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Monday, June 18, 2018

Hamilton's Jim Milne, Founding Downchild Bassist Passes

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Hamilton-born bassist Jim Milne. Our condolences to his family, friends and fans.

From Bluestime Productions:
James Douglas Milne June 6 1948-June 16 2018.

Jim Milne passed away on Saturday, June 16th in Lions Gate Hospital, Vancouver after a short illness. He was 70 years old. Always known as The Downchild Blues Band`s"original bass player", Jim was a founding member with Donnie Walsh and Richard Walsh (Hock) in 1969. He performed on the band`s early recordings, Bootleg, Straight Up, Dancing, Ready To Go and So Far. His bass playing is featured on the Downchild classics, Flip, Flop & Fly, Shotgun Blues, (I've Got Everything I Need) Almost and many of the songs that gave the band it's signature sound.

Born in the Hamilton/Stony Creek area he moved to Toronto at a young age. It was the city that opened the door to his career in music. After his departure from Downchild in 1977 he headed for Vancouver to continue his journey in blues. While in Vancouver he played with The Foreman Byrnes Band (Al Forman & Jim Byrnes) and Kenny Brown & The Pervaders. Backing blues legends Lloyd Glenn, Lowell Fulson and sitting in with B.B.King were memories he cherished.

In the 80's he returned to Toronto, joining The Morgan Davis Band for a short time before relocating to Huntsville ON. In Huntsville he switched musical gears and played country music with Ed Turley & Maplestreet. In 2005 Jim moved to Gibsons, BC on the Sunshine Coast to be close to his son Doug Leyton. He eventually gave up playing music for health reasons but it was still a big part of his life and he was proud of his contribution to Canadian Blues. Gone but not forgotten.

Links: Downchild Blues BandMore Downchild Stories, Videos above courtesy of Mike Papas

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Sunday, June 17, 2018

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Tuesday, June 19

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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.

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Happy Father's Day (Videos by Two Oaks, Jeremy Snowden, Fred Eaglesmith)

Links: Two Oaks, Video above courtesy of Cultivate Music

Links: Jeremy SnowdenVideo above courtesy of Cultivate Music

Links: Fred EaglesmithMore Fred Eaglesmith StoriesVideo above courtesy of NewfoundlandMusicMan

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Saturday, June 16, 2018

CONGRATS! 2018 Hamilton Arts Award Winners

This year's Hamilton Arts Awards featured a number of musical winners. The hardware was handed out on Wednesday, June 6th at Theatre Aquarius.

Here's complete list of winners:

Each established winner got $2,500 and a bronze medallion. Emerging winners received $1,000. The Shirley Elford Emerging Artist Prize was worth $2,000.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Hamilton Music Legend Fred Purser Passes

Picture courtesy of steelcitysnapshots.blogspot.com
It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Hamilton music legend, Fred Purser. He was best known for his work with the fabled local group. the Washingtons. He was the last member of the original band to pass. Our condolences to his family, friends and fans.

Here is a wonderful story the Spectator did on his passing.

If anyone knows of any performances with him online, please contact us at blueshamilton@gmail.com and we'll add it to this page.

Here are a few comments and photos from social media. We will add more if we can.

Paul Hill
My first Hamilton music experience was hearing this great sound coming out of the Windsor on John Street, 18 years old, going in and enjoying Freddy Purser and the Washingtons! Sought them out many times over the years and hired them to play in my backyard.
Picture courtesy of Shawn Washington-Purser

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Monday, June 11, 2018

News Roundup (TBS Talent Search, CMAO Awards, Crowbar, Thomas Wade)


      Country Music Association of Ontario Award Winners

      Adventure of Trebleclef, the Music-Loving Monkey

      Trebleclef always has fun every year at the Blues With a Feeling fundraiser! This year was no exception as he got to check out Trickbag, Mick Hayes, the legendary Crowbar and more.  

      Click here for more pictures from the event

      Links: CrowbarMore Crowbar StoriesVideo above courtesy of Hamilton B. Lous

      Saturday, June 9, 2018

      Happy Birthday Hamilton, Ontario (Videos by Deeps, TommyGunn, Tongue Fu, Lucas Stagg)

      Today (June 9, 2018), the city of Hamilton, Ontario is 172 years old.  In celebration, here are some music videos about the Hammer!

      Links: DeepsMore Deeps StoriesVideo above courtesy of musicfromthedeeps

      Links: TommyGunn, Video above courtesy of  TOMMYGUNN

      Links: Tongue Fu, Video above courtesy of Tongue Fu

      Links: Lucas StaggMore Lucas Stagg StoriesVideo above courtesy of Lucas Stagg

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      Thursday, June 7, 2018

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      Wednesday, June 6, 2018

      CONGRATS! St. Catharines Arts Awards Winners

      Musician Jessica Wilson won the Emerging Artist category of the 2018 St. Catharines Arts Awards on Monday June 4, 2018 at FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre (Cairns Hall). She was among the seven people honoured for their artistic contributions to the area.

      Click here for more information.

      Here's the complete list of winners

      Click here for more St. Catharines Arts Awards Stories

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      Monday, June 4, 2018

      CONGRATS! New Hamilton Musicians' Guild Honourees

      As reported in the May 2018 edition of Libretto, the magazine of the Hamilton Musicians' Guild, the union recently honoured a number of their members during various meetings.

      Lifetime Memberships
      25 Year Membership Pins
      50 Year Membership Pin

      Blast from the Past: Last Batch of HMG Honourees

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      Sunday, June 3, 2018

      Please Support Local Charities

      From the website: Carpenter Hospice, located in the heart of Burlington, Ontario, provides individuals who are dying, and their families, with high quality palliative care in a home-like setting.

