Sunday, February 28, 2016

Niagara's Rockin' Rich Dawson (of Rich and the Poor Boys) Passes

We are saddened to report that Rockin' Rich, the main man from Rich and the Poor Boys, recently passed away. Poor Boys bassist Jerry Salfi posted the following on Facebook: "I have just received word and it is my sad duty to report that Rockin Rich (Rich Dawson) has died of a heart attack in Thailand. As you can imagine this is a very sad and confusing time for everyone.  Our condolences to his family, friends and fans.

From the band's website: Rockin’ Rich is a harmonica player and singer who has performed in Niagara Falls and Toronto since the early 1970’s. Rich has had numerous radio, TV and movie appearances. His performance schedule has taken him from street dances to beer halls -stadiums and even to resorts on the beaches of Jamaica. Rich’s dynamic stage presence and unique vocals make him a highly sought after front man. His harmonica playing is intense and electrifying with ferocious power and big fat tone. His use of creative phrasings sets him apart from most harp slingers.

We will post further information as it becomes available.

On Saturday March 5, 2016 at 9pm, There'll be a celebration/open stage in honour of Rich at the Dunn Street Grill in Niagara Falls.

Click here for the Niagara Falls Review story on Rich.

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Links: Rich and the Poor Boys, Videos above courtesy of Toronto Live Music Scene

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Saturday, February 27, 2016

CONGRATS! Burlington Post Readers' Choice Award Winners

Burlington citizens have voted for the best their wonderful city has to offer!  The Burlington Post 2016 Readers' Choice Award winners were recently released and there are quite a few music-related categories. CONGRATS EVERYONE!

Here are a few highlights:

Local Entertainers
Live Entertainment
Local Tourist Attraction
Music Store (New)
Music Store (Used)
Musical Instruction
Musical Instrument Store

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Thursday, February 25, 2016

News Roundup (Stingray Music Chart, Prism Prize, Big Johnny Blue, Maggie Ciere)


  1. The 24th Street Wailers: Where Evil Grows
  2. Andre BissonLeft With The Blues
  3. Jordan Officer: Blue Skies
  4. Lee Palmer: Like Elway
  5. The Bros. Landreth: Let It Lie
  6. Dione Taylor: Born Free
  7. David Owen: Livin' Life (Produced by Gary Kendall)
  8. Ben Racine Band: A Grand New Brew
  9. Harmonica Shah: If You Live To Get Old, You Will Understand (ft Jack de Keyzer
  10. Blackburn: Brothers In This World
69. CrissingerBlues Expression (recorded in Hamilton)

    The Adventures of Trebleclef, the Hamilton Blues Lovers Monkey

    Trebleclef was at the first session of the brand new Hamilton Regional Songwriters Group at the Artword Artbar.


    He also visited Mississippi Queen Foods and experience the amazing, bluesy atmosphere and great food


    The little guy also popped in to Urban Hamilton Artists (co-owned by musician Maggie Ciere) to check out their great printing services and wonderful music merch!

    Links: Maggie Ciere, More Maggie Ciere Videos, Video above courtesy of Maggie Ciere

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        Wednesday, February 24, 2016

        Hamilton's Lori Yates is Back and Better Than Ever on Her New Album!

        Lori Yates, Canada's Alt-Country Queen, is back and better than ever!  Sweetheart of the Valley, the first album from the Hamilton songstress in over seven years, features some of her most fabulous work to date.

        Backed mainly by her old bandmates from  Hey Stella, the album's brimming with spirit, beauty, energy and emotion.  Lori's evocative and powerful vocals will enchant you and rock your socks off too.  This is some of the best Americana music being made out there.

        If you want a copy (and who wouldn't?) it can be picked up at her live shows, Picks & SticksDr. DiscCheapies, and Encore Records in Kitchener. The album is available online through cdbabyiTunes and eMusic as well.

        Blast from the Past: Lori Yates on Barber Shop Podcast

        Links: Lori YatesMore Lori Yates Stories, Videos above courtesy of Googegdg, More Releases

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        Tuesday, February 23, 2016

        The Legendary Stan Rogers Honoured with Greatest Hamiltonian Award

        Legendary Steel City singer/songwriter Stan Rogers was honoured posthumously with a Greatest Hamiltonian of the Year award.  The folk icon was recognized at the Hamilton Heritage Awards on Saturday, February 21, 2016.  His widow, Ariel Rogers, was on-hand to accept the well-deserved honour.

        Stan Rogers, who passed away in 1983, became an indelible part of the Canadian folk scene and left behind a tremendous legacy. He was a tremendous Hamilton musical ambassador.

        Click here for a Spectator article on the awards.

        Links: Stan RogersMore Stan Rogers Stories, Videos above courtesy of Quantorful

        Blast from the Past: Stan Rogers on CBC's Best Canadian Songs List

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        Thursday, February 18, 2016

        News Roundup (Terrance Morgan and Marcus Starr, Kendall Wall Band, Sing Me a River, Ron Sexsmith on X-Files)

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        The Adventures of Trebleclef, the Hamilton Blues Lovers Monkey

        Trebleclef now has his own Instagram page. Check it out.

