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Monday, July 6, 2015

Our Weekday Picks (July 6-9, 2015)

Monday, July 6

8pm: Dinner and Jam w Mimico Bill@Moonshine Cafe (Oakville)+ $5 music/$8.95 Dinner

9pm: Jaret Koop/Sarah Beatty@Dickens (Burlington)

9:30pm: Songwriters Workshop Hosted by JP Riemens@Cat N Fiddle (Hamilton)

Tuesday, July 7

6pm: Reklaws@Royal Botanical Gardens (Burlington) $12.50/FREE for RBG members

7pm: Dan Walsh@Morty's Pub (Waterloo)

7pm: Sarah Jerrom w Guest Jeff Luciani@Mahtay Cafe (St. Catharines) PWYC ($5 suggested) Every Tues in July

7:30pm: John and Sheila Ludgate@Montfort (Burlington)

Wednesday, July 8 (12-7:30pm)

12pm: Bianca Bernardi@Gore Park (Hamilton)

2pm: Marty Allen@Sherkston Shores (Port Colbourne)

6pm: Red Hot Ramble@Royal Botanical Gardens (Burlington) $12.50/FREE for RBG members

7:30pm: Steve Denommee (Bare Blue Sea)@Copper Kettle (Waterdown)

Wednesday, July 8 (8pm-Close)

8pm: Dimitri Mavridis Group@Artword Artbar (Hamilton) PWYC

8pm: Jokela Vogan@Manhattans (Guelph)

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

9pm Songbirds w Sarah Beatty/Johanna Pavia and Soul Drive/Caroline Wiles/Open Mic@Moonshine Cafe (Oakville) $6

Wednesday, July 8  - Brantford International Villages Festival

5-10:30pm Dave Jensen and Friends@Atlantic Canada Village
5-10:30pm Music@Phiippine Village
5-10:30pm Music@Hungarian Village
5-11pm Music@Italian Village
5:30pm Music@Chinese Village
6-10pm Music@German Village
6-10pm Steel Band@Carribean Village
6-10:30pm Music@Scottish Village

Thursday, July 9 (12-7:30pm)

12pm: Roberts and Shea@Gore Park (Hamilton)

5pm: Brenda Lewis@Seven Shores (Waterloo)

6pm: Bike Night w Marty Allen@Clares Harley Davidson (Niagara on the Lake)

7pm: Julian Taylor@Uncorked on Main (Georgetown)

7pm: Blue Room@Firemen's Park (Niagara Falls)

Thursday, July 9 (8pm-Close)

8pm: Carolyn Credico and Mim Adams@Artword Artbar (Hamilton) $10/$5 students

8pm: Dan Walsh@Fionn MacCool's (Burlington)

9pm: Ty Baynton@Stampede Ranch (Guelph)

Thursday, July 9 - Festivals

It's Your Festival@Gage Park (Hamilton)

Bandshell Stage

4pm The Mike Ricci Jazz Trio
5:30pm Culturemania Parade with Choir
6pm Opening Ceremony
6:30pm The Aboriginal Men’s Circle Drum
7pm South Asian Heritage Association Of Hamilton Presentation of Music and Dance
8pm The Trews

Community Stage
4pm Henry Strong Dixieland Band

6:30pm Retro Party Groove

Brantford International Villages Festival

5-10:30pm Dave Jensen and Friends@Atlantic Canada Village
5-10:30pm Music@Phiippine Village
5-11pm Music@Italian Village
5-10:30pm Music@Hungarian Village
5:30pm Music@Chinese Village
6-10pm Music@German Village
6-10pm Steel Band@Carribean Village
6-10:30pm Music@Scottish Village

Kultrún World Music Festival@Victoria Park (Kitchener)

8:15pm Lucho Quequezana
9pm Anita Trujillo 
10pm El Chico Trujillo

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Sunday, July 5, 2015

Lucas Stagg Group Are All Fired Up on New Impressive Album!

Toronto's Lucas Stagg Group (the main man is from Cambridge though) are all fired up on Off We Go, their most recent album (offed through Busted Flat Records) .   There's a ton of controlled intensity here.  You can definitely feel a bit of a punk vibe on some tunes but it's backed up by melodic, virtuoso playing.

Lucas and the boys (bassist Danny Alac and drummer Cleave Anderson - formerly of Blue Rodeo) bring their impressive talents to quite a mix of music.  Along with the raw rockers, the group offer folky tracks, a touch of country, some jazzy spots, a little bit o' blues and much more.

You can pick the CD up at any of their electric live shows.  It can also be ordered via the Busted Flat online shop or downloaded through iTunes.

Videos above courtesy of Lucas Stagg


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

2013's Thanks to You (released under the name Lucas Stagg Band) has a bit more of a poppy feel but it's still packed with infectious rockers, rootsy tunes and more.

This is also available through Busted Flat and iTunes.

