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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Laura Cole is an Amazing Singer Unleashed on Debut CD: Dirty Cheat


Ancaster resident Laura Cole's debut CD, Dirty Cheat (released through Porcelain Records) is a jazzy, sensual, soulful, energetic musical explosion!  She sounds like a lounge singer who's finally been allowed to rock out. This ain't dull smooth Jazz - It's high powered, funky, guitar and piano driven boogie.

Poppy at times, it isn't over-produced and has a ton of live energy.  It was mainly recorded in one day so the raw spirit is there.

Laura is backed up by Producer Steve Bigas on guitar, her dad Ron Cole (Banned From Heaven) on keyboards, Chris Chiarcos on bass and Mark McLean on drums.  The legendary Daniel Lanois executive produced the whole affair.

You can pick up the disc at her amazing live shows or download it through her Bandcamp page, eMusic or iTunes.

Video above courtesy of Porcelain Records

Video above courtesy of Dean Hunt

Video above courtesy of Stellablu477

Blast from the Past: Laura Cole Story in Ancaster News and more

Links: Laura Cole, More Laura Cole Stories, More Releases

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Our Weekday Picks

Wilderness of Manitoba@Casbah, this Thursday!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

5pm: Mike McCurlie (Banned from Heaven)@Ancaster Farmers Market

6pm: Mo Kauffey@Blue Moon (Tree Room) (Petersburg)

9pm: NSAI Songwriters Showcase@Moonshine Cafe (Oakville) (Donation appreciated)
Dan McVeigh (Host), Chase Stevens, Shaun Devlin,  Melissa Lynn, Dean Stacey, David McLachlan, Roger Beckett, Paul Malysa 

Thursday, October 2, 2014

9pm: Brenda Earle Stokes/Pat Collins@Artword Artbar (Hamilton) $15/$10 students

9pm: Latin Fusion Night w Roberto Riveron/Pablosky Rosales@Moonshine Cafe (Oakville) $10

9pm: Nathan Burke@Slainte (Hamilton)

9pm: Wilderness of Manitoba/Greylands/Medicine Hat@Casbah (Hamilton) $12


Friday, October 3, 8pm: 54/40@Melrose United Church (Hamilton) ($150 for all 4 Live on Locke)

NEW!! Friday, October 3, 8pm: Irish Ceili Dance w Hamilton Ceili Band $15/$10 CCE Members/$5 Students

Friday, October 3, 8pm: Oliver Jones Trio@Burlington Performing Arts Centre $49+

Friday, October 3, 8pm: Cassandra Warner/Marc Devigne: Hometown Girl@Milton Centre for the Arts $36

NEW! Friday, October 3, 8pm: Jackie Richardson@Registry Theatre (Kitchener) $30

Friday, October 3, 8:30pm: Jack de Keyzer CD Release@Blue Moon (Wilmot Room)(Petersburg) $15 adv/$20 door

NEW!! Saturday, October 4, 8pm: Imagine Peace: a Celebration of the Music of John Lennon (Fundraiser)@Bay City Music Hall (Hamilton) $10

NEW! Saturday, October 4, 8pm: John Gorka@Registry Theatre (Kitchener) $20 adv/$25 door

NEW!! Saturday, October 4, 9pm: Checkerboard Floors CD Release/Amber/Little Hypocrites@Homegrown Hamilton $6

NEW! Saturday, October  4, 9pm: Must Stash Hat (10 year Anniversary)/Torque Hound@Corktown (Hamilton) $10

October 4-5, 11 and 13: Fall into Nature Festival@Halton Parks

Sunday, October 5, 10:30am-4pm: Hamilton Record and CD Show@Renaissance Banquet Centre $4

Sunday, October 5, 1-5pm: Harvest Halton@Country Heritage Park (Milton)

Sunday, October 5, 1-5pm: Jane Lewis CD Release@Old Winery (Niagara on the Lake) $15 

NEW! Tuesday, October 7, 8:30pm: Hamilton Folk Club (Russ Burns CD Release + Open Stage)@Pheasant Plucker $4

NEW! October 7-13: Norfolk County Fair (Simcoe) $9 per day/$45 for all 7 days

Wednesday, October  8, 7:20pm: HPO Movie Night: Ray w Neil Spaulding (played with Ray) Pre-show Interview@Zoetic $10

