Saturday, May 25, 2024

Music Listings: May 26-30, 2024

Sunday, May 26


---- Before 2:00pm ----


10am: Michael Maguire @ The Eighth-Note (Milton) (Every Sun except 1st of Month)

11am-3pm: Mike Woods @ Puddicombe Farms (Stoney Creek) (All Sat & Sun, May 18-Oct 27)

11:30am: Beatles Brunch ft Andrew McTaggart @ Black Bull (Burlington) (Weekly)

12-3pm: Nathan Warriner @ Spyce Lounge (Niagara Falls) 



1-4pm: Rick Taylor Band @ Crystal Chandelier (Crystal Beach) (Weekly)

---- 2:00pm - 2:59pm ----

2-5pm: James Anthony & Guest  @ Plank Restobar (Hamilton) (Weekly)




2pm: Finding Nemo Jr. (Musical) @ FirstOntario Arts Centre (Milton) $36 LAST PERORMANCE

  • 2pm: Gates Open
  • 2:45pm: Deer Fang
2-5pm: Fiddlin' Around @ Irish Harp (Niagara-on-the-Lake)

2-5pm: Brantford Open Stage @ Best Western (Bi-Weekly) LAST OF THE SEASON



2-5pm: Almost Serious @ The Falls Road Pub (Kitchener) (Weekly)



---- 2:00pm - 4:59pm ----


3-7pm: Alfie Smith @ Cat N Fiddle (Hamilton)








4-7pm: Duo Leepa @ Spyce Lounge (Niagara Falls) 

---- After 5:00pm ----

5-8pm: Jack Van Ginger @ Cat's Caboose (St. Catharines)

  • 5:30pm: Cam Kahin
  • 6:30pm: Bearings
  • 7:30pm: Cancer Bats
  • 9pm: Moneen



7-9pm: Hamilton Concert Band Spring Concert @ St. Andrews United Church (Hamilton) $10 door, Under 13 FREE


8-11pm: The Legendary Uprights @ Spyce Lounge (Niagara Falls) 





6-10pm: Ricardo Barboza Duo @ Brasa (Niagara Falls)

7-11pm: Bryan Sorensen Trio @ Spyce Lounge (Niagara Falls) 

7-9pm: Brant Harmonica Guild @ Knights (Brantford) (2nd & Fourth Mondays)

7-10pm: Open Mic @ DeBar (Guelph) (Weekly)


Tuesday, May 28


---- Before 7:30pm ----




6-10pm: Ricardo Barboza Duo @ Brasa (Niagara Falls)


6pm: Open Mic @ Falls Road on Victoria (Kitchener) (Weekly)

6:30pm: Irish Night (Open Stage) @ Corktown Pub (Hamilton) (Weekly)

7-10pm: Open Mic with Brennagh Burns @ Lukaya Cafe (Hamilton) (Weekly)



7pm: Juneyt @ Easy Pour (Cambridge) (Weekly)


---- After 7:30pm ----


7:30-11:30pm: Open Mic @ Sip Club (Guelph) (Weekly)



8-11pm: The Fabulous Wonderfuls @ Casbah Lounge (Hamilton) PWYC

8-11pm: Open Jam with the Boom Babiez @ Ale House (Hamilton) (Weekly)


8-11pm: Nathan Warriner @ Spyce Lounge (Niagara Falls) 

8pm-1am: Indie Jam Night @ Manny's Place (Brantford) (Weekly) 

8-11:30pm: Open Mic @ Bobby O'Brien's (Guelph) (Weekly)


Wednesday, May 29


---- Before 7:30pm ----




6-9pm: James Anthony @ Piazza Bistro (Oakville) (Weekly)

6-10pm: Ricardo Barboza Duo @ Brasa (Niagara Falls)

7-10pm: Open Mic/Jam with Brant Parker @ Donnelly's (Thorold) (Last Wed of Month)

7-9pm: Pat Gallardi @ Doc Magilligan's (Niagara Falls)



7-10pm: Open Mic @ The Bullring (Guelph) (Weekly)

7-10pm: Open Mic @ DeBar (Guelph) (Weekly)

---- After 7:30pm ----

7:30-11pm: Open Mic with Dano @ Iron Horse Restobar (Hamilton) (Weekly)



