Thursday, July 18, 2024

"The Heart of Niagara" Rick Rose Passes


It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Rick Rose, a Niagara music legend with over four decades of experience.

From his obituary:

MAIURI, Rick Rose - It is with heavy hearts that we announce the peaceful passing of Rick, with his loving family by his side, at the Greater Niagara General Hospital on Sunday July 14, 2024 at the age of 64.
Beloved husband and best friend of 37 years to Rosa (nee DiRamio). Devoted father of Melanie (Mike) Snow, Jake (Julia) Maiuri and loving Papa of Miller, Madden. Cherished brother of Fred (Theresa) Maiuri, Lita (Gene) Artista and brother-in-law of Allen (Edith) DiRamio, Maria (Ernie) Nemett. Loving uncle of Alicia (JB), Lucas, Halle, Michael (Jackie), Preston (Carol) and Trevor (Jocelyn). Rick will be greatly missed by many aunts, uncles, cousins, great-nieces, great-nephews and friends. He is predeceased by his parents Bernardo and Elvira (nee Simone) Maiuri, in-laws Mario and Nancy (DiRamio) and nephew Ryan Nemett. 
Rick was known to the community as Rick Rose the musician, but at home, he was the man who always put his family first and made memories that will last a lifetime. He looked forward to the kids coming over to play a board game, or a round of trivia (which he always won). His favorite time, was sitting in the backyard with Rosa by the fire, listening to one of the many music playlists he put together.
Rick was active in the music industry for more than 40 years, including most recent owning and operating the Niagara Institute of Music and Arts. Throughout the years, he had songs on over 20 albums, some charting in Canadian Radio’s Top 40. He wrote the theme song for the film 'Rude Awakening', and wrote Dreaming Out Loud for Doc Walker, a two time Juno Award nominee. He has shared the stage with Eddie Money, Billy Ray Cyrus, Three Dog Night, and Barbra Mandrell. He was a staff songwriter for Sony Music in Nashville and Warner Tamerlane. Many will remember the good times had watching a few of his bands, starting with Lennex, then Perfect Affair, and most recently The Rick Rose Band. Babe, we want to thank you for the Greatest Train Ride...
The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the staff at the Walker Family Cancer Centre, the St. Catharines General Hospital and the Greater Niagara General Hospital. All are invited to join the family at the PATTERSON FUNERAL HOME, 6062 Main St. Niagara Falls, visiting Thursday July 18, 2024 from 5 to 9 pm and Friday July 19, 2024 from 1 to 4 pm and 7 to 9 pm. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday at 10:30 am at St. Ann's Church, with the Rite of Committal to follow at Fairview Cemetery.
In honour of Rick's life and love of music, memorial contributions may be made to the Rick Rose Music Foundation to support the many aspects of music in Niagara Falls. Online condolences at pattersonfuneralhome.com.
To plant Memorial Trees in memory of Rick Rose Maiuri, please click here to visit our Sympathy Store.

His career highlights include:


Social Media Reaction

Jim Diodati (Niagara Falls Mayor)
So upsetting to hear of the passing of Niagara Falls' own Rick Rose. He was a talented local musician, singer, songwriter, author, producer and business-owner of NIOMA who was always eager to lend a hand & very generous with his time and talents at community events. I'll always remember Rick Rose performing at my bar in the 80's, while promoting his new single "Gypsy Jewelry" and signing autographs for all of his fans...and what a show he put on! Later, my kids took keyboard and singing lessons from Rick who was always encouraging, inspiring and a gentle soul. I always loved meeting up with Rick at community events and watching him proudly witness his many music students' success, with a big smile on his face. His love for music and our community was evident and ran deep in his heart. My condolences to Rick's family, friends and all those whose lives he touched- RIP to a true talent!

David Rotella (Light of Day Festival

First off, I want to send out my love and deepest condolences to Rick's beautiful wife Rosa, his son Jake, his daughter Melanie, and all his friends and family. I'm truly sorry for your loss.

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When I was a teenager I'd sneak into the Fallsway on Clifton Hill to see the Rick Rose Band play..maybe even sneak a few beers ("A couple of Millwakee's Best, the coldest ones, I guess") He was our hometown Springsteen, our hometown Cougar....hell, they had a sax player. I was a fan.

Years later, I got to know Rick, and when Mike Minervini and I were planning our first Light of Day Canada event, we called Rick and Mark Matthews to help us. He told us what we had to do with sound, bands, etc. and even helped us bring his friend, Ron Sexsmith to our first show (that was cool). Rick played a killer set with his band, and the rest, as they say is history.

