Thursday, December 14, 2017

Weekend Picks (December 15-17, 2017)

Friday, December 15

1:30-2am: Ensemble! TV Show ft Bobbi Richards + Darran Poole (Rootbone), Hosted by Jamie Tennant @ Cable 14 (Hamilton)

7:30pm: Steel City RoversWinter Tidings @ Mule Spinner (Hamilton) $15

7:30pm: Next Generation Leahy Christmas @ River Run Centre (Co-operators Hall) (Guelph) $42

8pm: Charly’s Piano (play ft Charly Chiarelli) @ Artword Artbar (Hamilton) $20

8pm: Mount Farewell w Redwood + Eric Brandon @ Mills Hardware (Hamilton) $8 adv/$12 door

8pm: Wonderful World of Christmas, Graceland Edition ft Steve Michaels @ Burlington Performing Arts Centre $54.50+

8pm: Forgotten Rebels @ Warehouse Concert Hall (St. Catharines) $?

8:30pm: Woodhouse w Barbra Lica @ Jazz Room (Waterloo) $25/$15 under 30

9pm: X-Mas Bash w White Cowbell OklahomaVanishersPistol Packin' Preachers @ Casbah (Hamilton) $15

9pm: Fundraiser w Vader's Raiders w Hammersmith + Classic Thrill @ Club Absinthe (Hamilton) PWYC

9pm: Matt Weidinger Trio @ Moonshine Cafe (Oakville) $10

9:30pm: Hammer Night Live w Music by Devin Bateson @ Staircase (Hamilton) $?

Saturday, December 16

2-2:30am: Ensemble! TV Show ft Bobbi Richards + Darran Poole (Rootbone), Hosted by Jamie Tennant @ Cable 14 (Hamilton)

6:30-7am: Ensemble! TV Show ft Spencer Mackenzie + Brant Parker, Hosted by Jamie Tennant @ Cable 14 (Hamilton)

11am-12pm: Sold On Hamilton w Judy Marsales ft Guest Big Johnny Blue @ 900AM CHML

2pm: Sil Simone Band w Frank Cosentino @ Carrigan Arms (Burlington)

2pm: Dwayne LaForme's Boogie Blues Band (Dwayne's Birthday Bash!) @ Frankie's Bar (Brantford) $5

7pm: Pickled Piper 4th Anniversary w Johnny Scat @ Pickled Piper (Georgetown)

8:30pm: Bob Brough Quartet @ Jazz Room (Waterloo) $18/$10 under 30

9pm: Pet Sun w Bandicoots + Delta Days @ This Ain't Hollywood (Hamilton) $8 adv/$12 door

9pm: Astral Witch + Guests @ Corktown (Hamilton) $5

9pm: Christmas Party/Customer Appreciation Night w Eclectic Revival @ Rebel's Rock (Hamilton) FREE

9pm: Jack de Keyzer @ Brantford Casino

9:30pm: Niagara Rhythm Section w Paul Reddick @ Old Winery (Niagara on the Lake)

Sunday, December 17

1:30pm: Shawn Brush Foundation Fundraiser @ Moonshine Cafe (Oakville) $10

2pm: Sunday Blues Show w Bay City Blues Band ft Brant Parker w Jerome Godboo @ Bay City Music Hall (Hamilton) $7 (Weekly)

2pm: A Swingin' Christmas w Toronto All-Star Big Band @ FirstOntario Arts Centre Milton $35

2pm: Christmas Concert for CASHH @ John Elliott Theatre (Georgetown) $25 All Ages

2pm: Sons of Serendip @ River Run Centre (Guelph) $42/40 student + senior

2pm: Brunch and Blues w Big Rude Jake @ Lou Dawg's (Waterloo)

3pm: Funds for Farley (Fundraiser) @ This Ain't Hollywood (Hamilton) $10/PWYC

3pm: A Fresh New Christmas ft The Four Freshmen @ Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts $60

3pm: Fred Eaglesmith @ Waterford Old Town Hall $30/$20 students/$35 door

7pm: The Hamilton 7 (Storytellers) ft Tiny Bill Cody + Corin Raymond @ Staircase Theatre (Hamilton) $12

7pm: Welcome Christmas w the Commissionaires @ Crossroads Centre Chapel (Burlington) $25

8pm: Craig Cardiff @ DSTRCT (Guelph) $20

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Hamilton's David Gerry Passes

Picture courtesy of David's website
It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Hamilton flutist David Gerry (aka David Royce-Gerry), who passed away on December 4, 2017 after a brave fight with adenocarcinoma. Our condolences to his family, friends and fans. A memorial concert is being planned for 2018.

Before his passing, he was interviewed by the Hamilton Spectator. Click here for the story.

Click here for the Spectator obituary.

Here are a few reactions from Facebook:

Suzuki Method Northern Ireland
Thank you so much David Royce-Gerry for all your amazing work for SECE research and the whole of the Suzuki world. I had the pleasure of hearing David speak at the 2013 Convention in Matsumoto and he was incredibly inspirational. Sending lots of love to his family and friends.
Symphony on the Bay
Rest in peace, our dear friend and inspiration teacher and musician, David Royce-Gerry. There is a place in our orchestra-family heart that you will always occupy. We extend our sympathies to David's husband Jonathan Royce-Gerry, mother Lucy Gerry and all of David's family, friends, students, and colleagues.
David's career highlight include:

Video above courtesy of Judith Shedden

Video above courtesy of AndreaCannonGuitar

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Monday, December 11, 2017

Yodelin' Slim Clark's 100th Birthday

Picture Courtesy of Athol Daily News
Today (December 11, 2017) would have been Yodelin' Slim Clark's 100th birthday.

