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Junestone Releases The Bong Song

Hamilton post-hip-funk-gaze band Junestone continues on its post-covid journey into regional stardom with the people that matter: their audience. “The Bong Song” has been a track in evolution for a couple of years, with this newly released version being a symbol of the band’s attention to detail and determination to not get boxed in.

Definitely no boxing in.

Buy it and listen here: Downloading on Bandcamp recommended $1

Play LOUD.

Junestone is about the people in the band ==> the musicians, and being free to express a vision of creative energy as determined by their Collective Bonding Agent (CBA) which is eclectic-yet-always-energetic and FUN musical tastes.

Borys, Olivia, Ian, Justin

Named for the sixth month of the year and a semiprecious stone said to protect anyone travelling by night or by water, Junestone is the innovative and illuminating musical visions of Olivia Brown, as performed and realized by herself, Borys Franiczek, Ian Aisling, and Justin Mchugh.

Junestone’s main page is http://junestone.tk/

Righteous Roses by ELINOR

Hamilton Music and Food Guy: YouTube Channel Startup

The Music and Food Guy channel on YouTube is kicking off with this video on baking sourdough bread.

Ariana Fig at the Casbah May 7

Join Ariana Fig at the Casbah for her welcome home show to Hamilton! She will be showcasing songs from her sophomore EP “Maroon”.
For tickets click here

Brenda Brown “Now and Then” legacy video from Barber Shop Podcast

This gem was recorded on the historic music podcast series “Barber Shop Podcast” on December 10, 2016. For the entire episode click here.

Kevin Barber created a legendary body of high-quality work in his Barber Shop Podcast Series, focusing almost exclusively on Hamilton musical talent. Check out the channel here.

Saxophone Technique: Basic Concepts and Strategies Book Review

Frank Bongiorno’s book is intended for the high school as well as undergraduate saxophone student. Here is a review by Sarah Anne Wolkowski of SaxophoneTechnique.ca.

Ariana Fig Releases “Punchline”

Ariana Fig has released her latest single titled Punchline. “Thank you for listening to and vibing with my music over the last year,” says Ariana Fig on her Instagram page celebrating the release of her latest single Punchline. “This is the final song I’ll be sharing before the whole EP is out.”

Photo of Ariana Fig the singer, taken by Stephanie Montani
Ariana Fig photo by Stephanie Montani
A live EP release show is coming up on February 4, 2023 at London’s TAP Centre for Creativity. For tickets see link below.

The talented and confident young singer-songwriter has been busy. Her releases this past year include Guilty Pleasure, Running Man and Maroon. Fig’s musical arrangements, vocalizations and lyrics are diverse and interesting, and definitely up to professional standards. More importantly, her familiarity and comfort stands out; she’s not afraid to bend, shape and lean into her melodies; I would venture to say that we are witnessing the birth of a unique style.

Ariana has kept her ears and heart open as she responds to diverse creative inspirations and genres, and yet she traverses the diversity with seeming effortlessness. This speaks to the production partners she has chosen. Punchline was actually recorded in London, ON and produced by Sarah MacDougall.

“This EP has been a collaboration of love from myself, Sarah and Ben Heffernan,” says Fig.

Ariana Fig has paid homage to her roots in southwestern Canada with her new music for 2023. A little bit of everything all mixed together to create this unforgettable sound. Fig has truly begun to develop her own sense of self with her poetic and artistic words, all while staying true to her ever changing self.

Over the last three years, Ariana Fig has grown not only as a musician but as an artist, in the truest meaning of the word. With her diet of 70s classic bands like the Stones or Fleetwood Mac, mixed with her nostalgic love for early 2000s rock and pop music and her likings to the craziness of today’s modern music, Fig is a vessel for the world she embraces so lovingly and thoughtfully in her music.

A special EP release show with a live band has been set for Saturday February 4th at the TAP Centre for Creativity in London, ON. Tickets can be purchased here.

Here’s the IHeartHamilton Christmas Playlist

Here’s IHeartHamilton’s Christmas playlist for 2022

Roslyn Witter Releases “This Christmas” Video

© Slaight Music 2022
Written by James Witter
Produced by Marty Martino and Jim Witter
Directed by Nicole Hildebrandt

You can visit Roslyn’s Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/roslynwittermusic/

Sinfonia Ancaster “Home For The Holidays” Friday December 2

Hamilton, Ontario – Ancaster residents should know by now that we are home to a brilliant community orchestra.  “Sinfonia Ancaster is a musical treasure that’s been around for twenty years”, says Music Director Jeffrey Pollock,  “but now that our concert season finds a place on the entertainment roster of our new Ancaster Memorial Arts  Centre, you’re bound to hear more about our roots in the community. Did you know, for example, that the orchestra gives Ancaster High School students within the Specialist High Skills Major “Arts and Culture” program the opportunity to learn about how a symphony orchestra functions? Facilitated by AHS music teacher Marilyn Wylie, students shadow the Front of House Manager, Stage Manager, Concert Manager, and Social Media Manager for a hands-on experience in how a concert event is put together.” 

The December 2 program is all about fun and holiday spirit. Concertmaster Megan Jones along with Caitlin Boyle (violin) and Amber Ghent (cello) will delight the audience with their solo performances in the Pastorale from  Arcangelo Corelli’s Christmas Concerto. Hamilton’s Ensemble Lyrica, a choral group under the direction of Brent Fifield, joins the orchestra for Gustav Holst’s Christmas Day as well as a mashup piece called Nutcracker Jingles. Rousseau Elementary teacher Michelle Fawcett will be a soloist in a spirited medley of Christmas carols  arranged for horn and orchestra. And it wouldn’t be a Christmas concert without an audience sing-along! 

“I look forward to playing in this Christmas concert every year”, says the orchestra’s first clarinet and Ancaster  resident Paul Burnip. “It’s a great way to start off the month, singing and playing Christmas music on the Friday  evening so we’re totally in the spirt the next day when our whole family will be putting up the tree.” 

Admission to the concert is $25 for adults, $20 seniors, and $15 for children under 14. Tickets can be purchased online through the Center’s Box Office, (https://www.memorialarts.ca), or in person at the door (cash or credit  card). 

And finally, back by popular demand, a silent auction will take place on site. Make a bid and you might complete  your Christmas shopping sooner than you think! 

Make a night of it and consider dining before the concert at Ancaster BIA restaurants: The Coach and  Lantern Pub, India Village, Brewers Blackbird, and Symposium Café. You’ll get a 10-15% discount by  showing your ticket. 

The new 470-seat state-of-the-art Peller Hall in the Memorial Arts Center is fully accessible. The street address is  357 Wilson St. East, Ancaster but you will want to use the free parking at the rear of the building off Queen Street. 

Box office tickets: https://bit.ly/3Sx3t8n  


Junestone Duo at Westdale: Hamilton Originals Series

Junestone is the innovative and illuminating musical vision of Olivia Brown, Borys Franiczek, Ian Aisling, and Justin McHugh.

Audiences are transported through endless floors of heavenly wonder as the band’s strikingly eternal love for jazz, funk, and indie alt-rock transfigures into psychedelic songs of fun and freedom. This music is for people who just want to be themselves and for once it’s fine.

Treat yourself to a new experience! Tickets: https://www.thewestdale.ca/…/hamilton-originals-with…/

Musician Entrepreneur Conference 2022

Three free online sessions designed to build the careers of Hamilton-based musicians. Presented by the City of Hamilton.

Register here