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Friday, April 3, 2020

Virus/Isolation Videos by Lester Smith, Dan Medakovic, JP Cormier, Troy Harmer, James Anthony


We hope everyone out there is safe and healthy as we go through this unprecedented time in our history. Please remember to STAY HOME as much as possible and reach out (through phone or computer) to those who may be alone. We are in this together/

Thank you to all the people who are still out there working to keep our essential services going.

Just a reminder that this is a perfect opportunity to go online to discover new local musical artists. You can support them by purchasing their music and tipping when they have streaming concerts.



Links: Les SmithMore Les Smith StoriesVideo above courtesy of Lester Smith



Links: Danny MedakovicMore Dan Medakovic StoriesVideo above courtesy of Dan Medakovic



Links: JP CormierMore JP Cormier StoriesVideo above courtesy of J.P. Cormier



Links: Troy HarmerMore Troy Harmer Stories, More Neil Diamond Covers/StoriesVideo above courtesy of Troy Harmer Live In Concert At Your Place



Links: James AnthonyMore James Anthony Stories, Video above courtesy of James Anthony

Any local artist have a virus/isolation song? Please email us at blueshamilton@gmail.com

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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Hamilton's Own Trebleclef & Erin McGean to Join KISS


BREAKING NEWS! The 'Hottest Band in the World' is about to become even hotter. Legendary rockers KISS have chosen two immense talents from the Hammer to replace founders Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley once their 'End of Road' tour is finished.

Our little monkey mascot, Trebleclef will take over the 'Demon' persona (and bass duties) and local singer Erin McGean will be the new 'Starchild' and rhythm guitarist.

A while back, there were top secret auditions to replace the two original members and continue the KISS legacy. The Hamilton Blues Lovers recently got the OK to unveil the band's new blood to the world.

"I knew the band deserved nothing but the best to continue the monster that is KISS," Gene Simmons announced, "I called up my good friend Lou (our blogger) at his mansion and he arranged tryouts with Hamilton musicians. It's amazing how much wonderful talent this city has. It blew my mind."

In the end, there could be only two. Trebleclef won them over with his growling voice and willingness to learn how to breathe fire (which is a little tricky when you have flammable fur on your face). Erin's incredible vocals and stage presence impressed everybody involved.

According to the group's press agent, April Fulcilli, the debut of the new lineup will be an invite-only intimate show at Luigi's House of Pasta. They'll definitely play the newly changed 'Hamilton Rock City'.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Milton Musician Sean Cunnington Passes


It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Milton musician Sean Cunnington, who passed away  on March 18, 2020 due to the COVID-19 virus. He was a member of the band Elmwood Underground and also backed up a number of musicians. Our condolences to his family, friends and fans.

His band, Elmwood Underground, left the following message on their Facebook page:
With extremely heavy hearts, we must announce the loss of one of our own. Sean Cunnington, writer, guitar player and producer for Elmwood Underground, passed away late on March 17. We are devastated by the loss, but plan to honour his musical legacy by continuing to release the music that we have completed, as it would have been his wishes to do so. Our thoughts and condolences go out to Sean's wife Teri, and his three daughters. You will be missed brother, Rest peacefully now.
Here is his obituary:
With tremendous sadness the family of Sean Cunnington announces his sudden passing on Wednesday March 18, 2020. Sean leaves behind his wife Teri, daughters Rachel (Jason), Emily (Joe) and Sara (Humza) and step-mom Toby. Brother-in-law to Kari & Gerry, Bonnie and Linda. Uncle to Spencer, Mollie and Jamie. Sean will also be missed by his extended family, countless friends and his music community.
We awoke to find you gone, and now the weight of the world seems harder to bear. You were the bright thread of our weave, now gone from the loom. You touched us all with your many gifts, and we were blessed to know you. Your warmth, inclusive nature, your ever-present smile and ready laugh. A laugh; equal in measure when things went wrong, as when things went right. We will miss that laugh, and your sense of humor; wry, ironic, always meant to disarm and delight. ‘…A piece of string walks into a bar…’ Only you could retell the many jokes we already knew, the more groans and eye-rolling you could elicit the better. We laughed because you laughed, your joy was infectious. Sean, we cannot think of you without hearing music. Music possessed you and you it. To hear and see you play was like watching someone who has taught themselves to fly. We close our eyes and still hear your inimitable style as you would soar effortlessly unbound by the musical gravity anchoring the rest of us to earth. A guitar in your hands completed you, and you must know the joy you provided to us. Your grace and communication style drew an ever widening circle of people to you and we the lucky; cherished belonging to you. Your social grace and timing impeccable, you always knew when to lay back in the mix, and when to cut to the front. Now we are left only with memories, echoes of you and your legacy. You have left too soon, and we are now less than we were. Treadmill Mr. Cunnington, my One and Only, treadmill.
A memorial gathering will be announced at a later date. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Cystic Fibrosis Canada would be appreciated.
A few social media reactions

