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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Hamilton Music Industry Awards Nominees Announced - Including One for This Blog!

Nominees for the Hamilton Music Industry Awards were recently unveiled and this very blog received our first nod!  Many of the best and brightest that the Hammer has to offer were recognized for their wonderful work.  Winners will be announced on May 23, 2015 during a ceremony at the Dofasco Centre for the Arts.

A word from Lou, our blogger: "I am truly honoured to be nominated for an HMA and I'm definitely in great company!  It's wonderful being acknowledged by Hamilton's incredible music scene.  Thank you!"

There are quite a few People's Choice awards for the public to vote on so please Vote online at www.hamiltonmusicawards.com by 11:59 pm on April 24, 2015 to have your say.

Here are some highlights:

Website/Online Publication
  • Nick Burson – Rae Billing
  • Dan Fila – Varga
  • Dave King – Steve Strongman
  • Paul Panchezak – Mark McNeil
  • Robin Pirson – Mississippi Bends
  • Tone Valcic – Mimi Shaw 
  • Carrie Ashworth– Mississippi Bends
  • Justin Bozzo – the Zilis
  • Ken Corke – Sumo Cyco 
  • Justin Dunlop – Justin Dunlop
  • Justine Fischer – Fred Eaglesmith 
  • Joe Varga – Varga 
Instrumental Record
  • Strat Andriotis - Liars Incorporated
  • Danielle Lennon – String Theory
  • Emma Rush – Folklorica
  • Bud Roach – Arias By Sances From 1636
  • Daniel Lanois – Flesh and Machine
Ethnic Recording 
  • Kenny C – Live Life
  • Steel City Rovers – The Second Thrumming
Dance Recording
  • The Byran Sorensen Groove Trio – Stealing from the DJ
  • Buckeye Red – INB4 404
Female Vocalist
  • Laura Cole – Dirty Cheat
  • Terra Lightfoot – Dinner Belles – The River and the Willow
  • Melissa McClelland – Whitehorse –
  • Diana Panton – Red
  • Ginger St. James – Diesel and Peas
Male Vocalist
  • Justin Dunlop – Black Bay Nocturnes
  • Harrison Kennedy – This Is From Here
  • Max Kerman – Arkells – High Noon
  • Bud Roach – Arias By Sances From 1636 
  • Tom Wilson – Blackie and the Rodeo Kings – South
Artist Manager
  • Elliott Brood – Elliott Brood
  • Shauna de Cartier/Helen Britton – Whitehorse
  • Parkside Mike Renaud - Jeremy Fisher, The Dirty Nil, Said The Whale, Rah Rah, Odds,
  • Allen Moy – Blackie and the Rodeo Kings
  • Tricia Ricciuto – Monster Truck
  • Tom Sarig/Kari Dexter/Christine Carson - ECM Management - Arkells
  • Madeline Wilson - Lee Harvey Osmond, Harlan Pepper
Instrument Retailer
  • Absolute Music
  • Crash Landing
  • Long and McQuade 
  • Mountain Music
  • Picks and Sticks
Studio Engineer
  • Nick Blagona – Allotrope, Mississippi Bends
  • Bob Doidge – Riotnrrd, Strat Andriotis
  • Daniel Lanois and Alex Krispin – Daniel Lanois
  • Darren Magierowski – Harrison Kennedy
  • Roman Marcone – Laura Cole
  • moon:and:6 – Jacob Moon, Royal Wood, Sarah McLachlan
  • Scott Peacock ­– Canadian Winter, Elliott Brood, The Glorious Sons
  • Giuliano Baglioni – Drea
  • Steve Bigas – Laura Cole
  • Michael J Birthelmer – Rae Billing, the Folk Sinners
  • Nick Blagona – Harrison Kennedy, Jamsquid, Tongue Fu, Gruve
  • Daniel Lanois and Alex Krispin – Daniel Lanois 
  • Trevor Titian - Mimi Shaw
Recording Studio
  • Catherine North – Joel Johnson, Of Gentlemen and Cowards
  • Grant Avenue Studio – Riotnrrd, Strat Andriotis
  • Jukasa Studio – Harrison Kennedy, Varga
  • Pine Street Studios – Rae Billing, the Folk Sinners
  • Porcelain Records – Laura Cole, Tongue Fu, Jamsquid, Mississippi Bends
  • Studio 410 Sound Productions - the Zilis, Hachey the MouthPEACE, Tongue Fu
Artist Website
Best Album Artwork
  • Katie Bulley – Sun Wolf
  • Jeremy Fisher – The Lemon Squeeze
  • Harlan Pepper – Take Out A $20
  • Mark McNeil – Flashbacks
  • Jacob Moon – Fascination
  • Sumo Cyco – Lost in Cyco City
Record Label
