Thursday, June 22, 2017

Weekend Picks (June 23-25, 2017)

Friday, June 23

Harmonica Retreat Weekend w Roly PlattAdam Gussow and Mike Stevens @ Shared Harvest Farm (Dunnville) $450 ($225 deposit required)/$200 for non-playing spouses

10-10:30am: Ensemble! TV Show ft Dwayne LaForme + Joshua Arden Miller (Pappy Johns Band), Hosted by Jamie Tennant @ Cable 14 (Hamilton)

12pm: Of Gentlemen and Cowards @ Gore Park (Hamilton)

4-11pm: Oakville Family Ribfest @ Sheridan College

5-11pm: Francofest @ Gage Park (Hamilton)

5-11pm: Stamford Center Volunteer Firemen's Carnival ft Big John Little (8pm) @ Firemen's Park (Niagara Falls)

5:30-10:30pm: CiderFest  @ Puddicombe Estate (Winona) $50/$100 Weekend Pass

8pm: Brendan J Stephens + Norah Spades (VaudevillianStag n Doe @ Hamilton Museum of Steam and Technology $15/$25 per couple

8pm: Great Canadian Harp Attack w Harpdog BrownShrimp DaddyDavid Rotundo @ B's Backdoor Lounge at Carlisle Cafe (St. Catharines) $20

8pm: Annihilator and Guests @ Maxwell's Concerts (Waterloo) $27

8:30pm: Jordan John @ Busholme Inn (Erin) $25

8:30pm: Montuno Police @ Jazz Room (Waterloo) $22/$11 under 30

9pm: The Bandicoots (EP Release) w Big Lonely + Free Love @ Mills Hardware (Hamilton) $10

9pm: Conor Gains + The Altobeelays @ Casbah (Hamilton) $10

9pm: Blues Pirates Band @ Mill Street and 5 American House (Waterdown)

Saturday, June 24

8am-10pm: PoultryFest Niagara @ West Niagara Fairgrounds

8:30am-12am: 2Rivers Festival @ Guelph (NO MUSIC)

10am-12pm: Sonica w Gary Diggins (Sound as blessing. Music as medicine) @ Silence (Guelph) $20

10am-5pm: Art on the Street w Live Music @ Downtown Guelph

10:30am-4:30pm: Barton Village Street Festival @ Hamilton

11am-11pm: Oakville Family Ribfest @ Sheridan College

11am-11pm: Stamford Center Volunteer Firemen's Carnival ft The Natrolites (8pm) @ Firemen's Park (Niagara Falls)

12-11pm: Francofest @ Gage Park (Hamilton)

12-9pm: Canadian Deafblind Association Streetfest ft Cootes Paradise @ 50 Main St (Paris, ON) FREE

12-8pm: Kitchener Waterloo Multicultural Festival @ Victoria Park

2pm: Brant Parker Band and Terry Gillespie @ Donnelly's (Thorold)

3:30-10:30pm: CiderFest  @ Puddicombe Estate (Winona) $60/$100 Weekend Pass

4pm: Steve Beach + Larry Feudo (Trickbag) @ Roxy's (Brantford)

8pm: Romancing the Song w Loretta Bailey, James Gordon, Michael Mulrooney @ Artword Artbar (Hamilton) $20

8pm: Danny Michel @ Mills Hardware (Hamilton) $20

8pm: Summer Solstice Celebration w Gary DigginsJeff BirdTom Wolf @ Silence (Guelph) $20

8pm: The Lazys w Royalfuzz + Wormwood Scrubs @ Maxwell's Concerts (Waterloo) $15

8:30pm: Genevieve Marentette @ Jazz Room (Waterloo) $20/$10 under 30

9pm: The Retroaction EP Release + Guests @ This Ain't Hollywood (Hamilton)

9pm: Rooney Brothers Band @ Moonshine Cafe (Oakville) $10

Sunday, June 25

10am: Sonica w Gary Diggins (Sound as blessing. Music as medicine) @ Silence (Guelph) $20

11am-7pm: Oakville Family Ribfest @ Sheridan College

12-8pm: Kitchener Waterloo Multicultural Festival @ Victoria Park

2-5pm: Building Magic, Revitalizing the Westdale Theatre Hosted by Matt Hayes ft Cootes Paradise @ Westdale Theatre (Hamilton) FREE

