Wednesday, November 30, 2022

CONGRATS! 2022 Native American Music Awards Winners (including many Canadians)

We'd like to acknowledge all the local artists who were nominated for these awards

Below is a complete list of Canadian winners: 


Here are the rest of the fabulous winners:
  • Artists (Female): Ava Rose
  • Artist (Male): Sten Joddi
  • Blues Recording: Earl Slick and the West Side Social Club - The Roof Is Leaking
  • Blues Video: Blue Mountain Tribe  - Pray For Our Planet
  • Collaboration in a Video: Antoine Edwards ft.Gunner Jules, Spur Pourier - Miracle Patience
  • Contemporary Vocal Video: Shawn Michael Perry - I Will Survive
  • Country Song: Elexa Dawson - Music is Medicine
  • Debut Artist: Charles Wood III 
  • Debut Duo/Group: The Buffalo Weavers
  • Flute Recording: Aaron White - Moonlight Love Songs
  • Folk/Americana Video: Tabitha Fair - Toward The Rising Sun - Te Ata
  • Group: The Ripcords
  • Hall of Fame: Micki Free
  • Hip Hop Recording;  Sten Joddi - It’s A Native Thang
  • Honor/Tribute Song: Hannah Bonez & Leah Shenandoah - I’m Missing You
  • Honorable Mentions: Blanca Iris Acuna / Jack Holland / Just Jamez / Kelly Montijo Fink / Nick Lone / Richelle Darby Garcia / Scott Kalama of Blue Flames / Shibastick / Two Shields
  • Instrumental Recording: Ancient Voices - Under Open Sky
  • Instrumental Video: Connor Chee - Frybread
  • Lifetime Achievement: Rodney A. Grant / Paul LaRoche / Robert Tree Cody
  • Live Performance Video: The Storm - DOC Native featuring Spencer Battiest 
  • Living Legend: Oren Lyons
  • Narrative in a Video: Foreshadow - Protect Your People 
  • Native American Church Recording: Jarvis Hunter - Remembering Our Elders
  • Native Heart: Gera & T.M - Distant Lands
  • R&B Recording: Ramonda Holiday - The Rez Hummingbird
  • Rising Star: Bryant Waupoose III
  • Rock Recording: Blackbird - Who We Are
  • Single: Samantha Crain - Bloomsday
  • Song: G Precious with Macy Gray - Unforgettable
  • Traditional Recording: Spur Pourier - Shining So Bright
  • Traditional Vocal Video: Picadilly Billy - Martin Sisters 
  • Waila Recording: Intertribal - Tribal Harmony

Links: Native American Music AwardsMore NAMA Stories

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Monday, November 28, 2022

Hamilton Blues Lovers is 14 Years Old Today!

Today (November 29, 2022), the Hamilton Blues Lovers turns 14 years old! 

With COVID shutdowns finished it was a year filled with lots of great live music! 

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Friday, November 25, 2022

Charles M Schulz's 100th Birthday!

In honour of what would have been Charlie Brown/Peanuts cartoonist Charles M Schulz's 100th birthday, here are a few musical numbers inspired by his creations.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Sonny Del Rio's Hamilton Hometown Christmas (December 11)

The Holiday season wouldn't be complete without Sonny Del Rio's Hamilton Hometown Christmas Show! This amazing festive event will rock the Leander Boat Club on Sunday, December 11, 2022 at 7pm. Tickets are only $20. Proceeds will go to the Bob Pedler Fund and the venue will be collecting non-perishable food items for the Good Shepherd Food Bank.

This year's incredible lineup includes

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Tuesday, November 22, 2022

CONGRATS! 2022 Arts Awards Waterloo Region Winners

From the Arts Awards Waterloo Region site

Congratulations to our 2022 Winners!

Arts Awards Waterloo Region hosted its awards night on Wednesday, November 16th,  2022. The arts community – artists, supporters, and fans –gathered at Tapestry Hall in Cambridge, ON for the 2022 Arts Awards Waterloo Region Awards Event. 