  • Hidden Pony - Jeremy FisherMaisonneuve Music – ttwwrrss
  • Other Songs Music Co. – Scott Orr, Matt Paxton
  • Schizophrenic Records - Born Wrong
  • Six Shooter Records – Whitehorse, Harlan Pepper
  • Sonic Unyon Recording Company – Dinner Belles
Music Retailer
  • Cheapies
  • Dr. Disc
  • Hammer City Records
  • Picks And Sticks
  • The Beat Goes On
Music Director (Radio)
  • Chuck Evans – Y108
  • Sara Heres – The HAWK
  • Michelle Quinn - K-Lite
  • Ben Robinson – CFMU
  • Cristina Fernandez – Listen Harder
  • Lisa Millar – Dave Rave, Dave Pomfret
  • Dave Young – Sonic Unyon
  • James Tennant – Steve Sinnicks 
Radio Show
  • Freewheelin Folk Show – CFMU
  • Get Hammered/Indie Show – Y108
  • Lou's Control – CFMU
  • Lullabies in Razorland – CFMU
  • Watermelon Throwdown – CFMU
Media Person 
  • Kristin Archer – ihearthamilton.com, CFMU
  • Lou Molinaro – CFMU
  • Graham Rockingham – The Hamilton Spectator
  • Ric Taylor – CFMU, View Magazine
  • James Tennant – CFMU, Hamilton Magazine
  • Adam Carter – CBC Hamilton 
Radio Station
  • 93.3 CFMU 
  • 101.5 The Hawk
  • 102.9 K-LITE
  • Fresh 95.3
  • Y108
Print Publication
  • Hamilton Magazine
  • Urbanicity
  • View Magazine
  • The Hamilton Spectator
Major Concert Venue
  • Ancaster Fairgrounds
  • Christie Conservation Area
  • First Ontario Centre
  • Gage Park
  • Spencer Smith Park 
Live Club
  • Baltimore House
  • Club Absinthe 
  • The Corktown Pub
  • Homegrown Hamilton
  • Stonewalls
  • The Casbah
  • This Ain’t Hollywood
  • Hamilton Place
  • Dofasco Theatre of the Arts
  • McIntyre Performing Arts Centre
  • Molson Canadian Studio at Hamilton Place 
  • The Pearl Company
  • The Staircase Theatre \
Talent Buyer
  • Adam Carter – Homegrown Hamilton
  • Ken Inyoue – Various Venues
  • Marko Lubardo/Ben Rispin/Billy Pozeg - Absinthe
  • Lou Molinaro - This Ain’t Hollywood
  • Scott Warren – First Ontario Centre
  • Brodie Schwendiman – The Casbah
  • Grant Winestock – Baltimore House
Booking Agent
  • Live Tour Artists
  • Paquin Entertainment
  • S.L. Feldman and Associates
  • Spherical Productions
  • The Agency Group
Tour Manager
  • Joe Cacioppo - Buffy Sainte Marie, Dora The Explorer / Walk Off The Earth 
  • Brad Ferguson - Arkells
  • Duke Foster - Blue Rodeo
  • Rich Hagan – Deric Ruttan, LIGHTS, Sam Roberts Band
  • John Morely – Hey Ocean! / Walk Off The Earth / Toopy and Binoo / The Strain
Live Sound Engineer 
  • Anthony Cascella – The Casbah
  • Stephen Foster – Studio at Hamilton Place 
  • Steve Haines – Absinthe
  • Rich Hagan – Deric Ruttan, LIGHTS(Monitors), Sam Roberts Band,
  • Adam Neumann – the Casbah
Sound and Lighting Company 
  • AVW Tel Av 
  • Bates Audio
  • Creative Artists Group 
  • Lou’s Music 
  • Soundbox Productions 
Event Photographer
  • Alex Bromke
  • Ted Buck
  • David McEachern
  • Misha Photos
  • Kyle Weir\
Piano/Keyboard Player
  • Greg Brisco - The Dinner Belles
  • Chris Bruder - Kojo Easy Damptey
  • Ron Cole - Laura Cole
  • Jeremy Fisher – Jeremy Fisher
  • Jesse O'Brien – Harrison Kennedy, Steve Strongman
Special Instrumentalist
  • Brandon Bliss – Dinner Belles - Banjo
  • Hachey the MouthPEACE – Beatbox
  • Ed Roth – Rae Billling – Accordion
  • Melanie Pothier – Dinner Belles - Mandolin
  • Mark Sasso – Elliott Brood - Banjo
People's Choice
  • Musical Event 
  • Canadian Recording 
  • Music Teacher  (elementary school)
  • Music Teacher (secondary school) 
  • Music Teache (post-secondary school) 
  • Music Teacher (independent school) 

Friday, April 17, 2015

Our Weekend Picks (April 17-19, 2015)

Saturday, April 18: Record Store Day (8am-7:30pm)

8-11am: Audition to Perform at Arts Awards Waterloo Region@Registry Theatre (Kitchener)

2pm: Mike Hogg@Brantford Music Centre

2:30pm: Mighty Duck Blues Band/Chris Antonik@Golden Pheasant (St. Catharines)
Food and Drink Fest (Hamilton)

