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Friday, May 25, 2018

News Roundup (Jane's Party, Ian Andrews, Awards, Cartoons)




Local
Canada
Canadian Songwriting Contest Winners

Winners
Local Honourable Mention
Canadian winners listed below. Click title for full list.
Talkin' Blues Podcast

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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Weekend Picks (May 25-27, 2018)

Friday, May 25


Saturday, May 26

6:30-7am: Ensemble! TV Show ft Dana Swarbrick and Geoff Hudson, Hosted by Jamie Tennant @ Cable 14 (Hamilton)


9:30-10am: The Freewheelin' Spotlight Show Hosted by Jim Marino (24th Anniversary Special) @ 93.3 CFMU or cfmu.ca (Hamilton)

10am-1pm: Freewheelin' Folk Show (Radio Show) Hosted by Jim Marino (24th Anniversary Special) @ 93.3 CFMU or cfmu.ca (Hamilton)


11am-5pm: Eden Mills Arts Festival @ Eden Mills Community Hall

1:30pm: Scenes and Songs from Gord Carruth’s Canadian Musicals @ Pearl Company (Hamilton) $25

2pm: James Anthony Band w Jay Douglas @ 5 West (Burlington)

2:30pm: Mighty Duck Blues Band/Bill Durst @ The Bar Upstairs (St. Catharines)




8pm: Celebrating the Life of Brian @ Corktown (Hamilton) $20 or donation of your choice

8pm: Collette Savard and the Savants @ Artword Artbar (Hamilton) $15

8pm: Billy Moon and Friends @ Casbah (Hamilton) $10

8pm: Pat Robitaille @ Station 1 Coffee House (Grimsby) $25

8pm: The Maureen Brown Band @ Willie John's Big Easy (Niagara Falls)

8pm: Jackie Richardson @ Registry Theatre (Kitchener) $30

8:30pm: Whitney Ross Barris @ Jazz Room (Waterloo) $18/$10 under 30

9pm: Shoulder the Blame w Leo Dragtoe @ Brew Cafe (Hamilton)

9pm: SIANspheric + Guests @ This Ain't Hollywood (Hamilton) $12

9pm: Sweet and Lowdown w Big Lonely @ Mills Hardware (Hamilton) $10 adv/$12 door

9pm: Menace to Sobriety @ Moonshine Cafe (Oakville) $10

9pm: Neil Sedaka @ Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort $45+

9:30pm: Nervous Rebels' New Music Showcase @ Doors Pub (Hamilton) $10 adv/$15 door

9:30pm: Niagara Rhythm Section/Michael Schatte @ Old Winery (Niagara on the Lake)




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St. Catharines Singer/Songwriter Michael James Piccolo (aka Mike James) Passes


It is with sadness that we announce the passing of St. Catharines musician Michael James Piccolo (aks Mike James). He passed on Thursday, May 17, 2018. Our condolences to his family, friends and fans.

Click here for his obituary

Here are a few comments from social media:

Sarah Piccolo (daughter)
Our Dad was a talented musician, and was involved in the singing/songwriting community for many years. That was his passion, along with drumming, diving, golfing, fishing, bowling, and many other things. He never just looked out for himself, he cared for anyone who needed it. He cared for us right until the end. He could be seen strumming his guitar and singing in clubs around Niagara, always looking to jam with other musicians. He was hilarious and we could always count on him to crack a joke- appropriate or not, and he passed that humour down to Mike and I. We didn't really say goodbye, because we'll always have him in our hearts.
Thank you to everyone, especially the Benchmark Team and No Frills, who have sent condolences and support during this time. Thank you to everyone who has sent our Mom support and positive thoughts, we have been spending time together as a family.
Niagara Region Musicians' Association - Local 298
The NRMA mourns the passing of former AFM member Michael James Piccolo (aka Mike James). Mike retired in good standing from local 92, Buffalo and local 257, Nashville. Mike was the drummer for rock band Talus for many years. Later he became a successful singer songwriter, performing in the Niagara and Buffalo areas and marketing his songs far afield. His unique soulful performances will be missed by all who heard him. Our condolences go to his loving family and to his many friends.
You were a true and honest musician. Glad to have called you friend. God Speed
Jimmy Richardson (fan)
Gonna miss your beautiful songs and videos. Incredible songwriter. All the Blessings to you and your family.






Links: Mike James, Video above courtesy of Mike James

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Robert "Bumps" Blackwell 100th Birthday


Today (May 23, 2018) would have been American band leader and producer Robert "Bumps" Blackwell's 100th Birthday.

Here are some biography highlights from Wikipedia.


Links: Bumps Blackwell, Video above courtesy of GaetanoCozza



Links: Wynona Carr, Video above courtesy of NIGHT BEAT RECORDS



Links: Sam Cooke, More Sam Cooke Stories, Video above courtesy of Rarity Music Great Hits '60

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Enter to Win a Pair of Tickets to Matt Weidinger Presents the Music of Van Morrison!


