Sunday, September 24, 2023

Debby Friday Wins Polaris Prize + Shortlist

The winner for the prestigious Polaris Prize was announced on September 9, 2023 and Toronto artist Debby Friday took the top honour (which includes $50,000) for her album Good Luck

Here is her acceptance speech from the Gala

Video above courtesy of CBC Music

Links: Debby FridayVideo above courtesy of Debby Friday - Topic

We didn't report of the Short List, which was revealed on July 13 so here's is a complete list below. Links with an asterisk (*) will take you to the band's performance at the Gala.

You can view the Short List announcement below.

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

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CFMU is a the not-for-profit radio station for McMaster University. They play a lot of local and indie artists. 

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.

Thursday, September 21, 2023

2023 Hamilton Spectator Readers' Choice Awards Winners!

Below is a list of music-related winners. Click here for full list.

1st Place = Diamond
2nd Place = Platinum
3rd Place = Gold

Special mentions

Sunday, September 17, 2023

2023 Canadian Country Music Award Winners

The 2023 Canadian Country Music Awards were celebrated throughout Hamilton September 14-16. 

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

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Saturday, September 16, 2023

Happy International Country Music Day! (Cutler Boyd, Grand River Ramblers, Shine, Thomas St. Clair)

Update of 2016 Post

Links: Cutler Boyd, , Grand River RamblersVideo above courtesy of Cutler Boyd

Links: Grand River RamblersVideo above courtesy of CBC Music

Links: ShineVideo above courtesy of Sine Bluegrass Band

Links: Thomas St. Clair, Video above courtesy of Benjamin McCullough

Links: International Country Music DayMore Country Music Day Stories, Our Country Music Stories

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Hank Williams' 100th Birthday with Local Covers

Today (September 17, 2023) would have been American country legend Hank Williams' 100th birthday.

Biography highlights, courtesy of Wikipedia

Here are a few covers of Hank's songs.

Links: Ginger St. James, More Ginger St. James StoriesVideo above courtesy of S Blanchard

Links: Sarah BeattyMore Sarah Beatty StoriesVideo above courtesy of Misha Fotos

A now one from the man himself

Links: Hank Williams, More Hank Williams Stories/CoversVideo above courtesy of Hank WilliamsMore 100th birthdays

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Sunday, September 10, 2023

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From their website: The Compassion Society responds to the needs of the community by providing food, clothing, everyday household articles and referrals to local resources.

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.

Tuesday, September 5, 2023

Hamilton Country Artist George Belmore Passes

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Hamilton Country Artist George Bellmore. He passed away on Sunday, September 3, 2023. Our condolences to his family, friends and fans.

He was an important  member of many groups such as North Of Memphis (Elvis Tribute), the Ray Darren Band and a few others.

Social Media Reaction

George Bakhuis (Neon Moon)
It is with heavy heart that I have to say my cousin George Belmore passed into the arms of the heavenly angels this morning. Widely known in the musical industry. He will be sorely missed by friends, family and fans. RIP George!!!

John Chris Ford

RIP George Belmore. 

You were one of Canada's top Country guitar pickers. And will be remembered that way forever..

You gave me my first start this business... from stage to studio.

Thank you for always encouraging me to keep growing. And always telling me how proud you were of me.... means more now than ever!

I was lucky enough to sit down with George Belmore and Sheila just a few months ago... we caught up and had some good laughs.... and some great times... 

You will be truly missed my friend. 

Ron Griffin

Rest in peace George Belmore . I first met George 37 years ago at the Stampede Corral. Little did I know then that not only I but my son as well would have the pleasure of getting to know him and jamming on many occasions.  You will be truly missed brother .

Links: Ray Darren BandVideo above courtesy of  George Belmore


Sunday, September 3, 2023

Brantford's Donald McGeoch Passes

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Brantford singer/songwriter Donald McGeoch. He passed away on August 28, 2023. Our condolences to his family, friends and fans.

McGEOCH, Donald

On August 28, 2023 Donald passed away peacefully surrounded by family, at the age of 75. A kind, loving, creative and charismatic man who loved his family and his music. Donald leaves behind his adoring wife Brenda of 54 years, and his daughter Angela Henrique (Tony), and his 2 grandchildren Mackenzie and Madelaine. He loved well and was well-loved by his family. Donald is the youngest of four boys. His brothers, Dave (Myra) in Australia, Robert in Scotland (2020), and Billy (Jane) in Brantford, along with many nieces and nephews will miss him dearly, as will his sister-in-law, Isobel Robertson.
Donald was a carpenter by trade, but his passion in life was music. Singer/ songwriter and guitarist, he spent most of his free time honing his craft. He was a natural on stage and adored by many. 
Born in Scotland, Donald, Brenda and Angela emigrated to Canada in 1974 and built a life in Brantford, Ontario. In 1982, he started the Brantford Folk Club, a place where musicians could come and play in front of an audience. He and Brenda ran this club for 25 years as a way to share their love of music and give back to their community. Many close friendships were built through this club. The club is still running today under the name of Brantford Open Stage, operated by Dave Jensen.
Cremation has already taken place. A Celebration of Donald's Life will be held for family and friends, and will be announced at a later date.

In Donald's memory, donations to the Alzheimer's Society of Brant are appreciated. Memories and condolences can be shared with the family at

I Will Cherish The Memories

A word from Lou, our blogger:

Donald was a good friend and I always found him in good spirits at the Brantford Open Stage, Hamilton Folk Club and at a handful of his other live performances. He was an incredible songwriter and performer and I am honoured to have known him.

Video above courtesy of Donald McGeoch - Topic

Video above courtesy of Donald McGeoch - Topic

Links: Donald McGeochMore Don McGeoch StoriesVideo above courtesy of Donald McGeoch - Topic

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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.