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Like a Diamond – Remembering Tom Petty Friday November 16

Hamilton Remembers Tom Petty. The local music scene unites to pay tribute on FRIDAY NOV 16th. Hosted by Christopher Clause and Michael Scott.

Lineup is subject to change and TBA

Doors Open at 7:30 p.m. Show begins at 8 p.m.

Admission: Adults (19+) $20 (plus service charge), Seniors (65+) and Children (<18) $15 (plus service charge)
At the door: $25

Moneys raised will support Gracenotes Hamilton ( ).

Tickets will be available online Friday October 12 at 10 a.m. through ticketscene:

An All Ages Show

LAST DANCE, Remembering TOM PETTY at Casbah

Hamilton Remembers Tom Petty. The local music scene unites to pay tribute on SAT NOV 11th. Hosted by Christopher Clause.

Doors 8pm

Admission $10 minimum donation to Gracenotes Hamilton ( ), which funds local independent music recordings. Tickets available in advance at


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If you would like to participate in any way, email Christopher at

**show will be all-ages so you parents out there who would like to educate your kids on the talent of Tom Petty, you can**

Peace and Love, A concert dedicated to Gary DePodesta

Celebrating the life of one of Hamilton’s most celebrated music fans, “PEACE AND LOVE” pays a musical tribute to the life of our friend Gary DePodesta. 

This is not a memorial service per se but a concert celebrating all of the music that Gary loved. It is open to all fans of Hamilton music.

Friday, October 6 at 8 PM – 11 PM

 The lineup for the evening is as follows (subject to change without notice):

Fred Magee
Sonny Del Rio (with Dan Thomas on guitar and Catherine Goodrick on vocals)
The Barr Band
The Kings of Marigold (Christopher Clause, Michael Scott, Peter Taplay)
Lena Montecalvo

There will be original music, the blues and of course some Beatles to enjoy. An all ages show

Cost: Pay as you can. All monies raised will pay for the rental of the venue as well as to Gracenotes (which helps fund local music projects in Hamilton).


The Pearl Company

16 Steven St.  Hamilton, Ontario, ON L8L 5N3

For George 2017 – A Celebration of the Music of George Harrison

Hosted by Christopher Clause and featuring the best in Hamilton artists, FOR GEORGE 2017 is a musical celebration of the life and music of George Harrison, as well as sharing original music inspired by George.

All proceeds raised from the show will go towards GRACENOTES HAMILTON and Debbie Clause Recording Fund, which will help raise funds for local independent music projects in Hamilton.

Door Cover: $20 suggested; Pay As You Can

Venue: The Pearl Company – 16 Steven St. Hamilton
Date: February 18, 2017
Time: 8pm
Artists that will be performing are:
The Barr Band
Christopher Clause
Chrys and Momo
Andy Griffiths
Andrew Hall
Bec Jamieson
Chris Jamieson
Kim Koren
Fred Magie
Michael Scott
Peter Taplay


Facebook Event Link Here



A Ride In The Sky – December 9th and 10th, 2016 – ***UPDATED Ticket Info***

Tickets available here:

“A RIDE IN THE SKY” is a celebration of the 40th anniversary of the WINGS OVER AMERICA album and tour. Organized by Christopher Clause, proceeds from the two shows will benefit Gracenotes and the Debbie Clause Recording Fund.

The evening will consist of a live recreation of the WINGS OVER AMERICA album by the best talent in the local Hamilton music scene. Sides 1 to 3 will be performed, followed by an intermission, and then Sides 4 – 6 will be performed. The songs will not change from night to night but the guest artists will be slightly different. Music and merchandise of the guest artists may be purchased during the intermission (they make great Christmas gifts!)

The two shows will happen on:
Friday December 9 – 8 p.m.
Saturday December 10 – 8 p.m.

The Pearl Company, Hamilton ON


Ticket: $20 per night (Friday or Saturday night)
A FULL RIDE PASS may be purchased for BOTH nights for $30

The shows will feature the following artists (in alphabetical order) (note: lineup is subject to change):

Andrew Aldridge
The Barr Band
Robin Benedict
Christa Bradbury
Bob Bryden
Jennifer Budd
Christopher Clause
Spider Costello
Sonny del Rio
Andy Griffiths
Bec Jamieson
Chris Jamieson
Frank Koren
Kim Koren
Fred Magie
Steve McRae
Lena Montecalvo
Jackie Scott
Michael Scott
Peter Taplay
Sharon Washington

Tickets available here:


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THE WORD IS LOVE” – A Celebration of the Beatles’ “Rubber Soul”

This event is in support of the Debbie Clause Recording Fund and will be hosted by Christopher Clause on Sunday February 7, 2016, starting at 7pm.

Venue: The Pearl Company ,16 Steven St., Hamilton, Ontario

 Admission: $15
Admission and CD: $20

Thanks to our friends at the Pearl, tickets are on sale NOW online through ticketscene:

“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans”. Funny how the most beautiful things come from a change in plans. There were two shows planned to celebrate the music of the Beatles circa 1965 but due to circumstances beyond our control we had to cancel them. Then the idea: instead of doing two shows, why not do an album to celebrate a key Beatles album? Our friends at Grant Avenue Studio graciously donated studio time for the project with Amy King behind the console. We recorded the album in two days plus one quick afternoon session in December, mixed in my home studio and then currently are in the midst of quickly getting the record together for manufacture. Our friends at the Pearl Company are hosting this early show to celebrate the release of the record on Sunday February 7 (the 52nd anniversary of the Fabs landing in New York for the first time) and all proceeds raised will go towards Gracenotes and the Debbie Clause Recording Fund (which helps fund local music recording projects in the city).Our special guests for the evening will include:

