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Evenings and Weekends in Hamilton's Music Scene: An Excerpt

Andrew Baulcomb's Evenings & Weekends: Five Years in Hamilton Music, 2006–2011 is the first and only book to document the rise of Juno Award winners and nominees Arkells, Junior Boys, Monster Truck, The Dirty Nil, and Caribou, along with many others. Featuring dozens of original interviews, as well as first-person reflections from the author, the book chronicles the explosion of a new cultural movement in Hamilton and the rebirth of the city's downtown core.


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Max Kerman was all too eager to begin his career as a musician. Together with guitarist Mike DeAngelis, bassist Nick Dika and the band’s original drummer, a fellow student named Everett Rooke, he formed Charlemagne – an upbeat roots rock outfit born in the concrete corridors of the Brandon Hall student residence at McMaster. Still completely green, the four-piece wasted little time booking shows at west-end house parties and on-campus venues such as Quarters and the Phoenix, a popular graduate student pub. The fact that Charlemagne even existed at all was another happy accident. Dika, a …

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