Thursday, February 29, 2024

Consummate Rock Drummer Greg "Fritz" Hinz (Helix & Starchild) Passes

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of drummer Greg "Fritz" Hinz on February 16, 2024. Our condolences to his family, friends and fans. 

Greg lived in Brantford for a while and was a member of Kitchener Metal Icons Helix and of Cambridge's Starchild. He'd been with Helix on and off for years and was with the group until very recently.

Social Media Reaction

From Helix frontman Brian Vollmer on the Helix Facebook Page

Fritz was like a brother to myself, Brent, Kenny, and many other people who worked for the band.   Traci has asked me to write something to post.  I could go on for hours about the guy, but right now I’m devastated, as are the other guys in the band.  We’ve known about this since last April, but were unable to tell anyone, at Fritz’s request.  He wanted his privacy through this.  He was a proud guy and tough as f**k.  When he fell off the ladder a couple of years ago and nearly died, I thought that was the end there.  Fritz surprised everyone by coming back less than 8 months later for gigs in Vancouver & Calgary in one weekend. This meant lots of driving and flying-something that’s extremely bad for someone who has suffered a major concussion.  He played great that weekend and didn’t complain.  Many months later he told me that at the end of the Vancouver show at the Hard Rock, he nearly stood up and fell forward through his drums at the end of the show ‘cos he had vertigo so bad.  

Like I said, “One tough guy.”

I met Fritz way back around the late 70’s when he played for the Cambridge based hard rock band STARCHILD.  We both used to laugh over the fact that’s Fritz’s big part on the STARCHILD record "Children of the Stars" was in the song Johnny Groover.  

The line in the song went  “ comes Johnny Groover in his Vet-he’s got to get it wet…” to which Fritz would then add a squirting sound: Pht-t-t–t–t-h!...”

Fritz was the funniest guy you’d ever want to meet.  We could be in the seriousest of situations and he could say something and everyone would burst out laughing.  He had that kind of personality everyone wanted to be around. Add to that his ability to attract scores of women at our gigs.  Fritz was Helix’s “David Lee Roth.”

The most frequent question asked by girls outside the buses on the Quiot Riot/Whitesnake Tour in 1984 was, “Do you know where your drummer is???”

As a result, Fritz was frequently in “movies” as he called them.  This meant that one of his relationships had gone sideways and was becoming a soap opera.  The funny thing was that no matter how much he would piss off the girl, they would always forgive him, come back, and shower him with gifts.  

Fritz was the consummate rock drummer: It was his craft.   He prided himself in his playing, and well he should have.  He had a style all his own.  Check out the bridge to the chorus in Heavy Metal Love.  Such a simple lick-playing on the off time, but Fritz learned that playing his first instrument-the accordion-in an “oom-pah-pah” band.  

As I was telling Jamie on the phone today:  “The public has no idea the sacrifices that musicians make for their craft.   You think of the music business as be a fairly low-impact kind of job.  In reality, you give up your personal life, your financial life, any type of regularity in your life, and…not to mention the physical scars.  I’ve yet to meet a drummer who hasn’t ripped his rotator cuff.  Guys with guitars and basses-ditto.  We’ve stayed in the coldest rooms, the hottest rooms, gone without sleep, and made shit money.  All for this thing called “making music.”

Fritz definitely did that.  He loved his drums and he loved drumming and performing.  He took great pride in everything he did.  I’m going to miss him so much. 

My heart is breaking now.  Gotta go.

Lee Aaron

So, so saddened to hear about the passing of Greg Hinz (Fritz) from Helix The Band . He was a rock solid drummer, a sweet, charismatic and very funny person, and a beloved pal all around from the Canadian Music scene. We crossed paths on many stages and at many airports over the years. My heart goes out to his band mates and loved ones today. 

Links: HelixMore Helix StoriesVideo above courtesy of helixrockband

Links: HelixMore Helix StoriesVideo above courtesy of helixrockband

Links: StarchildVideo above courtesy of Starchild - Topic

Previous (Leap Day Videos) - - - Next (Women's Day Videos)

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Happy Leap Day! Videos by Big Rude Jake, Colin Linden, Big Bill Broonzy

Update of 2020 post 

Links: Big Rude JakeMore Big Rude Jake StoriesVideo above courtesy of Big Rude Jake

Links: Colin LindenMore Colin Linden StoriesVideo above courtesy of Colin Linden - Topic

Links: Big Bill Broonzy, Video above courtesy of Tim Gracyk

Previous (Rev. John Holland Award Winners) - - - Next (Greg "Fritz" Hinz of Helix Passes)

2024 Reverend John C Holland Award Winners

 From the website:

Since 1996, the Reverend John C Holland Awards have celebrated excellence in Hamilton’s Black community. The Awards celebrate and recognize the academic achievements and aspirations of Black youth by offering scholarships and support to assist them in accessing post-secondary education. The Awards also celebrate the rich cultural heritage of our community and recognize the contributions of local Black leaders to the social, economic, and cultural life of our city. 

Winners were announced at a ceremony on Saturday February 24, 2023.

Below is a complete list of winners.This year’s honourees are:

