"Artword Artbar is a cosy little licensed listening room on Colbourne at James St. N., that always features interesting live music." Graham Rockingham, Hamilton Spectator 03/29/12
Artword Artbar 15 Colbourne Street. Your hosts Ronald Weihs and Judith Sandiford
905-543-8512, c.905-912-9083 firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday October 15, 2016, at 8 pm, $15. Scott Merritt is back on tour with the second pressing of his new record Of, with Jeff Bird (Cowboy Junkies) accompanying on upright bass and other instruments.
The record Of received Best of 2015 from both Macleans: (… he uses his ukulele and little else—a pump organ, a clarinet, sparse upright bass courtesy of Cowboy Junkie Jeff Bird—to craft evocative vignettes and melodies … powerful in their hushed intimacy and quietly insistent rhythmic pulse.) And Slate: (It is a small, exquisite record played with glittering precision mostly on a tenor ukulele… The sound is ideal for these elusive, imagistic songs about memory and mortality. If you seek it out, it will take hold of you.)
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Saturday October 8, 2016 at 8 pm, $15. Toronto songwriter Corin Raymond is moving to Hamilton in October, and he’s giving a Hamilton let’s get acquainted friendly little concert at Artword Artbar, with some friends (tba).
Corin Raymond is a troubadour whose robust veracity appeals to older folks and children alike. Raymond’s songs are covered by Dustin Bentall, The Good Lovelies, The Strumbellas, The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer, and a far flung community of roots musicians and enthusiasts. http://www.corinraymond.com/
Raymond’s latest album, Hobo Jungle Fever Dreams (released March 3rd, 2016) is “a hypnotic, literate collection of dark tall tales…. Romantic, immediate, and narcotic.” (Acoustic Guitar). Aside from the hilarious triumph of funding his previous project, double-album Paper Nickels, with Canadian Tire money, Raymond enjoys a second career performing his non-musical, one-man shows Bookworm (2011) and The Great Canadian Tire Money Caper (2014), which he has toured extensively to over a dozen Fringe and literary festivals, and to theatres in three countries.
Sunday October 2, 2016 at 2 pm. Cover tba. Zula Presents a concert in their fall line-up of new music. The Nick Fraser Quartet: Nick Fraser drums, Tony Malaby saxophones, Rob Clutton double bass, AndrewDowning cello.
The lifeblood of free jazz can be found in musicians’ efforts to push beyond existing habits and practices. They court the danger of the unknown and unpredictable. To that end, drummer Nick Fraser decided to cross swords with NYC free jazz saxophone titan Tony Malaby. The result is an album of strong playing by engaged players matching wits in real time, weaving their sounds together to make a whole cloth, not separate threads. Glen Hall, Exclaim!
Saturday October 1, 2016, at 8 pm, cover tba. Kitchen Orkestra is an acoustic band that likes to dip into many styles across the sonic and cultural spectrum. They love to serve up smokin’ latin jazz, spicy balkan grooves, cookin’ celtic arrangements, and fresh original compositions. The Kitchen Orkestra is coming to Artword Artbar as a quartet, playing original music (vocal and instrumental): Hayley Ryerson violin and voice, Felix Mills cajon and percussion, George Chenery upright bass, and a mandolin player. More details coming.
Thursday September 29, 2016, at 8 pm, $10. Back by popular demand!
Where Have All The Folk Songs Gone, a 60s Folk Revival sing-a-long concert, with Sue Peters (vocals), Michelle Rumball (vocals), Dwight Peters (vocals, 6 & 12 string guitars) and Tony Laviola (double bass). Imagine an evening that transforms the Artword Artbar into one of the 1960s coffeehouses of Yorkville or Greenwich Village. The lyrics have meaning, the voices are true and passionate in solo and in harmony, and the music inspires the audience to join in. Where Have All The Folk Songs Gone recreates the songs of hope and social justice, messages that still resonate today. The show covers the songs of the great singers and poets including Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, Ian & Sylvia, Peter Paul and Mary, and Phil Ochs. Song-sheets are provided. http://wherehaveallthefolksongsgone.blogspot.ca/
Saturday September 24, 2016, at 8 pm, cover tba. Hannah Shira Naiman, singer/banjoist from Toronto, brings you original songs, played on the clawhammer banjo, sung with the appalachian sound. “Songs not from the mountains, but from a rocky, rugged place.” Hannah stops by Artword Artbar on her way to a Bluegrass festival/conference in Virginia. http://www.hannahshiranaiman.
Friday September 23, and Sunday to Wednesday September 25 to 28, 2016. Artword Artbar hosts five events during the Roots en Route Festival of World Music, Dance, Spoken Word, presented by Matapa. Details, times and admissions coming.
Sunday September 11, 2016, afternoon 2 to 4 pm, $10 or by donation, students $5. Supercrawl special concert: Jazz with the Chris Maskell Quartet: Chris Maskell saxophone and compositions, Gentiane MG piano, Levi Dover bass, Louis-Vincent Hamel drums.
Chris Maskell is an emerging voice in the Montreal and Ottawa jazz scenes. As a recent graduate of the McGill University jazz program, he has had the chance to study with saxophonists such as Donny Kennedy, Frank Lozano and Remi Bolduc. At this performance, his group will present a mix of original music and jazz standards. The quartet is in Toronto on September 10th for a performance at the Toronto Undergraduate Jazz Festival. chrismaskell.com
Friday September 9, 2016, 8 pm, $10. (Supercrawl weekend special concert at Artword Artbar.) Kicking off our Fall season, award-winning soul and R&B vocalist André Bisson on guitar and vocals, with Loretta Hale on trumpet. Full band details coming. We saw them just before their Left With the Blues Across Canada Tour, and now they are back.
Since 2005, André Bisson has been performing his unique blend of R&B and Soul throughout the US, Canada, England, Wales & Ireland.