The evening saw 9 awards presented: five awards presented in the broad category of “the arts”; in addition, there were two Emerging Artist awards, an Arts Philanthropist award, and a Lifetime Achievement award. The evening culminated when Patel arrived at the final winner’s home to present the Lifetime Achievement award. 

Below is  a list of nominees with the winner on top and bolded

Arts Philanthropist

Emerging Artist

Lifetime Achievement

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Friday, November 18, 2022

GOOD LUCK! 2023 Canadian Grammy Nominees

The 2023 Grammy nominations were recently released and a number of Canadians are in the running for a few awards. The ceremony takes place February 5, 2023

Below is a complete list of Canadian nominees (bolded)

Click here for the winners.


Alternative Music Album

Dance/Electronic  Recording

Rock Performance

Songwriter, Non-Classical

Traditional Pop Vocal Album

Links: Grammy, More Grammy Stories

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Sunday, November 13, 2022

GOOD LUCK! 2023 Canadian Folk Music Award Nominees including local artists

Highlights from the news release: 

(October 4, 2022 - SAINT JOHN) The Canadian Folk Music Awards celebrates its 18th edition, with a roster of nominations that celebrates the breadth and depth of Canadian folk music. This year’s nominees span the country from Leader, Saskatchewan, to Papineauville Québec, and from Salt Spring Island, British Columbia to Fredericton, New Brunswick  — celebrating the diversity and talent of artists and musicians across Canada.

Established by Canada’s vibrant and internationally-recognized folk music community, the awards currently boasts 19 categories. Nominees are chosen for each category through a two-stage jury process. More than 100 jurors, located across Canada, representing all official provinces, territories and languages, determine the official recipients in each category.

The CFMA 2023 Awards Weekend takes place March 31 - April 2, 2023, and we are looking forward to heading to Vancouver, BC! The weekend will capture the true heart of our folk community, while celebrating the 2023 nominees and the category recipients.

Here is the nominee announcement

Links: CFMAMore CFMA StoriesVideo above courtesy of prixfolkawards

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

*Signed to Waterdown's True North Records

Children’s Album 

  • Ça suffit pour s'amuser by Hannah Shira Naiman
  • Folk For Little Folk Volume 1 by Gordie Crazylegs MacKeeman
  • Ponderosa Bunchgrass and the Golden Rule by The Oot n' Oots

Contemporary Album

  • Sanctuary by Sultans of String (some members from Burlington)
  • Cerulean by Ken Yates
  • Down-Home by Kyle McKearney
  • eleven by Madison Violet
  • Hurricane Coming by Shawna Caspi
  • Long Haul by John Wort Hannam
  • Tongues by Tanya Tagaq
  • Zhawenim by Digging Roots

Contemporary Singer

Global Roots Album 

Instrumental Group 

  • RanchWriters*
  • Allison de Groot & Tatiana Hargreaves 
  • Proulx-Demers
  • Shannon Quinn & Tony Quinn
  • The McDades

Oliver Schroer Pushing the Boundaries Award 

  • Sultans of String (some members from Burlington)
  • Mélisande [électrotrad
  • Lenka Lichtenberg
  • Oktoécho
  • Digging Roots


  • Chris McKhool (Burlington) & John 'Beetle' Bailey (New Hamberg) - Sanctuary by Sultans of String 
  • Brenley MacEachern & Lisa MacIsaac - eleven by Madison Violet
  • Corwin Fox & Yael Wand - Saltwater Heartwood by Yael Wand
  • Katia Makdissi-Warren - Transcestral by Oktoécho
  • The Fretless & Joby Baker - Open House by The Fretless

Solo Artist 

  • Barney Bentall *
  • James Keelaghan 
  • Jocelyn Pettit
  • John Wort Hannam
  • Suzie Ungerleider


English Songwriter(s) 

  • Abigail Lapell
  • Andrew McClelland aka Li'l Andy 
  • John Wort Hannam
  • Matt Patershuk
  • Tim Buckley
  • Yael Wand


  • Over The Moon 
  • The Dead South
  • The Fretless
  • The McDades
  • The Slocan Ramblers

French Songwriter(s) 

  • Anik Bérubé & Natalie Byrns
  • Geneviève Roberge-Bouchard & Alain Barbeau 
  • Héra Ménard & Guylaine Saint-Pierre 
  • Matt Stern 
  • Sébastien Lacombe 

