Saturday, April 30, 2016

Happy International Jazz Day! (Dually Noted, Ashley St. Pierre, Hamilton All Star Jazz Band w Micah Barnes, Chris Platt Trio)

Links: Dually Noted, Video above courtesy of Jim Slominski

Links: Ashley St. Pierre, More Clark Johnston StoriesAdrean Farrugia, More Videos from this Show, Video above courtesy of Greater Niagara Jazz Club

Links: Hamilton All-Star Jazz Band, More HASJB StoriesMicah Barnes, Video above courtesy of Melody Greaves

Links: Chris Platt, Carissa Kimbell, More Carissa Kimbell Stories, Video above courtesy of Christopher Platt

Links: More International Jazz Day Videos, Our Jazz Posts

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GOOD LUCK! 2016 Hamilton Music Award Nominations!

The Hammer will be celebrating its vibrant music scene at the Hamilton Music Awards on May 29, 2016 at the the Dofasco Centre for the Arts (aka Theatre Aquarius).  It's all part of a wonderful weekend-long festival in honour of all the talent we have in this city.  Nominees for the awards were recently unveiled

Leading the pack with 4 nods each are Lee Harvey OsmondTerra LightfootWalk off the EarthWhitehorse and Lori Yates.  Triple nominees include The Dirty Nil, Monster TruckBenjamin Dakota Rogers and Duane Rutter.

The industry award categories will be revealed later.

Here are a few highlights:

Female Artist
Male Artist
Blues Recording 
Jazz Recording
Rock Recording
Adult Alternative Recording
Pop Recording

Blast from the Past: Last Year's Winners

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Friday, April 29, 2016

CONGRATS! Spencer MacKenzie Band Wins Kitchener Blues Festival Youth Legacy Showcase

On April 24, 2016, Bobby O’Brien’s was host to the 2016 Youth Legacy Showcase.  The contest was to choose Saturday's opening band for the upcoming Kitchener Blues Festival main stage in August.

The Spencer MacKenzie Band won the chance to show the festival goers their stuff.  Along with this paid gig, a song of theirs will be recorded and added to the 2016 Festival CD.


Went up against two amazing runners up: Joshua David and Ashen Blue (no video available at this time).

Video above courtesy of Joshua David

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

News Roundup (Lucid Lee and Little Child, CBC Searchlight Finalists, Awards, Lonnie Mack)


Regional Top 10 CBC Searchlight Finalists


          The Adventures of Trebleclef, the Hamilton Blues Lovers Monkey

          Trebleclef popped by the Cat N Fiddle and met up with Duane Rutter and his amazing band.


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                      Wednesday, April 27, 2016

                      Brantford's Avery Raquel Thrills and Impresses on Debut Album!

                      Teenage jazz songstress Avery Raquel has vocal chops way beyond her years.  This Brantford native's debut album, Life Lessons is a testament to that.   The lady's voice will stir you up on every incredible tune!

                      The disc offers thrilling version of songs by StingDiana RossSly and the Family StoneStevie WonderCarole KingBeatles, and Billie Holiday.  Avery and her band also do a stupendous job on classics such as Over the Rainbow, Accentuate the Positive, Swinging On A Star and more.

                      Her team really know how to bop and swing!  Featuring Joel Haynes (drums, producer), Mike Pelletier (bass), Rob Fekete (piano, arrangements), the gang work their magic alongside Avery's outstanding voice.

                      So go ahead and pick up a copy of this astounding CD at one of her shows or purchase it through indiepool or iTunes.

                      Blast from the Past: Cashbox Canada Story About Avery

                      Links: Avery Raquel, More Avery Raquel StoriesVideo above courtesy of Avery RaquelMore Releases

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                      Tuesday, April 26, 2016

                      CONGRATS! Broken Issues Win Pub Fiction's Got Talent Contest

                      Monday nighyts in early 2016 were extremely exiting thanks to Pub Fiction's Got Talent contest. The popular Ancaster bar whittled down the list to 8 finalists and March and April featured the last shows of the contest.  On April 25th, A winner was crowned!

