Tuesday, June 30, 2020

CONGRATS! Local 2020 Juno Winners!

On June 29, the 2020 Juno Award winners were announced in a pre-recorded special. Three of our talented local musical compatriots (all from Hamilton) won.


Below is a complete list of winners:
Local artists are bolded.
  • Contemporary Roots Album: Mohawk by Lee Harvey Osmond

    Links: Lee Harvey OsmondMore Lee Harvey Osmond StoriesVideo above courtesy of LeE HARVeY OsMOND 

  • Music Video: Little Star  (iskwē)

    IskwéMore Iskwé StoriesVideo above courtesy of iskwē

  • Jazz Album (Group): Abundance by Ernesto Cervini’s Turboprop

    Links: Ernesto Cervini, More Ernesto Cervini StoriesVideo above courtesy of Ernesto Cervini's Turboprop - Topic

  • Adult Alternative Album: A Blemish in the Great Light by Half Moon Run
  • Adult Contemporary Album: Shine A Light by Bryan Adams
  • Album: The Pains Of Growing by Alessia Cara
  • Album Artwork: SELECTIONS FROM CUPHEAD by Kristofer Maddigan 
  • Alternative Album: Morbid Stuff by PUP
  • Artist: Shawn Mendes
  • Blues Album: Mad Love by Dawn Tyler Watson
  • Breakthrough Artist: Lennon Stella
  • Breakthrough Group: Neon Dreams
  • Children's Album: Greatest Hits, Vol. 4 by Big Block Singsong
  • Classical Album (Large Ensemble): The John Adams Album by Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, conducted by Kent Nagano 
  • Classical Album (Solo or Chamber): detach by Angela Schwarzkopf  
  • Classical Album (Vocal or Choral): Handel: Dixit Dominus; Bach and Schutz: Motets Ottawa Bach Choir, conducted by Lisette Canton 
  • Classical Composition: Evta by Ana Sokolović ATMA*Naxos
  • Comedy Album: Lil Bit of Buddle by Sophie Buddle
  • Contemporary Gospel or Christian: The Advent Of Christmas by Matt Maher 
  • Country Album: Wild As Me by Meghan Patrick
  • Dance Recording: Love Me by Felix Cartal and Lights 
  • Electric Album:  Beyond The Senses by REZZ
  • Francophone Album: La nuit est une panthère by Les Louanges
  • Group: Loud Luxury
  • Indigenous Artist or Group: Stories from a Downtown Apartment by Celeigh Cardinal
  • Instrumental Album: INSCAPE by Alexandra Stréliski
  • International Album: WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? by Billie Eilish
  • Jazz Album (Solo): MiGRATIONS by Jacques Kuba Seguin 
  • Juno Fan Choice: Avril Lavigne
  • Metal/Hard Music Album: Play to Win by Striker 
  • Pop Album: The Pains of Growing by Alessia Cara
  • Producer: Ben Kaplan
  • Rap Recording: Freaky by Tory Lanez 
  • Recording Engineer: John "Beetle" Bailey
  • Reggae Recording : The Warning Track by Lyndon John X 
  • RnB/Soul Recording : Feel It Too by Jessie Reyez, Tory Lanez and Tainy
  • Rock Album: A War On Everything by The Glorious Sons
  • Single: Señorita by Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello
  • Songwriter: Alessia Cara
  • Traditional Roots Album: Sugar and Joyby  The Dead South 
  • Vocal Jazz Album: Stay Tuned! by Dominique Fils-Aimé 
  • World Music Album: BAROKAN by Djely Tapa  
Blast from the Past: Last Year's Winners

Links: Juno AwardsMore Juno Stories

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Tuesday, June 23, 2020

CONGRATS! 2020 Hamilton Arts Awards Winners

Here is the compete list of winners:
View the entire ceremony on Facebook below:

Episode 1 (We can't embed)

The above includes the music category.


Thursday, June 18, 2020

Hamilton Photographer Ivan Sorensen Passes

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Hamilton photographer Ivan Sorensen. He was a mainstay of the Hammer's vibrant music scene. We do not have many details yet but will post them here. Our condolences to his family, friends and fans.

A word from Lou, our blogger:
I met Ivan many times going to the same event. We became friends and he always had a smile on his face and loved his work. He had great enthusiasm when he saw great live local music. I'll miss him terribly.
The was a huge outpouring of grief on social media. Here's a sampling:

Terra Lightfoot
To my friend Ivan: I'll miss you so! Your kind smile, the way you yelled "HEY YOU, GET OVER HERE!" at Supercrawl before we even knew each other.... so you could show me some photos you had taken of the band....we got on so easily from there on out....You were a truly talented man and I'm better for knowing you. Thanks for capturing me at my best so many times. Sending love to your family.
Michael Hickey
I am sad to hear of the passing of Ivan Sorensen....good guy and a great photographer. Most of us performing musicians here have been captured by his lens....always in a unique way....never one to draw attention to himself he focused on us...I'm sad we lost him and his talent....I'll miss seeing him "snapping off a few" at shows.... Rest in Peace Ivan...and thank you....
Kristen Archer (I Heart Hamilton)
You will be missed, Ivan Sorensen ❤ I am so sorry for the loss of a Hamilton creative who captured our music scene so beautifully. Ivan was a staple in festival stage pits and at concerts, and I got to know him better while working with Supercrawl in 2018. Ivan's long hours spent on the ground and in the pit always impressed me and he had such a special eye.
It means a lot to have a photo through Ivan's eyes. Live music shots of Ivan's are some of my favourites. My heart goes out to Ivan's family and friends, and I thank him for his wonderful art and his kindness.
Below  is a sampling of his incredible work.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2020

