Saturday, June 24, 2017

Local Music Supporter Paul C. Young Passes

R.I.P. Paul C .Young
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Paul C. Young, a musician and wonderful supporter of the area music scene. He passed away on June 23, 2017 from medical complications.  Our condolences to his fans, friends and family.

Jeremiah Budnark of the Brantford Open Stage had this to say on his Facebook page
It is with great regret that I must share the sad news of Paul Young's passing due to complications from liver and renal failure. Paul has been in hospital for the last couple of weeks. As per his wishes, this was not made generally known. Yesterday he got worse and was transferred to ICU. He passed away peacefully this past morning. He was 62. 
As per Paul's wishes, there will be no funeral or memorial service. However, he did want a party! "No sad songs, only happy memories and happy music."

So, there shall be a party, a wake. I'll post when and where as soon as it's been decided.
Farewell, my friend . . .
From Lou the blogger:
I had the honour and pleasure of knowing Paul. I loved going to his yearly, private Jakefest celebrations (named after his late, beloved dog). While there, I met wonderful people and heard great music. I will miss his friendship and warm smile. 
I encourage people to make a donation in his name to the Oakville Humane Society 
Other online comments.
Stephen Shelton: I've known Paul since high school he will be missed His support of original music at his Jakefest annual party's brought joy to all who attended. He will be missed. 
Mark McNeil: He was a kind man and a great friend of folk music.
We will have details here on any memorial party once we have information.

Links: Video above courtesy of Hamilton Blues Lovers

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Friday, June 23, 2017

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    Adventure of Trebleclef, the Music Loving Monkey

    Trebleclef checked out the Burlington Sound of Music Festival on Friday!

    Click here for more pictures from the event


    On Saturday, he grabbed a bite to eat and the wonderful Camp 31 in Paris, ON 

    Even movie stars love to eat at Camp 31!

    Thursday, June 22, 2017

    Weekend Picks (June 23-25, 2017)

    Saturday, June 24

    8am-10pm: PoultryFest Niagara @ West Niagara Fairgrounds

    10am-5pm: Art on the Street w Live Music @ Downtown Guelph

    11am-11pm: Oakville Family Ribfest @ Sheridan College

    11am-11pm: Stamford Center Volunteer Firemen's Carnival ft The Natrolites (8pm) @ Firemen's Park (Niagara Falls)

    12-11pm: Francofest @ Gage Park (Hamilton)

    12-9pm: Canadian Deafblind Association Streetfest ft Cootes Paradise @ 50 Main St (Paris, ON) FREE

    12-8pm: Kitchener Waterloo Multicultural Festival @ Victoria Park

    2pm: Brant Parker Band and Terry Gillespie @ Donnelly's (Thorold)

    3:30-10:30pm: CiderFest  @ Puddicombe Estate (Winona) $60/$100 Weekend Pass

    4pm: Steve Beach + Larry Feudo (Trickbag) @ Roxy's (Brantford)

    7:30pm: Bob Friesen w Shawn O'Halloran + Michael J Birthelmer @ 19 Pine Street (Hamilton) $20 ( to reserve)

    8pm: Romancing the Song w Loretta Bailey, James Gordon, Michael Mulrooney @ Artword Artbar (Hamilton) $20

    8pm: Danny Michel @ Mills Hardware (Hamilton) $20

    8pm: Summer Solstice Celebration w Gary DigginsJeff BirdTom Wolf @ Silence (Guelph) $20

    8pm: The Lazys w Royalfuzz + Wormwood Scrubs @ Maxwell's Concerts (Waterloo) $15

    8:30pm: Genevieve Marentette @ Jazz Room (Waterloo) $20/$10 under 30

    9pm: The Retroaction EP Release + Guests @ This Ain't Hollywood (Hamilton)

    9pm: Rooney Brothers Band @ Moonshine Cafe (Oakville) $10

    Sunday, June 25

    10am: Sonica w Gary Diggins (Sound as blessing. Music as medicine) @ Silence (Guelph) $20

    11am-7pm: Oakville Family Ribfest @ Sheridan College

    12-8pm: Kitchener Waterloo Multicultural Festival @ Victoria Park

    2-5pm: Building Magic, Revitalizing the Westdale Theatre Hosted by Matt Hayes ft Cootes Paradise @ Westdale Theatre (Hamilton) FREE

    2pm: Sunday Blues Show w Bay City Blues Band ft Brant Parker/Terry Gillespie CD Launch @ Bay City Music Hall (Hamilton) $7

    4pm: In Orbit @ Jazz Room (Waterloo) $20/$10 under 30

    4:30-5pm: Ensemble! TV Show ft Darran Poole + Bobbi Richards (Rootbone), Hosted by Jamie Tennant @ Cable 14 (Hamilton)

    6:30pm-1am: Aids Fundraiser Variety Night w Robin Benedict + Guests @ Tracie's Place (Hamilton) $10

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    Wednesday, June 21, 2017

    Hamilton's Steve Strongman Gets Your Adrenaline Pumping with 'No Time Like Now'

    After mastering straight ahead Blues rock and the nuances of acoustic Blues as well, Hamilton's Steve Strongman has decided to kick thing up a notch with his latest, No Time Like Now (from Sonic Unyon Records/Sony Music Canada). His sound's extremely energized, funky and ready to take on anything that crosses its path!

    This unstoppable Blues train will hit you head on with its adrenaline-pumping power and shake you to your foundations, only to soothe you with the two beautiful final tracks. No Time Like Now is one hell of a sonic experience!

    Helping Steve with his great new sound are some of his usual talented co-horts: drummers Dave King/Adam Warner, bassists Rob Szabo/Alec Fraser and keyboardist Jesse O'Brien. The album also features a stellar guitar cameo from Randy Bachman playing on a reborn version of his classic You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet.

    So get your but down to one of his fabulous live shows and pick up a copy of this CD or go online to, 
    iTunes or eMusic to get your recommended dose of high-octane Blues.

    Video above courtesy of Sonic Unyon

    Video above courtesy of Southern Souls

    Video above courtesy of TheBluerocker007

    Blast from the Past: Steve's Previous Album - Let Me Prove It To You

    Links: Steve StrongmanMore Steve Strongman StoriesMore Releases

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    Tuesday, June 20, 2017

    CONGRATS! Local Artists on CBC's Best Canadian Debut Albums List

    First impressions are important, especially in the music industry. With that in mind, the CBC Music recently chose their 25 Best Canadian Debut Albums list to celebrate our country's 150th. Not surprisingly, there  were a few local entries.

    Hammertown legend Daniel Lanois appears as does talented former Hamiltonian Kathleen Edwards.

    Links: Daniel LanoisMore Daniel Lanois Stories, Video above courtesy of rtisi

    Links: Kathleen EdwardsMore Kathleen Edwards Stories,  Video above courtesy of SeeThisRadio

    Classic rockers The Band (with members from the Norfolk and Six Nations areas) were also honoured.

    Links: The BandMore Stories of The Band, Video above courtesy of washox

    Here's the complete list (in chronological order)
    Blast from the Past: CBC's Top Canadian Songs List

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