Sunday, April 14, 2024

Enter to Win 2 Tix to 2024 Blues With A Feeling!

Blues With a Feeling is back for another year!  The annual fundraiser (proceeds go the Bob Pedler Fund) in honour of Blues giant King Biscuit Boy (aka Richard Newell) always features killer Blues acts and this year's no different.

Juno winner Steve Strongman will be headlining the incredible show. Brant Parker will bring his recently reunited Bay City Blues Band to join in the fun. Special guest Carlos Del Junco is gonna be showing off his harmonica virtuosity too. All this for only $30. Click here to buy tickets.

Thanks to the event's promo team, we have two tickets to this not-to-be-missed show to give away. To enter to win please do one (or more) of the following:
The deadline to enter is Monday, May 6, 2024 at midnight. A winner will be drawn and they'll have until the end of the day to respond. If they don't respond, another winner will be picked.

Links: Steve StrongmanMore Steve Strongman StoriesVideo above courtesy of Mario Toneguzzi

Links: Brant ParkerMore Brant Parker StoriesVideo above courtesy of Angelo NotoCampanella

Links: Carlos Del JuncoMore Carlos Del Junco StoriesVideo above courtesy of Stray Music Tracks From DavoRobbo

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Music Listings: April 15-18, 2024

Monday, April 15

7:30-10:30pm: Ceol Cara @ Irish Harp (Niagara-on-the-Lake) 

8-11pm: Dan Serre @ Spyce Lounge (Niagara Falls) 

Tuesday, April 16

---- Before 7:30pm ----

Tuesdays, Apr 16-May 21, 1-3pm: ALL TOGETHER NOW LIVE "CHOIR" with Jane Lewis & Katherine Wheatley (workshop) @ Silence (Guelph) $200 all sessions

6pm: Open Mic @ Falls Road on Victoria (Kitchener) (Weekly)

6:30pm: Irish Night (Open Stage) @ Corktown Pub (Hamilton) (Weekly)

7-10pm: Open Mic with Brennagh Burns @ Lukaya Cafe (Hamilton) (Weekly)

Tuesdays, Apr 16-May 21, 7-9pm: ALL TOGETHER NOW LIVE "CHOIR" with Jane Lewis & Katherine Wheatley (workshop) @ Silence (Guelph) $200 all sessions

7pm: Juneyt @ Easy Pour (Cambridge) (Weekly)

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

7:30-11:30pm: Open Mic @ Sip Club (Guelph) (Weekly)

8-11pm: Brisco's Blues Revue @ Casbah Lounge (Hamilton) PWYC

8-11pm: Open Jam with the Boom Babiez @ Ale House (Hamilton) (Weekly)

8-11pm: Taylor Laslo @ Spyce Lounge (Niagara Falls) 

8pm-1am: Indie Jam Night @ Manny's Place (Brantford) (Weekly) 1ST IN A NEW SERIES

8-11:30pm: Open Mic @ Bobby O'Brien's (Guelph) (Weekly)

Wednesday, April 17

---- Before 7:30pm ----

6pm:  Colin Fowlie @ Clifford Brewing Co (Hamilton) tips accepted

6-8pm: Beats By U! Student Showcase @ Gasworks (Hamilton) donation

6-9pm: James Anthony @ Piazza Bistro (Oakville) (Weekly)

7-11pm: Dundas Music Club @ Oddfellows Hall (Dundas) (3rd Wed)

7-9pm: Pat Gallardi @ Doc Magilligan's (Niagara Falls)

7-10pm: Open Mic @ The Bullring (Guelph) (Weekly)

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

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

7:30-8:30pm: Open Mic with Dano @ Iron Horse Restobar (Hamilton) (Weekly)

7:45pm: Jazz Night (Open Stage) @ Corktown Pub (Hamilton) (Weekly)

8-11pm: Nathan Warriner @ Spyce Lounge (Niagara Falls) 

8-12pm: Open Jam with Kevin Douglas @Frankie's (Brantford) (Weekly)

9pm: Open Mic @ The Dickens (Burlington) (Weekly)

10pm-2am: Open Stage @ NV (Guelph) (Weekly)

Thursday, April 18

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

1pm-?: Elvis Festival @ Greg Frewin Theatre (Niagara Falls) $?
  • 1pm: Tribute to Dean Martin featuring Joe Scalissi, Bruno Nesci, World Invitational Elvis Competition 2023 Winner - Elvis Vegas 1969

3-6pm: Mike Saracino @ Spyce Lounge (Niagara Falls) 

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

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

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

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

7-10pm: Ranger @ Teddy's (Grimsby)

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

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

7pm: Faith Dodds @ Easy Pour (Cambridge)

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

7:30-10:30pm: The Feverish Lemons @ Irish Harp (Niagara-on-the-Lake) 

  • 7:30pm: Dean Z Ultimate Elvis - Elvis Madison Square Garden Show, Ted Torres World Champion - Elvis That's The Way It Is
  • 9:45pm: After Party Rock & Roll Dance with The Hired Hitmen Band

---- After 8:00pm ----

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

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

9-1pm: Open Jam with Greg Gingerich @ Manny's Place (Brantford) (Weekly)

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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.

