Saturday, November 22, 2014

Hamilton's My Flying Machine Debut is Stunning

My Flying Machine, the fascinating new musical project featuring Hamilton boy Brandon General defies categorization.  The genre blending debut EP Happiness is a Learned Behavior has synthesized both modern and traditional elements perfectly.

It has a stunning 60's wall of sound feel with lush harmonies (sometimes even choir-like) and catchy hooks.  Many songs also blend in a modern alt-pop folk sound which works surprisingly well. A little bit of swing and soul make their way into the mix to add some bounce.  This is most evident in the infectious version of Blind Willie McTell's Pal O' Mine.  Brandon's beautiful, poetic lyrics tie everything together nicely.

The core of My Flying Machine consists of Brandon (guitar, piano, bass, vocals) with James Prasek of Dunnville's Cover Story (drums) and Hamilton gal Brennagh Burns (harmonies/choir).  Other musicians on the EP include  Kyle Rowe of Cover Story (electric guitar), Wes Martin of Ol' CD (bass), Justin McCabe (bass), Ben Pierson (sax), Brad Gaudreau (trombone), Eric McIntyre (trumpet) and Port Dover's Cindy Dell (violin) and Roxanne Rendle (choir).

You can download this wondrous EP at My Flying Machine's Bandcamp Page.

Video above courtesy of Hamilton Blues Lovers

Video above courtesy of Brandon General

Blast from the Past: Brandon General, Brennagh Burns and other on an episode of Ensemble!

Links: My Flying Machine, More Brandon General StoriesMore Releases

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Our Weekend Picks (November 21-23, 2014)

Friday, November 21, 2014 (2-7:30pm)

2-5pm: A Country Christmas w the Walters Family@Sanderson Centre (Brantford) $35

6pm: Christmas Food Drive w Mike Woods@Airforce Association (Dundas)

7pm: Hawksley Workman@Melrose United Church (Hamilton) $?

Friday, November 21, 2014 (8pm)

8pm: Craig Cardiff (Cystic Fibrosis Benefit)@Dundas Valley Montessori School $20 adv/$25 door

8pm: Kyle Pacey and Friends@Artword Artbar (Hamilton) $10

8pm: Office Garry Retirement Ball w Tongue FU/Be Bop Deville/Chain Gang@This Ain't Hollywood (Hamilton) $?

8pm: Classic Albums Live: Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon@Burlington Performing Arts Centre $?

8pm: Kevin Ramessar CD Release@Registry Theatre (Kitchener)  $25

Friday, November 21, 2014 (9pm-Close)

9pm: Sean Nicholas Savage/Jaunt/Allegories/Dylan III@Baltimore House (Hamilton) $10 adv/$12 door

9pm: Nomads@Windjammer (Burlington)

9pm: Crowe@Moonshine Cafe (Oakville) $10

9pm: Mark Lalama Trio@Jordan House (Jordan, ON)

9:30pm: Ron Leary/Betty Supple/Ian Philip/Tara Watts@Homegrown Hamilton $6

Saturday, November 22, 2014 (12-7:30pm)

12:30-4pm: License to Sing: Voice Movement Workshop with Chris MacLean@238 Kathleen St. (Guelph) $45

2:30pm: Mighty Duck Blues Band/Joel Johnson w Shakey Dagenais@Golden Pheasant (St. Catharines)

3pm: Liquid Lounge All-Stars/Mark "Bird" Stafford /Darran Poole@Liquid Lounge (Brantford)

7pm: Anniversary Party w Craig Cardiff@Easy Pour (Cambridge) (Reservations Only)

Saturday, November 22, 2014 (8pm)

8pm: Movember Benefit w Delmar Junction and Guests@Stonewalls (Hamilton) $10

8pm: Wayne Janus and Kaizen@Artword Artbar (Hamilton) $10

8pm: Enrico Galante and Friends@Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts $55

8pm: Brian Setzer Orchestra (Christmas Rocks)@Centre in the Square (Kitchener) $47.75

