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Sunday, September 15, 2019

Weekday Picks (September 16-19, 2019)

Monday, September 16
Wednesday, September 18

Thursday, September 19

Ancaster Fall Fair @ Ancaster Fairgrounds

Biketoberfest @ Welland

6:30pm: Southern Supper w Steve Groves @ Mississippi Queen Foods (Hamilton) $45

7pm: Fishnettes (Women, Laughter, Song) @ Waterford Old Town Hall $20

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

8pm: Chris Cresswell + Chuck Coles @ Mills Hardware (Hamilton) $12 adv/$15 door

8pm: Cantrip (Scottish music trio) @ Artword Artbar (Hamilton) $15/$20 door

8pm: Jenn Grant w Ken Yates @ Warehouse Concert Hall (St. Catharines) $25 adv

8pm: Revive the Rose + Guests @ Maxwell's Concerts (Waterloo) $11.30

8:30pm: Gavin DeGraw @ Fallsview Casino Resort (Niagara Falls) $50+

9pm: Steve Strongman @ Moonshine Cafe (Oakville) $20

11:30pm-12am: Ensemble! TV Show w Alex KadetSabine Ndalamba, Celeste Konopka, Hosted by Mark McNeil @ Cable 14 (Hamilton)

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From their website: The Mission of the Grimsby Benevolent Fund (GBF) is to help individuals and families in maintaining self sufficiency by providing assistance with basic needs.

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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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

CONGRATS! Cambridge's The Reklaws Bring Home 2 Canadian Country Music Awards

Cambridge Country duo, the Reklaws, made their hometown proud after picking up two Canadian Country Music Awards on September 8, 2019 in Calgary, AB. They won for Album of the Year (Feels Like That) and Top Selling Canadian Single of the Year (Long Live The Night).

Links: ReklawsMore Reklaws StoriesVideo above courtesy of The Reklaws

Ben Knechtel, their video director also earned some hardware (Video Director of the Year). He also directed The Worst Kindfeaturing St. Catharines superstar Tim Hicks and Lindsay Ell

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

The big winner of the night was Tenille Townes, who won 4 awards, including Video of the Year.

Links: Tenille Townes, Video above courtesy of Tenille Townes

Here's a complete list of winners.
Blast from the Past: Last Year's Winners
    Links: Canadian Country Music AssociationMore CCMA Stories

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    Monday, September 9, 2019

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    From their site: Our vision is to sustain our reputation as being a premier no-kill humane society in Ontario. We strive to continually improve our protocols and practices in order to ensure exemplary care for our residents and to act ethically and in the best interests of both animals and potential adopters.

    They also have two great thrift shops.

    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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    Sunday, September 8, 2019

    News Roundup (Elyse Saunders, SOCAN Foundation Prizes, Global Music Awards)

    Bent Pinky
    Strange Brew
    More Musical Toons

    Mah Moud: Sigada” (ON)

    Links: Mah Moud, Video above courtesy BIRP!

    Lou-Adriane Cassidy: Poussière (QC)

    Links: Lou-Adriane CassidyVideo above courtesy if ICI Musique


    GRAE: Your Hands (ON)

    Links: Grae, Video above courtesy of Graé - Topic


    Kasia Leigh: Love Song #1 (SK) (NO VIDEO AVAILABLE)


    Arianna Ohlsson: Heaven

    Links: Arianna Ohlsson, Video above courtesy of Arianna Ohlsson


    Global Music Award Winners
    Canadian winners below, click title for full list

    Gold Medals
    Silver Medals
    Bronze Medals

    Adventures of Trebleclef, the Music-Loving Monkey

    Friday, September 6, 2019

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    Wednesday, September 4, 2019

    Check out the Fabulous Carnegie Concerts 2019 Lineup: Lynne Hanson, Wayne Krawchuk, Madison Violet, Nathan Rogers

    Saturday, September 28: LYNNE HANSON

    Links: Lynn Hanson, More Lynn Hanson Stories, Video above courtesy of Lynne Hanson

    Saturday November 23rd: WAYNE KRAWCHUK and the Pine Street Gentlemen

    Links: Wayne KrawchukMore Wayne Krawchuk Stories, Video above courtesy of Hamilton Blues Lovers

    Saturday January 25th: MADISON VIOLET

    Links: Madison Violet, Video above courtesy of Madison Violet

    Saturday March 28th: NATHAN ROGERS

    Links: Nathan Rogers, Video above courtesy of browncowfolk

    From the Carnegie Concerts newsletter:

    Our first concert is coming up very soon and many people have been calling for individual tickets for certain concerts. They go on sale Tuesday Sept. 3rd.
    Only 25 tickets will be available for each show so don't delay.

