Hours: Wed-Sat from 6 pm, most shows at 8 pm, plus special events. July 17-27 special 2014 Hamilton Fringe Festival schedule. Check posts for details. To get in touch, email us artword@artword.net.

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, artword@artword.net

Reviews: Artword Theatre production Stuart Laughton’s Trumpet Romance

July 19th, 2014
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Review by Channah Cohen in View http://www.viewmag.com/42847-Hamilton+Fringe+Festival+2014+Reviews.htm
In Trumpet Romance, currently playing at Artword Theatre, Stuart Laughton, trumpet player and musician extraordinaire, takes his audience on what he affectionately calls “a wild journey in search of music.” Using narration, musical instruments (trumpets, guitar, harmonica), and a series of projected images, Laughton does, in fact, take us on a journey that is not only entertaining and filled with gentle self–irony and humour. It is also profoundly moving and ultimately challenges us to look beyond the obvious in music and to experience its very essence. The journey itself is well crafted (by Laughton and Weihs), starting with what becomes ultimately a question: “Bon Vivant.” What, indeed, is a “bon vivant”?
In Laughton’s case, he falls in love with the trumpet as a child, exploring the possibilities of the sound he—and the instrument––can make. Playing music becomes his life, leading to a distinguished career on the concert stage, but the world of concert halls, where the beauty of music can triumph (we witness a gorgeous moment in La Scala), that beauty can also become undermined by human pride, self–interest. Besides, music is not simply an ornament for the life of the “bon vivant,” not a cultural indulgence. Instead, as Louis Armstrong said about jazz: “You can even live by it.” Classical, blues, jazz, rock, experimental—music is not simply to be consumed but to enter into. And so we accompany Laughton to Murray Schafer’s Patria Project in the Haliburton wilds and we listen and watch as music finds its echo among the trees, in the air, in the life force that transcends everything. For that is what “Bon Vivant” means.
Trumpet Romance is an extraordinary experience: beautifully put together, performed, and not to be missed.(CC

Gary Smith in The Hamilton Spectator

“The man has stories to tell, and he tells them in his hour-long Trumpet Romance: a wild journey in search of music…. The stories are told with affection and candour, punctuated by some glorious trumpet sounds…. Ron Weihs’ direction never gets in the way of Laughton’s honesty.”
Gary Smith of The Hamilton Spectator reviews Artword Theatre’s Trumpet Romance, at BYOV Artword Artbar.
Also reviewed is Rise of the the Prickly Pear (also at Artword Artbar), and two of the mini gallery shows around the corner on James Street. Paula Grove, a long-standing member of the Artword Theatre Ensemble who appeared recently in “James Street” and “Scroogissimo”, get a warm accolade from Gary for her show There Was and There Was Not.

Hamilton Fringe Theatre Festival, News

CBC article on Bicycle Opera at Artword Artbar

July 18th, 2014
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THEATRE: Artword Theatre, Stuart Laughton’s Trumpet Romance, July 17 to 27

June 16th, 2014
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Hamilton_Fringe_BLK Logo_smArtwordTheatre_Trumpet_Romance_flyerwebB600July 17 to 27, 2014. Artword Theatre presents Stuart Laughton’s “Trumpet Romance: a wild journey in search of music, Hamilton Fringe Theatre Festival, at our Bring-Your-Own-Venue: Artword Artbar, 15 Colbourne St
Trumpet Romance: a wild journey in search of music is written and performed byStuart_Laughton_0270_c680 Stuart Laughton with an array of musical instruments including trumpet, guitar, harmonica, piano. The show is directed by Ronald Weihs, who also did the script development, and produced by Artword Theatre.  Stuart Laughton picked up a trumpet when he was nine, and it was love at first breath. He began a stellar classical career: Canadian Brass at age 19 and La Scala orchestra at 23. But the siren call of B.B. King’s guitar took him on a wild musical journey, playing roots music in Porkbelly Futures, until it all came together by a lake in Haliburton in R. Murray Schafer’s And Wolf Shall Inherit the Moon.  For more about Stuart Laughton: http://www.radiodial.ca/
TICKETS: $10   http://hamiltonfringe.ca/tickets/
The show runs 60 minutes and is suitable for an all-ages general audience.
Thu July 17 8:00 pm (Opening), Sat July 19 7:00 pm, Sun July 20 4:00 pm, Tues July 22 8:00 pm,
Wed July 23 7:00 pm, Fri July 25 7:00 pm, Sat July 26 9:00 pm, Sun July 27 6:00 pm (final show)

