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Righteous Roses by ELINOR

Don’t forget to water those righteous roses before the garden gate closes

Brenda Brown Releases ‘Life Among Giants’

[HAMILTON, CANADA – May 2020]  Brenda Brown is pleased to announce the worldwide release of Life Among Giants. Brenda’s rich and expressive voice is perfectly backed up with eleven exciting new arrangements for jazz ensemble, big band, and full orchestra. Life Among Giants is a significant tribute to the era of classic jazz repertoire and […]

Heather J’s New Release ‘Dancing When I Die’

This is formative work from a remarkably gifted Hamilton-area songwriter who owns a profoundly sweet and expressive vocal style.

Olivia Brown Band – The Bong Song

JAKE FRANICZEK / JUSTIN MCHUGH / IAN AISLING / OLIVIA BROWN srry the song’s longer than 420000 but we did it live-off the floors!! in all our basements hamilton & toronto ont 4.20.2020 – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – […]

Call the Rain by ELINOR

New release on YouTube today.

Robert Bruce – Reflections

Solo piano piece by Robert Bruce with Valerie Descheneaux (actress). “Reflections” can be found on Robert’s new solo piano CD “Cherished”.

Save Tonight by D1DO ft. Christine C. Costa

Released April 10 2020. The official song & music video for the original single, Save Tonight! 🎶 Created during the global quarantine, the intent and main message being delivered is that time of solitude can be an opportunity for us to ignite a new fire within if we allow ourselves the time to tap into […]

5 At The First Presents Schubert “The Trout”

5 at the First’s 10th anniversary season! Schubert “The Trout”Saturday, February 29, 2020 @ 3pmFirst Unitarian Church – 170 Dundurn Street South, Hamilton ONSeries Sponsor: Bill Mercer Geological ConsultingConcert sponsor: Daphne PayneTickets online: www.universe.com/thetrout At the door: $20 Adult, $15 Senior, $5 Student/unwaged, FREE Under 12 Free parking and fully accessible5atthefirst@gmail.comwww.5atthefirst.comwww.facebook.com/5attheFirstwww.twitter.com/5attheFirst PROGRAM Rossini Duo for […]

Hamilton Concert Band with Dofasco Male Choir

HCB has done it again! We have booked another community vocal organization to share our stage! The Dofasco Male Choir is coming to our home base, St Andrews Church on Sunday, March 22 at 7:00 pm and we are excited and honoured to perform with them. The repertoire? Conductors Choice. Intriguing!$10 Kids under 13 free […]

Fake Shape debut “Headspace” in Atwood Magazine

Emerging Ontario band Fake Shape dwell in nostalgia’s heat in “Headspace,” a groovy debut single full of rock, soul, and jazzy warmth.

My Name is George by ELINOR

This song is about optimism maintenance. It is important to stay curious like George and keep an open heart because if we don’t then the hawks swoop in and we get fucked up 🏇 My name is Elinor and I enjoy making stuff and sharing it. Sometimes my standards are high, sometimes they are not, […]

James Ferris and the James Street North album release party: Corktown

James Ferris & The James St. North are very excited to announce the official Live Premiere of their new album on Thursday November 28th. Live Performance will be on the main stage at The Corktown Pub from 7:00-9:00 pm, with special guest show opener Hachey the Mouthpeace. There will be a meet and greet after […]

Brenda Brown Releases “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”

Brenda Brown Releases Holiday Single: Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas HAMILTON, CANADA – November 22, 2019 – Brenda Brown is pleased to announce the release of her lusciously orchestrated and sophisticated version of the holiday classic Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. Brenda’s rich and expressive voice is perfect for this iconic song by […]

School Musical Groups Get Revved Up For 2019 Music In The City

Holiday ‘Music In The City’ Presented by Big Time Productions 225 Voices, 7 days, 11 venues, 33 performances, 23 years SCHOOL CHOIRS/BAND SCHEDULE Thursday, December 5 “St. Joseph Catholic School Choir” -30 voices 10:00 The Concession BIA: Cancer Assistance Program 11:00 Macassa Lodge Auditorium 12:00 Hamilton City Hall foyer 1:30 Jackson Square Mall, Food Festival […]

Video Release by ELINOR: “Fresh Outta The Batch”


Cootes Paradise Band in Support of Transgender Awareness Video “Meant For Something More”

HAMILTON, CANADA – A trans teen suicide awareness video is being released today – “Meant For Something More” – directed by award-winning independent filmmaker Brenda Whitehall with music by Ontario blues band Cootes Paradise. The video – starring trans activist Romeo Reyes, along with Olivia Ducayen (“B-Side”), Danielle Braund (“Falling In”) and Lee Shorten (“The […]

Rose Cora Perry and The Truth Untold at 2019 International Pop Overthrow, This Ain’t Hollywood

On Friday November 22nd, Rose Cora Perry & The Truth Untold will be returning to Hamilton as guest performers at this year’s local edition of the International Pop Overthrow Music Festival. Band members: Rose Cora Perry (Songwriter, Guitar, Vocals) Tyler Randall (Drums) Kait Howard (Guest Bassist) The band’s recent video release is called Easy Prey: […]

Bypass Off: Hamilton’s Progressive Rock Tribute Act

Hamiton’s Bypass Off is bringing the style, sound, and spirit of prog rock to life. The band is totally killing it. It is no small accomplishment for this newly formed Hamilton band that has taken on the task of authentically covering the art-rock/prog-rock classics. I recently saw the band perform two shows, first at the […]

George Lardie’s “Let’s Work It Out”

Roslyn Witter Sings

A pretty remarkable cover of Billie Eilish’s “When The Party’s Over” – A gem of a voice! Find Roslyn on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rozzziiee/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCg5CzD8LzUpw9syq3nTRvcQ/videos

George Lardie Organizes Muscular Dystrophy Fundraiser

George Lardie​ is a remarkable singer-songwriter. George has a neuromuscular disorder called Muscular Dystrophy and is in a wheelchair. But that has never slowed George down. He’s been very active musically all his life, recording 2 CDs and going strong with three more singles. This special fundraiser concert goes with MD Awareness Month in Canada, […]

Run Maggie Run and The Bandicoots at The Corktown October 11

Also Hymn Villa and Toronto’s Whiplash Girlchild Hamilton, ON – Local indie-alt groups Run Maggie Run and The Bandicoots are finally teaming up to celebrate the Thanksgiving weekend with a bash at Corktown Pub on October 11th, 2019, with a supporting cast including Hymn Villa and Toronto’s Whiplash Girlchild. With such a lineup, this night […]

Gareth Inkster Releases ‘Vermilion’

Gareth Inkster is a 27 year old singer-songwriter, session musician, performer, engineer/producer and music teacher living in Hamilton, Ontario. Having spent the better part of the past 8 years performing and recording extensively with other artists, in 2018 Inkster released his debut single and followed it up with an eight song EP and three more […]

Bad Enough – New Release by Olivia Brown

JAKE FRANICZEK / JUSTIN MCHUGH / IAN AISLING / OLIVIA BROWN live-on the basement floor sang those vox again after hamilton ont 4.20.2019 – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – […]

New Song, New Video from Olivia Brown: “Who Cares”

This remarkably funky tune defies categorization. Perhaps progressive funk makes the most sense? The groove is hard and tight. Follow Olivia on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/oliviabrown.music/

Musician Inspires us to Support a Worthy Cause

Lisa Sugar is a Canadian singer/songwriter who wrote and recorded a song about a precious dog named Katie. This young dog was found homeless on the streets, emaciated, starving and placed in a high-kill shelter. Katie was saved by a rescue organization and Lisa adopted her through them. She describes Katie as a gentle, loving […]


Hey! We’re raddleshack, a local Hamilton band who have for a number of years been involved in the Hamilton music scene playing venues such as Corktown, doors pub, this ain’t Hollywood and casbah to name a few. We recently shot a live music session at doors pub on Hess street which has been a staple […]

Hanna Bech and Friends at the Casbah January 10th

Hanna Bech and Friends Casbah Hamilton 306 King Street West Hamilton ON L8P 1B1 10jan8:00 pm11:45 pmHanna Bech and FriendsWith performances from Bronwyn Gent, Pamela Gardner, Kendra Paterson ( K Lynne Patty), Michel DeQuevedo, and Olivia Brown8:00 pm - 11:45 pm Casbah Hamilton Event Organized By: Artist/Band Organized Event Region:Hess Village Event DetailsJan 10 @ [...]

Dundas Valley January Concert Celebrates Forty Years

Dundas Valley Orchestra at Forty! St. Pauls United Church, Dundas 29 Park Street West, Dundas 27jan3:00 pm6:00 pmDundas Valley Orchestra at Forty!Forty Year Celebration Concert3:00 pm - 6:00 pm St. Pauls United Church, Dundas Event Organized By: Dundas Valley Orchestra Region:Dundas Event Details Event Details Time (Sunday) 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm LocationSt. Pauls United [...]

Teen Tour Band’s Director of Music Bill Hughes Retires

Managing Director Rob Bennett of the Burlington Teen Tour Band shared the following on his Facebook page: “Well after 20 years of working together Bill Hughes and I marched our last parade together on Saturday. Bill is retiring at the end of this week and although I am extremely happy for him and the well […]

Hamilton Musicians Guild Presents Three Lifetime Memberships

Now celebrating its 115th year of serving professional musicians in Hamilton, the Hamilton Musicians Guild proudly presented three members with Lifetime Memberships at the Guild’s general meeting. The meeting took place at Mill’s Hardware.