Emily Burgess
He was one of the most energetic, fun, and creative people I ever met - and one hell of a guitar player. He was always thinking of ways to make learning music fun for people, and did such a wonderful job helping to build The T-Rox Music Academy. Rest in Peace, Sean.
Scott Apted
Sean was one of the most positive and fearless, hard working people I knew. I’m so glad that he saw us release his vision and music only a few weeks ago. Much love to Seans wife and three children during this terrible time. RIP
Karl Anderson (drums)
My heart goes out to Sean's family, friends and bandmates at this time, such an unexpected event. Very proud to have known Sean for so long, to have toured together, performed in other projects together, and ultimately working together to release his final recordings. Your legacy shall live on in music. Rest well. 
Peter Kadar (piano)
He was a vibrant, kind and hilarious person, a killer musician, and great to work with. I send my love to his family and friends as we process this shocking news. RIP Sean.
 Media stories:


Links: Elmwood Underground, Video above courtesy of Elmwood Underground - Topic



Links: Carla Muller, Video above courtesy of Carla Muller



Links: Sandra Bouza, More Sandra Bouza StoriesVideo above courtesy of Sean Cunnington Music

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Sunday, March 22, 2020

Local Music Scene Reacts to Kenny Rogers' Passing


Sadly, American Country Music Legend Kenny Rogers passed away on March 20, 2020. Our condolences to his family, friends and fans.

Local Media
A number of local artists posted covers of some of his incredible songs in honour of the unforgettable musician.



Links: Chopped Liver, Video above courtesy of Chopped Liver Bluegrass Band



Links: WhitehorseMore Whitehorse StoriesVideo above courtesy of Melissa McClelland

Tim Hicks did a Kenny cover a few years ago



Links: Tim HicksMore Tim Hicks StoriesVideo above courtesy of Tim Hicks

Here are some local social media reactions. We will add more as we find it.

Heather Sinclair (H&G Entertainer Services)
One of the best storyteller singers there was...and so many of us got pulled into his stories. The last hand is folded.
Brad Hails (Killin' Time Band)
I still remember the day My Dad brought home two cassette tapes (Ktel) Kenny Rogers greatest hits and Elton John's greatest hits. I was maybe 6 or 7 years old and I played them till they didn’t work anymore. Kenny Rogers was my favourite back then and I still know every word on that tape off by heart. It has come in handy many times when an audience drunkenly chants until we give in and play the Gambler but so many great classic 70s country songs. Thank you to my Dad Alan Hails for bringing those tapes into my Life and thanks to Kenny Rogers for singing some great slick country stories that were music to a 6 year olds ears! RIP Kenny, you sure made some good chicken. I will be spinning and picking some Classic KG today!
James Anthony
Back in around 1970 Dan Munro and I played a gig in The West End of Toronto. A girl asked us to go to a house party in Misissauga after . We of course went and found ourselves upstairs in the living room hanging with another new band called the "First Edition" Another young singer Mac Davis and I pulled out our guitars and jammed for while on the porch and we all got really high lol. I actually showed Mac a few blues licks Great memory and nice people. Kenny was a really great guy.RIP... 

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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Videos by The Ste'ens, Poor Angus, Corktown Jam






Links: The Ste'ens, Videos above courtesy of barebluesea



Links: Poor AngusMore Poor Angus Stories, Video above courtesy of Dan Hanson





Last 2 videos above courtesy of muriel crooks

Click here for more St. Patrick's Day videos

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Sunday, March 15, 2020

Please Support Local Charities




Please Support Local Charities

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.

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

New Episode of Ensemble! with Chris Strei + Jocelyn June



The Ensemble! train keeps rolling as the third fabulous episode of the current season will be available shortly. This Cable 14 Hamilton TV show will feature two local singer/songwriters: Chris Strei and Jocelyn JuneBig Rude Jake continues as the host. The episode was filmed at Hamilton's Birchway Sound.

Please note that anyone can now live stream Cable 14 for free at https://cable14now.com/. On demand is only available for ShawRogers and Cogeco customers.

Here are some videos from the amazing featured performers.







Links: Chris StreiMore Chris Strei Stories,  Videos above courtesy of Chris Strei



Links: Jocelyn June, Video above courtesy of Canadian Daydream

The schedule for this episode (more will be added as we find out):
  • Monday, March 23, 2020: 4:00 am
  • Tuesday, March 24, 2020: 9:30 pm
  • Wednesday, March 25: 6:00 am
  • Thursday, March 26, 2020: 6:00 pm 
  • Friday, March 27, 2020: 3:00 am, 11:30 am
More Ensemble Stories


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Sunday, March 8, 2020

Support Local Charities




Support Local Charities


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.


Happy International Women's Day! Videos by Dirty Dishes, Kristin Sweetland, Daily Alice, Marlaena Moore

This post is in honour of Rosalind P. Walter, the woman who inspired Rosie the Riveter (above). Rosalind passed away on March 4, 2020



Dirty Dishes



Kristin Sweetland



Daily Alice



Marlaena Moore

Links: More International Women's Day Videos, Videos above courtesy of SouternSouls, More Southern Souls Posts

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Monday, March 2, 2020

Crowbar's Rhéal Lanthier Passes

PHOTO BY  MIKE HIGHFIELD | HAVEROCK 2017
It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Rhéal Lanthier, a founding member of the legendary band, Crowbar from Hamilton. He passed away after a brave battle with dementia on March 1, 2020. Our condolences to his family, friends and fans. 

