Artword Artbar is a licenced cafe-bar (all ages) for music, theatre, dance. 905-543-8512, 905-912-9083. Your hosts Ronald Weihs, Judith Sandiford. Email artword@artword.net. BUY tickets online for some shows! BUY_tix_button

"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

 

Upcoming Highlights

August 14th, 2017
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News

Charly Chiarelli’s hit show Cu’Fu? returns: Sept 28 to Oct 8

August 11th, 2017
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Thursday September 28 to Saturday October 7, 2017. Charly Chiarelli‘s classic hit show Cu’Fu? (So Who Did It?), Stories of a Sicilian Family, returns to Hamilton, for a two-week run at Artword Artbar. An Artword Theatre production written and performed by Charly Chiarelli, directed and dramaturged by Ronald Weihs.
Cu’Fu?, the show that made him famous, is Charly’s hilarious and touching tribute to his crazy Sicilian family in the North End of Hamilton. His father’s bewilderment at the automatic record changer, his mother’s uncanny ability to read faces, and the unexpected reaction of both when they discover Charly is smoking “Mario Lanza”, create a portrait that is both affectionate and achingly funny.
Show times and prices:
Advance Preview: Wed Sept. 27, at 8 pm, $10
Opening Festitalia Special, Thurs Sept 28, at 8 pm, $20
Fri and Sat Sept 29 & 30, at 8 pm, $20
Sun Oct 1 matinee at 3 pm, $20
Tues to Sat, Oct 3 to 7, at 8 pm, $20. Final show is Sat Oct 7.

Book tickets online for Cu’Fu now. For only $15 more, you can also pay for our Two-Show Package: Cu’Fu (Sept 28 to Oct 7) PLUS our second show in December – Charly’s Piano by Charly Chiarelli (Dec 7 to 16). Dates to be selected later.  BUY_tix_buttonBook online

Event, Theatre

Duane Rutter hosts Songwriters-in-the-Round, Sat Sept 23

August 10th, 2017
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Saturday September 23, 2017 at 8 pm, $tba. Duane Rutter is back hosting another wonderful Songwriters-in-the-Round evening. The participants this time are: Rae Billing, Michael J. Birthelmer, Jay Linden, Gillian Nicola and Duane Rutter.

Event, Music: singer-songwriter

JAZZ: Brad Cheeseman CD Release, Fri Sept 22

August 9th, 2017
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Friday September 22, 2017 at 8 pm, $10. Hamilton bassist/composer Brad Cheeseman presents music from his new album The Tide Turns. With: Robert Chapman (guitar), Kelly Jefferson (tenor sax), Sam Kogen (piano/keys), Marito Marques (drums), and special guest Adrean Farrugia (piano).

Event, Music-Jazz

Big Dance, Little Stage, w. Learie Mc Nicolls, Wed-Thur, Sep 20-21

August 8th, 2017
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Wednesday and Thursday, September 20 and 21, 2017, at 8 pm $10. Learie_BDLS_0196_cBig Dance Little Stage, our ongoing contemporary dance showcase series hosted by choreographer Learie Mc Nicolls, returns. The BDLS showcase provides an opportunity for dancers to showcase new work, explore improvisations, and build new collaborations. Line-up for Sept TBA. Live visuals by Judith Sandiford.

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The Full Pamela (Pamela Gardner) and Michel deQuivedo, Sun Sept 17, 7 pm

August 7th, 2017
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Sunday Sept 17, 2017, 7 pm.  The Full Pamela (Pamela Gardner) and Michel deQuivedo. Details coming.

Event, Music

Greg Oh, John Millard and Patricia O’Callaghan, Sat Sept 16

August 6th, 2017
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Saturday, September 16, 2017, at 8 pm, $tba. Greg Oh, John Millard and Patricia O’Callaghan met during their 6 year artistic residency at  Soulpepper Theatre. They have since then collaborated on a variety of music performances. This repertoire is a fascinating evening of stories and songs ranging from Millard’s gothic Canadian solo repertoire to O’Callaghan’s elegant and playful cabaret selections, to Greg Oh’s remarkable solo work, including remarkable stories about the world of modern orchestral piano playing.
1st set: John Millard on banjo and vocals. Greg Oh piano. New and recent songs by John Millard plus a selection of songs from the musical Ratbag by Martha Ross and John Millard. Joined by Patricia O’Callaghan
2nd set: Greg Oh performs short works by Phillip Glass and John Cage. Patricia O’Callaghan performs works by Randy Newman, Charles Ives, Leonard Cohen, Jaques Brel, Fernando Obradors, Astor Piazzolla and Divine Comedy.