Lee Reed Releases “Before and Aftermath”

#BeforeAndAftermath, the #SFdigi debut of @FreeLeeReed, DROPS TODAY! MP3 Download & 7-Inch Lathe Cut Record (limited to 30 copies) are available from SFR @ https://t.co/QzdRiOQ6ZU or you can download / stream on @Bandcamp at https://t.co/rpWURN7tCG … & all streaming services! pic.twitter.com/4cWaYUd2dl — Strange Famous Records (@SFRupdates) October 19, 2018

Scott Orr Releases ‘Worried Mind’

You can preorder my new album “Worried Mind” now on @Bandcamp on cassette and digital! https://t.co/Tc51TGX3Vm — Scott Orr (@scottorrmusic) September 11, 2018

POESY Releases Strange Little Girl

My new single “Strange Little Girl” is out today! It’s yours now. ✨ https://t.co/vJkKtlRbFI pic.twitter.com/FngTVMflFd — POESY (@poesyofficial) October 19, 2018

Arkells Video Release: Only For A Moment

“a picture of light being wrestled from the darkness.” ~ FYI Music News Only For A Moment is the third song released from the soon-to-be-released album Rally Cry.  Here’s People’s Champ Here’s Relentless  

Hamilton Musician of the Week, December 15, 2015 and now again on Hamilton Rising – Heather Janssen

Sarah MacDougall Tours Ontario, Plays Casbah Oct 24th

“The sheer scope of this tune is undeniable. Many people go their entire careers without writing a chorus like this.” CBC’s Adam Carter said about first single Empire Off the heels of the successful release of her first single Empire, Sarah MacDougall is thrilled to release the second single off All The Hours I Have Left To […]

Les “Leapin’ Laszlo” Szamasvari ‘Hamilton Lost An Amazing Musician’

We just heard that our good friends, Les “Leapin’ Laszlo” Szamosvari passed away. This man can never be replaced. Hamilton lost an amazing musician. The world lost a genuine human being. We are truly going to miss him. RIP Les. pic.twitter.com/IDoJZGdNzq — Vagabond Saints™ (@Vagabondsaints) September 17, 2018 Laszlo was a beautiful soul, super friendly. […]

Emma Rush: Both Sides Now


Poesy In Concert At The Zoetic: A Musical Story’s Remarkable Unfolding

By Glen Brown [Friday May 11, 2018, Hamilton, ON, Canada] Poesy is an up and coming singer-songwriter with a remarkable story. She has become well-recognized from her appearance on CTV’s reality show The Launch in January 2018. All she had to do was be herself on TV. And she walked away a winner. “Fergie said […]

Jessica Mitchell, Bianca Bernardi, Missy Bauman, Karen Thornton, Brenda Brown, Katie Bulley at Hamilton’s Gasworks

A Review of the Hamilton Music Awards All-Girl Vocal Showcase at Gasworks May 2015 By Glen T Brown Six ways of being beautiful. Six ways of singing. Six ways of holding a crowd in the palm of your hand. Six styles of songwriting and presentation. Six women, and each one a perfect performer overflowing with […]

The Redhill Valleys: Killer Talent Meets Serendipity

When I listen to The Redhill Valleys’ debut LP I’m always struck by the modesty and understatement of the production, and yet how at the same time this causes the songs, arrangements, instrumental performances and sweet vocal harmonies to shine all the brighter. The Redhill Valleys is the one of the brightest lights shining in the […]

Blues Hologram: A Uniquely Integrated Live Music – Cinematic Experience

Blues Hologram – Debut Concert – June 6, 2018 – 7:30 pm (doors at 7:00) – Art Gallery of Hamilton, Tanenbaum Pavilian – 123 King Street West, Hamilton, OntarioBlues Hologram – A Uniquely Integrated Live Music – Cinematic Experience Tickets $20 – Available at the door or in advance by purchasing with PayPal button below. Robert Bruce, composer/pianist […]

BTS – The South Korean Boy Band ‘Blowing Up The Internet’ Is Coming To Hamilton

First K-Pop act to win a Billboard Music Award with 300 million votes. Most retweeted artist on Twitter (2016). Seven members, some rappers, some singers. All are really good dancers. They sing their own songs with socially conscious messages. They’re coming to FirstOntario Centre in Hamilton They sold out three concerts — a total of […]

Hamilton’s #MusicMondays Celebrate Local Artists and Canadian Music Week

The Hamilton Music Advisory Team is pleased to announce the  Music Mondays concert series. Throughout May and June local artists will be featured in two prongs of shows: First is the lunchtime series at City Hall Forecourt. Shows are at 12 noon ending at 1pm. Bring your sandwich and a lawn chair. Second group of […]

Poesy Plays The Zoetic May 11th

  Opening act is Vivian Hicks of Milton.

Carm Milioto: Rocking the Hamilton Music Scene for Over 20 Years

By Charlie Ricottone “Hamilton, Ontario has a very supportive music scene,” says Carm Milioto, a musician and sound engineer, who was born and raised in the city. “Clubs, musicians, and studios for the most part, promote one another and represent the city as a whole… It’s inspiring, especially when those involved take part in that […]

Buddy Luke With Another Episode of Tone Tips

I love this, for all the right reasons. Who hasn’t been abused by a know-it-all soundguy? http://dinealonerecords.com/artists/the-dirty-nil/ Tones Tips 3: the phantom knob trick 💀⚡ #neverturndown #forthekids #rocknroll A post shared by The Dirty Nil (@thedirtynil) on Apr 16, 2018 at 7:46am PDT

Another Conversation with Gemma New

By David Fawcett I spoke with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra’s Music Director, Gemma New about the Intimate and Interactive concert which was to be presented that evening (April 5), planning concerts and the HPO’s 2018-19 season. DF: How did you choose the music for tonight’s concert? GN: I look at many different factors like a […]

Hamilton Arts Awards Music Nominees 2018

Established Artist, Arts Innovation and Lifetime Achievement Award recipients, selected by a jury, will each receive: $2,500 Arts Awards bronze commemorative medal designed by artist Dora de Pédery-Hunt Civic and media recognition Emerging Artist Award recipients, selected by the Established Artist winner in each category, will receive: $1,000 Certificate of Recognition Civic and media recognition […]

Winnipeg’s Apollo Suns At This Ain’t Hollywood May 29th

“I never thought I’d ever listen to modern jazz album, yet Winnipeg based band Apollo Suns have inspired me to embrace  some modern jazz due to their stellar debut album Each Day A Different Sun” -STYLUS MAGAZINE “Apollo Suns is a match made in heaven.” -THE METRO “Very talented Winnipeg based musicians that each stand out […]

Singer-Songwriter and Rock Genres Dominate Hamilton Searchlight Entries

It’s that time of year again. Don’t get too excited, unless you are a rabid fan of one of our local entrants! At Worst CBC’s yearly Searchlight contest is at worst just another version of music industry “Give us your music for free so we can get you tons of exposure” bullshit. CBC gets a […]

Ryan Jackson – aka Lil J – Announces SCR (Steel City Ridahs)

Ryan Jackson, 31, has been making music for 10 years. He lives in the east end of Hamilton and uses the rap name Lil J. Ryan’s other half goes by Big Mcguig with two kids at home. He explains, “Coming From Rude Krew him and member Jesse Julez instantly grew on me with their passion. […]

Ottawa’s King Swan Brings ‘Desert Space Rock’ to Doors Pub Jan. 18

King Swan is a deep thinking, mad riffing three piece desert space rock band from Ottawa, Canada. Drummer Chris Buttera has played in various metal bands in Ottawa over the years and guitarist Austin DiLabio is responsible for all the awesome riffage that defines King Swan. Newcomer Ryan Wheatley on bass brings a new energy […]

#IAmAnArtist Celebrates Diversity and Passion of our Local Artists

A collection of banners featuring local artists from a variety of artistic disciplines will be on display on King William Street in the downtown core beginning today, December 8, 2017.

Hamilton Childrens Choir Seeks Choral Conductor/Accompanist

DEADLINE: May 05, 2017 HAMILTON CHILDRENS CHOIR | CHORAL CONDUCTOR & ACCOMPANIST The HCC is seeking to expand its membership and is hiring a children’s choral conductor and an accompanist. Conductors need to be able to demonstrate successful experiences working as a music educator with young children. Accompanists should have experience not only accompanying a […]

Central Presbyterian Choir to Give First Performance in 225 years of French Baroque Masterpiece

Read the exciting details about this special choral concert on David Fawcett’s blog “Composer’s Notebook”

Terra Lightfoot Joins Bruce Cockburn on Central/Eastern Canada Tour – Including Hamilton Sept 30th

(HAMILTON, ON) Celebrated roots rocker Terra Lightfoot is excited to announce that she will be joining legendary singer-songwriter Bruce Cockburn as solo support on a run of central and eastern Canadian dates this fall. The full list of dates follows at bottom. Tickets go on sale Friday, April 7 through Ticketmaster. “Bruce is an incredible […]

M.L. Holton’s ‘CANADADA: TAKE TWO’ – A Rich Musical Adventure

A world of styles and timbres can be heard including afro-cuban rhythms, folk melodies, space-age effects, electronic synthesized sounds, conventional guitars, violins. Herein lies the source of interest to the listener, where every musical track has something original or intriguing which evokes surprise and joy.

New Music: A Brief History of American Space Travel by moon:and:6

The first solo effort of Canadian producer and recording engineer Michael Chambers, A Brief History Of American Space Travel is a meticulously told story of the American space program from 1958 to 2011. At 29 minutes in length, it’s a mini concept album that reveals new details with each listen.

Southern Ontario Gets The Blues With Fort Erie’s Spencer MacKenzie

**Upcoming Fundraiser concert on April 30, 2017 at Delta United ** Young blues sensation Spencer MacKenzie gives a lot of credit for his skillful playing to his renowned mentor – Elton Lammie, a B.C.-born multi- instrumentalist who initially made a name for himself as a country music singer and then generated even more interest by winning the first season of a Canadian reality TV show

Jazz Artist Barbra Lica Talks About Her New Pop Mash-Up, 2017 JUNO Nomination, Hamilton’s Loyalty, and MORE!

When asked about Hamilton, the Canadian jazz singer says that she “loves this town” because of how loyal the music fans are. Barbra has performed multiple times in Ancaster and says she would absolutely love to come back to the city in the near future. She explains that she has had Hamilton fans follow her around Ontario in order to show their support, and even had some fans travel as far as Aurora in order to sit in the front row.

Jeff & Bud Do The Nifty Fifties

Jeff had a music store in Stoney creek where we met in the 1980’s when doing business through his store. At the time I was Circuit Rider entertaining local area bars and JJ was with “The Midnights” another local band. With a few engagements behind us we are getting more and more calls it will be a good year for this new act.

JUNO Nominated Jazz Artist Matt Dusk Talks About His Newly Released Song ‘Mash-Up’, The 2017 JUNO Awards, Meeting The Queen, and More!

This year, Matt is nominated for “Vocal Jazz Album of the Year” for his album ‘Quiet Nights’, which he created in collaboration with Canadian artist Florence K. Matt described that he set out to create a record that was “easy going”, and aimed to create something that you could play at dinner parties.

Souvenirs by Emma VanDyk Wins Top 25 Spot on CBC Searchlight 2017

“A nice polished song in all aspects. While the production is sparse at the beginningit grows and swells into a song that is full and vibrant. Emma’s voice also has a nice tone and depth. I found myself wanting to go back and listen to this again. Really good song” — Rob Lanni, Coalition Music

Jeremy Widerman of Monster Truck Talks Juno Awards, Current State of Music, Artist’s Responsibility to Unite the People, & More

Jeremy Widerman of ‘Monster Truck’ — “Real Talk” with Dre Pao Presented by: Greater Hamilton Musician February 25, 2017 HAMILTON, ON — After recently being nominated for “Best Rock Group” at the 2017 Juno Awards, Hamilton’s own Monster Truck is currently in top form. Guitarist Jeremy Widerman spoke about his excitement for the upcoming awards […]

Hamilton’s Bucket List Band Moves to #2 on Reverbnation Local Blues Chart

Hamilton’s own “Blues Forged in the Hammer” horn band has hit the #2 spot on Reverbnation’s local blues chart. Other Hamilton-area groups on the blues list include The Hammer Daddies, Sean LeSage, and harmonica player Sweet Sammy D. To view the live chart, click here.

