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The "Superbowl" of Hamilton Blues

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Wonderful Music @ Concession Streetfest (June 10, 2017)

There's always a lot to experience at the Concession Streetfest: great shops, fun for kids, amazing vendors and, of course, wonderful music. On Saturday, June 10, 2017 come on by and have a fabulous time. It runs from 11am-7pm.

Here's the main stage schedule (along with a few videos). Members of the Hamilton Blues Lovers (including our mascot Trebleclef) will be MCing the stage! SEE YOU THERE!

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Weekday Picks (May 23-25, 2017)

From their website: Arts After School Kids (AASK) is a Unique Free not for profit charitable organization that offers an arts based program that develops self esteem and confidence and sparkling potential in youth 11-14 in our community.

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.

Tuesday, May 23

10:30-11am: Ensemble! TV Show ft Rootbone, Hosted by Jamie Tennant @ Cable 14 (Hamilton) 

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

8pm: Hamilton Folk Club (Open Stage) @ Pheasant Plucker $4

9pm: Trippin' With Leigh (Trailer Park Boys) w Live Music @ Nashville North (Georgetown) $10/$20 VIP

Wednesday, May 24

6-6:30am: Ensemble! TV Show ft Rootbone, Hosted by Jamie Tennant @ Cable 14 (Hamilton) 

7:30pm: Drum Clinic w Steve Negus (Saga) @ Long and McQuade (Hamilton) $10

7:30pm: Lemon Bucket Orkestra @ FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre (Robertson Theatre) (St. Catharines) $?

8pm: NLX w Tara Holloway + Sammi Morelli @ Artword Artbar (Hamilton) $10

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

Thursday, May 25

3-3:30am: Ensemble! TV Show ft Rootbone, Hosted by Jamie Tennant @ Cable 14 (Hamilton) 

7-7:30am: Ensemble! TV Show ft Rootbone, Hosted by Jamie Tennant @ Cable 14 (Hamilton) 

6pm: An Instrument for Every Child Fundraiser ft Darcy Hepner RnB All Stars w David Clayton Thomas + Genneviève Gigi Marentette @ Shawn and Ed Brewing Company (Dundas) $175

7pm: Annette Haas @ Turtle Jack's (Milton)

8pm: Nudie (PEI) @ Artword Artbar (Hamilton) $10

Friday, May 19, 2017

News Roundup (Edgar Breau, Raoul and the Big Time, Prism Prize, CIMA Gala Award Nominees)

Picture courtesy of FTI Music News


Canadian Independent Music Association Awards Gala Nominations

2017 Award Recipients
2017 Marketing Award Nominees
Prism Prize Winners


    The Adventures of Trebleclef, the Music Loving Monkey

    Trebleclef made his first visit to the Bar Upstairs in St. Catharines.  Every Saturday, the Mighty Duck Blues Band invite guests to join them for an amazing Blues show.  Raoul Bhaneja and Darren Gallen of Raoul and the Big Time popped by that week.  It was incredible!

    Treble with Darren Gallen (left) and Raoul Bhaneja of Raoul and the Big Time
    Click here for more photos of the event.

    Links: Raoul and the Big TimeMore Raoul Bhaneja StoriesVideo above courtesy of rapchop2

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    Thursday, May 18, 2017

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    Wednesday, May 17, 2017

    Sidewalk Sounds on Concession Street Kicks Off This Friday! Sonny Del-Rio, Robin Benedict, Michael Maguire, More)

    Hamilton's Concession Street will be filled with music on Friday, May 19! It's the kick off of Sidewalk Sounds, a wonderful event that takes place on the 3rd Friday of every month from May to September

    Here's what you will see at the season opener (along with a few videos to get in the musical mood).

    526 Concession - The Zoetic: Sonny Del-Rio
    ​565 Concession - between RBC and the Library: Robin Benedict

    Links: Robin BenedictMore Robin Benedict StoriesVideo above courtesy of Robin Benedict

    ​569 Concession - CAP gardens: Miles from Nowhere

    ​593 Concession - Mountain Tires: Alfie Smith

    Links: Michael MaguireMore Michael Maguire StoriesVideo above courtesy of Acoustic Blend Cafe

    ​798 Concession - Big Bee Plaza: Pip

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    Kitchener's Sean Pinchin on New Tim Bastmeyer CD

    Kitchener's Sean Pinchin plays wonderful slide guitar as part of Tim Bastmeyer's All Star Blues Band on the latest incredible album.  This recording has an amazing, earthy vibe from start to finish.

    Tim's enlisted quite an impressive group for this cool recording. Along with Sean, there's Julian Fauth (keys), Paul Reddick (harmonica), James Thomson (bass) and Cam de Laat (drums). 

    Together, they've managed to mix in boogie and funk in to their marvelous Country Blues sound. Not surprising, considering the top-notch talent involved.

    If you catch any of the groups live shows, be sure to pick up a CD.  You can also download it via iTunes.

