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Monday, July 13, 2020

Ontario Bluesman Wayne Buttery Passes

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Ontario Bluesman and Wasaga Beach Blues Festival Artistic Director, Wayne Buttery. He passed on July 6, 2020. Our condolences to his family, friends and fans.

His obituary:
Passed away peacefully on Monday, July 6, 2020 at the age of 70. Wayne Buttery of Orr Lake, treasured husband and creative partner of Rita Johns-Schindler. Stepfather of Noel, Paul, Cathy and Julie and stepgrandfather to Sam, Eric, Jackalynn, Gary, Norman, Erin, Sean and Michael, all of whom he considered his own family. Predeceased by his wife, Catherine Parkinson. Fondly remembered by his extended family as well as many friends and co-workers whom he loved very much. Wayne’s love and talent for music took him to Night Clubs all over Canada. Amongst numerous local venues, he has played at the Fish Bar in Collingwood for the past 7 years and was the dedicated and passionate Artistic Director of the Wasaga Blues Festival for the past 4 years.
Due to the current pandemic a celebration of Wayne’s life will take place at a later date.
Memorial donations to Diabetes Association or Heart & Stroke Foundation would be appreciated.
From the Wasaga Beach Blues Festival site:
With a heavy heart we want to communicate the passing of our Artistic Director, Wayne Buttery, the Gentleman of Blues.
His legacy, his kindness and his passion for the Blues will never be forgotten. We will treasure the laughs, the great music from his guitar and his voice, and the true drive to make our festival grow. We will smile when we think of Wayne because he had a heart of gold and was always a gentleman.
Our Stonebridge Wasaga Beach Blues Festival Crew and volunteers will miss him tremendously and send the deepest condolences to his family and friends.
Wayne was a respected and beloved part of the Blues community in the region and in Ontario. His music and talent will be forever in the memory of those how knew him. 
Here are some social media reactions to his passing.

Virgil Scott
I have been searching for the words to express some of my thoughts...We met in 68 and for many years, watched each other from a distance go from stage to stage with respect and love for each other...He was a wonderful soft soul, who was so very talented in many ways. A big man, with that big smile coming at me every time we saw each other, with a huge hug of love and he made it feel like it was just for me...Not often in life do you cross paths with someone like Wayne and so many people will feel the void in their life with him passing...Fly high my friend. 
Larry Kurtz
I will always smile when I think about time spent with him because it was so much fun! I first met Wayne back in 2001 when I was playing his music on my radio show Roots & Blues on Orangeville Community Radio. I then met him in person at his gig at Fitzys Crab Shack at the Midland harbour. He mentioned he was looking for a harmonica player for his band The Groove Project. I told him I would be interested and joined the band for the next 2 years. What a great time we had playing memorable shows like backing Curly Bridges and an 11 year old Jimmy Bowskill in Collingwood, opening for James Cotton in Orillia, playing the Mercedes Benz launch at the CNE, the Southside Shuffle, plus countless blues cruises aboard the Georgian Queen in Penetanguishene. The band at that time featured Charlie Hinkel, Dennis King, Bob Federer, Paul Robillard, Russell Strathdee and the late John Shand. After I left the band, we remained friends. I have had Wayne perform at Orangeville Blues & Jazz Festival many times and was also a guest of his band many times over the years. He was great musician and band leader. We spoke often about festivals as he had become the Artistic Director of the Wasaga Beach Blues Festival. Wayne was generous with his time, helping many charitable events and I will really miss his big smile and laugh. RIP my friend. 

Video above courtesy of Adri A. Ousbastis

Video above courtesy of Wayne Buttery

Links: Wayne Buttery, More Muddy Waters Covers/Stories, Video above courtesy of neek49

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Saturday, July 11, 2020

CONGRATS! Album with Local Guest Stars Wins 2020 East Coast Music Award + Complete Winners

On July 10, 2020, the un-televised pre-awards show for the 2020 East Coast Music Awards announced the first batch of winners. Myles Goodwyn and Friends of the Blues 2, an amazing album starring the April Wine frontman, took home the top prize for Blues Recording of the Year. Guest stars on the recording included Hamilton Blues vet, Jack de Keyzer and Milton' own Mike "Shrimp Daddy" Reid.

