• May 25 Jam, Dinner, and Showcase. Yes, it’s a 3 in 1 day!

    The Blues Society is serving a hot buffet dinner and a full course of great music at this month’s event. Our regular monthly jam starts at 4:00 pm. Come and join us for a couple of hours. Then we’ll take a break for a hot buffet dinner at 6:00 pm. Relax with some friends and a cold beer.

    Taking the stage for the 7:00 pm opening set is Bucket List, Hamilton’s own “industrial rhythm and blues.”

    Next is Tripleplay, fronted by Hamilton Blues Society member Paul Lawrence. Great playing all around and lots of energy.

    Wrap-up around 10:00 pm with some more jam time.

    Tickets are $15 per person. Includes dinner and three 50/50 tickets. No-dinner tickets: $10 per person.

    Here’s the info on Facebook. If you’re planning on going, let us know, and SHARE THE EVENT. Let’s blow this one out of the water!


  • Hamilton Blues Society Approves Inaugural Constitution


    John Crawford, aka Big Johnny Blue, has been working since 2010 to pull together a local blues society. There were several starts undertaken and an equal number of experiments (and experiences) with different venues and players.

    Things began looking up when an agreement was reached back in 2013 with the Knights of Columbus Hall on Queenston Road at Parkdale. With a reliable and reputable venue backing his efforts, Crawford pulled together a management board. The board now consists of Crawford, Bill Watson, Glen Brown, and Ivan Sorensen.

    The newly-reorganized Hamilton Blues Society started holding regular jam sessions at the hall. With fifty or more people participating things looked encouraging. The addition of blues showcase concerts gave local blues groups and artists an opportunity to perform and build their audience bases. The Society recently was registered as a not-for-profit society, and is now in the process of gathering members.

    Constitution Finalized

    Tonight the Hamilton Blues Society’s executive board was pleased to approve the Hamilton Blues Society Constitution and Bylaws. The approval of the foundational documents launches the Society’s Membership Drive and will culminate in the Society’s first General Meeting this September.


    ~Submitted by Glen Brown, secretary of the Hamilton Blues Society.

  • Come Grow With Us!

    The Hamilton Blues Society is proud to announce that as a not-for-proft Canadian Corporation our purpose is firmly grounded in benefiting each and every one of our members. We exist for the profit and benefit of many, not ourselves.

    We know that many of you have joined the HBS mailing list, and have been attending our jam events and showcases. It has been a great encouragement to see so many friends getting involved.

    In the coming weeks we will be conducting a survey to ask “What Do You Want to See In The Hamilton Blues Society?”

    Your response is very important to us as we finalize our game plan for the next couple of years. To make sure you get the opportunity to respond to the survey, add your name to our mailing list.

    We eagerly anticipate our first General Meeting where we will be able to officially welcome our “charter members” and begin our existence as a “Society in Support of Blues Music and Musicians in Hamilton, Ontario.”

    Stay tuned!

  • May 25 Combined Open Jam and Showcase Event and Dinner

    Starting at 4 PM, come and join us at the Knights of Columbus Hall for our first Jam/Showcase and Dinner Event!

    Jam gets underway at 4 PM and goes until 6 PM. Please email Glen at bluesjam@gbrpublications.com if you are wanting to participate in the jam. You’ll need to bring your own instrument and amplifier. Be ready to play two or three tunes.

    Dinner begins at 6 PM. Menu TBA, (watch the website) but guaranteed to be delicious and value-priced!

    Showcase begins at 7 PM. Paul Lawrence Band to perform, with more being announced very soon. Showcase wraps up at 10 PM.

    Volunteers needed to help set-up the hall, do some basic decorating, or helping with food preparation/clean-up. Please email bluesjam@gbrpublications.com if you’d like to volunteer!

    Cheers, and looking forward to seeing many of you out.

    ~ Glen Brown, secretary
    Hamilton Blues Society

  • April Open Jam is Set for Sunday April 27, 2014

    David Carte in the groove. Taken at our March open jam.

    April 27, 2014 – Monthly open jam.

    2pm – 6pm. Knights of Columbus Hall, 222 Queenston Road.

    Admission by donation.

    All ages, licensed event.


    Note to players:

    Guitarists bring your own amp and axe. Musicians who wish to play, don’t forget to sign up as soon as you come in. Our stage rule is three songs, then switch it up to give the next player a turn.

    Bring your family and friends and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere.

    In past months, we have collected groceries for the St. Matthew’s House food bank. Please check the Blues Society Facebook pagefor more information.

  • March Blues Jam Set for Sunday March 23rd

    jammer in the hammer
    February’s Jam: “Jammer In The Hammer”

    The Hamilton Blues Society is proud to announce our monthly jam session.

    The jam is open to all ages and all levels of ability. Come and join our community! Add your name to our member email list, put your name on the musicians playlist and join us in making some great music.

    There’s always good food and drinks available. Licensed, all ages event.

    We look forward to meeting you.

    Knights of Columbus Hall, 222 Queenston Road, Hamilton
    Sunday, March 23, 2014
    2pm to 6pm
    Donation jar at the door.
    50/50 draw.