Saturday, April 13, 2024

2024 Erin McCallum Blues Legend & Legacy Distinctions

From the news release,

The Erin McCallum Blues Legend & Legacy Distinction has just announced the next musician to be recognized with the distinction of “Blues Legend”.  

Upon receiving an official letter detailing the structure and initiative of the Blues Legend & Legacy Distinction, and how his contributions meet the strict criteria, Morgan Davis has accepted the distinction of Blues Legend

For over 50 years of musical contributions dedicated strictly to the Blues, singer, songwriter, and guitarist Morgan Davis is recognized with the distinction of Blues Legend.

Links: Morgan DavisMore Morgan Davis StoriesVideo above courtesy of Morgan Davis - Topic

In addition to being officially recognized as a “Blues Legend” by title and a physical acknowledgement, Davis has also received full entitlement to recognize up to two eligible musicians of his choice for the “Blues Legacy” distinction.  

Each musician recognized with the Erin McCallum Blues Legend & Legacy Distinction will be recognized for their contributions to the Canadian Blues Collective on the globally accessible platform, The Sound Café.   

Morgan Davis has elected to select two artists to be acknowledged with the “Blues Legend” distinction. Back Alley John (John Carl David Wilson) and Fraser Finlayson are set to be officially recognized alongside Davis on The Sound Café website this spring.  A customized physical representation of the Blues Legacy Distinction will also be awarded to Davis this spring.

Links: Back Alley JohnVideo above courtesy of Greg Partyka

Links: Fraser FinlaysonVideo above courtesy of Cam Hildebrandt

The Erin McCallum Blues Legend & Legacy Distinction recognizes Blues musicians who have made an impact through their contributions to the Canadian Blues Collective. The self-funded, criteria based, and musician-led initiative strives to educate people about the musicians who have been acknowledged via this distinction, serving as its own contribution to the Canadian Blues Collective.   

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Thursday, April 11, 2024

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Monday, April 8, 2024

Enter to Win 2 Tix to Spencer Mackenzie Band with Brant Parker in Hamilton

Juno nominee Spencer Mackenzie is bringing his brand of Rocking Blues to Stonewalls in Hamilton on Saturday, April 27, 2024 at 8pm! He'll be joined by talented Bluesman Brant Parker for an amazing two-guitar attack. That's two Blues Slingers at the top of their game for only $20.

Click here to purchase tickets. Some physical tickets are available at Picks and Sticks.

Thanks to our friends in Spencer's promo team, we have two tickets to this energetic show to give away. To enter to win please do one (or more) of the following:
Deadline to enter is Monday, April 22 at midnight. A winner will be drawn and will have until the end of the day to respond. If they don't respond, another winner will be picked.


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Sunday, April 7, 2024

Total Eclipse Videos ft Rush, Rob Lamothe, Bonnie Tyler

Links: RushMore Rush StoriesVideo above courtesy of  RushLyricsOnScreen

Links: Rob LamotheMore Rob Lamothe StoriesVideo above courtesy of Rob Lamothe - Topic

Links: Bonnie TylerVideo above courtesy of Bonnie Tyler

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Happy National Banjo Day! Videos by Tim Gibbons and the Driftin' Drawers

Update of 2021 Post 

Links: Tim GibbonsMore Tim Gibbons Stories, Videos above courtesy of Mark Foley

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2024 Canadian Folk Music Award Winners (Day 2) including Hamilton's Jill Barber

The second night of the 2024 Canadian Folk Music Awards was on on Sunday, April 7, 2024 during a ceremony at The Majestic Theatre in St. John's Newfoundland. 

Here's the event:

Links: CFMAMore CFMA StoriesVideo above courtesy of prixfolkawards

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

Click here for the winners of Day 1.

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Saturday, April 6, 2024

2024 Canadian Folk Music Award Winners (Day 1) including Vineland's Suzie Vinnick

Vineland's own Suzie Vinnick won for Contemporary Singer of the Year in the first night of the 2024 Canadian Folk Music Awards. They were handed out on Saturday, April 6th during a ceremony at The Majestic Theatre in St. John's Newfoundland. More awards will be handed out on Sunday, April 7, 2024.

Here is Suzie's reaction from her Facebook page.

Links: Suzie VinnickMore Suzie Vinnick Stories,Video above courtesy of Suzie Vinnick

Here is the first ceremony

Links: CFMAMore CFMA StoriesVideo above courtesy of prixfolkawards

Below is a complete list of winners from that night.

