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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday May 20 to Saturday May 30, 2015. We are delighted to announce that our hit musical, James Street, is coming back! To Artword Artbar, 15 Colbourne Street, just off James!
Showtimes: Wed May 20 to Sat May 23 at 8 pm
Sun May 24 matinee at 2 pm
Wed May 27 to Sat May 30 at 8 pm.
Tickets: $25 (Fri & Sat), $20 (Wed, Thur, Sun), $10 preview May 20 only.
(Book online or call 905-543-8512 to reserve.)
Hamilton’s official Town Crier from 1850 meets a modern Hamiltonian from the North End, right on James Street!
Performed by The Artword Theatre Ensemble: Charly Chiarelli as modern day Hamiltonian, Jeremy Shand as Town Crier Paola Brown, plus
Paula Grove, Valeri Kay, Gordon Odegaard and Ryan Sero as everyone else [Surveyor and Helper, Land Promoters, Pioneer Woman and Man, Dentist, George Hamilton, James Durand, Nathaniel Hughson, Immigrant Woman, Robert Murray Police Chief, Newsboy, Farmer, Editor, Auctioneer, Mr. Cummings, Woman, Wanzer, Mr. Ryan, Workers, Hugh Cossart Baker, Mrs. Baker and family, Billy Carroll, HSR Conductor 1906, Trolley Girl, WWI Recruiters, Marion Simpson, Soldier, Rocco Perri, Bessie Starkman, WWII soldiers from RHLI, Evelyn Dick, citizens in 40s and 50s and 60s…]
An Artword Theatre production, written and directed by Ronald Weihs, with original music by Mark McNeil and choreography by Learie McNicolls. Produced and designed by Judith Sandiford. Music performed by Mark McNeil, Ron Weihs & the Ensemble.
Click here for the new May 7th James Street press release
Click here for the full-size James Street full poster:
Saturday June 27, 2015, from 2 pm on, free. Artword Artbar hosts the 2015 Hamilton Zineposium from 2 to 6 pm, followed at 6:30 pm by a special edition for Zine-ists of spoken word open mic PoeMagic (hosted by Klyde Broox) and Campfire Stories (hosted by Tom Dusome, anything-goes storytelling).
Here is the call for submissions from Hamilton Zineposium on Facebook: “Do you make zines, artists’ books, DIY multiples of any kind? Do you make bizarre indie-arts/crafts/prints/comics/graphic novels/electronic arts/3d prints/posters/stickers/t-shirts/buttons/ … Maybe your stuff is too out-there for the X-mas craft fairs, or maybe it is so low key and subtle you feel like people never notice it at all… Now’s the time to get your stuff out into the world…” Read more…
Friday June 26, 2015, at 8 pm, $10 (call 905-543-8512 to reserve). Back at Artword Artbar! The Allen Family Reunion is 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, vocals; 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 Prairie Oyster, winning six Juno awards. Read more…
Wednesday June 24, 2015, at 8 pm, cover tba. Jazz vocalist Brenda Brown celebrates her debut self-titled EP, which was nominated for a 2015 Hamilton Music Award for Jazz Recording of the Year. She’ll be singing with her quartet of piano, bass and drums. Her EP is a tantalizing tribute to great songs. The performances are chosen from Brenda’s eclectic and inspiring portfolio – the North American Songbook, Adult Contemporary, Classic Country, and an original composition penned by daughter Olivia. Watch for her at upcoming outdoor festival shows in Caledonia, Hamilton Waterfront Stage and Dundas Cactus Festival.
After three exciting years of public and private performances in and around Hamilton, Brenda Brown was determined to record with some of her favourite musicians. She collaborated with well known multi-instrumentalist Ross Wooldridge (piano, woodwinds), Carl Jennings (recording engineer), and corralled active GTA session sidemen Chris Banks (bass), and Glenn Anderson (drums) to create her debut EP “Brenda Brown.”
“Brenda’s voice is mesmerizing…” M.K.
“Relaxing, smooth, bluesy, mystical…” G. H.
