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Monday, February 6, 2023

2023 Canadian Grammy Winners

The 2023 Grammy nominations were handed out on Sunday, February 5 and quite a few Canadians brought home the hardware.

Below is a complete list of Canadian winners(bolded)

Links: Grammy, More Grammy Stories

Previous (Feb 2023 episode of 'Sold on Hamilton' with Judy Marsales)

Sunday, February 5, 2023

February 2023 Episode of 'Sold on Hamilton with Judy Marsales'

The second 'Sold On Hamilton with Judy Marsales' radio show of 2023 was broadcast on February 4, 2023 on CHML 900AM in Hamilton). This show focused on the top 3 sales representatives of 2022 from Judy Marsales Real Estate Ltd

This wonderful program is generally broadcast on the first Saturday on the month between 11am and 12pm. It is hosted by Judy Marsales, owner of Judy Marsales Real Estate Ltd (a proud HBL sponsor) and an amazing local music supporter. The program showcases the best and brightest citizens of the Hammer, including many musicians. Judy also discusses the Hamilton housing market.

Links: Show above courtesy of Global NewsSold on HamiltonMore 'Sold on Hamilton' Stories

Previous (Andre Bisson Wins Blues and Roots Song Contest)

Please Support Local Charities

From their website: Good Shepherd services include a emergency food and clothing; daily hot meals; emergency shelters for men, youth, families, women and children; transitional housing and education for homeless and street-involved youth; hospice palliative care; community mental health programs; and supportive housing programs.

The Hamilton Blues Lovers (HBL) wants to showcase a deserving local charity every week.  HBL is not affiliated with these charities nor does it fund raise for them.

Music Listings February 6-9, 2023

Monday, February 6

12pm: Vocal Meditation with Jane Lewis on Zoom (Online) (Weekly) PWYC 

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

7:30-11:30pm: Battle of the Bands @ Irish Harp (Niagara-on-the-Lake) 

7:30pm: Vocal Meditation with Jane Lewis on Zoom (Online) (Weekly) PWYC

8-11pm: Ryan DeFoe @ Spyce Lounge (Niagara Falls) 

Tuesday, February 7

7:30-10:30pm: Christopher Clause @ Thirsty Cactus (Dundas) (Weekly)

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

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

8-11pm: Treblecasters @ Casbah Lounge (Hamilton) PWYC

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

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

8pm: Matthew Good @ Capitol 33 (Delhi) $62.15

8pm: Lori Yates on Facebook Live (Online) (Weekly)

10pm-2am: Josh McCabe @ McCabe's (Guelph) (Weekly)

Wednesday, February 8

6-9pm: Open Mic @ Nique Restaurant (Hamilton) (Bi-Weekly)

6:30-9:30pm: George and May Ann's Open Mic Night @ Boiler & Whistle (Hamilton) (1st Wed of Month)

7pm: Open Mic @ Culantros (Hamilton) (Weekly)

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

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

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

8pm: Tony Yayo (G-Unit) @ Maxwell's (Waterloo) $39.50

9pm-2am: Mike B (Test Icicles) @ Jimmy Jazz (Guelph) (Weekly)

10pm-2am: Open Stage @ NV (Guelph) (Weekly)

Thursday, February 9

#hblgigs #OntMusic #HamOnt #HamOntMusic

6-9pm: James Anthony @ Blue Ice (Oakville) (Weekly)

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

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

6:30-9:30pm: Stan Chang @ Manhattans (Guelph)

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

7-9pm: Taylor Laslo @ Doc Magilligan's (Niagara Falls)

7-11pm: Open Mic Night @ Royal City Studios (Guelph) (Weekly)

7:30-10:30pm: Mel Monaco @ Irish Harp (Niagara-on-the-Lake) 

9pm: McBrown + Guests @ Corktown Pub (Hamilton) $?

Friday, February 3, 2023

Hamilton's Andre Bisson Wins Blues and Roots International Song of the Year Contest

Hamilton's Andre Bisson was the overall winner of the Blues and Roots International Song Contest. He also previously won the Male Artist category. The talented Bluesmen will collect an extra $750 CAD on top of the $250 CAD he earned for the category.


Andre's Fan Page posted the following 

A big thank you to Blues & Roots Radio and to the Jury around the world who voted for André’s song as the International Song of the Year, this is a great honour as the committee is made up of great music industry professionals. Thank you to all of the musicians who performed on this song and album! Also a Congratulations to Izzy Burns, Jeff Plankenhorn and all of the finalists.

Andre added:

I just wanted to say thank you so much for all your support and congratulations over the past week. I am truly grateful for every like, comment, and share I have received. Also, a huge thank you to Loretta Hale for all the hard work she does to make sure the music gets out to all the right places. It is all of your support and kindness that motivates and inspires me to continue to create and perform the music I love. Thank you!! 