CONGRATS! Local Artists on Polaris Prize Long List

Dundas Electronic music artist CaribouBurlington's Sarah Harmer and WHOOP-Szo from Guelph were among the many talented musicians announced as part of the 2020 Polaris Prize Long List.  Hopefully they will make the Short List (announced July 15) and then move on to win the big prize (gala is September 21 at The Carlu in Toronto)

Links: CaribouMore Caribou StoriesVideo above courtesy of CaribouVideos

Links: Sarah HarmerMore Sarah Harmer StoriesVideo above courtesy of Sarah Harmer

Links: WHOOP-Szo, Video above courtesy of youvechangedrecords

Here's a complete list of winners:
  • Caribou – Suddenly
  • Sarah Harmer – Are You Gone
  • WHOOP-Szo – Warrior Down
  • Allie X – Cape God
  • Anachnid – Dreamweaver
  • Aquakultre – Legacy
  • Marie-Pierre Arthur – Des feux pour voir
  • Backxwash – God Has Nothing To Do With This Leave Him Out Of It
  • Badge Époque Ensemble – Badge Époque Ensemble
  • Begonia – Fear
  • P’tit Belliveau – Greatest Hits Vol. 1
  • Daniel Caesar – CASE STUDY 01
  • Chocolat – Jazz engagé
  • Louis-Jean Cormier – Quand la nuit tombe
  • Corridor – Junior
  • dvsn – A Muse In Her Feelings
  • Jacques Greene – Dawn Chorus
  • Ice Cream – FED UP
  • Junia-T – Studio Monk
  • Kaytranada – Bubba
  • Flore Laurentienne – Volume 1
  • Cindy Lee – What’s Tonight To Eternity?
  • Men I Trust – Oncle Jazz
  • nêhiyawak – nipiy
  • OBUXUM – Re-birth
  • Owen Pallett – Island
  • Pantayo – Pantayo
  • Lido Pimienta – Miss Colombia
  • Joel Plaskett – 44
  • William Prince – Reliever
  • Jessie Reyez – Before Love Came To Kill Us
  • Andy Shauf – The Neon Skyline
  • Riit – ataataga
  • Super Duty Tough Work – Studies in Grey
  • U.S. Girls – Heavy Light
  • Leif Vollebekk – New Ways
  • Wares – Survival
  • The Weeknd – After Hours
  • Witch Prophet – DNA Activation
  • Zen Bamboo – GLU
Blast from the Past: Last Year's Short List

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Saturday, June 13, 2020

CONGRATS ! 2020 Hamilton Community News Readers' Choice Awards Winners!

Click here for full list.

Music-related categories below.

Best Local Musician or Band
Best Concert Venue
Best Live Entertainment Facility

Monday, June 8, 2020

New Ensemble! Episode ft the Dunlop Brothers

The final new episode (at least for the next little while) of the Cable 14 show, Ensemble! will feature the marvelous Dunlop Brothers!  This wonderful episode is currently being broadcast on TV.  The always amazing Lily Sazz hosted the show at Hamilton's Grant Avenue Studio.

This episode should be available on demand soon (for only ShawRogers and Cogeco customers.) Anyone can now live stream Cable 14 for free at https://cable14now.com/.

Saturday, June 6, 2020

Canal Bank Shuffle Posting Dazzling Blues Every Saturday! Videos by Virgil Scott, Josh Miller, Spencer Mackenzie, Chris Ayries

If missing live Blues music has got you down during the quarantine, the Canal Bank Shuffle YouTube page is here to help. Every Saturday, they'll be posting multiple videos from dazzling past performances as part of the Almost Live series.

Special message from the Shuffle:
If you can tip even a buck or two it will help to keep this series going. All money goes to artists and video team.
You can do that at www.facebook.com/canalbankshufflebluesfestival and press "shop now" or e-transfer brantparkermusic@gmail.com, or click the paypal button at the top of the Canal  Bank Youtube home page. Also non digital option is to drop a tip at Donnelly's Pub. They are open for take-out.
I hope everyone stays safe and we love you. Cheers' and feel free to share the videos folks. Thanks to videographer David Stephen.
Here's a sampling of what's been offered:

Click here for Virgil Scott's site

Links: Josh Miller, More Josh Miller Stories

Links: Spencer MackenzieMore Spencer Mackenzie Stories

Links: Chris Ayries, More Chris Ayries Stories

All videos above courtesy of Canal Bank Shuffle

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Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Dundas Music Club Offering Phenomenal Performances Online! Videos by Sharon Washington/Scotty Bakalar, Lily Sazz, Steve Parton, Dan Medakovic, Jay Burr

The Dundas Music Club has the solution for your lockdown blues. Their Facebook page has some phenomenal videos for you to watch.

Every Wednesday at 7 pm, they run a watch party (there's usually a theme). Even if you can't make it to that, many of the incredible videos stay on the page and you can listen to them at your leisure.

Here's some of what's available now:

Links: More Sharon Washington StoriesScotty BakalarMore Scotty Bakalar Stories, Video above courtesy of Sharon Washington

Links: Lily Sazz, More Lily Sazz Stories, Video above courtesy of Lily Sazz

Links: Steve Parton, More Steve Parton Stories, Video above courtesy of Steve Parton

Links: Danny MedakovicMore Dan Medakovic Stories, More Hollies Covers/StoriesVideo above courtesy of Danny Medakovic

Links: Jay Burr, More Jay Burr Stories, Video above courtesy of Jay Burr

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