Archive for August, 2009

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First Settlement

August 29, 2009

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Just a little note about the beginning of our little city.
    Chatham is located in the southwestern corner of Ontario lying between Lake Erie and Lake St. Clair just off the 401 highway.

   Chatham area was first settled back in 1793 when Sir. John Graves Simcoe the first Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada designated that the area at the forks of the river (now known as the Thames River and McGregors Creek) as a military post and the first family bought a piece of land.
There were only a few people living here when they had the Civil War of 1812, but by the year of 1851, the town had increased to 2000 people, and incorporated as a village, and in the year 1855 Chatham became a town.

   The town was first built up along the south shore of the river and creek, and the roads were of mud and almost impassible in the spring and fall, and after 1855 King St. the business district was paved with cobblestone, brought in from Pelee Island on Lake Erie. In 1869 the cobblestone was replaced with wood and asphalt, which Chatham was one of the first in Canada, to have this kind of road surfacing.

Original Post: http://www.angelfire.com/ca5/picturesofmyfamily/Chatham.html

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Rene Brosseau Nominated by CCMA

August 28, 2009

Name: Rene Brosseau
Instrument: Pedal Steel and slide guitar
Year: 2008
Home: Chatham Kent Ontario

* Nomination: Nominated by ‘Canadian Country Music Awards’ for “Steel Guitarist of the Year” (2008)
* He was a member of local favourites “The Melody Ramblers” from 1979 to 1995)

Rene has worked with many tribute acts including: Garth Brooks,
Shania Twain, Reba, Tim, Faith, Cher, Buddy Holly,
Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Rod Stewart, ZZ Top,
and The Blues Brothers.

Has performed at such venues as: Casino Windsor,
Windsor Slots, Sudbury Slots, Point Edward Casino,
Hiawatha Raceway (Sarnia), Motor City Casino (Detroit), Western Tour (Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver, Victoria, Niagara Falls, Timmins), Massachussets Fesivals,
Quebec Festivals, Montreal’s McGill Molsen Statdium,
and The CNE in Toronto.

Rene has been in opening acts for: The Road Hammers,
The Stampeders, Thomas Wade & Wayward, Duane Steel, Michele Wright, Jason McCoy, Doc Walker, Diane Chase,
and Blue Rodeo.

In the summer of 2007 Rene worked with Montreal’s country/rock act Desert Heat, who’s songs have had a lot of airplay on Canadian country radio in the past 2 years. Gigs consisted of fairs & festivals in the Ottawa to Montreal area, from being opening acts for Amanda Wilkinson, George Canyon & The Road Hammers to being the main act.

Note from Rene: I enjoy various styles of music from classic rock, blues,
and pop, to traditional and modern country, and these
sounds can be heard in my style of playing.

Click on the video below to watch Rene in action.

If video does not appear, watch it here.

Visit the Rainman’s Website:
http://clients.teksavvy.com/~rainman/

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7th Reign – Fallen Empires

August 28, 2009

Artist: 7th Reign
Home: Chatham Kent /Sarnia
CD Release: Fallen Empires
Year: 2009
Style: Power metal.
Local connection. Marios Panayiotis is from (and lives) in Chatham Kent.

Band is:
Brian Soulard – Vocals
Marios Panayiotis – Guitar
Adrian Robichaud – Bass
Jared Tomlinson – Keyboards
Johnny Roberts – Drums

Another Great Canadian Power Metal Band with light progressive elements, Featuring: former Eidolon vocalist, Brian Soulard. If your a fan of Megadeth or Fates Warning or Eidolon, this band may be your thing.

   This is the bands 2nd release, the bands first “self titled” Release was very nicely received by metal reviewers around the world and received many high praises. This album is quite a step up from their last, so we envision it doing quite well.

   The band 7 th REIGN was formed in January 2005 by Marios Panayiotis and Brian Soulard. (ex- EIDOLON vocalist) They started off with one goal, to form the kind of band that they would want to hear and see live. They were not worried about current trends or past influences but instead concentrated on creating good music that would cross many themes and styles but was built on the best form of music……METAL!!

Songs
01 Servants of the Lost
02 Unbeliever
03 7th Reign
04 Fallen Empires
05 Betrayed
06 The Other Side
07 Deliverance
08 Requiem for the Dead

Click video below to hear a few guitar solos from Marios on this record.

If video does not appear, watch it here.

