Friday, May 31, 2019

News Roundup (The Chase, Christee Palace, Walk Off the Earth, more)

Free Range

Diamond Lil
More Musical Toons

        Spectator Stories

              Adventures of Trebleclef, the Music-Loving Monkey

              Trebleclef will be back soon.

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              Wednesday, May 29, 2019

              Cool King Biscuit Boy Radio Performances!

              The sold out Blues With a Feeling fundraiser show held in honour of the late, legendary Hamilton Bluesman Richard Newell aka King Biscuit Boy is this weekend. That makes now a perfect time to remember just how talented this man was.

              Here are a few samples from an old 1983 CKOC show with Crowbar.

              Blast from the Past: More KBB Videos

              Links: King Biscuit BoyMore KBB StoriesVideos above courtesy of  Mark Benvemete

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              Wednesday, May 22, 2019

              CONGRATS! Local Artists Win Awards During 2019 Canadian Music Week!

              The dust has settled on the 2019 Canadian Music Week festivities and a few local artists walked away with awards. CONGRATS!

              Here's a full list of winners. Local winners are bolded.

              Indie Music Awards Winners
              • Album: Alexandra Stréliski – INSCAPE
              • Group: The Dead South
              • Songwriter: Sarah MacDougall
              • Alternative Artist or Group: MONOWHALES
              • Indigenous Artist or Group: Jeremy Dutcher
              • Single: DVBBS – IDWK
              • Artist: Lindi Ortega
              • Electronic/Dance Artist or Group: Milk and Bone
              • Francophone Artist or Group: Jean-Michel Blais
              • Pop Artist or Group: Said The Whale
              • Rap/RnB Artist or Group: Shad
              • Singer-Songwriter Artist or Group: Sarah MacDougall


              Live Music Industry Awards Winners
              • Road Warrior of the Year: Dave Gardiner (Arkells)
              • Small Festival: Hillside Festival (Guelph ON)
              • Medium Festival: Riverfest Elora (Elora, ON)
              • Major Festival: Festival d’été de Québec (Quebec, QC)
              • Family Program: Winnipeg Children’s Festival (Winnipeg, MB)
              • Green Operations Festival: Skookum (Vancouver, BC)
              • Not-For-Profit Festival: RBC Bluesfest Ottawa (Ottawa, ON)
              • Best Teamwork in Soft Seat/Performing Arts Centre: National Arts Centre (Ottawa, ON)
              • Best Teamwork in Major Club: Danforth Music Hall (Toronto, ON)
              • Best Teamwork in an Arena: Budweiser Gardens (London, ON)
              • Best Teamwork in a Medium Club: Horseshoe Tavern (Toronto, ON)
              • Best Teamwork in a Small Club: The Dakota Tavern (Toronto, ON)
              • Concert / Club Talent Buyer of the Year: Craig Laskey (Collective Concerts)
              • Canadian Live Association Community Impact Award: PLUS1 Organization (Ottawa, ON)
              • SOCAN Licensed To Play Award: Jazz Bistro (Toronto, ON)
              • Agent: Julien Paquin (Paquin Entertainment Group, Management Team)
              • A/V Production Company: Solotech
              • Brand / Music Program: Junos
              • Production Manager: Simon Garner (Bryan Adams)
              • New Touring Artist: Loud Luxury
              • Manager: Bernie Breen/Jenn Pressey (Bernie Breen Management)
              • Festival Buyer: Evenko (Montreal, QC)
              • Legends of Live Award: Triumph
              • Music City: Quebec City, QC


              Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards Winners

              Main Awards
              • Music Director (Major Market: Lisa Grossi – CHUM FM (Toronto)
              • Music Director (Secondary Market): Barry Stewart – Hot Country 103.5/Jewel 105 (Halifax)
              • Music Director (Small Market): Shilo Bellis – New Country 96.9 (Moncton)
              • On Air Talent (Major Market): Garner Andrews – Sonic 102.9 (Edmonton)
              • On Air Talent (Secondary Market): Jeff and Rachel – 97.5 Virgin (London)
              • Program Director (Major Market): Sarah Cummings – CHUM FM (Toronto)
              • Program Director (Secondary Market): Brad Gibb – FM96/Fresh (London)/Jim McCourtie – 89X/93.9 The River (Windsor )
              • Program Director (Small Market): Matt Cleveland – Capital FM 106.9 (Fredericton)
              • Promotion: Kiss Your Ashby Goodbye – CHUM FM (Toronto)
              • Station (Medium Market): 96.3 Cruz-FM (Saskatoon)
              • Station (Adult Contemporary): 98.1 CHFI (Toronto)
              • Station (Contemporary Hit Radio): The New Hot 899 (Ottawa)
              • Station (Classic Gold): Boom 97.3 (Toronto)
              • Station (Country): Country 105 (Calgary)
              • Station (Multi-Cultural): CHIN (Toronto)
              • Station (News/Talk/Sports); 680 News (Toronto)
              • Station (Rock): Indie 88 (Toronto)
              • Station (Small): K-Rock 105.7 (Kingston)
              Industry Awards
              • Lifetime Achievement Award: Robbie Robertson

                Links: Robbie Robertson, More Stories/Covers of the Band, Video above courtesy of billbilladaadaa a

              • Talent Development Story: Loud Luxury
              • Booking Agency: The Feldman Agency  
              • Casino/Specialty Venue: Casino Rama Resort (Orillia)
              • Digital Music Streaming Service: Spotify
              • Independent Distributor: eOne
              • Independent Label: Arts and Crafts
              • Independant Music Store: Dine Alone Store/Wax on Wheels (Toronto)
              • Music Journalist: Ben Rayner, Toronto Star
              • Major Facility (Over 8000): Budweiser Stage (Toronto)
              • Major Facility (Under 8000): Brandt Centre (Regina)
              • Management Company: Bruce Allen Management
              • Major Label: Universal Music
              • Major Retailer: Sunrise Records
              • Music Publisher: Universal Music Publishing
              • Music School: Fanshawe College (London)/Metalworks Institute (Mississauga)
              • Performing Arts Centre (Over 1500): The Sony Centre For The Performing Arts (Toronto)
              • Promoter: Live Nation
              • Publicist: Joanne Setterington, Indoor Recess
              • Recording Studio: Revolution Recording (Toronto)

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              Thursday, May 16, 2019

              Liberace's 100th Birthday

              Today (May 16, 2019) would have been Liberace's 100th birthday. He was a legendary performer known for his showmanship and over-the-top visuals.