    Sat. Sept. 21:   Lynne Hanson  $23 advance + HST
    Sat. Nov. 23:   Wayne Krawchuk and his Pine Street Gentlemen   $22 advance + HST
    Sat. Jan. 25:   Madison Violet   $32 advance + HST
    Sat. Mar. 28:   Nathan Rogers   $23 advance + HST

    Call the Carnegie Gallery at 905-627-4265 to make your purchase. Or stop by in person.  Your name will be added to the guest list for the show. All you have to do is identify yourself at the door.

    Also we still have only 6 subscriptions remaining for all 4 concerts.  $92 + HST   If you can't make it to one of the shows, they are transferable.  Subscribers get preferred seating closer to the stage.

    Call the Carnegie Gallery starting on Tuesday June 4th at 905-627-4265.  Or stop by in person 10 King St. West in beautiful downtown Dundas.

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    Tuesday, September 3, 2019

    Celebrate Back to School With These Amazing Videos! Jason Raso, Gary US Bonds, Dan Baird

    First, a quick lesson in honour of back to school . . .

    Links: Jason Raso, More Jason Raso Stories, Video above courtesy of Jason Raso Music

    Links: Gary US Bonds, Video above courtesy of Walt Eb

    Links: Dan Baird, Video above courtesy of Dan Baird - Topic

    Interested in going back to school for music? Check out our wonderful sponsor, Pick n Sticks. They have incredible music lessons.

    For more (mostly adult) education, we recommend the St. Charles Centre (our blogger's day job) who offer high school credit courses, ESL, computer workshops, career programs and more, Also FREE language classes for elementary/secondary school children. 

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    Sunday, September 1, 2019

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    From their website: Hamilton Food Share's purpose is to increase our community's capacity to reduce hunger. We do this by supplying much needed food supplies and short-term storage to food banks and hot meal programs. Additionally, our organization establishes community partnerships, donor relations and fundraising activities that support our food recovery operation.

    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, August 30, 2019

    Kitty Wells' 100th Birthday

    Today (August 30, 2019) would have been American Country trailblazer Kitty Wells' 100th birthday. She was the first female country singer to top the US country charts. Click here for her Wikipedia bio.

    We asked a few local artists for their thoughts on the legendary songstress.

    Lori Yates
    Kitty Wells was the first female country singer to have a million selling number #1 hit. A true maverick, she paved the way for the rest of us.
    Ginger St. James
    The first lady of many things. From being the first female topping the billboard charts to the first female to headline a tour. This pioneer blazed a trail bright and hot enough for generations of songwriters to feel the impact and see her fire that still burns to this day.

    Video above courtesy of manbehindthescreen

    Video above courtesy of originalformulamusic

    Links: Kitty Wells, Video above courtesy of hankgwe, More 100th Birthdays

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    Thursday, August 29, 2019

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    Tuesday, August 27, 2019

    Angie and Brent Hare on Cultivate Music

    Nanticoke's Angie and Brent Hare recently recorded a few videos posted on the Norfolk County YouTube series Cultivate Music.

    Blast from the Past: Another Hares Video + News Roundup

    Links: Angie and Brent Hare, More Hares StoriesMore Cultivate Music Videos, Videos above courtesy of Cultivate Music

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    Monday, August 26, 2019

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    From their website: Interval House will provide a safe place, support for abused women with or without children,community outreach services and practice-based research in our shared quest for freedom from violence.

    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, August 22, 2019

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    Blues Blast  (hosted by Ken Wallis) is on 101.5 FM (Mohawk Radio) or Tuesdays at 4pm

    The show is repeated Thursdays at 8pm on Blues and Roots Radio

    Ken also hosts the BluesSource International radio show on Blues and Roots Radio. Fridays at 7 pm

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    Tuesday, August 20, 2019

    Hamilton's Dave Waco Passes

    It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Hamilton musician, David Washnuk aka Dave Waco. Visitation and cremation have happened already. Our condolences to his family, friends and fans.

    Here is the obituary:

    WASHNUK, David (Dave Waco) It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Dave Washnuk on August 13, 2019 in his 74th year. Loving father of Jason (Alison), Dave (Suzette), Tammi, Deneil, Shalena, and Rosie. Dear grandfather of two grandchildren. Survived by his brother Ed and sister Olivia. Will be missed by many nieces and nephews. Dave was a car enthusiast who loved organizing car shows at Hutch's and the Grimsby Welcome Centre. He was a musician who played in many bands and travelled around a lot entertaining people. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimer's Society would be appreciated by the family. On-line condolences can be made at

    Here is some of the social media reaction (we will post more as we find them):

    Russell McAllister (Hamilton Bucket List Band)
    Another iconic Hammer Musician Has left us. I just found out this morning. I worked with Dave many times over the years.He was great friends with Richard (King Biscuit Boy) Newell and many of the Blues and Country performers BITD. He will be missed by Dallas Harms and many of our music peers. Rest well, my friend.

    Links: Dave Waco, Videos above courtesy of Dave Waco

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