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March 21, 2020
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Kenny Rogers, Country Music’s ‘The Gambler,’ Dead at 81

Kenny Rogers, Country Music’s ‘The Gambler,’ Dead at 81

From bold psychedelic rockers and cinematic story songs to sentimental country-pop, Kenny Rogers covered considerable musical turf throughout six decades

March 11, 2020
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93.3 CFMU Fundraiser

93.3 CFMU Fundraiser

Community groups, ethnic communities, culturalists, thinkers, dreamers — get a voice on CFMU when they might not have a home elsewhere or get lost online

March 11, 2020
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Lockdown Records Punk Rock Compilation Showcase

Lockdown Records Punk Rock Compilation Showcase

Duane Timbers grew up in the area around the time that punk broke the first time around some forty years ago

March 11, 2020
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The Turn It Ups Reunite Play Hamilton After Fifteen Years

The Turn It Ups Reunite Play Hamilton After Fifteen Years

Formed when the band members weren’t even old enough to drive in Canada, after four years the Turn It Ups split after recording their debut full length.

March 6, 2020
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Chris Sakai's Collab Celebrates Second Anniversary with Tush at Sous Bas

Chris Sakai's Collab Celebrates Second Anniversary with Tush at Sous Bas

The venue known as Sous Bas splashed onto the local scene attracting a discriminating clientele that wanted a different kind of place to experience music

March 6, 2020
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Man Made Hill's "Mass Wasting"

Man Made Hill's "Mass Wasting"

It's spaced out and spastic tunes that bemuse and befuddle like truly engaging art should but for Gagne, it's all about chasing the perfect pop song.

March 2, 2020
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How Pearl Jam Became The Final Grunge Band to Stay Alive!

How Pearl Jam Became The Final Grunge Band to Stay Alive!

Pearl Jam Would Have a Difficult Decade in the 90’s But Bounced Back With 1998’s Record “No Code.” March 24 – Hamilton, Ontario @ FirstOntario Centre

February 26, 2020
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Royal Seas

Royal Seas

“I got bored playing music in genres that didn’t really suit me so I wanted to make something for myself."

February 26, 2020
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Open Season Hip Hop Open Mic

Open Season Hip Hop Open Mic

“We’ve got to break a lot of stereotypes and show that hip hop is totally a thing that welcomes everybody"

February 26, 2020
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Ellis' "Born Again"

Ellis' "Born Again"

The immediate religious connotations from Ellis debut full length release weren’t meant to be ironic.

February 26, 2020
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Lindy Vopnfjörd Hosts Hamilton Loves You

Lindy Vopnfjörd Hosts Hamilton Loves You

This weekend, Lindy leads a troupe of musicians to help out some of the newest additions to the city.

February 24, 2020
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Tribute gig for Rush drummer Neil Peart announced

Tribute gig for Rush drummer Neil Peart announced

Peart, who retired from professional drumming in 2015 when he left Rush, passed away last month at the age of 67 after losing his battle with cancer

February 21, 2020
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Matt Paxton Presents Country Factory Volume 1

Matt Paxton Presents Country Factory Volume 1

While it's been a few years since we last caught up with Matt Paxton, the singer and songwriter has been busy as of late

February 20, 2020
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Igor Stravinsky's The Soldier's Tale

Igor Stravinsky's The Soldier's Tale

It’s not every day that Hamilton gets to hear and see a Stravinsky gem like “The Soldier’s Tale”. Originally staged in 1918

February 18, 2020
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Foo Fighters to Retrace 1995 Debut Tour. Playing Hamilton May 20th

Foo Fighters to Retrace 1995 Debut Tour. Playing Hamilton May 20th

The 2020 Van Tour will launch April 12th at the Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix and wrap May 20th at the FirstOntario Centre in Hamilton

February 17, 2020
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Ozzy Osbourne has cancelled his 2020 tour

Ozzy Osbourne has cancelled his 2020 tour

“I’m so thankful that everyone has been patient because I’ve had a shit year,” said Ozzy in a statement released

February 14, 2020
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Rage Against The Machine coming to Hamilton

Rage Against The Machine coming to Hamilton

Considering it's been nearly a decade since all four members have shared a stage, it's no surprise that there's an enormous amount of demand

February 12, 2020
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Azuline Duo's "Fandango"

Azuline Duo's "Fandango"

“We tour Canada, often in rural places and our mission is to bring really exciting live classical music to people that maybe don’t hear it that often"

February 12, 2020
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Freaky Boos

Freaky Boos

The Hamilton underground is teeming with wild artistic expression regardless of how gentrification might showcase the more sterilized aspects of it.

