Thursday, August 17, 2017

Weekend Picks (August 18-20, 2017)

Friday, August 18

10am-11pm: South Coast Jazz Festival @ Port Dover

12pm: Delta Overdrive Band @ Gore Park (Hamilton)

12pm: Troy Harmer @ Jackson Square Rooftop (Hamilton)

3-11pm: Dunnville Fair @ Dunnville Airport

8pm: Matt Schofield Band w Chris Chambers Band @ Pub Fiction (Ancaster) $25 door/$30 adv/$30 incl clinic @ 6pm

9pm: Hi Players @ Moonshine Cafe (Oakville) $10

Saturday, August 19

1:30-2am: Ensemble! TV Show ft Al Lukas + Gen Gorman, Hosted by Jamie Tennant @ Cable 14 (Hamilton)

9am-11pm: Norwich Tractor Pull @ 365701 Evergreen St $15/$30 weekend pass

9:30am-5pm: Mount Forest Fall Fair @ Wellington North

10am-1pm: Songs of Summer Music and Art @ Downtown Oakville

10am-1am: South Coast Jazz Festival @ Port Dover

11am-11pm: Artsfest @ Waterdown

Sunday August 20

6pm: Chris Chambers @ Coach and Lantern (Ancaster)

8:30pm: Treephones w Northfields + Otis King @ Casbah (Hamilton) $10

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The Amazing 2017-18 Freewheelin' Concert Schedule!

From the Freewheelin' Folk Email list:

Hello Freewheelers,

It's time to announce next year's line up. And it's really really good, as you've all come to expect.

Saturday September 23, 2018 TIA McGRAFF with Tommy Parham

Links: Tia McGraff,  More Tia McGraff StoriesVideo above courtesy of WhisperingBobTV

Saturday, November 25, 2018 LYNN MILES with Keith Glass (Prairie Oyster)

Links: Lynn MilesMore Lynn Miles StoriesVideo above courtesy of FolkAlleydotCom

Saturday, January 20, 2018: STEVE POLTZ

Links: Steve PoltzVideo above courtesy of Moshcam

Saturday, April , 2018: IRISH MYTHEN

Links: Irish Mythen, More Irish Mythen StoriesVideo above courtesy of Lynn Hemeon

This is a great mix of styles and personalities. Many of you will remember Tia and Tommy from their show 5 years ago. They have such an emotional connection that there were audience members with tears rolling down their faces. Last year Tia was shortlisted for an Americana Grammy award!

What else can you say about Lynn Miles other than that she is one of the all time great singer songwriters anywhere. And for her return she brings along one of Canada's best guitarists, Keith Glass!

 We have never had a performer before quite like Steve Poltz. He is a wild crazy guy who often makes up songs on the spot. Here's a sample of his true self: His song "You Were Meant for Me" (sung by his then girlfriend Jewel) was on the Billboard charts for more than 65 weeks.

Irish Mythen is now from PEI and before that from guess where. She brings a Celtic edge and a powerful voice.

Subscriptions are now available for only $89 + HST. Yes! For all 4 concerts! Hard to believe. Call the Carnegie Gallery at 905-627-4265 to make your purchase or stop by in person. The last two years we have sold out our limit of 100 subscriptions so don't wait too long. Call now! And with thanks to one of our excellent sponsors, Michelle and Bob Edmonds at, you can check out all this info on our website At this point we can also sell up to 20 tickets for each individual show.

Enjoy your summer and get ready for our eleventh season of fabulous live acoustic roots music.

Brian Cumming

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Weekday Picks (August 14-17, 2017)

Thursday, August 17

11:30pm-12am: Ensemble! TV Show ft Dana Swarbrick + Geoff Hudson, Hosted by Jamie Tennant @ Cable 14 (Hamilton)

Please Support Local Charities

From their website: The Mission of the Grimsby Benevolent Fund (GBF) is to help individuals and families in maintaining self sufficiency by providing assistance with basic needs.

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.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

GOOD LUCK! Local Unsigned Only Competition Finalists!

You've got until August 31, 2017 to help three local artists win the 2017 Unsigned Only Fandemonium competition!  Independent musicians from around the world submit their songs to the contest. There's a separate competition chosen by a panel of judges as well.

