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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Haunting Vocals Stand Out on New Album from Hamilton's Justin Dunlop: Black Bay Nocturnes


Justin Dunlop's haunting, soulful voice is the first thing you'll notice on the Hamilton singer/songwriter's first full-length album, Black Bay Nocturnes. His voice is beautiful and full of expression.

A subtle funkiness permeates the recording as it grooves and slides through soul, folk, and rock.  All the while, the high quality of the lyrics is wonderfully maintained.

Justin is backed up by some talented musicians such as his brother Matt Dunlop, Maarten De Boer, Nick Doneff (from Fort Erie), Jill Harris, Alan Zemaitis, Andrew Kesler, Andrew Mullin, and Mike Ardagh.  They add to the fantastic feel of the album.

You can download this collection through his Bandcamp page or iTunes.

Videos above courtesy of Justin Dunlop

Links: Justin Dunlop, More Releases

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Our Weekend Picks (September 19-21, 2014)


Sunday, September 21, 2014
10:30am-4pm: Guelph Record and CD Show@Royal Canadian Legion Branch 234 $4

Niagara Wine Festival@Montebello Park (St. Catharines) (NO LIVE MUSIC) $40   

5:30pm: Dinner and Boat Cruise w Sonny Del-Rio, Ronnie Lodge and Friends@Harbour Queen (Hamilton) $40

7:30pm: Jacob Moon@Registry Theatre (Kitchener) $?

8pm: Stephen Fearing/Andy White@Pearl Company (Hamilton) $?

Sunday, September 21, 2014 - Ancaster Fall Fair@Ancaster Fairgrounds $10

10am, 12pm, 2pm Andrew “Too Tall” Queen

Marritt Hall
11am, 3pm Dirty Dishes
12:15, 1:45pm pm Mike Hogg
1pm Dirty Dishes
3:15pm, 4:15pm 3 Sopranos

Main Street
12:30 pm, 2:30pm, 4:30pm Bandaloni

Main Stage #2
2pm, 4pm Country Versatiles
3pm David Lum
5pm Ancaster Fair’s Got Talent Finals 

Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 21 Band Salute@City Hall (Niagara Falls)

Main Stage
5:15-5:30pm The Perpetual Peace Project
5:45-6pm Dead Grass
6:15-6:30pm Road Waves
6:45-7pm Fool Proof
7:15-7:30pm The Ages
7:45-8pm Barbudos
8:15-8:30pm Nathanial Goold
8:45-9pm Phantom 309
9:15-9:30pm Aaron Berger and The Blue Stars
9:40-9:55 Rod Standish Band
10:05-10:20pm Theatre Crisp
10:30-10:45pm The Broken Lyre
10:45-11pm The KAC Himself

Acoustic Stage
5-5:15pm Beth Moore
5:30-5:45pm Matt Keighan and Phillip Bosely
6-6:15pm Samantha Grace
6:30-6:45pm Cory Cruise
7-7:15pm Katey Gatta
7:30-7:45pm Matthew James Blake
8:30-8:45pm Garret Bell
9-9:15pm A Book For Wanderers


NEW! Monday, September 22, 8pm: Stephen Palmer CD Release@Magnolia Cafe (Guelph) $10 
Monday, September 22, 8pm: Jann Arden@Centre in the Square (Kitchener) $49.50+

September 22-28: Niagara Wine Festival@Montebello Park (St. Catharines) (Music on Sept 19-20, 26-28) $40  

NEW! Wednesday, September 24, 7:30pm: CBC Radio Live Taping of DNTO w Tiny Bill Cody/Young Rival/Friends@Zoetic (Hamilton) $25

Thursday, September 25, 7:30pm: Waiting for Dusk: Matt Dusk/Eleanor McCain@Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts $40+

NEW! Friday, September 26, 7pm: Alysha Brilla and The Brillion Dollar Band CD Release@Cork Hall LIVE (Kitchener) $20 

NEW! Friday, September 26, 7:30pm: Barn Katz/Moonshiner's Daughter@Registry Theatre (Kitchener) $20

NEW! Friday, September 26, 8pm: Jane Lewis CD Release@Dublin Street United Church (Guelph) $20 adv/$24 door