Rick played several Light of Day shows, as well as our virtual Light of Day shows, the Light of Day Songwriters shows, and of course, he played the Final Farewell show with his trio. My favorite was when he played the Sunday Songwiters show at the Watermark Restaraunt overlooking the Falls with Joe Grushecky, Joe D'Urso, Willie Nile and John Eddie. What a show!

I loved Rick's music. He knew that one of my all-time favorite songs, up there with Drift Away, Thunder Road and Carmelita (we were both big Zevon fans) was his masterpiece,  "The Greatest Train Ride". That song chokes me up every time I hear it, and if I was in the crowd he always sent it out to me. We included it in the music at the funeral home when my Dad died. It's one of the most beautiful Father and Son songs ever written. From Buffalo to Yonkers....damn!

Over the past several years he was a big influence on Evan. Evan loved his music too and he gave him some great advice, including "when you play covers, make them your own...don't try to sound like the artist'...and so he did. He also played a few times with Evan as a duo and in our Songwriters shows. He influenced Evan so much that he started playing Dreaming Out Loud a couple of years ago at many of his gigs. I remember sending a video to Rick and he loved it. He also talked about putting together an album of local artists doing his songs and Evan doing Dreaming Out Loud. I really hope we can make that dream come true for him in the near future.

One of my favorite shows that he played was with Evan at The Canalside in Port Colborne when they both swapped songs all night and Rick went into a great version of Your Mama Don't Dance and he asked Evan to play harmonica. I enjoyed it so much I forgot to video tape it. But I have the memory!! He also did a killer version of "Ain't Even Done With The Night"...and yes, he made it his own.

What I'll remember the most is our talks last year before or after my podcast when we just talked about music. We had the exact same taste, but he knew 1000 times more. I could listen to him talk about his experiences all day. Recording with Anton Fig and the late, great Mick Ronson.  

He was one of the good guys. Salt of the earth. Never talked bad about anyone. Always encouraging. He wasn't in it for the money, he wanted to help people, help young musicians...from teaching to mentorship...he had an impact on so many lives. He loved seeing artists grow and he did what he could to assist them. I spoke to a few folks over the last couple of days who told me incredible stories about how Rick helped them, their bands, etc. Other than our mutual friend, Dave Rave, I've never met anyone so connected and knowledgeable about the industry...and of course, so kind and so helpful. And I always knew, if I needed something from him, he was there. 

Niagara has lost a legend (and that's not emotions or hyperbole) and the world has lost a great person, a great man, a great husband, a great father, and for many of us....a good friend. From the time I was 16 until now, Rick has always been to me and many, the Godfather of the Niagara Falls Music Scene. Asbury has Bruce Springsteen and we have Rick Rose. And I say it in the present tense because that won't change.  

So Rick, I want to thank you for helping us all Dream Out Loud and for giving us "Something To Remember", but mostly thank you for taking us all on the "Greatest Train Ride". 

In the words of one of Rick's favorite's, Steve Earle

"I'll see you when I get there Maestro"

Much love. Much respect.

#legend

Daryl Gray (Helix)

I'm starting to see posts about the passing of Niagara music legend Rick Rose. I knew Rick since 1978 when he was in Lennex with Johnny Dee.

Here's a funny story. I moved back to St Catharines in 1989 and went to see The Rick Rose Band at The Lion's in Port Dalhousie, my Tracy Kane band mates Kevin and Mike McDowell were playing with him. Their bass player quit after the 2nd set and Rick asked if I could fill in. I ended up sitting in with Rick for the next six weeks during which we auditioned guitarists for a new band, Scurvy Dogz.

Over the years I played with Rick many times and recorded on a bunch of songs. I will miss my friend and our condolences go out to his family and friends.๐Ÿ’”๐Ÿ˜ž

Evan Rotella

I grew up going to see bands around the falls because of how involved my dad was in music, so I was lucky enough to be at yanks when some of my favourite bands like, The Mandevilles, The Madhatters, The Roxwells, and of course Rick Rose were playing. Often shows for the Light of Day Foundation. Rick, as well as all those bands, became local heroes and inspiration to me at a very young age. I’m beyond appreciative for how supportive and good to me Rick was. I’m truly honoured that someone I looked up to since I was a kid was gracious enough to give me advice, and play some shows with me. It was always an honour being on the same stage with him, jamming with him, and just watching him play. 

