#DeaconBluesApproved

Been awhile since I added other businesses to my Deacon Blues Approved part of this blog. Time to add three new ones now …

#DeaconBluesApproved

If you’re looking for a GREAT breakfast, then it may be time to head down to Stoney Creek and check out Sunnyside Grill. Please don’t confuse this with the places at Centre Mall or Eastgate that have a “similar” name, they are nothing in comparison. The food was good, the portions will large, and the service was amazing. It can get busy at times, so you may have to wait a little, but they are efficient. The server I had was fast and friendly, not talking too much but more than willing to have a brief conversation if YOU want. This had to make my list.

Next on the list is the BEST place in the GHA to find unique and licensed collectibles and weapons. Into Dragons? Swords? Skulls? etc. Then you need to visit The Dragon’s Lair Unleashed on Ottawa Street. You won’t be dissappointed with the trip. I spent about a half hour just looking at the shelves on amazing pieces.

So, the last place on my list is a gem in the East End of Hamilton and is a great shop to get a tattoo done, and if your not into ink, that’s okay too. They are also a full service barbershop as well. Clean and friendly and one of the first businesses to jump on board to support the community and any other worthy groups in need. I highly recommend Soules Classic Barbers & Ink Ltd.

Please explore the city and feel free to share the places you find and the ones you love the most.

#BeADuck

What can I do to help?

flyer_01I probably should do more when it comes to my blog, but as we all know, life often gets in the way of what we should do or can do. So I want to share with you a way I have chosen to help, and perhaps you could find a way as well.

Recently, I was brought onto the Board of Directors with an amazing charity, the Home Hospice Association – Hamilton / Halton Chapter. I hope to help with event planning and organization, local connections, social media, and anything else they feel I could help with. First though, a few people I need to thank.

Firstly, Terri Viola-Wilson, for seeing something in me that she felt would benefit others. Terri is the Executive Director for the Hamilton / Halton Chapter. Now onto a few other people; Chad Pilon for jumping on board almost immediately to help with performing at an upcoming event, Bill Watson for agreeing to make time to help arrange and setup sound at an upcoming event, and Tim Soules for coming on board to help plan for a series of events to benefit the organization. Thank you all for what you can do to help.

So what is all this about? The Home Hospice Association mission? “To deliver hospice palliative care in a non-institutionalized environment where compassion and culturally sensitive human connection are hallmarks.” Both palliative care and hospice care provide comfort. But palliative care can begin at diagnosis, and at the same time as treatment. Hospice care begins after treatment of the disease is stopped and when it is clear that the person is not going to survive the illness. 70% of Canadians want to die in the comfort of their own home, surrounded by those people and things they love. Sadly, 84% of Canadians do not have access to Hospice Palliative care for many reasons. What are you willing to do about it? What can you do about it? “Just as it takes a village to raise a child, that village is equally responsible to care for their dying. We want to be part of your village.” How is that for a statement?

HHA (Home Hospice Association) is new to Hamilton / Halton but is not completely new. They are a recognized charity. This chapter will start off with two programs, but can and I am sure will open up into others as things develop. Both these programs have meaning for me, and they the main reason I am so passionate about this organization. The first is Pre and Perinatal Hospice which will include the HOPP (Helping Our Precious Pediatrics) program. I am sure this requires no explanation, but if you want details, please click HERE. The second program is the Bello Project, which journeys with the pet along the path of their loved one’s life-limiting illness to maintain the unshakeable bond between pet and pet-owner until death occurs. So if you can’t see why I stand with HHA and behind them, you can stop reading.

What can you do to help? Financial, Compassionate, and Active. Financial support is always crucial to any charity. As non-profit, they have to have a way to cover various incurred expenses. You can donate in a variety of ways, but the one I am going to suggest first is the Moonlit Memory Walk. This will be held on September 12, 2019 at the Knights of Columbus hall on Queenston Rd across from Parkdale Park. There will be food, there will be entertainment, and most importantly their will be memories. You can register as one or as a team. You can walk for one or more of your lost loved ones. A minimum $25 fee helps the cause. Compassionate support takes an emotional commitment. Not everyone can do this, but for those that can, you are needed more than ever. Are you able to provide that comfort and support to those in need of it? Then you can help. Active is something that most of us can do, regardless of our physical or financial limitations. Do you knit or craft? Can you help circulate flyers? Can you man a table at an event? Can you make phone calls or work online?

The HHA needs volunteers in all areas. I believe we are even looking for a few new board members, but that may change. Please check out their website, and that of the walk. Just highlight the website again, Home Hospice Association.

Please follow Chad Pilon on Twitter, support Bill Watson with his Photography and Sound business, and of course Soules Classic Barbers and Ink.

I challenge ALL of you reading this far … GET INVOLVED. If not with this, then with something meaningful. No matter how bad we have it, somebody probably has it worse. Is there anything at all you can do that would make somebodies life better? Then why don’t you do it.