February 12, 2020
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Marcus Starr's "The Wrong Side of the Tracks"

Marcus Starr's "The Wrong Side of the Tracks"

“My first attempt was starting over, starting new and trying to figure it out but you get better and better and my new songs are way better"

February 12, 2020
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The Midwife Crisis

The Midwife Crisis

“I’ve had a lot of different people come up to me about my music and how it’s connected with them in one way or another"

February 6, 2020
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Hamilton Winterfest with Owen Pallett

Hamilton Winterfest with Owen Pallett

While previous years may have focused more on being family friendly, this year’s Hamilton Winterfest includes more adult events

February 5, 2020
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The Fifth Annual Justine Fischer's Dress Up Birthday Party

The Fifth Annual Justine Fischer's Dress Up Birthday Party

If you’re lost in a fog of the winter blahs, local musician Justine Fischer wants to offer up a party to shake those blues away.

February 5, 2020
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Holly Clark Search Fundraiser

Holly Clark Search Fundraiser

Police report that Holly Clark disappeared on January 11 around 4 p.m. after she walked out of her Sanford Avenue North home

January 29, 2020
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Redwar's "I Want Your Eyes Pig"

Redwar's "I Want Your Eyes Pig"

“I’ve been in Haymaker for almost twenty years but the guys in this band — we’ve been making music since the early ’90s,”

January 29, 2020
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Jaunt's "Nostalgia For The Present Moment"

Jaunt's "Nostalgia For The Present Moment"

Some two years ago Jaunt was being lauded as one of the buzz bands in Ontario by the national underground media

January 29, 2020
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Shari and Jonny's Play It Forward - The Great Song Switch

Shari and Jonny's Play It Forward - The Great Song Switch

A musical duo well known on the local stages across Hamilton and southern Ontario, offers a novel musical night with songwriters celebrating songwriters.

January 22, 2020
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Broadway's Caissie Levy Returns to Her Old Stomping Grounds

Broadway's Caissie Levy Returns to Her Old Stomping Grounds

While the world has adored her in her stage roles across the continent, a young Caissie Levy got her start in musical theater at Westdale Secondary

January 22, 2020
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Danger!! Death Ray's "Invasion"

Danger!! Death Ray's "Invasion"

This weekend, Danger!! Death Ray releases their sophomore EP, Invasion and it offers a chance to learn about one of the newest names on the local stage.

January 15, 2020
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Somehow Hollow's "Chasing Daylight"

Somehow Hollow's "Chasing Daylight"

"There is a real connection and bond if you have a brother in the band and that spilled into the other band members”

January 15, 2020
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Audio // Visual // 2020 Capricorn Party

Audio // Visual // 2020 Capricorn Party

“This one involves a lot of people that are influential in Hamilton in terms of house music and techno”

January 15, 2020
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Deadly Romantics

Deadly Romantics

"The band that I had the most limited success with was Britney's Krack," recalls Hotchkies on twenty years ago.

January 8, 2020
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HMN The Year in Review

HMN The Year in Review

With a new year and a new decade upon us, taking stock of 2019 is no mean feat. It offered the height of a decade long development of James Street North

January 8, 2020
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My Friend Christopher's Debut Album

My Friend Christopher's Debut Album

Some two plus decades ago, the local indie scene was swelling with a new crop of upstarts looking to make a name for themselves.

January 8, 2020
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Deeps and Friends' Capricornia 2020

Deeps and Friends' Capricornia 2020

Bringing together Bowmanville’s The Doozies, Shari and Jonny as well as some special guests to showcase his own music for the evening

January 2, 2020
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The Mirror Cull's "Demoralized"

The Mirror Cull's "Demoralized"

"Being a co-op student at CFMU really opened my eyes to music and I think that's actually where my musical career started," says Daniel Morreale.

January 2, 2020
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Capitol's "Dream Noise"

Capitol's "Dream Noise"

Back in 2004, a couple of pairs of brothers came together at Waterdown High, enlisting their singer while he was still in Grade 6.

