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The "Superbowl" of Hamilton Blues

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

James Anthony Band Saturday Blues Matinee Now at Purple Heather (George Olliver, Donnie Meeker, Lisa Hutchinson)


The James Anthony Band has moved its popular Saturday Blues Matinee to its new home at the Purple Heather in Burlington.  Every Saturday from 2-6pm they'll be performing with a different amazing guest (or guests).



Links: James AnthonyMore James Anthony Stories, Video above courtesy of Caper245

Here's a preview of who'll be teaming up with them in the next little while..

February 4, 2017: George Olliver



Links: George Olliver, Video above courtesy of Word and Sound Music

February 11, 2017: Donnie Meeker



Links: Donnie Meeker, More John Ellison Cover/Stories, Video above courtesy of bigbassbadman

February 18, 2017: Terry Chisholm

No video available

February 25, 2017: Lisa Hutchinson



Links: Lisa Hutchinson, Video above courtesy of neek49

Blast from the Past: James Anthony and Others on Ensemble TV show

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Monday, January 30, 2017

Vote for your Favourite Entertainers in the Burlington Post Readers' Choice Awards! Deadline Feb 5


Voting is now open in the 2017 Burlington Post Readers' Choice Awards.  As always, a number of local musicians are nominated in the Local Entertainers category. Voting deadline is Sunday, February 5, 2016

Here's a the full list of nominees in the Local Entertainers category

There are many other music-related categories to vote in as well: Live Entertainment, Local Tourist Attraction, Music Store (New), Musical Instruction, Musical Instrument Store

NEW! Click here to see the winners.

Blast from the Past: Last Year's Winners

Links: Post's Readers' Choice AwardMore Burlington Post Reader's Choice Awards Stories

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Support Local Charities



Teddy Bears for Tots is Non Profit Corporation, in Hamilton Ontario.
They deliver Teddy Bears to McMaster Children’s Hospital.

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, January 28, 2017

GOOD LUCK! Hamilton Born David Braid Nominated for Canadian Screen Awards

The 2017 Canadian Screen Awards showcase the best in television, digital media and film the country has to offer. Hamilton-born jazz pianist and composer David Braid is up for two awards (Achievement in Music – Best Original Song and Achievement in Music – Original Score) for his amazing music on Born to be Blue, a film about jazz legend Chet Baker.

Hopefully, he'll be bringing home some hardware at the televised ceremony March 12, 2017 on CBC.



Links: David Braid, More David Braid StoriesVideo above courtesy of Soundtrackland



Video above courtesy of Movieclips Trailers

Here are the others nominated in the categories

Achievement in Music – Best Original Song
Achievement in Music – Original Score
Also of note to our readers is the documentary I Am the Blues, a Canadian co-production about veteran American Blues artists. The film was nominated in the Ted Rogers Best Feature Length Documentary and Best Cinematography in a Feature Length Documentary categories.



Video above courtesy of IDFA


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Thursday, January 26, 2017

News Roundup (Piper Hayes, Saga, International Folk Award Nominees)


News

Local
Canada

Canadian nominees listed below
World
Passings

          The Adventures of Trebleclef, the Hamilton Blues Lovers Monkey

          Wednesday, January 25, 2017

          Sunday Roots Revival @ Brantford Station Gallery (David Lum, Nolan Hubbard, Outside the Box, Melissa Koehler)


          Every Sunday from 2-4pm, The Brantford Station Gallery hosts Sunday Roots Revival, an amazing roots music showcase. For a suggested donation of $5-10, you can catch some of the best live music in the area.

          Here are a few upcoming acts along with some of their videos.

          January 29: David Lum w Sing Me A River



          Links: David LumMore David Lum StoriesVideo above courtesy of David Lum

          February 5: Nolan Hubbard



          Links: Nolan Hubbard, Video above courtesy of Nolan Hubbard

          February 12: Outside the Box



          Links: Outside the Box, Video above courtesy of Peter Light

          February 19: Melissa Koehler



          Links: Melissa Koehler, Video above courtesy of Melissa Koehler 


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          Tuesday, January 24, 2017

          CONGRATS! Fort Erie's Spencer Mackenzie Wins Maple Blues Award!


          Young Fort Erie Blues sensation, Spencer MacKenzie proved himself to be one of Canada's best at the 2017 Maple Blues Awards.  He took home the New Artist of the Year award at the ceremony on Monday, January 23, 2017 in Toronto. GREAT JOB SPENCER!



