Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Monday, November 26, 2012

James Anthony Band and Wendell Ferguson@Black Swan (November 17, 2012)

James Anthony (guitar, left - vocals on Every Day I Got the Blues and Your Mind is on Vacation), Gary Taylor (drums, vocals on Harvest Moon), Wendell Ferguson (guitar, centre), Bill Speers (keys on all except Spooky, vocals on Messin' with the Kid), Brent Bailey (of Rocket 88s)(keys & vocals on Spooky)

More Neil Young covers/stories

More BB King covers/stories

Click here for Wendell Ferguson's portion of the show

Blast from the Past: James Anthony and Others@Burlington Ribfest

Links: James Anthony, More James Anthony Stories


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Friday, November 23, 2012

Larry Coad Passes

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of local singer/songwriter Larry Coad.

He passed away on November 21, 2012 at the age of 66.

Our condolences go out to his friends and family.  He will be missed.

The Royal Botanical Gardens will host a  celebration of his life on December 10, 2012 (12-3 p.m)

Click here for his obituary from the Spectator

Below are a few videos from a recent benefit in his honour. Courtesy of Garry Asselstine

Colin Butler's site

Harold MacIntyre's Site

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

New James Anthony Band CD: Live in the Barrel

The James Anthony Band has always had killer live performances.  Now thanks to their latest CD, Live in the Barrel, amazing highlights from those shows are now available.

James struts his stuff on some of his coolest songs such as Hound Dog Blues, Down With the Blues, Doin' Days and many others.The veteran guitarist and singer is in excellent form here.

The energy is also high when the band covers classics such as Born under a Bad Sign, Use Me, and Little Wing.

Throw in a couple of  wicked instrumental numbers and the CD becomes a wonderful showcase for what the band has to offer.

We're told there are a limited amount of copies so get yours soon at one of James' live shows.

Below is a video of one of the tracks from the CD.

Blast from the Past: Review of James' CD: On the Edge

Links: James Anthony, More James Anthony Stories


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Monday, November 19, 2012

Hamilton Music Award Winners

Congratulations to all the winners from the 2012 Hamilton Music AwardsIt was an amazing showcase of  all the wonderful talent we have in the city.

The big winner was Terra Lightfoot, who received three well-deserved awards (Female Artist, Female Vocalist, Alt-Country Album).  Blues veteran Harrison Kennedy walked away with two (Male Vocalist, Blues Album) as did Tomi Swick (Pop Recording, Video) and Luke Doucet (Adult Alternative Recording w Whitehorse, Best Guitarist)

The ceremonies were held November 15-18, 2012 at the McIntyre Theatre in Mohawk College.

Click here for the article from the Spectator, which includes the complete winner list.

Click here for video coverage from CHCH.

Here's Tomi Swick's video of the year, December Sky, courtesy of Tomi's YouTube Page


Below are highlights of the winners list.
  • Female Artist of the Year -Terra Lightfoot
  • Male Artist of the Year -Lee Reed
  • Local Group of the Year by the Peoples Choice -Hey Brother
  • New Artist/Group of the Year - Missy Bauman
  • Roots Recording of the Year - Ben Caplan and  the Casual Smokers – In The Time Of The Great Remembering
  • Alternative/Indie Rock Recording of the Year - CA Smith – Someone You Love
  • Folk/Traditional Recording of the YearS.G SinnicksThe Last Irishman In Corktown
  • Rock Recording of the Year - Arkells – Michigan Left
  • Adult Alternative Recording of the Year Whitehorse – The Fate Of The World Depends On This Kiss
  • Blues Recording of the Year Harrison KennedyShame The Devil
  • Alt/Country Recording of the Year - Terra Lightfoot – Terra Lightfoot
  • Pop Recording of the Year -  Tomi SwickTomi Swick
  • ArcelorMittal Dofasco Artist Lifetime Achievement Award Crowbar and Gordie Tapp (Hee Haw)
  • Songwriter of the Year - Arkells
  • Female Vocalist of the Year - Terra Lightfoot
  • Male Vocalist of the Year -  Harrison Kennedy
  • Canadian Recording of the Year by Peoples Choice (Sales over 10,000 units) - Monster Truck, The Brown EP
  • Record of the Year -  The Rest – Seesaw

From the Industry Awards

More from the Hamilton Music Awards

Blast from the Past: Last Year's Winners


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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Rob Szabo Wins Canadian Folk Music Award for Strongman CD

Toronto musician Rob Szabo won a 2012 Canadian Folk Music Award for his production work on Hamilton performer Steve Strongman's incredible acoustic CD A Natural Fact.


