Thursday, March 31, 2016

News Roundup (Top Small Music Venues, Neil Cotton, Annette Haas, Meauxx Wilson)


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      The Adventures of Trebleclef, the Hamilton Blues Lovers Monkey

      Trebleclef  always has a ball at Saturday Nite Blues in Hamilton.  He enjoyed TG and the Swampsbusters' brand of boogie!



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      Wednesday, March 30, 2016

      Saturday Night Blues Continues to Bring You the Best (Pappy Johns Band, Joel Johnson, Erin McCallum, Dwayne LaForme)



      Our friends at BluesSource Entertainment have been bringing some of the best artists around to the Jet Hall in Hamilton as part of their Saturday Night Blues series.  The next few weeks are no exception.  Every explosive show starts at 8pm.  Tickets are $10 advanced and $15 at the door.

      Check out a few videos from some of the amazing upcoming performers.

      April 16, 2016: Pappy Johns Band



      Links:  More Pappy Johns Band StoriesVideo above courtesy of Various Artists - Topic

      April 23, 2016: Joel Johnson Live CD Recording



      Links: More Joel Johnson StoriesVideo above courtesy of Blues Johnson

      April 30, 2016: Erin McCallum Band



      Links: More Erin McCallum StoriesVideo above courtesy of MyOwnLove

      May 14, 2016: Dwayne LaForme



      Links: More Dwayne LaForme StoriesVideo above courtesy of Daragent2

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      Tuesday, March 29, 2016

      Guelph Soul Sensation Joni NehRita is a Genre-Blending Master on Her New Album!


      You can't pin down Guelph soul sensation Joni Nehrita on her latest album, Bloom (through Chanter Records).  This lady's a genre -blending master.  Both old fashioned and modern soul sounds flow together, peppered with jazz, rock, reggae and much more.

      Her breathtaking voice ably handles everything with style and class.  You'll never know what's coming next but you're guaranteed to be impressed and moved!

      This amazing sound is also courtesy of her superb back up band (Thomas Hammerton (keys), Tyler Wagler (bass), Adam Bowman (drums) and Nick Zubeck (guitar).  Other incredible guests in include Chris Rouse (keys), Attiila Toth (bass), Alison Young (sax) and Ryan Boisselle (guitar).

      So if you're in the mood for something  unpredictable and fun, you can purchase the album via her online store or cdbaby.  It can also be downloaded through iTunes and eMusic.







      Links: Joni Nehrita, More Joni NehRita Stories, Videos above courtesy of JoniNehRita-TopicMore Releases

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      Sunday, March 27, 2016

      Kent MacMillan @ Mo' Kauffey Fundraiser



      These videos are in memory of the late Mo' Kauffey. His family still needs your help. Please give at: https://www.youcaring.com/gary-wickizer-aka-mo-kauffey-457124



      Links: More Bob Dylan Covers/Stories, Video above courtesy of Hamilton Blues Lovers



      Links: More Robert Johnson Covers/StoriesVideo above courtesy of Hamilton Blues Lovers


      Kent MacMillan performs at the Mo' Kauffey Fundraiser, Artword Artbar 15 Colbourne St. Hamilton #HamOnt #HamOntMusic #hblvids Pls donate to Mo's family: https://www.youcaring.com/gary-wickizer-aka-mo-kauffey-457124
      Posted by Hamilton B. Lous on Saturday, March 19, 2016



      Kent MacMillan performs at the Mo' Kauffey Fundraiser, Artword Artbar 15 Colbourne St. Hamilton #HamOnt #HamOntMusic #hblvids Pls donate to Mo's family: https://www.youcaring.com/gary-wickizer-aka-mo-kauffey-457124
      Posted by Hamilton B. Lous on Saturday, March 19, 2016


      Two videos above courtesy of Hamilton B Lous. The last one is a cover of a Mo' Kauffey song from a memorial show in Guelph.  Click here for more pics from the memorial.

      More videos from this show: Ambre McLeanWill Gillespie, , Duane Rutter & Greg BriscoKauffey Temple

      Links: Kent MacMillan, More Kent MacMillan Stories,  Mo KauffeyMore Mo' Kauffey Stories,

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      Saturday, March 26, 2016

      Hamilton's Juliana LaChance Unleashes 2 Incredibly Diverse Recordings!

