriesVideos above courtesy of Melissa BelMore Releases

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    Monday, July 10, 2017

    CONGRATS! Guelph's Dan McKinnon Wins Toronto Blues Society Talent Search

    Guelph's own Dan McKinnon beat out five other contestants in the Toronto Blues Society Talent Search on Saturday, June 24, 2017.

    Dan had the following to say on his Facebook page:
    First and foremost, I have been totally floored by the outpouring of best wishes and love from everyone across social media. It was a privilege to perform at yesterday’s Toronto Blues Society Talent Search! and taking home first place was such an honour. A day later, it still seems surreal. 
    Yesterday’s events would not have been possible without the help I have received over the years from family, friends, and a countless number of people in the music community both here and elsewhere. From the musicians I’ve had the pleasure of sharing the bandstand with to the people who have provided me with opportunities to hone my craft and others who have always been supportive of what I do, I don’t think I could express how grateful I truly am. Thank you for being a part of this journey that I can promise is only getting started. 
    If there is a lesson I could pass on from this experience, it would be the value of staying persistent. Prior to this year, I had applied to perform in the TBS Talent Search six times. With each ‘no’, I spent more time in the woodshed with the goal of trying to get better so that eventually, I would get my shot. 
    Regardless of what you’re chasing, just because it isn’t happening today doesn’t mean it isn’t going to happen someday. Nothing is truly out of reach if you continue to keep at it.
    By being crowned the winner, Dan receives

    More Junoir Wells Cover/Stories

    More Howlin' Wolf Covers/Stories

    More Bukka White Covers/Stories

    First runner up was Bad Luck Woman and Her Misfortunes and Catriona Sturton was second.


    Sunday, July 9, 2017

    Please Support Local Charities

    From their website: Since 1966, the poverty of loneliness and exclusion has been overcome with friendship and compassion at Welcome Inn Community Centre, where people from all walks of life work together to alleviate poverty in the North End and across Hamilton. 

    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.

    Saturday, July 8, 2017

    CONGRATS! Hamilton's Daniel Lanois Earns Order of Canada Medal

    To celebrate Canada's 150th birthday, there were 99 people honoured at this year's Order of Canada gala on July 1, 2017. Representing Hamilton was music legend and highly respected producer Daniel Lanois, who received the title of Officer of the Order of Canada.

    CONGRATS Daniel!

    Links: Daniel LanoisMore Daniel Lanois StoriesVideo above courtesy of Shaun Ledding

    Music-Related Honourees
    Other Notable Honourees

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    Wednesday, July 5, 2017

    Get the Weekly Hamilton Blues Lovers E-Mail Newsletter

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    Monday, July 3, 2017

    Please Support Local Charities

    The Oakville and Milton SPCA provides services and support to local animals and residents by engaging the diverse communities they serve. HBL is placing this in honour of Paul C Young.

    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.

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