Wednesday, October  8, 8pm: Guy Davis (Accessible Playgrounds Fundraiser)@Wellesley Community Centre $20 adv/$25 door

Thursday October 9, 7:30pm: Jane Lewis CD Release/Sam Turton/Eve Goldberg/Singalong@Artword Artbar (Hamilton) $10

Thursday October 9, 7:30pm: Ziggy Marley@Centre in the Square (Kitchener) $52.75+ 

Friday, October 10: Raise the Roof@Dr. Disc (Hamilton)

Friday, October 10: Artcrawl@James Street North  (Hamilton)

Friday, October 10, 9pm: Mary Simon EP Release/Laura Cole@This Ain't Hollywood (Hamilton) $10

NEW! October 10-13: Rockton World's Fair

NEW! October 10-18: Oktoberfest@Kitchener

Saturday, October 11: Pumpkin Day Festival@Elora

NEW! Saturday, October 11, 7pm: Tom Wilson@Ojo's (Ancaster) $25

NEW! Saturday, October 11, 7:30pm: Wooden Sky Album Release/Absolutely Free/Ash and Bloom@Casbah (Hamilton) $20

Saturday, October 11, 9pm: Neil MacNaughton CD Release@Moonshine Cafe (Oakville) $?

NEW! October 10-13: Rockton World's Fair

NEW! October 10-18: Oktoberfest@Kitchener

NEW! Monday, October 13: Thanksgiving

NEW! Wednesday, October 15, 7pm: Rise Up Singing - Women's "Choir" w Jane Lewis and Katherine Wheatley (8 Week, Wed Eve Workshop)@Ancaster (location TBA) $195

NEW! Oct 15-16, 8pm: CANADA ROCKS Jeans 'n Classics Rock Symphony@Centre in the Square (Kitchener) $32.75

NEW! October 15-21, 23-26: Steel City Jazzfest (Hamilton) 

NEW! Thursday, October 16, 9pm: Kool and the Gang@Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort $35+

NEW! October 16-18: Canal Bank Shuffle Blues Festival@Thorold $20

NEW! Friday, October 17, 6pm: "KAN" Ebola Benefit@Liuna Station $50

NEW! Friday, October 17, 8pm: Justin Hines@River Run Centre (Co-operators Hall) (Guelph) $27

NEW! Friday, October 17, 8pm: Strawbs@Molson Canadian Studio (Hamilton) $42.50+

NEW! Friday, October 17, 8pm: Jim Cuddy Band (Blue Rodeo)/Doug Paisley@Centre in the Square (Kitchener) $32.75

NEW! Friday, October 17, 8pm: Manteca@Sean O'Sullivan Theatre (St. Catharines) $49+

NEW! Friday, October 17, 9pm: Gipsy Kings@Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort $45+

NEW! Friday, October 17, 9:30pm: Kim Mitchell@Altes Munchen Haus (Kitchener) $?

NEW! Saturday, October 18, 6pm: Ebola Benefit Dinner w Music@Narula's (Hamilton) $50

NEW! Saturday, October 18, 8pm: Keith Richards One Woman Show@Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts $?

NEW! Saturday, October 18, 8pm: Stephen Shelton Birthday Jam@Carrigan Arms (Burlington)

NEW! Saturday, October 18, 8:30pm: Bob DiPiero/David Pack/Chris Barron@Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort (Great Hall) $20

NEW! Saturday, October 18, 9pm: Dinner Belles Album Release@Casbah (Hamilton) $10

NEW! Sunday, October 19, 12-4pm: Beerfest Fundraiser w Music by Killin' Time Band@Rib Eye Jack’s Ale House (Burlington) $25

NEW! Sunday, October 19, 7:30pm: Randy Bachman's Symphonic Overdrive@Centre in the Square (Kitchener) $40+

NEW! Sunday, October 19, 8:30pm: Heavy Trash (Jon Spencer and Matt Verta Ray)/Blooshot Bill@Casbah (Hamilton) $20

NEW!! Monday, October 20, 8pm: Tyler Yarema@Sanderson Centre (Brantford) $30 

NEW!! Tuesday, October 21, 7pm: Rise Up Singing - Women's "Choir" w Jane Lewis and Katherine Wheatley (8 Week, Tue Eve Workshop)@238 Kathleen St. (Guelph) $195 