      In the past months, Hamilton singer/songwriter, Juliana LaChance unleashed two diverse recordings!  Both are unique musical and artistic statements in their own right.


      Late last year, Juliana released, HEYAHO.  In her own words, "This album is a concept album of love passion and spirit".  It's a psychedelic, trippy, poetic, sonic ride featuring short songs with a minimalist, sometimes chanting sound.  If you're in the market for something different, you should definitely check it out.

      It's available for download through her Bandcamp page.




      Her latest, Crackle Pop, which came out earlier this year has a fuller, poppier feel.  While retaining the poetic and artistic aspect of Juliana's sound, the album features cool, funky beats and some catchy rhythms.  There's even a little rap thrown in.

      You can download this album through Bandcamp as well.





      Blast from the Past: Juliana's CD - Passion Flowers

      Links: Juliana LaChanceMore Juiana LaChance Stories, All Videos courtesy of Juliana LaChanceMore Releases

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      Wednesday, March 23, 2016

      GOOD LUCK! Hamilton's Whitehorse Earns a Canadian Radio Music Award Nomination!


      Hamilton folk rock duo, Whitehorse keep racking up the awards and now they're up for a 2016 Canadian Music Radio Award for their amazing song, Downtown.  On Friday, May 5th in Toronto, they'll find out if there'll be another statue to their mantle.  GOOD LUCK!



      Links: WhitehorseMore Whitehorse Stories,  Video above courtesy of Six Shooter Records

      Here is a complete list of nominees.

      New Group Or Solo Artist: Modern Rock
      New Group Or Solo Artist: Adult Contemporary
      New Group Or Solo Artist: Contemporary Hit Radio
      New Group Or Solo Artist: Mainstream Rock
      New Group Or Solo Artist: Country
      SOCAN Song Of The Year
      Fans Choice 
      Blast from the Past: Last Year's Winners

      Links: Canadian Music Radio Awards, More CMRA Stories

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      Sunday, March 20, 2016

      Videos: Ambre McLean @ Mo' Kauffey Fundraiser


      These videos are in memory of the late Mo' Kauffey.  His family still needs your help.  Please give at:  https://www.youcaring.com/gary-wickizer-aka-mo-kauffey-457124


      Ambre McLean @ Mo' Kauffey Fundraiser, Artword Artbar 15 Colbourne St. Hamilton #HamOnt #HamOntMusic #hblvids Pls donate to Mo's family: Pls donate: https://www.youcaring.com/gary-wickizer-aka-mo-kauffey-457124
      Posted by Hamilton B. Lous on Saturday, March 19, 2016


      Video above courtesy of Hamilton B. Lous







      Click here for more Ben E. King Covers/Stories

      More videos from this show: Kent MacMillanWill Gillespie, , Duane Rutter & Greg BriscoKauffey Temple

      Blast from the Past: Videos of the performers from the benefit

      Links: Ambre Mclean, More Ambre McLean Stories, Last 3 videos above courtesy of Hamilton Blues Lovers

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      Saturday, March 19, 2016

      Hamilton's HellBent Rockers Debut w Fuel-Injected, Revved Up Album


      Hamilton Rockabilly boys, the HellBent Rockers, have debuted with a fuel-injected, revved up self-titled album. If this music doesn't get your heart going, you're probably dead.

      They've kicked off their recording career with some amazing, old-fashioned head-bopping, swinging rock that'll shake your foundations.  It's catchy as hell (no pun intended) and groovy as all get out.

      You can pick up a copy of this energetic CD at their explosive live show.  It's also available on cdbaby and
      iTunes for your listening pleasure.







      Blast from the Past: HBR on Barber Shop Podcast

      Links: HellBent RockersMore HellBent Rockers Stories, Videos above courtesy of HellBent Rockers - Topic

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      Thursday, March 17, 2016

      Happy St. Patrick's Day! (Fear the Worst, Guelph Celtic Orchestra, Rutherford and Robichaud, Bob MacLean)




      Video above courtesy of the FTWNiagara



      Video above courtesy of Guelph Celtic



      Video above courtesy of A Robichaud



      Links: Bob MacLean More Bob MacLean Stories, Video above courtesy of Bob Maclean

      Click here for more St. Patrick's Day videos

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      News Roundup (Andre Bisson, One Way Up, The Chasers, Awards)


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        The Adventures of Trebleclef, the Hamilton Blues Lovers Monkey

        Trebleclef  was impressed with Andre Bisson's all-Beatles show at Saturday Nite Blues in Hamilton.