Local artists Whitehorse and  Ben Caplan were nominated but, unfortunately, didn't receive any awards.

The kudos were handed out on Saturday, November 17 in St. John's NB.

Click here for a complete list of nominations.

Below is a video of Rob playing with Steve, courtesy of Smyleseh

Links: Rob Szabo, More Rob Szabo Stories

Here's a full list of the winners:
  • Traditional Album of the Year -Metis Fiddler Quartet - Northwest Voyage Nord Ouest
  • Contemporary Album of the Year -The Deep Dark Woods - The Place I Left Behind
  • Children’s Album of the Year - Henri Godon - Chansons pour toutes sortes d'enfants
  • Traditional Singer of the Year - Lenka Lichtenberg
  • Contemporary Singer of the Year - Rose Cousins
  • Instrumental Solo Artist of the Year - Trent Freeman
  • Instrumental Group of the Year - The Fretless
  • English Songwriter of the Year - Catherine MacLellan
  • French Songwriter of the Year - Mes Aïeux
  • Vocal Group of the Year -The Once
  • Ensemble of the Year -The Fretless
  • Solo Artist of the Year - Michael Jerome Browne
  • World Group of the Year - Sultans of String
  • New/Emerging Artist of the Year -Pharis & Jason Romero
  • Producer of the Year - Rob Szabo - A Natural Fact (Steve Strongman)
  • Pushing the Boundaries - Sagapool
  • Young Performer of the Year - Lucas Chaisson
Blast from the Past: The 2011 CFMA Winners

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Hamilton Son Ben Caplan Wins Best Entertainer at Novia Scotia Music Awards

Hamilton-born Ben Caplan made his birth city proud by winning the Entertainer of the Year honours at the Novia Scotia Music Awards.  This was the only award voted on by the public.  The singer/songwriter was also nominated in 6 other categories: Male Artist Recording, Digital Artist, Recording, New Artist, and Songwriter.

To top things off,  Ben also knocked 'em dead with a live performance at the Awards Gala on Sunday November 11. 

This was all on the strength of his wonderful latest release in the time of great remembering (with the Casual Smokers).

Ben's immense pride was evident on his blog post: "What an amazing time to come home to Nova Scotia! I received the best welcome imaginable at Nova Scotia Music Week, and I’m extremely honoured and thankful to everyone who voted for me for Entertainer of the Year — I have some of the best fans and supporters a musician could ask for! I’m beside myself with joy and gratitude, so thank you and cheers to you all!"


Below are a few video from the CD, courtesy of AudioBloodMedia

Links: Ben Caplan, More Ben Caplan Stories


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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

New Pete Van Dyk and the Second Hand Band EP: Telephone

Telephone, the lastet EP from Pete Van Dyk and the Second Hand Band contains some of the hardest-edge blues rock you'll ever come across.  If your ears are craving something a little different and raucous, you can't go wrong with this!

Despite the rough and tumble nature of the sound, Pete and the boys never forget to lay down the all-important melody and rhythm.  Everything is heavy but groovy: from Pete's rough, primal voice to the high energy guitars, bass and drums.

Telephone is available as a download on their Bandcamp site.

Below is the video for the title track, courtesy of the band's YouTube page.

