Back soon! Check out the September programming. starting Sept 11. To get in touch, email us

Artword Artbar, 15 Colbourne St. Hamilton. A friendly cafe-bar, live music and art venue in the heart of James North arts district. Great acoustic music, in the roots, folk, jazz, world beat and inventive mode. We have a baby grand piano, a sound system. Licensed under the AGCO for 60, cafe tables and bar stools, micro-brew on tap, espresso, light meals [all-ages venue]. Art installations on the lower level. Graham Rockingham, Hamilton Spectator March 29, 2012 says "Artword Artbar is a cosy little licensed listening room on Colbourne at James St. N., that always features interesting live music."
Your hosts: Ronald Weihs & Judith Sandiford 905-543-8512, c:905-912-9083,

Tongue Fu and their video “James Street North”

September 1st, 2014
Comments Off

Video published August 28, 2014: This video is fantastic. Thanks Lou! The wonderful Lou Molinaro of This Ain’t Hollywood tips the hat to a lot of folks in the ‘hood, including us at Artword Artbar. Unfortunately we were out of town for the video shoot, so we missed our big chance to be in a rock video. Love our beat-cop Gary!

Here’s their intro from YouTube:Tongue Fu are a Rock N Roll 6-pack from Hamilton Ontario Canada. The band consists of Gord Lewis, Rob Sweeney, Dave Elley, Gene Champagne, Greg Brisco & Lou Molinaro. James Street North is dedicated to a neighbourhood that we love in our fine city of Hamilton Ontario. Melissa Marchese was our muse as we followed her along. The video also includes some of the terrific Hamilton folks who are making our neighbourhood a cool vibrant place! Ladies & Gentlemen, welcome to JAMES STREET NORTH!!” For the lyrics … Read more…

Film, Special event

Legendary rocker Bob Bryden revisits ‘Yorkville Days’, Sat Oct 25

September 2nd, 2014
Comments Off

BobBryden_2014-8-yorkvilledays_680Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 8:00 pm, $10. Revisiting ‘Yorkville Days’ with Bob Bryden (formerly of Christmas and Reign Ghost), with The Suicidal Folk-Singers. Ric Taylor wrote about Bryden’s launch of Yorkville Days last April at This Ain’t Hollywood: “His underground cult status alone makes him a Canadian music legend but Bob Bryden remains a current, topical, vibrant and important singer/songwriter today with a youthful idealism the world certainly could use.”

Event, Music

Steel City Jazz Festival, at Artword Artbar, Oct 15 to 19

August 30th, 2014
Comments Off

SteelCityJazzFest_poster2014_680Wednesday to Sunday, October 15 to 19, 2014, the Steel City Jazz Festival week one: five nights of concerts at Artword Artbar, 15 Colbourne St.
(week two Oct 22-26 is at The Pearl Company)

Wednesday October 15, at 8 pm, $15
Dixieland Jazz:
the Hamilton Dixieland All-Stars

Thursday October 16, at 8 pm, $10, students $5
Jazz Guitar Styles:
Chris Platt and Bob Shields guitar duo, jazz standards,
+ the Jason Jones Unit, Jason Jones and Scott Taplay guitar duo, Jill McKenna bass, gypsy and swing jazz

Sean_Dowhaniuk_enFriday October 17, at 8 pm, $10, students $5
New Jazz Compositions:
Aaron Zukewich Trio, featuring Aaron Zukewich on piano,
+ The Sean Dowhaniuk Group: Sean Dowhaniuk guitar/compositions, Riley Keller alto saxophone, Mike Rajna drums, Josh Smiley piano, Ethan Tilbury bass

Saturday October 18, at 8 pm, $15
Latin Jazz:
the Carlos Rodriguez Trio (piano, bass, drums) plus a guest vocalist

Farrugia_Perlman_800Sunday October 19, at 7:30 pm, $15, students $10
Special Concert by jazz duo Adrean Farrugia piano and Sophia Perlman vocals

Event, Music-Jazz, Special event

Bluegrass with the Hill Brothers Band, Sat Oct 11

August 14th, 2014
Comments Off

Hill_BrothersSaturday, October 11, 2014, at 8 pm, $15. The Hill Brothers Bluegrass Band in a reunion concert! First time on Artword Artbar’s stage, and a rare appearance by the amazing Rocky Hill. Featuring Randal Hill on mandolin and vocals, Rocky Hill on guitar and vocals, Tim MacDonald on banjo and Owen Mahoney on bass. Photo right shows the band in 2009!