Brantford's Benjamin Benjamin Dakota Rogers is up for the Folk/Singer-Songwriter category.

Links: Benjamin Dakota RogersMore Benjamin Dakota Rogers StoriesVideo above courtesy of Cultivate Music

Rockwood musician Wes Mason is the running for the Screen Shot award (for licence-able songs).

Links: Wes MasonMore Wes Mason StoriesVideo above courtesy of Wes Mason

Last but not least Mikalyn Hay from Guelph was nominated in the Teen category.

Links: Mikalyn Hay, More Mikalyn Hay Stories, Video above courtesy of Mikalyn Hay Music

Below is a listing of all the Canadian nominees Click here for the complete list.

Adult Album Alternative
Adult Contemporary
Categories without Canadian finalists: Electronic Dance MusicRock,

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Raise the Roof @ Dr. Disc Hamilton on Friday, August 11 (incl Videos)

On the second Friday of every summer month (to correspond with the Artcrawl) Dr. Disc in Hamilton showcases amazing musical acts on their rooftop!

On August 11, 2017, there will be 4 more amazing performers:

7pm: Hanna Bech

Links: Hanna BechMore Hanna Bech StoriesVideo above courtesy of Don Gleeson

8pm: Dizzy Spells

Links: Dizzy SpellsSong courtesy of the Dizzy Spells Soundcloud Page

9pm: Lava Dolls

Links: Lava Dolls, More Lava Dolls StoriesVideo above courtesy of Lava Dolls

10pm: Coyote Black

Links: Coyote Black,  Video above courtesy of Coyote Black

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Monday, August 7, 2017

Please Support Local Charities

From their site: Our vision is to sustain our reputation as being a premier no-kill humane society in Ontario. We strive to continually improve our protocols and practices in order to ensure exemplary care for our residents and to act ethically and in the best interests of both animals and potential adopters.

They also have two great thrift shops.

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, August 5, 2017

Niagara Region Artists Star in "Band on a Couch" YouTube Series

The Band on a Couch YouTube series has some incredible artists performing on their show. Recently, a few musical artists from the Niagara region popped up.

Links: Charles J HunkVideo above courtesy of Band on a Coach

Links: Emma Lee FleuryVideo above courtesy of Band on a Coach

A few older shows:

Links: CD OnofrioVideo above courtesy of Band on a Coach

Links: Jesse T ReidVideo above courtesy of Band on a Coach

Links: Band on a CouchMore Band on a Couch Stories

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Friday, August 4, 2017

News Roundup (Passings, Living Blues Award Winners, Patrick Ballantyne)

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      The Adventures of Trebleclef the Music Loving Monkey

      Trebleclef helped his daddy (Lou, our blogger) celebrate his birthday along with Trickbag at King West Bistro in Dundas

      Click here for more pictures of the event.


      A few days after, he went to Gore Park in Hamilton to check out Andre Bisson and his incredible Band!

      Click here for more pictures of the event.

      Featured Video

      Links: Patrick BallantyneMore Patrick Ballantyne StoriesVideo above courtesy of Patrick Ballantyne

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      Wednesday, August 2, 2017

      CONGRATS! Winners of the Niagara Jazz Fest Jazz 4 the Ages Contest

      From Juliet Dunn of the TD Niagara Jazz Festival:

      We are very happy to announce the 2017 TD Niagara Jazz Festival "Jazz 4 The Ages" Youth Winners and Finalists!

      We have recognized several amazing musicians within the ages of 13-23 years old and now we have the opportunity to showcase this extraordinary talent in the three day festival!

      A HUGE congratulations goes to...

      AGES 13-17:
      AGES 18-23:

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      Monday, July 31, 2017

      Happy Uncommon Instrument Awareness Day! (Vaudevillian, Steelpan and Vibes Jazz Ensemble, Mark Daum)

      Every July 31, we celebrate Uncommon Instrument Awareness Day.

      Here are a few local artists performing with uncommon instruments.

      Links: The VaudevillianMore Vaudevillian StoriesVideo above courtesy of The Vaudevillian

      Links: Video above courtesy of Berklee College of Music

      Links: Video above courtesy of Mark Daum

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      Local Super Fan Gary DePodesta Passes

      It is our sad duty to report that Hamilton music super fan, Gary DePodesta passed away on July 22, 2017. A service will be held at Bayview Mausoleum (740 Spring Gardens Road, Burlington) at 11:00 am on Thursday, August 3, 2017. Our condolences to his family and friends.