Back to the Beginning

From the beginning, Deacon Media was and is all about Everything Entertainment. So …

The Deacon in the City of Music:

What I would like to do, moving forward, is conduct a series of interviews with local talent for this blog. These interviews would be published on a set day either once a week, bi-weekly, or monthly. I would like to showcase some of their music, talk about who they are, what inspires them, and where they see themselves as they move forward. This would be step one, since my mobility is still limited, and it would be something I can still do from behind the keyboard.

Step two is to expand out into the city and talk more about the venues and the city itself as it pertains to music and entertainment. Above is the logo everyone seems to have adopted to show the world that Hamilton is essentially the Music City of Canada. That is in my opinion and that of many, but may be disputed at any given time. During this step, once my ability to get out and about improves, I would like to explain and hopefully prove this opinion.

Step three would be to delve back into the PodCast world, perhaps with a monthly Vlog? I had a brief foray into this back in the days of Boon’s House with the Deacon Blues Approved segment on Blues Blast which aired on Mohawk Radio. It was brief and short-lived as my time was limited, as was my equipment and experience.

So, this outlines my… goals… moving forward. I may not get to all three steps of this plan as quickly as I like, but it will remain my target.

Back to Step One :

All that being said, it would be nice to get some input. This can be from venues, city officials, artists, fans, etc. Who should I ask to do a small interview piece as I expand this step? Should it be you?

Please reach out via email or facebook.

Music Mondays start on May 6th, with Bonnie Hamilton. Maybe this would be a good start? Maybe my dear friend Chad Pilon, who I know will be performing many time over the summer and is involved in a special charity dear to my heart as well? (Also subject of the preferred image for this post, taken at Boon’s House some time ago)

#BeADuck … #OneLove … #HamOntMusic

The Nerd in Me

April 4th, 2019

Since ending up jobless and waiting on doctors to sort some things out for the disability process, I am often finding myself with nothing to do. Years ago, many of them, I used to enjoy Role-Playing Games. Mostly Dungeons & Dragons, but have played many over the years including World of Darkness, RiFTS, Gurps, MERPs, and Mech Warrior. I decided to get back into it.

So, RPGing can be alot of fun, but it requires other people. Those people need to find the time with their busy lives to get together in one place for several hours at a time. You need to determine a place the works for everyone which can be difficult when I am not fully able to get around easily. Then finding a way to get those people to the place to play. So far, it looks like I have found that place and some people to play. Exciting.

Now, when it comes to the pictures above… Crafting is something I have always loved to do. Usually more so on the larger side of things like designing and building my son’s desk and soon my own. Building my own headboard and eventually bunk/loft bed. That kind of thing. Even re-purposing items I find about town. This type of crafting has taken a back burner because I am now unable to do some of the work required. I have fat fingers… hey… I’m not a skinny person. Doing smaller things has not been easy. Doing smaller things on a STRICT budget… near impossible. Thank God for dollar stores! Above I put together a little custom dice box for my son, who has decided to join the RPG world for the first time. I have a few more designed for other players, but in time.

Purchased over the past months from dollar stores: Paints, Brushes, Glue, Mini Screwdrivers, Nail Files, Foam Core, Paper, Cutting Tools, etc. Then purchased some odd little boxes, chests, painting frames, etc.

The above dice box is a small wooden box. I’m sure you have all seen them. Take apart the box. Being VERY careful… those damn screws are TINY. With my fat hands, almost lost a few. Using nail files, sand down the box to make sure to get rid of burrs and the like. Take measurements of the inside and top of the box to use for the computer side of things. Paint the box with the base color you want. Let dry. Paint again. Dry. Paint. Dry. On the computer, in Corel, design and print out the images for the inside and top of box. Glue the paper to foam core and let dry completely. Cut out the sized pieces and glue to inside and outside of box where you want them. Bead glue around the edges of the foam core. Let dry. Paint and touch up any exposed areas. Once dry, since I have been unable to afford a proper sealant, I just used glue, applying an even coat over the entire piece. Dry. Repeat. Once done, put the box all back together again. Thankfully I had help as my FAT fingers made this extremely difficult. Box done.

I know it does not look like anything special, but it took days. Most of the time spent is waiting on stuff to dry. Even with dollar store purchasing, it can get costly for these little crafts but most the items will last me quite awhile and can be used for a variety of other crafts. I has given me something to do… something to help fight the depression. It gives me small senses of accomplishment. It keeps me excited while I wait to play the game in the near future. I have other projects in the works… DM Screen… Dungeon Tiles… who knows what may come next.

Just wanted to update the blog today, and with something just a little different. So… call me a Geek… call me a Nerd… whatever. I have heard it before, but it has given me something… which is all I needed… something to focus on. Perhaps you can find your something… just don’t be afraid to look and to share.

#WhatAboutTuesday?

This little snippit was taken from a dictionary source online…

Tuesday Is Named for a One-handed God Named Tiw. Who Is He?