Sarah Beatty Releases “Bandit Queen” – Wow! Slam Dunk!

Complete SLAM DUNK for a sophomore collection. Wow. Where Sarah Beatty’s Black Gramophone (2012 ) was bare bones beautiful, Bandit Queen is flesh and bones and fancy clothes beautiful! I absolutely love this CD as it is, and what it represents. The stories Sarah tells in this imaginative, fun, and musically intriguing collection are the […]

INTERVIEW: Max Kerman of Arkells talks Hamilton, ‘Morning Report’, Songwriting, Influences

Max Kerman (Arkells) — “Real Talk” with Dre Pao Presented by: Greater Hamilton Musician February 2, 2017 HAMILTON, ON — After releasing their newest single “My Heart’s Always Yours” off their latest studio album “Morning Report,” Arkells are set to begin their Canadian Tour, starting February 1st. Ahead of their hometown show in Hamilton, Ont. […]

Prakash John: How To Pass The Torch Of Musical Excellence

First published August 2012 “You’re A Square-Pants If You Hit The One” An Interview With Prakash John Prakash John (r) at the Blues Studio event Prakash John is the consummate bass player and musician’s musician. After establishing himself as a solid, hardworking sideman and band leader touring in the seventies with acts such as Lou […]

A Behind The Scenes Chat With Jon Harvey of Monster Truck

First published March 2012 By: Rachel Harvey One of the challenges with interviewing someone you know, particularly if you’ve grown up with them, is that it’s hard to keep a straight face. Sounds unprofessional, but there it is. Rather than fight it, I decided to just go with the flow. I brought some sushi and […]

The Bishops: Hamilton’s First Rhythm and Blues Band

In the early sixties Russ Carter was riding the crest of the wave of soul, rhythm and blues music that was flooding Hamilton. His band, The Bishops, could be called Hamilton’s first rhythm and blues band. Carter states that The Bishops became one of the leading bands and were a significant and early influence in […]

Shanya Lynn Dawson Performs at the New Zoetic Theatre: Photo Essay by Ivan Sorensen

Review and photos by Ivan Sorensen. First published June 2014 Ok Hamilton! It’s time to sit up and take notice. We have some wonderful musical talent in this city. Shanya Lynn Dawson and her band Homegrown, touring in support of their latest country album, Cowgirl Up, stopped in for one night at the new and […]

Ron Palangio – Guitarist, High School Teacher

by Glen Brown Guitarist Ron Palangio is from North Bay, Ontario. But Hamilton’s got him now! Like many others, our feature musician was drawn to the Hamilton area as a music student. Ron arrived in Hamilton in 1978 to study music at Mohawk College. He is a great example of musical persistence, performance, community involvement and leadership. […]

Darren Poole’s Rootsy-Gutsy Blues Tribute: Rootbone’s Debut Release

Waterdown based band recorded at Catherine North Studio Rootbone is a Hamilton (Waterdown) based band featuring Juno Award winning guitarist Darran Poole, formerly of the band Fathead. The band has just released the debut album ‘The Long Road Home.’ RootBone is the creation of songwriting team Poole (guitar and lead vocals) and Bobbi Richards (percussion […]

Hamilton’s Redhill Valleys Knock It Out Of The Park With Debut Album

Why am I excited about The Redhill Valleys? It’s because this album is a tribute and testimony to what local producer Carl Jennings can do with a handful of talent. I just bought their debut album. Seriously, there is no “weak” track. I was impressed with the variety, the quality, the classy restraint, and the […]

Danielle Beaudin of Redhill Valleys band – photo by Cormac Figgis

Danielle Beaudin of The Redhill Valleys was featured in Greater Hamilton Musician magazine a while back. Thanks David Simpson for writing a prescient article about this talented young woman, and thank-you Cormac Figgis for your keen photographic capture! You can read the article on ISSUU.COM Danielle Beaudin in Greater Hamilton Musician  

Gemma New Conducts the HPO

Gemma New conducts Photo by Fred Stucker By David Fawcett We went last night (Sat. Feb. 6/16) to hear the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra play in the Great Hall of Hamilton Place under their new Principal Conductor and Artistic Director, Gemma New. Six conductors had been considered for the position to replace James Sommerville who had […]

Saint Mary Percussion Theatre 2016 – Champions

Congratulations to the Saint Mary Percussion Theatre 2016 New York State Percussion Circuit PSA-SS Champions!!!  

Max Marshall Has Got It Right – “Don’t Play On People’s Passions. Pay Them. It Is Your Responsibility To Do So.”

Max Marshall Max Marshall’s letter to the municipality of Essex cultural committee: Once again, the performers for the Essex summer concert series are made up of volunteers. And once again, the embattled music community falls into the moral finger wagging position and comparisons are made that sound men don’t rely on money in a hat, […]

David Fawcett Interviews Gemma New, Music Director of Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra

Gemma New is the Music Director for the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra CBC photo DSF: You played violin and piano from an early age. Yes, I was five when I started the violin and seven when I started piano. DSF: Have you picked up any other instruments along the way? Yes, I started bassoon when I […]

Cadillac Bill: The Hamilton Journalist With A Golden Jacket

“You can make anything funny, with the right ingredients.”   No ordinary jacket. Photo: Glen Brown   So what is like to touch the sparkliest, glitteriest, golden jacket in the city? There’s only one such jacket and it belongs to Hamilton’s Cadillac Bill. The jacket has a humble story behind it. It once was just […]

Brian Lee Griffith Guitar Bursary

The Brian Lee Griffith Guitar Bursary is intended to support a student of the guitar who currently plays and has a talent for improvisation. In memory of Brian Griffith, the bursary is intended to foster Rock, Jazz, Funk and Blues inspired music. The applicant must reside, play, and/or go to school in the Hamilton area. […]

Totally Mozart at the HPO – Review by David Fawcett

By David Fawcett [Originally published on Fawcett’s Composer’s Notebook website] Recently, I had a phone call from the Hamilton Philharmonic enquiring why I had subscribed to fewer concerts this season than last. I explained that the season was very heavy on pops concerts, and I prefer to attend concerts of real orchestral fare. The caller […]

Guitarist Frank Koren Releases “Red Chair” Album

Frank, Congrats on the release of Frank Koren RED CHAIR. Looking forward to the next few days leading up to the official release. Photo: Benjamin Washington You can catch Frank on a special Remembrance Day performance and single launch on CHCH-TV for ‘In The Morning’ at 9:50 am Wednesday, also on Lou Molinaro’s Lou’s Control […]

Lori Yates CD Release “Sweetheart of the Valley”


Duane Rutter’s “Crazy Things” Is Crazy Good

Album Review by Glen Brown DUANE RUTTER BEGAN ANEW, THE CONVICTION AND CLARITY OF A SURVIVOR, GENTLE AND INCLUSIVE, SINGING TRUE LIFE FOOTNOTES THAT WE ALL REMEMBER. http://www.bustedflatrecords.com/artists/duane-rutter/ “You can’t do that!” A well-meaning friend said it after hearing that Duane Rutter had plans to record a new CD, after years of procrastination and life […]

Michael Morabito Jazz Quartet at Brantford Jazzfest 2015

Photo: Glen Brown The weather was fine on the last weekend of summer at Brantford’s International Jazz Festival. Shown here is the Michael Morabito Jazz Quartet. The group is all students from Mohawk College’s Applie Music Program. They performed a mix of original arrangements of jazz standards, including an up-tempo latin version of Misty.

The Acoustics Latest: “Heartbreak With An Edge” Feat. Ally Jed

  The Acoustics have just released a new single “Heartbreak with an Edge.”   This new vocal was recorded by Amy King at Grant Avenue Studio, as part of her work shop for Grant Avenue Studio’s renovation fundraiser.   Written by Vincent Spoto, the song features Ally Jedrzejek (Ally Jed) on vocals, who joined The […]

Dave Rave Joins Freedom Train at Sound of Music Fundraiser – photography by Philip Perron

Instagram   @philipperronphotography Twitter    @Philip_Perron 289-527-0393   Philip C. Perron Philip is a self taught Hamilton band/concert photographer. Phil has been creating iconic images for over 35 years. Everyone from Frank Zappa, The Who, Bruce Springsteen and now up to The Trews and Monster Truck. His passion for music shows in his photography. He is also a […]

Honeymoon Suite Plays Sound of Music Fundraiser – photography by Philip Perron

                  Instagram   @philipperronphotography Twitter    @Philip_Perron 289-527-0393 Philip C. Perron Philip is a self taught Hamilton band/concert photographer. Phil has been creating iconic images for over 35 years. Everyone from Frank Zappa, The Who, Bruce Springsteen and now up to The Trews and Monster Truck. His passion for music […]

Brenda Brown Hamilton Music Awards Nominee  Jazz Recording of the Year

Appearing  at Hamilton Music Festival show at Gasworks on May 22. Additional outdoor festival shows in Caledonia, Hamilton Waterfront Stage and Dundas Cactus Festival. May 2015 — Hamilton, Ontario   After three exciting years of public and private performances in and around Hamilton, Brenda Brown was determined to record with some of her favourite musicians.   She […]

Songwriters Circle at the JUNO Awards, Hamilton, March 15, 2015

Photos: JUNO Awards Jess Moskaluke Fred Penner Ryan Guldemonde Jenn Grant, Lights Ian Thornley Lights

Devlin Flynn: A Chat With Dirty Jeans

Photo by Nigel StewartHM: So how long have you been playing together for?Ashley: Kelly and I have been playing together for about two years and Lindsay joined the band almost a year ago now.HM: Did you guys grow up together and develop as musicians or is this alliance a more recent formation?Kelly: We kinda did […]

Hachey the MouthPEACE, John Kirby and Ace Bailey: Winners of Turn It On Hamilton Songwriter’s Contest

Cable 14 photo www.cable14.com Hachey (a champion beat boxer whose real name is Justin Hachey), Kirby and Bailey’s winning song “Turn It On” was judged by a panel of three experts, National Academy Orchestra conductor Boris Brott, singer-songwriter Terra Lightfoot and Juno-winning blues singer-guitarist Steve Strongman. Other finalists included James Witter, Robin Benedict and Sharon […]

KC Roberts and the Live Revolution Live at The Corktown in Hamilton

By Devlin Flynn It was the grey skies of the early afternoon on Valentines Day that made me say to a friend, “any holiday is like any other day, today makes it apparent.” Driving through the city; being witness to the buses transporting people taking part in daily routine, watching cars come into sight, leaving […]

Devin Moody: “Noami” official music video filmed at Maria’s Fifty’s Diner, Stoney Creek

The official music video for “Naomi” by Devin Moody Shot by: Lee Zavitz – zedpromedia.com Location: Marias Fifty’s Diner 931 Queenston Road, Stoney Creek, ON Written by: Devin Moody Produced by: Alan Poaps (APmar Music)

Brilliance: Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto at the HPO – November 29, 2014 Review

By David Fawcett Midway through the ethereal slow movement of the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto Saturday night, a single silver star drifted down from high above the stage and settled amongst the second violins. It was like a celestial comment on the playing of the soloist, Blake Pouliot. He’d have had the audience in the palms […]

A Conversation With HPO Conductor Candidate Stilian Kirov

By David S. Fawcett Stilian Kirov is the third aspiring Hamilton Philharmonic Conductor with whom I have spoken. I was curious to learn how a young musician from Bulgaria came to conduct the Seattle Symphony. It’s an interesting story. He was already an accomplished pianist as a youngster and won a national competition in Bulgaria. […]

VARGA official video Three Section Staff – Now This Is Vibrancy!!

