SONNY DEL RIO BEATS LUNG CANCER AND KEEPS ON ROCKIN'

Hey everbody! Secret Santa here reporting from the Del Rio camp at the North Pole! Well, would you believe North Hamilton? :)

I'm here to tell you that Sonny Del Rio is still doing what he does best... playing the sax and to prove it he will be hosting the 16th annual HAMILTON HOMETOWN CHRISTMAS show.

The show will take place at the Bay City Music Hall on Sunday December 4th. Doors open at 6:30pm and the music starts at 7:00pm.

Sonny would like to thank all his Family, Friends and Fans for their words of encouragement and Prayers. It was a great help during this very dificult time.

The show is in support of 'An Instrument For Every Child' and 'The Spectator Summer Camp For Kids'.

Hope to see you there. Peace, love and music... Sonny... or rather... make that Santa :)!




Sonny Del-Rio and the Five Star Revue

Well kids, it's been a wonderful summer with many outdoor festivals and parties including the Dundas Cactus Festival, It's Your Festival, ConcessionFest, The King Biscuit Boy Blues Cruise, and a few others.

I also had the pleasure of performing several shows with my son's band TommyGunn, most recently at Stonewalls for the TommyGunn video release party; a video in which I was honoured to play a part, along with Kelly J, Tom Wilson and Jack Peddlar. The video is aptly named The Hounds of Hamilton (Ah-woo-ooo-ooo!).

Now the leaves are changing colour; soon the snow will fly and once again it will be time for our annual Hamilton Hometown Christmas Show. This will be our 12th annual show and as always will feature many wonderful performers. The date is set; Sunday December 7th and the location once again will be the beautiful Bay City Music Hall. More details to follow soon.

To see our Fall schedule of events, please refer to this webpage. Peace, love and music.... Sonny.



Sonny Del-Rio and the Five Star Revue

The Five-Star Revue, which features my good friend and long-time band-mate Danny Thomas on guitar, Jason Colavechia on bass, Robin Houston on drums and the lovely, vivacious Catherine Goodrick sharing the spotlight on lead vocals. Together we rip up the stage with our jumpin, jivin, rockin' show, a performance you won't want to miss.

Check out our upcoming gigs on the 'Sonny Live' section of this site for a show near you. Please make sure you say 'hello' when you drop by. Looking forward to seeing you soon... Sonny!



55 Years of Rockin' ... and Rollin' On!

That's right! 55 years of playing in a Rock and Roll band! My first band, in 1957, was the Gold Tones. A lot of water under the bridge since then. So... we are having a big party to celebrate. With lots of musical guests. Confirmed so far; Ray Materick and his new group Home Sweet Home, Harrison Kennedy, SmokeWagon Blues Band, Christopher Clause, Les Smith, Jude Johnson, Carl Horton, Ronnie and The Rockets, We Got Blues and many more to come!

The party gets under way at 7:00pm, Sunday December 2nd at the classic Leander Boat Club. Only 15 bucks ($20 at the door) with proceeds going to the CKOC Christmas Miracle.



Sonny Awarded the 'Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal'

It was a great thrill to be presented, along with 29 other Hamiltonions, the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal. The ceremony took place at Michaelangelos on November 4th. It was very moving experience and I am extremely proud to be so honoured.









Blow Your Horn Man CD Release Party!

Sonny Del-Rio has released a new compilation cd "Blow Your Horn Man!" which is what people have been telling him for more than 50 years!

Special selections from 7 previously released cds, show Sonny at his very best, with a cross section of raunchy Rock vocals, screaming sax and smooth ballads. Whether it is Rock & Roll, Blues or Jazz, Old School or Contemporary, Sonny does it all for your enjoyment!


The date, time and venue for this event is yet to be announced. Please visit this site for future announcements.









Sonny: A Most Notable Sax Player

Hello Mr. Del-Rio: Just thought you'd like to know that I've posted a link to your website on saxontheweb.net, the world's largest online Forum for the sax community, with nearly 15,000 registered members.

We're currently posting a teaching resource for the Blues, R&B, and Rock n' Roll (including jump and swing) sax styles with contributions from many pros including Johnny Ferreira and Pete Thomas (who played and produced Lee Allen) to name just a few.

In the Intro to this resource, we conducted an international survey of the most notable saxophonists from the past twenty five years, and I'm pleased to advise that you have been included! You're listed in the fourth paragraph down in Part Two of the Intro. Congratulations!

Cheers,

Neil Sharpe