7:45pm: Jazz Night (Open Stage) @ Corktown Pub (Hamilton) (Weekly)



8-11pm: The Other Band @ Irish Harp (Niagara-on-the-Lake) 

8-11pm: Nathan Warriner @ Spyce Lounge (Niagara Falls) 

8-12pm: Open Jam with Kevin Douglas @Frankie's (Brantford) (Weekly)


9pm: Open Mic @ The Dickens (Burlington) (Weekly)

Thursday, May 30

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---- Before 7:00pm ----






4-7pm: Mike Saracino @ Spyce Lounge (Niagara Falls) 

5-11pm: Open Ears Festival (Kitchener/Waterloo)
  • 5-6pm: Foley workshop with Michelle Hwu @ Community Space (Kitchener) FREE
  • I Can Tell You About The River, Or We Could Just Get In @ Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery (throughout entire festival)
6pm: Steve Sinnicks @ Slye Fox (Burlington)

6-9pm: Open Mic @ Crystal Chandelier (Crystal Beach) (Weekly)

6-10pm: Ricardo Barboza Duo @ Brasa (Niagara Falls)

6-9pm: Lucas Stagg @ Aging Oak (Cambridge) (Weekly)





---- 7:00pm - 7:29pm ----


7pm: Chris Bray @ Powerhouse (Stoney Creek)

7pm: Mykul @ Southcote 53 (Ancaster)


7-10pm: Josh Coulter @ Judge & Jester (Grimsby) (Weekly)

7-10pm: Jeff Riley @ Teddy's (Grimsby)


7-9pm: Paul Gigliotti @ Doc Magilligan's (Niagara Falls)


7-10pm: Stan Chang @ Manhattans (Guelph)

7pm: Fred Hale @ Easy Pour (Cambridge)

7-10pm: Open Stage -Mic Up @ Silvercreek's (Guelph) (Weekly)

---- After 7:30pm ----

7:30-10:30pm: The Feverish Lemons @ Irish Harp (Niagara-on-the-Lake) 




8-11pm: Mary Simon @ One Duke Tavern (Hamilton)



8-11pm: Kim Foo Band @ BLK Swan, Brant St (Burlington)



8-11pm: Open Mic Night + Jam @ Temple Bar (Oakville) (Weekly)

8pm-12am: James Blonde @ Spyce Lounge (Niagara Falls) 


Open Ears Festival (Kitchener/Waterloo)
  • 8pm: Vicky Chow presents SIERRA @ The Registry Theatre  (Kitchener) $25/$5 student with ID
  • I Can Tell You About The River, Or We Could Just Get In @ Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery (throughout entire festival)

9-11pm: Open Mic with Anthony Vaughn @ King George (Hamilton) (Weekly)

9-1pm: Open Jam with Greg Gingerich @ Manny's Place (Brantford) (Weekly)

Thursday, May 23, 2024

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Monday, May 20, 2024

Debut Album by Hamilton's Eli Wells is Off the Beaten Path


Feel like something a little off the beaten path? Try The Big Heirloom, the remarkable debut album from Hamilton singer/songwriter, Eli Wells. While the music's mainly in the Americana/folk vein, the sound's masterfully bent and twisted into interesting shapes. Eli's poetic and quirky lyrics raise this beyond your usual storyteller with a guitar template. 

Guests: Nolan Gibson (vocals, pedal steel), Amber Banks (vocals)

Available: No physical CDs, Bandcamp, Spotify

You can stream the album below.

Links: Eli WellsAlbum above courtesy of Eli Wells, More Releases

EP also available: A Few Live Songs


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Sunday, May 19, 2024

Victoria Day Videos by Rodeo Kings, Melissa McClelland x2





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From their webiste: The Cancer Assistance Program is a community-based, not-for-profit organization, led by a team of volunteers and staff, offering free services to ease the physical, emotional and economic impact of those in our community affected by cancer.

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, May 18, 2024

The Fraidy Scats Win the Kitchener Blues Festival Youth Legacy Showcase


From the Grand River Blues Society newsletter:

The future of the blues was on display at Bobby O’Brien’s in Kitchener on Sunday April 28th at the Kitchener Blues Festival Youth Legacy Showcase featured four fabulous young acts that proved age means nothing when it comes to music.