VARGA – Three Section Staff [OFFICIAL VIDEO] from Varga HQ on Vimeo.

Ginger St. James: Christmas Wish At The End Of The Bar by the Vanishers

The Vanishers featuring Ginger St. James. Directed by Gary Kuiper/ Paul Pengelly. Videography by Wayne Graves / Gary Kuiper / Craig BraggSpecial thanks to Ginger, Lou Molinaro, This Aint Hollywood, Keith Cooke (santa), Craig Bragg, Matt, Glenna Pengelly, Chrystle McGrath, Sherie, Boss, The sweet girl tending bar that night and the patient patrons of TAH […]

Steel City Rovers Shares Celtic Love

Mark Fletcher, Ryan McKenna, Joel McKenna, Jess Gold, Dave Neigh Photo: Michelle Coombs Here’s the latest from Mark: “As per Steel City Rovers, wow we’re really looking forward to 2015. We are nicely busy at home in Ontario through Jan. and Feb. and still adding a few dates, but we’ve already got some big bookings […]

Heather Janssen’s New Release: All I Want For Christmas

Congratulations to Heather Janssen on the release of her debut song, “All I Want For Christmas.” “All I Want For Christmas Is You”Heather Janssen CoverExecutive Producers Kyle “K Notes” Smith & Neville PaulSteve Foley – EngineerAudio Valley Recording StudiosGlenn Morrison- Mixing/Mastering (Alpine Mastering)Jonathan Chandler – BassThomas Hunt – DrumsMolly & Marley Mullan – (Fiddle & […]

Basement Full Of Metal: Hamilton’s VARGA Celebrates Barbershop Podcast Episode 100

I happened to see Kevin Barber on the street the other day, but I had no idea what plans he had been cooking up.  As I rolled down my car window to wave hello he shouted, “The show tonight is number 100 and it’s going to being freakin’ amazing!” Then he continued on his way, […]

City of Hamilton Pays Tribute to ‘A Musical Genius’

Photo: Hamilton Spectator, by Kaz Novak by Graham Rockingham, Hamilton Spectator Brian Griffith loved this city. He showed it whenever he played his guitar. And the city loved him back. Friends, family and fellow musicians packed Stewart Memorial Church in downtown Hamilton Thursday afternoon to honour the life of a gifted musician who could play […]

In Memory of Brian Griffith

Post by Ivan Sorensen Photography.Read the tribute from Hamilton Blues Lovers Website

Conversation With Vox Metropolis

by David S. Fawcett Always an avid concert goer, I have attended many more presentations since I retired from my day job. The scarcity of patrons at many concerts is disturbing. The demographics of the audience at some others is alarming. I attended a sold out recital recently at which almost all of the audience […]

HPO Conductor Candidate Interview: Gregory Vajda from Budapest

Gregory Vajda, HPO Conductor Candidate Photo: Oregon Symphony By David S. Fawcett I had a very interesting talk with Gregory Vajda, the second aspiring Hamilton Philharmonic conductor with whom I have spoken. A native of Budapest, his mother, Veronika Kincses, is a prominent operatic soprano and his father, Josef, a professional bassoonist. Gregory is presently […]

At Hamilton’s Juno House With Surprise Guests “Bucket List”

A photo feature with photos by Bill Watson, courtesy of Hamilton Blues Society. A.K. McLeod of the Hammer Blues Band Photo: Bill Watson   A.K. McLeod, Big Johnny Blue of the Hammer Blues BandPhoto: Bill Watson   Bucket List “Blues Forged In The Hammer”Photo: Bill Watson   Ed Fletcher of the Hammer Blues BandPhoto: Bill […]

Dan Medakovic’s New Album “Jolley Cut” Has Some Nice Gems

Dan Medakovic (r) takes the stage with Dave Pomfret Photo: Barry Macdonald It’s been over a decade since singer-songwriter Dan Medakovic has found time to produce a new collection of his poetic thoughts and melodic inspirations. Not that he’s been on a creative hiatus. One look at Medokovic’s YouTube channel shows a diverse collection of […]

Paul Hogeterp Announces November 8th Release Party For First Solo Album: Low Country Hill

Paul Hogeterp at the Barn Window Studio Photo: Dave King   It’s hard to pin down what it feels like to make a debut record, but Paul Hogeterp describes it as a playful journey on a trans-Canada scale. His new solo project, Low Country Hill, produced by Dave King at his barn-turned-studio on the outskirts […]

Emma Rush Celebrates The Release Of Debut Album: Folklorica

Emma Rush Director, Guitar Hamilton Greater Hamilton Musician is pleased to announce an “intimate and interactive concert in a wonderful gallery setting” to celebrate the release of Emma Rush’s debut album, Folklorica, featuring works by Rodrigo, Merlin, Hunt, Sainz de la Maza, Domeniconi and more. The concert features special guests the Hamilton Guitar Duo (James […]

Jon Harvey of Monster Truck by Ivan Sorensen

Credit: Ivan Sorensen

Steve Kiely of Monster Truck by Ivan Sorensen

Photo credit: Ivan Sorensen Taken August 22, 2014 at FirstOntario Centre, Hamilton. Opening for Alice In Chains.  

Talented Hamilton Singer Finds her Voice: Carissa Kimbell

By Shiona MacKenzie Carissa Kimbell, vocalist. Credit: Jay Lolli Bono is often quoted as saying: “Music can change the world because it can change people…” Music is certainly a powerful force in the life of east Hamiltonian Carissa Kimbell, a graduate of the Applied Music programme at Mohawk College. Her passion is singing and songwriting […]

Smoke Wagon Blues Band on the Barber Shop

  You need a wide-angle lens to fit these dudes in one shot. Just sayin’. “smoldering, sexy, cocksure blues…” The Smoke Wagon Blues Band show can be seen on The Barber Shop Podcast. Here’s the link:

Hamilton Children’s Choir the only Canadian choir at 10th World Symposium on Choral Music in Seoul, South Korea

The Hamilton Children’s Choir at the 10th World Symposium on Choral Music in Soeul, South Korea. The HCC was in very fine company at the symposium, as seen by this list: Hong Kong Children’s Choir (China), conducted by Kathy Fokk Voz en Punto (Mexico), conducted by José Galván Moran Choir (Israel), conducted by Naomi Faran […]

David Story Picks Up The Sticks at Aebersold Jazz Workshop, Part 4: Mojo Workin’ Now

I would characterize the week as a happy college reunion. Around 100+ mature adults got their mojos back. Each evening the faculty concerts elicited real joy from attendees. The kind of joy that comes from the recognition you have rejoined the jazz brotherhood of your youth. Mature men grinning like schoolboys. It was a sight. […]

TONGUE FU Record Release – Saturday July 12th 2014

Rock N Roll is an infectious practice. At least it is for a Hamilton Ontario 6-pack called TONGUE FU. Gord Lewis (Teenage Head), Gene Champagne (Killjoys/Junior Achiever), Rob Sweeney (Durango 95/Purple Toads), Dave Elley (Orphans/Loudmouths), Greg Brisco (Dinner Belles) & Lou Molinaro (This Ain’t Hollywood Bar owner) architecturally developed a musical entity. Tongue Fu “Societal challenges, heartbreaks, dementia” What […]

Robert Bruce, Composer: Solo Piano Cinematic/Production Tracks


Monster Truck Smashes Sound of Music Festival Attendance Record: June 14, 2014

Includes some pretty fine clips of the Monster Truck show. Apparently, the MT crowd was the largest ever in the history of the BSOMF. Perfect night. Perfect spot. Perfect band. ilovemonstertruck.com Jon Harvey of Monster Truck photo by Ivan Sorensen

Thoroughly Good Thorogood And A New Gem, Trampled Under Foot

All photos by Ivan Sorensen http://www.georgethorogood.com/ Opening Act: Trampled Under Foot     http://www.tufkc.com/ http://ivansorensenphotography.com/

Hamilton’s The Mercy Beat: Everything From Space To Love And Hate

by Michelle Heshka After years of having a “revolving door” for its other members, two-piece indie rock band The Mercy Beat is starting fresh, and their sound is better than ever. Rob Honey The band started back in 2009 with two high school kids, Rob Honey and Grant Somerville. In between high school classes and […]

Jacob Moon and The Work of Songwriting – Hamilton’s Barber Shop Podcast

One Year Ago At The Harrison Kennedy Fundraiser, This Ain’t Hollywood

If you remember this photo: Photo by Bill Watson Taken at LIUNA Station, across the street from This Ain’t Hollywood Then you’ll definitely want to hear the video that goes with it:

Local Clarinetist and Pianist Spearhead Chamber Music Revival in the Greater Hamilton Area

BY SHIONA MACKENZIE Written for small groups of instruments, chamber music is often referred to as the “music of friends” due to its intimate nature. Shiori Kobayashi, an accomplished Dundas-based clarinetist, recently launched an innovative chamber music concert series, featuring a variety of Hamilton area guest performers, to bring the warmth of chamber music to […]

Hamilton’s Bucket List Blues Band’s First Video: Crossroads

Recorded at Porcelain Records, Hamilton, ON Steve Bigas, Engineer John Staley, bass, vocals Dave Dalgleish, keyboards Ralph Lefevre, guitar Glen Brown, drums Ron Baker, trumpet John Godek, tenor sax Jack Mclaren, bari sax Carl Korody, trombone Camera: Bill Watson Video editor: Ian Brown

