Hamilton: The Band will be honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award next month at the 2007 Dofasco Hamilton Music Awards.
The legendary roots-rock group, which started out in the Hamilton area as a backup band (The Hawks) for Ronnie Hawkins, had three of the their albums included in the book The Top 100 Canadian Albums written by music critic Bob Mersereau.
The Band's Music from Big Pink was fourth on the list while the group's self-titled second album placed seventh. The Band's movie soundtrack of its 1976 farewell concert, The Last Waltz, placed forty-fourth.
Songs like "The Weight", "The Shape I'm In" and "Up On Cripple Creek" remain classic rock radio mainstays and continue to influence generations of musicians.
Director of the Dofasco Hamilton Music Awards, Jean-Paul Gauthier, stated, "Many people don't realize that The Band was formed in Hamilton when they split from Ronnie Hawkins," Gauthier continued, "They formed as a group in the Royal Connaught Hotel while meeting with Harold Kudlats, their first agent. They also spent some time living in Hamilton during their formative years."
Kudlats was the recipient of the Dofasco Music Business Achievement Award in 2006.
Two other local bands recognized in Mesereau's top 100 -- Teenage Head (Self Titled: No. 50, Frantic City: No. 58) and Simply Saucer (Cyborg's Revisted: No. 36) -- will perform at the Hamilton Place Studio Theatre on November 17th as part of the HMA festival.
These two bands were part of the first wave of punk bands that have influenced countless international fans. Thirty years later, their recordings are revered internationally by everyone from The Tragically Hip to Sonic Youth.
Daniel Lanois also made the Top 100 with his solo album, Acadie (No. 20). Lanois, the multiple Grammy-winning producer, will also be part of the HMA events, appearing at Hamilton Place on November 16th as keynote speaker for the Career Day Music Conference. Lanois performs at Hamilton Place Great Hall on November 17th and hosts a screening of his debut film, Here Is What Is, at Silver City Ancaster on November 15th.
"We're celebrating Hamilton's achievements in The Top 100 Canadian Albums by showcasing The Band, Daniel Lanois, Teenage Head and Simply Saucer," Gauthier said, adding, that Mersereau will be speaking at the Career Day conference and attending events throughout the weekend.
The 2007 Dofasco Music Business Achievement Award will be presented to Alan Cross, Program Director of 102.1 The Edge, in Toronto. Alan is probably best known for writing and producing the radio show The Ongoing History of New Music which debuted in February 1993. To date, Alan has produced over 525 episodes of The Ongoing History which is now heard on close to a dozen stations across Canada and has spun off four books and more than a dozen CD's. Alan has also produced in-flight audio programming for Air Canada, written trivia questions for the Microsoft Network, appeared on numerous TV and radio shows, narrated documentaries and written official biographies for a variety of rock bands. Originally, from Manitoba, Cross was a long-time Waterdown resident and program director at Hamilton's Y108.
The Band will be recognized in a musical tribute at the HMA ceremony, hosted by comedian Cathy Jones of This Hour Has 22 Minutes and Tom Wilson, of Blackie and the Rodeo Kings. The Dofasco Music Business Achievement Award will also be presented during the HMA ceremony which takes place on Sunday November 18th at Hamilton Place.
A full list of HMA and HMIA nominees, festival performers and other details will be announced at a media conference on Wednesday October 31st at 2PM.
In the meantime, people can cast their votes for several People's Choice Awards by an online voting process that is now open. Music fans have until November 9th at 11:59PM to cast their votes by visiting the Music Awards or Industry Awards pages at: http://www.hamiltonmusicawards.com
Tickets are on sale now for all of the Hamilton Music Awards events which take place November 15, 16, 17, and 18 at Hamilton Place, The Hamilton Convention Centre, Silver City Ancaster and various venues throughout downtown Hamilton. Tickets for all events are available at: http://www.ticketmaster.ca, Copps Coliseum Box Office, by phone at (905) 527-7666 or at The Beat Goes On (Upper James).
Tickets for the Teenage Head and Simply Saucer concert go on sale Monday October 29th at 10AM.
For media inquiries or to arrange an interview with HMA nominees or performers, please send request and credentials via email to:
September Seventh Entertainment
Office: (905) 383-4005