Here is a mini-bio from the official Crowbar website:
Born in the foothills of the Laurentians in scenic Buckingham, Quebec, Rhéal came into this world with music flowing through his veins. This passion took him on the road with his guitar at a young age, working with bands like the Ascots, Ronnie Hawkins and so many more. He is known as a master of his craft, and for the joie de vie that makes him a favourite both on and off the stage.
This is a comment from the Unofficial: Crowbar Facebook page
It is with deep sadness we say goodbye to our dearest Rhéal Lanthier as he left us peacefully yesterday afternoon. A man of unwavering kindness, soul & rhythm - Rhéal was truly one-of-a-kind & will be sorely missed by so many. Rest In Peace sweet Frenchman. We love you brother.
We will add more comments as we find them.









Links: CrowbarMore Crowbar Stories, Videos above courtesy of UnidiscMusic

Blast from the Past: Crowbar's Kelly Jay Passes

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Sunday, March 1, 2020

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 27, 2020

Please Support Our Wonderful Sponsors




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Monday, February 24, 2020

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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Thursday, February 20, 2020

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Monday, February 17, 2020

Please Support Local Charities




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From their website: We are a non-profit organization run entirely by volunteers, and have been helping the needy families of Oakville since 1988. We currently serve 350 to 420 families (approx. 1,300 people) per month from our location at 1240 Speers Road, between 3rd Line and 4th Line.

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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Happy Family Day! Videos by Owen & Colin Lapsley, Fred Eaglesmith & Family, Azalea




Links: Owen Lapsley, Colin Lapsley, More Colin Lapsley Stories, Video above courtesy of Todd Rich



Links: Fred EaglesmithMore Fred Eaglesmith StoriesTif GinnMore Tif Ginn StoriesVideo above courtesy Ken Morris



Links: AzaleaMore Azalea Stories, Video above courtesy of The Side Door Coffee HouseClick here for more Family Day videos.

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Saturday, February 15, 2020

Happy 5th Birthday Trebleclef


Today (Feb 15, 2020) our little monkey turns 5 years old! Our little guy has reached the half decade point! They grown up so fast :)

Click here for more of Trebleclef's adventures.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BUDDY!



Links: Big Maybelle, Video above courtesy of Sliptrail

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Thursday, February 13, 2020

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Sunday, February 9, 2020

Please Support Local Charities




Please Support Local Charities

From their website: Since 1966, the poverty of loneliness and exclusion has been overcome with friendship and compassion at Welcome Inn Community Centre, where people from all walks of life work together to alleviate poverty in the North End and across Hamilton.

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.

Saturday, February 8, 2020

New Episode of Ensemble! with Rae Billing and Andy Griffiths ft Justine Fischer



The second remarkable episode of the current season of Ensemble! will be starting up soon. The incredible Cable 14 Hamilton TV show will feature two wonderful area singer/songwriters: Rae Billing and Andy Griffths (both backed up by the fabulous Justine Fischer on bass). Big Rude Jake continues as the host. The episode was filmed at Hamilton's Birchway Sound.

Please note that anyone can now live stream Cable 14 for free at https://cable14now.com/. On demand is only available for Shaw, Rogers and Cogeco customers. Click here for the episode.

Here are some videos from the amazing featured performers.





Links: Rae BillingMore Rae Billing Stories, Videos above courtesy of Stellablu477





Links: Andy GriffithsMore Andy Griffiths Stories, Videos above courtesy of Colin Cherry

The schedule for this episode (more will be added as we find out):
  • Sunday, March 8, 2020: 4:00 pm
  • Monday, March 9, 2020: 7:00 am
  • Tuesday, March 10, 2020: 5:30 am, 9:30 pm
  • Wednesday, March 4, 2020: 5:00 am (LAST ONE FOR A WHILE)
More Ensemble Stories


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Thursday, February 6, 2020

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

CONGRATS! Canadians Win at the International Blues Challenge!



A few local artists went to this year's International Blues Challenge in Memphis but though the the FOG Blues and Brass Band from Kitchener reached the semi-finals, none of them took home awards. Canada didn't come home empty handed though. Two Ottawa-based bands made their country proud. JW-Jones earned the Gibson Guitarist Award and Horojo Trio won 1st Place in the band contest.



Links: JW JonesMore JW Jones StoriesVideo above courtesy of JW Jones



Links: Horojo Trio, Video above courtesy of  HOROJO Trio

Click here for the Ottawa Citizen story.

CONGRATS GUYS!

Here's a complete list of winners. Canadian winners are bolded.
Blast from the Past: Last Year's Winners

Links: International Blues ChallengeMore IBC Stories

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