        Trebleclef hung out at the Winking Judge with Mash Paddle Brewing co-founder (and Overplayers bassist) Matty Buzanko and his pals.  You can try out their incredible beer at the Judge.


        He also went to see David Lum play at the Brantford Station Gallery.  He was later joined his 'Sing Me a River' bandmate, Dorothea Smith.

        David Lum & Dorothea Jakelski Smith of 'Sing Me a River' @ The Station House Galley #BrntfOnMusic #BrantOnMusic #hblvids
        Posted by Hamilton B. Lous on Tuesday, February 16, 2016

        Links: David LumMore David Lum Stories, Video above courtesy of Hamilton B LousAnother video from the show: David Lum solo

        Click here for more photos from the event

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        Wednesday, February 17, 2016

        St. Catharines Group, Le Trio Parisien Will Transport You to Paris!

        Can't afford to go to Paris?  Well you can get the next best thing by picking up C'est Ci Bon, the latest album from Le Trio Parisien ft Juliet Dunn.  This beautiful Jazz recording will transport you to a patio in a little European cafe.

        St. Catharines chanteuse Juliet Dunn has a breathtaking voice that will melt your heart and get your toes tapping.   The lady can handle upbeat cabaret numbers and slinky, sultry torch songs (and all in French too!)

        Joining her is Peter Shea (who teamed up with Juliet as (the Shea D Duo), Neva Tesolin, and Adrian Juras.  They handle multiple instruments and do an impeccable job with the European flavour of the sound.

        If you're ready for a wonderful sonic trip, you can pick up a copy of the CD at their live shows and by download via

        Blast From the Past: Juliet and Peter Nominated for Entrepreneur Award

        Links: Le Trio Parisien, More Juliet Dunn Stories, Videos above courtesy of Juliet Dunn

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        Tuesday, February 16, 2016

        CONGRATS! Local Engineers Win Grammys

        Peter Moore, a Hamilton native, made his hometown proud by winning a Grammy on February 15, 2016 in Los Angeles.  The recording he helped engineer, Bob Dylan: The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11, won the Best Historical Album category.  He shared the accolades with Jan Haust (from London, ON), Steve Berkowitz, Jeff Rosen and Mark Wilder.

        The six-CD collection features recently discovered 1967 recordings of Dylan and the Band.  They were found in a locker of the Band's Garth Hudson.  Peter assisted with restoring the amazing performances for all to hear.

        Click here for the Spectator story on Peter.

        Links: Bob Dylan, More Bob Dylan Stories, The Band, More Stories of the Band, Video above courtesy of Sony Music Italia

        A sound engineer formerly from Burlington, Charles Moniz, worked on Mark Ronson's Uptown Funk ft Bruno Mars, which won Record of the Year.

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        Monday, February 15, 2016

        Happy 1st Birthday to Trebleclef! Check Out His New Instagram Page!

        It's been one year since we introduced, Trebleclef, the Hamilton Blues Lovers monkey to the HBL family.  Since then he's had many musical adventures.

        To celebrate, he's created his very own Instagram page where you can check out pictures of his travels. Check it out here.

        Links: Rolling Stones, More Rolling Stones Stories/Covers,  Video above courtesy of James Kelly

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        Thursday, February 11, 2016

        News Roundup (Sarah Beatty, Matty Simpson, Mighty Duck Blues Band, Al Lerman)



        The Adventures of Trebleclef, the Hamilton Blues Lovers Monkey

        Trebleclef checked out Winterfest at the Hamilton Waterfront and got to see the cult-classic Strange Brew! Take off, eh!

        Click here for more photos from the event


        He also went to see the Mighty Duck Blues Band with Al Lerman of Fathead

        Video: Al Lerman of Fathead w the Mighty Duck Blues Band at The Jet Hall #HamOnt #HamOntMusic #hblvids Gary Kendall Dave Curry Jim Casson David Torosian
        Posted by Hamilton B. Lous on Tuesday, February 9, 2016

        More Videos from the show - Bassist Gary Kendall on Vocals, Drummer Jim Casson on Vocals

        Links: Mighty Duck Blues BandMore MDBB Stories, Al Lerman, More Fathead Stories,  Video above courtesy of Hamilton B Lous

        Click here for more photos from the event

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        Wednesday, February 10, 2016

        Hamilton Blues Greats to Shake and Groove at the Jet Hall!

        For the past few months, our friends at BluesSource Entertainment have been supplying the Jet Hall in Hamilton with some incredible Blues bands. Frank Cosentino, Wicked Grin, Joel Johnson, Soulstack, Irene Torres, the Mighty Duck Blues Band and others have been shakin' and groovin' the venue.

        For the next little while, Hammertown Bluesmakers will be hitting the Jet Hall stage and rockin' their hometown.

        Here are few videos of these upcoming Hamilton performers.  Be sure to check them out - you won't regret it.  There'll be dancing, wonderful drinks, tasty food and explosive music!

