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 amazon.ca



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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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

CONGRATS! 2017 Canadian Music Week Award Winners


Awards have always been a big part of Canadian Music Week.  This year, there were four exciting ceremonies honouring this country's amazing music industry. The Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards had a few local winners as well.

Roots Rockers, the Strumbellas were big winners with 5 awards for the week.

Live Music Industry Awards

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'Cultivate Music' YouTube Channel Packed With Amazing Videos (Mark Wilson, Rachel Heart, Bad Reed, Diesel Dog)


There are many wonderful local YouTube channels out there where you can hear music from many talented area acts (including our own).  In fact, we have a section of them in our Sites of Interest page.  Today, we're showcasing an amazing page featuring acts from the Brantford/Norfolk areas called Cultivate Music. Check out some samples below.



Links: More Mark Wilson Stories, Click here if you can't see the video above



Links: Rachel HeartMore Rachel Heart StoriesClick here if you can't see the video above



Links: Bad Reed, More Bad Reed StoriesClick here if you can't see the video above



Links: Diesel Dog, Click here if you can't see the video above

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Thursdays at the Cat N Fiddle in Hamilton! Deeps, Riddim Riders, Shari and Jonny +Justin, Pistolettes, Matty Simpson


Hamilton's Cat N Fiddle Pub boasts amazing music every single day! On Thursdays at 10pm, the pub has a regular, rotating roster of incredible acts.

Check 'em out below!

Every 1st Thursday: Deeps and Friends



Links: More Deeps StoriesVideo above courtesy of Barber Shop Podcast

Every 2nd Thursday: Riddim Riders (Unplugged)



Links: More Riddim Riders StoriesVideo above courtesy of MiscellaneousFish

Every 3rd Thursday: Shari Dunn, Jonny Kerr and Justin Dunlop



Links: More Shari and Jonny StoriesMore Justin Dunlop StoriesVideo above courtesy of shariandjonny's channel




Links: More Ginger St. James Stories, More May Simon Stories. More Justine Fischer StoriesVideo above courtesy of BOYDWILSONFILMS

When there are 5 Thursdays, the fourth is Matty Simpson



Links: More Matty Simpson StoriesVideo above courtesy of Rob Wazny


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Support Local Charities

From their website: Hamilton Food Share‘s purpose is to increase our community's capacity to reduce hunger. We do this by supplying much needed food supplies and short-term storage to food banks and hot meal programs. Additionally, our organization establishes community partnerships, donor relations and fundraising activities that support our food recovery operation.

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, April 22, 2017

More Marz Garage Episodes (Dave Pomfret, Nicole Christian, HPO String Trio, Greg Moverley)


Recently, local company Marz Homes started up the second season of their YouTube music video series, Marz Garage.  This is an amazing showcase for Hamilton artists.

Here are a few of these wonderful episodes.



Links: Dave PomfretMore Dave Pomfret StoriesVideo above courtesy of Marz Homes



Links: Nicole ChristianMore Nicole Christian StoriesVideo above courtesy of Marz Homes



Links: HPO, More HPO StoriesVideo above courtesy of Marz Homes



Links: Greg MoverleyMore Greg Moverley StoriesVideo above courtesy of Marz Homes

Blast from the Past: Season 1 Videos

Links: Marz Garage, More Marz Garage Stories

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Monday, April 17, 2017

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.


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Sunday, April 16, 2017

CONGRATS! 2017 Hamilton Community News Reader's Choice Award Winners


The readers of Hamilton Community News have voted and chosen the winners for their 2017 Reader's Choice Awards.  As always, a number of local musicians were recognized for their talent.

Here are the winners from the music-related categories.

Live Entertainment
We'd also like to make a special shout out to our blogger's workplace, St. Charles Adult and Continuing Education Centres who earned gold in the Adult Education category 

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Saturday, April 15, 2017

GOOD LUCK! Local Country Music Association of Ontario Award Nominees


There are many repeat local nominees at 2017's Country Music Association of Ontario Awards.  Artists from across the province will be on hand June 11th at Centennial Hall in London and hopefully, many of our area artists will be bringing home some hardware.

Hamilton country station KX 94.7 FM is once again up for Radio Station (Major Market) of the Year.

Just like last year, Burlington musicians are nominated in a few categories. Tebey (Male Artist of the Year and Fan's Choice) and Tianna Woods (Female Artist of Year). Tianna's Producer Jason Barry (from Waterloo) was nominated as Record Producer of the Year for his work with her and other bands as well.



Links: TebeyMore Tebey StoriesVideo above courtesy of Tebey



Links: Tianna WoodsMore Tianna Woods StoriesVideo above courtesy of Tianna Woods

Down St. Catherines way, Tim Hicks  was given the nod in four categories (Album of the Year, Male Artistm of the Year, Fan's Choice and Songwriter of the Year) and Marshall Dane  is also up for Male Artist of the Year)



Links: Marshall DaneMore Marshall Dane StoriesVideo above courtesy of Marshall Dane

Other local nominees include The Western Swing Authority from Waterloo (Roots Artist or Group and Woodstock's Country 104 FM (Radio Station - Major Market).

GOOD LUCK EVERYBODY!

Here's the complete list of nominees

Album
Songwriter(s)
Female Artist
Male Artist
Group or Duo
Music Video
Industry Person
Radio Station (Medium Market)
Radio Station (Small Market)
Blast from the Past: Last Year's Winners


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Friday, April 14, 2017

Thursday, April 13, 2017

News Roundup (The Haunted, Greg Moverley, Passings, Trebleclef)


Trebleclef attended the monthly Open Mic at the Copper Kettle in Waterdown. Gillian Nicola is the talented host of this wonderful event!

Treble hangs with the host, Gillian Nicola
Click here for more pictures of the event

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He then returned to the Purple Heather in Burlington to have fun with the James Anthony Band and their special guest Rick Taylor.

Treble with amazing Bluesman Rick Taylor
Click here for more pictures of the event

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Our little monkey also saw his very first Fred Eaglesmith Show starring Tif Ginn at the Studio in Hamilton.  He had a blast!

Treble with the legendary Fred Eaglesmith
Click here for more pictures of the event

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

CONGRATS! Jack de Keyzer Recognized as Master Blues Artist


On April 6, 2017, Hamilton Blues legend Jack de Keyzer was recognized as a Master Blues Artist from Canada by the Blues Hall of Fame website.

Congrats!







Links: Jack de KeyzerMore Jack de Keyzer Stories, Videos above courtesy of Jack de Keyzer

Blast from the Past: More Jack de Keyzer Videos

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Monday, April 10, 2017

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, April 9, 2017

Hamilton's Jesse O'Brien Plays on Incredible New Chris Antonik Album


Hamilton's Jesse O'Brien does a bang-up job tickling the ivories on Monarch, the latest powerful album from Toronto Bluesman Chris Antonik. They and the rest of the band have created a soulful, funky, rockin' Blues recording that'll get people hoppin'.

The music'll shake you up as Chris' voice hits you with its passion. This album is a moving experience both physically and  emotionally. It stands up to any Blues release out there.

Chris and Jesse are joined by Chuck Keeping (Big Wreck) on drums, bassist Guenther Kapelle (Wild T and the Spirit) and Samantha Martin and Delta Sugar (vocals). They're responsible for the energetic and full sound on Monarch.

You can pick up this uplifting disc at Chris' shows, through his online shop or download it using iTunes. You'll be glad you did.



Blast from the Past: A Chris Antonik Video and Much More

Links: Chris AntonikMore Chris Antonik StoriesMore Releases, Video above courtesy of Chris Antonik

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