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Monday, July 13, 2020

Ontario Bluesman Wayne Buttery Passes


It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Ontario Bluesman and Wasaga Beach Blues Festival Artistic Director, Wayne Buttery. He passed on July 6, 2020. Our condolences to his family, friends and fans.

His obituary:
BUTTERY ROBERT ‘WAYNE’ 2020
Passed away peacefully on Monday, July 6, 2020 at the age of 70. Wayne Buttery of Orr Lake, treasured husband and creative partner of Rita Johns-Schindler. Stepfather of Noel, Paul, Cathy and Julie and stepgrandfather to Sam, Eric, Jackalynn, Gary, Norman, Erin, Sean and Michael, all of whom he considered his own family. Predeceased by his wife, Catherine Parkinson. Fondly remembered by his extended family as well as many friends and co-workers whom he loved very much. Wayne’s love and talent for music took him to Night Clubs all over Canada. Amongst numerous local venues, he has played at the Fish Bar in Collingwood for the past 7 years and was the dedicated and passionate Artistic Director of the Wasaga Blues Festival for the past 4 years.
Due to the current pandemic a celebration of Wayne’s life will take place at a later date.
Memorial donations to Diabetes Association or Heart & Stroke Foundation would be appreciated.
From the Wasaga Beach Blues Festival site:
With a heavy heart we want to communicate the passing of our Artistic Director, Wayne Buttery, the Gentleman of Blues.
His legacy, his kindness and his passion for the Blues will never be forgotten. We will treasure the laughs, the great music from his guitar and his voice, and the true drive to make our festival grow. We will smile when we think of Wayne because he had a heart of gold and was always a gentleman.
Our Stonebridge Wasaga Beach Blues Festival Crew and volunteers will miss him tremendously and send the deepest condolences to his family and friends.
Wayne was a respected and beloved part of the Blues community in the region and in Ontario. His music and talent will be forever in the memory of those how knew him. 
Here are some social media reactions to his passing.

Virgil Scott
I have been searching for the words to express some of my thoughts...We met in 68 and for many years, watched each other from a distance go from stage to stage with respect and love for each other...He was a wonderful soft soul, who was so very talented in many ways. A big man, with that big smile coming at me every time we saw each other, with a huge hug of love and he made it feel like it was just for me...Not often in life do you cross paths with someone like Wayne and so many people will feel the void in their life with him passing...Fly high my friend. 
Larry Kurtz
I will always smile when I think about time spent with him because it was so much fun! I first met Wayne back in 2001 when I was playing his music on my radio show Roots & Blues on Orangeville Community Radio. I then met him in person at his gig at Fitzys Crab Shack at the Midland harbour. He mentioned he was looking for a harmonica player for his band The Groove Project. I told him I would be interested and joined the band for the next 2 years. What a great time we had playing memorable shows like backing Curly Bridges and an 11 year old Jimmy Bowskill in Collingwood, opening for James Cotton in Orillia, playing the Mercedes Benz launch at the CNE, the Southside Shuffle, plus countless blues cruises aboard the Georgian Queen in Penetanguishene. The band at that time featured Charlie Hinkel, Dennis King, Bob Federer, Paul Robillard, Russell Strathdee and the late John Shand. After I left the band, we remained friends. I have had Wayne perform at Orangeville Blues & Jazz Festival many times and was also a guest of his band many times over the years. He was great musician and band leader. We spoke often about festivals as he had become the Artistic Director of the Wasaga Beach Blues Festival. Wayne was generous with his time, helping many charitable events and I will really miss his big smile and laugh. RIP my friend. 


Video above courtesy of Adri A. Ousbastis



Video above courtesy of Wayne Buttery



Links: Wayne Buttery, More Muddy Waters Covers/Stories, Video above courtesy of neek49

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Saturday, July 11, 2020

CONGRATS! Album with Local Guest Stars Wins 2020 East Coast Music Award + Complete Winners


On July 10, 2020, the un-televised pre-awards show for the 2020 East Coast Music Awards announced the first batch of winners. Myles Goodwyn and Friends of the Blues 2, an amazing album starring the April Wine frontman, took home the top prize for Blues Recording of the Year. Guest stars on the recording included Hamilton Blues vet, Jack de Keyzer and Milton' own Mike "Shrimp Daddy" Reid.

