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Sunday, July 21, 2019

Weekday Picks (July 22-25, 2019)

Monday, July 22

Hamilton Fringe Festival

9am: Road Crew @ Milton Farmers' Market

11:30am-12pm: Ensemble! TV Show w Corey Lueck (Smoke Wagon Blues Band), Dan Thomas, Paul Panchezak (Trickbag), Jason Colavecchia Hosted by Mark McNeil @ Cable 14 (Hamilton)

12pm: Rick Henderson @ Jackson Square Rooftop (Hamilton)

7:30pm: Brant Harmonica Guild @ Warmington's (Brantford) (2nd/4th week of month)

Tuesday, July 23
4-6pm: Blues Blast w Ken Wallis @ 101.5 FM or

6:30pm: Karli June @ Royal Botanical Gardens (Burlington) $13.50/FREE for RBG Members

7pm: Kelly Jay Musical Celebration of Life @ Leander Boat Club (Hamilton) PWYC

7pm: Hamilton Fringe Festival Presents Tiny Bill Cody Sees the Devil (stories and music) @ Artword Artbar (Hamilton) $12 (Fringe backer button required)

7pm: Canal Bank Shuffle Presents Victor Wainwright and the Train @ Holy Rosary Hall (Thorold) $15 adv/$20 door

9pm: Hamilton Fringe Festival Presents Charly's Piano (play w music) @ Artword Artbar (Hamilton) $12 w Fringe backer button

9:30pm: Hamilton Fringe Festival presents Diamond in the Rough (musical ft Will Gillespie) @ Player's Guild (Hamilton) $12

Wednesday, July 24

Hamilton Fringe Festival

12pm: Doug Feaver @ Whitehern (Hamilton)

5pm: Rockin' The Waterfront: Car Show (Mopars) w City Kids Band @ Pier 4 Park (Hamilton) FREE

6:30pm: Southern Supper w Matt Weidinger @ Mississippi Queen Foods (Hamilton) $45 incl dinner

6:30pm: Kristen Violet May @ Royal Botanical Gardens (Burlington) $13.50/FREE for RBG Members

7pm: Hamilton Fringe Festival Presents Charly's Piano (play w music) @ Artword Artbar (Hamilton) $12 w Fringe backer button

7pm: Julie Doiron + Guests @ Warehouse Concert Hall (St. Catharines) $15 adv

8pm: Blues Jam w John Lee + the Hookers w Spencer Mackenzie @ Rhapsody Barrel Bar (Kitchener)

8pm: Fin de Fiesta Flamenco presents: SEMPITERNO @ Registry Theatre (Kitchener) $22 adv/$25 door

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

8:30pm: Shari Ulrich @ Moonshine Cafe (Oakville) $20

9pm: Hamilton Fringe Festival Presents Tiny Bill Cody Sees the Devil (stories and music) @ Artword Artbar (Hamilton) $12 (Fringe backer button required)

Thursday, July 25

Hamilton Fringe Festival

6-9pm: Dusk Dances ft Steel City Rovers @ Bayfront Park (Hamilton) PWYC/$10 suggested

7pm: Hamilton Fringe Festival Presents Tiny Bill Cody Sees the Devil (stories and music) @ Artword Artbar (Hamilton) $12 (Fringe backer button required)

7pm: Sarah Beatty @ Bishop's Park (Hamilton)

7pm: Jordan John and His All-Star Band @ Bronte Heritage Waterfront Park (Oakville) (Weekly in July/Aug)

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

7:30pm: Brott Music Festival Presents Fly Me To the Moon (Sinatra tribute) @ LIUNA Station (Hamilton) $54

7:30pm: Shari Ulrich Trio @ Silence (Guelph) $25

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

8:30pm: OneRepublic @ Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort $150

9pm: Hamilton Fringe Festival Presents Charly's Piano (play w music) @ Artword Artbar (Hamilton) $12 w Fringe backer button

9pm: In the Country w Dave Woods @ Moonshine Cafe (Oakville) $10

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Friday, July 19, 2019

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        Monday, July 15, 2019

        GOOD LUCK! Local 2019 Canadian Country Music Award Nominees

        Many local areas are filled with hometown pride as some of their own were nominated for the 2019 CCMA Awards. You can watch the ceremony on Global TV where it'll be broadcast live from Calgary, AB on Sept. 8 at 9 p.m.