Video above courtesy of Lucas Stagg

Blast from the Past: Lucas Stagg CD - Good Things

Links: Lucas StaggMore Lucas Stagg StoriesMore Releases

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Saturday, July 4, 2015

GOOD LUCK! Five Hamilton Acts on Polaris Prize Long List

The 2015 Polaris Music Prize Long List was unveiled recently and five Hamilton acts are up for the prestigious award.  Folk rockers Lee Harvey Osmond and Whitehorse along with rockers the Arkells and B.A. Johnston plus electronic act Caribou will be representing the Hammer!

Links: Lee Harvey OsmondMore Lee Harvey Osmond StoriesVideo above courtesy of Lee Harvey Osmond

Links: WhitehorseMore Whitehorse StoriesVideo above courtesy of Jamie Costello

Links: B.A. JohnstonVideo above courtesy of Dougjnesbitt

The Short List will be announced July 16, 2015 and the winner will be revealed in September.  GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!

Here is the complete list
  • Lee Harvey Osmond: Beautiful Scars
  • Whitehorse: Leave No Bridge Unburned
  • Arkells: High Noon
  • B.A. Johnston: Shit Sucks
  • Caribou: Our Love
  • Absolutely Frees: Absolutely Frees
  • The Acorn: Vieux Loup
  • Lydia Ainsworth: Right From Real
  • Alvvays: Alvvays
  • Rich Aucoin: Ephemeral
  • BADBADNOTGOOD with Ghostface Killah:  Sour Soul
  • Bahamas: Bahamas is Afie
  • The Barr Brothers: Sleeping Operator
  • BRAIDS: Deep In The Iris
  • Steph Cameron: Sad-Eyed Lonesome Lady
  • Jazz Cartier:  Marauding in Paradise
  • Jennifer Castle: Pink City
  • Cold Specks: Neuroplasticity
  • Louis-Jean Cormier: Les grandes artères
  • Buffy Sainte-Marie: Power in the Blood
  • Death From Above 1979: The Physical World
  • Drake:  If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
  • Frazey Ford: Indian Ocean
  • Tobias Jesso Jr.: Goon
  • Pierre Kwenders: Le dernier empereur bantou
  • Jean Leloup:  À Paradis City
  • METZ: II
  • Milk and Bone: Little Mourning
  • Native North America (Vol. 1): Aboriginal Folk, Rock, and Country 1966–1985
  • The New Pornographers: Brill Bruisers
  • Joel Plaskett and The Park Avenue Sobriety Test: Joel Plaskett and The Park Avenue Sobriety Test
  • Elizabeth Shepherd: Signal
  • Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld: Never were the way she was
  • Tre Mission: Stigmata
  • Viet Cong: Viet Cong
  • Patrick Watson: Love Songs For Robots
  • The Weather Station: Loyalty
  • White Lung: Deep Fantasy
  • Young Guv: Ripe 4 Luv
Blast from the Past: Last Year's Long List

Links: Polaris Music Prize, More Polaris Prize Stories

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

News Roundup (Matty Simspon, David Essig, Mike Todd, Elyse Saunders)

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The Adventures of Trebleclef, the Hamilton Blues Lovers Monkey

Trebleclef checked out Trickbag @ The Galley Pump in Hamilton


He also hung around the Oh Canada Ribfest in Waterdown and caught IN2U and Mike Woods.


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Links: David EssigMore David Essig Stories, Video above courtesy of Guy Massey

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Beautiful Scars by Lee Harvey Osmond is a Folk-Rock Masterpiece!

Beautiful Scars, the latest creation from musical collective, Lee Harvey Osmond, is another rugged, raw, folk-rock masterpiece.  Hamilton legend, Tom Wilson (JunkhouseBlackie and the Rodeo Kings, Florida Razors) has outdone himself as the main creative force behind this stunning album.

Tom's unmistakable growl is all over this Latent Recordings release.  He blurs the lines between folk, blues, jazz and rock to create bayou swamp music with incredibly poetic lyrics.  There's little gloss and sheen here, it's all about the beautiful grit and dirt!

As always, the Lee Harvey Osmond lineup is ever evolving.  This time we have many local musical compatriots such as Ray Farrugia (Junkhouse), Jesse O'Brien, Tom's son Thompson Wilson (Harlan Pepper), Aaron Goldstein and Darcy Hepner.  Other contributors include  Josh Finlayson (Skydiggers), Andrea Ramolo, John Dymond (Blackie and the Rodeo Kings), Alan Anton (Cowboy Junkies) plus producer Michael Timmons (also of the Cowboy Junkies) and Bluesman Colin James, who co-writes three tracks.

This must-have CD is available at Tom's live shows and a number of physical and online stores.  It's also offered through the Latent Recordings Online Shop and iTunes.

Video above courtesy of Lee Harvey Osmond

Blast from the Past: Lee Harvey Osmond CD-The Folk Sinner

Links: Lee Harvey OsmondMore Lee Harvey Osmond StoriesMore Releases

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