 Andre Bisson (Hamilton) - Down The Line (WINNER!)

1st Place Runner Up! Izzy Burns (Idaho) - Guessing Game

Video above courtesy of Izzy Burns

2nd Place Runner Up: Jeff Plankenhorn (BC)- Trouble Find Me

Video above courtesy of Jeff Plankenhorn

Thursday, February 2, 2023

Vote for the 2023 Hamilton Community News Readers' Choice Awards

It's time to get out and vote for the 2023 Hamilton Community News Reader's Choice Awards.  Deadline to get your vote out is Monday, February 27, 2023.

Here's a list of nominees from the music-related categories.

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Wednesday, February 1, 2023

2023 Juno Nominees (including tons of local acts)

Nominees for the 2023 Junos were recently announced and lots of local artists are in the running. Good luck on March 12-13 during the ceremony in Edmonton.

Below is a complete list of winners. Local acts are bolded.

Adult Contemporary Album

Alternative Album

Blues Album

Breakthrough Group

  • Harm & Ease (Burlington)
  • Banx & Ranx 
  • Rare Americans 
  • Tommy Lefroy 
  • Wild Rivers 

Children's Album

Classical Album (Large Ensemble)

  • Clara – Robert – Johannes: Lyrical Echoes Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra, conducted by Alexander Shelley 
  • Handel: Messiah, HWV 56 Ensemble Caprice, Ensemble Vocal Arts-Quebec, conducted by Matthias Maute, featuring Karina Gauvin 
  • Richard Strauss: Metamorphosen – Arvo Pärt: Symphonie No. 4, “Los Angeles” I Musici de Montréal, conducted by Jean-Marie Zeitouni 
  • Viola Borealis Orchestre de l’Agora, conducted by Nicolas Ellis, featuring Marina Thibeault 

Contemporary Roots Album

  • O Glory - Blackie and The Rodeo Kings (Hamilton, Guelph)
  • That Was You and Me - Fortunate Ones 
  • Hold on to Love - Shakura S’Aida Independent
  • Come Morning - The Bros. Landreth 
  • House of Dreams - The East Pointers

Country Album

  • Good Ol’ Days - The Reklaws (Cambridge)
  • Way Back - High Valley 
  • Honkytonk Revival - Jade Eagleson 
  • Bronco - Orville Peck 
  • Masquerades -  Tenille Townes 

Dance Recording

  • Spiral - Rezz (Niagara Falls)
  • Afterglow - Bob Moses and Kasablanca 
  • Shinigami Eyes - Grimes 
  • These Nights feat. KIDDO - Loud Luxury 
  • CTRL + ALT + DEL - Rêve 

Electronic Album

Fan Choice 

  • The Reklaws (Cambridge)
  • Avril Lavigne 
  • Lauren Spence-Smith 
  • MacKenzie Porter 
  • Preston Pablo 
  • Rêve
  • Shawn Mendes 
  • Tate McRae 
  • The Weeknd 
  • Tyler Shaw 


Instrumental Album


  • Murda Beatz (Fort Erie)
  • Akeel Henry 
  • Banx & Ranx
  • Mike Wise

Rap Single

Vocal Jazz Album

  • blue - Diana Panton (Hamilton)
  • Featuring - Caity Gyorgy 
  • Venez donc chez moi - Laura Anglade and Sam Kirmayer 
  • Nikki By Starlight - Nikki Yanofsky 
  • The Ostara Project - The Ostara Project 

Adult Alternative Album

  • Born Losers - Altameda
  • The Garden - Basia Bulat 
  • Being Somewhere - Dan Mangan 
  • Colder Streams - The Sadies 
  • How Is It That I Should Look At The Stars - The Weather Station 


  • WHO HURT YOU? - Ali Gatie
  • Love Sux - Avril Lavigne 
  • Demons Protected By Angels - NAV 
  • i used to think i could fly - Tate McRae 
  • Dawn FM - The Weeknd 

Album Artwork

  • Emy Storey (Art Director, Designer, & Photographer), Becca McFarlane and Pamela Littky (Photographer): CRYBABY – Tegan and Sara 
  • Ian Ilavsky (Art Director & Designer), Maciek Szczerbowski (Illustrator): EVERYTHING WAS FOREVER UNTIL IT WAS NO MORE – Esmerine 
  • Jud Haynes (Art Director & Designer): KUBASONGS – Kubasonics 
  • Kee Avil (Art Director), Lawrence Fafard (Photographer): CREASE – Kee Avil 
  • Lights (Art Director & Illustrator), Virgilio Tzaj (Designer), Matt Barnes (Photographer): PEP – Lights 


