Sunday, December 31, 2023

Please Support Local Charities

Please Support Local Charities

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.

Sunday, December 24, 2023

Please Support Local Charities

Please Support Local Charities

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, December 22, 2023

Canadian Winners of the Global Music Awards

The most recent winners of the Global Music Awards were unveiled and Canada made a great showing.

Below is a complete list of Canadian winners. Local artists are bolded.


Silver Medal

Bronze Medal

Previous Canadian Winners This Year

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Monday, December 18, 2023

New George Lardie Album Like a Chat with a Old Friend

You should pull up a seat and grab a glass when listening to Good Old Days, the latest wonderful recording by Hamilton's George Lardie. The album's like having a drink with an old friend and engaging in a long chat. There'll be reminiscing of the past, discussing the state of the world, advice (good and bad) and the occasional argument.

George's unique voice, great piano work and his lyricism steer the conversation in interesting ways. There's some fabulous boogie woogie, early rock plus a few touches of country, jazz and more.

There's agreat collection of talent helping him out on the music: Chris Wheeler (guitar), Andrew McTaggart (guitar), Carm Milioto (guitar, vocals, recording), Robert Nind (guitar), Tristan Bernardi (bass), Zander Lamothe (drums), Glen Brown (drums, vocals, kazoo), Ian Aisling (vocals), Elinor Brown (banjo, vocals).

CD's and downloads are available through his Bandcamp Page

Stream the album below

Links: George Lardie, More George Lardie StoriesAlbum above courtesy of George LardieMore Releases

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Sunday, December 17, 2023

Please Support Local Charities

Please Support Local Charities

From their website: The Stephen Lewis Foundation launched the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign in March 2006, in response to the emerging crisis faced by African grandmothers as they struggled to care for millions of children orphaned by AIDS. The Campaign aims to raise awareness, build solidarity and mobilize support in Canada for Africa’s grandmothers.

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, December 12, 2023

Sunday, December 10, 2023

Please Support Local Charities

From their site: Working to make a significant impact in the quality of life of Canada’s ill & injured CAF members, Veterans, First Responders, and their families.

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, December 7, 2023

Unforgettable Tracks on New SG Sinnicks EP

It's been a while since we've heard new studio recordings from veteran Hamilton artist SG (Steve) Sinnicks. Thankfully, his newest wonderful EP, Fridge Magnet breaks that silence! Listeners (and fridges) will be all the better for it.

SG's a talented musician and this new collection is a must for fans of singer/songwriters who can craft a song the old-fashioned way. Every tune tells a tale with impact, With his trademark wit and great lyricism, SG fashions six unforgettable tracks. The physical CD also comes with a free fridge magnet as an extra bonus!

A number of great musicians help out on the EP: Carl Jennings (Freedom Train) on bass, Randall Hill on mandolin, Mike Boguski (Blue Rodeo) on keyboards, and Bill Majoros and Steve Petrie (Blind River Band) on guitars.

You can purchase the CD (and fridge magnet) at SG's live shows or through his online shop. It also be downloaded on Apple Music or streamed through  YouTube and Spotify.

 Stream the album below

Links: Steve SinnicksMore Steve Sinnicks StoriesVideos above courtesy of S.G. Sinnicks - TopicMore Releases

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Sunday, December 3, 2023

Rock Legend Myles Goodwyn (April Wine) Passes

It is with sadness that we announce that April Wine vocalist/guitarist Myles Goodwyn passed away on Sunday, December 2, 2023. Our condolences to his family, friends and fans. Myles, who was born in New Brunswick and lived in Nova Scotia, gained international fame for his seminal work with April Wine and also had an incredible solo career. He'd recently retired from the popular band. 

Social Media Reaction

Sad and shocked to hear of the  passing of April Wine’s Myles Goodwyn. A wonderful musician, singer writer  and great guy. I was honoured to to work with him and to become friends in recent years. A Canadian rock legend gone too soon. RIP Myles Goodwyn.

