Saturday, April 29, 2017

New Fred Eaglesmith CD is Evocative and Gripping

There's nothing quite like a Fred Eaglesmith album. Fred's a master Americana storyteller whose voice echoes with feeling. His latest disc, Standard continues that tradition with a sparse, beautiful sound.

As always, Fred and the band mix traditional country music with a folk sensibility and fabulous lyrics. His voice is a little more prominent in the mix than usual and it's used to the fullest effect. The evocative, almost-rough vocals are gripping.

Fred's joined by his impressive, multi-instrumental wife, Tif GinnMatty Simpson (guitar), Justine Fischer (bass), Kori Heppner (drums), and Blue Passalacqua (vocals) also use their immense talents to lend a hand.

Make sure you get a copy of this superb CD.  You can pick one up at any of Fred's unforgettable shows. They're also available at iTunes and

Blast from the Past: Fred's Tambourine CD

Links: Fred EaglesmithMore Fred Eaglesmith Stories Tif GinnMore Tif Ginn StoriesMore ReleasesVideo above courtesy of 114Emile

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

CONGRATS! 2017 Canadian Music Week Award Winners

Awards have always been a big part of Canadian Music Week.  This year, there were four exciting ceremonies honouring this country's amazing music industry. The Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards had a few local winners as well.

Roots Rockers, the Strumbellas were big winners with 5 awards for the week.

Live Music Industry Awards

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'Cultivate Music' YouTube Channel Packed With Amazing Videos (Mark Wilson, Rachel Heart, Bad Reed, Diesel Dog)

There are many wonderful local YouTube channels out there where you can hear music from many talented area acts (including our own).  In fact, we have a section of them in our Sites of Interest page.  Today, we're showcasing an amazing page featuring acts from the Brantford/Norfolk areas called Cultivate Music. Check out some samples below.

Links: More Mark Wilson Stories, Click here if you can't see the video above

Links: Rachel HeartMore Rachel Heart StoriesClick here if you can't see the video above

Links: Bad Reed, More Bad Reed StoriesClick here if you can't see the video above

Links: Diesel Dog, Click here if you can't see the video above

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

More Marz Garage Episodes (Dave Pomfret, Nicole Christian, HPO String Trio, Greg Moverley)

Recently, local company Marz Homes started up the second season of their YouTube music video series, Marz Garage.  This is an amazing showcase for Hamilton artists.

Here are a few of these wonderful episodes.

Links: Dave PomfretMore Dave Pomfret StoriesVideo above courtesy of Marz Homes

Links: Nicole ChristianMore Nicole Christian StoriesVideo above courtesy of Marz Homes

Links: HPO, More HPO StoriesVideo above courtesy of Marz Homes

Links: Greg MoverleyMore Greg Moverley StoriesVideo above courtesy of Marz Homes

Blast from the Past: Season 1 Videos

Links: Marz Garage, More Marz Garage Stories

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Sunday, April 16, 2017

CONGRATS! 2017 Hamilton Community News Reader's Choice Award Winners

The readers of Hamilton Community News have voted and chosen the winners for their 2017 Reader's Choice Awards.  As always, a number of local musicians were recognized for their talent.

Here are the winners from the music-related categories.

Live Entertainment
We'd also like to make a special shout out to our blogger's workplace, St. Charles Adult and Continuing Education Centres who earned gold in the Adult Education category 

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Saturday, April 15, 2017

GOOD LUCK! Local Country Music Association of Ontario Award Nominees

There are many repeat local nominees at 2017's Country Music Association of Ontario Awards.  Artists from across the province will be on hand June 11th at Centennial Hall in London and hopefully, many of our area artists will be bringing home some hardware.

Hamilton country station KX 94.7 FM is once again up for Radio Station (Major Market) of the Year.

Just like last year, Burlington musicians are nominated in a few categories. Tebey (Male Artist of the Year and Fan's Choice) and Tianna Woods (Female Artist of Year). Tianna's Producer Jason Barry (from Waterloo) was nominated as Record Producer of the Year for his work with her and other bands as well.

