Thursday, May 30, 2024

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Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Wicked Grin & Larry Kurtz Will be Rockin' Hamilton, Courtesy of the Escarpment Blues Society

The Escarpment Blues Society will be presenting another incredible Blues show in Hamilton. Ottawa Blues Legends Murray Kinsley & Wicked Grin will be joining forces with harmonica master, Larry Kurtz in what's sure to be an unforgettable matinee. It takes place Sunday June 9, 2024 at 2pm at Stonewalls. EBS members get a discount on the cover. Click here to become a member.

Sunday, May 26, 2024

Please Support Local Charities

Please Support Local Charities

From their website: The AIDS Network is a registered charitable organization, and offers services to the 1.5 million people living in the communities of Hamilton, Halton, Haldimand, Norfolk and Brant.  Since 1986, The AIDS Network has been the primary voice for HIV/AIDS prevention, education and support.

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, May 23, 2024

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Monday, May 20, 2024

Debut Album by Hamilton's Eli Wells is Off the Beaten Path

Feel like something a little off the beaten path? Try The Big Heirloom, the remarkable debut album from Hamilton singer/songwriter, Eli Wells. While the music's mainly in the Americana/folk vein, the sound's masterfully bent and twisted into interesting shapes. Eli's poetic and quirky lyrics raise this beyond your usual storyteller with a guitar template. 

Guests: Nolan Gibson (vocals, pedal steel), Amber Banks (vocals)

Available: No physical CDs, Bandcamp, Spotify

You can stream the album below.

Links: Eli WellsAlbum above courtesy of Eli Wells, More Releases

EP also available: A Few Live Songs

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Sunday, May 19, 2024

Victoria Day Videos by Rodeo Kings, Melissa McClelland x2

Please Support Local Charities

From their webiste: The Cancer Assistance Program is a community-based, not-for-profit organization, led by a team of volunteers and staff, offering free services to ease the physical, emotional and economic impact of those in our community affected by cancer.

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, May 18, 2024

The Fraidy Scats Win the Kitchener Blues Festival Youth Legacy Showcase

From the Grand River Blues Society newsletter:

The future of the blues was on display at Bobby O’Brien’s in Kitchener on Sunday April 28th at the Kitchener Blues Festival Youth Legacy Showcase featured four fabulous young acts that proved age means nothing when it comes to music.

Newly-formed group, The Fraidy Scats won the day and will now have a great spot at this year’s Kitchener Blues Festival.

The Fraidy Scats are a brand new 4 piece Band formed after they met during The Grand River Blues Camp in 2023 and fronted by 2 veterans of the Blues Camp Guitarist and vocals Jacob Shay 17 and Zander Mitrana 14 Vocals, Piano, Harmonica and Saxophone.


Video above courtesy of Sorin Sorin

Video above courtesy of Sorin Sorin

Video above courtesy of Sorin Sorin

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Thursday, May 16, 2024

2024 Prism Prize Shortlist including Milton's Nemahsis

From the Billboard Canada site

This morning (May 15), the Canadian Academy announced the Top 10 Canadian music videos of the year.

These videos, selected from a pool of 300, have been shortlisted for the Prism Prize’s Grand Prize, which awards the artist and director with a $20,000 CAD cash prize, the most lucrative award in the realm of music videos worldwide.

The 2024 Prism Prize Shortlist:

You can vote for the audience award by clicking here. Deadline is June 6, 2024. Winners will be announced on June 25, 2024.

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Tuesday, May 14, 2024

2024 Western Canadian Music Award Nominees Including Brantford's Logan Staats

Nominees for the 2024 Western Canadian Music Awards were recently announced. Former Six Nations & Brantford resident, Logan Staats is up for two awards: Indigenous Artist of the Year  & Songwriter of the Year.

Indigenous Artist of the Year     

Songwriter(s) of the Year 

  • Logan Staats (formerly from Brantford) "A Light In The Attic"- BC
  • Alexa Dirks, Matt Peters and Matthew Schellenberg - Begonia "Butterfly"  - MB
  • Liam Duncan - Boy Golden "For Jimmy" - MB
  • Celeigh Cardinal, Dave & Joey Landreth "Light of the Moon"  - MB
  • William Prince - "Stand In The Joy" - MB

Audio Engineering Award

  • Andy Schichter - Park Sound Studio - BC
  • David Ziehr - Echoplant Sound - BC
  • Neil Cooke-Dallin - Burning Rainbow Studio - BC
  • Ryan Worsley - Echoplant Sound - BC
  • Steve Bays - Trophy Club Mgmt  - BC