The rest of the awards were handed out during a televised ceremony on July 11, 2020.

This track features Shrimp Daddy on harp:



Links: Shrimp Daddy, More Shrimp Daddy StoriesVideo above courtesy of Myles Goodwyn - Topic

This track features Jack de Keyzer on guitar:



Links: 
Myles GoodwynMore April Wine StoriesJack de KeyzerMore Jack de Keyzer StoriesVideo above courtesy of Myles Goodwyn - Topic

CONGRATS GUYS.

View the full pre-show here:



Links: East Coast Music AwardsMore ECMA stories, Video above courtesy of East Coast Music Association

Here is a complete list of winners from both nights:

Music Awards
  • Blues Recording of the Year: Myles Goodwyn - Myles Goodwyn and Friends of the Blues 2
  • Album of the Year: Wintersleep - In The Land Of
  • Bucky Adams Memorial Award: Jon Samuel
  • Classical Recordingof the Year : Marc Djokic - Solo Seven
  • Contemporary Roots Recording of the Year: The East Pointers - Yours to Break
  • Country Recording of the Year: Dave Sampson - All Types of Ways
  • Dance Recording of the Year: Famba - “Swear to God”
  • Dr. Helen Creighton Lifetime Achievement Award: Shanneyganock
  • Electronic Recording of the Year: Rich Aucoin - Release
  • Fans' Choice Entertainer of the Year: Jimmy Rankin
  • Fans' Choice Video of the Year: Jason Benoit - “Slow Hand” feat. Leah Daniels (Director: Tim Deegan)



    Links: Jason BenoitLeah Daniels, More Leah Daniels Stories, Video above courtesy of Jason Benoit

  • Folk Recording of the Year: Tim Baker - Forever Overhead
  • Francophone Recording of the Year: Jacobus - Caviar
  • Group Recording of the Year: Wintersleep - In The Land Of
  • Indigenous Artist of the Year: Eastern Owl
  • Inspirational Recording of the Year: Ian Foster and Nancy Hynes - A Week in December
  • Instrumental Recording of the Year: Florian Hoefner - First Spring
  • Jazz Recording of the Year: Florian Hoefner - First Spring
  • Loud Recording of the Year: Spirit of the Wildfire - Bittersweet Nothings
  • Pop Recording of the Year: Neon Dreams - Sweet Dreams Till Sunbeams
  • Rap/Hip-Hop Recording of the Year: Jacobus - Caviar
  • RnB/Soul Recording of the Year: Laura Roy - Forte
  • Rising Star Recording of the Year: Dave Sampson - All Types of Ways
  • Rock Recording of the Year: Wintersleep - In The Land Of
  • Roots/Traditional Recording of the Year: Natalie MacMaster - Sketches
  • Solo Recording of the Year: Tim Baker - Forever Overhead
  • Song of the Year: Wintersleep - “Beneficiary” (Producers: Tony Doogan, Wintersleep)
  • Songwriter of the Year:The East Pointers
Industry Awards
  • Company of the Year: The Syrup Factory
  • Event of the Year: Celtic Colours International Festival
  • Graphic/Media Artist of the Year: Deep Hollow Print
  • Management/Manager of the Year: Jones and Co.
  • Media Outlet of the Year: The East
  • Media Person of the Year: Bill Roach
  • Producer of the Year: Daniel Ledwell
  • Studio of the Year: Soundpark Studios
  • Studio Engineer of the Year: Thomas Stajcer
  • Venue of the Year: The Ship Pub
  • Video of the Year: Tim Baker - “All Hands” (Director: Jordan Canning)



    Links: Tim Baker, Video above courtesy of heytimbaker
Honorary Awards
  • Directors’ Special Achievement Award:Measha Brueggergosman
  • Industry Builder Award:Tony Murray
  • Musician’s Achievement Award:Kelly Russell
Blast from the Past: Last Year's Winners

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Monday, July 6, 2020

Hamilton-Born Singer/Broadway Star Nick Cordero Passes


It is with sadness that we report on the passing of Nick Cordero, a Hamilton born singer and Tony-nominated Broadway star. He passed away on July 5 after a much publicized brave battle with COVID-19.Our condolences to his family, friends and fans.

