Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Music Listings: November 30-Dec 3, 2023

Thursday, November 30

---- Before 7:00pm ----

4:30-7:30pm: Mike Saracino @ Spyce Lounge (Niagara Falls) 

6pm: Chris Chambers @ Slye Fox (Burlington)

6-9pm: Open Mic with Victor Morgado @ Oggi Bistro (Grimsby) (Weekly)

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

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

---- 7:00pm - 7:29pm ----

7pm: Daryl Gray @ Powerhouse (Stoney Creek)

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

7-10pm: The Thomas Nelson Band  @ Regency Athletic Resort (Niagara Falls) (Weekly)

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

7-11pm: James Blonde @ Spyce Lounge (Niagara Falls) 

7-10pm: Emily Kemp Trio @ Manhattans (Guelph)

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

7pm: Fred Hale @ Easy Pour (Cambridge)

7-10pm: Open Stage -Mic Up @ Silvercreek's (Guelph) (Weekly)

---- After 7:30pm ----

7:30-10:30pm: Ryan Thomas Smelle @ Irish Harp (Niagara-on-the-Lake) 

8-10:30pm: Darcy Hepner & Friends @ The Gasworks (Hamilton) $27.96

8-11pm: Open Mic Night + Jam @ Temple Bar (Oakville) (Weekly)

9-11pm: Open Mic with Anthony Vaughn @ King George (Hamilton) (Weekly)

Friday, December 1

---- Before 6:30pm ----

1-1:30pm: Come Sunday (Gospel Radio Show) w Paul Panchezak (Trickbag) @ 93.3 CFMU or (Hamilton) (Weekly)

5-7pm: Christmas Tree of Hope Lighting incl Live Music @ Gore Park (Hamilton) donations encouraged

5-8pm: Mike Saracino @ Spyce Lounge (Niagara Falls)

6-9pm: James Anthony @ Scout Cafe (Stoney Creek) (Weekly)

6-9pm: Stephanie Deshane @ Judge & Jester (Grimsby) (Weekly)

6-8pm: Mitch Szitas @ 2 Rivers (Paris)

---- 6:30-7:59pm ----

6:30pm: Andrew Dolson @ Easy Pour (Cambridge)

7-10pm: Dueling Pianos @ Uptown Social House (Burlington) (Every Fri & Sat)

7pm: Blue Swagger @ Polish Hall (Brantford)

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

7pm: James Chapeskie @ The Registry Theatre (Kitchener) $37.52

7:30-11:30pm: Open Mic @ Mahtay Cafe (St. Catharines) (Weekly)

---- 8:00-8:59pm ----

8pm: Mark T Band @ Moonshine Cafe (Oakville) $10

8-10:30pm: New Vibes Quintet @ The Jazz Room (Waterloo) $?

8:30-11:30pm: DIAL UP THE 90’S @ Pub Fiction (Ancaster) 

8:30pm: No Idea @ Slye Fox (Burlington)

8:30pm-11:30pm: The O"Deadlys @ Irish Harp (Niagara-on-the-Lake) 

---- After 9:00pm ----

9pm: JJ Stone @ King George Pub (Hamilton)

9pm: Orangeman @ BLK Swan (Burlington) $15

9pm-12am: Slider @ Cat's Caboose (St. Catharines)

9pm: Scurvy Dogz @ Pitchers Sports Bar (St. Catharines)

9pm-12am: The Natrolites @ Spyce Lounge (Niagara Falls)

9pm: Dan Dyer @ Elements Casino (Brantford)

9:30pm: Romeo Sex Fighter @ Room 47 (Waterloo) (Weekly) $10

10pm: Cheap Thrills @ Powerhouse (Stoney Creek)

10pm-2am: Sylvrado @ Big Texas (Niagara Falls)

10pm-2am: Hammer Tones @ Manny's Place (Brantford)

Saturday, December 2

---- Before 3:00pm ----

11am-12pm: Sold On Hamilton w Judy Marsales @ 900AM CHML (1st Sat of Month)

12-6pm: Holiday Market w live music (2-5pm) by Eric Brousseau & Nolan Gibson  @ Clifford Brewing (Hamilton) Hamilton Food Share donations encouraged

2-4pm: River North @ Limeridge Mall (Hamilton)

2-4:30pm: Open Mic with Victor Morgado @ Smoke and Moonshine (Beamsville) (Weekly)

---- 3:00-7:29pm ----

3-6pm: Free For a Reason @ Carrigan Arms (Burlington) $5

3-5pm: Jazz Jam @ The Jazz Room (Waterloo) $?

