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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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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Family Day Weekend Picks (February 16-19, 2018)

Saturday, February 17

2pm: Sil Simone Band w Corey Lueck (Smoke Wagon Blues Band) @ Carrigan Arms (Burlington)

2pm: Sing-a-long-a Grease (Interactive Movie Screening) @ Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts (Willson Auditorium) $30

3pm: Wayne Brady (Comedy, Music, More) @ Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort $40+

3pm: Crow @ Royal Electric (Guelph) PWYC

7pm: Logan Staats (The Launch Winner) w Dave Hind @ Mule Spinner (Hamilton) $25

7pm: Azalea @ Acoustic Blend Cafe (Hamilton)

9:30pm: Rocket and the Renegades, Rick and the 3D's, Treble Men @ Corktown (Hamilton) $10

10pm: North of Nashville w Ian Andrews @ Lou Dawg's (Hamilton)

10pm: 90’s Rager Presents: Green Day Tribute w Take Cover @ Club Absinthe (Hamilton) $5 adv

Sunday, February 18

10:30am-4pm: St. Catharines Record Show @ Holiday Inn $4

11:30am: Winterfolk Road Trip @ Moonshine Cafe (Oakville) $25

3pm: No Cover Sundays ft Rootbone @ Stonewalls (Hamilton)

Monday, February 19

Happy 3rd Birthday to Trebleclef!

Our little monkey mascot turns 3 today! (February 15, 2018).  He was a very busy mascot attending many events this past year.

Highlights include:
Click here for more of Trebleclef's adventures.


Links: Johnny Winter, More Johnny Winter Stories/Covers, Video above courtesy of Universalmusic2012

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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


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

Below is a complete list of nominees: 

Fan Choice
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
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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