Please consider donating to help his family by clicking here.

Media Stories:
His wife posted the following:
RIP Nick  7/5/20: God has another angel in heaven now. My darling husband passed away this morning. He was surrounded in love by his family, singing and praying as he gently left this earth.  I am in disbelief and hurting everywhere. My heart is broken as I cannot imagine our lives without him. Nick was such a bright light. He was everyone’s friend, loved to listen, help and especially talk. He was an incredible actor and musician. He loved his family and loved being a father and husband. Elvis and I will miss him in everything we do, everyday.
 - Amanda Kloots 
Here's a sampling of the social media response:

Jesse O'Brien
There just aren't words. RIP Nick Cordero. So young, funny and talented.From his early days at Westdale to "Tony n' Tina's Wedding", to writing/recording his fantastic music, truly a shining star in any room he walked in, it's easy to see why his star shone so bright on Broadway. Sending love to the entire Cordero family.
Shari Dunn
He was a beautiful person inside and out. He was talented in so many ways. He knew how to laugh and have a great time. And oh how we laughed. He knew how to make you feel special and worthy and listened to and loved. He was one in a million. I’m so honoured to have called you a friend. I’ll never forget you for as long as I live. Thank you for being a part of my life. You were just too bright a star. Your life should have blown up the sky for many more years to come. Love you Nick Cordero. I’m just gutted. Sending peace and love to Amanda, Elvis, Nick’s family and all who had the pleasure of knowing you. Rest In Peace and Love
Jude Johnson
Such a vibrant soul...unbelievable...rest now sweet prince....your light will forever shine in the hearts of all who met you, heard you sing, saw you dance...you were a King among men...a gentle soul...a husband and father, a son and brother...a friend to all...so young.
Click here for the  story.



More Louis Armstrong covers/stories



Links: Nick Cordero,, Videos above courtesy of Michael J Moritz Jr

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Sunday, July 5, 2020

Check Out a Few Incredible Les Smith Videos


Lester "Les" Smith is a veteran of the Hamilton music scene. This wonderful singer/songwriter is at home with the Blues as well as Folk and Americana. His varied musical history includes playing with Blues mainstays, Trickbag and performing as a current member of the legendary Crowbar. He also runs the Hamilton Regional Songwriters Group.

Les is currently working on a new solo album and we are looking forward to it here at HBL.

Here's some samples of his work.

Les wrote a beautiful song about HBL members Lou and Linda for their 10th anniversary as a couple.



Video above courtesy of Hamilton B. Lous





Here is a full online show he did recently.



Blast from the Past: COVID-19 videos from Les and others

Links: Les SmithMore Les Smith Stories, Last 3 Videos above courtesy of Lester Smith

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Thursday, July 2, 2020

CONGRATS! Ensemble! Wins Cable 14 Impact Award + Complete Winners


We here at the Hamilton Blues Lovers are proud of our Marketing Guru, Linda Fraser, The wonderful local music show she produces, Ensemble! recently earned one of the very first Cable 14 Impact Awards. It won for Outstanding Entertainment Program during the inaugural ceremony in 2020. Her incredible show was also nominated for Outstanding Promotion.

As well, Hamilton musician Nathan Fleet took home the Outstanding Community Advocate (Community Member) award.



Links: Nathan FleetMore Nathan Fleet Stories, Video above courtesy of Nathan Fleet,

Here is a complete list of winners:
CONGRATS EVERYONE!


More Ensemble Stories

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

CONGRATS! Local 2020 Juno Winners!


On June 29, the 2020 Juno Award winners were announced in a pre-recorded special. Three of our talented local musical compatriots (all from Hamilton) won.

