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Sunday, November 10, 2019

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Wednesday, November 13

River Arts Festival @ Dunnville

7:30pm: Linda McRae CD Release + Guests @ Casbah (Hamilton) $15 adv/$20 door

8pm: Joe Crookston @ Artword Artbar (Hamilton) $15

8pm: Hollerado @ River Run Centre (Guelph) $55

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

Thursday, November 14

8pm: Farewell to 15 Colbourne: Musicians Special (Showcase) @ Artword Artbar (Hamilton) $?

8pm: Fast Romantics + Begonia @ Mills Hardware (Hamilton) $15

8pm: Tiffany @ Burlington Performing Arts Centre $69.50

8pm: The Wild + Guests @ Warehouse Concert Hall (St. Catharines) $12 adv

8pm: Bedouin Soundclash @ Centre in the Square (OnStage) (Kitchener) $29.50+

8pm: Pilot Project + Guests @ Maxwell's Concerts (Waterloo) $15

8:30pm: Air Supply @ Fallsview Casino Resort (Niagara Falls) $45+

9pm: Joe Crookston @ Moonshine Cafe (Oakville) $15

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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, November 9, 2019

News Roundup (Blaine Sharpe, Concert for Devan, Parachute Club, Sold on Hamilton, more)

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Friday, November 8, 2019

GOOD LUCK! Local Maple Blues Awards Nominees (incl complete nominees list)

The 2020 Maple Blues Awards nominee list is jam packed with local artists. Hopefully, a number of them will bring home the hardware at the ceremony on February 3, 2020 at Koerner Hall in Toronto.

You can help them out by voting online  - open from November 1st, 2019 at 12:01am through December 1st, 2019 at 11:59pm. Click here to vote.

From Hamilton we have both Harrison Kennedy and Steve Strongman vying for Male Vocalist of the YearJack de Keyzer is up for Electric Act of the Year and Guitarist of the Year. Jack's bandmate Richard Thornton is in the running for Horn Player of the Year as is Loretta Hale of the Andre Bisson BandJesse O’Brien is another Steeltown hopeful (Piano/Keyboard Player of the Year). Also of note is the Matt Andersen album - Halfway Home By Morning which was released by Waterdown's True North Records.

Links: Steve StrongmanMore Steve Strongman StoriesVideo above courtesy of Steve Strongman

Links: Harrison KennedyMore Harrison Kennedy StoriesVideo above courtesy of Canal Bank Shuflle

Links: Jack de KeyzerMore Jack de Keyzer StoriesVideo above courtesy of Jack de Keyzer

Other area nominees include Downchild Blues Band (including remembers from Brantford and Niagara) for Entertainer of the Year as well as group member Gary Kendall for Bassist of the Year Matchedash Parish (featuring Kitchener's Matt Weidinger and local bassman Mark McIntyre) are up for New Artist of the YearTom Bona (from Waterloo band Soulstack) is in the running for drummer of the Year.

Links: Downchild Blues BandMore Downchild StoriesVideo above courtesy of Downchild Blues Band

Links: Matchedash Parish, Video above courtesy of Montreal Blues Society


Other Maple Blues Awards stories
Here's a complete list of nominees. Local musicians are bolded.

Electric Act
New Artist
Acoustic Act
Female Vocalist
International Artist

Blues with a Feeling Award (Lifetime Achievement Award)
Harmonica Player

Monday, November 4, 2019

Debut Album from Hamilton's Matty Simpson is a Hard Rockin', Powerful, Musical Statement

Strange Weather,  the debut full-length album from Hamilton's Matty Simpson will grab you, shake you, and take you on a wild ride you'll never forget.  From its opening salvo of classic rock meets alternative (Come Upstairs) to the rootsy beauty of the closing number (Headlights on the Horizon), each song demand your attention.

Matty's made quite the opening statement to kick off his recording career. The guitar wails and the vocals punch through to make themselves known. Most of the tunes are hard rockin', infectious and powerful. The slower tunes also show off his incredible versatility.

Justine Fischer (bass, keys) and Matt Burns (drums, percussion) round out the trio that made that deliver this musical manifesto. They do an amazing job of adding to the incredible sound of the piece. All three produced the disc as well, along with Jeff Ciraolo and Andrew Aldridge.

The album can be picked up at Matty's explosive shows, as well as at his website, Amazon Music, Picks N Sticks and Dr. Disc.

Blast from the Past: Matty's Teaser EP

Links: Matty SimpsonMore Matty Simpson StoriesMore Releases, Videos above courtesy of Matty Simpson - Topic

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Sunday, November 3, 2019

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From their website: At the Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice, our goal is to provide individuals and families living with a life-threatening illness excellence in care, whether that be at home, in hospital, a long-term care facility or our very own residential hospice. Hospice is about celebrating life and quality of living. All services, including our residential program, are provided at no cost to our clients or their families.

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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Friday, November 1, 2019

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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Enter to Win Tickets to See 'The Music of Van Morrison' ft Matt Weidinger and His 7-Piece Band on Sat Nov 9

If you love the songs of the legendary Van Morrison (and who doesn't?), you gotta check out Matt Weidinger and his 7-piece band playing Morrison's brand of blue-eyed soul. On Saturday, November 9, Matt brings his successful touring show to the Polish Hall in Brantford. The fun starts at 8pm. Tickets are just $25 in advance.