      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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      The Legendary Morgan Davis at Artword Artbar This Friday!

      It's not often that award-winning Bluesman Morgan Davis comes to our neck of the woods. He'll be hitting the Artword Artbar in Hamilton on Friday, June 1, 2018 at 8pm! Click here to buy tickets online before they sell out!

      Two videos above courtesy of garryentropy

      Video above courtesy of Conny Norberg Musiclover from Sweden

      Blast from the Past: More Morgan Davis Videos

      Links: Morgan DavisMore Morgan Davis Stories

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      Sunday, May 27, 2018

      Please Support Local Charities

      The Brian Lee Griffith Guitar Bursary is intended to support a different, talented, deserving guitar student each year. In honour of the late, great Hamilton guitarist Brian Griffith.

      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.

      More Videos to Celebrate Blues With a Feeling 2018!

      The annual Blues With a Feeling fundraiser has always been the Superbowl of local blues. It takes place Saturday June 2, 8pm at the Leander Boat Club in Hamilton.

      Click here to check out videos of all the performers.

      The event is held to honour the legacy of the late Hamilton Blues legend, King Biscuit Boy. Below are a few videos of the man himself playing with Trickbag, who'll be at the show this year.

      Links: King Biscuit BoyMore KBB StoriesTrickbagMore Trickbag StoriesVideos above courtesy of Michael Hickey

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      Friday, May 25, 2018

      News Roundup (Jane's Party, Ian Andrews, Awards, Cartoons)

      Canadian Songwriting Contest Winners

      Local Honourable Mention
      Canadian winners listed below. Click title for full list.
      Talkin' Blues Podcast

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      Thursday, May 24, 2018

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      St. Catharines Singer/Songwriter Michael James Piccolo (aka Mike James) Passes

      It is with sadness that we announce the passing of St. Catharines musician Michael James Piccolo (aks Mike James). He passed on Thursday, May 17, 2018. Our condolences to his family, friends and fans.

      Click here for his obituary

      Here are a few comments from social media:

      Sarah Piccolo (daughter)
      Our Dad was a talented musician, and was involved in the singing/songwriting community for many years. That was his passion, along with drumming, diving, golfing, fishing, bowling, and many other things. He never just looked out for himself, he cared for anyone who needed it. He cared for us right until the end. He could be seen strumming his guitar and singing in clubs around Niagara, always looking to jam with other musicians. He was hilarious and we could always count on him to crack a joke- appropriate or not, and he passed that humour down to Mike and I. We didn't really say goodbye, because we'll always have him in our hearts.
      Thank you to everyone, especially the Benchmark Team and No Frills, who have sent condolences and support during this time. Thank you to everyone who has sent our Mom support and positive thoughts, we have been spending time together as a family.
      Niagara Region Musicians' Association - Local 298
      The NRMA mourns the passing of former AFM member Michael James Piccolo (aka Mike James). Mike retired in good standing from local 92, Buffalo and local 257, Nashville. Mike was the drummer for rock band Talus for many years. Later he became a successful singer songwriter, performing in the Niagara and Buffalo areas and marketing his songs far afield. His unique soulful performances will be missed by all who heard him. Our condolences go to his loving family and to his many friends.
      You were a true and honest musician. Glad to have called you friend. God Speed
      Jimmy Richardson (fan)
      Gonna miss your beautiful songs and videos. Incredible songwriter. All the Blessings to you and your family.

      Links: Mike James, Video above courtesy of Mike James

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      Wednesday, May 23, 2018

      Robert "Bumps" Blackwell 100th Birthday

      Today (May 23, 2018) would have been American band leader and producer Robert "Bumps" Blackwell's 100th Birthday.

      Here are some biography highlights from Wikipedia.

      Links: Bumps Blackwell, Video above courtesy of GaetanoCozza

      Links: Wynona Carr, Video above courtesy of NIGHT BEAT RECORDS

      Links: Sam Cooke, More Sam Cooke Stories, Video above courtesy of Rarity Music Great Hits '60

      More 100th Birthdays

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      Tuesday, May 22, 2018

      Matt Weidinger Presents the Music of Van Morrison This Saturday!

      On Saturday, June 2, 2018, the First Unitarian Church of Hamilton will be filled the with sounds of the legendary Van Morrison.  The incredible Matt Weidinger and his amazing band will be playing the unforgettable songs from the musical icon.

      Here are some videos to show you how Matt will rock the place.

      Links: Matt WeidingerMore Matt Weidinger Stories, Videos above courtesy of Matt Weidiger

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      Monday, May 21, 2018

      Please Support Local Charities

      From their site: Hope for People-Fodivha Inc, is a Canadian Non-Profit Organization partnering with Fodivha Orphanage and School in Thomaseau, Haiti. We work to fund the building of the infrastructure necessary to give children a safe, nurturing environment to live and learn in. Funding also supports a nutritious feeding programme. Currently, 35 orphaned children live at Fodivha and another 300 come to school everyday. It is the only free school in the area, servicing the most marginalized and needy, in this very poor area of Haiti.

      100% of your donation to Hope for People – Fodivha goes directly to support the ongoing construction projects at the orphanage and school and to the purchase of food for the children.

      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, May 20, 2018

      CONGRATS! Local Artists Win Awards During Canadian Music Week!

      Canadian Music Week features a number of awards ceremonies and a number of area artists took home some hardware. From Hamilton there was the legendary Teenage Head, Iskwé and Matt Mays (he was born in the Hammer). Elora's Riverfest also received some well-deserved recognition.

      Here is a list of local winners. Click the categories to see a complete list of winner.

      Indie Awards

      Live Music Awards
      Canadian Sync Awards

      Radio Music Awards

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