Blues Artist of the Year

  • Blue Moon Marquee - BC
  • Brandon Isaak - BC
  • Garret T. Willie - BC
  • Kinjo & Young - AB
  • Paul Black - BC

BreakOut Artist of the Year 

  • Boy Golden - MB
  • Field Guide - MB
  • Miesha and The Spanks – AB
  • Slow Leaves - MB
  • William Prince - MB

Children’s Artist of the Year             

  • Al Simmons - MB
  • Micah! - MB
  • Mom Bop - BC
  • Seeka Sings - AB         
  • The Zing Zangs  - BC

Classical Artist or Ensemble of the Year

  • Allegra Chamber Orchestra - BC
  • Emily Carr String Quartet - BC
  • Suzie LeBlanc - BC
  • UltraViolet - AB
  • Vancouver Symphony Orchestra - BC

Classical Composer of the Year

  • Dorothy Chang - Fifteen feet Closer to the Sky "All That Glitters" - BC
  • Emilie Cecilia LeBel - field studies "and the higher leaves of the trees seemed to shimmer in the    last of the sunlight's lingering touch of them" - AB
  • Farshid Samandari - Light of Lights "Light of Lights" - BC
  • Jeffrey Ryan - A Left Coast "Everything Already Lost" - BC
  • Vincent Ho - Cheng² Duo "Horizon Images" - AB

Community Excellence Award

  • Community Arts Mentorship Program (CAMP) - SK
  • Good + Plenty Arts Collective - MB
  • National Music Centre - AB
  • West End Cultural Centre - MB
  • Women in Music Canada - MB

Country Artist of the Year

  • Corb Lund - AB
  • Don Amero - MB
  • Kalsey Kulyk - AB
  • Nice Horse - AB
  • The Prairie States - AB

Electronic & Dance Artist of the Year

  • Kelland - BC
  • Rose Motion - BC
  • Ruby Singh - BC
  • Talltale - AB

Excellence in Visual Design

  • Bronwin Parks - Feisty Creative - BC
  • Keenan Gregory – Kidpixel - AB
  • Mark Mushet - Mark Mushet Photography - BC
  • Megan Kwan - Super Sensitive Studios - BC
  • Roberta Landreth - MB

Francophone Artist of the Year 

  • Alexis Normand - SK
  • Beau Nectar -SK
  • Fire & Smoke - MB
  • Missy D - BC
  • Suzie LeBlanc - BC

Global Artist of the Year

  • Jocelyn Pettit -BC
  • Notas de 4 - AB
  • Rooky Kamiz - SK
  • Rubim de Toledo - AB
  • Rumba Calzada - BC 

Impact in Artist Development

  • Birthday Cake Media - MB
  • Misfit Music MGMT - MB
  • National Music Centre - AB
  • Paquin Artists Agency - MB
  • West End Cultural Centre - MB

Impact in Live Music

  • King Eddy - AB
  • Midnight Agency - BC
  • National Music Centre - AB
  • Paquin Artists Agency - MB
  • West End Cultural Centre - MB

Impact in Music Marketing 

  • All Good Promotion & Marketing - AB
  • Birthday Cake Media - MB
  • National Music Centre - AB
  • Phase Management Inc. - BC
  • West End Cultural Centre - MB

Instrumental Artist of the Year             

  • Apollo Suns - MB
  • Jocelyn Pettit & Ellen Gira - BC
  • Merrie Klazek  - BC
  • Rubim de Toledo - AB
  • West of Mabou - SK

Jazz Artist of the Year

  • Angela Verbrugge – BC
  • Aretha Tillotson - AB
  • Audrey Ochoa - AB
  • Daniel Hersog Jazz Orchestra - BC
  • Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra - MB

Metal & Hard Music Artist of the Year

  • Fall of Earth - AB
  • FKA Rayne - BC
  • KEN mode - MB
  • Red Cain - AB

Pop Artist of the Year

  • Haley Blais - BC
  • Josh Sahunta - AB
  • Kayla Williams - AB
  • Kuzi Cee - AB
  • Michaela Slinger - BC

Producer of the Year

  • Andy Schichter - Park Sound Studio - BC
  • Lana Winterhalt - MB
  • Liam Moes & Shane Stephenson - BC
  • Ryan Dahle - BC
  • Ryan Worsley - Echoplant Sound - BC

R&B Artist of the Year

  • Emerald Osagie - BC
  • JJ Adrian - BC
  • NADUH - BC
  • Sadé Awele - BC
  • ZADA - BC