6-6:45pm, 7-7:45pm Crank (Unplugged)
8:15-9pm, 9:15-10pm The Arsenals

7pm: Ring Of Fire: Johnny Cash Experience/Hell Bent Rockers@Bay City Music Hall (Hamilton) $10 for first 200/$20

Saturday, April 18: Record Store Day (8-8:30pm)

8pm: Carlos Del Junco@Pearl Company (Hamilton) $20 adv/$25 door

8pm: Pop Rock Legends w Milton Concert Band@Milton Centre for the Arts $20

8pm: The Lucky Sisters CD Release@Registry Theatre (Kitchener) $17 adv/$20 door

8:30pm: Rob Tardik@Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts (Studio Theatre) $44

8:30pm: Pat Labarbera Quartet@Jazz Room (Waterloo) $25

Saturday, April 18: Record Store Day (9pm-Close)

9pm: Taylor Knox CD Release/Harlan Pepper@This Ain't Hollywood (Hamilton) $10

9pm: Long Point/Boy With An Atlas/Black Rhino Riot@Doors Pub (Hamilton) $5/Students FEE
9:30pm: Duane Rutter and Friends@Cat N Fiddle (Hamilton)

9:30pm: Double Shot (Frank Cosentino and Earl Johnson)@Purple Heather (Burlington)

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

Sunday, April 19 (2-5:30pm)

2pm: Sunday Blues Show w Bay City Blues Band/Lance Anderson@Bay City Music Hall (Hamilton) $5

2pm: Scott B@Brantford Station Gallery $5-10 Suggested
2pm: Tartan Tea w Wayne Cheater/Jakki Annerino@McDougall Cottage (Cambridge) $15 (please reserve)

3:30pm: James Anthony/Rob Reed/Wendell Ferguson@Abbey Arms (Oakville)

Food and Drink Fest (Hamilton)
4:15-5pm, 5:15-6pm: Chris Caddell and Jesse O'Brien

Sunday, April 19 (6:30pm-Close)

6:30pm: Fundraiser w Jacob Moon/Desire@Bethany Community Church (St. Catharines) $25

6:30pm: Gin and Tonic: Tricia Cole and George Brasovan@Savoury and Sweet (Chippawa) $35 incl 4-course dinner

7pm: Jacqueline Schwab (Improvisational Pianist)@First Unitarian Church (Hamilton) $20/$15 senior/$5 student

8pm: Corrina Keeling/Jeff Giles@Pearl Company (Hamilton) $20

Sunday, April 19  - Steve Toms Memorial Show@Starlight (Waterloo)

3pm Welcome/Recognition Of Steve's Life
3:30-4pm Ian Smith
4:15-4:45pm City And Eastern/The Butcher’s Wife
5-5:30pm The Baudelaires
5:45-6:15pm Tim Lee
6:30-7pm Daddy Long Legs

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Cambridge Indie Folksters,Terns Get Brilliantly Eclectic on 'To the Bottom of the Sea'

Cambridge Indie Folksters Terns have created a brilliant, eclectic album: To the Bottom of the Sea.  Surprising musical twists and turns abound with both the exquisite, raw, acoustic songs and the grand, fuzzed out rockers.

Lovers of both modern pop folk and traditional roots will have something to enjoy here.  The band loves to play with the conventions and you can tell from the recordings.  Definitely worth checking out!

This marvelous album is available to download using Bandcamp.

Videos above courtesy of Tim McArthur


Some albums escape our radar, so occasionally we'll be catching up with some mini-reviews!

2009's, Oh, Long Road has more of that great indie pop folk goodness.  You'll also find a lot of infectious rhythms and high energy, catchy choruses. Check it out on their Bandcamp page.

Video above courtesy of HCJoel

Links: TernsMore Releases

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Burlington's Amber Creates Lush, Full Sound on New Album!

There is a full, lush sound coming from Tall Tales, the latest incredible album from Burlington songstress, Amber.  The magical music will envelop and surround you thanks to the wonderful songcraft shown here.,

Centered on Amber's silvery voice and her adept piano skills, songs blend facets of pop, folk, jazz, rock and more.  Many instruments are thrown into the mix but they never overpower, creating a luxurious atmosphere.

Contributing to the opulence are Stephen Court on (vocals, guitar ukulele, bass), Mike Murphy (drums), David Partridge (multiple instruments, producer), Kendra Grittani (cello), Paul Barna (violin/viola), Mark Thomson (trumpet) and Addison Sowery-Quinn (tuba). An amazing team for an amazing recording?

The CD can be picked up at her superb shows or through her website.  Also, you can download it through Amber's Bandcamp page or iTunes.

Videos above courtesy of Amber


Some albums escape our radar, so occasionally we'll be catching up with some mini-reviews!

Released in 2013, Dangerous Strangers and Darker Days is a combination of her first official EP with two bonus tracks added.  The recording is a little less arranged but still packs a ton of catchy pop riffs and emotion packed vocals.  Joining Amber this time are David Partridge, Mark Thomson, Cory Latkovich (L-Con).  It's available as a download via Bandcamp or iTunes,

Video above courtesy of Stephanie Amber Beatson

Links: AmberMore Releases

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