"Dreaming Out Loud" is one of my favourite songs of all time, it’s a perfect song, and one that I’ve been listening to a lot, especially these past couple of days. Thank you, Rick, we love and appreciate you for everything you did, and for the kind and caring person you were. My condolences go out to his family ❤️

Dave Rave

Very sad news   losing my friend and fellow band mate Rick Rose    Rick was the heart of Niagara and it was an honor that he asked me to perform with him and his band over the last few years.   I will miss his kind and gentle ways    My condolences to Rosa and his family Jake and Melanie.  RIP Rick

Video above courtesy of  RickRoseMusicOffical

Video above courtesy of  Rick Rose - Topic

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Previous (Nominees for the 2024 Blues Blast Awards)

Music Listings: July 19-21, 2024

Friday, July 19

---- Before 6:00pm ----







  • 3pm - 5pm Softcase
  • 5:30pm - 10pm The Hot Karl's
1-1:30pm: Come Sunday (Gospel Radio Show) w Paul Panchezak (Trickbag) @ 93.3 CFMU or cfmu.ca (Hamilton) (Weekly)


1-4pm: Mike Saracino @ Spyce Lounge (Niagara Falls)

  • 5pm – 6:30pm | CJ Cooper
  • 7pm – 8:30pm | Dropped Tailgate
  • 9pm – 10:30pm | The Darren Hancock Band
  • 5-6pm: Kendra Gabrielle 
  • 6:15-6:45pm: Learn to Line Dance with Rhea Daniels!
  • 7-8pm: Chippawa Dirty
  • 8:15pm-9:15pm: Country Junkies
  • 9:30-11pm The Blackstones

  • 5:30pm Jessica Sevier
  • 6:00pm Eating Challenge
  • 8:00pm Just Journey
5-8pm: Feverish Lemons Duo @ Spyce Lounge (Niagara Falls)


  • 5:00pm JAKOB DURST QUARTET
  • 6:30pm NEZQWIK
  • 8:00pm RALF BUSCHMEYER QUARTET
  • 9:30pm LAILA BIALI
5:30-11pm: Norfolk Pro Rodeo @ Timmermans Ranch (Simcoe) $?
  • 5:30pm John Atlee Band 
  • 8:30pm "The Prairie States" concert
  • 6:30 – 7:30 Tom Keefer
  • 7:30 – 7:45 Set Change / Blair Scottish Country Dancers
  • 7:45 – 8:45 Old Man Flanagan’s Ghost
  • 8:45 – 9:00 Set Change / Blair Scottish Country Dancers
  • 9:00 – 10:15 Steel City Rovers
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6-9pm: James Anthony @ Scout Cafe (Stoney Creek) (Weekly)

6-9pm: Chad Pilon @ Ridge Road Winery (Stoney Creek)

  • 6:00pm Eating Challenge
  • 8:00pm Just Journey
6-9pm: Stephanie Deshane @ Judge & Jester (Grimsby) (Weekly)

6pm: The Usual Suspects @ Henley Island (Port Dalhousie) FREE


6-8pm: Liam Calhoun (Violin) @ Watermark (Niagara Falls)

6pm: Alfie Smith @ Manns Distillery (Brantford) 

6-8pm: Rob Cromwell @ 2 Rivers (Paris)

  • 6:15-6:45pm: Learn to Line Dance with Rhea Daniels!
  • 7-8pm: Chippawa Dirty
  • 8:15pm-9:15pm: Country Junkies
  • 9:30-11pm The Blackstones

  • 6:30 – 7:30 Tom Keefer
  • 7:30 – 7:45 Set Change / Blair Scottish Country Dancers
  • 7:45 – 8:45 Old Man Flanagan’s Ghost
  • 8:45 – 9:00 Set Change / Blair Scottish Country Dancers
  • 9:00 – 10:15 Steel City Rover
6:30pm: Lucas Stagg @ Easy Pour (Cambridge)

  • 6:30pm NEZQWIK
  • 8:00pm RALF BUSCHMEYER QUARTET
  • 9:30pm LAILA BIALI

---- 7:00-7:59pm ----

  • 7pm – 8:30pm | Dropped Tailgate
  • 9pm – 10:30pm | The Darren Hancock Band



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





7pm: Chris Strei @ Freedom House (Brantford)

7pm: Fab 50 @ Polish Hall (Brantford) $5



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



7:30pm: The Music Factory @ Gator Ted's (Burlington)


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

  • 7:30 – 7:45 Set Change / Blair Scottish Country Dancers
  • 7:45 – 8:45 Old Man Flanagan’s Ghost
  • 8:45 – 9:00 Set Change / Blair Scottish Country Dancers
  • 9:00 – 10:15 Steel City Rovers

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

8pm: Ryan Rucci @ Anchor Bar (Hamilton)



8pm: Rock of the 80's @ Southcote 53 (Ancaster) $?



8-11pm: BJ Frid @ Teddy's (Grimsby)


  • 8:00pm RALF BUSCHMEYER QUARTET
  • 9:30pm LAILA BIALI
8pm: Sean Pinchin @ The Yeti Cafe (Kitchener) $?