        Peter Walker, the director for Hamilton's CHKX-FM is nominated for Music Director of the Year.

        Burlington's Tebey is one of three local acts vying for Album of the Year and Producer of the Year with his co-producer Danick Dupelle.

        Links: TebeyMore Tebey StoriesVideo above courtesy of Tebey

        St. Catharines Country superstar Tim Hicks is also up for Album of the Year as well as Entertainer of the Year, Male Artist of the Year and the Fan's Choice Award. His bandmate Rob Wells, also from St. Catharines, recieved a nod for Drummer of the Year.

        Links: Tim HicksMore Tim Hicks StoriesLindsay EllMore Lindsay Ell StoriesVideo above courtesy of Tim Hicks

        Cambridge duo the Reklaws have four nods to their credit: Album of the Year, Group or Duo of the Year, Video of the Year and the Fan's Choice Award. Another Cambridge boy, Rich DaSilva was nominated for Drummer of the Year.

        Links: ReklawsMore Reklaws StoriesVideo above courtesy of The Reklaws

        Links: Rich DaSilvaMore Rich DaSilva StoriesLeah DanielsVideo above courtesy of Rich DaSilva

        Ben Knechtel, who directed videos for Tim Hicks and the Reklaws is up for Video Director of the Year.

        Brantford's Linsey Beckett earned a nod for Fiddle Player of the Year. Also from Brantford, Doug Johnson is up for steel Guitar Player of the Year.

        Links: Linsey Beckett, South Mountain, Video above courtesy of rwhmoto

        Links: Doug Johnson, Muir Family Band, Video above courtesy of angussss10

        Down Waterloo way, member of the Western Swing Authority are getting a lot of recognition.  Shane Guse is nominated for Specialty Instrument Player of the Year. Paul Chapman is up for Guitarist of the Year and Jason Barry's Barrytone Studios is in the running for Recording Studio of the Year.

        Links: Western Swing AuthorityMore WSA StoriesVideo above courtesy of Ranch Radio

        Here's a complete list of nominees.

        • Tim Hicks
        • Paul Brandt
        • Dean Brody
        • Brett Kissel
        • Dallas Smith
        Fan's Choice
        Vote here
        • Tim Hicks
        • The Reklaws
        • Gord Bamford
        • Paul Brandt
        • Dean Brody
        • Hunter Brothers
        • James Barker Band
        • Brett Kissel
        • Dallas Smith
        • Guylaine Tanguay
        Fiddle Player
        • Linsey Beckett
        • Tyler Beckett
        • Denis Dufresne
        • Mike Sanyshyn
        • Tyler Vollrath
        Group or Duo
        • The Reklaws
        • High Valley
        • Hunter Brothers
        • James Barker Band
        • The Washboard Union
        Guitar Player
        • Paul Chapman
        • Ryan Davidson
        • Matt McKay
        • Darren Savard
        • Geoff Torrn
        Male Artist
        • Tim Hicks
        • Paul Brandt
        • Dean Brody
        • Brett Kissel
        • Dallas Smith
        Music Director (Large Market)
        • Peter Walker - CJKX-FM/CHKX-FM - Oshawa, ON/Hamilton, ON
        • Steph Hansen - CISN-FM/CKRY-FM - Edmonton, AB/Calgary, AB
        • A.J. Keller - CFCW - Edmonton, AB
        • Amanda Kingsland - CKBY-FM - Ottawa, ON
        • Rebecca Lafrance - CKKL-FM - Ottawa, ON
        Recording Studio
        • Barrytone Studios - St. Clements, ON
        • Bart McKay Productions - Saskatoon, SK
        • MCC Recording Studio - Calgary, AB
        • OCL Studios - Chestemere, AB
        • Revolution Recording - Toronto, ON
        Record Producer
        • Danick Dupelle, Tebey / Single: Who's Gonna Love You (Tebey)
        • Jeff Dalziel /Album: Juliet (Dan Davidson) 
        • Adam Gregory, Bart McKay / Album: Perfect World (Adam Gregory)
        • Mitch Merrett, F. Reid Shippen / Album: Black Mountain Whiskey Rebellion (Black Mountain Whiskey Rebellion)
        • Joey Moi, Dave Cohen /Album: The Fall (Dallas Smith)
        Specialty Instrument Player
        • Shane Guse
        • David Barber
        • Denis Dufresne
        • Mitch Jay
        • Connor Riddell
        Steel Guitar Player
        • Feels Like That - The Reklaws
        • Camouflage - Jess Moskaluke
        • Criminal - Lindsay Ell
        • Somebody’s Daughter - Tenille Townes
        • Walls Come Down - Meghan Patrick
        Video Director