CONGRATS EVERYONE

Below is a complete list of winners:
Local artists are bolded.
  • Contemporary Roots Album: Mohawk by Lee Harvey Osmond



    Links: Lee Harvey OsmondMore Lee Harvey Osmond StoriesVideo above courtesy of LeE HARVeY OsMOND 

  • Music Video: Little Star  (iskwē)



    Links: 
    IskwéMore Iskwé StoriesVideo above courtesy of iskwē

  • Jazz Album (Group): Abundance by Ernesto Cervini’s Turboprop



    Links: Ernesto Cervini, More Ernesto Cervini StoriesVideo above courtesy of Ernesto Cervini's Turboprop - Topic

  • Adult Alternative Album: A Blemish in the Great Light by Half Moon Run
  • Adult Contemporary Album: Shine A Light by Bryan Adams
  • Album: The Pains Of Growing by Alessia Cara
  • Album Artwork: SELECTIONS FROM CUPHEAD by Kristofer Maddigan 
  • Alternative Album: Morbid Stuff by PUP
  • Artist: Shawn Mendes
  • Blues Album: Mad Love by Dawn Tyler Watson
  • Breakthrough Artist: Lennon Stella
  • Breakthrough Group: Neon Dreams
  • Children's Album: Greatest Hits, Vol. 4 by Big Block Singsong
  • Classical Album (Large Ensemble): The John Adams Album by Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, conducted by Kent Nagano 
  • Classical Album (Solo or Chamber): detach by Angela Schwarzkopf  
  • Classical Album (Vocal or Choral): Handel: Dixit Dominus; Bach and Schutz: Motets Ottawa Bach Choir, conducted by Lisette Canton 
  • Classical Composition: Evta by Ana Sokolović ATMA*Naxos
  • Comedy Album: Lil Bit of Buddle by Sophie Buddle
  • Contemporary Gospel or Christian: The Advent Of Christmas by Matt Maher 
  • Country Album: Wild As Me by Meghan Patrick
  • Dance Recording: Love Me by Felix Cartal and Lights 
  • Electric Album:  Beyond The Senses by REZZ
  • Francophone Album: La nuit est une panthère by Les Louanges
  • Group: Loud Luxury
  • Indigenous Artist or Group: Stories from a Downtown Apartment by Celeigh Cardinal
  • Instrumental Album: INSCAPE by Alexandra Stréliski
  • International Album: WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? by Billie Eilish
  • Jazz Album (Solo): MiGRATIONS by Jacques Kuba Seguin 
  • Juno Fan Choice: Avril Lavigne
  • Metal/Hard Music Album: Play to Win by Striker 
  • Pop Album: The Pains of Growing by Alessia Cara
  • Producer: Ben Kaplan
  • Rap Recording: Freaky by Tory Lanez 
  • Recording Engineer: John "Beetle" Bailey
  • Reggae Recording : The Warning Track by Lyndon John X 
  • RnB/Soul Recording : Feel It Too by Jessie Reyez, Tory Lanez and Tainy
  • Rock Album: A War On Everything by The Glorious Sons
  • Single: Señorita by Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello
  • Songwriter: Alessia Cara
  • Traditional Roots Album: Sugar and Joyby  The Dead South 
  • Vocal Jazz Album: Stay Tuned! by Dominique Fils-Aimé 
  • World Music Album: BAROKAN by Djely Tapa  
Blast from the Past: Last Year's Winners

Links: Juno AwardsMore Juno Stories

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Tuesday, June 23, 2020

CONGRATS! 2020 Hamilton Arts Awards Winners


Here is the compete list of winners:
View the entire ceremony on Facebook below:

Episode 1 (We can't embed)







The above includes the music category.

CONGRATS EVERYONE!

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Hamilton Photographer Ivan Sorensen Passes


It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Hamilton photographer Ivan Sorensen. He was a mainstay of the Hammer's vibrant music scene. We do not have many details yet but will post them here. Our condolences to his family, friends and fans.

