Thursday, March 29, 2018

Pearl Bailey's 100th Birthday

Today (Thursday, March 29) would have been actress and singer Pearl Bailey's 100th Birthday.

Biography highlights (from Wikipedia)
We asked for comments about Pearl from local musicians, here is what we got:

Tom Altobelli (Altobeelays)
A very happy 100th to the late, great, Pearl Bailey. Her contribution to music, without a doubt, shall be forever remembered for years to come!
Here are a few videos from the lady herself

Video above courtesy of TheJazzStreet

Video above courtesy of YJD67

Video above courtesy of George Luis

Links: Pearl Bailey, More 100th Birthdays

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Monday, March 26, 2018

CONGRATS! 2018 Junos Winners + Footage of Arkells, BNL Reunion & Downie Tribute

Unfortunately, there were no local winners at the televised portion of the Junos on Sunday, March 25, 2018 in Vancouver. There were a few at the gala on Saturday (click here for more).

The big winner this year was the late Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie, who won 3 Junos. There were also many tributes to him at the ceremony.

Links: Gord DownieMore Tragically Hip Stories, Video above courtesy of GordDownieVideos

Links: Sarah Harmer, More Sarah Harmer StoriesCity and ColourMore City and Colour Stories Video above courtesy of CBC Music

Hamilton's the Arkells rocked the ceremony as well.

Links: ArkellsMore Arkells StoriesVideo above courtesy of CBC Music

Here's a complete list of Sunday's winners
Blast from the Past: Last Year's Winners

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Sunday, March 25, 2018

CONGRATS! David Braid and Rezz Earn Early 2018 Junos

Hamilton Jazzman David Braid and Niagara Falls electronic musician Rezz brought home Junos during the untelevised portion of the awards ceremony on Saturday, March 24, 2018.

Links: David Braid, More David Braid Stories, Video above courtesy of Boe Larsen

Links: Rezz, More Rezz Stories, Video above courtesy of mau5trap


We are still keeping our fingers crossed for the Arkells and Walk Off The Earth who are both up for the Fan's Choice award on Sunday!

Below is a complete list of Saturday's winners. Local acts are bolded.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

News Roundup, Part 2: Canada and World (Searchlight Contest, Awards, Passings)


    CBC Searchlight Contest


    Friday, March 23, 2018

    News Roundup, Part 1: Local (Final Barber Shop Podcast, Mel Monaco, Revive the Rose, Elton Rohn)

    We'd like to salute Kevin Barber and friends on 5 years of amazing work on the Barber Shop Podcast! The episode below is also their final one (we're told there may be a few "unreleased" shows left)

    We here at the Hamilton Blues Lovers will miss this wonderful program that featured the best in local music. It was the best part of our News Roundups.

      Local News
      CHCH Videos

      Wednesday, March 21, 2018

      New Album from Hamilton's Azalea Features Lush Harmonies and Beautiful Melodies!

      Hamilton musical duo, Azalea keeps growing with every recording and their latest, Gypsy's Moonlight Motel proves it. The production is amazing and they've created a fabulous melding of pop and roots music.

      Their lush vocal harmonies flow through the entire album as the sometimes infectious and always beautiful melodies bolster the sound. It's a perfect mix of vocals and music that can't help but effect you emotionally.

      You can pick up the CD at their live shows. It's also available through their online store or iTunes.

      Videos above courtesy of Azalea

      Links: AzaleaMore Azalea StoriesMore CD Releases

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      Tuesday, March 20, 2018

      Marian McPartland's 100th Birthday

      Today (March 20, 2018) would have been English/American Jazz pianist Marian McPartland's 100th Birthday.

      Her career highlights included (according to Wikipedia):

      Video above courtesy of bluetaka55

      Video above courtesy of BillEvansArchive

      Video above courtesy of UWTV

      Click here for more 100th birthday celebrations

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      Monday, March 19, 2018

      Neon Moon Drummer John Dutton Passes

      It is with sadness that we announce the passing of John Dutton, the drummer for Neon Moon on March 18, 2018. Our condolences to his family, friends and fans.

