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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Plans to Make Hamilton a 'Music City'? Your Input is Needed!

Musicians, songwriters, live music venue operators, music educators – and anyone else with a passion for music – please join us August 25 to learn about our plans to make Hamilton a Music City.

This is your chance to meet and speak with members of the Hamilton Music Strategy Team – a dedicated group of music industry volunteers who have been working hard for the past three years to promote live music in our city.

At this meeting we will be updating you on our progress in developing a Hamilton Music City brand. We’ll also be asking you to give us your feedback on our top marketing ideas to promote music in Hamilton. You’ll have a chance to share your thoughts and to vote for the ideas you like best.

This is a great opportunity to reconnect with your friends in the Hamilton music industry. Everything is free, including parking in the spacious lot at the back of the Gasworks.

PS: If you haven’t already signed up on our Hamilton Music City email list, you can do so at http://hamiltonmusiccity.ca/

RSVP on Facebook event page here

August 25, from 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Park St. Gasworks
141 Park St. North
Hamilton

map: https://goo.gl/maps/tgfmrdbcgyC2

Friday, August 5, 2016

Steel City Rovers Return to Trenton Scottish Irish Festival, Opening for Alan Doyle

STEEL CITY ROVERS RETURNING TO TSIF
Steel City Rovers
The Steel City Rovers (SCR), one of the fan favourite at last year’s Trenton Scottish Irish Festival, has been hand-picked by Alan Doyle to be the opening act for his concert on Sept. 9.
SCR will play during the Traditional Military Tattoo, kicking off the evening’s entertainment at the Trenton Amphitheatre. Following the tattoo, they will take the stage again, prior to Alan’s performance.
“We are thrilled to have Steel City Rovers back this year,” said Beth Cleaton, Chair of the Trenton Scottish Irish Festival. “They did an outstanding job in 2015 and were an incredible addition to the Tattoo. We can’t wait to see what they have in store for us this year.”
SCR has had a very successful year and was recently nominated for Folk/Traditional Recording of the Year in the Hamilton Music Awards.  They have toured not only in Ontario but through the states.   
During the Trenton Scottish Irish Festival, the Steel City Rovers will also take the stage on Saturday, Sept. 10, as the headliner in outdoor concert to close the festival.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Notice of Public Meeting - Music Branding Strategy

Public Meeting - Music Branding Strategy
Join the Music Strategy Implementation Team, City of Hamilton and local marketing firm Pier 8 Group, to move Hamilton’s Music Strategy forward. We want you to participate in this important phase of the Music City branding process.Let’s celebrate all things music!

To get a reminder email, add your info HERE.
Date: Thursday, August 25, 2016
Time: 7 to 9 pm
Location: Park St. Gasworks, 141 Park Street North, Hamilton

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Renaissance Music 3.0 August 11 thru 14 in Hamilton Includes Musicians From Hamilton, Toronto, Guelph, Waterloo and Montreal

Shanika Maria 
HAMILTON, ONTARIO - Songwriter/Producer, Kojo “Easy” Damptey, presents Renaissance Music 3.0. This year Renaissance music will be a three-day event starting on August 11th with It's a Live Mixtape, followed by August 13th with the Soul Music Showcase and will conclude with a Hip-Hop Showcase on August 14th, 2016. Damptey has scheduled a lineup of musicians from Hamilton, Toronto, Waterloo, Guelph and Montreal.

The artists performing are as follows:

August 11th: It's a live mixtape, 55 Elgin Street, Hamilton, 7pm - 11 pm. House Concert.
DJ's mix and blend music to create a thematic tone, providing what they believe a space needs by placing the songs of artists side by side. Now imagine if those artists would perform their songs in the order the DJ mixed them. That’s the concept behind "It’s A Live Mixtape", where DJ Brett Klassen will mix the songs of Chukky, Scribe, Creo, FIX - Hiphoppa, and Thad, while they perform their songs and pass the mic with a backdrop of visuals by Jamie Milay creating a non-stop flow of energy. "It’s A Live Mixtape" is an attempt at creating a live music experience as unique as the community it comes from.