  • Avril Lavigne 
  • Lauren Spencer-Smith
  • Michael Bublé 
  • Shawn Mendes
  • The Weeknd 

Breakthrough Artist

  • Dax 
  • Devon Cole 
  • Preston Pablo 
  • RealestK 
  • Rêve

Classical Album (Small Ensemble) 

  • Nagamo - Andrew Balfour and musica intima 
  • Hemsi: Chamber Works - ARC Ensemble 
  • Vagues et ombres - collectif9 
  • Early Italian Cello Concertos - Elinor Frey and Rosa Barocca, conducted by Claude Lapalme 
  • De la cour de Louis XIV à Shippagan! Chants traditionnels acadiens et airs de cour du XVIIe siècle - Suzie LeBlanc, Marie Nadeau-Tremblay, Vincent Lauzer, and Sylvain Bergeron 

Classical Album (Solo)

  • Winner of the 18th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition Warsaw 2021 - Bruce Liu 
  • Prokofiev: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 1 - David Jalbert 
  • La Zingarella: Through Romany Songland - Isabel Bayrakdarian 
  • Bach: Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin - James Ehnes 
  • Fables - Philip Chiu 

Classical Composition

  • An Overall Augmented Sense of Well-being - Anthony Tan 
  • Bestiary I & II - Bekah Simms 
  • The Black Fish - Keyan Emami 
  • Prayers for Ruins - Nicole Lizée 
  • Supervillain Études - Vincent Ho 

Comedy Album

  • Let Me Hold Your Baby - Courtney Gilmour 
  • Splash Pad - Jackie Pirico 
  • A Person Who Is Gingerbread - Jon Dore 
  • Here Live, Not A Cat - Matt Wright 
  • Things Black Girls Say – The Album -  Zabrina Douglas 

Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album

  • Into The Wild - Dan Bremnes 
  • TRUST - Daniel Ojo 
  • Jordan St. Cyr - Jordan St. Cyr 
  • Only Ever Always - Love & The Outcome 
  • The Church Will Rise - Tehillah 

Contemporary Indigenous Artist or Group

  • Watin - Aysanabee 
  • Zhawenim - Digging Roots 
  • Code Red - Indian City 
  • Beyond The Reservoir - Julian Taylor 
  • The Crossing - Susan Aglukark 

Contemporary R&B Recording

  • When Flowers Bloom - Adria Kain 
  • If I Get Caught - dvsn 
  • No Longer in the Suburbs - Dylan Sinclair 
  • YESSIE - Jessie Reyez 
  • WTF - Savannah Ré  

Francophone Album

  • medium plaisir - Ariane Roy 
  • Mercure en mai - Daniel Bélanger 
  • PICTURA DE IPSE : Musique directe - Hubert Lenoir 
  • Crash Les - Louanges 
  • Chiac Disco - Lisa LeBlanc

Global Music Album

  • In the Footsteps of Rumi - Ghalia Benali Constantinople, Kiya Tabassian 
  • Thieves of Dreams - Lenka Lichtenberg
  • José Louis And The Paradox Of Love - Pierre Kwenders 
  • Vox.Infold - Ruby Singh 
  • Tradisyon - Wesli  

International Album

  • = - Ed Sheeran 
  • Harry’s House - Harry Styles 
  • MONTERO - Lil Nas X 
  • Midnights - Taylor Swift 
  • Red (Taylor’s Version) - Taylor Swift 

Jazz Album (Group)

  • Semantics - Andrew Rathbun Quintet 
  • Talk Memory - BADBADNOTGOOD 
  • The History of Us - Carn Davidson 9 
  • Desert Bloom - Florian Hoefner Trio 
  • The Dragon’s Tail - Mark Kelso & the Jazz Exiles 

Jazz Album (Solo)

  • Joy - Ernesto Cervini 
  • A Little Louder Now - Lauren Falls 
  • El Tinajon - Luis Deniz 
  • Rumba - Rafael Zaldivar 
  • Kinds of Love - Renee Rosnes 

Metal/Hard Music Album

  • Psychic Jailbreak - Cancer Bats 
  • Merciless Destruction - Get The Shot 
  • Paid In Full - Skull Fist 
  • Synchro Anarchy - VOIVOD 
  • Thought Form Descent - WAKE 

Music Video

  • Fraud - Jessie Reyez (directed by Emma Higgins)
  • Unholy feat. Kim Petras  - Sam Smith and Kim Petras (directed by Floria Sigismondi)
  • Have Mercy - Chlöe (directed by Karena Evans)
  • Different Than Before - Amanda Sum (directed by Mayumi Yoshida)
  • Remember Me For Me feat. Lily Moore  - SonReal and Lily Moore (directed by Sterling Larose)

