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Saturday, February 16, 2019

News Roundup (St. Catharines Arts Awards, Grammys, Sam Heller, Gaslight Alley, Ti-Cats, more)

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            Adventures of Trebleclef, the Music-Loving Monkey

            Trebleclef went to a wonderful matinee featuring Sam Heller and Gaslight Alley at Clifford Brewing in Hamilton.


            Treble also bumped into Justin Vaughn of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, who was at St. Charles Adult Education Centre speaking out against gender-based violence and harassment.

            Thursday, February 14, 2019

            Family Day Weekend Picks (February 15-18, 2019)

            Saturday, February 16

            1-11pm: Oscar Peterson International Jazz Festival @ Niagara Region

            2pm: Brant Parker Band and Mike Branton @ Donnelly's (Thorold)

            2:30pm: The Coachmen w Dwayne LaForme @ Coach and Lantern (Ancaster)

            2:30pm: James Anthony Band w Brant Parker @ Uptown Social House (Burlington)

            2:30pm: Mighty Duck Blues Band w Dawn Tyler Watson @ West Hill Tavern (St. Catharines)

            3pm: Trickbag w Josh Miller @ Frankie's (Brantford) $5

            3:30pm: Blues Etc ft Steve Grisbrook w Chris Murphy + Mike Sedgewick @ Monty's (St. Catharines)

            6:30pm: Anne Lederman + Ian Bell Heritage Month Concert @ Burlington Performing Arts Centre (Community Studio Theatre) FREE

            7pm: Songwriters' Night @ Mahtay Cafe (St. Catharines) $10

            7:30pm: Andre Bisson (10-Piece Band Show) @ Spice Factory (Hamilton) $15 adv /$20 door

            7:30pm: From the Beatles, With Love ft HPO + Guests @ FirstOntario Concert Hall (Hamilton) $?

            7:30pm: Guelph Chamber Choir's Glory w Guest Conductor Charlene Pauls @ St. George's Church (Guelph) $25/$10 under 30

            8pm: Acoustic Moments: The Riddim Riders Unplugged @ Artword Artbar (Hamilton) $15 adv/$20 door

            8pm: For George: Christopher Clause + Gang! @ Pearl Company (Hamilton) $20

            8pm: CASH (tribute ft Paul Anthony, W.S. “Fluke” Holland - Johnny's drummer + guests) @ The Studio (Hamilton) $38+

            8pm: The Be Sharps w Gareth Inkster @ Mills Hardware (Hamilton) $10

            8pm: Dave Gould and Chris Cracknell @ Rebel's Rock (Hamilton)

            8pm: Milton Concert Band: Memories @ FirstOntario Arts Centre Milton $22

            8pm: Singin' and Swingin': A Jazz Summit @ FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre (Partridge Hall) (St. Catharines) $58+

            8pm: Nicolette and the Nobodies + Matt Monoogian @ Silence (Guelph) $10

            Monday, February 18

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            Happy Valentine's Day (Videos by Steve Strongman, Ludgates, Acoustics, George Douglas)

            Links: Steve StrongmanMore Steve Strongman StoriesVideo above courtesy of SouthernSouls

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            Sunday, February 10, 2019

            Support Local Charities

            Support Local Charities

            From their website: Sustainable Hamilton Burlington is a non-profit social enterprise in Ontario, Canada, dedicated to inspiring sustainability leadership in our business organizations for a healthier environment and thriving, prosperous communities.

            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, February 7, 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

            Tuesday, February 5, 2019

            Happy Chinese New Year (Year of the Pig) Videos by Wendell Ferguson, the Beatles, Stanley Brothers, Miss Piggy + Elton John

            Links: Wendell FergusonMore Wendell Ferguson StoriesVideo above courtesy of Frelgon

            Links: BeatlesMore Beatles Covers/Stories, Video above courtesy of The Beatles

            Links: The Stanley BrothersVideo above courtesy of Stanley Brothers - Topic

            Links: Elton John, More Elton John Stories/CoversMuppetsMore Muppets StoriesVideo above courtesy of Z-1's World Of Wonders

            More Chinese New Year Videos

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            CONGRATS! Hamilton-Packed Album Wins Maple Blues Award

            Canadian Blues legend Colin James swept the Maple Blues Awards with 5 wins. He was a similar face at the podium during the ceremony on February 4, 2019 at Koerner Hall in Toronto. His fabulous recording Miles to Go 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).

            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


            Here is a complete list of winners
            Blast from the Past: Last Years's Winners

            Monday, February 4, 2019

            Please Support Local Charities

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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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            Friday, February 1, 2019

            GOOD LUCK! Local 2019 Juno Nominees

            Whether it's Rock, Blues, Classical, Country or any other genre, Hamilton (and the surrounding areas) are well represented in the 2019 Juno nominees list. On March 16-17, 2019 in London, the awards will be handed out and hopefully a few of our local musical heroes will bring home some hardware.

