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The marvellous Hamilton Place is 50

Yes, we know it’s officially called the FirstOntario Concert Hall, but its original name endures, as does its acoustical excellence, its musical legacy and its importance to Hamiltonians. You might call it FirstOntario Concert Hall, because that’s what its sign says it is. You might have called it…
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Stars of the strings

This city has produced more than its fair share of great guitarists over the years. Steve Strongman, Terra Lightfoot, Luke Bentham and Mike Trebilcock reflect on their careers with their six-string companions. Hamilton’s a rock ’n’ roll town. It’s a cliché, but it’s a cliché because it’s true.
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Brad Germain takes golden direction

Well-known for frequently taking new musical paths with his list of past projects, Germain's new band Golden Feather is influenced by Steely Dan, Grateful Dead and others while exploring a ‘jam band’ approach. Jam bands had their heyday in the 1970s. The jam band scene, however, will be…
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Weird Science

Rollie Pemberton, aka Cadence Weapon, has been turning heads in the rap game for years and recently moved from Edmonton to Hamilton. As Jamie Tennant discovers, when it comes to making music, the Polaris Prize-winning rapper can finally do what he wants, when he wants –…
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CFMU: A unique voice and vision

As McMaster University's campus station celebrates its 45th anniversary, Jamie Tennant looks back on the trials, tribulations and, yes, triumphs of bringing community radio to life, and to the community. This year, CFMU celebrates its 45th anniversary on the FM airwaves. On Jan. 13, 1978, at…
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Guided by Fate

Bill Dillon, who has played guitar with some of the biggest names around, knows first hand that music can save your life. You probably don’t know the name Bill Dillon but you know the sound of his guitar.  You’ve heard “Showdown at Big Sky” by Robbie Robertson? Dillon.