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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

CONGRATS! Local Country Artists Bring Some CMAO Awards Home!

Our area country boys (and gals) brought some Country Music Association of Ontario Awards home on Monday, May 25th during the The Markham Theatre ceremony.

Tim Hicks from St. Catharines and Waterloo's The Western Swing Authority took home two trophies that night.  WSA Producer, Jason Barry, also won for his work with the band.

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

Links: Western Swing Authority , More WSA StoriesVideo above courtesy of Western swing Authority

Hamilton radio station CHKX – KX 94.7 FM got the top prize for the Major Market category as well.

The biggest winner of the night was the song,  I Only Smoke When I Drink by Trenton's Small Town Pistols.  It won for Best Songwriters, Single and Video.


Links: Small Town Pistols, Video above courtesy of Small Town Pistols

Here is a full list of winners
Blast from the Past: Last Year's Winners

Previous (Hamilton Music Award Winners)

Monday, May 25, 2015

CONGRATS! 2015 Hamilton Music Award Winners

The 2015 Hamilton Music Awards ceremony on May 24, 2015 at Theatre Aquarius was amazing! Host Ian Thomas did a wonderful job and had everybody laughing.  There were heartfelt tributes to Tava TunesBrian Griffith and Cpl. Nathan Cirrilo, a visit from mayor Fred Eisenberger and a ton of amazing area music.

As always, the local scene was in the spotlight the whole show and the award winners were announced. Rockers the The Arkells and songstress Laura Cole took home three trophies each that night.  Blues veteran Harrison Kennedy also won a pair well-deserved awards.

Links: Laura ColeMore Laura Cole StoriesVideo above courtesy of Richard Crawford

Links:  ArkellsMore Arkells StoriesVideo above courtesy of Oskar Covers

Links: Harrison KennedyMore Harrison Kennedy StoriesVideo above courtesy of RandallStaffordCook

Click here for the Spectator story.

Congrats everyone.

Blast from the Past: Last Year's Winners

Previous (Hamilton Music Industry Award Winners) - - - Next (Country Music Association of Ontario Award Winners)

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Our Weekday Picks (May 25-28, 2015)

Wednesday@Moonshine Cafe (Oakville)

Thursday@Pearl Company (Hamilton)

Wednesday, May 27 (1-8pm)

1pm and 7:30pm: Barbra and Frank: The Concert That Never Was@Greg Frewin Theatre (Niagara Falls) $24.98+

6:50pm: Glenn Campbell: I'll Be Me (Documentary)@Princess Cinema (Waterloo) $10/$7 member + seniors + kids under 14

7:30pm: Community Music School of Waterloo Fundraiser w Joni NehRita@Registry Theatre (Kitchener) $22/$18 seniors + students (reception + Silent Auction 6:30pm)

8pm: James Street Musical ft Songs by Mark McNeil@Artword Artbar (Hamilton) $20

8pm: Diana Krall@Centre in the Square (Kitchener) $80+

Wednesday, May 27 (8:30pm-Close)

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

8:30pm The Company Men@Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort $20+

9pm: Roxanne Potvin@Moonshine Cafe (Oakville) $10

10pm: Crissinger/Mark Wilson@Two Doors Down (Brantford)

Thursday, May 28

3pm and 8:30pm: The Company Men@Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort $20+

6:50pm: Glenn Campbell: I'll Be Me (Documentary)@Princess Cinema (Waterloo) $10/$7 member + seniors + kids under 14

8pm: Roxanne Potvin@Pearl Company (Hamilton) $20/$15 Students/Seniors/Un(der)employed

8pm: Crissinger@Abe Erb (Waterloo)

8pm: James Street Musical ft Songs by Mark McNeil@Artword Artbar (Hamilton) $20

Thursday, May 28 -  Kinsmen Carnival@Riverside Park (Cambridge)

6:30-7:15pm Sad Mickey
7:30-8:15pm Tailgate 
8:30-9:15pm Sue Du Puy 
9:30-10:45pm 8 Second Ride 

Saturday, May 23, 2015

CONGRATS! 2015 Hamilton Music Industry Award Winners (Including Us!)

The Hamilton Blues Lovers website was only one of the many winners in the 2015 Hamilton Music Industry Awards.  Many deserving members of the local music community were recognized on May 23, 2015 at the Dofasco Centre for the Arts.

Lou, our blogger had this to say: "Thank you to all my fellow nominees who help get the word out about the amazing Hamilton music scene and thanks to all the amazing musicians.  It is an honour to receive this award."

The big winner of the day was classical musician Strat Andriotis, who earned three awards.

Video above courtesy of Dekatria Records

The night was also special because of the late, great Brian Griffith, who won the Guitarist of the Year Award.  His son accepted the award on his behalf.  Many of the speakers paid tribute to this amazing musician.  There were many touching moments.

Links: More Brian Griffith StoriesVideo above courtesy of Doug Smith 

Click here for the CBC Hamilton story

Click here for pictures of the event

Click here for picture of our Mascot at the awards


Here is a complete list of winners.

Previous (Harrison Kennedy on New Eric Bibb Album)

Hamilton's Harrison Kennedy Adds Extra Soul to Eric Bibb's 'Blues People'

Blues superstar Eric Bibb's latest project, Blues People, is more than just a sensational album.  It's a brilliant tribute to the great Dr. Martin Luther King and a historical document of Black History.  This Stony Plain Records release chronicles the struggles of race relations throughout the years.

Eric mobilizes a who's who of the current blues community for this marvelous musical manifesto.  Hamilton Blues Legend Harrison Kennedy teams up with him and Ruthie Foster for the funky, soulful Dream Catchers.  The song is inspiring, powerful and uplifting.

The rest of the guest list is equally impressive: Taj MahalBlind Boys of AlabamaPopa ChubbyGuy DavisJJ Milteau, Glenn Scott, Linda TilleryAndre De Lange, and Leyla McCalla.

Packed with some of the best acoustic folk blues, moving soul and incredible world music around, the album is a wondrous musical feast.  You can tell all those involved wanted the message to be heard.

You can buy this stirring recording at many physical or Internet stores.  It can be purchased through Eric's  online shop or downloaded using iTunes.

Video above courtesy of Ekkentronbar

2 videos above courtesy of Jez Prance

Blast from the Past: Harrison Guests on the Skakura S'aida Album

Links: Eric Bibb, More Eric Bibb StoriesHarrison KennedyMore Harrison Kennedy StoriesMore Releases

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