Rap & Hip Hop Artist of the Year                  

  • Arlo Maverick  - AB
  • Junk & Massiah - BC
  • Mouraine - AB
  • Super Duty Tough Work - MB
  • Terell Safadi - BC

Recording of the Year           

  • Ariel Posen - MB
  • Begonia - MB
  • Boy Golden - MB
  • Michael Kaeshammer - BC
  • William Prince - MB

Rock Artist of the Year 

  • Ariel Posen - MB
  • Kris Ulrich - MB
  • Miesha and The Spanks - AB
  • Shred Kelly - BC
  • Whale and the Wolf - AB

Roots Artist of the Year

  • Celeigh Cardinal - AB
  • Jake Vaadeland - SK
  • The Dead South - SK
  • William Prince - MB

Spiritual Artist of the Year 

  • Anastasya Lea - BC
  • Brian Doerksen - BC
  • Cynthia Lok - BC
  • Marika Siewert - BC
  • Stirling John - AB

Video Director of the Year

  • Amy Mantyka - Beau Nectar "Two Lips" - SK
  • Jay Lawrance - Miesha and The Spanks "Unconditional Love In Hi-Fi" - AB
  • Peter Kominek - VISSIA "Doorway" - AB
  • Sandy Rossignol - Blue Moon Marquee "Hound Dog On a Chain" - BC
  • Steve Bays - The Matinee "Cut to Pieces" - BC

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Sunday, May 12, 2024

2024 Blues Music Award Winners including Burlington's Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne

The Blues Music Awards was handed out at a ceremony in Memphis on May 9, 2024.

Here is a video announcement of the winners

Video above courtesy of Blues Rock Review

Below is a complete list of winners. Canadian Artists are bolded. 

Please Support Local Charities

Please Support Local Charities

The Oakville and Milton SPCA provides services and support to local animals and residents by engaging the diverse communities they serve. HBL is placing this in honour of Paul C Young.

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, May 8, 2024

Debut Album from Niagara's Evan Rotella an Old School Blend of Country, Folk & Rock

Talented Niagara musician Evan Rotella may be young but his songwriting's old school in the best way possible. His incredible debut album Happy to be Here is a marvelous blend of country, folk and classic rock. Evan sings us tales of life experiences (travelling, nostalgia, regrets and more) beyond his years. On top of that, his guitar work is exquisite here and the merry band of musicians backing him up raise the bar as well,


Stream the album below

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Monday, May 6, 2024

East Coast Music Award Winners Including an Album with Vineland's Suzie Vinnick

The 2024 East Coast Music Award winner were announced at an amazing festival in Charlottetown, PE from May 1 - 5, 2024. International Roots & Blues Kitchen Party, an album featuring East Coast musician Charlie A'Court with Vineland's Suzie Vinnick and Australian Llyod Spiegel won in the Blues Recording of the Year category.

Below is the East Coast Music Awards 2024 Awards Ceremony

Below is a complete listing of winners.

Sunday, May 5, 2024

Happy World Accordion Day ft Videos by Ed Roth

Update of 2019 Post

Links: Noah Zacharin, More Bob Dylan Covers/Stories, Video above courtesy of tranestationtoronto

Links: Michelle Lecce, More Pink Floyd Covers/Stories, Video above courtesy of tranestationtoronto

Links: Alex Shain, Video above courtesy of tranestationtoronto

Links: Brian Jantzi, Video above courtesy of tranestationtoronto

Links: Ed Roth (on Accordion)More Ed Roth StoriesMore Accordion Day Videos

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From the Diabetes Canada website: Our mission is to lead the fight against diabetes by helping people with diabetes live healthy lives while working to find a cure. HBL is placing this in honour of our Aunt Annie (Nan) Fraser.

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, May 4, 2024

Happy World Laughter Day! Videos by Red Green, Scott Faulconbridge, Gordie Tapp

Links: Red Green, More Red Green StoriesVideo above courtesy of RedGreenTV

Links: Scott FaulconbridgeVideo above courtesy of Scott Faulconbridge - Topic

Links: Gordie Tapp, More Gordie Tapp Stories, Archie CampbellVideo above courtesy of McPepper

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Happy Cartoonist Day!

Update of 2011 post

Click here for more of our Cartoons

Local Cartoonists:
Please email us at if you know of any other cartoonists that should be on our list.

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Friday, May 3, 2024

2024 Living Blues Award Nominees Including Local Artists! VOTE!

Recently, Living Blues Magazine announced the nominees for their 2024 awards. A few local artists received a nod. The public can vote for their choices by clicking here. Deadline to vote is June 15.

Below is a complete list of nominees (voters are allowed write in choices though). 

