Spherical Productions wins booking agent of the year at the Hamilton Music Awards

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Hey Folks,

We are proud to announce that after a milestone year in business, now being in our tenth year of business, booking over 100 tours, and getting our first grant through the Canada Council of the Arts to expand our business, Spherical Productions wins Booking Agent of the Year at the Hamilton Music Awards, and we are very proud of this accomplishment, which means hard work does pay off!

Booking Agent of the Year
Live Tour Artists
Paquin Entertainment
S.L. Feldman and Associates
Spherical Productions
The Agency Group

Winner: Spherical Productions

SP owner/operator Joey Balducchi is festival manager for the Hamilton Music Awards

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Hey Folks,

The man who runs Spherical Productions, Joey Balducchi, was hired as festival manager for the Hamilton Music Awards, which is happening this week-end, and his job was to secure all the music venues as part of the HMA showcases, and then build stellar line-ups from the nominated acts, as well as incorporating other fantastic local acts to round out each bill, and below are those venue showcases

NOTE: the McIntyre Theatre Showcases were booked by the HMA head honcho, Jean Paul Gaulthier, as well, Brodie booked the Nov 17 HMA showcase at the Casbah, and Marko booked the Nov 17 HMA showcase at Club Absinthe.

I would recommend everyone who is interested in checking out more than one HMA showcase to buy the HMA wristband, they are $19.12, and they get you in to see any specific acts in any of the venues on Nov 16 and Nov 17, so I suggest to get a wristband, look at the acts below, figure out every act you want to see, and make the night an adventure, since all the venues are walking distance throughout downtown (except McIntyre Theatre), and if driving, please don’t drink and drive or have a designated driver.

Here is all the ticket info: HMA Tickets

HAMILTON MUSIC AWARDS – FESTIVAL

Fri, Nov 16

McIntyre Theatre – Mohawk College (ArcelorMittal Dofasco Rising Star Search)
7:10PM-7:22PM Mason Greer
7:25PM-7:37PM Ivy James
7:40PM-7:52PM Inner Volition
7:55PM-8:07PM Mackenzie Meyer
8:10PM-8:22PM Dawn Before Descent
8:25PM-8:37PM Missy Bauman
8:40PM-8:52PM TwoPeaceExtraSpicy
8:55PM-9:15PM Hachey the MouthPEACE (Guest Performer)
$15 cover / 6:30pm doors
NOTE: not included with HMA wristbands, sold separately

Baltimore House
9-9:45PM – Ariana Gillis
8-8:45PM – Sarah Beatty
7-7:45PM – Christine Leakey
$8 cover / free with a HMA wristband
6:00pm doors

Casbah
1-1:45AM – Still Life
12-12:45AM – Flamingo Bay
11-11:45PM – Russ Wilson Band
10-10:45PM – Pete Van Dyk and the Second Hand Band
$8 cover / free with a HMA wristband
9:00pm doors

Casbah Lounge
9-9:45PM Matthew DeZoete
8-8:45PM Mark McNeil
7-7:45PM Andy Griffiths
$8 cover / free with a HMA wristband
6:00pm doors

Club Absinthe
1-1:45AM – That Boy Ain’t Right
12-12:45AM – Skynet
11-11:45PM – Aerith
10-10:45PM – A Sin for a Prayer
$8 cover / free with a HMA wristband
9:00pm doors

Corktown
1-1:45AM Weekend Riot Club
12-12:45AM Animal Farm
11-11:45PM Rifkin
10-10:45PM The Monarch Project
$8 cover / free with a HMA wristband
9:00pm doors

Homegrown Hamilton
12:30-1:15AM – The Good Hunters
11:30PM-12:15AM – The Caretakers
10:30-11:15PM – Peter Tigchelaar
9:30-10:15PM – Jacob Moon
$8 cover / free with a HMA wristband
9:00pm doors

Stonewalls
12-12:45AM Harrison Kennedy
11-11:45PM Andre & The J Tones
10-10:45PM Corey Lueck & the Smokewagon Blues Band
$8 cover / free with a HMA wristband
9:00pm doors

