Monday, March 20, 2023

Music Listings March 20-23, 2023

Tuesday, March 21

Before 8:00pm

7:30-10:30pm: Christopher Clause @ Thirsty Cactus (Dundas) (Weekly)

7:30-11:30pm: Open Mic @ Sip Club (Guelph) (Weekly)

7-10pm: Open Mic with Brennagh Burns @ Lukaya Cafe (Hamilton) (Weekly)

After 8:00pm

8-11pm: Brisco's Blues Revue @ Casbah Lounge (Hamilton) PWYC

8-11pm: Open Jam with the Boom Babiez @ Ale House (Hamilton) (Weekly)

8-11:30pm: Open Mic @ Bobby O'Brien's (Guelph) (Weekly)

8pm: Lori Yates on Facebook Live (Online) (Weekly)

9pm: American Ninja @ Spyce Lounge (Niagara Falls) 

10pm-2am: Josh McCabe @ McCabe's (Guelph) (Weekly)

Wednesday, March 22

5:30-7:30pm: Hamilton Music Networking Night @ Mills Hardware (Hamilton) FREE but should reserve

7-10pm: Open Mic @ The Bullring (Guelph) (Weekly)

7-10pm: Open Mic @ DeBar (Guelph) (Weekly)

After 8:00pm

8-12pm: Open Jam with Trevor Cobb @Frankie's (Brantford) (Weekly)

8-10pm: Felicia McMinn @ 211 Main (Port Dover) (Weekly)

9pm: Alfie Smith @ The Judge (Hamilton) 

9pm-2am: Mike B (Test Icicles) @ Jimmy Jazz (Guelph) (Weekly)

10pm-2am: Open Stage @ NV (Guelph) (Weekly)

Thursday, March 23

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5-7:30pm: Ed Pizzo on Piano @ Spirit in Niagara (Niagara-on-the-Lake) (Weekly)

6pm: Paul Mallard @ Slye Fox (Burlington)

6-9pm: Open Mic @ Crystal Chandelier (Crystal Beach) (Weekly)

6-9pm: Lucas Stagg @ Aging Oak (Cambridge) (Weekly)

6-9pm: Jam/Open Mic @ Lana's Lounge (Waterloo) (Weekly)

6:30-9:30pm: Stan Chang  @ Manhattans (Guelph)


7pm: James Sheehan @ Powerhouse (Stoney Creek)

7-10pm: Josh Coulter @ Judge & Jester (Grimsby) (Weekly)

7-9pm: Taylor Laslo @ Doc Magilligan's (Niagara Falls)

7-11pm: The Natrolites @ Spyce Lounge (Niagara Falls) 

7-11pm: Open Mic Night @ Royal City Studios (Guelph) (Weekly)

7-10pm: Felicia McMinn @ The Saloon (Port Rowan)

7-8pm: Marketing Plan Workshop for Musicians (Online) on Zoom FREE but must register

7:30-10:30pm: Mel Monaco @ Irish Harp (Niagara-on-the-Lake) 

After 8:00pm

Sunday, March 19, 2023

Spring Begins! Videos by Sarah Harmer, Boxcar Ben, Diana Panton

Links: Sarah HarmerMore Sarah Harmer StoriesVideo above courtesy of Mysticlies

Links: Boxcar BenVideo above courtesy of Boxcar Ben

Links: Links: Diana PantonMore Diana Panton StoriesVideo above courtesy of Diana Panton - Topic

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From their website: Hamilton Food Share's purpose is to increase our community's capacity to reduce hunger. We do this by supplying much needed food supplies and short-term storage to food banks and hot meal programs. Additionally, our organization establishes community partnerships, donor relations and fundraising activities that support our food recovery operation.

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.

Saturday, March 18, 2023

March 2023 Episode of 'Sold on Hamilton with Judy Marsales' featuring Don Oakie

The March 2023 'Sold On Hamilton with Judy Marsales' radio show was broadcast on March 4, 2023 on CHML 900AM in Hamilton). This show features of James Meerveld of Danasy Lanscaping, Hamilton musician Don Oakie and Craig McLean from from Judy Marsales Real Estate Ltd

This wonderful program 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.