  • 8:15pm-9:15pm: Country Junkies
  • 9:30-11pm The Blackstones
8:30-11:30pm: Jamie Petrie @ Pub Fiction (Ancaster) 

8:30pm: Glenn Groves @ Slye Fox (Binbrook)

8:30pm: Mykul @ Slye Fox Pub (Burlington)

8:30pm-11:30pm: Paddyman @ Irish Harp (Niagara-on-the-Lake) 

  • 8:30pm "The Prairie States" concert
  • 8:45 – 9:00 Set Change / Blair Scottish Country Dancers
  • 9:00 – 10:15 Steel City Rovers
---- 9:00pm - 9:29pm ----

  • 9pm – 10:30pm | The Darren Hancock Band
9pm-1am: Mark T @ Cat N Fiddle (Hamilton)




9pm: Orangeman @ Blk Swan Kitchen Pub (Oakville) $15

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

9pm-1am: Moonlight & Co @ Doc Magilligan's (Niagara Falls)

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

9pm-12am: Chandler Berardi @ Paris Pub (Brant)

  • 9:00 – 10:15 Steel City Rovers
---- After 9:30pm ----


10pm: Jamazon @ Powerhouse (Stoney Creek)

10pm: 3 Best Friends @ BLK Swan, Brant St. (Burlington) 

10pm: Fire When Ready @ The Dickens (Burlington)

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


Saturday, July 20

---- Before 2:00pm ----







  • 10:45-11:45am: Craig McNair 
  • 12-1:30pm: Dynamic Trio
  • 1:45-3:15 pm: Brandon Agnew
  • 3:30-5pm: Ryan Thomas Smelle Trio
  • 5:15-6:45pm: Figure Four
  • 7-8:30pm: Mage 
  • 8:45-10:15pm: The Madhatters
10:30am: Funeral for Rick Rose @ St. Ann's Church (Niagara Falls)

11am-3pm: Mike Woods @ Puddicombe Farms (Stoney Creek) (All Sat & Sun, May 18-Oct 27)

  • 2pm – 3:30pm | Jack Sith
  • 4pm – 5:30pm | The Trip: Tribute to the Tragically Hip
  • 6:15pm – 7:45pm | The AC/DC Show Canada
  • 8:30pm – 10:30pm | Wicked Truth

  • 2:15pm Eating Challenge
  • 2:30pm Kendra Gabrielle
  • 5:00pm Crooked Zebras
  • 6:00pm Eating Challenge
  • 8:00pm The Hip Experience
12-10pm: Kitchener Ribfest & Craft Beer Show @ Victoria Park
  • Noon - 2pm Generator Party
  • 2:30pm - 5:45pm The Golden Keys
  • 6:15pm - 10pm Shred Penner
  • 12:30pm YOUTH JAZZ ENSEMBLE
  • 2:00pm GENNARO NOTOMISTA
  • 3:30pm GIGI DC AB
  • 5:00pm FRIENDS OF THE FESTIVAL
  • 6:30pm ALLISON AU
  • 8:00pm TIM LOUIS
  • 9:30pm HILARIO DURAN AND HIS LATIN JAZZ BIG BAND


1pm: Mel Monaco Band @ 13th Street Winery (St. Catharines)

1-4pm: Taylor Laslo @ Spyce Lounge (Niagara Falls)

  • 1pm Checkerboard Floors
  • 2:30pm Rebekah Stevens
  • 5pm Rebekah  Stevens
  • 7pm Carson Janik
  • 9pm JASON BLAINE

---- 2:00-4:59pm ----

  • 2pm – 3:30pm | Jack Sith
  • 4pm – 5:30pm | The Trip: Tribute to the Tragically Hip
  • 6:15pm – 7:45pm | The AC/DC Show Canada
  • 8:30pm – 10:30pm | Wicked Truth
2-5pm: Matt Hinojosa B LK Swan, Brant St. (Burlington)


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


  • 2:00pm GENNARO NOTOMISTA
  • 3:30pm GIGI DC AB
  • 5:00pm FRIENDS OF THE FESTIVAL
  • 6:30pm ALLISON AU
  • 8:00pm TIM LOUIS
  • 9:30pm HILARIO DURAN AND HIS LATIN JAZZ BIG BAND
  • 2:15pm Eating Challenge
  • 2:30pm Kendra Gabrielle
  • 5:00pm Crooked Zebras
  • 6:00pm Eating Challenge
  • 8:00pm The Hip Experience