Links: CFMAMore CFMA Stories

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Friday, April 5, 2024

Oakville's Jordan John is New Singer for the Legendary Tower of Power

Congratulations to Oakville's own Jordan John. He was recently hired as the new lead singer for the legendary R&B band, Tower of Power (just in time for the 55th anniversary).

This is what Jordan had to say on his Facebook page
Greetings everyone!  I’ve been meaning to share some exciting news with you. 🥳🚨 (long post ahead) Some of you may have already heard over the past few weeks (& to those who haven’t), I am pleased to announce that I am now the official lead singer for the iconic American R&B/Soul band Tower of Power! I am humbled, excited & grateful to Emilio, Doc & the members of the band for this opportunity! They have also graciously invited me to pick up a 🎸 or sit in at the 🎹 on stage whenever the opportunity arises. It’s been a whirlwind couple of weeks but my first few shows with them have been a blast!
To say that this is a great honour would be an understatement. As a kid, I was obsessed with the ‘Tower of Power’ & ‘Back To Oakland’ albums. It was (& still is) like listening to the ‘Dream Team’ of classic R&B bands! The combination of skill level, discipline, cohesion & musicianship was unrivalled & still remains such to this very day. They continue to uphold the relentless (& necessary) gold standards of excellence in music. They are in every sense of what a band should be. Above all else, they are gracious human beings… especially towards their fans. Each member of the band/management team has made me feel welcome, included & every bit a part of the unit and ongoing journey.
I am grateful to my family & every single person who has reached out to me, sent messages or posted their heartfelt congratulations online over the past few weeks. As well, to the fans for the props & sincere words of kindness at the first few shows we’ve performed in the 🇺🇸 thus far. This is a proud moment for me as both a musician & Canadian citizen. A moment that I happily share in great joy & delight with you all. I am looking forward to traveling the 🌎 about 150 days a year with T.O.P. all the while maintaining my home base & continuing my various 🎶 projects in Toronto, Canada. 
Never in my lifetime would I ever have imagined that a young boy from Oakville, Ontario would one day be touring the 🌎 singing lead vocals & sitting in on the 🎸, 🎹 & 🥁 in one of THE baddest Rhythm ‘n Blues bands on the planet! This is truly an unparalleled blessing & one that I will cherish for the rest of my life!  
With ❤️ & gratitude

Here are a few recent performances from this lineup.

Video above courtesy of Joseph Saccomanno

Video above courtesy of dbarthTv

Links: Tower of Power, More Tower of Power StoriesJordan JohnMore Jordan John StoriesVideo above courtesy of Bobbi A

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Thursday, April 4, 2024

Teenage Head Celebrate 50 Years of Rock

Hamilton Music Legends Teenage Head are celebrating 50 years of rock & roll in 2024. The band's been through a lot in the past 5 decades: accidents, deaths, riots, a documentary, a book biography, personnel changes and much more. Their road to becoming a Canadian Rock Institution hasn't been easy put the band never stopped their explosive shows.

To commemorate their anniversary, the group will be playing a special show/memorabilia exhibit at Carmen's in Hamilton on Saturday, April 6th. There's also limited edition Teenage Head 50th anniversary beer crafted at Clifford Brewing Company. Grab the tickets and the beer before they're gone!

Below is a recent CHCH interview

Video above courtesy of UXB Press

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Tuesday, April 2, 2024

New Hamilton Musicians' Guild Honourees

The past few months the Hamilton Musicians' Guild presented a number of local artists with a number of honours.

They include:

Sunday, March 31, 2024

Trebleclef Training for the Olympics

Paris, France will be hosting the Summer Olympics in July and don't be surprised if you see a familiar, furry face on the podium. Our very own cute mascot, Trebleclef, will be representing Canada this year!

Canadian Olympic ambassador, Lu (who happens to be our blogger) is the man responsible for this rather interesting turn of events.

"I spoke with the Olympic committee a few years ago," he explained, "They were interested in beefing up the popularity of the games and I suggested adding music-related events." With that stroke of genius, a trio of competitions were born: Duelling Banjos, the Accordion Toss and Upright Bass Rowing. 

Duelling Banjos

The Accordion Toss

Upright Bass Rowing

"Treble, being the energetic monkey that he is," Luis added, "Asked if he could take part in all three new sports. After checking the rule book, we saw there was nothing saying that stuffed monkeys can't compete. With that, we started the little guy's training."

Thanks to sponsorship from Luigi's Used Jock Strap Emporium, Treble's team was able to get things rolling. Right away, accordion virtuoso Jordan Abraham was hired to train the mascot in the Accordion Toss. Justine Fischer will handle Upright Bass Rowing and Dan Medakovic will help him with Duelling Banjos.

April Fulcilli, Treble's sports publicist, had this to add: "Considering he doesn't have any muscles or skeletal structure to speak of, we can overcome these obstacles and bring home the gold for Canada!"


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