December 18, 2019
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The First Annual Over The Bridge “A Hammer Rock Christmas”

The First Annual Over The Bridge “A Hammer Rock Christmas”

With an upcoming fundraiser, Piva gathered the cream of the crop as he sees it from our local talent base for a show that also celebrates Hamilton music

December 18, 2019
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Dave Rave’s Fifteenth Annual Shake, Rattle and Rave

Dave Rave’s Fifteenth Annual Shake, Rattle and Rave

The year began with us documenting Dave Rave’s first solo album in eight years dubbed Adventureland but the year ends with another party for Rave

December 18, 2019
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A Graceworks Christmas with Christopher Clause

A Graceworks Christmas with Christopher Clause

It’s hard to believe that we’ve been talking to Christopher Clause for some 18 years since he first started doing Beatles tribute fundraising shows locally

December 18, 2019
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JR Digs’ Eleventh Annual Acoustic Xmas Concert

JR Digs’ Eleventh Annual Acoustic Xmas Concert

What began as a spontaneous idea from a dude with some famous friends wanting to do good has turned into a tradition of epic proportions

December 18, 2019
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A Holiday Music Workshop - A Career in Music with Eric Ruscinski, Brian Melo and The Redhill Valleys

A Holiday Music Workshop - A Career in Music with Eric Ruscinski, Brian Melo and The Redhill Valleys

What do Alessia Cara, Jason Mraz and Celine Dion have in common? You’d be suprised to find out it’s former Hamilton musician Eric Ruscinski.

December 12, 2019
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Steve Strongman's Tenth Annual Christmas Party

Steve Strongman's Tenth Annual Christmas Party

Strongman is busy year round but the holidays offered a special chance to connect with fans and his holiday show has become a tradition

December 12, 2019
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Sonic Unyon Records Annual Holiday Bash and Christmas Hip Hop Show

Sonic Unyon Records Annual Holiday Bash and Christmas Hip Hop Show

“We’re basically managing the artists we’re releasing records with and we have five active artists,” says Sonic Unyon co–owner Tim Potocic.

December 11, 2019
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The Boozetown Christmas EP "To You and Yours"

The Boozetown Christmas EP "To You and Yours"

“Andrew and I grew up and played in more of an emo band in high school and we’ve played together for about ten years or so,”

December 11, 2019
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The Liquid Assets of Ottawa's "SNC Lava Lamp EP"

The Liquid Assets of Ottawa's "SNC Lava Lamp EP"

“For Liquid Assets — we wanted the wildest off the wall stuff because there is so much dead serious stuff"

December 10, 2019
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Ozzy’s “Under the Graveyard” is the #1 Rock Song in The U.S.

Ozzy’s “Under the Graveyard” is the #1 Rock Song in The U.S.

And it’s absolutely deserved: “Under the Graveyard” rocks, the Ozzman’s best output in some time, and it’s garnering critical praise from all corners.

December 5, 2019
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Teenage Head

Teenage Head

With a film crew following them for the last three years, the new Picture My Face documentary is ever closer to completion

December 5, 2019
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Nineteenth Annual Hamilton Hometown Christmas with Sonny Del-Rio

Nineteenth Annual Hamilton Hometown Christmas with Sonny Del-Rio

With his seventy–sixth birthday celebrations just wrapped up in the last week or so, Sonny Del–Rio shows little signs of slowing down

December 5, 2019
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Muletide

Muletide

“For this event, I decided to invite some Hamilton friends and some friends I’ve met along the way this year,” says Deeps.

December 5, 2019
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Miles Evans-Branagh's MIles From Nowhere

Miles Evans-Branagh's MIles From Nowhere

While the name Miles Evans–Branagh might be more novel for local music fans, he’s been a musician around town and beyond for over a decade

December 5, 2019
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Burly Calling

Burly Calling

A grassroots festival of independent rockers has turned into an annual seasonal instituition in the city of Burlington

November 27, 2019
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Laila Biali

Laila Biali

Laila Biali has a natural star quality that is evident in every note she sings and every word she speaks.

November 27, 2019
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James Ferris and the James St. North

James Ferris and the James St. North

An artist and musician has made his home in Hamilton and the inspiration the city provided is now channeled into his newest collection of songs.

November 27, 2019
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Five Years

Five Years

“The project started with me writing a couple of songs — and then a couple of more songs, I recorded them myself and a couple of good friends"

November 27, 2019
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Espanola

Espanola

When Goldstein came to Hamilton to study at McMaster, he’d connect with a clutch of Hamilton musicians and start making waves in the local scene.

November 20, 2019
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Heather Valley's "Desert Message"

Heather Valley's "Desert Message"

While she’s entrenched herself in the local scene over the last two years, Valley has fostered her connections across Ontario

November 20, 2019
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King Dice's "Red"

King Dice's "Red"

“This music is definitely meant to be more adventurous — It’s an attempt to prove that keyboards could be as heavy if not more so than guitars”

November 20, 2019
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Corin Raymond's "Dirty Mansions"

Corin Raymond's "Dirty Mansions"

Corin Raymond follows up on his Juno-nominated "Hobo Jungle Fever Dreams" album with "Dirty Mansions".