8pm: Beatlemania Revisited (ft Bill Culp)@Lighthouse Festival Theatre (Port Dover) $30

Saturday, November 22, 2014 (9pm-Close)

9pm: Strumbellas/Sam Cash/Simon Fallon/DJ Scott Bell@Casbah (Hamilton) $15

9pm: Burn the Louvre (EP Release)/Human Orchestra/Dizzy Spells/Axdxdx@Club Absinthe (Hamilton) $5 adv

9pm: Biker Fundraiser w SoulShaker@Suck Bang Blow (Stoney Creek)

9pm: Miles Davis Tribute Show w Brownman Ali and Guests@Melodia (Burlington) $20 adv/$30 door

9:30pm: Diesel Dog/Unseen Strangers@Corktown (Hamilton) $10

Sunday, November 23, 2014 (10am-4:30pm)

10:30am-4pm: Burlington Record Show@Burlington Senior's Centre $3

12:30-4pm: License to Sing II with Chris MacLean@238 Kathleen St. (Guelph) $45

2pm: Outside the Box (Peter F Light/David Lum/Gwen Potter)@Brantford Station Gallery $5-10 Suggested

2pm: St. Andrew's Day Tartan Tea w Diane Kennedy@McDougall Cottage (Cambridge) $15 Please Reserve

2pm: Harmonize the World@Lighthouse Festival Theatre (Port Dover) $15

Sunday, November 23, 2014 (5pm-Close)

5pm: 4th Anniversary Open Mic w/ Angela Siracusa@Golden Pheasant (St. Catharines)

8pm: Lennie Gallant CD Release@Pearl Company (Hamilton) $20

8pm: Iain Leslie and Claire Coupland@Moonshine Cafe (Oakville) $10

8pm: Ron Manfield in Concert with the Bob Cary Orchestra (Fundraiser)@Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts $45


Wednesday, November 26, 7:30pm: Christmas in Nashville@Centre in the Square (Kitchener) $?

NEW! Wednesday, November 26, 8pm: Chris Caddell and the Wreckage/Chris Chambers@Casbah (Hamilton) $15

NEW! Wednesday, November 26, 8pm: Trailer Release Party for Hearts: A Film About Art Crawl/Steve Sinnicks/Raphael Keelan/Klyde Broox@This Ain't Hollywood (Hamilton) $5/$20 admission + pre-order film

Wednesday, November 26, 8pm: Cover Me Burlington Contest (Movember Fundraiser)@Dickens (Burlington) FINALE!

November 27-28, 8pm: Blue Rodeo@Sanderson Centre  (Brantford) $55+

November 27-29: Canadian Folk Music Awards in Ottawa

Thursday, November 27, 7pm: When the Blues Come to Town (Documentary on Kitchener Blues Scene) Premiere@Princess Theatre (Waterloo) $12 adv only

Friday, November 28, 7pm: Steel City Rovers@Going Carbon Neutral Celebration (Eden Mills)

Friday, November 28, 8pm: Paul Reddick@Pearl Company (Hamilton) $20 /$15 students+seniors+arts workers

Friday, November 28, 8pm: Lunch at Allen's (Ian ThomasMarc JordanCindy Church and Murray McLauchlan)@River Run Centre (Guelph) $34+

NEW! Friday, November 28, 8pm: Benefit for HOPE House w Rant Maggie Rant@Lakeside HOPE House (Guelph) $20

Saturday, November 29, 1-4pm: Jazz Singing 101 with Joni NehRita (1-Day Workshop)@238 Kathleen St. (Guelph) $45

NEW! Saturday, November 29, 6pm: Fundraiser for Joyce's Kids Christmas Party@R Place (Hamilton) $10

NEW! Saturday, November 29, 6pm: Protecting Canadian Children Christmas Fundraiser@Aceti's (Hamilton) $10