  • 2:30pm - 5:45pm The Golden Keys
  • 6:15pm - 10pm Shred Penner
  • 2:30pm Rebekah Stevens
  • 5pm Rebekah  Stevens
  • 7pm Carson Janik
  • 9pm JASON BLAINE


3-6pm: Michael Theodore @ Carrigan Arms (Burlington) $5

  • 3:30-5pm: Ryan Thomas Smelle Trio
  • 5:15-6:45pm: Figure Four
  • 7-8:30pm: Mage 
  • 8:45-10:15pm: The Madhatters
  • 3:30pm GIGI DC AB
  • 5:00pm FRIENDS OF THE FESTIVAL
  • 6:30pm ALLISON AU
  • 8:00pm TIM LOUIS
  • 9:30pm HILARIO DURAN AND HIS LATIN JAZZ BIG BAND
  • 4pm – 5:30pm | The Trip: Tribute to the Tragically Hip
  • 6:15pm – 7:45pm | The AC/DC Show Canada
  • 8:30pm – 10:30pm | Wicked Truth

---- 5:00-7:59pm ----

5-6pm: Tadioli Duo @ The Gasworks (Hamilton) FREE

  • 5:00pm Crooked Zebras
  • 6:00pm Eating Challenge
  • 8:00pm The Hip Experience
5-8pm: Pat and Shecky Duo @ Spyce Lounge (Niagara Falls)

  • 5:00pm FRIENDS OF THE FESTIVAL
  • 6:30pm ALLISON AU
  • 8:00pm TIM LOUIS
  • 9:30pm HILARIO DURAN AND HIS LATIN JAZZ BIG BAND
  • 5pm Rebekah  Stevens
  • 7pm Carson Janik
  • 9pm JASON BLAINE

  • 5:15-6:45pm: Figure Four
  • 7-8:30pm: Mage 
  • 8:45-10:15pm: The Madhatters

6-9pm: Nate Waldes @ Ridge Road Winery (Stoney Creek)





  • 6:15pm – 7:45pm | The AC/DC Show Canada
  • 8:30pm – 10:30pm | Wicked Truth




7pm: Troy Brawn @ Easy Pour (Cambridge)




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




8pm: Chad Pilon @ Fionns (Stoney Creek)



8-11pm: Spared No Expense @ Teddy's (Grimsby)




  • 8:00pm TIM LOUIS
  • 9:30pm HILARIO DURAN AND HIS LATIN JAZZ BIG BAND
  • 8:30pm – 10:30pm | Wicked Truth
8:30pm: Jamie Petrie @ Pub Fiction (Ancaster) $10

8:30pm: Hammer Tones @ Slye Fox Pub (Burlington)

8:30-11:30pm: Jack Van Ginger @ Irish Harp (Niagara-on-the-Lake) 

  • 8:45-10:15pm: The Madhatters
---- 9:00pm - 9:29pm ----

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


9pm: Beguiler, Locutor, I See Aura, Divine Curse, Kings In Graves @ Corktown Pub, Downstairs (Hamilton) $?


9pm: FULL MULLETI @ Pitchers Sports Bar (St. Catharines)


9pm-1am: Patsy & the Muscle @ Doc Magilligan's (Niagara Falls)

9pm: Prestige World Wide @ Spyce Lounge (Niagara Falls)

9pm: Nathian Burke @ Piper Arms (Brantford)

9pm-12am: J-me Shrier @ Paris Pub (Brant)

  • 9pm JASON BLAINE
---- After 9:30pm ----


  • 9:30pm HILARIO DURAN AND HIS LATIN JAZZ BIG BAND
10pm: The McFly's Back to the 80s @ BLK Swan, Brant St. (Burlington)

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

  • 10:30pm-12am : The Chimps 

Sunday, July 21

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





  • 10am-4pm: Jimmy's Juke Joint
10am-5pm: Sundays Unlocked @ Locke Street (Hamilton)

10am: Michael Maguire @ The Eighth-Note (Milton) (Every Sun except 1st of Month)

11am-3pm: Mike Woods @ Puddicombe Farms (Stoney Creek) (All Sat & Sun, May 18-Oct 27)

11am-6pm: Norfolk Pro Rodeo @ Timmermans Ranch (Simcoe) $?
  • 11am John Atlee Band
  • 3pm John Atlee Band
11:30am: Beatles Brunch ft Andrew McTaggart @ Black Bull (Burlington) (Weekly)

