Saturday, September 30, 2017

Buddy Rich's 100th Birthday

Today (September 30, 2017) would have been jazz legend Buddy Rich's 100th birthday.

To celebrate, here's a cover from an amazing local band.

Links: Jazz Connection Big Band, Video above courtesy of Kathryn Scobie

Plus, here are a few videos from the man of the hour:

Video above courtesy of Raphael Moura

Video above courtesy of DrummaAddict

Video above courtesy of ManDude's Videos and More

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Friday, September 29, 2017

News Roundup (Johnny Burke, Jay Pollmann, Charles Bradley, Trebleclef)


            The Adventures of Trebleclef the Music Loving Monkey

            Trebleclef's been a busy monkey!

            First, he attended the 10th Annual Brantford International Jazz Festival

            Click here for more pictures from the event


            He also helped out with tickets and merch at the Trickbag/Smoke Wagon Blues Band show at the Corktown

            Click here for more pictures from the event


            Finally, he went to the Grand River Blues Society's Road to Memphis Competition at Bobby O'Brien's in Kitchener and got to see who'll represent them at the International Blues Challenge.

            Gary Cain's group (from Kitchener) won the band competition
            Hamilton's Tim Gibbons won in the solo category

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            Wednesday, September 27, 2017

            GOOD LUCK! Local Toronto Independent Music Award Nominees!

            Nominations for the 2017 Toronto Independent Music Awards were recently revealed and, as always, a number of local artists are in the running! These include Brad Cheeseman (Hamilton)
            Tianna Woods (Burlington), Polarity (Oakville), Monty Greig (Acton), Girl Pow-R (Thorold), 
            The Natrolites (Niagara Falls), Benjamin Dakota Rogers (Brantford), Wes Mason (Rockwood), 
            Mikalyn Hay (Guelph) Jace Martin (Osweken) and Juneyt (Waterloo).

            We're keeping our fingers crossed that many of them will be winning at the ceremony on Friday, October 13, 2017 at Revival in Toronto.

            Here's a complete list of nominees. Local artists are bolded.

            Folk or Roots
            Jazz Vocal
            Young Songwriter
            Instrumental or Classical
            Music Video
            Out of Province

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            Tuesday, September 26, 2017

            CONGRATS! 2017 Niagara Music Award Winners!

            The 10th Annual Niagara Music Awards took place on Sunday, September 24, 2017 at the Greg Frewin Theatre. For about a decade, this event has been celebrating the amazing music from the Hamilton regions.  This year's ceremony was no different.

            Dual winner included singer/songwriter Cory Cruise, country artist, and rockers the Natrolites.

            Click here for the Niagara Review story.

            Here's a complete list of winners

            Sunday, September 24, 2017

            GOOD LUCK! Local Reps for 2018 International Blues Challenge in Memphis

            For the first time, the Hamilton Blues Lovers (along with their mascot, Trebleclef  were on hand to see the Grand River Blues Society pick their representatives for the 2018 International Blues Challenge in Memphis.  Hopefully they will win during the January 2018 event.

            The GRBS judges chose their winner at a wonderful music event on Sunday, September 24, 2017 at Bobby O'Brien's in Kitchener.

            Hamilton music legend, Tim Gibbons beat out Ajax's Ragwax to go to the prestigious contest to compete in the solo/duo category.

            Links: Tim GibbonsMore Tim Gibbons Stories,  Video above courtesy of Pauline DeRosa

            There were 5 amazing groups vying for a trip to go to the competition: Gary Cain Band, Craig Dougan Band, Lonestar Cafe, Big D and The Topside Band, The Vaudevillian and the Outsider Band. In the end, Kitchener's Gary Cain Band won it.

            Links: Gary CainMore Gary Cain StoriesVideo above courtesy of Gary Cain

            HBL and Trebleclef had an fabulous time at the local show and we have a lot of picture from the event. Please click here to see them.

            In other local news, former Hamiltonian Paul Langille and his music partner Tom Lockwood have been chosen to represent the Great Lakes Blues Society in the IBC (for the second year in a row).

            Links: Paul Langille, More Paul Langille StoriesTom Lockwood, More Tom Lockwood StoriesVideo above courtesy of Spur of the Moment Media

            UPDATE: We recently learned that Hamilton's Alfie Smith and Nicole Christian will also be heading to the Challenge under the Western New York Blues Society banner.