The Lyric Theatre (formerly Westside Theatre)
1-1:45AM Engine Empire
12:12:45AM Hey Brother
11-11:45PM Aitch
10-10:45PM Ghosts of Memphis
$8 cover / free with a HMA wristband
9:00pm doors

This Ain’t Hollywood (Catherine North Showcase)
12:30-1:15AM – Of Gentlemen & Cowards
11:30PM-12:15AM – Tiny Bill Cody
10:30-11:15PM – The Rosy Red
9:30-10:15PM – Paul Federici
$8 cover / free with a HMA wristband
9:00pm doors

Sat, Nov 17

McIntyre Theatre – Mohawk College
6PM-8PM – ArcelorMittal Dofasco Hamilton Music Industry Awards – $25
NOTE: not included with HMA wristbands, sold separately

McIntyre Theatre – Mohawk College
8:30PM Crowbar with special guest Steve Strongman
NOTE: festival wristband gets you into the Crowbar show!!!

Baltimore House (Spherical Productions Showcase)
10-10:45PM Wax Mannequin
9-9:45PM The Donefors
8-8:45PM Terra Lightfoot
7:30-8PM Missy Bauman
$8 cover / free with a HMA wristband
7:00pm doors

Casbah
12-12:45PM Common & Coy
11-11:45PM All About Maggie
10-10:45PM Brooke Nichols
9:15-9:45PM Ashley Sloggett
8:30-9PM The Box Tiger
$10 cover / free with a HMA wristband
9:00pm doors

Casbah Lounge
1-1:45AM Thought Beneath Film
12-12:45AMThe Highnote Ramblers
11-11:45PM Edgar Breau
10-10:45PM The Human Race
$8 cover / free with a HMA wristband
9:00pm doors

Club Absinthe
1-1:45AM SonReal & Rich Kidd
12-12:45AM Slur & The Red Cup Republic
11-11:45PM TY
10-10:45PM Stunts
$10 cover / free with a HMA wristband
9:00pm doors

Corktown
1-1:45AM – The Ragged Bankers
12-12:45AM – Perennials
11-11:45AM – Radio Free Universe
10-10:45PM – Blacken’d Red
9-9:45PM – The Kents
$8 cover / free with a HMA wristband
8:00pm doors

Homegrown Hamilton
12:30-1:15AM Street Pharmacy
11:30PM-12:15AM Live How You Live (unplugged)
10:30-11:15PM S.G. Sinnicks
9:30-10:15PM Dave Gould
$8 cover / free with a HMA wristband
9:00pm doors

The Lyric Theatre (formerly Westside Theatre)
1-1:45AM Hachey the Mouthpeace
12-12:45AM Everyday People
11-11:45PM P.O.E.
10-10:45PM Slur
$8 cover / free with a HMA wristband
9:00pm doors

This Ain’t Hollywood
12:15-1:00AM Blue Coupe
11:15PM-12:00AM The Zilis
10:15-11PM Illusion Avenue
9:15-10PM The Responsibles
$15 cover / free with a HMA wristband
8:30pm doors

Sun, Nov 18

McIntyre Theatre – Mohawk College
6PM-8PM ArcelorMittal Dofasco Hamilton Music Awards – $35
NOTE: not included with HMA wristbands, sold separately

Wax Mannequin, CA Smith and Blind Mule up for Hamilton Music Awards

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Hey Folks,

Spherical Productions is proud to say that 3 of our artists are up for Hamilton Music Awards, CA Smith is up for 4 awards, including Male Artist of the Year, Alternative/Indie Rock Recording of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, and Video of the Year, Wax Mannequin is up for Male Artist of the Year and Roots Recording of the Year, and Blind Mule is up for Alt/Country Recording of the Year.