            The Rock Album of the Year category alone has three Hammertown bands: The Arkells, Monster Truck and The Trews. The Arkells are also up for Group of the Year, Producer of the Year and Album Artwork of the Year.

            Links: The TrewsMore Trews StoriesVideo above courtesy of THE TREWS

            As for Blues Album of the Year, Hamilton Bluesman Jack de Keyzer is one of the nominees and is also a guest on another nominated recording: Myles Goodwyn: Friends of the Blues. Steeltown artists Jesse O'Brien and Steve Pelletier work on the nominated Colin James album Miles To Go.

            Links: Jack de KeyzerMore Jack de Keyzer Stories, More Robert Jordan Covers/StoriesVideo above courtesy of Jack de Keyzer

            Other Hamilton musicians up for Junos include Whitehorse (Adult Contemporary Album of the Year), Diana Panton (Vocal Jazz Album of the Year) and  David Braid (Classical Album, Vocal or Choral, of the Year).

            Links: Diana PantonMore Diana Panton StoriesVideo above courtesy of Diana Panton - Topic

            St. Catharines Country superstar Tim Hicks and and the Reklaws from Cambridge are both in the running for Country Album of the Year. Elora's Kevin Breit is also nominated for Instrumental Album of the Year.

            Links: Kevin BreitMore Kevin Breit StoriesVideo above courtesy of Stony Plain Records


            Here's a complete list of nominees.