* signed to Waterdown's Stony Plain Records

Most Outstanding Musician (Keyboard) 

Best Blues Album of 2023 (New Recordings) 

  • Eric Bibb: Ridin' (guest starring Hamilton's Harrison Kennedy)*

    Links: Eric BibbMore Eric Bibb StoriesHarrison KennedyMore Harrison Kennedy StoriesVideo above courtesy of Eric Bibb Official 

  • Taj Mahal: Savoy*
  • Cash Box Kings: Oscar's Motel
  • D.K. Harrell: The Right Man
  • Nick Moss Band feat. Dennis Gruenling: Get Your Back Into It!
  • Bobby Rush: All My Love for You
  • Mike Zito & Albert Castiglia: Blood Brothers
  • Ally Venable: Real Gone
  • Selwyn Birchwood: Exorcist
  • Buffalo Nichols: The Fatalist
  • Christone "Kingfish" Ingram: Alligator
  • Candice Ivory: When the Levee Breaks: The Music of Memphis Minnie
  • Larry Taylor & the Taylor Family with the Soul Blues Healers: Generations of Blues: West Side Legacy
  • Chris Thomas King: Big Grey Sky
  • Arthur Adams: Kick Up Some Dust
  • Jimi "Primetime" Smith & Bob Corritore: The World in a Jug
  • Stan Mosley: No Soul, No Blues
  • Walter "Wolfman" Washington: Feel So at Home

Best Live Performer 

  • Duke Robillard*
  • Bobby Rush
  • Shemekia Copeland
  • Buddy Guy
  • Christone "Kingfish" Ingram
  • Victor Wainwright
  • Cedric Burnside
  • John Primer
  • Mr. Sipp
  • Selwyn Birchwood

Blues Artist of the Year (Female) 

  • Rory Block*
  • Sue Foley (Ottawa)*
  • Diunna Greenleaf
  • Shemekia Copeland
  • Irma Thomas
  • Trudy Lynn
  • Ally Venable
  • Candice Ivory
  • Anne Harris
  • Anna Popović

Blues Artist of the Year (Male) 

Most Outstanding Musician (Guitar) 

  • Duke Robillard*
  • Eric Bibb*
  • Lurrie Bell
  • Christone "Kingfish" Ingram
  • John Primer
  • Buddy Guy
  • Ana Popović
  • Mr. Sipp
  • Joe Louis Walker
  • Kirk Fletcher

Best Blues Album of 2023 (Reissue Recordings) 

  • Floyd Dixon: Time Brings About a Change
  • Written in Their Soul: The Stax Songwriter Demos
  • Delmark Records 70th Anniversary Blues Anthology
  • Billy "The Kid" Emerson: My Blues are Red Hot
  • James Booker: Behind the Iron Curtain Plus . . .
  • Ike & Tina Turner: River Deep – Mountain High
  • Down Home Blues – Chicago, Vol. 3: The Special Stuff
  • The Memphis Blues Box: Original Recordings, 1914–1969
  • Eddie Bo: The Other Side of Eddie Bo
  • Lazy Lester: All Over You

Best Blues Book of 2023 

  • Biography of a Phantom: A Robert Johnson Blues Odyssey by Robert "Mack" McCormick and John Troutman
  • The Chicago Blues of Washboard Sam by Guido van Rijn
  • The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records: A Great Migration Story, 1917–1932 by Scott Blackwood
  • Tell It Like It Is by Aaron Neville
  • Hot Time Blues: On the Trail of Long-Gone Blues and Gospel Singers by Alex van der Tuuk
  • Dynamite! Ike Turner's Recorded Legacy by Fred Rothwell
  • Deep Inside the Blues: Photographs and Interviews by Margo Cooper
  • The Chicago Blues of Jazz Gillum by By Guido van Rijn
  • Big Joe Turner: Feel So Fine by Derek Coller
  • Notes from the Road by Robert Mugge

Most Outstanding Blues Singer 

  • Shemekia Copeland
  • Trudy Lynn
  • Sugaray Rayford
  • Mavis Staples
  • Diunna Greenleaf
  • Oscar Wilson
  • John Németh
  • Stan Mosley
  • Alabama Mike
  • William Bell

Most Outstanding Musician (Harmonica) 

  • Billy Branch
  • Bob Corritore
  • Phil Wiggins
  • Big Harp George
  • Mark Hummel
  • Andrew Alli
  • Charlie Musselwhite
  • Rick Estrin
  • Jason Ricci
  • Omar Coleman

Links: Living BluesMore Living Blues Awards Stories

Wednesday, May 1, 2024

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