A word from Lou, our blogger:
I met Ivan many times going to the same event. We became friends and he always had a smile on his face and loved his work. He had great enthusiasm when he saw great live local music. I'll miss him terribly.
The was a huge outpouring of grief on social media. Here's a sampling:

Terra Lightfoot
To my friend Ivan: I'll miss you so! Your kind smile, the way you yelled "HEY YOU, GET OVER HERE!" at Supercrawl before we even knew each other.... so you could show me some photos you had taken of the band....we got on so easily from there on out....You were a truly talented man and I'm better for knowing you. Thanks for capturing me at my best so many times. Sending love to your family.
Michael Hickey
I am sad to hear of the passing of Ivan Sorensen....good guy and a great photographer. Most of us performing musicians here have been captured by his lens....always in a unique way....never one to draw attention to himself he focused on us...I'm sad we lost him and his talent....I'll miss seeing him "snapping off a few" at shows.... Rest in Peace Ivan...and thank you....
Kristen Archer (I Heart Hamilton)
You will be missed, Ivan Sorensen ❤ I am so sorry for the loss of a Hamilton creative who captured our music scene so beautifully. Ivan was a staple in festival stage pits and at concerts, and I got to know him better while working with Supercrawl in 2018. Ivan's long hours spent on the ground and in the pit always impressed me and he had such a special eye.
It means a lot to have a photo through Ivan's eyes. Live music shots of Ivan's are some of my favourites. My heart goes out to Ivan's family and friends, and I thank him for his wonderful art and his kindness.
Below  is a sampling of his incredible work.





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Wednesday, June 17, 2020

CONGRATS! Local Artists on Polaris Prize Long List


Dundas Electronic music artist CaribouBurlington's Sarah Harmer and WHOOP-Szo from Guelph were among the many talented musicians announced as part of the 2020 Polaris Prize Long List.  Hopefully they will make the Short List (announced July 15) and then move on to win the big prize (gala is September 21 at The Carlu in Toronto)



Links: CaribouMore Caribou StoriesVideo above courtesy of CaribouVideos



Links: Sarah HarmerMore Sarah Harmer StoriesVideo above courtesy of Sarah Harmer


Links: WHOOP-Szo, Video above courtesy of youvechangedrecords

Here's a complete list of winners:
  • Caribou – Suddenly
  • Sarah Harmer – Are You Gone
  • WHOOP-Szo – Warrior Down
  • Allie X – Cape God
  • Anachnid – Dreamweaver
  • Aquakultre – Legacy
  • Marie-Pierre Arthur – Des feux pour voir
  • Backxwash – God Has Nothing To Do With This Leave Him Out Of It
  • Badge Époque Ensemble – Badge Époque Ensemble
  • Begonia – Fear
  • P’tit Belliveau – Greatest Hits Vol. 1
  • Daniel Caesar – CASE STUDY 01
  • Chocolat – Jazz engagé
  • Louis-Jean Cormier – Quand la nuit tombe
  • Corridor – Junior
  • dvsn – A Muse In Her Feelings
  • Jacques Greene – Dawn Chorus
  • Ice Cream – FED UP
  • Junia-T – Studio Monk
  • Kaytranada – Bubba
  • Flore Laurentienne – Volume 1
  • Cindy Lee – What’s Tonight To Eternity?
  • Men I Trust – Oncle Jazz
  • nêhiyawak – nipiy
  • OBUXUM – Re-birth
  • Owen Pallett – Island
  • Pantayo – Pantayo
  • Lido Pimienta – Miss Colombia
  • Joel Plaskett – 44
  • William Prince – Reliever
  • Jessie Reyez – Before Love Came To Kill Us
  • Andy Shauf – The Neon Skyline
  • Riit – ataataga
  • Super Duty Tough Work – Studies in Grey
  • U.S. Girls – Heavy Light
  • Leif Vollebekk – New Ways
  • Wares – Survival
  • The Weeknd – After Hours
  • Witch Prophet – DNA Activation
  • Zen Bamboo – GLU
Blast from the Past: Last Year's Short List

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Saturday, June 13, 2020

CONGRATS ! 2020 Hamilton Community News Readers' Choice Awards Winners!