Thanks to our friends at the Grand River Blues Society, we have a pair of tickets to give away to our readers.

There are a few ways to enter:
Deadline to enter is Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at 11:59pm. The winner will be notified by email the next morning and will need to reply by the end of the day or another winner will be chosen.


Links: Matt WeidingerMore Matt Weidinger StoriesMore Van Morrison Covers/StoriesVideos above courtesy of Matt Weidiger

Blast from the Past: More Matt Weidinger Videos,

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Monday, October 28, 2019

Sunday, October 27, 2019

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From their site: Hope for People-Fodivha Inc, is a Canadian Non-Profit Organization partnering with Fodivha Orphanage and School in Thomaseau, Haiti. We work to fund the building of the infrastructure necessary to give children a safe, nurturing environment to live and learn in. Funding also supports a nutritious feeding programme. Currently, 35 orphaned children live at Fodivha and another 300 come to school everyday. It is the only free school in the area, servicing the most marginalized and needy, in this very poor area of Haiti.

100% of your donation to Hope for People – Fodivha goes directly to support the ongoing construction projects at the orphanage and school and to the purchase of food for the children.

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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Friday, October 25, 2019

Hamilton's Shawn O'Halloran Passes

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of the talented Hamilton musician, Shawn O'Halloran. He passed away on Thursday, October 24, 2019 . Our condolences to his family, friends and fans.

Click here for his obituary.

Shawn was a veteran of the area music scene and had played with Crowbar, King Biscuit Boy, Trickbag, the StingraysNeon Moonand was a celebrated solo act as well.

A word from Lou, our blogger
I was lucky enough to meet Shawn on a number of occasions and considered him a good friend. He was extremely friendly and humble plus had immense musical talent. I will miss him terribly.
There was lots of social media reaction to his passing. Here are a few examples. We will add more as we discover them.

Michael Hickey
I was glad to have played with him in Trickbag all those years ago...the original Trickbag. Paul and Donna...Larry and Lindsey Shawn and me....The last show I played with Shawn was a CD release show for his last recording...included in that band our friend Carl Horton....also not with us any more. So sad. My pal Michael J. Birthelmer had been working on a new CD of Shawn's...he was a good songwriter...that CD is almost I'm know something? sometimes life seems so unfair...mostly we font get a chance to say goodbye...but we do get to remember the Shawn...God Bless....
Bill Dillon
We'd just finished an album that he sang some backgrounds for, he did a beautiful job, what a gorgeous voice, such a lovely guy,, and I was to play on a track for Shawn's yet to be finished and mixed record.
A lifelong member of Hamilton's music community and dear close friend to so many left in shock today, we just turn around and they're gone. 
Thank you Shawn for your friendship, your fine example, and your gift to all.
There's a special place for you now, our hearts.
George Bakhuis (Neon Moon)
A sad day for NEON MOONERS. Shawn O'Halloran who was our bass player for a few years in NEON MOON passed away. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him. Our condolences to Shawn's family and friends.
 James Anthony
He was the bass player in my Father in law Ernie Vargas band years ago and I played with him a few times also. Great guy. I wish I knew him better. I took him up to Gravenhurst once for a weeks gig.

Links: Shawn O'Halloran, More Shawn O'Halloran Stories, Videos above courtesy of Hamilton Blues Lovers

Blast from the Past: Shawn's Jumpin' the Gun on Mardis Grad Album Review

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Happy 'Punk for a Day' Day! Videos by Teenage Head, Forgotten Rebels, Simply Saucer, Noble Savages

Links: Teenage HeadMore Teenage Head StoriesVideo above courtesy of nosense66

Links: Forgotten RebelsMore Forgotten Rebels StoriesVideo above courtesy of Myles Ryan

Links: Simply Saucer, More Simply Saucer Stories, Video above courtesy of thelowestgear

Links: Noble Savages, Video above courtesy of LBird44

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Thursday, October 24, 2019

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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Videos: Cootes Paradise, Smoke Wagon, Big John, Bucket List)

On Saturday, October 26, Hamilton's Stonewalls Restaurant will be rocking to a good cause. From 12-6pm, a number of incredible steeltown artists will be performing to help help raise money for the Bob Pedler Memorial Fund. It's only $10 and you'll be guaranteed a great time!

From the event's press release:
It (the fund) raises money for the Local’s BOB PEDLER FUND which financially
aids Hamilton musicians who are unable to perform due to injury or ongoing health issues. The fund is named for the late BOB PEDLER, a popular musician and music store owner in the city and a former member of the executive board of the Hamilton Musicians’ Guild. Bob is also the father of the well- known Hamilton based drummer Jack Pedler (Teenage Head).
Also, during the event, the George R Robinson Award will be handed out to our friend and sponsor Judy Marsales and Dr. John Chong of the Hamilton Musicians’ Clinic. The award is given every year to individuals who have helped support local live music.

Here are few videos from the performers.

Links: Cootes ParadiseMore Cootes Paradise Stories, Video above courtesy of Montreal Blues Society

Links: Smoke Wagon Blues BandMore Smoke Wagon Blues Band StoriesVideo above courtesy of Corey Lueck

Links: Big John and the Night Trippers, More Big John Stories, More Sam and Dave Covers/Stories, Video above courtesy of Big John and the Night Trippers

Links: Bucket ListMore Bucket List StoriesVideo above courtesy of Hamilton's Bucket List Band - Topic

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Monday, October 21, 2019

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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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