  • 1pm – 2:30pm | Big Dan and the Topside Band
  • 3pm – 4:30pm | Otis Wonder & The Hustle
  • 5pm – 6:30pm | Pearl Jamming: Tribute to Pearl Jam
12-9pm: Burlington Food Truck Festival @ Downtown Waterfront
  • 1:00pm Eating Challenge
  • 2:00pm Double the Pleasure
  • 4:30pm Haddix
  • 6:40pm Eating Challenge
  • 7:00pm Monkey Wrench
  • Noon - 2pm The Morays
  • 2:30pm - 6pm The Killin' Time Band
12-5pm: Uptown Waterloo Jazz Festival
  • 12:00pm YOUTH JAZZ ENSEMBLE
  • 1:30pm PATTI PAYNE
  • 3:00pm CANADIAN JAZZ COLLECTIVE
1-4pm: Rick Taylor Band @ Crystal Chandelier (Crystal Beach) (Weekly)




2-5pm: The Shalalas @ Irish Harp (Niagara-on-the-Lake)

2-5pm: Blood Roses @ Wooly Pub (Guelph)


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

2:30-5:30pm: James Anthony (Acoustic) @ Uptown Social House (Burlington) (Weekly)

2:30-6pm: Jay Bleus Trio @ Donnelly's Pub (Thorold) $10

---- After 3:00pm ----

  • 1pm – 2:30pm | Big Dan and the Topside Band
  • 3pm – 4:30pm | Otis Wonder & The Hustle
  • 5pm – 6:30pm | Pearl Jamming: Tribute to Pearl Jam
3-6pm: DESCENDENTS of DUNN DUO FT. BRIAN & BLAISE Stonewalls (Hamilton) PWYC



  • 3:00pm CANADIAN JAZZ COLLECTIVE
  • 3pm John Atlee Band
4-8pm: Duo Leepa Spyce Lounge (Niagara Falls) 

  • 4:30pm Haddix
  • 6:40pm Eating Challenge
  • 7:00pm Monkey Wrench
4:30pm: Nicole Rayy @ AB Sports Bar (Burlington)

6-10pm: Ricardo Barboza Duo @ Brasa (Niagara Falls)

6-10pm: Liam Calhoun (Violinist) @ Watermark (Niagara Falls)

6:30pm: Evan Rotella @ Powell Park (Port Dover)


7-9pm: Galt Kiltie Band @ Central Park (Burlington)

7-9pm: Two Man Group @ Doc Magilligan's (Niagara Falls)


8-11pm: Avenue Inn @ Spyce Lounge (Niagara Falls) 



Nominees for the 2024 Blues Blast Awards Including Local Artists! VOTE!


The nominees for the 2024 Blues Blast Awards were recently announced and, as always, a few local acts were scattered in the mix.

Fan voting begins July 15, 2024 and ends at 12:00am on August 31, 2024. Click here to vote.

Below is a complete list of nominees. Canadian acts are bolded.

* signed to Waterdown's Stony Plain Records

Keyboard Player Of The Year

New Artist Debut Album

Acoustic Guitarist Of The Year

Acoustic Blues Album

  • Sue Foley (Ottawa)– One Guitar Woman*
  • EG Kight – Sticks & Strings
  • Arbuckle & Long – Gonna Be Justified
  • Tinsley Ellis – Naked Truth
  • Doug MacLeod – Raw Blues 2
  • Mick Kolassa – Wooden Music
  • Nic Clark – Everybody’s Buddy

Blues Band Of The Year

  1. Blackburn Brothers (Toronto)
  2. The Dig 3
  3. Nick Moss Band Featuring Dennis Gruenling
  4. Rick Estrin & The Nightcats
  5. The Cash Box Kings
  6. Southern Avenue

Electric Guitarist Of The Year

  • Duke Robillard*
  • Monster Mike Welch
  • Nick Moss
  • Joanna Connor
  • Christone “Kingfish” Ingram
  • Laura Chavez

Female Blues Artist

  • Sue Foley (Ottawa)*
  • Shaun Murphy
  • Annika Chambers-DesLauriers
  • Danielle Nicole
  • Fiona Boyes
  • Ruthie Foster

Live Blues Album

Soul Blues Album

Bass Guitarist Of The Year

  • Jerry Jemmott
  • Bob Stroger
  • Rodrigo Mantovani
  • Danielle Nicole
  • Larry Fulcher
  • Michael “Mudcat” Ward

Blues Video Of The Year

Contemporary Blues Album

  • Shaun Murphy – I’m Coming Home
  • Chris O’Leary – The Hard Line
  • Anthony Geraci – Tears In My Eyes
  • Rick Vito – Cadillac Man
  • Rick Estrin & The Night Cats – The Hits Keep Coming
  • Selwyn Birchwood – Exorcist

Harmonica Player Of The Year*

  • Jason Ricci
  • Bob Corritore
  • Dennis Greunling
  • Charlie Musselwhite
  • Billy Branch
  • Kim Wilson

