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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3N8F84RRhlY 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 electracomminications.com, you can check out all this info on our website www.freewheelinconcerts.com 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)

Wednesday, August 16

6:30pm: Spencer Mackenzie @ Royal Botanical Gardens (Burlington) $16/$13 youth+student+senior/FREE for RBG members

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

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

Weekday Picks (August 8-10, 2017)

Thursday, August 10

12pm: Em and Joce @ Gore Park (Hamilton)

12-9pm: Summer Streetfest @ Woodstock

6:15pm: Kitchener Blues Festival Launch Party ft SheepdogsHarpoonist and the Axe MurdererMike Todd + Matt Weidinger @ Victoria Park (Clocktower Stage) Ticketed event

11pm-2am: Kitchener Blues Festival (12 Bar Blues)

11:30pm-12am: Ensemble! TV Show ft Caroline Wiles + Bob Doidge, Hosted by Jamie Tennant @ Cable 14 (Hamilton)

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)

Best Blues Albums of 2016
Readers Poll

      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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