Click here for full list.

Music-related categories below.

Best Local Musician or Band
Best Concert Venue
Best Live Entertainment Facility

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Happy Portugal Day! Videos by Paulo Filipe, Brian Melo, Madredeus


Please join us in celebrating our founder/blogger Lou's ethnic background!

Viva música ao vivo (Viva live music)

Here's some live Fado (a Portuguese musical genre) performed in Hamilton.



Links: Paulo Filipe, Video above courtesy of CesarPedro

Brian Melo is a Hamilton singer/songwriter of Portuguese heritage



Links: Brian Melo, Video above courtesy of BrianMeloVEVO

One of our blogger, Lou's favourite bands from Portugal



Links: Madredeus, Video above courtesy of Madredeus

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Monday, June 8, 2020

New Ensemble! Episode ft the Dunlop Brothers


The final new episode (at least for the next little while) of the Cable 14 show, Ensemble! will feature the marvelous Dunlop Brothers!  This wonderful episode is currently being broadcast on TV.  The always amazing Lily Sazz hosted the show at Hamilton's Grant Avenue Studio.

This episode should be available on demand soon (for only ShawRogers and Cogeco customers.) Anyone can now live stream Cable 14 for free at https://cable14now.com/.

The schedule for this episode (more will be added as we find out):
Schedule is subject to change. We try to be as accurate as possible,
  • Saturday, June 27, 2020: 10:00 pm
  • Sunday, June 28, 2020: 4:30pm (Last one for a bit)
More Ensemble Stories

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Saturday, June 6, 2020

Canal Bank Shuffle Posting Dazzling Blues Every Saturday! Videos by Virgil Scott, Josh Miller, Spencer Mackenzie, Chris Ayries


If missing live Blues music has got you down during the quarantine, the Canal Bank Shuffle YouTube page is here to help. Every Saturday, they'll be posting multiple videos from dazzling past performances as part of the Almost Live series.

Special message from the Shuffle:
If you can tip even a buck or two it will help to keep this series going. All money goes to artists and video team.
You can do that at www.facebook.com/canalbankshufflebluesfestival and press "shop now" or e-transfer brantparkermusic@gmail.com, or click the paypal button at the top of the Canal  Bank Youtube home page. Also non digital option is to drop a tip at Donnelly's Pub. They are open for take-out.
I hope everyone stays safe and we love you. Cheers' and feel free to share the videos folks. Thanks to videographer David Stephen.
Here's a sampling of what's been offered:



Click here for Virgil Scott's site



Links: Josh Miller, More Josh Miller Stories



Links: Spencer MackenzieMore Spencer Mackenzie Stories



Links: Chris Ayries, More Chris Ayries Stories

All videos above courtesy of Canal Bank Shuffle

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Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Dundas Music Club Offering Phenomenal Performances Online! Videos by Sharon Washington/Scotty Bakalar, Lily Sazz, Steve Parton, Dan Medakovic, Jay Burr


The Dundas Music Club has the solution for your lockdown blues. Their Facebook page has some phenomenal videos for you to watch.

Every Wednesday at 7 pm, they run a watch party (there's usually a theme). Even if you can't make it to that, many of the incredible videos stay on the page and you can listen to them at your leisure.

Here's some of what's available now:



Links: More Sharon Washington StoriesScotty BakalarMore Scotty Bakalar Stories, Video above courtesy of Sharon Washington



Links: Lily Sazz, More Lily Sazz Stories, Video above courtesy of Lily Sazz



Links: Steve Parton, More Steve Parton Stories, Video above courtesy of Steve Parton



Links: Danny MedakovicMore Dan Medakovic Stories, More Hollies Covers/StoriesVideo above courtesy of Danny Medakovic



Links: Jay Burr, More Jay Burr Stories, Video above courtesy of Jay Burr

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Sunday, May 31, 2020

Niagara's Lily Nazar Passes


It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Niagara musician Lily Nazar. Our condolences to her family, friends and fans. She passed away on Wednesday, May 27, 2020.

