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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Weekend Picks (September 22-24, 2017)

Friday, September 22

8pm: The Nines, Jo Marches, Bill Majoros (Foreign Films) @ Mule Spinner (Hamilton)

8pm: Welcome to Nashville (Tribute Show) @ Burlington Performing Arts Centre $55/$49 seniors

8pm: The Ring of Fire: A Johnny Cash Experience @ Seneca Queen Theatre (Niagara Falls) $?

8pm: Gilby Clarke/The Road Heavy @ Maxwell's Concerts (Waterloo) $20

8pm: Sandplains Pickers (Darrin + Alison SchottIan Bell, Matt Rait) @ Lighthouse Festival Theatre (Port Dover) $25

8:30pm: Rob Fekete Quintet @ Jazz Room (Waterloo) $16

9pm: BOXO Barn Dance w Darryl Gould, Handsome Devils, Sloppy Jalopy @ Corktown (Hamilton) $10

9pm: KC Roberts and the Live Revolution + Guests @ Casbah (Hamilton) $10

9pm: Phil Kane + Friends @ Moonshine Cafe (Oakville) $10

9pm: Ascot Royals w/ Amber Reigns @ Sanctuary Centre for the Arts (Fort Erie) $10 adv

Saturday, September 23

Sunday, September 24

1-5pm: Abbleby Line Street Festival (b/w Fairview and New) Burlington

7-11pm: Niagara Music Awards @ Greg Frewin Theatre (Niagara Falls) $20+

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Smoke Wagon & Trickbag Rock the Corktown Again!

The Smoke Wagon Blues Band and Trickbag are teaming up again for a matinee that will certainly blow the roof of the Corktown this Saturday (September 23, 2017).  The last time they played together there the house was packed and everybody had the time of their lives!

Here are a few videos to whet your appetite!

Links: Smoke Wagon Blues BandMore Smoke Wagon Blues Band Stories, Videos above courtesy of Angelo NotoCampanella

Video above courtesy of Trickbag Canada

Links: TrickbagMore Trickbag Stories, Video above courtesy of Hamilton Blues Lovers

Blast from the Past: More Videos from Smoke Wagon & Trickbag

Previous (Local & Canadian Global Music Award Winners)

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

CONGRATS! Local and Canadian Global Music Award Winners!

The Global Music Awards are a prestigious international music competition and on September 2017, a number of Canadian artists won silver and bronze medals for their amazing work.

In the local scene, Waterloo's JoJo Worthington earned a silver medal for her song Mid Youth Crisis

Links: JoJo WorthingtonMore JoJo Worthington StoriesSong above courtesy of JoJo's Bandcamp page

More Canadian winners listed below.

Complete List of Gold Medal Winners
Canadian Silver Medal Winners
Canadian Bronze Medal Winners

Previous (2017 Hamilton Spectator Readers' Choice Award Nominees) - - - Next (Smoke Wagon Blues Band + Trickbag Videos)

Monday, September 18, 2017

Vote for Your Favourites in the 2017 Hamilton Spectator Readers' Choice Awards!

The Hamilton Spectator Readers' Choice Awards are back again this year and there's a plethora of area talent in the Local Musician Band category for readers to vote in.  Click here to vote. Deadline is September 26, 2017 at 11:30pm.

Here are the nominees for the Local Musician or Band category:
Other music related categories include Festival, Live Entertainment Facility, Live Jazz Club, Live Music Bar/Lounge, Musical Instrument StoreMusic InstructorMusic School, Radio Station, and Record/CD Store

Lou, our Blogger would also appreciate a vote for his workplace, the St. Charles Adult Education Centre in the Adult Education and Learning Centre categories.


Blast from the Past: Last Year's Winners

Links: Readers' Choice AwardsMore Spec Readers' Choice Awards Stories

Previous (Country Music Day Videos: Roadkill Bill & Shawn Brush , Shanya Lynn Dawson, Barry Mac) - - - Next (Local & Canadian Global Music Award Winners)

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Weekday Picks (September 18-21, 2017)

Thursday, September 21
7pm: Tone on a Budget Workshop w Mike Elliott (Audio Kings) @ Guitar Corner (Kitchener) $15/$5 rebate for Grand River Blues Society Members

8pm: The Wilderness of Manitoba w Timid, the Brave @ Mills Hardware (Hamilton) $15

8pm: Pat Maloney, War Horses, Patrick Dorie @ This Ain't Hollywood (Hamilton) $10

9pm: Hoan EP Release + Guests @ Casbah (Hamilton) $10

9pm: Beat Heathens w Jesse O'Brien @ Moonshine Cafe (Oakville) $15

Please Support Local Charities

The Brian Lee Griffith Guitar Bursary is intended to support a different, talented, deserving guitar student each year. In honour of the late, great Hamilton guitarist Brian Griffith.

