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Monday, January 21, 2019

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Tuesday, January 22

Thursday, January 24

9pm: Tim Gibbons w Will Gillespie @ Moonshine Cafe (Oakville) $10

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From their website: Since 1966, the poverty of loneliness and exclusion has been overcome with friendship and compassion at Welcome Inn Community Centre, where people from all walks of life work together to alleviate poverty in the North End and across Hamilton.

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, January 17, 2019

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Arkells on CBC's First Play Live

A total of 11 live videos from Hamilton' rocker the Arkells were posted on the CBC Music YouTube page as part of their First Play Live series

Here a guide below along with some of the actual videos.
Blast from the Past: Arkells on CBC's q

Links: ArkellsMore Arkells StoriesMore CBC Videos, Videos above courtesy of CBC Music

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

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Monday, January 14, 2019

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Saturday, January 12, 2019

Steeltown's Own Dave Rave Creates a Wild Ride with 'Adventureland'

When you get yourself a copy of Adventureland, the latest infectious effort by Hamilton music legend, Dave Rave, buckle up for a very wile ride. It's a roller coaster that'll keep you thrilled from beginning to end.

Jam-packed with the melodic, catchy pop rock that Dave's best known for, this ferocious recording captures the rambunctious, boundless energy he always displays on stage. From punky rhythmic workouts to softer tunes, Dave and the gang'll guide you through this unforgettable jaunt.

His main partners on this trip are the three members of Steeltown stalwarts Freedom Train. FT bassist and vocalist Carl Jennings also does a great job with producing the album.

Many other talented guests lend their flair to the project, including:
This incredible album has yet to be officially released but it will be available at Dave's CD Release Party on Tuesday, January 15 at the Casbah. Please check this page later on and we'll have links for online purchasing.

Blast from the Past: Review of Dave Rave's Ashtray Makeup Album

Links: Dave RaveMore Dave Rave StoriesFreedom TrainMore Freedom Train StoriesVideo above courtesy of Hamilton Blues LoversMore Releases

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Thursday, January 10, 2019

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

GOOD LUCK! Hamilton's Harrison Kennedy Nominated for 2019 Blues Music Award

Hamilton Blues Legend Harrison Kennedy is once again up for Blues Music Awards this year (the only Canadian nominated).  He's in the running for Acoustic Artist of the Year.  Hopefully, he'll be bringing home the hardware at the May 9, 2019 ceremony in Memphis.

Links: Harrison KennedyMore Harrison Kennedy StoriesVideo above courtesy of Harrison Kennedy - Topic

Harison is joined by fellow Canadian Sue Foley, who's up for the Koko Taylor Award (Traditional Blues Female) and Single of the Year for her song The Ice Queen.

Links: Sue Foley, More Sue Foley Stories, Video above courtesy of Don's Tunes


Here's a complete list of nominees. Canadians are bolded.

Acoustic Artist
Acoustic Album
Album of the Year
Band of the Year
Best Emerging Artist Album
Blues Rock Album
Contemporary Blues Album
Contemporary Blues Female Artist
Contemporary Blues Male Artist
Instrumentalist - Guitar
Instrumentalist - Harmonica
Instrumentalist - Horn
Instrumentalist - Vocalist
Pinetop Perkins Piano Player
Soul Blues Album
Soul Blues Female Artist

Sunday, January 6, 2019

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From their website: The AIDS Network is a registered charitable organization, and offers services to the 1.5 million people living in the communities of Hamilton, Halton, Haldimand, Norfolk and Brant.  Since 1986, The AIDS Network has been the primary voice for HIV/AIDS prevention, education and support.

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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    Look Back at 2018

            Adventure of Trebleclef, the Music-Loving Monkey

            Trebleclef is resting from New Years Eve. He'll be back soon

            Wednesday, January 2, 2019

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            Tuesday, January 1, 2019

            2018: Year in Review

            2018 was an eventful year for the Hamilton Blues Lovers. We turned 10 years old and had an incredible celebration to commemorate it. This was also a mixed year for the music industry.

            Local musicians who passed: 
            Canadian musicians who passed (highlights):
            International musicians who passed (highlights):
            Most Popular Blog Posts
            1. Ronnie Lodge Passes
            2. Founding Downchild Bassist Milne Passes
            3. Angela McKay Passes
            4. Mike Northcott Passes
            5. Fraser Loveman Passes
            Other Highlights of the Year
            Our Top 3 Reviews