August 13th: Soul Music Showcase, 43 King William Street, 8pm. Baltimore House
The soul music showcase will be headlined by Hamilton's 10 piece funk band, "Soul Finger". Montreal singer/songwriter Hanorah will be joining the bill as well as local soul singer Nasr Beny from Hamilton, Jack Moves from Toronto, Shanika from Hamilton and New Era Neisha from Hamilton.

August 14th: Hip-Hop Showcase, 43 King William Street, 7 pm. Baltimore House
The hip-hop showcase will be headlined by Hamilton's power hip-hop group "Canadian Winter". Other performers include Spokken Musiq from Hamilton, Redd from Waterloo, Gene One from Toronto and SkyBlew from North Carolina.

Admission for all shows is $10.

Renaissance Music is a celebration of African and African Diaspora culture that has played an important role in creating music genres around the world including but not limited to Hip-Hop, Soul, R&B, Blues and Afro Jazz.

For additional info contact

Kojo Easy Damptey
Music Curator
289-700-7514
renaissancemusichamont@gmail.com
http://renaissance-music.squarespace.com/#home-section

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Canadian Musician's Pay-to-Play Survey. Maybe You Should Participate?

The survey has only six questions, and will take a couple of minutes total.

It's an important subject for all of us.

Here's the link:

https://freeonlinesurveys.com/s/se3HiXQc#/

If you'd like to see my own comments which I added to the survey, read on:

When the venue takes absolutely no risk to the point of expecting up-front money on the table from the band, especially to cover the sound guy's pay as well, a line has been crossed. No way is this acceptable! Shameful practise. How can the venue have no skin in the game? 

It's not so bad when the band is invited to sell their own tickets, when they get all the revenue for their efforts. But in addition, the venue should agree to buy a block of tickets up front and assume a part of the risk of the show. If the band sits on their ass and does nothing, then they get paid a paltry sum for the few tickets the venue bought. Will they ever come back, or be invited back? No way.

My big beef is when festivals offer free spots based on giving value to a band that is "in-kind" ie. not cash, but potential to build audience, gather fans, get "exposure." Depending on where the artist is in their own career stage this may be a viable prospect, but too often it just become a ploy to increase the festival's profits. I would like to see an honest approach where every artist gets paid for their performance. The fact that artists agree to perform for no cash is often a sign that they don't really have a clear business plan in place, and I think venues take advantage of this.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Because Beer Craft Beer Festival Announces Music Lineup


Headliners Terra Lightfoot & Yukon Blonde Make Summer Sweeter

(Hamilton, ON) Summer weekends go better with awesome craft beer — and great music only makes things better. It’s in that spirit that Because Beer, Hamilton’s premier craft beer festival, unveils the music stage lineup, appearing at scenic Pier 4 Park over the weekend of July 8-9, 2016.

Because Beer’s live music lineup has always been a hit with festival-goers, and organizers have expanded the slate of talent for Because Beer 2016, including stellar headliners Terra Lightfoot and Yukon Blonde.

On Friday, July 8, Because Beer’s music stage includes singer-songwriter Thompson Wilson (Harlan Pepper), smouldering blues singer Laura Cole, tuneful indie rockers Grey Lands and electrifying roots rocker Terra Lightfoot.

On Saturday, July 9Because Beer’s music stage will host accomplished songwriter Ben Somer, Juno-winning bluesman Steve Strongman, sensational retro cover band Born in the Eighties and hook-heavy pop rockers Yukon Blonde.

Because Beer will take place on Friday, July 8 and Saturday, July 9, 2016 at Pier 4 Park in Hamilton, Ontario. Festival gates will be open on Friday from 3pm-11pm and Saturdayfrom 2pm-11pm.