Event, Music, Music-cabaret, Music-Classical, Music-Jazz, Music: singer-songwriter

McCurlie, Doidge and Wiles, songs & stories, Fri Sept 15

August 5th, 2017
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Friday September 15, 2017, at 8 pm, $10. McCurlie, Doidge and Wiles are an Ancaster-based trio who perform original folk rock music and great story songs, many based on Ancaster’s history. These seasoned musicians are award winning songwriters/artists who sing fabulous three part harmonies. Mike McCurlie and Bob Doidge have been making music together since their early teens. Then along came Caroline Wiles, a songwriter from Montreal. They all start playing together, harmonizing, creating a groove with guitar, mandolin and bass. They like the blend. And by now, they have a lot of songs about their hometown, and all around: the Dundas Valley, the Bruce Trail, The Hammer…
www.mccurliedoidgeandwiles.com
   or   www.carolinewiles.com.

Event, Music, Music: singer-songwriter

Beats Workin’ duo David Hurley & Charly Chiarelli, Thurs Sept 14

August 4th, 2017
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Thursday September 14, 2017, 8 pm. $10. Beats Workin’ is a duo from Kingston: David Hurley on seven-string guitar and vocals and Charly Chiarelli on harmonica and vocals. They perform a variety of music from jazz, blues, rock and original. You can expect a little delicious storytelling as a side dish.

Event, Music-Blues, Music-Jazz

Richard Garvey and Friends, Wed Sept 13

August 3rd, 2017
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Wednesday Sept 13, 2017, $10. Our wandering minstrel Richard Garvey is back in town, with some friends (tba).

Event, Music, Music-folk, Music: singer-songwriter

Jazz reunion: Chris Banks, Adrean Farrugia, Chris Lamont, Chris Gale, Tues Sept 12

August 2nd, 2017
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Tuesday September 12, 2017 at 8 pm, $15 reg/ $10 students. Special show! The Great Reunion Concert: Chris Banks bass, Adrean Farrugia piano, Chris Gale saxophone, Chris Lamont drums.
Adrean explains: “I ran into an old friend (bassist Chris Banks) whom I went to Mohawk College with in the early ’90’s and we thought it would be fun to do a ‘reunion show’ since the drummer we used to play with a lot while in school (Chris Lamont) is moving to Dundas in August. We would also include our sax player friend Chris Gale to complete the quartet (who was also at Mohawk during the same period).”

Event, Music-Jazz

Supercrawl Sat. events, Jazz Jam, + Adam Carter – The Human Race, Sat Sept 9

August 1st, 2017
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Saturday September 9, 2017, events at Artword Artbar for Supercrawl weekend:
* 4 to 6:30 pm: Jazz Jam organized by Stephanie Sloss, with a “house band”.
* 7 to 10 pm: Adam Carter and The Human Race, with surprise guests.

Details coming….

Event, Music

CLOSED from August 6 to September 7, 2017

July 29th, 2017
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Some early events in August. And then we will be CLOSED from August 6 to September 7, 2017. Back for Supercrawl weekend. September details coming.

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Mû Mbana, musician from Guinea-Bissau, Thurs Aug 3

July 24th, 2017
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Thursday, August 3, 2017, at 8 pm, $15 advance/ $20 door. Call Artword Artbar 905-543-8512, or BUY_tix_buttonBook online
Matapa World Music Series presents Mû Mbana, a multifaceted artist, singer, poet and composer, playing the simbi and other instruments.
BREAKING NEWS from Matapa!! Waleed Abdulhamid, multi-instrumentalist from Sudan, is joining Mû Mbana at this concert, along with guest appearances by Celtic harpist Ruth Sutherland, singer-songwriter Dan Medakovic.
Mû Mbana is appearing at Mariposa Festival and Mill Race Festival this summer in Ontario. Born on the island of Bolama, Guinea-Bissau, Mû Mbana grew up influenced by the music of his immediate surroundings, especially the voices and music of the Brame (Mancanha) and Bidjugu peoples. He has published ten albums and has played on many stages in Europe, Africa and America. Currently, he travels between Bissáu and Barcelona, alternating his solo work with projects collaborating with musicians such as Selva de Mar, La Locomotora Negra, the great Manu Dibango, Simão Felix, Rosa Zaragoza, Lula Pena, Jurandir Santana and Fabiana Cozza.

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Event, Music-World

Stuart Laughton’s Radio Dial, special festival launch, Tues Aug 1

July 23rd, 2017
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Tuesday, August 1, 2017, 8 pm, $20. Call Artword Artbar 905-543-8512, or BUY_tix_buttonBook online
Stuart Laughton‘s wonderful show Radio Dial is launching its summer festival season with a special warm-up show at Artword Artbar. Multi-instrumentalist Stuart Laughton and his merry band Rebecca Campbell (vocals), Martin Worthy (drums), Burke Carroll (pedal steel) and Steve Lucas (bass) share their astonishing versatility and sense of fun. Then they troop off to The Dora Keogh Irish Pub (Toronto, Aug. 8), The Kincardine Summer Music Festival (Aug. 10), Music at Fieldcote (Ancaster, Aug. 13) and The Forest Festival in Haliburton Forest (Aug. 18): http://www.radiodial.ca/gigs/
“RADIO DIAL’s excellent musicians indulge Stuart’s multiple musical personality disorder.” http://www.radiodial.ca

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