From Wikipedia (abridged):
In 1936, he went on the air as "Wyoming Buck" and a few months later the radio station manager renamed him "Yodeling Slim Clark" - which was his trademark throughout his career. 
Though primarily known as a single act, Slim's bands included the "Red River Rangers", "The Trailriders" and "The Trailsmen". 
During his very active career, Slim recorded over 25 albums. Copies of his old 78s are in the Library at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and have become collector's items. After a partial retirement in the early 1970s, he recorded for Palomino Records and played many festivals during the summertime.
Slim won the World Yodeling Championship in 1947 and was inducted into the Yodeler's Hall of Fame, He was a member of the Western Music Association's Hall of Fame. 
Here's a comment from Tiny Bill Cody:
Yodelin' Slim Clark was one of a handful of people who introduced me to the novelty tune "She Taught Me to Yodel" (there is a superlative version by Kenny Roberts I think, but regardless).  I kind of love the postmodern edge of these kinds of songs.
I'm yodelling a song whose lyrics are about the fact that i'm yodelling (is there any other kind of singing that is so self-referential?). I also love the notion of someone being so entranced by yodelling that they wouldn't even attempt it without going to switzerland to be inititated.   These things give yodeling its otherworldly power--its status as a thing that is comical yet also enchanted--a kind of benevolent magic.
I don't consider myself a good yodeller, but I am good enough to understand its value as a kind of enchantment.  God bless Slim for being so committed to the form.
Here are some videos from the man himself:

Links: Yodelin' Slim Clark, Videos above courtesy of mrblindfreddy9999

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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Please 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.

Hamilton's Carl Horton Passes

Picture courtesy of Carl's Facebook page
It is with sadness that we announce that Hamilton musician Carl Horton passed away recently.  Our condolences to his family, friends and fans.

UPDATE! Hamilton Spectator story about Carl's passing

UPDATE! A musical celebration of his life will be at the First Unitarian Church of Hamilton on Wednesday, December 13 (2 pm)
Carl started his professional music career in 1979. Highlights includes scoring numerous films/TV shows, creating over 450 advertising jingles, teaching, session work, arranging, directing and much more. He's performed for politicians and royalty.  Click here for more detailed bio.

Carl was beloved by many in the Hamilton music community. Here are a few comments from social media:

Jude Johnson (Carl's longtime musical partner): 
My heart is dear friend...musical partner for 35 brother...Carl Horton....a King of a man...unbearable loss for his beloved Tina and daughters Ali and Annie ...our community has lost a great soul...there are no words....
Adrean Farrugia
Carl was one of my teachers at Mohawk College in the 90’s. He was a beloved teacher, and musician—always enthusiastic about music and supportive of others. I’m sad to hear that he’s gone. I’ll miss him. It’s a reminder to make the best of each day as we never know how long we’ll be here.
My condolences to his family. Rest In Peace Carl and thanks for the friendship and inspiration.
We will add more comments as we find them.

Video above courtesy of Hamilton Blues Lovers

To honour his legacy, here are some of his students performing an original tune they wrote.

Video above courtesy of Altheta Rutherford

Blast from the Past: Carl Horton and Friends Perform at Pine Street Gardens

Links: Carl Horton, More Carl Horton StoriesJude JohnsonMore Jude Johnson Stories,

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Saturday, December 9, 2017

News Roundup, Part 2: Canada and World (Patrick Bourgeois, Awards, CBC's Top Albums, Passings)

Click here for News Roundup, Part 1: Local

Picture courtesy of SOCAN
Links: Les BB, Video above courtesy of UnidiscMusic


Highlights below. Click title above for complete winner list

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Help Local Artists Win the 2017 No Depression Readers Poll! VOTE! Deadline Dec 15

International Americana online magazine No Depression is holding their annual year-end readers poll (for best album) and a few local artists on on the ballot.

This includes:
Other Canadians on the ballot include:
Acts can also be added to the ballot during the voting process so if there are any artists you'd like recognized, this is your chance!

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Sunday, December 3, 2017

Weekday Picks (December 4-7, 2017)

Thursday, December 7

8pm: A Skydiggers Christmas @ Centre in the Square (Kitchener) $25+

9pm: Piper Hayes CD Release w the Lifers @ This Ain't Hollywood (Hamilton) $10 adv/$12 door

9pm: Dan Walsh @ Moonshine Cafe (Oakville) $?

Please Support Local Charities

From their site: Our vision is to sustain our reputation as being a premier no-kill humane society in Ontario. We strive to continually improve our protocols and practices in order to ensure exemplary care for our residents and to act ethically and in the best interests of both animals and potential adopters.

They also have two great thrift shops.

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, December 1, 2017

News Roundup (Ben Bowman, Easy Lemon, The Band, Canadian Grammy Nods)

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Canadian Grammy Nominations