    Blast from the Past: Sean's CD - Rustbucket

    Links: Tim Bastmeyer, More Tim Bastmeyer StoriesSean PinchinMore Sean Pinchin StoriesMore CD Releases, Videos above courtesy of randallstaffordcook

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    Tuesday, May 16, 2017

    Kitchener's Gary Cain Band Album Serves Up Out-of-This-World Guitar!

    If you're hungry for some teeth-rattlin' blues, Kitchener's Gary Cain Band has a meal for you! Their full-length debut  album, Twangadelic Bluesophunk definitely satisfies.

    A veritable feast for the ears, the recording serves up out-of-this-world guitar with spectacular vocals and a hearty dose of energy. It's hard rockin', funky Blues with a side of country thrown in.

    You can pick up their latest dish at their unforgettable live shows or download it via Bandcamp.

    Stream the album below.

    Blast from the Past: Gary Cain is a Finalist in Six String Theory Competition

    Links: Gary CainMore Gary Cain StoriesMore Releases,

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    Sunday, May 14, 2017

    Support Local Charities

    From their website: Food for Life holds a unique niche among Canadian food relief charities in that we focus on redistributing fresh, nutritious food as opposed to traditional food bank fare such as canned goods. Our clients tell us that they are often not able to afford fresh food and that having access to this healthy food allows them to focus on obtaining other life essentials as they work towards no longer relying on our services.

    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.

    Happy Mothers Day! (Tomi Swick, Suzie Vinnick, Dan Medakovic, Sly and the Family Stone)

    Links: Tomi SwickMore Tomi Swick StoriesVideo above courtesy of Stellablu477

    Links: Suzie VinnickMore Suzie Vinnick StoriesVideo above courtesy of Suzie Vinnick

    Links: Dan MedakovicMore Dan Medakovic StoriesVideo above courtesy of Dan Medakovic

    Links: Sly Stone, More Sly Stone Stories/Covers, Video above courtesy of muthafunka

    Previous (News Roundup: Searchlight Winner, Loralee McGuirl, Justin Dunlop) - - - Next (New Gary Cain Band Album)

    Wednesday, May 10, 2017

    CONGRATS! Dundas' Jack Maclean (The Macleans, Whiskey Epiphany) Wins 2017 Brian Lee Griffith Guitar Bursary

    Picture courtesy of Jack's Facebook page
    Talented Dundas multi-instrumentalist Jack Maclean (The Macleans, Whiskey Epiphany) was this year's winner of the Brian Lee Griffith Bursary. On Friday, May 5, 2017, he received the honour at the bursary's 3rd annual fundraiser at Bay City Music Hall

    The bursary, named in honour of the late Hamilton guitarist Brian Griffith was set up to benefit up-and-coming guitarists.  Click here to donate.

    "Just full of gratitude right now! Thank you!" Jack said on Facebook shortly after the event, "Wow... The memory of Brian shone bright tonight!!"

    Links: Jack MacleanVideo above courtesy of Jack Maclean

    Above two vidoes courtesy of Whiskey Epiphany

    Links: Whiskey Epiphany, More Whiskey Epiphany StoriesVideo above courtesy of MiscellaneousFish

    Blast from the Past: Last Year's Winner

    Links: Brian Lee Griffith Bursary, More Brian Griffith Bursary Stories

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    Monday, May 8, 2017

    Win Tix to This Year's Incredible 'Blues With a Feeling' Show ft Crowbar!

    Oh what a feeling . . . what a rush . . .  you'll get if you get a chance to experience this show!

    We've got a pair of tickets to give away the"Superbowl" of Hamilton Blues: Blues With a Feeling at the Bay City Music HallThis Saturday, June 3 fundraising event is jam packed with Bluesy goodness. It's a celebration in honour of the late, great Blues giant (and former Crowbar member), King Biscuit Boy.

    Links: King Biscuit BoyMore KBB StoriesVideo above courtesy of Mike Papas

    Speaking of Crowbar: the legendary Canadian band (and Hammertown's pride) will be headlining this amazing concert.  They'll be reuniting with former member John Dickie (subbing in for original frontman Kelly Jay).

    Links: CrowbarMore Crowbar StoriesMore John Dickie Stories, Video Above Courtesy of Hamilton Blues Lovers

    Before they rock the stage, you'll experience two more powerful Blues artists: Danny Marks and Joshua Arden Miller (of the Pappy Johns Band). The latter will be backed up the Kent Hartley Playboys featuring local veterans Danny Lockwood, Mike Eastman, Neil Nickafor and Sonny Del Rio (another Crowbar alum).

    Links: Danny Marks, Video above courtesy of randallstaffordcook

    Links: Links: Pappy Johns Band (Josh's Group) , More Pappy Johns Band StoriesVideo above courtesy of Six Arrows Media

    You get all this for just $25 ($30 at the door). This show usually sells out so you may want to get your tickets soon at Dr. Disc, Chedoke Flowers, Picks and Sticks, Stardust Records or Looney Tunes (Burlington). Proceeds go towards music scholarships at Mohawk College in King Biscuit Boy's name

    If you want a chance to win a pair of tickets, you can do any (or all) the following:

    The deadline to enter will be May 25 at 11:59pm.  A winner will be chosen and contacted on the 26th. They will have to reply by the end of the day or another person will be chosen.