Yes, it’s true, there’s a wild story behind the god who lends his name to Tuesday. Tiw’s remarkable myth involves women with beards (more on that in a bit). Regardless, the past 1,000 years or so have not been kind to this Northern European divinity.

Who is Tuesday named for?

To make a long story short, it seems that Tiw used to be a big shot, up there with Odin and Thor in Norse mythology. He may even have been chief of the gods. But culture can be fickle and cruel. Nowadays it’s not clear who he was exactly, or how to pronounce his name. We just have hints. There’s a lot to like about Tiw: He’s a war god, associated with courage and combat. He may have had a female companion named Zisa. And listen to how he lost his hand: There was a huge wolf named Fenris who was prophesized to eventually kill Odin, king of the gods. Understandably, the gods decided to restrain the beast while he was still growing. Fenris kept breaking his tethers, so the gods asked the dwarves to use their magic to craft a super leash called Gleipnir.

There are also bearded women: “It was made of six things: the noise a cat makes in foot-fall, the beard of a woman, the roots of a rock, the sinews of a bear, the breath of a fish, and the spittle of a bird. And though thou understand not these matters already, yet now thou mayest speedily find certain proof herein, that no lie is told thee: thou must have seen that a woman has no beard, and no sound comes from the leap of a cat, and there are no roots under a rock.” (From the Prose Edda.)

Fenris wouldn’t let the Gods bind him with Gleipnir unless one of them stuck his or her hand in the wolf’s mouth. Only Tiw was brave enough to do it. Snap! That’s how Tiw lost his hand. But at least the poor guy still has the day between Monday and Wednesday.

#TransformationTuesday

#AlwaysKeepGoing #OneLove

#OneLove Must Include Loving Yourself as much as Others.

#SomethingNew ??

First off, let me say, “Happy St. Paddy’s everyone!”

It’s a Sunday and I know it has been forever since I really posted anything new. I have things in mind, but until I am able to better manage, I am taking it slow. The pain, my medications, and the like have made this past year difficult.

#SundayShowcase

I’m hoping to due a little write-up each Sunday, showcasing amazing talent. I like to focus on Canadian talent first, starting as close to home as I can. I may however talk about others as well.

This first showcase I am shining a spotlight on Sue Foley. Foley was born in Ottawa, Ontario, and spent her early childhood in Canada. She learned to play guitar at age 13, became interested in blues music from listening to the Rolling Stones, and played her first gig at age 16. After high school graduation, she relocated to Vancouver where she formed The Sue Foley Band and toured Canada.

By age twenty-one, Foley was living in Austin, Texas and recording for Antone’s, the blues label and historic nightclub. Her first release was Young Girl Blues.

Foley has toured steadily with her band, toting her signature pink paisley Fender Telecaster. In 2001, she won the Juno Award for her CD, Love Coming Down. Foley has also earned seventeen Maple Blues Awards and three Trophees de Blues de France. She has also garnered several nominations at the Blues Music Awards in Memphis, Tennessee.

2018 marked Foley’s return as a solo artist with her latest album, The Ice Queen, which featured guest appearances by Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top and Jimmie Vaughan.

Her newest release, The Ice Queen, is a refreshing burst of energy for Canadian Blues releases. There is a great blend of Modern Electric Blues (“Come to Me” featuring Charlie Sexton) and Classic Blues (“Send Me To The ‘Lectric Chair”).

#DeaconBluesApproved … Buy “The Ice Queen” Now!

#BeADuck … #OneLove

What’s Going On?

Just wanted to say Happy New Year. Yes, I know it’s February already but it has not been an easy journey this year through the holiday season. However… here I am. I’m not going anywhere.

There are some things in the works, including a collaboration with Bill Watson & Ken Bettes to bring you a monthly event helping to bring some more light to Local Hamilton Artists and to raise some money for the Boys & Girls Club of Hamilton.

I am also still working on some ideas for a weekly showcase (different themes) every Saturday night. Each event will also help with a local Hamilton charity. This has been taking more time than I would like but I am moving along with it.

Thanks for you patience and for sticking with me … Deacon Blues

Friday June 30, 2017 – Music Listings & More – Blog #80

International Social Media Day …

… Royal Blue is the Colour of the Day …

“Distracted from distraction by distraction” – T.S. Eliot

#NewAlbumReleases
June 30th, 2017

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Baio – Man Of The World 
Calvin Harris – Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 
Doldrums – Esc 
Floating Points – Reflections Mojave Desert
Lapalux – Ruinism 
Mark Kozelek & Sean Yeaton – Yellow Kitchen 
Stone Sour – Hydrograd 
Sworn In – All Smiles 
The Acacia Strain – Gravebloom 
TLC – TLC 
Washed Out – Mister Mellow

I have intentionally left out at least one album release. I do not support or endorse Illuminati members or propaganda.