Click here to download the Trumpet Romance press release:

Stuart Laughton, “Trumpet Romance”, photo gallery: Read more…

Event, Hamilton Fringe Theatre Festival, Theatre

THEATRE: Red Betty Theatre, Rise of the Prickly Pear, July 18 to 27

June 15th, 2014
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Hamilton_Fringe_BLK Logo_smRise_Of_The_Prickly_PearJuly 18 to 27, 2014. RED BETTY THEATRE and Hamilton Fringe Festival present Rise Of The Prickly Pear, a new play by Radha S Menon, directed by Tony Sciara, featuring Nathan Bigec, Carla Garcia, Tamara Kamermans.
“Beauty’s a fickle mistress who tolerates nothing from her lover Old Man Time”
From the same team as last summer’s fringe hit show Ghost Train Riders and winner of View Magazine’s Best Of Theatre 2013, Radha S Menon’s steamy new play Rise Of The Prickly Pear will have you on the edge of your seat. Set in 1958 Santiago De Cuba, Che Guevara and his ‘bearded ones’ are holed up in the Sierra Maestra fighting bitterly as revolution grips the nation in a dire struggle against imperialism. Rise Of The Prickly Pear is a story of forbidden love–? lost and found. Two women, three men and a prickly pear… in a comical wrangle for love and lust. Who can avoid slivers as they bite their way to the top? Who will be consumed?
VENUE: Artword Artbar, 15 Colbourne Street, Hamilton
TICKETS: $10  http://hamiltonfringe.ca/tickets/
Running time: 60 minutes. Fri July 18 7:00 pm (Opening), Sat July Sat 19 9:00 pm, Sun July 20 6:00 pm, Wed July 23 9:00 pm, Thurs July 24 7:00 pm, Fri July 25 9:00 pm, Sat July 26 7:00 pm, Sun July Sun 27 4:00 pm (final show)

Contact: Leo Sciara, email: Production.redbettytheatre@gmail.com
www.redbettytheatre.com       @redbettytheatre

Event, Hamilton Fringe Theatre Festival, Theatre

Late music weekends during Fringe Festival, Jul 18, 25, 26

June 14th, 2014
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Special late night music Fri Jul 18, Fri Jul 25, Sat July 26, after the plays at Artword Artbar in the Hamilton Fringe Theatre Festival!

Friday July 18 at 9:30 pm, tip jar, jazz with the Chris Bruder Quartet, featuring Mike Malone on trumpet/flugelhorn, Jon Stemmler on bass, Mark Ballyk on drums and Chris Bruder on piano.

CANCELLED Saturday July 19 at 10:30 pm, tip jar, jazz with the ‘Sargent Reckless’ trio: Mike DeiCont bass (back from NY), Sean Dowhaniuk guitar, Mike Rajna drums.

Friday July 25 at 10:30 pm, tip jar, funk,/blues/jazz with Scott McIntosh guitar, Tom Altobelli and Jordan Snider drums.

Saturday July 26 at 10:30 pm, tip jar, Charlie Parker jazz tribute by the Abigail Neale Quintet (Abigail Neale alto and soprano sax, Chris Bruder piano, Tom Altobelli acoustic bass, Luke Paron drums  and a trombone player).

Event, Hamilton Fringe Theatre Festival, Music, Music-Jazz

Opera: new works performed by Bicycle Opera, Tues July 15 at 7:30

June 11th, 2014
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Tuesday July 15, at 7:30 pm, a special concert, $20. Book tickets: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-bicycle-opera-project-hamilton-on-tickets-11887887993
Back again at Artword Artbar on this year’s tour, the fabulous Bicycle Opera! This exciting season brings together a cast of young emerging opera stars, instrumentalists, and a program of fantastic Canadian opera works:BOP trail_c900
Bianchi: A Five Minute Bicycle Opera – Libretto and music by Tobin Stokes
(What rhymes with) Azimuth? – Libretto by Liza Balkan, music by Ivan Barbotin
A little rain must fall – Libretto by David Yee, music by Chris Thornborrow
L’homme et le ciel (excerpt) – Libretto by Ian Koiter, music by Adam Scime
Airline Icarus (excerpt) – Libretto by Anton Piatigorsky, music by Brian Current
Rosa – Libretto by Camyar Chai, music by James Rolfe
The Brothers Grimm (excerpt) – Libretto and music by Dean Burry

