Thursday, March 31, 2022

Hamilton Blues Lovers' 1st Musical Theatre Production

The Hamilton Blues Lovers are getting into the musical theatre business and we’re kicking it off with a masterpiece! Writer/director Trebleclef has a sure-fire sensation in his hot little paws: Treeside Story. It’s an extremely unique tale of love between members of two feuding gangs: chipmunks and squirrels. The show follows the romance of Romero and Julie, star-crossed lovers whose forbidden relationship causes friction within their groups.

Treble wrote many future hit tunes for our inaugural production.  When You’re a Squirrel, I Feel Nutty and Springtime for Chipmunks will have people dancing in the aisles. Treeside Story will debut early next year at the Shecky McGillicutty Memorial Concert Theatre.

Lou (show producer and HBL blogger) is very optimistic about the project’s chances. “Our accountant Leo Bloom is a financial genius”, Lou explained, “Together, we got 50% of the funding from Luigi’s Nut Hut, 50% from the Gullible Old Widows Association and the final 50% from Bubba’s Used Underwear Emporium.”

Casting director April Fulcilli recently announced that open auditions will begin next week. All chipmunks and squirrels who can sing and dance are encouraged to come. Sponsor Luigi’s Nut Hut will be providing the refreshments (and supplying the performer payment).

We’ll keep you updated with details of this world-class production. Soon, we’ll be Broadway-bound! 

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Monday, March 28, 2022

Happy Piano Day! Videos with Lily Sazz at the Women's Blues Revue

Photo by Glenn Lowson

March 29, 2022 is Piano Day, the 88th day of the year.

Dundas keyboard veteran Lily Sazz. These videos are of her performing in the house band for the annual Women's Blues Revue show in Toronto.

Sunday, March 27, 2022

CONGRATS! Bywater Call to Represent the Grand River Blues Society at the 2023 International Blues Challenge

On Sunday, March 27, 2022, Stonewalls in Hamilton was rocking with the sound of Blues! The Grand River Blues Society held an incredible competition to choose their band representative for the 2023  International Blues Challenge in Memphis.

After hearing from 7 amazing bands, the judges picked Toronto band, Bywater Call as winner.

UPDATE: Bywater Call can no longer make it tot Memphis so the Frank Cosentino Band will be going instead.

Below is one of their performances from the show.

And here's the announcement/acceptance speech

Links: Bywater Call, Videos above courtesy of Hamilton B. Lous

Thursday, March 24, 2022

Deep Purple's 'Machine Head' Turns 50 + Local Covers

Today (March 25, 2022) Machine Head, the legendary album from the classic lineup of  Deep Purple turns 50 years old.

Below are a few local covers of songs from the album.

Comment from Kelly Kereliuk of Prismind.
Deep Purple’s “Machine Head” stands it’s ground as one of the earliest hard rock albums that perfectly meshed high level musicianship with fine-tuned, consistently memorable songs. No wonder it’s one of the most highly-touted albums of Purple’s career…..and of the genre as a whole.

Comment from Cadillac Bill: 
Deep Purple is in my top 4 favorite bands. All their music has a swing beat to it - thanks to their drummer Ian Paice

Side 2 of MACHINE HEAD has 3 of the coolest songs in rock - "Smoke On The Water", "Lazy" and "Space Truckin'".

Machine Head is definitely one of my favourite albums!
And now a video from the band.

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Friday, March 4, 2022

Awe-Inspiring Local Lyrics in 2022! JP Riemens, Michael J Birthelmer, Michelle Titian

HBL's wonderful marketing queen, Linda continues to 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 the first postings from 2022

Links: JP RiemensMore JP Riemens StoriesClick here for lyricsVideo above courtesy of Cindy Dell

Links: Michael BirthelmerMore Michael Birthelmer StoriesClick Here for LyricsVideo above courtesy of Michael J Birthelmer - Topic

Links: Michelle Titian, More Michelle Titian StoriesClick Here for LyricsVideo above courtesy of Michelle Titian

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Thursday, March 3, 2022

GOOD LUCK! Local 2022 Juno Nominees + Complete List

Nominees for the 2022 Junos were announced recently. The televised ceremony will take place on May 15.

Links: Juno AwardsMore Juno Stories, Video above courtesy of CBC Music


Below is a complete list of nominees. Local nominees are bolded.