        Bass Player
        • Kirby Barber
        • Lisa Dodd
        • Curtis Ebner
        • Doug Elash
        • Justin Kudding
        Booking Agency
        • The Feldman Agency
        • Invictus Entertainment Group
        • Paquin Artists Agency
        • Sakamoto Agency
        • United Talent Agency
        Country Club
        • Cook County Saloon – Edmonton, AB
        • OK Corral and Cabaret – Kelowna, BC
        • Ranchman's Cookhouse and Dancehall – Calgary, AB
        • Rock 'N' Horse Saloon – Toronto, ON
        Country Festival, Fair or Exhibition
        • Big Valley Jamboree – Camrose, AB
        • Boots And Hearts Music Festival - Oro-Medonte, ON
        • Calgary Stampede – Calgary, AB
        • Cavendish Beach Music Festival – Cavendish, PE
        • Havelock Country Jamboree – Havelock, ON
        Country Music Program or Special
        • CBC q Live At The Grand Ole Opry - CBCq
        • The Dungarees Christmas Special - Rogers Media and The Dungarees
        • Girl Power Hour - Rogers Media
        • Jess Moskaluke's A Small Town Christmas - MDM Recordings Inc.
        • Paul McGuire’s Country Countdown - ole TV
        Creative Directors
        • Design Team: Bronwin Parks / Album: All In, Artist Merchandise (Chris Buck Band) 
        • Design Team: Alee, Photography: Uryelle Dimailig /Single: Don't Make Me Miss You (Alee)  
        • Design Team: Buckspring Inc., Photography: Andrik Langfield, Tanner Wendell Stewart, Jonathan Taylor Sweet, Paul Tellefsen / Albums: The Journey YYC Vol. 1, The Journey BNA Vol. 2, The Journey YYC-BNA Deluxe Volume / Single: Bittersweet feat. Lindsay Ell; Tour Graphics: The Journey Tour (Paul Brandt)
        • Design Team: Bronwin Parks / Album: Sides, Single: Danger Danger, Artist Merchandise (KIRA)
        • Design Team: Scotty Kipfer, Photography: Brad Kelly / Taking My Time (Scotty Kipfer)
        Female Artists
        • Lindsay Ell
        • Jess Moskaluke
        • Meghan Patrick
        • Guylaine Tanguay
        • Tenille Townes
        Industry Person
        • Steve Coady - Vice President, Radio Promotions - Warner Music Canada  
        • Mike Denney – President - MDM Recordings Inc.
        • Brianne Deslippe - Vice President of Promotion/General Manager - Canada - Big Loud Records  
        • Ron Kitchener - President, CEO - RGK Entertainment Group Inc.
        • Shannon McNevan - Director of AnR - Universal Music Canada
        Interactive Artist/Group
        • Lindsay Ell
        • Aaron Goodvin
        • James Barker Band
        • Brett Kissel
        • Nice Horse
        Keyboard Player
        • Mike Little
        • Bart McKay
        • Brendan Waters
        Management Company
        • Big Loud Management
        • Cache Entertainment
        • Invictus Entertainment Group
        • MDM Artist Management Services
        • Starseed Entertainment
        Music Director (Medium/Small Market)
        • Shilo Bellis - CJXL-FM - Moncton, NB
        • Paul Ferguson - CHCQ-FM - Belleville, ON
        • Luca James - CKGY-FM - Red Deer, AB
        • Cory Noel - CKLJ/CKVG - Olds, AB/Vegreville, AB
        Music Publishing Company
        • BMG Rights Management Canada
        • ole
        • Royalty Records Publishing
        • Sony/ATV Music Publishing
        • Warner/Chappell Music Canada
        Record Company
        • MDM Recordings Inc.
        • Open Road Recordings
        • Sony Music Entertainment (Canada) Inc.
        • Universal Music Canada
        • Warner Music Canada
        • Amazon Music
        • Apple Music
        • Spotify Canada Inc.
        Rising Star
        • Shawn Austin
        • Jade Eagleson
        • Eric Ethridge
        • JoJo Mason
        • Sons Of Daughters
        Roots Album
        • Black Mountain Whiskey Rebellion - Black Mountain Whiskey Rebellion
        • Both Ways - Donovan Woods
        • Heart Of Glass - Jessica Mitchell
        • Juliet - Dan Davidson
        • What We're Made Of - The Washboard Union
        • Criminal - Lindsay Ell
        • Dive Bar - Gord Bamford
        • Good Together - James Barker Band
        • Somebody's Daughter - Tenille Townes
        • Walls Come Down - Meghan Patrick
        Songwriters of the Year
        • Brett Kissel, Seth Mosley, Brad Rempel -  Cecilia (Brett Kissel)
        • Gord Bamford, Bart Butler, Brice Long - Down (Gord Bamford)
        • James Barker, Todd Clark, Gavin Slate, Travis Wood - Keep It Simple (James Barker Band)
        • Corey Crowder, Jess Moskaluke, Jared Mullins - Save Some Of That Whiskey (Jess Moskaluke)
        • Barry Dean, Luke Laird, Tenille Townes - Somebody’s Daughter (Tenille Townes)
        Talent Buyer or Promoter
        • Paul Biro - Sakamoto Agency
        • Jim Cressman - Invictus Entertainment Group
        • Adam Oppenheim - Stampede Entertainment Inc.
        • Lisa Zechmeister - Republic Live
        Blast from the Past: Last Year's Winners
          Links: Canadian Country Music AssociationMore CCMA Stories