Newly-formed group, The Fraidy Scats won the day and will now have a great spot at this year’s Kitchener Blues Festival.

The Fraidy Scats are a brand new 4 piece Band formed after they met during The Grand River Blues Camp in 2023 and fronted by 2 veterans of the Blues Camp Guitarist and vocals Jacob Shay 17 and Zander Mitrana 14 Vocals, Piano, Harmonica and Saxophone.

Congratulations! 

Video above courtesy of Sorin Sorin

Video above courtesy of Sorin Sorin

Video above courtesy of Sorin Sorin


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Thursday, May 16, 2024

2024 Prism Prize Shortlist including Milton's Nemahsis

From the Billboard Canada site

This morning (May 15), the Canadian Academy announced the Top 10 Canadian music videos of the year.

These videos, selected from a pool of 300, have been shortlisted for the Prism Prize’s Grand Prize, which awards the artist and director with a $20,000 CAD cash prize, the most lucrative award in the realm of music videos worldwide.

The 2024 Prism Prize Shortlist:

You can vote for the audience award by clicking here. Deadline is June 6, 2024. Winners will be announced on June 25, 2024.

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Tuesday, May 14, 2024

2024 Western Canadian Music Award Nominees Including Brantford's Logan Staats

Nominees for the 2024 Western Canadian Music Awards were recently announced. Former Six Nations & Brantford resident, Logan Staats is up for two awards: Indigenous Artist of the Year  & Songwriter of the Year.

Indigenous Artist of the Year     

Songwriter(s) of the Year 

  • Logan Staats (formerly from Brantford) "A Light In The Attic"- BC
  • Alexa Dirks, Matt Peters and Matthew Schellenberg - Begonia "Butterfly"  - MB
  • Liam Duncan - Boy Golden "For Jimmy" - MB
  • Celeigh Cardinal, Dave & Joey Landreth "Light of the Moon"  - MB
  • William Prince - "Stand In The Joy" - MB

Audio Engineering Award

  • Andy Schichter - Park Sound Studio - BC
  • David Ziehr - Echoplant Sound - BC
  • Neil Cooke-Dallin - Burning Rainbow Studio - BC
  • Ryan Worsley - Echoplant Sound - BC
  • Steve Bays - Trophy Club Mgmt  - BC

Blues Artist of the Year

  • Blue Moon Marquee - BC
  • Brandon Isaak - BC
  • Garret T. Willie - BC
  • Kinjo & Young - AB
  • Paul Black - BC

BreakOut Artist of the Year 

  • Boy Golden - MB
  • Field Guide - MB
  • Miesha and The Spanks – AB
  • Slow Leaves - MB
  • William Prince - MB

Children’s Artist of the Year             

  • Al Simmons - MB
  • Micah! - MB
  • Mom Bop - BC
  • Seeka Sings - AB         
  • The Zing Zangs  - BC

Classical Artist or Ensemble of the Year

  • Allegra Chamber Orchestra - BC
  • Emily Carr String Quartet - BC
  • Suzie LeBlanc - BC
  • UltraViolet - AB
  • Vancouver Symphony Orchestra - BC

Classical Composer of the Year

  • Dorothy Chang - Fifteen feet Closer to the Sky "All That Glitters" - BC
  • Emilie Cecilia LeBel - field studies "and the higher leaves of the trees seemed to shimmer in the    last of the sunlight's lingering touch of them" - AB
  • Farshid Samandari - Light of Lights "Light of Lights" - BC
  • Jeffrey Ryan - A Left Coast "Everything Already Lost" - BC
  • Vincent Ho - Cheng² Duo "Horizon Images" - AB

Community Excellence Award

  • Community Arts Mentorship Program (CAMP) - SK
  • Good + Plenty Arts Collective - MB
  • National Music Centre - AB
  • West End Cultural Centre - MB
  • Women in Music Canada - MB

Country Artist of the Year

  • Corb Lund - AB
  • Don Amero - MB
  • Kalsey Kulyk - AB
  • Nice Horse - AB
  • The Prairie States - AB