Here is more detailed info on who each of these artists are nominated with in the same categories…

Male Artist of the Year
Edgar Breau – Patches Of Blue
Wax Mannequin – No Safe Home
Lee Reed – Emergency Broadcast
CA Smith – Someone You Love
Tomi Swick – Tomi Swick

Roots Recording of the Year
Sarah Beatty – Black Grammophone
Edgar Breau – Patches Of Blue
Ben Caplan & the Casual Smokers – In The Time Of The Great Remembering
Fred J. Eaglesmith – 6 Volts
Wax Mannequin – No Safe Home

Alternative/Indie Rock Recording of the Year
Motem – Psychos
The Rest – Seesaw
San Sebastian – Relations
CA Smith – Someone You Love
Still Life – Page One

Alt/Country Recording of the Year
Blind Mule – Blind Mule
Dark Mean – Dark Mean
The Good Hunters – Love You Baby
Terra Lightfoot – Terra Lightfoot
Neil W. Young – What Difference Does It Make

Songwriter of the Year
Arkells – Michigan Left
Edgar Breau – Patches of Blue
CA Smith – Someone You Love
Tomi Swick – Tomi Swick
Whitehorse – The Fate Of The World Depends On This Kiss

Video of the Year
Arkells – Kiss Cam
Redlight King – Old Man
Lee Reed – Bazooka Rap
CA Smith – Time
Tomi Swick – December Sky

SP is so proud of these amazing acts, and hope they take away some awards for all their hard work and great talent!

The Donefors are touring throughout the East Coast!

Donefors East Coast Poster 2012

Hey Folks,

The Donefors are at it again, recently receiving a tour grant from the Canada Council of the Arts, so Spherical Productions put together an East Coast for them, and as of Wed, Nov 7, they are touring throughout the East Coast, starting in Montreal, going into Edmundston, Hampton, Fredericton, Moncton and Halifax, along with some Southern Ontario dates.

Here are their tour dates..

11/07/12: Brutopia, Montreal PQ
11/08/12: Le Vieux Poele, Edmundston NB w/ Gutted The Band
11/09/12: Shiretown Publicans, Hampton NB
11/10/12: The Capital, Fredericton NB w/ SHE ROARS!
11/11/12: Plan B, Moncton NB w/ Gutted The Band
11/12/12: Gus’ Pub, Halifax NS w/ Emily Shute
11/14/12: Rainbow Bistro, Ottawa ON w/ The Dirty Little Secrets
11/15/12: Gallaghers, Hamilton ON
11/16/12: Paddy’s, Sarnia ON
11/17/12: Hamilton Music Awards, Hamilton ON

Make sure to check them out if you are in one of the cities/towns above!

TONIGHT: Blind Mule & Must Stash Hat double CD Release show at This Ain’t Hollywood

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Hey folks,

Tonight is the night that Blind Mule & Must Stash Hat release their long-awaited albums, with special guests Planes & Trains, and this is all going down at This Ain’t Hollywood in Hamilton, and all 3 acts are super stoked for this night, and hoping you folks will make it out to support them on this special night!

Here is the FB event: BM + MSH Double CD Release Show

… and to top it all, for the last issue of View Magazine, Blind Mule got the front of View Magazine, in support of this show, check out the interview here ..
BM View Interview

4 SP acts showcasing at the OCFF on Fri, Oct 12

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Hey Folks,

The Ontario Conference of Folk Festivals is happening this week-end at the Delta Hotel in Mississauga, and Spherical Productions is showcasing 4 acts, including Wax Mannequin, The Donefors, Lindy Vopnfjord and Alfie Smith, and all of us are very stoked!

For those coming to this year’s OCFF, at 12:30pm, on Fri, Oct 12, Spherical Productions will be hosting an official showcase, Alfie Smith will be starting off the showcase at 12:30pm, then Lindy Vopnfjord will be performing at 1:00pm, then The Donefors at 1:30pm, and last, but not least, Wax Mannequin will be performing at 2:00pm.

