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Sunday, April 28, 2019

Please Support Local Charities

Please Support Local Charities

The Brian Lee Griffith Guitar Bursary is intended to support a different, talented, deserving guitar student each year. In honour of the late, great Hamilton guitarist Brian Griffith.

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, April 26, 2019

News Roundup (Teenage Head, Awards, Harry Manx/Steve Marriner, More)

When these two top Canadian top Bluesmen (Harry Manx, Steve Marriner of MonkeyJunk) team up, the result is a beautiful, powerful CD (Hell Bound for Heaven - thru Stony Plain). They glide through gospel, blues, folk, middle eastern rhythms and more. Pick it up now-you won't regret it.


Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards Nominees
Local ones below, click title for complete list

Music Director (Secondary Market)
On Air Talent (Secondary Market)
Program Director (Secondary Market)
Station (Medium Market)
Station (Adult Contemporary)
Station (Country)
Station (News/Talk/Sports)
Station (Rock)
Station (Small)
Major Facility (Over 8000)
Major Facility (Under 8000)
Performing Arts Centre (Over 1500)
Casino/Specialty Venue
Independent Record Store
Independent Label
Music Journalist

    Adventures of Trebleclef, the Music-Loving Monkey

    Trebleclef visited the beautiful, recently restored Playhouse Cinema in Hamilton for the first time. They were having their inaugural music concert featuring the phenomenal Bluesman Harry Manx.

    Click here for more pictures from the event

    Wednesday, April 24, 2019

    GOOD LUCK! Local 2019 Indie Awards Nominees

    We are keeping our fingers crossed, hoping that some of the local nominees for the The 19th Annual Independent Music Awards will win a couple of the trophies! The ceremony's part of Canadian Music Week festivities and will take place May 11, 2019 at the Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto.

    Hamilton has a number of artists in the game: Whitehorse (Album of the Year), Dundas rockers The Dirty Nil (Group of the Year), the Trews (Songwriter of the Year, Rock Artist or Group of the Year), Ellevator (Alternative Artist or Group of the Year) and Iskwē (Indigenous Artist or Group of the Year).

    Links: WhitehorseMore Whitehorse StoriesVideo above courtesy of Whitehorse

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

    Links: The TrewsMore Trews StoriesVideo above courtesy of THE TREWS

    Links: Ellevator, Video above courtesy of Arts Crafts

    Links: IskwéMore Iskwé StoriesVideo above courtesy of iskwe

    St. Catharines Country superstar Tim Hicks is also in the running for Video of the Year.

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


    Here's a complete list of nominees.

    • The Dirty Nil
    • Suuns
    • The Dead South
    • Tokyo Police Club
    • U.S. Girls
    • The Trews
    • Dizzy
    • Donovan Woods
    • La Force
    • Sarah MacDougall
    Rock Artist or Group
    • The Trews
    • Crown Lands
    • The Barr Brothers
    • The Elwins
    • The Glorious Sons
    Alternative Artist or Group
    • Ellevator
    • Born Ruffians
    • Nap Eyes
    • La Force
    Indigenous Artist or Group
    • Iskwē 
    • Elisapie
    • Jeremy Dutcher
    • Midnight Shine
    • Nêhiyawak
    • DVBBS – IDWK
    • Loud Luxury - Love No More
    • Lucky Rose - Lost ft. Jordan Hart
    • MONOWHALES - Take it Back
    • Patrick Watson - Mélody Noir
    • Born Ruffians
    • Jeremy Dutcher
    • Lindi Ortega
    • Neko Case
    • Tanya Tagaq
    Electronic/Dance Artist or Group
    • Caracol
    • DVBBS
    • Keys N Krates
    • Milk and Bone
    • REZZ
    Francophone Artist or Group
    • Choses Sauvages
    • Jean-Michel Blais
    • Jesuslesfilles
    • Pierre Lapointe
    • Safia Nolin
    Pop Artist or Group
    • Chromeo
    • Emilie Kahn
    • Ralph
    • Said The Whale
    • Soran
    Rap/RnB Artist or Group
    • Cadence Weapon
    • Evil Ebenezer x JYAY
    • Killy
    • Shad
    • Zaki Ibrahim
    Singer-Songwriter Artist or Group
    • Dan Mangan
    • Megan Bonnell
    • Great Lake Swimmers
    • Joshua Hyslop
    • Sarah MacDougall

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    Monday, April 22, 2019

    Please Support Local Charities

    Please Support Local Charities

    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.

    Tuesday, April 16, 2019

    Videos: Felicia McMinn on Cultivate Music

    Port Dover's Felicia McMinn recently recorded a few videos posted on the Norfolk County YouTube series Cultivate Music.

    Links: Felicia McMinnMore Felicia McMinn StoriesMore Cultivate Music Videos, Videos above courtesy of Cultivate Music

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    Sunday, April 14, 2019

    Please Support Local Charities

    Please Support Local Charities

    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, April 13, 2019

    GOOD LUCK! Local Country Music Association of Ontario Award Nominees

    Local Country stars are in the spotlight thanks to the Country Music Association of Ontario Awards Nominations that were recently unveiled. The ceremony itself will be held in Ottawa on June 16, 2019. Hopefully a number of our area talent will bring home the hardware.


    Hamilton is represented by popular group the Redhill Valleys. They were nominated for Group or Duo of the Year as well as Roots Group or Duo of the Year. 

    Also from the Hammer, Brad James is up for the Rising Star award.

    Links: Brad James, More Brad James Stories, Video above courtesy of bradjamesmusic

    Burlington's Tebey is up for 5 awards (Single of the Year, Album of the Year, 2 songwriting nods, Male Artist of the Year and Fan's Choice).