#SomethingToSay

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Social Media Day… just take a moment today to recognize some of the things social media has done for us. Bringing some of us closer in situations when we would normally be alone. Bridging a distance gap. There are some negatives to social media, but if used properly, it can be a wonderful tool. Recognize your Facebook friends, Twitter Followers, Instagram lurkers, etc. I am sure there has been a msg or comment that has brightened a day here and there.

Example… Wednesday was a very difficult day for me. It started off on the wrong foot in the first place. Up early and in so much pain (Neuropathy), Vertigo and Nausea (from the pain medication), and overly tired from not being able to sleep. To drive me forward and to curb the growing Depression and Anxiety, once again I throw myself into this Blog. I get half-way through, suddenly the blog is GONE. I think at first it is a Facebook glitch. So… I have to redo the whole thing. I’m almost done posting and sharing it for the second time when I get word that my dog is ill (16 year old German Sheppard named Asker). After checking in on her, I come back to find the Blog deleted again. Some idjit decided that with all the near pornographic images on Facebook, the Hate Propaganda, and Political Bullshit floating around that the Facebook Cover for Body Piercing Day was offensive (It was a woman’s mouth with her tongue pierced if ya missed it.)

I QUICKLY redo it again and then go check on my dog. She has taken a turn for the worse and while fighting off everything else, a decision had to be reached. With the heaviest of hearts, she needed to be put down. She was in so much pain, absolutely no use of her back legs at all. She wasn’t eating or drinking any more. She had no control of bowel or bladder. There was no money in the budget for this, but thanks to friends/family Gloria & James, we were able to pay for the proper Veterinary care for her. Four hours with her at the vets, spending time with her… making sure it was the right call… struggling with guilt and loss… it’s was over.

After all this… to return home to find an outpouring of love and support on Social Media. Honestly, I was numb… but it brought more tears to my eyes. Some of you I know very well and some only having met for but a moment. But you all took the time… this is what Social Media can do. Thank you all so much again. 

Just my nickels worth …

#NewFacebookCover

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“Social media spark a revelation that we, the people, have a voice, and through the democratization of content and ideas we can once again unite around common passions, inspire movements, and ignite change.” – Brian Solis

#AroundTown

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If you are looking for an amazing Veterinarian you should look no further than Fruitland Veterinary Hospital. Located at 621 Barton St Unit 7 in Stoney Creek. You have heard other vets tell you they have the lowest rates around and they all just seem pretty cold. You look around and all you see are signs of $$$. Extra for this, extra for that, 100 different high cost specialty foods, etc. Fruitland has some of the kindest and most patient staff I have ever come across. They truly care more about the animals than the money, and truthfully more about the animals than us (as it should be). However, never once do they take our feeling forgranted. I have found the only Veterinary service I could want it’s 100% #DeaconBluesApproved!!

Check it out: http://fruitlandveterinaryhospital.com/

#DeaconBluesApproved for #HamOntMusic

Anything in COLOUR is a personal pick!

#EveryWeek in #HamOnt

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♫♪.ılılıl Varied Schedule lılılı.♪♫

Southern Supper at Mississippi Queen Foods! Great blues and amazing southern cuisine! You need to call early for your tickets as the seats fill up fast. $45 gets your meal and one of the most intimate shows you will ever attend! See website for details. (Central)

♫♪.ılılıl Tuesdays lılılı.♪♫

Jacob Moon and the Commissionaires at Park St. Gasworks (Downtown)

♫♪.ılılıl Wednesdays lılılı.♪♫

Boogie N Blues with Ian Andrews at the Corktown. Open Jam! (Downtown)
Grindstones Jam Night at the Mill Street and 5 America House (Waterdown)
Open Jam at The Gladstone Tavern (East End)
Open Mic with Alfie Smith at L’etrange (Downtown)

♫♪.ılılıl Thursdays lılılı.♪♫

RatRod is hosting an Open Jam at The Pour House! (Mountain)

♫♪.ılılıl Sundays lılılı.♪♫

Blues Brunch (2pm) at Lou Dawgs (Downtown)
Sunday Blues (2-6pm) at the Bay City Music Hall for only $7 (North End)
Shari Dunn & Jonny Kerr at The Lions Head! (Downtown)

#ThisWeek in #HamOnt

… sponsored by Greater Hamilton Musician …

♫♪.ılılıl Friday lılılı.♪♫

It’s Your Festival at Gage Park (Central)
Sonny Del Rio & The Five Star Revue at 447 Wing (Mount Hope)
C.B. & THE BENT at “It’s Your Fesrtival” (Central)
Live Concerts – Tall Ships Festival at Discovery Centre (Downtown)
Hot Jazz on the Water at Bay City Music Hall (Downtown)
Witch Prophet, Mother Tareka, Kojo ‘Easy’ Damptey at HAVN (Downtown)
Caledonia BBQ and Dance at Caledonia Fairgrounds (Caledonia)
Family of Things with Little Boxer, Reader, & Detour at Absinthe (Downtown)
Matty Simpson Tour Send Off at This Ain’t Hollywood (Downtown)
TG Swampbusters at The Gladstone (East End)
Kill No Albatross with Even the Trees and others at The Corktown (Downtown)

