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Sunday, November 18, 2018

Weekday Picks (November 19-22, 2018)

Monday, November 19

8pm: New Rebel Westerners @ Cat N Fiddle (Hamilton) (Weekly)

8pm: A Tribe Called Red @ Centre in the Square (Kitchener) $32.50+

10pm: Industry Night w Anthony Damiao @ Jimmy Jazz (Guelph) (Weekly)
Wednesday, November 21

2:30-3am: Ensemble! TV Show w Corey Lueck (Smoke Wagon Blues Band), Dan Thomas, Paul Panchezak (Trickbag), Jason Colavecchia Hosted by Mark McNeil @ Cable 14 (Hamilton)

9-9:30am: Ensemble! TV Show w Corey Lueck (Smoke Wagon Blues Band), Dan Thomas, Paul Panchezak (Trickbag), Jason Colavecchia Hosted by Mark McNeil @ Cable 14 (Hamilton)

7pm: Valley + Guests @ Warehouse Concert Hall (St. Catharines) $10 adv

8pm: The Once w Megan Bonnell @ Mills Hardware (Hamilton) $25

8pm: Blues/Jazz Night Jam Hosted by Strat Andriotis w Neil Brown @ This Ain't Hollywood (Hamilton)

8pm: The Sad Boys Literary Society (readings + music) @ Artword Artbar (Hamilton) donation

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

Thursday, November 22

8pm: Irish Mythen @ FirstOntario Arts Centre Milton $35

8pm: Gordon Lightfoot @ Centre in the Square (Kitchener) $49.50+

8pm: Tyler Shaw @ Maxwell's Concerts (Waterloo) $20

9pm: Neil MacNaughton Band @ Moonshine Cafe (Oakville) $10

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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.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Weekend Picks (November 16-18, 2018)

Sunday, November 18

7:30pm: Liona Boyd @ FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre (Partridge Hall) (St. Catharines) $44

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Happy Drumming Day ft Jack Pedler

This year, we'd like to showcase the legendary Hamilton drummer Jack Pedler. He is going through some health issues and could use your help.

Please click here to help support Jack Pedler's Recovery/Medical Fund

Links: Jack PedlerMore Jack Pedler Stories, Video above courtesy of 

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Hamilton's Arkells on CBC's q

Hamilton rockers the Arkells recently performed on CBC's q. Here are a few videos from their appearance.

Blast from the Past: Arkells win SOCAN award

Links: ArkellsMore Arkells Storiesq on CBC, More q StoriesVideos above courtesy of q on CBC, Video above courtesy of Arkells Music

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Derrick Drover on Cultivate Music

Canadian singer/songwriter Derrick Drover has had a few videos posted on the Simcoe YouTube series Cultivate Music.

Links: Derrick DroverMore Cultivate Music Videos, Videos above courtesy of Cultivate Music

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Sunday, November 11, 2018

Weekday Picks (November 12-15, 2018)

Thursday, November 15

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

8pm: Linda McRae - Guests @ Artword Artbar (Hamilton) $10 adv/$12 door

8pm-1am: International Pop Overthrow (Showacse) @ This Ain't Hollywood (Hamilton) $10 per day

8pm: Gordon Lightfoot @ FirstOntario Concert Hall (Hamilton) $63+

8:30pm: The Commodores @ Fallsview Casino Resort (Niagara) $40

9pm: Ariana Gillis + Guests @ Moonshine Cafe (Oakville) $?

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Lest We Forget! Remembrance Day Videos by Graham Trude, Roland Majeau, Harbourtown Sound on CHCH

Links: Graham Trude, Video above courtesy of Robert Critchley

Links: Roland Majeau, Video above courtesy of henry huynh

Links: Harbourtown SoundMore CHCH VideosVideo above courtesy of CHCH 

More Remembrance Day Songs

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Saturday, November 10, 2018

News Roundup, Part 2 (Waterloo Record Reader Awards, Craig Cardif, Saffron A, More)

Music-related winners below. Click title for full list.

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Spectator Stories

        Adventure of Trebleclef, the Music-Loving Monkey

        Trebleclef adventures are in Part 1 of this week's News Roundup

        Click here for Part 1: HBL 10th Anniversary Bash Edition

        Friday, November 9, 2018

        News Roundup, Part 1: HBL 10th Anniversary Bash Edition

        Photo courtesy of Leigh MacDonald
        A message from Lou, our blogger.
        Our Hamilton Blues Lovers 10th Anniversary Bash was a smashing success. the Corktown was packed and there was lots of amazing music. Thanks to all the performers, the Corktown, sponsors, companies who donated doors prizes and all those who attended. I would like to personally thank my wife, Linda for all her hard work in planning the show and during the event as well. I LOVE YOU LINDA!
        Also, we'd like to thank:

        Our good friend, Helen Graham took quite a few videos from the bash.

        Here's a list of them with links:

        Adventure of Trebleclef, the Music-Loving Monkey

        Of course, Trebleclef was at the bash and he loved meeting everybody.

        Click here for more pics from the event

        Please support those who supported our event


        Everyone who attended!