Friday, September 26, 8:30pm: Jack de Keyzer and Jerome Godboo/Logan Staats@Army Navy and Air Force Club (Brantford) $20

NEW! September 26-28: Hamilton Music and Film Festival

NEW! Saturday, September 27, 10am-4pm: Doors Open Burlington

NEW!! Saturday, September 27, 10am-?: Fall Rural Romp@Thatcher Farms (Rockwood)

NEW! Saturday, September 27: Doors Open Wellington North

NEW!! Saturday, September 27, 2:30pm: Mighty Duck Blues Band/Jack de Keyzer@Golden Pheasant (St. Catharines) FREE

NEW! Saturday, September 27, 3pm: Fort Erie Music Fest@Optimist Hall 

NEW!! Saturday, September 27, 3pm-Close: Border City Shakedown II (Fundraiser/Food Drive)@Taps Brewery (Niagara Falls)

Saturday, September 27, 6pm: Guelph Lobsterfest (Fundraiser) w Wizened@Italian Canadian Club $75

Saturday, September 27, 8pm: Treasa Levasseur@Carnegie Gallery (Dundas) $85 for all 4 Freewhelin' Folk Concerts

Saturday, September 27, 8pm: Natalie MacMaster/Donnell Leahy: 2 Fiddles 2 Pianos@Burlington Performing Arts Centre $?

Sunday, September 28, 8pm: Boz Scaggs@Centre in the Square (Kitchener) $50+

Sunday, September 28, 9am-4pm: Applefest Fall Fair@Ireland House Museum - Oakridge Farm (Burlington)

NEW!! Sunday, September 28, 5-9pm: Danny B Dinner Show@Black Bull (Burlington) $20 min food tab

CORRECTION! Tuesday, September 30, 8pm: Niagara Music Awards@Taps Brewery

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

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

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

NEW!! Sarurday, 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NEW! Saturday, October 11: Pumpkin Day Festival@Elora

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

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

NEW!! Monday, October 13: Thanksgiving 

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

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

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Hamilton's Blue River Man Releases an Impressive 3 Albums in a Few Weeks

Hamilton's Blue River Man has been working on his amazing music for years but he's now unveiled 3 separate albums for us to download and enjoy.  In just a few weeks, he's released some wonderful, diverse, mostly instrumental collections.

The first album, Constant Change mixes rock, soul, blues, electronic beats and more with a progressive twist. Each song has its own incredible spirit.

Video above courtesy of BlueRiverMan

Kaleidoscope, on the other hand, has more of an electric Prog Rock feel. It sounds very spacey and cool.

Video above courtesy of Hamilton Blues Lovers


Last but not least, Another Summer Day has many elements of the other albums but contains a lot more acoustic and soulful sounds.  There are even some incredible alternate version of songs from the previous albums.

Video above courtesy of Hamilton Blues Lovers 

If you're looking for music that has a lot to offer, you can't go wrong with any of these great offerings!  They can be downloaded through his Bandcamp page.

Blast from the Past: Videos of Blue River Man's Improv Jams

Links: Blue River Man, More Blue River Man StoriesMore Releases

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Brantford's Ghost Town Orchestra Wins Best Rock CD at Aboriginal People's Choice Music Awards

Ghost Town Orchestra, the amazing rock project of Brantford singer/songwriter Logan Staats, recently won for Best Rock CD at the Aboriginal People's Choice Music AwardsThe hardware was handed out September 12, 2014 during a wonderful televised ceremony. Congratulations!

Links: Ghost Town Orchestra, More Logan Staats StoriesVideo above courtesy of Ghost Town Orchestra

Here are some highlights from the ceremony: 

Rock CD:  Ghost Town Orchestra: Dead Wait

Blues CD: Young Medicine: Be Your Own Person

Video above Courtesy of ThatConradGuy
Folk/Acoustic CD: Jasmine Netsena: Take You With Me

Video above courtesy of CFU Radio

Country CD: Shy-Anne: Bones
Fiddle CD:  Jason Lepine: Driving Force

New Artist: Leonard Sumner
    Single: Shy-Anne: Be Your Girl

    Songwriter:  Indian City

    Aboriginal Entertainer: Shy-Anne

    Click here for a full list of winners

    Blast from the Past: Derek Miller Wins APCMA in 2012

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