♫♪.ılılıl Saturday lılılı.♪♫

Boogie Infection at Lou Dawgs (Downtown)
Brantford’s Canada Day 150 Celebration at Lions Park (Brantford)
City of Hamilton Canada 150 with Steve Strongman at Bay Front Park (Downtown)
Oh Canada Day Ribfest (Waterdown)
The Redhill Valleys at The Oh Canada Day Ribfest (Waterdown)
Canada Day Jamtacular at The Corktown (Downtown)
Noble Savages with Dirty Jeans, Ghosted, and Cadillac Bill at This Ain’t Hollywood (Downtown)
Rob Kirkham And Neon Rain at The EndZone (East End)

♫♪.ılılıl Sunday lılılı.♪♫

The Bazaar of the Bizarre 2017 at The Spice Factory (Downtown)
Rock the Park 4 Jessie (Murder Victims) at Fernbrook Resort (Freelton)
Python with On The Verge & Social Strife at Doors Pub (Downtown)

#ComingSoon in #HamOnt

… no sponsor yet …

July 6th at Mississippi Queen Foods
Southern Supper: The Vaudevillian CD & Vinyl Pre-Release Party

August 3rd at Mississippi Queen Foods
Ginger St. James & Snowheel Slim

August 18th at Frontier Ghost Town
Jalopy Jam Up Car Show

#ThisWeekInMusicHistory

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June 30, 1975 – Cher marries Gregg Allman. Their union produces a son (Elijah Blue Allman) and an album, but ends for good in 1979.

July 1, 1956 – The family-friendly Steve Allen Show doesn’t want Elvis Presley shaking his legendary pelvis, so he sings “Hound Dog” to a basset hound. Both Elvis and the pooch are dressed in formal wear.

July 2, 1966 – “Strangers in the Night” goes to #1, giving Frank Sinatra his first #1 pop hit since “Learnin’ The Blues” in 1955. The song appeared in the film A Man Could Get Killed, winning the Oscar for Best Song.

#GiveItAListen

… sponsored by Boxo Studio …

Doldrums – Heater (from new Esc album)

The Acacia Strain – Bitter Pill (from new Gravebloom album)

Floating Points – Kelso Dunes (from the new Reflections Mojave Desert album)

Note: To be fair to everyone, some of these are not to my liking, but I am including them as a sneak peek into their up-coming albums and my tastes can’t dictate yours.

#ShoutOuts

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Thanks to our Sponsors … BOXO StudioHamilton Maker Space, and Hamilton Musician Magazine. Two new sponsors coming soon.

Shout Outs to … Kevin BarberGlen BrownConnie RoubleJacob MoonIan AndrewsTyson MelocheShari DunnJonny KerrLora LionsheadScott RendallGinger St JamesJack de KeyzerB A ScottJesse O’BrienCadillac BillTim GibbonsDanielle BeaudinNathan James LeeDarby GeeCraig SaundersSpencer MackenzieDonna Castello, and Steve Strongman

#QuackQuackQuack

Let negativity roll off you like the water off a duck’s back.

“Social media allows us to behave in ways that we are hardwired for in the first place – as humans. We can get frank recommendations from other humans instead of from faceless companies.”
 Francois Gossieaux

#SeeYaOnTheBSide

Wednesday June 28, 2017 – Music Listings & More – Blog #79

International Body Piercing Day …

… Red is the Colour of the Day …

“All of their faces are cluttered with the shrapnel of rebellion, as if a grenade of alienation has exploded in their midst, piercing every possible soft point of flesh-from earlobes and nostrils to eyebrows, lips, and tongues-with metal studs and rings.” – Jonathan Tropper

#NewAlbumReleases
June 30th, 2017

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Baio – Man Of The World 
Calvin Harris – Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 
Doldrums – Esc 
Floating Points – Reflections Mojave Desert
Lapalux – Ruinism 
Mark Kozelek & Sean Yeaton – Yellow Kitchen 
Stone Sour – Hydrograd 
Sworn In – All Smiles 
The Acacia Strain – Gravebloom 
TLC – TLC 
Washed Out – Mister Mellow

I have intentionally left out at least one album release. I do not support or endorse Illuminati members or propaganda.

#SomethingToSay

… sponsored by Deacon Media …

Today is one of those day I find myself with few words. I have been up most of the night, and like yesterday, I am not doing so well. As most of you know, this blog gives me purpose on days like this, so once again, it is being released and surprisingly on time. So on those rare days I am late or just miss an issue, you know it must be a really bad day.

I do want to take a moment and thank all of you for your support, not just of me but our city, the art and music scene, and each other. It is one of the things that makes our community so special. Thank you.