Corey Lueck (Smoke Wagon Blues Band

Super sad to see the passing of Myles Goodwyn 😪 this afternoon. It feels like a whole damn Canadian Rock'n'roll institution is passing along with him. I think you'd be hard pressed to find a Canadian music fan that hasn't rocked out to April Wine live! What an explosive singer/song writer/guitar hero and performer! One of the greatest that Canada has ever seen. I like most Canadians have seen them too many times to bother trying to count, a highlight for me was always their famous New year's Eve shows a lulus, very sad loss.

Lou Molinaro

Sad day for Canadian music.  Myles Goodwyn of April Wine has passed away.  April Wine were a band that were introduced to me when I was a young kid via K-Tel records.  Always loved their songs the most on those comps. I was in grade school when I bought "Electric Jewels" and to this day it still remains as one of my favourite Canadian albums.  Bummer... again. 

Andy Griffiths

Sorry to hear about Myles Goodwyn. April Wine was the sound track of late teens ... early twenties. I still remember one summer ... working on my car in the driveway ... with April Wine blasting out of the speakers in my bedroom window! My band of the time also covered a few AW tunes! RIP Myles!  

Paul Lawrence

Truly saddened by this news. Had a few funny chats with Myles on Facebook. One time I asked if he still had the sparkly red Goya guitar that’s on the cover of Electric Jewels and told him I had a blue one I was playing for a time. He responded with “oh that thing? Yeah. Plays like shite!” 

Thanks for the decades of wonderful music Myles. 

Rest in peace. 

Video above courtesy of Myles Goodwyn - Topic

Video above courtesy of Myles Goodwyn - Topic

Links: Myles Goodwyn, More April Wine StoriesVideo above courtesy of Myles Goodwyn - Topic

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Please Support Local Charities

From their website: Good Shepherd services include a emergency food and clothing; daily hot meals; emergency shelters for men, youth, families, women and children; transitional housing and education for homeless and street-involved youth; hospice palliative care; community mental health programs; and supportive housing programs.

The Hamilton Blues Lovers (HBL) wants to showcase a deserving local charity every week.  HBL is not affiliated with these charities nor does it fund raise for them.

Introducing The Escarpment Blues Society!

We are pleased to report there's a new Blues society in town: The Escarpment Blues Society recently started up with our Founder/Blogger Lou and Linda, our marketing maven, as board members. We're very proud of this new initiative.

Lou and Linda are joined by an esteemed Board of Directors: Broadcaster Ken Wallis (President), Juno award-winning musician Steve Strongman (VP), Gail Broderick (Treasurer), publicist Sarah French, promoter Andrea Cassis and Bob Hunt of the Blues Studio.

From their website:

The goal of the Escarpment Blues Society is to strengthen awareness and appreciation of Blues And Roots Music while at the same time put the emphasis on growth. 

The Escarpment Blues Society will:

  • Promote Blues & Roots Music through multiple avenues including live performances, artist support, education with blues in the schools’ programs and highlighting recordings.  
  • Support local, national and international blues and roots artists for the advancement of their craft in the Niagara Escarpment area. This applies to established Blues And Roots artists as well as new artists.  
  • Support local venues that feature Blues And Roots music 
  • Engage in activities that will garner funds for operational needs
  • Raise community awareness for Blues and Roots Music, through through social media, mainstream media, digital and print media 
  • Will become an affiliate of the Blues Foundation and help raise funds for artists to participate in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis

There'll be a party on May 28, 2024 (more details will follow) to help fully launch the EBS. 

We are encouraging everyone to please become a member of this great organization. Benefits of Membership Include:   ** First chance to buy tickets to all of our EBS sponsored events/shows  **Discounts to various blues events throughout the year and the opportunity to meet other blues fans & musicians in the region, in addition to helping us promote blues n’ roots music and venues in the region. 

Until May 28, 2024, there's a pre-launch special of $20 for a one-year membership and $35 for a two-year membership. Please note that that all memberships bought pre-launch will have a start date of May 28, 2024.

We appreciate any support you may give the EBS. THANKS IN ADVANCE!


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