4-7pm: Jazz Express Matinee @ Cat's Caboose (St. Catharines) (Weekly)

5-8pm: Mike Saracino @ Spyce Lounge (Niagara Falls)

6-9pm: Aaron MacGregor @ Crystal Chandelier (Crystal Beach)

7pm: CampfireGTR @ Studebaker (Burlington)

7-10pm: Alejandra Nunez @ Manhattans (Guelph)

7pm: Jazzy Pearls  @ Easy Pour (Cambridge)

---- 7:30-8:29pm ----

8pm: Golden Feather @ Mills Hardware (Hamilton) $15

8pm: Wicked Truth @ Stonewalls (Hamilton) $10

8pm: Hayden w Cloe Doucet @ Bridgeworks (Hamilton) $39.99

8pm: Golden Feather @ Mills Hardware (Hamilton) $14.99

8pm: White Zaltz @ The Innsville (Stoney Creek)

8-10:30pm: Ewen Farncombe Trio @ The Jazz Room (Waterloo) $?

---- After 8:30pm ----

8:30pm: Cheap Thrills @ Slye Fox Pub (Burlington)

8:30-11:30pm: New Rising Sun @ Irish Harp (Niagara-on-the-Lake) 

9pm-1am: Superdelux @ Cat N Fiddle (Hamilton)

9pm-12am: Figure Four @ Cat's Caboose (St. Catharines)

9pm-1am: Avenue Inn @ Doc Magilligan's (Niagara Falls)

9pm-12am: Kill Bill @ Spyce Lounge (Niagara Falls) 

10pm: Rock of 80's @ Powerhouse (Stoney Creek)

10pm-2am: 8 Second Ride @ Big Texas (Niagara Falls)

10pm-2am: Bridge on Fire @ Manny's Place (Brantford)

10:30pm: James Anthony @ Rabbid Fox (Kitchener)

Sunday, December 3

---- Before 2:30pm ----

11:30am: Beatles Brunch ft Andrew McTaggart @ Black Bull (Burlington) (Weekly)

12-5pm: Kitchener Vinyl Market @ Rabbid Fox Tavern ($2 donation to Tiny Home Takeout)

1-6pm: Jerome Godboo & Guests @ Crystal Chandelier (Crystal Beach) (Weekly)

1:30-4:30pm: Irish & Folk Music Sessions @ Doc Magilligan's (Niagara Falls) (Weekly)

2-5pm: James Anthony & Guests @ Plank Restobar (Hamilton) (Weekly)

2-5pm: MATT VANDERSLUYS @ Irish Harp (Niagara-on-the-Lake) 

2-5pm: Almost Serious @ The Falls Road Pub (Kitchener) (Weekly)

---- 2:30pm - 3:59pm ----

3-7pm: Dave Pomfret @ Cat N Fiddle (Hamilton)

3-7pm: Greg Gingerich @ Manny's Place (Brantford)

---- After 4:00pm ----

4:30-8:30pm: Anthony Vaughn @ King George (Hamilton) (Weekly)

6pm: Sonic's Weekly Open Jam @ Casbah Lounge (Hamilton) (Weekly)

6:30-10pm: Open Jam with Detour @ Tracie's (Hamilton) (Weekly)

8pm-12am: Mike Saracino @ Spyce Lounge (Niagara Falls) 

9pm-12am: Open Mic @ West End Pub (Hamilton) (Weekly)

Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Hamilton Blues Lovers Turns 15 Years Old Today!

Today (November 29, 2023), the Hamilton Blues Lovers turns 15 years old! 