On Saturday, June 2, 2018, the First Unitarian Church of Hamilton will be filled the with sounds of the legendary Van Morrison.  The incredible Matt Weidinger and his amazing band will be playing the unforgettable songs from the musical icon.

We'd like to offer our readers a chance to win a pair of tickets to this explosive show.

There are many ways to enter.
The deadline to enter is on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at midnight. The winner will be notified and be given a day to respond.  If they don't respond another will be chosen.

GOOD LUCK!

Here are some videos to show you how Matt will rock the place.







Links: Matt WeidingerMore Matt Weidinger Stories, Videos above courtesy of Matt Weidiger

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Monday, May 21, 2018

Please Support Local Charities


From their site: Hope for People-Fodivha Inc, is a Canadian Non-Profit Organization partnering with Fodivha Orphanage and School in Thomaseau, Haiti. We work to fund the building of the infrastructure necessary to give children a safe, nurturing environment to live and learn in. Funding also supports a nutritious feeding programme. Currently, 35 orphaned children live at Fodivha and another 300 come to school everyday. It is the only free school in the area, servicing the most marginalized and needy, in this very poor area of Haiti.

100% of your donation to Hope for People – Fodivha goes directly to support the ongoing construction projects at the orphanage and school and to the purchase of food for the children.

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, May 20, 2018

CONGRATS! Local Artists Win Awards During Canadian Music Week!


Canadian Music Week features a number of awards ceremonies and a number of area artists took home some hardware. From Hamilton there was the legendary Teenage Head, Iskwé and Matt Mays (he was born in the Hammer). Elora's Riverfest also received some well-deserved recognition.

Here is a list of local winners. Click the categories to see a complete list of winner.

Indie Awards

Live Music Awards
Canadian Sync Awards

Radio Music Awards

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Eddy Arnold's 100 Birthday


Today (May 15, 2018) would have been American Country star Eddy Arnold's 100th Birthday.

Biography highlights from Wikipedia






Links: Eddy Arnold, Videos above courtesy of EddyArnoldVEVO

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Monday, May 14, 2018

Michael Keys Passes


It is with sadness that we announce the passing of local singer/piano player Michael Keys, who recently lost his brave battle with cancer. We will post more information here as it comes. Our condolences to his family, friends and fans.

There was an outpouring of love for him on social media.  Here are a few quotes:

Karen Dowson (his daughter)
He didn’t want anyone to pity or treat him any differently so, that’s why many of you didn’t know he had been fighting stage 4 lung cancer for the past 4 & 1/2 years now. He was a fighter and stubborn but, he went peacefully and I heard the nurses were playing his music until the end. I love that!
Corey Lueck (Smoke Wagon Blues Band)
Very sad news, Mr. Keys was a great musical friend. I will certainly miss our times on stage and his weekend calls to chat about the state of the local music scene. He was a great advocator for making sure up and coming bands were part of the festival scene in Burlington Ontario, and he fought the city on it on many occasions. He use to book us for shows in the early days including The Burlington Rib Fest and we sure appreciated it. Was there anyone who loved to play more then Michael Keys ? RIP my musical friend
Russel McAllister (Hamilton Bucket List Band)
He was a fine musician and was always pushing for more work and better money. His last few years were spent in and out of Juravinski Hospital for Chemo and other torturous undertakings. He fought this horrible disease with class and dignity. His demeanor through this ordeal was amazing. He pulled no punches and was persistant in promoting our Good Friday Jam that he has been part of for over 10 years. I'll miss his Boogie style and left hand attack on the keyboard. Thank you Ron Russell for notifying me of this loss. My heartfelt condolences to Mike's wife Genny and the rest of their family. Rest well, Mike.
Eric Bower (bandmate)
He knew the music business as well as he knew his keyboard and fought hard for the betterment of musicians AND never shied away from providing valuable business advise to operators and promoters. Sure, we can debate and disagree on the way he delivered that message but there was nothing wrong with the message!
A word from Lou, our blogger
I had the honour of meeting Michael quite a few times and was always impressed by his musical skill and dedication. I will miss him greatly. 




2 videos above courtesy of Rob Stonehewer



Video above courtesy of DonnaLeescamera

Blast from the Past: Michael Keys Recognized by Blues Hall of Fame

Links: Michael KeysMore Michael Keys Stories

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Sunday, May 13, 2018

Please 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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Happy Mothers Day! Lester Smith, Saint Alvia, Wilkinsons




Links: Les SmithMore Les Smith StoriesVideo above courtesy of Lester Smith



Links: Saint Alvia, More Saint Alvia Stories, Video above courtesy of Saint Alvia



Links: The Wilkinsons, Video above courtesy of countryjazz

More Mother's Day Music

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Saturday, May 12, 2018

Blues With a Feeling 2018 Is Gonna Be a Blast!