      Neon Moon frontman, George Bakhius had this to say on his Facebook page:
      It is with heavy heart to inform everyone that John Dutton,  my Drummer (NEON MOON) and Brother from another mother for 30 years passed away this morning 9am with family by his side. Our condolences go out to his wife Sue and the entire Dutton family. Johnny was a great friend, husband, father, uncle, grandfather and will be sadly missed by all.
      Here is his obituary:
      DUTTON, John Passed away suddenly with his family by his side at the Hamilton General Hospital on Sunday, March 18, 2018, John Dutton in his 65th year. Beloved husband of Susan. Dear father of Carrie (Steve) , Danny (Roxanne) and Jimmy. Will be sadly missed by his grandchildren Aj, Dj, Erikjohn, Veronica, Tamara and great-granddaughter Sophia. Remembered by his sisters Janet, Judy, Maryanne, Debbie (Richard), Helen (Ron), Cora and brother Donny (Glady). Predeceased by his mother and father Shirley and George Dutton and brother Dee. The family invite friends to a time of visitation at the DODSWORTH & BROWN Funeral Home, ROBINSON CHAPEL(King Street East at Wellington) on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 from 2:00 - 4:00 and 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Funeral service on Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. Cremation to take place. Memorial tributes to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada.
       We may post more information here as it becomes available.

      Links: Neon Moon, More Neon Moon Stories, Videos above courtesy of George Backus & NEON MOON

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      Friday, March 16, 2018

      News Roundup (Avery Raquel, Iskwe, Brennagh Burns w Dave Pomfret, Acoustic Music Awards)


        International Acoustic Music Award WinnersCanadians are bolded
        First Light
        Best Group/Duo
        Best Male Artist
        Best Female Artist

        Adventure of Trebleclef, the Music-Loving Monkey

        Trebleclef wanted to support Locke Street so he visited many locations in the community.

        He attended the #LoveLockeStreet fundraiser at the Rock on Locke. The next day, he did the Walk on Locke and visited all the amazing shops. He also popped in to visit our wonderful sponsor Judy Marsales Real Estate.

        Photo albums:

        Tuesday, March 13, 2018

        GOOD LUCK! Hamilton's Paul Langille Nominated for 2018 Jack Richardson Music Award

        Former Hamiltonian, Paul Langille is up for a Jack Richardson London Music Award.  His duo Langille-Lockwood was nominated in the Blues category. Hopefully he'll bring home the award at the ceremony on April 15, 2018.

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

        GOOD LUCK!

        Below is a complete list of nominees

        Jazz Vocal (Solo or Group)
        Classical Instrumental (Group)
        Classical Instrumental (Solo)
        Classical Vocal (Choir/Group)
        Classical Vocal (Solo)
        • Josie London
        • Rena and Dave O’Halloran
        • Chris Campbell
        • Jim McCormick
        • John Rowlands
        • Tommy Alcatraz
        Hip Hop
        Club DJ
        Blast from the Past: 2016 Winners

        Links: Jack Richardson London Music Awards, More JRLMA stories

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        Monday, March 12, 2018

        GOOD LUCK! Local Finalists in the 2017 International Songwriting Competition. Vote! Deadline is April 3

        Soon, a number of local artists will be judged by Tom Waits, Perry Ferrell (Jane's Addiction), Lorde, Ziggy MarleyTommy Chong, Walter Trout, Booker T Jones and more in the 2017 International Songwriting Competition. They'll choose the top three in each genre category.

        There's also People's Voice award in almost every category that's voted on by the public so here's your change to help out some area artists. Deadline is April 3, 2018.

        Local nominees include:
        There were also a number of talented area semi-finalists who didn't get to move on to the next round:
        Below is a full list of all the Canadian nominees (local musicians are bolded). Click here for  complete list. Click the category to vote.

        Love Song
        No public voting
        Screen Shot (Music for TV/Movies/etc) 
        No public voting

        Friday, March 9, 2018

        News Roundup (Teatro Reissue, Tim Bovaconti, Myles Goodwyn w Jack de Keyzer, Folk Awards )



        International Folk Music Award Winners (incl Canadians)