Melissa Marchese
The Redhill Valleys
Jen Budd (grand prize winner of the 2015 Debbie Clause Recording Fund)
KIM KOREN and Frank Koren (Frank was a winner of the 2015 DCRF)
Matthew de Zoete
Steve Parton
Lena Montecalvo
Sharon Washington
Andy Griffiths
Bec Jamieson
Fred Magie
Tommy Gunn
Gary Santucci
Alfonso Spoto (of the Acoustics)
Steve McRae
Chris Jamieson
Michael Scott
Peter Taplay
Christopher Clause

Logo design for THE WORD IS LOVE by Kristie Ryder Costello (Bon Mot Prints)

The album and artist tracklisting for “The Word is Love”:

Drive My Car – Melissa Bel
Norwegian Wood – Tommy Gunn
You Won’t See Me – The Barr Band
Nowhere Man – Kim and Frank Koren
Think For Yourself – Chris Jamieson and the Kings of Marigold
The Word – Christopher Clause
Michelle – Gary Santucci, Amy King and Chris White
I’ve Just Seen a Face – Lena Montecalvo
It’s Only Love – Sharon Washington
What Goes On – The Redhill Valleys
Girl – Andy Griffiths and Alfonso Spoto
I’m Looking Through You – Steve Parton
In My Life – Melissa Marchese
Wait – Matthew de zoete
If I Needed Someone – Fred Magie
Run For Your Life – Bec Jamieson

Debbie Clause Recording Fund Winners

A big THANK YOU to everyone who attended the show last night!

I am pleased to announce that FRANK KOREN and JOSH LAMOTHE have $1,000 to go towards their current musical project and JEN BUDD has received the Big Kahuna – $4,000 – to complete her project. You will hear more about this fund in the weeks and months to come. We will be reviewing and developing criteria for the 2016 Fund and hopefully integrate it with the HMA events next year (IF they decide to hold it around Debbie’s birthday again). Visit in August for more information.

Debbie Clause Recording Fund – Musical Showcase

showcase finalists

Saturday May 23rd at 8:00pm – 10:00pm

at  The Pearl Company  16 Steven St., Hamilton, Ontario L8L 5N3

The finalists of the first ever Debbie Clause Recording Fund (named in memory of local musician Christopher Clause’s beloved sister) will perform at a showcase on Saturday May 23. The winner of the event (a name will be picked at random by Debbie’s daughter, Hanna) will receive $4,000 to help fund their current musical project. The fund will be handed out every year to a deserving Hamilton musician or group looking for funding for their recorded works. Application forms will be available in August for the 2016 awards at (website will be up and running in July 2015)

This FREE showcase is an early show so that you can enjoy all that the HMA has to offer this weekend 🙂

The initiative was created by FERMATA HAMILTON, now renamed as GRACENOTES as part of the ministry and benevolence of Graceworks Baptist Church

Again, the admission is FREE, but donations will be accepted for the 2016 Debbie Clause Recording Fund at the door.

The finalists for this year are (in alphabetical order):

Jen Budd
Frank Koren
Josh Lamothe

More details available on the event facebook page:


Debbie Clause Recording Fund


“THE BEGINNING” of the DCRF   (October 1, 2014)

On May 30, 2010, my sister Debbie was released from the pain she experienced in her life and made the Beautiful Mile towards Home.  As her brother I miss her infectious laugh, her incredible smile and her generous heart which has yet to be matched by any one else on this planet in my humble estimation.  She was a loving and caring sister and her presence in my life is missed tremendously each day.

FERMATA has been helping a handful of people over the years but I have felt frustrated by the inability to help more people than we can afford to.  It is also hard for a lot of us as artists to ask for help, which is another reason why the requests have been so few.

In a discussion with a young local musician, he asked if he could apply for money for his next recording through FERMATA.  I had never thought of it before and at the time we did not have enough “in the bank” to help and I also told him that FERMATA didn’t do that.  As I thought and prayed over the situation it made a LOT of sense to focus on a recording fund.  All musicians need help making records nowadays (this isn’t the 1970s and any major label is not able to give the support a record needs to have an audience).  My sister and I loved music, and even more, loved going on record shopping trips with my Dad to Toronto to the Big Three (Sams, A&As and Peter Dunn’s).  Those trips are some of the most important memories I have growing up.  It made sense to remember my sister in a way that would help new music be created and promoted, thus I have named this fund after her (with the blessing of her daughter, Hanna), the Debbie Clause Recording Fund (DCRF).

Our first fundraising show will be Imagine Peace on October 4, 2014 and then of course, the YOU CAN DO THAT shows happening in December at the Pearl Company.  The plan for the Fund is to start the submission process in February 2015.  A group of people hand picked from the Hamilton music industry as well as from Graceworks Baptist Church and other interested parties will select three possible candidates.  In May/June of 2015 we will hold a special celebration concert featuring all three selected artists/groups performing on stage as well as sharing information about their art at their merch tables (networking).  At the end of the evening, where the audience will now potentially be fans of these three candidates, Hanna (Debbie’s daughter) will select the winning candidate via a draw.

If you are interested in getting involved (volunteering)  or you would like more information about DCRF or FERMATA please contact me at  Keep your eyes on this site over the next few months for updates and developments.

I know Debbie would be honoured to be a part of encouraging the making of new local records.  Hamilton is filled with some of the best songwriters in the country.  It is our hope to remind our city and the world how important new music is to the health and well being of our society.  I look forward to seeing you all this weekend at IMAGINE PEACE and on December 5 and 6 at the Pearl Company!