Tickets are now on sale for the 2018 edition of Blues with a Feeling which returns to the Leander Boat Club in Hamilton on Saturday June 2nd. The wonderful scholarship fundraiser (done to in honour of the late, legendary King Biscuit Boy) features the best Blues performers around. 



Links: King Biscuit BoyMore KBB Stories, Video above courtesy of Michael Hickey

Headlining the event will be the legendary band, Crowbar with special guest Trickbag alumni Les Smith on vocal and harmonica.



Links: CrowbarMore Crowbar Stories, Video above courtesy of Unidisc Music



Links: Les SmithMore Les Smith StoriesVideo above courtesy of Hamilton Blues Lovers

Speaking of Trickbag, they'll be hitting the stage too, joined by former Crowbar saxman, Sonny Del-Rio.



Links: TrickbagMore Trickbag StoriesVideo above courtesy of Trickbag Canada



Links: Sonny Del RioMore Sonny Del Rio StoriesVideo above courtesy of Jeff de

Also on the bill is New York Blues man Mick Hayes, who'll be backed up by Hamilton's Kent Hartley's Playboys.



Links: Mick Hayes, Video above courtesy of Mick Hayes

Tickets are only $25 and can be purchased at Picks and Sticks, Dr. Disc, Stardust Records, Chedoke Flowers and Looney Tunes in Burlington.

Click here for the Hamilton Spectator story.

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Friday, May 11, 2018

News Roundup (Terra Lightfoot, The Schotts, Hailee Rose w Dave Rave, ECMA's)


East Coast Music Award Winners

      News

      Local
        Canada
        Cartoons



        Adventure of Trebleclef, the Music Loving Monkey

        Trebleclef  was a very busy monkey last weekend.

        First, he popped by Big B Comics for Free Comic Day. That's always a blast!


        Click here for more photos from the event!

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        The next day, he visited the Black Bull in Burlington for the first time. He rocked out to Hailee Rose, Dave Rave and friends!


        Click here for more photos from the event

        Thursday, May 10, 2018

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        Wednesday, May 9, 2018

        News Roundup (Terra Lightfoot, Redhill Valleys, Top Canadian Albums)

        1. Shania Twain: Come On Over



          Links: Shania Twain, More Shania Twain Stories, Video above courtesy of ShaniaTwainVEVO

        2. Céline Dion: Let’s Talk About Love
        3. Shania Twain: Up!
        4. Sarah McLachlan: Surfacing
        5. Avril Lavigne: Let Go
        6. Céline Dion: All The Way - A Decade Of Song
        7. Michael Bublé: Christmas
        8. Our Lady Peace: Clumsy
        9. Céline Dion: Falling Into You
        10. Céline Dion: These Are Special Times

          News

          Local
            Canada
            World
            Passings

            Sunday, May 6, 2018

            Please Support Local Charities


            From their webiste: The Cancer Assistance Program is a community-based, not-for-profit organization, led by a team of volunteers and staff, offering free services to ease the physical, emotional and economic impact of those in our community affected by cancer.

            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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            World Accordion Day (Ron Cole, Jerome Godboo, Alphonso Spoto, Hamilton Accordion Club)



            Links: (Ron Cole on Accordion), Banned From HeavenMore Banned From Heaven StoriesVideo above courtesy of Hamilton Blues Lovers



            Links: Jerome GodbooMore Jerome Godboo StoriesTrickbagMore Trickbag StoriesVideo above courtesy of Helen Graham



            Links: (Alfonso Spoto on Accordion),  AcousticsMore Acoustics StoriesVideo above courtesy of pastadish



            Links: Hamilton Accordion Club, More HAC Stories, Video above courtesy of Heinz Siemens

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            Saturday, May 5, 2018

            Erbie Bowser 100th Birthday


            Today (May 5, 2018) would have been American Blues pianist (and longtime musical partner of T.D. BellErbie Bowser's 100th birthday.

            Biography highlights (from Wikipedia and Texas State Historical Association)
            • Born in Dallas, Texas (May 5, 2018)
            • Started performing with TD Bell (approx 1949)
            • Album with TD Bell, It's About Time, nominated for WC Handy Award (1992)
            • Played Carnegie Hall (1994)
            • Passed away in Austin, Texas (August 15, 1995)
            • Inducted into Austin Music Memorial (2010)



            Two videos above courtesy of Josep Pedro



            Video above courtesy of blues4sale

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            Happy National Cartoonist Day!







            We'd like to take this opportunity to promote a wonderful Hamilton-themed book by Hamilton Spectator editorial cartoonist Graeme MacKay. We highly recommend it.



            Musical Cartoon Links:

            Local Cartoonists:
            Please email us at blueshamilton@gmail.com if you know of any other cartoonists that should be on our list.

            Links: More of our CartoonsMore Cartoonist Day Posts

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