Event, Music

Art Crawl “To the Bone” Dave Gould exhibit & performance Fri Oct 10

August 13th, 2014
Comments Off

Dave_Gould_antlerposter1_cFriday October 10, 2014, James North Art Crawl, music and art and craft beer on tap. In the Gallery: special guest tonight is musician/sculptor/zany guy Dave Gould, with an installation mainly of his instruments made of bones. And in the bar, Dave will demonstrate and perform on the instruments. The show is called “TO THE BONE” – from Dave Gould’s Audiotorium Collection.
Dave explains: “I am inspired to re-purpose objects in unique ways whether it is with my electro-acoustic sculptures/instruments or visual art. It is my hope that people will be inspired to perceive their environments in new ways and find art in everyday life. I am also intrigued by the blurring of lines between what is visual and what is musical which prompts the question, “Is that a musical instrument or a sculpture?”
The installation will remain on view for the month of October.

Event, James North events, Music

Singalong with Sam and Jane, plus CD release, Thur Oct 9, 7:30

August 11th, 2014
Comments Off

SamTurton_JaneLewis_650Thursday October 9, 2014, at 7:30 pm, $10. Artbar favourites Jane Lewis and Sam Turton return with a special event — combining their popular Singalong with Jane’s CD release! The evening will feature a mix of original music from Jane’s new album, and your favourite classic tunes to sing with. Special guest Eve Goldberg will share the stage, making this a night you don’t want to miss!

Event, Music

Concert: Sherman & Lee, singer-songwriters, Sat Oct 4 at 9:00 pm

August 10th, 2014
Comments Off

Sherman_Lee_54791Sherman_Lee_079p_cSaturday October 4, 2014, at 9:00 pm, $10. Sherman & Lee — David Sherman and Nancy Lee are a duo of singer/songwriters that have been playing in and around Montreal and the Chateauguay Valley since they met in February 2012. Their songs, an original mix of blues, roots, pop and folk, tell stories of love and loss, of rusted cities and troubled souls. Their music and stage rap create an intimate bond with the audience and are known to evoke both tears and laughter.  Sherman & Lee are an original, artful duo performing haunting original songs and stories. Sherman & Lee have just finished their first CD, Lost & Found, and are touring with CD release concerts.
Nancy Lee is a singer/songwriter who began her career in a touring rock and roll band when she was 17 and played professionally for more than 10 years in several popular rock and blues bands throughout the province of Quebec. She is noted for her powerful vocals and bluesy, jazz stylings and is a well-known and popular singer in clubs and cafés throughout Montreal and the Chateauguay Valley. David Sherman is a journalist, award-wining filmmaker, playwright and recording artist. His CD, If I Could Run, was produced by Big Fat Truck Records in Montreal. He is playwright in residence at Infinitheatre in Montreal, where he has had two hit plays, Read more…

Event, Music

Intimate evening of song with Shari Vandermolen, Fri Oct 3 at 9:00 pm

August 9th, 2014
Comments Off

Shari Vandermolen_0112_enrcFriday October 3, 2014, at 9:00 pm (after the play See Bob Run), $15 regular, $10 for students/seniors/artists (call 905-543-8512 to reserve). Back again for an intimate evening of song: vocalist Shari Vandermolen, accompanied by Steve McCrae on piano and a bass player.
Shari sings with her own 6-piece jazz band Quarter To Nine and has been invited to collaborate on a number of other larger jazz and swing projects over the past couple years. It was the intimate vibe of our very own Artbar that inspired her to bring you an intimate evening of song accompanied by Steve McRae, an accomplished jazz pianist and member of Quarter To Nine, who has played with Shari for the past 5 years. They will leave the sound of the big band behind and bring you some of their favourite jazz, torch and blues standards. Come and get your jazz on!

Fans of musical theatre have been treated to Shari’s unique vocal stylings for the past 9 years. “She takes a song and gives it emotional depth and edge. She not only sings it magnificently she acts the heart and soul out of it.” Gary Smith, The Hamilton Spectator.