Album Artwork

  • Lyle Bell: STRIKE ME DOWN – Whitehorse (Hamilton)
  • Mykaël Nelson, Nicolas Lemieux , Albert Zablit - HISTOIRES SANS PAROLES – HARMONIUM SYMPHONIQUE – Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, conducted by Simon Leclerc 
  • Roberta Landreth - WOULDN’T YOU LOVE TO KNOW? – Steve Bell 
  • Sarah Marcotte-Boislard: LA CIEL EST AU PLANCHER – Louis-Jean Cormier 
  • Sarah Marcotte-Boislard , Jules Boislard-Gauthier: ASTRONOMIE(SUITE) – Dany Placard 

Blues Album

Breakthrough Artist

  • 347aidan (Cambridge)
  • Faouzia 
  • Pressa 
  • Tesher 

Children's Album

Comedy Album

Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album

  • Moments - Movement Worship (Woodstock)
  • Songs Of The Lord - Jennifer Lewin 
  • For The Kingdom - Kevin Adams & Voices of Praise 
  • Vol 1 - Manic Drive 
  • No Greater Love - The Color 

Contemporary Indigenous Artist or Group

  • War Club - DJ Shub (Six Nations)
  • When The Magic Hits - Adrian Sutherland 
  • Wild Whisper - Jayli Wolf 
  • Shawnee Kish - Shawnee Kish
  • Life After - Snotty Nose Rez Kids 

Country Album

Dance Recording


Juno Fan Choice

  • 347aidan (Cambridge)
  • bbno$ 
  • Charlotte Cardin 
  • Forest Blakk 
  • Justin Bieber 
  • Loud Luxury 
  • Pressa 
  • Shawn Mendes 
  • The Weeknd 

Metal/Hard Music Album

  • Power Trio - Danko Jones (released by Hamilton's Sonic Unyon)
  • Bleed the Future - Archspire 
  • Lifeblood - Brand of Sacrifice 
  • Eternal Blue - Spiritbox 
  • Days Before The World Wept - The Agonist 

Recording Engineer

Rock Album

Traditional Roots Album

Adult Alternative Album

  • Wilds - Andy Shauf 
  • Live To Tape: Volume I – EP - Bahamas 
  • Inwards & Onwards - Half Moon Run 
  • All That Emotion - Hannah Georgas 
  • Ignorance - The Weather Station 

Adult Contemporary Album

  • Meet You at The Light - Desirée Dawson
  • Nothing is Lost - Luca Fogale 
  • The Outer Circle - Mathew V 
  • The Art of Falling Apart - Serena Ryder 
  • The Way You See Me - Tafari Anthony 

Alternative Album

  • Hope For Sale - Chiiild 
  • Death Of An Optimist - grandson 
  • When Smoke Rises - Mustafa 
  • If It Comes Down To It - Ruby Waters 
  • The Fool - SATE 


  • Charlotte Cardin 
  • JP Saxe 
  • Justin Bieber 
  • Shawn Mendes 
  • The Weeknd

Breakthrough Group

  • Black Pistol Fire 
  • cleopatrick 
  • Ocie Elliott 
  • Spiritbox

Classical Album (Solo)

  • Remote Together - Catherine Lee 
  • enargeia - Emily D’Angelo  
  • Chopin: Complete Nocturnes - Jan Lisiecki 
  • Songs for Murdered Sisters - Joshua Hopkins 
  • Introspection: Solo Piano Sessions - Yannick Nézet-Séguin 

Classical Album (Small Ensemble)

  • Beethoven: Sonates pour violon et piano / Violin Sonatas Nos. 1, 2, 3 & 5  and Charles Richard-Hamelin 
  • Immersion - Angèle Dubeau & La Pietà 
  • Klebanov: Chamber Works - ARC Ensemble 
  • No Time for Chamber Music - Collectif9 
  • 20C Remix - Standing Wave 

Classical Album (Large Ensemble)

  • Messiah/Complex - Against the Grain Theatre with Toronto Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Johannes Debus 
  • Solfeggio L’Harmonie des saisons, conducted by Eric Milnes ft. Hélène Brunet 
  • Sibelius 3 Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin 
  • L’HOMME ARMÉ Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal, conducted by Andrew McAnerney 
  • Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 1 & Symphonic Dances The Philadelphia Orchestra, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin 
Classical Composition
  • Flight - Dorothy Chang 
  • Chamber Symphony No. 2 “Children’s War Diaries” - Jaap Nico Hamburger
  • Concerto for Violin and Percussion Orchestra - Kati Agócs
  • Arras - Keiko Devaux 
  • Breathing in the Shadows - Saman Shahi 

Contemporary R&B/Soul Recording

  • Tabula Rasa - a l l i e 
  • Vibe for Me (Bob for Me) - Aqyila
  • Gifted - KALLITECHNIS 
  • Supernovas - k-os 
  • Take My Breath - The Weeknd 

Contemporary Roots Album

  • Prospect - AHI 
  • Outside Child - Allison Russell 
  • Without People - Donovan Woods 
  • My Name Is Suzie Ungerleider - Suzie Ungerleider 
  • Open House - The Fretless

Electronic Album

  • Out Here With You - ATTLAS 
  • Conviction - Sydney Blu Blu 
  • One More Saturday Night - The Halluci Nation 
  • Oasis Sky - TOR 
  • Catching Z’s - Zeds Dead 

Francophone Album

  • Impossible à aimer - Cœur de pirate 
  • Grignotines de Luxe - FouKi 
  • Le ciel est au plancher - Louis-Jean Cormier 
  • Acrophobie - Roxane Bruneau 
  • Toute beauté n’est pas perdue - Vincent Vallières 