Preview or buy the music here:

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/SeventhReign
http://www.7threign.com/

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Aaron Allen 2006

August 28, 2009

 

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Artist: Aaron Allen
Release: Self Titled
Year: 2006
Home: Chatham Kent
Resides: London Area

Aaron Allen, born August 1, 1981 in Chatham, Ontario, is a Canadian alt-country/blues/acoustic/rock singer-songwriter. Driven by influences such as Neil Young, Ryan Adams and Bob Dylan, Aaron’s approach to writing music starts from the power of his lyrics which are sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes straight up rock and roll but always true to his heart and honest. Aaron believes in making music that is timeless and continues to carve out his place in the music industry to ensure a long career in doing what he loves.
Tracks
1.White Lights
2.Why Try
3.A Girl
4.Saturday
5.I’m Gonna Miss Her
6.Time
7.Worth It
8.All I Need
9.She Walks
10.In the Morning
11.Hard Life

 

Links
http://aaronallenmusic.com/
http://www.myspace.com/aaronallenmusic

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Aaron Allen – A Place Called Hell 2009

August 27, 2009

Artist: Aaron Allen
Release: A Place Called Hell
Year: 2009
Home: Chatham Kent Ontario
Resides: London Area

Tracks:
1.No One Knows  2.A Place Called Hell  3.Anyone  4.Backbone  5.New Blues  6.Nashville  7.Moving On  8.Oh My Lord  9.Run  10.A Song For Her  11.Black Eye  12.I Woke Up Today  13.Woman So Fine  14.A Light’s Always On  15.You and Me

About:
Aaron Allen, born August 1, 1981 in Chatham, Ontario, is a Canadian alt-country/blues/acoustic/rock singer-songwriter. Driven by influences such as Neil Young, Ryan Adams and Bob Dylan, Aaron’s approach to writing music starts from the power of his lyrics which are sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes straight up rock and roll but always true to his heart and honest. Aaron believes in making music that is timeless and continues to carve out his place in the music industry to ensure a long career in doing what he loves.

Aaron’s greatly anticipated, third album entitled A Place Called Hell is now available. He will be touring solo in the spring/summer of 2009 . Although the Small City Saints (tSCS), featured in Aaron’s sophomore, self titled album, will not be by his side for this tour, his family and friends, which made up tSCS are still very much involved with the recording process, which had always been very important to Aaron. Throughout his albums Aaron’s brother Myles has held it down on the drums, his wife Aimee sang complimentary harmonies as well as piano, organ and bass guitar and engineer Andy Magoffin lent his skillful ear and many musical talents, including trumpet, bass, guitar and drums.

Aaron also continues to write for the Canadian late night talk show J.R. Diggs Man with a Van including writing the opening theme song Man with a Van and many other sketch songs and music bits. Dedicating an entire episode to Aaron, he got to showcase a live version of his rockabilly/blues song Moving On from his upcoming album as well as his first television interview.

Aaron’s album Aaron Allen & the Small City Saints landed a spot on CHRW’s Top 100 Albums of 2008 and received a nomination for CHRW’s Local Indie Album of the Year in 2008. His music continues to gain airplay on radio stations across Canada and has charted in cities Guelph, London, Quebec, Windsor and Calgary.

Hopes for his third album are to hit a higher level by signing to an appropriate label, making music videos and extending his tour to the United States. Aaron will always strive to continually build a strong foundation through his fans and hard work and to grow as a songwriter and musician.

 
If video does not appear, watch it here.
Links:
http://aaronallenmusic.com/
http://www.myspace.com/aaronallenmusic

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Julie Ross 2009

August 27, 2009

Artist: Julie Ross
Singer, Guitarist, and Song Writer
Home: Chatham Kent Ontario
Year: 2009

   You can see her live hosting ‘Open Mic Night’ every Tuesday at the Elephant’s Nest on King Street in Chatham. The instruments are supplied
 She is also performing at Big Shots with Linz every Friday through the summer.

Discography
A day in the life – 2004
Julie Ross Band – 2004
Middle Ground – 1999

CD’S Julie appears on
* Steve Shearer & The Erie Ramblers
* Ray Whaling  – Party Train
* Dave Lockbaum – David’s Ashes
* Mitch Robinson – Brother With A Record
* Sarah Hiltz –  The People Of Chatham Kent
* Mike Hazael – Unauthorized

Visit her below.
http://www.myspace.com/julesross
www.julieross.ca

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ROBIN BANKS – Live After Dark (2002)

August 26, 2009
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Band: ROBIN BANKS
Release: Live After Dark
Year: 2002
Genre: Blues: Electric Blues

Home: Chatham Kent Ontario
Resides: Texas U.S.A.

Notes: ROBIN BANK$ is one of the country’s most exciting and hardest working female Blues entertainers! Award winning and internationally renowned, this songstress has 3 CD’s to her credit and performs some 240 nights each year throguhout Canada, Europe, the Caribbean and the U.S.!

Tracks
Rompin’ After Dark 3:35 
My Daily Wish 7:56  
Rock This House 7:34 
I’m Walkin’ 5:08  
Built For Comfort 6:48   
The Whiskey Song 5:10 
Aint Nobody’s Business 6:01 
Hey Little Boy 4:52
Blue Bird 7:38  
Work It Out 5:11  
Whole Lotta Love

Preview or buy the CD here: CD Baby
More Links: http://www.myspace.com/missrobinbanks

 

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