2pm: Sunday Blues Show w Bay City Blues Band ft Brant Parker/Terry Gillespie CD Launch @ Bay City Music Hall (Hamilton) $7

4pm: In Orbit @ Jazz Room (Waterloo) $20/$10 under 30

4:30-5pm: Ensemble! TV Show ft Darran Poole + Bobbi Richards (Rootbone), Hosted by Jamie Tennant @ Cable 14 (Hamilton)

6:30pm-1am: Aids Fundraiser Variety Night w Robin Benedict + Guests @ Tracie's Place (Hamilton) $10

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Hamilton's Steve Strongman Gets Your Adrenaline Pumping with 'No Time Like Now'

After mastering straight ahead Blues rock and the nuances of acoustic Blues as well, Hamilton's Steve Strongman has decided to kick thing up a notch with his latest, No Time Like Now (from Sonic Unyon Records/Sony Music Canada). His sound's extremely energized, funky and ready to take on anything that crosses its path!

This unstoppable Blues train will hit you head on with its adrenaline-pumping power and shake you to your foundations, only to soothe you with the two beautiful final tracks. No Time Like Now is one hell of a sonic experience!

Helping Steve with his great new sound are some of his usual talented co-horts: drummers Dave King/Adam Warner, bassists Rob Szabo/Alec Fraser and keyboardist Jesse O'Brien. The album also features a stellar guitar cameo from Randy Bachman playing on a reborn version of his classic You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet.

So get your but down to one of his fabulous live shows and pick up a copy of this CD or go online to, 
iTunes or eMusic to get your recommended dose of high-octane Blues.

Video above courtesy of Sonic Unyon

Video above courtesy of Southern Souls

Video above courtesy of TheBluerocker007

Blast from the Past: Steve's Previous Album - Let Me Prove It To You

Links: Steve StrongmanMore Steve Strongman StoriesMore Releases

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

CONGRATS! Local Artists on CBC's Best Canadian Debut Albums List

First impressions are important, especially in the music industry. With that in mind, the CBC Music recently chose their 25 Best Canadian Debut Albums list to celebrate our country's 150th. Not surprisingly, there  were a few local entries.

Hammertown legend Daniel Lanois appears as does talented former Hamiltonian Kathleen Edwards.

Links: Daniel LanoisMore Daniel Lanois Stories, Video above courtesy of rtisi

Links: Kathleen EdwardsMore Kathleen Edwards Stories,  Video above courtesy of SeeThisRadio

Classic rockers The Band (with members from the Norfolk and Six Nations areas) were also honoured.

Links: The BandMore Stories of The Band, Video above courtesy of washox

Here's the complete list (in chronological order)
Blast from the Past: CBC's Top Canadian Songs List

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Weekday Picks (June 19-22, 2017)

Thursday, June 22

8:30pm: Sammy Hagar and the Circle @ Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort 80+

8:30pm: Pilar @ Jazz Room (Waterloo) $20/$10 under 30

NEW! 9pm: Beat Heathens w Steve Marriner (MonkeyJunk) @ Moonshine Cafe (Oakville) $15

Please Support Local Charities

From their website: The Canadian Heroes Foundation is a Registered Not for Profit organization and is about creating awareness and support for our front line responders, our fallen heroes and families. It is also a tribute to those who have served in the past, present and future.

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, June 17, 2017

GOOD LUCK! Local Artists on Polaris Long List

3 amazing local artists have taken the first step towards winning the prestigious Polaris Music Prize .  The Long List was recently unveiled and a trio of albums from area musicians are on it. Hamilton rockers Arkells and B.A. Johnston are in the running along with Welland's Daniel Romano.

Links: ArkellsMore Arkells StoriesVideo above courtesy of ArkellsVEVO

Links: B.A. JohnstonMore BA Johnston Stories, Video above courtesy of Pigeon Row

Links: Daniel RomanoMore Daniel Romano Stories, Video above courtesy of Daniel Romano [Official]

The Short List of 10 albums will be unveiled on July 13. The grand prize winner wil be revealed at the Polaris Prize gala on Sept. 18!

The top spot will win $50,000 and the rest of the Short List will receive $3,000.