        Click here for more pictures from the event

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        He also popper by the Love Thy Liver fundraiser at Bay City Music Hall and checked out some amazing bands such as One Way Up and the Chasers!




        ONE WAY UP ↑ jazz funk boogies & blues cover Hey Jude @ Bay City Music Hall #HamOntMusic #HamOnt #hblvids ft Jason Colavecchia & Mary Kovacs
        Posted by Hamilton B. Lous on Wednesday, March 16, 2016



        The Chasers cover Lady Marmalade @ Love Thy Liver Bay City Music Hall #HamOntMusic #HamOnt
        Posted by Hamilton B. Lous on Wednesday, March 16, 2016

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        Treble also went to Centre in the Square in Kitchener to check out the amazing Steve Hill with Paul Reddick



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              Tuesday, March 15, 2016

              You'll Have a Rockin' Good Time at 'Bands for Boobs' at the Casbah This Sunday!


              You're guaranteed an amazing time at the 3rd annual Band for Boobs fundrasier at the Casbah in Hamilton.  There'll be Blues, Country, Rock, Folk and much more to help get your toes a tappin'.  All proceeds go towards Breast Cancer Research and Women's Shelters. It's all happening on Sunday, March 20, 2016 from 2pm to 12am.

              Check out some videos from a few of the participants.



              Links: Be Bop DeVille,  Video above courtesy of Bryan B



              Links: Buckshot Bebee, More Buckshot BeBee StoriesVideo above courtesy of Shotgun Jilly



              Links: Felicia McMinnMore Felicia McMinn StoriesVideo above courtesy of David Flack



              Links: Snow-Heel SlimMore Snow-Heel Slim StoriesVideo above courtesy of Shotgun Jilly

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              Sunday, March 13, 2016

              Beloved Guelph Bluesman Mo' Kauffey Passes



              It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of beloved Guelph Bluesman, Mo Kauffey.  He lost his courageous battle to lung cancer on Saturday, March 12, 2016.  Our condolences to his family, friends and fans.

              Born Gary W. Wickizer in Colorado, he had been performing since 1976 and took the moniker of Mo' Kauffey in the late 90s.  He started travelling to Ontario to visit Rosita, who would go on to become his devoted wife.  Luckily, he decided to stay and entertain us for many years.

              Click here for his obituary.

              Click here for the Toronto Moon story on his passing

              His wife put the following on Facebook.

              Dear friends, it is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I am writing to you. Gary or Mo' Kauffey as the music world knows him, left us last night after a brave and courageous fight with cancer. He went peacefully here at home, as per his wishes, with myself, his sister Joyce and our wonderful pillar of support Cecile by his side. Although he could not speak he knew he was surrounded by love and totally aware of all who came to see him. He leaves behind a wonderful group of people that are more than friends to him and myself, they are family who made his heart sing and his smile brighter especially when it came to music.

              It made him so very happy back in November to have his other siblings Noma and Terry (Tina) here for a visit and his daughter Krista in February.

              There are no funeral arrangements as per his wishes. He will be cremated and take his final journey home to be in the mountains. In September there will be a tree planting ceremony on the grounds of the University of Guelph. When I get information closer to the event I will put it out for all to know. I am sure there will be a celebration of his life arranged by his peers and I look forward to being there when it happens. Also there will be a Guest Book shortly via the Funeral Home where condolences can be left. I will post as soon as they send it to me.

              I will close with with his daily greeting to me........"Good morning tootie, we love us!"

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              A note from Lou, our blogger:  "I was blessed to go from a fan to a friend shortly after I started the Hamilton Blues Lovers.  I will miss his laid-back attitude, his beautiful smile and  immense talent.  Rest in peace my friend."

              Here are some online reactions:

              Duane Rutter:

              I am heartbroken. I just learned of the death of my dear friend and musical brother Mo Kauffey .... no words. I loved him dearly and will miss him forever.