Event, Music, Music-Jazz

Jazz: special concert by Brenda Earle Stokes, Thurs Oct 2 at 9:00 pm

August 8th, 2014
Comments Off

4PAN1TThursday October 2, 2014, at 9:00 pm, $15, students $10. Pianist, vocalist, composer and educator Brenda Earle Stokes performs a special concert with Pat Collins on bass, at Artword Artbar (following the play See Bob Run).
Jazz pianist and singer Brenda Earle Stokes has fused a passion for the piano and a love of singing into a vibrant career that spans genres easily. With her new album, Right About Now, she’s found a balance between her two instruments and very personal place from which to tell stories. Right About Now features six of Brenda’s original compositions. Brenda’s expressive vocals are framed by virtuostic piano chops and explore a range of genre-bending grooves rooted in modern jazz.
A native of Sarnia, Ontario, Canada, Brenda’s career has taken her across Canada and US, and internationally performing at venues like the Kennedy Center, Read more…

Event, Music-Jazz

Theatre: “See Bob Run”, starring Laura Ellis, Sept 30 to Oct 5

August 7th, 2014
Comments Off

Laura_Ellis_30_c680THEATRE: Six performances (Sept 30 to Oct 5, 2014) of See Bob Run:
Preview Tues Sept 30, at 7:00 pm,  $5
Wed Oct 1 to Sat Oct 4 at 7:00 pm, $10, Sun Oct 5 matinee at 4:00 pm $10.
Performer Laura Ellis and director Tyler Brent (Hamilton’s As You Were Productions) present Canadian playwright Daniel MacIvor‘s breakthrough play See Bob Run, written in 1986 for a solo actress.
Bob is on the road. Bob is on the run. But from what, or whom, is she running? Follow Bob as she hops from car to car telling her story to unsuspecting drivers as she tries to put her life in the rear-view mirror. Will she make it to her destination, and what will she find when she gets there? …”the ironic name stands in sharp contrast to this perceptive and thoroughly engrossing one-woman show.” Toronto Star
Running time is 60 minutes. On Thurs, Fri and Sat, concerts at 9 pm (with separate admission) follow the play.

Event, Theatre

Concert: Michael Vallely, Randal Hill, Matt Coleman, Sat Sept 27

August 6th, 2014
Comments Off

Vallely_Hill_ColemanSaturday September 27, 2014, at 8 pm, $15. Back again for another wonderful evening: Michael Vallely, Matt Coleman and Randal Hill. Singer-songwriter Michael Vallely presents an array of heartfelt original songs and a few interesting covers. Violinist Matt Coleman brings a deft touch to each piece, injecting soulful phrasing or blazing fiddle when required. Multi-instrumentalist Randal Hill rounds out the group, playing his unique banjo stylings and providing harmony vocals.

Event, Music

Concert: Mike Almas and Guilty Pleasure band, Fri Sept 26

August 5th, 2014
Comments Off

Mike_Almas_Guilty_Pleasure_900Friday September 26, 2014, at 8 pm, $10. The great bluesman Mike Almas with a special new band Guilty Pleasure. The band members: Steve Hilbert (bass), Joanne Augustyn ( vocals, percussion), Jack Pedler (drums, vocals), Mike Almas (guitar, vocals). Collectively from bands such as Groove Corporation, Teenage Head, Rhythm Works, and The Mike Almas Band, together they bring influences and experience to this original band, primarily drawing on 70s rock , with the focus on musicianship and fun. Selected cuts from the discography of cousins Jack Pedler and Mike Almas will also be featured, giving the listener an earful to go home with.

Event, Music, Music-Blues

The Muted Note: Songs Based on Poems by P.K. Page, Susanna Hood & Scott Thomson, Thurs Sept 25

