Monday, November 20, 2017

More Tasty Food and Amazing Music at Mississippi Queen Foods

If you're looking for some incredible food to go with your fabulous music, you can't go wrong with Mississippi Queen Foods and her famous Southern Supper series.

Here's what in store for the next little while (prices include food). Click the date for Facebook event page. Click prices to order tickets.

Wednesday, November 22: Sinners Choir, 6:30pm ($45 - full dinner)/9pm ($25)

Video above courtesy of 25musical

Friday, November 24: Jerome Godboo and Eric Schenkman (Spin Doctors), 6:30pm $45 incl full dinner

Links: Jerome GodbooMore Jerome Godboo StoriesVideo above courtesy of Jerome Godboo

Thursday, November 30: Steve Marriner (MonkeyJunk), 6:30pm $45 incl full dinner

Links: MonkeyJunk, More MonkeyJunk Stories, Video above courtesy of Kevin Simpson

Thursday, December 7: Terry Gillespie, 6:30pm $45 incl full dinner

Video above courtesy of Terry Gillespie

Wednesday, December 13: Sean Pinchin, 6:30pm $45 incl full dinner

Links: Sean PinchinMore Sean Pinchin StoriesVideo above courtesy of ivarius75

Thursday, December 21, Chuck Jackson (Downchild) and Tyler Yarema (Christmas Show), 6:30pm/9pm ($45 - full dinner)

Links: Chuck JacksonMore Downchild Stories, Tyler Yarema, Video above courtesy of wrs46

Previous (New George Lardie Album)

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Weekday Picks (November 20-23, 2017)

Monday, November 20

12-1pm: Vocal Meditation with Jane Lewis @ Silence (Guelph) donation

8pm: Alvvays @ The Studio (Hamilton) $?

9pm: Metal Mondays w Die Hexe, Speaker + Howl Said The Wolves @ DSTRCT (Guelph) $6

Tuesday, November 21

4-6pm: Blues Blast w Ken Wallis @ 101.5 FM or

7pm: Guitar Hamilton Student Showcase @ Westdale Library (Hamilton)

7:30pm: Secrets of the Gypsy Guitar: Oleg Timofeyev + Vadim Kolpakov @ Artword Artbar (Hamilton) $20/$15 seniors+students

8:30-9pm: Ensemble! TV Show ft Dana Swarbrick and Geoff Hudson, Hosted by Jamie Tennant @ Cable 14 (Hamilton)

9pm: Duchess Says + Guests @ Casbah (Hamilton) $12.50

Wednesday, November 22

1-1:30pm: Ensemble! TV Show ft Greg Moverley + Will Gillespie, Hosted by Jamie Tennant @ Cable 14 (Hamilton)

1pm: Music's Greatest Icons (Tribute Show) @ Greg Frewin Theatre (Niagara Falls) $20+/Lunch at 12pm available at extra cost

3:30-4pm: Ensemble! TV Show ft Maggie Hamilton + Song, Hosted by Jamie Tennant @ Cable 14 (Hamilton)

6:30pm: Southern Supper w Sinners Choir @ Mississippi Queen Foods (Hamilton) $45 incl dinner

7pm: Classical Guitar Showcase w Jesse Luciani @ Greensville Library (Hamilton)

8pm: Timna and Dario Duo (Brazil/Argentina) @ Artword Artbar $?

8pm: Joe Bonamassa @ FirstOntario Concert Hall (Hamilton) $99+

8pm: Thor CD Release w Frank Soda and The Imps @ Casbah (Hamilton) $10

8pm: Wild T and the Spirit @ Pub Fiction (Ancaster) $25 adv/$30 door

8pm: Jeremy Fisher + Friends @ Warehouse Concert Hall (St. Catharines) $?

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

9pm: Southern Supper w Sinners Choir @ Mississippi Queen Foods (Hamilton) $25 incl food

9pm: Carlos Mallia's Birthday Showcase @ Moonshine Cafe (Oakville) $7

Thursday, November 23

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

1pm: Music's Greatest Icons (Tribute Show) @ Greg Frewin Theatre (Niagara Falls) $20+/Lunch at 12pm available at extra cost

2-2:30pm: Ensemble! TV Show ft Maggie Hamilton + Song, Hosted by Jamie Tennant @ Cable 14 (Hamilton)

2pm: John McDermott Christmas w Heather Rankin @ Sanderson Centre (Brantford) $45

7pm: Jesse Parent w Nick Barkley @ Monigram Coffee Roasters (Cambridge) $10 door

7:30-Close: International Pop Overthrow Toronto/Hamilton @ This Ain't Hollywood (Hamilton) $10

7:30pm: DreamSpeak - Ambient Music w Gary Diggins @ Silence (Guelph) $15

7:30pm: Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story @ Centre in the Square (Kitchener) $59.50+

8pm: Dylan MenzieKen Yates @ Mills Hardware (Hamilton) $12 adv/$15 door

8pm: Brodie Dakin + Ben Somer @ Staircase Theatre (Hamilton) $5

8pm: Victim Services Simcoe ft Loose Moralz w Paul Sage + Mary Kovacs @ Bobbie's Bar and Grill (Hamilton)