Between releasing this issue twice earlier today, had to put my dog down. Now I found out again that Facebook had deleted the blog for having the Facebook cover image below showing on the share. Now I will share it again without the image. I have seen way worse images… 

Just my nickels worth …

#NewFacebookCover

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“A person should realize that the tattoo or piercing is not just being placed on your body; it is becoming
a part of you, an extension of yourself.” – Daemon Rowanchilde

#AroundTown

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Looking for a new Review!

#DeaconBluesApproved for #HamOntMusic

Anything in COLOUR is a personal pick!

#EveryWeek in #HamOnt

… This Sponsor Space could be Yours …

♫♪.ılılıl Varied Schedule lılılı.♪♫

Southern Supper at Mississippi Queen Foods! Great blues and amazing southern cuisine! You need to call early for your tickets as the seats fill up fast. $45 gets your meal and one of the most intimate shows you will ever attend! See website for details. (Central)

♫♪.ılılıl Tuesdays lılılı.♪♫

Jacob Moon and the Commissionaires at Park St. Gasworks (Downtown)

♫♪.ılılıl Wednesdays lılılı.♪♫

Boogie N Blues with Ian Andrews at the Corktown. Open Jam! (Downtown)
Grindstones Jam Night at the Mill Street and 5 America House (Waterdown)
Open Jam at The Gladstone Tavern (East End)
Open Mic with Alfie Smith at L’etrange (Downtown)

♫♪.ılılıl Thursdays lılılı.♪♫

RatRod is hosting an Open Jam at The Pour House! (Mountain)

♫♪.ılılıl Sundays lılılı.♪♫

Blues Brunch (2pm) at Lou Dawgs (Downtown)
Sunday Blues (2-6pm) at the Bay City Music Hall for only $7 (North End)
Shari Dunn & Jonny Kerr at The Lions Head! (Downtown)

#ThisWeek in #HamOnt

… sponsored by Greater Hamilton Musician …

 ♫♪.ılılıl Wednesday lılılı.♪♫
 
 Bry Webb (Constantines) w/ Dan Edmonds and Bird City at The Casbah (Downtown)
 
 
 ♫♪.ılılıl Thursday lılılı.♪♫

Sarah Smith on Stage at Tracie’s Place (Mountain)
Jack De Keyzer & Jesse O’Brien at Coach & Lantern Pub (Ancaster)
The Medicine Hat with Lost Cousins & The Kents at This Aint Hollywood (Downtown)
Mark Debonis Comedy Night at The Casbah (Downtown)
Must Stash Hat, Blind Mule, Zyla & The Meatbags at The Casbah (Downtown)

♫♪.ılılıl Friday lılılı.♪♫

It’s Your Festival at Gage Park (Central)
Sonny Del Rio & The Five Star Revue at 447 Wing (Mount Hope)
C.B. & THE BENT at “It’s Your Fesrtival” (Central)
Live Concerts – Tall Ships Festival at Discovery Centre (Downtown)
Hot Jazz on the Water at Bay City Music Hall (Downtown)
Witch Prophet, Mother Tareka, Kojo ‘Easy’ Damptey at HAVN (Downtown)
Caledonia BBQ and Dance at Caledonia Fairgrounds (Caledonia)
Family of Things with Little Boxer, Reader, & Detour at Absinthe (Downtown)
Matty Simpson Tour Send Off at This Ain’t Hollywood (Downtown)
TG Swampbusters at The Gladstone (East End)
Kill No Albatross with Even the Trees and others at The Corktown (Downtown)

♫♪.ılılıl Saturday lılılı.♪♫

Boogie Infection at Lou Dawgs (Downtown)
Brantford’s Canada Day 150 Celebration at Lions Park (Brantford)
City of Hamilton Canada 150 with Steve Strongman at Bay Front Park (Downtown)
Oh Canada Day Ribfest (Waterdown)
The Redhill Valleys at The Oh Canada Day Ribfest (Waterdown)
Canada Day Jamtacular at The Corktown (Downtown)
Noble Savages with Dirty Jeans, Ghosted, and Cadillac Bill at This Ain’t Hollywood (Downtown)
Rob Kirkham And Neon Rain at The EndZone (East End)

♫♪.ılılıl Sunday lılılı.♪♫

The Bazaar of the Bizarre 2017 at The Spice Factory (Downtown)
Rock the Park 4 Jessie (Murder Victims) at Fernbrook Resort (Freelton)
Python with On The Verge & Social Strife at Doors Pub (Downtown)

#ComingSoon in #HamOnt

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July 6th at Mississippi Queen Foods
Southern Supper: The Vaudevillian CD & Vinyl Pre-Release Party

August 3rd at Mississippi Queen Foods
Ginger St. James & Snowheel Slim

August 18th at Frontier Ghost Town
Jalopy Jam Up Car Show

#ThisWeekInMusicHistory

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June 28, 1968 – Aretha Franklin appears on the cover of Time magazine.

