Friday, September 28, 2018

News Roundup (Awards, kd lang, Jason Isbell, More)


    Spectator Stories

            Adventure of Trebleclef, the Music-Loving Monkey

            Trebleclef was proud to go to his Uncle John and Auntie Sarah's 20's themed wedding!

            Click here for more pics from the event

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            Wednesday, September 26, 2018

            Folk Road Show Videos

            Links: Folk Road Show, Videos above courtesy of Folk Road Show

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            Tuesday, September 25, 2018

            GOOD LUCK! Local 2018 Canadian Folk Music Award Nominees

            It's great to see that the 2018 Canadian Folk Music Awards will feature a number of local artists. We're keeping our fingers crossed a few of them will bring home some CFMA's. The event takes place November 30 to December 1, 2018 at the Gateway in Alberta.

            Hamilton is well-represented with Dana Sipos (English Songwriter of the Year)Annie Sumi (New/Emerging Artists of the Year) and Jeremy Fisher Junior (Children's Album of the Year).

            Links: Dana Sipos  More Dana Sipos StoriesVideo above courtesy of Dana Sipos - Topic

            Links: Annie SumiMore Annie Sumi StoriesTannis Slimmon, More Tannis Slimmon StoriesVideo above courtesy of Duncan Showroom

            Links: Jeremy Fisher JuniorMore Jeremy Fisher StoriesVideo above courtesy of JeremyFisherJunior

            Guelph's The Lifers were also nominated. 

            Links:  Lifers, More Lifers Stories, Video above courtesy of The Lifers - Topic

            Suzie Vinnick and Mark Lalama from the Niagara region are both up as Producers of the year for Suzie's latest album Shake the Love Around.

            Links: Suzie VinnickMore Suzie Vinnick StoriesVideo above courtesy of Suzie Vinnick-Topic

            Here's the complete list of nominees:
              New/Emerging Artist(s)
              Children’s Album
              Traditional Album
              Contemporary Album
              Traditional Singer
              Contemporary Singer
              Instrumental Solo Artist
              Instrumental Group
              Vocal Group
              Solo Artist
              French Songwriter(s)
              Indigenous Songwriter(s)
              World Solo Artist
              World Group
              Pushing the Boundaries
              Young Performer(s)
              Blast from the Past: Last Year's Winners

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              Monday, September 24, 2018

              GOOD LUCK! Our Blogger and Founder Nominated for Maggie Award!

              Pic courtesy of Helen Graham
              We are proud to announce that Luis Pereira, our main blogger and founder, has been nominated for a 2018 Hamilton Independent Media Award (aka Maggie Award) for the Best Journalist- Arts & Culture category. Online voting has finished.

              Here's what Luis has to say:
              I am honoured to be nominated for this prestigious award and I'm in such wonderful company. Over 20 years after earning my Journalism diploma, it's great to get such recognition. I'm hoping many of you will vote and have your voices heard. Thank you!
              Other nominees in the category include
              From the awards website:

              ​The HIMAs (AKA “The Maggies”) is committed to supporting the Hamilton community of independent journalists by hosting a yearly awards celebration. Through the awards the HIMAs seeks to promote critical independent journalism in the City of Hamilton and beyond.
              • Winners will be announced on Thursday, November 15, 2018 at a ceremony at the Hamilton Central Library (Hamilton Room). The event starts at 6pm. Everyone is welcome and it's free.
              • Winners receive a commemorative plaque and a monetary prize.
              Blast from the Past: HBL Receives First George R Robinson Award

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              Saturday, September 22, 2018

              CONGRATS! New Hamilton Musicians' Guild Honourees

              At the Hamilton Musicians' Guild meeting on May 28, 2018 various members were honoured for their long time service to the union.

              Here's a complete list:
              • Certificate of 60 Year Membership: Maggie MacDonald
              • 50 Year Membership Pin: Pete Rihbany
              • 25 Year Membership Pin: Reg Titian 
              • Life Membership Certificate: Jack Pedler

              Video above courtesy of Vesna Trkulja-Stevens

              Video above courtesy of BOYDWILSONFILMS

              Video above courtesy of Denys Peel

              Links: Jack Pedler, More Jack Pedler Stories

              CONGRATS EVERYONE!

              Blast from the Past: Last Batch of HMG Honourees

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              Friday, September 21, 2018

              Wednesday, September 19, 2018

              GOOD LUCK! Spectator Readers' Choice Award 2018 Nominees! Vote Deadline Sept 25

              The Hamilton Spectator Readers' Choice Awards are here again and there's only have a few days left to vote. Click here to vote. Deadline is September 25, 2018 at 5pm. 

              Here are the nominees for the Local Musician or Band category:
              Other music related categories include Concert Venue, FestivalLive Entertainment Facility, Live Jazz ClubLive Music Bar/LoungeMusic InstructorMusical Instrument Store, Music SchoolRadio Station, Record/CD Store and Recording Studio.

              One of our sponsors, Picks 'N' Sticks is up for Music SchoolMusical Instrument Store and a few of their Instructors are up for awards too.

              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.

              GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!

