Saturday, February 26, 2022

CONGRATS! 2022 Blues and Roots Radio International Song Contest Winners

Recently, the winners of the 2022 Blues and Roots Radio International Song Contest were announced. Three incredible Canadian acts won!

The category winners  earned $250 and the overall winner won $1000 CAD.

Here's a complete list of winners

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Thursday, February 24, 2022

Local Musician Peter Lafferty Passes

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of local (he grew up in Dundas) musician Peter Lafferty, who passed away on February 22, 2022 after a brave battle with cancer. Our condolences to his family, friends and fans.

He was a solo artist and also toured with bands such as California, The Mike Lehman Show and many more. Peter was also a product manager for Boss at Roland Canada.

Social Media Reaction

Mark Volkov (Cootes Paradise)
RIP Peter Lafferty, who died peacefully at home with his loved ones at approximately 2:22pm. on 22/2/22
Peter was a friend of mine for more than 50 years, since our time at Parkside High School. We played in our first professional band together, "Spittin' Image" in 1977. We shared an apartment on Gilmour Avenue in Toronto in 1977-1978 while we were on the road with different bands.  He was a talented, versatile and passionate musician, a good loyal friend, and a really fine person. He had a terrific sense of humour and was kind, thoughtful, and generous.  I last played with Peter, along with Darryl Campbell at a St. Patrick's Day gig at The Shores of Port Credit about 4 years ago. Condolences to all family members and loved ones. He will be greatly missed by many.
Until we meet again, my friend!

Videos above courtesy of Pete Lafferty 'Solo Entertainer'

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Monday, February 21, 2022

Hamilton Musician David Carte Passes

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Hamilton musician David Carte aka The Sideman on February 17, 2022. Our condolences to his family, friends and fans.

The family's announcement:
It is with heavy hearts and great difficulty we are writing this post on the passing of our dear brother, brother-in-law, and uncle David Carte earlier this morning.  He was always the first to make people laugh, you always knew he was around by his bird calls, and always entertained by strumming a tune on his guitar that he just made-up in the moment.  The family chain is broken and nothing seems the same but as God takes us one-by-one that chain will link again.  Rest in perfect peace David.  Love Chuck, Carol, and Aaron xoxoxxo

Visitation for David will be at the Bay Gardens Funeral Home on Rymal Rd. Thursday, February 24th, 5-9pm. In lieu of sending flowers you can send donations to the Arthritis Society or the Heart and Stroke Foundation

His son also Allen has a special request: If anyone has jammed in the past or has have done has any recordings with Dave, please send any footage / recordings to - I'm trying to consolidate everything in one place on the DavidCarteMusic youtube channel. Thanks in advance.

Social Media Reaction

George CW Douglas

I met David a few months ago at the Casbah in Hamilton.  We were both there for the Dundas Music Club's return to a live stage.  We talked after our sets and exchanged emails.  

Next week we ended up at another jam in Hamilton and Dave worked my name and hometown into his songs a few times, it was funny and it worked.  

A week after that we were back at The Casbah and we sat at a table in the corner and made plans to jam and play together…when things got better.  

I paused my outings in December due to the variant but was looking forward to getting together with David.

I’m sorry we never got to jam but I’m so glad we met.  My deepest condolences to his friends and family, I enjoyed our brief time together.

Mike Cotton

Wow. I am absolutely gutted to hear about the passing of David Carte. I've known Dave most of my life since he was a long time friend of my dad's and was always amazing to me. Such a nice person who had such a passion for life. Even yesterday he was posting about about going to see some live music tonight. He was a great musician and super creative guy in general and was always supportive of me and music. He even powered through an an insane snowstorm to come to my hometown hockey gig a few years ago. I feel so bad for his wife Kelly and son Allan. Just awful. I bet he's already up there jamming and having a beer with my dad 

Videos above courtesy of DavidCarteMusic

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Sunday, February 20, 2022

Friday, February 18, 2022

GOOD LUCK! Artists from Waterdown's Stony Plain Records Up for 2022 Blues Music Awards

Waterdown music label Stony Plain Records is a major player in the global Blues scene. As a result, three of their artists are up for 2022 Blues Music Awards. On May 5, 2022 in Memphis, the winners will be announced.


