Monday, October 16, 2017

Kitchener's Michael "Mudfoot" McDonald Debut Hooks You With Dazzling Guitar Work

Play This, the debut album from Kitchener Blues veteran, Michael "Mudfoot" McDonald will hook you instantly with its dazzling guitar work.  Once it has you, it won't let go until you're finished this amazing wild musical ride.

Michael and his friends have got the chops and this recording proves it without a doubt. They can get funky, do an incredible shuffle and rock out with the best of them.  There's a "let's just get together and jam" spontaneous feel to the music that adds that extra energy.

The talented Bluesman has assembled quite the team, including: Cory Turnbull, Pat Rush, John Lee (Pappy Johns Band), Mike Branton, Al Richardson, Chris Latta (Soulstack) , Randall Coryell, Jordan Patterson and more.  No wonder the album sound so good!

So if you need a great musical pick-me-up, head over to one of Mike's live shows (including a rockin' bi-weekly Sunday afternoon jam at the Boathouse in Kitchener) or download it through iTunes.

Links: Michael "Mudfoot" McDonaldVideo above courtesy of Blues & Jazz Ilija CapkoMore Releases

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Weekday Picks (October 16-19, 2017)

Monday, October 16

7pm: West African Drum Class (Beginner) w Tom Wolf @ Silence (Guelph) $20 one or both levels

8pm: West African Drum Class (Intermediate) w Tom Wolf @ Silence (Guelph) $20 for one level or both

8pm: Brantford Downtown Jazz Presents Diego Figueiredo @ Sanderson Centre (Brantford) $30

Tuesday, October 17

4-6pm: Blues Blast w Ken Wallis @ 101.5 FM or

6pm: Cheryl Lescom @ Morty's Pub (Waterloo)

8pm: LIV ON (Olivia Newton-John, Amy Sky, Beth Nielsen Chapman) @ Burlington Centre for the Performing Arts $85

8pm: Birds of Bellwoods + The Pick Brothers @ Maxwell's Concerts (Waterloo) $10

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

9pm: Jon Brooks + Rob Lutes @ Moonshine Cafe (Oakville) $10

Thursday, October 19

11am-5pm: Wikipedia Editing Party + Learn About Local Music @ Hamilton Public Library (Central)

11:30am-12pm: Ensemble! TV Show ft Bobbi Richards + Darran Poole (Rootbone), Hosted by Jamie Tennant @ Cable 14 (Hamilton)

2-2:30pm: Ensemble! TV Show ft Bobbi Richards + Darran Poole (Rootbone), Hosted by Jamie Tennant @ Cable 14 (Hamilton)

8:30pm: Melissa Etheridge @ Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort $80+

9pm: Beat Heathens w Jerome Godboo @ 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, October 14, 2017

Friday, October 13, 2017

News Roundup (1st SOCAN CEO Passes, Juno Master Class, Mary Simon, Gathering Sparks)

Social media reaction:

Christopher Gonda (Pure Grain Audio CEO): In large, the Canadian Music Industry is what it is today thanks to Jan Matejcek's tireless work. Much of who I am and what I do is also thanks to him.

Orchestras Canada: Orchestras Canada was saddened to learn of the death of one of our founders, Jan Matejcek, on September 23. A musicologist and lawyer, he came to Canada in 1969. He believed in collective action, in the power that artists and arts organizations could wield by working together towards common goals, and helped to start such organizations as the Association of Canadian Orchestras, the Ontario Choral Federation, and SOCAN. He was also integrally involved in the Canadian Music Centre. Indeed, a mighty tree has fallen. We are grateful for his life and work.
Juno Master Class Winners Announced

The Adventures of Trebleclef, the Music Loving Monkey

Trebleclef went to the The Gary DePodesta Celebration of Life @ Pearl Company in Hamilton

Treble with host Christopher Clause
Click here for more pictures from the event

    Wednesday, October 11, 2017

    CONGRATS! Local Artists on CBC's Best Cover Song List

    Sometimes, a cover song can be a unique take on an existing tune and can have a spirit all it's own.

    Recently, CBC Music asked it's listeners and readers what the best cover song of all time was. After tallying the results they unveiled a list of the 20 most popular answers.

    Not surprisingly, there were a few local musicians in the bunch.

    Hamilton Folk Rockers Whitehorse's amazing version of Bruce Springsteen's I'm on Fire made the list.

    Links: WhitehorseMore Whitehorse Stories, More Springsteen Covers/StoriesVideo above courtesy of Six Shooter Records

    Also included was a cover Adele's Hometown Glory by St. Catharines superstar City and Colour.