Historical Or Vintage Recording

  • Bob Corritore – Phoenix Blues Rumble
  • James Harman – Didn’t We Have Some Fun Sometime
  • Paul Oscher – Live At The Tombs House Of Detention, NYC
  • Keef Hartley Band – Live at Essen
  • Magic Slim & John Primer feat. The Teardrops – Slow Blues
  • Omar & The Howlers – Magic Man Live In Bremen 1989

Horn Player Of The Year

  • Jimmy Carpenter
  • Vanessa Collier
  • Sax Gordon Beadle
  • Trombone Shorty
  • Eric Demmer
  • Deanna Bogart

Male Blues Artist

  • John Primer
  • Mr. Sipp (Castro Coleman)
  • D.K. Harrell
  • Kevin Burt
  • Christone “Kingfish” Ingram
  • Bobby Rush

Producer Of The Year

  • Bob Corritore
  • Kid Andersen
  • Joe Bonamassa & Josh Smith
  • Tony Braunagel
  • Tom Hambridge
  • Mike Zito

Percussionist Of The Year

  • June Core
  • Derrick D’mar Martin
  • Kenny “Beedy Eyes” Smith
  • Tom Hambridge
  • Tony Braunagel
  • Tony Coleman

Rising Star Award

  • Harrell “Young Rell” Davenport
  • Mathias Lattin
  • Joel Astley
  • Candice Ivory
  • Stephen Hull

Rock Blues Album

  • The Wicked Lo-Down – Out Of Line
  • Mike Zito – Life is Hard
  • Coco Montoya – Writing on the Wall
  • JP Soars – Brick by Brick
  • Canned Heat – Finyl Vinyl
  • Bex Marshall – Fortuna

Slide Guitarist Of The Year

  • JP Soars
  • Joanna Connor
  • Fiona Boyes
  • Derek Trucks
  • Rick Vito
  • Sonny Landreth

Traditional Blues Album

  • Monster Mike Welch – Nothing But Time
  • The Dig 3 – Damn the Rent
  • Fiona Boyes – Ramblified
  • Johnny Burgin – Ramblin’ From Coast to Coast
  • Nick Moss Band – Get Your Back Into It
  • John Primer & Bob Corritore – Crawlin’ Kingsnake

Vocalist Of The Year

  • Ruthie Foster
  • Bobby Rush
  • John Nรฉmeth
  • Marcel Smith
  • Billy Price
  • D.K. Harrell

    Sunday, July 14, 2024

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    Friday, July 12, 2024

    Music Champion & Boathouse Owner Kevin Doyle Passes


    It is with sadness that we announce the passing of music champion and owner of Kitchener's Boathouse, Kevin Doyle. He died of cancer on Saturday, June 29, 2024 at Lisaard House in Cambridge.

    Kevin was in important art of the Waterloo music scene. He hosted a radio show called Voodoo Healing on CKMS-FM for a few years. He was also involved in founding the Grand River Blues Society and  what later became the Kitchener Blues Festival. Kevin's Boathouse became a major music venue in Kitchener and is currently being prepared for relaunch.

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    Social Media Reaction

    Lucas Stagg

    A week ago we said goodbye to our dear friend, Kevin Doyle. Obviously, no words can sum up the enormity of his passing. As a pal msg’d me outta the gate, “This is a BIG one.” Indeed.

    Friends and colleagues in KW, Ontario and around the country have paid such beautiful tribute over the last seven days. It’s been very comforting (also tough) to see and read them all. ๐Ÿ™

    This morning, as I embark on another eastern jaunt (albeit way smaller than in past), I’m reminded of all those times Paul (MacLeod ✨) and I would tour down east, both leaving from and returning home, to The Boathouse.

    Kevin gave us all a home. Musically inclined/involved folks, especially. He and I stayed close these ten years AB (after BoHo), and I’ll never forget him. 

    Love You, KD. ♥️

    Cindy Ward (Boathouse founder & co-owner)

    Loved this man! --  20 years ago, back when I owned the Boathouse, Kevin Doyle walked in the door and the FIRST words he ever spoke to me were, "I love this place! Can I buy you a piano?"   - -  true story! lol . . . .  and he DID buy me a piano! haha. Within the year I took him in as a partner, and in 2006, after having my son, I sold the KW Boathouse to Kevin  -  and MAN, did he kill it !  - -  He kicked ass running that place and I couldn't have been prouder !  I was so mad at the city for what they did to him and I cheered loudly for the community uprising

    I joke that The Boathouse was my first child. Sundays became my crying day, haha. Like crying at parades - - just the beauty of it all.