Click here for her memorial page.

Her bio from the Lily Nazar Trio Facebook page:
Lily Nazar was born in St. Catharines and currently resides in Niagara-on-the-Lake. She has been singing and teaching music in the region for approximately fifteen years. She has performed with a number of local groups over the years as well as the The Lily Nazar Band. Although her musical interests span from pop to classical she made the decision to concentrate on one of her major loves, that of jazz, and graduated from the Mohawk College jazz program in 2007, specializing in vocal jazz and composition. Lily is quickly establishing herself as an up and coming jazz singer in the region and her group The Lily Nazar Jazz Trio frequently play at the Old Winery Restaurant in Niagara-on-the-Lake as well as at many private functions.
There was an outpouring of grief on social media. Here are a few examples:

Iolanda Ingrassia McKendrick

I lost my little Lily yesterday. A loving and heart full soul with the voice of an angel and a smile that could light up any room. She had her struggles and she tried so hard. So hard to be the perfect daughter, perfect singer, perfect friend and to find her perfect place in life. But her perfect little heart just couldn’t take it anymore. And I am shattered . The sadness and pain cuts like a knife I feel so much pain for my family. I wish I couldn’t say I know how they feel, but I do. I really do.

Lily finally found her angel wings and hopefully has found the peace she’s always been looking for. She would have turned 38 tomorrow. Still so much life ahead of her ... it just isn’t fair.
I will miss our chats and our texts messages. I will miss your zest for life, your crazy ideas, your smile and your voice Say hi to all our people up there and please continue to sing

Jennifer Gulland
My heart hurts and I am overwhelmed with sadness. The times that our paths crossed were magical and as my gemini twin we were two peas in a party pod. Wild and crazy and passionate and loud. Together we laughed and were merry. I will miss the bond we shared through music. Her talent was second to none. Her voice was surely something to be admired. 
Joshua Wood
RIP Lily Nazar. You sweet, wild, untameable soul on fire. You are the one who showed me how to lose myself to the song, to let go of the wheel and celebrate the moment. You were always such an inspiration to me and I just really wish I got to tell you this. I love you Lily, Ill see ya on the big stage. 
Talal Al Hamad
A beautiful soul .. taken from this earth suddenly.. An incredibly talented jazz singer and pianist and one of the original members of the first lineup of The Hot Potatoes my band... We shared some beautiful moments and I'm so proud to have had you has a friend.. You recently overcame some major challenges.. You grew... I;m sorry I could not have been there for you more ... 
Ian Reid covered on of Lily's songs in her memory.




Links: Ian ReidMore Ian Reid StoriesVideo above courtesy of Ian Reid







Links: Lily NazarMore Lily Nazar Stories, Videos above courtesy of Lily Nazar

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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Peggy Lee's 100th Birthday



Today (Tuesday, May 26, 2020) would have been American singer, songwriter and actress Peggy Lee's 100th birthday.

Biography highlights:
Juliet Dunn and Peter Shea and celebrated the occasion with a wonderful live Facebook performance.

We asked a few local artists to give their thoughts on the legendary singer. We will add more soon.

Brenda Brown
Peggy Lee was a beautiful communicator and a sophisticated powerhouse of a woman. Not only a gifted singer songwriter but also an actor,artist, entrepreneur and advocate for the arts. What a gift to us!
Karen Thornton
Her music was played in our home growing up. Understated sultry tone and phrasing no vocal aerobics, just a great quality to her voice and she really knew how to sell her songs.
Hailee Rose
Peggy Lee was, and still is, one of Jazz’s most inspirational female artists. Her song “Fever” introduced me to the art of simple yet captivating storytelling; painting a picture with words, and driving emotion with a minimalist sound.  A truly beautiful artist. 
Chris Ayries
If I had a coffee house, Peggy Lee would be in the top 10 on my playlist. Her sound is classic and soothing.
Here are a few videos from the lady herself.



Video above courtesy of TheUpstairsGirl



Video above courtesy of CurlySVT

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