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Saturday, September 23, 2017

GOOD LUCK! Local Canadian Folk Music Award Nominees

The Canadian Folk Music Awards recently unveiled the nominees for their 10th annual celebration and three talented, area musicians will be up for awards. Hopefully, a few of them will take home the hardware on November 19, 2017 at the ceremony in Ottawa.

The Hidden Roots Collective (featuring Hamilton's Anni Sumi) is in the The New/Emerging Artist of the Year category. 

Former Guelphite Stephen Fearing leads the pack of nominees with four nods (Solo Artists of the Year, English Songwriter of the Years, Contemporary Singer of the Year and Producer of the Year).

Links: Stephen FearingMore Stephen Fearing Stories, , Video above courtesy of Lucky Dice

Last, but not least, Waterloo's Danny Michel is in the running for Producer of the Year and The Oliver Schroer Pushing The Boundaries Award)

Links: Danny MichelMore Danny Michael StoriesVideo above courtesy of  Danny Michel


Here's a complete list of nominees

The New/Emerging Artist
Young Performer
French Songwriter(s)
Aboriginal Songwriter(s)
Instrumental Group

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Weekend Picks (September 22-24, 2017)

Saturday, September 23

Sunday, September 24

1-5pm: Abbleby Line Street Festival (b/w Fairview and New) Burlington

7-11pm: Niagara Music Awards @ Greg Frewin Theatre (Niagara Falls) $20+

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Smoke Wagon & Trickbag Rock the Corktown Again!

The Smoke Wagon Blues Band and Trickbag are teaming up again for a matinee that will certainly blow the roof of the Corktown this Saturday (September 23, 2017).  The last time they played together there the house was packed and everybody had the time of their lives!

Here are a few videos to whet your appetite!

Links: Smoke Wagon Blues BandMore Smoke Wagon Blues Band Stories, Videos above courtesy of Angelo NotoCampanella

Video above courtesy of Trickbag Canada

Links: TrickbagMore Trickbag Stories, Video above courtesy of Hamilton Blues Lovers

Blast from the Past: More Videos from Smoke Wagon & Trickbag

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

CONGRATS! Local and Canadian Global Music Award Winners!

The Global Music Awards are a prestigious international music competition and on September 2017, a number of Canadian artists won silver and bronze medals for their amazing work.

In the local scene, Waterloo's JoJo Worthington earned a silver medal for her song Mid Youth Crisis

Links: JoJo WorthingtonMore JoJo Worthington StoriesSong above courtesy of JoJo's Bandcamp page

More Canadian winners listed below.

Complete List of Gold Medal Winners
Canadian Silver Medal Winners
Canadian Bronze Medal Winners

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Vote for Your Favourites in the 2017 Hamilton Spectator Readers' Choice Awards!

The Hamilton Spectator Readers' Choice Awards are back again this year and there's a plethora of area talent in the Local Musician Band category for readers to vote in.  Click here to vote. Deadline is September 26, 2017 at 11:30pm.

Here are the nominees for the Local Musician or Band category:
Other music related categories include Festival, Live Entertainment Facility, Live Jazz Club, Live Music Bar/Lounge, Musical Instrument StoreMusic InstructorMusic School, Radio Station, and Record/CD Store

Lou, our Blogger would also appreciate a vote for his workplace, the St. Charles Adult Education Centre in the Adult Education and Learning Centre categories.


Blast from the Past: Last Year's Winners

Links: Readers' Choice AwardsMore Spec Readers' Choice Awards Stories

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Saturday, September 16, 2017

GOOD LUCK! 2017 Niagara Music Award Nominees!

On Sunday, September 24, 2017, the Niagara Music Awards will celebrate ten wonderful years of showcasing the amazing talent in the area.  This must see event takes place at Greg Frewin Theatre.

This year's nominees were unveiled a little while back and, as always, they feature some of the most amazing music anywhere. Brad Battle, Mel Monaco and Mark James Vaiana lead the pack with 5 nominations each!

Click here for the Niagara Review story.

Here's a complete list of nominees

Heavy Metal Artist
Hip Hop Artist 
Instrumental Artist
Music Video
    Original Song
      World Artist

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      Friday, September 15, 2017

      News Roundup (Tex Lecor, Handsome Devils, Blues Blast Awards, Passings)


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            Wednesday, September 13, 2017

            GOOD LUCK! Local and Canadian Native American Music Award Nominees! VOTE!

            Fort Erie's DJ Shub was recently nominated for three 2017 Native American Music Awards (Song/Single + 2 Music Video nominations).  Many other Canadian artists were also given nods in various categories.

            Links: Carsen GrayDJ Shub, More DJ Shub StoriesVideo above courtesy of Carsen Gray

            You can help our local talent by voting (CLICK HERE)! Winners will be announced October 14, 2017.

            Here's a complete list of nominees. Canadians are bolded:

            Music Video (Conceptual )
            New Artist or Debut Artist
            Female Artist 
            Folk Recording 
            Music Video (Performance)
            Pow Wow Recording
            Male Artist
            Native Heart (Non Native)
            Instrumental Recording
            Native American Church Recording 
            Traditional Recording 
            Waila Recording 
            Blast from the Past: Last Year's Winners