Hours: Wed to Sat from 6 pm. Check event posts for details and special events. To get in touch, email us artword@artword.net.

Artword Artbar, 15 Colbourne St. Hamilton. A friendly cafe-bar, live music and theatre venue in the heart of James North arts district. Great acoustic music four nights a week: roots, folk, jazz, singer-songwriter, world beat. Also theatre and dance works. Capacity 60, licensed by AGCO, all-ages, cafe tables and bar stools, espresso, micro-brew on tap, light meals. Tech info: in-house tuned baby grand piano and a full sound system.  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

Hat & Beard (Aldcroft & Clark) + West & Cartwright, Sat March 28

February 16th, 2015
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Saturday, March 28, 8:30 pm, $12 /$10. Hat & Beard plus West & Cartwright, part of the Something Else! Creative Music Series hosted by Zula Presents and Cem Zafir. http://zulapresents.org/
Hat & Beard: An unusual, charming homage to Thelonious Monk (via Eric Dolphy) by Ken Aldcroft (guitar) and Dave Clark (drums),  kenaldcroft.com/hat.asp
West & Cartwright: a dynamic, improvising duo comprised of Hamilton’s Brodie West (alto saxophone) and Evan Cartwright (drums) from Toronto.

Event, Music-Jazz

Ophelia Syndrome, with new CD, Fri Mar 27

February 15th, 2015
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Ophelia_Syndrome_Wall_c900Friday March 27, 2015, at 8 pm, $10. (To buy tickets in advance, contact opheliasyndrome@gmail.com.) Local alternative rock band Ophelia Syndrome is back at Artword Artbar with their new crowd-funded CD “North Sea“.  Josh Kohler bass, Trina Nadeau cello, Deanna Wells keys, vocals, Andrew Barbisan drums. With special guests Justin Sawicki and the Basement Choir.
“They try to blend various keyed instruments, cello, bass, drums, guitar, vocals, and whatever else they can find to hit, pluck, strum or occasionally blow. The result is their own unique blend of “indie” music, a term they are fairly certain has become ambiguous enough to encompass their indistinguishable classical, jazz, folk, roots, funk, soul, r&b, classic and contemporary rock influences.”

Event, Music

DANCE: Learie McNicolls “Transformation”, Wed-Thurs, Mar 25-26

February 14th, 2015
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Learie_Nov20_2014_Artword_10357 - enc2_680Wednesday & Thursday, March 25 & 26, 2015, at 9 pm. Artword Theatre presents a new work-in-progress “Transformation: A journey of the soul’s healing”, told in Moving Poetry and Dance by award-winning choreographer Learie McNicolls, directed by Ronald Weihs, script by Learie McNicolls with dramaturgy by Ronald Weihs, designed by Judith Sandiford, with live music by Dale Morningstar.
Walked i have/into the suns glare /till my princedom/ became fear
A princedom only i could define… i went toe to toe with a plot i did not know… raw… glaring…

Dance, Event, Literary, Spoken Word, Theatre

Bluegrass: Randal Hill, Richard Dugal, Glenn George, Larry Johnston, Sat Mar 21

February 13th, 2015
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March21_2015_650Saturday March 21 at 8 pm, $15. An evening of traditional bluegrass with Randal Hill and friends: Richard Dugal, Glenn George and Larry Johnston. Virtuoso mandolin player Randal Hill (and vocals) is joined by Richard Dugal guitar and vocals, Glenn George bass,  Larry Johnston  banjo. Richard, Glenn and Larry are all members of the Clean Sweep Bluegrass Band. Glenn and Richard are also in the Commercial bluegrass band. Glenn also plays with Barn Katz and is President of the Waterloo Wellington bluegrass club.

Event, Music

Wayne Janus and KAIZEN, Fri Mar 20

February 12th, 2015
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Kaizen2040caMarch 20, 2015, 8 pm $10.  The brilliant guitarist Wayne Janus and his band KAIZEN:waynejanus drums (David Carrillo), bass (Shane Lannigan) and guitar/vocals (Wayne Janus) will be back at Artword Artbar. 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 www.kaizen.xyz.
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 http://www.waynejanus.com/

Event, Music-Blues

Koopa Troop, jazz arrangements of video game music, Thurs Mar 19

February 11th, 2015
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Koopa_Troop_cThursday March 19, 2015, at 8 pm, $5. Jazz bassist Tom Altobelli has a new project, Koopa Troop, a new group who play their own jazz arrangements of classic video game music. Songs from Mario, Tetris, Pokemon, Metroid, and Banjo Kazooie. The band members, all Humber alumni, are: Chelsea McBride flute/tenor sax, Wilson McLeish guitar, Chris Bruder keys, Tom Altobelli bass, Jared Goldman drums. This concert was snowed out back in November, so we finally found a new date for it! Opening set by Grease Monkey.

Event, Music-Jazz

tba Wed Mar 18

February 10th, 2015
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Wednesday March 18, 2015, event TBA.