              Links: Liberace, Videos above courtesy of Biggest Liberace FanMore 100th Birthdays

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              Wednesday, May 15, 2019

              Blues With a Feeling 2019!

              Blues With a Feeling 2019 will be one of this year's biggest musical spectacles! Steeltown's Leander Boat Club will be rockin' on Saturday June 1st! The fabulous lineup includes two Hamilton Juno winners: Steve Strongman and Jack de Keyzer. Danny Marks will be bringing his incredible music to the festivities as well. Music starts at 8pm.

              Tickets are only $30. Monies raised goes to a musical scholarship in the name of the late, legendary Hammertown Bluesman King Biscuit Boy.

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

              Links: Steve StrongmanMore Steve Strongman StoriesVideo above courtesy of Blair Burns

              Links: Danny MarksMore Danny Marks StoriesVideo above courtesy of steviej2j

              Links: King Biscuit BoyMore KBB StoriesVideo above courtesy of Richard Newell - Topic

              More Blues With a Feeling Stories

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              Saturday, May 11, 2019

              News Roundup Part 2: Awards (St. Catharines Arts Awards, East Coast Music Awards, More)

              Local nominee: Songwriter(s) of the Year - Jill Barber and Ryan Guldemond: Girl's Gotta Do

              Links: Jill BarberMore Jill Barber MusicVideo above courtesy of Jill Barber - Topic

              East Coast Music Awards Winners
              Highlights below. Click above for complete list of winners (incl. industry awards).
              Local artists are bolded.
              • Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame: Stan Rogers (from Hamilton)

                Links: Stan RogersMore Stan Rogers StoriesVideo above courtesy of Jan Hammer

              • Blues Recording of the Year: Myles Goodwyn and Friends of the Blues (ft Hamilton's Jack de Keyzer)

                Links: Myles GoodwynMore April Wine StoriesJack de KeyzerMore Jack de Keyzer Stories, Video above courtesy of Wild K. Music

              • Album: Classified - Tomorrow Could Be The Day Things Change
              • Contemporary Roots Recording: Jeremy Dutcher - Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa
              • Country Recording: Mallory Johnson - Mallory Johnson
              • Fans’ Choice Entertainer: The Barra MacNeils
              • Fans’ Choice Video of the Year: Makayla Lynn - "Joyride"
              • Folk Recording: Gunning and Cormier - Two
              • Group Recording: Les Hôtesses d’Hilaire - Viens avec moi
              • Indigenous Artist: Jeremy Dutcher
              • Jazz Recording: Ouroboros - Kitchuses
              • Loud Recording: Kilmore - Call Of The Void
              • Pop Recording: Paper Lions - At Long Creek II
              • RnB/Soul Recording: Reeny Smith - WWIII: Strength. Courage. Love.
              • Rap/Hip-Hop Recording of the Year: Classified - Tomorrow Could Be The Day Things Change
              • Rising Star Recording: Jeremy Dutcher - Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa
              • Rock Recording: Postdata - Let’s Be Wilderness
              • Roots/Traditional Recording: Vishtèn - Horizons
              • Solo Recording: Classified - Tomorrow Could Be The Day Things Change
              • Song: The East Pointers - "Two Weeks"

              Sunday, May 5, 2019

              Happy National Cartoonists Day!

              Reality Check

              Off the Mark

              Chuckle Bros
              Local Cartoonists:
              Please email us at if you know of any other cartoonists that should be on our list.

              Links: More of our CartoonsMore Cartoonist Day Posts

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              Friday, May 3, 2019

              Pete Seeger's 100th Birthday

              Today (Friday, May 3, 2019) would have been Folk legend Pete Seeger's 100th birthday. Pete left an indelible mark in the world of folk music. He was the quintessential activist/singer and inspired generations of artists.

              We asked a few local artists for their thoughts on this unforgettable musician.

              Steve Sinnicks
              Pete Seeger always put the the folk in folk music. Just sing it and make it true. And reintroducing socks and sandals of course. A giant.
              Dave Pomfret
              I always found inspiration in his sense of song and melody. To me, he was proof that those elements need not be sacrificed to make a social or political statement.
              Dan Medakovic
              As a young adult growing up in a Catholic European family, The one thing that got me to church every week was the folk music that was played as part of mass.  Before I even knew who Pete Seeger was, I was already in love with songs like Where Have All the Flowers Gone, and, Turn, Turn, Turn.  
              Pete’s music will forever be associated with everything good that happened in my early years. I had the pleasure of participating in a Pete Seeger sing-along event a couple of years ago. It felt like going to church; something I don’t do anymore. It was wonderful, and his music really brought everyone together.
              Andy Griffiths
              Pete Seeger's influence reaches far and wide ... across generations and genres. I don't think there are many musicians today who have not been touched by his music for the people! 
               Now for some videos from the man himself.

              Video above courtesy of partridge662

              Video above courtesy of 2old2Rock

              Video above courtesy of PopulistParty

              Links: Pete Seeger, More Pete Seeger StoriesMore 100th Birthdays

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