                      Local hard rockers Broken Issues took home the grand prize (worth $25,000).  

                      Video above courtesy of RTSpiderman

                      The final battle was between them and  rockers Dirty Pioneers, who also did an amazing job.

                      Video above courtesy of Ron Hunter

                      CONGRATS EVERYONE!

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                      Saturday, April 23, 2016

                      New Concept Album from Burlington's Leslie Hudson is a Multi-Genre Classic!

                      We can guarantee you haven't heard anything quite like The Redhead League, the latest incredible album from Burlington songstress Leslie Hudson.  It's an impressive, multi-genre project melding fantasy themes with top notch musical storytelling.

                      This amazing recording is a concept album based on 9 female redheaded sci-fi/comic book characters: Red Sonja (Conan spin-off), Medusa (Fantastic Four, Inhumans), Teela (He-Man), Jean Grey (X-Men), Mary Jane Watson (Spider-Man), Scarlett (GI Joe), Poison Ivy (Batman), April O'Neil (Ninja Turtles) and Black Widow (Avengers).  Each lady gets her own uniquely styled, well-written tune.  These tracks are bookended by two fabulous theme songs.

                      You'll hear Broadway inspired melodies along with Dance beats, Blues, Jazz, Folk and even some Metal!  There's a lot of excitement and emotion contained within this album.

                      Sci-Fi/comic book fans will definitely appreciate the storytelling but even if that's not your thing, everyone can appreciate the lyrical know-how and explosive music.

                      Along with Leslie's powerful voice and massive piano skills, the recording boats some moving work from Kristian BørresenJohn CooperiderChris Miroslaw, Valerie Cox, Tom SpademanPeter WatkinsonEric Distad, Paul Hudson, and Carlos Parra.

                      Leslie plans to sell the album at carious comic shops around the GTA but it's available through her Bandcamp page as a download.

                      Preview it below

                      Blast from the Past: Leslie's CD: Into the Mirror

                      Links: Leslie Hudson, More Leslie Hudson StoriesMore Releases

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                      Thursday, April 21, 2016

                      News Roundup (Sarasin, John McKinley Band, Dan Scruton, Podcasts)





                              The Adventures of Trebleclef, the Hamilton Blues Lovers Monkey

                              Trebleclef got to experience Rita Chiarelli and her new amazing band, Sweet Loretta at the Molson Canadian Studio Theatre.

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                              Sunday, April 17, 2016

                              GOOD LUCK! Local 2016 Indie Award Nominations

                              Four incredible local acts are up for the 2016 Indie Awards (Part of  Canadian Music Week). Hopefully, they'll be taking some hardware home at the May 4th ceremony in Toronto.

                              Two Hamilton Rock bands, the Arkells (Single of the Year) and Monster Truck (Rock Group of the Year) are in the running.  Hammer town folk rock duo, Whitehorse were nominated for Group of the Year and Songwriter of the Year.

                              Links:  WhitehorseMore Whitehorse StoriesVideo above courtesy of Six Shooter Records

                              Links: Monster Truck, More Monster Truck StoriesVideo above courtesy of CBC Music

                              Talented St. Catharines artist City and Colour is also in the running for Songwriter of the Year and Artist of the Year.

                              Links: City and ColourMore City and Colour StoriesVideo above courtesy of Dee Clements

                              GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!

                              Here's the complete list of nominees.

                              Aboriginal Artist

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                              Thursday, April 14, 2016

                              CONGRATS! 2016 Hamilton Community News Readers' Choice Winners

                              The readers of the Hamilton Community News family of newspapers (Mountain News, Dundas Star, Ancaster News and Stoney Creek News) have spoken.  The winners of their 2016 Reader's Choice Awards were announced and there were quite a few music related categories.

                              Here they are below.

                              Local Musicians
                              Live Entertainment

                              Radio Station
                              Music Store (New)
                              Music Store (Used)
                              Music Instrument Store

                              Music Instruction
                              Other highlights include one of our sponsors, Hamilton Urban Artistsearning the Diamond spot for Print Shop and our blogger's workplace, St. Charles Adult and Continuing Education Centres winning silver for Adult Education.

