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Monday, February 26, 2018

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Support Local Charities


The Oakville and Milton SPCA provides services and support to local animals and residents by engaging the diverse communities they serve. HBL is placing this in honour of Paul C Young.

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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Thursday, February 22, 2018

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Kitchener's Craig Dougan is Loud and Proud on Latest CD!


Still Rising, the 3rd album from Kitchener's Craig Dougan is definitely loud and proud! Within its hard rock shell lies a heart packed with boogie woogie. It has a little something for everyone!

Its straight-ahead rock feel is injected with lots of melody and groove. There are also moments of garage rock, soul, funkiness and more. Turn it to 11 and get ready to shake your ass!

Craig (who does vocals, guitar and bass) is joined by Wayne Bond and Rob Taylor (drums) as well as lead guitarist Paul Woods. They all do a bang-up job.

You can pick up the CD at any of his amazing live shows.  It's also available through cdbaby and iTunes.





Links: Craig DouganMore Craig Dougan Stories, Videos above courtesy of Craig Dougan

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Monday, February 19, 2018

Please Support Local Charities



From their website: The Stephen Lewis Foundation launched the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign in March 2006, in response to the emerging crisis faced by African grandmothers as they struggled to care for millions of children orphaned by AIDS. The Campaign aims to raise awareness, build solidarity and mobilize support in Canada for Africa’s grandmothers.

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 Family Day! Lamothes, Wilsons, Korens, Keelans




Links: Rob Lamothe, More Rob Lamothe StoriesZander Lamothe, More Zander Lamothe Stories,  Josh Lamothe, More Josh Lamothe StoriesRose Lamothe, Video above courtesy of roblamothe1



Links: Lee Harvey Osmond aka Tom Wilson, More Lee Harvey Osmond Stories, Thompson Wilson, More Thompson Wilson StoriesVideo above courtesy of hystericallycalm



Links: Kim KorenMore Kim Koren Stories, Frank KorenMore Frank Koren Stories, Video above courtesy of Shotgun Jilly



Links: Raphael KeelanMore Raphael Keelan Stories, Richard Keelan, Video above courtesy of David Flack

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Friday, February 16, 2018

Happy Year of the Dog! Shawn Brush, Rita Chiarelli, Phil Kane, Leslie Spit Treeo


Friday, February 16 is the start of the Chinese Year of the Dog.



Links: Shawn Brush, More Shawn Brush StoriesVideo above courtesy of Neil Mason



Links: Rita ChiarelliMore Rita Chiarelli StoriesVideo above courtesy of randalstaffordcook



Links: Phil Kane, More Phil Kane Stories, Video above courtesy of Phil Kane



Links: Leslie Spit Treeo, Video above courtesy of TobyJuno09

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Patty Andrews of the Andrews Sisters 100th Birthday


Today (Friday, February 16, 2018) would have been the 100th birthday of Patty Andrews of the Andrews Sisters. She's the last of the famous trio to reach that milestone.

We asked local musicians for comments on the group. Here's a sampling:

Jude Johnson
The family genetic harmony of the Andrew Sisters is astounding, seamless in its tonal quality and flawless in its execution. These chicks could sing! swingingest, boogie woogie blowing...the family compact
Karen Thornton
Love those sisters and the music from that era. Their harmonies and vocal blend was so amazing, phrasing and intonation was spot on!

In her honour, here's a video of the Hamilton All-Star Jazz Band performing the trio's biggest hit.



Links: Hamilton All-Star Jazz BandMore HASJB StoriesVideo above courtesy of Reginald Doel

Here are some videos from the ladies themselves.



Video above courtesy of aSmokersDelightI



Video above courtesy of ILOveOldies



Video above courtesy of David Shelton

Click here for more 100th birthday celebrations

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Sunday, February 11, 2018

Please 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.


Happy 'Get Out Your Guitar Day'! Marcus Starr, Famous Framus, Gillian Nicola, Caroline Wiles


To celebrate 'Get Out Your Guitar Day', we are showcasing local musicians with just themselves and an acoustic guitar making beautiful music.



Links: Marcus Starr, More Marcus Starr Stories, More Mississippi John Hurt Covers/Stories, Video above courtesy of Marcus Starr



Links: Famous FramusMore Famous Framus StoriesVideo above courtesy of Paul Bottos



Links: Gillian Nicola,  More Gillian Nicola Stories, Video above courtesy of Gillian Nicola



Links: Caroline WilesMore Caroline Wiles StoriesVideo above courtesy of VcardTV

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Saturday, February 10, 2018

Hamilton's Colin Cripps Joins Jim Cuddy on CBC's q


Recently, Hamilton guitarist Colin Cripps teamed up with his fellow Blue Rodeo bandmate Jim Cuddy on CBC's program to help promote Cuddy's new solo album. The two were joined by Anne Lindsay on fiddle and Steve O'Connor on piano.