Below is a complete list of nominees.


Traditional Blues Album
  • Pinky’s Blues, Sue Foley (released by Waterdown's Stony Plain Records)
  • Be Ready When I Call You, Guy Davis 
  • Bob Corritore & Friends: Spider In My Stew, Bob Corritore 
  • Boogie w/ R.L. Boyce (Live), R.L. Boyce 
  • Little Black Flies, Eddie 9V 
Acoustic Blues Album
  • Dear America, Eric Bibb 
  • Land of the Sky, Catfish Keith 
  • Let Loose Those Chains, Hector Anchondo 
  • The Trio Sessions, EG Kight
Traditional Blues Female Artist

  • Tommy Castro 
  • Eric Gales 
  • Mr. Sipp (Castro Coleman) 
  • J.P. Soars 
  • Sugaray Rayford

  • Anthony Paule Soul Orchestra 
  • J.P. Soars and the Red Hots 
  • Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials 
  • Sugaray Rayford Band 
  • Tommy Castro & The Painkillers
  • “Fragile Peace and Certain War”, written and performed by Carolyn Wonderland
  • “Holler If You Hear Me”, written by Jeff Schroedl & Mark Solveson (performed by Altered Five Blues Band)
  • “I’d Climb Mountains”, written and performed by Selwyn Birchwood
  • “Real Good Lie”, written by Christine Vitale, Larry Batiste, & Anthony Paule (performed by Wee Willie Walker & The Anthony Paule Soul Orchestra)
  • “Somewhere”, written by Tommy Castro & Tom Hambridge (performed by Tommy Castro) 
Emerging Artist Album
  • GA-20 Does Hound Dog Taylor: Try It… You Might Like It!, GA-20 
  • Just Say The Word, Gabe Stillman 
  • Live On Beale Street: A Tribute To Bobby “Blue” Bland, Rodd Bland and the Members Only Band 
  • Welcome To The Land, Memphissippi Sounds 
  • You Ain’t Unlucky, Veronica Lewis
Blues Rock Album
  • Alafia Moon, Damon Fowler 
  • Dance Songs For Hard Times, The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band 
  • Resurrection, Mike Zito 
  • Tinfoil Hat, Popa Chubby 
  • Unemployed Highly Annoyed, Jeremiah Johnson
Contemporary Blues Album
  • 662, Kingfish 
  • Damage Control, Curtis Salgado 
  • Holler If You Hear Me, Altered Five Blues Band 
  • Raisin’ Cain, Chris Cain 
  • Tommy Castro Presents A Bluesman Came To Town, Tommy Castro
Soul Blues Album
  • Let’s Have A Party, Gerald McClendon 
  • Long As I Got My Guitar, Zac Harmon 
  • Not In My Lifetime, Wee Willie Walker & The Anthony Paule Soul Orchestra 
  • You Get What You Give: Duets, Dave Keller 
  • You Gotta Have It, Tia Carroll 
Acoustic Blues Artist
  • Eric Bibb 
  • Kevin Burt 
  • Guy Davis 
  • Doug MacLeod 
  • Keb’ Mo’
Blues Rock Artist
  • Albert Castiglia 
  • Tommy Castro 
  • Tinsley Ellis 
  • Ana Popovic 
  • Joanne Shaw Taylor
Contemporary Blues Female Artist
  • Vanessa Collier 
  • Thornetta Davis 
  • Ruthie Foster 
  • Danielle Nicole 
  • Carolyn Wonderland
Contemporary Blues Male Artist
  • Selwyn Birchwood 
  • Chris Cain 
  • Christone “Kingfish” Ingram 
  • Kenny Neal 
  • Mr. Sipp (Castro Coleman)
Soul Blues Female Artist
  • Annika Chambers 
  • Trudy Lynn 
  • Terrie Odabi
  • Kat Riggins 
  • Vaneese Thomas 
Soul Blues Male Artist
  • William Bell 
  • Don Bryant 
  • John Nemeth 
  • Johnny Rawls 
  • Curtis Salgado
Traditional Blues Male Artist
  • Cedric Burnside 
  • Super Chikan 
  • Taj Mahal 
  • Sugar Ray Norcia 
  • Jontavious Willis
  • Willie J. Campbell
  • Larry Fulcher
  • Jerry Jemmott
  • Danielle Nicole
  • Scot Sutherland
  • Danny Banks 
  • June Core 
  • Tom Hambridge 
  • Derrick D’Mar Martin 
  • Chris Peet
  • N/A
  • Billy Branch 
  • Bob Corritore 
  • Jason Ricci 
  • Brandon Santini 
  • Kim Wilson
  • Mindi Abair 
  • Jimmy Carpenter 
  • Marc Franklin 
  • Regi Oliver 
  • Nancy Wright
  • Eden Brent 
  • Mike Finnigan 
  • Dave Keyes 
  • Veronica Lewis 
  • Jim Pugh
  • Thornetta Davis 
  • Ruthie Foster 
  • John Nemeth 
  • Sugaray Rayford 
  • Curtis Salgado

