Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Hamilton's The Vaudevillian Pack Tons of Energy and Spirit on New Album!


Hamilton/Kitchener group The Vaudevillian have a new lease on life thanks to their latest amazing album, Bringing Satan Down.  Not only is this their initial offering for Busted Flat Records - it's also the first as a trio.

The extra member hasn't dulled the edgy, pre-war Blues sound they're famous for.   As a matter of fact, their songs have more energy and spirit than before (which they weren't exactly lacking previously).  It's well-produced and recorded but still has and old-fashioned, raw vibe.

There are many ways to get your hands on this sweet album.  There's the Busted Flat Online ShopBandcamp and cdbaby.





Stream the album below



Blast from the Past: Vaudevillian Album - Barton Street Blues

Links: The VaudevillianMore Vaudevillian Stories, Videos above courtesy of the VaudevillianMore Releases

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

CONGRATS! Oakville Beaver Readers Selection Award Winners


Voting form the the Oakville Beaver's 2016 Readers Selection Awards is done and the results have been published.

Three artists were nominted in the Local Entertainers category and they all won awards.

Local Entertainers
Here are the winners of the other music related categories:

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Monday, August 29, 2016

Stan Rogers Chosen as 'Famous Hamiltonian of the Year'


Every George Hamilton Day (that's what the city of Hamilton calls its August Civic Holiday), a native son is chosen as the Famous Hamiltonian of the Year.  In 2016, the honour went to the late, legendary singer/songwriter, Stan Rogers.

To celebrate his life, the Hamilton Spectator held two sold out fundraising shows where many artists performed their favourite Stan Rogers tunes.  They were fitting tributes to the amazing legacy he left behind.







Blast from the Past: Stan Rarn's Greatest Hamiltonian Award

Links: Stan RogersMore Stan Rogers StoriesVideos above courtesy of Kensington TV

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Support Local Charities



From their website: Begun in the 1980's out of a desire to help one family with a terminally ill child, the TENDER WISHES FOUNDATION has grown to seek out and grant wishes to children in the Niagara Region who suffer from a potentially life-threatening illness.

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.


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Saturday, August 27, 2016

Videos: Donovan Woods, Chantal Kreviazuk, Scarlett and Cash


The Molson Canadian Studio in Hamilton is known for hosting some of the best musicians around and this year is no exception.

Here's a list of upcoming music events along with some videos to whet your appetite.

October 19, 2016 at 8pm: Donovan Woods


November 13, 2016 at 7:30pm: Chantal Kreviazuk

November 19, 2016 at 8pm: A Scarlett Christmas


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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Hamilton's The Redhill Valleys Debut With Dazzling, Compelling Album!


Hamilton Americana Rock trio, The Redhill Valleys are a musical force to be reckoned with.  Their debut
self-titled album is packed with dazzling vocals with divine harmonies united with compelling instrumentation.

Folk, pop, soul and rock all mingle to form an impressive sound that goes way beyond typical country.  Strong songwriting and vitality make this quite an uplifting, inspiring endeavor.

CD's are available at their live shows and through their online shop.  It can be downloaded via Bandcampcdbaby and iTunes too!







Stream the album below



Blast from the Past: The Redhill Valleys on CHCH and More

Links: The Redhill Valleys, More Redhill Valleys StoriesMore Releases, Videos above courtesy of The Redhill Valleys

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Locke Street Festival 2016 Packed With Amazing Music! Come on Down Sept 10!


The Locke Street Festival always has amazing music and this year is no exception!  Come on down on September 10, 2016 and have some fun! IT'S FREE!!!

Check out the schedule (including some videos) below.

The Judy Marsales Stage

11am Uncorked
1pm Caroline Wiles and Bob Doidge
3pm Jude Johnson Band
5pm Chris Chambers Band



Links: Chris ChambersMore Chris Chambers StoriesVideo above courtesy of Andrea Cassis

Picks and Sticks Stage

11am Picks and Sticks Kids
11:45am Refracter
12:15pm Carissa and Danielle Doel
1pm The Retroaction (Acoustic)
2pm Ethan Paxton Band
3pm Dan Edmonds
4pm Matty Simpson
5pm Fiction and Guests
6pm Dave Rave



Video above courtesy of Ragnar Heil

West Town Stage



Links: Justin DunlopMore Justin Dunlop StoriesVideo above courtesy of Liz Zlabis

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Acoustic EP from Waterloo's LoFi Mind Forges a Unique, Infectious Sound!


Waterloo psychedelic folk rockers, LoFi Mind have gone unplugged with 04/20/2014, their latest EP.  Featuring six amazing live in the studio performances, the recording boasts wonderful harmonies and a fabulous retro vibe.

This big band does wonders using the acoustic dimension.  With it's alluring, full-bodied, soulful feel, the EP mixes rockabilly, roots music and more to forge a unique, infectious sound.

If you want a CD, you contact them at lofimindmusic@gmail.com or pop by Encore Records, Orange Monkey and Rhapsody Barrel Bar.  It can also be downloaded through Bandcamp.