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

Links: Don Oakie, Video above courtesy of Don Oakie

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Thursday, March 16, 2023

Happy St. Patrick's Day (Steve Sinnicks, Shananigans, Clefs of Moher)

Update of 2014 Post

Links: Steve Sinnicks, More Steve Sinnicks Stories, Video above courtesy of Hamilton Blues Lovers

Links: ShananigansMore Shananigans StoriesVideo above courtesy of Shananigans

Links: Clefs of Moher, More Tim Moher Stories, More Overplayers Stories, Video above courtesy of Tim Moher

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Wednesday, March 15, 2023

Throwback Thursday! Copperpenny, Teenage Head CNE Riot, Paul Langille Labatt's Commercial


From the Wikipedia

Copperpenny was a Canadian rock band from Kitchener, Ontario. They were formed in 1965 by Kenny Hollis and Rich Wamil, and were originally known as the Penny Farthings, to reflect the British Invasion. Not long after their formation they adopted Copperpenny as their new moniker, after a B-side by Toronto band The Paupers.

In 1968, the release of "Nice Girl" on Columbia Records garnered the group moderate success. They soon switched to RCA and enjoyed a minor hit with "Stop (Wait A Minute)." However, it was not until after they moved to Sweet Plum Records, a division of London Records, that they enjoyed their first major success.

"You're Still The One" was the band's first mainstream hit and the follow-up, 1973's "Sitting on a Poor Man's Throne," was recorded in Dearborn, Michigan, with Richard Becker.

Copperpenny continued to record as they toured the United States with Led Zeppelin, Bob Seger, The Guess Who and Uriah Heep.

1975 saw them sign on with Capitol Records. They made several appearances on television shows such as "Keith Hampshire's Music Machine". Copperpenny even had a short-lived variety show that launched the career of a then unknown magician named Doug Henning.

During this period, they had continued success with the singles "Disco Queen", "Good Time Sally" and "Suspicious Love". They toured Canada in support of the Fuse album opening for the Swedish band Blue Swede. Their touring line-up included Mark Stephen Gendel on guitar, Bill Mair on bass and Jim Minas on Drums.

By the time their final record, Fuse, was released, most of the original members had already left the band. Rich Wamil supported the effort as Rich Wamil & Copperpenny, but the remaining band split up in 1978.

1980 Teenage Head CNE Riots

Paul Langille's Labatt's Blue Commerical

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Tuesday, March 14, 2023

More 2023 Juno Winners

Below is the full Juno televised ceremony from March 13, 2023

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

Here's the complete list of winners from that night:

Sunday, March 12, 2023

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From their website: We have been broadcasting over fifty radio shows weekly playing music by independent artists and have grown into a global community hub. We have been the voice of the artist to tens of thousands of listeners who tune in on a daily/weekly basis, bringing music to them that cannot be found on mainstream platforms.

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.

2023 Opening Night Juno Winners

The opening night of the 2023 Junos saw two local acts awarded with the coveted statuettes. The rest of the awards will be handed our at a televised ceremony on Monday, March 13 at 8pm on CBC.

Click below to see the Opening Night Ceremony.

Video above courtesy of CBC Music

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

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Thursday, March 9, 2023

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Ken Wallis is an amazing local music supporter. He has a number of incredible radio shows 

Tuesdays: 4-5pm: Blues Source Canada w Ken Wallis @ INDI 101.5 FM & 5-6pm: Blues Source International w Ken Wallis @ INDI 101.5 FM

Wednesday, March 8, 2023

Throwback Thursday! Forgotten Rebels, The Dik Van Dykes, The Killjoys on Breakfast Television

The Dik Van Dykes

The Dik Van Dykes were a garage punk sextet based in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada who first formed in 1985 and folded in 1989.

They released two albums, Nobody Likes...The Dik Van Dykes (1987), and Waste Mor Vinyl (1989), on the Og Records label, preceded by a limited edition indie cassette, Live At the Gown and Gavel and countless compilation records such as the It Came from Canada series issued by OG Records (the Deja Voodoo guys).

