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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

May 10, 2019
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Joel Cumby's “Empty Highway”

Joel Cumby's “Empty Highway”

Joel Cumby’s musical introduction on the local music stage is rather novel even though the singer and songwriter has lived in Hamilton for nearly a decade

May 10, 2019
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The Vapids Return

The Vapids Return

Veteran music fans will be well familiar with the Vapids as their musical career spans past two decades with this year actually marking 25 years 

May 10, 2019
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Darby Mills

Darby Mills

Darby Mills was crowned the ‘Queen of Scream’ over 3 decades ago and while the Headpins made her famous, the band is only a part of what she wanted

May 10, 2019
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Bonnie Hamilton Helps Dr. Disc Raise the Roof

Bonnie Hamilton Helps Dr. Disc Raise the Roof

This weekend marks another James Street Art Crawl but with the warmer weather, Mark Furukawa and Dr Disc open up their roof to celebrate 28 years

March 28, 2019
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The Handsome Devils’ "Nose to the Rhinestone"

The Handsome Devils’ "Nose to the Rhinestone"

Embracing a traditional country sound but not without some humorous perspectives, the Handsome Devils ingratiated themselves into the Hamilton scene