The performers on the 2014 tour are: Larissa Koniuk – soprano and Artistic Director; Stephanie Tritchew – mezzo; Christopher Enns – tenor; Geoffrey Sirett – baritone; Wesley Shen – music director/piano; Chelsea Shanoff – saxophone; Tristan Durie – flute. The stage director is Liza Balkan. http://bicycleopera.com/

The Bicycle Opera Project brings Canadian contemporary opera to communities across Ontario by bicycle! Read more…

Event, Music-Classical

“Open Mic for Open Streets”, hosted by Ron the Fiddler, Sun July 13, 11:00 to 4 pm

June 10th, 2014
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OpenStreets_JULY-13_680Sunday July 13, 2014, from 11 am to 4 pm. It’s the Open Streets Festival again (walk, ride, roll all day from 10 am to 5 pm up and down James Street North. http://openstreetshamilton.ca/). Artword Artbar presents “Open Mic for Open Streets“, our traditional presence on the street, as we haul our sound gear out to the corner of Colbourne & James Street North, to join in the fun. Roll on by with your guitar or harmonica or kazoo and take over a mic. Hosted by Ron the Fiddler. To sign up for a time slot, email us artword@artword.net.

Event, James North events, Music

Concert: Wayne Janus and his band Kaizen, Sat July 12

June 9th, 2014
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Kaizen2040caSaturday July 12, 2014, at 8 pm, $5. KAIZEN is a three-piece band: drums (David Carrillo), bass (Shane Lannigan) and guitar/vocals (Wayne Janus). Their sound has a rich variety of influences ranging from Funk, Jazz, Blues, Fusion, Rock, and Latin. At Artword Artbar, Kaizen performs a mix of original and cover material. Kaizen‘s live performance is very captivating and their connect with the audience is outstanding.

Kaizen’s debut release entitled First Impressions, received positive reviews from various national and international sources.  Currently, Kaizen has just finished their second CD. This second disk features a vocalist performing Sanskrit chanting. Their producer Christopher T. Wilson makes a cameo appearance playing some haunting synth as a backing ambient track.

Kaizen is building a strong fan base locally, nationally and internationally. Things are going to soar for Kaizen with the release of their second CD and the launch of their new web page www.kaizen.xyz. Kaizen is in the early stages of their musical journey and they are already being compared to other well known Jazz/Rock greats in the music industry. For more about Wayne Janus, visit http://www.waynejanus.com/

Watch a Cable 14 live performance of Kaizen’s new material http://youtu.be/lAOkVeTomlk

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ART CRAWL: PerlHaze: Sophia Perlman & Terra Hazelton, Fri July 11 8:15 pm

June 8th, 2014
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PERLHAZEOFFICIAL_680cFriday July 11, 2014, from 8:15 pm, tip jar. An Art Crawl special treat: PerlHaze, a new project by two well-known jazz singers Sophia Perlman and Terra Hazelton. Join us at Artword Artbar, as they preview their new material and their new approach to harmonising. They want to perform at Art Crawl to show as many people as possible the wonderful things they are up to.
“Toronto-based singers Terra Hazelton and Sophia Perlman have discovered a mutual love for music, harmonies and songwriting that goes far beyond the borders of their respective jazz careers. They are taking their first steps as aspiring songwriters, and learning to play (at press time) six instruments between them, and fine-tuning their uncanny vocal blend. As bootcamp before they record their own first full-length album in the fall, they are trekking across Western Canada, armed with their new-found harmony super-powers, and little collection of early recordings of the music that inspires them most.”  http://www.perlhaze.com/

Event, James North events, Music

ART CRAWL: special opener Damon Hankoff, accordionist, Fri July 11, 7 pm

June 8th, 2014
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Damon_Hankoff_cFriday July 11, from 7 to 8 pm, tip jar, a special Art Crawl opener. Accordionist and NY subway busker Damon Hankoff with a sample of his project Out of Sight of Land (brought to you at Artword Artbar by Annie Shaw).
Out of Sight of Land is the musical project of Damon Hankoff, a multifarious sideman and fledgling songwriter. Mr. Hankoff is a New Yorker by birth and by youth and is currently based out of Quebec City and Montreal. But actually most of the songs in question were written during a long sojourn in the Near East and subsequently honed in the cacophonic corridors of the NYC subway system. Among the topics Out of Sight of Land addresses are longing, the end of the world, and the salt, salt, sea. Musical influences include ancient masters (Palestrina, Gesualdo) and the New Weird America. Out of Sight of Land is on tour this October, after releasing a first album in June.  http://outofsightofland.bandcamp.com/

