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2 years + lee fields

July 1st is our official 2 year mark of being Hamiltonians.  After the Canada Day fireworks at Bayfront Park we went to This Ain’t Hollywood to check-out the sounds of the one and only Lee Fields and his 7 piece funk/soul band The Expressions.

Bayfront Park fireworks, Canada Day, July 1st 2011, Lee Fields, funk, soul music, This Ain't Hollywood, Hamilton

The show was fantastic.  Lee Fields has clearly been around a while, although this was the first I had heard of him.  His voice is phenomenal, and I would even be so bold as to say he rivals the funk and soul classic Mr. James Brown.

Lee Fields LP, vinyl, record, soul, funk music, Let's Get A Groove On, 1999


*This Ain’t Hollywood,  345 James St. North, Hamilton, 905.529.9500



when will it be done?

Construction worker, when will it be done? Will it ever be done?

This song by The Golden Dogs expresses how I feel about renovations.  Will it ever be done?

The first time I saw The Golden Dogs was by chance at the most energy packed, amazing show ever for NXNE at the Horseshoe about 5 years ago.  The crowd went ape shit when they pounced into a cover of Paul McCartney’s Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five, which I might add is one super stellar song to cover.

Someone once told me that the song Construction Worker was about the construction that was going on with the streetcar tracks in Toronto at the time at either College or Dundas.  It makes all the more sense, as there is still always streetcar track construction going on.

My conclusion…it’ll never be done.

record numbers

In lieu of Record Store Day April 16th I wanted to do a rundown of where to pick-up a little local vinyl.  You could say that in comparison to the likes of Toronto, or Montreal, Hamilton is no thriving metropolis.  However, for its size, Hamilton still holds it down with regards to the number of record stores per capita.  We’ve got Cheapies, Dr. Disc, Books + Beats, Hammer City Records, all right downtown plus a new one that’s popped up over the past few months next to Mex-i-can on James north.  Then in the east end on Ottawa St. there’s Starddust Records for your country, 50′s, rockabilly and surf music and in the west end in Dundas we’ve got Records on Wheels.  On the occasional art crawl or open streets on James north there’s sometimes a man that I’ve bought from that’s had some real gems.  The seller of those rare finds, is who told me about the record sale at the Festival Banquet Centre, which tends to happen twice a year.  I’ve also come across some great deals at the Deep Groove Record Swap that’s hosted at  The Brain.  So no shortage of records over here, in case you were worried.

The photo is taken of the front window next to Mex-i-can at James and York/Wilson.  I’m sure with a little digging and flipping you could manage to find a few goodies.


southern souls

I can’t remember when exactly I stumbled across Southern Souls, but I feel like it had something to do with looking up native Hamilton band Harlan Pepper.

Harlan Pepper -Little Miss Sunshine

I loved the superb sound quality, richness and warmth of the video’s texture, colour and light, not to mention the local Hamilton talent.

Young Rival -All I Have to do is Dream by the Everly Brothers

Wax Mannequin -Black Bells

Zeus‘ song The River By the Garden, covered by Make Your Exit (another Southern Souls production) came across my Facebook newsfeed a few months back. That was my first clue in realizing that Mitch Fillion, the guy behind Southern Souls, was not just a local Hamilton filmmaker, but that his site Southern Souls was something much bigger, reaching further than just steel town.  It had already been coined by Vish Khanna of Exclaim Magazine “as the most impressive online archive of performances by emerging Canadian musicians”.  If you haven’t already, take a look at the roster of artists that Mitch has filmed.

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