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Yanni Has People Dancing Hamilton

Yanni Has People Dancing Hamilton

Saturday June 23

Yanni In Concert Hamilton Place

Born: November 14, 1954 in Kalamata, Greece
Years Active: 80 ‘s, 90 ‘s, 00’s
Genre: NUAGE

Last night at Hamilton Place, many people,  a full house were dancing after four encores.Being a Musician myself I was shocked at the number of professional musicians backing-up Yanni. He played all is top hits and the show lasted over two hours non stop.

Between each song Yanni conversed with the Audience and had them dancing in there seats. It was a wonderful performance and would go see him and his Orchestra next time he is in Hamilton.

Yanni and Orchestra plays Hamilton Place


Of the artists who rose to popularity as part of the new age music boom of the 1980s and ’90s, few (if any) enjoyed greater or more lasting success than Yanni. Composing and performing instrumental music with a pronounced sense of drama, dynamics, and romanticism, Yanni broke through to a significantly larger audience than his peers, thanks to adult alternative radio airplay and a commanding performance style that attracted fans through frequent appearances on public television as well as world-wide concert tours..

Armen Anassian

Yanni was born Yiannis Chryssomalis on November 14, 1954 on the Greek island of Kalamata.

Audience dancing following four encores


He displayed a talent for a music at a young age, playing piano at the age of six, but rather than enroll him in music school, his parents encouraged their son to follow his own muse and learn the instrument at his own pace and in his own way. In 1972, Yanni traveled to Minnesota to attend college, and while he majored in psychology, he didn’t walk away from music, playing in a local rock band and continuing his personal study of piano and other keyboard instruments. In 1977, after receiving his degree, Yanni joined a Minneapolis-based rock group called Chameleon, who toured regionally and cut several self-released albums, but in 1980, he began striking out on his own, recording and releasing an album of his own material, Optimystique. In 1984, Yanni signed a deal with Atlantic Records, who re-released the privately issued Optimystique; his deal with Atlantic proved short-lived, but the album attracted the attention of the noted independent label Private Music, who released Yanni’s second album, Keys to Imagination, in 1986. (They would also reissue Optimystique a few years later.) Yanni relocated to Los Angeles, where he began composing film scores as well as recording as a solo artist, and in 1987, after releasing his third album, Out of Silence, he set out on his first major concert tour; the band included John Tesh on keyboards and former Chameleon drummer Charlie Adams. In 1990, after the release of Reflections of Passion, Yanni performed a special concert with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, a preview of the large-scale events he would stage in the future.

Back-up musicians fill out the sound

In 1992, the album Dare to Dream earned Yanni his first Grammy nomination, and his music began popping up in television commercials and during coverage of sporting events, bringing his compositions to a new audience. His concert tours became larger and more spectacular as his fan base grew, and in the fall of 1993, in support of the album In My Time, he performed a special show at the Herod Atticus Theater in Athens, Greece, a venue that was over 2,000 years old.

Charlie Adams
Charlie Adams on Drums

The concert was recorded and videotaped, and the subsequent Yanni Live at the Acropolis album and home video became major successes, selling over seven million copies worldwide and becoming a fixture on public television broadcasts in the United States.

Daniel Reyes- Percussion

The success of Live at the Acropolis led to Yanni staging prestigious events at London’s Royal Albert Hall and major venues around the globe, as well as special concerts at the Taj Mahal in India and the Forbidden City in China, both in 1997 (material from the two shows appeared on the album Tribute).

Karen Briggs

In both cases, Yanni was the first Western artist permitted to perform at these historic landmarks.

Ric Fierabracci playing Bass

After concluding a world tour in 1998, Yanni took a well-deserved vacation for two years and relocated to the East Coast; his 2000 studio album If I Could Tell You offered a more personal and intimate sound from the composer (it was also his first album for Virgin Records), and he explored world music sounds on 2003’s Ethnicity.

Russian Cellist

In 2009, he launched his own label, Yanni-Wake Entertainment, in association with Disney, and released Yanni Voices, in which he collaborated with vocalists for the first time in his solo career, teaming with a handful of gifted newcomers. Yanni took his vocalists on the road for a Yanni Voices concert tour, and in 2010, he explored his interest in Latin music on the album Mexicanisimo. A new studio effort, Truth of Touch, followed in 2011.

Yanni Plays Hamilton Place



Photographer Doug Worrall

Club Listing Hess Village Hamilton

 Club Listing Hess Village Hamilton

July 5 2011

Live Music



Hess Village Jazz Bar Yesterday while walking around the neighborhood, I asked permission from this great two man jazz band to take these images, enjoy

The Jazz Club


DescriptionNewly renovated and reopened as Masque Wine Bar, it’s is a cozy little space located near the north end of Hess Street on the east side. Live acoustic, jazz and blues artists can be heard throughout the week.

Fine Finger Work
Excellent outdoor acoustics

Address13 Hess Street South
Hamilton, ON L8P 3M7
Phone: 905-522-1271

Choosing a Bar

Hess Village

You know you want to go to Hess but maybe you’re a little overwhelmed with the number of choices. Each bar in Hess offers a unique experience, so here’s some tips to help you choose the bars that you’ll enjoy the most. Each night bars may change, so if you’re looking for something specific it’s often best to call ahead. Remember that one of the great things about Hess Village is that there are so many bars all beside each other, so you don’t have to choose only one for the night!