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Monday, November 27, 2023

2024 Ameripolitan Award Nominees! Including Local & Canadian Nominees! Vote!

Stacey Lee Guse, the singer for the Waterloo band, the Western Swing Authority has been nominated in the Western Swing Female category in the 2024 Ameripolitan Awards. Alberta's Stefanie Joyce  is up for Outlaw Female as well. You can help them by clicking here to vote.

The awards will be handed out the weekend of February 16-18, 2024, in Austin, Texas

Western Swing Female 

Outlaw Female 

DJ Of The Year

  • Ashli Dansby on  KMHT RADIO 103.9 - Marshall, TX
  • Del Villareal on WCBN FM - Ann Arbor, MI
  • The Morning Crew on KCWM 1460 - Hondo, TX
  • Tracy Pitcox on KNEL RADIO - Brady, TX

Festival Of The Year

  • Hardly Strictly Bluegrass - San Francisco, CA 
  • SYMCO Weekender - Symco, WI
  • Outlaw Country Cruise
  • Western Swingout - Tehachapi, CA

Founders of the Sound Honorees

  • Original Members of The Texas Tornados: Augie Meyers / Flaco Jimenez

Honky Tonk Female 

  • Cristina Vane
  • Emily Nenni
  • Hannah Juanita
  • Kaitlin Butts

Honky Tonk Group 

  • Teddy & the Rough Riders
  • The Deslondes
  • The Golden Roses
  • The Shootouts

Honky Tonk Male 

  • Dylan Earl
  • Gabe Lee
  • Johnny Falstaff
  • Sterling Drake 
  • Theo Lawrence

Master Award Honoree

  • Ray Benson (Asleep at the Wheel)

Musician Of The Year

  • Eleanor Whitmore (Tha Mastersons)- Fiddle
  • Floyd Domino - Piano
  • Jason D Williams - Piano
  • Kullen Fox - Multi Instrumentalist: Horn, Piano, Accordion
  • Lisa Pankratz - Percussion

Outlaw Group 

  • Banditos
  • Kyle Nix & the 38’s
  • Reckless Kelly
  • The Supersuckers

Outlaw Male 

  • Billy Don Burns
  • Dallas Burrow
  • Jason Boland
  • Willy Tea Taylor

Rockabilly Female

  • Angie Monroy
  • Gizzelle Becerra DeAnda
  • Mozzy Dee
  • Svetlana "Zombierella" Nagaeva

Rockabilly Group 

  • Black Kat Boppers
  • Messer Chups
  • Televisionaries 
  • The McCharmlys

Rockabilly Male 

  • Eddie Clendening
  • Les Greene
  • Oleg "Guitaracula" Fomchenkov (aka Oleg Gitarkin)
  • Omar Romero

Venue Of The Year

  • American Legion Post 82 - Nashville TN
  • Gruene Hall - New Braunfels, TX
  • Skinny Dennis - Brooklyn, NY
  • Southgate House revival - Newport, KY

Western Swing Group 

  • Carolyn Sills Combo
  • Lovesick Duo
  • Sad Daddy 
  • The Cowpokes 

Western Swing Male

  • Cory Grinder
  • Kevin Mauzy Martin
  • Kyle Eldridge 
  • Mitch Polzak

Links: Ameripolitan Music AwardsMore Ameripolitan Music Awards Stories

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Sunday, November 26, 2023

Happy National Electric Guitar Day ft Bill Dillon

Update of 2018 Post

For National Electric Guitar Day we'd like to feature Hamilton guitarist extraordinaire Bill Dillon. Click here for a bio.

Links: Ronnie Hawkins, More Ronnie Hawkins Stories, More Stories/Covers of the Band, More CHCH VideosVideo above courtesy of Bill King

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Links: Steve StrongmanMore Steve Strongman Stories, Video above courtesy of Barb Pitre

Click here for more Bill Dillon Stories

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From their website: SACHA supports survivors of sexual assault while working to end violence in our community.