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          Sunday, July 14, 2019

          Please Support Local Charities

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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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          Saturday, July 13, 2019

          News Roundup (TBS Talent Search Winners, Midnight Sons, Sold on Hamilton, more)


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                  Adventures of Trebleclef, the Music-Loving Monkey

                  Trebleclef will be back soon

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                  Friday, July 12, 2019

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                  Tuesday, July 9, 2019

                  3 Incredible FREE EP's from Georgetown's The Tradition

                  When we last left Georgetown's Douglas Richard Sinclair aka The Tradition, he was half of a folk duo with an impressive debut recording.

                  A line-up change later and he's part of an incredible trio with Bill McBride and Chris Udell. They have an additional 2 EPs of fabulous acoustic folk to their credit.

                  The Ewing Street Session features 5 remarkable classic country cover tunes done with an organic, off the cuff but powerful style.

                  The Leathertown Session (featuring the amazing fiddle of  Pierre Arsenault on a track) continues the acoustic, down-home style but adds a more kitchen table jam fun vibe to the mix.

                  The most recent Tradition EP, the aptly named Bare Bones now features Douglas on his own. It packs a quite a wallop for a one man project and his emotional vocals will chill your soul.

                  The EP's can be purchased from his Bandcamp page for FREE! You have no excuse to check them out and discover their unforgettable music.