NEW! Saturday, November 29, 7pm: Dan Medakovic and the Jolley Cut Band CD Release/Dave Pomfret/Scotty Bakalar@Casbah (Hamilton) $10

NEW! Saturday, November 29, 8pm: Christmas Show w Brenda Lewis/Gayle Ackroyd@Magnolia Cafe (Guelph) $15 adv/$20 door

NEW! Saturday, November 29, 8pm: Joe Crookston@Registry Theatre  (Kitchener) $18 adv/$20 door

Saturday, November 29, 9pm: Exile on James Street (Stones Tribute Show)@This Ain't Hollywood (Hamilton) $15

Sunday, November 30, 2-5pm: Brantford Music Club presents Foothills Brass Quintet – Bourbon Street to Broadway@Sanderson Centre (Brantford) $25/$10 students

Sunday, November 30, 2-6pm: Hamilton Blues Society Open Jam + Brian Griffith Tribute@Knight of Columbus Hall (Hamilton)

NEW! Sunday, November 30, 7:30pm: Holiday Train w Kira Isabela@Near Gage Park (Hamilton)

Sunday, November 30, 7:30pm: Garnet Rogers@Princess Theatre (Waterloo) $20

NEW! Monday, December 1, 4pm: Holiday Train w Kira Isabela@10 Malcolm Street (Cambridge)

NEW! Monday, December 1, 5:15pm: Holiday Train w Kira Isabela@​​Inglis Street (Ayr)

NEW! Monday, December 1, 6:35pm: Holiday Train w Kira Isabela@​​199 Winnett Street (Woodstock)

Monday, December 1, 8pm: SkydiggersA Legendary Horseshoe Christmas@Centre in the Square (Kitchener) $22.75+

Tuesday, December 2, 7pm: Kevin Pauls featuring the Martins: The FaithLife Financial Spirit of Christmas@Centre in the Square (Kitchener) $?

Thursday, December 4, 7:30pm: Dierks Bentley/Tim Hicks/Randy Houser@First Ontario Centre $47.75+

NEW! Thursday, December 4, 7:30pm: 7:30pm: An Evening With Trio Jazz and Friends@Sanderson Centre (Brantford) $20

Thursday, December 4, 9pm: Fred Eaglesmith@Moonshine Cafe (Oakville) $30 adv/$35 door

December 4-7: Burly Calling VIII@Burlington

Friday, December 5, 2pm: Christmas in Nashville@Sanderson Centre (Brantford) $55

Friday, December 5, 7pm: Whitehorse@Melrose United Church (Hamilton) $?

Friday, December 5, 8pm: Jacob Moon@Lighthouse Festival Theatre (Port Dover) $25 adv/$30 door

December 5-6, 8pm: You Can Do That Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of A Hard Day's Night and Beatles for Sale (Fundraiser)@Pearl Company $20/$30 Both Shows

NEW!! Saturday, December 6, 2-4pm: A Celtic Christmas - Solstice Tea w Bob McLean@McDougall Cottage (Cambridge) $15 w meal (Reservations Required)

Saturday, December 6, 8pm: Alfie Smith and Nicole Christian CD Release/Ginger St. James@Bay City Music Hall (Hamilton) $15/$20 w CD

Saturday, December 6, 8:30pm: Larry Mercey Trio Christmas Show/Naomi Bristow/Randy Satchell@Blue Moon (Wilmot Room)(Petersburg) $20 adv/$25 door

Saturday, December 6, 9pm: Mississippi Bends Record Release/Matt Simpson@This Ain't Hollywood (Hamilton) $10

Sunday, December 7, 10:30-4pm: Cambridge Record Show@Holiday Inn $4

NEW! Sunday, December 7, 3pm: Angels Amongst Us Fundraiser - Singing for Nick Roma w Mantini Sisters and Guests@St. Anns Church Hall (Niagara Falls) $20

Sunday, December 7, 7pm: Sonny Del-Rio's Hamilton Hometown Christmas (Fundraiser)@Bay City Music Hall (Hamilton) $20

