Portrait of Laura Keating in front of wall with graffiti. Photo by Gord Moss.

Laura Keating, a working musician

A horn player recently told me about how jazz colleagues are somewhat rusty from not having the gigs or the opportunity to jam during the forced isolation of the pandemic. Folk rocker, singer songwriter, guitar player and Crown Point resident Laura Keating had a different experience during the past two-years. “I turned to new ways …

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Big Johnny Blue and friends jam for peace

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1567994858851{margin-top: 0px !important;border-top-width: 0px !important;padding-top: 0px !important;}”]Feature photo by Ivan Sorensen.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text] [sam_pro id=1_11 codes=”true”][/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]On Friday the 13th and Saturday the 14th of September, Big Johnny Blue, my band, is putting together a music festival to celebrate PEACE. Peace is a word which has been taken for granted and that can seem so hollow. I …

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Stinson event to be highlighted in TVO doc

 A lighted path along the escarpment and cellists under an overpass will appear in a TVO documentary series, The Life-Sized City, as reported by the Hamilton Spectator. Fireflies in the forest was originally planned as an urban intervention as part of 100In1day but was postponed due to weather. The organizers, Stinson Community Association and Surprise …

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The Making of a Monster – Jay Portal & DBLCRSS

On his newest hip-hop project “The Making of a Monster”, local artist Jay Portal, produced by DBLCRSS, demonstrates his ability to invigorate and express the headspace of an artist hedonistically indulging in the urban night life around him. He confronts the inner toll his lifestyle brings amidst the rise of his profile and popularity within …

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Gage Park gets Madison McFerrin first

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_video link=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8AwTlsnmpVc” align=”center”][vc_column_text]The jazz vocalist and songwriter, Madison McFerrin, who builds her music with her own voice and a looping peddle, has been making waves and she comes to Hamilton for Winterfest before heading to Toronto. Take that! In what may be the coolest thing ever, McFerrin will perform at “The Canteen” in Gage Park …

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