  • Audre Lorde LGBTQ2S+ Scholarship — Owen Martin
  • Damptey Scholarship for Civic Leadership — Naomi Ogunjobi
  • Dr. Ethilda “Tilly” Johnson “Business/Entrepreneurship” Bursary — Camila Rabia
  • Good Shepherd Health and Social Services Scholarship — Chloe Oyebola
  • Hamilton Steelworkers Area Council “Community Matters” Scholarship — Emilia Diaz-Ruiz
  • Immigrants Matter Bursary — Aisha Suliman
  • Lincoln Alexander “Breaking down Barriers” Scholarship — Asha Abdi
  • Raymond G. Lewis “Sports Leadership” Scholarship — Justice Umelo
  • Reverend George Horton Scholarship — Muna Essa
  • STEM Scholarship — Ahmed Aboleila
  • Tune-In Foundation Bursary — Rachael Goombs
  • YWCA Hamilton Young Woman — Trailblazer Scholarship — Stephanie Jean Pierre
  • Evelyn Myrie “Political Action” Bursary — Ariana Petrazzini
  • Marlene Thomas “Community Advocacy” Bursary — Ezinne Ifeanacho
  • Nelson Mandela “Social Justice” Scholarship — Koubra Haggar
  • Mature Student Scholarship — Michael Okoro
  • Youth Achievement Bursaries — Zephi Brooks, Shoroug Adam, Nana Poku and Charly Mutamba
  • General Achievement Bursaries — Seretta Goulbourne, Daniella Chukwu, Ines El Aker, Seanna Garcia, Benita Nkansah, James Esemu-Ezewu, Sara Teklemichael, Emily Williams, Lexy Sevor and Stephanie Henry
  • Ainara Alleyne “Rising Star” Award — Joel Simon
  • Business & Professional Achievement — Sharon Gordon
  • Jackie Washington Arts & Culture Award — Kareem Ferreira

    Video above courtesy of Dundas Valley School of Art

  • Community Service Award — Omar Mahamed
  • Vince Morgan Ally Award — Dr. Madeleine Verhovsek

Sunday, February 25, 2024

Please Support Local Charities

From their website:

An Instrument For Every Child (AIFEC) provides ALL children with a high quality music education and allows them to explore their creative potential. This program will build self-esteem, develop leadership and teamwork skills and realize a sense of fulfillment. AIFEC will greatly assist in successfully carrying children forward, as vital citizens of their 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.

Kitchener's Adam Buschlen Contributed Immeasurably to the Music Community. RIP

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Kitchener musician Adam Buschlen on February 10, 2024. Our condolences to his family, friends & fans. Adam was a talented solo artist, studio musician, instructor, bassist, guitarist and singer-songwriter. 

From his obituary:

With great sadness we announce that Adam passed away unexpectedly at Quinte Health North Hastings Hospital on Saturday, February 10, 2024 at the age of 50.

Beloved husband of Renata Valaitis. Proud and devoted father of Liam, Shona, and Edward. Cherished son of Donna and the late David, and son-in-law of Ruta and Vytas Valaitis. Dear brother of Jeff (Tammy) and Joanne (Eric Clarkson). Beloved brother-in-law to Krista and Steve. Proud uncle of Adam (and Elizabeth), Zac (and Amy), Ben (and Wes), Laura, Nick (and Amy), Corey (and Maria), Mila, Hannah, and great-uncle to Jax and Miles. Will also be sadly missed by many uncles, aunts, and cousins.

Adam's contributions to the KW music community and beyond were immeasurable as an educator and professional musician. He was loved by his students, fellow musicians, and everyone who had the privilege of knowing him.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Community Music School of Waterloo Region would be appreciated.

Visit to view Adam's memorial.

Social Media Reaction

Ben Rollo

I’m so grateful to have known your sweet soul and called you friend, Adam. Thank you for opening your heart to us and showing us the meaning of kindness, love and family. I’ll carry with me the special memories, the beautiful music and the joy, light and laughter you so freely gave to everyone. 

We shared a love of Tom Petty and I always loved singing Walls with you, it always felt like singin’ with a brother, like you had my back. Love you Busch ❤️

“Cause you got a heart so big it could crush this town and I can’t hold out forever even walls fall down”

Sean O'Grady (drummer)

On Saturday we lost a beautiful character named Adam Buschlen. When I say character, I don’t mean to minimize him as a man, but there was just no one like him, and he was the embodiment of the expression, “To know him, was to love him.”

Adam played the bass and sang. I got to play with him many times over the years in different bands and always loved it. He thought outside the box with a bass in his hands and he could get away with some adventurous voyages up and down the neck that would always leave me inspired and marvelling at how he had just gotten away with it. Sometimes I think he was just as surprised as I was.

He was a proud and devoted father, loved his beautiful wife Renate, and in the middle of a busy, hectic life, he just decided to enroll in university and study classical music and the upright bass. I couldn’t wait to pepper him with questions about what he was studying and he was only too glad to talk about it. His eyes would widen into saucers as he wondered if he could handle the course load and the expectations – which he always did.

Adam loved to laugh and getting him riled up was effortless. He loved grabbing a beer,

 ( “Sean it doesn’t make us bad guys.”), catching up at the bar, and talking about Paul Chambers or whoever he was checking out at the time. Locally he was a massive fan of bass players like Steve Hogg and Paul Intson. At a party a few months ago, I dragged him over to talk to Paul and he was like a kid who couldn’t believe he was hanging with Batman or The Terminator.

Here’s the part nobody gets. Years before the university adventure, he studied martial arts and got a black belt in karate. As a result he was healthy as a horse and strong as two oxen! I never knew that he was fighting cancer, but if I HAD known, I wouldn’t have been worried because Adam was a walking brick. Hugging him was like wrestling granite.

Adam was a light. A bright, unpretentious, humble, mischievous light that I never imagined would stop shining so soon. I’ve been thinking about him ever since I found out on Sunday morning and it was such a shock, that the weight of his loss hasn’t totally hit me yet.

Rest In Peace brother. The world owes you nothing because you single handedly made it a better place. 

Sammy Duke

No words to describe the loss of Adam Buschlen. An absolute pillar of local music, and an even better human being.

Rest in peace, Bush-league. You'll be fondly remembered, Bro. 

Video above courtesy of adam buschlen

Video above courtesy of adam buschlen

Links: Adam Buschlen, More Adam Buschlen StoriesVideo above courtesy of adam buschlen

Previous (Former Forgotten Rebel Mark Chewton Passes) - - - Next (Rev. John Holland Award Winners)

Saturday, February 24, 2024

Mark Chewter, Early Member of the Forgotten Rebels, Passes

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Mark Chewter, an early member of the legendary Hamilton Punk Band, the Forgotten Rebels on January 30, 2024. Our condolences to his family, friends and fans.

