Friday, June 29, 2018

News Roundup (Bree Taylor, Jim Marino, Awards, More)

FYI Music News
Highlights below, click title for complete listing
Country Music Awards
Classic Music Awards
Pop Music Awards
Rap Music Awards
Dance Music Awards

Adventure of Trebleclef, the Music-Loving Monkey

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Friday, June 22, 2018

News Roundup (Avery Raquel, Paul Hampson, Polaris Long List, More)



        Adventure of Trebleclef, the Music-Loving Monkey

        Trebleclef popped by the Sound of Music Festival in Burlington and had a great time!

        Click here for more pictures from the event

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        Wednesday, June 20, 2018

        Incredible Music @ the 2018 Pine Street Concert Series

        The Pine Street Concert Series always offer the most incredible, intimate music experiences around. It's all held in a beautiful outdoor garden. To reserve your tickets email or call 905-522-1409.

        Here is this year's schedule, along with a few videos:

        CANCELLED: Saturday July 7, 8pm: Wayne Krawchuk w Michael Hickey, Ron Cole, Randall Hill, Michael J Birthelmer

        Links: Wayne KrawchukMore Wayne Krawchuk Stories, Video above courtesy of Hamilton Blues Lovers

        DATE CHANGE: Sunday July 15, 7pm: Tom Wilson w Ralph Nicolle of the Folk Sinners (Opener)

        Links:Lee Harvey Osmond aka Tom Wilson, More Lee Harvey Osmond StoriesVideo above courtesy of LeE HARVeY OsMOND

        Saturday July 28, 8pm: Michael J Birthelmer w Michael Hickey, Ed Roth, Bill Dillon

        Links: Michael BirthelmerMore Michael Birthelmer StoriesVideo above courtesy of skumm60

        Saturday August 18, 8pm Rick Andrew and Dave Rave

        Links: Dave RaveMore Dave Rave StoriesMore Rick Andrew StroriesVideo above courtesy of Andrea Cassis

        Thursday August 30th,  7pm: Ladybird Animal Sanctuary Summer Songs (Songwriters-In-The-Round) ft Suzie Vinnick, Sarah Beatty, Lisa Winn, Janine Stoll

        Click here for more footage of the Pine Street Garden Concerts

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        Monday, June 18, 2018

        Hamilton's Jim Milne, Founding Downchild Bassist Passes

        It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Hamilton-born bassist Jim Milne. Our condolences to his family, friends and fans.

        From Bluestime Productions:
        James Douglas Milne June 6 1948-June 16 2018.

        Jim Milne passed away on Saturday, June 16th in Lions Gate Hospital, Vancouver after a short illness. He was 70 years old. Always known as The Downchild Blues Band`s"original bass player", Jim was a founding member with Donnie Walsh and Richard Walsh (Hock) in 1969. He performed on the band`s early recordings, Bootleg, Straight Up, Dancing, Ready To Go and So Far. His bass playing is featured on the Downchild classics, Flip, Flop & Fly, Shotgun Blues, (I've Got Everything I Need) Almost and many of the songs that gave the band it's signature sound.

        Born in the Hamilton/Stony Creek area he moved to Toronto at a young age. It was the city that opened the door to his career in music. After his departure from Downchild in 1977 he headed for Vancouver to continue his journey in blues. While in Vancouver he played with The Foreman Byrnes Band (Al Forman & Jim Byrnes) and Kenny Brown & The Pervaders. Backing blues legends Lloyd Glenn, Lowell Fulson and sitting in with B.B.King were memories he cherished.

        In the 80's he returned to Toronto, joining The Morgan Davis Band for a short time before relocating to Huntsville ON. In Huntsville he switched musical gears and played country music with Ed Turley & Maplestreet. In 2005 Jim moved to Gibsons, BC on the Sunshine Coast to be close to his son Doug Leyton. He eventually gave up playing music for health reasons but it was still a big part of his life and he was proud of his contribution to Canadian Blues. Gone but not forgotten.