            Links: Alfie Smith and Nicole ChristianMore Alfie Smith StoriesMore Nicole Christian Stories,  Video above courtesy of Paul Bottos


            Blast from the Past: Last Year's Winners

            Links: International Blues Challenge , More IBC Stories

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            Saturday, September 23, 2017

            GOOD LUCK! Local Canadian Folk Music Award Nominees

            The Canadian Folk Music Awards recently unveiled the nominees for their 10th annual celebration and three talented, area musicians will be up for awards. Hopefully, a few of them will take home the hardware on November 19, 2017 at the ceremony in Ottawa.

            The Hidden Roots Collective (featuring Hamilton's Anni Sumi) is in the The New/Emerging Artist of the Year category. 

            Former Guelphite Stephen Fearing leads the pack of nominees with four nods (Solo Artists of the Year, English Songwriter of the Years, Contemporary Singer of the Year and Producer of the Year).

            Links: Stephen FearingMore Stephen Fearing Stories, , Video above courtesy of Lucky Dice

            Last, but not least, Waterloo's Danny Michel is in the running for Producer of the Year and The Oliver Schroer Pushing The Boundaries Award)

            Links: Danny MichelMore Danny Michael StoriesVideo above courtesy of  Danny Michel

            Here's a complete list of nominees

            The New/Emerging Artist
            Young Performer
            French Songwriter(s)
            Aboriginal Songwriter(s)
            Instrumental Group

            Tuesday, September 19, 2017

            CONGRATS! Local and Canadian Global Music Award Winners!

            The Global Music Awards are a prestigious international music competition and on September 2017, a number of Canadian artists won silver and bronze medals for their amazing work.

            In the local scene, Waterloo's JoJo Worthington earned a silver medal for her song Mid Youth Crisis

            Links: JoJo WorthingtonMore JoJo Worthington StoriesSong above courtesy of JoJo's Bandcamp page

            More Canadian winners listed below.

            Complete List of Gold Medal Winners
            Canadian Silver Medal Winners
            Canadian Bronze Medal Winners

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            Monday, September 18, 2017

            Vote for Your Favourites in the 2017 Hamilton Spectator Readers' Choice Awards!

            The Hamilton Spectator Readers' Choice Awards are back again this year and there's a plethora of area talent in the Local Musician Band category for readers to vote in.  Click here to vote. Deadline is September 26, 2017 at 11:30pm.

            Here are the nominees for the Local Musician or Band category:
            Other music related categories include Festival, Live Entertainment Facility, Live Jazz Club, Live Music Bar/Lounge, Musical Instrument StoreMusic InstructorMusic School, Radio Station, and Record/CD Store

            Lou, our Blogger would also appreciate a vote for his workplace, the St. Charles Adult Education Centre in the Adult Education and Learning Centre categories.


            Blast from the Past: Last Year's Winners

            Links: Readers' Choice AwardsMore Spec Readers' Choice Awards Stories

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            Saturday, September 16, 2017

            GOOD LUCK! 2017 Niagara Music Award Nominees!

            On Sunday, September 24, 2017, the Niagara Music Awards will celebrate ten wonderful years of showcasing the amazing talent in the area.  This must see event takes place at Greg Frewin Theatre.

            This year's nominees were unveiled a little while back and, as always, they feature some of the most amazing music anywhere. Brad Battle, Mel Monaco and Mark James Vaiana lead the pack with 5 nominations each!

            Click here for the Niagara Review story.

            Here's a complete list of nominees

            Heavy Metal Artist
            Hip Hop Artist 
            Instrumental Artist
            Music Video
              Original Song
                World Artist

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                Friday, September 15, 2017

                News Roundup (Tex Lecor, Handsome Devils, Blues Blast Awards, Passings)


                      The Adventures of Trebleclef the Music Loving Monkey

                      Wednesday, September 13, 2017

                      GOOD LUCK! Local and Canadian Native American Music Award Nominees! VOTE!

                      Fort Erie's DJ Shub was recently nominated for three 2017 Native American Music Awards (Song/Single + 2 Music Video nominations).  Many other Canadian artists were also given nods in various categories.

                      Links: Carsen GrayDJ Shub, More DJ Shub StoriesVideo above courtesy of Carsen Gray

                      You can help our local talent by voting (CLICK HERE)! Winners will be announced October 14, 2017.

                      Here's a complete list of nominees. Canadians are bolded:

                      Music Video (Conceptual )
                      New Artist or Debut Artist
                      Female Artist 
                      Folk Recording 
                      Music Video (Performance)
                      Pow Wow Recording
                      Male Artist
                      Native Heart (Non Native)
                      Instrumental Recording
                      Native American Church Recording 
                      Traditional Recording 
                      Waila Recording 
                      Blast from the Past: Last Year's Winners