June 29, 1974 – Neil Peart replaces John Rutsey as the drummer for Rush.

June 30, 1975 – Cher marries Gregg Allman. Their union produces a son (Elijah Blue Allman) and an album, but ends for good in 1979.

July 1, 1956 – The family-friendly Steve Allen Show doesn’t want Elvis Presley shaking his legendary pelvis, so he sings “Hound Dog” to a basset hound. Both Elvis and the pooch are dressed in formal wear.

July 2, 1966 – “Strangers in the Night” goes to #1, giving Frank Sinatra his first #1 pop hit since “Learnin’ The Blues” in 1955. The song appeared in the film A Man Could Get Killed, winning the Oscar for Best Song.

#GiveItAListen

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Calvin Harris – Rollin  (from new Funk Wav Bounces album)

Sworn In – Make It Hurt (from new All Smiles album)

 TLC – Way Back (from the new TLC album)

Note: To be fair to everyone, some of these are not to my liking, but I am including them as a sneak peek into their up-coming albums and my tastes can’t dictate yours.

#ShoutOuts

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Let negativity roll off you like the water off a duck’s back.

“I am too old for an eyebrow piercing but too young for an eyebrow lift.” – Max Cannon

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Wednesday May 24th, 2017 – Music Listings and More! – Blog #64

#JustPreachin

… National Brothers Day …

“ Being his real brother I could feel I live in his shadows, but I never have and I do not now. I live in his glow.” – Michael Morpurgo

#NewAlbumReleases

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Justin Towne Earle – “Kids In The Street”
Lana Del Rey – “Lust For Life”
Lil Yachty – “Teenage Emotions”
Martin Rev – “Demolition 9”
New Order – “NOMC15”
Shakira – “El Dorado”
Sky Steele – “All The Light”
The Charlatans – “Different Days”
Thunder Dreamer – “Capture”

#SomethingToSay

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You ever hear the phrase, “You can’t choose your family”?

While this may be true in some literal senses, it all depends on how you view “family”. When I was born, I was pretty much an only child but I had older siblings. Fourteen years younger than my one older brother. He was gone and out of the house by the time I was old enough to remember and from then on, we had no relationship to speak of. A little older than him was my sister, who was around quite a bit in my youngest memories and truly doted on me. Our relationship changed when my parents moved me thousands of miles away. My oldest brother was long out of the house and working when I was young so we really had no early bond. He however, ended up moving back in with our parents when I was about 7 or so. From that time on, we formed a strong bond as he practically helped raise me. Like a second father, a big brother, and a best friend.

Out of all my sibling relationships, my eldest brother was the strongest. Proximity made this the case and his desire to be a part of my life. My sister remained in second, probably because she was so far away and then had children of her own. The youngest of my siblings, but still my elder came in and out of my life at various stages growing up. We were close and then not, then close and then not. I did not choose any of these people to be a part of my life, nor a part of my family. Sadly, when I think of family though growing up, it was my mom, dad, eldest brother, a niece, and our family pets. That was my family.

This was really no fault of any one person in particular, but life happens to all of us. Over the years I have been blessed with some amazing friends! Some of them, I chose to make a part of my family. These friends (new brothers and sisters) for the most part have been a part of my life actively for longer than those of my own blood. A failed marriage, due to failures on my part, still left me with a best friend and also brought me my son. I am by no means a perfect father, not even close to my dad, but I try my best on a daily basis. My relationship with him is important. I often try to recreate the bond I had with my eldest brother, with my son. It’s the strongest bond I had in my life.

Mother, father, and eldest brother have passed on. I miss them all very much. Today, as I consider Brothers Day, I remember… memories are always a good thing. Even those not so pleasant, helped make me the person I am.

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“I don’t believe an accident of birth makes people sisters or brothers. It makes them siblings, gives them mutuality of parentage. Sisterhood and brotherhood is a condition people have to work at.” – Maya Angelou

#AroundTown

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You really should check out Union Burger if you have not already done so. Located at 140 Centennial Parkway North in Hamilton, these are some of the best burgers around. Fresh and never frozen. Fresh cut fries too! All for a ridiculously low price for what you get. The price is comparable to a McD’s but the quality is better than any fast food burger chain! You can even enjoy a cold beer with your meal for just under $3 a bottle … unreal!! Burgers, grilled chicken, fish fillet, fries, poutine, ice cream, shakes … this place deserves your attention and is 100% #DeaconBluesApproved!!

Check out the Menu: ubburger.com

#DeaconBluesApproved for #HamOntMusic

I believe that more than just a few words are needed here. I can’t say this enough… you need to give more than a couple of days notice to promote your event properly. When the date is set, the event should be announced. This has to go for the entertainment, the venue, and the promoter!

