Monday, October 23, 2017

CONGRATS! Fort Erie's DJ Shub Earns Native American Music Award + 2 More Canadian Winners

Fort Erie's DJ Shub took home the Best Music Video (for Indomitable a song he performed with the Northern Cree Singers) at the 17th annual Native American Music Awards. The fabulous ceremony was held on Saturday, October 14th at Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino in Niagara Falls, New York

Links: DJ ShubMore DJ Shub StoriesVideo above courtesy of DJ Shub

Two more Canadians earned awards that night: BC Country artist, Kelly Derrickson (Best Female Artist) and Alberta group Northern Cree (Best Pow Wow Recording)

Links: Kelly Derrickson, More Kelly Derrickson StoriesVideo above courtesy of  Kelly Derrickson

Links: Northern Cree, More Northern Cree Stories, Video above courtesy of Northern Cree


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

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Weekday Picks (October 23-26, 2017)

Monday, October 23

6:30pm: Legends of Soul (Tribute Show) @ Carmen's (Hamilton) $55 incl lunch

7pm: Dallas Smith w Cadillac Three + Lauren Alaina @ FirstOntario Concert Hall (Hamilton) $49+

7pm: Hamilton Sings! Community Choir @ Delta United Church (Hamilton) $120 for six Tuesdays

7pm: Long Time Running (Tragically Hip Documentary Screening) @ FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre (Film House)(St. Catharines) $9/$7 member + 13 and under

8pm: Hamilton Folk Club (Open Stage) @ Pheasant Plucker $4 (LAST ONE WITH AL LINDSAY AS ORGANIZER - May be final if no one takes over)

8-11pm: Steel City Jazz Festival (Hamilton)

8:30-9pm: Ensemble! TV Show ft Ian Andrews + Jay Pollmann, Hosted by Jamie Tennant @ Cable 14 (Hamilton)

Wednesday, October 25

1-1:30pm: Ensemble! TV Show ft Caroline Wiles + Bob Doidge, Hosted by Jamie Tennant @ Cable 14 (Hamilton)

8pm: Music City Ladies Play the Blues II w Ginger St. JamesRobin Benedict + Hailee Rose @ Pub Fiction (Ancaster) $25 adv

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

9pm: Petunia w Minimalist Jug Band @ Moonshine Cafe (Oakville) $10

Thursday, October 26

11:30am-12pm: Ensemble! TV Show ft Caroline Wiles + Bob Doidge, Hosted by Jamie Tennant @ Cable 14 (Hamilton)

2pm: In The Mood: The Music of Glenn Miller @ Sanderson Centre (Brantford) $43

7pm: A Conversation w Jowi Taylor: Six String Nation @ Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts (Willson Auditorium) $20

7:30pm: Lisa Simone @ FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre (Partridge Hall) (St. Catharines) $52

8-11pm: Steel City Jazz Festival (Hamilton)

8pm: Chris Hale and Ed Hanley @ Silence (Guelph) $10/PWYC

8pm: Classic Albums LiveCCR Chronicles @ Centre in the Square (Kitchener) $39.50+

8pm: Elliott Brood @ Starlight (Waterloo) $20

8pm: Rural Alberta Advantage + Yukon Blonde @ Maxwell's Concerts (Waterloo) $25

8:30pm: Howard Jones @ Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort $30+

9pm: Shjaane Glover + Helena Deakin @ Moonshine Cafe (Oakville) $?

9:30pm: Jonah's Onelinedrawing + Guests @ Casbah (Hamilton) $12

Please Support Local Charities

The Oakville and Milton SPCA provides services and support to local animals and residents by engaging the diverse communities they serve. HBL is placing this in honour of Paul C Young.

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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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Dizzy Gillespie's 100th Birthday

Pic courtesy of
Saturday, October 21, 2017 would have been Jazz legend Dizzy Gillespie's 100th bithday.

Here are a few video to celebrate the birthday of this musical icon!

Links: Louis Armstrong, More Louis Armstrong Stories, Video above courtesy of mytox

Video above courtesy of Erik Boyd

Video above courtesy of Louis Rodrigues

Links: Muppets, More Muppets Stories, Video above courtesy of scandura2007

Links: Dizzy Gillespie, More 100th Birthday Celebrations

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Friday, October 20, 2017

News Roundup (Gord Downie, Trout Lily, Bat Out of Hell Musical)

Click here for more pics from the event

Lou's mini-review:

Whether you're a fan of the album or not, you'll love the show. It has amazing music, powerful singers and  an interesting sci-fi type story different from the classic recordings. It was a joy to experience.