Global Music Album

  • Kalasö Afrikana - Soul Sister 
  • Mendó - Alex Cuba 
  • Northside Kuisi, A New Tradition VOL.3 - Beny Esguerra and New Tradition Music 
  • OYA - Donné Roberts 
  • SMS for Location Vol.4 - Moonshine 

Instrumental Album

  • Perséides - Cœur de pirate 
  • That Tall Distance - David Myles 
  • Madison Archives - Frank Evans & Ben Plotnick 
  • Then is Now Rhapsody in Blue - Jens Lindemann with Jon Kimura Parker, Matt Catingub & Canadian All Star JazzPops Orchestra Riverdale 
  • Hemenetset - Jorane L-A 

International Album

  • 30 - Adele
  • Planet Her - Doja Cat
  • SOUR - Olivia Rodrigo 
  • evermore - Taylor Swift Universal
  • F*ck Love 3+: Over You The Kid - LAROI 

Jazz Album (Group)

  • Worldview - Avataar 
  • Voyage intérieur - Christine Tassan Quintette 
  • The Prophet Esteban - Herrera Quintet 
  • Vegetables - Lina Allemano Four 
  • Arancina - The David Restivo Trio 

Jazz Album (Solo)

  • When Is Ancient? - Andrés Vial 
  • Aesthetics - Efajemue 
  • Bridges - Jesse Ryan 
  • Stranger Than Fiction-  Jon Gordon 
  • Change of Plans - Will Bonness 

Music Video

  • Ta main - Adrian Villagomez Ariane Roy 
  • Meaningless - Norman Wong Charlotte Cardin 
  • Neeye - Oli Shan Vincent de Paul & Kalainithan Kalaichelvan Shan Vincent de Paul, Navz-47 & Santhosh Narayanan 
  • La nuée - Vincent René-Lortie Simon Leoza 
  • Easy On Me - Xavier Dolan Adele 
  • Album
  • Phoenix - Charlotte Cardin 
  • Dangerous Levels of Introspection - JP Saxe 
  • Justice - Justin Bieber 
  • Wonder - Shawn Mendes 
  • TOO YOUNG TO BE SAD - Tate McRae 

Pop Album

  • Phoenix - Charlotte Cardin 
  • How Are You? - JESSIA 
  • Justice - Justin Bieber 
  • Wonder - Shawn Mendes 
  • TOO YOUNG TO BE SAD - Tate McRae 


  • Charlotte Day Wilson 
  • Chromeo
  • Kaytranada
  • WondaGurl
  • YogiTheProducer

Rap Album

  • See You Next Wednesday - Belly
  • Stock Exchange - Haviah Mighty 
  • Emergency Tsunami - NAV 
  • The Extravagant Collection - NorthSideBenji 
  • Gardner Express (Deluxe) - Pressa 

Rap Single

  • What I Like - anders and FRVRFRIDAY
  • edamame ft. Rich Brian - bbno$ 
  • BOLD - Charmaine 
  • 30,000 ft. NorthSideBenji & Dj Charlie - B NRTHRN 
  • Attachments ft. Taliban Glizzy - Pressa 

Reggae Recording

  • Herb Dream - Blessed 
  • By Any Means - Exco Levi 
  • Don’t Let It Get To You - Josemar 
  • Easy Now - Kairo McLean 
  • Too Ruff - Kirk Diamond and Finn 


  • Make a Life, Not a Living - Brett Kissel
  • Meaningless - Charlotte Cardin
  • I’m not Pretty - JESSIA 
  • Peaches ft. GIVĒON - Justin Bieber and Daniel Caesar 
  • Take My Breath - The Weeknd 


  • The Weeknd
  • Allison Russell
  • Charlotte Day Wilson
  • Mustafa Ahmed
  • TOBi
Traditional Indigenous Artist or Group
  • Kakike Fawn - Wood 
  • Singing Is Healing - Joel Wood 
  • Manitou Mkwa Singers II - Manitou Mkwa
  • Nang Giizhigoong - NIMKII & THE NINIIS 
  • Angel Eagle – Cree Round Dance Songs Young Spirit 

Traditional R&B/Soul Recording

  • ALPHA - Charlotte Day Wilson 
  • Alt Therapy - Emanuel 
  • Lost In You - Jon Vinyl 
  • 24hrs - Savannah Ré 
  • Love and Be Loved - Zenesoul ft. Aaron Ridge 

Vocal Jazz Album

  • You Are the Light and the Way - Alex Bird and The Jazz Mavericks
  • Earth Voices - Amanda Tosoff 
  • Now Pronouncing: Caity Gyorgy - Caity Gyorgy 
  • The Weight Of Hope - Elizabeth Shepherd & Michael Occhipinti 
  • Montreal (Live) - Holly Cole ft. Holly Cole Trio 

Underground Dance Single

  • Waves ft. Grace Tither - BLOND:ISH 
  • Hood Shit - Carlo Lio ft. MC Flipside 
  • Shadows In The Dark ft. Elliot Moss - HNTR 
  • All I Need (DJ-Kicks) - Jayda G 
  • Sobriety - KOREA TOWN ACID 

Links: Juno AwardsMore Juno Stories

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