Monday, December 20, 2021

Winter Begins! Videos by David Essig, Erin Moffat, James Boraski







Dave Rogers Passes


It is with sadness that we announce the passing of local musician, Dave Rogers. He passes after a brave battle with Cancer. Our condolences to his family, friends and fans. He was the son of the late Hamilton musician Stan Rogers.

His obituary:

David Gregory Nasmith ROGERS

In his 53rd year, after a brief, courageous battle with colorectal cancer. He is survived by his Mom, Ariel Rogers (Scott Cameron Smith), his sisters, Beth Cassey (Roger) and Kate McLaughlin (Jeffrey-deceased 2020) and his brother Nathan Rogers (Jan); and he leaves also to mourn him, his long-time friend and companion Pamela Taylor. He will be greatly missed by his four adoring nieces, Violet, Beatrice, Eloise and Bella-Sophia. David is also survived by many aunts and uncles and cousins who will also always remember him for his crooked grin, his brilliant guitar playing and his ready advice on all things "FOOD." Cremation has taken place. A private funeral service will be held with plans for a Family Reunion and a Celebration of Life Picnic with Music in early summer 2022. The family wishes to thank Dr. Kate Prangley for her remarkable care and support of Dave's wish to be with his family in his final days; the wonderful care of the Palliative Care Outreach Team and the ongoing work of the Juravinski Cancer Hospital.

At Dave's request, please donate to his favourite charity, below and despite the restrictions of the COVID-19 virus and its variants placed on clinics, "stand firm and get tested!"

Please support Wayside House, Hamilton ~ http://www.waysidehouseham.com/

Online condolences available at www.dbancaster.ca

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Aengus Finnan

He was a kind, creative, complex, sweetheart of a guy.

He loved music, cooking, and he especially loved Pam.

Along with Trevor Mills, I had the honour of traveling every inch of North America with Dave for years, playing songs and telling stories from the Atlantic to the Pacific and the Yukon to Texas in cafes and churches, schools and pubs, lodges and studios, hotel bedrooms and ballrooms, concert halls and festival stages.

He was a great musician, a loyal friend, and a happy-go-lucky sideman. He and Trev co-arranged my North Wind album, recorded the third live, and he taught me plenty about music, and about humility.

He lost an impossible battle with cancer, but he won an equally arduous battle with alcohol a few years ago by getting sober. I’ve never been prouder of a person who had hit rock bottom and did everything in his power to change his path when it seemed utterly unsurmountable, and ultimately turned his final years into something beautiful.

Recently we reconnected and despite the prognosis he was his buoyant self, looking at the positive, envisioning a best-case scenario, and we even joked about hitting the road again.

I’ll see you out there somewhere down the road buddy.

Love you!

Chris Cracknell

I have learned today that my friend Dave Rogers now only lives on this earth in the hearts and memories of his friends and family. My condolences to the entire Rogers family and to all those whose lives have been blessed by the privilege of knowing this brilliantly talented, funny, and warm man. I will miss you Dave.


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Sunday, December 19, 2021

Please Support Local Charities




Please Support Local Charities


From their website: Neighbour to Neighbour works to improve the quality of life in our community by offering access to tutoring programs for children, community kitchen programs, utility subsidy programs, family counselling, emergency food access and a host of other interventions. Neighbour to Neighbour is empowering people with the tools and ideas that will help change their lives.

They also have an amazing used book store.

The Hamilton Blues Lovers (HBL) want to showcase a deserving local charity every week.  HBL is not affiliated with these charities nor does it fund raise for them.



Sunday, December 12, 2021

Happy Violin Day! Videos by the Fox Duo


The Fox Duo is a collective of multiple artists that play as duos in various combinations. 






Links: Danielle Marconi (violin), Sabrina Liu (piano)


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Please Support Local Charities




Please Support Local Charities


From their website: The AIDS Network is a registered charitable organization, and offers services to the 1.5 million people living in the communities of Hamilton, Halton, Haldimand, Norfolk and Brant.  Since 1986, The AIDS Network has been the primary voice for HIV/AIDS prevention, education and support.

The Hamilton Blues Lovers (HBL) want to showcase a deserving local charity every week.  HBL is not affiliated with these charities nor does it fund raise for them.



Wednesday, December 8, 2021

CONGRATS! New Hamilton Musicians' Guild Honourees


At the October 12, 2021 Hamilton Musicians' Guild general meeting, quite a few local artists were presented with their AFM  (American Federation of Musicians) Life Membership Certificate and Pin

They include:

Sunday, December 5, 2021

Please Support Local Charities


From their webiste: The Cancer Assistance Program is a community-based, not-for-profit organization, led by a team of volunteers and staff, offering free services to ease the physical, emotional and economic impact of those in our community affected by cancer.

The Hamilton Blues Lovers (HBL) want to showcase a deserving local charity every week.  HBL is not affiliated with these charities nor does it fund raise for them.



Wednesday, December 1, 2021

CONGRATS! 2021 Canadian Country Music Awards Winners, Including Cambridge's Reklaws


The 2021 Canadian Country Music Awards were held on November 28-29 at a wonderful televised event in London, Ontario. Cambridge's The Reklaws took home two trophies. CONGRATS! 

Below are highlights from the ceremony


Links: Canadian Country Music AssociationMore CCMA StoriesVideo above courtesy of ET Canada

Below is a complete list of winners:


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