NEW!! Tuesday, October  21, 7:30pm: Grand Opening w City and Colour/Joel Plaskett Emergency@Meridian Centre (St. Catharines) $73.50

NEW!! Tuesday, October  21, 8pm: Del Barber and the Profiteers/Steph Cameron/Thomas St.Clair and the Scared Crowes@Casbah (Hamilton) $15 

NEW!! Wednesday, October 22, 2pm: Moe Bandy@Sanderson Centre (Brantford) $43 

NEW!! Wednesday, October 22, 2pm: Jim Cuddy Band (Blue Rodeo)@Burlington Performing Arts Centre $59+

NEW!! Thursday, October 23, 9pm Art Bergmann/Gord Lewis Band w Dave Rave@This Ain't Hollywood (Hamilton) $22.60

NEW!! Friday, October 24, 8pm: Tom Wilson@Brantford Arts Block $30

NEW!! Friday, October 24, Johnny Cash The Original Punk! Hosted by Lori Yates@This Ain't Hollywood (Hamilton) $15 adv/$20 door

NEW!! Friday, October 24, 9:30pm: Eggmen (Beatles Tribute w Doug Feaver, Rick Andrew, Steve Sinnicks, Bill Dillon)@Corktown (Hamilton) $?

NEW!! October 24-25, 8pm: The Barra MacNeils@Centre in the Square (Kitchener) $19+

NEW!! Saturday, October 25, 1-4pm: Songwriting Shake-Up (Workshop) w Katherine Wheatley@Milton Baptist Church $40 adv reg required

NEW!! Saturday, October 25, 7:30pm: Local Music Night (Open Stage)@Flyers Cafe (Dunnville) $5 to Dystonia Research

NEW!! Saturday, October 25, 9pm: Lynne Hansen CD Release/Kirsten Jones@Moonshine Cafe (Oakville) $10

NEW!! Sunday, October 26, 2pm: Toronto All-Star Big Band@Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts $42.99+

NEW!! Sunday, October 26, 7pm: Strawbs Acoustic (Last Canadian Show Ever)@Princess Theatre (Waterloo) $45

NEW!! Sunday, October 26, 7:30pm: Vinyl Tap Presents Randy Bachman: Every Song Tells A Story@Burlington Performing Arts Centre $75

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Great Local Musicans win Toronto Independant Music Awards


As part of their 10th year celebration, the Toronto Independant Music Awards chose three of our amazing local musicians to win their song competitions!  The names was announced on September 25, 2014.

Dundas's Maggie Szabo took home Best Pop as Jane Baker from Grimsby won for Best Young Songwriter.  The only multiple winner of the night was Waterloo's JoJo Worthington who received both the Best Folk and Best Song Awards. CONGRATULATIONS!

Links: JoJo Worthington, More JoJo Worthington Stories, Video above courtesy of 106.9 the X

Links: Jane Baker, More Jane Baker Stories, Video above courtesy of Jane Baker

Links: Maggie Szabo, Video above courtesy of Balcony TV

Here is a complete list of the winners
Blast from the Past: Jane Baker Finalist in Emerging Artist Prize

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Canadian Folk Music Awards Nominate Many Local Artists

Musicians throughout our area were honoured with nominations from the 2014 Canadian Folk Music Awards.  Gathering, the latest CD from Hamilton's Poor Angus is up for Traditional Album of the Year.  Former Hamiltonian Matthew Barber is in the running for both Solo Artist and Contemporary Singer. Another former resident of Hammertown, Luke Doucet received a Producer nod for his work with his duo, Whitehorse.

Links: Poor Angus, More Poor Angus Stories, Video above courtesy of Larry Steeves

Links: Matthew Barber, More Matthew Barber StoriesVideo above courtesy of Outside Music

Gathering Sparks, which features Guelphites Sam Turton and Jane Lewis along with Eve Goldberg from Toronto were nominated for Best Vocal Group.

Links: Gathering Sparks, More Gathering Sparks StoriesVideo above courtesy of Gathering Sparks

To top things off, Matt Andersen's Weightless (an album featuring writing contributions from Hamilton's Tom Wilson and Niagara's Suzie Vinnick) is up for Best Contemporary Album.

The awards ceremony will take place November 27-29, 2014 in Ottawa.


