Sunday, April 26, 2015

The First Annual Hammer Blues Awards Celebrates Hamilton, the Blues Capital of Canada!

The First Annual Hammer Blues Awards (organized by the Hamilton Blues Society) were held at Jett Hall on April 25, 2015.  The awards portion of the show ended with a wonderful surprise: Hamilton City Hall's official recognition of Hamilton as the Blues Capital of Canada!  We all knew this in our hearts but now its all nice and legal!

The night was a celebration of the local talent that we are blessed to have in this area.  Winners had nothing but praise for this incredible city.  In her acceptance speech,  Canada's Queen of the Blues Rita Chiarelli proclaimed, "We don't just play the Blues, we identify with the Blues." "Hamilton is Bluestown," she added enthusiastically.

The Jack de Keyzer Band were the big winners of the night with the man himself winning for Electric Act of the Year and the band got 3 awards (bass, keyboard, sax).

Links: Jack de KeyzerMore Jack De Keyzer Stories,  Video above courtesy of Mako Funasaka

Also, three music legends were added to the Hamilton Blues Society Wall of Fame that night as well. Veteran Sonny Del-Rio was inducted along with King Biscuit Boy and Jackie Washington.

Links: Sonny Del RioMore Sonny Del Rio StoriesVideo above courtesy of James Goodrick


Here is a complete list of winners:

Links: Joel JohnsonMore Joel Johnson StoriesThe Mighty Duck Blues BandMore MDBB Stories,  Video above courtesy of TheLoinTavern

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