For most smaller local shows, a month before is the best time to start. Great idea to share around some youtube footage, so long as it’s not terrible. Three weeks prior is the time to send out the event announcement to promotional / marketing sites. Two weeks before, you need to TAKE THE TIME to invite your contacts (email, facebook, followers, etc) to your event. This can be time-consuming but if you can’t make time for your “fans”… enough said. The last stage is a week before and this can really be time-consuming! Social Media blitz. Twitter & Facebook! #Hashtags! Share, share, share! Get people talking and create a buzz. Tag people and places! If this is too much, then to be honest, you need help. 95% of everyone on social media, does not know how to market and promote effectively.

As I said, this applies to all parties. There are plenty of venues to visit and plenty of bands to see, so why would anyone want to go to your place and here whatever band is playing? Especially if nobody, especially you, is not even promoting it. Next week I will run down the to-do list for the final days before your event.

#EveryWeek in #HamOnt

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♫♪.ılılıl Varied Schedule lılılı.♪♫

Southern Supper at Mississippi Queen Foods! Great blues and amazing southern cuisine! You need to call early for your tickets as the seats fill up fast. $45 gets your meal and one of the most intimate shows you will ever attend! This Thursday is Mississippi’s Sherman Lee Dillon!

♫♪.ılılıl Tuesdays lılılı.♪♫

Jacob Moon and the Commissionaires at Park St. Gasworks

♫♪.ılılıl Wednesdays lılılı.♪♫

Boogie N Blues with Ian Andrews at the Corktown. Open Jam!
Grindstones Jam Night at the Mill Street and 5 America House.

♫♪.ılılıl Thursdays lılılı.♪♫

RatRod is hosting an Open Jam at The Pourhouse!

♫♪.ılılıl Sundays lılılı.♪♫

Blues Brunch (2pm) at Lou Dawgs
Sunday Blues (2-6pm) at the Bay City Music Hall for only $7.
Shari Dunn & Jonny Kerr at The Lions Head!

#ThisWeek in #HamOnt

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♫♪.ılılıl Monday lılılı.♪♫

♫♪.ılılıl Tuesday lılılı.♪♫

♫♪.ılılıl Wednesday lılılı.♪♫

Tara Holloway and others at Artword Artbar
C.R. Avery Book Launch & Blues at Mississippi Queen Foods
The MacLeans at Mulberry Coffeehouse

♫♪.ılılıl Thursday lılılı.♪♫

Comedy Night in Hamilton w/ Nick Reynoldson, Cliff Myers, & more at The Casbah

♫♪.ılılıl Friday lılılı.♪♫

Mike Almas Band at Artword Artbar
Brad James at Bobbies Bar & Grill
The Treble Men at Cat n Fiddle

♫♪.ılılıl Saturday lılılı.♪♫

BorderLineMe at The Straircase Cafe Theatre
The Hopeful Poets at Rebel’s Rock
Lipstick Scream! at Stonewalls
Elliott & the Audio Kings at Lou Dawgs

♫♪.ılılıl Sunday lılılı.♪♫

The Sinners Choir at The Casbah

#ComingSoon in #HamOnt

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June 15th at The Warplane Heritage Museum

JOHNNY CASH Tribute in Support of CMHA
A Ring of Fire : Johnny Cash Experience

#ThisWeekInMusicHistory

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1973 – The Edgar Winter Group’s “Frankenstein” hits #1.

1981 – Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five are the opening act for The Clash at Bond’s in Times Square, New York. They get booed and assaulted with projectiles.

1984 – Tina Turner releases Private Dancer, her big comeback album.

2000 – Billy Corgan announces that The Smashing Pumpkins will break up, saying they are tired of “fighting the good fight against the Britneys of the world.”

2005 – Garth Brooks proposes to Trisha Yearwood in front of 7,000 fans during a show at Buck Owens’s Crystal Palace in Bakersfield, California.

2008 – Forty-two years after releasing his first album, Neil Diamond scores his first #1 when Home Before Dark tops the albums chart.

2012 – On his 90th birthday, actor Christopher Lee announces the release of his Heavy Metal single “Let Legend Mark Me as the King.”

#GiveItAListen

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#ShoutOuts

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Thanks to our Sponsors … Deacon Media, BOXO Studio, Greater Hamilton Musician, Mississippi Queen Foods, PC Werx, and A&A Discount Auto Parts Stoney Creek

Shout Outs to … Kevin Barber, Glen Brown, Connie Rouble, Jacob Moon, Ian Andrews, Shawn Brush, Tyson Meloche, Shari Dunn, Jonny Kerr, Lora Lions Head, Nancy Bright, John Glass, Tara Holloway, C.R. Avery, Jack MacLean, Mike Almas, David Nicoloff, and Robin Zee

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Let negativity roll off you like the water off a duck’s back.

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“ When I look at each of my brothers, I see two things. First, I see the next place I want to leave a rosy welt. Second, I see a good man who will always be there, no matter how hard life gets for me or him. Then, I get out of the way because I realize he’s coming at me with a wet dish towel.”– Dan Pearce

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