The JUNO Awards
Mills Hardware 95 King Street East

By Kristin Archer

A month before the JUNOs, JUNOfest treated us to a sweet night of hometown talent. Perfect for Valentine’s evening, the concert titled “The Love Song Edition” featured a stellar lineup: Ben Somer, Brad Germain (Dinner Belles), Dylan Hudecki (By Divine Right, Cowlick), George Pettit (Alexisonfire, Dead Tired), Gillian Nicola, Ginger St. James, Lori Yates, Lou Molinaro (Tongue Fu), Mimi Shaw, Rita Chiarelli, Sarah Good, Terra Lightfoot, Tomi Swick, Tom Wilson (Junkhouse, Blackie & the Rodeo Kings, Lee Harvey Osmond) and Wayne Petti (Cuff the Duke, Grey Lands), and Harlan Pepper as house band. Most importantly, all proceeds from the sold-out show went to MusiCounts.

It was a cool concept to have each musician choose a classic Canadian song dealing with the theme of love (obviously a lot to choose from!). Each one was accompanied by Harlan Pepper, who also played a couple of songs on their own. Harlan Pepper are total pros, learning at least 20 songs for this show and playing with precision. They’re the best!

I spoke with Ben Somer, Wayne Petti, and Terra Lightfoot earlier that day on 93.3 CFMU. It was a really fun episode and one of my favourites so far. Ben also performs a new song live and Terra sings an acoustic version of the song she would perform that night at the show.

If I didn’t already have JUNO fever – I sure do now! Major JUNOfest announcements are on the way tomorrow morning – stay tuned where I’ll be tweeting live @ihearthamilton!

Dylan Hudecki with Harlan Pepper
Dylan Hudecki with Harlan Pepper
Lou Molinaro with Harlan Pepper
Lou Molinaro with Harlan Pepper
Wayne Petti with Harlan Pepper
Wayne Petti with Harlan Pepper
George Pettit with Harlan Pepper
George Pettit with Harlan Pepper

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kristin
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Kristin Archer is the creator of I Heart Hamilton (www.ihearthamilton.ca), where she has blogged about experiences around her hometown since 2011, growing an influential social media presence along the way. Encouraging locals to “be a tourist in your own city,” she promotes arts and culture across her various social media platforms, blog, and weekly radio show on 93.3 CFMU.

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