Stream the EP here



Links: LoFi Mind, Videos above courtesy of LoFi MindMore Releases

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Support Local Charities

From their website: McMaster Children's Hospital is a pediatric academic health science centre serving the special and unique healthcare needs of children and youth using a family-centred model of care.




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.








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Saturday, August 20, 2016

GOOD LUCK! Logan Staats and Jace Martin Up for Native American Music Awards


Two local artists are vying for international recognition and we're all crossing our fingers for them.  Brantford singer/songwriter Logan Staats (New Artist category) and Oshweken singer Jace Martin (Pop Recording) are nominated for 2016 Native American Music Awards.



Links: Logan StaatsMore Logan Staats StoriesVideo above courtesy of Codetski Jaigobin



Links: Jace MartinMore Jace Martin StoriesVideo above courtesy of Jace Martin

They are two of the over 15 Canadians who'll be competing at the ceremony on September 17, 2016 at the Seneca Allegany Resort and Casino Event Center in Salamanca, NY.

GOOD LUCK GUYS!

Click here for the results.

Here is a complete list of nominees (Canadians are bolded)

NEW ARTIST
POP RECORDING
RECORD
BLUES RECORDING
FOLK OR SPOKEN WORD RECORDING
COUNTRY RECORDING
FEMALE VOCALIST
DUO OR GROUP
ROCK RECORDING
MUSIC VIDEO
HISTORICAL/LINGUISTIC RECORDING
ARTIST 
FLUTIST
GOSPEL/INSPIRATIONAL/NATIVE AMERICAN CHURCH RECORDING
INSTRUMENTAL/NEW AGE RECORDING
RAP/HIP HOP/R 'N' B RECORDING
SINGLE
TRADITIONAL RECORDING
WAILA RECORDING
NATIVE HEART

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

New EP from Waterdown's Gillian Nicola Will Envelop You with it's Warmth and Ambiance!


Upon listening to No Place to Call, the newest EP from Waterdown's Gillian NIcola, you'll be enveloped by the warmth and ambiance of the sound.  It's welcoming and will entice you to stay for a spell.

With a crisp, clear, beautiful voice she invites listeners to experience her emotional lyrics about the ups and downs of life.  A wonderful, atmospheric wall of sound shrouds each tune, giving it just the right amount of heft.

Gillian's chosen quite a wonderful team for herself. Guitars are ably handled by Dan Hosh and Ben Alexander. Then there's the incredible team of Andrew Ivens (keys and pedal steel), Bruce Scavuzzo (bass) and Timon Wientzek (drums).

You can find this exquisite EP on Bandcamp, cdbaby and iTunes.







Videos above courtesy of Gillian Nicola

Stream the album below.



Blast from the Past: Gillian's CD - Chasing the Wind

Links: Gillian Nicola,  More Gillian Nicola StoriesMore Releases

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Hamilton Sax Master Libby Ferrelli Passes

Photo courtesy of Studio 29
It is our sad duty to report the passing of local sax master Libby Ferrelli.  He played with the George Arnone Big Band, the Hamilton Italo-Canadian Band and others.  Our condolences to his family, friends and fans.

From the George Arnone Big Band Facebook page:

The George Arnone Big Band is absolutely devastated to report that our Lead Alto player, Mr. Libby Ferrelli, has passed away suddenly. He was performing with the Italo-Canadian band at an event in Brantford Ontario when he collapsed and passed away later in hospital. Libby was very passionate about our group and all the groups he is affiliated with and he will be very sorely missed by the music community in Hamilton. If you have our CD, you can hear him playing clarinet in Begin the Beguine, a tune we played very often, as it was "Libby's Number". Always available for advice and very supportive of anything the band was or is trying to accomplish, we will all miss his genuine smile, infectious laugh and his musical knowledge. His chair is going to be very difficult to fill and we will miss him terribly.





Links: George Arnone Big Band, Videos above courtesy of the George Arnone Big Band

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Sunday, August 14, 2016

SueFest in Brantford, Sun Aug 21 - Great Music For a Great Cause


Brantford's annual SueFest is always an amazing event filled with wonderful music .  For only $25 adv/$30 door you get hear a ton of incredible music and other fun stuff.  The best part is the proceeds go toward the Heart and Stroke Foundation.  This is all done in memory of the late, great Susan Elaine Wallbank Maher.

It all kicks off Sunday, August 21, 2016 at the Knight of Columbus in Brantford at 2pm.  


Here are videos from a few of the performers.



Video above courtesy of Jamz Maher



Links: Whisky HollowVideo above courtesy of banjostive



Blaine Bomberry, Video above courtesy of daragent2

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Saturday, August 13, 2016

Dundas' Colour Film (aka Matthew de Zoete) Launches Wonderful, Cinematic EP


The EP, Super 8 is the debut recording under Dundas singer/songwriter Matthew de Zoete's new musical identity, Colour Film.  With this new name comes a wonderful, cinematic style of music.

Matthew has always been an amazing lyricist but he's outdone himself on the EP by consciously creating imagery for the listener to experience.  Each tune tells an interesting story set to incredible pop folk melodies and strong vocal harmonies.

