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Sunday, November 10, 2019

Weekday Picks (November 11-14, 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

Please Support Local Charities

Please Support Local Charities
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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