        Thursday, November 8, 2018

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        Wednesday, November 7, 2018

        GOOD LUCK! Local Maple Blues Award Nominees! VOTE! Deadline is Dec 1

        Local musicians are a big part of 2019's Maple Blue Award nominee list.

        Hamilton is well-represented with Jack de Keyzer up for 2 awards (Guitarist of the Year, Producer of the Year.  Jack's bandmate Richard Thornton is nominated for Horn Player of the Year. Other Hammertown nominees include Harrison Kennedy (Male Vocalist of the Year), Jesse O'Brien (Keyboardist of the Year) and Cootes Paradise (New Artists of the Year).

        Links: Jack de KeyzerMore Jack de Keyzer Stories, More Richard Thornton StoriesVideo above courtesy of Stellablu477

        Links: Cootes ParadiseMore Cootes Paradise StoriesVideo above courtesy of Cootes Paradise

        Also of note is Colin James' latest album, Miles to Go. It features Hamiltonians Jesse O'Brien (keys, writing), Steve Pelletier (bass) and Tom Wilson aka Lee Harvey Osmond (writing). Also, it's released by Waterdown's True North Records). That disc is up for Recording of the Year. Colin is also tied with Sue Foley for most nominations (6).

        Links: Colin JamesMore Colin James StoriesSteve PelletierMore Steve Peletier StoriesJesse O'BrienLee Harvey OsmondMore Lee Harvey Osmond StoriesMore Jesse O'Brien StoriesVideo above courtesy of Colin James - Topic

        Down Niagara way, Gary Kendall, the bassist for Downchild and St. Catherines' Mighty Duck Blues Band was nominated for Bassist of the Year.

        Links: The Mighty Duck Blues BandMore MDBB StoriesVideo above courtesy of jimcasson

        Two members of Waterloo's Soulstack, singer Jon Knight and drummer Tom Bona, were nominated as well. Another Waterloo group Elliott and the Audio Kings is in the running in the New Artist of the Year category.

        Hopefully, a number of them will bring home the awards at the ceremony on February 4, 2019 at Koerner Hall in Toronto. You can help by VOTING ONLINE! Deadline is December 1, 2018 at 11:59pm.


        Male Vocalist
        New Artist
        Electric Act
        Acoustic Act
        Blues with A Feeling Award (Lifetime Achievement Award)
        Harmonica Player
        B.B. King International Artist

        Local Musician Mike Northcott Passes

        It is with sadness that we announce that singer, songwriter, bassist, producer Mike Northcott passed away on November 6, 2018. We will update the information as we get it. He was a member of a number of groups including Banned From Heaven, WJRM and others.  He also worked as a producer for various TV shows and other media. Our condolences to his family, friends and fans.

        Click here for his obituary.

        About his Celebration of Life (from the obituary)
         "The Mike Northcott After Party" will be held on Sunday, November 18th from 12 p.m. until 6 p.m. at the Boston Manor in Burlington. We welcome all who loved him to gather on this special day to share music, stories, and friendship in Mike's honour. Donations, in memory, can be made to An Instrument For Every Child at

        Here's a bio from the Dundas Cactus Festival:
        Mike Northcott -­ lead vocals, bass-­Mick (as his rock’n’roll friends call him) has been singing and playing music professionally since he was 18. Originally a drummer, he moved out front where his passionate vocal wailing’s could be better heard above the din of his mediocre drumming. Mick’s day job producing music for children’s cartoons only reinforces his inability to grow up.
        A word from Lou, our blogger:
        I got to meet Mike a number of times over the years. It was great to see his immense talent on stage and then see his warm, friendly smile as we talked during the breaks. I will miss him.
        Social media reaction:

        Wayne Krawchuck (ex-Banned From Heaven)
        It is with great sadness we say goodbye to our friend and musical brother Mike Northcott, who passed away today after a brave fight against pancreatic cancer. Love and condolences to Shelly , Bailey and Will and extended family. Going to miss you a lot my friend.
        Cindy Dell
        Mike produced our CD The Baladins in 1995 and played bass with us. I loved the production on that record. He was a good friend and a wonderful guy. Sad news.
        Mark McNeil
        It was only a few months ago when he came out to Bandcamp and made such a positive contribution. Such a kind, talented soul who loved playing music.

        Links: Banned From HeavenMore Banned From Heaven Stories, Videos above courtesy of Hamilton Blues Lovers

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        Monday, November 5, 2018

        CONGRATS! 2018 Spectator Readers' Choice Award Winners!

        On Friday, October 26, the 2018 winners of the Hamilton Spectator Readers' Choice Awards were unveiled. The special supplemental section featured the best that Hammertown has to offer, including our wonderful music community. 

        Here's a list of all the music-related winners.

        P = Platinum (1st place)
        D = Diamond (2nd place)
        G = Gold
        Everything else is in the top ten.

        Local Musician or Band 
        Top Ten
        A special congrats to one of our sponsors, Picks N Sticks, who won platinum for Musical Instrument Store and Gold for Music School:

        We would also like to give a shout out to our Blogger's workplace, the St. Charles Adult Education Centre who won Platinum in the Adult Education category and Diamond in the Learning Centre category.


        Blast from the Past: Last Year's Winners

        Links: Readers' Choice AwardsMore Spec Readers' Choice Awards Stories

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