              Dan Walsh:

              Mo' had one of the most laid back vibes of any musician I know. And I loved him dearly for that. I feel very very lucky that I got to talk to and assist Mo at the Dunfield Theatre for the Sound Of Cambridge show back on Feb 21. Had I known that was the last time I would see him, I would have hugged him wayyyy longer than I did.

              RIP Mo. Yer gonna be missed man...


              Kent MacMillan:

              My dearest friend Mo' Kauffey (Gary W. Wickizer), you were all at once my music teacher, partner in crime and so much more. You will always be an inspiration to me every time I pick up my guitar to channel what it means to be human, through these musical filters. Your passing will leave a void in many of our lives, yet your smile, warm heart, laughter and love will stay with us forever. I am eternally grateful for the moments we spent together sharing the stage during the hundreds of shows we played and the hundreds of moments away from the stage. May the peace that you brought to the world, be the peace that rests with you forever my friend........

              Peter Temple:

              I will always treasure the times we had playing together, as well as the discussions we had on many topics that we considered important. Mo had strong convictions on many issues, and I respected his point of views. This came through in his song writing. He was very subtle, as well as maintaining a strong sense of humor. He will be truly missed by the people he touched in his life. While Mo never had a lot of extra money, he was one of the richest men I knew. RIP Mo. What you taught us will live on. Your spirit will always be there, especially when we play. Never forgotten. Cheers for Mo

              Jesse Parent: 

              Thanks for being as cool, genuine, and inspiring as you were. 

              Joni NehRita

              Every time we saw each other there was a smile, a warm hug and a kind word...and music. He was deeply loved by this community and will be sorely missed.


              With sadness in my heart I bid adieu to a wonderful friend, musician and mischief maker Gary W. Wickizer aka Mo' Kauffey. It was an absolute pleasure having had you in my life....the music, the originality, the pureness of heart, the smiles, the whit, the laughter. See you on the other side my friend. Peace be with you always!!!!

              JT Sunden wrote this beautiful poem in his honour

              I ain't no conductor
              But I have one more for this train
              He don't need a ticket
              I've got one more for this train
              I can't see him now
              But his light is just the same

              Get me some coffee
              And bring me his guitar
              I need Mo' Kauffey
              And bring me his guitar
              This train is leaving
              But he is right here in my heart

              He used to say
              "Whatcha wonna do?"
              He used to sing
              Whatcha Gonna Do
              I still don't know why
              Charlie hates the blues
              .
              I'd sit next to him
              And play to that Cheshire Moon
              I loved to sit next to him
              And play that Cheshire Moon
              "I am a slow cooker" he would tell me
              And he'd play Peace for My Baby, too

              These days sometimes I''m so happy
              I just sing
              He'd sing "Sometimes I'm so happy
              I just sing."
              He taught me I'm just a plow man
              And whatever happens is the thing

              So now, I ain't no conductor
              But I have one more for this train
              He don't need a ticket
              I've got one more for this train
              I can't see him now
              But his light is just the same ... see that rose?

              We will post up more information as it becomes available.

              Below are performances from his Hamilton fundraiser.  Click here for pictures from this event.









              More videos from this show: Ambre McLeanKent MacMillanWill Gillespie, Duane Rutter & Greg Brisco

              Blast from the Past: Mo' Kauffey on Barber Shop Podcast

              Links: Mo KauffeyMore Mo' Kauffey Stories, Videos above courtesy of Hamilton Blues Lovers

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              Debut from Hamilton trio, the Harmones is a Joy From Start to Finish!


              Live from Pine Street!, the debut from Hamilton trio, the Harmones is brimming with heavenly harmonies and a wonderful, laid-back sound.  It's a joy from start to finish.

              Featuring three talented local singers (Carol Greene, Christine Roarke, Audrey Hensen) the album is a collection of enjoyable, organic sounding versions of classics. Big Yellow Taxi, Da Do Run Run, Bye Bye Love and my others are covered wonderfully by the remarkable trio.

              A number of brilliant local musicians add to the delight. Wayne Krawchuk (acoustic guitar), Ed Roth  (Accordion) and Daniel Krawchuk of Toadhouse (bass) all add their skills to the mix.

              You can pick up a copy of the CD at their incredible live shows.