November 13, 2019
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Dan Edmonds' "Softie"

Dan Edmonds' "Softie"

“It was really interesting experience hearing Burt Bacharach’s music before actually knowing it’s him — like in that Austin Powers movie"

November 13, 2019
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Dirty Rick

Dirty Rick

“When I was in high school in Richmond Hill, my friends had a band and I was kind of the fifth Beatle of sorts,”

November 13, 2019
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Michelle Titian

Michelle Titian

This weekend, Titian hosts a special showcase of music, art, film and recovery with an event at the Art Gallery of Hamilton.

November 6, 2019
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Hamilton Film Composer Adrian Ellis

Hamilton Film Composer Adrian Ellis

With the 14th Annual Hamilton Film Festival happening from November 2 through 10, Nathan Fleet and company bring the world of film to Hamilton

November 6, 2019
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Freedom Train's thirtieth Anniversary

Freedom Train's thirtieth Anniversary

If you’re a greater Hamiltonian that’s been out to the venues or festivals, you’d be hard pressed to not have seen Freedom Train perform live at least once

November 6, 2019
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Seventh Annual Steel City Jazz Festival

Seventh Annual Steel City Jazz Festival

The 7th Annual Steel City Jazz Festival happens from Thursday 8 through Sunday November 10 at the Artword Artbar, the Corktown Pub and the Pearl Company.

October 31, 2019
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The Vapids' Twenty-Fifth Anniversary

The Vapids' Twenty-Fifth Anniversary

Maybe it’s not exactly punk to celebrate a silver jubilee unless your lampooning the Queen of England

October 31, 2019
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Onglish's "Wav Pocket"

Onglish's "Wav Pocket"

We last spoke with Brett Klassen some five years ago documenting the young hip hop producer and emcee’s journey from Altona, Manitoba to Hamilton in 2011

October 30, 2019
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Famous Framus and Betty Bomb’s “New Horizon"

Famous Framus and Betty Bomb’s “New Horizon"

Famous Framus had released five EPs by the time our paths had crossed some fifteen years ago. Michael MaGarrey would create a new persona

October 30, 2019
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Abbey Road - Matthew de Zoete's Beatles Tribute for the Bruce Trail

Abbey Road - Matthew de Zoete's Beatles Tribute for the Bruce Trail

Last year, local singer and songwriter Matthew de Zoete decided to organize a local tribute to the Kinks in honour of an important pop musical hallmark

October 23, 2019
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Swervedriver's Hamilton Return with "Future Ruins"

Swervedriver's Hamilton Return with "Future Ruins"

With their heyday in the early ’90s, Swervedriver developed a strong connection with Sonic Unyon and Southern Ontario as a whole.

October 23, 2019
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Laid To Rest Celebrates Ten Years

Laid To Rest Celebrates Ten Years

Laid To Rest celebrate ten years with news on a few gigs, a couple of related bands and a new album or two.

October 23, 2019
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Will Gillespie's Hallowe'en Spooktacular

Will Gillespie's Hallowe'en Spooktacular

Will Gillespie might wish that every day was Hallowe’en. We just caught up this passed summer with singer and songwriter turned playwright and actor,

October 23, 2019
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Third Annual Bob Pedler Memorial Fundraiser

Third Annual Bob Pedler Memorial Fundraiser

Musicians helping musicians is what the Third Annual Bob Pedler Memorial Fundraiser is about — an event organized by the Hamilton Musicians’ Guild 

October 17, 2019
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The Golden Horseshoe Revival plays Hamilton Hoedown

The Golden Horseshoe Revival plays Hamilton Hoedown

In the midst of all of the country harvest festivals happening around southern Ontario this month, a special Hamilton Hoedown happens within city limits

October 17, 2019
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An evening of Pink Floyd

An evening of Pink Floyd

"There's the music but I have a fuller experience going on and I always have my visuals behind me," adds Wegner about the live show.

October 17, 2019
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Hamilton Country Music Legend Dallas Harms Passes

Hamilton Country Music Legend Dallas Harms Passes

“I used to run between the Flamingo and the Golden Rail to watch a set from each of the bands,” Harms said. “I became friends with a lot of the bands."