Here is the complete list of nominees.

Traditional Album
  • Poor Angus: Gathering 
  • Moustafa Kouyaté and Romain Malagnoux: Les frontières imaginaires 
  • The High Bar Gang: Lost and Undone: A Gospel Bluegrass Companion 
  • Sarah Jane Scouten: The Cape
Solo Artist 
  • Matthew Barber
  • Shari Ulrich
  • James Keelaghan
  • Lennie Gallant
  • Del Barber
Contemporary Singer
  • Matthew Barber
  • Jadea Kelly
  • James Keelaghan
  • Del Barber
  • Matt Andersen
  • Marc Maziade: Chasse-Galerie by MAZ
  • Tom Terrell and Karl Falkenham: City Ghosts by The Modern Grass
  • Luke Doucet: Éphémère sans repère by Whitehorse
  • The Fretless with Joby Baker: The Fretless by The Fretless
  • Steve Dawson: St. Louis Times by Jim Byrnes          
Vocal Group
  • Gathering Sparks
  • The Fugitives
  • The High Bar Gang
  • The Marrieds
  • Sweet Alibi
Contemporary Album
  • Matt Andersen: Weightless (featuring writing by Tom Wilson and Suzie Vinnick)
  • The Bros. Landreth: Let it Lie
  • Colleen Rennison: See The Sky About To Rain
  • Jill Zmud: Small Matters of Life and Death
  • The Strumbellas: We Still Move On Dance Floors
Children’s Album
  • Helen Austin: Colour It
  • Rattle and Strum: Rattle and Strum
  • Alex Mahé: Réveillons les bonnes chansons
  • Kathy Reid-Naiman: When It’s Autumn
  • Fred Penner: Where In The World
Instrumental Group
  • The Andrew Collins Trio
  • MAZ
  • Còig
  • Brishen
  • The Fretless
Instrumental Solo Artist
  • Maxim Cormier
  • Gillian Boucher
  • Steve Dawson
  • Jayme Stone
  • Robert Michaels
  • The High Bar Gang
  • Brishen
  • Notre Dame de Grass
  • The Fretless
  • Ventanas
The Oliver Schroer Pushing The Boundaries Award
  • Tanya Tagaq
  • MAZ
  • Mark Berube
  • The Fretless
  • West My Friend
French Songwriter
  • Klô Pelgag: L’Alchimie des monstres by Klô Pelgag
  • Alexandre Poulin: Le mouvement des marées by Alexandre Poulin
  • Antoine Corriveau: Les Ombres Longues by Antoine Corriveau
  • Julie Aubé, Viviane Roy, Katrine Noël: Mon Homesick Heart by Les Hay
  • Babies
Aboriginal Songwriter
  • Tanya Tagaq: Animism by Tanya Tagaq
  • Vince Fontaine: Colors by Indian City
  • Amanda Rheaume: Keep a Fire by Amanda Rheaume
  • Buffy MacNeil and Larry Boutilier: Surrounded by Buffy and Larry
  • Jasmine Netsena: Take You With Me by Jasmine Netsena
World Solo Artist
  • Quique Escamilla
  • Jorge Martinez
  • Susan Aglukark
  • Amanda Martinez
  • Robert Michaels
English Songwriter
  • Shari Ulrich: Everywhere I Go by Shari Ulrich
  • James Keelaghan: History by James Keelaghan
  • Lennie Gallant: Live Acoustic at The Carleton by Lennie Gallant
  • Del Barber: Prairieography by Del Barber
  • Chris Ronald: Timeline by Chris Ronald
Young Performer
  • Keiffer Mclean
  • Rebecca Lappa
  • Quinn Bachand (Brishen)
  • Kacy and Clayton
  • Benjamin Rogers
Traditional Singer
  • Kim Beggs
  • Joël Fafard
  • Mélisande
  • Sarah Jane Scouten
  • Tamar Ilana (Ventanas)
New/Emerging Artist
  • The Bros. Landreth
  • Robyn Dell’Unto
  • Scott Cook
  • Quinn Bachand (Brishen)
  • Kacy and Clayton
World Group Artist
  • MAZ
  • Shtreiml
  • Moustafa Kouyaté and Romain Malagnoux
  • Brishen
Unsung Hero Award (Not announced)

Blast from the Past: The 2013 Winners

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