Friday, June 19, to Monday, June 22, 2015, four evenings of concerts at 8:30 pm. Zula Pesents the 2015 SOMETHING ELSE! Festival of Creative Music, at Artword Artbar. Performers so far:
Artist in Residence: ELLWOOD EPPS (Montreal)
ERIC BOEREN 4TET (Amsterdam)
SEE THROUGH TRIO (Toronto)
KEN ALDCROFT/SCOTT THOMSON (Toronto/Montreal)
ERIC STACH/MIKE MALONE/DAVID LEE/TERRY FRASER (London/Hamilton)
NOT THE WIND, NOT THE FLAG (Toronto)
DALE MORNINGSTAR ++ (Hamilton)
more details soon…
Thursday June 18, 2015, 8 pm, free. Campfire Stories. It’s time to fire up your creativity at Artword Artbar. Singer-songwriter Tom Dusome hosts an open stage for spoken word, poetry, song, music, dance, movement, visual art, or anything goes. Everyone has a story to tell. Come share your stories — by any means.
Wednesday June 17, 2015, at 8 pm, $5. A night of modern acoustic music played by the Jason Jones Unit. Their music is a blend of Bluegrass, Jazz and Gypsy Swing. Featuring Jason Jones guitar, Jill McKenna bass and Scott Taplay guitar, playing original music along with the music of Tony Rice, David Grisman, Bela Fleck and others.
Saturday June 13, 2015, at 8:00 pm, $15. Back again for an intimate evening of song with her trio: vocalist Shari Vandermolen, accompanied by Steve McCrae on piano and James Gannett on bass.
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! Shari’s Quarter to Nine website
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.
Thursday June 11, 2015, at 8 pm, $10. “3 Guitars: Will Gillespie, ‘Mo Kauffey & Robin Lee: Pickin’ & Grinnin’ “ is a song-trading, in-the-round, workshop-style concert featuring these three singer-songwriters, together for the first time in a show, playing their original Folk, Jazz & Blues tunes, trading songs and stories, creating a casual, off-the-cuff jam-session atmosphere. You will be treated to a wide range of styles, songs and subjects, taken on an emotional journey by three men who have finely honed their skills and craft as both songwriters and as guitarists.
Will Gillespie has been described as a “one-of-a-kind finger-picking old-time crooning, genuine songwriter you absolutely must see perform” He calls his sound “Jazzed-Up Folk-Rock”: Original Rock & Roll with an air of Old-World Romance, taking Folk-Rock from the Barn to the Ballroom. www.willgillespie.ca
‘Mo Kauffey is among other things a Bluesman from Guelph, ON. Describing his approach to songwriting, he says “It is about the story, which is told by the lyrics. The lyrics are borne by the melody. The chord progression gives the melody a path. The rhythms are the ‘driving wheel’. And that is how it all makes sense to me.” www.mokauffey.com
Robin Lee is one of the smoothest pickers around. Hailing from Hamilton, Robin has a laid-back delivery both in his Chet Atkins-style finger-picking and almost conversational singing style. www.youtube.com/user/robinlajoiemusic
Wednesday June 10, 2015, at 8 pm, $5. Sim Bansal, guitarist/vocalist, hosts an evening of songs, originals, jazz and more. Guests include jazz duo Amber-Leigh Palka on vocals and Thom Mason on guitar. Sim Bansal‘s solo acoustic set of mostly original material, might remind you of… “early Sting, Steely Dan, Peter Gabriel, and David Bowie and may include some covers of songs from these artists.”
Rounding out the evening, singer songwriter Coco Murphy performs a set of originals on piano and guitar.
Sunday June 7, 2015, at 7 pm, $10. Singer-songwriter-pianist Hanna Bech presents a concert of her new songs, with cellist Geoff Ball and harpist Rachel Nolan, the first time all the songs are being showcased together. Hanna Bech is an “elegant, funny and passionate” storyteller with song. She likens her songs to a “a musical seascape where poetry loves deeply, stories soar sublimely, and our turtle hearts trump fear with laughter: vulnerable vibes in a confident cadence.”
Opening set by singer-songwriter Bob Edmonds accompanied by his partner Michelle on piano. His music grafts Celtic ballads to blues and roots, to create a wide variety of playful tunes. His song ‘Carry On’ formed a central piece of the May concert by Hamilton Sings! Community Choir, and will also play a part in celebrations around the upcoming PanAm Games.
