The Fred Eaglesmith Show Comes to Hamilton on April 8th!

The Fred Eaglesmith Show Comes to Hamilton on April 8th!
Click pic to find out how to enter to win tix!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Weekday Picks (March 27-30, 2017)


From their site: Working to make a significant impact in the quality of life of Canada’s ill & injured CAF members, Veterans, First Responders, and their families.

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.


Tuesday, March 28

5:30-6am: Episode of Ensemble! TV Show ft Ian Andrews and Jay Pollmann @ Cable 14 (Hamilton)

4-6pm: Blues Blast w Ken Wallis @ 101.5 FM or 1015thehawk.ca

6pm: Sean Pinchin @ Morty's Pub (Waterloo)

7pm: Legends on Tour (Tribute Show) @ Sanderson Centre (Brantford) $47

8pm: Hamilton Folk Club (Open Stage) @ Pheasant Plucker $4


8pm: Tom Cochrane @ Centre in the Square (Kitchener) $39.50+

9:30-10pm: Episode of Ensemble! TV Show ft Ian Andrews and Jay Pollmann @ Cable 14 (Hamilton)

Wednesday, March 29

Piano Day

7-8:30pm: Singing Harmony By Ear (6 Weeks on Wednesdays) w Jane Lewis @ Toronto Street (Guelph) $150

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

8pm: Terri Clark/Jessica Mitchell @ Sanderson Centre (Brantford) $46+

8pm: Alan Doyle (Great Big Sea) and the Beautiful Gypsies @ Centre in the Square (Kitchener) $28.50


8pm: Five Alarm Funk Album Release @ Maxwell's Concerts (Waterloo) $15

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

8:30pm: Ray LaMontagne @ Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort $80+

8:30pm: Wooden Bridge/Oren Furmanov @ Red Brick Cafe (Guelph)

Thursday, March 30

2pm: A Little Bit Country…A Little Bit Rock And Roll An All Star Tribute Show @ Sanderson Centre (Brantford) $40

6:30pm: Southern Supper with Jerome Godboo and Eric Schenkman (Spin Doctors) @ Mississippi Queen Foods (Hamilton) $45 incl dinner

7pm: Opening Reception: Canada 150 Celebration - Live Learn Jazz Series Bebop in the Brewery @ Exchange Brewery (Niagara-on-the-Lake)




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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Hamilton's Kirby Creates Folk-Pop-Rock Explosion on Latest Album


Hamilton singer/songwriter, Kirby has created a folk-pop-rock explosion with his latest self titled album.  Uniting beautiful, acoustic guitar with synth sounds and a rocking rhythm section, he and his band have generated quite an impressive sound.

With his wonderful, spirited voice and excellent lyrics, Kirby has made a modern recording that tips its hat to the roots of the past. Truly, the best of both worlds.

Kirby's accompanied by a marvelous group of artists: Max Wray (guitar), Eric Thachuck (bass), Matt Burns (drums), Matthew Montour (guitars, organ, more) and Mike Yates (Strings) with Robyn Dell’untoTiffany Hunter and Trevor Howard helping on vocals.

This incredible album can be downloaded via his Bandcamp page.






Blast from the Past: Kirby EP - Into the Dark

Links: KirbyMore Kirby StoriesVideo above courtesy KirbySingsMore Releases

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

News Roundup (Chuck Berry, James Cotton, Robin Benedict, Brennagh Burns, CBC Radio Chart)


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  1. Walk Off the Earth: Fire in my Soul
  2. The xx: On Hold
  3. The New Pornographers: High Ticket Attractions
  4. Fast Romantics: Why We Fight
  5. Overcoats: Hold Me Close
  6. Portugal. The Man: Feel it Still
  7. Whitehorse: Boys Like You
  8. Ruth B: Superficial Love
  9. Scott Helman: 21 Days
  10. Bill and Joel Plaskett: The Next Blue Sky
  11. Common Deer: Confession (I Should Have Known)
  12. Ron Sexsmith: Radio
  13. Sarah Slean: Sarah
  14. David Usher: They Will Believe (In This Love)
  15. Arcade Fire ft Mavis Staples: I Give You Power
  16. Bobby Bazini: Never Let Go
  17. Robyn Dell'Unto: Face to Face
  18. Sheryl Crow: Halfway There
  19. Declan McKenna: The Kids Don't Wanna Come Home
  20. Joseph: Canyon
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    Wednesday, March 22, 2017

    Enter to Win Tickets to see Detroit's Harper and Midwest Kind in Niagara Falls!


    Award-winning  Detroit Blues act Harper and Midwest Kind will be making a rare appearance at the Seneca Queen Theatre in Niagara Falls on April 8, 2017! It's a great opportunity to see this world-class band in an area venue.

    The friendly folks at the Seneca Queen Theatre have offered us a few pairs of tickets to give away for this incredible concert.

    Here's what you can do to enter to win.
    That's five chances to win.

    Deadline to enter is March 31, 2017 at 11:59 pm. Winners will be chosen then and given until the end of the day to reply. If they don't, other winners will be picked.

    Click to enter the Jack de Keyzer show contest too!