          Links: Spencer MacKenzieMore Spencer Mackenzie StoriesVideo above courtesy of Dee Blue

          The big winners that night were The Paul DesLauriers Band (4 wins) and Angel Forrest (3)



          Links: Paul DesLauriersMore Paul DesLauriers  StoriesVideo above courtesy of Canal Bank Shuffle



          Links: Angel Forrest, More Angel Forrest StoriesVideo above courtesy of Opeongolad

          CONGRATS EVERYBODY!

          Click here for the full story

          Here is a full list on winners.


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          Monday, January 23, 2017

          Support Local Charities


          From their site: We are committed to responding to the cry of the poor and to help them attain for themselves, the basic necessities of clean water, education, and basic health care.

          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, January 22, 2017

          Jay Pollman Debut Features High Energy Rootsy Blues


          Hamilton born and Cayuga raised Jay Pollman has kicked-started his solo career with Head in the Clouds, a fabulous debut album filled with groovy, acoustic, rootsy Blues.  The former Gruve member's new recording will have you stomping your feet with an energy and power rarely seen in an acoustic setting.

          He and his spectacular band blend the feel of an intimate, musical kitchen party with the funk and soul of a Blues Rock act.  All the while, the music is rooted in wonderful lyrics and expressive vocals.

          Jay's enlisted some top-notch help with the disc. Anna Ruddick  and Derek Downham of the The Beauties handle bass and drums respectively. Album producer Aaron Goldstein  lends his multi-instrumental skills (guitar, pedal, steel, drums, organ) and Eric Pollmann also plays bass.

          You can pick up a copy of the CD at his unique live shows or you can download it through cdbaby or his online shop.



          Blast from the Past: Jay Pollman and Ian Andrews Videos

          Links: Jay PollmannMore Jay Pollman StoriesVideo above courtesy of Jay PollmanMore Releases

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          Saturday, January 21, 2017

          GOOD LUCK! Amy King and Diana Panton Up for 2017 Hamilton Women of Distinction Awards


          Hamilton's 2017 Women of Distinction Award nominations include two wonderful, multi-faceted musicians in the Arts, Culture, Design category.  Awards will be handed out on March 9, 2017.

          Here are all the nominees is that category:

          Arts, Culture, Design
          Click here for the Spectator article/complete list

          Blast from the Past: Diana Panton Wins 2016 Hamilton Arts Award

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          Thursday, January 19, 2017

          News Roundup (Brock Zeman, Blair Hogan, Sean Pinchin, Ian Thomas)


          News

          Local
          Canada
          World

                  The Adventures of Trebleclef, the Hamilton Blues Lovers Monkey

                  Wednesday, January 18, 2017

                  New Ensemble! TV Episode Features Greg Moverley and Will Gillespie (Updated!)


                  New episodes of Ensemble! on Cable 14 Hamilton will start again soon.  The first new show of 2017 will feature the amazing Greg Moverley and the talented Will Gillespie.

                  Here's the schedule (we'll add more as we find out about it)

                  Wed Feb 1 @ 10:30am, 11pm
                  Sun Feb 5 @ 1pm
                  Mon Feb 6 @ 5:30am, 11pm
                  Tue Feb 7 @ 5:30am
                  Sat Feb 11 @ 5:30am

                  Here are a few videos to whet your appetite.





                  Links: Greg Moverley, More Greg Moverley Stories, Videos above courtesy of Greg Moverley





                  Links: Will GillespieMore Will Gillespie StoriesVideos above courtesy of Will Gillespie

                  Blast from the Past: Will Gillespie Wins Ensemble! Theme Contest

                  Links: Ensemble!More Ensemble! Stories

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                  Monday, January 16, 2017

                  Support Local Charities


                  From their website:

                  An Instrument For Every Child (AIFEC) provides ALL children with a high quality music education and allows them to explore their creative potential. This program will build self-esteem, develop leadership and teamwork skills and realize a sense of fulfillment. AIFEC will greatly assist in successfully carrying children forward, as vital citizens of their community.

                  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, January 15, 2017

                  'Honey Be' Album a Wonderful Legacy for Guelph's Mo' Kauffey


                  The legendary Mo' Kauffey was working on Honey Be, the debut recording from his duo, Kauffey Temple when he sadly passed away in early 2016.  The album is a wonderful addition of the music legacy he left behind.

                  Mo' is in amazing form here along with his musical partner, Peter Temple on harmonica and backing vocals. There are five studio tracks filled with Mo's laid-back, folky style of blues. Six live tunes follow from one of his final shows at the the Boathouse. The band do an amazing job on the originals and the handful of covers.

