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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

New Album from Hamilton's Azalea Features Lush Harmonies and Beautiful Melodies!

Hamilton musical duo, Azalea keeps growing with every recording and their latest, Gypsy's Moonlight Motel proves it. The production is amazing and they've created a fabulous melding of pop and roots music.

Their lush vocal harmonies flow through the entire album as the sometimes infectious and always beautiful melodies bolster the sound. It's a perfect mix of vocals and music that can't help but effect you emotionally.

You can pick up the CD at their live shows. It's also available through their online store or iTunes.

Videos above courtesy of Azalea

Links: AzaleaMore Azalea StoriesMore CD Releases

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Marian McPartland's 100th Birthday

Today (March 20, 2018) would have been English/American Jazz pianist Marian McPartland's 100th Birthday.

Her career highlights included (according to Wikipedia):

Video above courtesy of bluetaka55

Video above courtesy of BillEvansArchive

Video above courtesy of UWTV

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Monday, March 19, 2018

Neon Moon Drummer John Dutton Passes

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of John Dutton, the drummer for Neon Moon on March 18, 2018. Our condolences to his family, friends and fans.

Neon Moon frontman, George Bakhius had this to say on his Facebook page:
It is with heavy heart to inform everyone that John Dutton,  my Drummer (NEON MOON) and Brother from another mother for 30 years passed away this morning 9am with family by his side. Our condolences go out to his wife Sue and the entire Dutton family. Johnny was a great friend, husband, father, uncle, grandfather and will be sadly missed by all.
Here is his obituary:
DUTTON, John Passed away suddenly with his family by his side at the Hamilton General Hospital on Sunday, March 18, 2018, John Dutton in his 65th year. Beloved husband of Susan. Dear father of Carrie (Steve) , Danny (Roxanne) and Jimmy. Will be sadly missed by his grandchildren Aj, Dj, Erikjohn, Veronica, Tamara and great-granddaughter Sophia. Remembered by his sisters Janet, Judy, Maryanne, Debbie (Richard), Helen (Ron), Cora and brother Donny (Glady). Predeceased by his mother and father Shirley and George Dutton and brother Dee. The family invite friends to a time of visitation at the DODSWORTH & BROWN Funeral Home, ROBINSON CHAPEL(King Street East at Wellington) on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 from 2:00 - 4:00 and 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Funeral service on Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. Cremation to take place. Memorial tributes to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada.
 We may post more information here as it becomes available.

Links: Neon Moon, More Neon Moon Stories, Videos above courtesy of George Backus & NEON MOON

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Sunday, March 18, 2018

Weekday Picks (March 19-22, 2018)

Wednesday, March 21

Thursday, March 22

5-5:30am: Ensemble! TV Show ft Bobbi Richards + Darran Poole (Rootbone), Hosted by Jamie Tennant @ Cable 14 (Hamilton)

11:30-12pm: Ensemble! TV Show ft Bobbi Richards + Darran Poole (Rootbone), Hosted by Jamie Tennant @ Cable 14 (Hamilton)

7:30pm: CELTICA - Pipes Rock! @ FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre (Partridge Hall) (St. Catharines) $39

8pm: Jazz tribute to composer Adrean Farrugia by his students @ Artword Artbar (Hamilton) $10

8pm: Tower of Power @ Burlington Performing Arts Centre $80+

8pm: Scrap Arts Music: Children of Metropolis @ Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts $55 (ALL AGES)

8pm: Abbey Road w Jeans N Classics @ Centre in the Square (Kitchener) $35+

8:30pm: The Everly Brothers Experience ft the Zmed Brothers @ Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort $20+

9pm: Built By Thieves + Guests @ This Ain't Hollywood (Hamilton) $7

Please 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.

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, March 16, 2018

News Roundup (Avery Raquel, Iskwe, Brennagh Burns w Dave Pomfret, Acoustic Music Awards)


    International Acoustic Music Award WinnersCanadians are bolded
    First Light
    Best Group/Duo
    Best Male Artist
    Best Female Artist

    Adventure of Trebleclef, the Music-Loving Monkey

    Trebleclef wanted to support Locke Street so he visited many locations in the community.

    He attended the #LoveLockeStreet fundraiser at the Rock on Locke. The next day, he did the Walk on Locke and visited all the amazing shops. He also popped in to visit our wonderful sponsor Judy Marsales Real Estate.