    Links: City and ColourMore City and Colour Stories, More Adele Covers/StoriesVideo above courtesy of Dan Rawkt

    The only local artist to be covered on this list is The Band  (a few members are from the Norfolk/Six Nations area).  The legendary Aretha Franklin covers their biggest hit, The Weight.

    Links: Aretha Franklin, More Aretha Franklin Stories,  The BandMore Covers/Stories of The Band, Video above courtesy of king689soulclassics

    Here's the rest of the list:
    Click here for the complete story

    Blast from the Past: CBC's Best Canadian Songwriters List

    Links: CBC MusicMore CBC Lists

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    Tuesday, October 10, 2017

    Monday, October 9, 2017

    Please Support Local Charities

    From their website: The Canadian Heroes Foundation is a Registered Not for Profit organization and is about creating awareness and support for our front line responders, our fallen heroes and families. It is also a tribute to those who have served in the past, present and future.

    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.

    Happy Thanksgiving! (Julian Taylor, Johnny Cash, Musical Cartoon)

    Links: Julian TaylorVideo above courtesy of Radio Mogul by MediazoicMore Led Zeppelin Covers/Stories

    Links: Johnny Cash, More Johnny Cash Stories, Video above courtesy of cwag03

    Links: About MGM CartoonsVideo above courtesy of PlaymatesRemix 365

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    Sunday, October 8, 2017

    CONGRATS! Guelph's Dan McKinnon Wins 2017 Amy Louie Grossmans Music Scholarship

    We are happy to announce that former Guelphite, Dan McKinnon has won this year's Amy Louie Grossmans Music Scholarship!

    From the Bluestime Productions press release:
    Toronto blues guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Dan McKinnon received the $ 2,000 ALGMS bursary at the 6th annual fundraiser on Tuesday, September 26, 2017. His winning proposal outlined plans to support a new recording that will be released in 2018. The presentation was made by Grossman's owner Christina Louie and 2016 ALGMS recipient Raha Javinfar (Bad Luck Woman and Her Misfortunes). McKinnon also won The Toronto Blues Society’s Talent Search in June. 
    Dan had this to say on his Facebook page
    I would like to take the time to thank Grossman's Tavern and the Louie Family for awarding me with this year's Amy Louie Grossmans Music Scholarship.
    Back in 2008, I got my start playing blues by attending their legendary Sunday Night Jam, hosted by the great Brian Cober. While I was greener than a blade of grass at the time, both Brian and Bill Hedefine were more than generous when it came to giving me opportunities to play. Even if there were moments in those early years when I sounded like a "pet store on fire", they both always encouraged me to keep going and to keep working hard. I'm glad I chose to listen.

    The scholarship funds will go towards the making of my next record, which will be released in the spring of 2018. 
    A special thank you goes to all of the musicians who performed at last night's fundraiser, as well as to Bad Luck Woman and Her Misfortunes for hosting the event.

    Video above courtesy of Twentyfive Musical

    2 videos above courtesy of randallstaffordcook

    Blast from the Past: Dan Wins 2017 Toronto Blues Society Talent Search

    Links: Dan McKinnonMore Dan McKinnon Stories

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    Saturday, October 7, 2017

    The Mighty Duck Blues Band's Explosive Debut is a Blues Smorgasbord

    The power and fury of St. Catharines's Mighty Duck Blues Band has finally been captured on disc! Duck Soup, their explosive debut distills the group's over a decade of experience into an amazing, versatile exploration of the Blues. Here, you'll find hard driving rockin' tunes, sultry 'n' smooth numbers, funky beats, kickin' instrumentals and even a fabulous bluesy version of Queen's We Will Rock You.  It's a veritable Blues smorgasbord.

    For those of you who haven't experienced the wonders of the MDBB: they play a smokin' matinee every Saturday at the Bar Upstairs in St. Catharines and are joined by wonderful guests every week. The band itself is made up of seasoned veterans:
    Like their matinees, this CD is packed with unbelievable guest stars:
    • John Dickie (Crowbar) – Vocal on Hammered and Nailed
    • Cheryl Lescom – Vocal on Don’t Send Me No Valentine, Backing Vocals
    • John Finley – Vocal on Yes Indeed
    • Chuck Jackson (Downchild) – Vocal on 3 AM Blues and Cha-Ching
    • Paul Reddick – Vocal on Hurricane, Harmonica on We Will Rock You
    • Lance Anderson – Piano and Fender Rhodes
    • Jim Gay – Tenor and Baritone Saxophone
    • Bill Melymuka - Trumpet
    • Max Casson - Backing Vocals
    You can pick up a copy of this unforgettable CD at their electrifying live shows, through their website or via iTunes

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    Friday, October 6, 2017

    News Roundup (Tom Petty, Purple Helmet, Shjaane Glover, Colin Cripps)

    Local social media reaction:

    Dave Rave: RIP. Always an inspiration to me. This is truly sad news

    Lou Molinaro: Thinking about some of the TOM PETTY shows that I saw and one of the more memorable ones was the early September show 1989 at the Kingswood Theatre in Canada's Wonderland. THE REPLACEMENTS opened up.