8pm: Pip CD Release w Brad Cheeseman + Jadon Haughton @ Artword Artbar (Hamilton) $10/$5

8pm: Diana Krall @ FirstOntario Concert Hall (Hamilton) $80+

8pm: UnCovered: Springsteen and Dylan @ Burlington Performing Arts Centre $69.50

8pm: Steve Strongman @ Moonshine Cafe (Oakville) $15

8pm: Jeremy Fisher @ Starlight (Waterloo) $20

8pm: SonReal @ Maxwell's Concerts (Waterloo) $22/$94.71 VIP

9pm: Matty Simpson @ Cat N Fiddle (Hamilton)

9pm: The Baudelaires: Mind the Bollocks (Tribute) @ The Boathouse (Kitchener)

Please Support Local Charities

From their website: Sustainable Hamilton Burlington is a non-profit social enterprise in Ontario, Canada, dedicated to inspiring sustainability leadership in our business organizations for a healthier environment and thriving, prosperous communities.

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, November 18, 2017

New Album from Hamilton's George Lardie Has Inviting Vibe

Wheels of Life, the latest  exquisite CD from Hamilton's George Lardie is an album for the everyman (or everywoman). Filled with down-to-earth, hook-laden songs, the recording has an inviting vibe that welcomes you in for a spell.

Just like life itself, the CD takes you through love, loss, enjoying the little things that make life enjoyable and much more.  George's lyrics can really tell a story and create a feeling. The melodic and infectious music also offers guidance throughout the emotional part of the journey.

Joining George in this rhythmic expedition is Robert Nind, Carm Milioto (Live How You Live), Olivia Brown and various members of the Hamilton Bucket List Band.  Together, they have created quite a delightful slice of life.

Be sure to grab a copy of the CD at his entertaining live shows or through his website.  You can also download it through his Bandcamp page.

You can stream the album below. Click here if you can't see it.

Links: George LardieMore Releases

Previous (News Roundup: Aestrid, Kevin Foster, Persons, Ammoye)

Friday, November 17, 2017

News Roundup (Aestrid, Kevin Foster, Persons, Ammoye)

Cambridge Times Readers' Choice Award Winners
Music-related categories below - click text above for full list.

Live Entertainment Venue/Live Theatre Venue

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Share the Warmth at This Amazing Hamilton Show on Saturday

On Saturday, November 11 at Gallagher's in Hamilton, there'll be an amazing show packed with incredible local musicians. The music runs from 2-7pm. At the event, they'll be accepting used coats, mittens, boots, scarves as well as new socks, underwear and toiletries. Donations will be given to The Good Shepherd's Notre Dame House.

Check out this talented lineup
Lineup subject to change.

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

CONGRATS! 2017 Brant News Readers' Choice Award Winners!

Brant News Readers' Choice Award Winners
Music-related categories below. Click title above form complete list.

Professional Entertainers
Event or Festival
Music Instructor (All from Avalon Music Academy
Music Instruction
Music Store (New)
Music Store (Used)
Musical Instrument Store

Monday, November 13, 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, November 12, 2017

Jo Stafford's 100th Birthday

Sunday, November 12, 2017 would have been Jo Stafford's 100th birthday.

From Wikipedia:
Jo Elizabeth Stafford (November 12, 1917 – July 16, 2008) was an American traditional pop music singer and occasional actress, whose career spanned five decades from the late 1930s to the early 1980s. Admired for the purity of her voice, she originally underwent classical training to become an opera singer before following a career in popular music, and by 1955 had achieved more worldwide record sales than any other female artist. Her 1952 song "You Belong to Me" topped the charts in the United States and United Kingdom, the record becoming the first by a female artist to reach number one on the U.K. Singles Chart.
Here are a few videos from her illustrious career.

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Friday, November 10, 2017

News Roundup (Junkhouse, Logan Staats, BC Country Awards)

BC Country Music Award Winners

      The Adventures of Trebleclef, the Music Loving Monkey

      Trebleclef tagged along with mommy and daddy (Lou and Linda) to receive the George R Robinson award at a wonderful fundraiser at the Corktown hosted by the Hamilton Musicians Guild.


      He also went to check out the always amazing Andre Bisson at his CD Release at the Spice Factory.

      Click here for more pictures from the event

      Thursday, November 9, 2017

      Weekend Picks (November 10-12, 2017)

      Saturday, November 11

      Remembrance Day

      12pm-12am: 11th Annual Blackout Fest ft illScarlett @ Club NV (Brantford) $25/$40 Weekend Pass

      1-5pm: Tim Gibbons Road to Memphis Fundraiser w Guests @ Casbah (Hamilton) $20+

      2pm-1am: Brant Artillery Gunner's Club Remembers ft Live Music @ Brantford Gunners Club $10

      6:15pm: Tender Wishes Fundraiser ft the Madhatters @ Club Italia (Niagara Falls) $60

      7:30pm: Brock University Guitar Extravaganza III @ FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre (Cairns Recital Hall) (St. Catharines) $?