                              Click here for a complete list of winners

                              CONGRATS EVERYONE!

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                              News Roundup (Barber Shop Podcast, Stingray Chart, Big Rude Jake)


                              Hamilton Spectator Stories
                              1. Andre BissonLeft With The Blues
                              2. Jordan Officer: Blue Skies
                              3. Lee Palmer: Like Elway
                              4. Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin: Lost Time
                              5. David Owen: Livin' Life (Produced by Gary Kendall)
                              6. Ben Racine Band: A Grand New Brew
                              7. Dione Taylor: Born Free
                              8. Tommy Castro and  the Painkillers: Method To My Madness
                              9. Angel Forrest: Angel's 11
                              10. Danny Marks: Cities In Blue 
                              13. Harmonica Shah: If You Live To Get Old, You Will Understand (ft Jack de Keyzer)
                              29. MonkeyJunkMoon Turn Red (produced by Colin Cripps)
                              73. CrissingerBlues Expression (recorded in Hamilton)


                                    The Adventures of Trebleclef, the Hamilton Blues Lovers Monkey

                                    Trebleclef had an amazing time swinging to  Big Rude Jake at Homegrown Hamilton

                                    Links: Big Rude JakeMore Big Rude Jake StoriesVideo above courtesy of Hamilton B. Lous

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                                    Wednesday, April 13, 2016

                                    GOOD LUCK! 2016 Hamilton Arts Award Nominees

                                    The City of Hamilton Arts Awards celebrates the local creative community on Thursday, June 9, 2016 at The Scottish Rite Club.  As always, music is an integral part of the ceremony and a number of talented area musicians have been nominated

                                    Here are the music nominees:

                                    • Shavini Ranasinghe
                                    • Troy Witherow
                                    • Daniel Empringham
                                    • Geoff Hudson
                                    A few musicians were also nominated in other categories
                                    Click here for a full list of nominees

                                    GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!

                                    Tickets to the ceremony are free but you must reserve them by clicking here

                                    Blast from the Past: Last Year's Winners

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                                    Tuesday, April 12, 2016

                                    GOOD LUCK! Tons of Local CMAO Award Nominations!

                                    Wow! Almost every single category in the 2016 Country Music Association of Ontario Awards boasts one or more local nominees.  Hamilton, Burlington, Milton, St. Catharines and Waterloo are beaming with pride as their talented hometown boy and girls received much-deserved recognition.

                                    Steel town country station KX 94.7 FM is up for Radio Station (Major Market) of the Year.

                                    Just a ways down the road, Burlington's Tebey leads the pack with a whopping 6 nominations (Single, Songwriter, Male Artist, Fan's Choice, Music Video, Producer).  Also from Burlington, Tianna Woods is up for three awards (Single, Album, Female Artist).  Her producer, Rick Hutt has also been nominated for Record Producer of the Year).

                                    Links: TebeyMore Tebey StoriesVideo above courtesy of Tebey

                                    Links: Tianna WoodsMore Tianna Woods StoriesVideo above courtesy of Tianna Woods

                                    Then there's St. Catherines superstars Tim Hicks (Album, Male Artist, Fan's Choice, Music Video) and Marshall Dane (Male Artist). Rounding out the list is  The Western Swing Authority from Waterloo (Songwriter, Group, Roots Artist, Producer) and Woodstock's Country 104 FM (Radio Station - Major Market).

                                    Links: Marshall DaneMore Marshall Dane StoriesVideo above courtesy of Marshall Dane

                                    On May 29, 2016 the awards will be handed out at the Edward Village Hotel in Markham. We're rooting for you! GOOD LUCK!

                                    Here's the complete list of nominees

                                    Group or Duo
                                    Roots Artists or Group
                                    Fan's Choice
                                    Music Video
                                    Record Producer
                                    Radio Station (Major Market)
                                    Radio Station (Secondary Market)
                                    Blast from the Past: Last Year's Winners

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