Devin Cuddy Band, Whitney Rose Opening: “Chasing The Rhythm With Pure Heart and Soul” at the Molson Canadian Studio

by Glen T Brown Cameron House Records has some pretty sweet singer-songwriters on its roster. I’m sure glad they wanted to show off their talent to the people here in Hamilton. Last night’s show included Ben Somer, Whitney Rose and Devin Cuddy, and we left with a real sense of satisfaction having had our musical […]

Juno Nominee Devin Cuddy Band Brings Some “New Orleans Blues” To Hamilton, With Whitney Rose. By Cameron House Records

On Saturday April 26th, two great blues/country roots acts from Toronto’s Cameron House Records are playing in Hamilton at the acoustically wonderful, no-bad-seats Molson Canadian Studio.Hot off the heels of a tour with Blue Rodeo, as well as a 2014 Juno nomination and performance at this years Gala, The Devin Cuddy Band will be performing […]

Tia McGraff with Tommy Parham on the Barber Shop Podcast: Check out “Movin’ The Smoke Away” at 38:35

The story Tia shared goes like this:“We were in LA for a few days working on some songwriting with Kevin Fisher. On the morning of our working session we woke up to the smell of smoke. Our host was burning waffles in the kitchen. ‘Don’t mind me Tommy, I’m moving the smoke away!’ he shouted. […]

Chelsea Crites Peforms and Discusses Songwriting, Peforming, and the Healing Power of Music Biz

Here’s an excerpt from the program: KB: What word of advice or encouragement would you give to someone who is just starting out in the music business? CC: My mom still tells me this. When you’re in the music industry, it’s something you have to work on every day. You have to treat it like […]

Photographer Ivan Sorensen Tells It Like It Is: R5 Screams Through First Ontario Place and “I Underestimated This Band. Badly.”

by Ivan Sorensen R5 swept into town on Monday night to play in front of 5,000 screaming fans at First Ontario Place. And scream they did! Riker Lynch, bass/vocals “There are so many crazy things happening every day,” says Riker. “Not everybody had a nice upbringing like we did. But if someone is feeling down, […]

Rae Billing and the Unpayables on The Barber Shop Podcast

The program was recorded at Boxo Studio on April 3, 2014. Check out “To Keep” starting at 29:25… I will try… Keep my feet from walkin’ Keep the door from slammin’ Keep my heart from breakin’ Keep the anger waiting’ Keep the tears from flowin’ Keep old wounds from growin’ Keep from knowin’ too much […]

Introducing Michelle Heshka, Writer and Photographer

We’re pleased to aannounce the addition of Michelle Heshka, a graduate of Loyalist College’s photojournalism program, to the Hamilton Musician team of expert contributors. Michelle has chosen to work with Hamilton Musician for her senior internship. She wants to put her skills in photography, web design, and journalism to good use, motivated by her love […]

Buchanan Park School Opera Club Celebrates Its 20th Year

An Interview With Teacher Dawn Martens by David Fawcett This year marks the 20th Anniversary of the Buchanan Park Opera Club. I interviewed the school’s music teacher and opera club founder, Dawn Martens, in her classroom which is crowded with racks of costumes and piles of props. In the interest of disclosure, I was the […]

Hamilton’s Bucket List Band Isn’t Kicking The Bucket, But Filling It

If there’s a lesson to be learned from watching the Winter Olympics it’s this: Don’t quit, and remember everything you’ve learned. SHIT – I fell! It’s all over! We watch a figure skater fall. We imagine their thoughts: “SHIT. I fell. It’s all over.” But no! Get up! You still have a chance. Or we […]

A Little Piece of Hamilton’s Groove Corporation For Your Listening Pleasure

“Intelligent Funk For The Dancing Masses” http://www.groovecorporation.com/

Jazz and Easy Listening Vocalist Brenda Brown Releases Her Debut EP On Valentines Day

Announcing Brenda Brown’s New EP Release Brenda Brown Photo by Ivan Sorensen “This beautiful new Hamilton area singer is accompanied by some of the best jazz players around.” Brenda Brown’s recording debut is a delectable selection of songs chosen from her dozens of performances at shows and special events around Hamilton since 2011. Brenda is […]

Outside The Mainstream: An Interview With HMA Best Classical Album Winner Bud Roach

By David Fawcett Tenor Bud Roach’s CD Sospiro: Alessandro Grandi Complete Arias, 1626 won the Hamilton Music Awards Best Classical Album of 2013. On the recording, he sings the songs accompanying himself on the Baroque Guitar.   Bud Roach Hamilton Music Award Winner for Best Classical Album 2013 Roach holds a B.Mus. from Western and […]

And For The Grammy Win… Big Band Mambo!

  *********************************** And the Grammy goes to… Congratulations Tony Peebles and the members of Pacific Mambo Orchestra on your Grammy win Well deserved! Read more about Tony here ******************************  

Grammy-Nominated Pacific Mambo Orchestra Includes All-Star Jazz Band Saxophonist Tony Peebles

“Tony Peebles was a pretty incredible player,” states Russ Weil, founder and director of the Hamilton All Star Jazz Band, now celebrating its 30th year. “He was an exceptional student, and an exceptional kid. When I taught him at Westmount Secondary in the late nineties, Tony was in the All Star Band. When he was […]

Scott Cushnie – Professor Piano – Makes A Move To Hamilton

Friends in the local music community are joining together to support a move to Hamilton of keyboard legend Scott Cushnie, affectionately known as Professor Piano because of his deep knowledge of the instrument. “Professor Piano” Scott Cushnie The Hamilton Musicians Guild is also assisting with pension issues for the longtime A.F.M. member, who has been […]

Bringing The Entire Entertainment Package a la Freedom Train

Freedom Train has been working, and working well, for 25 years. The busy trio of Carl Jennings (bass and vocals), Tim Jennings (drums and vocals) and Ed Mitchell (guitar) is one of the best loved local groups that plays bars, public, corporate, and private shows. They are busy, busy, busy and they are very, very […]

The Reason Plays Absinthe to Melt The Snowstorm and Warm The Hearts

18 Song Tenth Anniversary Set Gives The Reason Many Ways To Say Thanks Article and photos by Katie Campanella Fans braved the snowstorm Saturday night to celebrate The Reason’s 10th anniversary. After braving winter extremes of their own and treading on black ice – literally, just weeks prior, the warm welcome received by Hamilton fans […]

Philosofear Live at Hamilton’s Citadel Theatre: Become The Rage

Compelled to Play Drums at 59

A Reflection by James M. Lynch I started playing drums at age 13, in the summer of 1968. Prior to that, I took piano lessons from age 7 to 9, and guitar lessons from age 11 to 13. Neither the piano, nor the guitar, were my instrument. I somehow knew the drums were made for […]

Hamilton Music Awards 2013: Female Artist Of The Year Nominees. Take Your Pick, They’re All Amazing!

1. Female Artist of the Year Buckshot Bebee – (Click to hear a sample) Merchants of Youth Jessy Lanza – (Click to hear a sample) Pull My Hair Back Diana Panton – (Click to hear a sample) Christmas Kiss Rosanna Riverso – (Click to hear a sample) The Gift of Christmas Ruth Sutherland – (Click to hear a sample) A […]

Harrison Kennedy: Blues Music IS Soul Music

“This music is like a landscape of my soul. Soulscape.”“My blues music is soul music. If you’re doing blues music in the right way, it’s comin’ from the soul!”“The blues music I know wasn’t the slide guitar; it was the banjo.”“One thing my mother used to say was, ‘The only place where success comes before […]

Bel Canto Strings Students Have Some Scary Fun With Music

Three ensembles participated in the Walking Dead video: the Chamber Orchestra (our advanced ensemble of highschool students), the Senior Orchestra (middle school and highschool students) and the Adult Orchestra (amateur adult musicians). All 3 groups spent part of their fall lessons (5 weeks in Sept and Oct) learning the Walking Dead theme song in their […]

Bucket List: Blues Forged In The Hammer

Every now and then a group of guys gets together to make some of their favourite music. Then it turns out that the chemistry is good. Ownership and commitment come into the picture. The stories and the good times go ’round. And the audience benefits. These guys are about to kick something more than a […]

Reid Spencer: Singer, Actor, Voice/Acting Teacher Moves To Hamilton

by David Fawcett Singer, actor, adjudicator and voice and acting teacher Reid Spencer has recently moved to Hamilton. He is teaching in the Musical Theatre Department of Sheridan College and privately in Hamilton. He has been a voice professor at Mount Royal University in Calgary and at Memorial University in St. John’s Nfld. He has […]

Philosofear LIVE at the Citadel: “Soon For You” Video Just Released

The video includes Mike Harshaw’s drum solo.

Songwriter Shawn Brush – The Krooked Cowboy – Celebrates At The Casbah

[October 12, 2013] Shawn Brush is 44. It has been ten years since his concert at the Staircase Theatre, and about 20 years since he launched his career as a singer-songwriter. The Krooked Cowboy performed for an enthusiastic audience of fans, friends, and family at The Shawn Brush and band. Photo: Sam DeRosa Casbah last […]

Documentary About Hamilton Punk and Hardcore

You learn something new everyday, and you gain more respect for the ridiculous amount of variety and motivations for performing in this town! Well worth the watch. Drop your barriers. Open your mind.

PHILOSOFEAR: Powered Up, Proven, and Primed to Perform

Photo: Bob Hatcher Last night’s much-anticipated Hamilton double bill by Philosofear and 40 Sons was a major session of prog rock/contemporary rock power infusion. Not only did it gain some new support and credibility for 40 Sons, but the show at Rebecca Street’s Citadel Theatre dispelled all doubts about whether Philosofear will be poised to […]

Grimsby’s Mike Harshaw In Rehearsal With Annihilator

In Mike’s own words off of his Facebook page: Today was the last ANNIHILATOR rehearsal before our Feast on Europe tour! Very long and hard rehearsal…we are ready to rock this tour! Before we leave we play a warm up show in Ottawa at the Brass Monkey then we are off to Europe. Can’t wait! […]

Matapa Presents: Nagata Shachu – Japanese Traditional Drumming’s Ferocious Talent

Kiyoshi Nagata performs on the massive O-hirado daiko. (Photo: Cody Lanktree) The sweat appeared, glistening between his shoulder blades, five minutes into the piece. It was only half over. The stage lights burned like the tropical sun of an ancient Japanese village. I was transported. The sheer spectacle of his engagement with this huge drum towering […]

Chris Ferguson, Creator Of The 2013 Steel City Jazz Fest: Five Minute Interview

There’s a lot of hoopla these days about entrepreneurs, start-ups, and risk-takers who are helping to re-invent and/or re-vitalize Hamilton’s artistic community. Anyone who take a stroll down James Strett North during an Art Crawl understands this. Chris Ferguson performs in Kit Kat with Haolin’ Munk. Still shot from video by BE + ME Productions The […]

Mike Malone, Bob Shields, Clark Johnston Open The Steel City Jazz Fest At The Pearl Company

Mike Malone, Bob Shields, Clark Johnston Thursday, August 21, 2013 Trumpeter/composer Mike Malone and guitarist/composer Bob Shields opened the Steel City Jazz Festival Pearl Company shows tonight. Joining Malone and Shields was bassist/composer Clark Johnston subbing in for jazz tuba master Jay Burr. We got started a little late, due to the earlier theatre event […]

John Mamone Offers Up Some Serious Prog Metal

Mamone’s vocals are like a sonic, clear-cutting force. Lots of power matched by clarity and for the purpose of getting across some meaningful lyrics. Recorded at the Local Live Entertainment sound stage in London Canada. Recorded, mixed, mastered and edited by M. Brewer. Camera by R. Kinnin and M. Glen. Produced by M. Brewer for […]

Bjorn Anderson, Prakash John Solo Moment at Coach and Lantern’s Blues Studio

This clip was recorded on July 30, 2013 upstairs at The Coach and Lantern. An intimate venue for some “freakin’ awesome” blues! Special guests each month bring the best of the blues to our doorstep. For more information on The Blues Studio shows, visit http://www.thebluesstudio.com/

Dignity Memorial – Alex MacDougall Obituary

Alex MacDougall Click to read the obituary notice here. Guest Book for Alex MacDougall – Online Guest Book by Dignity Memorial and Legacy.com.