Here are two video clips from the show.





Links: Jim Cuddy, More Blue Rodeo StoriesColin CrippsMore Colin Cripps StoriesVideos above courtesy of q on CBC

Blast from the Past: Matt Mayes on q

Links: q on CBC, More q Stories 

Here's a bonus video of Colin with Alan Doyle of Great Big Sea



Links: Alan Doyle, More Great Big Sea Stories, Video above courtesy of BetweenTheRock

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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

GOOD LUCK! Lots of Local 2018 Juno Nominees!


There are a ton of local nominees at this year's Juno Awards. We are all proud of our are musicians.

Just in Hamilton alsone, we have the Arkells (3 nods + 1 for their producer), Steve Strongman (Blues Album of the Year), Terra Lightfoot (2 +1 for her engineer), Whitehorse (1 + 1 for their engineer), Brad Cheeseman (Jazz Album of the Year, Solo), David Braid (Jazz Album of the Year, Group) and Iskwé (Indigenous Music Album of the Year). Also, Waterdown's True North Records released two nominated albums by Bruce Cockburn and Buffy Sainte-Marie.

Click here for the Hamilton Spectator story on the local nominations.



Links: ArkellsMore Arkells StoriesVideo above courtesy of ArkellsVEVO



Links: Brad CheesemanMore Brad Cheeseman StoriesVideo above courtesy of Brad Cheeseman

As for Burlington, there's Walk Off The Earth (Fan's Choice). Also, Bruno Mars24K Magican album Engineered by Charles Moniz is in the running for International Album of the Year. He recently won a Grammy for his work.



Links: Walk Off The EarthMore WOTE Stories,  Video above courtesy of Walk Off the Earth

Other nominees include
  • Downchild (ft members from Niagara and Brantford) for Blues Album of the Year
  • St. Catharines' Tim Hicks (Country Album of the Year)
  • Fort Erie's DJ Shub (Indigenous Music Album of the Year)
  • Rezz from Niagara Falls (Electronic Album of the Year)
  • Guelph's Ralph Bowen (Jazz Album of the Year, Solo)
  • Kitchener's Alysha Brilla (Adult Contemporary Album of the Year)



Links: Alysha Brilla, More Alysha Brilla Stories, Video above courtesy of Alysha Brilla

GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!

Leading the nomination are rockers Arcade Fire and RnB artist Jessie Reyez with four each.

Below is a complete list of nominees: 

Fan Choice
Single
Country Album
Jazz Album (Solo)
Jazz Album (Group)
Alternative Album
Instrumental Album
Francophone Album of the Year
Children's Album
Classical Album (Solo or Chamber)
Classical Album (Large Ensemble)
Classical Album (Vocal or Choral)
Classical Composition
Rap Recording
Dance Recording
RnB/Soul Recording
Reggae Recording
Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album
World Music Album
Producer(s)
Album Artwork
Electronic Album
Metal/Hard Music Album
Comedy Album
Canadian Music Hall of Fame: Barenaked Ladies

Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award: Denise Donlon

Blast from the Past: Last Year's Winners

Links: Juno AwardsMore Juno Stories

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CONGRATS! Ancaster's Poesy Wins Episode of the Launch!


WOW! Another area artists has won CTV's the Launch.! Ancaster's Posey (the musical alter-ego of Sarah Botelho) won the fourth episode of the popular show. As a result, she'll has released a recording of Soldier of LoveHer version can now be streamed and purchased through iHeartRadio, Apple Music, iTunes, Spotify and Google Play.

Click here for the Hamilton Spectator story about her win.

She had the following to say on her Facebook page:
I cannot say how grateful and happy I am right now in this moment. Thank you doesn't seem like enough. This is everything I've ever wanted and more. Thank you for supporting me on this wild ride and helping Soldier of Love go to #1 on iTunes!!!!


Links: PoseyVideo above courtesy of CTV

The other contestants included:
Also, Hamilton's Liteyears competed in the second episode but they didn't win.



Links: LiteyearsVideo above courtesy of CTV

Acton's James Marshall will be competing in the 5th episode which airs on February 7, 2018.


Links: The Launch, More Launch Stories

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