Indigenous Songwriter(s)

  • Adrian Sutherland
  • Amanda Rheaume
  • Berk Jodoin
  • Kyle McKearney
  • ShoShona Kish & Raven Kanatakta Polson-Lahache (Digging Roots)

Instrumental Solo Artist 

  • Ellen Gibling
  • John Reischman
  • Kerry Fitzgerald
  • Mike Stevens
  • Waymzy

New/Emerging Artist(s) 

  • Alex Krawczyk 
  • Andrew Waite
  • Camie
  • Cheval
  • RedFox
  • Tennyson King


  • 100 Proof by Julian Taylor
  • À travers mes yeux  by Geneviève et Alain)
  • Familiar Feeling by Pretty Archie
  • Heavy Heart by Fortunate Ones
  • Hey Boys Sing Us A Song by The Irish Rovers
  • Love you the Best by Quote the Raven
  • Sing Me A Song by William Prince and Serena Ryder)
  • Sweet Desperado by Madison Violet
  • Teeth Agape by Tanya Tagaq

Traditional Album 

  • 20 printemps by Le Vent Du Nord)
  • 20 Summers by Shannon Quinn & Tony Quinn
  • Hurricane Clarice  by Allison de Groot & Tatiana Hargreaves
  • Long Time Travelling by Ken Whiteley
  • Up the Hill and Through the Fog by The Slocan Ramblers

Traditional Singer 

  • Kim Beggs
  • Li'l Andy
  • Lizzy Hoyt 
  • Michael Darcy 
  • Mike Bravener 

Vocal Group 

  • Le Vent Du Nord
  • Les Rats d'Swompe
  • Mama’s Broke 
  • Quote the Raven
  • The McDades 

Young Performer(s)

  • Fiddelium
  • Paige Penney
  • The Fiddlaires
  • The Oot n' Oots
  • The Receivers

Links: CFMAMore CFMA Stories

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Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Stunning Tom Wilson Documentary 'Beautiful Scars' on YouTube

'Beautiful Scars', the stunning Tom Wilson (aka Lee Harvey Osmond) biographical TVO documentary was recently released on YouTube. The film follows the veteran Hamilton artist's life in music, painting and his lifelong search for identity that took him to unexpected places. It's a remarkable look into the creative drive of one of Canada's most unique artists.

There are also a few guest appearances and commentary from Daniel Lanois, Ray Farrugia, Colin LindenGraham Rockingham, Jesse O'Brien plus members of Tom's family and more.

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Monday, November 7, 2022

CONGRATS! 2022 SOCAN Award Winners (including local artists)

The 2022 SOCAN Awards were handed out at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Toronto, on October 17, 2022. They celebrate the great accomplishments of Canada’s songwriters, screen composers, and music publishers in 2021.

Below is a complete lit of winners. Local acts are bolded.

Achievement in Feature Film
Domestic Television - Fiction
Domestic Television - Non-Fiction
International Film

Achievement in Made-For-TV Movie
  • Daryl Bennett - I Am MLK Jr.
  • Cameron Catalano - The Wrong Patient


  • Composer: Evan MacDonald 
  • Songwriter: bbno$
  • Songwriter - French: La Zarra
  • James Barker Band: Over All Over Again
  • Jade Eagleson: All Night To Figure It Out
  • High Valley: River's Still Running
  • Brett Kissel: Make a Life, Not A Living
Cultural Impact Award
  • Tom Cochrane – “Life Is A Highway” 
Dance Music
  • DVBBS: West Coast
  • Loud Luxury, Frank Walker: Like Gold
  • Regard, Tate McRae, and Troye Sivan: You
  • Rêve: CTRL + ALT + DEL
Domestic Television - Animated
  • Steven Skratt & Asher Lenz (Hotel Transylvania, Rusty Rivets)
Folk Roots
  • Allison Russell
Hagood Hardy Award 
  • Alex Cuba
International Achievement 
  • OZ
International Song
  • Dua Lipa: Levitating
International Television Series
  • Graeme Cornies, James Chapple, Brian Pickett, David Kelly - Paw Patrol
  • Ed Roberton (Barenaked Ladies): Big Bang Theory
Jan V. Matejcek New Classical Music Award
  • Haralabos "Harry" Stafylakis
Licensed to Play

Presented to a SOCAN licensed business that consistently and conscientiously recognizes the importance of music rights and the importance of paying legal and ethical licenses for the public performance of music.