    Here are some videos to show you what Harper and Midwest Kind are capable of.







    Links: Harper and Midwest Kind, Videos above courtesy of Peter D Harper

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    Tuesday, March 21, 2017

    Enter to Win Tickets to See Jack de Keyzer, Jerome Godboo and Spencer Mackenzie in Niagara Falls!

    Poster courtesy of Seneca Queen Theatre
    There's be no foolin' at the Seneca Queen Theatre in Niagara Falls on April 1, 2017! The Jack de Keyzer Band will help you Shake Off the Winter Blues with their brand of kick-ass rockin' Blues. He'll be aided and abetted by Jerome Godboo and Spencer Mackenzie. This is a guaranteed good time!

    Thanks to our friends at the Seneca Queen Theatre, we have a few pairs of tickets to give away for this amazing show,

    Here's what you can do to enter to win.
    That's five chances to win.

    Deadline to enter is March 29, 2017 at 11:59 pm. Winners will be chosen then and given until the end of the day to reply. If they don't, other winnera will be picked.

    Click here top enter to win Harper and Midwest Kind tickets

    Here are some videos to whet your appetite.





    More Freddie King Covers/Stories

    Links: Jack de KeyzerMore Jack de Keyzer Stories, Videos above courtesy of randallstaffordcook



    Links: Jerome GodbooMore Jerome Godboo StoriesVideo above courtesy of Toronto Live Music Scene



    Links: Spencer MacKenzieMore Spencer Mackenzie Stories,, Video above courtesy of daragent2

    Blast from the Past: Jack de Keyzer and Jerome Godboo @ Stonewalls

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    Sunday, March 19, 2017

    Support Local Charities

    From their website: Good Shepherd services include a emergency food and clothing; daily hot meals; emergency shelters for men, youth, families, women and children; transitional housing and education for homeless and street-involved youth; hospice palliative care; community mental health programs; and supportive housing programs.

    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, March 18, 2017

    GOOD LUCK! Local Artists on Searchlight Top 25

    Picture courtesy of CBC Music
    We are one step close to knowing who this year's winner of the CBC Searchlight competition. The panel chose an act from each of the 23 regions. Also, the two acts with the most popular votes are added to round out the top 25 list.

    Hamilton singer/songwriter Emma VanDyk won her city's category and LoFi Mind was chosen as the representative for Kitchener-Waterloo. The winner will be revealed soon.



    Links: Emma Van Dyk, Video above courtesy of  Emma VanDyk



    Links: LoFi Mind, More LoFi Mind Stories, Video above courtesy of LoFi Mind

    Here's the complete list:
    Blast from the Past: Last Year's Finalists

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    Wednesday, March 15, 2017

    CONGRATS! Hamilton's David Braid Wins 2 Canadian Screen Awards!


    Jazzman David Braid made his hometown of Hamilton proud by bringing home both of the awards he was nominated for at the 2017 Canadian Screen Awards. They were for his work on the incredible bio-pic Born to be Blue (based on the legendary Chet Baker).



    Video above courtesy of Movieclips Trailers

    Other notable winners include the Blues documentary I Am the Blues that won two awards and the Tragically Hip TV special A National Celebration, which earned 5.



    Links: Tragically HipMore Tragically Hip StoriesVideo above courtesy of Scott Kearley

    CONGRATS EVERYONE!

    Click here for the Hamilton Spectator story.

    Here are the music-related winners

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    Tuesday, March 14, 2017

    CONGRATS! Diana Panton Wins Hamilton Woman of Distinction Award!

    Picture courtesy of Diana Panton
    Hamilton Jazz singer Diana Panton proudly won a 2017 Women of Distinction Award for the Arts, Culture, Design category on March 9, 2017. She was one of many women celebrated for their impressive achievements in the Hammer.

    She posted the following on her Facebook page:
    Honoured to bring home this award tonight for Arts/Culture/Design at the Women of Distinction Awards. Very proud to be Hamiltonian and see all the wonderful things women are doing to enrich this community. Congrats to all the nominees!
    My special thanks to those people who took the time to contribute letters of recommendation and submit my nomination, as well as those who voted.






    Links: Diana PantonMore Diana Panton Stories, Videos above couresy of sasa top


    Here's a compete list of winners!
    CONGRATS LADIES!

    Blast from the Past: Diana Panton CD - Red

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    Monday, March 13, 2017

    Support Local Charities



    From their website: SACHA supports survivors of sexual assault while working to end violence in our 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.


    Sunday, March 12, 2017

    Rootbone Duo Starring in New Ensemble! TV Episode (UPDATED Mar 17!)


    Darren Poole and Bobbi Richards, the two core members of Blues band Rootbone recently recorded an episode of Ensemble! on Cable 14 Hamilton. Their show will be airing soon.

    Hamilton residents with cable can view episodes on Cable 14. Other Rogers or Cogeco customers (including cell plan subscribers) can see it online at Cable14now

    Here's the schedule (we'll add more as we find out about it)
    • Saturday, March 18 @ 2:30 am
    • Sunday, March 19 @ 12:30 pm
    Here are a few videos that show what they can do!