Here's the complete list
Blast from the Past: Last Year's Winner

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Friday, June 16, 2017

News Roundup (Jacob Moon, Jude Johnson, Patrick Campbell + Michael Hogg)

Anita PallenbergKeith Richards' ex-girlfriend passes



    Adventure of Trebleclef, the Music Loving Monkey

    Trebleclef went to Architecture Crawl 2.0 in Hamilton to see Jacob Moon perform an amazing solo show!

    Click here for more pictures from the event


    Our little monkey also helped out and had fun at the Concession Streetfest

    Tuesday, June 13, 2017

    CONGRATS! Tim Hicks and Jason Barry Win 2017 Country Music Association of Ontario Awards

    Two local boys took home Country Music Association of Ontario Awards this year!  On June 11, 2047 at Centennial Hall (London), St. Catharines superstar Tim Hicks  and the talented Jason Barry from Waterloo won Male Artist of the Year and Record Producer of the Year awards respectively. Jason produced the work of Burlington's Tianna Woods and Waterloo's The Western Swing Authority, among others.

    Links: Tim HicksMore Tim Hicks Stories,  Video above courtesy of TimHicksVEVOVideo of Tim talking about his win

    The big winner of the might was Bowmanville's Meghan Patrick, who 4 awards.

    Links: Meghan Patrick, More Meghan Patrick StoriesVideo above courtesy of Meghan Patrick

    Click here for the FYI Music News Story 

    Here's the complete list of winners

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    Monday, June 12, 2017

    CONGRATS! 2017 Hamilton Arts Award Winners

    Hammertown's incredible artistic community took centre stage at the City of Hamilton Arts Awards ceremony on June 7, 2017 at the Hamilton Central Library. Established winners received $2,500 and a medallion. Emerging artists were awarded $1,000 and a certificate.

    There were three music-related winners.  In the Music, Established category cellist and composer Kirk Starkey took top spot.

    Links: Kirk Starkey, Video above courtesy of 93.3 CFMU

    Wonderful singer/songwriter Hanna Bech was chosen for the Music, Emerging honours.

    Links: Hanna BechMore Hanna Bech Stories, Video above courtesy of Don Glesson

    Veteran pianist, Valerie Tryon earned the Lifetime Achievement award for her impressive body of work.

    Links: Valerie Tryon, Video above courtesy of LibraryOfCongress

    Click here for the Spectator story

    Here's a complete list of winners:

    Blast from the Past: Last Year's Winners

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    Please Support Local Charities

    From the website: Carpenter Hospice, located in the heart of Burlington, Ontario, provides individuals who are dying, and their families, with high quality palliative care in a home-like setting.

    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.

    Friday, June 9, 2017

    GOOD LUCK! Local Independent Blues Award Nominees! VOTE! Deadline is Aug 1!

    Nominations are out for the 2017 Independent Blues Awards and a few incredible local artists (as well as a number of other fabulous Canadian acts) are up for some of the honours.

    Hamilton's Smoke Wagon Blues Band has a whopping 5 nominations (Best Contemporary CD, Best Modern Roots CD, Best New Artist, Best New Artists CD and Best RnB/Soul Song).

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

    There's a also Hammertown connection to the Colin James covers album, Blue Highways, which was nominated for Best Blues Rock CD. Hamilton's Steve Pelletier and Jesse O'Brien perform on this kickin' recording.

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

    Other Canadians nominated include BC's James Buddy Rodgers (3 nods) and The Paul Delauriers Band from Montreal (1 nod). God Don’t Never Change: the Songs of Blind Willie Johnson, nominated for Best Acoustic CD, includes a song from Toronto's Cowboy Junkies.

    You can do your part by voting for our talented performers in the contest. Deadline to do so is on August 1, 2017. Winners will be announced August 13, 2017. Click here to vote.

    Here's a complete list of nominees (Canadians are bolded)

    Contemporary CD
    Blues Rock CD
    Acoustic CD
    Tradtional CD
    RnB/Soul CD
    Live CD
    Male Blues Artist
    Female Blues Artist
    Traditional Blues Band
    Blues Rock Band
    Modern Roots Band
    Gateway Award
    Stage Performance
    Road Warrior Award
    Traditional Blues Song
    Best Modern Roots Song
    Funk Song
    Song for the Common Good
    Music Video

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