The rest of the awards were handed out during a televised ceremony on July 11, 2020.

This track features Shrimp Daddy on harp:

Links: Shrimp Daddy, More Shrimp Daddy StoriesVideo above courtesy of Myles Goodwyn - Topic

This track features Jack de Keyzer on guitar:

Myles GoodwynMore April Wine StoriesJack de KeyzerMore Jack de Keyzer StoriesVideo above courtesy of Myles Goodwyn - Topic


View the full pre-show here:

Links: East Coast Music AwardsMore ECMA stories, Video above courtesy of East Coast Music Association

Here is a complete list of winners from both nights:

Music Awards
  • Blues Recording of the Year: Myles Goodwyn - Myles Goodwyn and Friends of the Blues 2
  • Album of the Year: Wintersleep - In The Land Of
  • Bucky Adams Memorial Award: Jon Samuel
  • Classical Recordingof the Year : Marc Djokic - Solo Seven
  • Contemporary Roots Recording of the Year: The East Pointers - Yours to Break
  • Country Recording of the Year: Dave Sampson - All Types of Ways
  • Dance Recording of the Year: Famba - “Swear to God”
  • Dr. Helen Creighton Lifetime Achievement Award: Shanneyganock
  • Electronic Recording of the Year: Rich Aucoin - Release
  • Fans' Choice Entertainer of the Year: Jimmy Rankin
  • Fans' Choice Video of the Year: Jason Benoit - “Slow Hand” feat. Leah Daniels (Director: Tim Deegan)

    Links: Jason BenoitLeah Daniels, More Leah Daniels Stories, Video above courtesy of Jason Benoit

  • Folk Recording of the Year: Tim Baker - Forever Overhead
  • Francophone Recording of the Year: Jacobus - Caviar
  • Group Recording of the Year: Wintersleep - In The Land Of
  • Indigenous Artist of the Year: Eastern Owl
  • Inspirational Recording of the Year: Ian Foster and Nancy Hynes - A Week in December
  • Instrumental Recording of the Year: Florian Hoefner - First Spring
  • Jazz Recording of the Year: Florian Hoefner - First Spring
  • Loud Recording of the Year: Spirit of the Wildfire - Bittersweet Nothings
  • Pop Recording of the Year: Neon Dreams - Sweet Dreams Till Sunbeams
  • Rap/Hip-Hop Recording of the Year: Jacobus - Caviar
  • RnB/Soul Recording of the Year: Laura Roy - Forte
  • Rising Star Recording of the Year: Dave Sampson - All Types of Ways
  • Rock Recording of the Year: Wintersleep - In The Land Of
  • Roots/Traditional Recording of the Year: Natalie MacMaster - Sketches
  • Solo Recording of the Year: Tim Baker - Forever Overhead
  • Song of the Year: Wintersleep - “Beneficiary” (Producers: Tony Doogan, Wintersleep)
  • Songwriter of the Year:The East Pointers
Industry Awards
  • Company of the Year: The Syrup Factory
  • Event of the Year: Celtic Colours International Festival
  • Graphic/Media Artist of the Year: Deep Hollow Print
  • Management/Manager of the Year: Jones and Co.
  • Media Outlet of the Year: The East
  • Media Person of the Year: Bill Roach
  • Producer of the Year: Daniel Ledwell
  • Studio of the Year: Soundpark Studios
  • Studio Engineer of the Year: Thomas Stajcer
  • Venue of the Year: The Ship Pub
  • Video of the Year: Tim Baker - “All Hands” (Director: Jordan Canning)

    Links: Tim Baker, Video above courtesy of heytimbaker
Honorary Awards
  • Directors’ Special Achievement Award:Measha Brueggergosman
  • Industry Builder Award:Tony Murray
  • Musician’s Achievement Award:Kelly Russell
Blast from the Past: Last Year's Winners

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Monday, July 6, 2020

Hamilton-Born Singer/Broadway Star Nick Cordero Passes

It is with sadness that we report on the passing of Nick Cordero, a Hamilton born singer and Tony-nominated Broadway star. He passed away on July 5 after a much publicized brave battle with COVID-19.Our condolences to his family, friends and fans.

