Wednesday, June 28, 2017

CONGRATS! Local Groups on UltimateGuitar's Best Rock Bands from Canada List!

We all know Canadians can really rock out! Now UltimateGuitar has unveiled their 35 Best Rock Bands from Canada list it's graced by a few local luminaries.

The Band (with members from the Norfolk/Six Nations area) took the number 6 spot. They've been on quite a few best of Canada lists recently!

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

Burlington's Silverstein hit 9th place.

Links: Silverstein, Video above courtesy of riserecords

Also from Burlington, Finger Eleven reached 29.

Links: Finger Eleven, More Finger Eleven Stories,  Video above courtesy of FingerElevenVEVO

St. Catharines band Alexisonfire earned the 31st spot.

Links: Alexisonfire, More Alexisonfire Stories, Video above courtesy of Dine Alone Records

Canadian Rock legends, Rush took top honours.


Here's the complete list.
  1. Rush
  2. Devin Townsend
  3. Annihilator
  4. Arcade Fire
  5. Godspeed You! Black Emperor
  6. The Band (some members from Norfolk + Six Nations areas)
  7. Protest the Hero
  8. Three Days Grace
  9. Silverstein (Burlington)
  10. The Guess Who
  11. Sum 41
  12. Theory of a Deadman
  13. Bachman-Turner Overdrive
  14. Strapping Young Lad
  15. Nickelback
  16. Voivod
  17. Broken Social Scene
  18. Propagandhi
  19. The New Pornographers
  20. Billy Talent
  21. Kataklysm
  22. Death From Above 1979
  23. Skinny Puppy
  24. Simple Plan
  25. Cryptopsy
  26. Do Make Say Think
  27. Thousand Foot Krutch
  28. Gorguts
  29. Finger Eleven (Burlington)
  30. Despised Icon
  31. Alexisonfire (St. Catharines)
  32. The Agonist
  33. D.O.A.
  34. NoMeansNo
  35. Nadja

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

CONGRATS! Off the Record Win Pub Fiction's 2017 Got Talent Competition

Pub Fiction's annual Got Talent contest ended off with a bang on June 19, 2017. After months of music competition it came down to The James Ferris Band and Off the Record for the final show.

Grimsby Rockers Off the Record took home the top prize. The gang won $20,000 along with a number of other prizes.


More ZZ Top Covers/Stories

More Covers of the Band/Stories

Blast from the Past: Last Year's Winner

Links: Off the Record, More Off the Record Stories, Videos above courtesy of OffTheRecordRock

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Monday, June 26, 2017

CONGRATS! Local Artists on CBC's Best Canadian Songwriters List

To mark the Canada's 150th birthday CBC Music has been posting a few music charts. Their latest, the 25 Best Canadian Songwriters Ever List has a number of area musicians.

St. Catherines' own amazing Ron Sexsmith is in the highest position for a local act (#11) 

Legendary rockers The Band (featuring members from the Norfolk and Six Nations) follows closely behind at #12.

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

Completing the local trio is the late, great Hamiltonian Stan Rogers at lucky number 13.

Links: Stan RogersMore Stan Rogers Stories, Video above courtesy of pudops
  1. Joni Mitchell
  2. Leonard Cohen
  3. Neil Young
  4. Buffy Sainte-Marie
  5. Gordon Lightfoot
  6. Gord Downie (Tragically Hip)
  7. Bruce Cockburn
  8. Randy Bachman and Burton Cummings (Guess Who)
  9. Feist
  10. Drake
  11. Ron Sexsmith
  12. The Band
  13. Stan Rogers
  14. Alanis Morissette
  15. Stompin' Tom Connors
  16. Shania Twain
  17. Bryan Adams
  18. k.d. lang
  19. Sarah McLachlan
  20. Shad
  21. John K. Samson (The Weakerthans)
  22. Patrick Watson
  23. Susan Aglukark
  24. Joel Plaskett
  25. Tegan and Sara
Blast from the Past: CBC's Top Canadian Singers List

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Weekday Picks (Jun 26-29, 2017)

Wednesday, June 28

6:30pm: Annie Bonsignore @ Royal Botanical Gardens (Burlington) $16/$13 youth+student+senior/FREE for RBG members

7pm: Bry Webb (Constantines) w Charlotte Cornfield, Happy Cup @ Casbah (Hamilton) $12.50 adv/$15 door

7pm: Choir Nation Presents Devin Cuddy w Momentum Choir + sing-a-long @ Warehouse Concert Hall (St. Catharines) $30/$35 door

8pm: Richard Garvey @ Monigram Coffee Roasters (Cambridge) $10

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

Thursday, June 29

3-3:30am: Ensemble! TV Show ft Darran Poole + Bobbi Richards (Rootbone), Hosted by Jamie Tennant @ Cable 14 (Hamilton)

7-7:30am: Ensemble! TV Show ft Darran Poole + Bobbi Richards (Rootbone), Hosted by Jamie Tennant @ Cable 14 (Hamilton)

12pm: LoFi @ Gore Park (Hamilton)

3pm: Pat Boone @ Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort $25+

6:30-10pm: Breast Cancer Fundraiser ft Sarah Smith + Guests @ Tracie's Place (Hamilton) $10

7pm: Rod Nickson @ Firemen's Park (Niagara Falls)

7pm: Bill Culp’s O Canada Rock 'n' Roll Show @ Fonthill Bandshell (Peace Park)

7pm: Ensemble Atlantica @ Silence (Guelph) $20/$15 students

8pm: Songs for the Sesquicentennial w Mark McNeil + Ian Bell @ Spectator Auditorium (FREE but RSVP required to 905-526-3535)

8pm: Doug Murphy @ Artword Artbar (Hamilton) $10/$5 students

8pm: Medicine Hat w Lost Cousins + Kents @ This Ain't Hollywood (Hamilton) $10

8pm: 54-40 @ Maxwell's Concerts (Waterloo) $39.50

9pm: Mark Lalama Trio CD Release @ Moonshine Cafe (Oakville) $15

Please Support Local Charities

From their website: The Stephen Lewis Foundation launched the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign in March 2006, in response to the emerging crisis faced by African grandmothers as they struggled to care for millions of children orphaned by AIDS. The Campaign aims to raise awareness, build solidarity and mobilize support in Canada for Africa’s grandmothers.

The Hamilton Blues Lovers (HBL) want to showcase a deserving local charity every week.  HBL is not affiliated with these charities nor does it fund raise for them.

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

Click here for our Jakefest memoires

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