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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Weekend Picks (June 22-24, 2018)

Friday, June 22

5-5:30am: Ensemble! TV Show w Dwayne LaForme + Joshua Arden Miller, Hosted by Jamie Tennant @ Cable 14 (Hamilton)

12-1pm: Trickbag @ Gore Park (Hamilton)

4-11pm: Oakville Family Ribfest @ Sheridan College

5-11: FrancoFest @ Gage Park (Hamilton)

7pm: Southern Supper with Tim Gibbons @ Mississippi Queen Foods (Hamilton) $45 incl dinner

7pm: Scott Drew Art Show Opening Reception w Music Improv Session @ Silence (Guelph) FREE

8pm: So Long Seven @ Artword Artbar (Hamilton) $15

8pm: Tuba4 CD Release @ Odd Fellows Hall (Dundas) $10/$15 incl CD

8pm: Wang Chung + Cutting Crew @ Maxwell's Concerts (Waterloo) $40

9pm: Crybaby w Matty Simpson + Justine Fischer @ Mills Harware (Hamilton) $15 adv/$20 door

9pm: Tennessee Voodoo Coupe ft Big Rude Jake @ Stonewalls (Hamilton) $10

9pm: Lava Dolls + Guests @ Casbah (Hamilton) $10

9pm: The Noble Savages + Guests @ This Ain't Hollywood (Hamilton) $?

9pm: Emily Burgess Band @ Moonshine Cafe (Oakville) $10

9pm: Peter Cetera (Chicago) @ Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort $40+

2:30pm SueFest (Heart and Stroke Fundraiser) @ Knights of Columbus Hall (Brantford) $15 adv/$20 door

3-3:30pm: Ensemble! TV Show w Bobbi Richards + Darran Poole (Rootbone), Hosted by Jamie Tennant @ Cable 14 (Hamilton)

3pm: Blues Etc ft Steve Grisbrook w Mick Hayes (NY) @ Monty's (St. Catharines)

6pm: The Rally ft Arkells + Guests @ Tim Horton's Field (Hamilton) $?

7pm: The Greatest Showman (Sing-along) Screening @ Zoetic (Hamilton) $14.69

7pm: Bella Serata 2018 GALA w Live Jazz @ Guelph Youth Music Centre $100

8pm: Dala @ Pearl Company (Hamilton) $30

8pm: Jazz vocalist Sienna Dahlen, pianist Amanda Tosoff @ Artword Artbar (Hamilton) $15

8:30pm: Songwriters ft Five for Fighting w String Quartet @ Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort (Grand Hall) $40

8:30pm: Dave Young Quintet @ Jazz Room (Waterloo) $25/$15 under 30

9pm: Wax Mannequin CD Release + Guests @ This Ain't Hollywood (Hamilton) $10

9pm: Fortunate Son @ Stonewalls (Hamilton) $10

9pm: Kent MacMillan Band @ Moonshine Cafe (Oakville) $?

9pm: Hyness w Beige Popsicle @ Jane Bond (Waterloo) $10

9:30pm: Niagara Rhythm Section/Mark LaForme @ Old Winery (Niagara on the Lake)

10pm: Hot Springs After Party with The Lucas Stagg Party @ Argyle Arms (Cambridge)

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Summer's Here and the Time is Right For Music! Videos by the Ludgates, Philip Bosley, Lovin' Spoonful

Today (June 21, 2018) is the first day of summer and also World Music Day! To honour both events, here are some videos about the season!

Links: John and Sheila LudgateMore John and Sheila StoriesVideo above courtesy of saxondale2

Links: Philip Bosley, More Philip Bosley Stories, Video above courtesy of Philip Bosley

Links: Lovin' Spoonful, More Lovin' Spoonful Stories, Video above courtesy of DiscoBar80

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Incredible Music @ the 2018 Pine Street Concert Series

The Pine Street Concert Series always offer the most incredible, intimate music experiences around. It's all held in a beautiful outdoor garden. To reserve your tickets email birthelmer@sympatico.ca or call 905-522-1409.

Here is this year's schedule, along with a few videos:

Saturday July 7, 8pm: Wayne Krawchuk w Michael Hickey, Ron Cole, Randall Hill, Michael J Birthelmer

Links: Wayne KrawchukMore Wayne Krawchuk Stories, Video above courtesy of Hamilton Blues Lovers

Saturday July 14, 8pm: Tom Wilson w Ralph Nicolle of the Folk Sinners (Opener)

Links:Lee Harvey Osmond aka Tom Wilson, More Lee Harvey Osmond StoriesVideo above courtesy of LeE HARVeY OsMOND

Saturday July 28, 8pm: Michael J Birthelmer w Michael Hickey, Ed Roth, Bill Dillon

Links: Michael BirthelmerMore Michael Birthelmer StoriesVideo above courtesy of skumm60

Saturday August 18, 8pm Rick Andrew and Dave Rave

Links: Dave RaveMore Dave Rave StoriesMore Rick Andrew StroriesVideo above courtesy of Andrea Cassis

Thursday August 30th,  7pm: Ladybird Animal Sanctuary Summer Songs (Songwriters-In-The-Round) ft Suzie Vinnick, Sarah Beatty, Lisa Winn, Janine Stoll

Click here for more footage of the Pine Street Garden Concerts

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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

Weekday Picks (June 18-21, 2018)

Thursday, June 21

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 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

More Father's Day Videos

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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.

      Friday, June 1, 2018