You can also stream the entire EP below

Blast from the Past: Review of  their Live EP

Links: Pete Van Dyk, More Pete Van Dyk Stories


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Friday, November 9, 2012

Daniel Lanois and Luke Doucet on CBC's Top 25 Canadian Guitarists List

To celebrate guitar month (November) over at CBC Music, they selected the top 25 Canadian guitarists of all time.  Two deserving, talented, local musicians made the cut: Daniel Lanois (13) and Luke Doucet (10). They are certainly in good company as the list boasts Neil Young, Randy Bachman, David Wilcox, Bruce Cockburn, Colin James and many other legends.  Alex Lifeson of Rush took the top spot.

Below is the complete list:

25 & 24. Dallas & Travis Good (Sadies)
23. Kevin Breit (Sisters Euclid)
22. Ian Blurton (ex-Change of Heart, C'mon)
21. David Wilcox
20. Liona Boyd
19. Rob Baker (Tragically Hip)
18. Don Ross
17. Keith Scott (Bryan Adams)
16. Brian Connelly (Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet)
15. Patrick Pentland (Sloan)
14. Kim Mitchell
13. Daniel Lanois
12. Ed Bickert
11. Colin James
10. Luke Doucet (Whitehorse)
9. Randy Bachman  (Guess Who, BTO)
8. Lenny Breau
7. Joni Mitchell
6. Rik Emmett (Triumph)
5. Neil Young
4. Bruce Cockburn
3. Robbie Robertson (The Band)
2. Jeff Healey
1. Alex Lifeson  (Rush)

Click here for full story

Check out these videos:

Links: Luke Doucet, More Luke Doucet Stories, Video courtesy of Six Shooter Records

Links: Daniel Lanois, More Daniel Lanois Stories

Blast From the Past: Daniel Lanois & Others@Harvest Picnic


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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

New Beard Album: Live at Baltimore House (Free Download)

Local blues duo, Beard, have unleashed an amazing new collection, Live at Baltimore House and it's available as a FREE DOWNLOAD.

You get 7 tracks of some of the rawest, roughest, gruffest blues rock around.  The group calls their music Dirty Sleazy Slide Blues Gumbo and that's an apt desciption.  Definitely not for the faint of heart.

This is hard drivin', heavy grooves that will have you bangin' yer head and shakin' yer butt.  The edgy vocals work well with the loud and proud guitar and drum work.  Sweet, soulful female backing vocals also add some wonderful depth to the proceedings, especially on Write Me a Few of Your Lines.

You can actually listen to (and download) the entire album below.

Link: Beard's Web Site


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Monday, November 5, 2012

Sonny Del-Rio Receives Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal

Local rock legend, Sonny Del-Rio was one of 30 prestigious Hamiltonians who received Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medals.  The veteran musician was recognized for his wonderful charity and musical contributions to Hamilton.  Mountain MP Chris Charlton handed out the awards on November 4, 2012 at Michaelangelo's.

Sonny was beaming with much-deserved pride on his Facebook page: "I am so excited to be awarded the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal! Can you believe it?! I am thrilled, humbled, and extremely proud!"


Click here for the Spectator's story on the ceremony

Below is a video of Sonny courtesy of Chris Labonville

Blast From the Past: Sonny Del Rio@It's Your Festival

Links: Sonny Del Rio, More Sonny Del Rio Stories


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Saturday, November 3, 2012

Derek Miller Wins Aboriginal People's Choice Music Award

Local bluesman, Derek Miller, has won the 2012 Aboriginal People's Choice Music Award for Best Blues CD (Derek Miller and Double Trouble).  The winners were announced on November 1 and 2 in Winnipeg.  CONGRATULATIONS!

Other wins of note:
  • Shy-Anne - Country CD, Single, Female Entertainer, Cover Design, Music Video, Producer/Engineer
  • Tracy Bone - Songwriter
  • Janet Panic - Folk/Acoustic
Click here for the complete list of winners.

Blast from the Past: Derek Miller@Brando's

Video below courtesy of Rakawii

Links: Derek Miller, More Derek Miller Stories


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Friday, November 2, 2012

Local Musicians Up for Canadian Folk Music Awards

Local performers keep on racking up the nominations - this time at the 2012 Canadian Folk Music Awards.

Hamilton's First Family of Folk, Whitehorse is nominated for 3 awards (Contemporary Album, Ensemble, Vocal Group).

