Wednesday, June 28, 2023

2023 Cable 14 Impact Awards

Hamilton's Cable 14 TV stations celebrated their staff and volunteers at the 2023 Impact Awards on Tuesday, June 6 at the Westdale TheatreEnsemble! the cable 14 show produced by Hamilton Blues Lovers' Head of Marketing was nominated for Outstanding Entertainment Program

Click here for our pictures of the event.

The wonderful ceremony will be televised on June 27, 8pm on Cable 14 or live streamed on

Below is a complete list of nominees and winners.

Viewer's Choice: Marisa's Eazy Kitchen

Outstanding Community Advocate: Anthony Frisina (Above and Beyond)

Outstanding Entertainment Program

Outstanding Production Skills: Kane Jennings

Outstanding Sport Coverage

Outstanding Lifestyle Program

Outstanding Social Media Promotion

General Manager's Award (Tie): TBA

Program of the Year

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Sunday, June 25, 2023

Please Support Local Charities

Please Support Local Charities

The Brian Lee Griffith Guitar Bursary is intended to support a different, talented, deserving guitar student each year. In honour of the late, great Hamilton guitarist Brian Griffith.

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.

Happy Global Beatles Day! Videos by Smoke Wagon Blues Band, Gordon Hall, Liverpool 4

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Friday, June 23, 2023

2023 Summer Solstice Indigenous Music Awards Winners

The 2023 Summer Solstice Indigenous Music Awards were handed on June 6 at the The National Arts Centre in Ottawa.

Below is a complete list of winners:

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Monday, June 19, 2023

2023 Canadian Music Week Award Winners

A ton of awards were handed out during the 2023 Canadian Music Week (June 5-10) celebrations in Toronto.

Below is a complete list.


Live Music Awards

Festival Awards

Sync Award Winners:

Radio Awards

Venue Awards

Saturday, June 17, 2023

Happy Father's Day (Videos by Two Oaks, Jeremy Snowden, Fred Eaglesmith)

Update of 2018 Post

Links: Two Oaks, Video above courtesy of Cultivate Music

Links: Jeremy SnowdenVideo above courtesy of Cultivate Music

Links: Fred EaglesmithMore Fred Eaglesmith StoriesVideo above courtesy of NewfoundlandMusicMan

More Father's Day Videos

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Hamilton's Zoon on 2023 Polaris Long List

On June 13, 2023, the latest Polaris Music Prize Long List was unveiled. This prestigious competition celebrates musical creativity and diversity in the Canadian music scene. The short list will be announced on July 13.

You can view the announcement below.

Links: Polaris Music PrizeMore Polaris Stories, Video above courtesy of polarismusicprize

Here's the complete Long List 

Click here for the winner & Short List

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Monday, June 12, 2023

Patrick Fockler to Represent the GRBS at the 2024 International Blues Challenge

Newmarket's Patrick Fockler (left) won the honour of representing the Grand River Blues Society in Solo/Duo category of the Memphis Blues Challenge. GRBS president Bruce Hall on right.
Photo courtesy of Marion G

On Sunday, June 11, 2023the Grand River Blues Society held their International Blues Challenge solo/duo competition. The Front Porch Southern Kitchen and Blues Joint in Langton was the place to be to see amazing blues musician competing for the honour. 

In the end it was Newmarket Bluesman Patrick Fockler who won the chance to go to Memphis and represent the society in January 2024.


Here's the announcement.

Video above courtesy of Marion G

Here's one the performances that put him over the edge.

Video above courtesy of Marion G

There was some stiff competition. Below are performances form the other incredible contestants.

Friday, June 9, 2023

2023 Hamilton Arts Awards Winners, Including our Founder!

The Art Gallery of Hamilton was abuzz on Thursday, June 8 thanks to the 2023 Hamilton Arts Awards ceremony. Artists from all different genres and disciplines were there to celebrate the creative side of our fair city. 

Lou, our founder and blogger took home one of the Arts Champion awards.

A word from Lou.
"It was a great honour being recognized for my work alongside other incredible art supports. Hamilton is a city jam-packed with art and it deserves to be showcased to the world."
Here is a video of Lou and the other winners getting their much-deserved awards.

Video above courtesy of Linda Luigi

Below is a complete list of the winners.

Arts Champion (non-monetary award)
Lifetime Achievement ($2,500): Judith Sandiford and Ron Weihs (Artword)

Here is the end Judith and Ron's acceptance speech

Creator Awards ($2,500 each)

Nezqwik with Mother Tareka performed at the end of the ceremony. Here's a sample:

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Monday, June 5, 2023

Country Music Association of Ontario Awards Winners!

Hamilton went country last weekend during the Country Music Association of Ontario Awards celebration. The awards ceremony itself was at the Westdale Theatre on Sunday, June 4.

Below is complete list of nominees and winners. Local acts are bolded. 


Compass Award
Fan's Choice
Female Artist
Francophone Artist
  • WINNER: Reney Ray
  • Gabrielle Goulet
  • Kristine St. Pierre
  • Les Rats d’Swompe
  • Vincent Bishop
Group or Duo
Impact Award
Male Artist
Music Industry Person of the Year
Music Video
Radio Station (Large Market)
Radio Station (Medium Market)
Radio Station (Small Market)
Record Producer
Rising Star
Roots Artist