August 4th, 2014
Comments Off

MutedNote_SusannaHood_c680Thursday September 25 at 8 pm, tickets TBA. The Muted Note: Songs Based on Poems by P.K. Page, created and performed by Susanna Hood (voice & dance) and Scott Thomson (trombone). Artword Artbar is one stop on Susanna and Scott’s tour performing The Muted Note as a duo in small venues across Canada.
The Muted Note is a suite of songs composed by Scott Thomson, settings of poems by P.K. Page, for Susanna Hood’s singing voice. As a duo, Susanna, in addition to singing the lyrics, improvises on the songs both vocally and in dance, a synthesis for which she is singularly acclaimed in Canada. Scott, on trombone, both underpins Susanna and solos on the songs in a wide-ranging style that reflects his broad experience as an improviser. Throughout, P.K. Page’s stellar poems are at the core of the work and, in both dance and music, Scott and Susanna seek to animate and activate the verse as they play. Their extensive Canadian tour this autumn will help to promote their new duo disc on &records.
Susanna Hood is a compelling and virtuosic performer in dance and music. Read more…

Dance, Event, Literary, Spoken Word, Music

Green Drinks & Conserver Society get-together, Tues Sept 23 from 5:30 pm

August 2nd, 2014
Comments Off

Tuesday, September 23, 2014, from 5:30 pm. This month’s Green Drinks is hosted by The Conserver Society, at Artword Artbar. Tonight’s mini-presentation is on personal Stormwater Management. A relaxed get-together for anyone interested in environmental issues and socializing with like-minded people.

Event, Special event

Sky Gilbert’s Naked Hamilton: The Movie Premiere, Sat Sept 20

August 1st, 2014
Comments Off

naked-hamiltonNakedHamilton_c680Saturday September 20, 2014, two screenings at 8 and 10 pm, $10. Sky Gilbert’s Naked Hamilton: The Movie Premiere, starring Elley-Ray Hennessy and Scott McCord.  “A Hamilton hardcore couple try to take over their favourite bar.”
The full original play ran at Artword Artbar in November 2012, starring Elley-Ray Hennessy (Hamilton Bus Stop) and Scott McCord (Scott McCord and the BonaFide Truth). The production was written specifically for the intimate cafe-bar environment at Artword Artbar. One portion of the play has been made into a film, and is being premiered in its home bar! It is a film about working class people – everywhere — and about cities – everywhere — cities that put massive corporate profits above quality of human life. Tickets on-line at

Event, Film

Concert: Social Animals (Chris & Christa) + Trevor Howard, Fri Sept 19

August 1st, 2014
Comments Off

socialanimals001002_cFriday, September 19, 2014, at 8 pm, $8. A concert by songwriters Chris and Christa Bradbury (Social Animals) and special guest Trevor Howard.
“The band evolved from the song writing of Chris and Christa Bradbury, a couple from opposite sides of the globe, who met by chance, fell in love and were immediately drawn into sharing their passion for music by creating their own. Chris’ memorable guitar riffs create the perfect setting for Christa’s searing vocals and mood driven piano. The listener may be reminded of Janis Joplin or Led Zeppelin, but is immediately aware that they are witnessing something completely new. Brothers and sisters, you are about to be Socialized!” Howard_ghosts-of-memphis-19c
“Solidly recorded and impeccably performed, his guitar prowess deftly compliments the power and cadence of her voice” Ric Taylor (View magazine-CFMU 93.3FM)
“I was awe-struck by the jaw dropping vocals of Christa Bradbury and the power of Chris’ guitar; they held me in a trance”. Angelo Noto Campanella (The Hamiltonian)

Special guest for the evening is singer-songwriter Trevor Howard. “It all began for Trevor Howard with an eight-track of Alice Cooper and a 12-inch vinyl of Donny Osmond. “Didn’t We Meet in the Night in My Sleep” and “Go Away Little Girl” were his anthems of choice for guests at his big sister’s pool parties. It was at the mere age of five he decided this was his destiny (as if he had a choice) – a songwriter and musician was born.”


Big Dance, Little Stage, Learie McNicolls, Wed & Thur, Sept 17 & 18

August 1st, 2014
Comments Off

Learie4c_680Wednesday September 17 and Thursday September 18, 2014, at 8 pm, $10. Pearl_LallChoreographer and dancer Learie McNicolls curates and hosts the next edition of “Big Dance, Little Stage”, an evening of contemporary dance works for a small stage. Line-up:
Ronald Taylor, Toronto (dance)
Pearl Lall, Hamilton (dance/Kathak) (photo right)
Tanis Macarthur, Hamilton (movement, dance)
Megan English, Hamilton (dance)
Learie Mc Nicolls, Hamilton (spoken word, dance) .
plus real-time visuals by Judith Sandiford.
Learie, who has had a lengthy career in Toronto, is now based in Hamilton. Most recently he performed his one-man show Resurrection at The Pearl Company, in May and August. He was choreographer on Artword Theatre’s production of their musical play “James Street” in May 2014.