His obituary:
Our family sadly shares that Mark Edward Chewter, 72, passed away peacefully on January 30, 2024, at St. Peter's Hospital. His sister, Michelle, was by his side. He joins his parents, Gordon and Marjorie (née Smith), and brothers, Brian and David. He will be dearly missed by his sister, Michelle (Tony), sister-in-law, Kim, five nieces, Sophie, Lauren, Marley, Erin, and Allison, as well as his six sweet great-nephews, and his close friend Ann.
Many friends visited with Mark in his final days, and our family felt the love. Mark enjoyed great discussions; being well read (with the book collection to prove it!), he was a fountain of interesting information.
He demonstrated lifelong passions for nature and music of all kinds. His talent as a guitarist (Forgotten Rebels, 1980-81) expressed the immense creativity of his spirit. Retired from his plastering career with C. Chewter & Son, Mark leaves a legacy of work completed in many of Hamilton's residences and historical buildings.
We wish to thank the wonderful staff at St. Peter's, especially Matthew and Chaplain Femke, for their kind words, gentle caring, and memorable hugs. Friends are invited to join us and share their memories at an informal reception on Saturday, February 24, 2024, from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. at Circle of Life Cremation and Burial Centre, 100 King St. E., Dundas, ON (additional parking at the Air Force Club). Memorial donations to the Royal Botanical Gardens and The Orchid Society. Private family interment. Cremation has taken place.

"I did it my way." —Frank Sinatra

Condolences may be left at

Social Media Reaction

Edgar Breau (Simply Saucer)

Sad to hear that my friend, Mark Chewter has passed away at St Peter’s hospice. Mark excelled at whatever he chose to  do whether it be growing orchids, cross country skiing, a highly skilled plasterer, a biker traversing North America or fine guitar player. May he rest in peace and condolences to his friends and family.

Mickey DeSadist (Forgotten Rebels)

My Friend and past member of the Forgotten Rebels has passed away. Mark is the man on Guitar on the far left in this concert pic. May he Rest in Peace. Chris Houston told me last night and I am still shaken.

Though he never recorded with the Forgotten Rebels, Mark helped compose the song Memory Lane from the This Ain't Hollywood album

Previous (Ameripolitan Music Award Winners) - - - Next (Adam Buschlen Passes)

Friday, February 23, 2024

2024 Ameripolitan Music Award Winners

Unfortunately, none of the Canadian nominees took home hardware at the the 2024 Ameripolitan Awards. They were be handed out the weekend of February 16-18, 2024, in Austin, Texas.

Below is a complete list of winners

Links: Ameripolitan Music AwardsMore Ameripolitan Music Awards Stories

Previous (Family Day Videos) - - - Next (Former Forgotten Rebel Mark Chewton Passes)

Sunday, February 18, 2024

Happy Family Day! Videos by Famous Framus & Betty Bomb, Matthew & Jill Barber

Update of 2019 Post

Links: Famous FramusMore Famous Framus StoriesVideo above courtesy of Famous Framus

Links: Matthew Barber and Jill BarberMore Jill Barber MusicMore Matthew Barber StoriesVideo above courtesy of Outside Music

Click here for more Family Day videos.

Previous (Trebleclef's Birthday) - - Next (Ameripolitan Music Award Winners)

Please Support Local Charities

Support Local Charities

From their website: The Canadian Heroes Foundation is a Registered Not for Profit organization and is about creating awareness and support for our front line responders, our fallen heroes and families. It is also a tribute to those who have served in the past, present and future.

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.

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Happy 9th Birthday Trebleclef!

Today (Feb 15, 2024) our little monkey turns 9 years old! 

Click here for more of Trebleclef's adventures.


Links: Patti SmithVideo above courtesy of Patti Smith

Previous (Valentine's Day Videos) - - - Next (Family Day Videos)

Monday, February 12, 2024

2024 Maple Blues Award Winners!

The 27th annual Maple Blues Awards took place at The Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto. Our local area was was well represented in the winners column.

Below is a complete list of winners. Local artists are in bold.

* artists is signed with Waterdown's Stony Plain Records

+ artist is signed with Waterdown's True North Records


Happy World Radio Day! Videos by No Sugar Tonight, Rush, Patrick Ballantyne

Update of 2021 Post

Links: No Sugar Tonight, More NST Stories, More Guess Who Covers/StoriesVideo above courtesy of NosugarTonight22

Links: RushMore Rush StoriesVideo above courtesy of Rush

Links: Patrick BallantyneMore Patrick Ballantyne StoriesVideo above courtesy of Northwood Music

Previous (Mari Grad Videos) - - - Next (Maple Blues Award Winners)

Happy Mardi Gras! Videos by Ted Peters w James Anthony Band, Fats Domino, John Fogerty

Update of 2019 Post

Links: James AnthonyMore James Anthony StoriesTed Peters, More Ted Peters StoriesVideo above courtesy of Hamilton Blues Lovers

Links: Fats DominoMore Fats Domino StoriesVideo above courtesy of AlfaBee2010

Links: John Fogerty, More CCR Stories/Covers, Video above courtesy of SOUTHERN REBEL

More Mardis Gras Videos

Previous (Radio Day Videos)

Sunday, February 11, 2024

Please Support Local Charities

Please Support Local Charities

From the website: Carpenter Hospice, located in the heart of Burlington, Ontario, provides individuals who are dying, and their families, with high quality palliative care in a home-like setting.

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, February 10, 2024

Thursday, February 8, 2024

2024 Juno Nominations Including Many Local Artists

As always, there are quite a number of local acts nominated for a Juno this year. We're keeping our fingers crossed for them. The main ceremony will be televised on March 24, 2024.

Below is a video of the official announcement.