Plus a guest set by The Folk (formerly known as What the Folk), Hamilton’s popular a capella group performing music from the heart of Ontario to the East Coast of Canada, and across the British Isles. The Folk is well-known for rousing harmonies, thrilling a capella songs, foot-stomping instrumental tunes, and various blends thereof.
Saturday June 6, 2015, at 9:00 pm, $8 ($5 for students). Jazz with the Thom Mason Group. Jazz guitarist Thom Mason is very fortunate to be sharing the stage with Canadian jazz icons Adrean Farrugia on piano and the always swinging Pat Collins on bass. Mike Rajna will be joining the group on drums for a wonderful night of jazz standards ranging from swing to latin and everything in-between.
Thursday June 4, 2015, at 8 pm, $10. Singer-songwriter Richard Garvey is releasing his new album, Where Fools Gather. The Hamilton launch is at Artword Artbar. Guest sets by Betty Supple and Marley Daemon. Richard is playing with a band: Julia Narveson – bass / fiddle, Dan Henshall – mandolin, Cory Orr – percussion, Celidh Barker – voice
Wednesday June 3, 2015 at 8 pm, $12. Imagine Artword Artbar as a cabaret in Paris in the 40s or 50s — Ariana Nasr chante PIAF! To celebrate the 100th year anniversary of the birth of the famous chanteuse Édith Piaf, Ariana Nasr has developed a live performance including 18 songs from the repertoire of Piaf, one of France’s best loved performers (see image right). The songs are all sung en français and the show includes song synopsis and background info in English. She is accompanied by her long-time collaborator, the inimitable Andy Flinn (of Andy and Ariana, who regularly visit Artword Artbar from Nova Scotia) http://www.andyandariana.com/ http://www.ariananasr.com/
Tuesday May 26, 2015, 7 to 9 pm, free. The Humber Literary Review launches its third issue for its Hamilton readers at Artword Artbar. Readings by Krista Foss, Sally Cooper, Claire Caldwell, Kelli Deeth, Nicola Winstanley. “HLR is the creation of Humber College’s Department of English, and its collective includes writers, academics, critics, visual artists, and linguists. Our goal is to share our enthusiasm for work that provokes, excites, and entertains — writing that makes you want to read more.” http://humberliteraryreview.com/
Saturday May 16, 2015, at 8 pm, $10. (Book online or call 905-543-8512.) An evening of music with folk-blues duo Jennis and an opening set by local songstress Sarah Beatty. Jennis brings together award-winning Guelph-based Dennis Gaumond‘s decades of experience writing and performing original blues and folk and the diverse musical experiences of veteran Toronto indie-scene multi-instrumentalist Jen Gillmor. The unique blend of cello and dobro is also augmented by unusual sounds, such as didgeridoo, custom-tuned harmonicas, flute, wah-guitar, jaw harp and wazinator. It makes for a very entertaining performance, filled with energy, passion and humour. “What do you get when you combine some talented songwriting, warm, rich vocals along with a resophonic guitar, cello, jaw harp and even a didgeridoo? A unique and impressive blend of folk, roots and bluesy sounds served up as a fine, entertaining evening of Jennis music.” Debra Thornington, Ottawa Blues Society www.jennis.ca www.jengillmormusic.ca
Hamilton-based singer-songwriter Sarah Beatty deftly occupies the space between blues, jazz, country, and soulful styled roots music. Her music shines with dynamic vocals, imaginative lyrics, and sing-song melodies. www.sarahbeatty.ca
Friday May 15, 2015, at 8 pm, $10. (Book online or call 905-543-8512 to reserve.) The Lovelocks, Ali Raney and Zoe Neuman, a dynamic duo of two city girls who LOVE country music. Their sound is described as a mixture of The Dixie Chicks go Lumineering with a Mumford & Sons-ian alt-country, roots-inspired approach filled with soaring vocals, sweet harmonies and sultry string. Celebrated by BlogTO (July 2014) as one of the top 5 alt-country bands to watch in Toronto. In 2014 The Lovelocks had a chart topping debut EP, and multiple accolades including the 2014 Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA®) Discovery Award Finalist and Rising Star Nomination.