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Airplay Highlights:
Saturday Night Blues (CBC Radio, host Holger Petersen) [playlist]
BLUZ FM with Danny Marks (JAZZ.FM91) Danny Marks  producer/host
Radio FLASH 97.6 (Turin, Italy) #12 on the *Top 25 Blues Albums Chart
Blues Therapy Radio Worldwide *Top Ten (producer/host Biggdaddy Ray Hansen, Radio 106.9FM Walla Walla, Washington) [play Episode #270]
Cover to Cover (Blues and Roots Radio, host Michael Wrycraft)
Blues Blast (The Hawk FM/Blues and Roots Radio, host Ken Wallis)
Cha Cha Cha in Blue (CKUT FM in Montreal)
Blues Beat Radio (Australia, host Geoff Pegler) [play]
Twirl Radio (Sacramento, California, host Mike Lidskin [play] *Reason To Live Award
DJ Jordan’s Damn Fine Blues on (USA)
Breakfast of Champions (CFMU, host Paul Panchezak)
Bumps Radio, England (Host Toby Chicago)
John Valenteyn’s Blues (CIUT)
Blues In The Night (VOBB Radio, Host Gene Bellows)
Just Us Folk (CKPC Brantford, Ontario, Host, Jan Vanderhorst)
Catwoman: The Radio Show (CIUT, Host, Barbara Isherwood)
Rockin’ Blues Show (Nationally Syndicated, Host Brent Morrison)
At The Crossroads (Nationally and Internationally Syndicated, Host Brant Zwicker)
Deeper Well (CJRT Regina, Saskatchewan, Host Brenda Tacik)
Blues Unlimited (U.K., Host Tony Nightingale)
Unsung and On The Side (Host Carolyn Fe)
Rosie’s JukeJoint (CHSR, Fredericton, NB)
Good Mornin’ Blues (WCOO, Host Gary Erwin, Charleston, S.C.)
Mayflower Hill Blues (WMHB, Host Patrick Turlo (Cap’n Barney), Waterville, Maine) *Top 30
CFBX, Kamloops, B.C. *#2 on the chart
CFRO, Vancouver, B.C.
The Rockin’ Blues Show, Host Brent Morrison (syndicated across Canada and around the world)
Blues Boogie & Bop, Host Vince Almond CFBX, Kamloops, B.C.
Up Close and Musical (CJIM, Montreal’s Rock Station), Host Mannon Maclyr

…. just to name a few!

Latest News:

June 27, 2018
Cootes Paradise continues to chart on the Roots Music Report, and we have some nice local gigs coming up, with a matinee at The Corktown in Hamilton, Canada’s Largest Ribfest (aka Burlington Ribfest), and Supercrawl, which is arguably Hamilton’s biggest event these days. Take a look at our gigs page for details.

The members of the band are all taking some deserved R and R over the summer. Amy Di Nino has recently completed her Master’s at Berklee in music therapy. Wayne has released a solo album. Sue is performing at a Lori Yates show (Patsy Cline tribute), and Ian has his “Amy Project” tribute to Amy Winehouse, (which our Amy and her husband Dom perform with). Lily has been touring with Rita Chiarelli (Mexico and Switzerland). Mark has been gigging with a Celtic outfit and having a ball.

We’re looking forward to continuing the Cootes Paradise momentum and we have some great new tunes to debut at the upcoming gigs. Hope to see you all soon.

***UPDATE! Roots Music Report Chart  for the week of March 3, 2018: Cootes Paradise is now #11 in Canada (all genres) and #28 world-wide in the blues genre!

FEBRUARY 18, 2018
Cootes Paradise debuted at #29 on the Top 50 Contemporary Blues Chart on Roots Music Report for the week of Feb 10, 2018. RMR is the number one independent music chart in the world. They compile radio airplay data from radio stations around the globe that play all forms of roots music. Unlike some charts out there, the Roots Music Report charts are not subjected to radio promoter, special interest groups or record label input.