Dance, Event

Supercrawl at Artword Artbar: Open Mic, 2 to 5 pm Sun Sept 14

August 1st, 2014
Comments Off

Sunday, September 14, Sunday afternoon’s Supercrawl. We’ll open about 1:00 pm, then a relaxed Open Mic for the afternoon 2 pm until about 5 pm. Drop in.

Event, James North events, Music

Supercrawl at Artword Artbar: Wayne Janus & Kaizen, Sat Sept 13

August 1st, 2014
Comments Off

Saturday September 13, 2014, Supercrawl Showcase #3. from 8 pm, tip jar. Kaizen2040caArtword Artbar showcases guitarist Wayne Janus and his band KAIZEN:waynejanus drums (David Carrillo), bass (Shane Lannigan) and guitar/vocals (Wayne Janus). They played Artword Artbar in July, and we wanted them back! Their sound has a rich variety of influences ranging from Funk, Jazz, Blues, Fusion, Rock, and Latin, a mix of original and cover material. Kaizen’s debut release entitled First Impressions, received positive reviews from national and international sources. Currently, Kaizen has just finished their second CD and launched their new web page
Review: “Kaizen’s second album entitled Closer To Earth is an epic modern ground-breaking instrumental masterpiece. This unique album has it all, from New York Funk, Jazz, Rock, Fusion and even features a Sanskrit Chant entitled Shivaya. A Must Have!
For more about Wayne Janus, visit

Event, James North events, Music, Music-Blues, Special event

Supercrawl at Artword Artbar: Dan Walsh 7 pm, Beg To Differ Trio 9 pm, Fri Sept 12

August 1st, 2014
Comments Off

DANwalshBEARD_cFriday September 12, 2014, 7:00 pm and 9:00 pm, Supercrawl Showcase #2 and James North Art Crawl, tip jar. Two shows tonight!
7:00 pm, tip jar: Artword Artbar showcases multi-instrumentalist Dan Walsh, well known for his collaborations with a number of talented musicians. For many years Walsh was a key member of Fred Eaglesmith’s band, The Flying Squirrels, where he played more than a couple of hundred gigs a year and shared the stage with the likes of Willie Nelson, Willie P. Bennett and the Del McCoury Band. Outta The Jam is the third release from Walsh, but it’s the first one the bearded one sings on. While Walsh’s Tim Ninehouse_ccflawless guitar work is still the star on this one, his songwriting and vocals are a welcome addition.
9:00 pm, tip jar: An Artword favourite, the lively high-energy Beg To Differ Trio playing blues / jazz / funk — Tim Ninehouse on keyboards, vocals; Doug Sikma on guitar; Steve Foster on drums. Unique renditions of blues, jazz and funk songs, drawing from a large musical repertoire from early blues roots to jazzified contemporary songs.


Supercrawl kickoff at Artword Artbar: Skirt Check, w. 5-piece horn section, Thurs Sept 11

August 1st, 2014
Comments Off

Skirt_Check_logoChris_Skrzek_FBThursday September 11, 2014, at 9:00 pm, no cover, tip jar. Artword Artbar’s season launch and Supercrawl Showcase #1, a kick-off special: Chris Skrzek, trombone player extraordinaire, has put together a nine-piece band called Skirt Check, with a five-piece horn section! Seating limited, call 905-543-8512 to reserve.
Skirt Check is a new, dynamic 9 piece band in the Hamilton, Ontario area. Consisting of local professionals, the band plays many challenging funk, swing and rock cover tunes (influences Chicago, Blood Sweat & Tears, Tower of Power). Band members: Troy Dowding, Nelson Santos, Sal Roselli, Matt Weil, Kyle Pacey, Fab del Monaco, James Gannett, Anthony D’Angela and Chris Skrzek.

Event, Music

Closed for August

August 1st, 2014
Comments Off

CLOSED for the month of August, 2014, back for Supercrawl starting Thursday September 11.


AWSOM Powered