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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,” 

August 21, 2019
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Dead Tired's "Full Vol."

Dead Tired's "Full Vol."

“I’ve had one toe in the music industry and my feet firmly in Hamilton hanging out with the family and working"

August 21, 2019
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Threat Signal Celebrate Ten Years of "Vigilance"

Threat Signal Celebrate Ten Years of "Vigilance"

“We speed up, we slow down but we’ve never given up,” says Howard on the career arc of Threat Signal who released their fifth album, Disconnect in 2017.

August 21, 2019
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Fundraiser for Native Women’s Centre

Fundraiser for Native Women’s Centre

“Knowing all of the people I’ve met from going to shows over the years, it’s amazing the rolodex of names you collect”

August 21, 2019
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Wooly Mantis' “The Cosmic Venture”

Wooly Mantis' “The Cosmic Venture”

“There’s really a movement happening at Mohawk — there are so many people there who want to be in bands,” adds Woodcroft.

August 15, 2019
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The SACHA Benefit featuring Ellis, Jessy Lanza, Jasmyn Burke, and Shanika Maria

The SACHA Benefit featuring Ellis, Jessy Lanza, Jasmyn Burke, and Shanika Maria

While you can see her in that Ellis video, it’s Dong’s work with SACHA and this weekend’s benefit concert that is the current focus. 

August 15, 2019
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Only Human's "West Town"

Only Human's "West Town"

Only Human, otherwise known as the duo of Geoff Carmichael and Joe Conti, release their sophomore CD this weekend 

August 15, 2019
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Hachey the MouthPEACE's Twentieth BeatBox Anniversary

Hachey the MouthPEACE's Twentieth BeatBox Anniversary

Some twenty years ago, a fourteen year old kid named Jason Hachey was living upstairs at the Corktown Tavern 

August 8, 2019
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Rules’ "The Bummer Circus Comes to Truth City"

Rules’ "The Bummer Circus Comes to Truth City"

I wasn’t feeling music for a while because the business side of things brought me down but then we started doing Rules

August 8, 2019
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Pale Drone

Pale Drone

“It’s worked out well as we’ve all been friends for like twenty or twenty–five years and it’s been fun to make this music"

August 8, 2019
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Silvertone Hills’ “Running in Circles”

Silvertone Hills’ “Running in Circles”

Sonically speaking, Silvertone Hills are a rare breed in Hamilton as they mine less hard rock and more Brit Pop for their music. 

August 1, 2019
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The Spoons play Festival of Friends with new album "New Day New World"

The Spoons play Festival of Friends with new album "New Day New World"

“It’s funny, we met them 35 years ago when both of our bands played the Police Picnic,” recalls Deppe on his association with A Flock of Seaguls

August 1, 2019
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Daniel Monkman's Zoongide'ewin

Daniel Monkman's Zoongide'ewin

“I started playing guitar at eleven years old but it wasn’t until I was fifteen that I started to compose and write mature songs”

August 1, 2019
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Planned Dilemma by Ric Taylor

Planned Dilemma by Ric Taylor

“I fell in love with writing, lyrics and music so it pushed me to learn language more — to write poetry I had to reach a higher level of language”

July 24, 2019
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Golden Hits of the Shangs

Golden Hits of the Shangs

David Byers is one of the unsung names in Hamilton's musical history although his influence and participation would shape some serious milestones.

July 24, 2019
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The Good Depression's “No Funeral”

The Good Depression's “No Funeral”

"It's been about two years since our last EP, "Youth Decay", and unfortunately our old bass player has a problem with his wrist and was unable to continue"

July 24, 2019
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Bonnie Hamilton's Birthday Celebration Remains

Bonnie Hamilton's Birthday Celebration Remains

"Because I've blossomed a little later in life, perhaps I set some deadlines to have things done at a certain time but sometimes it doesn't work out"

July 24, 2019
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Sunday Slamfest 8 Year Slamiversary

Sunday Slamfest 8 Year Slamiversary

Some veteran punk rockers took it upon themselves to organize an event to bring together community, foster its growth and develop its future

July 18, 2019
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Chopped Liver's Save the Wesley Day Centre Bluegrass Benefit Concert

Chopped Liver's Save the Wesley Day Centre Bluegrass Benefit Concert

One of the newer names on the local stage is not only prick up ears for their style of music but also for their altruistic goals.

July 18, 2019
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Strangewaves 5: Mother Nature

Strangewaves 5: Mother Nature

The more eclectic and underground sounds of the city are heading to the country this weekend thanks to a collective of promoters and performers

July 18, 2019
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Will Gillespie's "Diamond in the Rough"

Will Gillespie's "Diamond in the Rough"

“Swingin’ in St. John’s was such a success we're going to be mounting it for a third time this year with the same cast we have for Diamond in the Rough,”

July 18, 2019
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Kelly Jay - A Musical Celebration Of Life

Kelly Jay - A Musical Celebration Of Life

He was a rock icon, a promoter of Canada and a larger than life character that helped shape a national identity 

July 11, 2019
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Family of Things play Because Beer

Family of Things play Because Beer

“We grew up playing music and decided to study music after high school but Brad did his undergrad at Western and then moved to the University of Toronto"

July 11, 2019
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Pip’s “Palisades”

Pip’s “Palisades”

Pip had released some twenty–four albums in his discography with the last dozen or so created his time in the last decade or so

July 11, 2019
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Steve Ketchen and the Parkdale Rebels'

Steve Ketchen and the Parkdale Rebels'

“I joined the later incarnation of Cry Baby in Toronto in the ’ 90s,” recalls drummer Lucky Pete Lambert who recently helped Billing revive that band

July 4, 2019
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Ninth Annual Hamilton Guitar Festival and Competition

Ninth Annual Hamilton Guitar Festival and Competition

The world of classical guitar comes to Hamilton with a festival that features concerts, workshops vendors and culminates with a guitar competition.