October 17, 2019
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Shawn Brush's Tober West

Shawn Brush's Tober West

"I have a big party around my birthday and last year I had a fundraising event that helped me get a new wheelchair accessible"

October 9, 2019
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Martin Verrall's "Yesterday's Tomorrow"

Martin Verrall's "Yesterday's Tomorrow"

It’s been a really long time since we’ve heard official word of a new release from Martin Verrall. Singer, songwriter, painter and poet 

October 9, 2019
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Tripper and the Wild Things

Tripper and the Wild Things

What began as a high school dream has finally taken shape as one of Hamilton’s newest bands for singer and guitarist Joshua James 

October 9, 2019
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Steve Strongman Plays McMaster University's Live Lab

Steve Strongman Plays McMaster University's Live Lab

“They have an incredible facility there and do a lot of scientific type things as it is an educational facility"

October 9, 2019
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Ghost

Ghost

The performance and presentation of the band is paramount and the way Ghost has laid it out, they’ve gained mythical status over the last decade 

October 3, 2019
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Academy Killer's "Lost in Make Believe"

Academy Killer's "Lost in Make Believe"

Kevin Talbot has been making a music on the local scene since he was in his teens with bands like A Night to Remember and the Never Scene. 

October 2, 2019
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Another Crush

Another Crush

“I grew up in North Bay but moved south — what’s interesting is I connected with a group of Hamiltonians before I moved and they introduced me the music"

October 2, 2019
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What A Night

What A Night

Fans of the history of rock and roll, pop and Motown will be delighted with an upcoming performance of some legendary living artists 

October 2, 2019
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The Plain Steel

The Plain Steel

Guitarist and vocalist Ross Lizotte has been making music in Hamilton for some twenty years or more but it was back in 2007 that he hit a hallmark

September 26, 2019
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Chris McKhool's Sultans of String headline Burlington Performing Arts' Cultural Diversity Fest

Chris McKhool's Sultans of String headline Burlington Performing Arts' Cultural Diversity Fest

This energetic musical collaboration will showcase traditional band instruments and string, woodwind, brass and percussion of the full orchestra

September 26, 2019
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Alex Whorms' "Burgundy"

Alex Whorms' "Burgundy"

“That’s the risk when poeple date creative people, you never know what they will write about you,” remarks Whorms on the lyrical fodder of her songs 

September 26, 2019
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DirtStar's "Algorhythm"

DirtStar's "Algorhythm"

“Mike Rizzo was into music before we were and he was one of the driving forces to get the guys in Porcelain Youth to become a band,”

September 20, 2019
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Andrew Aldridge's Planet of the Loops September 2019 Edition

Andrew Aldridge's Planet of the Loops September 2019 Edition

For some 30 years, Oakville born Andrew Aldridge has lent his guitar textures to many a song from a myriad of performers. 

September 20, 2019
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The Ruddy Ruckus

The Ruddy Ruckus

"Koetta Black started back in 2008 when i was 13 or 14 years old when I signed up for a rock band class

September 20, 2019
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Juliana LaChance's "Golden Spring Fever"

Juliana LaChance's "Golden Spring Fever"

As a full time artists in multi-media and acrylic painting, her murals and more are displayed around Hamilton.

September 12, 2019
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Don Vail's "Stand Of Tide"

Don Vail's "Stand Of Tide"

“I like writing songs and getting weird sounds — the experimenting is the real attraction for me,” says Bowden. 

September 12, 2019
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Twin Within and the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra

Twin Within and the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra

Hamilton native, family man, mortgage broker and founder of Twin Within, Steve McKay is always an interesting interview. 

September 12, 2019
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The Redhill Valleys

The Redhill Valleys

“It’s been quite a while since our debut so we’re due for a new recording but we've gone through a lot of changes since then,”

September 4, 2019
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Pistol Packin' Preachers' "Music, Magic, Mayhem"

Pistol Packin' Preachers' "Music, Magic, Mayhem"

Some scene veterans came together in some different roles to offer a slightly more novel kind of music than their previous efforts. 

September 4, 2019
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Harm & Ease

Harm & Ease

While they were probably listening to more City and Colour when in Burlington, the new location broadened the duo’s musical horizon. 

August 29, 2019
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Teenage Head's "Tornado" at Tiger-Cat's Half TIme Show

Teenage Head's "Tornado" at Tiger-Cat's Half TIme Show

“We signed to MCA in Los Angeles because Attic Records in Canada wasn’t able to get our music around the world,” says Mahon

August 29, 2019
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Canada's Largest Ribfest

Canada's Largest Ribfest

Divided on two different stages, a variety of Hamilton acts are showcased while you sample the culinary delights of ribs.

August 29, 2019
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Good Apollo's "Sun God"

Good Apollo's "Sun God"

“It’s a surreal hip hop experience, spreading a message of self–love and it’s manifesting dreams and positive energy flows,”