              Blast from the past: Carol Greene's CD - The Crazy Love Recordings

              Links: Carol GreeneMore Carol Greene Stories, Video above courtesy of Hamilton Blues Lovers

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              Thursday, March 10, 2016

              News Roundup (Rocket and the Invaders, Jack de Keyzer, Steven Elmo Murphy, George Martin Passes)


              Beatles Producer George Martin Passes
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                The Adventures of Trebleclef, the Hamilton Blues Lovers Monkey

                Trebleclef had fun at the Brantford Gunners Club checking out the Jack de Keyzer Band with opener Steven Elmo Murphy.  Big shout out to Events with BIG Vic!




                Steven Elmo Murphy @ Brantford Gunner's Club! #BrntfOnMusic #BrantOnMusic #hblvids
                Posted by Hamilton B. Lous on Monday, March 7, 2016


                Links: Steven Elmo MurphyMore Steven Elmo Murphy Stories, Video above courtesy of Hamilton B. Lous


                Jack de Keyzer Band @ Brantford Gunner's Club! #BrntfOnMusic #BrantOnMusic #hblvids
                Posted by Hamilton B. Lous on Tuesday, March 8, 2016


                Links: Jack de KeyzerMore Jack de Keyzer Stories, Video above courtesy of Hamilton B. Lous





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                        Tuesday, March 8, 2016

                        Hamilton's Jennifer Budd Shakes Things Up on Debut CD!


                        If Lip Service, the inaugural album from Hamilton singer/songwriter Jennifer Budd is any indication, she's in for quite an impressive career.  While the sound's mainly in the pop/soul vein, the talented lady isn't afraid to shakes thing up and make things a little more interesting.

                        Her combination of modern R&B with old fashioned soul (adding an alternative twist) will pleasantly surprise.  The album never gets boring as her voice can go from soft and ethereal to a declarative, powerhouse statement.

                        Jennifer has enlisted an amazing collection of musicians: Tyler Bersche of The Medicine Hat (Guitar), Elliott Gwynne (Bass/Synth), Chris Stewart (Drums), Chris Bruder (Keys/Organ), Mike Boyd (Synth), Murray Heaton of Earth's Yellow Sun (Sax) and Justin James (Trumpet). They do justice to the multi-genre melding on the album.

                        This astounding CD can be picked up at one of her live shows or Dr. Disc in Hamilton.  It can also be downloaded through Bandcamp or iTunes.





                        Blast from the Past: Jennifer Wins 1st Debbie Clause Recording Fund

                        Links: Jennifer BuddMore Jennifer Budd Stories, Videos above courtesy of Jennifer Budd

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                        Happy International Women's Day! (Marrakech, Gayle Ackroyd, Michelle Titian, Rachel Heart)




                        Links: Marrakech, More Marrakech StoriesVideo above courtesy of I Heart Hamilton



                        Links: Gayle Ackroyd, More Gayle Ackroyd StoriesVideo above courtesy of #GayleAckroyd



                        Links: Michelle Titian, More Michelle Titian StoriesVideo above courtesy of Walter Singh



                        Links: Rachel HeartMore Rachel Heart StoriesVideo above courtesy of #RachelHeart

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                        Sunday, March 6, 2016

                        Waterloo's John McKinley Band Debuts With Impressive, High Energy Album


                        If Blues-flavoured classic rock then is your thing, then you'll love Window on the World, the  massive debut album from Waterloo's John McKinley Band.  It'll have ya shufflin' yer feet and shakin' yer ass as the powerful riffs reverberate throughout your body.

                        When John plugs in and goes, you'll be in for a wild ride filled with funky beats, soulful licks and master shredding.  His guitar work will impress and astound as you get caught up in the high energy of the album.

                        Ben Rollo (Drums) and Darius McKinley (Bass) round out this extraordinary band.  They're joined buy many talented guest such as Rachel Lee Cousineau (Vocals), Danny Castro (Percussion), Scott Galloway (Keyboards) and Melissa Barry (Violin).

                        Go head and pick up this CD at John's must-experience live shows or ore\der online via Indiepool or iTunes.



                        Blast from the Past: John McKinley Receives Mel Brown Award

                        Links: John McKinley Band, More John McKinley StoriesVideo above courtesy of John McKinley Band

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