Links: Juno AwardsMore Juno Stories, Video above courtesy of CBC Music



  • Kit King (Illustrator), Vanessa Heins (Photographer/Photographe) for THE LOVE STILL HELD ME NEAR – City and Colour (St. Catharines)
  • Carolyne De Bellefeuille (Art Director/Directeur artistique), Jessica Ledoux (Designer & Illustrator/Concepteur & Illustrateur), Mali Savaria-Ille (Designer & Illustrator/Concepteur & Illustrateur), Veronique Lafortune (Designer & Illustrator/Concepteur & Illustrateur), Leeor Wild (Photographer/Photographe) for INUKTITUT – Elisapie 
  • Heather Goodchild (Art Director/Directeur artistique), Colby Richardson (Designer/Concepteur), Colin Fletcher (Illustrator /Illustrateur), Sara Melvin (Photographer/Photographe) for MULTITUDES – Feist 
  • Nicolas Lemieux (Art Director/Directeur artistique), Mykaël Nelson (Designer & Illustrator/Concepteur & Illustrateur), Albert Zablit (Photographer/Photographe) for RIOPELLE SYMPHONIQUE – Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal 
  • Quinton Nyce (Art Director/Directeur artistique), Brodie Metcalfe (Designer/Concepteur), Davis Graham (Illustrator /Illustrateur), Kaylee Smoke (Photographer/Photographe) for I’M GOOD, HBU? – Snotty Nose Rez Kids 





  • Bekka Ma’iingan by Zoon (Hamilton)
  • Here and Now by Aysanabee 
  • Scream, Holler & Howl by Blue Moon Marquee
  • Inuktitut by Elisapie 
  • Revolution by Shawnee Kish


  • A Light in the Attic by Logan Staats (Brantford)
  • The Returner by Allison Russell 
  • We Will Never Be The Same by Good Lovelies
  • Beyond The Reservoir by Julian Taylor 
  • Stand in the Joy by William Prince 



  • Walk off the Earth (Burlington)
  • Josh Ross (Waterdown)
  • Charlotte Cardin
  • Daniel Caesar
  • Karan Aujla 
  • Shubh 
  • Tate McRae 
  • The Weeknd
  • ThxSoMch 




  • Reverie by The Red River Ramblers (Halton Hills)
  • Sing. Pray. Love. by Joel Wood
  • LFS5 by Nimkii & the Niniis 
  • Mitòòdebi (For My Relatives) by The Bearhead Sisters 
  • Drum Nation by Young Scouts 



  • Powder Blue by Begonia 
  • Multitudes by Feist 
  • Are We Good by Hayden 
  • Motewolonuwok by Jeremy Dutcher 
  • Revolution by Shawnee Kish 


  • Heavy Lifting by Amanda Marshall 
  • I Wish I Was Flawless, I’m Not by BANNERS 
  • To Be Loved, Vol. 1 by Josh Sahunta 
  • Run Where the Light Calls by Luca Fogale 
  • Wildflower by Steph La Rochelle 


  • Néo-Romance by Alexandra Stréliski 
  • 99 Nights by Charlotte Cardin 
  • NEVER ENOUGH by Daniel Caesar 
  • Mirror by Lauren Spencer Smith
  • Lord of the Flies & Birds & Bees by TALK


  • Charlotte Cardin
  • Daniel Caesar
  • Lauren Spencer Smith
  • Shania Twain 
  • Tate McRae


  • Connor Price 
  • Karan Aujla
  • LU KALA 
  • Shubh
  • TALK 


  • Busty and the Bass 
  • Crash Adams
  • Good Kid 
  • Men I Trust
  • New West 
  • Big Words by ABC Singsong 
  • Going Back: Remembered and Remixed Family Folk Songs, Vol. 1 
  • Love-a-By by Splash’N Boots 
  • Welcome to the Flea Circus by The Swinging Belles Independent
  • Maestro Fresh Wes Presents: Young Maestro Stick To Your Vision For Young Athletes


  • Bekah Simms: Bestiaries Cryptid Ensemble conducted byby Brian Current 
  • Maxime Goulet: Symphonie de la tempête de verglas Orchestre classique de Montréal, conducted by Jacques Lacombe 
  • Sibelius 3 & 4 Orchestre Métropolitain, conducted byYannick Nézet-Séguin 
  • Mahler: Symphony No. 5 Orchestre Symphonique De Montreal, conducted by Rafael Payare
  • Rachmaninoff: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 3; Isle of the Dead The Philadelphia Orchestra, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin 


  • Mythes by Andrew Armstrong & James Ehnes
  • Portrait: Alex Baranowski by Angèle Dubeau & La Pietà 
  • Portrait by Cheng² Duo 
  • Il Ponte di Leonardo byConstantinople 
  • Basta parlare! by Les Barocudas 


  • Infinite Voyage by Barbara Hannigan 
  • Nielsen: Violin Concerto, Symphony No. 4 by James Ehnes
  • Fauré: Nocturnes & Barcarolles by Marc-André Hamelin
  • De Hartmann: Cello Concerto by Matt Haimovitz
  • mouvance by Suzie LeBlanc 


  • Simulacra by Amy Brandon
  • Portrait of an Imaginary Sibling by Dinuk Wijeratne
  • …and the Higher Leaves of the Trees Seemed to Shimmer in the Last of the Sunlight’s Lingering Touch of Them… by Emilie Cecilia LeBel
  • Shāhīn-nāmeh, for Voice and Orchestra by Iman Habibi 
  • Don’t Throw Your Head in Your Hands by Nicole Lizée


  • Life of Leisure by Derek Seguin 
  • Never Was by Graham Clark 
  • A Lylebility by Kyle Brownrigg 
  • Sexiest Fish in the Lake by Laurie Elliott
  • SAP by Mae Martin


  • For the Better by Aqyila
  • Never Enough by Daniel Caesar 
  • Heartbreak Hill by Jon Vinyl 
  • When It Blooms by Nonso Amadi
  • FACETS by Shay Lia


  • The Compass Project – South Album by Brett Kissel 
  • Right Round Here by Dean Brody
  • Do It Anyway by Jade Eagleson 
  • Ahead Of Our Time by James Barker Band 
  • Spillin’ My Truth by Tyler Joe Miller 