Dancing and DJs: If you’re looking to dance the night away, consider:

The Jazz Club


Absinthe  Lounge, Diavolo, Elixir Lounge, Frat House, The Gown and Gavel, Rokbar, Sizzle/Koi, Star Lounge, Viva Nightclub


Music all week
Large Patio Jazz Club

Live Music: If you like it live, check out: Casbah, Ceilidh House, Che Burrito and Lounge, Club Absinthe, Doors Pub, The Lazy Flamingo, The Village Jazz Bar, Rokbar

Hess Village ,Hamilton, Canada




Doug Worrall Photographer

Happy Family Day 2011 Canada

Happy Family Day 2011/Flag day Canada

Monday 21 February 2011

Watch a sunset together

We all know how family means to us. It is the most important part of our life. Thus, in various countries, in honor to the family day is celebrated.

Countries Celebrate Family Day

Few countries celebrate Family Day as an official holiday. Those countries are:

Australian Capital Territory with the name of “Family & Community Day”
South Africa
Different provinces of Canada:
Family Day Celebration in Australia

When is Family Day celebrated?

With the name of “Family & Community Day”, it is celebrated in Australia on the first Tuesday of November. This celebration also collides with Melbourne Cup.

When was Family Day established?

This public holiday took birth in the year 2007 under section 3(1)(b) of the Holidays Act 1953 (ACT). Again, it is expected to get the declaration in the year 2008.

Purpose of Family Day celebration

According to Mr. Andrew Barr who is the ACT Minister for Industrial Relations narrated in his speech during Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly that : “…to enable workers to take a break from their hectic working lives and to spend some quality time with their family and friends. … Australians do work the longest hours of any country in the western world. We do deserve a break.”

My Family and best friend
My Father

Family day Celebration in South Africa

In South Africa, Family day took its shape from the Easter Monday from the year 1995. It particularly came to the picture on 9th April in the year 2007.

Family day Celebration in Canada


In Canada, there is merely any existence of federally-established and officially declared Family Day. But some provinces have declared Third Monday of February as the statutory holiday for celebrating family day. This day also collides with US holiday for “Presidents Day”.

History of Family day Celebration in Alberta

Family Day was firstly celebrated in the year 1990. Alberta was the first province in Canada where the declaration of statutory holiday in the month of February took place. This statutory holiday was the resultant effort of Lieutenant Governor Helen Hunley with the fair advice of his premier, Mr. Don Getty. The fact behind Don Getty’s advice was that his son, Dale Getty caught red handed as the victim of drug addiction and cocaine consumption. With the sheer embarrassment, Don Getty confessed that he neglected his family and this is the ugly return of it. He personally felt the importance of family in his life and thus advised the Governor to declare this Family Day. But due to personal reason, the step of Mr. Getty was not taken with good eyes. He was criticized and declaring the family day as a statutory holiday was felt as fiscal burden to the society. Along with that, the heritage day was degraded as the civic day on which employers are not required to heed attention to it under Alberta Law.

History of Family Day in Manitoba

In the month of February of the year 2007, it was said that the government of Manitoba had also proclaimed it as a February holiday. 3rd Monday during the month of February was declared as a statutory holiday which was passed by Legislative Assembly of Manitoba on 17th April in the year 2007. This day was declared as Louis Riel Day. It was after the name of a Métis leader who is also known as the Father of Manitoba and this name was suggested by Manitoba school students. Louis Riel Day was firstly celebrated on 18th February, 2008.

History of Family Day in Ontario

Family Day celebration at Ontario takes place during 3rd Monday of February. It was built as a statutory holiday on 11th October, 2007. Then in the year 2007 fall during Ontario election campaign, re-election of Premier Dalton McGuinty took place. This was firstly taken birth on 18th February, 2008. Establishment of it increased the number of public holidays to nine per year in Ontario. But as it is not declared at the Federal level, thus, all Federal employees like public servants and postal workers will have to work on this day.

Close Friends
Family time

History of Family Day in Saskatchewan

During the month of October in the year 2006, Premier of Saskatchewan advised for the holiday for the province. The bill for the Labor Standards Amendment Act, 2006, was initiated in the legislature on 1st November in the year, 2006, and then it acquired its Royal Assent on 6th December. This act officially proclaims that the 3rd Monday of each February as theFamily Day. Fortunately, it came into force almost immediately. Family Day was firstly celebrated in Saskatchewan on 19th February, 2007.

Before Family day holiday was the
National Flag of Canada Day February 15.

Families participating in activities
Community events

At the stroke of noon on February 15, 1965, Canada’s red and white maple leaf flag was raised for the very first time.

The flag belongs to all Canadians; it is an emblem we all share.

Although simple in design, Canada’s flag well reflects the common values we hold so dear: freedom, peace, respect, justice and tolerance. Canada’s flag is a symbol that unites Canadians and expresses throughout the world and always our pride in being Canadian.

Be together to party
Visions of summer

The maple leaf flag pays homage to our geography, reflects the grandeur of our history and represents our national identity.

Our flag thus honours Canadians of all origins who through their courage and determination, have helped to build and are continuing to build our great country: a dynamic country that is open to the future.

Therefore, I, Jean Chrétien, Prime Minister of Canada, declare that February 15 will be celebrated henceforth as National Flag of Canada Day.  Did not last long

Let us be proud of our flag! Let us recognize how privileged we are to live in Canada, this magnificent country that encompasses our history, our hopes, our future.

Happy Family Day to Those celebrating

Doug Worrall Photographer