Most of the Dik Van Dykes' songs were humorous in nature, often satirizing local and Canadian culture. Curling, Birthday Song and Adult Gumby were fan favorites. The band received significant airplay on McMaster University's CFMU-FM 93.3, Memorial University of Newfoundland's CHMR 93.5, and many other student-run radio stations.

They opened for the Ramones on three nights in 1988, and played with other great bands of the era such as Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet, UIC, Wetspots, Heimlich Maneuver and Deja Voodoo.

In the 90s, Sarah Hodgson asked Mike (Dik) Johnson to join her band, Sinister Dude Ranch. He accepted, but with one condition, that the band change its name to I Love My Shih Tzu. The band's first song was actually a Dik Van Dykes song, Too Much Like Fun. The band broke up in the early 21st century.

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Tuesday, March 7, 2023

Happy International Women's Day! Videos by Bernadette Connors, Alysha Brilla, Lacey Hill

Links: Alysha BrillaMore Alysha Brilla StoriesVideo above courtesy of Alysha Brilla

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New Album from Hamilton's Tim Gibbons and the Swampbusters Will Get Your Juices Flowin'

Boogalator, the newest kick-ass recording from Tim Gibbons and the Swampbusters should come with a warning: "Keep out of reach of bland, over-produced albums". It's so tough 'n' gritty, it'll send namby-pamby CDs crying home to mommy.

With the usual Swampbusters take no prisoners approach, Boogalator hooks you in with swampy, bluesy grooves and Tim's unmistakable vocals. Filled with rough and tumble numbers, as well as some funky and jazzy moments, it'll get your juices flowin'.

You can pick up a CD at any of Tim's unforgettable live shows. You can also pick it up at Dr. Disc in Hamilton.

Video above courtesy of Tim Gibbons

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Sunday, March 5, 2023

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From their website: Our objective is to accumulate capital, earn investment income and use this income to make charitable donations in Norfolk County.

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.

Friday, March 3, 2023

Sue Foley, Artist Signed to Waterdown's Stony Plain Win 2 Austin Music Awards

Picture courtesy of Sue Foley

Ottawa-born Sue Foley recently received two Austin Music Awards on Sunday, February 26, 2023. Her current town voted her tops in both the Best Blues and Best Guitarist categories. Currently, she's signed to Waterdown's Stony Plain Records

Video above courtesy Austin Chronicle

Click here for the story from the Austin Chronicle.

Below is a complete list of winners

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Thursday, March 2, 2023

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Wednesday, March 1, 2023

Throwback Thursday! Tom Wilson Edition!

Picture courtesy of Ron Ferroni of Steelore-Hamilton Rock History 1970’s to 2010’s

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Lou, our blogger goes down memory lane: 
I remember seeing the mighty Junkhouse live for the first time in the late 90's at a festival in Spencer Smith Park, Burlington. The guys played a then-unreleased tune called Lean on Your Peers and I was really blown away by it and looked forward to hearing it on CD. Unfortunately, the band broke up not that long after.

A while later, I discovered the track on Blackie and the Rodeo Kings' 1999 album, Kings of Love and was grateful that this amazing song finally saw the light of day. Years after, I managed to experience a reformed Junkhouse rock the tune live again.

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Kitchener's Pete Temple and the Cornerstones Take You on a Sweet Ride With New Live Album

You'll definitely want to take Live at the Boathouse from Pete Temple and the Cornerstones, out for a spin. This astounding album takes you for a sweet ride through a ton of classic covers and one fabulous original: What is the Blues.  

The Cornerstones are firing on all cylinders here. They were all revved up at this concert and it shows. Guitars, harmonica and vocals lead the way through the musical twists and turns. This is pedal to the metal rockin' Blues at it's finest.

The album can be downloaded through the group's bandcamp page or bought at their spectacular live shows. It's also available many streaming sites.

You can stream the album below.

Links: Pete TempleMore Pete Temple StoriesAlbum above courtesy of Pete Temple & the CornerstonesMore Releases

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Sunday, February 26, 2023

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Weber Brothers & Felicia McMinn Videos

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