NEW! Wednesday, December 10, 7:30pm: Christmas Memories w Jim Witter and Family/The Waking@Zoetic (Hamilton) $20 adults/$10 children

NEW! Wednesday, December 10, 9pm: Susan Aglukark@Moonshine Cafe (Oakville) $25

NEW! Friday, December 12: Artcrawl@James Street North (Hamilton)

NEW! Friday, December 12, 7pm: Help a Child Smile Fundraiser w Mudmen/Sons of Revelry@Club NV (Brantford) $20 adv/$25 door/$35 VIP

NEW! Friday, December 12, 7:30pm: Badbadnotgood/Haolin Munk/Melville@Dundas Valley Montessori School $20

NEW! Friday, December 12, 8pm: The Good Lovelies@Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts $33+

NEW! Friday, December 12, 8pm: Songs For The Snowy Season Release w Boreal (Katherine WheatleyTannis Slimmon, Jude Vadala)@Brantford Arts Block $20

NEW! Friday, December 12, 8pm: The Barra MacNeils@River Run Centre (Guelph) $44+

NEW! Friday, December 12, 8pm: Steve Strongman/Ambre McLean@Busholme Inn (Erin) $25 adv

NEW! Friday, December 12, 9pm: Ladybird Animal Sanctuary Fundraiser@This Ain't Hollywood (Hamilton) $PWYC/$20 suggested

NEW! Saturday, December 13, 8pm: A Swingin' Christmas with the Toronto All-Star Big Band@Milton Centre for the Arts $30

NEW! Saturday, December 13, 8pm: Andrew Craig’s Gospel Christmas@River Run Centre (Guelph) $34+

NEW! Saturday, December 13, 8pm: Jack de Keyzer@Lighthouse Festival Theatre (Port Dover) $25

NEW! Saturday, December 13, 9pm: 10th Anniversary Holiday Show w Steve Strongman/Rob Szabo/Tomi Swick@Stonewalls (Hamilton) $20 adv/$25 door

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Blasts From the Past 

Saturday, November 22
Sunday, November 23
Monday, November 24
Tuesday, November 25
Wednesday, November 27

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Celebrate the Season with the Jazzy Jokela Vogan CD: Wintersday

Last year, Jazz duo Jokela/Vogan (with Guelph's Ben Jokela on piano and Garth Vogan from Waterdown playing bass) released Wintersday. It's a bewitching collection of 13 mostly instrumental yuletide favourites guaranteed to warm you on those cold winter nights.

Classics like Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Silver Bells, The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting) and Winter Wonderland are given a spectacular jazzy makeover by Ben and Garth.  You'll either want to sing with to the music or just curl by the fireplace and enjoy. Melanie Caissie's angelic voice graces two superb numbers (My Favourite Things and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas).

So pick up a CD for yourself (or as a gift) by contacting the duo or going to one of their intimate live shows.

Video above courtesy of Hamilton Blues Lovers

Blast from the Past: Garth plays with James Anthony on a Christmas tune + other holiday videos

Links: Jokela/Vogan, More Garth Vogan Stories, More Christmas PostsMore Releases

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Beautiful Grittiness on Mountain Eyes, the New EP from Hamilton's Matt Paxton

Hamilton singer/songwriter Matt Paxton is successfully going the bare bones route with his stunning new EP, Mountain Eyes (from Other Songs Music).  With a raw, live-off-the-floor feel, this collection has a beautiful grittiness to it.

The intimacy really stands out here thanks to the minimalist approach of Matt and his co-producer Scott Orr.  Matt's character-filled voice wrings the emotion from every enticing lyric. The EP has everything it needs.

This amazing recording is available as a Limited edition CD available at the Other Songs Music Shop.  It can be downloaded though the same site and through iTuneseMusic, or cdbaby

Blast from the Past: Matt Paxton CD-How the Land Lies

Links: Matt PaxtonMore Matt Paxton StoriesMore Releases

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