JunoFest jazz at Artword Artbar, Angela Galuppo and Marianne Trudel, Sat Mar 14

February 6th, 2015
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2015-JUNOfest_socials_3angela_galuppo_cSaturday, March 14, 2015, JunoFest takes over Artword Artbar to showcase some of the jazz nominees. Tickets are $10. http://www.ticketfly.com/event/798605-junofest-2015-hamilton/

Matinée show, doors: 2:00 pm
2:30 pm: Angela Galuppo, vocalist, with piano accompanist, 2015 nominee for Juno Award for Jazz Vocal Album of the Year  http://www.justin-time.com/
Marianne_Trudel_1653:30pm: Marianne Trudel, solo piano, 2015 nominee for Juno Award for Jazz Album of the Year: Solo  http://www.justin-time.com/

JUNOfest wristbands offer priority access to all JUNOfest venues over two nights (subject to capacity). Wristbands are $30 each and are available through all Ticketmaster outlets or online at ticketmaster.ca.

Event, Music-Jazz, Special event

JunoFest jazz at Artword Artbar, Alex Pangman & Bristles Trio, Fri Mar 13

February 6th, 2015
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2015-JUNOfest_socials_3Alex Pangman_music_picFriday March 13, 2015, JunoFest takes over Artword Artbar to showcase some of the jazz nominees. Tickets $10: http://www.ticketfly.com/event/798303-junofest-2015-hamilton/

8:00 pm  doors
9:00 pm:  Alex Pangman, a vibrant young vocalist known as Canada’s Sweetheart of Swing, with her quartet, with classic jazz songs from the 20s and 30s. Alex is on the Justin Time record label.
10:00 pm: Bristles Trio: Andrew Downing bass, Jim Lewis trumpet & David Occhipinti guitar. Bristles, the trio’s new CD is a 2015 nominee for Juno award for Jazz Album of the Year: Group. The CD, is a collection of twelve songs – six jazz standards and six collaborative improvisations dedicated to painters such as Emily Carr and Cy Twombly.

JUNOfest wristbands offer priority access to all JUNOfest venues over two nights (subject to capacity). Wristbands are $30 each and are available through all Ticketmaster outlets or online at ticketmaster.ca.

Event, Music-Jazz, Special event

Juno Week showcase: jazz/pop adventure with WPBE, Thurs Mar 12

February 5th, 2015
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WPBE_bandphoto_cThursday March 12, 2015, at 8 pm, $10. Artword Artbar presents a Juno Week showcase concert: The Worst Pop Band Ever aka WPBE, returning to Artword Artbar in Hamilton as part of the Juno Week Celebrations.
Featuring not one but two past Juno winners and Hamiltonians Adrean Farrugia (piano/keys) and Chris Gale (sax), along with Drew Birston (bass) and Tim Shia (drums), the band will be featuring new music off their upcoming album plus their own twisted interpretations of new and old Pop classics. From CBC to All About Jazz to Canadian Musician Magazine to losers of the NOW Toronto Soundclash competition, the WPBE has played to packed houses across North America and were called “a highlight of the (2012 TD Toronto Jazz) Festival” by tojazz.com. The boys are excited to be back in Hamilton, and promise no one will be hurt too badly this time.
“The music’s fresh, may appeal to pop lovers but assuredly to jazzers keen on a kind of driven fluency as genre stylings are examined, discarded and reworked.” (Toronto Star).  www.facebook.com/worstpopbandever
The 2012 album:  www.wpbe.bandcamp.com

Event, Music, Music-Jazz, Special event

Juno Week showcase: Sister Speak plus Andreas, Wed Mar 11

February 4th, 2015
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Sister-Speak-DUO-cropped-973x1024_680Wednesday, March 11, 2015, at 8 pm, $10. Artword Artbar presents a Juno Week showcase concert, featuring two dynamic and creative young bands, one on tour from San Diego (Sister Speak) and one local (Andreas).
Led by Canadian singer/songwriter and guitarist Sherri-Anne, Sister Speak combines captivating vocals and rootsy guitar stylings with fellow Canadian Lisa Viegas’ dynamic drum rhythms. Both core members grew up in British Columbia. Andreas_duo_cSister Speak performs over 100 concerts a year, with their tour breaks most often spent in B.C. or San Diego, CA, their adoptive hometown. http://www.sisterspeakmusic.com/
Brian Dahl (lead vocals/guitar)  and Jennifer Lockman (keyboards/vocals), members of Andreas alt rock band, are playing an acoustic set as a duo tonight (photo Angel Marchini).  http://andreasband.com/

Event, Music, Special event

Jazz Cabaret with vocalist Colina Phillips and Stacie McGregor, Sat Mar 7

February 3rd, 2015
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Colina_PhillipsSaturday March 7, 2015, at 8 pm, $15 (call 905-543-8512 to reserve). A special jazz cabaret with vocalist Colina Phillips: “East of the Sun and West of the Moon, Ultimate Jazz Standards“.
Stacie_McGregor_cJoining Colina is the renowned jazz pianist and composer Stacie McGregor. In addition to her own band, the Stacie McGregor Quintet, Stacie is a member of Brandi Disterheft’s Juno-award winning band and Archie Alleyne’s hard-bop band Kollage.   http://www.staciemcgregor.com/

Event, Music

Jazz with Mike DeiCont, Mike Rajna, Chris Platt & friends, Fri Mar 6

February 2nd, 2015
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Friday March 6, 2015, at 8 pm, cover tba. Bass player Mike DeiCont is back in town from New York. He’s set up an evening of jazz, mostly his own compositions, with Mike Rajna on drums, Chris Platt on guitar, plus some guest horn players.