Event, James North events, Music

Jazz with Devin Patten’s band Triptych, plus Scott Taplay Trio, Thurs July 10

June 7th, 2014
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Devin_Patten_2014_cThursday July 10, 2014, at 8 pm, pwyv/ $5. Jazz with Devin Patten’s new band Triptych: Sim Bansal on guitar, Devin Patten on bass, Brandon Munro on drums. Also on the bill: the Scott Taplay Trio, featuring Scott Taplay on guitar, Jonas Pearson Paavola on bass, Calvin Barnard drums

Event, Music-Jazz

Jazz with the Dimitrios Mavridis Quartet, Wed July 9

June 6th, 2014
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Dimitrios_Mavridis_cWednesday July 9, 2014, at 8 pm, pwyc. The Dimitrios Mavridis Quartet plays some jazz. The quartet: Christopher Stephens on woodwinds, Justin Golan on piano, Keagan Early on drums, Dimitrios Mavridis on bass

Event, Music-Jazz

Concert: Jacob’s Cattle, w. Roy Patterson, Sat July 5

June 5th, 2014
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Jacob's_Cattle_live#2_900Saturday July 5, 2014, at 8 pm, $10.  Jacob’s Cattle, featuring Roy Patterson guitar, Burke Carroll pedal steel, Paul Donat bass, Mike Billard drums, will bring their richly evocative interpretation of Roots/Americana music to Artword Artbar. http://jacobscattle.com/
The band  performs material from their new CD, Songs From My Father’s House, a collection of mostly original tunes composed by Roy Patterson based on memories of the music he listened to on a daily basis while growing up in rural Nova Scotia; a mixture of country, blues and the gamut of popular music that defined the 1960s and early 70s.  CDs will be available at the gig. $10 at the door includes a free Roy Patterson CD from earlier releases.
“Roy Patterson is undoubtedly one of Canada’s leading guitarists… glorious clarity of tone, sophisticated voicings and featherlight fingerwork.” Toronto Star

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Latin Jazz with Eli’s Quartet “From Havana to Hamilton”, Fri July 4

June 4th, 2014
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Elizabeth_Herrera_Rodriguez_7146_cFriday July 4 at 8 pm, $5. Eli’s Quartet presents “From Havana to Hamilton”, an evening of Cuban and Brazilian jazz and American standards. Featuring Elizabeth Herrera Rodriguez on vocals and violin, with Jill McKenna on bass, Jonathan Pascoal on drums, John Imre on piano.
Elizabeth Herrera Rodriguez was educated as a concert violinist in Havana. Currently based in Hamilton, she has recently been pursuing her true passion as a jazz singer, singing the American classic standards, Gershwin, Porter and Kahn, and Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and Billie Holiday. Her repertoire includes the great Brazilian and Cuban composers, Jobim and de Moraes.

Event, Music-Jazz

Jazz: The Abigail Neale Quintet, Thurs July 3

June 4th, 2014
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Abigail_Neale_8639_c900Thursday July 3, 2014, at 8 pm, $5. Saxophonist Abigail Neale brings her quintet play her own new jazz compositions. Abigail Neale alto and soprano sax, clarinet and flute, Chris Bruder piano, Tom Altobelli acoustic bass, Luke Paron drums, and one more musician TBA.

Event, Music-Jazz

closed Sat June 28 and Wed July 2

June 3rd, 2014
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no events scheduled for Saturday June 28 and Wednesday July 2, 2014

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Concert: The Aubrey Wilson Quartet, Fri June 27

June 3rd, 2014
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AubreyWilson_quartetFriday June 27 at 8 pm, $10/$5 students. Jazz with the Aubrey Wilson Quartet: Aubrey Wilson vocals, Chris Bruder piano, Sean Bruce Parker drums, and Tom Altobelli bass, playing a variety of jazz standards.

Event, Music-Jazz

Singalong with Sam Turton & Jane Lewis, Thurs June 26

June 2nd, 2014
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SamTurton_JaneLewis_650Thursday June 26, 2014, 7:30-9:30 pm, pwyc ($10 suggested)
SINGALONG with Sam Turton and Jane Lewis, singer-songwriters from Guelph. Come out and SING! They’ve got songbooks full of classic favourites — YOU request the songs, and we all sing them together. Led by Jane Lewis and Sam Turton. (This is the final one this season. Check back for dates in fall 2014.)
Tell your friends because — the more, the merrier. Hundreds of songs – songbooks provided: Over 100 great artists, including The Band, The Beatles, Chuck Berry, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Elvis, Bob Marley, Read more…

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