  • INFINITY CLUB by Bambii 
  • Birds, Bees, The Clouds & The Trees by Harrison 
  • Creatures of the Late Afternoon by Kid Koala 
  • Synthetic Season 2 by Rich Aucoin 
  • No Highs by Tim Hecker 


  • Zayon by FouKi 
  • Dans la seconde by Karkwa 
  • En concert avec l’Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (sous la direction du chef Simon Leclerc) by Les Cowboys Fringants & l’Orchestre symphonique de Montréal
  • À boire deboutte by Salebarbes 
  • Non conventionnel by Souldia 


  • Donte sann yo by Bel and Quinn 
  • Kizavibe by Kizaba 
  • SMS for Location Vol. 5 by Moonshine 
  • Okantomi by OKAN 
  • Soap Box by Waahli


  • Néo-Romance by Alexandra Stréliski 
  • When we were that what wept for the sea by Colin Stetson
  • Calibrating Friction by Haralabos [Harry] Stafylakis 
  • Fourth Album by Markus Floats 
  • Tesseract by Meredith Bates 


  • Gettin’ Old by Luke Combs 
  • HEROES & VILLAINS by Metro 
  • One Thing At A Time by Morgan Wallen 
  • SOS by SZA 
  • 1989 (Taylor’s Version) by Taylor Swift 


  • Migrations by Allison Au with the Migrations Ensemble 
  • Septology-The Black Forest Session by Canadian Jazz Collective
  • Cry Me A River by Hilario Duran and His Latin Jazz Big Band 
  • Recent History by Mike Murley & Mark Eisenman Quartet 
  • Convergence Nick Maclean Quartet feat. Brownman Ali Browntasauras/Independent


  • Day Moon by Christine Jensen 
  • Walls Made of Glass Gentiane MG TPR*Propagande/A-Train
  • Sonic Bouquet by Jocelyn Gould 
  • Twelve by Noam Lemish 
  • The South Detroit Connection by Russ Macklem 


  • Of Woods and Seas by Alaskan Tapes (Andrew De Zen - Director)
  • Demons by  Allison Russell (Ethan Tobman - Director)
  • onetwostep (feat. juicelover) by des hume (Jordan Clarke - Director)
  • DAMN RIGHT by Snotty Nose Rez Kids (Sterling Larose - Director)
  • feral canadian scaredy cat by young friend (Sterling Larose & Zachary Vague  - Directors)


  • 99 Nights by Charlotte Cardin 
  • Mirror by Lauren Spencer Smith 
  • Saturn Return by Rêve 
  • Queen Of Me by Shania Twain 
  • Lost In Translation by Valley


  • Hill Kourkoutis
  • Jason Brando, Lubalin, Mathieu Sénéchal & Sam Avant
  • Joel Stouffer
  • Shawn Everett
  • Wondagur


  • bag or die by bbno$ 
  • Spin the Globe by Connor Price 
  • Crying Crystals by Haviah Mighty 
  • PANIC by TOBi 


  • American Nightmare by Belly 
  • Spinnin (feat. Bens) by Connor 
  • Honey Bun by Haviah Mighty 
  • Minimum Wage by Pressa 
  • Someone I Knew  by TOBi 


  • Denis Tougas
  • George Seara
  • Matty Green
  • Serban Ghenea
  • Shawn Everett


  • Stir This Thing by Ammoye 
  • Feel Like Home by Exco Levi 
  • Roots Girl by Jah’Mila
  • Dread by Kirk Diamond & Finn
  • Rush Dem (feat. 4Korners, Haviah Mighty) by Omega Mighty 


  • Fearless by Crown Lands 
  • Formentera II by Metric
  • Blame My Ex by The Beaches 
  • Pretty Monster by The Blue Stones 
  • Glory by The Glorious Sons


  • Confetti by Charlotte Cardin
  • Always by Daniel Caesar Republic*Universal
  • Pretty Girl Era by LU KALA 
  • A Little Bit Happy by TALK
  • greedy by Tate McRae 


  • Allison Russell
  • Aysanabee
  • Charlotte Cardin, Jason Brando & Lubalin
  • Nicholas Durocher & Connor Riddell
  • William Prince


  • Hello by Aqyila
  • Unbreakable by Jhyve
  • Where To Find Me by Katie Tupper
  • 9 to 5 by Luna Elle
  • Real World by RealestK


  • Call My Name by BLOND:ISH Warner
  • Mad Mess by DJ Karaba
  • Could Be Wrong by LOSTBOYJAY
  • Eclipse by Peach 
  • Concorde Groove by Smalltown DJs 


  • Songwriter by Alex Bird & Ewen Farncombe
  • You’re Alike, You Two by Caity Gyorgy & Mark Limacher 
  • Little Bit a’ Love by Denielle Bassels 
  • Our Roots Run Deep by Dominique Fils-Aimé 
  • Your Requests by Laila Biali 

Previous (Grammy Winners) - - - Next (Year of the Dragon Videos)

Tuesday, February 6, 2024

2024 Grammy Winners Including Canadians

The 2024 Grammy Awards were handed out on February 4,2023.