Because Beer advance tickets are available now through The Ship (23 Augusta St., Hamilton), Dr. Disc (20 Wilson St., Hamilton), Collective Arts Brewery (207 Burlington St. E., Hamilton), Shed Brewing Co. (65 Hatt St., Dundas) and Serve Ping Pong Bar & Lounge (115 Main St. E., Hamilton) as well as online through Ticketfly for $29.99 single-day ticket and $49.99 weekend pass (plus applicable service charges). VIP add-ons for tours/tastings at Collective Arts BreweryShed Brewing Co. and West Avenue Estate Cidery can also be purchased online.

On the weekend of Because Beer, tickets may be purchased at the festival gate for $39.99 single-day ticket, $59.99 weekend pass. Regular admission single-day price includes one Because Beer tasting mug and three sampling tokens. Weekend passes include tasting mug and six sampling tokens. Additional sampling tokens may be purchased onsite.  (Event-day designated driver tickets are $10 single-day or $20 weekend pass. Designated Driver passes omit tasting mug and sampling tokens and do not permit alcohol consumption).

To purchase Because Beer tickets, weekend passes and VIP packages, visit becausebeer.ca/tickets.

Because Beer is a licensed 19+ event with the exception of children under three who are in a stroller or otherwise carried by an adult. Valid photo identification must be presented to enter the festival area. In accordance with City of Hamilton By-Law No. 11-080, no smoking will be permitted within the festival grounds. Please drink responsibly and don’t drink and drive.

Because Beer is a Sonic Unyon production.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Terra Lightfoot Reaches Finals In SOCAN Songwriting Prize: Vote Daily For Her

Terra Lightfoot performing at the 2016 CBC Music Festival at Echo Beach in Toronto on May 28, 2016. (Photo: Janine Van Oostrom/Aesthetic Magazine)
For the eleventh year in a row, the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada is honouring the best songwriting our country has to offer. This year, one of the shortlisted nominees comes from Hamilton.

This year’s finalists include English and French songwriters from across Canada, but most importantly, this year’s list includes Terra Lightfoot from Hamilton.

Since fan voting determines the winner, the real question is: does Hamilton have what it takes to clinch the prize for the song that hails from their hometown? In this case, "No Hurry" by Terra Lightfoot?

From June 9-23, 2016, fans can vote for their favourite song from the nominees by visiting www.socansongwritingprize.ca or through Twitter using the hashtag #mySSPvote and identifying the performer's name in the tweet. Fans can vote once daily through each platform.

One English and one French Winner will each receive $10,000 in cash, a choice between two brands of Godin Guitars (a Seagull Artist Studio CW guitar or Godin 5th Avenue Jazz guitar), a Yamaha PSR-S970 keyboard, and a $500 gift card from Long and McQuade.

The 10 English and French finalists were each determined by independent panels of 15 music-industry experts who were asked to nominate two songs from any musical genre that they felt were the best written in the last 12 months by emerging songwriters – defined as songwriters who have released no more than two full albums (excluding EPs) up until the end of the eligibility period. All of the nominated songs were then compiled, reviewed and voted on by each panel as a whole to decide the final 10 nominees. SOCAN does not have a role in determining nominees or winners.
  • "Black Body" – written by Benjamin Addy, Renee Wisdom; performed by Spek Won feat.Shi Wisdom.
  • "Dead or Alive" – written by Jahmarie Adams, Michael Lantz; performed by Jazz Cartier.
  • "Desire" – written by Kathleen Monks, Benjamin Reinhartz, James Rowlinson, Elizabeth Ball; performed by Dilly Dally.
  • "How Could You Babe" – written by Tobias Jesso Jr; performed by Tobias Jesso Jr.; published by Universal Music Publishing.
  • "Julia" – written by Matthew Mcleod; performed by Fast Romantics.
  • "No Hurry" – written by Terra Lightfoot; performed by Terra Lightfoot; published by CCS Rights Management Corp.
  • "Paradise" – written by Ashton Simmonds, Matthew Burnett, Jordan Evans, Alexander Sowinski, Matthew Tavares, Leland Whitty,Chester Hansen, Keaven Yazdani; performed by Daniel Ceasar feat. BADBADNOTGOOD, Sean Leon; published by Reclusive Music Inc., Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd. Canada, Robinson Heart Publishing.
  • "Pen to Paper" – written by Sean Graham, Thomas "Tawgs" Salter; performed by Modern Space; published by Sony/ATV.
  • "Spirits" – written by Simon Ward, Jeremy Drury, Jonathan Hembrey, Darryl G.J. James, Brian Leigh Pickett, David Ritter, Joanne Setterington, Isabel Cunningham Ritchie; performed by The Strumbellas; published by Domino Double Nine.
  • "Wendell Walker" – written by Andy Shauf; performed by Andy Shauf; published by Peer International Ltd. (Canada), Music of the Mothership.