Backing him up on this project is  Julie Fader (of EtiquetteGreat Lake Swimmers), Mark McIntyre and producer Les Cooper.

This outstanding EP can be purchased and/or downloaded through Bandcampcdbaby or iTunes.  It's also available at Dr Disc, Cheapies, Revolution Records and Records on Wheels.



Video above courtesy of Colour Film

Stream the album below



Blast from the Past: Matthew's Previous Album

Links: Colour Film, More Colour Film StoriesMore Releases

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

News Roundup (Trickbag, Kitchener Blues Fest Vids, Tomi Swick and Joel Guenther)


News

Local

World

            The Adventures of Trebleclef, the Hamilton Blues Lovers Monkey

            He was a very busy monkey! First, he made his first visit to the wonderful Jordan House (Niagara region) to check out his pals in Trickbag.

            Selfie with Trickbag!




            Links: TrickbagMore Trickbag StoriesMore Covers/Stories of the BandVideo above courtesy of Hamilton B. Lous

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            Our mascot also enjoyed a day out at the Kitchener Blues Fest.

            Volunteers help make festivals more fun!



            Links: Moreland and Arbuckle,  Video above courtesy of Hamilton B. Lous



            Links: Eric SardinasVideo above courtesy of Hamilton B. Lous

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            To top things off, Trebleclef visited the Festival of Friends in Ancaster, checked out their Music Museum and experienced some wonderful music.

            Hangin' with Tomi Swick & Joel Guenther.  Great job guys!

            Click here for more pictures of the event.



            Links: Tomi SwickMore Tomi Swick Stories, Joel GuentherMore Joel Guenther StoriesVideo above courtesy of Hamilton B. Lous

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              Wednesday, August 10, 2016

              Waterloo's JoJo Worthington Takes Her Music to New Heights on Latest Album!


              Waterloo's JoJo Worthington takes a huge step forward with her latest album, // (aka Two Lines).  She takes her fabulous ukulele-based folk and brings it to incredible, atmospheric heights.

              Moody and masterful, the recording is a stirring collection of sparse, melodic wonders.  Her voice emanates emotion and power - almost as if it's just a second away from the breaking point.  Creative, sometimes spiritual lyrics also enhance the ethereal feel of the project.

              You can download the amazing album from Bandcampcdbabyemusic and iTunes.

              Stream it below



              Blast from the Past: JoJo's Last Album - 7

              Links: JoJo WorthingtonMore JoJo Worthington StoriesMore Releases

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              Tuesday, August 9, 2016

              CONGRATS! Cambridge's 7T8 Wins Stonewalls/Y108 Live Music Prize

              Picture courtesy of 7T8
              Stonewalls in Hamilton has been running the Y108 Live Music Prize for a while now but everything came to a head on July 30, 2016.  The kick-ass venue held the sold out finale and Cambridge hard rockers 7T8 emerged victorious!  

              The spoils include a marketing campaign and recording time at Iguana Studios in Toronto.

              CONGRATS!







              Links: 7T8, Videos above courtesy of Stew Pothier

              They beat out quite a few amazing bands: Big DurtyThe RetroactionDying DayCounterWaitCrossDockersThe Ocean CureDeath By DecibelRun Maggie Run

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              Monday, August 8, 2016

              Support Local Charities


              From their website: Ladybird Animal Sanctuary is a unified voice for abandoned, abused and neglected animals in our community. Together, through a system of volunteers, foster homes, educators, animal lovers and exceptionally generous people, we aim to eliminate the unnecessary suffering of domestic animals in our local high­-kill shelters. Ladybird rescues cats, dogs, small animals and even farm animals­ and we never shy away from rescuing senior animals, those with costly medical issues and the so­-called ‘hard to adopt’. Through our success stories, we know that every life is worth saving and that a loving home is just around the corner for these deserving creatures.

              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.

              Sunday, August 7, 2016

              GOOD LUCK! Local Artists in Unsigned Only Competition!


              You can help three area performers win the 2016 Unsigned Only Fandemonium competition!  Presented by Radioairplay.com, the contest features songs submitted by independent artists.  There is also a similar, separate competition chosen by a panel of judges (featuring the same nominees)

              Steve Rivers (Milton) and Shae Dupuy (Cambridge) are up for the Country category, Maggie Szabo (Dundas) is in the running for Pop/Top 40 and Oakville popster Jules is once again up for the Teen category, which she won last year!



              Links: Steve RiversMore Steve Rivers StoriesVideo above courtesy of Steve Rivers



              Links: Shae DupuyMore Shae Dupuy StoriesVideo above courtesy of Shae Dupuy



              Links: Maggie SzaboMore Maggie Szabo StoriesVideo above courtesy of WorldArts Music



              Links: JulesMore Jules StoriesVideo above courtesy of TO Rocks

              Below is a listing of all the Canadian nominees (click song title to hear it).  Click here for the complete list.

              Country
              Americana

              Blast from the Past: Last Year's Winners


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