Links: TebeyMore Tebey StoriesVideo above courtesy of Tebey

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

Down St. Catherines way, Tim Hicks  was given the nod in four categories (Album of the Year, Male Artistm of the Year, Fan's Choice and Songwriter of the Year) and Marshall Dane  is also up for Male Artist of the Year)

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

Other local nominees include The Western Swing Authority from Waterloo (Roots Artist or Group and Woodstock's Country 104 FM (Radio Station - Major Market).


Here's the complete list of nominees

Female Artist
Male Artist
Group or Duo
Music Video
Industry Person
Radio Station (Medium Market)
Radio Station (Small Market)
Blast from the Past: Last Year's Winners

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

News Roundup (The Haunted, Greg Moverley, Passings, Trebleclef)

Trebleclef attended the monthly Open Mic at the Copper Kettle in Waterdown. Gillian Nicola is the talented host of this wonderful event!

Treble hangs with the host, Gillian Nicola
Click here for more pictures of the event


He then returned to the Purple Heather in Burlington to have fun with the James Anthony Band and their special guest Rick Taylor.

Treble with amazing Bluesman Rick Taylor
Click here for more pictures of the event


Our little monkey also saw his very first Fred Eaglesmith Show starring Tif Ginn at the Studio in Hamilton.  He had a blast!

Treble with the legendary Fred Eaglesmith
Click here for more pictures of the event

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

CONGRATS! Jack de Keyzer Recognized as Master Blues Artist

On April 6, 2017, Hamilton Blues legend Jack de Keyzer was recognized as a Master Blues Artist from Canada by the Blues Hall of Fame website.


Links: Jack de KeyzerMore Jack de Keyzer Stories, Videos above courtesy of Jack de Keyzer

Blast from the Past: More Jack de Keyzer Videos

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Sunday, April 9, 2017

Hamilton's Jesse O'Brien Plays on Incredible New Chris Antonik Album

Hamilton's Jesse O'Brien does a bang-up job tickling the ivories on Monarch, the latest powerful album from Toronto Bluesman Chris Antonik. They and the rest of the band have created a soulful, funky, rockin' Blues recording that'll get people hoppin'.

The music'll shake you up as Chris' voice hits you with its passion. This album is a moving experience both physically and  emotionally. It stands up to any Blues release out there.

Chris and Jesse are joined by Chuck Keeping (Big Wreck) on drums, bassist Guenther Kapelle (Wild T and the Spirit) and Samantha Martin and Delta Sugar (vocals). They're responsible for the energetic and full sound on Monarch.

You can pick up this uplifting disc at Chris' shows, through his online shop or download it using iTunes. You'll be glad you did.

Blast from the Past: A Chris Antonik Video and Much More

Links: Chris AntonikMore Chris Antonik StoriesMore Releases, Video above courtesy of Chris Antonik

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Saturday, April 8, 2017

GOOD LUCK! Local 2017 Indigineous Music Award Nominations

The Indigenous Music Awards took a year off and now they are back in full force! As always, a number of amazing local artists got nods in a few categories.

Fort Erie's DJ Shub is up for three awards (Best Music Video, Best Radio Single and Best Instrumental Album). Brantford has two hometown boys in the running: Jace Martin (Best Pop Album) and Logan Staats (Best Folk Album, Music Video). Six Nations Blluesman Derek Miller is also nominated for Best Producer for his work on Logan's album, Goodbye Goldia.

Links: Logan StaatsMore Logan Staats StoriesVideo above courtesy of Logan Staats

Links: DJ Shub, Video above courtesy of DJ Shub

Links: Jace MartinMore Jace Martin StoriesVideo above courtesy of keesic1

Hopefully, they'll win a few on May 19, 2017 at the ceremony in Winnipeg!


Here's a complete list of niminees.

Folk Album
Pop Album
Blues Album
Country Album
Hand Drum Album
Inuit, Indigenous Language or Francophone Album
Peyote Album
Pow Wow Album (Contemporary)
Pow Wow Album (Traditional)
Rock Album
New Artist
Rap/Hip Hop Album
Best Radio Station Program – Promoting Indigenous Music
International Indigenous Release
Lifetime Achievement Award: Northern Cree

Blast from the Past: The 2015 Winners

Links: The Indigenous Music Awards, More IMA stories

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