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, November 24, 2023

2023 Blues Blast Award Winners Including Local & Canadian Artists

On September 23, 2023 the 2023 Blues Blast Music Awards were handed out at the 3300 Event Centre in Peoria, Illinois. A few Canadian artists picked up some hardware including Burlington's Kenny “Blues Boss" Wayne and artists signed to Waterdown's Stony Plain Records.

Below is a complete list of winner. Local/Canadian acts are bolded.

* signed to Waterdown's Stony Plain Records

Thursday, November 23, 2023

2024 Local & Canadian Grammy Award Nominees

On November 10, 2023 the Grammys announced their 2024 nominees. As always, a number of our fellow Canadian were on the esteemed list, including area artist Deadmau5 from Niagara Falls.

Hopefully, a number of them will bring some awards home when the 2024 GRAMMYs air live on Sunday, February 4,2023 on CBS and Paramount+.

Click here for the full list.

Here's a complete list of Canadian nominees:

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Tuesday, November 21, 2023

2023 St. Catharines Arts Award Winners

The 2023 St. Catharines Arts Awards winners were announced at a wonderful ceremony at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre (Robertson Theatre) on Sunday, November 5, 2023.

Below is a complete list.

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Monday, November 20, 2023

Hamilton Folk Club Founder Al Lindsay Passes

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Hamilton Folk Club founder and musician, Al Lindsay. He was also a long-time member and organizer of the Brantford Open Stage (formerly the Brantford Folk Club). Al passed on November 19, 2023. Our condolences to his family, friend and fans.

A word from Lou, our blogger:

I had the pleasure of meeting Al quite a few times through the Folk clubs. I enjoyed his sharp wit and incredible talent and considered him a friend. I'll miss him dearly.

Social Media Reaction
(comments from the Brantford Open Stage announcement)

Mark McNeil

So sorry to hear about Al’s passing. I’ll always remember him with his fiddle or penny whistle or singing funny songs like “Piddlin’ Pete.” He was the one who started it all with the Hamilton Folk Club that led to the Brantford and Caledonia Folk Clubs and later the BOS which is carrying on the tradition of all three. We owe Al a lot for helping to bring music into our lives. He will be missed.

Ann Gorman McKinney

Such a witty and genuine guy. We really enjoyed his fiddle and whistle music and singing at the Hamilton Irish Arts sessions. God speed Al - we shall not forget you. Will raise a wee dram in your honour 🥃🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🎻🪈🇮🇪🎶. May he RIP 

Dolores Dugdale

So very sad to hear Al is no longer with us. He was a true gentleman and everyone enjoyed his music and songs. He is with Don (McGeoch), and they will be missed but never forgotten, The music will continue in the Heavens.God rest his soul and May he RIP.

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Sunday, November 19, 2023

Please Support Local Charities

From their Facebook page:
The Giving Closet Thrift Shop is a neighbourhood thrift store, whose profits will be reinvested into Crown Point and surrounding neighbourhoods. 
We accept donations. If you would like to donate, please contact us through this page (Click picture above) or by phone
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.

Consumate Musician Stephen Hogg Passes

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of local musician Stephen Hogg. Our condolences to his family, friends and fans.

Video above courtesy of Stephen Hogg - Topic

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Links: Stephen HoggMore Stephen Hogg StoriesVideo above courtesy of Stephen Hogg - Topic

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Thursday, November 16, 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, November 15, 2023

The Road to Memphis Fundraiser


A few months before hitting the Road to Memphis, three incredible acts will be rocking hamilton's Stonewalls on November 26 (2-5pm) to help fund a trip to represent the Grand River Blues Society at the International Blues Challenge in 2024!

Glenn Marais & the Mojo Train plus Patrick Fockler will be competing in the Group and Solo/Duo categories respectively. The Trainwrecks, winners of the 2023 Kitchener Blues Festival Youth Legacy Showcase, will also be on hand to give the event some extra juice.

For only $15 in advance or $20 at the door (if it isn't sold out!) you can check out all of these incredible artists and help pay for them to show the world what our area has to offer to the world of Blues!

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