    Another Burlingtonian, Tianna Woods was nominated for Female Artist of the Year and her record producer is in the running for an award as well.

    Links: Tianna WoodsMore Tianna Woods StoriesVideo above courtesy of Tianna Woods

    St. Catharines superstar Tim Hicks will also get a chance to his already impressive list of trophies. He was nominated for 6 awards (Single of the YearAlbum of the Year, Songwriter of the YearMale Artist of the YearFan's Choice and Music Video of the Year).

    Another nominee from the Niagara region, Ryan Langdon is also up for the Rising Star category and his record producer was nominated for an award too.

    Welland's CKYY Country 89FM was nominated for Radio Station of the Year (Small Market) as well.

    Links: Ryan LangdonMore Ryan Langdon StoriesVideo above courtesy of Ryan Langdon

    Waterloo's The Western Swing Authority are also up for Roots Group or Duo of the Year and their producer/band-member, Jason Barry is up for Record Producer of the Year.

    Cambridge group, The Reklaws earned 5 nods (Single of the YearAlbum of the YearSongwriters of the YearGroup or Duo of the Year and Fan's Choice)

    Links: Western Swing AuthorityMore WSA StoriesVideo above courtesy of The Western Swing Authority - Topic

    As for the Woodstock area, country station CKDK 104FM is in the running for Radio Station of the Year (Large Market)

    Female Artist
    • Tianna Woods
    • Jessica Mitchell
    • Kira Isabella
    • Leah Daniels
    • Meghan Patrick
    Male Artist
    Group or Duo
    Roots Artist or Group
    Rising Star
    Music Video
    Fan’s Choice
    Record Producer
    Radio Station (Large Market)
    Radio Station (Small Market)
    • CKYY Country 89FM
    • CHAW Country 103, Little Current
    • CICX KICX 106, Orillia
    • CJDL-FM Country 107.3, Tillsonburg
    • CKYC Country 93, Owen Sound
    Francophone Artist
    • Gabrielle Goulet
    • Kristine St-Pierre
    • Les Rats d’Swompe
    • Reney Ray
    • Stef Paquette
    Industry Person
    • Amanda Kingsland, Country 101.1
    • Dave Woods, In The Country
    • Mike Denney, MDM Recordings
    • Ron Kitchener, RGK Entertainment
    • Steve Coady, Warner Music Canada
    Radio Station (Medium Market)
    • CFCO Country 92.9, Chatham
    • CHCQ-FM Cool 100.1 FM, Belleville
    • CICS KICX 91.7, Sudbury
    • CKQM Country 105, Peterborough
    • CKXC Country 93.5, Kingston
    Impact Award
    • The Good Brothers

    Wednesday, April 10, 2019

    CHCH Live Music Friday Features Talented Artists (Paul Hampson, TWNRVA, Wendy Lynn Snider, CASH)

    Every Friday, Morning Live on CHCH ends its telecast with a a segment called Music Friday. It features a performance from a different talented artist (many of them local). These songs can be viewed on their site.

    Here are the last couple from the program:

    Links: Paul HampsonMore Paul Hampson StoriesVideo above courtesy of CHCH

    Links: TWNRVAVideo above courtesy of CHCH

    Links: Wendy Lynn SniderMore Wendy Lynn Snider StoriesVideo above courtesy of CHCH

    Links: Paul Anthony, More Paul Anthony StoriesVideo above courtesy of CHCHMore CHCH Videos

    More CHCH Videos

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    Sunday, April 7, 2019

    Please Support Local Charities

    Please Support Local Charities

    From their website: The Farley Foundation assists those who are struggling financially to pay for veterinary care for their pets. Pet owners who cannot afford medical care for their sick or injured pet, and who fall into one of the categories below, are encouraged to talk to their veterinarian about the availability of Farley Foundation funding.

    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, April 6, 2019

    Harry Manx Videos

    Video above courtesy of Manx Marriner Mainline - Topic

    Links: Harry ManxMore Harry Manx Stories, Videos above courtesy of Anke Bartels

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    Tuesday, April 2, 2019

    News Roundup (Joe Hall Passes, International Acoustic Music Awards, more)


    Canadians are bolded
    Canadian Finalists

    Adventures of Trebleclef, the Music-Loving Monkey

    Trebleclef went to Frankie's in Brantford to check out the fabulous Mark LaForme for the first time. He was playing with his friends Trickbag.

    Click here for more pics from the event

    Monday, April 1, 2019

    Vote Trebleclef for Prime Minister!

    In the next federal election, the Canadian people will finally have a sensible choice for their next government. Our monkey mascot, Trebleclef has recently founded the Canadian Monkey Business Party to help our great country. 

    Here are highlights of the party platform.
    • Hamilton will become the new capital of Canada
    • Let's Shake will be the new Canadian national anthem.
    • All musicians live tax free.
    • During question period, if a politician  asks a question that's been asked over and over, a horde of wild monkeys will be unleashed upon them (guess Treble's trying to find jobs for his family)
    Here are some of the cabinet members he is planing to to use upon winning the election, include
    • Luis Pereira - Minister of Getting Bananas for the PM
    • Jamie Reid - Minister of Business
    • Mark McNeil - Minister of Media Relations
    • JP Riemens - Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food
    • Donna Panchezak (Trickbag)- Minister of Education
    Treble's campaign manager, April Fulcilli has this say: "The CMBP will be a different kind of government. We know there's gonna be some monkey business in politics - you might as well have someone who knows how to do that right."

    There'll be a rally to kick off the new political party on April 31st at 7pm! It'll be held at Luigi's Chocolate Covered Calamari Stand on 656 Botulism Ave. There'll be music, games for the kids, meet and greet with your candidates and more.

    Remember VOTE CMBP!

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