Event, Music-Jazz

AGM Hamilton Fringe Festival, Mon Mar 2 from 7 pm

January 31st, 2015
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Monday March 2, 2015 from 7 to 9 pm. AGM for the Hamilton Fringe Theatre Festival.

Event, Special event

FOLK/BLUEGRASS: The Allen Family Reunion, Sat Feb 28

January 21st, 2015
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The_Allen_Family_ReunionSaturday February 28, 2015, at 8 pm, $10 (call 905-543-8512 to reserve). The Allen Family Reunion TheAllenFamilycoveris a five-piece bluegrass and folk band from London, Ontario. The original Allen Family Reunion, four members of the Allen family, brought their bluegrass music to many festivals in the early ’80s. Today, the band has reunited three of the original members, siblings John, Joe and Julie plus two of the next generation.
Band members are: John P. Allen on fiddle, mandolin, guitar, voc
als; his daughter Beverly Allen on autoharp and vocals; Joe Allen on banjo and trumpet; Julie Allen on string bass and vocals; and her son Paul Hickling on guitar and vocals.
John P. Allen is a country, rock and bluegrass fiddler, was a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame group P
rairie Oyster, winning six Juno awards. John has played with a long list of Canadian music icons over the past 40 years, including rock band Great Speckled Bird in the 1970s, bluegrass bands the Good Brothers, Big Redd Ford, the Dixie Flyers, and Tommy Hunter’s band. In 2005 Allen recorded a CD, “The Canadian Violin”, demonstrating various styles of fiddle playing in Canada

“I’ve heard the Allen Family Reunion both live and on CD and they are a joy to listen to.” Sylvia Tyson

Event, Music, News

Jazz History & Film: David Lee on Ornette Coleman + Shirley Clarke film, Fri Feb 27

January 20th, 2015
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Print David_Lee_poster_ORNETTEfilm_680Friday February 27, 2015, at 8 pm, $10. Jazz history at Artword Artbar: David Lee, musician and author of The Battle of the Five Spot, talks about Ornette Coleman‘s historic 1959 debut at New York’s Five Spot Cafe. The talk is followed by a showing of the newly-remastered Shirley Clarke film from 1984,  Ornette: Made in America (running time 85 mins.)

Event, Film, Literary, Spoken Word

closed for Feb 26, Mar 4, Mar 5

January 19th, 2015
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We will be closed Thursday February 26, Wednesday March 4 and Thurs March 5, 2015

Event, News

Richard Garvey: “Folk, Roots, Stew” folk festival, Wed Feb 25

January 18th, 2015
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Richard_Garvey_FolkRootsStew_logoBack this year! Every Wednesday in February 2015 (4, 11, 18, 25) at 8 pm. $10 or by donation.  FOLK, ROOTS, STEW, a festival of incredible folk and grassroots music, cooked up and hosted by singer-songwriter Richard Garvey. Artword Artbar will serve up a special warming root veggie stew. Local musicians will brew up soul-nourishing original and traditional folk music. All ages. http://www.richardgarvey.ca/
Feb 25: Sun Harmonic, Nicki & Claire, Tom Dusome


Latin Jazz with Carlos Rodriguez Quartet, Sat Feb 21

January 17th, 2015
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Carlos Rodriguez_0594_cSaturday February 21, 2015, cover $15 at the door or advance $12 (call 905-543-8512). Doors open 8 pm, two sets: 9 pm and 10:30 pm. A night of Latin Jazz with the Carlos Rodriguez Quartet featuring Randy Stirtzinger, piano; Mike Filice, flute and tenor sax; Fhanor Molina, bass; Carlos Rodriguez, drums. Photo left Fhanor, Carlos and Mike during the Steel City Jazz Festival at Artword Artbar October 2014.

Event, Music-Jazz

Special Concert: Country blues legend David Essig w. Mark McNeil, Fri Feb 20

January 16th, 2015
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David Essig, Islands Folk Festival 2009, Providence Farm, Duncan, British ColumbiaFriday, February 20, 2015, at 8 pm, $15 (Call 905-543-8512 to reserve.) Mark_McNeil_c
All the way from Protection Island B.C., roots music virtuoso David Essig brings his rollicking slide guitar to the Artword stage for a spellbinding night of country blues inspired songwriting. He’ll be joined by veteran singer-songwriter Mark McNeilwww.davidessig.com    www.shinythingspage.wordpress.com
David Essig, who lived in Hamilton for many years, is one of Canada’s finest interpreters of original, contemporary folk music that pays homage to bluegrass and country blues music. Mark McNeil wrote and performed the songs for Artword’s hit musical James Street. Mark is a long-time performer in the Hamilton area and his entertaining, roots-based songwriting is inspired from local history and his more than three decades as an award-winning journalist at The Hamilton Spectator.


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