Links: Bat Out of Hell - The Musical, Video above courtesy of Bat Out of Hell - The Musical

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Gord Downie of the Tragically Hip Passes

The world is still reeling from the loss of one of Canada's most distinctive voices.  Gord Downie, the lead singer of the legendary Tragically Hip passed away on October 18, 2017 after a brave battle with cancer.  He left behind an unforgettable legacy.  Our condolences to his family, friends and fans.

Local media stories: Hamilton Spectator, CHMLSt. Catharines Standard

Here is the official statement from his family.
Last night Gord quietly passed away with his beloved children and family close by.
Gord knew this day was coming — his response was to spend this precious time as he always had — making music, making memories and expressing deep gratitude to his family and friends for a life well lived, often sealing it with a kiss on the lips.
Gord said he had lived many lives. As a musician, he lived “the life” for over 30 years, lucky to do most of it with his high school buddies. At home, he worked just as tirelessly at being a good father, son, brother, husband and friend. No one worked harder on every part of their life than Gord. No one.
We would like to thank all the kind folks at KGH and Sunnybrook, Gord’s bandmates, management team, friends and fans. Thank you for all the help and support over the past two years.
Thank you everyone for all the respect, admiration and love you have given Gord throughout the years — those tender offerings touched his heart and he takes them with him now as he walks among the stars.
Love you forever Gord.
The Downie Family
Local reaction from social media.

Lou Molinaro (This Ain't Hollywood)
The very first time I met Gord Downie was in Ottawa at Barrymore's. I think The Hip's first album just came out. We started chatting about music. I asked him what some of his fave bands were. Within the first 3 names, TEENAGE HEAD was mentioned. Not a bad way to meet a singer in a rock n roll band. RIP Gord Downie.
Brandon P. General (My Flying Machine
Gord Downie wasn't just the Hip. He was a spokesman for the country. Whenever he had the chance, he spoke for us. 
As an indigenous person, I felt the things he said on a personal level. He spoke for the rights of all of us and spent his last days fighting for us.
We all knew it was coming, but we all hoped he would fight it. He can't be cut down so needlessly. We all hoped that he would beat this.
As a Canadian, it's a huge loss. He was the benchmark for what someone in his position should do with their fame. I will be listening to The Hip today with the rest of you and mourning the loss. RIP Gord Downie

Sarah Smith
Gord Downie. Thank you for being such a beautiful example of what it is like to be Canadian. We are blessed to have shared this lifetime with your music and your stories. You have created new folklore to pass through the generations and have left a powerful legacy of pride, hope, love and togetherness.
In his honour, here are a few area performers covering Gord's amazing work.

Links: Sarah Harmer, More Sarah Harmer Stories, Barenaked Ladies (Jim's Band), More Barenaked Ladies Stories, Video above courtesy of q on CBC

Links: Selective Soul, Video above courtesy of Selective Soul Band

Here are two songs from the man himself

Video above courtesy of nbowen76

Links: Sadies, More Sadies Stories, Video above courtesy of wesleync

Blast from the Past: The Hip on CBC Top Canadian Songs List

Links: Tragically Hip, More Tragically Hip Covers/Stories

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CONGRATS! Waterloo's Juneyt Wins Toronto Independent Music Award

Picture courtesy of Juneyt's Facebook page
On Friday, October 13 at Revival in Toronto, talented Waterloo musician, Juneyt won in the Best Instrumental or Classical  category of the 2017 Toronto Independent Music Awards

Links: JuneytMore Juneyt StoriesVideo above courtesy of Canadian Tesla Technical Museum

He had the following to say on his Facebook page:
It’s an amazing feeling and I'm so blessed to share this news with all of you.

I am incredibly proud & lucky to call this beautiful region, Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge & Guelph, my home...
I love each and every one of you, you all mean so much to me. I can’t thank you enough for your support, I have so much to look forward to, stay tuned

Here's a complete list of winners. Local artists are bolded.

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The Paul James Band Rock Dundas This Saturday

The Juno award winning Paul James Band is coming to Dundas to rock the Carnegie Gallery on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 8pm! If you haven't seen him before, you are in for a real treat!