Here's the complete ceremony:

Links: GrammyMore Grammy StoriesVideo above courtesy of Recording Academy / GRAMMYs

Here's a complete list of Canadian winners:

The other winners

  • African Music Performance: Tyla - Water
  • Album Notes: Various Artists - Written in Their Soul: The Stax Songwriter Demos
  • Alternative Jazz Album: Meshell Ndegeocello - The Omnichord Real Book
  • Alternative Music Album: Boygenius - The Record
  • Alternative Music Performance: Paramore - This Is Why
  • Americana Album: Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit - Weathervanes
  • Americana Performance: Brandy Clark Featuring Brandi Carlile - Dear Insecurity
  • American Roots Song: Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit - Cast Iron Skillet
  • Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella: The String Revolution Featuring Tommy Emmanuel - Folsom Prison Blues
  • Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals: Säje Featuring Jacob Collier - In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning
  • Audio Book, Narration, and Storytelling Recording: Michelle Obama - The Light We Carry: Overcoming in Uncertain Times
  • Bluegrass Album: Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway - City of Gold
  • Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package: WINNER: Various Artists - For the Birds: The Birdsong Project
  • Children’s Music Album: 123 Andrés - We Grow Together Preschool Songs
  • Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance: Roomful of Teeth - Rough Magic
  • Choral Performance: Uusinta Ensemble; Helsinki Chamber Choir - Saariaho: Reconnaissance
  • Classical Compendium: Various Artists - Passion for Bach and Coltrane
  • Classical Instrumental Solo: Louisville Orchestra - The American Project
  • Classical Solo Vocal Album: Julia Bullock, soloist; Christian Reif, conductor (Philharmonia Orchestra) - Walking in the Dark
  • Comedy Album: Dave Chappelle - What’s in a Name?
  • Contemporary Blues Album: Larkin Poe - Blood Harmony
  • Contemporary Christian Music Album: Lecrae - Church Clothes 4
  • Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song: Lecrae & Tasha Cobbs Leonard - Your Power
  • Contemporary Classical Composition: Awadagin Pratt, A Far Cry & Roomful of Teeth - Montgomery: Rounds
  • Contemporary Instrumental Album: Béla Fleck, Zakir Hussain, Edgar Meyer, Featuring Rakesh 
  • Country Album: Lainey Wilson - Bell Bottom Country
  • Country Duo/Group Performance: Zach Bryan Featuring Kacey Musgraves - I Remember Everything
  • Country Song: Chris Stapleton - White Horse
  • Country Solo Performance: Chris Stapleton - White Horse
  • Dance/Electronic Music Album: Fred Again.. - Actual Life 3
  • Dance/Electronic Recording: Skrillex, Fred Again.. & Flowdan - Rumble
  • Engineered Album, Classical: Riccardo Muti & Chicago Symphony Orchestra - Contemporary American Composers
  • Engineered Album, Non-Classical: Victoria Monét - Jaguar II
  • Global Music Album: Shakti - This Moment
  • Global Music Performance: Béla Fleck, Edgar Meyer & Zakir Hussain Featuring Rakesh Chaurasia - Pashto
  • Gospel Album: Tye Tribbett - All Things New: Live in Orlando
  • Gospel Performance/Song: Kirk Franklin - All Things
  • Historical Album: Various Artists - Written in Their Soul: The Stax Songwriter Demos
  • Immersive Audio Album: Alicia Keys - The Diary of Alicia Keys
  • Instrumental Composition: John Williams - Helena’s Theme
  • Jazz Instrumental Album: Billy Childs - The Winds of Change
  • Jazz Performance: Samara Joy - Tight
  • Jazz Vocal Album: Nicole Zuraitis - How Love Begins
  • Large Jazz Ensemble Album: The Count Basie Orchestra Directed by Scotty Barnhart - Basie Swings the Blues
  • Latin Jazz Album: Miguel Zenón & Luis Perdomo - El Arte del Bolero Vol. 2
  • Latin Pop Album: Gaby Moreno - X Mi (Vol. 1)
  • Latin Rock or Alternative Album: Juanes - Vida Cotidiana / Natalia Lafourcade - De Todas las Flores
  • Melodic Rap Performance: Lil Durk Featuring J. Cole - All My Life
  • Metal Performance: Metallica - 72 Seasons
  • Música Mexicana Album (Including Tejano): WINNER: Peso Pluma - Génesis
  • Música Urbana Album: Karol G - Mañana Será Bonito
  • Musical Theater Album: Some Like It Hot
  • Music Film: David Bowie - Moonage Daydream
  • Music Video: The Beatles - I’m Only Sleeping

    Links: BeatlesMore Beatles Stories/Covers, Video above courtesy of The Beatles

  • New Age, Ambient, or Chant Album: Carla Patullo Featuring Tonality and The Scorchio Quartet - So She Howls
  • New Artist: Victoria Monét
  • Opera Recording: The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; The Metropolitan Opera Chorus - Blanchard: Champion
  • Orchestral Performance: Los Angeles Philharmonic - Adès: Dante
  • Pop Dance Recording: Kylie Minogue - Padam Padam
  • Pop Duo/Group Performance: SZA Featuring Phoebe Bridgers - Ghost in the Machine
  • Pop Solo Performance: Miley Cyrus - Flowers
  • Pop Vocal Album: Taylor Swift - Midnights
  • Producer of the Year, Classical: Elaine Martone
  • Producer of the Year, Non-Classical: Jack Antonoff
  • Progressive R&B Album: SZA - SOS
  • R&B Album: Victoria Monét - Jaguar II
  • R&B Performance: Coco Jones - ICU
  • R&B Song: SZA - Snooze
  • Rap Album: Killer Mike - Michael
  • Rap Performance: WINNER: Killer Mike Featuring André 3000, Future and Eryn Allen Kane - Scientists & Engineers
  • Rap Song: Killer Mike Featuring André 3000, Future and Eryn Allen Kane - Scientists & Engineers
  • Recording Package: Dry Cleaning - Stumpwork
  • Record of the Year: Miley Cyrus - Flowers
  • Reggae Album: Julian Marley & Antaeus - Colors of Royal
  • Regional Roots Music Album: Buckwheat Zydeco Jr. & The Legendary Ils Sont Partis Band - New Beginnings / Lost Bayou Ramblers & Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra - Live: Orpheum Theater Nola
  • Remixed Recording: Depeche Mode - Wagging Tongue (Wet Leg Remix)
  • Rock Album: Paramore - This Is Why
  • Rock Performance: Boygenius - Not Strong Enough
  • Rock Song: Boygenius - Not Strong Enough
  • Roots Gospel Album: Blind Boys of Alabama - Echoes of the South
  • Score Soundtrack for Video Games and Other Interactive Media: Stephen Barton & Gordy Haab - Star Wars Jedi: Survivor
  • Score Soundtrack for Visual Media (Includes Film and Television): Ludwig Göransson - Oppenheimer
  • Song of the Year: Billie Eilish - What Was I Made For?
  • Song Written for Visual Media: Billie Eilish - What Was I Made For?
  • Songwriter of the Year, Non-Classical: Theron Thomas
  • Songwriter of the Year, Non-Classical: Theron Thomas
  • Spoken Word Poetry Album: J. Ivy - The Light Inside
  • Traditional Blues Album: Bobby Rush - All My Love for You
  • Traditional Pop Vocal Album: Laufey - Bewitched
  • Traditional R&B Performance: PJ Morton Featuring Susan Carol - Good Morning
  • Tropical Latin Album: Rubén Blades con Roberto Delgado & Orquesta - Siembra: 45° Aniversario (En Vivo en el Coliseo de Puerto Rico, 14 de Mayo 2022)