Monster Truck: Download Festival, Power of the People

Philosofear: Look Under “Heavy, Aggressive, Fast, Complicated” Metal.

For months now, all we’ve been able to get at philosofear.com is a sound sample of the band’s tune Sacrifice. But now, with the help of Jason Romolo’s direction and editing, and camera operators: Kevin Hall, Kenny Wong and Romolo, there’s now an exciting visual component which makes the song come alive. Momentum and interest […]

Steeltown’s Steelpan Player: Drumming got him into trouble — and into Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music

Dejehan “Lucky” Hamilton is a local kid who won a scholarship to Berklee in Boston for steelpan playing. By Amy Kenny ————- Photo: Cathy Coward, Hamilton Spectator As a kid, drumming got him into trouble. Wherever he was — at home on Francis Street or in class at Bennetto Elementary School — Dejehan “Lucky” Hamilton […]

Varga Drummer Dan Fila

To my drummer friends, check out what we’re in store for when Varga comes to town. Here’s Dan Fila doing a little warm-up session. Pop over the YouTube page and LIKE it. Get your tickets to their September show on September 21 at Hamilton’s Citadel Theatre.

Hamilton’s Monster Truck Devours The Festival d’ete de Quebec


Crowd Surfing At The Burlington Sound Of Music Festival

This is how it’s done!   USS at the Burlington Sound of Music Festival June 15, 2013. Photo by Ray Williams, A Perfect Pixel (twitter.com/aperfectpixel)

Brantford Band HEY BROTHER Rocks Burlington Sound Of Music Festival

Hey Brother Sean Boyle, Cory Robin, Julian Hache, Josh Levesque It was worth the walk to the east end of the festival, where the Hyundai Stage was located. That’s the area down by Burlington’s new pier-to-nowhere. Despite having to wade through a sea of humanity (I’ve never seen so many buns in short shorts over […]

Veteran Hamilton Rock Artist JOHN MAMONE Releases New CD, “Order And Chaos”

John Mamone I received a note from John about his new album “Order and Chaos,” so I went exploring and listening. My first impressions? Powerhouse sound. Lightning fingers. Authentic, strong vocals, with harmonies reminiscent of my old Styx and Boston LPs. Gutsy and driven, as authenticated by the track “Burn ‘Til There Ain’t No Nothin’ […]

Hamilton’s Hammer Antics CD Release Party @ The Corktown: Uncorking Some Girl Power

Michelle Owen Chick Band stereotypes: Women singers in rock bands are usually there to provide a pretty face. Fans can be blinded to the reality of merely passable vocals by the distraction of a gritty, sexy performance that’s entertaining. Some groups might be accused of making this trade-off of talent for titillation. What about the […]

Being A Successful Singer Is More Than A Microphone And Stand: The Story Of MizA

I first heard MizA (pronounced Ms. A) sing at the Blues Flash Mob at Jackson Square back in February. She was belting out the Muddy Waters standard Got My Mojo Workin’ with delightful abandon, and thoroughly enjoying being in the mix with about 20 other local blues players. As we later chatted over coffee I […]

John and Sheila Ludgate’s Never Too Late: A Video Story Of A Man On A Journey

Thanks to Hamilton Blues Lovers and the affiliated BluesHamilton YouTube channel, I just found out about John and Sheila Ludgate. Here are two are talented, well-established songwriters. Their sons Anthony, Luke, and Shane are co-conspirators in making great music. As you watch, check out the cool view of a rainy gray morning on the Harbour, […]

New HD Quality Hamilton Musician Videos by BOXO Studio: Ray Materick and Tim Gibbons

Raymond Materick – Long Road To Heaven by Ryan Cannon – BOXO Studio Tim Gibbons – Guitar King by Ryan Cannon, BOXO Studio

Tenille Brings Her Spark To Hamilton’s Parkdale School: Play It Forward Cross Canada Tour

[May 2013, Hamilton, ON] ONCE UPON A TIME there was a girl from the Canadian prairie named Tenille. She started singing at age five. Oh how she loved to sing! In grade two, a smart teacher gave her a remarkable assignment: Draw Your Dream. Naturally, Tenille drew herself as a singer. Beautiful and slim. Once […]

Hamilton Bassist Brad Cheeseman Releases Debut EP, “Mixed Messages”

The very best bass players are subtle and polite control freaks. During performances they stand aloof, usually off to the side and happy to let the front man carry the show. But they are musical egomaniacs in disguise. The best ones are musical geniuses; masters of the sonic universe. They know that what they lay […]

Paul Federici Releases Sail On Official Lyric Video

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The Acoustics CD Release at Hamilton’s AGH Design Annex: Review

viewmag.com April 25 Edition I love the AGH Design Annex. The flexibility of seating (ie. folding chairs), the simple, clean bar, and the modern art on display combine with the knowledge of being in an “older” building. All these work together to create a favourable location for an intimate musical performance. Now all you need […]

Ginger St. James Sings Beer Bottle Pockets at Devil’s Punchbowl

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Steve Strongman Wins JUNO Award for Blues Album of the Year

Photo: Liam Richards/The Canadian Press Kitchener raised, Hamilton Ontario resident Steve Strongman will be clearing space on his mantle for more hardware after receiving a coveted JUNO Award for Blues Album of the Year for his recent release “A Natural Fact”. The award was handed out this past Saturday at a gala dinner at the […]

Hamilton Musicians Rock The 2013 JUNOs

The City Harmonic It’s a beautiful year for Hamilton at the JUNOs. What can I say? Here are the winners: The City Harmonic – Christian/Gospel Album of the Year Elliot Brood – Roots and Traditional Album of the Year: Group Steve Strongman – Blues Album of the Year Monster Truck – Breakout Group of the […]

Danielle Beaudin: Wait For Your Love. Video: March Mercanti Music producer: Carl Jennings

Danielle Beaudin’s Latest Video, released to YouTube on April 17, 2013.

André and the J-Tones: Building Momentum as a Hamilton Blues Band

Loretta Hale In the few years since finishing her studies at Mohawk College’s Applied Music program, Loretta Hale is pretty upbeat and positive about how things have been going in her music career. “It’s going better than I thought. I privately teach cello, and play trumpet with my own big band.” After completing the Mohawk […]

Jacob Moon with Melissa Bel at the Molson Canadian Studio: A Rich Evening of Music

Melissa Bel at Hamilton’s Molson Canadian Studio Photo by Ivan Sorensen Melissa Bel’s voice rings clear and clean with a fiery edge. The gutsy growl is offset with an angelic falsetto that pops through the top end when necessary. Melissa Bel is comfortable with her voice and her stage presence. What a joy to finally get […]

Hamilton’s Looper Masters: Sam Klass and Jacob Moon

Clip #1: Sam Klass at Sealed Art 30th Anniversary, March 9, 2013. Video by Brian Berneker samklass.com Clip #2: Jacob Moon on top of Staircase Theatre, September 11, 2008. Video by  Stephen Strangways and Ron Kebic jacobmoon.com

Monster Truck’s Jeremy Widerman and Jon Harvey: “It’s All About The Tunes”

Last March 27 Claire Brassard of circuit.ca interviewed Jeremy Widerman and Jon Harvey of Juno nominees Monster Truck. Widerman acted as the chief spokesman, with Harvey’s tacit approval throughout. Here are some highlights of the conversation. Hamilton’s Monster Truck includes Steve Kiely (drums), Jon Harvey (bass, vocals), Jeremy Widerman (guitar, vocals). Missing from this photo: […]

Steven Strongman Performs @ The HMAs, Video By Brian Berneker, Alex Zafer

Brian Berneker just posted this on his YouTube page.

Hamilton’s Acoustics Band Launches New Album “Erie Long” April 27 @AGH Design Annex

The Acoustics launch their latest recording, “Erie Long” on April 27, 2013 at the AGH Design Annex, 118 James Street North When Al Spoto, accordionist and founding member of The Acoustics called we surprised ourselves by talking for half an hour. When I found out that Spoto was going to be taking his accordion into […]

Could This Group Represent The Soul Of Hamilton Blues?