    More Stray Cats Cover/Stories



    Blast from the Past: Rootbone's Debut Album

    Links: Rootbone, More Rootbone Stories, Videos above courtesy of Rootbone

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    Saturday, March 11, 2017

    GOOD LUCK! Local CBC Searchlight Top 10!


    With more than 2,000 acts entered, the regional top 10s have been chosen for 2017 CBC Searchlight competition. Phil McCarty won the popular vote for the Hamilton region and LoFi Mind earned it for Kitchener-Waterloo.



    Video above courtesy of Phil McCarty



    Links: LoFi Mind, More LoFi Mind Stories, Video above courtesy of LoFi Mind

    Winners from each of the 23 regions (chosen by a panel) will be unveiled on Tuesday, March 14 and will move to the next round. The two acts with the most number of votes will automatically advance as well.

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    Friday, March 10, 2017

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    Thursday, March 9, 2017

    News Roundup (James Favron, Jay Pollmann, Awards, Passings)


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        Wednesday, March 8, 2017

        Enter to Win a Pair of Tickets to see Fred Eaglesmith in Hamilton


        The Legendary Fred Eaglesmith is coming to the Studio in Hamilton on April 8. He'll be joined by the wonderful Tif Ginn. Our friends at Core Entertainment want to give one lucky winner a free pair of tickets!

        Here's what you can do to enter to win
        That's five chances to win.

        Deadline to enter is March 31, 2017 at 11:59 pm. A winner will be chosen on April 1st and given until the end of the day to reply. If they don't, another winner will be chosen.

        GOOD LUCK!

        Here are a few videos of Fred in action!



        Video above courtesy of skunk1955



        Video above courtesy of Jason Hammond



        Video above courtesy of Charlie Burttram

        Links: Fred EaglesmithMore Fred Eaglesmith Stories 

        And here's a video of Tif Gin



        Links: Tif Ginn, More Tif Ginn StoriesVideo above courtesy Ken Morris

        Blast from the Past: Fred Eaglesmith CD: Tambourine

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        Tuesday, March 7, 2017

        Remembering Musician and Caledonia Folk Club Founder Bill Crawford


        On February 21, 2017, the Ontario folk community lost an important member. Bill Crawford was a talented musician and also the co-founder of the now-defunct Caledonia Folk Club. He was part of the folk duo Cravan Spirit (with Ed Vandendool)Our condolences to his family, friends and fans.

        Click here for his obituary

        Reaction to his passing was all over the Internet. Here are some samples. We may add more later on:

        Jim Marino (Freewheelin' Folk Show): I remember great artists like Stephen Fearing appearing in Caledonia thanks to Bill. I first met Bill and Ed Vandendool when they first appeared at the Festival of Friends in 1995 as Cravan Spirit. He also was a prominent member of the "Tears of a Thousand Years" Committee that raised over $20000 for the 9/11 relief fund. Sincere condolences to his family and friends from The Freewheeling Folk Show and 93.3 CFMU.

        Jeremiah Budnark (Brantford Open Stage): Bill (along with Ed Vandendool) founded the Caledonia Folk Club shortly after the Hamilton Folk Club and for (I think it was) 18 years provided a haven for folkies and a fine opportunity for performers. It was the first place I ever managed the nerve to go on stage and have always regarded it as my 'home' club. Bill and family also became friends. They and the folk clubs have changed the path of my life and for that I will always be grateful. Bill will be missed.

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        Monday, March 6, 2017

        Support Local Charities


        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, March 5, 2017

        New Episode of Ensemble! features Dwayne LaForme and Joshua Arden Miller


        New episodes of Ensemble! on Cable 14 Hamilton just keep on coming! Two incredible Bluesmen, Dwayne LaForme and Joshua Arden Miller (or Pappy Johns band) will be starring in the next show.

        Hamilton residents with cable can view the episode on Cable 14. Other Rogers or Cogeco customers (including cell plan subscribers) can see it online at Cable14now

        Here's the schedule (we'll add more as we find out about it)
        • Sunday, March 12 @ 12 pm
        • Monday, March 13 @ 9:30 am
        Here are a few videos that showcase their talents.



        More Taj Mahal Covers/Stories



        Links: Dwayne LaFormeMore Dwayne LaForme Stories, Videos above courtesy of DSmith Productions

        Saturday, March 4, 2017

        CONGRATS! Jovaune "Big Joe" Rhodes and Michael St. George Earn Rev. John C. Holland Awards


        This year's Rev. John C Holland Awards Ceremony included wins by two Hamilton musicians.  Blues singer Jovaune "Big Joe" Rhodes received an Award of Merit for his advocacy work in the community. Multi-genre performer, Michael St. George earned the Jackie Washington Award for Arts.



        Links: Big Joe Rhodes, More Big Joe Rhodes Stories, More Muddy Waters Covers/StoriesVideo above courtesy of BOYDWILSONFILMS





        Links: Michael St. George, Videos above courtesy of Michael St. George Dub Artist

        The event was held on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at Liuna Station and is a wonderful part of the city's Black History Month celebrations.

        CONGRATS GUYS!

        Here's a full list of winners:
        Click here for the Hamilton Spectator story

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