    Photo albums:

    Tuesday, March 13, 2018

    GOOD LUCK! Hamilton's Paul Langille Nominated for 2018 Jack Richardson Music Award

    Former Hamiltonian, Paul Langille is up for a Jack Richardson London Music Award.  His duo Langille-Lockwood was nominated in the Blues category. Hopefully he'll bring home the award at the ceremony on April 15, 2018.

    Links: Paul Langille, More Paul Langille StoriesTom LockwoodMore Tom Lockwood StoriesVideo above courtesy of Spur of the Moment Media


    Below is a complete list of nominees

    Jazz Vocal (Solo or Group)
    Classical Instrumental (Group)
    Classical Instrumental (Solo)
    Classical Vocal (Choir/Group)
    Classical Vocal (Solo)
    • Josie London
    • Rena and Dave O’Halloran
    • Chris Campbell
    • Jim McCormick
    • John Rowlands
    • Tommy Alcatraz
    Hip Hop
    Club DJ
    Blast from the Past: 2016 Winners

    Links: Jack Richardson London Music Awards, More JRLMA stories

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    Monday, March 12, 2018

    GOOD LUCK! Local Finalists in the 2017 International Songwriting Competition. Vote! Deadline is April 3

    Soon, a number of local artists will be judged by Tom Waits, Perry Ferrell (Jane's Addiction), Lorde, Ziggy MarleyTommy Chong, Walter Trout, Booker T Jones and more in the 2017 International Songwriting Competition. They'll choose the top three in each genre category.

    There's also People's Voice award in almost every category that's voted on by the public so here's your change to help out some area artists. Deadline is April 3, 2018.

    Local nominees include:
    There were also a number of talented area semi-finalists who didn't get to move on to the next round:
    Below is a full list of all the Canadian nominees (local musicians are bolded). Click here for  complete list. Click the category to vote.

    Love Song
    No public voting
    Screen Shot (Music for TV/Movies/etc) 
    No public voting

    Sunday, March 11, 2018

    Please Support Local Charities

    From their website: The AIDS Network is a registered charitable organization, and offers services to the 1.5 million people living in the communities of Hamilton, Halton, Haldimand, Norfolk and Brant.  Since 1986, The AIDS Network has been the primary voice for HIV/AIDS prevention, education and support.

    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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    Friday, March 9, 2018

    News Roundup (Teatro Reissue, Tim Bovaconti, Myles Goodwyn w Jack de Keyzer, Folk Awards )



    International Folk Music Award Winners (incl Canadians)

      Wednesday, March 7, 2018

      CONGRATS! Waterloo's JoJo Worthington Earns Silver at Global Music Awards + Canadian Winners

      For the second year in a row, Waterloo's JoJo Worthington earned a silver medal at the The Global Music Awards. This time, it was for her song The River (originally done with her band Komorebi)

      Links: KomorebiJoJo WorthingtonMore JoJo Worthington StoriesSong above courtesy of Komorebi

      Below is a list of the Canadian winners. Click here for the full list.

      Blast from the Past: Dec 2017's Winners

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      Tuesday, March 6, 2018

      GOOD LUCK! Local Artists on Top 100 Searchlight List! VOTE!

      CBC's Annual Searchlight competition recently whittled down the thousands of entries to pick the top 100 (50 that are chosen by public vote and the other half judged by CBC Music). Local communities have a few area musicians on the list.

      The top 10 will be chosen by March 8, 2018 and the winner will be announced on March 19, 2018. Click here to vote for the top ten.

      Below is a list of local nominees. Click here for the complete list.

      Blast from the Past: Last Year's Winner

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      Saturday, March 3, 2018

      Please Support Local Charities

      From their website: Neighbour to Neighbour works to improve the quality of life in our community by offering access to tutoring programs for children, community kitchen programs, utility subsidy programs, family counselling, emergency food access and a host of other interventions. Neighbour to Neighbour is empowering people with the tools and ideas that will help change their lives.

      They also have an amazing used book store.

      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.

      Vote for Your Favourite Local Entertainers in the Hamilton Community News Readers' Choice Awards! Deadline Mar 11

      It's time to get out and vote for the 2018 Hamilton Community News Reader's Choice Awards.  Deadline to get your vote out is Sunday, March 11, 2018 at 11:59pm.

      There are two main categories of interest to our music-loving readers: Live Entertainment and Professional Entertainers.

      Here's the full list of nominees from both categories.

      Live Entertainment

      Since you'll be voting, we'd like to ask you to please vote for our sponsors as well. Please click the category below to vote.
      Blast from the Past: Last Year's Winners

      Links: Hamilton Community News Reader's Choice AwardsMore HCN Awards Stories

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