    Early on, I never thought to do a Sunday afternoon show - but Kevin said, "Trust me, it will be great."  So, I did trust him  - and the MUSIC and the feeling in that room on Sunday afternoons were MAGICAL  - -  hence the crying, lol.

    KEVIN BROUGHT THAT MAGIC TO THE BOATHOUSE

    He loved music.  He called it vudoo healin'  (i mighta forgot how he spelled it : )   -  But it was magical.  

    The two early years that I owned the Boathouse were something very special in my life and I will always cherish those memories.  I will never forget the music and the people and so many incredible times. I knew I'd done something good . . . but I'm SOO glad that KEVIN MADE IT " GRRRREAT "    -   like Tony the tiger !    - -   I could never have done what Kevin did.  That man ooozed passion   . . . he just LOVED to bring musicians and music together for great music to be had  -  and GOOD TIMES in life to be made  -  in an otherwise tough and painful world -  hence the Blues . . . vudoo healin my friend!

    It was his way of bringing LIFE and LOVE to the world.  That was Kevin.  But I think, more than that, it was also his ways of embracing and loving people. He was the ultimate bringer-together-of people and he just loved them. He truly loved people. He loved everybody. And you felt it!  He was genuine.

    I've thought often of him recently and I'm so incredibly glad that I ran into him at Kitchener Blues Festival last year - a lovely face to face, kind words, a closure -  for our story. I loved that man. ALL THESE YEARS I WAS INCREDIBLY PROUD OF HIM  - -  He didn't just do good . . . . . .  HE DID GREAT !!   - -  Most people don't do GREAT . . Kevin Doyle was RARE !!  His impacts were real and were fierce! He will always be treasured. 

    Steve Parkinson and The Stony Lonesome 

    Man, its tough...But I will say a few words about my dear friend.

    Kevin took me in to the Boathouse as a 17 year old (new, up and coming) drummer, to play with Douglas Watson. It was my first gig at the Boathouse. 

    As excited as I was to play with musicians like this, I could of never predicted that this room, with pink walls and scattered band posters would (almost) literally be my home for the next 10 or so years. 

    Doyle and I became buds, beyond the boathouse, we hung out, drank, laughed, constantly got in wrestling matches, and shared a tear here and there for our lost loved ones. 

    But during the boathouse hours, he continously pushed me to play. Not just with my bands, the droops, lucas stagg band, stoney lonesome, wet sugar, romeo sex fighter... theres more... What I mean is on top of all  that, is whenever an act he liked was on the road and Kevin wanted them to stop at his spot, they often were touring as a solo or duo project and he'd regularily suggest to them, "lets do the whole band, i've got a drummer, he'll learn your shit, it'll be great"  true fucking story. I kept my drums in the back room at the boathouse because I'd get calls on the regular to play with these touring acts, most of which I've never even heard of, and it was so exciting and completely molded me into the musician I am today. 

    The Perpetrators, Watermelon Slim, Sheepdogs,  Hell, even the Skydiggers... man, there was a lot more... He was the one to introduce me to Mel Brown. Then somehow I was playing regularly with this blues legend because Kevin Doyle said I was fit for the part. (Obviously a backup for mr. Jimmy Boudreau) I was proud as can be to be a back up to these monsters. 

    I never once asked Kevin for this kind of endorsement, he truly lived and loved music and this community is so damn lucky to have such an amazing person to push and support us the way he did. 

    I owe a lot to Doyle. He will be dearly missed. My bud.  

    "I'm pretty fuckin' sure this is Kevin Doyle". 

    Thanks buddy. 

    Love ya.


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    Thursday, July 11, 2024

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    Monday, July 8, 2024

    Winners of the 2024 Prism Prize Awards, Including Milton's Nemahsis


    Highlights From the Prism Prize Announcement

    Toronto, June 25, 2024 - The Prism Prize, an annual awards event that recognizes outstanding artistry in music video production, is pleased to announce the winners of the Grand Prize and fan-voted Audience Award. Name of God by artist and director Mustafa is awarded the Grand Prize for Canadian music video of the year, along with a $20,000 prize. The $2,500 Audience Award goes to artist Nemahsis and directors Norman Wong and Amy Gardner for their music video i wanna be your right handi wanna be your right hand

    The Prism Prize is also excited to announce the 2024 Special Award recipients. These Special Awards are presented to a diverse collection of powerhouse artists and creatives who are behind some of the most innovative and exciting music visuals of the moment. Each recipient will receive a $2,500 honorarium.  

    The Prism Prize Class of 2024 will be celebrated at an event in Toronto at the Paradise Theatre on July 16. The event will feature a screening of all music videos featured in the Prism Prize Top 10 shortlist, as well as videos from the Special Award recipients.  

    The 2024 Prism Prize Winners:


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