      7:30-10:30pm: River Arts Festival @ Dunnville (NO MUSIC)

      7:30pm: The Exceptional Gentlemen @ Starlight (Waterloo) $10

      8pm: Lori Yates w Hey Stella + Melissa Marchese w Doug Smith @ Pearl Company (Hamilton) $20

      8pm: Jon and Roy @ Mills Hardware (Hamilton) $15 adv/$18 door

      8pm: USS w Ascot Royals + Nikki's Wives @ The Studio (Hamilton) $?

      8pm: Dancin' Thu the Decades w KW Symphony @ Centre in the Square (Kitchener) $19

      8:30pm: Dirty Dishes @ Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts (Studio Theatre) $44

      8:30pm: Harley Card Quintet @ Jazz Room (Waterloo) $18/$10 under 30

      9pm: Cheryl Lescom and the Tuscon Choirboys @ Moonshine Cafe (Oakville) $10

      9pm: Monterey Pop (Documentary Screening) @ FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre (Film House)(St. Catharines) $9/$7 member + 13 and under

      Wednesday, November 8, 2017

      CONGRATS! Fort Erie's Spencer Mackenzie Wins PeaceWorks Peace Song Contest Grand Prize

      Fort Erie Bluesman Spencer Mackenzie keep on raking in the awards and accolades!

      From the PeaceWorks Facebook page:
      BIG ANNOUNCEMENT! The grand prize winner of the 2017 PeaceWorks Peace Song Contest is SPENCER MACKENZIE! Spencer is a grade 12 student from Ridgeway Ontario and he attends The Greater Fort Erie Secondary School, which is part of the District School Board of Niagara
      Spencer will receive a $100 gift card from Long & McQuade Musical Instruments and a full-day recording session with an engineer at Metalworks Studios!
      PeaceWorks is a Kitchener-based non-profit organization.


      Here's the song that won him the award:

      . . . and a few more for good measure:

      More Bill Withers Covers/Stories

      Blast from the Past: Spencer Wins 2017 Maple Blues Award

      Links: Spencer MackenzieMore Spencer Mackenzie StoriesVideo above courtesy of Spencer Mackenzie

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      Tuesday, November 7, 2017

      Hamilton-Born Rocker Matt Mays on CBC's Q

      Picture courtesy of CBC
      Juno-winning Hamilton-born rocker Matt Mays recently appeared on CBC's q program.  Here are a few of the videos from the show's YouTube site.

      Blast from the Past: Matt Wins 2014 Juno

      Links: Matt MaysMore Matt Mays Stories, Videos above courtesy of q on CBC

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      Sunday, November 5, 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.

      CONGRATS! Hamilton Blues Lovers, Kevin Barber and Graham Rockingham Receive George R. Robinson Awards

      It is with pride that we announce that Linda Fraser and Luis Pereira of the Hamilton Blues Lovers, along with Kevin Barber (Barber Shop Podcast) and Graham Rockingham (Hamilton Spectator)  received George R.  Robinson awards on November 4, 2017 from the Hamilton Musicians' Guild. Named after the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry Band leader (1869-1870), the award is given for Outstanding Support of Live Music.

      A word from Lou:
      Linda and I are deeply honoured to receive this award.  To be recognized by the fabulous talent this city has to offer fills us with pride.  It's also great to be included in with such luminaries as Graham and Kevin, who have done so much to support the arts in Hamilton. Thank you everyone.
      This was all part of the wonderful fundraiser for the Bob Pedler Memorial Fund, a charity that helps musicians in need. This incredible show included performance by members of the guild, featuring the return of former Teenage Head drummer Jack Pedler (Bob's son) to performing after a long illness.

      Photo courtesy of Rhonda Lueck

      Photo courtesy of Rhonda Lueck

      Click here for more photos from the event.

      Blast from the Past: HBL wins Hamilton Music Award

      Links: The Hamilton Musician's GuildMore Guild StoriesBarber Shop PodcastGraham Rockingham

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      Friday, November 3, 2017

      News Roundup (Juliette, Livingroom Rockstars, Glenn Marais, Awards)

      Music-related categories. Click title or picture above for full list.

      Wedding Reception Musicians
      Local Artist
      Local Festival/Community Event
      Local Live Dining/Entertainment Facility
      Local Live Music Bar/Lounge
      Music Instructor
      CD Store/Record Store
      Musical Instrument Store
      Montreal SOCAN Gala Award Winners (Highlights)
      Click title for complete list
      SOCAN Classics


        The Adventures of Trebleclef, the Music Loving Monkey

        Trebleclef went to the (possibly) final Hamilton Folk Club.  It was founder, Al Lindsay's last club as runner (if no one takes over, this will be the final one). Thank you for all your hard work!

        Links: Hamilton Folk Club, More Hamilton Folk Club Stories, More pictures from the event