        Links: Sonny Del RioMore Sonny Del Rio StoriesVideo above courtesy of Barb Pitre

        Links: Andre BissonMore Andre Bisson storiesMore Beatles Covers/Stories, Video above courtesy of Andre Bisson

        Links: Tim GibbonsMore Tim Gibbons StoriesVideo above courtesy of Pauline DeRosa

        Blast from the Past: Videos from Previous Jet Hall Performers

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        Tuesday, February 9, 2016

        Check Out the Amazing Mo' Kauffey Fundraiser on Feb 27!

        The Hamilton Blues Lovers are hosting an amazing fundraiser to help the wonderful Mo Kauffey in his battle against stage 4 liver cancer. 

        Basic Info: February 27, 2016, 2pm-6pm @ The Artword Artbar in Hamilton. 

        Musical lineup:
        2-230pm - Ambre Mclean
        240-3:10pm - Ian Andrews
        3:20-3:50pm - Will Gillespie
        4:00-4:30pm - Duane Rutter
        4:40- 5:10pm - Mo Kauffey
        5:10- 6pm Open Stage/Jam EVERYBODY WELCOME TO JOIN IN!

        There'll also be raffle prizes courtesy of Aberdeen Tavern,Artword ArtbarLittle Paws Cat Sitting, Picks and Sticks, Urban Hamilton Artists, First Choice Computer Solutions, and the  Blues Tribe Podcast

        You can also donate directly to Mo' at:

        To whet your appetite, here are some video from the incredible performers (we'll be posting more later).

        Click here for part 2.

        Links: Ambre McleanMore Ambre McLean StoriesVideo above courtesy of Northwood Records

        Links: Ian AndrewsMore Ian Andrews StoriesVideo above courtesy of Ian Andrews

        Links: Mo KauffeyMore Mo' Kauffey StoriesVideo above courtesy of Robert Denton

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        Sunday, February 7, 2016

        Kitchener's Stony Lonesome Capture Dynamic Show on Newest Live Album

        Kitchener country group, Stony Lonesome do an incredible job of capturing an impressive, dynamic live show on their latest album.   Live at the House of Miracles (courtesy of Busted Flat Records) is an amazing document of their no-nonsense, fun, unpredictable performances.

        The gang runs through their compelling originals brimming with honky tonks and broken hearts.  They also throw in a couple of interesting covers: The jazz standard Sunny Side of the Street and Maybe Tomorrow (The Littlest Hobo home).  Stoney Lonesome pack the tunes with top-notch playing, including some amazing pedal steel work.

        You can pick up a copy of the CD at their live shows or via the Busted Flat online shop.

        Links: Stony Lonesome, Videos above courtesy of Steve Wood

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        Thursday, February 4, 2016

        News Roundup (Jefferson Airplane Founders Pass, Chuckee Zehr, Dave Ptolemy, Quails in the Nest)

        Two founders of Jefferson Airplane recently passed:
        Paul Kantner (guitarist)
        Signe Anderson (original singer)
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        The Adventures of Trebleclef, the Hamilton Blues Lovers Monkey

        Trebleclef went to Ray's Place in Hamilton to check out the Dave Ptolemy Band!

        Video above courtesy of Scott Vallance

        Click here for more photos from the event


        He also visited the wonderful Delhi Street Bistro in Guelph to hear Mo' Kauffey do his thing!

        Click here for more photos from the event

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        Wednesday, February 3, 2016

        GOOD LUCK! 2016 Junos Get Local!

        The nominees for the 2016 Junos were recently announced and, as always, quite a few local artists earned some much-deserved recognition.  Hopefully, they'll be boasting a few awards come April 3, 2016 when the ceremony is televised from Calgary this year.

        Industry veterans, LeE HaRVeY OsMOND (Contemporary Roots Album) and Harrison Kennedy (Blues Album) will be representing Hamilton.  So will Whitehorse (Adult Alternative Album, Producer, Recording Engineer) and The City Harmonic (Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album).

        Links: Lee Harvey OsmondMore Lee Harvey Osmond StoriesVideo above courtesy of Latent Recordings

        Links: Harrison KennedyMore Harrison Kennedy StoriesVideo above courtesy of Andrea Cassis

        Other local nominees include Burlington rockers Walk Off The Earth (Fan Choice, Group, Producer), St. Catharines' City and Colour (Artist, Songwriter, Producer), Daniel Romano (Adult Alternative Album) from Welland and Six Nations performer Derek Miller (Aboriginal Album).

        Links: Derek MillerMore Derek Miller StoriesVideo above courtesy of Silverheels Records

        Top nominees include The Weeknd (6), rapper Drake (5) and pop sensation Justin Bieber (5).


        Click here for the winners: Part 1, Part 2

        From the Media: Hamilton Spectator, Burlington Post

        Here are some highlights:

        BLUES ALBUM 
        FAN CHOICE
        ROCK ALBUM
        VIDEO (director in parenthesis)
        Click here for the complete list

        Blast from the Past: Last Year's Winners

        Links: Juno AwardsMore Juno Stories

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