    Tyler Schwende: Beyond sad news about rock icon Tom Petty. I will always remember his famous saying 'Don't bore us - get to the chorus!' Thank you Tom for all the amazing songs and of course fabulous hooks that inspired me as an artist and thousands of others. Your music will not be forgotten.



    Wednesday, October 4, 2017

    Music in Honour of Gary De Podesta

    Local music superfan Gary DePodesta passed away recently and there was a wonderful  musical celebration of his life at the Pearl Company in Hamilton on Friday, October 6, 2017. All monies raised will paid for the rental of the venue as well as to Gracenotes (which helps fund local music projects in Hamilton).

    There are some amazing musical acts, including:

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    Tuesday, October 3, 2017

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    Hamilton's Low Country Hill Releases Very Well-Crafted EP

    Hamilton's own Low Country Hill (aka Paul Hogeterp) has followed up his incredible debut album with an amazing EP, Guesthouse.  It's a wonderful mix of Alt-Folk and Americana.

    The lyrics are also superb here.  Paul really know how to craft a good song. He's also good at picking musicians to back him up.  He's works wit Dave King (drums, percussion), Paul Linklater (guitar, bass) and Peter Zantingh of Whisky River (backing vocals).

    You can pick up a copy at his can't miss live shows or purchase it through his online shopBandcamp page or iTunes.

    Blast from the Past: LCH's Debut

    Links: Low Country HillMore Low Country Hill StoriesMore Releases

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    Monday, October 2, 2017

    Debut Recording from Georgetown's The Tradition is Haunting and Beautiful

    You won't easily forget The Shepherd's Crook Sessions, the debut recording from Georgetown folk duo The Tradition.  It's five, live off the floor cover songs will haunt you with emotional vocals and an beautiful, organic sound. With Douglas Richard Sinclair on vocals, guitar and banjo plus Rhiannon Carter on vocals and violin, the two create an old-fashioned folk sound that's crisp and welcoming.

    This recording is currently only available as a Bandcamp download but the good news is that you can name your price (for now)! Here's hoping there'll be more amazing work from this duo!

    Links:  The TraditionVideo above courtesy of The Tradition

    Stream the album below

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    Sunday, October 1, 2017

    Saturday, September 30, 2017

    Buddy Rich's 100th Birthday

    Today (September 30, 2017) would have been jazz legend Buddy Rich's 100th birthday.

    To celebrate, here's a cover from an amazing local band.

    Links: Jazz Connection Big Band, Video above courtesy of Kathryn Scobie

    Plus, here are a few videos from the man of the hour:

    Video above courtesy of Raphael Moura

    Video above courtesy of DrummaAddict

    Video above courtesy of ManDude's Videos and More

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    Friday, September 29, 2017

    News Roundup (Johnny Burke, Jay Pollmann, Charles Bradley, Trebleclef)


              The Adventures of Trebleclef the Music Loving Monkey

              Trebleclef's been a busy monkey!

              First, he attended the 10th Annual Brantford International Jazz Festival

              Click here for more pictures from the event


              He also helped out with tickets and merch at the Trickbag/Smoke Wagon Blues Band show at the Corktown

              Click here for more pictures from the event


              Finally, he went to the Grand River Blues Society's Road to Memphis Competition at Bobby O'Brien's in Kitchener and got to see who'll represent them at the International Blues Challenge.

              Gary Cain's group (from Kitchener) won the band competition
              Hamilton's Tim Gibbons won in the solo category

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              Thursday, September 28, 2017

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              Wednesday, September 27, 2017

              GOOD LUCK! Local Toronto Independent Music Award Nominees!

              Nominations for the 2017 Toronto Independent Music Awards were recently revealed and, as always, a number of local artists are in the running! These include Brad Cheeseman (Hamilton)
              Tianna Woods (Burlington), Polarity (Oakville), Monty Greig (Acton), Girl Pow-R (Thorold), 
              The Natrolites (Niagara Falls), Benjamin Dakota Rogers (Brantford), Wes Mason (Rockwood), 
              Mikalyn Hay (Guelph) Jace Martin (Osweken) and Juneyt (Waterloo).

              We're keeping our fingers crossed that many of them will be winning at the ceremony on Friday, October 13, 2017 at Revival in Toronto.

              Here's a complete list of nominees. Local artists are bolded.

              Folk or Roots
              Jazz Vocal
              Young Songwriter
              Instrumental or Classical
              Music Video
              Out of Province

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