Previous (East Coast Music Award Nominees) - - - Next (Juno Nominations)

Sunday, February 4, 2024

Local Connections in East Coast Music Award Nominee List

The 2024 East Coast Music Award nominations were recently released.

Below is the East Coast Music Awards 2024 Nominee Press Conference

Jimmy Rankin, an artist signed to Waterdown's True North Records is up for a four awards.

Links: Jimmy RankinVideo above courtesy of Jimmy Rankin

International Roots & Blues Kitchen Party, an album that teams up East Coast musician Charlie A'Courtnull with Vineland's Suzie Vinnick and Australian Llyod Spiegel is in the running for Blues Recording of the Year.

Winners will be announced during an amazing festival in Charlottetown, PE from May 1 - 5, 2024!


Below is a complete listing of nominees.

Blues Recording of the Year

Album of the Year

  • Jimmy Rankin - Harvest Highway
  • Braden Lam - Strange Paradise
  • Jenn Grant - Champagne Problems
  • Neon Dreams - Love Child Baby Dolphin
  • The East Pointers - Safe In Sound
  • Tim Baker - The Festival

Contemporary Roots Recording of the Year

  • Jimmy Rankin - Harvest Highway
  • Sirène et Matelot - Un monde de dissonance
  • Tara MacLean - Sparrow
  • The East Pointers - Safe In Sound
  • Villages - Dark Island

Entertainer of the Year (Fan's Choice)

  • Jimmy Rankin
  • Dave Gunning
  • Derina Harvey Band
  • Christina Martin
  • Classified
  • Cloverdale
  • Kellie Loder
  • Lennie Gallant
  • Mallory Johnson
  • Neon Dreams
  • Rum Ragged
  • The East Pointers
  • Tim Baker

Solo Recording of the Year

African Canadian Artist of the Year

  • Baraka
  • Gary Beals
  • Jah'Mila
  • Maggie Andrew
  • Valmy

Artist Management of the Year

  • Derrick Sturge (Pharos Music Inc.)
  • Dwayne Marcial
  • Faye WilliamsWood
  • Hurricane Music
  • Todd Mercer

Audio Engineer of the Year

  • Ben B. Creelman
  • Jamie Foulds
  • John D.S. Adams
  • Matt Dines
  • Scott Ferguson

Children's Entertainer of the Year

  • Bingly and the Rogues
  • Donna & Andy
  • Levon the Prince
  • Mi'kmaq Heritage Actors
  • The Swinging Belles

Choral Recording of the Year

  • Choeur Louisbourg - L’appel
  • Halifax Gay Men's Chorus - Winter Awakening
  • Luminous Ensemble - In the Crystalline Vault of Heaven
  • Nova Voce - Painter of Wintertime
  • Polaris - Truly Home

Classical Composer of the Year

  • Adam Vincent Clarke - Prélude
  • Andrew Staniland - Blackwood Sketches
  • Edward Enman - Insights
  • Jason Noble - Folk Suite
  • Monica Pearce - Etiquette

Classical Recording of the Year 

  • Bill Brennan - Kaleidoscope - Music for Mallet Instruments
  • Kate Read - After
  • Ofra Harnoy & Mike Herriott - Portrait
  • Tutta Musica - Ovation
  • V2C Cello Duo - I and Thou

Country Recording of the Year

  • Ben Chase - That Was Then, This Is Now
  • Émilie Landry - Enfiler mes bottes
  • Jason Benoit - Time Traveller the album
  • Justin Fancy - Whiskey & Me
  • Youngtree & The Blooms - Youngtree and The Blooms

Dance Recording of the Year

  • Alex Byrne - In My Head
  • Cloverdale - Up To No Good
  • DeeDee Austin - Stay Dancin’
  • Lee Rosevere - Needed you feat KINLEY
  • The VOLTA - Save the Night

Electronic Recording of the Year

  • Leaving Laurel - when the quiet comes
  • Lee Rosevere - Samplextra
  • Nicole Ariana - Crybaby
  • Qwinn - Welcome to My Life
  • Rich Aucoin - Space

Event of the Year

  • 2023 Canada Games IllumiNATION Festival
  • Halifax Jazz Festival
  • Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival
  • Under the Spire
  • We Stand On Guard Again

Folk Recording of the Year

  • Dave Gunning - The Same Storm
  • Jenn Grant - Champagne Problems
  • Nico Paulo - Nico Paulo
  • Sirène et Matelot - Un monde de dissonance
  • Tim Baker - The Festival

Francophone Recording of the Year

  • BAIE - Grand Bleu
  • Beauxmont - Beauxmont
  • Émilie Landry - Enfiler mes bottes
  • Julie Aubé - Contentement
  • La Patente - Le paradis des infidèles

Fusion Recording of the Year 

  • Gina Burgess - Anuri
  • KAYO - Afrobeats Affirmations ft. aRENYE & Million Vibes Tribe
  • Morgan Toney - Netukulimk
  • Pallmer - Freshet
  • XIA-3 - Dance of the Yi