Taken on Wednesday April 3. 2012 W.J. Watson, photographer  

CH Morning Live Appearance by Hamilton’s Nicki Nero

BIG STAR BABY NAKED is the acoustic bare bones version of  most of Nicki Nero’s soon to be released album Big Star Baby. Nero, that charismatic cinematic fellow, will be appearing on Cogeco Cable 14’s Hamilton Life on Thursday April 11 at noon, repeated at 3 pm, 7 pm, 10 pm and the next day […]

Pianist Shoshana Telner Enriches The Hamilton Music World

“I love contemporary music. Short, tonal, fresh ideas.” – Shoshana Telner There is something prodigious about Shoshana Telner. It shows when she performs, and then later when she reflects about it. The excitement of Korngold’s Piano Quintet revealed itself to me in a recent concert as Telner allowed the music to grip her in its […]

Hamilton Philharmonic Composer In Residence Abigail Richardson-Schulte

An artist feature interview by David Fawcett. I absolutely love telling stories through music.  – Abigail Richardson-Schulte Abigail Richardson-Schulte is the Composer-in-Residence of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra and the Assistant Administrator of the HPO’s What Next New Music Festival. She is best known for The Hockey Sweater, a setting for narrator and orchestra of the […]

Hamilton’s Monster Truck Wins Canadian Radio Music Award: Best New Group of the Year

Here’s a few pics from the show from Kool Haus, Toronto, Wednesday March 20, 2013. Monster Truck’s Jon Harvey CRMA 2013 Photo: Michael Hurcomb   Monster Truck’s Harvey, Widerman CRMA 2013 Photo: Michael Hurcomb   Monster Truck’s Brandon Bliss CRMA 2013 Photo: Michael Hurcomb   Monster Truck’s Steve Kiely CRMA 2013 Photo: Michael Hurcomb   […]

A supremely harmonious humdinger: Sarah Beatty, Anthony Damiao, Brendan James Stephens

Sarah Beatty A Supremely Harmonious Humdinger Who: SARAH BEATTY (Hamilton), ANTHONY DAMIAO & THE NAMEDROPPERS (Guelph), BRENDAN JAMES STEPHENS (Waterloo). What: A folk showcase, with three emerging folk acts. A folk music buffet, if you will. When: Tuesday April 16th, doors at 8:30 p.m., show starts at 9pm Where: The Baltimore House, King William St., […]

Weekend Riot Club Video: Things Are Looking Up Again

Things Are Looking Up Again, by Weekend Riot Club It’s the Hamilton band’s first video. From their YouTube notes: This second single from our upcoming debut, Psychotropia, was shot in one day at Boxcar Sound Recording Studios and Dr. Disc in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.  CREDITS:VideoDirected by: Andy WoodDIrector of Photography: Simon ShohetProducer: Matt MacLellan SongWritten and […]

Focus On JP Riemens: Hamilton Area Singer-Songwriter

JP Riemens Singer-songwriter JP Riemens is cruising down the lonely road to Red Lake Ontario, population 4,526, guitar in the back seat and a song in his head. The fall colours are at their September peak and the scudding clouds have that wild look announcing colder days to come. The sights and feelings are giving […]

Zimfira Poloz, Artistic Director of the Hamilton Children’s Choir

Interview With Zimfira Poloz, Artistic Director of the Hamilton Children’s Choir by David Fawcett   Zimfira Poloz, Artistic Director Hamilton Children’s Choir I spoke with Zimfira Poloz, the Artistic Director of the Hamilton Children’s Choir, a cluster of four graduated choirs and a Kindersing program for 3 to 6 year olds. Poloz was educated in […]

Hamilton Children’s Choir Packs the Guangzhou Opera House

Hamilton Children’s Choir Packs the Guangzhou Opera House Zimfira Poloz, musical director of the Hamilton Children’s Choir, recently spoke with David Fawcett about last November’s trip to China. What is remarkable about this story is the comment made by Poloz, “I hope that someone will recognize the value of the choirs and sponsor them because […]

Two Minute Interview: The Reason’s Adam White and James Nelan

I managed to catch up with Adam and James who had just done a short acoustic set in honour of Harrison Kennedy. Considering how busy these guys are, it means a lot that they’d take time out of their Saturday afternoon. The stripped down vulnerability of playing unplugged and not having the usual five-piece configuration didn’t bother […]

Hamilton Philharmonic Musicians: Organized and United

Fine Facts About the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra The Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra employs 60 musicians, with 30 of them as full-time members. The musicians, as members of the Hamilton Musician’s Guild, local 293 AFM, and the Organization of Canadian Symphony Musicians, work under the terms of a negotiated collective agreement. Under the agreement, all musicians working […]

Joel Guenther: What Up In The Hammer

Photo posted on Reverbnation The link to the Joel Guenther article on What Up In The Hammer is here.

Halfway Heroes’ New Release: Welcome to Oakhaven

Listen to Halfway Heroes’ DeLorean while you read. Dom Orsi, James Puntilo Photo by Max Gravina, Wet Dog Media Dom Orsi of Halfway Heroes is giving me the details of the band’s upcoming release of Welcome to Oakhaven, their new single. Lucas Lubin’s Afternoon After radio show on Indie 101 will be hosting the song’s […]

Steve Strongman Wins Three Maple Blues Awards

Steve Strongman stevestrongman.com Last night’s 16th Maple Blues Awards at Toronto’s Koerner Hall once again affirmed that Hamilton blues musician Steve Strongman is the foremost blues guitarist in Canada. (Click to Tweet) After giving a listen to his latest album “A Natural Fact” it’s easy to agree. Slick finger picking, slide work, strong vocals, blues […]

Ex CFMU Deejay-Turned-Lawyer Opens New Recording Studio

  Ex CFMU Deejay-Turned-Lawyer Opens New Recording Studio Brings Lifelong Love of Music To Fruition, Opens Studio in James North Neighbourhood   Mario “Rockin’ Rio” Pietrangeli plays Open Streets Hamilton When Mario “Rockin’ Rio” Pietrangeli flicks on the power switch in his new Downtown Sound Recording Studios this spring, it won’t be without a considerable […]

Nicki Nero’s Big Star Baby: New Songs, New Band

“My Way To Help Is To Write Songs” Nicki Nero’s Big Star Baby I got an email out of the blue the other day from a local musician named Nicki Nero. He wrote, “Hi there, I am lead singer/writer for Hamilton based, rock band BIG STAR BABY, just released our debut album as a download, […]

How To Be A Lunatic Rock Band: CRACKERS

Reg Denis and Patti Warden   CRACKERS Canada’s original lunatic rock band was Reg “The Dome” Denis, Patricia Warden, Monte Hawes and George Holyoke. The original band was together for 19 years touring full time with the same members, recorded two albums, “Choice Cuts” and “Hard on You,”  which were both engineered and produced by […]

Happy New Year With Brian Berneker’s Auld Lang Syne 2013

https://youtu.be/eEW1WcILELo Copyright © 2012 Brian Berneker Participants: Harmonica:  Luigi Campanella Vocals: Robin Benedict, Missy Bauman, Ellie Ketsetzis, Emmett Sherlock, Melinda Morton, Maggie Ciere Lead Guitar/ Vocals: Dean Irvine Rhythm Guitar: John M Crawford Bass Guitar: Criss Stone Saxophone: Parag Chakravarti Holiday Dancers: Bree Walker and Ashley Oliver also featuring: “The Dancin’ Guy” Jed Lifeson Video Produced by: Brian Berneker Camera: Brian Berneker Editor/Post Production: Brian Berneker Music Arrangement of “Auld Lang Syne” […]

Caretakers CD Launch Party @ The Casbah

The Caretakers CD Release @ The Casbah with Adam Bentley I love it when Adam does a solo show, he’s so “Atmospheric” on his own. City and The Sea; Fabulous acoustic set, a first for me and a real musical treat. Mike Trebilcock & The LoHeels; some great rockin’ tunes. Cheers Guys. The Caretakers’ with […]

Danny Medakovic

Dan Medakovic Dan Medakovic, when he’s not working in the technical software business, can often be found with his guitar in hand crafting another song. Depending on what idea or situation has been inspiring him at the moment, you may hear a solemn, reflective ballad, a heartfelt social commentary, or an upbeat, tongue-in-cheek ditty about […]

Paul Federici’s “Relative Importance” Is Too Good to Miss

Relative Importance by Paul Federici Musicreleased 29 January 2012  All songs written by Paul Federici (SOCAN) (paulfederici.ca)  Cover art and shirt design by Lacey McBane (actionprint.ca)  Produced by: moon:and:6 (moonand6.com)  Recorded and mixed at: Catherine North Studios in Hamilton, ON by moon:and:6, additional recording and editing by Marcone (catherinenorth.com)  Mastered by: Joe Lambert at JLM […]

Jazz Connection Big Band: The Sleeping Giant for Hamilton Sidemen

The Jazz Connection Big Band’s next show is at The Pearl Company on Friday, December 14, 2012. Guests are trumpeter Mike Malone and pianist Adrean Farrugia Tickets: www.thepearlcompany.ca Twelve years ago the Jazz Connection Big Band was founded by Simon Wheeldon when he was just getting into the groove as a music teacher for the […]

A Tribute to Ken Lamanes

A Tribute to Ken Lamanes August 7, 1945 — September 26, 2012 By Louise Feeney Notley Ken Lamanes, well-known Hamilton musician and high school music teacher, died on September 26th, 2012. He was 67. His memory lives on with sister Millie, brother Bob, wife Jane, daughters Ann (Mike) and Laura (Dylan), and son Kevin (Kim), grandchildren Jackson […]

Mohawk Music Grads: Influence Felt Around the Hamilton Region

Mohawk Alumni magazine article Ripple Effects tells the story of Mohawk Music grads. See page 13. Open publication – Free publishing – More 2012

ArtHouse Festival Series Presents Ross Wooldridge and His Tribute to the Benny Goodman Sextet

Ross Wooldridge ArtHouse for Children and Youth is on the right track when it comes to embedding social outreach into a great concert experience. On Sunday, October 27, 2012 Ross Wooldridge and his Tribute to the Benny Goodman Sextet entertained a sizeable audience at St. Luke’s historic church in Burlington. Walking through the church grounds, […]

The Dundas Valley Orchestra: A Jewel In The Valley

One of the smartest uses of municipal tax money, next to the basics of education, sanitation, and safety, is in supporting cultural activities for the benefit of all. The Dundas Valley Orchestra (DVO) is one such recipient, and the DVO members and executive take it to heart. They make it their goal to serve the […]

Hamilton 24 Festival Birthed AndrewVictoria’s Champion Song

Singer, Song and Songwriter in Perfect Union “It’s not the singer, it’s the song”  Well, I beg to differ.  In the case of AndrewVictoria’s Repeat Yesterday, singer, song and songwriter are entwined perfectly, resulting in a song that has now won the Intel Superstars contest, and bringing the prize total for this song to four. […]

Hamilton All Star Vocal Jazz Lands Prestigious Invitational US Jazz Education Conference Gig

This news release was passed on to our readers, thanks to Chris McLaughlin, director of the ensemble: Hamilton All Star Vocal Jazz, 2011 Hamilton All Star Vocal Jazz has been invited to perform at the prestigious Jazz Education Network conference in Atlanta, Georgia. This a cappella ensemble of nine singers is one of only four vocal groups […]

It’s Time to Listen to Bill Majoros

Yes, I do believe it’s time you heard one of his tunes…   Sweet Sorrow / You Were My Summer Sun by The Foreign Films

Looking Back: North Country on CHCH from the Seventies

Thank-you Bud Wilkinson for sharing this video and some background to it:   Here is a video with many local guys. Ronny Horton may have others from the CHTV archives. In the video Ronny Horton (still around), Grant Wilson (piano), Al Reese (drums, still around), Billy Harchuck, Bill Sawyer, Brian Barons, and others. George Hamilton’s fourth […]