    If you still have energy the next day, there's part 2 of the fundraiser. local legends Trickbag and their special guests will be performing a Blues Cruise at 6pm at the Hamilton Harbour Queen. The price is $60 including dinner and the boat ride (available in the same locations as the Saturday show). This one also sells out EXTREMELY fast. Please note that the contest doesn't include this event.

    Links: TrickbagMore Trickbag Stories, Video above courtesy of Trickbag Canada

    Blast from the Past: King Biscuit Boy Videos

    Click here for more Blues With a Feeling Stories/Performances

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    Sunday, May 7, 2017

    Support Local Charities

    From their website: Our objective is to accumulate capital, earn investment income and use this income to make charitable donations in Norfolk County.

    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, May 5, 2017

    News Roundup (Sophia Radisch, Dean Brody, Festival of Friends, Col. Bruce Hampton)

    The Adventures of Trebleclef, the Music Loving Monkey

    Trebleclef made his first visit to the Mills Hardware to check out the amazing Shooter Jennings with Kelly Prescott.  It was incredible!

    Treble hanging out with the fans!
    Click here for more photos from the event

    Happy National Cartoonist Day!

    Here are a few interesting links with more music cartoons. (New Yorker Cartoons)

    Off the Mark by Mark Parisi


    Randy Glasbergen

    Local Cartoonists:
    Please email us at if you know of any other cartoonists that should be on our list.

    Links: More of our Cartoons, More Cartoonist Day Posts

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    Thursday, May 4, 2017

    Wednesday, May 3, 2017

    CONGRATS! Hamilton-Born Ben Caplan Wins Songwriter of the Year at the East Coast Music Awards

    Picture courtesy of the East Coast Music Awadrs
    Hamilton-born musician Ben Caplan is making quite a habit of winning The East Coast Music AwardsOn April 27, he earned another one  - this time for Songwriter of the Year.

    Here is what he had to say on social media: "Wow! I am honoured to have just won the East Coast Music Association (ECMA) Award for Songwriter of the Year! I am grateful for this recognition from my community! Thank you!"


    Links: Ben CaplanMore Ben Caplan StoriesVideo above courtesy of Rockstone Sessions

    The big winner of the night was rapper Classified, who received 3 awards. Double-award winners include Lennie GallantRia MaeLes Hôtesses d’Hilaire and Scott Macmillan.

    Tuesday, May 2, 2017

    Get the Weekly Hamilton Blues Lovers E-Mail Newsletter

    Want to be kept up to date with what's going on in the local area (Hamilton/Halton/Brant/Niagara/Waterloo/Norfolk/Haldimand)? Then get all the Blues News You Can Use with our new weekly e-mail newsletter.

    Every Wednesday night, the Hamilton Blues Lovers send out an e-mail blast with the latest happenings in the local Blues/Folk/Jazz/Roots/Country scene. Find out about new CD releases, upcoming shows, our exclusive videos and much more.

    To get this amazing newsletter, please e-mail us at and request it. We promise not to sell or distribute your e-mail address to any other organization.

    We also welcome any ideas you may have to help improve the newsletter.

    Sunday, April 30, 2017

    Support Local Charities

    From their website: The Mission of the Grimsby Benevolent Fund (GBF) is to help individuals and families in maintaining self sufficiency by providing assistance with basic needs.

    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.

    Happy International Jazz Day! (HWO, On Topic, Mary Reinhart w Jimmy Stahl Big Band, Luke Vajsar)

    Links: HWO, Video above courtesy of Niagara Jazz

    Links: On Topic , Video above courtesy of myidmusic

    Links: Jimmy Stahl Big Band, Video above courtesy of Jason Haywood Films

    Links: Luke Vajsar, Video above courtesy of Luke Vajsar

    Links: More International Jazz Day Videos, Our Jazz Posts

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    Saturday, April 29, 2017

    New Fred Eaglesmith CD is Evocative and Gripping

    There's nothing quite like a Fred Eaglesmith album. Fred's a master Americana storyteller whose voice echoes with feeling. His latest disc, Standard continues that tradition with a sparse, beautiful sound.

    As always, Fred and the band mix traditional country music with a folk sensibility and fabulous lyrics. His voice is a little more prominent in the mix than usual and it's used to the fullest effect. The evocative, almost-rough vocals are gripping.

    Fred's joined by his impressive, multi-instrumental wife, Tif GinnMatty Simpson (guitar), Justine Fischer (bass), Kori Heppner (drums), and Blue Passalacqua (vocals) also use their immense talents to lend a hand.

    Make sure you get a copy of this superb CD.  You can pick one up at any of Fred's unforgettable shows. They're also available at iTunes and

    Blast from the Past: Fred's Tambourine CD

    Links: Fred EaglesmithMore Fred Eaglesmith Stories Tif GinnMore Tif Ginn StoriesMore ReleasesVideo above courtesy of 114Emile

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