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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Cory Mercer on Cultivate Music

Local singer/songwriter Cory Mercer has made quite a few appearances on the enjoyable Simcoe YouTube series Cultivate Music in the past few weeks.

Here are those wonderful videos:

Links: Cory Mercer, More Cory Mercer Stories, More Cultivate Music Videos, Videos above courtesy of Cultivate Music

Blast from the Past: Cory Mercer on Barber Shop Podcast and Other Stories

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Sunday, October 14, 2018

Weekday Picks (October 15-18, 2018)

Tuesday, October 16
Wednesday, October 17

2:30pm: Galaxy of Stars: Music of the Big Bands @ Sanderson Centre (Brantford) $48

7-9pm: Rise Up Singing — Co-Ed "Choir" Workshop (7 Weeks on Wed) w Jane Lewis & Katherine Wheatley @ 1254 Union Street (Kitchener) $180

8pm: Joey Landreth w Roman Clarke @ Mills Hardware (Hamilton) $15 adv/$20 door

8pm: The Lazys + the Standstills @ Casbah (Hamilton) $17.50

8pm: Dear Rogue + Guests @ Warehouse Concert Hall (St. Catharines) $23 adv

8pm: Fortunate Ones @ Centre in the Square (Kitchener) $22.50+

8pm: New City @ Maxwell's Concerts (Waterloo) $15

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

9pm: Allison Brown, BarryJames Payne, Alison Corbett @ The Boathouse (Kitchener) PWYC

COMING SOON! Saturday, November 3


Please Support Local Charities

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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Monday, October 8, 2018

Weekday Picks (October 9-11, 2018)

Thursday, October 11

Canal Bank Shuffle Blues Festival @ Thorold $25 adv/$30 door

Oktoberfest @ Kitchener

6pm: Brenda Lewis + John Zadro @ Lana's Lounge (Waterloo)

7:30pm: Serena Ryder @ FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre (Partridge Hall) (St. Catharines) $59

8-10pm: Blues Blast w Ken Wallis @ (Every Thu)

8pm: Jonathan Richman (Modern Lovers) + Guests @ Casbah (Hamilton) $20

8pm: Ford Pier w Nick Ferrio @ This Ain't Hollywood (Hamilton) $?

8pm: Jennifer Foster + Paul Linklater @ Artword Artbar (Hamilton) $10

8pm: ECT - Blood Lightning: one man show by Joseph Recinos ft music, poetry, more @ FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre (Robertson Theatre)(St. Catharines) $30

8pm: Songwriter Showcase ft Dave Allen + Guests @ Warehouse Concert Hall (St. Catharines) $10

9pm: The Ramble ft Beat Heathens w Shawn Kellerman @ Moonshine Cafe (Oakville) $15

Please Support Local Charities

From their website: The Farley Foundation assists those who are struggling financially to pay for veterinary care for their pets. Pet owners who cannot afford medical care for their sick or injured pet, and who fall into one of the categories below, are encouraged to talk to their veterinarian about the availability of Farley Foundation funding.

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 Thanksgiving! Videos by Fred Eaglesmith, Fairport Convention, Beatles

Links: Fred EaglesmithMore Fred Eaglesmith StoriesVideo above courtesy of Fred Eaglesmith - Topic

Links: Fairport Convention, More Fairport Convention Stories, Video above courtesy of clotho98

Links: The Beatles, More Beatles Stories/Covers, Video above courtesy of Tuesday's Moxie

More Thanksgiving Music

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Sunday, October 7, 2018

Local Multi-Instrumentalist Dave Pearson Passes

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of local multi-instrumentalist and singer/songwriter Dave Pearson. He was a member of the duo Elysian Dream (along with TC Petit). He was also a popular solo act as well as a regular of the Hamilton and Brantford Folk Clubs. We will pass along details as we know them.

Social Media comments:

Jim Marino (CFMU Host)
This local duo was the first act to appear LIVE on the FREEWHEELING FOLK SHOW. I always have had a spot in my heart for them. He was a talented singer/songwriter/instrumentalist.
Ken Dunn
I have fond memories of playing at shows with them in the Hamilton area back in the 90's. Dave was a great guy, very kind and super talented

Video above courtesy of Hamilton Blue Lovers

Video above courtesy of Hamilton B. Lous

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Friday, October 5, 2018

News Roundup (Otis Rush Passes, Ben Kunder, Chelsea Crites, Mount Farewell)

Blues Legend Otis Rush Passes

Social Media Comments

I had the privilege of working with Otis Rush for a week at Albert's Hall around 1983. One night pre show time we sat head to head in the dressing room and he wanted me to play this line for the song Two Trains Running. He'd play it, I'd copy it (what to my ear sounded 100% right-or as close as you can get ) and he'd look at me and go , "uh uh" He'd show me again, and I'd play it ..."uh uh" 4 times. "uh, uh" Finally he looked at me disparagingly "Ok let's not play that one." Reminded me of the bit in Chuck Berry's Hail Hail Rock'n Roll where he keeps showing Keith Richards the intro to Carol and insisting he's got it wrong! Ha ha. I still loved Otis!
Another legend gone.Otis’ Cold Day in Hell and Right Place, Wrong Time are two masterpieces that stand up against anything that came out of Chicago. On top of being an exceptional guitarist, it was his singing and overall presentation from the sharp clothes and pompadour that had had the biggest impact on me. He will be missed.
It's Another Sad Day For The World of Music & Black Music Culture. The technique and sound that Otis Rush delivered in his singing, songwriting and guitar style. Not only helped shape what we know today as the definitive Chicago Blues sound, but his incredible gifts helped bridge the societal gaps of acceptance between people around the world. What a Serious Loss to the World of Music & Global Acceptance. Rest Comfortably Otis Rush 
When we were rabid teenagers drinking at the fountain of Chess Records in late '60's Sydney Australia one of the most soulful dudes in the pack was Otis Rush. And now Otis Rush had died. RIP to him. He was a badass and I cannot believe that I actually got the honour of playing with him one time way back when. 