                  Joining the to duo are John Lee  of Pappy Johns Band (keys), Chris Latta of Soulstack (guitar), Al Richardson (bass), Maciej Lukasiewicz (drums) and Don Featherstone (sax). Backup vocals are handled superbly by Cheryl Lescom, Jesse Webber, and Cory Williams.

                  You can pick up a copy of this amazing disc from Encore Records or Try City Music in Kitchener. It's also available online at cdbaby and iTunes.  It's a great way to remember Mo'.



                  Blast from the Past: Videos of Kauffey Temple

                  Links: Mo' KauffeyMore Mo' Kauffey Stories, Video above courtesy of Hamilton Blues LoversMore Releases

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                  Thursday, January 12, 2017

                  News Roundup (Country Artists to Watch, Hugh's Room, Trebleclef Visits CHML)


                  News

                  Local
                  1. Hunter Brothers (Shaunavon, Saskatchewan)
                  2. Leaving Thomas (Calgary, Alberta)
                  3. Sons of Daughters (Vancouver, British Columbia)
                  4. Vanessa Marie Carter (Oakville, Ontario)



                  5. The Reklaws (Cambridge)



                    Links: More Reklaws StoriesVideo above courtesy of kelleighdennis

                  6. Ben Hudson (Uxbridge, Ontario)
                  7. Adrienne Taylor (Bristol, Quebec)
                  8. Genevieve Fisher (London, Ontario)
                  9. Natasha Zimbaro (Maple Ridge, British Columbia)
                  10. Tenille Arts (Weyburn, Saskatchewan)

                          The Adventures of Trebleclef, the Hamilton Blues Lovers Monkey

                          Lou, our blogger and his wife Linda (producer and creator of the Ensemble! TV show) were guests on the January 7, 2017 episode of Sold on Hamilton with Judy Marsales on 900 AM CHMLTrebleclef tagged along and checked out the building..



                          Wednesday, January 11, 2017

                          Videos (Blue Rodeo, Big Wreck, Colin James, Classic Rock Show)


                          The newly renamed FirstOntario Concert Hall (formerly Hamilton Place) will be hosting some amazing music in February.

                          Here is the schedule along with a couple of videos!

                          February 16-17, 7pm: Blue Rodeo/The Sadies


                          February 19, 8pm: Big Wreck/Ascot Royals



                          Links: Big Wreck, Video above courtesy of Big Wreck

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                          Tuesday, January 10, 2017

                          GOOD LUCK! St. Catharines' Tim Hicks and Kitchener's Helix Nominated for 2017 Music Express Awards! VOTE! Deadline Feb 9!


                          St. Catharines singer/songwriter, Tim Hicks has been nominated in two categories (Top Canadian Country Artist and Top Record Album - Country) for the 2017 Music Express Awards. This may  be another great win in a long line of 'em for the superstar. Also, Kitchener Hard Rock band Helix is up for the Back In The Spotlight award for their recent resurgence.



                          Links: Tim HicksMore Tim Hicks StoriesVideo above courtesy of Tim Hicks



                          Links: Helix, Video above courtesy of helixrockband

                          GOOD LUCK GUYS!

                          The highest number of nominations went to Shawn MendesDrake and Meghan Patrick, who received 4 each. Canadian legends, the Tragically Hip were also represented with three nods on top of singer Gord Downie's two nominations for his vocals and recent solo album.



                          Links: Meghan Patrick, Video above courtesy of Meghan Patrick

                          Winners are determined through fan voting between January 12 and February 9, 2017. We will post the link here when it's available.

                          Canadian Country Artist M/F
                          Record Album (Country)
                          Back In The Spotlight
                          (Established Artists Who Staged A Comeback In 2016)
                          Canadian Country Group
                          Record Album (Pop/Rock)
                          Canadian Single
                          Canadian Group
                            Canadian Male Vocalist
                            Canadian Female Vocalist
                            Emerging Artist/Group
                            Canadian Live Act/Artist 
                            Top Record Album (International)


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                            Monday, January 9, 2017

                            Support Local Charities

                            From their website: Since 1966, the poverty of loneliness and exclusion has been overcome with friendship and compassion at Welcome Inn Community Centre, where people from all walks of life work together to alleviate poverty in the North End and across Hamilton. Each person at Welcome Inn is accepted and welcomed as we are. We respect one another in our diversity and believe we all have something of value to give and to receive. Together, we build healthy and resilient community. We offer opportunities for spiritual growth with respect for each person’s spiritual journey and different faith traditions.

                            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.