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Sunday, April 26, 2015

The First Annual Hammer Blues Awards Celebrates Hamilton, the Blues Capital of Canada!

The First Annual Hammer Blues Awards (organized by the Hamilton Blues Society) were held at Jett Hall on April 25, 2015.  The awards portion of the show ended with a wonderful surprise: Hamilton City Hall's official recognition of Hamilton as the Blues Capital of Canada!  We all knew this in our hearts but now its all nice and legal!

The night was a celebration of the local talent that we are blessed to have in this area.  Winners had nothing but praise for this incredible city.  In her acceptance speech,  Canada's Queen of the Blues Rita Chiarelli proclaimed, "We don't just play the Blues, we identify with the Blues." "Hamilton is Bluestown," she added enthusiastically.

The Jack de Keyzer Band were the big winners of the night with the man himself winning for Electric Act of the Year and the band got 3 awards (bass, keyboard, sax).

Links: Jack de KeyzerMore Jack De Keyzer Stories,  Video above courtesy of Mako Funasaka

Also, three music legends were added to the Hamilton Blues Society Wall of Fame that night as well. Veteran Sonny Del-Rio was inducted along with King Biscuit Boy and Jackie Washington.

Links: Sonny Del RioMore Sonny Del Rio StoriesVideo above courtesy of James Goodrick


Here is a complete list of winners:

Links: Joel JohnsonMore Joel Johnson StoriesThe Mighty Duck Blues BandMore MDBB Stories,  Video above courtesy of TheLoinTavern

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Saturday, April 25, 2015

You'll Find Beautiful Vocals and Sweet Soul on 'Leonard Burns & Dell' Debut EP

Separately, local performers Sue LeonardBrennagh Burns and Cindy Dell are three of the most talented solo musicians around.  When these ladies connect together, they forge an unmistakable, powerful folk sound packed with sultry blues and sweet soul!  The trio, now known as Leonard Burns & Dell have released their debut EP (from Sonic Magpie Records) titled after their former band name, Perfect Strangers.

With an impressive mix of amazing vocal stylings, LBD take each well-crafted song and give it a grit and shine all its own.  On top of of everything, these singer/songwriters offer up some beautiful, angelic harmonies.

Joining them is a team of fabulous area musicians: Andrew Aldridge (guitar), Michael Birthelmer (guitar, piano, mandolin co-producer, mixer, engineer), Ed Roth (accordion), Michael Hickey (bass), Sean O'Grady (drums), and Tom Wells (drums).

Pick up a CD at their wonderful live shows or order via the Sonic Magpie Store (downloads available).  If you prefer, it can also be purchased through iTunes.

Blast from the Past: LBD and Others@Pearl Company Fundraiser

Links: Leonard Burns Dell, More LBD StoriesMore ReleasesVideos above courtesy of Michael Hickey

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Friday, April 24, 2015

Our Weekend Picks (April 24-26, 2015)

Sunday, April 26

9am-3pm: 6th Annual Elmira Vintage Guitar Show@Lion's Hall $8

10:30am-4pm: Cambridge Record Show@Holiday Inn $4

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

2pm: Mike Woods@Mill Street and 5 American House (Waterdown)

2pm: Mike Branton@Fionn MacCool's (Burlington)

8pm: Laila Biali Radiance Project Album Release@Pearl Company (Hamilton) $20

Sunday, April 26 - In The Soil Arts Festival@St. Catharines $35 weekend pass

Festival Hub FREE

12-1pm Tabla Nirvana
1-2pm Tamara Williamson
2-3pm Eli and the Straw Man
3-4pm The Bends
4-5:30pm Lemon Bucket Orkestra

Oddfellows Temple $10 each or Festival Pass
4:30-5:30pm Oswego/Andrea Nann

Around Downtown FREE
5:30-6:30pm Sound Sound/Spl@t

Sunday, April 26 - Waterloo Region Food and Drink Show@Kitchener Memorial Auditorium $12

Jazz Stage
12-3pm Tim Moher (Solo)
3-5pm Wicked Nixon

Thursday, April 23, 2015

News Roundup (The Plain Steel, CMBI Award Nominees, Tear Away Tusa, Project 360)

Check out the local nominee list below



2015 Canadian Music And Broadcast Industry Awards Nominees
Local Nominee List

Music Director Secondary
On Air Talent Secondary Market
Program Director Secondary Market
Station Medium Market
Station Country
Station Mainstream Adult Contemporary
Station Rock
Casino/Specialty Venue
Canadian Independent Label

The Adventures of Trebleclef, the Hamilton Blues Lovers Monkey

Trebleclef hung out with Cartoon Bob at Flamboro Downs.  Bob does amazing free caricatures for Winners Club members (all you need is ID to join for free).  He's there every Sunday from 5-8pm.

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There's great live music every Friday at Flamboro Downs!

Bob is also the bass player for Project 360.

Video above courtesy of Tambourini


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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

'Passion Flowers' by Hamilton's Juliana LaChance is Trippy, Hypnotic and Ethereal!

Passion Flowers, the newest trippy album from Hamilton artist and musician Juliana LaChance is definitely off the beaten track.  Loaded with dreamscapes and exotic flavours, it's a hypnotic, entrancing collection of raw, psychedelic folk pop.

Armed with only her amazing, ghostly voice and a bandura (a rare Ukrainian folk instrument), Juliana creates artistic songs and takes the listener on a fantastic, ethereal sonic voyage.

Get this unique album by downloading it from her Bandcamp page.


Flower Queen High, her 2014 album,  is a bit more polished but boasts the same wonderful trippy, folky sound.  Juliana also throws in some dance beats and ethnic rhythms to spice things up.  This recording's a revelation as well!

It can also be downloaded via her Bandcamp page.

Blast from the Past: A Juliana LaChance Video and More

Links: More Juiana LaChance Stories, All Videos courtesy of Juliana LaChanceMore Releases, More Releases

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