  • Side Door

Most Streamed Production 

  • Heartland (Keith Power)
  • Paw Patrol (Graeme Cornies, James Chapple, Brian Pickett, David Kelly)

  • BTS: Butter (Jenna Andrews)
  • Jessia: I'm Not Pretty
  • The Weeknd: Save Your Tears
  • bbno$: edamame
Post Synchronization Right
  • Editions Studio V Inc.

  • Justin Bieber: Peaches 
  • Doja Cat & The Weeknd: You Right
  • GIVĒON: Scarred 

Screen Composer
  • Keith Power
  • Performer: Drake
  • Producer: Koz
Vince Fontaine Indigenous Song Award
  • Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Drezus: Where They At
Viral Song Awards
  • Aqyila: Vibe For Me (Bob For Me)
  • EllyOtto: SugarCrash!
  • Tesher: Jalebi Baby

Saturday, November 5, 2022

Dave Rave and the Second Responders Debut is Tantalizing and Unforgettable

The self-titled debut album of Dave Rave and the Second Responders befits a local supergroup of this caliber. Everyone involved brings their A-game to this project, creating a tantalizing, unforgettable sound.

Each member is a powerhouse in their own right: Dave Rave (Teenage Head, Shakers, solo), Mark Foley (Swampbusters), Claude DesRoches (Shakers, Swampbusters), and Jack Syprek (Trews). Other guests include Drew Joseph Sisera (harmonica), Rick Miles (keyboard), Rick Andrew of the Shakers (backing vocals), Sofia Kiss (backing vocals) and Ariel Mucher (guitar).

Overflowing with catchy hooks and infectious grooves, this amazing recording is a must for all power-pop rock aficionados. You can also hear a sprinkling of psychedelic rhythms and alt-rock in the mix.

Apparently, this is only a one-off project but everyone who hears the album will be hoping for much more in the future.

CD's can be purchased at Dave Rave's explosive live shows and through many online services as well.

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Thursday, November 3, 2022

GOOD LUCK! 2023 Maple Blues Award Nominations Including Local Artists! VOTE!

Highlights from the press release:

In spite of another year of uncertainty in the face of a global pandemic, Canadian blues artists continued to write, record, and yes, even tour throughout Canada and beyond. Musicians of all genres faced much adversity in 2022, but the current slate of nominees for the upcoming Maple Blues Awards show that hard times can channel intense creativity. That’s the blues, in a nutshell. 

Public voting opens November 2nd, 2022 at 10:01 am Eastern Time and closes December 1st, 2022 at 11:59 pm Eastern Time. Fans can vote in eligible categories at

Winners of the Maple Blues Awards will be announced at the gala/performance on Monday January 30th, 2023 at Koerner Hall in Toronto. Tickets are on sale now and start at $35. Tickets for the not-to-be-missed event can be purchased here.

Click here for the winners. 

Below is a complete list of nominees. Local artists are in bold.

* artists is signed with Waterdown's Stony Plain Records

Acoustic Act


Blues With a Feeling Award (Lifetime Achievement )

  • Harrison Kennedy (Hamilton)
  • Alec Fraser
  • Bobby Dean Blackburn
  • Brent Parkin
  • Dalannah Gail Bowen
  • Danny Brooks
  • Murray Porter
  • Tom Lavin


Electric Act


Female Vocalist


Harmonica Player 

Horn Player 

Male Vocalist

Piano/Keyboard Player


International Artist 

  • Christone "Kingfish" Ingram
  • Erja Lyytinen
  • Ghost Town Blues Band
  • Larkin Poe
  • Mavis Staples

New Artist/Group 

  • Angelique Francis
  • Campbell & Johnston
  • Lyle Odjick
  • Marcus Trummer
  • South Island Rhythm Kings