The winning songs are planned to be announced the week of July 4, 2016.

Winners will receive $10,000 in cash, a choice between two brands of Godin Guitars (a Seagull Artist Studio CW guitar or Godin 5th Avenue Jazz guitar), a Yamaha PSR-S970 keyboard, and a $500 gift card from Long and McQuade.

"These emerging songwriters might be tomorrow's global superstars," said Michael McCarty, Chief Membership & Business Development Officer at SOCAN. "The SOCAN Songwriting Prize helps these talented songwriters expand their fan base and get the attention they so deserve. Although there can only be one official winner, simply being nominated is a huge achievement."

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 and vocals). To round out the band they brought in veteran musicians Bob “Omar” Tunnoch on fretless bass and Jim Casson on drums. Other seasoned sidemen include Mark “Bird” Stafford on harmonica, Shakey Dagenais on piano, Gene Hardy on tenor saxophone, William Sperandei on trumpet, and Gary Kendall on bass.

‘The Long Road Home’ contains ten original songs that tout the full range of roots blues textures and grooves. Nothing ever gets boring. Bobbi Richards’ lyrics are the typical blues themed life-crisis, living-on-the-edge tales. With Casson nailing down every beat it is hard for the band to forget why they showed up. The album speaks confidently and brashly at times, especially in free-wheeling and exciting rock track Lucinda. More of a funky attitude comes out with Toll Jumping where the groove is sweetened with Bobbi Richards’ congas.

Poole’s double chorus guitar solo screamed, “sit up dude, you’re in for a listen!”
Harmonica fans will enjoy Right Time where Bird gets to step up front with some lead lines and solo space. His harmonica is used more subtly in Born to Play but no matter because “you gotta do what you do when you’re born to play...” Kudos to the production team and arrangers for creating interest and variety all throughout the album. In Wrong Way Jack Poole has a funky guitar solo that stands apart in my mind. The horns in Stacked Deck added a tasty, exciting edge to this laid back, funky number. Gene Hardy’s crazy tenor solo more than matched Poole’s guitar energy. The opening track Tables Gonna Turn perfectly sets things off. The fast shuffle, horn shots, riffs, and backup vocals had me from the get go. Midway through the tune Poole’s double chorus guitar solo screamed, “sit up dude, you’re in for a listen!”

Bobbi Richards and Darran Poole

Poole has also played with The Gary Kendall Band, Mark “Bird” Stafford, Phil Guy, Guitar Shorty, Dawn Tyler Watson and The Maple Blues Revue.

He won a Juno Award for “Blues Album of the Year” from his work with Fathead.

Website:

Facebook:
Darran Poole & RootBone 

Short video of the album recording session:



Friday, June 10, 2016

Voorpret - A New, Fun Way to Browse Events Across The Province

We're developing our relationship with a new event listing service that serves Ontarians, and that was created here in Hamilton by Cobalt Connects.

Click the logo to find out what MUSIC events for HAMILTON are listed on this fun platform.


The word "voorpret" means Pre-Fun. 

It's kind of like that feeling you had when you were six and you knew that your birthday was coming soon.