JANUARY 28, 2018
****Feb 5, 2018 update to this post: Cootes Paradise has just been given the “Reason to Live Award” for debut albums coming in 2018 by Twirl Radio out of Sacramento, California!
ootes Paradise has been enjoying lots of airplay locally, nationally, and internationally.
We started charting on CFMU, and made it all the way to #1 in late December/early January. We dropped to #4 by the time this video was made. In January we made the top 30 on CFBX in Kamloops main chart, and #2 on their blues chart. We also made the Top Blues list in MapleBlues Magazine, and “Best of the Hammer” Spotify playlist by Glen Brown.


JANUARY 11, 2018
VIEW Magazine features Cootes Paradise in Ric Taylor’s Hamilton Music Notes (p. 8 & 9).

Cootes Paradise in VIEW Magazine
Ric Taylor features Cootes Paradise in his Hamilton Music Notes column.

VIEW Magazine Jan 11, 2018

DECEMBER 26, 2017
Hamilton Spectator article on Sue Leonard and Cootes Paradise.

Spectator Article Dec 26, 2017

NOVEMBER 5, 2017

We’re So Close!

We’ve uploaded our music for digital release and our self-titled CD will be available for download any minute! We’ll keep you posted when you can purchase it online, and of course, physical copies will be available in just a few more business days. They are being manufactured right now.

Thank you for your patience as we get closer to the finish line!

OCTOBER 29, 2017

CD Coming Soon

We’ve been working hard for a few months putting the final touches on all things Cootes Paradise CD. After recording our bed tracks at the legendary Grant Avenue Studios, we moved on to Psychotropic Studio, where (also legendary) Nick Blagona produced, mixed, and mastered the project. We were also very happy to be able to engage A Man Called Wrycraft (Michael Wrycraft) to design our beautiful album cover. We even managed to record a choir (members of the Grand River Voices) at QED Media to add to our song “Wake Up”. It’s been a fantastic ride, and all that’s left is to plug in our new photos (shot by Melanie Gillis), and send off for manufacture.

The CD will be available digitally within about a week, and hard copies will go on sale shortly after that. In the meantime, please enjoy our “Coming Soon” video:

OCTOBER 27, 2017

Readers Choice Winner

Readers Choice 2017 Winner

Every year, The Hamilton Spectator reaches out to the community for votes on the best of the best in all categories imaginable. Cootes Paradise is proud to announce that we are winners in the Local Band or Musician category. Well over 300 nominations were submitted, so we’re pretty happy to be among the top ten.

JUNE 26, 2017

Cootes Paradise in the Studio

Great news! Today, we finished recording our bed tracks at the legendary Grant Avenue Studio, in Hamilton, Ontario. We were in good hands, with the very talented Amy King engineering, and (also legendary) Nick Blagona producing. If you’ve never heard of Nick, no doubt you’ve heard of many of the world famous artists he has worked with. From Cat Stevens, The Police, The BeeGees, Deep Purple, Tom Jones, to The Sheepdogs, Alexisonfire, and now Cootes Paradise, Nick is a wealth of knowledge, talent, and of course, outrageous and riveting stories. We’ll be working throughout the next few weeks putting finishing touches on the record, and figuring out how to navigate the latest trends in sharing our music. Vinyl, anyone?

JUNE 21, 2017

Brantford Expositor

Cootes Paradise in the Brantford Expositor
“Street Festival Celebrates Canada 150”
Cootes Paradise performs at the CDBA Street Festival

JUNE 7, 2017

Best Bets

Our first time in Graham Rockingham’s “Best Bets” section of the Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton Spectator Best Bets

MARCH 24, 2017

Great news!

Our plans to record are now falling into place! We will be recording at the world renowned Grant Avenue Studio right here in Hamilton, produced by legendary Nick Blagona. Bed tracks will get underway in late July, and we couldn’t be more excited! Stay tuned for updates.