Electronic & Dance Artist of the Year

  • Kelland - BC
  • Rose Motion - BC
  • Ruby Singh - BC
  • RUMPUS - BC
  • Talltale - AB

Excellence in Visual Design

  • Bronwin Parks - Feisty Creative - BC
  • Keenan Gregory – Kidpixel - AB
  • Mark Mushet - Mark Mushet Photography - BC
  • Megan Kwan - Super Sensitive Studios - BC
  • Roberta Landreth - MB

Francophone Artist of the Year 

  • Alexis Normand - SK
  • Beau Nectar -SK
  • Fire & Smoke - MB
  • Missy D - BC
  • Suzie LeBlanc - BC

Global Artist of the Year

  • Jocelyn Pettit -BC
  • Notas de 4 - AB
  • Rooky Kamiz - SK
  • Rubim de Toledo - AB
  • Rumba Calzada - BC 

Impact in Artist Development

  • Birthday Cake Media - MB
  • Misfit Music MGMT - MB
  • National Music Centre - AB
  • Paquin Artists Agency - MB
  • West End Cultural Centre - MB

Impact in Live Music

  • King Eddy - AB
  • Midnight Agency - BC
  • National Music Centre - AB
  • Paquin Artists Agency - MB
  • West End Cultural Centre - MB

Impact in Music Marketing 

  • All Good Promotion & Marketing - AB
  • Birthday Cake Media - MB
  • National Music Centre - AB
  • Phase Management Inc. - BC
  • West End Cultural Centre - MB

Instrumental Artist of the Year             

  • Apollo Suns - MB
  • Jocelyn Pettit & Ellen Gira - BC
  • Merrie Klazek  - BC
  • Rubim de Toledo - AB
  • West of Mabou - SK

Jazz Artist of the Year

  • Angela Verbrugge – BC
  • Aretha Tillotson - AB
  • Audrey Ochoa - AB
  • Daniel Hersog Jazz Orchestra - BC
  • Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra - MB

Metal & Hard Music Artist of the Year

  • Fall of Earth - AB
  • FKA Rayne - BC
  • KEN mode - MB
  • LOOK ALIVE - AB
  • Red Cain - AB

Pop Artist of the Year

  • Haley Blais - BC
  • Josh Sahunta - AB
  • Kayla Williams - AB
  • Kuzi Cee - AB
  • Michaela Slinger - BC

Producer of the Year

  • Andy Schichter - Park Sound Studio - BC
  • Lana Winterhalt - MB
  • Liam Moes & Shane Stephenson - BC
  • Ryan Dahle - BC
  • Ryan Worsley - Echoplant Sound - BC

R&B Artist of the Year

  • Emerald Osagie - BC
  • JJ Adrian - BC
  • NADUH - BC
  • Sadé Awele - BC
  • ZADA - BC

Rap & Hip Hop Artist of the Year                  

  • Arlo Maverick  - AB
  • Junk & Massiah - BC
  • Mouraine - AB
  • Super Duty Tough Work - MB
  • Terell Safadi - BC

Recording of the Year           

  • Ariel Posen - MB
  • Begonia - MB
  • Boy Golden - MB
  • Michael Kaeshammer - BC
  • William Prince - MB

Rock Artist of the Year 

  • Ariel Posen - MB
  • Kris Ulrich - MB
  • Miesha and The Spanks - AB
  • Shred Kelly - BC
  • Whale and the Wolf - AB

Roots Artist of the Year

  • Celeigh Cardinal - AB
  • FONTINE - MB
  • Jake Vaadeland - SK
  • The Dead South - SK
  • William Prince - MB

Spiritual Artist of the Year 

  • Anastasya Lea - BC
  • Brian Doerksen - BC
  • Cynthia Lok - BC
  • Marika Siewert - BC
  • Stirling John - AB

Video Director of the Year

  • Amy Mantyka - Beau Nectar "Two Lips" - SK
  • Jay Lawrance - Miesha and The Spanks "Unconditional Love In Hi-Fi" - AB
  • Peter Kominek - VISSIA "Doorway" - AB
  • Sandy Rossignol - Blue Moon Marquee "Hound Dog On a Chain" - BC
  • Steve Bays - The Matinee "Cut to Pieces" - BC

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