Links: Paul JamesMore Paul James Stories, Videos above courtesy of pauljamesband

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Kitchener's Michael "Mudfoot" McDonald Debut Hooks You With Dazzling Guitar Work

Play This, the debut album from Kitchener Blues veteran, Michael "Mudfoot" McDonald will hook you instantly with its dazzling guitar work.  Once it has you, it won't let go until you're finished this amazing wild musical ride.

Michael and his friends have got the chops and this recording proves it without a doubt. They can get funky, do an incredible shuffle and rock out with the best of them.  There's a "let's just get together and jam" spontaneous feel to the music that adds that extra energy.

The talented Bluesman has assembled quite the team, including: Cory Turnbull, Pat Rush, John Lee (Pappy Johns Band), Mike Branton, Al Richardson, Chris Latta (Soulstack) , Randall Coryell, Jordan Patterson and more.  No wonder the album sound so good!

So if you need a great musical pick-me-up, head over to one of Mike's live shows (including a rockin' bi-weekly Sunday afternoon jam at the Boathouse in Kitchener) or download it through iTunes.

Links: Michael "Mudfoot" McDonaldVideo above courtesy of Blues & Jazz Ilija CapkoMore Releases

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

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, October 14, 2017

Friday, October 13, 2017

News Roundup (1st SOCAN CEO Passes, Juno Master Class, Mary Simon, Gathering Sparks)

Social media reaction:

Christopher Gonda (Pure Grain Audio CEO): In large, the Canadian Music Industry is what it is today thanks to Jan Matejcek's tireless work. Much of who I am and what I do is also thanks to him.

Orchestras Canada: Orchestras Canada was saddened to learn of the death of one of our founders, Jan Matejcek, on September 23. A musicologist and lawyer, he came to Canada in 1969. He believed in collective action, in the power that artists and arts organizations could wield by working together towards common goals, and helped to start such organizations as the Association of Canadian Orchestras, the Ontario Choral Federation, and SOCAN. He was also integrally involved in the Canadian Music Centre. Indeed, a mighty tree has fallen. We are grateful for his life and work.
Juno Master Class Winners Announced

The Adventures of Trebleclef, the Music Loving Monkey

Trebleclef went to the The Gary DePodesta Celebration of Life @ Pearl Company in Hamilton

Treble with host Christopher Clause
Click here for more pictures from the event

    Wednesday, October 11, 2017

    CONGRATS! Local Artists on CBC's Best Cover Song List

    Sometimes, a cover song can be a unique take on an existing tune and can have a spirit all it's own.

    Recently, CBC Music asked it's listeners and readers what the best cover song of all time was. After tallying the results they unveiled a list of the 20 most popular answers.

    Not surprisingly, there were a few local musicians in the bunch.

    Hamilton Folk Rockers Whitehorse's amazing version of Bruce Springsteen's I'm on Fire made the list.

    Links: WhitehorseMore Whitehorse Stories, More Springsteen Covers/StoriesVideo above courtesy of Six Shooter Records

    Also included was a cover Adele's Hometown Glory by St. Catharines superstar City and Colour.

    Links: City and ColourMore City and Colour Stories, More Adele Covers/StoriesVideo above courtesy of Dan Rawkt

    The only local artist to be covered on this list is The Band  (a few members are from the Norfolk/Six Nations area).  The legendary Aretha Franklin covers their biggest hit, The Weight.

    Links: Aretha Franklin, More Aretha Franklin Stories,  The BandMore Covers/Stories of The Band, Video above courtesy of king689soulclassics

    Here's the rest of the list:
    Click here for the complete story

    Blast from the Past: CBC's Best Canadian Songwriters List

    Links: CBC MusicMore CBC Lists

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    Tuesday, October 10, 2017

    Monday, October 9, 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.

    Happy Thanksgiving! (Julian Taylor, Johnny Cash, Musical Cartoon)

    Links: Julian TaylorVideo above courtesy of Radio Mogul by MediazoicMore Led Zeppelin Covers/Stories

    Links: Johnny Cash, More Johnny Cash Stories, Video above courtesy of cwag03

    Links: About MGM CartoonsVideo above courtesy of PlaymatesRemix 365

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    Sunday, October 8, 2017

    CONGRATS! Guelph's Dan McKinnon Wins 2017 Amy Louie Grossmans Music Scholarship

    We are happy to announce that former Guelphite, Dan McKinnon has won this year's Amy Louie Grossmans Music Scholarship!