        Links: Downchild Blues BandMore Downchild Stories, Videos above courtesy of Mike Papas

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        Saturday, June 16, 2018

        CONGRATS! 2018 Hamilton Arts Award Winners

        This year's Hamilton Arts Awards featured a number of musical winners. The hardware was handed out on Wednesday, June 6th at Theatre Aquarius.

        Here's complete list of winners:

        Each established winner got $2,500 and a bronze medallion. Emerging winners received $1,000. The Shirley Elford Emerging Artist Prize was worth $2,000.

        Wednesday, June 13, 2018

        Hamilton Music Legend Fred Purser Passes

        Picture courtesy of
        It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Hamilton music legend, Fred Purser. He was best known for his work with the fabled local group. the Washingtons. He was the last member of the original band to pass. Our condolences to his family, friends and fans.

        Here is a wonderful story the Spectator did on his passing.

        If anyone knows of any performances with him online, please contact us at and we'll add it to this page.

        Here are a few comments and photos from social media. We will add more if we can.

        Paul Hill
        My first Hamilton music experience was hearing this great sound coming out of the Windsor on John Street, 18 years old, going in and enjoying Freddy Purser and the Washingtons! Sought them out many times over the years and hired them to play in my backyard.
        Picture courtesy of Shawn Washington-Purser

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        Tuesday, June 12, 2018

        Monday, June 11, 2018

        News Roundup (TBS Talent Search, CMAO Awards, Crowbar, Thomas Wade)


            Country Music Association of Ontario Award Winners

            Adventure of Trebleclef, the Music-Loving Monkey

            Trebleclef always has fun every year at the Blues With a Feeling fundraiser! This year was no exception as he got to check out Trickbag, Mick Hayes, the legendary Crowbar and more.  

            Click here for more pictures from the event

            Links: CrowbarMore Crowbar StoriesVideo above courtesy of Hamilton B. Lous

            Saturday, June 9, 2018

            Happy Birthday Hamilton, Ontario (Videos by Deeps, TommyGunn, Tongue Fu, Lucas Stagg)

            Today (June 9, 2018), the city of Hamilton, Ontario is 172 years old.  In celebration, here are some music videos about the Hammer!

            Links: DeepsMore Deeps StoriesVideo above courtesy of musicfromthedeeps

            Links: TommyGunn, Video above courtesy of  TOMMYGUNN

            Links: Tongue Fu, Video above courtesy of Tongue Fu

            Links: Lucas StaggMore Lucas Stagg StoriesVideo above courtesy of Lucas Stagg

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            Wednesday, June 6, 2018

            CONGRATS! St. Catharines Arts Awards Winners

            Musician Jessica Wilson won the Emerging Artist category of the 2018 St. Catharines Arts Awards on Monday June 4, 2018 at FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre (Cairns Hall). She was among the seven people honoured for their artistic contributions to the area.

            Click here for more information.

            Here's the complete list of winners

            Click here for more St. Catharines Arts Awards Stories

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            Monday, June 4, 2018

            CONGRATS! New Hamilton Musicians' Guild Honourees

            As reported in the May 2018 edition of Libretto, the magazine of the Hamilton Musicians' Guild, the union recently honoured a number of their members during various meetings.

            Lifetime Memberships
            25 Year Membership Pins
            50 Year Membership Pin

            Blast from the Past: Last Batch of HMG Honourees

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            Friday, June 1, 2018

            News Roundup (Suzie Vinnick, Trickbag + Friends, Passings)



                Adventure of Trebleclef, the Music-Loving Monkey

                Trebleclef had a ball the final Trickbag Saturday matinee of the season at  Corktown in Hamilton. Their guests were Corey Lueck and Brandon Bruce of Smoke Wagon Blues Band.

                Click here for more pictures from the event

                Links: TrickbagMore Trickbag Stories, Video above courtesy of Hamilton B. Lous