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 Country Music Day! (Roadkill Bill & Shawn Brush, Shanya Lynn Dawson, Barry Mac)

Roadkill BillMore Roadkill Bill StoriesVideo above courtesy of Hamilton Blues Lovers

Links: Shanya Lynn DawsonMore Shanya Lynn Dawson Stories, Video above courtesy of Shanya Lynn Dawson

Links: Barry MacMore Barry Mac StoriesVideo above courtesy of Barry Mac

Blast from the Past: Last Year's International Country Music Day Videos

Links: International Country Music DayMore Country Music Day StoriesOur Country Music Stories

Previous (2017 Niagara Music Award Nominations) - - - Next (2017 Hamilton Spectator Readers' Choice Award Nominees)

Saturday, September 16, 2017

GOOD LUCK! 2017 Niagara Music Award Nominees!

On Sunday, September 24, 2017, the Niagara Music Awards will celebrate ten wonderful years of showcasing the amazing talent in the area.  This must see event takes place at Greg Frewin Theatre.

This year's nominees were unveiled a little while back and, as always, they feature some of the most amazing music anywhere. Brad Battle, Mel Monaco and Mark James Vaiana lead the pack with 5 nominations each!

Click here for the Niagara Review story.

Here's a complete list of nominees

Heavy Metal Artist
Hip Hop Artist 
Instrumental Artist
Music Video
    Original Song
      World Artist

      Previous (News Roundup: Tex Lecor, Handsome Devils, Blues Blast Awards, Passings) - - - Next (Country Music Day Videos: Roadkill Bill & Shawn Brush , Shanya Lynn Dawson, Barry Mac)

      Friday, September 15, 2017

      News Roundup (Tex Lecor, Handsome Devils, Blues Blast Awards, Passings)


            The Adventures of Trebleclef the Music Loving Monkey

            Wednesday, September 13, 2017

            GOOD LUCK! Local and Canadian Native American Music Award Nominees! VOTE!

            Fort Erie's DJ Shub was recently nominated for three 2017 Native American Music Awards (Song/Single + 2 Music Video nominations).  Many other Canadian artists were also given nods in various categories.

            Links: Carsen GrayDJ Shub, More DJ Shub StoriesVideo above courtesy of Carsen Gray

            You can help our local talent by voting (CLICK HERE)! Winners will be announced October 14, 2017.

            Here's a complete list of nominees. Canadians are bolded:

            Music Video (Conceptual )
            New Artist or Debut Artist
            Female Artist 
            Folk Recording 
            Music Video (Performance)
            Pow Wow Recording
            Male Artist
            Native Heart (Non Native)
            Instrumental Recording
            Native American Church Recording 
            Traditional Recording 
            Waila Recording 
            Blast from the Past: Last Year's Winners

            Tuesday, September 12, 2017

            Debut From Burlington's Blues Hammer Overflowing with Classic Blues Sounds

            One of Burlington's newests bands, Blues Hammer has made a wonderful debut with What Else is New. This CD's just overflowing with classic Blues sounds.

            It's no wonder this album is so superbly done - the men behind it are all talented veterans: Alan Rees (drums/vocals), Dave Kovach (guitar/vocals), Bill Speer (keyboards/vocals), Felix Mallette (bass). With amazing musical skills, the guys blast through some rocking numbers (originals with a few covers).

            Do yourself a favour and go to one of their fantastic live shows and pick up a copy of the disc.  You can also download it via iTunes.

            Links:  Blues Hammer, Video above courtesy of Hamilton Blues LoversMore Releases

            Previous (Shane Guse of Western swing Orchestra Wins CCMA Award) - - - Next (Local & Canadian Native American Award Nominees)

            Monday, September 11, 2017

            CONGRATS! Waterloo's Shane Guse Wins 2017 Canadian Country Music Association Award

            Congrats to Waterloo's Shane Guse (Western Swing Authority) for bringing home the Fiddle Player of the Year award at the Canadian Country Music Award Association Awards on September 10, 2017 at the SaskTel Centre. He won one last year too!

            Links: Western Swing AuthorityMore WSA StoriesVideo above courtesy of Serge Wolf

            The big winners of the night were Brett Kissel and Dean Brody with 4 awards each.


            Here is the complete list of winners.
            Blast from the Past: Last Year's Winners

            Links: Canadian Country Music AssociationMore CCMA Stories

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