July 4, 2019
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The Ninth Annual Songs from the Bishop Music Series

The Ninth Annual Songs from the Bishop Music Series

Songs from the Bishop offers a novel stage for some Hamilton indie rockers to get in front of a different kind of audience 

June 27, 2019
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It’s Your Festival Celebrates 50 years

It’s Your Festival Celebrates 50 years

Balogh was there when Jackson Square opened in 1972 and wanted to book bands on the rooftop and that got his foot in the door.

June 27, 2019
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Steve Strongman's "Tired of Talking"

Steve Strongman's "Tired of Talking"

Juno Award winner and 2019 International Blues Challenge Best Guitarist (solo/duo) Steve Strongman returns to his hometown to offer his newest album. 

June 27, 2019
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Rarity's "The Longest Lonesome"

Rarity's "The Longest Lonesome"

“After our last record, we lost a couple of members in the band and around the same time, our deal with our old record label fell apart”

June 27, 2019
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Riot Nrrd’s “LaughCry, SmartStupid!!”

Riot Nrrd’s “LaughCry, SmartStupid!!”

“We were in a band together called Toothpick Hercules, we were pals, went to the same high school and played music together”

June 20, 2019
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The Hammersmiths' "Synesthesia"

The Hammersmiths' "Synesthesia"

Reminiscing about the music from nearly three decades ago is like looking through an old year book for Maurice 

June 20, 2019
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The Fourth Annual ArtsFest 2019

The Fourth Annual ArtsFest 2019

“ArtsFest is such a popular festival that attracts tens of thousands of people from across the province and the northern US”

June 20, 2019
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Sixth Annual Something Else! Festival

Sixth Annual Something Else! Festival

Whether it’s something more adventurous, experimental or just downright different, Zula Presents’ Something Else! 

June 13, 2019
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The Fifth Annual Hamilton Arts Week

The Fifth Annual Hamilton Arts Week

Established to foster the arts in the city, the Hamilton Arts Council offers a special week long schedule of events for Arts Week. 

June 13, 2019
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Sarah Good and the Bads’ “The Glorious, Disgorged”

Sarah Good and the Bads’ “The Glorious, Disgorged”

Sarah Good: “These are songs that I’ve written whereas the other projects are much more collaborative,”

June 13, 2019
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Ninth Annual Tribute to Imants Krumins

Ninth Annual Tribute to Imants Krumins

A special gathering of more eclectic music, art and culture has been happening in tribute to a fan and booster

June 13, 2019
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The Trews Play Tiger Cats Half Time at Home Opener

The Trews Play Tiger Cats Half Time at Home Opener

“We left Nova Scotia in 2001, I was freshly out of high school, and we decided we were going to see Canada,” 

June 8, 2019
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‘Out of the Abyss’ Fundraiser for Into the Abyss

‘Out of the Abyss’ Fundraiser for Into the Abyss

Making it in brick and mortar retail these days is a tough go for the most part but for Brad Germain, opening up his record store was what he had to do. 

June 8, 2019
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Phil Rose's "Radiohead: Music for a Global Future"

Phil Rose's "Radiohead: Music for a Global Future"

Hamilton, Ontario: It was something that probably blossomed from his own dreams of being a musician himself. 

June 8, 2019
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Matty Simpson's "Strange Weather"

Matty Simpson's "Strange Weather"

“I wish it was sooner but I went to school for a little bit and the scheduling meant it ended up taking a few years,”

June 3, 2019
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Will Ross's Return and Live Recording

Will Ross's Return and Live Recording

“I had the Will Ross Band for the Freeloader album I released back in 2014 and that was a really fun run"

June 3, 2019
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Persons' "Airborne/Time To"

Persons' "Airborne/Time To"

“Persons has been busy touring a lot and work–shopping new songs on the road and recording with different people in the studio,”

June 1, 2019
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Mark Howard Cancer Free Benefit Concert

Mark Howard Cancer Free Benefit Concert

The story of Hamilton’s Mark Howard was ripe for a biography but it wasn’t until a life altering epiphany that he actually decided to put pen to paper 

June 1, 2019
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Gillian Nicola's "Dried Flowers"

Gillian Nicola's "Dried Flowers"

She was trained in classical voice and forged her performance skills on classic rock, Gillian Nicola Alexander has been on a search for her own sound

May 25, 2019
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Life of Brian

Life of Brian

Brian Griffith was a staple on the local music stage for decades. Most musicians are dealing with the minutiae of every day life and their art

May 25, 2019
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Lindy Vopnfjord’s “You Will Know When It’s Right”

Lindy Vopnfjord’s “You Will Know When It’s Right”

He may have seem like a local Hamilton musician through residencies at local venues, Lindy Vopnfjord will only become an official Hamiltonian this summer. 

May 24, 2019
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Where Heads Meet’s Tenth Anniversary

Where Heads Meet’s Tenth Anniversary

The young don’t notice the seismic changes that occur over time but the city and the world were quite different just ten years ago.

May 24, 2019
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The Beelays RiseUp TV Tour Filming

The Beelays RiseUp TV Tour Filming

With a change up in membership, the Beelays didn’t feel at a disadvantage with two front people instead of one and have since fashioned a new EP