Global Recording of the Year

  • Ana & Eric - Our House From Here
  • Cuerpos - En Dos Partes
  • Tzu-Cheng Wang - Hello, PEI!
  • XIA-3 - XIA​-​3
  • Yanan Liu (Tiffany Liu) - Riding the Waves

Group Recording of the Year

  • Hillsburn - "Stories" EP
  • Jessica Rhaye & The Ramshackle Parade - Sunshine Baby
  • Neon Dreams - Love Child Baby Dolphin
  • The East Pointers - Safe In Sound
  • Voodoo Sometimes - A Hummingbird's Vice

Indigenous Artist of the Year

  • City Natives
  • Jason Benoit
  • Morgan Toney
  • Silver Wolf Band
  • Summer Bennett

Innovator of the Year

  • Before The Dinosaurs
  • Eirinn Fraser
  • Katrina Lopes
  • Lindsay Connolly
  • Tara MacLean

Instrumental Recording of the Year

  • Bill Brennan - Kaleidoscope – Music for Mallet Instruments
  • Duane Andrews and The Hot Club of Conception Bay - Djangology
  • Flying Pooka! - Flying Pooka! The Ecstasy of Becoming
  • Inn Echo - Hemispheres
  • Nicole Rampersaud - Saudade

Jazz Recording of the Year

  • Flying Pooka! - Flying Pooka! The Ecstasy of Becoming
  • Jackson\Wilson Duo - New Doors
  • James Shaw - III/V
  • Jeremie Carrier - Flowing
  • Paul Tynan - Bicoastal Collective; Chapter 6

Loud Recording of the Year

  • Dad Patrol - Pleaser
  • Diner Drugs - 42
  • Electric Spoonful - Still 2 Poor
  • Kilmore - From the Inside
  • Orchid’s Curse - The Decay

Media Person of the Year

  • Doug Gallant
  • Katie Kelly
  • Mike and Kristen
  • Richard Lann
  • Zach Snow

Pop Recording of the Year

  • Good Dear Good - Arrival
  • KINLEY - Daylight
  • Leanne Hoffman - The Text Collector
  • Neon Dreams - Love Child Baby Dolphin
  • The East Pointers - Safe In Sound

Producer of the Year

  • Andrew A. Melzer
  • Clint Curtis
  • Corey LeRue
  • Jenn Grant & Daniel Ledwell
  • Keith Mullins

R&B/Soul Recording of the Year

  • Avery Dakin - Bloom
  • Gary Beals - The Melody Within
  • JupiterReign - Intergalactic
  • KAYO - Trip
  • Lindsay Misiner & The 7th Mystic - Lindsay Misiner & The 7th Mystic

Rap/Hip-Hop Recording of the Year

  • Black Rook - Black Rook
  • Cavy - Energy Thief
  • City Natives - Still Chief'n
  • Harmz - Better Watch
  • Stephen Hero - Paper Flowers
  • The Umbrella Collective - WELCOME TO STUDIO UC!

Rising Star Recording of the Year

  • Good Dear Good - Coffee and Sunshine
  • Jay Heart - After The Tone
  • Kilmore - Firestone
  • Noah Malcolm - Feel The Same
  • Terra Spencer - At Your Service
  • The Bombadils - Tell Me I'm Not Dreaming

Rock Recording of the Year

  • Andre Pettipas and the Giants - Under Control
  • Elyse Aeryn - Joy State of Mind
  • Fairgale - The Way It Was Before
  • Good Dear Good - Arrival
  • Hillsburn - "Stories" EP
  • Kilmore - From the Inside

Roots/Traditional Recording of the Year

  • Brad Reid - The Bridge
  • Inn Echo - Hemispheres
  • Kitchinparti - No Word of a Lie
  • La Famille LeBlanc - Perdrais-je mon temps...Would I be losing my time…
  • Morgan Toney - Resilience

Song of the Year

  • Classified - “People”
  • Jenn Grant - “Judy”
  • Tara MacLean - “Sparrow”
  • The Bombadils - “Tell Me I'm Not Dreaming”
  • The East Pointers - “We Will Meet Again”
  • Tim Baker - “Some Day”

Songwriter of the Year

  • Braden Lam
  • Carleton Stone
  • Jenn Grant
  • The Bombadils
  • The East Pointers

Venue of the Year

  • First Light Centre for Performance & Creativity
  • The Arts Guild PEI
  • The Carleton
  • The Ship Pub
  • Under the Spire

Video Director of the Year

  • Brothers Boyd
  • Cecil Johnson
  • Karen Robinson
  • Noah Malcolm

Video of the Year (Fan's Choice)

  • 2nd Generation - “Kina'mu” (Director: Matthew Ingraham)
  • Ben Chase - “Saltwater Cowboy” (Director: Matt Gaudet)
  • Brooklyn Blackmore - “Great Minds Drink Alike” (Director: Robb Medwid, Devin Deuville)
  • Classified - “People” (Director: Brothers Boyd)
  • Daniel James McFadyen - “Sunshine” (Director: Griffin O'Toole)
  • DeeDee Austin - “Buried Truth” (Director: Michael Reid Boyd)
  • Jenn Grant - “Judy” (Director: Tessa Fleming)
  • Jessica Rhaye & The Ramshackle Parade - “Come a Little Closer” (Director: Jordan Mattie & Jessica Rhaye)
  • Lennie Gallant - “On the Minnehaha” (Director: Patricia Richard and Lennie Gallant)
  • Mallory Johnson - “Surprise Party” (Director: Cecil Johnson)
  • POSTDATA - “Try” (Director: Griffin O'Toole)
  • Rum Ragged - “Lazy Afternoon (Live)” (Director: Tom Cochrane)
  • Tim Baker - “Echo Park” (Director: Tim Baker)

Visual Artist of the Year

  • Ashley Anne Clark
  • Heidi-Lyn O'Connor - East Track Mind
  • Jessica Rhaye
  • Jud Haynes
  • Krista Power

Previous ('Day the Music Died' Videos) - - - - Next (Grammy Winners)