Tuesday, October 19, 2021

More Incredible Local Songwriting at #LocalLyricsShowcase - Sam Heller, Jacob Moon, Benjamin Dakota Rogers

For a while now, HBL's wonderful marketing queen, Linda's been showing off what talented songwriters we have in the area. Every weekend, through her Facebook hashtag #LocalLyricsShowcase, she posts full lyrics and a video for a superb local song. Check them out here.

Here are a few samples from previous weeks.

Links: Sam HellerMore Sam Heller Stories, Click here for lyricsVideo above courtesy of Danny Buzanko

Links: Jacob MoonMore Jacob Moon StoriesClick Here for LyricsVideo above courtesy of Jacob Moon

Links: Benjamin Dakota RogersMore Benjamin Dakota Rogers StoriesClick Here for LyricsVideo above courtesy of Benjamin Dakota Rogers - Topic

More Local Lyrics Showcase Posts

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Saturday, October 16, 2021

Amazing Albums from Waterdown's True North Records! RanchWriters, Party for Joey Fundraiser, Murray McLauchlan

Waterdown's True North Records (part of Linus Entertainment) is an internationally renowned company that offer the best in Roots music from all over the world.

We'll be occasionally showcasing the fabulous recordings they recently released.

RanchWriters (instrumental project featuring Barney BentallGeoffrey Kelly of Spirit of the West)

Released September 17, 2021.

Party for Joey: A Sweet Relief Tribute to Joey Spampinato (charity compilation to help the founder of NRBQ with financial assistance after health issues.

Performers include Ben Harper & Keith Richards (see video below), Bonnie Raitt, Buddy Miller, Los Lobos, Penn & Teller plus many more.

Released June 25, 2021

Released July 9, 2021.

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Wednesday, October 13, 2021

New Marvellous Folk Rock Album from Ancaster's Caroline Wiles

You'll find a lot of infectious folk rock on Grateful, the latest marvellous album from Ancaster's Caroline Wiles. Her beautiful voices meshes with stunning harmonies and world-class instrumentation.

Themes of love and family permeate the recording. Caroline and her friends navigate expertly through delicate/emotional numbers, catchy tunes and a little country music.

Caroline is joined by the legendary Bob Doidge (who also produces) on the album. Guest appearances include Andrew Aldridge, Sean O’Grady, Amy King and Shane Guse.

This incredible album is available through her websiteiTunes, and Amazon.

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Sunday, October 3, 2021

GOOD LUCK! 2022 Canadian Folk Music Awards Nominees (including local artists) UPDATED WITH WINNERS!

Below is the nominee announcement that took place on line on September 28, 2021.

Links: CFMAMore CFMA StoriesVideo above courtesy of prixfolkawards

Here is the complete nominee list (local acts are bolded)


Traditional Album

Contemporary Album 

Contemporary Singer 

Vocal Group of the Year

Producer(s) of the Year

  • Luke Doucet, Melissa McClelland (Whitehorse ) (Hamilton)
  • Quinn Bachand (Rosier)
  • David Travers-Smith, Fernando Rosa, Annabelle Chvostek (Annabelle Chvostek)
  • Cédric Dind-Lavoie WINNER
  • Rob Lutes and Rob MacDonald (Rob Lutes)


Solo Artist

Children’s Album

  • Garth Prince - Falling in Africa
  • Remy Rodden - Think About the Wild
  • Penny Pom Pom - Believe in Your Magic
  • Splash'N Boots - Heart Parade WINNER
  • Peter Lenton aka Peter Puffin's Whale Tales - Campfire Time!

Traditional Singer

  • Sophie Lavoie (of Grosse Isle)
  • Nicolas Boulerice
  • Pat Chessell
  • Ewelina Ferenc (of Polky) WINNER
  • Ray Schmidt (of The Wardens) 

Instrumental Solo Artist 

Instrumental Group

English Songwriter(s)

French Songwriter(s)

  • Flavie Léger-Roy (of Les Bouches Bées)
  • Reney Ray WINNER
  • Guillaume Beaulac
  • Émilie Landry
  • Belle Grand Fille

Indigenous Songwriter(s)

  • Chelsey June & Jaaji (of Twin Flames) WINNER
  • Morgan Toney
  • David Laronde
  • Laura Niquay
  • Phyllis Sinclair

Global Roots Album 

  • Elage Diouf - Wutiko WINNER
  • Eliana Cuevas (feat. Aquiles Báez) - El Currucha
  • Polky - Songs From Home
  • OKAN - Espiral
  • Gypsy Kumbia Orchestra - VelkomBak

New/Emerging Artist(s) 

  • David Lafleche 
  • Oxlip 
  • The Hello Darlins 
  • Noah Reid 
  • Polky
  • Allison Russell WINNER

Oliver Schroer Pushing the Boundaries Award

Young Performer(s) 

  • Isabella Samson - If It's Not Forever WINNER
  • Irish Millie - Thirteen
  • Paige Penney - When All is Said and Done
  • Hannah Thomas - Christmas Don't Be Late
  • Fern & Willow Marwood (of The Broken Bridges) - The Porch Sessions

Single of the Year