Sunday, June 25, 2017

Weekday Picks (Jun 26-29, 2017)

Monday, June 26

3:30-4am: Ensemble! TV Show ft Darran Poole + Bobbi Richards (Rootbone), Hosted by Jamie Tennant @ Cable 14 (Hamilton)

7pm: West African Drum Class (Beginner) w Tom Wolf @ Silence (Guelph) $20 one or both levels

8pm: West African Drum Class (Intermediate) w Tom Wolf @ Silence (Guelph) $20 one or both levels

11-11:30pm: Ensemble! TV Show ft Darran Poole + Bobbi Richards (Rootbone), Hosted by Jamie Tennant @ Cable 14 (Hamilton)

Tuesday, June 27

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

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


11:30am: Legends of Folk (Tribute Show) @ Carmen's (Hamilton) $55 incl lunch

12pm: Big Rude Jake @ Gore Park (Hamilton)

3pm: Pat Boone @ Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort $25+

4-6pm: Blues Blast w Ken Wallis ft world premier of King Biscuit Boy: The Lost Sessions 1981 @ 101.5 FM or 1015thehawk.ca

6pm: Al Lerman @ Morty's Pub (Waterloo)

6:30pm: The Dukes @ Royal Botanical Gardens (Burlington) $16/$13 youth+student+senior/FREE for RBG members

7:30-9:30pm: Sound and Movement – Moving the Body. Sounding the Soul w Barbara Dametto + Gary Diggins @ Silence (Guelph) $20

Wednesday, June 28


6:30pm: Annie Bonsignore @ Royal Botanical Gardens (Burlington) $16/$13 youth+student+senior/FREE for RBG members

7pm: Bry Webb (Constantines) w Charlotte Cornfield, Happy Cup @ Casbah (Hamilton) $12.50 adv/$15 door


7pm: Choir Nation Presents Devin Cuddy w Momentum Choir + sing-a-long @ Warehouse Concert Hall (St. Catharines) $30/$35 door

8pm: Richard Garvey @ Monigram Coffee Roasters (Cambridge) $10

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

Thursday, June 29

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

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

12pm: LoFi @ Gore Park (Hamilton)

3pm: Pat Boone @ Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort $25+

6:30-10pm: Breast Cancer Fundraiser ft Sarah Smith + Guests @ Tracie's Place (Hamilton) $10

7pm: Rod Nickson @ Firemen's Park (Niagara Falls)

7pm: Bill Culp’s O Canada Rock 'n' Roll Show @ Fonthill Bandshell (Peace Park)

7pm: Ensemble Atlantica @ Silence (Guelph) $20/$15 students


8pm: Songs for the Sesquicentennial w Mark McNeil + Ian Bell @ Spectator Auditorium (FREE but RSVP required to 905-526-3535)

8pm: Doug Murphy @ Artword Artbar (Hamilton) $10/$5 students

8pm: Medicine Hat w Lost Cousins + Kents @ This Ain't Hollywood (Hamilton) $10

8pm: 54-40 @ Maxwell's Concerts (Waterloo) $39.50

9pm: Mark Lalama Trio CD Release @ Moonshine Cafe (Oakville) $15


Please Support Local Charities


From their website: The Stephen Lewis Foundation launched the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign in March 2006, in response to the emerging crisis faced by African grandmothers as they struggled to care for millions of children orphaned by AIDS. The Campaign aims to raise awareness, build solidarity and mobilize support in Canada for Africa’s grandmothers.

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 24, 2017

Local Music Supporter Paul C. Young Passes

R.I.P. Paul C .Young
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Paul C. Young, a musician and wonderful supporter of the area music scene. He passed away on June 23, 2017 from medical complications.  Our condolences to his fans, friends and family.

Jeremiah Budnark of the Brantford Open Stage had this to say on his Facebook page
It is with great regret that I must share the sad news of Paul Young's passing due to complications from liver and renal failure. Paul has been in hospital for the last couple of weeks. As per his wishes, this was not made generally known. Yesterday he got worse and was transferred to ICU. He passed away peacefully this past morning. He was 62. 
As per Paul's wishes, there will be no funeral or memorial service. However, he did want a party! "No sad songs, only happy memories and happy music."

So, there shall be a party, a wake. I'll post when and where as soon as it's been decided.
Farewell, my friend . . .
From Lou the blogger:
I had the honour and pleasure of knowing Paul. I loved going to his yearly, private Jakefest celebrations (named after his late, beloved dog). While there, I met wonderful people and heard great music. I will miss his friendship and warm smile. 
I encourage people to make a donation in his name to the Oakville Humane Society 
Other online comments.
Stephen Shelton: I've known Paul since high school he will be missed His support of original music at his Jakefest annual party's brought joy to all who attended. He will be missed. 
Mark McNeil: He was a kind man and a great friend of folk music.
We will have details here on any memorial party once we have information.



Links: Video above courtesy of Hamilton Blues Lovers

Click here for our Jakefest memoires

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Friday, June 23, 2017

News Roundup (Awards, Spencer Mackenzie, Digging Roots, Benjamin Dakota Rogers)


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Country Music Awards
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SOCAN Classic Music Awards

    Adventure of Trebleclef, the Music Loving Monkey

    Trebleclef checked out the Burlington Sound of Music Festival on Friday!


    Click here for more pictures from the event

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    On Saturday, he grabbed a bite to eat and the wonderful Camp 31 in Paris, ON 

    Even movie stars love to eat at Camp 31!

    Thursday, June 22, 2017

    Weekend Picks (June 23-25, 2017)

    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 Amazon.ca, 
    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

    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.

    GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!


    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)


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      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

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      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:
      CONGRATS EVERYONE!

      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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