Monday, February 14, 2022

Happy 7th Birthday Trebleclef!

Today (Feb 15, 2022) our little monkey turns 7 years old! 

Click here for more of Trebleclef's adventures.

Treble's happy that live music is back in time for his birthday. He's vaxxed, boosted and ready to go out an enjoy some live music! 


Links: CaretakersMore Caretakers Stories, Video above courtesy of Thee Caretakers - Topic

Wednesday, February 9, 2022

February 2022 Episode of 'Sold on Hamilton' featuring Soupfest

On Saturday, February 5, 2022, another amazing episode of the 'Sold On Hamilton with Judy Marsales' radio show aired on CHML 900AM in Hamilton. 

This wonderful show is generally broadcast on the first Saturday on the month between 11am and 12pm. It is hosted by Judy Marsales, owner of Judy Marsales Real Estate Ltd (a proud HBL sponsor) and an amazing local music supporter. The program showcases the best and brightest citizens of the Hammer, including many musicians. Judy also discusses the Hamilton housing market.

The February 2022 show featured Karen Craig, the Program Director for the Living Rock Ministries talking about Soupfest. Other guests included the two top producers at Judy Marsales Real Estate Ltd: Steve Roblin and Elizabeth Parker.

Links: Show above courtesy of Global NewsSold on HamiltonMore 'Sold on Hamilton' Stories

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Thursday, February 3, 2022

Celebrating Black History Month! Videos Honouring Lincoln Alexander

This year (2022) on January 21, it would have been the 100th birthday of Hamilton's Lincoln Alexander.

Biographical Highlights

  • Born (January 21, 1922)
  • Joined the Royal Canadian Air Force (1942)
  • Studied Economics and History at McMaster University (1946-1949)
  • Married Yvonne "Tody" Harrison (1948)
  • Formed Duncan & Alexander, one the first inter-racial law partnerships in Canada (1950's-Early 60s)
  • Became first black member of Parliament (1968)
  • Appointed Lieutenant Governor of Ontario (1985)
  • Published his autobiography Go to School, You're a Little Black Boy: The Honourable Lincoln M. Alexander: A Memoir (2006)
  • Died at age 90 (October 19, 2012)
  • January 21 proclaimed Lincoln Alexander Day in Ontario (2013)

Here are two songs about this legendary man.

Links: D.O. GibsonVideo above courtesy of D.O. Gibson

Links: Bruce SimpsonVideo above courtesy of Bruce Simpson

Learn more about Mr. Alexander below.

Video above courtesy of The Agenda with Steve Paikin

Video above courtesy of CHCH News

Video above courtesy of LincolnAlexanderLaw

Links: More Black History Month VideosMore 100th Birthdays

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