    From the Bluestime Productions press release:
    Toronto blues guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Dan McKinnon received the $ 2,000 ALGMS bursary at the 6th annual fundraiser on Tuesday, September 26, 2017. His winning proposal outlined plans to support a new recording that will be released in 2018. The presentation was made by Grossman's owner Christina Louie and 2016 ALGMS recipient Raha Javinfar (Bad Luck Woman and Her Misfortunes). McKinnon also won The Toronto Blues Society’s Talent Search in June. 
    Dan had this to say on his Facebook page
    I would like to take the time to thank Grossman's Tavern and the Louie Family for awarding me with this year's Amy Louie Grossmans Music Scholarship.
    Back in 2008, I got my start playing blues by attending their legendary Sunday Night Jam, hosted by the great Brian Cober. While I was greener than a blade of grass at the time, both Brian and Bill Hedefine were more than generous when it came to giving me opportunities to play. Even if there were moments in those early years when I sounded like a "pet store on fire", they both always encouraged me to keep going and to keep working hard. I'm glad I chose to listen.

    The scholarship funds will go towards the making of my next record, which will be released in the spring of 2018. 
    A special thank you goes to all of the musicians who performed at last night's fundraiser, as well as to Bad Luck Woman and Her Misfortunes for hosting the event.

    Video above courtesy of Twentyfive Musical

    2 videos above courtesy of randallstaffordcook

    Blast from the Past: Dan Wins 2017 Toronto Blues Society Talent Search

    Links: Dan McKinnonMore Dan McKinnon Stories

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    Saturday, October 7, 2017

    The Mighty Duck Blues Band's Explosive Debut is a Blues Smorgasbord

    The power and fury of St. Catharines's Mighty Duck Blues Band has finally been captured on disc! Duck Soup, their explosive debut distills the group's over a decade of experience into an amazing, versatile exploration of the Blues. Here, you'll find hard driving rockin' tunes, sultry 'n' smooth numbers, funky beats, kickin' instrumentals and even a fabulous bluesy version of Queen's We Will Rock You.  It's a veritable Blues smorgasbord.

    For those of you who haven't experienced the wonders of the MDBB: they play a smokin' matinee every Saturday at the Bar Upstairs in St. Catharines and are joined by wonderful guests every week. The band itself is made up of seasoned veterans:
    Like their matinees, this CD is packed with unbelievable guest stars:
    • John Dickie (Crowbar) – Vocal on Hammered and Nailed
    • Cheryl Lescom – Vocal on Don’t Send Me No Valentine, Backing Vocals
    • John Finley – Vocal on Yes Indeed
    • Chuck Jackson (Downchild) – Vocal on 3 AM Blues and Cha-Ching
    • Paul Reddick – Vocal on Hurricane, Harmonica on We Will Rock You
    • Lance Anderson – Piano and Fender Rhodes
    • Jim Gay – Tenor and Baritone Saxophone
    • Bill Melymuka - Trumpet
    • Max Casson - Backing Vocals
    You can pick up a copy of this unforgettable CD at their electrifying live shows, through their website or via iTunes

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    Friday, October 6, 2017

    News Roundup (Tom Petty, Purple Helmet, Shjaane Glover, Colin Cripps)

    Local social media reaction:

    Dave Rave: RIP. Always an inspiration to me. This is truly sad news

    Lou Molinaro: Thinking about some of the TOM PETTY shows that I saw and one of the more memorable ones was the early September show 1989 at the Kingswood Theatre in Canada's Wonderland. THE REPLACEMENTS opened up.

    Tyler Schwende: Beyond sad news about rock icon Tom Petty. I will always remember his famous saying 'Don't bore us - get to the chorus!' Thank you Tom for all the amazing songs and of course fabulous hooks that inspired me as an artist and thousands of others. Your music will not be forgotten.



    Wednesday, October 4, 2017

    Music in Honour of Gary De Podesta

    Local music superfan Gary DePodesta passed away recently and there was a wonderful  musical celebration of his life at the Pearl Company in Hamilton on Friday, October 6, 2017. All monies raised will paid for the rental of the venue as well as to Gracenotes (which helps fund local music projects in Hamilton).

    There are some amazing musical acts, including:

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