Philip “Pip” Kummel and Metro Phil Music

  Philip Kummel – Jackson Square rooftop, 2012 Local singer-songwriter Philip “Pip” Kummel has been writing and developing his unique style of music for over twenty years. He was nominated for a 2012 Hamilton Arts Award in music, and won the inaugural Central Ontario Wire Songwriter Award in 1999. Kummel describes his music as “jazz-pop.” He […]

What? Learn An Instrument At My Age? Yes! With New Horizons Band Program

Item: New Horizons Band Program for Seniors Comes to Burlington   New Horizons Band, Woodbridge Do people over 50 even feel like senior citizens these days? If the number of exciting opportunities available to that demographic means anything, it means that the over-fifty crowd is not letting couch-potato syndrome take over any time soon! The […]

The Story of Shorty-Bud, aka. Little Buddy Wilks

Little Buddy Wilks Like many of Hamilton’s seasoned musicians, Bud Wilkinson is the product of decades of musical and cultural changes that have been felt across the continent. At the age of seven Bud learned to play mandolin and guitar from a Woody Guthrie hand book and then learned to play Country music with his […]

The Peter Banting Swingtet

Get your swing thing on The PETER BANTING SWINGTET was formed in 1999. The group’s instrumentation includes: guitar, bass, drums, trumpet, alto and tenor saxophones, and trombone. Its members are all experienced professional musicians, who have performed in a variety of musical settings, including pit bands for musicals, marching bands, dance bands, concert bands and […]

Adam Beresford and Autism’s Got Talent

Adam Beresford Adam Beresford is a hobby musician with energy to spare. Back on June 2, 2012 he organized a fundraiser revue at The Freeway called Autism’s Got Talent, and raised $3000 for the Autism Foundation. Adam’s brother David, a caricature artist, sister April and a few others worked with him on the project. There […]

Carolyn Credico’s CD Project With Don Thompson

Mohawk College Graduation Recital An Incredible Opportunity Carolyn Credico is a vocalist and a recent graduate of Mohawk College’s Applied Music program. Vocal jazz gigs have been coming in steadily since her graduation recital last April, thanks to her connections with other music students including drummer Jono Blaak. Credico and the Jono Blaak Quartet have […]

Steve Strongman On Playing Live And True

A Natural Fact Steve Strongman Interview July, 2012 Since the April 2012 release of his fourth CD, A Natural Fact, Steve Strongman has been a busy man. Three visits to Quebec jazz and blues festivals, where audiences are quick to embrace and celebrate all kinds of new and rising stars, and a variety of local […]

Prakash John: How To Pass The Torch Of Musical Excellence, Part Two

Interview With Prakash John, part 2 This is part two of two parts. [Part one is here.] I spoke with bassist and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Prakash John at Ancaster’s Coach and Lantern Blues Studio event. John’s son Jordan was recently signed by Verve Records for an extensive recording contract. Prakash spoke […]

How Hamilton’s Robin Benedict Will Become Famous, Part Two

Robin Benedict brings it to the audience As a follow-up to last week’s review of Done Deel’s lunchtime concert with Robin Benedict, I’d like to share with you some more of her background in her own words. Robin was out of town when I contacted her with these questions, but she made sure to take […]

Jenna Aquino’s Originals at Ferguson Station

Jenna Aquino at Ferguson Station Jenna Aquino, 14, is seated with her guitar on a white kitchen chair in the barest of settings: a guitar stand, a music stand, and a mike stand. Two wires snake across the floor to her guitar amp on the right and her home karaoke machine on the left. There […]

Steve Strongman On Musicianship and Songwriting

Songwriting and A Natural Fact: Steve Strongman Earlier this summer I had the opportunity to meet Steve Strongman, blues guitarist and singer/songwriter. Steve has been busy touring this summer supporting the recent release of A Natural Fact, his fourth CD to date. A Natural Fact has a distinctly acoustic emphasis and, like most of Strongman’s […]

Prakash John: How To Pass The Torch Of Musical Excellence

“You’re A Square-Pants If You Hit The One” An Interview With Prakash John Prakash John (r) at the Blues Studio event Prakash John is the consummate bass player and musician’s musician. After establishing himself as a solid, hardworking sideman and band leader touring in the seventies with acts such as Lou Reed, Domenic Troiano, Edgar […]

How Hamilton’s Robin Benedict Will Become Famous

Robin Benedict and Done Deel, from robinbenedict.ca Mike Mansfield, Robin Benedict Hey, is anyone out there getting married or throwing a party? Perfect! I knew there were hundreds of you. What are you going to do for music? Deejay? NO WAY! Not as long as Robin Benedict and Done Deel are up for hire. This […]

Musical Testosterone: Lo Fi Pulls Into Ferguson Station

Musical Testosterone: Lo-Fi Pulls Into Ferguson Station LO FI at Ferguson Station Vince Sciara, Ken Corke, Todd Knight, Josh Harrison, Lips Holy reggae funk, Batman! At Ferguson Station in King Street East’s International Village, the Lo-Fi band put on a lunchtime concert Wednesday for anyone who was within earshot. Over a block away from the […]

“If The Kids Aren’t Having Fun, They’re Not Coming Back”

Corey Pearce and Drumming For The Greater Good “Everyone in there was in a marching band uniform” “It was during the scorching heat of the Chicago Fourth of July parades. The year was 1992. With all of us marching in our winter uniforms and marching four or five parades a day, we needed police escorts […]

How To Play Tribute To Benny Goodman, And Make For A Perfect Summer Evening

Ross Wooldridge and His Sextet Shows How It’s Done at Music at Fieldcote, Sunday July 8 Everything was right, musically speaking, at the Fieldcote Museum Bandshell in Ancaster. The volume, the blend of instruments, the beautiful singer, the swing style, the solos, the place and the time were spot on. With all the pieces in […]

Kori Pop: Versatile, Unique, Intense

A Reprint from The Hamiltonian’s Musical Notes – Kori Pop by Angelo Noto Campanella I first heard Kori Pop sing 2 years ago at a huge summer party in Grimsby. I even recorded one of her songs but the crowd was so loud that she was drowned out. Then early last year I went to […]

Musicians and Urban Renewal

Vocal and Guitar Duo Room For Two Take Their Gig To King Street East [JULY 14, 2012] Evening pedestrians on King Street East were pleasantly surprised on three separate occasions in May, June and July. Room For Two, a vocal and guitar musical team made up of Brenda Brown and Joe Finochio, was performing outdoors […]

The Horrible Danger Of Giving Drums To Teenagers

Carolyn French and Andrew Thies, Drumline Entrepreneurs   “The more our kids do parades and performances, the better and more motivated they are.”   Carolyn French hit the ground in full stride when she started her teaching career at Burlington’s M. M. Robinson High School ten years ago. On top of her teaching workload, she immediately […]

Diana Panton: The Song Is Everything

June 12, 2012 “… impeccable sense of taste and control.” Tim Perlich, CBC My special moment when talking with Diana Panton the other day was when she was flipping through her calendar book to tell me about upcoming shows, and she was humming a little tune to herself. I know it sounds corny, but let’s […]

Feeling The Beat With Hamilton Area Drumlines

Just when I was getting my head wrapped around the idea of two secondary school drumlines in the area — Burlington’s M. M. Robinson Percussion and Hamiltons’ St. Mary’s Crusaders — being in existence, yesterday’s Ontario Drumline Finals at St. Michael’s College School blew my mind. Totally. Blew. My. Mind. Why? Because of the energy, […]

The Bishops: Hamilton’s First Rhythm & Blues Band

In the early sixties Russ Carter was riding the crest of the wave of soul, rhythm and blues music that was flooding Hamilton. His band, The Bishops, could be called Hamilton’s first rhythm and blues band. Carter states that The Bishops became one of the leading bands and were a significant and early influence in […]

Illusion Avenue Delivers The Goods. Read To Find Out How.

After two years of hard work, Illusion Avenue has developed a live show that netted the band the top spot in the Hamilton Music Awards Rising Star category. Since the HMAs last November these four Westdale Secondary students have been keeping up a steady creative pace while at the same time juggling the everyday demands […]

Great Voices. Tight Harmonies.

Toronto Festival Crowd Soaks Up The Sounds Of Hamilton’s All Star  Vocal Jazz Group by Glen Brown   Hamilton All Star Vocal Jazz is Alyssa Bator, Raluca Nuta, Stephanie Hincks, Rachel Martens, Margaret Martin, Chelsea Salisbury, Nigel Ecock, Stephen Telford, Kevon Strachan, and Faisel Qazi.   Ten talented singers from the Hamilton area wrapped up […]

Good Rockin’ Blues Medicine

Good Rockin’ Blues Medicine Guitar Mikey and Real Thing CD Release Molson Canadian Studio, Saturday, April 7, 2012 by Glen T Brown Four hundred Hamilton blues fans got a dose of good medicine last night at the Molson Canadian Studio, as Mike McMillan, aka Guitar Mikey, took the stage and moved back into the forefront […]

How to Do Your Best at Musicfest From an Adjudicator’s Point of View

by Dennis Ullmann What should first time festival participants, both students and directors, keep at the foremost of their minds when preparing for a festival? Festival participants should focus on performing well, hearing great music and learning how to improve their overall musicality. The best performances demonstrate a variety in repertoire. The performance should focus […]

A Behind The Scenes Chat with Jon Harvey of Monster Truck

Harvey at the Hamilton Music Awards, 2011 Photo by Ida Adamowicz By: Rachel Harvey One of the challenges with interviewing someone you know, particularly if you’ve grown up with them, is that it’s hard to keep a straight face. Sounds unprofessional, but there it is. Rather than fight it, I decided to just go with […]

Eight Monsters. One Master. Larry Carlton Plays McIntyre Theatre at Mohawk College

Larry Carlton In Concert With The Mohawk College Faculty Ensemble Friday, March 9, 2012 Just about every guitar player or fan of mainstream jazz in the district filled Mohawk College’s McIntyre Theatre to see guitar legend Larry Carlton display his talent. The brilliant event was sponsored by The Steeltown Friends of Mohawk College Music. Tonight’s […]

Sarah Beatty Performs at Hamilton’s Artword Artbar

Sarah Beatty is comfortable behind a microphone and in front of an audience, although she says she has performed as a soloist only twice. Her experience in front of an audience includes about 200 gigs with a band. Her relaxed mood didn’t dull her wit nor her musical impact. “Glad you’re all here, getting folked […]

Tanya Sanders and the W.H. Ballard Band

Tanya Sanders is the music teacher at Hamilton’s W.H. Ballard School. She has been there since 1995, and has established, through her effort and ability, a thriving music program. I’ve determined to find out more about her and her work. I caught up with her one day after school for a chat. How did she […]