            Blues Album
            Rock Album 
            Country Album
            Fan Choice
            • Alessia Cara
            • Avril Lavigne
            • bülow
            • Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine
            • KILLY
            • Loud Luxury
            • NAV
            • Shawn Mendes
            • The Weeknd
            • Tory Lanez
            • Alessia Cara: Growing Pains
            • bülow: Not A Love Song
            • Loud Luxury: Body
            • Shawn Mendes: In My Blood
            • The Weeknd/Kendrick Lamar: Pray For Me
            International Album
            • Camila Cabello: Camila
            • Cardi B: Invasion of Privacy
            • Maroon 5: Red Pill Blues
            • Post Malone: beerbongs and bentleys
            • Travis Scott: ASTROWORLD
            • Hubert Lenoir: Darlène
            • Jann Arden: These Are The Days
            • Shawn Mendes: Shawn Mendes
            • The Weeknd: My Dear Melancholy
            • Three Days Grace: Outsider
            • Alessia Cara
            • Michael Bublé
            • Shawn Mendes
            • The Weeknd
            • Tory Lanez
            Breakthrough Artist
            • bülow
            • grandson
            • Johnny Orlando
            • KILLY
            • Meghan Patrick
            Breakthrough Group
            • 88Glam
            • Dizzy
            • Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine
            • Loud Luxury
            • The Washboard Union
            • Bahamas
            • Donovan Woods
            • Frank Dukes
            • Jessie Reyez
            • Shawn Mendes
              Adult Alternative Album
              • Bahamas: Earthtones
              • Dan Mangan: More Or Less
              • Gabrielle Shonk: Gabrielle Shonk
              • Rhye: Blood
              • The Barr Brothers: Queens Of The Breakers
              Alternative Album
              • Destroyer: ken
              • Dizzy: Baby Teeth
              • Fucked Up: Dose Your Dreams
              • Tokyo Police Club: TPC
              • U.S. Girls: In A Poem Unlimited
              Pop Album
              • bülow: Damaged
              • Chromeo: Head Over Heels
              • Hubert Lenoir: Darlène
              • Shawn Mendes: Shawn Mendes
              • Tyler Shaw: Intuition
              Jazz Album (Solo)
              • Alexis BaroL Sandstorm
              • Alison Young: So Here We Are
              • Larnell Lewis: In the Moment
              • Renee Rosnes: Beloved of the Sky
              • Robi Botos: Old Soul
              Jazz Album (Group)
              • Allison Au Quartet: Wander Wonder
              • Andrew Rathbun Large Ensemble: Atwood Suites
              • Andy Milne and Dapp Theory: The Seasons of Being
              • Liebman/Murley Quartet: Live at U of T
              • Quinsin Nachoff's FLUX: Path of Totality
              Francophone Album
              • Cœur de pirate: en cas de tempête, ce jardin sera fermé
              • Hubert Lenoir: Darlène
              • Loud: Une année record
              • Philippe Brach: Le silence des troupeaux
              • Tire le coyote: Désherbage
              Children's Album
              • Beppie: Let's Go Bananas
              • Ginalina: It Takes a Village
              • Raffi: Dog on the Floor
              • Sonshine and Broccoli: It's Cool To Be Kind
              • Splash'N Boots: You, Me and the Sea
              Classical Album (Solo or Chamber)
              • Andrew Wan and Richard-Hamelin: Beethoven: Violin Sonatas Nos. 6, 7, 8
              • Angela Hewitt; Scarlatti: Sonatas Vol.2
              • Blake Pouliot with Hsin-I Huang: Ravel and Debussy: Sonates
              • Gryphon Trio: The End of Flowers: Works by Clarke and Ravel
              • Marc-André Hamelin: Schubert: Piano Sonata in B Flat Major D.960; Four Impromptus D.935
              Classical Album (Large Ensemble)
              • Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra/Orchestre du Centre National Des Arts du Canada conducted by Alexander Shelley: New Worlds/Nouveaux Mondes
              • James Ehnes with Seattle Symphony and Detroit Symphony Orchestra: Newton Howard and Kernis: Violin Concertos; Tovey: Stream of Limelight
              • Louis Lortie with BBC Philharmonic: Saint-Saëns: Piano Concertos Nos. 1, 2 and 4
              • Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra conducted by Arthur Post with Gryphon Trio: Into the Wonder
              • Toronto Symphony Orchestra conducted by Peter Oundjian featuring Louis Lortie, Sarah Jeffrey, and Teng Li: Vaughan Williams
              Classical Composition
              • Ana Sokolović: Golden Slumbers Kiss your Eyes
              • Bekah Simms: Granitic
              • Cassandra Miller: About Bach
              • Nicole Lizée: Katana of Choice
              • Vincent Ho: Arctic Symphony
              Rap Recording
              • 88Glam: 88GLAM RELOADED
              • Belly: IMMIGRANT
              • KILLY: Surrender Your Soul
              • NAV: RECKLESS
              • Tory Lanez: LoVE me NOw
              Dance Recording
              • AZARI: Gotasoul
              • Dzeko and Tiësto: Jackie Chan (ft. Preme and Post Malone)
              • Jacques Greene: Avatar Beach
              • Keys N Krates: CURA
              • Loud Luxury: Body
              RnB/Soul Recording 
              • Anders: Twos
              • Black Atlass: Pain and Pleasure
              • Charlotte Day Wilson: Stone Woman
              • Jessie Reyez: Being Human In Public
              • The Weeknd: My Dear Melancholy
              Reggae Recording 
              • Blessed:Money Don't Grow on Trees
              • Chelsea Stewart: Genesis
              • Dubmatix: Sly and Robbie meet Dubmatix – Overdubbed
              • Exco Levi: Narrative
              • Kafinal ft. Queen Ifrica: Talk Or No Talk
              Indigenous Music Album
              • Elisapie:  The Ballad of the Runaway Girl
              • Jeremy Dutcher: Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa
              • Leonard Sumner: Standing in the Light
              • Northern Cree: Nitisanak - Brothers and Sister
              • Snotty Nose Rez Kids: The Average Savage
              Contemporary Roots Album
              • AHI: In Our Time
              • Donovan Woods: Both Ways
              • Kaia Kater: Grenades
              • Megan Nash: Seeker
              • The Deep Dark Woods: Yarrow
              Traditional Roots Album
              • David Francey" The Broken Heart of Everything
              • Pharis and Jason Romero: Sweet Old Religion
              • The Slocan Ramblers: Queen City Jubilee
              • The Wailin' Jennys: Fifteen
              • Vishtèn: Horizons
              Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album
              • Brian Doerksen: Grateful
              • LOVECOLLIDE: Tired Of Basic
              • Manic Drive: Into the Wild
              • Tim Neufeld and The Glory Boys: The Buffalo Roadshow
              • Warren Dean Flandez: Speak
              World Music Album 
              • Ayrad: Zoubida
              • Boogát: San Cristóbal Baile Inn
              • Emmanuel Jal and Nyaruach: Naath
              • Telmary y Habana Sana: Fuerza Arara
              • Wesli: Rapadou Kreyol
              Recording Engineer
              • Ben Kaplan
              • Jason Dufour
              • Robbie Lackritz
              • Shawn Everett
              • Steve Bays
              • No Depression -- Bahamas
              • Places -- Alaskan Tapes
              • Powerless -- Classified
              • Hang Ups -- Scott Helman
              • Have A Nice Day - SonReal
              Electronic Album
              • Ekali: Crystal Eyes
              • Felix Cartal: Next Season
              • iamhill: Give It a Rest
              • Milk and Bone: Deception Bay
              • REZZ: Certain Kind of Magic
              Metal/Hard Music Album
              • Beyond Creation: Algorythm
              • Cancer Bats: The Spark That Moves
              • KEN Mode: Loved
              • Kobra And The Lotus: Prevail II
              • Voivod: The Wake
              Comedy Album
              • Chanty Marostica: The CHANTY Show
              • Dave Merheje: Good Friend Bad Grammar
              • Debra DiGiovanni: Lady Jazz
              • Mayce Galoni: Awkwarder
              • Pat Thornton: Chicken!
              • Canadian Music Hall of Fame: Corey Hart
              • Humanitarian Award : David Foster
              • Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award: Duff Roman

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