    Spectator Stories
    FYI Music News

          Adventure of Trebleclef, the Music-Loving Monkey

          Trebleclef  will be back next week.

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          Wednesday, October 3, 2018

          GOOD LUCK! Local Polaris Heritage Prize Nominees! PLEASE VOTE!

          Every year, the Polaris Heritage Prize celebrates amazing Canadian albums from the past. This year, there are quite a few local entries. You can help by clicking here to vote for our area artists. Deadline is October 18, 2018.

          The late, great Hamilton folk legend Stan Rogers is in the running for the 1976-1985 category for his classic Fogarty’s Cove album. 

          Links: Stan RogersMore Stan Rogers StoriesVideo above courtesy of Quantorful

          Another hammertown veteran, Daniel Lanois, has his debut Acadie listed in the 1986-1995 section. Also 2112 by Rush, the world-renowned power trio featuring Hamilton-born Neil Peart on drums is up for the 1976-1985 category 

          The Band, the legendary ground featuring members from the Norfolk area was nominated for their classic album Music From Big Pink (1960-1975 category)

          Kitchener's John Oswald has his album Plunderphonics up for the 1986-1995 award.

          For the 1996-2005 section we have You Were Here by Burlington's Sarah Harmer and Guelph indie rockers, Constantines for Shine A Light

          Links: Sarah HarmerMore Sarah Harmer StoriesVideo above courtesy of ccpasley

          Links: Constantines, More Constantines Stories, Video above courtesy of EXPLOSIONCHUNKERS

          Here's the complete list of nominees:


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          Tuesday, October 2, 2018

          Dundas' the Dirty Nil on CBC's q

          Dundas rockers, the Dirty Nil recently appeared on CBC's program

          Here area few video clips:

          Links: Dirty Nil, More Dirty Nil Storiesq on CBC, More q StoriesVideos above courtesy of q on CBC

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          Sunday, September 30, 2018

          Please Support Local Charities

          Please Support Local Charities

          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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          Friday, September 28, 2018

          News Roundup (Awards, kd lang, Jason Isbell, More)


            Spectator Stories

                    Adventure of Trebleclef, the Music-Loving Monkey

                    Trebleclef was proud to go to his Uncle John and Auntie Sarah's 20's themed wedding!

                    Click here for more pics from the event

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                    Wednesday, September 26, 2018

                    Amazing Folk Road Show in Hamilton!

                    Hamilton's in for a special treat when Folk Road Show makes it's very first appearance in the Hammer (Wednesday, October 3, 2018, 8pm at Mills Hardware).  Opening the show will be local songstress Piper Hayes.

                    This fabulous group is a quartet of singer/songwriters from Netherlands, New Zealand and Canada. They toured Europe as solo artists and then returned as a band.

                    Want to make sure you'll be able to come? Click here to buy tickets.

                    You can check 'em out below

                    Links: Folk Road Show, Videos above courtesy of Folk Road Show

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                    Tuesday, September 25, 2018

                    GOOD LUCK! Local 2018 Canadian Folk Music Award Nominees

                    It's great to see that the 2018 Canadian Folk Music Awards will feature a number of local artists. We're keeping our fingers crossed a few of them will bring home some CFMA's. The event takes place November 30 to December 1, 2018 at the Gateway in Alberta.

                    Hamilton is well-represented with Dana Sipos (English Songwriter of the Year)Annie Sumi (New/Emerging Artists of the Year) and Jeremy Fisher Junior (Children's Album of the Year).

                    Links: Dana Sipos  More Dana Sipos StoriesVideo above courtesy of Dana Sipos - Topic

                    Links: Annie SumiMore Annie Sumi StoriesTannis Slimmon, More Tannis Slimmon StoriesVideo above courtesy of Duncan Showroom

                    Links: Jeremy Fisher JuniorMore Jeremy Fisher StoriesVideo above courtesy of JeremyFisherJunior

                    Guelph's The Lifers were also nominated. 

                    Links:  Lifers, More Lifers Stories, Video above courtesy of The Lifers - Topic

                    Suzie Vinnick and Mark Lalama from the Niagara region are both up as Producers of the year for Suzie's latest album Shake the Love Around.

                    Links: Suzie VinnickMore Suzie Vinnick StoriesVideo above courtesy of Suzie Vinnick-Topic

                    Here's the complete list of nominees:
                      New/Emerging Artist(s)
                      Children’s Album
                      Traditional Album
                      Contemporary Album
                      Traditional Singer
                      Contemporary Singer
                      Instrumental Solo Artist
                      Instrumental Group
                      Vocal Group
                      Solo Artist
                      French Songwriter(s)
                      Indigenous Songwriter(s)
                      World Solo Artist
                      World Group
                      Pushing the Boundaries
                      Young Performer(s)
                      Blast from the Past: Last Year's Winners

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