              Blast from the Past: Last Year's Winners

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

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              Tuesday, September 18, 2018

              New Episode of Ensemble! ft Benjamin Dakota Rogers + Rachel Heart

              Benjamin Dakota Rogers and Rachel Heart will be the latest incredible stars of the new episode of Ensemble! on Cable 14 TV.  Backing this wonderful duo will be Will Macaulay on guitar.  They'll be joined by host Mark McNeil.

              Here are a few videos from them:

              Links: Benjamin Dakota RogersMore Benjamin Dakota Rogers Stories, Videos above courtesy of Benjamin Dakota Rogers

              Links: Rachel HeartMore Rachel Heart Stories, Videos above courtesy of Cultivate Music

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              Saturday, September 15, 2018

              News Roundup, Part 2 (Shakers, Arkells, Tim Hicks, Indie Charts)

              More Musical Toons


              Local Musicians on August 31, 2018 Charts

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                Spectator Stories

                Wednesday, September 12, 2018

                Danny Michel's Space Van Season 5 Videos

                We here at the Hamilton Blues Lovers recently discovered that Waterloo singer/songwriter Danny Michel has a wonderful webcast series Dan's Space Van where he interviews amazing musicians in his vehicle.

                Season 6 recently started up so we're posting videos of the 5th season to catch you up. We'll be posting future episodes through our News Roundup series.

                Links: Bahamas, Video above courtesy of Danny Michel

                Links: Skye Wallace, Video above courtesy of Danny Michel

                Links: Joel Plaskett, More Joel Plaskett Stories, Video above courtesy of Danny Michel

                Links: Irish MythenMore Irish Mythen StoriesVideo above courtesy of Danny Michel

                Links: Kevin BreitMore Kevin Breit StoriesVideo above courtesy of Danny Michel

                Links: Danny MichelMore Danny Michael Stories, More Space Van Episodes

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                Tuesday, September 11, 2018

                CONGRATS! Waterloo's Shane Guse Wins Canadian Country Music Award + Complete Winners List

                Shane Guse with Stacey Lee Guse at the CCMA's 
                Waterloo's Shane Guse (Western Swing Authority) has added another trophy to his shelf. He won the Special Instrument Player of the Year award (for his mandolin work) on September 9, 2018 at the Gala Award dinner of the 2018 Canadian Country Music Awards in Hamilton!

                Links: Roger SchmidtWestern Swing AuthorityMore WSA StoriesVideo above courtesy of Furch/Stonebridge Guitars

                The awards were a major success for Hammertown (so much that they are hosting it again in 2020).

                The big winner was host Shania Twain, who took home 4 awards.

                Links: Shania TwainMore Shania Twain Stories, Video above courtesy of Shania Twain

                Click here for the Hamilton Spectator story on the event.

                Here's a complete list of winners:

                Main Awards (September 9)
                Gala Dinner (September 8)
                Industry Lunch (September 7)
                Links: Canadian Country Music AssociationMore CCMA Stories

                Monday, September 10, 2018

                New Episode of Ensemble! ft Matty Simpson + Adam Ostrosser

                New episodes of Ensemble! on Cable 14 TV keep on coming! Soon, you 'll able to see the fabulous Matty Simpson teaming up with the talented Adam Ostrosser. Both will be backed up by bassist extraordinaire Justine Fischer.  Host Mark McNeil will be interviewing them as well. It will be a blast!

                Here are a few videos from the guys:

                Links: Matty SimpsonMore Matty Simpson StoriesAdam Ostrosser, More Adam Ostrosser Stories, Videos above courtesy of oaklandoptic

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                Saturday, September 8, 2018

                New Ensemble! Episode ft Corey Lueck and Dan Thomas

                The next new episode of Ensemble!, the Cable 14 TV show will be out soon. This latest one showcases the incredible Corey Lueck of the Smoke Wagon Blues Band and the explosive Dan Thomas (ex-Hammertones, 5-Star Revue). Backing the duo are Paul Panchezak of Trickbag on drums and Corey's Smoke Wagon bandmate Jason Colavecchia on the bass. This'll be quite the Blues extravaganza. Mark McNeil will be hosting this one as well.

                This episode can also be streamed online on if you are a Rogers, Cogeco or Source subscriber.

                Here are a few videos from the guys:

                More Taj Mahal Covers/Stories

                More Stevie Wonder Covers/Stories

                Links: Smoke Wagon Blues BandMore Smoke Wagon Blues Band Stories, More Dan Thomas StoriesVideos above courtesy of James Goodrick

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                More Ensemble Stories

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                Sunday, September 2, 2018

                New Ensemble Episode ft Alex Kadet and Sabine Ndalamba

                The wonderful Ensemble! Cable 14 TV show is back for a another season with new host Mark McNeil. The next one features the amazing Alex Kadet and the wonderful Sabine Ndalamba. They'll be accompanied by the accomplished Celeste Konopka on violin.

                NEW! This episode can now be streamed online on if you are a Rogers, Cogeco or Source subscriber.

                Here are a few videos to whet you appetite.

                Links: Alex Kadet, Videos above courtesy of Alex Kadet

                Links: Sabine Ndalamba, Videos above courtesy of Sabine Ndalamba

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                More Ensemble Stories

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