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Saturday, October 20, 2018

CONGRATS! 2018 View Magazine Reader's Choice Award Winners

Hamilton's best of the best was celebrated at the 2018 View Magazine Readers' Choice Awards. The voting results were unveiled in the Oct 18, 2018 issue.

A special shout-out to one of our sponsors, Judy Marsales Real Estate for winning Gold in the Real Estate Office category.

Here are the music-related winners:

Please not that it goes from Gold (top) to Silver (middle or bottom if only two winners) and Bronze (third).

Female Artist
Coolest Instrument to Play 
  • Guitar
  • Drums
Independent Record Label

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Friday, October 19, 2018

News Roundup (Mark Lalama, Helix, Barn Katz, Shawn Brush)

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      Spectator Stories

            Adventure of Trebleclef, the Music-Loving Monkey

            Trebleclef had fun at Doug Feaver's show at the Brantford Knights of Columbus!

            Click here for more videos from the event


            He also spent some time at the incredible Shawn Brush fundraiser at the Boston Manor in Burlington.

            Click here for more pics from the event 

            Here are some videos from the show:

            Links: Barn Katz, More Barn Katz StoriesVideo above courtesy of Hamilton B. Lous

            Links: Shawn Brush, More Shawn Brush StoriesVideo above courtesy of Hamilton B. Lous

            Thursday, October 18, 2018

            Weekend Picks (October 19-21, 2018)

            Saturday, October 20

            1pm: Circle Singing w Jane Lewis + Joni NehRita @ TBA (KW area) $20

            2pm: Gulfer @ Casbah (Hamilton) $10

            2:30pm: The Coachmen w Dwayne Laforme @ Coach and Lantern (Ancaster)

            2:30pm: James Anthony Band w George Olliver @ Uptown Social House (Burlington)

            2:30pm: Mighty Duck Blues Band w Chuck Jackson + Pat Carey @ The Bar Upstairs (St. Catharines)

            3pm: Harrison Kennedy w Marcus Starr @ Corktown (Hamilton) $5

            3pm: Blues Etc ft Steve Grisbrook w Dylan Wickens @ Monty's (St. Catharines)

            3-4:30pm: Masterclass w P.J. Perry @ Jazz Room (Waterloo) FREE

            4pm-12am: Fundraiser for Sue Schulzek @ Lana's Lounge (Waterloo) $10

            6-6:30pm: Ensemble! TV Show w Benjamin Dakota Rogers, Rachel Heart, Will Macaulay Hosted by Mark McNeil @ Cable 14 (Hamilton)

            6pm: Russell Scott @ Café Creperie (Elora) $10/PWYC

            7pm: The Freakers Ball w Big Johnny Blue @ Hamilton Filipino Community Centre $30

            7pm: Joyce's Annual Christmas Party Fundraiser ft Acoustically Yours @ R Place (Hamilton) $10 incl dinner

            7pm-12am: Can Jam # 4 (Food Drive) ft John Ladds Band + Guests @ Arlington Hotel (Paris) $15 or equivalent in non-perishable food donations

            7pm: Inspired by Janis: Special Need Fundraiser ft Chuckee Zehr @ Red Papaya (Guelph) $25

            7:30pm: HPO: Beethoven and Mozart @ FirstOntario Concert Hall (Hamilton) $16+

            7:30pm: Remi Bolduc Jazz Ensemble – Swingin’ With Oscar @ Centennial Secondary School - Dr. J.M. Ennis Auditorium (Welland) $35

            7:30pm: Grand River Blues Society Presents: The Music of Van Morrison w Matt Weidinger and Band @ Sydenham United Church (Brantford) $25 adv/$30 door

            7:30pm: Guelph Symphony Orchestra: Season Opening Gala @ River Run Centre (Guelph) $56.50+

            7:30pm: Tom Wilson: Beautiful Scars Literary Recital @ Waterford Old Town Hall $40/$65 w book

            8pm: Hill Brothers Bluegrass Band @ Artword Artbar (Hamilton) $15

            8pm: Choir! Choir! Choir! Presents “Dreams”: The Fleetwood Mac Experience @ Hamilton Central Library $32 adv/$40 door

            8pm: The Good Brothers @ The Studio (Hamilton) $38+

            8pm: Pearl Company Membership Event w Charly Chiarelli @ Pearl Company (Hamilton)

            8pm: Dizzy Spells Album Release + Guests @ Mule Spinner (Hamilton) $10

            8pm: Heidi Lange @ Laidlaw Memorial United Church (Hamilton) PWYC $10 suggested (all to artists)

            2pm: Brunch w Rocket and Rick @ Lou Dawg's (Hamilton)

            2:30pm: Niagara Symphony Orchestra presents Classical Family 1: Spooktacular 2.0 @ FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre (Cairns Recital Hall) (St. Catharines) $72
            4pm: Lúnasa @ FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre (Partridge Hall) (St. Catharines) $45

            8pm: Reina Del Cid @ Mills Hardware (Hamilton) $18 adv/$20 door

            8pm: Erin Costelo w Shannon McNally @ Casbah (Hamilton) $15

            COMING SOON: Saturday, November 3

            11am-12pm: Sold On Hamilton w Judy Marsales w Guest Luis Pereira (founder of Hamilton Blues Lovers) @ 900AM CHML (1st Sat of Month)

            3-6PM! HAMILTON BLUES LOVERS 10TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION ft TrickbagJerome GodbooCootes ParadiseLes Smith, John Gibbard (Crowbar), Sonny Del-RioTim GibbonsMark McNeil and More @ Corktown (Hamilton) $5 DOOR PRIZES, FREE CAKE, MORE!

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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

            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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            Thursday, October 11, 2018

            Please Support Our Wonderful Sponsors

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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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