      Click here for his obituary.

      A word from Lou, our blogger:
      Gary was one of the first people to get involved with the Hamilton Blues Lovers. He was a passionate local music supporter and became a good friend to my wife and me. I'll miss his good nature and wonderful conversations about music.
      Other online comments about Gary:

      Donna Panchezak (Trickbag)
      Shocked and deeply saddened by the sudden death of a long time supporter of music and our dear old friend, Gary DePodesta. Gary would appear at many of our Trickbag gigs, cheering us on over the years. He volunteered in many various organizations and especially the Festival of Friends of which he was so looking forward to attending the first year back in Gage Park. He was a sweet and gentle soul and will be dearly missed. RIP dear friend...God's speed.
      Paul Langille
      A kind gentle soul has left the Hamilton community, may peace be with him.

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      Sunday, July 30, 2017

      Please Support Local Charities

      From their website: Hamilton Food Share‘s purpose is to increase our community's capacity to reduce hunger. We do this by supplying much needed food supplies and short-term storage to food banks and hot meal programs. Additionally, our organization establishes community partnerships, donor relations and fundraising activities that support our food recovery operation.

      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.

      Tuesday, July 25, 2017

      Local Music Supporter Greg Peltz Passes

      It is with sadness that we announce the passing of local music supporter Greg Peltz, who lost his battle with cancer on Thursday July 20, 2017. He was known as a hardcore fan and hosted wonderful music parties in his amazing barn. Our condolences to his family and friends.

      We will post more information here as it comes.

      Click here for his obituary.

      A word from Lou, our blogger:
      Greg was a wonderful man who always had a smile for everybody. I loved going to his incredible parties and experiencing fabulous music. He was always a friendly, gracious host and his love of music was infectious. I'll miss him greatly.
      There were a number of touching comments on social media:
      He brought joy and fun into our lives through his amazing hospitality and love of music and parties. We have wonderful memories of our times at his farm in sunshine and rain (but mostly rain!) enjoying great music and even better company.
      You were a true gentleman, a kind soul and the kind of guy that pulled his community together like no one I know
      You were always an amazing neighbour...always willing to lend some advice, a tool, some labour....anything at all. You were very much like a big brother to me dude and I appreciated that more than you would ever know. You're going to be missed greatly.
      In this life you gave it your all Greg with many good friends to show how much you are loved! 
      Here's a video from his YouTube page.

      Links: All Night Mule, Les Smith, Mark McNeil, Dan DufourVideo above courtesy of Greg Peltz, More Howling Wolf Covers/Stories, More About Greg's Parties

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      Monday, July 24, 2017

      Please Support Local Charities

      From their website: Sustainable Hamilton Burlington is a non-profit social enterprise in Ontario, Canada, dedicated to inspiring sustainability leadership in our business organizations for a healthier environment and thriving, prosperous communities.

      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, July 22, 2017

      Red Hot Jazz and Cool Blues @ Royal Botanical Gardens, Incl. Videos

      There are only a few weeks left of the Red Hot Jazz and Cool Blues shows at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington. Every Wednesday from 6:30pm to 9pm you'be able to hear some incredible music in a beautiful flowery setting. All it takes is admission to the gardens (members are always FREE).

      July 26, 2017: Joel Johnson

      Links: Joel JohnsonMore Joel Johnson StoriesVideo above courtesy of BluesJohnson

      August 2, 2017: Genevieve Marentette

      Links: Genevieve MarentetteVideo above courtesy of Julio Clavero

      August 9, 2017: Steven Taetz

      Links: Steven Taetz, Video above courtesy of Steven Taetz

      August 16, 2017: Spencer Mackenzie

      Links: Spencer MackenzieMore Spencer Mackenzie Stories, Video above courtesy of Angelo NotoCampanella

      August 23, 2017: Carol Welsman

      Links:Carol Welsman, Video courtesy of Mark Steyn

      August 30, 2017: Andria Simone

      Links: Andria Simone, Video above courtesy of Andria Simone

      September 6, 2017: Samantha Martin and Delta Sugar