                  Blast from the Past: Their Debut Recording

                  Links: The Tradition, More Stories from the Tradition

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                  Sunday, July 7, 2019

                  Please Support Local Charities

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                  Please Help Hamilton Folk Club's Al Lindsay raise money with his Parkinson's Walk on September 8, 2019

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                  Tuesday, July 2, 2019

                  Please Support Local Charities

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                  From their website: Neighbour to Neighbour works to improve the quality of life in our community by offering access to tutoring programs for children, community kitchen programs, utility subsidy programs, family counselling, emergency food access and a host of other interventions. Neighbour to Neighbour is empowering people with the tools and ideas that will help change their lives.

                  They also have an amazing used book store.

                  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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                  Saturday, June 29, 2019

                  News Roundup (Polaris Long List, TBS Talent Search, Global Music Awards, Ana Stasia, Tri-Continental))

                  The Short List will be announced July 16.

                  Local artists are bolded.
                  • The Dirty Nil – Master Volume

                    Links: Dirty Nil, More Dirty Nil StoriesVideo above courtesy of The Dirty Nil

                  • Lee Harvey Osmond – Mohawk

                    Links: Lee Harvey OsmondMore Lee Harvey Osmond StoriesVideo above courtesy of LeE HARVeY OsMOND 

                  • Lee Reed – The Steal City EP

                    Links: Lee Reed, More Lee Reed Stories, Video above courtesy of Various Artists - Topic

                  • Tim Baker – Forever Overhead
                  • Tanika Charles – The Gumption
                  • Clairmont The Second – Do You Drive?
                  • Charlotte Cornfield – The Shape of Your Name
                  • Marie Davidson – Working Class Woman
                  • Dilly Dally – Heaven
                  • Dizzy – Baby Teeth
                  • Elisapie – The Ballad of the Runaway Girl
                  • FET.NAT – Le Mal
                  • Dominique Fils-Aimé – Stay Tuned!
                  • Fucked Up – Dose Your Dreams
                  • Yves Jarvis – The Same But By Different Means
                  • Carly Rae Jepsen – Dedicated
                  • Kaia Kater – Grenades
                  • Kimmortal – X Marks the Swirl
                  • La Force – La Force
                  • LAL – Dark Beings
                  • Laurence-Anne – Première apparition
                  • Salomé Leclerc – Les choses extérieures
                  • Jean Leloup – L’étrange pays
                  • Shay Lia – Dangerous
                  • Les Louanges – La nuit est une panthère
                  • Loud – Tout ça pour ça
                  • Shawn Mendes – Shawn Mendes
                  • Haviah Mighty – 13th Floor
                  • Operators – Radiant Dawn
                  • Orville Peck – Pony
                  • Sandro Perri – In Another Life
                  • PUP – Morbid Stuff
                  • Jessie Reyez – Being Human In Public
                  • Shad – A Short Story About A War
                  • Snotty Nose Rez Kids – Trapline
                  • Alexandra Stréliski – INSCAPE
                  • sydanie – 999
                  • TOBi – STILL
                  • Voivod – The Wake
                  • Wintersleep – In The Land Of 
                  Blast from the Past: Last Year's Winner



                      2019 Toronto Blues Society Talent Search Contestants

                      This year the competition will take place on Saturday, June 29 between 4-8pm at the TD Toronto Jazz Festival
                      Spectator Stories

                      2019 Global Music Awards Winners
                      Canadian Winners listed below. For complete list, click title.

                      Silver Medal
                      • Across the Board
                      • Bruno Vallelunga, Brian Vallelunga, Amanda Vallelunga 
                      • Graeme Drum
                      • Le Vent du Nord Quintet
                      • Milana Zilnik
                      • Norm Brunet
                      Bronze Medal
                      • Dwayne Feriss
                      • Nix
                      • Rodrigo Simoes
                      • Sean Hogan 
                      Blast From the Past: Last Time's Winners



                          Adventures of Trebleclef, the Music-Loving Monkey

                          Trebleclef joined Gunner Smith on the Steel City Music radio show on 101.5 the Hawk.

                          Click here for more pics from his visit


                          Our little monkey also spent a lot of time at the Artsfest in Westdale:

                          Treble with Tri-Coninental

                          Links: Tri-Continental, Video above courtesy of Hamilton B. Lous

                          Pictures: Saturday, Sunday Part 1, Sunday Part 2