Please consider donating to help his family by clicking here.

Media Stories:
His wife posted the following:
RIP Nick  7/5/20: God has another angel in heaven now. My darling husband passed away this morning. He was surrounded in love by his family, singing and praying as he gently left this earth.  I am in disbelief and hurting everywhere. My heart is broken as I cannot imagine our lives without him. Nick was such a bright light. He was everyone’s friend, loved to listen, help and especially talk. He was an incredible actor and musician. He loved his family and loved being a father and husband. Elvis and I will miss him in everything we do, everyday.
 - Amanda Kloots 
Here's a sampling of the social media response:

Jesse O'Brien
There just aren't words. RIP Nick Cordero. So young, funny and talented.From his early days at Westdale to "Tony n' Tina's Wedding", to writing/recording his fantastic music, truly a shining star in any room he walked in, it's easy to see why his star shone so bright on Broadway. Sending love to the entire Cordero family.
Shari Dunn
He was a beautiful person inside and out. He was talented in so many ways. He knew how to laugh and have a great time. And oh how we laughed. He knew how to make you feel special and worthy and listened to and loved. He was one in a million. I’m so honoured to have called you a friend. I’ll never forget you for as long as I live. Thank you for being a part of my life. You were just too bright a star. Your life should have blown up the sky for many more years to come. Love you Nick Cordero. I’m just gutted. Sending peace and love to Amanda, Elvis, Nick’s family and all who had the pleasure of knowing you. Rest In Peace and Love
Jude Johnson
Such a vibrant soul...unbelievable...rest now sweet prince....your light will forever shine in the hearts of all who met you, heard you sing, saw you dance...you were a King among men...a gentle soul...a husband and father, a son and brother...a friend to all...so young.
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More Louis Armstrong covers/stories

Links: Nick Cordero,, Videos above courtesy of Michael J Moritz Jr

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Sunday, July 5, 2020

Check Out a Few Incredible Les Smith Videos

Lester "Les" Smith is a veteran of the Hamilton music scene. This wonderful singer/songwriter is at home with the Blues as well as Folk and Americana. His varied musical history includes playing with Blues mainstays, Trickbag and performing as a current member of the legendary Crowbar. He also runs the Hamilton Regional Songwriters Group.

Les is currently working on a new solo album and we are looking forward to it here at HBL.

Here's some samples of his work.

Les wrote a beautiful song about HBL members Lou and Linda for their 10th anniversary as a couple.

Video above courtesy of Hamilton B. Lous

Here is a full online show he did recently.

Blast from the Past: COVID-19 videos from Les and others

Links: Les SmithMore Les Smith Stories, Last 3 Videos above courtesy of Lester Smith

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Thursday, July 2, 2020

CONGRATS! Ensemble! Wins Cable 14 Impact Award + Complete Winners

We here at the Hamilton Blues Lovers are proud of our Marketing Guru, Linda Fraser, The wonderful local music show she produces, Ensemble! recently earned one of the very first Cable 14 Impact Awards. It won for Outstanding Entertainment Program during the inaugural ceremony in 2020. Her incredible show was also nominated for Outstanding Promotion.

As well, Hamilton musician Nathan Fleet took home the Outstanding Community Advocate (Community Member) award.

Links: Nathan FleetMore Nathan Fleet Stories, Video above courtesy of Nathan Fleet,

Here is a complete list of winners:

More Ensemble Stories

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