Pop Album

  • In The Meantime - Alessia Cara 
  • Love Sux - Avril Lavigne 
  • The Loneliest Time - Carly Rae Jepsen 
  • i used to think i could fly - Tate McRae 
  • Dawn FM - The Weeknd 

Rap Album/EP

  • GONZO - Boslen 
  • Retrospected (Acoustic) - Classified 
  • The Fleur Print Vol. 2 - Jazz Cartier 
  • Demons Protected By Angels - NAV
  • Shall I Continue? - TOBi

Recording Engineer

  • Derek Hoffman
  • George Seara
  • Gus van Go
  • Jason Dufour
  • Serban Ghenea

Reggae Recoding

  • Water Ammoye - Lulaword
  • Like A Star - Celena 
  • Jah Love - Exco Levi 
  • In The Streets - Kairo McLean 
  • Reggae Party feat. Kairo McLean & Finn - Kirk Diamond, Kairo McLean and Finn

Rock Album

  • Otherness - Alexisonfire
  • Crisis Of Faith - Billy Talent 
  • Get Rollin’ - Nickelback 
  • Outta Sight - The Sheepdogs 
  • EXPLOSIONS - Three Days Grace 


  • Bite Me - Avril Lavigne 
  • Flowers Need Rain - Preston Pablo and Banx & Ranx 
  • When You’re Gone - Shawn Mendes 
  • she’s all i wanna be - Tate McRae 
  • Sacrifice - The Weeknd 


  • The Weeknd
  • Tate McRae
  • Tenille Townes
  • TOBi

Traditional Indigenous Artist or Group

  • kâkîsimo ᑳᑮᓯᒧᐤ - Cikwes 
  • Katajjausiit - Iva & Angu
  • Mikwanak Kamôsakinat - Joel Wood 
  • Ôskimacîtahowin: A New Beginning - Northern Cree 
  • Unbreakable - The Bearhead Sisters 

Traditional R&B/Soul Recording

  • Please Do Not Lean feat. BADBADNOTGOOD - Daniel Caesar 
  • PALISADE - Jon Vinyl 
  • All I Need - SAFE 
  • Last One feat. Dylan Sinclair - Savannah Ré 

Traditional Roots Album

  • Hurricane Clarice - Allison de Groot & Tatiana Hargreaves 
  • 20 printemps - Le Vent du Nord 
  • Narrow Line - Mama’s Broke 
  • Tell ‘Em You Were Gold - Pharis & Jason Romero 
  • The Empress - The McDades 

Underground Dance Single

  • Debonair - Bensley 
  • Aye Aye - BLOND:ISH and Cameron Jack 
  • The Time Is (Now) - Fred Everything 
  • I Knew Techno - Greg Gow 
  • Easy - Tiga 

Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Celebrating Black History Month - Videos by Sonny Greenwich, R Nathaniel Dett, Liberty Silver

Historical Bits

Links: Sonny Greenwich, More Sonny Greenwich StoriesVideo above courtesy of Aaron Oppenheim

Historical Bits (from Wikipedia)

  • Born in Drummondville, Ontario (now Niagara Falls) on October 11, 1882.
  • During his lifetime he was a leading Black composer, known for his use of African-American folk songs and spirituals as the basis for choral and piano compositions.
  • Moved to Niagara Falls, NY in 1893
  • From 1924 to 1926, Dett served as president of The National Association of Negro Musicians
  • Died of a heart attack on October 2, 1943 during a USO tour.
  • Canada's Nathaniel Dett Chorale, founded in 1998, was named for him and performs his music as well as that of other composers of African descent

Links: R Nathaniel DeetVideo above courtesy of robt007

Historical Bits (from Wikipedia)

  • Born in Detroit in 1961/62
  • Was adopted in Canada as a child.
  • At 12 years old, her Reggae band, The Wild Bunch opened for Bob Marley in New York City 
  • Became the first Black woman in history to win a JUNO Award in 1995
  • Also in 1995, she was the first-ever Juno recipient of the ‘Best R&B/Soul Recording of the Year’ for her single “Lost Somewhere Inside Your Love.” 
  • Competed in Star Search and won multiple times.

Links: Liberty SilverVideo above courtesy of Rammit Records

More Black History Month Videos

Previous (Maple Blues Award Winners) - - - Next (Juno Nominees)

2023 Maple Blues Award Winners (including local acts)

Awards were handed out January 30, 2023 at  Harbourfront Centre Theatre in Toronto. 

Below is a complete list of winners. Local artists are in bold.

* artists is signed with Waterdown's Stony Plain Records

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