At night time, Spherical Productions will be hosting a Private Showcase in room 314, where all 4 of these acts will be playing 3 unplugged 20-minute showcases from 11:00pm ’til 3:00am, so 4 showcases throughout the week-end, in hopes that all they get the attention they so well deserve, so if you are going, make sure to come check out these amazing artists, and come say hi to us at the Spherical Productions booth in the Exhibit Hall, we would love to connect with you!

Spherical Thursdays at Gallaghers from Sept to Dec 2012

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Hey Folks,

Spherical Productions and Gallaghers have worked together to build Spherical
Thursdays for the fall of 2012, and the lucky artists to perform as part of
what is going to be an amazing night of acoustic music are Lindy, Spookey Ruben
and Alfie Smith .. and Gallaghers booked in one of their favorites for the fourth
Thursday, and his name is Adam Ostrosser .. here is the way it works.

Alfie Smith performs on the first Thursday of every month from Sept to Dec 2012
Lindy performs on the second Thursday of every month from Sept to Dec 2012
Spookey Ruben performs on the third Thursday of every month from Sept to Dec 2012
Adam Ostrosser performs on the fourth Thursday of every month from Sept to Dec 2012

NOTE: for November, which has 5 Thursdays, Blind Mule’s new bassist, and singer/
songwriter extroardinaire Jonny Kerr will perform on Nov 29.

Wax Mannequin & CA Smith perform at Supercrawl

Supercrawl

Hey Folks,

I am very excited to have both Wax Mannequin and CA Smith performing at the mind
blowing Supercrawl Festival this week-end, the line-up that Tim Potocic from Sonic
Unyon put together is yet again, phenomenol, and I thank him for accepting two of
the artists on Spherical Productions to perform at Supercrawl 2012.

Wax Mannequin opens up Supercrawl with a performance on Thurs, Sept 14 at
7:00pm on the Colbourne Stage, and CA Smith also plays the Colbourne Stage, but
on Sat, Sept 15 at 1:45pm, so don’t miss these amazing artists, as well as the
countless other acts that will be gracing the stage at Supercrawl.

Here is the full line-up for Supercrawl: SUPERCRAWL SCHEDULE
Supercrawl FB Page: SUPERCRAWL FACEBOOK
Supercrawl Twitter Page: SUPERCRAWL TWITTER

Kirby Says “Buh-Bye” To Steeltown

Kirby says goodbye

Hey Everyone,

So big news. Kirby is moving. Packing up and heading west to Ft. St. John, BC.

Read All About It Here | Kirby Says “Buh-Bye” To Steeltown

Make sure to check out his going away show in Hamilton at Gallaghers on Thurs, Aug 23!

He will also be heading into the studio over the next few days with Producer Matt Montour, who did his last EP Into The Dark, with his buddies Max Wray and Tyrone Ramsey to lay down three new songs before he leaves.

Be sure to check out his Facebook Page for updates over the weekend.

4 Spherical artists are performing at Artwells Festival from Aug 3-6, 2012

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Hello Folks,

This coming week-end is going to be a magical one at the Artswell’s Festival,
I have had the honor of being a part of this festival on three different
occasions, and each time it changed my perception on life, uplifted myself to
keep following my dreams, and it has helped me grow to become the man I am today.

Let me give you a visual, the Artwells Festival is located in Wells, BC,
a small town in Northern BC, and in the middle of this town is a school,
with a road surrounding the school, and houses surrounding that road, and up
the road are some halls, art galleries, a little church, some local
businesses, and in the summer, a maximum of 400 people live there…

.. my point, the festival takes over the entire town, in a beautiful way,
and there are tons of great musicians from all over Canada playing for
4 days straight, so anyone that has not made it to this festival, do yourself
a favour, if you’re in need of some rejuvenation to your spirits, and
a great, life altering experience, make sure you go to the Artswells Festival
from Aug 3-6, 2012.

Spherical artists that have the fortune to perform at the Artswells
Festival this year are Wax Mannequin, Corwin Fox, Jenny Omnichord and
Sodapop Somers (aka OK Cobra), and they have many other great acts
performing this year that you don’t want to miss..

Click on these links for more information…
Artswells Festival
Artswells FB Page

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