Local boy Ben Caplan is up for New Emerging Artist and Rob Szabo received a nod for best producer, for Steve Strongman's A Natural Fact.

The awards will be handed out November 17 in St. John's NB.  GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!

Here is the complete list of nominees:

Traditional Album of the Year
  • Nicolas Pellerin- Petit grain d'or
  • Le Vent du Nord - Tromper le temps
  • Sheesham and Lotus & 'Son - 1929
  • Metis Fiddler Quartet - Northwest Voyage Nord Ouest
  • Lenka Lichtenberg - Songs for the Breathing Walls
Contemporary Album of the Year
  • Linda McRae - Rough Edges and Ragged Hearts
  • Whitehorse - Whitehorse
  • The Deep Dark Woods - The Place I Left Behind
  • Old Man Luedecke & Lake of Stew - Sing All About It
  • Rose Cousins - We Have Made A Spark
Children’s Album of the Year
  • Kathy Reid-Naiman and Hannah Naiman - Here We Go Zodeo
  • Andrew Queen - GROW
  • Will Stroet - Ensemble, en cadence
  • Henri Godon - Chansons pour toutes sortes d'enfants
  • Shelley Bean & The Duckety Muds - Shelley Bean & The Duckety Muds
Traditional Singer of the Year
  • Peter Wynne (The Wynnes)
  • Kim Beggs (The Blue Warblers)
  • Fred Jorgensen (The Navigators)
  • Sneezy Waters
  • Lenka Lichtenberg
Contemporary Singer of the Year
  • Keri Latimer
  • Geraldine Hollett (The Once)
  • Catherine MacLellan
  • Craig Cardiff
  • Rose Cousins
Instrumental Solo Artist of the Year
  • Rik Barron
  • Trent Freeman
  • Darren McMullen
  • Andrew Collins
  • Shaun Ferguson
Instrumental Group of the Year
  • Sultans of String
  • Oliver Schroer & Nuala Kennedy
  • The Fretless
  • Metis Fiddler Quartet
  • Gypsophilia
English Songwriter of the Year
  • Dala
  • The Deep Dark Woods
  • Jon Brooks
  • Catherine MacLellan
  • Annie Lou
  • PEAR
French Songwriter of the Year
  • Anique Granger
  • Mes Aïeux
  • Caracol
  • André Dédé Vander
  • Lisa LeBlanc
Vocal Group of the Year
  • Scarlett Jane
  • Dala
  • Whitehorse
  • The Once
  • Sweet Alibi
Ensemble of the Year
  • Whitehorse
  • Oliver Schroer & Nuala Kennedy
  • Le Vent du Nord
  • La Bottine Souriante
  • The Fretless
Solo Artist of the Year
  • Matt Andersen
  • Del Barber
  • Michael Jerome Browne
  • Anne Louise Genest (Annie Lou)
  • Rose Cousin
World Group of the Year
  • Sultans of String - MOVE
  • Roberto Lopez Afro-Colombian Jazz Orchestra - Azul
  • Zhambai Trio - Tambanavo
  • Sagapool - Sagapool
  • Surkalén - Essence de lumière
New/Emerging Artist of the Year
  • Scarlett Jane
  • Pharis & Jason Romero
  • Lisa LeBlanc
  • Ben Caplan & The Casual Smokers
  • Three Little Birds
Producer of the Year
  • Chris McKhool - MOVE (Sultans of String)
  • Mike Roth - Best Day (Dala)
  • Rob Szabo - A Natural Fact (Steve Strongman)
  • Glen Simmons - Soldiers & Sailors (The Navigators)
  • Francois Couture - YAHNDAWA' (YAHNDAWA')
Pushing the Boundaries
  • Sultans of String
  • Briga
  • Gadji-Gadjo
  • The Fretless
  • Sagapool
Young Performer of the Year
  • Emily Madronich
  • The Archers
  • Rebecca Lappa
  • Cassie and Maggie MacDonald
  • Lucas Chaisson
Blast from the Past: The 2011 CFMA Winners

Click here for the results

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